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  • World Cup 2018: Kalinic refuses substitute role, Croatia send him home

    first_imgCroatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team’s opening game against Nigeria, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Monday.The 30-year-old was starting his fourth successive international match from the bench, told the coach that he had a back injury and was unable to play.”During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half,” Dalic said in a statement.”However, he then stated that he wasn’t ready to come on due to a back issue. The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday.”I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have made this decision,” he added.The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) said that Dalic had taken the decision after consultation with his coaching team.Dalic declined to answer any questions over the issue.Kalinic cannot be replaced so Croatia will continue in the tournament with a 22-man squad.Croatia, who beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday, face Argentina on Thursday and finish their Group D campaign against Iceland next week.Media reports said that Kalinic, who has been unable to break into the starting lineup during the build-up to the tournament, had been asked by Dalic to come on as an 85th-minute substitute against Nigeria.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

  • IOA pulls up EFI over Asiad selection

    first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has written strong letters to the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) on Tuesday asking for explanations on their own governance and how shabbily they have dealt with the Asian Games selection.At a time when most of the national sports federations at home have been pressing for their teams’ participation at the Asian Games in Indonesia, the EFI has done the unthinkable.It first held a selection committee meeting in the Capital on June 2 and 3. A day later, the EFI sent out a press release to the media that a seven member team (three-day eventing and showjumping) had been cleared.Two days later, EFI president Lt General Ashok Ambre cancelled the selection without even consulting the selectors. This lead to a huge furore and has been reported in detail by Mail Today.Later, at a meeting held in the sports ministry where the annual training and competition of the EFI was discussed, Ashok Ambre had said to secretary sports, Rahul Bhatnagar, they were not sending a team to the Asian Games.The IOA, in its letter on Tuesday, has said “retracting of a national team that represents the country in such a prestigious international event is no small action. It caused much distress to the athletes (riders) and effects of which have also caused disrepute to the sport and our country,” says the letter signed by IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.While the IOA does not interfere in the autonomy of federations and selection matters, it has expressed anguish at the way the whole drama has been played out. Riders and sponsors associated with the sport are in a state of shock and have written to the IOA seeking justice.advertisement”The IOA seeks to know the action taken by EFI to enquire the role of selection committee members that caused the unfortunate situation. We hope suitable disciplinary action would be taken against the guilty and precautions would also be taken to avoid such instances in the future,” adds the letter.The EFI will now need to tell the IOA and sports lovers who took the arbitrary decision to cancel the team selection. The EFI selection committee cannot be blamed as most of them were not in favour of cancelling the teams selected after their meeting was held at the beginning of this month.There is also a possibility the EFI selection meeting can be reconvened.In another letter, the IOA has raised serious doubts about the functioning of the EFI. The letter, again signed by Mehta says, “the EFI is not complying with the National Sports Development Code of 2011 and norms of the IOA.”The IOA, after reviewing the EFI statute, has pointed out flaws in the structure of the EFI where “all members including clubs and institutions are granted voting rights.””The right to vote in any of the national sports federations is granted to those associations that have only one sport association in one state for the sport,” says the IOA.For the first time, the IOA has also slammed the EFI over the composition of its executive committee. “It is evident that the composition of the EC is largely from one section of the government (Army). Out of the total 21 members in the EC, there are very few exceptions. In essence, it does not reflect autonomous governance of sport,” adds the letter.The EFI will now have to submit to the IOA several documents to prove they function at par with other national sports federations. It includes registration certificate, copy of statues/constitution, copy of minutes of the last AGM (annual general meeting) and last election report. The IOA has also asked for the last three years annual report.last_img read more

  • Air India leaves Indian TT squad stranded at IGI airport

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) India’s table tennis star Manika Batra and six other top paddlers were today left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after being denied boarding on a Melbourne flight by national carrier Air India en route an international event. The Indian contingent, comprising 17 players and officials, is scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open starting tomorrow in Melbourne. But to their disbelief, only 10 members of the team were allowed boarding after Air India told them that the flight was overbooked. Besides Manika, veteran Mouma Das was also one among the seven players, who were denied boarding. Commonwelath Games gold medallist Manika took to social media to share her ordeal and asked Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Prime Minister’s Office to look into the matter. “Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tom,” Manika tweeted. “On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked & only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock. 7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie,” she added. Alarmed by the situation, Director General of Sports India (erstwhile Sports Authority of India) Neelam Kapur swung into action immediately and sorted out the matter.”The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight,” Kapur confirmed on her official twitter handle.advertisement Air India spokesperson was unavailable for a comment when contacted. PTI SSC SAN SSC KHSKHSlast_img read more

  • India u-16 pitted against Iraq, Japan at WAFF Championship

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) The Indian U-16 football team will be locking horns with defending AFC U-16 champions Iraq, Asian powerhouse Japan, hosts Jordan and Yemen in the 5th WAFF U-16 Boys Championship slated to be held at the King Abdullah II International Stadium from August 1. The exposure tour has been arranged by AIFF in co-ordination with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) with an aim to provide a “fool-proof” preparation to the U-16 boys, who play in the AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018 in September 2018. The tournament in Jordan comes on the back of the team’s exposure tours to China, Thailand and Malaysia where the boys played six matches against U-16 National Teams and more against Club sides since July. National Team Director Abhishek Yadav stated that the primary objective was the provide the team matches against sides who have qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship. “The U16 WAFF Championship has teams, which have qualified for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship. We are entering the last phase of preparation and one of our key targets since January was to give the coach an opportunity to play against teams, who have qualified for the 2018 Championship. “If all goes as per plan in August, we would have played against half the Championship-qualified teams at least once,” Yadav, a former national team striker, said. “The significance of this tournament lies in the fact that it brings together teams qualified for the 2018 AFC U16 Championship, all in their last leg of preparations,” Yadav maintained. “Our boys will get a chance to play Iraq, the U-16 defending champions. That doesn’t happen every day. On top of it, we will also be playing Japan, perhaps the best U-16 Team in Asia.”advertisement “We have to thank West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) for inviting us in what is essentially a tournament for West Asian national teams. I have mentioned earlier that we are working intently on improving existing relations to ensure the best possible opportunities for our male and female teams,” Yadav signed off. PTI KHSKHSlast_img read more

  • Focus on Neymar-Mbappe partnership as PSG kick off title defence

    first_imgParis, Aug 10 (AFP) Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain 12 months ago in a bid to move out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and confirm his status as one of the world’s best players, but the Brazilian may have to share the mantle of talisman with teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe this season. The French champions start the defence of their Ligue 1 title against Caen at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, and all eyes will be on Neymar after he missed the final three months of last term with a foot injury. The world’s most expensive player has been the subject of consistent speculation linking him with a move away from France, with reports usually suggesting he will sign for Real Madrid, but he insists that he’s not done with PSG yet. “Yes, I will stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. The speculation? The majority of it is invented by the press,” Neymar told ESPN Brasil last month. “I have a contract and people know the objective, the reason why I went to PSG. I want to win with this club and I hope this season will be wonderful.” Neymar returned in time for the World Cup, but failed to inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth title as they suffered a 2-1 quarter-final loss to Belgium. Mbappe, on the other hand, was named as the tournament’s best young player after scoring four goals — including two in a scintillating individual performance against Argentina — to help France lift the trophy.advertisement The 19-year-old capped it off by becoming only the second teenager in history after Pele to score in a World Cup final, netting in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow. The transfer fee of 180 million euros which PSG paid Monaco for Mbappe is not far behind the world-record 222 million euros they parted with for Neymar. – Mbappe can ‘mark history of football’ -========================================= New arrival Gianluigi Buffon believes that Mbappe can follow in Pele’s footsteps by becoming an all-time great, having played against his then-Monaco team in the 2017 Champions League semi-finals for Juventus. “When I spoke (after the match) with (Juve centre-back) Andrea Barzagli, who is one of my great friends, he told me ‘Gigi, in 20 years of my career I have rarely seen a player run so fast with the ball, I had a hard time stopping him’,” the 40-year-old Buffon told PSG’s club magazine. “These words are not insignificant because Barzagli, when he is focused and fit, is really a top defender. “It’s obvious (Mbappe) has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices. “If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport.” Further accolades seem sure to follow in the coming years for Mbappe, who was named on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA’s ‘Best Player’ award for 2018, with Neymar conspicuous in his absence. But the 25-year-old Neymar, despite criticisms over his playacting at the World Cup, did perform on the pitch last season, scoring 28 goals in 31 appearances for PSG before breaking a bone in his foot against Marseille in February. Neymar will likely want the spotlight, but his best chance of leading PSG to their stated goal of a first Champions League title will be to replicate his famous combination with Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona with Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. Despite a domestic treble last season, that never really came to fruition, as Mbappe took time to settle in and Cavani and Neymar rowed over penalties. But new coach Thomas Tuchel said when he took over from Unai Emery in May that he was “not afraid at all of stars”, adding that “in his experience they are the hardest workers”. A second straight league title should be little more than a formality, but PSG will need their big guns on the same page and firing if they’re to finally lift the European crown. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

  • Sonu Sood no longer a part of ‘Manikarnika’

    first_imgMumbai, Aug 31 (PTI) Sonu Soon has decided to leave Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” due to scheduling conflict, the actor’s spokesperson said today.According to the spokesperson, Sonu, who is filming Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba” right now, was recently asked to reshoot portions for “Manikarnika” by Kangana.The 45-year-old actor is sporting a beard for the Ranveer Singh-starrer, but for “Manikarnika” he was asked to go clean shaven.Sonu had asked the makers of the biopic to finish the reshoots after he completes his schedule for “Simmba” but things did not work out and he decided to quit the project.”Sonu has always been a thorough professional and honoured all his commitments. He had informed the makers of Manikarnika about his dates and schedule well in advance. Inconveniencing the team of his current film to accommodate the demands of another are against his professional principles.”Sonu has taken the higher road ahead and wishes the team of Manikarnika all the best,” the spokesperson said in a statement.There were reports that filmmaker Krish Jagarlamudi, who has directed the historical drama, has left the project. The news surfaced online after a picture of a clapboard featuring Kangana’s name as the director of the film went viral.However, it was later clarified by the National Award-winning actor’s team that she was just shooting the patchwork in absence of Krish, who is currently busy fulfilling his commitments for another project. PTI SHD BKBKlast_img read more

  • I consulted a sports psychologist after Rio Olympic failure: Mirabai Chanu

    first_imgMirabai Chanu has been a world champion and won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2018 (CWG) at Gold Coast, which was a first yellow metal for India in the event this year.Chanu’s best lift in Snatch was 86kg while in Clean and Jerk, she lifted a best of 110kg and bagged the gold medal with a total of 196kg. Chanu was a class apart in Gold Coast but there was a journey Chanu made in order to achieve that high this year.She converted her 2014 Commonwealth Games silver into a gold four years later but had a big roadblock in the middle at Rio Olympics 2016, something that she had work hard to overcome.”I first won silver at the Commonwealth Games 2014 and then I started knowing how and what to do to get better. I worked extremely hard and qualified for the Olympics but then it was my first Olympics and I got really nervous because of which I missed out on a medal.”I got very disappointed and really low at that point but then my mother and my coach, they explained me a lot and then corrected my technique and worked even harder. Because of all that I could go back to CWG and win a gold medal,” Chanu told indiatoday.in.Chanu spoke at length about the mental aspect of a sport like weightlifting and conceded that she felt the need to take help from a sports psychologist in order to overcome the nerves and low of the Olympics.advertisementShe had worked extremely hard for the Olympics, qualified for the event and then let her nerves get the better of her. That is what Chanu said she avoids now and credited the sessions she had with the psychologist for the same.”Earlier I didn’t know much about it [sports psychology] but then I did take help and the difference showed in my performance. I could focus more on my training and technique as well and things got a lot better. I had sessions and all, talked about various things and my performance got better too,” Chanu elaborated.”It’s upto every player as to how they go about a psychologist. You know how we maintain our power and how we work on the various aspects of the sport, we have to consult a psychologist regularly for that.”Chanu went on to say that a psychologist may even make a weightlifter feel more powerful during a performance, courtesy the mental aspect of the sport that had been worked upon.”The mentality in weightlifting is very important and it can get problematic if we don’t work on it along with working on the sport. When we go to lift a weight and if that time we are thinking about something else or are under pressure, we fail. So working on the mental part is extremely important.”Chanu shared a little about her journey from a small place in Manipur to the world stage, where she has been a bright star for India. Chanu said she felt lucky to have a family who is very fond of sports.”I come from a very small place in Manipur and initially I didn’t even know what weightlifting but then seeing people I got inspired. Also, I am very lucky that my family is very fond of sports and I received a lot of support. Then I started practicing and got into it and this is all my hard work. I would keep working hard till I achieve what I want to.”Chanu said she focusses on smaller aims and takes one tournament at a time. She had the Asian Championships coming up next and had all her focus on that.”I’m working more and more on my technique. I want to be better than what I am and for that, my focus lies with bettering my craft.”Also Read | Mirabai Chanu’s parents overwhelmed by their daughter’s successSee Photos | Mirabai Chanu, Virat Kohli receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna AwardAlso Watch | Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Nextlast_img read more

  • Max Defourny extends lead in MRF Challenge

    first_imgSakhir (Bahrain), Dec 7 (PTI) Belgium’s Max Defourny continued his podium run as he scored a win and two second-place finishes in the three races of the MRF Challenge held here Friday at the Bahrain International Circuit. The 20-year old Defourny was second to Germany’s Andreas Estner in the day’s first race and later finished behind winner Jamie Chadwick (UK) in the next before ending the day with a win in the third. Having finished on the podium in all the eight races of the championship, organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club, including five in the first round at Dubai last month, Defourny consolidated his position on the leaderboard with 173 points, ahead of Chadwick (129). Two more races are scheduled for Saturday. Defourny said: “It could or rather, should have been better this week. After qualifying for pole position last night, I made a mistake in the first race today and finished second. In the next race, I got hit from behind at Turn-1 when one of the competitors (Danial Frost of Singapore) spun. “There was some damage to the car and I managed to finish second. In the third race today, after we repaired the visual damage to the car, there was a lot of vibration in the left rear, but I managed to pull away to win.” Defourny was at his best in Race-3 which he started from pole position and won quite comfortably despite the vibrations, while Estner came in second followed by Patrik Pasma from Finland. The damage to Defourny’s car was the result of a collision before Turn-1 immediately after the Race-2 start between reverse-grid pole-sitter Petr Ptacek (Czech Republic) and Singapore’s Danial Frost.advertisement The incident allowed Chadwick, who had started third, to get a jump on the pack, leaving Dylan Young (Australia) and Defourny to scrap for second and third spots. The Belgian finally moved past the Aussie, but by then, Chadwick was long gone. The trio held position to the finish. For Chadwick, it was her maiden win in the championship after three second places in Dubai round. PTI AHlast_img read more

  • Ponting slams umpires for not calling no-balls: Don’t think they are looking anymore

    first_imgRicky Ponting on Sunday called attention to the on-field umpires, saying that they had not been noticing the clear no-balls during the Adelaide Test, which even cost India a wicket.The former Australian captain’s remarks were in reference to the incident when Ishant Sharma trapped Aaron Finch leg-before but was later found to have overstepped the line on replays.Ishant was unlucky not to bag a wicket in the very first over of Australia’s chase when he trapped Finch LBW off his second delivery.Umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger but the Australian opener decided to call for a review which revealed that Ishant had overstepped.The Television broadcasters put out a package showing that Ishant overstepped on quite a few occasions but the on-field umpires failed to notice them at any stage.”I’ve said this for a lot of years; I honestly don’t think the umpires look at the front line anymore,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”Some of the ones we’ve seen today… he was 4-6 inches over the line.”I don’t think the umpires are looking and I certainly don’t think they were looking at those ones because they were blatantly obvious ones.”And as we know now, they’ll only ever look at them if a wicket falls, which as far as I’m concerned is not right.”Part of umpiring is to get the no-ball decisions right as well. I’m not asking for everything to be spot on, but if you’re six inches over then surely you can call it.”advertisementPonting also said that the Indian camp would be right to feel disappointed with the umpiring, as if they had pointed out Ishant’s no-balls earlier, it would not have cost them a wicket.”If I was the fielding team, I’d want to know,” he said.”If I was Virat Kohli and I knew that my bowler was bowling a no-ball more often than not, I’d want to know that so I could pull that back in line.”But the Indians did not have to rue that missed opportunity for long as R Ashwin (2/44), Mohammed Shami (2/15), Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma tied down the Aussie batsmen with their nagging line, length and movement.Australia are staring down the barrel in the first Test after being reduced to 104 for 4 in their second innings at stumps on day 4, chasing 323 for victory at the Adelaide Oval.(With inputs from IANS)Also Read | Expected 25 more runs from the tail-enders, says Team India batting coach Sanjay BangarAlso Read | India looking to come hard at Australia on Day 5, says Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara the difference between India and Australia in Adelaide: Allan Borderlast_img read more

  • Premier League: Brighton win one of Liverpool’s mature performances, says Jurgen Klopp

    first_imgLiverpool opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, while Arsenal’s poor away form continued with a 1-0 defeat at West Ham United.With nearest challengers Manchester City not playing until Monday, Liverpool went into their clash at Brighton on the back of two successive defeats in all competitions and were made to work hard for the three points.Neither side had a single shot on target in the first half, with the match settled by a Mohamed Salah penalty in the second half. Liverpool’s 50th clean sheet under Jurgen Klopp carried them home.Fourth-placed Chelsea opened up a six-point gap over Arsenal in fifth with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United in the day’s late fixture.Arsenal’s defeat means they have now won just one of their last seven matches on the road in the Premier League. If Manchester United beat third-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, they can draw level on 41 points with Arsenal.There was no such slip-up from Liverpool, even if Brighton did not make it easy for the league leaders.Roberto Firmino came close to giving his side the lead early in the first half but could not connect with Andrew Robertson’s low cross.For all their possession, though, they struggled to create any meaningful chances. Pascal Gross’s clumsy challenge on Salah earned Liverpool the penalty which the Egyptian converted with aplomb.eady to work hard: Jurgen KloppOnce again, Liverpool’s defence stood firm as they saw out the win. Liverpool have conceded just 10 goals in their 22 league matches this season; only Chelsea in 2004-05 had conceded fewer after 22 matches in an English top-flight season.”You have to work hard if you want to be successful and we were ready for it,” manager Jurgen Klopp said. “Be ready for the defending, be ready for the counter-press and be ready to make solutions.”I think it was the most mature performance we have made so far. We take all the points. That’s the situation. It’s cool but we know that the difference tomorrow and Monday night could be different. We can only concentrate on ourselves.”Arsenal’s struggles continueAfter their 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at Southampton in mid-December, Arsenal have struggled to find their form, with their away performances of particular concern.On Saturday, mustering just two shots on target against West Ham at the London Stadium, Arsenal’s decline continued.West Ham comfortably held on after Declan Rice got his first goal for the side — becoming the first teenager to score a Premier League goal for them in almost 10 years.”It’s a bad result for us,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. “It’s concerning because we need to be competitive at home and away. At home we feel good but away we are not getting the results we want.”advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: Renedy Singh confident of India reaching knockoutsAlso Read | Manchester United manager Ole Solskjaer hopeful of Pogba return for Tottenham clashAlso Read | Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought by Las Vegas police for sexual assault inquirylast_img read more

  • BCCI CEO Rahul Johri speaks to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul after Koffee With Karan row

    first_imgSuspended India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Tuesday gave their statements to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, initiating the inquiry into their much-condemned comments on women that have split the Committee of Administrators (COA). Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been in the eye of a massive storm following their misogynistic comments on a popular TV show, Koffee With Karan. Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. While Rahul kept a level head on his shoulders and chose his words very carefully while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, it was Hardik Pandya who boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents.It is learnt that both players deposed via telephone after having tendered unconditional apologies in reply to the fresh show cause notices issued by the BCCI.”The CEO spoke to them via telephone. However, his brief was simple as the inquiry initiator. He has to just collate whatever they have written in their show cause reply. He is expected to submit his report to CoA by tomorrow,” a BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI.How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineHowever, it is learnt the CEO did not ask any questions on whether their agents pressurised them into attending such entertainment show and also speaking in the manner that they did.”Any investigative question is the purview of the ombudsman. Now the next phase will only happen if the SC appoints an ombudsman or an ad-hoc ombudsman is appointed,” he said.advertisementThe two players had spoken about hooking up with multiple women and being casual about it even with their parents on ‘Koffee with Karan’, triggering an online storm.COA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban on the duo but his colleague Diana Edulji took the matter to the BCCI legal cell, which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman.The BCCI office-bearers seconded Edulji and even went to the extent of demanding a Special General Meeting to discuss the matter. Rai, on the other hand, has cautioned against going too far.In an e-mail to Edulji, he has stated that the “BCCI is not in the business of ending young careers.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya loses Khar Gymkhana honorary membership for Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | We all make mistakes: Former umpire Simon Taufel on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversyAlso Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

  • India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill replaces Kohli, becomes India’s 227th player in ODIs

    first_imgShubman Gill became the 227th ODI player for India when he was handed his maiden India cap by MS Dhoni in Hamilton on Thursday. Gill, who replaced KL Rahul in the Indian squad for the tour of New Zealand, is a 19-year-old top-order batsman from Punjab and made his mark during India’s successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in 2018.This is a special moment for Shubman Gill. It was here in New Zealand that he made his mark with 372 runs as India, led by Prithivi Shaw, lifted the U-19 World Cup for the fourth time. A year and one day ago, Gill had scored a fine 102 not out in India’s victory over Pakistan in the Under-19 World Cup.India vs New Zealand 4th ODI: Live Cricket ScoreOn Thursday, Shubman Gill replaced India skipper Virat Kohli in the playing XI. India have taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series and Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand”Shubman Gill has shown a lot of promise, he has played here and was the Man of the Series in the U-19 World Cup (2018). Highly rated and we wanted to see what he could offer to the team,” stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said at the toss.Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZqBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019Since his exploits in the Under-19 World Cup, Shubman Gill has been in the news with his consistency elsewhere. He was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders last year and went on to score 203 runs for them with a best of 57 not out.advertisementShubman Gill has also proven himself in first-class cricket. He has 1089 runs from nine matches including a classy 268 against Tamil Nadu.Born on September 8, 1999, Shubman Gill epitomises the new breed of Indian cricketers. Consistent, sharp and agile, Gill is a fan of Virat Kohli and credits the India captain for changing the trends in the team.The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaohBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019″I think because of him, a lot of trends have changed in Team India. Fitness levels have changed for most players, and India is one of the best fielding sides in the world right now,” Gill had told kkr.in recently.”All these things are very important. When your role is purely of a batsman or a bowler, it’s possible that two out of five games, you could fail to impress. So you need to find other ways to contribute to your team. These are really important aspects of cricket,” Gill said.The appreciation is mutual. Shortly after India clinched the ODI series on Monday, Virat Kohlli heaped praise on Shubman Gill: “Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 per cent of that when I was 19.”Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma 14th Indian to appear in 200 ODIslast_img read more

  • Indian government informed about BCCI decision to isolate Pakistan: Vinod Rai

    first_imgThe Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai has confirmed that the Indian government has been informed about the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s stand on Pakistan and how it is planning to isolate the country from the cricketing community.India Today has learnt that Vinod Rai has spoken to Sports Ministry, the external affairs secretary as well as the home ministry about a possible boycott of Pakistan from international cricket and not just in the upcoming World Cup.Rai also confirmed that the government is also in sync with the strategy to isolate and ostracize Pakistan from the sports fraternity.India Today had earlier learnt that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri left for Dubai at 8pm on Saturday night and will start informal dialogues with the member boards by Sunday evening.BCCI will first seek to align England with India because England is the World Cup hosting board. England also don’t travel to Pakistan for bilateral cricket and that’s what the BCCI will use.They feel if they get 2-3 boards on their side to express the same sentiment, the process to isolate Pakistan would have begun in earnest.Rai had a detailed chat with Johri and he has been instructed to flag this issue at every opportunity.Rai had earlier directed Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council to convey the message that the Indian board was against Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming World Cup following the terror attacks in Pulwama last week, which killed 40 CRPF jawans.advertisementThe BCCI’s letter had also expressed concerns over the safety of Indian players, support staff and the fans, among other points. BCCI also in the letter, urged the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where “terror emanates”.”We must try to isolate Pakistan from cricket community. That’s what we are trying to do. We want other ICC members to realise that terror emanates from Pakistan,” Rai told India Today on Saturday.”Long term plan, we want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket. “Just the way South Africa at one point, no team was playing them. Similar plan we need to do with Pakistan where no team should play them,” he added.Also Read | Want to declare Pakistan as the apartheid of cricket: CoA chief Vinod Rai to India TodayAlso Read | BCCI will be shown security plans for World Cup, says ICC chairman Shashank ManoharAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decideAlso Read | Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan Manilast_img read more

  • Nokia 2.2 review: Affordable Android One option with a great battery

    first_imgHMD Global has not been as aggressive about launching phones this year as it was last year, which is probably because the company is looking to streamline its portfolio and reduce the clutter. So far, HMD has launched three new devices in India in 2019 – Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 2.2. These are budget phones and some of them are refreshes of last year’s models. We have already reviewed the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 3.2, so today we’re looking at the Nokia 2.2.As far as upgrades go, the Nokia 2.2 is a major bump from last year’s Nokia 2.1. It’s not just the design that gets an overhaul, but also the internals. More importantly, it’s the software. While the Nokia 2.1 was an Android Go phone, the Nokia 2.2 comes as an Android One device. With an introductory price of Rs 6,999, the Nokia 2.2 looks to offer a stock Android Pie experience, some AI smarts and modern looks. But will it offer the same appeal at its original price of Rs 7,699 after June 30? We review the Nokia 2.2 to find out whether the phone makes for good buy for budget consumers.Nokia 2.2 DesignThe Nokia 2.2 is the third phone from HMD in India to sport a waterdrop display. As far as notches go, the droplet-shaped forehead is easy to accept and won’t interfere with your viewing experience. The front looks a lot like the Nokia 4.2, which is not a bad thing. The bezels around the display are a lot thinner compared to the Nokia 2.1 which came with thick top bezel and chin. By reducing the bezels, the Nokia 2.2 is able to fit in more display in roughly the same footprint as the Nokia 2.1.advertisementThe back of the Nokia 2.2 is similar to its predecessor in that it is a plastic shell with a glossy finish. However, the Nokia 2.2 does not get contrastic accents on the logo and around the frame that made the Nokia 2.1 look just a touch more attractive. The Nokia 2.2’s rear cover can also be removed, revealing the battery and card slots. This time around, HMD Global allows you to remove the battery so that you can swap it for a newer one. The card slots flanking the rear camera module can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The Nokia 2.2 comes in Steel and Tungsten Black colours, but if that’s too simple for your taste, you can swap them out for Xpress-On covers in Taurus Green, Pink Sand and Ice Blue. The Nokia 2.2’s glossy rear panel is easy to smudge and scratch. That being said, you can trust Nokia phones to offer a solid build and the Nokia 2.2 is no different. The phone feels sturdy and the weight is light enough at around 153 grams. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right and the Google Assistant button is on the left. The Nokia 2.2 is thick at 9.3mm, but you will still be able to use the device with one hand.The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top side of the frame, while a small speaker slit can be found to the bottom right corner on the rear panel. The Nokia 2.2 comes with a microUSB port on the bottom, which we can’t really complain about for an entry-level smartphone.HMD Global introduced the Google Assistant button on the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 and it’s clear the company is looking to make this staple feature on its phones this year. The Nokia 2.2 also gets a dedicated Assistant button, which allows you to launch the Google AI quickly with a single tap. You can also long press the button to make long requests it works on lock screen as well. The button works even on lock screen which makes it convenient. That being said, it takes a while for Assistant to pop up, which can test your patience.Nokia 2.2 DisplayThe Nokia 2.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1520) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 400 nits maximum brightness. The display offers good colours that look deep and pleasing. Brightness levels are decent indoors, but will leave you wanting more under sunlight. With a 720p resolution, you can’t expect to find a lot of sharpness while watching videos or playing games. The jagged edges and pixelation is visible while streaming content on Netflix or YouTube.Nokia 2.2 Performance and SoftwareThe Nokia 2.2’s hardware and software have received the biggest upgrades. Last year’s Nokia 2.1 was offered with a Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1GB of RAM. It was also an Android Go phone that ran on a forked version of Android Oreo with lightweight and toned down Go-based apps.advertisementThe Nokia 2.2, on the other hand, now gets a slightly faster MediaTek Helio A22 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Depending on the RAM option, you will either get 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. It has also been upgraded from Android Go to Android One, which is great to see. This means the phone runs on a complete Android Pie software with all its bells and whistles.On the performance side, the Helio A22 doesn’t do much to make the phone snappy. Apps are slow to open and the general touch response felt slow. Even running day-to-day tasks like messaging on WhatsApp, browsing through some social media apps or opening, reading and responding to a mail felt sluggish and often tiresome. Even trying to quickly open the camera app from the lock screen would often fail, which could be a software issue as well. The Nokia 2.2 is one of the most affordable Android One phones running on stock Android Pie. You get the full Pie experience with features like Adaptive Display, Adaptive Battery and the pie navigation gesture, which I still find hard to get used to. With Android One, you also get the guarantee of at least to major software updates and three years of monthly security patches. HMD has confirmed that the Nokia 2.2 is Android Q-ready.The benefit of having a stock Android phone is that it offers a clean user interface free of bloatware. You won’t find any extra preloaded apps or heavy customisations. It should help keep the phone smooth in the long run. The Nokia 2.2 also offers a dark theme, which essentially only changes the drop-down notification panel to a darker shade rather than being system-wide.The entry-level Nokia phone does not offer a fingerprint sensor, but it does get face unlock, which is quite slow. In daylight settings, the front camera will take a couple of seconds to unlock the device, and this get progressively longer and unreliable as the sun goes down. The single speaker on the back is easily blacked while playing games or watching something, while the audio quality is quite average.Nokia 2.2 CameraThe cameras on the Nokia 2.2 are nothing to write home about. It gets a single 13-megapixel primary camera on the back with LED flash support and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The cameras can shoot stills and videos, but that’s pretty much it. You won’t get any bokeh support, but you do get HDR, panorama, Google Lens and even some AI smarts.HMD is touting AI-powered low-light photography with the Nokia 2.2. I was sceptical about the feature on an entry-level phone, and my scepticism was right on the money. The long exposure mode is supposed to automatically kick in when the camera detects low-light conditions, but during my time with the device, I was unable to tell when this happened. Whether it did or didn’t, low-light shots are quite unusable as they appear blurry and noisy.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESThe Nokia 2.2 can capture some good colours in daylight, but the image itself looks dull rather than bright. The shutter speed is also laggy and autofocus is slow so a lot of shots will lack detail and appear shaky.Selfies won’t offer a lot of detail as well, but colours look good. The exposure level is balanced, but still on the dull side. The general UI is a bit slow, so switching between modes will take a couple of seconds. Overall, the cameras are pretty average and definitely not the best feature about the Nokia 2.2. They work fine for an entry-level phone, but once the Nokia 2.2 goes up to it’s original Rs 7,499 price tag, you’ll find better alternatives like the Redmi 7.Nokia 2.2 BatteryThe Nokia 2.2 houses a 3,000mAh battery which is good enough for a phone that offers a low-powered chipset and low-resolution display. There isn’t much that would drastically drain the battery, so you the Nokia 2.2 will easily last a full day on a single charge. As we have established that this is not a gaming phone, you’re likely to use the Nokia 2.2 for messaging, social media and website browsing and occasional video streaming. The Nokia 2.2 offers a great standby time, which helps prolong the battery. And it’s good that the battery lasts long, because charging the Nokia 2.2 quite a slow process. The phone takes around 3 hours to charge from zero to 100 percent using the 5W charger that comes with the box. The phone does not support fast charging so 5W is all you get. The Nokia 2.2 also lets you remove the battery in 2019, which is nice to see. So if the battery wears out, you can swap it for a new one. HMD might sell the battery online and through offline markets, but the company has not been clear on that.Should you buy the Nokia 2.2?The Nokia 2.2 is the most basic Nokia phone you can find right now that is on the Android One program. And that’s really the biggest draw about the device. It is one of the most affordable Android One phones in the market, which means not only do you get the latest Android Pie software, but you get it with a stock interface and the satisfaction in knowing that it will receive regular security updates and Android Q soon.Beyond the Android experience, the Nokia 2.2 is quite an average device. While it gets a useful Google Assistant button, the laggy performance overall and poor cameras may become a deal breaker once the pricing goes up to Rs 7,699 after the introductory offer expires (which it has now). However, for consumers who want a low-cost phone that delivers great battery life, solid build quality, clean Android Pie and the ability to swap batteries and covers, the Nokia 2.2 should be good enough.Nokia 2.2 review7/10ProsStock Android PieGoogle Assistant buttonLong-lasting batteryConsLaggy performanceBelow average cameraslast_img read more

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers stun Manchester City on penalties to win Premier League Asia Trophy

    first_imgRui Patricio saved three penalties as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Premier League champions Manchester City to claim the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 in a penalty shootout in Shanghai on Saturday.The Portuguese goalkeeper kept out spot kicks from Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha as Nuno Espirto Santo’s Wolves side won the four-team pre-season tournament, which also featured Newcastle United and West Ham United, after the game was goalless at the end of 90 minutes.The match at Hongkou Stadium was a frustrating tale of missed penalties for Pep Guardiola’s English champions as Raheem Sterling was also off target from the spot during regulation time.The England international was in electric form in the opening exchanges but failed to cap a fine start with a goal when he fired over the bar from the penalty spot just before the midway point of the first half.Patricio was kept busy in the Wolves goal, with the keeper called upon to make a routine save from Sterling with less than two minutes on the clock before pulling off a reflex save to keep out Aymeric Laporte’s close-range attempt.Referee Martin Atkinson awarded City a penalty 20 minutes into the game when Leroy Sane was hauled down by the combined efforts of Conor Coady and Morgan Gibbs-White, only for Sterling to send his spot kick high and wide.Wolves eventually broke out of the City stranglehold to put some pressure on the Premier League champions’ goal as the half wore on but it was Guardiola’s side who always looked the more likely to score.advertisementPatricio denied City again 13 minutes from the end, this time making a flying save to ensure substitute Silva’s free kick did not curl inside his left post.Wolves held out despite City dominating possession, clinging on for a scoreless draw to take the game into a penalty shootout where Patricio performed more heroics.Earlier in the day, Yoshinori Muto gave Steve Bruce a winning start to life as Newcastle United head coach when the Japan international scored the only goal of the third-place playoff against West Ham United.Bruce, who was appointed as Rafael Benitez’s replacement earlier in the week, watched from the stands as the unmarked Muto flicked home a Jamie Sherry cross 11 minutes before halftime to give Newcastle the win.Also See:last_img read more

  • RAIN SLOWS IOWA HARVEST

    first_imgIowa farmers are a little behind getting corn and soybeans out of fields because rain has caused soft ground and muddy conditions, slowing their progress.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop update that 19 percent of the state’s corn is harvested, about three days behind last year and a week behind the five-year average.Soybean farmers have managed to get 43 percent of the crop harvested, about three days behind last year’s pace.The USDA says 81 percent of corn and soybean crops are rated good to excellent.last_img

  • BRANSTAD SIGNS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BILL (UPDATE)

    first_imgUpdate 1:35pm 2/17/17Governor Terry Branstad has signed into law changes that will drastically limit how Iowa’s public workers can negotiate over employment conditions.The governor signed the legislation privately Friday, one day after GOP lawmakers with majorities in the Legislature voted to approve it.Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, the incoming governor, were vocal about their support for altering Iowa’s 1974 collective bargaining law, which had allowed public sector unions to negotiate over health insurance, extra pay and other working conditions.Mandatory discussions will now be focused on base wages.The measure is similar to a 2011 collective bargaining law passed in Wisconsin.——————————————————————The Iowa Legislature has approved a bill that would greatly reduce negotiating power for public sector unions in the state.The GOP-led Senate voted 29-21 Thursday, with all Democrats and an independent opposed.The vote followed lengthy debate in the chamber that started Wednesday morning and entered the next day.The Republican-majority House approved the measure 53-47 about an hour earlier.Governor Terry Branstad calls the passage of the bill a monumental achievement:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/COLLECTIVE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………..A REASONABLE AMOUNT. ;16Legislative leaders used a rare procedural move to end debate early on the bill in both chambers.Democratic representative Tim Kacena of Sioux City says Republicans engaed in “union busting” by passing the bill:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/COLLECTIVE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..WILL NOT. :09The bill now heads to Governor Branstad, who says he will sign the measure into law as quickly as possible.last_img read more

  • BRANSTAD RESPONDS TO KING’S LATEST TWITTER ISSUES

    first_imgIowa Congressman Steve King has ignited another controversy with a weekend tweet supporting a controversial Dutch politician.The 4th District Republican voiced support for Geert Wilders of the Dutch Parliament, who opposes immigration and has spoken against Islam.King tweeted that Wilders “understands that culture and demographics are our destiny.We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”King’s tweet was in response to one from the Voice of Europe, stating “Hundreds of Islamists shouting “Allahu Akbar” in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Wilders is right for over 10 years.David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan then tweeted “God Bless Steve King” for the Congressman’s remarks.Iowa Governor Terry Branstad had this reaction to the tweets:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TWEET.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….come to Iowa. ;07Branstad was asked at his weekly news conference if Congressman King’s comments are becoming a bigger problem for Republicans:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TWEET2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………disagree with. ;17The governor also says King’s statement does not reflect the views of the 4th Congressional District:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/TWEET3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..kind of a statement. ;22Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds says she doesn’t believe King’s comments are reflective of Iowans or Iowa values.last_img read more