Lukaku: Mourinho totally different behind scenes

first_imgJose Mourinho is “totally different behind the scenes” and will let Manchester United’s stars relax in the international break after their win at Burnley, according to Romelu Lukaku.The Belgium striker scored both goals as the Red Devils secured a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham.United’s victory rarely looked in doubt after Lukaku had put them two goals up at half-time, although a missed penalty from Paul Pogba and a Marcus Rashford red card made the closing stages of the second half a little more anxious. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho was serenaded by the visiting supporters after the final whistle and made his appreciation clear at the end of a game that was preceded by a plane flying over Turf Moor bearing a banner protesting against the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.It was another show of support from the fans during what has been a turbulent start to the season, in which Mourinho has regularly clashed with the media and reportedly fallen out with some key players.Despite his often abrasive public attitude, Lukaku insists Mourinho will allow his players to “switch off” in the next two weeks after an encouraging display.Hands up who’s enjoying @RomeluLukaku9’s performance today  #MUFC #BURMUN pic.twitter.com/nF6VgCUxFn— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2018″That was really big. In the last game we started well but didn’t take our chances. This time, we did,” he told BBC Sport.”We knew we had to grind out the result in the second half. We have character and we need to be more like that.”The last game against Tottenham, we were disappointed. Today, we did score and we have to keep winning to try and catch the teams above us.”Now we go into the international break and can switch off a bit. The manager has time to analyse our performances for the rest of the games in September.”When asked if Mourinho would let them, Lukaku replied: “Oh yeah. He’s totally different behind the scenes and he’ll allow us to.”last_img read more

Kolkata Knight Riders star Yusuf Pathan claims to be a ‘special talent’

first_imgYusuf Pathan might not have ever looked up to Jose Mourinho for inspiration but his latest self-assessment is akin to the current Manchester United coach’s famous statement ‘I am the special one’. So does he harbour hopes of an India comeback with so many ahead of him for those couple of slots in the middle-order? (Also read: KKR vs Delhi: Why Yusuf Pathan is nervous batting on small grounds)”It does not matter to me who’s ahead of me (in representing India). I think no one can compete with me. I consider myself as a special talent,” Pathan told PTI in an interview on Wednesday.Having scored 39-ball-59 against Delhi Daredevils, the India discard proved why he is so highly rated in the Kolkata Knight Riders ranks despite his game-changing knocks being few and far in between.”I have to back my talent. It does not take time for things to change. If I continue to perform well, at some point I will get an opportunity if not today then tomorrow,” Pathan seemed positive that he may once again don the India blues.”I don’t want to look at others. My job is to play good cricket and the start has been good this time. I should be satisfied with my cricket and be prepared whenever I get a chance,” he said.Pathan made it clear that he will never shy away from playing his natural game like he did under pressure against DD at the Kotla.”There was a lot of pressure I just wanted to play my natural game. You will always get out at some point, be it in the first ball or in the 40th ball. But it’s about playing my shots and making the balls count,” he said about his knock.advertisementPathan has had his share of disappointment with the team especially during their maiden title-winning campaign in 2012 when he managed just 194 in 17 matches without a single half- century but the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise has backed him throughout these years.In fact, his 112 matches since 2011 is one more than skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 111 games for the popular Kolkata franchise.”The only message from Shah Rukh Khan, continue to entertain the way you have been,” Pathan said.Pathan refused to agree his style has changed but says he’s keen to finish off games now.”Having played for so long, you are aware of your team’s strength. If you are set, it’s all about finishing the game. It’s about setting a precedent for the youngsters in the team as well. They should also get an opportunity to learn. It’s about winning comfortably.”Pathan believes that as long as he is at the crease, KKR can win matches.”I think as long as I am at the crease, the team will win comfortably. In the past, I have seen the team has gone on to lose the match after I got out. All these things, I have brought some changes in my game. It’s about playing shots.”At this stage of his career, Pathan only wants to enjoy his cricket.”I just want to enjoy my cricket. If you see in the last game, I’ve started playing shots from the very second ball. My style has not changed, it is just that I want to make sure that I take the team through till end. This is the only change,” he said.Pathan credited chief coach Jacques Kallis and his deputy Simon Katich for bringing a balance in the team, which is leading the table with four wins from five matches.”The credit goes to Katich and Kallis. They have put on a lot of hard work. They have put a clear picture on every player’s mind. Everyone knows their role well. If you play well result will come your way.”Pathan also hailed the Kolkata crowd for turning up in huge numbers in every game.”It was heartening to see packed crowd from the very first match. In previous seasons, there would be many empty seats in the initial phase but now it’s all packed up. Such an excitement among the crowd is really motivating to do even better,” he signed off.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, fielding coach Jonty Rhodes unwind after six successive wins

first_imgThe hectic schedule of the Indian Premier League takes a toll on players and sometimes they have to take a short break to recharge their batteries. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma did something similar and opted to play table tennis with his wife Ritika Sajdeh to unwind himself ahead of the blockbuster clash against Rising Pune Supergiant on Monday.Nothing seems to be going wrong for Mumbai Indians in the 10th season of the Indian Premier League. They are on the top of the points table and have a six-match unbeaten run.They face Rising Pune Supergiant in the second Maharashtra derby this season after Steve Smith’s team inflicted their only defeat of the season at Pune in the season opener.  Wankhede seems to be fortress and their win over Delhi Daredevils was their fourth in as many matches at home.Rohit hasn’t yet shone with the bat, but he was seen letting his hair down in an table Tennis session with wife Ritika Sajdeh, posting a video of it on Instagram. Schooling the wife at TT @ritssajdehA post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) on Apr 23, 2017 at 6:22am PDTJohnty Rhodes, Mumbai Indians fielding coach, posted a video on twitter playing his daughter ‘India’ on her birthday.@mipaltan fielding practice #indiarhodes #dontdropthechild pic.twitter.com/lwoSmM4Hju- Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 17, 2017He also posted a picture with a caption, “Happy Birthday baby India; 2 today #landofyourbirth”Happy Birthday baby India; 2 today #landofyourbirth pic.twitter.com/RGVxmXRjRv- Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) April 23, 2017Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished the 2-year-old, saying, “Happy birthday to India, from India. :)”Happy birthday to India, from India. 🙂 https://t.co/DbOZFEKLe9advertisement- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2017last_img read more

Wimbledon organisers unveil prize hike for 2017 championships

first_imgThis year’s Wimbledon singles tennis champions will receive 2.2 million pounds each – a hike of 200,000 pounds for both the men’s and women’s winner, organisers said on Wednesday.Tournament chiefs unveiled the increased winners’ cheques among a larger total prize pot of 31.6 million pounds, up from 28.1 million pounds last year.The bigger pot benefits players throughout the draw, with first round singles losers set to walk away from the All England Club with 35,000 pounds.In percentage terms, first round losers benefit the most – their prize being almost 17 percent higher than last year, reflecting the club’s commitment to the lower reaches of tennis.”We are proud of the important leadership role that Wimbledon plays locally, nationally, and internationally, and are committed to continuing to invest to secure the future of The Championships, and of our sport, for the years to come,” club chairman Philip Brook said.The winners’ cheques for the men’s and women’s singles has doubled since 2011.Brook said the club had “taken into account” exchange rates, but that the “Brexit effect” had not been instrumental in their calculations.”Exchange rates go up and go down over time,” he said. “In my time with the club I think all four grand slam tournaments have led on prize money, and now the U.S. dollar is particularly strong.”The pound has fallen 14 percent against the dollar since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union last June.The U.S. Open has yet to announce its 2017 prize money while this month’s French Open recently announced that total prize money had risen 12 percent from last year’s levels to 36 million euros.advertisementBoth the men’s and women’s singles winners at Roland Garros will receive a cheque for 2.1 million euros.The grass-court grand slam tournament takes place on the fringes of south-west London from July 3-16: the latest start for the tournament since 1895.Organisers said work to install a roof on Court One, the second-biggest showcourt after Centre Court, was on schedule and would be completed in time for the 2019 championships.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton expecting a better weekend in Spain

first_imgTriple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he expects to be back up to speed in Spain this weekend after struggling for pace in Russia.The Briton had been unable to explain his “very odd weekend” in Sochi late last month, but sounded more confident on Thursday that his Mercedes team has resolved the issues.”It was just a bunch of small things all added up in one pot,” he told news conference at the Circuit de Catalunya, his pet bulldog Roscoe sleeping at his feet.”Nothing in particular, no one single thing that was bigger than another, that just led us in slightly the wrong direction. It should be better this weekend.”It’s a tyre issue in the sense that the tyre’s working range is quite small … the whole weekend I generally wasn’t in the right window with it,” he added.Formula One has bigger and wider tyres this season, with different characteristics to last year’s. Hamilton said all teams were learning each race how best to handle them.”I think for some cars perhaps it works more immediately than for others. There’s different preparations,” he said.”It’s a new tyre which is exciting. They are very, very hard tyres so a hard, safe tyre basically. It’s going to be interesting this weekend to see how they work.”Hamilton finished fourth in Russia, ending a run of eight successive podiums, and dropped 13 points behind Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel.The race was won by Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas, his first in Formula One after joining the team in January following 2016 champion Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement.advertisementHamilton said the Finn’s breakthrough victory came as no surprise.”I’ve said from the beginning of the season that he was in competition, so it’s no surprise that he would eventually get a win,” he said.”But I was actually very happy. You saw at the end of the race I could at least be happy and share in the glory of the team beating the Ferraris and keeping us in the lead of the constructors’ championship.”I was proud of what we had achieved – I just wish that I could have backed him up, in the sense of getting a one-two, but we can work on that maybe this weekend.”last_img read more

Centres decision on citizenship to Chakmas, Hajongs opposed

first_imgItanagar, May 27 (PTI) The Centres decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh was today opposed by students unions and some political parties who demanded that the state government pursue the matter rigorously with it.A consultative meeting held during the day by All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union(AAPSU) resolved and endorsed AAPSU to conduct an all party meeting to be compulsorily attended by all the 60 MLAs and three MPs of the state within one week to draw more consensus on the issue.It also resolved to revive the high power committee constituted by the union home ministry to study the refugee issue besides carrying out enumeration of the population of Chakmas, Hajongs and Tibetan refugees in the state and discuss the issue of granting ST status to Yobin community in the all party meeting.The meeting appealed to the state government to carry out eviction drive and contain the refugees within the designated blocks till a mechanism is framed.AAPSU president Hawa Bagang expressed surprise over the Centres move even after it assured the students? body at a recent meeting in New Delhi that it would look into the issue positively.Its legal advisor Marto Kato wondered how the Central decision was taken when a curative petition and a special leave petition filed by the state government and the union was pending with the Supreme Court.AAPSU, the apex students union of the state, has been spearheading the movement against the refugees since 1990 and has expressed apprehension that if Chakmas and Hajongs are granted citizenship and settlement rights in Arunachal Pradesh the indigenous tribal communities would be reduced to a minority and opportunities currently available to them would be taken away.advertisementThe meeting was attended by All Papum Pare District Students? Union (APPDSU) and All Tai-Khampti Singpho Students Union, which blamed the state government for improper planning to deal with the issue.Arunachal Press Club President Chopa Cheda asked the AAPSU leadership to immediately convene the all party meeting for a lasting resolution of the problem.Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) central working committee chairman Kameng Ringu asked the state government to discuss the matter immediately with the Centre and suggested setting up of a refugee department. Former minister Nyato Rigia suggested the AAPSU leadership to work in tandem with the state government to hammer out a permanent solution.Sports and Youth Affairs department chairman Bamang Tago suggested for confining the refugees in their designated camps till a permanent solution is arrived at and a tripartite talk between the state government, central government and representatives from Chakmas and Hajongs.The meeting also discussed issues including status of Tibetan refugees in the state, enacting laws to protect and safeguard indigenous tribal rights and status of Yobin and Lisu community. Chakmas and Hajongs were originally residents of Chittagong Hill Tracts in erstwhile East Pakistan who left their homeland when it was submerged by the Kaptai dam project in the 1960s. The Chakmas, who are Buddhists, and Hajongs, who are Hindus, also faced religious persecution and entered India through the then Lushai Hills district of Assam (now Mizoram). The Centre moved the majority of them to the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA), which is now Arunachal Pradesh. According to officials, the number of these refugees has increased from about 5,000 in 1964-69 to 1,00,000. At present, they do not posses citizenship and land rights but are provided basic amenities by the state government. In 2015, the Centre was given a deadline by the Supreme Court to confer citizenship to these refugees within three months. The Arunachal Pradesh government approached the apex court in appeal against the order but its curative petition is yet to be heard. PTI UPL KK KKlast_img read more

Germany launches quest for new Wimbledon contenders

first_imgWhen Wimbledon got underway 25 years ago the reigning men’s and women’s champions were German but since then the country, once a tennis powerhouse, has yet to find another champion to succeed Michael Stich and Steffi Graf in London.While German women have had two more finalists with Sabine Lisicki and Angelique Kerber at the All England club since Graf’s last win there in 1996, the men have had none.Of the seven editions of Wimbledon between 1985 to 1991 Germans Boris Becker and Michael Stich won four between them.Apart from his three Wimbledon crowns Becker also won two Australian Open titles and one U.S. Open in his career, with no German able to emulate him or Stich since then.”With an output of altogether four Wimbledon men’s singles titles between 1985 and 1991, Michael Stich and Boris Becker certainly defined an era in German tennis history,” German Tennis Federation President Sepp Klaus told Reuters.”Both were exceptional athletes and their names are still closely associated with our sport.”Klaus was quick to point out players like Rainer Schuettler and Tommy Haas had since reached the last four in London while Philipp Petzschner won the doubles competition in 2010.Despite Philipp Kohlschreiber and Nicolas Kiefer reaching the last eight, Germany have clearly missed the chance to build on their successful tennis run as other nations did before them.Sweden churned out a string of top professionals following Bjorn Borg’s successful era, with Stefan Edberg, Mats Wilander and Thomas Johansson winning men’s singles slams.NEW CONCEPTadvertisementBecker-mania and the German public’s enthusiasm gradually ebbed as success became rarer in the 2000s with Becker’s biggest headlines late in his career concerning off-court issues.Sponsors also moved away from the sport in Germany leaving the country without a Tier 1 event after the German Open in 2008 was downgraded from its Masters series status.Even worse, the Berlin women’s tournament, one of the oldest women’s competitions in the world, was abolished nine years ago despite being a top tier event.Klaus said the DTB’s new concept for promoting young talent launched in April would deliver the country’s next top players more efficiently.The idea is to identify talented youngsters earlier and draw them into the federation aged 12-14 while also linking top talent with national team coaches to facilitate the move from youth player to professional.With hugely impressive 20-year-old Alexander Zverev, the world number 12 who has stormed to three titles already this year, turning the spotlight more on tennis in Germany, the timing could not have been better.”The new concept of the DTB will provide a structure in which young players will hopefully thrive,” Klaus said.”It is our aim to find and support these talents at an earlier stage and to help them even more with the transition to professional tennis.””I am convinced that our efforts will pay off and strengthen German tennis, and especially German men’s tennis, in the long run.”last_img read more

5 rain-soaked getaways near Kolkata you must visit this monsoon

first_imgThe essence of monsoons can hardly be realised in the city where the sound of rain is drowned by zooming vehicles, and overcast skies are merely a warning to a messy day ahead. After all water-logged streets and over-flowing drains are hardly a reminder of the rain-doused beauties of nature. If you want to savour the season, leave the city lights behind, at least for the weekend. Take your pick from these getaways that sport a new beautiful look once the rains hit.Ajodhya hillsIf grey clouds hovering over jade hills freckled with trickles of white water and pristine lakes is your idea of ‘picture perfect’, head to the Ajodhya Hills (a part of the Dolma range) in Purulia this monsoon. Trek through rainwashed forests that pad up the rocky hills to explore the regions impressive biodiversity or climb the Gorgaburu hill, the highest among the Ajodhya hills. The hills are dotted with charming waterfalls and lakes reinforced by the rains-the vigorous Bamni falls is a must-do, especially for its idyllic beauty and a potent spray bath. And the Khairabera Lake close by is just the place for some good old bird watching. However, while you’re in the area you cannot miss the Pakhipahar (bird hill). Artist Chitta Dey and his team of tribal artists has painstakingly painted gargantuan birds on the face of this hummock.A temple near Ajodhya hills. Photo: Subir Halder How to reach: Ajodhya Hills are about 250 km from Kolkata. The best way to reach Ajodhya hills is by trains like the Lalmati Express and Howrah Chakradharpur Express. The nearest railway station is Barabhum, a few kilometers from the village of Baghmundi, one of the main entrances for Ajodhya Hills.advertisementWhere to stay: There are a number of budget hotels and guest houses in adjoining villages like Baghmundi.TajpurSea, sand and sun might be a trendy phrase, but true romantics would chase the rains to the beach. And a good place to experience rains by the sea is Tajpur. You could brave the drizzle for a long walk down the shore flanked by casuarinas and tamarisk forests and the sweeping grey waters of a rain-pierced Bay of Bengal, as hundreds of red crabs scamper out of your way and into their secret holes. Or grab a table at one of the beach shacks and enjoy the stunning views of the cloud-laden skies.Tajpur waters. Photo: Subir Halder How to reach: Tajpur is about 180 km and a fourhour drive from Kolkata via NH17 and then NH6. You could also take a train to Digha or Contai, and then a hire a car for the short drive to Tajpur.Where to stay: There are numerous mid range resorts and budget hotels along the beach and inside town in Tajpur.Mon chasha, PaushiPaushi is a small village in East Midnapore, a few hours’ drive from the city. Luminescent greenery interrupted only by winding red earth roads, sweeping grasslands specked with tiny ponds, unassuming clay huts with thatched roofs are hard to resist. Come monsoon, the place takes on the sinuous qualities of a Vikrant Shitole painting. It is also where Mon Chasa, a responsible eco-tourism destination constructed entirely out of organic materials sourced from the area is perched right on the river front. Monsoon is the only time when the saline waters of the Badga River turn sweet. Enjoy a traditional Bengali meal on bell metal plates, walk in the rain or read your favourite book sprawled on a hammock. Should weather permit, hitch a ride to the Sarpai Sarbamangala temple.Cottages beside river Bagda How to reach: Take a train to Contai from the Howrah station. Pick-ups are available from the Contai railway station. Paushi is at a distance of 150km.Where to stay: Mon chasa has rustic bamboo cottages for guests, albeit nonair-conditioned. Food comes at an additional price.KhoaiThere’s something strangely evocative about the Khoai region of Bolpur, immortalised in Tagore’s poetry. Throughout the year Khoai attracts tourist with its distinct raanga maati (red earth), craggy landscape, silent forests where bauls sing. The adjacent Shonajhuri forest bursts into a flurry of rain-soaked greens, a spectacular contrast with the dull grey skies of the monsoons. It’s also good idea to visit the Ballavpur Wildlife Sactuary, famous for its population of spotted deer or drive down to Viswa Bharati for a tryst with the bard, if you must.Tourists flocking the Khoai region How to reach: Several trains ply between Howrah and Bolpur every day. Luxury buses are also available. In case you want to take the road, get on to NH19 and then move on to NH14 from Nababhat.advertisementWhere to stay: There are guest houses and farmhouses in the vicinity that can be rented. The Shonajhuri Resort is a fantastic place to stay in.JhargramMost people go to Jhargram to check out the octogenarian Jhargram Palace, an opulent piece of architecture surrounded by gardens. The undulating topography, verdant hummocks and sal forests is a stunning setting for a monsoon retreat. A trek through the forests of Gurrasini or the enchanting Laljal hills is a matchless experience. Visit the Khandarani Lake, famous as a haven for migratory bird. The Ketki Falls are in its prime during monsoons.aerial view of Gurrasini forests in Jhargram How to reach: Jhargram is about 170 km from Kolkata. It’s best to take trains like the Ispat or Koraput Express that ply between Howrah and Jhargram.Where to stay: There are several budget hotels and guest houses, but your best bet is the Rajbari Tourist Complex, just outside the walls of the Jhargramlast_img read more

John Terry signs Aston Villa deal, confirms club owner

first_imgFormer Chelsea captain John Terry is all set to join Aston Villa.Aston Villa owner Tony Xia confirmed the news on Monday.”Welcome JT to Birmingham city … Aston Villa!” Xia tweeted.??????????????????Welcome JT to Birmingham city…Aston Villa???!#UTV! @AVFCOfficial Announcement shortly!- Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 3, 2017Terry was given a perfect sendoff by Chelsea in May after the club registered an astounding 5-1 win over bottom club Sunderland to end their Premier League campaign.He had hinted at possibly retiring in the wake of winning the title last season and also had offers to move abroad, reports the Guardian.The 37-year-old formally became a free agent on Saturday but has now decided his immediate future.The contract of Terry, who made more than 700 senior appearances for Chelsea, is understood to be lucrative, especially by Championship standards, as he is set to earn around 60,000-a-week at Villa.It is believed that despite interest from West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Bournemouth, Terry has been persuaded to drop down to England’s second tier by Villa manager Steve Bruce.last_img read more

Nasser Hussain criticises ‘abysmal’ England selection post Trent Bridge loss

first_imgFormer captain Nasser Hussain has criticised the selection committee of the England cricket team after the Joe Root-led side slumped to a 340-run defeat to South Africa in Trent Bridge Test.According to him, too many recent call-ups led to this debacle.He believes that the match in Trent Bridge reflects poorly of the selection committee comprising chairman James Whitaker, who played one Test as a batsman for England in 1986; former Test seamer Angus Fraser, now the director of cricket at county champions Middlesex and Mick Newell, who holds a similar position at Trent Bridge-based Nottinghamshire, a Second Division county.In addition to them, coach Trevor Bayliss and Root have a say in selecting the team.Chasing a mammoth target of 474 runs to win, the hosts failed to counter South Africa’s bowling attack and were eventually collapsed to 133 all out in their second innings on the fourth day, succumbing to the second biggest defeat, in terms of runs, in their history against the Proteas.None of the England batsmen were able to contribute much in the side’s second innings, with former skipper and opener Alastair Cook being the top scorer with 42 runs.While South Africa’s first innings lasted 96.2 overs, the hosts batted for only 96.1 across the entire match, thus inviting criticism from many.Hussain blamed England’s top order for not producing the goods.”The lads who are coming in aren’t doing anything,” Sport24 quoted Hussain as saying.”They won (the first Test at Lord’s because of Joe Root…the ones they’ve won before have been because of Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad in Johannesburg.”advertisement””The selectors are going to have to have a good long look at themselves because their record in the last two years — two years ago it was one-day cricket, now in Test match cricket — their selections have been abysmal,” he added.The former England skipper criticised Gary Balance, who was recalled for a third crack at Test cricket this series following his prolific form for Yorkshire this season.However, Hussain insisted, “Selection is not just about saying ‘Gary Ballance has 1,000 first-class runs so Gary Ballance plays’.”Speak to umpires, speak to bowlers, has he actually changed? He hasn’t changed a thing and we’re getting exactly what we got the last two times. He’ll go back to county cricket and score runs again but that doesn’t mean he’s an international cricketer,” he added.The four-match series is now leveled at 1-1 and the two sides will now take on each other in the third Test, beginning July 27 at the Oval.last_img read more

Middlesbrough F.C. sign striker Ashley Fletcher from West Ham F.C.

first_imgMiddlesbrough F.C. have signed striker Ashley Fletcher from West Ham United for 6.5 million pounds ($8.5 million) on a four-year contract, the English Championship club said on Friday.Ashley Fletcher, 21, who joined West Ham last July, failed to find the net in limited first-team opportunities under manager Slaven Bilic, starting only twice in all competitions during the 2016-17 season.A former Manchester United trainee, Fletcher scored eight goals in 27 appearances during a six-month loan spell with Barnsley last year.Fletcher is Boro manager Garry Monk’s sixth major signing of the close season transfer window after the arrival of Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite, Cyrus Christie, Jonny Howson and Darren Randolph at the Riverside Stadium.last_img read more

1st ODI: Babar Azam and seamers spur Pakistan to 83-run victory vs Sri Lanka

first_imgPakistan rode on Babar Azam’s century and brilliant bowling by its seamers upfront to notch a convincing 83-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Friday.Azam, who could total only 39 runs in Pakistan’s 2-0 loss in Test series, returned to form with 103 off 131 balls and Shoaib Malik swelled Pakistan total to 292/6 by smashing 81 off 61 deliveries after being sent into bat.Seamers Hasan Ali (3/36) and Rumman Raees (3/49) snared six wickets in between them before Lahiru Thirimanne (53) and Akila Dananjaya (50 not out) delayed the inevitable and carried Sri Lanka to 209/8.”When you lose one series, the first match of the next series becomes very important, credit to the boys,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.”We’ve got a lot of bowling options. This bodes well for us. The way we’ve done today, we’ll look to carry this template forward.”Earlier, Fakhar Zaman (43) and Mohammad Hafeez (32) couldn’t convert good starts before Azam and Malik dominated Sri Lanka bowling in a 139-run stand with a bit of luck.Pakistan Cricket Twitter PhotoAzam was dropped on 42 and could have been out caught behind off legspinner Akila Dananjaya soon after reaching 50 but Sri Lanka earlier squandered its only video review.Dananjaya thought to have Azam caught by wicketkeeper down the legside off his first delivery only to see the television referral going in batsman’s favor which proved costly to Sri Lanka.Azam held down one end and completed his half century off 80 balls before notching his sixth ODI century and first against Sri Lanka off 128 balls with five fours.advertisementMalik batted with lot of freedom, hitting two sixes and five fours and kept pushing up the scoring rate through brilliant running between the wickets with Azam as Sri Lanka struggled to contain runs in later stage of Pakistan innings.Sri Lanka, which has been whitewashed by South Africa and then by India at home in 2017, struggled to pace it run-chase against both Raees and Hasan.Raees dismissed Niroshan Dickwella (19) and Dinesh Chandimal (4) before captain captain Upul Tharanga was clean bowled by Hafeez while attempting a needless pull shot against the off-spinner.Sri Lanka stuttered to 67/5 when Ali removed Kusal Mendis (2) and Milinda Siriwardana off successive deliveries as Raees returned and had Thirimanne trapped leg before wicket.Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay (25) put on the best partnership of the innings by contributing 68 runs for the eighth wicket but couldn’t prevent Sri Lanka from going down to its eighth consecutive defeat in ODIs.”Pakistan batted really well. At one stage, we thought we could restrict them to below 270,” Tharanga said. “We haven’t batted to potential in the last few series…it’s time we deliver.”The second match of the series will be played at Abu Dhabi on Monday.last_img read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal one match away from Shanghai Masters showdown

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal and Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer will continue their march toward a final collision when they both head into the semi-finals of Shanghai Rolex Masters here on Saturday.Yesterday, Nadal kept alive his hopes of clinching his first title in Shanghai by overcoming Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event that lasted lasted more than three hours.With the win, the Spanish tennis maestro, who is currently riding a 15-match winning streak, had improved to an ATP World Tour-best 64-9 match record in 2017.NADAl !! #SHRolexMasters pic.twitter.com/U0rvEZw8jI- SH Rolex Masters (@SH_RolexMasters) October 13, 2017Nadal has now set up a clash against fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia for a place in the summit showdown.Meanwhile, 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer cemented his place in the last-four of the tournament by dismantling Richard Gasquet of France 7-5, 6-4 in a one-sided match that also lasted more than an hour.Next up Federer vs Del Potro showdown @rogerfederer @delpotrojuan #SHRolexMasters pic.twitter.com/oyCC1lZgcK- SH Rolex Masters (@SH_RolexMasters) October 13, 2017The second-seeded will now play No. 16 seeded Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro, who eliminated the Swiss in the quarter-finals of the US Open.Federer-DelPo Blockbuster Leads Shanghai SF Lineup @TennisTV #SHRolexMasters @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal @delpotrojuan @MarinCilicITA pic.twitter.com/3l2Em7vIwn- SH Rolex Masters (@SH_RolexMasters) October 14, 2017last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara creates history with 12th first-class double hundred

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara warmed up for the upcoming three-match Test series against Sri Lanka with yet another double century in the Ranji Trophy.Pujara struck his 12th double hundred to go past Vijay Merchant’s tally off 11 for most double tons in first-class cricket by Indian batsman.Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid scored 10 double hundreds in first-class cricket.Three of those 12 double hundreds by Pujara have come in Test cricket.Pujara, who endured a slight dip in form during the ongoing Ranji Trophy, came out all guns blazing to score his 42nd first-class hundred for Saurashtra against Jharkhand in a Group B Ranji Trophy game.The 29-year-old was unbeaten on 125 on Wednesday and reached his 12th double hundred today. He was eventually dismissed for 204 off 355 deliveries. His knock was studded with 28 fours.Pujara was India’s leading run-scorer in the previous home season with 1316 runs with the help of four hundreds and eight fifties.The Saurashtra batsman continued with his rich vein of form and amassed 309 runs from four innings in Sri Lanka in July-August. He is currently fourth in the list of highest Test scorers this year with 851 runs.last_img read more

PM launches first phase of Hyderabad Metro

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 28 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the first phase of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project at the Miyapur station here. After launching the 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations in between, the prime minister took a ride on the train on its inaugural run. He was accompanied by Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Telangana Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao and state BJP chief K Laxman, among others.The prime minister, with other dignitaries, took a ride in the inaugural run from Miyapur station to Kukatpally station (a distance of five km) and back, Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) Managing Director N V S Reddy told PTI. A mobile app named T Savari for Metro passengers was launched by the prime minister, who was also given a power-point presentation on the project at Miyapur station.The metro would be open for public from tomorrow. The 30-km stretch in the opening phase is the longest for any metro in the country on inauguration, Rama Rao said.It was a proud day for loco pilots S Supriya and M Rajasekhara Chary as they were in the drivers seat for the inaugural run.The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially which would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm depending on the traffic and demand, Rama Rao said. Hyderabad metro rail is the largest project of its kind in the world in the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode, he said.advertisementThe concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, which is developing the 72-km project, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two km while the maximum fare is Rs 60 for travelling more than 26 km. Each train would initially have three coaches and 330 people can travel in each coach. The number of coaches can be increased to six depending on traffic, Rao said.The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) will start feeder services for the metro from tomorrow. A smart card was launched last Saturday for metro passengers.As many as 546 security personnel from private agencies will man the stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch. They will be working under three police officials per station in each shift, HMRL officials said.The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) has already installed sophisticated CCTV cameras at all the stations and in trains.Reddy said several measures have been taken to ensure comfortable travel for the disabled too. The project on which work began in July 2012, was initially scheduled to be completed by June this year but delays due to land acquisition and other issues resulted in it overshooting the deadline. The project overcame many hurdles such as a default by the first concessionaire — Maytas Infra-led consortium — and subsequent developments, crucial land acquisition by the state government and logjam for sometime over route alignment.He also unveiled the inaugural plaza and the specially designed pylon located next to the entrance of Miyapur metro station.The inaugural Plaza-Pylon embodies the rich heritage of Hyderabad and yet it sports a contemporary look.Unlike other monuments generally fenced off, this one has been built as an open structure, accessible to all and would be a selfie point the residents and tourists visiting the city, HMRL said. PTI VVK RS KRK SKlast_img read more

IIFT 2017 exam was tough: Check out the detailed analysis here

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT ) exam was conducted yesterday, December 3.There were six sections this year as against four last year. Each of the sections had sectional cut-offs applicable (as was mentioned in the test instructions). Below is the snapshot of various sections (based on Set – A).A detailed analysis of the sections of the paper is given below (section ordering as per Set A)Section 1 (General Awareness)GA lived up to its image of being one of the most difficult sections in IIFT yet again this year. The questions were from topics ranging from Sports, Corporate logos, Corporate entities, Govt policies, Stock exchanges, Currencies etc. This implies that the students needed to be extremely well prepared to get a good score in this section to help their overall cut-off.The questions were very wordy and going through this text ate away into the test time. The 2 RC type questions were to be left out straight away, especially considering the fact that the mark per question is only 0.5.Some very remote questions like the one on a not very well known music band bamboozled the students. As has been the case, historically, the sectional cutoff for this section has really been on a very, very low side.Out of a total of 18 questions, four questions could be classified as easy ones and another four as moderate ones.The cut-off in this section last year was 1.99 and is expected to go lower than this for this year, to around 0.75 to 1.5 marks.advertisementAround 8-9 questions could be considered to be a good number of attempts in this section!Section 2 (Verbal Ability)The questions in this section were mostly based on English Grammar viz., identifying various phrases/clauses in the given sentences, Punctuation, and Prefix/Suffix. Apart from this, there were questions based on Analogies, creating a word out of jumbled letters and identifying its meaning, and replacing a part of a given sentence by the correct one.The questions on adverb/adjective/noun phrases/clauses made this section appear like a test for the English language rather than an aptitude test.The questions on analogies had not-so-common words and needed detailed thought to identify the linkages and select the answers.The entire section was difficult barring a couple of punctuation questions, the prefix/suffix question, and the ones which required replacing a part of a given sentence by the correct one. The cut-off in this section is expected to be around 2-3 marks.Around 8-10 would be a good number of attempts in this section.Section 3 (Reading Comprehension)The RC passages, though fairly lengthy, were definitely readable. A person with moderate to good reading skills should not have faced much of a problem in reading the passages. However, most of the questions that followed the passages were difficult in nature requiring involved reading, multiple times.There were 4 passages, with 4 questions each. The passages were from diverse areas. While one was on ‘Entrepreneurship, & Business (Groupon)’, another one was on ‘Literature’, whereas the remaining two were on ‘Financial crisis’, and ‘Business Management’.The cut-off in this section could be around 3-4 marks.Around 8-10 attempts can be considered to be good in this section.Section 4 (Logical Reasoning)The distribution and level of difficulty of questions in Logical Reasoning is as follows:Description of the Set: Difficulty level: Number of questionsDistribution (Final placement of the MBA students): Moderate- difficult: 5Games and tournaments (Football tournament): Easy-moderate: 2Direction sense (Cricket players): Easy: 2Input-Output: Difficult: 4Logical Deductions: Easy: 1Data sufficiency: Easy-Moderate: 2Arrangements (Seven persons travelling in a train): Moderate: 2Distributions (Sports telecasted on TV channels): Easy: 2Total: 20The questions on Input-output were time-consuming and would have needed a good amount of concentration. One of the questions in this set required the students to pay attention to detail (input to be mentioned in reverse order). The questions based on ‘distribution’  in the first set, though not very difficult, were time-consuming, whereas the second set of ‘distribution’ was relatively easier.The games and tournament questions might have seemed slightly trickier in the first glance; however, they were actually pretty easy. The question on logical deductions was pretty much straightforward for somebody who has gone through the basic concepts pertaining to this topic. The data sufficiency questions were based on coding-decoding and arrangement and were on the easier side.This section can be said to the sole easier section, relatively, in this paper, supplying much-needed relief to the students. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good number of attempts in this section can be considered to be 8-10 questions, while the cut-off is expected to be 4-5 marks.advertisementSection 4 (Quantitative Ability)The difficulty level of this section was higher as compared to that from last year. As has been the case, the questions were lengthier, though mostly moderate to difficult.This section had a good mix of questions from diverse topics. The distribution is given as below:Area: Number of questionsAlgebra: 3Numbers: 1Pure Maths:1Arithmetic: 8Geometry: 6Venn Diagram: 1Total: 20There were only about three questions which could be classified as relatively easy ones — one from Sequence and Series, one from Co-ordinate Geometry, and another from Functions. The remaining questions were either moderate or difficult to handle during the test.A good candidate would have been able to attempt around 10-12 questions in QA. The cut-off in this section is expected to be 3-4 marks.Section 6 (Data Interpretation)Another of the never-ending difficult sections in the test, DI was a definite tough nut to crack. With large amounts, if data/graphs to work with, there was no relief to the students. Add to this the ambiguity in a couple of questions (growth to indicate absolute growth or percentage growth?), we sure have a recipe to brew trouble. The calculations were huge in some sets (Merchandise imports/exports).There were a total of three sets of five questions each, one set of three questions, and one with two. All the sets were based on Tables and/or Line Graph. Almost all the questions were calculation intensive and were very lengthy.Around 5-8 could be a good number of attempts in section, while the cutoff is expected to be around 2-3 marks.All the best!- Authored by Ramnath Kanakadandi, CAT course director, T.I.M.E. Watch the exclusive interview here:last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur is not a one-man army, indicates Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala

first_imgManchester City defender Elianquim Mangala feels that Tottenham Hotspur are not only about Harry Kane as the Premier League leaders prepare to face Mauricio Pochettino’s title contenders on Saturday.Mangala indicated that City’s sole focus is not going to be on Kane despite the English striker’s red-hot form.Kane, the league’s second-highest goal-scorer this campaign with 12 goals, has netted four times in Tottenham’s last five games as the north London side have recovered from a dip in form to record back-to-back league wins.Tottenham’s win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday moved them back into the top four and Mangala has warned his team mates to expect a tough test.Another important win at home tonight now onto a big game at the weekend… ??? #COYS pic.twitter.com/GuZiNNwpSu- Harry Kane (@HKane) December 13, 2017″He’s a very good striker but Tottenham is not just about Harry Kane,” Mangala told the club’s website. “They have some qualities. We have to be focused on all of the team and prepare for the game to win.”Tottenham are a very good team with young players. We will have to prepare as well as possible.”Meanwhile, City recorded a record-breaking 15th consecutive league win with a 4-0 thrashing of bottom-side Swansea City on Wednesday and are 11 points clear at the top of the table.”That’s history,” Mangala added. “We’re the only team to do that and it’s a big achievement. There’s a long way to go but we have to be proud. It’s not easy to do that. We’re very happy.advertisement”We have the same objective: to win the game. At the moment, we are going well. We need to carry on in the same way and keep working… Now, we rest as we have another game on Saturday where we will try to do the same.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Vick Sharp, Jets Take Colts, 13-10

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Andrew Luck came in, led the Indianapolis Colts to a field goal and then his night was done.Short and sweet. Just as Chuck Pagano planned.Luck was sharp in one solid, 12-play series with the starters as the Colts fell to the New York Jets 13-10 in the preseason opener for both teams the night of Aug. 7.“I thought we had a lot of good rhythm,” Luck said. “I wish we would have gotten a touchdown, but points are good.”Luck got the Colts to the Jets 10 on the game’s opening drive when he beat a blitz and hit T.Y. Hilton for 17 yards. After a defensive offside call on Calvin Pace put the ball at the 3, Trent Richardson lost 2 yards.On third-and-goal, the snap by rookie center Jonotthan Harrison — playing after starter Khaled Holmes injured an ankle — floated past Luck’s head for a 16-yard loss. Adam Vinatieri then kicked a 39-yarder to give Indianapolis a 3-0 lead.That was it for Luck, who gave way to veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck. “He actually got a few more (plays) than we planned,” Pagano said.Hasselbeck helped put the Colts ahead 10-3 early in the second quarter, tossing a swing pass to Daniel Herron, who beat rookie linebacker Jeremiah George and zipped into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. The drive was highlighted by a 45-yard catch by rookie Donte Moncrief, who beat Dimitri Patterson.Hasselbeck nearly led the Colts to another scoring drive right before halftime, but Vinatieri pushed a 29-yard attempt wide left to keep it tied at 10. Hasselbeck finished 10 of 15 for 114 yards and the score.“You’ve got to be ready to go at all times,” Hasselbeck said. “I had a sense, though, that after that long drive, (Luck) was probably done.”Meanwhile, Michael Vick showed he’s still an elusive playmaker, leading the Jets on a tying touchdown drive, capped by fellow newcomer Chris Johnson’s 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter.“I fared well,” Vick said. “I did all right. It could’ve been better. I wanted to get some throws down the field, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. So, let’s see what happens next week.”Rookie free agent Andrew Furney kicked a 51-yard field goal with 1:08 left to put the Jets ahead in a game that appeared headed for overtime. Ikemefuna Enemkpali sacked Chandler Harnish in the closing minute and A.J. Edds recovered the fumble, sealing the win for New York.“It wasn’t great,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “but it wasn’t a pillow fight, either.”Geno Smith, looking to retain his starting job with the Jets in his second season, was 4 of 6 for 33 yards in his two series with the first-team offense — including a drive capped by a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk that hit the crossbar and bounced over — before giving way to Vick.He also had an impressive 10-yard scramble on a read-option. “There’s no grade for it,” Smith said of his performance. “I played two series and did OK, but got to get better.”A 14-play drive tied it at 10, and while it came mostly against backups on defense, the 34-year-old Vick showed his elusiveness and also converted on fourth-and-4 at the 8, hitting Tommy Bohanon for 6 yards to set up Johnson’s touchdown.The Jets were also helped by two 15-yard penalties: a facemask on Josh Gordy, and an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Sergio Brown, who took the helmet of Jets lineman Willie Colon and tossed it after Colon and Indianapolis defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton got into it on the field.“We can’t do those things,” Pagano said. “We can’t beat ourselves like that.” Pendleton left a few plays later with a knee injury.Vick went three-and-out on his next possession with the Jets’ backups, ending with a sack by Cam Johnson. He took a knee on the final play before halftime, ending his night. Vick was 3 of 6 for 17 yards, and also ran three times for 19 yards.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets Crush Marlins 12-1, Alone in 1st

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI – After a clutch three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals at Citi Field, the New York Mets headed south, where they took on the Miami Marlins Monday night (Aug. 3) in the first of a three-game series.Three runs in the top of the 2nd – a homer blasted by rookie Michael Conforto, recently recalled from the minors – was all the Amazins needed, but added nine more throughout the game, for a whopping 15 total hits.Newcomer slugger Joenis Cespedes had three doubles and drove in four runs, and Bartolo Colon recorded his 10th win of the season.If there was damper on the evening for the Mets, it was that Lucas Duda finally cooled off, going 0-for-4 in the game. He was on fire the last couple of weeks, to the point where Mets fans expected him to hit a home run every night (even with tonight’s 0-fer, he has 9 in his last 9 games).Meanwhile, the Nationals lost at home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, thus ceding sole possession of first place to the Mets.last_img read more