Stuttgart have sacked head coach Tayfun Korkut after a run of just one win in seven matches at the start of the Bundesliga season.A 3-1 loss to fellow strugglers Hannover on Saturday saw them drop to the foot of the table, with just five points to their name and a goal difference of minus seven.The club have responded by dismissing Korkut and his two assistants, Ilija Aracic and Steven Cherundolo, despite him having signed a contract extension in June. 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! “The lack of development in the course of this season and the negative results have led us to take this step,” said sporting director Michael Reschke.”Tayfun Korkut took over the team last season in a very difficult situation and secured with an extraordinary run this Bundesliga season for VfB. We are very grateful to him and his two assistant coaches Ilija Aracic and Steven Cherundolo.”President Wolfgang Dietrich added: “This decision was very difficult for us. After the pleasing progress of the past season, we were confident that we could continue the positive development with Tayfun Korkut as head coach in the new season.”Unfortunately, that was not successful. Above all, our responsibility lies with VfB Stuttgart and its sporting future.”Korkut, 44, took over in January and guided Stuttgart away from the relegation zone to a seventh-place finish.Coaches Andreas Hinkel, Matthias Schiffers, Marco Langner and Andreas Schumacher will take charge of the first team until a replacement is named.
Hector Herrera scored inside 90 seconds of Porto’s 4-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow as Sergio Conceicao’s men dumped their opponents out of the Champions League and strengthened their grip on Group D.The Mexico international turned provider for Moussa Marega to double Porto’s lead before half-time as Lokomotiv failed to deal with two players who had scored against them in a 3-1 defeat just two weeks earlier.The result, combined with Schalke’s victory over Galatasaray in the group’s other game, condemned Yuri Semin’s Lokomotiv side to a Champions League exit after failing to earn a single point from their four games so far. 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! Porto dealt with a potentially tricky final half-hour after Jefferson Farfan pulled one back, Jesus Corona and Otavio scoring to wrap up a third consecutive Champions League victory for the first time since November 2015, when Julen Lopetegui was in charge of the club.Final de Jogo / End of the match / Final del PartidoFC Porto 4-1 FC LokomotivHerrera [2′]Marega [42′]Jesús Corona [67′]Otávio [90+3′]#FCPorto #FCPFCL #UCL pic.twitter.com/rcsBZ4UGje— FC Porto (@FCPorto) November 6, 2018Lokomotiv were caught out by an electric start by Porto and Marega powered his way into the penalty area in the second minute before cutting the ball back to Herrera, whose angled shot from just outside the six-yard box took a deflection on its way past Guilherme into the net.Herrera returned the favour just before half-time, chipping a delightful pass into the path of Marega who drilled a low shot under Guilherme, beating the goalkeeper with power.Herrera flashed a header onto the outside of the post after nine minutes of the second half and he was made to rue the miss when second-half substitute Farfan lost his marker and headed Aleksey Miranchuk’s corner just inside the post shortly before the hour mark.Any hopes Lokomotiv had of mounting a comeback disappeared when Guilherme’s scuffed clearance fell to Oliver Torres and he played in Corona who guided the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs and into the net before Otavio came on and lashed home a fourth in stoppage-time. What does it mean? Porto poised to qualifyPorto are firm favourites to win Group D after claiming 10 points from four games, and victory over Schalke on November 28 would confirm their place in the knockout stages.Herrera leads by exampleLokomotiv struggled to contain Porto captain Herrera, who built on his early goal with an all-action performance and gave the game one of its best moments with his weighted pass for Marega to score the second.Corluka succumbs to Porto duoExperienced defender Vedran Corluka should have known all about the threat posed by Herrera and Marega after they scored in Moscow but he and his fellow defenders were caught napping early on and never really recovered.Key Opta Facts- Porto have won three straight Champions League matches for the first time since November 2015 under manager Julen Lopetegui.- Lokomotiv Moscow have now lost each of their last five matches in the Champions League, conceding 3+ goals in three of those games (12 goals conceded total).- Porto’s haul of 10 points after their opening four matches in this season’s Champions League is their highest tally at this stage since 2015-16, though they did end up falling out at the group stage, finishing third. What’s next?Three more home games await Porto, starting with the visit of Sporting Braga on Saturday, while Lokomotiv must prepare for a trip to mid-table Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League on Sunday. read more
Chelsea’s attacking players are revelling under Maurizio Sarri’s attacking philosophy, according to Pedro.The Italian has wasted little time imprinting his style on the Blues since taking over from Antonio Conte in July.They are unbeaten in 18 games across all competitions under the 59-year-old and sit third in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Manchester City. 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! Central to their success has been a more aggressive approach, which Pedro – who has scored four times this season – believes is getting the best out of the club’s forwards.”The style is very good for attacking players and I’m enjoying it a lot,” he told the club’s official website.”We’re moving the ball, pressing very high and when we recover the ball we move very quickly towards goal.”It’s very good for me and the other players.”It’s a different style and a different idea. With Maurizio it’s more attacking.”I prefer this way because for a forward it’s important to be close to the box to try and score.”Chelsea received a boost on Friday when influential midfielder N’Golo Kante signed a new five-year deal with the club, much to the delight of Pedro.”I’m really happy to play with him and for this news because he’s a fantastic player,” he added.”He runs a lot during training and in the game, recovering a lot of balls.”He’s also a clever player on the pitch. He’s always in a good position to give balance to the team so he’s very important here. He’s crucial.”Chelsea will hope to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they travel to Wembley to face Tottenham on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
On April12, social media went viral with an image of physical education class 12 textbook suggesting ’36’-’24’-’36’ is the best figure for females. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday has filed an FIR against the publisher under Section 6 (indecent representation of women (Prohibition) Act 1986). CBSE issued an official statement day after the news stating, “CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers to the affiliate schools. Rule 15.1 (d) of the Affiliation-bye-laws of the Board clearly states that the school will follow the syllabus on the basis of curriculum prescribed by NCERT/CBSE and textbooks published by NCERT or CBSE as far as practicable.”After setting up a committee of experts and reviewing the contents of the book, the board said:The shape, size, figure have been inappropriately described which are not in consonance with the spirit of the syllabusThe author has written out of context, the textbook is not strictly as per the syllabus as being claimed by the publisher/authorThe publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to the students in connivance with some schoolsIn the process, the publisher has caused wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of CBSE.About ‘Health and Physical Education’ Book:The class 12 textbook titled ‘Health and Physical Education’ is authored by Dr. V.K. Sharma, Professor Department of Physical Education, DAV College, Cheeka (Kaithal) Haryana. The Book is published by New Saraswati House (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi The book is designed to promote health and fitness amongst youth.The curriculum includes the following topics:advertisementSports and NutritionYoga and LifestylePhysiologyPsychologyTrainingBio-mechanicsSports etc.The Board neither subscribes nor encourages irrelevant, sexist or derogatory references to any gender specially women.Read: CBSE textbook case: ”36-24-36” perfect figure? Prakash Javadekar to take action Read: CBSE to do away with grace marks for class 12 board exams: HRD to take decision soon For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
Sealing another top-four finish in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur would be more satisfying than winning La Liga with Barcelona, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.With his vibrant young Tottenham side hunting down leaders Chelsea in the Premier League and facing them in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, Pochettino’s work is making waves.It seems inevitable Pochettino’s name will be linked to some of Europe’s biggest clubs once the dust settles on the season, with Barcelona possibly eyeing the man who twice won the King’s Cup with their humble neighbours Espanyol.The good news for Tottenham fans justifiably excited by club’s inexorable rise under the Argentine is that the 45-year-old gives the impression of someone who has found the perfect environment in which to achieve his ambitions.Asked whether success could only be measured in terms of trophies, Pochettino offered an interesting perspective in the build-up to Saturday’s Wembley showdown.”For me all that has happened here is a massive success,” the former Argentina international told reporters with the same intensity with which he used to fly into tackles for Newells Old Boys.”For me I want to win title yes. But with which team? It’s normal with Real Madrid, Barca, Bayern Munich, Juventus. Every manager with the big teams you are already close to winning.”Look at Barca, with Pep, with (Frank) Rijkaard, (Tito) Vilanova, (Luis) Enrique, different managers but with the same group of players. For me top four last season was a big success, maybe more than to win one title with Barca.”advertisementFor the second successive season Tottenham have battled for the Premier League title, having failed to muster a worthwhile challenge for decades.They are four points behind Chelsea with six matches remaining having hauled themselves into contention with a blistering run of seven successive wins.Pochettino takes particular pride in out-stripping the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United – and Chelsea – without the kind of spending power those clubs enjoy.”We are showing we are a team that you can trust,” he said. “I’ve been here three years now and remember the challenge back then was first to reduce the gap to the top four.”We are fighting in our process, a completely different process to the teams in the top six too. I understand that it’s important to win titles but first it’s important to set the base, and then to win.”Tottenham’s new 61,000-seater stadium is looming up alongside White Hart Lane although it is likely to be another 18 months before they can move into it.While that building project continues apace, it is getting left behind by Pochettino’s achievements on the pitch.”The process was for the team to grow at the same pace as the facilities, to arrive at the new stadium with a team that can fight the top four,” he said.”You always love to lift trophies. But success is not just to lift a trophy, it’s how. When you don’t spend the money they spend, then that’s what I like more.”
Mythological dramas from India have become an unlikely rage in China, even prompting groups of young Chinese to start voluntary subtitling groups in an effort to bring the shows to a mass audience.The dramas Naagin, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, the 2013 series Mahabharat and Buddhaa-Rajaon Ka Raja have all been subtitled into Chinese and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people online. On one of China’s widely used video-sharing websites, Bilibili, the first four episodes of Naagin’s second season had 1.8 lakh views, reported Chinese media.Since there are few Hindi speakers, viewers have created subtitles by translating them from available English or even Russian subtitles.One of the first such volunteer subtitle groups run by fans was started last year by Yang Buhui, 29, who works in the gaming industry.”Indian mythology itself is just fascinating. Its philosophy and worldview, which are very exotic, have been a wonderful new world to me,” Yang told the Global Times.Dramas from the US, South Korea and Japan are widely popular in China. In the past, Indian dramas were aired on State broadcaster CCTV’s drama channel, and drew wide following, but few shows were available online, where most young Chinese consume entertainment.Yang told the Global Times she started her subtitling group because of her love for the show Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. “I love the drama because it’s a key to the world of Indian mythology,” she said. “Besides, the actors and actresses are not only gorgeous, but their acting skills are good.”advertisementThe newspaper quoted another fan, Qing Qing, 35, who said she was drawn by the skills of Indian actors and their more “exotic” features compared with more homogenous East Asian actors. “Their acting skills are so good that even the evil characters seem adorable, and you just can’t hate them. The male characters in many of the South Korean and Japanese dramas all look the same and they’ve become the standard for looks.”Given the wide patronage of Buddhism in China, another drama that has attracted following, Qing said, was Buddhaa-Rajaon Ka Raja. “Everybody knows that both China and India are among the greatest ancient civilizations in the world,” Qing said. “However, compared to what they know about the countries from the West or other Asian countries such as Japan, what many Chinese know about India is still limited to the simple introductions in textbooks. I hope that there will be a massive import of Indian films and dramas in the future.”Besides dramas, Indian films have begun making inroads into China. On May 5, Dangal will release across the country. During a week long trip to China to promote the film, Aamir Khan was received by thousands of fans and given wide coverage by Chinese media, as he met Chinese stars at the Beijing International Film Festival, posed with sports stars, practised yoga with his fans and even fed pandas in the southwestern city of Chengdu.ALSO READ | Now Indonesia to get its own version of NaaginALSO READ | This fantasy show is all set to replace Naagin 2WATCH | Naagin 2: Rocky comes to know about Shivangi’s truth
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ after creating a buzz in the entire smartphone space with innumerable rumours, was finally launched on March 29. Which shows that its hardly just ma month that these flagship phones have been unveiled. Within such a short span of time, Samsung beats all records and manages to sell over 5 million units of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ together.Well, this shouldn’t come as surprise to the consumers. Yuanta Securities analyst Lee Jae-yoon had earlier predicted that Samsung will be able to sell out nearly 50.4 million units of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ together. However, if a report coming from the Investor if to be considered, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer has achieved the predicted target in a months time. This being said, with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Samsung is all geared up to set the benchmark.Also Read: Galaxy S8 takes aim at greatness but possibly misses because of the cameraThe report comes from The Investor, which notes that a Samsung official has confirmed the same. It also revealed that the figure of 5 million is based on combined sales figure of the two smartphones — Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.Further throwing more light on the report, the Samsung official has reportedly said, “Although we cannot provide detailed figures, the sales are going smoothly around the globe.” He further notes, “The combined sales already are beyond 5 million units.”In terms of specifications, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sports a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED 2K display respectively. Both the flagship phones were launched with Samsung’s very own Exynos 8895 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, the global variant of the devices is little different as they are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor.advertisementAlso Read: Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Indian variants are special, they come with better cameraAfter almost setting a bench market with this year’s flagship phones, Samsung is currently working on fiery Galaxy Note 7 successor, dubbed Galaxy Note 8. Furthermore, Samsung is also preparing itself to re-launch a new version of the Note 7, which they will reportedly call as Galaxy Note 7R. This refurbished device will not be much different than its older version, however, the only difference that it could boast will be in the battery set up. If the reports surfacing the web are to be believed, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7R will come with a much smaller battery and will be almost half the price of the Note 7. However, Samsung in a statement to India Today Tech has confirmed that the newer version of the Note 7 will not come to India at all.
Even as the wait continues for the appointment of Team India’s head coach, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels the coach is the most dispensable person in the squad.The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee interviewed five candidates for the job and will name Anil Kumble’s successor soon. Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were believed to be the frontrunners even before the interviews got underway in Mumbai.Manjrekar, one of the most outspoken commentators in the game, said the he did not understand the fuss around the coach, who was possibly the most dispensable person in the Indian squad. The focus, Manjrekar said, should be on the playing XI instead. Indian team coach is the most dispensable person in the squad, we should stop fussing about it, let’s fuss about playing XIs instead.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017 Unlike coach, chairman of selectors has power to change destiny of Ind cricket but that appointment never gets such attention & importance.??- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017WHY MANJREKAR COULD BE RIGHTAnil Kumble was forced to step down as coach following differences with India captain Virat Kohli. The legendary leg-spinner said Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. Kumble had by then led India to Test series wins over the West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and a one-off Test against Bangladesh. India also regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings during this time and reached the Champions Trophy final.But in a team filled with superstars and talented players like Kohli himself, the question that begs to be asked is: does the Indian team really need a coach who keeps the players under check or a manager who has the necessary man-management skills?advertisementKumble, it was said, was very strict with daily routines and training of the players. But Kohli and the players were not happy with Kumble’s overbearing and intimidating attitude in the dressing-room.Shastri, who had applied for the job last year as well but was overlooked by the CAC, is a favourite among the players and the captain. He was the team director from 2014 to 2016 and had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the job this time around.Shastri has great man-management skills and knows how to deal with the current crop of players while Moody is the most experienced of the lot, in terms of coaching. Sehwag shares a good rapport Kohli and has played with a few of the current players. It’s a three way race to the finish line with the announcement due very soon.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 200th Formula One race in style on Sunday with a pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory for Mercedes that halved Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.The Briton’s fifth success in 12 races this season, and 58th of his career, came a day after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions.”Sebastian put a great fight on but this is what I said I was coming to do so I did it,” Hamilton told the crowd from the podium.Vettel finished second for Ferrari, 2.3 seconds behind, after pushing his rival all the way without being able to get close enough to make a move stick in what amounted to a two-horse race of relentless pressure.”It was really intense because every lap I was waiting for Lewis to do a mistake. He didn’t,” said Vettel, whose next race is Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix at Monza.3rd win in Spa 58th career victoryA memorable 200th race for @LewisHamilton#BelgianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/zJWKFE9Gx3- Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017″He was probably waiting for me to make a mistake. I didn’t,” added the German, who set a race lap record of one minute 46.577 seconds in the closing stages.With eight races remaining, four-times champion Vettel has 220 points and Hamilton 213.pic.twitter.com/3EQPWuNHum- Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 27, 2017Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull after a storming re-start following a late safety car period that had closed the gap to the frontrunners and triggered a flurry of pitstops.advertisementRicciardo, on fresh ultra-soft tyres, passed Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas to surge into the top three, with the Finn also losing out to the Ferrari of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen as he ran wide.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault, Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas and Brazilian Felipe Massa took eighth for Williams.Reuters Photo MAX RETIRES”It’s pretty much for all the Dutch here, so thanks for hanging around,” said Ricciardo, whose teenage team mate Max Verstappen retired shaking his head in sheer frustration after eight laps.It was his sixth retirement in 12 races.”There are so many fans paying a lot for the tickets and you finish like this. That cannot happen with a top team,” said Verstappen, whose orange-clad compatriots accounted for a majority of the crowd.LAP 9/44: Heartbreak for @Max33Verstappen’s fans ??The Dutchman has to retire after losing power… #BelgianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/W3YLUUYGO4- Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017While Hamilton and Vettel played out their own private duel, there was plenty of action further down the field with the Force India duo of Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon playing a starring role.The simmering pair clashed twice, the second time bringing out the safety car when Ocon — who finished ninth — tried to get past on the run down to Eau Rouge and was almost squeezed into the wall.”I can accept the first one — perhaps he couldn’t see me but the second one was ridiculous. He was risking our lives. He risked my life,” said a furious Ocon.Debris from his car’s broken front wing littered the track while Perez’s right rear tyre was punctured, leaving him limping back to the pits on a rim.”It looked like Sergio squeezed Esteban into the wall and came out the loser of that scrap,” the team’s chief operating office Otmar Szafnauer told Sky Sports television, warning that the team would read the riot act.”We’ve let them race up until now. If they can’t do it in a manner which is good for the team, then they won’t be racing any more,” he said.Spaniard Fernando Alonso was also an unhappy man in the McLaren, the double world champion making a storming start but his Honda-powered car’s lack of speed leaving him with an impossible task and increasingly frustrated before retiring.”Embarrassing, embarrassing,” he had said earlier.
Kunzer (J&K), Nov 26 (PTI) Indian cricket stalwart Mahendra Singh Dhoni today advised the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to take up to sports and give their hundred per cent to perform consistently well.”As far as sports is concerned, it is important to have a platform, but after that the players have to work really hard. Our country is huge and many people play cricket. The aim should be to represent the country for which you have to consistently perform at first class level,” Dhoni said.Dhoni was the chief guest at the final match of Chinar Cricket Premier League, organised by Srinagar-based Chinar Corps of the Army.”Even if there are not such facilities here, but when we were playing it was not that we had many facilities,” he said when asked about the lack of infrastructure in the state.He said the youth in the state should also pay attention to education.”Not only sports, education is also very important because if you see (in) Kashmir, tourism is one of the main things and if there is unrest, then tourists do not come here.”Education is important and having infrastructure is a must so that people study here and then can apply for jobs outside as well. At the end of the day, a person wants to do well with his life and for his family,” he said.The former India captain, who now play only in the limited overs format of the game, expressed hope that more players from the state will represent the country in future.advertisement”There will be players (to represent India) from here in future. There are players here who will play many matches. In IPL, the combination is also seen in a way which team needs what type of combination and accordingly the team is formed. What is important is players give more than 100 per cent and perform well,” he said.Dhoni appealed the youth to cooperate with the army to take Kashmir on the way forward towards development.”Army is trying its best to do what it can, trying to guide and create infrastructure to the extent it can. For that it is important to support each other.”If there is good infrastructure, youth will associate with it and when there is educational infrastructure, then Kashmirs development will take place. Industries should be set up here so that there is creation of jobs. The focus should not only be on apple farming and tourism but other sectors as well,” he said.Dhoni also experienced his immense popularity here as a crowd of excited youth tried to catch a glimpse of him at this hitherto unknown remote village, 35 kms from Srinagar.As Dhoni stepped into Kunzer cricketï¿½ground, in north Kashmirs Baramulla district, frenzied fans jostled with each other to catch a glimpse of him. The fans tried to take selfies with the cricketer who was donning army uniform as he holds the honorary rank of a Lieutenant Colonel.While the security forces restricted the fans from going near Dhoni, he politely obliged to autograph requests on pieces of paper, bats and even the belts of some over excited security forces personnel.The excitement was such that many youth made their way into the ground through VIP gate.”I would like to thank the cricket fans here and I appreciate the love they showered on me. I have come here after a long time. While I was watching the match, it reminded me of those old days when we used to play on a mat and the same atmosphere prevailed on the ground. It felt good to see the enthusiasm among the players here. I wish to return here with my family as it is a very beautiful place,” he said. PTI SSB PDS PDS
Bengaluru, Dec 16 (PTI) The Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust announced the opening of the SAI-Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence here today.The centre has been designed by former rifle shooter and world and Olympic champion Bindra. The purchase of the equipment deployed in the centre has been funded by the Sports Authority of India through the National Sports Development Fund.The centre was inaugurated by Prakash Padukone and Rahul Dravid, with Paralympic gold medallists Murlikant Petkar and Devendra Jhajharia present as Guests of Honour.The centre will feature advanced equipment from tecnobody, including the first ever deployment of the digital wall in the world. It also houses a pilates studio, EMS training and a cryo-chamber, which enables whole-body cryotherapy, to aid recovery.The facilities will be made available free of cost to designated elite Indian athletes through a partnership with the Sports Authority of India, and will support the various academies at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence and will also be open for public use.Speaking on the occasion, Bindra said, “I am delighted and excited to bring the Targeting Performance Centre to life at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence in Bengaluru.”This centre, along with those in Chandigarh and New Delhi, are the first hubs of a network of such facilities I would like to deploy across the country. I was fortunate to be able to personally use this equipment and received the support of sports science at all stages on my road to the Olympics.advertisement”Having experienced the benefits of leaving no stone unturned, I wanted to in turn make similar services available to my fellow athletes.”Bindra created history when he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Bejing Games.”In designing the centre, I have kept in mind the needs of the elite athlete as much as I have those of the general user. I believe that making sports science easily accessible holds a key to our nations sporting future and I am delighted and grateful for the support of the Sports Authority of India in bringing this particular centre to life.”Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore sent a message saying, “This is a significant step in the direction of providing world class facilities to our athletes. Abhinav Bindra shares governments priority of providing Suvidha and Samman to the athletes.”I hope this facility is used by the athletes in realising their full potential.”The centre will be fully operational from January 1, 2018 and is expected to attract the cream of the countrys elite athletes for assessments, training and injury rehabilitation.It will also have medical support services such as equipment-aided physiotherapy and rehabilitation programmes for members of the public to use. PTI AH AH
It’s Sequins SeasonTHE ’80S are back in more ways than one this 2018, with sequins set to be a major hit for both evening and day wear. Brands like Versace, Gucci, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Dior have sworn by the plastic embellishment in their upcoming collections, and have used it on everything from garments to accessories of every shape and size.Richa Chadda. Photo: Yogen Shah AMRITA ARORA has already picked up on the trend, with quite a few options of the lust-worthy sequins look–this full-length red gown with a thigh high slit has been styled perfectly with a simple red lip, silver Louboutins and a big diamond ring. Another dressy version can be seen in RICHA CHADDA’s jacket.Amrita Arora. Photo: Yogen Shah However, this is not to say that the style is only restricted to eyes-on-me kind of evenings. Incorporate the trend in your day looks with lighter coloured sequins in more opaque versions and bigger sizes. Balance this with solid-hued jackets, shoes and bags, and keep jewellery to a bare minimum.Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor to Mouni Roy, watch out for the fashion-moments these celebs have to offer in 2018Such Solid StatementsGO BIG or go home this 2018, especially when it comes to wearing a single colour from top to bottom. Saturated hues are the gutsiest trend to sport this year, as seen in collections by Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs.Fashion’s front runner SONAM KAPOOR showed us the way last year itself, when she #slayed in this emerald green gown by Fouad Sarkis. The dramatic silhouette is accentuated by the rich hue, and she teamed it well with medium sized jewellery. The trick here is to keep the look classic–take a cue from her faux bob, soft smokey eyes and bold red lipstick.advertisementPadma Lakshmi. Photo: Yogen Shah Additionally, PADMA LAKSHMI illustrated how the trend can be upgraded for sexier outcomes, with this risque bandage gown by J Mendel. She sleeked her hair back with a slightly messy flair, but here again, the jewellery was limited so that it didn’t compete with the dress. Plain, strappy heels, smokey eyes and a nude lipstick complete this look to perfection.In The Pink Of Style”BANISH the black, burn the blue and bury the beige… From now on, think pink,” is what editor of ‘Quality’ magazine, Maggie Prescott said in the movie Funny Face. And honestly, we couldn’t agree more.The brighter, the better is the mantra for 2018, just like Tom Ford and Valentino Resort have showcased on the runway.PRIYANKA CHOPRA nailed it in the head-to-toe pink suit by Sergio Hudson, which juxtaposes the feminine colour with a boss lady appeal. But not just for the ladies, pink will also be gender-neutral this year as was seen at the Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2018.AAMIR KHAN proves that the colour is the truest expression of confidence, as he paired his pink Tshirt with grey joggers and rugged boots.Sonam Kapoor. Photo: Yogen Shah Make sure you incorporate the shade in your wardrobe this year – either in your clothing, accessories, or even in your makeup with a peppy hue on your pout.Also Read: Kareena Kapoor in this hot, black gown is giving us fashion goals for 2018Pretty Pale PromisesGIVE THE year a fresh start with light, pastel shades that are all the rage on the runway with major international labels like Victoria Beckham, Celine, Michael Kors and Bottega Veneta.The best part is, the muted shades aren’t restricted to summer wear this year. In fact, KANGANA RANAUT gave us major winter style goals with her pastel airport look this week–a belted sheath dress by Dior, paired with a coat from Prada and bag by Miu Miu. Take note of how she has kept the colour palette within the same family range, and added black for balance in small measures.Similarly, NEHA DHUPIA has worn her baby pink suit by Vero Moda with a black lace camisole and watch, but continued the pink palette in the choice of shoes.Aamir Khan. Photo: Yogen Shah As far as make-up is concerned, stick to foundation, a light blush, basic eyeliner and light lipstick in nude and soft shades. However, if you’re in the mood to shake things up, try a bright red with orange or pink undertones for a contrasting statement.Why not go baggy chicCOMFORT clothing that looks like it belongs to someone twice your size is what’s going to be big this 2018, as we have already seen in the collections of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga.advertisementNeha Dhupia. Photo: Yogen Shah The look was nailed at the airport twice recently–JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ was a happy vision in her baggy orange culottes, worn with a knot front shirt and a casual sling bag. What works here is the fact that the style looks casual and carefree, which is what you need to aim for when putting it together. This means you can play with colour, size and style, but most importantly, keep your hair and make-up simple–try to resemble something you’d wear at home on a good day.Alia Bhatt. Photo: Yogen Shah Meanwhile, ALIA BHATT’s oversized stripe jacket is another good example of how to style this trend. She smartly paired it with a plain white t-shirt, fitted jeans and sneakers, in keeping with the overall theme of oversized chic. Here again, the makeup is next to nothing and her hair looks simple and cute. Remember to keep accessories to a bare minimum as well.Another major trend to look out for this 2018 is the ‘fringe’ – tasselled details on shirts, skirts, jackets, bags and boots. Yup, it’s mainstream once again.
MINNEAPOLIS — On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the American League maintained nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 in the All-Star game July 15th for its 13th win in 17 years.Derek Jeter soaked up the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, setting the tone for the AL with a pregame speech and delivering two final All-Star hits.Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tiebreaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him Most Valuable Player honors.“I think let Mike be Mike. I don’t think people have to necessarily appoint someone to a particular position,” Jeter said. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him. I don’t know how much better he can get, but if he consistently does what he’s doing, then he will be here for a long time.”Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer to help give the AL champion home-field advantage for the World Series.No matter what else happened, from the start it seemed destined to be another special event for Jeter.He made a diving stop on Andrew McCutchen’s grounder to shortstop leading off the game and received a 63-second standing ovation when he walked to the plate before his opposite-field double to right leading off the bottom half.He was given another rousing cheer before his single to right starting the third and 2 1-2 minutes more applause after AL Manager John Farrell sent Alexei Ramirez to shortstop to replace him at the start of the fourth.As Frank Sinatra’s recording of New York, New York boomed over the Target Field speakers and his parents watched from the stands, Jeter repeatedly waved to the crowd, exchanged handshakes and hugs with just about every person in the AL dugout and then came back onto the field for a curtain call.“It was a special moment and it was unscripted,” Jeter said. “I was unaware of it.”NL Manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals didn’t want it to stop. “The guys on our side have the utmost respect for him and would like to have been standing out there for a little while longer,” he said. “I think Derek was the one that was uncomfortable with it.”While not as flashy as Mariano Rivera’s All-Star farewell at Citi Field last year, when all the other players left the great reliever alone on the field for an eighth-inning solo bow, Jeter tried not to make a fuss and to deflect the attention.Even during his clubhouse speech. “He just wanted to thank us,” Trout said. “You know, we should be thanking him.”A 14-time All-Star who was MVP of the 2000 game in Atlanta, Jeter announced in February this will be his final season. His hits left him with a .481 All-Star average (13 for 27), just behind Charlie Gehringer’s .500 record (10 for 20) for players with 20 or more at-bats.While the Yankees are .500 at the break and in danger of missing the postseason in consecutive years for the first time in two decades, Jeter and the Angels’ Trout gave a boost to whichever AL team reaches the World Series.The AL improved to 9-3 since the All-Star game started deciding which league gets Series home-field advantage; 23 of the last 28 titles were won by teams scheduled to host four of a possible seven games.Detroit’s Max Scherzer, in line to be the most-prized free agent pitcher after the season, pitched a scoreless fifth for the win, and Glen Perkins got the save in his home ballpark.Target Field, a $545 million, limestone-encased jewel that opened in 2010, produced an All-Star cycle just eight batters in, with hitters showing off flashy neon-bright spikes and fielders wearing All-Star caps with special designs for the first time.With the late sunset — the sky didn’t darken until the fifth inning, well after 9 o’clock — there was bright sunshine when Jeter was cheered before his first at-bat.He was introduced by a recording of late Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard’s deep monotone. St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and backed up toward second, clapping along with the crowd of 41,048.“I tried to tell him to pick it up — let’s go,” Jeter said. “But he took a moment and let the fans give me an ovation which I will always remember.”When Jeter finally stepped into the batter’s box, he took a ball and lined a 90 mph cutter down the right-field line for a double.“I was going to give him a couple pipe shots just to — he deserved it,” Wainwright said. “I thought he was going to hit something hard to the right side for a single or an out. I probably should have pitched him a little bit better.”After those in-game remarks created a stir on the Internet, Wainwright amended himself: “It was mis-said. I hope people realize I’m not intentionally giving up hits out there.”Trout, who finished second to Cabrera in AL MVP voting in each of the last two seasons, became the youngest All-Star MVP, about 3 1-2 months older than Ken Griffey Jr. was in 1992.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Anyone who thought Houston would be a Yankee Stadium pushover hasn’t been paying attention to Chris Carter at the plate.After striking out four straight times, Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a colossal three-run homer the night of Aug. 19 that extended his second-half power surge and sent the Astros to a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees.“I was just trying to hit it and put it in play. My first four at-bats, I didn’t do anything,” Carter said with a smile. “I went up there in the last at-bat and just tried to forget about it and regroup.”Marwin Gonzalez knocked in two runs with a pinch-hit single, and the fourth-place Astros (53-73) won for the third time in four meetings with the Yankees this year.Despite a $154 million difference in opening-day payroll, Houston took two of three at home against New York to begin the season.“Shows us that we’re on the right track,” winning pitcher Josh Fields said. “We’re playing a lot better baseball than last year.”Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, and Martin Prado had three hits for the Yankees, who dropped the opener of a six-game homestand against two teams with losing records.New York fell four games out of a playoff spot. “We were able to come back and tie the game up and we let it slip away,” Manager Joe Girardi said.David Robertson (1-4) walked consecutive batters and threw seven straight balls before Carter launched a 3-0 pitch into the raised concrete bleachers in left field for his 30th home run.“I tried to make a good pitch down and away. Instead, I threw it right into his bat path, and he put it 30 rows deep,” Robertson said. “I struggled out there tonight and I blew it for our team.”Carter, the reigning AL player of the week, is batting .340 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in his past 13 games. He leads the majors with 17 home runs and 42 RBIs since July 1.“It was like somebody flipped a light switch,” Fields said. Fields (3-6) tossed a scoreless eighth on his 29th birthday. With the infield in, Jacoby Ellsbury was thrown out at home on a one-out grounder to shortstop by slumping Carlos Beltran.Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save.Prado singled in the fourth off starter Brett Oberholtzer before McCann drove an 0-2 pitch into the second deck in right for his 14th homer.Robbie Grossman hit a two-out RBI single in the fifth, and Houston chased Chris Capuano on his 36th birthday during a three-run sixth.Fowler led off with a triple and scored on Jason Castro’s tying groundout. After consecutive singles, both runners moved up when Jake Marisnick’s groundout deflected off reliever Adam Warren.Astros Manager Bo Porter pushed the right button, lifting No. 9 batter Gregorio Petit for a left-handed hitter even though Petit had doubled both times up. Gonzalez hit a two-run single that gave Houston a 4-2 lead.It was the first run-scoring hit by a Houston pinch hitter since Jesus Guzman had an RBI single against Texas on May 14. “I didn’t think that I was going in that early,” Gonzalez said. “Bo told me like 10 minutes before.”Prado tied it in the bottom half with a two-run double that ended Oberholtzer’s night.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares Perennial Greek soccer power Panathinaikos, which doesn’t fare well in European competition, drew 1-1 at the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven on Oct. 23 but PASOK and Asteris Tripolis lost their games.The tie gave the Greens their first point in European play and seemed to have won in injury time only to have the goal disallowed.The game opened badly when Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay counterattacked during some confusion in the Greek side defense and he scored after hitting a crossbar earlier.But three minutes before the game ended in regulation time Panathinaikos got the equalizer from Nikos Karelis, who scored after a shot from Mladen Petric was blocked but the ball rebounded to him and he headed it to Karelis.PAOK lost 1-0 to the Italian side Fiorentina which overwhelmed the Thessaloniki club. that seemed at times to be a class above its host, especially during the first half.Fiorentina scored 38 minutes into the game as Peruvian Juan Vargas beat Panayiotis Glykos after getting the rebound from a save by the PAOK keeper to his first shot, for the game’s only goal. Vargas also hit the upright in the second half.Asteras Tripolis was humiliated in England, destroyed by Tottenham, 5-1, although despite the loss the Greek team still has four points in three games. Their only goal came from Jeronimo Barrales a minute before the end on a free kick to avert a whitewash. They meet again in two weeks in Tripoli.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are bringing back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.Spagnuolo was hired Jan. 15, returning to the team he helped win the 2007 NFL championship. New York also hired Tim Walton as secondary/cornerbacks coach.The 55-year-old Spagnuolo, a 34-year coaching veteran who had a failed stint as head coach of the Rams, was a defensive assistant in Baltimore the past two seasons. He replaces Perry Fewell on coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.“This is both new and familiar at the same time,” Spagnuolo said. “I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again. I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin. Tom is the highest character guy I know.“The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”They did before.Hired by the Giants on Jan. 22, 2007 after eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Spagnuolo’s first unit at the Meadowlands led the NFL with 53 sacks. The Giants went on the road to win three playoff games, then stunned the unbeaten Patriots in the Super Bowl, allowing an average of 16.3 points per game in that postseason.“That really was a special time,” Spagnuolo said.In 2008, the Giants’ defense allowed 294 points, 57 fewer than the previous season. That helped Spagnuolo get the head coaching job in St. Louis, where he went 10-28.In 2012, he joined the Saints as defensive coordinator, but that was the year of the bounty scandal, with coach Sean Payton suspended.After that season, Spagnuolo went to the Ravens. Now he is back with the Giants.“Steve has so much enthusiasm in front of the room,” Coughlin said. “His defense has changed since he was last here. He worked in Baltimore with John Harbaugh and Dean Pees, and they are outstanding defensive coaches. He has studied defenses. Steve visited colleges and talked to college coaches, including Urban Meyer to learn how to defend the spread offenses that have become so popular.”Walton, 43, will replace Peter Giunta. Walton was the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2013. He is entering his 20th season in coaching.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — St. John’s has decided its basketball future rests with the best of its past.Chris Mullin, St. John’s all-time leading scorer and still the face of its basketball program three decades after his career ended, has agreed to coach the Red Storm, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on March 30.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.Mullin, who led St. John’s to the Final Four in 1985, has never coached at any level. He replaces Steve Lavin who agreed to leave last week, after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament twice.Lavin had an 81-55 record at St. John’s and the Red Storm went to the NCAA Tournament in his first and last seasons. His teams compiled a 2-9 postseason record in the Big East Tournament, NCAA and NIT. Lavin had one year left on his original six-year contract.Mullin, a New York native, was a five-time All-Star with Golden State, a member of the USA’s gold-medal winning Dream Team in 1992 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. He was presented for induction by his coach at St. John’s, Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca.“This is a great day for St. John’s, the whole university,” Carnesecca said. “He has always represented St. John’s well and I’m sure he’ll do a fine job as coach. People seem to be worried about his lack of coaching experience but how many people have had the basketball education he has?”It was during Mullin’s years at St. John’s that the program enjoyed its greatest days. Mullin and Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing were the key parts of the early domination of the Big East Conference.In 1985 the Big East had three Final Four teams, St. John’s, Georgetown and national champion Villanova. The Redmen and Hoyas were both ranked No. 1 during the season.Mullin and his sweet left-handed jumper became part of the lore of New York City basketball. The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports Network.(JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
PERTH, Australia — Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova had singles wins over Ukraine to lead Australia Green to the Hopman Cup, the country’s first title in the mixed teams event in 17 years.Gavrilova’s 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Elina Svitolina gave Australia a 1-0 lead before Kyrgios clinched the title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.Australia’s only previous Hopman Cup title came in 1999, when Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic beat the Swedish pair of Jonas Bjorkman and Asa Carlsson.The last time Australia reached the final was in 2003, when Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik were defeated 3-0 by Serena Williams and James Blake of the United States.Kyrgios won all four of his singles matches and combined with Gavrilova for an unbeaten mixed doubles run.Against France on Jan. 8, Australia Green was down a set point in the mixed doubles. If they had lost, Britain’s Andy Murray and Heather Watson would have qualified for the final.But Gavrilova made a clutch cross-court volley before Kyrgios helped seal the 2-1 win in which the Australian team also faced a match point in the match tiebreaker.Gavrilova trailed 6-1 in the second-set tiebreaker Jan. 9 before reeling off seven straight points to secure victory.“I played a tournament in under-12s, and it was a super tiebreaker, and I was down 9-1 and I ended up winning,” Gavrilova said.“I just literally told myself to settle down, just stop thinking of everything. Just think about how to win every point. I just played free.”Kyrgios took the first set in 26 minutes before securing an early break in the second set.“It’s an event that’s been held for a long, long time — before I was even born,” the 20-year-old Kyrgios said ahead of the final. “It’s pretty special. Especially me and Dasha (Daria) — we grew up together in juniors.”After Australia’s win, Kyrgios dedicated the title to his former coach Darren Tandy, who died last month of colon cancer.“He was a good mate of mine actually,” Kyrgios said of Tandy, who was coaching Britain’s James Ward before he died.“I spent a lot of time with him on tour. It’s definitely a sad time. I want to honor this win to him.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
VIERA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez says he plans to retire from baseball after the 2017 season, when his $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees expires.The 40-year-old slugger, fourth the career home-run list with 687, revealed his intentions March 23 during an interview with ESPN. His plan was confirmed by spokesman Ron Berkowitz.“I won’t play after next year,” the three-time AL MVP was quoted as saying by ESPN. “I’ve really enjoyed my time. For me, it is time for me to go home and be Dad.”Rodriguez is 75 homers shy of matching Barry Bonds’ career record and likely would be unable to reach it unless he plays into 2018. Also ahead of him are Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).“He’s going to be 42 at the end of his contract. You don’t see players playing really past that age. I’m not surprised,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said before a March 23 exhibition game against WashingtonBut Girardi said this may not be Rodriguez’s final decision.“I think he’s allowed to change his mind,” the manager said. “With his love of playing the game and competing, if he had two really good years, I wouldn’t be surprised if he changed his mind.”Later, two New York-area newspapers reported that Rodriguez told them — one in an email and the other in a text — that he has not made a definitive decision on his playing future.“I’m thinking in terms of my contract which ends in 2017,” he told the New York Post and New York Daily News. “After that, we’ll see what happens. I’ve got two years and more than 300 games to play.”Rodriguez, who joined the Yankees in 2004 after playing for Seattle and Texas, was suspended for the 2014 season by Major League Baseball for violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.He returned last season, shifted from third base to designated hitter and batted .250 with 33 homers and 86 RBIs despite a late slump.“I don’t think it should be too big of a surprise. He’s almost 50 years old, right?” Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner said. “The numbers obviously speak for themselves. He’s been a lot of fun to be around the last year, year-and-a-half since he came back.”Girardi would not predict whether Rodriguez would be a Hall of Famer. “That’s to be judged because of what he’s been through,” Girardi said. “Obviously, everyone that has been found guilty of the PED, they (haven’t) been allowed in the Hall of Fame yet.”Girardi thinks there will be a place for Rodriguez in baseball once his playing days are over. Girardi said “he’d be great” as a coach.“Sometimes, guys get painted a certain way in the media, and it’s kind of hard to shake that,” Gardner said. “But he’s always been great to me. He’s always been a great teammate. He’s always welcomed me with open arms and more than willing to talk about anything, whether it be baseball related, business related, on the field, off the field, or anywhere in between. He’s always been willing to give me his time. I’ll always be grateful for that.”(CARL KOTALA)TweetPinShare0 Shares