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first_imgit easier for you to access our stories. The changes relate to: 1. The practice of sending stories in takes (1st take, 2nd take, 3rd take etc). 2. The slugs of our stories. TAKES: Under the new system, we will do away with takes, which are chronological additions to a story. Instead, we will progressively build the story starting with the usual short version of 150 to 200 words. The second story, the slug of which will be prefixed by LD (short for Lead), will be 400 to 500 words and will contain all the material of the first story. The third story (2ND LD) will be 500 to 600 words and so on. This will ensure you get a full story every time, and not truncated parts. There will now be no need to search for different takes and stitch them together for publication. Every subsequent Lead will be a complete and fully publishable story. It will carry an “Editors note” with a brief description of the new material and/or changes in the latest version. SLUGS: All PTI story slugs will be prefixed with two or three letters that will denote the state where they are originating from, or the ministries they relate to. For example: 1. A Tamil Nadu story about water shortage will be TN-WATER SHORTAGE 2. A Chhattisgarh story about a Naxal attack will be CG-NAXAL ATTACK 3. A West Bengal story relating to Mamata Banerjee will be WB-MAMATA-RALLY New Delhi-datelined stories about the central government will carry a three-letter slug that indicates the ministries or departments they are associated with. For example: 1. The external affairs ministry commenting on Pakistan will be slugged MEA-INDIA-PAK 2. The Prime Ministers Office announcing Ajit Dovals trip will be PMO-DOVAL All economic and business stories will carry the preface BIZ. All sports stories will be SPO Cabinet-related stories will be CAB Politics-related stories will be POL A full list of various slug prefaces is attached below: Slugs for the Supreme Court, high court and subordinate court stories will remain the same — SC, HC and COURT. However, this would be prefixed with the state or the Union territory. Some examples of court story slugs: SC-TRIPLE TALAQ, DL-HC-KINDERGARTEN SCHOOLS, MH-HC-DOCTORS STRIKE. For tribunal-related stories, the master slug will be TRIBUNAL like TRIBUNAL-GREEN-POLLUTION. The master slug for states/Union territories will be: 1. Andhra Pradesh AP 2. Arunachal Pradesh AR 3. Assam AS 4. Bihar BH 5. Chhattisgarh CG 6. Goa GA 7. Gujarat GJ 8. Haryana HR 9. Himachal Pradesh HP 10. Jammu and Kashmir JK 11. Jharkhand JH 12. Karnataka KA 13. Kerala KL 14. Madhya Pradesh MP 15. Maharashtra MH 16. Manipur MN 17. Meghalaya MG 18. Mizoram MZ 19. Nagaland NL 20. Odisha OD 21. Punjab PB 22. Rajasthan RJ 23. Sikkim SK 24. Tamil Nadu TN 25. Telangana TL 26. Tripura TR 27. Uttarakhand UK 28. Uttar Pradesh UP 29. West Bengal WB 1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands AN 2. Chandigarh CH 3. Dadra and Nagar Haveli DN 4. Daman and Diu DD 5. Delhi DL 6. Lakshadweep LW 7. Puducherry PD Slugs for various offices or ministries will be: The Presidents Secretariatadvertisement PREZ The Vice Presidents Office VP The Prime Ministers Office PMO The Ministry of External Affairs MEA Defence-related stories or the Ministry of Defence DEF The Ministry of Home Affairs MHA Aviation-related stories or the Ministry of Civil Aviation AVI The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting MIB The Ministry of Water Resources WAT The Ministry of Women and Child Development WCD The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare MHFW The Department of Personnel and Training DOPT The Ministry of Urban Development UD The Ministry of Railways RAIL The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports YAS The Ministry of Tourism TOUR The Ministry of Culture CUL The Ministry of Human Resource Development HRD The Ministry of Science and Technology SCI The Income Tax Department ITX The Election Commission of India EC The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence DRI The Enforcement Directorate ED The National Investigation Agency NIA The Customs Department CUST The Central or State Excise Department EXE For any clarification please call Sujit Chatterjee on PTIs national desk in New Delhi at 011-41394425. PTI SClast_img read more

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KXIP vs MI: This match reminded me of 195 we chased vs Rajasthan in 2014, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgOn a roll after registering their fifth win on the trot, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said Thursday’s 8-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab, will give the team the kind of momentum they needed heading into the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. (Amla’s 104* one of the best knocks we would ever see, says Rohit Sharma)WATCH: How WAGS inspired their cricket star husbands in IPL 2017″So hopefully we can continue our winning streak. The good thing we’ve done is focussing on one particular opposition and we are going to do that again,” he said. (Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on)Chasing a mammoth 199, Mumbai rode on destructive half centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash the hosts by eight wickets with more than four overs to spare at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here. (Also read: It was nice to get some runs, says modest Hashim Amla after 60-ball 104)”Incredible game to be part of. Something which reminded me of 2014, when we chased 190 against Rajasthan Royals in 14 overs,” Rohit said after the match.”To be able to chase this target in 15.3 overs is fantastic. The way Jos and Parthiv batted at the start was magnificent. That’s the kind of firepower we have. Parthiv is coming off a great domestic season and he’s taken that confidence into IPL. That’s the kind of start we required chasing 199.”Rohit also praised South African star Hashim Amla, who fired his maiden T20 hundred (104 not out of 60 balls) to set the tone for Kings XI Punjab’s mammoth 198/4 in the first innings.advertisement”Amla played one of the finest knocks we would ever see but we finished up really well. When we came back to the change room the talk was that the ground is small and we have the batters to do it. That was pretty evident in the first six overs,” he said.Rohit, however brushed aside any concerns with the bowlers, who were taken to the cleaners by Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell and Amla in the later part of the innings.”Not really it’s something which we have to look into. They are proven match winners and they have done it for years, even in international cricket it’s a lot of pressure, it’s always challenging. It’s just about backing them and the management does that,” he said.”They will come good. It’s just the first half of the tournament, the second half becomes crucial, the table keeps changing so you have to be on the money, you can’t lose momentum,” he added.Englishman Buttler, who struck form with a 37-ball 77, said the wicket was perfect for his kind of stroke play and more satisfying as he was desperate to get back among the runs.”Found really good touch in the tournament, been desperate to kick on, nice to put in a contribution. Striking the ball well, it’s a small ground and a fantastic wicket,” said Buttler, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match.”Luckily we won the toss, you’d think 200 was a really good score. I think today, chasing that kind of total was great for me because I could go from ball one without thinking. I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, trying too hard to score the runs. Today, when you’re chasing a big score, you can relax and play your shots. Keep a still base and do the rest,” he added.last_img read more

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Justin Bieber arrives in India

first_imgMumbai, May 10 (PTI) International pop sensation Justin Bieber arrived here today for his maiden concert in India.The 23-year-old arrived at the Kalina airport at around 1:30 AM in a chartered flight along with his crew.The singer, who was sporting a pink hoodie, rushed out of the airport, where a group of fans had gathered to welcome him, to a waiting car which took him to his hotel in Lower Parel. He was accompanied by Bollywood star Salman Khans personal bodyguard Shera.His backstage crew, along with his security team, is already stationed in the hotel.After rocking the stage in Dubai on May 6, the “Love Yourself” singer is set to perform in Mumbai today.A rage among the youth, especially teenagers, Bieber is touring to promote his critically-acclaimed album “Purpose”.Titled the “Purpose World Tour”, around 45,000 Beliebers are expected to be in attendance for the Grammy- winning singers first-ever show in India at Navi Mumbais D Y Patil Stadium.Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale said 500 security personnel along with 25 officers have been deployed to ensure proper security at the stadium, with drone cameras keeping a constant watch.Apart from local police and the singers own security detail, Salman Khans bodyguard Shera has also been roped in to ensure Biebers safety.”Harry Potter” actress Elarica Johnson will host the highly-anticipated event.The opening acts for Biebers gig include artistes such as DJ Sartek, DJ Zaeden and Norwegian DJ Alan Walker.The performances will begin at 4 PM with DJ Sartek opening the concert.advertisementBieber is getting a royal treatment during his India stay. He will be treated to cuisines representing 29 states, people close to the organisers of the tour said.After the show, Bieber is expected to attend a private yacht party with live karaoke singing.The “Cold Water” singer is expected to spend the next two days visiting New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.Bieber will be showered with custom-made presents which include an exclusive autographed sarod from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a Swarovski crystal-studded jacket by Rohit Bal and an Anamika Khanna-designed floor length chanderi silk jacket for his mother Pattie Mallett.Bieber embarked on the tour on March 9 last year in Seattle and will close it on September 24 this year in Tokyo. PTI JUR TIR BSA TIRlast_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: Sarfraz Ahmed guides Pakistan into semi-finals

first_imgPakistan rode on skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s unconquered 61 to recover from a middle-order collapse and pull off a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final Group B ICC Champions Trophy clash at Sophia Gardens here on Monday to qualify for the semifinals.Chasing 237 for a triumph, fast bowler Mohammad Amir (28 not out) showed great resolve to stitch together an unbeaten 75-run stand with Sarfraz for the eighth wicket to help his side register the win in a see-saw battle. At one point, Sri Lanka had their rivals on the mat at 162/7 but had poor fielding and dropped chances to blame for their loss.Pakistan, which chased the target in 44.5 overs, got off to a rollicking start riding young southpaw Fakhar Zaman’s quickfire 36-ball 50 but Nuwam Pradeep (3/60) put a spanner on his works by getting him out just when he was looking very good.AThe opening pair between ZamanAand Azhar Ali stitched together a 74-run partnership.Ali’s dogged (34; 50b; 2×4 1×6) came to a premature end also after Babar Azam (10; 18b; 1×4) and Mohammad Hafeez (1) failed to contribute.Pakistan lost the middle order in a hurry with seasoned campaigner Shoaib Malik (11; 20b 1×4 0x6), Imad Wasim (4) and Fahim Ashraf (15; 15b; 1×4, 1×6) not lasting long.It was down to Sarfraz to lead from the front and the 30-year old made the most of two reprieves to steer Pakistan over the line alongwith important contribution from Amir.Sarfraz was dropped twice by Thisara Perera and substitute Seekkuge Prasanna on 38 and 40 respectively, bith times off Lasith Malinga’s bowling.advertisementlast_img read more

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Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition launched in India, exclusive to Amazon

first_imgGionee launches a Virat Kohli’s Signature Edition of Gionee A1 smartphone in India today. The new version of the Gionee A1 is priced at Rs 19,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon store starting 12PM, June 27. Virat Kohli’s Signature Edition Gionee A1 is already up for pre-orders and can be booked via company’s official website. Consumers pre-booking the device will also get free Sennheiser headphones claims the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.It is noteworthy, the smartphone comes with Indian captain Virat Kohli’s signature at the rear panel, hence has a very limited stock. Gionee announced the new edition to build advanced consumer connect  and celebrate its first flagship of the year with the end consumer, says the company. It is on this occasion that Gionee decided to launch this exclusive edition that would be inscribed with Gionee’s brand ambassador and Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s signature at the back. However, this is a limited edition variant of the Gionee A1. “This limited release smartphone is a prized memorabilia for all fans of the Indian captain,” says Gionee.Also Read: Gionee A1 review: Great selfies, good battery life make it worth the priceThis special edition version of the Gionee A1 will sport all the similar features and specifications like the regular variant. In terms of specifications, the Gionee A1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. The handset further features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Gionee A1 is powered by MediaTek Helio P10 processor and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo skin on top.advertisementThe smartphone is backed by a 4010mAh battery which as we mentioned in our review that delivers a great battery back. The USP of the Gionee A1 is its camera set up, especially the front cam. The smartphone packs 16-megapixel camera sensor at the front, while at the rear backs a 13-megapixel sensor. The front camera comes coupled with dual LED flash and delivers an excellent result.Commenting on the launch of the Kohli’s version of the Gionee A1, Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO & MD, Gionee India says, “We have always been committed to reach out to every Hindustani and empower them with better selfies and bigger batteries in our world of #Selfiestan. Virat Kohli is a powerhouse of energy, style and performance and resonates perfectly with our objective. The Signature Edition Gionee A1 is inspired by greatness and crafted with perfection, just like captain Kohli’s masterstrokes. With the launch of this exclusive edition that comes with Virat’s signature, we are extremely elated to reinforce our commitment of keeping our customers happy with a masterpiece beyond compare.”last_img read more

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Sunil Gavaskar turns 68: ‘Happy Birthday to the most daring batsman in the world’

first_imgOn July 10, 1949, one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game was born — Sunil Gavaskar. The former India captain turns 68 today. The Mumbaikar has represented India in 125 Tests, scoring 10122 runs at an average of 51.12. He has scored 34 Test centuries and 45 fifties. Gavaskar amassed 3092 runs from 108 One-Day Internationals, averaging 35.13.The right-hander held a number of records in his glittering career. He was the first batsman in Test cricket to breach the 10000-run mark barrier and was the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a Test match thrice. He was also the first Indian cricketer to aggregate a total of more than 700 runs in a series when he smashed 774 runs at an average of 154.80 in 1971 against West Indies. It was also the most runs in a debut series by a batsman. The opening batsman was also a part of the Indian squad that lifted the 1983 World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. He was one of the cricketers named in the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1980. Three years later, Gavaskar became the first Indian batsman to carry the bat after he scored unbeaten 127 at Faisalabad. This is how Twitter celebrated the legend’s birthday:Happy Birthday to one of the best and most daring batsman ever, Sunil Gavaskar Sir. Watching film Maalamaal to see you in a different avatar pic.twitter.com/my6rmq1l8X- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2017Happy Birthday to Indian Cricket Legend Mr. Sunil Gavaskar. May the year bring in lots of success and happiness. pic.twitter.com/lVE0cbrhzxadvertisement- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 10, 2017Here’s wishing the legend, Sunil Gavaskar a very happy birthday! #TeamIndia #Legend pic.twitter.com/TAkImhhBvQ- BCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2017Happy Birthday to one of the all-time great batsman, Sunil Gavaskar! In 233 matches across Tests and ODIs he scored an amazing 13,214 runs! pic.twitter.com/1rid0MpUXb- ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2017Great people come in short packages. Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Indians to walk on the cricket field, Sunil Manohar Gavaskar. pic.twitter.com/QIMvVG5b5h- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 10, 2017Happy Birthday to the first man who climbed the 10K mountain in International cricket. #Legend #ChampionBatsman pic.twitter.com/9T3qXqM1CC- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 10, 2017last_img read more

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Best phones in India: Redmi Note 4, OnePlus 5 rule the market

first_imgIf you ask anyone with a little technical know-how about phones and when and when not to buy them, he/she will tell you August-September is definitely not the best time to buy a high-end flagship phone. Even if you’re looking to splurge and money is not a constraint, it’s best to wait now and save yourself the regret that a certain next-generation Google Pixel, or the next iPhone, or the next Samsung Galaxy Note would bring to your party should you have already invested in a first-generation Pixel, or an iPhone 7, or a Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.Things are, however, a little different in the budget and mid-level segments. There are some good options that still continue to hold ground despite the fact that plenty of other options – good and bad – would be coming to the market in the days to come.All said and done, if you’re still looking to buy a new phone this August, here are all the options that money can buy.Cheapest phone(s) we recommendXiaomi Redmi 4The Redmi 4 was launched in India in mid-May at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version. The Redmi 4 is also available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999. Although, the Redmi 4 has been around for a while – and is still a very hard to get phone like other Xiaomi phones – the fact that it brings in some hard-to-get hardware specs at some really rock-bottom prices make it worth all the time and effort: even in August. No other phone still comes close to it as far as value proposition is concerned.advertisementIt looks really premium, feels really premium, has a pretty neat display, metes out dependable performance, comes with good-enough cameras and most importantly killer battery life.Boasting of a full-metal body — with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — the Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI. Furthermore, the phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery.Xiaomi Redmi 4AAlternatively, if you’re someone who is on an even more tighter budget, Xiaomi’s ultra-affordable Redmi 4A , that sells for Rs 5,999, is the phone to buy. Think of it as an even more affordable Redmi 4: an ideal feature phone replacement if you’re someone who is also looking to make a switch to a ‘smart’ phone for the first time. It’s as basic as basic gets, and yet, it is feature packed to the brim once you get a hang of it. Most importantly, it costs next to nothing.If you’re someone who is looking for a basic smartphone at dirt-cheap prices, but, also someone who loves to flaunt it, the Redmi 4A should get the job done. The phone, although plastic, feels premium from every nook and corner and is also quite high on specs for its price as long as you know its limitations.In terms of hardware specs, the phone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.On the camera front the Redmi 4A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is backed by a 3,120mAh battery which is non-removable.Best phone under Rs 10,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 4It’s no secret that Xiaomi has hit bull’s eye with the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi Note 4 is easily among the best selling phones that Xiaomi has ever come out with, and the phone still manages to hold its ground in the under Rs 10,000 price segment even though it was launched in January. Backed by a premium design, top-notch performance and fantastic battery life, the Redmi Note 4 still remains to be the smartphone to beat at its price point. Follow up to Xiaomi’s much successful Redmi Note 3; the Redmi NotE 4 exists primarily to correct the camera shortcomings of its predecessor, according to the company. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.advertisementThe Redmi Note 4 boasts of a full-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The base 2GB RAM and 32GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 sells for Rs 9,999 and supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot as well. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). The Redmi Note 4 is further backed by a 4,100mAh battery.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Moto G5 PlusLenovo’s Moto G5 Plus is a healthy concoction of a premium all-metal body, a spectacular camera, clean and unadulterated software, and great battery life. At under Rs 20,000 the Moto G5 Plus is definitely your best bet if you’re looking for an all-rounder phone that’s also priced well. The Moto G5 Plus starts at Rs 14,999 for the base 3GB RAM and 16GB storage version and goes all the way to Rs 16,999 for the top-end 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version.It’s an all-metal phone with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and is powered by Qualcomm’s heat efficient Snapdragon 625 processor. The Moto G5 Plus, like other Moto phones, runs an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat with Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant.The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. On the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera.The Moto G5 Plus is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.Note: FYI, Lenovo will launch a slightly tweaked version of the Moto G5 Plus, called the Moto G5S Plus, in India in the days to come. Although the Moto G5S Plus will carry the same exact core hardware, it will come with dual cameras on the rear that would be something to look out for in the near future.Huawei Honor 8The Honor 8 was launched in India in October last year at a price of Rs 29,999. If you’re wondering why the Honor 8 even deserves a mention here, 8 months after hitting the shelves, well, the phone from Huawei is now selling for as low as Rs 18,490. It is actually quite a steal at its current price if you’re someone who likes to flaunt their phone and also someone who likes to take a lot of (good) pictures using it.The Honor 8 has two cameras on the rear — dual 12-megapixel with dual-LED (dual tone) flash — wherein one takes monochrome shots the other takes photos in colour (RGB). The phone’s software algorithm then merges both the images into one and creates the final photo. Basically, the phone can ideally take better low-light photos than rival top-tier phones thanks to its dual-lens system. The Honor 8, in addition, also has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementThe Honor 8 further boasts of an all glass and metal body with rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM under the hood and 32GB of on-board storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery.Xiaomi Mi Max 2The Mi Max 2, like the Mi Max before it, is a super-sized phablet that towers over every other phablet in the market right now with its sheer size and ambition. The reason why it makes the cut here is because the Mi Max 2 is quite an interesting option for someone who’s into a lot of multimedia consumption. Launched in India at a price of Rs 16,999 the 6.44-inch Mi Max 2 monster of a phablet comes with a 5,300mAh monster of a battery inside. This 5,300mAh battery inside the Mi Max 2 is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. A lot of these great battery life claims also come from the assurance that the Mi Max 2 – just like the Redmi Note 4 – has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 at its heart.The Mi Max 2, just like last year’s Mi Max, comes with a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels which roughly translates to 342 pixels per inch) IPS display which invariably means that it is a phone designed first and foremost for multimedia consumption, the same reason why Xiaomi has decided to put dual stereo speakers on this one.The Mi Max 2 has outstanding camera credentials as well. In fact, it sports the same IMX 386 image sensor as the company’s flagship Mi 6 which isn’t coming to India by the way.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Moto Z2 PlayLast year’s Moto Z Play was a spectacular phone in all its right. This year’s Moto Z2 Play is even better and an ideal replacement if you’re someone who hasn’t already crossed paths with the original Moto Z Play. Just like the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play brings the Moto Z family’s modularity to the affordable mid-range segment. But being an affordable mid-range modular phone — and a modular phone done right — isn’t the only USP of the Moto Z2 Play, for its loyalties lie elsewhere. The Moto Z2 Play, just like the Moto Z Play before it, has a battery life to die for.The Moto Z2 Play, priced at Rs 27,999, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD (1080P) resolution. One particular interesting bit about the Moto Z2 Play — as opposed to its predecessor — is its main camera. This camera uses a 12-megapixel image sensor that has a pixel size of 1.4um. Just like its predecessor the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play also comes with a decently-sized 3,000mAh battery and when paired with Qualcomm’s efficient Snapdragon 626, metes out excellent battery life.The Z2 Play further comes with a full-metal body and has a fingerprint sensor on the front and on the back the phone has pogo pins through which Moto Mods can be attached to it. It also comes with Type C connector. Also the support for micro-SD card has been provided.Like other Motorola phones, the Z2 Play also uses an almost unmodified version of Android. It is powered by Android Nougat 7.1, which is the latest version of Android.OnePlus 3TThe OnePlus 3T — even though OnePlus has discontinued the phone now (it will be available for buying in India by the end of this year though) — is one of those rare case studies where it’s hard to find a catch, simply because there isn’t any. I would personally pick up the OnePlus 3T over the newly launched OnePlus 5, but then, that’s just a personal choice.The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the OnePlus 3T is available for buying for Rs 29,999 and is still among the best phones that money can buy around its price point chiefly because of its blazing fast performance.It boasts of a full-metal body and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone has a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It is further backed by a 3,400mAh battery.The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box and is up-gradable to Android N. The OnePlus 3T also supports the company’s in-house fast charging solution called Dash Charging and the accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes.The OnePlus 3T further sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. The camera on-board is assisted with EIS for enhanced stabilisation while shooting videos. On the front, the OnePlus 3T comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Best phone(s) under Rs 45,000OnePlus 5So, what if the OnePlus 5 looks a lot like a certain phone from a certain company that shares its name with a fruit that apparently keeps doctors away? At least, it looks good, while at it. It is, without a doubt, OnePlus’ best-looking phone ever. It’s still pretty jam-packed to the core with high-end specs, like the company’s previous offerings, and also it comes at a relatively mainstream price which come to think of it is again trademark OnePlus.It comes with the latest in hardware – and up to 8 gigs of RAM that quite frankly speaking is ridiculous in 2017 – and dual cameras.The dual camera system in the OnePlus 5 features “a tailor-made 16-megapixel camera, supported by a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. While the 16-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 398 — features a large f/1.7 aperture, the secondary 20-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 350 – features an f/2.6 aperture. The dual camera system on-board the OnePlus 5 is capable of shooting photos with shallow depth of field, or bokeh effect through a specialized portrait mode. There’s also a dedicated Pro Mode for pro users. The system is also capable of recording 4K videos and shooting in RAW file format. Sadly, the OnePlus 5’s rear camera system isn’t assisted with Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the OnePlus 5 comes with a 16-megapixel camera.The OnePlus 5’s dual camera system may be a hit or a miss — it is in fact not as good as hyped by the company in question — but it doesn’t take away the fact that the OnePlus 5 is the most powerful phone that you can buy at its price point right now. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box and is as blazing fast as blazing fast can be right now.The OnePlus 5 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version and goes all the way to Rs 37,999 for the top-end 8GB RAM and 128GB storage version.Best phone(s) money can buyHTC U11HTC’s new U11, has enough gimmicks and fire-power under the hood to stand toe-to-toe with the best in the industry now. And give them quite a run for their money while at it. The U11 is in fact, the best flagship phone that you can buy in the market right now. And also it is very practical, save the Edge Sense gimmickry that’s easy to ignore than be nit-picky about.The U11 looks great, has a great screen, metes out great performance, comes with great camera credentials and a camera that performs quite well while at it, and outstanding audio credentials that put Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus’ stereo setup to shame. It is water-resistant and crams in three virtual assistants. But, more importantly, the U11 is the first HTC phone in years to carry a sensible price tag. The phone, for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, costs Rs 51,990.The HTC U11 comes with a 5.5-inch 2K Super LCD 5 screen. It is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Sense UI. It further comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.The U11 ships with a 12-megapixel rear camera with what HTC calls UltraPixel 3 technology and UltraSpeed Autofocus. It uses a very bright lens at f/1.7 aperture, and the sensor is also a little bigger than the usual, 1/2.55-inch that apparently boosts low-light performance. HTC’s UltraPixel sensor is notorious for allowing more light into the lens, technically resulting in brighter photos. The rear camera is further assisted with phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. On the front, it comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Also Read: Best phones to buy this July: OnePlus 5 joins the party, so does HTC U11last_img read more

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Will be ready to deliver whenever given the chance: Shardul Thakur

first_imgMumbai pacer Shardul Thakur, who is part of the 15-member India squad currently playing against Sri Lanka, believes that he should be ready and should deliver whenever he gets a chance to play for the country.Thakur, who is the fourth seamer in the Indian squad besides Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya, might get a chance to make his international debut in the remaining two matches of the ongoing five-match series.And that seems highly probable as skipper Virat Kohli has already suggested that he would be testing the bench strength and would give chance to rookies as India have already clinched the series.Speaking on the eve of the fourth ODI at the R. Premdasa Stadium on Wednesday, Thakur said, “Over the past few years, I have been working very hard. So whenever I get a chance to play, I should be ready.””And keeping that perspective in mind, I always prepare for the game, whether they play or not play me, its management’s role,” he added.The 25-year-old had a dream run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 campaign as he led the Rising Pune Supergiant to qualify for the finals before losing to Mumbai Indians.The Palghar-born, who was previously part of the Indian Test squad during the last tour of West Indies (2016), believes that if a cricketer has skills, he can play any format of the game.”If you have the skills, you can play any format of the game. Its only how do you cope up with the different challenges in Test match cricket, One-day cricket and T20 cricket. If you ask me, you have to evolve each and every time,” he said.advertisement”Whenever you fall back to Test cricket, you have to bowl accordingly, One-day and T20 cricket as well respectively,” he added.Riding high on confidence, India will look to continue on the winning streak and rub salt on the wounds of Sri Lanka, who are already in disarray.Speedster Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI. His elevation comes after Chamara Kapugedera, himself a stand-in skipper, was ruled out of the remainder of the two matches with a back injury.The right-arm pacer has previously led Sri Lanka in T20Is, taking it to the ICC World T20 title in Bangladesh in 2014, before resigning ahead of the World T20 in India in 2016.The 34-year-old will be making his ODI captaincy debut in his 203rd match, and will look to mark the occasion with his 300th scalp, having picked up just one wicket in the first three games of the series thus far.Kapugedera was to have led the team in the third and fourth ODIs after Upul Tharanga was suspended for those two matches for an over-rate offence during the second ODI in Pallekele.last_img read more

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Ross Taylor says sweep shot best way to put India spinners under pressure

first_imgSenior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is happy that centurion Tom Latham paid heed to his advice to play the sweep and reverse sweep which disturbed the length of Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.Taylor scored 95 and added 200 runs with Latham, who struck an unbeaten 103 in New Zealand’s successful chase of 281 in the first ODI against India in Mumbai.Kuldeep and Chahal bowled 20 overs giving away 125 runs with only a wicket in return.”With the sweep shot, We are able to put pressure on the spinners and forced them to adjust their lengths. I thought he (Latham) did that outstandingly well. I told him to reverse sweep and he did it, and he kept doing it,” Taylor said at the post-match press conference.Taylor said that after fielding for three and half hours in searing heat and unbearable humidity, they needed a good start which Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided them.”Having to field out there for over three and a half hours, we knew we had to get off to a good start and try and negate their spinners. Traditionally, New Zealand come here and struggle up-front in our innings.”Being able to rotate the strike in the right-left combination with Tom, I think you have got to give credit to Gup (Guptill) and Munners (Munro). They set the platform for us and we were able to rotate the strike and take it deep and then we knew we were in a good position in the game,” Taylor gave an insight to their run-chase.advertisementNumerous tours to India for national team and stints with IPL franchise certainly came in handy for the 33-year-old.”I have come here many a times before whether it’s international cricket or IPL. I am not getting any younger and just wanted a bit of a push and just had a bit more intent I think.”Through those middle stages in the past, you take up a far too many dot balls so made a conscious effort of being a bit more busier at the crease, work on a few shots and open up the off side. Tom and I got some runs in the warm-up game and it was nice to bring that form into Wankhede,” Taylor said referring to their respective hundreds in the second warm-up against Board President’s XI.Taylor is expecting India to come hard at them in the second game at Pune, which is expected to be a batting belter.”As long as you win, it doesn’t matter who steps up. Today it was Tom and myself. You have got to give credit to the bowlers as well, it was pretty warm out there.”Boulty (Trent Boult) bowled outstandingly well but still a long way to go,” Taylor quipped.”We know India are going to come at us hard and now it’s one more victory to take the series for us. But we know Pune is going to be a tough wicket to play on and we have to start again and not dwell on this too much,” he added.last_img read more

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Can depression be avoided? Signs to identify depression in friends and family

first_imgDepression is an illness that creeps up on you. It’s something like weight-gain–you don’t realise when it’s happening to you, you just wake up one day, look in the mirror and don’t recognise the person you see. In depression too, you don’t just wake up one daywith no will to live; it’s a gradual process of one thing leading toanother, to another, to another, and you getting so mentally embroiled in the mess that you forget what the state ofwell-being felt like.But that’s depression in a nutshell, and at a mild degree. The peripheral repercussions of the mental illness areaplenty, and they become worse when the people you love and live withare not able to understand what’s going on inside of you, and sometimesend up making the situation worse for you.While commoners have a different experience and way of dealing with this mental illness, the gravity of it multiplies when one is a celebrity. For a person going through depression to keep up their public image, and smile to the world every time they set foot outside the house, is very, very difficult–not surprisingly, it only makes matters worse.The the most celebrity revelation about depression has been that of Kapil Sharma. The comedian has spoken about slipping into depression and suffering anxiety before appearing on the show. Among Indian celebrities, the first one to open the gates of conversation about mental health was Deepika Padukone; enough has been said and written about her journey through it, and how it was the love and support of her family that helped her pull herself out of the mental quicksand.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/deepikapadukoneSo, what does one do to not let their loved ones fall into this deep, dark abyss? Here are a few pointers that might help you identify depression before it rears its ugly face and sends your loved one on a negativity spiral.  1. Mood fluctuationsNoticed them being perfectly happy one moment and lose their cool like notomorrow in a matter of seconds? Or caught them crying over littleissues that don’t even deserve a second thought? These bursts happen because of bottled-up emotions. So, instead of judging them orasking them to get a hold on themselves, calm them down subtly and talkto them, eventually, about what’s bothering them.2. Too much sleep or no sleep at allA depressed person either tries to sleep off his/her worries–and henceends up sleeping a little too much–or just cannot sleep for even 6hours a day because of everything that’s going on in their head.3. Loss of interestYou know what your loved ones love or hate–this could be anything to dowith food or movies or sports or games, or just about any hobby. If you spot them not indulging in things/activities they’ve been fond of forall their life, it’s a sure-shot sign of them heading towardsdepression.4. Loss of appetite or overeating Thiscould again swing in extremes. While some people might lose the will toeat, others might try to compensate for that sh*t feeling inside byindulging in their favourite foods on an everyday basis.5. Talking about death, even lightly Sentences like “If nothing works out, I can always kill myself” should not betaken lightly, even if they’re said in jest. When a person going through depression starts looking at suicide as an option, you should know it’s time to intervene.last_img read more

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Roger Federer wants to stay grounded ahead of 2018 season

first_imgRoger Federer had a stellar 2017, winning seven titles, out of which two were Grand Slams.The Swiss maestro started early with the Australian Open, then went on to win the Indian Wells, Miami and Halle Opens. He then won his eighth Wimbledon against Marin Cilic in July. Following that, he won the Shanghai Masters and Swiss Indoors and finished second on the ATP rankings to cap off a fantastic year.Talking about this year, he said he didn’t know what to expect after arriving in Australia.The then 17-times Grand Slam champion was 35 and coming back from a first surgery-enforced absence to the sport he dominated for more than a decade from his maiden Wimbledon title in 2003.The six months off, however, allowed him revive a career that pundits thought could be over with the injury.Federer, who begins his 2018 campaign at the combined teams Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, recognises that while expectations this year might be a little higher, he was trying to ensure they did not get out of control.�??��??��?�?�??? pic.twitter.com/T31a6xthSf- Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) October 15, 2017″Expectations are higher but at the same time I try to remind myself just don’t think its normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017,” he told reporters after he arrived in Australia.”I’ve got to try and keep it cool. Try my best and see what happens but the preparation has been good so far.”We’ll see how things go.”advertisementFederer previously used the Kooyong invitational tournament to warm up for the Australian Open but returned to the Hopman Cup last year to team up with compatriot Belinda Bencic, where the pair finished second in their group.Great to be back in Perth,See you tomorrow at 5pm�??� pic.twitter.com/YeLT1SJ8UK- Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) December 28, 2017″Obviously looking ahead to Melbourne, I really hope that Hopman Cup’s going to give me everything I need here,” Federer said of starting the season in Perth, where he and his 20-year-old partner will face Japan, Russia and the U.S. in group play.”It worked out perfectly this year, (winning) at the Australian Open.”Of course, that’s a good omen.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Ranveer Singh in this super-wintry outfit looks like he just returned from the North pole

first_imgBe it dancing on the streets or wearing a condom-like suit, Ranveer Singh leaves no opportunity to get the world talking about him, every time he steps out of the house. While it’s nothing new to have the star show up in the weirdest of outfits, the man doesn’t fail to amuse us.Sticking true to his reputation of being the harbinger of avant-garde fashion in the country, the Padmavati actor just made an airport appearance in a strange outfit, again.Also Read: Ranveer Singh’s shorts are taking us back to the jungle, not in a nice waySauntering out of the airport in his classic, carefree demeanour, Ranveer was clad head-to-toe in warm clothes–and made us wonder if he thinks he’s too ‘cool’ for the weather?Ditching his iconic colourful-clothing, Ranveer sported a pair of white, asymmetric joggers with black details, and a really long, white hoodie. While the white pair of joggers was quite trendy, it lost its charm to the hoodie, thanks to the weird length which gave it a kurta-like look.Photo: Yogen Shah While the white basics were really decent–given Ranveer’s fashion history–he went over-the-top with his choice of a blingy, quilted jacket. First things first, we don’t know how he didn’t melt in the jacket that looked just too warm for the weather. Apart from making no sense at all, the silver jacket was extremely loud, and looked too bulky.  Also Read: Can you spot the crazy new trend Ranveer Singh is trying to start?advertisementAs eye-pinching as it was, Ranveer made it look all the more tacky by teaming it with his easy-breezy clothes, and that hoodie.Photo: Yogen Shah Portraying his eternal love for big, quirky sunnies, he sported a pair of white-framed reflectors, and did what he does best–added another unfathomable look to his kitty.last_img read more

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Serbia Ends Greeks Hoop Dream, 90-72

first_imgGreece’s hopes of advancing in the World Cup Basketball tourney ended in the round of 16 on Sept. 7 with a resounding 90-72 defeat at the hands of Serbia.A young, rebuilt Greek team, missing many veteran stars who had retired, were hurt or didn’t want to play, had won its group with a 5-0 record but came apart at the seams against an experienced Serbian team, which forced 14 turnovers and rattled the Greeks throughout.Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 points to lead Serbia which led most of the way and kept its poise while the Greeks floundered with an array of mistakes and missed shots.The Serbs took a 46-42 edge into halftime, sparked by a couple dunks from Nikola Kalinic, who finished with 12 points,all in the first half.Serbia then put the clamps on defensively, holding Greece to 13 points in the third period when it began a 30-10 spurt that rolled into the final quarter.Five Serbian players ended up in double figures, including former NBA big men Miroslav Raduljica (16 points) and Nenad Krstic (10 points).Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes from Florida led the Greeks with 14, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo added seven but he was never a factor.Serbia shot 54 percent from the floor, including nine of their 17 three-point tries while Greece hit only 9-of-24 from behind the stripe, a 44 percent rate.Serbia will now play the winner of Brazil-Argentina in the quarter-finals.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ugly Jet Loss Imperils Ryan’s Job

first_imgNEW YORK — Pick an adjective, and it’s likely the New York Jets used it to describe the lowest point in what had already become a lost season.Embarrassing. Frustrating. Stunning. Disappointing.They were all in play after the Jets were routed by the Buffalo Bills 38-3 at Detroit’s Ford Field on Nov. 24. It was much the same Nov. 25, when Rex Ryan’s bunch sat through the game film and lived through it all over again.“No surprise to anybody, we totally got outplayed in all facets of that game,” Ryan said during a conference call. “We played poorly, to say the least.”A month after getting blown out by the Bills at home 43-23, the Jets (2-9) were confident things would go a lot better this time around. So much so that Ryan declared last week that his team was better in “a zillion ways” from how it performed in the first meeting.There was also the fact the Bills were blasted by a storm that dumped seven feet of snow on the Buffalo area, forcing the team to move a home game to Detroit — with players needing snowmobiles to get out of their homes.None of that mattered when the game started as the Jets looked rusty and uninspired coming off a bye-week break.“Obviously, No. 1 is disappointment,” center Nick Mangold said of the feeling around the facility. “No. 2 is frustration that we weren’t able to do our jobs. It’s difficult. You hate losing. You hate losing like that.”The Jets will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year after Ryan led them to consecutive AFC championship games in his first two years as coach. Those days seem long ago for Ryan and the Jets, who could be in store for major changes after the season finale at Miami on Dec. 28.While Ryan appears safe for the rest of the season, it remains to be seen what owner Woody Johnson will do with the coach or General Manager John Idzik. But some fans and media already think it’s a foregone conclusion that Ryan will be gone when the season ends.“I’ve got to find a way to do a better job,” Ryan said. “I’ll work hard to give our guys a chance.”The specter of Ryan departing doesn’t sit well with many players, who insist it’s not the coach’s fault that the team has struggled this season.“I’ve never lost nine games,” an emotional Sheldon Richardson said after the game. “That’s not me at all. I didn’t get drafted to lose games, period. If it don’t hurt nobody like it hurts me, then they shouldn’t be on the team with me. I really play with everything I’ve got. That’s it.”Richardson defended Ryan, saying the players have let him down — something some teammates think might have been overstated.“Sheldon is an emotional guy and in the heat of the battle he might have said some things out of spite,” safety Dawan Landry said. “It was a tough, hard-fought game. It was just tough last night, but nobody feels that way. We are a team united and we are going to keep fighting.”Ryan insisted the Jets have enough talent to be a good team, despite glaring deficiencies at quarterback and in the secondary, among others.“I think the biggest thing that we don’t have right now is execution,” Mangold said. “We’ve got very talented guys in this locker room, but when we’re not all on the same page every play, it’s not going to get the job done. We need to get that fixed up.”Michael Vick provided a spark in his first two starts in place of a benched Geno Smith, but the tables were turned on the night of Nov. 24. Vick was 7-of-19 for 76 yards before being replaced by Smith in the third quarter. Ryan said Vick “got beat up a little bit,” with an ankle and wrist bothering him.The coach hadn’t spoken to the quarterbacks yet, and said he’d decide Nov. 26 who would start on Dec. 1, although it will likely be Vick. Ryan also added that Vick’s health “won’t be the final thing that we talk about” in making the decision.The players insist they aren’t giving up, that there’s fight left, and Ryan believes his team is still playing hard. The record and results, though, have made this season tough to fathom.“We’re running out of tomorrows,” Ryan said.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Talbot, Rangers Stop Bruins, 4-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Cam Talbot was ready for this start for quite a while, well before a text message alerted him to be on call.Now that he has another win under his belt, he could soon be in line for more action.Talbot made 18 saves in place of the injured Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, and Derek Stepan snapped a second-period tie to lift the New York Rangers to their third straight win, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on Feb. 4.Talbot, whose previous start was a 3-0 loss at Boston on Jan. 15, got the nod after Lundqvist was forced out by a neck injury caused when he was struck in the throat by a shot against Carolina on Jan. 31.“I got a text last night saying maybe be ready, and then this morning when I got to the rink they gave me the go,” said Talbot (5-4-1). “I really didn’t have to do a whole lot. The guys did a great job in front of me.“I was kind of hoping for a start at some point, not under these circumstances obviously, but I was ready for a start whenever it came.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault reiterated that Lundqvist is day to day, but if he isn’t able to play at Nashville on Feb. 7, Vigneault will turn back to Talbot.“I have a lot of confidence in Cam. His teammates have a lot of confidence in him, so if he needs to go he will be ready,” Vigneault said.Nash scored his NHL-leading 32nd goal in the first period, and Derick Brassard and Stepan scored in the second.Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron had goals in the first for Boston, which was 8-1-1 in its previous 10. Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots.“We weren’t committed enough to get us the win. Our commitment and discipline has to be better,” Lucic said. “For some reason we wanted an easy game. They come at you hard with a lot of speed. It’s 50 games in, you know how the other team will play.”The Rangers regained the lead in the second.With his back to the net, Chris Kreider sent the puck into the slot to Brassard for a shot past Rask at 6:41. It was Brassard’s 13th goal and second in seven games. New York made it 3-2 when Nash moved the puck to Stepan, who scored his ninth goal with 3:04 left.Talbot had a much better second period, stopping all seven shots.“We knew this was a big two points for us,” Talbot said of the Rangers, who won three of four on their homestand and moved within two points of first-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. “This team has been really resilient.”Things had started well for Talbot and the Rangers, who took a 1-0 lead before the Bruins recorded a shot.“That is always nice. Unfortunately I gave the lead right back to them,” Talbot said. “Our guys did a great job of battling back and getting the lead back for me. I was able to stop the rest from there.”Nash scored in the first period for the third straight game when he raced down left wing, cut in front of Rask, shifted the puck from forehand to backhand, and put it in at 5:50.Talbot made his first save with 12:15 remaining when he stopped defenseman Adam McQuaid, drawing a big cheer from the crowd, and then made another solid stop just over 2 minutes later against Loui Eriksson.But despite notching only five shots in the first period, the Bruins took a 2-1 lead into the intermission.Lucic got it started just hours after he arrived in New York by scoring his 11th goal. The puck popped free from a scrum in the lower right corner of the Rangers end and came to Lucic in the slot for a hard drive that nestled into the top left corner at 13:37.It was the second goal in three games for Lucic, who missed practice Feb. 3 because of the flu.The Bruins needed only 1:52 more to grab a 2-1 edge on Bergeron’s 13th of the season.“We weren’t executing well enough to deny their speed,” Bergeron said. “We didn’t get the start we wanted. We were expecting a tough game from a good team. That’s what we got, and we paid for it.”(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Jim Brown Wants Ring Back

first_imgNEW YORK — After nearly half a century apart, Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and his lone championship ring may soon be reunited.Brown came to Manhattan Federal court to try to settle a lawsuit he brought against a memorabilia dealer. Brown says he doesn’t know who stole the ring from his Cleveland home in the late 1960s.The 79-year-old Brown, walking with a cane, talked about the importance of the ring as he waited to meet with a Magistrate Judge.He says it means more than any of his trophies and awards because it represents the teamwork it took to win the league’s championship in 1964. The Los Angeles resident scored 106 touchdowns in nine seasons before retiring at the peak of his career in 1965.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bremen Wins on Penalties to Send Dortmund Out of German Cup

first_imgBy: Ciaran Fahey, Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka saved two penalties to knock Borussia Dortmund out of the German Cup after his team twice came from behind in extra time of their third-round match on Tuesday.Max Kruse scored the decisive penalty kick for Bremen to win the shootout 4-2 after equalizers from Claudio Pizarro and Martin Harnik secured a 3-3 draw after extra time.American midfielder Christian Pulisic thought he’d scored the winner for Dortmund in the 105th after he played a one-two with Paco Alcacer, only for the veteran Pizarro to reply three minutes later.Then Achraf Hakimi put the home side back in front, but Kruse set up Harnik in the 119th to take it to the shootout.Dortmund goalkeeper Eric Oelschlaegel made his debut against his former club, but the 23-year-old had to pick the ball out of his net after just five minutes when Milot Rashica deflected in Kruse’s cross.Dortmund captain Marco Reus replied with a free kick in first-half injury time, but it looked like Oelschlaegel — who was only playing due to an illness affecting Roman Buerki and backup goalkeeper Marwin Hitz — would have a decisive role after making two sensational saves to keep the visitors at bay.Instead it was Pavlenka who starred in the shootout, saving efforts from Palcacer and Maximilian Philipp.Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen was upset 2-1 at second-division side Heidenheim despite taking the lead through Julian Brandt.Second-division leader Hamburger SV won 1-0 at home against Bundesliga struggler Nuremberg, and Paderborn won 3-1 at Duisburg.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Suspended Sepp Blatter embarrasses FIFA with World Cup appearance

first_imgFIFA was in for some embarrassment on Wednesday as the former president of the global football Sepp Blatter body attended a World Cup match in Moscow.The former FIFA president is currently serving a six-year ban from “all football activities” for unethical conduct after football’s world governing body was rocked by a global corruption scandal in 2015.Blatter’s presence puts current FIFA head Gianni Infantino in a tight spot as he promised to draw a line under FIFAs corruption problems and clean up the organisation.TASS news agency quoted Alexei Sorokin, head of the Russia-2018 organising committee, as saying he had seen Infantino and Blatter at Moscows Luzhniki stadium watching Portugals 1-0 win over Morocco.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Today I saw Infantino and Blatter at the stadium, its true,” TASS quoted Sorokin as saying, adding that the former FIFA head had praised Russia’s organisation of the World Cup.Speaking in an interview with Russian news channel RT, Blatter said he had advocated for Russia to be chosen as the World Cup host in 2010.”When I arrived yesterday, I saw it a little bit, its my World Cup. How I was received here, television, cameras, people photographs and so on,” he said in the interview filmed in front of the Kremlin.Blatter told Reuters in March he had been invited to attend the World Cup by President Vladimir Putin, with whom he has a long-standing close relationship. A spokesman for Blatter said he was scheduled to meet with the Russian leader while in Moscow.advertisementKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday Blatter was visiting Russia in a non-official capacity.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”Any meetings that could be held are being realised in the framework of his private visit and are not official,” he said when asked if Blatter has met or would meet Putin.DEFIANT TONEBlatter’s ban was imposed shortly after the Swiss attorney generals office began criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation.No charges have yet been brought and Blatter has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.The 82-year-old struck a defiant tone in Moscow, describing the criminal probe as an attack on FIFA and saying he was still president of the organisation.”I was suspended, Im still a suspended president. Im still president, but suspended,” he said. It was not an easy time for me, its still not the easiest time.When asked how he had been occupying his time since the ban, Blatter said he was grappling with how to solve the problem of political intervention in world football.”Football should not be dominated by politics. Football should help, perhaps, to solve political problems. But in the past we have seen that there is political intervention for football,” he said.In a separate interview with Sky Sports, Blatter said England, which mounted a failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, deserved to host it in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with the other UK football nations – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – as well as Ireland.”I think that England, or the islands, they deserve to organise the World Cup,” Blatter told Sky Sports.”They had it in 1966 so its a long time ago. (I was told that) it could be with Wales and Scotland together but I said why not Ireland altogether?” he said.”With 48 teams you need more than one country to host it,” he added, referring to a FIFA plan to expand the competition to 48 teams from 32 now.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Quess Corp inks partnership with East Bengal Football Club

first_imgNew Delhi, July 5 (PTI) BSE-listed Quess Corp Ltd today said it has collaborated with the East Bengal football club, the 98-year-old football club in Kolkata, to set up a new entity — Quess East Bengal FC (QEBFC). Previously, the iconic club had an agreement with UB Group, which ended last month. “This investment in a 98-year-old iconic football club, which is among the premium football clubs in India, enables Quess to develop its brand and at the same time, contribute to sports participation and the development of football in the country,” Quess said in a statement. Quess CMD Ajit Isaac said as the company develops from being a services provider to building multiple platforms with a large number of employees and customers, it is necessary that it invests in long-term branding initiatives. The partnership with EBFC provide exactly this and the company is excited by the possibility of contributing to the development of football in India, he added. “We were contemplating options after our association with UB Group came to an end last month and approached Quess with a partnership proposal. We are happy and excited with this partnership with the Quess brand and together we are hopeful of building Indias best Football Club,” East Bengal general secretary Kalyan Majumdar said. The association with Quess is promising and brings a refreshing change for the club and its members and fans with many untapped possibilities, he added. PTI SR MRMRlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 Hours EXPECTED STORIES:*Report of 3rd T20I between India and England in Bristol.*Stories related to Wimbledon.*Report of Gymnastics World Challenge Cup. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-GOLF-LAHIRILahiri slips in third round, but stays in contention at Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs (US), Jul 8 (PTI) Anirban Lahiri staged a terrific fightback after a disappointing front nine to bring home a card of one-over 71 in the third round of the Greenbrier Classic here. SPO-GOLF-ADITIAditi Tied-26th at Thornberry LPGA Classic Oneida (US), Jul 8 (PTI) Aditi Ashok shot her third straight round in the 60s with a three-under 69 and moved to 11-under 205 at the Thornberry LPGA Classic here. SPO-BOX-AKHIL Boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumar enrolls for coaching course at NIS New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Indian boxing’s national observer Akhil Kumaris all set to foray into coaching and has enrolled for a one-year diploma course at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. SPO-ASIAD-PENCAKSILATStunning for most, Indian Pencak Silat team in Asiad cause for celebration in J&K By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) For most, it was a bolt from the blue, quite a few even scoffed at it but for one man in the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pencak Silat’s inclusion in the Indian Asian Games contingent was the perfect culmination of a lone journey he started eight years ago in Korea. SPO-RACING-WOMActress, dentist, mother of two in India’s first all women racing teamadvertisementBy Bharat SharmaCoimbatore, July 8 (PTI) An actress, a dentist, a mother of two: Females from all walks of life have joined forces to form India’s first all women racing team, which expectedly turned heads in the opening round of the JK Tyre National Championship. SPO-IND AIndia A batsmen make merry before ‘Test’ meanders to draw Beckenham, Jul 8 (PTI) A splendid batting performance from India A raised visions of victory before West Indies A managed to hold on to a draw in the four-day ‘Test’ that concluded here yesterday. PTI APA APA APAlast_img read more

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