Xiaomi Mi 5s with ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, dual cameras leaks ahead of Sep 27 launch

first_imgAhead of its probable unveiling on September 27, the Mi 5s has been leaked in all its glory , giving out key design elements of Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship phone. The leaked images, seemingly confirm two long-rumoured features of the Xiaomi Mi 5s. First up is the circular home button up-front, much like it is in the case of Apple’s iPhone. Moving on, the leak also confirms that the Mi 5s would invariably come with a dual camera setup on the rear.The Mi 5s will reportedly come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID built right in to the home button. The technology — that was unveiled by Qualcomm in March last year — essentially allows manufacturers to embed the fingerprint sensor within frames or panels, instead of relying on dedicated areas, like the home button.The company is also said to be working on a technology similar to Apple’s 3D Touch for quite some time now. The Mi 5s will reportedly come with a 3D Touch-like feature.The leak also suggests Xiaomi may also have a plus-sized variant for the Mi 5s up its sleeve. The Mi 5s Plus will reportedly come with 6GB of RAM and 256GB internal memory. This variant will also come with a dual camera setup on the rear.Rmour has it that the Xiaomi Mi 5s will come with a 5.15-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory. The dualSIM phone will reportedly sport a 16-megapixel OIS camera on the rear alongside USB Type-C port and a 3,490mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.advertisementThe report also adds that Xiaomi will start selling the Mi 5s – in China – two days after launch, which means from September 29.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Beauty and brawn at same timelast_img read more

England’s pace duo Anderson, Wood out of Bangladesh tour

first_imgEngland pace duo James Anderson and Mark Wood have been ruled out of the team’s tour of Bangladesh following recurrence of their recent injuries, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading test wicket-taker, sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June, though he did play three tests against Pakistan in July and August. (James Anderson set to miss Bangladesh tour)”He requires more time to ensure optimal healing of a stress fracture he sustained during the summer,” the ECB said of the 34-year-old in a statement.Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball was added to the test squad but the selectors would consider a further replacement at a later date, the board said.Durham seamer Wood has had a recurrence of left ankle symptoms and was replaced by Middlesex’s Steven Finn in the one-day squad. (England’s James Anderson could be rested in Bangladesh, India Test series)England play three one-day internationals beginning on October 7 followed by tests in Chittagong from October 20 and Dhaka from October 28 before they begin a tour of India, which includes five tests with the first starting on November 9.last_img read more

Koshy takes over from Batra as Hockey India president

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) Mariamma Koshy has taken charge of Hockey India (HI) as president with immediate effect, replacing Narinder Dhruv Batra who was recently elected as the first ever non European chief of the sports governing body FIH. HI announced that Koshy will head the national body in the 41st Hockey India Executive Board meeting held today. HI Secretary General, Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, has now taken over as the chairman of the Hockey India League Governing Board. These decisions have come in the light of Batra stepping down from his position due to his historic election in the (FIH). Batra could not hold both the posts at HI and FIH, thus he stepped down. Todays decisions will require ratification in the Hockey India Congress to be held soon. Batra served as HI secretary general from 2010 to 2014 and was president since 2014. He also resigned from his post as chairman of the Hockey India League. Speaking on the development, Batra said, “it gives me a great sense of achievement to see the independent development of Hockey India as a governing body for the sport. “The organisation has been and will continue to be run by professionals headed by CEO Elena Norman and having Mariamma Koshy as its new president, I am sure we will reach new heights of success in popularising the sport in India as I take on the mantle to do the same on a global level.” Earlier this month, Batra made history after becoming the the first Indian and fifteenth president of FIH. PTI BS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Forget England heroics, Rashford is not a Man Utd No.9

first_imgTwo goals in two games, and both of them instinctive first-time finishes. It’s fair to say that Marcus Rashford enjoyed a productive international break with England, having had a disruptive start to the season with Manchester United.The 20-year-old returned a few days early from his delayed summer holiday after World Cup duty in order to fill out Jose Mourinho’s short-handed front line. His reward was a rare start in the centre of attack on opening night against Leicester City.But since that 66-minute outing Rashford has not started again at club level, and his outing at Burnley lasted just 10 minutes before he was sent off for a retaliatory head-butt on ex-Red Phil Bardsley . As a result he will sit out the trip to Watford on Saturday as he begins a three-match ban, although he will still be in contention for the visit to Young Boys which starts United’s Champions League campaign on Wednesday. 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! Ahead of his absence at Vicarage Road, Rashford’s goals against Spain and Switzerland for the Three Lions have reopened conversation in some circles regarding his suitability to the role of central striker. Having partnered Harry Kane to reasonable effect in the UEFA Nations League game at Wembley, he also turned in a decent showing alongside Danny Welbeck against the Swiss in Leicester.Yet there were still signs that the attacker, who has spent much of his time under Mourinho at United in a platoon with Anthony Martial and latterly Alexis Sanchez for the starting left-wing spot, doesn’t quite have the predatory instincts in front of goal necessary to become a consideration in the No.9 spot currently occupied by Romelu Lukaku.While Rashford’s two-goal salvo against Liverpool last season and the game-winning performance he turned in against Chelsea the previous year have been two of the stand-out showings under Mourinho since his arrival as manager in 2016, the youngster still has to make far more of the opportunities that come his way if he is to command a place in the centre of attack going forward.He had two such chances late in the game against Spain, but England great Alan Shearer suggested it is his lack of starts as a true No.9 which have compromised his game .Writing in The Sun , Shearer asserted: “Unfortunately his two missed chances that could have earned England a point also told you where he is at right now.Marcus Rashford England 2018-19“A centre-forward who is playing regularly in that position for his club probably would not have fluffed those… He would put those chances away and believe in himself — you get a taste for it, it is a feeling you love.”In truth, though, this is not a new phenomenon for Rashford. While he burst onto the scene with those memorable doubles against Midtjylland and Arsenal in February 2016, he has been far from prolific since then and has been found wanting in key moments for club and country before now.When he failed to open the scoring with a header under pressure from Thibaut Courtois at a key moment in United’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last term, Gary Neville blasted on Sky Sports : “Marcus Rashford, you closed your eyes! You closed your eyes! Just don’t look at the goalkeeper and he scores.”And in the World Cup group clash with Belgium when he was given the chance to prove his worth, he somehow failed to hit the target from a sublime Jamie Vardy assist with only Courtois to beat.For the large part Rashford’s pace in the channels has been the most compelling asset in his game following that unforgettable arrival on the senior stage, but his finishing has not been nearly as sharp. Perhaps Shearer is right that a player who is being allowed to drift into scoring positions with more regularity would be more likely to find the net at a higher rate.Wilfred Ndidi, Marcus RashfordBut you have to make the chance for yourself at a club like Manchester United. Were Rashford at a lesser Premier League club there would be a far longer leash to play his way into certain habits, but United simply can’t give that licence over a lengthy period of time. And especially not at a time when the Red Devils are desperately trying to get back on their feet.With Lukaku having netted 27 goals last season, Rashford has a lot to live up to if he is to make Mourinho think about either replacing the Belgian or using the England star as a long-term partner in a reshaped forward line. His return of 28 goals in 124 appearances for United in the last two-and-a-half years does not jump from the page when it comes to strikers’ records, and some of his big-stage sitters have done little to support the cause.Rashford for now remains a player of huge potential, an attacker with explosive pace and excellent temperament on the ball, a worthy occupant of the United No.10 shirt worn by so many stars of the past. But he has still got a lot to prove if he is to become the figurehead of United’s attacks in the years to come. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Top-half finish not bad for Leicester, says Marc Albrighton

first_imgLeicester City were never going to defend their Premier League title and a top-half finish would be fair reflection of club’s topsy-turvy campaign, winger Marc Albrighton has said.Leicester have struggled to repeat the heroics of last season and were only a point above the relegation zone before manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked and replaced by Craig Shakespeare in February.The interim manager has since led Leicester on an impressive run of form having picked up seven league wins in 10 games to move up to ninth in the standings.They also reached the Champions League quarter-finals in their first-ever campaign before losing to Atletico Madrid last month.”To expect us to go and win it a second year was a bit naive,” Albrighton told reporters. “We wanted to finish a bit higher than we will do but we’ve clawed it back from a bad situation.”If we can finish in the top half and with what we’ve achieved in the Champions League, I think we can say it wasn’t a bad season.”Meanwhile, full back Danny Simpson has backed Shakespeare to be promoted to full-time manager following their 3-0 victory of Watford on Saturday.Shakespeare, who has been part of the coaching staff at Leicester for eight of the last nine years, said last month that the board had involved him in its recruitment plans for the next campaign but a decision is yet to be made on his future.”He’s (Shakespeare) been great and he’s literally just gone back to basics. We all respect him… he’s obviously been there for years,” Simpson told Sky Sports.advertisement”I can’t see him changing and it’s been a good run since he took over. From the players’ point of view there’ll be no complaints but it’s up to the chairman, whatever he feels is right for the club.”last_img read more

Substitute Batshuayi’s late winner delivers Premier League title for Chelsea FC

first_imgSubstitute Michy Batshuayi’s late goal clinched the Premier League title for Chelsea as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on Friday but they were made to fight all the way for the victory they craved at The Hawthorns.Chelsea were suffering late nerves as a dogged West Brom threatened to prolong the title race but Belgian international Batshuayi prodded home the winner after 82 minutes to spark manic celebrations from triumphant manager Antonio Conte.The victory, Chelsea’s 28th of the season, put the long-time league leaders 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have only three games left to play.Italian Conte is only the fourth manager to win the Premier League title at the first attempt, emulating his Stamford Bridge predecessors Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti as well as Manuel Pellegrini who achieved the feat with Manchester City.Conte, who won three consecutive titles as Juventus manager before taking over the Italian national team, danced for joy and was hoisted into the air by his players in front of Chelsea’s ecstatic travelling fans who chanted “Antonio, Antonio”.Chelsea have now won five Premier League titles since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but this one is arguably the most impressive considering they finished a woeful 10th last season.ANTONIO, ANTONIO, ANTONIO!!! ??#ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/Iguyy75ZXo- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017″You have to cherish these moments, you work so hard all season to be where we are,” said Chelsea defender and stand-in captain Gary Cahill.”Consistently we have been the best team in the league. There is no better feeling in football. People have written us off as a team and individually and this has shut them up. We are champions. It’s another one in the cabinet.”advertisementJOB DONECHAMPIONS ???!!! Words can’t describe the emotions right now! We did this together! #CFC Family! pic.twitter.com/kQAPjJfi7x- Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) May 12, 2017It was not vintage Chelsea on Friday but they got the job done on a tense night in the Midlands.They dominated possession against eighth-placed West Brom, who had little to play for but pride, and rained in shots before halftime, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro going closest while Diego Costa sent another effort over the bar.West Brom offered the odd counter-attack but the one-way traffic continued after the break as Victor Moses was denied by a splendid low save by Ben Foster.IT’S DONE! ??????#ChelseaChampions pic.twitter.com/OXe1kZPwvw- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017Eden Hazard had another effort blocked on the line but as Chelsea strained for the winner they began to look a little vulnerable at the back as West Brom gained in confidence.The visitors had a huge scare when Salomon Rondon burst clear past David Luiz on the halfway line but his effort was superbly blocked by Cahill.In the end Chelsea owed it to misfit Batshuayi, a peripheral figure for most of the season, to win the match and the title with only his second league goal since joining the club.Six minutes after replacing a tiring Pedro, the striker signed from Olympique de Marseille for 33 million pounds ($42.5 million), stuck out a leg to net Cesar Azpilicueta’s cutback, despite a valiant attempt by Foster to keep it out.The final minutes were interrupted by some scuffling in the stands but nothing could dampen Chelsea’s joy.”I am happy. Very happy. It is my first Premier League title,” Chelsea defender Luiz, who has been a defensive rock since returning to the club this season after two years in Paris, said. “When I decided to come back here I dreamed to win the Premier League. I am very happy because my dream came true.”Chelsea will get to celebrate their title success in front of their own fans versus Watford on Monday before finishing the campaign at home to Sunderland. Then it is the small matter of trying to clinch the double in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.If they achieve that feat it will be the club’s first double since the 2009-10 season under Conte’s compatriot Ancelotti.last_img read more

David Warner breaches 600-run mark in IPL 2017 after 848 in 2016

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner breached the 600-run mark in this year’s Indian Premier League as he scored a 65 not out against Gujarat Lions to guide his team to the playoffs on Saturday.The defending champions had a must-win game in hand and Warner stitched a 126-run partnership with Vijay Shankar to take Hyderabad through.Once again, Warner stood tall for his team after Hyderabad had lost Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques early in chase of 155. The current Orange Cap holder has already scored 604 runs, including a century against Kolkata Knight Riders and four half-centuries.Last season as well, Warner had lead Sunrisers Hyderabad to the title, scoring a massive 848 runs on the way, falling only behind Virat Kohli’s 973 runs.This consistency from the captain has been the key to Hyderabad success but Warner said that the support he gets from the team helps him perform.”Shikhar got off to a flier but once he got out, I knew I had to play the anchor. To have the luxury to have guys come and rotate strike in the middle overs, we are very happy,” Warner said in the post-match presentation.Warner also mentioned that the wicket was tough to bat on.”With the way this wicket was, we knew this was going to be tough as the ball got older. When we lost two wickets, I was scratching my head but I spoke with Vijay. The ball was moving a bit initially,” Warner added.Warner seemed happy and relieved to have reached the playoffs and credited his bowlers for restricting Gujarat to 154 after a century-run opening stand between Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan.advertisement”It would have been a shame to miss out on the playoffs. They got to a flier and we were scratching our head. We tried to communicate after the first wicket,” Warner said about Rashid Khan’s picking up the first wicket of Dwayne Smith.”When we got couple of wickets we realized the wicket was slowing up. I told the bowlers to keep backing themselves to hit the hard length,” Warner continued.Warner also praised the performance of Mohammed Siraj, who got the man-of-match award for his 4/32, and said that India’s pace department looks strong at the moment.”Credit to Siraj for the way he bowled. He has been in an out for the last of couple of games. India are in a good stead as far as pace bowling is concerned. They have got some fantastic pace bowling names, from Bumrahs to Bhuvis to Umeshs to Ishants, the list just goes on. They keep executing their skills I think and as far as the guys in this team (Hyderabad) are concerned, they have my faith.”Warner said that from here on, they would only look be to be patient and keep executing their plans.”Obviously we are not worrying about the next few games. We could finish top two. We will take one game at a time. We have to wait patiently and execute our skills.”last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: Loved watching Anil Kumble bowl, would pick him in my XI, says Shane Warne

first_imgLegendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne said in London that he always enjoyed watching Anil Kumble bowl back in the day.Warne was speaking to India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai on the sidelines of Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 . From what makes one a great spinner to whether today’s batsmen are using better legwork to play spin, Warne and Rajdeep chatted about a number of things.  ‘Who is your favourite spinner? If you had to choose one spinner, apart from yourself, in your XI, who would that be?’ Rajdeep asked Warne, to which the latter replied, ‘Oh I would never pick myself. Jesus there are so many good spinners out there.’  ‘I used to love watching Anil Kumble bowl, I used to really love watching Anil bowl, so I’d pick him’, Warne went on to say.  ‘NO PACERS IN MY XI’  When asked whether he would have one or two spinners in his team, Warne said he would only have spinners in his team.  ‘Yeah, yeah we don’t need them (pacers)’ Warne said before saying that he’d have Daniel Vettori, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed and Muttiah Muralitharan in his team. Other things that find a place on Shane Warne’s list of favourites include Garlic Butter Naan or Spagehtti Bolognese (food), golf (form of relaxation) and Australia (place to travel to).Earlier in the day, while speaking at the ‘Wow Warnie!’ session, the Aussie rated Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as the best batsmen of his time. Later, he, along with Sourav Ganguly, recalled their cricketing days, especially the times they used to sledge each other on the field.advertisementWATCH.@ShaneWarne tells @sardesairajdeep what makes one a great spinner. All this & more #SalaamCricket17 – https://t.co/5Bdu7uJast #ITFBLive pic.twitter.com/8v5Ge2iV4o- India Today (@IndiaToday) May 31, 2017last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly on Ravi Shastri’s application: Everybody has got the right to apply

first_imgSourav Ganguly remained a man at peace with the world even after news spread today that Ravi Shastri, not the best of friends, was applying for the Indian cricket team coaching job.Former captain Ganguly is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will select Anil Kumble’s replacement.That the two are not the best of friends is well-documented, but Ganguly seemed to be unperturbed with the latest development.WATCH VIDEO”Everybody has got the right to apply. We will find out.”I can also apply provided I’m not an administrator,” Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Ganguly said.The appointment of India’s coach took a new twist as Shastri appeared to be a front-runner a year after Kumble was favoured over him.The two former skippers, then, had exchanged verbal volleys after Shastri, having served as team director for a year, was not considered for the coach’s job as he did not appear for the interview in person.Shastri had openly blamed Ganguly for his ouster, claiming that the former captain, as a member of the CAC, lobbied for Kumble to replace him and convinced the other panel members, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.Meanwhile, Ganguly thought Kumble and captain Virat Kohli’s dressing room rift after India’s Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan ought to have been handled in a much better way.”The matter between Kumble and Kohli should have been handled a lot better, by whoever was in charge. It was not handled properly.”Ganguly has been named in a seven-member committee headed by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to identify a “few critical points” in the implementation of the Supreme Court order.advertisement”We will have to listen to Committee of Administrators.I’m not exactly sure what will happen but I will find out,” Ganguly, who is the only cricketer in the panel, said.Meanwhile, the CAB will have an emergent meeting on July 1 to discuss the way forward regarding the Lodha reforms.”We did not have SGM last year. Till the reforms are done it won’t happen. We have informed the members of the meeting to discuss what’s the way forward,” Ganguly added.last_img read more

Zonal railways asked to withdraw catering staff engaged in

first_imgnon-core activitiesNew Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) All zonal railways have been asked to withdraw their catering staff engaged in non-core activities such as those related to cultural and sporting functions, according to a directive of the Railway Board issued today.”All zonal railways should withdraw catering staff engaged in non-core activities like VIP catering, special catering, catering at the railway club or other semi-official catering activities like those related to Womens Welfare Organisation, cultural and sporting functions and other such activities,” the directive, a copy of which is with PTI, read.The Board has asked zonal railways to engage private caterers for such purposes.”The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has also been directed to refrain from stretching their limited resources for such non-core catering activities,” it said.With the implementation of the Catering Policy 2017, most of the catering units and related activities have been transferred to the IRCTC.Zonal railways should curtail their role in the area of catering and Group D staff thus rendered surplus should be immediately redeployed against existing vacancies within the commercial and operating departments, the order read. PTI ASG GVSlast_img read more

Eugeneson Lyngdoh injured and out, ATK coach Terry Sheringham calls for action on ‘horrendous’ tackles

first_imgKey ATK and India midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh is out for sometime, head coach Teddy Sheringham confirmed ahead of their away fixture against Chennaiyin FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai alias Marina Arena on Thursday.”He has got a bad knee. I am sure if we have got it scanned. I am not sure about the diagnosis at the moment. But he will be out for a little while. It’s quite a bad one but we are hoping for good news once specialists have read it and had a special opinion so that we know exactly what the matter is with his knee,” Sheringham told reporters on the eve of the fourth round of the Indian Super League (ISL) game.Lyngdoh picked up a knee injury during the club’s round three match against Jamshedpur FC last Friday and was seen limping out of the ground at the stroke of half time.There are chances that the former Bengaluru FC and India player would be ruled out of the season as the injury is serious.Sheringham also dashed hopes of star forward Robbie Keane getting his first start on the morrow. Despite travelling with the ATK squad for their away fixture against Chennaiyin FC here on Thursday, the Tottenham Hotspur legend will play no part in the tie, Sheringham said.”He is not involved tomorrow. It’s far too early for Robbie,” Sheringham told reporters ahead of the fourth round game.Sheringham came down heavily on the referees not taking stern action against “horrendous” tackles flying around in the ISL games.advertisement”There have been some horrendous challenges. In all the games, not just the games against us. It’s not an excuse for not having good results. I think there have been horrendous challenges that have gone unpunished. I think I am very very surprised there has not been more injuries because of some of the challenges that have gone on,” Sheringham said.”If they (the tackles) keep going unpunished, you’re going to get more injuries. It’s as simple as that. The referees have to be more on the ball about what’s happening,” Sheringham complained.Initially, Keane, who captained the Republic of Ireland and has 146 caps under his belt, was expected to be involved after the first three games as he was nursing an Achilles injury.”I expect him to start tomorrow and we will show huge respect which he deserves,” Chennaiyin coach John Gregory had said just before Sheringham’s media interaction.ATK, languishing at the foot of the table with just two points from three games, are dogged by a raft of injuries to key players like Jayesh Rane and Carl Becker.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly backs ‘inevitable’ day-night Tests

first_imgDay-night Tests are starting to become a regularity in the world of cricket now.With most of the big Test-playing nations having already played a day-night Test and Adelaide hosting one every year since 2015, India is still shying away from embracing the new trend.India haven’t played a single day-night Test till now and only Ireland, who have only recently got the Test-nation status, have that statistic to show.However, despite the national setup’s reluctance on play a day-night Test, Sourav Ganguly has been the torch-bearer of pink ball cricket in India.Ganguly was the first one to bring pink ball cricket in India when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) hosted a CAB Super League Final between Bhowanipore Club and Mohan Bagan on July 18, 2016. Since then even the Duleep Trophy has seen the usage of pink balls.Ganguly, on Thursday, backed day-night Test cricket, saying it is inevitable considering how the longest format of the sport is struggling for existence.”It is inevitable, it has to happen someday. It is very simple, a pink ball will be used instead of the red cherry and people will come and watch in the evening,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.On the other hand, the CAB president also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma for scoring his third ODI double century, but felt “sorry” for the Sri Lankans.”I feel sorry for the Sri Lankans. Earlier it was (Virender) Sehwag, (Sachin) Tendulkar and now it’s (Virat) Kohli and Rohit Sharma,” Ganguly said.advertisement”It was a remarkable innings. He took just 36 balls to convert his century into a double. I was watching the Sri Lankan bowlers and I said Jesus! He just kept sweeping them into the stands,” he said.”Time has changed with T20 format. He is a serious player. His one-day record this year is probably the best in the world along side David Warner and Virat Kohli. I expect him to play the same way.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Bigg Boss 11 Weekend ka Vaar highlights: Luv Tyagi saved; Hiten Tejwani at risk of elimination?

first_imgBigg Boss 11 has been full of surprises, be it exciting tasks or unexpected evictions. So was yesterday’s Weekend ka Vaar.Host Salman Khan started the episode by thanking the viewers for good ratings. Salman greeted the housemates and asked Hina and Vikas to tell what’s different in this season of Bigg Boss. Hina said that in this season everyone is competitive while Vikas said that housemates are not just playing with their heart but are also using their mind in the tasks.Salman took a dig at the recent cancellation of captaincy task and said that in the earlier seasons some way or the other contestants used to come to a common ground but  in this season neither  they have mutual agreement nor do they reach a majority.Salman grilled Arshi for not letting Shilpa be the captain and also asked her why she didn’t want to see Shilpa as the captain, as she has never been a captain in the house. Arshi was quite honest and told that if Shilpa would have become the captain, she could have ruined their game.Salman then tried to resolve the issue between Vikas and Priyank, but while trying to explain their side, the two ended up arguing in front of Salman. An irritated Vikas stated that it was useless trying to speak with Priyank. After the grilling session, Salman engaged the housemates in a fun task. He called them one by one and quizzed  them about their fellow housemates. He asked Luv about the person who Hina would not like to meet outside the house. With no hesitation, he took Shilpa’s name; to which Salman joked about how after Bigg Boss, they will work together as best friends in a show made by Vikas.advertisementLater, viewers and even the housemates were in for a shock when host Salman Khan declared Luv Tyagi safe from eviction. Even Luv couldn’t believe this. After Luv, Salman declared Shilpa Shinde safe from eviction, which left Priyank and Hiten in the danger zone.After being declared safe, Luv and Shilpa got a chance to see the unseen footage of the show. Luv was annoyed after watching Priyank and Hina’s discussion where Priyank said that Luv has a soft corner for Hina. He laughed at their discussion and said that even Hina is trying to play that angle that he is after her. Arshi blamed Vikas for putting Hiten in danger in order to save Puneesh. Vikas tried to explain her that even he didn’t know that Luv would be safe. He told Hiten that he is feeling bad for both Priyank and him, as the two are now at the risk of elimination.Luv and Shilpa have a conversation after watching the CCTV footage. Luv, who is very annoyed with Hina and Priyank said that there are no friends in this house and he is going to create a ruckus in the house. This could mean trouble for Hina and Priyank.Luv was seen spending time with Puneesh and Akash and ignoring Hina and Priyank. Let’s see if they stay friends after tonight’s confrontation.Naagin actress Mouni Roy increased the glam quotient of the show as she danced on Dil Diyan Gallan from Tiger Zinda Hai with Salman Khan. The actress even asked him some fun questions. Mouni will enter the house and meet the contestants in tonight’s episode.It will be interesting to see who is evicted in tonight’s episode of Bigg Boss 11.last_img read more

After Loss, Greece Dumps Soccer Coach

first_imgATHENS — Greece’s new national team soccer coach Claudio Ranieri was let go after a humiliating 1-0 loss on Nov. 14 to the lowly Faroe Islands in a European qualifying matchHellenic Football Federation (EPO) President Giorgos Sarris and Ranieri reportedly met and agreed that the Italian will depart from the national team after a Nov. 18 friendly game against Serbia, with a settlement regarding his compensation, Kathimerini said.That came not long after Sarris had declared his intention to see Ranieri go, after he had coached Greece to three defeats and one draw in four Euro 2016 qualifiers this fall, including three losses at home without scoring a goal, infuriating fans.“Following today’s [i.e. Friday’s] devastating result for the national team, I take full responsibility for the unfortunate choice of the manager,” stated Sarris the day before.He added that the EPO governing board would meet “to launch all necessary changes to avoid going through another embarrassing night for the national team”.Ranieri has a two-year, 1.6-million-euro contract with EPO, but Sarris reportedly told the former Chelsea, Juventus and Monaco manager that he has to go and the Italian reportedly agreed, slashing his compensation demands.On Nov. 16 he will fly to Crete with the rest of the squad for the friendly at Hania and then leave Greece for good.Reports in the Greek media and in German magazine Kicker rage over EPO having reached a preliminary agreement with another Italian coach, Giovanni Trappatoni, who last coached the Republic of Ireland up to 2013.The Faroe Islands loss was the last straw in Ranieri’s short tenure. After the four minutes of injury time were up, several Faroe Island players were in tears as the whole squad and coaching staff celebrated what was only their country’s third victory in European qualifying in 19 years. Its last triumph was a 2-0 win over Estonia in 2011.The visiting team was even applauded by Greek fans at Karaiskaki Stadium. A remote nation of 50,000 inhabitants, the Faroes is ranked 187th among 208 nations in FIFA, while Greece is ranked 18th.“The coach is responsible for every result and I am responsible for this one,” Ranieri said before being dumped. “We are bottom of the group and that’s where we deserve to be.”Joan Edmundsson scored the only goal in the 61st minute, firing in a ball that fell favorably in front of Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. The visitors had earlier missed three clear opportunities to score.“We knew we could do something, but thought beating Greece away from home was a bit unlikely. They had possession but we had the chances,” Edmundsson said. “I don’t know if we deserved to win, but we think we did.”Greece, the European champion in 2004, was on the defensive at home, coming alive too late, as Panagiotis Kone missed two late chances, hitting the bar in the 89th minute.“It’s just too soon to understand what happened. I congratulate the Faroe Islands. Good for them. They fought the way Greece used to, when we played like champions,” Kone said.In Bucharest, Romania looked rejuvenated under coach Anghel Iordanescu, who has returned for a third spell in charge of the national team, while Northern Ireland saw its run of three victories come to an end.Paul Papp scored twice in six minutes in the second half, finally beating goalkeeper Roy Carroll who had been key to his country’s previous wins.“We defended well enough … But I don’t think we were as good on the ball as we were in our previous three games,” Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes said.There was a late winner at Budapest’s Groupama Arena, where Hungary’s Zoltan Gera scored in the 84th minute to beat Finland 1-0 and claim third place in the group — two points behind Northern Ireland.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nets Beat NY Rival Knicks, 92-88

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Nets rule New York this season, for whatever that’s worth. Now they won’t see it again for a while.Brook Lopez scored 22 points, Jarrett Jack made a clutch 3-pointer with 13.8 seconds left and Brooklyn beat the Knicks 92-88 on Feb. 6.The Nets secured the city series by beating the Knicks for the third time in three meetings this season, clinching the series for the first time since sweeping all four games in 2006-07.Lopez had nine rebounds and Jack finished with 20 points and eight assists for the Nets, who led by 17 in the first half before the Knicks chased them down with a big third quarter. Brooklyn then made the big plays for its third straight win.“The last three games have been great,” guard Deron Williams said. “Three wins in a row. Tonight it was another where things didn’t go right for us, but down the stretch we found ways to win.”Brooklyn matched its win total for all of January in 15 games. The Nets lost seven in a row at home during the month but have won both games at Barclays Center since the calendar turned to February.They will have no more. They now clear out so the NBA can prepare the arena to co-host next weekend’s All-Star festivities. Brooklyn plays eight straight on the road until hosting Golden State on March 2.“This is big for us to close out the first half, especially before All-Star break, going into it on a positive note knowing that we start out from the West Coast right after the break,” forward Joe Johnson said.Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks but shot 6 of 23.Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Garnett chipped in 12 points and nine boards for the Nets.The Knicks have one more at home, hosting the Warriors on Feb. 14, before turning over Madison Square Garden.They rallied to lead in the second half of this one and trailed by just one before botching their chance when they lost Jack, who found himself wide open after a pick-and-roll play for a 3-pointer that made it 90-86. Nets coach Lionel Hollins threw his left arm into the air in celebration.“It was a miscommunication, if there was communication at all,” Anthony said. Anthony cut it to two with a layup before Jack added two more free throws with 8.4 seconds to go.It ended up a good game in what’s been a mostly miserable season in the Big Apple. The Nets can still salvage theirs, fighting for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference despite their 21-28 record. The Knicks fell to 10-40.Jose Calderon had 15 points for the Knicks, who got a boost from Amare Stoudemire after he missed four games with a sprained left ankle. Stoudemire had nine points in 19 minutes off the bench.The Nets shot 62 percent in the first quarter and led by as many as 13. The lead grew to 40-23 when Lopez capped a 7-0 run with a basket with 7:43 left in the half, but the Knicks put together a late flurry to cut it to 53-45 at the break.Calderon was 3 for 3 behind the arc in the third, when New York outscored Brooklyn 25-15.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Wives of Scheduled Citifield Starters in Labor, Mets’ Niese Pitches and Loses

first_imgNEW YORK  — Michael Conforto’s major league debut for the New York Mets was just about everything he imagined.Well, except for the final result.“It was like a dream for me,” Conforto said after the Mets’ 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. “This whole day was like a dream for me.”The Mets’ first-round draft pick last year was promoted from Double-A Binghamton earlier in the day. Conforto drove in the Mets’ first run with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning, and finished 0-for-3.“I was so excited,” he said. “I had a lot of fun out there. Didn’t go quite the way I had dreamed it, but I think I did a lot of good things out there tonight. Got that first RBI and, you know, felt comfortable out there, so that’s the most important thing.“Just makes me want to come back tomorrow.”He certainly made a good first impression on manager Terry Collins.“He’s got a nice approach, some patience at the plate,” Collins said, “so I was very pleased with what I saw.”In a series already upended by a birth, the anticipation of another brought even more uncertainty to Friday night’s matchup. With Los Angeles starter Zack Grienke already scratched to be with his wife as she had the couple’s first child in Los Angeles, the Mets’ Jonathan Niese was close to missing his start as well for the same reason.The left-hander’s availability was in question, with his wife expected to go into labor at any time. Approximately 90 minutes before game time, Niese decided he was going to take the ball.Things didn’t go so well for him on the mound, however. Justin Turner homered and drove in three runs against his former club, and emergency starter Ian Thomas hurled five effective innings.“Just one of those things where they got to him a little early and some other things happened in his personal life,” catcher Kevin Plawecki said. “I thought it showed his character, just to want to even be here and compete, and I think he gave us 110 percent, and that’s all we can ask.”Thomas (1-1) allowed one run and three hits over five innings in his first major league start. The rookie left-hander, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Wednesday, pitched in place of Greinke— who left the team Thursday morning.The Dodgers scored early and often off Niese (5-9), who allowed six runs and eight hits — including home runs by Turner and Yasiel Puig — in three innings.Jimmy Rollins also homered off Hansel Robles in the eighth for the Dodgers, giving the veteran shortstop 32 career home runs against the Mets.Niese had quietly strung together eight consecutive quality starts before Friday’s outing. Howie Kendrick started things off with a one-out single in the first inning, followed by a hard-hit RBI double by Turner to right-center.Niese didn’t fare any better in the second, loading the bases with no outs after consecutive singles by Kike Hernandez and Jimmy Rollins, and a hit batter. Thomas then grounded into a run-scoring double play, followed by an RBI double to left by Joc Pederson to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.Turner struck again in the third, crushing a 3-2 fastball into the seats in left-center field— a few rows behind the Party City Deck. Scott Van Slyke singled, followed by Puig’s homer on a 1-0 count, landing in almost the same spot as Turner’s and increasing the Dodgers’ lead to 6-0.MAKING MOVESThe Mets made a move to bolster their struggling offense, acquiring infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves after the game for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.In corresponding moves, the Mets designated outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment and optioned infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas. Third baseman David Wright was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: LF Alex Guerrero, originally slated to bat fifth Friday night, was a late scratch due to back stiffness. … 1B Adrian Gonzalez, who leads the team with 21 home runs, was given the night off. “He’s played both of the day games after the night games and I wanted to get him a day,” Mattingly said. … LHP Brett Anderson (irritated Achilles’ tendon) threw a bullpen and took part in agility drills before Friday’s game. He is a possibility to start on either Sunday against the Mets or Tuesday in Los Angeles against Oakland.Mets: LF Michael Cuddyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Friday night’s game with inflammation in his left knee. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday.UP NEXTDodgers: Los Angeles had yet to announce a starter for Saturday’s matchup, awaiting Greinke’s status.Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (8-7, 3.19) takes the hill for the Mets on Saturday night, coming off a 7-2 loss in Washington on Monday in which he allowed five runs (four earned) over seven innings. Still working his way back from 2013 Tommy John surgery, the 26-year-old flamethrower has been uncharacteristically wild of late— walking 13 over his past three outings.___AP freelance writer Charles O’Brien contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gymnast Petrounias Wins Gold

first_imgGLASGOW, Scotland – Greece’s Lefteris Petrounias won the gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Oct. 31 to earn a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Greek champion won the rings event at the SSE Hydro Arena to beat back two formidable Chinese opponents and give his country some good news.Petrounias added the World gold to his victories in the European Championships and the European Games, having won five out of the six major international competitions he has entered within 2015.His win and an automatic ticket to Rio means Greece will also be given an additional spot for his country’s gymnast team at the Olympics.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Cavs the Champs But Warriors the Favorites in the NBA Finals

first_imgBRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterSome predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.Beaten last year by Cleveland’s historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship last year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. The Warriors are back with a more formidable team after adding Kevin Durant, a healthier one after Stephen Curry was injured last postseason, and not even LeBron James and the Cavs are given much chance of stopping them.“I think they’re the prohibitive favorite,” ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. “I think when you’re the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you’re a heck of a team, and they sure are.”The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been beating teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason.A lackluster postseason could be salvaged by a close, compelling series, which was the result of an NBA 2K17 simulation that ended with Durant leading the Warriors to a Game 7 rout.The Warriors are a powerhouse, but the Cavs are 12-1 in the playoffs and give themselves a shot no matter who else does.“Since I’ve been in this league, it’s hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals,” guard Iman Shumpert said. “But I think we got a great group, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it. That gives us a chance in any game.”Some things to watch in the series:A LOT OF LOVE? Cleveland almost certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league’s best and most versatile defenders.“When he’s going, he makes their team a lot better,” Green said, “so it is my job to try to take him out of the game.”WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers’ nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers’ league record, started with victories last year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.STRAIGHT SHOOTERS? All-Star Klay Thompson is shooting 38 percent from the field in the postseason and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is just 3 for 27 from 3-point range. The Warriors’ best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn’t get caught up in whether his shot is falling.“What happened in the past in my mind doesn’t really count now unless we go out and finish the deal,” he said. “So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that’s all I can ask for. It’s been working up to this point, so I can’t change what I’m doing.”NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn’t in top shape last June. He’s in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling.“Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow that’s not really a factor,” Curry said. “So other than that, feeling fresh.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Trout HRs in 4th Straight; Angels Top Texas After Bee Delay

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Texas Rangers relievers found themselves dealing with the wrong kind of buzz Sunday, first from bees in the bullpen and then from the crowd’s reaction to another mammoth home run by Mike Trout.The star slugger went deep for the fourth straight game and the Los Angeles Angels, after waiting out a five-minute delay caused by a swarm of bees, beat the Rangers 7-2.Trout hit five home runs in the four-game series and became the fourth Angels player to connect five times in one set. The two-time AL MVP went 6 for 11 with nine RBIs in the series. He hit a two-run drive off Kyle Bird in the sixth inning Sunday for a 6-2 lead.“I’ve got to keep that same approach and just keep doing my job,” Trout said.Play was stopped in the fifth when bees began flying around the bullpens in left-center field at Angel Stadium. Bird was warming up and kept throwing while swatting away the insects, but his teammates hopped the wall to get away. They ended up standing under what would be the trajectory of Trout’s 422-foot shot two innings later.Many fans cleared out of the area until the bees eventually left.Rangers manager Chris Woodward didn’t realize there was an issue until he looked out to make sure Bird was getting loose, “and there was nobody down there,” he said.Bird might have preferred staying in the bullpen with the bees after leaving a fastball over the middle of the plate to Trout, who became the first player in American League history with five homers in the first four home games of a season.“He’s not missing anything,” Woodward said. “Typically, you look at a game and most hitters don’t get a lot of pitches. He’s getting one or two and he seems to be hitting them out. Hopefully next time we face him it will be a different result.”Brian Goodwin also homered for the Angels, who have won three in a row following a five-game losing streak. Justin Anderson (2-0) threw a scoreless inning in relief.Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer for the Rangers. Shelby Miller (0-1) gave up four runs on four hits and three walks and hit one batter in two innings.The Angels scored four times in the second. Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI single, and Zack Cozart was hit by a pitch to tie it at 2. David Fletcher singled home a run and another scored on Tommy La Stella’s groundout.Angels manager Brad Ausmus was pleased his offense was able to get those four runs across without any help from Trout.“Although I say at times that Trout is going to be the bulk of our offense, on any given day we need six or seven guys in the lineup to contribute to consistently score runs,” Ausmus said.The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the second when Gallo launched a changeup 441 feet into the stands in right field. It was his fourth home run of the season.By: Dan Greenspan, Associated Press TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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