Upset with BCCI, Lodha panel to file status report with Supreme Court

first_imgThe BCCI’s continued defiance against the Supreme Court order will soon undergo a fresh test with the Lodha Committee set to file its status report before the apex court.The Lodha committee, which has been entrusted by the Supreme Court to oversee the implementation of the reforms in the BCCI, met in the Capital on Monday to discuss the progress. (Also Read: Kapil, Gavaskar feel some Lodha panel recommendations are harsh)”The Supreme Court had asked us to give a status report if there are any impediments in the implementation of the reforms,” justice (rtd) Lodha, who is head of the committee, told India Today.”We are going to file a status report, most likely by tomorrow, before the Supreme Court because we have observed many impediments,” he added. (BCCI puts on a brave face, refuses to comply with Lodha recommendations)The BCCI has also convened a special general body meeting on September 30 to discuss about the reforms and how to deal with the situation.Despite the Supreme Court verdict, the BCCI went ahead with its annual general body meeting last week and took decisions which were very much in violation of the Supreme Court verdict. (Shastri blasts Lodha panel recommendations)The election of Ajay Shirke as secretary, appointment of five national selectors were some of the many decisions taken by the Board in their last AGM.  (BCCI refuses to blink in fight with Lodha panel, names five-member selection committee)There were clear instructions that the BCCI cannot take decisions pertaining to the coming year but they have chosen to ignore them and could well face charges of contempt of court.advertisementlast_img read more

Prisoners go on strike on Oct 2 for non-veg food, cable tv

first_imgRaipur, Oct 3 (PTI) Prisoners of Chhattisgarhs Raipur Central Jail observed a hunger strike on Gandhi Jayanti to press their demands including access to private TVchannels and non-vegetarian food.They called off the protest today after the administration assured to meet genuine demands. The inmates at Raipur Central Jail who had gone on hunger strike yesterday ended their protest today,” district collector O P Choudhary told PTI.Entertainment channels besides the Doordarshan, sports equipment, speedy consideration of parole applications, non-veg food, expansion of barracks were among their demands.Authorities assured that their genuine demands would be met, the collector said.Parole applications will be dealt with on time and a digital set-top box will be installed in the jail premises so that they can watch entertainment and news channels, he added.Additional District Magistrate and Sub-Divisional Magistrate level officers will hold discussions with prisoners from time-to-time to hear their grievances, he added.Some other demands like non-veg food were unacceptable, but these demands were made only by a section of inmates, the collector said. PTI TKP KRK AJR RDSlast_img read more

Have started taking Kohli’s advice more often than before, says MS Dhoni

first_imgWell aware of the change in transition that will happen across formats in near future, India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said he has started using Test skipper Virat Kohli’s advice more often on the field.”I have already started using him (Kohli) more. If you witness a match you will see I have more interactions with him on the field because two individuals of course will conduct in different ways,” Dhoni said on the eve of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand.His comments come in the wake of the increased clamour for Kohli’s elevation to captaincy in all formats of the game after the 3-0 rout he led India to against New Zealand. (Onus on captain MS Dhoni with senior players missing out)Speaking of his own role in the side, Dhoni said it hasn’t changed much but for the additional responsibility of mentoring the future generation of Indian cricket.Dhoni, who has already retired from Test cricket, said he has evolved as a cricketer since making his debut way back in 2004.CURRENT ROLE IN TEAM”Role doesn’t change when you are a senior member of the squad irrespective of whether you are captain or vice-captain. You have extra responsibility on you. You have to talk to the youngsters, you have to guide them,” Dhoni said.”A lot of things have changed since I made my debut in 2004. The way cricket is played has changed. The kind of players that are coming in the Indian team are drastically different than what we were used to. My role is quite the same. You only evolve with time and that’s what I am trying to do,” Dhoni said.advertisementComing to his new role as a mentor, of late, Dhoni has talked more about identifying future talents, which also includes his present role in the team as a finisher.Asked exactly about that, Dhoni said it takes time for a player to fill in any cricketer’s place in the side. (Ajinkya Rahane vows to continue playing aggressive cricket in the ODIs)”You have to look at consistent performers. Finishing is one of the most difficult things to do in cricket. A player can’t be a finisher in just six months or one year. You have to be used to that responsibility, keeping on doing what is required from you over a period of time,” he said.”I personally feel a finisher is somebody who bats at 5 or 6. It is very difficult to come and fill in that opportunity because there would be times when you don’t even get an opportunity as the top-order does the bulk of the scoring.”As far as identifying individuals who can be a finisher is concerned, yes we have identified a few but I would like to keep the names to ourselves, the reason being not to put an undue pressure on any individual,” Dhoni added.TIME TO TEST BENCH STRENGTHIndia have rested a few senior cricketers like Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja for the current ODI series against New Zealand keeping in mind the long season ahead. And Dhoni backed the national selectors’ decision, saying it was necessary to keep the players fresh and also to test the team’s bench strength. (Virat Kohli has done his job, focus now on MS Dhoni)”At times you need to look at future schedules. We are playing 13 Test matches this season, after that IPL followed by Champions Trophy. As such there is no big break in the middle. So I think it’s a good decision. At times you have to look at the long-term things,” he said.”We also get an opportunity to test other players and see the bench strength. We are just playing eight ODIs this season. So whatever plans we have we can check them in these matches.”DHONI MAY PROMOTE HIMSELFWith some new players in the squad, Dhoni also indicated that he might bat up the order in the five ODIs against New Zealand.”I may bat slightly up the order now. This team will give me an opportunity to bat at the number that I am looking for. But still it will be quite low, not like a No. 4 position,” he said.With the absence of senior pros, India has fielded a relatively inexperienced bowling attack for the series to be led by young Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav but Dhoni backed his bowling arsenal to come good.”If you see (Jasprit) Bumrah, he has done really well for us. He has become like the banker especially when it comes to death bowling. In the similar way we will see what others have to offer. Umesh is getting a chance again to play at this level. He is someone who has developed his bowling especially in limited overs cricket. It will be a good chance for him to express himself. Dhawal (Kulkarani) is someone who has done consistently well in the domestic circuit,” he said.advertisement”Unless you give them chance it would be very difficult to predict how good they will be at this level because I feel the difference between our domestic level and international level is quite big. So I feel it’s a good exposure for them.”TOUGH TO CHANGE TEAMThe skipper also said that the pressure of expectations from the Indian public doesn’t give him much leeway to chop and change the playing eleven.”India is all about winning. Let’s be frank people and the media only wants Indian team to win. So at the end of the day it becomes difficult. If you rest Virat (Kohli) or Ajinkya (Rahane) then there will be questions what’s really happening?”So when you get an opportunity you try to make the most of it. But there are a few slots we are definitely looking forward to and there are a few individuals who we are really keen to see what they have to offer,” Dhoni stressed.”Let’s be fair about it, with the Indian team it’s very difficult to give chances. We have to win games and also look at the process. We try our best to do both.”last_img read more

New Zealand recall Dean Brownlie for second Pakistan Test

first_imgBatsman Dean Brownlie has been recalled to the New Zealand cricket team for the second Test against Pakistan as cover for Ross Taylor who is being treated for an eye problem.Australia-born Brownlie played the most recent of his 14 Tests for New Zealand in 2013. He averages 29.62 in Tests with one century and four half centuries and earned his recall with a century for Northern Districts in the latest round of New Zealand’s domestic first class competition. (New Zealand thrash Pakistan in 1st Test)Taylor saw a specialist on Monday after experiencing problems with vision in his left eye during the first Test at Christchurch which New Zealand won by eight wickets. The veteran of 77 Tests will remain with the New Zealand squad and will receive further treatment this week for what captain Kane Williamson said was a growth in his eye.Taylor first experienced the problem, known as surfer’s eye, during New Zealand’s tour to Australia last year and it has been linked to his recent lean run of form. He has played 10 Test innings since his last half century.”We’re still waiting on a little more information on Ross before we make any decision on his availability for the second Test,” selector Gavin Larsen said. “Dean will come in as cover but we should know more in the next couple of days.”Allrounder Mitchell Santner will also rejoin the New Zealand team, replacing Jimmy Neesham, after recovering from a broken wrist which prevented him playing in the first Test.advertisementPakistan will be without their captain Misbah-ul-Haq in Hamilton after the 42-year-old returned home because of a family illness.Misbah has also been suspended for one Test and fined 40 percent of his match fee over Pakistan’s slow over rate during the first Test, his second offense in a 12 month period.The Pakistan players have been fined 20 percent of their match fees.The penalties were imposed by match referee Richie Richardson after Pakistan was two overs short of its target of 103 overs after time allowances were taken into consideration.last_img read more

Mourinho lays into Man Utd’s transfer window again

first_imgJose Mourinho has called for Manchester United’s transfer chiefs to up their game in the final days of the market, claiming the Red Devils will face a ‘difficult season’ if they do not make more signings.Premier League champions Man City – who finished 19 points ahead of United last season – have added Riyad Mahrez to their ranks and hope to add an additional holding midfielder, while Liverpool’s signings of Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have added huge amount of depth to a side that reached the Champions League final.For Mourinho’s part, Brazilian midfielder Fred has come in alongside Portuguese youngster Diogo Dalot, while Lee Grant arrived to take up a position as the Old Trafford side’s third-choice keeper.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Still, United’s inability to sign a new centre-back – Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld seemingly topping the wishlist after a move for Yerry Mina failed – has left the Portuguese boss worried about the season ahead.Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho said: “My CEO [Ed Woodward] has known what I want for quite a long time. He knows what I want.“I know that he tries his best for me. I still have a few days to wait to see what is going to happen.”When asked if he was indeed unhappy with the squad at his disposal the manager did not issue a denial, though he could not help having a dig at fierce rivals Liverpool’s transfer activity.“The other clubs that compete with us, they are really strong, or they already have fantastic teams and squads like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City… or they are investing massively, like, for example, Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody.“So if we don’t make our team better it will be a difficult season for us.”Manchester United’s Premier League campaign kicks off against Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford.last_img read more

I think MS Dhoni should try and play his natural game: Brett Lee to India Today

first_imgMS Dhoni’s dancing moves may have broken the internet but his bat has failed to do the talking thrice in a row now. After being sacked as captain by his Pune based franchise – Rising Pune Supergiant – Dhoni the player may be feeling the heat. (Dhoni a champion ODI player, not too sure if he’s a good T20 cricketer: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Particularly with two young keeper-batsmen Rishab Pant and Sanju Samson finding success while performing like the fearless Dhoni of old.Can MS Dhoni turn things around like he did in one day cricket? We posed this question to Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee. (MS Dhoni sacked as Pune IPL captain, Steve Smith new skipper)Brett spoke to India Today at the launch of his new cricket venture ‘Bowling Masters’. Excerpts.Q. One of the areas of interests this season was always going to be how MS Dhoni would fare after he was dropped as skipper. Do you agree he would now be feeling the heat after three failures in a row?A. Yes. But we know how good Dhoni is. We wish him well. We know he is a wonderful character and how good he is for the game. I hope he can get a big one in the next game. (MS Dhoni-Kevin Pietersen banter on live television draws laughter)Q. Does the pressure not add up when you have two young keeper batsmen in Rishab Pant and Sanju Samson scoring freely as they have been? When you know there are youngsters waiting in the wings..advertisementA. That’s good. It’s healthy when you have young guys pushing you. I know when I was playing for Australia and there were young guys coming through bowling 140’s and you know your spot is never guaranteed. But that makes you hungry and train harder. (IPL 2017: Mahendra Singh Dhoni shows off his dancing skills, Ben Stokes watches on)Q. You now wear the analyst’ hat. How would you want MS Dhoni to go about his business in the future?A. I think MS Dhoni should try and play his natural game. I am not going to sit here and say this is how he should bat because he has been a wonderful player batsman and captain. Just hope he can play his natural game.Q. Don’t know if you got time to see Virat Kohli’s latest fitness video. His comeback seems to be upon us. That’s good news not just for his team but also the tournament..A. You want to watch the best play. It’s sad when someone is injured. I wish Kohli well. It was unfortunate when Steve Smith could not turn up on the park the other day. You want these guys to play. Kohli is a mega star. One of the world’s best.Q. Speaking of Steve Smith, given the way he is going, do you think he can go on and have the kind of IPL season Virat last had? Can he take his test form forward?A. Steve Smith is in the form of his life. He outscoring Kohli was incredible during the test series. We know what Kohli can do and he will be out there to rectify that but Steve Smith keeps getting better and better. He has now got what some 20 Test hundreds? It’s incredible.Also Watch:last_img read more

Is this the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera?

first_imgSamsung Electronic on March 29 announced the much-awaited flagships of the year – Galaxy S8 and S8+. The South Korean manufacturer is going to unveil both the smartphones in India tomorrow, April 19. Alongside the S8 smartphones, looks like Samsung is prepping up for Galaxy Note 7 successor, dubbed to be the Note 8.After the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung has become extremely careful, especially about the battery set-up. To recall, the last year announced flagship – Galaxy Note 7 became widely popular, not for the specifications it features but for innumerable battery explode incidents it faced. Not to forget, the Note 7 blast events at one point became a never ending game, which later forced the South Korean smartphone maker to recall all the Note 7 devices, keeping in mind their customer’s safety.Also Read: Samsung Note 8 project said to be code-named BaikalSoon after the dreadful experience with the Note 7, Samsung was extremely careful with all its devices. Hence the delay in Galaxy S8 and S8+ launch. Similar will be the case with the upcoming Note8. This means Samsung is working really hard to make Note 8 a success after its predecessor failed drastically. However, if the numbers are to be seen, a few reports suggest that even after Note 7 battery explode fiasco, the device gained wide popularity and earn maximum profit for the company last year.Speculations about the upcoming Note 8 have been making rounds on the web for quite some time now. Amidst all the speculations, a few images of the upcoming Note 8 leaks. The renders of the Note 8, if that’s what it is in reality, the device is going to come with a dual rear camera setup. The new leak comes after a popular leakster Eldar Multazin tweets a few images of the allegedly the Note 8.advertisementÐÐкÐÐ ÐÑ?Ð S8+, Ñ?ÐкÐÐ Ñ?Ñ?ÐÐ Note 8 Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) April 16, 2017The tweet reads as follow: “Such was the S8 +, this became Note 8”. Along with the note, Eldar also posts a few images revealing both rear and front panel of the device. This clearly indicates that the upcoming Note 8 is going to come with dual cameras on the rear panel. Further, Eldar also tips that the Note 8 is going to pretty much look like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The tweet doesn’t reveal any more details as of now.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is going to sport much slimmer bezels when compared to the Note 7. Other speculations suggest that the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is going to recover the loss the company faced after Note 7 fiasco. Note 8 is going to be a top-notch phablet offered by the company.Further, speculations surfacing the web show that the upcoming Note 8 will come with S Pen stylus. Other reports show that the S Pen stylus will include several other features like – a unique speaker system and a lot more. The phablet is going to come packed with a 6.2-inch screen and is going to be the first ever device with 4K resolution. Other media reports show Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835 and Android 7.1.1 Nougat onboard.Also Read: Moto Z Play to receive Android 7.1.1 Nougat update soon, confirms MotorolaDays ago, Designer Benjamin Geskin also predicted that the phablet is going to resemble Galaxy S8, however, may differ a bit in terms of the specifications. Benjamin believes that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a massive 6.4-inch display and come with 18:9 ratio screen, 4K resolution, while a fingerprint scanner will also be included. Benjamin further tips that the Galaxy Note 8 will also feature a dual-camera setup, as spotted in the newly leaked renders which will come along with stereo speakers.Other speculations show that Samsung may unveil the Galaxy Note 8 is various models, which will vary in pricing as well. This is to attract consumers looking for both high and mid-range phablets. Samsung Electronics is yet to confirm the device still. No details about the approx price tag and launch date as of yet.last_img read more

Sai Praneeth among 6 selected for Dravid Mentorship Programme

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) Talented shuttler B Sai Praneeth and Olympian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal were among the six new athletes selected by GoSports Foundation, who will be supported during the third year of their Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. The other new entrants are Asian Games bronze medallist rower Dushyant, CWG gold medallist weightlifters Kojum Taba and N Sathish Kumar. Gymnast Rakesh Patra, who has participated in three World Championship is also a part of the project. This project comprises 20 elite athletes and 14 from the previous term have been retained. It includes likes of gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma, golfer Chikkarangappa to name a few. The new entrants were brought in via an exhaustive selection process which saw 282 talented sportspersons competing in Olympic disciplines apply for support. The applicants were put through three rounds of screening, basis their performance and future potential. For the final round, 17 athletes were interviewed on April 22 in Mumbai, by an interview panel comprising actor Rahul Bose (former India rugby player), Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach, and Programme Advisory Board member Girish Manimaran, and GoSports Foundation Executive Director Deepthi Bopaiah. The support structure offered to the athletes will be broadly directed towards: Training and Development, Competition, Mentorship, Legal Advice for Commercial Engagements, Support on Media Management and PR Career Guidance, Knowledge Building Workshops and Seminars. Speaking after the completion of the interviews in Mumbai, Dravid said:”Its incredible to see the number of sportspersons who have applied to the programme as we move into our third year. Personally, I am inspired by all their stories and look forward to interacting with them through the programme term. Hopefully, their success can continue to inspire many others to strive for sporting excellence.” PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

‘A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts’ floors Sourav Ganguly and other sporting legends

first_imgIndia Today’s Consulting Editor for Sports Boria Majumdar launched his book ‘A History of Indian Sport through 100 Artefacts’ in Kolkata on Tuesday in the presence of badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand, tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi, Paralympic silver medallist Deepa Malik, owner of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant Sanjiv Goenka and Ambuja Neotia group chairman Harshavardhan Neotia. “The book has got remembrances of games, which started in 1940. It’s got Sachin’s 100th century and Virat Kohli. The book covers several generations, right from Ranjit Singh ji to the young Virat Kohli of the modern era,” Sourav Ganguly said about the book.Ganguly further said that the book doesn’t only have cricket memorabilia but “what amazed me the most was the football clubs of 1940s when Mohammedan Sporting actually won the league ahead of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.””The book has got tennis of Bhupathi and Leander, it has got Mary Kom in it,” Ganguly added.Photo Credit: Boria Majumdar FacebookPhoto Credit: Boria Majumdar FacebookPhoto Credit: Boria Majumdar Facebooklast_img read more

Exclusive: Autopsy report reveals how massive head injury killed model Sonika Chauhan

first_imgIndia Today has accessed the post mortem report of model Sonika Chauhan who died in a fatal car crash in Kolkata on April 29. The report states that the model turned sports anchor died “due to effects of injuries” sustained in the fatal crash.As per the report, Sonika sustained critical injuries in the head which eventually resulted in her death. According to Kolkata police sources, the model was seated in the front seat, and unlike actor Vikram she was not wearing the seat belt, a reason why she bore the maximum impact of the crash.The report mentions “extravasation of blood covered right frontal to right occipital region” as well as “diffused sub-dural haematoma covered both cerebral hemispheres including their under surfaces”. It also mentions other injuries on the chest and arm.Doctors say, the report indicates severe head injury resulting in massive internal hemorrhage. Given the extent of head injury is so large, they say the possibility of the car moving at a very high speed cannot be ruled out.Remember, actor Vikram Chatterjee who was at the wheel when the accident took place survived the crash. Chatterjee has claimed that he was neither drunk nor speeding his car. Although, police sources claim the actor was driving anywhere between 95 and 105 Km per hour.Chatterjee, who is presently out on bail granted by a lower court has appealed before the High Court for anticipatory bail fearing a possible arrest. This after the Kolkata Police filed a petition before the Alipore court last week to add the non-bailable IPC section 304 against the actor.advertisementMeanwhile, the bereaved parents of Sonika Chauhan has once again appealed for justice. “We want justice for our daughter. The Kolkata police have taken a step forward in imposing a stricter section. Now we are awaiting June 13 after courts open when the bail plea will be heard,” they said in a statement.Also read | Vikram Chatterjee files for anticipatory bail in Sonika Chauhan death caseAlso read | Sonika Chauhan death: Lab claims Vikram’s blood sample inadequate for forensic testAlso read | Kolkata model Sonika’s death: Actor Vikram Chatterjee booked for culpable homicideAlso Watch: Sonika Chauhan’s death: Kolkata lab says got inadequate sample of Vikram Chatterjee’s bloodlast_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of second pre-Wimbledon exhibition match

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray has pulled out of a second pre-Wimbledon exhibition match at London’s Hurlingham Club on Friday due to a sore hip.Wimbledon starts on Monday and the reigning champion had added the matches to his schedule to gain grasscourt practice after a surprising first-round exit from last week’s Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club.The 30-year-old, a two times winner at Wimbledon, has been on patchy form during a 2017 season that has been disrupted by shingles, an elbow injury and influenza.”Sadly I won’t be ready to play at Hurlingham tomorrow, my hip is still sore and I need to rest it today and likely tomorrow,” the Scot said in a statement.Murray pulled out of a first match for the same reason on Tuesday.last_img

2nd Test: South Africa in charge after 15 wickets fall on Day 2

first_imgSouth Africa took control of the second Test against England and saw a way back into the series after a tumultuous second day on Saturday when 15 wickets fell and the Proteas emerged with a 205-run lead and nine wickets in hand.South Africa was 75/1 in its second innings after weathering a blistering 78 from 76 balls by England captain Joe Root to bowl the English out for 205 in their first innings.The Proteas’ lead grew to beyond 200 at stumps with an unbroken 57-run stand between Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla.It was a roller-coaster day, though, and South Africa took command only in the final session.Before that, South Africa lost its last four wickets for 26 runs in 6.2 overs at the start of the day to be all out for 335 under a blistering spell of 4-4 by James Anderson.England was 3-2 before Root’s innings made batting look easy on a swinging, bowler-friendly track at Trent Bridge.Root’s departure began a collapse of 7/62 for England, and South Africa was left with three days to press for victory and a good chance to level the four-Test series.last_img read more

Dutee says she is living under constant fear of being banned

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh London, Aug 5 (PTI) Contrary to her tough exterior while dealing with matters relating to a sensitive gender case, Indian sprinter Dutee Chand is living under a “constant fear” that a ban could be around the corner. She fears that she could be banned under a controversial policy of the the international athletics federation and her career could end abruptly. Under the Hyperandrogenism policy of the International Association of Athletics Federations, female athletes with high levels of naturally producing testosterone are not allowed to compete on the ground that they have an unfair advantage over their peers. Dutee was banned by the Athletics Federation of India in 2014 under this policy but she challenged this at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland. In July 2015, the CAS overturned the AFI ban and suspended the IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy for two years. The worlds top sports tribunal said that the policy will be declared null and void if the IAAF does not produce within two years conclusive evidence that female athletes with high levels of naturally producing testosterone have an unfair advantage over their peers. Dutee was allowed to compete both at the national and international events during those two years. But her future again came under a cloud after the IAAF decided last month to submit fresh evidence at the CAS in support of its policy of barring female athletes who produced natural testosterone (male hormones) above permissible range from taking part in competitions. The CAS, on July 27, suspended the controversial policy of the IAAF for another two months till September and Dutee was allowed to participate in the ongoing World Championships. She did not get an automatic berth as she could not touch the qualifying standard of 11.2 secs but got a late quota entry as the targeted number of 56 in the womens 100m dash was not reached. “There is tremendous pressure on me because of the case going on in CAS. I am not being able to focus on my training because of that case,” Dutee told PTI after she crashed out of the 100m dash in the first round. “I was thinking if this case come back, whether I will be able to run again or not. I was thinking that I can be banned or something like that can happen. I was always under the constant fear that I can be banned and then how I will I run. Despite training so hard throughout the year, what is the use if I am banned.” The 21-year-old Odisha girl finished sixth in heat number five of the womens 100m first round, clocking a below-par 12.07secs. Her performance was well below her seasons best of 11.30 seconds though the track was a bit damp as the Olympic Stadium was lashed by rain during the womens 100m first round and the temperature also dropped below 20 degree Celsius. She finished 38th overall among 47 who competed in the event. “But I have got the chance to run at such a big event and in front of such a big crowd. The whole of India is watching on television and supporting me. I feel happy about representing the country.” Asked further about her mental state while facing this gender issue, she said, “There was to be a hearing on July 24 at the CAS. I was really broken during the Asian Championships (July 6-9) in Bhubaneswar because of this case.” South African womens 800m runner Caster Semenya was the other prominent athlete who has faced intense scrutiny under this policy of the IAAF. Asked if she had ever spoken to Semenya, Dutee said, “I had a chat with her at Rio Olympics and she told me to remain strong. She told me to keep running.” Semenya said, “Let us not get worried about what has happened and what others think of us. This (their having more naturally producing testosterone) is given by God and we should accept that fact.” PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Moto X4 retail box leaked ahead of Nov 13 launch, could be priced at Rs 23,999

first_imgEarlier it was said that Motorola will launch the Moto X4 on October 3 but the launch has been delayed and company has confirmed that it will now come on November 13 in India. Unveiled at IFA, the Moto X4 marks the return of Moto’s iconic X-series of phones. While the specs and features of the phone are already known, it is the India price of the smartphone that was still a mystery but not anymore.Image courtesy: DealInTechIn a leaked image by the DealInTech website, the alleged retail box of the  Moto X4 is seen with a price tag of Rs 23,999 inclusive of all taxes. The phone was expected to cost around Rs 30,000 considering its Europe and US pricing. This is the price of the 4GB + 64GB variant of the Moto X4 in Super Black colour option. The phone also has a 3GB RAM and 32GB variant and a Sterling Blue colour option.Also Read: Moto X4 launched at IFA 2017: Specs, top features, price and everything you need to knowThe Moto X4 comes after the Moto X which was launched two years ago in 2015. Despite being a mid-segment smartphone, the X4 sports a premium design with front and back built of glass and a metal frame on sides. Just to recall, Moto X4 was announced at IFA 2017 in Berlin. Google later on brought an Android One Edition of the Moto X4 at $399 for US market. The phone was launched as part of Google Project Fi. While the leaked retail box shows 4GB RAM, the global variant of the phone is available with 3GB of RAM. The phone runs on  Android 7.1.2 Nougat.advertisementTo detail you on the phone’s specs, the  Moto X4 sports a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD resolution and 424 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz and clubbed with Adreno 508 GPU and 3GB/4GB RAM. The Moto X4 comes with a 3000mAh battery with TurboCharge support which the company claims can power the phone for up to 6 hours with just 15 minutes of charging.The USP of the Moto X4 is the dual camera set up. The smartphone comes with a combination of 12MP+8MP sensors at the back and a 8MP camera lens on the front.last_img read more

Australia’s hopefuls pad up for Ashes auditions

first_imgAustralia’s domestic Sheffield Shield tends to open sleepily, with spring sunshine warming the few diehard fans that turn up to regional venues but auditions for coveted Ashes places have given the start of this year’s tournament additional spice.Australia may be comfortable on their own pitches and confident of fending off an England side likely to be without all-rounder Ben Stokes, their most valuable player, for at least part of the five-test series.However, the question of who will bat at six in the order has become an increasing bugbear for a team desperate for a quality all-rounder of their own while also needing some starch in the middle after a worrying string of batting collapses.Queries over the best man behind the stumps have also grown in volume since the incumbent Matt Wade was dropped for a single one-day international in India earlier this month and then reinstated in the next game.With less than a month before the first test kicks off at the Gabba on Nov. 23, the opening matches of the first-class Sheffield Shield will also be a battle-ground for the pacemen as they look to replace the injured James Pattinson as first understudy to Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.One player desperate for red ball form will be Victoria state’s Glenn Maxwell, who scored a fine century at number six against India in March but has failed to surpass 50 in seven test innings since.With selectors keen to have a part-time bowler able to provide relief for the pacemen over the course of a long campaign, Maxwell’s ability to soak up some overs with his off-spin would be valuable.advertisementThe hard-hitting 29-year-old is under pressure from Western Australia’s uncapped Marcus Stoinis, a medium pace-bowling all-rounder who has averaged 86.25 in his eight ODIs and impressed during the recent tour of India.Another Western Australian in Hilton Cartwright is also a contender after his surprise selection at number six for the second test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month.”In an ideal world you’d want someone like a Ben Stokes who can give you the ideal balance, bat and bowl,” selector Mark Waugh told Sky Sports Radio earlier this month.”But I think your number six as it stands is probably going to be a batsman and ideally he bowls a bit.”The wicket-keeper position has troubled Australia since Brad Haddin’s retirement after the last Ashes in 2015 and Wade’s reinstatement at the expense of Peter Nevill in the last home summer proved divisive.Seemingly favoured for his niggle over the more subdued Nevill, Wade has not justified his selection with the bat and compiled just 17 runs from his three innings during the two-test tour of Bangladesh.Nevill, considered a technically superior keeper to Wade, will captain New South Wales in the absence of regular skipper Moises Henriques as he looks for a weight of runs to dislodge the incumbent Tasmanian.South Australia’s uncapped Alex Carey, who posted an all-time record 59 dismissals in the 2016-17 Shield season, is seen as a dark horse to dislodge the seasoned campaigners.last_img read more

Coach upbeat on Indias chances in Youth Olympic qualifiers

first_imgMumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) The Indian U-17 girls team will compete at the 12-team Asian Qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games Rugby Sevens Championship to be held at the Dubai Sports City this month-end.The winners of the championship, to be held on November 29 and 30, would qualify for next years Summer Youth Olympic Games scheduled in Argentina from October 6-18.Mike Friday, head coach of the USA mens rugby 7s team, will be with the Indian squad, to be announced tomorrow, as its consultant-cum-trainer, it was announced at a media conference today at the Bombay Gymkhana.US coach Friday was satisfied with the bunch of girls who have been training with him for the past couple of days.”The girls are all enthusiastic in training and with lots of energy. They are taking a lot of pride to represent the country and are looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the training session.”The Indian girls are not the biggest – they are small built, but have a big heart and are courageous. They also have the self-confidence and self-belief and they will perform to their potential,” the American coach remarked.The Indian girls are grouped in Pool A with Japan and Laos and the top two teams will make it to the quarters.Kazakhstan, Iran, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, China, Thailand, Malaysia and hosts UAE are the other nations who will vie for the lone berth from Asia.The Indian junior girls are preparing for this tournament since past one year with most of them having taken part in the inaugural Asian U18 Girls Rugby 7s held late last year in the Dubai Sports City. They won the bronze beating Sri Lanka.advertisementThe team also participated and finished fifth in the under 18 category of the Paris World Games 2017 held in France in July. PTI SSR RSYlast_img read more

Lleyton Hewitt announces return to tennis, pairs up with Sam Groth for Australian Open

first_imgLleyton Hewitt is set to make a temporary return to tennis for next month’s Australian Open in Melbourne. The former singles world No. 1 will team up with compatriot Sam Groth in men’s doubles event.Hewitt called time on his career after his home grand slam in 2016 but made a return to the court to play doubles at Davis Cup and Wimbledon last year. Hewitt though has won two grand slams at U.S. Open and Wimbledon in singles competition.”It’s going to be a bit of fun. That’s what the Australian Open is about,” Hewitt told News Corp Australia on Friday.”I’m going to really enjoy it. We’ve been hitting a lot of balls, hitting every day, and we’re not just going out there making up the numbers.”We want to give it a fair crack.”Groth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, will also play mixed doubles with Sam Stosur.”It’s something Lleyton and I have talked about and it’s perfect for me,” Groth said.”I was there when Rusty retired in 2016 and it’s great that he’ll be there with me when I bow out. He’s not just someone I know through tennis, he’s a great mate.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Meet Your New Yank: Sir Didi

first_imgNEW YORK — Derek Jeter earned five titles for the New York Yankees. His successor at shortstop already has one: Sir Didi Gregorius, proud member of Order of Orange-Nassau.New York’s newest infielder was knighted after playing for the Netherlands in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, where the Dutch beat Cuba 2-1 in the final. He goes by his noble rank on his Twitter account.“Some people actually call me Sir Didi,” he said from Curacao during a telephone conference call. “I don’t really mind if they just call me Didi.”Gregorius was acquired from Arizona on Dec. 5 as part of a three-team trade that sent right-hander Shane Greene to Detroit. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman figures Gregorius will be part of a shortstop platoon with Brendan Ryan, starting against most right-handed pitchers.At the Baseball World Cup in Panama three years ago, Gregorius hit .265 (9 for 34) with a two-run homer in a 19-0 rout of Greece. That Nov. 11 in the Dutch city of Haarlem, Dutch Minister of Sports Edith Schipppers announced knighthoods for the 24 players, Manager Brian Farley and Technical Director Robert Eenhoorn, saying she was acting on behalf of Queen Beatrix. Gregorius joined an order established in 1892.“Instead of giving us money, they decided to just knight us — all the guys that had a clean record,” Gregorius said.He will be taking over a position manned for most of the last 19 seasons by a Yankees icon, who led the team to one of its greatest eras. Gregorius, who turns 25 in February, paints and sketches for relaxation. On Oct. 6, he tweeted a drawing of Jeter with the message: Re2pect to the captain….. Had to draw it superstar.”“I always wanted to play in New York City. Now I’m following in his footsteps,” Gregorius said. “Jeter is still Jeter. Everything that everybody is going to talk about is Jeter. But for me — I’m learning and I’m there just to play the game, so just trying to focus on the game and trying to win every game, that’s all I can say, not worrying about what’s going on around.”Named Mariekson Julius Gregorius, he was born in the Netherlands and grew in Curacao, a Dutch territory until 2010 that is now a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Among the major leaguers from there are Kenley Jansen, Andruw Jones, Jurickson Profar and Andrelton Simmons.He was signed by Cincinnati in 2007, traded to Arizona in December 2012 and hit his first big league homer at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2013, against Phil Hughes.Known for above-average defense, Gregorius lost Arizona’s starting shortstop job to Chris Owings during spring training this year but was recalled at midseason and hit .226 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 80 games — just .137 (7 for 51) against left-handers.He speaks English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamentu, language ability that should be useful in multicultural New York. Gregorius doesn’t seem to be worried about the reception he’ll receive from fans at Yankee Stadium.“You got to wait till I get there and then I’ll find out how they’re going to treat me,” he said. “I have some good comments on Twitter, say just be you, don’t worry about what other people are saying.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Royals and Jays Begin ALCS Tonight

first_imgTORONTO — Toronto clinched its first trip to the American League Championship Series since 1993 with a crazy win against Texas on Wednesday to complete a comeback from a 2-0 series deficit, and will take on a Kansas City team that sealed its berth with an authoritative win against Houston.Toronto beat the Rangers 6-3 in a division series decider which hinged on an extraordinary seventh inning that took 53 minutes to complete.A denied-then-reinstated run on one of the more contentious umpiring calls in playoff history sparked an official protest by the Blue Jays, an angry response from home fans that caused a long game delay, later bench-clearing confrontations and police lining the field.Toronto slugger Jose Bautista, whose three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh proved the game winner, said it was “the most emotionally charged game that I’ve ever played.”The drama of the game itself was matched by the context; the Blue Jays became only the third side in history to lose two home games to begin a best-of-five playoff series and rally to take it 3-2.Compared to that, Kansas City’s 7-2 win against Houston was a calm affair, though the stakes were just as high, with the Royals taking a 3-2 series victory against an Astros team that had exceeded expectations all season.The Royals return to the ALCS, which they won last season before losing the World Series to San Francisco. Kansas City vs. Toronto is a reprised of the 1985 ALCS, which the Royals won.The Toronto-Texas game was proceeding in unremarkable but closely-contested fashion through six innings, when Edwin Encarnarcion’s homer for the Blue Jays tied the game 2-2.What followed will be debated for years to come.In the top of the seventh, Texas’ Choo Shin-soo was at the plate when Toronto catcher Russell Martin tried to throw the ball back to the pitcher. The ball hit Choo’s bat and dribbled toward third base, allowing runner Rougned Odor to score.Home plate umpire Dale Scott initially ruled it a dead ball but, after Rangers manager Jeff Banister questioned that call, the umpires consulted and overturned that ruling, allowing Odor to trot to home plate for the go-ahead run.“I just caught the ball and threw it back very casually and it hit his bat and then next thing you know run scores. It’s never happened in my life before,” Martin said.The Blue Jays filed a protest and outraged home fans pelted the field with debris during an 18-minute delay.The Rangers then made three consecutive errors to start the bottom of the seventh, with Martin reaching on a fielding error by shortstop Elvis Andrus to start it off.Kevin Pillar followed with a grounder to first, but Martin was safe at second on an errant throw by Mitch Moreland.Ryan Goins followed with a sacrifice bunt. Adrian Beltre fielded the ball and threw to third, but Andrus dropped the ball for his second error of the inning, loading the bases.“This is the toughest moment of my career so far,” Andrus said. “I feel like I let down my team and my city.”Ben Revere’s ground ball was fielded by Moreland, who threw out the runner out at the plate for the first out of the inning.Donaldson tied it 3-3 with a flare just beyond the reach of Odor at second, but Revere was forced out for the second out.Bautista followed with a towering drive into the second deck, glaring at Rangers reliever Sam Dyson as he stood at home plate to admire his shot, enthusiastically flipping his bat away.With some fans continuing to litter the field, Encarnacion turned to face the crowd and appealed for calm, lifting his bat and helmet over his head. Dyson took exception and walked over to confront Encarnacion, leading to both dugouts and both bullpens emptying.During the scrum that was quickly dissolved, 20 Toronto police officers stood across the outfield, while others gathered along the foul lines. Police later took position on the roof of the Rangers’ first base dugout before the bottom of the ninth.There were two more singles but the inning ended without further score. Dyson made contact with Toronto’s Tulowitzki as he walked off, leading benches to clear again, with Texas catcher Chris Gimenez shoving Tulowitzki.In Kansas City, Johnny Cueto pitched eight dominant innings to steer the Royals past Houston 7-2.Cueto allowed just two hits before retiring the final 19 batters he faced. He struck out eight without a walk.The Royals trailed 2-1 in the fifth when Alex Rios led hit a go-ahead, two-run double. Eric Hosmer and Ben Zobrist also drove in runs, while Kendrys Morales capped the festive night with a three-run homer in the eighth to put it away.Collin McHugh (1-1), who won the divisional series opener for Houston, allowed three runs in four-plus innings. His bullpen fared little better just two days after it blew a four-run, eighth-inning lead to send the series back to Kauffman Stadium for Game 5.The Astros actually seemed poised after their meltdown Sunday, bolting to the lead in front of a charged Kansas City crowd thanks to a rare series of Royals defensive lapses.With two outs in the second, Gattis sent a slow hopper down the line that third baseman Mike Moustakas fielded cleanly. But with plenty of time, his throw across the infield went wide, and first baseman Eric Hosmer had the ball pop from his glove trying to make a swipe tag.On the next pitch, Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer.It wasn’t until the fourth that Kansas City got a run back, on back-to-back singles by Cain and Hosmer. But by the fifth, the Royals had figured out McHugh’s darting curveball.Salvador Perez was hit by a pitch, and Alex Gordon hit a ground-rule double to right. Rios then sent a double bouncing down the chalk of the third-base line, scoring two runs and giving the Royals the lead.Following a sacrifice bunt, Zobrist’s sacrifice fly made it 4-2.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more