first_imgMumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) The CEO of Pro Kabaddi Leagues Mumbai franchise team, Supratik Sen, dismssed fears that an extended league would affect interest among fans of the league and feels it will, in fact, help build fan loyalty. “Every prominent global sporting league is played across 6 to 10 months and we have noticed an appetite for the sport and don?t see viewer and fan fatigue at all. In fact we see an extended season allowing us to create an expanded viewer base and build fan loyalty,” said U Mumbas Sen. “This extended leagues is a positive development for the team and the players. But the extended league also has us developing a new strategy for the increased number of games, while continuing to pursuing excellence and also accommodating for player and team fatigue. “In 2016, we had two Pro Kabaddi seasons and through that year there no was dip in interest in the sport, as seen by TV ratings and ticket sales. A longer season will also be a boost for franchises as it increases potential for teams to increase on all revenue fronts or revenue buckets,” added Sen. The upcoming season 5 of PKL will see a dozen franchise outfits, up from eight in season 4, fighting it out for the honours from July 28 to October 28. The four new teams are Haryana Steelers, Tamil Thalaivas, Gujarat Fortunegiants and UP Yoddha. His own team is geared up for the tougher challenge due to the longer season and increased matches, said Sen. “As a team, we?ve always tried to take a different approach to everything we do. This season too is no different in terms of our approach. Our pre-season training camp kicked off in Dehradun closer to Mussoorie in the first week of June. This camp site is an ideal location for a training boot camp as it allows for altitude training. Being cut-off from the city helps keep the focus completely on training,” he said. “Our aim has always been to be a professionally run and consistently performing side, and having done that across 4 previous seasons of the Pro Kabaddi League, I do consider ourselves amongst one of the top Kabaddi teams. We also have been Champions in Season Two and finalists twice, which makes us a winning side,” he pointed out. PTI SSR DK DKadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jul 12 (PTI) Ravindra Jadeja has been the most consistent all-rounder for India in the recent times and with the Sri Lankan Test tour around the corner, he says he likes to perform when faced with challenges. India are set to tour Sri Lanka later this month and Jadeja will be a key member of the team along with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Asked about the tour, he said, “I like to perform when there are challenges. In cricket when you get easy performances or easy wickets then its no fun, but when you have to fight and perform in challenging conditions then that feeling is something else.”The left-handed batsman was speaking after unveiling the Castrol Super Mechanic Trophy. Last night, the BCCI appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach, Zaheer Khan as bowling coach and Rahul Dravid as the consultant for overseas Test tours. “The good thing is that whatever new experience is added to the team, it is good for us. Hopefully, whoever new comes in the team, they will share their experiences and we will get to learn from them. Cricket is such a sport that you get to learn something from someone everyday. I will also try to learn from their experiences by talking to them,” said Jadeja when asked what he expects to learn from the trio. The player, who played for the Gujarat Lions, said T20 was a good platform for youngsters. “I think T20 is a good platform for youngsters. When I played in the IPL in 2008 for Rajasthan Royals, it was a good platform for me to showcase my talent and the selectors would notice me. “The young players who come from Under-19 or players who dont get opportunity elsewhere they get an opportunity in the IPL. If they perform well then they can make it to the top,” he said. Jadeja, however, believed that Test cricket will survive in T20 age. Walking down memory lane, Jadeja recalled how there were no good facilities during his initial days. “It is very tough to play for India, especially considering where I come from. Jamnagar is a small city but cricketers have come from there before also. “When I started cricket, we didnt have good facilities in Jamnagar so I had to arrange everything myself if I had to play a match on Saturday or Sunday. I used to prepare the wicket myself and then try to arrange for the money to purchase the cricket balls for the match. “I dont think these things happened to the players in the other cities that you had to yourself prepare the wicket or purchase the ball,” he recalled. “Those things motivate me a lot even now. My aim since the start was that I wanted to play in the blue jersey. I always wanted to play for India and when I used to see the team playing in blue, I also felt that I should be a part of the team and play for India,” he quipped. Jadeja recalled the time when spin great Shane Warne described him as a “rockstar”, saying he did not know the meaning of the term. “Then I didnt know what rockstar meant. When I met Shane Warne for the first time, I didnt know he was such a great bowler in Test cricket. He used to call me rockstar, and I used to wonder that I dont sing any songs, nor do I do anything that I desreved to be called a rockstar. “I just asked one of my friends why he is calling me a rockstar. He said that maybe because you put too much of zinc on your face (smiles)… I kept working hard on my game and kept improving my skills, whether it was bowling or batting.” Meanwhile, Jadeja met his daughter Nidhyana for the first time today after returning from England and the West Indies. “It was a special feeling. I dont realise anything now but as I spend more time with the baby, then I will get more attached. It is a good thing for me and everyone in the family is so happy,” he said. PTI NRB AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche was delighted after his team ditched their label as poor travellers to pull off a shock 3-2 win at champions Chelsea, who finished with nine men, on Saturday.The Clarets didn’t win away from home last season until their penultimate road trip but led the champions 3-0 at half-time after the Londoners had skipper Gary Cahill sent off in the 14th minute.Burnley’s form at home and away contrasted sharply last season.Dyche’s side won 10 games at home — more than Manchester United and the ninth-best in the league — but managed only a solitary away win, at Crystal Palace. And their seven points on the road was the second-worst record in the league.”A lot was made of our away form last season, and don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t correct it. But it’s a great start,” said Dyche.”It kills all the stories off immediately by getting a first win, a first away win and giving the fans a great afternoon out,” added the Burnley boss, whose team are widely predicted to be in the relegation battle again this campaign.”We’re written off at the start of every season. It kills off a few things early doors and it allows the players that space for growth,” added Dyche.Chelsea were reduced to nine players in the 81st minute when Cesc Fabregas was shown a second yellow card but Dyche felt his team deserved the win.”I thought we were strong early in the game, while it was 11 v 11. The sending-off made a difference and I thought we did really, really well to handle that and keep the ball and create chances,” he said.advertisementWales striker Sam Vokes scored twice while Ireland fullback Stephen Ward hammered in a fierce drive.”We scored three good goals and I think when you are talking about who you are playing against and where you are playing, that’s up there as one of the best 45 minutes of my time here,” said the manager, who joined Burnley in 2012.”It’s rare for any game in the Premier League to be three goals up at halftime, but particularly so when you are down at Chelsea.’BIG WIN'”The shape and organisation was great. (Chelsea) had to respond, which they did, so credit to them, but we were disappointed with the two goals.”Before that, we’d kept a good shape and I don’t think they opened us up or made too many chances. But it’s a big win.”They’re a fine side, even with 10 men.”last_img read more

first_imgWorld number one Karolina Pliskova eased into the US Open second round with a no-nonsense 6-2, 6-1 victory over Poland’s Magda Linette as rain began to fall at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.The Czech, who will next face Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg or American qualifier Nicole Gibbs, outclassed her 72nd-ranked opponent after the roof on Arthur Ashe was closed just before the second set.Pliskova, who reached the final here last year, broke twice in the opening set to take a commanding lead with a fine backhand passing shot as Linette struggled on serve.After fighting off six break points in the fifth game of the second set, Pliskova rolled on to prevail on her first match point with a second-serve ace.last_img

first_imgBhopal, Dec 5 (PTI) Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik is eyeing a podium finish at the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta.”I was chosen in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. Now it is my duty to take training. I am doing that. I am hopeful of bringing a big medal to the country again (in the 2018 Asian Games),” Malik told PTI here today.She today participated in a function organised by the Madhya Pradesh government where sports-persons were feted.Malik was the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics.According to her, she holds the Asian record and her Asian ranking was number one.”I need your all prayer .. my health should be ok. I am a case of tumor. I suffer from repetitive tumor. It is my duty to work hard and stay healthy,” she added.Malik won a silver medal in the womens shot put event at the Paralympics. PTI LAL MAS NRBlast_img read more

first_imgSrinagar, Dec 12 (PTI) The Kashmir valley was cut off from the rest of the country today as flight operations at the Srinagar airport were suspended and the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and Mughal road were closed for traffic due to snowfall and rain.The present weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to continue till Thursday due to a western disturbance over the state, the meteorological (MeT) office said.The 300-km long highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed following heavy rains and snowfall at several places, including the Jawahar Tunnel, and incidents of shooting stones near Panthal.In Jammu, the Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmirs Shopian district, was also closed after heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali.”The highway and the Mughal road are closed for the second day today. The highway was closed due to heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel, the Patnitop and Ramban areas and landslides at Pathiyal. There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road,” police officials said.In the states summer capital, flight services to and fro from the Srinagar International Airport were hit due to poor visibility caused by the heavy snowfall, airport authorities said.Director, Srinagar airport, Sharad Kumar said, “Air traffic to and fro from the airport has been suspended due to low visibility. There has been no improvement in the visibility around the airport so far.””We are monitoring the situation. If visibility improves, we will resume flight operations,” he said.advertisementHowever, in Gulmarg, the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir at minus 6.5 degrees Celsius, the spell of snowfall brightened prospects for winter sports as nearly four feet of snow accumulated at the ski resort.Srinagar, which is experiencing intermittent rains since morning, received snowfall till 10 am, while heavy snowfall was recorded in Sonamarg and Baltal, base camps of the annual Amarnath Yatra in central Kashmir, the MeT office said.Moderate snowfall was reported from across south Kashmir, including Pahalgam, a tourist resort, where seven inches of snow has accumulated so far, it said, adding 3.5 feet of snow accumulated at Sonamarg.The Srinagar-Kargil, Bandipora-Gurez, Kupwara-Macchil, Kupwara-Keran and Kupwara-Karnah roads were also closed, police officials said.In Jammu, there was very heavy snowfall in the hill regions of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts, due to which some inter-district and inter- state roads were closed.Kargil in Kashmir recorded minus 3 degrees Celsius, Leh minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, Kokernag minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, Srinagar minus 0.2 degrees.The MeT has forecast more snow and rain in the valley over the next few days. PTI MIJ AB ANBlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Dec 18 (PTI) Following are the top storiesKolkata, Dec 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 1630 hours.CAL1 POL-NITISH-BJPPatna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for winning the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.CES1 WB-MAMATA-MINORITIESKolkata: Extending her wishes to people on Minorities Rights Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says all should pledge to uphold the rights of minority communities.CES3 WB-MAMATA-TAPASIKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembers Tapasi Malik, who was raped and burnt to death during the Singur agitation over land acquisition in 2006.CES4 OD-MAOISTMalkangiri (Odisha): Armed Maoists storm a road construction site and set ablaze around 10 vehicles and machines in Odishas Malkangiri district.CES5 OD-SPORTS-TRIBALBhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hails the “extraordinary” sporting potential of tribal youths and hopes they would bring laurels to the state and the country. PTI NNlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot in Italy on Monday at Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, South of Italy in the company of close family and friends.Kohli and Anushka tweeted pictures of their wedding with their fans. They openly confessed love for each other and sought blessings from their fans.English woman cricketer Danielle Wyatt, who once proposed to Kohli, took to Twitter to congratulate the newly weds.”Congratulations @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma,” she tweeted.Congratulations @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma ?º????- Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) December 11, 2017??????????????? https://t.co/8akAs8ZEKb- Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) December 11, 2017In April 2014, Wyatt had tweeted: “Kholi (sic) marry me,” and had the Twitter world abuzz.Back then, a few fans reminded her that Kohli is rumoured to be dating Bollywood actress Sharma. She was not ready to give up and replied, “nah, he ain’t”.Wyatt has played 53 ODIs and 73 T20Is for England and was recently in news for her breathtaking 56-ball century in Twenty20 international that fired England to a 2-1 win over Australia in a three-match series.Kohli had asked for a short break from the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka and said the packed scheduled over the last two years had taken a toll.Kohli has hammered 19 ODI hundreds and 17 Test hundreds since 2013. That means 36 of his 52 international hundreds have been scored since the time he met Anushka.Kohli has been on fire as captain, leading his team to the top of the ICC Test rankings. Recently, he himself moved up to No.2 in the ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen. He is already ranked No.1 in ODIs and T20Is.advertisementCurrently, Kohli is second in the list of most ODI hundreds with 32 centuries to his name, second only to Sachin Tendulkar who tops the list with 49 ODI hundreds.Also, Kohli is eighth in the list of most international hundreds with 52 centuries in his short career spanning nine years — a list that is led by Tendulkar with 100 centuries in his career.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Islanders’ fourth line is widely considered one of the NHL’s best.Matt Martin, Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck showed why on the night of Nov. 30 against the Colorado Avalanche.Clutterbuck’s goal 1:52 into the third period broke a 2-all tie and Cizikas added a necessary insurance score in the Isles’ 5-3 win.“They do the right things,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “When you work hard, you get rewarded in life. The way that they’re playing right now, they deserve to get rewarded.”Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome also scored and the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Thomas Greiss stopped 25 shots.“Our goalie played extremely well there in the first period that kept the score where it was, or we could’ve been behind the 8-ball,” Capuano said. “The name of the game is to get points, so hopefully that will give the guys some confidence as we move forward.”Jarome Iginla, Nick Holden and former Islander Blake Comeau each scored for Colorado, but the Avalanche fell for the fifth time in their last seven games.“It’s a game I thought we could’ve had,” Iginla said, “and it didn’t happen.”Martin and Clutterbuck tied for the game-high with eight hits each, setting a physical tone. Early in the third period, off a faceoff win, Clutterbuck redirected Thomas Hickey’s point shot past goalie Semyon Varlamov’s glove.The goal was Clutterbuck’s sixth of the season and the first of two third-period goals from the Isles’ fourth line.“We might not score twice every night, but I think it just creates energy,” Clutterbuck said. “It creates a feeling of teams being on their heels when we’re out there getting scoring chances and creating a buzz.”With Varlamov on the bench, Holden cut the Islanders’ lead to 4-3 with 3:34 left, but Strome scored an empty-net goal with 47.9 seconds left.The goal was Strome’s second since he was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Thanksgiving, and he has four points in three games since returning to the NHL.“When he went down it was a confidence thing,” Capuano said. “I think his pace is getting closer to where it needs to be. His physicality is getting closer. There’s still room for improvement … but he’s been good since he’s been back.”The Avalanche nearly scored off the opening faceoff, but Greiss robbed Matt Duchene with a left-pad save.“I thought in the first period, we could’ve had two or three goals,” Duchene said. “Obviously, (Greiss) made that really good save on me the first shift. If that goes in, it might be a different game.”Colorado took the lead 10:20 in. After Greiss stopped Comeau’s original shot, the winger circled the net and flipped the rebound over Greiss. The goalie unwittingly knocked it in with the top of his stick.The Avalanche limited the Islanders to seven first-period shots and very nearly carried a one-goal advantage into the first intermission. But Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each took penalties in the final minute, and Okposo buried a snap shot with 1.4 seconds left.Grabovski gave the Islanders their first lead at 6:31 of the second. But just 41 seconds later, Iginla’s seeing-eye wrist shot confounded Greiss and tied the game 2-2.“I was just floating it through traffic, and it just found its way in the corner,” Iginla said. “The goalie just didn’t see it at all.”The goal was Iginla’s 597th of his career, leaving him four shy of Jari Kurri for 18th place on the career list.The Islanders peppered the Avalanche cage late in the second period, but Varlamov was outstanding. The Avs goalie has struggled at points this season but stopped 13 of 14 in the frame as the Islanders recorded seven of the period’s final eight shots after Iginla’s goal.“For whatever reason, we didn’t start very well tonight; didn’t start on time,” Capuano said. “I thought halfway through the second period and the third, I thought we played really good hockey.”(PAT PICKENS) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Toronto Raptors still can get home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.If not, at least they know they are better than ever on the road.DeMar DeRozan converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:05 left on a night he became Toronto’s No. 2 career scorer, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 93-89 on April 10 to stay alive for the No. 1 seed in the East.DeRozan finished with 27 points as the Raptors pulled within two games of Cleveland with two to play for both teams. Toronto won the season series and owns the tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record.But the Raptors aren’t caught up in that after setting a franchise record with 23 road victories.“In this league, you’ve got to be able to win at home and win on the road,” DeRozan said. “Sometimes the road is bigger and I think we just like that pressure of having our backs against the wall and I think that’s why we play so well on the road.”Kyle Lowry scored 15 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 for the Raptors, who close with games against Philadelphia and Brooklyn, the two worst teams in the East. Cleveland finishes against playoff-bound Atlanta and Detroit.DeRozan has 9,426 points and moved ahead of Vince Carter (9,420). He now trails only Chris Bosh (10,275) on the Raptors’ career list.“Right now, it’s just another accolade to add to our list of things that we’ve done this year,” Lowry said. “As a group and as individuals, we’ll all look at everything we’ve done this year after the season’s over.”Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points in just 25 minutes in the Knicks’ final home game of the season. Jerian Grant added 19.DeRozan and Lowry returned to the lineup after sitting out against Indiana on April 8, but the Raptors started poorly and could never shake the Knicks even when the All-Star guards turned it on in the second half.The Knicks raced to a 21-10 lead, but Toronto recovered to take a 54-51 edge into halftime, then built its own double-digit advantage that the Knicks wiped away in the fourth quarter.DeRozan then drove baseline to beat two defenders and make a layup while being fouled, giving Toronto an 89-86 lead.Grant followed with a basket, but the Knicks didn’t score again and Valanciunas just beat the shot clock with 33 seconds left before the Raptors finished it off from the foul line.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous ept: Colibri SMT connectors soon available for 16+ Gbps applicationsNext PICMG displays 23 member company products at Embedded World IBASE Technology and Quividi, the industry standard for Audience Analytics in digital signage, announce their partnership to provide Quividi-compatible digital signage players. The IBASE SI-613-QT player has been officially tested by Quividi, ensuring its full capability of running Quividi’s VidiReports 6.x software in a single screen/ single camera mode, as well as in a dual screen/ dual camera mode.The SI-613-QT is a 3x 4K UHD digital signage player designed for digital menu boards and multi-screen video wall applications. Aside from supporting three independent ultra high-definition 4K-resolution displays, the product is powered by the latest 7th/6th Generation Intel core processors and built with segregated flow ventilation to ensure that the circuit board is free from dust and contaminants. SI-613 comes with hardware EDID (extended display identification data) simulation that prevents screen convergence problems and issues due to cable disconnection or failure to identify EDID, erroneous settings in hardware or digital playback software settings. The system has iAMT (11.0), TPM 1.2, vPro and is integrated with IBASE’s unique iSMART energy-saving and Observer monitoring technologies that feature automatic power on/off scheduling, automatic power recovery, low-temperature boot protection and hardware monitoring. Its slim chassis allows it to perfectly fit behind small spaces of the screen.Quividi provides a privacy protecting computer-vision technology that helps screen networks, retailers, and brands finely measure and classify their audience as well as understand the performance of their content. For every screen and message, the system determines, in real time, the number of viewers, broken down by demographics (age, gender), facial attributes (glasses, beard) and mood, as well as the opportunities to see, and the viewers’ attention time.Retailers and brands can also design customer-engaging experiences, by contextually triggering content against Quividi’s real-time analytics and benefit from Campaign Genius, Quividi’s new AI algorithm that dynamically optimizes creatives for the most impactful audience engagement.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_imgAxiomtek release its newest AI embedded system, the eBOX560-900-FL. This Artificial Intelligence system employs a NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module which has a powerful 64-bit ARM A57 processor; a 256 CUDA cores with NVIDIA Pascal GPU Architecture; 8GB of LPDDR4 memory; and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth. Axiomtek’s eBOX560-900-FL is ideal for AI computing, machine vision, deep learning, edge computing, and much more.To meet a variety of Artificial Intelligence solution-ready system requirements, the AI embedded computer has one USB 2.0 port, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, one HDMI 2.0 port and four SMA type antenna connectors. This fanless embedded system has a 32GB eMMC onboard; moreover, it is equipped with a M.2 SSD PCIe 2.0 x4 socket for extensive storage option. This outstanding embedded PC also features a PCI Express Mini Card slot for 3G/4G/LTE/GPRS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections. Its flexible mounting options include wall mount and DIN-rail mount. Furthermore, Axiomtek’s eBOX560-900-FL has passed the strict certification with CE and FCC Class A.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous dSPACE expands its presence in the UKNext TRINAMIC: rapid positioning with smart stepper motor driveslast_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 25 (PTI) Actor Michael Rapaport is being hailed hero after stopping a passenger from opening an emergency exit window on an American Airlines plane over the weekend.The 48-year-old actor was flying from Los Angles to Houston on Saturday morning when a fellow passenger got out of his seat, walked to the front of the plane, and started to try and open the emergency exit. Fox Sports director Ted Kenney, a passenger on the flight who was tweeting the experience, noted that Rapaport “just stopped a guy on our plane from opening emergency door. No joke. Mr New York jump right up and stopped it, no hesitation.” Kenney said Rapaport shot up out of his seat and rushed to the area between the bulkhead and the bathroom and yelled “‘what the f**k are you doing?””Mike continues yelling so I jump up and rush up to Michael as does some Big 3 players,” Kenney wrote.”I get to the bulkhead and Michael has this guy by the collar and manhandling him away from the emergency exit door. Michael tells us he was trying to open the door. Crew and staff where all in the back of the plane so nobody was looking out for our safety except Mr New York,” he addedThe “Atypical” star also recounted the incident on his Sunday podcast.In the latest episode of “I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast”, the actor said the man “wasn’t, like, resisting me, but he kept going at the door.”advertisement Eventually other passengers and flight attendants helped move the man away from the door and into the bathroom. The flight landed safely.”Everyone thanked me and everyone did say I was brave and heroic. I consider myself a common man who does uncommon things. I’m not gonna confirm or deny this, but they’re talking statues,” Rapaport said. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more

first_imgIndian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has decided to spend his birthday with wife Anushka Sharma in Haridwar.Kohli and Anushka landed at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun on Saturday night and made their way to the Hotel Aananda in Narendra Nagar.The couple will be staying in Hardiwar till November 7. According to sources, Kohli and Anushka’s itinerary also includes a day of river-rafting and camping in Rishikesh.Kohli will also celebrate his 30th birthday on November 5 (Monday) and is likely to visit the Anant Dham Atmabodh Ashram. The Ashram is headed by Maharaj Anant Baba, who is Anushka’s family’s spiritual guru.The game of cricket has a leader in Virat Kohli: Brian LaraLocal authorities have been informed of the high-profile couple’s visit and the necessary arrangements have been made to make their stay in the city peaceful and comfortable.Anushka visits the Ashram quite frequently and takes the blessings of her guru before every auspicious occasion. She had visited the Ashram before her wedding as well in December last year. In fact Anant Baba was even present at their wedding in Italy.READ – No record safe the way Virat Kohli is batting: Sunil GavaskarLast year Kohli had celebrated his birthday along with his teammates and Anushka in Rajkot during the T20I series against New Zealand.On the work front, Kohli is on a short break from international cricket after being rested for the three-match T20 international series between India and West Indies starting November 4.READ – Virat Kohli’s passion for Test cricket can keep the format relevant: Graeme SmithThe 29-year-old was the highest run-scorer in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series in which he made 453 runs at an average of 151 with three hundreds. He was adjudged Man-of-the-Series as India won the series 3-1.During the series Kohli also joined the 10,000-run club in the 50-over format, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest batsman in history to achieve the feat.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes fastest to 10,000 ODI runsIndia had also won the two-match Test series 2-0 in which Kohli ended as the third highest run-scorer with 184 runs at 92.00 with one hundred. He will join the team on the tour of Australia, where the team will play a series of 3 T20Is, 4 Tests and 3 ODIs starting from November 21.Anushka on the other hand is gearing up for the release of her fourth film this year titled, ‘Zero’. The film, which will hit the theatres on December 21st, also includes superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.The trio were spotted at Zero’s trailer launch on Friday, following which Anushka left for Haridwar with her husband.Anushka was earlier seen in the film ‘Sui Dhaga’ along with Varun Dhawan and made a special appearance in Rajkumar Hirani’s blockbuster film Sanju. She also produced and acted in the horror film Pari, which was her third production venture.last_img read more

first_imgShane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar have remained good friends even after retiring from international cricket but there was a time when their relationship took a hit for a brief period in 2015.Warne, in his autobiography No Spin, revealed how differences between himself and the cricket icon led to friction in their relationship during the Cricket All-Stars exhibition series in the United States.The leg-spin legend recalled how a concept that he and Tendulkar thought of making an annual affair failed to take off after the first edition due to mismanagement.Disciplining Jadeja, busting Kaif’s ego: Shane Warne recalls stint at Rajasthan Royals”Sachin had this guy there, Sanjay, who was very much a mentor and business advisor. I explained my concept and gave them a slide show. They loved it and flew in a guy called Ben Sturner from America. Sachin was adamant that his team of people run the whole thing,” Warne wrote in his book.The Legends Exhibition matches were held in New York, Houston and Los Angeles in 2015 with most of the top former players in the world taking part, including the likes of Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Sourav Ganguly among others.Shane Warne became Chelsea fan for life after encounter with knife-wielding supporterHe goes on to write: “I said, ‘Well it’s my idea. I know I can get the best players and I am prepared to go 50-50 with you. I suggest we pay experienced people to organise it and appoint two from each of our camps’.advertisement”Sachin said, “No I have to have Sanjay and Ben.””I was uneasy with that but remained sure Sachin and I together would make it work, so I agreed. At the next meeting, he brought a couple of other guys along who seemed efficient and on the ball.Embarrassed and hurt that I let my children down as their father: Shane Warne”I figured, okay, I have known Sachin for 25 years and he’s done unbelievably well off the field, so he must have the business side of his life well organised. Relax and go with them,” Warne recollected.However, Warne said he ended up “regretting” it.”The organisation was not as it could, or should, have been, which was a real shame. They were decent guys but the event got too big for them,” Warne wrote about Tendulkar’s team.All that worship of the baggy green made me want to puke: Shane WarneWarne also recalled how the series of events led to a communication breakdown between the duo, which he blamed on “jealous people” around Tendulkar.”I rang him immediately but got nothing. In fact for a couple of months, he wouldn’t take my calls. I later found out he was under the impression that I was trying to do it without him but my instinct was to give him benefit of doubt on that one — there were a lot of jealous people out there, happy to turn us against each other, I thought.””One of the players told me he was actually signing with Sachin, which caught me off guard. I said, “that’s cool, he has the right to do exactly as he wants as do you. But it can’t be under the All Stars banner — that’s mine,” Warne asserted.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgFormer three-time winner Saina Nehwal and reigning champion Sameer Verma were a step away from clinching the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively, reaching the finals of the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 here on Saturday.Third seed Sameer, who won titles at Swiss and Hyderabad this year, saw off Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 21-13 17-21 21-8 in a 57-minute men’s singles semifinals.The world number 16 Indian will face sixth seeded Chinese Lu Guangzu in the summit clash.Syed Modi International: Saina, Sameer in last 4, Satwik and Ashwini in doubles semisSaina, seeded second, prevailed over another Indonesian Ruselli Hartawan 12-21 21-7 21-6 to set up a clash with China’s Han Yue, who defeated compatriot Li Xuerui 21-15 19-21 21-9 in another semifinal.Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also made it to their second successive finals here with a 21-18 21-16 win over Russian combination of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova.Ashwini, however, couldn’t progress to the finals of the mixed doubles event after she and her partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy went down narrowly 12-21 21-18 19-21 to the Chinese pair of Ou Xuanyi and Feng Xueying in the semifinals early in the day.World No. 9 Saina found the going tough in the beginning and conceded a 5-2 lead. She tried to claw back but Ruselli managed to hold a 11-7 advantage at the first break and then pocketed the opening game, much to the disappointment of the crowd.Jolted by the reversal, Saina gathered her wits and dished out a dominating game after an initial 4-4 battle with her Indonesian opponent. The Indian reeled off five points to reach 9-4 and then quickly jumped to 16-6 before roaring back into the contest with another five straight points.advertisementThe decider was no different with Saina continuing her domination, moving to 8-2 at one stage before accumulating the next eight points to take the match away from her opponent. She sealed the contest comfortably in the end to make it to her fourth final here.In the men’s singles, Sameer led 3-0 and 7-4 before Chico managed to hold a slender 11-10 advantage at the interval. The Indian, however, soon blasted off 10 straight points at 10-12 to jump to 20-12 and then sealed the opening game in his favour.He was comfortably placed at 7-1 in the second game when Chico scripted a stirring recovery to make it 12-11 at one stage. Sameer earned a slender 17-16 lead but the Indonesian managed to bounce back with five points.In the decider, Sameer seemed to be in a zone of his own as he jumped to a 11-3 lead at the breather and then maintained his stranglehold to comfortably secure his place in the final.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgThe whole nation is celebrating the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the heroic Indian Air Force pilot crossed over the Indian border just after 9pm on Friday night.Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani officials after his fighter jet, a MIG-21 Bison, was shot down during an aerial combat between India and Pakistan on Wednesday morning.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people who had gathered since morning to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare.Indian sports personalities, Bollywood actors and prominent politicians celebrated his return on social media throughout the day. It was indeed a historic moment when he exited the Pakistani side and marched over to India and was immediately embraced by the Indian army and IAF.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also paid a glorious tribute to Abhinandan, just minutes after he crossed the border.”#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter and posted an Indian jersey with Wing Commander Abhinandan written on the back.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/PbG385LUsEadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to express his pride and love for Wing Commander Abhinandan and bowed down to his courage.”A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves,” Tendulkar wrote.A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandanJai HindSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2019″Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan!The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.Vande Mataram!Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2019Other sports stars like Virender Sehwag, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin etc kept on flooding twitter with congratulatory messages throughout the day.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Welcome back our hero … #WingCommandarAbhinandan #IndianAirfoceSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 1, 2019Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman, the entire country salutes your spirit and bravery. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/wXSobEm4VESuresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019In my time alive on this planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandanAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. We bow to your courage and bravery. Jai hindManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) March 1, 2019The nation salutes your valour , selflessness and grit. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/N432Qk2ajTVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanHima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day during which both nations claimed to have downed an enemy jet each.Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured alive by Pakistani officials on Wednesday after his MIG-21 Bison fighter jet went down in enemy territory after dogfight with a Pakistani fighter plane.last_img read more

first_imgEngland boats of a number of match-winners in their 15-man World Cup squad, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has handpicked Jos Buttler as the dangerman for the hosts in the showpiece, stating May 30.”The dangerman for England is gonna be Jos Buttler. I just watched him develop over the last 2 or 3 years. I had a chance to coach him at Mumbai Indians 3 or 4 seasons ago when he was really sort of starting to make his mark in international cricket,” Ponting was quoted as saying in a video posted at Cricket Australia website.”What he has done in the last 12 to 18 months whether in a T20, One-Day game or a Test match for England, it’s really outstanding. So, Jos Buttler is England’s dangerman for me.””He (Buttler) might not take the gloves but his middle-order batting is out of this world. He scores 360 degrees around the ground, hits the ball incredibly hard, hits the ball a long way as well,” he added.Besides Buttler, England’s team comprises of match-winners like skipper Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to name a few.The two-time World Cup winning skipper said England’s depth in the batting department makes the hosts a force to reckon with in the upcoming World Cup.”I think England’s great strength right now in their One-Day team is how deep they bat. That allows all their top-order to play probably with more freedom than most other teams,” Ponting said.”Someone like a Buttler or (Ben) Stokes or Moeen Ali coming in at 7, 8, 9, allows their top-order to go hard. They are a really confident outfit. They have got great depth in their squad and obviously would be playing in conditions they are very much used to.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the ‘form batsman’ going into the World Cup: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | She’s beautiful: James Anderson thought on 1st meeting Stuart BroadAlso Seelast_img read more