first_imgTendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.Tendulkar also had a word of advise for the elders.”Instead of fathers drinking and smoking in the evenings, they should spend time with their family. That is more important. Get together, get closer to each other…enjoy that valuable time. Do not miss out on that opportunity,” he said.The batting maestro, who formally retired from cricket exactly on this day in 2013, expressed happiness over the transformation of the nondescript village since he adopted it.”All these developments have taken place. I remember when I came here last time, I said if you are able to stay together and achieve what we all want to achieve, I will pay another visit. I will indeed come here again,” he told the villagers.”Just now they announced that a 10-acre plot would be developed as a cricket stadium. I would only come (here) again if you include other sports also. And that is my promise. Along with cricket, I want other sports included there. And I will come for that inauguration,” Tendulkar said.”I am sure you guys will make the most of all those facilities and once again I congratulate the district Collector for promising to complete the phase-1 of this project in the next two months. From thereon, phase-2 will be completed in one year,” the MP said.Thanking the villagers for showing “truly remarkable” love and affection towards him, the cricket icon said, “I just hope and pray to God that you are happy and healthy. Make the best of these facilities. All the very best and let us keep Swachh Bharat.”advertisementHe also took a “selfie” with the cheering crowd in the backdrop.SPS Nellore district Collector Revu Mutyala Raju, Guduru MLA Sunil Kumar, Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh Chairman P R Mohan and other officials were present on the occasion. PTI DBV DK GK SRYlast_img read more

first_imgReal Betis are in advanced talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on a season-long loan deal, Goal understands.The five-time capped Argentina international has flown to Spain to put the finishing touches on his move to the Liga outfit having struggled to break into the first team at Parc des Princes.Betis will have the option to make the move permanent next summer should they wish, though it would cost them €30 million (£27.3m/$35m) to do so. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Andalusian club had hoped to secure a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha before the closure of the transfer window on Friday, but talks have broken down with the Blaugrana over the move.And as such their attention has now switched to 22-year-old Lo Celso as Quique Setien prepares his side for a season in which they will return to European competition via the Europa League.Lo Celso has played 54 matches for Ligue 1 champions PSG in all competitions since arriving from Rosario Central in 2016, scoring six goals and laying on nine assists in the process.He has struggled for regular minutes, however, with the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Marco Verratti ahead of him in the pecking order.The arrival of Lassana Diarra in January added further competition for places at the heart of the Parisiens’ midfield while Marquinhos – a central defender by trade – started alongside Rabiot in a 3-4-1-2 system for Saturday’s win over Angers.”Lo Celso, I do not know if it’s a possibility for him to sign in another club or to be loaned. I’m not able to confirm it,” manager Thomas Tuchel told a press conference on Friday morning.Lo Celso still has three years left on his current contract in the French capital but now looks set to depart Tuchel’s squad in the final hours of the summer window.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Jul 25 (PTI) The family of Khashaba Jadhav, who won Indias first individual Olympic medal, has put it up for auction to garner funds for building a wrestling academy named after him. “The decision to auction the bronze medal is a painful one but we are left with few options as the state government has reneged on its promise to build the academy,” Ranjit Jadhav, son of the famous wrestler, told PTI over phone from Satara district in western Maharashtra. “In 2009, at a wrestling event in Jalgaon, then state sports minister Dilip Deshmukh had announced that the government would set up a national-level wrestling academy, named after my late father, in Satara district,” Ranjit said.”After eight years, nothing has materialised. In December 2013, Rs 1.58 crore were sanctioned for the project. But the project has failed to take shape,” he said. In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Khashaba Jadhav, then 27, went on to create history by becoming the first Indian to win an Olympic medal (bronze) in an individual sport.The hockey team led by Balbir Singh had won India its first gold in the 1948 London Olympics.”My father was an introvert and never marketed his achievements. He was alive till 1984 but the government didnt felicitate him with an Arjuna Award, which came his way 16 years after his death. Why cant we honour accomplished people when they are alive?” asked Ranjit. PTI VT NRB CMlast_img read more

first_imgAfter Kerala High Court directed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to include woman middle-distance runner PU Chitra in the squad for the upcoming World Athletics Championships in London, AFI’s selection committee chairman Gurbachan Singh Randhawa on Saturday said that they are bound to follow the court’s order.In a telephonic conversation with ANI, Randhawa said that Chitra had failed to meet the qualifying mark before winning the 1500m gold in the recent Asian Athletic Championships, which was not the only criteria for selection.Randhawa, who was responsible for Chitra’s exclusion from the Indian squad, also defended his decision. He said if AFI had given her advance entry, then she could have taken part.While declaring the interim order, the Kerala High Court had observed that the selection procedure was not transparent before directing the AFI to ensure Chitra’s participation in the IAAF World Championship.The court had also asked the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and as AFI to submit details of the selection procedure.Chitra clinched the 1500m gold at the Asian Athletics meet in Bhubaneswar after clocking around 4:17 seconds. She finished second in the inter-state meet clocking around 4:28. The qualifying mark for the London meet, which is slated to be held from August 4 to August 13, is 4:07.The Indian squad for the world championship has already reached London and it looks unlikely that the IAAF would encourage the late entry for Chitra.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) The largest luxury car-maker Mercedes-Benz India today launched a limited edition of its highest selling sports utility vehicle, the GLC Class, at a price range of Rs 50.86 lakh to Rs 51.25 lakh.The rollout of the Celebration Edition of the GLC is to market the 70th Independence Day, the company said in a statement.Mercedes launched the GLC Class in June 2016 and has gone to become the largest selling SUV model in its portfolio. The Celebration Edition offers a sporty exterior and a plush luxurious interior that enhance the cars luxury quotient.Roland Folger, managing director & chief executive, said the special edition launch is to commemorate the 70th Independence Day and also celebrate the SUVs overwhelming success.”We expect the GLC to remain our key volume driver and we are glad that our product strategy has been working well,” Folger added.Within a few months of its launch last June the company began to product GLC locally and became the 9th model to be produced from its Pune plant. PTI BEN NRBlast_img read more

first_imgLeaked images of Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra have surfaced online. In the images shared by a Weibo user, the phone is seen with dual cameras on front. Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is expected to be amid-range phablet from Sony and could be launched at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. The phone will succeed the Xperia XA1 Ultra.The Xperia XA2 Ultra was recently also spotted on SIRIM certification site. The phone was seen bearing a model number H4233 along with its original name. Going by the listing, the Xperia XA2 Ultra will come with a Snapdragon chipset and not Mediatek.Going by the shared images, Sony XA2 Ultra will come with few noticeable design changes. The phone will sport dual selfie cameras. Also, the camera placement on the back is going to be different than what we’ve seen in the previous phones. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back panel.Also Read: Sony takes strategic U-turn, launches made in India Xperia R1 and R1 PlusThe Xperia XA2 Ultra was recently also spotted on GFXBench. The listing reveals that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor clocked at the speed of 2.2GHz. It has Adreno 508GPU that is seen mostly in mid-range phones. Just to recall, the Xperia XA1 Ultra runs on a MediaTek Helio P20, while the Xperia XA Ultra comes with a MediaTek Helio P10.The smartphone will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Rumours also suggest that Sony will drop the stereo speakers this time in Xperia XA2 Ultra.advertisementSony in October launched two made in India Xperia smartphones — Xperia R1 and the Xperia R1 Plus. While the Xperia R1 was launched at Rs 12,990 the Xperia R1 Plus costs buyers Rs 14,990.last_img read more

first_imgFour-time world champion Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel buckled “under extreme pressure” in 2017, something which resulted in favour of the Mercedes driver.Despite Vettel leading the title chase for the first half of the Formula One championship, it was Hamilton who eventually took his fourth drivers’ championship title.Hamilton won with a margin of 46 points over Vettel after the Ferrari driver’s campaign imploded with crashes and reliability issues and resulted in a series of poor results in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.However, Hamilton insisted that Vettel was under pressure like he had never been before and that it eventually became too much for him to bear.”Seb showed more nerves this season than before. None of us are superman, and everyone can fail under extreme pressure,” Sport24 quoted Hamilton, as saying.The Briton also gave the example of tennis rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to explain his point.”Some reached that point sooner, others later. It’s like tennis. If Federer plays against Nadal, one waits for a small weakness in the other, because half a percent is enough,” he said.Hamilton, however, felt that Vettel would take lessons from his 2017 slump and come back even stronger next season.The Mercedes driver further said that he thrived under pressure and was all set to go into the battle with his fellow four-time world champion next year.”You saw it at the end of the season. Suddenly I had no more pressure and was not very good. I compare this season with a 100m sprint by Usain Bolt. He often gets a bad start but then he comes back,” he said.advertisement”I’m assuming that he [Vettel] recovers his strength for next year, but I’m not afraid,” Hamilton said.Hamilton became a four-time world champion following a ninth-place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix, the race which was eventually won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.The Mercedes driver, however, failed to continue the momentum after clinching the title and finished at the fourth and second spot respectively in the final two races of his spectacular 2017 season.last_img read more

first_imgBARCELONA  – The coaches of the USA and Lithuania will hope that a result from history will stand them in good stead when their teams clash – for the second time in a row at the same stage in FIBA’s flagship event – in the Sept. 11 Semi-Final of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup at Palau Sant Jordi.The USA is among the most successful sides in the history of national team basketball. And Lithuania is without a doubt one of the more impressive European countries in international basketball. The two have met twice in the history of FIBA’s flagship event. Each have won once.Mike Krzyzewski was the coach of the USA when it beat Lithuania 89-74 in the Semi-Finals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship. And Jonas Kazlauskas was the coach of the Lithuanian team in the other encounter when the Baltic nation bested the Americans 84-82 at the 1998 FIBA World Championship.Neither, incidentally, was the coach when their team lost. Also, interestingly, 1998 was the last time that Kazlauskas was in charge of the Lithuanian team in FIBA’s flagship event.Krzyzewski, however, is aiming for his fourth successive triumph in international events – after gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics with the title at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in between.The historical connection between the two coaches ends there. Both of them however have very little to compare with between their current teams and the ones that played in the two previous match-ups.Kazlauskas’ success obviously came so long ago that most of those players are not even active anymore. And Krzyzewski has only Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry and Rudy Gay from 2010 continuing with him now.The USA has swept all opponents that came their way so far at Spain 2014. But it may just have found its toughest opponent yet in Lithuania.The Lithuanians have been rather calm and composed, with their only defeat coming against Australia in the Group Phase. But they may have to up the ante a little bit to get past the USA.Both teams are superb to watch on the offensive end of the floor.The combination of Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis and James Harden is a joy to watch. So is the flow of the assault from Jonas Valanciunas, Renaldas Sebuitis and Martynas Pocius. Darjus Lavrinovic’s three-pointers for Lithuania are as lethal as those of Curry for the USA.The USA, however, surely looks to have the edge – at least on paper – given the ability of its offense to grab the chances they are offered.There are loose ends yet on the defensive side of the court, but the manner in which it is constantly in attack mode – especially when grabbing rebounds or getting steals and leaving the opponents with little time to recover – makes up for those.Lithuania may even slow down the game hoping to keep its errors to bare minimum while looking for the loopholes in the Americans’ defense system.Kazlauskas is a respected man in the world of international coaches for obvious reasons. But then Krzyzewski also boasts an incredible record.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBERLIN — Jamel McLean’s score at the buzzer gave Alba Berlin a 94-93 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 8, handing the NBA champion a dramatic defeat in its first preseason game.The American forward contributed 18 points for the eight-time German champion, which rallied after a slow start by winning all but the first quarter.Tony Parker scored 28 for the Spurs, with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard finishing on 14 apiece. Duncan who is entering his 18th season, had 10 rebounds.Alex King opened the scoring with a 3-pointer for the hosts, but the Spurs replied instantly through Parker and quickly carved out a 16-point lead. Alba fought back, however, and clinched it through McLean’s buzzer beater.“First game of the season and we’re all a little rusty. We need to play with each other a bit more,” Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said. “We just played poorly and they had a great game.”While the Spurs Coyote entertained fans on the side, Lady Gaga was courtside, too, leading to a large security presence for the American entertainer.Parker received great applause before tip-off when he was presented with his 2013 FIBA Europe Player of the Year award. Parker led the Spurs to the 2013 NBA Finals and France to its maiden EuroBasket success in Slovenia.The French guard quickly showed his class and became the game’s dominating figure, helped by the home side’s nerves in the first quarter, which ended 26-18 in favor of the visitors.Alba fought back to go ahead in the second quarter before Danny Green restored the visitors’ lead with a 3-pointer. Spurs led 54-47 at halftime and 75-73 at the end of the third quarter.“We just kept fighting and we realized we had a chance to win the game,” McLean said.The real drama came at the end. Reggie Redding’s 3-pointer for Alba made it a one-point game, bringing the 14,500-strong crowd to its feet with 5.1 seconds remaining. It was all McLean needed to win it for the German runners-up.“I just got the ball from Leon (Radosevic) and I looked at the clock and knew I had to get a play in. I did a couple of juggles and got a prayer in,” McLean said. “I saw it go in. It felt really good. I didn’t know how to celebrate.”Alba’s Serbian coach Sasa Obradovic described the victory as “one of the biggest wins of a European team.” Obradovic said there was a bit of trepidation when he saw the Spurs’ training on Oct. 6.“They were jumping higher, doing better things with the ball. I was a bit disappointed with my own training session,” he said, before acknowledging motivation had not been a problem: “You don’t need extra motivation to play the best players in the world.”The Spurs’ next game on the NBA Global Games tour is Oct. 11 at six-time Turkish champion Fenerbahce in Istanbul. The team then returns to face the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on Oct. 16.The Spurs’ first game of the regular season is at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 28, as it attempts to win consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history.(CIARAN FAHEY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLONDON — It’s more obvious than ever that Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have really distanced themselves from the rest of the elite in tennis.Not just because they were the ones who got to dress up and attend the Wimbledon champions’ dinner the night of July 12.And not just because their leads at No. 1 in the rankings will remain large.Both Djokovic, who won his third trophy at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 in the final, and Williams, who won her sixth, are demonstrating that they’re capable of taking home the title each and every time they enter a Grand Slam tournament.Barring an injury or some other unforeseeable event, each will go to the U.S. Open in late August as a big favorite.Williams, of course, heads to Flushing Meadows seeking to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, having added a championship on the grass of Wimbledon to those on the hard courts of the Australian Open in January and the red clay of the French Open in June.Only three women and two men in the century-plus of major tennis tournaments have won all four majors in a single season; the last to do it was Steffi Graf in 1988.Djokovic came oh-so-close to joining her in pursuit of that rare feat. He, too, won the Australian Open and Wimbledon, but in between, he made it to the final at the French Open before losing in four sets to Stan Wawrinka, a setback that left the 28-year-old Serb “disappointed and heartbroken.”“But if there is one thing that I learned in the sport,” Djokovic said, “(it) is to recover fast and to leave things behind me and move on.”He is up to nine major titles, one more than such greats of the game as Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl. And he’s more than halfway to Federer’s 17.Over the past 20 Grand Slam tournaments, Djokovic has reached 15 finals, winning eight. Williams, meanwhile, has won eight of the past 13 majors to get her total to 21.“Staying injury-free now for him is crucial,” Federer said about Djokovic. “Clearly he’s going to be one of the top guys — where, we’ll still have to wait and see. I’m sure he still has many more great years ahead of him.”Here are other things we learned at Wimbledon:FEDERER STILL CAPABLESo many have been so ready to write him off, over and over, but Federer showed the past two weeks that he is still capable of terrific play, particularly on grass.He held serve in 89 of 90 games until the final, when Djokovic earned four breaks. “I’m right there,” declared Federer, who turns 34 on Aug. 8. “My game is good.”NADAL IN A RUTIs he done winning Grand Slam tournaments? Or will he rebound in New York? After losing to Djokovic at the French Open — no shame in that, even for a nine-time champion at Roland Garros — Rafael Nadal exited in the second round at Wimbledon, losing there to a man ranked No. 100 or worse for the fourth year in a row.WHO CAN CHALLENGE WILLIAMS?Williams has won 28 consecutive Grand Slam matches. She’s also 39-1 this season overall. Who stands a chance right now?Against the other women ranked in the top 10 entering Wimbledon, Williams is 70-8 for her career, an .897 winning percentage. The player in that group with the most victories over Williams is Maria Sharapova, who is 2-18 against her.MUGURUZA EMERGEDHere’s someone who is not intimidated by Williams and appears to have a big-hitting style to hang with her: Garbine Muguruza, the 21-year-old from Spain who lost 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final.It was Muguruza’s debut in a Grand Slam title match and she didn’t shrink. “She came out there to win; she wasn’t out there just to play a final,” Williams said. “That says a lot about her and her future.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Brandon Marshall has seen enough of Darrelle Revis to declare him the best cornerback in NFL history.Yep, that’s right. Move over Deion Sanders. You, too, Mike Haynes. Champ Bailey and Rod Woodson? Nope. Marshall thinks his New York Jets teammate tops them all.“I have been around great ones, practiced against Champ Bailey, Peanut Tillman,” Marshall said on ESPN’s First Take. “Played against some great guys. I didn’t play against Deion, but Revis is the best in the league.”Then came the headline-making — and eyebrow-raising — money part of the quote: “Ever.”Marshall reiterated his comments after training camp practice later in the day, praising Revis’ approach on the field — in games and at practice.“Now, I never got a chance to go against Champ in his prime. I’ve always practiced against him,” said Marshall, who was teammates with Bailey in Denver from 2006-09. “Darrelle’s really good at what he does. He’s excellent at what he does. He’s a technician. He’s really crafty, and he’s really smart. He works hard.”It’s a bold statement by Marshall, who’s entering his first season with the Jets but has faced Revis several times. One of the early highlights of training camp this summer has been watching Revis and Marshall go up against each other in 1-on-1 drills.“It’s a great compliment from Brandon,” Revis said. “Played against him through our whole careers and we’ve had some battles. He’s won some battles when we played against each other in the past and I’ve won some. I think it’s just a mutual respect that we have for each other. Now we’re teammates, and I never thought we’d be teammates in my wildest dreams.“Now we get to compete against each other and I’m glad he’s on my team because I don’t have to look across the huddle and see that it’s Brandon Marshall.”Revis certainly has the credentials to be in the conversation. He’s a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a four-time All-Pro pick, and his catchy nickname — “Revis Island” — is a tribute to the way he shuts down opposing wide receivers, stranding them downfield and out of the play.“It’s an honor,” Revis said of Marshall’s comments. “I mean, I don’t really have that many words for it. I know it’s an honor and I appreciate it. People see your body of work and what you’ve done, and I’ve still got a lot of ways to go.”Seattle’s Richard Sherman, Arizona’s Patrick Peterson and Cleveland’s Joe Haden are all often mentioned along with Revis as the top cornerbacks today.Jets coach Todd Bowles was an NFL safety for eight years, and has been coaching in the league since 2000, so he has seen a lot of great players come and go — some all the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“When I was growing up, Mike Haynes was one of the best I’ve ever seen,” Bowles said. “But you can argue Deion, Revis, you can argue Sherman, Peterson. It all depends on who you’re playing with and who you’re going against. It’s all relative.”But, in Bowles’ mind, Sanders still holds the title of “best cornerback ever.” At least, for now.“You’ve got to go through a career and then get put in the Hall of Fame and measure it that way,” Bowles said. “The things that Deion was able to do as a player — punt returning, kick returning, offense and the speed he had, the awareness he had — that’s hard to be matched, in any era. Mike Haynes was before that, and I thought Mike was the best that ever played and he doesn’t get talked about.“It’s a good barbershop argument.”Revis, feeling the love from Marshall, offered high praise to the playmaking wide receiver who has 773 catches for 9,771 yards and 65 touchdowns in nine seasons.“If there can be another Megatron, it would be him,” Revis said, referring to Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. “I would put those two, (Marshall) and Calvin Johnson, in the same category of big, tall receivers, 6-5, 230-plus, and can run like a (smaller) skill player.”Oh, and when asked what he thought of Marshall’s statement that Revis is the best ever, fellow cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn’t hesitate.“True statement,” he said. Even better than Sanders? “True statement,” Cromartie repeated with a big smile.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgIceland and Portugal are both on two points, two behind Hungary.“We can’t wallow in our own misery,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said through a translator. “There is a final to play on the 22nd — our first final of these Euros … and then the team can grow.”Austria is off the mark after opening with a loss to Hungary, ensuring a tight conclusion to Group F.Austrian fans taunted Ronaldo early in the game when they chanted: “Messi, Messi, Messi.”But the Austrians didn’t have much to cheer from their own team after Martin Harnik missed the target after evading his marker in the third minute.After that, it was all Portugal — but all frustration.Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer was the initial barrier, blocking Nani’s shot and tipping Vieirinha’s effort wide in quick succession.After belittling Iceland’s modest ambitions after last week’s draw, Ronaldo wasn’t living up to his own high standards in front of Luis Figo, whose appearance record he surpassed.Nani’s interplay with Raphael Guerreiro on the left flank led to the ball being squared invitingly to Ronaldo but he sent the shot wide in the 28th.Ronaldo clasped his hands and looked up to the skies. The anguish was etched on his face and was there again 10 minutes later. Presented with another opening by Ricardo Quaresma, Ronaldo shot straight at Almer.It was a strong performance by Almer, who turned Moutinho’s shot over after Nani header’s came off the post before the break.The second half opened with Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio called into action for the first time, turning Stefan Ilsanker’s shot away.But Ronaldo couldn’t beat Patricio’s opposite number.When Ronaldo spotted a gap in the defense to drive in a fierce shot it was turned wide by Almer and the goalkeeper parried the forward’s downward header from the resulting corner.And don’t mention set pieces to Ronaldo.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, center, holds his face after missing a penalty kick, during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)He has now failed to score from 36 free kicks at major tournaments, stretching back to Euro 2004. The first in Paris hit the Austrian defensive wall and the second flew over the crossbar.Even when Ronaldo was hauled down in the penalty area by Martin Hinteregger, the Real Madrid forward couldn’t seize the opening as his spotkick struck the post.“If this ball would have been a goal we could have returned home to Austria,” Austria coach Marcel Koller said. “Now we’re still in the tournament.” TweetPinShare0 Shares PARIS (AP) — A record breaking night for Cristiano Ronaldo, but one he’ll want to quickly forget.The Portugal captain certainly won’t want a copy of the selfie taken by an intrepid fan, who evaded security to dart onto the Parc des Princes field after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Austria at the European Championship.The memorable image of Ronaldo’s record 128th Portugal appearance should have been the 79th-minute penalty.Instead, as goalkeeper Robert Almer dived to his left, Ronaldo struck the spotkick in the opposite direction and it crashed against the post.Ronaldo did find the net find minutes later, but there was no 59th Portugal goal for the forward as it was ruled out for offside and Portugal remains winless after two games at Euro 2016.It summed up another substandard game in France for Ronaldo, who is still waiting to score in a record fourth European Championship.“We have to take our chances,” man-of-the-match Joao Moutinho said, without singling out Ronaldo for blame.If the Portuguese are as profligate in the final group game against leader Hungary, they could be going home early after also drawing their opening game against Iceland.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, right, attempts a header at the goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Austria at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)last_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The future is now for the U.S. men’s water polo team. That’s about all the Americans can do with what’s left of their time at the Olympics.The United States won silver in Beijing, but slipped to eighth in London and will fare even worse in Rio de Janeiro after losing 8-5 to Montenegro on Friday, eliminating any chance of making the quarterfinals. Every time the U.S. pushed for the advantage, Montenegro answered, and an unusual brutality call on Alex Roelse made life even more difficult for the Americans.Hungary, Greece, Spain and defending champion Croatia also won on the fourth day of the competition, sharpening the picture for the next round. Greece handed Brazil its first loss with a 9-4 victory and moved into a tie with the host country for the Group A lead.Serbia rallied for a 10-8 win over Australia in the final match, giving the world champions their first victory of the Olympics. A win Sunday against Japan, and Serbia is into the quarterfinals.“Real, 100 percent relief. … We prove first to ourselves, then to everyone else that we are still a great team,” Serbia captain Zivko Gocic said.All that’s left for the U.S. is one more preliminary game Sunday against Italy, which lost 10-7 to Croatia and is tied with the London gold medalists and Spain for the Group B lead with six points apiece. France and Japan also have been eliminated from quarterfinal contention.U.S. coach Dejan Udovicic, who took over the program in May 2013, provided no indication that he would treat the finale any differently, but he could give more time to Thomas Dunstan and Ben Hallock to help with the growth process for the teenagers.“We knew that every game would be tough for us before we come here,” Udovicic said. “We are the youngest in here. We are fighting like lions here, you know, and we will do the same last game.”Hallock, a 6-foot-6 center, and Dunstan, a 6-4 attacker, just faced off in California’s top high school division last November, with Dunstan helping Mater Dei beat Hallock and Harvard-Westlake 9-8 for the state championship. Hallock got a good look in the second period against Montenegro, but was unable to convert a backhand try.Next up for Hallock is Stanford in the fall, and Dunstan is committed to Southern California.“I think it’s pretty impressive to have two athletes who can compete at this level at the age of 18,” said Harvard-Westlake coach Brian Flacks, who traveled to Rio to watch Hallock play. “Hopefully in 2020 in Japan it leads to a medal.”While Hallock and Dunstan look like the future of U.S. water polo, it looks as if captain Tony Azevedo, goaltender Merrill Moses and defender Jesse Smith are on their way out. The 34-year-old Azevedo is playing in his fifth Olympics, a record for USA Water Polo, and it’s the fourth games for Smith, 33. Moses turns 39 on Saturday.Azevedo failed to score against Montenegro, and Moses allowed a tiebreaking goal in the first on a shot he probably should have stopped.“Today, the ball didn’t go in for me,” Azevedo said.Montenegro rebounded from a 6-5 loss to Italy on Wednesday, clinching a spot in the next round. It can improve its positioning for the quarterfinals with a victory over Spain in their Group B finale.Darko Brguljan scored two goals and Milos Scepanovic made 13 saves. Uros Cuckovic put the U.S. away with a man-up goal with 10 seconds remaining.Scepanovic “was fantastic today,” Montenegro coach Vladimir Gojkovic said. “I hope so stay until the end of the championship.”Montenegro had a 4-3 lead when Roelse received a brutality penalty early in the fourth, resulting in a four-minute exclusion and also shelving the defender for the matchup with Italy. U.S. assistant Jack Kocur also was thrown out and will not be able to coach in the finale.Mladan Janovic then scored with the man advantage, giving Montenegro a 5-3 lead with 7:18 remaining. The Americans twice pulled within one goal down the stretch, but were never able to make up the difference.“Nothing, not one thing went on out of the water, they called a brutality. It’s really amazing to me,” Azevedo said.Also Friday, Gabor Kis scored five times to lead Hungary to a runaway 17-7 victory over Japan. Gonzalo Echenique Saglietti had three goals as Spain cruised to a 10-4 win against France.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON — The door to the visiting team’s penalty box had scarcely slammed shut before the official was opening it again for another Carolina Hurricanes player to serve his punishment.Penalty. Goal.Penalty. Goal.Twenty-eight seconds apart, Marcus Johansson and Patrice Bergeron scored on power plays during a four-goal outburst as Boston rallied from a third-period deficit to beat Carolina 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.“We took advantage of our power plays early, and that’s huge,” said Bruins forward Charlie Wagner, who skated in alone on Petr Mrazek with 2:02 left to clinch it. “We tied it up pretty quick there, and I think we kept our foot on the gas for the most part.”Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand (63) raises his stick as Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, drops to the ice after a goal by Patrice Bergeron during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston trailed 2-1 before capitalizing on back-to-back power plays about three minutes into the third period. With about three minutes left in the game, the Bruins scored two more: One on Brandon Carlo’s deflected, slow-rolling empty netter, and then 11 seconds later on Wagner’s unassisted goal that made it 5-2.“We were fortunate to only be down one goal, and then when you get those chances on the power play, you’ve got to make them pay,” said Tuukka Rask, who stopped 29 shots. “Today, we did.”Back in the net for the first time since Game 2 of the second-round series against the Islanders, Mrazek made 23 saves for the Hurricanes. Curtis McElhinney finished off New York, but coach Rod Brind’Amour went back to Mrazek when he was clear by doctors after the five-day break between series.“Petr was fine,” Brind’Amour said. “We left him out to dry there at the end.”Steven Kampfer, starting for suspended defenseman Charlie McAvoy, also scored for Boston — his first career postseason goal — with about three minutes gone in the game. Sebastian Aho and Greg McKegg scored for Carolina.It was still 2-1 when Jordan Staal was sent off for roughing in the opening minute of the third period. Johansson slammed home a rebound of Brad Marchand’s shot to tie it, and just 15 seconds later the Bruins were back on the power play when Dougie Hamilton was given 2 minutes for roughing.Boston set up in the Hurricane’s zone, Jake DeBrusk sent the puck across the ice to Marchand, who tipped it back into the slot for Bergeron, and he slid it through Mrazek’s pads to make it 3-1.Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour called his timeout to settle things down. But Hamilton, a former Boston first-round draft pick picked up another penalty less than three minutes later.The Bruins failed to score, but the crowd taunted the former Bruin.“I don’t really care,” he said. “They’ve chanted my name before, so for me it is what it is. Obviously, it was unfortunate I was in the box and taking those penalties.”THE BIGGER THEY AREBruins captain Zdeno Chara took a wrist shot from Aho off the right foot late in the first period and left for the locker room, but he was back in the second.The shot hit Chara on the outside of his right foot and the 6-foot-9 defenseman buckled over and went to the ice. He struggled to make it to the bench, and once he got there he was in obvious pain. He missed the rest of the first period but returned for the start of the second.Boston was already without Chara’s defense partner, with McAvoy suspended one game for a shoulder to the head of Columbus forward Josh Anderson. McAvoy was averaging a team-high 24:26 ice time, and Chara was third.Chara finished with 19:24, third-most for Boston in the game. He did not appear to be limping when he left the arena.AHO THEREAho led the Hurricanes with 38 goals and 83 assists in the regular season, but he was even better against Boston. In three games, he had four goals and three assists.In his first career playoffs, Aho now has five goals and 10 points in 12 games.McKegg scored when he shot the puck off Rask’s shoulder and then barreled into the goalie as the puck bounced behind him and into the net. A review confirmed that the puck crossed the line before McKegg ran into Rask.NOTES: The franchises met in the playoffs for the fifth time, with two of those coming before the Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh in 1997. Boston is 3-1. … The Hurricanes reassigned forward Patrick Brown and defenseman Jake Bean to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.UP NEXTGame 2 is Sunday at 3 p.m.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPresident of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Sunday sent a telegram congratulating young athlete Apostolos Papastamos on winning the gold medal at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest.“Warm congratulations on your impressive global success, both in terms of medals and in terms of performance. A success that is a foremost example for your generation. The future lies before you and belongs to you,” the message said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

first_imgNovak Djokovic issued a statement of intent as he thrashed second seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 Fever-Tree championships at Queen’s Club on Thursday.The unseeded 12-time Grand Slam champion produced a clinical display to win 6-4, 6-1 and claim his first victory over a top-10 opponent since last May.While Djokovic’s dominance was based on his trademark pinpoint accuracy and elastic court-coverage, Australian Nick Kyrgios was at his idiosyncratic best earlier on a sunny centre court to beat home hope Kyle Edmund 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-3.Kyrgios mixed brutal power with outrageous shot-making, sending down 32 aces and several between-the-legs specials to the delight of the crowd.Back With A Bang! Novak Djokovic eases past John Millman 6-2, 6-1. That was impressive. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in a blockbuster second round match. #QueensTennis Championships (@QueensTennis) June 19, 2018The 23-year-old will next face defending champion Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals.Djokovic, ranked 22 after more than a year battling an elbow injury and indifferent form, arrived in London after a bitter end to his French Open hopes against unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato, but has so far looked serene on the grasscourts.He always looked in control against world number five Dimitrov and took the first set when he broke in the 10th game having gone 0-40 ahead on the Bulgarian’s serve.Dimitrov saved two set points but at 30-40 double-faulted to hand Djokovic the opener.After that Dimitrov faded badly and Djokovic surged into a 5-1 lead before having difficulty clinching victory.advertisementThree match points came and went but he converted the fourth when Dimitrov floated a sliced backhand long.”Grigor made some crucial double faults today and that helped me take the first set. That first set was a huge confidence booster for me,” Djokovic said on court after clinching his 799th career victory and seventh in eight against 2014 Queen’s Club champion Dimitrov.last_img read more

first_imgThe Uttarakhand high court has banned paragliding, white water rafting and all the other water sports in the state citing safety and environmental issue.A two-judge bench ordered the government to come up with a policy to regulate these adventure activities and prepare a transparent policy within a period of two weeks.The move will directly hit several people in tourism sector of Uttarakhand. The court took notice of the fact that every year the persons die when the raft capsizes in the river. “The tourism must be promoted but it is required to be regulated. The sports for pleasure cannot be permitted to end in disaster,” the court said.The court also pointed out that rafting is carried out by the private entrepreneurs without any law. “The white river rafting is a serious sport. Paragliding is equally dangerous if not regulated. The water sports in big lakes like Tehri Dam can prove fatal. These are required to be regulated,” it said.The order was issued on Monday by the court which was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL).(With inputs from Lila Singh Bisht in Nainital)last_img read more

first_imgFormula One bosses want Silverstone’s owners to do their negotiating in private as both sides try to keep the British Grand Prix circuit on the calendar beyond next year.Some 140,500 fans turned up for world champion Lewis Hamilton’s home race on Sunday, a crowd unlikely to be beaten anywhere else this season.However, the threat of 2019 being a farewell to the former World War Two airfield that hosted the first world championship race in 1950, and is a home grand prix for most teams, remains real.Silverstone activated a break clause in 2017 for their hosting deal to end next year unless better terms can be negotiated.”I’m sure we’re going to find a solution with Silverstone because we cannot leave this behind,” Formula One’s managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn told Sky Sports television on Sunday.”The frustration is the negotiations are taking place in public,” he added.”Every circuit we deal with, we do it quietly and get on with it, but for some reason Silverstone chooses to make everything public, which causes more difficulties. But we’ll find a solution.”Silverstone is owned by the British Drivers’ Club (BRDC), whose original deal was agreed with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.The promoter’s fee for hosting the race increases by five percent annually, which means it grew from 11.5 million pounds ($15.31 million) in 2010 to 16.2 million pounds in 2017. By 2026, it would have risen to 25 million pounds.DIFFERENT APPROACHBRDC chairman John Grant told a news conference last year, after the circuit racked up multi-million pound losses in 2015 and 2016 despite huge crowds, that the current contract was “not financially viable”.advertisement The way in which the break clause was announced and subsequent briefings did not go down well with Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media, who have taken a very different approach to Ecclestone’s.The U.S.-owned company, with Chase Carey leading their Formula One management, have a policy of keeping out of the spotlight when it comes to contracts and talks with possible new venues.Silverstone is not the only circuit seeking revised terms since Ecclestone’s departure, with Germany’s Hockenheim wanting to remove the financial risk from its contract and Azerbaijan keen to pay less.Silverstone, which has good traffic access, is seen as the home of British motorsport but a London Grand Prix has also been mooted periodically.”There is a desire within Liberty to see a street race in London and in an ideal world we would be fortunate enough to have both,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters last week.”But competition on the calendar is extreme and it is difficult to see two British Grands Prix.”last_img read more

first_imgAntoine Griezmann described France’s FIFA World Cup 2018 triumph as a “great” victory. France beat Croatia 4-2 in a high-voltage World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday to lift their second world title.Griezmann, who scored one of his team’s goals when he converted a penalty in the first half, said it was a difficult match but France made the “difference on counter-attacks”.”I don’t know where I am, it is great… Very happy. It was a difficult match. Croatia play a great game. We started timidly. We knew it was a World Cup Final. We got into the game and on counter-attacks, we made the difference. Very happy. We look forward to lifting the Cup and taking it to France,” an elated Griezmann said after the match.France took the lead in the 18th minute when Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersPerisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia, first to equalize in the 28th minute and later as a consolation goal in the 69th, embarrassing Hugo Lloris with a flicked shot as the France goalkeeper tried to dribble the ball out of his goalmouth.Also read – France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’France coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. Mario Zagallo of Brazil and Franz Beckenbauer of Germany are the others.advertisementFrance had first won the World Cup in 1998 and interestingly Deschamps was the captain of the side that beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis in the final.France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupBrazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.Germany great Beckenbauer followed next as he clinched the World Cup as captain in 1974 and as coach in 1990.”It is really beautiful. It is marvellous. We did not play a great match but we showed a strong mental quality,” Deschamps said after the match.”We also scored four goals. We merit it. I am very happy for this team. We are coming from very far and it has not always been easy, but thanks to hard work, they are here and are on top of the world for the next four years,” he added.Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 yearsFrance President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to celebrate the historic win.In a tweet, the president said one word: “Merci”..@equipedefrance : MERCIEmmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 15, 2018It was the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago. The landmarks came thick and fast in the first half too.(With inputs from Agencies)last_img read more

first_imgAndre Silva scored in the second half to help Portugal beat Italy for the first time in a competitive match since 1957.Playing without superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal started their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon on Monday.Forward Silva scored three minutes after half-time in the League A Group 3 game to give the Portugal a historic victory.Italy manager Robverto Mancini, in only his second competitive match in charge, made nine changes to the team which started Friday’s 1-1 draw at home to Poland but his side was on the back foot for most of the match and struggled to create any real danger.Primeiro jogo da Liga das Nações #PORITA | 1-0 | #TudoPorPortugal #NationsLeague (@selecaoportugal) September 10, 2018Italy forward Mario Balotelli, widely criticised after his performance against the Poles, did not even make the substitutes bench and watched the match from the stands.Italy, who missed out on this year’s World Cup for the first time in 60 years, are without a win in four competitive matches.”The players gave all they could, but to win you need to score goals so we must find a remedy,” said Mancini. “We made mistakes, and we must try to limit them.””I didn’t enjoy the defeat, but I did like the team’s desire to keep trying right until the end, even if they were at risk of conceding a second goal.”Portugal, who agreed to give their record scorer Ronaldo time to adapt following his move to Juventus from Real Madrid, lead the group with three points, ahead of Poland and Italy on one each.advertisement52.655 no estádio a dar #TudoPorPortugal! Este aplauso é para vocês! (@selecaoportugal) September 10, 2018The European champions dominated the first half against the Italians but failed to make the most of their chances.Portugal’s Bernardo Silva saw a shot cleared off the line by Alessio Romagnoli, Mario Rui’s shot was deflected onto the bar and a William Carvalho shot fizzed past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s post from 25 metres.The deadlock was finally broken after halftime.Bruma, wearing the number seven shirt which usually belongs to Ronaldo, dispossessed Italian debutant Manuel Lazzari, burst into the area and found Silva who curled a shot past Donnarumma from 12 metres.Portugal, in typically pragmatic style, dropped back after the goal but Italy did little with the extra possession.Their best chance fell to Simone Zaza who beat Carvalho to a corner but headed over from close range.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more