PV Sindhu on the cusp of history: Road to Rio Olympics final

first_imgPV Sindhu on Thursday created history by becoming the first Indian to advance to the final of the badminton singles event. She will take on world No.1 women’s singles player Carolina Marin of Spain in the Gold medal match today.Here’s a look at her journey from group matches to the final at the Rio Olympics.Women’s Singles Group Play Stage – Grp MSINDU CRUSHES SAROSIIndia’s PV Sindhu thrashed Hungarian Laura Sarosi 21-8, 21-9 in straight games in a Group M match of women’s singles badminton at the Rio Olympics here on Thursday.The world No. 10 took just 27 minutes to wrap up the match against the No. 64.SINDHU FIGHTS BACK VS MICHELLEIn Group M women’s singles, Sindhu managed to eke out a 19-21, 21-15, 21-17 win over Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion Li Michelle in a gruelling 72-minute match.SINDHU DOWNS TAI IN PRE-QUARTERSSindhu brushed aside Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei 21-13, 21-15 in the pre-quarters.SINDHU BEATS YIHAN IN LAST-8 CLASHSindhu caused a huge upset, stunning world No.2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games to enter the semi-finals of the women’s singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics.Faced with a much higher rated opponent, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory in 54 minutes over the former World No.1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Tuesday.STUNNING WIN OVER OKUHARA IN SEMISSindhu thumped Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the final of the women’s singles event of badminton competitions, assuring the country at least a Silver medal at the RIo Olympics on Thursday.advertisementWorld No. 10 Sindhu registered a 21-19, 21-10 triumph in the semi-finals over world No. 6 Okuhara to become the first Indian shuttler to enter the final of the Olympics.last_img read more

Will India be able to take advantage of a rare chance to go up the world rankings?

first_imgIt would have been five years since India hosted a non-Asian team by the time they take the field on Saturday to play Puerto Rico at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai. This is the first international friendly to be played here since 1955. The Caribbean country is the first nation that is visiting India since Zambia last touched down on Indian soil back in 2011. India lost 0-5 to Zambia in that match and since then not a single team outside Asia that can provide a good challenge to the Indian’s have agreed to play here.For lower ranked teams like India, it’s tough to attract higher ranked teams as they prefer playing opponents who are either near them or higher than them, which increases their chances to go up the table. With India going down the FIFA rankings each time they play, it’s becoming very difficult to play against good opponents. The last time India (178) played a higher ranked opponent was in 2014 when they clashed against Palestine (102) and lost 3-2 and finished the year on 171. (Also read: Stephen Constantine names probable squad for Puerto Rico match)India’s last friendly was against Bhutan (192) in an away match at Thimpu where they won 3-0 with goals from Summet Passi, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Holicharan Narzary on August 13, 2016. It was a typical India team on show against weaker oppositions as they dominated Bhutan and scored three goals in the first-half itself and finished the match with a good defensive display.But, Puerto Rico will provide a much-needed and steeper challenge to this Indian team. The island nation is scheduled to come to India after a derby against Dominican Republic, a match that is normally grueling and always keenly anticipated but it is believed that Puerto Rico will send their first-team because it will act as a practice game ahead of their third round Caribbean Cup qualifiers in October. The match will also help India to start their preparation for the Asia Cup qualifiers scheduled to start in March next year. This friendly will also provide both the teams to improve on their respective ranks.advertisementWith the chance to impress and climb up the rankings in this rare chance that India has, what do we have to do to get us over the line against a much better Puerto Rico team? To begin with, Stephen Constantine’s men have to believe in themselves and play as a team. The Indian team won eight of their last 10 matches. The two losses came against a much higher ranked Iran (39) and Turkmenistan (119) in the World Cup Qualifiers. India’s lack of stamina and abilities were clear in the matches. After a bright and promising display in the first-half, India fell apart in the second half in each of the occasions and that has been the story of Indian football for the longest of time. To begin with that’s the area where Constantine’s men should focus more to have even a decent chance to stand up against the bigger teams like Australia, South Korea and Japan in Asia. Young Indian footballers especially after the two seasons of Indian Super League have shown enough promise and prowess to at least the give better teams a run for their money. Players like Jeje Lalpekhlua, Rino Anto, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal and especially Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who is India’s sole player playing in Europe and has already played in the Europa league are well capable of performing against stronger oppositions but the belief and lack of match fitness kept hurting India in the past. (Also read: Stephen Constantine emphasizes on the importance of sports science)With teams not favouring to visit this part of the county often and also play a much against a team that provides little or no challenge, this is India’s golden opportunity to not only climb on the table but make the highly enthusiastic football fans believe in the young and talented Indian side.last_img read more

Rio Paralympics: Amit Saroha misses bronze after finishing fourth

first_imgIndia’s Amit Kumar Saroha narrowly missed the Bronze medal in the club throw F51 event at the Rio Paralympic Games here on Friday.Saroha, an Arjuna awardee, finished fourth with a throw of 26.63 metres in his six attempts in the final at the Olympic stadium. (Also read: India miss certain medal at Rio Paralympics after coach misses roll call for Javelin thrower)Serbia’s Zeljko Dimitrijevic clinched the Gold with a world record throw of 29.96m. His countryman Milos Mitic bagged the Silver with a throw of 26.84m while Slovakia’s Marian Kureja threw 26.82m to settle for the Bronze medal.India’s other participant in the category, Dharambir Nain, finished a distant ninth with a throw of 21.39m. (Also read: Rio Paralympics: Devendra Jhajharia breaks own world record, wins Gold in javelin throw)The club throw is an athletic event where the purpose is to throw a wooden club. It is the Paralympic equivalent of the hammer throw.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 1: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 1 of the third Test between India and New Zealand in Indore. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COVERAGE)17.05 IST: India are well poised at the moment to score big and push the Black Caps on the back foot on a track which is providing substantial support tothe seamers as well as the spinners. It will be a difficult task for theKiwis to come back from here. If India come out tomorrow and counterattack, the visiting side will further slip into a hole. The New Zealand bowlers need to put their best efforts and break this threateningpartnership. Who knows, if a wicket falls, a string of wickets may falland they may claw back into the match.17.00 IST: India have dominated the final session big time on the back of Kohli’sbrilliant ton and Rahane’s half century. They have feasted on the Kiwibowlers and creamed them around with controlled aggression. Both of them ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking around and didn’t allow theKiwi spinners and seamers to settle down.16.58 IST: And that’s it! India 267/3 at stumps. Kohli 103*, Rahane 79*16.46 IST: This is also the first century of this series. Kudos to Kohli!The first century of the @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ series goes to #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/uLwNEAjVv8 BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201616.38 IST: Kohli slams 13th Test century, also his 1st ton in India as captain. IND 257/3 in 85 overs Drama on the century ball! On a length outside off, Kohli camps back and plays it with soft hands towards point. He sets off for a single and the fielder hurls in a direct throw at the bowler’s end. He dived full length to get back. There is an appeal from the Kiwis for a run out but Virat looks confident out there. He is about to raise his hands in the air. Has he got his century? It has been referred upstairs. The replays show that the Indian skipper has made the crease easily. He is not out and finally celebrates. The crowd roars in jubilation and applauds the terrific knock!advertisementVIRAAAAAAAAAAT 13th Test hundred. Follow the game – https://t.co/0e3wZWCAUV #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/MbmMWQc8NX BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201616.26 IST: FOUR! Risky! Shortish outside off, Rahane guides it over the second slip and gully fielder for a boundary. Just used the pace of the bat, was edgy though. IND 246/3 in 83 overs16.05 IST: FOUR! Beautiful wristwork from the skipper! Around middle and leg, Kohli flicks it wristily through mid-wicket and the ball rolls on the carpet through to the boundary. The captain moves into the 80s. IND 222/3 in 78 overs16.01 IST: That’s fifty for Rahane, his 10th in Test cricket. IND 214/3 in 76.1 oversFIFTY! @ajinkyarahane88 brings up his half-century with a six in the third @Paytm Test #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/4OYBFMWQgT BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201615.39 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have now added 101 runs in their partnership for the fourth wicket. India 201/3 in 72 overs 15.33 IST: Kohli has finally ended his barren run with his fifty. The last fifty-plus score he hit was in West Indies when he had scored a double century in July. He has taken eight innings to come back to form. India 194/3 in 71 overs15.10 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Good length ball on off, Kohli flicks it through square leg. The ball wins the race and goes past the rope as the fielder is not quick enough. IND 178/3 in 65 overs AP Photo  FIFTY! @imVkohli brings up his 13th half century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/BpHERQt2u5 BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201614.49 IST: FOUR! That’s a tremendous shot! Fullish outside off, Rahane comes down the track and smacks it over the bowler’s head for a boundary. IND 165/3 in 61 overs14.44 IST: FOUR! That’s a lovely shot! Fuller length ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through the cover region for a boundary. IND 161/3 in 60 overs14.40 IST: That’s fifty for Virat Kohli, first of this series and 13th overall in Tests. IND 157/3in 59 overs14.32 IST: 50-run stand comes up between Kohli and Rahane. This has been a really important partnership for India, especially in this situation. IND 151/3 in 57 overs14.30 IST: The players are out in the middle. The weather has improved a bit. Jeetan Patel to take the ball first.14.25 IST: Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner bowled intelligently and varied their pace nicely. They extracted ample amount of assistance from the pitch and made Kohli and Rahane work hard for every run. Henry and Boult also sprinted in and gave it their all. However, the duo have seen the session through and would like to add as much as possible when they come back to bat in the final session. On the other hand, the Black Caps would like to strike early and make a dent. Stay tuned as the play will resume in a short while.advertisementTake a look at the session summary at Tea on Day 1 of the 3rd Test match. #TeamIndia are 148/3 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/1ct4xLqWIZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201614.20 IST: It was quite an interesting session with the pitch starting to play tricks in the first day itself. India have done well to score 73 runs in 30 overs for the loss of only one wicket. The Kiwis began the session on a bright note as Santner bamboozled Pujara with a beauty and castled his stumps. After that, Kohli and Rahane have fought bravely in the middle with the former getting a bit lucky at times.14.10 IST: India 148/3 at tea. Kohli 45*, Rahane 19*, Santner 1/2614.06 IST: EDGED! FOUR! Kohli is really lucky out there! Flighted outside off, Kohli tries to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge and just past the slip fielder. Taylor fielding there doesn’t move at all as he is caught by surprise. The ball goes past the fence too.AP Photo14.03 IST: FOUR! Landed outside off, Rahane steers it through the backward point region. The ball goes through the gap for a boundary. IND 140/3 in 54 overs 13.56 IST: FOUR! But that was almost a catch! Rahane got out in a similar fashion in the second Test, lucky not to now. Boult brings out the short one from out of nowhere and angles it in to Rahane. He rocks back and half-pulls it in the air over mid-wicket. The fielder out in the deep comes running in and dives in an attempt to take it, but the ball falls just short of him. It then goes past him and to the fence behind. Boundary signalled by the umpire. IND 133/3 in 52 overs13.40 IST: FOUR! THAT’S KOHLI AT HIS BEST! That’s the only way to describe that. Back of a length delivery on the stumps, it keeps a bit low and Kohli adjusts himself beautifully here. Goes back, swivels across and pulls it through the gap in the mid-wicket region to pick up a boundary.13.39 IST: Rahane today became the 36th Indian player to reach the milestone of 2000 Test runs. 2000 Test runs for @ajinkyarahane88 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/Qc8IeTMEeu BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201613.25 IST: CLOSE! Banged in short on off from Henry, Rahane tries to fend but the ball rises a tad more and it goes off the arm guard towards the first slip fielder where Taylor takes the catch and New Zealand appeal. The umpire says not out as it went off the arm guard. Pretty good decision, that. IND 115/3 in 45 overs13.17 IST: Rahane completes 2000 runs in Test cricket. These runs have come from all over the world. IND 112/3 42.3 oversadvertisement12.56 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Fullish outside off, Kohli drives it confidently through the mid off region. The ball races away to the fence in a flash. IND 105/3 in 37 overs12.52: OUT! Bowled ’em! Superb delivery! Tossed up delivery on middle and off, Pujara goes onto his back foot to defend but the ball spins away a touch after landing. Pujara misses it and the ball goes through to disturb the off stump. IND 100/3 in 36 overs. Ajinkya Rahane walks in next12.50 IST: 100 up for India in the 36th over. 12.43 IST: FOUR! That’s a solid shot! Shortish on off, Pujara goes onto his back foot and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. IND 94/2 in 34 overs12.40 IST: Mitchell Santner is back on! New Zealand would hope to get a breakthrough.  12.22 IST: Appeal for an LBW! Flighted outside off, Kohli tries to defend it off his back foot but gets hit on the pads. Jeetan Patel appeals confidently but the umpire says not out as the impact was outside off probably. IND 81/2 in 29 overs12.10 IST: We are back for the second session! Pujara and Kohli stride out. Jeetan Patel to bowl. Here we go…11.50 IST: Gambhir and Pujara joined hands and were stitching together a promising partnership. Gambhir was looking good out in the middle and was playing with intent and solidity before he was rapped LBW by Boult. Pujara and Kohli have started to build up the innings again and would be eager to carry on. On the other hand, New Zealand would look to break the partnership and make it difficult for the home side. Join us for the post-lunch session in a short while.AP Photo 11:45 IST: It was an even session and we can say that both sides have shared it. Williamson introduced Jeetan Patel early on and it was an intelligent bit of captaincy. It worked as Patel struck in his first over and sent Vijay back to the hut. Gambhir and Pujara joined hands and stitched together a healthy partnership. Gambhir was looking good out in the middle.11.30 IST: And that’s lunch! India 75/2 at lunch. Pujara 29*, Kohli 7*, Boult 1/23, Patel 1/711.24 IST: Here’s Sachin Tendulkar paying tribute to the warriors of the sky on the occasion of 84th anniversary of Indian Air Force Day.Salute to our brave warriors of the sky on the occasion of 84th anniversary of Indian #AirForceDay pic.twitter.com/4kIh2GEOdu BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201611.04 IST: OUT! Boults gets his man, traps Gambhir lbw for 29. Gambhir departs and Bould does the damage! Fullish length delivery around off, Gambhir looks to defend but plays down the wrong line and is rapped low on the back pad. There is a loud appeal for LBW and the umpire obliges and rules it out. it looked plumb to the naked eye and the replays show that it was quite adjacent. IND 60/2 in 19.5 overs. Captain Kohli is the next man in.10:47 IST: Nothing much on offer for the quicks off the deck with Gambhir and Pujara looking quite settled at the crease. IND 52/1. Indore roaring with chants of India, gives Test ckt rousing welcome. future of Test ckt is small cities. @BCCI @JM_Scindia #indvsnz pic.twitter.com/jQ6jidirgZ Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 8, 201610.32 IST: FOUR! Controlled! Good length ball outside off, Pujara steers it at the last moment through the gap between slips and gully for a boundary again. Fifty comes up for India. Gambhir 28*, Pujara 12*10.30 IST: FOUR! FOUR! Quick outfield! Fuller length ball outside off, Pujara drives it through the cover region. The ball races away to the fence in no time.10.23 IST: Trent Boult is back into the attack! No first and second slips for him.10.20 IST: Gambhir has been in superb from in domestic cricket. Scored 1580 runs in first-class since playing his last Test in 2014. Only Abhinav Mukund has scored more runs than Gambhir as an opener in that period. IND 41/1 in 11 overs10.07 IST: FOUR! Tad short outside off from Patel and Gambhir steers it late to the third man region. The ball goes past the fence and Gambhir gets another boundary. IND 35/1 in 7 overs10.05 IST: Here are some interesting stats on the comeback man, Gautam Gambhir. Gautam Gambhirfirst 50 inns: 2692 runs, ave 57.28, 100s/50: 9/10last 50 inns: 1354 runs, ave 28.21, 100s/50s: 0/11#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 201610.02 IST: FOUR! Nicely played! Angles it on the pads, Gambhir tickles it to the fine leg region. No fielder in the deep and GG gets another boundary. IND 30/1 in 6 overs9.58 IST: OUT! Spin does the trick for NZ. Jeetan Patel gets rid of Vijay (10). Flighted ball on off, stops a bit, Vijay tries to defend but the ball goes off the inside half of the bat and straight to Latham at short leg. Vijay can’t believe it. Patel gets the early breakthrough. The ball didn’t go straight in Latham’s hands though, went off the arm first and then into this hands. IND 26/1 in 5 overs. Pujara is the next batsman in.9.53 IST: SIX! Another biggie! Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Gambhir pulls it over the long leg region. The fielder in the deep tries to get under the ball but it sails over the rope for back-to-back sixes. The crowd is totally enjoying this. Gambhir moves to 16 off just 9 balls. IND 26/0 in 4 overs9.51 IST: SIX! That is some short! Banged in short on middle and leg, Gambhir rocks back and pulls it over the square leg region. The ball goes all the way for a biggie! 9.48 IST: FOUR! Overpitched again and same result! Fuller length ball outside off, Vijay drives it through the cover region for another boundary.9.46 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Fuller length ball around off, Vijay leans onto it and drives it beautifully through the extra cover region. The ball races away to the fence and the crowd start cheering “Indiaaa Indiaaaa!”9.44 IST: FOUR! Gambhir is off the mark in style! Tad short outside off, Gambhir rocks back and cuts it confidently through the point region. Beats the fielder there and gets a boundary to get going. IND 6/0 in 2 overs9.39 IST: Murali Vijay off the mark with a single of the last ball. IND 1/0 in 1 over9.34 IST: Extraordinary! First ball and the seam is completely gone. Never seen this before! New ball has been taken. 9.30 IST: Trent Boult to start the proceedings for NZ. Murali Vijay opens for India. It is overcast right now in Indore.TOSS KA BOSS!Virat Kohli’s love affair with the toss continues. The Indian captain has won seven consecutive tosses at home, including this match.A file image of Virat Kohli. (AP Photo) 3rd Test – #TeamIndia win the toss and elect to bat first @Paytm Test Cricket #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/9PyH7qWgkC BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016Playing XIs: India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh YadavNew Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult Kane Williamson: It is important we put them under pressure, hope we can do that. I have recovered over the last two days and two changes for us as well – Neesham for Wagner and myself for Nicholls.Virat Kohli: It has been pretty good to win two out of two, now winning the third one, would like to bat first. Just want to put up a good total on the board. It is all about creating good habits and keeping up with it. At the same time, we can’t be complacent and all the boys are eagerly waiting for this Test match as well. It is a historic day for Indore and the association as well – first ever Test match. It has always been a batting-friendly wicket. Spinners will come into play on days 3 and 4. It is a hard surface and it will be an even contest. The bowlers will be in it if they bowl well and batsmen can score runs too. Two changes – Gambhir for Dhawan and Umesh for Bhuvi. Toss and team news: India won the toss and have opted to bat. Gautam Gambhir replaces an injured Shikhar Dhawan while Umesh Yadav comes in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham are the changes for New Zealand. #TeamIndia win the toss and will bat first #IndvNZ @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/MwMDo8tUnV BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016Preview: The series already in their pocket and the number one ranking cemented, a dominant India go into the third Test against New Zealand aiming yet another clean sweep of a Test series at home.The hosts had blanked Australia 4-0 in 2012-13 and the West Indies in the next season.They nearly repeated the feat against South Africa last year and this impressive history in recent past makes India favourites in the first-ever Test being hosted by this city which has a long tradition in the game. New Zealand, who have competed well in phases against the rampaging home team so far, have an enviable task of stopping the Virat Kohli-led side from notching up their 12th win at home from 14 encounters.The Kiwis would hope that captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second game due to illness, regains full fitness to lead them for one last-ditch effort to score a rare victory on the Indian soil. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)In Williamson’s absence the Kiwis folded up without much of a fight for totals of 204 and 197 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His return is very important especially with the other top batsman in the ranks, Ross Taylor struggling for runs.New Zealand spinners too have been unable to exert sustained pressure on the Indian batsmen after the new ball bowlers make early inroads and this too has had a bearing on the series. Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi have shown the way to some extent in batting against the Indian spin-oriented attack, but others need to step up.India would certainly miss the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is out with a back injury after bowling sustained spells and grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings at Kolkata. (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)Umesh Yadav, who played in the first game, is expected to be back to lend support to the impressive Mohammed Shami who bowled well in Kolkata even when his daughter was in the ICU of a local hospital. The commitment and skills with the old ball shown by Shami had been exemplary. The biggest threat for the Kiwi batsmen are Ashwin, with his variety in off spin, and Jadeja, who bowls left arm spin with pin-point accuracy with subtle variations.The Black Caps, on the other hand, have depended on their pace attack led well by Trent Boult and Matt Henry who was brought in to play in Kolkata to make it a three-pronged pace attack after the visitors had gone in with a three-pronged spin formation in the series-opener.last_img read more

Nico Hulkenberg to leave Force India, set for Renault

first_imgGerman driver Nico Hulkenberg is set to race for Renault next season after his Force India team said on Friday he would be leaving at the end of the season “to pursue other opportunities within Formula One”.The 2015 Le Mans winner has been strongly linked to the French team and Force India sources confirmed he was heading to that team. There was no immediate confirmation from Renault, however. (Also read: Nico Rosberg not getting complacent despite closing in on title)”Everybody at Sahara Force India wishes Nico well as he embarks upon a different path in Formula One,” said Force India team principal Vijay Mallya in a statement.”While it’s true we will miss Nico, we respect his decision to explore fresh opportunities and it would be wrong to stand in his way.”last_img read more

RESHUFFLE 2 LAST

first_imgSanjeevanee Kutty, Special Secretary and Financial AdviserSanjeevanee Kutty, Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in Home Ministry, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Border Management in place of Kumar. NHAI Chairman Raghav Chandra has been named Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes. Yudhvir Singh Malik, Special Secretary in Niti Aayog, will be new chairman of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in place of Chandra.Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Yadav will be Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in place of Prabhas Kumar Jha, who has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Official Language. Yadav, who is Secretary in Department of Sports, has been replaced by Injeti Srinivas, Director General of Sports Authority of India.Anoop Kumar Srivastava, who is Secretary, Department of Official Language, will be Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Ameising Luikham, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), has been appointed as Officer on Special Duty in Minority Affairs Ministry. He will take over as Secretary of the same department on superannuation of present incumbent Rakesh Garg, the order said.Seema Bahuguna, Special Secretary and Financial Adviser in Department of Rural Development, will be new Secretary, DPE. Senior IAS officers Preeti Sudan and K P Krishnan have been appointed as Secretaries of Department of Food and Public Distribution, and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Sudan is Special Secretary in Women and Child Development Ministry and Krishnan is Special Secretary, Department of Land Resources. N S Kang, Secretary and Director General in National AIDS Control Organisation, has been named as Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Rajeev Kapoor, Director of Mussoorie-based Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA)–which provides training to bureaucrats, has been appointed Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Senior IAS officer Upma Chaudhary, who is at present in her cadre state Himachal Pradesh, will be Director LBSNAA. UPSC Secretary Asha Ram Sihag has been appointed as Secretary, Coordination and Public Grievances in Cabinet Secretariat. His wife Bharati S Sihag has been named as OSD, Department of Fertilisers. She will take over as Secretary in the same department on superannuation of the present incumbent Vijay Shankar Pandey. Kewal Kumar Sharma has been named as Secretary, Department of Higher Education. He will first take over as Officer on Special Duty in the same department before taking over as Secretary on superannuation of Vinay Sheel Oberoi. Besides these 19 secretaries, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved extension in tenure of R K Jain, Member of National Disaster Management Authority, for six months beyond November 30. PTI AKV ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

Nico Rosberg shakes off Lewis Hamilton’s shadow

first_imgNico Rosberg lost a race and won a Formula One world championship on Sunday and a weight of history slipped from his shoulders as the tears flowed and a night of partying stretched out before him.From their days together as teenage karting team mates to mature Mercedes rivals, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has been the implacable rival against whom the German has measured himself and come short. (Also read: Tonight’s going to be absolutely nuts, says Nico Rosberg after maiden F1 title)For two years running he had fought the champion for the title and failed, with some suggesting 2016 could be a last throw of the dice.”It feels like I’ve been racing him forever and always he’s just managed to edge me out and get the title even when we were small in go-karts,” Rosberg told reporters in a news conference punctuated by emotional pauses.”He’s just an amazing driver and of course one of the best in history so it’s unbelievably special to beat him because the level is so high and that makes this even more…so much more satisfying for me.”And I took the World Championship away from him which is a phenomenal feeling.” (Also read: Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title)Rosberg has been at Mercedes since 2010, first as team mate to compatriot and seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher and then, from 2013, Hamilton.While he finished above Schumacher in their three seasons together, there were some who suggested that was more a reflection on the older German’s waning powers.advertisementHamilton then scored more points than him in every season, including taking the championship in 2014 and 2015, but Rosberg never gave up or lost faith in his own abilities.The turning point, as he explained on Sunday in a floodlit Abu Dhabi paddock, came in Texas last October on the day Hamilton clinched his third title and tossed a cap in his team mate’s direction post-race.Rosberg, who had gifted Hamilton victory with a late error, petulantly flung it back.”Austin was a horrible experience for me and I really spent two days just on my own thinking and I said I didn’t ever want to experience that again,” he confessed.”And then I went and won the next seven races on the trot, so for sure it was a big moment for me and one of the key moments for being here today.”Rosberg ends the season with nine wins to Hamilton’s 10, and with the Briton also ahead on pole positions, but it is the points that matter. In the end, after 21 races, he scored five more.Hamilton’s fans will say the German has been blessed with far better reliability but Rosberg has also displayed a remarkable calm and consistency.”Everybody does his own way; for me that feels best and I’ve really learned to focus hard. It takes a lot of sacrifice also to stay so focused during a whole year. For sure that helped,” he said.Now, for the first time in months, he could relax.”I’m sure it’s going to be pretty crazy now for the next few days but I look forward to all that, it’s going to be special. Tonight is going to go absolutely nuts, I mean tonight is going to be insane,” he said.last_img read more

Moto C and Moto C Plus’ new 360-degree video leaves little to the imagination

first_imgLenovo-owned Motorola saw a great success with its budget phones, notably with Moto G and Moto E series. The company is now gearing up to launch a whole new C series which is expected to be the cheapest phone series ever launched by Motorola.While past leaks have already given us a murkier picture of how the phone could look like, now a new 360 videos of both Moto C and Moto C Plus, published by Android Authority and OnLeaks helps us clear the cloud around the two phones.The video shows the two phones from every possible angle and leaves almost nothing to imagination. The video shows a Red coloured Moto C and the Silver Moto C Plus. The two phones look similar except a rear camera bump clearly seen on the Moto C Plus. Both the phones sport a rear-mounted speaker grill, a headphone jack and micro-USB port on top.  The rear  panel of the both the models are removable and can be attached with Moto Mods.Also Read: Moto E4, E4 Plus images and 360-degree video leaks, reveals complete specificationsThrough previous leaks we know that both Moto and C Plus will run Android Nougat and will be sold in gold, silver, red and black colour variants. The devices are expected to come with 5.2-inch display and may be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC. Moto C is expected to house 1GB RAM while C Plus could come with 2GB RAM. Expect 16GB and 32GB of internal storage for the two phones.advertisementAlso, it is speculated that the Moto C could come with  a 16-megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera. The smartphone is expected to house  a 3,800mAh battery and can be priced somewhere closer to the price of  other Moto M devices. It is also rumoured that there will be two variants of Moto C-2G and 3G.Also Read: Moto E4 specs leaked, to come with Android NougatAlongside Moto C and Moto C Plus, Moto is also working on Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. The recent video render of Moto E and E4 Plus reveals several key specifications of the device. Moto E4 Plus is expected  to come with 5000mAh battery which earlier also reported in the FCC listing. Also, the video exposes the front top of the smartphone revealing the front camera and a LED flash placed beside the selfie-shooter. The upcoming Moto E4 Plus is also expected to come with a 3.3mm headphone jack on the side.The smartphone is also rumoured to sports  a 5.2-inch display screen coupled with 2.5D curved glass layer on top. The images leaked by famous tipster Evan Blass shows that Moto E4 can come with 5-inch display with either HD or FWVGA display. Also, the smartphone is expected to be powered by a MediaTek chipset and can house a 2800mAh battery. Both Moto E4 and E4 Plus are speculated to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.last_img read more

MI vs DD: We have the skill and firepower to beat Mumbai, says Delhi all-rounder Angelo Mathews

first_imgSri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews today said that misfiring Delhi Daredevils have the ability to beat formidable Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match here tomorrow.Mumbai chased down a stiff 199-run target against Kings XI Punjab with 27 balls to spare at Indore last night.”Mumbai have been playing extremely good cricket, as was the case last night (against KXIP). We certainly can beat them and we have the skill and firepower to do it,” said Mathews.Thursday night’s victory was Mumbai’s fifth on the trot in six games and that has placed them at the top of the table. On the other hand, Delhi are struggling with three loses from five outings.”If you look at the last 5-6 games Mumbai have played, they have been on a roll, home or away. It’s a tough ask but we have the firepower to do it. It’s just that we need to click,” Mathews insisted.Sri Lanka’s limited overs skipper pointed out how the Daredevils, who have lost three games including the last two, had come close to crossing the finish line.”All our games were very close, but could not pull it off. Next time we should be able to do it, if we come close,” he said optimistically.Even in the previous game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad, Daredevils made a brave effort to overhaul 192- run target but failed, and Mathews praised the rival bowlers.”If you watch the last game it’s really hard to explain what went wrong. Credit should go to Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and other bowlers. They bowled yorkers and did not give us anything to hit,” he said.advertisementMathews conceded that the team did not have sufficient big names in batting, but said Delhi were playing as a unit.”We have not got so many superstars in our team, but we have got a good set of players who can win games and that’s all matters. We have played as a team right though. We are on the verge of winning games and I am sure we can pull it off tomorrow.”He also said the that team had quite a few talented Indian youngsters.”When you play competitive cricket and when you score and take wickets against international players, it shows you have something in you. In our team we have Sanju Samson, who is 22 years old, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer. Shahbaz (Nadeem) has been bowling well for so many seasons. The amount of talent is unbelievable,” Mathews said.Asked about Mumbai’s death bowling specialist Lasith Malinga giving away more than 50 runs in two successive games, the fellow-Lankan said, “…anyone can have a bad day, especially in T20 cricket and it’s very difficult to be consistent throughout the long season of 14 games. Lasith has proved himself as one of the best bowlers in shorter format.He will definitely come back.”Mathews wished that more Lankans would turn out in IPL in the future.”IPL is very competitive tournament. The cream of international players play here. Obviously playing competitive cricket is very good, but unfortunately not many of us are in IPL and hopefully more will be there in the coming years,” he concluded.last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: May 25, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Mumbai: Hollywood Movie Star, Shah Rukh Khan (B) Bangalore: India Luxury Style Week (B) Mumbai: Grand finale of Designer of the Year 2017 (A) Hubballi: Yeddyurappa visits Dalits (B) Mumbai: Screening of Sachin Tendulkars biopic (A+B) Patna: Vat Savitri Puja in Patna (B) Amritsar: Uzma at Amritsar airport (B+A) Guwahati: Sadou Asom Nirman Sramik Union protest (B+A) Jammu: PoK refugees protest in Jammu (B) Surat: Hardik Patel in Surat (B) Latur: Maha CMs chopper carsh lands (B) New Delhi: Anand Sharma addresses a press conference at AICC (B+A) New Delhi: PETA, JD Institute of Fashion Technology protest against leather products (B) Allahabad/Bhopal/Bhubanneswar: ?Vat Savitri Puja? (B) New Delhi: Manoj Sinha addresses press (A+B) Bhopal: Foundation stone laying for the statue of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay (B) Bhubanneswar: Maharaja Krushnachandra Gajapati Narayan Debs 43rd death anniversary (B) Bhopal: Vat Savitri Amavasya in Bhopal (B) Allahabad: Javelin throwers welcomed in Allahabad (B) Patna: Dhanmanti Kumari gets Prernadoot award (A) INTERNATIONAL Frackville : Shaurn Thomas, poses for a photo with attorneys James Figorski (A) Vatican City : Donald Trump and First lady Melania pose for a family photo (B) Brussels : Demonstration in the center of Brussels (B) Brussels : President Donald Trump meets with Belgian P M (B) Tripoli:Hashim Ramadan Abedi appears inside the Tripoli-based Special Deterrent anti-terrorism force unit (B) Seoul: S Korean ousted leader Park Geun-hye, arrives for her trial (B) Brasilia: Anti-government protest in Brasilia (B) Mahia Peninsula : Electron rocket maneuvers to the launch pad on the Mahia Peninsula (B) Cannes : 70th international film festival (B) Penghu Island : the annual Han Kuang exercises on the outlying Penghu Island (A) Hong Kong : Chairman Daniel Levy, presents a gift to Ng Keng Hooi (B) Port Allen : CSM Administrator Seema Verma, and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, watch, Vice President Mike Pence (A) Quito : swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in Quito (A) Marawi : A convoy of APCs head to the site to combat with Muslim militants (B) Undated : Wanted poster for Isnilon Hapilon (B) Brussels : NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference (A) Moscow : South Korean President Moon in Moscow (B) Berlin : Democracy and global responsibility at a Protestant conference in Berlin (A) SPORTS Stockholm: Soccer Europa League (B) Mumbai: Gavaskar at Wankhede Stadium (A+B) (PTI) PHOTO GCS DL DLadvertisementlast_img read more

Oppo R11 with dual rear-camera set up, Android Nougat 7.1 goes official

first_imgThe Oppo R11 which has been subjected to several leaks and rumour off late, has now finally become official.  The phone has been listed on company’s official retail partner and will go on sale from June 10 in China.The site reveals that the phone will come in three colour options- Gold, Rose Gold and Black. However, listing does not mention the price of the phone but pas rumours suggest that the phone may cost around $500 which equals to Rs 32,190.The listing reveals that the phone will come with 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The phone seen on the site sports a metal unibody design with a rectangular home button on the front which also doubles up as the fingerprint scanner. Power button is placed on the right while Volume rocker is seen on the left edge of the smartphone. The device is seen sporting dual cameras on the back and company logo at the centre of the back. The Oppo R11 sports a 20-megapixel and another 16-megapixel sensor with a dual-LED flash at the back.The Oppo R11 is runs Android 7.1 Nougat with company’s ColorOS on top. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card. The Oppo R11 is backed by a 2900mAh battery with connectivity options 3.5mmjack, 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth onboard. There are no words on the India availability yet.Only last month, Oppo launched its F3 smartphone in India. The smartphone with dual front camera system and costs Rs 19,990. The phone is a successor to Oppo F3 Plus which also comes with same front dual camera system. The Oppo F3 uses smart recognition to detect when three or more people in the frame and automatically change it to wide-angle mode, says Oppo. One rear, the phone packs a 13MP camera with with LED flash, optical image stabilisation and  phase detection autofocus features. The Oppo F3 also comes with same 64GB internal storage which is expandable but runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based ColorOS 3.0.advertisementAlso Read: Oppo F3 review: Buy it for its superb selfie cameralast_img read more

Virat Kohli surprised at Bangladesh capitulation: ‘Didn’t expect to beat them by 9 wickets’

first_imgVirat Kohli was surprised with a lack of fight from Bangladesh’s bowlers after India decimated them by nine wickets to book a final berth against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy.India won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early to see off Soumya Sarkar. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim then made gutsy half-centuries to add 123 but the lower-order imploded and failed to take off in the final 10 overs as Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar showed remarkable control to restrict the Tigers to 264/7. In response, India appeared to barely break a sweat as Shikhar Dhawan (46), Rohit Sharma (123 not out) and Kohli (96 not out) took the defending champions home in the 41st over.Kohli, who had conceded Bangladesh were a dangerous team, said he was surprised India won so soundly.”Honestly, we never expected to win by nine wickets but that is quality that we have at the top of the order. Both the guys at the top gave us a great start. It allowed me to play my natural game. With the ball, we never let them away for anything. The two quick wickets stopped their momentum,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Kohli also said part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav’s spell helped India restrict Bangladesh to a below-par score in batting-friendly conditions at Edgbaston.”We had another complete game. When we won the toss, I expected another clean performance. With the ball, we never let them away. The two quick wickets got us the momentum. He (Jadhav) has bowled in India as well. He is a smart guy. He knows where to pitch it. Had those guys carried on, we would have been chasing 300.advertisement”Kedar’s spell was difference in the game for us. To restrict them to 260…. they never got away from us. We never let them get past six runs an over,” Kohli said after the match.last_img read more

Meet Garima Avtar, the one to lead expedition of 20 female drivers to inhospitable Spiti

first_imgNoida-based Garima Avtar, 40, is one of a handful of female rally drivers to have participated in almost all of India’s major motorsport competitions, including the Indian Rally Championship, the Raid De Himalaya, Desert Storm, the Mughal Rally and the Autocross and Speed Sprints. Now, she’s getting ready for a,Noida-based Garima Avtar, 40, is one of a handful of female rally drivers to have participated in almost all of India’s major motorsport competitions, including the Indian Rally Championship, the Raid De Himalaya, Desert Storm, the Mughal Rally and the Autocross and Speed Sprints. Now, she’s getting ready for a new adventure: leading a unique expedition of 20 female drivers to the inhospitable Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh, in September this year. “The expedition is not meant to be a joy ride,” she says.”It is aimed at boosting confidence among women,” adds Avtar, who says knowing how to deal with inhospitable road conditions will give participants the courage to explore the beautiful Indian countryside from behind the wheel and make the outdoors a part of their lives.She says that travel companies catering exclusively to female travellers have already demonstrated the market potential for such expeditions. Women will also feel more comfortable driving with an all-female team, says Avtar, a former member of the Professional Mahindra Rally team in the ‘Time Distance Speed’ category.With 40 per cent of the seats for the expedition already filled by women from across the country, including from cities like Ahmedabad and Chennai, Avtar is optimistic that this is just the beginning. “Let us see what happens on the ground. Next time, we can choose even tougher terrain and make the grind even more challenging,” she says.Avtar, who is also a trained classical singer, joined the rally circuit in 2011, with the Women’s Car Rally (a drive from Delhi to Jaipur). She traces her obsession with four wheels back to her childhood. “While other girls were playing with dolls, my room was full of small toy cars. This sport has taught me so much? it has taught me integrity and perseverance, things that matter more than craft, in the long run,” she says.advertisementPart of the Mercedes-Benz Luxe Drive in 2016 and an instructor at the Porsche Test Run hosted by the Porsche Centre, Gurugram, in 2017, Avtar stresses that she has always felt welcome in the traditionally male bastion of Indian motorsport. “Not only did I receive a positive reaction from my male counterparts from the very beginning, they have always been very supportive and encouraging,” she says. However, she says that sponsorships remain few and far between in the sport, despite the fact that Indian rallyists like Gaurav Gill have proven their mettle in major events like the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Avtar, who trained under Gill in 2014, says that “the problem of funds cuts across sports. Cricket is the only game that attracts corporates. Let’s see when sponsors open their purse strings to this sport”.In the next five years, Avtar wants to hit the international circuit. “Everything is going as planned. In order to maximise my potential, I have created a tight bubble of total focus around me,” she says.last_img read more

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first_imgRecieved From: Press Trust of Indiapti goa At: 7/17/2017 11:18:46 AM ————————————————- Sports page: n.delhi Guha saddened by public humiliation of Dravid, Zahjeer 1-0-0 n.delhi Arun may be appointed bowling coach 1-1-0 london Federer – 1st to win 8 Wimbledon titles 2-1-0 london Marin Cilic reveals blister sparked tears 1-0-0 london Muguruza finds winning formula 0-1-0 london Makarova, Vesnina cruise into womens doubles title 2-0-0 london Kubot, Melo win doubles title 0-1-0 london Hingis, Murray lift mixed doubles 0-1-0 derby Womens WC: India eves set semis date with Aus 0-1-0 colombo Zimbabwe on top againt Sri Lanka 2-0-0 sydney May apply for India coach job in future: Gillespie 1-0-0 silverstone Hamilton wins British GP 3-0-0 geneva Harikrishna holds Dmitri to finish fourth 0-1-0 LA Mourinho denies chasing Ronaldo 0-1-0 Ent page: mumbai Amit and Sakshi wins India Banega Manch 0-0-1 mumbai Arjun was hoping to work with Dibarkar Banerjee 0-1-0 mumbai no sufficient time to produce music: Priyanka 0-1-0 LA Kesha releases new song Woman 0-1-0 pti jrm PTPlast_img read more

Liverpool F.C. reject second FC Barcelona bid for Philippe Coutinho: reports

first_imgLiverpool have rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros ($117.29 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Spain’s Barcelona, according to British and Spanish media reports.Barcelona are keen to sign the Brazilian playmaker, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for 8.5 million pounds ($11.03 million) in 2013, and have already had an initial bid worth 80 million euros rejected by Liverpool last month.The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer to 85 million euros plus 15 million in add-ons but Liverpool have rejected the second bid, maintaining their stance that the player is not for sale.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has repeatedly said that the 25-year-old, who was a key player for the Anfield outfit last campaign, would not be sold and the club’s position is boosted by Coutinho’s signing of a new five-year contract last season.Media reports indicate that Barcelona are targeting Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele as replacements for Brazil forward Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain last week for a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros.While Spanish media have suggested that a deal for Coutinho’s move to Barcelona was close to completion, British media say Liverpool have not and will not make any plans to discuss the player’s future with the Catalan club.($1 = 0.8526 euros, 0.7708 pounds)last_img read more

US Open: Maria Sharapova inspired by warm welcome from fans, players

first_imgMaria Sharapova has been inspired by the reaction from fans, and felt the respect from other players, since coming back from her 15-month doping ban, the Russian told reporters following her second-round victory at the US Open on Wednesday.”I’ve had an amazing reaction from fans since I’ve been back and that’s been very special. I mean, I felt it while I was away. I felt it in a real presence since I’ve been back,” she said.”It’s a very special feeling.”Sharapova won an electric three-setter against world number two Simona Halep on Monday to get the tournament off to a thrilling start.Asked if she was at peace with fellow players and fans who were disappointed that she was found to be using meldonium after it had been added to the list of banned substances, she was blunt.”With the way that I played Monday night, I don’t think there are any more questions,” she said.Reuters PhotoSharapova has maintained that she was unaware of the policy change regarding the drug, which she had been taking for years before it was moved to the banned list in 2016.In addition to fan support, Sharapova said she feels the respect of other players.”I definitely feel the respect from the athletes. Certainly when I play against them, in terms of the level they play with,” she said.”That’s important to me. I think from a respect level, when you’re able to respect your rivals and compatriots, that’s really important, and I feel that.”advertisementThe 30-year-old followed up Monday’s big win with a come-from-behind victory over Hungarian Timea Babos 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 on Wednesday.Next up for Sharapova is a third-round meeting with American Sofia Kenin on Friday.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: It was stressful after India scored, says Colombia coach

first_imgColombia U-17 chief coach Orlando Restrepo said that his team felt stressed after hosts India scored during their Group A fixture of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Monday.Jeakson Thounaojam scored the lone goal for India in the 82nd minute at the Jawahrlal Nehru Stadium here as the hosts lost 1-2 against Colombia.”It was stressful after India scored the goal, I congratulate India coach and the players who showed will and desire to go for the win,” Restrepo told reporters during post-match press conference.Colombian Juan Penaloza strucked a brace (49th, 83rd minutes) to help the visitors seal their first victory in two group matches and earn three points.However, the coach believes that converting Penaloza to a right winger from right back (in the last match against Ghana) was a tactical change which worked for the side.”We struggled at the beginning too, we made some tactical adjustments, we had to have patience to finalise the opportunity we had and Penaloza scored twice,” the Colombia U-17 coach said.”We used his creativity and pace in our adjustments to counter India’s organisation but it was a very balanced team (India),” Restrepo added.last_img read more

Real Madrid hold no fear for ‘quality’ Tottenham Hotspur, says Christian Eriksen

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have plenty of quality and no need to be afraid of Real Madrid in their Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday, midfielder Christian Eriksen has said.The Danish international scored the winner as Spurs beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday and Eriksen has set his sights on another good showing against the European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu.”You need quality and belief. I think we have both so I don’t think we should be scared of anything,” Eriksen told British media.”I haven’t won there yet so I need to change something. Of course it’s a special stadium, a special place.”Playing against Real will always be special for any footballer with the history they have and the players there so it will be a good test, to see how far we’ve really come.”Tomorrow, it’s a big one. #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/6d8KTiCkGe- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 16, 2017Tottenham, level on six points with Real in Group H, will be look to avenge a 4-0 defeat they suffered the last time the two teams met in Madrid in the 2010-11 season.Two members of the Tottenham team that lost to Real — Gareth Bale and Luka Modric — have since moved to the Spanish giants while Tottenham have a new hero in Harry Kane.The England striker has struck five times in two Champions League games and six times in the Premier League but Eriksen was keen to stress that Spurs, despite Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s assertion, were not a one-man team.advertisement”Of course nobody wants to be called a one-man team,” he said.”I think over the last few seasons it’s been almost the same team every season. We know each other very well.”There are strong links between all the players and a good feeling going into training and going into the games. We’ve got something special and I hope that’s what people on the outside see, and it’s what the squad feels.”Ben Davies is a doubt for the match after the Welsh defender missed the Bournemouth match with illness and manager Mauricio Pochettino said the club was working towards getting the rest of the squad ready for a huge challenge in the Spanish capital.”We need to recover well after two weeks with the players away, and now after the massive effort against Bournemouth,” Pochettino said.”Until Tuesday we need to work hard, all the staff, to try and help the players recover.”last_img read more

Want to win Premier League with Manchester United F.C., says Zlatan Ibrahimovic

first_imgSwedish international forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday revealed he re-signed for Manchester United to win the English Premier League title with the club.The 36-year-old who was ruled out of the previous season due to knee injury, re-signed for the club this year after his one-year contract came to an end.”The target is the English Premier League. That is my target to finish. Everything I started in the first season, we will finish in the second one,” Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying by the Independent.The forward who scored 28 goals in 46 games last season said he was not satisfied with the way his season ended last year.”I said I have come back to finish what I started,” the Swede said.”Everything I built up in the first season — obviously we won the three trophies — the ending for me was not the ending I wanted, or nobody wanted, especially after how the season went,” Ibrahimovic added.last_img read more