first_img6th Last race: Tapathi Plate – (Div.I) – 1200 M.6th Last race: Tapathi Plate – (Div.I) – 1200 M.Pacquiao (Shapoor Mistry) 61.5 Zervan firstSpeed Queen 59.5 Sameer secondAl Dahma 58.5 J Paswan thirdCatharsis 59 Agarwal fourthAll RanWon by : 6-1/2Ls, 1-3/4Ls and 1-1/4LsTime: One min:10.69 secondsTote: Rs 27 for win.Rs 14, Rs 13 and Rs 34 for placesFavourite : PacquiaoWinner trained by : M EshwerForecast : Rs 48Quinella : Rs 31Shp : Rs 37Trinalla : 70 pct Rs 254 30 pct Rs 199Exacta: 70 pct Rs 4,429 30 pct Rs 1,980. PTI CORR DVR MVV SSClast_img read more

NBA’s ties with China, worth billions, now under strain

first_imgAt least one Chinese sporting goods company said it was no longer cooperating with the Rockets and a sports news website In China said it was no longer covering the team.“There is no doubt, the economic impact is already clear,” Silver told Kyodo News in an interview Monday. “There have already been fairly dramatic consequences from that tweet, and I have read some of the media suggesting that we are not supporting Daryl Morey, but in fact we have.”The NBA is enormously popular in China: Oft-cited figures from basketball executives in both the U.S. and China say that 300 million people play the game recreationally there and that about 500 million Chinese watched at least one NBA game last season.And the Rockets are among the biggest team brands there, no doubt because Chinese star Yao Ming — a Basketball Hall of Famer — spent his NBA career with Houston.Yao is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, which announced over the weekend it is suspending its ties with the Rockets in retaliation for Morey’s tweet. While Yao has not shared his personal feelings on the topic, it’s clear that the relationship between Yao and his only NBA team is currently, at best, rocky.ADVERTISEMENT Silver will address the matter at a news conference Tuesday in Japan, where the Rockets are playing this week. He then is scheduled to speak in Shanghai on Thursday, in advance of two preseason games in China between the Los Angeles Lakers, led by global sports icon LeBron James, and the Brooklyn Nets, now owned by Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.“What is the problem with people freely expressing their opinion? This freedom is an inherent American value and the NBA has been very progressive in allowing players and other constituents a platform to speak out on issues,” Tsai wrote in a lengthy open letter posted late Sunday. “The problem is, there are certain topics that are third-rail issues in certain countries, societies and communities.”And in China, discussion of the Hong Kong protests is one of those issues, Tsai said.The NBA’s relationship with China dates back about 30 years to the time when former Commissioner David Stern struck a deal with Chinese television to show games on a tape-delayed basis. Stern even talked about having an NBA-sponsored or branded league in China. The first league office there had three employees and flimsy furniture.Now, about 200 NBA employees work in China in offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Games are streamed live and Chinese media cover all the league’s biggest events such as All-Star weekend and the NBA Finals. The league has played preseason games there for years, has three NBA academies in the country — designed to find the next star prospect — and big-name players go there every offseason to promote their brand.Retired Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has a lifetime contract with Chinese apparel company Li-Ning. Golden State guard Klay Thompson has a 10-year deal with another Chinese shoe company, Anta. Five-time champion Kobe Bryant has been visiting China annually for about two decades and is a massive star there, even now that his playing career is done.The league has navigated its way around one thorny issue related to the U.S. and China in recent months: a trade war between the nations that includes back-and-forth tariffs. The Hong Kong tweet, though, is likely to present a much bigger test for the NBA.“What I can tell you for sure is it’s not going to erase the decades of work that, you know, myself and everyone else in the NBA has put in in building a tremendous base for basketball in China,” Golden State Warriors COO Rick Welts said Monday in an appearance on CNBC. “And I think this will pass. And I do think our future in China is probably pretty remarkable.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Raptors, Kyle Lowry agree on $31 million extension Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, second from left, attends the semifinal match between Argentina and France in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The multibillion-dollar relationship between China and the NBA is strained right now in ways unlike any other since the league first began planting roots there three decades ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)It wasn’t even a month ago that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sat overlooking center court at an arena in Beijing, watching the gold-medal game at the World Cup with other basketball dignitaries.That night was all smiles.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Silver’s return to China later this week will be much different.The relationship between China and the NBA — a multibillion-dollar marriage that involves media rights, streaming, merchandise sales and much more — is strained right now in ways unlike any other since the league first began planting roots there in earnest three decades ago. A since-deleted tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters prompted an immediate backlash, complicated further by the timing of the NBA having two preseason games in China this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“We apologize,” Rockets star James Harden said in Japan on Monday. “We love China. We love playing there. I know for both of us individually we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most support and love. So we appreciate them as a fan base and we love everything they’re about and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as an organization.”That support is being sternly tested, be it from tweets that were deleted, uproars over an NBA statement that had some of its meaning lost in translation when posted in Mandarin and even the cancellation announced Monday of two G League games to be played in China between the minor-league affiliates of the Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View commentslast_img read more

Punjab relaxes upper age limit for sportspersons in police

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 29 (PTI) With an aim to promote sports, Punjab cabinet today gave its nod to relax the upper age limit for sportspersons desirous of joining Punjab Police.It has also decided to consider players who have participated in tournaments prior to 2012 Olympic games eligible for recruitment in Punjab Police.The decisions were taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here.”To propel sports activities across Punjab, the Cabinet agreed to give three years relaxation in the upper age limit to the sportspersons who have won medals in international events and are desirous of joining Punjab Police,” an official spokesperson said.At present, the upper age limit of joining the police as Deputy Superintendent is 28 years and for Sub-Inspector and Constable, 25 years.In another major decision, the cabinet approved regularisation of services of 198 service providing trainers, employed under the Centre of Excellence Scheme of Technical Education and Industrial Training Department, as craft instructors.”The decision would result in creating a potential 4,000 additional seats in industrial training institutes to give further impetus to skill training in the state,” the spokesperson said.The cabinet also gave its approval to create three posts of Senior Scale Stenographer in place of three posts of Senior Assistants surrendered by the Cooperation Department.”This move will streamline the functioning of the department, besides providing promotion avenues to Steno Typists/ Junior Scale Stenographers,” the spokesman said.The Cabinet also gave its approval to fill backlog of 14 posts in Punjab home guards and Civil Defence department.advertisement”This decision would bring far more efficiency in the functioning of the department with the induction of experienced and disciplined ex-servicemen besides providing an employment opportunity to them,” the spokesman said.The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to disburse development grants to every village panchayat, received from the 14th Finance Commission, “so as to enable them to undertake their infrastructure works in accordance with the recommendations of fourth Punjab Finance Commission”.The Cabinet also accorded status of sub-tehsil to Jandiala Guru.At present, Jandiala Guru falls in Amritsar district and its residents have to visit sub-division office situated in Amritsar- I for their revenue related works. PTI CHS CHT ZMN RClast_img read more

Geopolitics, terrorism weigh on G-20 summit in China

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaHangzhou, Sep 1 (PTI) As the worlds top leaders are set to discuss the state of the global economy at this weekends G-20 summit here, geopolitics, bilateral issues and growing threat of terrorism have cast a shadow over the gathering while host China is keen on avoiding any references to the simmering South China Sea dispute.The meeting is set to take place in this picturesque eastern city on September 4 and 5 at a time when a series of terror attacks in many European countries claimed by ISIS have threatened the international peace and security.For China, the summit comes at a time when it is waging a grim battle to minimise the impact of an international tribunals ruling which quashed its expansive claims on the South China Sea (SCS), besides tensions in its ties with India, Japan, Britain and the US.Chinas irritation with the “S” word is palpable.”The South China Sea issue has nothing to do with this summit,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had said in a media briefing recently when asked whether the issue would figure at the meeting.”I am not sure why you asked this question. It is known to all that the G20 Summit is supposed to focus on how to inject vitality and impetus to world economic development serving as a platform prioritising and improving global economic governance,” she said.While the summit is a challenge to Chinas diplomacy with its top diplomats tiptoeing around the S issue, to ensure that it does not figure in the joint statement, officials say the big focus will remain on Chinese President Xi Jinpings bilateral meetings with the leaders of the cream of the G20 group including with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the summit.advertisementModi who is scheduled to arrive on September 3 will stay in the city for about 48 hours, an Indian diplomat said.Details of his meeting with Xi on the sidelines is still being worked out.Chinese officials say besides Modi, it will be a big line up of bilateral meets for Xi including with US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his British counterpart Theresa May, each riddled with tense issues.Officials say most of the meetings are still being worked out.Modi and Xi have met several times and they enjoy a friendly rapport but this time the meeting is taking place at a time when the “Pakistan factor” is felt on Sino-Indian ties.From terrorism, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Balochistan, the bilateral ties took considerable beating.Officials on both sides admit that a more free and frank exchanges between the two leaders could smoothen the rough edges.Xi and Modi will also have an opportunity to meet again in Goa next year during the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit.”So they may carry forward their talks to the next meeting,” an official said. (MORE) PTI KJV PMS AKJ PMSlast_img read more

Pixel, Pixel XL: Google’s phones should make Apple, Samsung et al nervous

first_imgThe first Nexus smartphone came out in 2010. The Nexus One, as it was called, was manufactured by HTC. It has since launched a tablet, the Nexus 9, but no Nexus-branded smartphone. Six years hence, HTC is up to the task, one more time. The Pixel and the Pixel XL — launched on Tuesday — have been built by the Taiwanese OEM. Only this time, things are different.Unlike last year, when Google let OEMs decide almost everything pertaining to the Nexus; this year, Google wants to be — and is — in complete control. It has — to begin with — killed the Nexus brand which in itself is a major indicator of how things would be in future. The after effect is: this year’s Nexus phones are called the Pixel and the Pixel XL and these have been built entirely by Google. Not by HTC, but by Google. Also Read: Google Pixel, Pixel XL: Everything that you should know You absolutely have to be up to your neck in technology to know that Google, this year, outsourced the job — to manufacture the Pixel and the Pixel XL — to HTC. You absolutely have to be up to your neck in technology to know that the Pixel and the Pixel XL have been designed much on the lines of the HTC One A9 (and the HTC 10, a little). If you are not one, the Pixel and the Pixel XL would oddly remind you of the iPhone. They would remind you of the iPhone in more ways than one. Reason being that this year Google is following a whole new philosophy: if you can’t beat them, join them.Nexus was about software, Pixel is about hardware & softwareSince its inception, the Nexus line-up has been synonymous with high-quality unadulterated software. Hardware was important, but it was never peripheral to its existence. This year’s Pixel phones are about the hardware and software, working in consonance and not in isolation, just the way Google wants it to be. advertisementThe Pixel and the Pixel XL are Google’s first official entry into the mainstream hardware space. You can say, Google has been building hardware for quite a while now which is true, only none enjoys the kind of fandom that a certain Nexus 5 or for that matter even the Nexus 6P can brag about. Its Pixel Chromebooks, which are fantastic by the way, are still a niche product category when compared to its Nexus phones.But Nexus is dead and Pixel is the future. It is the future, because in 2016, Google sees itself differently, even more so with CEO Sundar Pichai and former Motorola veteran Rick Osterloh at the helm. With Osterloh’s hardware expertise and Pichai’s much-ambitious plans to put AI everywhere, it was only about time the philosophy — if you can’t beat them, join them — came to life. It has done just that with the Pixel and the Pixel XL.”Pixel, the first-ever phone made by Google brings together our software and world-class hardware, making the Google experience come to life,” the company said in a statement.Just like the new iPhone, Google’s first Pixel phone crams in the very latest in hardware and software. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM. It will be available in 32GB and 128GB storage options. Just like the new iPhone, the Pixel does not have a microSD card slot.Google’s first Pixel phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat, in all its unadulterated goodness. “Pixel Phones will get software and security updates as soon as they’re available, directly from Google. When a new update is available, it can download and install in the background, so users no longer have to wait for the phone to update,” Google said.Having complete control over its hardware will ensure Google can work more closely with its in-house software team to achieve the best possible user experience out-of-the-box. There’s a reason why the iPhone stays slick and stutter-free longer than rival Android phones, you know. It is because its hardware is completely in sync with its software.There’s method to this madnessNexus is dead and Pixel is the future, for a reason, two in fact: the Google Assistant and Daydream. What distinguishes the Pixel from the Nexus is Google’s push for artificial intelligence (the company has for years invested in AI that has produced the Assistant) and it embracing the future, which is without a doubt, virtual reality.The world got its first glimpse of the Google Assistant when the company launched the messaging app Allo recently. It works like Siri, and it comes baked in to the new Pixel phones. This is because Google’ new phones focus on being AI first.advertisement”Building hardware and software together lets us take full advantage of capabilities like the Google Assistant. It lets us harness years of expertise we’ve built up in machine learning and AI to deliver the simple, smart, and fast experiences that our users expect from us,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of hardware said.But you know where all that push for AI comes from? CEO Sundar Pichai, of course! “Assistant will create a conversation between our users and Google. The goal is to create a personal Google for each and every user,” Pichai said.Google Now has been completely replaced with Google Assistant in both the Pixel and the Pixel XL, as text-based control gives way to a completely voice-driven (almost) approach. You can still use text, but Google is really banking a lot on voice-driven synergy here. “Your Google Assistant is always ready to answer questions and help you get things done,” Google said.To that effect, these phones also come with Google Duo video-calling app built-in and something called as Knock Knock feature. Knock Knock allows users to see a preview of the caller before they even pick the call up.Coming to VR, the new Pixel phones are also officially Daydream-ready. Google has also launched a VR headset, that it calls the Daydream View, to make full use of the VR-ready nature of these Pixel phones. That being said, it is important to understand a couple of things here. While the larger Pixel XL comes with a 2K screen, the smaller Pixel has a display that maxes out at 1080p. For VR to work, in all its glory, it is important that a screen has greater pixel density. Technically, the Pixel XL should be at advantage, and much like Apple’s bigger iPhone 7 Plus (that alone sports twin cameras on the back) Google maybe looking to market the Pixel XL solely on this parameter alone. That and the fact that it has a bigger screen. What I am trying to stress here is that just like the dual-camera is the USP of the iPhone 7 Plus, Daydream VR could be the USP of the Pixel XL.The Pixel camera already looks like a winnerOne of the more interesting things about the Pixel is its rear camera. Unlike the iPhone 7 Plus which boasts of two cameras on the rear, Google decided to go with one camera, and yet it looks like a winner already.The new Pixel phones sport a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55um pixels and unlimited Google Photos storage. On the front you get an 8-megapxiel camera. But, specs only tell half the story. The new Pixel phones score an impressive 89 as per DxoMark, which is the highest rating ever for a smartphone camera, Google has claimed. You know why it’s doing that? It’s because the iPhone 7 (and the iPhone 7 Plus) is already building great buzz around its camera. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is no slouch either. In fact, well before the Pixel came along, the Galaxy S7 was the only flagship Android phone to beat in terms of camera prowess. Now that the Pixel — which has a Sony IMX 378 sensor by the way — is in the picture, Samsung’s phone may have some stiff competition. Not to mention, even the reputation of the iPhone 7 may be at stake. This is because Google’s Nexus phones, in the past (especially the Nexus 6P) have had pretty great cameras.The Pixel looks oddly like the iPhoneThe Pixel builds upon the HTC One A9. But, that is something not everyone would know (as mentioned earlier). But, then since the Pixel does not have an HTC branding, it is even harder to tell from an iPhone. Yes, it looks a lot like it, especially from the front. From the back, though, it looks like a work in progress, a prototype if you may. But, then that’s just one opinion. There would be some who would fancy its design. Having said that, the Nexus 6P (even the Nexus 5X) looked better than the new Pixel, just saying.The new Pixel and Pixel XL focus on a new ‘premium’ design, according to Google and boast of an all-metal — carved out of aerospace-grade aluminum — unibody design, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and 3.5mm audio jack. The phones will be available in India in two colours: Quite Black and Very Silver.advertisementDamn, the Pixel is expensive. Well, so is the iPhoneThe Pixel is Google’s costliest phone ever. In India, the base Pixel with 32GB storage starts at Rs 57,000, which frankly speaking is a lot of money. The Nexus phones, on the other hand, were relatively more mainstream. The Pixel isn’t a mainstream phone. Clearly, it has a different target audience, an audience that looks up to the iPhone or the Galaxy S7. The Pixel is ambitious. Pixel is not the end, it is only the beginningGoogle’s new-age Pixel is replete with top-of-the-line hardware and fancy AI tricks. But, it isn’t perfect by all means. It doesn’t have a microSD card slot, nor is it water-resistant. Its design is all the more generic, and it has no stereo speakers.Also Read: Google launches Pixel & Pixel XL, pre-orders in India from October 13In a way, the Pixel is a lot like LG’s G5 modular smartphone. Just like the G5, the Pixel is an expression of what Google is capable of doing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, for now, but at least Google has made its ambitions clear. Apple and Samsung should of course be worried. But, so should third-party OEMs that rely on Google’s software. Google just upped its game, and that should make all rival companies a little nervous.last_img read more

Who’s Virat Kohli’s girlfriend?- Thane school exam question!

first_imgHundreds of Class 9 Physical Training (PT) students of a local school were stumped when asked to answer an exam question on: ‘Who is Virat Kohli’s girlfriend?’.The question also came with three helpful options, the names of film actresses: Priyanka (Chopra), Anushka (Sharma) or Deepika (Padukone).A leaked copy of the question paper of Chacha Nehru Hindi High School, Bhiwandi town, went viral on social media, with many questioning the relevance of a cricket-Bollywood star’s personal lives in a school exam. (Virat Kohli a better chaser than MS Dhoni and Michael Bevan, already. The numbers prove it)The annual exam was conducted on October 13 by the school and the question figured in the objective section, as Q.No. 1(B).Despite repeated attempts, the school authorities were not available for their comments in the matter. (Why is Virat Kohli such a formidable chaser of targets?)However, while speaking to local TV channels, the school principal AR Pandey has passed the responsibility for the goof-up on the PT teacher, who allegedly set the exam paper.The principal admitted that the blunder went ‘unnoticed’ but has not specified any remedial measures for the same. (Sourav Ganguly picks his favourite Virat Kohli knock: 133* vs Sri Lanka at Hobart)Parents are now worried whether those students who attempted it and got the answer wrong would be compensated or not, since the question was out of the study syllabus.last_img read more

John Terry to leave Chelsea F.C. at end of the season

first_imgLong-serving Chelsea defender John Terry will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, the English Premier League club said on Monday.The 36-year-old former England international played more than 700 games for Chelsea and has been their most successful captain.”John has given us more than two decades of dedicated and exceptional service,” Chelsea said in a statement.”In that time he has displayed the utmost pride at wearing the Chelsea shirt.”Terry made the third-highest number of appearances for Chelsea, captained them a record 578 times and scored 66 goals.”After 22 years there is so much to say and so many people to thank at this great football club,” Terry said.”From coaches, team-mates and staff to the fans who have given me so much support down the years, I can’t thank you enough,” he added.”I will decide on my future in due course, but for now I am committed to helping the team achieve success this season.”Terry has made only four Premier League starts this season as Chelsea have moved to the top of the table, four points clear with six games remaining.”I will, of course, always be a Blue and am desperate to end my final season as a Chelsea player with more silverware,” Terry said.”I’ve always been conscious that I depart at the right time, in the right way, and I feel that the end of this season is the right time for the club and I.”Terry, who made his Chelsea debut in 1998, won the 2012 Champions League, four Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and the Europa League.advertisementHe played 78 times for England.last_img read more

Audi RS7 Performance first drive review

first_imgDrive Select reads Dynamic. Traction control is off, I’ve decided to take manual control of the gearbox too. I’ve got my left foot on the brake, my other on the throttle, with the engine holding revs at 2,000rpm. The tension is palpable. The last time I tried this in the base RS7, the non-Performance model, I couldn’t give the car gears as quick as it was giving me revs. I looked like an amateur, bouncing off the limiter.Performance:This time I’m playing it smart. Before I let go of the brakes, the fingers on my right hand are already tensed around the back of the paddles, ready to select second. I take my foot off the stop pedal. There’s an instant of hesitation. Then it all breaks loose. Nothing, I repeat, nothing can prepare you for how this car fights physics.These RS models remain the last few in the lineup that havent been brought into new-gen Audi territory, with the Virtual Cockpit. Performance variant adds a handy drive mode select on the wheel. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)I barely processed short shifting into second. Audi claims you’ll be at 100kmph before 3.7 seconds are over. The car felt way quicker than that, asking for third just as the needle swept past 100kmph and onwards to 140kmph like air resistance was mere theory in a textbook.Keep an eye on the rev needle in manual, it gets away from you. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Engine:The base RS7 has 560bhp and 700Nm torque and launching it in manual had me hitting the limiter even in third. With this Performance variant, that brutality feels softened but it’s even quicker. That’s been achieved through modified exhaust valves and optimised internal turbo geometries to find an additional 45bhp and 50Nm of torque available on over boost for short bursts of acceleration. Like, overtaking a speeding bullet. It’s not a noticeable difference but the Performance variant is said to be 0.2 seconds quicker to 100kmph and 1 second quicker to 200kmph than the base car.advertisementFunny, the way the exhaust barks on start-up can make bystanders jump. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)The eight speed torque converter sourced from ZF does a great job hiding any signs of turbo lag. Stepping on the pedal in any gear drops the engine back into boost territory, with peak coming in from as low as 1,750rpm. Leaving it in manual is the only time you’ll recognise hints of lag, with the over boost kicking in at 2,500rpm seeming like the boost step. The only downside of the torque converter transmission is the lack of launch control but I guess this saves the gearbox to a substantial extent.Audi MMI seems simplistic compared to todays systems but works agreeably. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Suspension:Cornering grip comes courtesy the Quattro all-wheel drive system and massive 275/30 Continental SportContacts on 21-inch wheels. Breaking traction requires real perseverance and even then the electronics kick in and right the scariest of situations. The steering actually plays a major role here, hiding a lot of what the tyres are actually up to. So while the car turns exactly when and where you want it to, judging the limit of adhesion becomes a dicey game.Motor takes to software manipulation really well, 750+ bhp is just a tune away. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Surprising is the tight turning radius, which again points to how city-friendly this supercar is. Further accentuated by the absolutely magic air suspension, that can raise or lower the car by as much as 20mm depending on which drive mode you’re in. Nothing but the absolute worst stretches of tarmac filtered through the cabin, though sharp bumps will catch it out.Frameless doors never cease to fascinate. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Interiors:Given the rate at which this car can literally consume roads, I really can’t think of a fault with it. The interiors feel quality and very, very special though the treatment is last-gen Audi. The notchback style boot also means packing for a cross-country trip is a cinch, then only limited by the fear of damaging those massive rims.With sunroof open, wind noise in cabin is bearable even past 100kmph. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Verdict:Apart from the extra horses in the Performance variant, you also get options as standard, compared to the base car – the air suspension, sports exhaust and killer-looking if maybe fragile 21-inch wheels. The air suspension especially is well worth having.You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)In fact, it strengthens the whole appeal of the RS7 – a supercar that you can drive everywhere in comfort. You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on.advertisementlast_img read more

Ultimate TT league will help Indian players, says Basak

first_imgMumbai, Jun 8 (PTI) Arup Basak, the Indian coach of Maharashtra United, a team in next months inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis League, believes that the tournament will provide much-needed foreign exposure to the host countrys players. “Ultimate Table Tennis will bring top international players to India. The Indian players have been very impressive in the recently concluded World Championship. So now Indian players will get to explore more foreign talents and play against them. They will also get an opportunity to train under foreign coaches,” Basak told PTI in an interaction. The players draft for the UTT is scheduled tomorrow at the NSCI in Worli here and Basak says Maharashtra United are keen to get the “best possible” players on board. “We are discussing with the management and our international coach (Ferenc) Karsai. We have targeted some Indian and international players. But drafting can be challenging, so we are hoping to select best possible talent,” said Basak, a multiple former national mens singles champion. Asked how will his experience help in guiding the players, Basak said, “The players participating in the league know me very well and even I have seen all of them playing in the national and international tournaments, so we already understand each other. “This time the players will be trained under the combination of the national and international coach which will help them rigorously”. Tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Indian Super League have helped cricketers and footballers respectively in the country and asked whether the UTT will do the same to table tennis, Basak said, “I believe that UTT will prove to be one of the best platforms for the Indian players to show how good they are in the sport.”advertisement”UTT will also help in educating the audience about the sport. Viewers will know how exciting and thrilling a table tennis game can be,” said Basak.According to him, the foreign players will help the Indian players learn new techniques, analyse moves and discuss the same with their foreign coach.Maharashtra United have got Ferenc Karsai (Hungary) who has been the men?s national coach for three countries – Austria, Canada and Belgium – and Basak as the coaches.Meanwhile, Karsai said UTT will be a great boost for the sport and its talent.”India has immense potential and I believe that UTT will give the platform to them to showcase that. Besides the international talent will also get to see how good Indian players are,” the Hungarian remarked. PTI NRB SSR DK DK BASlast_img read more

JP Duminy’s Test spot under threat, admits Faf du Plessis

first_imgSouth Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis has conceded that JP Duminy is currently fighting to cement his place in the national side as the middle-order batsman’s alarming dip in form continues.Du Plessis was speaking after his side’s huge 211-run defeat to England at Lord’s on Sunday.Duminy has failed to cross 40 runs in his last eight innings. He managed just 15 and two runs at the Lord’s, something which forced du Plessis to admit that Duminy is not doing enough to maintain his place in the side.With du Plessis set to return to the side after missing the opening Test due to the birth of his first child, one option for him would be to take the place of Duminy.However, the skipper insisted that the Proteas would consider a few other things before coming to any conclusion.Du Plessis said that Duminy is a crucial part of their current senior team and that he is well aware of the fact that he needs to score runs to keep his place in the national side.”JP will be the first guy to say he knows he needs to score runs for this team and it’s no different for anyone else,” Sport24 quoted du Plessis as saying.”He is desperate to do well as anyone in that position. You want to try and score runs every time you go out there. He knows at the end of the day that it’s about runs,” he added.Du Plessis further insisted that Duminy always keeps team’s interest above himself and is always desperate to do well at that position than anyone else.advertisement”He understands that if it has to come to a position where there is someone else that needs to be looked at… he will be the first to acknowledge [that].He is a crucial part of our senior player group and he will always put the team interests above himself so yes, he will be the first to acknowledge that,” du Plessis said.South Africa will now play the second Test of the four-match series against England, beginning July 14 at Trent Bridge.last_img read more

J&Ks special status needs to be protected: Mehbooba

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 8 (PTI) Amid a fresh clamour for the abrogation of Article 35-A of the Constitution, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the special status enjoyed by the state needed to be protected and preserved.Article 35-A of the Constitution empowers the states legislature to define its “permanent residents” and accord special rights and privileges to them.”The legislature of the state enjoys huge powers unlike any other state assembly. We need to preserve and protect this status,” Mehbooba told a public meeting after inaugurating the Randakdaji-Jawalapora-Gaffarabad road in central Kashmirs Budgam district.On the GST legislation passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, she said that the state had enacted its own law.”The guarantees carried in the Presidential Order (on GST) reflect the special status Jammu and Kashmir enjoys within the Constitution of India,” she said.The chief minister said that the opening of historic routes along the Line of Control (LoC) in the state, frequent exchange of students, artists and other groups would bring a lasting peace in the state by promoting more people to people exchanges.Mehbooba said only a conducive and peaceful atmosphere can lead the state to prosperity and resolution of the issues.”The government has taken up several development programmes this year which could not be taken up last year due to unrest. The government has taken up developmental activities in areas which so far have remained neglected,” she said.The Randakdaji-Jawalapora-Gaffarabad road is to be built at a cost of Rs 15.05 crore and it would be completed in two years.advertisementWith the completion of the road project, the connectivity to Doodhpathri and Tosa Maidan tourist destinations would be improved.The chief minister also visited Khag where she laid the foundation of a 10-km Khag-Aripanthan road to be upgraded from the present single lane to double lane at a cost of Rs 13.08 crore. It would be completed by next year.Later, the chief minister also laid the foundation of a modern health centre at Khag to be set up by the Government Medical College, Srinagar at a cost of Rs 5.28 crore.She announced setting up of a fire station, a tourist facility in view of the scenic beauty of the area, and development of a sports field there.These demands were raised by the locals with the chief minister.The chief minister also visited Magam where she inaugurated a degree college. Built at a cost of Rs 9.83 crore, the college for 1,500 students has academic, administrative and library blocks. PTI SSB MIJ SMNlast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Zlatan Ibrahimovic extends his stay with Manchester United F.C.

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract with current Premier League table toppers Manchester United.The Swede will wear the No. 10 jersey vacated by United’s all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney.He was released by the club after he suffered a damaged his meniscus and cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in a Europa League clash.Therefore, the 20-time Premier League champions decided not to take up the one-year contract extension that was there in his contract and release him. However, he was allowed to continue his rehabilitation at Carrington.(Anthony Martial tips Manchester United F.C. team mate Paul Pogba to win Ballon d’Or soon)Reportedly there were offers from the MLS and other places as well but a return to United was always on the cards for the 35-year-old due to his close relations with Jose Mourinho. United signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer and it was said that he will look to go to America or even Italy but everything is put to bed now as Ibrahimovic and United announced the return of the mercurial striker for the upcoming season on a one-year-deal.I UNITED it @ManUtd Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ? (@Ibra_official) August 24, 2017Here’s the full statement released by Manchester United on their website:Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his journey with the club and has signed a one-year contract. He will wear the number 10 shirt.#Zlat10 Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Ibrahimovic, 35, made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for the club during the 2016/17 campaign before suffering a knee injury, which ended his season prematurely. Zlatan has won championships in four different leagues since beginning his professional career with Malmo in 1999.advertisementJose Mourinho said: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic said: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”He’s not finished yet – @Ibra_official has signed a new one-year contract with #MUFC! Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Another year of @Ibra_official! ?? Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017last_img read more

Champions League: N’Golo Kante can return against Roma, says Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is expected to be fit to face AS Roma in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage match, manager Antonio Conte said.Kante, who missed Chelsea’s last five matches with a hamstring injury, trained with the squad before they left for Rome and Conte will speak to the France international before deciding whether he will feature.Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is also set to play after recovering from a calf problem and on the back of his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea as a late substitute against Bournemouth on Saturday.”We had three starters out, but we have recovered Drinkwater and Kante. (Victor) Moses needs more time,” Conte told a news conference on Monday.”Kante trained with us, also before the game at Bournemouth.”I was a player and I know very well after an injury, a bad injury, it is very important to listen to the player which are the sensation. For him and the team, tomorrow we try to make the best decision.”Chelsea, who top the Group C standings, will qualify for round of 16 with a victory at Roma.But Conte, disappointed with a 3-3 draw in the home fixture with Roma earlier this month, said it was vital Chelsea finished as group winners ahead of the Italian side and Atletico Madrid.”I think our group is a tough group, with Atletico and Roma two really strong teams. To be at the top is very important, we are trying to face all competitions,” the manager added.advertisement”It was a good match, a fair score (at Stamford Bridge), and tomorrow will be another difficult game.”Following their midweek European assignment, Chelsea host title rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

Govt to privatise stadia under SAI to improve service quality

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that the government will privatise some of the stadia under the Sports Authority of India to improve their administration and quality of services.Rathore said the move was aimed at delivering better playing experience to the sportspersons.”We are keenly thinking of privatising some of our stadia to have better operations in terms of delivering sports to the sportspersons. There was a general study on how the stadia can be improved. The fact is that there is need to improve the way stadia are administered,” Rathore said at a programme here.”The stadia must have better quality of service and playing area. The sheer experience of playing needs to improve. The SAI was created before 1982 Asian Games to help in conducting the Games and looking after these stadia. The mandate has increased now from that time and I think its time in todays world we bring in as many stakeholder as possible.” He said privatisation will be done through Corporate Social Responsibility or PPP (Public Private Partnership) model.The Athens Olympics silver medallist was speaking at the launch of ELMS (Excellence in Learning and Mastering of Sports and Physical Literacy) Foundation, which aims at producing Physical Education experts, coaches, sports administrators to impart modern training to athletes across all levels.He also announced that centres of the Central Sports University in Manipur will be set up in other cities.”The brick and mortar of the sports university will be in Manipur but its training will be carried out in other cities also. Centres will be opened in other places where the same curriculum will be imparted,” he said. “We are tying up with Japan and Australia for physical education as well as for starting a bachelor programme on coaching in the Central Sports University in Manipur. We will have faculty from these countries stay in the country and we will have the technical knowhow from these countries.”advertisementHe said the ministry will start a programme as part of Khelo India to develop coaches in the country. “This will be at elite as well as basic/grassroot level. There will be coaches at grassroot level, developmental coaches, at community, college and elite level. We will tie up with international and Indian companies to build a basic standard based on which coaching education can be imparted to other coaches. We will start train the trainer programme,” said the minister.”If better knowledge is available a sportsperson can start at a higher level right at the beginning. I am all for bringing experts from various fields into sports and managing sports as well.”Rathore said the ministry was spending a total of Rs 60 crore for the Khelo India National School Games, which begins on January 31. “Khelo India project will create sports infrastructure. It will be for the first time that the National School Games of U-17 level will be broadcast live from January 31. We are spending nearly Rs 60 crore collectively on bringing the Games to a level that is aspirational and memorable. We are covering 16 sports, including team sports and indigenous sports and priority sports.”We will increase the number of sports every year. We will selecting 1000 athletes every year and that selection will be done by Arjuna and Dronacharya Awardees. We have put aside Rs 250 crore as the first sponsorship amount.”He said 2018 could be a turning point for India to become a better sporting nation.”It is going to be a big year beginning with the Khelo India School Games, Commonwealth Games where we will win a lot of medals, then the young talent hunt programme for 8-14 age group children for the talents which will have the potential to win medals in 2024 and 2028 and then the Asian Games and then perhaps the Rural and Indigenous Games in November or December.”The year 2018 will be full of sporting activities. The way the prime minister has focussed on the youth and sport of this country, I am quite confident this will be the turning point with every stakeholder coming together to make India a better sporting nation.”Asked about the recent elections of the Indian Olympic Association, he said, “The ministry of sports sends observers for all elections of NSFs and sports bodies. Our observer had gone there and probably must have submitted the report.”The ministry will have a look at the report. If there are violations, the ministry will take action. If not, we will go by the rules.”advertisementRathore said the government was committed towards providing financial support to academies and centres of excellence set up by former sportspersons. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Atromitos Sets PAOK Back, 1-0

first_imgAtromitos handed Thessaloniki’s PAOK’s a 1-0 loss in the Greek Super League soccer play on June 4, leaving the battle for second in tourney play undecided.Atromitos, which plays in the Athens neighborhood of Peristeri, climbed into second a point ahead of PAOK, which suffered its third straight defeat. A goal by Tasos Karamanos at the end of the first half held up.In the day’s other game, Panathinaikos and Asteras Tripolis drew 0-0. Stathis Tavlaridis left Panathinaikos with 10 men in injury time, trying to get a red card and a one-game suspension instead of bigger penalties because he has racked up so many yellow cards this season.Panathinaikos has 15 points, Asteras is second with seven, Atromitos is on five and PAOK is last with four.In the final round of games on June 8 Atromitos hosts Panathinaikos and Asteras plays PAOK where the winner will get second in the playoffs..TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Batter Colon, Mets, 3-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain was more impressed by Hunter Pence’s defensive gem in the sixth inning than he was with his own winning return to AT&T Park.Pence’s sliding catch that he turned into a double play ended the New York Mets’ best chance of scoring and helped preserve Cain’s first win in nearly a year.It also convinced Cain why the Giants desperately need Pence healthy and in the lineup.“He brings that energy, that excitement,” Cain said after San Francisco ended its seven-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the Mets on July 7.“He was probably fired up as anybody after he made that play. The moment was just perfect.”Pence, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, provided the Giants with a big spark offensively and defensively.The veteran outfielder drove in San Francisco’s first run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the third and singled in Joe Panik in the fifth to make it 3-0.He also came up with the game’s defining moment when he made a sliding catch in foul territory on Ruben Tejada’s long fly ball in the sixth, then threw home to catch Curtis Granderson trying to tag up from third.“He put it right on the money,” San Francisco Manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s one of the best plays I’ve seen.”Cain (1-1) had not pitched at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark since July 9, 2014, when he earned his last win before missing the final half of the season following elbow surgery.The three-time All-Star pitched two-hit ball over six innings with seven strikeouts. Cain retired the first seven hitters, struck out Daniel Murphy to get out of a bases loaded jam in the third, then allowed just one runner over his final three innings.“It’s been a long time, a long road,” Cain said. “I definitely didn’t think it was going to be this long in between being back out here but it did. Today, it couldn’t have been better.”All-Star reserve Panik had two hits and scored twice for the Giants.New York’s Bartolo Colon (9-7), winless since June 12, allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings.Kevin Plawecki had two of the Mets’ four hits.One night after getting shut out for the eighth time this season, the Giants jumped on Colon and took advantage of New York’s sloppy defense. Colon misplayed a soft comebacker in the second inning, while Murphy bobbled a ground ball in the third that led to two San Francisco runs.That ended the Mets’ 21-inning scoreless streak, their longest of the season.Both of Pence’s RBIs came against Colon. “He’s a good player. If you check you’ll see that he has good numbers against me. I think maybe that’s why they put him in the lineup today.”Four San Francisco relievers combined to retire the final nine batters. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 21st save.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN)last_img read more

Plenty of hope for APOEL despite defeat

first_imgSource: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares An inspired second-half display against Rosenborg leaves APOEL with a decent chance of reaching the Champions League playoff round, despite a 2-1 defeat in Norway on Wednesday night.The Nicosia club’s future in Europe looked in serious doubt at the break but Giorgos Efrem’s volley provides plenty of hope for the second leg in Nicosia next week.The opening 20 minutes were scrappy, with APOEL committing numerous fouls which served their purpose as they looked to frustrate and slow down their opponents.But one quick free-kick caught the APOEL rearguard unaware, as a low cross from the left found Christian Gytkjaer all alone in the six-yard box, and he had the simple task of slotting it home for the opener.Just a minute later, the hosts nearly doubled their lead as a through pass split the APOEL defence and set Helland clear only for the outstretched toe of Boy Waterman to deny a second.Rosenborg piled on the pressure as Yann-Erik de Lanlay’s effort was parried out to the feet of Mike Jensen who then smashed the ball towards goal only for Carlao to clear off the line.APOEL looked to have weathered the storm, but on the stroke of half-time, Midtsjoe slithered past two before teeing up Skjelvik who then lashed the ball into the roof of the net with the last kick of the opening period.Thomas Christiansen made two attacking changes either side of the hour mark, with Andrea Orlandi and Efrem coming on for Kostakis Artyamatas and Vander, which saw APOEL finally manage to get higher up the pitch.APOEL chances were few and far between but it only took one to have a massive impact on the game, and possibly the tie.Coming straight into the line-up after re-signing for the club on loan, Giannis Gianniotas took on his full-back before crossing into the box which, via a failed clearance, looped into the path of Efrem. The Cypriot forward connected sweetly on the volley and the ball flew under the keeper to give APOEL a vital away goal.It was APOEL who looked the likelier of the two to get the next goal, and the leveller so nearly came in the 90th minute as Efrem unselfishly squared the ball to De Camargo, but the debutant could not get his toe on the end of it with the goal gaping.Nevertheless, the 2-1 scoreline is a positive one for the Cypriots, especially after looking dead and buried in the first half.Results from the Champions League Qualifying Round 3 first leg matches on Wednesday:FC Astra (Romania) – FC Copenhagen (Denmark) 1-1Rosenborg Trondheim (Norway) – APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) 2-1FC Astana (Kazakhstan) – Celtic (Scotland) 1-1Tuesday, July 26, first leg: Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) – PAOK Salonika (Greece) 1-1Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) – Dynamo Tbilisi (Georgia) 2-0Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) – Young Boys (Switzerland) 2-0Rostov (Russia) – Anderlecht (Belgium) 2-2Partizani (Albania) – Salzburg (Austria) 0-1Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) – Qarabag Agdam (Azerbaijan) 0-0BATE Borisov (Belarus) – Dundalk (Ireland) 1-0Ludogorets (Bulgaria) – Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) 2-2Sparta Prague (Czech Republic) – Steaua Bucharest (Romania) 1-1last_img read more