Northern Ireland are on the brink of relegation in the Nations League after Edin Dzeko’s double earned Bosnia-Herzegovina a 2-0 win in Sarajevo.Having taken full advantage of Jamal Lewis’ calamitous error midway through the first half, Dzeko – who also had a seemingly legitimate goal disallowed – wrapped up the points 17 minutes from time.The Roma striker’s clinical finishing came in stark contrast to Northern Ireland’s profligacy, with substitute Gavin Whyte passing up the best of some golden opportunities when he struck the woodwork from point-blank range. 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! Michael O’Neill’s side will drop down to the third tier if Austria secure one point from their two remaining games, which includes a trip to Windsor Park, while Bosnia-Herzegovina just need a draw to clinch promotion to League A.Who else?Edin Džeko #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/cF108bHEs7— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) October 15, 2018George Saville should have done better from Steven Davis’ pinpoint cross after quarter of an hour and the midfielder went closer five minutes later when his half-volley rattled the right-hand upright.Northern Ireland’s bad luck continued in the 27th minute, Edin Visca pouncing on Lewis’ slip to tee up Dzeko, who made no mistake with a tidy first-time finish.Lewis could have been at fault for a second Bosnia-Herzegovina goal when he appeared to play Dzeko onside from Miralem Pjanic’s set-piece, but the assistant referee’s flag spared his blushes after a blistering volley from the striker.Whyte looked set to haul Northern Ireland level in the 66th minute, only for the 22-year-old to somehow hit the post from six yards out with the goal gaping.The visitors were made to pay when Dzeko beat the offside trap and curled Pjanic’s pass beyond Bailey Peacock-Farrell.The woodwork again denied Whyte in stoppage time as Northern Ireland failed to stop Bosnia-Herzegovina extending their 100 per cent Nations League record to three matches. What it means: Profligacy proves costlyNorthern Ireland have had no trouble creating opportunities in their Nations League campaign, but their failure to convert those chances into goals has piled too much pressure on their defence. The positive signs are there, but unless O’Neill’s side begin to hit the target, it does not bode well heading into Euro 2020 qualification.World-class DzekoDzeko had hardly touched the ball before slotting in the opener and he showed wonderful skill for the goal that was disallowed before finally getting his second late on. With his quality up top, Bosnia-Herzegovina will be confident of securing promotion to League A when they face Austria next time out.Lewis at fault againIt has been a difficult start to life on the international stage for Norwich City youngster Lewis, who had now made errors leading to goals in all three of Northern Ireland’s Nations League fixtures. It was only Lewis’ fifth cap, but he will need to learn quickly if he is to cement a place in O’Neill’s side.Key Opta facts:- Bosnia-Herzegovina are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions, winning five and drawing three.- Northern Ireland are winless in their last six away matches in all competitions, failing to score a single goal in that run (D2 L4).- Two of Northern Ireland’s three shots on target in this match came in the final five minutes.- Dzeko has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six competitive appearances for Bosnia-Herzegovina (five goals, two assists).What’s next?Northern Ireland face neighbours the Republic of Ireland in their next outing, before finalising their Nations League group campaign with a fixture against Austria, which will be a dead rubber if Franco Foda’s side avoid defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina. read more
Tottenham will continue to host matches at Wembley Stadium until at least the end of the year as the opening date of their new home venue remains a mystery.Construction deadlines have been repeatedly missed and chairman Daniel Levy confirmed the delays will push completion into 2019.Grass was laid at the new ground in early October but the club’s next eight home fixtures are certain to be played at Wembley after Spurs encountered problems out of their control. 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! While Tottenham will continue to push for a completion date, the club have decided to extend their Wembley stay to ensure supporters have clarity about their upcoming home matches.”I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture,” the chairman said in a statement.”However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.”Whilst we are conscious of the need to keep pressure on our contractors to deliver as soon as possible, we are also acutely aware of how difficult the lack of clarity is for you, our supporters, to plan around games, particularly those at Christmas and New Year.”In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December.”We know the continued delay is a source of immense disappointment to everyone and I can only continue to apologise for this – it is a sentiment felt by all of us.”Levy confirmed a fresh update on progress is expected to be issued in December. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Performance divisions of foreign carmakers are ramping up their presence in India as the appetite of Indian buyers increases for performance cars. The latest in the line is the Polestar division of Swedish carmaker Volvo. The company has done this by launching the S60 Polestar in India at Rs 52.50 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi).Underneath the bonnet of the S60 Polestar is a 2.0-litre T6 engine that is both turbocharged and supercharged and capable of spitting out 367bhp and 470Nm of peak torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring. This setup makes the S60 Polestar capable of sprinting from 0-100kmph in just 4.7 seconds.Also Read: Volvo increases prices of all its cars sold in IndiaPolestar has made important changes to the S60 sedan to give it the kind of feel that performance oriented enthusiasts look for in a car. The 8-speed gearbox has been optimized by Polestar for more performance, the dampers are Polestar Ohlins that are manually adjustable for different types of ride quality. The 20-inch wheels that are present on the S60 Polestar look stunning and are paired with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. The brakes have also been upgraded and Polestar has put in Brembo ventilated and slotted brake discs for better stopping power. Volvo as a brand is known for safe cars that are generally driven by chauffeurs while the owner rests happily in the back seat. However this is one Volvo that buyers would want to drive themselves rather than just enjoying the back seat. Even though Volvo has a good grip on the Indian market in terms of sales, we will have to wait and watch if the Polestar division matches up to its various counterparts. The Volvo S60 Polestar will compete against the Mercedes Benz CLA AMG 45 and the Audi S5 in the Indian market.advertisementAlso Read:Volvo bringing its Polestar division to India starting with the S60
Dubai, Apr 18 (PTI) Acclaimed international captains including Indias Sourav Ganguly and Australias Ricky Ponting are a part of a stellar line-up of commentators named by the ICC for the upcoming Champions Trophy scheduled between June 1-18. Some of the other former captains in the line-up include Brendon McCullum of New Zealand, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and Graeme Smith of South Africa — all of whom will be making their ICC TV debut. Shane Warne, Michael Slater, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Shaun Pollock, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Bishop, Ramiz Raja, Simon Doull and Athar Ali Khan complete the list. On his association, Ponting said: “As a player, I always looked forward to the Champions Trophy. Winning it on two occasions was a big thrill. This year, I am really looking forward to it being staged in England and being a part of the commentary team.” “I am expecting Australia and England to make the final with Pat Cummins and Jason Roy, two guys to stand out across the two weeks. I cant wait!” McCullum on his part stated: “Working with names like Ponting, Ganguly and Smith is going to be great fun and hopefully we can give the viewers a unique insight on the action unfolding out in the middle.” “The Champions Trophy is a special tournament which I loved playing in and I am honoured to have enjoyed success in. Now, as a commentator, I am very much looking forward to being part of the tournament and watching the best players in the world go head to head,” Sangakkara said “Most of the teams have a chance of lifting the trophy so it promises to be a fascinating three weeks of action,” he said. ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 15 matches, supported by production partner Sunset+Vine and equipment partner NEP Broadcast Solutions. The eight-team tournament, which kicks off with host England playing Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1, will see a state-of-the-art coverage, which will include 34 cameras at every game, including eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and a Spidercam. In what is a first for cricket coverage, six Player Tracking cameras will be used in each match while the final at The Oval on June 18 will have additional pictures provided by a drone camera to supplement the broadcast coverage. Among other enhancements for the live coverage will be an Analysis Zone that will add depth to the coverage, bringing out details and nuances for the benefit of the audience. Regular broadcast tools such as the Hawk-Eye will be supplemented by an in-depth cricket data analytics system to be provided by analytics app Cricviz and a player tracking and real-time data visualisation system made available by leading graphics company Chyron Hego. Scores and statistics, which are an important element of any cricket coverage, will be provided by sports graphics specialists Alston Elliott in a fresh new style and feel designed by creative design agency DixonBaxi. The coverage provided by ICC TV to broadcasters will commence 30 minutes before the start of play of each match and will include live toss, pitch report, player profiles and features looking ahead to the game. Programming will be produced for the innings break to ensure continuous and engrossing content that will keep the viewers hooked. Reviews of the first half of games and a preview of run chases will be inter-woven with a segment dedicated to the history and stars of the ICC Champions Trophy. Match telecasts will culminate with a crisp post-match show. ICC TV has also made arrangements to produce engaging and informative additional content, to be distributed to its broadcast partners and other media rights partners via the ICC TV Content Delivery Service. This content will include daily player profiles, team features, match previews and other behind the scenes content, getting fans up close and personal with all the action around the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. PTI KHS SSC SSCadvertisement
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Mumbai Indians, showing their bench strength, defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs in their last group stage match at the Eden Gardens to finish on top of the Indian Premier League table.In the process, Mumbai Indians created history, becoming the first T20 team in the world to win 100 games in their entire history.CENTURY! We are the FIRST TEAM in T20 history to win ?? games! ?????????#CricketMeriJaan #KKRvMI #MI pic.twitter.com/p1PLQo2xsp- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 13, 2017Mumbai Indians become first team in Twenty20 cricket to win 100 matches (excl.any Super-over wins).#KKRvMI #IPL @mipaltan- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 13, 2017 Having already qualified for the playoffs, the table toppers ringed in as many as six changes to their starting XI. Rohit Sharma was a happy man at the post match presentation ceremony. The 30-year-old Mumbai captain, expressed his satisfaction with his team’s consistency in such a big tournament. “Finishing on top of the table is something we spoke about at the start of the game. This is the end of the league for us and we wanted to play good cricket. That’s exactly what we did, we batted, bowled and fielded well,” he said. Rohit was happy that the non-regulars in his team, stood up and took the opportunity when it mattered. “It was good to see and it goes on to show that we have a great bench strength. The boys have proved their bit whenever they’ve got opportunities. They have been proven match winners and it was a perfect case of playing a perfect game,” he said.advertisementTalking about the match he said: “They were going at 10 an over but we kept picking wickets which kept us in the game. We were not panicking and were just executing our plans. When the batsmen come hard, we have to stay calm and we did just that. Winning always helps and we expect to carry the momentum forward. One half of the tournament is over, we are entering a little part and we need to see who we play in the play-offs.”He emphasised that carrying on momentum was the need of the hour for Mumbai Indians going into the playoffs.Way to go boys?????? @mipaltan our own ram Lakhan Jodi is back @RayuduAmbati & #sourabh Tiwari important partnership.. @IPL- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 13, 2017Mumbai Indians, in their ten-year history, have won the Champions League T20 twice (in 2011 and 2013) and the Indian Premier League also twice (2013 and 2015).Mumbai’s first trophy was the Champions League Twenty20 in 2011 which they won beating Royal Challengers Bangalore. Next in 2013, Mumbai won their first IPL title defeating Chennai Super Kings and won the Champions League Twenty20 later the same year.They capped off their title wins with another IPL trophy against Chennai Super Kings back in 2015 and with another great show against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday look well set to repeat the feat come 21st May.Record of Mumbai Indians over the years:2008 – 7 matches won out of 14 games2009 – 6 matches won out of 14 games2010- 12 matches won out of 20 games2011- 14 matches won out of 22 games2012- 10 matches won out of 21 games2013- 17 matches won out of 24 games2014 – 8 matches won out of 18 games 2015- 10 matches won out of 16 games2016- 7 matches won out of 14 games2017- 9 matches won out of 14 games
Vernon Philander is becoming the “new Jacques Kallis”, said South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis following his match winning performance in the Trent Bridge Test against England which they won by 340 runs.Philander was in fine form with both bat and ball as the Proteas won the second Test with more than a day to spare and level the four-match series 1-1.The right hander made significant contributions of 54 and 42 while batting at number seven and took three wickets in England’s second inning.Chasing a mammoth target of 474 runs to win, the hosts failed to counter South Africa’s bowling attack and were eventually collapsed to 133 all out in their second innings on the fourth day, succumbing to the second biggest defeat, in terms of runs, in their history against the Proteas.None of the England batsmen were able to contribute much in the side’s second innings, with former skipper and opener Alastair Cook being the top scorer with 42 runs.Kallis, who has now retired from international cricket, is arguably the game’s greatest-ever all-rounder.During his astounding career, Kallis scored 45 Test hundreds and averaged more than 55 with the bat and also took 292 wickets at 32.65 to go with 200 catches.”He’s (Phillander) becoming the new Jacques Kallis the way he’s batting,” Sport24 quoted du Plessis as saying.”He’s a fantastic cricketer. When there’s something there (in the pitch), he’s probably the best in the world at doing something with it,” he added.The South Africa skipper further said that following the 211-run loss in the opening Test at Lord’s, they made changes to their team for the Nottingham game.advertisement”We left a batsman out to play two allrounders, with that comes extra responsibility,” said the captain. “With the promotion to No.7, I backed his technique and he responded by getting crucial runs in this game. He stepped up to the plate.”Alongside Phillander, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj also took three wickets.Duanne Olivier bagged two wickets in two balls to dismiss Mark Wood and James Anderson. Chris Morris also took two wickets by giving away just seven runs.The two sides will now take on each other in the third Test, beginning July 27 at the Oval.
Mumbai, Jul 20 (PTI) Tata Motors today rolled out the first batch of its soon-to-be launched 5-seater SUV, the Nexon from its Ranjangaon facility.The Nexon, which may come in the Rs 6-9 lakh price range is the companys fourth new generation passenger vehicles and will be commercially launched before Diwali.Last week the company had introduced two new engines- – a 1.2 liter petrol from the Revotron series and a 1.5-liter diesel powertrain from the Revotorq family and a new gear box for the new SUV.”Tata Motors will soon be dispatching the cars to the dealerships. The Tata Nexon is slated for launch during this festive season,” the company said in statement. ——————————————————— Ducati launches Scrambler Desert Sled at Rs 9.33 lakhSports bikes maker Ducati India today launched the Scrambler Desert Sled at Rs 9.32 lakh.The bike draws inspiration from the off-road bikes of the 1960s and the 70s that made US motorcycling history in the mountains and deserts of California. It comes with a 6-speed gearbox, the Euro-IV compliant engine and twin-cylinders.Ducati also announced launch of the Euro 4 versions of the Scrambler Classic and the Scrambler Icon.The Scrambler Desert Sled is the natural evolution of the Urban Enduro version offering more functional off-road style. It is also characterised by a new riding position thanks to the full 200-mm extended travel on the front and rear suspension, higher seat (a 20 mm low seat option is available as an accessory) and off-road style foot pegs with removable rubber pads. ————————————————————- Zenith wins media business of LactalisadvertisementZenith, part of Publicis Media, has bagged the media duties of French dairy giant Lactalis in 26 countries, including India, following a global multi-agency pitch.”Our newly launched ROI+ proposition with advanced communications models and sharper focus on analytics, tech, data and consumer insights will take Lactalis, which has a long term business plans for India which is a high growth dairy market,” Zenith India Group CEO Tanmay Mohanty said in a statement. ————————————————————– LinkedIn launches Android appProfessional network LinkedIn today launched an Android app, LinkedIn Lite, which offers a faster and lighter version of its flagship App.With mobile fast becoming the first screen for a large number of people, the Lite App offers a seamless and intuitive experience of LinkedIn to users on Androids operating system, that accounts for 97 per cent of the smartphone market in the country, the company said in a release, adding the App has been by developed by its Bengaluru R&D team.LinkedIn plans to roll out the mobile web version and the Android app in over over 60 countries shortly. PTI BEN DS SM BEN NRB SDM
Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic gold medallist serving a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, was taken to hospital on Thursday, a prison service spokesman said.The prison service provided no details of Pistorius’s illness, but a spokesman, Logan Maistry, said he would be kept in hospital overnight for observation. He said he could not comment on a report by the Citizen website that Pistorius suffered chest pains and prison staff suspected a heart attack.”I am not aware of (that report) or what he suffered from,” Maistry said. “What I am aware of is that he was this morning taken to an outside hospital for a medical examination … “Last August, Pistorius denied trying to kill himself after he was treated in hospital for wrist injuries.The athlete was sentenced to six years in prison in July last year after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013.He reached the pinnacle of his fame in 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, making the 400 metres semi-finals in London before taking two golds in the Paralympics.Pistorius’ family spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment.
India levelled the three-match series against New Zealand in Pune after beating the Black Caps by six wickets on Wednesday.And it was set up by the bowlers right from the word go. After all the controversies regarding the Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar, who was unmasked by India Today for tampering with the pitch, the Indian bowlers led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar put their hands up to restrict New Zealand for a paltry total of 230/9 from their 50 overs.Bhuvi removed Martin Guptill early on in the innings and followed it up with Colin Munro’s wicket three overs later to peg the Kiwis back, from which they couldn’t recover on what was said to be a 330-340 wicket none other than the now-suspended Pune curator. (Just to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Bhuvi returned with figures of 3/45 from his 10 overs and was adjudged the man-of-the-match for the brilliant start he gave to India after a controversial few hours before the start of the game. Talking about his performance, the Uttar Pradesh seamer said that staying calm and focused is the main thing. (Committee of Administrators reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’)”That’s my nature, I’m calm, and however you practice you replicate that. I never try to do anything different. It’s the way I bowl, with the new ball, I swing it. It wasn’t happening today, so I just tried to bowl in good areas, got two wickets and that gave me confidence,” he said. (BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator)advertisementThe 27-year-old also thanked the team management for keeping their faith on him and motivating him. (MCA president Abhay Apte promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curator)”Things get easier for you when you’re confident. There’s no easy route to success, but with confidence, you can do those good things better,” said Bhuvneshwar. (Who is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoring)”Thanks to management, they keep motivating me,” he added. (India Today’s Operation CricketGate: Ball in ICC’s court after Pune pitch controversy)He signed off by saying that over the last couple of years, he has evolved as a bowler and feels stronger when it comes to fitness.”I’m not muscular, but thanks to the trainer, introducing player-specific training, I feel much confident and stronger when it comes to fitness,” Bhuvneshwar signed off.
Sebastian Vettel has hailed Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene as the right man for the job amid speculation about the future leadership of Formula One’s most successful and glamorous team.The four times world champion made a robust defence of the Italian at the Mexico Grand Prix on Thursday, crediting the former Philip Morris marketing executive with a key role in transforming the team.Media reports have suggested Arrivabene could be replaced at the helm by technical head Mattia Binotto after recent technical failures saw Ferrari’s constructors’ championship challenge fizzle out.Asked whether he wanted Arrivabene to stay, Vettel replied: “Absolutely.”Look at the results. Look at where Ferrari was after 2014, how competitive Ferrari was in 2014 and how — sorry to say –what miserable shape it was,” said the German.”The spirit was down so I think he’s the key person responsible for bringing most of that back and to make the team grow, to open things up, to change things that have been set like that for 20 years.”I think he has a very innovative and creative way of thinking. So I think he’s the right man, he’s a very strong leader, I think he’s well respected … so absolutely I’m a fan,” he added.Ferrari failed to win a race last year but came back this season with a bang, Vettel winning the opener in Australia and leading the championship until last month.In 2014 they were only fourth in the championship, also without a win.Events have gone against Vettel since Singapore, where he and team mate Kimi Raikkonen collided at the start, with an engine problem in Malaysia sending him to the back of the grid and a broken spark plug in Japan leaving him empty-handed.advertisementThe German is now 66 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton with three races to go. Hamilton needs to finish only fifth on Sunday to secure his fourth championship, but Vettel refused to abandon hope.”We want to win the last three races and I think we can. So that’s our goal. And then we see what happens,” he said.”Overall, I think the team has done incredibly to be where we are now. Which, again, nobody expected. We’ve proven probably everybody wrong.”Vettel said Ferrari were still growing as a team with increasingly high expectations.”The most important thing is that if you look at the result, it’s coming,” he said.”I think where we’ve gone, 2015 to 2016, especially through ’16 and then for ’17, things are going and heading the right way and he (Arrivabene) is a key person in that.”
Justin Gatlin, 100 meters World champion has fired his coach Dennis Mitchell after an undercover investigation from Britain’s Daily Telegraph, found his coach and sports agent Robert Wagner had offered to supply performance-enhancing drugs.”I was shocked and surprised to learn that my coach would have anything to do with even the appearance of these current accusations,” Gatlin wrote in a post on his Instagram account.”I fired him as soon as I found out about this.”The IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit announced that they are investigating the allegations in conjunction with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.”These allegations are very serious,” said head of the AIU, Brett Clothier, “and strike at the heart of the integrity of athletics.”IAAF President Sebastian Coe said the allegations are “extremely serious.”The Telegraph reported that Mitchell and a track agent, Robert Wagner, met undercover reporters at a training camp in Florida and offered to supply and administer testosterone and human growth hormone for an actor training for a film, for a fee of $250,000.The newspaper said Mitchell and Wagner were secretly recorded saying the use of banned substances in track was widespread.The 35-year-old Gatlin, who also won the 100 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has served two doping bans in his career.”I am not using and have not used PEDs,” Gatlin wrote in his Instagram post. “All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this. I have no further comments as it is now a legal matter. They will next hear from my lawyer.”advertisementCoe said the IAAF has started to focus on the “influences that surround athletes” and stressed that all support personnel are bound by the governing body’s anti-doping code and integrity code of conduct.(With inputs from AP)
With India experimenting with various players in the slip cordon during the home season, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on Wednesday said the team will finally zero in on a settled unit during their overseas tours, starting with the visit to South Africa later this month.Despite winning the three-match series against Sri Lanka 1-0, India dropped quite a few catches, thanks to the rotation of various players in the crucial slip positions.”We are having a chat about it (slip catchers), we will assign few players, will have players standing at the slips,” the Saurashtra batsman told reporters at the post-match press conference here.”We will even discuss about it when we reach South Africa, we have started talking about it. We might have to pin down only a few players as specialist catchers,” Pujara added.The 29-year-old, who has scored 4396 runs in Test cricket at an average of 48.13, was satisfied with his performance over the past year. However, he was quick to assert that there is always room for improvement and he will look to work on it in the upcoming series.”Talking about 2017, it has been a fantastic year, I still could have done better at times I feel that, there is always a scope for improvement,” Pujara said.”There are still some areas in which I want to improve.”WELL PREPARED”I think we (India) will be very well prepared before heading to South Africa,” the Saurashtra batsman told reporters during the post-match press conference.”We are already talking about the things that we want before heading to South Africa, some of the guys have enough time to prepare for the tour. We have enough experience being in South Africa, that will help us.advertisement’ONUS ON PACERS'”The fast bowling unit has been much better now and I think our fast bowlers will do the damage,” Pujara added.India have picked five fast bowlers — Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and preferred Jasprit Bumrah over chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for the tour.The 29-year-old also heaped praise on spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja saying they can put any opposition under pressure.”I won’t say they are just spinners, if you look at their wickets they have done a remarkable job. They are the most difficult bowlers for any opposition to face,” Pujara added.
A fake education board functioning in the name of Board of Higher Secondary Education Delhi was busted today. Delhi Police arrested six persons including the Chairperson of the Board, Shiv Prasad Pandey as reported by the news agency, ANI.The police have also recovered 15,000 fake mark sheets of 17 different board and universities, rubber stamps, printers and computer etc. from the premises.The official website, bhsedelhiboard.net, resembling a genuine website claims that it is an autonomous organization under Government of India, Ministry of Education Department.What is Board of Higher Secondary Education?Board of Higher Secondary Education Delhi is an autonomous body, which is established for development of education under the guidelines of national education policy 1986 Govt. of India. and programme of action 1992 Govt. of IndiaIn this the board examination’s are completely valid under U.P. intermediate Education act-1921 chapter-14 Regulation 2(40),’ claims the website of the BoardIt has been constituted to regulate non formal Primary, Middle, Higher Secondary (10th), Senior Secondary (12th) education and other vocational courses (Under Self Employment Education Scheme) in IndiaHere we have listed 5 education board of India which are fake:Board of Higher Secondary Education, DelhiThe Central Board of Higher Education, New DelhiIndian Council of Secondary Education, IndiaAll India Board for Education Training DelhiAll India Board of Secondary Education, DelhiNote: These are the few boards which claims that they are recognized by Government. Please beware from such institution. They are nothing more than scam in education.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will be aiming for the perfect end to a spectacular year for Indian badminton when they take to the court at the Dubai Super Series Finals starting Wednesday.The top eight men’s and women’s singles players in the world, based on ranking points earned throughout the year, will be meeting in Dubai to crown the champion.World No.3 Sindhu and world No.4 Srikanth will begin their their campaign against China’s world No.9 Hi Bingjiao and world No.1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark respectively at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium.Both Sindhu and Srikanth are coming into the tournament after a highly successful year.Sindhu clinched the India Open and Korea Open, besides bagging a silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.Srikanth, on the other hand, became the only Indian, and fourth player ever, to win four Super Series titles in a calendar.He won the Indonesia Open, Australia Open, Denmark Open and the French Open before being forced to miss the China Open and Hong Kong Open owing to a thigh muscle strain, sustained at the Nationals in Nagpur last month.The one month break after the Nationals gave him ample time to work on his fitness and sharpen his game and he will hope to recreate the magic that earned him the four titles this year.”It is an important event. I reached the semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn’t matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. I hope to do well this year,” Srikanth said.advertisementWorld No.4 Srikanth has been placed in Group B of men’s singles event along with Chou Tien Chen (world No.7) and Shi Yuqi (world No.8), apart from Axelsen.Sindhu, who had reached the semifinals at the last edition, has been clubbed with the Japanese duo of No.2 ranked Akane Yamaguchi and world No.15 Sayako Sato, besides Bingjiao in Group A.”It has been a good year for me. Now I really hope the year ends on a good note, and I do well at the Dubai Super Series Finals,” said the 22-year-old from Hyderabad.”It is not going to be easy as all the top players will be playing in this event. Each match from the first round itself will be very tough. So I will have to be prepared from the start to do well.”The four players in each group will compete against each other in the preliminaries. The top two from each group will qualify for the semifinals with A1 facing B2 and B1 taking on A2.Srikanth broke his three-match losing streak against defending champion and World No.1 Axelsen when he defeated the Dane in his home town during the Denmark Open quarterfinals in October and it would take another top-class performance to tame him tomorrow.Sindhu is 4-5 behind in the head-to-head count against Bingjiao but she will take confidence from her recent win against the Chinese at the Korea Open in September.(With inputs from PTI)
Indian cricket men’s team captain Virat Kohli’s love for dogs is well documented on social media. The 29-year-old run-machine showed his human side when he came face-to-face with man’s best friend before the start of play on Day 2 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.BCCI posted a video which shows Kohli playing with the sniffer dog near the boundary ropes. The well-trained Labrador looked eager to play with the ball the Indian captain was holding in his hand, to which Kohli obliged. The dog lover in Kohli couldn’t help but pat the security dog.Captain @imVkohli’s love-affair with dogs continues. pic.twitter.com/uTJJwmTmoh- BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2017Kohli is a well-known animal lover, something he credits his girl-friend and Bollywood heartthrob Anushka Sharma, for his change of heart. He has often gone on record to raise awareness for our four-legged friends. He shares a very close and intimate friendship with his own pet, Bruno, a beagle. His first pet was a white Pomeranian and then he had a Golden Labrador Retriever named Rico.Back in January this year, Kohli was seen making friends with another sniffer dog, a golden retriever called Prince, on the eve of the first ODI against England, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune.When Skipper @imVkohli took some time off to meet Prince pic.twitter.com/7ROMY8FUjhadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2017Again during the Indian Premier League, taking a break from all the cricket, he adopted 15 destitute dogs in Bengaluru. He had spent nearly an hour with the dogs and cats at CARE, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Jakkur.Earlier this November India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni posted a video on his Instagram account where he was seen training his dog Zoya at his home in Ranchi. Dhoni has a custom built training area made for his dogs. He has two of them – a Dutch shepherd and a husky named Lily.
NEW YORK — The Executive Director of the NBA Players Association said the suspension given to Charlotte’s Jeffery Taylor by Commissioner Adam Silver is “excessive, without precedent and a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”Michele Roberts adds that the union is ready to file an immediate appeal, but that the choice is Taylor’s.Silver suspended Taylor for 24 games without pay after the forward pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13 for a total which is slightly more than one-fourth of the league’s 82-game schedule.“The CBA contemplates a minimum 10-game suspension in any case involving a conviction for a violent felony, including domestic violence. In contrast, Jeff Taylor was charged with a misdemeanor that is likely to be dismissed at the end of a probationary period,” Roberts said in a statement.Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.Silver issued a statement Nov. 19 in which he said: “This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it. Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”But Roberts notes that the penalty is one of the longest in NBA history.“We have a scheme of discipline that was the result of collective bargaining between the parties that has been applied consistently over the years,” she said. “While we appreciate the sensitivity of this societal issue, the Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters.”Taylor can appeal the suspension to an independent arbitrator. “While ultimately this is Jeff’s decision, we stand ready to file an immediate appeal on his behalf,” Roberts said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PIRAEUS, Greece – Olympiakos’ hoopsters put a big hurt on visiting Armani Milano, 81-58, in Euroleague Final 16 play on Jan. 8.The Reds have now won their first two games in the second group state of the tourney to determine Europe’s best basketball team that it won in 2012 and 2013.Milano led after one period, 18-13 but Olympiakos took a 39-35 halftime lead and kept it the rest of the way, running away later in the game.The winners opened the third period with a 10-0 run before the Italian team closed it to 51-44 at the end but then ran out of steam in the last quarter, stifled by Olympiakos’ defensive prowess.Oliver Lafayette from the University of Houston and Brent Petway from the University of Michigan each scored 13 for the Greek team whose win game a day after PAOK was thrashed, 71-59 at Limoges in France. TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Boston Red Sox cap.Now he is waiting for a decision on his hairstyle.The Hall of Fame announced that Martinez will have a Red Sox cap on his plaque, John Smoltz’s will have the Atlanta Braves and Randy Johnson’s will feature the Arizona Diamondbacks.“I’m extremely honored. But I expected it — that wasn’t a surprise,” Martinez said at the annual dinner of the Boston BBWAA, where he was to receive the prestigious Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service to baseball.“Now it’s just a matter of going with the Jheri curls or not. And I would say ‘Yes,’” Martinez said.Martinez won his first Cy Young Award with the Montreal Expos and the next two with the Red Sox, in 1999 and 2000, in one of the most dominant performances in baseball history. He pitched seven scoreless innings to win the third game of the 2004 World Series sweep of St. Louis — Boston’s first title since 1918.Smoltz was the only player on all of Atlanta’s record-setting 14 consecutive playoff teams from 1991-2004. Craig Biggio, the other player to be inducted on July 26, did not present an issue: He spent his entire 20-year major league career with the Houston Astros.“The museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense.“For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable,” Idelson said.