Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man After failing to convert two match points and dropping the second set, Puig regained her form in the third to oust the three-time Grand Slam winner.Puig now has a 3-3 lifetime record against Kerber, including a win in the final of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.“We’ve had so many great matches in the past,” Puig said. “I have a lot of respect for her. I know it’s not over until you go and shake her hand.”American Christina McHale ousted the 14th-seeded Sevastova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the round of 32.Defending champion Aryna Sabalenka easily reached the third round, beating American Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-0 in the late match.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US Olympic Hall of Fame welcomes Liukin, Smith, Carlos LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return against Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan during their first round women’s singles match at the Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan on September 23, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)WUHAN, China — Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Anastasija Sevastova all lost to unseeded opponents in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Monday.Two-time champion Petra Kvitova avoided an upset, though, beating Polona Hercog 7-6 (6), 6-3 in a second-round match.ADVERTISEMENT The 13th-seeded Wozniacki lost to Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 7-6 (2), 6-1, 6-2. Hsieh trailed 5-1 in the first set and attributed her slow start to having just arrived from another tournament in Japan.“The first set was not easy, because I just came from Osaka,” Hsieh said. “When I came on the court … I was a little bit lost, and she was playing good as well. I asked my coach to come on the court and I said, ‘OK, I don’t feel anything. I feel weird.’ And he said, ‘It’s OK, just try to play,’ and I did. I tried to keep playing and after a couple of games, it was going better and better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Hsieh broke Wozniacki’s serve six times and saved eight of 10 break points. Wozniacki is 16-14 on the year.Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig defeated the 11th-seeded Kerber 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1 in almost three hours. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments
India’s Devendra Jhajharia was a happy man after setting a new world record in the javelin throw at the Rio Paralympics. Jhajharia bettered his own record to win Gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event, taking India’s tally of medals at this edition of the Paralympics to four — two Golds, one Silver and a Bronze.Jhajharia won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) on Tuesday. (PM Modi, Sehwag congratulate Jhajharia)The 36-year-old Jhajharia last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago. The F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions.The Rajasthan-born athlete thanked his coach and Sports Authority of India (SAI) for their help.”It’s my life’s biggest achievement to win two Gold medals at Paralympics. I thank the millions of Indian supporters for their prayers. I would like to thank Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India for training me well. I also give credit to my coach Sunil Tawar,” Jhajharia told India Today in an exclusive chat.ON WORLD RECORD”I broke a 12-year-old record. I worked hard for it, especially in the last three months in Finland. Proud of my achievement.””Nothing is impossible if you have the determination to achieve something in life.””Happy that people have started recognising para-athletes. We have a bright future.””I would like to thank India’s first ever individual Olympic Gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, for speaking to me.” advertisement
Hyundai Motor India is recalling 7,657 units of its entry level small car Eon to fix faulty clutch and battery cables.The recall will cover Eon units produced in the month of January 2015.The company has initiated a service campaign to recall and inspect the clutch cable fouling with battery cable of Eon cars produced in the month of January 2015, at no cost to customer, Hyundai Motor India said in a statement.”The company will voluntarily recall 7,657 number of Eon cars in India manufactured between January 1 2015 – January 31 2015,” it added.Eon customers of respective period will be notified in a phased manner for inspection of the clutch cable fouling with battery cable and replace the battery cable if found damaged.The company asked owners of all affected Eon cars to take them to authorised Hyundai dealers.In 2014, the company had recalled 2,437 units of its sports utility vehicle Santa Fe to replace a faulty stop lamp switch.Over two million vehicles have been recalled by various automakers in India ever since the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in July 2012.
It has been the perfect start to the season as far as Liverpool are concerned.Played two, won two, scored six, conceded zero. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they could be contenders before a ball was kicked, and two games into the new campaign they look in even better shape.Now they will look to make it three wins from three as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Anfield for the Saturday evening game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Albion, of course, bloodied the nose of another title hopeful, Manchester United, at the AmEx last weekend and Chris Hughton’s men would love to do similar to the Reds this time around.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Monday’s meeting…Liverpool injuries Liverpool will still be without Dejan Lovren, who is a couple of weeks away from returning after an abdominal problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee as he recovers from a knee injury.Elsewhere, it looks like a clean bill of health for the Reds, with Joel Matip back fit, and Fabinho available despite being left out of the 18-man squad at Crystal Palace on Monday.Liverpool suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. Likely Liverpool starting line-upKlopp named an unchanged side for Monday’s win at Selhurst Park, and the temptation will be to do likewise here.He was, however, critical of his full-backs after the game at Palace, suggesting they need to offer more in an offensive sense. Would Nathaniel Clyne or Alberto Moreno offer more though? Unlikely.In midfield, he has options galore with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Fabinho all raring to go. Fabinho was left out of the squad on Monday but a home game may be more to his suiting. Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner have the nod for now, though.And we didn’t see Xherdan Shaqiri at all against Palace, with Daniel Sturridge appearing only in stoppage time. Options all over the place; a handy problem to have.Brighton team news The Seagulls have worries over defensive duo Lewis Dunk (ankle) and Bruno (hamstring) with both rated as doubtful for this weekend’s clash – Dunk may be relieved about that, having scored no fewer than three own goals against Liverpool in past meetings.Jose Izqueirdo, the Colombian winger, is also struggling with a knock while new signing Florin Andone is a doubt too.TV channel & kick-off time The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT Sports 1, kick off 5.30pm BST.In the United States , the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick off 12.30pm ET.Best Opta match facts Liverpool have won their last five matches against the Seagulls in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and conceding just five. Brighton have lost seven of their nine league trips to Anfield (D1 L1), with their only victory coming in March 1982 when Andy Ritchie scored the only goal in a 1-0 win. Liverpool scored nine goals against Brighton in the Premier League last season (5-1 away, 4-0 at home) – they’ve only scored more times against an opponent twice previously in a single Premier League season (10 v Norwich in 2012-13, 11 v Ipswich in 2001-02). Brighton have scored three own-goals in their last three matches against Liverpool, two of which came from Lewis Dunk (in February 2012 and December 2017); the other was scored by Liam Bridcutt in their 6-1 defeat in the FA Cup in February 2012. In all competitions, Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost his last 12 away matches against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ teams, seeing his teams scoring three times while conceding 38 goals in those games. Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost all five of his Premier League matches against Liverpool, with his sides conceding at least four goals in every game (2-5, 0-5 and 1-5 at Norwich, 1-5 and 0-4 at Brighton). Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 22 Premier League games at Anfield (W14 D8), keeping a clean sheet in the last six. The Reds last kept seven consecutive home shutouts in the top-flight in February 2007 (9) under Rafael Benítez. Brighton haven’t won any of their last 14 Premier League games on the road (D4 L10), with the Seagulls failing to net in 10 of those matches, including at Anfield in May (0-4). Since the start of last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 44 Premier League goals, (33 goals, 11 assists), 11 more than any other player in this period. Following his goal against Crystal Palace, Liverpool’s James Milner extended his current record for the most Premier League games scored in without losing any of them (48 games: W38 D10 L0) – he is also one goal away from reaching 50 in the competition. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders ride on Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine heroics to register 8-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders rode skipper Gautam Gambhir and surprise opener Sunil Narine’s heroics to register a facile eight-wicket win with 21 balls to spare over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. (Scorecard)WATCH: All you need to know about Indian Premier League centurionsChasing 171 for victory after asking Kings XI to bat first, Gambhir (72, 49b; 11×4) notched up his 33rd IPL fifty to guide his team through for their second win in three matches. (Umesh Yadav makes immediate impact on IPL comeback, Sunil Narine stars as opener)Gambhir, in the process, equalled the record of most half-centuries in IPL history along with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner. Manish Pandey (25, 16b; 2×4, 1×6) hit a six off Marcus Stoinis for the winning runs.Narine (37; 18b 4×4 3×6), who opened the batting much to everyone’s surprise along with Gambhir, vindicated his team’s decision by helping the hosts get off to a great start. (KKR vs KXIP, IPL 2017: Match Highlights)The mystery spinner, who has opened the batting three times for Melbourne Renegades in the last Big Bash League, showed no signs of rustiness hitting Varun Aaron two consecutive sixes and a boundary.The pair engineered a 76-run opening partnership — KKR’s highest in Powerplay — before Aaron got his man as Narine attempted a pull but holed out to Axar Patel at deep midwicket.Narine walked back to the pavillion to a standing ovation from the packed crowd.Uthappa (26; 16b 3×4 1×6) could not convert his start, falling to Patel as he missed a harmless straight delivery.advertisementKKR though were in control of their chase throughout as Gambhir looked in sublime form.Earlier, fit-again Umesh Yadav started his Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign on a high by taking four crucial wickets to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 170/9.Yadav returned figures of 4/33 with a stellar 18th over where he took three wickets in the space of four balls to send set David Miller (28; 19b 2×4 2×6), Wriddhiman Saha (25; 17b 2×4 2×6) and Axar Patel (0) back in the hut.Earlier, he took the wicket of visiting captain Glenn Maxwell 25 (14b 3×4 1×6) also.There were two 50-run partnerships for the visitors — between Manan Vohra (28; 19b 4×4 1×6) and Hashim Amla (25; 27b, 4×4, 0x6) and Saha and Miller — but none of the batsmen could convert their starts as the home side got wickets at regular intervals.Put in, Kings XI Punjab were off to a flying start with 10 runs from first over as openers Vohra and Amla put on their second successive fifty-plus opening partnership. Vohra was dropped on 17 by Narine off Trent Boult.
Dubai, Apr 19 (PTI) Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has chosen the Middle Easts top city to launch his new business venture, a franchise of fitness centres called the Mike Tyson Academy (MTA). MTA has already garnered international interest with academies looking to open in the Middle East, Australia, France, West Africa and China. Tyson held the record of being the youngest boxer to win the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20. The 50-year-old Tyson will be revealing more about the venture on May 4 to be followed by the launch on May 6. Asked why he chose Dubai to make this announcement, Tyson said the city has established itself on the world map by hosting many leading sporting events and icons, besides attributing it to the residents obsession with fitness. “I strive to maintain consistency across all my centres with trainers that have been certified by me as well as exceptional training staff who will be on site to ensure a certain benchmark is maintained,” Tyson said. The American boxing icon added, “I am positive that this is going to be only the beginning of a long-running successful association between myself and the region.” PTI AH AH
Yasir Shah proved Pakistan’s match-winner as they ended a six-Test losing streak to beat West Indies by seven wickets in the first Test in Jamaica on Tuesday. (Scorecard)Leg-spinner Yasir picked up six for 63 as West Indies were dismissed for just 152 in their second innings after resuming on 93 for four on the final day at Sabina Park in Kingston.Pakistan, needing only 32 to win in their second innings, made heavy weather of the formalities, losing three quick wickets before captain Misbah-ul-Haq clinched victory in style with consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.Misbah was rewarded for his bold decision to bowl first after winning the toss last Friday.Though West Indies made what appeared a respectable 286 in their first innings, it did not prove enough once Pakistan compiled 407 and a familiar second innings collapse left them pondering another home defeat.The Caribbean team have also now gone seven Tests at home without a win.”The bowlers did well, especially (Mohammad) Amir in the first innings and Yasir, especially in the second innings getting six on a still battable pitch,” Misbah said in an on-field interview.The 42-year-old Misbah also added that he had no plans to reconsider his decision to retire after the current series.”I have always said if you are not enjoying, you need to go. I am not the kind of person who lingers on. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the boys.”It was a match of fine individual Pakistan performances, with fast bowler Amir taking 6-44 in the first innings, his best return since 2010, while Yasir was similarly impressive in the second innings, picking up the man of the match award.advertisementYounis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to reach 10,000 career Test runs, while Misbah had the dubious honour of being the first from his nation to be stranded on 99 not out.West Indies captain Jason Holder, not for the first time of late, admitted his team had been outplayed.”Not enough runs in the first innings,” he said. “Lost early wickets again in the second innings. Yasir Shah did bowl well, but we could have batted a lot better.”Holder, however, said he retained full confidence in his team.One bright spot for him was the performance of Kieran Powell, who scored 33 and 49 in his first Test in nearly three years.
(EDS: Adds detail)Bhubaneswar, May 7 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today revamped his cabinet by inducting 10 new faces and elevating two ministers of state.The reshuffle came a day after 10 ministers resigned to pave way for the overhaul.The first reshuffle carried out by Patnaik, also BJD president, since he took over office for the fourth term in 2014, was with an aim of gearing up both the government as well as the party for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, particularly after the surge of the BJP in recent panchayat poll.The ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor S C Jamir in presence of the chief minister and other dignitaries at Raj Bhavan.”Six new cabinet ministers and four ministers of state were sworn in today. Besides, two MoS were elevated to the rank of cabinet ministers,” Patnaik told reporters after the swearing in ceremony.Among the new faces, S N Patro, Niranjan Pujari, Pratap Jena, Maheswar Mohanty, Sashi Bhusan Behera and Prafulla Samal are cabinet ministers while Nrushingha Sahu, Anant Das, Chandra Sarathi Behera and Sushant Singh are MoS.Prafulla Mallick and Ramesh Chandra Majhi were elevated to cabinet rank.Sushant Singh, Nrushingha Sahu, Anant Das, Chandra Sarathi Behera and Sashi Bhusan Behera are first time ministers.Patnaik brought back S N Patro, Prafulla Samal, Maheswar Mohanty, Pratap Jena and Niranjan Pujari into the ministry.Allocating portfolios among ministers, Patnaik chose first timer Sashi Bhusan Behera, a former MP, for the finance and excise departments.advertisementFormer Assembly Speaker Maheswar Mohanty was given revenue and disaster management departments while former cooperation and excise minister Damodar Rout got agriculture, fisheries and animal resource development and public enterprise departments.Former revenue minister Bijayshree Routray was given forest and environment department while Bikram Keshari Arukha got rural development, information and public relations along with parliamentary affairs departments.Usha Devi, who had been woman and child welfare minister, was given planning, convergence, skill development and technical education departments while Prafulla Samal got WCD and Mission Shakti and MSME departments.Rural Development Minister Badri Patra was given school and mass education department.S N Patro was given food supplies and consumer welfare and cooperation departments while ex-Speaker Niranjan Pujari was made Industries, Urban and Housing Development Minister.Commerce and transport minister Ramesh Majhi, now elevated to cabinet rank, was given SC, ST, tribal development department while Pratap Jena has been made health and family welfare minister. He will also look after law department.Former agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy is now the minister for panchayati raj and drinking water while Prafulla Mallick, after his elevation to cabinet rank, has been named as the energy, steel & mines minister.First timer Nrushingha Sahu has been given independent charge of commerce and transport department while Sushant Singh is the MoS Labour and Employment and state insurance.Former government chief whip Ananta Das is now the MoS for higher education while Chandra Sarathi Behera has been made sports and youth affairs minister along with Electronics and IT department.Pradip Kumar Amat, who had resigned as Finance and Health Minister, is tipped to be appointed as the Speaker of the Odisha Assembly. PTI AAM SKN NN DV
After observing the degrading quality of BEd institutes, the Centre has decided that this year no new teacher training institutions will be allowed in the country. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar noticed that BEd colleges were opening like “fly by night operators” until now. “You pay today and get the degree tomorrow,” he said.Existing colleges to undergo quality audit”With the enhanced focus on the teacher training, all this need to be stopped. So it was decided no new BEd colleges will open in the country,” he told reporters here. He said as far as opening of new colleges is concerned it will be a ‘zero-year’ and also existing colleges will have to undergo a quality audit.Practical component in BEd, DEd courses to increase”We have asked for quality affidavits and so far, only 7,000 of them have submitted. We have also issued show-cause notices to nearly 4,000 BEd colleges,” he added. The government has also decided to increase the practical component in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Diploma in Education (DEd) courses.”The practical component will be increased in the teacher training modules and practical sessions will be conducted in government schools which will be under observation of the teachers there and student feedback will also be given importance,” Javadekar said.The minister also said that the government is thinking of expansion of Kendriya Vidyalaya in country in coming years.With inputs from PTI Read: BA, BCom results delayed, Mumbai University to use only online paper correction techniques advertisementRead: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per cent For information on more latest news and updates, click here.
New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Bajaj Auto is hoping to put up an improved sales show in 2017-18 on the back of recoveries in both domestic and export markets after a rough ride last fiscal.With an aim to increase its overseas shipments, the company plans to enter at least five new markets this fiscal.Bajaj Auto saw its total sales decline by 5.85 per cent in 2016-17 at 36,65,950 units as against 38,93,581 units in 2015-16.”Last fiscal, we faced challenges both in domestic and export markets. Demonetisation and BS-III ban had big impact on overall industry sales,” Bajaj Auto President (Business Development and Assurance) S Ravikumar told PTI.He further said the companys exports had also suffered due to political uncertainties and currency issues in its major export destinations.Shipments to Nigeria, one of the biggest export markets for Bajaj Auto, and Sri Lanka had declined last fiscal.This year, he said the company is cautiously optimistic that the two-wheeler industry will gain in the domestic market from favourable factors.”Remonetisation is more or less complete and there is also a prediction of a good monsoon. We hope that the rural sales will bounce back. Besides, the sentiment is also good,” Ravikumar said.On the export front, he said there has been stabilisation in Nigeria, with sales picking up again after declining to about 10,000 units a month, from a peak of around 40,000.”Our retail sales in Nigeria are touching 15,000 units now. We have also opened up in Poland and will continue with our plans to enter at least five new markets each year,” he said.advertisementHe further said the company has already enhanced its export product basket with the commencement of shipments of its sports bike Dominar to Latin America.Besides, Bajaj Auto is receiving good traction in Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Malaysia this fiscal, he added. PTI RKL ARD SRK
Aiming for a third Indian Premier League (IPL) title, the formidable Mumbai Indians (MI) will face an imposing challenge from Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in what promises to be a riveting final of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League in Hyderabad on Sunday.Billed as a “Maharashtra Derby”, the summit clash is set to be a bit more than an inter-city battle with huge reputations of big stars at stake.Even on paper, there is not much to choose, especially with Pune beating Mumbai thrice this season including a comprehensive victory in Qualifier 1. But the final is a new day and Mumbai can always be fourth time lucky.Two-time champions Mumbai will be playing their fourth final and should have been termed as clear favourites had it not been for a certain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be playing a record seventh IPL final.Some of the Mumbai stars, like skipper Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu, have a fair idea of how to win a mega final as they have been a part of the victorious 2013 and 2015 sides.Mumbai’s strength has been their bench with like-for-like replacements. When Jos Buttler left, they had Lendl Simmons to fill in for him. Similarly, fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan (19 wickets) can cool his heels with Mitchell Johnson tormenting the batsmen.Nitish Rana (333 runs) has been one of the finds but when Rayudu came back from injury, he was equally effective.Harbhajan Singh has been economical as ever but the team management had faith in leg-spinner Karn Sharma who crushed the Kolkata Knight Riders batting during the second Qualifier. In Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah — they have the best death bowlers in the business.advertisementPollard hits big and is a livewire on the field.Pandya brothers — Krunal and Hardik — provide the all-round balance and above all there is Rohit, who can singlehandedly turn the match on its head.Going into the final, Mumbai will have their tails up after their comprehensive six-wicket win against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second qualifier in Bengaluru on Friday.ROAD TO FINAL:Mumbai Indians breezed into the final of the Indian Premier League 2017 with a six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.Mumbai, who came into the match after a 20-run defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1, displayed a clinical performance to enter their fourth IPL final.The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai have been in rampaging form this year. With 10 victories in 14 league matches, they finished on top of the table and ensured themselves a double bite at the cherry.CAPTAIN’S CORNER:Rohit Sharma: “We have been working hard. So we don’t want to shy away from going into the finals the hard way. We deserve to be in the final. We’ve played really good cricket through the tournament. I hope we continue for one more game. It is going to be an exciting contest. We don’t have a good history against RPS. We have to focus on what we need to do as a team. Hyderabad is a different venue so we need to assess conditions quickly. It is all about getting used to those conditions. So far we’ve been doing really well as a team, just one more hurdle.”Team:Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (WK), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.TWEETS DECK:MI strength,bowling. Batting,hit & miss. Pune overall, not as strong, but have 2 big match players in Dhoni & Smith. MI hold slight edge.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 2017MOM in IPL finals – Yusuf, Kumble, Raina, Vijay, Bisla, Pollard, Pandey, Rohit & Cutting. So it’s not just big names on the big nights.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 21, 20177 #IPL finals in a decade of the IPL. Baap Re Baap. That’s finishing off in style. The ultimate IPL BOSS – @msdhoni #IPLfinal pic.twitter.com/mlmI3t0J0l- Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) May 20, 2017
Everton have agreed a fee to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the Liverpool Echo reported on Tuesday.The 23-year-old is regarded as one of England’s most promising keepers and was one of the few successes in a Sunderland side who finished bottom of the Premier League last season.Echo said the deal, which includes various add-ons could eventually rise to 30 million pounds ($38.09 million), just short of the world-record 35 million pounds which Manchester City recently paid Benfica for Brazilian Ederson Moraes.Pickford is currently in Poland with the England under-21 team and the move will not be completed until July 1 when the international transfer window opens.Everton are expected to be one of the most active teams in England’s transfer window and British media have also reported they are in discussions to buy Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez and Ajax midfielder Davy Klassen.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have shared the grand slam spoils this year and it would take a hard heart not to hope for a fairytale rematch next month of their epic 2008 Wimbledon final.Federer, 35, prevailed in their five-set battle in Australia to win a record-extending 18th slam, but sat out the claycourt season in which Nadal, 31, made his own history by winning a 10th French Open title — ‘La Decima’ — and 15th slam. (Roger Federer wins 100th career title one week before Wimbledon)In 2008, Nadal was just 22. He survived two rain breaks and an enthralling Federer fightback to end the Swiss’s five-year reign as Wimbledon champion to finally triumph 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5,) 6-7(8), 9-7 after defeats in the 2006 and 2007 finals.The match, at four hours and 48 minutes, is still the longest final in Wimbledon history. It was hailed by pundits, players and fans alike, with seven-time grand slam champion John McEnroe describing it as the greatest match he’d ever seen. (Roger Federer wielding ‘SABR’ with devastating effect)The Wimbledon seedings, to be confirmed on Wednesday, and Friday’s draw will determine whether the titans could meet on Centre Court in the final of the tournament, which runs from July 3 to 16, for the first time since that tussle.But for those who believe in omens, Nadal, then all pirate swagger with his long shorts, long hair and sleeveless shirts, won the 2008 Wimbledon title after annexing the French Open without dropping a set — a feat he repeated earlier in June. (French Open: Rafael Nadal wins record 10th title)advertisement”He’ll go to Wimbledon with so much confidence. For me, he’s favourite with Federer but Federer won’t have the confidence of coming in as French Open champion,” Mats Wilander, three-times French Open champion and Eurosport host, told Reuters.Nadal, the world number two, pulled out of the traditional grasscourt warm-up tournament, the Aegon Championships at London’s Queen’s Club, to rest up for his challenge for a third Wimbledon title while preparing in his native Mallorca.”VERY MOTIVATED”He missed Wimbledon last year with a wrist injury and since he lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has had an underwhelming run, with each of his four subsequent visits ending in defeat to a player ranked 100 or lower.Yet Nadal gave notice of his intent after winning in Paris.”I’m motivated. Grass is not my speciality, but I’m very motivated,” he told reporters.For his part, Federer, whose 2016 season came to an abrupt end after he lost in the Wimbledon semi-finals to runner-up Milos Raonic, made a sensational start to the year.He prevailed in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Nadal in January to clinch the Australian Open — his first grand slam title since Wimbledon in 2012 — before again trumping the Spaniard en route to claiming the Indian Wells and Miami titles.That run defied logic as Federer had spent the last six months of 2016 on the sidelines recuperating from a knee injury that had required surgery earlier in the season.He then gave the unforgiving Roland Garros courts a miss to focus on Wimbledon and the hardcourt swing.While the grasscourt comeback for the seven-times Wimbledon champion faltered in the first round at Stuttgart, losing to German veteran Tommy Haas, Federer was imperious on Sunday as he won a ninth Halle title without dropping a set all week.”I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing (in the opening) round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did,” Federer told the ATP men’s tour website.”So I’m happy to react right away and let that be forgotten and actually move on and remind myself I actually can play well on grass.”And if Federer also needs a talisman from the statistics books as he heads to London, how about the fact that in the years that he won his first four finals — 2004, 2005 and 2012 — he also went on to win Wimbledon?Could the great man now do the same in 2017?
Gilles Muller’s unlikely Wimbledon run came to an end when he was beaten in five sets by Croatian Marin Cilic in their quarter-final on Wednesday.Cilic, who triumphed 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 will now face Sam Querrey in the semi-finals after the American upset home favourite Andy Murray.The 34-year-old Muller was an unexpected presence in the last eight after he pulled off a surprise, five-set win over Rafa Nadal in the fourth round.A day off ensured decent recovery time from the nearly five-hour battle with Nadal, which included a fifth set that lasted over two hours.And Muller, the journeyman who had not even won a regular ATP Tour event until this year, succeeded in carrying his inspired form against the Spaniard into this last eight contest. (Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer outclasses Milos Raonic to reach semi-finals)Muller broke in the seventh game with a powerful drive down the line, shouting out his delight as he clearly sensed another upset could be on the agenda.He broke again to win the set when Cilic went wide with a return and his small but noisy contingent of supporters from his Luxembourg homeland roared their delight.Cilic was not rattled though and he went into the second set tie-break looking strong, taking advantage of an ill-timed double-fault from Miller at 6-6, securing set point with a fantastic cross-court winner.The third set was another tight affair and again it was an unforced error from Muller which gave Cilic the upper hand. Serving to stay in the set, Muller was broken to love, the final point a frustrating volley into the net.advertisementThe clever serve and volley play and the ice-cool demeanour that put paid to Nadal’s hopes, had gone but Muller was not ready to leave for his home in Leudelange just yet.Cilic’s serve was firing dangerously but Muller held on and then struck to go 6-5 up, breaking with a fine cross-court winner and uncharacteristically dancing across to his chair.He regained his composure quickly and calmly served out for the set but his revival was short-lived.Cilic broke Muller’s first service in the deciding set and the resistance crumbled, the Croat charging through the games to win the final set 6-1.After three straight defeats in the last eight at the All England Club, Cilic tastes the semi-finals for the first time and will surely sense the chance to go even further.
India skipper Mithali Raj feels that the interest for women’s cricket has seen a significant rise since the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup and has, therefore, called for telecast of more women’s matches.Speaking to ANI, Mithali said, “There has to be visibility. There have to be matches that are televised because that’s how we can continue the interest we have developed in people to start following women’s cricket.””We definitely need to play more games, whether it’s T20, ODI to Test format because there has to be continuity after what we have set after the World Cup. The boards and the ICC are certainly looking into it,” she added.The ICC Women’s World Cup in England saw a record coverage with over more than 180 million people being estimated to have watched the prestigious quadrennial tournament and there was an almost 300% increase in viewing hours in comparison to the last edition in 2013.Hosts England won the World Cup defeating India in a thriller by nine runs in the final played at the Lord’s on July 23.There was significant growth in audiences in all territories, but particularly impressive was an eight-fold increase in viewing hours in South Africa and a huge increase in viewers in India, particularly in rural areas, since 2013.An extraordinary 156 million people viewed the event in India, of which 80 million was rural reach and 126 million were for the final alone. India’s fine performances contributed to a 500% increase in viewing hours in their country.The Indian skipper further called for more awareness and better marketing strategies whenever the team plays in a bilateral series or hosts other teams.advertisement”When there is any bilateral series or when India is hosting any series, there has to be awareness that there is an international series happening and people should come and watch us play in stadiums. Usually that doesn’t happen,” she said.”We should also encourage young girls in schools to take up the sport and have a school team,” she added.
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