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first_imgNEW YORK — Danny Garcia and Paulie Malignaggi were both looking to the future — with vastly different visions.Garcia stopped Malignaggi in the ninth round of their welterweight fight Aug. 1 at Barclays Center to remain undefeated.Garcia improved to 31-0 with his 18th knockout. Malignaggi dropped to 33-7.“Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are great fighters in this division, and they’re both represented by Al Haymon,” Garcia said. “So, if they want we can make it happen.”Following the fight, Malignaggi acknowledged he may be close to retirement.“I’m probably not fighting again,” said Malignaggi, who also works as a television commentator. “My career started in Brooklyn 14 years ago. If it ends in Brooklyn tonight then at least I ended it at home where I’m from and in front of the greatest fans in the world.”With Malignaggi against the ropes, Garcia threw a flurry of punches before referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped it at 2:22 of the ninth.Garcia and Malignaggi traded shots almost immediately. But Garcia had the better of the exchanges, including opening cuts surrounding Malignaggi’s right eye.Malignaggi landed his best punch in the seventh, a hard right to the chin that Garcia shook off.“I was trying to dictate the pace because I didn’t want him to get into a groove,” Malignaggi said. “He’s a hard puncher and I didn’t want to give him confidence to land a big shot. I wanted to dictate with my jab and keep him missing so he’d second guess on throwing his power. The (fewer) power shots he (threw) the (fewer) power shots he could hit me with.“He was walking me down fairly well behind the jab. He cut me and I think that upped his confidence. I never could get control of the pace.”While the crowd of 7,237 fans was disappointed with the result of the main event, Danny Jacobs’ performance in the semi-main event had the crowd roaring.Jacobs improved to 30-1 when he stopped Sergio Mora at 2:55 of the second round. Jacobs landed a right hook to the side of Mora’s head, who crumpled to the canvas and was taken from the ring by stretcher because of right ankle and knee injuries. Mora was taken to a hospital for a MRI.“I know it’s broken. I heard it pop,” said Mora, who fell to 28-4-2. “I heard my knee pop and I want to see a replay because I know my ankle is broken.”Immediately following the fight, Jacobs unequivocally expressed his disinterest in a rematch.“No reason to go backwards,” said Jacobs, who was knocked down by a left to the face in the first round. “Did a guy with nine knockouts really knock me down?”Also, light heavyweights Travis Peterkin (15-0-1) and Lenin Castillo (12-0-1) fought to a majority draw; Rafael Vazquez (16-1) stopped Mario Macias (26-17) at 1:50 of the first round in their featherweight fight; heavyweight Adam Kownacki improved to 11-0 with a knockout of Maurenzo Smith (12-10-3) at 2:26 of the second round; Heather Hardy moved to 14-0 with a stoppage decision of Renata Domsodi (12-7).Junior lightweights Titus Williams and Thomas Velasquez won in their pro debuts, with Williams topping Micah Branch (2-15-1), Velasquez stopping Gabriel Braxton (2-11-1) in the fourth.Junior middleweight Prichard Colon (15-0) stopped Michael Finney (12-4-1) in the second.(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRussia’s World Cup organising committee has confirmed that the Moscow police has detained seven Argentinian fans who were filmed fighting with two Croatian fans when their national teams played each other at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday.”According to the information the Local Organising Committee received from public security authorities of Nizhny Novgorod, seven Argentinians were detained after the match between Argentina and Croatia,” an organising committee spokesman said in written comments to Reuters.”The matter is now with the judicial authorities to judge the matter in line with the governing laws.”Argentina fans beat up Croatian supporters at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium after the two-time world champions were crushed 3-0.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn a video which went viral on social media, several others could also be seen coming to the rescue of the Croat, who lay helplessly on the ground. Some Argentine fans shouted “no” and tried to break up the fight.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThe fight was quickly broken when a woman intervened. The Nizhny Novgorod police said there were “no significant violations of law and order” after the match.Argentina vs. Croatia..21/06/2018. #WorldCup #ARG #CRO pic.twitter.com/uOGEbBNxMcTheRealCasuals (@Real_Casuals_66) June 22, 2018FIFA said they were shocked with the incident which would have left a sour taste on the mouths of the Croats after a memorable win.”FIFA firmly condemns the behaviour of these so-called fans and reiterates that violence has no place in football,” the spokesperson said.Argentina’s test after worst group stage defeat in World Cups in 60 yearsadvertisementNearly 10,500 Argentine fans and 5,000 Croatia fans attended the match on Thursday. According to some media reports, angry Argentine fans also spitted at manager Jorge Sampaoli and hit him in the head with a bottle.Lionel Messi endured another failure as Argentina were crushed 3-0 by Croatia, who qualified for the round of 16 after their second straight victory.Messi was again largely anonymous as Croatia kept him out of the game while, at the same time, taking all their opportunities to ensure a joyful triumph in front of 43,319 spectators at the picturesque stadium on the banks of the Volga.The win thanks to goals from Ante Rrebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic followed a 2-0 success against Nigeria in their opening game at the weekend and was a reminder of the quality of a team who attracted little attention ahead of the finals.World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyThe last time Croatia reached the World Cup knockout phase was in 1998 when they finished the tournament in third place.Diego Maradona, who watched from the stands, was in tears as Argentina suffered their worst defeat in the group stages in the World Cup in 60 years.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgCameras have become a pretty integral part of a smartphone today and they are probably one of the most important aspects for a consumer when looking for a good phone. It used to be that the really good camera phones would also be the ones that would cost a fortune. But we don’t live that time anymore. In 2018, we see cameras getting better everyday, coming to smartphones that cost cheaper and cheaper.Today, we’re looking at the affordable mid-range segment, which is a very competitive market, especially in India. Phone under Rs 20,000 are expected to deliver on all fronts including design, performance and photography. We are also in a time when dual cameras are trickling down to the lower end of the market, making things even more interesting. When it comes to good camera phones, a few names do come to mind and here’s what you need to know about them.Redmi Note 5 Pro: Rs 14,999The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a dual camera setup that comprises of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and one 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, both of which are RGB. The primary sensor has a 1.25-micron pixel to capture more light while the secondary camera helps in portrait shots. The rear cameras are backed by PDAF and dual-LED flash. Over on the front, you get a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash.The cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro are exceptional and we feel that it edges out the Mi A1 as the best camera smartphone for its price right now. Photos captured have a good amount of detail and colour under ideal lighting. Unlike the Mi A1, low-light captures are good as well despite some noise. Meanwhile, selfies captured via the front camera are also quite detailed and colours are almost true to life. The only area where the Mi A1 has an edge is with portrait shots, although only marginally.advertisementRedmi Y2: Rs 9,999After a pretty disappointing Redmi Y1 last year, Xiaomi found its footing once again with a more impressive Redmi Y2. While not as comparable as the Redmi Note 5 in this segment, the Redmi Y2 is a pretty solid camera phone. The much-touted selfie camera, in fact, is perhaps the best in its class which is why it’s worth a look if you’re looking for a good camera phone on a budget. Additionally, you also get a more premium-looking phone compared to its predecessor and an 18:9 display to top it up. The Redmi sports a dual camera setup with a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5-megapixel camera, for depth sensing. For its price, the Redmi Y2 captures some good-looking photos in decent light with a good amount of detail and colour reproduction. But the real star of the show is its 16-megapixel selfie camera, which is capable of taking crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions. The front camera also supports face unlock and portrait mode via software. In conclusion, the Redmi Y2 is perhaps the best smartphone for selfies in the affordable segment.Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1: Rs 10,999Asus has struck gold with the ZenFone Max Pro as it is one of the few phones that managed to impress us from pretty much all aspects. The phone not only brings a stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box but also impresses with its performance, 18:9 display and 5,000mAh battery. And yes, the phone also comes with some pretty good cameras.The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a dual camera system on the back which includes one 13-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) and a secondary 5-megapixel camera for depth sensing. The cameras are assisted by PDAF and LED flash, and are capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front, you get an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. The cameras on the ZenFone Max Pro M1 are comparable to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is great for a phone that costs only Rs 10,999. Photos captured in good light look good with spot-on colours. Low-light photography, however, isn’t a strong suit as photos look pretty noisy. In our review, we found the selfie was better than the Redmi Note 5, but doesn’t come close to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.Moto Z2 Play: Rs 17,999The Moto Z2 Play is a 2017 smartphone and has already been succeeded by the Moto Z3 Play, which was launched a few weeks ago. But as the Z3 Play is yet to hit the Indian market, we continue to suggest the Moto Z2 Play as one of the best camera phones you can buy under Rs 20,000. Initially launched at Rs 27,999, the phone can now be found for as low as Rs 18,000.advertisementThe Moto Z2 Play comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-pixel autofocus, PDAF, dual-tone LED support and f/1.7 aperture. Photos captured in good lighting conditions look vibrant and one of the reasons colours pop on screen is because of the AMOLED display. The camera app also has a Pro mode to give you more control of what you’re photographing.The 5-megapixel front camera has nothing to write home about. You’ll get some decent selfies from it in good light and there’s also a beautification mode for that extra bit of help.iPhone SE: Rs 18,999The iPhone SE might be a couple of years old but it is an affordable iPhone that we cannot leave out of a sub-Rs 20,000 list, especially for the Apple fans out there. While the hardware of the iPhone SE may seem dated now, the same cannot be said for the cameras. The iPhone SE has some of the best cameras for its class even today.The iPhone SE has a 12-megapixel sensor with 5-element lens and TrueTone flash. Reviews back in 2016 including our own hailed it as one of the best cameras in a smartphone. And while a lot has changed in the past two years, the cameras remain just as good today. It is super fast at focusing and takes true-to-life images, which are well balanced in terms of contrast and colours. However, the 1.2-megapixel front camera is quite poor and doesn’t fit in a selfie-crazy world today. But if you’re not into selfies too much and need an affordable iPhone with good rear camera then there’s nothing better than the iPhone SE right now.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities at the famous Bowring Institute, an elite club in Bengaluru, were in for a shock on Thursday: In three lockers, they found huge amounts of cash, gold, diamonds, expensive watches and documents in six heavy bags.Since there was a demand for sports lockers in the club, the authorities issued notices to members from February 2018, through e-mail and SMS, and also posted notices on the institute premises.While many came forward to register their lockers, there were 126 lockers for which nobody had come forward to register. Hence, the process of breaking open the lockers began on Thursday. That’s when they found the stash.HS Srikanth, the honorary secretary of the Bowring Institute, told India Today that the entire process was video-recorded, and that when the bags were found, they had no clue to whom these lockers belonged.The club authorities then immediately informed the local police and officials from the Income Tax (I-T) and Directorate of Enforcement (ED) departments, who began their investigation.The bags had cash worth Rs 3.90 crore, 650 grams of gold, diamonds worth Rs 7.8 crore, property documents worth hundreds of crores, 1 Rolex watch and other watches valued at Rs 40 lakh, signed blank cheques for Rs 50 crore, Rs 30 crore and Rs 5 crore.Srikanth says it was during the investigation that an individual named Avinash Anarkali Kukreja, 48, who is a real estate businessman claimed ownership of the contents.”His mother was a regular visitor. Avinash wasn’t an active member of the club,” Srikanth added.On Sunday, IT and ED department officials visited Bowring institute to continue their investigation.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSunil Gavaskar batted for the inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in India’s playing XI as an opener for the fifth and final Test at Oval against England. India have already lost the five-match series.England beat India by 60 runs at Southampton to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series and the final Test at Oval in London will just be India’s opportunity to salvage some pride.Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have all not been able to hit their stride and have struggled for runs. Vijay was dropped from the side for the third Test after the second Test at Lord’s, where he was bowled out twice on duck. Subsequently, he was dropped for the final two Tests of the series and was replaced by an inform Shaw, who has been scoring runs for fun with India A.India’s openers in the fourth Test — Dhawan and Rahul — have managed 158 and 113 runs in six and eight innings respectively and Gavaskar feels this is a good opportunity to bring Prithvi Shaw in the senior team.WATCH FULL VIDEO”I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to blood Prithvi Shaw. I would look at him and Karun Nair if you want to go with an extra batsman. If you want to keep the same balance, then Ravindra Jadeja might get a look because I don’t know if Ravichandran Ashwin is fit to bowl,” Gavaskar told India Today.India go into the Oval Test having already lost the series and since the past 37 years, India have not won a Test match at the ground in London.advertisementGavaskar feels it is a pitch that suits India but in the past years, the Oval Test is usually the last match by when India already lose the series and therefore, such a timid record.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan’s perfect response to people who tried to troll Team India”I think it’s one of the pitches that should suit India, ball comes on nicely to the bat and there’s a bit of pace in the wicket and less of lateral movement. I don’t really know how the wicket is like yet. I will go later and have a look at the pitch and the conditions.”Playing the final Test after losing a series is not a good mental state to be in and perhaps this is why we have such a record at this ground where we have folded within three or four days,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also had his say on Indian head coach Ravi Shastri’s controversial statement where he declared this Indian team as the best touring side in the past 15-20 years.In the press conference on Wednesday, Shastri said that this Indian team have won nine overseas matches and he could not remember any Indian team of the past 15-20 years who had “that kind of run in such a short span of time”.What he failed to mention was the fact that five of these nine overseas wins have come in Sri Lanka.”In Sri Lanka, not too many Indian captains and teams have won. West Indies, England and South Africa, previous teams have won matches in the last 15-20 years. I think this was his [Ravi Shastri] view and perhaps only he can speak about it.Also read – Virat Kohli, Joe Root best active batsmen in the world: Brian Lara”What I can say is teams in 1980s have won in England and West Indies. Rahul Dravid also won series in West Indies in 2005, won matches in England in 2007 and captained India when they beat South Africa for the first time. Dravid gets very little credit for his leadership and his team’s wins. There have been teams who have won overseas.”I will not discount wins in Sri Lanka because they are tough to beat at home but when we talk of wins, it is in England, South Africa and Australia and India have won in England before but have never won a series in South Africa and Australia,” Gavaskar assessed.There have been unanimous echoes that this Indian team has the abilities to be the best touring side in the world right now but with series in South Africa and England, they have failed to live up to the potential.Also read – Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyGavaskar feels an assessment has to be made of the performances and where the management went wrong but that can be done after the series. With one Test still left to go, he understands why the management is speaking so highly of the team.advertisement”I think that’s something [performance failure] that needs to be looked at by the end of the series. During the series, I understand the management saying that the team is still very good, which is to keep the morale up. There is still one Test to go. A real assessment has to be made on September 12, when the series ends.”Gavaskar also had his views on why the Indian batsmen have been found wanting in the series against England and he thinks too much of white ball cricket has a role to play.”Too much of one-day cricket means people can play through the line but with the kind of movement red ball generates, it is not possible. To play spin bowling, you need to use your feet and the lack of footwork has not helped this team.”last_img read more

first_imgJos Buttler scored a 133-ball 89 to help England recover from 198-7 on day one and score 332 runs in their first innings at The Oval on Saturday.At the end of play on day 2 of the fifth and final Test, India were reduced to 174-6 and 158 runs behind England with 4 wickets remaining in their first innings.Butller, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday, felt England are in complete control of th Test match at the moment.India vs England 5th Test Day 2: Highlights | Report | Photos”Yes, I think so (we are in charge of the game),” Buttler said to a question after the end of second day.”The lead at the moment is quite healthy, and I hope if we can back up the performance today (Sunday) we can be in a really strong position in the game.”Buttler had put on 33 runs with Adil Rashid and then 98 runs with Stuart Broad to bail out England.READ – Virat Kohli questions the utility of tour gamesTalking about his partnerships, Buttler said: “We probably spoke about 50 (more) runs that’s what we were targeting. But I thought we worked really well in partnerships, and Rashid’s got a lot of talent with the bat. And we know Broad’s scored some vital runs for England over his career as well.”What that does is give you confidence to stay in the same manner, and you don’t have to change the way you’re playing just because you’re seven or eight down. We can just build a partnership as we did today (Saturday),” he added.advertisementREAD – Bowlers failed to capitalise despite being on top, admits Jasprit BumrahIndian skipper Virat Kohli again took the onus of scoring, as India struggled to 103-4 after being 70-1 at one stage.James Anderson dismissed both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane but couldn’t get Kohli, despite a massive lbw shout.READ – KL Rahul loses his shoe, Ben Stokes helps him put it back onKohli eventually was out for 49 to Ben Stokes towards the end of play as India slipped to 160-6 after losing Rishabh Pant as well.”It’s obviously a massive wicket. He’s one of the best players in the world, and he’s had an outstanding series. Any time you create a chance, or umpire’s call early on can go either way, they are huge moments for us against a guy of that quality,” said Buttler.The 28-year-old batsman said it is a treat for the fans to watch the duel between Kohli and Anderson.READ – Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated exchange during Oval Test”It’s fantastic Test cricket. Virat’s one of the best players in the world, if not the best at the minute, and Jimmy’s England’s greatest ever bowler. As a match-up for fans and players alike, it’s awesome to watch,” he said.”The two of them are immensely competitive and have a great duel all through the series.”Buttler said Anderson would have had more wickets if they could hold on to more catches.”I think Jimmy has been particularly unlucky. He’s created some great chances, and been very close. If we could catch, he’d have a few (wickets),” Buttler signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli said the tie against West Indies in the second one day international in Vizag was a fair result.India, thanks to Kohli’s unbeaten 157 off 129 deliveries and Ambati Rayudu’s 73, posted a competitive 321/6 on the board after opting to bat at the on Wednesday.In reply, the Windies were rocked early but rode on Shai Hope’s 123 not out and Shimron Hetmyer’s 94 to tie the match against India. Windies required 14 from the last over but they scored 13 including a four off the last ball to finish on 321/7.Vizag ODI: Match Report | Highlights | As it happened | PhotosIndia continue to lead the five-match series 1-0 thanks to their 8-wicket victory in the first ODI in Guwahati.”It was a great game of cricket, great to be part of it. Full house and credit to the West Indies team as well, they showed great heart. Specially in the second innings, when they got stuck in despite being three down. Beautiful partnership between both those guys but the way two teams played it was a fair result,” Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.Also Read – Virat Kohli hits 37th ODI hundred to celebrate entry into elite 10,000-run clubPROUD MOMENT Virat Kohli remained not out on 157 in the second ODI vs West Indies at Visakhapatnam (AP Photo)Kohli also said that he was a “proud” man after becoming the fastest batsman to breach the 10,000-run mark in the ODIs on Wednesday.En route his 37th hundred, Kohli broke a plethora of records. He broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 10,000 ODI runs.advertisementKohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10143) but only 9969 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Also read – Keep the runs flowing: Sachin Tendulkar welcomes Virat Kohli to Club 10,000″Personally, I’m pretty proud of my innings and my milestone,” an elated Kohli said.Kohli needed 81 to reach 10,000 ODI runs and the world’s number one batsman in Tests and ODIs pushed Ashley Nurse for a single to add another feather to his illustrious cap.Not just that, Kohli also completed 1000 ODI runs in a calendar for the sixth time.Also Read – In my eyes Virat Kohli is already a legend, says Harbhajan SinghHe became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.The India captain also defended his decision to bat first after winning the toss despite the dew factor in the second innings.”It’s something we decided pre-game, everyone wanted to bat first as it was hot and humid. But in hindsight, in big tournaments like World Cup or Champions Trophy, we might be batting first and we have to embrace everything that comes our way. The pitch was drastically different in the first and the second innings. We were looking at 275-280 but then I got going and we got those 30-40 runs extra. We put up a challenge in front of us today and luckily we got the draw, we will take it at the end of the day,” he said.BOTH TEAMS PLAYED WELL”I’m sure everyone enjoyed and the Windies deserved a draw at least and I think we did well to sneak in a draw.”Kohli also had a word of praise for centurion Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer.”I have been watching Shai for a while now. He played that brilliant knock against England when they were chasing in the fourth innings. Hetmyer as well, credit to him. Hats-off to their strokeplay. I want to congratulate Shai on his hundred,” he signed off.The third ODI between India and the Windies will be played in Pune on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgDoha, Oct 31 (AFP) Qatar Airways announced yet another football sponsorship deal on Wednesday by unveiling a four-and-a-half year agreement with CONMEBOL to become the South American football confederation’s “official global airline partner”.The sponsorship agreement will run until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”Qatar Airways is delighted to become the official global airline partner of CONMEBOL,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker. “This is another big sponsorship that we are doing in football.” Baker said the “milestone” deal would help bolster the brand of the airline and the country.Jose Manuel Astigarraga, CONMEBOL’s secretary general, called it a “super, fantastic agreement”.”(It will) build a brighter situation for all of football,” he said. “For us, it’s a really big honour to have Qatar as a sponsor.”Citing a confidentiality agreement, Astigarraga refused to disclose how much the deal was worth but said it was “very interesting”.It is the latest deal in a rapidly growing football sponsorship portfolio for Qatar Airways.The airline is also a shirt sponsor of Argentinian giants Boca Juniors, Italian side Roma and has a deal for sleeve sponsorship with Germany’s biggest team, Bayern Munich.Qatar Airways is also the “official airline” for world governing football body, FIFA.Qatar’s sporting and trade relationship with South America is also growing.Baker confirmed that Boca Juniors will play in Qatar early in 2019 — talks are ongoing for Argentinians to play in a potential tournament.Also next year, Qatar’s national side will play in the Copa America in Brazil.Wednesday’s announcement comes just weeks after Qatar’s leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani completed a trip to Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay. (AFP) SCYSCYadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLondon, Nov 14 (AFP) Roger Federer has hit back at claims he gets preferential treatment from tennis tournaments due to his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats. Federer was responding to controversial comments from French veteran Julien Benneteau, who said the 20-Grand Slam champion was able to use his reputation to secure favourable scheduling. Benneteau offered Federer’s matches at the last two Australian Opens as evidence, suggesting the Swiss star was granted his preference to play in the evening session to avoid the blistering Melbourne heat. “Over the last two Australian Opens, he played 14 matches, because he was champion and finalist. And he played 12 or 13 of them in the night session,” Benneteau told France’s RMC Sport recently. “On the same day Federer played Jan-Lennard Struff, Novak Djokovic played Gael Monfils. “Any tournament director would put Djokovic-Monfils on the night session at 7:30pm, right? But no. They played at 2:30pm, in 104 degrees. And Federer-Struff played at night. “It’s normal that he gets preferential treatment, with everything he’s done. But, in some tournaments, there are big differences in the conditions. He has no idea what that’s like.” But Federer was supported by world number one Novak Djokovic on Monday, with his rival suggesting the six-time Australian Open winner had actually earned the right to “special treatment” for all the good he has done for the sport. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley also released a statement saying the scheduling of Federer’s matches for the evening was a response to fan demand to watch a “once-in-a-generation athlete”, rather than any desire to cater to tennis’s biggest star.advertisement Tiley is an investor in the Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup-style annual tournament promoted by Federer and his management group Team8, but denies a conflict of interest. – Special favours – =================== Asked about the controversy, former world number one Federer said that while he does speak to tournament chiefs about scheduling, he doesn’t believe he gets special favours. “I get asked ‘would you like to play Monday or Tuesday’ sometimes. Sometimes I get asked, ‘Do you want to play day or night?’ Sometimes they go ask my agent,” Federer told reporters after his win over Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals on Tuesday. “Sometimes they ask me, you know, Asia wants you to play at night. Yes, sometimes we have our say. But I asked to play Monday at the US Open and I played Tuesday night. “It’s all good, you know. I’ve had that problem for 20 years in the good way. Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don’t. I think there you have it. “Yeah, sometimes they come ask, sometimes they don’t. But a lot of the facts are not right, just to be clear there, from what I heard.” Federer is bidding to win his 100th career singles title at the ATP Finals and he made it clear he wanted to draw a line under the favouritism issue. “I don’t really in feel the mood during a World Tour Finals to discuss that topic, to be honest,” he said. “The radio interview that happened over a week ago that surfaces now in French, Julien, who is a nice guy, I know him since the junior times, I think all of this has been totally taken out of context.” (AFP) AHlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Footballer Sunil Chhetri’s plea for supporting the national football team was the most retweeted post in India for 2018, while celebrity couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s picture on Karvachauth turned out to be the most liked tweets of this year, according to Twitter.As per ‘2018’s biggest moments in India on Twitter’ released on Wednesday, the southern film industry clinched seven of the top 10 hashtags for this year.Women speaking up against sexual harassment in the #MeToo movement and people demanding #JusticeForAsifa were the ‘most influential moments on Twitter’ on 2018, it said in a statement here.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most talked about Indian account on Twitter, followed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal followed them on the list that also had Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at number 7.”In 2018, people on Twitter connected, campaigned, learned, debated, and had conversations. They came to share opinions and see other points of view. From #MeToo to #Sarkar, #IPL, state elections, and everyday interests, Indians flocked to Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world and to talk about it,” Twitter said.Chhetri’s video post of June 2 was retweeted about 60,000 times.Virat Kohli’s tweet featuring a picture with Anushka Sharma on the occasion of Karvachauth, quite literally won over the Twitterati. With over 2,15,000 likes, the tweet showcasing the celebrity couple in ethnic wear emerged as the Most Liked Tweet of 2018, the statement added.advertisementSouth Indian films #Sarkar, #Viswasam, #BharatAneNenu, #AravindhaSametha, #Rangasthalam, #Kaala and TV show #BiggBossTelugu2 clinched 7 of the top 10 hashtags this year. Other top hashtag that trended, related to return of Chennai Super Kings with #WhistlePodu and the emergence of #MeToo in India.”2018 was also the year when Twitter reacted en masse as people demanded #JusticeForAsifa, engaged in ongoing political debates on #KarnatakaElection and #Aadhaar. But it wasn’t just politics and movements that had people Tweeting in 2018,” it said.India celebrated #DeepVeer’s romance as well as major wins at global sporting occasions like #AsianGames as Indian athletes, including Bajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia), Hima Das (@HimaDas8) and PV Sindhu (@Pvsindhu), won laurels – all of which was captured in the ‘most influential moments on Twitter’, the statement noted. PTI MBI BALlast_img read more

first_imgEvery Ferrari driver feels a heavy burden of expectation but the pressure is mounting more than ever on Sebastian Vettel as the German enters his fifth season with Formula One’s most successful and glamorous team.The comparisons with great compatriot Michael Schumacher, who had to wait until his fifth year at Maranello in 2000 before ending a long title drought for the Italian constructor, are being ramped up again.Ferrari, who last won a title more than a decade ago, have sent hopes soaring with Vettel fastest in testing and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton suggesting the Italians could be half a second quicker.Vettel, hunting his fifth crown, was naturally wary of fuelling the hype when asked at the start of testing whether the pieces were in place for him to emulate the success of his seven-times world champion predecessor.”It doesn’t feel like five years to be honest, but that’s what it is,” said the 31-year-old, who joined in 2015 as a four-times champion from Red Bull and is now the same age as Schumacher was 19 years ago.”Overall the progression is there, the team is developing and closer together year by year so I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun – and fun means to win a lot of races and then ultimately you are fighting for the championship.”That’s obviously what we want but at this point it’s very far away,” added the German, who won five races last year in a championship that slipped away after costly errors by both him and the team.advertisementSchumacher started the 2000 season with a new team mate in Brazilian Rubens Barrichello and Vettel begins the campaign in Australia on March 17 with Charles Leclerc a fresh face in the adjoining garage.Also Read | Ferrari say wheel rim issue caused Sebastian Vettel’s testing crashAlso Read | This is going to be the toughest battle yet: Lewis Hamilton on Mercedes-Ferrari rivalrylast_img read more

first_imgYoung England all-rounder Sam Curran has already made a name for himself with his sharp inswingers and currently in the company of senior India pacer Mohammed Shami at the KXIP camp, the 20-year-old sees himself improving significantly after his maiden stint in the IPL.Curran, who produced a man-of-the-match performance in only his second Test — against India at Edgbaston last year, has been making rapid strides since then.KXIP paid a hefty Rs 7.2 crore for his services this season and he repaid the faith by taking a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals.”My first IPL and it has been a very good experience so far, playing in Indian conditions and in front of massive crowds. There is so much to learn from established names and even the ones who have not played international cricket,” Curran told PTI.Curran had a lengthy chat with his English teammates and IPL regulars before coming to India, giving him a fair idea on the pressures and expectations involved in the lucrative league.In the KXIP set-up, he is enjoying discussing the game with the likes of skipper R Ashwin and opener K L Rahul, but is learning most from India’s swing specialist Shami, who is at the top his game.”I spoke to a few guys (from the England team) before coming here and they were clear about how good the tournament was and I can see for myself that the standard is very high.”I am getting to pick the brains of Shami. He is obviously a top class bowler and I am learning lots from him, especially how to bowl in Indian conditions and I am sure I will be an improved bowler at the end of the tournament,” said the son of former Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran and younger brother of England pacer Tom Curran.advertisementCurran hails from a cricketing family which, he says, doesn’t put him under intense pressure.”There is no specific goal (that my family wants me to achieve). They just tell me to enjoy my cricket, take one game at a time.”The Currans were surely proud of his hat-trick at Mohali though he himself had not realise what he had done.”It was a great moment. At that time I was not focussed on the hat-trick, I was focussed on defending the runs for the team. Luckily I was able to do that day and hat-trick was just a bonus,” he said it nonchalantly.Curran is just 20 and some would think that he is bound to feel the load of a whopping price tag, but he doesn’t.”I don’t need to worry about that (price tag), I just got to keep performing and take one game a time. I am really enjoying playing in India. The crowd gives you so much energy here, they really enjoy the game and that brings out the best out of players.”He is keeping his fingers crossed before the World Cup squad is announced later this month.”It is the greatest tournament and hopefully my name will be there,” Curran added.Also Read | Fingers crossed for more KXIP victories than hat-tricks: Sam CurranAlso Read | What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?last_img read more

first_imgZiva Dhoni once again made her presence felt at the Edgbaston cricket ground on Tuesday as she cheered for Team India in their World Cup 2019 match against Bangladesh and her team won.Ziva was in the stands along with her mother Sakshi, as India produced another clinical performance to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.Sakshi posted a series of pictures and a video of Ziva screaming “Go India” on her daughter’s Instagram account. Ziva and Sakshi have attended most of the 8 games that Team India has played in the tournament so far.On Tuesday, vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s dream run with the bat and Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliance at the death helped India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs to become the second team after Australia to reach the last four with 13 points from 8 matches.It was Rohit’s (104 off 92 balls) record-equalling fourth century in a single edition and his 180-run opening stand with KL Rahul (77 off 92 balls) that laid the foundation for a par-score of 314 for nine after India opted to bat.The chase wasn’t impossible but Shakib Al Hasan (66 off 74 balls) didn’t get any notable support from the other end as Bangladesh were bundled out for 286 in 48 overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were the stars with the ball with the duo finishing with 4 and 3 wickets respectively.India have now reached the semi-finals in 3 successive World Cups. They won the tournament in 2011, lost to Australia in the semi-finals in 2015 and now have the chance to win their 3rd World Cup.advertisementBangladesh will next take on Pakistan on July 5 while India finish their group stage with a game against Sri Lanka at Leeds on July 6.Also Read | WATCH: Sakshi Dhoni steals Ziva Dhoni’s pram for a joyrideAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni has a fun day out as India beat West Indieslast_img read more

first_imgThe Big 12 had some wacky news on Friday that it is reinstating its conference championship game, but it also had some really good news. That news was that it would distribute $304 million to its 10 teams for a total of $30.4M per team (#Math).This is the third most of the power five conferences behind the SEC and Big 10.This is a jump from last year of around $6M per team on average, and it’s probably not going to be that much less than what most SEC teams make. Here’s why. When the SEC announces its revenue distribution ($31M last year, probably $35-40M this year), it includes third tier rights. That is, content that is distributed in the SEC’s case to the SEC Network.These Big 12 numbers do not. So Texas’ third tier rights are tied up in the Longhorn Network and worth $15M which means Texas made ~$45M this year. That’s pretty good. It’s more than probably every SEC school other than maybe Alabama which can even sell its beyond-third tier content for a lot of money.A few years ago, OSU’s third tier rights sold for around $5M. Last year it sold them for $5.5M. Which means that figure is probably higher by now. I’d say in the neighborhood of $6M (this falls in line with what the Big 12 reported two years ago that its teams’ third tier money is between $3M and $15M <—- Texas).So OSU is making probably over $36M from the digital and radio distribution of its athletic content.  That’s insane. And it’s also in the neighborhood of what SEC schools are making. Remember, last year SEC schools got $31M plus whatever they could get from their beyond-third tier rights (golf, swimming etc.)We’re not even touching ticketing, concessions etc. It’s one reason the Cowboys are one of the 30 most lucrative athletic departments in the country.So where does all this dough come from?Brett McMurphy noted that the SEC money comes from the following places. You can presume the Big 12’s money comes from the same places save the fact that there is no Big 12 Network (and never will be).The total amount of the distribution is composed of revenue generated from the SEC Network, televised football, bowl games, the SEC football championship, televised basketball, the SEC men’s basketball tournament, NCAA championships and a supplemental surplus distribution.Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby actually said last year that each school would be getting upwards of $44M a year by the time the TV contracts were to run out in the mid 2020s. And now with the implementation of the Big 12 title game which Bowlsby said would be worth ~$3M per school. that number could be even higher.So this is a big deal for OSU and other teams in the Big 12. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore leaving because I think we all know this ship is going down either soon or when the contracts with ESPN and Fox run out. But if you stay, at least you’re guaranteed a hefty payday every June.Conference title game is the big news, but this is pretty darn important. Not nearly the gap we thought. https://t.co/dpSJBEdEbx— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 3, 2016 If you're looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you're wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! So the officials screwed up in Stillwater on Saturday. We know that. They admitted that after the game.But Mike Gundy screwed up as well, and not for the reason you probably think. Gundy didn’t screw up because he didn’t know the rule about how a loss-of-downs penalty should not have resulted in an untimed down. He screwed up because he basically didn’t think intentional grounding would be called to begin with. Which is sort of crazy when you think about it.“I asked the official, and they said, ‘a penalty on the offensive team with the clock expired cannot end the game,’” said Gundy. “Either way it was a bad decision on my part to throw the ball while we were still in the box with intentional grounding. If it would have come across my mind that they would consider a tackle box — which by rule they were correct — I’m guessing then we would have just said ‘take two steps [walks to the left] and throw.’”Then he walked two steps to his left to indicate Rudolph getting out of the tackle box.So Gundy didn’t think Rudolph would be called for intentional grounding because … ?? He should have just had Justice Hill take the ball through GIA and all the way to Perkins Road a la Justin Blackmon back in 2011 at Texas A&M.Although to be fair, this actually happened against Oklahoma State back in 2014 and wasn’t called intentional grounding on Jameis Winston and Florida State.https://twitter.com/Pokes_State/status/774726184370221057Still, this seems like an inexcusable gaffe. All Gundy had to do for OSU to win was to tell him to take run slightly to his left. Ballgame. The end.Mason Rudolph: “I love Coach Gundy. I’ve loved him since the day I signed here. I’ll do anything for him. I was just following orders.”— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) September 10, 2016last_img read more

first_imgWho do you think is to blame for the final outcome of the Oklahoma State game on Saturday? Mike Gundy admitted the end of the game was a “dumb call” on his part; meanwhile, the MAC official who called the game admitted an error had been made. What’s your take? Vote below in the twitter poll and leave us a comment!Curious who everyone holds at fault for the final play today … this will be an interesting discussion on Sunday.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgBayern München Not Muller’s fault – Matthaus blames Ancelotti for Bayern star’s slump Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 18:43 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ThomasMuller - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Werder Bremen v Bayern München Bundesliga The Germany international feels he is not ‘100 per cent in demand’ and started on the bench in the weekend win over Werder Bremen Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthaus has blamed Carlo Ancelotti for Thomas Muller’s ongoing malaise.Germany forward Muller was named on the bench for the Bundesliga champions’ 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, coming on in the 73rd minute after Robert Lewandowski netted the first of a second-half brace.Bayern 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 27-year-old told ARD after the match that his qualities “seem not to be 100 per cent in demand” under Ancelotti, who praised his cameo but explained a desire to control central areas while retaining the dual wing threat of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery lay behind Muller’s omission.Matthaus feels a more rigid team structure under Ancelotti is hindering Muller, who only scored five Bundesliga goals last term having hit 32 in all competitions under Pep Guardiola in 2015-16.”Thomas Muller is first choice for the national team but he’s having a hard time at Bayern,” Matthaus told Kicker.”He’s selected less often in the important games in Munich and I am sceptical that this will improve this year.”This has nothing to do with Muller. He needs a coach who wants him in his team, then Muller will not disappoint.”Muller isn’t a number seven, a number nine nor a number 10. He is everything and in between. But Carlo Ancelotti thinks and selects his team very strictly according to a player’s position.”Muller is part of Germany’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Czech Republic and Norway, while Bayern travel to Hoffenheim on their return to Bundesliga action on September 9.last_img read more

first_imgWTF Xavi wins the lottery in Doha Last updated 2 years ago 21:32 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Xavi Getty WTF Al Sadd Barcelona Primera División The 37-year-old midfielder was presented with a huge cheque after winning the top prize in the bank’s annual draw As well as a World Cup and multiple European Championship, Champions League and La Liga champion, former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi can now count himself a lottery winner.Just as the iconic midfielder has been a magnet for trophies throughout his career, it seems money just flies at him too, as another big cheque has been handed to him by Doha Bank.Spain 10/11 to beat Italy Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Less than a year after opening his account with the bank, the Spaniard has won 1 million Qatar riyals (€225,000) in their annual lottery and said he had been targeting the big prize all along.Former Barcelona footballer Xavi announced as Al Dana millionaire winner for June 2017 https://t.co/ogRINhzOXI #DohaBank pic.twitter.com/4F2VKVSuq4— Doha Bank (@DohaBankQatar) August 27, 2017“Winning the cash prize was an unexpected but welcome surprise,” Xavi, now playing with Qatari side Al Sadd, said. “I had opened my account in Doha Bank on the 5th of December, 2016, as I had taken interest in the Al Dana program after hearing about how Doha Bank encourages their customers to save money, and get a chance to become Millionaires, as well as the opportunity to win other cash prizes.”I started to invest with the Al Dana Savings program, aiming to win the QAR 1 Million.”The 37-year-old is said to be earning around €10 million per year with Al Sadd, but obviously doesn’t subscribe to famous adage that more money means more problems.last_img read more

first_imgPremier League Deadline Day disaster for Man City as Alexis & Evans stay put Sam Lee Manchester City correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:30 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alexis Sanchez, Chile Getty Premier League Manchester City Guardiola A. Sánchez Transfers The Blues went into the final day hoping to sign two top targets but failed to land either and also ended up keeping the unwanted Eliaquim Mangala Manchester City started deadline day in confident mood: deals for Alexis Sanchez and Jonny Evans were on the table, not to mention a scarcely believable offer for Eliaquim Mangala.City 40/1 to draw 2-2 with LiverpoolLong before the transfer window closed they had missed out on both Alexis and Evans and failed to recoup any money whatsoever for Mangala. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina It was Arsenal who scuppered City’s chances of securing Alexis, the one remaining priority target, by failing to get their own ducks in a row. Evans was by no means a priority at the start of the summer but ended it as the only viable option who ticked all of the boxes required by Pep Guardiola.Yet he did not arrive either, a result of Mangala refusing to join Crystal Palace for a fee which could have reached £23 million, more than the Blues had ever hoped to receive.Jonny Evans West Brom Premier LeagueSamir Nasri Eliaquim Mangala Manchester CityThe failure to land Alexis has left senior figures at City dumbfounded. They had reached a verbal agreement over a £60m deal with Arsenal on Thursday morning, with the Gunners promising they would sign it off once they signed Thomas Lemar from Monaco, which they insisted was a distinct possibility.As of 13:00 BST, City officials working on the deal were convinced it was done.The Chilean had already announced to his international team-mates that he was making the move to City and he was saluted as the squad ate breakfast together ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay.Sources within the player’s inner circle had also been telling Goal throughout the day that not only had a contract been taken to Chile’s Juan Pinto Duran camp, but that it had in fact been signed.Lemar rejected Arsenal, however, leading to the Londoners pulling down the shutters and refusing to sell Alexis. That was that.The Chilean, in the hours leading up to an important qualifier, eventually learned he would not be getting the move he had set his heart on several months ago. Next week he will return to Arsenal, the club he has wanted to leave for some time.To compound matters for City, they soon realised that Mangala did not want to join Crystal Palace, who had surprised City with a sizeable offer on Wednesday night.City needed to get rid of the Frenchman to be able to bring in Evans, who had been identified as an experienced international and a very useful squad option.There had also been hope that Mangala could go to West Brom to smooth over the Evans negotiations, but he rejected that proposal too. As did Fabian Delph, who was also up for sale but rejected several offers, including another from Stoke City.Both he and Mangala will now form part of the City squad for next season, despite not being rated good enough by Guardiola. It means that City end the summer with a bitter taste in their mouths, despite starting it by signing Bernardo Silva out of the blue and quickly agreeing personal terms with at least five other players. The business City did complete was impressive; they filled priority positions with very good or even excellent players who should have the best years of their careers ahead of them.Alexis Sanchez Arsenal v LiverpoolBut it is true that the deals which escaped City this summer have had knock-on effects which will last into the season and potentially beyond.The Dani Alves situation has been well covered, but it is a fact that the Brazilian’s shock decision to snub Pep Guardiola scuppered City’s hopes of buying four new full-backs and also ate into the money set aside for a top-class centre-back.It also ensured that City had to pursue Evans, a homegrown option for centre-back, to effectively replace Ryan Bertrand, who would have been signed as the fourth left-back.Ideally, City wanted to go into this season with Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Aleksandar Kolarov and an experienced, top-class defender as their four centre-back options. Kolarov would have been released on a free next summer and replaced with another world-class centre-back.In the event, City will have to sign both of those quality centre-backs next summer, as well as recruiting at least one deep-lying midfielder, with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure out of contract. More immediately, however, they will have to play out the rest of the campaign with the unwanted Mangala as part of an understocked defence which is still lacking a second left-back.City never planned to sign a central midfielder this summer, and insiders insist they can get by with three centre-backs and three full-backs, but even if that is true the puzzle is far from complete without Alexis.The Chilean, a serious goal threat with a winning mentality and tireless work-rate, possesses everything Guardiola wants in a player, and he was seen as the man to drag the club forward on the pitch and nurture the young players off it.City may go back for him next summer, and they could well find both top-class defenders, but that will be no good to them over the next nine months.The Blues still have the best manager and the biggest collection of talented players in the country, but will have to hope injuries do not exploit a weaker squad than anybody expected. It all started so well, but a disastrous final day could prove costly.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more