CJ Perez gets edge over Robert Bolick in battle of top rookies

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first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Honeymoon delayed as Nico Elorde returns to action a day after wedding DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Perez bucked a slow start to finish with a game-high 26 points, 11 rebounds, six assists with two steals and a block to boot while Bolick also delivered an all-around outing with 23 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists.The 25-year-old Perez, however, had more help from his teammates especially from burly reinforcement Khapri Alston, who owned the paint with 25 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perez and Bolick had quite a duel Wednesday night when Columbian took on NorthPort in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.Bolick got off to a fast start as he set the tone for the Batang Pier’s solid first half but it was Perez who had the final say after erupting for 16 points in the third quarter where the Dyip turned the tide en route to a 114-108 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“So happy to see Robert’s game improve big time. His confidence is really high and he really leads his team,” Perez, who helped his team improve to 2-1, said in Filipino. “I’m so grateful to be able to play against him.”“I had the chance to talk to him after and I just told him he played a good game.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–CJ Perez and Robert Bolick picked up where they left off the last time the two Gilas Pilipinas teammates shared the court.Both rookies shone as the biggest revelations for the Philippine team in its Fiba World Cup stint and nothing’s changed even when they’re on opposing sides.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble urge PV Sindhu to go for Gold at Rio

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first_imgIndia Test captain Virat Kohli wished shuttler PV Sindhu ahead of her big clash against World No.1  Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympics final of the women’s singles today. (RIO OLYMPICS – FULL COVERAGE) Sindhu, who will get a shot at the Gold medal in her first Olympic appearance, has been in phenomenal form, beating higher-ranked players with ease in the knockout stages. On Thursday, Sindhu outclassed World No. 6, Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final.Virat Kohli, who is leading India in the West Indies in a four-Test series, has also joined the bandwagon. (Also read: PV Sindhu becomes India’s 15th individual Olympic medalist)The star cricketer congratulated Sindhu for guaranteeing a Silver for India in Rio before wishing her luck in her pursuit of a historic Gold.”I want to congratulate you for guaranteeing India’s first silver medal. You’ve made India proud.  Tomorrow is going to be an epic battle. I hope you bring Gold for the country. “I hope you bring Gold for the country but nonetheless whatever happens, you’re a champion. I send you all the power. Good luck, Jai Hind.”All the very best @Pvsindhu1 This is gonna be an epic final clash! #JaiHind #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/6mGCf0JzcZ Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 19, 2016Sindhu will face a tough battle tonight against Marin, who defeated defending champion Li Xuerui of China 21-14, 21-16 to book a slot in the final. (Also read: PV Sindhu’s parents back her to win Gold today)Head coach Anil Kumble also had words of encouragement for the Indian shutter.advertisement”On behalf of the Indian team, I wish you all the best. We will be rooting for you from Trinidad. Go for Gold,” he said.  Head Coach @anilkumble1074’s message for @Pvsindhu1 on behalf of the Indian Cricket Team #GoForGoldSindhuhttps://t.co/5Aoi7CmRLv BCCI (@BCCI) August 19, 2016Sindhu’s coach Gopichand though is not troubled by the reputation of his ward’s opponent. He expects  Sindhu to compete hard against Marin, who is known for her dominating style of play.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton to take hefty grid penalty in Belgian Grand Prix

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first_imgLewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix from near the back of the grid as the world championship leader takes a hefty grid penalty for exceeding his allowed allocation of engine components.”As far as I’m aware, we will be taking the penalty this weekend,” the Mercedes driver told reporters at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Thursday. “I have no engines left.”Just how many places he will drop on Sunday’s grid, however, remains unclear with a team spokesman saying the Briton was expected to start at the back or very close to the back of the grid. (Also read: Rejuvenated Lewis Hamilton has 50th win in his sights)Hamilton holds a 19-point lead in the standings over team mate Nico Rosberg with nine of a record 21 races still to run.The Briton has won six of the last seven grands prix and heads into the weekend gunning to become only the third driver in history to score a landmark 50th career win.last_img read more

US Open: Rested Djokovic big favourite against Monfils

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first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic, the only member of the so-called “Big Four” to reach Friday’s semi-finals of the US Open, also has the distinction of being the least tested of the last four at Flushing Meadows.Serbian top seed Djokovic goes against 10th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils, while number three Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland takes on sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan to set up the men’s final at the year’s last, and rather unusual, grand slam.With Roger Federer missing due to injury, Andy Murray upset in the quarters and Rafa Nadal a fourth-round loser, Djokovic marches on in a quest for a 13th slam title without his familiar high profile rivals standing in the way. (Serena Williams crashes out of US Open in semis)Djokovic, 29, who came to New York with questions about his fitness and form after a first-round exit from the Rio Olympics and concerns over an injured left wrist, has sailed into the semi-finals in record time due to a bizarre path.Injuries to Jiri Vesely’s forearm (second-round walkover), Mikhail Youzhny’s hamstring (third-round retirement) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s knee (quarter-finals retirement) made Djokovic something of a cameo performer at Flushing Meadows.DJOKOVIC AND WALKOVERSHe is the first man in the modern era to reach a slam semi-final after three retirements or walkovers. His nine sets and 84 games completed are the fewest at this stage at any major in the Open era that featured a 128 draw and only best-of-five matches.Djokovic, who earlier this season joined Rod Laver and Don Budge as the third man to hold all four slam titles at once following wins at the Australian Open and French Open, said the rest was much appreciated.advertisement”In this stage of the season, considering some physical issues I have had … this was the scenario that I needed and I wished for,” he told reporters. “Right now I’m feeling very close to the peak.”Monfils, on top of his game with a straight-sets run to the semi-finals, will need to be at his peak to reach the final as he is still seeking his first victory against Djokovic after 12 losses. (Kerber beats Wozniacki to set up final clash with Pliskova )Wawrinka, who blossomed after turning 28 to win the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, leads Nishikori 3-2 in their head-to-head, with the duo splitting grand slam quarter-final encounters.Nishikori beat the Swiss in five sets at the 2014 Open on his way to the final, while Wawrinka beat the Japanese at the 2015 Australian Open.Nishikori is striving to become the first man from an Asian country to win a grand slam, and should he achieve the feat would pocket a record $4.5 million, including a $1 million bonus for topping the US Open Series of run-up events.last_img read more

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fire Barcelona to easy win at Leganes

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first_imgBarcelona’s attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as the champions roared back into life in La Liga with a dominant 5-1 victory at promoted Leganes on Saturday.Messi sidefooted in a simple cross from Suarez to strike the opening goal after 15 minutes and returned the favour for the Uruguayan to nudge in the second in the 31st.Neymar stretched Barca’s lead to three goals on the stroke of half-time, tapping in another lay off from Suarez, before Messi got his second from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half. (Also read: Barcelona stunned at home by Alaves in La Liga)Rafinha rounded off the most comfortable of Barca victories with a curled finish in the 64th, although Gabriel Appelt salvaged a goal for the Madrid minnows in the 80th with a free-kick whipped into the top corner.Barcelona, beaten 2-1 by newcomers Alaves last weekend in their first loss at the Nou Camp since April 17, now have nine points from their first four La Liga games. They join Real, who can go clear again when they play at Espanyol on Sunday, at the league’s summit.”This is an important victory against a team that we knew would cause us problems in bringing the ball out. We exploited the space well and we were very active from the start,” said Luis Enrique.After squad rotations backfired against Alaves, Luis Enrique picked a similar team to the one that battered Celtic 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday in Barca’s biggest ever win in European soccer’s top competition.advertisementThe coach made three changes, bringing back captain Andres Iniesta and resting Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets in favour of Rafinha and Javier Mascherano, who was deployed in an unusual floating role between right back and central midfield.(Also read: Exclusive: Want to make La Liga bigger than Premier League, says Fernando Morientes)Barca played with a back three when in possession, switching to a 4-4-2 shape without the ball.”Our tactics brought risks but we deployed them well and I’m proud of the players for that,” added Luis Enrique.”With a three man defence they could press us very high, but we’re Barca and we assume these risks.”last_img read more

International Tennis Federation denies trying to ban Maria Sharapova for four years

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first_imgThe International Tennis Federation (ITF) has denied that it tried to ban Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova for four years.After the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which reduced the sanction of the Russian player to 15 months, the ITF on Thursday said that it did not “try to ban Sharapova for four years, as has been suggested”, reports Efe.The ITF said in a statement that “it was the responsibility of the Independent Tribunal – and subsequently the CAS Panel – to determine what the appropriate sanction should be”.The federation defended the independence of the members of that court after Sharapova cast doubt on its neutrality.”Sharapova’s legal team was given the opportunity to object to the appointment of any member of that Tribunal in advance of the hearing, and they agreed in writing that they had no such objection,” the note added.last_img read more

DU Convocation ceremony to be held on November 19

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first_imgThe Delhi University will conduct its 93rd annual convocation on November 19. Ved P Nanda, eminent jurist professor from University of Denver Sturm College of Law will present degrees to students for 2015 session.”The convocation will be conducted on Saturday at the multipurpose hall of the university’s sports complex. Chief guest Nanda is associated with University of Denver, United Nations Association, American Bar Association, among others and is the recipient of various prestigious awards,” a Delhi University statement said.More on the convocation ceremony:”Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi will preside over the function and confer the degrees of PhD, DM, and MCh in all disciplines. 666 doctoral degrees, 37 Doctorate of Medicine degrees and 181 medals will be awarded,” it addedThe degrees of the students who passed various examinations in 2015 will be conferred in absentia and shall be released to the respective colleges, institutions, faculties or departmentsA live webcast of the convocation will also be available on the university’s website.Read: JET 2017 to be held in April 2017: Check out details Read: IIT Madras admissions 2017: Apply for MBA coursesClick here for examination, admission related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

PSG owner invests further €365m into club

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first_imgQatar Sports Investments (QSI), the owners of Ligue1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, has reportedly agreed to a capital increase of $365 million (£280m) for the club, according to French digital media company Wansquare.QSI completed its acquisition of the Ligue 1 champions in 2011 for €50m, making the club the richest in France and one of the wealthiest in the world.In 2017, PSG’s operating result was a deficit of $21.3m (£16.3m), while they recorded a profit loss of $7.8m (£6m) despite posting a profit of $9.5m (£7.3m) in 2016. 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! Last year, PSG smashed the global transfer record when they splashed out €222m ($262m/£200m) on Brazilian star Neymar before paying a reported €180m ($217m/£166m) for French teenager Kylian Mbappe.last_img read more

HTC’s squeezable U phone to be called HTC U 11, confirms company

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first_imgAfter confirming the launch date of its upcoming U phone for May 16, the company now confirms the name. As rumoured, the next flagship by HTC will not be called HTC U or Ocean instead will be dubbed as HTC U 11. The Chinese smartphone maker has a lot of expectations from its first U series phone, which is tipped to come packed with Edge Sense.The smartphone vendor just the other day sent out media invites for the launch of the HTC U 11, earlier rumoured as HTC Ocean. The launch date is set for May 16. Well ahead of the launch, the company has rolled out an official video teaser of the HTC U 11. The teaser doesn’t reveal many details on the specification aspect, however, shows the complete design detail of the smartphone and also confirms Edge Sense.Also Read: HTC’s squeezable flagship U phone with Edge Sense set for May 16 launchAs per the recent speculations, the HTC U 11 (HTC Ocean) is expected to support Bluetooth 5.0. If that’s the case, the HTC U 11 will be the second smartphone to come with Bluetooth 5.0, after the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Bluetooth 5.0 is successor to Bluetooth 4.2 and offers 4 times wider range than its predecessor. Not only that, it also allows twice the data transfer speed and offers the ability to simultaneously connect two sets of wireless devices. Further, the smartphone is also expected to come with Edge Sense. In terms of specifications, the HTC flagship smartphone will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch Quad-HD display screen and be further powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor.advertisementThe HTC U 11 will further come packed with 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal storage. Further, the device is tipped to be backed by a 3,0000mAh battery. While on the optics front, the HTC flagship smartphone is said to hone a 12-megapixel camera. Further, if the rumours are to be believed, the U 11 will also allegedly come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Water-resistance features are also seen on the cards.Also Read: HTC U maybe the second smartphone in the world to support Bluetooth 5.0Further, HTC U 11 might also sport the company’s very own virtual assistant, or better known as Sense Companion. The feature was previously seen on HTC U Ultra. Commenting on the Sense Companion feature, HTC says, “Can suggest that you dress warmer and leave a little earlier for work if snow is forecast; remind you to take a power bank on longer trips, and even recommend a restaurant when you’re away for the weekend and then book seats for you2. Best of all, it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time.”Well, whether the Sense Companion will be seen on the upcoming HTC U Ultra has still not been revealed. But, there are high chances that the device might come with the virtual assistant feature onboard.last_img read more

5 Pak athletes held for shouting Go Nawaz Go

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first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Apr 22 (PTI) Five Pakistani athletes were today arrested for shouting “Go Nawaz Go” against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an annual sports event here, two days after he escaped disqualification in a corruption case.”The railways police arrested five young athletes for chanting Go Nawaz Go during the speech of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique at the railways headquarters in Lahore,” an official told PTI.The official said the minister ordered his staff to stop those chanting slogans against the prime minister.”However, when the five athletes refused to comply with the ministers order, the railways police intervened and took them into custody. The police also tortured them for raising slogans against the prime minister,” the official said.Although railways spokesman Najam Wali claimed that the athletes have been set free, the railways police have summoned their parents to settle the matter. “The young sportsmen will be allowed to go home after they and their parents tender a written apology,” the official said.Opposition Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has been unnerved after the Supreme Courts decision in the Panama Papers leaks case two days ago.”Now from ever nook and corner of the country Go Nawaz GO slogan will be raised and how many the government will arrest,” said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Ejaz Chaudhry.The Supreme Court though found that the evidence against Sharif was “insufficient”, it ordered the constitution of a joint investigation team to probe the allegations of corruption against him and his family.advertisementThe high-profile case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as the prime minister to purchase assets in London. The assets surfaced when Panama Papers leaks last year showed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharifs children. PTI MZ ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Liverpool must work as a team to stop defensive woes, says Ragnar Klavan

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first_imgLiverpool must work together as a team to improve in defence and stop giving away goals, defender Ragnar Klavan says.Liverpool are third in the Premier League table but have conceded the most goals amongst the top six teams, leading to disappointing results including last Sunday’s 2-1 loss to 12th-placed Crystal Palace.”It’s not easy to put it down to a couple of things, but we have to work together as a team,” Klavan told the club’s website. (www.liverpoolfc.com)”That’s our goal, of course, to not concede any goals in any game, but this is football and everybody has good strikers as well. It’s not so easy to pinpoint exactly what is going on.”Liverpool have managed to keep just eight clean sheets in 34 league fixtures this season.”I think it’s not just one thing, there are multiple things put together that make the whole difference,” the 31-year-old said.”At this level, it can be one moment, just a lack of concentration, and that’s it. In this harsh league, those things get punished straight away and that’s how it is when you play at the highest level.”Liverpool have a two point lead over fourth-placed Manchester City, having played two games more and must win their maintain their slender advantage.last_img read more

KKR vs MI: Rohit Sharma in intense chat with umpire after another dubious decision

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first_imgRohit Sharma was seen having an animated discussion with umpire S Ravi after the latter didn’t give Manish Pandey out off a Mitchell Johnson delivery in the 14th over during Kolkata Knight Riders’ match against the Mumbai Indians in Kolkata.Pandey tried to cut a ball and got a healthy bottom edge, handing a clean catch to Ambati Rayudu behind the stumps, who didn’t waste a second to go up and appeal. Although, Johnson didn’t appeal, Rayudu, Rohit and others went straight up but that was not fruitful as Pandey escaped.The Mumbai captain, who was clearly disappointed with the decision, reacted animatedly and charged towards the umpire and kept talking to him for quite a while before finally letting it go.Ultra-edge later showed that there was a healthy nick.However, things got better as Hardik Pandya removed Colin de Grandhomme on the very fast ball off his second over to break the dangerous partnership between Pandey and the Kiwi to dent Kolkata in their chase of 174.Pandey finally fell for 33 to Hardik with KKR’s score being 149/7 from 17.1 overs.Mumbai went onto win the match by nine runs as Kolkata finished on 164/8 from their 20 overs.This is the second time in this season that Rohit was caught having an argument with an umpire. The 30-year-old have been earlier fined for showing dissent . Earlier, Rohit played a steady knock of 27 from 21 balls to help Mumbai reach 173/5 from their 20 overs.Mumbai, who have already qualified for the playoffs finished top of the table 20 points from 14 games. While Kolkata, who are third in the table now with 16 from 14 games, will have to wait for Sunday to know whom among the Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant they will face in the eliminator on May 17 in Bengaluru.advertisementlast_img read more

Govt focusing on providing quality education to all: Javadekar

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first_imgVadodara (Guj), May 15 (PTI) Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has emphasised on the need of providing quality education to all across the country to build a strong future for its citizens. “After providing access to education for all, now the focus is to ensure quality education to students across the country. The government is working actively on it as it believes that only quality education has the potential of developing a good citizen with a strong character. Quality education is a must for all-round development of the country,” he said. Javadekar was here to attend an international youth convention at Sokhada village last night. The minister also hinted on formulating a law on regulating fee structure of private schools in the country. The Gujarat government has already framed a law on regulating fees charged by private schools in the state. We will discuss its provisions while formulating a law at the national level, he said. Schools affiliated to CBSE have already been directed not to indulge in commercial activities like sale of books and uniforms because rules do not permit them do so, Javadekar said. “We want healthy competition between private and public schools for providing quality education to students,” he added. The HRD Ministry has invited feedback and suggestions from teachers, parents and stakeholders to make suitable changes in the curriculum as well, he said. “Education is not something only between students and teachers. Parents, communities, society and other stakeholders should be involved in the process. This will bring productivity and improvement in education,” the minister felt. Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said youth need to be provided with quality education and skill development for making India a powerful nation. Gujarat Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Jitendra Vaghani, President of the Gujarat unit of BJP; Rajendra Trivedi, Gujarat MoS for Sports; BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt and city mayor Bharat Dangar city attended the convention. PTI CORR DK DK RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final: No shame in admitting we did not play our best cricket vs Pakistan, says Virat Kohli

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first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was brutally honest in assessing his team’s below-par performance in a chastening 180-run loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.India, strong favourites to retain the title, were outplayed in every aspect of the game by a revitalised Pakistan side who they crushed in the group stage of the tournament two weeks ago.”They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did,” Kohli told a news conference.”They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today.”Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India’s much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.”Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase,” Kohli said.”Then we kept losing wickets. One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition.”Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.”He’s fine,” Kohli said. “He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special and that’s why the disappointment came out. That’s part of playing international sport.”advertisementKohli’s dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.”It’s always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn’t work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way,” said the top-ranked one-day batsman.India will take important lessons from the loss, according to their skipper.”You learn with every cricket game that you play,” Kohli said.”It’s the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games.”India’s next major one-day challenge will come in the 2019 World Cup back in England.”It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final,” Kohli said.”We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team.”last_img read more

Passport issues for Kashyap, Prannoy, Sikki

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) Top shuttlers, including Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy, are waiting for their passports to fly out of the country on Thursday to participate in the upcoming tournaments in Canada and US. Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, Prannoy and doubles specialist N Sikki Reddy, who were playing at the Australia Super Series last month, had applied for the New Zealand visa a week back but they are yet to receive their passports. Kashyap today took to twitter to request External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sports Minister Vijay Goel to look into the matter so that they dont miss the opportunity to play in Canada next week. “Dear Madam, me, Prannoy and Sikki Reddy applied for New Zealand visa one week back and requested for urgent processing of visa,” Kashyap wrote in the letter which he posted on his twitter handle. “As we have to leave for tournaments on 6th of July to Canada and US Opens, we require our passports urgently. Maam I request you to help us in this matter so that we can travel on 6th July (Thursday),” he wrote. Last month, Siki Reddy, Prannoy and Summeth Reddy had sought the intervention of Swaraj in getting their passports and visas from the Canadian High Commission. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) then stepped in and the shuttlers received their passports just a day before they were scheduled to leave for Jakarta to participate in the Indonesia Super Series Premier. The Canada Open Grand Prix is scheduled to be held from July 11 to 16, while the US Open Grand Prix Gold will be held from July 19-23. PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Mobiles Fest on Amazon India starts today: Deals on Galaxy On 7 Pro, Galaxy C7 Pro, On8, Gear S3 and more

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first_imgSamsung is holding a three-day Samsung Mobiles Fest on Amazon starting today. The sale starts today and will last until July 26. The company is offering heavy discounts and deals on its budget and mid-range smartphones.Phones that are available via interesting discounts and offers on Samsung Mobiles Fest are Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro, Galaxy C7 Pro, Galaxy J5, Galaxy On5 Pro, Galaxy J7 Max and more. The Samsung Gear S3 watch which was launched earlier this year in India, is also available at a discounted price under the sale. Take a look at the top deals from  Samsung and Amazon India through this fest:1. Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro: Users will be able to buy the 2016-launched Galaxy On7 Pro at a discounted price of Rs 8,490. The smartphone originally costs Rs 9,490 and there’s also an exchange offer of up to Rs 7,600 on the phone. The black and gold colour options are available under the scheme.Also Read: Flipkart Grand Gadget Days sale: Apple iPad Pro on pre-order, discounts on Galaxy Tab S3, Lenovo Yoga 3 and moreThe Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro sports a 5.5-inch HD display and is fueled by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The smartphone sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.2. Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro: After applying a discount of up to Rs 4000, Amazon India has lowered the price of Galaxy C7 Pro to Rs 25,990. The smartphone’s real price is Rs 29,990.  There is also an exchange offer of up to Rs 19,000 available on the phone. The smartphone can also be purchased on EMI starting at Rs 1,235.advertisementThe smartphone features a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display and is fuelled by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 octa-core SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The device is backed by 3300mAh battery. The gold and navy blue colour variants of the phone are available through the fest.3. Samsung Galaxy On8: The Galaxy On8 which was launched last year in September is available at Rs 11,490 after a price cut of Rs 2,000. The smartphone originally Rs 13,490. The offer is valid only on black and the gold colour variants of the Galaxy On8. The company is also giving an  exchange offer for up to Rs 9,999 on the phone.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro review: Good but not enough to beat the best The Samsung Galaxy On8 sports a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display and comes with 3,300mAh battery. The smartphone is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.4. Exchange offer for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Samsung’s two best high-end phones Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available at Rs 43,400 and Rs 50,900 respectively. The company is giving an exchange offer for up to Rs 19,000 on both the phones.5. Samsung Galaxy J5(2016): Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) with 16GB internal storage is available at Rs 9,590, after a price cut on its previous price of Rs 10,990. Both black and gold colour variants of the phone are available on the offer.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy J5, J7 2016 editions quick review: Same old feeling back againThe smartphone was launched last year at Rs 13,990. It sports a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED HD display and is powered by a quad-core SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. There is an expandable 16GB internal storage and the phone is backed by a 3,100mAh battery.6. Samsung Gear S3 watch: Both the classic and frontier variants of the Gear S3 smartwatch are available at a discounted price of Rs 26,500.last_img read more

It’s ready but will they come? South Korea counts down to Winter Games

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first_imgWorkers in the South Korean resort town of Pyeongchang are making final preparations for the Winter Olympics, remaking roads, renovating buildings and preparing menus in English, Chinese and Japanese, a burst of activity that masks a big problem.With less than 100 days before the Games begin, barely a third of the tickets have been sold. “ItYangyang International Airport, the only international airport near Pyengchang, was quiet, with flight routes from Shanghai and seven other Chinese cities all cut since last November.’LOTS OF LOSSES’ Min Byong-kwan, the chief executive of Phoenix Hotels & Resorts, is counting on a pick-up. The ski resort spent tens of millions of dollars building six Olympics courses and renovating some 1,000 rooms to accommodate foreign officials during the Olympics.”We are making a lot of investments – and booking a lot of losses – through the Olympics,” Min said. “It is regrettable that the Olympics boom is falling short of our expectations so far.”Reuters Photo But he added: “I expect the boom to experience exponential growth for the remaining 100 days.” Pyeongchang, carved out of pine-covered slopes in northeast Gangwon province, is being festooned with banners reading “Passion Connected”, a slogan reflecting the hosts’ aim to dissolve tensions with a show of sporting goodwill.Organisers hope athletes from North Korea, still technically at war with the South, will take part and share the mountain with American and Chinese athletes. The North has yet to confirm if it will send a team. Han Do-sam, who sells seafood at the popular Sokcho fish market, said the improvement in ties between Beijing and Seoul was a good start.advertisement”We hope … it will help more foreign tourists come here when they visit for the Olympics,” Han said.UNLIKELY TO MEET TARGET South Korea planned to use the Olympics to introduce foreign tourism to Gangwon province. Provincial authorities set an ambitious goal of attracting 5 million visitors next year, up from an original expectation of around 3 million this year.But Gangwon governor Choi Moon-Soon said he doubted the 2018 target would be met. “So far we have seen declines in visits from China and Japan, which are directly affected by the North’s nuclear issue,” Choi told Reuters.Reuters Photo “Southeastern Asian group tourists are showing signs of cancelling trips as well.” Song Sung-sup, director of Goodmorning Travel, which specialises in Chinese tourism, was also glum, despite Tuesday’s surprise detente between South Korea and China.”Unless China lifts a ban on charter flights to any local airport in South Korea, I’m a bit skeptical whether signs of easing are clear at the moment,” said Song, who saw sales drop by up to 20 percent due to the frozen ties with China.Just two years ago, the outlook looked bright. A Chinese company had committed to build a $431 million luxury resort – China Dream City – an hour’s drive from Pyeongchang.Pitched at Chinese tourists, it was to provide accommodation during the Games. But construction has still not begun. Governor Choi said he was also worried about delays to a $450 million project to build a Legoland in the city of Chuncheon, about 145 km (90 miles) from the Games venue.Legoland operator Merlin Entertainments said last month the resort’s completion date was delayed by three years to 2020 to get final partner funding and “for a lot of Korean twists and turns”, without elaborating.Merlin CEO Nick Varney joked last month it might help ease tensions, and brighten up prospects for the Games, if Legoland were to promise North Korea’s leader an annual pass to the theme park.Reuters Photo “Hopefully that will cheer him up a little bit.”‘s a bummer,” said 55-year-old motel owner Oh Young-whyan, who spent about $360,000 refurbishing his 15-room property close to the Olympics Plaza. Oh, other hotel owners and local authorities say political tensions with North Korea and China have chilled foreign interest in the Games, which open on Feb. 9 just 80 km (50 miles) from the world’s most heavily fortified border.Tourists are reluctant to commit to the event as North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump trade insults and threats of mutual destruction after the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September.Reuters Photo Ticket sales are weak, with 341,327 sold, or 32 percent of the total on offer, as of Oct. 24 – much weaker than during the run-up to the last winter Games in Sochi, Russia. More than 70 percent of Sochi’s tickets were sold before the opening ceremony. Pyeongchang Organising Committee Secretary General Yeo Hyung-koo says there is still time to catch up.advertisementThe Olympics torch relay, which began in Korea on Wednesday, will ignite domestic interest, he said. Local business are also putting on a brave face, hoping for a late surge in interest, especially from Chinese tourists after Beijing this week set aside a dispute with Seoul over an anti-missile system. “We still have 100 days so I’m not that worried,” said Oh, owner of the Daekyanryung-sanbang motel, where Olympics banners were hung inside and out. Reuters PhotoNO PASSENGERS, EMPTY AIRPORTNearby, a bus terminal which undertook a $447,000 makeover in preparation for the Olympics was largely empty, with only one Chinese couple and a handful of locals seen waiting for buses.Buses bound for Seoul in the past used to have as many as 38 foreign passengers, half of them Chinese, but nowadays some buses have no passengers, said Kim Moo-gyu, the owner of the terminal.Before this week’s diplomatic breakthrough, Chinese authorities had unofficially imposed a ban on tour groups visiting South Korea since March and stopped charter flights.The number of Chinese visitors, which accounted for nearly half of all foreign tourists into South Korea last year, slumped 61 percent from March to September from the same period last year, official data shows.Yangyang International Airport, the only international airport near Pyengchang, was quiet, with flight routes from Shanghai and seven other Chinese cities all cut since last November.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International at the last minute

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first_imgTop-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to his “late start of preparation” for the new season.Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson said Thursday that he had received word of Nadal’s withdrawal earlier in the day.The joint ATP and WTA tournament begins Sunday at Pat Rafter Arena.The 31-year-old Spaniard has not played since he withdrew from the season-ending World Tour Finals in London in November with a knee injury. He had already withdrawn from an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that starts later on Thursday.”I am sorry to announce I won’t be coming to Brisbane this year,” Nadal said on his Twitter account.”My intention was to play but I am still not ready after last year’s long season and the late start of my preparation.”Nadal, who also cancelled a training block last week, returned from injury last year to reach the final of the Australian Open and win the titles at the French and U.S. Opens.He played in Brisbane last year as part of his preparations for Melbourne Park and made the quarter-finals before losing to Canada’s Milos Raonic.”I had a great time there (in 2017) and it was a great start to the month I spent in Australia,” Nadal added.”I will be seeing my Aussie fans when I land on the 4th in Melbourne and start there my preparation for the Australian Open.”The Australian Open runs from January 15-28.(With agency inputs)last_img read more

Exams rescheduled in Guru Nanak Dev University this year due to elections

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first_imgDue to the municipal elections, the Guru Nanak Dev University has postponed the annual and semester theory examinations of as teaching staff will be occupied in the election duties.The semester theory examination that was scheduled to be held on December 8, 9 and 16 will now be held on January 8, 9 and January 11, 2018, respectively.However, the time and exam centre will remain same according to the reports.Students appearing in examinations under the credit-based evaluation system will have to contact their respective head of department/coordinator/principal for new dates of the examinations.The notification came out yesterday on the official website of the university stating the exam has been postponed due to elections.About the university:Guru Nanak Dev University was established at Amritsar on November 24, 1969 to mark the 500th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev JiThe University is successfully catering to 20,000 students in various faculties at University Campuses and Constituent CollegesGuru Nanak Dev University is the first university of the region which introduced on-line admissions to its courses, on-line counselling for State Level Admissions and Credit Based Evaluation SystemThe University has risen to 16th rank in the top 50 universities of the country, as per a recent survey conducted by India Today and has achieved the 11th position out of 500 universities in science publications.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Emily Ratajkowski’s racy nude photo is breaking the internet

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first_imgGone Girl actress Emily Ratajkowski, who is currently holidaying with her squad in Nicaragua, is making sure that her 15.7 million followers on Instagram are not missing out on the fun.Emily, who launched her own swimwear line called Inamorata Swim earlier this month, has been sharing many pictures in which she is sporting swimsuits from the range.However, on Sunday, she decided to ditch the swimsuit and share a nude photo of herself. In the picture, Emily uses her hands to cover her modesty as she gazes seductively at the camera. The picture was taken by her friend, Kat. Here is the photo she shared.The racy click is breaking the internet, and has crossed a million likes in just a day. From “absolutely beautiful” to “goddess”, comments have poured in from fans.Emily Ratajkowski shot to fame when she appeared in Robin Thicke’s controversial Blurred Lines video in 2012. Since then, she has prominently featured in several ‘most desirable’ lists and appeared in films like Gone Girl and We Are Your Friends.last_img read more