Baseball Great Minoso Dead at 90

first_imgCHICAGO — Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game’s first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said March 1.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso’s age but the Chicago White Sox say he was 90.Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there is a statue of Minoso at U.S. Cellular Field.“We have lost our dear friend and a great man,” White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a release. “Many tears are falling.”Minoso made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949 and was dealt to the White Sox in a three-team trade two years later. He became major league baseball’s first black player in Chicago on May 1, 1951, and homered in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Vic Raschi.It was the start of a beautiful relationship between the slugger and the White Sox.Minoso, regarded as baseball’s first black Latino star, was a Havana native who spent most of his career in left field. He is one of only two players to appear in a major league game in five different decades.He got his final hit in 1976 at age 53 and went 0-for-2 in two games in 1980 for the White Sox, who tried unsuccessfully over the years to get the “Cuban Comet” into baseball’s Hall of Fame.“When I watched Minnie Minoso play, I always thought I was looking at a Hall of Fame player,” Reinsdorf said in an informational package produced by the team for a 2011 Cooperstown push. “I never understood why Minnie wasn’t elected.“He did everything. He could run, he could field, he could hit with power, he could bunt and steal bases. He was one of the most exciting players I have ever seen.”Saturnino Orestes Armas Minoso Arrieta was selected for nine All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves in left. He was hit by a pitch 192 times, ninth on baseball’s career list, and finished in the top four in AL MVP voting four times.Despite the push by the White Sox and other prominent Latin players, Minoso has never made it to Cooperstown.His highest percentage during his 15 years on the writers’ ballot was 21.1 in 1988. He was considered by the Veterans Committee in 2014 and fell short of the required percentage for induction.“My last dream is to be in Cooperstown, to be with those guys,” Minoso said in that 2011 package distributed by the White Sox. “I want to be there. This is my life’s dream.”Minoso, who made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1949, hit .298 for his career with 186 homers and 1,023 RBIs. The speedy Minoso also led the AL in triples and steals three times in each category.Playing in an era dominated by the Yankees, Minoso never played in the postseason.“Every young player in Cuba wanted to be like Minnie Minoso, and I was one of them,” Hall of Fame slugger Tony Perez said.“The way he played the game, hard all the time, hard. He was very consistent playing the game. He tried to win every game. And if you want to be like somebody, and I picked Minnie, you have to be consistent.”Minoso appeared in just nine games in his first stint with the Indians, but he took off when he was dealt to Chicago as part of a three-team trade in 1951 that also involved the Philadelphia Athletics.He went deep in his first plate appearance against Yankees right-hander Raschi, and hit .375 in his first 45 games with the White Sox.Minoso finished that first season in Chicago with a .326 batting average, 10 homers and 76 RBIs in 146 games for the Indians and White Sox. He also had a major league-best 14 triples and an AL-best 31 steals.It was Minoso’s first of eight seasons with at least a .300 batting average. He also had four seasons with at least 100 RBIs. “I have baseball in my blood,” Minoso said. “Baseball is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”___By Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer. AP writer Caryn Rousseau contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yankees Will Activate Ellsbury

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Yankees say injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be activated before the July 8 night game against Oakland.The AL East leaders made the announcement July 6.Ellsbury has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 20 because of a sprained right knee.Ellsbury was hitting .324 with 14 steals, and had scored 29 runs in 37 games when he was injured.The 31-year-old Ellsbury has played four rehabilitation games for Class A Tampa and isn’t scheduled to play again in the minors. He took part in simulated game activities July 6 and is set to do that again July 7.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tanaka Pitches Surging Yankees Past A’s, 5-1

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — With his surgically repaired right elbow no longer throbbing in pain, Masahiro Tanaka is back to pitching the way the Yankees envisioned when they outbid several teams to lure him from Japan two years ago.Tanaka allowed one run over seven innings to get his first victory in more than a month and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on May 21 to win their season-high fourth straight in Joe Girardi’s 1,500th game as a manager.“I thought he was pretty good today,” Girardi said. “He got in a couple of little jams and was able to wriggle his way out of it. He threw the ball well. We’re happy with where he’s at right now. He’s answered all the questions.”Starlin Castro broke out of a slump with three hits and Carlos Beltran singled twice to keep up his recent tear as the Yankees won their third straight over the A’s after getting swept by Oakland in the Bronx earlier this season.Tanaka (2-0) had two walks and four strikeouts in his first win since April 12.It was the third game in which Tanaka has pitched on five days of rest. He has a 1.57 ERA in those games compared to the 5.68 mark he has when pitching with fewer days off.“I don’t think I was that different from last time out,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “We just had good offense going today. That’s probably why we were able to win the game.”Castro was in a 3-for-22 funk before he reached on an infield single as part of New York’s four-run fourth. The veteran second baseman also singled in the fifth, and then doubled in Ronald Torreyes for an insurance run in the seventh.Beltran had an RBI single in the fourth to stay hot. He is batting .391 (9 for 23) with eight RBIs over the past six games.All the runs came off rookie starter Sean Manaea (1-2).Tanaka and reliever Nick Goody made it hold to help the Yankees move out of last place in the AL East for the first time since April 18.Tanaka retired seven of the first eight and pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Danny Valencia to strike out swinging before Khris Davis grounded out.“He’s not really throwing as hard as he used to,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said. “Every now and then he’ll rev one up … but it’s a cutter, it’s a slider, it’s a split, it’s a curve every now and then. He keeps you off balance.”Goody retired six batters to complete the six-hitter.The A’s scored their only run off Tanaka in the fifth when Matt McBride walked and scored on Valencia’s sacrifice fly.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rockets Use 50-point 3rd Quarter to Blow out Timberwolves

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team’s 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points in the near-record third for the Rockets, who turned a 50-49 halftime edge into a 31-point advantage after the torrid 12-minute span. The only team in the history of the NBA playoffs with more points in one quarter was the Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 51 points in the fourth on March 31, 1962, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.Clint Capela added 14 points and 17 rebounds, Eric Gordon finally got going with 18 points off the bench and the Rockets easily recovered from their rough start.Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were dominated on both ends of the floor during the decisive third and missed 14 of 21 shots over several panicked possessions.JAZZ 113, THUNDER 96SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points to lead the Jazz to a win over the Thunder.Joe Ingles scored 20 points while Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio chipped in 13 points, eight assists and six boards. Utah takes a 3-1 series lead back to Oklahoma City. Game 5 is on Wednesday night.Paul George scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Thunder. Oklahoma City lost its third straight in the series after shooting just 39 percent from the field.The Thunder opened up a 26-19 lead late in the first quarter when Carmelo Anthony capped a string of three straight Oklahoma City baskets with an alley-oop layup. They held onto the lead for much of the second quarter until Utah finally woke up on offense.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tsitsipas Recovers to Beat De Minaur and Win Next Gen Finals

first_imgMILAN (AP) — Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from a set down to beat Australian teenager Alex de Minaur and win the second edition of the Next Gen Finals on Saturday.The 20-year-old Greek, who had been the alternate last year, prevailed 2-4, 4-1, 4-3 (3), 4-3 (3).De Minaur, who was seeded second, saved two match points at the end of the sixth game of the final set to force a tiebreak.However, Tsitsipas secured the victory — and the title — at his next opportunity, falling onto his back in celebration after De Minaur hit a forehand long.“It feels great,” world No. 15 Tsitsipas said. “I had a chance twice to win the match, but remained calm.”De Minaur has climbed more than 170 ranking spots since December, up to No. 31.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, returns the ball to Alex De Minaur of Australia, during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament final, at the Rho fair, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Alex De Minaur, of Australia, falls as he plays against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament final, at the Rho fair, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, lies on the court as he celebrates after winning against Alex De Minaur of Australia, during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament final, at the Rho fair, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, celebrates after defeating Alex De Minaur, of Australia, during the ATP Next Gen tennis tournament final, at the Rho fair, near Milan, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo Becomes First Player to Win Europe’s Top 3 Leagues

first_imgROME — The breakthrough under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Then the coronation at Real Madrid. And now another title at Juventus.If ever there was a need to emphasize Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact as a footballer, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did it again this weekend by helping Juventus to the Serie A title in his first season in Italy.In doing so, the 34-year-old Ronaldo became the first player in history to win league titles in the English Premier League (with United), the Spanish league (Madrid) and Serie A (Juventus).“I’m very happy to have won in England, Spain and now the league title in Italy as well,” Ronaldo said. “It meant a lot to me and it means a lot to us as a team.”FILE – In this Saturday May 16, 2009 file photo, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo smiles as the team celebrate winning the English Premier League after their 0-0 draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for this season from Real Madrid, became the first player to win the English Premier League (with Manchester United), the Spanish league (with Madrid) and Serie A. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)Other players have won titles in three of the five major European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) but nobody had previously put together the combination of England, Spain and Italy.David Beckham played in four of the top leagues but only won titles at United (six), Madrid (one) and Paris Saint-Germain (one), having failed to lift the Serie A trophy during his two loan spells at AC Milan.Zlatan Ibrahimovic won four Serie A titles (three with Inter Milan and one with AC Milan), the Spanish league with Barcelona and four French championships with PSG.Brazil fullback Maxwell was on many of those same teams as Ibrahimovic and also won in Italy, Spain and France.Then there was Arjen Robben, who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea before adding a Spanish title at Real Madrid and seven Bundesliga trophies at Bayern Munich.Another Dutchman who achieved the feat was Mark van Bommel, with titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich (two) and AC Milan.While Juventus also won the league in the seven seasons before Ronaldo’s arrival, there was no doubting his impact in Turin. With 19 goals and six assists in 27 Italian league matches this season, Ronaldo played a part in nearly 40 percent of Juventus’ goals.FILE – In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the Spanish La Liga title at the end of the soccer match between Malaga and Real Madrid in Malaga, Spain. Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for this season from Real Madrid, became the first player to win the English Premier League (with Manchester United), the Spanish league (with Madrid) and Serie A. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor, File)So it came as no surprise when his dangerous cross from a sharp angle was redirected in by a defender as an own-goal for the winner in Juve’s 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Saturday — giving the Bianconeri more than the single point they needed to secure a record-extending eighth straight title with five rounds remaining.It’s the sixth league title of Ronaldo’s career.The first came as a 22-year-old at United, ending a four-year drought for Ferguson’s squad as Ronaldo scored 17 goals — three fewer than Didier Drogba’s league-best 20.That was just a warmup for what came next.In 2007-08, Ronaldo led the Premier League with 31 goals and helped United to the league title and the Champions League trophy.Another Premier League title came the following season as Ronaldo finished second in the scoring charts with 18 goals, behind only Nicolas Anelka, who had 19 for Chelsea.While Ronaldo won only two Spanish league championships in his nine seasons at Madrid, he also helped the team to four Champions League trophies — including three consecutive European titles over the last three seasons.When Juventus acquired Ronaldo in a 100 million euro ($112 million) transfer last year, the expectation was that he would help end the club’s long chase for a Champions League trophy.Ronaldo did his part by scoring a hat trick to overturn a first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in the opening knockout round and goals in both legs of the quarterfinals against Ajax but the Bianconeri were still eliminated by the Dutch club.“Next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we,” Ronaldo said. “It is an important trophy, but it’s difficult to (win).”A Champions League title with Juventus would enable Ronaldo to match another multiple nation and multiple team record — joining Clarence Seedorf as the only players to win the trophy with three different clubs.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Avalanche Beat Sharks 4-3 to Even Series at Game Apiece (Vid)

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. — Trailing in the second period and in danger of going down 2-0 in the series, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar put his three top scorers back on a line together and got the results he sought.Gabriel Landeskog scored the first goal and Mikko Rantanen’s hustle helped create the tiebreaking tally from Tyson Barrie, sending the Avalanche to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday that tied the second-round series at a game apiece.“In the first period, we didn’t get much going so maybe he wanted to switch a little bit and see if it brings a spark,” Rantanen said. “We got an early goal from Landy and there was no changing back.”Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (29) shoots to score a goal against San Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson (65) in the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)Landeskog, Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon were reunited early in the second period and helped provide goals on the first and fourth shifts, turning the tide of the series in Colorado’s direction after a 5-2 loss in the opener.Former Shark Matt Nieto scored in the third period and MacKinnon added an empty-netter to give Colorado its third victory in its past 24 games in San Jose. Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves.“It’s big for our confidence,” said Barrie, who had a goal and two assists. “This is a tough building to win in. We haven’t had a whole lot of success here. We wanted to come in and at least get a split. We did that.”Game 3 is Tuesday night in Denver.Brent Burns scored twice and Evander Kane also scored for the Sharks, who had won four straight games. Martin Jones made 28 saves.The Avalanche turned the game around thanks to their top line that has been so dangerous all year. Landeskog got to the front the net to deflect a point shot from Barrie past Jones for the equalizer midway through the second.The ice was tilted Colorado’s way after that and the trio helped deliver again a couple of shifts later. Rantanen raced past Marc-Edouard Vlasic to negate an icing and create a scoring chance for Colorado. Jones made a good stop on Landeskog from in close but the puck went out to Barrie at the top of the faceoff circle and he beat Jones with a shot to the top corner to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.“I just tried to beat the D and run the puck down,” Rantanen said. “Landy gave me the 50-50 puck and they didn’t whistle it down so it was good for us.”The Sharks appeared to slow up on the play in anticipation of the icing call and that brief hesitation proved costly when the linesman didn’t blow the play dead.“Whether I thought it was doesn’t matter,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “The players did and they let up, they relaxed for a minute, it obviously wasn’t, so it’s I guess a lesson, and that is don’t assume anything is in the playoffs, play and make sure.”San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) watches as Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog (92) scores goal against Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) in the second period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)The Sharks had a chance to tie it early in the third but Grubauer robbed Logan Couture from the slot with a glove save.Shortly after, Nieto scored following a scramble in front of Jones after a turnover by Marcus Sorensen to make it 3-1 and give the Avalanche some breathing room.Burns scored with a wrister from the top circle to make it a one-goal game with 4:34 to play.But MacKinnon scored an empty-netter with 1:02 to play that made Burns’ power-play goal with 10.9 seconds left moot.The Sharks got off to a fast start as they looked to build on their 5-2 victory in the series opener. They looked like the quicker team early and appeared to have much more energy than they did Friday night when they were still recovering from a grueling seven-game series in the first round.That paid off midway through the first when Kane beat rookie Cale Makar to the rebound of Burns’ point shot and knocked it past Grubauer for his first goal since the playoff opener.The Sharks had plenty of more chances late in the period but were unable to get anything else past Grubauer, who made a brilliant glove save to rob Kevin Labanc in the final minute of the first.“We should’ve been up two or three after the first,” Couture said. “We had too many good looks not to score a second one and give ourselves a bigger lead, and then they found their game in the second.”NOTES: MacKinnon and Rantanen extended their point streaks to six games, the first time an Avalanche player has done that in the postseason since Peter Forsberg had a seven-gamer in 2004. … F Micheal Haley returned to the Sharks lineup after missing the past five games with a lower-body injury. Dylan Gambrell was scratched. … San Jose captain Joe Pavelski (concussion) and F Joonas Donskoi (undisclosed) remain sidelined.By: Josh Dubow, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Casillas Has Heart Attack but Porto Says He is Out of Danger

first_imgPORTO, Portugal — Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas has had a heart attack but is out of danger, Porto said Wednesday.The Portuguese club said Casillas fell ill during a practice session and remains hospitalized, but the “heart condition has been resolved.”It said the 37-year-old Spaniard is “doing well” and is in stable condition.Porto said the practice session at the team’s training center was interrupted so doctors could attend to Casillas.No timeline was given for how long the goalkeeper will be sidelined. Defending champion Porto trails Benfica by two points in the Portuguese league with two games left.Messages of support poured in from clubs and players across the world.“Real Madrid wishes to offer its full support to our beloved captain Iker Casillas,” the Spanish club said in a statement. “Iker Casillas has shown us how to overcome the most incredible challenges throughout his professional career, adding significantly to our club’s successes. He’s shown us that giving up has no place in our way of life and demonstrated time and again that staying strong during the hardest of challenges is the only path to victory.“Real Madrid and all of madridismo look forward to seeing our legendary captain back in good health as soon as possible and we send him all the encouragement in the world.”Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after 16 seasons with Real Madrid, which he helped win five Spanish league titles and three Champions League trophies.Casillas also helped Spain’s national team win one World Cup and two European Championships.The goalkeeper’s contract with Porto was recently extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another one-year extension.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Infineon is launching first magnetic sensors based on TMR technology

first_img Continue Reading Previous Eurotech: AVR chooses IoT building blocks for smart agriculture projectNext ADI: isolated 4-port 802.3bt PoE++ PSE controller delivers up to 71.3W Infineon Technologies  launches fast analogue TMR-based angle sensors dedicated to automotive applications. This makes the company the world’s first sensor manufacturer to offer magnetic sensors based on all four magnetic technologies: HALL, GMR, AMR and TMR. Infineon will present the new XENSIV TLE5501 angle sensor family at the Sensor+Test 2018 fair. In terms of functional safety, this is a milestone: Infineon is also the first supplier in the market to achieve the highest automotive functional safety grade ASIL D for angle sensors with only one single sensor chip. Their fields of use range from steering angle applications with the highest functional safety requirements to motors for wipers, pumps and actuators and electric motors in general. They are also ready to be used in industrial and consumer applications like robotics or gimbal.The TMR technology offers a high sensing sensitivity that comes with a high output voltage realizing output signals of up to 0.37 V/V for all XENSIV TLE5501 products. Unlike other technologies, a TMR-based sensor can be connected directly to the microcontroller without any further amplification, thus saving costs for the customer. Furthermore, TMR shows a very low temperature drift reducing external calibration and compensation efforts. In addition, TMR technology is well known for its low current consumption, which is as low as 2 mA for the XENSIV TLE5501 family.The new sensor family will be available at two different qualification levels. The TLE5501 E0001 is qualified according to AEC Q100. This version is pin-compatible to the established Infineon TLE5009 but can enable cheaper systems as no additional amplifier is necessary. The other version, the TLE5501 E0002, offers ISO26262-compliant development, achieving ASIL D level with just one single chip. It incorporates decoupled bridges for redundant external angle calculation and offers highest diagnostic coverage as demanded by functional safety regulations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Despite Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi, arrest not immediate

first_imgThe Interpol, acting on a request submitted by India, has issued a red-corner notice against Nirav Modi, the prime suspect in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.The notice, which essentially works as an international arrest warrant, means that the jeweller can be arrested by police in any of the Interpol’s 192 member nations.Once arrested, India will be able to seek Modi’s extradition. That success of that process will depend on the relationship and treaties that India has with the country in which Modi is arrested.Issuing the RCN doesn’t mean Modi will be immediately arrested, according to former CBI director AP Singh. “It all depends on India’s relations with the country in which he is present. Most European Union nations don’t respond to a RCN with an arrest. These nations may inform India about the presence of the person in their country. India must a have of warrant or apply for extradition or deportation,” he said.Subsequently, the “court of a country in which Modi is present will decide. It is a process,” Singh said adding, “once an economic offender is abroad, it becomes very difficult for the investigative agency. It all depends on the amount of pressure India can put on a country where the offender is present”.Though Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, a co-accused, have refused to return to India to join the probe citing business and health reasons among others, minister of State (independent charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been saying from day one that he won’t spare any economic offender. In fact, any kind of criminal won’t be spared.”advertisementRed-corner notices have also been issued against Modi’s brother Nishal and Subhash Parab, an executive in one of Modi’s companies.Modi, along with his associates, is accused of defrauding PNB of around Rs 13,000 crore. Modi fraudulently used a banking instrument that is used to raise funds overseas to carry out his scam.The Interpol’s red-corner notice against Nirav Modi has been published on the agency’s website, a development that comes just days after the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the PNB fraud case, asked Interpol to make the notice public.SPECIAL REPORT | How to rob a bank”We had the option of keeping the RCN [red-corner notice] secret and continue the operation to nab him but Interpol has been asked to make it public,” a government source previously told India Today TV.The red-corner notice against Nirav Modi contains his photograph, personal details such as the date of birth and the charges against him (money laundering). Interpol’s red-corner notice against Nirav Modi (Source: Interpol website)Nirav Modi, whose jewellery has been sported by top celebrities, has been on the run since January, this year. He is believed to have fled India just weeks before the PNB fraud came to light. He has denied any wrongdoing in the PNB fraud case.READ | Meet the man who is Nirav Modi’s last hopeREAD | Who is Nirav Modi? WATCH | All you need to know about the Nirav Modi scamlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: When a photographer got buried in Croatia’s manic celebration

first_imgAn entire country erupted with joy when Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to help Croatia take a 2-1 lead over England in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Croatia defied all odds, rose above any kind of fatigue to come from behind and defeat England to reach their first-ever World Cup final.They looked trouble in the first half of the match, failing to keep control of the ball and England wrecked havoc. However, all of that changed as the second half began.Ivan Perisic scored the equaliser in the 68th minute to take the match to extra-time and then Mandzukic’s strike created absolute mayhem.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe goal by Mandzukic in the 109th minute was extremely street-smart. Ivan Perisic rose the highest to head the ball brilliantly in front of the goal. Mandzukic awoke to the situation before English defender John Stones, picked the ball and struck it past Jordan Pickford.Mandzukic ran towards the corner flag to celebrate the goal and so did his teammates but then something unique and extremely funny happened.Also read – Croatia lowest ranked team in history to reach World Cup finalCroatia’s manic celebration led them to fall over a photographer at the sidelines. But they were delighted, they were ecstatic and they perhaps did not even realise that there was no footballer underneath them.Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsA perfect footballing celebration followed with all the teammates falling over each other. Meanwhile, that photographer from news agency AFP lay at the bottom of the huddle.advertisement When the celebrations toned down and the players started standing up, Mandzukic and Rakitic checked on the photographer Yuri Cortez. Rakitic asked if he was fine while Mandzukic apologised to him. He took it all in fun, smiled and waived them that he was fine.Domagoj Vida hugged him, kissed him and made him a complete part of their celebration.Vida kissing a photographer after Mandzukic’s winner. #cro pic.twitter.com/XcdM1MPC4vBesiktas Talk (@BesiktasTalk) July 11, 2018The ‘lucky’ man could only smile wide and just like a photographer would, Cortez took the opportunity to take some brilliant close-up shots of the players.Mandzukic offers a hand to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images pic.twitter.com/AnZBVUeuoLJ Cs (@cervantescrc) July 12, 2018You know the photographer who got decked by Mandzukics celebration? That was @YuriYurisky of @afp and his shot is fantastic. #ENGCRO pic.twitter.com/wrS2H2UTpFRichard Chambers (@newschambers) July 12, 2018I love this photo of Mandzukic celebrating after his goal when he knocked down the photographer pic.twitter.com/bvfAjZOHp6Cristiano Ronaldo stan (@LegendOfSandy) July 12, 2018The occasion was big and the incident only made it more momentous. Croatia went on to win the match at the back of that goal and the remarkable story remained.last_img read more

Morning prayers by students, staff made mandatory in Bihar Schools to instill discipline and punctuality: Bihar govt

first_imgThe Bihar government has made it mandatory for students and staff for schools run by it to hold morning prayers in which state songs be crooned using loudspeakers to instill discipline and punctuality among them.Order issued to all DEOs and DPOs by Bihar governmentAn order to this effect has been issued by Principal Secretary of Education Department R K Mahajan to all the District Education Officers (DEOs) and District Programme Officers (DPOs).Here’s what the order statesThe order issued on August 9 asks to ensure that morning prayers are held with immediate effect in over 76,000 government schools and government aided ones.The purpose behind the exercise is to promote discipline and punctuality among the students and the staff in schools.It has been decided to hold ‘Chetna Satra/Prarthna Sabha’ in every school of the state using loudspeakers for qualitative running of the schools.An order for students, staff to be present during morning prayerPrincipal, teachers and students of the school will have to be present during morning assembly, the order said.It also said that lessons on moral values, inspiring stories/ anecdotes and newspaper reading should also be included during ‘Chetna Satra/Prarthna Sabha.’The last period of the schools will be dedicated to hold sports/co-curricular activities, the official letter said.According to PTI, R K Mahajan, in his letter, directed the DEOs to ask all the principals to arrange for a loudspeaker set and if a school does not have it, then it must buy the same. And if any school has the set which is out of order, then it must get it repaired, the letter added.advertisementUse of students fund to buy loudspeaker setThe principals can buy loudspeaker set from the school development fund/ students fund, he said and added that each school will get money ranging between Rs 12,500 and Rs 1 lakh in 2018-19 fiscal depending on the number of students enrolled.On the use of loudspeakers during morning prayers at schools, Mahajan said that it has been made mandatory so that the students, who reside in the school’s vicinity, know about the commencement of classes and attend in time.Read: Break for Jumu’ah prayers not allowed during school hours: Delhi GovernmentRead: 8 things you can relate to only if you have studied in a conventRead: Mid Day meal: This school in Haryana is nourishing students’ minds by including familieslast_img read more

Indonesia celebrates heritage, traffic and world peace at energetic Asiad opening ceremony

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 18 (PTI) A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games here today. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams. The footage, played out on the stadium’s giant screen, had Widodo grabbing hold of a motorbike to whiz past the stranded vehicles and take the narrow lanes to make the stadium in time. A helmet-clad biker, presented to be the President, eventually appeared at the stadium before Widodo revealed himself at the dignitaries stands amid loud cheers from the crowd. Raising the emotional quotient was the unified Korean delegation, repeating the touching images from the Winter Olympics, to once again deliver the message of world peace amid the recent diplomatic breakthroughs. The two Koreas will field a united team in three events — lightweight rowing, dragon boat racing and women’s 5×5 basketball. The flag was a unity banner, a light blue representation of the Korean peninsula on a white background. It was first seen at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also at the Asian Games staged in the South Korean city of Busan in 2002 and in Doha in 2006. “We are all here to celebrate diversity, we are all here to celebrate differences, we are all here to celebrate humanity,” Organising Committee President Erick Thohir said in his speech.advertisement Young Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the flag bearer, led the Indian contingent with players arriving in blue suits, smiling and with small flags in their hands, waving to the crowd. Much to the relief of Kuwait athletes, they were allowed to participate in the athletes’ parade under their own flag after International Olympic Committee lifted their suspension, just 48 hours ago. The government interference had forced IOC to suspend their NOC. The loudest cheers, however, were reserved for the host nation, who arrived last, led by swimmer Gede Siman Sudartawa and basketball player Arki Wisnu. Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah then addressed the packed stadium and was delighted that his own country Kuwait participated under country’s flag. He also appreciated the harmony between the two Korean nations. Widodo then declared the Games Open. In Palembang, which will host shooting and tennis disciplines among others, the athletes watched the opening ceremony on a giant screen, installed at the main football arena. A team of visual artists from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java transformed the stadium’s front area into a huge stage, designed to look like a lush mountain surrounded by the country’s unique plants and flowers. The ceremony opened with the traditional ‘Saman’ dance, which has been listed by UNESCO in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The dance has its origins in the Gayo ethnic community of the Aceh province. Performed by over 2200 school children, it welcomed the athletes from the region for a sporting extravaganza which is considered second to only Olympics in participation even though the countries involved stand at 45. The athletes involved in the two-week long show will be over 11,000. The musical extravaganza’s highlight tonight was Indonesian singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi, whose popularity graph has been on the rise in the country. Along with Anggun, renowned local musicians Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen also enthralled the jam-packed stadium with their performances on a spectacular stage. Legendary Indonesian athletes, who have been carrying the torch across the country, brought it to its final destination during the ceremony which is believed to have cost the organisers USD 55 million. The relay had begun on July 15 at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi and came to the Indonesian capital after being carried in 53 cities across the country in the past month. Former shuttler Susi Susanti, who won the women’s singles gold for Indonesia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, lit the cauldron which marked the opening of the Games amid the trademark fireworks. Red was the dominant colour of the ceremony where Indonesia showcased its origins in a spectacular song and dance show which never lacked in energy. PTI AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

Realme 2 launched in India: Specs, features, price and everything else

first_imgRealme on Tuesday announced the Realme 2, its second smartphone following the brand’s debut earlier this year with the Realme 1. The Realme 2 slots in the budget segment just below the Realme 1. As a budget phone, the Realme 2 highlights features that have been popular with the Indian consumer this year. This includes a display notch, all-day battery and dual cameras, among other things.The Realme 2 brings a few upgrades over the first iteration but at the same time some of the hardware inside is a bit of a downgrade as well. The company is pitching the Realme 2 as the cheapest smartphone to come with a notch in India. Additionally, the Realme 2 reflects the company’s focus on bringing an attractive design at a low-cost. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest budget smartphone from Realme.Realme 2 specificationsDisplay: The Realme 2 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratioProcessor: It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset with Adreno 506 GPURAM: The phone will be offered in two memory variants – 3GB and 4GBStorage: The 3GB option will come with 32GB of internal storage while the 4GB variant will get 64GB of storage. Both will be expandable via microSD card up to 256GBRear camera: The Realme 2 bears a dual camera setup on the back with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth shotsFront camera: Up front, the Realme 2 gets an 8-megapixel sensor similar to the Realme 1Battery: The device house a large 4,230mAh battery that promises to deliver an all-day battery lifeadvertisementSoftware: The Realme 2 will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1Realme 2 key features– The Realme 2 brings a few noticeable differences in design and specs compared to its predecessor. The biggest visual change is the notched display, which means the device sports slimer bezels allowing for a larger screen-to-body ratio. This is also the cheapest phone now in India with a notched display. It brings a tall 6.2-inch display which is two inches bigger than the Realme 1. The resolution, however, has been downgraded from FHD+ to HD+. — Realme emphasises on the design of the Realme 2 which comes with a glossy rear panel and diamond cut design, giving it an appealing look in a segment that’s dominated with plain, plastic-looking phones.– The visual changes can also be seen on the back as the Realme 2 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a feature that was missing with the Realme 1. Additionally, you can also see a dual camera setup now as opposed to the single camera sensor on the Realme 1. This comprises of a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor, which also means the phone support Portrait mode.– One of the more noticeable upgrades is with regards to the battery. The Realme 2 gets a big 4,230mAh capacity compared to the 3,410mAh inside the Realme 1. This means the phone should deliver a good day to a day and a half of battery life on a single charge.Realme 2 India price and availabilityThe Realme 2 comes in two variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. The base variant has been priced at Rs 8,990 while the secomd variant will cost Rs 10,990. Unlike the Realme 1 which was sold exclusively on Amazon India, the Realme 2 will be a Flipkart-exclusive device.The first sale for the Realme 2 will take place on September 4 at 12pm on the e-commerce platform. The device will be available in Diamond Black and Diamond Red. A blue variant will be available in October. Launch offers include a flat Rs 750 off on purchase via HDFC Bank debit or credit card, Rs 4,200 worth of benefits for Jio users including an additional 120GB of data and No Cost EMI among other things.last_img read more

India vs Bangladesh live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Ban live streaming online

first_imgLive streaming of India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2018: Super Four 1st match between India and Bangladesh live telecast from Dubai. Watch Asia Cup Super Four, Ind vs Ban cricket match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs BAN ODI match Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV – India were back to their best against Pakistan after a rusty performance in the Asia Cup opener against Hong Kong this week. India survived a scare to edge past Hong Kong by 26 runs before they thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets.The twin victories helped India qualify for the Super Four stage of the tournament and in their first game they meet Bangladesh at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.After the Bangladesh game, India and Pakistan meet again on Sunday before the Rohit Sharma-led side takes on Afghanistan on Tuesday.India have won their last 9 matches against Bangladesh in international cricket — six Twenty20 Internationals, two one day internationals and one Test.India vs Bangladesh Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs BAN ODI Match Live on Hotstar, JioTV, Airtel TVFor India, the worry will be the team combination as Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the tournament due to a lower injury, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be rested after back-to-back games against Hong Kong and Pakistan.Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed may come in place of Bhuvneshwar but it is still not clear as to who would be Pandya’s replacement in the playing XI. Not just Pandya, all-rounder Axar Patel and paceman Shardul Thakur have also been ruled out of the tournament.advertisementDeepak Chahar has replaced Pandya while Ravindra Jadeja and Siddarth Kaul have come in place of Patel and Thakur. Thge trio reached Dubai on Thursday.Manish Pandey can add batting depth and looks a possible addition in the middle-order, while Kedar Jadhav’s off breaks are more than handy, and he is expected to take care of Pandya’s quota of overs.Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were amongst the runs in the first two matches while Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik looked solid against Pakistan.It is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s batting form that could keep the team management worried.Dhoni hasn’t been firing and it will be interesting if Rohit promotes him in the batting order to give the veteran time to get settle down.While India’s rivalry with Pakistan is historic, the one against Bangladesh has been a bitter one post the controversial 2015 World Cup quarter-final at Melbourne.What time is India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI?The game starts on 5:00 PM IST on September 21, Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI 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 Bangladesh match.Where will the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI be played?The India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI will be played at at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 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 Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Bangladesh from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the squads for the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.last_img read more

Lenovo to launch S5 Pro on October 18

first_imgLenovo is gearing up for a major launch event later this month. The Chinese manufacturer is planning to unveil the successor to its Lenovo S5– Lenovo S5 Pro- at a special event in Beijing on October 18.Lenovo confirmed the launch of its upcoming smartphone S5 Pro via a poster on Weibo. Interestingly, the poster shared by the company apart from confirming the launch date also indicates that the phone would come with two cameras in the front.Lenovo S5 features a dual rear camera setup. S5 Pro, by comparison, is likely to feature better specifications. And so, it is expected to come with a dual camera setup at the back and in the front.However, a poster shared by the company earlier this month indicated that its upcoming smartphone could sport four cameras at the rear side of the phone with an LED flash, all arranged in a square format. The poster shared by company also indicated that the camera will be powered by artificial intelligence (AI).Interestingly, there is no information available on the specifications of Lenovo S5 Pro. But what we can say with certainly is that the Lenovo’s upcoming smartphone will feature better specifications than its predecessor. For reference, Lenovo S5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and it is available in two RAM variants- 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM with up to 128GB internal storage. It comes with a 5.7-inch full HD display and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo-based ZUI 4.0. In terms of camera, S5 comes with a 13MP + 13MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP shooter in the front. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.advertisementIn terms of availability, Lenovo S5 is available in three memory variants-3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant, which is priced at 999 Yuan (Rs 10,700 approximately), 3GB RAM + 64GB memory variant, which is priced at 1,199 Yuan (Rs 12,800 approximately), and 4GB RAM + 128GB memory variant, which is priced at 1,499 Yuan (Rs 16,000 approximately).The Chinese manufacturer is yet to launch Lenovo S5 in India. So, it remains to be seen if S5 Pro will make its way to India.ALSO READ: ALenovo S5 launched with Xiaomi Mi A1 looks, slim bezels, dual cameras and 3,000mAh batteryNotably, S5 Pro is not the only smartphone expected from the company. Word is that Lenovo could also launch Z5 Pro later this month.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma rested for India A’s four-day game against New Zealand A

first_imgRohit Sharma has been rested for India A’s first four-day match against New Zealand A starting November 16. India A will play three unofficial Tests against New Zealand A and also three one dayers.The ‘A’ team includes Test regulars as the small tour is being seen as warm-up to the Test series for Australia, which starts December 6.Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side that features the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari, and Parthiv Patel from the squad that will play Australia.Rohit was originally named in the India A squad for the first unofficial Test in New Zealand but was advised rest by the BCCI medical team keeping in mind his workload.”Mr Rohit Sharma, who was originally named in India A’s squad for the first four-day match against New Zealand A, has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team in consultation with the team management and the All-India Senior Selection Committee. The decision was taken keeping in mind his recent workload,” BCCI said in a statement.”He will now travel with India’s T20 squad that will leave for Australia on November 16, 2018 from Mumbai,” the press release added.Rohit is also part of the India squad to face Australia in a four-match Test series starting December 6.Rohit was in the side when India toured South Africa in January for a three-match series. He was preferred over Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI but was dropped from the team after poor show in the first two Tests.advertisementAlso read – Rohit Sharma should go out and express himself in Australia: Sachin TendulkarHe also did not find a place in the squad for a one-off Test against Afghanistan in June and five-match series in England in August-September.He, however, continued to play impressive cricket in the limited-overs formats and recently notched up his fourth century in Twenty20 Internationals.”I am not thinking about the Test match. I am someone who doesn’t think too far ahead. All I am thinking is going back, taking few days off, and take the flight to Australia. If I try and stay in present, it works for me,” Rohit said while addressing the media after India thrashed West Indies 3-0 in the T20 series.READ – Rohit Sharma says he is not thinking of Test return after call up for Australia seriesRohit has played 25 Test matches since making his debut in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in 2013. He has scored three hundreds and 9 fifties but has lacked consistency.India’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests and three ODIs.Also watchlast_img read more

Playing 2019 World Cup as a mentor long cherished dream of MS Dhoni, reveals manager

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni may have lost his form with the bat but still remains the best wicket-keeper in the limited-overs formats and the player with the best cricketing brain in the current Indian team which is what he plans to make full use of in the ICC World Cup in England next year.Dhoni’s place in the one-day side has been under the scanner for quite some time now due to a string of low scores in the format and rumours of his retirement have been doing the rounds ever since.But Dhoni, who was left out of the Indian T20I squad against West Indies earlier this month, is in no mood to stop just yet. The 37-year-old wants to give it one last shot in the mega-event in 2019, a tournament which he won as captain to end India’s 28-year drought at the World Cup in 2011.Dhoni should play 2019 World Cup because he takes load off Kohli, says GavaskarFor a captain who has won every single ICC tournament and is still the only one to do so, there is little left to achieve but Dhoni is determined to help his successor Virat Kohli lift the trophy, while essaying the role of a mentor.”It’s been a long cherished dream of Dhoni – since he gave up the captaincy in white ball cricket – to play in the World Cup next year where he would be more as a mentor to the team.Dhoni’s experience will be missed but great opportunity for Pant and Karthik: Rohitadvertisement”His idea was to give (Virat) Kohli time to develop in this role and there is still no change in his thinking,” Arun Pandey, his longtime friend and manager, told to Gulf News.Despite not scoring runs, Dhoni remains an important member in the team because of his experience and is still the best person in the team to take decisive decisions in crunch situations, as we have all seen in the past couple of years since he gave up captaincy.Also Read – MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closerHis judgement with the Decision Review System (DRS) is unparalleled and if often seen changing the fields and sharing the tricks of the trade with Kohli during matches.Which is why even former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes India needs Dhoni to play in the next World Cup before calling it quits.Also Read – Believe it or not: MS Dhoni has been dropped. Here is why it happened”There is no question. Because apart from the fact that he has got the experience, he is so useful to Virat Kohli,” Gavaskar said when he was asked if Dhoni should be a part of the 50-overs squad for the World Cup.The MSK Prasad-led selection committee’s decision to leave Dhoni out of T20 action had stirred a debate on his one-day spot too. But like Kohli had said earlier this month, his manager also cleared the air on why Dhoni was not selected.Also Read – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snubBut, Gavaskar advocates Dhoni’s presence for the counsel he provides to Kohli.”All the little things he does from behind, telling the bowlers where to bowl to which batsmen, making those slight adjustments to the field, that leaves Virat free to think of bowling changes or to think ahead.”So he takes a big load of Virat and of course he is always by Virat’s side when he seeks advise. That’s invaluable. No amount of money can give you that experience. Just for that he should be there for the 2019 World Cup,” Gavaskar said.last_img read more

India have a lot of problems that need to be solved: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgFormer India spinner Harbhajan Singh questioned Indian management’s move to play Krunal Pandya instead of Yuzvendra Chahal in the first T20I against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane.Harbhajan felt his former Mumbai Indians teammate Krunal Pandya is not the sort of bowler that India can afford for all four overs in a T20I because he doesn’t spin the ball and bowls “really, really fast”.”That [team combination] is something that they have to look at. Whenever Kuldeep [Yadav] and [Yuzvendra] Chahal have bowled together, they have taken wickets, put pressure on the opposition and they have been quite successful as a pair. That is where the Indian cricket team have to think about what is the combination going forward.”We might not see Krunal Pandya batting at 6 and bowling his four overs. He is more of a bowler who bowls a few overs here and there but in Australia, you need someone else to bowl those four overs because he doesn’t spin the ball and bowls it really, really fast,” Harbhajan told India Today.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDHarbhajan said that India might opt for Chahal in the next match and he might as well take Krunal’s place in the team.”I think we will get to see Chahal in the next game and it could be in place of Krunal.”Harbhajan also backed Ambati Rayudu to find a place in the Indian T20I line-up as a specialist No.4 batsman. Rayudu has more or less settled as the No.4 batsman in One-Day Internationals but he has not been included in the T20I-scheme of things.advertisementAlso on Wednesday in Brisbane, KL Rahul was sent in at No.3 by captain Virat Kohli but he failed to make the best of the opportunity and got out for just 13 runs off 12 deliveries.”We were talking about KL Rahul and using him as a proper batsman at number four but there is Ambati Rayudu who will be playing the World Cup. Going forward, the more number of matches he will play the better for Team India.”There are a lot of problems that need to be solved before we get into the World Cup, the spin department especially. We need Chahal, if not this game then we will need him in the next game.”Read – Shikhar Dhawan feels poor fielding cost India in narrow loss to AustraliaEven Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Clarke were against Kohli’s decision of stepping back and sending Rahul at No.3 in Brisbane. Gavaskar felt that in the first match of the tour, such experiments were not needed.”I don’t think Kohli should have batted at No.4. In the first match of the tour, you want to bat on the position you generally bat on. It is only when you have won a series, you take such chances,” Gavaskar said in the post-match show of the match.”Virat Kohli is that batsman who can come in, take a few balls and bat till the end and win you games. I would want to see him bat up the order at No.3. He can even open but not go down the order,” Clarke said agreeing with Gavaskar.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virat Kohli’s record for most T20I runs in a yearHarbhajan also had a thing or two to say about Rishabh Pant, his dismissal and the way he went about his innings.Pant’s blitzy 20 off 15 deliveries and Dinesh Karthik’s 30 off 13 had got India back in the game after Shikhar Dhawan got out for 76. However, Pant went out of the way to sky a shot and gave an easy catch to Jason Behrendorff, pegging India back.Also read – Virat Kohli wants India to ‘learn from mistakes’ after heartbreaking Gabba defeatEven Kohli said that Pant’s wicket was the turning point of their innings.”Rishabh is too good a player and he needs to hit it straight and in his own areas, other than trying and doing something different, which is not his game. Play the reverse sweep against the fast bowlers, where the ball is wet and the fast bowlers are finding it hard to get it to land where they want it to. He should have played proper cricketing shot, he would have got much more runs than what he scored. His problem is, he is not backing his game and playing some different kind of game that is not suiting him and is not solving Team India’s problem.advertisement”I would talk to Rishabh Pant and tell him about playing his own game and if in that process he gets out, you will not feel bad about it. Playing something that is not your game is hurting not only Pant but also hurting India’s results,” Harbhajan said.The second T20 will be played in Melbourne on Friday.last_img read more

Abhinav Bindra conferred International Shooting Sport Federation’s highest honour

first_imgLegendary shooter Abhinav Bindra was on Friday conferred the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) highest sporting honour in Munich.Bindra took to Twitter to express his happiness after he was bestowed with the Blue Cross, the ISSF’s highest award.”Extremely humbled to receive the @ISSF_Shooting’s highest honour the Blue Cross at the General Assembly in Munich today,” Bindra, who remains India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, tweeted.Bindra, who was the chairman of ISSF’s Athletes Committee, was succeeded in the post by the legendary American shooter Kimberly Rhode.Extremely humbled to receive the @ISSF_Shooting s highest honour the Blue Cross at the General Assembly in Munich today. pic.twitter.com/pNNgQWxT5LAbhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) November 30, 2018″Handing over the @ISSF_Shooting Athletes Committee to the legendary @KimRhode at her first Executive Committee meeting in Munich today !”Handing over the @ISSF_Shooting Athletes Committee to the legendary @KimRhode at her first Executive Committee meeting in Munich today ! pic.twitter.com/LkjQaI8EPHAbhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) November 27, 2018The shooter, who created history by winning the 10m air rifle gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was a member of the ISSF Athletes Committee from 2010 to 2014 and chairman from 2014 to 2018.During this tenure he has also been awarded with the President’s Button and the Diploma of Honour in January 2016 in appreciation for his outstanding career as an athlete and role model for shooters globally.With him at the helm, the committee has brought out a comprehensive Athletes Handbook, for the benefit of shooters around the world.advertisementNational Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh was awarded the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the general assembly.He was presented with the diploma and medal by the outgoing longest serving president of the ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana, who was at the helm for 38 years.Expressing gratitude to the global shooting fraternity, Singh said, “The sport has grown by leaps and bounds under the able leadership of Mr Rana and it will be a tough task for whoever replaces him, to match up to the lofted benchmarks set.”Singh added, “I accept this award on behalf of the entire NRAI team, who have been tireless in their pursuit of growing the sport in India, the Government of India who have stood by us at all times and above all the shooting fraternity in the country, who are simply the very best.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more