Usman Khawaja criticises Australia’s selection policy

first_imgAustralia batsman Usman Khawaja has criticised the country’s selection policy and says the constant team changes hampered his attempts to develop his all-round game.The 30-year-old left-hander scored 55 runs in four innings during Australia’s 3-0 Test series defeat in Sri Lanka in 2016 before being dropped for the third Test.He then scored half-centuries in six consecutive home Tests but did not play in the four-Test series in India this year.Khawaja was brought back for the first Test in Bangladesh, only to be dropped for the second match of the series.”They never used to do it before, I’m not really sure why they do it now,” Khawaja told ABC Radio of the selection policy.”It creates a lot of instability in the team I reckon, going in and out for everyone.”You hear things like ‘the players are playing afraid’ or whatnot, but that’s what happens when you drop players all the time. We’ve been doing that a fair bit lately.”The Pakistan-born cricketer has played 24 tests since making his debut in the 2011 Ashes series against England and has scored five hundreds, averaging over 45.The Queensland captain is in good form in domestic cricket and is expected to earn a place in Australia’s top order in the Ashes series against England which starts next month.”For some reason it seems like lately in Australia that the best players always seem to be the next guy in, which I don’t totally agree with,” he said.”(It is) very hard to develop your game and play some consistent cricket if you’re not getting consistent opportunities overseas, which I haven’t been getting.advertisement”It’s frustrating but I’ve just got to focus on what’s in front of me. I’d love to win an Ashes series – it’s something I haven’t been able to do yet.”Khawaja believes the Australian selectors already know what side to pick for the five-test series against England starting in Brisbane on Nov. 23.”I think the Australian team is pretty stable,” he said. “I’m confident the selectors already know what their make-up of the team is going to be for the first test.”There might be a few positions up for grabs depending on what happens in the Shield games but I’m pretty confident they know what they’re expecting.”last_img read more

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Ramachandran decides not to contest for IOA presidents post

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today decided not to contest next months IOA elections, days after an overwhelming majority in the Executive Council overruled him in his decision to hold the Annual General Body Meeting in Chennai.Ramachandran had issued a notification last month calling for the elective AGM to be held in Chennai on December 14 but 21 out of the 27 Executive Council members overruled him and shifted the venue to Delhi.The IOA chief, who is 69 now, had to face the ignominy of agreeing to the shifting of the AGM venue during the Executive Council Meeting at his home turf in Chennai on November 9.After the Executive Council Meeting in Chennai on November 9, Ramachandran had said that he would take a decision on whether to stand for the presidential election or not. But today, he decided not to contest.”I wish to inform all of you that contrary to what is being said, it is not my intention to stand for election as president of the IOA in the ensuing elections,” Ramachandran said in a letter addressed to the IOA members.”I am nearing 70 and I intend to abide by the Constitution of the IOA and the guidelines framed by the International Olympic Association,” he added.Even if he had contested and won for a second term, he would have to resign next year after reaching 70 as the IOA members have said that it would follow the Sports Code guideline of 70-year age cap for the office bearers.advertisement”I firmly believe that my successor should have a full term of four years and I wish him and the new team all the very best,” he added.Ramachandran had taken over as president in the elections held in February 2014 which saw India coming out of a 14-month suspension imposed by the IOC for electing charge-framed persons as office bearers.On November 14, the IOA had set into motion the process of election of its new office bearers for a four-year term with the formal notification of its polls during its AGM here on December 14. Elections will be held for one post each of the president, secretary-general, treasurer and senior vice president, eight vice presidents, six joint secretaries, 10 other Executive Council members and one representative for the Athlete Commission.The elections will be held through secret ballot and the results will be declared on the same day. The last date of submission of nomination of candidates will be on November 29.S K Mendiratta, advisor to the Election Commission of India, has been appointed as the Returning Officer for the elections. The Election Commission comprises of retired justices RS Sodhi (chairman), MR Calla and SM Sapra.An observer each from the IOC, Olympic Council of Asia and the government is likely to be present during the elections. PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel must handle pressure better to beat Lewis Hamilton in 2018

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel must handle pressure better if he wants to wrestle the Formula One title back from Lewis Hamilton.Vettel should be kicking himself after missing out on a fifth F1 title. He lost his way in September and never regained the momentum as Hamilton went on to earn his fourth title, and third in four seasons with Mercedes.Hamilton’s winning margin of 46 points over Vettel does not reflect an often tense title battle, one in which Ferrari had a genuine chance of breaking Mercedes’ stranglehold until Vettel’s alarming dip.”I’m very hungry for next year,” Vettel said on Sunday after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “For the team it’s flat out from now.”It’s back to the factories until the cars are rolled out again for preseason testing in late February. The season begins with the Australian GP on March 25.Vettel has been fair play in defeat and has detailed why he thinks Mercedes was the superior team.”Look at the amount of pole positions, of race wins. Overall, we were not quick enough. Simple as that,” he said. “In the end you can break it down to a lot of details, this and that, but overall the package wasn’t good enough.”It is a somewhat convenient argument, too, for statistics tell only part of the story.Chasing its first drivers’ title since 2007, Ferrari was faster than Mercedes several times. The huge speed advantage Mercedes enjoyed since new engine changes came into play in 2014 was wiped out by Ferrari this year.advertisementThe uncomfortable conclusion is that Vettel self-destructed when poised to crank the pressure up on Hamilton.For all of his experience – 47 wins from nearly 200 races – Vettel is still prone to emotional swings that undermine him. He showed glimpses of that when bickering with his former Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen last year.After the Azerbaijan GP in June, Hamilton publicly spoke about Vettel’s vulnerability under pressure as something he could exploit.Vettel played a very weak hand in Baku.Irritated by what he perceived to be Hamilton’s deliberately slow driving behind a safety car – known in F1 as backing up – he accelerated alongside the British driver and then inexplicably swerved into the left side of his Mercedes.It was a clear error of judgment and Vettel subsequently apologized for dangerous driving. The two exchanged heated barbs afterward.Vettel’s red mist that day was as bright as his gleaming Ferrari.He escaped with a time penalty when a one-race ban was spoken of. The penalty itself was damaging, however, since it prevented him from finishing higher than fourth and so valuable points were needlessly lost.A second and momentous mistake from Vettel came at the Singapore GP. It perhaps defined the season itself.Before the race, Vettel was only three points behind Hamilton in the championship with seven races remaining. He was inspired in qualifying and took pole position on the sinewy street circuit. Better still, Hamilton was starting from fifth on the grid.It was the perfect scenario for Vettel to both regain the lead and pad it out at the next race in Malaysia – another track suited to Ferrari.A few seconds later, jaws were dropping and eyes bulging in the Ferrari garage – but for all the wrong reasons.Vettel went diagonally across the track to cut off Verstappen, starting from second. A four-car collision ensued that took them both out, along with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.With 25 points beckoning, on a track where no F1 driver has more podiums than him, Vettel scored none. The nightmare scenario concluded with Hamilton profiting from the chaos to win.It was a total gift, but somehow Vettel minimized the incident and the team spared him justifiable reproach.F1 observers pointed to Vettel’s previous verbal spats with Verstappen. In theory, he simply could not accept losing ground to Verstappen even though the Dutchman was not a title threat.While Hamilton strengthened his title bid Vettel went out of his way – literally – to undermine his own.Vettel will need to think twice if the red mist starts descending next year.last_img read more

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O’s Take Tanaka, Yanks, 8-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Without any runs to work with, even Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t prevent the Yankees from looking way past their prime on Old-Timers’ Day.Chris Tillman tossed seven innings of four-hit ball and the Baltimore Orioles beat New York 8-0 on June 22, handing Tanaka his second major league loss.“Look, he’s not perfect,” Derek Jeter said. “He gave us a great opportunity to win.”Tanaka (11-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, giving him a quality start all 15 times out this season. But the Yankees provided no support for the Japanese rookie, who entered with the most wins in the majors and the best ERA (1.99) in the American League.His only other defeat came on May 20 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Then he went 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his next five starts before Sunday.“I thought he pitched well. Just in the seventh inning, he got a couple pitches up in the zone, out over the plate,” catcher Brian McCann said. “When you score some runs, it’s easier to go out there and pitch. We didn’t hit for him today.”Jonathan Schoop homered off Tanaka for the second time and fellow rookie Caleb Joseph capped the scoring with his first career homer.J.J. Hardy hit a three-run double for the Orioles, who spoiled the 68th annual Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium and took two of three from their AL East rivals.After squandering a ninth-inning lead in a June 20th loss, Baltimore outhomered the Yankees 6-1 and outscored them 14-1 in the final two games of the series. “Last two days, we just didn’t get it done,” McCann said.Tillman (6-4) improved to 6-0 on the road — though he entered with a 6.33 ERA away from home. Orioles starters had a 1.02 ERA in the series.“Baltimore’s tough. We’re going to see an awful lot of them the rest of the way,” Jeter said. “They pitched well against us the last two days.”New York slugger Mark Teixeira left in the eighth after getting hit on the toes of his left foot by an 85 mph slider from T.J. McFarland. Teixeira hobbled toward first, then slammed his helmet to the ground in anger before heading into the dugout.X-rays were negative, Manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought it was broken again. I took it out on my helmet,” Teixeira said. “Just breathing a sigh of relief right now.”Hardy hit a bases-loaded double in a four-run eighth against Adam Warren after a disputed call went against the Yankees.As he tried for a double play, third baseman Kelly Johnson was taken out by Steve Pearce on what appeared to be an illegal slide too far from the bag. Girardi called it a “pretty malicious” and “dangerous” play, but Pearce said he wasn’t trying to hurt Johnson.The umpires huddled to discuss the play but did not call interference.Manny Machado hit a Baltimore chop for an RBI single, and Joseph homered in the ninth.Joseph said he was excited that his first home run came at Yankee Stadium, and he ran up the tunnel and hid for a while to turn the tables on his teammates who were planning the silent treatment.The 28-year-old catcher got the souvenir ball back, and said he was told it was Jeter who went to the ball boy and made sure of it.“He might have been the only one on the field that knew it was my first major league home run,” Joseph said. “I’m really thankful that he did that.”Schoop homered to left on a 2-2 pitch in the second, making the 22-year-old infielder from Curacao the only big league player to go deep twice against Tanaka.Schoop also connected for a three-run shot at Yankee Stadium on April 9, when Tanaka ended up with a no-decision in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory.Hardy singled to start the seventh and went to third on Machado’s double. Schoop had an RBI groundout, and Joseph hit a long sacrifice fly after fouling off a suicide squeeze attempt.“I feel like that I kind of let the game go there,” Tanaka said through a translator.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Zagreb Kickers Down PAOK, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Thessaloniki soccer team PAOK fell 2-1 at Lokomotiva Zagreb on July 16 but is still alive in the qualifying round of the Europea League.The Croatians jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the half behind goals from Marko Kolar and Franko Andrijasevic, whose came in injury time that was added on.PAOK ironically is coached by a Croat, Igor Tudor, but it kept missing chance after chance and almost gave up a third goal before a late shot by Robert Mak put it on the board in the second minute of injury time. The next game is July 23 at Toumba.last_img read more

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Dodgers Slide Past Mets, 5-2

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Chase Utley’s aggressive baserunning broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s right leg in a takeout slide, reviving the Los Angeles Dodgers and angering the New York players.Utley’s slide flipped Tejada during a four-run rally in the seventh inning that helped the Dodgers win 5-2 the night of Oct. 10 and tie their NL Division Series at one game apiece.“I feel terrible that he was injured. I had no intent to hurt him whatsoever,” said Utley, who had reached with a pinch-hit single. “Any time there’s a double play you should do your best to break it up.”The Mets were leading 2-1 when the Dodgers put runners at the corners with one out against Noah Syndergaard. Bartolo Colon came on in his first career postseason relief appearance after 10 starts, and Howie Kendrick hit a grounder up the middle.“I tried to put a body on him to break up the double play,” Utley said of Tejada. “You have to try and break up the double play. That’s winning baseball.”Murphy flipped to Tejada, who took the throw awkwardly for an apparent force as Utley slid maybe a foot outside of the base and past the bag and slammed into the shortstop with Tejada’s back turned to the play. That caused Tejada to flip over as the tying run scored from third.Mets infielder Kelly Johnson called it a “tackle.” Asked about the play, second baseman Daniel Murphy said, “Slide would be generous.”“Only Chase knows going in there what the intent was,” third baseman David Wright said. “I have a problem with the play on a number of different levels, one being the slide itself. In my opinion, he wasn’t anywhere close to the bag. With that being said, he never touched the bag. And I think the ‘neighborhood play’ is there to protect players. … It definitely seemed like after that play we lost the momentum and they came up with some big hits.”Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, will examine the play to determine whether anything “excessive” occurred.“I’d hate to think that Utley tried to hurt somebody,” Torre said. “It certainly was late. That concerns me. The lateness of the slide.”Tejada was put on a flatbed vehicle after an air cast was placed on his leg. The Mets said Tejada sustained a fractured right fibula. Utley was ruled safe on a video review, which determined Tejada’s foot missed the bag. Utley also appeared not to touch the base.“Tejada showed that he didn’t touch the bag and Utley never touched second base,” Torre said. “The fact that he was called out meant he’s not required to touch second base once he’s called out. So when the play was overturned, he gets awarded second base on that.”Mets Manager Terry Collins wouldn’t say whether he thought the slide was clean or not. He said the umpires were “great” in how they handled the review.“They thought that it’s pretty hard to rule that he didn’t touch the bag when he hit the shortstop and nobody was tagged, so they have no other call,” he said, “so they handled it right.”Adrian Gonzalez followed with a two-run double off Addison Reed and scored on Justin Turner’s double“Every single guy on the field on both sides, both dugouts, would have done the same thing,” Gonzalez said. “It was huge. Got the game tied, and after the replay, gave us a rally.”There was some history between Utley and Tejada. The Mets were angered during a takeout slide by Utley when he played for Philadelphia against them in September 2010.“Yeah, they’re angry,” Collins said of his players. “You lose in a playoff series to that serious of an injury, yeah, they’re not very happy about it.”Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly defended Utley.“I know Chase is not trying to hurt anybody,” he said. “He’s just playing the game the way he plays it. He plays it hard, he’s aggressive.”Turner called Utley “old-school,” saying, “He’s a guy that plays balls to the wall and goes in hard. If you’re not protecting yourself or you’re not in good position when they come in hard like that, you have a chance of getting hurt.”Collins said Wilmer Flores will replace Tejada at shortstop for the rest of the series.The action shifts to Citi Field in New York for Game 3 on Oct. 12, when Brett Anderson starts for the Dodgers against the Mets’ Matt Harvey in the best-of-five series.The Dodgers’ Zack Greinke (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked none a night after teammate Clayton Kershaw fanned 11 while losing his fifth straight postseason game.Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for the save, completing a five-hitter.Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto hit solo homers in the second, the latter off the right-field pole. Andre Ethier had an RBI double in the fourth.Syndergaard (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings of his first career postseason start. He struck out nine and walked four in following up Jacob deGrom’s 13-strikeout performance in winning Game one.Eight of Syndergaard’s first 36 pitches reached 100 mph or more over the first two innings on an unseasonable 90-degree evening.“Anytime you can go 1-1 against Kershaw and Greinke in their house, I guess we’ll take it,” Wright said. “But we wanted to get greedy and head back to New York with a 2-0 lead.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Warriors whip Cavaliers 110-77 to take 2-0 NBA Finals lead

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green emphatically flexed his bulging biceps with big plays on both ends of the floor, and these Golden State Warriors might just be far too strong for the Cleveland Cavaliers.That repeat title Golden State has spoken of since the very start more than eight months ago is suddenly two wins from reality.It will be the only way the Warriors’ record-setting season ends right. For now, they sure seem unstoppable.Green had 28 points with five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists, while MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points despite foul trouble, and Golden State thoroughly overwhelmed Cleveland 110-77 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.“There’s no point in celebrating or jumping up and down saying, ‘Look at us.’ We’re two games away from winning a championship, but we still have to go out and get the job done,” Curry said. “It’s a trap to think that we’ve figured things out, that we have the perfect formula to beat Cleveland and they have no chance in the series. That’s not how we’re supposed to think.”The 33-point win was the Warriors’ most lopsided ever in a finals game — and they have won the first two by a combined 48 points.“They just beat us,” LeBron James said. “We didn’t win anything. No points of the game did we beat them in anything.”Once the Splash Brothers found their shooting touch, Cleveland couldn’t keep up. Klay Thompson got hot after halftime to finish with 17 points as Golden State became the first team to go ahead 2-0 in the finals since the Lakers in 2009 against Orlando.Now, the series shifts to Cleveland, and James and the Cavs must show up for Game 3 on Wednesday in front of their title-starved fans down 2-0 to the defending champs and with forward Kevin Love dealing with a head injury.“We’ve got to be tougher,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.The NBA said Love experienced dizziness early in the second half and left for the locker room to be re-examined, then was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol. He hadn’t exhibited any symptoms before then, even after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter and going down for several minutes before returning following a timeout. He immediately made a baseline 3-pointer for the Cavs’ first basket in nearly 5½ minutes.After a scoreless first quarter when he missed all five shots but had five assists, James scored 14 of his 19 points in the second and also finished with nine assists and eight rebounds, but seven turnovers — and he took the blame. James’ teams had won nine straight postseason Game 2s after losing the series opener dating back to a loss in the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals to Boston.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles as forward Draymond Green (23) blocks Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)“I’m definitely surprised at the margin of victory tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It happens in the NBA, sometimes things get away from you. Sometimes shots go in, sometimes they don’t. … Everything changes when we go to Cleveland, we know that.”After Curry and Thompson combined for only 20 points in Thursday’s 104-89 Game 1 win on 8-for-27 shooting and the bench carried the load, they each hit four 3-pointers and went 13 for 24. And Curry got a postgame treat: He exchanged jerseys with Barcelona and Brazil soccer star Neymar.Green shot 11 for 20 and made 5 of 8 3-pointers, sparking a suggestion he might apply to be a Splash Brother alongside fellow All-Stars Curry and Thompson.“Stop it,” Green said with a chuckle.“Tonight, he’s one of us,” Thompson said.The Warriors’ 87 victories matched the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the team Golden State topped for the most regular-season victories in NBA history with 73.Andrew Bogut had four of his five blocks — Golden State had nine overall — in the first 7:15 and received a standing ovation when he came out with 3:50 left in the first. He went to the locker room late in the quarter after having hit his hand on the rim early and grimacing in pain.Green credited the defense for holding down James and Co.While the outspoken swingman insists he just wants rings and isn’t yet ready to consider the Warriors among the best of all time, the typically quiet Thompson let loose a little.“We’re better than the Showtime Lakers,” he quipped, a friendly jab at former power forward father, Mychal.last_img read more

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first_imgNorth-east beckons tourists; footfalls to grow 12% in 2019Mumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) Improved infrastructure and airconnectivity are drawing a large number of tourists to India’sNorth-east and looking at the current traction, footfalls inthe picturesque region are expected to grow by 10-12 per centin 2019, industry experts said.”The bookings for North-east have gone up by 18 percent as compared to the same period (April-June) last year.Tourism in the North-east region is expected to grow by atleast 10-12 per cent even in the next year,” Cox & Kings head,relationships, Karan Anand, told PTI here.He said improved infrastructure and air connectivityhave played a major role in driving tourism growth in the vastregion which consists of eight states.”Air connectivity has tremendously improved with newroutes opening in the region last year. New flights have beenintroduced using Shillong as a hub to travel to otherprominent tourist destinations of Meghalaya like Cherrapunjiand Mawlynnong.”The new airport at Pakyong (Sikkim) will further makereaching the northern part of the state, especially to touristattractions such as Nathu La Pass, easier,” Anand added.The region is mostly preferred by holiday-makers agedbetween 25-50 years and hailing from metros such as Delhi,Mumbai, Kolkata, besides Guwahati and nearby areas who flockthere to explore its wildlife, rivers and culture, he said.However, the second or third-time travellers, who arenow discovering the attractions of the North-east, embark ontheir journey to understand the lifestyle and also the cultureand the cuisine of the region, he added.advertisementEchoing a similar view, a MakeMyTrip spokesperson saidhigh growth of travellers opting for the North-east sector canbe attributed to not only to better road infrastructure andrail connectivity but also to direct flight connectivity fromNew Delhi and Mumbai.”Apart from this, more number of hotels are opening upin this region, making it easier for travellers to findaccommodations in places which were earlier not veryconnected.”At MakeMyTrip, we have seen over 100 per cent growthin the number of travellers opting for North-east destinationssuch as Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalya since the timewe started offering holiday packages in the region,” he added.He said overall, the sector, including Darjeeling (ahill station which falls in West Bengal), is growing by 35 percent for summer travel. The MMT platform has witnessed 30 percent growth in travel bookings to Gangtok, 120 per cent eachto Shillong and Meghalaya.The Assam, Meghalaya sector is increasingly becomingpopular among the top metro markets, the MMT spokesman said.Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head of Brand Expedia inIndia, said for a very long period, the north-eastern part ofthe country had been largely unexplored due to poorconnectivity and infrastructure.However, tourism in the region is now witnessing asubstantial growth thanks to a slew of government initiatives,better connectivity, infrastructure development and a varietyof experiences on offer for voyagers, he added.”We have seen a year-on-year growth of 25-30 per centover the past five years. We are expecting the growth tocontinue with new government policies focusing on betterinfrastructure and connectivity,” he added.Ahluwalia said besides young adults, including collegepass outs and first-time earners to families, there has been arise in queries from all segments.”People who like exploring nature and its serenity areattracted by most of the destinations to the North-east. Wehave also seen an increase in women solo travellers who feelcomparatively safer in the environment.”Adventure seekers enjoy the place for its challengingtreks, kayaking, angling and rafting,” he added.There has been an increase in queries and bookingsfrom all over the country, but residents from Delhi, Kolkata,Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad and Jaipur top the list of peoplewanting to travel to North-east, he said.The region offers a holistic package. However,activities like trekking, mountaineering, adventure sportssuch as river rafting, mountain biking, hang gliding and parasailing are gaining popularity in the region, he said.”Activities like the Ziro Music Festival and HornbillFestival, too, have started to see a lot of traction.”Attendance at these events from young millennialsover the past 2-3 years has helped in making North-east apopular destination among tourists,” he added. PTI SMRSY RSY RSYSDM SDM SDMlast_img read more


Monkey menace in Vrindaban

first_imgMathura, June 29 (PTI) Monkey menace in Brijbhumi, especially  in Vrindaban and Goverdhan, is turning out to be a major deterrent for the pilgrims visiting the holy land  where Radha and Krishna played the novel  sport Maharaas. In order to prevent any untoward incident,  we are sending  a proposal for  Monkey Safari at least at Tirth Sthals of Mathura, said Sarvagya Ram Mishra, the district magistrate of Mathura. He said the strategy of catching the monkeys and releasing them at far off distance has not worked so far. With the recent increase in incidents of monkey bite, the necessity of monkey safari has been felt more, he added. The idea was mooted by politician turned actress Hema Malini , over four years ago when she contested 2014 Lok Sabha elections  from Mathura. We would ensure monkey safari in Brijbhumi, she had said. However, there has not been much progress so far in this regard. When former President Pranab Mukherjee visited Bankey Behari temple at Vrindaban a couple of years ago, he was brought to the temple in a covered cart to avoid the monkey menace. Similarly about three decades ago, a lady district magistrate became a victim of monkey menace and had to offer them eatables to get back her spectacles. Food problem is the basic reason of nepharious  activities of monkeys, said Mahamandaleshwar Dr. Avashesh Swami, the head of Geeta Ashram Vrindaban. Though on weekends they get enough food when the influx of pilgrims in Brijbhumi is larger, but on rest of the days they hanker for eatables and apply different tricks to fill their belly. The abandoning of specs or even bags in lieu of some eatables shows the monkeys pick up these items for a purpose, he said. They also attack locals as well as pilgrims when their hunger is at peak. In Goverdhan, few monkeys make pilgrims  virtually captive by holding both their legs together.advertisement The pilgrim is set free, only when the simian is offered food, said local businessman Raj kumar Tomar, a frequent performer of  Goverdhan parikrama. Narrating the mindset of monkeys of different areas, Philonthropic  Rakesh Tewari, the PRO of famous Dwarkadhish temple said,  while in Vrindaban they deprive pilgrims their specs , ladies their hand bag and children their eatables, in Goverdhan, Barsana, Nandgaon, Gokul and Baldeo, besides snatching the eatables, they even attack pilgrims, without being incited. In Mathura, they not only take away food from the kitchen but sometimes open the refrigerator and take  away eatables, he said, adding they turn aggressive if anybody becomes an obstacle to their activity. According to Dr. Mukul Anand, Asstt Professor Physiology, Deen Dayal Veterinary University Mathura, the problem may be dealt by checking the population growth of monkeys by adopting  complete vasectomy in a planned way. Monkey safari is also good idea provided the male and female ones are separated in Safari, he added. PTI COR TVSTVSlast_img read more

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Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advance

first_imgSeventh seed Dominic Thiem bid adieu to Wimbledon as he retired in the middle of his match against Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis with a back spasm and his London adventure came to an abrupt end.Baghdatis was leading 6-4, 7-5, 2-0 when Thiem retired even after the Austrian sprawled on his stomach and received a deep-tissue back massage from the trainer before the start of the third set.On the other hand, 10th seed David Goffin of Belgium fell to Matthew Ebden 4-6, 3-6, 4-6 to bow out of the tournament.While these two faltered, Gen Next stars Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios enter the second round with wins over James Duckworth and Denis Istomin, respectively.Also read – Wimbledon: Stan Wawrinka beats sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov on comebackIt was a routine win for Zverev as he went past Duckworth in just three sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 with only the first set proving to be a fighting one.Powering through…Alexander Zverev is into the second round after coasting past James Duckworth 7-5, 6-2, 6-0#Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Kyrgios cranked down 42 aces as he opened his Wimbledon campaign with 7-6(3), 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-3 win over Istomin on Tuesday.If you can serve like @NickKyrgios, you’ve got a chance on grass #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018The Australian showman saved two set points in the first set and was briefly rattled when 92nd-ranked Istomin grabbed the third on a tiebreak on Court 12.advertisementKyrgios railed against his entourage and kept up a regular dialogue with the umpire and anyone who would listen but remained focused enough to break decisively in the eighth game of the fourth set before completing victory with another ace.Also read – Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning starts”How did you make that?”Even @NickKyrgios couldn’t believe this from Denis Istomin #Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018The 23-year-old will face Dutchman Robin Haase or Romanian Marius Copil for a place in the third round where he could potentially face fellow Australian Bernard Tomic.NADAL POWERS PAST SELA Rafael Nadal made a winning start to Wimbledon with an easy win over Dudi Sela. (Reuters Photo)Nadal will face sterner tests than Dudi Sela if he is to complete a third French Open/Wimbledon double this year but was impressive all the same as he bounded into round two with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 win on Tuesday.The 32-year-old Spanish second seed had not played a match since claiming his 11th French Open last month.Also read – Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 winsBut he showed no sign of rust on a sultry Centre Court as he quickly found his rhythm against the 127th-ranked Israeli who resisted well early on before Nadal seized control.A Sela double-fault secured Nadal the break of serve he needed in the first set and Nadal moved two sets clear with a punishing forehand return.His only blemish came at the start of the third when a double-fault gave Sela a break but he quickly repaired the damage and powered on to victory.DEL POTRO RIDES BIG SERVERound Juan complete.Del Potro begins his #Wimbledon campaign with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Peter Gojowczyk (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro thumped down 22 aces to blow away the Wimbledon first-round challenge of Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk on Tuesday and said his serve was the key to playing better on grass.The Argentine, nearly two metres tall, appears often to be playing on a miniature court such is his reach and stride.He used his height to great effect in a regulation victory over Gojowczyk, breaking the German’s serve once in each of the first two sets and twice in the third.Also read – Wimbledon: Fourth seed Sloane Stephens crashes out on Day 1Though he was fired up by a dispute with the umpire over an over-ruled serve, Del Potro barely raising a sweat for the rest of the 90 minute-match despite the warm midday sunshine on Court Three.Del Potro next meets 36-year-old Wimbledon favourite Feliciano Lopez, playing his 17th consecutive Championships on a surface he loves.Also read – Wimbledon: Federer walks in a different jersey for first time in 20 yearsOTHER RESULTS:Novak Djokovic beat Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-1, 6-2Three-time #Wimbledon champion is in fine form…@DjokerNole defeats Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Bernard Tomic beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(2)Feliciano Lopez beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2Kei Nishikori beat Christian Harrison 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-2Next up: Bernard Tomic@keinishikori seals his spot in the second round at #Wimbledon after defeating Christian Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2018Fernando Verdasco lost to Frances Tiafoe 6-7(6), 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6Kyle Edmund beat Alex Bolt 6-2, 6-3, 7-5Diego Schwartzman beat Mirza Basic 6-3, 6-2, 6-1Fabio Fognini beat Taro Daniel 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3Marco Cecchinato lost to Alex de Minaur 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 4-6David Ferrer lost to Karen Khachanov 1-6, 6-7(3), 6-3, 5-7(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps praised his team’s “strong mental quality” after their FIFA World Cup 2018 triumph in Moscow on Sunday. Les Bleus crushed Croatia 4-2 to lift their second World Cup in 20 years.France scored twice in each half as they proved just too strong for a spirited Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.France had first won the World Cup in 1998 and interestingly Deschamps was the captain of the side that beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in the final.Deschamps on Sunday became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. The former Juventus coach equalled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.FRANCE VS CROATIA FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTSBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.”It is really beautiful. It is marvellous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality,” Deschamps said after the match.”We also scored four goals. We merit it. I am very happy for this team. We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years,” he added.advertisementDidier Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 years Antoine Griezmann, who was the man-of-the-match having scored from the spot in the first half, described it as a “great” victory.”I don’t know where I am, it is great… Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. We got into the game and on counter attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the cup and taking it to France,” Griezmann said.It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. The landmarks came thick and fast in the first half too.Croatia had started full of energy but fell behind when Mandzukic, who scored the extra-time winner against England in the semi-final, became the first man to score an own goal in a World Cup final when a Griezmann free kick skidded in off his head in the 18th minute. It was the 12th own goal of the tournament.That meant it was the fourth successive knockout game that Croatia had conceded first but Perisic, who got the equaliser against England, was on hand again to level the scores 10 minutes later, smashing in a low shot after Sime Vrsaljko had headed Luka Modric’s free kick across the box.But it was then Perisic’s turn go from hero to zero when he flapped an arm at a corner and, after a VAR review, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana awarded the 28th penalty of the tournament, another record, which Griezmann stroked home in the 38th minute for his fourth goal of Russia 2018.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsThat made it the highest-scoring first half since 1974, when West Germany led the Netherlands 2-1 – also the final score then.It was harsh on Croatia, who had made most of the running, and they were on top again after the break, continually winning their one-on-one duels in the air and in every tackle and forging forward in the French box with plenty of variety. But France’s defence, so impressive all tournament, held and they went 3-1 up on the hour as Mbappe and Griezmann combined to set up Pogba on the edge of the box. His right-footed shot was blocked but he coolly curved the rebound in with his left.France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupAfter three successive extra-time knockout games the chances of another Croatian comeback seemed slight but they looked dead and buried six minutes later. Lucas Hernandez tore down the left to set up Mbappe who drilled a low shot beyond keeper Danijel Subasic for the 19-year-old’s fourth goal of the tournament.An awful blunder by Lloris revived Croatia, as the French keeper tried to dribble around Mandzukic only for the striker to tap the ball straight into an unguarded net.advertisementCroatia, beaten by the French in the semi-finals in their first World Cup appearance in 1998, continued to press but their energy was sapped and France safely held out for the victory.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Neeraj Chopra wins javelin Gold at Sotteville Athletics Meet

first_imgNeeraj Chopra, India’s javelin star, struck Gold in the Meeting International de Sotteville-les-Rouen in France late on Tuesday night. Chopra, who had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, threw 85.17 metres to bag the top prize.Neeraj is India’s top javelin thrower and he proved his mettle once again on the international stage when he won the gold medal with a massive margin.While Neeraj Chopra threw a distance of 85.17 m, the second best was Adrian Mardare of Moldova who threw a distance of 81.48 m. The bronze medal went to Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania whose best was 79.31 m.Neeraj’s performance was brilliant as he did not falter in even a single attempt and completed each of his rounds. Even as his score of 85.17 m came in his fifth attempt, he came close to his eventual winning mark in his third attempt as well.Neeraj Chopra added another gold medal to his kitty as he threw his javelin at 85.17m in the process of beating 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcottto at Sotteville Athletics Meet, Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) July 18, 2018Here are all the six attempts from Neeraj:ATTEMPTSDISTANCEFIRST ATTEMPT75.55 metresSECOND ATTEMPT79.46 metresTHIRD ATTEMPT85.12 metresFOURTH ATTEMPT81.27 metresFIFTH ATTEMPT85.17 metresSIXTH ATTEMPT82.11 metresEven as Neeraj scooped the gold medal with the throw, this was not even his best throw this season. Neeraj best throw till now came at the IAAF Diamond League where he improved his own national record with a throw of 87.43 metres to finish fourth in the season-opening leg.advertisementNeeraj’s previous national record stood at 86.48 m and he crossed the same in just his second attempt.Earlier in the year, Neeraj Chopra struck a gold medal for India with a throw of 86.47m in Men’s Javelin Throw Final at the Commonwealth Games.Neeraj, who is the World Junior Record holder, threw 85.50m mark in his first attempt itself and stayed on top of the pack throughout the finals.Neeraj struck his best of 86.47m in his fourth attempt and sealed his Gold.Neeraj is a part of India’s squad for the Asian Games 2018 and there are high hopes from him as he will be gunning for a gold medal there as well.last_img read more

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Javeline-thrower Neeraj Chopra wins another gold, here’s his successful journey and some facts about the game

first_imgNeeraj Chopra, famous javeline-thrower from India, has recently bagged another gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France on Tuesday. Here’s a look at his successful journey and a little about the game.Read: Commonwealth Games: Know all about the game and the participantsNeeraj’s strategy: Chopra is getting better with every game he plays. This time, his best throw of 85.17 m was enough to grab the highest spot on the podium, leaving Moldova’s Andrain Mardare behind on the second spot with 81.48 m distance, while Edis Matusevicius of Lithuania took the bronze with his 79.31 m throw.AFI President Adille Sumariwala tweeted congratulating Neeraj:Well done Neeraj…keep going…Congratulations to Neeraj and coach Uwe Hohn (former World Record Holder in javelin throw). Thank you SAI and Govt of India for agreeing to send Neeraj to Finland along with coach for training on recommendation of Athletics Federation of India Sumariwalla OLY (@Adille1) July 17, 2018 Javelin-thrower Neeraj ChopraNeeraj’s career growth as a javelin-thrower:In 2016, Neeraj won a gold medal with a throw of 82.23 m at the South Asian GamesIn the same year, he won the IAAF World U-20 Championship with flying colours, setting a world junior recordHowever, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the last date for them was July 11, and he couldn’t make itIn 2017, he won another gold in the Asian Athletic Championship with a stunning throw of 85.23 metersIn 2018, he was praised for the best men’s javelin throw of the season at Commonwealth Games (CWG)In May 2018, he again made headlines by making a national record at the Doha Diamond League with a throw of 87.43 metersadvertisementWhat is javelin throw?Javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin — a spear of about 2.5 m (8 ft 2 inches) in length — is thrown with force. Players gain momentum by running and throwing javelin towards the predetermined area. This game is played by both men and women. Representational imageHow is javelin played?Holding a metal-tipped javelin with one arm, a player has to throw it with full force towards the mark so that it covers maximum distance.The athlete must hold the javelin by its corded grip with his or her little finger closest to the tip of the implement (point where force must be applied).The men’s javelin is generally of at least 800 g and 2.6 m – 2.7 m length, while the women’s javelin is 600 g and 2.2 m – 2.3 m in length.An athlete must throw the javelin over the upper part of their throwing arm.Players should not cross the foul line, i.e., scratch line, at any time.The javelin should be thrown in a manner that the tip touches the mark within an area of 29-degrees, as it gives an advantage to the player, for the throw is measured from the tipping point.The athlete is given a chance to prove his mettle with at least four or six throws.Read: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingFacts about javelin throwJavelin evolved from the traditional practice of hunting and warfare.The game was first played in Ancient Greece, and later, got incorporated into the Olympic Games in 708 BC as part of the pentathlon.In 1986, the throwing distances were shortened by approximately 10 per cent due to this incident:In 1984, Uwe Hohn created a record of 104.80 m in East Germany and the throw went beyond the space available in the stadium. Since it was quite dangerous, authorities decided to reduce the distance of the throw.Read: CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win in Javelin ThrowInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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IPL 2018: Playing for RCB motivates me, says AB de Villiers

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore lived to fight another day in the Indian Premier League as the pair of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were involved in a 118-run stand off 64 balls as RCB scripted a five wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday.Kohli (70 off 40) and De Villiers (72 not out off 37) helped RCB race to the 182-run target in 19 overs despite being reduced to two for 18 in the third over.”I started off slowly, luckily Virat was going well at the other end. Started feeling much better after 10-15 balls,” de Villiers said at the post match presentation where he was awarded with the man-of-the-match.AB de Villiers told me we were going to win: Virat KohliDelhi had scored 181 for four, largely due to the efforts of Rishabh Pant (61 off 34) and debutant Abhishek Sharma (46 not out off 19) of Under-19 fame.The much-needed win on Saturday night was RCB’s fourth in 11 games, keeping them in contention for a play-off spot. The loss for the hosts meant their campaign got worse as they registered their ninth defeat in 12 matches.MATCH REPORT | MATCH HIGHLIGHTSDe Villiers smashed four boundaries and six sixes as well as finishing the match with a straight hit over the fence off Trent Boult.Virat Kohli smashes 34th fifty to become leading IPL run-scorer againEarlier, Pant continued his destructive form before Sharma impressed immensely on his IPL debut.Sharma was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi alongside Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.advertisementLamichhane too stood out with his performance as he took Parthiv Patel’s wicket and conceded 25 runs in four overs. Dala, on the other hand, was disappointing leaking 34 runs in three overs.”It’s admirable to see youngsters come here and perform well, very happy to be a part of a tournament like this,” de Villiers said.”We play for a great franchise and that is what motivates me,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Cincinnati Open: Defending champion Muguruza stunned by world No.44

first_imgCincinnati Masters defending champion Garbine Muguruza shockingly lost to Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 4-6, 4-6 in the second round on Wednesday ahead of the US Open, which is slated to be held from August 27 to September 9.Murugurza, who was playing her first US Open tune-up event, for in for a shock despite taking the first set of the match. Even as it looked like the Spaniard would register a routine win, Tsurenko fought back and showed immense character.Muguruza had won the first set and even though she lost the second, she took a 3-0 lead in the decider but Tsurenko stormed back into the match to go up 5-4 and thereafter, she sealed the match on just her first match point.Muguruza’s forehand from behind the baseline sailed long, giving the Ukrainian world number 44 her first top-10 victory since 2015.Also read – Cincinnati Open: Haase shocks Zverev, Djokovic rallies to beat MannarinoThe victory provided some measure of revenge for Tsurenko, who retired hurt just two games into her round of 16 match with Muguruza at this year’s French Open.Stunner in CincinnatiWorld No.44 Lesia Tsurenko scores her first Top 10 win since 2015, upsetting defending champion Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-4 6-4. #CincyTennis & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 15, 2018Next up for Tsurenko is a clash with Ekaterina Makarova as the Russian topped Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-0.Joining Tsurenko in the third round is US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who enjoyed a routine 6-3, 6-2 win over German Tatjana Maria.advertisementWATCH – Cincinnati Open: Nick Kyrgios forgets his tennis shoes in locker roomStephens, who finished runner-up to world number one Simona Halep in Montreal on Sunday, continued her fine form on the North American hard courts and controlled the tempo throughout her 71-minute match.Racing into the round of 16…2017 semifinalist @SloaneStephens makes quick work of Tatjana Maria, defeating the German 6-3 6-2.#CincyTennis & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 15, 2018Stephens will next face Elise Mertens after the 15th-seeded Belgian earned a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(1) win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.Also advancing to the third round was Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who upset Czech ninth seed Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, and Australian Ashleigh Barty, a 7-5, 6-3 winner over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.World number one Simona Halep fell down a set but rallied against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, and was leading 4-6, 6-3, 4-3 when her match was suspended due to rain.Second seed and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki lasted just one set against Kiki Bertens before retiring due to a left knee injury.The match was delayed by rain for over three hours and Wozniacki retired shortly after Bertens captured the opening set in 62 minutes.”It’s never nice to win when someone has to retire,” Bertens said. “I felt she was struggling a bit with her serve. She seemed to struggle with her movement as well.”Fourth seed Angelique Kerber also had a difficult outing, having to battle back to outlast Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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HC asks sports secy to examine differently-abled TT players’ plea to participate in Asian Para Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has asked the secretary of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to examine and take expeditious decision on the matter relating to non-inclusion of 10 differently-abled table tennis players in the final list of participants for the upcoming Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the secretary shall take the decision in consultation with the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) within a week. The court passed the order after noting that the last date for submission of the names of participants is already over and the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has already sent the names of the participants. “It is clarified that in the event, the ministry decides to permit the petitioners (players) to participate in the Asian Para Games 2018, PCI will take all necessary steps to ensure that the names of the said players are also included in the Indian contingent,” the court said and disposed of the plea. The petition claimed that trials were conducted by TTFI on July 8 in Indore to select the team of table tennis players for the games and 19 best performing players, including the 10 petitioners, were selected. However, they were shocked to note that despite their selection in the trials, the authorities have “arbitrarily and whimsically” dropped their names from the final list of players and selected only five players for the tournament to be held from October 6 to 13, the plea filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava said. The 10 players who have filed the plea in the high court are Sandeep Kalra, Jagannath Mukherjee, Ramakrishnaiah Srinivas, Sanjeev Kumar Hajeri, Dr Ajay Gubbi Vijaya Kumar, Sumit Sehgal, A Raj Aravindan, R baby Sahana, Poonam and Jashvantbhai Chaudhary.advertisement They are aged between 14 and 53 years. The plea said these players are holding international classification cards issued by International Paralympic Committee, a prerequisite for any payer to play any international match in the para (disabled) category. The petitioners said they had to incur lakhs of rupees on their own to obtain the international classification cards and many of them had taken loans for it. The plea said every participating country has been allotted a maximum slot of 25 athletes in para table tennis category in the event. “Considering adequate quota of 25 players allotted to India by the Asian Paraympic Committee, all of the 19 players, including the petitioners, were required to be included in the final list of Indian contingent for table tennis in the tournament. “However, despite having availability of sufficient slots, the authorities have arbitrarily decided to only include the five players and have arbitrarily excluded the names of the petitioners from the final list, that too without assigning any reason,” it said. The players said despite repeated requests, the authorities had not included their names in the Indian contingent. PTI SKV HMP SMNlast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Dutee Chand delighted with Asiad medal after troubled past

first_imgDutee Chand won silver for India in women’s 100m on Sunday at the Asian Games 2018. It was India’s first medal in the event in 20 years and Dutee had to make an extremely difficult journey to make India proud.Dropped from India’s Commonwealth Games contingent in 2014 after being rendered ineligible to compete as a female athlete due to hyperandrogenism policy of the world athletics body (IAAF), the last four years of her life have not been easy for the 22-year-old Odisha athlete.Allowed to race again after being cleared by the Court of Arbitration (CAS), Dutee on Sunday achieved the biggest success of her career.”2014 was very a bad year for me. People said many things abut me. The same girl today came back and won a medal for the country, it is really big achievement for me,” Dutee said after winning a silver medal in the women’s 100m at the Asian Games.Asian Games 2018, Day 8: HighlightsThe desperation to achieve something big, to make up for the opportunities lost, was palpable as she spoke about her effort.”In the semifinals, the first 20 metres, I did not push much and coach pointed out that ‘you have to make a better beginning. So in the final I rushed the first 40 metres. I was running with eyes closed, whether medal comes or not, I wanted to better my timing.”When I opened my eyes, the race was over. I did not know what has happened. People said you have won a medal, but I did not believe, I did not pick flag until I saw the result on display screen.”advertisementAsian Games 2018: Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceDutee could not stop smiling after the win.”It is my biggest medal, I am already 22 and I had never participated at Asian Games before because of hyperandrogenism. It was Olympic for me, I trained for six hours in a session for this.”Dutee had become only the third Indian to qualify for the women 100m event at the Rio Olympics. She had timed 11.69 but did not make it to the final.The Athletic Federation of India and IAAF’ faced flak for violating Dutee’s privacy and human rights. She appealed to the CAS and in July 2015, it issued a decision to suspend the hyperandrogenism regulation for female track and field sports for two years.It found that there was insufficient evidence to indicate that there is any link between enhanced androgen levels and improved athletic performance.The court gave two more years to IAAF to present convincing evidence and if it is not provided within the deadline, the regulation will be automatically revoked.Dutee’s silver came in 11.32 seconds, the same timing with which she had won gold at the National Games. However, it was slower than her own national record (11.29).”I was confused, I was not sure if I will win medal because I timed 11:43 in the semifinal, it was too much of strain for body. People assured me, saying God is with you.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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India best side in the world, we need to learn from them: Shoaib Malik

first_imgPakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has urged his teammates to learn from India, who he said was the best side in the world.Pakistan were thrashed by India on both occasions in Asia Cup 2018 and their heavy defeats led to a lot of gloomy faces and severe criticism from former cricketers.”They were equally bad in every aspect of the game. It was a below par performance by Pakistan. They should have known the conditions and should have bowled first. It’s their home ground,” Akram told India Today in an exclusive chat.”It’s very disappointing, disheartening. I can understand winning and losing is part of the game but not like this. This has been a just one-horse race. India have been just incredible in this Asia Cup without their main player, without their captain.Also read – Wasim Akram slams ‘below par performance by Pakistan'”Pakistan need to sit down and revisit their schedule. I am all for promotion of the game, I am all for going to Zimbabwe playing 5 one days and three T20s. Paying West Indies in UAE but that’s not going to improve their cricket. They might improve their records but not cricket.”It’s quite embarrassing for me being an ex-Pakistani player, ex-Pakistani captain to see, like I said winning and losing is part of the game but not like that. This is just a one-sided game. It’s boring, it’s not good for television, it’s not good for spectators and I can imagine the whole country will be disappointed,” he said.Also read – Sarfraz Ahmed rues dropped catches after Pakistan go down to India againadvertisementBut Malik feels that it is not a time to panic but stay with the team, that is filled with newcomers and are working on their game.”When you are in a building process, you need time. It’s not a time to panic and change players. If you change a lot of players, newcomers will also need time. We have to see India’s system, how they develop their players. They are the best side in the world,” Malik said. “You have to give confidence to the players that the management, the captain and selection committee have picked.””PCB chairman came to the dressing room after the match and gave us confidence. He said that you must give it the best shot. Such things happen in the game,” Malik said.He went on to add that the Pakistan youngsters should learn from the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.Also read – Pakistan don’t have it in them to compete with India, says Harbhajan”We need to learn from how Bumrah and Bhuvi are bowling. The Indian team has a lot of very experienced players. Our boys can only learn from players who have played so many matches and also from their young players. It’s not like someone with 200 matches cannot learn from those who have played 5-10 matches. They can learn from anyone,” Malik said.Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur also said that the team is in a transition and a nine-wicket loss is a big loss but this was a good reality check for a team that is lacking confidence.”In terms of the worst performance, nine wickets, it’s got to be up there but we’re on a journey, we’ll get better and stronger than this,” Arthur said after the game.”They’re suffering a confidence crisis at the moment, there’s a little bit of fear of failure in the dressing room, there’s a bit of a reality check for exactly where we are as a cricket team,” Arthur said.Pakistan are currently playing Bangladesh in their Asia Cup Super 4 match at Abu Dhabi and the winner of the match will face India in the final on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.last_img read more

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Paris Motor Show: Three new cars tell the story of an industry in flux

first_imgThree new vehicles debuting at the Paris car show this week will show investors and consumers the challenges facing the global auto industry as it grapples with the biggest technological changes in a century.A new BMW 3-series sedan, the latest in a line of cars that defined the concept of a premium sports sedan, will aim to reinvigorate a range that has ceded ground to SUVs and electric drives, while the Mercedes GLE marks an attempt to take an SUV to a new level, with some autonomous driving features.And the Peugeot e-Legend concept stands for what automakers need to do next, and fast: design electrified vehicles that are both appealing and profitable.The new generation BMW 3-series sedan will immediately fight for attention with a different car bearing the “3” designation – Tesla Inc’s electric Model 3.Tesla’s Model 3 is now out-selling the BMW model in the United States, although the BMW 3 remains the bigger seller by far worldwide.Tesla’s all-electric car challenges BMW and other traditional premium brands for technological leadership with software that can be constantly upgraded to improve the car’s performance and driver experience and to add features.The new BMW 3-series will also fight for attention in Paris – as in the marketplace – with the worldwide shift to SUVs. That phenomenon will be represented by the new generation of the Mercedes GLE sport utility, among other models.CONFLICTED RESPONSEThe new GLE, which goes on sale next year, will come with a new, 48-volt electronic suspension system that can vary the shock absorbing function at each wheel, individually. Inside the cabin, drivers and passengers can view information on two 12.3- inch screens.advertisementThe GLE also takes another step toward automating the process of driving, with a system that can steer and vary the speed of the car within a marked lane up to 37 miles per hour. The GLE can effectively pilot itself in rush hour traffic jams.Mercedes will offer in the GLE a 48-volt electrical system that gives the vehicle an electric boost away from stops. That offers a modest reduction in fuel consumption at a time when regulators worldwide want automakers to eliminate their oil-burning, internal combustion technology and go all-electric.The GLE highlights the auto industry’s conflicted response to the regulatory and consumer pressure to dump diesel technology and accelerate the shift to all-electric vehicles.Petroleum-fueled SUVs such as the Mercedes GLE generate the bulk of profits for global automakers. All-electric Tesla gets praise for its innovation but is scrambling to show a profit in the third quarter after a tumultuous year.FANTASY CARThe challenge for established automakers is to design electric cars compelling enough to persuade consumers to pay a profitable premium to own them.Legacy automakers have tended to produce electric cars that are drab, small or strange.PSA Group’s Peugeot e-Legend concept aims to break that pattern with a battery-powered homage to the 1968 Peugeot 504 that looks like it could have starred in a late 1960s French New Wave movie.While not destined for production, the e-Legend does reflect a dilemma facing automakers like PSA – and its track-racing boss Carlos Tavares – over how to reconcile connected, autonomous cars with more traditional product traits such as driving pleasure, where their expertise really lies.While the Peugeot fantasy car is self-driving, it can also be driven manually, or flipped into a “sharp” autonomous mode that accelerates and steers more aggressively – because, as the company said in promoting the concept, “boredom is not part of our DNA”.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

"Paris Motor Show: Three new cars tell the story of an industry in flux"

Salaam Cricket 2018: India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees

first_imgHarbhajan Singh feels that India will be favourites against Pakistan for their Asia Cup 2018 match despite the absence of captain Virat Kohli.Kohli was rested for the Asia Cup by the national selectors, while Rohit Sharma was appointed as the replacement captain.India will face Pakistan in the Group A match on Wednesday, September 19.Harbhajan said Pakistan bowlers will find it tough to get Indian batsmen out and the depth in Indian bowling make them the favouriteSalaam Cricket 2018: Live”India favourites even without Virat Kohli. India’s batting is superior. In Asian conditions, Indian batsmen will be tough to get out. Not just because of their batting but there’s a lot of depth in their bowling. Kuldeep Yadav will be the trump card for India,” said Harbhajan on the stage of Salaam Cricket 2018.Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, however, disagreed with Harbhajan. Misbah said Pakistan are a more complete team than India and Kohli’s absence will play out in favour of Pakistan.READ – Wasim Akram recalls playing Holi with Indian team”Currently, this Pakistan team gives you a lot. We have a lot of armory in the bowling department. We have good all-rounders. One thing that gives us a little bit of edge is the attitude of the team – they don’t shy away from challenges. India do not have Kohli and Pakistan will take the opportunity to go out there and beat India. India have a lot of experience but currently, Pakistan have the better chance of winning,” Misbah said.advertisementHarbhajan, however, found support from Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who said India are more experienced than Pakistan and that gives them the edge.”India have the edge. Pakistan are a young team and they are improving but India have got the talent. A lot of their players have more exposure than Pakistan’s players. MS Dhoni can control a lot from behind the wickets. Pakistan know how to play in Dubai – they are used to playing here,” said Muralitharan.Meanwhile, former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said Kohli should have played the Asia Cup and skipped the home series against West Indies for rest.”I will keep my fingers crossed for a good game. Personally, Kohli should have played and could have been rested for the series vs West Indies but it’s his call,” Qadir said.last_img read more

"Salaam Cricket 2018: India favourites even without Kohli, says Harbhajan. Misbah disagrees"