Telangana govt announces Rs 5 crore reward to P V Sindhu

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 20 (PTI) Telangana government today announced cash reward of Rs 5 crore to Olympic silver medalist in womens badminton singles P V Sindhu.The 21-year-old from Hyderabad crumbled under the relentless pressure created by Spains Carolina Marin to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a pulsating final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes last night.After chairing a state cabinet meeting at Secretariat here, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said it has been decided to provide Rs 5 crore cash reward and 1,000 yards of land to Sindhu.Besides KCR also offered the ace shuttler a government job, if she is willing to do.”There is a need to encourage sports personalities. Like Sania Mirza, who brought laurels by winning several tournaments after encouragement by the government, we hope Sindhu will also bring many laurels by winning many more tournaments in the future. She is coming to Hyderabad on August 22. The Cabinet has decided to accord her a grand reception,” Rao told reporters.The Chief Minister also announced cash reward of Rs 1 crore to Sindhus coach P Gopichand and praised his efforts to produce shuttlers who are in the world top-50 like Saina Nehwal, P Kashyap and others.Rao also said the Cabinet decided to give cash reward of Rs 1 crore to grappler Sakshi Malik, who won bronze at the Rio Olympics.Sindhu, the two-time World championship bronze medallist, became the first Indian woman to clinch a Silver in the Olympics and fifth woman player from India to win a medal in the quadrennial games. PTI VVK NRB RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy C9 with 6GB RAM, 16MP front cam spotted online

first_imgSamsung may be looking to launch an all-new Galaxy C9 smartphone in the days to come as the phone in question has been spotted doing the rounds, on not one, but two different benchmark websites . The listings give away some key hardware specifics of the alleged Galaxy C9 and by the looks of it we are looking at a mid-level phone with some a pretty good spec-sheet. Of course, Samsung is yet to make the phone official, so we suggest you take this piece of information with a pinch of salt.According to AnTuTu and Geekbench, the alleged Samsung Galaxy C9 will come with a FullHD 1080p display and will be powered by a 1.4Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor clubbed with whopping 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of in-built memory. The phone will reportedly run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.The Galaxy C9 is further said to sport a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and another 16-megapixel camera on the front.That is all we know about Samsung’s rumoured Galaxy C9 for now. Some reports suggest that Samsung may launch it sometime in October, or even in November. There is no word yet regarding pricing and probable availability.Meanwhile, Samsung is looking to launch a new On-range phone in India soon enough. The company will most probably launch the phone in collaboration with online retail website Flipkart as it is the latter that has been teasing the phone off-late. Also, the phone is also likely to launch sometime in early October, quite possibly on October 2, which marks the beginning of its Big Billion Days sale. The phone, likely to be called the Galaxy On8 will come with a Super AMOLED screen with a FullHD display of 1920×1080 pixel resolution. It will come with 3GB RAM and a long lasting battery, as per Flipkart.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung teases Galaxy On8 on Flipkart, may launch with Big Billion Days salelast_img read more

Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar among 3 Pakistanis India believes are behind the Uri attack

first_imgThree days after the Uri terror attack, India Today has learned from sources that Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) Kashif Jaan, Rauf Asgar and Masood Azhar may have masterminded the brazen attack.Kashif Jaan, the JeM operative who had escorted the Pathankot terrorists till the border, could also have been the handler of the terrorists who carried out the attack in Uri, sources in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told India Today. The NIA suspects that the JeM handler could have gone underground post the Uri attack. After a preliminary investigation confirms the role of the three JeM men, India will ask Pakistan to arrest these terrorists and hand them over to India. Not ready to let Pakistan slip away, India, this time, will seek the support of international agencies to force Pakistan to act against these homegrown terrorists. NIA COLLECTS EVIDENCE In another development, the Army has handed over crucial evidences and documents related to the Uri terror attack to the NIA. A team of NIA officials is also collecting evidences and samples from the attack site in Uri to zero down on the perpetrators who carried out one of the most dastardly attacks on the Indian army.ALSO READ: Uri attack: Parrikar seeks report from Army on how terrorists managed to infiltrate camp Sources said that the NIA is working on different theories and will take the help of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to collect incriminating evidence. DNA SAMPLES WILL BE THE KEY The NIA will also collect DNA samples of the slain terrorists. It will seek the help of the Army, IB and RAW to get the identities of the terrorists verified. Sources have told India Today that once the identities are verified, the NIA will identify the relatives of the terrorists in Pakistan and confront its neighbour and ask for the samples of the relatives.  Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that in the Pathankot terror attack case, despite repeated reminders, Pakistan did not provide the DNA samples of the Pakistan-based relatives of the slain terrorists. The MHA will discuss the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs and try to take it up with Pakistan. The MHA does not want a repeat of the Pathankot case and is keen to not allow Pakistan to sleep over the DNA sample issue in the Uri attack case.advertisementALSO READ: Uri attack: India to respond at multiple levels, but will the stand be aggressive? TERRORISTS OBSERVED THE CAMP It is being suspected that the terrorists parked themselves near the camp and observed the activities of the troop possibly for a day or two before carrying out the attack on Sunday. INTERCEPTS TO BE SOUGHT The NIA is set to seek the complete intercepts of the Army, the IB and the RAW in and around the Uri sector for the last two to four months.  LEADS ON INSIDER ROLE Sources have said that the NIA has got some leads regarding the role of insiders in the Uri terror attack which will be probed thoroughly. “The NIA has got crucial information on the role of insiders who provided shelter to the terrorists and also on those who leaked information regarding the troop movements,” sources told India Today.last_img read more

Online ticket sales for Vijenders fight commences

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) The online ticket sales for Indian boxing star Vijender Singhs WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title defence — Night of the Champions on December 17 — began today. The tickets are available on Tickets for general stands are priced at Rs. 1000, Premium Stand for Rs. 1500, VIP Stand Rs. 2000, Gold Ringside tickets for Rs. 10,000 and Platinum Ringside for Rs. 15000. There will be an early bird discount of 10 per cent till November 30. Around 5000 tickets are up for sale for the event. Undefeated Vijender will defend his title against former world champion and current Intercontinental champion Francis Cheka. Vijender had won his title defeating Australian boxer Kerry Hope on July 16 at the same venue. Commenting on this, Neerav Tomar, Promoter, IOS Boxing Promotions said, “Seeing the grand success of the last fight night, we are sure that the loyalty of boxing fans has increased in our country, since our last fight night held in July and the sport is doing comparatively better.” Vijender has seven wins under his belt, with six being Knockouts while his opponent — the 34-year-old experienced boxer from Tanzania — is a veteran of 43 fights with 32 wins including 17 KOs. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

ISL: Late Iain Hume goal secures Atletico de Kolkata 1-1 draw against NorthEast United

first_imgCanadian footballer Iain Hume’s last-ditch goal earned Atletico de Kolkata a crucial point in a 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League (ISL) match here on Thursday.NorthEast conceded a goal in the last minute of regulation time after taking an early lead to hand Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) a crucial point at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium.Argentina’s Nicolas Velez helped the away side take lead in the fifth minute. But their hopes of snapping a four-match losing streak evaporated when Hume restored parity in the 90th minute to avoid what looked like their third defeat in five outings.ATK coach Jose Molina made three changes in the team, playing Javi Lara, Stephen Pearson and Arnab Mondal in place of the injured Sameehg Doutie, Jewel Raja and Tiri.NorthEast coaach Coach Nelo Vingada shocked everyone by dropping marquee player Didier Zokora, replacing him with Brazilian Gustavo Lazzaretti.Romaric also returned to the starting line-up with Robert Cullen making way for him, while Nirmal Chettri, Robin Gurung and Emiliano Alfaro were also given starts.The visitors took the lead moments after taking the field, making the most of some slack defending by ATK.ATK defender Henrique Sereno – with forward Emiliano Alfaro breathing down his neck – miscued his pass.NorthEast forward Nicolas Velez dribbled past ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder to slot the ball home.Rattled by the early setback, the hosts tried to regroup with marquee striker Helder Postiga and midfielder Stephen Pearson coming close to drawing level in an otherwise tepid first 45 minutes.advertisementAt halftime, ATK trailed by the solitary goal.Looking to turn the tide of the tie, Molina substituted and off-colour Lalrindika Ralte with Abhinash Ruidas after the breather.But fortunes refused to change for the past champions as the closest they came to scoring was from a Javi Lara corner which was headed wide from the goalline.At the other end, NorthEast’s Japanese midfielder Yusa Katsumi crossed for striker Emiliano Alfaro but the Uruguayan’s shot was blocked by Debjit.Alfaro got a second opportunity minutes later when he had an open goal in front of him but somehow conjured to head straight at Debjit pulled off a good reflex save.Vingada brought in Shouvik Ghosh and Zokora late on to see off the tie and seal the win.Just when things looked good for them, Hume stabbed in a Postiga headed pass from a Lara free-kick into the net.last_img read more

India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012

first_imgIndia on Monday trampled England by a massive 246 runs in the second Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. England, chasing an improbable victory target of 405, were all out for 158 in 97.3 overs, soon after lunch on the fifth and final day in Vizag.The touring side lost all 10 of their second-innings wickets for 83 runs after openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed combined in a stand of 75 runs on Sunday. After resuming on 87/2, England lost five wickets in the first session on Monday and then the last three to Ravichandran Ashwin (3/52) and Jayant Yadav (3/30) after the break. (Scorecard)India are now undefeated in 16 consecutive home Tests (since losing to England at Kolkata in December 2012). There has been only one longer undefeated home streak for India in all Tests.India’s longest undefeated streaks at home: Tests Won Drawn Period 20 6 14 1977-1980 16* 13 3 2012-till date 16 2 14 1960-1964 12 7 5 2001-2003 12 9 3 2010-2012Indian captain Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match after scoring 167 and 81. Kohli also stretched his unbeaten streak as India captain to 15 matches, surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 14 unbeaten Tests.Kohli has not suffered a single defeat in his last 15 Tests as captain. Among all India captains only two have a longer undefeated streak.Longest unbeaten streaks for Indian captains: Tests Result Captain From To 18 6 wins, 12 draws Sunil Gavaskar Jan 24, 1976 Jan 20, 1980 17 4 wins, 13 draws Kapil Dev Sept 14, 1985 Mar 09, 1987 15* 11 wins, 4 draws Virat Kohli Aug 20, 2015  14 9 wins, 5 draws Mohammad Azharuddin Jan 02, 1993 Dec 05, 1994 10 1 win, 9 draws Sachin Tendulkar Apr 04, 1997 Nov 02, 1999- Gavaskar’s streak came at the start of his captaincy stint.advertisement- Kapil’s streak came towards end of his captaincy career, which came to an end with a defeat in his last Test as captain.Kohli’s record as Test captain:  Matches Won Lost Drawn Win % Overall 19 11 2 6 57.89 At home 9 7 0 2 77.77 Away 10 4 2 4 40.00India’s most successful captains (in terms of wins): Captain Matches Won Lost Drawn Win % MS Dhoni 60 27 18 15 45.00 Sourav Ganguly 49 21 13 15 42.86 Mohd Azharuddin 47 14 14 19 29.79 Virat Kohli 19 11 2 6 57.89 Nawab Pataudi Jr 40 9 19 12 22.50 Sunil Gavaskar 47 9 8 30 19.15(Stats by Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

Sane left out of Man City squad

first_imgLeroy Sane has been left out of the Manchester City squad for the game against Newcastle on Saturday evening.Sources have told Goal that Pep Guardiola is unhappy with the winger’s attitude.The Catalan believes Sane needs to be sent a message and has taken the decision to omit him from the matchday 18. 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! The 22-year-old has struggled for game time in City’s first three games of the season and was disappointing when introduced from the bench during the 1-1 draw at Wolves last Saturday.Guardiola said during pre-season that Sane was “far from his best”, but insisted ahead of the Wolves game that there have been no problems with his attitude or fitness.“In the past two weeks in training, I’ve seen the Leroy that I know and we know,” Guardiola told the press. “I am delighted about that.”You know about his performances in pre-season, he arrived late and now he is getting back like Leroy is.”Behind the scenes, however, Guardiola and his staff have been left unimpressed by Sane’s focus, and believes he needs a jolt in order to get back to the kind of form that saw him named Young Player of the Year last season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

PSG rest Neymar ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgNeymar has been rested for Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Saint-Etienne on Friday ahead of their Champions League date with Liverpool.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said in his pre-match news conference on Thursday that he was toying with the idea of leaving Neymar out of the squad following the international break.Neymar started – and scored in – both of Brazil’s friendlies against United States and El Salvador, leaving Tuchel to ponder whether it was worth risking him against Saint-Etienne due to his travels. 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! Ultimately, the German has opted to leave Neymar at home to ensure he is completely fresh to face Liverpool at Anfield in their Champions League Group C opener on Tuesday.However, Neymar’s Brazil team-mates Marquinhos and Thiago Silva have been included in Tuchel’s 19-man squad, while new signings Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Juan Bernat are in line for their debuts.There is also a place for Marco Verratti, who has not featured competitively for the club since the end of March due to a groin injury.Kylian Mbappe begins the first of his three-match ban after getting sent off against Nimes last time out.last_img read more

Bayern Munich left fuming over Champions League ‘robbery’

first_imgBayern Munich left the Santiago Bernabeu furious with referee Viktor Kassai and his team of assistants after being knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Tuesday.Real Madrid won 4-2 after extra-time to advance with a 6-3 aggregate success but Cristiano Ronaldo was offside for two of his three goals and a harsh dismissal for Arturo Vidal left a fuming Bayern with 10 men.Chile midfielder Vidal was shown a second yellow card by Kassai in the 84th minute for what appeared a clean challenge on Marco Asensio, tilting the game in Madrid’s favour as they entered extra-time trailing 2-1.Ronaldo scored the next goal in the 105th minute from a clear offside position, and then sent Madrid 3-2 up on the night when fractionally offside.”When they rob a game from you like that, it’s very tough. This error can’t happen in the Champions League,” said Vidal.”When it was 2-1 they got scared and the referee started putting on his show. We played with one less man at home and here, too. The referee put us out of the Champions League.”There were other contentious decisions on the night, including Casemiro avoiding a red card for a late foul on Bayern’s Arjen Robben when already booked and an offside against Robert Lewandowski in the second half when the Polish striker was well placed.”It’s very harsh, two offside goals, the red card for Casemiro before mine,” said Vidal.”The dressing room is very sad because we really wanted to go through but we have to keep improving and hope these things will not happen again.advertisement”We’re very angry, a game with that much intensity can’t be decided by the referee.”Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti agreed with Vidal and said in his media conference that the referees needed video help.”Arturo’s card was not a card and then two goals for Cristiano were offside,” said the Italian.”We are not happy about this. In a quarter-final you have to have a referee with more quality, I think. It’s time to introduce videos for the referees.”His Real Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane did not want to discuss the refereeing but he claimed Bayern’s second goal could have also been ruled offside.Lewandowski appeared to be fractionally offside in the buildup to Sergio Ramos’s own goal, causing panic in the area before the defender prodded the ball past Keylor Navas.”They have told me their second goal was also offside. It goes both ways, that is football,” said Zidane.”More than the second yellow (for Vidal) or the offside goals, the six goals we scored over the two games mean we deserved to go through in the tie.”last_img read more

IPL 2017, SRH vs DD: This is how Sunrisers Hyderabad tamed Delhi Daredevils at home

first_imgHyderabad have kept their record at their den intact. A sensationalperformance from them. Samson and Billings started the attack but thelatter was sent back quickly back into the hut. The former added animportant partnership with Karun Nair to set up the base as they werechasing a really big total. Just when the time came to shift the gears,they failed to make a mark there. (SCORECARD | POINTS TALLY)Shreyas Iyer scored a fifty but that’s the only highlight of the Delhibatting as the Sri Lankan captain could hardly make his presence felt in the middle. Hyderabad have always been good with the ball and they once again showed that by putting in a decent performance. The debutantMohammed Siraj picked up two crucial wickets for his team. BhuvneshwarKumar went wicketless but he proved his worth by bowling in the deathonce again. Hyderabad will be be really happy with their performance and Delhi maybe should have worked a bit better on their batting line-up.HIGHLIGHTS: DELHI DAREDEVILS INNINGS 23.40 IST: Single to end the innings. Shreyas Iyer can only slap it towards extracover and takes a single. Delhi have lost the match but the onlypositive for them will be that with this run, Iyer has completed his 5th Indian T20 League fifty. In any case, HYDERABAD WIN THIS MATCH BY 15RUNS!23.36 IST: OUT! Kaul with a wicket! A rather disappointing knock from the Lankanhas come to an end. He comes down to this back of a length ball andheaves it towards wide long on where the substitute Chris Jordan takesan easy catch.advertisement23.35 IST: Siddarth Kaul, you beauty! What an amazing delivery to bowl in such apressure situation. Gets it right in the blockhole, follows AngeloMathews who can only connect it with thin air. Goes through him and it’s a good take by Naman Ojha behind the stumps who dives to his left.23.34 IST: Oh what a ball, Kaul! Right on the money with that yorker. Fires it onmiddle and leg, it’s angling in and Mathews can only keep it out.23.33 IST: SIX! BAM! That’s outta here! High full and Mathews has sent the freebiepacking. He heaves it high over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 17off 4 now.23.31 IST: Siddarth Kaul to bowl the final over. 24 needed off 6 balls. Shreyas Iyer will be on strike to face it.23.30 IST: FOUR! That’s an exceptional shot from Shreyas Iyer. Brilliant. It’s full just outside off, Iyer gets low and opens the bat face at the lastsecond. Gets it past the short third man fielder for a boundary.23.26 IST: FOUR! Shot. He picked the gap and that’s away. Iyer heaves it awaythrough backward square leg for a boundary. The visitors need 34 off 12.23.24 IST: FOUR! Shot. Full and angling in on middle and leg, Mathews slogs thishard and clears the infield over square leg. Nobody out there in thedeep and that’ll be a boundary.23.23 IST: Siddarth Kaul is back for a bowl.23.20 IST: FOUR! Excellent shot. Great innovation from Shreyas Iyer. He makes room andcuts it over the short third man fielder for a boundary. Delhi need 47off the last three overs.23.15 IST: FOUR! Nicely done. Mathews just tickles it fine down the leg side and picks up a boundary off Henriques.23.10 IST: SIX! Another big one! Fuller on off, Iyer slogs this over mid-wicket bycoming down the track. Clears the fence with ease and that’ll be another biggie. DD 127/4 in 15 overs23.09 IST: SIX! Brilliant hit! Iyer comes down the track, gets close to the pitchand smokes brilliantly over the long off boundary for half a dozen.23.08 IST: Rashid Khan is back into the attack.23.06 IST: FOUR! Shot! Short and angling in, Iyer makes room, comes down the track and cuts it over backward point for a boundary. DD 111/4 in 14 overs23.03 IST: OUT! Siraj removes Samson for 42. Length delivery around off, Samson looks to go big but gets a big topedge. It lobs towards Moises Henriques at extra cover who runs to hisleft and takes a good catch. Hyderabad in an extremely strong positionnow. Things are looking bleak for the visiting side. DD 105/4 in 13.1 overs, chasing 192.  Angelo Mathews is the next man in. 87 required off 41 deliveries. Can he do something special?22.56 IST: FOUR! Short from Henriques and Iyer just uses the pace of the ball. Hearches back, knows third man is up and ramps it over the fielder therefor a boundary.advertisement22.50 IST: Bye! Short and wide outside off, the ball bounces up a bit more. Iyergoes for the cut and he misses. Seems like an edge for a moment. Thekeeper fails to collect it and the batsmen run a bye. DD 87/3 in 10 overs22.46 IST: OUT! Yuvraj removes Pant for duck! Golden duck for Pant! Full and outside off, Pant thinks of going overthe long on region for a biggie. Goes way across to hit it but he failsto make the contact he wants. Miscues it towards the fielder at long on. Warner judges it really well and takes a fine catch. DD 86/3 in 9.5 overs, chasing 192. Shreyas Iyer is the new man in.22.44 IST: OUT! Nair run out for 33. Karun Nair has to walk back! Fuller delivery into the pads, Samson clips it through the mid-wicket region. Vijay Shankar from deep cuts it offreally quickly and throws it at the non-striker’s end. Karun Nair isrunning towards the danger end and he is struggling to complete thesecond. Yuvraj is quick to dislodge the bails. The umpires go upstairsto check the run out. Replays show that Karun Nair was short of hiscrease. DD 85/2 in 9.2 overs, chasing 192. Rishabh Pant is the next man to walk in.22.43 IST: FOUR! Welcome Yuvraj into the attack! Short and wide outside off, Samson spanks it past the cover-point fielder for a boundary.22.42 IST: Yuvraj Singh comes on for a bowl.22.39 IST: Nine overs are gone and Delhi are firmly placed at 80/1. Samson and Nair have done well to keep the required run-rate under control and Time Out has been taken!22.36 IST: SIX! Sensational! Length delivery in the line of the stumps, Karun Nairdances down the track and just lofts it over the extra cover region forhalf a dozen. DD 75/1 in 8 overs22.34 IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery into the pads, Samson tickles it really fine past the keeper for a boundary. Fifty-run stand comes up between Samson and Nair. 22.32 IST: Moises Henriques is into the attack now.22.28 IST: FOUR! A boundary from Nair off Rashid to end the power play. Top shot! Tossed up outside off, Nair sits low and sweeps it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. DD 56/1 in 6 overs 22.26 IST: FOUR! Deft! Quicker one down the leg side, Samson clips it really fine past the keeper for a boundary. Fifty up for Delhi.22.25 IST: Rashid Khan is brought into the bowling attack.22.24 IST: FOUR! Bad luck Siraj! Short delivery into the body, Karun Nair goes for a pull. Does not time it well but still clears the fielder at short third man for a boundary. DD 47/1 in 5 overs22.22 IST: FOUR! Timing! Fuller delivery outside off, Karun Nair drives itbrilliantly through the cover region. Warner gives it a chase from extra cover. Puts in a dive but fails to stop the ball from going over thefence.22.21 IST: SIX! Samson is just dealing in sixes! Siraj bowls a fuller delivery angling into thebatsman, Samson just stays in his crease and lofts it over the wide midon region for a biggie.advertisement22.18 IST: SIX! Stand and deliver! Fuller delivery around off, Samson stays in hiscrease and just muscles it down the ground over the long on boundary for half a dozen. Gets off the mark with it. DD 32/1 in 4 overs, chasing 19222.17 IST: Siddharth Kaul will have a go with the ball now.22.14: FOUR! As good as it gets! Fuller delivery outside off, Karun Nair creams it through the cover region for a boundary. There is no stopping that.22.14 IST: FOUR! Fine shot! Good length delivery outside off, Karun Nair stays in his crease and punches it through the gap between the gully and point fielder for a boundary. A fielder tried chasing it but the ball was always winning the race.22.13 IST: Two overs gone. DD 15/1. 22.13 IST: Karun Nair walks out into the middle.22.10 IST: OUT! Siraj gets his first wicket of the Indian T20 League! Fuller delivery, nipping back into the batsman. Sam Billings stays in his crease and clips it straight to the fielder at short mid-wicket. Deepak Hooda takes a fine catch and Siraj has provided the much needed breakthrough in his very first over.22.09 IST: FOUR! Superb! Fuller delivery angling into the batsman, Billings clips it beautifully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.22.08 IST: FOUR! Brilliant shot! Short delivery outside off, Billings stays in his crease and pulls it powerfully over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.22.08 IST: FOUR! Lucky runs! Angling down the leg side, Billings tries to clip it on the leg side. Gets a thick leading edge through the point region. Yuvraj Singh dives to his left but cannot reach it and the ball races away to the boundary.22.07 IST: Mohammed Siraj into the attack.22.05 IST: One over gone. DD 2/0. Still need 190 runs to win. Samson 0*, Billings 1*22.01 IST: Sanju Smason and Sam Billings to open the innings for Delhi while Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball for Hyderabad.SUNRISERS HYDERABAD INNINGS 21.57 IST: Delhi were all over the place today with the ball. Chris Morris was the only one who kept his cool and bowled brilliantly. The South African was the one who scalp all 4 wickets and was quite economical, a feat which becomes much better if you take into account the pitch conditions. This by no means will be an easy target to chase down. The visitors are going to need a rocketing start from their top order if they want to stand a chance in this game. Should be a good run chase.21.53 IST: A powerful end to the innings for the hosts and they have a humongous total on the board. After opting to bat they lost their skipper early, but Kane Williamson came to the party and just showed his to everybody. With proper, elegant cricketing shots, he took the Delhi bowlers on and hammered the ball around. He had plenty of support in Shikhar Dhawan and duo stitched a century stand, with the former just missing out on a hundred and the latter getting a fifty. Some lusty blows from Henriques and Hooda towards the end were just what they needed to finish things on a high.21.49 IST: Fifties from Williamson (89), Dhawan (70) power Sunrisers Hyderabad to 191/4 against Delhi Daredevils. Morris (4/26)21.48 IST: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Full and in the slot, Henriques murders it straight back down the ground. No chance for anybody to stop that as the ball crashes into the sightscreen.21.47 IST: FOUR! Henriques gives the charge to this back of a length delivery andheaves it over the mid-wicket region. Bisects the two fielders out inthe deep and gets a boundary to his name.21.45 IST: SIX! HOO-DA MAN! That’s outta here! In an attempt to bowl a yorker,Zaheer Khan fires a full toss on the pads, Deepak Hooda gleefullyaccepts and slogs it high and handsome over the mid-wicket fence for amaximum.21.45 IST: Zaheer Khan will bowl the final over.21.44 IST: Full and aiming the base of off stump, Henriques drills it to long onfor one. That brings an end to Chris Morris’ brilliant spell, he endswith figures of 4-0-26-4.21.43 IST: Full outside off, Hooda drives it down to long off for a single to get off the mark.21.43 IST: Deepak Hooda is the next man in. Hat-trick ball coming up….21.41 IST: OUT! four-for for Chris Morris! He’s on a hat-trick now. Excellent deathbowling this from the South African all-rounder. Full on leg, YuvrajSingh looks to flick but misses. The leg stump is out of there and hisbrief stay has come to an end. SRH 170/4 in 18.2 overs21.39 IST: OUT! Morris takes his third, removes Dhawan for 70! Morris get his third, but that’s a good knock from the southpaw. Fulldown leg, Dhawan moves across and whips it straight to the deep backward square fielder. Mathews out in the deep takes a simple catch and that’s the end of the opener. SRH 170/3 in 18.1 overs. Moises Henriques makes his way out to the middle.21.37 IST: SIX! That’s a flat hit. Got a lot of power behind that one. Fuller delivery and Dhawan slogs it over the mid-wicket fence.21.34 IST: FOUR! EDGED AND IT’S AWAY! Length ball well across, Dhawan makes alittle room and swing hard. It takes the outside edge and flies over the vacant slip cordon to the third man boundary. SRH 158/2 in 17 overs21.32 IST: Morris spears it full and it catch Dhawan on the toes. He runs to hisleft, collects the ball and turns to have a shy at the bowler’s end.Yuvraj had backed out a long way and was struggling to get back in.Direct it and he would have been gone.21.31 IST: FOUR! Easily dealt with. Short and Dhawan pulls it easily through backward square leg for a boundary.21.30 IST: OUT! Morris removes Williamson for 89! A scintillating knock from Kane Williamson comes to an end. You can only sit back and applaud after watching that. Superb batting display onshow. Length delivery around off, Williamson walks across one more andslogs it over mid-wicket. No distance on this occasion as Shreyas Iyercomes running in from the deep. Dives forward and takes a very goodcatch. Chris Morris strikes again, a much-needed one for Delhi. SRH 148/2 in 16.1 overs. Yuvraj Singh walks in to bat next.21.29 IST: Chris Morris is back into the attack.21.27 IST: FOUR! Short ball from Mathews, Williamson backs away a long way andpulls it through the gap in the mid-wicket region. Pierces the gap welland sends it across the fence.21.25 IST: FOUR! Fuller on off, Williamson just throws his bat at it. Gets it through the covers as the ball will race away to the fence.21.22 IST: Slower short ball on middle and off, Dhawan pulls it aerially towards fine leg for a single. Fifty for Dhawan off 40 balls! SRH 134/1 in 14.5 overs  21.19 IST: In the air… But it’s safe! Short on the stumps, Williamson gets a bigtop edge on his pull shot. It balloons towards fine leg where Mishracannot reach in time. Single taken.21.18 IST: FOUR! Unreal shot. What a shot from Kane Williamson off Zaheer Khan. He walks across tothis extremely full ball and whips it over backward square leg for aracy boundary.21.15 IST: SIX! Second biggie of the over. Full and loopy around off, Williamson slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. SRH 127/1 in 14 overs21.13 IST: SIX! Williamson’s gone downtown and he’s just about cleared the rope.Mishra tossed it up around off, Williamson makes room and launches it towards long on. Morris out there leaps to take it but just misses. It goes over him and that’s a biggie. Had the South African stayed close to the rope, he would have had a better chance of catching it.21.12 IST: FOUR! Great start to the over for Hyderabad. Mishra darts it full anddown leg, Dhawan sweeps it through the right of the short fine legfielder for a boundary. 100-run stand between Williamson and Dhawan! SRH 112/1 in 13.1 overs 21.08 IST: FOUR! BAM! That’s whacked. Kane Williamson walks a long way across tothis full toss and bangs it straight back down the ground for aboundary.21.05 IST: This is Williamson’s second IPL fifty!21.04 IST: Fifty for Williamson off 33 balls. What a splendid knock it’s been from the Kiwi skipper. He stays back tothis short ball and whips it through mid-wicket for two runs. SRH 98/1 in 12 overs 20.58 IST: SIX! Pure timing! What a shot. He gets the placement on this toperfection as well. Short and around off, Williamson stands his ground,swivels a bit and pulls it nicely over mid-wicket for a biggie. SRH 91/1 in 11 overs20.54 IST: Mishra floats a wrong ‘un around middle and off, Dhawan dances down the trackand goes for a slog. Adjusts in the last moment and gets it towards thecover fielder off the outside half of the bat for a single. The fielderhas a shy at the non-striker’s end which helps the batsmen get a extrarun via overthrow.20.50 IST: FOUR! Maximum utilisation! Williamson shuffles across and kneels downand plays a pre-determined paddle scoops it over the short fine legfielder for a boundary. SRH 76/1 in 9.2 overs20.44 IST: FOUR! A bit lucky! Short delivery into the body, Dhawan goes for a pull. He gets a glove on it and the ball flies over the keeper’s head for aboundary. 50-run stand between Dhawan and Williamson!20.43 IST: Good length delivery outside off, Williamson shuffles across and clipsit in front of square on the leg side. The batsmen run for a couple. Sam Billings comes rushing from deep mid-wicket and has a shy at thekeeper’s end. Pant is quick to collect it and to dislodge the bails.They call for a run out. The umpire goes upstairs to check it. Replaysshow that Williamson has made his ground well in time.20.39 IST: SIX! Another one! Length delivery outside off, Williamson dances downthe track and smacks that over the long off region for half a dozen. SRH 55/1 in 7 overs. Its time for the Time Out!20.37 IST: SIX! This one’s massive! Good length delivery around off, Williamsonpulls it through the mid-wicket region for a biggie. That’s gone wayinto the stands.20.35 IST: Shikhar Dhawan is down the ground as he got hit near the box on theprevious delivery. He’s getting some water in, catching his breath aswell.20.33 IST: A direct hit but he’s got it at the wrong end. Williamson comes down the track and punches it to mid off. Takes the fielder on but the throw isfired at the striker’s end, maybe because Dhawan hesitated more to run.The bails are off but Shikhar is well in.20.30 IST: Angelo Mathews comes in to bowl.20.28 IST: FOUR! Everything was right about that! Cummins bowls a length delivery outside off,Dhawan stays in his crease and punches it through the extra cover region for a boundary.20.27 IST: Big appeal! Angling into the pads from a fuller length at 140kmph. Williamson triesto clip it on the leg side but fails to make contact. Gets rapped on the pads and the players appeal. The umpire is not interested. Replays show that it was going down leg.20.26 IST: Pat Cummins is brought into the bowling attack. This is the last over of the powerplay.20.21 IST: Zaheer Khan is into the attack now. He is just one wicket away from his 100th IPL wickets. A tight over from Zak, gives away just 3 runs. SRH 31/1 in 5 overs 20.18 IST: FOUR! Width and punished! Short delivery outside off from Morris and Dhawan waits forit and just cuts it over the the point fielder for a boundary. SRH 28/1 in 4 overs20.16 IST: FOUR! Beautiful timing! Morris bowls a length delivery outside off, Williamson stays in his crease and cuts it really elegantly past the point region for a boundary. Such a delight to watch.20.10 IST: OUT! Morris removes Warner for 4. Short delivery does the trick! Short delivery just outside off, Warnerthinks of just deflecting the ball on the leg side. The ball gets big on him and he gets a top edge on it. The ball balloons towards the squareleg region. Amit Mishra comes running from short fine leg and pouches asimple catch. Morris gets his man and the deadly Warner has to go back. SRH 12/1 in 1.5 overs. Kane Williamson is the next batsman20.07 IST: Fuller delivery outside off, Warner drives it towards mid off. Takes onthe fielder for a single. Jayant has a shy at the non-striker’s end but he misses. If he had hit, Warner would have been gone.20.06 IST: Chris Morris will bowl from the other end.20.03 IST: FOUR! First boundary of the match! Tossed up around off, Dhawan stays in his crease and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket region for aboundary. SRH 10/0 in 1 over20.01 IST: Oh no! Jayant starts with a no ball in his first match this season. Warner takes a single. Free hit coming up!20.00 IST: The players and umpires are making their way out to the middle. ShikharDhawan and David Warner will open with the bat for Hyderabad. JayantYadav will start with the ball for Delhi. Can he start with somethingspecial?19.55 IST: Delhi, on the other, have taken the tournament by surprise. They areworking gelling well as a unit and proving teamwork as the main reasonbehind their success. Can Zaheer Khan and co. keep up the winning run or will the hosts disrupt their party? Expect an exciting game of cricket!19.50 IST: Hyderabad have not lost a single game at their den and will surely look to keep that record intact.19.42 IST: Playing XIs:Delhi Daredevils: Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan (c)DD XI: S Billings, S Samson, S Iyer, K Nair, R Pant, A Mathews, C Morris, J Yadav, P Cummins, A Mishra, Z Khan- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2017Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Naman Ojha (wk), Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul Our playing XI for tonight. We’ve made two changes, Kane in for Nabi, and Siraj makes his debut in place of Sran. #OrangeArmy #SRHvDD SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 19, 201719.34 IST: Captain’s corner:David Warner: We are going bat first. It’s a re-used pitch. We will try and post as much as possible. We got two changes. Mohammad Nabi misses out for Kane Williamson. Mohammed Siraj comes in for Barinder Sran.Zaheer Khan: One change. Jayant Yadav is back in the squad. Wicket looks decent. Hope it remains the same in both the innings. Looking really good. All games we lost, were close ones. The morale is high. Team is looking good. Just a matter of time, string of success should happen. Good energy around. Hopefully, we win on the winning side.19.30 IST: TOSS! Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss, opt to bat against Delhi Daredevils19.14 IST: For Delhi, it will be important to have consistent impact in their batting. They have had forceful performances at the start of the innings and at the end but the two games — vs RCB and KKR that they have lost has been primarily due to their inability to force the pace during middle overs.19.07 IST: Here’s Hyderabad coach Tom Moody talking about the game tonight.Coach @TomMoodyCricket is looking forward to another great encounter at the fortress.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #SRHvDD SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 19, 201719.00 IST: Looking forward to another great encounter between two of the the really strong teams – Delhi and Hyderabad. The points table is at a nascent stage with Sunrisers on six points from five games sitting at the third position while Daredevils is lying fourth with four points.Brief Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to continue their three-match winning run at home when they face a spirited Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.All of Hyderabad’s three wins have come here and they won their last match on Tuesday, defeating Kings XI Punjab by five runs. They have lost both their away matches played so far, which suggests that they really thrive at home.However, their might will come under serious challenge against Delhi, who defeated Punjab by more than 50 runs before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in a match decided in the last over.Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi’s strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders. The likes of Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. But the exciting team sometimes faces an absence of a pivot around which the team will bat around. (Read Full Preview)last_img read more

NCERT revised syllabus to include sex education for younger children

first_imgAs a part of the revised curriculum of National Council for Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT), students of classes 1 to 5 will now be taught about child sexual abuse in detail with the help of educational films and counsellors. It plans to include a revised version of sex education imparted to children in schools.The NCERT is an autonomous organisation which assists and advises the Central and State governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education.Why include sex education? As per a DNA report, a senior official at the NCERT said, ”Once children grow up, they are more conscious of their surroundings and can take care of themselves but younger children are more vulnerable, hence we are pondering over making the curriculum for younger children stronger.They will be taught about child sexual abuse through educational films and characters with whom they can relate. They are already told what is a good touch and bad touch, but we need to teach beyond this.”Komal – A film on child abuseKomal, a film on child abuse, which explains sexual abuse in detail is likely to be made a part of the curriculum.The film begins with the story of a 9-year-old girl, who, like any other child of her age, is active in sports, studies and plays with her parents back home. It takes a turn when an overfriendly neighbour (of the girl’s father’s age) sexually abuses her and she becomes a recluse. The film shows how it is never a child’s fault if someone is misbehaving with them and tells them what they should do to protect themselves in such situations.advertisementThe NCERT has developed a curriculum titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ for classes 1 to 12, which has been prescribed to all schools.Read: Akshay Kumar’s powerful message for youngsters Read: Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Wall Of Shame’ initiative to create disciplined teachers For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

RCB vs KXIP: Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel star as Punjab crush Bangalore

first_imgKings XI Punjab produced an excellent bowling performance to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 19 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday.Defending a low total of 138 runs, Punjab dismissed the star-studded RCB batting line-up for 119 runs in 19 overs.WATCH: Kohli’s RCB out of contention for play-offs, young Indian batsmen shine bright Medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel were the stars of the show with three wickets each.Patel returned figures of 3/11 in four overs while Sandeep took 3/22.The win keeps Punjab in the running for a spot in the play-offs as they have 10 points from an equal number of matches, while RCB have been knocked out of the reckoning as they have a mere five points from 12 matches.Except for opener Mandeep Singh who made 46 runs off 40 balls before bowled by Glenn Maxwell, none of the RCB batsmen could tackle the Punjab bowlers.The dominance of the Punjab bowlers can be gauged from the fact that only three RCB batsmen could reach double figures.Earlier, RCB restricted Kings XI Punjab to 138/7 in their allotted 20 overs.Patel (38 not out) and Manan Vohra (25) were the major contributors to Punjab’s cause.Punjab got off to a poor start as openers Hashim Amla (1) and Martin Guptill (9) were sent back to the pavilion inside five overs.Amla was dismissed by medium pacer Aniket Choudhary on the penultimate ball of the first over and Guptill was dismissed by Sreenath Aravind in the fourth over.With 18/2 in 3.3 overs, Marsh and Vohra tried to stabilise the innings and they were almost successful but after adding 21 runs in 3.3 overs the latter was sent packing by spinner Pawan Negi. In his 17-ball knock Marsh slammed three boundaries.advertisementVohra, who seemed good at the middle was also dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the 12th over. Vohra’s 28-ball knock was laced with one boundary and one six.Skipper Glen Maxwell (6) also failed to rise to the occasion as he was also dismissed by Chahal in the very next over.Middle-order batsmen Wriddhiman Shah (21)and Patel then forged a 34-run partnership to help the visitors to get past the 100-run mark.But soon, Shah, who played 25 balls and slammed one boundary, was bowled by Shane Watson in the 18th over.In the very next over, new batsman Mohit Sharma (6) was also dismissed with the scoreboard reading 119/7.The last over saw some boundaries from Patel but that was not enough for Punjab to post a challenging total.For Bangalore, Choudhary and Chahal scalped two wickets each while Aravind Watson and Negi chipped in with one wicket each.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: India to camp in Mumbai ahead of Kyrgyz qualifier

first_imgThe Indian national football team will be camping in Mumbai at the Andheri Sports Complex from May 20, to prepare for India’s forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifying match against the Kyrgyz Republic which is slated to be played in Bengaluru on June 13.The list of 35 probables, which National Coach Stephen Constantine announced on Saturday also includes eight U-22 Players, all of whom would go through a rigorous training process to claim their spot in the final 23.”We will be having the Camp in two stages and have invited 21 players for stage 1. The stage 2 will kick-off when the remainder of the squad, ie, players from Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC join in after finishing their respective Club commitments for the AFC Cup,” Constantine said.”For me, the start of any Camp is another opportunity to see the players. I am very excited and looking forward to working with them again,” he added.”We will be camping in Mumbai and I need to thank AIFF President Praful Patel and WIFA for their help and cooperation, and also Aditya Thackeray for being helpful to us during my time in Mumbai,” Constantine said.The list of 35 probables stay as follows:Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Subrata Paul, Debjit Majumdar, Amrinder Singh, Albino Gomes, Vishal Kaith (U-22).Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar (U-22), Arnab Mondal, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Chinglensana Singh (U-22), Lalruatthara (U-22), Fulganco Cardozo, Subhasish Bose (U-22), Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala (U-22).Midfielders: Jackichand Singh, Udanta Singh, Laldanmawia Ralte (U-22), Seityasen Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Cavin Lobo, Md. Rafique, Dhanapal Ganesh, Milan Singh, Issac Vanmalsawma (U-22), Halicharan Narzary, Bikash Jairu.advertisementForwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Daniel Lahlimpuia, Robin Singh, CK Vineeth.last_img read more

Milos Raonic ousts Alexander Zverev in Wimbledon marathon

first_imgCanada’s Milos Raonic survived a marathon fourth round workout against rising German star Alexander Zverev on Monday, knocking out some pundits’ outside bet for this year’s title 4-6 7-5 4-6 7-5 6-1.Seeded sixth and runner-up last year to Andy Murray, Raonic kept his cool on the crunch points, taking five of eight opportunities to break while the 20-year-old 10th seed converted just three of 18.The big-serving Canadian sealed the match with his 23rd ace after close to 3-1/2 hours’ play.Raonic will face Roger Federer in Wednesday’s quarter-final.last_img read more

Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament: Roger Federer after 8th title

first_imgAfter Roger Federer closed out a Wimbledon final that was more of a coronation than a contest with an ace, he sat in his changeover chair and wiped away tears.That is when it hit him: His wait for record-breaking No. 8 was over. Until then, Federer wasn’t focused on the notion of winning the grass-court tournament more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. All he’d been concerned with, consumed with, was being healthy enough to compete at a high level and, he hoped, to win a title, regardless of what the total count would be.Capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set, Federer won his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship overall by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in merely 1 hour, 41 minutes on Sunday.”Wimbledon was always my favorite tournament. Will always be my favorite tournament. My heroes walked the grounds here and walked the courts here. Because of them, I think I became a better player, too,” said Federer, who will turn 36 next month and is the oldest male champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968.”To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that, really,” he said. “It’s that simple.”His first major title came at Wimbledon in 2003, and was followed by others in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He won again in 2009 and 2012. But then he lost finals in 2014 and 2015 to Novak Djokovic.advertisementHe couldn’t be sure another final, let alone title, was possible a year ago, when he lost in the semifinals, then took the rest of 2016 off to let his surgically repaired left knee heal.”It’s been a long road,” he said.Sunday’s outcome was only in doubt for about 20 minutes, the amount of time it took Federer to grab his first lead.Cilic said afterward he developed a painful blister on his left foot during his semifinal Friday, and that affected his ability to move properly or summon the intimidating serves that carried him to his lone Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open, where he surprisingly beat Federer in the semifinals.This one was all Federer, who had been tied at seven championships with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw in what’s still officially called Gentlemen’s Singles. Sampras won all but one of his in the 1990s; Renshaw won each of his in the 1880s, when the previous year’s winner advanced automatically to the final.With clouds overhead and a bit of chill in the air Sunday, Federer’s early play was symptomatic of jitters. For everything he’s accomplished, for all of the bright lights and big settings to which he’s become accustomed, the guy many have labeled the “GOAT” – Greatest of All Time – admits to feeling heavy legs and jumbled thoughts to this day.It was Federer, not Cilic, who double-faulted in his first two service games. And it was Federer, not Cilic, who faced the initial break point, in the fourth game. But Cilic netted a return, beginning a run of 17 points in a row won by Federer on his serve. He would never be confronted with another break point.”I gave it my best,” Cilic said. “That’s all I could do.”In the next game, Federer broke to lead 3-2. He broke again to take that set when Cilic double-faulted, walked to the changeover and slammed his racket. Cilic sat and covered his head with a white towel.With Federer up 3-0 in the second set, Cilic cried while he was visited by a doctor and trainer. He said that was not so much a result of his foot’s pain as the idea that he could not play well enough to present a challenge.”Very tough emotionally,” said Cilic, whose foot was re-taped by a trainer after the second set. “I knew that I cannot give my best on the court.”It might not have mattered. Federer was, as he’d been all tournament, flawless, the first man in 41 years to win Wimbledon without ceding a set. Against Cilic, he had 23 winners, only eight unforced errors.This caps a remarkable reboot for Federer, who departed Wimbledon a year ago with a lot of doubts: His body was letting him down for the first time in his career. He skipped the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and everything else in an attempt to try to get healthy.It worked. And how.Feeling refreshed and fully fit, Federer returned to the tour in January and was suddenly playing like the guy of old, rather than like an old guy.advertisementIn a turn-back-the-clock moment, he faced rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final and, with a fifth-set comeback, won. It was Federer’s 18th Grand Slam title, adding to his own record, and first in 4 and a half years. Those who had written Federer off needed to grab their erasers.The formula made sense, clearly, so why not try it again? Federer skipped this year’s clay-court circuit to be in top shape for the grass courts he loves so dearly. Sunday’s victory made Federer 31-2 in 2017, with a tour-leading five titles.”On one side, yes, it surprises me. On the other side, I know he’s able to do so many things. So it’s not surprising,” coach Severin Luthi said. “But when it happens, it’s amazing.”Yes, Federer is back to being supreme in tennis, lording over the sport the way no man has.He’s not, of course, the same 21-year-old kid who had a ponytail and scruff when he beat Mark Philippoussis in the 2003 Wimbledon final. Or the teen who, two years earlier, beat Sampras himself at Centre Court in the fourth round, their only tour-level meeting.Federer’s hair is cropped, his face clean shaven. He’s a father of four, and both sets of twins – boys, 3, in their light blue blazers; girls, 7, in their dresses – were in the guest box for Sunday’s trophy ceremony.One son stuck a couple of fingers in his mouth until a sister grabbed his hand.”They have no clue what’s going on. They think it’s probably a nice view and a nice playground. But it’s not quite like that here, so one day, hopefully, they’ll understand,” Federer said about his boys.As for the girls, he said: “They enjoy to watch a little bit. They come for the finals, I guess.”When Dad is Roger Federer, you can wait until the last Sunday to show up.And you just might get to see him cradle that gold trophy.last_img read more

Would like to see Smriti bat at No 4 and Deepti open: Edulji

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) Former India womens team captain Diana Edulji feels the current team management could try the out-of-form Smriti Mandhana at No 5 in the ICC World Cup final against England tomorrow. Mandhana, after scores of 90 and 106 in the first two games, have managed only 36 in the next six matches without a single score above 15. “Its completely upto the team management but it wont be a bad idea to try out Smriti at No 5 position and promote Deepti Sharma as opener. It could also help Smriti get back to form,” Edulji told PTI today. Edulji admitted that in her near 42 years of association with Indian cricket, she has never seen an innings like Harmanpreet Kaurs 171. “It is the best ever innings played by any woman in any format and I am saying this having played my first match for India back in 1975. From that time till date, I have never seen someone bat like this. I feel happy that I brought her to Western Railways,” said the legend of Indian womens cricket. On a lighter note, Edulji said that whenever any player did well against the Railways in national level tournaments, she made sure that they were recruited. “It was during one national tournament where I was playing for Railways and a young Mithali Raj was representing Indian Airlines. I saw her batting, recognised her talent and got her into the Railways. My funda was simple, if any girl plays well against Railways, she has to play for Railways,” said Edulji. COA chief Vinod Rai said that on behalf of BCCI, they would request the Railways to consider the promotion for the 10 cricketers who are part of the current team. Railways Sports Promotion Board secretary Rekha Yadav announced that all the Railway girls will be recommended for promotions. “At RSPB, our endeavour is to look after the interest of sportsperson. The elite sportspersons in Railways get 330 days a year leave for training. All the Railway girls will be recommended for promotion,” Yadav told PTI today. When asked whether they will announce cash prize for the Railways players, she said: “That is a decision that only be taken by the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.” PTI KHS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Viswanathan Anand finishes joint eighth in St Louis Rapid Chess tournament

first_imgFormer world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a disappointing final round loss against Sergey Karjakin of Russia to finish joint eighth in the St Louis Rapid Chess tournament here today.After raising visions of a good finish, luck did not favour Grandmaster Anand much on the final day as he was first held to a draw by Le Quang Leim of Vietnam in the seventh round and then shared points with Fabiano Caruana of United States in the penultimate round.The Indian ace ended on seven points, coming through one win, five draws and two losses in the event that gave two points for a win and one for a draw.Levon Aronian of Armenia topped the rapid section with 12 points in all. On the final day, Aronian scored two good wins and a solitary draw.The American duo of Hikaru Nakamura and Caruana were right behind Aronian on 11 points each and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi was fourth on 10 points. Lenier Dominguez of Cuba was right behind on nine points.Le Quang Leim and Sergey Karjakin shared the sixth spot on eight points each while Anand, Garry Kasparov and Navara David of Czech Republic shares the eighth position.The event is still only half way through as the players will change gears again and play the blitz that will have eighteen games in all and the winner in the USD 150000 prize money tournament will be decided by the cumulative score.For Anand, the road ahead looks difficult but things can still turn around if he can start off with a few wins in the blitz. A five-point margin is huge and the turnaround can only happen with some massive scoring by Anand.advertisementGarry Kasparov was again the big news of the day simply with his presence. However, Kasparov, once the best player on the planet, could not keep pace with clock or pressure and lost two games besides getting lucky and winning one against Leim.It was a heartbreak for the yesteryear champion as he simply lost from a won endgame through a super-trick from David Navara in the first game of the day. Le Quang Leim dropped a rook in the next game from a playable position to give Kasparov his only victory in the event thus far while Caruana proved stronger in what was a tricky endgame in the final round.Standings after Rapid: 1. Levon Aronian (Arm, 12); 2-3: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura (both USA) 11 each; 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 8); 5. Lenier Dominguez (Cub, 9); 6-7.Sergey Karjakin (Rus), Le Qunag Leim (Vie) 8 each; 8-10: Garry Kasparov (Rus), V Anand (Ind), David Navara (Cze) 7 each.last_img read more

1st T20I: Kane Williamson blames bowling for New Zealand defeat

first_imgNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson rued his team’s poor bowling effort for the loss to India in the opening clash of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series here on Wednesday.India dominated all departments of the game, putting together a massive total of 202/3 before restricting the visitors to 149/8.”It was a disappointing performance tonight. We were very poor on the field. India played superbly. There are no excuses. We needed to play better. India were outstanding and never gave us a sniff,” Williamson said after the match.”The spinners bowled really well but the bowlers around them went for a lot of runs,” he added.The Kiwi captain also paid tribute to veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, who played his last international match on Wednesday.Nehra, who belongs to Delhi, bowled an economical spell of none for 29 in his four overs before being carried around the ground on the shoulders of his teammates in an emotional farewell.”I want to congratulate Ashish on a fantastic career. I have played against him and with him, always a gentleman on and off the field,” Williamson said.last_img read more

4 reasons why South Dakota should be on your must-visit list

first_imgTHE sparsely-inhabited mid-western US state, South Dakota, may be off the regular tourist map. But if you’re a journey-over-destination traveller, you’ll find there’s sweet reward to be experienced amid the rolling prairies and verdant valleys of this expansive state.For some of my exploration of South Dakota, I base myself in its second-most-populated area – Rapid City, annotated frequently as gateway to the “Black Hills” and “Mount Rushmore.” A few days spent here is enough to convince me, however, that the city is more than glorified coachstop. With an infinitely-walkable downtown, punctuated with bars, eating joints, quirky stores, and statues of presidents – it sports an altogether creative vibe. You’d do well also to saunter down Art Alley – a back-alley studded with buildings draped in brightly-coloured murals – to get a sense of the energy the place exudes. Meanwhile, Rapid City also works as good base for all the day-trips listed here.Feeding the friendly donkeys on the way. Photo: Mail Today MOUNT RUSHMOREThere’s no way you can call Mount Rushmore a hidden gem. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, carved in 60-foot granite glory – have long been the recipient of traveller attention. Best photographed in the morning light, the 0.6 mile Presidential Trail is worth a wander along. From various perspective points on the trail – through a wee cave or from a platform – you’re offered an array of angles to scrutinise the attention-to-detail that went into this iconic sculpting. There is also a chance to contemplate the ideals that the monument represents – the continuance of the principles of liberty and freedom on which the nation was founded. The fame of the monument catapulted it into various representations in popular culture. You’ll know it, for instance, as the location of the climactic chase-sequence in the Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest.advertisementAlso Read: Your stopover at Belfast in Northern Island can’t be complete without a visit to this placeEXPLORE BLACK HILLSDriving further along, the density of Ponderosa Pines – that gives the Black Hills its illusion of darkness, envelopes us. To truly appreciate the terrain however, you have to develop a kind of bi-focal vision. There are the tiny features to watch out for – squirrels and chipmunks, woodpeckers and nuthatches, feeding on seeds and cones. Further afield – wildflowers rub shoulders with golden pea. Then the larger-than-life features of the area loom to prominence. A set of eroded granite pillars, towers and spires (called The Needles), popular with rock climbers and hikers – are the part of the landscape that we drive through. To have a guide with you to contextualise aspects of life here – for instance, like how the bats that live here here are crucial to controlling the population of insects like moths in the ecosystem – adds heart to this path.Bisons in their enclosure at Cluster State Park. Photo: Mail Today LIVING HERITAGEIf you have even the remotest interest in the traditions and the living heritage of the North American Indians, the visitor’s center of the Crazy Horse Memorial foundation is definitely worth a look at. Serving as a repository for the artifacts, arts and crafts of the community, there’s plenty of Native American History here – with which to engage. The larger-than-life and still a-work-in-progress Crazy Horse Memorial – with its warrior, strategist and Sioux leader astride his horse, who famously said, “My lands are where my dead lie buried” – can be seen at close quarters, on a guided tour. While you’re here, pop into the Laughing Water Restaurant, so named for the creek at the base of Crazy Horse Mountain. If you are after a piece of edible heritage, you’d do well to sample the Tatanka Stew. Prime cuts of tender Black Hill buffalo, slow-cooked with carrots, sweet potato, and celery -is rather a specialty in these parts.Also Read: You can visit this palace in Jodhpur while the royal family lives thereCLUSTER STATE PARKThe phone network deserts me in the heart of Cluster State Park. I’m grateful. For not only am I instantly deprogrammed from the scramble of urban living, but also it’s a chance to interact with the wildlife in their natural habitat without interruption. Here buffalo rambling across the plane. There elk and big horn sheep. Everywhere bison. And just occasionally a curious donkey will wander up to our vehicle and with eyes that one simply cannot resist, will request a snack. Besides the feeding of these gentle creatures, the other new friends you meet here – from mountain goats to marmots – might appear docile, but are not. It’s best to show your appreciation of their lives and habitat, by admiring them from a reasonable distance.advertisementThe phone network deserts you in the heart of Cluster State Park. Photo: Mail Today FACT FILEGETTING THEREAir-India flies nonstop between Delhi and Chicago. From Chicago to Rapid City, there are several connecting flights, 2-1/2 hours in duration.STAYING THEREHotel Alex Johnson: Located in Central Rapid City, this historic hotel with its elegant rooms, period furnishings, atmospheric lobby, and history has much to recommend it. If you’re fond of ghost stories, Alex Johnson – that has long had a reputation as a haunted hotel – is worth staying at. Enquire about staying in a reportedly paranormal room, if you’re so inclined. For more information, visit alexjohnson. com.last_img read more