Champions League: Average Lionel Messi is still fantastic: Spurs coach Pochettino

first_imgLionel Messi scores on Argentina return Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino lauded Lionel Messi’s consistent brilliance after the Argentine dealt a huge blow to Spurs’ Champions League hopes with a double in Barcelona’s 4-2 win at Wembley on Wednesday. Messi also hit the woodwork twice in a virtuoso display as Barca bounced back from a three-game winless run in La Liga to move alongside Inter Milan at the top of Group B with maximum points from two games.Related News La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Harry Kane scored a goal for Tottenham on Wednesday Spurs, by contrast, have lost both of their opening two fixtures and have a mountain to climb to reach the last 16. “He’s a fantastic player. The most important [thing] is Messi shows in every game why he is Messi,” said Pochettino. “His average performance is this type of game. He’s always above everything.” Spurs battled back bravely in the second-half with goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela twice reducing Barcelona’s lead to a solitary goal. Pochettino But Pochettino lamented Philippe Coutinho’s second-minute opener when Spurs captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was caught out of position on his first appearance after a five-week injury layoff. “When you start 0-1 down from the changing room that is difficult for the players,” added Pochettino. “The players understand this type of game when you play at this level, it is so difficult to come back. The most important [thing] is the character we showed.” Coutinho described playing alongside Messi as an honour as Barca again came away from Wembley with happy memories having won the European Cup twice at the home of English football in 1992 and 2011. “Everything Messi does on the field is unpredictable,” said the Brazilian. “To play with him is an honour. He’s always doing something new.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Antonio Conte to replace Real Madrid’s Lopetegui?

first_imgLa Liga’s Real Betis footballer Marc Bartra on the ‘worst 15 minutes of his life’ After Sunday’s game, Ramos pointedly stated that managing the dressing room at Real is more important than technical knowledge. Some now believe, perhaps club president Florentino Perez included, that the team needs a firmer hand. Zinedine Zidane and Lopetegui have both been keen to afford freedom to the players while Conte is seen as a demanding coach, meticulous in his tactical preparation and unrelenting when it comes to defensive organisation. “I’ve always had a good relationship with all the coaches,” Ramos said. “Respect is earned, it isn’t imposed. Those are the coaches with whom we’ve won titles. Managing the dressing room is more important than the knowledge of a coach.” The finger of blame is not only being pointed at Lopetegui, with Perez also being criticised for his failure to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese superstar departed for Juventus. “It is not just Julen’s fault”, read the headline on the front page of Marca, Spain’s biggest selling daily. FractiousConte is available after being sacked by Chelsea in July. He had led them to the Premier League title in 2017 in his first season, when a switch to a three-man defence was hailed as a brilliant, and decisive, strategic move. But they finished fifth in his second year, when the Italian grew increasingly agitated and fractious. He criticised the club’s transfer policy and fell out with Diego Costa, who was eventually sold to Atletico Madrid. Conte would be taking over a Madrid team that is now seven points behind Barcelona, who returned to the top of the table after their emphatic win. Ramos insisted, though, the title is not lost yet. “There are people that would believe, others that wouldn’t,” Ramos said. “I have won La Liga from 10 points behind. The key to success is to work. Madrid never gives up when it can turn the situation around.” All the failures that have underlined their problems under Lopetegui were on show in the Clasico: poor finishing, frantic defending and key players performing well below par, let alone at their best. Lopetegui pointed to misfortune too, as Luka Modric hit the post at 2-1, while Suarez’s second came from a penalty, awarded only after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee. “We feel we could have turned the game around, we had chances to equalise, and go on and win,” Lopetegui said. “The punishment was excessive, 5-1 does not reflect the game.” Madrid’s director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno dodged a question about Lopetegui’s future afterwards. “This is not the moment to talk about that,” he said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates p>This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Julen Lopetegui’s brief and inglorious reign as Real Madrid coach could come to an end on Monday with the defending European champions believed to have lined up Antonio Conte as his replacement. Lopetegui took training as usual on Monday morning but is not expected to be in post for the Copa del Rey game against minnows Melilla on Wednesday. According to Spanish media, Real directors are set to meet later on Monday, when Lopetegui’s sacking could be confirmed. Conte is the favourite to succeed him but Santiago Solari, the coach of the club’s B team, Castilla, is in line to take temporary charge. In his two seasons with Castilla, Solari has overseen them finishing 11th and eighth in the Spanish third tier. Madrid were thrashed 5-1 by rivals Barcelona on Sunday as Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, surely sealing Lopetegui’s fate. He was named coach only 139 days ago, with his decision to accept the post costing him the chance to lead Spain at the World Cup. But Madrid’s dreadful recent run showed no sign of abating at the Camp Nou. They have now managed one win in their last seven matches, sit ninth in La Liga and earlier this month went more than eight hours without a goal. Sports daily AS called the defeat a “lethal rout” on its front page on Monday, and it is a far cry from Sergio Ramos hoisting a third consecutive Champions League trophy in May.Related News Messi’s Barcelona endure shock defeat after Levante goal flurry La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retirelast_img read more

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France see off Uruguay 1-0

first_img “He had some shoulder pain after his fall and he has to have tests tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, but there is no serious concern.” After the disappointment of seeing the Netherlands pip them to a place at the Nations League finals with a late Virgil van Dijk goal in Germany on Monday, Olivier Giroud’s 52nd-minute penalty gave France victory in a repeat of the two teams’ World Cup quarter-final meeting in Russia. “It was important to finish on a positive note, even in the last defeat (by the Netherlands) saw us miss out on the (Nations League) semi-finals,” Deschamps told M6. Roared on by a large crowd in Paris, France opened up the Uruguay defence in only the fourth minute, but Giroud fired a first-time shot wide of the near post with just goalkeeper Martin Campana to beat. Matias Vecino headed too close to Hugo Lloris as the visitors settled into the game, but Mbappe should have put France ahead when he raced clean through on goal, only to mishit a chipped effort well wide. – Mbappe in agony -===================The 19-year-old was left writhing on the ground in pain after a heavy touch saw him tackled by Campana, appearing to sustain a shoulder injury as he crashed to the turf. Mbappe tried to play on, but he only lasted a matter of seconds before signalling to the bench that he could not continue and was replaced by Florian Thauvin. Chelsea striker Giroud wasted another good opportunity for the French shortly after the break, heading over from the edge of the six-yard box. But he was given an even better chance to get on the scoresheet as Martin Cacares was penalised for handball after Antoine Griezmann’s shot struck his chest and his arm. Giroud stepped up and slammed a confident spot-kick into the bottom corner past Campana.”We’re a little disappointed not to be qualified in the Nations League, but it’s like that,” Giroud said. “We may have lost a game we shouldn’t have, but we had the heart to react, and I think we did it pretty well.” The world champions started to play with more confidence, and Tanguy Ndombele forced the onrushing Campana into a good save after a wonderful scooped pass by Griezmann. Substitute Jonathan Rodriguez went close as Uruguay piled bodies forward looking for an equaliser, but Oscar Tabarez’s team slipped to a second successive 1-0 friendly loss after their defeat by Brazil in London last week. “We have to understand against whom we came to play in Europe — Brazil and France,” said Tabarez. “I think the French were superior in the first 15 or 20 minutes, but after that it was relatively balanced in the second half.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided “AS-IS,” “AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Prosecutor suspects French surgeon of molesting nearly 200 children A shoulder injury to Kylian Mbappe overshadowed France’s 1-0 friendly win over Uruguay at the Stade de France on Tuesday as Didier Deschamps’ world champions ended the year on a high note.Mbappe had to be replaced in the first half after a nasty fall, continuing a miserable night for his Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel after the German had already seen Neymar hobble off injured early in Brazil’s friendly with Cameroon in Milton Keynes. PSG face Liverpool in a crucial Champions League clash at the Parc des Princes on November 28.When asked if he could give “reassuring news” about Mbappe in his press conference, France coach Deschamps said: “Not necessarily reassuring, but not worrying either.Related News Dear India, won’t you let Nala visit? England, France seal their place in Euro 2020last_img read more

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CL: We fulfilled our goal, says Lionel Messi after Barcelona seal top spot

first_img Messi, as he has been for much of the last decade, was the architect of Barca’s latest success, opening the scoring with his 106th Champions League goal — the most by any player at one club in the competition. “We have fulfilled the goal of being the first in a complicated group with great teams. We are content,” the Barcelona captain said. On his latest record, he added: “I’m very happy, I just found out now. I’m very happy about this new statistic.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return Ernesto Valverde is soothed by Barcelona’s record on the road in the Champions League this season after they guaranteed top spot in Group B with a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven. Barca struggled away from the Nou Camp in Europe last term, scoring just once in three group stage matches and surrendering a 4-1 lead against Roma on a dreadful night at the Stadio Olimpico to exit at the quarter-final stage. But they put four goals past Tottenham at Wembley last month and second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique proved enough for all three points at the Philips Stadion, despite Luuk De Jong setting up a tense finale.Related News La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2last_img read more

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Germany, Netherlands set to meet in Euro 2020 qualifiers

first_imgMSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Former champions Germany and the Netherlands will meet again in qualifying for Euro 2020 after being paired together in yesterday’s draw in Dublin, but World Cup semi- finalists England have little to complain about. The Germans were the dangerous team in the second pot of seeds having been relegated from the top tier of the Nations League. However, with the top two teams in each of the 10 groups qualifying automatically for the 24- team tournament, which will be held for the first time across 12 different host countries, there is little prospect of any leading nation missing out. The remaining four places will be allocated via the Nations League play- offs.Related News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided “AS-IS,” “AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Since March 2009

first_imgThe U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years, as employers stepped up hiring in response to the slowly improving economy.The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped sharply to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn’t been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.Still, 13.3 million Americans remain unemployed. And a key reason the unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people had given up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. And the previous two months were revised up to show that 72,000 more jobs added – the fourth straight month the government revised prior months higher.Private employers added a net gain of 140,000 jobs last month. Governments, meanwhile, shed another 20,000 jobs, mostly at the local and state level. Governments at all levels have shed almost a half-million jobs in the past year.More than half the jobs added were by retailers, restaurants and bars, a sign that holiday hiring has kicked in. Retailers added 50,000 jobs, the sector’s biggest gain since April. Restaurants and bars hired 33,000 new workers. The health care industry added 17,000.The presidential election is less than a year away, which means President Barack Obama will almost certainly face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any president since World War II.And Europe’s financial crisis threatens to slow U.S. growth next year. A recession in Europe could reduce U.S. exports, hurt global financial markets and dampen business confidence.Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, estimates that the economy will expand 2.5 percent in the last three months of this year. But he expects growth to slow to 1.5 percent in 2012, partly because of the crisis in Europe. And if Congress fails to extend the Social Security tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits this month, growth is likely to slow even further.Weak job growth means companies don’t have to raise pay to keep their employees. Fewer jobs and lower pay leaves consumers with less money to spend. That’s holding back economic growth.In the past three months, the economy has added an average of 143,000 net jobs per month. That’s enough to keep up with population growth and better than the previous three months, when the economy averaged just 84,000.Other recent economic reports have been positive, too.Factory output expanded last month. Retailers reported a strong start to holiday sales over the Thanksgiving weekend, consumer confidence surged in November to the highest level since July, and Americans’ pay rose in October by the most in seven months.Car sales also rose sharply in November, normally a lackluster month for the auto industry. Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Hyundai all reported double-digit gains on Thursday, compared to a year ago. – Originally posted on Aol Jobs by Christopher Rugabarlast_img read more

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann to have a ‘chat’ with aggrieved Usman Khawaja

first_imgAustralia coach Darren Lehmann will have a ‘private chat’ with Usman Khawaja after the top order batsman publicly criticised selectors for dropping him during the Sri Lanka tour.Khawaja and opener Joe Burns were omitted for the third and final Test in Colombo, which Australia lost to slump to a 3-0 series whitewash.Although both the Queenslanders struggled for runs, Khawaja told local media over the weekend he felt they were unfairly singled out.”It was disappointing that Joe Burns and I were sort of the scapegoats for not performing,” Khawaja told Fairfax Media.”I found it pretty fickle that the selectors dropped me for the third one.”Khawaja’s comments came less than a week before Lehmann and selectors Rod Marsh, Mark Waugh and Trevor Hohns, pick their squad for the three-Test South Africa series starting in Perth on Nov 3.Lehmann said he would talk to Khawaja but denied the batsman’s comments would count against his hopes of a recall.”He is not on the back foot,” Lehmann told local reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday. “(But) I will chat to him privately.”We would rather have these things played out between selectors and players.”Khawaja and Burns both enjoyed outstanding home summers against New Zealand and West Indies but struggled on the flat wickets of Sri Lanka in August where they averaged 13.75 and 8.50 runs respectively.”Being on the selection panel for the Test match, it was warranted,” Lehmann said of their omission in Colombo.”At the end of the day, there were different conditions and those two guys weren’t playing well enough – they averaged eight or seven in two Test matches.advertisement”We had to change something, but that doesn’t affect the summer at home.”We have to work out what we think the best batting line-up is for the summer.”Khawaja and Burns are hoping to impress selectors in Queensland’s day-night Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales this week.Western Australia batsman Shaun Marsh, who replaced Burns and scored a century in Colomobo, is also bidding for a top order spot as he recovers from a hamstring injury.last_img read more

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Ministry decides to advertise for foreign coaches

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) Seeking to bring in transparency, the Sports Ministry today said the hiring of foreign coaches for various disciplines will be done through open advertisement. Sports Minister Vijay Goel approved has the proposal which emerged at a meeting he had with senior officers of his Ministry and Sports Authority of India in New Delhi yesterday. “This will bring more names before the foreign coaches Selection Committee in addition to those suggested by National Sports Federations,” the Ministry said in a statement. “The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports spends a substantial amount on foreign coaches to prepare Indian athletes for Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and other important tournaments. Keeping this in view, extension to foreign coaches in future will be given on the basis of their performance as assessed by a committee. “Hiring of foreign coaches is a necessity for training Indian athletes in many sports disciplines at present, but they will be utilised for training Indian coaches so that our dependence on foreign coaches can be reduced in future. “The contract with foreign coaches will invariably include a component of training of Indian coaches for a certain period.” PTI PM PMlast_img read more

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Andy Murray, a true sporting hero

first_imgIt took 24 straight wins for Andy Murray to finally secure the year-end world number one ranking on Sunday. He had to beat the man who had held that ranking for more than two consecutive years at the season finale. Murray had to earn it the hard way. After months being number two, he had proven his mettle with 5 titles in-a-row to claim the cherished spot. Before beating the Serb in the final of the ATP Finals, Murray had to overcome Milos Raonic in three gruelling sets in a little under four hours.For someone who used to get visibly tired in long matches, Murray has come a long way.”I had a great year this year but I only managed to do it by one match. So to repeat that again next year is going to be extremely difficult. But now that I have got there I would be extremely motivated to stay in that position. The Majors are what gets me working hard, and what really, really motivates me when I go away in December to train, I am training with the Australian Open in mind. And because the best of five set matches are the ones that you really have to put in the extra work for, and the extra training for, that’s what motivates me,” he said after the win. (Murray says his best years can still be ahead of him)This has been by far Murray’s best year with his personal best of nine titles which included a second Wimbledon crown and a second Olympic gold in Rio.advertisementPersonally for me, Murray was a quintessential also-ran for a while. This is not to be critical of him as he is playing in the era of three of the best male players the world of tennis has seen in Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. But when his shoulders dropped and he began to swear at the demons in his head in tough matches, you wondered, like everyone else, if he was ever going to win the big matches against the big three. Of course, he did lose 4 grand slam finals before winning his first, a distinction he shared with his then coach Ivan Lendl.The last of those finals came at Wimbledon 2012. That was when the way I looked at him changed. Murray lost to Federer and shed tears of extreme pain. It was a historic event as Murray became the first Briton to contest the Wimbledon men’s singles final since Bunny Austin in 1938. Nothing in that defeat margin of 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 4-6 will tell you it was any different or extremely hard fought. But the tennis Murray played in that match was exceptional. From a base line slugger, he had morphed into an offensive player and that match was perhaps the first complete look at the new Murray. He was exciting. For the first time I found myself rooting for the Scot.It is not a coincidence Murray went onto win the Olympic gold beating Federer just two weeks later at the same court. In my mind, and perhaps in his mind, body and soul too, Murray was now a world beater. And a year later he came back to win his first Wimbledon title, sending Britain into a tizzy.That Wimbledon title could have worked two ways. It could have been extreme satisfaction at achieving a long chased goal that leads to a drop in your level. After all, the monkey was off his back. A British male player had finally won Wimbledon after 77 years. Or it could be the step to further greatness. It was the latter for Murray who worked tirelessly to keep at it. He is fitter, serves better, comes to the net more than before while keeping his consistent defensive game intact.The fact that Murray had to win this season decider to stay at Number one shows how competitive it is at the very top. Djokovic had held the numero uno spot since July 2014 with his second Wimbledon title and looked invincible for a large stretch of this period. He had won the season finale of the Top-8 players 4 years in a row from 2012 to 2015 apart from five other slams. breaking that dominance in itself is a true achievement. From being one amongst the Big-4, Murray is now in a glorious position of being and staying the top dog for many weeks.’Maybe now, especially the last few months when I have had that goal there and have been trying to get there, I want to stay there. I dont feel too high just now, I feel good and I feel motivated to keep going. I have enjoyed the last five, six months the most I have in all of my career. That is probably because I have won a lot, so I want to keep going,’ he said.advertisementIt is remarkable what Murray has achieved by virtue of his hard work and dedication. His story is a reminder that against insurmountable odds, you can achieve the greatest. A reminder that it is not always about being the most talented. He is no longer the ‘boring Brit’, but the ‘brave Brit’. He is in true sense a sporting hero.last_img read more

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What’s new in the web world?

first_imgWho are the wealthiest people in tech right now? Here’s the estimated worth of the top five. VIRAL VIDEO Brit satirist Jonathan Pie’s rant about Trump’s victory got 1.9 million views in just four days. Magician David Blaine regurgitating a live frog on Jimmy Fallon’s show fascinated over 5 million.,Who are the wealthiest people in tech right now? Here’s the estimated worth of the top five. VIRAL VIDEOBrit satirist Jonathan Pie’s rant about Trump’s victory got 1.9 million views in just four days. Magician David Blaine regurgitating a live frog on Jimmy Fallon’s show fascinated over 5 million. More than 15 million watched three penguins fight each other in a love triangle.WEB WOW2K SelfiePeanuts in one 500 rupee note, namkeen in another, a third showing a 500 rupee note toilet roll… internet humour turned dark as Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of 1,000 and 500 rupee notes. But the eternal optimists turned the crisis into an opportunity, posting selfies with the new 2,000 rupee note.NET TRIBUTEMOURNING AFTERFor some it was a double whammy: Donald Trump’s shock win and Leonard Cohen’s death shortly after. It all came together on Saturday Night Live when Kate McKinnon, portraying a defeated Hillary Clinton, sang Hallelujah as a tribute both to the singer and to the presidential candidate.WEIRDONET RIP EVERYONEA glitch on Facebook resulted in a number of people suddenly being memorialised. FB users reported the phenomenon early this week when a number of perfectly alive people had their profiles changed to memorial pages. Yes, even FB founder Mark Zuckerberg.WEB TREND FROZEN IN TIMESports teams, the Kardashians, Michelle Obama, even Varun Dhawan are taking up the Mannequin Challenge. It’s simple: go about your daily activities and then stand really still.WEB LOL DEALING WITH TRUMPHumour helped netizens process a Trump presidency. There were memes on imagined conversations between the outgoing prez and his VP, including one in which Joe Biden changes the wifi password to ‘I love Mexicans’ and replaces toiletries with small, Trump-sized ones. advertisementlast_img read more

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Demonetisation forces postponement of PWL-2

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI) Demonetisation seems to have hit the sporting arena as well with the second edition of Pro Wrestling League being postponed from its original scheduled start of December 15 as the franchises and stakeholders need more time to re-plan and re-structure their schemes. “Post demonetisation, the PWL franchises and the stakeholders have asked for time to re-structure and re-plan their schemes. Hence, the date of the League had to be postponed,” the promoters of the PWL, Pro Sportify director Vishal Gurnani told PTI. “The revised dates would be announced on November 30th,” he added. Meanwhile, the sources claimed that the PWL-2 is likely to begin not before the last week of December. “The League will be re-scheduled to the last week of December. Also the players auction, which was supposed to be held in mid-November, will now take place 15 days prior to the commencement of the tournament,” the source said. There were also plans to field eight franchises as compared to six teams in the inaugural edition, but PWL today said that there would be no addition and the number of teams competing against each other would remain six, just like last year. However, the League will not witness the same six teams of last year as Bangalore franchise, called Bengaluru Yodhas, had pulled out. Bengaluru Yodhas will be replaced by a franchise from Jaipur, while franchises like Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will see a change in the ownership. “We will have six teams only, just as last year. Bangalore franchise has pulled out and a team from Jaipur will be added. The ownership of Delhi and UP have also changed,” said Gurnani. While Gurnani remained mum on why Bengaluru Yodhas would not being a part of PWL-2, a sources said that the “Bangalore franchise not having cleared its dues” is the reason behind the fall-out. Meanwhile, the Pro Sportify director claimed that despite the dates of the tournament being pushed, top foreign and Indian wrestlers have already confirmed their participation in the League. PTI CM SSC CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Pochettino: Alli is among Europe’s finest

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes that Dele Alli is already one of the best players in European football, after a strong start to the 2018-19 campaign.The opening two months of the season have been a mixed bag for Spurs, winning their first three games before embarking on a three-match losing streak in all competitions and finally getting back to winning ways in the past week.A 2-1 win on the south coast against Brighton last Saturday saw Pochettino’s men get back on track in the Premier League, which was followed up by a gruelling penalty shootout victory against Watford in the League Cup on Wednesday. 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! Alli has featured prominently over the last eight weeks and was given the captain’s armband in the clash against Watford at Stadium MK, which saw the 22-year-old return to the club where he began his senior career.The Tottenham boss was impressed by how the Englishman handled the extra responsibility, as he told reporters on Thursday: “Being a captain means a lot – it’s not just about wearing the armband.”Dele spoke from the heart in his team-talk and I like that. I can’t tell you what he said but he was very good.“He was back in his home town, playing at his old stadium, it was fantastic for him and so I decided to make him captain. I think he did very well. He is more mature and has more experience. When you are young, you do some crazy things, but he has grown up.”Pochettino went on to make a bold claim about Alli, suggesting that even at his tender age he is already among the best midfielders in the world, as he added: “He is one of the best in England and one of the best in Europe in his position. I hope the experience of being captain for the first time will help him to improve even more.”Spurs return to Premier League action on Saturday against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium, which is a crucial game for the North Londoners as they bid to chase down their rivals.Alli looks set to retain his spot in the middle of the park and supporters will be expecting him to reproduce his best form to guide the team towards another important three points.last_img read more

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Report: Mexico 3 Costa Rica 2

first_imgMexico ended a four-match losing streak with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Costa Rica in a friendly on Thursday.Raul Jimenez’s penalty proved the match-winner at the Estadio Universitario de Nuevo Leon after the hosts had twice come from behind, Victor Guzman and Henry Martin cancelling out goals from Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz.Campbell opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, the forward heading in a Bryan Oviedo cross at the back post. 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! But the hosts responded four minutes later, a fine team move ending with Guzman wonderfully side-footing a volley into the top corner from a Jose van Rankin cross.¡Lo podemos ver mil veces! ¡GO-LA-ZO @CocaColaMX de @GuzmanPocho! #PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/LPEKiMj52o— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) October 12, 2018Costa Rica – who announced Gustavo Matosas as their next coach on Tuesday – restored their lead just before half-time through Ruiz, who placed a penalty into the bottom corner after Van Rankin gave away a spot-kick for a handball in the area.Ruiz’s goal was his 25th for the national team, moving him into outright fifth on Costa Rica’s all-time list.Introduced at half-time, Martin scored his first international goal to draw Mexico level once more in the 56th minute, heading in a Jurgen Damm cross.Martin continued to have a major impact, fouled from a set-piece to give Jimenez a chance from the penalty spot and the forward made no mistake as Mexico claimed a first win since the World Cup and extended Costa Rica’s run without a victory to eight matches.¡GOL @Movistar!@Raul_Jimenez9 se hace presente en el marcador con la especialidad de la casa. #PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/dryK3oeN3I— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) October 12, 2018 read morelast_img read more

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Barcelona equal Bayern’s Champions League record

first_imgBarcelona have matched Bayern Munich’s record run of unbeaten home matches in Champions League competition, with a draw against Tottenham taking them to 29.Camp Nou has always been a fortress for the Catalan giants and that is certainly proving to be the case at present.Spurs arrived at the iconic venue on Tuesday hoping to be the ones to break a remarkable sequence of results, but they were happy to settle for a point in the end. 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! A 1-1 stalemate was enough to send Mauricio Pochettino’s side through to the last 16, allowing them to join Barca in the knockout stage.Ousmane Dembele had fired the home side in front, with a stunning counter-attack seeing the flying French winger offer a timely reminder to his doubters of his talent.Lucas Moura did restore parity late on, much to the delight of the travelling away support, but the Camp Nou natives once again headed home without seeing their side come unstuck.Within Barca’s record-matching run, they have won 26 games and been held on three occasions.They now stand alongside Bayern at the top of that particular chart, with the Bundesliga outfit having completed a 29-match run of their own at the Olympiastadion in April 2002.Ousmane Dembele Barcelona 2018-19Ernesto Valverde’s side will have the opportunity to set a new benchmark when they take to the field in the last 16.They will discover their opponents for that encounter when the draw is staged on December 17.It could be that they face further Premier League opposition, but that should hold no fear for the La Liga champions.Barca have faced English foes on 31 occasions at Camp Nou since the start of the 1976-77 campaign. They have lost just one of those fixtures.Liverpool are the only side to have left with a victory to savour, with a memorable 2-1 triumph secured in February 2007.The Reds finished second in Group C this season, courtesy of a dramatic 1-0 victory over Napoli on the final matchday, so could be paired with Barca once more.Manchester United also appear set to finish as runners-up in Group H, although they could still snatch top spot from Juventus on Wednesday.last_img read more

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SPORT-IND-LUNCH-BOARD (RPT)

first_imgChennai, Dec 18 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on day three of Chennai, Dec 18 (PTI) Scoreboard at lunch on day three of the fifth and final cricket Test between India and England here today. England 1st innings: 477India 1st innings: Lokesh Rahul not out 89 Parthiv Patel? c Buttler b Ali71 Cheteshwar Pujara not out 11 Extras(LB-2) 2Total (For 1 wicket in 48 overs) 173 Fall of wickets: 1-152.Bowling: Stuart Broad 9-2-26-0, Jake Ball 8-0-24-0, Moeen Ali 15-1-53-1, Ben Stokes 2-0-12-0, Adil Rashid 8-0-37-0, Liam Dawson 6-1-19-0. PTI ATK ATKlast_img

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Tata Hexa vs Toyota Innova Crysta

first_imgTata Motors have finally launched the all new Hexa SUV in India. With its introductory price of Rs 11.99 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi), it seems that Tata Motors have got an edge over its rivals, Mahindra XUV500 and Toyota Innova Crysta. While we have already compared the new Hexa with the XUV500 , this time we compare it with the segment leader, Toyota Innova Crysta. Let’s see how the new car fares against the ‘King of SUVs’.ALSO READ: Tata Hexa launched in India at Rs 11.99 lakhALSO READ: Toyota Innova Crysta launched in Mumbai; prices start at Rs 13.84 lakhPrice: Model     Variant      Price (ex showroom, New Delhi) Tata Hexa     XE 4×2 MT         Rs 11.99 lakh  XM 4×2 MT         Rs 13.85 lakh  XMA 4×2 AT         Rs 15.05 lakh  XT 4×2 MT         Rs 16.20 lakh  XTA 4×2 AT         Rs 17.40 lakh  XT 4×4 MT         Rs 17.49 lakh    Toyota Innova Crysta    2.4 G MT Rs 13.95 lakh  2.4 GX MT Rs 14.84 lakh  2.4 VX MT    Rs 17.68 lakh  2.4 ZX MT    Rs 19.63 lakh  2.7 GX MT     Rs 13.72 lakh  2.7 GX AT     Rs 14.83 lakh  2.7 VX MT     Rs 16.56 lakh  2.7 ZX AT    Rs 19.62 lakh  2.8 GX AT     Rs 16.14 lakh  2.8 ZX AT     Rs 20.93 lakhDesign:Hexa: The Hexa utilizes the new age design philosophy at Tata Motors. This means that it comes with the new IMPACT design philosophy which has been endowed onto the Tiago as well. The designers have tried to infuse a lot of muscle into the Aria. The front end looks sporty thanks to the new headlamps, chrome embellishments and the clamp on bonnet. In profile the 19in wheels add to the rough and tough look. Adding to it are the plastic claddings. At the back too new wraparound tail lamps infuse a certain character to the new Hexa.advertisementTata Hexa interior. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Tata Hexa vs Mahindra XUV500Innova Crysta: First and foremost the Innova sports a completely new design which makes this people mover look very aggressive and masculine. Up front there is a lot of chrome on the grille and to spice up things, the Innova now gets automatic projector headlamps. The large front bumper also gets a housing for the fog lamp and turn indicator.Toyota Innova Crysta interior. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Engine:      Tata Hexa     Toyota Innova Crysta Displacement     2.2 litre    2.4 litre/ 2.8-litre Max. power     148 bhp@4000 rpm    148 bhp@3400 rpm/ 172 bhp@3400 rpm Max. torque     320 Nm    343 Nm/ 360 Nm Transmission     5-speed MT/ 6-speed AT    5-speed MT/ 6-speed AT Mileage     18.00 Kmpl    15.10 Kmpl/ 14.29 Kmpl Fuel Tank     60- litres    55-litresFeatures:Hexa: The Hexa also comes with a fantastic 10 speaker audio system which offer mind boggling sound quality. The Hexa is also truly feature-rich. Be it six airbags, AWD tech or mood lighting and cruise control, the Hexa has it all. It will also be available with six or seven-seater options. Needless to say, space is the least of the worries of a Hexa passenger.Tata Hexa. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Toyota sets the bar high with Innova CrystaInnova Crysta: The driver-friendly instrument panel features a 3D design combination meter with 4.2″ TFT Multi Information Display which allows the driver to access a multitude of information related to vehicle, in-car entertainment, navigation & warnings. The display is positioned optimally allowing the driver to easily access monitor vehicle information while driving.Toyota Innova Crysta. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Dimensions:      Tata Hexa     Toyota Innova Crysta Wheelbase      2850mm     2750 mm Length     4788mm    4735 mm Width     1903mm    1830 mm Height     1791mm    1795 mm Ground Clearance     200mm    167 mmColors:The all new Tata Hexa is available in five color options- Arizone Blue, Platinum Silver, Pearl White, Tungsten Silver and Sky Grey.ALSO READ:Tata Hexa First Drive ReviewThe Toyota Innova Crysta comes in 6 different color option- Garnet Red, Avant Grande Bronze, Super White, Silver, Grey and White Pearl Crystal Shine.last_img read more

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District officials taking steps for holding jallikattu

first_imgMadurai, Jan 21 (PTI) With the Tamil Nadu Governor approving the jallikattu ordinance, district officials today started making arrangements for the bull taming sport to be held at Alanganallur, 14 km from here, tomorrow. However, those staging protests said they would continue with the agitation till a permanent solution is found.Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has approved the jallikattu ordinance and the bull taming sport will be held at Alaganallur in Madurai and other parts of the state tomorrow, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had announced.The Chief Minister will inaugurate jallikattu at Alanganallur at 10 am. Speaking to reporters after holding talks with police and other officials, District Collector K Veera Raghava Rao said 27 medical teams have been formed to examine the bulls that would take part in the sport. A total of 2500 police personnel would be deployed on security duty, comprising two-tier system, he said. In addition to this, fire service and medical personnel to provide treatment for people taking part, who might suffer injuries, would also be sent to the jallikattu venue. Some bull owners said they would not allow their bulls to participate. However, some jallikattu enthusiasts said they were ready to face the bulls. Barricades were being set up for the spectators and also enough safety arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incidents, officials said. Those participating in protests in Madurai, amid rains, said that they would continue with the agitation till a permanent solution was found. However, some of them expressed happiness over the arrangements made for conduct of jallikattu. A section of the jallikattu organisers wondered about the effectiveness of the ordinance. They also said arrangements for the sport was being made suddenly according to emerging situations and wondered whether they were really good and safe. “Even if the chief minister comes, it is doubtful if jallikattu will be held with the present mood among the protesters,” said an organiser. DIG Anand Kumar Somani has rushed to Alanganallur to personally oversee security arrangements. Meanwhile, the people of Avaniapuram have sought permission for holding jallikattu on January 25. Earlier, the Madurai district administration had said it is fully prepared to hold the bull-taming sport at Alanganallur, which is famous for conducting jallikattu events. PTI SSN BN RGadvertisementlast_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund sign teenage striker Alexander Isak from AIK Solna

first_imgBorussia Dortmund on Monday signed Swedish teenage striker Alexander Isak from Swedish football club AIK Solna on a long-term contract, pipping several clubs to capture one of the brightest talents in European football.Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement: “Alexander Isak is a hugely talented striker who many top clubs in Europe wanted to sign.”We are delighted that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund. Both us and the player himself are convinced that this transfer has great potential.”Due to the fact that Isak, 17, is still a minor, the completion of the transfer still requires special approval by world football’s governing body FIFA, which all parties expect to receive very soon, Dortmund said in their website.Isak made his debut for Swedish runners-up AIK Solna at the age of just 16 and has since scored 13 goals in 29 competitive appearances.A few weeks ago, he made his full international debut for Sweden and broke the 104-year-old record set by Erik Dahlstrm as the youngest player to score for the “Tre Kronor” aged 17 years and 113 days.Eight-time German champions Dortmund didn’t give details on the transfer fee but according to media reports, it could be above $10 million.last_img read more

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Rongali: Promoting Assam?s tourism, diverse culture

first_imgBy Durba GhoshGuwahati, Feb 5 (PTI) Rongali, a three-day festival promoting tourism and showcasing the essence of Assams diverse culture is a concerted effort to create a niche in the countrys annual tourism festival circuit attracting people from across the country and abroad, the organisers say.The festival is showcasing traditional houses, food, music, dance, lifestyle of the different local communities such as Bodo, Mising, Karbi Dimasa, Tiwa, Sonowal Kachari, Singpho, Deuri, Tai Phake, Thengal Kachari, Ahom, Bhatia and others.Around 35 colourful dance forms, mask-making workshop from Samaguri Sattra in Majuli, Mati Akhara, Bhaona, Bihu workshop, musical performances and photography exhibitions are some of the major highlights of the festival.The festival also aims to develop the Brahmaputra riverfront as a major centre for aero-sports with enthusiasts from all over the country participating in parasailing, paramotoring, hot air-modelling.Ten pilots from across the country are participating in the event to popularise Assam as a destination for adventure sports, said the festivals chief organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta.Another attraction is the traditional Dragon Boat race or Naokhela along with traditional local sports of the state in collaboration with Assam Directorate of Sports.”We also aim to make Guwahati-the hub of music with Indias best rock bands and musical talents performing each evening”, Mahanta said.Rock bands like Parikrama, Euphoria, Bollywood singer Ash King, YouTube sensation Arjun from London and North Esst talents such as Joi Barua, Zubeen Garg, Alobo Naga and Band and Indias top DJs Nucleya, Teri Miko and Zaeden are performing during the festival, which began on February 3. (MORE) PTI DG ZMN MGadvertisementlast_img read more

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