By Bedika (Photo: AP7_11_2018_000041B.JPG AP7_11_2018_000040B.JPG AP7_11_2018_000039B.JPGParis, Jul 11 (PTI) Chants of ‘Vive la France’ filled the air and perfect strangers became friends as Paris came out on the streets to celebrate France’s 1-0 victory over neighbouring Belgium in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup.Football frenzy was at its peak in the City of Love last night as joyous Parisians walked towards Arc de Triomphe, an iconic landmark honouring those who lost their lives for the country in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, to celebrate their team’s first entry into the finals since 2006.If France wins the finals this year, it will be the end of a two-decade dry spell.The disdainful “don’t-bother-me” look from Parisians that often leaves lost tourists intimidated and hesitant to ask for directions melted away last night, to be replaced by a sense of belonging and shared pride.Parisians wanted everyone to party, many dancing around tourists and happily photobombing their selfies. Those inside their homes, glued to their TV screens to catch the minute-to-minute action of the semifinal in Russia, turned up in their balconies to wave at the celebratory crowd.In this ocean of humans, children sat perched on their parents’ shoulders to get a better view of the celebrations, perhaps as scenic and memorable as the hospitality seats in the St Petersburg Stadium.Some fans climbed street lamps, waving the French flag, as other merrymakers sang and danced their way through the night.For once, those stuck in traffic did not seem to mind the madness, and proceeded to capture the celebratory mood on their smartphones.advertisement”We are really happy to have won. It is after 20 years. It is time to celebrate,” a jubilant fan told PTI.Beer and wine flowed as cafes and sports bars catered to football maniacs, some wearing the team’s football jersey and many painting French colours on their faces.The Champs-Elysees, the main street leading up to the Arc, became a mass party venue with thousands of fans dancing and bursting firecrackers as Gendarmes were deployed on the sides to ensure safety and security.But the celebrations turned sour hours later when some overzealous football fans got unruly. Over dozen people switched into riot gear – dancing on top of traffic light signals with their shirts off, bursting firecrackers and skating on dividers.The police cordoned off the Arc as fans raced around in their cars, bikes and cycles.When asked if they would be on duty the entire night, one officer answered through gritted teeth with an affirmative.The merrymaking forced a traffic shutdown in the heart of the city as the streets tried to accommodate the surging crowd.The French team will have to wait to see who they are up against in the finals after England and Croatia battle it out in the semifinal tonight.Being in the semis is no mean feat but fans in France are now rooting for their team to clinch their second World Cup, snatching victory from the hands of traditional rival England. PTI BK RDS MINMIN
Manchester City midfielder David Silva says his current contract, which runs until 2020, could be his last at the Premier League champions and has ruled out a future move to any rival club in England.The Spain international has been an integral part of City’s success, scoring 61 goals and providing 115 assists in 346 appearances to help the club win three league titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups since his arrival 2010.”When I finish my contract with Manchester City I will be 34 years old, at that time I will probably want to do something different,” Silva told Sky Sports. “I don’t know yet but I won’t play for another club in England.”People always love me in England, it’s been eight years – very successful years, and the football we’ve played has been very attractive. English people love that type of football – those type of games. And that’s why I’m so happy here.”City have bolstered their squad further following their record-breaking exploits last season as they aim to become the first team to retain the league title since Manchester United in 2009.”It’s going to be very difficult, especially this year with the big teams Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea spending lots of money to get very good players,” Silva said.”To win consecutive leagues is going to be very difficult but we’re going to try. I’m sure this year we’re going to do it.”Following an underwhelming World Cup campaign, Silva could return to action for City in their Community Shield clash against Chelsea on August 5 or their league opener at Arsenal a week later.advertisement Sane not finished article: GuardiolaManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club have still to see the best of Leroy Sane.A surprise omission from Germany’s World Cup squad, Sane scored the opener in City’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the International Champions Cup but Guardiola said last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year had room to improve.”It depends on him,” Guardiola told reporters. “He needs more minutes and he needs to regain his principles in terms of playing without the ball.”He has the talent to do that and we are happy that he scored. Still, he is far away from his best.”Guardiola also said his team’s performance against Liverpool showed there was a bright future for a young City squad.”For 75 minutes, it was incredible what we did with the players we have … Our personality was incredible. The average age of our players in the first half was very young.”City’s next game in the competition is against Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Ireland shattered India’s dreams of reaching the semi-finals of the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London on Thursday.The Indian team lost to much-fancied Ireland 3-1 in the penalty shootout after the match had ended goalless in the regulation time.India last played in the quarter-final of the World Cup in 1978 Madrid Women’s World Cup and their semi-final appearance in the inaugural edition in 1974 remains their best performance at the prestigious event.The victory helped Ireland become the lowest ranked team to advance to the semi-final of the tournament in this edition.Ireland will play Spain on Saturday in the semi-final.
Virat Kohli is considered a modern-day great but Sanjay Manjrekar feels the prolific run-scorer is already among the all-time Indian legends in the sport.In just 10 years since his debut for India, Kohli has already broken several world records in all formats of the game.Talking about the Indian captain, Manjrekar said that Indian cricket has been fortunate to be blessed with great cricketers across generations.Don’t complain if you are caught cheating, says Dave Richardson at MCC lecture”Even among Indian greats now, he’s finding a special place. It’s amazing. You talk about dirty Varanasi waters, but Indian waters keep producing these kind of phenomenal batting talents, year after year, generation after generation.India vs England: Time for Virat Kohli the leader to stand up and deliver”Sunil Gavaskar quit in 1987. We had Tendulkar two years later, in 1989. And as he was winding up his long career, here comes Virat Kohli,” Manjrekar said when asked to rate Kohli as a batsman at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture.Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England'”Even amongst Indian batting greats, he’s finding a special place”@sanjaymanjrekar on @imVkholi and his ‘self-belief’.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiIesn#CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/OJigw1U5TTLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018Earlier this week, Kohli became the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the ICC rankings for batsmen, after his 149 and 51 in the first Test at Edgbaston kept India alive for the most part in a 31-run loss against England.advertisementIndia’s star batsmen have no excuses left after failing in another away TestKohli waged a lone battle in that game as he saw all the other Indian batsmen fail against the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran in seaming conditions.Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatKohli had only managed 134 in five Tests on his previous tour to England in 2014 but the 29-year-old put that behind him to score 200 runs alone in Birmingham last week while the rest of the team managed the remaining 236 runs in both innings.Virat Kohli can become the greatest Indian batsman of all time: Sangakkara”Where I find him different from other batting greats is his self-belief, his self-confidence. I remember he averaged 13 (13.4) the last time he was year in England. The very next Test match was in Adelaide, and he walked out like he was king of Adelaide.”His self-confidence doesn’t dip, it takes a lot for that to take a beating. That makes him special. The other thing is his fitness. I think he’s the fittest, greatest batsman,” Manjrekar stated.Even Jason Roy, who was present in the debate with Manjrekar, ICC CEO David Richardson and broadcaster Mark Nicholas, couldn’t help but praise Kohli even though he said England are not afraid of the Indian great and the team has to find ways of getting him out in the remaining four Tests.”We’re not scared of him”@JasonRoy20 says that despite the talents of Virat Kohli, England don’t fear the prospect of coming up against him.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiZPjV#CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/nHGKwFE5X9Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018″Not scared of him, no. He’s obviously a great player, and rightly so, you’ve given him such kind words. He’s an extremely good athlete, an imposing batsman, an imposing figure on the field. We’ve got to find ways of dismantling him somehow, so we can’t give him too much praise right here,” Roy said.
The hit trio is back and how! In 2017, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar created magic with Tiger Zinda Hai, and now they have reunited for Zafar’s next venture Bharat. On Sunday, Salman Khan teased fans with the first still from Bharat, and it’s hard to keep calm.The picture, presumably from a song sequence, shows Salman and Katrina dancing in each other’s arms. While Salman is seen wearing a black sherwani and sporting a moustache, Katrina looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous in a green embroidered lehenga and curls.Salman and Katrina are magic on screen, and the new still from the film sets is a proof of it. And since Salman and Katrina have shared screen space in only five films till now, this gives us all the more reason to see them together more often on the 70 mm.Zafar, who has collaborated with the hit jodi for the second time, in an interview to a leading daily said he is happy with the way the film is progressing.”Salman and Katrina’s chemistry is unmissable. This was Katrinas first schedule with Salman for Bharat and an important one for us because it sets up both their characters strongly. We shot a romantic song with them and one featuring Nora Fatehi, along with some elaborate action sequence. There will be more action and romance in Abu Dhabi next month,” said Zafar.With the Malta schedule wrapped up, Salman and Katrina will now resume the shooting in September. Bharat is set to hit the screens on Eid 2019.advertisementALSO READ | Bharat first look: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s chemistry is off the chartsALSO WATCH | Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reveal how Tiger Zinda Hai made it to the Rs 300-crore club
Bangkok, Sep 30 (AFP) A video clip of a Chinese tourist being hit by an airport guard in Thailand has prompted a flurry of apologies and vows to take action, as the government went into damage control over the incident.China is Thailand’s biggest source of tourists, making up about a quarter of its 35 million annual visitors.But a boating disaster on the popular island of Phuket in July that killed dozens of Chinese vacationers has caused a drop-off in visits and put Thailand on alert for problems that could impact the market.The clip on September 27 at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport, which shows a guard briefly scuffling with and then hitting a man, fell into that category and quickly set off reactions from some of the highest levels of government.Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, a spokesman for the government, said Sunday that Prime Minister and junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha was “upset” by the incident.”The prime minister thought that even though the tourist could not produce documents to reaffirm his accommodation in Thailand, refused to stay in a detention room, and acted inappropriately with officials, still officials must compose themselves and treat him in line with international practice,” Sunsern said in a message to reporters.He added that two senior airport employees had been suspended and the guard would eventually be sacked.One of the employees, Suthirawat Suwannarat, who is the general manager of the airport, received a 30-day suspension.”We cannot deny responsibility over this shortcoming and I regret and apologise to the Chinese tourist,” he told reporters on Saturday.advertisement”Although we have a right to defend ourselves, in this case it was not reasonable,” he said.The tourist was identified as Mei Ji and had arrived via a flight from Jakarta, the airport authority said.It added that he had refused to wait inside a room.He was later deported but not before the encounter had been filmed on mobile phones and uploaded online.The quick response from Thailand highlights lingering sensitivity over the Phuket disaster, in which nearly 50 people died.The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has estimated that it would lose more than half a million Chinese tourists angered and scared over the boat tragedy.In August some 860,000 of the 3.2 million tourists who visited Thailand were Chinese, according to government statistics.The numbers represent a nearly 12 per cent decline in Chinese visits from the same period last year. (AFP) RUPRUP
The deteriorating air quality of Delhi-NCR has become a matter of grave concern for one and all. As the city is due to host AIBA Women’s World Championships at the IG Stadium from November 15 to 24, the rising air pollution has it worrying the celebrated woman boxer MC Mary Kom. On Wednesday, she expressed her concern over the poor air quality in Delhi, especially for the foreign athletes who will participate in the event.”The situation is very dangerous in Delhi and it was same last year,” Mary Kom said. “At night, it gets worse. Since we are used to training here, we don’t have any major problems and we can cope with it but for foreign athletes, it might be a little more difficult. It will be good if the players come four or five days before the competition. They will be able to adjust to the situation.”Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh, however, was confident that poor air quality of the city is not something to worry about.”Boxers will stay in a good hotel, come in AC bus and train here inside the stadium. So, I don’t think there will be any problem for them,” he told Mail Today. “If situation gets worse further, we will act accordingly.”Boxer Sarita Devi said, “The stadium is surrounded by a lot of trees, so there is not much problem here but if you step outside, the air is killing.”STILL HUNGRYMary Kom said she has no plans to hang up her gloves and wants to continue till 2020 Tokyo Games in a bid to fulfill her dream of winning an Olympic gold.advertisement”I am not yet done. I will carry on till 2020. I am fit, training hard and confident. I will try my best to bring glory for the country,” said Mary.Magnificent Mary, as she is fondly called, has five World Championships titles under her belt besides numerous other crowns, including Asian Games gold and bronze in London Olympics. Parenting three doting kids, the mother still remains hungry for more and wants to give a last shot at gold in 2020 Tokyo.The 35-year-old from Manipur will compete in her pet 48kg category at the World Championships here. But with the 48kg weight category not a part of women’s boxing in the Olympics, Mary said she will shift to 51kg.”My first priority would be to qualify for the Olympics and I will give my best shot. For Olympics may be I will have to shift to 51kg category as 48kg is not there,” she said on the sidelines of the logo and official anthem launch of the World Championships.Meanwhile, the BFI president Ajay Singh also revealed that the federation is planning to give central contracts to its pugilists in the next six months. If the plan sees the light of the day, BFI would be following in the footsteps of the BCCI and the Wrestling Federation of India in offering the security of a contract to its wards.
Huawei on Tuesday announced its newest flagship, the Mate 20 Pro, in India. This is the first time the company is bringing its Mate-series to the country, which indicates a growing confidence in the potential of the Indian market for its premium line. The Mate 20 Pro succeeds the Mate 10 and comes a few months after the P20 Pro’s India launch. The Mate 20 Pro highlights a premium all-glass design, Leica-branded triple rear cameras and the new 7nm-based Kirin 980 chipset, among other things.The Mate 20 Pro’s price in India has been set at Rs 69,990 for the 6GB RAM model. The Mate 20 Pro will go on sale exclusively on Amazon India starting December 3 for Prime users. Huawei is also throwing in a pair of Sennheiser PXC-500 headset worth Rs 29,990 if you purchase the Mate 20 Pro for Rs 71,990. Huawei will also bring a special Porsche edition of the Mate 20 Pro in a few weeks.Huawei Mate 20 Pro specificationsThe Mate 20 Pro has a very Galaxy S9-like curved design language. It gets a 3D glass protection on the front and back that curves around the edges and seamlessly meets the frame to highlight a premium look and emphasise in-hand comfort. The rear panel sports a gradient colour design in Twilight colour. The phone is also offered in Emerald Green colour that offers a nano pattern design to reduce fingerprint smudges and makes the device less slippery to hold.The Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch 2K+ (1440×3120) OLED display with 538 ppi pixel density and 86.90 screen-to-body ratio. The display gets a wide notch that houses a bunch of sensors such as Flood Illuminator, Dot Projector, IR cameras, ambient light sensor and a selfie camera. Some of these sensors are used for 3D face unlock and for improved selfies by creating a 3D model of the face.advertisement It is powered by the latest Kirin 980 chipset from Huawei which is based on a 7nm process that delivers a marked improvement in performance and power efficiency over its predecessor. The chipset also comes with dual NPU for advanced AI computation. The Mate 20 Pro is also offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 256GB via microSD card.One of the many highlights of the Mate 20 Pro is its triple rear camera system on the back that Leica-branded. The system includes a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra wide-angle lense with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support laser and phase detection auto focus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation). On the front, the Mate 20 Pro sports a 24MP 3D depth sensing camera.Huawei highlights stunning low-light photographs as well as Super HDR mode for crisp daylight shots, Hollywood-like effects through AI and underwater mode, among other things. The cameras also offer 16~270mm wide range focal length. The telephoto lens supports 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. With the triple camera system, Huawei is also touting combinations like ultra wide panaroma and macro photography as close as 2.5cm via the ultra-wide lens.The Mate 20 Pro houses a 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge support. The Mate 20 Pro also supports 15W wireless charging support and Huawei will be bringing its wireless charger to India as well. Notably, the phone offers a feature called Reverse Wireless Charging. Connectivity options for the Mate 20 Pro include 4G LTE, hybrid SIM slot, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS and USB Type-C support. The Mate 20 Pro ships with EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie.During the event, Huawei claimed that it has shipped 100 million devices as of July 2018, and expects to touch the 200 million mark by the end of the year. The company reiterated its commitment to India and hopes to see a positive response for its newest Mate 20 Pro.
Moscow, Dec 18 (AFP) Russia says it has built four new military barracks in the Kuril islands, angering Tokyo on Tuesday with whom it has been locked in a decades-long row over the archipelago in the Sea of Japan.Moscow and Tokyo are still technically at war, with neither side historically prepared to budge on a dispute over the ownership of the islands seized by the Soviet Union in the closing days of World War II.Soldiers will be able to move into the new dormitories by the end of the year, the Russian defence ministry said in a statement on Monday.The ministry said 188 families of contracted soldiers can settle in the housing complexes.It added that the new barracks were part of the “development of military and social infrastructure” on the islands.Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told a news conference on Tuesday morning that Tokyo would protest the move.Two of the Russian barracks are on Iturup island and the other two are on Kunashir island.Russian television channel Zvezda, run by the defence ministry, published a video of the new housing, saying nursery schools and sports centres were also being built for the soldiers’ families.In November, Russia and Japan agreed to accelerate talks to formally end World War II hostilities, using a Soviet-era peace declaration as their starting point and throwing into doubt the fate of four disputed islands.The 1956 peace declaration restored diplomatic ties but Tokyo and Russia stopped short of signing a formal peace treaty due to the territorial row.advertisementAt the time, Russia offered to give Japan the two smallest islands in the strategically-located Kuril chain, occupied by Soviet troops in 1945, in exchange for agreeing to a treaty and Moscow keeping the bigger islands.But this idea was rejected by Japan, which still claims the entire chain.(AFP) MRJMRJ
Virat Kohli has been facing criticism over his on-field behaviour in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia but his rival, Mitchell Starc has jumped to the defence of the India captain.Starc pointed out that Virat Kohli had been a wonderful captain to play under, referring to the Indian Premier League (IPL) stints he had with the Kohi-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).Notably, Starc, who is leading the Australian attack in the fiercely-fought Test series against the visiting Indian side, had shone under Kohli’s captaincy at RCB. After joining the Bangalore-based IPL franchise in 2014, Starc went on to pick 34 wickets in two seasons at an impressive strike rate of 17.05.”I’ve played a couple of IPLs with Virat and he’s been fantastic to play under, as a captain,” Starc said.”Obviously, he’s a fantastic player. The way India play this series and go about their cricket, it’s up to them.”Meanwhile, head coach of the India cricket team, Ravi Shastri on Sunday said he found nothing wrong with Kohli’s behaviour and called the skipper “an absolute gentleman”.”He was fantastic. What is wrong with his behaviour? Of course, you can question but as far as we are concerned, he is an absolute gentleman,” Shastri had said.Shastri’s comments came after Virat Kohli was called “silly” and “disrespectful” by former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson, who said he was not impressed by the India captain’s on-field banters with Tim Paine.Notably, Paine and Kohli were continuously chirping at each other during the Perth Test, which Australia won by 146 runs despite a fine century by the visiting skipper. At one point, they came face-to-face and had to be separated by the on-field umpires.”Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly,” Johnson had written in his column for Fox Cricket.advertisementHowever, former India opener Aakash Chopra, speaking to India Today, hit back at the Australian media and their former cricketers, saying Australia branding Kohli a villain is like pot calling the kettle black.”The Australian media is rallying behind their cricket team and, in fact, making India and Virat Kohli as the villains of world cricket. I am very, very surprised. It’s the classic case of pot calling the kettle black. Perhaps, it’s time for them to look inwards and just ask themselves the question, regards to how they have behaved in the past,” Chopra said.Also Read | Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team and the clear leader: Brad HoggAlso Read | Virat Kohli has matured, excelling because of ability to control distractions: Anil KumbleAlso See:
Australia captain Tim Pain lashed out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch curator after his team’s 137-run loss against India in the Boxing Day Test on Sunday.Australia needed to chase down 399 for victory but got bowled out for 261 with India pacers and Ravindra Jadeja running through the batting lineup in nearly three sessions.Paine, who said he would have bowled first at MCG if he had won the toss at the post-match presentation, had harsh words for the curator in another interview.”We’ve rolled up some wickets that have taken away from our strengths, which is pace and bounce,” Paine said in an interview with Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket.”You never go to India and get served up green wickets. They’ve come out here and we’ve served some wickets up that really suit them. Having said that, they’ve outplayed us and we’ve got to go to Sydney and improve,” the wicket-keeper added.Paine also rued Australia’s inexperienced batting lineup which proved to be no match for “one of the best bowling attacks in the world”.Australia needed to survives the final day’s play of the third Test but had just two wickets in hand.Rain wiped out the first session but it couldn’t delay the inevitable any further as Australia lost its final two wickets in just 5.3 overs in the second session.”We are going to learn from it. We are probably playing against the best pace attack in the world right now and our top-6 is pretty inexperienced. We should find positives and move forward.advertisement”The guys are working really hard and we have a huge challenge ahead of us in Sydney. The silver lining is, in the next few months, some world-class players will be available to us again. And in the next few years we will see some benefits of what has happened but we are under no illusion that we will have to work extremely hard to draw this series and then Sri Lanka is coming which is not going to be easy either,” Paine said at the post-match presentation.Australia had their hopes pinned on Cummins, who delayed India’s victory on the fourth day itself by scoring a fighting half-century. He managed to get his top-score in Test cricket on the same day he registered his career-best bowling figures of 6 for 27 which helped Australia restrict India to 106 for 8 as they pushed the hosts to set a target of 399 runs.Cummins’s inspired spell in India’s second innings coupled with his 63 off 114 balls drew a lot of praise from his skipper after the match.”Cummins has been superb all series. The quality was always there, but the Australian public can see his effort. We just need a few more guys to jump in with him,” Paine concluded.
Seth Rollins outsmarted 29 other wrestlers in the ring on Sunday to win the 30-man Royal Rumble match and book a place in Wrestlemania 35 in April.Rollins had to beat the likes of Brawn Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Andrade in the final minutes of the 58-minute match to win the Royal Rumble epic showdown.Rollins made a point on Monday to discuss how his passion and his heart had carried him through the wild ups and downs of the past two years. He said, in effect, it would always keep him going. It didn’t fail him now: Seth Rollins went the distance, and now there’s just one thing left to do.#TheArchitect @WWERollins just STOMPED his way to @WrestleMania!!! #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/9xPf0yFXWQWWE (@WWE) January 28, 2019Meanwhile, the 30-women match saw Becky Lynch fight her way through arch-rivals Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair to win the whole thing and earn an opportunity to challenge for a World Championship at WrestleMania 35. Lynch however, lost her singles match against SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka.Becky first eliminated Jax by yanking The Irresistible Force off the apron after Charlotte teed her up, only to suffer a cheap shot that left Lynch with an injured knee that almost gave Charlotte the victory via forfeit. Lynch, however, was unwilling to suffer a second defeat in the same night, and bulldozed her way into the ring, insisting she wanted to continue.#WrestleMania, HERE SHE COMES!#RoyalRumble @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/0h5l8EoXsWWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Charlotte obliged her fellow Horsewoman, toying with the hobbled Lynch and lining her up for the big boot that would finally put The Man down. With her last gasp of effort, Becky dodged the kick and landed one hard right to The Queen, sending Charlotte crumbling to the outside and bringing the match to an end.advertisementIn case you needed a reminder… #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/JqNuGEeEIPWWE Network (@WWENetwork) January 28, 2019In the other matches, Shane McMahon and The Miz overcame their inexperience as a tag team to defeat The Bar and become SmackDown Tag Team Champions while Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy beat over Kalisto, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami in Fatal 4-Way Match on Royal Rumble Kickoff.RAW Women’s champion Ronda Rousey defeated Sasha Banks to defend her title while WWE Champion Daniel Bryan had the better of AJ Styles to retain his title.Brock Lesnar entertained the capacity crowd by beating Finn Balor even though the latter threw a flurry of strikes on the former at the beginning of the match.This is what @HeymanHustle calls a SPOILER.#RoyalRumble @BrockLesnar pic.twitter.com/ygFHkZjTnzWWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019Immediately after Balor executed his finishing maneuver, Lesnar trapped the challenger in the Kimura Lock, forcing Bálor to tap out. Furious that The Extraordinary Man got as close as he did to ending his reign, Lesnar erupted after the bell, punishing Bálor with three German suplexes before putting a painful exclamation on the brutality with an F-5.Shinsuke Nakamura claimed his second United States Title by conquering Rusev while Raw Tag Team Champions Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated the mash-up team of Rezar and Scott Dawson on Royal Rumble Kickoff.Also Watch:
India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan suffered a straight sets defeat in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday.Ramanathan lost his first round match 4-6, 3-6 to defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut at the Centre Court.In the pre-quarterfinals, Bautista Agut will face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in the first round.Bautista Agut stayed on course for a potential semi-final against second seed Roger Federer in the tournament. Federer, who is chasing his 100t ATP crown, overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round.Federer will next face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who battled back to defeat qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.Ramkumar Ramanathan had dropped nine spots to 137 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. Ramanathan is the second-best ranked Indian singles player behind Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who climbed three spots to career-best 94th in the rankings.Earlie, Leander Paes and his partner Benoit Paire defeated Indian duo of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan in straight sets in the men’s doubles event.The Wild Cards Paes and Paire produced a dominant show to beat the unseeded Indian pair Bopanna and Sharan 6-2, 7-6 on Court 1.Also Watch:
With the Indian Premier League around the corner, Rajasthan Royals Monday began their second pre-tournament camp. A training camp is being organised at the Brabourne Stadium here March 6. The Indian players who are part of the Rajasthan Royals squad will participate in the camp under the guidance of the Royals head coach Paddy Upton along with head of cricket Zubin Bharucha.The camp figures three days of intensive training as well as fitness drills to help the players hone their batting, bowling and fielding skills.Practice matches will be held as a platform for the new players including Riyan Parag, Shubham Ranjane, Shashank Singh and others to play with the likes of captain Ajinkya Rahane, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni among others.Showing for PinkSharing a few laughsBonding with teammates, new and oldAhead of our second pre-IPL camp tomorrow, here’s a look back at some of the highlights from the first one! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/j2A1SFVU5MRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 3, 2019Royals physiotherapist John Gloster along with assistant physiotherapist Niranjan Pandit are part of the camp to ensure the fitness and energy levels of the players remains optimum, along with their nutrition.While working with the players, Upton said, “It feels great to be back with the Royals and to work with this squad that is full of energetic and talented players.”They show promise and determination. They are eager to deliver the best they can.We are indeed excited to be beginning the season at home in the SMS stadium.”advertisementThe other members present in the camp are Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, S Midhun, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla and Manan Vohra.The coaching team for the camp consists of spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahutule, batting coach Amol Muzumdar and fielding coach Dishant Yagnik.Also Read | Steve Smith returns to training after elbow surgery, likely to be fit for IPLAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli respond to Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2019 banterAlso Read | Women’s IPL exhibition games likely during playoffs: BCCI official
Virat Kohli hit his 5th hundred in the Indian Premier League during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 9th match of the 2019 IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday. Kohli is 2nd in the list of most century makers behind Chris Gayle who has 6 hundreds.David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Shane Watson (Chennai Super Kings) have 4 hundreds each. Virat Kohli (100 off 58) fell off the last ball of the over as RCB posted 213/4 from their 20 overs. |KKR vs RCB|Virat Kohli had hit 4 hundreds in the 2016 IPL when RCB had their backs to the wall. A sensational record-shattering performance from the captain helped the team reach the final 3 years ago. Virat Kohli did not score another hundred in either 2017 or 2018.Virat Kohli also happens to the leading run-scorer in the Indian Premier League. Along with Suresh Raina, Kohli is one of only 2 batsmen with over 5000 runs in the IPL.King Kohli is our key performer for his outstanding off 58 deliveries pic.twitter.com/5UfYEQdgU5 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2019On April 5, Virat Kohli had hit 84 when Roal Challengers Bangalore hosted Kolkata Knight Riders.During the course of his 5th hundred, Virat Kohli went past 300 runs in a season for the 10th successive year in the IPL. Kohli had scored 165 runs in 2008 and 246 runs in 2009.In 2016, Virat Kohli smashed a record-breaking 973 runs and 4 hundreds from 16 matches as Royal Challengers Bangalore finished as runners-up.Despite Virat Kohli’s brilliance with the bat, Royal Challengers Bangalore have struggled as a team and continue to languish at the bottom of the points table.advertisementAlso Read | Dale Steyn returns for RCB after 9 years but no AB de Villiers vs KKRAlso Read | India doing well because players completely trust each other: Virat Kohli
Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez will retire at the end of the season to move into coaching, calling time on a trophy-laden career spanning two decades.Xavi, who has made a record 767 appearances for Barca and 133 for Spain, confirmed his retirement plans in an open letter sent to members of the Spanish media on Thursday.”This is my last season as a player but I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me as a coach,” wrote Xavi, who has been playing for Qatari side Al Sadd since leaving Barca in 2015.”It has been a privilege to play football until 39 years of age and now I would like to finish the season on a high by winning the Emir Cup and by getting to the next phase of the Asian Champions League.”Xavi made his debut for Barca in 1998 after coming through the club’s famed La Masia academy and soon became the heartbeat of the team’s midfield, winning eight La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns before joining Al Sadd.He was one of the key players when Spain won their first and only World Cup in 2010 as well as their European Championship triumphs in 2008 and 2012, eventually retiring from the national team after a disappointing 2014 World Cup.Last month he helped Al Sadd win the Qatar Stars League, the country’s top flight division, and has reached the quarter-finals of the Emir Cup with the team.
An Indian Premier League final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians is now a familiar script. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma were up against each other in the IPL 2015 final as well when MI defeated CSK to win their 3rd IPL crown.As it stands, both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have won the IPL 3 times – last year, CSK returned to the fold and lifted the trophy after Shane Watson’s sensational hundred subdued Sunrisers Hyderabad.It has been 4 years since that blockbuster final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians and a number of things have changed in these years.Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was not married back in May 2015. Rohit was dating Ritika Sajdeh then, whom he eventually married in December 2015Rohit Sharma and his wife Ritika Sajdeh also welcomed their first child, named Samaira, on December 30, 2018. The IPL 2019 final will be the first one for the newly-bornBefore lifting the IPL 2015 title, Rohit Sharma had two double hundreds to his name – 209 vs Australia in Bengaluru and 264 vs Sri Lanka in Kolkata – since then he has added one more to his growing list of epic ODI hundreds. Rohit Sharma carried his bat through a rampaging 208* hitting 12 sixes and 13 boundaries against Sri Lanka in December 2017In 2015, MS Dhoni did not have a biopic on his cricketing journey. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, a biopic on MS Dhoni was released in 2016 where actor Sushant Singh Rajput played the character of MS Dhoni.Notably, it was the first occasion when a biopic on a cricketer’s life was released before his retirement from the game.advertisementWhen CSK and MI last clashed in an IPL final, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu, now key players for CSK, played for Mumbai Indians. Both men are once again part of an IPL final, but this time he will be against Mumbai IndiansTalking of Harbhajan Singh, another thing has changed in regard to the Indian cricketer. The Indian off-spinner was not married in 2015. Harbhajan Singh married his long-time girlfriend Geeta Basra on October 29, 2015MS Dhoni is not the only one in his family to have a huge fan following. Forget not, Dhoni’s daughter Ziva Dhoni has herself turned into an internet sensation. She also has an official Instagram page with 256K followers.Also, this will not be Ziva Dhoni’s first MI vs CSK final. Born in 2015, the 4-year-old will be witnessing her second MI vs CSK final on Sunday4 years ago, MS Dhoni was leading India in the limited-overs format. Dhoni stepped down as captain of India in the limited over formats in January 2017. He was succeeded by Virat KohliAfter the 2015 IPL final, in July, Chennai Super Kings along with Rajasthan Royals were banned from the IPL by the Supereme Court for 2 years. This was after key officials from both the sides – Gurunath Meiyappan (CSK) and Raj Kundra (RR) were found guilty and banned for life for indulging in betting activitiesFollowed by the 2015 ban, Dhoni was forced to play for the new franchise Rising Pune Supergiant(s) for the next 2 seasons. The new setup, possibly didn’t grow on Dhoni, especially after he was sacked as captain ahead of the 2017 season after RPS finished 7th in 2016. However, Dhoni got another chance at the IPL trophy when RPS reached the final in 2017, only to be trumped by Mumbai IndiansAlso Read | 11 years on: Auctioneer recalls MS Dhoni’s sale to CSK before IPL 2008Also Read | IPL 2019 Final: Prize money on offer and everything you need to know todayAlso See
The Honor 20 series is now official and it indeed includes the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro as past rumours suggested. The latest flagships from the Huawei sub-brand come with top-end, premium specifications at mid-range prices, which is what Honor is known for. Much like the Honor View 20, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are driven by a Kirin 980 SoC with Android Pie at its heart. Following the global launch, the Honor 20 series is all set to debut in India on June 11.The Honor 20 series not just about delivering flagship-grade performance. Like the Huawei P30 Pro, the new Honor phones also tout impressive photography capabilities with their quad camera setup. These are feature-packed Honor devices from the outside and inside, so let’s take a quick look at some key specs, features and prices of the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro.Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro sport similar 6.26-inch AllView displays with FHD+ (2340×1080) resolution.Processor: Both the flagships are powered by the 7nm-based Kirin 980 AI chipset with Dual-NPU.RAM: The Honor 20 is offered with 6GB of RAM while the Honor 20 Pro comes with 8GB of RAM.Internal storage: The regular Honor 20 gets 128GB of internal storage, while the Pro model comes with 256GB of storage.Rear camera: The Honor 20 Pro offers a 48MP f/1.4 primary sensor with OIS, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle sensor, an 8MP telephoto camera and a 2MP macro camera. The regular Honor 20 gets a similar 48MP main camera but with f/1.8 aperture. It also replaces the telephoto camera for a 2MP depth camera.advertisementFront camera: On the front, both the phones get a 32MP selfie camera housed in the punch-hole cutout.Battery: The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model houses a 4,000mAh battery. Both phones support up to 22.5W fast charging.Software: The Honor flagships ship with Android 9 Pie with Magic UI on top.Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro features– Talking about the design, the Honor 20 phones come with a glass and metal body. The front sees an all-screen display with a tiny hole on the top left corner for the selfie camera much like the View 20. The phones also come with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as you may have seen on some Samsung devices.– For the rear glass panel, Honor has employed a 3D Triple Mesh technology that includes three layers of glass, colour and depth. The panel reflects light in a way to create subtle patterns and a gradient effect. The 3D curved glass is curved on all four sides. The Honor 20 Pro will be offered in Phantom Blue and Phantom Black gradient colours, while the Honor 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Icelandic White colours.– The Honor 20 flagships also tout an impressive camera system. Both the phones get a 48MP Sony IMX586 camera and a 16MP ultra wide-angle camera. Notably, the Pro model offers a f/1.4 which makes it the world’s widest aperture on a phone. Additionally, the Pro model gets a 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and 10x lossless zoom and a 2MP macro lens. The regular Honor 20 trades the telephoto camera for a 2MP depth camera. The Honor 20 Pro also features 4-axis OIS on the main camera and telephoto camera.– The Honor 20 cameras also support AIS Super Night Mode for crisp and sharp low-light shots, AI Ultra Clarity mode and super slo-mo recording at 960fps in 720p, among other things. The Honor 20 Pro has already been ranked by DxOMark with a score of 111, which ties it with the OnePlus 7 Pro for the third spot in the camera rankings.– Since the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are flagship devices, they have to get the latest Kirin 980 SoC by Huawei. The 7nm-based chipset offers a 75 per cent boost in CPU performance over the predecessor and a 58 per cent improvement in power efficiency. The phones also support GPU Turbo 3.0 to offer a seamless and full-frame gaming experience.Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro price and India launch detailsThe Honor 20 series comes with premium mid-range pricing as expected from the Huawei sub-brand. The regular Honor 20 with a 6GB + 128GB configuration is priced at EUR 499 (approx Rs 38,780). The Honor 20 Pro with an 8GB + 256GB storage configuration costs EUR 599 (approx Rs 46,500).Honor is set to launch the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro in India on June 11 and you can expect similar mid-range pricing. In fact, the phones may launch with more competitive prices in the country in order to take on competition like the OnePlus 7 series. The Honor 20 series will go on sale in the country via Flipkart following its launch.advertisementALSO READ | Honor 20 series will go on sale in India via Flipkart after launch on June 11
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has thrown its weight behind MS Dhoni after the International Cricket Council (ICC) objected to the army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves during India’s World Cup 2019 opening match against South Africa on June 5.Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai confirmed that BCCI has written a letter to the International Cricket Council seeking permission for Dhoni to wear the gloves with the army badge.”We have already written (to ICC to seek permission for MS Dhoni to wear ‘Balidaan’ insignia on his gloves), will speak more after the meeting (CoA meeting),” Vinod Rai said.Chairman of Indian Premier League, Rajeev Shukla said the ICC should not have any objection to let MS Dhoni wear the gloves as there is no commercial aspect involved in the gesture.”It’s not a commercial or a religious thing. It’s only about the country’s pride. So I don’t think the ICC should have any objection because it has got nothing to do with commercial endorsements,” Rajeev Shukla said.This is the Para Special Forces insignia. Sources say what is seen on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, can’t say it’s the the real one. The special forces insignia is always in moron background and has balidan written in Devanagiri script. The badge always worn on the chest pic.twitter.com/ZR2GXO3XTN Abhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) June 7, 2019’It would need to be considered by the ICC’Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, had said that the BCCI has been asked to get the symbol removed from Dhoni’s gloves.advertisement”We have requested the BCCI to get it removed,” Claire Furlong had said.However, Clarie Furlong confirmed the BCCI’s request and said the decision will only be taken by the apex body of world cricket.”As of now, I do not know. It would need to be considered by the ICC,” she was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.Fans in India were furious after the ICC asked MS Dhoni to change his gloves. in fact, #DhoniKeepTheGlove started trending on social media on Friday as several fans came out to support Dhoni over his gesture.On the other hand, former India football team captain Baichung Bhutia said it’s important for a player of any stature to respect the rules of the sport.”I think it’s a wonderful gesture from MS Dhoni but at the same time, it’s important to follow the rules and laws of the sport. If the laws and rules do not permit, then I think as a player he shouldn’t be wearing it,” Baichung Bhutia told India Today on Friday.”If you start somewhere and then a lot of controversies may follow. So I think I think, for every player, no matter how big the player is, the laws need to be followed.”Also Read | MS Dhoni’s Army Insignia gesture wonderful but ICC rule has to be respected: Baichung BhutiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Fans furious after ICC asks MS Dhoni to remove Army crest from glovesAlso See:
Shane Lowry described his British Open win on Sunday as like an “out of body experience” and for once the cliche of victory being “unbelievable” appeared utterly sincere.As his closest opponent, England’s Tommy Fleetwood, put it, Lowry had “controlled” the final round at Royal Portrush and he did so despite the pressure, the wild weather and his own history.Three years ago, he had blown a four stroke lead in the final round of the US Open at Oakmont but if that memory haunted him, he showed no signs of it, with his controlled and efficient one-over final round of 72, securing a six-stroke win over Fleetwood.”I had to fight to the bitter end today, and that’s what helped me – that’s where I struggled in Oakmont,” said Lowry.”I always said after Oakmont, if I could have got the last four holes back, I’d give anything to be standing on the 14th fairway again.”So I knew today that I was going to have to fight to the very end, and I did.”If Oakmont seems a long time ago, even more recent traumas can now be packed away in the box labelled learning experience’.At last year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie, Lowry shot an awful 74, fired his caddy on the spot and then missed the cut.”I sat in the car park in Carnoustie on Thursday, almost a year ago right to this week and I cried. Golf wasn’t my friend at the time, it was something that become very stressful and it was weighing on me and I just didn’t like doing it. And, look, what a difference a year makes, I suppose,” he said.advertisement”But that just shows how fickle golf is. Golf is a weird sport and you never know what’s around the corner. That’s why you need to remind yourself, and you need other people there to remind you. You need to fight through the bad times.”SELF-BELIEFThe burly, bearded Irishman has clearly been gifted with a talent for the sport and with an engaging personality that won over all who witnessed him at Portrush – none more so than the fans who raced on to the fairways and rushed to the galleries to share his moment of glory.But one suspects he hasn’t always been blessed with the self-belief that some in golf are fortunate to possess.”I didn’t even know going out this morning if I was good enough to win a major. I knew I was able to put a few days together. I knew I was able to play the golf course. I just went out there and tried to give my best. And look, I’m here now, a major champion. I can’t believe I’m saying it, to be honest,” he said.”I think the people around me really believed that I could, which helped me an awful lot. So I suppose when the people around you really believe in you, it helps you an awful lot.”Lowry was careful to avoid getting entangled in some of the grand narratives about Irish history and identity that always run the risk of upsetting or alienating someone.But when it comes to the history of Irish golf, Lowry now has his place among the greats and he takes his place alongside fellow Open winner and countryman Padraig Harrington.”I’m Irish. I grew up holing putts back home to win The Open. It was always The Open, wasn’t it? I watched Paddy win his two Opens,” he said.”To have him there on the 18th… like you go into Paddy’s house and the Claret Jug is sitting on the kitchen table, and I’m going to have one on my kitchen table, as well. I said that to him, as well, that’s going to be quite nice.”