Thiem beats Federer at ATP Finals; Djokovic cruisesThiem beats Federer at ATP Finals; Djokovic cruises


first_imgBCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:54BCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops02:42Recto Bank fishermen receive donations from FFCCCII02:11Makabayan 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 Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ It was a clear sign that even at the end of another grueling season, Djokovic won’t tolerate any dips in his game as he pursues a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title.“There’s no other reasonable explanation (to that reaction) than trying to play as perfect as possible,” Djokovic said. “But I guess that’s me, you know.”It was certainly the same Djokovic that the O2 Arena crowd has become used to seeing. Although the second-ranked Serb – who won four straight titles at the year-end event in London between 2012 and 2015 – only needed to hit a total of 10 winners in the match as Berrettini’s 28 unforced errors handed him an easy victory to start round-robin play.Berrettini’s forehand was responsible for 18 of those errors, including two shots into the net to hand Djokovic the only two breaks of the first set.After giving up that lone break to make it 4-1 in the second, Djokovic broke right back and then clinched the victory with an easy forehand putaway at the net.“He missed a relatively easy forehand for him that gave me a break (in the first set),” Djokovic said. “And after that I started reading his serve better.”Berrettini was making his debut at the event for the world’s top eight players and had never faced Djokovic before. He also said he struggled a bit with the speed of the indoor hard court at the O2.“The ball is not jumping a lot, so it’s tough to mix, especially my forehand,” Berrettini said. “I think it’s better when I have a little bit more time and the ball takes more spin. I think I started the match pretty good, but he was just better than me today.”The other four-man group features Rafael Nadal, defending champion Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitispas and Daniil Medvedev. They begin play on Monday.Djokovic has a chance to overtake Nadal for the year-end No. 1 ranking with a strong showing in London. He trails the Spaniard by 640 ranking points, with a maximum of 1,500 points up for grabs. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Abando, UST not in celebratory mood a win away from UAAP Finals MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “To beat him, everything has to fit together. Today I think (that) was the case again,” Thiem said. “Every time, only playing against him is a big honor. Beating him is even better.”Thiem broke in the opening game of the match and again for a 6-5 lead in the first set after Federer had leveled at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe second set went with serve until Thiem broke at love for another 6-5 lead. Federer, a record six-time champion at the ATP Finals, then missed two break points in the next game before netting a backhand return on Thiem’s second match point.Thiem also beat Federer at the Madrid Masters and in the Indian Wells final this year, but lost to him in the group stage at last year’s ATP Finals. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments LATEST STORIES For Federer, the loss means there’s no room for another slip-up in his next two round-robin matches, against Novak Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. He’ll probably have to win both in order to reach the semifinals.“It’s a normal tournament from here on forward,” Federer said. “Not allowed to lose anymore for me. That’s how it is every week of the year for the last 20 years, so from that standpoint there is nothing new there.”Djokovic had a much easier start to the tournament, easing past Berrettini 6-2, 6-1 in their first round-robin match.But despite a near flawless performance, Djokovic still found a way to berate himself.Leading 4-0 in the second set against the Italian, Djokovic hit a backhand wide to concede a break to the Italian, and then angrily turned toward his player’s box and shouted out his frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Switzerland’s Roger Federer, right, shakes hands with Austria’s Dominic Thiem after he lost the match against Thiem during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Dominic Thiem keeps getting the better of Roger Federer.Thiem beat Federer 7-5, 7-5 Sunday in their opening match at the ATP Finals for his fifth win in seven meetings with the Swiss great — and third straight this year.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congresslast_img read more


Kumble’s Perfect-10 to Sehwag’s Multan-triple: Iconic performances in India’s 500-Test historyKumble’s Perfect-10 to Sehwag’s Multan-triple: Iconic performances in India’s 500-Test history


first_imgIndia, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, will be embarking on a long home season spanning over 13 Tests. The first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur starting Thursday will be a historic one with India playing their 500th Test match.There have been certain individual performances that played an important part in shaping up the glorious history of Indian cricket. Anil Kumble’s 10-for in an innings to VVS Laxman’s epic knock of 281, here’s a look at few top individual performers.THE RISE OF SUNIL GAVASKARAfter two series defeats, India finally returned back from the Caribbean successful. Led by Ajit Wadekar, India won the five-match Test series 1-0 and more importantly the tour saw the emergence of none other than Sunil Gavaskar. In the first drawn Test, Gavaskar didn’t play but in the second match at Queen’s Park Oval, he made a significant contribution helping India to victory.In his first Test innings, Gavaskar scored 65 and 67 in the second essay to lead India to a memorable win chasing West Indies’ target of 124. India managed to hold on to their 1-0 lead with the remaining three Tests ending in draws, though Gary Sobers’ team had a chance in the fifth and final Test. There also, young Gavaskar battling tooth pain stood in their way like a rock by scoring 124 in the first innings and 220 in the second – thus securing the series for India. Gavaskar finished the series with 774 runs from four Tests, which included four hundreds and one double hundred.advertisementAnil KUMBLE’S PERFECT 10Anil Kumble emulated England’s Jim Laker’s feat by finishing with 10-74 in an innings as India routed Pakistan by 212 runs in the second Test at the Ferozshah Kotla. Pakistan had no answer to Kumble on a dusty Kotla track chasing a mammoth 420 and were bundled out for 207 an hour after tea on the fourth day. That remains the best bowling performance by an Indian bowler till date. (Also read: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar congratulates BCCI for India’s 500th Test)VVS LAXMAN’S EPIC 281This particular knock from VVS Laxman in a way gave direction to Indian cricket and a belief. Laxman scored 59 runs in India’s first innings total of 171 of the second Test against Australia at the Eden Gardens. India asked to follow-on, Laxman was promoted up the order at No. 3 and then the rest is history as he counter-attacked to turn the tables. He put up a 376-run partnership with Rahul Dravid (180) with India not losing a single wicket on Day 4. India came from behind to win the Test on the last day but thanks to a Laxman epic.SACHIN TENDULKAR GOES PAST SUNIL GAVASKAROn day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka in 2005, at the Ferozshah Kotla, Sachin Tendulkar became Test cricket’s most prolific century scorer. He reached his 35th Test century, going past Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries. It was in 1983, Gavaskar achieved the record of having scored the most number of Test centuries, which stood for 22 years.RAHUL DRAVID CONQUERS ADELAIDEIt was Steve Waugh’s farewell series and Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman again played a part in spoiling his party. Before it was in Kolkata, 2001, where both put up a stand to halt Australia’s unbeaten streak. This time the stage was Adelaide. Australia had put up a mammoth 556 in the first innings and India were reeling at 85/4, when Laxman joined Dravid at the crease. The duo put up a 303-run stand for the fifth wicket with Laxman scoring 148 and Dravid 233, as India remained 33 runs short of Australia’s first innings total. (Also read: India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)India were set a target of 230 and Dravid was not done yet and finished things for the visitors with a boundary. India won the match with four wickets to spare.VIRENDER SEHWAG’S 309 BURIES PAKISTANOn March 29, 2004, Virender Sehwag scored the first ever triple century (309) in Test match cricket for India in Multan. A feat no other Indian greats had achieved and he also broke the highest Indian Test knock of 281, scored by VVS Laxman in 2001.In 2008, he repeated the feat again and this time in Chennai, when he hammered 319 against South Africa in Chennai. SHIKHAR DHAWAN ON THE FAST LANEShikhar Dhawan created history by scoring fastest-ever century on debut in Test cricket. The left-handed batsman also became the 13th Indian batsman to slam a century on debut, scoring 104 not out off just 85 balls against Australia in the third Test at Mohali in 2013.Dhawan attacked right from the outset and scored his century in just one session. (Also read: India will be too strong for New Zealand, says Brett Lee)WHEN KAPIL DEV WAS ON TOP OF THE WORLD advertisementOn February 8, 1994, Kapil Dev surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee’s long-standing record of 431 Test wickets. His 432nd victim was Sri Lanka’s Hashan Tillakaratne in the third Test in Ahmedabad. Kapil reached the milestone in his 130th Test.The 1983 World Cup-winning captain held the record till 2000 until it was broken by Courtney Walsh.last_img read more


SPORT-BAD-SOURABH 2 LASTSPORT-BAD-SOURABH 2 LAST


first_img(REOPENS FGN 7) (REOPENS FGN 7) Talking about his injury-plagued phase, Sourabh said: “It has been a tough phase, I guess injuries are always difficult. Actually in 2014, I was in good shape, I was playing well but I could not win as I was cracking in crucial moments. “But last year I was out of competition for most part of the year. I had a stress fracture in right elbow and it took 3-4 months to recover. I came back to training but again I got tendinitis in my left knee, which again kept me out for a couple of months. “I did play one tournament in June at Hyderabad All India ranking and reached the finals. I finally made a comeback in November and also reached the finals at TATA Open in December last year. “This year I didnt get to play too many tournaments. But after reaching the finals at Belgium and Poland, I was gaining in confidence. If I could have played more events then probably I could have won the titles,” he added. Sourabh said he will look to regain his place in the top 40 to be able to compete at Super Series events. “I was in top 30 in 2015 March but suddenly my ranking dropped to 190 and that is the biggest hindrance, if I could have played I could have done better,” he said. “Im concentrating on the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Golds now. I am playing Bitburger Open next. I have to get into the top 40 as soon as possible to get entry into superseries event.” PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


Tendulkar to adopt another village in Andhra PradeshTendulkar to adopt another village in Andhra Pradesh


first_imgTirupati, Nov 16 (PTI) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today inaugurated projects worth Rs 6 crore at his adopted village of Puttamrajuvari Kandriga near Gudur, 110 km from here, as people thronged the area to accord a grand welcome to him.This is Tendulkars second visit to the village with a population of just 600. Hundreds of villagers, including women and children from nearby areas, thronged the region to have a glimpse of Tendulkar who was accompanied by top district officials. A couple- Vijaylakshmi and Gopalaiah-, in their fifties, were the happiest as the cricket legend arrived at their house to have a cup of tea as promised by him during his earlier visit. He also blessed their newly wed son and daughter-in-law during his brief stay there. Tendulkar asked district officials to let him know about any other facilities to be taken up for development of the village. Later, at a brief function arranged at the new school playground, he announced that he would adopt Gollapalli village, half a km from Puttamrajuvari Kandriga. It would be developed with an amount of about Rs 3.05 crore, he said. Tendulkar said his adopted village had witnessed “tremendous” change with proper facilities and people have learnt to keep the village hygienic.”I am very happy for this,” he said, adding he would visit the village again. The sports star was in the village for about 90 minutes interacting with residents, including self-help groups for women, elderly, youth and children.Tendulkar, a Rajya Sabha MP, had adopted the village in Andhra Pradesh in November 2014 as part of the PMs Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). The initiative involves converting the village, housing 120 families, into a smart one.advertisementTendulkar had in November 2014, laid foundation stone for 15 projects, including a school playground, concrete streets, electricity, 24 hours drinking water supply, toilets and a furnished community hall with an allocation of Rs 2.80 crore from his MP Local Area Development Scheme (LADS) fund. The Nellore district administration had also contributed Rs 3.20 crore to strengthen Tendulkars mission to transform the undeveloped village into a model one, officials said. Tendulkar, who arrived by a helicopter from Chennai, affectionately advised the villagers to keep the environs hygienic to live a healthy and happy life. PTI CORR BN SRYlast_img read more


Five takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victoryFive takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victory


first_imgIndian badminton queen PV Sindhu tamed the dragon in its own den as she won the China Open Super Series title. Here are five reasons why the win is significant for her and Indian badminton.1.The China Open is triumph is Sindhu’s first title since her historic Silver at the Rio Olympics in August. Before China, Sindhu had lost in the 2nd rounds of the Denmark Open & the French Super Series in October.2.This is also Sindhu’s first ever Super Series Premier event title. There are five Super Series Premier events during the year in England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Denmark & China which could be considered the Grand Slams of World Badminton. Before today Sindhu had lost the 2015 Denmark Open Super Series final.3.Sindhu has also become only the 2nd Indian woman shuttler to win the prestigious China Open Super Series title. Olympic Bronze medallist Saina Nehwal had won the title in 2014 while Kidambi Srikanth became the 1st Indian male badminton player to win this title also in 2014.4.This is the 3rd year in a row when an Indian woman shuttler has featured in the final of the China Open. Saina Nehwal was the losing finalist last year. On a comeback trail from injury Saina crashed out in the 1st round this year.5.With the win Sindhu has also broken her jinx against world No.9 Sun Yu. Sindhu had lost in the last two matches played between the duo. Sindhu & Sun Yu are now tied 3-3 in head to head encounters. The first two encounters were at the U-19 or youth level and the two had won one match each.advertisementlast_img read more


Pakistan Cricket Board welcomes ICC’s decision to penalise India women’s teamPakistan Cricket Board welcomes ICC’s decision to penalise India women’s team


first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has welcomed International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to penalise India women’s team for failing to play scheduled fixtures against Pakistan amid ongoing political tension between the South Asian rivals. (BCCI furious after ICC penalises women’s team for not playing Pakistan)The ICC Technical Committee yesterday confirmed that India women’s team would forfeit their three sixth-round games of the ICC Women’s Championship 2014-16 against Pakistan women.The world governing awarded Pakistan two points for each of the three unplayed matches, which were to be hosted by Pakistan and should have taken place between August 1 and October 31.The ICC said it had considered written submissions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the PCB before making its decision.The points earned in the championship league go a long way in allowing teams to qualify for the next ICC World Cup. The decision means India will miss out on automatic qualification for the 2017 World Cup in England. (International Cricket Council penalises India women’s team for not playing Pakistan)The PCB said in a statement that it had made comprehensive submissions to the ICC, explaining that it made attempts in playing host to the Indian women’s team in Dubai but the efforts remained unsuccessful last October.”The PCB thereafter involved ICC in this matter and finally requested the matter be referred to Technical Committee for decision of award of points,” the statement said.PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said: “It is unfortunate that despite our sincere efforts we have not been able to play with India in the ICC Women s Championship. The ultimate loss of Pakistan-India series is to cricket.”advertisementAn official source in the PCB said that the ICC decision was being seen as a big step towards eventually forcing India to fulfill its bilateral commitments.”India despite signing a MOU with us in the ICC to resume playing bilateral series from 2015 has been avoiding doing this on one pretext or the other and it has caused us severe losses,” he said.He said the PCB was hopeful that eventually the ICC would also recognise the injustice being faced by Pakistan due to the India’s refusal to play a bilateral series.Pakistan has also asked the ICC to grant it special funds to compensate for India’s refusal to play bilateral series.Cricketing ties between the two neighbours are currently stalled, and the men’s teams have not played a bilateral series since Pakistan toured India at the end of 2012.They have, however, played against each other in various tournaments including the 50-overs World Cup, World T20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


Sachin Tendulkar refuses to comment on Lodha panel, says changes needed for improvementSachin Tendulkar refuses to comment on Lodha panel, says changes needed for improvement


first_imgRefusing to comment on the RM Lodha Committee’s recommendations, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar asserted on Saturday that “everything is not perfect and changes are needed to be made to ensure India remains a leading side in the world.” (Sachin Tendulkar bats for two pitches in single Ranji Trophy game)”The matter is in the Supreme Court, and it will be unwise to get into the details and pass any judgment,” Tendulkar said while replying to a question on Lodha Committee recommendations during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.”From the cricketing point of view, I have got a lot of support from BCCI and MCA. BCCI has also supported the game a lot. The board has helped all the players to get to where they are,” he added. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)The Lodha Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in India following a corruption and spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL), had advised a host of far reaching changes which, if implemented, could alter the way the game is run in the country.Tendulkar said that everything is not perfect and changes are essential for improvement. (How Sachin Tendulkar transformed Virat Kohli into a run-machine)”It doesn’t stop here. I am not saying everything is perfect and right, and we don’t need to improve, we don’t need to make changes. We need to make changes for better. We are already the leading side in the world. We need to capitalise on that and make things better for India,” Tendulkar said.advertisementlast_img read more


Agency denies tax evasion by Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose MourinhoAgency denies tax evasion by Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho


first_imgThe soccer agency Gestifute has denied that clients including Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho are involved in any tax evasion after a media consortium reported that they had used tax havens to handle tens of millions of euros in earnings.A group of 12 European news outlets on Friday began publishing the results of months of investigations into a vast trove of more than 18 million financial documents, obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel and dubbed the “Football Leaks”.”Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities,” Gestifute said in a statement.”Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted.”The European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium, which includes Britain’s Sunday Times, Portugal’s Expresso and Spain’s El Mundo, intends to release details of its findings over the next three weeks. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo accused of hiding money in tax havens)Reuters was unable to independently confirm the accusations.Spanish prosecutors did not respond to requests for comment; nor did Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s present and Mourinho’s former club. Mourinho’s new employer, Manchester United, said the allegations predated his arrival there and that it would have no comment.One of the publications, the French investigative portal Mediapart, said Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho had benefited from a tax optimisation system developed by their agent Jorge Mendes, who owns Gestifute.advertisementMediapart said the system Gestifute employed for its various clients, using a network of offshore accounts and companies, represented a total potential loss to tax authorities of at least 185 million euros.In its statement, Gestifute said that “neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offense”.last_img read more


‘I nearly quit’ – Richarlison reveals journey to Brazil first team‘I nearly quit’ – Richarlison reveals journey to Brazil first team


first_imgNew Brazil star Richarlison has revealed that he almost hung up his boots as a disillusioned youngster before finding the form that would catapult him to fame.The former Fluminense and Watford player has become an instant favourite with new club Everton, hitting three goals in his first three Premier League games after becoming the Toffees’ most expensive player in history over the summer. That form saw him included in the Brazil squad for friendlies against the United States and El Salvador, the latter seeing Richarlison net two goals in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday.  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! But having been born in the relative football backwater of Espiritu Santo, he admits that his path to stardom was anything but smooth. “I haven’t got enough fingers to count the number of clubs who rejected me,” he told AS after his scoring turn. “I was ready to give up football, but I lifted my head and I went to Belo Horizonte with just the money for an outward ticket for the last trial I had, with America MG. If I didn’t make it, I had no money to get home to Espiritu Santo, 600 kilometres away. “I gave my all that morning and I passed. If I had given up after the first no I would never have made it where I am today.” Richarlison also detailed the hardships of his upbringing, revealing the sacrifices he had to make in order to pursue a career as a footballer. O primeiro pela #SeleçãoBrasileira é inesquecível! 🐦⚽️ @richarlison97 #BRAxESA #DançadoPombo📷 Lucas Figueiredo / CBF pic.twitter.com/NiYuGMmEp5— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) 12 de septiembre de 2018″I had to live in my uncle’s house because it was closer to where I used to train and I had no money for the bus,” he added. “I used to sell candy and ice creams in the street and I worked in the fields to help my parents. I couldn’t have done it otherwise, because everyone did what they could so I could fulfil my dream of being a footballer. “I have learned that you need to have patience, perseverance and faith in people to reach your goals.” The player confessed that the “cold” of England tested his resolve upon swapping Rio de Janeiro for Watford in 2017, but that he now feels at home in the Premier League and is enjoying the further challenge of English classes. And when it comes to an idol on the pitch, there is only one man that Richarlison looks up to. “Ronaldo, O Fenomeno. He is a special player and deserves the nickname he has,” he stated. “The other day I had the pleasure of meeting him and it was hugely exciting. I have a ritual that I always do on the bus on the way to games. “I pick up my tablet and put on videos of his goals to warm myself up.”last_img read more


Jorge Sampaoli set to be named Argentina coach: ReportsJorge Sampaoli set to be named Argentina coach: Reports


first_imgJorge Sampaoli has agreed to leave Sevilla to coach Argentina’s national football team.The position was made vacant by the sacking of Edgardo Bauza earlier this month amid a poor run of results, reports Xinhua news agency.According to the AS newspaper, Sampaoli will be officially announced as Argentina’s coach when the European season ends in late May.Sampaoli, who guided Chile to victory at the 2015 Copa America, was appointed the Sevilla boss in June.The Spanish club’s president Pepe Castro has been told of the 57-year-old’s decision to leave, according to the newspaper.Sampaoli did not confirm or deny the reports when asked about his future at a press conference.”I know that there is interest. I know that it is said that I am the chosen (one), but they will have to wait for the times that correspond to not harm anyone. Doing it now would harm Sevilla,” Sampaoli said.Argentina are currently fifth in the 10-team South America zone World Cup qualifying standings with four games remaining.Only the top four teams at the end of the qualifying tournament will earn an automatic slot in Russia. The fifth-ranked side will advance to a playoff against the top nation from Oceania.last_img read more


ISL invites bid for more franchise teams, Mohun Bagan not interestedISL invites bid for more franchise teams, Mohun Bagan not interested


first_imgThe organisers of Indian Super League on Thursday invited bids from interested parties to buy a maximum of three franchise teams to be added this season with the possibility of the country’s football hub Kolkata having another club besides Atletico de Kolkata.The ISL said bids would be invited in respect of 10 cities — Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram — and one to three new winning bidders will be awarded the right to participate in the ISL.”Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), organisers of the Indian Super League — a city-based football league established in India in 2014 under the sanction of the AIFF, plans to invite bids from interested parties to enrol and participate in the Indian Super League from its fourth edition to be staged in year 2017-2018,” the ISL said in a statement.”FSDL will be floating the tender through ‘Invitation To Bid’ (ITB) to be available on working days starting 12th May 2017 to 24th May 2017.”Bids are invited from prospective team owners in respect of 10 cities i.e. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Siliguri and Thiruvananthapuram. Under and subject to the ITB, one to three new winning bidders shall be enrolled and awarded the right to participate in the Indian Super League,” the statement added.This comes just a few days after the All Indian Football Federation said, following a meeting with I-League clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, that the ISL could be expanded to a seven-month long league to be played at weekends.advertisementThe two Kolkata giants had met the AIFF top brass in the backdrop of a controversy surrounding the merger plans of the federation which would virtually make I-League the second tier and ISL the top tier leagues of the domestic football structure.There were proposals that the two Kolkata giants and Bengaluru FC could be added in the expanded ISL. That led to newly-crowned I-League champions Aizawl FC threatening to undergo “fast undo death” if they were not included in a merged top tier league.Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had wanted waiver of the huge registration fee to be part of the ISL but after a meeting with the AIFF top brass and ISL organisers, they opted not to be part of the proposed league.Mohun Bagan General Secretary Anjan Mitra said that his club was not interested in owning a franchise team and so not buying the bid documents.”Our president has made it clear that we are not going to be part of the ISL and so there is no question of buying any bid document,” Mitra told PTI.”Our only concern is that I-League should continue to be the official league of the country and its winner should play in the Asian Champions League play-off while the Federation Cup winners should play in the AFC Cup,” he added.Meanwhile, ISL clarified that in case of Kolkata being awarded the winning bidder, the respective team shall hold its home games outside Kolkata for the next two consecutive editions (2017-2018 and 2018-2019).Eight teams — Atletico de Kolkata, Chennaiyin FC, Delhi Dynamos FC, FC Goa, FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC, NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC– currently participate in the ISL.last_img read more


SRK’s DU admission form gets him trolled for scoring 51/100 in EnglishSRK’s DU admission form gets him trolled for scoring 51/100 in English


first_imgHeartthrob of many, Shahrukh Khan popularly known as Bollywood’s King Khan is one such actor who has a fan following from ever age group. He has proved his worth not only as an ace actor but also as a kind and generous human being. There are many actors in the B-town who are just high school pass or even less. But SRK is not only a graduate from one of the best Indian colleges, Hans Raj College, but has also been excellent in sports. Recently, a copy of his admission form has been shared by a portal related to the Delhi University called DU Times and the actor’s marks in English came under a lot of criticism.Low marks in English As per a First Post report, in the form, his marks in the subjects of physics and math are also mentioned, but people are occupied with the outrage over his English scores.The form shows that he obtained only  51/100 in English, after which many Facebook users have been commenting on how difficult is it to get admission nowadays with such marks. Lots of support floating in Several people are stumped that Khan can speak English so well despite scoring only half of the total marks in this particular paper. But then, there are those fans who have been supporting him and feel that marks have got nothing to do with one’s success and it is only one’s hard work which decide a man’s future. I’m proud of SRK: Hans Raj College principal The Hans Raj College principal echoed their sentiments and said to Hindustan Times, “Sharing an admission form is not illegal but making fun of his marks is not right. Students should understand that the scenario was different back then. The marking scheme and checking was different and difficult back then. I feel proud that Shah Rukh is from my college and marks don’t matter, it is the overall development that matters.”advertisement One such Facebook user remarked, ”Well, some people here are commenting that he did not score well enough. He got a 74.25 per cent and this was probably somewhere around 1983-84. I guess this meant a pretty decent grade back then.”Read: 82-year-old Om Prakash Chautala passes Class 12 from Tihar Jail with first divisionRead: Thinking of dropping out from school, son of Rajasthan labourer clears Class 12 board exam with 98 per centFor information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more


Maria Sharapova says won’t request Wimbledon wildcardMaria Sharapova says won’t request Wimbledon wildcard


first_imgFormer Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said she will not request a wildcard for this year’s championships after failing to gain a high enough ranking for direct entry to the main draw.The 30-year-old Russian, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said on her website she would play in the qualifying event staged the week before.”Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard,” Sharapova said on her website.The 2004 champion is ranked 211, below the cut-off for direct entry, although her first-round win at this week’s Italian Open means she is assured a place in the qualifying tournament played a few miles away from Wimbledon.Wimbledon’s wildcard committee, which meets on June 20, could have granted a wildcard to the former world number one.Sharapova would have needed to reach the semi-finals in Rome to climb high enough to gain a spot in the main Wimbledon draw, but she withdrew during her second round match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after injuring her left hamstring.On Tuesday, two-times French Open champion Sharapova was unexpectedly snubbed by organisers who decided against giving her a wildcard into the main draw or the qualifying event of this year’s tournament, which begins on May 28.last_img read more


Moto Z2 Play unboxed, here’s how it looksMoto Z2 Play unboxed, here’s how it looks


first_imgA new leak of Moto Z2 Play has emerged online exhibiting the retail box of the smartphone along with the content. The leak shared by a Portuguese website Tecduos shows off a flashy red coloured retail-box with a black coloured smartphone, a turbo charger, earphones, USB cable and warranty papers.Moto Snaps is mentioned on the front of the box meaning that the phone will come with the support for Moto Mods. Talking about the device, it looks similar the original Moto Z. The rear body of the phone sports a metallic look with the co0mpany’s batwing logo at the centre. Volume and power button are placed on the right side of the phone and on the front is a fingerprint sensor placed below. The rear camera is protected by metallic ring.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play: 3000mAh battery, 5.5-inch display and all that is known so farThe leaks also reveals a lot about the phone specifications. The upcoming Moto Z2 Play will sport a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution. Further the smartphone will have a non-removable 3000mAh battery which the company also recently confirmed on Twitter. The turbocharger in the box confirms that the phone will support turbo charging. There’s a 12MP rear camera with  dual-LED flash and 5MP selfie-shooter with single LED flash.advertisementPast rumours of Moto Z2 Play reveal that the smartphone could be powered by Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor clocked at the speed of  2.2GHz and Adreno 506 GPU. The device is purported to come with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Colour options could be Lunar grey and fine gold. The device is expected to launch in June this year.last_img read more


ICC Champions Trophy: ‘Well done Jattaaaa,’ tweets Harbhajan Singh after Shikhar Dhawan’s stylish hundredICC Champions Trophy: ‘Well done Jattaaaa,’ tweets Harbhajan Singh after Shikhar Dhawan’s stylish hundred


first_imgShikhar Dhawan smashed his 10th ODI hundred as India took command against Sri Lanka in their Group B encounter on Thursday at The Oval.He reached his milestone in 112 balls and was part of their fourth century-opening stand in seven matches at the ICC Champions Trophy with Rohit Shamra.  He was dismissed as he looked to up the ante, going after the bowlers and finally fell prey to Lasith Malinga in the 45th over. Dhawan found Kusal Mendis on long-off to bring down the curtains to a superb knock. He finished on 125 in 128 balls.Thanks to an injury, Dhawan had been out of international cricket after the Cuttack ODI vs England but he came back to the team with a bang against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener on Sunday, hammering a 65-ball 68.India lost a bit of the initiative though when Virat Kohli fell for his first duck in almost three years. Yuvraj Singh, man-of-the-match on Sunday, then perished for 7 as India stuttered to 179/3 in 33.3 overs.The world of Twitter exploded with many rushing to wish the swashbuckling opener on the micro-blogging website.Here are a few of them, Well done Jattaaaa top batting @SDhawan25 ???????????????- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 8, 2017#ChampionsTrophy2017 wat a great knock @SDhawan25 from ball one looked dangerous and his timing is class???!! well done brother top knock- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 8, 2017The moment @SDhawan25 hit ??!??? #INDvSL #CT17 pic.twitter.com/1ED3JQ9Id0- ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2017???? vs ???? #CT17- @SDhawan25 smashes ?? , #TeamIndia 218-3 after 40 overs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/BKGqIjb8jCadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) June 8, 2017Congrats @SDhawan25 on a outstanding 100???Good to see your positive approach & intent???Keep it up buddy??? #CT17- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 8, 2017Shikhar Dhawan Number One. Five centuries in just 15 innings of ICC ODI Tournaments. That’s 1 ?? in three innings. WoW. #CT17 #IndvSL ??????????- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 8, 2017FANTASTIC!!! ????? @SDhawan25 #INDvSL- Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 8, 2017He is playing the ball late, more under his nose & never looked better…another gem from Shikhar Dhawan!?????????#CT17 #INDvSL- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 8, 2017Stats speaks for itself. Up there with the greats. Stellar show @SDhawan25 & @ImRo45 ??????#INDvSL #CT17 https://t.co/Op54wthSNZ- Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 8, 2017Well played jatt ji @SDhawan25 top knock ??????????????????????????? #INDvSL #CT17- Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) June 8, 2017last_img read more


AB de Villiers takes time off to reassess workloadAB de Villiers takes time off to reassess workload


first_imgAB de Villiers has returned home midway from South Africa’s tour of England. The Proteas ODI captain was nowhere near his best during the Champions Trophy and failed to inspire his team in the three-match T20 International series against a pumped-up English side.De Villiers oversaw a 19-run defeat to England in Cardiff on Sunday as South Africa lost the series 2-1. The 33-year-old batsman then flew home. Under de Villiers, South Africa endured a miserable campaign at the Champions Trophy – they started off with a clinical win over Sri Lanka but went down tamely to eventual finalists India and Pakistan. De Villiers’ early return home meant he would not be a part of South Africa’s four-Test series against England. The stylish middle-order batsman is considered to be one of the best in the business and he would need time to reassess his workload. Bangladesh are scheduled to tour South Africa soon and ABD said he needed time to see if he would actually play the series.”I am going to meet with CSA (Cricket South Africa) in August, and that will decide my (international) future,” de Villiers told reporters after making a typically dashing 35 off 19 balls.WON’T PICK AND CHOOSE”We will see what works for both parties,” added the gifted shotmaker, who has scored more than 8,000 runs in 106 Tests, including 21 hundreds, at an average of over 50.”We are not going to pick and choose games, but we are going to make a final decision about what happens for the next few years.”advertisementIMMEDIATE PLANS”I am going to spend a bit of time off at home with the family, I’m going to welcome my new youngster into the world, and obviously look to stay fit.”I want to make sure I am ready for September, when Bangladesh come.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


Former South Africa bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe handed eight-year ban for match-fixingFormer South Africa bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe handed eight-year ban for match-fixing


first_imgFormer Test bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been banned for eight years, taking to seven the number of South African players kicked out of the game for their part in a 2015 match-fixing scandal, Cricket South Africa said on Tuesday.The 33-year-old, who played in five Tests and 61 One-Day Internationals, was charged in April with contriving to fix or improperly influence matches in the South Africa domestic Twenty20 Series and seeking to accept, or agreeing to accept, a bribe.Tsotsobe admitted one charge of contriving to fix a match and nine separate charges of failing to co-operate properly with various investigations.”I was, at the time, in a very vulnerable financial state and this dilemma too easily persuaded me to participate in spot fixing,” he said in a statement.”There are no words to describe the regret I have in relation to my actions and I hope that the cricket world could consider my apology and understand my deepest feeling of remorse.”Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen were previously banned for between two and 20 years for their part in the scandal, although CSA has long held that no matches were actually fixed.last_img read more


Sasikala VVIP row: Despite transfer, DIG Roopa stands by her reportSasikala VVIP row: Despite transfer, DIG Roopa stands by her report


first_imgDays after her expose on special privileges to confidant of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, DIG Roopa has come out in defence of her report. “I stand by my report and there is evidence,” she said.Following the expose by DIG Roopa, the Karnataka government has ordered her transfer to a not-so coveted position of Commissioner of Traffic and Road Safety.Despite the transfer, DIG Roopa continues to be strong and said that she was content with the support and feels blessed. Her expose was substantiated after a video emerged of scam convict Abdul Karim Telgi enjoying a luxurious massage in the prison.PRIVILEGES TO SASIKALASasikala who was supposed to be housed as a common inmate at the Bengaluru Central Jail, has been continuing with her queen-sized lifestyle behind the bars.According to the report filed by DIG (prisons) D Roopa, Sasikala who is the prisoner number 9234, has as many as five cells in the prison to herself.The report revealed that Sasikala had access to a separate kitchen, comfortable bedding and a flat screen TV. Most shocking of all is that Sasikala has an exclusive conference room with a table and revolving chair in the prison. The conference room is where Sasikala meets her visitors.The report by DIG Roopa stated that Sasikala met nearly 81 visitors in the last 117 days, while according to the rules only one visitor is allowed in a fortnight. Most of the visitors arrived after the visiting hours are over.Spread over a walled-area of 40 acres, the Parappana jail has double the number of inmates than it can incarcerate. Here about 150 prisoners share the same kitchen, bathrooms and other facilities.advertisementRoopa’s report to DGP (Prisons) Sathyanarayana Rao alleged that there were “talks” that Rs 2 crore exchanging hands to give “preferential treatment” to Sasikala.ROOPA’S REGISTERWhile DIG Roopa’s report made headlines for exposing the rot in the central jail, India Today has accessed a register with notes by the woman top cop after her first visit to the central jail on June 28. Incidentally, the notes suggest that the DIG had earlier given a clean chit to the jail officials.In her notes she mentioned that she visited barracks of undertrials, hospital and kitchen facilities. The notes also mentioned that DIG Roopa spoke to undertrials below the age of 25 years. She even examined their daily routine and made valuable suggestions. DIG Roopa recommended that the inmates should be engaged with sports and that school text books to be provided to them. She even commended the overall hygiene and sanitation and instructed to to retain the same levels of quality and security.On June 29, she submitted a report in which she mentioned about a doctor being assaulted inside the prison. The controversial report that lay bare the privileges to Sasikala were submitted on July 12. She submitted her second report on July 15.Going by the timeline of the reports it seems that the Bengaluru Central Jail underwent several changes overnight. Now that DIG Roopa and DGP Sathyanarayana  Rao has been shunted, it remains to be seen how the outcome of the probe unfolds.Also Read: Karnataka DIG of Prisons D Roopa, who exposed VVIP perks to Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, transferredMeet the firebrand top cop who exposed Sasikala’s VVIP treatment in Bengaluru jailSasikala paid Rs 2 crore bribe to Bengaluru jail officials for exclusive kitchen, other favours: Prison reportALSO WATCH: DIG D Roopa, who exposed VVIP perks to Sasikala in Bengaluru jail, transferredlast_img read more


PKL: U Mumba announces ticket sale for home legPKL: U Mumba announces ticket sale for home leg


first_imgMumbai, Aug 3 (PTI) Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise U Mumba today announced the start of ticket sale for their home leg of the season five of the tournament.The home matches of U Mumba will be played at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) at Worli here from August 25 to 31.The VVIP tickets are priced at Rs 7,000, while the VIP tickets are priced at Ra 5,500, a media release said here.In the general stand, tickets for section 2 are available at Rs 1,000 and section 3 at Rs 800, it added.All matches will start at 8 PM and gates for spectators will open at 6 PM, said the release. PTI NRB RSYlast_img