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  • Nico Rosberg wins eventful Belgian GP, closes gap on Lewis Hamilton

    first_imgNico Rosberg won an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix featuring a chaotic start, wild overtaking, a heavy crash, safety cars and a red flag.The Mercedes driver’s win on Sunday saw him close the gap to nine points on teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as the resurgent Australian driver secured a third straight podium finish.”It’s been a great weekend, very, very happy with that result,” Rosberg said after his 20th career win. “Congrats to Lewis, last place to third must be pretty impressive.”Rosberg started from pole position with teen driver Max Verstappen also on the front row. Hamilton started from the back row with Fernando Alonso, after both incurred multiple grid penalties for extra engine part changes this weekend.”Lewis wasn’t out there to battle it out, so that made it an easier weekend,” Rosberg said. “It all worked out fine.”For him at least.Verstappen was involved in a first-turn collision with the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel that shaped the race.MAGNUSSEN CRASHESIt had a beneficial effect on Hamilton and Alonso, who avoided the early carnage in front of them, then gained places when the safety car came out after Danish driver Kevin Magnussen’s crash.Magnussen emerged from the wreck, hobbled away and was taken to hospital for checks for a cut to his left ankle. He escaped serious injury.POINTS FOR FORCE INDIAGerman driver Nico Hulkenberg was a season’s best fourth ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and Vettel, while Alonso was seventh, Raikkonen ninth and Verstappen 11th.advertisementThe race start was clean enough for Rosberg, but it was mayhem behind him.The 18-year-old Verstappen, the youngest driver to ever start on the front row, was overtaken by Raikkonen and Vettel, and then aggressively tried to go for the inside heading into the first turn – even though there was very little room.The impeded Ferraris were now squeezed wide and, as a consequence, Raikkonen came across and nudged into the side of Vettel.Verstappen blamed them, saying “they just turned into me” but the incident was the latest of several involving the Red Bull driver. Verstappen became the youngest driver to win a race when he clinched a brilliant victory at the Spanish GP in May.His talent is undoubted, but his aggression is not to everyone’s liking. Later in the race, he again infuriated Raikkonen, a rare feat considering the Finn’s nickname is “The Ice Man” for his usually unflappable demeanor.Raikkonen came in for a front nose change but the pit crew also had to put out a small fire under his car.Others struggled as the manic tempo continued.Spaniard Carlos Sainz lost control when his rear right tire blew out, sending him pirouetting to an improvised halt on the grass. He then acrobatically drove back across the track, with his rear right wheel up in the air, before parking at the side of the track.The incidents prompted the safety car to come out on lap three, and when the race re-started a lap later Sainz, Marcus Ericsson, Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein – who hit Button from behind – had all retired.The safety car emerged again after Magnussen lost control of his Renault coming out of the top of the hill at Eau Rouge, spinning at speed and slamming backward into the barriers.On lap 10 of 44, the race was halted as the red flag came out, because the barrier Magnussen crashed into needed repairing.When the race resumed 20 minutes later, the top five was Rosberg-Ricciardo-Hulkenberg-Alonso-Hamilton.In a fascinating sub-plot, Verstappen and Raikkonen were involved in another incident as Verstappen appeared to nudge him wide.Raikkonen – who is twice Verstappen’s age – let his frustration out, saying “his only interest is to push me off the track.”Then, as they battled for 13th place, Verstappen zig-zagged in front of him as he tried to hold position, prompting Raikkonen to use an expletive when describing Verstappen’s driving as “ridiculous.”HAMILTON FINISHES THIRDHamilton overtook Hulkenberg on lap 18, leaving just Ricciardo and Rosberg ahead of him.With no traffic, however, Rosberg was pulling away.Hamilton came in for new tyres on lap 22, switching to softs, and was down in ninth when he came back out after a slow pit stop.But with others changing tyres, he was soon back up to third.”This is the best result I could have hoped for,” said Hamilton, who said on Saturday that he was aiming for a top-10 finish. “Our performance today was stronger than I expected. Third (place) is something definitely helped by the safety car.”advertisementMeanwhile, the Ferrari-Verstappen duel continued with Vettel overtaking the Dutchman.last_img read more

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  • SPORT-BHUPATHI 3 L(SPB10

    first_imgLooking ahead to the world group play-off Davis Cup tie Looking ahead to the world group play-off Davis Cup tie against top outfit Spain in New Delhi next month, Bhupathi expressed surprise that its to be played in cooler climate — in the evening and under lights.”Why are you asking me a controversial question. I dont know the reason. I would like to know the justification. Have spoken to a couple of boys. They would prefer to play in day heat which would be a bit of a benefit to them.””Its a very tough match. Spain have so many in top 100. They have so many options. We need to play out of our skin and thats why we need everything to go in our favour. Thats why playing at the right time and on the right surface is something we should all think carefully about,” he said.Bhupathi welcomed Saket Mainenis entry into the main draw of the US Open and said it was a rarity for an Indian player in singles play.”For us to have an Indian playing a singles (main draw match) in either men or women is exciting; its so rare. Hes got a decent draw. Hes playing (Czech J) Vesely. With his serve, hopefully he will have a good outing tomorrow.” PTI SSR NRB PDS ATK PTPlast_img read more

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  • Basketball court opened inside Berhampur stadium

    first_imgBerhampur (Odisha), Aug 30 (PTI) A basketball court was opened inside Berhampur Stadium in this south Odisha city after its renovation much to the delight of sports lovers.The opening coincided with the National Sports Day yesterday. The court was closed for the last two years and the works department has renovated the court. The stadium has another basketball court.The government had sanctioned Rs 50-lakh for the development of the stadium two years ago. The chunk of the sanctioned funds was spent for the development of the basketball court, said Executive Engineer, Works Department, Binod Padhy.The other works include repair of volleyball court, construction of drains and gate of the stadium, he said. The opening of the basketball court would benefit players and the Berhampur Sports Hostel inmates, who are imparted training, said stadium in-charge Sachidananda Majhi.Twenty inmates of the sports hostel are receiving training on basketball, he said.The sports lovers here, however, urged the government to complete the stadium work, setting up of a weightlifting academy and a hostel for footballers.Berhampur stadium has not been completed 27 years after its inception as the major portion of land is under the possession of ministry of defence (MoD).Around 17.68 acres near old bus stand were identified for the stadium. Of the area, 9.18 acres are under the MoD. The incomplete stadium was inaugurated by the then chief minister JB Patnaik in 1989.”We have urged the government for completion of the stadium by taking up the matter with the MoD,” said secretary, Ganjam district athletic association, Kameswar Rao. PTI COR SKN CR CRadvertisementlast_img read more

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  • Chelsea beat Hull 2-0; Watford, West Ham settle for draws

    first_imgCHELSEA 2 – 0 HULLIt wasn’t magic but Diego Costa’s skill helped Chelsea make its winless streak in the English Premier League vanish with a 2-0 victory at Hull on Saturday.Chelsea’s underwhelming start to the season had seen the pressure mount on manager Antonio Conte, who admitted on Friday there was “no magic wand.”Costa set up the opener for Willian in the 61st minute and curled home a similar effort six minutes later to end his side’s demoralizing league run – a 2-2 draw with Swansea, followed by losing 2-1 to Liverpool, and a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.Conte must have feared the worst after watching his side struggle in a disappointing first half in which Chelsea did not have a single shot on target. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois kept the visitors in the game, saving against Robert Snodgrass and Ryan Mason.After the interval Chelsea looked a different side, with Eden Hazard firing its first shot on target in the 48th with a stinging drive which Hull goalkeeper David Marshall did well to tip over the bar.Chelsea should have grabbed the lead just before the hour mark when Costa rounded the advancing Marshall but saw his shot from a tight angle deflected onto the post by Jake Livermore. (Also read: EPL: Late James Milner penalty gives Liverpool 2-1 win over Swansea)Chelsea grabbed the lead three minutes later when Costa found Willian on the left. The Brazilian turned Markus Henriksen and David Meyler before curling a superb shot into the roof of the net.advertisementChelsea stretched its lead in the 67th when Costa blasted home after Nemanja Matic’s blocked effort landed perfectly for Costa, who fired home from a similar position.Chelsea provisionally moved to sixth, with six more points than Hull. Both teams have played seven matches.WATFORD 2 – 2 BOURNEMOUTHWatford twice came from behind to draw with visiting Bournemouth 2-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.Both teams remained in the bottom half of the standings.WEST HAM 1 – 1 MIDDLESBROUGHWith an exceptional solo goal, Dimitri Payet briefly put the smiles back on West Ham fans’ faces. But only briefly.Payet’s nutmegs and stepovers, bamboozling Middlesbrough’s defense before scoring West Ham’s equalizer, provided only a flicker of hope. It was good as it got for the London club on Saturday on another tricky day at its new home.last_img read more

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  • Vizag Test: Ashwin’s 5/67, Kohli’s 56* put India in command

    first_imgAfter opting not to enforce the follow on, India lost three quick wickets but captain Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane combined in an unbroken stand of 58 to take the team to 98-3 at the end of the third day, an overall lead of 298.The 28-year-old Kohli, who hit 167 in the first innings, hit six boundaries in his unbeaten 56 and looked in no trouble on a surface which has tested all other batsmen with the turn and variable bounce on offer. (SCORECARD)Stuart Broad dismissed India openers Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul cheaply after overturning umpire Rod Tucker’s not out decisions on both occasions.James Anderson, England’s most prolific wicket-taker, then got a ball to swing in late to breach first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara’s defence, reducing India to 40-3.Off-spinner Ashwin is the world’s top-ranked test bowler at the moment and his 22nd five-wicket haul in only his 41st test earlier helped bring an end to some stout resistance from the tourists.”I haven’t had a five-wicket haul against England. It was at the back of my mind but definitely not something I was worried about,” Ashwin said.”I knew it would come if I stuck to the basics and bowled the way I’ve been bowling over the last couple of years. It’s very important to get a rhythm going and I got it today.”Ben Stokes and Bairstow had hit half-centuries and combined in a sixth-wicket stand of 110 to launch England’s fightback.Stokes, who survived a close call on Friday when a delivery from debutant off-spinner Jayant Yadav kissed but did not dislodge his bail, had another slice of luck when wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha missed a stumping chance off Ashwin with the batsman on 21.advertisementBatting on 18, Bairstow also saw an edge off Umesh Yadav fly between the first and second slip.The pair kept the hosts at bay before being separated 10 minutes before lunch when Umesh Yadav finally dismissed Bairstow for 53, the paceman’s delivery hitting the batsman’s pad before crashing onto the stumps.Stokes fell for 70 to Ashwin, who had dismissed Joe Root and Ben Duckett on Friday, and the batsman was unable to overturn the umpire’s leg before decision on review.”Very few balls spin on this wicket so you’ve got to work hard to create the conditions where it might spin,” Ashwin said.”Got one to spin to Stokes this morning but beyond that there’s not a lot of spin there.”Ashwin, who has won the man of the series awards in India’s last four test series, wrapped up England’s innings by dismissing Broad and Anderson lbw in consecutive deliveries.”It isn’t really special until you’ve seen the game off so I’m not counting the chickens,” Ashwin added.”I thought Virat batted beautifully…and I think we find ourselves in a good position.”last_img read more

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  • Pakistan’s ouster from Junior Hockey World Cup pre-planned: PHF

    first_imgThe Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has lashed out at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) move to bar the country from taking part in the Junior Hockey World Cup, terming it “pre-planned”.The FIH on Monday night issued a statement confirming Pakistan’s inability to participate in the event in Lucknow from December 8.It said that the Pakistani players had not submitted travel documents before the official deadline. (Pakistan not to participate in Junior Hockey World Cup in India)The FIH also named Malaysia as a replacement for Pakistan to take part in the tournament to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.However, terming the move as “pre-planned”, PHF Secretary Shehbaz Ahmed shifted the blame on India.”Pakistan did not delay any schedule obligation and it is all India’s fault to not issue visa to Pakistan’s delegation before deadline,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.”Our government had timely issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for players to take part in the tournament, but it is sad that Pakistan will not be able to take part in the Junior Hockey World Cup.””We had planned training camps for our players so how can we delay any schedule to jeopardise our participation,” he maintained.”I had already seen it coming that this decision by FIH is going to go against Pakistan,” Ahmed added.last_img read more

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  • New Wrestling hall inaugurated by Sports Minister at Sonepat

    first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 10 (PTI) A new training facility for wrestling, named after Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, was today inaugurated by Sports Minister Vijay Goel, at the SAI Northern Regional Centre in Sonepat. Also present at the occasion was Indias lone double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and boxing great Akhil Kumar. Sushil said the new facility matches international standards and it was up to the young wrestlers to make full use of it. “My only advice to the upcoming athletes is what my Guru told me. How much ever famous you become, always maintain discipline. We are all there to support you at all times. You have the best of facilities,” said Sushil. “This kind of a wrestling hall I have seen in the United States when we went there for training before the Olympics. Its now therefore also your responsibility.” Goel said: “It has been widely observed that a child growing up playing sport often shines in other spheres of life as well. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be Sushil, Sakshi or Akhil. “I appeal to all the young athletes gathered here to stay focused, respect your coach and work hard, because there is nothing that you cannot achieve if you put your mind to it.” The Regional Director of SAI NRC, Sonepat, Radhica Shreeman was also present and requested the Sports Minister to sanction new 200-bedded hostel at this campus. The Minister assured that upon his return to Delhi he would look into it. The Sakshi Malik Wrestling Hall has four training mats of international standards as well as a Moorish Sauna and Jacuzzi facility. A Sports medicine and rehabilitation centre along with a Hypoxia centre for high altitude training operating at the campus. PTI CM ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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  • ‘Neymar v Mbappe rivalry not real’

    first_imgNeymar and Kylian Mbappe are not driven by any kind of rivalry with one another, Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Thomas Meunier insists.The world’s most expensive player and France’s World Cup-winning star were both on target as Thomas Tuchel’s men battled to a 3-1 win over Angers on Saturday.There is intrigue over how Neymar might respond to teen sensation Mbappe challenging his star billing in the French capital but Belgium full-back Meunier maintains any notion of a rift between the two is a media creation. 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 rivalry? It’s just to sell [newspapers],” he said.”They are two fantastic players. They have the little bit more that the others do not have. “We can only be happy to have such players in the squad. Kylian remains Kylian, someone smiling, calm and professional.”Of course, both players competed at the 2018 World Cup, with Mbappe outshining his arguably more esteemed colleague.Neymar was at the centre of a diving controversy throughout the tournament as Brazil reached the quarter-finals, only to be knocked out by an inspired Belgium side.Mbappe, meanwhile, scored in the World Cup final, as France won their first trophy since 1998, beating Croatia 4-2 in the showpiece.The teenager has scored three goals in Ligue 1 this season, as has Neymar.PSG return to action next week at Nimes.last_img read more

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  • LIVE: West Ham vs Tottenham

    first_imgErik Lamela continued his fine run of form as he scored the winning goal in Tottenham’s 1-0 London derby triumph away to West Ham on Saturday.The Argentina international was often a nuisance to the Hammers defence and he got himself a deserved goal just before the break, adding to the six goals and three assists he accumulated in his previous eight games across all competitions.Spurs just about edged an unremarkable first half, with Lamela breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time with a neat header. 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! West Ham offered a little more going forward after the break and did threaten through Marko Arnautovic, but at no point did Spurs appear to be struggling with the pressure and they held on to move up to third at least for a few hours.10 – Erik Lamela has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine games in all competitions (7 goals, 3 assists). Form. #WHUTOT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2018After an uneventful start, Harry Kane was the first to threaten either goal just before the half-hour mark, before West Ham lost Andriy Yarmolenko to an innocuous-looking heel injury.Things soon got worse for the hosts as Lamela found the net with a glancing header from Moussa Sissoko’s left-footed cross.Spurs almost got a second a few moments later, but Lukasz Fabianski pushed Lamela’s shot away and then Davinson Sanchez hit the rebound straight at the goalkeeper.Hugo Lloris had to be alert early in the second period, as he clawed an Arnautovic header away from his top-left corner.The Frenchman denied Arnautovic again in the 60th minute, tipping his low 20-yard drive wide of the mark, shortly before the forward was involved in a brief altercation with Sanchez.Javier Hernandez – returning after more than a month out with an illness – had a late goal disallowed for offside before Lloris made another save from Arnautovic to secure the points.#COYS pic.twitter.com/IFmjScYzwc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 20, 2018 What it means: Hammers lacking craftWest Ham’s problem on Saturday was undoubtedly a lack of creativity through the middle. Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko were both quiet before their respective withdrawals, with Arnautovic – their central striker – the only one offering a bit of ingenuity on occasion.Lamela provides the sparkAlthough the match was more notable for rugged tackles and physical battles, Lamela offered a touch of class. He found the net with a well-taken header, while he was generally a threat on the ball with his dribbling and creativity.Noble effort not enoughFor all his running and hassling, Noble was poor against Spurs’ midfield. On several occasions Lucas and Lamela were able to surge away from him, and he received a booking for a nasty tackle on the latter.Key Opta Facts10 – Erik Lamela has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine games in all competitions (7 goals, 3 assists). Form. #WHUTOT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 20, 2018- West Ham are winless in eight Premier League London derbies since beating Chelsea in December 2017 (D5 L3).- Tottenham have won five consecutive top-flight London derbies for the first time since January 1961, a season in which they won the First Division.- West Ham have earned seven points from their opening nine games of the season, their worst return at this stage since 2010-11 (six points) when they finished bottom.- Spurs have won nine of their last 12 Premier League away games (D1 L2), including five of their six on the road this season.- Erik Lamela has scored five goals in eight games in all competitions for Spurs this season, one more than he managed in 33 games last season.What’s next?West Ham travel to Leicester City in a week’s time for their next Premier League outing, while Spurs – who face PSV away in the Champions League on Wednesday – host Manchester City in a tantalising fixture on Monday October 29. read morelast_img read more

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  • AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan lose 0-1 to Maziya, dent chances of advancing

    first_imgMohun Bagan lost for the second time in the AFC Cup group stages to dent their chances of advancing to the next stage as a 10-man Maziya Sports & Recreation beat them 1-0 in a Group E tie here at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Wednesday.Mohun Bagan fell to Mohamed Umair’s goal in the 34th minute to drop to third position in the four-team points table, having three points from the same number of matches. Maziya have six from three outings after the win.Maziya’s Milos Kovacevic picked up two bookings in the span of four minutes to be sent off in the 86th minute.Mohun Bagan fielded an all Indian XI, resting key foreign recruits for their title deciding I-League encounter in Aizawl. Only forwards Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh and Souvik Chakraborty were retained from the first choice starting line-up.Maziya were dented before kickoff as Andrei Alexandru Cordos picked up a knock and was removed from the first team with Samaam Gasim replacing him.In the 14th minute, Balwant twisted and turned to let fly a rasping left-footer which rattled the bar off goalkeeper Matiash Pavel’s hands.Maziya’s Aleksander Rakic took a swipe at goal soon after but his attempt blazed just over the bar.Three minutes into the half hour mark, Balwant made a mazy run into the box and got into a good position to score, but a rival defender did well to block his effort.Against the run of play, Maziya took the lead through Umair who capitalised on a loose ball inside the box to fire an angular effort at the far post.advertisementThe tourists had a chance to double their margin soon after the half-time with Yasfaadh Habeeb heading just over the bar from skipper Abdulla Asadhulla’s cross.Rakic came close too for Maziya as Mohun Bagan wasted a raft of gilt-edged chances towards the end of second half to consign to their first defeat since March 14 when they lost to Bengaluru FC.Mohun Bagan have one more home game remaining in the AFC Cup.last_img read more

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  • India uncertainty unsettling advertisers, host broadcaster tells ICC

    first_imgStar Sports have raised concerns with cricket’s governing body that advertisers might steer clear of the Champions Trophy if India opted against competing at the tournament in England, an official from the broadcaster has told Reuters. (No Champions Trophy decision without COA’s permission: Vinod Rai to BCCI)At last week’s International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the Indian board (BCCI) was outvoted 13-1 in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes their financial share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle. (BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary tries to create unanimity among members on Champions Trophy boycott threat)Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under a 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name a squad for the June 1-18 one-day international competition by the April 25 cutoff date.”There is concern in the market,” said the Star India official, who wished to remain anonymous, adding that the broadcaster had paid $1.9 billion for the ICC rights.”There has been no official communication from the ICC or the BCCI on India’s participation.”We have sent an email to the ICC asking how they plan to compensate us if our business is impacted due to India’s pullout.”Rupert Murdoch’s Star group owns broadcast rights for 18 ICC global events to be held during an eight-year cycle from 2015, including two 50-over World Cups, two Twenty20 World Cups and a similar number of Champions Trophy events.India’s huge market is a major draw for sponsors and advertisers, who often plan product launches around major cricket tournaments and book advertising slots in advance.advertisementThe option of pulling out of the Champions Trophy by revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) between the ICC and the BCCI has been gaining traction within the India board, who will discuss the issue at a special general meeting on Sunday.The operations of the BCCI are currently being supervised by four court-appointed administrators (COA), who has said it would intervene if the board took any drastic measures which might hurt Indian cricket.”It is in the interests of Indian cricket for the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC and other cricket boards to arrive at an amount/share that is somewhere between that envisaged under the financial model that was put in place in 2014 and that which is envisaged under the revised financial model,” the COA said in an email to state associations.”It is not in the interests of Indian cricket for the BCCI to take any drastic step/measure which may result in breakdown of negotiations between the BCCI, ICC and other cricket boards, especially since there is sufficient time between now and the ICC Conference to be held in June 2017 for a negotiated outcome to be arrived at.”The top eight sides in the world rankings compete in the Champions Trophy and it remains unclear who would replace India, who won the last edition in 2013, if they decide to withdraw.last_img read more

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  • Anshu Jamsenpa attempts second ascent to scale Mt Everest

    first_imgGuwahati, May 20 (PTI) World record holder mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh who climbed Mt Everest on May 16 is attempting another ascent, her second ascent in the same season.Jamsenpa had scaled the worlds highest mountain on May 16, the fourth time in six years.Jamsenpa, a mother of two, had reached the top of Mt Everest on May 16 and began her second ascent yesterday morning, a press statement issued by her spokesman Nanda Kirat Dewan said here today.”We are happy to share with the nation that Anshu is attempting the double ascent as planned and began her summit to the peak yesterday after officials and doctors on examination found her fit to carry out the expedition”, he said.According to the last contact established, she had reached near Camp four after holding for few minutes at Camp two and without waiting at Camp one which shows that she is energized and motivated to complete this summit in the shortest possible time, he said.Anshus husband and President of All Arunachal Pradesh Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association Tsering Wange said that all she now needs is “our blessings, prayers and support”.She will better her own record, if she successfully completes this feat and will be the only women mountaineer to climb the highest peak for the fifth time,She already holds the record of being the only woman in the world to climb the top of the worlds tallest peak twice in a single season.Jamsenpa earlier scaled Mount Everest thrice. She conquered the peak twice within 10 days between May 12 and 21, 2011, and made her third successful attempt on May 18, 2013. PTI DG MMadvertisementlast_img read more

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  • Salaam Cricket 2017: Virat Kohli best player in the world, says Shane Warne

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  • Ranveer Singh says his fashion sense isn’t as crazy as Lady Gaga’s

    first_img“Outrageous fashion” has been a part of his life since school days. And actor Ranveer Singh, known for his eccentric style, says his craziest look is yet to come but it can’t be crazier than how pop star Lady Gaga dresses.”In school and adolescence, I was known for my outrageous fashion. I was the first to sport baggy jeans and show off the top of my briefs as a fashion statement, the first to wear sports jerseys, use styling gel, wear chunky silver jewellery. It’s how I have always been. People in my school WhatsApp group are hardly surprised; they say it’s good to know I haven’t changed,” Ranveer said in an interview to Vogue India’s June 2017 issue.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ranveersinghAlso Read: Ranveer Singh’s latest look proves he’s the Peshwa of fashion risksHe admits he is a “bit far-out” with his fashion choices, but said: “My craziest look is yet to come. I think Lady Gaga is outrageous and I love her, but I am not that crazy.”For every post-apocalyptic outfit I wear, I also have very normal clothes. I call it the goalkeeper syndrome: he makes nine good saves and no one comments but it’s the one he misses that’s remembered. I wear normal clothes all the time but it’s the one time I’m feeling whimsical that gets noticed.”Photo: Yogen ShahThe actor, who is working on “Padmavati”, recounted how when “Band Baaja Baaraat” happened, stardom hit him “head-on”.Also Read: Ranveer Singh’s latest avatar will make you miss Game of Thrones a little lessadvertisement”Suddenly, I was in the limelight without the tools to cope with the attention. And when you are unsure, your guard goes up. A part of that measured response was to dress conventionally. This was to continue through that initial phase of stardom. The change, the empowerment, ultimately came from the validation I got for my performances,” added the actor, who got critical acclaim for “Lootera” and commercial acclaim for “Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela” in 2013.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ranveersinghHe describes it as a turning point.”People recognised that I was good at what I did,” he said, remembering a time when he went to a chat show wearing an Ermenegildo Zegna suit, Kolhapuri chappals, a fedora and retro facial hair.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh”I remember thinking that after a long time I looked and felt like the guy I lost somewhere along the way.”last_img read more

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  • Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble meetings to pick playing XI weren’t convened by team manager

    first_imgDisagreements between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble over selection matters in choosing the playing eleven have contributed amongst other reasons for strained relations between the two.It is now learnt there was no one to flag off these selection issues in time to the BCCI as many of the playing XI selection meets were held in the absence of a team manager.The norm is for the team manager to convene a meeting of the captain and coach that make the ‘team management’ in picking a playing XI for a match from the squad given to them by the selectors.India Today learns a lot of these selection meets in the long home season of 13 Tests went unminuted as the manager was not kept a part of these meetings.Gujarat Cricket Association(GCA) official Anil Patel had been acting as the team manager in the entire home stretch which included the Test series against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.”He was a quiet man and did not insist on the eleven being picked in his presence. So that’s how it progressed,” says a team source.Disagreement between Kumble and Kohli over selection of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav during the Australia Test series has come to light. The move to have Yadav playing the third Test as opined by Kumble was resisted by Kohli and he was eventually picked to play the fourth Test when Kohli was out injured.The manager in capacity of a convener has no say in selection matters but acts as the eyes and ears of the board during an international series or on tour. BCCI officials admit rising tensions in the camp reached them late.advertisementIt would be foolish though to attribute the managers’ incompetence as an excuse for the BCCI acting late on the controversy. But it does bring to light, the price Indian cricket has had to pay in the absence of a permanent man for the job.Anil Patel refused to come on record for the story. Patel has now been replaced by Cricket Club of India (CCI)’s more experienced Kapil Malhotra, who also served as team manager for five successive series including the Asia Cup and World T20 last year. The norm of team manager convening meetings to choose the playing eleven has resumed from the ongoing ICC Champions trophy.last_img read more

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  • Hailey Baldwin dating model Cameron Dallas

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