first_imgLEGALLEGALNew Delhi: Ullhas Prabhakar, the prime accused in the multi-crore StockGuru scam related money laundering case, and his wife denied bail by a special court, maintaining that the charges against them were grave. (LGD8)New Delhi: A special court will hear on November 5 arguments on a petition filed by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in connection with a coal scam case. (LGD5)FOREIGNPeshawar: A Pakistani court denies bail to an Afghan woman who was immortalised on the cover of National Geographic magazine in the 1980s and arrested last week on fraud charges, days after the Interior Minister indicated she may soon be released on humanitarian grounds. (FGN15)Melbourne: In a bid to boost ties with India, the Australian government announces 19 grants worth 630,000 dollars for several projects in the field of education, science, sports, arts and culture. (FGN14)Toronto: India and China are two countries with the largest number of women with breast and cervical cancer, according to a new Lancet study which shows that causes of death are registered in just 9 per cent and 4 per cent of cases respectively. (FGN20)Orlando: Barack Obama says Hillary Clinton made him a better president but did not take credit for it as the outgoing US President made a strong pitch for the Democratic nominee for having taken some tough decisions and working “tirelessly” as his former secretary of state. (FGN4). PTI AAR ZMN AARlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Delhi bundled out for 90, Karnataka take 41-run lead

first_imgPoor batting display by Delhi saw them being skittled out for a paltry 90 before Karnataka batsmen applied themselves much better to take a 41-run lead in their Ranji Trophy cricket tie at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.At stumps, Karanataka were 131/3 in 52 overs with Nair (three not out) and nightwatchman Abhimanyu Mithun (seven not out) at the crease.This is Delhi’s lowest total against Karnakata in Ranji Trophy matches. (Ranji Trophy: Rishabh Pant triple ton in vain as Maharashtra take lead)On a good track, which aided the spinners, Delhi failed to display the temperament as Rishabh Pant (24) and Dhruv Shorey (24) were the top-scorers for the capital side.For Karnataka, pacer Sreenath Aravind returned figures of 4/12 with off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham making the most of the track and accounting for three of the Delhi batters (3/26).After being put in to bat by Karnataka, Delhi’s downslide started as early as in the first over, opener Unmukt Chand falling plumb in front to Aravind in only his fourth delivery. (Ranji Trophy: Yuvraj slams 25th first-class ton; Pankaj Singh’s five gives Rajasthan edge)Gambhir soon departed after playing 16 balls for just 2. This time Nair taking the southpaw at short mid-on while he was trying to pull Aravind. The rest followed suit without adding to much to the total.Karnataka though did not show any such jitters while batting. Openers Mayank Agarwal (56) and Ravikumar Samarth (53) notching up fifties before Vikas Tokas took both the wickets.Robin Uthappa (5) did not last long as he was sent back to the pavilion by Pawal Suyal. (Unmukt Chand to lead Delhi in first two Ranji Trophy matches)advertisementMaking a comeback after a bout of Chikungunya, India frontline pacer Ishant Sharma returned wicket-less and bowled just 10 overs in four short spells.Brief scores: Delhi 90 all out (Rishab Pant 24, D Shorey 24; S Aravind 4/12), Karnataka 131/3 (Mayank Agarwal 56, R Samarth 53; Vikas Tokas 2/35)last_img read more

Mohali Test: Disciplined India contain England despite Jonny Bairstow 89

first_imgJonny Bairstow’s composed 89 helped England survive some atrocious top order shot-making and reach 268 for eight at close of play on the first day of the third Test against India on Saturday. (Scorecard)Alastair Cook won an important toss but the tourists conceded much of the advantage with poor shot selection and could have been in a deeper hole but for India’s poor catching and Bairstow’s dogged resistance.The keeper-batsman featured in 50-plus partnerships with Ben Stokes and the recalled Jos Buttler to revive England, who are 1-0 down in the five-match series. (Day 1 Highlights)Adil Rashid was batting on four at stumps with Gareth Batty, replacing the injured Zafar Ansari, yet to open his account.Wary of batting fourth on a spinning track, Cook asked the hosts to bowl but his top order were unable to vindicate the decision at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.Paceman Umesh Yadav drew first blood when he got Haseeb Hameed caught for nine at gully with a delivery that kicked up off a length.Home captain Virat Kohli introduced spin in the 13th over and Jayant Yadav responded by dismissing Joe Root for 15 in his second over.England’s batting mainstay fluffed a pull shot across the line and was trapped leg-before to a perfectly innocuous delivery from the off-spinner.Cook, meanwhile, led a charmed life at the other end with Ravindra Jadeja failing to pouch an edge and Ravichandran Ashwin spilling a sitter. Mohammed Shami was the luckless bowler on both occasions.Ashwin redeemed himself 10 minutes later with his very first delivery, which Cook edged to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. Cook made 27 but his dismissal came from a rash shot chasing a wide delivery.advertisementShami finally tasted success when he bounced out Moeen Ali for 16 but Bairstow and Stokes steadied the innings with a 57-run stand before another touring batsman decided to throw his wicket away.Stokes, on 29, marched down the pitch to Jadeja only to miss the ball and Patel, replacing the injured Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps, had all the time in the world to whip off the bails.Bairstow teamed up with Buttler to add 69 runs for the sixth wicket in a relatively more productive second session.Buttler fell for 43, when he trotted out to chip Jadeja to Kohli at extra cover in yet another soft dismissal.The right-hander missed his half-century but still scored 25 more runs than Ben Duckett, who he replaced in the side, amassed in his three innings in India.Bairstow got a reprieve when Patel dropped him off Yadav but the off-spinner trapped the batsman lbw with the very next delivery.England reviewed the decision but Bairstow’s 260-minute vigil, during which he faced 177 balls and hit six boundaries, was over.Chris Woakes, replacing the injured Stuart Broad, made 25.last_img read more

Liverpool team news: Firmino & Salah start, Mane benched

first_imgThe Red machine just keeps on rolling.After wins over Everton and Burnley, Liverpool will be hoping to finish a huge week on a high as they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth.Jurgen Klopp’s side can go top of the Premier League with a win in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, and pile the pressure on Manchester City, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later in the day, in the process. 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! This is already the best start to a league season in Liverpool’s 126-year history, and extending it on the South Coast would be the perfect way for Klopp’s team to prepare for their crunch Champions League date with Napoli next week.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s game…Liverpool Injuries The sour note from Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Burnley came in the form of an ankle injury suffered by Joe Gomez.The full severity is yet to be disclosed, but at the very least the England defender is likely to face a couple of weeks on the sidelines. With Dejan Lovren having missed the last two matchday squads due to a minor problem, it means the Reds are a little light in defence.Adam Lallana returned to the squad at Burnley, which will boost numbers further forward, while checks will be made on Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson, who missed out at Turf Moor due to a foot cut and a dead leg respectively.Joe Gomez LiverpoolLiverpool Suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game.Liverpool Starting Line-UpAs at Burnley, Klopp has continued his preference of rotation.He made seven changes to his starting XI for that game, and more have been added this week.Joel Matip continues at centre-back, and Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho come into midfield. Up front, both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah start, with Xherdan Shaqiri on the right flank.Klopp, of course, has one eye on this week’s Champions League clash with Napoli, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane having to settle for a place on the bench.Liverpool XI: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Salah, Firmino.Liverpool XIBournemouth Starting XIThe Cherries are without Adam Smith and Lewis Cook, both of whom have long-term knee injuries.Dan Gosling, who once scored a winner for Everton against Liverpool, was a doubt with a knock of his own and doesn’t make the squad.The in-form Callum Wilson, meanwhile, has been ruled out through injury.Bournemouth XI: Begovic; Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Surman, Lerma, Stanislas; Fraser, KingDan Gosling BournemouthTV Channel & Kick-Off Time The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports PL, kick-off 12.30pm. Highlights can be found on Match of the Day, BBC1 at 10.30pm.In the United States the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 7.30am ET.Best Opta Match Facts Bournemouth have lost four of their six Premier League matches against Liverpool (W1 D1), losing both matches last season by an aggregate score of 0-7. Liverpool’s only defeat in 13 previous matches against Bournemouth in all competitions (W9 D3) came at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League in December 2016; the Reds lost 3-4. Bournemouth had 43 shots in their first three Premier League games against Liverpool, while facing 47; in their last three, they’ve had just 20 shots while facing 61. Bournemouth’s win against Huddersfield in the midweek fixtures ended a run of four successive defeats for the Cherries. Liverpool have won 39 points from 15 league games this season, which is their best-ever start to a top-flight league season. Only six sides (including Manchester City this season) have won more points from their opening 15 league games to a top-flight season (based on three points for a win). Against no side has Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe lost more games as a manager in all competitions than he has against Liverpool (7, level with Man City). Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has been involved in five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Bournemouth (3 goals, 2 assists). Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has scored eight goals in his 15 Premier League games this season – he last scored more in a league campaign in 2014-15, when he netted 20 goals in 45 Championship games in Bournemouth’s promotion season. Alisson has remained unbeaten in his opening 15 league matches as a Liverpool player; equalling the club record in the Premier League set by Javier Mascherano in November 2007. If he plays and doesn’t lose this match, he’ll set the new outright club record. James Milner could make his 500th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming the 13th player to reach this landmark. Should he play in this game, he’ll become the 2nd youngest to do so aged 32y 338d old, behind only Gareth Barry (32y 219d). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Australia unchanged for second Pakistan Test at Melbourne

first_imgAustralia will head into the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan unchanged from the side that closed out a nerve-jangling 39-run win in the first match in Brisbane on Monday. (Also read: Steve Smith relieved after Australia’s great escape against Pakistan)The news will have been warmly greeted by number six batsman Nic Maddinson, who has struggled to cement himself in the side in his two Tests so far.The hard-hitting Maddinson scored one and four from his two innings at the Gabba after being dismissed for a duck against South Africa in the dead rubber Test in Adelaide.Australia’s front-line bowlers put in a heavy workload to defeat Pakistan after the tourists put 450 runs on the board in pursuit of a 490 victory target before being bowled out. (Also read: Gabba Test: Shafiq heroics in vain, Pakistan fall short of historic chase by 39 runs vs Australia)Uncapped seamer Chadd Sayers, 12th man in Brisbane, could therefore come into consideration for next week’s match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Selectors will assess how seamers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird recover before deciding whether to call in extra players as cover.Squad:David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Nic Maddinson, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayerslast_img read more

The next big thing

first_imgWe Indians are in love with SUVs and one company busy cashing in on that sentiment is Hyundai. The company launched the flagship Santa Fe some time back and followed it up with the extremely successful Creta. Now Hyundai has launched the Tucson which sits right between the Creta and,We Indians are in love with SUVs and one company busy cashing in on that sentiment is Hyundai. The company launched the flagship Santa Fe some time back and followed it up with the extremely successful Creta. Now Hyundai has launched the Tucson which sits right between the Creta and the Santa Fe in terms of both price and size. Moreover there is little competition in this segment. But is the Tucson that good? Let’s find out. The first thing that impressed us is the design. Ever since Hyundai moved to the Fluidic Design Philosophy, their cars have started looking smart.The Tucson here takes are step further considering that it is based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design Philosophy. As a result it gets an aggressive design complete with the signature chrome grille. On the bumper the Tucson gets fog lamps and DRLs. Quite an imposing front end we must say. In profile, the Tucson continues with its sharp design which is accentuated by the plastic claddings, a typical SUV feature. The large 18in tyres are shod on diamond cut alloys which have now become a usual feature on Hyundais. Apart from that there is ample ground clearance as well. At the back, the Tucson gets all LED tail lights which are large units and give the SUV a rough look. The twin tail pipes are a good feature as well. But what is a good feature is the tail gate which is all electrically operable.The interiors of Hyundai Tuscon DAT. Photo courtesy: Gurdeep Bhalla.Inside the Tucson continues with its premium theme. The dash and other bits are made of good quality plastics and at the same time there are soft touch elements as well. The two-tone treatment livens up things as well. The dash also houses the touch screen infotainment system which offers all the usual features and at the same time is Apple and Andriod ready. Right below this system sits the climate control system which offers temperature controls for both driver and passenger. There is also a rear AC vent to get the cabin to the desired temperature quick. Though the instrument panel looks simple, it is informative. Moving onto the seats, the Tucson gets 10-way power-adjust seats for the driver. The units are large and comfortable and perfect for long drives. There is also plenty of space within the cabin both up front and at the back. The rear seats can also be folded in multiple ways and this aids versatility.advertisementUnder the hood, Hyundai is offering multiple options for the Tucson. There is a 2.0-litre petrol and then there is the 2.0-litre diesel. Both manual and automatic versions are available. The engine truly delivers power instantly and one can prominently feel the difference in the modes which it comes with. So when moving from Eco to Sport, the punch is prominently felt. There is also plenty of torque coming through at lower revs and that adds driveability. At the same time Hyundai is claiming a fuel efficiency of 16.38kmpl which is rather respectable. The gears shift through seamlessly and there is little to complain. Put it in manual and the fun remains constant on the move. Overall the Tucson in its diesel auto avatar is a good mix of fun and comfort.The steering too feels well weighed and offers decent feedback without being too heavy. This should keep drivers comfortable in tight city conditions as well. Even on the twisties we encountered we could steer this rather large SUV precisely. The suspension is also well tuned and absorbs bumps with relative ease. Even as speeds climb absorption remains good and at the same time there is little body roll to complain about. Once again it seems Hyundai has come a long way in making the big SUV handle well. However it is also the right time to mention here that the Tucson has a few limitations. The version being offered now is the FWD only variant. This means that if you desire to go off the road, you need to tread slightly carefully and not try to head deep into the bushes. Things get slightly more challenging thanks to the generous wheelbase and the overhangs. So if you do want to have the Tucson in AWD avatar, you will have to wait till next year.VERDICTThere is little to doubt that Hyundai has another winner on its hands. The new Tucson looks great and at the same time offers loads of features. What impressed us the most is the refinement it offers. it is effortless to drive and this is what makes it special. Adding to it is the fact that it is rather efficient. Overall the Tucson is a pretty sorted offering and value for money as well.advertisementlast_img read more

Aamir Khan’s Dangal is not a typical formulaic film, but has enough masala to please all

first_imgAamir’s Khan’s latest release Dangal has received a thumbs up from all quarters, and not undeservingly, for the engaging depiction of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his crusade to make his girls succeed in the “manly” sport of wrestling.MOVIE REVIEW: DANGALALSO READ: Dangal is a better film than Sultan, says Salman KhanThe film is set in Haryana, which is infamous for a skewed sex ratio, and much of the fight takes place not in the akhada, but outside it. Villagers speak in hushed tones about the “baawla” (crazy) Mahavir, who is making his girls go off the beaten path of “chauka-choolha” into what is considered a masculine activity. The girls’ closely-cropped hair and knee-revealing shorts are regarded scandalous.Yet, the film is liberally sprinkled with colloquialisms and humour, while also showing the sweat, blood and tears that go into the training of a physical sport like wrestling.Dangal is not your typical formulaic film, but that is not to say it is devoid of the archetypes of a masala film. The motif of the underdog winning against all odds is one that has been explored often. As soon as Geeta Phogat enters the male-dominated world of wrestling, you know that she will eventually win. As Geeta snatches victory from the jaws of defeat (another cinematic formula), you cheer for her. The predictability does not take anything away from the film; the journey to the finish line is engaging enough. But not new enough.Aamir Khan does not hog the spotlight in Dangal; but lets his girls (Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar in the initial part of the film, and then, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra) be the heroes. However, there is still a subtle hero vs villain conflict, where Aamir emerges as the triumphant one. After Geeta wins the national championship, she must leave the comfort of the Balali village for the glitzy National Sports Academy in Patiala where she will take the next step in her journey to win international medals. The academy coach fails to recognise her natural game, and is more focussed on the “technique”.advertisementAt one point Mahavir admonishes the coach, snapping that if Virender Sehwag is forced to play like Rahul Dravid, he will neither become a Sehwag nor succeed as a Dravid. As the film progresses, the coach is increasingly moulded into the archetype of a villain, who even gets Mahavir locked in a janitorial closet so that he misses an important match of Geeta’s. Geeta’s victory after following the instructions of her father and going against the coach also symbolises the hero Aamir’s victory against the villainous coach.The film also milks the patriotism cow. Mahavir’s patriotism is established early on – he wants a son “jo desh ke liye medal jeetega.” It is this nationalistic interest that drives him to push his daughters into the world of wrestling; winning state and national championships is alright, but making the country proud on a global stage is the dream. As the national anthem plays on the screen, signalling India’s victory, more than one cinegoer is left with teary eyes. And as the crowd on screen cheers, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” their patriotic fervour spills over to the audience as well.It is this that works in favour of Dangal. The film strikes a chord for its emotional connect and ability to make you root for the protagonist. A more detached form of storytelling may appeal to the “intellegentsia,” but at the end of the day, a well-rounded film with its share of drama and emotions is what wins. And Aamir knows how to tap into that, leaving people applauding Dangal with moist eyes.last_img read more

PV Sindhu shines as Chennai Smashers lift Premier Badminton League 2017 title

first_imgChennai Smashers emerged the 2017 Premier Badminton League (PBL) champions after defeating Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in a pulsating summit clash at the jam-packed Siri Fort Indoor Stadium here on Saturday. (Latest Sports stories)The stage was set for a perfect final with the result still hanging till the last game before Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk came from behind to clinch the second men’s singles tie 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 against Ajay Jayaram to help Chennai clinch the title.Earlier, Chennai were off to a superb start with the English husband-wife combo of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock convincingly winning their Trump mixed doubles match 11-9, 11-6 against the Mumbai duo of Nipithphon Phuangphuapet and Nadiezda Zieba.The first game started on an even note with both the pairs leveling each other till the Adcocks marched ahead 6-5 into the break. The Thai-Polish Mumbai duo then clawed back to level scores at 9-9 before a brilliant drop shot from Chris sealed the game in Chennai’s favour.In the second game, the Mumbai pair came back well to get to a 6-4 lead into the break but post that it was one-way traffic for the Chennai combo, who eclipsed the lead in no time and went on to take five consecutive points to clinch the game and the crucial bonus point for the team.SINDHU DOWNS HYUNNext up was the women’s singles match between world No.6 PV Sindhu and world No.3 Sung Ji Hyun, which the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medallist won 11-8, 11-8.Sindhu, who lost in her last encounter against the South Korean in the semi-finals of the season-ending Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series final in Dubai last month, left that behind her to better her head-to-head count against Hyun to 7-4.advertisementBoth the shuttlers went neck-and-neck in the initial few moments of the first game before the Hyderabadi seized the lead 6-4 to go into the break.Coming back, Hyun won a tiring 44-shot rally to make it 6-7 and then went on to equalise it at 7-7 before Sindhu displayed some exceptional skills to clinch the first game to a thunderous applause.The second game witnessed the 25-year-old Hyun’s aggressive play as she drew level at 5-5 but Sindhu’s absolute precision at that point helped her regain the lead 6-5 in the break.Post the break, the 21-year-old Sindhu stifled her opponent as she went on to consolidate her lead to 10-6 before a long rally of 22 shots helped Hyun lessen the gap to 10-7 but that was all she could manage as the Indian walked away with the game in no time to give a strong 3-0 lead to her side.PTI PhotoMUMBAI MAKE COMEBACKTrailing 0-3, Mumbai faced a do-or-die situation in their Trump men’s doubles match between the South Korean-Thai combo of Lee Yong Dae and Nipithphon Phuangphuapet and Chennai pair of Chris Adcock and Mads Pieler Kolding.Lee and Nipithphon raised Mumbai’s hopes by taking a slender 6-5 lead into the break of the first game until the English-Danish duo bounced back to equal the scores at 7-7 and went on to lead 9-8 before the Mumbai boys kept their cool to clinch it 12-10.Continuing their domination in the second game, the Asian pair took a substantial 6-2 lead at the break to consolidate it further to 9-6 and give Mumbai the upper hand in the tie. Lee and Nipithphon then added two more points quickly to clinch the game 11-6 and save Mumbai from further embarrassment.Mumbai made it 3-3 as 2016 Swiss Open gold medallist H.S. Prannoy beat Chennai’s Parupalli Kashyap 11-4, 8-11, 11-8 in the first men’s singles ties, to extend his unbeaten streak to seven matches in the PBL.While Prannoy had to drop little sweat to win the first game comfortably, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kashyap roared back in the second game to lead 6-3 at the break.Kashyap further consolidated his lead to 8-4 before pocketing the game 11-8 and taking the match to the decider.In the third game, Prannoy bounced back in style to take a 6-3 lead at the break before winning it in style and keep Mumbai in the hunt for the title.SAENSOMBOONSUK SEALS THE DEALWith both the teams poised at 3-3, the second men’s singles game between Jayaram and Saensomboonsuk turned out to be the decider of the title.Jayaram took the first game 11-9 only for the 26-year-old Thailand shuttler to bounce back in the next two games to take the title from Mumbai’s grasps.advertisementlast_img read more

Sports Minister Vijay Goel inaugurates ‘Khelo India’ competitions

first_imgUnion Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel inaugurated national level competitions under the Khelo India scheme at the S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex in the Talkatora Stadium here on Sunday.Besides swimming, various competitions of cycling, wrestling under different categories will be held under this championship till January 21.More than 1,000 children from 25 states are participating in this event.The ministry has kept the venues open for public with free entry. hoping to develop the sports culture.Addressing the young sportspersons during the inaugural ceremony, Goel said, “Our ministry aims towards broad-basing of sports. We are committed to provide the best facilities to our budding young talents across disciplines.”Goel also stated that wrestling has a rich history in India, and the ministry is working with a special focus on it. The Khelo India competition will have wrestling competitions too under different categories.He urged the children to take up one sport and excel in that. Goel had recently pushed for sports as a compulsory subject in schools as part of the curriculum.To encourage sportspersons and egg them on to the participate, the prize money for this year’s Khelo India competition has been increased.”The idea is to prepare well for future games and equip the budding talents with the best facilities and help them in honing their skills,” a release said.Goel stated that given the amount of talent, a mass movement is needed to make India a super power in sports.Goel said that parents must encourage their children to play games and it is equally important as studies.advertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open: Kontinen, Peers beat Bryan brothers to win men’s doubles title

first_imgHenri Kontinen and John Peers captured the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open on Saturday, thwarting Bob and Mike Bryan’s attempt to win a record-equaling 17th Grand Slam title.The Bryans said afterward that it may have been their last match at Melbourne Park as they’ve contemplated retiring after this season, though they stressed that matching – or breaking – the Grand Slam doubles title record remains a goal they’d like to achieve. (Nadal vs Federer: Dream final becomes reality in Australia)”It would be nice to go out the way Pete (Sampras) went out. Win a slam,” Bob Bryan said, referring to Sampras’ decision to retire after winning his 14th major singles title at the 2002 U.S. Open. “That would feel really good. We believe we can do it. That’s why we’re here.”With the Bryans’ serving to stay in the match in the second set, Kontinen set up match point with a volley crosscourt winner and Peers followed with a lob winner from the baseline to secure a 7-5, 7-5 victory.It’s the first major title for the fourth-seeded Kontinen and Peers, who started playing together at last year’s Australian Open and won five titles in 2016. They also remained undefeated in three matches against the Bryan brothers, the most decorated doubles team in history. (Serena Williams overcomes sister Venus to win record 23rd Grand Slam)”You know their history, how many slam finals they played and won,” Kontinen said. “They’re always going to be a tough team to beat. To do it now three times in a row is great for us.”advertisementAfter a dominant stretch at Melbourne Park, making the final for nine out of 10 years from 2003-14, the Bryans have now come up short four years in a row. They also haven’t won a major title since the 2014 U.S. Open, their longest drought since the early years of their career.The 38-year-old brothers have committed to playing at least one more year in order to chase the all-time doubles major record currently held by John Newcombe. They are tied with Roy Emerson and Todd Woodbridge on 16.”There was a period in our career where we were knocking down a lot of those records and hitting a lot of numbers,” Bob Bryan said. “Now we kind of just want to do a little more of it, go out with a bang. We don’t want to limp out of the game.”last_img read more

BlackBerry Mercury KEYone launched with physical QWERTY and Pixel-like camera

first_imgBlackBerry, or rather TCL, finally took the wraps off the Mercury — officially announced as the KEYone — on Saturday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, giving the world, the first unobstructed view of its new physical QWERTY-based Android smartphone. To recall, the Mercury was briefly teased by the company in January at CES. TCL had however kept pricing and availability details under wraps, back then. Moreover, it had also kept the internal spec-sheet, as well as nomenclature, of the Mercury a closely-guarded secret.Also Read: BlackBerry DTEK50 review: The bare necessities The BlackBerry (Mercury) KEYone as it turns out comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a microSD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,505mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 (50 per cent charge in roughly 36 minutes).The KEYone runs Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications.Moving on, the KEYone sports a 12-megapixel camera — a Sony IMX378 sensor — on the rear with  f/2.0 “Large Pixel” similar to the one on-board the Google Pixel. The rear camera can record 4K videos. On the front, the KEYone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.The USP of the BlackBerry KEYone, as largely expected, is its full-scale physical QWERTY. Unlike the Priv (BlackBerry’s last QWERTY phone) however, the KEYone features the physical keyboard in continuation with the touch screen. The design is old-school BlackBerry, which suggests that the phone might have been on the company’s mind long before it hung its boots.advertisementThe QWERTY, just like it was in the Priv, supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also over 50 app shortcuts. The space bar, however, gets a new fingerprint scanner atop. The phone also comes with touch-based navigation keys. On the back, the KEYone sports a rugged material on top of metal. The BlackBerry logo graces the middle while a huge camera module with a dual-LED flash next to it, sits at the top. The module, however, sits flush into the body.Also Read: BlackBerry DTEK60 review: A different kind of flagship On the right, the phone comes with a convenience key that allows you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The volume rocker also lies on the right. On the left lies the power button. The phone also comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and speaker cut-outs on either side.The KEYone will be available for buying globally starting from April at a price of $549 (roughly Rs 36,584).last_img read more

Novak Djokovic returns with a victory in Mexican Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the opening round of the Mexican Open on Tuesday.The win was Djokovic’s first since his shocking loss in the second round of the Australian Open.”It’s always tough to win the first match but I’m happy with my game, especially in the first set, hopefully I can keep playing like that”, Djokovic said.The 29-year-old Serbian, ranked No. 2, played his first tournament since Jan. 19, when he suffered an unexpected loss to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin. Djokovic, making his debut in Acapulco, saved four break points to take the first set Tuesday, struggled in the second set and needed a tiebreaker to take down Klizan in about 1 1/2 hours.Djokovic, the top seed in Mexico, will play the winner of the later match between Juan Martin Del Potro and American Frances Tiafoe.”‘Delpo’ plays tonight but I’m going to go to my bed”, added Djokovic.Djokovic, who skipped Dubai for the first time in seven years, is the first favorite in Mexico. The second is Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who had a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win over Mischa Zverev.Nadal, a two-time winner in Acapulco, will play Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the next round.The Spaniard has an 11-0 record in Mexico.Earlier, third-seeded Marin Cilic reached the second round with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov, a wild-card entry.The 28 year-old Cilic is struggling this year with a 4-4 record. He was ousted in the second round in the Australian Open and Montpellier and reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam.advertisementAnother player who*s struggling this year is Australian Bernard Tomic, who retired in the first set of his match against American Donald Young.Tomic, who lost the Acapulco final a year ago when he was a top-20 player in the world, is in a downward spiral in 2017 and lost in the first round for the fourth time in five tournaments so far.Also on Tuesday, Ernesto Escobedo defeated Stefan Kozlov 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, in a duel between Americans and will play against Steve Johnson in the second round.Another American that moved on was Sam Querrey, who took care of Kyle Edmund, from Great Britain, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.Querrey, who reached the semifinals in Acapulco in 2016, will face Belgian David Goffin, the fifth-seed in Mexico.last_img read more

Pat Cummins prepares for first Shield match in six years

first_imgInjury-prone fast bowler Pat Cummins is set to play his first match in Australia’s domestic first-class cricket competition in six years after being selected in the New South Wales squad to play South Australia this week.The 23-year-old Cummins last played in the Sheffield Shield in 2011, the year he was voted player of the match in his one-and-only Test when the then teenager took six second-innings wickets to propel Australia to a comeback win against South Africa in Cape Town.Back injuries have kept him on the sidelines for long periods but, after a carefully managed rehabilitation program, he returned for Australia in the Twenty20 format last month following a successful stint in Australia’s Big Bash league and after bowling in the domestic limited-overs tournament.Australia’s Test squad is playing a four-match series in India, where Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are leading the attack. The Australians are gradually rebuilding their pace stocks and Cummins is aiming to be one of the contenders for a fast bowling spot when the Ashes series starts at home against England in November.”The Ashes is a goal for probably everyone playing Shield cricket this year at the moment,” he said. “For me, getting back into first-class cricket was the No. 1 goal for the year and I’m absolutely pumped to be back.”I think if I get through these games then hopefully next year I can start off the year just like any other cricketer.”Cummins said he felt a lot more consistent as a bowler than he was as a raw teenager when he played his only previous Test.advertisement”I think having a long pre-season, I was able to just work on quite a consistent rhythm and tempo rather than trying to bowl 180 kph every ball,” he said. “Pace is one tool a bowler uses, but it’s not the be-all and end-all.”last_img read more


first_imgAustralia 2nd innings:Australia 2nd innings: Matt Renshaw c Saha b Yadav 8 David Warner c Saha b Yadav 6 Steven Smith b Kumar 17 Peter Handscomb c Rahane b Ashwin 18 Glenn Maxwell lbw b Ashwin 45 Shaun Marsh c Pujara b Jadeja 1 Matthew Wade not out 25Pat Cummins c Rahane b Jadeja 12Steve OKeefe c Pujara b Jadeja 0Nathan Lyon c Vijay b Yadav 0Josh Hazlewood lbw b Ashwin 0 Extras (B-4, LB-1) 5Total (all out in 53.5 overs) 137 Extras: (B-4 LB-1) 5Total: (all out in 53.5 overs) 137 Fall of wickets: 1-10 2-31 3-31 4-87 5-92, 6-106, 7-121, 8-121, 9-122.Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-1-27-1, Umesh Yadav 10-3-29-3, Kuldeep Yadav 5-0-23-0, Ravindra Jadeja 18-7-24-3, R Ashwin 13.5-4-29-3. More PTI AT ATlast_img

Walk down memory lane: When Virat Kohli shattered IPL records with 973 runs

first_imgLast year Virat Kohli took the Indian Premier League by storm and shattered almost all the batting records in the tournament.WATCH: IPL 2016 Throwback: When Virat Kohli shattered IPL records with 973 runsKohli set the bar so high that even he might find it difficult to emulate all that he did in season 9. But Royal Challengers Bangalore won’t be expecting anything less from their captain this season.With the new season now just a week away let’s do a recap of Kohli’s achievements in the IPL in 2016MOST RUNS IN IPL SEASONVirat Kohli set the record for amassing the most runs in a single season of the IPL. 973 runs in 16 matches and remember a lot of those runs came with an injured left hand as well.It wasn’t just an IPL record, but overall no batsman has scored as many runs in any other T20 tournament in the world – international or domestic.Kohli also sits on top of the batsmen’s list with 4110 runs overall in the IPL.He is also the first captain to post 500 plus runs in three IPL seasons – He scored 634 runs in 2013, 505 runs in 2015 and 973 runs in 2016.Kohli’s unbelievable run saw him score runs at an average of over 81, a feat which no other batsman has managed till date.MOST HUNDREDSIn the previous eight season Kohli had never scored a hundred in the IPL but he more than made up for the draught by hammering a record four centuries. No other batsman has hit four tons in the IPL let alone in a single season. Seven hundreds were scored last season and Kohli was responsible for four of those.advertisementTwo of his hundreds came against Gujarat Lions while the other two were against Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab.Kohli is not known for his big hitting as much as his RCB teammates Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson. He likes to hit more ground shots as we have seen in international cricket. But last year he broke all norms and smashed 38 sixes, the most by any batsman in season 9.With a plethora of records in a single season, fans and his teammates will be expecting Virat to repeat what he did this year as well. But with the shoulder injury he sustained in the Border-Gavaskar series and with just 46 runs in three Tests, Kohli might not be able to play at full tilt from the word go. But with Virat Kohli, we can never say never!last_img read more

Email Appends: The Good, the Bad, and The Realistic

first_imgAs with any new industry, the early days of online fundraising were filled with both success and failure.  Some organizations quickly found a new stream of revenue… while others found themselves struggling to get out of that black hole known as the spam filter.Now in 2008, a year where political donors broke every record for online giving – even raising $10 million on a website in one night – organizations can move forward with online outreach knowing that others have blazed the online trail before them.Over the last five years fundraisers have found a successful model for reaching out to their donors online – in the form of the well-coordinated email append.Email Append- A DefinitionThe email append at its best takes a portion of your donors and activists – those with whom you have established relationships – finds corresponding email addresses and gives these donors a chance to decide whether they want to hear from you via email – and then appending these names to your files.Common Fears About Email AppendsBefore I outline the difference between a good email append and the type likely-to-relegate-you-to-the-spam-folder-for-all-time, let’s address the immediate concerns most non-profits raise when considering an email append.Download the PDF below to continue reading the full article.last_img read more

Journey Forth, Freelancers! Enter to Win a $1,000 New Mutualist trip to San Francisco

first_imgFreelancers, it’s time to (finally) take a vacation!Here’s how to enter for a chance to win $750 towards a trip to the San Francisco Bay Area and $250 towards awesome New Mutualist foodie spots!How to Enter:Visit Freelancers Union’s Facebook page and “like” our pageFill out the entry formShare with friends to get bonus entriesYour New Mutualist trip:Journey to San Francisco with $750 towards airfare and lodgingWine and dine at the world-famous Chez Panisse, a restaurant dedicated to local food and environmental sustainability, with a $175 gift certificateHave a cheesy lunch at The Cheese Board Collective, a worker cooperative pizza restaurant and bakery, with a $50 gift certificatePick up some snacks for the road at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative, a worker cooperative grocery store full of local yumminess, with a $25 gift certificateWhat is New Mutualism, you ask? It’s the simple idea that we’re stronger together than we are alone. So whatever choices we make as freelancers and individuals — whether that’s where to shop or where to visit on vacation — we should support businesses and organizations that support the Do It Ourselves principle and are driven by a social mission. Read more about New Mutualism here.Here are some other great New Mutualist spots in SF to visit while you’re there: City Art Gallery, Modern Times Bookstore, Arizmendi Bakery, Saturday morning Farmer’s Market (CUESA).By entering this contest, you become a member of Freelancers Union. Freelancers Union is a non-profit membership organization that promotes the interests of independent workers — and is completely free to join! Freelancers Union is dedicated to supporting all aspects of your life and making you the best freelancer you can be — which is why we’re helping you become the well-rested, relaxed, and inspired freelancer you’ll be after your trip to San Francisco! If you are already a member of Freelancers Union, you’re still encouraged to participate.See the full contest rules here.Good luck, enterprising freelancer!last_img read more

7 Simple ways to build your freelance business in 2014

first_imgWe’ve entered the second half of 2014, and it’s a perfect time to evaluate what’s gone well so far — and how you can improve your business before another year passes you by.Today, sit down and pick out one or two of the items below to help recharge or streamline your business. All of them should take 5 hours a less and cost less than $200 (most are free), and I guarantee you’ll see the impact for a long time.1. Outsource low-level tasksThe sanity-saving technique popularised by Timothy Ferriss may not get you working only 4 hours a week, but it will save you a ton of time — that you can use for doing better work and planning future projects.Do you really need to do your own invoicing? What about doing research for a client proposal? Are you really still filing taxes in 4 different states?Try to outsource your work to other freelancers or virtual assistants. You can find many firms and websites that provide these services with a simple Google search, though a recommendation from another freelancer always works out best.2. Have one career coaching sessionEven if you’ve already “figured out” your career, I guarantee that a 45-minute or hour session with a quality career coach will give you at least 5 or 6 things you could be doing better.Many assume that you need to have multiple $200/hour sessions with a career coach. While of course you’d be getting more benefit from more sessions, a good career coach will be able to give you a good advice in a just one.I find that the process of just explaining what I do, and openly sharing my revenue model, what I charge, how I deal with clients, is worth the money itself. How many professionals can you share what you charge with? How many will give you honest, knowledgeable (they know what other people like you charge!) advice? That piece of advice alone will pay for the session.3. Help other freelancers or business ownersMany small business owners forget how valuable it can be to include other small business owners in their network. It’s becoming a more widely accepted idea that cooperation is more benefitial to your business in the long run that cut-throat competition; giving builds stronger networks than taking.Try one of these ways to help fellow freelancers, like buying local, sharing how much you get paid, and offering to connect two people you know.4. Reevaluate your marketing message/job titleIs your current business plan — how you market yourself, your job title — bringing you the kinds of clients who will pay more for you? Are you underselling yourself as a copywriter when you really have the ability to be an expert product marketer or a lead workshops about copywriting?We get better at what we do all the time. Make sure you’re communicating your business’s true value.Could you redefine your business either in specificity (expert vs. generalist) or level of experience? At least twice a year, you should spend an hour reflecting or chatting with a close friend about how your business is going and what you feel that you could do better. Chatting with a friend is especially useful because they may reflect back to you a value you’re offering clients that you’re not communicating.Often reevaluating your business will lead you to the conclusion that increasing value should mean increasing rates…5. Raise your ratesThis is one of the simplest — but certainly not the easiest — ways to improve your freelance business.I write extensively about the process of increasing your rates here. Just remember that this is not an arbitrary increase, but a true increase in the value you’re providing to clients.6. Stay in touchSit down right now and send an email to every (OK to good) client you’ve had in the last year. This is one of the #1 ways to get repeat clients.Just say hello. Do a little research beforehand and see if they’ve tweeted or shared anything interesting recently, so you can say “I saw your blog post / that article you shared and I feel it’s so true that…”Or let those previous clients know that you’re now offering a new service. Just make sure it doesn’t feel like a mass spam email and more like a personalized, tailored-to-them service.7. Find a partner or start subcontractingOften you’re working in a field where it’s clear that clients don’t have the time or knowledge to hire 3-4 freelancers for a project; they assume you can do it all. For instance, they hire you because you have “web designer” on your business card, and they don’t understand that for a great website, they also need to hire a graphic designer, a back-end guy to design the online store, and a web copywriter.If you’re recognizing a market opportunity that you can’t fulfill alone, this is where the relationships you’ve developed in #3 come in extremely useful.Either partner with another freelancer (formally or short-term) or subcontract work. Hopefully you’ll be finding a partner or subcontractor that complements your skills and interests.Hopefully this helps spark ideas for your business plans. What do you want to accomplish in the second half of the year?last_img read more