Month: November 2019

‘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— 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 ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2017???? vs ???? #CT17- @SDhawan25 smashes ?? , #TeamIndia 218-3 after 40 overs #INDvSL 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 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

Personal security of visiting teams important: RathorePersonal security of visiting teams important: Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today reacted sharply to the incident of stone- throwing on the Australian cricket teams bus here, saying that security of visiting players is extremely important.”Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host,” Rathore posted on his twitter account.The sports minister said that he has already spoken to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the incident.”Have spoken to @sarbanandsonwal ji about the Guwahati incident. Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us,” he tweeted.A window pane of the Australian team bus was damaged in the attack. The incident took place after the visiting side defeated India by eight wickets in the second T20 to level the three-match series 1-1. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

Juan Martin del Potro eases past Denis Shapovalov in Auckland ClassicJuan Martin del Potro eases past Denis Shapovalov in Auckland Classic

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro began his season with a comfortable victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the Round of 16 at the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.In preparation for the Australian Open, starting January 15, Del Potro proved just too strong for the Canadian and won 6-2, 6-4.Shapovalov’s 40 unforced errors brought him down despite the 20 winners he hit. Del Potro clearly overpowered the 18-year-old firing eight aces.Former US Open champion Del Potro is the second seed in the tournament that he won during his last appearance here in 2009.ALSO WATCHDel Potro will next be up against Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals, who has quickly been rising through the ranks recently.Khachanov beat sixth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2, 7-6(4) to advance to the quarter-finals.”I was surprised by the match today,” said Del Potro, who had lost to Shapovalov in Montreal last August. “I didn’t expect to play at this level in the first match of the year.”But I’ve been working hard to play this tennis and hopefully I can still improve in the next matches.”If he has a good day, he is very dangerous as a lefty, he serves well and volleys. Denis played better than me in the Montreal match, but today I broke him three times to love and that was the key.”However, with top seed American Jack Sock knocked out by German Peter Gojowczyk, Del Potro will be the favourite for the title.Defending champion Sock completely faltered against Gojowczyk and lasted only 61 minutes before being defeated 3-6, 3-6.advertisementThe Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, runs from January 15-28.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Lamborghini Urus sold out for 2018 already, accepting orders for 2019 nowLamborghini Urus sold out for 2018 already, accepting orders for 2019 now

first_imgIt has been 24 hours since the Urus hit the Indian shores and the slots for bookings has already been filled. In a report by NDTVAuto, the Italian supercar manufacturer has not yet revealed any figures but a Mumbai dealer has stated that 10-12 units of the Urus had been allocated and they have already been sold out.As of now, Lamborghini has its showrooms/dealerships in three cities across India – Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. But don’t get upset for booking have commenced for the year 2019, which means if you book today, you will get the delivery of a spanking hot Urus by 2019.In view of the unprecedented response towards the Super Sports Utility Vehicle Urus, Sharad Agarwal, Head of Lamborghini India said, “Since its global launch on 4th of December at Sant’Agata Bolognese in 2017, the response has been very phenomenal for the Urus. In fact, since we had announced the Urus concept, a lot of customers had been waiting for this car and for us to formally announce that ‘yes, we can accept orders now’. We have got a phenomenal response in India, we are almost sold out of what has been allocated for 2018 and now are accepting orders for early 2019 deliveries.”The Lamborghini Urus gets an all-new 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 twin-turbo engine, a first for Lamborghini. The engine produces about 641bhp and a whopping 850Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed transmission. The SUV also gets central torsion differential 4-wheel drive with added torque vectoring rear differential.The Urus is priced at Rs 3 crore, ex-showroom.advertisementlast_img read more

Tiger Woods Drops Out AgainTiger Woods Drops Out Again

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods knew his tournament was over before anyone else did.Standing on the third green on the North Course at Torrey Pines — his 12th hole of the opening round in the Farmers Insurance Open — he motioned to caddie Joe LaCava to retrieve his ball marker some 35 feet from the cup.Moments later, he shook hands with Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel, got into a golf cart and headed for the parking lot.The scene has become far more familiar than Woods posing with a trophy, especially over the last 18 months.Woods left the Honda Classic in the final round after 13 holes with what he called back spasms. He was driven to the parking lot at Firestone after eight holes when he said spasms returned from a jarring leap into a deep bunker. And on Thursday, the reason for withdrawing was the weather.It’s a little more complicated than that.Woods said he warmed up nicely at Torrey Pines in the morning as fog finally lifted along the Pacific bluffs. Waiting for his tee time, play was suspended for 90 minutes when the fog returned, and Woods didn’t quite feel the same.“It’s just my glutes are shutting off,” he said. “Then they don’t activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back. So I tried to activate my glutes as best I could in between, but they never stayed activated.”Medical lingo aside, he never looked comfortable. Horschel noticed it early after they started — finally — on the 10th hole.“If I didn’t see it on 10, I saw it on 11,” Horschel said. “Then I asked him when I walked off 12 tee, ‘Back hurting you again?’ He said, ‘Spasms.’ And it was unfortunate.”Woods now has gone 12 straight PGA Tour events without a top 10, dating to his runner-up finish in The Barclays in 2013 when back pain dropped him to his knees.This was his first round since a career-high 82 last week in the Phoenix Open to tie for last with a club pro and miss the cut by 12 shots.“It’s tough to see a guy I look up to, a guy I consider a friend, to have issues with spasms,” Horschel said. “It’s tough to see him go, but he was in quite a bit of pain.”Nicholas Thompson had an 8-under 64 on the North Course and had a one-shot lead over Michael Thompson when play was suspended by darkness.Brooks Koepka, coming off his victory in the Phoenix Open, had a 66 on the North. The best score on the tougher South Course belonged to Jhonnatan Vegas, who shot 67.Dustin Johnson, playing for the first time since his six-month leave for “personal challenges,” holed out for eagle on No. 4 on the South Course as his lone highlight. He had five bogeys and was 2 over with one hole remaining.But this day was all about Woods, which used to be typical at Torrey Pines because he has won the tournament seven times. This was different. Several players came out of the scoring area and said, “What happened to Tiger?”It has become a troubling trend for Woods. In his last six tournaments since back surgery last March, he has missed the cut three times, withdrawn twice and finished 69th in the British Open, his lowest 72-hole finish in a major.“It’s just tough not seeing him have his best, whether it’s with his game or with his health,” Fowler said.Woods was 2-over par through 11 holes and in a tie for 130th when he withdrew.He will fall to his worst world ranking since before he won his first PGA Tour event as a 20-year-old in 1996, and he most likely will not qualify for a World Golf Championship for only the second time in his career.Woods is not expected to play again until the Honda Classic in three weeks. Doral is the following week. He did not indicate earlier in the week that he would add tournaments to his schedule ahead of the Masters, which is April 9-12.His opening nine holes were more of the same kind of golf he showed in the Phoenix Open last week with a short game that was shocking.On his first hole, the par-4 10th, Woods short-sided himself right of the green and he bladed his chip some 35 feet beyond the hole for a bogey.He was in trouble again on the next hole, facing the same chip, and this time struck it perfectly. He chipped in to save par.From there, it was a mixed bag of poor tee shots (he hit only one fairway) and poor iron shots. His tee shot on the par-3 12th wound up on a front tee box at the 13th hole.On his final hole, the short par-4 second, he sent a sand wedge from the rough well over the gallery and nearly onto a tee box at the next hole. He flubbed a flop shot and wound up making double bogey.Woods won five times in 2013 and was PGA Tour player of the year. His future looked foggy leaving San Diego.(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World 5K Swim Silver for AraouzouWorld 5K Swim Silver for Araouzou

first_imgKAZAN, Russia — Fighting off windy and choppy conditions, Haley Anderson of the U.S. defended her title in the 5-kilometer open water race to claim the first medal of the FINA world swimming championships July 25.She surged to the lead in the closing meters in the brownish waters of the Kazanka River, hitting the touchpad in 58 minutes, 48.4 seconds.Chad Ho of South Africa defeated Rob Muffels of Germany in a photo finish after they both stopped the clock in 55:17.6. Matteo Furlan of Italy earned bronze in 55:20.0.“I couldn’t ask for a better race,” Ho said.China got started on a possible sweep of the diving gold medals with victories in two events.Si Yajie and Tai Xiaohu led all six rounds in mixed 10-meter, a new event at worlds. They scored 350.88 points in their first high-level meet together.“I had a feeling like my partner might not be able to complete it, but we made it,” Si said. “We probably were not the most synchronized duet since we only had a month to practice.”Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Vincent Riendeau were 41.22 points behind in second at 309.66. Domonic Bedggood and Melissa Wu of Australia earned bronze in 308.22.In women’s 3-meter synchro, Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia won their second straight world title with 351.30 points, with Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware were 31.83 points behind for silver. The Chinese led all five rounds in defending their gold from two years ago.Russia claimed its first gold as a first-time host of the world championships. Svetlana Romashina won the technical routine in solo synchronized swimming, a sport the Russians have dominated for years. It was Romashina’s 16th career medal at worlds.In the 5k, Anderson, the 2012 Olympic 5k silver medalist from Granite Bay, California, used the shorter race as a tuneup for the 10k next week.“I just wanted to be able to get on the course, feel it out,” she said. “My strategy was just to stay toward the front because it’s a short race. You got to kind of stay up there if you want to be able to make your move toward the end.”Anderson’s medal was the 500th won by the U.S. in the 16-year history of the world championships.Kalliopi Araouzou of Greece took silver in 58:49.8, while Finnia Wunram of Germany earned bronze in 58:51.0.Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands led most of the way on the wind-whipped rectangular course, but settled for fourth in 58:55.1 — more than 7 seconds behind Anderson.The water temperature was 68 degrees (20 Celsius) while the air temperature was 73 degrees (23 Celsius) for the women’s race at the course near the Kazan Kremlin, built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.“The water wasn’t too cold, which was nice,” Anderson said. “A little choppy, but it’s choppy for everybody, it’s cold for everybody. It was nice out there.”Anderson won the 5k at worlds two years ago in Barcelona, Spain, where the water temperature in the city’s harbor was warm, but swimmers criticized the conditions as dirty and smelly.Numerous boats carefully tracked the field of 41 swimmers, who were strung out after the lead pack. The water is four meters deep on the course — two times deeper than the FINA standard. The bottom of the river in the competition area was cleaned beforehand.“The quality of the Kazanka water conforms to all the sanitary norms,” said Dmitry Mikhailov, a Deputy Director General for Sports Projects.The start and finish of the open water events is directly under the 27-meter tower that will be used for the high diving competition next week.Synchronized swimming joined pool swimming and diving with an event featuring men and women competing together.In the debut of mixed duet synchro at worlds, the Russian duo of Darina Valitova and Aleksandr Maltsev was first with 88.85 points in the technical preliminary.Americans Christina Jones and Bill May were second at 86.71, while the Italian duo of Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini was third with 84.07. The final is July 26.May is back in the sport after retiring 10 years ago. He has been performing in a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NBA Great Moses Malone DeadNBA Great Moses Malone Dead

first_imgMoses Malone devoured rebounds so easily it sometimes seemed he missed shots on purpose to pad his total before scoring.All those points and rebounds made Malone an NBA great.A few words, and one championship, made him a Philadelphia sports icon.Malone, a three-time NBA MVP and one of basketball’s most ferocious rebounders, died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, where was scheduled to appear at a charity golf event. He was 60.Malone had just attended this weekend’s enshrinement ceremonies at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nicknamed the “Chairman of the Boards,” Malone was inducted himself in 2001 and remains in the NBA’s top 10 in career scoring and rebounding.“With three MVPs and an NBA championship, he was among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA and the ABA,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.Norfolk police said Malone was found unresponsive and not breathing in his room by hotel staff shortly before 8 a.m. Norfolk Fire Rescue responded and pronounced Malone dead at the scene. A cause of death has not been determined.A 6-foot-10 center who was the first to make the leap right from high school to the pros, Malone is the NBA’s career leader in offensive rebounds and led the league in rebounds per game for five straight seasons from 1980-85.Malone led the 76ers to the 1983 NBA championship team, and the club said he will “forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball.”That was Malone’s lone title, helping Julius Erving and the 76ers get to the top in his first season after arriving in a trade with Houston.He won his third MVP award that season and made his famed “Fo’, Fo’, Fo’,” prediction that the Sixers would win all their playoff series in four-game sweeps.He wasn’t far off: The Sixers lost just one game in that postseason before sweeping the Lakers in the NBA Finals, with Malone winning finals MVP award after averaging 26 points in that postseason.“No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words — including three of the most iconic in this city’s history,” 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil said. “His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed.”Malone’s staggering statistics across 21 seasons and 1,455 professional games included 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He holds NBA records for offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587) and game (21).Powerful on the court, he was helpful to both friends and foes off it.“Even before we played together, he was one of the first greats who truly mentored me and showed me how to be a professional,” Hawks Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins said. “I never saw anyone work harder than Moses and away from basketball, he was just as kind and thoughtful.”Drafted by the Utah Stars of the ABA in 1974, Malone went on to play for eight NBA clubs and was the league’s MVP in 1979 and 1982 while playing for the Rockets.“Everyone in the organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Moses Malone,” Rockets owners Leslie Alexander said. “Moses was a true gentleman and one of the great Rockets — and greatest NBA players — of all time. He will be forever missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”Malone’s death comes shortly after the passing of another 76ers center, Darryl Dawkins.Born March 23, 1955, in Petersburg, Virginia, Moses Eugene Malone was selected by the Stars in the third round of the 1974 draft. He also played for St. Louis before being selected in the ABA dispersal draft by Portland, which traded him to the Buffalo Braves.Malone would go on to play for the Rockets, 76ers, Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Philadelphia again and eventually San Antonio, ending his career in the 1994-95 season.He was a 12-time All-Star and chosen as one of the league’s 50 greatest players. Malone finished his NBA career with 20.6 points per game and was a four-time selection to the All-NBA first team.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Iraqis Rally Around Soccer TeamIraqis Rally Around Soccer Team

first_imgBAGHDAD — The Iraqi soccer team’s overtime win against Qatar, which will send it to the Olympics for the first time in more than a decade, has at least briefly united the fractured country in exultation amid its grinding war against the Islamic State group.Residents poured into the streets late Saturday and fireworks rang out for hours, occasionally punctuated by bursts of celebratory gunfire. Hundreds of fans, many singing and dancing, massed on the outskirts of Baghdad airport to give the Lions of Mesopotamia a hero’s welcome after they qualified for the 2016 games in Brazil.“It’s not only a sports victory,” said Hayder al-Sadi, a 40-year-old government worker. “In Iraq, politics and terrorism permeate everything, but football is the only window — the only escape — for the Iraqi people.”Iraq is well into its second year in the fight against the Islamic State group, which seized nearly a third of the country in a lightning offensive in the summer of 2014. Troops and allied militias have clawed back a handful of cities and towns in recent months, but the country remains deeply divided along ethnic and sectarian lines.As on previous occasions, however, the national soccer team has at least briefly allowed Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds to set their disputes aside and revel in the joy of victory.“Honestly, just goose-bumps, that is all I feel when I think of it,” said Amar Rasheed Hass, 34, who watched Saturday night’s game at a crowded cafe in Baghdad’s Karradah neighborhood. “When they won, all I remember is I hugged this other guy three times, I didn’t even know who he was.”Similar scenes unfolded in 2007, at the height of the country’s grisly sectarian violence, when a national team including Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish players won the Asia Cup. That victory was widely hailed as a moment of national unity, but Saturday’s victory marks the first time Iraq has qualified for the Olympics since 2004.“After 12 years, now the Iraqi football team can come back to take part in the Olympics with pride,” head coach Abdul Ghani Shahad said as he arrived in Baghdad late Saturday.The players on the national team are local celebrities, but few have been spared the turmoil that has convulsed Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.Ayman Hussein, who scored the winning goal in Qatar, has had his life upended by violence twice in the past decade. During the insurgency that followed the 2003 invasion, his father was killed in a car bomb claimed by al-Qaeda. In the summer of 2014, IS swept through his hometown in the northern Kirkuk province, kidnapping his brother and forcing him to flee to Baghdad.“I’m still dealing with difficult circumstances, but that gives me motivation to make my family, my people and my country proud,” Hussein told the crowd of cheering fans at the airport.Sama Kamal, who works for a humanitarian group that helps those displaced by the conflict, says the team’s success gives her hope for Iraq.“The players are from all over the country, all parts of society and they are able to play together and win. I think it teaches acceptance,” she said. “You can even see unity in the celebrations, people start to talk to each other and forget all the other issues like security or politics.”But while the goodwill extended across the country’s many divisions, it stopped short at Iraq’s widely reviled politicians, who are seen as corrupt and ineffective.Several political leaders took to social media to congratulate the team, but al-Sadi, the government employee, advised them to log off.“We reply to comments from these politicians by saying: ‘Just keep away, this is our team, not yours,’” he said.SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maria Sakkari Earns Biggest Career Win, Shocks Tokyo Champion WozniackiMaria Sakkari Earns Biggest Career Win, Shocks Tokyo Champion Wozniacki

first_imgWUHAN, China – Qualifier Maria Sakkari earned the biggest win of her career at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Tuesday after knocking out No.4 seed Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.The top-ranked Greek tennis player (No.80) prevailed 7-5, 6-3 in 93 minutes and heads to the third round of the Premier 5 tournament where she will meet Russian Elena Vesnina.“It feels great [to beat Wozniacki], she’s a very tough opponent to play – she’s so solid and she comes from winning in Tokyo so she had confidence. I knew it would be a tough match, but I think I did the right preparations,” Sakkari said in her post-match press conference, according to WTA.Tokyo champ @CaroWozniacki prevails in a lung-bursting rally and remains in touch #WuhanOpen— WTA (@WTA) September 26, 2017TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more