South Korea World Cup visit to Pyongyang confirmed

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan 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 DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers East Asia League eyes home-and-away format It will be only the second visit by the South Korean men’s team to Pyongyang, following an international friendly that took place in 1990.The KFA says, “On Monday, an official of the AFC had a meeting with the vice-president of the North Korean Football Association in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The North Korean federation said they will treat our team just the same as the other teams in Group H.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40A first competitive meeting in Pyongyang would be symbolic as the two countries are still technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.During qualification for the 2010 World Cup, North Korea chose to host games against South Korea in Shanghai. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Becoming his own man North Korea sits on top of the group with two wins from its opening two games in the second round of Asian qualification, including a win in Pyongyang against Lebanon. South Korea has played only one game so far, winning 2-0 in Turkmenistan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – North Korea’s fans celebrate during the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between North Korea and Lebanon at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed that it will play its upcoming World Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang, allaying concerns that the Oct. 15 game would be moved elsewhere.In an official announcement, the Korea Football Association (KFA) in Seoul said it had been informed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that North Korea will host the Group H game as scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sindhu gets rousing welcome, Telangana govt felicitates her

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI) Amidst scenes of jubilation and a sense of pride, Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu was today accorded a rousing welcome on her arrival to home town and felicitated by Telangana government for her stupendous performance at Rio Games. The 21-year-old, who landed with her coach Pullela Gopichand, was received at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by her parents P V Ramana and P Vijaya, some Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Ministers, amidst cheers from crowds. A beaming Sindhu, displaying her silver medal and waving to the crowds, was then taken in a open-top-motorcade along with Gopichand to Gachibowli Stadium, where the government felicitated her along with her coach in the presence of a capacity crowd. Sports-lovers and fans, particularly school children, some with national flags in their hands waved to Sindhu at several road junctions along the route to the stadium where excitement was in the air. School children held banners hailing the badminton star, who caught the imagination of the country with her superb run at Rio. They raised slogans such as P V Sindhu Pride of India, and many of them also showered flower petals on the motorcade. A celebratory mood prevailed at the stadium, where an enthusiastic crowd, mostly school and college students, welcomed her amid beating of drums by traditional Dappu dance artistes. “I never expected such a huge turn-out; it made my day,” said a smiling Sindhu, overwhelmed by the huge reception. “Thanks for the support and blessings. I thank my Guru (P Gopichand)…my parents, who supported and motivated me. I would like to thank everyone,” she said at the felicitation event, attended by her parents, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali and IT Minister K T Rama Rao, among others. (MORE) PTI VVK RS GK ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Malaysian GP: Daniel Ricciardo leads Red Bull one-two as Lewis Hamilton retires

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo claimed an elusive maiden win of the season at a dramatic Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, the Australian handed victory when a race-leading Lewis Hamilton retired with a blown engine.Ricciardo was shadowed across the line by his 19-year-old Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, a result that gave the former champion team a first one-two finish since the 2013 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in their dominant heyday.Nico Rosberg finished third for Mercedes, fighting back from 21st after being spun around by Sebastian Vettel at the start and also collecting a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision with Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari.The result prevented Mercedes from wrapping up a third straight constructors’ title at the home race for title sponsor Petronas but allowed Rosberg to extend his championship lead over team mate Hamilton to 23 points with five races remaining.The Briton, who kept clear of the chaos unfolding behind him to build on a dominant pole, was comfortably on course to score a 50th career win when his engine exploded in a burst flames, with 16 circuits of the 56-lap race to run.”I just can’t believe that there are eight Mercedes cars and only my engines are the ones that have been going this year,” the 31-year-old triple world champion, who also suffered a series of reliability woes earlier this season, told reporters.”Something just doesn’t feel right but there’s nothing I can do about it.”These next five races, I know me and my mechanics have got it in us but who knows what those next engines that I have are going to do,” the visibly disappointed Briton added.advertisement’SHOEY’ CELEBRATIONRicciardo, who lost a certain victory to his Mercedes rival at the Monaco Grand Prix in May due to a bungled pitstop, was more than happy to accept his good fortune in Malaysia.”It obviously went the other way at Monaco, so I’ll take this today,” Ricciardo said after marking his fourth career win by drinking champagne from his boot in his now famous ‘shoey’ celebration.”No hard feelings to Lewis but I’ll definitely take the win,” added the Australian, who last won at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix and had claimed four podiums in the last five races.There was no evidence of the misfortune that would befall Hamilton at the start when the Briton pulled clear from pole, keeping the lead off the line ahead of his team mate and through the first corner.Behind him, though, there was a tremendous battle for position with Verstappen and Vettel fighting for the same piece of road only for the Ferrari to tag the back of Rosberg’s Mercedes that pushed the championship leader into a spin.The damage from the collision broke Vettel’s suspension, ending his race immediately, and prompting the first of several virtual safety car periods.From that point on the race was finely poised strategically with Verstappen initially gambling on a two-stop strategy as Hamilton and Ricciardo opted for one less tyre change.The Red Bull pair engaged in a lively tussle of their own in the second half of the grand prix, racing side-by-side before Ricciardo gained an advantage, until they both pitted one last time after Hamilton’s retirement.Raikkonen finished fourth for Ferrari after battling Rosberg for the final podium spot, the Finn unable to take advantage of the penalty handed to his rival after the German clattered into him while overtaking.last_img read more

Robbie Keane leaving LA Galaxy after three MLS Cup titles

first_imgRobbie Keane is leaving the LA Galaxy after winning three MLS Cup titles over six successful seasons. (Latest Football stories)The Galaxy and the Irish striker announced their mutual parting on Thursday, with the team lavishing praise on one of the most successful European transplants to MLS.The 36-year-old Keane intends to continue playing, but hasn’t chosen a new club.”I believe that now is the right time for a new challenge as I look towards the next chapter of my playing career,” Keane said in a statement. “I still feel as fit and sharp as ever, and I am looking forward to my next adventure. Having now retired from international football, I am ready to focus everything I have on one last major challenge in club football and will be taking time out to consider my options before announcing my next move.”Keane was one of MLS’ best players with the Galaxy, winning the league MVP award in 2014 and propelling the club to championships in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He served as the Galaxy’s captain for long stretches of his time in California, teaming up with Landon Donovan and David Beckham to form the core of MLS’ most internationally prominent team.Keane joined the Galaxy in August 2011 after a lengthy European club career that included 80 goals for Tottenham Hotspur.Unlike England midfielder Steven Gerrard, who also announced his departure from the Galaxy this week, Keane thrived stateside. He lived downtown in a luxury condominium with his family, and he demonstrated a Spartan work ethic that rubbed off on his younger teammates.advertisement”You can make the case that (Keane) has been the best player in this league for however many years he’s been here,” Donovan said last week.”From the minute he stepped through the door, we knew we had hit a home run. We didn’t know what we were going to get, as far as his desire to win and compete, and when that part was evident, I think we knew it was a matter of time until we had championships.”But Keane missed roughly half of the Galaxy’s just-completed season due to injuries while Giovani Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes supplanted him as the Galaxy’s top offensive threats. Keane had 92 goals and 51 assists during his Galaxy stay.”He’s been fantastic,” Donovan added. “I would have never imagined that someone of his pedigree, with his quality, and playing at the clubs he played at, would come here with the intention to do things the right way like that. He could have come here and gone on vacation and taken it easy. He’s not built that way, and he was fantastic from Day 1 until the end.”Keane is thought to be interested in playing elsewhere in MLS, but a return to Europe could offer more options. He also plans to begin a coaching career soon, and he could emerge as a contender for a role with LAFC, the MLS expansion club moving into downtown Los Angeles to become the Galaxy’s rivals when they begin play in 2018.Despite their talent-laden roster, the Galaxy finished sixth in the MLS table this season and lost to Colorado in the Western Conference semifinals.The departures of Keane and Gerrard will enable a thorough makeover of the franchise, which has two designated player slots to fill with its usual aggressive player acquisition.While Donovan still hasn’t decided whether to extend his comeback for another season, the new Galaxy are likely to be built around Dos Santos and Zardes – two dynamic scorers still in their primes – rather than the over-30 superstars who dominated the club in previous seasons.last_img read more

Fantasy: MW4 Premier League TotW

first_imgMatchweek four is in the books, and it was filled with plenty of Fantasy intrigue. Of particular note were Southampton, who not only picked up their first win of the season, but also landed three players in our Goal Team of the Week. Another surprising development was the fact that only three defenders made the cut this week for the first time in 2018-19.Whether or not that means the position will regress to the mean in coming weeks remains to be seen, but the performances of Marcos Alonso, Kyle Walker, and Cedric Soares sure don’t seem to imply there will be a shortage in defender points anytime soon.Goal-Fantasy-Football-StartPlayingNow 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! GK: Alex McCarthy – Southampton – 1 Game, 6 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsThis week was just another in a long line of ridiculous ones for the Spaniard. He has now recorded at least one assist every week this season while racking up a goal and two clean sheets in the process. All of that adds up to 37 points, most among all players in the Goal game. Looking forward, Chelsea do face Liverpool and Manchester United over the next five weeks but, with these kinds of attacking returns, Alonso is a must start regardless of opponent.DEF: Cedric Soares – Southampton – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Kyle Walker – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsKyle Walker Chelsea Manchester City Community Shield 2018-19MID: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsThere was a lot of debate in the preseason regarding whether or not Salah was worth the price tag and, instead, it’s Mane that leads the league in goals at the moment (four). In the early stages, it seems he’s playing further up the pitch and forging a fantastic relationship with Andrew Robertson on the left side. The underlying stats don’t really back Mane to continue his incredible form but it’d take a brave owner to not want multiple entries into this Liverpool attack.MID: Raheem Sterling – Man City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsMID: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – Southampton – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFantasy totw MW4 graphicMID: Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsFOR: Romelu Lukaku – Man Utd – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 pointsAfter week’s of stagnant play, the real Romelu Lukaku showed up in match week four. He led the league in goals (two) and shots on target (four) this week, while also ranking top 10 in chances created and accurate assists if you can believe it. For those reasons and his 12 points in the Goal game, the Belgian is our Fantasy Player of the Week. With a decent set of fixtures on the horizon, Lukaku could be a solid own coming out of the international break.FOR: Glenn Murray – Brighton – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsGlenn Murray BrightonFOR: Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 pointsLacazette did not have the debut season he nor many would have hoped, but it’s worth noting that he did still notch 14 goals and five assists in 2017-18. Whether or not he can top that season largely depends on his usage under new manager Unai Emery, but it’s promising that the Frenchman both scored and assisted in his first start of this campaign. It’s probably wise to avoid buying in too heavily on either Lacazette or Aubameyang until we get a clearer picture of Arsenal’s team and tactics but, if they start together, this Arsenal attack will likely be one of the most potent in the league. goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Suresh Raina lauds hat-trick hero Andrew Tye after Gujarat’s first win this season

first_imgGujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina was a happy man after his team registered their first victory in this year’s Indian Premier League by beating the Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets in Rajkot on Friday.Gujarat rode on Brendon McCullum and Dwane Smith’s explosive opening stand to chase down 172 in just 18 overs with seven wickets in hand after debutant Andrew Tye’s hat-trick in the first innings. (Also read: Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)Tye (5/17), who ended with the best bowling figures for a debutant in the IPL, drew high praise from the captain.”AJ bowled brilliantly. I’m very happy for him, he’s a smart cricketer and varies his pace smartly in the death overs,” said Raina. (Also read: Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)Raina also lauded the team for a good comeback after losing two games back-to-back.”Losing 2 games it was very difficult for us. To come back strongly we needed a good team performance,” said the Uttar Pradesh batsman. (Also read: Andrew Tye, Samuel Badree: 2 matches, 2 hat-tricks, different results)The Lions, after going top heavy and playing four overseas batsmen in the first two matches, finally found the right combination as Smith was sent up the order to re-unite him with his partner in crime McCullum and that paid off perfectly. The duo smashed 94 runs in just 8.5 overs before Smith fell on 47 to Shardul Thakur.Talking about the dynamic duo up top, Raina said that he was happy with their seasoned performance.advertisement”Jason missed out today, but Baz and Smith did the job for us. They had good partnerships last year also. It’s a good team effort today. They did it for so many years for CSK and now they are doing it for us. Very happy,” he said.Today was a special day for the Gujarat captain as he played his 150th IPL match and he thanked god before signing off with a smile.”God has been really kind to me, 150th game and can’t ask for more (on claiming a win in his 150th game in the IPL,” said Raina as he signed off.last_img read more

IPL 2017, SRH vs KKR: How Nathan Coulter-Nile, Gautam Gambhir starred in Kolkata’s victory

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the IPL 2017 Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (POINTS TABLE | SCORECARD)Credit mustalso go the groundstaff. They have relaid the outfield and the newsystem to counter the rain came out fruitful today. On any other ground, after a 2-hour rain break, you normally don’t see games happening butthankfully, we got enough time for a curtailed game.Hyderabad haveonly themselves to blame. They did not help their cause with the poorbatting performance and now crash out of the tournament despite beingone of the best teams in the tournament. David Warner and co should beproud of the way they fought. They will realize that on the day whichmattered the most, they faltered and were outplayed.Kolkata have survived a real scare here. When it was bucketing down, it looked like they could crash out of the tournament due to the weather but the rain gods knew it would have been unfair on them and hence they relented. They had to chase down 48 and despite the early wickets, skipper Gautam Gambhir played through to saw his team over the line. They will be might pleased with the effort..@ishank_jaggi hits the winning runs and we win the rain-curtailed encounter by 7? wickets. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201701.26 IST: Bipul Shrma to ball the last over01.25 IST: Kolkata need 2 runs from the last over. KKR: 46/3 (5 Overs)Kolkata need 2 runs in 7 ballsadvertisementKolkata need 4 runs in 9 balls01.23 IST: Rashid Khan to ball the second over. Kolkata need 7 runs in 12 balls01.19 IST: S Kaul to G Gambhir SIX! Freebies! Into the hips, Gambhir just shuffles a bit and helps it on its way. Gets it over the fine leg region for a biggie. Gambhir has now taken the game away from Hyderabad. They only need 10 runs off 15 balls. KKR: 41/3 (4 Overs)01.18 IST: S Kaul to G Gambhir FOUR! You don’t bowl those! Short and wide outside, Gambhir stays in his crease and slaps that over the backward point region for a boundary. Pressure talking for Kaul.01.17 IST:  Siddarth Kaul to bowl the next over.01.14 IST: R Khan bowls few splendid deliveries. KKR: 27/3 (3 Overs)01.10 IST: Warner is having a chat with his teammates. Yuvraj and Williamson were with him. He hands the ball to RASHID KHAN!Rashid Khan is into the attack.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201701.09 IST: C Jordan to G Gambhir SIX! Over the ropes! Jordan goes short and bowls it on middle and leg, Gambhir goes for the pull. He gets it of the top edge over the keeper’s head and thudding into the sightscreen behind. Gambhir lets his feelings known. KKR: 21/3 (2 Overs)??? runs from the 2nd over, we are 2?1? / 3?. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/y2KoIXzubP- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201701.06 IST: Ishank Jaggi will be batting next.01.05 IST: C Jordan to R Uthappa OUT! Hit straight to the fielder! Angles it on a good length around off, Uthappa looks to go big over the leg side but does not find the gap. The ball flies straight down the throat of Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. He just fell for the trap here.Jordan strikes!Uthappa makes his way back after giving it into #Shikhar’s hands.GAME ON!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201701.04 IST: Chris Jordan will bowl from the other end.01.03 IST: B Kumarto G Gambhir FOUR! Sliced! Kumar gives width, Gambhir slices it behind point for a boundary. He gets off the mark. A good over for Kolkata despite the two wickets then? That is how close the game is right now. KKR:11/2 (1 Over) 01.02 IST: Gautam Gambhir walks out to the middle.00.58 IST: B Kumar to  Y Pathan OUT! Where were you going Pathan? Good length on the stumps, Pathan looks to club it over the leg side but is hit on his pads. He wants a single but is sent back rightly. Bhuvi gets to the ball and scores a direct hit at the striker’s end. The appeal is referred upstairs. Replays show Pathan was way short of the crease. What a start this is for Hyderabad!Run-out in a flash!#Bhuvi is on fire??.Another wicket to have Pathan walk!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201700.58 IST: B Kumar to C Lynn OUT! Big, big, big wicket! Yorker outside off, Lynn looks to dig it out. The ball deflects towards the keeper who takes it and appeals. The umpires come together and refer it upstairs. Replays detect an outside edge and Naman despite the fumble does well to hold onto it. The soft signal is out and that is a big wicket for Hyderabad. Lynn walks back dejected.advertisementOUT!What a start by our star #Bhuvi.Chris Lynn makes his way back.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201700.57 IST: B Kumar to C Lynn SIX! Wasting no time! Good length outside off, lot of width, Lynn goes after it and gets it over point for a maximum. He does not need any sighters.00.54 IST: Robin Uthappa will be opening with Chris Lynn.  Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the ball for Hyderabad. #Uthappa and @lynny50 will open the innings for us. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201700.48 IST: Four Bowlers can bowl one over each and One bowler will get a two overs only, with the powerplay of two overs.The match has been reduced to 6 overs with a target of 48 for KKR.It’s battle time. Let’s do this, troops!#OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201700.43 IST: The latest news from the ground is that we will have a 6-over game. The target for Kolkata is 48. The players are on the field warming up for the chase. The Umpires have inspected the field and #KKR will need to chase down 48 in 6 overs. Match to re-start at 00:55 IST with 2 overs of PP pic.twitter.com/0CnftAQcPZ- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 20170035 IST: Nitin Menon and Anil Chaudharyare out on the field for an inspection. 00.19 IST: Rain has stopped now and the covers are coming off. Umpires to inspect ground conditions at 00.35 IST. The main cover is coming off. David Warner, V.V.S Laxman and Tom Moody are having a look at the playing surface.We’ve started to lose overs now. There’s still a slight drizzle at the moment. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 17 May 201723.55 IST: We have past the first cut-off and we have started to lose over now. 00.58 IST is the cut-off for a five-over game, 01.20 IST for a Super Over.Bad news folks, looks like the rain has started again…we will start to lose over from now, and for a five over game we have time till 12.58amThe rain seems to be stopping now… The wait continues as there is still a slight drizzle around. Both teams want to play, rain please go away…The rains are back and so are the covers. *Fingers crossed* ??? #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017The drizzle is back ???Waiting on further updates.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017 Latest news coming in, covers are back on., as it starts drizzling again. More delay expected.The only saving grace at the ground…#IPL Eliminator – There’s only one star shining bright @iamsrk #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/nfFY0XWm8m- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017 Word coming in from the ground is that play to start at 11:25pm and will have a full quota of  20 overs to chase down the target of 129.advertisementUPDATE: Play to resume at 11.25 IST #IPL #SRHvKKR. There will be no reduction in overs- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017The umpires are out to inspect the conditions. #IPL Eliminator – We’re going to have a 23:25 IST restart. Still going to get all 20 overs #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/HRDCDZR3fk- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017Rain intensity on the fall in Bengaluru as it becomes a drizzle, bringing out the Supersoppers.  As we wait, here’s a look at Vijay Shankar escaping the line of fire at the last moment. 20.30 IST: The update from the ground is that it is still raining. We have a lot of time to wait though. The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 2350 and that for a 5-over game is 0058! So let’s hope that the rain clears up and we get a game.If the #SRHvKKR match is reduced to a 5-over chase, the target for KKR will be 41 runs.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.25 IST: The cut-off time is 11:50pm local for a 20-over Hyderabad innings, while for a 5-over innings the start time is 12:58am local. For a super over to happen, the match needs to resume  at 1.20am.#IPL Eliminator – Scenarios – 11:50 PM – cut off time for 20-over innings, 12:58 AM – for 5-over innings & 1:20AM for #SuperOver #SRHvKKR- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201720.15 IST: The scenes from Chinnaswamy as only the sky looks grim.#IPL Eliminator – Whose umbrella is it anyway? @iamyusufpathan @KKRiders #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/m4C0XoYTy5- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017#IPL Eliminator – @IPLspidercam is here to stay and is not ready to leave the field of play #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/lvVUweUnfc- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017#IPL Eliminator – Play suspended due to rain #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/taP1Dg30SV- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017#IPL Eliminator – It is raining heavily here in Bengaluru at the moment #KKRvSRH pic.twitter.com/PDsHDL0DU9- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201722.10 IST: There are no reserve days for play-offs matches but there are additional 120 minutes added to the usual time. The cut-off time is 01.26 IST for a Super Over. For a five-over game, the match can start by 01.02 IST. If that happens then the target for KKR will 41 in 5 overs. If none of the above is possible the SRH set up Qualifier 2 date with Mumbai Indians as they finished above KKR in points table.Kolkata, on the other hand, were exceptional with the ball. They kept chipping away at the wickets and all the bowlers contributed well. Nathan Coulter-Nile was the pick of the bowlers as he ended with figures of 4-0-20-3. The side from the East will be back their batting to chase down this total with ease. But it’s currently pouring cats and dogs in Bengaluru and we are in for a delayed start to the chase. Kolkata will be hoping that they can get back on the field as early as possible since if it gets washed out Hyderabad will go through to play the Qualifier 2 because they finished above Kolkata. Stay tuned for all the updates.A fantastic bowling performance from Kolkata and they will surely feel that they are on the top of this game. After electing to bowl first, they started off brilliantly by keeping things tight at the start. The boundaries did not come and Dhawan departed in search of some quick runs. Warner and Williamson then steadied the ship but could never really get going. Shankar and Ojha smoked some blows in the end but it was way too late and they could only manage a total close to 130 as the heavens opened up.21.37 IST: Very good last over Trent Boult. SRH: 128/7  On a slow wicket, our troops put up a 128/7 after 20 overs.It’s time to wait & see what the rain gods have in store.#OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/scPQOuDOIZ- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017SRH – 121/6Just 3 runs from the 19th over from Coulter-Nile. He ends with 3/20 from his 4 overs. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.35 IST: T Boult to N Ojha OUT! Boult strikes on his last ball! Length delivery outside off, Ojha swings with all his might. Only gets an outside edge to it and the ball flies towards short third man. Chris Lynn, the fielder there takes a simple catch. HYDERABAD END ON 128/7.WICKET! SRH – 119/6Coulter-Nile takes a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Jordan for a duck. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/4sNaF9DF5M- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.29 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile to C. Jordan OUT! Coulter-Nile, You beauty! Back of a length delivery at a slower pace. The ball sticks in the pitch a bit. Jordan tries to clip it on the leg side. Gets a leading edge back to the left of the bowler. Coulter-Nile dives to his left, sticks his left hand out and takes a sensational catch. Such a quick reaction and it is never easy to take catches on your follow through. SRH: 121/6 (19 Overs)WICKET! SRH – 119/6Coulter-Nile takes a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Jordan for a duck. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/4sNaF9DF5M- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.26 IST: Nathan Coulter to V. Shankar OUT! Coulter-Nile, You beauty! Back of a length delivery at a slower pace. The ball sticks in the pitch a bit. Jordan tries to clip it on the leg side. Gets a leading edge back to the left of the bowler. Coulter-Nile dives to his left, sticks his left hand out and takes a sensational catch. Such a quick reaction and it is never easy to take catches on your followthrough.WICKET! SRH – 118/5Coulter-Nile back into the attack & gets rid off Shankar for 22. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/BYX6B60s4g- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.23 IST: T Boult to N Ojha SIX! Ojha gets into the act! Just a bit wide and full outside off, Ojha stays in his crease and powers it over the mid on region for half a dozen. Hyderabad need more of these. SRH: 118/4 (18 Overs)21.22 IST: T Boult to V Shankar FOUR! Brilliant shot! Length delivery around middle, Shankar comes forward and just lofts it over the bowler’s head for a boundary.21.18 IST:  Sunil Narine is called back for hi last over tonight. Bowls a tight over. SRH:105/4 (17 Overs)21.17 IST: Successful  over from Umesh Yadav. SRH: 103 /4 (16 Overs)21.15 IST: Naman Ojha walks out to the middle.Strategic TimeoutTIMEOUT! ??SRH are 9?9? / 4? after 15.3 overs. https://t.co/XRBSC4PFrL #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/YsjZJFJmAe- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.12 IST: U Yadav to Y Singh OUT! Umesh Yadav makes his mark! Short delivery into the body, Yuvraj Singh goes for the pull. Fails to generate enough timing behind the pull as the ball goes straight to the fielder at deep square leg. Piyush Chawla gets underneath it and takes a simple catch to send the dangerman back to the hut.WICKET! SRH – 9?9? / 4?Yuvraj is out for 9 as @y_umesh picks up his 2nd wicket. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/zvmaYf1ge1- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201721.10 IST: Umesh Yadav returns for a bowl.21.09 IST: P Chawla to V Shankar SIX! That’s huge! Fuller into the stumps, Shankar gets to the pitch of the ball and sends it deep into the long on stands for a maximum. SRH:98/3 (15 Overs)A scintillating cricket shot by Vijay Shankar.Into the stands for SIX!Let’s do this.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201721.07 IST: P Chawla to Y Singh FOUR! Powerful! Fuller outside off, Yuvraj Singh smashes that down the ground. Shankar gets down in time and the ball flies through for a boundary through the mid on region.21.06 IST: SRK looking on, Poker face on #IPL Why so serious, Mr. Khan ? @iamsrk #KKR #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/SFu0Syg9nS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201721.03 IST: S Narine to V Shankar FOUR! Good shot! Floated around off, Shankar muscles it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. That’s the best way to play on this wicket. SRH: 85/3 (14 Overs)21.01 IST: P Chawla to Y Singh FOUR! Much-needed! Tossed up outside off, Yuvraj reaches to it and drills it through the extra cover region. Ishank Jaggi from long off covers some distance to his right, dives but fails to stop the ball as it rolls away to the fence. SRH: 80/3 (13 Overs)Beautifully executed to the offside. Much needed from #Yuvi.FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.59 IST: Two new men at the crease for SRH. Vijay Shankar and Yuvraj Singh 20.56 IST: P Chawla to D Warner OUT! Warner departs! Googly outside leg, the ball stays low. Warner picks it up but tries to go for a big one. Fails to counter the lack of bounce and also fails to make contact. Finds his timber disturbed. Piyush Chawla has landed the much-needed wicket and Kolkata are in the pole position now.WICKET! SRH – 7?5? / 2? after 12 overs.Coulter-Nile gets rid of Williamson for 24 & picks up his ??th T20 wicket. #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/Dvvkvv22nn- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.55 IST:  N Coulter-Nile to K Williamson OUT! Coulter-Nile gets his man! Length delivery outside off, Kane Williamson tries to make some room and go over the cover region. Fails to generate the elevation on it and ends up hitting it straight towards Gambhir at cover. The skipper pouches it easily and the Kiwi has to depart. SRH: 75/2 (12 Overs)20.50 IST: S Narine to D Warner SIX! Stand and delivery! Shorter deliver in the line of the stumps, Warner camps back and smashes that over the long on region for half a dozen. SRH:71/1 (11 Overs) Bludgeoned to long on!#DavidWarner takes advantage of that short and into the stands it goes.SIX!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.48 IST:  Sunil Narine returns for a bowl.20.46 IST: N Coulter-Nile to K Williamson SIX! Coulter-Nile angles it on a shorter length, Williamson gets across and pulls it over square leg for a maximum. SRH: 61/1 (10 Overs)A superbly well judged shot by Kane. MAXIMUM!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.45 IST: N Coulter-Nile to K Williamson FOUR! Fifty comes up. Nicely done! Lands it outside off on a good length, Williamson shuffles across and clips it over mid-wicket for a one bounce boundary.Kane works it well with his wrist.One bounce and FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017Strategic TimeoutTIMEOUT! ??SRH are 4?8? / 1? after 9 overs. https://t.co/XRBSC4PFrL #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/uCroyaTMr4- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.37 IST: P Chawla to D Warner SIX! Cannot bowl that! Shorter on the stumps, wrong ‘un, Warner picks it and dumps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. That was asking to be hit. 4000 Indian T20 League runs for David Warner!  SRH:48/1 (( Overs) A short one to Davey, and clobbered for a maximum!SIX!Piyush watches it sail.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.32 IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile comes on for a bowl.Bowls a tight over SRH:39/1 (8 Overs)20.30 IST: Y Pathan to K Williamson FOUR! Class! Pathan fires it on the stumps, Williamson makes room for himself and carves it over extra cover for a boundary. SRH:37/1 (7 Overs)20.28 IST: Yusuf Pathan comes on for a bowl.20.26 IST: Powerplay comes to and end with a brilliant over from  Narine.  SRH:30/1 (6 Overs)3?0? is the least number of runs conceded by our #Knights in the Powerplay in #IPL2017. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/GrypByiP28- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017Kane watched Narine well. He’s prepping up for some great strikes.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.24  IST: Sunil Narine comes on for a bowl K Williamson looks to be in spot of bother.20. 21 IST: Kane Williamson is the next man in. Good over from Umesh Yadav. SRH:27/1 (5 Overs)20.19 IST: U Yadav to S Dhawan OUT! Dhawan falls to the pressure of the dots! Good length outside off, Dhawan goes for the big shot but gets a top edge. The keeper calls for it and takes it diving forward. That is a well earned wicket for Kolkata and the dot balls have worked wonders for the Men from the east.WICKET! SRH – 2?5? / 1?Dhawan departs for 11 as #Uthappa takes a skier. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/yAzzYwbhuL- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.17 IST: Tight over from Trent Boult, giving away just five runs. SRH:25/0 (4 Overs)With just 2 powerplay overs left, we need a spike in our scores.We’re 25/0 after 4 overs.GO!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.13 IST: U Yadav to S Dhawan FOUR! He was waiting for it! As was the last ball, this too is a short one on the stumps, Dhawan gets across and pulls it nicely through long leg for a boundary. SRH: 20/0 (3 Overs)#Shikhar gets into a great position and punishes Umesh for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.09 IST: T Boult to D Warner FOUR! What a shot! Boult bowls it on a back of a length, Warner plays a forehand smash past the bowler for a boundary. That was some shot by the Australian. SRH:13/0 (2 Overs)140ks to Davey, and that’s a well struck shot to the fence. FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201720.05 IST: Trent Boult to share the new ball.20.02 IST: U Yadav to D Warner FOUR! Up and over! Shorter outside off, Warner gives himself room and slaps it over point for a boundary. Warner went after the length there. SRH:7/0 (1 Over)#DavidWarner starts with a smashing boundary towards point. #OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017Umesh Yadav has been the bane for  Hyderabad throughout. He dismissed David Warner three times in the six the both have met. He has also removed Yuvraj Singh and Naman Ojha two times each.Our Knight, @y_umesh has a good record against Sunrisers’ captain, David Warner. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR #3For3 pic.twitter.com/qoa92wBeZG- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201720.00 IST: The players are out in the middle. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are out to open the batting for Hyderabad. Kolkata begin with Umesh Yadav.#Shikhar and #DavidWarner walk into the middle. RT if you’re looking forward to some clean hitting.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvKKR- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201719.58 IST: The umpires are walking out. 19.50 IST: The history, the memories, the class of these two. #IPL@KP24 – Did you use this bat for six 6s?@YUVSTRONG12 – Na, the bat just did all the ‘talking’ #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/EdD3PmwG38- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017Playing XIs: Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent BoultSunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Vijay Shankar, Naman Ojha(w), Chris Jordan, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul#IPL Eliminator – Here are the Playing XIs for @SunRisers vs. @KKRiders #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/u30qYDds2G- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017David Warner: We would have batted first. That’s when we play best. Just the same philosophy as last year. Couple of forced changes for us too. Yuvi is back for us tonight. Jordan, Williamson and Bipul are in.Gautiam Gambhir: We have been chasing reasonably well, so there’s no point changing it. We have got four changes. Some are forced changes. Manish has got an injury. SuryaKumar Yadav, Piyush, Coulter-Nile and Jaggi are in.4? changes as Ishank Jaggi, Piyush, Coulter-Nile & S. Yadav come in for Rajpoot, Kuldeep, Colin & Manish. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZxZG1O3zzK- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017 19.31 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders win toss, will bowl.The @KKRiders are warming-up for the #IPL Eliminator at Bengaluru #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/N8AIGZtS59- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2017The @SunRisers are all set to take on the @KKRiders in the #IPL Eliminator #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/hO19ySLo7B- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201719.14 IST: The sky showing its colours?#IPL Eliminator – Chinnaswamy Stadium all set for @SunRisers vs @KKRiders #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/n80yNTuhDW- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 201719.12 IST: No prizes for guessing Hyderabad’s spearheads with the ball.  #Bhuvi has taken 21 wickets against KKR – most by a bowler.We fancy some more after tonight.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/6K6WDrYm57- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 2017 19.09 IST: Team talk from Tom.Just an hour to go! The troops are pumped. RT if you’re ready to witness this epic battle.#RiseOfOrange #OrangeArmy #SRHvKKR pic.twitter.com/YlFbTjGB17- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 17, 201719.07 IST: Both teams practiced hard for a cracker of a game.The #Knights are back at their favourite record-breaking venue. Watch team’s preparations for the big game – https://t.co/N5j52Lc0aL#3For3 pic.twitter.com/TWJlssTHri- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 2017Who’s ready for battle? ??Snippets of the #OrangeArmy training hard at the Chinnaswamy ahead of the Eliminator against KKR. #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/P58ioUCLyQ- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 16, 201719.05 IST: Umesh Yadav and Trent  Boult would have a few things about Sunrisers’ batting line-up. .@y_umesh & @trent_boult are ready for the battle against an explosive #SRH line-up. Who will have the final laugh? https://t.co/d6aG1fbnCb pic.twitter.com/wClbtxElu3- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 17, 201719:01 IST: Shikhar Dhawan preparing for tonight’s battle. Good batting practice before tomorrow’s game ?????? pic.twitter.com/dj5TKTOLh3- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 16, 201719:00 IST:  Hyderabad knocked Kolkata out last season, while the Knight Riders  have never won the Eliminator, losing on two occasions.Kolkata on the other hand are in a bit of a rut. At one stage, it looked like that they might finish in the top two but some poor batting performances have put them in a spot of bother and here they are, having to counter a strong Hyderabad side in a knockout. The batting order reshuffle hasn’t quite worked wonders. While Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have given them starts, it has reduced the likes of Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey to just cameos. Gautam Gambhir has a few issues to sort out and will hope that his team can get their mojo back. There is a bit of rain forecast, hopefully it stays away and we have a full game of cricket.Brief Preview:Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have to get back to their winning ways when they take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.The winner of the match will face Mumbai Indians on May 19 in Qualifier 2, which will decide the second participant of the final on May 21. Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday entered their maiden IPL final after beating Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in Qualifier 1.KKR, who lost four out of seven matches in the latter half of the season, will have to play out of their skins to make it to the second qualifier.In the last game against Mumbai Indians, their batting looked to have run out of patience and were guilty of poor shot selection more often than not.KKR were the team to beat early on in the season but they seemed to have peaked too early.The likes of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine will have their task cut out at the top of the order with the likes of India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on song having 25 scalps this seasons in 13 games and pacer Mohammed Siraj, who was bought for Rs 2.6 crore by SRH after his brilliant bowling in domestic matches, taking four wickets in the must-win game against Gujarat Lions to help Hyderabad qualify for the play-offs, in their ranks.Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has also been a revelation, bagging 17 wickets so far.Besides Lynn and Narine, KKR have Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa, who have scored 396 and 386 runs, respectively.Gambhir too was in form in the first half of the season but seemed off-colour in the business end and the skipper, who is placed in the third spot in the most runs list with 454 runs, will hope to lead from the front.As far as KKR’s bowling is concerned, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav have been on song, but will have to stop red-hot David Warner.Sunrisers, on the other hand, won eight games and lost five in their 14 league games to end the league stage at third position with 17 points.The team cemented their playoffs berth on the back of a resounding eight-wicket win over Gujarat in their last league match.Skipper Warner has been at his imperious best, scoring 600-plus runs in back-to-back seasons.He was the league’s second-highest run-scorer during the franchise’s maiden triumph last year.Southpaw Shikhar Dhawan has found form too. Dhawan has scored 468 runs so far this season, which forced selectors to pick him for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.Hyderabad would also like Yuvraj Singh, who started the season with a bang hammering 70 not out in the tournament opener against Bangalore, to get runs. He has aggregated only 243 runs from 11 matches with a couple of half-centuries.Squads:Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav.Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh.last_img read more

Hope to inspire more Indians to take up wrestling, says WWE champion Jinder Mahal

first_imgNewly-crowned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal hoped that his achievements can inspire more Indians to take up wrestling and felt that hard work is the key to greatness.On Sunday, Jinder Mahal defeated 13-time champion Randy Orton for the WWE Championship in SmackDown exclusive pay-per-view Backlash in Chigaco.Mahal is only the second Indian-origin WWE Champion after the Great Khali, who won the World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.”India is such a passionate place when it comes to WWE, it has a special place in the WWE universe. The most passionate fans are from India and I hope that I can motivate more Indians to pursue wresting or any athletics for that matter and become champions,” Mahal said in an interview to Times of India.Mahal said that there is no dearth of talent in India but there needs to be more representation from the country in all sports at the world platform.”I hope they go on to represent India because in sports there is lack of Indian athletes. I think we have lots of talent there, we have everything and hopefully this (win) kick-starts and motivates younger people to pursue their dreams – whether it is WWE or cricket or anything like this,” Mahal added.Mahal felt great to be representing India on such a big platform and having defeated a legendary wrestler like Orton, he wanted to achieve more.”It feels great. Randy Orton is one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time, 13-time WWE champion and to knock off somebody like him, the ‘Apex Predator’ is a great feeling; being a WWE champion and to be representing India is tremendous. Hopefully this will be the first of many WWE title reigns to come,” Mahal said.advertisementMahal answered the criticism he had received for his drastic physical transformation and said that it was all his hard work and strict diet.”I don’t know what kind of criticism that was. I worked hard in the gym a lot. All the WWE talents are drug tested by a third-party agency and I have been tested multiple times and never had an issue, so you know my transformation is all diet, all hard work.”Mahal thanked his Indian fans for all their support and urged people to play sports and stay healthy. He specially advised the youth of Punjab to leave drugs and respect their body.”I want to say thank you to everybody for supporting me. I also want to send a message to India’s youth. Anything is possible. Especially in Punjab, there is a huge drug problem right now. Stay away from that, take care of your body and respect yourself. Play sports, do exercise, stay healthy, get a good education and better your life,” Mahal signed off.last_img read more

Hyderabad Sailing Week at Hussain Sagar lake from tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 27 (PTI) The Hyderabad Sailing Week would be held at the Hussain Sagar lake here from tomorrow and the event will see participation from more than 200 different types of boats.The Sailing Week, to be held till July 8, is the only Olympic class event in the country which is being conducted continuously for the last 32 years, an official release said here today.”This year also we have taken the onus to give heavy weight Single Handler Olympic Class ?Finn? a participation at this mega platform,” the release quoted Lieutenant General KK Aggarwal, Commodore EME Sailing Association, as saying.”We already have an Olympian in Finn Class from the country, this is for the first time that it is being sailed in any Senior Multi Class event in the country,” he said.The Hyderabad Sailing Week-Senior Multi Class Sailing Championship-2017 is organised by Laser Class Association of India, EME Sailing Association and Secunderabad Sailing Club with the support of the Sports Authority of Telangana.It is held under the aegis of Yachting Association of India and International Laser Class Association.More than 200 different types of boats would take part in the competition. The release added that 96 Races in Senior and Olympic — Laser (Std, Rdl, 4.7), RS:X, 470, Hobie-16, Finn & Ent classes are scheduled to be held. PTI SJR RSY BASlast_img read more

India vs Australia, Women’s World Cup live streaming: When and where to watch

first_imgIndia will aim to take one step closer to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup when they take on mighty Australia in their penultimate round robin clash here at the Bristol County Ground on Wednesday.Both sides were beaten last time out, India by a huge margin of 115 runs at the hands of South Africa, and Australia in dramatic circumstances by hosts England by only three runs.For Australia, a strong net run-rate means the situation is not yet alarming, but India faces this match, followed by a clash with New Zealand, knowing that it almost certainly has to win one of these games.Where to watchTV – Star Sports HD 1Online – Live Stream on hotstar??º????Want to watch your team in action today? Here’s where you can catch today’s #WWC17 games! #AUSvIND #SLvSA #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/0cWjBNLlA0- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 12 July 2017last_img read more

R Ashwin’s childhood coach Sunil Subramaniam named India Team Manager

first_imgFormer Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner Sunil Subramaniam, who is best known as premier India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s childhood coach, was on Friday appointed the administrative manager of the national cricket team.Subramaniam, who played 74 matches for Assam and Tamil Nadu, was appointed for a one-year term and will join the team ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka, beginning from August 3 in Colombo.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday appointed former first class cricketer Sunil Subramaniam as the administrative manager of Team India (Senior Men),” the BCCI said in a statement.”Subramaniam has 285 wickets to his name from 74 matches in first class cricket. He captained Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy and is a National Cricket Academy (NCA) certified coach.”He also has a rich vein of experience when it comes to management and administrative capabilities having served both public and private sector organisations for over 16 years,” the statement added.last_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin fastest to Test double of 2000 runs and 275 wickets

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin has established himself as a reliable all-rounder and he proved his worth yet again with a solid half-century to help India pile up important runs against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.Playing his 51st Test, Ashwin slammed his 11th fifty before he was clean bowled by Rangana Herath for 54 off 92 balls. In the process, Ashwin also completed 2000 runs in Test cricket and became the quickest to score 2000 runs and pick 275 wickets, surpassing Richard Hadlee who achieved the landmark in 58 matches.The Tamil Nadu tweaker also became the third quickest player to reach the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in Test cricket. Ian Botham, who had achieved the milestone in 42 Tests, was the fastest to the feat. Former India captain Kapil Dev and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan were joint second fastest, doing it in 50 matches.He also became the fourth Indian after Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to achieve the the feat.Ashwin joined Ajinkya Rahane in the middle after Cheteshwar Pujara (133) was dismissed early on the second day of the second Test. The duo was involved in a 63-run stand for the fifth wicket as India continued to dominate Sri Lanka at Colombo.India had won the first Test by 304 runs in the series opener at Galle and are on the verge of their eighth successive Test series victory.last_img read more

JioPhone: Rush crashes Jio website, makes MyJio app almost unusable

first_imgThe pre-booking for “India ka phone” aka JioPhone starts today at 5:30pm. Update: No, it seems that the pre-booking is starting from 6PM. Earlier Reliance said that it was 5pm but apparently the correct time is 5.30PM. This is when the pre-booking for the JioPhone will open on the Jio website, inside the MyJio app and at the authorised offline stores. The JioPhone, which is effectively free but more on this later, was announced by Mukesh Ambani at the company’s 40th annual general meet held on July 21 in Mumbai.Update: There seems to be great rush to the Jio website for the JioPhone and that has crashed the website. It is either not opening for most people or it is opening very slow. But even when it is opening, the link for JioPhone pre-booking is not working in most instances. Worse, the situation is same with the MyJio app. That too is very very slow and is either not opening or crashing. Consumers can pre-book JioPhone through the website, MyJio app and from offline retailers associated with Jio. As the JioPhone goes on pre-booking — and effectively on sale today — Jio is also answering a lot of questions that people have around the phone’s specification. The JioPhone specifications have been finally revealed along with its key features.The launch event saw not only the announcement but also a demo of  what the JioPhone could be like and what all features it will come with. We even saw Isha Ambani along with Akash Ambani and Kiran Thomas giving us a demo of how the JioPhone operates on voice commands for sending text messages, making calls and even for playing music.  Isha Ambani also detailed about the features of the phone. Though the trio spoke a lot about the JioPhone, not all details were revealed. For example, the full specifications were not showed.advertisementWith the pre-bookings starting today, Jio has updated its official website and given us the final picture of the much-hyped JioPhone.JioPhone specsFirst this first, and this is something we confirmed earlier as well, the JioPhone is going to be a single SIM phone. This is in contrary to all the previous rumours that predicted the JioPhone would come with dual SIM support. The phone comes with single nanoSIM slot.The JioPhone sports a 2.4-inch QWVGA (240×320 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The spec sheet reveals that the phone runs on KAI OS. The device is backed by a 2000mAh removable battery which as per company claims offers 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.The phone comes with 4GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. In terms of optics,  the JioPhone features a 2MP rear camera at the back and a VGA camera on the front.Further the phone has an alphanumeric keypad with 4 way navigation keys, Torchlight, USB 2.0 support, WiFi, NFC, FM Radio, and Bluetooth. The JioPhone comes only in Black colour.The box will contain the handset, battery, SIM card, charger adaptor, warranty card and quick service guide.As far as the specifications are concerned, there is nothing earth-shattering here. The JioPhone is a very inexpensive device and its hardware too shows the same. But then this is also a free phone, will offer free voice calls (with a cheap monthly plan) and offers some smartphone like features such as basic web browsing and access to apps like JioTV.How to pre-book JioPhone?Now that the specs details are out of the way, the question comes “how to book the JioPhone”? The JioPhone pre-booking can be done both offline and online channels. To book online, you can either visit the company’s website Jio.com or download the MyJio app. The company has a dedicated page for the pre-booking which goes live today at 5:30pm.Also Read: JioPhone pre-booking starts today: When and how to book, Rs 500 security fee & all questions answeredIt is important to note that when you book the JioPhone today, you will have to pay Rs 500. As for why, we explain it below.For those willing to book offline, you can visit a nearby Jio Store, Reliance Digital store or any multi-retail store to book your JioPhone. Please note that not all Reliance Digital stores will take the registrations for the phone. Only those retailers who have purchased the Jio pre-booking vouchers are eligible to take the pre-bookings. It is advisable to carry your Aadhaar card along with you.advertisementThe JioPhone will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to only those who pre-book the phone starting today.JioPhone is effectively free then why Rs 500 for pre-booking?Jio in a statement released to the media has said that buyer needs to pay Rs 500 to pre-book the phone. This amount will be adjusted in the security deposit of Rs 1500 which is refundable after 3 years. The rest Rs 1000 needs to be paid at the time of the delivery of the device. Jio says that it is taking Rs 500 against every JioPhone booking to avoid ‘potential misuse’.In our opinion, asking users to pay Rs 500 is a welcome move from Jio. This will ensure that only the people who want the JioPhone will book it. So, there are no needless queues, similar to what we saw with the Jio SIM card last year because that was free. This time around, people will go to a Jio store to get the device only if they are serious about it because it entails paying Rs 500.last_img read more

US Open: Ice creams, milk shakes- Nick Kyrgios admits he lacks dedication

first_imgPlaying basketball, eating ice creams and drinking milk shakes during tennis tournaments.Nick Kyrgios admitted he had not been dedicated in his rollercoaster of a career after being dumped out of the US Open in the first round on Tuesday.The mercurial 22-year-old, one of the most gifted players on the tour, lost 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 against fellow Australian John Millman after hurting his right shoulder.The 14th seed had treatment at the beginning of the third set after levelling at 1-1, but Kyrgios gradually appeared to lose interest in the match.The 22-year-old received a warning for allegedly cursing and broke his racket as he produced a string of unforced errors at Louis Armstrong Stadium in front of his coach, Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean.”I’m not good enough for him. You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach,” Kyrgios told a news conference that turned into a self-battering session.”He probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”Although he said he was focussed on the US Open, Kyrgios said he had not always been dedicated, citing his behaviour at the Cincinnati Open, where he reached the final.”I was probably less dedicated than I was this week. I was playing basketball at Lifetime Fitness every day for two hours. Like I played an hour of basketball before I played David Ferrer in the semi-final,” he said.”I was going to ice cream, like this Graeter’s place getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated.”advertisementReuters PhotoKyrgios added he did not know if he would continue with Grosjean, explaining he was not a player who could be trusted.”I keep letting people down,” he said.”I’m not dedicated to the game at all. There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”Nothing that really depresses Kyrgios, though.”It’s not the end of the world. I will get over it in probably half an hour. I will get food and watch the matches. It is what it is,” he said.There is one thing, however, that Kyrgios manages to get seriously involved in: the Davis Cup.”I have put a lot of effort into Davis Cup this year. I obviously made myself available for every tie,” he said.”You know, really bought in, really gave everything, we are doing so well. It is my goal to win the Davis Cup, so we’ll see.”Australia take on Belgium in Brussels form September 15-17.”Well, I’ve got time up my sleeve now,” said Kyrgiolast_img read more

Pakistan mark return of international cricket by beating Sri Lanka

first_imgPakistan marked the return of international cricket to the country with a rip-roaring 36-run Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka in front of a packed stadium in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday.Powered by a lightning 51 off 24 balls by Shoaib Malik and a bowling attack led by paceman Mohammmad Amir, the hosts made sure the fans would enjoy a night to remember as Pakistan finally hosted an international cricket fixture on home soil after being shunned by foreign teams for eight years due to security risks.Pakistan’s isolation began when a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team’s bus in Lahore left six security personnel and two civilians dead while six players were injured.Since then, Pakistan have been forced to play designated ‘home’ matches primarily in the United Arab Emirates.”I’d like to thank the Sri Lankan team… this is something we have missed for many years,” Malik said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.”Thanks for inviting us, we really love you guys,” said Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera, whose side were beaten 3-0 in the series with the first two matches having taken place in Abu Dhabi.After Sunday’s game, jubilant Pakistani fans exiting the stadium danced and played drums on the streets of Lahore.”I cannot forget that horrible day when the Sri Lankan team was attacked,” said cricket enthusiast Altaf Akram.”They have taken a big step. All Pakistanis welcome the Sri Lankans … who are (now) heroes of Pakistan.”Security for Sunday’s match comprised 16,000 police officials and over 250 surveillance vehicles deployed around Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, a police official said.advertisement”Police have taken unprecedented security measures for (the) match,” Deputy Inspector General Haider Ashraf told Reuters, adding that aerial surveillance and CCTV cameras were also being utilised.”Police snipers have been deployed at all high buildings around Gaddafi Stadium,” he added.Pakistan officials hope Sunday’s match will encourage other countries to send their teams by next year.West Indies have already committed to a tour although the dates have yet to be finalised, cricket board chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters.Plans to bring cricket to other Pakistani cities are also underway with four domestic T20 fixtures from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) competition planned in southern metropolis Karachi.”We want to hold two double headers in Karachi midway through the PSL and then have the final in Lahore,” he said.”Sri Lanka, West Indies, PSL, the next slot which is open to Pakistan and any other country, there will be cricket here, I guarantee you that.”last_img read more

Angelo Mathews returns as Sri Lanka drop Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva for India Test series

first_imgThe Sri Lankan selectors on Sunday dropped batsman Kusal Mendis from their 15-member squad while Angelo Mathews returned to the side in the upcoming tour of India.Right-handed opener Kaushal Silva was also omitted from the team that emerged victorious against Pakistan in the recent Test series held in the UAE.Mathews was ruled out of the Test series against Pakistan due to a calf muscle injury. Since making his Test debut in 2015, the 22-year-old Mendis was being seen as the best batting prospect for Sri Lanka after the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.Mendis will miss out on a Test match after 22 consecutive appearances since his debut. Former skipper Mathews returns to the side which features middle-order batsman Roshen Silva as the only uncapped player.Sri Lanka are slated to play three Tests, three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals in India.The squad will leave for India on Wednesday.Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrema, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimnne, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera, Lahiru Gamage, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernanado, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Roshen Silva.last_img read more

Yanks Sink Mariners in 11, 5-3

first_imgSEATTLE — Garrett Jones hasn’t played all that much this season, but made sure to take advantage of his latest chance to help the Yankees get a win.Jones hit a go-ahead three-run home run with two outs in the 11th inning and New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 the night of June 2.“It was just nice to help the team win and be in there and just deliver,” said Jones, who gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead by drilling a fastball over the fence in center “It just put a big smile on my face to see them smiling and happy. It meant a lot to help the team.”New York needed a run in the ninth inning, too. Facing Seattle closer Fernando Rodney while trailing 2-1, Chase Headley walked and moved to third on a two-out, pinch-hit single by Brian McCann.Stephen Drew followed with an RBI double to the game.“Just trying to get a good pitch to hit,” said Drew, who entered the game hitting .160. “Not try to do too much. Been in these situations before. (Rodney) made a good pitch, I put a good swing on it.“It was all around a great team win tonight. It was a lot of fun. Game was going back and forth, it was fun to be a part of.”Justin Wilson (2-0) pitched a clean 10th for the win and Andrew Miller gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano before striking out Nelson Cruz with two on base for his 16th save.Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) allowed two-out hits to Drew and Brett Gardner before making way to Joe Beimel in the 11th. Jones greeted Beimel with his second home run of the season.Mike Montgomery was in line to earn the win in his MLB debut after leaving following six innings of work. The Mariners’ left-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.“It was definitely a lot of nerves going in,” Montgomery said. “By the third or fourth inning, I kind of settled in a bit and started to feel more comfortable out there.”Austin Jackson reached base safely in all six plate appearances and his RBI double gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The double also chased CC Sabathia from the game. The New York starter allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more