Roger Federer wins doubles with Alexander Zverev, Europe leads in Laver Cup

first_imgThis jewelry designer is also an architect Altered doping data could restart Russian scandal Team Europe’s Roger Federer, right, and Alexander Zverev celebrates winning their game against Team World’s Denis Shapovalov and Jack Sock at the Laver Cup tennis event, in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)GENEVA — Roger Federer teamed up with Alexander Zverev in doubles to lift Europe into a commanding 3-1 lead over the world team on the first day of the Laver Cup on Friday.Federer, who has an Olympic gold medal in doubles, and Zverev won 6-3, 7-5 against Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov as the Europeans swept the two-match evening session. The afternoon singles matches were split at the noisy, 17,000-seat Palexpo arena.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Thanks Sascha, for carrying me in that second set,” Federer told his playing partner in an on-court interview.The six-man Europe team has a big advantage in ATP rankings, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem started the day by beating the 33rd-ranked Shapovalov 6-4, 5-7, 13-11. Shapovalov let three match points slip in the decisive third set which is played as a super-tiebreaker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Sock, whose rankings fell into the 200s in an injury-hit season, then leveled the three-day event by winning 6-1, 7-6 (3) against No. 11 Fabio Fognini.Europe, captained courtside by Bjorn Borg, regained the lead when No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas won 6-2, 1-6, 10-7 against 30th-ranked Taylor Fritz for the world team led by John McEnroe. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Federer is back on court before another sold-out crowd Saturday, when he will play Nick Kyrgios in the afternoon’s second match.“I’m fresh, I’m ready to go for more,” said Federer, who co-owns the Laver Cup competition.Saturday’s play opens with Zverev playing John isner. Rafael Nadal enters the stage for Europe in an evening singles against Milos Raonic, then stays on to partner Tsitsipas against Kyrgios and Sock.Victories Saturday in the three singles matches and one doubles are worth two points each. Sunday’s matches score three points for the winning team and 13 points are needed to lift the title.Europe seeks a third straight win in the Laver Cup. It was launched two years ago in Prague, then moved to Chicago last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

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Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics

first_imgBecoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Japanese law stipulates that a Japanese with more than one nationality must chose one before turning 22 years old.“It gives me a special feeling to try to go to the Olympics to represent Japan,” the two-time Grand Slam champion told the broadcaster in an interview in Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I think I will be able to put more of my emotion into it by playing for the pride of the country,” she said, according to the article published in Japanese on the NHK website.Osaka added she wants to aim for the gold although she is also worried as expectations will be high. Column: NBA walks on the right side of a fine line in China Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning her women’s singles semi-final match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 5, 2019. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / AFP)Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, told NHK she has completed an administrative step to obtain Japanese citizenship ahead of her birthday next week.ADVERTISEMENT The young tennis sensation is a household name in Japan, where her every move is followed feverishly by local media, particularly when she is in the country of her mother’s birth.She is the face of several leading Japanese brands, including the carrier ANA, and “Naomi-chan” — as she is affectionately known — was the main attraction at last month’s Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, which she won.But she has faced controversies over her dual heritage in a nation that is fairly racially homogeneous, as well as scrutiny for her imperfect Japanese language skills — though others insist they add to her charm.Mixed-race children can often face prejudice in Japan, although attitudes among younger generations are changing.Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam last year after beating Serena Williams at the US Open.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement PLAY LIST 01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

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Taking its shot

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champion Magnolia will try to use its vast familiarity with import Romeo Travis against Dez Wells and the Beermen in their first Governors’ Cup clash this season, one that could show how deep San Miguel really is and, if at all, how well can an equally star-studded team like the Hotshots contend.“The only advantage that we have against San Miguel is, I think, our chemistry with Romeo,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said as they clash at 7 p.m. on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manAfter that, it seems that San Miguel has the edge on seemingly all fronts.Wells is averaging 33 points and close to 10 rebounds a night, and judging from past games, counting the Beermen’s stint in the Terrific 12 in Macau, is capable of shooting the lights out on any given night. Victolero is a defense-oriented coach, and it will take every bit of knowledge that he has to try and contain this San Miguel team that is backstopped by a local core that could pass as an all-star team.Reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo leads that cast together with Chris Ross, Christian Standhardinger, Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot.Marcio Lassiter is still in sick bay, but coach Leo Austria has been getting people to step up in his place, with Terrence Romeo and Von Pessumal still at his disposal.Meanwhile, Columbian and Blackwater slug it out in the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser, with the Dyip seeking to bounce back from a narrow loss to tournament leader KaTropa over the weekend.San Miguel is one of two teams left without a defeat—TNT being the other one—and the Beermen seem to have all the tools they need to complete a Triple Crown sweep this time, which will be the second for the franchise following their 1989 coup with a team built around Ramon Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Zamboanga hosts first major race Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Firepower versus chemistry—a mouth-watering matchup that could basically give a picture on whether or not there is any team that will be able to prevent San Miguel Beer from completing a PBA Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

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From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

first_imgView comments Embiid said he wants to play more than 64 games, though the Sixers are weary of his workload. He has 13-1 odds to win NBA MVP.“I knew I had to be in better shape,” Embiid said. “Meaning that, I had to do a better job. You can’t coach sickness, you can’t go and get sick. All I can do is just make sure I do the right thing and eat the right things. I just try to do what I can do best.”Embiid said at the start of training camp that he lost 20 pounds over the offseason and aimed for at least five more before opening night by eating right and working with team officials to get in better condition. Embiid didn’t say how much he weighs but is listed as 250 pounds on the depth chart.HORFORD HELPSHorford just might prove the most valuable pickup for the Sixers. When he played for the Celtics, Horford often gave Embiid fits defensively and now can give spell at center, when needed. A five-time All-Star, Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season.Horford said he didn’t necessarily spill any secrets to Embiid on how to solve rugged defensive matchups.“We are going to talk, but he is going to be fine,” Horford said. “If you look at the stat line, he is just doing his thing. I’m here to help him and I am here to help the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid grabs a rebound during the first half of the team’s NBA exhibition basketball game against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA — Charles Barkley had a statue dedicated in his honor outside the 76ers’ complex, the franchise for which he played the bulk of his Hall of Fame career — and later poked fun at as an analyst when the team tanked.Billy Cunningham was Barkley’s first NBA coach and joked the Sixers may never have drafted Sir Charles had Houston not tanked at the tail end of 1984 to increase the odds it could select Hakeem Olajuwon with the No. 1 pick. Sixers coach Brett Brown, trying to become the first coach to win the championship in Philadelphia since Cunningham in 1983, had some fun at Barkley’s expense with the revelation.ADVERTISEMENT Simmons was cheered in a preseason game like he was a scrub off the JV bench who scored a basket in mop-up time when he buried a 3-pointer.The reason the crowd went wild? The 3 was the first for Simmons in the NBA.Simmons is 0 for 17 from 3-point range in two seasons and spent his summer trying to improve his jumper. Defenses sagged on Simmons, daring him to shoot because the point guard can’t do much outside the paint. Simmons’ ability to expand his game is needed for the Sixers to go deep in the postseason as much as a healthy Embiid.“I work every day and to me, it shows,” Simmons said. “I’m in the gym every day and I feel like it is paying off.”Simmons has 50-1 odds to win NBA MVP.The 23-year-old signed a $170 million, five-year contract extension in the offseason. He made his NBA debut in the 2017-18 season and was Rookie of the Year. He was an All-Star for the first time last season but vowed to do more.“I think I was just too worried about what people were saying and what was going on around me. Too many outside noises,” Simmons said. “I was really able to block them out this summer and not focus on what people were saying.”NEED FOR EMBIIDThe Sixers will go only as far as their franchise center takes them.They were willing to wait two years for him to sit out with injuries because they knew the tantalizing talent ahead. But Embiid has yet to play more than 64 games a season, one reason why the Sixers played Game 7 on the road instead of home. He missed a playoff game against Brooklyn with a bad left knee and had multiple digestive issues that made his starting status unknown for other games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ FIFA president ‘disappointed’ by empty stands at Koreas qualifier “I can’t believe (Houston) dumped games to get high draft picks,” Brown said to laughter. “Can you believe that? Somebody trying to get high draft picks dumping games? I don’t know what you’re talking about.”From tanking to title contention, Brown has lived through it all in Philly since he was hired in 2013 and finally has his best roster and shot at winning a championship. The sting of last season’s elimination, when Kawhi Leonard sank the first Game 7-ending buzzer-beater in NBA history to lead Toronto past the 76ers, still lingers for the holdovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBen Simmons, Joel Embiid & Co. have 7-1 odds to win the NBA title and believe the best is at last ahead for a team that has lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals each of the last two seasons.“I’ve already picked the 76ers to win the championship next year,” Barkley said. “So, no pressure. I mean that, sincerely. I did call you all a stupid organization.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Much like the 60-loss seasons, that’s all in the past for Philadelphia.Simmons and Embiid are proven All-Stars and have the long-term, big-money deals that will keep them franchise cornerstones for years in their prime. Al Horford was signed away from rival Boston to start at power forward and, perhaps more importantly, provide needed relief to Embiid as backup center.Embiid says the 76ers have a “chance to win it all” and the excitement around the team grows with each season.Here’s what else to know about the 76ers:SIMMONS FOR 3ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READlast_img read more

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TNT gains twice-to-beat, edges San Miguel Beer

first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress Jason Castro returned to active duty and shot 12 points that went with 11 assists and eight rebounds.“We really need Jason on the floor, he’s the heart of this team,” said coach Bong Ravena, who also got 17 points from RR Pogoy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—TNT won an enthralling endgame shootout with San Miguel Beer on Wednesday night and booked the last twice-to-beat berth in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs after a 114-109 victory at Ynares Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa got the goods from import KJ McDaniels in the wild finish as TNT arrested a three-game slide to close out with an 8-3 record and bag No. 3 seeding while pushing the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen to a very precarious position in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? The TNT win meant that idle Barangay Ginebra sld to No. 4 and with a win-once bonus over the Beermen, who are going into the quarterfinals as the fifth seeds.McDaniels finished with 44 points, while highlighting his night with a huge block off a three-point try to San Miguel counterpart John Holland which led to the two insurance free throws from Ryan Reyes with eight seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSan Miguel roared back from 18 points down despite playing without three locals, counting former MVP Arwind Santos, and even took the lead, 108-107 off a Holland triple heading into the final 44.1 ticks.“We waited a long time for this (twice-to-beat privilege),” ace forward Troy Rosario, who scored 30 points, said in Filipino, referring to the win that snapped a three-game losing streak that came after the KaTropa had opened up with seven straight wins and were practically conceded a top four berth. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Back at PH team, Gonzaga raring to perform at home in SEA Games MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View commentslast_img read more

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Sultana of swing: Watch Aussie Olympian Michelle Jenneke try to pull off a Tarzan

first_imgMichelle Jenneke, known as much as a model (sports illustrated model, some say) as an athlete and hurdler, tried to pull off a Tarzan by swinging using a rope to a water body.But fails. Miserably. Jenneke, wearing a bikini, manages to swing from above a tree, but falls into some shallow water and a lot of embarrassment. She breaks into a fit of laughter, but embarrassment overrules it. Also, if you notice carefully, we can see someone, hiding behind the tree, spanking the model before she swings. Oops, we didn’t say that!last_img read more

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PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards

first_imgIndia’s Rio Olympic stars Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Jitu Rai have been conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards, which is the highest sporting honour in the country. (Rio Olympics –  Full Coverage) While shuttler Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi finished podiums in Rio, gymnast Dipa and shooter Jitu missed medals by a whisker .Since India had sent their biggest contingent to the Rio Games, a large number of nominations were received for these awards this year, which were considered by the Selection Committees. (Also read: PV Sindhu hasn’t shown the world her best yet: Pullela Gopichand) Sindhu became the first Indian woman athlete to win a Silver medal at the Olympic Games. The Hyderabad shuttler was in top form and closed out big matches in style against top-ranked opponents. However, Sindhu failed to cross the final hurdle but didn’t go down without a fight. Whereas, Sakshi came from behind in all of her bouts to snatch the win from her opponent Kyrgyzstani opponent in the dying minutes of her Bronze medal bout. (Also read: Telengana Deputy Chief Minister promises additional coach for PV Sindhu)Also, Ajinkya Rahane became the only cricketer to receive the Arjuna Award this year. Steeplechaser Lalita Babar, boxer Shiva Thapa, hockey players VR Raghunath, Gurpreet Singh and shooter Apurvi Chandela were a few among the athletes who have been conferred with the Arjuna Award.The list for Dronacharya and  Dhyan Chand awards were also announced. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016PV Sindhu – BadmintonadvertisementDipa Karmakar – GymnasticsJitu Rai – ShootingSakshi Malik -Wrestling Dronacharya Awards 2016Nagapuri Ramesh – AthleticsSagar Mal Dhayal – BoxingRaj Kumar Sharma -CricketBishweshwar Nandi – GymnasticsS. Pradeep Kumar – Swimming (Lifetime)Mahabir Singh – Wrestling (Lifetime) Arjuna Awards 2016Shri Rajat Chauhan – Archery            Lalita Babar – Athletics                 Shri Sourav Kothari -Billiards & SnookerShiva Thapa – Boxing   Ajinkya Rahane – Cricket            Subrata Paul –  Football                 Rani – Hockey        Raghunath V.R. – Hockey                 Gurpreet Singh – ShootingApurvi Chandela – Shooting            Soumyajit Ghosh – Table Tennis           Vinesh Phogat – Wrestling           Amit Kumar – Wrestling           Sandeep Singh Mann – Para-Athletics             Virender Singh – Wrestling (Deaf) Dhyan Chand Award 2015Ms. Satti Geetha – AthleticsShri Sylvanus Dung Dung – HockeyShri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke –last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola equals renewed energy for happy Raheem Sterling at Man City

first_imgRaheem Sterling is enjoying life under new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, with the winger backing up his buoyant mood by shining on the pitch after he looked woefully out of form during England’s poor Euro 2016 campaign. (Manchester City announce signing of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo)Sterling became the most expensive English player when he joined City from Liverpool for 44 million pounds ($57.57 million) last year, but struggled to justify his hefty price tag in a disappointing first season in Manchester.BRIGHT STARTThe 21-year-old, however, has made a bright start to the new campaign, scoring two goals and claiming two assists in the Premier League, while playing a pivotal role in unbeaten City’s Champions League playoff victory over Steaua Bucharest.”I’m enjoying my football and I am enjoying winning games and I am working hard to continue doing that. This is the season you will see me working my hardest, that’s for sure,” Sterling told British media.”I didn’t come into the season thinking: ‘I want to show everyone’. But just to concentrate on my football, that’s the most important thing.”People will talk, but the most important thing for me was to come in and do well under the new manager and impress here. I knew if I kept working hard I would get my chances.”HARD WORK NOTICEDSterling’s strong start to the campaign has also not gone unnoticed by new England manager Sam Allardyce, who named the winger in his squad for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia.advertisementCity, who top the Premier League standings on nine points from three matches, next play city rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on September 10.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli-led Team India will dominate Test cricket for long time: VVS Laxman

first_imgFormer India batsman VVS Laxman is optimistic about Indian cricket’s future and said the present Test team under Virat Kohli’s leadership has the potential to dominate for a long time.The long season starts with the Kanpur Test against New Zealand and India seeking to achieve the No. 1 status. Laxman said achieving the number one status will just be the beginning of a long journey for Kohli and his team.”It’s a great opportunity for India because they are going to play three quality Test playing countries. This India team has the potential to be the number one and they can be the best Test playing nation for a very long time,” Laxman told PTI on the sidelines of a promotional event.Laxman feels the current crop of players in the Test side have played a lot in overseas conditions and thus getting better. (Can New Zealand rewrite history by dominating India? )”The reason for that is everyone is young in their Test careers and also they have played a lot in overseas conditions. From personal experience I have seen that once you play overseas you become an all-round player because you get to play in different types of wickets, different weather conditions, different kinds of oppositions who are very good in their own backyard.”So I think they are well rounded cricketers now and playing in India they know what kind of conditions to expect, it gives the team the right kind of platform to showcase its talent, play to their potential and once they do that they will start dominating Test cricket for a long time,” he added.VIJAY, RAHUL AS OPENERSadvertisementHe felt India should go with five bowlers in the first Test at Kanpur, and picked Murali Vijay and KL Rahul as the team’s opening combination, with Cheteshwar Pujara at number three after his impressive run of scores in the Duleep Trophy.In its quest to be the world’s best, the team was peaking at the right time, Laxman felt. (India’s historic triumph over Australia in 2001 tops Test glories)”All of them are peaking at the right time, all of them are just about three or four years into their Test careers and all of them are young and fit and very talented. This team has got the talent, the all-round experience by touring all over the world and playing in different conditions. They have got great skill sets – be it in batting, fielding, spin bowling or fast bowling department.”TRENDSETTER KOHLIWhile being lavish in his praise for Kohli, Laxman felt the skipper is fortunate to have the right kind of players in his arsenal.”I think Virat Kohli is very fortunate to have players from which he can chose depending on the playing conditions. They have really impressed not only in Indian conditions but all over the world and all of them have great work ethic.”Kohil is an inspiration, a trendsetter for me as he inspires his colleagues to raise the benchmark. He is always looking for wins. He is flexible and has conveyed the message that he is here to win.”Asked about coach Anil Kumble, he said, “Anil is one of the most hard working cricketers I have come across and I am sure he will instill the same as a coach as well and it started off well in the West Indies. I believe that Virat and Anil will continue in same vein.”He also praised MS Dhoni, for the way he managed the transition phase after the retirements of big players.”Dhoni has to be really credited for the way he managed the transitional phase, the way he helped in transition and also the selection committee for reposing faith and identifying the players. It was tough for them because at the start of their careers they played a lot in overseas alien condition which is always a challenge for any cricketer, but still they have adapted,” Laxman said.”Results may not have gone their way but still I felt they had opportunities to win a match or series. There were some brilliant individual performances. Dhoni has to be credited for that and all the young players, who grabbed their opportunities and showed all of us that they belong to international cricket, also deserve kudos.”ROHIT CAN BE MATCH WINNERAbout Rohit Sharma, he said, “He is capable of being a match winner in Test cricket, it’s just about getting his game plan right.”Talking about vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Laxman said, “Rahane is a role model for first class cricketers because he has come through the grind of first class cricket. He has got a great technique and temperament and, above all, is a great team man. He is one of the best.”advertisementLaxman is impressed with the opening combination of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.”Healthy competition really impressed me. KL Rahul was ideally suited for Test cricket but the way he has improved his skill sets in other formats it shows that he is very hard working, very matured, introspecting and wanting to improve his game, hope he gets a long run in the playing XI,” he said.Laxman called Wriddhiman Saha the country’s best glovesman at the moment. (Kapil Dev backs action-packed result-oriented Test matches )”Since Dhoni left Test cricket Saha has been the best keeper, he is a gritty character, very determined and is the best glovesman we have at the moment. If he can start contributing with the bat the way he batted in the West Indies it will be great for Indian cricket and himself,” he said.Asked about offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Laxman said, “He is the most valuable player, he is a spinner but technically and mentally equipped to play as a batsman.”He also congratulated the BCCI for arranging 13 Test matches in the home season.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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LeEco launches Le Pro 3 with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM

first_imgChinese technology company LeEco today has launched Le Pro 3 smartphone in China. The phone will be available to buy through flash sale model from next week. Starting price for the Le Pro 3 is CNY 1,799 (approx Rs. 18,000).LeEco has launched the Le Pro 3 smartphone in four variants based on RAM and internal storage. The 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant is priced at CNY 1,799 (approx 18,000), and the variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is priced at CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 20,000)The company has also launched other two variants which are named after famous Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. The cheaper Zhang Yimou Le Pro 3 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and is priced at CNY 2,499 (approx 25,000), while the other Zhang Yimou edition has 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The 6GB RAM Zhan Yimou variant comes with a price tag of CNY 2,999 (approx 30,000). Internal storage on any of the Le Pro 3 variants is not expandable.Other than the memory, there are no other differences in any of the variants of Le Pro 3. The Le Pro 3 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. The screen is covered with a 2.5D curved glass. The phone is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The Le Pro 3 runs EUI 5.8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.LeEco Le Pro 3 comes with 16-megapixel camera on the back. It also supports PDAF, HDR, 4K video recording at 30fps. On the front, the phone carries an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture. The phone has a fingerprint scanner under the rear camera.advertisementThe company has retained the CDLA support with the Le Pro 3 and like Le 2 smartphone this one also doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack. However, LeEco will bundle a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter to connect an earphone with the Le Pro 3.The Le Pro 3 has dual-SIM support, but it can run 4G on only one SIM at a time. Other connectivity options in Le Pro 3 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, and USB Type-C.last_img read more

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Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title

first_imgGermany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his first Formula One world championship on Sunday after finishing runner-up in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton amid accusations of ‘dirty tricks’.After all the suspense and expectation, Hamilton chalked up his 10th win of the season, and fourth in a row, but was powerless to do anything about the championship outcome despite making every effort. (Nico Rosberg follows father Keke in his own fashion)His attempt to push Rosberg into the clutches of those behind him, by deliberately slowing the pace in the closing laps to the concern of team bosses, produced a nail-biting finish with the top four separated by just 1.6 seconds.”Lewis, this is Paddy we need you to pick up the pace to win this race,” the team’s technical head Paddy Lowe told the Briton over the team radio.”Right now, I’m losing the world championship so I’m not bothered if I’m going to lose the race,” replied Hamilton, who crossed the line 0.4 seconds ahead of Rosberg with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third and a further 0.4 behind.FROSTY ATMOSPHEREThe frosty atmosphere between the pair as they waited for the podium ceremony spoke volumes, with Rosberg hoisting the sport’s 86-year-old commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone into the air but ignoring Hamilton.There was minimal eye contact between them, let alone a handshake.The hug, the handshakes and a word of congratulation, eventually came on the podium.”That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I’ve ever had… really not very enjoyable those last laps,” said Rosberg in podium interviews conducted by former F1 racer David Coulthard.advertisement”I’m glad it’s over, and I am ecstatic.”It was really intense and tough out there.”Rosberg, who had needed only to finish in the top three to be sure of the title, settled into second at the start as Hamilton streaked clear but the Briton’s strategy was immediately apparent.He made little effort to build up a commanding lead, knowing that his only hope of becoming Britain’s first four-times champion depended on denying Rosberg clear air and allowing rivals to get close enough to pass.”It was tricky at the end there with Lewis playing some dirty tricks,” commented four-times champion Vettel over the radio.ROSBERG THIRD GERMAN TO WIN F1 TITLERosberg, who becomes his country’s third champion after Michael Schumacher and Vettel, held his nerve and position just as he has throughout a season in which he has insisted on taking one race at a time.As he crossed the line, the son of 1982 title-winner Keke Rosberg let out a whoop of relief and joy as he became only the second son of a world champion, after Britain’s Damon Hill, to take the crown.In another emotional touch, the tearful 31-year-old’s wife Vivian spoke to him over the team radio on his slowing down lap to tell him how proud she was. His own pride was equally evident.”I am very proud to have done the same feat as my dad achieved, he is going to be coming in half an hour I think,” said Rosberg, whose father was not at the circuit and has been present for only his home Monaco Grand Prix this year.’HAMILTON HAVE EXPLAIN’At the same time, Hamilton knew he would have to explain himself to unimpressed team bosses.”We first have to speak to him to get an explanation,” said non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. “We tried to tell him the danger was coming because Vettel had the fastest car at the end. Thank god it worked out in the end.”Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, another remarkable race for the Dutch teenager who spun at the start and fought back from last place. His Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo was fifth.last_img read more

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Russian Grand Prix: Just one of those weekends, says Lewis Hamilton

first_imgLewis Hamilton shrugged off a disappointing Russian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday, with Ferrari sweeping the front row for the first time in nearly nine years, as “just one of those weekends”.The triple Formula One world champion will line up in fourth place for Mercedes, with team mate Valtteri Bottas third and behind the pole-sitting championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.”It’s not every weekend that goes perfectly smoothly,” said Hamilton, the winner in China who has a hard road ahead of him on Sunday to prevent Vettel increasing his seven-point advantage.Hamilton had struggled in practice to get the tyres up to temperature, despite warm conditions at a track that has favoured Mercedes ever since its debut in 2014.”We worked towards improving the car but generally it got worse and worse… I think it was just the balance that we had,” added the Briton.”Over tonight we’ll do some studying and try to turn any negatives into positives. We should hopefully be in a better position tomorrow after the changes we made for today, and I’m hopeful that the race will be stronger.”With Vettel enjoying a pre-eminent position at Ferrari, having won two of the first three races and scored twice as many points as his team mate, there is a risk of Raikkonen ‘riding shotgun’ and holding up rivals as the German gets away.Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, has not been on the podium since July last year and Saturday was the first time the Finn had qualified on the front row since Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix in September 2015.advertisementIt was also Ferrari’s first pole since 2015, ending a run of 18 by Mercedes.Hamilton said, however, that he was still hopeful of a four-way battle.”I’m in fourth so at the moment it doesn’t matter what’s happening with the guys on the front row,” he said. “I guess I just take it as it comes.”I think Kimi has been very quick this weekend and he obviously only just missed out on pole… I can’t imagine it is going to be a case of Sebastian pulling away,” said the two-times winner in Russia.”Kimi is on it this weekend so hopefully it’s a race between the four of us… I hope that’s the case but I’ll find out when the lights go out.”last_img read more

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WWE: The Undertaker visits top New York hospital with wife

first_imgThe retired WWE legend The Undertaker was seen visiting a New York hospital with his wife Michelle McCool.According to a report in The Sun, the couple was seen entering the David H Koch Pavilion Hospital for Special Surgery, which is among the top hospitals in the country for orthopaedics and rhuematology.Report further said, The Phenom was expected to have a hip replacement surgery soon.It was an end of an era as The Undertaker retired from the WWE after losing a brutal Wrestlemania 33 match against Roman Reigns last month.The Undertaker made his debut 25-years-ago and became one of the most popular superstars in history.After the match, The Undertaker left his ring gear in the ring siganalling that it was time for him to bid farewell to the sport he loved.last_img read more

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Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3 actress Mitaali Nag cheers for the Women’s Indian Cricket Team in a daring way

first_imgActress Mitaali Nag, who’s currently seen in Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon as Advay Singh Raizada aka Barun Sobti’s mother showed her support for the Women’s Indian Cricket Team in a bold way.On Saturday, the actress shared a picture on Instagram, where she is dressed in Team India’s jersey and is breastfeeding her six-month-old son Rudranssh.She posted the picture with a note that said, “And this is how I cheer for my India’s #womencricketteam!!! From breastfeeding to representing the country in its fave sport, a woman is capable of doing everything… so let’s bleed blue today!!!! #indiaindia #womencricketworldcup #indiancricketteam #mitaalinag #mitalinag #tvstar #indianbeauty #littlerudranssh #proudindian #breastfeeding #isuppportbreastfeeding #isupportteamindia #happymommy.”Mitaali Nag rose to fame with Zee TV’s Afsar Bitiya. The actress was blessed with a baby boy in January this year.Meanwhile,  Indian women’s cricket team thrashed their New Zealand counterparts by 186 runs to book their place in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup against Australia on Saturday.Also read:  Congratulations! Mitaali Nag of Afsar Bitiya fame welcomes baby boylast_img read more

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Chinese products don’t last long: Vijender Singh trolls Zulpikar Maimaitali ahead of bout

first_imgAhead of his double title fight with China’s number one boxer and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion Zulpikar Maimaitali, Indian boxing superstar Vijender Singh has trolled his opponent and said that he would try to finish the bout as soon as possible as “Chinese product don’t last long”.In the mega fight of Asia to be held this Saturday, both the boxers will put their respective WBO titles at stake. Whoever wins the bout takes home his defended title along with his opponent’s title.”My fight is this Saturday. I am just controlling my weight. So, my face looks weak. Otherwise, I feel okay. Yes, I will do my best on Saturday. I will try to finish the fight as soon as possible. Chinese products don’t last for long. I don’t think it will take so long,” Vijender said.Zulpikar is nine years younger to Vijender, and when asked the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion whether it would have any effect on the bout, he said, “I don’t think it will affect because it is all about experiences. It is all about how you fight, how hard you punch. Like Floyd Mayweather is in his 40s and he is still fighting. He is the number one boxer. So, I don’t think age will matter. I feel like 20, I don’t feel like 30. I fell like 20 all the time.”This fight between two top boxers of Asian subcontinent will decide the ‘King of Asia’.China’s undefeated star boxer has eight bouts under his name, same as Vijender. Zulpikar has five knock outs wins and has fought 24 rounds. His last bout was with African boxer Thomas Mashali where he won the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion last year. Zulpikar turned towards professional boxing in April 2015.advertisementVijender, who remained unbeaten since his debut in professional boxing, has fought eight bouts last one being against former world number one boxer Francis Cheka from Tanzania, where he defended his title.Vijender clinched his first title in July 2016 against Kerry Hope of Australia, becoming the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion. In total, Vijender has fought eight bouts with seven of them being won by Knock-out.He has 30 rounds under his belt, which gives him a slight edge over his opponent, who has fought 24 rounds till now.Refusing to consider Zulpikar as a ‘tough’ opponent, Vijender said that the upcoming bout is extremely important for both of them and the one who would be better on that particular day would emerge out victorious.”This is battle of Asia which is very important fight for both of us. We both have a 😯 record at the moment. The one who will be better will win the bout. It’s like normal fight. I don’t consider him as a tougher opponent. We will see. I am totally fit and focused. I don’t want to say it will be an easy or a difficult fight for me. The time will decide,” Vijender told ANI.Talking about his preparation for the upcoming bout, Vijender said,” I am truly focused. I have done lots of training. I have been through very hardcore training session. I have been through very tough fights. I did meditation. So I am totally focussed on Saturday’s fight.”.last_img read more

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Army has no immediate plan to enter Dera headquarters: Officer

first_img(Eds: Updating with quotes of top army officer)Sirsa (Har), Aug 26 (PTI) Army has no immediate plan of entering Dera Sacha Sauda sect headquarters here and it is focusing on maintaining law and order in the wake of violence triggered by the rape conviction of sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, a top officer said today.The Army along with the police and paramilitary forces has put up barricades at entry points of the Dera premises, where tens of thousands of Dera followers, including women and childen, stayed put despite an appeal by authorities to leave.”There is no plan so far to enter the Dera headquarters here. We are focusing on maintenance of law and order presently,” General Officer Commanding(GOC), 33 Armoured Division, Rajpal Punia said in a media briefing.His remarks came after Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas today said that search of all congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda in Haryana has been ordered.Punia said that there is a high level of coordination among the police, paramilitary and army personnel on the ground and there is no plan so far to enter the Dera headquarters.Last night, the Army carried out a flag march in the area. Normal life has come to a standstill due to restrictions imposed by the authorities to prevent any untoward incident.At least 30 people were killed and 250 injured in violence, arson and police firing in Haryana yesterday, triggered by the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a 2002 rape case.Earlier, Sirsa sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Paramjit Singh Chahal said, “There is still no order for the Army to enter the campus. They are only ensuring enforcement of curfew in the area.”advertisementThe Army and district authorities have been appealing through loudspeakers, asking those inside the Dera premises to leave.Fifteen Dera followers have been arrested since last night here, police said.”We will not spare those who have taken the law into their hands. We will take strict action against then,” IG (Hisar) A S Dillo said outside the Dera headquarters.Sources said th Army was last night provided with the map of the sprawling dera campus, which is spread over nearly 1,000 acres and is a township on its own, with schools, sports village, hospital and cinema hall. PTI BUN VIT RTlast_img read more

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Chris Lynn pens down new five-year Big Bash League deal with Brisbane Heat

first_imgAustralian batsman Chris Lynn has signed a five-year million-dollar deal with the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise, Brisbane Heat.Lynn, who has represented Heat since 2011, will continue with Brisbane Heat until the 2021-22 season.The 27-year-old had sustained a shoulder injury for the third time in two years while attempting a diving outfield catch for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the early part of the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.Who wants 5 more years of #Lynnsanity? Great to have our superstar batsman @lynny50 re-sign with the Heat! Details https://t.co/dJjBJQslXT. pic.twitter.com/eQTCyvLNOa- Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) October 19, 2017The agreement was complemented by confirmation that coaches Dan Vettori and Shane Bond had accepted two-year contract extensions that keep them with the Heat for eighth and ninth edition of BBL.”I’m honoured that the Heat have shown confidence in me for the coming seasons and given us the opportunity to achieve something special as a club in the future,” said an excited Lynn, the BBL player of the series last year.In more big news today, our Head Coach Dan Vettori & Assistant Coach Shane Bond have also signed 2 year extensions! https://t.co/dJjBJQslXT. pic.twitter.com/6HEE8m6lwg- Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) October 19, 2017Lynn and Heat captain Brendon McCullum cut a swathe through the BBL last season, with the former New Zealander equalling the fastest ever 50 for Heat, off 18 balls, while he and Lynn produced a record unbroken stand of 148 for the second wicket against Perth at the WACA.advertisementThe 27-year-old right hander said he was making steady progress in his return from shoulder surgery.”I’ve had some good reports from the surgeon and the QC medical staff and we’re working to the recovery plan. It is feeling okay now, although there is still a way to go,” Lynn said.Heat coach Dan Vettori said the club had created a formidable foundation to build upon for the future.”Lynny is a dominant, world-class player and as coach, I’m delighted he will be with us for the foreseeable future,” he said.”The playing group we are assembling will give us impact and options as we enter the next few seasons,” he added.last_img read more

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I am not leaving with selectors’ permission: Ashish Nehra

first_imgVeteran Ashish Nehra has mounted a stinging counter-attack on chief selector MSK Prasad for his comments on the seamer’s retirement, saying he started playing without the selectors’ permission and is living it likewise.Nehra walked into cricketing sunset yesterday after an 18-year injury-ravaged international career, which had witnessed many highs and lows.”I heard this,” Nehra said when asked about Prasad’s comments that he was not going to be considered for selection beyond the New Zealand T20Is.”I don’t know. The chairman of selection committee has not spoken to me about this. You have asked me this question, and I can only tell you about my interaction with the team management.”When I reached Ranchi, I told Virat about my plan, and his first reaction was, ‘Are you sure? You can still play IPL. You can play as coach-cum-player.’ I said no. I am retiring completely.”The 38-year-old Nehra made it clear that he did not ask for a farewell game, calling himself lucky that he got one in front of his home crowd.”I have been saying this again and again. Luckily this game happened to be in Delhi. I have not asked for a farewell game or anything. This is perhaps one way that god has rewarded me for all the hard work I have put in over the last eight-nine years.”I hope Virat and coach Ravi Shastri are part of the team management because those are the people I spoke to. I have not spoken to any selector over this issue.”advertisementHe further added, “When I started playing cricket, I didn’t take any selector’s permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission.”Prasad had recently said that there was no assurance on Nehra’s availability for the first T20 International at the Feroz Shah Kotla.”We have clearly communicated to the player, ie: Ashish Nehra, and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series,” Prasad had said.Nehra said he was convinced about his decision to call it quits and was happy to see the progress made by Bhuvneshwar Kumar alongside Jasprit Bumrah, two of the best seam bowlers around in these conditions.”When I went there, I went with my plan. I felt that Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ready. If you had seen earlier, Bumrah and I have been playing.”Even today people were wondering if Ashish Nehra will play or not, but if I was in the 15 today, I was obviously going to play. I didn’t come to just look around,” Nehra told reporters.last_img read more

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Maharashtra Open: Gilles Simon beats Kevin Anderson to win Pune title

first_imgGilles Simon of France overcame South African Kevin Anderson in the final of the Maharashtra Open in Pune on Saturday to win his first title in three years.Simon trumped Simon 7-6(4), 6-2 in the Pune final to register his first win over the South African.Anderson was the runners-up of US Open 2017 but struggled against the fluency of Simon.Simon had a disappointing 2017, where he slipped to 89th in the ATP rankings but has managed a strong start to the new year.ALSO WATCHSimon beat each of the tournament’s top three seeds on his way to the title, having knocked out Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in round two before taking out top seed Marin Cilic.Watch the highlights of the nail-biting #TataOpenMaharashtra Singles Final where @GillesSimon84 stood out as a clear winner! �??��???#AdvantagePune #ATP #Tennis pic.twitter.com/vyzRMfNB88- Tata Open Maharashtra (@MaharashtraOpen) January 6, 2018Playing with his trademark fluency and nimble footwork, Simon kept Anderson guessing and after coming back from 1-3 down in the first-set tiebreak he won a 39-stroke rally to snatch the first set.He dominated thereafter as world number 14 Anderson struggled to stem the errors. Anderson dropped serve twice in the second set and was well-beaten in the end.CHAMPION! �?�?This winning celebration from @GillesSimon84 will be cherished as one of the most glorious moments in #TataOpenMaharashtra’s legacy �???#AdvantagePune pic.twitter.com/89b3rh06e3- Tata Open Maharashtra (@MaharashtraOpen) January 6, 2018″It’s the first time I managed to beat him,” Simon said after collecting his 13th career title.advertisement”I still don’t know how I did it. I’m really, really happy I was able to make it.”Anderson, who will be aiming to go past the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time later this month, had few complaints. “It was a really tough match. He’s a terrific player,” he said. “Obviously last year was a little tough for him but obviously he’s back in good form.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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India in South Africa, 1st Test: Play called off on Day 3 due to rain in Newlands

first_imgRain played spoilsport for the entire day and no play was possible on the third day of the series opener between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.The decision was made soon after the second session was washed out as the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening.However, the good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.There will be moisture developing under the surface as it has been covered for so long. South Africa would have probably thought of batting long and then give a big target to India. Now, with two days left and the pitch becoming a little soft, that plan would have got a setback.Strangely, there will be no early start over the remaining two days. Play will begin at 14.00 IST but 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on both days with a 15 minute extension in each session.South Africa were set to resume their second innings on 65 for two, a lead of 142 on what is a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance to the seamers.Hashim Amla (four) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two) are the not out batsmen who will now wait until Monday to resume their innings, with no rain forecast for the remainder of the game.South Africa were bowled out for 286 in their first innings, before restricting India to 209 in reply.It’s official. Play has been called off! Play to resume at usual time tomorrow. Overs to be bowled on Day 4 & 5 – 98. That’s all we have from here on Day 3 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/iC71RklkOTadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2018The home side have confirmed that fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the remainder of the Test, and possibly the series, with a heel injury, leaving them with three seamers with which to bowl India out in the second innings if they are to win the match.The top two ranked teams are meeting in a three-Test series this month with matches in Pretoria and Johannesburg to come.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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