VAR, free-kick crackers make it ‘set-piece World Cup’

first_img\R Yekaterinburg (Russia) , Jun 20 (AFP) VAR and a trio of spectacular free kicks have led to a spike in the number of goals from set plays in Russia, with some already calling it “the World Cup of set pieces”.With all the teams having played at least one game, roughly half of the goals at the tournament so far have come from set pieces — which will disappoint the football purists.It led to one joke doing the rounds on social media saying that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which is making its World Cup debut, will have more assists than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Aliou Cisse, coach of Senegal, said: “We know that nowadays defensive systems are very tight so set pieces will be decisive weapons during the group matches.” The numbers bear that out.Following Sweden’s 1-0 win against South Korea on Monday, thanks to a penalty awarded with the help of VAR, football analytics firm Opta Sports said 53.8 percent of the 26 goals up to that point had come from set plays.That chimes with the calculations of Mads Davidsen, technical director at the Chinese top-tier side Shanghai SIPG, who said: “That is significantly higher than previous tournaments.”At Euro 2016, in total 30 percent of goals were scored from set pieces and the last World Cup in 2014 the number was around 38 percent.” Davidsen, a UEFA Pro coach from Denmark, added: “Cup tournaments will always have a higher set-piece scoring percentage than domestic leagues because it’s ‘easier’ to prepare and train set pieces, and national teams have the time issue of having few training sessions together during a year, so it’s difficult to work detailed on your style of play.advertisement”There is no doubt VAR has had an effect as well.” There were 13 penalties awarded during the whole of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, not including penalty shootouts.There have already been 10 awarded in Russia even though the tournament is still only in its early stages.VAR has vastly increased the number of spot kicks because more infringements are being seen than before.- Making it stick -===================But the tournament in Russia has also thrown up three spectacular direct free-kick goals.Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with a late strike in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain while Aleksandar Kolarov fired home the winner for Serbia in their 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. Aleksandr Golovin struck a stunner for hosts Russia in their 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia.Goalkeepers in the past have complained about World Cup balls that wobble and dip unpredictably, making it a nightmare to catch or stop, particularly when the likes of Ronaldo have perfected their technique from set plays to get maximum movement.The Adidas Telstar 18 ball used for this World Cup was supposed to be more stable in the air.Not so, say several goalkeepers, including Russia’s Igor Akinfeev, who believes the ball at this tournament is partly responsible for goals from long-distance such as Philippe Coutinho’s curler from open play for Brazil and free kicks like the ones by Ronaldo and Kolarov.”There is a lot of criticism of this ball but we cannot change this now,” said Akinfeev.”As goalkeepers we have to keep the ball, make it stick to our palms.” Davidsen believes that as the World Cup progresses, the number of goals from open play will increase.”As it’s the first game for all teams, everyone is a bit nervous, not taking any chances, so there is more emphasis on set pieces,” he said. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Rathore chief guest at Kabaddi Masters Dubai

first_imgDubai, Jun 21 (PTI) The inaugural six-nation Kabaddi Masters Dubai will get underway with much fanfare with Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiling the Trophy here tomorrow. Col Rathore would also be gracing the tournament as the chief guest, an official said here on the eve of the meet getting underway at the Al Wasl Sports Club here from June 22-30. India are clubbed with Pakistan with new comers Kenya in group A, while group B features Iran, Republic of Korea and Argentina with top two teams making the semifinals. IKF president Janardan Singh Gehlot said they are looking forward to exploring options for a comprehensive international kabaddi calendar that is active annually, successfully pinning kabaddi across the world map. “Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably. We are thankful to the Dubai Sports Council as well as Star India for their strong rile in making this happen, Gehlot said. PTI TAP ATKATKlast_img read more

FIFA fines Denmark for crowd disturbances and sexist banner

first_imgThe Danish Football Association has been fined $20,040 and given a warning for crowd disturbance and the display of a sexist banner by Denmark fans at the World Cup, global football governing body FIFA said.FIFA said in a statement that Danish spectators had thrown objects at fans from Australia in the countries’ 1-1 draw on Thursday in Samara. It added that Denmark had not respected the “pre-match protocol” ahead of their encounter with Australia.The Danish FA has also been charged for fans displaying a “sexist banner” at the game against Australia. The banner read “store patter,” a term that translates to “big t**s” in English.Hahaha. Store patter er nu blevet en international skandale DBU har fået en bøde på 127.000 for et flag med teksten. Kan lige høre de internationale kommentatorpar, da de fandt ud, hvad det betyder Elming (@NFLming) June 24, 2018The Danish Football Association has not yet issued any statement on the matter.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEDenmark, currently second in Group C, play France in their last group stage match on Tuesday at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.Meanwhile, Stephan Lichtsteiner on Sunday became the third player from Switzerland to be charged for making the hand gesture of an Albanian two-headed eagle to celebrate their 2-1 win over Serbia. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Swiss captain.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEDisciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the president of the Serbian FA, Slavisa Kokeza, as well as the national coach Mladen Krstajic for statements made after the Switzerland game. Serbia lost the game despite taking 1-0 lead.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India ‘A’ draw 1-1 with Korea in practice hockey match

first_imgBengaluru, Jul 10 (PTI) Indian ‘A’ drew 1-1 with South Korea in the first practice hockey match at the Sports Authority of India campus here today. The South Korean team, who are here to gain practice ahead of the Asian Games in Jakarta next month, began the match with a good defensive structure. Playing full press, Korea ensured they kept the hosts from making potential forays into the striking circle. Though India ‘A’ won a penalty corner in the first quarter, Rupinder Pal Singh’s flick rebounded off the post. After a goalless first two quarters, South Korea made the first breakthrough with a field strike by Seo Inwoo in the 31st minute. India made some good attempts for a field goal in the following minutes however, could not convert. In the 48th minute, India finally scored a field goal through Armaan Qureshi to draw parity. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more


first_imgKolkata, Jul 17 (PTI) Following are PTI’s top storiesfrom the eastern region at 9.30 pm.CAL3 WB-TENT-CASECase filed against organiser, decorator for tentcollapse Kolkata/New Delhi: A case was registered against anorganiser and a decorator, who erected a makeshift tent at thevenue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Midnapore,for negligence of duty, police said today.CAL5 WB-TENT CIDWB CID pitches in to probe tent collapse at PM’s rallyKolkata: The West Bengal CID is assisting in theongoing probe into the tent collapse during Prime MinisterNarendra Modi’s rally in Midnapore on Monday, a seniorofficial of the state government said today.CAL2 MN-UNIVERSITY-SECURITYManipur University impasse: Heavy security deployed inImphalImphal: Security personnel in riot gear were deployedtoday across the “high-security zone” in Imphal, a day afterthe protesting members of a Manipur university students’ uniontried to storm the Raj Bhavan and the BJP main office atNityaipat Chuthek area here, officials said.CAL6 WB-AIPORT-SEIZURERs 1 crore worth foreign currency seized at NSCBairport; 2 arrestedKolkata: The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of NetajiSubhas Chandra Bose (NSCB) International Airport here hasseized USD 1,55,000 valued at Rs 1,05,40,000 concealed incardboard boxes, from two passengers, the Commissioner ofCustoms (Airport) said today.CES9 JH-ASSEMBLY-ADJOURNJharkhand assembly witnesses opposition din overamendments in Land Acquisition ActRanchi: The Jharkhand assembly today witnessed din bythe opposition parties, who demanded scrapping of theamendments in the Land Acquisition Act by the stategovernment, forcing adjournment of the House till tomorrow.advertisementCES11 AS-LD SONOWAL HIMAHima to be sports ambassador of Assam : SonowalKandulimari (Assam): Assam Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal today met the parents of ace sprinter Hima Das andsaid that she would be appointed the sports ambassador ofAssam.CES13 WB-TENT-DECORATORTent collapse: Decorator says innocent, being made ascapegoatKolkata: The decorator, who is facing flak over thecollapse of the marquee at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’srally in Midnapore, today said he is innocent and being made a”scapegoat” in the tussle between the BJP and the rulingTrinamool Congress.CES16 TR-BRUBru repatriation to he held on time, say officials;mixed signal from Bru leadersAgartala/Aizawl: A day after a section of the Brurefugees forced their leader to walk out of a pact, the Centreand the governments of Tripura and Mizoram today expressedoptimism that the final repatriation of the displaced peoplecould be carried out without hiccups. PTINN NN NNlast_img read more

PSG edge past Atletico Madrid in International Champions Cup thriller

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Atleico Madrid played out a five-goal thriller in Singapore with the French champions ultimately edging past the Spanish side in a International Champions Cup match.Atletico’s young players stood upto the task and came from behind to level the scoring 2-2 but ultimately failed to do one better or hold onto a draw as Virgiliu Postolachi scored late to earn a victory for PSG.PSG’ French midfielder Christopher Nkunku struck first in the 32nd minute, punishing the Atletico defence for a poor clearance from the area.The Spanish team squandered chances to draw level before the intermission and again in the early stages of the second half, which came with a price.PSG post-match reactions following Monday’s win over @atletienglish! #ICC2018 Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 30, 2018Vietto missed a great chance shortly before the break, when he had the goal at his mercy, but PSG defender Kevin Rimane’s leg blocked his shot.The Parisian side doubled their lead in the 72nd minute thanks to French midfielder Moussa Diaby, who scored after PSG’s young forward Timothy Weah of the United States took advantage of an imprecise pass from a defender.Three minutes later, Atletico Madrid scored their first goal as Victor Mollejo converted from a corner.The Rojiblancos’ rally seemed complete when PSG midfielder Antoine Bernede scored an own goal, deflecting a cross from Atletico forward Borja Garces into the net in the 86th minute.@DugoutPure joy after Postolachi’s stoppage-time stunner#ICC2018 Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 30, 2018Just when it looked like the match was on its way to a penalty shootout, Postolachi scored from outside the area three minutes into stoppage time to seal the win.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Egypt’s Essam El Hadary, oldest World Cup player, announces retirement

first_imgEgypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match.El Hadary started the World Cup as Egypt’s backup goalkeeper, but he played in his team’s final group match in Russia, saving a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on June 25.”After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves,” the 45-year-old El Hadary wrote on Facebook. “This is a moment I didn’t want to come … I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements.”El Hadary made his debut for the national team in 1996. He won four African Cup of Nations titles with Egypt, including three straight with him as goalkeeper in 2006, 2008 and 2010.Teammate Mohamed Salah hailed the veteran goalkeeper on Twitter.”A new legend from a great golden generation is leaving us,” the Liverpool forward wrote Tuesday.22 # @ElHadary .. National Football Team (@Pharaohs) August 7, 2018In Russia, El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 when he came on as a late substitute in Colombia’s 4-1 victory over Japan four years ago at the World Cup in Brazil.El Hadary, who will continue to play for Egyptian club Ismaili, first rose to prominence with Cairo club Al-Ahly, but he fell out with management and left in 2008 for Switzerland. Since then, El Hadary he has become something of a soccer nomad, playing for several clubs in Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.advertisementlast_img read more

Meizu 16 Plus with Snapdragon 845 and 8 GB RAM shows up on Geekbench, launch today

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Meizu is set to unveil the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus today at an event in China. The company at the event will confirm the price, availability and the specs of the Meizu 16 duo. The event starts at 14:30 in China. There have been a lot of rumours, leaks, and speculations about the specs of the phone including a Geekbench spotting that happened only yesterday i.e. August 7.The Meizu 16 Plus showed on Geekbench giving a sneak peek into the specs of the phone. The listing confirms that Meizu 16 Plus will run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 paired with 8GB/6GB RAM. The phone has scored 2352 in the single-core test and 8808 in the multi-core test on the Geekbench.The listing further reveals that Meizu 16 Plus will run Android 8.1.0. While this is all we get from the Geekbench listing, the leaks and rumours in the past reveal some more details of the phone. It is rumoured that Meizu 16 Plus feature a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The company will launch two variants of the phone- the Meizu 16 Plus and Meizu 16 so you can expect a smaller screen size for the base variant.The Meizu 16 will come with 6GB RAM and 64 GB storage while the Plus model will have 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage inside it. Joining the notch-trend, Meizu 16s will sport notched displays. Interestingly, Meizu plans to add the fingerprint sensor beneath the display. So, Meizu 16 and 16 Plus could be the first Meizu phones to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Further, the Meizu 16 Plus is expected to be backed by a 3,570mAh battery with fast charging support.advertisementCamera-wise, the Meizu 16 is said to sport a dual camera set up of 12MP + 20MP on the back and a 20MP camera on the front. There are also chatters that Meizu may join the triple camera set up bandwagon this time. It is said that Meizu 16 Plus could sport triple cameras at the back with two 12MP and one 20MP camera sensors.There are now words on the pricing but going by the rumour, Meizu could price the Meizu 16 at $580(Rs 39,000 approx) and 16 Plus at $625(Rs 42,890 approx). The company will launch three colours variants of the phone-Mirror Silver, Deep Ochre, and Mirror.last_img read more

App launched to streamline functioning of PGC in JK’s Udhampur

first_imgJammu, Sep 23 (PTI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police Sunday launched the ‘Sahulat Office App’ in Udhampur district for streamlining the functioning of public grievance cell (PGC). The police also formally released a short movie on drug addiction titled ‘Ujadta chaman’ at a function organised at Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) in Udhampur.”Drug addiction and substance abuse affects the capabilities and energies of youth and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to work together and eradicate the growing menace, which has risen to an alarming level in modern society,” Additional Director General of Police and director Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy, Udhampur, Suleman Salaria said.Salaria along with Inspector General of Police, Jammu, S D Singh Jamwal launched the app and released the movie which was directed by Rahul Sharma and produced by the state police, the spokesperson said.”We would have to address the major reasons which lead the youth to take drugs, besides de-addicting the drug users,” the IGP said. The Jammu and Kashmir Police realising its social responsibility has taken initiatives for the physical and mental development of the youth of the state, he said. Besides its professional duties, the police has been working for drug de-addiction centres, he said and stressed for joint efforts by all stakeholders, especially parents, to overcome the menace and save youngsters from drug consumption.Later, the IGP visited district police lines, Udhampur, and dedicated the newly-constructed police martyrs memorial and also inaugurated a podium for general use of police and various sports and cultural activities, the spokesperson said. PTI TAS  KJKJadvertisementlast_img read more

Mehul Choksi calls ED a spoilt-sport, seeks stay on probe in PNB scam case

first_imgPunjab National Bank (PNB) scam accused and fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi has filed an application before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court seeking a stay on the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe in his case.The 8-page application was filed by Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal on Monday. The application seeks a stay on the investigation by the ED, pointing out that the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has directed the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) to conduct probe in the PNB case.SFIO is the central government’s investigative agency that looks into corporate frauds in India.The application said that the central government has already assigned one agency (SFIO) to look into the case, so no other central government’s investigating agency (ED) can probe the case any further.Choksi’s lawyer said that the ED should hand over all relevant documents and records and it should not be allowed to proceed with the investigation any further. He further stated that Choksi and the bank are already negotiating and resolving the case, however, the ED is acting as a “spoilt-sport”.The court will next hear the matter on December 5.Aggarwal also argued that when Choksi left the country in February 2018, there was no First Information Report (FIR), no non bailable warrants and no case under Fugitive Economic Offender (FEO) against him.On his part, ED’s counsel Hiten Venegavkar told the court there were repeated occasions when Choksi was told to come and participate in the investigation. It was only after having failed at the attempts, an application under the FEO was issued against him.advertisementChoksi, who now has a citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda, fled from India on January 4. He was in the USA till July 7. But before the agencies started the process to bring him back, he fled to Antigua and since then he is in the Carribean.Aggarwal argued that Choksi’s passport was suspended and he has a medical condition so he could not return to India.Earlier on November 17, Choksi moved an application before Mumbai special court offering to come back in three months if his health permits. During the hearing of ED application to declare Mehul Choksi as a ‘fugitive economic offender’, Choksi’s lawyer said that his client is suffering from various health ailments. He is ready to join the probe after three months if his health improves.Choksi said he had blocked arteries, diabetes and a clot in his brain since 2012. “It has resulted in multiple medical complications, making it extremely impossible for him to travel on long flights of 41 hours,” the application stated.The ED had seized Choksi’s assets worth over Rs 218 crore, including diamonds and flats abroad, in the nearly Rs 13,000 crore loan fraud case probe. India has made two separate extradition requests for Choksi – one from the CBI and the other by the Enforcement Directorate in August.ED’s counsel then opposed the application saying that Choksi’s health condition should be checked factually. The counsel said that there are some of the circumstances that have been created. Even when he is summoned he did not participate in the investigations. Every statement he is providing are different from each other.Similar claims were made by his nephew, Nirav Modi — another absconding diamantaire — in his application. Choksi and Modi are under investigation by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation.Antigua and Barbuda had assured they would consider India’s request of Mehul Choksi’s extradition.The Antiguan authorities also confirmed about Mehul Choksi’s presence in Antigua and assured to help India in his extradition. Both Indian and Antiguan authorities have figured that Choksi’s extradition can take place under the provisions of Extradition Act.In absence of a direct extradition treaty, Antigua’s status as a Commonwealth country will help in Mehul Choksi’s extradition.(With agency inputs)ALSO READ | Mehul Choksi aide who looked after his Hong Kong business arrested in KolkataALSO READ | Choksi is medically unfit to travel to India: Lawyer to courtALSO WATCH | My take: Mehul Choksi’s escape tells us how crooks can get away in Indialast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2018: UP Yoddha stun hosts U Mumba 34-32, Bengal crush Patna 39-23

first_imgUP Yoddha edged out U Mumba 34-32 in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) tie at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.Prashanth Kumar Rai (8 points) with a two-point raid in the last minute clinched the win for UP Yoddha.It was a disappointing night for U Mumba as Siddharth Desai and Rohit Rana both suffered injuries.The loss means that U Mumba won’t finish at the top of the table in Zone A.UP Yoddha still have a slim chance of making it to the playoffs. Sachin Kumar had a brilliant game in defence for Yoddha and earned six tackle points while Rishank Devadiga got seven raid points.U Mumba made a strong start to lead 3-0 after two minutes but Shrikant Jadhav got two raid points as UP Yoddha cut the deficit to 3-4. U Mumba then forced two super tackles in the space of three minutes to lead 8-5 by the 8th minute.UP Yoddha forced an all out in the 13th minute as they lead 14-8 after 14 minutes. U Mumba came back strongly with Abolfazl Maghsodlou producing a super raid to level the match 14-14 after 17 minutes.UP Yoddha didn’t buckle under pressure as Prashanth made consecutive two-point raids.At the end of the first half, UP Yoddha led 18-15.UP began the second half strongly with a super tackle in the 21st minute to lead 20-15. But U Mumba inflicted an all out in the 23rd minute to level the match at 20-20.advertisementFor the next 10 minutes it was an evenly contested fight with both teams picking raid and tackle points.Rishank made a two-point raid in the 32nd minute to give UP Yoddha 29-25 lead. It was a close affair with less than five minutes to go but Rohit Baliyan made a two-point raid in the 38th minute to level the match at 31-31.Darshian Kadian forced an error out of Yoddha’s defence in the 40th minute to tie the match at 32-32. Prashanth made a brilliant two-point raid in the dying seconds to give Yoddha a narrow 34-32 win.BENGAL OUTCLASS PATNAMeanwhile, Bengal Warriors dished out an absolute hammering to Patna Pirates as they beat them 39-23 in a Pro Kabaddi Season 6 match at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.Maninder Singh top scored with 11 points and Surjeet Singh was a rock at the back contained Pirates’ danger man Pardeep Narwal. Narwal had a quiet night by his high standards and scored seven points.Vijay top scored for Patna with 8 points. The defeat means that Patna Pirates’ hopes of qualifying for the playoffs got a massive jolt. Bengal Warriors meanwhile have ensured their spot in the playoffs.Also Read | Pro Kabaddi League 2018: HighlightsAlso Watch:last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant

first_imgFormer captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday hailed India’s historic Test series win in Australia and said wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is one for the “future”.Having made his Test debut in August 2018, the 21-year-old Pant has gone from strength to strength, scoring a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months.In Australia, Pant amassed 350 runs in seven innings, the second highest after Cheteshwar Pujara, while behind the stumps he broke the record for most catches — 20 — by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series.”He will be a superb player for India in the future. He has been so good in the series and in future also, he will shine,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture against Punjab.Rain played spoilsport in the fourth and final Test as the Virat Kohli-led side won the series 2-1, ending a 71-year wait to win their first series Down Under.Terrific win, India played excellent cricket: GangulyAustralia were 316 in arrears when the match was called off, leaving India with a 2-1 triumph after wins in Adelaide and Melbourne. Australia won in Perth.Terming their win terrific, Ganguly said: “It’s a terrific win. They played excellent cricket throughout and the batting clicked. They scored 400-600 runs and that was the key.””Bumrah and Pujara were simply brilliant. They played big roles behind the win,” Ganguly said, while also giving credit to pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed 21 wickets in four Tests at an average of 17.00, including a five-for.advertisementPujara amassed 521 runs at 74.42, scoring three hundreds to be adjudged both Man of the Match and Man of the Series.Asked to compare Kohli’s side with teams of the past including his side that drew 1-1 in 2003-04, Ganguly said: “I don’t compare ever. So I can’t answer that question.Also Read | This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | ndia vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

PM Modi encourages Rashtriya Bal Puraskar winners to stay connected with nature

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi spent some time with the winners of the Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, in New Delhi on January 24. On congratulating the winners, PM Modi also urged the extra-ordinarily gifted children to stay connected with nature. You must be role models in the society: PM ModiPM Modi said that winning the award is a great opportunity and they must be role models in the society. The Prime Minister also obliged the children who asked him for his autograph.Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent some light moments with the children asking them about their activities.PM Modi shared stories from his childhood too.Total number of application for Rashtriya Bal PuraskarA total of 783 applications were received for the Baal Shakti Puruskar. Rashtriya Bal Puraskar: Total awardsSix awards for innovationThree for scholaristicThree for social serviceFive for art and cultureSix for sportsThree for braveryThe names of awardees were finalised by the National Selection Committee under the chairpersonship of union minister Maneka Gandhi.Read: Students-professors cycle to spread awareness about pollution: All you should knowRead: No more ragging, bullying in schools! Delhi govt high-level panel to form policy soonlast_img read more

FA Cup: Paul Pogba shines as Manchester United knock out holders Chelsea

first_imgManchester United’s Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba headed first-half goals to claim a 2-0 win that dumped FA Cup holders Chelsea out of the competition and secured a place in the quarter-finals in an intense tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Spaniard Herrera finished off a fine move with a precise header from Pogba’s cross just past the half-hour and United’s French midfielder scored himself when he nodded powerfully home from a Marcus Rashford delivery before the break.It was a measure of revenge for United, resurgent under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who lost to Chelsea in last May’s Wembley final under their former boss Jose Mourinho.”It is a beautiful win,” France midfielder Pogba, who had been sidelined under Mourinho, told the BBC.”Today was a great performance from the team, all of them… The team helped me get to my best. I give everything for them. They help me score goals and get assists. We are enjoying playing together.”After the game United were drawn to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the quarter-finals.Sliding into the #EmiratesFACup quarter-finals like… #MUFC United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019″An away tie again after Arsenal and Chelsea… We’ll have to do it the hard way, Wolves are a tough team to play against,” Solskjaer said.”The performance tonight was fantastic, our tactics worked. We asked our midfielders to press higher and get into the box and it worked. The defending in the second half was fantastic.”advertisementThe fifth round defeat piled more pressure on Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, whose side were hammered 6-0 last week in the Premier League by United’s neighbours Manchester City. Chants of “sacked in the morning” broke out in the second half.DOUBLE SAVEUnited’s Sergio Romero had pulled off a fine double save in the 11th minute from a spinning David Luiz free kick headed for the top corner followed by a stinging shot from Pedro.Three minutes later Arrizabalaga had to fly to his left to keep out a Herrera strike. The lively Rashford also kept the Chelsea keeper under constant pressure.Chelsea’s fragile defence was split with crosses from either flank. Pogba supplied the first in the 31st minute after a fast move down the left and Herrera ghosted into the box to nod the ball down past stranded goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Until that moment a lively game had been evenly poised, with a host of chances at either end.Chelsea’s hopes were crushed just before halftime in a speedy United counter down the right, with Marcus Rashford crossing for Pogba to head powerfully home between defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger.#MUFC #EmiratesFACup United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019United were able to drop back and defend after the break, making occasional forays up the pitch but always confident of keeping an increasingly toothless Chelsea attack at bay.The home side’s best chance of the half came in the 63rd minute when Eden Hazard, reportedly a target for Real Madrid, jinked his way through, only for the Belgian’s shot to be expertly diverted by United defender Victor Lindelof.The home fans jeered Sarri’s like-for-like substitutions. The Italian has been criticised for stubbornly sticking to his tactics and failing to change games.United, on the other hand, looked like a team on a mission, playing for their coach and each other and brimming with the confidence that comes from turning an ailing season around.Their only reverse since Norwegian Solskjaer took over was last week’s Champions League home defeat by Paris St Germain.The contrast was reflected in the boos from some Chelsea supporters at the final whistle, while a jubilant Solskjaer celebrated with his players in front of the travelling fans.Also Read | Ryan Giggs backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent Manchester United managerAlso Read | Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester UnitedAlso Read | Alexis Sanchez one goal away from regaining form, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAlso Read | My job is always at risk, says Maurizio Sarrilast_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus gets 6GB RAM variant, goes on sale for Rs 18,499

first_imgNokia has launched a new variant of its popular budget smartphone – Nokia 6.1 Plus, in India. The smartphone gets an upgraded 6GB RAM and will be available in two colour variants – Black and Blue. The new variant has gone on sale for Rs 18,499. Nokia has so far listed the new variant on its e-commerce platform. So far, the 6GB variant isn’t available on Flipkart or offline stores. Rest of the specifications remains untouched.The Nokia 6.1 Plus was launched in mid-2018 and was positioned to fight the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 with a price Rs 15,999. The price was recently dropped to Rs 14,999 and was made available for purchase via offline retail. The Nokia 6.1 Plus was originally unveiled in three colours – Black, Blue and White.The new variant with 6GB RAM carries forward all of the other specifications intact from the 4GB variant. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is built around the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and comes with 64GB of storage as standard. The handset is powered by a 3060mAh battery that could easily last an entire day. For the cameras, the Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear and a 16-megapixel camera at the front.The Nokia 6.1 Plus gets a premium glass-metal body. The front and rear glass panels get Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The front houses a 5.8-inch IPS LCD display with a full HD+ resolution. The display has narrow bezels and there’s a notch on the top. The Nokia 6.1 Plus like all other Nokia smartphones belongs to the Android One program. The handset was originally launched with Android 8.1 Oreo back in mid-2018 but received the Android Pie update by October 2018. Since its an Android One device, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is also expected to get the Android Q update later this year.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 Plus isn’t the only smartphone to get a new variant this year. A few weeks ago, Nokia also unveiled two new variants of the cheaper Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 5.1 Plus is now offered in two variants with 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM. The storage was also upgraded to 64GB. The 4GB variant sells for Rs 14,499 while the 6GB version sells for Rs 16,499. The 3GB variant sells for Rs 10,599. The Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset and runs on stock Android 9 Pie.ALSO READ | Nokia keeps its promise, rolls out Pie update for Nokia 8, Nokia 6 (2017) and Nokia 2.1ALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras shown off in live hands-on imageALSO READ | Nokia 8.1 goes on sale in India today: Should you buy it?last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Injured Eoin Morgan to be fit for opener vs South Africa

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture on his finger but the injury will not affect his participation in the World Cup starting on May 30, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday.Morgan picked up the injury to his left index finger during training at the Hampshire Bowl ahead of Saturday’s warm-up match against world champions Australia and was sent to a hospital to have a precautionary X-ray.”England captain Eoin Morgan has sustained a small flake fracture to his left index finger,” ECB said in a statement.”Morgan picked up the injury during catching practice… he will not take part in the match (against Australia)… but is expected to make a full recovery and be available for England’s opening World Cup match against South Africa.””The digit is the best I could have hoped”@Eoin16 puts a nation’s fears to rest and confirms that he will be right for the opening match of #CWC19 despite suffering a dislocated and minor finger fracture at training. World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019The ECB did not say if Morgan would play in another warm-up clash against Afghanistan on Monday.Favourites England begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on the opening day of the tournament.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury while batting in the netsAlso See:last_img read more

‘Patriot’ war on cricket pitch: Will Dhoni’s gloves stay on?


first_imgStudents at Siouxland Christian School here in Sioux City got a special treat heading into their Christmas vacation Friday.Siouxland Dairy Queen threw them a party because the school won a “Battle of the Blizzards” fundraising competition with other metro area high schools.Steven Hill of Siouxland Dairy Queen says in November, each school was paired with a specific Blizzard treat, and 50 cents was donated back to the respective school each time their blizzard was purchased;Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……number one school. :11Each student received an Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard at the party.School Development Director Kelli Heilbuth says the funds will be used in a new academic program:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……… well. ;18The school won an additional $1,000.00 for finishing first.Siouxland Dairy Queen donated more than $6,700.00 to the six Sioux City metro high schools participating in the Battle of the Blizzards.last_img read more

Thayer Evans tried to deceive Donnell Williams

first_imgNo matter what comes of this entire saga — and likely the final verdict won’t come for months or years (it’s weird to think that I might not be running this blog anymore when the final verdict comes, heck, it’s weird to think that Gabe Lindsay might finally have graduated when the verdict finally drops!). But whatever comes of it, these two truths remain:Oklahoma State’s national reputation has been sullied. No matter if everything is proven 100% false and Thayer Evans is tarred and feathered in Times Square on national television, OSU is still getting a raw deal. All most people will remember is “isn’t that the school that was on the cover of SI for doing stupid stuff.” And that part sucks.The other truth is that no matter what the truth is, Sports Illustrated didn’t do this the right way. Shadily recording Aso Pogi and telling other dudes (like Donnell) that you were doing a story on how their life is going even though your ultimate goal was to get dirt on Stillwater out of them. Come on, that’s clownin’ and not what I’d hope for from an organization like SI.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Screen shot 2013-09-11 at 9.21.32 PMlast_img read more

ACL Toyota Potw: Godwin Mensha

first_imgAFC Champions League AFC Champions League 2017: Toyota Player of the Week – Persepolis’ Godwin Mensha Last updated 2 years ago 01:18 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Godwin Mensha AFC Champions League Persepolis v Al Hilal Al Hilal Persepolis The Persepolis striker was in great form in the AFC Champions League semifinals but was not able to get his side over the line…. Iran’s Persepolis did not have much of a chance going into the second leg of their AFC Champions League against Al Hilal, given that they had lost the first leg by a huge margin of 4-0. Persepolis were expected to roll over in the second leg as well but thanks to their Nigerian striker Godwin Mensha, they managed to hold Al Hilal to a 2-2 draw. By no means was it enough to overturn the deficit but it was a respectable reslt nevertheless. Mensha was the star for the Iranians with two goals on Tuesday.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Godwin Mensha GFXThe striker from Lagos had 56 touches, made 32 successful passes and scored his brace from just five shots on goal, three of which were on target. He gave Persepolis the lead in the 16th minute with a fine header from Vahid Amiri’s cross. Later, in the 61st minute, Mensha restored Persepolis’ lead on the night after he latched onto Ali Alipour’s backpass and fired into the bottom corner. Ultimately, his efforts came in a losing cause but that does not take sheen off him which sees him named as this week’s Toyota Asian Player of the Week!last_img read more

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