Muller’s wife sorry after Instagram ‘brain wave’ post

first_imgBayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has accepted an apology from the wife of Thomas Muller after her social media criticism of the coach’s treatment of the Germany star.Lisa Muller hit out at Kovac for leaving her husband on the bench for Saturday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw against Freiburg, in which the champions conceded a late equaliser.When Kovac prepared to bring on the forward during the second half, Lisa Muller posted on Instagram: “More than 70 minutes until he finally has a brain wave.” 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! Although Thomas Muller downplayed his partner’s comments when he spoke to the media after the match, Bayern said on Sunday she visited Kovac to apologise.”Lisa Muller, the wife of Thomas Muller, went directly after the Bundesliga game against Freiburg in the Allianz Arena to coach Niko and apologised for her Instagram post during the substitution of Thomas Muller,” Bayern’s statement said .”Kovac accepted her apology.”After the game, both Muller and Kovac had attempted to play down the criticism. “It was out of emotion. In retrospect I don’t think it was super. But she just loves me, what should I do?” the Germany star signalled to Sky . Kovac added: “There’s nothing to clarify. Obviously it wasn’t Thomas himself who wrote that.”Serge Gnabry seemed to have earned his side three points with a late goal, only for Freiburg’s Lucas Holer to swoop in the 89th minute to the frustration of Kovac and his charges. Bayern are second in the league, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Kovac’s men are next in action at home to AEK Athens in the Champions League on Wednesday.last_img read more

We failed in all three facets of the game, rues Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell

first_imgKings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell was completely distraught with his team’s performance against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday.  Kings XI Punjab lost by 51 runs against Delhi Daredevils, who rode on the all-round efforts of Sam Billings, Chris Morris, Corey Anderson and Shahbaz Nadeem to register their second successive win in the IPL this season. (Highlights of the match) Well played Delhi ??? It’s high time @lionsdenkxip pull up their socks considering it’s still early in the tournament. #Grrrr??#DDvsKxip- Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) April 15, 2017Chasing a mammoth 189, Punjab kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually restricted to 137/9. Morris was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi with figures of 3 for 23 while Pat Cummins and Nadeem got two wickets each. (Scorecard)Maxwell felt losing wickets at regular intervals meant that Punjab were always behind the ever-climbing asking rate.”We were a bit behind with the bat there. Let them get 188 which was far too many on that wicket. We gave away probably 30 too many. There were too many boundary balls and we did not sustain the pressure. They got away at the back end,” Maxwell said at the post-match presentation.”It (the wicket) stayed slow and did not allow us to get going. The execution from the bowlers has to improve. They have good plans going into the game, but it is about executing them in pressure situations. We failed in all three facets of the game today,” he added.He was impressed by Axar Patel’s effort at the end, who got his highest ever score in the IPL of 44, but was bowled of the last ball of the match by Morris.advertisement”Axar Patel continues to show he is a superstar in the game, his all-round prowess was brilliant and KC (Cariappa) had a good day, apart from that it was a dull night,” Maxwell concluded.last_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap, Harsheel Dani lose in pre-quarters of China Masters

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games champion shuttler Parupalli Kashyap fought hard before going down in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the USD 150,000 China Masters Grand Prix Gold, here on Thursday.Kashyap lost 10-21, 22-20, 13-21 to former World No. 6 and third seed Qiao Bin of China in a contest which lasted an hour and 16 minutes at the Olympic sports center.The tournament was Kashyap’s return to competitive badminton after recovering from a shoulder injury. He had suffered the injury during the Premier Badminton League (PBL) in January.Harsheel Dani was also eliminated in straight games 17-21, 18-21 by Sun Feixiang to bring an end to the Indian campaign.India’s campaign in women’s singles has already ended with the ouster of Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

BCCI Secretary-CoA exchange notes, Champions Trophy boycott ruled out

first_imgIt is now certain that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not raise the issue of boycotting from the upcoming Champions Trophy at the International Cricket Cricket (ICC) meet next week.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) met acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary at a suburban hotel in Mumbai on Friday to share notes before Choudhary departs tonight for the important ICC meet.A BCCI source told India Today that Choudhary communicated to the CoA that India pulling out of the Champions Trophy was not an option.The Choudhary-COA meet lasted for an hour where the committee representative Vikram Limaye gave the acting secretary a low down on why they contend that the revised ICC revenue sharing model was unscientific.”Fortunately the office bearers seem to be on the same page as us on this issue. We also shared with Mr. Choudhary the discussions we have had with various member nations between the last ICC meeting and the upcoming one,” a CoA source told India Today.The BCCI is banking on Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka to back their position and oppose the revised revenue model that was passed in the February meeting by ICC.During the meet, the Big three formula which assured the BCCI 21 percent proceeds from ICC’s revenue was scrapped. While the BCCI would have earned around $450 million as per the Big three deal, the revised renevue model will bring its share down to approximately $260 million in the 2015-23 cycle.While the old guard as well as the court-appointed men in the BCCI would now know that getting swinging votes in ICC was no longer easy, Choudhary’s primary task would be to convince enough member boards to at least delay a vote on the matter till the annual conference in June.advertisementMeanwhile, former BCCI president and current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar’s stance at the meeting remains crucial, with him being the central figure in the revenue redrafting decision.last_img read more

LG G6 quick review: A practical phone with thin bezels

first_imgLG’s G5 was a phone straight out of the future. But it wasn’t quite there yet. Its main USP was its modularity. But it was more like a work in progress than a finished product. It was way ahead of its time, or whatever, but the G5 drifted into oblivion faster than LG would have anticipated. So LG went back to the drawing room and the LG G6 took the shape. LG’s new G6 has been designed from scratch to correct the G5’s biggest shortcoming…practicality. LG might have cut short its modular ambitions, but, one look at the G6 and it’s quite evident, it was a decision worth every penny. You’ll appreciate it even more if you’re into the latest trend of near bezel-less phones, among other things.The LG G6, unlike its predecessor, is carved out of glass and metal. While the rear is carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, the screen has a healthy dose of Gorilla Glass 3. The decision to employ different versions of Glass, although hard to understand, stems from the fact that both the versions respond to physical stress differently. Not just scratch-proof, Gorilla Glass 5 will make your phone virtually shatter-proof, according to Corning. Gorilla Glass 3, meanwhile, focuses largely on scratch-resistance, besides being a lot thinner in comparison to the next-generation Glass making it suitable for displays. That’s just one opinion. Probably LG was looking to cut cost as well, you never know.Also Read: LG G6 with 18:9 Full Vision display, wide-angle 13MP dual rear cameras launched at Rs 51,990 advertisementThe G6’s closest rival the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) ships with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 throughout. In LG’s defense, the G6 doesn’t require a heftier dose of Gorilla Glass 5, because well, it doesn’t. The G6 is built to last long with bending resistant materials and shock-dispersing design, according to LG. It has passed Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests which include 26 different angle drop tests from chest height, it claims. It’s quite reassuring, the G6. While the Galaxy S8 takes great pride in its gorgeous curves, the G6 takes a flat minimalist approach. LG’s phone is as flat as they come, and also it has sharp corners that are a little raised out so the phone could bear accidental drops and survive. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 doesn’t look like it could take a beating. LG’s phone is a lot more practical. LG might have cut short its modular ambitions, but, one look at the G6 and it’s quite evident, it was a decision worth every penny. You’ll appreciate it even more if you’re into the latest trend of near bezel-less phones LG doesn’t make slim phones. It doesn’t make light-weight phones as well. The G6 is no different. I have been using the Galaxy S8 for a while now, and let’s just say, next to Samsung’s phone the G6 feels rather chunky, but, only marginally. It is as slim as Samsung’s phone though. The flat surface and sharp edges ensure it sticks to hand and stays put, but then, the Galaxy S8 is an ergonomic marvel as well in spite of all those extra curves. It is super-glossy and a fingerprint magnet. But, so is the Galaxy S8. Only it takes me a lot longer to wipe LG’s phone. I really don’t like that, but, that’s a small price you pay for an all-glass and metal design.Button placement on-board the G6 is trademark LG. The power button is on the back. It’s also a fingerprint scanner. The dual-SIM card slot lies on the right while the volume rocker lies on the left. The phone uses USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and a mono speaker vent just adjacent to it. The LG G6 India model comes with a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio. The phone is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.The USP of the G6, however, is its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phone.The 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution. Although there’s lots of screen it’s no match for the Galaxy S8’s super-punchy Super AMOLED display panel. Colours on-board the G6 appear muted in comparison. But, viewing angels are quite good, so is peak brightness.advertisementThe G6, however, has one ace up its sleeve in the display department. It is the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs. Technically, Dolby Vision should entail in true to life colours and details at lower bit-rate and without compromising on battery life. Provided you have the content. Dolby Vision content is less for now, although, Netflix and Amazon Prime do offer a good catalogue. But, because the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio – instead of the regular 16: 9 – a lot of that content (in fact all of it) is going to broadcast in letter-box format which means black bars on either side. Content suitable for the G6’s unusual aspect ratio is even lesser than content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for games as well. Web pages should work fine though.The Full Vision display of the G6 when combined with LG’s Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well.The camera app in the case of the LG G6 comes with a specialised Square mode that has been designed to make best use of the phone’s one-of-a-kind aspect ratio. It allows users to take a picture and then simultaneously review the same in a square — 1:1 — identical to the one offered by the view-finder.Speaking of which, The LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors — offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.In the LG G6, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone’s rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you’re clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner. It shouldn’t be confused with an actual panorama shot though.Moving on, the LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory which is also expandable. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging.Also Read: LG G6: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to know The G6, at least as far as first impressions are concerned, appears to be a solid smartphone. It’s got a solid and practical design, a neat display with Dolby Vision enhancements, a quad DAC inside, a potent processor with good amount of RAM and internal storage with support for expansion, an encouraging dual-camera system (although, I didn’t like the front camera much), good (but, still a little chaotic) software tweaks and a noticeable battery. LG has launched the G6 in India at a price of Rs 51,990. The LG G6 will be available for buying starting Tuesday from Amazon India. LG will be offering a Rs 10,000 cashback for the G6 on HDFC and SBI credit cards, it announced. Also, Reliance Jio users will be eligible for 100GB additional 4G data till March 18 on purchase of the G6.advertisementSo how the LG G6 will compare to its biggest rival Galaxy S8? Surely, the markets will tell. But for me it looks like that G6 with utilitarian design might be on to something here.last_img read more

Irfan Pathan gets IPL lifeline, replaces Dwayne Bravo in Gujarat Lions squad

first_imgIndian all-rounder Irfan Pathan got an Indian Premier League (IPL) lifeline after the struggling Gujarat Lions roped him as Dwayne Bravo’s replacement.Pathan was one of the biggest names that went unsold at the February auctions of IPL. He had a base price of Rs 50 lakh and twice his name came under the hammer only to be ignored by franchises.Bravo has already been ruled out of IPL as he is yet to fully recover from a surgery he underwent for his injured left hamstring.The Lions languishing at the seventh place in the eight- team IPL are in search of an Indian seamer all-rounder.It was Irfan’s experience of 102 IPL games in previous nine seasons and dearth of quality all-rounders in the country that worked in his favour.In fact, Irfan posted his picture on Twitter, wearing a Gujarat Lions T-shirt with a message, “looking forward to be a part of this wonderful unit.”The 32-year-old Irfan, once India’s premier all-rounder, has been out of national reckoning for quite sometime now.He has 80 wickets and 1137 runs in IPL cricket.In nine years Irfan have played for five franchises including Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant.last_img read more

Middlesbrough charged by FA for failing to control players

first_imgMiddlesbrough have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.Several Middlesbrough players reacted after referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty for defender Marten de Roon’s challenge on Leroy Sane in the second half.”It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute of the fixture, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” the FA said in a statement.Middlesbrough have until May 5 to respond to the charge.City striker Sergio Aguero scored the resulting penalty to level the game 1-1, with the visitors coming from behind again to secure a 2-2 draw after an 85th minute Gabriel Jesus strike.The result left 19th-placed Middlesbrough six points adrift of safety with three games to play.last_img read more

We could have scored more goals, says coach Roelant Oltmans

first_imgIndia coach Roelant Oltmans praised his players for not conceding a single corner in the bronze medal match of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which the team won 4-0 against New Zealand.”I don’t think New Zealand had one serious shot on the goal in the whole game. We did not concede a single corner,” said Oltmans, expressing satisfaction at the manner in which India turned around their game after yesterday’s disappointing 0-1 loss to Malaysia.India needed a two-goal victory over Malaysia to secure their second consecutive entry into the final of this tournament, but played an erratic match to end up losing to the hosts, who had lost three previous matches.Against the Black Sticks, India rode on two penalty corner conversions by Rupinderpal Singh (17th and 27th minutes) besides field goals from S V Sunil (48th) and Talwinder Singh (60th) to assert their supremacy.”Our defence was really well organised today. They kept the structure really well,” said Oltmans.”We also managed to create a lot of goal-scoring opportunities. If one wants to be critical, we didn’t score as many goals from the opportunities that we created. The way we finished that off is not good enough yet. That is something we need to work hard on.”We were also unlucky at times as the ball rebounded off bar on one instance,” the coach added.last_img read more

N’Golo Kante named Football Writers’ Player of the Year

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers Association(FWA) on Monday, adding to his list of accolades this season, including the PFA Player of the Year award.Kante, who joined leaders Chelsea from champions Leicester City in July, is on course to win consecutive Premier League titles. He came out on top of 17 players that received votes, including five of his Chelsea team mates.”It is a fantastic honour to win this award,” Kante told the FWA website. (”With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association to name me their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career.”last_img read more

There should be no comparisons between Dangal and Baahubali

first_img2: AamirMumbai, May 25 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan said the box office collection of his blockbuster “Dangal” should not be compared to the recently released “Baahubali 2″, as both are good films which are making the country proud.”Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” broke all previous box office records in India and international markets and has reportedly raked in nearly Rs 1,565 crore in worldwide collection.Aamirs sports drama too is not behind, thanks to its excellent run in China which has taken the worldwide collection of the film to reportedly Rs 1,500 crore.When asked whether “Dangal” would be able to beat “Baahubali 2” collection, Aamir told reporters, “I am very happy the film is being appreciated so much in China and across the world. But I dont think there should be any comparisons.”I have not seen Baahubali 2 yet but its a very successful film and have heard so many good things about it.””Dangal” is based on the life of ace wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and the journey of his daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat, while “Baahubali 2” is an epic-fantasy drama directed by S S Rajamouli.Congratulating Rajamouli and his entire team, Aamir said, “I feel there shouldnt be a comparison between the two. Both are good films in their own rights, both are Indian films which are making the country proud.”I am proud of Baahubali as well and as an Indian fan I would really appreciate the fact that the film is doing so well all over the world.”The actor was speaking at the premiere of “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, here last night. PTI JUR ARS SSNadvertisementlast_img read more

French Open: Stan Wawrinka out to extend claycourt run against dark horse Alexandr Dolgopolov

first_imgWorld number three Stan Wawrinka will hope to carry his good form on clay into the French Open second round on Thursday against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov – a player who holds a winning record against him.Champion in Paris in 2015, third seed Wawrinka claimed his maiden title of the year in Geneva last week and has now won his last seven matches on the surface.The Swiss player’s claycourt season before Geneva had been far from spectacular, having failed to get further than the second round in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.Wawrinka has never lost to a player ranked outside the top 50 at the French Open, but Dolgopolov, ranked 89th, has beaten him twice compared to one win for the Swiss.The 32-year-old Ukrainian, a former top-20 player, claimed his third tour title of his career when he won in Buenos Aires in February, on clay.But he has since failed to win more than two matches in any tournament.last_img read more

Motorola will launch a new smartphone this June 21, could be Moto Z2 or Moto X4

first_imgMotorola launched the Moto Z2 Play in India last week with four new Moto Mods at Rs 27,999. Days ago, the company also announced a new variant of Moto C for the Indian market. Now, Motorola is reportedly preparing to announce another device this June 21. This new phone could be the rumoured Moto Z2 Play or Moto X4.Motorola Brazil has sent out press invites that state the company is going to launch a new smartphone on June 21. However, the invite doesn’t mention the details of the phone. But rumours hint that Motorola could possible announce the Moto Z2 or the Moto X4 on June 21. This was first reported by MotorolaFans.Also Read: Moto Z2 Force, Moto X4, Moto G5S Plus India price leaks, launch imminentLooking at the media invite, Motorola not only indicates that it will launch a new smartphone, but also tips that the upcoming phone will possibly have an amazing selfie shooter. In the poster we can see a girl trying to click a selfie, and we assume a good front camera on that basis. No other details have been revealed as of now.Both the devices, ahead of the launch have been subjected to several leaks and rumours for quite some time. The Moto Z2 will be the successor of last year’s Moto Z. In terms of specifications, the Moto Z2 is expected to be an improved version of its predecessor. The smartphone is expected to come with 5.5-inch display screen, run on Android 7.0 Nougat, and will be backed by a 2900 mAh battery. Further, the Moto Z2 is also expected to be powered by an octa-core processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, which can be further expandable via a microSD card. On the optics front, Moto Z2 will sport a 16-megapixel camera at the rear. No details about the front camera have been revealed as of now.advertisementAlso Read: Moto Z2 Play quick review: Motorola tries the premium playOn the other hand, Moto X4 India price leaked a few days ago, which tips the imminent launch of the device. As per the pricing the upcoming Moto X4 will be made available at Rs 20,999 approx. The smartphone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours earlier. The Moto X4, which is codenamed Sanders, is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, and it will be announced in two variants: the cheaper variant with 3GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of internal storage and the second one with 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of internal storage memory. As for the camera specs, the Moto X4 is expected to feature a 13-megapixel camera of the rear side of the device.There are high chances that Motorola can unveil the Moto Z2 on June 21. This is because a new leak suggests that the Moto X4 could possibly launch on June 30. However, all the information should be taken with a pinch of salt as of now. Last week, India prices of the upcoming Moto G5S Plus and Moto Z2 Force was also leaked. Few reports claim that the Moto G5S Plus, Moto Z2 Force and Moto X4 will be launched later this year. Ahead of the launch, India prices of the upcoming Motorola phones, dubbed — Moto G5S Plus and Moto Z2 Force leaks. The report comes from a tipster named — Andri Yatim who posted the expected price of the devices. As per the tweet, the successor of the Moto G5 Plus — Moto G5S Plus will cost around Rs 17,999, while the Moto X4 will be priced at Rs 20,999.last_img read more

JK govt capable of dealing with situation in Kashmir: Rijiju

first_imgJammu, Jun 18 (PTI) Union minister Kiren Rijiju today said the Jammu and Kashmir government was capable of dealing with the situation in the Valley and the Centre would provide all support to maintain peace and restore normalcy in the state.”The state government is capable of handling it (the situation in Kashmir). The necessary inputs and support will be given by the central government,” the Union minister of state for home told reporters here.Rijiju, who was here as chief guest of the final match of the Oorja football tournament held by the SSB here, said security cannot be compromised at all.Asked about the governments strategy to deal with the incidents of militants openly targeting the police, he said, “All strategy has to be made with in due consultation with the state government because we have an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.””The state governments inputs and strategy are to be given priority. The Centre cannot just make a statement and intervene,” he said.Replying to another question about the strategy to deal with the fear generated by militants, he said, “People of Jammu and Kashmir will not take it lightly as they will not just lie down. These kinds of barbaric attacks on civilians and the police cannot be accepted and welcomed by any sensible person.””Any sane person will condemn such a brutal act,” he said while condemning the killing of six police personnel in an attack by terrorists on a police party in the Valley.advertisementThey were killed in Anantnag on Friday when the policemen were on a routine round in their jeep.”I have come here to close this important tournament of the central paramilitary forces where youth from the state are participating. A positive message should go to the people. I do not want to say anything to score some political points,” he said.The Union minister, while replying to a question about the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, said, “Security arrangements are in place for the annual Amaranth Yatra in the Valley and there will be no compromise on that part.”When asked about the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy between India and Pakistan, he said, “I support Indian in any sport it is playing.””If we have to take India forward in the world of sports, then we have to take Olympics seriously,” he said. PTI AB AARlast_img read more

Bindra seeks helpline for touring Indian athletes

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Indias lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra has requested the Sports Ministry to set up a helpline for athletes travelling abroad to avoid the kind of hardships that para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande faced recently due to lack of timely help. Pande was forced to borrow money from fellow swimmers during the Para Swimming Championships in Berlin after the funds sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India did not reach her on time. Bindra helped Pande get a scholarship after the incident through a Foundation, he is part of. “The recent incident of our paralympic athlete in Berlin raised a larger question of athlete management. Things like these continue to happen in Indian sport and leaves everyone in a bad taste and overshadows a lot of good work that is done,” Bindra said in his letter to Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “In this regard I have a suggestion: The creation of a helpline for all athletes especially when in a foreign country to solve matters of extreme concern and having a contingency fund for unforseen situations to provide just in time support to athletes would be a fantastic initiative to be taken up by the sports ministry,” he added. PTI PM AT ATlast_img read more

Kerala CM seeks wild card entry for Chitra in athletics cship

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 29 (PTI) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today sought a wild card entry for P U Chitra, to enable her to participate in the World Athletics Championships in London next month, and wanted Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel to intervene in the matter.Commenting on media reports that the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had taken the stance that the athlete would not be able to compete in the event asthe entry deadline was over, he said, “the AFI must use itsdiscretionary powers to ensure her participation in the event”.”The stance of the federation is unacceptable. I believeanother athlete (Dutee Chand) was handed wild card yesterday. So, the sports ministry has to intervene in the issue issue immediately and Chitra should also be granted a wild cardentry,” Vijayan said.”The federations decision needs to be altered and the sports minister should intervene in the matter immediately,” Vijayan told reporters in Kozhikode.Kerala Sports Minister A C Moideen visited the athletes house at Mundoor in Palakkad and promised the backing of the state to enable her to reach greater heights.Chitra said though the federations decision had saddened her, it would not weaken her spirit.She also wanted the Kerala government to provide a suitable job to enable her to pursue her sports career.Meanwhile, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said the central government should instruct the federation to include Chitra in the Indian team.In an email sent to the sports minister, Chennithala said despite the direction of the Kerala High Court to include Chitra in the team, the federation was reluctant to implement it.advertisementThe sports minister has advised the AFI to honour the Kerala High Court directive on Chitra to ensure her participation in the upcoming World Championships.The athlete, who won gold in 1,500 metres event at the recent Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, was left out of the Indian team by AFI on the grounds that she failed to meet the qualifying mark. PTI UD KV SS KUNlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, R Ashwin support Abhinav Mukund stance against racist trolls

first_imgVirat Kohli, R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Harbhajan Singh came out in support of India teammate Abhinav Mukund, who tweeted a strong statement against racist trolls.Mukund and Kohli had made their Test debut together back in June 2011. After being sidelined for a few years, Mukund, a prolific scorer in the domestic circuit, was recalled into the Indian team.However, the solid opener has been subjected to tasteless remarks on social media over his skin tone and he decided to take the bull by the horn in a stern message on Twitter.Mukund, who had played the first Test of the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka, expressed his disapproval at online abuses hurled at him over the colour of his skin.”I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about. I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me,” his statement, posted Wednesday night, read.”Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious.Read and learn, don’t make it a headline cos its someone’s emotion. Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 10, 2017″I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not even once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.”It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoors. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in the country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground.”advertisementKohli and Harbhajan retweeted Mukund’s statement while Ashwin said there was a lesson to be learnt for everyone.Muk on point ??????????????? I love ???? hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 10, 2017last_img read more

Singhania replaces Mallya in world motorsport body FIA

first_imgParis, Dec 8 (PTI) FMSCI nominee Gautam Singhania was today elected to the FIA World Motor Sports Council (WMSC) during the world motorsport bodys Annual General Assembly here, replacing Vijay Mallya to be Indias top representative on the powerful panel. Singhania, a well-known industrialist and an equally popular figure on racing circuits, was one of the 14 members who were elected out of 22 nominees. He won by a handsome 82 votes. FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim was named as the deputy titular and will represent India on the WMSC along with Singhania. As many as 17 out of 20 nominated members were also co-opted in various FIA Sporting Commissions. “It is an honour to represent FMSCI on the WMSC. Though I have been a racer for long, it is the first time I am getting into an administrative role in motorsport,” Singhania told PTI. “It is too early to talk about the road ahead but I am having a meeting with FMSCI officials next week to discuss the best way forward for Indian motorsport.” The WMSC consists of 14 members, apart from the seven vice-presidents and a deputy president. It deals with all the FIA global sporting matters for all its sporting disciplines and the term for the elected members is four years. PTI BS BSlast_img read more

Mandira Bedi holidays in Phuket; flaunts her perfect curves in a bikini

first_imgMandira Bedi, 45, whose fit body is an inspiration to many is currently holidaying with her family in Phuket. The actress-model’s Instagram posts motivates fitness enthusiasts. Mandira’s recent bikini picture will make your jaw drop. She slays it in a bikini and displays her perfect curves in the image. She posted the picture and captioned it, “2017 was awesome, but 2018, I’m going to take the plunge… @jitusavlani.” The Shanti actress seems to be aging backwards, as she is at her fittest best and has one of the best bikini bodies in the business. It makes us wonder whether the actress has aged at all in these years. Apart from Shanti, the actress has worked in many shows like Aurat, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Fame Gurukul, Indian Idol Junior, 24 and India’s Deadliest Roads.Here’s the picture:Also watch:advertisementlast_img read more

Olympiakos Buries Laboral Kutxa, 89-59

first_imgPIRAEUS – Buoyed by the return of captain Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiakos kept its hopes of repeating as the European basketball champion alive with an 89-59 destruction of the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa.The Reds are trying to earn a quarterfinal berth and turned around a losing stream with an easy win it needed to keep going. They easily dismantled Laboral, which only a week before had beaten the other dominant Greek team, Panathinaikos.It was no contest from the get-go as Olympiakos ran away to a 45-27 half time lead, with 10,000 screaming fans in support, allowing coach Giorgos Bartzokas to empty his bench and give the subs playing time too.With three tough games ahead, the win brought Olympiaks to 5-6 in Euroleague play, one less than eternal rival Panathinaikos. Spanoulis scored 14 points, beaten only by Matt Lojeski, scorer of 16 on the night.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tsatoumas Takes Long Jump Silver

first_imgZURICH – Greece won its second medal at the European Athletics Championships when long jumper Louis Tsatoumas finished second to take the silver.Briton Greg Rutherford won the event with a leap of 8.29 meters. Tsatoumas leaped 8.15 meters, just one centimeter ahead of France’s Kafetien Gomis, who got the bronze.Tsatoumas, 32, said he put all his effort into his first jump as he was suffering from an ankle problem and knew he wouldn’t be able to sustain it.“This medal is a great success for me,” he said. He received a congratulatory telegram from President Karolos Papoulias.His is the second medal for Greece at these championships after Katerina Stefanidi also won silver in the women’s pole vault.The Greek athletes are competing despite limited support from the state which has severely cut back its budget for sports, including the national teams.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more