Delhi Police probing ‘trafficking’ angle on German embassy’s complaint

first_imgDelhi Police is investigating a suspected case of human trafficking in which unemployed youths were being sent to Germany purportedly to take part in a jujutsu tournament.The complaint in this regard was filed by the German embassy.In the complaint, lodged at Chanakyapuri police station, a German embassy officer alleged that six youths submitted forged documents with their visa applications.He said the six applied for visa purportedly to take part in a jujutsu (a Japanese martial art) tournament at Gelsenkirchen in Germany.The youths, claiming to be students of Sir Marshall Convent School in Punjab, even produced a letter on the school’s letterhead, along with their visa applications, police said.Upon verification by the embassy from the school, the letter was found to be forged.In his complaint, the embassy official mentioned the name of the agent, coordinating with the youths for their proposed visit to Germany, as Deepak Sharma, claiming him to be a “suspected human trafficker to Europe”.Sharma allegedly used sports events to illegally transport people to Europe, the complaint stated.”A case under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), IPC was registered, said a senior police officer, adding that a hunt was launched for the agent.last_img read more

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LeEco invades US, launches LePro 3 at $399

first_imgChinese internet and technology conglomerate LeEco has officially launched its US operations, announcing a slew of new products that include smartphones, TVs, smart bikes, virtual reality headsets and electric self-driving vehicles.Taking on giants like Apple, Netflix and Google at the “Ignite the Eco World” event here on Wednesday, LeEco unveiled open, integrated internet ecosystem that involves platform, content, apps and connected smart devices.”We are disrupting several categories and changing the paradigm by breaking down barriers and boundaries between industries and screens to create a better experience and more value for both individuals and industries,” YT Jia, founder, chairman and CEO of LeEco, told the media here.LeEco has partnered with top content providers including Lionsgate, MGM, Showtime, Vice Media, Awesomeness TV and A+E in the US to bring its intuitive Ecosystem User Interface (eui) content platform to life.The interface provides seamless interconnectivity across all LeEco devices by removing the barriers between software, hardware, platform content and apps.The newly-launched Le Pro3 (priced at $399) is LeEco’s flagship smartphone that features 5.5-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and comes with 2.5D curved edges.Le Pro3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, sports 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and houses 4,070 mAh battery.The device has surround-sound powered by Dolby Atmos and Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) technology.Le S3 smartphone (priced at $249) features 5.5-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 16MP rear camera and 8MP selfie camera.The Le S3 combines the power of CDLA and Dolby Atmos with in-box Type-C CDLA earphones for the rich audio experience.advertisementBoth the smartphones come with three-month EcoPass membership.Also Read: LeEco launches Le Pro 3 with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM LeEco also launched flagship uMax85 4K TV that has a 85-inch display and features full array, 448 active local dimming zones, HDR, Dolby Vision, Fluid Motion 1920 Display Technology and Harmon Kardon Audio.The uMax85 will cost $4,999 and will carry a 12-month free EcoPass membership.Available in a range of screen sizes including 43, 55 and 65-inches, the Super4 X Series TV’s feature HDR, Harman Kardon speakers and 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.The 43-inch TV is priced at $649 with 3-month free EcoPass membership, 55-inch TV costs $899 with 12-month free EcoPass membership and 65-inch TV costs $1,399 with 12-month free EcoPass membership.The smartphones and TVs will be available on LeMall.com through a flash sale from November 2.LeEco also previewed its vision of connected screens that includes smart bikes, virtual reality and self-driving electric vehicles.The LeEco Super Bike is an Android smart bike that offers security, connectivity and a smart riding system. The ExploreVR provides a virtual reality experience for games, apps, movies and TV shows.The company also showcased LeSEE Pro, its self-driving electric vehicle with features such as machine-learning of facial, emotion, system and path recognition.LeEco’s ecosystem of advanced smart devices runs on its internet and Cloud platform, LeCloud, which is one of the world’s largest video cloud networks, the company said.To provide greater value for users, LeEco has created the EcoPass that brings together high-value benefits including-a two-year warranty for LeEco smartphones and three-years for TVs, 5TB of cloud storage on LeCloud and unlimited storage for photos and videos and unlimited movie viewing on Fandor.Other benefits include exclusive sale days on LeMall.com and priority customer service and discounted prices for many add-on content partners featured in LeApp.With the User Planning to User (UP2U) programme, LeEco gives users a voice in how the ecosystem evolves and the opportunity to co-create the experience and the next-generation of LeEco products.Also Read: Reliance Jio 4G Welcome Offer now available for all LeEco phoneslast_img read more

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‘Man Utd were so good – they outplayed Tottenham’

first_imgSam Allardyce believes that Manchester United outplayed Tottenham in Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford and feels that Jose Mourinho has come in for unfair criticism in the wake of the result.Indeed, Mourinho stormed out of his post-match press conference after a heated discussion with the media, the Portuguese boss demanding respect after citing his three Premier League titles as a mark of his pedigree as a manager.Still, many regarded the heavy defeat as the beginning of a full-blown crisis in Manchester, with alleged friction between boss and players – most notably Paul Pogba – also the topic of much debate. 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! Regardless, English top-flight veteran Allardyce feels that his compatriot has been unfairly chastised by the media and pointed to a surplus of facts to support his backing of the Red Devils boss.“Man Utd were so good – I’ll tell you why,” the former England boss told Talksport.“The stats were: 57 per cent possession, 23 shots at goal, five on target [for Man Utd].  Tottenham had 43 per cent possession, nine shots on goal and five on target.“It’s only Tottenham’s finishing that got them the victory. Normally that result would never, never happen.“So is it a freak result or not? I mean when you’ve had 23 shots at your own place and you’ve not scored that’s not the manager’s fault.“The manager always gets blamed at the end of the day, but he’s set his team out to go and attack – that’s what he said at his press conference – they’ve gone and attacked and created enough chances and enough opportunities to win the game comfortably.“They’ve failed to take those chances and they ended up getting sucker-punched by what, in the end, was pretty poor defending.“It’s alright saying it’s a disaster, it is, because it’s three-nil, but if you’re a manager you’d say to your players at the end of the day ‘look, we cut the silly mistakes out, keep getting this possession rate and this shot rate and we will win far more games than we’ll lose.’“They [the media] are steering all the way around it because it was three-nil, but no one’s looking at the real facts. “The facts were: they did create more than Tottenham, they did outplay Tottenham, but unfortunately missed their chances and their slack defending and some brilliant finishing by Tottenham was the difference.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Sarri pleased by Hazard’s intensity

first_imgEden Hazard’s defensive contribution in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday pleased Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Hazard scored a sublime solo effort at Anfield in the EFL Cup in midweek and netted his seventh goal of the season to nudge Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge.But Sarri – who also acknowledged that the Blues must not rely too much on Hazard – was pleased with the playmaker’s all-round effort, having this week questioned his intensity in training. 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! “I’m really very happy with the defensive performance of Hazard today, especially in the second half,” Sarri told a post-match news conference.”I think at the end of the season we can have four, five players over 10 goals. And so it’s not only Hazard.”Of course, Hazard is the first, but I think Pedro, Willian, [Alvaro] Morata, will be able to score more than 10 goals in a season.”Just another day at the office for @hazardeden10… #CHELIV pic.twitter.com/SuW6zMCJBr— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 29, 2018Liverpool cancelled out Hazard’s effort through Daniel Sturridge’s 89th-minute stunner, extending their unbeaten start to the league season to seven matches.Chelsea are also still to taste defeat under Sarri, and the former Napoli boss says the Blues can be buoyed by their display.”I am disappointed because they scored in the last minutes,” Sarri added.”But at the end I am really very happy – first of all with the performance and I think also a draw is the right result. The match was wonderful.”I think [Manchester] City and Liverpool are a step ahead of us. It’s very difficult. I think we can fight for the Champions League places.”Here it’s very difficult to arrive in the first four. There are six, seven top-level teams, top in Europe, not only in England.”It’s not easy to get in the Champions League. We have to try of course. We have to try to stay very close on the table with the top-level teams. And we have to try to improve.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Lopetegui is the David Moyes of Real Madrid

first_imgZinedine Zidane walked away from Santiago Bernabeu when he assessed the time was right to leave. He had just won the Champions League for the third time and elected to take his leave as a hero.History will judge his Real Madrid team kindly but their buoyant form in European competition helped mask what was an otherwise ordinary season.They failed to win 16 games in La Liga and finished 17 points behind Barcelona. Zidane’s final season in charge got off to a terrible start and did not stabilise from that point out. They failed to beat Valencia, Levante and Real Betis at home; the league title was effectively surrendered before Christmas. 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! Indeed, Zidane was reckoned to be playing for his job in the Champions League final against Liverpool. If Los Blancos lost that, there was a school of thought around Madrid that he would have been given his marching orders by president Florentino Perez.The Champions League win notwithstanding, there were issues that clearly needed to be addressed at Madrid. Their ability to “suffer” – to use a favourite word of Zidane’s – and still come out on top in continental competition helped paper over the cracks. But there was elimination to Leganes in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals and clear warning signs all season long that some drastic changes were needed.That might sound an odd thing to say about a team that won three consecutive Champions League titles, but it’s true. This team’s legacy was built on one-off games under the lights in Europe and not in the relentless slog of a 40 to 50 game season.Therefore, when Zidane left and took his magic dust with him, the new man in was always going to have a job on his hands in simply maintaining Madrid’s reputation, let alone improving it.The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo looked a fait accompli before Lopetegui arrived. That was always going to need addressing. Those who accuse Ronaldo of being a flat-track bully or a stat-padder would do well to consider the fact that Madrid are on their worst scoreless run – four matches – since the mid-1980s.It’s not so easy to get all those tap-ins after all. Finding an extra 40 goals a season from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio is no mean feat and will not be accomplished easily.Marco AsensioPerez’s transfer policy over recent seasons has been less about readymade Galacticos and more about investing in the future. Hence the likes of Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Jr and Mariano Diaz have headed the list of arrivals over the last few years. Only Asensio is on the level of his first-team colleagues while any coach who comes in has no choice but to wait for the rest of them to improve and mature.That is not Lopetegui’s fault; he is in a sense a victim of Perez’s noble attempts to regenerate Madrid from the bottom up.Lopetegui has implemented a new style of play at Madrid this season which worked extremely well for the first three or four league games and carried over into the totally dominant win enjoyed over Roma in the opening Champions League fixture.But since then Madrid have come unstuck. They have had lots of possession but are unable to translate that into goals. Ronaldo’s departure hasn’t helped in that regard and Benzema simply hasn’t been converting the chances coming his way.Add into that a swelling injury list – which Lopetegui has referred to after recent defeats – and you have all the makings of a disaster.Against CSKA Moscow last week, Madrid were without Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Gareth Bale, Isco and Luka Modric – who was on the bench – while Sergio Ramos didn’t travel. That in effect is Zidane’s team hollowed out. Any coach is going to struggle with that number of absences. Some of those absences have bled into La Liga as well with recent blanks being drawn because Isco hasn’t been playing.There is a noticeable World Cup hangover on certain members of the squad with Raphael Varane not at his best, Modric failing to convince the new boss of his powers and Zidane stalwart Casemiro being one of the chief victims of Lopetegui’s preference to chop and change his personnel from game to game and from half to half.Julen Lopetegui Real MadridThis mini-plague of injuries – which latterly included Benzema and Asensio as well – should be interpreted as a canary in the coal mine for what’s going to happen when some of Madrid’s 30-something stars begin to deteriorate and retire.It was always going to be an unenviable task in replacing a club legend like Zidane and the signs don’t bode well for Lopetegui. There have already been whispers that Madrid’s board are considering replacements with the Clasico against Barcelona at the end of the month now becoming a landmark moment in the incipient regime.It’s five years since Sir Alex Ferguson departed Manchester United and won the last of the club’s 20 top flight titles. And there are parallels between what he left behind for David Moyes to inherit and the current situation in front of Lopetegui. Sure, there is a sense that the new coach might have bitten off more than he could chew but there are deep-rooted issues that extend far, far beyond the remit of a mere coach.It was understandable that the former Spain coach took the opportunity to go to Madrid when it arose, but the question must now be asked. Did he give up a shot at World Cup glory with Spain just to become Madrid’s Moyes?last_img read more

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Busquets proud of Clasico thrashing without Messi

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets described his team’s El Clasico win without Lionel Messi as a “great achievement”.Luis Suarez stepped up in the absence of Messi, who is recovering from a broken arm, to score a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday.Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal were also on the scoresheet as under-fire Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui was put under further pressure, with Goal understanding Lopetegui is set to be sacked and replaced by Antonio Conte.  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! Delivering such a result without their superstar Messi was massive for Barca, according to Busquets.”It’s a great achievement to win 5-1 without Messi,” he told the club’s website.”Normally, when we have trouble, Leo helps us out but today the team stepped up.”Marcelo’s 50th-minute goal brought Madrid back to 2-1, but Barca struck three times in the final quarter of an hour.Busquets said his team knew they would get their opportunities as Madrid pushed for a way back into the game.He said: “We knew that if we get through their pressure then we would have chances and then the counters came and the goals gave us a cushion.”While Barca are only a point clear atop La Liga, they sit seven ahead of ninth-placed rivals Madrid.last_img read more

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Lampard not dreaming of Chelsea job

first_imgFrank Lampard is not dreaming of managing Chelsea until his achievements as a coach merit consideration, as he prepares to take his Derby County side to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Derby knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford in the competition’s previous round, with Lampard having guided the Rams to sixth in the Championship table since starting in his first managerial role in August.But Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer, who recorded 211 goals in 648 games across 12 years in west London, says that leading the club from the dugout is not on his agenda as he cuts his teeth as a manager. 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! “No, because I am pragmatic about those things,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “In football your next game is all-important. I don’t see anything beyond playing Chelsea, and then I will concentrate on ­Birmingham at the weekend.“So to dream is one thing, but in reality, what happens next will rely on what I do here. Hopefully I can bring success to this club.”The former England midfielder has faced his old team before since leaving Chelsea, scoring for Manchester City in 2014 during a season-long loan spell from MLS outfit New York City.Lampard refrained from celebrating his goal that day at the Etihad Stadium, and he expects to show the same restraint should the Rams repeat their surprise success at Old Trafford earlier in October.“It will be easy because I respect the club,” he said. “When I scored against them, I didn’t celebrate. I wouldn’t have done in a million years. Although I was doing my job, I love Chelsea and had a strong bond with the fans that will hopefully never go.“As a manager, I will be respectful because I have to appreciate what the club did for me. I will feel proud and honoured going back to a place I called home for 13 years and still feels like home.“This is my working home now and I have got a great affiliation with this club already, but I can’t forget 13 years of my career.”Derby have been boosted by Chelsea allowing loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play on Wednesday as they look to end Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten start to life as Blues boss.last_img read more

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We want to turn Uppal Stadium into Sunrisers fortress: Warner

first_imgThere is no bigger advantage like playing at home and thats precisely the reason why Sunrisers captain David Warner wants his team to turn the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal into a virtual fortress. “These (Hyderabad) are different conditions. The thing here is that we are trying to turn this ground into our fortress. Every team tries to win as many games at home as they can,” said Warner, who enthralled one and all with his 59-ball-126 against Kolkata Knight Riders. “Whether you win or loss the toss, you have to have a positive mindset and tell the guys to play freely. I expect my guys to go out there and give their 100 percent,” said Warner. The defending champions are in firm contention to seal a berth for the play-offs. “We never take anything for granted. You dont be complacent. Its all about momentum in this game. You got to keep winning. Keep playing every game to win as we always do and try to get up in the position. We know the finals going to be played here. “The teams are going to be thinking of how they are going to beat us at our home venue if we manage to make the final. That’s an added bonus for us. So we try to make our way up to the top two and give yourself the added bonus of making it to the final. We just got to wait and see how it pans out,” he said. On his own knock, Warner said,”Its always pleasing to go out there and score runs. Its also great that I went out there and had a clear gameplan. Sometimes against quality bowling opposition where there is a lot of pace, its easy.”On Sunrisers batting strategy, Warners advice to his teams batsmen is to commit to their shots. They did exactly that during the KKR match. “For us as a batting unit, we already said to the guys to commit to your shots. Because, we have seen that while they were bowling they (KKR) were getting a lot of wickets because of cross-batted shots. I gave a chance too early on.” Warner appreciated his teammates Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson for playing the supporting role to perfection.”Our gameplan was to keep going with one guy batting all way through. I have to complement the way Shikhar played. I played that role in the last game and he played a good innings here. He got me on strike often and hit the balls which needed to be hit. Obviously Kane came in and played a fantastic knock at the end. He is in good form and is really finishing off very well,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Rahul Tripathi vows to produce ‘Supergiant’ effort in IPL 2017 final vs Mumbai Indians

first_imgMaharashtra batsman Rahul Tripathi’s “Supergiant” effort in the league stages guided Pune to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he has described as a “dream experience”.Tripathi, who failed to get going in the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians, after getting out for a duck, however, pledged to back his instincts in the IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday.Tripathi’s story started with going for the trials held by IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai, where he slammed a few big shots and was drafted into a squad that had a new captain in Smith.In 13 matches, the right-handed opening batsman has compiled 388 runs with 17 sixes and 43 fours, besides single-handedly taking his team past Kolkata Knight Riders in a league stage game at the Eden Gardens, making 93 off 52 balls along the way.After a dismal domestic season, where he could manage just 185 for his state side, the 26-year-old left all that behind once he was picked by RPS.When IANS asked him about his experience with the Pune franchise, Tripathi had a prompt reply: “For me it is just a dream experience and I am extremely thrilled to play with and against world class players.””It’s been a pleasure to train and learn under the guidance of top notch players like Steve Smith and M.S. Dhoni. The journey till here has been exhilarating and I look forward to play with the same spirit in the final,” he added.advertisementPune had a dream run in the later stages of the IPL to be positioned at the second spot in the standings before beating Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier to reach the final.When asked how he had dealt with the loses which the team suffered in the early stages of the tournament, Tripathi said: “Even after being on the field for so many years, it is difficult to accept loss. But what is more important is to wake up and hit the field with the same enthusiasm.””My biggest motivation post a loss is to train and practice hard enough to erase the loss by winning the next match. Also, I strongly believe that sometimes losses prove to be a stepping stone to success,” he added.Commenting on his diet and fitness regime, Tripathi recommended ‘Too Yumm!’ wheat thins and fox nuts — the new products launched by RPS owners R.P. Sanjiv Goenka Group.”Eating healthy and exercising is the best way for an athlete to stay fit and perform at his/her best. It is important for a sportsperson to choose the right nutrients to build muscle and select the right food to help repair injuries. Protein and fibre are essential to include in a sportsperson’s diet,” he said.”In addition to wholesome meals, healthy snacking is also a great choice to ensure your body get the right amount of supplements throughout the day. ‘Too Yumm!’ is healthy alternatives that gives a boost and also the required energy to sustain long hours of hard work.”If you maintain a healthy diet and mostly importantly believe in yourself, you can conquer the game,” he signed off.last_img read more

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HIGHLIGHTS WESTERN REGION AT 2100 HRS

first_imgMumbai, Jun 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the western region at 2100 HRS:BOM 6 GJ-MODI-BUDDHAModasa: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he aspires to build a grand monument of Lord Buddha in Gujarats Aravalli district where Buddhist relics were found during an excavation.BOM 16 GJ-PM-TEXTILESGandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says time is right for India to focus on textiles exports in a big way, and urges states to take steps to promote clothing diversity in the global market.BOM 17 GJ-PREZ-LD MEIRAAhmedabad: Opposition candidate Meira Kumar kickstarts her campaign for the presidential poll from the Sabarmati ashram here and says her fight is to take forward Mahatma Gandhis ideology.BOM 11 MH-CST-MAHARAJMumbai: Citys iconic railway station Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus has been rechristened with addition of an honorific Maharaj after Shivaji to its old name.BOM 12 BIZ-RESERVES-RBIMumbai: Helped by a rise in foreign currency assets, the countrys forex reserves surges by USD 576.4 million to touch a new life-time high of USD 382.53 billion in the week to June 23, according to the RBI.BOM 4 MH-SENA-AIRINDIAMumbai: NDA ally Shiv Sena attacks the Centre over its decision to privatise national carrier Air India, says had such a decision been taken by the previous Congress-led UPA government, the BJP would not have spared it.BES 10 GA-MUTHALIK-ENTRY BANNEDPanaji: Goa government extends the ban on controversial right-wing organisation Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik for another 60-days.LGB 2 MH-HC-IPL-WATERMumbai: The Bombay High Court asks if the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament is a sports or a commercial activity and if the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had taken water from the BMC for ground and pitch maintenance during the IPL this year.advertisementLGB 4 MH-COURT-BHUJBALMumbai: The Enforcement Directorate opposes NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbals plea seeking permission to vote in the July 17 presidential election.LGB 5 MH-HC-JAILMumbai: In the wake of recent death of a woman inmate in Byculla jail, the Bombay High Court says the prisoners security across the state needs to be looked into. PTI NSK NSKlast_img read more

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Kanu, Cambiasso to attend official draw for FIFA U-17 WC

first_img(EDS: REPEATING AFTER CORRECTING DRAW DATE) Mumbai, Jul 5 (PTI) Legendary footballers Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian sporting icons Sunil Chhetri and PV Sindhu will attend the official draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India later this year. The draw to be held here on Friday will also be attended by officials from the participating teams and the host cities. The event will be telecasted live on FIFA.com. Kanu and Cambiasso are no strangers to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Kanu held the winners trophy aloft with Nigerias Super Eaglets in 1993 while Argentine great Cambiasso participated in the 1995 edition. Kanu, who won Olympic gold in 1996, was twice chosen as African Player of the Year, and played for the Super Eagles at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 editions of the FIFA World Cup. Cambiasso, meanwhile, won the FIFA U-20 World Cup 1997 and was part of Argentinas team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. “The FIFA U-17 World Cup 1993 really spurred my career ? within years of winning the title, I won the Olympic gold and from there as I would like to believe, there wasnt any looking back,” Kanu said in a statement released by the FIFA and Local Orgainsing Committee. “This tournament provides youngsters the necessary stage for development and I believe this years edition will provide us all with exceptional talent ? much like the previous tournaments.” The two football icons will be joined by India national football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Olympic medallist shuttler Sindhu, both of whom will take part as draw assistants. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Indian cricketers to come forward for cancer charity event

first_imgKolkata, Oct 26 (PTI) A galaxy of sports stars including currnet India captain Virat Kohli and the legendary Sunil Gavaskar will help raise funds for the underprivileged children battling cancer, on November 18.The others expected to be a part of the event Bishan Singh Bedi, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Leander Paes and Krishnamachari Srikkanth.Titled Legends for Hope, the programme will be hosted by the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CC&FC) and the proceeds of which will go for the treatment of the underprivileged children battling cancer at the Tata Medical Center here.Also gracing the occasion will be yesteryears former cricketers CD Gopinath and Madhav Apte, who played for India in the 1950s as the programme will mark CC & FCs 225 glorious years of cricket.As part of their support, the cricketers will also share personal stories and anecdotes that changed their lives and encourage the audience to come forward and donate.Talking about this unique celebration at CC&FC, former Indian cricketer Arun Lal, who is also the president of CC & FC said:”Its a matter of pride for us as we cherish the 225 years of our clubs glorious past.”Being a cancer survivor myself, I cannot thank Tata Medical Center enough for all the efforts they make towards providing care and treatment for cancer patients. At a personal level, it is a privilege for me to be a part of this awareness drive.”Legends for Hope will also witness a musical extravaganza with performances from the Shillong Choir and Humsufi band.advertisementMusic maestro Shantanu Moitra, known for his perfect amalgamation of classic and folk music, will present an exclusive musical score for the Tata Medical Center. PTI TAP KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Suresh Raina clears Yo-Yo test with flying colours. Is Team India watching?

first_imgSuresh Raina was working hard on his fitness at the NCA in order to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team. And it finally paid dividends when he cleared the Yo-Yo test with an impressive score of 17.2.Raina was working hard on his fitness at the NCA in order to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team.The failure to clear the endurance test was the primary reason why Raina and star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh were not considered for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in August this year.Raina posted a picture on Instagram and also thanked his trainers, coaches and officials for the support he received from them in this period.”Cleared my Yo-Yo & fitness test today, after days of hard work at NCA. Received tremendous support from all the trainers, coaches & officials.?”Thank you all. It’s always so encouraging to train here at the NCA, motivates me to push my limits and bring the best out of me,” Raina wrote in his post.The Indian team regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests with yo-yo test being the most important of them.It is an advanced version of the ‘beep’ test that was used by teams of earlier generations. The current Indian team is considered to be the fittest by a fair distance.advertisement”I am working hard. Nothing is tough in life if you enjoy your process which I have always done. I have always made tough comebacks. Like when I got injured, it was a very difficult phase. I am in a good space. Things will happen with time,” the 31-year-old had said earlier.Raina last featured for India in the T20 International series against England in February. He was the third highest-scorer in the three-match series with 104 runs at an average of 34.66 with a highest score of 63.The Uttar Pradesh cricketer has played 223 ODIs for India and amassed 5568 runs at 35.46 with five hundreds and 36 fifties. He was also the first Indian batsman to score a hundred in all three formats. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are the other two players from the country to achieve the feat.Raina has for long been India’s premier middle-order batsman before he fell out of favour with the Indian selectors due to poor form and fitness.Throughout his career Raina has played 18 knocks at No. 4 in ODIs and scored 675 runs at an average of 45 with one hundred and six half-centuries. He has batted at No. 5 on 81 occasions and has three hundreds with an impressive strike-rate and average.Apart from his experience of batting in the middle-order, Raina has the additional advantage of having played with MS Dhoni for a long time now in the national team and at Chennai Super Kings, where he has been a prolific run-scorer.last_img read more

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Rupani sworn-in as Guj CM, Patel Dy CM; 18 ministers also take

first_imgoath(Eds: Updating with more details)Gandhinagar, Dec 26 (PTI) Vijay Rupani was today sworn-in as the Gujarat chief minister for the second consecutive time, while Nitin Patel took oath as his deputy, along with 18 other ministers, at an impressive ceremony here.Governor O P Kohli administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rupani (61) and the other ministers at the ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and the chief ministers of the BJP- ruled states.Rupani took oath along with nine cabinet-rank ministers, including Patel, and 10 ministers of state at the ceremony held near the state secretariat.Rupani, sporting an orange jacket, and Patel greeted the chief ministers of the NDA-ruled states, before the ceremony began.Earlier, Rupani and his wife offered prayers at the Panchdev Mahadev temple here, ahead of the ceremony.Prominent dignitaries who attended the oath-taking ceremony included BJP veteran L K Advani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.Besides Patel, the other cabinet-rank ministers sworn-in were — Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, R C Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel, Ganpatsinh Vasava, Jayesh Radadiya, Dilip Thakor and Ishwar Parmar.The ministers of state who took oath were — Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parbat Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Raman Patkar, Parsottam Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Vasan Ahir, Kishor Kanani, Bachubhai Khabad and Vibhavariben Dave.Of the nine cabinet ministers sworn-in, five were retained from the previous ministry. Similarly, the 10 ministers of state sworn-in today included five from the earlier ministry.advertisementWhile six ministers belong to the Patel community, Bhavnagar East MLA Vibhavariben Dave is the lone woman in the new ministry.With 99 MLAs, the BJP has a simple majority in the 182- member Gujarat Assembly, 16 less than its 2012 tally of 115.The opposition Congress, which had won 61 seats in 2012, managed to increase its tally to 77 this time around. The strength of the party and its allies in the new House is 80.Rupani and Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader of the BJP legislature party respectively at its meeting held on December 22. PTI PD PJT GK VT RClast_img read more

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Fireworks Injure Fans in Turin

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TURIN, ITALY— Fireworks have exploded inside the stadium during the Torino-Juventus derby, injuring multiple fans.The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that 10 fans were injured, two of them seriously, after Juventus supporters threw the fireworks toward Torino fans.The Gazzetta says that the injured fans were treated inside the stadium and then transported to a local hospital.Before the match, Torino fans attacked the bus carrying Juve’s players to the stadium, breaking a window.last_img read more

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Bonds, Clemens May Get HOF Boost

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK— Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other tainted stars of the Steroids Era appear likely to get a boost in Hall of Fame balloting, but not enough to enter Cooperstown this year.Ken Griffey Jr. seems assured of election on the first try Wednesday, possibly with a record vote of close to 100 percent. Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines also were strong candidates to gain the 75 percent needed for baseball’s highest honor.Following the elimination of about 100 retired baseball writers from the electorate, Bonds and Clemens were on track for a 5-10 percentage point increase. After drawing about 37 percent of the ballots last year, they were in the 51 percent range this year according towww.bbhoftracker.com , which tabulated public votes adding to more than 40 percent of the total.Last July, the Hall’s board of directors cut eligible voters from approximately 575 to roughly 475 by purging writers who had not been covering the game for more than a decade. Previously, the electorate included people who had been active members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for 10 consecutive years at any point.“We have a somewhat different electorate,” John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, said Tuesday. “I think possibly the current electorate was not content to keep kicking the PED crowd down into a hole and leaving the Hall of Fame with a crater in its plaque room.”Marc Maturo, a reporter covering New York baseball for Gannett in the 1970s and ’80s, was among those who lost voting rights. He said he would have voted for Bonds, Clemens, Griffey and Raines.“The whole process I think was done too quickly, wasn’t given enough thought,” he said.Now a writer for the weekly Rockland County Times, Maturo pointed out players who received one or two votes in recent years, such as Armando Benitez, Aaron Boone, Bret Boone, Darin Erstad, Kenny Rogers, J.T. Snow and B.J. Surhoff.“They call these courtesy votes or friendship votes,” he said, “That should eliminate you. They’re not Hall of Famers by anyone’s imagination. But people vote for them. To me, that’s wrong.”A 13-time All-Star who is sixth with 630 homers, Griffey was a lock to be inducted at Cooperstown on July 24. The former Cincinnati and Seattle star appeared on all 194 ballots counted by bbhoftracker and could challenge the record of 98.84 percent set by Tom Seaver when he was picked by 425 of 430 voters in 1992.Piazza was at about 86 percent in his fourth appearance after falling short by 28 votes last year, when Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio became the first quartet elected by the BBWAA in one year since 1955.Bagwell, in his sixth appearance, and Raines, in his ninth, were in the 76-77 percent range. Last year, the actual percentage was about 5 percent under the pre-announcement figure on the vote-tracker.Bonds, the only seven-time MVP, and Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner, are both making their fourth appearance and are eligible for up to six more years.Reliever Trevor Hoffman, on the ballot for the first time, was at 63 percent on the vote-tracker and seemed likely to fall short.Mark McGwire, one of the first big stars to admit using steroids, was at 13 percent in his final ballot appearance — nearly half his peak of 23.6 percent in 2008. Alan Trammell, also on for the last time, was at 44 percent. Sammy Sosa was at 8 percent in his fourth attempt.Following the board’s decision not to accept the BBWAA’s recommendation that voters be allowed to select up to 12 candidates rather than 10, next year’s ballot could force more tough decisions. Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Magglio Ordonez are eligible for the first time.RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writerlast_img read more

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Cold Again Cancels Aqueduct Races

first_imgNEW YORK – Aqueduct has canceled the Sunday card, the second straight day of racing lost to the cold snap in the New York metropolitan area.Both Aqueduct and Belmont Park remain open for simulcast betting on out-of-state tracks.The cancellation was the sixth this winter. The next scheduled card is Monday, a holiday program on Presidents Day.A wind chill advisory issued Saturday for New York City remains in effect until noon Sunday. National Weather Service meteorologists say the city could see wind chills of 15 degrees to 24 degrees below zero, with winds gusting up to 35 mph.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kings Take Down Rangers, 4-3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar went to the net, shrugged off New York’s defense and tipped home a dramatic goal for the Los Angeles Kings. And then he did it again in overtime.With two major scores from their big man in the middle, the Kings got closer to a division title with a victory that left the Rangers fuming.Kopitar got the tying goal with 4:10 to play and redirected the winner at 1:34 of overtime, propelling Los Angeles to a 4-3 victory March 17.After tipping home a shot by Milan Lucic to force OT, Kopitar deflected a slap shot by Jake Muzzin to end it for the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who rallied from a two-goal deficit for their third straight win over a probable playoff team.“It was pretty much like a playoff game,” Kopitar said. “Lots of checking, and not a lot of room out there. … We knew it was going to be a tough game, and to come back in the third like we did, it shows the character we have in this room. It’s a nice little boost for our hockey club.”Los Angeles won after trailing to start the third period for the NHL-best eighth time this season, claiming its league-leading 13th overtime or shootout victory of the year.Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter had three assists as the Kings pulled six points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks in their quest for just their second division banner in franchise history.Kopitar got his first multi-goal game since his hat trick against the Rangers last month, but the tying goal survived a coach’s challenge from Alain Vigneault, who thought the Kings interfered with Henrik Lundqvist.New York’s star goalie was furious.“I’m so frustrated right now, I don’t even know where to begin,” Lundqvist said. “I think we’ve just got to play by the rules. The rule is you can’t have a guy in the crease. I can’t come out to play the shot. As a goalie, when you try to make a save and you have a forward motion and he doesn’t make any effort to get out. I can’t believe the ref, after watching it, didn’t get it right. That means that you can pretty much put a guy in the crease and as long as the goalie doesn’t get run over, it’s a good goal.”Kyle Clifford scored in the third and Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for Los Angeles, which returned from impressive road victories over Chicago and Dallas with a gutsy late effort.“We just kept our foot on the gas pedal,” said Brown, who has his first three-game goal streak in three years. “We had a lot of good looks and a lot of scrums around the net, and finally found a way to get them in. They were in a back-to-back, so we put a lot of pressure on them and wore them down throughout the game.”J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who haven’t won back-to-back games in March. Dan Boyle and Kevin Hayes also scored for the Rangers, and Lundqvist made 33 saves in his fourth consecutive loss in a winless March.After Hayes put New York up 3-1 early in the third, Clifford got his second goal in 45 games just two minutes later.Tyler Toffoli and Kopitar were both dangerously close to Lundqvist on the tying goal, but officials declined to reverse the call on the ice.“I agree with my goaltender,” Vigneault said. “At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t really matter what he thinks or what I think. If we ask about it, they’re going to have a great explanation as to why it was a goal, and we’ve just got to deal with it and move on.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer)last_img read more

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Rusty Australia ring changes for Greece games

first_imgMELBOURNE (REUTERS). Australia coach Ange Postecoglou will ring the changes for the Socceroos’ friendlies against Greece following their 2-1 defeat to England on Friday as he tries new combinations for the next round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.Australia will be reinforced by talismanic striker Tim Cahill and a number of Asia-based stalwarts for the Greece matches in Sydney on Saturday and Melbourne next week.“The England game was a real challenging one for us,” Postecoglou told reporters in Sydney on Monday.“Not because of just the players who were missing but (also) half the team hadn’t played for close to four or five weeks.“So to play the kind of football we want — high-intensity, high-pressure — it was always going to be a challenge.“With the Asian guys we’ll get a natural lift and a natural buzz.“Even if we didn’t have the short turnaround, we would have used these games to try and have a look at as much of the squad as we can,” Postecoglou added.“But with the short turnaround most definitely we’ll make a number of changes for the second game.“These are the last opportunities for me to have a look at some players.”Apart from Cahill and fellow China-based striker Apostolos Giannou, Postecoglou’s attacking arsenal will be boosted by forwards Mathew Leckie and Nathan Burns.China-based defenders Trent Sainsbury and Ryan McGowan will also be available to bolster a backline that was often stretched by England.Asian Cup champions Australia topped their group in the last round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and face Iraq in their opening match of Asia’s Group B in the next phase on Sept. 1.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Payet Sets up Marseille to Beat Salzburg 2-0 in Europa Semis

first_imgMARSEILLE, France (AP) — Dimitri Payet looked back to his best after setting up both goals as Marseille beat Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.Winger Florian Thauvin headed in Payet’s curling free kick deep to the back post in the 15th minute, although video replays showed Thauvin headed the ball onto his outstretched hand before it went in.“I did touch it with my hand, it seems,” Thauvin said on beIN Sports television. “But I’m happy we won and that we’re in a good position to qualify.”It was Thauvin’s 22nd goal of an outstanding season which has seen him break back into the France squad ahead of the World Cup.Payet is fighting to keep his France squad place, but another performance like this will make it hard for coach Didier Deschamps to freeze him out of Russia. He was involved in all of Marseille’s best moves at Stade Velodrome, and even chased back to harry Salzburg’s players.But he did the most damage with his passing, expertly setting up substitute Clinton N’Jie for Marseille’s second goal in the 63rd.N’Jie had been on the field only a few minutes, but brilliantly took down a pass near the halfway line and flicked it to Payet sprinting down the left. Payet then resisted the temptation to cross quickly, instead waiting for N’Jie to drift into the penalty area before feeding him with a perfect pass to fire home from.Supporters of Marseille cheer their team during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Olympique Marseille and RB Salzburg at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Salzburg beat Marseille at home and drew away in the group stage this season. But the Austrian side did not threaten until the 29th, when a fine run and shot from right back Stefan Lainer forced a smothering save from goalkeeper Yohann Pele.Midfielder Hannes Wolf almost leveled in the 53rd, but Pele expertly tipped over his rasping shot. Pele had a fine game, rushing off his line to keep out a shot from left back Andreas Ulmer, moments after Ulmer’s pass led to Xaver Schlager hitting the left post with a fine half-volley.“You can’t reach the final without effort, sacrifice and suffering,” Marseille center half Adil Rami said. “But we’re still a long way off.”The winner plays Arsenal or Atletico Madrid in the final on May 16 in the French city of Lyon. Arsenal drew with visiting Atletico 1-1.Marseille’s head coach Rudi Garcia, left, watches Salzburg’s Hee-Chan Hwang, center, during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Olympique Marseille and RB Salzburg at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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