Phoenix Suns guard Jevon Carter (4) drives on Sacramento Kings guard Cory Joseph during the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Coach Monty Williams wanted Jevon Carter to slow down. The backup point guard didn’t pay attention.Two unexpected 3-pointers later, the Phoenix Suns had the spark they needed to blow past the Sacramento Kings for a 124-95 win in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect UP NEXTKings: Host Portland on Friday.Suns: Visit Denver on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Doncic-Porzingis debut leads Mavericks past Wizards Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “Jevon just doesn’t listen to me, that’s pretty much it,” Williams said with a grin. “He just goes nuts, hits shots and defensively he gets all over people. He has selective hearing. I was trying to scream to him to slow down, but he’s a pitbull. That’s what I love about him.”While the reserves stepped up, the starters played well, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDevin Booker had 22 points and 10 assists, and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 points. Veteran guard Ricky Rubio had 11 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first game after signing a three-year deal worth $51 million.It was an encouraging night for a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010 and finished with a dismal 19-63 record last season. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “We have a lot of potential, but it’s just one game,” Rubio said. “We have to show it every night. Tomorrow we come back, go to practice and get better.”Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 pick one year ago, added 18 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 9 of 14 from the field.Sacramento was led by Buddy Hield, who scored 22 of his 28 points in the first half. Hield shot 10 of 19 from the field, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Marvin Bagley III added 14 points and 10 rebounds.The Kings shot just 28 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers in the second half.“They had the momentum, they made shots, they made plays, they played harder than us,” Hield said. “They deserved to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Williams won in his Suns coaching debut. The 48-year-old Williams coached the New Orleans Hornets for five seasons from 2010-15 and got another opportunity with Phoenix during the offseason.The Suns trailed by five at halftime but rallied for an 86-76 advantage headed into the fourth. Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third to give the Suns some unexpected offense, highlighting an impressive run by the Suns’ second unit.Carter finished with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson added 10 points in 17 minutes.“We just go out there, play hard and play together,” Carter said. “Sometimes it’s going to work. Sometimes it’s not. But I feel more times than not it’s going to work.”EMOTIONAL NIGHTWilliams also won as a head coach for the first time without his wife Ingrid, who died in a car accident in 2016 at 44 years old.“First time I’ve done this without Ingrid and that was just different,” Williams said. “A lot of emotions, a lot of good stuff. So thankful my kids were there tonight for the whole game and got to see that. So glad I got to do that with this group.”TIP-INSKings: F Harry Giles III (sore left knee) was held out. … The game was the Kings debut of coach Luke Walton. The 39-year-old coached the Lakers for three seasons before being fired during the past offseason. … One of Walton’s assistants is Igor Kokoskov, who coached the Suns last season before getting fired after just one year.Suns: Rookie guards Ty Jerome (right ankle sprain) and Cameron Johnson (left calf soreness) were inactive. … Booker was called for a technical foul in the third quarter after arguing with a referee. … The Suns improved to 36-17 all-time in home openers. Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES View comments
Raj govt announces Rs 25 lakh for Paralympian JhajhariaRaj govt announces Rs 25 lakh for Paralympian Jhajharia
Jaipur, Sep 14 (PTI) Rajasthan government today announced to give a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh, a plot in the state capital and a piece of land along Indira Gandhi canal to javalin thrower Devendra Jhajharia for winning gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio.Also, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, State Congress President Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated Jhajharia on his win.Sports Minister Gajendra Singh announced a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh and a plot of 220 sq metre in Jaipur and 25 bigha of land in Indira Gandhi canal area.Expressing her happiness over her sons achievement, the gold medallists mother in Churu said she was very happy over her sons achievement while his wife, Manju, said she was confident that her husband would win the medal.Jhajharia, who hails from Rajasthan, scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics (the first one in 2004 Athens Games) after he broke his own world record to clinch the top honours at the ongoing Rio Games. PTI SDA MNG SMJ
The current R&J certification system was also discussed The current R&J certification system was also discussed in the meetings, which concluded yesterday. “The current 5-star R&J programme will be disbanded and there will be greater empowerment and efficiency brought to the role of the R&J evaluators during competitions,” the AIBA said. “It was also recommended that the Draw of the R&Js for each bout will now be automated via our supplier Swiss Timing, and no longer conducted by a three-person Draw Commission to instill greater transparency.” The AIBA, however, maintained that the sports integrity remains intact despite allegations to the contrary. The body threatened action against boxers, who display “inappropriate” behaviour after losses. “As a governing body, AIBA will always seek to evolve the sport but will continue to refute unsubstantiated claims that have tarnished the reputation of our sport,” it said. “The judging system can never become a scapegoat for boxers and coaches who perform disappointingly in the ring and display inappropriate behaviour or comments to media. This will be even more closely monitored in the future and firm disciplinary action will be taken when necessary.” Following the Commissions recommendations, all relevant ratifications of current AIBA statutes and bye-laws to incorporate the decisions outlined above will be made at the Extraordinary Congress which will be held in December. PTI PM CM CM
Gionee P7 Max with octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM launched at Rs 13,999Gionee P7 Max with octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM launched at Rs 13,999
Gionee launched a new lower mid-range 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) phone, the P7 Max in India on Monday. The Gionee P7 Max will be available for buying in India at a price of Rs 13,999 across all retail stores. It will be available in the colours Gold and Grey-Blue, the company announced.The P7 Max comes with a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card.The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Amigo 3.2 out-of-the-box. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,100mAh battery.”We are really excited to present the new P7 Max. At this price point, it will be a perfect buy for customers this festive season. This phone has specially been created with a vision to give you more in less as it delivers a flawless experience along with great design and amazing features,” Arvind R Vohra, MD & country CEO, Gionee India said.Gonee recently joined the virtual reality bandwagon with the launch of the S6 Pro phone and a dedicated VR headset. While the S6 Pro costs Rs 23,999, Gionee’s VR Set has been priced at Rs 2,499.The Gionee S6 Pro supports split screen rendering on the screen when viewed through the dedicated VR headset. The phone and VR headset “allow the user to watch a video already playing while they receive notifications from other apps,” according to Gionee. The phone also comes pre-bundled with Gionee’s own VR app that has an in-built G-Store for games and videos fine-tuned for VR.advertisementAlso Read: Gionee joins VR bandwagon, launches S6 Pro & dedicated headset
Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech marrying on Nov 30, Modi-Tendulkar likely to attendYuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech marrying on Nov 30, Modi-Tendulkar likely to attend
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actor Hazel Keech finally have a wedding date: November 30. The ceremony will reportedly be held at a gurdwara in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, a small town. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was personally invited by Yuvraj Singh, might attend the wedding, Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh will not.Earlier, Yograj Singh, a former cricket who personally coached his son Yuvraj in his youth and later turned an actor (he played Farhan Akhtar’s coach in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), had made it clear that he would not attend the wedding as he was opposed to it for being solemnised by a dera leader. This is because Yograj belives in god and not religious leaders. Yuvraj’s parents, Yograj and Shabnam got divorced many years ago and since then, Yuvraj has stayed with his mother.According to a report in The New Indian Express, a family friend of Yuvraj’s family said that the wedding ceremony would see only 50 people attending it, including family and very close friends.ALSO READ: Yuvraj in Parliament to invite PM Modi for his wedding ALSO READ: All you need to know about Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding SEE PICS: Yuvraj and Hazel on an intimate dinner date WATCH: Yuvraj gets engaged to Hazel Keech Yuvaj’s mother Shabnam Singh’s religious mentor is Sant Ajit Singh Hansaliwale who is likely to bless the couple at the Dera Hansaliwale in Hansali village near Fategarh Sahib, where the wedding will take place.According to sources close to Yuvraj Singh’s family, November 29 will see the mehndi and the first reception party which will be held at Chandigarh’s Hotel Lalit. This will be attended by father Yograj. In addition to this, India and England cricket teams’ players will attend the festivities. At the moment, they are playing a Test match in Mohali. Sources added that if the Test match ends, as scheduled, on November 30, Yuvraj will organise a special dinner for his fellow cricketers at Hotel Lalit.advertisementYograj Singh had earlier that there would be no fizool kharcha on the wedding. He was quoted as saying, “We, as a family, have always believed in simplicity. In a country where a majority of the population lives in abject poverty, people should spend reasonably at weddings. It is better to make donations to charitable organisations on your wedding day, instead of wasting large amounts on lavish parties.” There have also been some talk that a few Indian players might attend the wedding on November 30 and that that would include Sachin Tendulkar as well.In fact, Yuvraj and Hazel’s wedding will not just be held according to Sikh rites but also Hindu ways. A source was quoted as saying, “On December 2, Yuvraj and Hazel will wed according to Hindu rituals. This ceremony is set to take place at a farm house in Goa again where limited guests have been invited for a lunch reception.”December 5 is reportedly the date for the Sangeet ceremony which will be held at a farmhouse in Delhi’s Charatpur. A larger reception party is scheduled to be held on December 7 at ITC Maurya in Delhi, according to an insider. At both these functions, Bollywood and the sports world’s glitterati will be seen and choreographer-director Farah Khan will be choreographing the Sangeet ceremony.
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Women’s Asia Cup T20: India thump Sri Lanka by 52 runsWomen’s Asia Cup T20: India thump Sri Lanka by 52 runs
Mithali Raj hit a half-century while Ekta Bisht (3/8) and Preeti Bose (3/14) shared six wickets between them to steer India to a comfortable 52-run win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament on Thursday.Opting to bat, India posted a modest total of 121/4 in their allotted 20 overs and then managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 69/9 to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament so far.Opener Mithali gave India a solid platform with a quickfire 59-ball 62.Smriti Mandhana (21) and Veda Krishnamurthy (21) also chipped in with useful runs, although they failed to accelerate the run-rate.Chasing the target, Sri Lanka never looked settled as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Preeti and Ekta wreaking havoc, running through the islanders’ middle-order.Only two Sri Lankan batswomen could reach the double-digit mark, with Dilani Manodara top-scoring with 20.Brief scores:India Women: 121/4 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 62, Smriti Mandhana 21, Veda Krishnamurthy 21).Sri Lanka Women: 69/9 in 20 overs (Dilani Manodara 20; Ekta Bisht 3/8, Preeti Bose 3/14).
Premier League: Arsenal beat Stoke to top points table, Palace hold HullPremier League: Arsenal beat Stoke to top points table, Palace hold Hull
Free-scoring Arsenal replaced Chelsea as Premier League leaders as goals either side of half-time by Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil helped them recover from a slow start to beat Stoke City 3-1 on Saturday.A rash challenge by Granit Xhaka on Joe Allen gave Charlie Adam the chance to put Stoke ahead from the penalty spot after 29 minutes and the Scot dispatched his spot-kick with ease.Arsenal raised their game and equalised three minutes before the break when Walcott stabbed in Hector Bellerin’s low cross.Ozil’s looping header over stranded Stoke keeper Lee Grant put Arsenal ahead five minutes after the interval before substitute Alex Iwobi ran through to give Arsenal the two-goal victory they needed to top the table on goals scored.PALACE HOLD HULL IN THRILLERCrystal Palace played its part in another English Premier League thriller by scoring an 89th-minute equalizer to salvage a 3-3 draw at Hull on Saturday.Substitute Fraizer Campbell grabbed the last of five second-half goals at KCOM Stadium to rescue Palace, which lost 5-4 at Swansea two weeks ago in its previous away game.Hull, which climbed to third from bottom, went ahead through a 26th-minute penalty from Robert Snodgrass before Christian Benteke equalized in the 53rd, also from the spot.Wilfried Zaha scored from a long-range strike to put Palace 2-1 in front but Hull hit back with goals by Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore in the 72nd and 78th minutes, respectively.With both teams piling forward in an end-to-end match, Zaha sent in a cross and Campbell – a former Hull player – headed home.advertisementHull remained with just one win since August. Palace was three points clear of the relegation zone.SWANSEA HAMMER STRUGGLING SUNDERLANDUnder-fire manager Bob Bradley had his best day so far in the English Premier League as Swansea beat fellow struggler Sunderland 3-0 to move out of the relegation zone on Saturday.The American coach came into the home game with only one win in his seven matches in charge, and Swansea at the bottom of the league table.But the Swans surged to their biggest win of the season with three goals after the interval – a second-half penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a Fernando Llorente double.The win moves Swansea up three places to 17th with 12 points from 15 games. It will drop back into danger if West Ham gets a point or more at Liverpool on Sunday.BURNLEY OUTCLASS BOURNEMOUTH IN FIRST EPL MEETINGJeff Hendrick’s dipping volley helped Burnley to a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth in the first-ever top-flight encounter between the English Premier League sides on Saturday.It was an unhappy return for Eddie Howe, who left Bournemouth to manage Burnley in 2011 and 2012 before returning to the south-coast club.Burnley has relied on its home form to stay out of the relegation zone, collecting 16 of its 17 points in the first 15 games at Turf Moor.Hendrick’s stunning opener and Stephen Ward’s sliding shot sent Burnley into a 2-0 lead by the 16th minute. Benik Afobe pulled one back in first-half stoppage time and it took George Boyd until the 75th to restore Burnley’s two-goal cushion.Bournemouth briefly threatened to emulate its late comeback victory over Liverpool last weekend when Charlie Daniels netted in the 90th. This time, though, not even a point could be salvaged.Bournemouth is a point ahead of Burnley in 11th place.(With inputs from AP)
Supreme Court quashes complaint against MS Dhoni over Lord Vishnu coverSupreme Court quashes complaint against MS Dhoni over Lord Vishnu cover
The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a criminal complaint against former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni by an Andhra Pradesh resident following his depiction as Lord Vishnu by a business magazine.Quashing the criminal complaint, the bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that the ingredients of the offence alleged in the criminal complaint amounting to hurting the religious feelings of the complainant are not made out.Another bench of the apex court had in September last year quashed an identical complaint filed by another complainant before a court in Bengaluru.In the magazine cover that was released in 2013, Dhoni — dressed up as Lord Vishnu — was seen holding several objects in his hands, including a shoe.A court in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh had issued a non-bailable warrant against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.That had prompted Dhoni to approach the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against him.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs 2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Maruti Suzuki is all set to launch their much awaited product, the new generation Dzire in India on May 16. Yes, you read it right. Along with the cosmetic changes to the 2017 Dzire, Maruti Suzuki have also tweaked the name of their compact sedan. The new generation Dzire drops the Swift tag from its name, because the people at Maruti thought that its time that the compact sedan has its own brand name. So, in comes the new generation Dzire.Since its launch in 2008, Maruti Suzuki have sold approximately 13.8 lakh units of the Dzire. According to the people at Maruti, one out of every 2 compact sedan sold in India, is the Dzire. So let’s take a look at what’s changes have come in with the 2017 Dzire from its predecessor.Design:2017 Dzire: The new generation Dzire will come with a completely new and fresh look. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been redesigned with a hexagonal grille with a chrome strip around it. The front bumper and the headlamp cluster gets an appealing makeover. At the rear, the new generation Dzire gets minor cosmetic change as the tail lamps has a revised design. The new Dzire will also sport new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and redesigned alloy wheels.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)2015 Dzire: The 2015 compact sedan’s front bumper comes with a larger air dam. There are chrome accents on the sides around the fog lamp housings, while the grille now sports honeycomb styling and a thick chrome bar on the top. Moving on to the sides, the alloy wheels on the top variants get an all-new design. When it comes to rear space, the Dzire is not the best of the lot and the same is the case when it comes to its 315-litre boot which is the smallest of the lot here.advertisement2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift DzireEngine: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2015 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine Type K Series Petrol Engine With VVT/ DDiS Diesel Engine K Series Petrol Engine With VVT/ DDiS Diesel Engine Displacement 1197cc/ 1248cc 1197cc/ 1248cc Power 83 bhp/ 74 bhp 83 bhp/ 74 bhp Torque 115 Nm/ 190 Nm 115 Nm/ 190 Nm Transmission 5-MT/ AGS 5-MT/ 4-AT Drive train FWD FWDFeatures:2017 Dzire: The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with an upgraded list of features to compete with its competition in the segment. The list includes touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in among others. Another added bonus to the new generation Dzire is that the car now comes with rear AC vents, which was not seen in the previous generation Swift Dzire.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)2015 Dzire: Inside not much was changed from a design point of view but the company has added features which add value. Things like electric folding mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, rear parking sensors and a 12V socket at the back.2015 Maruti Suzuki Swift DzireDimensions: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2015 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Wheelbase 2470mm 2430 mm Length 3995mm 3995 mm Width 1735mm 1695 mm Height 1515mm 1555 mm Ground Clearance 163 mm 170 mm Boot Space 376-litres 316-litresColors:2017 Dzire: The new Dzire will be available in 6 different colour options- Oxford Blue, Sherwood Brown, Gallant Red, Arctic White, Silky Silver and Magma Gray.2015 Dzire: The older Swift Dzire also came in 6 colour options- Silky Silver, Sangria Red, Alp Blue, Magma Gray, Cave Black and Pearl Arctic White.
IPL 2017: Virat Kohli fifty in vain as Pune hammer Bangalore by 61 runsIPL 2017: Virat Kohli fifty in vain as Pune hammer Bangalore by 61 runs
Any hopes Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had of qualifying for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs virtually ended after they lost by 61 runs to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.The 2017 edition of the IPL has been a disappointing one for the Bangalore franchise, losing seven of their 10 outings so far to be virtually knocked out of the race to the play-offs. Pune, on the other hand kept their play-off dreams alive to stay at the fourth spot after registering their fifth win from nine matches.Chasing a decent 158, RCB were in self-destructive mode losing wickets at regular intervals with skipper Virat Kohli (55) fighting a lone battle to take the team through.Kohli, who went in to open the innings with Australian Travis Head (2), failed to find the support at the other end as the Pune bowlers seized the momentum to their favour.Medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat started the downfall for the visitors with the wicket of Head, who chopped one to the stumps before New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson packed back the dangerous AB de Villiers (3) after the South African added RCB’s highest partnership of 21 runs for the second wicket with Kohli.New man Kedar Jadhav (7) looked good in the middle before a lack of communication between him and the skipper cost Bangalore their third wicket.Rookie off-spinner Washington Sundar immediately jolted the visitors with the wicket of Sachin Baby (2), brilliantly caught by a diving Steve Smith before Furguson saw the back of Stuart Binny (1) to reduce the men in red and black to 49/5.advertisementLeg-spinner Imran Tahir then joined the party with the wickets of Pawan Negi (3), Adam Milne (5) and Samuel Badree (2) to further dent RCB’s hopes.Struggling at 82/8, Kohli, who by then had reached his half century, the lone RCB batsman to get to the double figures also lost his focus to be caught at sweeper cover by Mayank Agarwal off Daniel Christian after striking four boundaries and a six.Towards the end, tailenders Yuzvendra Chahal (4 not out) and Sreenath Aravind (8 not out) had little answer to the mounting asking rate as RCB finished at 96/9.Earlier, Pune rode on skipper Smith’s 45 and Manoj Tiwary’s unbeaten 44 to reach 157/3 after being sent in to bat.The home side failed to find the momentum against the RCB bowlers, who stuck to a perfect line and length as the last five overs yielded just 46 runs for the home side.Ajinkya Rahane’s (6) dismal run continued to haunt Pune before opener Rahul Tripathi (37) cashed in on the dropped chance by Virat Kohli at 11, to help the hosts cross the 50-run mark with Smith.Smith, who looked in good touch raised a 40-run second wicket stand with Tripathi before the Maharashtra right-hander spoilt another good start to be caught behind by Kedar Jadhav off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi.The fall of Tripathi, who slammed four boundaries and a six during his 28-ball knock, however dried up the boundaries for Pune before Smith broke the shackles in the 12th over, by spanking Badree for a flat six and two consecutive fours.New man Tiwary, promoted to No.4 joined the party by taking Yuzvendra Chahal to the cleaners before Smith added two more fours off Stuart Binny as the third wicket partnership flourished to 50 off 32 balls.Struggling to find the momentum at 115/3 after 16 overs, Pune needed Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21 not out) and Tiwary to press on the accelerator and the former skipper responded in style by muscling Sreenath Aravind for a flat straight six.
Rafael Nadal on track for 10th Barcelona Open triumph after reaching finalRafael Nadal on track for 10th Barcelona Open triumph after reaching final
Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Barcelona Open by dispatching Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to book his place in Sunday’s showpiece against Dominic Thiem where he will be looking to win the tournament for a 10th time.Nadal struck the first blow by breaking the unseeded Zeballos in the fourth game and the difference in quality between the two players soon began to show.Zeballos earned two break points in the fourth game of the second set but 14-time grand-slam winner Nadal recovered to hold his serve and wrapped up his victory in 94 minutes, setting up a re-match with Thiem, who beat him last year on clay in the Argentina Open semi-finals.Thiem knocked out world number one Andy Murray 6-2 3-6 6-4 for the first time in his career, becoming the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1996 to reach the final of the claycourt tournament.Just as in Friday’s gruelling quarter-final with Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Murray got off to a bad start.The Briton relied on his serve to recover the second set but could not sustain the level and bowed out.
Tennis star Leander Paes shuts door on wife’s demand for houseTennis star Leander Paes shuts door on wife’s demand for house
Tennis star Leander Paes’ long-pending matrimonial dispute with wife Rhea Pillai failed to reach an out-of-court settlement, after which the Supreme Court on Monday expressed readiness to adjudicate it.Both sides had prepared terms of agreement regarding a house, payment of maintenance and custody of the child but they could not achieve a common ground despite six sittings.Counsel for Pillai told the bench that she had asked Paes for a house but he was not agreeable to it. Both Paes and Pillai were present in the courtroom.PAES’ ARGUMENTSPaes’ lawyer said Pillai had already got a house from Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt (her former husband) and the tennis star was not ready for another such demand. “He (Paes) is not agreeable to anything. Niether does he want to give anything, nor does he want to pay money”, Pillai’s counsel said. To this, the bench said it cannot force the parties for settlement and the matter would now be heard on merit.”If both sides are not ready to settle it amongst themselves, then we have to consider many things. The problem is that we cannot force a settlement. It has to be voluntary. Let the matter now go before a new bench as we had been pushing for mediation and propriety demands new judges hear the matter”, a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Amitav Roy said.’RESOLVE ISSUE AMICABLY’On January 18 also the court had asked the couple who have been fighting a legal battle for three years over their matrimonial dispute to resolve the issue amicably and try for an out-of-court settlement and sent them for mediation.advertisement”Show sporting spirit in real life too”, the bench had told the couple during the last date of hearing.The pair is locked in a legal battle over maintenance and custody of their 11-year-old daughter since 2014, when Pillai had filed a case of domestic violence and harassment against Leander Paes and his father in a magistrate’s court in Mumbai.She had sought maintenance, but her plea was opposed by Paes who claimed that he was not married to Rhea and hence, she was not his wife.Also Read:Leander Paes and Ramkumar Ramanathan in finals of Tallahassee ChallengerMahesh Bhupathi-Leander Paes war gets uglier after India Today reveals text messagesAlso Watch:Never communicated to Leander Paes he was in the scheme of things for Davis Cup: Mahesh Bhupathi to India Today
Samsung Z4 with Tizen 3.0 OS launched, coming soon to IndiaSamsung Z4 with Tizen 3.0 OS launched, coming soon to India
South Korean major Samsung launched the Z4 smartphone on Friday. “Beginning in May, the Samsung Z4 will launch in select countries, starting in India and will be available in black, gold and silver depending on the market,” the company said in a press statement. Geared towards feature-phone users who are looking to make a switch to smartphones, the Samsung Z4 is powered by Samsung’s in-house Tizen (Tizen 3.0) operating system which is a custom fork of Android. It is a follow up to the company’s previously launched Z2.The Samsung Z2, although all-plastic, has curved 2.5D glass on the front that enhances looks and aesthetics. It comes with a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800) display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear with dual flash LED and a 5-megapixel camera on the front with flash.The dual-SIM Samsung Z4 supports 4G LTE, VoLTE, and VoWiFi. It is backed by a 2,050mAh battery.”The Samsung Z4 brings a simplified mobile experience to first time smartphone users and represents our ongoing commitment to expanding the Tizen ecosystem,” DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics said.Samsung launched the Z2 in India in August last year at a price of Rs 4,590.The Z2 features an all-plastic body with a textured back. It comes with a 4-inch display and is powered by a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor clubbed with 1GB RAM and 8GB of memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The dual-SIM phone runs Tizen OS and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready).advertisementAccording to Samsung, Tizen OS gives the phone an intuitive interface, easy access to top 8 applications on the screen among other smart features. Moreover the phone also come pre-bundeled with my money transfer app which allows users to check their bank balance, get mini statement and transfer money.The phone also supports offline maps and web pages alongside 12 Indian languages. At the same time, the phone’s Smart Tutor feature lets first-time users get a guided tour to use the device. You also get Samsung’s proprietary ultra data saving and S Bike mode.On the camera front, it sports a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and VGA snapper on the front. The phone is backed by a 1,500 mAh battery.Also Read: Samsung Z2 quick review: This can be your first smartphone
ICC Champions Trophy: Fast man Mitchell Starc sees quick return to rhythmICC Champions Trophy: Fast man Mitchell Starc sees quick return to rhythm
Refreshed Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is confident of regaining his rhythm quickly for the Champions Trophy after being sidelined nearly three months with a foot injury.Starc is set to be unleashed against Pakistan in Edgbaston later on Monday in Australia’s final warm-up ahead of the one-day tournament. It will be his first competitive hit-out since breaking down during the second Test against India in March.The left-armer was rusty coming back against West Indies last year after a more serious foot injury kept him out of action for seven months, but he felt it would be a smoother return in England after positive signs at training.Starc, who skipped the Indian Premier League and returned to training about a month ago, said he has found it much easier to get up to speed after the latest injury.”So even coming back into the nets, it didn’t feel like it took too long to get some good rhythm back. So hopefully it’s not like last time with such a big lay-off,” he added.”I’m pretty confident with how it’s going, it’s feeling good in the nets and with the few centre wickets we’ve had.”But it’ll be nice to get out in the middle and bowl some overs in match-like conditions.”Starc will lead a young but formidable pace battery including Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.Injuries have kept the quartet from coming together sooner, so Starc was thrilled they were all fit for selection.”We’re looking forward to hopefully playing a few games together if the four of us get picked,” he said.advertisement”We’ve obviously come through the ranks together, we’ve played a lot together and against each other in the under-age stuff and heading into to domestic cricket.”But we haven’t all been on the park at the same time for Australia. So I think it’s exciting for the four of us.”Australia’s preparations for the tournament, which they start against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday, have been overshadowed by a pay dispute between the players union and board, Cricket Australia (CA).Over the weekend, The Australian newspaper reported CA high performance chief Pat Howard had written to senior players directly in a bid to end the impasse with less than a month to go before a new collective bargaining agreement is due.Starc, who hinted at the possibility of an Ashes boycott on social media earlier this month, said the Australian Cricketers Association had players’ full support.”They have four weeks to go on the MoU (memorandum of understanding) and the players are leaving it to the ACA to sort it out for our side of things,” he said.
FIFA Confederations Cup: Shootout hero Claudio Bravo sends Chile into final after 0-0 drawFIFA Confederations Cup: Shootout hero Claudio Bravo sends Chile into final after 0-0 draw
Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved three successive penalties to give them a 3-0 shootout win over Portugal after their Confederations Cup semi-final had ended goalless on Wednesday.Bravo stopped Portugal’s first three spot kicks from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani while Chile converted their first three to win the clash of South American and European champions.That meant that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who usually goes last in the shootout, did not get to take a kick, as was the case when Portugal lost to Spain on penalties in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.The result was justice for Chile after they hit the woodwork with two successive shots in the dying seconds of extra time.Arturo Vidal struck the post and the rebound fell to Martin Rodriguez who hit the underside of the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.There was controversy shortly before that when Chile winger Alexis Sanchez went down in the box under a Jose Fonte tackle but the referee did not consult the Video Assistant Referees (VARs), even though contact seemed to be made.Bravo has been criticised for his club form with Manchester City this season but he was Chile’s hero alongside Vidal who gave another inspired and tireless performance in midfield.”Claudio was amazing and the penalty takers were amazing and I think we deserve to be in the final,” said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. “Claudio and the goalkeeping coach had studied the penalty takers.”Chile will face either Germany or Mexico, who meet on Thursday, in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg to close an exhausting two weeks.advertisementThe game only came to life in exasperating patches.It started promisingly as Chile forward Eduardo Vargas had an excellent chance blocked by Rui Patricio, then Andre Silva’s close-range effort was smothered by Bravo at the other end.Vargas provided the high point of the second half with a brilliant overhead shot which Rui Patricio saved while Ronaldo had several second-half chances.One effort was parried by Bravo, then he sent a long-range free kick high and wide, then had a shot deflected wide and then missed the target with a header from Cedric Soares’ cross.Sanchez was largely kept under wraps and Chile’s record scorer did not have his first sniff of goal until early in extra time when his header from Mauricio Isla’s cross curled away from the goal.Portugal coach Fernando Santos pointed out that the same three players who missed on Wednesday all took penalties and converted when his side beat Poland in their Euro 2016 quarter-final. “On that occasion, they were heroes,” he said.
Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj, Rajeshwari Gayakwad guide India into semisWomen’s World Cup: Mithali Raj, Rajeshwari Gayakwad guide India into semis
Riding on skipper Mithali Raj (109) and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (5/15) efforts, the Indian women’s team on Saturday steamrolled New Zealand by 186 runs and set their date with Australia in the second semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Thursday.Chasing a healthy 266, New Zealand crumbled under pressure and failed to offer any kind of resistance as Rajeshwari, playing her first match of the tournament, spun a web to skittle them out for a meagre 79 in the do-or-die final group tie.The New Zealanders found themselves three-down in the 11th over and after a brief, ineffective resistance from Amy Satterthwaite (26) and Sophie Devine, they fell like nine pins as the Indian bowlers maintained an immaculate line throughout.Such was the havoc created by the Indian bowlers that only three of New Zealand’s batters — Amy, Katey Martin (12) and Amelia Kerr (12 not out) — managed to reach double figures.Rajeshwari was well assisted by off-spinner Deepti Sharma (2/26) while veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav took one wicket apiece.Earlier after being put in to bat, Mithali (109 off 123 balls, 11×4) helped resurrect India’s innings with two century stands — first a 132-run third wicket partnership with Harmanpreet Kaur (60 off 90, 7×4) and then joined forces with Veda Krishnamurthy (70 off 45, 7×4, 2×6) to add 108 runs for the fifth wicket.India were off to a disastrous start, losing the early wickets of Smriti Mandana (13) and Punam Raut (4) to find themselves tottering at a precarious 21/2 by the eighth over.Mithali, who on Saturday became the first Indian batswoman to notch 1000 World Cup runs, batted cautiously to steady the ship along with all-rounder Harmanpreet as the New Zealand bowlers kept testing the Indians with some tight line and length.advertisementThe 34-year-old Mithali, already the highest run-getter in the 50-over format, got to her sixth One-Day International (ODI) ton off 116 balls when she drove Leigh Kasperek between long-on and deep midwicket.India overcame the poor start in the middle overs, milking 16-year-old leg-spinner Amelia Kerr for 64 runs besides skipper Suzie Bates leaking 59 from her 8 overs.Veda’s innings towards the end was what India missed in the previous match against the Australians on Wednesday, as the right-hander gave the innings the much-needed acceleration, which included two towering sixes.The final over, however, witnessed a quick fall of wickets with Mithali, Veda and Shikha Pandey (0) going one after the other as India finished at 265/7.For the White Ferns, Kasperek was the pick of the bowlers grabbing 3/45 while Hannah Rowe took 2/30 and Lea Tahuhu contributed with the wicket of opener Punam.Brief Scores: Indian Women: 265/7 (Mithali Raj 109, Veda Krishnamurthy 70, Harmanpreet Kaur 60, Leigh Kasperek 3/45, Hannah Rowe 2/30) beat New Zealand women: 79 (Amy Satterthwaite 26, Amelia Kerr 12 not out, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 5/15, Deepti Sharma 2/26) by 186 runs.
Ramandeep, Chinglensana star as India beat Austria 4-3 to end Europe hockey tour on a highRamandeep, Chinglensana star as India beat Austria 4-3 to end Europe hockey tour on a high
The Indian hockey team rode on twin strikes from Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh Kanjugam to register a sensational 4-3 win over Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour here.Ramandeep (25th minute, 32nd min) and Chinglensana (37th min, 60th min) helped India overcome Austria on Wednesday, and end their tour with three wins and two loses.After two successive wins against World No.4 The Netherlands, India made a steady start against Austria. While they kept most of the ball possession, penetrating into the striking circle was hard to come by. In fact, it was Austria who took an early lead through Oliver Binder’s goal in the 14th minute to end the quarter 1-0.India however, made amends in the second quarter when they won a penalty corner (PC) in the 25th minute. A clever variation saw comeback-man Amit Rohidas pass the ball to Ramandeep Singh who deflected the ball into the circle to equalise the score to 1-1.The 10-minute halftime break saw India come back into the game as a stronger team with better attack. They made better circle penetrations and a brilliant breakthrough came in when Ramandeep scored a rollicking field goal in the 32nd minute.It was a reverse hit from the top of circle which flew past the Austrian goalkeeper to give India a 2-1 lead. India found another chance to score when Mandeep Singh helped win a PC through a stick check.But the opportunity when amiss with the ball hitting the cross bar. However, another opportunity created by Mandeep again was successfully converted by India vice captain Chinglensana Singh in the 37th minute through a superb variation by drag-flicker Varun Kumar.advertisementGoing into the final 15 minutes, India had a comfortable 3-1 lead. But a determined Austria put one past the India goalkeeper when they won a PC and Michael Korpher converted it successfully in the 53rd minute to set up a close finish.Though India had won a PC only minutes before- thanks to forward Gurjant Singh, injector Manpreet Singh sent the ball slightly wide. With a little over eight minutes left, forward Lalit Upadhyay found a great opportunity to score but failed to beat the Austrian goalkeeper.Austria then pushed India on the back foot when they scored in the 55th minute via Patrick Schmidt to equalise 3-3. It was a tense final few minutes with India pushing hard for a goal.With just 10 seconds left for the final hooter, Chinglensana scored a sensational goal when Ramandeep made a brilliant circle penetration to find Gurjant Singh. A cross hit by Gurjant saw Chinglensana deflect the ball into the goal and seal the match with winning points.