Terry eyes Blues manager role after Spartak rejection

first_imgJohn Terry says he still plans on becoming a manager as he begins training players at Chelsea’s academy.After declining a contract offer from Spartak Moscow in midweek, the defender returned to the Blues’ training centre to work on getting his coaching certificates.The 37-year-old has discussed the prospect of joining Maurizio Sarri’s background staff, but he hopes to have at least one more season as a player. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And although Terry is not sure of where he will end up, he knows his long-term objective.”Still undecided what I’m doing next,” he told The 5th Stand. “My end game is to be a manager and that’s what I’m working towards with the younger boys here.”Terry left Aston Villa at the end of last season before beginning negotiations with Spartak, but he says he is fully fit and feeling good after a break with his family.”Good seven weeks with the family, which is the first time in 22 years. Some real quality time,” he said.”Just really important to switch off after my career and reflect on things.”I was training every day. I wanted to stay fit in case something came along. I’m still waiting.”Undecided, but enjoying my time to really concentrate on my badges. It’s what I really want to do.”Chelsea boss Sarri said he would welcome Terry into his staff, but understands his decision to keep playing.”Of course [he would be welcome]. He would be a point of reference for me and everybody here,” he said.”It’s up to him, if he wants to play for another season I think it’s right he tries to play. If he wants to help us I am happy [for him to do so]. Here is John Terry’s home.”One avenue has been ruled out for him, however, as his former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard denied interest in signing him for Derby County.”John is a fantastic leader, a fantastic player and he’s got a lot to offer. But we have options in defence, so there’s no more movement from us,” he said.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni a champion ODI player, not too sure if he’s a good T20 cricketer: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni was relived of captaincy duties by Rising Pune Supergiant well before IPL 2017 got underway. It was expected that the move would help him explode like he did for India in the ODIs and T20s vs England.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWHowever, Dhoni’s run with the bat has left his fans disappointed. As RPS chased a daunting 206 against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday, the Jharkhand legend managed only 11 off 14 balls. In their first match of the season against Mumbai Indians, Dhoni remained unbeaten on 12 off 12 in another steep chase. (MS Dhoni sacked as Pune IPL captain, Steve Smith new skipper)Had it not been for Steve Smith’s belligerence, who knows, MI might have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Against Kings XI Punjab, Pune batted first. Walking in to bat at No.5, he stuck around for 5 off 11 deliveries before hitting the ball tamely back to bowler Swapnil Singh.So is Dhoni holding up a place for a better deserving younger player in the T20 format for India? Another wicketkeeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, has been in breathtaking form of late. He was on fire for India in the under-19 World Cup last year and followed it up with a phenomenal run in the domestic circuit. (MS Dhoni-Kevin Pietersen banter on live television draws laughter)In the back of such strong performances, Pant was handed a debut in the final T20 International against England but at the expense of a misfiring Manish Pandey.Pant’s place is not guaranteed in the next T20 – if India have a full-strength middle-order available, there’s no way Pant would be able to break in.advertisementIn this scenario, does Dhoni still deserve to hold on to his spot in the Indian T20 team?Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, speaking exclusively to India Today, said he wasn’t sure if Dhoni was a good T20 player but he also added that the 35-year-old is a champion in the ODI format.”I am not too sure if Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to T20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record,” Ganguly told India Today.Should Dhoni be picked for the Champions Trophy, which will be played immediately after the IPL? (IPL 2017: Mahendra Singh Dhoni shows off his dancing skills, Ben Stokes watches on)”I will pick Dhoni for the Champions Trophy but he has to score runs,” said Ganguly.Dhoni, Ganguly, said would also have to bat an hour at the nets everyday.Former Australian captain Michael Clarke said Dhoni needs to score runs for himself as a professional.”Dhoni has to score runs for himself. As a professional, he has to,” Clarke told India Today.(Watch the full show with Sourav Ganguly, Michael Clarke and Boria Majumdar on India Today at 6.30 PM today)last_img read more

The Kapoor sisters just twinned in something, both men and women should have in their closets

first_imgThe Kapoor sisters barely miss a chance to look their stylish best each time–their recent outing being no different. What looked like a breezy brunch outing with the Khan sisters, Kareena, Karisma and the Arora sisters, Malaika and Amrita, was quite a stylish affair.And when you have such a stylish squad in attendance, you wouldn’t expect any less, would you? The glamorous ladies indulged in a series of photographs and a boomerang video that honestly gave us the Sex and the City vibes.Also Read: Kareena Kapoor’s denim wear will be your ultimate bae this summerBut besides their fashionable demeanour, it was the Kapoor sisters twinning in a pair of white sneakers that caught our attention. While Karisma paired her shoes with a blue denims and a single-shouldered top, Bebo kept it casual in a pair of black pants and an oversized denim jacket. Also, how great does Kareena’s new hair colour look?Anyway, almost every Bollywood star has been seen sporting white sneakers of late. From Deepika Padukone to Sonakshi Sinha and from Shraddha Kapoor to Siddharth Malhotra–white sneakers are currently all the rage in Bollywood today.So, when are you getting a pair?last_img read more

Angelique Kerber hoping to avoid early exit at Roland Garros

first_imgAngelique Kerber could face an embarrassing first-round exit at the French Open if the world number one takes her poor clay court form into her first round match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday.The German failed to win a match in her last tournament — falling to unheralded Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit in the second round in Rome after being granted a first-round bye.Makarova is likely to provide Kerber with a tough challenge on a searing hot day on Court Philippe Chatrier as she arrived at Roland Garros high on confidence, having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on the slow surface this year.Petra Kvitova makes a much awaited return after being forced out of action because of injuries sustained to her left playing hand when she was stabbed during a burglary last December.None of the top five seeds in the men’s draw are in action but the only man to beat claycourt machine Rafa Nadal on his favourite surface this season, Austrian Dominic Thiem, starts his campaign against Bernard Tomic on Court Suzanne Lenglen.The home crowd will be treated with an all-French duel between Lucas Pouille, the 16th seed, and Julien Benneteau, a former quarter-finalist.last_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 bookings start in India, to launch next month

first_imgAccording to reports, Bajaj Auto has commenced with the pre-bookings for their latest product, the Pulsar NS 160 in India for an initial token amount of Rs 10,000. As far as speculations go, the new Pulsar NS 160 is not a replacement for the company’s best seller, Pulsar 150 and will be positioned below the Pulsar 180 in India.Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.Safety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of  Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.advertisementPrice:We expect the new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 to come for price tag of Rs 82,000- Rs 85,000 (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Travel to Spiti, Leh with Bajaj Avenger FLG Rides cruising season 2017-18ALSO READ:Bajaj Dominar 400 price hiked by Rs 2,000last_img read more

Wimbledon: Roger Federer warns fab four are ready to protect domination

first_imgRoger Federer warned on Saturday that he and the rest of the big four of men’s tennis were going to be as tough to beat as ever at Wimbledon this year as they seek to continue their astonishing monopoly of the event .In the last 14 editions, one of either Federer, the seven-time champion, double winners Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, or triple victor Novak Djokovic has lifted the men’s singles title at The All England Club.While reporters quizzed Federer on Saturday about who in the game’s young brigade could become the first man outside that quartet to win since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002, the Swiss felt it would be best to keep faith with the usual suspects.Federer’s rivals have had mixed preparations for Wimbledon. Murray’s harboured hip trouble after an early exit at Queen’s, Nadal decided to skip grasscourt warm-ups to rest his body after winning the French Open while Djokovic burst into life earlier on Saturday by winning the Eastbourne title.Do not be fooled, suggested Federer. All these 30-something luminaries would again be “tough to beat”.”Depending how fit it is, if he’s anything close to 100 percent physically, I consider him (Murray) one of the big favourites to win the tournament. It’s that simple. It’s the same for Novak and the same for Rafa,” reckoned Federer.”I think it’s very even when we put it all out on the line. Everybody has their own little story right now.”Queen’s for Andy (where he was knocked out early) doesn’t matter so much because I feel like he’s one of the best players in the first week at Wimbledon, so I don’t worry too much for him there. He can play himself into shape for week two.advertisement”Novak is just coming back from winning Eastbourne now. Rafa is coming in red hot from the clay. So I see it positive for them rather than negative in some shape, which I’m sure people will try to see that way.”But I see that they are going to be tough to beat here.”Federer himself seemed to have recaptured a touch of his fantastic early-season spark which saw him down Nadal in an epic Australian Open five-set final as he lifted his favourite pre-Wimbledon grasscourt title in Halle.Yet the 35-year-old is too old a hand to insist that this is going to be a four-horse race.”Yeah, it’s been very dominant by a few players here at Wimbledon. That’s surprising. It’s like that — but it can change tomorrow very quickly.”It is not just the younger guns, headed, he says, by Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem who “are in a good spot right now where they can go very deep”.”Then, I do believe the favourites are the other players. I include the likes of (Marin) Cilic into that, Stan (Wawrinka), guys who have done it before,” added the Swiss.Nobody, of course, has done it before as often as the 18-time grand slam champion Federer himself, who admitted it “hurt” to miss out on competing on the sapping clay of the French Open when he knew he was fit and raring to go.”No compromise really. I gave myself the best chance for the grass, so I would never look back and have regrets once I came here,” he said.”Even though I was happy on the clay for a couple days, I just felt like, you know what, anything other than winning there feels like I’m not giving myself the best chance for Wimbledon.”last_img read more

Three former England captains criticise South African Kagiso Rabada’s ban

first_imgThree former England captains united on Saturday to condemn the one-match ban given to South African paceman Kagiso Rabada.He will miss the second Test starting on Friday after receiving a fourth demerit point in 24 months for what the International Cricket Council called “inappropriate language” towards batsman Ben Stokes in the first Test at Lord’s on Friday.The three previous points were all for “deliberate physical contact” against Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella in February.”It seems a nonsense to me that those two things combined have resulted in a Test match ban,” Michael Atherton told Sky Sports viewers after watching film of both incidents.”Three demerit points for that slight bit of contact with Dickwella and then yesterday when it’s hardly directed at Ben Stokes.””For me it’s ridiculous,” said one of Atherton’s predecessors Ian Botham.”It’s a physical game and you’re talking about heat-of-the-moment exchanges. That’s just a nudge.”A third former captain, David Gower, agreed.”It’s highlighted by the fact that those points from a previous offence mean he’s not going to be playing in the next Test match of the series. It is a very, very harsh punishment.”South Africa are already missing paceman Dale Steyn for the whole series with a shoulder injury and on Saturday fellow seamer Vernon Philander was taken to hospital for an x-ray after being hit on the hand during his innings of 52. The x-ray showed no bones were broken.He was last man out as South Africa were dismissed for 361, 97 behind on first innings.advertisementlast_img read more

Season 5 of Pro Kabaddi League starts tomorrow in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad, Jul 27 (PTI) The fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League is all set to enthral the lovers of the game as it begins here tomorrow.The inaugural match of the tournament would be held at the Gachibowli stadium between the Rahul Chaudhari-led Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas.The inaugural ceremony is likely to be a star-studded affair, with sports icons and film personalities expected to attend the event. Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will sing a glorious rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the first match of the season, the organisers said in a release here today.Kabaddi stars Anup Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur, Nitin Tomar, besides international player Meraj Sheykh were present at a curtain raiser event here today.Hyderabad would host matches up to August 3. As many as 12 teams compete in the tournament and the season would culminate with the finals slated for October 28 in Chennai.”We are now one day away from the most thrilling season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi ever. I am proud, excited and, at the same time, grateful to the fans, franchises, Star and the federations for supporting us at every step of this journey. I look forward to an engaging season of kabaddi,” said Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi.The 12 teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Puneri Paltan, U Mumba, Patna Pirates, Tamil Thailavas, Telugu Titans and UP Yodha. PTI SJR NRBlast_img read more

Cricket Australia agree A$500 million pay deal with players

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association announced they had agreed a new pay deal “in principle” on Thursday, ending an acrimonious dispute that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.The previous five-year collective bargaining agreement expired on June 30, which had left about 230 players effectively unemployed and forced the cancellation of Australia’s ‘A’ tour of South Africa.”I think we’ve reached a good compromise, one we can both live with and one that will be good for the game and good for Australia’s cricketers,” CA chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The immediate repercussions of the deal are that two tests in Bangladesh will now go ahead in August and September with the Australia squad scheduled to gather in Darwin next week for a pre-tour camp.At the heart of the disagreement was CA’s insistence that a two-decade-old model, under which players receive a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players’ union countered that it had underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The revenue-share arrangement has survived in the “heads of agreement” on new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which union boss Alistair Nicholson said he was confident the players would vote to accept.”A revenue sharing model ensuring all players, male and female, are partners in the game of cricket,” Nicholson said, outlining the agreement.advertisement”The revenue sharing model in which the players will share up to 30 percent of agreed revenue consisting of 27.5 percent of forecast revenue streams and a 2.5 percent performance pool.”This is estimated to be up to $500 million in the next five-year period.”Nicholson said the players would receive back pay once the final MoU had been signed.The dispute had raged on for nine months and grew increasingly bitter as both sides took to airing their grievances publicly.The union refused to deal with CA’s lead negotiator and were angered when Sutherland warned players would be unemployed and unpaid without a new agreement on the table.Players subsequently boycotted the ‘A’ tour and warned subsequent tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes series were under threat.Having declined for months to deal directly with the ACA, Sutherland was cajoled back to the negotiating table in July and the deal was struck in head-to-head talks with Nicholson on Thursday morning.last_img read more

As Mumbai halts yet again, residents rush to rescue rain-

first_imgaffectedMumbai, Aug 29 (PTI) As heavens opened up over Mumbai, its residents too opened their homes and hearts to strangers, offering assistance to those stranded in the devastating rains and floods that brought the megapolis to its knees.With the unabated fury of the rains — along with an imminent high tide — signalling that weather conditions were turning from bad to worse, good samaritans came out on the streets and the virtual world, to help and comfort their stranded brethren — from offering food and shelter to helping them find the quickest mode of available transport for the journey back home.This was a much-needed gesture in the backdrop of the crumbling infrastructure of the megapolis which gave in on every front, be it roads, or the suburban train network that ferries over 65 lakh people daily.The desire to reach out to those in need was reflected in many acts across the city, where people were seen helping total strangers face the rain fury, displaying a sense of kinship and empathy that went far beyond the simple connotations of the storied “Mumbai spirit”.The hashtag “#rainhosts” started trending on micro- blogging site Twitter and there were scores of others using other platforms like Facebook with similar offers.South Mumbai resident Mehul Ved began putting together a spreadsheet of those offering help at 1:45 pm and had over 2,000 entries by 8:25 pm, along with addresses and other details.The effort was visible on the streets as well, probably with as much force, just to ensure that none of the over 1.5 crore people effort hungry.advertisementReligious institutions too were relentless in their effort to reach out to the stranded, with gurudwaras, churches and the Ganpati mandals reaching out to those in need.The GSB Mandal at Matunga was among the first to make deft use of the popular chatting app WhatsApp to offer help.It was in fact on WhatsApp that a veritable flood of messages of offers to help started circulating.A list of help centres being circulated included civic administration-owned facilities, like Kalidas hall in Mulund, and a Sports Complex in Andheri.The city police, with an active presence on Twitter, turned their 100 emergency number into a facility where citizens could reach out for help and also reached out to those who used the micro-blogging site.Todays happenings brought back harrowing memories of the deluge in July 2005 when many parts of Mumbai remained water-logged for days after incessant rains. Over 1,000 people were killed in that rain fury.The indomitable Mumbaikars had also ensured help to affected commuters after the July 7, 2006 terror bombings on the suburban train network. PTI AA DC VT NM BSAlast_img read more

Ashes: Moeen Ali, Steven Finn injured ahead of warm-up game vs Western Australia

first_imgEngland have fitness concerns over pace bowler Steven Finn and all-rounder Moeen Ali after the duo sustained injuries during training for the upcoming Ashes series against Australia.Finn, who replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes in the touring squad, injured his left knee while batting during Thursday’s session in Perth, while 30-year-old Moeen skipped practice due to a sore left side.Both players will undergo scans on Friday to discover the extent of their injuries and are expected to miss the two-day warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth this weekend.Ali has played 44 Tests for England and his exclusion from any part of the five-Test series could prove costly for the visitors as they aim to retain the Ashes.The first Test of the series starts in Brisbane on November 23.last_img read more

Chennai to host PBL matches     Â

first_imgChennai, Nov 24 (PTI) Chennai will host matches in the third edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here from January 5 to 9, 2018. The tournament gets underway on December 23. The organisers, Sportzlive Entertainment, said in a press release that the spectators can see Chennai Smashers, the home team, in action subject to the final schedule. The Smashers includes among others Indias ace shuttler P V Sindhu and English mixed doubles team of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock.The finals of the eight-team tournament are slated to be held on January 14, 2018. “We are glad to have Chennai back on PBLs map,” Atul Pande, the man behind the league, said. Pande thanked Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) for its support. “We wouldnt have been able to plan something so grand without their support,” he said. PTI SS�APR APRlast_img read more

Honda sells over 15,000 Grazia in 21 days of launch

first_imgMumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, the second largest two-wheeler maker, today said it has sold more than 15,000 units of its latest scooter Grazia in just 21 days of the launch.The advanced urban scooter was launched nationally in the first week of November at a price of Rs 57,897, which is marginally higher than the existing Activa, which has been the largest selling two-wheeler in the country since May 2015.Scooters contribute almost 65 per cent of the volumes for Honda, which has set a 20 per cent volume growth this fiscal. In the first seven months of the fiscal, the company sold over 14 per cent more units.Elaborating on the response, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, senior vice-president for sales & marketing, said, “the feature-loaded Grazia has taken the style and performance loving customers by a storm.”We are overwhelmed by the initial response and are confident that with its expanded scooter portfolio, Grazia will take our leadership to the next level.”The 125-cc Grazia is the first scooter to come with full LED headlamp and a 3-step eco speed indicator that gets better fuel efficiency.The new scooter also sports other advanced features like a 4-in-1 lock with seat opener switch, all-digital instrumentation and a utility front pocket with optional smartphone charging among others. PTI BEN BENlast_img read more

New Delhi: Dec 04, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Kolkata: Fog in Kolkata(B) Mumbai : London Mayor Sadiq Khan pays tribute to the 26/11 martyrs(A) New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind pays floral tributes to former president R. Venkataraman(A) New Delhi: Congress President nomoination(B+A) Puri: Artistes perform Odissi dance(A+B) Patna: Nitish addresses press conference(B+A) Patna: Protest in Patna(B) Patna: Nitish Kumars Lok Samvad programme(B) New Delhi: Ramnarayan Sharma National Ayurved Award (A) Bodhgaya: 13th International Tipitaka Ceremony(B) New Delhi : 15th Finance Commission meets(B+A) INTERNATIONAL Turin : a charity to rise money for the hospital(B) Barcelona : Demonstrators attend a concert in support of the politicians(A) Buffalo : A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue(B) Gwangju:U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors taxi on the runway upon landing at a S Korean air base(B) Syria : Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bomber strikes the Islamic State targets in Syria(B) Pyeongtaek : U.S. Air Force EA-18G Growler fighter jets fly over the Osan U.S. Air Base(B) Seoul : A rally against the joint South Korea-US Air-force exercises(B) Bielefeld: Weather in Bielefeld(B) SPORTS Adelaide : Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide(B) Nassau : Hero World Challenge golf tournament(B) Newry : ski resorts 18th annual Santa(B) New Delhi: Sri Lanka VS India test match(B+A) PTI PHOTO GCS OSSlast_img read more

Parab-2017 takes off in Koraput

first_imgKoraput (Odisha), Dec 21 (PTI) Parab-2017, the three-day annual cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich cultural heritage of tribal Koraput began at the stadium ground here today.The festival was inaugurated by minister of tourism and culture Ashok Chandra Panda.Braving the cold, people in large numbers including foreign tourists, enjoyed cultural programmes, till late in the evening.”Over 500 artistes from across the country will perform reflecting the tribal art and culture of their areas. However, the traditional dance and music of undivided Koraput district would be under the spotlight during the three-day celebrations,? said collector (Koraput) Anupam Saha.A five-day Pallishree Mela is also being organized at the festival ground where a variety of handicrafts are on display.The festival, featuring a number of competitive sports, tribal dance, songs, music and art was launched at the shrine of Goddess Sankuli Devi of B Singh Pur in the district on November 19 and was celebrated in blocks across the district till December 20.Earlier in the day, the minister laid the foundation stone for a permanent Parab ground near the SLN medical college and hospital. A budget of Rs 4.30 crore has been made for the project which will spread over 25 acres of land.?From next year, Parab will be celebrated at its own ground. While there will be around 60-70 permanent stalls in the Parab ground, around 700 stalls will could be erected during the festival,” said Panda. PTI CORR AAM JMlast_img read more

England Football Association decide no action over Manchester derby incident

first_imgEngland’s Football Association (FA) have decide against taking any action over the the reports stating violent incidents following the Manchester derby earlier this month.FA had asked both Manchester United and Manchester City to submit their observations after reports had emerged that milk and water was thrown by the City players at United manager Jose Mourinho following the derby on December 10.”Following a review of the evidence provided by the clubs and independent eyewitnesses, the FA will be taking no formal action,” said a spokesperson.Mikel Arteta, part of City’s coaching team, was also reported to have suffered a cut in the alleged incidents.Referee Michael Oliver did not witness any post-match incidents and made no reference to anything untoward in his match report.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly involved in a brawl with Manchester City players in the change room after United lost 2-1 to City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday.In a heated derby, United and City both conceded soft goals but Pep Guardiola’s strategy of ball possession gave City an upper hand and on the back of some sloppy defending, the blue of Manchester topped the red side of the city.Mourinho, clearly unhappy with the result, said after the match that their penalty appeal should have been accepted as he felt it was a clear penalty.According to reports, Mourinho rampaged into the City changing room for he felt their celebrations were too noisy and highly disrespectful.Upon arrival in the dressing room, the United manager had a verbal altercation with City’s hero of the night, goalkeeper Ederson and soon the City players threw water and milk at him and hit him on his head with a plastic bottle.advertisementReports further suggested that another brawl broke off between 20 players and staff members from both the clubs near the Old Trafford tunnel and the United security had to intervene to stop the fight.Reports of the Mourinho incident reminded people of the ‘Battle of the Buffet’, which occured on October 24, 2004 at Old Trafford when Manchester United had defeated Arsenal 2-0 through a controversial penalty, where Wayne Rooney was accused of tumbling over Sol Campbell’s outstretched leg. Following the match, Cesc Fabregas had thrown as pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson at the tunnel.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

No Kolkata Classic golf in 2018 due to lack of sponsors

first_imgKolkata, Dec 24 (PTI) In a big blow to the sport in the eastern region, the Professional Golf Tour of Indias annual event – Kolkata Classic has been dropped from next seasons calendar due to the lack of sponsors.”It is not happening because of lack of sponsors. It all depends on sponsorship,” PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said on the sidelines of the final round of McLeod Russel Tour Championship.The event, that carried a prize purse of Rs 40 lakh, ran for two years with Shubhankar Sharma winning the inaugural edition in 2016 and Shamim Khan emerging champion this year.The PGTI is yet to ink a fresh contract with McLeod Russel whose three-year agreement for the Rs 1.5 crore Tour Championship got over today.The Tour Championship is a much-anticipated last meet of the PGTI calendar involving the top 50 in Order of Merit and 15 invitation entries, an event that has been in the run for six years.Mundy, however, sounded hopeful that the season-ending event will remain intact.”We are working on it and we are hopeful. But I can not say now,” Mundy said about the future of the Tour Championship. PTI TAP APA APAlast_img read more

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep face tricky draws

first_imgRafael Nadal, seeded top in the men’s draw was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos for the Australian Open, as Roger Federer will open his title defence against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.WATCHWomen’s top seed Simona Halep of Romania faces Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round, with second seed Caroline Wozniacki starting out against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.Serena Williams will not defend the women’s title having had her first child last year but 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who failed a drugs test at the tournament in 2016, is back unseeded after a ban and will face Tatjana Maria. Simona HalepMen’s third seed Grigor Dimitrov will face a qualifier with Alexander Zverev, ranked fourth, playing Italian Thomas Fabbiano but with 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, returning after a spell sidelines after surgery, in his section of the draw.Six-times Melbourne Park champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 14th after missing the back end of last season with an elbow injury, will take on American lefthander Donald Young with a potential tie against Wawrinka or Zverev in the quarter-final.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

ISL: Late Alfaro brace helps FC Pune City edge past Mumbai City FC 2-1

first_imgUruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro scored a winner in the 93rd minute as FC Pune City edged past Mumbai City FC in a dramatic Maharashtra derby which ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.Diego Carlos scampered away after Mumbai’s high defensive line was caught out of position three minutes into injury time and laid it off perfectly for Alfaro to tap into the back of the net and break the hearts of Mumbai City fans.Pune were trailing when Balwant Singh cut in from the right to send a stunning shot into the corner of the net in the 15th minute.The goal came after Gerson Vieira’s brilliant curling effort was saved by Kamaljit Singh. The Brazilian was man of the match, but wasted a glorious opportunity to win it for Mumbai City when his header from point blank range somehow missed the target.Make that no. 4 for our current top scorer! #LetsFootball #PUNMUM pic.twitter.com/ObgrJocNDT- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017Mumbai City were in the ascendancy after opening the scoring, but Pune slowly worked their way back into the contest. Their efforts were finally rewarded when Raju Gaikwad’s clumsy challenge on Diego resulted in a penalty which Alfaro converted with ease.With just 18 minutes of regulation time left, Pune pushed men forward. Jonatan Lucca’s stinging effort was kept out by Amrinder and Marcelinho couldn’t play Kean Lewis through with the match in its dying seconds, but the home side had the last laugh with a sucker punch goal from which Mumbai couldn’t recover.advertisementThere were chances at both ends with the goalkeepers coming under tremendous pressure.?? ???? ?? ? ? ? ?? ?, ???? ?? ????? – ???https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX #ISLRecap #PUNMUM #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/JW2mVBS1sR- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017 Vieira’s low shot awkwardly bounced off Kamaljit but his teammate Lalchhuanmawia Fanai cleared the ball with the dangerous Balwant lurking to tap in the rebound. A total of 24 shots were taken in the match, with a mammoth 15 of them being on target.But it was everything that one expects from a derby, including full blooded tackles. Both teams committed a combined 34 fouls as they fought for the three points.Pune have now won two games in a row after their heroics in Kolkata against ATK. They are now sitting pretty in 2nd place after three matches, but top of the table Bengaluru FC have a match in hand. For Mumbai City, the result means they are in 6th place having lost two games out of three. But all the teams below them are yet to play their third match – which makes the result in Pune all the more important.The Stallions host Chennaiyin FC next while Mumbai City have a difficult trip to the Kerala Blasters.Raise your hands if you enjoyed that win, @FCPuneCity fans!#LetsFootball #PUNMUM pic.twitter.com/kIvMYwQ4GU- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017last_img read more

12 years ago on this day, MS Dhoni makes Test debut: Start of a dream journey

first_imgOn December 2, 2005, India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his Test debut.He played his first match in whites against Sri Lanka in Chennai 12 years ago in a drawn Test. He marked his first match in red-ball cricket with a first innings score of 30 and a catch of the bowling off Irfan Pathan to dismiss Avishka Gunawardene.Since then MSD represented India in 90 Test matches, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09, hitting six centuries and 33 fifties. Dhoni was also involved in 294 dismissals, out of which 256 were catches and 38 were stumpings. Dhoni is the fifth most successful wicketkeeper in the format.  He hung up his boots nine years later prematurely some would say in the middle of the Australia tour in 2014, handing over the captaincy to Virat Kohli, who only achieved greater heights in the coming years.After Kohli took over, India have been on the march across all the formats. They are currently second in the ODI rankings, tied on same points as South Africa and are on the up in T20 cricket as well. But in whites, India are on top of the pile and are only consolidating their position during their three-match series against Sri Lanka.But it all started under MSD. It was in 2009 under Dhoni, that India became the No.1 team in the longest format of the game for the first time in history. Although for a short time, but India’s dominance at home mostly under the Ranchi cricketer was one of the key points in what has been an eventful career so far.advertisementReuters PhotoDhoni first burst onto the scene in 2004 under Sourav Ganguly in Bangladesh. He made his ODI debut at Chittagong on December 23, 2004. He was run-out for a duck.In the next three innings he only managed to score 22 runs and then came the turning point. He was promoted up the order at No. 3 against Pakistan at Visakhapatnam in the second ODI and he hammered a 123-ball 148 against a decent Pakistan attack. Later that year, he clobbered his highest ODI score of 183 off just 145 balls against the Lankans at Jaipur.Since then, his stock only went up. A year and a half later, he was a part of India’s disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign in the Caribbean, where they were knocked out in the league stages. Six months later, he was at the thick of things, when he was made the captain of an inexperienced Indian team in the first-ever T20 World Cup in South Africa.And that was the beginning of the ‘Legend of Dhoni’.He guided the young team minus all the stars to a World Cup victory for the first time since Kapil Dev’s triumph in 1983 and gave people an idea of his calmness and maturity. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in the same year and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.India also won the CB series in Australia under him in 2008 and as reports of Anil Kumble giving up captaincy grew stronger, people were strongly backing Dhoni to take over. Just three years after making his debut.Reuters PhotoHe was indeed handed the captaincy after Jumbo left and he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies. He also guided India to Border-Gavaskar Trophies over Australia in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. He also hit his career-best score of 224 during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Chennai in 2013.He also has another unique achievement to his name. He is the only captain to win all three ICC trophies. He started with the T20 World Cup in 2007 and then starred in India’s first 50-over World Cup win in 2011 with an unbeaten 79-ball 91 in the final against the Lankans with a signature six over long-on to lift the trophy after 28 years. Two years later, he guided India to their second Champions Trophy triumph in England.After a brilliant 2013, the following year didn’t go well for him and India. They were tormented in England and he went into the Australia tour with an injury before finally deciding to walk away from Test after the third game of the series.He however, decided to continue playing limited-overs cricket and lead the side until early 2017, when he decided to step down and hand over the baton to Kohli in all the formats.The 36-year-old captained his country in 331 international matches from 2007 to 2016, the most by any. Ricky Ponting comes second with 324.advertisementHe is India’s most successful captain so far in terms of numbers with 178 victories from 331 matches. He captained India in 60 Tests, winning 27 and losing 18. In limited-overs cricket, Dhoni led India to 110 wins from 199 ODIs and 41 victories from 72 T20Is. Dhoni had a win percentage of 53.78.Dhoni currently is in the twilight of his career. But he is playing a very important role in shaping Kohli as a captain and this is perhaps the last thing that remained to be ticked off in a glittering career and he is doing that with ease as well.last_img read more