High school football coach suspended after ‘lopsided’ win

first_imgView comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ An official with the National Federation of State High School Associations says in most places lopsided wins are typically handled by running out the clock or stopping play. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress NORTH MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — A Long Island football coach has been suspended because his team won big — too big.The New York Times reports that Plainedge High School coach Robert Shaver received a one-game suspension after a Nassau County committee found he could have avoided an outsized 61-13 victory by his Red Devils against the Cyclones of South Side High School in Rockville Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Plainedge is in North Massapequa.A margin over 42 points triggers a review.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe committee determined Shaver should have pulled his starting players as the 4th quarter began. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis Newsday reports Shaver told the committee both teams were unbeaten, and he feared a Cyclones come-back if he took out his starters. EPL title contenders Liverpool and Man City leave it late to win LATEST STORIES MOST READ After the Typhoon Part 01 PLAY LIST 05:30After the Typhoon Part 0102:10Vigil held for Texas school shooting victims00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Strong second half propels Azkals past Maldives

first_imgMOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Ramsay immediately tried his luck from range just seconds after the restart and the Azkals played with a spring in their step, pressing high and looking to always win the ball early.Aside from his goal, Strauss did what he does best, hunting the ball in dangerous areas especially when the hosts tried to build from the back.His persistence in the 69th minute paid off when he stabbed the ball home from close range after Reichelt and Luke Woodland were denied by the post. A moment of indecision in defense allowed the Maldives topull the goal back late on, but the Azkals did enough to get maximum points, prompting Cooper to hail the character of his squad.“I mean we can say two things about consistency: performance and result. This was purely about result,” he said. “It’s a difficult place to play, its a hard stadium to play in. They (Maldives) werefull of spirit. And it made it more difficult because our first half performance wasn’t up to the standard of the character of the team.The missed penalty was a blow because a lot of times when you miss a penalty, the other team comes back. Again at halftime, we had to speak quite strongly over what we could deal with the expectations and wesaw the reactions in the performance in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Philippine Azkals celebrate goal against Maldives. Photo from Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERnetMALE – Playing the Maldives in its home stadium was always going to be a tricky encounter for the Philippines.Not only were they going to deal with a team that had ambitions to progress further in World Cup Qualifying, the Azkals also had players far from their best fitness levels since their seasons with their clubs had already been wrapped up a few weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES The Azkals arrived in Dubai late Friday, needing to rest and recoverfor the duel against Syria on Tuesday at Rashid Stadium. Tied with China with seven points from the first five matches, the Azkals remain in the thick of the fight of the Top 2 finish that could see them make the third round of qualifying for the first time in history.But the Syrians are the only unbeaten team in the group and have already beaten the Azkals, 5-2, at Panaad Stadium two months ago.“We’ve seen them and they’ve seen us and we’re able to learn more about them in the last few matches,” said Cooper. “We’re going to need every player to play well on Tuesday.”Azkals manager Dan Palami was happy to see the team taking steps atthe right direction as players have stepped up to the challenge in the last three matches.“It’s great to see the team bounce back after the loss to Syria with seven points from the last three games,” said Palami. “We’ve got a great momentum and a atmosphere within the team. The players are inhigh spirits and they know what’s expected of them. Hopefully, we’re able to carry that over to the match against Syria.”Palami also gave credit to Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta for making sure the team’s needs are taken care of in this crucial stretch of the qualifiers.“The leadership of Sir Nonong has been instrumental in our qualifying campaign,” said Palami. “Getting the results in the last three matches would not have been possible if he had not taken an active role inhelping us prepare the team for matches.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rondina, Pons off to strong start in final SEA Games tune up The pressure to follow up that huge performance against China last month was also mounting with Azkals coach Scott Cooper needing to find a level of consistency in their play regardless of the pedigree of theopposition.The start was tepid and erratic, but the Azkals did come away with a 2-1 victory on the strength of an improved second half that saw Iain Ramsay score his first goal in more than two years and Patrick Strauss bagging his second goal of the qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCooper was pleased at the way his team responded after half-time. Patrick Reichelt had just missed a penalty in the 38th minute and the hosts were growing in confidence just before the break.“It was a colourful, pointed and direct,” said Cooper. “There were no grey areas on the feelings expressed by players and I think anyone could have noticed that something must’ve happened at halftime just at the way they responded in the second half.”center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’last_img read more


first_img3rd Race: The Her Majesty Trophy 2400 Metres3rd Race: The Her Majesty Trophy 2400 Metres Phenomenal Memory (Dr Cyrus S. Poonawalla, Mr Adar C. Poonawalla & Mrs Natasha A. Poonawalla) 49.5 S Zervan first Rodeo 58 C S Jodha second Heather 59 P S Chouhan third Caesars Star 47.5 S A Amit fourth Not Run: Nil Favourities: Heather Won By: 3 1/4 L, 4 1/2 L, 3 1/4 L Time: 2 minute 32.79 seconds Tote: Rs 24 for win, Rs 11 and Rs 41 for places Forecast: Rs 93 Shp: Rs 67 Quinella: Rs 135 Tanala: 70 per cent: Rs 123 on 54 tickets 30 per cent: Rs 30 on 96 tickets (More) PTI COR RDS RSY AHlast_img

Asian Cadet Judo Championships from tomorrow

first_imgKochi, Sep 7 (PTI) Judokas from countries including Japan, Korea, Taipei and Pakistan are all set to participate in the 10th Asian Cadet Judo Championships 2016 and 17th Asian Junior Judo Championships 2016, which begins here tomorrow. Hundred boys and 64 girls from 22 countries in the Cadet section and 85 men and 53 women from 19 countries in the junior section are participating in the championships, the organisers said. They said the preliminary bouts of four weight categories of Cadet Boys and four Weights of Cadet Girls will start from 10am tomorrow at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavantra, here. The draws of the Championships were held here today in the presence of Obaid Al-Anzi, president, Judo Union of Asia (JUA) and Mukesh Kumar, President, Judo Federation of India (JFI), and Judo Union of Asia. The grand Opening Ceremony of the Championships will be held at 3pm, followed by the final block of the above 8 weight categories and medal ceremonies. According to JFI officials, this is the official events of Judo Union of Asia, which will be held every year, and it is also one of the ranking events of the International Judo Federation. The events were also approved by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Thirty nine member Countries of JUA will be participating in the event,” JFI said in a release here. PTI TGB RC BS BSlast_img read more

Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova lose in Wuhan Open final

first_imgSania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova suffered a straight sets defeat against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the summit clash of the WTA Wuhan Open, in Wuhan on Saturday. (Latest Sports stories)The third seeds lost 1-6 4-6 to the fifth-seeded US-Czech pair of Mattek-Sands and Safarova in the final of the USD 2,589,000 tournament that lasted a little over an hour.Mattek-Sands and Safarova converted six of the eight break points that came their way, while the Indo-Czech pair squandered six out of eight.Sania has won three titles in her last four tournaments she has played after splitting with Swiss Martina Hingis.last_img

Renault unveils Trezor GT Electric concept at Paris Motor Show

first_imgAt the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016, Renault has unveiled Trezor – an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car that blends Renault’s warm, simple and sensual lines with the very latest innovations in interior experience, all-electric powertrain and autonomous driving.  Trezor is from the Love ‘petal’ of Renault’s ‘Life Flower’ design strategy – following in the footsteps of the 2010 DeZir concept – and previews trends likely to be seen in future Renault models.Trezor, a two-seater electric coupe, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012.Design:Trezor, a two-seater electric coupe, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012. On the bonnet, the honeycomb-form air intake echoes the structure of the rear bodywork. These hexagonal shapes provide a variable-geometry intake, the movement of which embellishes the Trezor with extra dynamism and creates the impression that it is actually breathing.On the left-hand side of the body, the fuel filler hatch has been replaced by an analogue gauge that indicates the vehicle’s charge level, drawing on traditional sports car practice.At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser. This ‘rope-like’ fibre assembly provides bright, distinctive lighting. Under braking, the torsion and stacking of the optical fibres creates an interesting visual effect and increases the intensity of the light.The Trezor is fitted with tailor-developed Continental tyres, fitted to 21- and 22-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively.advertisementThe Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.Engine:The Trezor features two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by the variable-geometry air intake incorporated in the bonnet. With a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, it provides acceleration from stand still to 62mph in less than four seconds.The Trezor also incorporates a brake-operated energy recovery system, courtesy of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for Formula E racing.Dimension:This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear. The monocoque and access hatch are made from carbon. Thanks to this work, the Trezor boasts the poise of a spectacular GT (length: 4,700mm / width: 2,180mm/ height: 1,080mm) while tipping the scales at just 1,600kg.Features:The Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. The Trezor makes use of the latest Ultra High Definition developments. A combination of OLED technology (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and Corning Gorilla Glass has produced a thin, curved screen which, unlike LED displays, does not require backlighting. The result is superior contrast and colour reproduction, along with deeper shades of black with no halo effect.To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle.The touch-screen’s interface can be personalised. The Smartphone’s apps will appear on the multimedia system’s screen and the driver can display the widgets of that he or she wishes to use on the screen positioned behind the steering wheel.Drive Modes:When the car is in autonomous mode, the exterior lighting signature changes and extends to the lateral and rear logos, to indicate to other road users that driving has been delegated.At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser.In this mode, the Trezor allows occupants to use their time on a journey to stay connected. The driver and passenger are able to immerse themselves in a shared universe, perhaps by watching a film, playing a game or flicking through photographs.last_img read more

HTC announces Bolt for global audience, calls it 10 Evo

first_imgAs expected, HTC on Tuesday announced the global variant of the recently launched Bolt smartphone. As expected, HTC is calling it the HTC 10 Evo. The HTC 10 Evo ships with all-familiar specs, but without the pricing and availability details, for now. These will, of course, vary from region to region.The HTC 10 Evo looks a lot like the company’s flagship phone, the HTC 10. It shares the HTC 10’s all-familiar chamfers, but misses out on a 3.5mm audio jack. The company will be shipping a USB Type-C dongle in the box, thankfully. Also, the HTC 10 Evo is the company’s first all-metal phone to come with IP57 certification which makes it dust and water resistant.The phone however ships with dated hardware: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 under the hood coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card slot.The HTC 10 Evo comes with a 5.5-inch QuadHD screen and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The 4G LTE capable phone is backed by a 3,200 mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.The Bolt sells for $600 in the US, which roughly translates to Rs 40,911.In another news, HTC is likely to launch the Desire 10 Pro in India on November 24. The company had recently launched the Desire 10 Lifestyle here at a price of Rs 15,990. Both the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle were launched globally in September. We will have to wait and watch whether the launch event would see some kind of announcement related to the HTC 10 Evo as well. advertisementAlso Read: HTC 10 review: One and only HTC phone that you should buylast_img read more

Pakistan to host first Davis Cup tie in 13 years

first_imgPakistan will host its first Davis Cup tie in 13 years against Iran in February, the country’s tennis federation has said.”The International Tennis Federation has considered that security has improved,” Pakistan Tennis Federation Secretary Khalid Rehmani said on Wednesday, reports Efe.The matches will be held from February 3-5 in Islamabad, Rehmani said, adding that the Iranian team would be provided the same level of security as visiting foreign leaders.Pakistan has hosted few international sports events since 2001 due to high levels of extremist violence.Pakistan last played in the Davis Cup on its soil in 2004, when it took on New Zealand. Since then, Pakistan has only played in other countries.In the case of cricket, the national sport, an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team that left nine people dead forced Pakistan to play all home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), except for several matches against Zimbabwe in 2015.The level of violence, however, has decreased considerably since an army operation was launched in the tribal regions in June 2014.Recently, Pakistan has hosted several international squash tournaments and acquired four armoured buses to transport visiting cricket teams.last_img read more

Vertonghen injury puts derby involvement in doubt

first_imgJan Vertonghen’s hamstring injury will keep him out until December, Tottenham have confirmed.The left-sided defender joined Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen on the sidelines when he was forced off at half-time of the 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town at the end of September.Belgium boss Roberto Martinez last week drew criticism from Mauricio Pochettino for revealing Vertonghen was likely to miss November’s Nations League matches. 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 club’s updated timeframe now rules the 31-year-old out of key Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea, while his involvement in the derby with Arsenal on December 1 is also in doubt.”Jan Vertonghen sustained a hamstring injury against Huddersfield Town on 29 September, which has been monitored closely over the past 12 days,” read a Tottenham statement.”Further investigation has shown a good initial response to rehabilitation.”The Belgium international defender will now continue his recovery with a view to returning to full training by December.”Vertonghen was an integral part of Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-finals and started each of Spurs’ first seven Premier League fixtures this season.last_img read more

Pjaca likely to leave Juventus next summer

first_imgMarko Pjaca is set to remain at Fiorentina before a likely departure from Juventus next summer, Goal understands.Pjaca joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan in August with Juve receiving €2 million (£1.8m/$2.3m) as a result.Fiorentina have the option to make the move permanent for €20m (£18m/$23m) next summer but a deal remains in doubt with Pjaca failing to impress in Florence so far. 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! Pjaca has disappointed the Viola faithful, recording just one goal and one assist in 11 appearances to date, but the Croatia ace is unlikely to cut short his loan from Juve.Fiorentina will decide whether to keep Pjaca at the end of the season but it would take a big upturn in form in the second half of the campaign for them to do so.The player’s future at Juve also remains unclear and it appears likely that he will leave the Bianconeri, regardless of whether Fiorentina decide to sign him permanently.Juve are spoilt for choice in the final third with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa among their many options.Pjaca moved to the Serie A giants from Dinamo Zagreb for €23m (£21m/$26m) after impressing for Croatia at the Euro 2016.The 23-year-old helped Juve secure a league and cup double in 2016-17, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal, before moving to Schalke on loan in the following season.He scored twice in nine appearances to help Schalke finish second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League in 2017-18.Pjaca’s loan stint at Fiorentina has not caught fire as of yet but the forward could turn things around – starting against parent club Juve on Saturday.Fiorentina are currently 10th in Serie A and 19 points behind league leaders and rivals Juve ahead of the match at Stadio Artemio Franchi.Juve’s trip to Fiorentina kicks off a tough run of games for Massimiliano Allegri’s men as they go in search of a treble this season.They face Inter at home after Fiorentina before trips to Young Boys in the Champions League and Turin rivals Torino in Serie A.And then Allegri’s men tackle Roma, Atalanta and Sampdoria as they finish off the festive period and round off 2018.last_img read more

French Open: Need to learn from US Open defeat to Kei Nishikori, says Andy Murray

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray will carry the lesson of last year’s US Open quarter-final defeat to Kei Nishikori into Wednesday’s French Open last eight clash against the Japanese, the 28-year-old has said.Murray was tipped to seal the US Open title in 2016 after winning the Wimbledon and an Olympic Gold medal but Nishikori stunned the Briton in an intense five-set match.While Nishikori has no recollection about the victory, Murray had no problems remembering the match.”Obviously we played at the US Open and that was five sets, a match that got away from me a little bit, so I need to learn a bit from that,” Murray told Eurosport.”There’s a good chance it’s a long one. He returns well and he’s very solid off both wings. He’s always a tough guy to play against.”I’m happy with where my game’s at. Everything is going pretty well just now. I’m feeling good going into the middle part of the second week.”Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has backed the Briton to beat Nishikori.”He played very well (against Karen Khachanov) and he’s playing better and better. Now a lot of things are possible. Andy knows what he has to do,” Ivanisevic said.”I don’t see Nishikori beating Andy. Nishikori doesn’t have the mental side. He’s going to crack, Andy is too good.”last_img read more

Narsingh questions Sushils appointment as national observer

first_imgBy Chandraboli Mitra New Delhi, Jun 28 (PTI) Suspended wrestler Narsingh Yadav has objected to Sushil Kumars appointment as a national observer, raising conflict of interest allegations in a letter to the Sports Ministry. Narsingh, last week shot off a letter to the Sports Ministry, raising question on how Sushil could become a national observer, when he is involved with the grooming of wrestlers at the Chhatrasal Stadiums akhada which is run by his father-in-law Satpal. “Narsingh has written a letter to the Sports Ministry, raising objection on Sushil being a national observer. According to Narsingh, Sushil would favour his students from Chhatrasal as a national observer,” a top Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official in know of things told PTI. “Narsingh has claimed that being a national observer while training kids in his akhada is conflict of interest.” Sushil, Indias one double Olympic medallist, is among 14 Olympians appointed by the Sports Minister as national observers for their respective disciplines earlier this year. Narsingh also questioned how Sushil has been appointed observer despite allegations of sabotage levelled against him before Rio Olympics. Narsingh has been suspended on charges doping for four years. “Narsingh has also apparently written about his doubts over Sushils alleged sabotage attempt in spiking Narsinghs food and drinks before the Olympics and the resultant four- year suspension on him from wrestling,” the official claimed. When Sushil asked about Narsinghs letter, the 34-year- old said: “That is up to him to write to anyone he feels like, raising whatever objection. I have no hard feelings for anyone or about anything. “Moreover I do not understand how it is conflict of interest. I am just a national observer, whose job is to monitor the sport of wrestling and giving feedbacks to build a good squad for future Olympics,” Sushil said. Last year, in the run up to the Rio Olympics, Narsingh and Sushil were involved in a bitter court battle, which was followed by a dope scandal that resulted in the eventual suspension of the former. It all started with a tussle for an Olympic berth in the mens 74kg freestyle category after the WFI reneged on its promise of holding a trial to decide who among Sushil and Narsingh would represent India in the Rio Games. In the process, Sushil felt short-changed and even took the legal recourse but could not get a showdown with Narsingh as had been promised to him by the federation after an injury prevented him from competing in the Olympic qualifiers. Narsingh was picked by the WFI on the basis of him bagging the 74kg Olympic quota berth with a World Championships bronze, while Sushils demands for a trial were rejected by both Federation as well as the Delhi High Court after a lengthy legal battle. However, Narsinghs triumph was short-lived as he failed a dope test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) barely 10 days before the start of the Rio Games. Although NADA later gave him the clean chit, a subsequent hearing by the World body (WADA) barred Narsingh from participating in the Olympics and also handed him a suspension. PTI CM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal ready for big improvement on recent Wimbledon woes

first_imgRafael Nadal is adamant that he will not be discouraged by the memory of recent Wimbledon woes as he prepares to follow up his landmark 10th French Open triumph with a third success on the sport’s most storied lawns.Nadal spurned the chance of a warm-up tournament at Queen’s Club to put less pressure on his body after his exertions at Roland Garros. He opted to fine tune his game in Mallorca instead.Now, Spain’s two-times champion is determined to improve on a series of shock defeats he has suffered to unheralded opposition at Wimbledon since winning his last title in 2010 and reaching the final the following year.Nadal lost to Lukas Rosol in the second round in 2012 when struggling with knee problems, Steve Darcis in 2013 (first round), the then new boy Nick Kyrgios in 2014 (fourth round) and Dustin Brown in 2015 (second round) before missing last year with a wrist injury.Yet he is adamant that the losses have not left a scar.”My motivation is always high in all the events that I play. If not, I am not playing,” said Nadal, whose victory in Paris took his grand slam total to 15.”It’s true that what happened with my knees in 2012 was more difficult (but) at the same time, it’s true that in 2014 I played a good event when I lost in the fourth round against Nick. But I had my chances, too.”After that, last year I couldn’t play (and) 2015 was not my year, of course.”Let’s see what’s going on this year. I know it’s always difficult. I am excited to be playing again here, in a tournament that I really love. But at the same time I tell you, it’s a tournament that you can go out very early.advertisement”But if I am able to go through at the beginning, I think I am with confidence. I am playing well since the beginning of the season, so let’s see.”This is somewhat of an understatement from the modest 31-year-old.Since reaching the Australian Open final at the start of the year, where only a dazzlingly rejuvenated Roger Federer could eclipse him, Nadal has won four clay titles. At times he has looked something near to his rampaging finest.Nadal confirmed that his coach Carlos Moya would not be attending Wimbledon with him but added that his uncle Toni would be part of his “great team”.He sounded refreshed by his spell training at home. “It was great,” he said.”I would love to have been playing in Queen’s, obviously, but after the last three months and after what happened in Roland Garros, we decided that for my body it was better to have a slower change to the grass.”last_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy reach US Open quarter-finals

first_imgIndian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles competition at the USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold here.Kashyap crossed the second round after his opponent Hungary’s Gergely Krausz retired midway in the second game with the scoreline reading 21-18, 17-6 in favour of the Indian.The Commonwealth Games champion then defeated Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, seeded 16th, 21-19, 21-10 in the pre-quarters match on the same day.Kashyap will next face compatriot and fifth seed Sameer Verma, who notched up victories over Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak and Brazil’s Ygor Coelho.Sameer, who is making a comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury, had to fight hard to get the better off Zvonimir 21-19, 25-27, 21-15 in the first match. He then saw off ninth seed Ygor 18-21, 21-14, 21-18.Second seed HS Prannoy, meanwhile, brushed aside Ireland’s Joshua Magee 21-13, 21-17 before staving off a challenge from Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw, seeded 12th, 21-8, 14-21, 21-16 in 48 minutes.Prannoy will face eighth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next.Among other Indians in fray, third seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Indonesian combo of Hendra Tandjaya and Androw Yunanto 21-16, 21-9 to set up a clash with seventh seeded Japanese Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera.It was however curtains for Harsheel Dani, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, Rituparna Das in singles event.Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen ended Harsheel’s stay with a 27-25, 21-9 win, while Sri Krishna lost 11-21, 10-21 to fifth seed Jang Mi Lee of Korea. Rituparna suffered a 15-21, 20-22 loss to seventh seed Natalia Koch Rohde of Denmark.advertisementMen’s doubles pair of Francis Alwin and Tarun Kona fought hard before losing 19-21, 21-9, 14-21 to seventh seed Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera of Japan.Women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed out with a 18-21, 9-21 loss to seventh seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan.Mixed doubles pair of Manu and Maneesha also suffered a 16-21, 12-21 loss to fourth seeded Malaysian combo of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.last_img read more

Oval Test, Day 3: England thwarted by rain after Toby Roland-Jones’ fifer vs South Africa

first_imgToby Roland-Jones saw his dream debut continue as he completed a five-wicket haul to end South Africa’s belated resistance and ensure England maintained their domination of the third Test at The Oval on Saturday. (SCORECARD )Yet the home side’s push for victory to move 2-1 ahead in the four-test series was threatened by the south London weather as afternoon rain ended up wiping out half the day’s play with England on 74-1 in their second innings, 252 runs ahead.Roland-Jones had spearheaded the dismissal of South Africa for 175 on the third morning of the 100th Oval test to give England a 178-run first innings lead before another newcomer Tom Westley then helped hammer home the advantage.The Essex new boy Westley, just as in his first innings 25, looked perfectly at home on 28 not out as he and Keaton Jennings, who rode his luck to reach 34, both fought impressively to secure their England futures before the rain came.Earlier, Temba Bavuma’s fine half-century had led a spirited rearguard action from the South African tail, but Roland-Jones eventually dismissed him for 52 to finish off the innings and boast remarkable debut figures of 5-57 off 16.4 overs.Reuters Photo Roland-Jones, the 29-year-old Middlesex seamer who had ripped through the Proteas’ top four on Friday in his first 33 balls, became the first England bowler since Graham Onions against West Indies at Lord’s in 2009 to take a five-wicket haul in a Test debut first innings.Little Bavuma, who came in with the South Africans in disarray at 47-4 on Friday, demonstrated considerable calmness and real spirit to ensure they made a decent recovery from their worst plight when 61-7 on Friday evening.advertisementHe was given support from Morne Morkel, with a stubborn 39-ball 17, and last man Vernon Philander, fit to bat after being discharged from hospital following tests for the stomach ailment that had kept him off the field for much of the first two days.Bavuma, who ensured the follow-on was avoided with a lovely cover driven four, survived a tough chance on 40 off Stuart Broad when Ben Stokes could not hold on to his flying one-handed attempt in the gully.Otherwise, Bavuma always seemed in control, going past 1,000 runs in Tests before fighting on to his half-century off 111 balls with eight boundaries.James Anderson eked out Morkel, caught at slip, before Roland-Jones, who had earlier been given the first crack at landing his ‘five for’ by captain Joe Root, was recalled for a second spell and had Bavuma caught behind by Jonny Bairstow.When England batted again, Jennings, on six, was dropped by Dean Elgar in the gully off Philander just before rain brought an early lunch and on the resumption, Morkel worked over Alastair Cook before bowling him for seven.Jennings was given out, either lbw or for a catch, by umpire Joel Wilson on 33 only to survive on review but Westley looked confident, striking six boundaries in his 38-ball stay.With two days still to play, South Africa’s main concern remained with Philander, who was reported to be still vomiting and suffering abdominal pain from his viral infection and had to leave the field again after his sixth over.last_img read more

Odisha govt to give cash incentive for Dutee, Jauna

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 30 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced cash incentive of Rs 5 lakh each for two sprinters of the state, Dutee Chand and Jauna Murmu after they qualified for the World Athletics Championships beginning August 4 in London. Patnaik expressed the hope that they would emerge successful in the championship and bring glory for the country, sources in the chief ministers office said. Dutee yesterday got the confirmation to take part in the World Championships after the top tribunal of international sports suspended the policy of International Association of Athletics Federation, which had barred her from competition for another two months. The 21-year-old Dutee, who missed the original entry standard of 11.26 seconds for 100 m sprint, got an invite from the IAAF as the target number of 56 athletes for the womens 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London. Dutees best of 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15, has now earned her a quota entry for the World Championships. Her 11.30s timing gives her a current global ranking of 103. PTI SKN SSC SSClast_img read more

Intex launches its first affordable 4G VoLTE feature phone in India

first_imgThe domestic handset maker Intex has launched a its first 4G-Volte Feature Phone or Smart Feature Phone model – Intex Turbo+ 4G – as part of its special Feature Phones series- the Navratna.  The new Navratna series includes one 4G-Volte model and eight 2G models in the price range of Rs 700- Rs1500.Commenting on the launch of the Navratna series, Ishita Bansal, product head-Mobiles, Intex Technologies said, “Commemorating our 71st Independence Day, we wanted to upgrade feature phone users and give them the taste of a smartphone through our first Smart Feature Phone – the Turbo+ 4G. With this, feature phone users will get high voice call quality, a seamless experience of the internet and the power of connecting with the world via a mobile. Being a 20-year-old Indian company, Intex understands the needs and requirements of the consumers especially those residing in smaller towns and the hinterland. We have always strived to improve and empower lives of people through innovative consumer tech products and the Turbo 4G+ feature phone is the latest addition in our list of innovation.”The 4G feature phone Turbo Plus 4G comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, has a 4G-Volte network ensuring high voice quality & seamless internet experience and is powered with a 2000mAh battery. The 4G device runs on KaiOS software having a dual core processor with a 512MB RAM & 4GB ROM. For amateur photographers, the 4G feature phone has a 2MP rear camera and VGA Selfie Camera, along with an expandable memory of up to 32GB to store all their beautiful memories.advertisementThe ECO series models come with a 1.8-inch QQVGA display. ECO 102 Plus has a currency check feature that helps users to verify the authenticity of their currency. Along with this, it has an 800mAh battery, wireless FM and camera.  The ECO 106 Plus is powered by a 1000mAh battery, wireless FM and expandable memory of up to 32GB. Both these models have a Phonebook memory of 500 contacts. ECO Selfie is the camera phone in the series having a dual camera with flash for photography enthusiasts, supports all 22 Indian languages for regional communications and has the GPRS/WAP facility for Internet. The model comes with an 1800mAh battery and a Phonebook memory of 1500 contacts.Also Read: Jio explains how you can buy JioPhone, creates special page for those who want to get itThe Turbo series models come with a 2.4-inch display. Turbo Shine supports all 22 Indian languages, powered with a 1400mAh battery, has wireless FM and expandable memory up to 32GB. Turbo Selfie 18 sports a dual camera with flash, powered with a big 1800mAh battery and has a Phonebook storage of 2000 contacts.  In the Ultra Series models – Ultra 2400 Plus comes with a huge 2400mAh battery, 2.4-inch display, camera with flash and a Phonebook capacity of storing 2000 contacts and expendable memory 64GB. Ultra Selfie has a big 2.8-inch display along with dual camera and powered by a massive 3000mAh battery.  Lions G10 is another high-end model having a 2.4-inch display, big Phonebook capacity of 2000 contacts, camera and big battery of 1450mAh, expendable memory 64GB.last_img read more

70 years of Independence: 7 decades of sporting glory

first_imgAs India completes 70 years of Independence, India Today celebrates the laurels won by the country at  global events in the world of sports. India remains the only team to have won eight gold medals in men’s hockey at the Olympics. The country has won the Cricket World Cup twice while Abhinav Bindra remains India’s only individual gold medallist in Olympics.Here’s a look at what India achieved after Independence in sports from athletics to cricket.1940s – POST INDEPENDENCEIndia won their first Olympic gold post Independence in 1948 at the London Olympics in field Hockey. India continued with their stranglehold in the sport even after Independence adding to the three gold medals they had earlier won in 1928, 1932 and 1936. (70 years of Independence: India’s most decorated sporting heroes in the modern era)1950sThe Indian national football team created history by winning gold at the Asian Games at New Delhi in 1951.India remained a powerhouse in men’s field hockey in 1952 Olympics at Helsinki as well with yet another solid performance to finish on top of the podium.Khashaba Jadhav became India’s first individual Olympic medallist after Independence when he finished with bronze in wrestling (bantamweight) at the 1952 Helsinki Games. (What India was crazy about: Hockey first, Cricket later, Football, Kabaddi now?)The Indian cricket team’s first ever Test series victory came in 1952-53 when Pakistan toured India for the first time for a five-match series. India emerged victorious 2-1.Four years later in 1956, at the Melbourne Games too, India continued to dominate the world. Again, finding no challenger for the top prize, they bagged their sixth gold in men’s hockey.advertisementIn 1958, Milkha Singh became the first Indian athlete to win an individual gold at the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff. Mikha, also known as The Flying Sikh, is best remembered for his fourth-place finish in the 400 metres final at the 1960 Olympic Games.1960sIn the 1960 Rome Games, India finished runners-up in field hockey but four years later at Tokyo, they bounced back in style to clinch their seventh gold medal.In 1962, the Indian football team again finished as the best side to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Games at Jakarta.There was much joy in cricket as well. India’s first away Test series victory came in 1967-68 in New Zealand where all four matches produced results. India won the series 3-1.1970sIndia had never won a Test series against the West Indies home or away but in the 1971 series in the Caribbean, India made history by beating the cricket powerhouse 1-0 in three-Test series. The great Sunil Gavaskar also made his debut in the same series. He started his career with 65 and 67 not out in his first Test which was instrumental in India’s victory.Later in 1971, India toured England, who were high in confidence after winning the Ashes series in Australia. India too were confident of creating an upset after their victory over highly-fancies West Indies. India drew the first two Tests before beating England in the third and final Test to win their first ever series in England 1-0.In 1979, India recorded their first Test series victory over Australia, winning the six-match series 2-0.1980sAfter a gap of three Olympics where India failed to win the top prize, the 1980 Olympics in Moscow was a memorable one for Indian men’s hockey. They were back to their best proved the world why they have won the most number of gold medals in the sport. However, unfortunate as it may sound the 1980 gold medal was India’s eighth and the last gold medal in hockey. Since then India have struggled to maintain that spark and have even failed to finish in top three.In 1983, Kapil Dev-led Team India stunned the world by winning the World Cup at Lord’s. India defeated the favourites and the two-time defending champions West Indies by 43 runs in the final to win the mega prize.In 1987, Sunil Gavaskar became the first batsman ever to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Gavaskar scored 63 against Pakistan at Ahmedabad to breach the 10000-run barrier.Viswanathan Anand became India’s first chess grandmaster in 1988. Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991-92, India’s highest sporting honour.1990sAfter 16 years, Leander Paes broke India’s jinx at the Olympics, when he settled for bronze medal in men’s singles tennis.In 1999, Anil Kumble became only the second bowler after Englishman Jim Laker to pick all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match. Kumble achieved the feat against Pakistan at New Delhi.advertisement2000sKarnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal when she finished third to get a bronze in weightlifting in women’s 69kg category at the Sydney Games.In 2001, Harbhajan Singh became the first Indian to bag a hat-trick in Test cricket. Playing at Eden Gardens, Harbhajan removed Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne to help India beat Australia for one of the best comeback victories recorded in Test cricket.In 2004, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian Indian batsman to slam a triple century in Test cricket. The triple ton was special as it came in Pakistan’s Multan. India won the first and the third Test to record their first ever series win in Pakistan.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became India’s first shooter to win laurels for the country in the sport. In 2004, at the Athens Olympics Rathore finished second to get a silver medal in men’s double trap shooting event.In 2007, a young cricket team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the inaugural World Twenty20 title in South Africa.In 2008, Abhinav Bindra created history by bagging gold in men’s 10m air rifle event at the Beijing Games. His gold remains the country’s first and only individual gold medal till date. India’s two other rising stars boxer Vijender Singh and wrestler Sushil Kumar also finished with bronze medals.Sachin Tendulkar etched his name in the history of world cricket by slamming 200 not out agaisnt South Africa at Gwalior in an ODI match. He became the first batsman ever to achieve the feat.Suresh Raina became the first Indian to score a hundred in T20 Internationals. He achieved the landmark against South Africa at Gros Islet in World T20 in 2010.In 2011, India became the first team to win the Cricket World Cup at home. An out-of-form MS Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order and played the captain’s knock as India defeated Sri Lanka in the final.Sachin Tendulkar became the first man on the planet to hit 100 international centuries. He achieved the feat when he hit 114 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup.In the 2012 London Games, India produced their best ever medal hauls to bring home six medals – two silvers and four bronze. Shooter Vijay Kumar and wrestler Sushil bagged silver medals while shooter Gagan Narang, boxer Mary Kom, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shuttler Saina Nehwal settled for bronze medals.In 2013, MS Dhoni became the first and the only captain to win all ICC trophies when India defeated hosts England in the final to lift ICC Champions Trophy.In 2013, Sachin Tendulkar played his 200th Test thus becoming the first player ever to play as many matches in the longest format. Tendulkar also retired from international cricket after his 200th Test.In 2014, Rohit Sharma became the first batsman ever to score his second double century in ODIs. Rohit also rewrote history books by smashing the highest individual score of 264 vs Sri Lanka at Kolkata.In 2016, India’s top stars and medal hopes faltered at the big stage. Saina Nehwal, Yogeshwar Dutt and shooting stars all failed to repeat their 2012 feats. However, shuttler PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik ensured India return home with couple of medals. While Sindhu ended runner-up in women’s badminton single final, Sakshi bagged bronze and became first woman wrestler from India to win an Olympic medal.advertisementVirat Kohli became the first-ever batsman to score double hundreds in four consecutive Test series. He scored double hundreds against the West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh in the 2016-17 cricket season.Pankaj Advani has dominated the world billiards for several years now. He has won 16 world titles (12 billiards and 4 snooker). Advani made his international competitive debut at the Asian Billiards Championship 2002. He has also won gold medals at the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja stars for Saurashtra, holders Gujarat beat Kerala in Group B

first_imgRavindra Jadeja bagged nine wickets after scoring a double hundred to guide Saurashtra to an innings and 212-run victory over Jammu and Kashmir on day three of the Group B Ranji Trophy match.As many as 16 wickets fell on day three after Jammu and Kashmir started the day at 103 for four.Jadeja, after completing a double hundred on day two, took four wickets in the first innings while the remaining were picked up by another left-arm spinner, Dharmendersinh Jadeja.The visitors were all out for 156 in the first innings and were asked to follow on.Jammu and Kashmir batted better in the second innings but they still looked nowhere near getting close to Saurashtra’s mammoth first innings of 624/7 declared.While the two Jadejas run riot in the first innings, Saurashtra offie Vandit Jivrajani ran through the opposition batting in the second essay.Eventually, Jammu and Kashmir were bowled for 256 in their second innings with Puneet Bisht and Ram Dayal scoring half centuries.As expected, Ravindra Jadeja was named the man of the match and his performance is a reminder to the selectors.LOW-SCORING THRILLER Defending champions Gujarat started their Ranji Trophy group B encounter on a winning note against Kerala despite some anxious moments during their low-scoring chase.Chasing a target of 106, Gujarat started the day at 22 for 1 with the Parthiv Patel-led side needing only 83 runs on the final day.Overnight not out batsman Chintan Gaja (4) was out with an addition of nine runs.Opener Priyank Panchal then added 24 runs for the third wicket along with Bhargav Merai (21) in 11.3 overs but the former then ran himself out with Gujarat still needing 50 runs.advertisementManprit Juneja was the fourth batsman to get dismissed at the team total at 75.Jalaj Saxena and Sachin Baby the increased opposition’s woes with couple of quick wickets, leaving Gujarat reeling at a score of 81/6. They still needed 24 runs to get past the target.It was the captain, who played small but crucial knock in company of Chirag Gandhi as they shared 27 runs for the seventh wicket to finally end the game on a winning note.Both of them did not take pressure and batted at a strike-rate better than other batsmen. Patel played an innings of 18 no off 22 whereas Gandhi too made a vital contribution of 11 no off 16.At one stage, it seemed like Kerala has made a remarkable comeback but Parthiv’s experience in trying circumstances proved to be the key.Meanwhile, it was a dream debut for former India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who played his maiden first-class game for Gujarat.He had shifted his base to the state before the start of the season. The discarded Indian leg-spinner ended the game with bowling figures of 8 for 135.Debutant Siddharth Desai, 17-year-old pacer, too made merry on his debut and had a match-haul of nine wickets. Gujarat will now face Jammu and Kashmir in their nextgame in Surat while deflated Kerala will fly back home to face Pankaj Singh-led Rajasthan.Gujarat are all set to miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel again as both are part of Indian team for ODI series against New Zealand.Brief Score: Gujarat 307 & 108/6 (Priyank Panchal 30, Bhargav Merai 21, Parthiv Patel 18*; Jalaj Saxena 2-16, Akshay Chandran 2- 37)defeat Kerala 208 & 203 in Nadiad.Points: Gujarat 6 Kerala 0Rajasthan 1st Innings 423. Jharkhand 265 and 332/6 (Ishank Jaggi 103 no, Nazim Siddiqui 100, Pankaj Singh 3/53). Match DrawnPoints: Rajasthan 1; Jharkhand 3.Saurashtra 624/7 decl. J&K 156 all and 256 all out in 84.1 overs (Bisht 55, Dayal 56; Jivrajani 6/79).last_img read more