Former Panathinaikos BC Coach Rick Pitino Settles with Louisville, Ready for “New Chapter”

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn’t want to fight in one anymore.So the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men’s basketball coach’s personnel file changing his termination to a resignation.Pitino sued the ULAA for more than $38.7 million in November 2017, accusing it of breaching its contract by firing him for cause the previous month in the wake of a federal bribery investigation of college basketball. Louisville countersued, seeking monetary damages for vacated games and bonuses. The agreement comes a week after representatives for the association and Pitino held settlement talks at the federal courthouse that included the coach.In a statement issued Wednesday through lawyer Steve Pence, Pitino said he was moving on “to a new chapter in my life.”“Against my lawyer’s advice I’m dropping my lawsuit with ULAA,” Pitino said. “I am very proud of the many accomplishments my teams achieved at Louisville. I’m so thankful and honored to coach such dedicated athletes. I’m also disappointed in how it ended. But as head coach I am held responsible for the actions of all team members.”The settlement unanimously approved by the ULAA said Pitino received compensation and the school agreed not to pursue further legal action. It changes his departure to a resignation effective Oct. 3, 2017 — 13 days before the ULAA fired him after 16 seasons as coach of the Cardinals.Athletic director Vince Tyra called the settlement “a terrific outcome for the university. … We were solid in our stance from the very beginning that this was a zero liability for us.”The settlement marks the end of a bitter final chapter between the school and Pitino, who has repeatedly said he knew nothing about payments made to the family of a recruit to sign with Louisville. Pitino was not named in the federal complaint.Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the bribery probe and placed the Hall of Fame coach on unpaid administrative leave, which Pitino alleged came without notice and no legally justified cause.Pitino also said he was unaware of the preceding 2015 sex scandal that cost Louisville its 2013 NCAA championship. The NCAA ordered the vacation of 123 victories, including the Cardinals’ third national title and their 2012 Final Four appearance, following an escort’s allegations that former staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with players and recruits.The school acknowledged Pitino’s success and commitment to his players in a joint statement that thanked him for his service. But it also reiterated infractions under his watch that led to “serious consequences” for Louisville.“Although these infractions may not have occurred at Coach Pitino’s discretion or with his knowledge,” the statement said, “the problems leading to the NCAA infractions happened under his leadership. … Coach Pitino and the University of Louisville have mutually agreed to dismiss their legal claims against each other, designate his departure as a resignation, and move forward.”Pitino coached Panathinaikos to the championship in the Greek League in June.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Watch: 17-year-old Emile Smith Rowe’s wonder goal vs Atletico Madrid

first_imgArsenal’s teenage sensation Emile Smith Rowe scored a wonder-goal in his side’s penalty shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday.The British forward announced his arrival with his sensational strike from the edge of the box to equalise for Arsenal at the International Champions Cup game in Singapore.Emile Smith Rowe, who will turn 18 on Saturday, was elated to score his “first Arsenal goal”. Smith Rowe was part of the victorious England Under-17 squad that won the U-17 World Cup in India last year.”It’s definitely an early present, it’s just a dream come true. I still can’t believe it has happened.”I came on tour thinking I wanted to impress the manager and do as well as I can. But to get a goal like that is so surreal. It’s crazy. I can’t really explain it – my head’s all over the place,” he said.A stunning goal from 17 year old Emile Smith-Rowe! ArsenalGIF (@ArsenalGIF) 26 July 2018Atletico Madrid substitute goalkeeper Antonio Adan saved three penalties before blasting home the winning spot-kick as the Europa League champions edged out Arsenal after the sides drew 1-1.An inexperienced Atletico side took the lead in the first half when Luciano Vietto slotted home a powerful header before Arsenal rallied after the break with a brilliant equaliser from midfielder Emile Smith Rowe.Paris St Germain are the other team in the tournament and the French champions will face Arsenal at the same venue on Saturday before closing the event against Atletico on Monday.advertisementArsenal opted for a fairly strong line-up that included new signing Bernd Leno in goal ahead of Petr Cech, while Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all started for the Gunners.Atletico, meanwhile, were missing a raft of players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup and it was no surprise to see the Premier League side dominate possession and territory as they looked to utilise their pace down both flanks.New coach Unai Emery also gave recent signing Matteo Guendouzi a central midfield role and the French teenager made a confident start with his compatriot Lacazette drawing a pair of smart saves from Jan Oblak as Arsenal pressed for an opener.The La Liga runners-up were content to soak up pressure and look to pounce on the counter and took the lead in the 41st minute.Angel Correa was the architect of the goal when he burst down the right-hand side and cut back a driven cross that Vietto met with a powerful low header that flew past Leno before the German keeper could react.Cech was introduced at the break as both sides changed their goalkeepers and Arsenal equalised almost immediately when 17-year-old Smith Rowe broke forward and fired home from long range past Atletico replacement Adan.Arsenal’s goalkeeper was soon called into action when Guendouzi lazily lost possession on the edge of the box and Cech made a superb double-save from Kevin Gameiro and Rodri as Atletico looked to regain their lead around the hour mark.The match became stretched as both sides searched for a winner following a host of second-half substitutions but neither were able to find the decisive strike until Atletico prevailed 3-1 in the shootout.Adan saved brilliantly from Henrik Mkhitarayan, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah before he stepped up to rifle home the winning penalty off the crossbar.”I thought we done really well under a new manager. We pressed well and created plenty of opportunities but just couldn’t put them away,” Arsenal captain Ramsey said in a post-match interview.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

JioPhone 2 flash sale today: How to book, delivery time, all details before booking it

first_imgJioPhone 2, which was announced last month at Reliance’s 41st annual general meet (AGM), will be available on flash sale on August 16, the company said on Tuesday evening. Interested customers will be able to buy the JioPhone 2 either from Jio official website that is or MyJio App at 12 noon on August 16. Considering it’s a flash sale, expect the stock of JioPhone 2 to be limited and get over in seconds. Hence, it will be a good idea for one to sign up with or MyJio App with either their Jio number or email id to book the JioPhone 2 quickly before it goes out-of-stock.How to buy JioPhone 2– Visit either or MyJio App– Login to your Jio account with your Jio number– Click on the JioPhone 2 banner on the website– Enter your Pincode– Proceed to checkout– You’ll then need to enter your personal details like name, email id, mobile number, among others– Select the payment option. Reports claim that JioPhone 2 can be booked only via netbanking, debit or credit card. No cash of delivery (COD).– Make the payment of Rs 2,999– After the payment has been successfully made you’ll receive an order confirmation notification on either your registered number or email id. Ensure to save the order number for the delivery.When will JioPhone 2 delivery happen?In the FAQs of the JioPhone 2, Jio has mentioned the details about the phone’s delivery. The company has noted that the delivery will happen within 5-7 business days after the JioPhone 2 has been bought on August 16. “Device Home Delivery: Generally delivered within 5-7 business days.” “However there may situations it might take longer than usual time for delivery,” Jio notes,” Jio adds. To recollect, last year, JioPhone shipment was delayed by over a month and the reason behind the delay was the heavy demand that the feature phone received, Jio claimed. We can expect the same to happen with JioPhone 2 as well.advertisementHere’s how the JioPhone 2 delivery may happen:– You’ll first need to buy the JioPhone 2 following the process mentioned earlier– After you have bought it, Jio will send you an order confirmation notification– The notification may include an order number– To get your JioPhone 2, you may need to visit the nearest Jio store or Jio partner store– On stock availability at your nearby store, Jio will notify you with the store address via a message or email– On receiving the message you’ll need to visit the nearest Jio store or partner store– Carry the order number along with ID proof like Aadhaar to collect the JioPhone 2JioPhone 2 specs and priceAs far as the specifications are concerned, the JioPhone 2 is more or else the same as the JioPhone except for the design. Unlike the JioPhone, the JioPhone 2 comes with QWERTY keypad – much like what we have seen in old Nokia Asha and Blackberry phones. The feature phone also features a 4-way navigation key and also a mono speaker. The JioPhone 2 comes with the same screen size as the JioPhone. It sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display below which there’s the BlackBerry-like QWERTY keypad. The phone is powered by Spreadtrum 9820 dual-core SoC. Like the JioPhone, the JioPhone 2 also runs on KAI OS. The JioPhone 2 comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.ALSO READ: Jio GigaFiber registration starts: How to register, possible prices and other key details you should knowOn the rear panel, the JioPhone 2 — yet again like the JioPhone — sports a single 2-megapixel sensor. The feature phone comes with a VGA camera, of which the megapixel count is yet to be revealed by Jio. The JioPhone 2 is backed by a 2000mAh that is also found is JioPhone. Jio has also confirmed that both the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 will get WhatsApp support very soon. JioPhone 2 comes pre-loaded with apps like — MyJio, JioMusic, JioTV, Jio Cinema, and more.The JioPhone 2 will be available in only one colour — that is black — and for a price of Rs 2,999.Tariff plans for JioPhone 2 usersJio has introduced three tariff plans for JioPhone 2. Under the Rs 49 plan, JioPhone 2 users will get 1GB of 4G data, free voice calls, 50 SMS and unlimited access to all Jio app for 28 days. The second is price at Rs 99 which offers14GB data, 300 MSS, free voice calls and access to Jio apps for 28 days. And lastly, under the Rs 153 plan JioPhone 2 users will get 42GB of 4G data, free voice calls, unlimited SMS and access to Jio apps for 28 days.advertisementlast_img read more

India’s latest shooting sensation likes farming: Everything to know about Saurabh Chaudhary

first_img16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary created history at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Tuesday.Chaudhary, a class XI student and a son of a farmer, became only the fifth Indian shooter to win a gold medal in the Asiads after beating multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals.Chaudhary, who is based in Kalina Village in Meerut, aggregated 240.7 and edged past Japan’s experienced 42-year-old shooter Matsuda to bag the top prize. Matsuda scored 239.7 and settled for silver. While 29-year-old debutant Abhishek Verma shot 219.3 to secure bronze.Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreChaudhary was competing in his first senior event and showed immense maturity and calmness to snatch the lead from 2010 World Champion Tomoyuki Matsuda on the penultimate shot in the 24-shot final.Asian Games 2018 Day 3 Live UpdatesHe also set a Games record with his sensational effort. Chaudhary’s last two shots were 10.2 and 10.4 — giving him a decisive lead in a closely fought match. Saurabh Chaudhary became only the fifth Indian shooter to win a gold medal in the Asiads (AP Photo)Asian Games 2018: Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaExpectations were high from him as he had already made noise in the Junior World Cup in Germany few months back. He had broken the world record on his way to winning gold in Germany and it was expected that he will go well in the Asian Games as well. However, not many thought that he would join the likes of Jaspal Rana, Randhir Singh, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi at such a young age.advertisementBut, it has happened and the youngster said that he did not flinch at all during the tense final, where he was up against some of the world’s best.”I did not feel any pressure,” said Chaudhary, who picked up the sport only three years ago when asked about the competition that included Matsuda and Jin Jingoh from South Korea, the multiple-time Olympic and world champion.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE Saurabh Chaudhary set a Asian Games record with his sensational effort in the 10m Air Pistol Final (AP Photo)He eased through the qualification held earlier in the day, scoring 586 and carried on the momentum in the final, where he almost assured top prize with his penultimate shot.He learnt the tricks of the trade at Amit Sheoran’s academy at Benoli near Baghpat, 53 kilometers from Meerut. Whenever he is home, he helps his father in the farming business.Chaudhary learned shooting at Amit Sheoran’s academy at Benoli near Baghpat, which is 53 kilometers from Meerut. Speaking about his time when he is at home, he said that he likes helping his father in farming.”I like farming. We don’t get much time off from training but whenever I do, I go back to my Village (Kalina) and help my father,” said Chaudhary.(Written by Ranit Das)last_img read more

Pepe scores in milestone match as Portugal hold Croatia in friendly

first_imgPepe celebrated his 100th cap by heading the equaliser against World Cup runners-up Croatia in a friendly on Thursday.Pepe’s goal in the 32nd minute helped Portugal draw 1-1 against Croatia, who had taken the lead in the 18th minute of the match.Croatia took the lead when forward Ivan Perisic, one of five members of their starting line-up who played in the World Cup final against France, fired home a loose ball after it ricocheted around the Portugal defence.Brazilian-born Pepe, handed the captaincy for the match, levelled 14 minutes later with a thumping header from Pizzi’s cross.Portugal rested their all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, still adapting to his move from Real Madrid to Juventus, while Sergio Oliveira and Sao Tome-born Gedson Fernandes won their first caps after coming on as second-half substitutes.”We played well with a lot of young players trying to show their value,” Pepe, 35, told RTP television. “I’m extremely happy. I’m grateful for the opportunity and everything Portugal has given me and I try to enjoy every moment.”A lively Portugal dominated the second half and nearly won the game when Mario Rui’s low cross was deflected on to the foot of the post by Croatia defender Antonio Milic.Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was applauded off the field by the home crowd when he was substituted in the 55th minute.Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and striker Mario Mandzukic have announced their retirement from international football while midfielder Ivan Rakitic was rested for the game.(With inputs from Reuters)advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questions

first_imgVirat Kohli conquered the demons of the past with the bat in England but his ability as a leader or rather the lack of it, was again up for show in the course of the five-match series.In the lead up to the England tour, everyone had just one question: Can Virat Kohli bury the past and come out on top against the fearsome duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in challenging conditions?That was something maybe Kohli was thinking of and maybe that led him to believe that a stint in county cricket will help his cause in the overcast English conditions come the months of August and September. Therefore, a stint with Surrey was announced, where Kohli would have been playing first-class and List A matches to prepare for the tour but an injury in the Indian Premier League meant that was not happening.So, he travelled with the side to Ireland, played two T20Is and the limited-overs series against England and returned with 310 runs from eight matches. His form was intact but facing Anderson and Broad was a different issue altogether.India only played one practice match against Essex prior to the first Test at Edgbaston and questions were again asked about what the team management was thinking but he and coach Ravi Shastri insisted that the team is ready to go.Also read – As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsBut, come the end of the series, it looked like only Kohli was ready for the challenge and while the rest of the batsmen failed.advertisementLEADER WITH THE BAT Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the five-match series vs England (Reuters Photo)Kohli stood out from the rest of the pack by far and handled the swing and pace of the English bowlers with ease. Kohli’s battle with Anderson was supposed to be the highlight of the series but there was only one winner and that was Kohli. Yes! Anderson had his moments and was unlucky many would say but from 10 innings, he failed to get Kohli out even once — a triumph of sorts for the Indian captain, who got out to Jimmy four times in 2014 during India’s tour of England.The Indian captain led with the bat and finished with 593 runs from 10 innings at an average of 59.30, hitting two centuries and three fifties. The next in line in terms of runs scored in the series was England’s Jos Buttler, who managed to hit 349 runs from nine innings. In terms of India, KL Rahul had the most number of runs with 299 after Kohli — a whopping difference of 294 runs. Shocking to the say the least.Also read – Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duckBut, too bad for Kohli, his heroics with the bat were overshadowed by his defensive captaincy on the field. India under Kohli was supposed to be different. Unlike Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli was supposed to be the aggressor and India were going to be the world force in Test cricket…at least according to Shastri, who believes that this is the best Indian touring side in 15 years.CONTRADICTING STRATEGIES Virat Kohli’s captaincy has raised questions amongst former players (AP Photo)However, results proved otherwise and Kohli was anything but aggressive. There are two sides to Kohli the captain — 1. When the team is batting and 2. When he is on the field as a captain.Right from Kohli’s first Test as captain in Adelaide, he showed intent when India looked to chase down 363 in challenging situations and got close before losing out by 48 runs. That match set the marker and it has remained the same till now when they are chasing totals. India were down and out in the Oval Test but KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant struck a 204-run stand and with 166 required from 33 overs, India’s target was to try and go for the kill. Eventually, they got nowhere close and lost the match by 118 runs to surrender the series 1-4. The intent however, had to be lauded.But, what happens to the same man when he marshaling his troops on the field remains a question. From his field placements to his choice of bowlers, Kohli’s tactics have come under the scanner time and again.Also read – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonAt Edgbaston in the first Test, England were down and out and Ravichandran Ashwin was troubling the left-handers frequently and India were on top…it was a matter of one wicket. Then came a young Sam Curran and hit Ashwin for a few boundaries and just like that! Ashwin was removed. Kohli brought on the pacers and Curran made merry and scored his maiden Test fifty to take England to a defendable total of 193.advertisement”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports after the first Test.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.Also read – Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 1-4 series defeat to EnglandIn the following Test at Lord’s, the first day was washed out and rain was a persistent theme throughout the five days but he decided to go with Kuldeep Yadav in conditions friendly for pacers and the chinaman proved to be as useless as a lighter without gas and India lost the match by an innings and 159 runs.India came back strong in the third Test and won the match by 203 runs to make the series 1-2 but one of his potent weapons in Ashwin got injured and it was expected that he will miss out the next game because of the injury. But, for the first time in 38 Tests, Kohli went with the same XI and India lost by 60 runs. Throughout the Test, Ashwin bowled 51.5 overs and got three wickets whereas England’s Moeen Ali ran havoc again and got nine wickets in the match. The conditions were there for spin bowling but Ashwin was clearly not at his best and that showed as India went 1-3 down, with the series gone.Kohli’s deficiency as a captain gets clear when he is on the field. From using the DRS at every given opportunity to panicking when a bowler is hit for runs, his ability to deal with pressure has cost India time and again in whites and the series in England and South Africa in particular.SELECTION DILEMMA Shikhar Dhawan has scored only 162 runs from four matches in this series (Reuters Photo)In the last Test match, people were of the opinion that Prithvi Shaw will get a game ahead of Shikhar Dhawan but that didn’t happen and all the Delhi dasher did was play 12 balls and score four runs and get out in similar fashion.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketKohli’s selection of the playing eleven in England, rotation of his bowlers and failure to clinch key moments in the match, also made Gavaskar sit back and reflect on his captaincy skills.advertisement”Everybody would be disappointed looking at the result because when Virat Kohli took over as captain, it seemed like the team would head into a new direction under him. The team looked hungry to win and seemed more hopeful of doing well under Kohli. Everyone thought that he will bring in a lot more josh, a lot more energy into the team. So quite naturally, there will be questions asked about his captaincy,” Gavaskar said.This was again not the first time Kohli’s selection ended up in a mess. India decided to drop Ajinkya Rahane, India’s best overseas player in the recent past, in South Africa for the first two Test matches and lost the matches by 72 and 135 runs respectively. Jinks came back in the third Test and played a match-winning knock in Johannesburg and India won the match by 63 runs.The series in England was supposed to be the watershed moment in his Test career and it did turn out to be so for Kohli the batsman but Kohli the captain’s reputation…went further down the abyss.last_img read more

Swiss FM to meet Lavrov next week on spy row

first_imgGeneva, Sep 17 (AFP) Switzerland’s foreign minister said Monday that he will meet his Russian counterpart next week after details emerged of alleged attempts by two Russian spies to hack sensitive Swiss targets.Swiss officials have confirmed that Russian agents, arrested in the Netherlands earlier this year, launched separate cyber attacks on the Spiez laboratory in Bern and the Lausanne office of the World Anti-Doping Agency.The lab, which does analytical work for the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), was investigating the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain.WADA for its part has been a thorn in Moscow’s side for several years over drug cheating in Russian sport.Switzerland’s top diplomat Ignazio Cassis told public radio broadcaster SRF that he will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov next week to discuss the “escalation” of Russian espionage on Swiss soil.”Activities by intelligence agencies happen daily, not just by Russia but by other states,” Cassis said.”But there is now a certain escalation with Russia,” he added.”We’ve had various bilateral contacts at different levels this year to clearly state that we will not tolerate such activities in Switzerland.” Cassis also said that Switzerland had in recent weeks denied accreditation to “certain Russian diplomats”.Switzerland, which hosts many high-profile international and sports organisations, has long been considered a hotbed of espionage.Details surrounding the arrests of the agents — believed to be working for Russia’s GRU military intelligence — remain sketchy.But on March 26, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that his cabinet had decided to expel “two Russian intelligence workers from the Russian embassy” as a result of the Skripal attack, without elaborating.advertisementLavrov has also condemned reports that Moscow’s spies targeted the Spiez lab, saying he could not believe the arrests would not have been picked up at the time by the media.The Swiss foreign ministry did not immediately respond to questions on the timing and nature of the meeting next week. (AFP) KUNKUNlast_img read more

Champions League: 10-man CSKA Moscow ride on Vlasic goal to stun Real Madrid

first_imgA depleted Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 Champions League defeat at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, extending a poor run of form for the holders that has left them without a win or a goal in three games.A brilliant victory for the Russian side, however, was marred in the final stages of a highly charged encounter in the Luzhniki stadium when CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev was sent off for a second yellow card seconds before the final whistle.CSKA got off to a brisk start and opened the scoring after two minutes when Croatian winger Nikola Vlasic, on loan from Premier League Everton, latched on to Toni Kroos’s poor backpass and slotted home.It was Vlasic’s second goal in as many games in this season’s Champions League.The result continued a dismal streak for Madrid, who have won only two of their last five games in all competitions and coach Julen Lopetegui rued a string of missed opportunities.”Of course, (they) played at home and the quick goal helped them, but we didn’t take our chances,” he told reporters.”We need to create scoring chances, I’m sure that sooner or later we will start scoring,” added Lopetegui when asked about their recent struggles in front of goal.Lopetegui decided to start with FIFA Player of the Year Luka Modric on the bench, while other first-team regulars, such as Wales forward Gareth Bale and Spanish centre back Sergio Ramos, were also absent.Brazil fullback Marcelo and midfielder Isco were ruled out before the game.advertisementReal, who have won the last three Champions League titles, suffered another injury worry before halftime when Dani Carvajal was replaced by Alvaro Odriozola.Real Madrid mounted wave upon wave of attacks, and wasted several chances in the first half.Casemiro could have levelled for the visitors midway through the opening period, but his low shot from outside the penalty area bounced off the post, while Karim Benzema’s header hit the bar five minutes before the interval.Modric came on in the second half for Casemiro, but the 33-year-old Croatia midfielder could not turn the match in Real’s favour.CSKA manager Viktor Goncharenko heaped praise on a “magnificent” Vlasic and CSKA’s defence. At the same time he was apprehensive over a possible ban for Akinfeev following his red card.”He is a half of our whole team,” he said.CSKA top Group G on four points, one clear of AS Roma in second and Real in third.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

SAI Kabaddi coach accused of molesting girl, commits suicide

first_imgBengaluru, Oct 16 (PTI) A 59-year-old Kabbadi coach with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) allegedly committed suicide in a hotel room here after being accused of molesting a teenage girl at the training centre, police said Tuesday.”Rudrappa V Hosamani, a senior coach at SAI in Bengaluru, committed suicide by hanging himself in the hotel room in Harihara on Monday.He was accused of molestation,”Davanagere Superintendent of Police R Chetan told PTI.On October 13, Hosamani checked into the hotel and didnot step out of his room for a long time, following which thestaff alerted the police.Police said they broke open the door and found himhanging.The alleged incident of molestation took place in the girls’ dressing room of the centre on October 9.SAI authorities were informed after the victim told her parents about it.Subsequently, an internal probe was conducted andHosamani was placed under suspension, police said, adding acase was filed under the Protection of Children from SexualOffences (Pocso) Act against him based on their complaint.Hosamani’s father has also lodged a complaint. PTI BDN ROH DVDVlast_img read more

No bad blood with Virat Kohli, declares Australia pacer Mitchell Starc

first_imgMitchell Statc, the leader of Australia’s pace pack, has played down talk of any lingering animosity with Virat Kohli as India gear up to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs starting November 21.Kohli and the Australian cricket team have not always shared a comfortable relationship. In 2014-15, when Kohli led India for the first time, there were heated exchanges between him and Mitchell Johnson. Kohli was also involved in spats with Brad Haddin and a few other members of the Australian side.But Kohli loved those confrontations. They seemed to bring out the best in him as he clobbered 692 runs including four hundreds in the four-Test series. In 2016, Kohli struck two hundreds in five ODIs before his three half-centuries helped India blank Australia 3-0 in the T20I series.India’s home Test series against Australia in 2017 saw relationships between the two teams hit rock bottom after Steve Smith looked at the dressing room for help with the Decision Review System. Kohli was left fuming and he immediately took it up with the on-field umpires.Read – Have Australia learnt the dangers of needling Virat Kohli?Later in the press conference, Kohli said Smith had sought dressing room help for the DRS at least once before his transgression in the Bangalore Test. After the end of the series which India won, Kohli said he would not be friends again with a few Australian cricketers – he had later clarified that his comments were only reserved for a couple of the Aussie players, not all.advertisementOver a year later, Starc said there was no bad blood between him and Kohli.”I don’t get that feeling at all,” Starc said.”We had some good battles on the field through that series, all in good fun and had a few laughs about it and caught up after one of the Test matches.”If that’s the case, so be it. But I’m sure I’ll have a few chats with him over this series and share a laugh and chat about the series once it’s done.”Also read – Australia dangerous but India determined to make a mark: Rohit SharmaStarc, who played with Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, said the Indian captain was a great guy off the field and very different from his fiery personality on it.”I’ve got to see a bit off the field, where he’s very different. (He’s) such a nice guy off the field, he’s got a lot of time for everyone and just loves to be part of the boys, whether its playing FIFA or being around the team room,” Starc said. “I guess in a similar way to perhaps myself and some of the others, there’s a bit of white-line fever there when you get on the cricket field and you just want to perform your best for your country.”Also read – Steve Smith, David Warner bans should stay, says Mitchell JohnsonBefore India left for Australia, Kohli told India media he would not go looking for verbal jousts but promised to retaliate if the hosts started a sledging war.last_img read more

This university has banned PUBG in its campus: Here’s how internet reacted

first_imgA few days ago, Vellore Insitute of Technology (VIT) had banned PUBG- Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, from its campus.Earlier this year the mobile version of PUBG was launched on Android and iOS stores and from then, this game has attracted a lot of people and has become their addiction.Since then the game has taken the world by storm. People now waste hours after getting that precious ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.’The university put up a notice saying that the hostellers are disturbing their fellow roommates by playing PUBG inside their rooms and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel. VIT circular on PUBG banNotice to PUBG players The Chief of Wardens, VIT had e-mailed a statement to all hostelers, which reads:”It has come to our notice that a few students are playing online games like ‘PUBG’ which is NOT PERMITTED.”Deposited our repeated instructions, hostellers are violating our instructions by playing online games inside the rooms which disturbs fellow roommates and spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel.””It is strictly warned that playing online games and betting for such games are totally prohibited in VIT. Hence, the defaulters will be dealt seriously under VIT CODE OF CONDUCT. Students are asked to concentrate on physical games or sports and give more importance to their career growth.”Reaction on social mediaSocial media users criticized the circular and lashed out at the college for interfering in their personal life. Here’s how the internet reacted on PUBG ban in the VIT campus:advertisementInhumane college conditions:1.) Ragging2.) Eve-teasing3.) Banning @PUBGMOBILE on hostel wi-fi#VIT #vellore #nomorevella @PUBG #pubg #pubgindiaTJ Baba (@TuhinKalia) December 14, 2018Apparently VIT Vellore bans PUBG in hostels claiming impact on grades. This is called true dictatorship. @PUBG @PLAYERUNKNOWN what do you say to that.Paul Mathai (@paulmathai01) December 8, 2018With admission around the corner and the need of fake publicity will make VIT administration do wonders. These rules are rouge. No one can control what we play and what we not. These people will never treat female students equal making their life hell.#vit #PUBG #VITPUBGBANsaurabh kumar (@100rabh_kr) December 13, 2018#PUBG atrocities reached VIT now. How can you just ban the game, you then need to ban the phones altogether. (@vfxaholic) December 13, 2018Read: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: Momo Challenge: CBSE alerts students for online suicidal game in its public advisorylast_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 9 launch could happen soon as it gets spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855

first_imgXiaomi is set to launch a new Redmi phone tomorrow, Jan 10, in China. Some rumours say it could be called the Redmi X, while others say Xiaomi might just call it Redmi Pro 2 or simply Redmi 7. Meanwhile, Xiaomi seems to be extensively working on a Mi device as well and it is none other than the successor to the Mi 8 aka Mi 9. Xiaomi is yet to officially confirm the Mi 9 but the rumours have already done the needful. The alleged Mi 9 with codename ‘Cepheus’ have made its way to the Geekbench benchmark site which hints at the imminent launch.The full specs of the Mi 9 have already been revealed last week and hence the Geekbench listing doesn’t reveal any new information about the phone apart from the codename. According to the benchmark listing the ‘Cepheus’ aka Xiaomi Mi 9 will come with Android 9 Pie, 6GB of RAM, 48MP primary sensor on the back panel and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. The ‘Cepheus’ phone manages to perform pretty well in Geekbench and scores 3524 in single core and 11260 in multicore – which is comparatively more than phones like Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 8. The listing, however, shows that the Mi 9 isn’t powerful than the iPhone XS, but we believe the numbers will go up slightly more when the final unit is tested. The Mi 9 is still in the developing stage.A report that leaked last week revealed the complete specs of the alleged Mi 9. Alongside the specs details the report also revealed the expected launch timeline and available details of the phone. It suggests that Xiaomi could launch the Mi 9 by the end of February, most likely at Mobile World Congress. And as for the availability the Mi 9 could go on sale sometime around March. Additionally, the expected pricing detail of the Mi 9 has also been revealed the phone is said to be priced around CNY 2,999 which roughly translates to Rs 30,500.advertisementXiaomi is said to bring some major changes in the design of the Mi 9. The smartphone is said to look a lot like the OnePlus 6T while from the back – especially the camera department – the phone could be quite similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi 9 will major revamp when compared to the Mi 8. The Mi 9 is expected to come with a 6.4-inch 19:9 FHD+ AMOLED display which means the screen of the phone will be much bigger that the Mi 8. On the hardware front, the Mi 9 will be powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset that has been announced by Qualcomm very recently paired with the X24 LTE modem. Notably, Xiaomi could bring only one variant of the Mi 9 with 6GB RAM paired with 128GB of internal storage.The leaked report also revealed the camera details of the Mi 9. On the rear panel the Mi 9 is said to sport triple cameras while on the front there will be just one selfie shooter which will sit inside the teardrop notch. On the back, Mi 9 will include a primary camera of 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, a secondary camera of 12MP and the third camera will be a 3D TOF camera. While on the front, the Mi 9 is expected to sport a 24MP camera for clicking selfies. The Mi 9 could be backed by a 3,500 mAh battery with 32W fast charging.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9: Full specs, expected price, launch timeline and availability details leakALSO READ | Mi 9, Mi Mix 4 to be most innovative Xiaomi phones ever, but should Indians care?ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A2 India price dropped and it is now the best phone to buy under Rs 15,000last_img read more

I’m not dead! Suresh Raina quashes rumours

first_imgSuresh Raina took to Twitter to dismiss reports of his death, terming the whole thing as ‘fake news’.Videos and reports have been doing the rounds on social media, claiming that Indian cricketer Suresh Raina died in a road accident.”Past few days there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident. The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news; with god’s grace I’m doing absolutely fine. Those @youtube channels have been reported & hope strict actions will be taken soon,” Raina wrote on Twitter.Past few days there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident.The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news; with god’s grace I’m doing absolutely fine.Those @youtube channels have been reported & hope strict actions will be taken soonSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 11, 2019Suresh Raina last played for India back in July 2018 against England.Raina famously was part of India’s World Cup-winning team in 2011 and has also been a very key member of IPL champions Chennai Super Kings in their title-winning campaigns over the years. In the last season of the Indian Premier League, Raina scored 445 runs.Raina has played 18 Tests for India in which he has scored 768 runs, at an average of 26.48. Raina’s highest score in the longest format is 120, his only hundred, and also has 7 fifties in 31 innings.Rain has also represented India in 226 ODIs, scoring 5615 runs at an average of 35.31. Raina has scored 5 hundreds and 36 fifties from his 194 innings.advertisementHis most prolific format though was the T20Is, in which he played 78 matches, scoring 1605 runs at an average of 29.18. He has scored one hundred and five fifties. In fact, Raina is also the first Indian to score a hundred in all three formats. Raina is also the first batsman to score 300-plus runs in all 11 editions of IPL so far.Raina, who clears the field with a swashbuckling flourish when at the top of his game, scored a 33-run over to pacer Parvinder Awana of Kings XI Punjab in 2014, which is the second most expensive over in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) after Chris Gayle’s 37 runs to Prasanth Parameswaran in 2011.Also Read | I am alive and kicking: Ex-New Zealand cricketer quashes rumours of his deathlast_img read more

5G smartphones are all over MWC 2019, but you should not be excited just yet

first_imgOne of the big buzzwords at this year’s Mobile World Congress has been 5G. In fact, 5G was in the spotlight at last year’s MWC as well, but it was merely just talk at that time. 5G is real now and we have a bunch of commercially-ready phones to back that up. At MWC 2019, we saw some of these phones being showcased, teasing their imminent arrival.A lot of mainstream, and not-so-mainstream, phone makers offered at least one 5G smartphone for demo at MWC 2019. From the Galaxy S10 5G to the Mate X foldable phone, there was something new there to tingle our curiosity. The only problem was that these phones were not actually connected to a 5G network, and merely demonstrated that their hardware was ready for the 5G revolution, whenever that happens.This really brings us to the big question of when exactly 5G will be available. It is one thing having a phone ready for 5G, but without the actual rollout of 5G network, these phones are merely overpriced versions of their regular counterparts, if any. While these phones will be rolling out soon, it will be several months or years even before 5G starts rolling out in a broad way.Over the next few month, perhaps till the end of the year and into the next, you will hear a lot of phone makers launch devices claiming to be 5G-enabled. This is meant to pique your interest, and provide you that “new thing” that you wanted in a smartphone. But it would be wise not to get swayed by the “5G” tag right now, Unless you’re looking for a future-ready smartphone that you won’t let go off for a few years, it probably makes no sense to buy a 5G phone if your city isn’t getting upgraded to 5G anytime soon.advertisement5G rollout will likely start in the US and Europe first before heading to other places. Jio may have bolstered the speed of 4G rollout in India, but 5G still has ways to go. Companies like Qualcomm, OnePlus, Samsung and Huawei have only just started talking about 5G trials in the country, and a proper deployment of 5G isn’t expected until 2020.While we await the 5G wave, here is a look some of the biggest 5G phones announced at MWC 2019.Samsung Galaxy S10 5GIn addition to the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e flagships, Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 5G, which as the name suggests comes with 5G support. This is because this is the only model in the portfolio that comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset with the X50 5G modem. The modem is key to support 5G speeds, but at MWC 2019 I only got to see a small demo of the potential of 5G. The demo showed a baseball game that could be streamed live over 5G, and could allow you to choose a PoV camera to watch the game. But for this to work seamlessly, both the device, and the source will need to work on 5G speeds.The Galaxy S10 5G also comes with a bigger 6.7-inch AMOLED display and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It gets a quad camera system on the back and houses a 4,500mAh battery. The pill-shaped hole in the top right corner of the display is wider compared to the S10+, because it gets a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera. The Galaxy S10 5G is priced around $1,500.Huawei Mate X The Mate X is in a whole other league as it not only brings 5G support, but it is also a foldable smartphone. The Mate X sports a large 8-inch flexible plastic OLED display that can bend and close like a book thanks to a hinge design. Upon folding the device, the large display can be used as two displays, a 6.6-inch display on the front and a 6.38-inch display on the back. It is powered by a Kirin 980 chipset and uses a Balong 5000 chip for 5G support. The Mate X will start shipping sometime in mid-2019 and will cost a cool 2.299 euros.LG V50 ThinQ The LG V50 ThinQ is LG’s first device to support 5G thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with the X50 modem. The ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED notched display, 4,000mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the V50 ThinQ comes with a secondary attachable screen which is 6.2 inches in size and offers an OLED display. LG is yet to announce the price of the V50 ThinQ or the attachable secondary display.advertisementXiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GThe Mi Mix 3 5G is one of the more affordable 5G phones among the lot. Staying true to the company’s “honest pricing” promise, the 5G-supported phone comes at a starting price of USD 599 (approx Rs 48,000). The Mi Mix 3 5G is one such phone that already has a normal non-5G version. The Mi Mix 3 was launched in the second half of 2018. The 5G versions, however, gets the Snapdragon 855 chipset with with X50 modem.OnePlus 5GOnePlus has already confirmed that it plans to be one of the first companies to bring a 5G phone in India, and at MWC 2019, we saw a device properly covered from all sides that is seemingly the next OnePlus 5G smartphone. The prototype device showcased in Barcelona has a Snapdragon 855 chipset with the X50 modem. Like the Mi Mix 3 5G, the OnePlus 5G phone is also expected to come with a competitive price point when it launches later this year.ALSO READ | Samsung Networks shows live demo of 5G at MWC 2019, says it’s ready for 5G rollout in IndiaALSO READ | OnePlus 7 previewed? 3 cameras, Snapdragon 855, 10X optical zoom, 5G and 2K screen are likelyALSO READ | OnePlus and Qualcomm team-up to start 5G trials in India, OnePlus 7 may support 5Glast_img read more

5 lakh units of Realme 3 sold within 3 weeks: Price, next sale date

first_imgAfter a successful debut last year, Realme seems to have started 2019 on a high note as well. The company has announced that it has sold 5 lakh units of the Realme 3 (Review) since its first sale three weeks ago. The Realme 3 was launched in India in March touting a premium glasstic design, a waterdrop display, a dependable Helio P70 chipset and Android Pie with ColorOS 6, all at a budget price starting under Rs 10,000.Realme claims it sold 3,11,800 units of the Realme 3 in the first two sales. The Realme 3 was launched in India starting at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is also a second variant with a 4GB/64GB configuration that is priced Rs 10,999. The Realme 3 is available in Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue and Black colours. It is sold on Flipkart and, and the next sale date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 12pm.Realme 3 specificationsThe Realme 3 brings a similar dewdrop display as the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1. You get a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) screen with a high screen-to-body ratio. The Realme 3 is also the company’s first phone to sport gradient colours in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. The rear panel is of a glossy, glass-like material that seamlessly curves around the sides to offer a unibody design.Realme’s latest handset gets the same 2.1GHz Helio P70 octa-core chipset as the Realme U1. This is a MediaTek chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. In our review, we found the processor capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 really well. The Realme 3 is also the first Realme phone to ship with Android Pie with the latest ColorOS 6.0 on top.advertisementThe Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back with a Nightscape mode for impressive low-light photography and Chroma Boost mode that uses AI to offer better dynamic range, contrast and exposure in daylight conditions. On the front, the Realme 3 gets a single 13MP f/2.0 selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch. The Realme 3 also gets the same 4,230mAh battery as the Realme 2, delivering a day and a half of battery life on a single charge with ease.ALSO READ | Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7last_img read more

WAGs not allowed to accompany Team India players for first 20 days of World Cup 2019

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finalized the travel policy of WAGs (wives and girlfriends of players) for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in England. It’s now clear that the players’ immediate families will not be spending more than fifteen days with them during the course of the month-and-a-half-long world event.India Today can confirm that for the first twenty days, from the time Team India leaves for UK, players won’t have their WAGs’ company. Subsequently families can come over for fifteen days when feasible after the first 20 days of the tournament.India captain Virat Kohli had earlier sought BCCI permission to allow WAGs to be with the players any time during the course of the World Cup. But now he too is in agreement with the new policy laid down for the World Cup.”The top team management has discussed about this 15-day provision and are on the same page on this arrangement,” a BCCI official confirmed.The Indian team will be leaving for English shores on May 22 and would be past their preparation phase and would have finished playing two league games before the WAGs can join their partners.It’s also been decided that the accompanying WAGs will not travel in the team bus but in a separate bus or private transport as they desire. All the players will be travelling together in the team bus and not with their partners during internal tour travel unlike the last India tour of England.More than half the Indian side picked for the World Cup is married and WAGs have been travelling with the players on overseas tours as per the BCCI’s past rules.advertisementOpinion stands divided if the presence of the wives and partners on tour adds more value to the performance of the players or works as a distraction. But skipper Kohli, who is married to Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, has been vocal about how her presence has helped his cricket.Speaking with teammate AB De Villiers for, Kohli recently said, “That (marriage) has been the most strong factor in my life to change the way I was. Before, I was too intense in life. She (Anushka Sharma) always keeps me motivated, positive and we spend quality time with each other and get away from the game.”Also Read | WAGs: The great debate in Indian cricketAlso Read | BCCI likely to allow ‘family periods’ for WAGs on tours after Virat Kohli’s requestAlso Read | BCCI still undecided on Virat Kohli’s request to allow WAGs on toursAlso Read | Kohli wants WAGS on tour; Gambhir says works for some players, not for otherslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Shubman Gill’s father doing bhangra in Mohali impresses Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders star Shubman Gill was the man of the moment on Friday night in Mohali as he scored a stellar half-century on his home ground to guide his team to victory against hosts Kings XI Punjab. But it was Shubman Gill’s father who stole the show after he was seen doing the bhangra after his son reached his third fifty in IPL 2019.Shubman Gill’s father could not contain his excitement and burst into the bhangra, something which even KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan noticed and complimented.The folks are happy (@IPL) May 3, 2019The Gill family then got together for a chat on where Shubman asked his father about his celebratory bhangra.”People are telling me that you had a wild celebration after I reached my half-century?” Shubman asked his father.”I’m very happy that you played so well on your home ground. I danced after your fifty, did the bhangra,” Shubman’s father Lakhwinder Singh said.Breaking into Bhangra at the IS Bindra Stadium stands was their way of conveying how overjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Gill were after @RealShubmanGill raced the chase for @KKRiders on Friday! By @tanmoym. #KXIPvKKRWATCH the full video – (@IPL) May 4, 2019Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan also tweeted about Shubman’s father’s bhangra and dedicated the night to Gill senior.”Well done @KKRiders & @DineshKarthik . All played like u shouldby backing urselves. @lynny50 #SWarrier @RealShubmanGill good job. But tonite belongs to Papa! 3 cheers for proud papa & family,” Shah Rukh Khan tweeted along with a picture of Shubman’s father doing the bhangra.advertisementWell done @KKRiders & @DineshKarthik . All played like u shouldby backing urselves. @lynny50 #SWarrier @RealShubmanGill good job. But tonite belongs to Papa! 3 cheers for proud papa & family. Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 3, 2019Shubman Gill smashed 65 not out off 49 balls as the Knight Riders chased down 184 with six wickets in hand and two overs to spare. The victory helped KKR keep their chances of qualifying for the playoffs alive. Kings XI Punjab on the other hand, now have no chance of advancing any further.Kolkata Knight Riders now have 12 points from 13 matches and have a very real chance of making it to the playoffs if they beat Mumbai Indians in the last league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. KKR had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season before losing 6 in a row.KKR had snapped their losing streak with a 34-run victory over Mumbai Indians and then beat KXIP in Mohali to register back-to-back wins.Also Read | My whole family was there, can’t get better than this: Shubman Gill after KKR winAlso Read | IPL 2019, Playoff Scenarios: 3 teams to battle it out for final berthAlso Read | IPL 2019: Shubman Gill helps KKR smash KXIP and keep playoff hopes aliveAlso Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik reveals why he was angry with KKR teammateslast_img read more

Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral video

first_imgMS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings made it to their 8th Indian Premier League final on Saturday, crushing Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets and an over to spare in Qualifier 2 in Vizag.With a final berth at stake, the match between Delhi Capitals was also considered to be a contest between master and apprenticeMS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant.On Saturday, the Delhi Capitals had lost the Qualifer 2 to Chennai, but after the match Rishabh Pant was seen taking some tips from MS Dhoni.Shortly after the one-sided contest, Pant was seen interacting with MS Dhoni’s daughter, Ziva Dhoni. In a video posted on Ziva Dhoni’s official Instagram account, the 4-year-old was seen teaching Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels. And here too, Rishabh Pant was being a good student to the teacher.Watch the video here:Rishabh Pant is considered to be the next big finisher after MS Dhoni but the young cricketer is still in the nascent stages of his careers. Pant has been idolising MS Dhoni and has revealed he has learnt a lot while watching him bat and sharing the crease with the senior wicketkeeper-batsman.”Whenever I needed any support from Mahi bhai, I used to ask him. From my IPL contract to my wicket-keeping, he’s advised me on everything,” Rishabh Pant had said in the past.Rishabh Pant had hit 25-ball 38 in the IPL 2019 Qualifier 2 where Delhi Capitals failed to make it to their first IPL final ever.advertisementThe IPL 2019 final will be contested between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Sunday in Hyderabad.Also Read | Ziva kisses MS Dhoni after CSK beat Delhi Capitals to enter 8th IPL finalAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni shares insights, Rishabh Pant listens with rapt attentionAlso Seelast_img read more

India will dominate World Cup 2019 like Australia did in 2003, 2007: R Ashwin

first_imgOut-of-favour India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Tuesday said that Virat Kohli-led team would dominate the ongoing World Cup as Australia did in 2003 and 2007.India have posted impressive wins in both their World Cup matches so far, against South Africa and Australia.”…India will go on to dominate this World Cup as Australia did in 2003 and 2007,” the bowler said after launching the ‘Ashwin Foundation’, which aims to help young cricketers at his Gen-Next Cricket Institute.The lanky Tamil Nadu cricketer said India’s spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been doing well for a while now.”Chahal and Kuldeep have been doing well for a while now. Chahal has performed well in the World Cup also,” he added.On off-spinners not being preferred in the playing XI these days, Ashwin said that things would soon change.”I think off spin is not very much (seen these days). The commodity in the game has changed. A lot of cricketers are right-handers and requirement of left-arm spinners are a lot more. But I think what goes comes around.”Requirement of off-spinner in shortest format has become lesser but if you look at the IPL this year it was Harbhajan Singh and me…I did not necessarily bowl off-spin, it is perception and it will change, if you can give yourself a chance,” he said.The 32-year-old informed that he would be leaving for England on June 23 to play for county side Nottinghamshire in the second half of the season. He had turned out for Worcestershire last time.advertisement”I will be leaving for England on June 23 to play for English county team Nottinghamshire. Let us see how it goes.”Meanwhile, Ashwin has handpicked eight youngsters who would be provided scholarship and kits on behalf of the foundation run by him and his wife Prithi.”As a young cricketer I always felt infrastructure and coaching standards could be better and now I’m in a position to help impart state of the art coaching methodologies to kids who have the required skill sets but don’t have the financial aid to continue their dream of playing cricket,” he said.The foundation would also aim to create awareness among trainees of Gen-Next Institute about the importance of eye donation and the right to vote and safe driving.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistani fans won’t boo Steve Smith, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan’s pain threshold is incredible, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Yoga queen Kareena Kapoor nails stretching exercises at the gym in sports bra and mini shorts

first_imgKareena Kapoor Khan is setting the internet on fire once again with her enviable body and goal-worthy gym routine.The diva is known for her rigorous workout routine at the gym. She may not be on social media but she is definitely rocking the social media with her gym looks.Recently, one of Kareena’s fan accounts posted pictures of the diva stretching and it will inspire you to get out of the bed and hit the gym.In the collage, Kareena can be seen doing different yoga stretching poses and slaying all of them effortlessly.For her gym session, Kareena can be seen keeping it simple for her workout look, by going with sports bra paired with either mini shorts or training tights.With her hair tied in a sleek bun for all the looks, Kareena looked like she meant business while working out.On the work front, Kareena will be seen opposite Irrfan in Angrezi Medium.She is also all set to appear on the big screen with her upcoming film, Good News. In the film, Kareena will be seen sharing screen space with Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay Kumar, and Kiara Advani.ALSO SEE | Kareena Kapoor Khan nails 50 suryanamskars after gym session in new workout videoALSO WATCH | Saif’s answer when Taimur asks about his Kareena tattoo is adorablelast_img read more