OnePlus on Wednesday announced that the OnePlus 3T — Gunmetal and Soft Gold models — can now be purchased whenever, wherever from the company’s online OnePlus Store. Previously, in order to buy the OnePlus 3T in open sale, potential buyers had just the one option of Amazon India. The move “will help OnePlus to expand its reach and offer a more personalised purchase experience, pan India, through Oneplusstore.in as well as Amazon.in,” the company said in a press statement.OnePlus, only recently, launched limited Midnight Black edition of the OnePlus 3T in India. It said the limited edition phone will be available in limited quantities on March 31 at 2PM IST on OnePlus’ online store and Amazon India for Rs 34,999.”Our users have been asking for an all-black OnePlus 3T, so our team worked hard to bring them the most stunning OnePlus phone to-date in the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black,” Pete Lau, founder and CEO of OnePlus had said in a statement. Interestingly, the Midnight Black edition of the OnePlus 3T is still available for buying from Amazon India. The OnePlus 3T, if you haven’t heard already, is simply the OnePlus 3 with a faster processor and a bigger battery. The phone is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It is backed by a 3,400 battery and supports Dash Charging.Just like the original OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T boasts of a full-metal unibody and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner which is claimed to unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds. The OnePlus 3T comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing purposes, a bottom-facing speaker out and dualSIM (nanoSIM) support.advertisementThe phone has a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal memory which is non-expandable. The phone supports 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygetOS out-of-the-box.On the optics front, it sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, it comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Also Read: OnePlus 3T launched in special black edition, sale starts from March 31
Mumbai, May 23 (PTI) The Indian national football team is set to play 15 internationals – including eight at home – in a 13-month period, including some which have already been held, the All India Football Federation announced today.”All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its marketing partners, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), have shared the national football team?s yearly fixtures beginning March 2017 wherein the India National Team will play 15 competitive games including 8 matches in India (March 2017-March 2018),” AIFF stated today.”All the international fixtures will be broadcast live on Star Sports and its digital platform, Hotstar,” it said.Indias next international is a friendly against Nepal here at the Andheri Sports Complex on June 6 followed exactly seven days later by the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru.”Followed by the Champions Cup in August, the team returns to its AFC Asian Cup qualifier campaign as they play the last team in the group, Macau in the away leg on September 5, 2017,” AIFF said.”The national team will take part in two training camps between October 2017 to November 2017 where they also play the home games of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau (October 10, 2017) and Myanmar (November 14, 2017).”India National Team will also come together for additional friendly games at Home on October 4, 2017, November 8, 2017, and March 22, 2018, against teams yet to be confirmed. The last match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifier will be played in an away leg against Kyrgyzstan on March 27, 2018,” the AIFF said.”The national team played a total of 6 games that included 4 home games in the same duration last year,” it added.advertisementIndia have already played and won 2 games in March – the friendly against Cambodia and AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar.”With a clear focus to increase home games, AIFF recently launched the annual multi-country Champions Cup to be played by 4 countries including India in August 2017. The competition will be held from August 18-27, 2017 where the team will play 4 games provided they reach the finals,” AIFF said further. PTI SSR NRB
The security in Birmingham has been tightened ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 following twin terror attacks that rocked London on Saturday night. India start their title defence against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston today.Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.Birmingham was on red alert and the team hotel where India are staying was in a complete lock-down after the attacks. No visitors and no cars were allowed into the Hyatt Regency hotel in Birmingham.India Today’s Consulting Editor, Sports, Boria Majumdar was not allowed to go beyond the hotel confines.”Just went for a walk. Wasn’t allowed to go beyond the hotel confines to be truthful but appears a ghost town. Not one fan or supporter here or is allowed to come. No flag nothing. There were still some people here (at 4 am BST). Now it’s just empty and deserted,” Boria said.WATCH FULL VIDEOMillions of supporters are expected to tune in and watch the teams fight for national pride at Edgbaston on Sunday. (India powerful team but can’t take things for granted: Ganguly)Due to diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams rarely lock horns against each other barring an International Cricket Council (ICC) event, and the hotly fought battle has over the years drawn a wide range of audience. (Kohli not taking Pakistan lightly)advertisementFor almost 18 years, wars stood in between the two outfits playing each other in a bilateral series until the ice was broken in 1978, but even today matches are few and far between. (No Junaid Khan in Pakistan playing XI)The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have refused to juggle with the idea without an end to “cross border terrorism”, which essentially means militant incursions along the disputed Kashmir border.Not only will a victory for either side mean taking a huge step towards the semi-finals in a four-team group which also has Sri Lanka and South Africa, it will also be a diplomatic point-scoring in terms of the stand-off between the two parties.On the pitch, India would go into the tie as favourites, as former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has also said — not only because of their emphatic 45 and 240 -run wins in the two warm-up games, but because the opposition doesn’t smell the same anymore.(With inputs from agencies)
Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar has admitted that although the wicket at Antigua was difficult for shot making, it was the batting line-up’s failure to perform to their potential that led to their 11-run defeat at the hands West Indies in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday.After West Indies eked out 189 for nine wickets off their 50 overs, India failed to counter West Indies’ bowling attack and were eventually bundled out for 178 in 49.4 overs.Conceding that it was an extremely gettable score, Bangar said that it was his batsmen that let the team down, especially middle order’s failure pushed the team back.”The wicket kept getting slower and slower and shot making wasn’t really easy. Those have been the nature of wickets we have seen so far. We were playing on the same track just two days ago. So, wicket kept getting slower and slower, but we batted really badly to our potential because it was a gettable score. Just felt that the batsmen let the team down,” Bangar told the reporters.It was skipper Jason Holder whose five-wicket haul sealed the crucial win for West Indies and kept them alive in the series heading into the fifth and final match.He dismissed Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami in the space of just four balls to finish with the figures of five for 27, his best-ever ODI figures as India folded for 178.”Yes, we encountered the situation even in the previous games when we lost couple of wickets in the first ten. But we still managed to get close to 260 on the wicket which was very damp. When we play consecutive games on the same wicket it tends to get slower and slower, shot breaking was a bit difficult. But credit to them that they bowled and executed their plans really well. But, I just felt it was a very gettable score,” Bangar said.advertisementFor India, Ajinkya Rahane (60 off 91 balls) and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (54 off 114 balls), were the only players who provided their side with some fight back.And Bangar admitted that his side was on the course of victory till the time Rahane was on the field.”The plan was definitely somebody to bat deeper in the innings and that is what Ajinkya did till the time he was given out. Till that time we were on course, but suddenly we lost couple of wickets. Those wickets in the middle order actually pushed us back and run rate kept on getting higher and higher,” he explained.India, who are still holding a 2-1 lead in the ongoing ODI series following their comprehensive wins of 105 and 93 runs in the second and third match respectively, will play the series-decider on July 6 in Sabina Park, Jamaica.
Argentina’s star footballer Lionel Messi, who recently got married with long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo, will sign a new contract with Barcelona when he returns from his honeymoon in the middle of this month.As per goal.com, Messi was set to return to the Catalan capital with his family at the weekend, but will now not be back until around July 12.However, after the wedding, the couple changed their plans and is now in the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for their honeymoon with sons Thiago and Mateo.It is expected that Barcelona players are expected at the training ground in Sant Joan Despi for medical examinations on June 12 ahead of club’s pre-season preparations and Messi will be back by that.The Argentine will be out of contract in 2018, however, a new deal is all but finalised after months of negotiations between the player, his father Jorge and the club.The fresh agreement will take the five-time Ballon d’Or winner until 2021 with the option of one further season.The 30-year-old, who made his debut for Barca in 2004, won 30 trophies during his time at the Catalan club, scoring more than 500 goals. This new contract could see him retire at Camp Nou.
The Indian senior women’s team arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to play two international friendlies against Malaysia.The first match is slated for July 29 while the second one is to be played on July 31. The team headed to Kuala Lumpur on the back of a 12-day Camp in Delhi.Head Coach Maymol Rocky, the first-ever woman coach of an Indian senior national team informed that the entire squad is “looking forward to the two matches.””The two matches will provide the girls valuable match experience which will help them in the future. An international match adds to your confidence and the entire squad is looking forward to it,” Rocky said.”I need to thank the AIFF for the two friendlies. Women’s Football in India has been on a high with the inaugural edition of the Indian Women’s League being a huge hit earlier this year,” she added. “That has added to the confidence of the girls as well.”Rocky becoming the coach of the Indian women’s team is a huge step and Rocky understands the significance of the task in her hand.”It is an honour and a privilege to be the Head Coach of the Senior Women’s National side. I know there is pressure on me to perform but ever since I took up coaching, it has always been a dream. The real job starts now,” said the former player. Striker Bala Devi, who has been declared the captain, rated Malaysia as a strong opponent and said they are confident and raring to go and perform. advertisement”They are a strong team. But we need to play better than them and we will try our best,” she stated. “We have practiced very hard and are raring to go.””The two matches will help us immensely and I need to thank the AIFF for providing us such an exposure tour,” she added.Devi said that the players feel very comfortable with Rocky but at the same time she is a hard task master.”It’s nice to be training under Maymol ma’am. Though there is always that comfort level with her, she has always been a hard task master. But we are not complaining as we understand that she wants us to be better players,” Devi expressed.The other players too are excited about the lady in charge.Forward Pyari Xaxa says, “It is really exciting to be able to play under her. She has been an inspiration during my age-group days and now even more, especially to all girls wanting to take up football.”Jabamani Tudu is happy with the familiarity of things.”I’ve played under Maymol ma’am earlier at the U-16 level. This will be helpful as I know what she expects of me.”Manipur has been like a factory supplying players to the women’s team and Kashmina is one such product.”Maymol ma’am was with us at the junior level and has helped my game a lot. She is strict but is the perfect guide,” Kashmina opines.Meanwhile, Ashalata Devi has been named the vice captain of the team.The 22-member squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Panthoi Chanu, Roshini Devi.DEFENDERS: Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Radharani Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Tony Devi.MIDFIELDERS: Premi Devi, Prameshori Devi, Lochana Munda, Sanju, Mandakini Devi, Ritu Rani, Bindyarani Devi.STRIKERS: Bala Devi, Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, Kashmina.
Danushka Gunathilaka’s ban from six limited-overs matches for misconduct during the home series against India has been cut by half following an appeal by the Sri Lankan all-rounder, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.The remaining three matches will be part of a suspended sentence over a one-year period, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.Gunathilaka was suspended and fined 20 percent of his annual fee this month after a complaint by Sri Lanka team manager Asanka Gurusinha. Local media reported the 26-year-old had missed a training session.”The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club,” SLC said.Gunathilaka, who has played one test and 28 ODIs, pleaded guilty to the charges and missed Sri Lanka’s one-day series against Pakistan.Sri Lanka lost all three Tests, five one-dayers and the one-off Twenty20 international against India.
They started the 1996 ICC World Cup as underdogs but stunned the world when they were crowned world champions. Sri Lanka, once known to be a force to reckon with, are struggling to find their feet in the limited-overs cricket, especially in one day internationals.Arjuna Ranatunga, Arvinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath — these are the few names the world once feared.They always started ICC tournaments as favourites and even reached the 2011 World Cup final, which they lost to India at Mumbai.Sri Lanka have been on a 12-match losing streak, their worst since 1987-88 when they lost 14 consecutive ODIs.Sri Lanka have been whitewashed three times this year in five-match series — South Africa, India and Pakistan. Interestingly, between 1982 and 2016, they suffered only one 5-0 series sweep — against India in 2014.This year, Sri Lanka have won only four ODIs while have lost 21 and one no result.Reuters Photo Sri Lanka’s disastrous run started in 2017 when they were crushed 5-0 in South Africa before they returned home to salvage a draw against Bangladesh in a three-match series 1-1.However, they showed they still have their fighting spirit intact when they stunned India by 7 wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy in England earlier this year. However, they lacked motivation in other games and were ousted in the first round itself.In their next assignment at home, Sri Lanka hosted Zimbabwe in a full-fledged series. While they won the Tests, Zimbabwe fought back to clinch the ODI series 3-2. This led to Angelo Mathews to step down as captain of the side.advertisementWhile Dinesh Chandimal was elavated to the Test skipper, Upul Tharanga was handed over the reigns of the limited-overs sides.Sri Lanka awaited a dominant Indian side led by Virat Kohli. But the change in guard had no affect on the results. India won all the matches on tour to finish with 9-0 across all formats and Kohli became the first Indian captain to sweep an ODI series away from home and also the first Indian skipper beat Sri Lanka in their own den twice.While Sri Lanka have been decent in the whites, their 50-overs game has gone from bad to worse.DOWNFALLThe downfall started after legendary batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene called time on their careers post World Cup in 2015.Since their retirements, Sri Lanka have won only three ODI series and those three victories have come against West Indies (3-0), Ireland (2-0) and a tri-series triumph in Zimbabwe, with West Indies being the third team.AP Photo In this period, they have lost twice to Pakistan, and once each to New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India.Sri Lanka have not been able to cope with pressure and also lack the leadership qualities. Injuries to key players have also played a big role in their disastrous display while they have also failed to fire in unison.LACK OF DOMESTIC STRUCTUREAs many as 24 teams play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka. Ten teams who played in the second division were accorded first-class status over the last one year alone. The standard of cricket was obviously compromised, possibly to appease the various factions of Sri Lankan cricket. Sri Lanka’s domestic players hardly play enough cricket and even when they do, the quality is nowhere close to the kind of domestic cricket their peers in India, England, Australia and South Africa are accustomed to.
(Eds: Adding Manoj Kumars post bout quotes)Visakhapatnam, Oct 29 (PTI) There was no stopping the favourites as Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar stood just one win away from their second successive national boxing titles after advancing to the marquee domestic events final, here today.Shiva, a three-time Asian Championships medallist besides being a World Championships bronze-medallist, got the better of Delhis Buntee Singh 5-0 in his lightweight (60kg) semifinal clash.He will next be up against Services Sports Control Boards (SSCB) Manish Kaushik, the man he had beaten in the previous editions quarterfinal. Manish defeated Punjabs Palwinder Singh 5-0 in his last-four stage bout.Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj also continued his fine run as he beat Punjabs Shubaham in the welterweight (69kg) semis.Manojs summit clash rival would be SSCBs Duryodhan Singh, who defeated Madhya Pradeshs Manish Uikey.”I am delighted with the win today. I came into the bout with a lot of confidence and I am glad to have made it to the finals,” Manoj said after the bout.Manoj conceded that he had to be cautious against Shubham as he was not aware of his in-ring style.”I had not fought him before so my preparation was based on the inputs from my coaching staff. But I couldnt be sure how he would be in the ring. So, I decided to keep it simple and attacked on the counter. The plan worked well for me,” he added.Manoj granted that his final opponent Duryodhan could prove to be a handful.advertisement”Duryodhan is a good boxer and will be a very tricky opponent. I have faced him before and I know how good he is. I will have to prepare very well to beat him tomorrow,” Manoj explained.Three-time Kings Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar, competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), also advanced to his second successive Nationals final after putting it past Chandigarhs Vipin Kumar 5-0.Shyam Kumar will square off against Mizorams Nt Lalbiakkima in the final, aiming to better the silver medal he won in the last edition held in Guwahati.Also advancing to the final was Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra, competing in his maiden event in the middleweight (75kg) category. The RSPB boxer defeated Delhis Parag Chauhan to make the final. PTI PM SSC KHS KHS
Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian and only fourth male shuttler in history to lift four Super Series titles in a calendar year as he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at French Open on Sunday.In just 34 minutes, Srikanth defeated Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 to lift the French Open Super Series titles.This is Srikanth’s fourth Super Series title this year after he won the Denmark Open Super Series Premier last Sunday and the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series in June earlier this year.Srikanth Kidambi is the 4th player in history to win 4 Superseries titles in a year. He beats Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in #FrenchSS FINAL- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017Only Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long have won men’s singles titles at four Super Series events in a calendar year.Twice this year, Srikanth has won back-to-back Super Series titles — Denmark and French this month and Indonesia and Australia consecutively in June. Only Lee Chong Wei has done that before.???in ???? ???in ????Âº???in ???????in ????Srikanth Kidambi wins successive Superseries titles for the 2nd time in 2017 by clinching the #FrenchSS title! pic.twitter.com/aVzneRb4wq- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017The 24-year-old surpassed Saina Nehwal’s record of three Super Series in a year (2010) and with the achievement, he is all set to reach his career-high of world No. 2 in BWF Rankings.With that win, @srikidambi is set to become the new World #2! An year ago, he was struggling with injuries. He is now one of the fittest!advertisement- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017Srikanth won the first point of the match with Nishimoto putting the shuttle wide.Thereafter, the Japanese displayed some excellent intent coupled with good resistance and cross court strokes to take a 9-5.It was the difference in points that seemed to have triggered something in Srikanth and he took over the mantle from there to show the kind of strokes he has been playing since two weeks.Srikanth took six consecutive points to lead 11-9 at the break.Srikanth didn’t let the momentum drop from there. He played his classic smashes and coupled with Nishimoto’s inability to handle the pressure, Srikanth raced to a 15-10 lead.Srikanth varied the pace of his strokes and kept it simple to force errors from Nishimoto — the Japanese unable to control the shuttle started sending it long.Within 16 minutes, Srikanth took the first game 21-14.16 minutes is all it took Srikanth Kidambi to wrap up the opening game. Once he got into the groove, there was no stopping him! #FrenchSS- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 29, 2017The second game began similarly with the Indian racing off to a 4-0 lead.A similar pattern followed with Nishimoto gifting points to Srikanth. Despite a mini fightback, Srikanth lead 11-5 at the breather.Srikanth began playing around with the Japanese thereafter moving him all over the court. With stunning control over the shuttle and brilliantly accurate smashing, Srikanth opened up an 18-12 lead.Nishimoto managed just one more point after which Srikanth won three points in a row to clinch the title.
New Delhi, Nov 5 (PTI) Satbir Singh and T Manorama Devi emerged victories in the Elite Mens and Elite Womens events of the National cycling championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today.Rounding out the elite mens podium were Arvind Panwar from RSPB and SSCBs Krishna Naikodi, while Manipurs Sonali Chanu and Keralas Amrtiha Ragunathan finished with silver and bronze respectively in the womens elite race.”I would like to congratulate all the medallists at the National Cycling Championship. The 2017 edition had a strong field of the best 180 elite cyclists in the country,” said Onkar Singh, Secretary General, Cycling Federation of India.The 2017 edition of the National Championship was hosted by Saksham Pedal Delhi ? Indias Premier Cyclothon and it saw over 4500 cyclists participate in an atmosphere of gaiety and revelry.Based on the distance to be covered, the Cyclothon featured four categories ? Elite (Men ? 45 km/women – 27 km), Amateur (27 km), Open and the popular Green Ride.While the Elite and Amateur categories were for serious cyclists, the 9 km Open and the 5 km Green Rides allowed participants the experience the joy of cycling.Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan also participated in the 5 km Green Ride.The Cyclothon attracted participants from all walks of life including officials from various ministries, sports personalities, celebrities Farhan Akhtar, school and college children cycling professionals, amateurs and housewives.The Cyclothon under the banner of Saksham Pedal Delhi was organized by Petroleum Conservation & Research Association (PCRA), and supported by the oil companies viz. IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL, MRPL, CPCL, NRL and IGL with technical guidance from Cycling Federation of India.advertisementAnother 76 such cyclothons are planned Pan-India over the next 2 months to sensitize the country to adopt the ideology of conservation for a greener environment. PTI ATK ATK
Noida, Nov 15 (PTI) Promising India shooter Akhil Sheoran and junior world champion Yashaswini Singh Deswal were among the winners of the 3rd All India Digvijay Singh Memorial Air Rifle and Air Pistol Championship here.The event was hosted by Billabong High International School in association with UP State Rifle Association and the National Rifle Association of India from November 11 to 14.The championship had more than 300 entries from all over the country.The tournament was open to ISSF shooters and the qualifiers of 61st NSCC.Gold medallists of the championship were awarded cash prizes of Rs 50,000, the silver medallists were awarded Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 to the bronze winner.The championship was inaugurated by Olympic medallist Gagan Narang.Speaking on the occasion, Narang, who recently returned after winning a silver at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, said, “It is really exciting to see shooting spreading its wings in this country and schools slowly but surely embracing the sport.”It is from schools that Olympic champions of tomorrow will emerge. I commend Billabong High in taking this initiative to host the 3rd All India Digvijay Singh Memorial Air Rifle/Air Pistol Championship and I am very happy to be here and see students excited to know about the sport.” PTI AH AH
The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia’s Alexei Voevoda for life from Olympics for taking part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games doping program.Voevoda had won two gold medals in the two-man and four-man bobsled events at Sochi.Those titles were stripped last month when an IOC disciplinary commission disqualified Alexander Zubkov, who was also a part of the Russian bobsled team. Zubkov was also found guilty of anti-doping violations and disqualified. He has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The decision comes two weeks after the IOC banned Russia from next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics for what it called “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.The IOC, however, left the door open for Russian athletes with a clean history of non-doping to be invited to compete in Pyeongchang as neutrals.The 43-year-old Zubkov, who has denied wrongdoing, is one of more than 20 Russian athletes who have since appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The IOC decision increased the number of Russian athletes banned for life from the Olympics over alleged doping violations at the Sochi Games to more than 30.Russia has denied allegations of state-sponsored doping, saying it is the victim of a politicised dirty tricks campaign designed to besmirch its reputation and curb its sporting success.(With inputs from Agencies)
Ben Stokes has found himself in the news and was riddled with controversies in the recent past.Stokes missed England’s humbling Ashes defeat to Australia after being involved in the Bristol ‘bar brawl’ incident, but is hoping to make it into an IPL side.Stokes failed to make a mark in his short stint in New Zealand’s domestic cricket, with Canterbury, but things look bright for the Englishman. He might be given approval by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to put his name for next month’s Indian Premier League mega auction.Stokes was the costliest ever buy at the IPL, the last the auction was held, going to Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs 14.5 crore. He went onto repay the faith with winning the IPL 10’s most valuable player award.”That is for Ben to decide. Having given an NOC for New Zealand, it will be difficult for us to say on balance we would not apply the same thinking to other parts of the world,” Tom Harrison, ECB chief executive, told The Guardian, on Ben entering the IPL auction.With police investigation in his Bristol nightclub incident in September still going on, Stokes remains suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board.The Ashes continue with the fourth Test in Melbourne, starting December 26 and finishes with the fifth Test in Sydney from January 4-8.But, Stokes has been provisionally named in England’s squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia which follows the Ashes.(With inputs from ANI) advertisement
A day after Honor announced that it will launch a new quad camera smartphone later this month, the Chinese smartphone maker has today rolled out the Honor Blockbuster Days to offer discounts and no cost EMI plans on some of its popular smartphones like Honor 7X, Honor 8 Pro, Honor 6X, Honor 9i, Honor 8 Pro and Honor 6X.The offers will go live starting today i.e. January 8 and will continue until January 12, on Flipkart and Amazon.in. The sale includes Honor 7X selling with no cost EMI options up to 12 months. The Honor 7X was launched in November and company claims that it has sold over 40 million units of it since its launch. It is priced at Rs 12,999 for 32GB and Rs 15,999 for 64GB version. The phone sports a 5.9-inch display and come with dual-lens 16MP + 2MP rear camera supported by a phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Honor 7X boasts an 18:9 edge-to-edge bezel-less screen.Honor 8 Pro is selling at a discount of Rs 4000 on both Amazon and Flipkart. The phone originally costs Rs 29,999 but is available at Rs 25,999 during the sale. Honor 8 Pro sports a 5.7-inch capacitive touchscreen 2K display with 2560×1440 pixels resolution and 515 Screen PPI. It also comes with 12MP+12MP primary dual camera and 8 MP front facing camera.Also Read: Honor to launch a quad camera smartphone in India, could be Honor 9 Lite There is Rs 2000 off on Honor 6X. Powered by 1.7GHz octa-core Kirin 655 processor the Honor 6X comes in two variants of 3 + 32GB and 4+64GB and has a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front camera.advertisementHonor’s recent launched quad camera phone-Honor 9i- is also available on sale. There is extra Rs 2000 off on the Honor 9i. The company is giving up to Rs 17,000 off on exchange. Honor 9i priced at Rs 17,999 and camera is the main USP of the phone. There are four cameras- two at the back and two on the front. The 16MP+2MP dual rear camera and 13MP + 2MP dual front camera. The phone is available only on Flipkart.
New Zealand’s bowlers steadily chipped away at the West Indies lineup to record a ruthless 240-run victory shortly before tea on the fourth day of the second Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Tuesday to wrap up a 2-0 series sweep.Mitchell Santner took wickets on successive balls to end the tourists’ second innings on 203 for nine as they tried in vain to chase the 444 runs needed to secure an unlikely drawn series after New Zealand dominated the first Test in Wellington.The hosts did not need to take all 10 wickets after Sunil Ambris retired hurt when a short Neil Wagner delivery broke his arm, as the visitors resumed on 30-2 and were never really able to establish a solid partnership throughout the day.”New Zealand did a great job but when we batted we didn’t produce, especially in the first innings of the first Test,” stand-in West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite said. “Tough loss, but we saw on the bouncy pitches that we have to be better with our shot selection and we need to be more incisive.”2-0. A top start to the home summer. Next stop Whangarei and Cobham Oval!??????? | https://t.co/GxbdsHoSh5 #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/HM7SnksbcK- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 12, 2017Trent Boult became the sixth New Zealander to claim 200 Test wickets when he had Brathwaite caught in the gully by skipper Kane Williamson for 20 to leave the visitors floundering at 43-3 and they failed to recover from the early blow.”It was great to put two strong performances on the board. Credit to the way we stuck to our plans and executed them well in both games,” Williamson told reporters.advertisement”Both teams fought really hard but it was nice for us to stick to our plans for long periods and get the rewards.”Boult was not the only New Zealander to achieve a significant personal milestone during the game with Ross Taylor joining former mentor Martin Crowe and Williamson on 17 Test centuries, the most by a New Zealander, on Monday.The BLACKCAPS have won the GJ Gardner Homes Test Series 2-0 after completing a 240-run victory over the West Indies on day four of the second Test in Hamilton. #NZvWICard | https://t.co/1gyjN3C3lt pic.twitter.com/7Bh1EsrO4C- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 12, 2017Taylor finished on 107 not out when Williamson declared on 291-8 with about an hour’s play remaining on the third day.Crowe, who died in 2016, has had a major impact on Taylor’s career, helping him transform from a swashbuckling, and at times impetuous, batsman into a player able to dominate attacks.”At the start of my career if you’d told me I’d get 17 Test hundreds, I’ve had said ‘no chance’,” Taylor told reporters after the milestone.”I always thought I’d be just a white-ball player.”(I) had some good nights with ‘Hogan’ (Crowe) over some red wine. Talking about my batting, and lot of it probably not positive.”It came from a good place and I guess that’s why I’m here.”
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are below .500 in the second half of a season for the first time in seven years. They’ve scored fewer runs in the American League than everyone but Houston and Boston, and the pinstriped players in the Bronx are hardly bombers.No matter. Manager Joe Giardi is confident the Yankees will turn it around.“This team never quits,” he said. “They never quit and they won’t quit.”New York failed to protect three leads July 2 in losing its season-worst fifth straight game, 6-3 to Tampa Bay. Sean Rodriguez had the big blow in the finale of a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium, a two-run homer in the sixth that helped the Rays to its season-best fifth win in a row.New York is below .500 at 41-42 for the first time since April 11. The last time the Yankees were below .500 during the second half was in 2007 when they were 42-43. They went 52-25 the rest of the way to earn the wild card.Brett Gardner hit a lead-off homer and an RBI single against Jake Odorizzi (4-7) and added another hit for the Yankees. New York could muster little other than Brian McCann’s long ball on a sweltering day at Yankee Stadium. Humidity made the temperature feel as if it were in the high 90s.New York fielded a lineup without two of its most productive players. Jacoby Ellsbury was given a day off for being “kind of beat up,” according Girardi. Mark Teixeira was also out after having fluid drained from his left knee, but Girardi expects him back in the lineup July 3.An offense that has scored only 330 runs and hit 71 homers stalled after Gardner’s bouncer got past James Loney for a 3-2 lead in the fourth.“I still believe in this team,” Girardi said. “We just need to play better. It’s a lot of different phases. You can look at almost every phase and say we need to play better and we have to find a way to get it done.”The Rays, on the other hand, are finally finding ways to win.Ben Zobrist doubled twice among his three hits for the Rays, but ran into two outs. Rodriguez was thrown out trying to stretch an RBI single to the wall in right field in the fourth.“That’s the one thing we’re trying to do, it’s turn up that aggressiveness dial,” Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon said. The Rays finished off their first road sweep since taking three in the Bronx Sept. 24-26.The Rays improved to 11 games under .500 for the first time in a month after falling 18 under on June 10.Joel Peralta tied Esteban Yan’s record for appearances with the Rays at 266 when he pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Brad Boxberger was perfect in the ninth for his first save.Brandon Guyer had an RBI single in the fifth. The Rays put runners on base in every inning but the second against Vidal Nuno (2-5) and three relievers.Tampa Bay scored its first run on McCann’s passed ball in the third. McCann made up for it in the bottom half, homering into the short porch in right field with two outs. Despite hitting .220 coming in, McCann batted third with Ellsbury out.After the Rays tied it on Rodriguez’s RBI single to right in the fourth — he was thrown out by Alfonso Soriano, a call upheld by review — Gardner put the Yankees back on top 3-2 with a bounced single.In this back-and-forth game, the Rays immediately tied it up in the fifth on Guyer’s RBI single to left field. But Zobrist was thrown out by Gardner trying to score from second.Logan Forsythe led off the sixth with a single to chase Nuno. Rodriguez greeted reliever Shawn Kelley with a drive just left of Monument Park for the first two-run lead of the day.Nuno yielded four runs — three earned — and eight hits in five-plus innings. Jake Odorizzi was also pulled in the sixth. He gave up three runs and eight hits. It was the most runs he’s allowed since being charged with four on June 5.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO — The Raptors put a winning punctuation mark on a stretch of games against struggling opponents. Their next six contests will provide a significantly greater challenge.Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry each scored 22 points and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 118-108 on Dec. 21 for their sixth consecutive win, all against Eastern Conference teams with losing records.Toronto, which leads the East at 22-6, visits Chicago on Dec. 22, the first game on a season-high, six-game road trip that finishes with five against Western Conference opponents.“We’re looking forward to this challenge,” Toronto’s Greivis Vasquez said. “Any time you go to the West it’s not easy, but I think we’re good enough to come out with a couple of wins and do our job. We’ve got to remain humble and hungry and continue to work.”With the World Junior Hockey Championships moving into Air Canada Centre over the holidays, the Raptors won’t play at home again until Jan. 8 against Charlotte. After Chicago, they’ll visit the Clippers, Denver, Portland, Golden State and Phoenix.“We should be ready for it because we’ve been preaching it,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.The challenging stretch will be made even more difficult by the ongoing absence of leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, who remains sidelined with a torn tendon in his left groin. Toronto has gone 9-3 without DeRozan, whose return date is unknown.“We’re playing for a lot of different things but mainly we want our franchise player back,” Vasquez said. “We need him. It’s unfair if you’re going to analyze us without our best scorer.”Vasquez had 21 points and Terrence Ross scored 18 for the Raptors, who never trailed in matching their longest winning streak of the season. Toronto also won six straight from Nov. 15 to 26.Carmelo Anthony scored 28 for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight and have dropped 15 of 16 overall. Jason Smith had 16 points and Jose Calderon finished with 15 points and 10 assists.Anthony acknowledged finding it hard to fathom that the Knicks are 20 games below .500 at 5-25. “It doesn’t seem real,” he said.New York fell to 2-13 on the road and 1-6 in the second game of back-to-backs. The Knicks lost 99-90 at home to Phoenix on Dec. 20.The Raptors improved to 14-3 in an NBA-high 17 home games. Toronto posted its 14th double-digit victory, matching Golden State and Portland for the league lead.New York’s Samuel Dalembert was thrown out in the third for elbowing Jonas Valanciunas in the face. After a review, the referees ruled it a flagrant-2 foul, which means an automatic ejection.Ross got off to a quick start, scoring 10 of Toronto’s first 15 points. Ross hit two 3-pointers and the Raptors went 5 for 11 from long range while building a 33-25 lead.“They scored and they scored super-fast,” Anthony said. “They exploited a lot of things.”New York trailed 58-51 at halftime, but Williams scored seven points in the third and Valanciunas had six as the Raptors took a 91-75 lead into the fourth.(IAN HARRISON)
ATHENS – Olympiacos President Evangelos Marinakis, has fined the team 500,000 euros for lackluster performances and said they either have to win the Greek championshipand make a “sacrifice” or face the consequences.Marinakis has been caught up in scandals in the Greek soccer league, which was recently suspended for a week because of relentless violence, including battles between team Presidens and officials.Olympiacos, a power in Greece but a flop in European play for decades, lost 2-0 to lowly-regarded Dnipro of Ukraine and then struggled to a 1-1 tie in the Greek league with the second-division team AEK, infuriating him.“Olympiacos is the largest Greek club and for each of you it is an honor to play for this team. You will have to respect and honor Olympiacos,” Marinakis told the players, Agence France Presse said.“Anyone who has a problem or does not like it here, must have the guts to get up and leave, and that applies to everyone,” he added. He didn’t say how the fines would be portioned out.He added: “As long as you are playing for Olympiacos, you will give everything and sacrifice for this jersey. You will win the league championship and the Greek Cup. Nothing else goes through my mind. Put it well in your minds and do it accordingly.”Olympiacos has been eliminated from the Champions League and Europa League. But it is six points ahead in the domestic Super League with nine matches remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — John Tavares and the New York Islanders are rolling into the playoffs, making some team history along the way at the Rangers’ expense.Tavares had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss made 36 saves and the Islanders earned their first regular-season sweep of their rivals with a 4-1 victory Thursday night.Shane Prince also had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who won their third straight and moved into a tie for third with the Rangers with 99 points in the Metropolitan Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins have clinched second place in the division.“Beating the Rangers is always great,” Tavares said. “Obviously there was significance in the positioning today, but I think we know we didn’t play our best. Our goaltender really won us that game today.”Frans Nielsen and Casey Cizikas also scored for the Islanders, who took all four matchups with the Rangers.“We’re playing good right now,” Nielsen said. “We’re winning and I think we’ve got confidence.”Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein scored with 2:48 left to end Greiss’ shutout bid.The Rangers close the regular season at home against Detroit on April 9 and the Islanders finish with home games against Buffalo on Saturday and Philadelphia on April 10 before the Stanley Cup playoffs begin next week.Despite being outshot 16-9 in the second, the Islanders had all the scoring in the period with three goals.Prince opened the scoring when he deflected Marek Zidlicky’s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 13:28. It was Prince’s sixth goal of the season.The Islanders scored twice late in the period for a commanding 3-0 lead.Brock Nelson carried the puck into the zone and passed to Prince, who made a slick pass to Cizikas, who scored his eighth of the season at 18:38 to make it 2-0.With defenseman Keith Yandle in the penalty box for tripping, Tavares made a lob pass over the stick of Eric Staal to Nielsen, who scored with 14.8 seconds left in the second period. It was Nielsen’s 20th goal of the season and his first since March 6, also against the Rangers.“They had a lucky bounce on the first goal and they made a couple of good plays on the second and third,” Lundqvist said. “I thought we played a pretty good game, but for some reason this year they definitely had our number. But at the end, we were playing pretty solid.”Antti Raanta replaced Lundqvist at the start of the third period. Lundqvist had 13 saves through two periods.The Rangers outshot the Islanders 28-16 through two, but couldn’t beat Greiss.“We did play well the first two periods,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We had some real good looks, some real good offensive zone time, and we just didn’t finish.“That part of the game I didn’t like, but you know what you’re doing to lead up to get those looks was real good.”The Rangers were banged up on defense playing without Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh.Girardi was injured April 5 when he was hit into the end boards during a 3-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vigneault said Girardi is day to day with an upper-body injury.McDonagh hurt his hand blocking a shot in a 4-2 win April 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.The Islanders are also dealing with several injuries. Anders Lee left the game with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Travis Hamonic, forward Cal Clutterbuck and goalies J.F. Berube and Jaroslav Halak are all out.(SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares