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Spanoulis: “The greatest comeback of my career happened in Istanbul”

first_imgVassilis Spanoulis talked for Eurohoops camera, discussing his emotions after hearing that the Euroleague Final Four will return to Istanbul in 2017. After all, who can forget what happened in the same city back in 2012 when he won the competition’s trophy with the Reds.“My memories from Istanbul are fantastic. The whole Europe admired what we were putting on court in 2011/2012 Especially in the second half of the season, when we played great basketball”, said the captain of Olympiacos about lifting the Euroleague trophy in “Sinan Erdem”.“The comeback in the Final vs CSKA Moscow with Printezis’ buzzer beater was the greatest of my career.”, he added. “And the most difficult one, taking into account how powerful the two teams were and what targets they had set in the beginning of the season. The comeback of the Greek national team against France in the Eurobasket 2005 was also very difficult. Different but quite difficult too. Both were incredible moments, that’s for sure.”Source: Eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Barcelona Faces Celta in Copa del Rey, Madrid gets Numancia

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Barcelona will face Celta Vigo in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, and Real Madrid will play second-division club Numancia.Barcelona, which has won the competition for the last three years, was held to a 2-2 draw by Celta in the Spanish league on Saturday at Camp Nou.Tuesday’s draw also paired Atletico Madrid with third-division club Lleida. Formentera, another third-tier club, will play last-year’s losing finalist, Alaves.The other pairings are: Cadiz vs. Sevilla; Leganes vs. Villarreal; Las Palmas vs. Valencia; and Espanyol vs. Levante.The matches will be played during the first and second weeks of January.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Densitron: 2.8-inch mono display with exceptional brightness and ultra-wide viewing angle

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: plug-and-play antenna chip simplifies phased array radar applicationsNext Rutronik: advanced touch features for new RX130 MCU family Densitron has launched a new 2.8-inch monochrome display which rivals competitive products currently on the market through its optical performance, quality and cost.The HC5437 series display, with 128 x 64 dots resolution, has an exceptionally wide viewing angle providing outstanding readability and close to full view. It features different modes for day and night where the background colour is inverted to make it easier to read, while maintaining the same ultra-wide viewing angles. With blue and white backlight options, the consistent brightness of the display has exceeded customer expectations when matched against other leading displays of this kind.Ideal for any industrial application, test and measurement instruments, portable measuring devices and for use in medical equipment, the new display will easily drop into existing workflows.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Former champion Andy Murray not sure of Wimbledon 2018 participation

first_imgAndy Murray was back at one of his favourite stomping grounds on Tuesday and while the resumption of his career ended in defeat by Nick Kyrgios, the Scot remained upbeat about his return from injury, if guarded about his Wimbledon participation.The 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion had not played a competitive match since losing to Sam Querrey in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and opted to have right hip surgery five months ago.His ranking has slipped to 156 but there were times during a compelling two hour 39 minute clash with Kyrgios in the first round of the Queen’s Club championships when it looked as though he had never been away.Ultimately, however, he could not last the pace and Kyrgios buckled down after a torrid first set to win 2-6 7-6(4) 7-5.He was clearly fatigued at the end and there was even the suggestion of a limp but Murray said that was only to be expected after such a long layoff.”I’m a bit stiff just now. Just normal stuff that you would get after maybe playing on a grasscourt for the first time in a while,” Murray told reporters.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”The longest I have practiced in the last year has been an hour and a half. I was on the court for significantly longer than that in a more intense environment. So, you know, I’m feeling decent, considering that.”Questions quickly turned to Wimbledon which starts in less than two weeks. Murray would not say how he will prepare, or whether he would even take part.advertisementGoing straight into best-of-five set tennis with such little playing time would be difficult and Murray hinted he play at next week’s Eastbourne event. Then again, he also raised the prospect of opting to miss Wimbledon altogether, depending on how his body reacts in the next few days.”I won’t rule anything out just now. I won’t rule out playing Eastbourne and not playing Wimbledon,” Murray, given a standing ovation when he arrived on court, said.”I wouldn’t rule out not playing a tournament next week and trying to get matches like in an exhibition tournament, as well, to get ready for Wimbledon.”I’m not sure yet. I’m really happy that I got on the match court today and played. It was a close decision. I have not been practicing loads at all.”He continued: “I really haven’t played a whole lot of tennis, so I’m happy I got out there and competed and performed respectably.”It’s something I need to speak to my team about. If I wake up and I really don’t feel good tomorrow, then that’s obviously not a great sign for best-of-five-set tennis.”FIRST SET STRUGGLESKyrgios, who has also had hip and elbow injuries, had lost all five previous meetings with Murray and a sixth loss beckoned as he dropped serve three times, each time with a wild double-fault, in a shambolic first set.Once he stopped the tippy-tappy tennis and showboating started crunching 140mph serves and thunderous groundstrokes, he began to give Murray a real examination.Murray saved two match points at 4-5 in the decider but at 5-6 he double-faulted to hand Kyrgios the win.The Australian, a close friend of Murray’s, said it had been a difficult engagement.”It was a very awkward match for me because I was thinking the guy hadn’t played a match in a year, and I was getting smoked in the first set,” he said. “I was, like, this is not going to be a good look if I lose this match.”last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi appoints Bengaluru MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao as Karnataka Congress chief

first_imgMLA Dinesh Gundu Rao was appointed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi as President of the party’s Karnataka unit on Wednesday.Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot announced the appointment of Gundu Rao.Gehlot also announced Bidar legislator Eshwar Khandre as the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s Working President — a post earlier held by Gundu Rao.The party appreciates the hard work by outgoing KPCC President G Parameshwara who led the party for the last eight years and is stepping down from the responsibility.- GehlotGUNDU RAOGundu Rao, 48, is a fourth-time MLA from Gandhinagar assembly constituency in Bengaluru central and second son of former Congress Chief Minister R Gundu Rao.He was a Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister in the previous Siddaramaiah government.This (post) is a huge responsibility. I am humbled and happy about the appointment and I believe that I can discharge my duties as the state Congress chief.- Gundu RaoGundu Rao visited Sringeri in the state’s Chikkamagaluru district, about 250 km from here, to seek blessings from the head of Sringeri Mutt.ESHWAR KHANDREKhandre, the former Municipalities and Local Bodies Minister, is a lawmaker from Bhalki assembly segment in Bidar.G PARAMESHWARAParameshwara is the Deputy Chief Minister in the Janata Dal-Secular-Congress coalition government in the state.Parameshwara took it to Twitter, reacting to Gundu Rao’s appointment as the new state unit chief.Hearty congratulations to Shri @dineshgrao on being selected as the President & Shri @eshwar_khandre as Working President of @INCKarnataka.I’m confident you will lead the party ably and take it to newer heights.(2/2)advertisementDr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 4, 2018With Parameshwara handling the cabinet portfolios of Home, Bengaluru City Development and Youth Empowerment and Sports, handling the party President post as well would be difficult, KPCC Vice-President B K Chandrashekar said.Parameshwara has very heavy portfolios and it will be difficult for him to pay attention to the party matters as well, especially with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.- ChandrashekarDespite Gundu Rao’s popularity within the party, his appointment as the state unit chief less than a year before the Lok Sabha polls gives him very little time to prepare, he added.We (Congress) have lost the state election (on May 12) and are in a coalition government. With less than a year left for the Lok Sabha polls, he could have done well with more time of at least two to three years.- ChandrashekarThe most important “burden” that Congress has is to develop a strategy for the ensuing general election to counter the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Tendulkar starts new initiative with Kit Up Challenge

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar has taken to social media to launch #KitupChallenge to encourage people to start playing sports. Posting a video of himself putting on his cricketing gear and getting ready to play, Tendulkar asked the viewers to take up a sport of their choice. As part of the challenge, Sachin called upon the viewers to post a short video of themselves on social media while getting ready to play a sport and use the hashtag to nominate others in the process. Sachins new initiative aims to promote overall fitness and encourage Indians to inculcate an active lifestyle through the joy of playing sports. The challenge has been positively received from the sports community with noted personalities like Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu and Devendra Jhajharia already participating in the challenge. Other noted sports personalities like Srikanth Kidambi and Suresh Raina have also shown support. Last month, the government of India launched the #HumFitToIndiaFit initiative which also received a tremendous response from across the country. Earlier, in his Rajya Sabha speech, Sachin had proposed a framework for Sports for All under Right To Play. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Par panel picks holes in management of defence land

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) A parliamentary panel has slammed the Defence Ministry over management of its land and recommended a comprehensive survey of all such lands in ten years, while taking strict action against erring officials whose inaction led to losses worth crores.The Public Accounts Committee in its report on ‘Improper Management of Defence Land’, which was tabled before the Lok Sabha today, said despite having repeatedly pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report in2007-2008, 2008-2009 and twice in 2010-11, no effort was made by the Ministry of Defence to streamline the management of defence lands.The ministry owns huge tracts of land across the country. This is managed by the Directorate General of Defence Estate.The committee said the Defence Estate Officers (DEOs) failed to take advance action of renewal and/ termination of lease in utter disregard of the guidelines, resulting in outstanding rentals of approximately Rs 838.34 crore for a period ranging from four to 46 years in respect of eight cases.Referring to a case of Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), the panel said since 2014, the Ministry of Defence in process of finalising policies for leasing of land for sports and recreational purpose, has not renewed the lease of RCTC from 2007 whose dues are as huge as Rs 814 crore.”The committee desires that strict action be taken against the officials responsible for non-renewal of leases failing to prevent encroachment, encouraging the use of defence land for commercial purpose, failing in the basic law of correct and accurate demarcation/ measurement of land while acquiring the same before its final payment,” the panel said in its recommendation.advertisementThe panel also recommended a comprehensive survey of all defence lands be made once in ten years.PTI PR SRY SRYlast_img read more

Trent Bridge Test: Never thought this would happen, says Buttler after maiden ton

first_imgConsidered as a limited-overs specialist even five months back, Jos Buttler’s return to Test cricket has been nothing short of remarkable till now.Making a return to the England Test team after a sensational Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals, Buttler has most tasted success in the four Test matches he has played so far.Buttler has scored two fifties and one century in the eight innings he has played since his return to Tests earlier this year and accumulated 331 runs.He returned to Test cricket after a gap of a year and a half against Pakistan in May and played two Tests against them. He scored 161 runs from three innings against Pakistan and was supposed to be England’s key batsman against India in the five-match series that was slated to start in August.Also read – Jos Buttler, dropped on 1 by Rishabh Pant, slams maiden Test hundredHowever, after a decent limited-overs series (T20Is and ODIs) against Virat Kohli’s men, Buttler’s form fizzled away in Tests and some people even called for him to be dropped from the side. But, the English management stuck to their guns and he was retained and he rewarded them with a gutsy hundred with his team’s back against the wall.Buttler’s maiden Test ton might have come for a losing cause as India are just one wicket away from victory in the third Test with a whole day’s play left but his knock will provide much needed comfort to not only him but the team as well.advertisement”It’s really satisfying. It has been a long time coming. And it was, a few months ago, a million miles away so it’s a huge moment for me. I don’t think I can underestimate that feeling. I’m obviously personally delighted. A little bit lost for words but delighted.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah savours ‘patient’ second five-wicket haul”I think definitely to prove you can do it in the middle, that’s a huge part of the feeling of it. Not just for yourself or anyone else, but to show you can do it for your team as well is maybe the biggest thing. And to feel like you’ve done something for the team and you hopefully belong. But it’s more about backing it up and doing it again because it’s not easy,” said Buttler. Jos Buttler made his Test debut in 2014 against India (Reuters Photo)A regular in England’s limited-overs side, Buttler has failed to nail down a spot in the Test side despite making his debut against India in 2014. He has only played 23 Test matches so far and scored 1115 at an average of 34.84. However, after grinding it out there and playing a long knock for his team, Buttler said that he is getting there slowly and is playing well in the longest format of the game.Also read – Jasprit Bumrah returns to Test cricket with 2nd successive 5-wicket haul”I’m getting closer I think. It’s something I try to do is read the situation and play accordingly so it’s pleasing to know that I can do that. There will be different times that different innings are required. That’s all I try and do in cricket is try and read the situation and play as I feel like should do.”I think it shows in Test cricket how it ebbs and flows. For twenty minutes it feels impossible and then for twenty minutes you feel like you’re in control and playing well. You can’t underestimate how much luck plays a part. Human error, dropped catch and I wouldn’t be sat here today either. So I think trying to focus in the moment and stay in your zone and your bubble and play each ball on its merit and within your game plan is all you’re trying to do, I think, for that period of time. And if that means they bowl well and you play out four maidens you’re trying to trust your defence to get through that,” Buttler said.He also reitierated that he thought that he will never get to play Test match cricket and therefore, this century has given him lot more confidence and satisfaction than any of his ODI or T20 exploits.Also read – Rishabh Pant sets new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut”I was never sure if I’d ever play Test cricket again. All those thoughts go through your head while you’re out there as well and you start to get close and you’re trying to concentrate on the ball. I never thought this would happen so to try to make sure it does. Definitely times when I thought that race was run.”advertisement”A lot more fulfillment probably. It’s just been a longer time coming I think. A hundred in any red-ball game – I think it’s the first one I’ve scored for five years probably – so it’s definitely a big moment for me and it means a lot and it just proves to me I can do it and the hunger to go and do it again. I’ve definitely remembered how hard Test cricket is having come back into it. It’s really tough. It’s tough cricket, it tests you in all sorts of ways and yeah, it’s definitely the proudest moment in an England shirt.”last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowing

first_imgGood news came in from the sport of rowing on Friday as India’s Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the Jakabaring Rowing and Canoeing center in Jakarta.Dushyant finished third with a time of 7:18.76 to clinch the first medal for India on Day 6. This is also the first medal for the country in rowing at the Games.Korea’s Hyunsu Park won the gold medal with a time of 7:12.86 while Hong Kong’s Chun Gun Chiu pipped Dushyant in the final 500m to clinch the silver medal.Dushyant was placed second in the first 500m and 1000m but fell behind in the final leg of the race but nonetheless made India proud by winning a medal in one of the toughest sports in the world.This is Dushyant’s best performance in the sport for the country. His previous international medals for India were silver and a bronze in Italian Regatta Championships in 2014.India now have 19 medals in total – 4 gold, 4 silver, 11 bronze – and is placed 10th on the medals tally. India had added three medals on day 5.last_img read more

Virat Kohli wishes Team India good luck ahead of Asia Cup 2018

first_imgVirat Kohli on Tuesday took to Twitter to wish the Indian cricket team good luck ahead of their first match of the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.Defending champions India open their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong on Tuesday in Dubai. The Rohit Sharma-led side will then taken on Pakistan in their second match of the tournament on Wednesday.Kohli has been rested for the Asia Cup after a hectic tour of England where he aggravated his back problem during the Test series.READ – Favourites India eye easy win against Hong KongKohli was one of the brightest lights in an otherwise gloomy Test series against England, scoring 593 runs at an average of 59.3 in five matches including two centuries.It is not the first time that Kohli has been rested. He was earlier this year rested for the Nidahas Trophy which India won.READ – India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav Ganguly”Here’s wishing Team India a super series at the Asia Cup,” Kohli posted on Twitter.Here’s wishing Team India a super series at the Asia Cup. #Meninblue #AsiaCup2018 @BCCIVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 18, 2018In the searing Dubai heat, where the mercury has risen up to 43 degree Celsius, the primary aim for India would be to get their combination right before the big game.Hong Kong lost their opener against Pakistan by eight wickets in a thoroughly one sided showdown where they could manage only 116 runs.READ – Kohli’s absence big relief for Pakistan bowlers: Misbah-ul-HaqadvertisementUnless a miracle happens, there won’t be a remarkable improvement in their performance against an Indian team that boasts of the likes of Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav in batting along with Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in bowling.Greats like Wasim Akram and Sanjay Manjrekar believe Kohli’s absence will give other teams especially Pakistan a psychological edge during the Asia Cup while Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh feel India remain the favourites in the tournament.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma lauds Kedar Jadhav: He takes his bowling very seriously

first_imgIndia registered contrasting victories within 24 hours as they completely crushed Pakistan in the blockbuster clash of the Asia Cup 2018 on Wednesday.India, who were playing their second match after the opener on Tuesday, didn’t show any signs of tiredness or fatigue as they outclassed Pakistan by 8 wickets in a one-sided contest at the Dubai International stadium.Rohit Sharma’s team first bowled out Sarfraz Ahmed’s side for 162 and then chased down the target in 29 overs with 8 wickets in hand.Asia Cup 2018: Clinical India demolish Pakistan by 8 wicketsThe captain was really happy after the victory as India seemed to have learnt from the mistakes they made in the match against Hong Kong and put in a clinical performance against their arch-rivals.”Right from the start we were quite disciplined. We wanted to learn from yesterday’s mistakes. Was a great game for the bowling unit, especially since we knew it won’t be difficult in these conditions.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | Photos”We stuck to the plan and did what we had planned to do on this surface. Spinners kept it tight, got the odd breakthrough, but the wickets in the first couple of overs was very important,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.READ – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansJust a day prior to this game, the Indian bowlers were struggling to take wickets as Hong Kong ran India really close and made them sweat before losing by a close margin.But the bowlers, who were joined by Jasprit Bumrah in this game, were right on the money from the first ball.advertisementHardik Pandya goes down with back injury, stretchered off the fieldBhuvneshwar Kumar and part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav picked up three wickets each while Jasprit Bumrah got two while Kuldeep Yadav got one.Rohit was really happy with the way his bowlers performed, especially Jadhav, who got three important wickets.”It was important to get early wickets because they’ve got some quality in the batting. So we didn’t want to make things easy for them. We kept things on the stumps and we spoke about not giving Pakistan room.”Kedar has been working on his bowling, and he takes his bowling seriously. It augurs well for the team, and the wickets are a bonus for us. His overs in middle are very crucial, especially after Hardik’s injury,” Rohit said.Rohit himself looked in good touch with the bat scoring 52 runs while Shikhar Dhawan made 46. The openers added 86 runs before Dinesh Karthik (31*) and Ambati Rayudu (31*) took India over the line in the 29th over with their unbeaten 60-run partnership.”Quite enjoyed my little innings, got out to a great delivery but it was important to come and adjust to the surfaces here. Now we know exactly what to do. Need to create partnerships to achieve the targets we want to get. And fantastic finish by Dinesh and Rayudu as well,” Rohit concluded.last_img read more

ICC takes stand on Sexual Harassment: Players to be educated on off-field behaviour

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) Educating cricketers on appropriate off-field conduct will be part of the ICC’s “improved” guidelines to prevent sexual harassment and bullying of “children and vulnerable adults” under its ambit, the world body stated Saturday. With the #MeToo movement taking the world by storm, sexual harassment came up for discussion at the three-day ICC Board meetings in Singapore, which concluded Saturday. In a carefully-worded statement, where the ICC avoided mentioning women specifically and stuck to a gender-neutral description of vulnerable adults, the governing body said it would come up with a new policy to guard against sexual harassment. “An ICC Event Behaviour and Welfare Policy will also be introduced with immediate effect. This will address, in particular, the standards of off-field behaviour expected of Players, Player Support Personnel and others working at ICC events for or on behalf of the ICC or local organising committee,” the ICC stated. “The Board and committees were united in their commitment to making cricket a safe and secure place for everyone whether they are playing, officiating or working in any capacity,” added ICC CEO Dave Richardson. The policy will include provisions that protect against harassment, indecent exposure, inappropriate behaviour with tournament staff and inappropriate behaviour in event accommodation and venues. “The Board unanimously agreed to improve the current ICC policies and procedures around the protection of children and vulnerable adults as well as more widely in relation to protection against sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour and improving standards of off-field behaviour at ICC events,” it stated.advertisement The reference to children has been made keeping in mind the numerous junior events the world over, involving players of both genders. The ICC said it wants the member Boards to implement the policy at their end once it is laid out. “As a result, a new Safeguarding Policy for Children and vulnerable adults will be developed along with guidelines for Member Boards to support them in the protection of all individuals within their jurisdictions.” So far, cricket has managed to largely steer clear of the #MeToo storm, which, in sports, has shaken the core of American gymnastics in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The former team doctor has been jailed for 60 years after being found guilty of sexually abusing several gymnasts, including Olympic champion Simone Biles. In Indian cricket, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is in the eye of a storm after being accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous accuser, who claims to be his ex-colleague. An explanation has been sought from him by the Committee of Administrators. PTI KHS PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

Deepika Padukone’s first love was modelling, reveals father Prakash

first_imgDeepika Padukone had a dream start in Bollywood with Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om. Despite several ups and downs, the actress has now carved a name for herself as one of the most bankable actresses in the film industry. With glowing successes like Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat, Deepika is a force to reckon with in the industry.Deepika was always focussed on showbiz. Unlike her father Prakash Padukone who is an ace badminton champion, Deepika never had any interest in pursuing sports, though she was quite good at it.In an interview to India Today Television, Prakash revealed that he never put pressure on her to take up the sport. “From my experience, I can say that my father let me choose a career like badminton, where there was no money. My wife and I decided to let our daughters pursue whatever they wanted.”Deepika added, “There was never any pressure to play badminton. I liked and enjoyed it as a hobby, but I don’t think I put enough effort into it.”Prakash then added that Deepika had always shown interest in modeling. “It’s important for parents to realise that there’s a difference between liking and being passionate about something. She liked badminton, but her first love was modeling.”The actress revealed, “I used to go shoot for ads on the weekends, as a child. My friend’s mother would say that I should do modeling, and my mother used to say, ‘Please don’t put ideas into her head.’ALSO SEE | Deepika wells up as dad Prakash Padukone gets Lifetime Achievement AwardadvertisementWATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERElast_img read more

Arsenal progress despite Sporting stalemate, Chelsea ease through

first_imgParis, Nov 9 (AFP) Arsenal booked a place in the Europa League knockout stage and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches despite a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon, while Olivier Giroud’s first goal of the season sent Chelsea through.But Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, given a rare start just hours after being named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, had to be stretchered down the tunnel with what looked a nasty ankle injury in the first half on Thursday.Arsenal midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey were both visibly upset after Welbeck, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, went down after jumping to win a header.”It is mentally challenging (playing after a teammate is injured) but sometimes it comes with the game, and Danny has had a lot of injuries,” winger Alex Iwobi told BT Sport.”We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back.”Unai Emery’s Gunners were the better side for long periods at the Emirates against a team who have already had three different managers this term, but were forced to settle for a point despite Sporting being reduced to 10 men late on when former Barcelona centre-back Jeremy Mathieu was sent off.But Arsenal did secure a last-32 spot regardless, as Vorskla Poltava lost 1-0 at home to Azeri outfit Qarabag in the other Group E game.- Giroud ends drought -=======================Chelsea made it four wins from four matches in Group L by edging out a spirited BATE Borisov 1-0 in Belarus.advertisementGiroud ended his 11-game goal drought this season by giving Chelsea a 53rd-minute lead, and the Premier League giants held on despite BATE striking the woodwork three times in the match.”I was hoping to score soon because I came back late from the World Cup and I was lacking maybe a bit of efficiency and luck but you always need to keep working hard and keep the faith and that’s what happened tonight,” France striker Giroud told BT Sport.The Londoners moved six points clear of Hungarians Vidi at the top of the group and have not tasted defeat in 17 matches since losing the Community Shield to Manchester City in August.- Gerrard finally beaten in Europe -====================================Steven Gerrard’s Rangers saw their 11-game unbeaten run in this year’s Europa League come to a dramatic end as they threw away the lead three times in a 4-3 defeat at Spartak Moscow.Both sides were the beneficiaries of comical own goals in a crazy first half which ended with Glenn Middleton putting the Scots 3-2 ahead, but Luiz Adriano and Sofiane Hanni both scored in the space of 71 seconds to snatch Spartak victory.Rangers are now level on points with Spartak in an incredibly tight Group G, one point behind leaders Villarreal after the Spaniards’ goalless draw with Rapid Vienna in Austria.”For me, football is about levels and, if you don’t defend properly and you don’t do the basics well enough, high-level players and high-level teams normally punish you and that was the case tonight,” Gerrard told the Rangers website.Reigning Scottish champions Celtic gave themselves a lifeline in Group B, as Odsonne Edouard’s 79th-minute strike saw them beat RB Leipzig 2-1 in their must-win clash at Parkhead.Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, qualified for the next round with a 5-2 thrashing of Rosenborg in the group’s other match, as Japanese forward Takumi Minamino scored a hat-trick.Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt reached the last 32 with their fourth win from as many group games by beating Apollon Limassol 3-2 in Cyprus, while Lazio joined them in progressing from Group H as goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa secured a 2-1 win over Marseille to eliminate last season’s runners-up.AC Milan stayed just a point adrift of Group F leaders Real Betis after Suso’s second-half equaliser grabbed a 1-1 draw in Spain.Record five-time winners Sevilla needed a late penalty from Ever Banega to claim a 3-2 victory at Akhisar Belediyespor, after having a man sent off, losing a two-goal lead and seeing the Turks miss a spot-kick of their own. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Rahane, Vijay flop as Shaw and Vihari shine in New Zealand

first_imgFour out of the six Indian batsmen who got bat scored fifties to help India A finish with 340/5 at the and of play on day one of the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday.At stumps on the first day of the four-day game, the experienced Parthiv Patel was batting on 79 off 111 balls, with Vijay Shankar slated to join the wicketkeeper in the middle on Saturday.Having made 86 off 150 deliveries, Hanuma Vihari, who made his Test debut in England with a half-century, was dismissed in the last ball of the day.Also read – Time for chopping and changing in ODI team over, declares Ravi ShastriVihari hit eight boundaries during his stay in the middle, while Patel has so far found the fence 10 times.Also scoring fifties were Mayank Agarwal (65) and the 19-year-old Test opener Prithvi Shaw (62).After the visitors opted to bat first, India A were given a fine start by Shaw and his senior partner Murali Vijay, who fell for 28.Also read – Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat KohliThe Mumbaikar then added exactly 50 runs for the second wicket with Agarwal, before he was dismissed by slow-left-arm spinner Theo van Woerkom.Vihari joined Agarwal in the middle and added 73 runs for the third wicket till the later was bowled by medium pacer Blair Tickner.Shaw struck six boundaries and a six in his 88-ball stay, while Agarwal hit 10 fours and two sixes.advertisementAlso read – Virat Kohli promises to give it back if Australia are aggressiveSkipper Ajinkya Rahane did not last long, falling for 12 off 19 balls, but the duo of Vihari and Patel put together a stand of 138 runs for the sixth wicket to consolidate India A’s position at the Bay Oval.Tickner was the most successful bowler for the hosts, finishing the day with 2/48 from 15 overs.Rohit Sharma was originally named in the India A squad for the first unofficial Test in New Zealand but was advised rest by the BCCI medical team keeping in mind his workload.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

Abhishek-Aishwarya’s performance at Ambani sangeet goes viral. Best jokes

first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal’s sangeet ceremony took place at The Oberoi Udaivilas and Lake Palace in Udaipur on December 8. The event was attended by all the big names from Bollywood, sports, politics and business.Many Bollywood stars including Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Karan Johar performed at the bash.But there was one performance which got the most attention and that is Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan’s romantic dance to Tere Bina, a song from their film Guru.Take a look:Even though it was a beautiful dance performance and a quite heartwarming one too, we couldn’t help but notice that Abhishek Bachchan did not contribute much to it.While Aishwarya was at her graceful best, Junior Bachchan barely moved. And well, we all know that Twitter never loses a chance to pick up things like these.So, as soon as the video was posted on twitter, it started getting some hilarious reactions, especially directed at Abhishek.Take a look:Don’t Miss the Abhishek SHAKE #IshaAmbaniSangeet #AbhishekBachchan (@rose_k01) December 9, 2018Abhishek Bachchan is me in group projects (@iamsrktheking) December 9, 2018Beyonce’s reaction while watching Abhishek Bachchan’s dance in #IshaAmbaniSangeet : Roshan (@ARCtist_) December 9, 2018The effort Aishwarya made to come up in lifeThe effort Abhishek Bachchan made to come up in life.Compare here (@GabbbarSingh) December 9, 2018 The last one made us ROFL. Which one is your favourite?ALSO SEE | Beyonce sings, twerks and kills it at Isha Ambani pre-wedding bash. See all pics and videosALSO SEE | Deepika and Ranveer burn the dance floor at Isha Ambani wedding celebrations. Inside pics and videosALSO SEE | What happened at Ambani sangeet: Mukesh and family on stage to SRK-Gauri’s danceALSO SEE | Manish Malhotra gets the Ambanis as Sabyasachi designs the starsALSO SEE | Shah Rukh and Gauri burn the dance floor at Ambani sangeet. Priyanka and Nick were there tooALSO WATCH | Ambanis set the stage on fire at daughter Isha’s sangeet in Udaipurlast_img read more

Sterlite Copper plans to spend Rs 100 cr for setting up social infra in Thoothukudi

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) Sterlite Copper Thursday said it is planning to spend Rs 100 crore to set up social infrastructure, including establishing a world-class hospital and planting one million trees in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The announcement comes days after the National Green Tribunal set aside the Tamil Nadu government’s order for closure of Vedanta Ltd’s Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, which was at the centre of massive protests over alleged pollution. Reaffirming its commitment to the people of Thoothukudi, the company said in a statement that it has “Rs 100-crore high investment social infrastructure plans for Thoothukudi — a clean and green Thoothukudi with planting of one million trees, quality education through a smart school, a world-class hospital, desalination plant and youth development schemes.” The company said it has committed to undertake plantation of one million trees across the city and initiate a youth development scheme that includes employment, sports and entrepreneurship. “We have been a part of Thoothukudi for over two decades and are sincerely invested here for the welfare and development of people and region. In these evolving times, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to the people through the launch of these huge investment projects for their welfare,” said Sterlite Copper Chief Executive Officer P Ramnath. PTI SID HRSlast_img read more

Ali Abbas Zafar reveals why Bharat sneak-peek was not released on Salman Khan’s birthday

first_imgWhen Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar collaborated for the first time in Tiger Zinda Hai, it smashed box office records. Needless to say, fans are eagerly waiting for the trio to recreate the same magic in Bharat.Rumours were doing the rounds that a sneak-peek of the period drama would be revealed on Salman’s 53rd birthday on December 27. However, that did not happen. Director Ali Abbas Zafar took to Twitter to reassure fans not to lose heart, and promised to unveil details on a “special” date.”It was our conscious decision not to release anything about @Bharat_TheFilm on Bhai’s birthday,” he wrote, adding that the shooting was not yet complete. “Naye saal mein nayi film ki baat karenge. Naam Bharat hai…date bhi special hogi,” the filmmaker promised.All the @BeingSalmanKhan fans , don’t loose your hearts , it was our conscious decision not to release anything about @Bharat_TheFilm on Bhai’s birthday, we are still shooting the film , Naye saal mein nayi film ki baat karegein , Naam Bharat hai bhi special Hogiali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) December 28, 2018Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film An Ode To My Father and will depict the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will reportedly be sporting five different looks, spanning over 60 years.While Katrina has been roped in as the leading lady, the period drama also features Disha Patani, Nora Fatehi, Sunil Grover and Tabu in pivotal roles. Varun Dhawan, meanwhile, has a special appearance in the film.advertisementBharat is slated to open in theatres on Eid 2019.ALSO SEE: Is that Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones on sets of Salman Khan’s Bharat?ALSO WATCH: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reveal how Tiger Zinda Hai made it to the Rs 300-crore clublast_img read more

As Hardik, Rahul stand suspended, BCCI official questions Harmanpreet in fake degree controversy

first_imgAmidst the ongoing Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul controversy, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official has come out criticising the board’s double standards as any action is yet to be taken againstthe Indian women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur who is involved in a fake degree row.”If Pandya and Rahul have to serve a suspension pending inquiry, then what about Harmanpreet Kaur? She is the captain of the Indian team at a time when she is being investigated for possessing a fake graduation degree. Someone wants to conveniently protect her but ban these two cricketers for a year,” TOI quoted the BCCI official as saying.”There is a legal process on, right? Then how is she the captain of the Indian (T20) team. She lost her DSP rank and is still fighting the case. Has the BCCI even tried following up on what happened,” he said.The Indian cricketer who was posted as a trainee Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with Punjab Armed Police was demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be fake.Harmanpreet had defended herself saying she completed her graduation eight years ago.”My degree is not fake. I did my graduation eight years ago, after completing class XII,” Harmanpreet had told TOI.Harmanpreet also said she also took admission for a post-graduation course on the basis of her graduation degree. The 29-year-old also added that she could not pursue the post-graduation course due to cricketing commitments.advertisement”When you did your graduation, did you go to the head office to verify your enrolment number? Nobody does that. If I am playing, my focus is obviously on cricket. Apart from that, I just wanted to complete my graduation,” said Harmanpreet.”On the basis of my graduation certificate, I took admission for a post-graduation course in a different university, but could never take my exams because of overseas tournaments. Today, that very degree is being called fake.”Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | My degree is not fake, I cleared all my exams: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with Karanlast_img read more

Viswanathan Anand in joint lead after draw vs Richard Rapport in Tata Steel chess

first_imgViswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black with Richard Rapport of Hungary to stay in joint lead on six points after the end of the ninth round of Tata Steel Masters chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands.Tackling his first of the two back-to-back black games in a row with ease, Anand had a level position on board for the major part and is now in a three-way tie with four rounds still remaining in the first super tournament of the year.Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia joined Anand and world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the lead following a fine victory over Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi.Ding Liren of China played out a draw with tailender Vladimir Kramnik to be joint fourth along side Dutchman Anish Giri who was held to a draw by compatriot Jorden Van Foreest.In the other decisive game of the day, Teimour Radjabov slipped against fellow Russian Vladimir Fedoseev and both are now at a fifty percent score with Duda Jan Krzysztof of Poland.For Anand, the Queen’s gambit declined has been working well for a long time and the ninth round was no different. Rapport tried his hands at a variation that leads to early endgame and the queens got traded as early as on eighth move.The trading of queens led to a miniscule advantage for Rapport and that’s what it remained when the game ended.The Hungarian is known for his uncompromising approach but the aura of Anand baffles even the greatest of swindlers in the chequered squares. In the end, a draw was agreed when the players reached a rook and opposite coloured bishops endgame.advertisementAnand’s big test comes as early as in next round when he takes on Carlsen who will have white pieces. The chances of Anand winning will rise hugely if he can hold Carlsen as he will have two white games to bank on in the next three rounds.Carlsen was up against recently crowned American champion Samuel Shankland and for once he also did not get any complications running. Shankland remained slightly better for most of the game while the Norwegian was solid and the draw was a just result in the end.In the challengers section, Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa suffered a defeat at the hands of Russian-turned-Canadian Evgeny Bareev. The French defense by Bareev led to a pawn plus heavy piece endgame where the young Indian could not hold his position.Pairings Masters round 9: Richard Rapport (Hun, 3.5) drew with V Anand (Ind, 6); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 3.5) drew with Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol, 4.5); Samuel Shankland (Usa, 4) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 6); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 6) beat Vidit Gujrathi (Ind, 4); Anish Giri (Ned, 5.5) drew with Jorden Van Foreest (Ned, 4); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 5.5); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 4.5) lost to Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus, 4.5).Also Watch:last_img read more