first_imgKohima, Jul 27 (PTI) Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang has allocated portfolios to 11 cabinet ministers, nine advisors with the rank of cabinet minister and 26 parliamentary secretaries.Zeliang, who was appointed the chief minister on July 19, has kept with himself the portfolios of Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and any portfolio not allocated to any minister.Zeliang had won the trust vote in the Assembly on July 21 and had first expanded his ministry by inducting 10 ministers on July 22 and on July 24 inducted one more minister.On July 25 Zeliang had appointed nine advisors with cabinet minister rank and 26 parliamentary secretaries.The portfolios of new ministers were announced last mid-night.Y Patton has been given the crucial Home department, while G Kaito Aye will be in charge of the National Highways and Political Affairs department, Imkong L Imchen is the new Health and Family Welfare minister.Tokheho Yepthomi has got the School Education and Parliamentary Affairs department, Kipili Sangtam is the new Power minister while Neikiesalie Nicky Kire has got Roads and Bridges department.E E Pangteang has got the Rural Development department, Imtilemba Sangtam is the new Cooperation, Relief and Rehabilitation department and MARCOFED.Kejong Chang is the new Horticulture, Dobashi and Gaon Burah minister, while Neiba Kronu Environment has got charge of Forest and Climate Change, Mmhonlumo Kikon is the Geology & Mining and Border Affairs minister.The portfolios of the Advisors with cabinet minister rank are Noke Wangnao ? PHE, S I Jamir ? Urban Development, T M Lotha ? Treasuries & Accounts and LM&CP, Pukhayi ? Soil & Water Conservation and NSDMA, S Pangnyu Phom ? DUDA and NEPED, C M Chang ? Planning & Coordination, Nuklutoshi ? Food & Civil Supplies, Deo Nukhu ? Higher Education and NBHM and Naiba Konyak ? State Lottery and NBDA.advertisementThe departments of parliamentary secretaries are – C Apok Jamir ? Tourism, Pohwang ? NRLM & Evaluation, Benjongliba Aier ? CAWD & Taxes, Paiwang Konyak ? Transport and Civil Aviation, Merentoshi R Jamir ? Social Welfare, Hukavi Zhimomi ? Jails, Science & Technology and NKVIB, Shetoyi ? Fisheries and Printing & Stationery.B S Nganlang ? Land Resources Development & Excise, N. Thomas Lotha ? Technical Education, Imtikumzuk ? Information & Public Relations and SIRD, Zhaleo Rio ? Municipal Affairs, Longrineken ? Information Technology & Communication and Development Authority of Nagaland (DAN).L Khumo ? Land Revenue, VG and Women Resources Development, Levi Rengma – Housing Picto Shohe ? Justice & Law, Amenba Yaden ? Industries & Commerce and NIDC, Y.M. Yolow ? Agriculture, Toyang Changkong Chang ? NRE and Fire & Emergency Services, S Chuba Longkumer ? Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Eshak Konyak ? Art & Culture, Vikho-o Yhosu ? Mechanical Engineering & NSMDC, Khekaho Assumi ? Youth Resources & Sports and Music Task Force.Tovihoto Ayemi ? Irrigation & Flood Control, Namri Nchang ? Sericulture and Home Guards & Civil Defence, Kropol Vitsu ? Economics & Statistics and SCERT, Neiphrezo Keditsu ? Labour & Employment (including Skill Development). PTI NBS RG PSlast_img read more

first_imgHyderabad, July 27 (PTI) Recognising her performance, the Ministry of Railways has promoted Indian womens cricket team captain Mithali Raj to the post of OSD (Sports) in Hyderabad-headquartered South Central Railway (SCR).”Approval of the Ministry of Railways is communicated for grant of out of turn promotion to Mithali Raj, Chief Office Superintendent (Chief OS) in South Central Railway, to Group B Gazetted post of OSD (Sports) in recognition of Indian teams performance in the Womens World Cup,” a letter from Railway Board to SCR said.The Mithali-led team lost to hosts England by nine runs in a nail biting final of the mega-event at the Lords last Sunday. PTI VVK RS BS BSlast_img

first_imgNorth Delhi is a hub of akhadas but the traditional sport of wrestling, despite the success India achieved in the game in recent years, is not getting the kind of boost it deserves.There are close to ten akhadas here, including big names like Chhatrasal Stadium, Chandgi Ram and Guru Hanuman akahada, but only the top centres have basic facilities. Rest is still grappling to provide good infrastructure and sound training to the kids who come from adjoining statest — Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.A visit to the smaller centres is an eye-opener. An air conditioned hall is a luxury for these centres where kids still train under tin roofs on mud pits. There are certain akhadas which have somehow managed to purchase a mat but it is lying waste as there is no money to built an air conditioned hall.One such unused mat can be seen at Arjuna awardee Sanjay Pehalwan akhada. The centre lacks good equipment and basic facilities. When Mail Today visited the centre there were few young kids doing squats.”The sport has changed. We need to train these kids on mat. In Delhi, the summers are of eight months and one can’t train under tin sheds. We do not have much support from the government and the federation. Only the big akhadas are getting recognition and facilities,” said coach Jagbir Singh.Jagbir, an international referee, said the akhada is losing youngsters everyday as the facilities are not up to mark.”We do not have local kids here, all of them are from Haryana. As you can see there is no hall and the mat we bought from our own money cannot be used,” he added.advertisementThe scene is worse at Aryavart Vyamsala which is as old as 1968 but is on the verge of closing down. Kids stay under a thatched roof in unhygienic condition.”Today’s generation feels mud-wrestling is a colossal waste of time, an unfashionable option for keeping fit. A large number of akhadas, thus, have turned into gyms where young boys go for weight training,” said one of the wrestlers in the centre.A stone’s throw away is famous Chandgi Ram akhada, which recently got renovated and a fully AC wrestling hall was made for the grapplers.Talking to Mail Today, Jagdish Kaliraman said change is the need of the hour.”To compete with the international wrestlers, we need to update ourselves. Rules have changed, so is wrestling and it is time we adapt so that Indian wrestlers can win more medals at international events,” said Jagdish, son of Chandgi Ram.”The government gave us mat and coaches. But we spent money for an air conditioned hall with modern facilities and other equipment.”The Bharat Kesari emphasised on the improvement of the infrastructure of akhadas. “Wrestling is gaining popularity after the success of bollywood movies and Olympic medals won by Sushil, Yogeshwar and Sakshi. I think the federation (Wrestling Federation of India) need to work more on improving the infrastructure, so that more youngsters (boys and girls) can come and be part of the traditional sport,” he said.When contacted, WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said the federation is doing every bit to promote the sport. “Whenever, we get to know that some akhada (recognised) want some help, we do our best. We provide them mats,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgIndia off-spinner R Ashwin has replaced Sri Lankan captain Rangana Herath as the number two bowler in the ICC’s Test rankings. India left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja retained his place a the top of the table after a resounding 304-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle on Saturday.Ashwin, who played his 50th Test in Galle, picked four wickets in the match while Jadeja snared six  – three in each innings. Herath had a mediocre game, returning figures of 1/159 and 0/34.India opener Shikhar Dhawan’s scores of 190 and 14 have lifted the left-hander 21 slots to 39th position. Pacer Mohammad Shami has gained one slot to reach 23rd rank.Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews has gained two places to reach 17th position after scores of 83 and two at Galle, while batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (up three places to 36th) and pace bowler Nuwan Pradeep (up three places to a career-best 30th) are the others to move up the rankings.India are currently number one in the ICC’s Test rankings and are favourites to win the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka.Meanwhile, Ben Stokes has moved up to take career-best positions in both batting and bowling, in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after a fine show in the third Test against South Africa at The Oval, which his side won by 239 runs on Monday to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.Stokes moved up 12 places to joint-25th position in the rankings for batsmen with scores of 112 and 31, while also gaining two places to reach 19th position in the list for bowlers after grabbing one for 26 and two for 51. His effort also sees him overtake South Africa’s Vernon Philander to take fifth position in the list of all-rounders.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBefore leaving for South Africa, India’s second triple centurion in Test cricket, Karun Nair said he would like to make the most of the tour and prove his mettle to the national selectors again.And he did show some of his class before signing off from South Africa after a disappointing tour overall.Karun slammed a 144-ball 90 to anchor a tricky chase as India A beat South Africa A by six wickets in the second unofficial Test to level the two-match series 1-1. This is the Karnataka batsman’s highest score after his brilliant triple ton against England at Chennai in December last year.  Karun made his debut Test against England in the third Test, where he scored a 4 before he was run-out. In the next match he was out after scoring 13 from 18 balls. As people questioned the selection, he replied back in fine fashion. The right-hander got another chance in the 5th Test due an injury that Ajinkya Rahane picked up and this time he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He slammed 303 off 281 balls to give India a huge first-innings total of 759/7. The bowlers then did the job for the hosts and India won the match by an innings and 75 runs and bagged the series 4-0.However, he went down in history books as one of the unluckiest triple centurions ever. He was dropped for the following Test against Australia in Pune as Rahane recovered from his injury and walked straight back into the playing XI. But the team failed to live up to the challenge as Steve O’Keefe picked up six wickets a-piece in both the innings to hand the visitors a humongous 333-run victory and take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.advertisementReuters PhotoKarun made a comeback in the second Test in his home ground at Bengaluru but showed complete lack of determination and failed to play a long innings as he was out playing reckless shots in both the innings for 26 and a first-ball duck respectively. In the following Test at Ranchi as well, he repeated the same mistake and was bowled by Josh Hazlewood for 23. And things didn’t get any better for him as he failed to live up to expectations in the last and final Test at Dharamsala, especially in the absence of captain Virat Kohli in the team. Karun fell cheaply for 5 and didn’t get to bat in the second innings.The 25-year-old had a decent Indian Premier League campaign in 2017, scoring 281 from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils but that was not enough for him to be on the plane to England for the Champions Trophy or to the West Indies. He was also replaced by Rohit Sharma in the Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour as well.Karun instead was sent to play under Manish Pandey for India A in a 50-overs tri-series involving South Africa A and Afghanistan A and a two-match unofficial Test series, where he was elected as the captain. He scored 95 runs from four innings in the ODIs as India won the series.In the two Test matches he scored 46 runs from the three innings before raking up a match-winning 90 in the fourth innings to cap off the  tour.This was a long due knock from the diminutive batsman and he will hope to stay fit and get a call-up for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka at home in November.last_img read more

first_imgLarge-scale violence has struck Haryana for the third time in three years. All these three incidents have taken place ever since ML Khattar was sworn in as chief minister of the state on October 26, 2014. At least 10 people had died in the Rampal case in November 2014 while 30 had lost their life in violence during the February 2016 Jat agitation in the state. Massive violence has followed the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday by a special Panchkula court, holding the Dera Sacha Sauda leader guilty of rape.The situation deteriorated soon after the conviction was announced and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was taken into custody.There have been about 300 incidents of violence reported from across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. So far, 31 people have died and about 250 have been injured in the violence which ensued after the court verdict.The Haryana government seems to have failed for the third consecutive time in assessing the situation while allowing the law and order situation to drift. The date for today’s hearing was known much in advance. Besides, there were proofs of Dera Sacha Sauda and Baba Ram Rahim galvanising supporters. They had even been posting their messages on the social media for the last few days.There were intelligence reports too fearing violence. But the Khattar government did not take adequate measures to ensure that violence did not erupt.The Haryana government could have imposed prohibitory orders in Sirsa, Panchkula and adjoining regions or areas of Dera Sacha Sauda’s influence. advertisementSecondly, the state government should not have allowed Baba Ram Rahim to travel from Dera Sacha Sauda’s headquarters in Sirsa to Panchkula as a hero. There were over 100 cars in Ram Rahim’s convoy. The government should not have allowed more than half a dozen vehicles, including those carrying Ram Rahim’s relatives, staff and security personnel, to accompany him. The remaining vehicles should have been detained. Third, the Khattar government should have called more security forces to man Sirsa and Panchkula. It should have made adequate arrangements in other cities as well. Unfortunately, Khattar apparently had not learned despite the two earlier incidents in which his government had to face major criticism following violence.The epicentre of violence in the wake of Baba Ram Rahim’s conviction has been Haryana. The violence, which started from the state, has spread to adjoining Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.Hence, a large part of the blame for the violence needs to be shared by the Khattar government.RAMPAL CASE In the Satlok ashram supremo Rampal’s case too, the Haryana government had ample time to make sufficient arrangements to take on the rogue self-declared godman.The Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Rampal.Scores of Rampal’s followers including militia clashed with para-military forces and the Haryana Police killing 10 people in November 2014, just a month after Khattar government had been sworn in.Rampal’s followers resorted to firing, stone-pelting and hurling of acid and petrol bombs from within the ashram.There was a 30-hour standoff. In the end the security forces managed to arrest the controversial godman from his ashram.Security forces arrested at least 200 members of the militia that was guarding the Satlok Ashram.Three of Rampal’s key associates were also arrested. Those arrested included Rampal’s son and brother, besides Satlok Ashram spokesperson Raj Kapoor.About 70 Rampal followers, most of them his ‘private commandos’, who had indulged in violence, were arrested. According to reports, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was unhappy with the way the Khattar government had handled the issue. JAT AGITATION As many as 30 people were killed and property worth crores was damaged at many places in Haryana during the February 2016 Jat stir which had turned violent.Rohtak and some of its neighbouring districts, including Sonipat and Jhajjar, were the worst hit by the violence last year. Besides the loss of lives and damage to property – both private and public including roads, canals, railway stations, police stations – illegal felling of trees and violation of human rights took place in Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Jind, Hisar, Kaithal and Bhiwani.The role of state government officials, including police and civil departments, came under the scanner as the government completely failed to stop the violence during the period.Mass rape and molestation cases were also reported in Sonipat district.The community had been agitating for according OBC status to them for several years. However, they targeted non-Jats for the first time.According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the damage was to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore but other industry sources quoted a figure of Rs 34,000 crore.advertisementReportedly, 33 buses had been set on fire and 99 others were partially damaged. Out of 387 LPG companies, 185 are out of stock. More than 25 petrol pumps had been damaged.Chevrolet and Hyundai showrooms around Rohtak were burned down and in total, more than 200 cars that were in stock had been set on fire. The Munak Canal was also damaged. Here too the Khattar government was accused of mishandling the situation, failing to make a correct assessment of the situation and taking adequate measures in order to stop violence from taking place. Today, in the Ram Rahim case, Khattar has defended himself saying that the Haryana government had made complete arrangements but “the mob was really huge”. This argument is unlikely to be accepted by the Opposition and the people in general. In the days to come, it will not be a surprise if the Opposition demands Khattar’s resignation.Also ReadSecurity beefed, alert issued across Delhi, Punjab after Ram Rahim case verdictGurmeet Ram Rahim verdict aftermath: Blood sport erupts across 3 states in baba’s namelast_img read more

first_imgThe Australia cricket team suffered a scare following their Twenty20 international win over India in Guwahati on Tuesday after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows, governing body Cricket Australia (CA) said.Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel, after their 8-wicket win over the hosts in the second T20I, in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website ( board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”In a remarkable piece of good fortune, no one was sitting on the seat next to the window when it was broken,” CA’s report said.”While no one was injured, the Australian players were understandably shaken up by the incident.”Australia’s team bus was also struck by a rock in Bangladesh five weeks ago as it travelled back to a hotel following the first day’s play of the second and final test against the home side in Chittagong.That prompted authorities to tighten security around the Australia team.Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch posted a photo of a shattered window on a bus on Twitter.”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” he tweeted.Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017Australia are scheduled to play India in the third and final Twenty20 of the series in Hyderabad on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgAfter his Condom-look and Super Mario avatar, we were convinced that there wasn’t anything really left for Ranveer Singh to pull off. But standing true to his reputation of being the Lady Gaga of B-town, he showed up dressed in a long skirt at a red carpet. From sheer surprise to unbridled appreciation, the reactions to his quirky outfit varied extensively, but what stayed with us was the charm he oozed even in a skirt.In his sexy, box-pleated skirt with white pinstripes, Ranveer looked just so dapper. Apart from how effortlessly stylish he looked in the skirt, we were in awe of how perfectly he styled it with a V-neck, semi-formal shirt with blue, patch details. Sprinkling a skosh of edge to his ensemble, he sported a thick beard and neatly parted greasy hair that really elevated the look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ranveersingh Also Read: Ranveer Singh wore a skirt to this award function. We’re not kiddingWhile Ranveer made us believe that he’ll be the hottest man we’ll ever see in a skirt, the stunning Ayushmann Khurrana decided to change the way we looked at men dressed in skirts. The Vicky Donor star embodied elegance in his black, Nehru-collar jacket, which he teamed with an asymmetric, black skirt. Mr Khurrana made our jaws drops with how royal-yet-trendy he looked in this all-black attire with little, silver details on the jacket.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ayushmannk Also Read: It’s the perfect day to appreciate Ayushmann Khurrana’s beautiful fashion sensRecently, the actor known for his unconventional roles and acting skills, Irrfan Khan, joined the not-so-usual B-town men on the skirt bandwagon, but with a twist of his own. Donning a serene, white outfit, Irrfan embraced the idea of androgynous dressing and aced it too. The star was seen wearing a brilliant, ivory, ethnic jacket teamed with a flowy, A-line, pleated skirt.advertisement Though the A-line aspect of the outfit looked pretty much like an easy-breezy skirt, it was interesting how he teamed a pair of chudidaar bottoms with it that made it reflect the style of a kurta as well. Unlike the other two stars, Irrfan had more ethnicity about his unique attire, which he complemented with a pair of brown sandals, and looked so spruce.Picture courtesy: Instagram/ishabhansali While these stars are donning skirts with different flavours to their looks, it’s the progressive idea of androgynous-dressing seeping into the industry that is making us proud.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Adding more results)New Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar today made a glorious return to the international arena by clinching a gold as India won an impressive 59 medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa.The freestyle wrestling team won 10 gold, seven silver and two mronze medals today as India returned with a total of 29 gold, 24 silver and 6 bronze medals from the championships.Besides Sushil, Another Olympic medallist, Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games, also clinched a gold medal in the championships today.Sakshi defeated New Zealands Tayla Tuahine Ford by a score of 13-2 in the final of the 62kg womens freestyle category to add another yellow metal for India.Earlier in the day returning to international wrestling after more than three years, Sushil defeated New Zealand Akash Khullars via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the yellow metal.It was his first medal in international wrestling since his gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.It was double celebration for India as other wrestler in same category, Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal.Sushil returned to competitive wrestling in November at the Senior Nationals in Indore where he won a gold medal amid controversy after getting three walkovers from his fellow wrestlers.Incidentally, it was Rana who gave him a walkover in the title clash in Indore, but the duo wrestled this time and Sushil came out on top with a 5-4 victory margin.advertisementIn his first bout, Sushil defeated Johannes Petrus Botha of South Africa 8-0 followed by the win over Rana.Sushil also beat Jasmit Singh Phulka of Canada by fall en route his gold medal.Soon after the victory, Sushil, who won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and then followed it up with a silver in 2012 London Games, dedicated the win to his motherland and coach.”Its a very proud and emotional moment for me as I have returned to the mat on international level after a gap of 3years. I want to dedicate this Gold medal won in #Commonwealthwrestlingchampionship at #SouthAfrica to my guru and to my Nation. JaiHind????,” an emotional Sushil tweeted after his win.Soon after winning the Nationals, Sushil resigned as a National Observer for wrestling after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore stated that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.The other gold medals winners in the freestyle category for India today were Utkarsh Kale (57kg), Sharvan (61kg), Bajrang (65kg), Amit Dhankar (70kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak (86kg), Somveer (92kg), Rubaljeet Singh (97kg) and Hitender (125kg). Rahul Aware (61kg), Arun Kumar (70kg), Praveen Rana (74kg), Veer Dev Gulia (79kg), Pawan Kumar (86kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit (125kg) won silver medals, while the bronze medals went to Sonu (65kg) and Azrudeen (92kg). PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

first_imgImaikkaa Nodigal is among the many anticipated Tamil films that will hit the screens in 2018. The movie will introduce Anurag Kashyap as an actor to Tamil Nadu, the state which already has a good fan-following thanks to his directorial ventures. The latest buzz is that the shoot of the film has finally come to an end.Actor Atharvaa, who plays the lead role in the film, took to Twitter to share a picture from the last day of the shoot.With that it�??s a wrap for Team #ImaikkaaNodigal . Been one crazy ride & Good fun working with this cool bunch ! �?�?Time to say Tata bye bye here and report to Duty as a Cop from tomorrow for @samanton21 �??��?��??️ Atharvaa (@Atharvaamurali) December 17, 2017The film also stars actress Nayanthara. The much-sought-after actor Vijay Sethupathi has also played a cameo in the film, which is directed by R Ajay Gnanamuthu of Demonte Colony fame. Sethupathi, according to rumours, is playing the husband of Nayanthara in the flick, which is touted to be a revenge story.Meanwhile, actor Atharvaa will start shooting for his cop film, that is set go on floors this week. The upcoming yet-untitled film will be directed by Sam Anton, who has helmed movies like Darling and Enakku Innoru Paer Irukku.Imaikkaa Nodigal music album is composed by Hip Hop Tamizha and the film also stars Raashi Khanna in a pivotal role.ALSO WATCH: A look at the times controversy king Shah Rukh Khan landed himself in a soup advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) Former India bowler Karsan Ghavri believes that in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya is nowhere near legendary Kapil Dev yet.Pandya starred with the bat in the Champions Trophy final last year, and in the first innings of the opening Test against South Africa last week.Some sports writers have compared Pandya to Kapil Dev.”He (Kapil) is being so modest to say — I read in the newspaper — that Hardik Pandya is a better all-rounder than him. In my view Hardik Pandya is nowhere near Kapil Dev,” Ghavri, who opened the bowling with Kapil in several Test matches, said last night.”And even if he has to reach there, he has got a long long way to go. Its a very difficult comparison, but (Hardik) he is nowhere near Kapil Dev right now,” Ghavri quipped.The Rajkot-born former left-hand pacer was speaking at a programme organised by The Legends Club to mark the 59th birthday of Kapil Dev at the Cricket Club of India here.”Time will tell how far he (Hardik) can reach close to Kapils achievement or whatever Kapil has done and the time will tell you everything,” said 66-year-old Ghavri.Ghavri praised India bowlers for their show in the first Test match against South Africa in Cape Town which India lost by 72 runs, chasing a modest 208, and blamed the batsmen.”We bowled extremely well in both the innings. Bowlers have done a beautiful job in the first Test match and it is only the batsmen, who have let us down.advertisement”And if we really need to improve from the second and the third Test onwards, every batsman has to take a lot of responsibility and plan out their innings and you need to have lot of runs on the board to fight, you got to give something to your bowlers and if you dont do that, then the result will be different altogether,” he said. PTI NRB KRK BASlast_img read more

first_imgLG can be credited as one of the early brands to kick off the bezel-less trend this year when it launched its G6 flagship. The smartphone features slim bezels all around the display to provide an 18:9 aspect ratio. The company is expected to continue the full-screen design with the LG G7 next year, and we are now hearing that the upcoming flagship could also sport an advanced iris scanner as well.A patent recently surfaced via LetsGoDigital gives us a look at an iris scanning technology that seems to do more than just unlock the phone. As per the report, the technology will also help users protect sensitive information stored in the phone. What this means is that the iris scanning sensors will open certain sensitive apps only if it recognises you as the owner of the phone. The reports notes that the advanced iris scanner will register changes in the iris size and will set up a light screen or dark screen depending on how much light gets to it.While iris scanners work with infrared light, LG has reportedly developed a camera which can switch from an infrared to a regular one. This could possibly reduce the number of sensor needed for the biometric technology, which could mean even smaller bezels on the top for the G7.Also Read: LG G7 expected to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor: ReportWay back in May, rumours about LG’s next flagship started rolling with reports that the G7 could sport Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor. While the next-gen chipset is expected to power most flagship Android devices next year, it isn’t entirely sure that the G7 will be one of them. To recall, LG decided to skip the Snapdragon 835 SoC this year and instead went with the older 821 chip for the LG G6.advertisementWhile fans do expect LG to not make a similar mistake with the G7 next year, it is possible that the upcoming flagship could go with the current Snapdragon 835 SoC, if the company plans to launch the device as early as CES 2018 in January, as some recent reports have suggested. The company in recent years has been unveiling its flagships ahead of its competition, especially Samsung, to get a one up on them, but at the risk of outdated hardware. Interestingly, Samsung was also rumoured to unveil its upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at CES next month, but the company recently debunked the speculations.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange of words involving Niroshan Dickwella, who admitted to time-wasting tactics in the dying moments of the Kolkata Test but the India skipper was impressed with the Sri Lankan batsman’s character.India, after being outplayed on the first two days, were pressing hard for victory when things took a bitter turn as Dickwella sought to waste time when India’s pacers wanted to get through as many overs as possible. As Shami ran in to bowl the 19th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Dickwella had not yet taken his stance. That upset Shami, who made his displeasure felt. He had a word with Kohli as well as the batsmen.Dickwella, in an unsporting gesture, then indicated to Shami after his next delivery that the pitch and not his own skills, were helping him extract the extra bounce. The war of words was not getting difficult to contain. Both  umpires assembled in the middle and involved India skipper Kohli and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. At the end, Dickwella apologised to Kohli, who walked back to his position on the field.Dickwella later conceded he did try to waste some time as Sri Lanka desperately battled for a draw to avoid their sixth successive Test defeat to India.”How it all started was, I hit a six over square leg. There were three fielders behind square on the leg side and I brought that to the notice of the umpire Nigel Llong. A no-ball was called and then Virat Kohli came towards me and told me that that’s the umpires’ job and you don’t worry. That’s how it all started,” Dickwella said. “I thought, hang on, this is a good opportunity to get into an argument and kill some time. Kohli quickly realized what my intentions were and started walking back. Then the Mohammed Shami thing happened. It was funny I thought, I would like to think that I won that battle.advertisementKohli, who was furious on the final day and rushed up to the umpires so they could intervene, however, was impressed with the spunk shown by Dickwella.”I like to see that character. I liked that competitiveness on the field. He is someone who takes lot of pride in his cricket. I am impressed with what I have seen so far of him from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket,” the India captain said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test in Nagpur which starts from Friday.Kohli said he had spoken to Dickwella on the flight from Kolkata to Nagpur and added he was happy to move on from the incident.”Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game.”last_img read more

first_imgEven the return of its best striker, Costas Mitroglou, couldn’t give front-running Olympiakos a victory against Atromitos, as the Greek soccer league champions had to settle for a 0-0 tie at Peristeri.The draw cut the Reds lead over second-placed PAOK was cut to eight points. The upstart Atromitos team, which regularly gives fits to the stronger clubs in the league, battled fiercely and Olympiakos gave in return but neither could break the net.The return of Mitroglou, who had been sitting out hurt for seven weeks, was offset when Olympiakos the day before lost central defender Dimitris Siovas to surgery, sidelining him for three months. That’s a setback for Olympakos before its key Champions League matches with perennial stalwart Manchester United.he champions also received a blow ahead of their Champions League matches with Manchester United as central defender Dimitris Siovas was operated on Saturday and will miss the action of the next three months. However the match at Peristeri signaled the return to action for Costas Mitroglou after seven weeks on the sidelines.PAOK gained a point on the front-runners with a 1-0 win at home against Panetolikos through a Lucas goal, but its fans booed the Thessaloniki club’s players off the pitch at the end, disappointed with a half-hearted performance that barely earned a win.Panathinaikos stayed in fourth beating Panionios 1-0 at home on a goal fromDanijel Pranjic, but Panionios would have got at least a point, or even a victory, had it not missed a penalty kick or hit the goalposts twice.Asteras remained fifth with its 3-0 win over Platanias Hanion at Tripoli, while Panthrakikos rose to sixth beating rival Thrace club Xanthi 2-1.Meanwhile, Northern Ireland veteran Lawrie Sanchez is proving a star for the Athens club Apollon, which humbled PAS Giannina, 4-0, less than a week after beating Aris, 2-0. That lifts Apollon out of relegation so far.Veria took advantage of the two red cards shown to OFI Crete players to score its first away win (1-0) with a goal five minutes from the end, a couple of hours before Levadiakos’s return to victories with a 2-0 win over Ergotelis at Livadia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOBERHAUSEN, GERMANY – Wladimir Klitschko made the 16th successful defense of his IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight, championships, as well as the title bestowed upon him by Ring magazine, by knocking out overmatched Alex Leapai in five rounds.Leapai was an unlikely “Rocky Balboa”-type longshot but, unlike the movie, the underdog was just that. The six-foot-six Klitschko battered his much smaller opponent around the ring before disposing of him in the fifth round.It was Klitschko’s 20th straight win, elevating his professional record to 62-3 (52 wins by knockout). A pro since 1996, Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight division along with his older brother, Vitali, for the better part of the past two decades. The brothers, who vowed never to fight one another and stayed true to their word, both hold PhDs in sports management.The elder Dr. Klitshcko vacated his portion of the heavyweight throne, retiring from boxing, and is a member of the Ukranian Parliament and leader of the Ukranian Democratic Alliance for Reform.  Both Klitschko Brothers, in fact, are active in Ukranian politics.With big brother Vitali out of boxing, the younger Klitschko is undoubtedly the most dominant fighter in the sport. Rare has been the occasion when the heavyweight boxing champion had virtually no competition.  Even the undefeated Rocky Marciano, the “Greatest” Muhammad Ali, and the ferocious Mike Tyson had some scares. But Klitschko, whose three losses all came by knockout at the hands of fighters who, at best, can be called mediocre, has learned how to protect his suspect chin: he simply doesn’t give any fighter a chance to zero in on it.A fight in May features top contenders for Vitali’s vacated title, Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola squaring off, the winner to fight Wladimir. Stiverne may be the best heavyweight in the world today – retired or otherwise – not named Klitschko. Though he would be an underdog in a fight against big Wlad, at least it might be a competitive one worth watching. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — This is what ran through Roger Federer’s mind as he stood one point from losing to Gael Monfils in the U.S. Open quarterfinals:“You got the back against the wall and hope to get a bit lucky. And you hope to play exactly the right shots that you need,” Federer explained. “Or that he completely just messes it up. Either way works, as long as you get out of it.”Federer got out of it. Twice.Steady as ever, even at 33, Federer saved two match points en route to coming all the way back from a two-set deficit, edging the 20th-seeded Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 the night of Sept. 4 to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2011.Frustrated by the Frenchman’s unpredictable style, flummoxed by the swirling wind, and missing shots he normally makes, Federer was on the verge of defeat while trailing 5-4 in the fourth set.The 17-time major champion’s mind was racing.“That is a very frustrating moment to be in. Being down match point, it’s just not fun, because you’re so close to leaving the court, head hanging down and … going to take a shower and going to have to do press and all that stuff, which is so annoying after you’ve lost,” Federer said.“It’s hard to block it out, (but) you snap right back in, because you don’t have that much time,” he continued. “You’re like, ‘OK, let me try and hit a good serve. Let’s hope it works, because I don’t want to hit a second serve.’ All that kind of stuff. … I have to face it and embrace it.”That he did.With Federer serving at 15-40, Monfils had an opening for a backhand passing shot, but it flew long. At 30-40, Federer produced a forehand winner, and the crowd roared. Two points later, it was 5-all, and then Monfils double-faulted twice in a row to get broken.Everything had changed, putting Federer on course to winning for the ninth time after dropping the opening two sets of a match.“It came quick,” said Monfils, who said he felt physically and mentally drained late. “It’s a matter of five minutes,” he said. “I think I was down (for) five minutes. Roger just (jumped) on me.”Afterward, Federer credited the raucous support he heard in Arthur Ashe Stadium, saying the spectators “definitely got me through the match.”“It grows your belief that you can hit better shots, you can dig out more tough balls, you can serve better. All that just helps solidify your belief,” Federer said. “I must say tonight was actually quite emotional for me.”Monfils, 28, was trying to reach his second career Grand Slam semifinal. Instead, Federer advanced to his 36th, ninth at Flushing Meadows. Five of Federer’s major titles came at the U.S. Open from 2004-08, but he exited in the quarterfinals in 2012, and the fourth round in 2013.On Sept. 6, the second-seeded Federer will play 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. The other semifinal will be No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 10 Kei Nishikori.Cilic wasn’t allowed to play in last year’s U.S. Open, forced to the sideline by a four-month doping suspension that he says he didn’t deserve.But Cilic reached the second Grand Slam semifinal of his career, and first since 2010, by beating sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4).It took Monfils 78 minutes to build a two-set lead, shaking of a twisted right ankle that left him down on the court. It helped that Federer made 26 unforced errors in that span.And as if all he had to do was want to improve his play, Federer did. He suddenly was remarkably cleaner, with only one unforced error in the third set, and two in the fifth.Attacking the net helped: Over the final three sets, Federer earned the point on 34 of 46 trips forward. “I knew I could play better after the first couple of sets,” Federer said. “I believed I could turn it around from the get-go when the third set started.”Monfils is nothing if not unpredictable. In an era where some men, including Federer, have two coaches, Monfils goes without any. He’ll admit to tanking points, games or entire sets.He sips sodas during matches, including on Sept. 4. He’ll go for a between-the-legs shot when a mundane forehand would do.Make no mistake, though. This was not easy. The turnaround might not have been possible for Federer a year ago, when he was dealing with a bad back and trying to figure out whether he should switch to a larger racket head.But now Federer, however old, is approaching his skills of old. He got to the finals at his previous four tournaments — including a loss to Djokovic in Wimbledon’s title match in July — the first such run by a 30-something since Ivan Lendl in 1990. One more victory, and Federer’s final streak will stretch to five in a row.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgZAGREB, Croatia – Greece remained unbeaten with its third straight win in the European basketball tourney, whomping Georgia, 79-68 on Sept. 8.The Greeks rolled up an unbeatable 50-22 halftime lead with near-flawless execution against the outgunned Georgian team.Coach Fotis Katsikaris rested his big guns in the second half as the Greeks coasted to an easy win over opening with victories over FYROM and a nail-biter to beat host Croatia.Nick Calathes was Greece’s top scorer with 19 points, while NBA players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Costas Koufos had 12 each.Greece is alone on top of the group staged in Croatia and on Sept. 9 will play a much-tougher Slovenian team.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgNEW YORK –  Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli’s sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn’t elated like other relatives in the luxury suite at Levi’s Stadium who were jumping and celebrating after Denver’s late touchdown sealed the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.He said Eli had his game face on.“Eli and I have always supported each other. I think Eli was analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be as if he were playing it. And so he was just as happy,” Peyton told host Jimmy Fallon during the show that aired Wednesday night.Then, he and Fallon quickly pivoted to a bit where they spoke to a life-sized cutout of Eli, the New York Giants quarterback who won two Super Bowl rings himself.“It’s funny, when I saw that clip, Jimmy, I’ve seen that look before. I’ve recognized it. At other big moments in my life he kind of had that similar expression,” Peyton said.“I can remember 18 years ago, calling the night before the draft and said: ‘Eli, guess what? The Colts are going to draft me No. 1 in the NFL draft tomorrow.’”The camera showed cardboard Eli’s expressionless face.“Eli, I got us front-row tickets to see Adele!” Fallon chimed in as the audience roared.“I remember almost five years ago: ‘Eli, Ashley and I are expecting twins. You’re going to be an uncle,’” Peyton said.“And then like four years ago coming off this (series of neck fusion surgeries), I was like: ‘Eli, guess what, my neck has finally healed. I’m going to play football again.’”Fallon finished the bit by saying: “All those big moments in your life, he’s always there for you. That’s what a brother is for.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some of the leading gambling technology companies expect the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize sports betting nationwide, and are jockeying for position months before a decision is even rendered.NYX Gaming is suing London-based William Hill over the proposed acquisition of NYX by Las Vegas-based Scientific Games. William Hill, which owns stock in NYX, is threatening to use its voting shares to block the acquisition unless it receives certain assurances from Scientific Games about what the newly merged company will and won’t be able to do.In its lawsuit, NYX terms those requests “extortionate” and anti-competitive. William Hill calls them “perfectly reasonable.”The maneuvering takes place as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case brought by New Jersey that seeks to legalize sports betting. Federal law now forbids sports gambling in all but four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.—WAYNE PARRY, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, FL – A big, fat chunk of Florida’s Greek community is gearing up to support the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on December 22 when he faces the Miami Heat.The 23-year-old, 6-foot-11, 242-pounder has been nicknamed the “Greek Freak” due to his dominance on the hardwood. Off the court, he is a gentle giant known for his charity and humble nature.“There is no drama or flash with Giannis,” said Aleco Haralambides, a Miami attorney and Greek community leader.“He exhibits classic Greek ideals of humility, hard work, and excellence while at the same time coming across as wholesome kid from the neighborhood.”Haralambides adds: “Gia sou, Giannis!” which is the Greek phrase for “greetings.”Born in Athens, Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh) is of Nigerian descent. If his name is too hard too pronounce, just call him “John.”Ticket information is available by phone: 786-777-1000.From the Miami Herald, reprinted with the author’s permission.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more