India continued their dominating show at the Hero Asia Cup as they thrashed hosts Bangladesh 7-0 in their Pool A match at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium here on Friday.It was goals by Gurjant Singh (seventh minute), Akashdeep Singh (10th), Lalit Upadhyay (13th), Amit Rohidas (20th), Harmanpreet Singh (28th and 47th), Ramandeep Singh (46th) that ensured India were on top of the pool table.At the start though, backed by a boisterous home crowd, Bangladesh looked determined as they began with a good attack but a clinical performance from the Indian team gave them little opportunity to bring some cheer to their supporters who had turned up in large numbers.India were on a goal-fest right from the start. First it was Gurjant Singh who received a brilliant assist from Amit Rohidas on the right baseline which he simply had to nudge into the post to fetch India a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.Later, after having missed an open goal only seconds earlier, Akashdeep Singh was at ease when he worked a perfect pass from S.V. Sunil to put the ball past Bangladeshi goalkeeper Abu Nippon to double India’s lead in the 10th minute.Three minutes later, Lalit Upadhyay struck his second goal of the tournament when he put one past Abu Nippon as India went into the first break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.The Manpreet Singh-led Indian team continued to build on their dominating start with impressive speed, tactically passing the ball in the midfield and worked some effortless moves to penetrate Bangladesh’s circle.advertisementA breakthrough came in the 20th minute when Gurjant Singh swiftly dribbled into the left flank to find Amit Rohidas perfectly poised in front of the post.Rohidas, with no real threat from the Bangladesh defenders, struck the ball into the goal winning India a 4-0 lead.Only a minute later, India won four back-to-back penalty corners but the Bangladeshi defenders denied Harmanpreet Singh a successful dragflick.However, in the 28th minute a deliberate stick-check in the circle by a Bangladeshi defender saw them concede a penalty stroke. Harmanpreet made no mistake in converting it and take India’s lead to a formidable 5-0.Two minutes into the third quarter, India won a penalty corner but India’s young dragflicker Varun Kumar’s effort was padded away.India won back-to-back penalty corners the following minute but nothing came out of it. In the third quarter a few of the opportunities created in the circle by India, were well-defended by Bangladeshi goalkeeper Nippon.Having dominated with 70 per cent ball possession, India began the fourth quarter with a penalty corner. A clever variation saw Varun softly flick the ball to injector Ramandeep Singh who deflected the ball into the goal earning India their sixth goal of the match.India won their 10th penalty corner of the match within seconds and this time the umpire awarded another penalty corner as Varun’s effort was obstructed by Bangladeshi defenders.This time, Harmanpreet fiercely struck the ball to the top of the net to earn India a 7-0 lead. Good work in the circle by Varun and Sunil saw India win a penalty corner with less than two minutes to go for the final hooter but Harmanpreet’s effort went too high up the post, ending the match with a 7-0 victory.India will take on Pakistan in their third Pool A match on Sunday.
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ATHENS – After a bomb scare, Panathinaikos lost 80-67 to explosive Spanish power Barcelona in a meaningless Euroleague group encounter.The 15,000 Panathinaikos fans at the stands were forced out at half-time as the sniffer dogs came in to ensure the phone call about a bomb was no more than just a hoax, Kathimerini said.Spooked by the incident, Barcelona’s players almost refused to return while half the stadium emptied out in fear before police didn’t find any device.A shaken Barcelona, which led 40-23 at the half, seemed discombobulated in the third period, letting the Greens crawl abck to within 53-47 behind DeMarcus Nelson.Recovering its poise, Barcelona grouped to run away with the win at the end and finish in first in the group, leaving the limping Greek power Panathinaikos in third after playing without injured guards Lefteris Bochoridis and captain Dimitris Diamantidis. Antonis Fotsis led the team with 14 points.The two teams will meet again in the second group stage of the Euroleague as they are in the same pool of eight teams that also features Real Madrid, Euroleague champ Maccabi Tel Aviv, Galatasaray, Alba Berlin, Zalgiris Kaunas and Red Star Belgrade.In the other group Olympiakos will face CSKA Moscow, Malaga, Armani Milano, Anadolu Efes, Fenerbahce Ulker, Laboral Kutxa and Nizhny Novgorod. TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON — David Ortiz still enjoys beating the New York Yankees.In what he’s said will be his final season before he retires, Ortiz hit a tie-breaking two-run homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth inning, and the Red Sox rallied for a 4-2 win over the Yankees on April 29th in the first of 19 meetings between the longtime rivals.“When you’re playing at home and the adrenaline’s flying all over the place when you’re playing against the Yankees, when something like this happens you enjoy it,” the 40-year-old slugger said.Big Papi has certainly been in the middle of the rivalry for quite some time, starting back in 2003. Now, he’s looking forward to coming back and seeing what the Fenway Park crowd watched him do.“Hey, like I said, those games between us and the Yankees, everybody’s on their toes,” he said. “It’s enjoyable. Next year I’m going to be coming as a fan and feeling the same way.”Jackie Bradley Jr. had a two-run double for Boston, which won for the fifth time in six games.Alex Rodriguez moved into 20th place on the all-time hits list with a solo homer for the Yankees, who lost for the 11th time in 15 games.“If you told me 10 years ago that Big Papi and I would be hitting home runs at 40, I probably would’ve laughed,” Rodriguez said. “But winning the game is the most important thing.”On a chilly night with a game-time temperature of 47 degrees, Big Papi sent a first-pitch curveball from Betances (0-2) into the first row of the Green Monster seats.Even his teammate Bradley Jr. is amazed that Ortiz still performs at a high level when the game’s on the line.“When you see it so often, it becomes repetitive, of course,” he said. “It’s still great no matter how many times you see it.”Koji Uehara (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his seventh save.Ortiz was 0-for-7 against Betances with four strikeouts.“I mean he’s been doing it for a long time,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of Ortiz. “He’s been a great hitter for a long time. I still have a lot of faith in Dellin in that situation, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”Yankees starters Masahiro Tanaka had pinpoint control early and held Boston scoreless into the seventh before Bradley Jr.’s two-out double tied it. The Japanese right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.Boston starter Henry Owens gave up two runs on six hits in six innings.Facing a left-handed starter for the ninth time in 11 games, the Yankees made it 1-0 in the second when Rodriguez hit a fastball off a light stanchion above the Green Monster in deep left center. It was his 3,082nd hit, breaking a tie with Cap Anson.The 40-year-old Rodriguez returned to the lineup in the team’s previous game and homered after missing two with tightness in his left oblique.New York increased it to 2-0 on Brett Gardner’s two-out, RBI single in the fifth.(KEN POWTAK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
THESSALONIKI (AP) — PAOK won the Greek league for the first time in 34 years after beating Levadiakos 5-0 Sunday.Yevhen Shakhv scored twice for the hosts, along with goals from Diego Biseswar, Fernando Varela and Karol Swiderski.With one round left, PAOK is five points ahead of second-place Olympiakos.PAOK also won the title in 1976 and 1985.With PAOK already up 2-0 after Biseswar scored from the penalty spot in the eighth minute, the game turned into a long, raucous celebration.“I was 18 (when PAOK last won the league) and now I’m 52. This says everything,” said PAOK fan Nikos Kouroutzidis. “Obviously, a great moment. I hope I don’t get to 90 before we win the next championship.”PAOK players raise a trophy as they celebrate their Greek Super League title in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, April 21, 2019. PAOK won the Greek league with a round to spare after beating Levadiakos 5-0, 34 years after the last time the team won the championship. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)A huge celebration at the city’s waterfront was underway with tens of thousands of fans at the city’s iconic monument, the White Tower, waiting to greet PAOK’s players as their bus slowly inched forward.The road to glory… #GreekChampions #PAOK #TheFutureIsHere pic.twitter.com/IiF5PI3hmQ— PAOK FC / ΠAOK (@PAOK_FC) April 22, 2019“People have been patient … the people have been yearning for one all these years,” said former PAOK star Giorgos Koudas. The 72-year-old attacking midfielder, who spent all of his senior career at PAOK from 1963 to 1984, playing 602 games, was the captain of the team that won the title in 1976.Larissa, the 1988 champion, is the only team other than PAOK to break the stranglehold of the Athens “big three” — AEK, Olympiakos and Panathinaikos — ever since a national league started in 1959.PAOK fans gather around the White Tower to celebrate their team’s Greek Super League championship title in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, early Monday, April 22, 2019. PAOK won the Greek league with a round to spare after beating Levadiakos 5-0, 34 years after the last time the team won the championship. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)“PAOK represents the struggle of the downtrodden against the powerful,” said Father Christos Mitsios, a 60-year-old priest, who is a regular at PAOK’s games. “The hope that at some day we would break the establishment kept us strong all these years,” he said, while struggling to be heard above the bass drum beaten by “Ze,” another Toumba Stadium fixture.When you clinch your domestic title for the first time in 34 years ??And you’re still unbeaten in that league campaign ?#MondayMotivation brought to you by @PAOK_FC ??pic.twitter.com/gbfBlYiaY7— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 22, 2019For Koudas, things have been improving lately, and he prefers to focus on the growing gap at club level between Greek soccer and most other European countries.“We get rid of coaches too easily, we don’t bring in quality players. We need investment, and a good organization,” he said.PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis, a Greek-Russian tycoon, provided investment but was also partly responsible for PAOK missing out on a very close race last season after storming the field near the end of a game with eventual champion AEK. A gun in a holster was clearly visible underneath his coat.___By COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated PressDemetris Nellas contributed to this report from Athens.PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis is cheered by fans during celebrations for the Greek Super League title in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, April 21, 2019. PAOK won the Greek league with a round to spare after beating Levadiakos 5-0, 34 years after the last time the team won the championship. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)PAOK fans cheer on their team during a Greek Super League soccer match against Levadiakos in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)PAOK fans cheer on their team during a Greek Super League soccer match against Levadiakos in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, Apr. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)TweetPinShare1414 Shares
PITTSBURGH — Mike Moustakas doesn’t have a secret behind his power resurgence this season.Moustakas homered twice among his four hits and drove in four runs, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 Thursday night.The veteran third baseman now has 15 homers in 51 games, up from eight in 54 games with Milwaukee last season after being acquired from Kansas City on July 27.“I’ve honestly just been getting good pitches to hit and not missing them,” he said. “I’m just trying to not do too much. Take the same approach, same swing. Just get a good pitch to hit, get a good swing on it and see what happens.”Milwaukee Brewers’ Mike Moustakas watches his solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 30, 2019. It was his second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Yasmani Grandal also homered and had four hits to help the Brewers win for the third time in four games.Moustakas hit a two-run shot over the right-center field wall off Joe Musgrove in the first inning to get the Brewers on the scoreboard. His solo shot to right in the third extended Milwaukee’s lead to 4-1, and gave Moustakas his 10th career multihomer game.Milwaukee Brewers’ Mike Moustakas hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Grandal followed Moustakas’ second homer with a solo shot off the left-field foul pole to back Chase Anderson (3-0), who gave up two runs and six hits with five strikeouts in five innings.“It was a very good night offensively, for sure,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We did a good job all around. A nice night by the offense and a good start from (Anderson).”Colin Moran homered in the fourth to pull Pittsburgh to 5-2, before Moustakas – 1 for 11 in his previous three games – added an RBI single in the eighth that made it 7-2.Moose fired the first shot across the Pirates bow of the series! #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/q3xTJyJAym— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 30, 2019Musgrove (3-6) allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings. After giving up two home runs in his first 11 starts this season, Musgrove surrendered three in the first three innings Thursday.“I had a good game plan,” Musgrove said. “You saw when I executed the pitches, I got the results that we needed. I think it just comes down to execution.”The Pirates scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within two and the Brewers pulled away again with four in the ninth – including Lorenzo Cain’s three-run double.“The game seemed like we were so far away, but we weren’t,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We were knocking on the door until late.”It’s officially time to jump on the “A Moose should start the All-Star Game!” bandwagon. #VoteBrewers #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/3YSmlfXT6y— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 31, 2019Josh Bell pushed his hitting streak to 10 games by legging out a double on a ball that dropped into shallow left to lead off the second. He scored on a single from Elias Diaz, cutting Milwaukee’s lead to 3-1 after Christian Yelich’s RBI triple in the top of the inning.Bell has 24 extra-base hits in May, tying the Pirates’ record for the most in any month. Paul Waner also had 24 in June 1927 and August 1928.NEW LOOKPirates: INF Kevin Newman replaced INF Adam Frazier at leadoff. Newman will bat there when he’s scheduled to play, Hurdle said.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: INF Travis Shaw is expected to return next week after remaining with Triple-A San Antonio through the weekend, Counsell said. Shaw has not played with Milwaukee since injuring his right wrist May 13.Pirates: RHP Jordan Lyles threw a bullpen session before the game Thursday after leaving his last start with left hamstring discomfort Tuesday. Lyles will start Sunday if he got through his session fine.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacín (3-6, 4.88) will take the mound for the second game of the four-game set on Friday. He’s lost his past three starts after giving up four runs in five innings in a 7-2 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (1-5, 5.75) will try for his first win since April 7 on Friday. He allowed four runs and six hits in five innings during his last outing, an 11-7 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.By: Wes Crosby, Associated PressTweetPinShare2828 Shares
Toshiba Memory Europe announced the launch of the RC100 Series at International CES 2018, a new line of NVMe (NVM Express) M.2 solid state drives for the retail, e-tail, system integrator, and channel markets. The new RC100 series features a powerful yet cost-effective design, making NVMe storage accessible to everyone. Starting with Toshiba’s own 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC BiCS FLASH and in-house developed SSD controller in a single package, the RC100 was built to offer consumers a viable alternative to pricier high-end NVMe SSDs. In addition to affordability, RC100 SSDs are designed for efficiency, delivering a power-optimised storage solution particularly sought after by mobile users looking to increase battery life.The RC100 Series offers excellent performance that bridges the gap between SATA 6Gbit/s and enthusiast-grade NVMe SSDs, ensuring it sits in the ‘sweet spot’ for value-oriented users looking to upgrade to the industry’s latest interface and reduce cable clutter. The RC100 also integrates Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology to deliver up to 1620 MB/s and 1130 MB/s in sequential read/write transfer rates and up to 160,000 and 120,000 random read/write IOPS, all without requiring on-board DRAM.Ideal for the entire spectrum of mainstream computing – from gaming desktops and notebooks to mini-PCs (NUCs) and everything in between – RC100 modules are offered in a compact M.2 2242 (22 x 42mm) form factor and available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. Each RC100 SSD is backed by a 3-year warranty to ensure peace of mind.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: embedded Box PC with scope on surveillance or factory automationNext DDC: cost and space saving 280W IFEC & PED aircraft power solution
For nearly 14 years since his debut, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been among India’s greatest match-winners in limited-overs cricket.The former India captain was booed for the first time in his career, that too on a day when he became the fourth Indian to get to the 10,000-run mark in one-day internationals, at the Mecca of cricket – at Lord’s.On Monday, on the eve of the series decider, India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar came to the defence of the under-fire Dhoni, saying losing wickets at regular intervals did not allow the veteran campaigner to play freely in the second ODI at Lord’s.READ – Virat Kohli needs to work out the MS Dhoni conundrumHe was jeered during his 37-run knock off 59 balls, following which Virat Kohli and Yuzvendra Chahal, Bangar coming to his defence.”With the combination we are playing, we do not have the depth at numbers 8, 9 or 10 (the lower order), and when you lose couple of wickets, it becomes really difficult to bat with that sort of freedom. Due credit to the England bowlers, they didn’t allow us to score any boundaries in that period and that was the reason the run rate kept climbing up,” Bangar said.The third and final series-deciding ODI of this short series will be played at Headingley on Tuesday.”He was just hoping someone would bat with him and we were just hoping that he could bat till the 40th over and then take the bowlers on. But, every time he looked to do that, we lost wickets – first there was Raina and then Hardik [Pandya], and then there was no batting to follow for him to do the usual stuff he does,” he added.advertisementNotwithstanding the envy it evokes among opposing teams, Bangar said India’s batting line-up is still a work in progress, as the middle order needs to spend more time at the crease.#ENGvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/SVl7h0whzW BCCI (@BCCI) July 16, 2018″The way our top order is batting, our middle order hasn’t got the opportunities as the top order is doing the bulk of the scoring. At times, they straightaway walk into game situation. Mind you, not all of them are playing all the formats of the game so you have to give some weightage to that,” Bangar said at the pre-match press conference.”Coming straight to international cricket and doing the sort of things you are expected to do in this format (is tough), so continuity factor also plays a part.”The series is locked at 1-1 after India won by eight wickets in Nottingham, while England won by 86 runs at Lord’s.”Going forward, there are still 16 to 17 games to go, we’re looking at the games remaining wherein we could look at settling the middle order slots. I am pretty sure that things are fluid at the moment. It’s not that a guy is only going to bat at a particular number,” he added.KL Rahul failed at get going in the second ODI and India might be forced to have a rethink about their middle order for this finale.”Obviously, the plan was to have a left-hander batting in the middle-order. That is the reason why Suresh [Raina] was picked ahead of Dinesh [Karthik]. We did change a bit in the T20 format, where KL batted at three and Virat batted at four. Looking at this series, and the performances that Virat has got at three, especially in the last series, he scored three hundreds versus South Africa in five games.”It is going to be a very fluid situation. We’ll see as to the players available and the fitness of the players. Ambati Rayudu was someone who can bat very well in the middle-order, but unfortunately he couldn’t clear the fitness test. But I am pretty sure going forward, if he passes the fitness test, he could also be a candidate.”Lot’s of spots are open. The good thing is that the bench strength that we have in Rayudu, Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane. There are enough spots for each and every eventuality that we might face leading up to the World Cup,” he added.Look who’s having a go at the nets.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/D7LMR2GVVtBCCI (@BCCI) July 16, 2018A key element for India going into the decider will be the availability of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. While Kohli, Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan were absent from the optional practice, Kumar was seen bowling at full tilt. He will, however, undergo a fitness test before the game.advertisement”He’s a quality bowler. We’ve obviously been missing our two frontline bowlers in the ODI format. Also provides us an opportunity, because there are not too many games to go before the World Cup – only 16 or 17 games. It gives us an ideal situation to test the bench strength.””Also with the upcoming Test series, we never wanted to take any chances with Bhuvi. He’s very critical to the team plans. He’s in with a chance to play. He’ll have to go through some sort of a fitness test before we can confirm his availability for the next game,” Bangar said.With the 2019 ODI World Cup now less than a year ahead, Bangar outlined that the team is concentrating hard on preparation.”I think the amount of cricket we’re playing and the results we’ve got in the last 12 months or so, the team is pretty used to it (criticism). That is something we cannot control but the guys are very focused,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)
Virat Kohli was batting beautifully at Leeds – as usual, his timing was perfect, he found the gaps with ease and every ball met the middle of his bat. And not for the first time, he was India’s best batsman on the park.Kohli had become the fastest to 3000 ODI runs as captain and stormed past the 700-run mark this year in only his ninth ODI. He had not scored a hundred in the first two matches of the three-match series against England but looked well on course to a ton.Everything was well and in order for India until Adil Rashid struck.India vs England 3rd ODI coverage: HIGHLIGHTSIn the first delivery of the 30th over, Kohli was bamboozled by a sharp leg-spinning delivery from Adil Rashid. The ball pitched on leg-stump and hit the top of Kohli’s off-stump. Virat Kohli went past the 700-run mark in 2018 in only nine ODIs (Getty Images)Kohli was stunned beyond belief. He looked at the pitch to see what demons the 22-yard strip had in it. There was none. He then looked at the bowler and slowly headed back to the dressing-room.Virat Kohli had the same expression then as Mike Gatting when Shane Warne bowled him in 1993. Absolute belter from Adil RashidPaul Newman (@Paul_NewmanDM) July 17, 2018It is not often Kohli is beaten like this. He was of course troubled by spin to some extent in the 2018 IPL but not often has he been so comprehensively beaten in international cricket.advertisementThe Indian captain has been in red-hot ODI form this year. He went past the 700-run mark in 2018 in only nine ODIs. Three other batsmen (Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Joe Root) have scored more than 700 ODI runs this year but they have played more matches than India’s captain.READ – Kohli storms past AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni to break another ODI recordEngland and Rashid were ecstatic. For much of this summer, England had been haunted by Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist-spin. Now they had Rashid paying India back in their own coin.Rashid, who had dismissed Dinesh Karthik shortly before removing Kohli, also snared Suresh Raina and finished with figures of 3/49 off his 10 overs.
New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants to establish a fun atmosphere at the Premier League club in order to achieve his objectives.The 59-year-old Italian replaced compatriot Antonio Conte who was sacked, a year after leading the team to the title, after Chelsea failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.”My goal is to have fun and be competitive in all the competitions until the end,” Sarri told a news conference on Wednesday.”If a team has fun, often the fans have fun too. This is very important. We want to reach high-level objectives, but first we must have fun.”Spanish media have linked Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with Real Madrid and although Sarri wants to keep the duo at Stamford Bridge, the former banker is happy for the club’s hierarchy to handle transfer business.”Clearly we would like to keep the strongest players…this is what any manager and club wants to do,” the former Napoli boss added.”I am much more a pitch manager than a general manager. I am one of the few managers who is bored by the transfer market. Our task as managers is growing the players that we have.”With players involved in the World Cup yet to join the club for pre-season training, Sarri will need time to embed his philosophy at Stamford Bridge.”I play in a slightly different way (from Conte) so it will take some time for the squad,” said Sarri. “Many players still have to come back from the World Cup.advertisement”I hope this initial time can be shortened. I hope the quality of the players will allow me to have the results.”Italian midfielder Jorginho has followed Sarri from Napoli to become Chelsea’s first signing of the close season and the manager is keen to strengthen his midfield further.”I spoke with the club and I said a pinch of quality is lacking in our midfield for a certain kind of play,” he said.Chelsea open their campaign in the Community Shield against champions Manchester City on Aug. 5. They visit Huddersfield Town in their league opener six days later.(With Reuters inputs)
After hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup cup successfully, Russia president Vladimir Putin is planning to bid for a future Summer Olympics.Asked about hosting a Summer Olympics in Russia for the first time since 1980, Putin says feasibility studies need to be conducted “but obviously we will organize major international competitions here,” in comments reported by state news agency RIA Novosti.Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but it was tainted by allegations of doping, which led to Russian athletes being forced to compete as neutrals at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.The next three summer games are going to be held in Tokyo (2020), Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028). So, Putin’s chance of hosting the summer games will only be possible 2032 and not before.However, the Russian president said the country has not initiated a relevant bid as of yet.Putin told volunteers that it was important to speak not only about the organization of global sports events in the country, but also to think about how to utilize the capacities left as a heritage after hosting major events.Putin also praised the work regarding the implementation of the national anti-doping plan in sports and added that Moscow now waits for reciprocal steps from international organisations.”I would like to stress the efficiency of work of the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission led by Vitaly Smirnov,” Putin said.”All of the previously set tasks have been reached and all constructive requirements on behalf of the WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) and the IOC (the International Olympic Committee) have been taken into account,” he added.advertisement”We are now waiting for our partners to take reciprocal steps.”(With inputs from IANS)
Sourabh Verma was crowned the Russia Open champion on Sunday, but the shuttler says he is still a work in progress and needs to improve his strength to compete consistently on the international circuit.”I’m progressing but still have to improve certain areas in my game,” Sourabh told PTI after winning the men’s singles title at the Russian Open.”Next for me is Asian games and I’m already working on my strength, which will help me to continue playing in the circuit and do well.”The 25-year-old Indian, a former national champion, today overcame world no 119 Japanese Koki Watanabe 19-21 21-12 21-17 in the finals at Vladivostock, Russia to win the men’s singles title at the BWF Super Tour 100 tournament.READ – Sourabh Verma wins gold in Russia Open Tour Super 100 tournamentSourabh’s dream run continues!BAI congratulates the #AsianGames2018 bound shuttler, @sourabhverma09 on his Gold Medal win in Russia. He won the Russian Open 2018 Men Singles title defeating Koki Watanabe of Japan 18-21, 21-12, 21-17. #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/JVJa2WFzFIBAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 29, 2018″Today’s match was quite tough and I am happy that I could win. This is my first win of the season and it will boost my confidence,” said Sourabh, who had won the All India senior ranking tournament in Bangalore last month to make the cut for the Asian Games squad.”Today the shuttle was slow compared to the last three days. I couldn’t find the rhythm in the first game. Actually, I started the match from the difficult side, from where I was having difficulty in spotting the shuttler due to the white background.advertisement”Same happened to my opponent in the second game and I knew that I can come back in the second game.”The 25-year-old from Dhar, who clinched the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix Gold and finished runners-up at Bitburger Open in 2016, had suffered an ankle injury and was out of action for two months.After regaining fitness, he made a comeback in New Zealand and Australia but made first round exits in both the events after losing narrowly in the three games.”I started the year pretty well and confident but after Swiss open, I injured my ankle during a practice session and then my physios Arvind Nigam, Anuja Dalvi helped me getting back on court again,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)
Berlin, Sept 16 (AFP) Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2hr 1min 39sec. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195km race, took 1min 18sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto. It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967. “My only words are ‘Thank you!’,” said Kipchoge, who sprinted into the lead after 100 metres and never let up. “I was prepared to run my own race early so I wasn’t surprised to be alone. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programmes of my coach. I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself.” Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance. He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago. In the German capital on Sunday, Kipchoge had just a handful of pacemakers for company from the early stages of the race.advertisement The Kenyan passed through five kilometres in 14:24 and 10 kilometres in 29:21.But shortly after 15 kilometres, which was reached in 43:38, two of the three pacemakers were unable to continue and withdrew from the race. The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, covered in 1:12:24. – Solitary final 17km – ======================= Running alone with 17 kilometres left, Kipchoge then sped up. He passed the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible. By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty. Kipchoge maintained his form well into the closing stages to smash compatriot Kimetto’s previous best. “Yes, it was tough running alone, but I was confident,” said Kipchoge, who finished well ahead of compatriots Amos Kipruto (2:06:23) in second and Wilson Kipsang (2:06:48) in third. “I’d said I was running my own race following my planning and I was confident.” Kipchoge came agonisingly close to sporting immortality by nearly running the first sub two-hour marathon last year. He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds. But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favourable — Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pacesetting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy — that the time was not recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). There was a Kenyan double as Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11, a course record and world leading time, to win the women’s race. Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second in 2:18:34 and six-time Olympic and six-time world medallist Tirunesh Dibaba third (2:18:55), making more history as it was the first time three women have broken 2:19 in one race. (AFP) ATAT
Asus is touted to launch the successor to the ZenFone Max Pro M1 aka ZenFone Max Pro M2 on December 11. On the slated date, Asus will be launching the ZenFone Max Pro M2 in Indonesia. The phone is also expected to hit the Indian stores but the company hasn’t revealed the launch date yet. Ahead of the launch, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours and all of them suggest that the phone will be coming with a triple camera system on the rear panel. Now, a low-resolution render of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 has been leaked and it reveals the front panel design of the phone.The render of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 comes from Google Play Console’s device catalog. A smartphone with the name ZenFone Max Pro M2 and model number “ASUS_X01BD_1” has appeared on Google Play Console with the render and some of the specification details. However, the Google Play Console notes that “device specifications are provided by the manufacturer and have not been confirmed,” hence take this piece of information with a pinch of salt.Folks at XDA Developers have got hold of the render. As noted, the leaked render shows the phone from the front side only. The leaked render goes in line with the previous rumours and shows the ZenFone Max Pro M2 with a notched display. From the front, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 looks a lot like the ZenFone 5Z, but both the phones belong to a different price segment altogether. The ZenFone 5Z was launched for a starting price tag of Rs 31,999, meanwhile, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 is expected fall under the similar price segment as the ZenFone Max Pro M1. To recall, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 was launched in India for Rs 10,999, but now, during the Flipkart Mobile Bonanza sale, the phone is selling for an even lower price of Rs 9,999.advertisementThe render of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 shows that the phone will be running on a stock version of Android, which means, there will no unnecessary applications pre-installed on the device. The new leak goes in line with the previous leaks and suggests that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and there’s no word if the phone will be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. The Play Console listing further reveals that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will come with 6GB RAM. However, some rumours suggest that Asus could be working on a 4GB RAM model as well.The key highlights of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 will be its triple rear camera setup and also the fact that it will be a gaming phone. However, the configuration of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 triple rear camera setup is yet to be revealed. On the front, the Asus phone is expected to sport a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.Unlike the ZenFone Max Pro M1, the Max Pro is expected to come with gaming-focused software feature similar to what we have also seen on the Honor Play. Last week, almost the complete specs sheet of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 was leaked. The specs sheet reveals that the Asus phone will be powered by an octa-core 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor which is also found inside the Vivo V11 Pro, V9 Pro.The leaked specs sheet further suggested that the Asus phone will come packed with a 6-3-inch IPS LCD display and a Full HD+ screen resolution and come in three configurations. The base model of the Asus phone is expected to come with 4GB of RAM/64GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM with 128GB storage, and lastly the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.ALSO READ: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 triple rear camera gaming smartphone to launch on Dec 11The pricing details of the ZenFone Max Pro M2 are yet to be revealed. But, considering the price of the ZenFone Max Pro M1, we expect the Max Pro M2 to cost around Rs 15,000 and take on the likes of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which is set to launch in India on November 22. Although there’re no official details, we expect the Redmi Note 6 Pro to be priced between Rs 15,000 to Rs 17,000 in India.
The Indian men’s cricket team trained at the WACA Stadium here on Thursday, a day ahead of their second Test against Australia.Over the years, Perth has caused nightmares to visiting teams as its fast and bouncy pitch adds an extra sting to the Australian side, which has always boasted of a formidable pace attack, reports Efe.While the home team has been counting on the pace and bounce on the Perth Stadium pitch to help them level the series 1-1, India too are relishing the prospect of their in-form fast bowling unit ripping through a considerably inexperienced Australian batting line-up.India vs Australia 2nd Test, Day 1 Live Score”I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is,” said Indian captain Virat Kohli said at a press conference, referring to the grassy pitch that aids pace and movement for bowlers.”We hope that no more grass is taken off this pitch. We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now because we understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out,” he added.What time does the 2nd Test between India vs Australia start?2nd Test starts at 7:50 AM IST on December 14, Friday at the Optus stadium in Perth.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd Test between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.advertisementSony has acquired most of the rights of overseas cricket series and that is why they are the official broadcasters of India vs Australia series down under.Where will the 2nd Test between India and Australia be played?The 2nd Test between India and Australia will be played at the Optus stadium in Perth from 7:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd Test live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com. While the match is set to begin on 7:50 AM, Sony will start their pre-match show half an hour before the match as the experts discuss the series ahead of the toss and after it.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.
Harbhajan Singh said he still feels sorry about slapping S. Sreesanth during the first edition of the Indian Premier League nearly 11 years ago. In April 2008, Harbhajan and Sreesanth grabbed cricket headlines the world over when the former slammed Sreesanth after a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.Harbajan, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, was then a part of Mumbai Indians. Sreesanth played for Kings XI Punjab. Harbhajan had apologised to Sreesanth in the KXIP dressing-room immediately after the incident.Over a decade later, Harbhajan Singh is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket for India, he has won multiple IPL trophies with two different teams and will go down in history as one of the greatest off-spinners to have ever played the game. However, given a chance, if Harbjajan could correct one thing in life, it would be that episode with Sreesanth which was branded ‘Slapgate’.”Whatever happened with Sreesanth.. me and him on the field… lot of people talk about that incident now,” Harbhajan told Behindwoods Air. “If I have to go back and rectify something in my life, I would correct that. I shouldn’t have done that.”That was a mistake and I am sorry about that. It shouldn’t have happened.”Sreesanth is a top guy and he had so much of skill. My best wishes to Sreesanth and his wife and to their children. No matter what people say, I am still your brother,” Harbhajan said.Sreesanth and Harbhajan went on to play the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup – India won both tournaments.advertisementIn 2013, Sreesanth was one of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers arrested when the spot-fixing scandal rocked Indian cricket. In July 2015, 36 accused named in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were let-off by Patiala House court.However, Sreesanth has been banned for life by BCCI. He was even denied permission to play county cricket in England. Recently, Sreesanth featured on a reality show on Indian television.Also Read | What Harbhajan would have done had Sreesanth dropped Misbah in World T20 final
Virat Kohli went past West Indies great Brian Lara and is now in the top 10 of the leading ODI run-scorers. Kohli, on Tuesday, was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. He became the first man to sweep all three big ICC awards.Kohli has been in outstanding ODI form since the 2015 World Cup. He now has 39 ODI hundreds, second only to Sachin Tendulkar who finished with 49 hundreds in the format after playing for a quarter of a century. Kohli, who debuted in August 2008, is already considered to be the greatest ODI player by the likes of Michael Clarke.Over the last two years, Virat Kohli has scored 12 ODI hundreds. He was the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2017 as well as 2018. Virat Kohli is widely believed to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records in the one-day format and if keep this up, he might do it sooner rather than later.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCOREBrian Lara, West Indies’ greatest batsman since Viv Richards, played 299 ODIs and scored 10405 runs including 19 hundreds at an average of 40.48.Kohli went past Lara’s tally of ODI runs in only his 220th ODI. He boast of an average of nearly 60 which is the highest in the 10K club.Virat Kohli is now also within touching distance of Rahul Dravid, who scored 10889 runs from 344 ODIs.Kohli already has several batting records to his name but entering the top 10 so early in his career would be special. He went past Brian Lara when with a boundary off Mitchell Santner in the 16th over.advertisementAlso Read | Not rain, not bad light. Sun stops play in Napier!Also Read | Virat Kohli’s ICC awards sweep a proud moment for India: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd player after Ricky Ponting to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awardsAlso Read | Virat Kohli completes historic hat-trick: Full list of ICC award winners
Power-hitting in one-day international matches does not always guarantee entertainment and cricket authorities must alter the laws to restore balance between bat and ball, former England captain Michael Atherton has said.Atherton’s comments came after England set West Indies a mammoth target of 418 in Wednesday’s ODI in Grenada, with the hosts falling just short in a thrilling chase with 389. Both teams smashed a record 46 sixes in the match.England hit 24 sixes to break the record of 23 set by West Indies last week in the first match of the series.”Six hitting alone does not guarantee entertainment and the balance between bat and ball is legitimate grounds for debate and concern in ODIs,” Atherton wrote in The Times”To provide a good spectacle, the balance in ODIs need not be skewed to the bowler as far as in Tests. This does not mean that bowlers should be denuded entirely.”Some swing, at the start with a better ball or at the end, by using one rather than two, would allow for a greater variety of skills.”Bowlers have been hampered since a 2011 decision to have one new ball from each end which, many believe, has rendered the already batsman-friendly format even more lop-sided.India batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a record 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs, wanted the rule scrapped as each ball is not given time to generate reverse swing, a handy tool for bowlers in the final overs.”Tendulkar backed up my call for one white ball, rather than two, to be used again in ODIs, the better to encourage some reverse swing towards the end of an innings,” Atherton, who played 115 Tests for England, added.advertisement”Everything is loaded in favour of the batsmen – short boundaries, limitations on field settings, pitches that don’t deteriorate… and white balls that do not swing at the start and, because two are used, do not swing at the end.”
Former Indian women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe on Wednesday claimed innocence a day after he was arrested and subsequently released on bail for allegedly betting on an IPL match.”This (cricket) is my bread and butter. Whatever I am today is because of cricket and I will never do such type of activity. Life mei ek paisa idhar-udhar nahi kiya hai (I have never cheated),” Arothe told PTI.The 52-year-old from Baroda was arrested on Monday before being given bail by the police, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anup Singh Gehlot told PTI on Tuesday.”Forget about doing it, I have never thought about it,” the former batsman, who represented Baroda in 114 first-class games.Arothe and 18 others were arrested by the city Crime Branch for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played at Mohali, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch.”Arothe is a former coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. He was among the 19 persons held by our team last night for placing bets during the live telecast of an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” said Jadeja.Arothe took over the reins of the Indian women’s team in 2017 from Purnima Rao.During Arothe’s tenure, the women’s team had made it to the finals of the 2017 World Cup.He had resigned from the post in controversial circumstances. His son Rishi, a left-arm pacer, also plays for Baroda.Also Read | Ex-India women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe arrested in connection with IPL bettingAlso Read | International Cricket Council to join hands with Interpol to tackle corruptionadvertisement
Rajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of India captain Virat Kohli, on Monday said that Pakistan has no chance of winning against India in the forthcoming 2019 ICC World Cup.When asked about whether India will be able to continue their winning streak against Pakistan in the World Cup, Sharma told ANI: “There is no doubt about that. There is no competition as India is a far superior team as compared to Pakistan. Although cricket is a game of uncertainty, on paper India is a far superior team.”Sharma also eulogised Kohli for his dedication to making India lift the World Cup. However, Sharma feels that it will be a big challenge for the skipper as he will be leading the team for the first time in the quadrennial tournament.”Virat is very focused regarding World Cup. If you listen to his interviews from the past two years, since then he has been dreaming about the World Cup like how he is going to play in the World Cup and what should be the strategy. So, he is very devoted and dedicated to making India win the World Cup,” Sharma said.”It is a big challenge for Virat Kohli as he will be leading India for the first time in World Cup,’ he added.Sharma also opined over the much-debated topic, that is, who should play at number four for India and said Vijay Shankar is ‘ideal’ for number four.”Vijay Shankar is an amazing player and he is ideal to play at number four. Fortunately, India has many other options as well like KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik. However, my first choice will be Vijay Shankar because along with batting he is also a good bowler in those conditions where you can except 5-6 overs from him,” he said.advertisementIndia will face South Africa in their first 2019 World Cup clash on June 5.Also Read | Manchester decks up for India-Pakistan World Cup clashAlso Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib Malik