‘Black Panther’ wins top honours at BET Awards, Foxx takes a jibe at Trump

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 25 (PTI) “Black Panther” is continuing its golden run beyond the box office as the film was adjudged the Best Movie at the 2018 BET Awards, with its lead, Chadwick Boseman scoring the award for Best Actor.The ceremony was hosted by actor-singer Jamie Foxx, who returned as the emcee for a second time.Taking a sly dig at US President Donald Trump, Foxx gave a shout-out to the Ryan Coogler-directed film and said the country does not need a president as they have their Black Panther as “our king”.”I am not here to host, I am here to celebrate. Black excellence televised. We have to address the panther in the room. Ladies and gentlemen, we have to address the panther in the room. We do not need a president right now because we’ve got our king. King T’Challa, make some noise,” he said in his opening speech.Coogler thanked the people responsible for the film’s success and had one request for his fans.”If you can travel to Africa, go. And if you can’t go, teach your children about Patrice Lumumba, Jomo Kenyatta, and all the amazing Africans that we attach to still as African Americans here today,” the filmmaker said in his acceptance speech.Boseman, who could not receive the award in person, took to Twitter to thank his fans for the love.”Thank you #BETAwards! I’m overseas working, but wish I could have been there to accept my Best Actor & our Best Movie award with Ryan Coogler & @michaelb4jordan (Michael B Jordon). #BlackPanther has touched a chord in many hearts & I’m truly grateful for the love our fans have shown us,” he wrote.advertisementFoxx also brought Jordan, who played the villain Erik Killmonger, and asked him to deliver an iconic dialogue his character delivers in the film.”Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage,” a hesitant Jordan finally recited the line.The host for the night also had a surreal moment when he later called Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino on to the stage, who like Jordan was taken by surprise on the instant announcement.”I really was not expecting to get up here,” Glover said.The duo then performed an abbreviated version of his recent hit “This Is America.”While Glover sang the opening lines of the song, the audience sang the “yeah, yeah, yeah” verse.Tiffany Haddish was crowned the Best Actress for “Girls Trip” and “The Wrinkle in Time” director Ava Duvernay was named the Video Director of the Year.”Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi won the Young Stars BET.Beyonce was titled Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Bruno Mars took home the trophy of Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar were the picks in Hip-Hop Artist – Female and Male categories.Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller’s “Wild Thoughts” was the Best Collaboration.Drake ‘God’s Plan’ won the Video of the Year, while SZA bagged the Best New Artist title.The BET for Album of the Year went to Kendrick Lamar for the blockbuster ‘DAMN.’.”Mudbound” star Mary J Blige received the BET Her for her 13th studio album, “Strength of a Woman”.The BET Awards honoured R&B legend Anita Baker with the Lifetime Achievement Award.Dr Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational award went to Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You”.Davido from Nigeria was adjudged the Best International Act.In the sports arena, Serena Williams won the Sportswoman of the Year award and LeBron James was named Sportsman of the Year. PTI RDSRDSlast_img read more

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U’khand CM felicitates Laskshya Sen, Kuhoo Garg

first_imgDehradun, Jul 26 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has honoured Asia junior badminton champion Lakshya Sen by presenting him with a cheque of Rs 5.53 lakh at a felicitation ceremony held at the chief minister’s residence here. At the event held yesterday, Rawat also presented Kuhoo Garg, who won the Lagos International Badminton Classics, with a cheque of Rs 2 lakh. “The children of Uttarakhand grow up in the lap of nature and are therefore strong. They also have the spirit to excel in whichever field they choose. The success of Lakshya Sen and Kuhoo Garg is a victory of our youth who are showing promise in every sports,” the chief minister said. Sen said his efforts would be directed towards bringing glory to his country and state in the future. Since Garg is in Russia nowadays, the cash award was received by her parents. On Sunday, Lakshya became only the third Indian shuttler to win the Asia Junior Championships after late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu (2012). He defeated the reigning world junior champion, Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand, in straight games at the finals in Jakarta, Indonesia. On the same day, Kuhoo Garg and Ria Mukherjee had won the women’s doubles title in the Lagos International badminton tournament in Nigeria. PTI ALMHMBlast_img read more

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Gill hopes to be third-time lucky, says Arjuna will make motorsports popular

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) A national award will provide a much-needed fillip to Indian motorsports, believes three-time Asia Pacific Rally Champion (APRC) Gaurav Gill, who is hoping to be third time lucky after being nominated for the Arjuna award again.”I have been nominated again. I just want to say that ministry should not see it in a way that motorsport is not popular, rather they should try to make the sport popular because there are hundreds of cricketers but there are not many players in motorsports,” he told PTI.”If you recognise someone from motorsports at the national level then the whole country will watch. If today, you address me as an Arjuna awardee, naturally the level goes up. We shouldn’t wait for hundreds to come and then award one with Arjuna but rather we should think of creating hundreds in motorsports.”The 36-year-old has been finally made it to World Rally Championship in the second division after a long APRC stint.”It has been an amazing year. We would now be doing a World Championship which is a top level of driving. Very proud that we are using MRF tyres which is made in India. This year is all about development, so next year we will lead a full assault at the world championship,” he said.The World Rally Championship (WRC) is a rallying series consisting of 13 three-day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice.The WRC features three support championships, the Junior World Rally Championship, the World Rally Championship 2 (WRC2) and the World Rally Championship 3 (WRC3) which are contested on the same events and stages as the WRC, but with different regulations.advertisement”I just came back from Finland two weeks ago. I finished 12th in the World rally Championship 2 in my first attempt (at Italy in June). We could have finished 6th or 7th but there was some technical issues with the car,” said Gill, who also participated in Rally Finland in July.”This year it is all about learning and next year hope to get onto the podium. We are still in the development stage, so lets see,” said Gill, who is coming up with an academy at Gurgaon to train the kids.Gill also said he is trying to tie up with an Indian company to participate in the 2019 Dakar Rally to be held in Peru from January 6 to 17 next year.”We would be doing a recce this year. I am working on it, will be back with an Indian company at the Dakar Rally. It is a big project,” he said.Talking about the challenges of motosport in the country, he said: “Motosports is an expensive sport but I have not bought a single car so far. So if I can do it, others can also do it. Lot of auto manufacturers are also getting. There is less sponsorship but things are changing slowly.” PTI ATK BSBSlast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennis

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday. Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Istomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.With Prajnesh’s bronze, India’s medals tally swelled up to 25 medals — 6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 6 LIVE UPDATES India are placed seventh on the medals tally table with 25 medals at the Asian Games 2018.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.Prajnesh began his campaign with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Indonesia’s Fitriadi M Rifqi in the Round of 32 following which he made it into the quarter-finals with a fighting 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over Ly Hoang Nam of Vietnam.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Prajnesh beat Korea’s Kwon Soonwoo 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(8) in dramatic circumstances in a match that lasted almost four hours. The Rain Gods showered their blessing on Prajnesh at 6-6 in the deciding set when the Indian was reeling with cramps.The rain break have Prajnesh time to recover and he came back and took the match.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.Earlier in the day, Indian women’s kabaddi team settled for a silver for the first time after winning two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with a 27-24 loss to Iran.Before that, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev in the final in Jakarta.Prior to that gold, Indian rowers put up a fabulous show as the Indian team clinched a gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final. Before that gold, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final and the team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh took a bronze in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Also, Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event after finishing with a score of 219.2 while Manu Bhaker endured another disappointing day in Palembang with a fifth-place finish in the same event.last_img read more

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Australia’s record goalscorer Cahill is a fan of Tendulkar and Kohli

first_imgJamshedpur FC star Tim Cahill has said that he loves cricket and that he admires India captain Virat Kohli for the way he has worked his way to the top.Cahill, who made one last appearance for Australia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup earlier this year, joined Jamshedpur FC had returned to Championship side Milwall in December last year but was then released by the club.Upon joining Jamshedpur, Cahill had said, “”I’m excited to announce that I’m signing for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL). I’ve been really impressed in my conversations with the club by their professionalism and goals for what they want to achieve.”Ahead of the fifth season of the Indian Super League, which starts on September 29 in Kolkata, Cahill spoke to the media about his love for Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli.Also read – ISL: Australia’s record goalscorer Tim Cahill joins Jamshedpur FC”I love cricket. My all-time favourite is Sachin Tendulkar, without a shadow of a doubt. But now, it is obviously Virat Kohli because I love his background story of how he has achieved what he is today,” Cahill, Austrailia’s record goalscorer, said on Saturday.Cahill further spoke on the facets of Kohli that appeals to him and admitted that he followed the Indian star on social media.”He works hard, he is humble, he sacrificed a lot and is very committed. But I also like the way he tends to give back so much to the Indian people off the park, both emotionally and charitably. So I follow him on the social networks. He is a good example,” Cahill further said.advertisementCahill is also good friends with former Australian pacer Brett Lee. “He is a close friend,” Cahill said adding he spoke to several friends before coming to India.”I had a lot of idea about the condition of Indian football before coming to Jamshedpur. I talked to a lot of foreign players, who have been here. I asked about the structure. The main thing that kept coming back was the local talent in India and how good it is in India and how it is growing.”| #JamshedpurFC conducted their first training session ahead of the new #HeroISL campaign at the JRD Tata Sports Complex!Check out the full gallery https://t.co/ssSUReWAJ7#JamKeKhelo pic.twitter.com/sGV7S9rU7xJamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) September 21, 2018Cahill, who is one of the high profile recruits for ISL 2018-19, said he would look to be more than just a marquee signing for Jamshedpur FC.”With three Asian Cup and four World Cup appearances, I would like to contribute on the park as much as off it,” Cahill, who scored 50 goals for Australia in a career spanning 14 years, told reporters on Saturday.Having debuted last season as part of ISL’s expansion to 10 teams, Jamshedpur finished a creditable fifth in their maiden campaign.”I take great pride in playing and training. I would look to add more value than just be a marquee signing.”Asked whether his age will come in his way with the long ISL season stretching from September 29 to March next year, the former Everton legend said: “It’s only 18 matches per season with good number of breaks in between.”I’m used to playing 30-40 matches per season. It’s not long for me, it’s very short I would say. I would give my best.”Cahill was all praise for Jamshedpur FC and said they tick all the boxes as far as structure and professional goes, something that made him join the club.”The professionalism, the set up of the academy, the training ground and the future of the club really impressed me. Here at Jamshedpur FC, we have no distraction as players.”We have our complex, training pitch, gym and an upcoming swimming pool. It’s the perfect vision to help Indian football grow, something that excited me.”The personal goal is to improve my team and see the right results. We have a great blend of foreign and Indian players including three from the (Tata Football) Academy that speaks volumes of our team building. Taking the talent making them represent the country is our goal.”Wow what a way to meet our fans in India @jamshedpurfc The love for football is amazing and I’m so happy that I can experience this passion first hand. I’ve played all over the world and I’m excited now to play in INDIA. @IndSuperLeague pic.twitter.com/TM5ecOGAG6TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) September 19, 2018Cahill received a warm welcome in Jamshedpur by the city fans with drum beats and dance.advertisement”When I got to Jamshedpur, the first thing noticed was it’s green, there’s not much of traffic and loads of fans — beautiful people, football and family. We are together 24×7 in the academy. This the environment I want to be in, this is professional football,” he said.”We are trying to be pioneers and be an example. We are focused in making a good structure something that the fans can be proud of. We want to make sure to tell the right story to the fans. It’s on TV everywhere, it’s global, like cricket, like anything.”Cahill will miss Jamshedpur FC’s opener against Mumbai City FC, serving a three-match ban handed by the Football Association for his tussle in his last match for Milwall against Fulham.Having scored a brace against him seven years ago in their 4-0 win over India in the Asia Cup, Cahill will play with goalkeeper Subrata Pal.”I’m sorry for scoring,” Cahill told Pal, seated on the same dias. I’m lucky enough to play against India. It was a memorable match. We swapped jerseys, took photos. I’ve some great memories. The most important thing is respect,” he said.Few of Jamshedpur players complained of hectic travelling as they have to go to Ranchi, about three hours by road or rail, to board a flight for their away matches.”We are professional footballers, four hours by train, no problem. We are a good group of players who are very humble and gel as a team,” Cahill signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Shakib Al Hasan out for 3 months, likely to miss Zimbabwe, West Indies series

first_imgShakib Al Hasan has been ruled out for at least three months because of an injury to his left little finger.Shakib, who missed Bangladesh’s virtual semi-final against Pakistan and the final versus India, will miss out on action because of a delay in surgery.Shakib, 31, will have to wait three weeks more to undergo surgery on the finger because of an infection caused by the accumulation of pus, which has reportedly spread to his left wrist.”The moment I arrived in the hospital, the doctors told me that I have to get the pus out as soon as possible. Any delay would put me in great danger as the infection spread till my wrist,” Shakib was quoted as saying by Prothom Alo.”If I had waited another few days, my wrist would have become disabled. I feel better after they took out the pus, but the problem is until the infection isn’t gone, there isn’t going to be a surgery on my injured finger. It will take another two-three weeks to fix. After surgery I will need eight weeks, which means I am out for three months.”Shakib picked up the injury in January 2018 during the final of the tri-nation series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He was also a doubt for Asia Cup 2018 but played on before deciding to opt out in the later stages of the tournament.”I have been in this state for the last 14-15 days. The doctor immediately understood what had happened, but our physio couldn’t find out,” Shakib explained.advertisement”The BCB president [Nazmul Hassan] asked if I could play the Asia Cup or I could go for the surgery. He told me to take the decision. When I asked the physio about what damage it may have, he told me it won’t be that dangerous. Then I decided that since the Asia Cup is important for us, I will play four-five matches with the pain.”Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe in October-November and the West Indies in November-December, and Shakib is likely to be out for the two series.last_img read more

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PV Sindhu crushes Beiwen Zhang to march into second round of French Open

first_imgPV Sindhu overcame a poor outing at the Denmark Open with a crushing victory in the first round of the women’s singles at French Open on Tuesday.Sindhu eased past Beiwen Zhang 21-17 21-8 in just 34 minutes to avenge her loss at the hands of the same opponent in the opening round of the Denmark Open, last week.By virtue of this win, Sindhu has managed to break her hat-trick of losses against the American and equalled the head-to-head record at 3-3.The agony of first round exit at Denmark Open still in her mind, Sindhu, however, started slowly as Zhang took a marginal lead. But the Indian rode on her aggressive approach to roar back to a 7-4 and then a 10-6 lead.The American then stunned her fancied opponent to pocket five straight points to reclaim the lead at 11-10.It was neck-and-neck thereafter till 16 points before Sindhu seized the initiative and pocketed the first game 21-17.The second game too was a close affair initially as both the players were locked at 3-3 at one stage before world no. 3 Sindhu upped her game to take a 11-6 lead.Zhang managed to garner two more points before Sindhu sealed the affair in quick time.The Rio Olympics silver medallist will next face the winner of first round match between Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong and Japan’s Sayaka Sato.However, it was curtains for less-fancied Indian men’s doubles pair of Arjun M R and Shlok Ramachandran as they lost 14-21 17-21 to Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yunchen in the opening round.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Jaipur Pink Panther shifts home base to Panchkula from Jaipur

first_imgJaipur, Oct 27 (PTI) Jaipur Pink Panthers has decided to shift their home leg of Pro Kabaddi League to Tau Devi Lal Indoor Stadium in Panchkula as their home venue — Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium is under construction. The home Leg for Jaipur Pink Panthers will begin on December 14 and will conclude on December 20. “We conducted a joint recce of the venue in Panchkula with Star India Pvt Ltd and Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd to look at the viability of the location before the season commenced,” Jaipur Pink Panthers spokesperson Bunty Walia said in a statement. “We will definitely miss the massive cheers from the crowds in Jaipur that the team has received all these years but we support the improvement of the facility that has been taken into consideration. “The construction work increases the seating capacity which will help us and all the other sports to drive more audience to the stadiums and raise motivation among our young athletes,” he added. Captain of Jaipur Pink Panthers, Anup Kumar added: “I was a part of U Mumba for the past five seasons and always found the support in Jaipur for the home team astounding. “I was looking forward to the home venue but unfortunately, we’re not playing at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium this time. I urge all our fans from Jaipur to continue supporting us this season and we shall try to bring the trophy back home.” PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

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India vs West Indies 4th ODI Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar and JioTV

first_imgIndia vs West Indies 4th ODI live streaming from Mumbai: Watch Ind vs WI 4th ODI free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI 4th ODI Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.India will look to find the ‘perfect’ balance in their playing eleven when they take on a resurgent West Indies in the fourth One-day International here on Monday.Going with five specialist bowlers in Pune on Saturday did not work for India, who ended up as the losing side for the first time in the home series against the West Indies.With the series surprisingly tied at 1-1 and two matches to go, Virati Kohli’s team finds itself in a must-win situation at the Cricket Club of India (CCI). Credit must be given to the West Indies, who have not only moved on from a dismal Test series but have given the formidable hosts a run for their money in the one-day format.READ – Can Virat Kohli equal Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 4 successive ODI hundreds?But concerns remain as apart from Kohli, the rest of the Indian batting has not been in the top form in the series. The usually bankable wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also been a flop, scoring just 27 runs in two matches.The visitors on the other hand will be high on confidence. Having missed what would have been a well deserved victory in the tied second match, the boys from the Caribbean were clearly the better side in the third match.advertisementREAD – Preview: India look to bounce back against confident West Indies in MumbaiThe visitors will once again bank on the likes of the in-form duo of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer who have been in excellent form.Hope has scored 250 runs in three matches which includes one half century and one century along with a clinical 32.READ – Team India returns to play an ODI in Brabourne stadium after 23 yearsWhat time does the 4th ODI between India vs West Indies start?4th ODI starts at 1:30 PM IST on October 21, Saturday at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.What TV channel and live stream is the 4th ODI between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs West Indies match.Where will the 4th ODI between India and West Indies be played?The 4th ODI between India and West Indies will be played at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai from 01:30 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 4th ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 4th ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the 4th ODI between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 4th ODI between India and West Indies?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav.West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels.Tags: online streaming, live streaming online, watch live online, dd national live, live stream, live video streaming, live match watch online, star sports 1 hindi live, watch live streaming free, dd national live tv, live match on hotstar, odi live streaming, india vs west indies live streaming channels, india vs wi odi series 2018 live streaming, crictime, 4th odi live streaming, 4th odi live streaming watch online, hotstarlast_img read more

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‘Yo-Yo’ test should not be sole criteria for team selection: Kaif

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Bhubaneswar, Nov 3 (PTI) Former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif Saturday said that the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test cannot be the “sole criteria” for picking players, calling for a more balanced approach in team selection. The Indian team has set 16.1 as the Yo-Yo test benchmark for the past couple of years and any player failing to clear the test is not selected. “Fitness is important as we have that the fielding standard of the Indian team has improved a lot. But there should be a balanced approach,” Kaif said at the Ekamra Sports Literature Festival here during a panel discussion on the topic ‘The Secularist and Cricketer’. “If a player is scoring runs and taking wickets, dropping him solely on the basis that he could not pass the ‘Yo-Yo’ is not good,” said Kaif, who was one of the fittest players of his time. The most recent example was Ambati Rayudu, whose national comeback after nearly two years was stalled when he failed to clear the Yo-Yo test despite scoring 600 plus runs in the IPL. Subsequently, Rayudu cleared the fitness test and was picked for the Asia Cup. “When I was in the team, there was test (beep test) to know the fitness of the players but never was a player dropped from the team. He would be told that his fitness level was not good and will have make improvements in the next few months.” Kaif also found it strange that Rishabh Pant is being tried as an outfielder in 50-over cricket.advertisement “Rishabh is basically a wicketkeeper but he has been made to field everywhere. I believe he will not be comfortable with that,” said the 37-year-old Kaif, one of the best fielders of his time. “With captain Virat Kohli setting an example in fitness standards, the team is doing very well and that is reflecting on the results.” Kaif, who fought 2014 general elections, does not rule out joining politics one again. “I fought the election on a Congress ticket and lost. As of now, I am not thinking of joining politics and fight elections once again. But you will never say never,” he said. “I found out that politics divides people. I wanted to serve the people and do something for the society, that is why I fought elections. “Now I am associated with the game and sharing my knowledge with youngsters in my academy. I want as many players from Uttar Pradesh to the Indian team,” said Kaif who played 13 Test and 125 ODIs between 2000 and 2006. He said sports transcends all boundaries like religion and caste. “There are these dividing factors in society and we know that. But sports is above all these. You perform, score runs and take wickets. You will get selection irrespective of the religion, or caste or region you belong to. In my whole career, I have never felt discriminated on that basis of anything. It was all about performance,” he said. PTI PDS KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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Kuldeep Yadav adds new weapon to his armoury: Fast and lethal

first_imgFacing a chinaman is a nightmare for the batsmen anyway but when the bowler adds more variations, the task becomes even more difficult.Kuldeep Yadav has over the years perfected the art of bowling in limited-overs cricket by adding the doosra and flipper to his armoury. But the 23-year-old isn’t going to rest just there and wants to add more variations in his bowling.Which is exactly what he has done now by adding the cross-seam quicker ball in his bowling arsenal.The Kanpur-born left-arm leggie was seen bowling a couple of those deliveries at the West Indies batsmen during the first T20I at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | PhotosThe deliveries did take the batsmen by surprise, who were finding him difficult to pick anyway during the first innings.Interestingly, Kuldeep revealed that this new ball is still a work in progress for him. “It’s the ball I’m working on (faster one). Just bowl it to contain runs as well,” Kuldeep said after the game.The chinaman had finished the five-match ODI series against the Windies as the highest wicket-taker with 9 scalps and he just carried on with that form in the T20I as well, picking up 3 for 13 in four overs to break the backbone of the West Indies batting lineup.Read – Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaKuldeep and all-rounder Krunal Pandya spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs to restrict them to a paltry 109 for 8 in 20 overs after India opted to bowl first.advertisementThe Windies were reduced to 34/3 in seven overs when Pandya — who had misfielded in only the second ball of the innings — was brought in.The elder brother of injured Hardik got rid of comeback man Kieron Pollard and gave away just 15 runs while senior pro Kuldeep scalped three wickets leaking 13 runs.After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs, losing 7 wickets.Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4×4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 along with Khari Pierre (9 not out).West Indies crossed the 100-run mark riding a big 19th over which fetched 16 runs off Umesh Yadav (1/36).Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) also got a wicket apiece.Also read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataIndia then rode on a composed 31 not from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal’s quickfire knock to chase down the target with 13 balls to spare.”Very important to take wickets. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. But that’s my aim. The first wicket (of Bravo) was the one I cherished,” Kuldeep said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.The bowling performance also saw Kuldeep become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in T20 cricket. He achieved the feat in his 75th match at an average of 19.75 with two five-wicket hauls.last_img read more

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Will big ticket international cricket return to Pakistan in 2019? New PCB boss hopes so

first_imgWasim Khan, the incoming Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managing director, is hopeful that Australia will visit the country for a part of their ODI series in March which is scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates.International cricket has rarely been played in Pakistan since the 2009 gunmen attack on a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers to the stadium in Lahore. The attack claimed he lives of six security personnel and two civilians.If not teams, some international stars have played in Pakistan, as part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final but Australia have not toured Pakistan since 1998. Something Wasim Khan hopes can change.Incoming Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managing director Wasim Khan has said he hopes Australia will come to the South Asian nation to play at least part of a one-day series currently scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in March.”I will ask the question,” Wasim Khan, who is born in Birmingham Eng;land, told ESPNcricinfo.”We will continue to offer them the highest level security and, if they have any concerns, we will act to meet them.”The only teams to play since the attack is Sri Lanka, when they returned in 2017 for a one-off T20 International, while West Indies played a 3-match T20I series in Karachi in April in 2018.Khan said he intends to speak with other boards about how Pakistan can reclaim regular international cricket.”It will probably be a process of baby steps,” Khan said.”I need to sit down with other boards and ask them: where are the gaps in our plans that worry you? What can we do to assure you? What will it take to get you to come back? I want to hear what concerns they have and find a way of meeting them.”advertisementKhan, who remains Leicestershire chief executive until the end of January, also said that he has invited English county teams to use the PCB academy in Lahore for pre-season training.”We have excellent facilities. We have a great passion for the game. If we can get more foreign players coming to Pakistan more often, hopefully we can normalise playing in the country again.”last_img read more

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You did amazing, don’t cry: Serena Williams consoles teary-eyed Dayana Yastremska

first_imgIn a touching gesture on Saturday, Serena Williams was seen consoling her opponent Dayana Yastremska after the American tennis legend stormed past the Ukranian to reach the Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals.Serena made light work of her third-round match at the Rod Laver Arena as she won 6-2, 6-1 by sending 20 winners flying past the 57th-ranked 18-year-old.Yastremska rolled her right ankle midway through and took a medical time-out to have her foot bandaged when trailing 4-1 in the second set.It stalled defeat only briefly, however, as Serena broke her a third time in the set and claimed the match when the Ukrainian sprayed a cross-court forehand wide.The teenager broke down after her loss but Serena was quick to offer support at the nets.”You did amazing. You did so well. You did amazing. Don’t cry. You did really well,” the seven-time champion was heard saying.You did amazing. You did so well. You did amazing. Don’t cry. You did really well.@serenawilliams #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/kbRHcob5Tz#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019The 16th-seeded Serena has now won 20 consecutive sets at Melbourne Park, having not dropped a set in her 2017 title run and winning three rounds here this year in straight sets. She did not play here in 2018 following the birth of her daughter.The 37-year-old also won her 84th match at Melbourne Park, which is more than any other woman in Australian Open history. She has lost just 10 matches in 18 appearances at the tournament.Serena, attempting to win a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, will next play either her sister Venus or top-seeded Simona Halep, who play later on Saturday.advertisementSpeaking after the match Serena said her elder sister still intimidates her and picked Billie Jean King as her inspiration.Who inspires @serenawilliams?None other than @BillieJeanKing #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/S7fNRg2zhx#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019.@serenawilliams: “She [@Venuseswilliams] still intimidates me.”You heard it here first #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7AXE6GPJTS#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019In other action, No. 8 Kei Nishikori beat Joao Sousa 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-2, and No. 15 Daniil Medvedev defeated No. 21 David Goffin 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-3.The woman Williams lost to in last year’s chaotic U.S. Open final, Naomi Osaka, dusted herself off after tumbling to the court and erased a big deficit by taking 11 of 12 games to beat No. 28 Hsieh Su-wei 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.No. 6 Elina Svitolina also put together quite a comeback to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 against Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, while No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova eliminated No. 21 Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.last_img read more

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West Indies vs England 1st Test: I can bowl on most pitches, says Anderson after 4-wicket haul

first_imgEngland picked up four late wickets with the second new ball to turn the first Test against West Indies in their favour, leaving the hosts reeling at 264 for eight at stumps on the first day in Barbados on Wednesday.James Anderson tore through West Indies’ middle order in a devastating late spell, while Ben Stokes chimed in to claim tailender Kemar Roach for a duck with the final ball of the day at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.While England selected two spinners in Mooen Ali and Adil Rashid, raising eyebrows by leaving out Stuart Broad, it was Stokes and Anderson who did the damage.Stokes collected two scalps with the old ball, before Anderson struck three times with stumps looming.The veteran first had Roston Chase caught at first slip for 54, before Shane Dowrich (0) spooned a catch to second slip.Anderson then snaffled all-rounder Jason Holder caught-and-bowled for five as the large contingent of English fans in the crowd finally found their collective voice.Anderson finished the day with 4-33 off 24 miserly overs, including 12 maidens, while Stokes had 3-47.Anderson’s excellent harvest was a welcome change from a barren visit to Sri Lanka, where he took one wicket in two Tests.”I’ve always enjoyed the challenge away from home but it’s often been difficult to get to grips with conditions,” he said in quotes published by the Guardian newspaper.”I guess it’s getting to know my game and getting my skills and confidence up.”Now I feel I can bowl on most pitches, though you could probably take Sri Lanka out of that.advertisement”Tours like that make you appreciate when there’s a bit of something for you. There was a bit of swing here even though the wicket was pretty flat.”While it was a promising day for the hosts until the final hour, they could pay the price for the inability of any of their top order to convert good starts into big scores.Five of their batsmen made at least 40, but none reached 60.Openers John Campbell (44) and Kraigg Brathwaite (40) got the innings underway before Shai Hope (57) and Chase (54) managed half-centuries, while Shimron Hetmyer was 56 not out.West Indies could have been in an even more dire situation had not Hetmyer been let off on three when dropped at extra cover by Jos Buttler.The 22-year-old was then rarely troubled again as he took to the England attack, before the visitors’ dragged themselves back in the final hour.Also Read | West Indies vs England, 1st Test Day 1 Bridgetown | As it happenedlast_img read more

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Virgil Van Dijk deserves PFA Player of the Year award: Andy Robertson

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk should be crowned PFA Player of the Year this season after a string of match-winning displays in the Merseyside club’s Premier League title challenge, according to team mate Andy Robertson.Van Dijk is one of the bookmakers’ favourites for the accolade alongside Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva and his Liverpool team mate Mohamed Salah, who won the award last year.Dutchman Van Dijk, who joined the club from Southampton in January 2018 for a reported 75 million pounds ($99.43 million), has become the lynchpin of a Liverpool defence that has kept a league-high 16 clean sheets this season.”If the season ended tonight, I would give him it personally,” Robertson told British media.Since its inception in 1974, a defender has won the prize only five times, with former Chelsea captain John Terry the last one to do so in 2005.”The attacking players are usually in the running because they take all the goals and the headlines but this season Virgil has been fantastic and he’s getting all the plaudits that he deserves,” Robertson said.”He’s so consistent as well. If he puts the performances as he has done, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t have that trophy.”Table-toppers Liverpool, who hold a one-point advantage over nearest challengers City, visit local rivals Everton on Sunday.Also Read | Scott Parker takes over at Fulham after Claudio Ranieri shown the doorAlso Read | Sergio Ramos handed two-game European ban for getting booked deliberatelylast_img read more

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When you drop catches it is never easy: Bhuvneshwar Kumar on SRH defeat vs MI

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad failed to apply themselves on the field as well as with the bat, feels stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar after they lost to Mumbai Indians by 40 runs here.Mumbai were off to a slow start after being asked to bat first. But Pollard’s 26-ball unbeaten 46 helped the three-time champions post a modest 136/7.It was then Alzarri Joseph’s sensational six-wicket haul — the best figures in IPL history — that helped Rohit Sharma and Co. skittle Sunrisers out for just 96.The debutant wreaks havoc here in Hyderabad as the @mipaltan win by 40 runs.Alzarri Joseph with the best ever bowling figures in #VIVOIPLScorecard – https://t.co/kzyaotA3mE #SRHvsMI pic.twitter.com/bZECzrjZCEIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019″It could have been an easy chase if we would have applied ourselves,” Bhuvneshwar said post the match on Saturday night.Pollard’s innings was helped by a dropped catch, which had a great impact on Mumbai’s total and then on the result. Pollard was dropped in the 17th over when the score was 92/6.”I think it started off when we dropped Pollard, he scored 25-30 runs – it is a huge margin,” Bhuvneshwar admitted.”When you drop catches it is never easy. There is less margin for error (when you are bowling) but you need to grab your chances to restrict any team to under 120,” the India pacer said.Bhuvneshwar is captaining the side in place of injured Kane Williamson. Asked about his new role, the 29-year old said: “It (captaincy) is difficult but you have experienced players around, not a tough job.”advertisementSunrisers batting collapsed after the deadly opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got out.”First three matches we got good opening partnerships but we never got a chance to test our middle order,” Bhuvneshwar said.”Today when we did and we did not apply ourselves. We will see what went wrong before going into the next match. It was not a normal flat wicket that we get in Hyderabad but it was not a tough chase,” he concluded.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph on dream debut in IPL: I don’t celebrate wickets, I celebrate winsAlso read | Sensational from Alzarri Joseph: Rohit in awe of record-breaking Mumbai Indians pacerAlso Read | Can’t get better than this: Alzarri Joseph after record 6 for 12 on IPL debutlast_img read more

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After Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul deposes before BCCI Ombudsman over TV show controversy

first_imgA day after Hardik Pandya, his India teammate KL Rahul deposed before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain in response to the notices sent to the cricketers over their loose remarks on women during a popular television show aired earlier this year.Both KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have tendered unconditional apologies for their borderline sexist and racist remarks. Notably, the two cricketers served suspensions and missed limited-over series in Australia and New Zealand. The BCCI decided to provisionally lift their suspensions pending an inquiry by the Ombudsman.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had decided to shift the inquiry to the Ombudsman right after DK Jain was appointed in the role in February.DK Jain had issued notices to both Rahul and Pandya to appear for their depositions last week.Meanwhile, BCCI officials have made it clear that the ombudsman’s verdict is expected in time before the selectors get together to pick India’s team for the World Cup on April 15.Considering that both have tendered unconditional apologies and served immediate suspension after their actions, it’s unlikely they would be made to miss any more cricket.Notably, both Hardik and Pandya are in Mumbai for their Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. The two will go head-to-head and are expected to play a key role for their respective teams.While Hardik has been playing some sensational blinders for Mumbai Indians lower down the order, KL Rahul seems to have hit peak form at the top of the batting order for Kings XI Punjab.advertisementKL Rahul has amassed 217 runs in 6 matches for KXIP at an average of 54.25 with three fifties to his name. His unbeaten 71 in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday helped KXIP chase down the target of 150 with 6 wickets in hand.While there were uncertainties surrounding their international future following the suspension, it is likely that both the in-form cricketers will travel to England as part of the Virat Kohli-led Indian team for the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar tells India Today at DavosAlso Read | Started to doubt myself after Koffee with Karan row, I was hated nationally: KL RahulAlso See:last_img read more

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Jersey box office collection Day 2: Nani film is off to a great start

first_imgNani and Shraddha Srinath are overwhelmed with the applause coming their way for their earnest performances in their recently-released film Jersey. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film traces the life of an aged cricketer who wants to prove his worth at the age of 36.Jersey had a grand opening in India and the US on April 19. On its first day, the film had collected Rs 4.4 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The box office collection is expected to increase manifold during the weekend due to positive word of mouth.#Jersey AP&TS Day1: 4.4Crs#Majili AP&TS Day1: 5.4crs#SRA AP&TS Day1: 5.8crs@chay_akkineni is the only Hero frm Tier-2 Who has 2 5+ Crs share movies in AP&TSIntrovert (@kumaar_DHFC) April 20, 2019In addition, Jersey had hit jackpot in Nellore district by minting Rs 8.90 lakh on the second day of its theatrical run. At the end of two days, the movie has managed to rake in Rs 26 lakh in Nellore district alone.#Jersey Nlr dist 2day Share 8.90lks.& 2days NLR dist Total share 26 lks..sureshreddy.1467 (@sureshreddy1467) April 21, 2019Jersey also had a solid opening in the US as well. The sports-drama has successfully crossed the $500k mark, which is approximately Rs 3.4 crore. The makers are expecting a massive crowd during the weekend as well.#Jersey has crossed the 500 K $ gross mark in the #USA. Huge Satday expected.. More milestones to come.. @NameisNani scores a sixer literally @ShraddhaSrinath @gowtam19Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) April 20, 2019India Today reviewer Janani K rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, “A film based on cricket will showcase the hero aiming to make it to the Indian cricket team, goes without saying. In Jersey too, Arjun’s aim is to play for India and he doesn’t wish to settle down for anything less. Life takes a turn and Arjun is rattled. The entire journey is packed with emotional moments, perfectly executed by Nani.”advertisementMOVIE REVIEW: JERSEYALSO SEE | Priya Varrier and Roshan Abdul get cosy in a car for photoshootALSO WATCH | Scripts are decided depending upon the audience: Actor Nanilast_img read more

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How is Rishabh Pant not in World Cup squad? Asks Michael Vaughan after DC beat SRH

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan wants the Indian cricket team selectors to reconsider their decision to leave out Rishabh Pant from the 2019 World Cup squad and wants him to be included in it after watching his knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.Rishabh Pant smashed 49 off 21 balls as Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2019 in Vizag.Delhi rode on Pant and Prithvi Shaw’s knocks to chase down 163 with two wickets in hand and 1 ball to spare. Shaw top-scored in the match with 56 runs.Keemo Paul ends the tension!@DelhiCapitals win the #Eliminator by 2 wickets and move on to Qualifier 2 #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/WzpjUeg5pCIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 8, 2019Rishabh Pant’s knock was laced with five sixes and two boundaries as he once again showed his class and proved to the world what he can do with the bat once on song. Pant wasn’t included in the 15-man Indian squad for the World Cup with Dinesh Karthik getting the preference over the Delhi cricketer.But that decision has left Vaughan baffled after he saw what Pant did in Wednesday night’s game.Missed a Fifty but what an extraordinary innings in the context of the game! #GameChanger #Eliminator #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/8qEMItIuS8IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 8, 2019Pant was inconsistent in the initial stages of the league phase but has hit form at the right time for Delhi Capitals as they bid to reach their maiden IPL final this season. He has so far amassed 450 runs in 15 matches at an average of 37.50 with three fifties.advertisement”How is @RishabPant777 not in the World Cup squad …… Pretty sure #India still have time to change …….. !!!!!,” Vaughan tweeted.How is @RishabPant777 not in the World Cup squad …… Pretty sure #India still have time to change …….. !!!!! #Bonkers #IPL19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 8, 2019Delhi Capitals will face defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 in Vizag on Friday. The winner will meet Mumbai Indians in the final on May 12. DC have never made it to the final but they will seriously start believing now. All they need to do now is beat 2 teams who have won the IPL 3 times to win their first title.With Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant in their ranks, Delhi Capitals have dared to dream. And they have learned to dream big. An IPL title is not too far off now.Also Read | Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw knock SRH out, Delhi Capitals on course for maiden finalAlso Read | Felt like hell, says Shreyas Iyer after DC beat SRH in tense EliminatorAlso Read | Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thrillerAlso Read | Rishabh Pant objects after Shreyas Iyer decides to withdraw run-out appeallast_img read more

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Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery sign off on a high as Bayern Munich win Bundesliga

first_imgBayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.The Bavarians, who can secure a domestic double if they beat RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on May 25, have now won the German league title a record 29 times.”It was no easy season by any means. What the team managed to achieve after a lot of criticism is significant. That is why I would like to thank them all,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Sky.With two points separating Bayern and Dortmund going into the final matchday, the Bavarians were in no mood for any mishaps.In a dominant first half, they went ahead with Kingsley Coman after four minutes and missed a bagful of chances to score again.Frankfurt briefly levelled when Sebastien Haller stabbed in on the rebound in the 50th but their hopes of a top-four finish lasted only minutes with David Alaba and Renato Sanches netting for the hosts in the 53rd and 58th.Never give up #MEIS7ER #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/4693pCLQ3H#MEIS7ER (@FCBayernEN) May 18, 2019Veteran wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, both leaving the club, then came on as substitutes and scored Bayern’s fourth and fifth goals for a perfect farewell.Frenchman Ribery, departing after 12 years, became the first player ever to win nine Bundesliga titles.Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski was crowned the league’s top scorer for the fourth time with 22 goals.Dortmund finished two points behind in second place on 76 after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0. RB Leipzig, third, and fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen will join them in next season’s Champions League.advertisementGladbach, VfL Wolfsburg and Frankfurt will compete in the Europa League.Also Read | Igor Stimac should be demanding: Sunil Chhetrilast_img read more

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