German football team’s stunt on stage wows the crowd

first_imgGermany’s Thomas Mueller (R) holds the World Cup trophy during celebrations to mark the team’s 2014 Brazil World Cup victory, at a ‘fan mile’ public viewing zone in Berlin.The victorious German team reached capital Berlin on Tuesday, and was welcomed by thousands of supporters who lined up the Fan Mile in the heart of the city. Among several acts, the team decided to do a stunt on a stage that drew huge cheers from the crowd. In the impromptu act, Germany captain Philipp Lahm hid behind Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Eric Durm and Christoph Kramer, who suddenly fell to the ground revealing the captain with the Jules Rimet, the FIFA World Cup trophy. The stunt, and other dance acts done by the team, was greeted with huge cheers. In another act, Coach Joachim Low joined the team in a simulated catwalk on the stage. He happily bounced a toy football on the stage as he walked. Later, Hummels, Lahm, Durm, Kramer and Muller were seen air guitaring for the pleasure of the gathered supporters. The players also kicked footballs into the crowd. Watch the complete celebration here. The stunt appears after 6:30 minutes in this video. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday.last_img read more

Minus coach, San Juan trips Davao to near title

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mike Ayonayon finished with 15 points, but it was unheralded forward Johnard Clarito who delivered down the stretch as the Knights grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.Clarito finished with 12 points, including a crucial putback with a minute left. The extra possessions that he gifted his team proved key with 12 of his 18 rebounds coming off the offensive glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess A night that started with plenty of uncertainty ended in triumph for the San Juan Knights, who are now just one win away from the MPBL Datu Cup National title.The Knights survived the absence of head coach Randy Alcantara and the strong start from the Davao Occidental Tigers for a 67-62 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Coup attempts versus Vargas belied Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Asian Games: Jwala Gutta pulls out, Ashwini left without partners

first_imgJwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games with an injury.Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games following a knee injury while Ashwini Ponnappa faces a crisis of partners for the mega event.Ponnappa will be without her regular partners in both events – women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Tarun Kona, who was to partner Ashwini in mixed doubles, has been dropped from the contingent.Four other shuttlers – Aparna Balan, Rituparna Das, Kona and Arun Vishnu – too have been struck down. Ashwini’s new partners are yet to be finalised. Jwala aggravated her injury in right knee during a training session on Monday.”My physio advised me to take two weeks rest. I was playing with a sprained By Avishek Roy in New Delhi knee and on Monday I aggravated it during training. I have been playing with taping all this while,” said Jwala.”It was a tough decision. The Asian Games is very important to me but there are important events lined up in next couple of years and I cannot afford to take any risk. I spoke to Ashwini and she understood the problem. I will be looking to make a comeback with the European circuit.”Ashwini, meanwhile, is not clear with whom she will play in doubles. “We can’t do much when injury happens. It is a setback. I thought I will, at least, have my regular partner Tarun in mixed doubles. But it was so unfortunate to find that Tarun’s name has been dropped from the contingent. I don’t know how to go about it,” she said. Though Ashwini’s former partner Pradnya Gadre is in the squad, the former will prefer combining with P V Sindhu.advertisement”I am just looking at different possibilities at the moment. The final decision has to be in the interest of the team. I will be comfortable with Sindhu. She has a good smash and she played in doubles in Thomas and Uber Cup recently,” she added.The final decision will rest with chief coach Pullela Gopichand. A top Badminton Association of India (BAI) official said the ministry had asked them to cut down on a few players. “They asked us which players have the possibilities of winning medals. There is no mixed doubles in team event. We can do with the current list.”last_img read more

160 people killed since 2011 in clashes between indigenous people and alleged Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in Assam

first_imgClick here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to,Click here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to jolt security agencies in the country, Zawahiri named Kashmir, Gujarat-and surprisingly- Assam, as the focus of future al Qaeda activities.Initially, the mention of Assam created a stir across the state. But as the news was absorbed, analysed and put in perspective, the import of the threat facing the state, that has been roiled by ethnic and insurgent violence for decades, began to dawn.Nearly 160 people have been killed in Assam in the last three years between Muslims alleged to be infiltrators from Bangladesh and non-Muslims or “indigenous people”, as they are referred to. Eighty per cent of the 160 victims were Muslims. Fifty Muslims were killed this year alone, in fact all of them in May by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants for apparently supporting a non-Bodo candidate in the Lok Sabha polls. The violence, observers say, is a manifestation of a deeper realignment of identities in the traditionally troubled state-an ongoing upheaval which is witnessing all fragmented non-Muslim communities coming under a pan-Hindu umbrella seeking strength in numbers.Alarmingly, the realignment is playing into the hands of political forces looking for new openings to push their cause in the state and tensions are getting further stoked in a cycle where the line between cause and effect is getting erased. Zawahiri’s announcement, as a result, fell right into this pattern.advertisementBodies of victims killed in bodo-Muslim violence in Khagrabari,200 km from Guwahati, in MayThe BJP, which hopes to win the 2016 Assembly polls riding on the most communally provocative issue in Assam- the threat to the existence of locals from illegal Muslim Bangladeshi infiltrators-latched on to it and not unexpectedly. “The video proves what every person in Assam has been experiencing for decades. There is a design to turn Assam into an Islamic state and illegal Muslims are their playing fields,” says Bijon Mahajan, a senior Assam BJP spokesperson.The BJP has reason to raise temperatures, observers say. The party won seven Lok Sabha seats this summer, its best tally in the state, and the party’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi thundering in April that all Bangladeshi Muslims would be driven out after the party comes to power is seen as a key contributing factor. And unlike in other parts of the country where polarisation had little impact on the bypolls this month, the BJP performed better than expected in Assam. It snatched the Silchar seat from Congress and significantly increased its votes in Jamunamukh and Lakhipur, both Muslim-dominated areas. In fact, it came second in Jamunamukh, the home turf of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal. Political experts say the BJP did not need to work too hard as there has always been a strong undercurrent of xenophobia against immigrant Muslims in the state.Badruddin Ajmal”The Muslim votes, both in Lakhipur and Jamunamukh, got divided between the Congress and the AIUDF while Hindus stood united behind the BJP. The growth and success of AIUDF, which represents in-your-face minority politics, has brought together non-Muslims in Assam divided along the lines of ethnicity and language,” says Nani Gopal Mahanta, associate professor, Gauhati University. That’s also the reason why Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi could not salvage his party in Silchar even after announcing Bangla as the official language in the Barak Valley ostensibly to woo the Hindu Bengali voters. In 2011, Gogoi won Barak Valley for the Congress by announcing refugee status to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, a plot hijacked by Modi in 2014.This sense of a threat from Islamist aggression coupled with a silent and systematic mission for Hindu resurgence, has turned Assam into a perfect laboratory for communally divisive politics. Assam’s location is strategically significant to Islamist terror groups as it shares a porous border with Bangladesh. “This is not a threat to Assam; it’s a national security issue.Once they cross over to Assam, miscreants can spread across the country,” says a top Special Branch officer. Political observers believe that Assam has turned into a fertile breeding ground for Islamist terror because of the rising Muslim population in certain districts, specially along the Bangladesh border, the economic backwardness of Muslims in lower Assam and violence against alleged illegal immigrants. And with assembly elections 20 months away, the battle lines are drawn.advertisementThe BJP is aiming to bring together Assamese caste Hindus, other non-Muslim communities and tribes under one platform against the common enemy-the “illegal Muslim immigrants”. The action plan for ‘Mission 84′- a three-fourth majority in the 126-seat Assam Assembly-is ready with illegal influx as the fulcrum. The BJP is also working on a strategy to engage tribal groups in the state and the Union Government is planning to give Scheduled Tribe status to six more communities, a move that would take the tribal population in the state to 40 per cent, besides consolidating BJP votes among tribals. The party plans to project Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a tribal, as the next chief minister.Sarbananda Sonowal”This issue affects every indigenous person of Assam because it will change the demography of the state forever. There is no place for illegal Muslims from Bangladesh in the state. We have to finish the unfinished agenda of the Assam agitation. Our Prime Minister has made it crystal clear,” says BJP poll in-charge for Assam, Sudhanshu Mittal. Unlike the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which led the Assam agitation in the 1980s, the BJP’s rhetoric is unambiguously aimed at Muslim infiltrators. Although not included in election speeches yet, the BJP is “softlaunching” its ‘Love Jihad’ campaign in Assam. “It’s a fact. Look at the number of women kidnapped in certain areas of Assam,” says a top Assam BJP leader who did not want to be identified. BJP leaders are also indulging in loose and dangerous talk about sex crimes targeting Hindu women in the state. This year, Assam has also witnessed a spate of incidents of meat being thrown at temples.Rumours of beef being discovered in a Narasimha temple in Silchar created tension, leading to clashes where at least 30 people, including the superintendent of police (SP) and six policemen, were injured. “This was just a rumour fuelled by some anti-social elements. Nothing actually happened in that temple,” says Diganta Bora, SP, Cachar.Similar incidents were reported from Dhubri and Dhing in Nagaon district around the same time. “There was no reaction in Dhubri as the Hindu population is minuscule but in Dhing there was tension. We later arrested some local youth who indiscriminately threw mutton bones after a drunken revelry,” says an IGP of Assam Police.RSS leader Uma Shankar Goswami, based in Hojai in the same district, however, refuses to buy the police theory and claims local madrasas are the hub of all anti-social elements and illegal weapons. More than 70 per cent of Hojai’s population is Muslim and it is also the hometown of perfume-baronturned politician Badruddin Ajmal, who runs several schools, madrasas and hospitals in the region. It also houses one of the biggest centres of RSS which conducts examinations for pracharaks in the Northeast. “It was a well-designed plot and it hasn’t happened for the first time. The local media has started reporting these incidents now,” says Goswami, who claims that the RSS is working silently and at the grassroots level to awaken the sense of religious identity among Hindus.advertisementIn fact, the success of BJP’s ‘Mission 84’ depends on the groundwork of the RSS which was behind the saffron sentiment making inroads into Assam’s tea gardens. The party has already started enrolling new members and training them at district headquarters in the core principles of the BJP.But it is not as if the polarisation is one-sided. On September 9, during an assembly bypoll rally in Jamunamukh, Sirajuddin Ajmal, Barpeta Lok Sabha MP and brother of Badruddin, announced that the AIUDF chief would be the next CM of Assam. Sirajuddin’s statement was prompted by the growing base of AIUDF, which was founded in 2005 by Ajmal and has since projected itself as the saviour of Muslims. The largest opposition party in the Assembly is now expecting at least 35 seats in 2016 and hopes to be the kingmaker. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls it won three seats, the same as Congress, up from one in 2009.Ajmal, however, refuses to directly take on the BJP’s aggressive campaign against Muslim infiltrators, a vote bank that is increasingly shifting from the Congress to the AIUDF. “We support that anyone who entered Assam after March 25, 1971, decided by the 1985 Assam Accord as the cut-off year for detection of illegal immigrants, must be thrown out of India. Many organisations are creating panic among minority communities in Assam raising this issue of illegal influx. Let’s decide once and for all the actual number of Bangladeshis in Assam,” says Ajmal. He even goes a step further to warn al Qaeda’s Zawahiri to stay away from Assam. “They are not jihadis, they are terrorists. Assam’s Muslims are mature enough. We don’t need al Qaeda support to protect ourselves,” says Ajmal.But not all Muslims are assured. Ashiq Zaman, an IRS officer who runs an NGO called Muslim Youths Forum Against Communalism, Terrorism and Sedition recounts an incident during a visit to a relief camp of Muslim victims rendered homeless in 2012 in the Bodoland violence. “We went there to distribute clothes and books. Many youngsters asked if I could provide them with guns. These camps are the most fertile ground for spread of Islamist terrorism,” says Zaman.Some security officials and representatives of public interest NGOs fear a spike in violence before the assembly elections as militants who have signed ceasefire agreements with the government and are living in 22 camps across the state could be used as mercenaries by political groups. The Congress, crippled by the lacklustre performance of CM Gogoi, has joined issue and is further fanning tensions. “On April 1, immediately after Narendra Modi’s rally in Biswanath Chariali, a local BJP leader, Bhavdev Goswami, told a TV channel that BJP had the support of NDFB rebels. I’m sure the party will now use other terror outfits to execute its communal agenda in the state,” Congress MLA from Roha, Piyush Hazarika, told INDIA TODAY.Over the next 20 months, this blame game is expected to run along a track parallel to the tensions and violence. And religious insecurities could become the primary platform to win votes in what is becoming a communal cauldron. But the dread goes far beyond politics and is already spilling over to damage the social fabric of Assam.The fear of being outnumbered has created communal tension in the most cosmopolitan city of the state, Guwahati. IRS officer Ashiq Zaman, who hails from Goalpara, was refused a house on rent in Guwahati because he is a Muslim.TISS student Abul Kalam Azad recounts how he too had a harrowing time renting a house in Guwahati and when he finally found one, the landlord sternly warned him against consuming beef at home. In 2012, a Dhing college lecturer, who is into archaeological research, and his photographer friend from Delhi were held captive by Muslim villagers for three days when they went on a field visit to Vaishnavite saint Shankardev’s birthplace in Bordowa in Nagaon district.Their captors, suspected to be illegal immigrants, thought the duo was collecting evidence against them. They were eventually rescued by the police. Locals say these are not isolated incidents. And therein lies a larger threat to Assam, where religious intolerance could become the new dimension to further divide an already heterogeneous society and spill more blood.Follow the writer on Twitter @KDscribeTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Elbow pain

first_imgDefinition This article describes aching or other discomfort in the elbow that is not related to direct injury.Alternative NamesPain – elbowCommon CausesElbow pain can be caused by a variety of problems. A common cause in adults is tendinitis, an inflammation and injury to the tendons — soft tissues that attach muscle to bone.People who play racquet sports are most likely to injure the tendons on the outside of the elbow. This condition is commonly called tennis elbow. Golfers are more likely to injure the tendons on the inside of the elbow.Other common causes of elbow tendinitis are gardening, playing baseball, using a screwdriver, or overusing your wrist and arm.Young children commonly develop “nursemaids elbow,” usually when someone is pulling on their straightened arm. The bones are stretched apart momentarily and a ligament slips in between, where it becomes trapped when the bones try to snap back into place. Children will usually quietly refuse to use the arm, but often cry out with any attempt to bend or straighten the elbow. This condition is also called an elbow subluxation (a partial dislocation).Other common causes of elbow pain are:Bursitis — inflammation of a fluid-filled cushion beneath the skinArthritis — narrowing of the joint space and loss of cartilage in the elbowElbow strainsInfection of the elbowHome CareGently try to move the elbow and increase your range of motion. If this hurts you, or you cannot move the elbow, call your doctor or nurse.advertisementCall your health care provider ifCall your doctor or nurse if:You have a prolonged case of tendinitis that doesnt improve with home care.The pain is due to a direct elbow injury.There is obvious deformity.You are unable to use the elbow.You have fever or swelling and redness of your elbow.Your elbow is locked.A child has elbow pain.What to expect at your health care providers officeYour doctor or nurse will examine you, and carefully check your elbow. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms,such as:Are both elbows affected?Does the pain shift from the elbow to other joints?Is the pain over the outside bony prominence of the elbow?Did the pain begin suddenly and severely?Did the pain begin slowly and mildly and then get worse?Is the pain resolving spontaneously?Did the pain begin following an injury?What makes the pain better or worse?Treatment depends on the cause, butmay involve:AntibioticsCorticosteroid shotsPain medicinePhysical therapySurgery (last resort)ReferencesRonthal M. Arm and neck pain. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Neurology in Clinical Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2008:chap 32.Regan WD, Grondin PP, Morrey BF. Elbow and forearm. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 19.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019: UP Yoddha Crush Tamil Thalaivas to Take 4th Spot in League Table

first_imgJaipur: UP Yoddha came back to winning ways as they thrashed Tamil Thalaivas 42-22 in the second match of the Jaipur leg of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.UP Yoddha made a comeback after trailing in the first half to notch up a 20-point win over Tamil Thalaivas. Shrikant Jadhav and Surender Gill led from the front with 8 and 7 raid points respectively. While, Sumit as usual lived up to his reputation with 5 tackle points. The win took UP Yoddha to the 4th place in the league standings with 53 points from 17 matches. The first half of the match started with Tamil Thalaivas getting the upper hand in the initial minutes as they went into a 4-2 lead. UP tried to make a comeback with a super tackle from Ashu Singh on V Ajith Kumar but the resistance didn’t last long as the Thalaivas inflicted the first all-out on UP Yoddha to rush into an 11-6 lead.UP got two points back with a successful tackle on V Ajith Kumar and a successful raid by Rishank closed the gap to 8-13. With 9-13 on the scoreboard, UP’s star raider Shrikant Jadhav pulled off a mighty super raid as he scored four points with the last raid of the half. With this raid, Shrikant also crossed 100 points in Season 7 of Pro Kabaddi League. At half-time, the score stood at 13-14 with UP just a point a drift of the Tamil Thalaivas.The second half, however, was a completely different story for UP as they came out all guns blazing. With tackles and raid points coming in tandem, UP went into an 8-point lead of 23-15. Soon after, UP Yoddha inflicted the first all-out on Tamil Thalaivas making matters worse for them.Tamil Thalaivas were looking clueless as UP led 28-17. The dismal state continued as with six minutes to go in the half, UP inflicted the second all-out on Tamil, establishing a 17 point lead at 35-18.It was rampage by UP Yoddha in last few minutes of the second half, as they closed the match with a score line of 42-22. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. pklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 First Published: September 22, 2019, 12:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

Christian Pulisic Becomes Youngest Chelsea Player to Score Premier League Hat-trick as They Thrash Burnley

first_imgBurnley: Christian Pulisic hit a hat-trick to inspire Chelsea’s impressive 4-2 win at Burnley as the US winger enjoyed his Premier League breakthrough moment on Saturday.After going nine games without scoring for his new club, Pulisic tore Burnley to shreds at Turf Moor to notch the first treble of his career. Pulisic had endured a slow start following his move from Borussia Dortmund as the heir to former Blues star Eden Hazard, but this virtuoso display suggested he could live up to the hype.The £58 million ($74 million) signing, who spent the second half of last season with Dortmund after agreeing the Chelsea switch in January, had started only one match since the end of August and that was against Grimsby in the League Cup.But Frank Lampard admitted this week the 21-year-old “deserved” a chance to start after he came off the bench to set up Michy Batshuayi’s winner against Ajax in the Champions League.Pulisic replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi as Lampard made one change to the team that won in Amsterdam and he seized his chance, becoming the youngest Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick.Pulisic’s spotlight-stealing contribution was followed by a goal for Willian as Chelsea set a new club top-flight record of four consecutive away victories with three or more goals in each game.A souvenir for the hat-trick hero – @cpulisic_10! ⚽️#BURCHE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 26, 2019 Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil reduced the deficit for Burnley, but Chelsea are fourth in the league after a seventh successive win in all competitions.Pulisic quickly illuminated a dank evening in Lancashire when his incisive run set up Mason Mount’s blocked shot.It was a warning that Burnley failed to heed and Pulisic put Chelsea ahead in the 21st minute.When Matt Lowton dithered in possession near the centre circle, Pulisic pounced to rob the Burnley defender as he stumbled to the turf.EYE-CATCHING PULISICPulisic accelerated into the penalty area and kept James Tarkowski at bay with a step-over before drilling a left-foot shot across Burnley keeper Nick Pope and into the far corner.It was a landmark moment for Pulisic as he became the first American to score for Chelsea in the Premier League.Pulisic was a constant menace and he tested Pope with a snap-shot, but Burnley should have been level moments later.Ben Mee’s header reached Ashley Barnes at the far post, only for the striker to nod wide of the empty net from virtually on the line.Pulisic’s direct, pacy thrusts were proving impossible for Burnley to subdue and Tammy Abraham fired just wide after another eye-catching run from the American.On the stroke of half-time, Pulisic doubled Chelsea’s lead with a fine solo effort.Willian intercepted Tarkowski’s wayward pass and found Pulisic, who raced towards the Burnley area and drilled a low strike that took a deflection off Mee on its way past Pope.Barnes and Rodriguez forced saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga after the interval.But as they did against Ajax in midweek, Lampard’s men kept their composure before Pulisic delivered the knockout blow in the 56th minute.Mount’s cross was cleared back to the midfielder and he curled over a cross that Pulisic met with a well-timed glancing header past Pope.Chelsea were carving through the Burnley defence and Willian made it four in the 58th minute when the Brazilian took Abraham’s pass and slammed a low shot into the far corner.Burnley suddenly came to life in the closing moments and Rodriguez struck with a 25-yard thunderbolt in the 86th minute.McNeil got Burnley’s second with a deflected 89th minute effort, but that failed to take the gloss off Pulisic’s day to remember. BurnleychelseaChristian PulisicEPL First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:31 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

PSA Women’s World Squash Championships: Joshna Chinappa Stretched in Opener

first_imgCairo: India’s Joshna Chinappa had a tough time against unseeded Haley Mendez of US before prevailing in her opening match at the CIB PSA women’s World Squash Championship at the Great Pyramids here.The Indian won 9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 in a match played late on Thursday. The 12th seeded Joshna admitted she was a touch nervous in the start and with Haley playing well things turned tough. However, the Indian showed her fighting qualities to catch up and dished out a steady game towards the end to make it a comfortable finish.Another Indian, Sunayna Kuruvilla, went down in the first round against Nele Gilis of Belgium. Sunayna started off well, winning the first game but thereafter it was the Belgian all the way. Nele won 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5.The Egyptian men’s Open is also being held simultaneously and the interest for India here is Vikram Malhotra and Saurav Ghosal. Ghosal has a bye into the second round. Earlier Ramit Tandon went down in the opening round to Leo Au of Hong Kong. Leo won 11-5, 11-7, 11-2. joshna chinappaPSAsquashwomen’s world championships First Published: October 26, 2019, 9:48 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Thierry Henry Back to Management as Coach of Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer

first_imgMontreal: Ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry has been appointed coach at MLS franchise Montreal Impact on a two-year contract, the Canadian club announced Thursday.”Welcome to Montreal @ThierryHenry!” the Major League Soccer (MLS) club tweeted. Henry, whose baptism of fire as a manager ended in disaster at French club Monaco when he was fired in January, will coach the Canadian club for a minimum of two seasons, Montreal Impact said.”Henry signed a two-year deal, with an option for 2022,” the club said on its website.Henry, 42, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998, is familiar with the MLS, having played from 2010 to 2014 with the New York Red Bulls.He scored 51 goals and had 42 assists in 122 games with the club.”It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS,” said Henry. “It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments.””I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”Henry becomes the seventh coach of the Montreal Impact, succeeding Colombian Wilmer Cabrera, who was acting coach for two months after the dismissal in August of French coach Remi Garde. The former Lyon coach arrived in Montreal in November 2017.The Frenchman made his name as a world-class player at English club Arsenal. In the Premier League alone he scored 175 goals in 258 appearances.He played in four World Cups with the French national team (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010), winning the tournament in 1998 on home soil.He is France’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 123 games, in front of Michel Platini.Henry’s hiring is expected to help revitalize the Montreal Impact, which has struggled over the years to score big, missing the playoffs in 2019 after finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference.The team has long been overshadowed by its stronger Canadian rival, Toronto FC, which lost 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders in the 2019 MLS Cup on Sunday.In Montreal, Henry reunites with his former France teammate Bacary Sagna and former Barcelona team-mate Bojan Krkic.”Henry will bring a new energy to our club,” Impact president Kevin Gilmore said in a statement. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballmajor league soccerMontreal ImpactThierry Henry First Published: November 14, 2019, 8:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

Boxing: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury targeted for December 1st in Los Angeles

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is potentially expected to land at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This news was first reported by Lance Pugmire of LA Times.This is the biggest heavyweight fight in American soil since Wladimir Klitschko took on Bryant Jennings in 2015 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Ukrainian legend won the fight via unanimous decision.Initially, it was expected that the fight will land in either New York or Las Vegas but Barclays Center in New York already has a Michelle Obama speech scheduled for that night, while T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is hosting a Justin Timberlake concert.Deontay Wilder is coming off of an impressive win over Luis Ortiz, where Wilder survived an onslaught from Ortiz but ultimately displayed his uncanny power late in the bout when he knocked out Ortiz in the tenth round.Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is coming off of a dull win over Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson.The fight is scheduled to land on Showtime PPV in US and BT sports PPV in the United Kingdom.Also Read-KSI vs Logan Paul sold almost as many PPVs as Jones vs Cormier 2!last_img read more

Tata Tiago launch delayed from March 28 to April

first_imgTata Motors much anticipated hatchback, Tata Tiago has yet another delay in its launch, with media reports stating that the car will now come sometime in April and not on March 28, as earlier reported. Reasons for the delay is not yet known.Tata Tiago, previously called Tata Zica, has undergone its second delay in launch, with the previous launch in January was pushed to March 28, after the car went through a name change due to the spread of Zika virus International emergency.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago launch scheduled for March 28However, the company is accepting bookings for the Tata Tiago hatchback at Rs 10,000, which has Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi as its global ambassador.Along with the Tiago, Tata Motors also has plans to bring facelift versions of the Zest, Bolt, Indica Vista and Indigo along with the new Nano in the market by 2017.DimensionsThe upcoming Tata Tiago hatchback will come with a wheelbase of 2400mm and will be 3746mm in length, 1647mm in width and 1537mm in height, with a ground clearance of 170mm.Moreover, the new hatchback will have a fuel capacity of 35 litres with kerb weight of 1080kgs and will sport 14″ alloy wheels.ALSO READ:Workers strike called off at Tata Motors plant in GujaratFeatures: The new hatchback will come with advanced gen ABS, EBD, corner stability control and speed sensing door auto lock along with dual front airbags and energy absorbing body structure for superior safety,.The upcoming Tata Tiago hatchback will come Follow-me halogen headlamps with fog lamps on the front. Moreover, the Tiago will also have a boot space of 242 litres.advertisementThe new hatchback will also have ConnectNext Infotainment by Harman, 8 speakers, AUX-IN, USB and Bluetooth Connectivity.Engine:The upcoming Tata Tiago will come with both petrol and diesel mills.ALSO READ:After Mahindra, now Tata Motors might introduce a down-sized millThe new Tata Tiago will come with a 1198cc displacement, three-cylinder, MPFi with MULTI DRIVE Revotron petrol engine churning out maximum power output of 84bhp and maximum torque of 114 Nm @3500 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is also the first engine in its class with multi-drive mode (CITY & ECO).While the 1047cc displacement will come powered with three-cylinder, CRAIL with MULTI DRIVE, Revotorq diesel engine producing 69bhp and maximum torque of 140Nm @1800-3000 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is also the first engine in its class with multi-drive modes (CITY & ECO).Competition:Tata Tiago will compete against the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Celerio in India.Price:We expect the Tata Tiago prices to start at around Rs 4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) with the top variant for Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) .ALSO READ:Tata Motors launches Signa range of commercial vehicleWatch this space for more information on Tata Tiago.last_img read more

Salgacoar take on Shivajians

first_imgVasco (Goa), Mar 31 (PTI) Salgaocar FC would look to move to the top half of the table with a win when they take on DSK Shivajians in an I-League match here tomorrow. Salgaocar got a fresh breath of air after they won their last match against Shillong Lajong to move to fifth place with 12 points from 12 matches, the same as Mumbai FC, Shivajians and Aizwal FC. A win tomorrow will take them to fourth place. A win tomorrow will also take the Shivajians, who have played one match less than Salgaocar, to fourth place, displacing Sporting club de Goa to fifth place. The Shivajians have come into the match with a win against East Bengal and will be looking to continue to keep the momentum going, something they have struggled to do throughout the campaign. With skipper Dipanda leading the attack from the front and Douhou Pierre playing the role of an attacking midfielder, the visitors will be looking to breach the rival defence and make amends of their loss at home. The two-week break will help both the teams to recover from injury. Goalkeeper Subrata Paul, who missed the last match due to a finger injury, is back in the side for the visitors. Duffy, who is the leading scorer for the home team, too has recovered from his groin injury. Salgaocar, who won their first match against Shivajians under coach Santosh Kashyap, are expecting a tough fight tomorrow against the visitors. “The win against East Bengal have raised our confidence and we will have to remain focus against them if we are to win tomorrow,” stated Kashyap. Shivajians coach Derrick Pereira too is expecting a tough challenge from his former club. “The team is performing well after initial set back and tomorrow I am looking for an entertaining contest from both the sides. Playing under hot sun will be really challenging as we love to play under floodlight,” he said. “We have struggled initially, not having much time to work with the players especially those who played in the ISL. But now that the team is shaping well and doing good, I want them to continue to win and keep ourselves away from the relegation which is our main object,” stated Pereira. PTI MCS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Nagaland bands to perform in metro cities at Hard Rock Cafe

first_imgKohima, Apr 12 (PTI) To promote local musical talent, Nagaland Government would be taking eight local bands to perform in metro cities of the country. Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources and Sports, State Lotteries and Music Task Force, Khriehu Liezietsu today said Music Task Force has initiated the Tour in coordination with Dream Corp Nagaland.Khriehu said the tour would be undertaken to promote professional Naga bands around the country with the support of The Hard Rock Cafe and Rollingstone India.Under this music initiative, the best bands from Nagaland will be selected to perform at two Hard Rock Cafes in Delhi and Mumbai every month starting May till December, he said.”We have already signed Memorandum of Understanding with The Hard Rock Cafe and Rollingstone India,” he said. Alobo Naga and The Band will kick-start the Tour on May 12 at Hard Rock Cafe, New Delhi, which will be followed by Divine Connection in June 2016, he said.”The vision for such an initiative is to associate Nagaland and its musicians with International brands and also to expose our musicians to serious music audiences across the country, give them greater visibility and earning pportunity,” Khriehu added. PTI NBS CR BKlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Hardik Pandya batting at No.3 gives good balance to Mumbai, says Parthiv Patel

first_imgMumbai Indians wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel on Friday said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya coming in to bat at No.3 ahead of other specialist batsmen gives a good balance to the team.Mumbai Indians will meet Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier league (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.Mumbai, after losing to Rising Pune Supergiants in the tournament opener, came back strongly with an all-round show to thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets on Wednesday.”He (Pandya) is a quality player. He has a very good record in Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy batting at No.3 for Baroda. Here also he has got lot of runs. If he bats at No.3, it gives us a very good balance to the team. It gives Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler nice stage to bat on. I don’t think there is any thinking behind making him a better player. Playing for Mumbai Indians shows he has the ability to play,” Parthiv said here.The 31-year-old said that the side will miss injured batsman Lendl Simmons, who has been ruled out of the tournament.”Lendl has been a brilliant player for us in last two years. He has scored lot of runs. But this gives another player an opportunity or me. Last year, me and Lendl had a good partnership at the top, now it gives me the opportunity to open with Rohit Sharma. He is in great form. Rohit makes batting look easy, and that gives me a lot of confidence at the other end. We are sad that Lendl got injured, but that is something we can’t do much about,” he said.advertisementAsked how helpful head coach Ricky Ponting is for the team, Parthiv said, “He (Ponting) always backs any player. He gives us the space and he tells us to go out there and play, he has played in that manner and also tells us the same. The positive energy he gives us is very good in the dressing room. If we win or lose, he makes sure the atmosphere is always balanced.””Like we made a comeback last year and even in the first game this year. I don’t think losing the first game made a big impact, I think we started fresh. I think he has been fantastic in handling the team,” Parthiv concluded.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal sues former French sports minister over doping accusations

first_imgSpanish tennis great Rafael Nadal has sued former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot for alleging he had used performance enhancing drugs.”I am making public the defamation lawsuit against Roselyne Bachelot that I have filed today April 25 before the Paris law courts. This legal proceeding was instigated after Bachelot made offensive remarks last March on Le Grand 8 program on French channel D8,” Nadal said in the statement.Bachelot had said in the wake of Maria Sharapova’s positive in this year’s Australian Open that Nadal’s 12-month absence through injury in 2012 was “without doubt due to a positive (drug test). When you see a tennis player who stops playing for long months, it is because he has tested positive and because they are covering it up”.”Through this case, I intend not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said.”I also wish to prevent any public figure from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete using the media, without any evidence or foundation,” he added.He also said that if he won the case he would not keep the damages for himself, but give them to a French-based charity.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

No realistic hope of Olympic medal in hockey: Viren Rasquinha

first_imgMumbai, Jun 16 (PTI) While praising the Indian men hockey teams progress under the guidance of coach Roelant Oltmans, former international Viren Rasquinha did not hold out a realistic chance for the country to climb the medals podium at the upcoming Rio Olympics. “We have to take one step at a time. In Beijing (2008 Olympics) India did not qualify and we were 12th (and last) in London (Olympics in 2012). From there to go and win a medal is unrealistic. Our first aim should be to qualify for the quarterfinals,” he said. Rasquinha was speaking at a panel discussion after being named by Star Sports network as one of its commentators during its coverage of the August 5-21 Games. The 35-year-old former player, who represented the country at the Athens Games in 2004, said Australia were the favourites for the gold, while India can nurture hopes of getting past all other teams on its current form. “The first priority for the Indian squad would be to make it to the quarter-finals (under the changed format for the tournament). Australia are undoubtedly the favourites. But take away Australia and we have a chance against all other teams. “All are within our range. If we meet any of those countries in the quarters I would have hopes (for India) but if we meet Australia I dont have hopes as our record is not good. The no 1 priority is to qualify (for quarters) and no 2 is to avoid Australia (in quarters),” said Rasquinha. The ex-international has been roped in as an expert commentator by the channel along with Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe, Indian shuttle ace Prakash Padukone, former shooting champion Anjali Bhagwat and Olympic swimmer Rehan Poncha. Rasquinha was all praise for Oeltmans and said he, for one, is not surprised at the improvement in the Indian team under the Dutchman.advertisement”Oeltmans is doing a fantastic job. He has built a fine team ethics. Everyone comes back to help the defence. There has been effective rolling substitution because of which India is playing at a very high intensity that has surprised many. But but I have not been surprised,” he said. (More) PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img read more

PM lauded for making yoga global event, no programme in Bihar

first_imgPatna, Jun 21 (PTI) No official programme was organised by the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar on the occasion of International Yoga Day today, even as Union Minister Ravishankar Prasad lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making yoga a “global event”.Ravishankar Prasad, Giriraj Singh, Ramkripal Yadav were among the Union ministers who led thousands of people in observing the fitness regime in separate programmes in the state today.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the yoga session at Gandhi Maidan in the state capital, Prasad, the Union communications and IT minister said organising the ancient fitness regime on a mass scale fostered unity among the people.He also lauded the Prime Minister for making yoga a global event with hundreds of countries organising World Yoga Day celebrations.Union Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh joined the people in participating in a yoga session at a function in Kankerbagh locality in Patna, while his ministerial colleague Ramkripal Yadav did so at Muzaffarpur.Speaking to reporters, Giriraj Singh lashed out at Nitish Kumar government for opposing yoga on the ground that it was a publicity drive by the BJP and the NDA government at the Centre.”I can understand your (Nitish Kumar) annoyance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but not so with yoga,” he said.Union minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ramkripal Yadav, participated in a yoga session at Muzaffarpur. PTI KDK MM BSAlast_img read more

Salman was not laid back during Sultan: Ali Abbas Zafar

first_imgMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Salman Khan is often known for his laid back and relaxed attitude but surprisingly director Ali Abbas Zafar says the superstar was completely dedicated while working on “Sultan”.”He (Salman) was not laid back at all. On paper he knew he cant afford to be laid back as he had to work hard for this film as he is racing against a steam engine…In wrestling, weight goes up and down. Physically, this film has been very challenging,” Ali told PTI.Even after going through the grueling training sessions and workouts in the gym, according to Ali, the 50-year-old actor never complained.”Only on hard days he used to say can I have an ice cream… But the day he was done he had four ice creams,” Ali added.The “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star had to alter his weight from 100 kgs and then as per the instructions of Ali, he came down to 90 kgs and then to 82 kgs.”At the age of 50 to do all this within six to eight months takes a lot of hard work. Even when he was not working on sets he had to train for four hours. This is phenomenal for an actor enjoying such stardom,” he said.Apparently “Sultan” is the first sports film that Salman has done in his career.”This is Salmans first sports film and you do make some changes keeping his personality in mind. We wanted to make “Sultan” with him only. Whatever changes happened, it happened on the sets not on script level,” he said.advertisement”His understanding and experience helped us to make a better film. He did small changes and not the big things,” he added.The “Dabangg” Khan loves to flaunt his chiseled body on screen and “Sultan” required him to wear “langots”, considering the fact that he plays a wrestler.The “Gunday” helmer reveals that Salman was initially shy to wear a langot.”He is a very shy guy. He is very conscious about his body. He is the poster boy for everyone in the gym. Salman Khan is the bible of body building,” he added. (MORE) PTI KKP DK SHD RYSlast_img read more

SAI Sonepat gets Hypoxic Chamber

first_imgNew Delhi, June 28 (PTI) Sports Authority of India today inaugurated a Hypoxic Chamber at its Northern Regional Centre at Sonepat, which will help elite athletes in achieving top fitness levels and in fast recovery and rehabilitation. SAI DG Injeti Srinivas inaugurated the chamber today through a remote control from SAI Head Office here and dedicated it to all athletes of the centre. NRC Sonepat is the fourth centre after ASI, Pune and sport department of Kerala and Maharashtra to have one of its kind Hypoxic Chamber in India. “It will open a new chapter in the training system and I am sure with the improved system of training athletes will be benefited during international competitions,” Srinivas said. “It will surely reduce the foreign dependency for recovery and rehabilitation training,” Olympics medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt said in a SAI release. All Olympic-bound wrestlers at the centre welcomed this initiative. The SAI said its continuously endeavouring to modernise the sports coaching system in the country and to improvise the Sports Science to provide the best available systems for strengthening and recovery to the athletes. “In this stride, Northern Regional Centre, Sonepat has set up SAIs maiden the Hypoxic Chamber in its Sports Injury & Rehabilitation Centre. As one of the most advanced technology, Hypoxic Chamber, creates an environment of High Altitude which helps elite athletes in fitness and fast recovery & rehabilitation,” the SAI release said. “It reduces the amount of oxygen in the air which forces cardio-respiratory systems to work even harder to deliver sufficient oxygen to the working muscles which enhances performance of the athlete significantly. “It helps efficient and effective utilization of Oxygen which improvises the endurance for competitive sports. As a matter of fact, low oxygen environment brings plethora of beneficial changes in human body which helps in building stamina, endurance and cognitive ability of sportsperson,” the release said. PTI PDS CMadvertisementlast_img read more

LeEco’s Le Max2 outshines Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus with CDLA technology

first_imgLeEco’s second generation Superphone, Le Max2, has abuzz in the smartphone industry in India, leaving its competitors far behind. Powered by unmatched specs and sublime aesthetics, Le Max2 also pioneers the futuristic CDLA audio technology. This gives Le Max2 a definitive edge against Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus.LeEco’s second generation Superphone, Le Max2, has abuzz in the smartphone industry in India, leaving its competitors far behind. Powered by unmatched specs and sublime aesthetics, Le Max2 also pioneers the futuristic CDLA audio technology. This gives Le Max2 a definitive edge against Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus.In a fast-paced world where people are glued to their smartphones round the clock, viewing content in some form or the other, a common concern among users is the quality of the audio-visual experience. With the growth in content consumption on the go, millennials demand that the overall video experience on their smartphones is well complemented with the audio. Therefore, not only how content is viewed but also heard on a smartphone becomes critical from a consumer perspective and this is an area most smartphone manufacturers have not shifted their focus to.So, here’s LeEco’s Le Max2 that boasts the company’s proprietary and world’s first Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) technology that will enable users to experience digital lossless audio.What gives Le Max2 a clear edge over Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s Plus are its superlative specs, one of them being the CDLA technology LeECo is pioneering in India and the world. In its second generation Superphone, LeEco has ditched the 3.5mm audio jack, and has instead opted for a USB Type-C port. The new CDLA music standard is all set to redefine audio experience in smartphones with its breakthrough technology and intelligence.advertisementAs competition surges in the smartphone industry, it becomes imperative for phone manufacturers to offer a distinct benefit proposition to users, but minus the hefty premiums that are usually attached to such unique features. Keeping this in mind, players like LeEco have taken impressive steps to ensure that their second generation Superphone Le Max2 that offers users an unmatched audio experience.An apples-to-apples comparison also shows that Le Max2 wins hands down when it comes to its display and camera quality and storage capacity, in addition to flaunting the Type-C port. Le Max2 also sports a powerful 21-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera, supports PDAF, optical image stabilization (OIS) and has 4K video recording capabilities, way ahead of its peers.All these superlative specs of Le Max2 will cost users only Rs 29,990 (6 GB + 64 GB version), while its competitors offer similar or lesser specs at a remarkably high price of Rs 48,900 (Galaxy S7) and Rs 54,600 (iPhone 6s Plus).With its distinct offerings and superlative specs, Le Max2 makes for an ideal choice for people looking to buy their next smartphone!So don’t wait because registrations for Le Max2 are already underway and are open only till 28 June 1 PM followed by the flash sale at 2 PM the same day.You can register either on LeMall or on Flipkart. Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by LeEco.last_img read more