Harry Kane was the saviour for England as he score an injury-time winner to lead his team to a 2-1 win over Tunisia in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Tuesday.This was the first time that England have scored two or more goals in the opening game of a World Cup for the first time since 1998. Both were scored by Kane and was the first to do so in regular time since Gary Lineker achieved the same feat against Paraguay back in 1986. He also scored the two goals against two different goalkeepers for the first time since Diego Forlan did the same against South Africa in 2010.Ferjani Sassi, who scored the equaliser for Tunisia, became the first African to score in this World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBuzz kill: Gnats swarm playersEngland and Tunisia players swatted away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in Russia’s riverside city of Volgograd on Monday.The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the perfect breeding ground for insects during the hot and dry summer in the Russian south.Russian media said authorities used planes in the months before the game to spray the area around the stadium, which is next to the massive Volga river, with a special substance designed to kill them off, but the effort was only partially successful.PHOTOSAuthorities also tried to regulate the flow of water at a nearby hydro-electric dam which locals believe has adirect effect on the number of insects.advertisementSeveral players were sprayed by staff just before kick-off, but that did not appear to be enough either. England’s Raheem Sterling looked particularly bothered by the tiny gnats circling his face before the start of the second half.Fresh Start? England scored late to beat Tunisia 2-1 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener (Reuters Photo)England decided to play an attack-minded midfield in their World Cup Group G opening match against Tunisia.England manager Gareth Southgate included Jesse Lingard in the starting lineup, with Jordan Henderson as the solitary England enforcer in the middle of the pitch and left Eric Dier on the bench, as widely expected.Harry Kane ecstatic after scoring late winner vs TunisiaHarry Maguire was given the nod as part of England’s central back three alongside John Stones and Kyle Walker, leaving experienced defender Gary Cahill on the bench.England’s starting XI was so fresh that it had a cumulative total of 248 caps between them, which is the lowest by an England team in an international tournament since June 1962. Only four payers had who have played more than 30 matches, with them being Jordan Henderson (39), Raheem Sterling (38), Kyle Walker (35) and Ashley Young (34).Belgium unbeaten in 20 games Belgium have not lost their last 10 games in the World Cup (Reuters Photo)Belgium opened their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over debutants Panama in their Group G encounter at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.With the win, Belgium are unbeaten in their last 20 matches. They have won 15 games and drawing just five with their last loss coming in September 2016 when they lost 2-0 to Spain.World Cup 2018: Belgium manager hails quality of Mertens and LukakuDries Mertens joined Marc Wilmots (1998 and 2002) as only the second player to score in two editions of the World Cup, when he hammered home a superb volley two minutes into the second half, sending the ball arcing over Jaime Penedo after Panama struggled to clear a cross.Romelu Lukaku’s hard work up front was rewarded when he headed home Kevin De Bruyne’s brilliant pass off the outside off his foot to make it 2-0 in the 69th minute and the big striker latched on to an Eden Hazard pass to complete the scoring with a neat finish.Lukaku almost makes history Romelu Lukaku scored a brace against Panama (AP Photo)Lukaku scored a brace to break the resistance of a brave Panama side on their World Cup debut. In the first half, Lukaku had just seven touches of the ball which was seven fewer than any other player on the pitch. He also just had one shot (that too off target), and made six passes (with only two of them being successful).He scored in the 69th and 75th minutes to be trailing legendary Jan Ceulemans in the list of most goals for the ‘Red Devils’ in major tournaments (World Cup and EUROs). Lukaku with five goals is level with Marc Wilmots and is behind only to Ceulemans with six.advertisementSweden’s goal drought endsSweden defeated South Korea 1-0 to win an opening World Cup game for the first time since 1958. The last time they had beaten the tournament hosts Mexico 3-0. They were winless in their last seven World Cup opening matches, winning just two and drawing the rest.Granqvist seals historic victory for Sweden over South KoreaIn the 65th-minute Viktor Claesson was brought down by Kim Min-woo in the penalty box, and after consulting with the Video Assistant Referee system, a penalty kick was awarded. In the second VAR-awarded penalty of the World Cup, Sweden’s 33-year-old captain Andreas Granqvist stepped up confidently to sweep the ball low and left of the otherwise impressively in-form goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo.Granqvist’s Historic Penalty Granqvist’s goal was the first penalty scored by Sweden at the World Cup since 2002 (AP Photo)Granqvist’s goal was the first penalty scored by Sweden at the World Cup since 2002, when Henrik Larsson netted against Nigeria. Up until that goal, Sweden had last scored a goal in a 2-1 defeat against Chile back in March.”The VAR took a while but we are very pleased they had it … I was pretty sure,” Granqvist said of the wait.Interestingly Granqvist’s last four goals have all comes from the penalty spot, with goals against Belarus, Luxemburg and now South Korea.(With inputs from Reuters)
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard’s brace and a goal from Michy Batshuayi gave Belgium a resounding 5-2 victory against Tunisia on Saturday and put them in command of Group G in this year’s World Cup.Before this, the Red Devils had defeated Panama 3-0 and with five goals from this match, they now have 8 goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far. Only hosts Russia has managed to score as many goals as the Belgians so far in the World Cup. They hammered five past Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener and then scored three against Egypt.After racking up two wins and a goal difference of plus-six Belgium are virtually assured of advancing but it is not yet guaranteed – and they will be aware that they will need to tighten up at the back to handle the threat of the big guns deeper into the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith six points and a plus-six goal difference, Belgium are now into the last 16 of the World Cup and they will look to finish the group on top when they take on England on June 28 in their final game.#REDTOGETHERThx @fanclub1895 4 the support #WorldCup #BELTUN#ENGBEL pic.twitter.com/beSHqtvDIiBelgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 23, 2018Belgium’s attack has been in full flow so far and is ably led by Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four goals from two matches and is the joint top scorer in this year’s tournament with Cristiano Ronaldo. And, his coach was happy with his and the team’s attacking display after the first two matches. However, he is aware of their shortcomings at the back as well.advertisement”It’s not easy to score that amount of goals in two games,” said Belgium coach Martinez following their 3-0 opening win over Panama.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”Today was a different game to Panama, they were very deep and structured, we had to find solutions. You have to give a lot of credit to Tunisia for wanting to press high up and make it a really open game. It is really good for us to be able to adapt to different types of games.”We had to suffer in spells but when we were in full flow going forward, we look really sharp. On top you have the talent and the quality but since we came together it’s been a joy to see a group of players working so hard.”World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku equals Diego Maradona’s 32-year-old recordRAGGED DEFENDINGBelgium were much the better team from the off, looking dangerous on almost every attack, but they were seriously aided and abetted by some ragged defending and non-existing marking from their opponents.Syam Ben Youssef needlessly crashed into Hazard to give away a sixth-minute penalty, which the captain calmly converted.Ali Maaloul then gave the ball after 16 minutes to allow Dries Mertens to drive forward before rolling it into the path of Lukaku to plant it low into the corner. Belgium’s shaky defence gave away two easy goals vs Tunisia (Reuters Photo)Tunisia hit back two minutes later with a Dylan Bronn header as Belgium’s own sometimes shaky defending was exposed but another misplaced Tunisian pass enabled Thomas Meunier to feed his goal-hungry striker as Lukaku clipped in to make it 3-1 in stoppage time.World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku demands more from Belgium after Tunisia winFollowing his double against Panama it took the him to four goals for the tournament, level with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, and made him Belgium’s highest scorer at a single World Cup after one-and-a-half games.An inch-perfect Kevin de Bruyne pass sent Hazard clear for his second six minutes after the restart, the midfielder showing superb balance and skill to round keeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.Substitute Batshuayi then had a remarkable last 20 minutes, having a shot cleared off the line, hitting the bar inexplicably from point-blank range and having another effort brilliantly saved before finally finding the target in the 90th with a good finish.Belgium were generally on cruise-control for the final half hour, with Hazard and Lukaku taken off for a rest, though the North Africans had the last word as Wahbi Khazri scored in stoppage time.”The Belgian team is a superior side,” Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul said. “We would like to apologise to the Tunisian fans. We did our best and we will try to improve our performance in the future.”(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi: August 03, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALGhaziabad: Kanwariyas during the holy month ofShravan(B)New Delhi: Parliament’s Monsoon session / TVGrab….(B+A)New Delhi: President meets promoted IAS officers (A)Patna: Bihar CM at Mukhyamantri Kanya Utthan Yojanaprogramme(B)Jabalpur: Rehearsals for Independence Dayfunctions(A+B)Patna: Bihar CM visits Bima Bharti’s residence(B)Jabalpur: Army exhibition in Jabalpur(A)Kolkata: AAP activists protest in Kolkata(B)New Delhi: Campaign against State Repressionon Rights protest(B+A)New Delhi: College teachers protest(B)INTERNATIONALJerusalem: Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem(A)Singapore: ASEAN-India Ministerial Meeting(B)Andrews Air Force Base :President Donald Trumpboards Air Force One(B)SPORTSLondon: Women’s Hockey World Cup(B+A)Gothenburg: Europa League qualifying soccer match (B)Akron: Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament (A)Bridgeview: Tournament of Nations soccer match (B)San Jose: Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament(B)Rio de Janeiro: Copa Sudamericana soccer match (B)Nanjing: BWF World Championships(A+B)PTI PHOTO VNA DLDL
AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini on Sunday was appointed the Italian football club’s new Sporting Strategy and Development Director.The former Italy captain spent his entire playing career at the club, playing in over 900 senior appearances.”There are few words to describe what Paolo Maldini represents for AC Milan. It was a privilege watching him as a player, winning countless trophies on the pitch, and I am excited and honoured to be working with him today in this new role,” AC Milan’s Executive Chairman Paolo Scaroni said in a statement, posted on the club’s website.”Paolo’s leadership and experience will benefit the club greatly, as will his passion and energy. Today’s appointment is yet another sign of Elliott’s commitment to build a strong foundation for long-term success.”It will not be easy and it will take time, but we have ambitious objectives, and Paolo’s appointment is an important step toward returning AC Milan to where it belongs,” he added.Maldini made his club debut in Serie A at the age of 16 on January 20 1985. The 50-year-old won 26 trophies, including seven National Championships, one National Cup, five Italian Supercups, five UEFA Champions Leagues, five European Supercups, two Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup.He retired at the end of the 2008/09 season after 25 glorious years wearing the iconic red and black jersey.(With IANS inputs)
This year’s Independence Day, Akshay Kumar is back with another film high on patriotic pride. Ever since Baby hit the screens on Republic Day 2015, Akshay Kumar has not let the patriot in him take a backseat. It is common knowledge that the Republic Day and Independence Day weekends are earmarked for the release of his films.Directed by Reema Kagti, Gold revolves around independent India’s first Olympic gold win – a feat achieved by the Indian men’s hockey team in 1948 at the 14th London Olympiad.Gold, which releases today in 2500 screens across the country, has opened to a phenomenal response from the audience. The advance booking trends suggest that the film will earn somewhere between Rs 18-20 crore on its first day.The sports drama has already raced ahead of the other Independence Day release this year, John Abraham-starrer Satyameva Jayate, which portrays the fight against corruption and social injustice.Akshay Kumar has a solid track record when it comes to Independence Day. His last Independence Day release, Toilet Ek Prem Katha, which promoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, earned Rs 13.10 crore on its first day.In 2016, Akshay Kumar’s fans were treated to Rustom on Independence Day. Like Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Rustom released a few days before the holiday. The film kickstarted its run at the box office with Rs 14.11 crore and demolished its competition, Hrithik Roshan-starrer Mohenjo Daro.Apart from the Akshay Kumar and patriotism factor, fans are also super-excited to watch the Bollywood debut of popular television actress Mouni Roy. Having ruled over the small screen for years, Mouni has a sizeable fan following, which has translated into footfall at the theatres.advertisementALSO READ | Gold vs Satyameva Jayate: Which film will win box office battle?ALSO WATCH | Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood
New Delhi, Aug 16 (PTI) A 22-member Indian football team squad will travel to Australia on August 17, as part of their preparation for the forthcoming SAFF Cup. The squad has been camping in Delhi since July 28. The Indian U-23 squad will be based at the Valentine Sports Park in Sydney for a 16-day long preparatory camp before they leave for Dhaka on September 1. “The exposure trip was planned before the Asian Games but unfortunately, we were barred from taking part in the Games. We didn’t see any reason to cancel the trip and had to postpone it prior to the SAFF tournament,” head coach Stephen Constantine said. Apart from the 22 players, two have been kept in reserves and might get a call-up to join the contingent in Australia if circumstances demand so. 20 players will eventually travel for the SAFF Suzuki Cup. Constantine also thanked the clubs for releasing the players from their club commitments giving the national duty more priority. “I would like to express my gratitude to the clubs for letting the players join the more-than-a-month long national team camp. We need such support from them until the AFC Asian Cup 2019. It’s good for the country as well as the clubs. I appreciate that,” he added. “Although we didn’t qualify for the AFC U23 Championship, these boys showed good signs in Qatar last year. A few new boys have come and they’re putting in an effort to integrate with the other boys.” “It’s a group of talented youngsters and I believe a good number of players will graduate to the senior team in time, the coach mentioned.advertisement On being asked whether the U-23 players will be under pressure against the senior teams in the SAFF Cup, he explained: “I take it as a challenge for us. If the senior boys compete in the SAFF tournament, these young boys won’t get the opportunity to play anytime soon. “I think this tournament should be treated as a platform to give more exposure to the U23 boys which will be beneficial for India in future.” The list of 22 players along with 2 reserves: GOALKEEPERS: Vishal Kaith, Kamaljit Singh, Sukhdev Patil. DEFENDERS: Davinder Singh, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Subhasish Bose, Mohd. Sajid Dhot, Jerry Lalrinzuala. MIDFIELDERS: Nikhil Poojary, Isaac Vanmalswama, Nandha Kumar, Vinit Rai, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Vignesh D. FORWARDS: Sumit Passi, Hitesh Sharma, Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary. RESERVES: Lalruatthara, Rohit Kumar. PTI AHAH
What time is the Test match between England and India?Day 4 of the third Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.30pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The third Test between India and England will be played from August 18-22.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The third Test between India and England will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?India’s playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England’s playing XI: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes.Virat Kohli scored his second century of the tour as India set a daunting 521-run target for England to win the third Test at Trent Bridge on Monday.A day after taking 5-28, Hardik Pandya smashed 52 off 52 balls as India closed in on the declaration on day three. Cheteshwar Pujara, resuming overnight alongside Kohli with India on 124-2, made 72.advertisementKohli invited England to bat for nine overs in the last session of the day after making the declaration. But openers Alastair Cook (9*) and Keaton Jennings (13*) did well as England were 23/0 at stumps, needing 498 more to win the match.The highest successful run chase in Test history is 418, by West Indies against Australia in 2003.
Joe Root smashed his first century of the series and 14th overall as England surged ahead on day four of the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval on Monday.Root, who has had a very mediocre series according to his standards, showed immense class to sign off from the series with a century to his name.The England captain pushed himself to No.4 in the last innings of the Southampton Test and persisted with the position in the last Test match as well and the move has worked wonders for him. Moeen Ali, who replaced Root at No.3 has seen off the new ball and taken the shine off it on all three occasions and Root has benefited immensely from that.Root’s innings was not flawless however. He was dropped twice by Ajinkya Rahane on 46 and later in his 90s by Cheteshwar Pujara, when he edged one off Mohammed Shami on 94 but he shook the nervousness aside and took a single off Ravindra Jadeja in the 80th over to reach the landmark.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestA special day as @root66 scores his first century since last summer!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6erwzLEIKR#EngvInd #ThankYouChef pic.twitter.com/e9qL2FpsEiEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2018Root’s innings might come at a time where the series is not on line but his return to form will be a welcome sign for the Englishmen, who are all set to lose one of their key players in Alastair Cook after this Test.advertisementRoot and Cook have been the backbone of the English batting for the last few years and it was this pair again, which haunted the Indian bowlers on a pitch that had little turn but nothing major to trouble the likes of Cook and Root.The pair got together when Ali fell for 20 with the score on 65 and forged a partnership over 200 to take England’s lead past 300 as the Indian bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough.Also read – Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell Test Joe Root and Alastair Cook shared a stand of over 200 runs for the third wicket (AP Photo)While Cook had the best moments of the day after reaching his 33rd Test ton and his last ever in international cricket, Root did the majority of the scoring. Not out on 29 at the end of Day 3, Root took the onus on himself to score runs quickly from the beginning of the day.Resuming the fourth day at 114/2, both the English batsmen looked in solid control. Cook, who was not out on 46 at stumps on day three reached his fifty early on the penultimate day of the Test match while Root reached the landmark in the 57th over with a boundary of Shami.After that, Root accelerated and got quick runs and went into lunch unbeaten on 92. He resumed the second session of the day nervously and was dropped by Pujara as well but Root hung in there and reached his 14th Test ton and celebrated wildly in joy as his family watched on.This was only the second three-figure score for Root in the second innings after 180 against Australia at Lord’s in 2013.
Former Australia captain is set to make his debut at the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February next year. However, David Warned has turned down the offer from the Twenty20 league organisers.With 500 players to be named in the draft for the fourth edition of PSL, Smith is placed under Platinum Player category — the highest-paid category.Smith and Warner were banned by the Cricket Australia (CA) for one year following their roles in the ball-tampering saga in South Africa in March. Smith was also stripped of captaincy while Warner will never lead the national team again.Smith and Warner were also banned from playing domestic cricket but were allowed to play at club level and Twenty20 leagues across the world.The two star batsmen have been doing all it takes to keep their hopes alive of making the Australia squad for 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. The duo had also taken part in the inaugural Global T20 Canada in July and the Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League.They have also returned to their respective clubs on September 22. Smith plays for Sutherland while Warner represents Randwick-Petersham.Smith and Warner could face each other on November 10, when Sutherland and Randwick-Petersham face off in a one-day match at an yet to be announced venue.The fourth season of the PSL will start on February 14 in Dubai.
PV Sindhu suffered a shock loss in the second round but Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma advanced to the quarterfinals to keep India’s flag flying at the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Thursday.Sindhu, who is ranked 4 in the world and seeded third for the tournament, was shown the door by Hyun Ji Sung of South Korea 24-26 20-22 in fighting 59 minute duel.With Sindhu’s exit, India’s challenge ended in the women’s singles after Saina Nehwal had made a first round exit.But India’s men’s singles shuttlers had a good day in office with Srikanth and Sameer progressing to the last eight round, albeit with contrasting results.Fourth seeded Srikanth, who had claimed a silver medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games, had to dig deep in his reservoir to outwit fellow Indian H S Prannoy 18-21 30-29 21-18 in a thrilling match, clocking an hour and seven minutes. Srikanth will face either Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto or Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.Sameer, however, qualified for the quarterfinals after his formidable opponent, Olympic champion Chen Long pulled out of the competition due to injury. He will face either Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus or local hope Lee Cheuk Yiu on Friday.However, mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 17-21 11-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Hsu Ya Ching to bow out of the tournament.Men’s doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri also failed to clear the second round hurdle, losing to Chinese Taipei combination of Jhe-Huei Lee and Yang Lee 16-21 15-21.advertisementEarlier, the match between the two trainees of the Pulella Gopichand Academy turned out to be a pulsating contest as former world no 1 Srikanth did the catch up act with Prannoy enjoying the early spoils.Prannoy, who had defeated Srikanth at the Senior National final last year, moved neck-and-neck till 9-9 before the former jumped to a 14-10 lead.Srikanth clawed back at 15-15 before Prannoy again moved ahead to secure the opening game.The second game was a cliffhanger as the duo played out of their skin, giving nothing away. After a close-battle, Srikanth grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at the break, which evaporated soon as Prannoy took a 15-12 lead.Srikanth again drew parity at 16-16 and moved to 19-17. However, Prannoy took two points to make it 19-19.After that, there was nothing to separate the two as both kept taking points alternatively before Srikanth managed to grab the upper limit of 30 points first to pocket the game and roar back into the contest.In the decider, Srikanth continued his momentum surging to a 11-4 lead at the interval. Prannoy caught up at 16-16 before Srikanth again moved ahead to seal the contest.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch
Even as Virat Kohli maintains he doesn’t feel the need to get riled up anymore, the Australian camp, it seems, are wary of sledging the India captain in the upcoming four-Test series.Vice-captain Josh Hazlewood points out Kohli is key to India’s chances and that the Australian team will come up with a “couple of options” to get the in-form batsman out early. However, the impressive right-arm pacer insists sledging the visiting captain is not going to be his priority.Kohli had scored 692 runs, including four hundreds during India’s previous Test tour of Australia and Hazlewood predicts the run-machine will once again take center stage when the rivalry renews in Adelaide Oval.”I see the Indian line up as the best in the world, if not right up there, led by Virat and I think they feed a lot of him and how he goes about things,” Hazlewood said.”They’ve played a lot at home since we played them last in Australia. They toured England and South Africa, and it was only Virat who stood out. A lot of the other haven’t scored too many of the runs,” he added.”I think we’ll obviously have a chat about him before the game starts. We’ll come up with a couple of options. It’s about what conditions suit, with a player of that caliber you need a few options.”Virat obviously thrives on that sort of stuff. It gets him going and he probably plays his best cricket when he’s doing that. It’s up to the individual – if it’s a bowler or a fielder. I am usually pretty quiet when I am bowling.”advertisementHazlewood’s comments come days after Australia captain Tim Paine insisted the hosts will have a word or two with Kohli, if needed.”We’ll just play it by ear; if there’s a time when we think we need to have a word with him, I’m sure we will. If there’s other times when we feel like we’re bowling well against him and are troubling him, then you don’t have to do it,” Paine had told the press.Meanwhile, Hazlewood has said it’s going an even contest between the two teams as Australia, at home, are strong enough to challenge any visiting team despite the absence of two of their best batsmen – Steve Smith and David Warner.”I think it’s pretty even. They’re obviously number one Test team in the world but we play some good cricket at home. So I think it’s very even heading this,” Hazlwood said.”With our bowling attack we’re very confident and based on last year, we had quite a good template there and it worked pretty well (in the Ashes). So we’ll be looking to replicate that and test it against one of the best batting orders in the world.”Rules are pretty clear now: Hazlewood on Australia’s quest for reverse swingAustralia’s quest for reverse swing led to a ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March this year and this will be the first Test at home for the hosts since that infamous Cape Town Test.Talking about working the ball for reverse swing during the series, Hazlewood said, “It’s pretty common sense. The rules are pretty clear now it’s good to have it in black and white.”This ground and Perth are not ideal for reverse swing so it’s more normal seam and swing. I don’t think it’s going to play a massive part in this game.”Hazlewood also stressed on the importance of off-spinner Nathan Lyon, especially the fact that he can bowl long spells to allow the three pacers enough time to recuperate themselves.”He’s the key for me. With the four of us, you have Pat who bowls shorter spells and sometimes Starc too. So to have Lyon, it even worked well two weeks ago when we played the Shield game.”He pretty much bowled from one end after the new ball and we filtered through from the other end.”He added that the fitness of their three-pronged pace attack, also consisting of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, will probably determine the course of this series.(With PTI inputs) Also Read | Scaredy Bats: Australian public bash Aussie media for insulting Team IndiaAlso Read | Fast and furious: Adelaide curator promises green pitch for 1st India-Australia TestAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso See:
New Delhi, Dec 12 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday declined any interim relief to US-based Johnson and Johnson, which has challenged the formula approved by the Centre for determining compensation for patients who received “faulty” hip implants, saying the plea was neither important nor urgent.”Some matters are important and some are urgent. Unfortunately, this does not fall under either of the two categories,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said.The court also said it would not be “apposite” to pass any orders in the matter when the issue related to the compensation was pending before the Supreme Court in a PIL.The observations by the court came after the central government’s standing counsels Amit Mahajan and Gaurang Kanth said the top court was seized of the issue in which the pharma major was also a party.Johnson and Johnson told the high court that no notice has been issued to it by the apex court and it was not aware of any orders passed by the top court.Justice Bakhru, however, did not agree with the argument and said “now you know the matter is there in Supreme Court. Take appropriate steps”.”In view of the above, the court does not think it apposite to pass any orders at this stage. Further consideration of the petition is deferred to await outcome of the proceedings in the Supreme Court,” the high court said and listed the pharma major’s petition on February 26.In its plea the company has sought quashing of a recent press release of the government informing the general public about the formula worked out by an expert committee to compensate patients who received the “faulty” hip implants produced by the pharma major’s subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc (USA).advertisementIt has also challenged the report of the expert committee — headed by RK Arya, Director, Sports Injury Centre — which worked out the compensation formula.Besides, it has also sought quashing of the report of another committee — headed by Arun Agarwal, Professor of ENT, Maulana Azad Medical College — which was appointed by the Health Ministry for looking into the allegations of faulty hip replacement implants.According to the Arya committee report, compensation payable to patients would be determined in terms of the disability by the faulty hip implants in relation to their age.Those between 20 to 35 years would get compensation between Rs 58.08 lakh and Rs 49.66 lakh for 20 to 30 per cent disability; Rs 77.63 lakh to Rs 69.41 lakh for 30 to 40 pre cent disability; Rs 100.17 lakh to 89.32 lakh for 40 to 50 per cent disability and Rs 122.71 lakh to Rs 109.15 lakh over 60 pre cent disability, the press release had said.It said those between 35 to 60 years will get a compensation between Rs 49.66 lakh and Rs 33.63 lakh for 30 per cent disability; Rs 69.49 lakh to Rs 44.45 lakh for 30 to 40 pre cent disability, Rs 89.32 lakh to Rs 57.26 lakh for 40 to 50 per cent disability and Rs 109.15 lakh to 69.08 lakh for over 60 pre cent disability.Those above 65 years will get of 30 lakh for 20 to 30 pre cent disability, Rs 40 for 30 to 40 per cent ability, Rs 50 lakh for 40 to 50 per cent and 60 lakh for over 60 per cent disability, it had said.The pharma major told the court that as a result of the press release, people are “landing at its doorstep” for compensation and contended that the government’s public announcement was made without any legal basis.When the court asked the ministry as to under what law the press release was issued, the government said the same issue was pending in a PIL before the apex court.The PIL in the apex court has alleged that “faulty” and “deadly” hip implants have been fitted into the bodies of 4,525 Indian patients.The plea has contended that DePuy makes, sells and exports medical implants, including articular surface replacements (ASR) hip implants which have been withdrawn by the firms on their own in 2010 on the ground that they were defective.According to the PIL, the firms “illegally sold DePuy ASR Hip Implants in India from 2005 to 2006.” PTI HMP SKV SA
India’s badminton stars Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap tied the knot in a private ceremony in Hyderabad on Friday.The wedding took place at Saina’s residence in Orion villas at Raidurgam in Cyberabad.”It was a small gathering of about 40 guests, including relatives of the Saina and Kashyap’s families. It was a very simple ceremony and December 16th will be the reception,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.Saina took to Twitter to post a couple of photographs captioned, “Best match of my life ??…#justmarried.”Best match of my life …#justmarried pic.twitter.com/cCNJwqcjI5Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 14, 2018Saina and Kashyap have been in a relationship for the past decade now but successfully managed to keep it under wraps.Saina and Kashyap, the 2014 CWG gold medallist, first met at the Pullela Gopichand badminton academy where they have been training since 2005.Last year, Saina was seen partying with Kashyap along with other teammates ahead of the third season of Premier Badminton League (PBL). They were also teammates at Awadhe Warriors.Saina has been in good form this season after battling knee injury which has been troubling her for the past couple of years.The Hyderabad athlete reached the final of Indonesia Masters at the start of the year and then followed it up with a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast after beating compatriot PV Sindhu in the final.advertisementEarlier this year, Saina settled for the bronze medal in the Asian Games in the women’s singles after losing to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan. It was her first medal at the Asiad and the first singles medals at the Games for India in 36 years before PV Sindhu bagged a silver.After clinching the bronze medal, Saina had included Kashyap’s name in her thank you note on twitter along with coach Gopichand and her physios.”I would like to thank Gopi Sir for all the hardwork and support … also @parupallik for giving me great match inputs and for helping me in sessions before the #AsianGame2018 … lot of efforts of Physios would like to thank @ArvindDNigam4 and Kiran challagundla sir,” Saina wrote on Twitter.The duo was also spotted together at the Denmark Open in October where Kashyap gave some on-court coaching tips to Saina.Also Read | BWF Tour Finals 2018: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma qualify for semi-finals
Zhengzhou, Dec 20 (IANS) Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Zhengzhou’s Henan Huishang football club on Thursday.”We will send these girls and coaches to Germany to learn advanced skills and play games with Frankfurt, and also learn about their youth system to train our young players,” said Li Lin, the manager of Henan Huishang FC, reports Xinhua news agency.”It’s the first time Frankfurt will be cooperating with a professional women’s football club in China, and we hope it can help the club to improve their skills and spread our soccer culture to China,” said Markus Weidner, the president of Frankfurt’s China branch.Weidner continued to say that Frankfurt are “bullish” about working with the Chinese sports industry. The two clubs will also cooperate in market development and public relations.–IANSgau/sed
Brief scores – West Indies (289 & 127/6) lead England (77) by 339 runs. Dowrich (27*), Holder (7*); Moeen (3/41). Full ScorecardEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali complimented the West Indies bowling attack after the visitors were skittled for 77 on the second day of the first Test in Barbados on Thursday.Ali was caught on the fine leg boundary for golden duck, one of Kemar Roach’s five victims on a day when the four-pronged Windies bowling attack produced a brilliant display.Roach did most of the damage, taking five wickets for 17 runs as he wiped out Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow, Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen in a glorious spell after lunch. All of his wickets were concentrated in the space of 27 deliveries.”They bowled fantastically well with good pace,” Moeen told reporters in Bridgetown.The England batting line-up has quality all the way down to number 10, so even after slumping to 44 for three it was reasonable to believe the visitors would still eke out a respectable reply to the hosts’ first innings of 289.But when captain Joe Root was trapped lbw for four by West Indies counterpart Jason Holder, the writing was on the wall.England crumbled to be dismissed for the lowest total in a Test at Kensington Oval, leaving them with a first-innings deficit of 212 runs.Roach’s five wickets for 17 runs off 11 fiery overs came less than seven months after he returned 5-8 against Bangladesh.His fifth wicket was probably the best, Jos Buttler forced on to the back foot by a brutish steepler and feathering behind.advertisement”Today is one of those great days against a top side, so I’m proud of my achievement,” the 30-year-old said, his achievement made all the more sweeter by playing on his home ground.”I want to do that as much as possible for as long as possible for West Indies. It was a special, special feeling.”We just tried to make them uncomfortable. You never expect these days but they do happen. It’s all about doing it again in the final innings.”West Indies finished the day 339 runs ahead on 127-6 in its second innings after Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali led a spirited but seemingly hopeless fightback with the ball.
It’s been a while since TRAI drafted and directed the DTH service providers and cable operators to implement the new regulations. The new regulations have been devised to ensure that all stakeholders in the DTH, as well as cable TV ecosystem, get have a fair share of power as well as earnings. The immediate benefit of the new regulations is that viewers get more power in choosing what they watch and what they pay for.Since the deadline for phasing out the existing regulations is till January 31, 2019, TRAI has been trying its best to make sure the new regulations are understood and implemented efficiently by viewers, service providers and broadcasters. The new regulations have already made broadcasters list prices for all their individual channels on a la carte basis. Price for the channel bouquets is also mentioned under TRAI’s direction.On the consumer side, TRAI maintained the new regulations will benefit with overall lower pricing, especially when they opt for the a la carte based packs. However, there was no clarity as to how it would benefit the consumers. TRAI, therefore, came up with a new tool that could estimate an approximate total bill that one would incur after February 1, 2019. The tool is called Channel Selector App and is available for free for anyone to use on the Internet. The tool can help consumers get a rough estimation of the bill if they opt to go for the a la carte option.So, can you estimate the exact TV bill that you might incur after February 1 with the Channel Selector app? Do note that the Channel Selector App provides a rough estimate of the bill based on the highest possible prices for the Network Capacity Fee. Also, your DTH or cable operator may offer certain bouquets or channel packs for slightly lower prices. The base pack may also be offered for prices lower than Rs 130. Therefore, you won’t get the accurate numbers that your DTH or cable operator will provide you from the next month.advertisement However, based on the numbers that TRAI is using for Channel Selector app, it’s possible to get a rough estimation of your TV bill if you opt for the a la carte system. Based on the app, we have come up with possible prices in bills that you might incur as a TV viewer.Base packYou will have to pay Rs 130 as the Network Capacity Fee for the base pack that contains up to 100 channels. Additionally, a sum of 18 per cent GST will apply to the overall pack. Every paid channel added to the base pack will add the price to the total sum. All the 25 Doordarshan channels will also be available as standard in the base pack.For the freeloadersIf you want to watch only Free-To-Air (FTA) channels, then you won’t have to pay any additional price for each channel. You will only need to pay the Network Capacity Fee of Rs 130 and the 18 per cent GST amount, which in this case amounts to a total of Rs 154. You can add up to 100 FTA channels.For the sports fanaticIf you choose all SD sports channels only in the a la carte model, then the maximum amount you will have to pay is Rs 331, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.If you opt for all 10 HD sports channels in India, then the maximum amount that you will have to pay is Rs 349, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For those who swear by Hindi daily soaps If you only choose all the 15 SD Hindi General Entertainment Channels (GEC), all you will have to pay is Rs 493, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST. For 8 HD Hindi channels, you will have to pay Rs 313.If you go for all five English GEC channels, then the amount will sum up to Rs 203, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST. For the 7 HD channels, the amount will go up to Rs 241.If you go for all English and Hindi SD GEC channels, then the total amount will be Rs 347, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST. For HD versions of the same, you will have to shell out Rs 401.If you only want music channelsIf you choose all English and Hindi music channels listed on TRAI’s website, then you will incur a total amount of Rs 160, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD versions of the same, you will have to shell out Rs 165, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.advertisementWhat if movie channels are all that matter to youFor all 15 Hindi SD movie channels, you will have to pay Rs 240, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD versions, the price goes up to Rs 258, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For all English SD movie channels, the total price comes to Rs 236, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD iterations of the same, you will have to pay Rs 338, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the Lifestyle freaksFor all three English and Hindi SD lifestyle channels registered in the app, the total price will come to Rs 160. For the HD versions of the same, it will cost Rs 166.News buffs, here’s how much it will cost you For all 24 Hindi SD news channels, you will have to pay Rs 231, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For all 10 English SD news channels, the total price comes to Rs 187, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the 3 HD iterations of English and Hindi news channels, you will have to pay Rs 174, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.Kids packIf you want to purchase all English and Hindi cartoon channels for kids, then you will have to approximately pay a sum of Rs 206.There’re only three HD kids channel on offer, which will cost you Rs 179.Education/Infotainment channelsFor all 15 Hindi and English SD educational channels, you will have to pay Rs 181, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD versions, the price goes up to Rs 220, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the family man who wants a selected choice of all genresIf you are purchasing a family pack plan including various sports, kids, GEC, music and movies channels via the a la carte option, you might incur a higher bill. For example, an average selection of 30 pay channels and 37 free channels including a decent choice of sports, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, infotainment and news channels amounts to approximately Rs 325.On the other hand, when we went through the broadcaster’s channel bouquets, we ended up getting 57 pay channels and 25 free channels, with a combination of interesting channel mix. The price for all this? Just Rs 295, which is cheaper compared to the choice made by the a la carte option. Therefore, if you are looking to cut costs from your TV bills, the bouquet packs from broadcasters might be the best way to do so.Note:The prices indicated here are based on what TRAI has fed to its Channel Selector app. It is as accurate as TRAI data on DTH plans. Also, it is indicative. The packs we have discussed above are based on some assumptions, such as what channels you will watch. There are hundreds of channels and essentially there are hundreds and thousands of possible combinations. So for example, the TV bill for your sports pack may differ from the one we have given here. Treat the packs discussed here as sort of ballpark estimates.advertisementALSO READ | TRAI new DTH rules to apply from Feb 1: How it will change your TV viewing experienceALSO READ | TRAI ‘s new Channel Selector application will help you calculate TV bills after January 31 ALSO READ | New DTH rules: TRAI says if faulty TV connection not fixed in 72 hours, you don’t have to pay
After the resounding success of Sarkar, Thalapathy Vijay has moved on to his next flick, which is tentatively titled Thalapathy 63. This film marks the third collaboration of director Atlee and Vijay, after Theri and Mersal.Now, there seems to be a new addition to the cast of Thalapathy 63. Poovaiyar, a famous gaana (a popular type of folk music in Tamil Nadu) singer and a participant in the reality show Super Singer has been roped in to play a key role in the film. In addition to that, Poovaiyar will also be singing a song in the film.Thalapathy 63 has music composed by Oscar winner AR Rahman. Little Poovaiyar has got a golden opportunity to mark his debut in playback singing with a song composed by Rahman.Recently, he had composed an introduction song for Vijay, which is sung by Bamba Bakya. Last week, the makers shot the introduction song, with hundreds of kids taking part in the shoot.AR Rahman, in a recent interview, hinted that the film is a sports-based film along the lines of Lagaan and Pele. He said, “I have done films like this (Thalapathy 63) in Hollywood, but haven’t done one in South India. Director Atlee has seen films like Pele and Lagaan. He is a passionate person and his sensibility in music is good. He has listened to all my soundtracks and would ask for a particular type of music in his film.”Speculation is rife that Vijay plays the role of a football coach named Michael in this flick, produced by AGS Entertainments.advertisementThalapathy 63 also has Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and Anandraj in supporting roles.ALSO READ | Vijay waves at fans from Thalapathy 63 shoot, crowd goes crazy. Watch videoALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film release
Defending champions Minerva Punjab FC Monday moved Delhi Hight Court after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) refused to relocate their I-League match in Srinagar in the wake of the Pulwama terrorist attack.Claiming that they were not given the written security assurances they sought, Minerva Punjab did not travel to the Jammu and Kashmir’s capital for the game, even as the host team players turned up at the TRC Turf Ground in their jerseys.Interestingly, the AIFF has not declared the match as forfeiture till now. According to FIFA guidelines, in the event of a forfeiture, full points are awarded to the team turning up for the game.”We have filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, seeking relief so that we are not forced to play in Srinagar at this volatile time,” Minerva Punjab FC owner Ranjit Bajaj told PTI.”Even today there was a 12-hour encounter where four Armymen have been martyred. And they are saying ‘come and play football here’. Unless the court intervenes, we are not expecting natural justice.”In a statement, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said, “The local security authorities in Srinagar have given a go ahead to hold the match. The AlFF has assured of all the necessary arrangements for players and officials by the local authority.”He added that the “whole security arrangement of the players from the airport to the team hotel and from travelling from the hotel to the ground and return, everything was taken care of.”The fate of the February 28 match between East Bengal and Real Kashmir, scheduled to be played in Srinagar, has also come under the cloud.advertisementReal Kashmir FC co-founders Sandeep Chattoo and Shamim Meraj expressed disappointment that the match did not take place.”It’s very unfortunate that the match could not take place today at TRC, we had made all the necessary arrangements for the visiting team and had got the local authorities supporting us. Despite apprehensions, a lot of locals turned up for the match.”On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed while several others injured in what is being termed as the deadliest terrorist strike in three decades in Jammu and Kashmir.Also Read | Srinagar not the place to play football right now: Minerva boss responds to Real KashmirAlso Read | What a shame Minerva Punjab did not turn up for I-League match, say Real Kashmir FCAlso Read | Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tie
China reclaimed the Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament title on Sunday in Nanning after thrashing Japan 3-0. Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei shone as the powerhouses of world badminton extended their dominance in the mixed team tournament by clinching their 11th title.China had not lost the biennial Sudirman Cup title since 2005 but they were stopped in the final by South Korea in 2017. However, China were unstoppable in the ongoing year as they cruised to the top step of the podium, showcasing their depth ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Shi Yuqi, world number two in men’s singles badminton, came up with a fantastic come-from-behind win in a crunch men’s singles rubber in the final on Sunday as he beat world number one Kento Momota in three games.Shi Yuqi completes stunning comeback over World No.1 Kento Momota to clinch China three-game sweep of Japan in TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup Finals#TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 pic.twitter.com/NwtJ5lxNefBWF (@bwfmedia) May 26, 2019China had a 2-0 lead and they needed Shi Yuqi to close out the first men’s singles match of the final. However, Kento Momota, who had beaten Shi in four of their last five meetings, took the first game 21-15.Shi then staged a memorable comeback beating Momota 15-21, 21-5, 21-11 in an hour and 9 minutes to hand China the title. Japan’s search for the elusive Sudirman Cup title thus extended.Notably, Shi also snapped Kento Momota’s unbeaten run of 29 matches in team events with the superlative show on Sunday.advertisementEarlier in the day, world number three Chen Yufei of China scripted a similar come-back-from-behind, lower-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women’s singles rubber 17-21, 21-16, 21-17.China began the final on a high when their mixed doubles pairing of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen thrashed Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-10 in just 54 minutes.China reached the knockout stages of the tournament after blanking India and Malaysia in the group stages. They had beaten Denmark 3-1 in the quarter-finals before two dominant performances against Thailand and Japan in the semi-final and the final, respectively.Also Read | Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAlso See:
Football star Sunil Chhetri is excited about making a cameo in a web series Bombers, a high-octane football drama.Talking about why he agreed to be part of the show, the Captain Fantastic told IANS, “It’s a story about characters who lose their focus in life and how football brings them together. This is a story of redemption, where sport gives them a chance to find their way in life.””It is a motivational story. For me, of course, it’s football that brings me here to be part of this endeavour. I just hope that a lot of people watch this and get motivated in life,” he said.Bombers features Ranvir Shorey, Varun Mitra, Aahana Kumra, Sapna Pabbi, Prince Narula, Zakir Hussain, Annup Sonii and Meiyang Chang, among others.The 10-episode show will start streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 on June 22.The show intends to support a special programme Education With a Kick of the Oscar Foundation. The programme encourages underprivileged children to learn life skills to complete primary education.As the footballer met the children from the organisation, he said: “I enjoyed meeting such enthusiastic talents. In fact, we had a game with those kids and it was so much fun.”Watch the trailer below.Also read | Jwala Gutta to be a part of Bigg Boss Telugu 3Also read | Karisma Kapoor wraps up shooting for her digital debut Mentalhood