Indore Test: Virat Kohli 211, Ajinkya Rahane 188 hand India control over New Zealand

first_imgIndia continued their domination over New zealand as brilliant batting from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane helped the hosts to a mammoth 557/5 on the second day of the third and final Test match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Sunday. (SCORECARD)Rohit Sharma (51 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (17 not out) forged a 53-run partnership before Kohli decided to declare the innings midway through the final session of the day. Sharma bought up his half century off 62 balls, with three fours and two sixes. (Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests)At the close of play, New Zealand were on 28/0 and trailed India by 529 runs. Martin Guptill (17 batting) and Tom Latham (6 batting) were at the crease.Resuming the second day at 267/3, Kohli and Rahane helped India reach 358/3 at lunch. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened)Kohli continued to bat in the post-lunch session with the same authority, maintaining a high scoring rate and slammed his second double-ton in Tests.At 199, Kiwi pacer Henry delivered a length ball and Kohli rolled his wrists nicely to work it towards deep square and became the first Indian to score two double tons as captain. (Ajinkya Rahane shows his class with 8th Test hundred)Rahane, on the other hand, was not so fluent, but supported his skipper from the other end. The Mumbai batsman scored his first 150 of his career. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)Resuming the post-tea session at 456/3, Kohli and Rahane again paced up their innings as they hit the Kiwi bowlers all around the park before off-spinner Jeetan Patel broke their 365-run partnership by trapping Kohli leg-before for 211.advertisementKohli’s 366-ball innings was laced with 20 boundaries.Soon after he added 39 runs to the overall score with incoming batsman Rohit Sharma, Rahane too was sent back to the pavilion for a well made 188 runs when he hit out at a widish delivery from pacer Trent Boult only to see New Zealand wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling pull off a simple catch.Rahane’s 381-ball knock was laced with 18 boundaries and four sixes.last_img read more

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Best infrastructure will be created for promoting TT: AP CM

first_imgVisakhapatnam, Oct 20 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government will create best infrastructure in Kommadi area here to promote table tennis in a big way. Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the six-day South Zone National ranking TT tournament here, Chandrababu said a TT academy will be established in Kommadi locality in the city. Andhra Pradesh Sports Minister K Achanna Naidu said the state sports policy will be announced by this month end. He said big play grounds in Cuddapah, Eluru, Rajahmundry and Tirupathi will be converted into multi purpose sports stadiums on PPP mode. MLC and and District Table Tennis Association President MVS Sarma said 16 tables have been laid for conducting the matches . This was the third national zonal ranking tournament of the TTFI during this year. North Zone, Central Zone and West Zone events were held at Chandigarh, Indore,and Rajkot respectively. PTI COR ATK ATK BASlast_img read more

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Hector Bellerin extends Arsenal contract

first_imgArsenal full back Hector Bellerin has signed a contract extension, the Premier League club said on Monday.The 21-year-old Spain international, who had been linked with a move to Barcelona where he started his career, arrived in London in 2011 and has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right back.”I’m really, really happy and this club is my home right now,” Bellerin told the club website.”I wasn’t thinking about anything else other than staying here and continuing my development here,” he added.”Arsenal is not only about being a footballer, you have to be a good person to play here. That’s what everyone transmits inside the club.”British media reported that Bellerin had extended his contract with Arsenal to 2022.last_img read more

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Report: Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 1

first_imgLuis Suarez hit a hat-trick as Julen Lopetegui’s dismal Real Madrid reign appeared to near its end in a 5-1 Clasico humiliation at the hands of Barcelona.Former Spain boss Lopetegui was said to be on the brink of the sack after losing to Levante last week and he cut a disheartened figure on the Camp Nou touchline as Madrid were dismantled in his 14th game in charge.The irrepressible Suarez led Barca, who were rampant even without Lionel Messi and capitalised on their rivals’ failings to move back to the top of LaLiga. 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! Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the champions and Suarez doubled their advantage in a devastating first-half showing, with Marcelo’s response shortly after the restart merely a small bump in the road.Suarez executed a magnificent header and then a gorgeous dinked finish, before Arturo Vidal added the fifth to prompt a party in the stands as Lopetegui, whose side remain ninth, shuffled towards the exit door.3 – Luis Suarez is the first player to score 3 goals in the Classico since Lionel Messi in March 2014. Cannibal. #FCBRMA pic.twitter.com/0zhYH1Dly1— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 28, 2018Barcelona swiftly identified the ball in behind as an effective route to goal and so it soon proved. Ivan Rakitic played in Jordi Alba, whose instant control gave him time and space to complete a 30-pass move and pick out Coutinho in the centre for a cool finish after 11 minutes.Madrid’s defensive frailties were again exposed on the half hour as Raphael Varane tripped Suarez in the area and, after a delay as the VAR instructed referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez to study the replay, the felled Barca forward tucked his spot-kick beyond Courtois.The half-time introduction of Lucas Vazquez belatedly got Madrid further up the pitch and an improved spell was rewarded with Marcelo’s goal, his third in as many games.Luka Modric whipped an effort against the foot of the post, but that was the end of Madrid’s attacking threat as Barca turned on the style.Suarez turned home a Sergio Roberto cross with a stunning header and added a delicious chip over Courtois to complete his treble, before Vidal emerged from the bench to get in on the act with a late header at a raucous Camp Nou. What does it mean? 14 games, six wins, six defeatsThe numbers behind Lopetegui’s tenure do not make for good reading. Starting with him leaving Spain in the lurch by agreeing to join Madrid on the eve of the World Cup, the 52-year-old coach seems to have made the wrong call at every turn. Madrid were torn apart at times on Sunday and the same fate will surely become of his contract.Barca’s full-backs cause havocMadrid were sweating on the fitness of Marcelo ahead of this game, but it was the opposing full-backs who shaped the outcome. Alba was sensational and created chance after chance down the left flank, while Sergi Roberto, on the opposite side, kept Marcelo in check with his own hard running.GOAL! Coutinho scores with a low shot from Jordi Alba’s pull back and Barça lead! (11′)#ElClasico 1-0 pic.twitter.com/AwWViOYKWZ— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 28, 2018Lopetegui leaves Nacho exposedNacho was seemingly selected as a defensive option on the right, able to keep Alba in check but offering little running the other way in the first half. But that decision merely invited Alba on and, far quicker than his opponent, he enjoyed a fine afternoon. This was the latest – and perhaps last – big call Lopetegui has got wrong this season.Key Opta Facts30 – There were 30 passes made in the build-up to Philippe Coutinho’s goal for @FCBarcelona against Real Madrid, the most of any goal in #ElClasico in @LaLigaEN since at least 2005/06. Tiki-Taka. pic.twitter.com/X71FN2kOFV— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 28, 2018- Barcelona are unbeaten in each of their last 42 league games at Camp Nou in (W34 D8), their longest such run since February 1977 (67).- Suarez has scored nine league goals against Real Madrid since his Barcelona debut in the 2014-15 campaign, more than any other player in that time.- Real Madrid have failed to win in their last five La Liga games (D1 L4), their worst run in the competition since May 2009 under Juande Ramos (five defeats). – Barca have scored in each of their last 22 league games against Real Madrid in LaLiga (53 goals total), equalling the best scoring record in Clasico history in the competition – Real Madrid (22 games) between 1959 and 1969.- Madrid have lost five games after their first 10 games to a LaLiga season for the first time since 1942-43 (W4 D1 L5).  What’s next?From the white heat of the first Clasico of the season, the two clubs head to midweek Copa del Rey fixtures. 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Tributes pour in after BAI chiefs sudden demise

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes that poured in for Badminton Association of India President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, who passed away in Lucknow after suffering a heart attack today. “Saddened by the demise of former MP & Union Minister, Shri Akhilesh Das. His active contribution to public life will be remembered. RIP,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Sports Minister Vijay Goel also took to Twitter to express his condolences. “Shocked by the sudden demise of @BAI_Media President Akhilesh Das,was a great administrator.Prayers & condolences for his friends and family,” Goel tweeted. Das Gupta was serving as the Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and was also the President of Uttar Pradesh Olympic Association. Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA, said: “It is an extremely saddening day for us. On behalf of IOA family I send out my condolences to his family; may God be with them during this extremely difficult time. “Dr. Gupta was a man of huge caliber, his contribution to the sport of Badminton has been commendable. While serving as the Vice President of the IOA, he contributed towards the growth of sports in our country.? Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta also expressed their deep sorrow. “Really shocking news ??its just unbelievable..our beloved president sir @BAI_Media is no more .. may his soul Rest in peace,” tweeted London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina. “My heartfelt condolences to the family of our badminton president who passed away… #akhileshdasgupta #RIP,” Jwala said. Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap also took to twitter, saying: “Shocked and saddened! My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace. Our beloved president @Dr_akhilesh_das.” Das Gupta (56) had suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to the Lari hospital where he died in the wee hours. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son. He had become BAI president after the arrest of former chief V K Verma over corruption charges in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He was unanimously re-elected for a four-year term in 2014. Last year, he was also elected the vice-president of the Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) for a four-year term. Under his tenure, India bagged the rights to host marquee BWF events like the 2014 Thomas/Uber Cup and the Super Series, while Syed Modi international was upgraded to a Grand Prix gold status. He was also instrumental in launching and organising the the cash-rich Indian Badminton League in August 2013, which was later rechristened to Premier Badminton League in 2015. Das Gupta was also a Rajya Sabha member and was Minister for Steels in Congress government. “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden demise of our honorable President Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta. May his soul rest in peace,” BAI tweeted from its officials handle. Also offering condolences was Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh. “Dr. Guptas passing is a tremendous loss for Indian sport. His contribution to the Badminton Federation will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace,” he said. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Hand tough punishment to coaches giving drugs to wards: Adille

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, May 15 (PTI) The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) President Adille Sumariwalla has welcomed the Sports Ministrys plan to legislate an anti-doping law, saying that coaches who give prohibited drugs to their wards should be handed strong punishment. “I have been advocating that (making an anti-doping law) for some time and now the government wants to make a legislation in that regard. It is a good move,” Sumariwalla said. “Action should be taken against coaches, who give drugs to the athletes. Drugs being given to minors, action should be taken under the Juvenile Act, under the Distribution of Prohibited Substances Act. Action should be taken, otherwise they will never stop,” he told PTI in an interview. The European athletics body had proposed deletion of world records prior to 2005 because of doping issues. But, Sumariwalla said “there is no easy answer” and the matter will have to be dealt with caution. “We have to study what it is, because it is not that it (doping) is not happening now. It is happening now also, it has now become more sophisticated. So what is wrong or what is right is very difficult to say, we have to study the subject more. We cant say exactly what it is. We need research on the subject,” said the AFI president, who is also a member of the powerful IAAF Council. “Earlier it (doping) was more crude, there was no whereabouts (requirements under WADA). Now there is whereabouts but people also have learnt how to cheat the whereabouts. So, we have to study the whole subject,” said the Olympian and former 100m runner. He said the proposal from the European Athletics Association has not reached the IAAF Council. “The matter has not reached the IAAF. It is not on the agenda of the IAAF Council,” he said. Sumariwalla also confirmed that the AFI has supported Anju Bobby Georges bid to claim the Athens Olympics medal. She has decided to approach the International Olympic Committee to investigate into the long jump results of the 2004 Olympics. Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva (gold), Irina Simagina (silver) and Tatyana Kotova (bronze) won the medals but have since failed drugs tests in other competitions held after the Athens Games. Anju, who had finished fifth, said the Russians have not won the medals through clean means and should be stripped of their medals after an investigation. “We (AFI) are putting some material together and let us see how it works. I am hopeful,” he said. Regarding a new javelin coach after the abrupt departure of Neeraj Chopras coach Garry Calvert, he said, “A new coach is ready, we have given the name to the government which I think will clear it soon. A new coach will come and there is no issue. “The earlier coach (Calvert) has not done much, I dont know why he wants the credit of Neeraj getting the world junior record last year. Neeraj was throwing 82.23m during South Asian Games. Then he has this 86.48m in Poland, the world junior record. “We wanted to see more results. We told Calvert to show results during the Asian Championships (in Bhubaneswar in July) and World Championships (in London in August) and we will extend his contract after that. He could have waited for two-three months.” Sumariwalla also said his federation has no issues with the sports ministrys recent move to appoint P T Usha and Anju Bobby George as observers of AFI. “It (the move) is good. We are clean and dont do any malpractice. The observers will report it to the government. There is not going to be any interference from these observers and so we have no issues with that.” PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Delhi Daredevils’ young batsmen need consistency, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgDisappointed after Delhi Daredevils failed to make it to the play-offs of the Indian Premier League yet again, team mentor Rahul Dravid felt that young batsmen need to be more consistent with their performances.Delhi finished sixth with 12 points from 14 games, with their batting line-up, leargely boasting the likes of Rishabh Pant (366 runs), Sanju Samson (386), Shreyas Iyer (338) and Karun Nair (281) floundering to deliver up to their potential.Dravid said that the batsmen, picked at the auction as part of a “larger context” despite not having experience, have shown brilliance but lacked consistency.”We are disappointed obviously. We had the expectations of qualifying for the play-offs,” Dravid said after his side lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 runs in their last league game on Sunday here.”The youngsters played brilliantly for us and I believe that they have the potential to become huge stars. Players like Rishabh (Pant) and Sanju (Samson) have really proved their mettle against good bowling line-ups. They need consistency, though. But there is no question about ability and talent in them.””All are very talented. Nobody releases experienced Indian players in the auction. We honestly took the decision to back some young Indian talents, mixing them with experienced overseas players and experienced bowling attack. Couple of guys din’t kick on at the right time. But no excuses, we had opportunities and we haven’t taken them.”Dravid also bemoaned Delhi’s inability to pull off close matches as the main reason behind their disappointing run.”We were unable to win a lot games from close situations and that proved to be our downfall this season. Including today, out of around eight close matches, we could manage just 2-3 wins from those positions,” he said.advertisement”You need eight wins to qualify in this tournament, we got seven last year, six this year and I think the close games we lost probably cost us.”The former India captain also felt that the loss of experienced batsmen like J.P. Duminy and Quinton de Kock due to injuries before the start of the league derailed their plans.”Few of the changes were obviously forced due to injuries. Unfortunately for us at the start of the season, after the auction, Quinton and JP, who were probably our two experienced players, pulled out of the IPL because of injury and we had to look for replacements at the last minute and, which, I guess, isn’t easy when most of the players are taken,” he reasoned.Dravid refused to pick a favourite out of Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad — the teams who have made the play-offs.”Mumbai (Indians) finished top of the table and are looking quite strong. But, Kolkata Knight Riders have shown they have got dangerous players, while Sunrisers too have got quality players like David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Rashid Khan… Pune have been performing really well collectively. So, we can expect quite a few exciting matches in the play-off stage,” he said.last_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: Success hinges on execution for Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia will benefit from a fitter, more mature squad when they begin their defence of the Champions Trophy next month, but the team have little room for error because of the tournament’s short format, skipper Virat Kohli said on Thursday.Kohli, who was part of the side that trumped hosts England in the final at Edgbaston in 2013, is relishing the chance to lead India’s title defence and says the squad is well balanced with the right mentality to replicate their earlier success.”This year the team is a lot fitter, the cricketers are a lot more mature because that was a very young group four years ago,” Kohli told reporters after India touched down in London for the tournament starting on June 1.”It has gained a lot of experience in the last three or four years… We are in a good head-space going into this tournament.”India begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4, before facing Sri Lanka and South Africa, and Kohli called for complete focus.”I love the tournament because it represents a challenge from the (word) go. In the ICC Cricket World Cup you have a league and a lot of games to play but here it is group games and then either the semis or you are out.”Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been included in India’s squad and although Kohli expects his former captain to thrive during the tournament, he called on the rest in the lower middle order to help ease the pressure on the 35-year-old.advertisement”We needed to strengthen our lower middle order contribution,” Kohli said. “I felt too much burden was coming on MS Dhoni in the past couple of years.”He wasn’t able to express himself purely because of the fact that there are not enough guys showing composure to finish off the game with him. But now we are a balanced side,” he said.”It’s about execution now. You might have the best side in the world but if you do not execute there is no point having that skill. In a tournament like this it all boils down to how you execute on the day.”last_img read more

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No win but no regrets as Fernando Alonso returns to F1

first_imgFernando Alonso left the Brickyard on Sunday without a fairytale victory to cap his Indy 500 adventure but had no regrets as he prepared to return to his Formula One day job with McLaren.Alonso’s race finished in much the same way as many of his F1 efforts this year, in frustration and a blown engine with 21 laps remaining of the 200.Criticised in some corners for chasing Indy 500 glory rather than competing in the F1 glamour race at Monaco, Alonso said he would not have traded his experience for another drive around the glitzy Mediterranean principality.”It’s true that before coming here some of the questions were how you can trade Monaco race for Indy 500,” Alonso told reporters after playfully chugging on a carton of milk, the traditional drink of the Indy 500 winner.”I won two times there (Monaco), I won two world championships.”To drive around Monaco for a sixth place, seventh place, even a fifth place…To be here is not possible to compare that thing.”I didn’t miss Monaco in terms of result.”It was a giddy day for Alonso, who delivered the polished performance expected of a former F1 world champion until his car’s failure, running up front and even leading for 27 laps of the race won by Japan’s Takuma Sato.Having never raced on an oval track or even driven an IndyCar until this month, the 34-year-old’s bravery and skill won the respect of the nearly 300,000 spectators who gave him a rousing standing ovation as his McLaren Andretti Autosport Honda slowed to a stop on the home straight-away.advertisement”It was a great experience, the last two weeks. I came here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself,” said Alonso. “I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 car. I didn’t know if I can be as quick as anyone in an IndyCar.”It was nice to have this competitive feeling, even leading the Indy 500.”Although Alonso treated his foray into IndyCar with the seriousness it deserved, it almost seemed a holiday for the Spaniard away from the pressures of his struggling F1 team.But it is back to reality on Monday ahead of the next stop on the F1 calendar in Montreal on June 11.”So for the future, Canada, obviously we will try to keep improving,” said Alonso. “I think the car seems to be performing better and better.”I think the second half of the season will be much more competitive and we will enjoy much more.”last_img read more

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French Open: In-form Simona Halep survives Daria Kasatkina scare

first_imgSimona Halep survived a third-round scare against young pretender Daria Kasatkina in a Roland Garros rollercoaster on Saturday, winning 6-0 7-5 after initially threatening to brush past the 20-year-old Russian with ease.Kasatkina began tentatively against the Romanian third seed in what looked like a case of big-match nerves.Hitting powerfully on both wings from the back of the court, Halep romped through the first set in 30 minutes and led 3-1 in the second.The 20-year-old Russian then sparked into life, winning the next four games and holding three set points in the 10th game before Halep edged through, closing out the match with a net chord that Kasatkina failed to return.”I played really well at the beginning,” Halep, who won the Madrid title and reached the Rome final in the run up to Roland Garros, said courtside.”She was coming back really strongly and I think my energy went a bit down… She’s a really tough opponent.”last_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: Australia face England in do-or-die match

first_imgAustralia will face England on Saturday in what would be a do-or-die game for them in the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.With Bangladesh knocking out New Zealand in a historic chase last night, only a win would now allow the Steve Smith-led side to enter the semi-finals of the marquee event.However, their job would not be easy as they would be facing the hosts, who have been in red-hot form in the tournament so far, having notched victories in both their group matches and thereby securing a last-four berth.Going into the match, England would be high on confidence with their comprehensive victories over Bangladesh and New Zealand while Australia would be looking to grab their first win of the tournament as both their previous matches got washed out.While against the Black Caps, the rain gods came to their rescue, it was the other way round against Bangladesh where weather played a spoilsport and destroyed their chances of what would have been a comfortable victory for them.Going into the match, these are some facts about the two rivals:1. Australia have won 12 of their last 15 ODIs against England and overall have a 60 percent win rate against their old rival.2. This will be the fifth Champions Trophy clash between these sides, the record stands at two wins-apiece so far with both of England’s wins coming at Edgbaston.3. Three of the last five scheduled fixtures between these sides in Birmingham have failed to produce a result, with England winning the other two games, Australia’s last win at the venue against England was back in 1993.advertisement4. No side has made it out of the group stage in each edition of the tournament. Of the eight nations who have played in all the seven previous editions, Australia have the best strike rate of making it to the knock out stage (6/7 times).5. England have won 10 of their last 11 ODIs and have a win rate of 77 percent in 2017 (10/13), the best of any side to play 10+ ODIs in the calendar year.6. Joe Root has scored just 212 runs in 12 ODIs against Australia, giving him an average of just 17.7, his lowest average against any side he has faced more than twice.7. Eoin Morgan needs 92 runs to become the third England batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs.8. Ben Stokes needs one more wicket to reach 50 scalps in his ODI career whilst Moeen Ali is three away from the same milestone.9. Glenn Maxwell requires 43 more runs to reach 2000 ODI career runs, the 28-year-old averages 43.1 against England in this format.10. Of bowlers to take 100+ ODI wickets only Joel Garner (18.8) has a better average than Mitchell Starc (19.9).Squads:Australia: Steven Smith(c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam ZampaEngland: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Steven Finn.last_img read more

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OnePlus 5 is coming and here are 5 key possible features that may make it a winner

first_imgReady, set, go. Of the three the go part is remaining. OnePlus 5 is going to be launched soon — June 20 is the global launch day while the India launch is on June 22 — and already there is a lot of information that is available about this phone. Some of it comes through leaks, some are rumours — although quite plausible rumours — while a lot of information has come directly from OnePlus via its official Twitter account.We are sure a lot is yet to be revealed about the OnePlus 5. It will happen in the coming days, or rather weeks if the official schedule for the launch holds up. But already there is no doubt that the OnePlus 5 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting phone launches of the year. And it’s not only smartphone enthusiasts who are excited about this phone. OnePlus is also pulling out all stops ahead of the phone’s launch. The company has announced pop-up events that it will hold in three cities at its experience centres. At these events the company will showcase OnePlus 5 to consumers.Join us for the highly anticipated pop-ups being hosted across 4 cities in India: New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad,” notes OnePlus. Everyone is invited. But, to be among the first ones to take home the OnePlus 5, you’ll have to be fast (limited stocks).” The details of venue and timings of the pop-up events are on OnePlus website .The OnePlus 5 could be a real winner in the coming days and we don’t say that lightly. We says it on the basis of the possible features that the OnePlus 5 is expected to pack in. Here are 5 possible features that we feel could set it up for a big win the market.advertisementDual-lens camera with portrait modeOf these two, one feature is confirmed but one is not. The confirmed bit is that the OnePlus 5 will come with dual-lens camera on the rear. This has been shown through the official photo that has been shared by OnePlus. What we don’t know right now is what the OnePlus 5 will do with dual-lens camera. In the past we have seen that some phones use this feature to offer something like portrait mode — this is how iPhone 7 Plus does it — while a few other use this second camera to click the photos that have more details. Chances are that the OnePlus 5 is going to approach the dual-camera bit with the iPhone method.On Saturday, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared an image that was clicked with the OnePlus 5. This image shows a creamy, or in other words blurred, background. That could have been achieved only with a mode that is somewhat similar to the iPhone’s portrait mode. And given the similarities with the mode it can also be said that the OnePlus 5 possibly have a zoom lens, just like the one that the iPhone 7 Plus sports.Also Read: OnePlus 5 rumour roundup: Dual cameras, Snapdragon 835, funky colours, 4,000mAh battery and moreIf accurate, the feature can give OnePlus 5 a big advantage in the market because it could possibly offer a feature similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus at almost half the prices, that is if the rumoured price of Rs 32,999 turns out to be true.Dash chargingSince the introduction of the OnePlus 3, Dash Charging has been one of the top attractions of the OnePlus phone. It is so good that India Today Tech wrote a specific piece detailing it earlier. Although, it is not officially confirmed there is no reason to believe that the OnePlus 5 will not have it. In fact, chances are that the OnePlus 5 will have an improved version of Dash Charging, and yet again we feel this will be the feature consumers are going to love.Fast performanceThe hardware for the expected fast performance of the OnePlus 5 is confirmed. The phone is going to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which seems to be the de-facto processor for the high-end phones this year. The Snapdragon 835 is a fast octa-core processor. The OnePlus 5 was expected to be the first phone, according to Qualcomm, to launch with the Snapdragon 835 in India but Sony spoiled the party by announcing the Xperia XZ Premium. However, that said the OnePlus 5 is likely to boast more RAM (6GB at least ) than what is inside the Xperia and is going to be much cheaper considering that  Xperia XZ Premium costs over Rs 59,000.To cut the long story short, in all likelihood the OnePlus 5 is going to be an immensely powerful phone, just like the way the OnePlus 3T was. Also, the performance of the OnePlus 5 is possibly going to be great because OnePlus uses pretty clean and optimised version of Android in its Oxygen OS. This software doesn’t have bloatware and unwanted apps. There is no junk. And hence the performance is almost always good, at least that is what we have seen with the OnePlus 3T. There is no reason why OnePlus 5 will be any different.advertisementLatest AndroidThe OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T already run the latest Android. The OnePlus 5 too will do the same. In other words, it will come with Oxygen OS, which uses Android 7.1.Also Read: OnePlus 5 to launch on June 20, company says fans to get first look at itThe benefits are many. One, the latest Android means it has all the necessary security patches. Two, the OnePlus 5 will get the same Android 7.1 features that are available on Google Pixel and the Nexus phones. In other words, it gets Google Assistant and features like dual window mode and ability to change DPI settings for better experience on the phone. At a time when many phones are still launching with almost two years old Android Marshmallow it will be nice to see Android Nougat in the OnePlus 5.Sleeker designWe are yet to see the OnePlus 5 in well-lit, proper images. But elements of the design have been leaked, or have been shared by OnePlus. Earlier, the company had said that the OnePlus 5 will be its thinnest phone ever and the leaked photos do hint at the same.While the OnePlus 5 design, given how it looks in the leaked images, is going to divide fans due to its resemblance to the design of the iPhone 7 Plus, it also seems that this could be a phone with more approachable and warmer design.The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T have a design that is very unique but also little edgy with all those industrial cuts and curves. The OnePlus 5 seem to have a more curvier shape, more sleeker looks and a shell that looks more upmarket and premium. In other words, the resemblance to the iPhone may work in its favour as far as the regular consumers are concerned.last_img read more

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Sethu, Ryhana take honours on day 1 of national racing

first_imgChennai, Jul 8 (PTI) Rajiv Sethu of Honda Ten10 Racing and Ryhana Bee of Chennai posted impressive wins today in the second round of MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at MMRT track at Sriperumbudur, near here.Sethu, who showed maturity far beyond his 18 years, came up with an impressive ride to win the premium Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) class race.Aravind Balakrishnan brought more cheer to Honda Ten10 Racing team by topping the Pro-Stock class that was run on a combined grid with the Super Sport Indian (165cc) while Keralas Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) scored a dominant win, his third in as many outings, in the 300-400cc category.In the girls (Stock, up to 165cc) caegory, 23-year-old Ryhana pulled off a win over pole-sitter Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing Academy) with a late-braking manoeuvre at turn four mid-way through the five-lap race.Aishwarya, winner of the first-ever National championship race for girls in Coimbatore last month, finished third behind Madhya Pradeshs Kalyani Potedar (Team Speed Up Racing).Results (Provisional): National Championship ? Super Sport Indian (Up to 165cc) (6 laps): 1. Rajiv Sethi (Honda Ten 10 Racing) (12 mins, 02.236secs); 2. KY Ahamed (TVS Racing) (12:05.154); 3. Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) (12:07.398).Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) ( 6 laps): 1. Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) (11:56.238); 2. Vivek Pillai (Rockers Racing) (11:59.744); 3. Deepak Ravikumar (Team MotoRev) (12:03.661).Pro-Stock (Up to 165cc) (6 laps):1. Aravind Balakrishnan (Honda Ten10 Racing) (12:50.292); 2. Aravind Ganesh (Team MotoRev) (12:50.712); 3. Naresh Babu (RACR) (12:50.912).One-Make Championship ? Honda CBR 150 (Novice ? 5 laps): 1. Amala Jerald (Chennai) (11:28.014); 2. Vysakh Sobhan (Kerala) (11:28.196); 3. Mahesh Murali (Thiruvananthapuram) (11:28.226).TVS Apache RTR200 Open (6 laps): 1. Prabhu V (Chennai) (13:20.820); 2. Sivanesan S (Chennai) (13:20.867); 3. Yashas RL (Bengaluru) (13:26.414). Novice (6 laps): 1. Peddu Sri Harsha (Hyderabad) (13:49.082); 2. Shankar Guru A (Chennai) (14:01.893); 3. Venkatesan I (Chennai) (14.06.260). PTI SS BNadvertisementlast_img read more

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Hungarian GP: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo fastest in practice

first_imgAustralian Daniel Ricciardo reminded Formula One’s title contenders that a revived Red Bull can be a force to reckon with after lapping fastest in crash-interrupted practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.Fourth in the championship, and 60 points behind Ferrari’s leader Sebastian Vettel at the mid-point in the season, the Perth-born driver recorded a best time of one minute 18.455 seconds in the afternoon.Ricciardo also led the morning timesheets in 1:18.486, with both his fastest times comfortably inside the race lap record of 1:19.071 set by Michael Schumacher with Ferrari in 2004.”We obviously brought some updates here and they seem to be working,” said the Australian, winner in Hungary in 2014.”I definitely feel like we have found some grip in various areas and taken a step in the right direction.”Ferrari seemed to find a bit more pace in the afternoon but I still managed to stay ahead so all signs are good. I’m sure the other teams will bring a bit more tomorrow, but I also think we have a bit more to find.”Vettel was second fastest, 0.183 off the pace, after a slow start to his weekend.Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, a point behind the German in the standings and chasing a record sixth Hungarian victory on Sunday, was third and fifth respectively in the two sessions.”It’s super tight between Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves at the top of the leaderboard, so it’s looking like it will be an exciting weekend,” said Hamilton, who can take a record-equalling 68th career pole on Saturday.advertisement”There’s some more work to do overnight to fine-tune the balance to get the car just where we want it and I believe the pace is in there.”PALMER CRASHES Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, second fastest in the morning, was fourth behind fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas after lunch.Vettel had been more than a second slower than Ricciardo in sixth place on awarm but cloudy morning at the Hungaroring outside Budapest.”Struggling a lot with oversteer and rear tyres didn’t seem to be ready,” the German said over the team radio.Ricciardo’s Dutch team mate Max Verstappen was fourth and sixth.There were encouraging signs at struggling former champions McLaren, who hadFernando Alonso and Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne in the top 10 in both sessions at the slowest permanent track on the calendar.Renault’s luckless Briton Jolyon Palmer, yet to score after 10 races, halted both sessions with costly errors that will have done little to boost theBriton’s confidence or the patience of team bosses.With RobertKubica testing for Renault next week, amid speculation about what onceseemed an impossible comeback after the Pole partially severed hisforearm in 2011, Palmer needs to do something special.Shattering his car’s front wing on a kerb, leaving debris over the track andpuncturing the right front tyre, and then crashing backwards into thebarriers in the afternoon was certainly not it.Ferrari reserveAntonio Giovinazzi, having a morning outing in the Haas in place ofDenmark’s Kevin Magnussen, brought the opening session to a halt when he hit the barriers.Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein also dumped hisSauber heavily into the barriers in the afternoon. He went to thecircuit medical centre but was reported to be fine.last_img read more

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Pallekele Test: India demolish Sri Lanka, complete historic 3-0 whitewash

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and paceman Mohammed Shami combined to help India crush Sri Lanka inside three days by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final Test to complete a 3-0 series sweep on Monday.3-0! Handshakes all around #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/4DJlmHvzE8- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017The beleaguered hosts were all out for 181 in their second innings shortly after the scheduled tea break after being made to follow on.They were all out for 135 in their first innings on Sunday, replying to India’s 487.Ashwin picked up four for 68 in the second innings while Shami finished with three for 32 in an inspired bowling performance by the world’s top-ranked Test side, who triumphed in Galle and Colombo inside four days in the completely one-sided series.Photo Credit: Reuters Sri Lanka’s best partnership of 65 came between captain Dinesh Chandimal, who made 36, and former skipper Angelo Mathews (35) while wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella scored a fluent 41.Sri Lanka’s hopes of avoiding an innings loss rested on a solid start but Ashwin dampened their hopes when he struck in his first over of the day. (Also Read: Hardik Pandya sets Kandy ablaze with record-breaking stand)The off-spinner sent back opener Dimuth Karunaratne for 16 after Sri Lanka had resumed on 19-1. The left-hander was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slip after getting a thick edge to a turning delivery.Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara was soon caught behind off Shami and the right-arm paceman also dismissed Kusal Mendis for 12 to reduce the hosts to 39-4.Photo Credit: Reuters Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav broke the stand between Chandimal and Mathews when he dismissed the former through a bat-pad catch at short leg.advertisementMathews was out leg before to Ashwin and from there, India’s win was just a matter of time.Photo Credit: AP Virat Kohli is the first Indian captain to enforce follow-on in two consecutive matches of an AWAY series. #SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 13, 2017Today 8th time a visiting side has managed to whitewash the home side in series of 3+ Tests.But 1st time achieved by an Asian side!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017India have now managed to win their last five Tests in Sri Lanka.But Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test match in India!#SLvIND- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017W W W D W W W D W D W W W D W W W W W L W D W W W WIndias record since losing the Galle Test in 201520 wins, 1 loss, 5 draws#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 14, 2017last_img read more

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La Liga: Saul Niguez strike earns Atletico Madrid scrappy win at Real Betis

first_imgAtletico Madrid won 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday thanks to a scrappy goal by Saul Niguez to rack up a third straight victory in La Liga and provisionally move three points behind leaders Barcelona.The Spanish midfielder slid in at the back post to meet a low cross from Sime Vrsaljko to score the only goal of the game in the 30th minute, netting for the second game in a row.Atletico were without talismanic forward Antoine Griezmann and only had two shots on target and 26 percent possession.Diego Simeone’s side survived a huge penalty appeal for a shove by Angel Correa on forward Cristian Tello shortly before Saul’s goal while Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak pulled off an impressive save from former Barca forward Tello in the home side’s best attempt of the second half.Atletico are third in the standings on 33 points, one behind Valencia and three behind Barcelona, who can restore their five-point lead at the top when they visit Villarreal later on Sunday.last_img read more

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UConn Beats Kentucky For NCAA

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Coaches and players left them. Others told them to go away.The guys who stuck around at UConn ended up with the last laugh and a pretty good prize to go with it: The national title.Shabazz Napier turned in another all-court masterpiece April 7 to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and bring home a championship hardly anyone saw coming.“You’re looking at the hungry Huskies,” Napier told the crowd and TV audience as confetti rained down. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is what happens when you banned us.”The senior guard had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock-down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.The victory comes only a short year after the Huskies were barred from March Madness because of grades problems. That stoked a fire no one could put out in 2014.Napier kneeled down and put his forehead to the court for a long while after the buzzer sounded. He was wiping back tears when he cut down the net. “I see my guys enjoying it,” Napier said. “That’s the most special feeling ever.”UConn (32-8) never trailed in the final. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29-11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left.But Aaron Harrison, who pulled out wins with clutch 3-pointers in Kentucky’s last three games, missed a 3 from the left corner that would’ve given the Cats the lead. Kentucky never got that close again.One key difference in a six-point loss: Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws — a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, including Lasan Kromah’s two to seal the game with 25.1 seconds left.“We had our chances to win,” Calipari said. “We’re missing shots, we’re missing free throws. We just didn’t have enough.” Calipari said he decided not to foul at the end “because they’re not missing.”In all, Calipari’s One and Doners got outdone by a more fundamentally sound, more-seasoned group that came into this tournament a seventh-seeded afterthought but walked away with the program’s fourth national title since 1999. They were the lowest seed to win it all since Rollie Massimino’s eighth-seeded Villanova squad in 1985.Napier and Boatright now go down with Kemba Walker, Emeka Okafor, Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen and all those other UConn greats. This adds to the school’s titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.“When they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba — they’ll soon say Shabazz,” said their former coach, Jim Calhoun, who was in the crowd along with former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and a father-and-son team whose dance to the “Happy” song got huge applause when played on the big screen at AT&T Stadium.The crowd was cheering for UConn at the end.A short year ago, the Huskies were preparing for their first season in the new American Athletic Conference after the Big East Catholic schools decided to move on and none of the so-called power conferences wanted them.Calhoun, who built the program, left because of health problems. And most damaging — the NCAA ban triggered an exodus of five key players to the NBA or other schools.Napier stuck around. So did Boatright. And Calhoun’s replacement, Kevin Ollie, figured out how to make their grit, court sense and loyalty pay off.“It’s not about going to the next level, it’s not about going to the pros, but playing for your university, playing for your teammates,” Niels Giffey said. “And I’m so proud of all the guys on this team that stuck with this team.”They were one step ahead of Kentucky all night, holding off furious rally after furious rally.Kentucky’s biggest push started when James Young (20 points, seven rebounds) posterized Amida Brimah with a monster dunk to start a three-point play and trigger an 8-0 run.In the middle of that, Boatright, who shut down Harrison’s twin brother, Andrew, most of the night, twisted his left ankle while receiving an innocuous-looking pass from Napier. He called a timeout. Got it worked on and came back out.“I’ve got a lot of heart and I wasn’t coming out,” Boatright said. “We put in too much work all year for me to give up on an ankle sprain.”Napier and Giffey made 3s on UConn’s two possessions after the timeout, and that one-point lead was back up to five — fairly comfortable by this tight, taut, buzzer-beating tournament’s standards.The big question in Kentucky is what will happen to all those freshmen. Julius Randle (10 points, six rebounds) is a lottery pick if he leaves for the NBA. Young and the Harrison brothers could be first-rounders. The big question is whether they’ll want to leave on this note.“I think all these kids are coming back, so I think we should be good,” Calipari deadpanned, getting big laughs.He called his group the most coachable bunch he’s ever had. They were preseason No. 1, a huge disappointment through much of this season. They were seeded an uninspiring eighth for the tournament and came on strong in time for a run to the final.But they got outdone by a team on a different sort of mission — a team led by Napier, who stuck with the program even though he knew the 2012-13 season was for nothing but fun.But what fun 2013-14 turned out to be.Napier was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player and he earned it on both ends of the court, keeping a hand in Aaron Harrison’s face most of the night and holding him to a 3-for-7, seven-point, no-damage night.He could also shoot it a bit — including a 3-pointer in the first half when UConn was having trouble dissecting the Kentucky zone. The shot came from about 30 feet, right in front of the edge of the Final Four logo at Center Court, or, as Dick Vitale put it: “He shot that one from Fort Worth.”They felt it back in Storrs, where they could be celebrating another title shortly. The UConn women play for the national title April 8. If they win, it will be the first sweep of the titles since 2004. The last school to do it: UConn, of course.(Eddie Pells, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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