Tanaka Gem, Yanks Ace Rays, 9-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi knew what he was up against. “It was one of those games where the team that scores first was probably going to have the upper hand, and it turned out that way,” he said.Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits over seven innings, Chris Young hit a grand slam and the New York Yankees routed the Rays 9-0 on April 18.Brian McCann put the Yankees ahead in the sixth with his third hit, a two-run, two-out triple off Odorizzi (2-1) that followed one-out walks to Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez. McCann’s fourth career triple came in his 4,389th at-bat.Odorizzi gave up three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. He was the third AL pitcher in the last 100 years to start the season by winning consecutive starts of six-plus innings, two hits or fewer and one run or less.“He threw a great game,” Odorizzi said of Tanaka. “If I gave up one or I gave up 10, it probably wouldn’t have mattered tonight.”Tanaka (2-1) struck out eight and walked none. He gave up a single to David DeJesus leading off the first, then retired 15 in a row before Brandon Guyer’s double opening the sixth. After failing to reach the sixth inning in his first two starts, Tanaka lowered his ERA from 7.00 to 3.94.“I’m happy with the results,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I’m happy with the way I pitched. I think it’s all about the mechanics. The mechanics was working well.”The Japanese star missed most of the second half of last season with a partially torn elbow ligament and had faced questions this spring about his decreased velocity. He reached 93 mph against the Rays.“I really think it’s important for him to see when I have my stuff, I’m going to pitch extremely well, and that’s what he did,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.This was the first time since joining the Yankees that Tanaka had a start of two hits or fewer while walking nine.David Carpenter and Branden Pinder completed a three-hitter, the first shutout for the Yankees since Sept. 22 against Baltimore.Young homered off Grant Balfour in a seven-run seventh, his third career slam. “A good ballgame that turned somewhat ugly,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Giannis Vows to Join Greek National Team in 2019 World Cup (Vid & Pics)

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)(Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK – “I don’t want to think about (being the) MVP. But, I want to be there for the Greek National Team. I wish I’m fit enough by the end of the season in order to represent Greece,” the Greek super star Giannis Antetokounmpo said to The National Herald’s journalist Christodoulos Athanasatos.Earlier, the “Greek Freak” had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.In an arena that is traditionally painted in the gray and black of the Brooklyn Nets, every visit from Giannis Antetokounmpo morphs the Barclays Center into a sea of blue and white, dotted with Greek flags. The Super League Athletic Academy (SLAA), spearheaded by its director Dimitris Pristouris, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Nets make it so when Giannis visits, it’s Greek Night at the Barclays. There were approximately an astounding 2,500 organized Greeks in attendance for the game.“They are amazing! They support me since the very first day I came to NBA”, Giannis said about the hundreds of Greek-Americans who cheered for him and waved Greek flags at Barclays Center on Monday night.The promise to give the “present” with the “blue-white” in the Mundo-Basket of China, since he is healthy at the end of the season, gave Milwaukee’s Greek star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, immediately after another meeting with the New Hellenes Abroad York at the Barclay’s Center.last_img read more

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Greek-Australian Kyrgios Beats Nadal at Mexican Open

first_imgACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Rafael Nadal tumbled out of the Mexican Open on Wednesday night, squandering three match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) loss to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.Playing his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in late January in the Australian Open final, the top-seeded Nadal dropped the first two match points on Kyrgios’ serve and the last one on his own first serve.Nadal won in Acapulco in 2005 and 2013. On Tuesday night, the second-ranked Spanish star opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Mischa Zverev.Kyrgios set up a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Steve Johnson in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.The top seed also fell in the women’s event, with Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia beating Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3 for her first victory in seven career matches against players ranked in the top 10. The fourth-ranked Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open, was making her first appearance in the event since winning the 2016 title.Spain’s Rafael Nadal chases a ball in his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)“It was just a tough match, obviously she played well,” Stephens said. “A tough day. But I’m not too sad about it. I’m just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells.”Haddad Maia will face Wang Yafan in the quarterfinals. Wang led Monica Puig 4-1 when Puig retired because of an injury.In men’s play, second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat David Ferrer 7-6 (0), 6-1 in the late match. He will play fifth-seeded Alex de Minaur, a winner over Feliciano Lopez in a walkover.Third-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal match against eighth-seeded John Millman. Millman beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-0, 6-2.Cameron Norrie beat fourth-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3. Norrie will face Mackenzie McDonald, a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 winner over sixth-seeded Frances Tiafoe.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios rolls plays ball in his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro is sidelined by a knee injury.In women’s play, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka routed Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Sofia Kenin. Kenin led 6-4, 4-1 when Katie Boulter retired.Third-seeded Donna Vekic advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Christina McHale; Bianca Andreescu topped fourth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 7-5; seventh-seeded Saisai Zheng edged Timea Babos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; and eighth-seeded Johanna Konta beat Varvara Flink 6-4, 6-1.In the quarterfinals, Vekic will play Konta, and Zheng will meet Andreescu.Lesia Tsurenko, the women’s winner the last two years, is skipping the event.Australia’s Nick Kyrgios serves in his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Watch: Kuldeep Yadav smears cake on MS Dhoni. Mahi has his revenge

first_imgKuldeep Yadav, who has been with the Indian team for a little over a year, realised you could not get away by smearing birthday cake on MS Dhoni. The former India cricketer celebrated his 37th birthday in England and videos and photos of some happy scenes went viral.In Cardiff, soon after the second T20I between India and England, Dhoni cut a cake in the company of daughter Ziva, wife Sakshi, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and other teammates. While that went well without any cake-smashing, things were not so smooth in Bristol.After the Indian team arrived in South West England for the final T20I of the three-match series, Dhoni was asked to cut another cake. This time Kuldeep was brave enough to smear cake on Dhoni’s face.#TeamIndia has reached Bristol and upon arrival it is time to celebrate#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/298C0Ti9eQBCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2018Suresh Raina, Kuldeep’s Uttar Pradesh teammate and Dhoni’s long-term lietenant at Chennai Super Kings, helped Mahi exact revenge. Raina got hold of Kuldeep and pinned him down so Dhoni could rub some cake on the face of the young left-arm chinaman bowler.After exacting his revenge, Dhoni said on social media, “This is what happens when u keeping bossing around for the whole year and finally youngsters get a chance to give it back.thanks guys for making the day special.”MS Dhoni turns 37: 37 cool facts about Captain CooladvertisementKuldeep has had a sensational tour of the United Kingdom so far. In Ireland, he snared seven wickets from two T20Is before ripping England apart in Manchester with a five-wicket haul. He has repeatedly credited Dhoni and Kohli for his bowling form in India, South Africa and elsehwhere.MS Dhoni celebrates 37th birthday with Sakshi, Ziva, Kohli, AnushkaThis has been another birthday for Dhoni to remember. On Friday, he became the third Indian to play 500 international matches – in the process, he joined Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in an elite club.Last year, Dhoni celebrated his birthday in West Indies. Kuldeep had made his ODI debut on the same tour.last_img read more

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Shaun Marsh suffers shoulder injury, may miss Pakistan Test series

first_imgAustralia’s in-form batsman Shaun Marsh has suffered a shoulder injury and that has cast doubts over his participation in the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates expected to take place in October.Marsh was one of the top performers with the bat during the 2017-18 Ashes series triumph at home, scoring two centuries. The left-handed batsman also struck a couple of hundreds in the ODI series defeat to England last month.Australia are already in a transition period following the suspensions of captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft. The trio has been banned by Cricket Australia (CA) after they were found guilty of ball-tampering during the third Test in Cape Town against South Africa in March this year.Smith and Warner were banned for one year while Bancroft has been suspended for nine month.And now the loss of Marsh will be a massive blow as Australia look to overcome a period of poor results.Marsh sustained a shoulder problem while playing in a Twenty20 match for Glamorgan in Cardiff on SundayThe 35-year-old was helped off the field after landing awkwardly while trying to stop a boundary in the Welsh county’s defeat to Sussex in the Vitality Blast encounter.Cricket Australia said they would wait until they received a report from Glamorgan to decide on a course of action for Marsh’s recovery.”Shaun’s a tough guy, so it’s certainly not a bruise the way he walked off holding his shoulder,” Glamorgan coach Robert Croft said. “We’ll have to wait and see.advertisement”We hope the scan will be favourable.”Frontline pacemen Pat Cummins (back), Josh Hazlewood (back) and Mitchell Starc (leg) are also racing against time to be fit for the Pakistan series.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Akshay Kumar: I would be a fool to make a biopic on myself

first_imgRajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, which is based on the life of Sanjay Dutt, is still in theatres and raking in the moolah. However, Akshay Kumar will never make a film on himself.Emphasising that he would “never ever” make a film or write a book about himself, Akshay told PTI, “There are so many amazing stories in history, like Tapan Das (his character in Gold), Arunachalam Muruganantham on whose life Padman was based, who have steered India in a positive direction. I would be a fool to make a biopic on myself.””I would never even think of it, it will be a shallow thing to do for myself. I want to make biopic on real heroes and not reel heroes,” he added, sparking rumours that he is taking a dig at Sanjay Dutt.Bollywood is bitten by the biopic bug and currently, there are several films on real-life personalities in the pipeline, including ones on Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mathematician Anand Kumar, music mogul Gulshan Kumar, Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, Rani Laxmibai and famed writer Saadat Hasan Manto.Talking about the overdose of biopics, Akshay said, “It is a known (fact) in our industry that if something works, almost everyone does the same thing and this is not just about biopic or sports biopic or something else. If a few films fail, everyone will run after something else.”Akshay will be seen next in Reema Kagti’s Gold, which tells the story of independent India’s first Olympic gold win.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)ALSO READ: Before Akshay Kumar’s Gold, all you need to know about independent India’s first Olympic goldALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywoodlast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018 Day 3 wrap: Saurabh wins historic gold, medal tally at 10

first_imgThe third day at Asian Games 2018 witnessed India’s medal tally swell up to 10, on Tuesday.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary created a new Games Record to clinch India’s first shooting gold medal of the ongoing edition. Saurabh clinched the yellow metal in men’s 10m air pistol, while Abhishek Verma bagged bronze.The third medal of day also belonged to a shooter as Sanjeev Rajput clinched a silver in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. Indian men’s sepak takraw team bagged a record bronze, while Divya Kakaran won bronze in the 68kg freestyle to make it five medals for the day.Indian women’s hockey team registered a massive 21-0 win against Kazakhstan and the kabaddi teams entered semi-finals.But the star of the day was debutant teenager Saurabh, who finished on top of men’s 10m air pistol standings with a Games record score of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Asian Games 2018, Day 3: HighlightsThe bronze medal went to Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek, who recorded a score of 219.3.In second position for most of the final, Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held the nerve to stay ahead.With our shooters on a roll, bringing to you the gold medalist in mens 10m Air Pistol – Saurabh Choudhary!All of 16 & making his Asian Games debut, he has surely won many hearts.Congratulations!@OfficialNRAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #Shooting #TOPSAthlete #SAI pic.twitter.com/FmEEiFAvycSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Another shooter, Sanjeev shot 452.7 to claim the silver medal in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. China’s Hui Zicheng notched up the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Japan’s Matsumoto Takayuki bagged the bronze with 441.4.Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions. However, an erratic show in the standing round put paid to his hopes of a gold.advertisementHe recovered from 7.8 in the third series of the kneeling position to end in the top position with a score of 151.2.The maiden medal!Today our mens #SepakTakraw Regu team has created #history by winning a bronze medal at #AsianGames2018, countrys 1st ever in the sport.Seeing our flag fly high because of them is a matter of immense pride for #India. #TeamIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames #SAI pic.twitter.com/XSEccaHKloSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Rajput continued his impressive run in prone, leading from start to finish after consistently shooting 10s. He had a total score of 307.1 after 30 shots.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 3In the standing position, Rajput led after the first series with a score of 355.6 but his slide coincided with Zicheng raising the bar.India clinched a maiden Asian Games medal in sepak takraw despite its men’s regu team losing to defending champion Thailand.The Indian men’s regu team lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as both the losing semifinalists are also awarded a medal.Divya added a bronze to India’s wrestling tally after beating Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the third-place play-off bout for the 68kg category.Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreThe 20-year-old Asian championships silver-medallist prevailed on account of Technical Superiority with the final scoreline reading 10-0.Young Divya Kakran wrestled bravely to grab a bronze medal in womens 68kg freestyle #Wrestling!You were great, @DivyaWrestler !Many congratulations!#IndiaAtAsianGames #ProudIndia @FederationWrest #AsianGames2018 #SAI pic.twitter.com/53YcazRlR3SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Four medals were assured for India in wushu after Surya Pratap, Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar and Naorem Devi won their respective quarter-finals matches.In hockey, four Indian players scored a hat-trick each as the women’s team mauled lowly Kazakhstan 21-0 to notch up its second consecutive win.Goals rained thick and fast in the Pool B match at the GBK Hockey Field with as many as 10 Indians out of 18, who took the field, entering their names in the scoresheet.Asian Games 2018: Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingNavneet Kaur (11th, 12th, 16th, 48th, 48th) top-scored with five goals while drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who had also scored a hat-trick in India’s 8-0 thrashing of Indonesia in their opening match, had four strikes (8th, 36th, 44th and 51st).Lalremsiami found the target in the ninth, 19th and 29th minutes while Vandana Katariya (28th, 37th and 52nd) was the fourth player to score a hat-trick in the lop-sided match.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s fantastic all-round show during their game against Kazakhstan at the 18th Asian Games 2018 spurs the team on to an impressive 21-0 victory at the competition on 21st August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvKAZ pic.twitter.com/zkRidWMAwqadvertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 21, 2018The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams secured emphatic wins against their respective opponents to qualify for the semi-finals.The men’s team, a seven-time gold-medallist, bounced back from the shock 23-24 defeat against South Korea to beat Thailand 49-30 in its fourth and final Group A match. It had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.In the women’s competition, India played two matches and emerged victorious in both to top Group A with an all-win record and qualify for the semifinals.Asian Games 2018: India win first medal in sepak takraw. All you need to know about the sportIn the first match of the day, the Indian women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54-22 in its final group match.The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.In tennis, top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan breezed into the men’s doubles quarter-finals while Ankita Raina entered the last eight of the women’s singles.Bopanna and Sharan sailed past Thailand’s Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Nuttanon Kadchapanan 6-3 6-1 in another round of 16 match.Raina, ranked 189, overpowered world number 243 Eri Hozumi 6-1 6-2 in a round of 16 clash.Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts make progress at Asian Games 2018Karman Kaur Thandi, however, was disappointed after losing to lower-ranked En-Shuo Liang of Chinese Taipei. The world number 196 lost a close match against the 278th ranked Liang, going down 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (4) in the pre-quarterfinals.Thandi also lost a close mixed doubles match alongside the experienced Sharan.The Indians bounced back losing the first set before going down in the super tie-break. The eventual scoreline read 4-6, 6-3, 5-10.Ramakumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal, who both are singles specialists and were told to pair up at the eleventh hour, put up a spirited show to outlast Taipei’s fourth seeds Chen Ti and Peng Hsienyin 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2).Bopanna and Raina are the sole Indian pair left in the mixed doubles draw after the exit of Thandi and Sharan. The fourth seeds had a tough match against South Korea’s Kim Nari and Lee Jeamoon before prevailing 6-3 2-6 11-9.It wasn’t a great day for gymnast Dipa Karmakar as she failed to qualify for the vault final. However, she made the cut in the balance beam as India also booked a berth in the title round of the team competition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Dharun eyes medal at Asian Championships

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) Brimming with confidence after winning a silver at the Asian Games, India’s 400m hurdler Dharun Ayyasamy has set his eyes on winning a medal at the Asian Championships next year. “My next immediate target is to win a medal at Asian championship. I don’t know what medal it would be but I’m confident of returning with a medal. Also there is World Championship (also in Qatar) and I want to do well in that also,” said Dharun who had clocked 48.96 seconds in Jakarta. “I am targeting 48.50 next year. If I can do that and keep improving and produce 48.2 or 48.1 in 2020 Olympics, it will be good enough to get into the final. In track and field, getting into the final is a big achievement. So that is the target now,” said the 21-year-old, who hails from a village called Ravuthampalayam in Tiruppur district in Tamil Nadu. Dharun lost his father to tuberculosis when he was eight years old. He was in class IV then. It was his mother, a school teacher, who supported him and his sister, once a budding volleyball player, with a meagre salary of Rs 14,000. “I don’t know where I would have been if it was not for my mother. She always gave me the freedom to follow my dreams. I am trying for a job. Now I have a few offers from Army, Navy and Railways but nothing is confirmed yet,” said Dharun, a TY Human Resources student at Alva’s College of Arts at Moodabidri in Karnataka.advertisement Talking about his Asian Games silver, Dharun said: “After qualification round I felt confident. I was in second position. Before the final, I was targeting the bronze. I knew beating the Qatar runner will be difficult and also there was a Japanese who would run below 49 sec, but during the race I had a lot of energy and I managed to get silver.” Dharun, who represented his state in kho-kho before switching to athletics, burst onto the national scene when he won the 400m hurdles gold at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati with a time of 50.54 seconds. He was a part of the Rio Olympics 4×400 relay team. His journey to Asian Games silver has been a tough one. “After the Olympics, I was injured for a year. It was a shin bone injury and then six months I had to go through rehabilitation. It was difficult to make a comeback,” said Dharun. Ahead of the Asian Games in May, Dharun was in Poland for a five-week training exposure tour but he injured himself there. “After reaching Poland, I had a hamstring injury after a week. I took rest for 10 days but there was still pain when I stated training. So I told my coach that I need to take 20 days rest and ran straight in competition,” said Dharun, who created a new meet record at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship in June in Guwahati. Dharun, who had broken Joseph Abraham’s 400m hurdles national record with a timing of 49.45 sec at the Federation Cup in March, also went for a training camp in Czech Republic. “Czech Republic was good for me as there was training and competition also. And European countries are suitable. We could work hard and recover also. I ran in 4-5 competition and executed a few things. That experience was good for me. It boosted my confidence as I went from Asian Games,” he said. The government felicitated the athletes with cash awards Tuesday night and Dharun said he wants to buy a sports bike for himself. “I want to buy a sports bike and keep a little for myself, rest I will give to my mother,” said Dharun, who is suffering from an infection below his left eye. PTI ATK PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Lennart Thy bags FIFA Fair Play award for missing a game to help leukemia patient

first_imgBB Erzurumspor striker Lennart Thy on Monday got the FIFA Fair Play award for his noble gesture back in March, when he was playing for a top-flight Dutch club.Lennart, who was plying his trade for VVV-Venlo at the time, missed the game against PSV Eindhoven so that he could donate blood to try and help a leukaemia patient.The 26-year-old German, who joined VVV-Venlo on loan from Werder Bremen, donated his stem cells after his DNA matched with the patient.Croatia superstar Luka Modric wins FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year awardPSV won that game 3-0 but it was Lennart who was named man-of-the-match even though he wasn’t present.The mascots accompanying the players out onto the field before the game wore t-shirts that had “Follow Lennart, become a stem cell donor” written across the front and back.Luka Modric dedicates FIFA Best Player Award to ‘everyone who loves football’The entire Philips Stadion also broke into applause for a full minute early in the first half of the game to show respect to Thy for donating to help someone for the second time, having previously done so seven years ago.His gesture actually saw an increase in cell donations in the Netherlands after widespread coverage of this news all over the world.”It’s a big honour for me to be here tonight and receive this award. When I got the chance to help someone who was suffering from blood cancer, it was a matter of course – there was no other choice for me than helping him,” Lennart said.advertisement”The best thing about the story is that thousands of new donators registered in the Netherlands – this really makes me proud,” Lennart, who joined Turkish club BB Erzurumspor in July, added.Lennart Thy takes to the stage after winning The FIFA Fair Play Award 2018 #TheBest #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/CRlg4jn0I8#TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 25, 2018The FIFA awards night saw Croatia captain Luke Modric walk away with the biggest prize.The Real Madrid stalwart pipped his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi to bag the Best Men’s Player award.It is the first time since Brazilian Kaka’s triumph in 2007 that the men’s prize was not won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi – neither of whom attended the ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall.Portugal international Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the close season, was second in this year’s awards with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in third place.On the other hand, Brazilian captain and Orlando Pride forward Marta won the award for FIFA Best Women’s Player of the Year after she captained Brazil to a Copa America win this season.Marta pipped Lyon dyo of Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan to win the award. Everyone from Ronaldo and Ronaldinho to Roberto Carlos on the stage were beaming as she received the award.Here are the rest of the award winners on the night:Best Goal of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)Best Men’s Coach: Didier Deschamps (France)Best Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea)Best Women’s Coach: Reynald Pedros (Lyon)Best Fan Award: Peru fans, who travelled to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in RussiaFIFA Fair Play Award: Lennart Thy (VVV-Vento)(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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Ajinkya Rahane confident of ODI comeback ahead of 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgAjinkya Rahane has not played in a ODI since February but Rahane remained confident that he will be included in the Indian team for next year’s World Cup.”I am confident of coming back into the ODI team and be a part of the Indian team for the World Cup. As I said, it is important to play in domestic tournaments for this to happen,” Rahane said at the Ekamra Sports Literary Festival during a discussion on the topic ‘Guardians of Faith – Saving Test Cricket’ on Saturday.Asked how difficult it was for players to change to formats frequently, he said, “If you have the basics and the shots, then there should not be any problem. You can change and improvise. If you are playing only one format, then it is easier as you have to concentrate on that format only.”You need to back yourself and not think about what others say. It is all in the mind,” said Rahane, who is seen as a player more suited to Tests than the shorter formats.READ – Dhoni should play 2019 World Cup because he takes load off Kohli, says GavaskarRahane also felt that the improvement in fitness level of the players has helped the team in winning matches and has no problem in ‘Yo-Yo’ test being a benchmark for selection.”We can know from the test how different we are in fitness. Those who are low in this test will have work to more on fitness. There is no issue on having benchmark not only in batting and bowling but also in fitness,” said Rahane.advertisementRahane, who has been experiencing a dip in form over the last two years, has admitted that he needs to improve against the spinners.Rahane has scored just three hundreds and eight fifties from 48 innings since 2016 but he remains confident that he will be able to convert the starts into big scores. READ – Why Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form is a cause of concern ahead of World Cup”There is no problem in my technique and so I am worried. I have to remain patient and convert the 30s and 40s to half centuries and then to centuries. At times you feel you are doing well but the results are not coming your way,” Rahane said.”All the players experience this and what is important is how you tackle this and remain strong to get out of this,” he said.Rahane said that he would like to do better against spin bowling.”I have to work on how to play better against spin bowling. I have to improve on that. That’s why I was playing in domestic tournaments, in Vizay Hazare,” said the 30-year-old Rahane, who has played 52 Tests scoring 3271 runs.READ – India end 2018 as the most successful team in ODIsRahane said he was hurt at not playing in the first two Tests in South Africa early this year.”It hurts but you can’t do anything. It was not in my control. It was the decision of the team management and I have to respect it. I took it in my stride and looked forward to doing well when my chance comes.”Asked about the upcoming Australia tour, Rahane said, “We are reaching there more than 10 days before the first match and we have a practice game in Sydney. In South Africa, we had no time to play practice match.”Any team playing at home is difficult to beat. Australia have a very good bowling unit. We also have a very bowling attack and so it should be a very good Test series.”On pink-ball cricket, he said, “I have no issues but in India it will depend on weather and conditions like dew in late evening etc.”He picked Jasprit Bumrah as the most difficult bowler to face while Umesh Yadav was his pick for the world’s fastest bowler.When asked to give a one word answer to coach Ravi Shashtri’s recent ‘best travelling team’ remark about the current Test side, Rahane just said “it’s very hard to compare teams”.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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North, South Korea join hands to win UNESCO status for wrestling

first_imgParis, Nov 26 (AFP) North and South Korea marked a new step in their reconciliation efforts Monday as UNESCO accepted a joint bid for Korean wrestling to be recognised as one of the world’s most treasured cultural practices.The two Koreas had originally filed separate applications for their traditional form of wrestling to be recognised on the UN agency’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.”The fact that both Koreas accepted to join their respective applications is unprecedented,” UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.”The joint inscription marks a highly symbolic step on the road to inter-Korean reconciliation,” she added.The announcement is the latest in a string of symbolic gestures between Seoul and its nuclear-armed neighbour in recent months.Last week the two announced that they had connected a road across their shared border for the first time in 14 years, while earlier this month the South gifted the North hundreds of tons of tangerines in exchange for mushrooms.Annual joint military exercises between South Korea and its ally the United States have been scaled down for spring 2019 to avoid undoing diplomatic advances to bring peace to the Korean peninsula.The South’s dovish president Moon Jae-in has long favoured engagement with the North, which is subject to UN sanctions over its nuclear activities.Moon has dangled large investment and joint cross-border projects as incentives for steps towards denuclearisation, although the US favours a tougher approach until Pyongyang fully dismantles its weapons programmes.The bid for recognition on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list — which is separate from its list of World Heritage Sites — was approved at a meeting in Mauritius.advertisementSuccessful applications are largely symbolic, but can serve to raise the profile of winning countries and their cultural practices.Known as Ssirum for North Korea and Sssireum for the South — each uses a different system to render the language into English — wrestling has been practised at village festivals for centuries.The sport has some similarities to Japanese sumo but begins with two wrestlers facing each other on their knees in a pit, holding onto a cloth sash tied around the waist and using their strength and technique to knock their opponent to the ground.In the South, wrestlers are topless and only wear tight shorts, while in the North they don sleeveless jackets.Southern matches are held on sand while the North uses a round mattress.There has only been one inter-Korean wrestling competition, on the South’s Jeju island, in 2003.Until now, North and South Korea have always submitted separate bids for recognition on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list.South Korea added its tradition of making kimchi — a fermented cabbage dish widely enjoyed across the peninsula — in 2013, prompting the North to seek the same status for its own version, granted in 2015.The Korean folk song “Arirang” has a similar story — the South’s was recognised in 2012, followed by the North’s two years later.For wrestling, the South applied in 2016, a year after the North.But at a meeting with Moon in Paris last month, Azoulay suggested the requests be combined, and the idea was also taken up with North Korean officials.The two Koreas are still technically at war after the 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, sealing the division of the peninsula with an impenetrable border.This border, a four-kilometre-wide (2.4-mile) by 248 kilometre-long area known as the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), has become something of a nature reserve due to the lack of human activity.UNESCO has suggested it could be designated as a special natural biosphere under a similar joint initiative. (AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

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Perth Test: Virat Kohli leads India’s battle on intriguing day vs Australia

first_imgVirat Kohli led India’s attritional battle in the second Test against Australia with his 25th hundred and then some animated celebrations everytime his pacers picked up a wicket. By the end of the third day, there was enough to suggest that both teams were in with a chance to win on a pitch that was hyped up for its grass, pace and bounce.At stumps, Australia were 132 for 4 and had a lead of 175 runs with Usman Khawaja (41) and captain Tim Paine (8) at the crease.The turnaround for India came because of Virat Kohli. The captain was solid, stubborn and unflappable this morning after resuming his innings on 82 not out. Ajinkya Rahane fell to Nathan Lyon in the first over of the day and Australia had every right to believe they were running away with the game.But there was Kohli to counter. He did not take long to move into the 90s and reached his hundred with a boundary off Mitchell Starc – this was his 6th hundred in Australia and he was now level with his idol Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli also became the second fastest to 25 Test hundreds after Don Bradman. This was a classic, Kohli’s hundred. It came on a green top where his other batsmen struggled. Even the Australians were cautious and played well within their limitations. But not Kohli.He was determined to see through a tough period on Saturday before unleashing his wide array of shots to rattle Australia’s pacers. The India captain for enough support from Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane on day two to keep India afloat. On Sunday, Hanuma Vihari looked good for his 20 before his innings was cut short by a terrific delivery.advertisementIt was Kohli’s dismissal, however, that sparked the biggest controversy of the day. When he was on 123, Kohli edged a Pat Cummins delivery to Peter Handscomb in the slip cordon. Kohli wasn’t convinced it was a clean catch and the umpires referred it upstairs. The evidence was inconclusive and much to the surprise of Virat Kohli, the third umpire ruled him out.India lost Ishant Sharma quickly thereafter but Rishabh Pant’s cameo at the end helped India get within 43 runs of Australia’s first innings score.Ishant and Bumrah then troubled Australia’s openers with some impeccable line. Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris survived a torrid spell before the former copped a nasty bouncer from Ishant at the stroke of tea.Finch had to go to the hospital for scans but it was clear he would have no further role to play in the Test. Bumrah returned to castle Harris, who let one go too close to his off stump. Next up, Mohammed Shami removed Shaun Marsh with an absolute beauty.Under overcast skies, the Indian pacers were getting plenty of movement. Ishant came on for his second spell and was right on the money when he trapped Handscomb lbw with a full delivery. Shami then got rid of Travis Head.Also Read | Virat Kohli 3rd captain in Test history to score 1000 away runs in a calendar yearAlso Read | My bat does the talking: Virat Kohli’s celebration after gritty Perth hundred wows fanslast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Michael Vaughan says Lyon will help Australia win series

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan has predicted Australia will win the ongoing four-Test series against India. The highly competitive series between the two sides is currently level at 1-1 after the first two matches.Michael Vaughan also insisted that off-spinner Nathan Lyon will be the difference between India and Australia, who won their first Test since the ball-tampering scandal in Perth to nullify the early advantage Virat Kohli’s men had gained after winning the series opener in Adelaide.”Final thought as I leave Aussie … Australia will Win the series … Lyon is going to prove to be the difference … (sic),” Vaughan wrote on Twitter while announcing he won’t be part of Fox Cricket’s commentary panel for the last two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.Final thought as I leave Aussie … Australia will Win the series … Lyon is going to prove to be the difference … #AUSvIND … Anyway back to the cold … See you all down under in early jan @FoxCricketMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 20, 2018Nathan Lyon, who had topped the bowling charts during Australia’s 2-0 win over India in 2014-15, has given India a lot of headaches in the ongoing series. He picked up eight wickets, including the prized wicket of captain Virat Kohli early during India’s unsuccessful chase of 287 in Perth.Lyon, who has risen to his career-best seventh spot in ICC Test bowler rankings, has already snared 16 wickets from two matches in the ongoing series. Playing as the only spinner in the Australian bowling attack, the seasoned campaigner has complemented the three-man pace attack as the hosts have hunted in packs, successfully.advertisementMeanwhile, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said Virat Kohli’s men have shown too much respect to Nathan Lyon, who has picked up a five-for in each of the first two Tests.The former opener, who was known for his ability to take spinners out of the attack, added he all but sent a text to Kohli about India’s inability to fend away threats from spinners, especially in overseas conditions.”I had thought of sending a text to Kohli but I haven’t done it yet. I wanted to tell him that you shouldn’t give so many wickets to spinners outside the subcontinent. There is no doubt that Nathan Lyon is a great spinner but so were Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and Graeme Swann,” Ganguly told India TV.”They have shown him too much respect by defending a lot of deliveries outside the off-stump. Instead, I feel they should attack him more and look to build towards at least a total in excess of 300-350.”Lots of talk going around in media specially Australian .. watch out for india against this australia ..still two tests to go and india can win both.. don’t go too far ahead everyone @bcci— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 19, 2018’India remain favourites to win the series’ On the other hand, former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan said India will be able to win their first-ever Test series in Australia despite the spirited comeback from the hosts in Perth.”India have a very good opportunity to win their first-ever Test series in Australia. Even though Australia have bounced back to level the series at 1-1, India remain favourites to win the series,” Zaheer told ANI.”The bowling unit is showing a lot of consistency in their plans and executions. Not just on this tour but the pace unit has been impressive in the last three overseas tours.”With considerable pressure to not let the series slip away, India will face a confident Australian side in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.Also Read | I want to come back better than I was, says Steve Smith in new commercialAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar’s ultimatum to Virat Kohli if India fail to win Australia Test seriesAlso See:last_img read more

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I was scared after reaching 90s, says Rishabh Pant after record 159* in Sydney

first_imgIndia’s newest sensation Rishabh Pant once again gave the world a glimpse of the immense talent that he possess as he scored his second hundred in Test cricket in the ongoing match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.Pant remained unbeaten on 159 as India declared its first innings after posting 622 for 7 on the board. The hosts came out to bat for 10 overs late in the final session on Day 2 and scored 24 runs before the stumps were drawn for the day. Australia trail India by 598 runs with Marcus Harris (19*) and Usman Khawaja (5*) at the crease.Pant’s score was the second highest by a wicketkeeper in Australia and the highest by an Indian stumper to slam a hundred Down Under.Talking about his knock the left-handed Delhi batsman said that he was really nervous after entering the 90s and was relieved to cross the three-figure mark eventually.”I was a little nervous because when we were playing in India against the West Indies, in the last two innings I got out on 92 both times. I was scared slightly but I got through that phase early.”I loved my celebration I didn’t think that I’ll do something like that, whatever expression came out of me I just did that,” Pant said at the press conference after the day’s play.A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Pant’s resilience meant he joined Budhi Kunderan (192), Nayan Mongia (152) and MS Dhoni (224) as only the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to score 150 in Test cricket. Incidentally, three of those four innings (Mongia, Dhoni and Pant) have come against Australia. Budhi Kunderan’s 192 came against England.advertisementThis was his second hundred in Test cricket after the brilliant 114 he had scored in the fifth Test against England at The Oval last year.He had missed on a couple of hundreds in the first and second Test against the West Indies immediately after the knock in England as he got on 92 in both the matches.Talking about his latest century, Pant said batting with recognised batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja helped his case as he could take his time and play out more deliveries to get settled.Pant added 89 runs for the sixth-wicket with Pujara before stitching a record 204-run stand with Jadeja for the seventh wicket. He had the chance to break AB de Villiers’ record of the highest score by a wicketkeeper in Australia but fell short as Virat Kohli decided to declare after Jadeja’s wicket.Pujara top-scored for the Indians with 193 runs while Jadeja made 81 as the tourists made the Aussie bowlers toil hard for nearly two days in hot conditions in Sydney.An unconventional shot of the day from Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/HOqsjHtgKIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019″Every hundred which I score at the international level will be special for me because I have just started my career. I don’t think about hundreds, I just think about what the team needs from me.”I don’t think anything changed for me (technique wise) main thing was that I was playing with a proper batsman this time. Most of the times when I got the start I was playing with the tail. When I’m batting with the tail I have to think differently because most of the time I have to score runs.”When you’re batting with a proper batsman it’s different. As a wicketkeeper we just look forward to be positive because it’s not a one-ball game,” Pant added.Also Read | Pujara 193, Pant 159* leave Australia gasping in SydneyAlso Read | Tim Paine speaking: Australian captain answers phone call intended for reporterAlso Read | Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coachAlso Read | India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2 Highlightslast_img read more

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West Indies, England bowlers bowl most number of wides in a Test match

first_imgWest Indies vs England 3rd Test in St Lucia entered the record books for an unwanted feat. The bowlers from either teams combined to bowl the most number of wide deliveries in a Test match. The Test match they surpassed also featured West Indies – In 2008 in Bridgetown, West Indian and Australian bowlers had combined to record 34 wides in a game of Test cricket.Kemar Roach bowled a wide in the fifth delivery of the first over of Day 4 of the Test match to equal the record with 34 wides. It was Roach’s second wide ball of the innings.In England’s bowling innings post that, Mark Wood bowled a wide to Shai Hope in the 14th over to surpass the record with 35 wides.India and South Africa feature heavily in the top six matches that recorded the most number of wides.The 2018’s Johannesburg Test between South Africa and India recorded 33 wide deliveries and is third on the list. The fourth match on the list is also a South Africa vs India Test and in Johannesburg too. In 2013, the Test match between these two teams saw a total of 31 wides being bowled.West Indies vs England, 3rd Test Day 4 in Gros Islet: Live Cricket ScoreFifth on the list is an India vs Pakistan Test, which happened in Faisalabad in 1989 and where 30 wides were bowled. 30 wide deliveries were also bowled in 2014’s Centurion Test between South Africa and Australia, completing the top six.Here is the break up of wide deliveries bowled in the Test match so far:advertisementEngland bowlers (2nd innings) – 1: Mark Wood (1)West Indies bowlers (2nd innings) – 8: Kemar Roach (2), Shannon Gabriel (5) and Roston Chase (1)England bowlers (1st innings) – 10: Mark Wood (5) and James Anderson (5)West Indies bowlers (1st innings) – 16: Kemar Roach (1), Shannon Gabriel (6), Alzarri Joseph (3) and Keemo Paul (6)The third Test has been full of drama. First it was about two West Indies’s players Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo getting injured. Then a major controversy erupted during the afternoon session, involving Joe Root and Gabriel.In a video circulating on social media, Root can be heard on the stump mic saying, “There is nothing wrong with being gay.”While it is unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen, Root said in the press conference after the day’s play, “Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field.”The Test started with a bit of controversy anyway when Jason Holder was banned by the ICC for over rate offence in the second Test, despite the match getting over in just three days.West Indies have already won the series after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead after the first two Tests.England declared their second innings at 361/5, setting West Indies the target of 485 runs.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar trolled for asking ICC to introspect on use of stump micslast_img read more

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CBSE toppers mantra: Shun social media

first_imgHardwork, discipline, focus, a cool mind There’s a lot that goes into a student’s success. But if there was one common factor that really helped this year’s toppers of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII exams, it was their resolve to stay away from social media platforms – especially during peak preparations.The results that were announced on Thursday brought immense pride to Delhi-NCR. Two girls – Hansika Shukla from DPS Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora from SD Public School Muzaffarnagar – scored 499 out of 500 and emerged as joint toppers. “I’m not active on social media. I listened to a little bit of Bollywood and English songs and some classic music to relax. I do not remember the last time I used Facebook,” said Hansika, whose mother teaches at a Ghaziabad college and father works at the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.She scored 100 each in Political Science, History, Psychology, Hindustani Vocal Music and 99 in English. “I am a sports enthusiast. I would watch videos on badminton and gymnastics,” she said. Karishma said she also had her focus right and relied on self-study. “Staying away from social media was one of the pledges that I made before the exams,” said the Arts stream student.Three girls hold the second spot with 498 marks. They are Gaurangi Chawla of Nirmal Ashram School Rishikesh, Aishwarya of KV Rae Bareli and Bhavya BR of SK International Public School Jind.DELHI TOPPERSEighteen students hold the third position with 497 marks. They include two from Delhi – Vasant Valley School’s Veeraj Jindal and DPS Rohini’s Mehak Talwar.advertisement”As far as Facebook and Twitter are concerned, I rarely use them. I spent most of my time on reading books, playing football and instrumental drums, rather than using the internet unnecessarily,” said Veeraj.LUCKNOW GIRLAnother third-ranker, Ayushi Upadhyay from Lucknow Public School, credited her success to her focus. “I stayed away from social media and focused on my studies. I do not have a Facebook account,” she said. She scored 100 each in History and Hindi, and 99 each in English, Economics and Geography. “I want to become a lawyer,” she said.EXPERTS’ TAKEPsychologists have long pointed out bad effects of social media on the mental health of children. One finding suggests that children spending more than three hours a day on social media are twice as likely to suffer from poor mental health.”Social media makes children addictive and as a result it consumes time that can be used on study to score better. Using social media also tires the mind out. In terms of cyber psychology, usage of social media, if not regulated, affects the thinking capacity,” said Prashant Mali, a cyber expert.Regular use of social media is often regarded as a distraction. Experts say that some of the features such as ‘like’ and ‘share’ activate the reward centre in the brain as youngsters hooked to social media end up spending hours each day watching videos, photos and other content posted by their friends and accounts they follow.OVERALL SCOREThis year the pass percentage improved as 83.4% students passed, up from 83.01% in 2018, triggering a flurry of congratulatory messages, including those from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. In Delhi region too, the pass percentage improved to 91.87%, up from 89% in 2018. -With inputs from Chayyanika Nigam in New Delhi.last_img read more

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Google Pixel 4 image with dual punch hole camera leaked online

first_imgGoogle, last month unveiled its first ever budget smartphone – the Google Pixel 3a and the Google Pixel 3a XL (REVIEW) – at its annual developers coneference. And now that the buzz about the Pixel 3a series is over, we can all focus on the company’s premium budget smartphones – the Google Pixel 4 series – that will be launched later this year. In the past couple of weeks, a series of reports have kept us excited about the upcoming Google Pixel 4. And now, a new report sheds more light on how the Pixel 4 would like.The leaked images, that come as a courtesy of SlashLeaks show a hand-on preview of the upcoming Google Pixel 4. As per the images shared by the blog, Pixel 4 would comes with a nearly bezel-less design in the front with a punch-hole camera on the left side of the display. A number of reports in the past, including the image of the Pixel 4 screen protector shared by Skinomi and image renders of Pixel 4 shared by Phone Designer, have hinted towards a similar design for Pixel 4.Besides this, the images shared by the blog also indicate that the phone would come with a horizontally stacked dual rear camera setup – a feature that would make Pixel 4 the first ever Pixel smartphone to feature dual cameras at the back, a feature that already become a norm these days. A similarity that the phone is expected to share with its predecessor – the Google Pixel 3 – is a glass design. The upcoming Pixel 4 is expected to come with a glass back with the Google logo placed in the lower quadrant of the phone.advertisementThe leaked image, however, does not give us closer look at the phone, which would help us ascertain if the Google Pixel 4 would come with physical buttons for various functions such as the volume control button, the power button and the button for invoking Google Assistant. To recall, a report by a YouTube channel Front Page Tech had hinted that the Google Pixel 4 would come with a button-less design and that it would come with touch capacitive design indicating that users will have to squeeze the phone to perform various tasks.Apart from this, reports have also indicated the upcoming Google Pixel 4 would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and it would run on the Android Q. The phone is expected to pack up to 6GB RAM and come with front firing speakers. We also know that Pixel 4 would come with Google Assistant 2.0 which would allow users to access the company’s virtual assistant even in the areas of no internet connectivity. Having said so, it is important to note that a lot of these reports fall in rumourville and we will have to wait till the company officially unveils the phone later this year to know more about the company’s next flagship device.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 could feature a button-less designALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 screen protector shows a display with dual punch hole selfie cameraALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 image leak suggests a punch hole camera in frontALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 will be the first phone to get next generation Google Assistantlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s road to semi-finals

first_imgNew Zealand are all set to become the first team to play their eighth semi-final match in World Cup history when they take the field against India at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on Tuesday.New Zealand have been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament’s history but their record in the semi-finals is not something they would be very proud of. Out of the seven semi-finals they have featured in so far, New Zealand have lost six and won just once, in 2015 when they reached the final but lost Australia in the summit clash.It is this record which Kane Williamson’s side will be looking to improve upon even though they are heading into the last-four clash on the back of three successive defeats.New Zealand started off strong winning six matches on the trot but their campaign suffered in the second-half of the league stage as they lost against Pakistan, Australia and England but still manage to scrape through to the semis thanks to their superior net run rate over Pakistan.Both teams were tied on 11 points but the Kiwis had a NRR of 0.175 while Pakistan had a NRR of -0.43.But even with a team that is not in the best of forms, New Zealand have the ability to bounce back and even stun India in the upcoming blockbuster clash on Tuesday.Off to training we go says @JimmyNeeshv Semi-final LIVE Tuesday on @skysportnz + @radiosportnz 10:30am (UKT) | 9:30pm (NZT) #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/9rXVNyzXuUadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 8, 2019Before the much-awaited clash, let’s take a look at how New Zealand reached the semi-finals in this World Cup.NEW ZEALAND vs SRI LANKANew Zealand made a strong statement right at the start of their campaign as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening match in Cardiff on June 1.Led by Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry’s three-wicket hauls each, the Blackcaps bowled Sri Lanka out for a paltry score of 136 in 29.2 overs. Openers Martin Guptill (73 not out) and Colin Munro (58 not out) then made light work of the run chase and overhauled the target in just 16.1 oversNEW ZEALAND vs BANGLADESHThe very next game they played was one where they were pushed to the very edge but New Zealand managed to prevail in the end and beat Bangladesh by 2 wickets in a thrilling match at The Oval on June 5.Put into bat, Bangladesh rode on Shakib Al Hasan’s 64 and middle-order contributions from Mohammad Mithun (26) and Mohammad Saifuddin (29) to reach 244. Matt Henry starred with 4 wickets while Trent Boult picked up 2.New Zealand in reply were cruising in their run chase at 160 for 2 when the collapse happened for them thanks to a double-wicket over from Mehidy Hasan as he removed Kane Williamson (40) and Tom Latham (0) within 5 deliveries. Ross Taylor’s dismissal for 82 sent down shivers down their spine before James Neesham (25), Colin de Grandhomme (15) and Mitchell Santner (17 not out) played useful knocks to take the team over the finish line in 47.1 overs.Is it going to be a sea of blue on Tuesday? @RossLTaylor expects so! BUT he hopes some NZ flags will be flying in support too…v Semi-final LIVE Tuesday on @skysportnz + @radiosportnz 10:30am (UKT) | 9:30pm (NZT) #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/aMcJsHUd9BBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 8, 2019NEW ZEALAND vs AFGHANISTANThe match against Afghanistan proved to be a cakewalk for Kane Williamson’s team as they won by 7 wickets at Taunton on June 8 to register their third successive victory.A five-wicket haul from James Neesham and four wickets from Lockie Ferguson saw New Zealand bowl Afghanistan out for 172 in 41.1 overs.In reply the Kiwis got to the target in 32.1 overs with captain Williamson remaining unbeaten on 79 while Ross Taylor made 48.NEW ZEALAND vs INDIAIndia and New Zealand were the only two unbeaten teams in the competition before their face-off in Nottingham on June 13 but no play was possible and the match had to be abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled. Both teams dropped points for the first time in their campaign, sharing a point each due to the washout.NEW ZEALAND vs SOUTH AFRICAKane Williamson’s six under pressure in the penultimate over proved to be the telling blow as New Zealand defeated South Africa by 4 wickets and 9 balls to spare to all but knock the Proteas out of the semis race.Lockie Ferguson once again starred with the ball with 3 wickets as New Zealand restricted South Africa to 241 for 6 in the 49-overs-a-side match.Which @BCCI bowler is @RossLTaylor talking about here at the @cricketworldcup?! See if you can guess before he mentions him!v Semi-final LIVE Tuesday on @skysportnz + @radiosportnz 10:30am (UKT) | 9:30pm (NZT) #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OwBBpLfpGPadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 8, 2019In reply, the Kiwis got off to a horror start as Colin Munro departed in the third over. The middle-order failed to fire as well and it was only Kane Williamson’s knock which kept the team in the chase all throughout.He first stitched a 60-run stand with opener Martin Guptill (35) before adding 57 with Neesham (23) for the fifth wicket. Then came Colin de Grandhomme, who played a lovely cameo of 60 off 47 balls hitting five boundaries and two sixes to ease the pressure off his captain. The duo added 97 runs for the sixth wicket and took the team close before the chase turned tense as de Grandhomme departed.But Williamson stayed calm under pressure and took his team over the finish line in the 49th over, finishing the match with a six and a four to remain unbeaten on 106.NEW ZEALAND vs WEST INDIESThe game between New Zealand and West Indies has probably been the match of the tournament so far which finally ended with the Kiwis winning by just 5 runs to remain unbeaten in the competition.Williamson once again continued his brilliant form with the bat and struck 148 off 154 balls after the openers failed to open their accounts. The captain’s 160-run partnership for the 3rd-wicket with Ross Taylor (69) saw the team reach 291 for 8 in 50 overs. Sheldon Cottrell picked up 4 wickets for the Windies while Carlos Brathwaite got two.#BackTheBlackcaps | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JukKZro9InCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 7, 2019A measured 87 off 84 balls from Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer’s 54 had the Windies cruising at one stage. But the chase fell apart for them once the 122-run partnership for the third wicket came to an end.Trent Boult (4 for 30) and Lockie Ferguson (3 for 59) ran through the Windies middle-order before Carlos Brathwaite staged a superb fight back as he batted with the tail-enders to take his team within touching distance.Brathwaite stitched a 47-run stand for the 8th wicket, 34 for the 9th and 41 for the 10th wicket and made 101 before failing to clear the ropes against a James Neesham delivery which led to his dismissal. West Indies fell short of the target by just 5 runs and Brathwaite was down on his knees.NEW ZEALAND vs PAKISTANNew Zealand’s downfall started with the game against Pakistan which they lost by 6 wickets in Birmingham on June 22.James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme’s 132-run partnership for the sixth wicket helped New Zealand reach a below-par 237 for 6 after Shaheen Shah Afridi’s lethal bowling performance.Pakistan then rode on a superb 101 not out from Babar Azam and 68 off 76 from Haris Sohail to cross the finish line with 5 balls to spare and inflict the first loss on New Zealand.NEW ZEALAND vs AUSTRALIAThe trans-Tasman rivalry was renewed at the Lord’s on June 29 but just like the 2015 World Cup final, Australia completely outclassed New Zealand in a one-sided contest and won by 86 runs to become the first team to reach the semi-finals.advertisementTrent Boult’s hat-trick helped New Zealand restrict Australia to 243 for 9 despite superb knocks from Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71).New Zealand in reply, were completely blown away by the pace and swing of Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff as the two left-arm fast bowlers shared 7 wickets between themselves. Starc finished with 5 for 26 while Behrendorff got 2 as Australia bowled out the opposition for 157 in 43.4 overs.NEW ZEALAND vs ENGLANDThe hosts once again dished out a complete team performance after beating India in the previous game and hammered New Zealand by 119 runs to reach the semi-finals on July 3.Batting first, England posted 305 for 8 on the board with Jonny Bairstow scoring 106 while Jason Roy (60) and Eoin Morgan (42) also made useful contributions.Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett then rattled the Kiwis with pace and bounce as England bowled New Zealand out for 186. Wood got 3 wickets while Woakes, Archer, Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes chipped in with a wicket each.After this defeat, New Zealand had to rely on the result of Pakistan’s final league match against Bangladesh to make it to the last-four. Pakistan had to defeat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs to topple New Zealand from the fourth position in the table. Pakistan won by 94 runs to finish their campaign level on 11 points with New Zealand but their inferior net run rate saw Kane Williamson’s side sneak into the semi-finals.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsAlso Read | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryAlso Read | Dream11 Prediction: India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain World Cup 2019last_img read more

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