Tottenham forward Harry Kane insisted he was feeling “sharp and fit” despite a slow start to the Premier League season.Coming off a 41-goal campaign, Kane has struck just twice in five games for Spurs to begin this season, and was quiet in a 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.It has been suggested the England international needs a rest after helping his nation reach the World Cup semi-finals, having also won the Golden Boot in Russia. 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 Kane, 25, played down any concerns he was struggling with fatigue, saying he would respond against Inter in the Champions League on Tuesday.”People are always going to look for stuff, especially when you are a big part of the team and someone who is there to get the goals,” he told UK newspapers.”As a team we can all do better and as the striker you get spoken about more, but I feel sharp and fit and if I wasn’t the manager would not be picking me.”He believes in me, I believe in myself and hopefully I can score a couple of goals on Tuesday and it will be put to bed.”Kane struggled against Liverpool, unable to have an impact as Spurs fell to a second straight defeat.But manager Mauricio Pochettino dismissed any suggestions Kane would not start at San Siro.”I think we would be crazy to think different. Yes. I don’t know what you expect from me, or what you think my answer should be,” he said.”He’s one of the best strikers in the world. I don’t care that he wasn’t great [against Liverpool].”He’s going to score goals and he’s going to perform in the way we want and we expect. No problem.”
Germany defender Mats Hummels has hit out at the media and fans for disrespecting the 2014 World Cup winners.Joachim Low’s side are currently on a poor run of form and sit at the bottom of their Nations League group after failing to score against France and the Netherlands. Those bad results, combined with their worst World Cup performance since 1938 has seen the players and coaching team come under intense scrunity at home and abroad.Despite the bad results, Hummels believes that Germany’s performances have not been as bad as critics are claiming and called for understanding from the supporters. 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! “They’re attacking everything right now, it’s disrespectful in my opinion,” Hummels told Sport1. “It’s actually disrespectful of what the players are showing. It’s not that we are living somehow in the past. It is still true that we have a really good team. We have a lot of top players and usually a good national team, but we are being treated like full-time amateurs. “We have to live with that, and that will always be the case in football with the media and the fans. We have to deal with this disrespect.”It’s a mixture of bad luck and the failure to convert chances in attack, but three goals is too many. In my opinion, we have not played a bad game since the World Cup, but we did not get good results. “We did not play well and did not get good results at the World Cup. The mood in the dressing room was a bit different. We’re playing well but failing to reward ourselves, and of course we made mistakes on the goals we conceded. The big picture is not bad.”Germany can return to winning ways against France on Tuesday where a big win would actually see them move to the top of Group 1. Hummels knows that traveling to face the World Cup winners will be difficult and urged Die Mannschaft not to allow the hosts to take an early lead.”We’re playing against the reigning world champion in France, which will not be an easy task again,” the Bayern Munich defender continued.”First of all, the performance has to be right, but the result has to be right now too. We have to win in France, we can not go behind. It’s the classic case of we have to make our own luck.”France host Germany at the Stade de France on Tuesday, October 16.
Cecafa have confirmed the cancelation of this year’s Senior Challenge Cup.Kenya had been picked to host the tournament but they pulled out in the last minute. Cecafa have now confirmed that the tournament will not take place because they could not secure another host.“It is not possible to have the tournament played this year. We have tried our best to secure a new host but none is willing to. And also it will not be possible since the Caf Champions League and Caf Confederation Cup will be played in the same period. 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! “We have moved to cancel the same and will try to stage the tournament next year,” Cecafa secretary Nicholas Musonye told Goal.com in an interview.Kenya were handed the rights to stage the tournament, a year after winning it following a penalty shootout win against Zanzibar at Machakos Stadium. The regional tournament brings together over 13 countries from the region.
Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga still sees his future in the Premier League as he returns to England with the United States national team.The 23-year-old joined the Blues from New York Red Bulls in January 2016, signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge, but he has made just two appearances for the club since then.He spent 18 months on loan at Vitesse in Eredivisie before joining Ligue 1 outfit Nantes for the 2018-19 campaign, but he has quickly fallen down the pecking order after manager Miguel Cardoso was sacked and replaced by Vahid Halilhodzic. 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! Despite that he still earned a call-up to the USMNT for their upcoming friendly internationals against England and Italy, the first of which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.And Miazga – who has previously earned 10 caps for his country – is looking forward to testing himself against the Three Lions forwards and potentially proving his Premier League credentials.Matt Miazga is determined to fight for his Chelsea future! 💪Can he break into the first team? 🔵 pic.twitter.com/Hrru1awQv3— Goal (@goal) November 13, 2018“Obviously growing up, England was a powerhouse nation and they still are,” Miazga told Goal in an exclusive interview at Brentford’s training ground ahead of the clash with Gareth Southgate’s side.”For me, it is exciting to be here and face them with the U.S. national team.“The Premier League is the best league in the world so it was always a goal of mine to come here, I did that. Now hopefully I can come back here, but we will see what the future holds.”Miazga has had to make do with a place in the Nantes reserve side since Halihodzic’s arrival, leading to speculation that he could return to west London in January.But the centre-back insists he remains focused on winning his place back with the French side and is not looking to cut short his stay with the club.“I am at Nantes now until the end of the season so my main focus is to give my all until the end of the season for that club.“Obviously I need to earn my starting spot back through training and go from there. Right now, my main focus is here with the national team.“When you go from playing every game to not playing then people are going to write things and assume things. One will say this, one will say that, but it doesn’t really matter to me.”They can say whatever they want, my main focus is Nantes and to earn back my spot.”Miazga has started seven of the USMNT’s last nine matches as they continue their rebuild following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Ring the bell! It’s time for round two.After Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 on Friday in Cordoba, the two teams headed to Mendoza to face off once again in the final match of the year for both sides.The match should see each team make several changes, with players they’re hoping are the stars of the future getting a chance to shine. 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! With the next FIFA date not until March, both sides will be aiming to see out the year on a high and give their fans something to cheer about going into 2019. Game Argentina vs Mexico Date Tuesday, November 20 Time 7:00pm ET / 12:00am GMT TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States, the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) Squads & Team News Position Mexico players Goalkeepers Corona, Gonzalez Defenders Alvarez, Arteaga, Araujo, Reyes, Mier, Gallardo, Rodriguez Midfielders Guemez, Aguirre, Guzman, Duenas, Brizuela, Gutierrez, Aquino, Alvarado, Fabian Forwards Pulido, Zaldivar, Martin Guillermo Ochoa, Raul Jimenez and Miguel Layun returned to their clubs in Europe after taking part in the first match, while Queretaro defender Hiram Mier has been added to the roster with Nestor Araujo leaving due to an injury.Hirving Lozano and Jesus Angulo were both called up to the roster initially but withdrew because of injuries.Mexico XI: Ochoa; Duenas, Dominguez, Alvarez, Arteaga; Aguirre, Guzman, Gutierrez; Brizuela, Martin, Aquino. Position Argentina players Goalkeepers Romero, Marchesin, Gazzaniga, Rulli Defenders Mercado, Tagliafico, Foyth, Mammana, Acuna, Funes Mori, Kannemann, Saravia Midfielders Paredes, Pereyra, Meza, Ascasibar, De Paul, Lamela, Lo Celso, Cervi, Vaquez, Gimenez Forwards Icardi, Correa, Simeone, Dybala, Martinez Argentina’s interim manager Lionel Scaloni is set to make eight changes, with one of the most interesting being Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli likely getting the start instead of usual No.1 Sergio Romero.Lionel Messi, meanwhile, continues to be absent from the squad and has now not featured for his country since their World Cup last-16 defeat to France.Argentina XI: Rulli; Mercado, Funes Mori, Kannemann; Meza, De Paul, Ascacibar, Acuna, Pereyra; Lamela, Icardi.Match Preview After a 2-0 Argentina victory over Mexico on Friday, the two teams meet again to close out the 2018 international calendar.There will be different lineups, with both interim managers looking to give opportunities to players who didn’t see much time in the first match between the two teams. Mexico’s caretaker boss Tuca Ferretti has tried to give opportunities to young players, though those efforts have been somewhat stifled by injuries.Still, with four Europe-based players heading back to join their clubs there will likely be plenty of minutes for players like Pachuca midfielder Victor Guzman and Santos Laguna defender Gerardo Arteaga.Argentina, meanwhile, will keep a few players in the starting XI from the last game but will also give youth a chance.Midfielder Santiago Ascacibar is set to get a chance from the start, along with centre-back Walter Kannemann, who many players on Mexico’s team will know from his time with Atlas. The 27-year-old is seeking just his third cap but is coming off a strong Copa Libertadores campaign with Gremio.There may be a place in the lineup for Inter forward Mauro Icardi and Tottenham winger Erik Lamela, who is looking to nab a spot on next year’s Copa America squad after a long injury absence kept him out of the national team.
HTC after announcing their U series smartphones – U Ultra and U Play earlier this year, the company is now working to launch another device called the HTC One X10. Well, this is surely not the first time that you must be hearing about the smartphone, as there have been several speculations making rounds on the web about this HTC phone. However, unlike the previous rumours, a new leak reveals a few specifications of the upcoming HTC One X10.A popular and a trust worthy tipster, Evan Blass on his Twitter handle posted a poster on the HTC One X10, which read as follows: “HTC One X10” the next line mentions, “big style meets” followed by, “bigger battery”. This newly leaked poster clearly indicates that the upcoming HTC smartphone will sport a much bigger battery than any other HTC device. Further, the HTC One X10 is going to boast a very classy design module.You can see the leaked poster above in the story.pic.twitter.com/1LGgdxdtaY- Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 12, 2017Several media reports suggests that the HTC One X10 is going to be the successor to the previously launched HTC One X9, which was priced at Rs 20,000. This being said, the upcoming HTC One X10 is going to be of a much higher price tag that its predecessor.In terms of the specifications, the HTC One X10 is going to come packed with a fingerprint scanner at the rear panel. Further, the smartphone is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display and will be powered by a 2.2 GHz MediaTek 6755 Helio P10 chipset.advertisementAlso Read: HTC U Ocean with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Edge Sense to launch in AprilThe previous leaks suggests that the HTC One X10 is going to pack 3GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of internal storage unit, which can also be expanded via an external microSD card. On the camera front, the smartphone as the rumours suggest will come with a 16-megapixel rear camera, while on the front will fit an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. No further details about the launch, availability or the price has been revealed as of now. However is tipped to launch in the next quarter.
Even as the Supreme Court rendered N Srinivasan ineligible to attend ICC meeting as BCCI representative, confusion remained over the Tamil Nadu strongman’s participation in today’s Special General Meeting to discuss a five-point agenda.The Supreme Court has named joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri as the two representatives at the ICC Annual General Meeting on April 27 and 28.”I don’t think there is anything that stops me from attending the SGM. But since you are asking me whether I am attending tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) SGM, it is because you want a headline. You won’t get it from me,” Srinivasan said.Meanwhile, the SGM will now have a five-point agenda after the Supreme Court clarified on BCCI’s representatives.”The primary discussion will be on ICC Governance and Revenue structure. The pending legal issues and appointment of ombudsman will also be discussed,” a BCCI official said.The Committee of Administrators had asked the Supreme Court to nominate a BCCI representative at the ICC. It had also asked to clarify whether office bearers disqualified by the Lodha Committee’s recommendations could return as representatives of state associations or the BCCI.COA filed the application after former BCCI president Srinivasan and secretary Niranjan Shah attended the meetings ahead of the special general body meeting of the BCCI.Earlier, the crucial BCCI SGM was adjourned on April 2 as the board awaited the Supreme Court’s verdict on the eligibility of the members who could be present in the meeting.The meeting will start at 5 pm in the evening.advertisement(With inputs from IANS)
Chandigarh, Apr 18 (PTI) The session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha will be held on May 4.A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the state cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, an official spokesman said.The cabinet also approved new Haryana Police Service Rules, 2017 for the non-gazetted posts and other ranks.These rules would govern the service conditions of all ranks, including general cadre of both men and women, in all districts and ranges and of Government Railway Police, Haryana Armed Police and Commando Police Force.According to new rules, 100 per cent of the posts of inspectors would be filled through promotion from the rank of sub-inspector.In case of sub-inspector, 50 per cent posts would be filled by promotion among assistant sub-inspector and 50 per cent by direct recruitment, out of which three per cent posts would be filled from among outstanding sports persons, he said.In case of ASIs and head constables, 100 per cent posts would be filled by promotion from among the head constables and constables, respectively.Total 100 per cent posts of constables would be filled by direct recruitment out of which three per cent posts would be filled from among outstanding sportspersons, he said.As far as the age for direct recruitment of sub-inspector is concerned, the candidate should not be less than 21 years of age and not more than 27 years on the date to be specified by the commission or any other recruiting agency, he said.In case of constable, the age should be between 18 and 25 years. PTI VJ KISadvertisement
Andrew Tye was warming the benches in his first two seasons in the Indian Premier League but the Australia paceman grabbed his chance when it came along, taking five wickets including a hat-trick on debut to set up a first win for the Gujarat Lions in the ongoing 10th edition of the league.The 30-year-old Twenty20 specialist was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad in 2015 and was then picked up by Gujarat in 2016 but spent both editions sitting in the dugout waiting for his maiden opportunity in the cash-rich tournament.Tye’s opportunity finally arrived in the winless Lions’ home game at Rajkot against the Rising Pune Supergiant, who are led by Australia captain Steve Smith.Tye finished with match-winning figures of 5/17 as his side registered their first points of the 2017 season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win in their third match.Reflecting on his performance, Tye told India Today that he was nervous before his debut match.”I was nervous ahead of my IPL debut. I had a dream start to my IPL career. I was enjoying the moment,” he said.Tye struck in his first over, the sixth of the innings, to dismiss Rahul Tripathi and break a flourishing 64-run stand for the second wicket between the opener and Smith.He then picked up the big wicket of England all-rounder Ben Stokes with the first ball of his second over.Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur were out on the first three deliveries in the final over of the innings from Tye as Pune were restricted to 171/8. Gujarat then chased down the target with two overs to spare.advertisementTye also grabbed a lot of attention due to his much talked-about knuckle balls – a slower delivery which isn’t easy for the batsmen to read.He said bowling those deliveries was a difficult skill that he had mastered in England. “I learnt the knuckle ball in England and worked hard and improvised it. It is a very hard skill to learn and took me six years to master,” Tye told India Today.(Watch Boria Majumdar in conversation with Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Andrew Tye on India Today at 7:30 PM today)
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Gabriel Jesus headed the decisive equaliser as Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away to a Middlesbrough side battling for Premier League survival on Sunday.Former City striker Alvaro Negredo put Middlesbrough ahead seven minutes before halftime with a shot from the centre of the box that went in off the inside of the post.Sergio Aguero pulled City level in the 69th with a penalty hotly disputed by Boro after Marten de Roon was ruled to have brought down substitute Leroy Sane.Eight minutes later Boro went ahead again when Calum Chambers shot high into the net in a goalmouth melee after efforts from Stewart Downing and Negredo were kept out.But Brazilian teenager Gabriel Jesus, in his first start since returning from an injury layoff, had the last word with a fine header from Aguero’s cross five minutes from time to keep City in the Champions League berths.Manchester City remain on the fourth spot with 66 points, a point above city rivals Manchester United who earlier drew 1-1 against Swansea City at home.On the other hand, Chelsea took a step towards winning the Premier League title with a dominating win against Everton.(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Two-time Asia Pacific Rally champion, Gaurav Gill, is hoping to become the first Arjuna awardee from Indian motorsports after the FMSCI recommended him for the sporting honour for the second time in three years. “Yes, we have recommended him for the honour. He deserves the award and hopefully he will get it this time,” FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim confirmed to PTI. Performances of last four years will be taken into consideration before the recipients of the coveted award are picked. Gill, who won the series opener in New Zealand last week, is the reigning APRC champion and won the trophy for the first time in 2013. Performances of last four years will be taken into consideration before the recipients of the coveted award are picked by the Sports Ministry appointed committee. PTI BS BS
Whenever Lendl Simmons returns from an injury layoff he makes it count no matter which team he is playing for – West Indies or Mumbai Indians. Coming in as a replacement for Jos Buttler at the top of the order, Simmons hammered 66 off 43 balls as Mumbai Indians posted 212/3 on the board and then bowled out Delhi Daredevils for 66 to win by 146 runs and record the biggest victory margin in IPL history on Saturday.Facing one of their remaining must-win matches after having eight points from 10 games, Delhi allowed Lendl Simmons and Kieran Pollard to hit blistering half-centuries as Mumbai posted a huge total of 212/3 in 20 overs at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here.The home side’s batting was even more horrific than their bowling as they were bowled out for 66 — one run short of matching their lowest total of 67, posted earlier this edition against Kings XI Punjab on April 30. It was the third lowest total in the history of IPL — the infamy belonging to Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders last month.Simmons was playing his first match for Mumbai this season but it never looked like he was out of the team as he kept hitting the boundaries and sixes from the onset.”I think I’ve been practicing hard. I’ve been hitting the gym, keeping my fitness up, waiting for the opportunity. It came today and I took it in both hands. I’m good as a replacement player, it’s been good for me,” Simmons said after being adjudged Man of the Match at the post-match press presentation.advertisementThe 32-year-old also spoke about his experiences of batting with Parthiv Patel and Pollard, with whom he shared 79 and 37-run partnerships respectively.”Batting in the Powerplay and with Parthiv is always good. My game plan is to see off the first two overs and then back my shots. At first it was a bit slow, but dew came on, and then the shots were easy to play.”Batting with Pollard is good, we are accustomed playing together. We didn’t have a total in mind, we just had a mind towards keeping the run-rate up and not losing wickets at crucial times,” Simmons added.Mumbai are the first team to qualify for the playoffs while Delhi still have an outside chance of making it to the next stage. Mumbai will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad in an away game on May 8th, while Delhi will travel to Kanpur to play against Gujarat Lions on May 10th.
New Delhi, May 8 (PTI) India will soon boast the worlds tallest railway bridge, construction of which is on in full swing, over the river Chenab in the difficult terrain of Jammu and Kashmir.Also, the Chenab rail bridge, the crowning glory of the Kashmir rail link project, is expected to host bungee jumping and many other such exciting sport events.There will be sight seeing points, trekking routes and hotels slated to be constructed in the area to cater the tourists in the difficult terrain, railway officials said.The 1.315-km-long rail bridge at the height of 359 metre over the river Chenab, 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower, will have two stations at both ends of it.The area was inaccessible earlier and the railways have to make 22 km of roads as access path for the construction of the bridge.”We are in discussion with the Jammu and Kashmir government for development of the area as an adventure tourist spot,” said Sanjay Gupta, Konkan Railway Chairman and Managing Director.Konkan Railway is executing the Rs 12,000-crore Chenab rail bridge project.Currently, 1,400 men out of which 500 are locals, are working through the day to complete the behemoth structure by March 2019.The project is an attempt to boost tourism and it has increased employment opportunities in the state.The bridge forms the crucial link in the 111-km stretch between Katra and Banihal which is part of the Udhampur- Srinagar-Baramulla section of the Kashmir Railway project.Gupta said the 325-km-long Kashmir rail link is the most expensive stretch out of the entire 66,000-km rail line in the country.advertisementThe completion of the Kashmir rail link project will provide an all-weather and reliable connectivity to the Jammu and Kashmir state with rest of the country by rail network.The rail link will also provide connectivity by train to far-flung areas of the state which is expected to result in economic development of region.Once completed, it will be an iconic bridge and an engineering marvel of the world, said Railway Chief Engineer B S Tomar, who is involved in the project. PTI ARU KIS
New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) In a symbolic gesture to remember Mohun Bagans historic win over an English team in 1911 IFA Shield, the first ticket of FIFA U-17 World Cup will be handed to the grand daughter-in-law of the Kolkata giants then captain Shibdas Bhaduri at a ceremony here on May 15. Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol and Sports Minister Vijay Goel will hand over the ticket to Gouri Bhaduri. The official ticket sales will start at exactly 19:11 hrs on May 16, paying tribute to the year in which Indian football made history. It was the first time that an Indian football team, Mohun Bagan, defeated an English side — East Yorkshire Regiment — to win the IFA Shield., “It is apt therefore, that the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 decide to have someone with connection to the path-breaking team receive the first ticket of the first FIFA event India will host,” a release from the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup said. “On 15th May, Gouri Bhaduri, grand daughter-in-law of Shibdas Bhaduri, captain of the historic 1911 team will be handed over the first ticket by Carles Puyol and Honble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel. The ceremonial ticket would allow her family to attend any of the matches that take place across the six host cities,” it said. Project Director of the LOC for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Joy Bhattacharjya said, “On the most significant moment in Indian football, it is amazing to remember where the journey started – with Mohun Bagans historic win in 1911. This is the start of what we would like to believe ? the second revolution in Indian Football.” The FIFA U-17 World Cup will he held in six Indian cities from October 6-28. PTI PDS PDSadvertisement
Former world number one Martina Hingis said on Friday it was “amazing” that her old rival Venus Williams has reached the Wimbledon final at the age of 37.Five-time champion Williams is the oldest woman to reach the final since Martina Navratilova did it in 1994 and will take on Spain’s Garbine Muguruza for the title on Saturday.”It’s amazing,” Hingis told reporters at Wimbledon, where she is into the semi-finals of the mixed doubles. “Maybe nobody would have picked right from the start that Venus would be there in the finals. (Also read: I can win it one day, says Johanna Konta after Venus Williams setback)”But I think the longer the tournament went on, she got herself out of a couple of tough matches, tough situations and struggles maybe in the first couple of rounds, but the more the draw opened up, the more she feels like it’s her time to shine.”The 36-year-old Hingis is just three months younger than Williams but unlike the American, she now only plays doubles and mixed doubles, having last played singles on the Tour in 2007. The Swiss is also the only woman other than Serena Williams to have beaten Venus in a grand slam final, having done so in the US Open in 1997.Hingis, who won four of her six grand slam battles with Venus, said the achievement was all the more remarkable given that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, an auto-immune disease that causes chronic fatigue and muscle soreness.”It’s been a little bit of a roller-coaster for her, with her injuries, her virus (Sjogren’s) and all these issues but now it seems like she’s fine and she’s sorted it all out and she’s playing great tennis,” Hingis said.advertisementWilliams reached the final at the Australian Open in January and shows no sign of slowing down.Hingis, who won five grand slam singles titles, is happy to concentrate now on doubles. “That’s one of the reasons I don’t play singles anymore because I don’t want to put my body through the struggles any more,” Hingis said.”Doubles is not as physical. There are quick exchanges and reactions but obviously there is not as much court to cover.”
Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming predicts that this summer’s Ashes series could turn out to be “Bodyline 2″ if the pace quartet of Steve Smith’s side fire against England’s top order, which according to him is fragile.England batsmen were found at sixes and seven against the South African quicks at Trent Bridge and Fleming believes the sight of England’s top order being unsettled by pace and bounce in Nottingham only added weight to the case of Australia unleashing a four-man pace attack this summer.”If the Poms are getting bounced out in their home conditions against that South African attack, our boys … have two or three yards (of pace) on the South Africans,” cricket.com.au quoted Fleming as saying.”And they’re going to get a lot more bounce out here. This could be Bodyline 2. I know there’s fielding restrictions so we can’t go full Bodyline from 1932-33.””But I’d say Darren Lehmann would have been looking at those highlights from (Trent Bridge) and the plan would be ‘don’t be pitching too many balls up to the English top order’,” he added.More than 80 years ago, the Bodyline series was an infamous edition of the Ashes series in Australian when England pacers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce secured a series win for the tourists with a sustained attack of short-pitched bowling to a strong leg-side field, which ultimately led to a change in the laws of the game.The top order of England for the first Test at The Gabba is far from settled with skipper Joe Root and Alastair Cook only looking confirmed for their spots in the top four.advertisementAfter the remaining two Tests against South Africa, England will face West Indies for the three-Test series before they finalise their squad for the Ashes. On the other hand, Australia’s only Test series between now and the opening Test of the Ashes 2017 will come in Bangladesh in August and September.
New Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) Shreya Agrawal and para-shooter Swaroop Unhalkar returned with individual medals in their respective category in the ongoing XVII Kumar Surendra Singh (KSS) Memorial Shooting Championship here today. Shreya, who is already a part of the Indian junior national squad proved her prowess and continued her ascent to the top. The MP shooter who is based out of Gun for Glorys Jabalpur campus shot a total of 247.7 to finish ahead of Mehuli Ghosh and run away with the top honours in the youth category in the 10m air rifle competition. She then continued her form into the junior category as well winning the silver medal by shooting a total of 249, finishing behind Mehuli Ghosh. “We would like to congratulate both the shooters for this wonderful feat and their achievements that goes on to underline the quality training that GFG puts them through. It also shows the progress that each of these shooters have made and I am extremely happy to witness the way their career is shaping,” ace Indian shooter and founder director of GFG Gagan Narang said. “And who knows, they are not far for becoming champion shooters, who could very well go on to win many more medals and make the country proud.” Swaroop who trains at the GFG centre in Pune shot a total of 609.1 to finish just a point adrift of Vhora Adambhai who shot 610.3 to end second on the podium in the 10m air rifle category (Para-Shooting Standing). The Kolhapur shooter is part of the GFGs ambitious Vission 2024 Project Leap and has already represented India in the World Shooting Para Sport, in Ail Ain earlier this year. A total of 32 GFG shooters are taking part in the KSS Championship in the air rifle and pistol category. PTI AH AHadvertisement
Mumbai, Aug 18 (PTI) Priyanka Chopra was once again at the receiving end of online trolls when she donned a tricolour scarf to mark the countrys 70th Independence Day.The 35-year-old actor had posted a boomerang video on her social media accounts. She is seen sporting a stole resembling the national flag and swaying it in the air.”Independence Day #Vibes #MyHeartBelongsToIndia #HappyIndependenceDayIndia #JaiHind,” Chopra posted.But the Internet trolls started tearing into the actors choice of clothes, calling the move “shameful” and “insulting” for the country.”Whats is going on here Priyanka have some respect for national flag of India,” a user wrote.”She can wear whatever she wants but must choose some decent outfit according to occasion,” another user said.A troll wrote, “You cant defend this shameful lady who is destroying our countrys name globally.”Many, however, came forward in Chopras defence.”Whats up with people… There is nothing wrong in showing love to your country in any way u feel like…,” one wrote.One of the actors fans wrote, “Love you PC… The look suits you! And stop being hypocrites guys… Its her life, let her decide.”Chopra was recently slammed for wearing a dress during her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin. PTI RDS BDS BK
Rajkot, Aug 20 (PTI) Virendra Nanavati, Chief Executive Officer of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has been appointed as Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming Committee.Nanavati, who is also Senior VICE president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been appointed Ted Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming committee, a release issued by Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said.FINAs technical Swimming Congress took place recently in Budapest, where Nanavati was honoured for his dedication and commitment to the sport, it said.”It is a matter of pride for me as an Indian would carry such a big responsibility in FINA,” Nanavati told PTI. PTI VJA NRB BAS