Sarri fully prepared for Chelsea’s busy month ahead

first_imgSuch is Maurizio Sarri’s influence in modern football that ‘Sarrismo’ has entered Italy’s famous Treccani Encyclopedia, a tribute built on the Italian’s unwavering passion for the sport that has made him famous.That fame was built on hard work with 12 and 13 hour working days throughout the international break, with Sarri catching up on his knowledge of English football and his upcoming Europa League opponents, as his side prepare to face the challenge of two games a week in September.Many would have returned to their home country without any football in the diary for two weeks, but Sarri remained in London as he is keen to get one over his rivals in what he expects to be a testing month. 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! Chelsea prepare to face Cardiff City first on Saturday and Sarri’s liberal approach has helped him win over his dressing room quickly.His opposite number on Saturday will be a manager who is known for shouting at his players to instill fight in them, as Neil Warnock’s management style appears to be the opposite of Sarri’s. The Blues boss admits that he would rarely shout at his players, as he adds that his work load has barely dropped over the past fortnight.“Oh, if it’s necessary to gain points, yes. But I don’t think so,” Sarri told reporters. “No, I want only to see the team. I wanted only to study the team, the opponents and the match. Not other things [like Warnock’s team-talks].”If there is a pitch and there are 11 players, I feel at home anywhere. For me, my life is on the pitch with the players. For the moment, I’m really very happy to stay here. We have to play seven matches in 23 days, so I had to work.”I have seen a lot of matches, of Cardiff and PAOK, West Ham and Liverpool, so I had to work. Sometimes here, sometimes at my home. Usually long days, yes. But, for me, it’s a pleasure. I am not able to think about this as a job, like work. It’s 12 or 13 hours, but for me it’s not working.”Sarri has now settled into his house in Surry with his wife and his dog Ciro, who he says is enjoying his “very big garden”, as he looks relaxed ahead of what will undoubtedly be a more testing period than the one that saw him win his first four league games.The start to his Chelsea career has been a bit rushed, coming into the club a week after pre-season had started and having to take the team on a long haul friendly trip to Australia. Sarri’s time over the international break has allowed him to crunch numbers and he has fired a statistical warning to his player ahead of a match that they are expected to win comfortably.“Not really, because tomorrow is a very difficult game, a very difficult match,” Sarri said of Cardiff’s visit to Stamford Bridge. “I remember in my first season in Naples, the average points per match during the season was 2.28, I think.Maurizio Sarri Napoli Chievo“But the average after the international break was only 1.31 or 1.32. So I know that the matches after the break are very, very difficult. Fortunately in the last season, the average was the same: 2.4 in the season, 2.45 after the break.”Only because after the first season the players understood the difficulty of this kind of match. I’m trying to stress this number to my players. Just telling them this number. My experience in this situation.”Away from the pitch, a report in Sport BILD said FIFA intend to limit the number of loanees at major clubs. Chelsea currently have 40 players on loan and the rules would see exemptions on under 21 homegrown talent, but then enforce a limit of eight players on loan.This would lead to Chelsea needing to offload 16 players. Sarri is unfazed by the rumours and spoke about how he overlooks the progress of his players who are away on temporary moves.“Usually I have a report every week, and then I have a report every month. But I don’t know anything about the new rules of FIFA,” Sarri continued. “I don’t know. There is something similar in Italy. For example, I think Juventus have about 45 players (out on loan).”I don’t know if the major part of the loans are in the same country, but I think not. If you have young players on loan in other countries, I think it’s normal. Maybe it’s right [to complain or change the rules], but I don’t know really. I have never thought about this problem. I don’t know.”John Terry, Aston VillaMeanwhile, Sarri has reaffirmed his offer for John Terry to have an open offer for a role to be created for him in the coaching staff at Chelsea. He thinks that he can take a job within the youth teams, or straight into the first team, due to his legendary status at the club.“It’s up to him,” Sarri said. “I think that, if John prefers to start with the young players, it’s right to start with the young players. If John wants to work with my staff, it’s right that he works with my staff.”last_img read more

Klopp urges Salah to ‘be relaxed’ after slow start

first_imgMohamed Salah just needs to relax, according to Liverpool manager Jugen Klopp. The Egyptian, who eclipsed 40 goals for the Reds last season, is off to something of a slow start this term, having scored just three times in nine outings so far. Salah struggled in the club’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the weekend as well, missing a number of key chances as his side were held to a draw that saw them drop into a tie atop the Premier League table with last season’s champions Manchester City.  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 Klopp doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with his star man and believes he just needs to put aside any pressure to get back to his best. “If you play tennis and your forehand is good and the next day your forehand is not there you think, ‘What is it?’ That’s how sport works,” said Klopp.“It is about your confidence. His game is really good. His last game was really good – he was in the positions but then the last two balls were not too cool. That happens. He lost balls in those situations last year. “How do you deal with it? Be relaxed, completely relaxed, because there is no need for anything else. Completely relaxed. The quality is there and so everything is fine.”While Klopp was not willing to speak on what he’s said to Salah ahead of Wednesday’s trip to face Napoli in the Champions League, he believes there is no need to over manage a player in what he considers a “normal situation.” “There are not big talks necessary, just a completely normal situation,” Klopp said. “Even Ian Rush didn’t score 40 goals in 10 seasons, season after season. That’s not how it works.“You have to be a proper threat. As an offensive player you have to work hard. At the end of season it depends how much success we have as a team if it is successful or not. There is no personal success possible. All awards are for everyone. We do what we do best.“So in these situations going through them there is no advice, you can not give it, because the experience they make themselves. They know. ‘I didn’t score, I didn’t score, so next time I pass.’ But it is about judging the situation again.”Despite Salah’s struggles, Liverpool are off to a flying start having won six of seven to open league play and kicking off their Champions League campaign with a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Sterling double guides England to win in Spain

first_imgRaheem Sterling ended his international drought with a brace before England survived a second-half onslaught from Spain to record a stunning 3-2 Nations League victory in Seville.A Marcus Rashford goal sandwiched between a pair of finishes from Sterling had Gareth Southgate’s men 3-0 up at the break, though Harry Kane – the architect of two and involved in all three – was their leading light.Things were more one-sided due to Spain’s desperation after the interval and Paco Alcacer scored his 10th goal in six games for club and country just before the hour. 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! Sergio Ramos also found the net with a last-gasp header, but England held firm to claim their first victory in UEFA’s new competition.Spain were quick to apply pressure, but England looked promising and scored a well-worked opener 16 minutes in – Sterling blasting into the top-right corner of David de Gea’s net after Kane and Rashford had combined to put the Manchester City forward in the clear.Rashford was then the man to apply the finishing touch 13 minutes later, as he slotted home after Kane’s inch-perfect pass.Things got even worse for Spain – who had won the reverse fixture 2-1 at Wembley – just before the break.Ross Barkley’s sumptuous ball over their backline found the run of Kane, who squared across goal for Sterling to apply an easy finish.Spain unsurprisingly improved in the second half and Alcacer pulled one back shortly after his arrival in the 57th minute, losing his marker to head in from a corner.Jordan Pickford was then lucky to escape unpunished, as he appeared to pull back Rodrigo Moreno in the area after being robbed of possession by the Valencia forward, who was denied a goal by the goalkeeper’s last-ditch slide tackle.Ramos did find the net when heading in Dani Ceballos’ cross deep into added time, but it was too little, too late for the hosts as England successfully clinched a first away win against Spain since 1987. 3 – Spain have conceded three goals in a competitive home game for the first time ever. Confusion. pic.twitter.com/CnoWN9AvoL— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 15, 2018What it means: Kane is so much more than a strikerDespite his goals in Russia, Kane’s World Cup performances actually attracted criticism as he struggled to get involved in open play. In Seville, however, he showed just how effective he can be when dropping deep. He may not have scored, but his overall contribution was absolutely vital.Rashford breathes a sigh of reliefRashford’s finishing was in the spotlight after a couple of crucial misses in England’s 0-0 draw in Croatia last time out, but on Spanish soil he converted a key chance with ease, having already assisted his side’s opener.Ramos gets it wrongToo often Kane was able to drop into deeper without being picked up by Spain, helping him play crucial roles in England’s second and third goals. Ramos, as the defensive leader, should have ensured that was unable to happen. While he did score a late goal, it could not paper over a disappointing outing.Key Opta stats:- This was England’s first victory – and first goals – in an away match against Spain since February 1987, when Gary Lineker scored all four in a 4-2 victory.- Spain lost their first competitive home international since June 2003 against Greece, ending a run of 38 games without defeat.- This was the first time in their history Spain had conceded three or more goals in a competitive home international match.- England scored with all three of their shots on target in the opening 45 minutes – they didn’t have a single effort on goal in the second half.- Sterling’s goal was his first for England since netting against Estonia in October 2015 – ending a run of 1825 minutes and 27 games without one.- Rashford has scored three goals in his last four appearances for England – as many as he had in his previous 25.- Kane has been directly involved in 39 per cent of the 44 goals England have scored under Southgate (14 goals, 3 assists).What’s next?Spain’s final Nations League group outing in a month’s time sees them face a potentially tricky trip to Croatia, who will no doubt be eager to avenge their 6-0 drubbing in Elche last month. On the same day, England will face United States in a friendly, preparing for their last group game at home to Zlatko Dalic’s men on November 18. read morelast_img read more

Xhaka: Arsenal firming for top four

first_imgGranit Xhaka believes a renewed collective spirit will assure Arsenal a top four finish in the Premier League this season.The Swiss international was prominent as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Liverpool, moving to a 14-game unbeaten streak.Xhaka credits the arrival of Unai Emery as a major factor in their revival, both on and off the pitch. 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! Emery said Arsenal is closing in on the rest of the Premier League’s top sides, and the midfielder agress.”Each game we know what we do,” he said. “We know the opposition well, where they are good and where they are not. He (Emery) is important. He helps us, not only me but all the players, with the small things. The tactical things. You can see that on the pitch.”A lot of small things have changed. We have great character. If you are 1-0 down for example against Liverpool, we come back and it’s not the first time.”We knew we would not lose this game because we were so good and showed that character again. If you see this game, you can see we are ready for the top four.”According to Xhaka, another factor is Lucas Torreira. Having arrived from Sampdoria this season, the Uruguayan midfielder has adjusted quickly and is a partner to the 26-year-old.”Every game is better and better,” Xhaka said. “He is so important. He knows when to go and when to stay. He brings good balance between offence and defence.”I think we can be happy with our performance. We know Liverpool have a good team but we gave everything and we showed a great game. In my opinion we were the better team.”Arsenal are currently in fifth place, one point behind fourth-place Tottenham and four points behind Liverpool and Chelsea.Next up is a Europa League clash with Sporting CP before a return to Premier League play against Wolves.last_img read more

Kamal Haasan unveils first look poster of Vishwaroopam-2

first_imgChennai, May 2 (PTI) Actor Kamal Haasan today released the first look poster of his sequel Vishwaroopam 2, on his Twitter handle. “With love my country and its people 7:04 PM – 2 May 2017,” he said, releasing the poster. Haasan appears in a bright blue suit against the backdrop of India Gate in the poster. Sporting bandages on his chin and near the left eye, he stands with the national flag fluttering over him and his right hand placed over his heart as if taking a pledge. The poster has kindled curiosity among fans on how racy and action packed the movie will be if the first-look appearance of the actor was any indication. While the release date has been speculated for quite some time by the fans, the actor in the poster just said “tarteting release 2017.” The movie is written and directed by Kamal Haasan and it is being produced by the actors production house Raajkamal Films International. The Tamil letters indicating Vishwaroopam has been written in the style of Urdu. “Happy to announce: Today 7pm Vishwaroop 2 Hindi first look poster & Vishwaroopam Tamizh Telugu 1st look posters release Exclusively for you,” he had tweeted earlier in the day. Vishwaroopams earlier part had witnessed trouble during release in view of objections by some sections of people. PTI VGN BNlast_img read more

World Cup finalists Australia, New Zealand end ICC Champions Trophy campaign without a single win

first_imgWorld champions Australia were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy on Saturday after losing to England by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern scoring system in their must-win game of the Group A clash. Interestingly, another 2015 World Cup finalist New Zealand also suffered a similar fate when they were shown the door by Bangladesh on Friday. Both the World Cup finalists ended their campaign without a win.Needing victory to book their place in the last four, Australia registered a fighting 277/9 against the hosts. In reply, England were jolted early but a 159-run stand between captain Eoin Morgan (87) and centurion Ben Stokes (102 not out) ensured the Three Lions remained unbeaten with six points from three matches.The two-time champions Australia lacked game time before coming into the contest as they batted only 25 overs in the first two games. Both their matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh were washed out.Since clinching a second straight Champions Trophy title in 2009, the Australians haven’t won any of their six games in the tournament across two editions, held in England and Wales in 2013 and 2017.AP PhotoEarlier, Bangladesh swept to one of the biggest wins in their history as Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan both hit centuries to secure a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in a potential decider for a place in the Champions Trophy semifinals.The two batsmen shared a national-record partnership of 224 runs as Bangladesh finished on 268-5 in 47.2 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 265-8 in 50 overs.The pair came together with tournament outsider Bangladesh in deep trouble on 33-4 and took their team to the brink of victory on 257-5. It was a record Bangladesh partnership for any ODI wicket and the third highest fifth-wicket ODI partnership for any team.advertisementMahmudullah hit a 107-ball undefeated 102, with eight fours and two sixes. Shakib scored 114 with 11 fours and one six off 115 balls before he was bowled by Trent Boult.Sixth-ranked Bangladesh advanced to the semifinals with three points in Group A, one more than Australia. New Zealand were out of the tournament with one point from three games.The English will likely play either Pakistan or Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh set for a match against the winners of South Africa-India at The Oval on Sunday.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix for sixth time

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix continued unabated on Sunday as he won the race for a sixth time and slashed Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One championship lead to 12 points.After watching Ferrari sweep to a one-two finish two weeks ago in Monaco, Mercedes hit back with a dominating display as Hamilton cruised to his 56th career win, a leisurely 19.7 seconds in front of team mate Valtteri Bottas.It was Hamilton’s third victory of the season and also his third in a row at the sun-bathed but windswept Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.”I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago and to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special,” said Hamilton, who also started from pole for the sixth time in Canada.”I really have to thank my team for making this possible. The guys back at the factory have worked so hard to really fix what we had in the last race, bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris. I’m over the moon.”The Briton might have cut Vettel’s lead further if not for an inspired charge by the German who fought his way to fourth after a damaged front wing forced a pitstop and dropped him to the back of the field early on.Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third, for the third race in a row, to complete the podium.That gave his team something to cheer after young Dutchman Max Verstappen had his race come to a premature end with mechanical problems while running second and challenging Hamilton for the lead.advertisementForce India enjoyed a great weekend in Canada with Mexican Sergio Perez taking fifth ahead of French team mate Esteban Ocon, who was not happy at the finish.”Obviously, we’re not the quickest car on the track at the moment but we’re managing to put it together on a Sunday,” said Ricciardo. “It’s nice obviously. Max had his problems today, I’m sure he would have been up there as well.”We’ll try to get both cars on the podium soon.”CLEAN STARTHamilton, starting from pole for a sixth time, got off to a clean start but behind him there was the usual Montreal first lap chaos.Vettel, starting alongside, got caught in a sandwich as Bottas shot past him on one side and Verstappen on the other, clipping the German’s front wing.”I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that’s how we finished and what is done is done,” said Vettel.”Looking back at the start, Bottas and I were trying to go from the inside when Max came around but these things can happen.”Then, with the safety car on track I did not realize that the damage to the front wing was as bad as it actually was, we only noticed it at full speed.”Canadian teenage rookie Lance Stroll answered some of his critics by scoring his first points in Formula One for Williams, crossing the line in ninth place to the cheers of a sell-out home crowd.It has been a difficult debut for Stroll, the son of one of Canada’s richest men, who has had some sharp criticism for his modest results.But the 18-year-old showed his skill to become the first Canadian not named Villeneuve to score points in a Formula One race.Ferrari’s late great Gilles Villeneuve, after whom the Montreal circuit is named after, won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978 while his son Jacques was the 1997 world champion.”It’s just special. It feels so good in so many ways,” said Stroll. “It’s been a tricky beginning of the season, we’ve known that we’re capable of doing it but there’s just been so much stuff in the way of being able to just get points.”There was yet more disappointment for Fernando Alonso and McLaren when the double world champion’s engine gave up yet again two laps from the finish.McLaren remain the only team yet to score a point.last_img read more

Datsun redi-GO with 1.0L engine to launch in India on July 19

first_imgAccording to reports, Datsun will launch a bigger 1.0L engine for the redi-Go in India, most likely on July 19. The new redi-GO will get the same 1000cc engine that is in the Renault Kwid. Moreover, the company is also mulling to launch an AMT version of the redi-GO with the 1.0L engine by end of this year.The redi-GO, launched in June this year, has proved to be a live-safer for Renault’s sister company, Datsun in India. Datsun has the Go, Go+ and redi-GO in its portfolio in India. With cumulative sales of around 2300, the redi-GO has helped Datsun make its mark in the small car segment, and with the new engine, the company is obviously going the Renault-way. Renault, too, launched the Kwid with a 1.0L engine post launch of the 800cc. Later on, the company introduced the Kwid with an AMT version for the 1.0L engine, which is also Datsun’s plan for India.Datsun redi-GOEngine:The redi-GO will get the same 999cc engine that is in the top-end model of the Kwid, minus the AMT gearbox. With a maximum power output of 67 bhp and maximum torque of 91 Nm, mated to the same 5-speed manual transmission. Like the Kwid 1.0L, the redi-GO 1.0L will also be available only for the top end version.Design:The Datsun signature grille sits proudly up front and the swept up headlamps look unique too. In profile the sharpness of the design is evident. Under the skin though the platform has been heavily modified. As a result the redi-GO sports a wheelbase of 2,430mm which is 70mm shorter than the Kwid.advertisementDatsun redi-GOAt the same time it is higher and offers marginally more ground clearance at 185mm. It is also shorter than the Kwid and overall designers inform us that the redi-GO is nine per cent smaller than its sibling, the Kwid.Features:Inside the Datsun brings a breath of fresh air. The dash is smart and offers plenty of cubby holes to place knick knacks. The dash is smart to look at and the controls are within easy reach of the driver. However thanks to the low cost, quality of plastics is not good. The instrument panel comes straight out of the Micra Active and is dominated by a large speedo.Datsun redi-GOA small digital readout tells drivers about trip, fuel level and rpm along with other tell tales. The driving position is slightly high up and view ahead is clear to the driver. At the back there is space for two and the third one is a bit of a proverbial squeeze.Competition:The Datsun redi-GO competes against the likes of Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki 800, Tata Nano and Hyundai Eon in the market.Price:We expect the Datsun redi-Go to be slightly higher than the current top-end model. It could be priced at around Rs 3.9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Datsun redi-GOALSO READ:Datsun GO and GO+ special edition launched in IndiaALSO READ:Gujarat-based diamond merchant gifts 1200 Datsun redi-GOs to his employeesALSO READ:Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO Sportlast_img read more

Younis Khan donates ‘10,000-run milestone bat’ for educational cause

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan has donated his bat with which he crossed 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, as well as the Award money of Rs. 10 million he received from the Prime Minister to The Citizen Foundation (TCF).The 40-year-old revealed he had earlier decided that whenever he reaches 10,000 runs, he would auction his bat to the organisation.Younis also donated Rs. 10 million, which he as well as each member of the Pakistan squad received for winning Champions Trophy.In a reception held by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after returning of the cricket team with the winning Champions trophy, each squad member of the team was awarded Rs. 10 million.”I had promised TCF that whenever I score 10,000 runs, I will donate the bat to them and here I am fulfilling my promise. I have also decided to donate the Rs. 10 million to TCF announced by the PM as soon as I receive them,” the Express Tribune quoted Younis, as saying.While speaking at a ceremony where he donated his bat, Younis said that he was ecstatic to contribute to the TCF’s mission of educating children.”I am happy to be associated with the TCF for the good cause of education, as nations thrive through education. We all should work for this cause to whatever extent we can. A single person’s kindness can do wonders for the children,” he said.Revealing plans about his future association with cricket, Younis said that he is looking forward to work with and for people who know how to respect an individual.advertisement”I have decided to work where giving respect is a norm. 10,000 runs are not scored in the air; there is a hard behind it. It is a product of more than 30 years. I don’t ask for money to go to any event; I came here for free and will continue doing charity work in future,” he added.In April, Younis became the first Pakistani cricketer and 13th in the history of Test cricket to cross the 10,000-run landmark during a Test series against West Indies.last_img read more

Grameen Marathon kick-started in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) The Union Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports organised the first Grameen Marathon for the rural youth here today, which attracted 11,000 participants.Arjuna awardee and ace badminton coach Pullela Gopichand flagged off the marathon from Nizampur village in Northwest Delhi. He encouraged the young participants saying this platform would bring forward the hidden talent in rural areas.Gopichand termed the event “a unique initiative” by the sports ministry headed by Vijay Goel.The event was also attended by BJP MPs Udit Raj and Maheish Girri.More such marathons will be organised in Delhi, according to a press note from the ministry.Goel had earlier said that such initiatives would go a long way in providing a platform to talented youngsters to represent India.”A major chunk of our players come from rural and tribal regions and hence it is vital for us to organise such sporting events that help them grow and provides us chance to train them further so that they represent India,” Goel had said.The first three position holders received a prize money of Rs 21,000, Rs 11,000 and Rs 5,000 respectively in each category (Boys and Girls) along with 10 consolation prizes. PTI AG VIT SMNlast_img read more

Will be on the tour for a long time: Maria Sharapova

first_imgRussian tennis star Maria Sharapova has insisted that she has many years ahead of her on court if she remains fit and healthy.After suffering a number of early exits, Sharapova recently won her first title since making her return to tennis in April following a 15-month doping ban.The Russian tennis star defeated Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) on Sunday to win the women’s singles title in Tianjin.The victory boosted her world ranking to 57 and she still has every chance at qualifying for the Australian Open in January – where former world number one Williams also plans on making her return after she gave birth last month.”If strength and health are there, I will still be on the tour for a long time,” Sport24 quoted Sharapova said on court after her first round exit at WTA Moscow this week.”You can see my love for the sport. I am trying to improve and win. Me and Serena have many years ahead of us,” she added.The five-time Grand Slam champion admitted that she had to struggle to get full-match fitness after 15 months on the sidelines.”I had a difficult period due to the ban,” she said.”And then physically, it’s always difficult to get used to the routine of matches and practice sessions again if you didn’t do it for a long time,” she added.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Brazil beat Mali 2-0 to finish third

first_imgBrazil profited from Mali’s horrible defensive lapses to finish with a 2-0 win and take the third place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata on Saturday.After a goalless first half, Alan scored in the 55th minute, before substitute Yuri Alberto widened the margin two minutes from the end of regulation time of the third-fourth play-off watched by more than 56,000 spectators at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.This is the second time the Selecao boys have finished third after the inaugural edition in 1985 in China.FT | #FIFAU17WCPLAY-OFF FOR THIRD PLACE????Brazil 2-0 Mali????Alan & Yuri Alberto on target to clinch third for the South American champions pic.twitter.com/uPbXVVruuL- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 28, 2017Alan broke the deadlock by capitalising on an incredible howler by Mali goalkeeper Youssouf Koita. The midfielder snatched the ball from Mammadou Samake and set off on a solo run, before unleashing a rasping grounder from the top of the box.Koita was in line to block the shot, but failed to hold on to the ball, which went in between his legs, to the utter disbelief of the Mali reserve bench. Koita himself seemed stunned, and wept inconsolably after the game was over.Alberto, who replaced Lincoln in the in the 74th minute, then made the scoreline 2-0 by latching on to a pass from Brenner inside the box and then let go a right footer virtually unchallenged. A Mali defender standing close by failed to read the situation and Koita was helpless.advertisementMali, however, had seemed much more thrustful in the first half, carrying out a number of fast raids into the opponent citadel. In contrast, three-time champions Brazil looked lacklustre and lacking in motivation, despite having more possession.The likes of Alan and Marcos Antonio tried to cut through the Mali defence, but could not make much headway.The only clear chance that Brazil got in the first half was in the 19th minute when Lincoln dribbled past a few defenders to chip the ball for the hardworking Paulinho inside the box. Paulinho set up Marcos Antonio who shot wide.At the other end, Boubacar Haidara took a firm shot, which was punched out of harm’s way by Brazil custodian Gabriel Brazao. The Brazil shotstopper had a very good game, saving his team’s downfall on a number of occasion. Brazao played consistently well throughout the tournament, and is one of the strong contenders of the golden gloves award.Mali got some more scoring opportunities, but somehow failed to finish.Salam Jiddou was once off-target, while on another Brazao tipped over his right footer for a corner. Jiddou, always active, later set up Mohamed Camara, but the latter missed the mark.The second session saw Brazil taking more initiatives, and close to the hour mark, Paulinho set up Brenenr, who muffed up the chance. The action then shifted to the other end, as Hadji Drame and Mohammad Camara’s efforts were saved by Brazao.Midway into the second half, Brazao looked dehydrated and had to receive treatment on the ground. In the very next minute, Salam Jiddou’s right-footer missed the target after Hadji Drame had done the spadework.A little later, Fode Konate crossed for Lassana N’Diaye, but Brazao saved the situation.Mali came close to scoring late in the second session, but Mahamane Toure’s header off Konate’s cross was not on target.last_img read more

Talwalkars partners Mickey Mehta

first_imgMumbai, Nov 23 (PTI) Fitness chain Talwalkars today entered into a strategic partnership with holistic health expert Mickey Mehta.Talwalkars has a national footprint of over 220 fitness centres, while Mehta has 15 wellness centres across the city, Talwalkars Better Value Fitness said in a statement.This partnership will leverage Talwalkars infrastructure to promote Mehtas wellness offerings and intellectual property and also help expand the footprint of Mehtas brand.”This partnership with Talwalkars will give me a national platform and is a first step in building a global brand footprint,” he said.Mehtas wellness offerings and branded IPs include wellness foods, nutraceuticals, fitness/sports merchandise among others.”We want to create more value through wellness foods, nutraceuticals, merchandise, digital Mickey and Mickeys IPs and services via the Talwalkars network,” Talwalkars managing director and chief executive Prashant Talwalkar said. PTI DS AA BEN BENlast_img read more

WWE superstar John Cena sued by Ford for selling 500,000 USD supercar

first_imgAmerican wrestler John Cena has been reportedly taken to court by Ford.According to TMZ Sports, Cena was sued by Ford for allegedly violating the company’s contract by selling his 500,000 USD 2017 Ford GT.As per the contract, Cena, who was picked from thousand of applicants for the opportunity to purchase the car, had agreed to keep it for at least two years, before being allowed to sell it.”Mr. Cena has unfairly made a large profit from the unauthorized resale flip of the vehicle, and Ford has suffered additional damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale,” TMZ quoted Ford as saying.In his defence, Cena told that he sold the car and other property to pay bills.However, Ford has now asked Cena to lend all the profit, which he has earned from the car flip, to the company.last_img read more

Huawei Honor Holly 4 review: Good battery life, but misses out on the X factor

first_imgHuawei sub-brand Honor has seen a pretty good response in the Indian market. One of the reasons being that the Honor brand has produced quality smartphones that work well on design and hardware in the ever so popular mid-range segment. The Holly series since its inception has been the brand’s budget offering. The newest Holly 4 changes things a little as it crosses the Rs 10,000 mark. At Rs 11,999, the phone will be going up against the likes of the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 to name a few.The Holly 4 highlights a metal finish, sturdy build, HD display, fingerprint sensor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 among other things that should satisfy budget phone users, and particularly Honor fans. But seeing as how competitive this segment has become in the recent years, we take a look at whether the specs justifies the price and whether the Holly 4 delivers what one expects from a smartphone in this segment today.Design and build qualityThe Holly series from Huawei sub-brand Honor has never been known for bringing good looking phones. Since the original Honor Holly, the company has never pushed design as a major highlight. It was more about offering decent specs at a budget price. However, the price of each successive Holly smartphone has been increasing with the Holly 4 now crossing the Rs 10,000 mark. But the design still looks familiar and dated.The front looks identical to the Holly 3 with a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display and bezels on the top, bottom and sides. You see the Honor logo on the chin, the earpiece on the top with the front camera on its right and the ambient light sensor on the left. The back looks different from the patterned rear of the Holly 3. The newest phone goes for a smooth metal-like look. Only the back isn’t one complete finish. There is a plastic outer casing and an inner metal panel where the camera, fingerprint sensor and the Honor logo can be found. The division doesn’t give it a uniform feel to it, but it looks a lot more appealing than the patterned Holly 3.advertisementThe Honor Holly 4’s design looks familiar and datedThe Holly 4 feels smooth to hold and is quite lightweight making it easy to carry around. The power button on the right is patterned to differentiate it from the volume controls just above. There are two speakers on the bottom with a microUSB port in between. Overall it’s a compact phone that feels solid rather than flimsy when you hold it.DisplayThe Honor Holly 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution. This isn’t a bright display, but you get the colours and sharpness. The app icons look good although some of them can look washed out a little. Thanks to EMUI 5, the display is largely filled with blues and whites which gives it a pleasing look.At its maximum brightness level, the Holly 4 still feels dull and doesn’t have the best visibility under bright sunlight. Watching videos on YouTube or other streaming platforms won’t give you accurate colours, but if you aren’t the nitpicking types then it won’t bother you all the much. The display will not disappoint under dim lights or absolute darkness as well.The Holly 4 feels a little lacking in display mostly because we’re now spoiled by the likes of Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4, which offer Full HD resolution. Bumping the phone to a Full HD display would have definitely earned some brownie points considering the price segment. SoftwareHuawei’s custom EMUI operating system has largely been met with negative reviews. Despite the company’s claims that its OS gets simpler and more user friendly with successive version, EMUI is still far from great. The Holly 4 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. In my experience with the device, I found the UI pretty sticky.The phone misses on that fluidity one expects when navigating through the phone. Scrolling through web pages or social media sites feels slow and isn’t as responsive to touch as I would have liked. The UI is not as smooth and responsive to the touch as you would want and there are visible lags when opening and closing apps, which can get frustrating. There’s also a lot of bloatware, which will definitely put you off if you’re looking for a more pure Android experience.EMUI 5.1 is built on blues and whites, which is what you’ll see when you look at the display. There are a number of features that come with the skin including an option to switch to an app drawer, multi-purpose fingerprint sensor that can be assigned to snap pictures, take calls, stop and alarm and more. It is also more tuned to differentiate between intentional and unintentional touches when it’s in your pocket or bag. You also get some smart options like motion control and voice control all of which can be found in Setting under ‘Smart Assistance’. I don’t mind these customisations and gestures as it makes the UI a lot more easier to use. advertisementDespite all the added customisations and features that EMUI 5 brings to the table, it still feels too cluttered and confusing to navigate compared to the more stock Android phones like the Moto G5. But if you’re a fan of Huawei’s skin then you can give the Holly 4 a look. It is also worth noting that Honor’s own 6X and 8 are priced close to the Holly 4, which provide a little more than what the latter offers.Performance and battery lifeThe Honor Holly 4 is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with an onboard storage of 32GB, but you’ll actually get roughly 23GB to play with. The device also supports a microSD card of up to 128GB.There are a few performance-related issues that can annoy you here. First of, the fingerprint reader isn’t the quickest of them out there. It is slower and less accurate than what you would expect from a fingerprint sensor in 2017. Browsing intensive websites or apps can get choppy and can start lagging quite a bit. This wouldn’t bother users if it was priced in the entry-level segment, but it is competing against the likes of Moto G5 at just above the Rs 10,000 mark so you expect it to deliver on performance. The phone performs just fine for you basic daily usage like making calls or messaging.There were also a few occasions when apps crashed for no good reason. Playing graphic intense games like Asphalt 8 will not be a smooth experience as you’ll face a lot of stuttering. The phone also starts heating up just a couple of minutes into such games. But 2D games like Super Mario Run work just fine. Gaming and video experience are let down further by poor speaker performance, which is a real shame as the Holly 4 has two of them. The bottom speakers aren’t loud enough even at the highest levels. The sound gets muddled and unclear when set on loud.Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone userA 3020mAh battery is housed inside the Holly 4 that promises up to 10 hours of 4G browsing and 12 hours of HD video playback. I found the battery to last for about 9-10 hours of usage that included 4G voice calls, music playback and videos on YouTube, and a couple of low graphic-intensive games. The battery might not sound exciting on paper, but you won’t be disappointed here. The phone should easily take you through the day and you’ll only need to charge it again before you hit the bed at night. There’s a microUSB port that will let you charge the device from zero to full in about 2 hours. Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone user.advertisementCameraIt’s getting harder and harder these days to say that budget smartphones can only offer little when it comes to photography. Cameras in a smartphone have become as much of a selling point as the design, if not more. So manufacturers should be paying more attention to the camera. But the Holly 4 is an example of the company taking the optics for granted, which is quite disappointing.The Holly 4 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Outdoor images captured by the rear camera were quite saturated. The reds were too red and the greens were too green. Indoor, the camera couldn’t get accurate whites of the walls and photos captured were noisy and dull even under good lighting. That’s disappointing since there are a number of budget phones today that have improved their camera game. XPreviousNextThere’s not a lot to brag about when it comes to the front camera as well. Selfies taken were average at best. The colours felt dull and faded, and you shouldn’t expect crisp and accurate selfies here. Most of the times the selfies will come out shaky, and you’ll find yourself having to take multiple shots to pick the clearest photo.Should you buy it?It’s becoming difficult for the Holly series to find a place in the competitive budget market. Initially, the original Honor Holly came with decent budget specs starting at Rs 8,000. But the Honor Holly 4 at Rs 11,999 feels like it’s still stuck in the past. You can now get far superior phones at Rs 12,000 like the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 that offer consumers something more. In fact, Honor’s own 6X from earlier this year can now be bought at Rs 11,999 (32GB), which features a 1080p display, dual rear cameras and a Kirin 655 processor.That’s not to say the Holly 4 isn’t without its merits. It’s got a compact yet firm build, dual speakers on the bottom, a decent 720p display and a lightweight design. But the Holly 4 doesn’t have a defining feature, something worth boasting about. Honor would have had a better chance in the offline market if the Holly 4 stayed under the Rs 10,000 price bracket.For Honor fans, the Holly 4 can be an attractive buy. Go for it if you want a phone that doesn’t quit on you before the day ends. There are some neat customisations and features that come with EMUI 5.1 that may please some. At this price, the Holly 4 is not a bad choice, but it’s also not the best you can get.Honor Holly 46.5/10Good stuffGood build qualityImpressive battery and standby timeDecent HD displayBad stuffPerformance lags and stuttersUnderwhelming camerasPoor dual speakerslast_img read more

Olympiakos Knocks Off Malaga

first_imgATHENS – For a second time, Olympiakos has put a hurting on a Spanish team in Euroleague basketball play, routing visiting Unicaja Malaga 73-55, a week after bumping off Laboral Kutxa, and going to 3-2 in the standings in its group as it tries to rebound from poor play in Greece’s domestic league.The impressive win came despite an off night from captain and star shooter Vassilis Spanoulis, who scored only two points with one basket in 15 attempts, far off his usual dead-eye form. It was left to Giorgos Printzeis and and Bryant Dunston, out of Queens, N.Y. and Fordham.The teams were tied 17-17 after before Olympiakos took a six point lead, 37-31 at the half and then began to run away with it in the third period, putting down the Big D on the Spaniards, limiting them to only 10 points, to lead 55-41.That was too big for Malaga to overcome in the final 10 minutes, especially with Dunston bombing away from three-point land, hitting five in a row, to finish with 16 points, six rebounds and his forte, blocking shots, swatting away two of them. He is still Fordham’s all-time rejections leader.While Olympiakos was regaining its style, the Greek team Panionios dropped its fourth straight in Euroleague play, falling to Red Star Belgrade, 78-66 and found itself eliminated with a fourth straight loss.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gay Collins Gets NBA Welcome

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Jason Collins has received support from everyone from his teammates to Billie Jean King since becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States’ four major professional leagues.Collins said that he’s received phone calls, texts and emails, as well as messages on Facebook and Twitter, and has been spending time “just trying to thank everyone for their support.”The 7-footer said one of the most meaningful messages was a text from King, the former tennis great“She just got back from Sochi. With all that’s happening with the loss of her mother, she was great. It was really nice to hear from her. It was very meaningful and very much appreciated,” Collins said.King and two other openly gay athletes — Brian Boitano and Caitlin Cahow — were selected for President Barack Obama’s official U.S. delegation for the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, but King delayed her trip because of her mother’s death. She attended the closing ceremony.Collins signed a 10-day contract on Feb. 23 and played 10 scoreless minutes in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. He revealed at the end of last season that he is gay, but was a free agent and had remained unsigned until the Nets needed another big man.The 35-year-old center said there have been a few “crazies” on Twitter, but added: “I’ve always done a good job of just blocking those people immediately and never responding. That’s Twitter. “As far as people who have my number, the support has been overwhelming.”Collins spoke briefly with reporters before the Nets practiced at UCLA on Feb. 25. They resume their road trip with a game at Portland on Feb. 26.At one point he was practically drowned out by the clatter of a dozen or so basketballs bouncing on the hardwood at the Student Activities Center as his teammates began warming up.It was a reminder of why Collins is with the Nets. “I’m just trying to prioritize things. Basketball right now is a priority,” he said. “Again, it’s about the plays, our calls, trying to get comfortable with just what it is the Brooklyn Nets do on both ends of the court.”Collins said he was glad things happened quickly. He was signed to a contract in the morning, attended a breakfast team meeting and then played that evening. “That way there was no buildup,” he said. “It is what it is and you can start to move on and start to focus on the basketball stuff.”For Collins, that’s doing a lot of grunt work. “Being big, using my size and strength, setting screens and going out there and hitting somebody on both ends of the court,” he said.Guard Deron Williams chuckled about Collins getting five fouls. “Jason is solid. He sets screens, plays hard, uses his fouls wisely. We were joking that he’s a professional fouler. He used five fouls wisely,” Williams said. “He did a good job.”Williams also talked about how bad Collins’ golf game is. “It’s almost like Charles Barkley. It’s pretty bad,” he said.With a need for another big man, the Nets turned to Collins, who helped them reach two NBA Finals in the early 2000s. General Manager Billy King said that it was a basketball decision.Williams agreed. “He’s another basketball player helping our team win. That’s all it is. It doesn’t matter. We’ve got so many guys who’ve known him for years, have played with him. I’ve known him. So nothing changes.”Still, Williams said the first night was a big deal.“He’s showed a lot of courage in coming out and being open with it,” Williams said. “We’re happy for him and glad to have him on board. It’s big to be a part of it. It’s definitely historic for him to come out here and play, the first openly gay athlete to play in a major sport. It’s definitely a big deal. We know there’s going to be a lot of media, a lot of questions about him every day, but rightfully so. But hopefully him doing this, and Michael Sam, eventually it will be the norm. It won’t be a big deal.”Sam is the SEC co-defensive player of the year from Missouri who recently revealed he is gay. His on-field workouts at the NFL combine in Indianapolis were on Feb. 24.Collins said it’s up to the media to decide when the story is less about him being an openly gay player and more about him just being a basketball player.“There’s only so many ways you can talk about the off-court stuff until really the focus is on basketball and how the team is doing,” he said.Asked about the pressure of being under a 10-day contract, Collins said: “I don’t think I really have to, at this point in my career, prove myself. Most of the guys know what I can do. The key thing is just being in shape, which I am.”Is he anxious? “There’s a lot in life you can worry about. That’s not one of them,” he said.(Bernie Wilson, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets Call Up Bobby Abreu, 40

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Bobby Abreu got a quick lesson in the Mets’ many uniform color combinations from an equipment guy, tried on a few belts in the clubhouse and then hugged new teammate Bartolo Colon.Always smart for 40-year-olds to stick together in the big leagues. “Good to be back,” Abreu said.The Mets called up Abreu from the minors, hoping the former star outfielder can still provide a few key hits. He wasn’t in New York’s starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.Abreu hasn’t been in the majors since 2012, when he played a combined 100 games for the Dodgers and Angels. He began spring training this year with Philadelphia, was released in late March and signed a minor league deal a few days later with the Mets.Abreu hit .395 with one homer and nine RBIs in 15 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. He batted .322 with 28 RBIs in 50 games during winter league games last offseason in his native Venezuela.Even so, he wasn’t certain whether he’d get one more chance to play in the majors at age 40. “I was hoping,” he said.Abreu will mostly come off the bench as a left-handed pinch hitter. He’ll likely get some starts soon in the outfield to stay sharp, and could see designated hitter duty in games at AL parks. “That’s pretty much what it is,” he said.With the callup to the majors, Abreu’s salary increases from $108,000 to $800,000.A former two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, he is a .290 hitter since beginning his major league career with Houston in 1996. He has also played for the Phillies and Yankees, along with the Angels and Yankees.Abreu said he’s OK with the prospect of limited time. “They’ve got a lot of young outfielders here who will play,” he said. “I just want to be prepared, stay ready for my situations and contribute.”That would be fine with Mets manager Terry Collins. “Bobby certainly brings a quality major league at-bat,” he said. “He’s certainly been an outstanding hitter.”Abreu has hit 287 home runs in the majors, along with 565 doubles and 399 stolen bases. He also had a patient plan at the plate and keen knowledge of the strike zone, something the Mets are trying to teach their hitters throughout the organization.Abreu drew 100 or more walks for eight straight seasons in the middle of his career. “That’s the mold, the approach of what we want,” Collins said. “Work the count, get a good ball to hit.”Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was a major league catcher whose career overlapped Abreu’s time in the bigs. He recalled the days when Abreu was a star-caliber player. “Be interested to see how it looks now,” Matheny said.The Mets optioned outfielder Andrew Brown to Las Vegas. He hit .185 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 at-bats.(Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more