Murali Vijay excited as Anil Kumble joins forces with Team India

first_imgIndia opening batsman Murali Vijay is a big fan of newly-appointed head coach Anil Kumble and says the players have got a golden opportunity to learn from the great leg-spinner. (Rookie pacer in awe of Anil Kumble, says new coach made an impact right away)”My first Test match was his last Test match and actually I did not spend lot of time with him, but I have been a great fan of him as an youngster,” he told reporters on the second day of the India camp at the KSCA stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday.”GREAT OPPORTUNITY”It is a great opportunity for youngsters to talk to him about cricket and learn from him and move forward. So it will be a great time for us,” the opening batsman said further.Asked what he makes out of Kumble-Virat Kohli combination, Vijay said it would be early to make such a comment but expects to have great 12 months ahead for Indian cricket.”I can’t talk anything ahead of time. It will be too early to comment on that, but it is going to be great 12 months for us as a team – that much I can guarantee you. We are going to be up for it and we just want to be best in coming 12 months,” he said.Replying to a query, Vijay said the team had a great time with Ravi Shastri when he was Team Director and the players are certain to learn many tricks from Kumble.”We had a great time with Ravi Bhai, and Anil Bhai has picked up for now, and hopefully we can have good time with him and learn lot of things from him. He has been an unbelievable cricketer for India,” he said. (Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble switch on work mode ahead of West Indies tour)advertisement’WEST INDIES SERIES WILL BE EXCITING’Asked about the difference of playing the West Indies in their backyard, Vijay said it is going to be an entertaining series and will give boost to their confidence to take on New Zealand in the subsequent series at home.”It is a great place to play cricket because there is more fun and there is competition inside. So, we cannot ask for more as sportspersons. There is entertainment overall and we are looking forward for this series,” he said.Vijay further said, “It will be a confidence booster for us to play and perform and execute our plans. Thereafter, come back and play matches in the home series. So there is lot of stake for us.”Asked about the pressures of playing under venues like Kanpur and Indore, Vijay said it would be interesting to know the conditions there, but gave importance to acclimatisation of playing conditions as fast as possible. (Anil Kumble takes charge as India coach, calls for fighting spirit)”It doesn’t matter where we play and which venue we play. It is about how soon and how faster than the opponents you acclimatise to the playing conditions there. It is a great opportunity to see how it works in that side of the country,” he said.’HOPE TO DO WELL IN WEST INDIES’Asked how he is sharing his experience of playing in West Indies with the youngsters, Vijay said: “Last time I did not do well in West Indies, but the team did well. Hopefully I can pull it off this time”.Vijay said the rains played spoilsport at the camp in Bangalore on day one but the team has had a good outing today.”It has been a couple of good days for us. As a team we have come to Bangalore with a purpose in sight. We are preparing for the West Indies series, the rains had played its bit though on the first day of the camp,” he said.On his individual preparation, Vijay said he would make sure he gets his basics right and show consistency in batting.”I have been to the West Indies three times before and I have a fair bit of idea of how it is going to be there … I am looking forward to stick to my basics and be as consistent as possible, hopefully, and if I can do that I will be happy at the end of it,” he said.However, the team has to be prepared for any eventuality and playing conditions the West Indies offers them during the tour, Vijay added.’IMPORTANT TO REMAIN FIT’Talking about remaining fit for the next 17 matches in one year, Vijay said players are following a fitness regime and are hopeful of remaining fit throughout the season.advertisement”Definitely it (fitness) will play a major part on each and everybody. We are aware of it. We have our fitness regime and we are following and hopefully we can stay fit throughout the season,” he said.last_img read more

Rohan Bopanna looking forward to Leander Paes partnership at Rio Olympics

first_imgRohan Bopanna is gearing up for the next month’s Rio Olympics and looking forward to build a healthy on-court relationship with his doubles partner Leander Paes. Bopanna says he is not holding on to any bitterness from the past and is focusing on the mega event. (Latest Sports stories)Bopanna and Paes will team up for the Davis Cup tie against Korea this weekend. They will play on Saturday against Hong Chung and Yunseong Chung.”You can’t keep dwelling on the past. If you keep dwelling on past, you never get positives. You have to look at what is the scenario today and look ahead tomorrow. Today’s thing is that me and Leander are going to Rio. We are getting practice and before Rio also we will have four-five days. I am going straight to Rio after Toronto, Leander will also be there. Those few days we will try to get practice as much as we can. And get prepared,” Bopanna told PTI in an interaction. (India’s archery team reaches Brazil ahead of Rio Olympics)Asked how big a challenge it is to forget the past and gel with a player with whom he hasn’t shared a great relationship off the court, Bopanna said he is professional enough to deal with the situation.”On the circuit we change partners very often. So we are used to that. In 2013, I played with Roger Vasselin and made semis in Wimbledon. It’s a matter of getting good practice and it could work out. We just have to get right practice and some good communication going on. Understand each other. It will definitely benefit us.advertisement’NEED TO COMMUNICATE WELL'”The only thing we can do is practice a lot and get used to conditions. Five days is a lot. I am a person who can move on. Certain things happen but you keep moving on. The wins and losses also help that. Sometimes you lose a close match but next week it’s a fresh tournament. Every day is a new day. We have to overcome these challenges.”We have to find a way, communicate well. Like talking on the court, discussing what we have to do, how we have to plan strategy. How we have to combine as a team and gel together,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In December, the league ventures south of the border with two games in Mexico, and league icon Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets take on reigning Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and the Milwaukee Bucks at Paris in January.However, the league that has painstakingly cultivated overseas markets and welcomed a steadily increasing number of international players received a jolting reminder of the pitfalls of global growth on the eve of the season.Commissioner Adam Silver admits he doesn’t know “where we go from here” after lucrative Chinese sponsorship and telecast deals were left limbo after Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.– Durant’s Nets debut on hold –And not all of the marquee off-season moves will yield immediate dividends.Durant won’t suit up for the Brooklyn Nets this season as he continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon.But with Kyrie Irving, who fled the Boston Celtics, and DeAndre Jordan, the Nets expect to contend.“The league is wide open on both sides, East and West, so we want to take advantage of our opportunity,” Brooklyn’s Jordan said as training camp opened.The Clippers will also be without one of their heralded new arrivals as the season starts, with George still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.George wasn’t the only superstar to depart Oklahoma City, who traded 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for point guard Paul George.In Houston, Westbrook will be teaming up with 2018 MVP James Harden — his former Thunder teammate who was traded to Houston in 2012. 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It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The revamped Clippers are out to usurp the Lakers as Los Angeles’ top team, although the LeBron James-led Lakers won’t go quietly.A “very motivated” James, whose first campaign in LA ended with him missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005, says the team is ready to contend with former New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis lining up alongside Dwight Howard, Kyle Kuzma and newly arrived Danny Green.“I’m not in talk-about-it mode,” James said.The Clippers and Lakers kick off the season on Tuesday, when the Raptors will launch their title defense — and raise their championship banner — in a game against the Pelicans.The Clippers-Lakers matchup is the first of four games in the season between the Tinseltown rivals, who also feature in the star-studded Christmas slate.ADVERTISEMENT LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPIt’s a whole new ballgame in the NBA, where a seismic shift in star talent has flung the door wide open to an array of 2020 title contenders.The NBA, whose sudden row with China promises to linger, will be hoping on-court excitement in the wake of unexpected off-season moves will pull attention from simmering tensions when the 2019-20 campaign tips off on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson ruled out for the first half of the season after knee surgery, the Golden State Warriors’ march to the finals that has defined the past five seasons looks to be a thing of the past.Stephen Curry says a championship is “still the goal” for him, Draymond Green and the rest of the Warriors’ new-look team after Golden State fell to the Toronto Raptors in last year’s title series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBut just as the Warriors open their glitzy new $1.4 billion Chase Arena in San Francisco, the center of gravity in the still powerful Western Conference has shifted south.The Los Angeles Clippers are the top pick to contend in a survey of NBA general managers, thanks to the arrival of Kawhi Leonard from the reigning champion Toronto Raptors and Paul George from Oklahoma City. This jewelry designer is also an architect ‘Very proud’ Andy Murray wins first ATP title since March 2017 “When you’re that great of a basketball player, you just go out there and hoop,” Harden said when asked about how the two star talents will mesh. “It’s going to happen. It’s going to be easy.”Antetokounmpo figures to again play solo lead in Milwaukee, where he’ll be fueled by the Bucks’ inability to get the job done against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals last season.The “Greek Freak,” still just 24, heads into his seventh NBA season a bona fide superstar — leading a team that many consider the top pick in the East.That’s a status 19-year-old Zion Williamson is expected to attain almost immediately.Williamson, the high school standout who became a collegiate star before he was drafted number one overall by the Pelicans, burned through the pre-season, averaging 23.3 points in 27.3 minutes per game.Only Antetokounmpo, Harden and Curry — MVPs all — scored at a higher clip during the exhibition season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Pant you very much: RSS shows cadre in brown trousers, to adopt uniform in October

first_imgAfter almost a century, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers will do away with the Khaki shorts. The RSS workers will be sporting brown full-length trousers for the first time.On Vijaya Dashami that falls on October 11, RSS workers will sport brown pants along with the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to mark the foundation year of the party. The decision was taken at the RSS conclave in Nagore, Rajasthan on March 13 this year. RSS general secretary Suresh Joshi had announced the decision to replace khaki shorts with full-length brown pants at the conclave.  The party chose Vijay Dashami as the day, as it was on the same occasion in 1925 the party was formed.UNIFORM CHANGED FOR THE THIRD TIMEIn 1925, when the party was formed the leaders adopted khaki shirts, shorts, leather belts, black shoes and a black cap as its uniform.  The RSS uniform had undergone changes twice in the past. This time however, the nationalist party is also aiming for an image makeover.In 1939, under the leadership of K B Hedgewar, the khaki shirt was replaced with a white shirt as their uniform bore a resemblance to the attire worn by British army.In 1973, RSS replaced heavy boots with normal black shoes. The pants were proposed by Mohan Bhagwat in 2010.KHAKI SHORTS TURN HEADSSharon Stone(Left) and Nitin Gadkari (Right). (Image via Twitter)The RSS shorts have attracted attention for the most unlikely reasons in the recent past. In 2012, the then president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitin Gadkari was snapped sitting cross-legged created social media frenzy. Several users juxtaposed image of Gadkari with the Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone. The image that went viral witnessed a barrage of humorous comments on both Facebook and Twitter.advertisementAlso read:RSS advocates for entry of women in temples, says restriction unfairlast_img read more

LeEco Le Pro 3 to come with 2K display, 8GB RAM & 5,000mAh battery: Report

first_imgLeEco is gearing up for a high-profile launch event in China, come September 21, where it will most likely launch its next flagship phone, the alleged Le Pro 3. The Le Pro 3 has been subject to some leaks and rumours in the past, but nothing substantial. Until now. The company’s alleged document , that apparently shows off the Le Pro 3, in all its leaked glory, has now hit the Internet. And, boy, it’s a mighty fine smartphone, if the latest leak is to be gone by.The Le Pro 3, as per the leak, will have two variants. It is the top-tier Le Pro 3 that kind of hits other top-tier phones out of the ball park in terms of raw specs. Reportedly, this variant will come with a 5.7-inch QuadHD display, possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 8GB RAB and 256GB internal memory. The phone in question is said to have two 13-megapixel cameras on the rear and a 16-megapixel camera up-front. It will further be backed by a 5,000mAh battery.As for the lesser variant, that is said to have a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory under the hood. It will reportedly sport a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It will further be backed by a 4,070mAh battery.The Le Pro 3, which looks like some kind of successor to the Le Max 2, will reportedly come with an all-metal build said to be just 7mm in thickness. It will also have curved 2.5D curved glass on the front, as per the leak.advertisementThe company’s current-generation phones, the Le Max 2, along with the Le 2, come without the 3.5mm jack and instead come with single USB Type-C port for charging, data syncing and audio out. It is yet to be seen whether the Le Pro 3 follows a similar approach. Also Read: LeEco is hosting an event on Sep 21, may launch Le Pro 3last_img read more

Ganganjeet Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea

first_imgGanganjeet Bhullar ended a long trophy drought with a one-stroke victory at the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea on Sunday for his sixth title on the Asian Tour.The 28-year-old, who last won in 2013, carded a final round four-under-par 67 for a tournament total of 15-under 269 at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon.Tour rookie Scott Vincent (69) of Zimbabwe and local favourite Kim Tae-woo (71) finished a stroke behind.Bhullar carded four birdies in five holes after making the turn in 34 and it took him to the top of the leaderboard at 17-under, with a four-shot advantage.But bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes halted his victory charge and Bhullar had to wait nervously to see if Vincent and Kim, playing in the final group, would force a playoff.”I knew I was leading by four shots and somehow 16 was one of the toughest holes and I had to keep the ball in play and try to make a par at least,” he said.”But I made a bogey there after hitting the water. Despite those two bogeys, I was still mentally strong and I knew that nobody was going to stop me from winning today.”Australia’s Scott Hend finished tied for fourth with Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski to increase his lead at the top of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.last_img read more

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif named in second Pakistan Super League’s players draft

first_imgTainted Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif have been given a reprieve by PCB which has included their names in the players draft for the 2nd Pakistan Super League.Both the former Pakistan players were ignored for the first PSL draft as they had just completed their five-year bans for spot-fixing.Former Test captain Butt has been included in the Gold category of the players draft while Asif has been named in the lower Silver category for the players draft that will take place in Dubai around the 18th and 19th of this month. (PSL gets overwhelming response in cricket-starved Pakistan)”It is a big step forward after the ban to be called up for the PSL. But I am nervous whether any franchise will pick me,” Salman Butt told PTI on Friday.The left-handed opener said he was comfortable playing in the T20 format and while being included in the PSL players draft was a big boost for him he still yearned playing for Pakistan again. “I feel remorse and guilt for the past but my faith is stronger now and I can just hope and pray for better things to happen now,” Butt said. (Can PSL do for Pakistan what IPL did for India?)Although his ban ended in September, 2015, the national selectors still have doubts over whether to recall Butt.Insiders in the board have told PTI that the main reason for this indecision is because Butt was the ring leader in the spot-fixing scandal and they were worried what would be the reaction if he was recalled and secondly it was likely the board will face problems securing visas for him for tours.advertisementBut the former captain said he had already been too China, Norway and other countries and he was ready to face any situation. Butt is presently playing in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy first class competition for WAPDA but has failed to get going in two innings. (Pakistan Super League a huge success thanks to top global stars)The success of the first PSL in Dubai has also seen an increase in the number of foreign players now available in the players draft with former New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum, England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Sunil Narine, Kieran Pollard, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali, Steve Finn, Wayne Parnell, Albie Morkel, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Carlos Braithwaithe, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, Stuart Broad, etc added to the overseas players list in different categories.The highest number of overseas players belong to Sri Lanka, West Indies and England for the PSL. The 2nd PSL is due to be held in February, 2016 also in the UAE but with the PCB confident it can stage the final in Lahore.last_img read more

Weah joins USMNT with new look, boosted confidence

first_imgTim Weah arrived at U.S. national team camp in New Jersey sporting a new look this week. Gone were the braids he wore the last time he was with the team, and that he’d had as recently as his last appearance for Paris Saint-Germain. Instead, he wore a very short haircut that made him look so different that one reporter on Monday began asking him questions about what it was like to be in camp with Tim Weah.The precocious young forward began to answer the question before stopping and saying, “I am Tim Weah.” “I was just sitting in the [barber’s] chair one day and I was like, ‘wow, I need a change,’ so I just cut it off,” Weah said. “And it’s getting hot.” 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! Weah’s haircut isn’t the only thing different as he prepares for the USMNT’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Mexico. He has also arrived with an added level of confidence built through the playing time he has earned with PSG in the early part of the season.Even just a couple months ago, few would have envisioned Weah earning the minutes he has in the season’s early going. “As you saw against Bolivia (in May), coming in as a young 18-year-old playing against professionals and playing with professionals that I used to watch,” Weah said. “I came in with a little bit less confidence, and a little bit less swagger because I was kind of holding back. I wanted to play simple.”I’m more confident now,” Weah said. “I’m training every day with the best players so in this camp I really want to show the world and show our supporters what I can really do on the ball. Build plays, spark plays, create plays, score goals. That’s my main goal, racking up on stats. Once I get that no matter what age, 18, 19, 20, I’ll always have that confidence.”Weah is off to an encouraging start to the season at PSG, staying with the French champions despite rumors of potential loan moves. He revealed on Monday that a loan away from PSG was an option, but the 18-year-old made a tough decision that he stands behind.”I was supposed to go on loan earlier this season and I chose not to go,” Weah said. “I chose to stay and work on my game because I feel like under [PSG manager Thomas] Tuchel and the players that we have it’s going to be great for me. My game is going to develop so much and I’m going to mature and I feel like that was the best decision for me.”I don’t want to rush anything,” Weah said. “I’m only 18. But in the future we’ll see. Maybe a loan takes me. Maybe after this year I’ll be a little more comfortable playing professional soccer.”Weah also stayed to continue working with Tuchel, who has taken over at PSG and has already shown the same affinity for giving young players opportunities that he showed while at Borussia Dortmund.”Amazing. One of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with,” Weah said of Tuchel. “Tactically he’s amazing, technically he’s an amazing coach. Without his coaching staff I feel like he wouldn’t be the coach he is. He’s a great person. I love him so much. With the young guys he really shows us that he cares about us. With all the guys he shows us he’s a team guy and he loves his players like they’re his children.”He’s really there for us, and he pushes us to be the best we can be,” Weah said. “He gets angry at us sometimes but we all know it’s for the better. I can’t wait to get more games under Tuchel, and hopefully next season I’ll have a great spot and I’ll be in a good position to eventually take a path like Cavani.”Speaking of PSG, Weah will be standing across the field from one of his club teammates on Friday in Brazilian star Neymar, who will guide a strong Brazil team into Friday’s friendly.”He’s super talented. A great guy. Super confident when he’s on the pitch,” Weah said of Neymar. “You’ve just got to keep your eyes on him and just watch everything that he does because he’s one of the best players in the world and it’s super hard to play against him.”I feel like with the group of guys we have here, with Tyler Adams helping in with the defense from the midfield, and John Brooks, Matt Miazga, [Cameron Carter-Vickers] I feel like, as young guys we can really get the job done.”While some might question the value of friendlies, especially at a time when the team has yet to hire its full-time head coach, Weah makes it clear that the chance to play against high-profile opponents is invaluable for a young group of players who have already put together some encouraging results in 2018, including the 1-1 draw with France in June.”These games, they build confidence,” Weah said. “Playing against World Cup winners, we didn’t know they were going to win the World Cup, but we played our buts off like it was a final for us and we tied France 1-1. These games are completely important to this group because it’s something to build on, and it’s growth, and that’s what we need. We need to really jell together because we do have new guys coming in each camp. The squad is getting younger each camp.”Games like this, playing against Brazil, if we do get a result — and I really feel that we will — it’s going to be a huge confidence builder and it’s going to be great going to Nashville to play Mexico.”last_img read more

Pogba and Martial withdraw from France squad

first_imgManchester United pair Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have both been ruled out of France’s squad for their upcoming round of international fixtures.It has been confirmed that Pogba and Martial would miss out with thigh and adductor complaints respectively, with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette and Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko called up as replacements.Pogba picked up a knock during Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League comeback win against Juventus in Turin, and was unable to fully recover in time for Sunday’s Manchester derby, with the midfielder watched United’s 3-1 defeat from the stands. 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! Martial did feature, and provided Jose Mourinho’s side with a lifeline when he converted from the penalty spot just shy of the hour mark. Withdrawal from the squad will come as a heavy blow to the winger, whose impressive form at club level has earned him a first call-up since March.The 22-year-old missed out on World Cup glory over the summer, with his exclusion from Didier Deschamps’ squad taken by many as an indicator of the winger’s inconsistency last season and the wealth of talent at the national manager’s disposal.So far this campaign Martial has provided glimpses of the player he has the potential to become, scoring six goals in his last five outings, including a double in the feisty 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Speaking of his decision to recall Martial to the national team setup, Deschamps said: “He has incredible potential, but does not always show it regularly.”What he is doing in Manchester now is closer to what he is able to do.”He added: ”He is still a young player, but one who, I hope, is seeing the importance he has taken in Manchester in recent weeks.”France will also be without two of their World Cup winning back four for their upcoming matches, with both Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez set to miss out with muscle injuries.last_img read more

Juventus considering Kean loan in January

first_imgJuventus are considering loaning out highly rated youngster Moise Kean in January, Goal understands.Kean, a product of the Bianconeri’s youth system, is being tipped to embark on a successful career in the future.The 18-year-old made his debut for the Italy senior side against the United States on Tuesday, coming off the bench for his country. 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! However, Kean has struggled to earn regular minutes for Juventus so far this season, making just one substitute appearance against Young Boys in the Champions League.And Juve are planning to discuss sending Kean out on loan in the winter market with his representative Mino Raiola, Goal has learned.Kean Italy USAThe Serie A kings believe it is essential that Kean starts to get more first-team football under his belt if he is to fulfil his lofty potential.He became the first player born in the 2000s to score in one of Europe’s major leagues after netting in Juventus’ 2-1 victory over Bologna in May 2017.Ligue 1 side OGC Nice and La Liga outfit Leganes have shown interest in Kean’s services in the past and could move for him if he is made available by Juve.Kean is no stranger to a spell out on loan with the Vercelli-born prodigy having spent the 2017/18 campaign with Hellas Verona, scoring four goals in 20 appearances.Juve are also planning to discuss a contract extension for Kean with his current deal due to expire in 2020.last_img read more

MS Dhoni will be desperate to show he is still a modern giant

first_imgMS Dhoni is not finished yet. Yes, he has totalled only 28 runs in three innings for Rising Pune Supergiant but he would be desperate to show he is still a modern day giant in the limited-overs formats. (Dhoni champion in ODIs, not sure if he’s a good T20 player: Ganguly to India Today)There is no doubt Dhoni is under pressure. He is bound to be, having scored only one half-century for RPS in 17 matches. To make matters worse, he is no longer captain of an IPL team for the first time in a decade and from the outside, it seems like he is not enjoying his stint in a set-up where he does not have decision-making responsibilities. (POINTS TABLE)There is no point speculating what his role in the team is. Common sense would tell you that the team management gets him to do exactly what Virat Kohli has been able to make him do after Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain: bat higher up the order and explode.Steve Smith, who took over as RPS skipper from Dhoni, said he was not worried about his predecessor’s form: “I am not bothered about his (Dhoni’s) form. He is a class player, and we have just played three games, so he will be fine (with the bat) in the tournament.”They are diplomatic words but do not really mean much. Dhoni is key to the RPS team which relies on a blend of solid batting and powerful hitting. MSD is capable of both. In such a scenario, if Smith is not worried about Dhoni’s current run of scores, then he would be a careless captain. And as we have seen, Smith is anything but careless and callous. (Dhoni should try and play his natural game: Lee to India Today)advertisementMany feel Dhoni has never been a great T20 cricketer anyway. That while he is undoubtedly an ODI champion, his T20 stats have left much to be desired. (Gujarat Lions vs RPS preview)But is that really the case? From 2008 to 2015, Dhoni amassed 2987 runs including 15 fifties for Chennai Super Kings, who he led to two IPL titles. His least productive year for CSK as a batsman was in 2010 when he managed 287 runs.Besides, Dhoni has an overall average of 38.81 and his strike rate is handsome: 137.97.Just when the world felt Dhoni was at the dusk of his career, he rattled England, first with a powerful hundred, his first in ODIs since 2013 and then his maiden T20 International half-century, nearly a decade since his debut.No, Dhoni is not done yet. For years, he kept the team’s needs ahead of him, for years he batted down the order to try and finish games so others could express themselves at the top.Kohli gave Dhoni the license to thrill by letting him bat higher up and India’s most successful captain delivered the way only he could. The question is: can Smith do what Kohli did? Can he give Dhoni the same kind of assurance and confidence to go out and hit those big sixes?Smith has been a terrific captain for Australia and his batting has reached new peaks. Kohli has done exactly the same things for India but it is clear who has handled MSD better.Dhoni’s contrasting recent fortunes with India and RPS show that even legends need reassurance, even they need someone to tell them they are still wanted. If Smith can go and mutter a few words to pep him up, MSD could explode like only he can for the rest of the tournament.last_img read more

Motto in life should be to have pride as Indians: Mohammad Kaif

first_imgFormer cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who had to face a backlash on social media for expressing his delight at the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling in the Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, on Friday asserted that he is proud to be an Indian and urged his fellow countrymen to have the same feeling.”Every Indian should be proud of that. Whatever I had to write, I have written it on social media,” said Kaif.”I am very proud to be an Indian, I request all Indians to have pride. That should be the motto in life,” he added.Congratulations India.Thanks to the International Court of Justice , justice has prevailed.#KulbhushanJadhav- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 18, 2017On Thursday, the ICJ, the United Nation’s highest judicial body, asked Pakistan to take “all measures” to ensure that former Indian naval officer Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, not to execute him till the court had delivered its final verdict on the issue.”Congratulations India. Thanks to the International Court of Justice, justice has prevailed,” Kaif tweeted after India scored a major diplomatic victory over Pakistan.However, a certain Twitter user named from Pakistan wasn’t pleased with Kaif’s views and decided to drag religion into the entire issue.Wow ! If I support India’s victory , I should remove Mohammad. I am proud of my name. Aamir means “full of life” , you need to get one. https://t.co/eJrAqNioA2- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 18, 2017″@MohammadKaif Please remove Mohammad from your name first,” was the free advice given by Akram.advertisement”Wow! If I support India’s victory, I should remove Mohammad. I am proud of my name. Aamir means “full of life”, you need to get one,”was the reply from the former middle-order Indian batsman.The 36-year-old also went on to add that India was the most tolerant and inclusive country in the world.1.Nobody is Thekedaar of any religion.2. No name is copyrighted by the Thekedaars.3.India is by far the most inclusive & tolerant country.- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 18, 2017″1.Nobody is Thekedaar of any religion. 2. No name is copyrighted by the Thekedaars. 3. India is by far the most inclusive & tolerant country,” he said.New Delhi welcomed the court’s unanimous decision on Jadhav, while Islamabad said it had informed the ICJ that it did not accept the court’s jurisdiction in matters related to national security.last_img read more

Cricket Advisory Committee to meet BCCI CEO Rahul Johri over coach issue

first_imgThe Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri will have a meeting immediately after India’s match against Sri Lanka tomorrow evening. It’s scheduled for 7 P.M.However, they are not supposed to interview any of the five shortlisted candidates — Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh — for the coach’s job.Save one office-bearer, who is believed to be close to former BCCI president N Srinivasan and is a staunch Kumble critic, the others are against setting a precedent where virtually the Indian captain decides on who will be the coach of the side.The scheduled meeting of CAC will take place post midnight (IST) with CEO Rahul Johri expected to co-ordinate the meeting. It is learnt that CAC members will decide whether there is any need to conduct interviews or straightaway renew Kumble s contract.”Whether it is Anil Kumble retained or anyone else roped in, whoever gets the job will be given a contract till 2019 World Cup,” acting BCCI president CK Khanna told PTI.The news of skipper Virat Kohli s alleged difference with Kumble has been making rounds for some time now. The BCCI invited applications for coach s post and even a section of officials, who are anti-Kumble convinced Virender Sehwag to apply for the post.”On one hand, team has had great performances under Kumble. If the team reaches semi-final or say final, the BCCI would cut a sorry figure if they are forced to replace Kumble.advertisement”On the other hand, cricket teams are essentially run by captains. One needs to respect a captain s viewpoint also.It s a Catch-22 situation for CAC members,” a BCCI official present here told PTI.The magnitude of problem according to BCCI insiders has been blown out of proportion.”Virat has never come and told any BCCI official that he doesn t want to work with Kumble. And moreover if Kumble and Virat don t get along, what is the guarantee that Viru (Sehwag) and Virat will be on the same page. Everyone in Indian cricketing circuit knows that Sehwag is also a no- nonsense person, the source said.In fact, many in BCCI believe that Sehwag has the least chance to make it especially after his two-line CV that has not gone down well with some quarters.Tom Moody with his cool demeanour still has a better chance than Sehwag, if the CAC decides on going ahead with interviews.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Nokia 6, 5 & 3 could steal Xiaomi and Motorola’s thunder in India

first_imgUpdate: HMD Global will launch the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 in India on June 13. The phones are likely to cost under Rs 20,000 with the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 hovering around the Rs 10,000 price tag. The company, to recall, has already launched the Nokia 3310 (2017) feature phone in India at a price of Rs 3,310. While Xiaomi’s strategy for the mid-tier flagship slot remains largely unclear as of this moment — last we heard, the Mi 6 won’t be coming to India — its affordable and lower mid-range ambitions are more thought-out and sorted. The company knows where it’s going with them. The Mi Max, the Redmi Note 4 (previously the Redmi Note 3), the Redmi 3S Prime and the newly launched Redmi 4A have received a phenomenal response from buyers. It’s not surprising. Not only does Xiaomi make some cool budget phones, their bang for the buck pricing is what makes these phones instant bestsellers.Not everything is perfect in this imperfect world though. All Xiaomi phones are hard to get. All Xiaomi phones are almost always out of stock. There’s never a good time to buy a Xiaomi phone, is what I keep hearing people come up and say to me. Some of them, who are in quite urgency to buy a new phone, then ask me for alternatives. The next obvious alternative would be any of the new Moto G phones.Also Read: Exclusive: Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 coming to India in JuneThe Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are almost always available for buying, but, only online. Buyers have sort of become accustomed to not buying their phones from brick and mortar stores, because well, it’s not like they have a choice. If that wasn’t enough, Lenovo sells the Moto G5 via Amazon, while the Moto G5 Plus is exclusive to Flipkart. You got to be kidding me. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus make last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus look dumb. The least that Lenovo could do was make the most of it. It didn’t. Rather, it left buyers in a frenzy by selling the cheaper Moto G on one platform, and the pricier Moto G on another.advertisementAt a time when Xiaomi phones aren’t always available for buying, and Moto phones want buyers to keep track of ‘what goes where’ online, Nokia is making a comeback with the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. It may not be the same old Nokia of yore, but, a number of things that it has promised want me to believe in HMD, the Finnish company that now owns the rights to sell all Nokia-branded smartphones (and feature phones).– The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 will all run a vanilla version of Android Nougat and will be “pure, secure, and up to date,” according to HMD Global. Moto phones, once upon a time, offered a similar promise — of quick updates — only to lose steam midway. I am hopeful that HMD (or rather HMD) will stay true to its word, but, only time will tell whether or not it actually does.– The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 will be available for buying from both online and offline stores. HMD will also have service centres in at least 250 Indian cities for these phones, it has confirmed. While having as many service centres alone doesn’t always guarantee a quick solution, it’s always nice to know that you’re covered should things turn awry.In the case of the new Nokia Android phones, specs really don’t matter. The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 are more about the experience. And nostalgia. In its 151-year history, Nokia has built (and sold) everything from toilet paper to television sets. But that’s not really what Nokia is known (and remembered) for. It is remembered, largely, for its mobile phones. In the early 90s and well up to 2014, Nokia was a pioneer in developing the GSM and LTE mobile standards. It was the largest vendor of mobile phones in the world, once upon a time.The company has history in its favour. The Nokia 1011 was the first commercially available GSM-based mobile phone. The Nokia 3310 remains to be a tough cookie to crack to this day. The Nokia 1100, to this day, remains to be the best-selling mobile phone of all time. It has been a pioneer in mobile gaming and mobile photography, long before graphical processing units and endless megapixel counts were the in-thing. Remember Snake? Remember the N93? Nokia has also invested in virtual reality and digital health services.  advertisementHaving said that, Nokia’s legacy cannot be taken for granted. HMD will need to fulfill its promises of a seamless experience right from the moment when buyers invest in its phones, to when they start using it, and then during after-sales. The Nokia of yore, after all, stood for experience.The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 (along with the new Nokia 3310) will land in India sometime in June this year and will likely carry a price tag of under Rs 20,000 for the Nokia 6 and go all the way down to under Rs 10,000 for the Nokia 3.The Nokia 6 is an all-metal smartphone — boasting of 6000 series aluminium — with chamfered edges and curved 2.5D Gorilla glass on the front. It has a physical home button on the front that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and is flanked by touch-based capacitive keys which are backlit. The power button and the volume rocker lie on the right, while the SIM card slot rests on the left. It comes with a standard Micro USB 2.0 port (and no USB C-Type) and also supports USB OTG.Also Read: Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 up for pre-order in UK, price revealedHardware specs include: a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 4gigs of RAM under the hood, and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card slot. The speaker setup on-board the Nokia 6 comes with dual amplifiers and supports Dolby Atmos sound technology.The Nokia 6, in addition, carries a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED flash. On the front, it comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.The Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5 are simply toned down versions of the Nokia 6. While the Nokia 5 is a 5.2-inch phone, the Nokia 3 comes with a 5-inch screen.The Nokia 5 is closer to the Nokia 6 in that it comes with a full-metal body and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. It is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor but gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is expandable. The Nokia 5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.The Nokia 3, meanwhile, boasts of a polycarbonate body with an aluminium frame. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is also expandable. The Nokia 3 sports 8-megapixel camera on the front as well as on the back.last_img read more

Mithali Raj ‘incredible ambassador’ for cricket: Sania Mirza

first_imgAce tennis player Sania Mirza recently lauded the Indian Women’s cricket team and its skipper Mithali Raj for their excellent performance in ICC Women’s World Cup.Terming Mithali an ‘incredible ambassador,’ the 30-year-old told ANI, “Mithali (Raj) has been performing amazingly for many years; she is an incredible ambassador for the game of cricket.”Adding, “I really hope this appreciation that all the girls are getting continues because they deserve it.”Mirza recently played at the Wimbledon in the doubles category but crashed out in the third round of the womens’ doubles category, after losing to former partner Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: 10-L Maha kids to play football on Sep 8

first_imgMumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) Ten lakh school students in Maharashtra will play football on September 8, ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, state sports minister Vinod Tawde said here today.The FIFA U-17 World Cup is being held in India from October 6 to 28 this year.”The September 8 event will be part of the Mission Million we are organising to mark the tournament,” the minister told reporters at Mantralaya here.”On that day, the entire Maharashtra will turn into one happy playground,” he added.”One lakh footballs have been distributed in one over 30,000 schools in Maharashtra as part of Mission Million,” the minister said.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ushering in sports culture in the country and we are organising the Mission Million event in response to his appeal,” Tawde said.A football tournament for legislators is also being organised next week, Tawde said.Two teams, called the Speakers Eleven and the Chairmans Eleven will compete in it, the minister added. PTI VT NPlast_img read more

Venkatesh Prasad cautions India to watch out for Kagiso Rabada in South Africa

first_imgFormer India pacer Venkatesh Prasad has cautioned India batsmen to watch out for young South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada during their three-Test series starting January 5 at Newlands.Prasad also said he feels seasoned South Africa pacers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will not be much of a threat to the formidable Indian batting line-up led by skipper Virat Kohli.”With due respect, I don’t see Steyn and Morkel posing a big threat. The bowler India need to watch out for is Rabada. He is young, he has got the pace and creates that awkward bounce for the batsman,” Prasad said.Prasad also backed Indian batsmen to post 350 or more consistently against South Africa.”Most of our batsmen have been doing really well and I expect their rich run to continue in South Africa. They are experienced enough to deal with the conditions. Every time India tour South Africa, England or Australia, there is a tendency to put extra pressure on the bowlers. That is not fair. It will be really important for the batsmen to put up 350 runs or more in the first innings and then the bowlers come into play. And I actually see the entire team performing well and win their maiden series in South Africa,” Prasad added.The 48-year-old also wants Ishant Sharma to lead India’s pace attack and use his experience in South Africa.”Ishant has been around for more than a decade. It is high time that he leads the attack. I don’t know what the issue is. He has got the pace, the height, the aggression but he has not realised his potential. He should be playing the role that Srinath (Javagal) played when he was around, or Zaheer Khan or Kapil Dev when they played,” Prasad said.advertisementIndia have picked up five pace specialists — Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Bhuveshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah — for the three-Test series.Ishant, has been bowling well of late but he is not a sure starter in the playing eleven. The 29-year-old made his Test debut way back in 2007 and has played 79 Tests since then, taking 226 wickets at an average of 36.55.Talking about the Indian pacers picked for the South Africa tour, Prasad said there is enough variety but a lot would depend on how they adapt to the conditions. “They all are different to each other. With more and more cricket being played and more rolling, the pitches in South Africa are not what they were 10-15 years ago.”However, the extra bounce would surely suit the faster bowlers but it remains to be seen how the Indian pacers adapt to the conditions after doing well at home,” said Prasad.Bumrah has received his maiden call-up in Tests after doing well consistently in the shorter formats. “He has done well and that is why he has been picked. Let him get the opportunity then we will see how he fares. The requirements of bowling in Tests are different to the needs of the shorter formats,” said Prasad, who toured South Africa twice.India and South Africa will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals after the Test series.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

The Ashes: Nathan Lyon challenges England’s batsmen to attack him in Adelaide

first_imgAustralia spinner Nathan Lyon threw down the gauntlet to England’s batsmen on Wednesday, challenging them to hit him out of the attack at Adelaide Oval in the second Ashes Test.The 30-year-old has returned to his former home ground in top form ahead of the Test, which starts on Saturday, after taking five wickets in Australia’s easy win at the Gabba.Lyon took on a big workload in the series-opener but bowled with impressive economy, conceding less than 2.5 runs an over to stifle the tourists’ scoring.With none of England’s batsmen taking the attack to the offspinner at the Gabba, Lyon invited them to go on the offensive at Adelaide Oval, where he helped bowl Australia to victory against South Africa a year ago.”I think if they did do that, it does definitely play into my hands,” Lyon told reporters at the stadium.”I like it when opposition guys try to attack me and try to whack me out of the attack.”But it’s a part of the game … No doubt England will come prepared and they’ll have a different plan for me compared to what they had in the first Test. But it is what it is.”It’s about adapting, it’s about enjoying the challenge and embracing the game of cricket.”Lyon was criticised in the leadup to the Gabba Test for saying he hoped Australia could end careers during the Ashes series, including that of his former club team mate and England captain Joe Root.The plain spoken offspinner was more generous on Wednesday, saying Root’s team were a “classy” side and that the Yorkshireman’s bowlers would be favoured by the conditions in the first day-night Ashes Test.advertisement”I think with the pink ball, it’s going to suit their bowlers,” said Lyon.”We know they’re going to come back bigger and better and stronger.”It’s not going to be a walk in the park … We need to make sure that we respect them.”Born in rural New South Wales, Lyon was famously a groundsman at Adelaide Oval before being fast-tracked into the Test team, so he knows the venue well.Drop-in wickets are now used at the ground since a major refurbishment from 2012-13 and the pitch for Saturday is likely to feature a layer of grass to slow the wear of the pink ball.Lyon, however, was relishing the prospect of more turn and bounce in Adelaide after extracting plenty from the surprisingly slow and spongy Gabba pitch.”Damian Hough in my book is probably one of the best curators in the world. So, I had a look briefly at it then. It looks pretty exciting,” he said.”I’ve never seen a bad one here if I’m being brutally honest. It’ll spin and bounce, (that’s) always good.”last_img read more