Effort rewarded with win as Justine Baltazar bucks illness to step up for La Salle

first_imgView comments MANILA, Philippines—Sickness won’t stop Justine Baltazar from delivering big for De La Salle against University of the East in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.The Green Archers had to notch a win against the Red Warriors to maintain their position in the Final Four race and Baltazar trudged on despite contracting the flu the night before.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer to play French Open next year Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know00:37Palace to push on with efforts to review K-1202:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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 Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers La Salle improved to a 5-5 record and now has sole possession of the fourth seed in the tournament.The Green Archers also avenged their 89-88 loss to the Red Warriors in the first round and that brought UE’s record to 3-8 at the seventh seed.“Even though I was tired I had to play because the coaches told me that there wasn’t anyone to sub in for me,” said Baltazar.ADVERTISEMENT Baltazar’s efforts didn’t go to waste, though, as the Green Archers took the 65-59 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m okay and it’s fine for me to play because we didn’t have any big man, we have players nursing injuries and getting sick so I really needed to play,” said Baltazar in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceLa Salle had seven players with the flu including Baltazar, who finished with a superb double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds in more than 37 minutes of play, even coming the lone center for the Green Archers at one point.Brandon Bates fouled out with less than three minutes to play leaving Baltazar to man La Salle’s paint all to himself.last_img read more

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PM Narendra Modi announces ‘Task Force’ to prepare action plan for next three Olympics

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced setting up a Task Force to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games – 2020, 2024, 2028. (Latest Sports stories)The Prime Minister made the announcement at the meeting of Council of Ministers on Friday, that a Task Force will be set up to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games. (Also Read: PV Sindhu flooded with offers to endorse big brands)The Task Force will prepare the overall strategy for sports facilities, training, selection procedure and other related matters. (10 reasons behind India’s shambolic show at Rio 2016)The team will comprise of members who are in-house experts as well as those from outside. (India at Rio Olympics: Near misses and agonising heartbreaks)Prime Minister Modi said that the Task Force will be set up over the next few days.last_img read more

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World Hindi Day: Some unknown facts that you must know about Hindi

first_imgWorld Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year, marking the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975. The first World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.Since 1975, World Hindi Conference has been organised in different countries like India, Mauritius, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago, United States etc.Let’s take a look at 11 lesser known facts about the language:The word Hindi has originated from the Persian word Hind, which means the land of Indus RiverHindi is the first language of around 430 million people around the worldApart from India, the language is also spoken in Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji and Mauritius. Hindi and Nepalese share the same script – DevnagariThe gender aspects of Hindi is very strict. All nouns in Hindi has genders and the adjectives and verbs change according to genderMany English words have been derived from Hindi, such as chutney, loot, bungalow, guru, jungle, karma, yoga, thug, avatar and so onHindi is a descendent of Sanskrit. Its words and grammar follows that of the ancient languageIn linguistic terms, Hindi belongs to the Indo-Iranian sub-family of the Indo-European family of languageHindi has been influenced and enriched by Turkish, Arabic, Persian, English and Dravidian (ancient South India) languagesThe earliest form of Hindi was called Apabhramsa, which was an offspring of Sanskrit. In 400 AD, poet Kalidas wrote Vikramorvashiyam in ApabhramsaThe first book believed to be published in Hindi was Prem Sagar. The book was published by Lalloo Lal and depicted tales of KrishnaHindi is one of the seven Indian languages that can be used to make web URLs.  advertisementlast_img read more

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India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: Key Highlights

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 4 of the third Test between India and England in Mohali. (SCORECARD)India (2nd innings): HighlightsMohali Test: India (417, 104/2) beat England (283, 236) by 8 wickets, take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead. Parthiv 67*, Pujara 25, Rashid 1/28#TeamIndia win the Mohali Test by 8 wickets to lead the 5-match series 2-0 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/9TALweDFL4 BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016Chasing a small total, India lost Vijay early but the southpaw Parthiv Patel’s brisk fifty kept India in control it sealed the game and the series for the hosts. They will be delighted with the way they have played so far, stepping up when put under pressure. Their batting has been a bit hot and cold but their all-rounders have risen to the occasion every single time.England have been outplayed yet again in this series and they will have their work cut out to comeback in this series. They had their moments in the game but failed to make them count. They won a vital toss but failed to make it count, scoring just 283 thanks to Bairstow’s 89. They then came back with the ball to reduce the hosts to 204/6 but lost the plot again. 15.28 IST: Batty to Patel, FOUR! Patel stands in his crease and hoists the ball over the cover region for a boundary. The ball raced away towards the boundary and INDIA WIN THE 3rd TEST MATCH WITH 8 WICKETS. It’s all over – India win by 8 wickets to go 2 up in the series with 2 to play #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/lKgNU0akREadvertisement England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201615.24 IST: Rashid to Kohli, takes two runs to bring up 100 for India. Hosts need just 3 more to winIndia captain Virat Kohli comes to the crease now. 15.17 IST: Rashid to Pujara, OUT! c Root 25 (50b). India need just 15 more runs to win WICKET! Pujara sweeps uppishly off Rashid & Root takes the catch. India 88-2 – just 15 from victory #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/vBheEBdBuv pic.twitter.com/LDAVnwUbuW England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201615.05 IST: Batty to Patel, FOUR! Superb work! Shorter outside off, Pujara presses at first but then camps back and punches it through covers for a majestic boundary. 3rd Test. 14.2: G Batty to P Patel (55), 4 runs, 80/1 https://t.co/XCN10YdeFc #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201615.02 IST: Rashid to Parthiv, takes a single and gets to his fifth Test fifty with India just 29 runs away from victory.A delightful 50 off 39 balls from @parthiv9 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG. Follow the game here – https://t.co/XCN10YuPwK pic.twitter.com/nGXCtTTFHk BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201615.02 IST; Rashid to Parthiv, SIX! BOOM! Patel steps down the track for a handsome hit for a maximum over the mid on boundary. That was a glorious hit.3rd Test. 13.3: A Rashid to P Patel (49), 6 runs, 73/1 https://t.co/XCN10YdeFc #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201614.55 IST: M Ali to Parthiv, FOUR! Pitched short by Ali and Patel pounces on it to smash on the mid-wicket region for a well composed boundary. Fifty-run stand up between Parthiv and Pujara. Ind 57/1, need 46 more runs to winMoeen Ali into the attack. 14.35 IST: Eventful first over by Ben Stokes after tea break. First ball, Parthiv was trapped infront but not given out and in review there was a thick inside edge involved.14.13 IST: India 417 and 33/1 at tea, need 70 more runs to beat England (283 and 236). Parthiv Patel 16*, Cheteshwar Pujara 13*, Chris Woakes 1/16. At Tea on Day 4 #IND are 33/1 need 70 more runs to win the match #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/mJu3m45EIt BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016So India despite losing the wicket of Murali Vijay look in firm control of the game, needing further 70 more runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series. England began with short ball tactic and priced out the wicket of Vijay and will look to put more pressure on India to induce some bad shots. Parthiv and Pujara have looked positive and played their shots and India will want to them to continue the good work and seal the game for them. Do join us in a while for the third session. 14.13 IST: Rashid to Pujara, Pujara gets in line of the delivery to defend it. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 4 TEA India are 33-1, requiring just 70 more to win the match #INDvENGCatch up: https://t.co/vBheEBdBuv pic.twitter.com/417Ri8L0fy England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201614.05 IST: Woakes to Parthiv, FOUR! Parthiv is only dealing in boundaries. Ind 417 and 16/1, need 87 runs to win13.52 IST: Woakes to Vijay, OUT! Woakes digs in short and Vijay can’t play it to ground as the ball airs from the outside edge to the second slip fielder. Root does not miss those. Ind 417 and 7/1, need 96 runs to winadvertisementWICKET! Woakes strikes early as Vijay goes for 0, ct by Root. India 7-1 chasing 103 to win #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/vBheEBdBuv pic.twitter.com/njCgKJ0DLN England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201613.45 IST: James Anderson starts off the proceedings for England with a maiden. India 0/0, need 103 runs to win England 283 and 236-all out. Hameed 59*, Woakes 30, Shami 2/37, Jadeja 2/62. India need 103 runs to win.  Innings Break! England all out for 236 in their 2nd innings, #IND need 103 runs to win the 3rd Test #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/Bin3KUEvvL BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016England started up with some really good batting yesterday at the start till Ashwin shattered through the defence of Cook, they looked shaky after that as they lost 3 quick wickets till the end of the day. Batty came in as the night watchman who was sent back packing in the first over he faced today.Root and Buttler were batting batted well till Buttler threw it away with a rash shot. Root got his half-century but could not carry on long so no tons in this Test and was dismissed by a fantastic catch in the slips by Rahane. Hameed who came in late due to his injury kept fighting till he could as he ran away through partners on the other end. Woakes and Rashid got shattered by some tremendous body line stuff by Shami with the new ball.Anderson stuck up for sometime but he was run out from a brilliant fielding effort by Jadeja. Hameed stays not out with a very brilliant knock of 59. India will have to chase down a target of 103 runs to win the 3rd test and take a lead of 2-0 in the 5 match series. 13.37 IST: Ashwin to Anderson, OUT! RUN OUT TO END PROCEEDINGS! Fuller on middle, Hameed heaves it towards mid-wicket and is always looking for the second. They complete the first early, Jadeja fields the ball and fires the throw at the non-striker’s end. Ashwin fields the ball and deflects it onto the stumps as Anderson has to stretch to complete the second. The third umpire is referred and Anderson is caught short of the crease. Hameed stays unbeaten and he gets congratulated by the Indian players. INDIA NEED 103 RUNS TO WIN!90.2: WICKET! J Anderson (5) is out, run out (Ravindra Jadeja/Ravichandran Ashwin), 236 all out BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201613.33 IST: England’s lead crosses 100 with their score being 235/9 in 90 overs. Hameed 58*, Anderson 5*.13.27 IST: Ashwin to Hameed, SIX! The 19-year-old brings up his second fifty in style. Hameed has timed it to perfection and gets it over the ropes for a maximum. The fielder on mid wicket was a bare spectator there. Eng lead by 93 runs5??0?? for @HaseebHameed97, brought up by a big six! Heroic effort from the young man, who is batting with a finger injury ??? ?? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/U9M1fczlJdadvertisement England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201613.15 IST: Shami to Hameed, NOT OUT! Waste of a review! Shorter length outside off, Hameed looks to pull it through but is beaten. Shami puts his hand up to appeal but is not sure. Vijay from cover comes in and wants Kohli to take a review. They go for it and the replays confirm there was no bat there. Waste of a review really. 13.08 IST: Umesh to Anderson, FOUR! 200 comes up for England for the loss of 9 wickets, lead by 66 runs13.00 IST: Shami to Rashid, OUT! And Shami takes another one! Shorter ball angling on the body, Rashid goes for the hook. The ball flies down to Umesh Yadav at deep fine leg who accepts the dolly. Virat Kohli is delighted and why not. Rashid is out for a two-ball duck. India inch closer, Eng 283 and 195/9, lead by 61 runs83.4: WICKET! A Rashid (0) is out, c Umesh Yadav b Mohammed Shami, 195/9 https://t.co/XCN10YdeFc #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201612.58 IST: Shami to Woakes, OUT! That’s such a brilliant piece of fast bowling! Shami follows the shorter one with another one. It is well directed too, Woakes his eyes off that one and looks to fend it away. The ball goes off the top half of the bat and lobs back towards Parthiv Patel who accepts the catch and jumps in the air to celebrate. Shami set him up brilliantly and he has a wicket to his name. End of a stubborn 43-run stand. Eng 195/8, lead by 61 runs83.2: WICKET! C Woakes (30) is out, c Parthiv Patel b Mohammed Shami, 195/8 https://t.co/XCN10YdeFc #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201612.58 IST: Shami to Woakes, NASTY! Shami bangs it short on of and middle, Woakes takes his eyes off that one and is hit flush on his helmet. He was looking to pull that one but was hit on the side. The ear-protectors come off in a flash and the players come up to him to ask if he is okay there. Woakes gives them a thumbs up and that is good to see, the Indian skipper having a chat with the batsman. 12.49 IST: New ball has been taken by India. Umesh will have a crack at the batsmen first up. 12.49 IST: Hameed and Woakes have quickly added 43 runs for the 8th wicket. Eng 283 and 195/7, lead by 61 runs12.13 IST: Jadeja starts off the proceedings post lunch with a maiden. Eng 283 and 156/7, lead by 22 runs12.11 IST: Play commences post lunch with Ravindra Jadeja in the attack. Chris Woakes to take strike. 11.31 IST: England 283 and 156/7 at lunch, lead India (417) by 22 runs. Joe Root 78, Haseeb Hameed 13*, Jayant Yadav 2/21, Ravindra Jadeja 2/39At Lunch on Day 4 #ENG are 156/7. Follow the game here – https://t.co/XCN10YuPwK #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/RBFHAauNNQ BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016Another good session for India as they continue to dominate the proceedings in Mohali. India began with dismissing Batty early and Buttler fell to a poor shot soon after. Root though held on end up for long to register his fifty. But as has been the pattern so far, no batsman has got a ton here and he was snapped up brilliantly by Rahane. England lead by 22 runs but only have three wickets left in the tank. LUNCH England head into the break 156-7 & lead by 22 runs #INDvENGCatch up: https://t.co/vBheEBdBuv pic.twitter.com/Znk4dfgNdL England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201611.20 IST: Jadeja to Root, OUT! Root is dismissed by a beautiful catch taken by Rahane on slips. He edges it and Rahane takes it with his left hand. For a moment he himself could not believe it. England have lost their 7th wicket. Eng 283 and 152/7, lead by 18 runs WICKET Root’s top knock ends on 78 – Rahane takes a fine catch at slip off Jadeja. England 152-7, lead by 18Live: https://t.co/vBheEBdBuv England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201666.3: WICKET! J Root (78) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Ravindra Jadeja, 152/7 https://t.co/XCN10YdeFc #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 201611.00 IST: Ashwin to Root, FOUR!! Nicely done! Fuller outside off, Root gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers for a boundary. A nice shot to get into the lead! ENGLAND LEAD BY 3 RUNS!10.24 IST:  Dogged Joe Root brings up his 25th Test half-century. Still a long way to go with England trailing by 21 runs.A fine, battling 5??0?? for Joe Root. England trail by 21. As long as he’s there, do England have a slim chance? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/pt9lpWq0jk England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 29, 201610.21 IST: Shami comes on to bowl and fires in short balls at Hameed. However, the youngster did a good job. Haseeb Hameed walks out to the middle. 10.05 IST: Out. The bowling change has worked for India as Jayant Yadav strikes by getting rid of Jos Buttler for 18. Looking for the big shot, Buttler plays straight into the hands of the midwicket fielder.Bowling change, Jayant Yadav into the attack. 9.58 IST: Buttler brings up England’s 100  by tapping one to the third man boundary, deficit now 31 runs. Can we expect an England counter-attack?9.54 IST: Top over from Jadeja and that too a maiden. Joe Root had not no clue with the ball turning sharp. 9.46 IST: England looking to take Jadeja out of the attack and Buttler goes after him by hitting a big six. Jadeja concedes a big over, 12 off it. England here need a partnership and try reducing the deficit. Jos Buttler is the new batsman at the crease. England still trailing India. 9.36 IST: Out. Ravindra Jadeja starts with a wicket-maiden as he strikes in second over of the morning session by trapping Gareth Batty lbw for 0. Batty prefers not to go for the review also, wise decision.9.34 IST: Brilliant first over by Umesh Yadav, starts with a maiden. 9.28 IST: Players now making their way out to the middle…looks like Umesh Yadav will start the proceedings for India. Pitch report by Sunil Gavaskar and Nasser Hussain: “There are a few cracks around the fullish length area, there are some odd deliveries which kept pretty low. Footwork is going to be the key, use the depth of the crease and make necessary adjustments. Shami and Umesh might try to get some reverse swing out there.” A closer look at the Day 4 pitch. How do you reckon this is going to play up? #INDvENG @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/JfRTAob6It&; BCCI (@BCCI) November 29, 2016Day 3 wrap: Ravichandran Ashwin led from the front, claiming three wickets to reduce England to 78/4 at stumps on day three of the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) IS Bindra Stadium.After conceding a 134-run lead in the first innings, England lost their top order – skipper Alastair Cook (12), Moeen Ali (5), Jonny Bairstow (15) and Ben Stokes (5) – in quick succession, to still trail by 56 runs.Joe Root, who opened the innings in place of injured Haseeb Hameed, was unbeaten on 36 along with night-watchman Gareth Batty (0) when the umpires removed the bails for the night.Coming out to bat in the post-tea session after bundling India out for 417 in their first innings, England found the going tough on a pitch which gradually came to the Indian spinners’ assistance.Trailing by 134 runs, Cook with make-shift opener Root batted cautiously for the initial few overs but the southpaw’s 49-ball stay was soon ended by Ashwin, who managed to break through his defence.Cook’s wicket brought in Moeen Ali, whose struggle with the willow continued as Ashwin bamboozled him with a flighted delivery – and fellow offie Jayant Yadav pouched him with ease at mid-on.Struggling at 39/2, England promoted Jonny Bairstow to No.4 for the first time in his career but the wicketkeeper too departed after forging a brief 31-run third-wicket stand with Root.Bairstow’s wicket belonged more to wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, who took a brilliant low catch off Jayant, when the right-handed batsman went back into the crease only to end up nicking it behind.Ashwin then returned to take the wicket of danger-man Ben Stokes, who found himself squared up by a delivery pitched on the off and middle stump.The controversial Decision Review System (DRS) came to India’s rescue by ruling Stokes out after the on-field umpire was not convinced by Ashwin’s call for a leg-before as the visitors found themselves tottering at 78/4, still 56 runs behind the host’s first innings score.last_img read more

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Demonetisation: Auto industry gears up for slowdown as footfalls fall and 2-wheeler sales stall

first_imgOn November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcement that the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 rupee notes will cease to be legal tender from midnight. This sent the nation in a tizzy. Some called it a big move towards curbing black money, corruption and terror, some hailed it to be terrible farce. Love it or loathe it, but you can’t get away from it. Such is also the case of the auto industry. So how will, or how has, the demonetisation affected this particular industry?Also Read:Toyota working towards increasing sales of hybrid vehicles in IndiaFirst and foremost, the ones primarily affected are the two-wheeler manufacturers. A dealer of a prominent motorcycle manufacturer told us that most of their sales come in the form of cash. This mainly comprises of entry level two-wheelers sporting a pricetag of upto Rs 65,000. This segment can also be hailed as the ‘bread and butter’ segment on which most manufacturers rely. This segment relies very little on finance and seem to have been hit the hardest. Two-wheelers above this price bracket move into the ‘financed’ lot and hence are not affected that much by huge margins. The only catch here is the fact that the use of cheques and plastic money in making the down payments has seen a rapid increase.Also Read:Corolla, Toyota’s car for the masses, turns 50As far as four-wheelers are concerned, the problem isn’t that serious. According to a prominent web portal, the research of new and used cars dropped sharply by up to 30 per cent thus indicating a slow down. However, dealers claim that although there have been problems in customers being able to make the down payment, thanks to flexible finance options, things have not gone out of hand. This does not come as a surprise as up to 80 per cent of the vehicles sold in our country are financed.advertisementAlso Read:Bajaj Chetak to make a return as a premium scooter?But the rural market is where the damages are more prominent thanks to the fact that it is mostly cash driven. Considering that 35 per cent of the total car sales and 50 per cent of two-wheeler sales are rural market driven, the industry is going to witness a slowing down and there is likely to be a long-term damage to the industry due to the government’s demonetisation move.Also Read:Maruti Suzuki to soon introduce ISOFIX mounts on the CiazLast, but not the least, the used car market has also witnessed a sudden slump. While exact figures are not available, the used car market in mostly cash driven. Used car dealers have reported lower foot falls and are offering heavy discounts to move their existing stock. Overall, there is bound to be a negative effect on the auto industry due to demonetisation. The exact damage done to the industry will be evident when the official sales figure come out and a month-on-month comparison is done. Stay tuned.Also Read:Upcoming launches: New cars that will be launched in India by March 2017last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar picks up stake in PBL franchise

first_imgBengaluru, Dec 8 (PTI) Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar today ventured into the world of badminton as co-owner of Premier Badminton League (PBL) franchise “Bengaluru Blasters” alongside Tollywood film stars including Chiranjeevi. “Sachin, Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Allu Aravind, besides myself – we all of us have formed a consortium and invested in Bengaluru Blasters,” team Co-Owner and businessman Nimmagadda Prasad told reporters here. This is the second venture of the consortium that owns Kerala Blasters, a part of the Indian Super League football tournament. Asked about the stakes picked up by the consortium members, Prasad denied to share details on it, but said he would disclose the details at an opportune time. “For now we will not disclose the breakup of investments made by the members of the consortium, but would disclose it at an opportune time,” he said. Asked whether it is a riskier affair to enter into badminton league which has not taken off as expected compared to Pro-Kabbadi, Prasad said the investors have bought the team considering the risk factors involved and with a desire to raise the standards of the sport in India. “When it comes sport, every entrepreneur faces this challenge. Let me tell you, sir, this is not a venture for making profits, but to raise the standards of badminton in India,” he said. Asked to comment on Tendulkars presence as a Co-owner of the team, national coach Pullela Gopichand said the maestros presence will not only boost the morale of players, but bring in more spectators. Speaking on the occasion, Tendulkar said given the recent wave of success for India in badminton globally, it is right time to help grow the sport exponentially. “Badminton is the epitome of fitness, flexibility, agility and skill and its adoption will contribute to India?s path to fitness. I?m excited to be part of Bengaluru Blasters team and wish them the very best for the upcoming season,” he said. PTI BDN BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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‘Arsenal may have to buy Welbeck replacement’

first_imgArsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi admits that the club may be forced to buy a replacement for Danny Welbeck in January.Welbeck sustained a broken ankle during the Gunners’ 0-0 Europa League draw with Sporting CP prior to the international break.He has since undergone two surgeries on the injury, and it remains to be seen if he will play for the club again, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season. 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! Manager Unai Emery says that 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah will be given a chance to replace Welbeck , but Sanllehi says that the club are considering all options, and may dip into the transfer market to find cover.”That is absolutely something unplanned,” he said of Welbeck’s injury.”Yes, that makes you consider things. I am not saying that’s a green light to go to the market but we have good players in the house also that may get further opportunities, like Eddie Nketiah for example.”We need to see. We are in November, so it’s a good time to start analysing what options we have in the market. We are not closing the door but it’s still not the preferred one.”The plans were made in the summer. We are happy with how things are going. We are always going to strive to be the best team we can be.”If there is a very good opportunity, we are definitely going to consider [it], we will see. Danny Welbeck’s injury alters, in a way, the views.”Welbeck had been in fine form prior to his injury, scoring five goals in all competitions.The Gunners are next in action against Bournemouth this weekend, before a Europa League clash with Vorskla. That is followed by the north London derby against Tottenham.last_img read more

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4 times Anushka Sharma’s hair proved she’s fearless, bold and fun

first_imgAnushka Sharma is the perfect blend of all things bold and the beautiful. From her powerful acting skills to her bold statements, there’s nothing one would not love about Anushka. While she amazes us with her chic fashion choices and boss-like personality, we always have our eyes set on one thing–her evolving, super-stylish hairstyles.Not one to be scared by experiments, Anushka stands out due to her dauntless haircuts, and the spirit to pull them off.  When most actresses stick to the classic straight, long hairstyles, this lady isn’t afraid of chopping them off in style.Also Read: Get rid of all your hair woes with these home remedies  These hairstyles by Anushka prove that she is not scared of challenges and we bow down to her for that.1. Anushka was recently spotted with a new hairstyle, and god, she looked sharp. The wavy lustrous locks were beautiful and perfect for the scorching heat.Photo: Yogen Shah2. If you think that retro is in the past, take a look at Anushka’s super short hair. Fashioned in an old way,  Anushka carried this look for the film Bombay Velvet with extreme confidence.Nobody but Anushka could have the heart to chop her long mane this short, and still look so sensual.Picture courtesy: Youtube3. Anushka’s look for PK became the talk of the town, and rightly so. She sported pixie hair, and looked magical in the short hairdo. Now, that was one statement hairstyle, Anushka. Picture courtesy: Pinterest4. Purple streaks with wavy hair, enough said. Anushka coloured her hair purple, and looked brilliant. How else do we descirbe a gorgeous woman with long purple streaks?advertisementPicture courtesy: Pinterestlast_img read more

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Japan spec 2018 Toyota Camry revealed

first_imgThe 2018 Japan-spec Camry has been revealed by Toyota, four months after it revealed the US-spec car. The Japanese model is important for the Indian market as the car Toyota will bring to India will closely resemble the JDM( Japanese Domestic Market) Camry.The new Camry looks stunning, especially the Lexus-like grille at the front that gives the Camry a more upmarket look. In the JDM version of the Camry, Toyota has added a set of fog lamps to the front bumper to differentiate it from the US-spec car. The Japanese Camry looks more classy compared to the US-spec car as the Camry for the North American market features fake air vents and four exhaust pipes at the back while the Japan-spec car doesn’t get the vents and only one exhaust pipe. However, JDM customers can customise the Camry with optional body kits being offered by Toyota to make it look more sporty.The new Camry should make it to India sometime next year and Toyota will most probably bring the hybrid variant of the car to our shores. Also Read:Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner vs Chevrolet TrailblazerAlso Read:  Toyota Land Speed Cruiser claims “World’s Fastest SUV” titleAlso Read:Toyota Innova Touring Sport vs Mahindra XUV500last_img read more

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Philippe Coutinho ‘ideal’ fit for Barcelona: Brazil coach Tite

first_imgBrazil coach Tite believes Philippe Coutinho would slot in perfectly at Barcelona as speculation mounts that the midfielder will leave Liverpool this summer to join the Catalan giants.Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the Brazilian is not for sale but Barcelona are expected to test the Reds’ resolve by making an eye-watering offer in the coming weeks, reports Xinhua news agency.”I’m talking hypothetically, let’s make that clear,” Tite was quoted as saying by Brazilian news portal Uol.”There is Sergio Busquets and two creators: Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta, who are the team’s thinkers. Coutinho could play in that role. He is an ideal player for Barcelona.”I don’t want to pretentiously give my opinion about Barcelona. But who doesn’t want a player like Coutinho, with that magic, that capacity to intervene and create, change the rhythm, provide triangulation and construct.”Tite said Coutinho’s chemistry with Barcelona forward and Brazil national teammate Neymar would be an added benefit for the Blaugrana.”They complement each other tactically,” Tite said. “There was a goal (for Brazil against Paraguay) which serves as an example. It involved Neymar on the left, Coutinho floating in the middle. Then the ball got to Marcelo and he scored. It summed up how effective they can be together.”last_img read more

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Mercedes 1-2

first_imgLewis Hamilton took a brilliant pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas on Saturday, with Mercedes securing a convincing 1-2 as rivals Ferrari lagged behind.Bottas led qualifying and then set an even quicker time on his final lap – only for Hamilton to beat him by nearly half a second.The British driver’s 66th pole moves him one ahead of F1 great Ayrton Senna and just two behind Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68.Raikkonen qualified third ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, the championship leader.After three difficult practice sessions, qualifying also proved tough.With three minutes remaining a red flag came up, halting the session, after Daniel Ricciardo clipped the wall with the left side of his Red Bull coming out of Turn 6 – prompting an expletive from the Australian driver.last_img read more

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PM has assured continued support to football, says Bhutia

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured former captain Bhaichung Bhutia of unflinching support to football even after the FIFA U-17 World Cup. With less than 100 days left for the countrys first-ever FIFA tournament, Bhutia thanked Modi for his “continuous support to Indian football”. “The Honourable Prime Ministers passion for sports is really admirable,” Bhutia said a day after Modi met Indian sporting legends during the inauguration of a stadium in Ahmedabad. “The Prime Minister has been possibly the biggest supporter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. He has been standing beside Indian football all throughout and its such an inspiration for the footballing fraternity,? Bhutia, the first Indian footballer to play over 100 international matches, stated. “I thanked him for promoting Indian football. The Prime Minister assured me of his continued support for the U-17 World Cup, adding that he will continue supporting football even after the World Cup ends,” Bhutia added. Modi also made a special mention of the Indian football legend bringing laurels to the country. Modi had in the past, in his address to the nation, acknowledged the rising popularity of football in India and has called for the creation of right atmosphere for its development. The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is slated to kick off on October 6, with the official draw scheduled to take place in Mumbai on July 7. PTI AH SSC SSClast_img read more

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MS Dhoni masterclass in vain as West Indies stun India in 4th ODI

first_imgSkipper Jason Holder took five wickets as West Indies defeated India by 11 runs in the fourth One Day International cricket match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Sunday.Holder (5/27) led from the front towards the end and wrapped up India’s lower middle-order to snatch the victory. Alzarri Joseph took two wickets.Opener Ajinkya Rahane (60) and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (54) contributed handsomely to India’s cause but a very slow start and some poor batting performance by other batsmen helped West Indies to outplay the visitors.Chasing 190, India got off to a bad start as apart from Rahane no other top order batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan (5), Virat Kohli (3) and Dinesh Karthik (2) — clicked. At one time India were struggling at 47/3 in 13 overs but Rahane and Dhoni forged a crucial 54 -run partnership in 18.1 overs to stabilise the Indian innings.Just when things seemed good at the middle, Rahane was sent packing by spinner Devendra Bishoo in the 31st over. Soon Kedar Jhadhav (10) was also dismissed by Ashley Nurse.Middle-order batsman Hardik Pandya (20) then supported Dhoni at the other end and built at 43-run partnership before the former was sent back to the pavilion by Holder.With 31 runs needed in four overs, Dhoni stood firm in the middle and was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja (11). It seemed that the duo will finish the game for India but, with 17 runs needed to win, West Indian skipper Holder and pacer Joseph dismissed Jadeja and Dhoni in back-to-back overs and helped the hosts to bounce back into the game.advertisementWith 14 runs needed in last over, it was an uphill task for the tail-enders. Umesh Yadav (0) Kuldeep Yadav (2 not out) and Mohammad Shami (1) could not hold their nerves at the end and as a result, India were bundled out for 178 in 49.4 overs.Earlier, pacers Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya picked up three wickets each as India restricted the West Indies to 189/9.Umesh had figures of 3/36 while Pandya returned 3/40 as the Indian bowlers maintained a tight leash on the scoring rate right from the start.Pacer Mohammed Shami, who replaced the in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the playing XI, justified his selection with extremely economical bowling, conceeding just 33 runs in his 10 overs.Openers Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope gave the hosts a slow but steady start with identical scores of 35.With the runs coming in trickles, the West Indies innings was extremely slow and when Pandya dismissed Hope in the 18th over to break up the opening partnership of 57 runs, it sort of woke up the sparse crowd.Hope hit four boundaries during his 63-ball stay at the crease.Lewis then tried to shore up the run rate with some big shots before Indian skipper Virat Kohli pulled off an excellent catch at mid-wicket off Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling to send him on his way.Shai Hope and Roston Chase tried to bring the West Indies back on track, adding 41 runs between them off 57 balls.However, that was the only bit of resistance that the hosts could manage. Kuldeep brought the partnership to an end with a tossed up delivery that hit the stumps after Chase completely missed the line.The wickets fell at regular intervals thereafter as the Indians tightened their grip on the proceedings.Brief scores: West Indies: 189/9 in 50 overs (Evin Lewis 35, Kyle Hope 35; Umesh Yadav 3/36, Hardik Pandya 3/40) beat India: 178/10 in 49.4 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 60, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 54; Jason Holder 5/27) by 11 runs.last_img read more

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Ministry to pick 1000 athletes for training scholarship

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) The government will select 1000 talented young athletes and spend Rs 5 lakh per year on the training of each of them, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said today. Goel, who has completed a year in office, said the selected athletes will be funded by the government for eight consecutive years. “Not only this, every year we will keep identifying talent and add them to the scheme,” Goel, announced during an interaction at the Womens Press Club (IWPC) here. However, Goel did not clarify what will be the criteria to pick those athletes, saying it is yet to be formulated. Goel said Sports Ministrys Talent Search Portal is ready for launch and soon Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch it. “It (portal) is being translated in Hindi and other regional languages. We want the Prime Minister to launch for obvious reason. It will become big event if he launches it,” Goel said. Asked about update on the inquiry involving para swimmer Kanchanmala Pande, who was left to fend for herself in Berlin due to lack of funds from PCI, Goel said, he is yet to get a report on the matter. “In the next 10 days, I will be able to say something in this. Everyone has his own version. We had released funds on time. I dont want to interfere in the functioning of Federations but we are keeping a check,” he said. Talking about the pending Sports Code Bill, the minister said the revised Bill has something good in store for women but did not reveal much. Goel also announced that a five-member High Powered Committee has been constituted to look into grievances of sports women. The Committee will be led by Kiran Soni Gupta, who is Additional Secretary in the ministry. Asha Agarwal, Deputy Director (Sports), marathon runner Sunita Godhara, PTIs Sports Editor M R Mishra and Delhi High Court advocate Monica Arora are the other members. PTI AT KHS ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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SPORT RESULTS SEVEN LAST

first_img7th last Race : The Alcalde Handicap (abt) 1200m 7th last Race : The Alcalde Handicap (abt) 1200m Spear Of Trium (Mrs.Pooja V.Shah & Mr.Vijay V.Shah) 56.5 A. Imran Khan First Simran?S Choice 62.5 V. Jaiswal second, Blue Zone 58 Dasrath Singh third and Rolly Polly 55.5 Afzal Khan Fourth All Ran Won by L. Neck, 2-1/2, and 2-1/4 Time : 1m 14.278 sec. Tote : Rs 40/-for win, Rs. 13/-, Rs. 12/- and Rs 10/- for places Fc : Rs 147/- Shp: Rs 29/- Tanala : Rs 165/- Favourtie : Blue Zone. Winner Trained by : Patrick Quinn. — Treble (i) Rs 169/- Treble (ii) Rs 204/- Jackpot Consolation 30% 34 (on 1314) Jackpot Rs 486 (on 237) — PTI COR SNPlast_img

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Aamby Valley auction process starts at Rs 37k cr reserve price

first_imgMumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) A Supreme Court ordered auction process began today for embattled Sahara groups luxurious Aamby Valley resort town with the official liquidator inviting bids at a reserve price of Rs 37,392 crore.Describing it as an “ultra-exclusive chartered city”, the liquidator said the property includes timber chalets, modern villas, golf course, hospital, school and airport, among other amenities.The official liquidator of the Bombay High Court published an auction notice today inviting prospective bidders for the integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.6 acres near Lonavala in Pune district, as also two land parcels measuring over 1,700 acres.Sahara group has earlier pegged the market valuation of this project at over Rs 1 lakh crore.The auction process has been initiated even as a Mauritius-based investor, Royale Partners Investment Fund, last week said it has offered to invest USD 1.67 billion (over Rs 10,700 crore) in Sahara groups Aamby Valley project.Last week, the Supreme Court had said the auction process can start on August 14, as scheduled, but if Rs 1,500 crore is paid, as proposed by the group, into the Sebi-Sahara refund account by September 7, then it may pass an appropriate order.The group had asked the court to postpone the auction till September 16 to enable Sahara group chief Subrata Roy arrange the money.The official liquidator said in the auction notice that the prospective bidders need to submit their KYC forms and on qualification they will have to invite bids along with 15 per cent of the reserve price as earnest money.The properties on action include an integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.642 acres in the great Sahayadri mountain range, 1,409.865 acres of land surrounding Aamby Valley City Development and land measuring 321.656 acres within the Satara district.advertisementThe liquidator said the properties are being sold under two distinct phases over a period of two days, as an alternate to each other, “given the quantum of the properties to be sold”.About the resort town, the liquidator said: “The ultra- exclusive chartered city has residential options ranging from the Timber Chalets to fabulously modern and customised villas in distinct architectural styles and several amenities such as golf course, airport, hospital, adventure sports, retail, entertainment, international school and hospitality”.It also said the properties being auctioned will be sold /leased along with all subsisting licences, consents, permissions, registrations, approvals, grants and pending applications (as applicable) as per the Supreme Court order of July 25, 2017.Sahara had moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking permission for entering into an agreement with Victor Koenig UK Limited, with the nominee Royale Partners Investment Fund Limited, for inviting an investment of USD 1.67 billion into its Aamby Valley project.In reply to an emailed query by PTI, RPMG Investment, which owns this fund, had also confirmed the proposed funding.Sahara lawyers had told the court that hotels in New York have been sold and soon money would be coming into the Sahara account after which Rs 1,500 crore would be deposited into the Sebi-Sahara refund account by September 7, as had been directed by the court.Sahara has been engaged in a long-running battle with the capital market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India).The apex court had on July 25 asked the Sahara chief to deposit Rs 1,500 crore in the Sebi-Sahara account by September 7 and said that it might then deliberate upon his plea seeking 18 months more time for making complete repayment.Sahara counsel Gautam Awasthi said last week that the Supreme Court, in its last hearing, opened a window for the group by permitting them to enter into the negotiations and deposit the amount.Awasthi had said if Rs 1,500 crore is deposited, then auction order will be withdrawn. PTI BJ BALlast_img read more

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Photo exhibition on legendary footballers to be held in Sept

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) A photo exhibition showcasing the achievements of legendary Indian footballers will be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here from September 11 to 15. Indo Europe Sports and Leisure Promotional Council and Sports Authority of India have come together to support the exhibition. Announcing the exhibition today, Olympian footballer S S Hakim, also SAIs Chief Project Director FIFA World Cup 2017, said the performance of the national team from 1948 to 1962 was praiseworthy. “India also performed very well in the Olympics and Asian Games from 1948 to 1970. This era can be termed as the Golden era of Indian football,” he said. “Unfortunately, masses and even sportspersons are neither aware of our achievements nor aware of the names of the legends of Indian football. We need to bring back the same enthusiasm for football among the Indian masses. “To fill this gap we have taken an initiative to pay tribute to the legendary players and to inspire the budding footballers to emulate the legends,” said Hakim. The exhibition also aimed at encouraging the Indian team to perform well in the U-17 World Cup to be held across six cities from October 6-28. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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2nd Test: Shai Hope’s unbeaten 118 guides West Indies to five-wicket win over England

first_imgWest Indies chased down 322 on the final day for a remarkable victory against all expectations in the second Test against England on Tuesday.Shai Hope carried West Indies home at Headingley with a personal milestone as he became the first man in more than 500 first-class games at the Leeds ground to make a century in both innings.He was 118 not out in the second innings as West Indies made 322/5, winning by five wickets at the very end of the final session of the match when all three results were still possible.”Someone had to do it so I just put my hand up and did it for the team,” Hope said.Having made 147 for a maiden Test century in the first innings, Hope doubled up with his unbeaten ton in the second, the first time that’s happened in 127 years of first-class cricket at Headingley.His second-innings century came under extreme pressure, too. He arrived with West Indies 53/2, teetering, and facing defeat.”On the fifth day, against high-quality bowling on a used wicket. Great knock,” said England captain Joe Root.Jermaine Blackwood helped Hope take West Indies to victory with a breezy 41 off 45 balls at the end and opener Kraigg Brathwaite did much of the tough early work against the new ball for his 95.Hope and Brathwaite both made centuries in the first innings of 427 to give the West Indies the early advantage in an enthralling test. England surrendered a big first-innings lead – out for 258 – only to make enough runs in its second innings to declare on 490/8.advertisementAP PhotoEngland planned to be pushing for victory on the final day but three dropped catches at the end of a test which had a series of missed chances hurt the home team. Former skipper Alastair Cook put Brathwaite down at first slip when the opener was on just 4. Brathwaite survived a second chance, too, on his way to setting up West Indies’ thrilling chase.Cook again missed another one at slip near the end, this time with Hope on 106 and England hoping to apply some final pressure with West Indies still needing 37 to win in the gloom of the early evening.Hope, who batted for more than five hours, ensured West Indies came through with an innings of grit and composure to seal a test that signaled a big future for the 23-year-old.West Indies last won a test in England 17 years ago, but more than just ending that dire run in England, this was one of the team’s most memorable triumphs anywhere.It was an astonishing turnaround after West Indies lost the first test by an innings and 209 runs inside three days. In that humiliation at Edgbaston, the tourists lost 19 wickets in a day. The young West Indies team was fiercely criticized for its capitulation in the first test and wasn’t given a hope at Headingley.”What a five days. After getting the kicking we did at Edgbaston, to get the boys back up to achieve what they’ve done these last five days, it’s a great effort,” said West Indies coach Stuart Law.”I think it’s put a lot of doubters out there to bed.”The West Indians got 317 of the 322 runs they needed on the final day. They also made the second-highest fourth-innings total ever at Headingley to win a test.Illustrating the scale of the achievement, only Don Bradman’s Australia team in 1948 — a team known as ‘The Invincibles’ — have made more runs in the fourth innings to win a test in Leeds.The West Indians’ victory levelled the series at 1-1 and gives them a chance of a series win no one expected outside the West Indies camp.England, with the series-decider at Lord’s now its last test before the far tougher Ashes in Australia at the end of the year, must respond like it did against South Africa earlier in the summer. Then, England came back from a big disappointment in the second test to win that series convincingly.last_img read more

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