Day-night Ashes Test under discussion

first_imgDiscussions over whether Australia will host England in a first day-night Ashes cricket Test next year are taking place but nothing has been decided yet, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Thursday.England head Down Under next November for the 2017-18 series and local media reported on Thursday that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had agreed in principle to play one of the matches under lights.A CA spokesman, however, said there had not been an agreement yet and the tour itinerary was still being finalised, though a day-night Test was part of the discussions.”Ongoing scheduling of day-night tests in the Australian summer is a natural progression,” the spokesman said.”The Ashes is a great contest and attracts huge audiences both at the ground and on television, but nothing has yet been confirmed for next summer.”CA have hosted two day-night Tests under lights over the last two seasons, both of which have been a commercial success with large numbers attending the matches against New Zealand and South Africa.While both games were at the Adelaide Oval, making it favourite to host a day-night Ashes Test, Brisbane’s The Gabba will host its first pink ball Test later this month when Australia play Pakistan.England are to host their first day-night Test next August at Edgbaston against West Indies.COOK AGAINST DAY-NIGHT ASHES TESTAlastair Cook, the England captain, said earlier this year he was against playing an Ashes Test under lights in comments echoed by Australian counterpart Steve Smith.advertisementBoth felt the traditional rivalry, the oldest in world cricket, generated enough interest.However, CA chief executive James Sutherland, a major proponent of pink-ball cricket, said the success of the two Adelaide Oval games indicated the desire for at least one day-night Test.”The scheduling of day-night Tests has been driven by a desire to make test cricket more accessible, so it is wonderful to see the format resonate with so many of our fans,” Sutherland said after the South Africa game ended on Sunday.Smith also told local media on Thursday he felt pink ball cricket was here to stay, particularly given the way lessons learned from last year’s match against New Zealand had been applied.The inaugural day-night Test lasted just three days with the twilight drastically affecting the movement of the pink ball, while batsmen also said they found it hard to see under lights.The match against South Africa lasted four days and an improved ball did not move around as much in the evening session, nor get scuffed up by the pitch.”I’ve always said we need to get the product as right as we can and the ball in as good a shape as we can and I think they’ve made some good improvements with that,” Smith told Australian Associated Press.”This year’s game was outstanding. Slightly less grass than the year before and it was almost the perfect test wicket. There was enough in it for everyone; both bat, ball, the ball spun.”I think it’s certainly here to stay.”last_img read more

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(Reopens DEL68)

first_imgPhilip was the recipient of many honours from across the globe for his illustrious and multifarious contributions in various fields. He was awarded the Hancock Medal” by the Plastic and Rubber Institute of U.K. which is the highest recognition in the world for outstanding service to the Rubber industry, based on worldwide assessment. He also received Fellowships from The Royal Chartered institute of Materials U.K., Indian Rubber Institute, Plastic and Rubber Institute of London etc. Amul honoured him with a gold medal and a citation for voluntary help for 15 years as their advisor in its fledgling days. A keen sports enthusiast and one of the oldest golfers in India, he won several trophies of the Western India Golf Association. He started his career as the manager of Travancore National Bank in Chennai . He then moved on to the Bombay branch of the bank,as its Assistant Manager. Philips affable manners, simplicity and approachability brought prestige and credibility to the business enterprises he was involved in. Acknowledging his contributions to the Indian Industry the nation honoured him with Padma Shri in 2001. With his versatility and business acumen he started The India Coffee and Tea Distributing company , Bombay better known by its founders name Philips Coffee and Tea”, which has more than 100 outlets in Mumbai. Hard working and visionary by nature, K.M Philip ventured into the diversification of rubber and its products, which made him an advisor to many Rubber Board industries in India. He was instrumental in the establishment of Gujarat Reclaim & Rubber Products. He was also engaged in many joint ventures in Malaysia. He was the guiding spirit of the Indian rubber industry. One of the founders of All India Rubber Industries Association, he served the organisation as its President and Hon. General secretary for decades. He was also the Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber institute,Chairman of Govt. of Indias Development panel for non-tyre industry. Philip served on the Rubber Board of India for 17 years. He was on the board of Malayala Manorama till 1972. He served as the whole time Director of M.R.F till date. He has also authored more than hundred articles on Indian Rubber Industry. In recognition of his services to the industry , The All India Rubber Industries Association instituted the K.M Philip Award consisting of a gold medal ,a citation and Rupees One lakh for outstanding contribution to the Indian Rubber Industry. He had been living in Mumbai for the past 70 years. PTI VSC TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Jallikattu: Centre clears Ordinance

first_imgChennai/New Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) Decks were cleared tonight for an ordinance on Jallikattu after Tamil Nadu and the Centre worked feverishly even as the state stood on the edge and protesters on Marina beach and elsewhere refused to relent until the sport is held.Tamil Nadu was brought to a standstill by a shutdown on the fifth day of the protest by students, youths and other sections demanding immediate staging of the traditional bull- taming sport in Alanganallur, epicentre of the of Jallikattu, and other places.They said they welcome the efforts to promulgate an ordinance for allowing the sport but they would not withdraw the agitation until the event is held.A draft ordinance prepared by the Tamil Nadu government was vetted by the Home Ministry. It was late in the night approved by the Ministries of Law and Environment for Presidents assent.Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who stayed back in the national capital yesterday after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced in the morning that the state government would issue an ordinance in a day or two to allow Jallikattu.A draft of the ordinance has already been given to the Union Home Ministry for getting Presidents consent after which the Governor would issue it.”After getting the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow, an ordinance will be promulgated by our Governor to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” he said on his arrival in Chennai. He said legal steps would be taken to remove “all obstacles” in the way of holding the sport.advertisementHome Minister Rajnath Singh, on whom a large delegation of AIADMK MPs called, Environment Minister Anil Dave and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave assurances of early steps by the Centre to resolve the issue soon.Parallely, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that the Centre was in talks with Tamil Nadu to find a way out in the matter after which the court agreed not to pass judgement for a week on the Jallikattu issue.With the Centre drawing flak, BJP sought to project that its government was actively engaged in resolving the issue.The Law Minister said he has held discussions with BJP president Amit Shah on the issue, while Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundarajan flanked Dave when he met the media.Though political parties have been kept away from the youth uprising, main opposition party DMK staged state-wide rail roko agitation, with its Working President MK Stalin leading the protests by squatting on tracks in Mambalam. Stalin and Kanimozhi besides many DMK workers were arrested.Stalin has also announced that he will observe a day long fast tomorrow.The call for general strike by various trade unions including those affiliated to DMK and the Left parties besides section of traders bodies led to a shutdown with shops and business establishments downing shutters and schools and colleges remaining closed across the state.The Tamil film industry expressed solidarity with Jallikattu supporters, with top actors and actresses joining a silent protest. Film shootings were suspended for the day. Superstar Rajinikanth, actors Ajit Kumar, Surya, Siva Karthikeyan besides actress Trisha, who had faced flak from the pro-Jallikattu groups for her perceived opposition to the sport by reportedly being associated with PETA, joined the silent protest. Autos and call taxis kept off the roads even as few government buses plied on the roads.Banking operations took a hit with workers taking part in protests. Employees of various IT companies held placards and banners with slogans against NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Many inter and intra-state trains were fully and partially cancelled while some others were diverted. The suburban EMU services ran late. In Chennai, all roads led to Marina beach with men and women, clad in black, besides children joining the protest that has transcended political and other differences. PTI SA VGN VIJ BN CPB TDS ACB NAB RT VSC VSClast_img read more

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ZTE’s first smartwatch is apparently called the Quartz & is based on Android Wear 2.0

first_imgGoogle’s Android Wear 2.0 is expected to breathe a fresh lease of life into the wearable platform. While incumbent smartwatch-makers – specialising in Android Wear — will likely be looking to give Android Wear 2.0 a try, others would (also) likely join in on the bandwagon. One such company is said to be ZTE. Although the company has a few activity trackers to its name, ZTE is yet to launch a full-scale smartwatch. It is apparently working on one now and it’s called the Quartz .Hardware specifics of the alleged ZTE Quartz are all but scarce at the moment. The smartwatch said to be based on Android Wear 2.0 would likely support Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, but, that’s all that we know about the Quartz for now.Google will reportedly take the wraps off Android Wear 2.0 later tonight with the launch of the long-rumoured duo of LG Watch Sport and Watch Style smartwatches. The LG-made Watch Sport and Watch Style will reportedly run Android Wear 2.0 from day one and as such can be considered as the Nexus/Pixel of smartwatches.Android Wear 2.0, first showcased by Google at I/0 2016, is being hailed as the biggest update to Google’s wearable platform since the first rendition. The most prominent takeaway would be Android Wear 2.0 supporting stand-alone apps that would run sans tethering with a compatible phone. Since, the software won’t require users to tether their watch to the phone; the watches bases on Android Wear 2.0 would be able to work seamlessly with the iPhone as well.advertisementGoogle is also readying a stand-alone app store for Android Wear 2.0 to download and install apps on the watch without needing users to download and install them on their phones first.Also Read: Google is reportedly readying two Android Wear 2.0-based smartwatches, launch expected early 2017last_img read more

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Wisden names Virat Kohli ‘Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016’

first_imgIndian cricket captain Virat Kohli was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, on Wednesday, April 5.Stats:1215 Test runs at a stupendous average of 75.93 last yearTen ODI appearances got him 739 runs at 92.37He scored 641 T20 International runs at 106.83.Only six batsmen have ever scored more international runs in a calendar year than Kohli but none of them have come close to Kohli’s average.”Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree,” Wisden announced, according to PTI..@imVKohli graces the cover of the @WisdenAlmanack as the Leading Cricketer of The Year 2016: https://t.co/2sxNYzJB06 pic.twitter.com/vjnadHC3Aj- Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) April 5, 2017Due to his brilliant run with the bat, Kohli had won the prestigious ‘Polly Umrigar award’ presented to the ‘International Cricketer of the Year’ at the BCCI Annual Awards.The Indian Captain has already been declared Wisden India Almanack’s Cricketer of the Year for the second time in its 2017 edition.Pakistani cricketers:Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have been named in the list of the five Cricketers of the Year for the first time since 1997.???Two Pakistan cricketers – @captainmisbahpk and Younis Khan – among @WisdenAlmanack’s five cricketers of the year: https://t.co/WVZRVASmzQ pic.twitter.com/tdTSCwaEs3- Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) April 5, 2017With Misbah and Younis making the list, the total number of Pakistanis to have been chosen Cricketers of the Year went up to 14, one less than India’s tally of 15.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.com  .last_img read more

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How to convince your donors that you’re effective

first_imgA new free guide is out to help your organization talk about impact in a meaningful way. Based on research of over 6,500 donors and foundation grant-makers, More Money for More Good gives nonprofits three steps to provide donors clearer, crisper information in terms of impact and performance, in the methods and on the channels that donors prefer.Your first job as a fundraiser is to connect your donors to your cause on an emotional level. Then, once you have their attention, your second job is to assure them their money will make a difference.So how do you do that?This guide focuses on how to talk to donors about impact. It includes:• How to identify and prioritize target audiences among six donors types• How to appeal to the target audiences’ core values• What tools can help nonprofits communicate their story and impact in a simple fashionCheck out the guide here. And remember, first make people care. Second, show them that when they act on that emotion, something meaningful will happen.last_img read more

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Messi hasn’t spoken to Argentina boss ‘for a while’

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni admits it has been “a while” since he last spoke to superstar Lionel Messi.Messi last played for the national team at the 2018 World Cup, but is widely expected to make his return in March.Goal revealed in January that plans are being put in place to bring the 31-year-old back into the Albiceleste squad. 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! Scaloni said at that time: “We will speak with Leo in the days before the March list. When the time is right we will speak.”I hope he can be here but more than that, we want him to be happy. I have a good feeling.”The Argentina boss has, however, conceded that efforts to welcome a mercurial talent back into the fold have gone no further since then.”I have not talked to Messi for a while now,” he said.”He has a match in a few days and we’ll see if he can play.”Messi is currently nursing a thigh problem picked up during a La Liga outing for Barcelona against Valencia.His club manager, Ernesto Valverde, has said of that knock ahead of a Clasico clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey: “[Messi] has a small problem.”I don’t know exactly what he has.”We will have to wait to see what medical staff say. If he’s in good shape, he’ll play on Wednesday.”Ahead of a Copa America campaign later this year, Argentina are scheduled to face Venezuela and Morocco in friendlies next month.Messi is enjoying another fine season for Barcelona, scoring 29 goals in 27 games in all competitions.last_img read more

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Day in the Life of a Freelancer (GIF Edition)

first_imgWHEN I WAKE UP FROM A LATE NIGHT CHASING DEADLINESVia: mashableWHEN I OPEN MY LAPTOP WHILE STILL IN BEDVia: zikauWHEN I PUT MY FREELANCE BRAIN ONVia: annfriedman.comWHEN I FINISH MY FIRST TASK OF THE DAYVia: taylorswift.comWHEN I HAVE A MILLION MORE TO GOVia: multitudeofgifsWHEN I SEE OTHER FREELANCERS SUCCEEDINGVia: buzzfeedWHEN I GET TO TAKE BREAKS OUTSIDEVia: airblujaysloveWHEN I STILL NEED TO MAKE A LIVINGVia: child-actor-gifsWHEN MY ROOMMATE TELLS ME TO PUT ON PANTS AT NOONVia: reactiongifs.comWHEN A CLIENT ASKS FOR A BIDVia: egyptologifsWHEN I GET THE GIGVia: arilohaWHEN I TELL THE CLIENT I’M AVAILABLEVia: illillillWHEN I HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO CREATIVE WORK AND COLLABORATE WITH AWESOME PEOPLEVia: gifrific.comWHEN WE LOVE OUR JOBS EVERY DAYVia: thisadvertisinglifeWHEN I GO TO SLEEP KNOWING I GET TO DO IT ALL AGAIN TOMORROWVia: crushableVia: sunshineandraisinslast_img read more

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Like this blog? Come lead it!

first_imgFreelancers Union is hiring! We’re looking for a dynamic, creative, member-oriented leader who can take one of the best blogs for freelancers to the next level.Is it you? We want to hear from you!Here’s what you’d do:Manage the editorial schedule for the Freelancers Union blogDevelop strategies and plans to increase adoption and drive member interactionBrainstorm, plan and execute social media campaigns.Continuously harvest the best posts and discussions and convert them into support contentChoose subject matter and suitable form to express member feelings, experiences or ideas to narrate stories or events.Stay up-to-date with current trends and news concerning Freelancers Union, its membership, labor and employment to become an authority on the subjects for which content is created.Our office is located in Downtown Brooklyn, and this is an on-site position. To apply, please email a resume, portfolio or links to work samples, and a thoughtful cover letter with brief salary history to resume@freelancersunion.org.While you’re at it, check out our other job listings and pass them on to your friends!last_img read more

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Down to the wire on your taxes? Time to file an extension

first_imgIf you haven’t filed your federal income tax return yet, you likely don’t need to be reminded that the April 15 deadline is coming—fast.Whatever the reason is for not filing your taxes up to this point (the dog ate your 1099s maybe?), if you’re not planning on getting them submitted by Tax Day you should consider filing Form 4868, the Application for an Automatic Extension of Time with the IRS.In addition to your federal taxes, remember that if you need more time to file your state tax or other returns specific to the state(s) that you have a tax nexus in, you are likely required to make separate extension filings.For example, if you are a freelancer in New York State, you would need to file—even if you don’t actually owe any tax—a New York State tax extension.Freelancers living in New York City and surrounding counties should also file an extension for the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax (the MCMT) by April 30 and, if applicable, the New York City Unincorporated Business Tax extension for NYC freelancers.Be sure to check the specific requirements for filing extensions in the states in which you live and do business.While filing an extension buys you some time, six months to be exact (making your tax return due on Oct. 15), it doesn’t remove the obligation of paying your taxes on time, which means you must either: a) estimate what you owe and pay it now; or b) pay later and be subject to interest on the tax you owe and, potentially, late-payment penalties.Which option should you choose? Let’s take a closer look at each one:Option A: File an extension and pay estimated taxes now.If you just need more time to get your documentation together or if you need to get a replacement for a piece of documentation in order to complete your tax return, and you have enough information to estimate the taxes you owe, this may be a good option for you.If you have a freelance business, you should be prepared to pay estimated taxes anyway, so if it’s just the paperwork that is holding you up from submitting your tax return, then filing for an extension makes sense—that way you will avoid the late payment penalty and failure-to-file penalty.Option B: File an extension and pay later.Even if you think you owe a lot of tax and don’t have the money in hand to pay the IRS, you don’t want to choose this option unless you absolutely have to. Here are two reasons why:- You will pay interest on any tax owed that is not paid by April 15 until it is paid. The IRS interest rate on underpayments changes quarterly, but it is usually around 3 percent—adding to your financial burden.- You may also face a late-payment penalty charge, unless you can prove that you have a reasonable cause for not paying on time. Usually “reasonable cause” means catastrophic occurrences such as the death of an immediate family member, a major illness, or if your tax documentation was destroyed in a fire or some other disastrous event.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberReduce your pain: It’s better to apply for an extension than do nothing at all.While Option A is obviously more desirable than Option B, filing an extension and paying later is much better than not filing a tax return at all. If you do not file a return or apply for an extension by the April 15 deadline, you will be subject to a failure-to-file penalty, which is significantly more than the failure-to-pay penalty.The failure-to-file penalty is 5 percent per month or partial month, up to a maximum of 25 percent of what is owed. Even if you have a relatively small unpaid tax bill, you will still be subject to this penalty if you don’t file on time.If you file later than 60 days after the April 15 deadline, the minimum penalty rises to the smaller of $135 or 100 percent of the unpaid tax. Keep in mind, this penalty is on top of any other interest charges or late-payment penalties that you are assessed.There are options for those who just can’t pay their taxes right now.If you just don’t have the money to pay your taxes, don’t despair—there are options for you. You could get a credit card offering no interest for a period of time and pay your taxes using it (note that the IRS does charge a convenience fee for paying with a credit card) as long as you think you can pay it off in full before interest will apply on your balance.Alternatively, you could ask for a loan from a family member, friend, or financial institution. In addition, the IRS will work with you, offering payment plans to help you meet your tax payment obligations.Take action now…file an extension before the April 15 tax deadline passes.If you are not going to be able to file your taxes by April 15, applying for an extension—and making either a full or a partial payment of the taxes you owe—can make your situation much better, as opposed to doing nothing at all and being subject to stiff penalties.In any case, if you haven’t filed your taxes yet and you are not sure what you should do, seeking the advice of a tax professional can help to ease your immediate burden—and get you back on track for next tax season.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

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Kangana Ranaut in this sizzling dress will give you the perfect weekend vibe

first_imgKangana Ranaut’s fashion misses of late, may have disappointed many of us. And if you had been yearning to see the queen of Bollywood get back on track, we have good news for you.Sashaying at a recently held cinema summit, Kangana stole a lot of hearts in an ensemble that, we bet, will bring back the otherwise dwindling hope to see the actress winning the fashion game.This time, Kangana kept it simple yet elegant, in a silver corset gown, with minimal makeup and no jewellery.Photo: Yogen Shah What caught our eye was the intricate embroidery on the sheen fabric that added the right amount of ethnicity to the look.Contrary to some of Kangana’s earlier experiments with her style quotient, this look may not have been as avant-garde. But honestly, we don’t mind her keeping to her usual sartorial taste, if the result is this unique.Also Read:Kangana Ranaut tells us how to wear a saree with shoes In fact, we highly appreciate the actress’ decision to sport a non-accessorised look which only dampened the risk of going over-the-top with the outfit. With a dress, as elaborately designed as this, it was important to tone down its brilliance and Kangana pulled the trick like a boss.Photo: Yogen Shah The Simran actress matched the Ulyana Sergeenko dress with a pair of black pointy pumps. Over all, we are happy that Kangana is finally putting enough sense to her fashion choices and we only hope it gets better with time. advertisementlast_img read more

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US President Donald Trump clashes with sports world over player protests, invitation

first_imgPresident Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the US national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit.Responding to Trump’s attacks on football players who protested during the national anthem, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump’s statements revealed “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players.Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017Goodell’s statement was released a day after Trump suggested any protesting football player was a “son of a b****” and should lose his job.”Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now…He is fired,” Trump said on Friday at a rally for Alabama Senate Republican candidate Luther Strange.Later on Saturday, Trump said in Twitter messages, that if NFL players wanted “the privilege” of high salaries they “should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred a polarizing national debate in 2016 after refusing to stand during pre-game renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” to protest police violence against African-Americans. Several players have made similar gestures of protest before games since Kaepernick initiated his protest.advertisementAs commissioner, Goodell reports to NFL owners, some of whom have supported Trump in the past. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a major Trump presidential campaign donor, was confirmed by the Senate last month as Trump’s pick to serve as US ambassador to Britain.The union representing professional football players also rejected Trump’s comments, saying it would defend their right to freedom of expression.”This union will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens,” tweeted DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association, referring to the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right to free speech.We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports. pic.twitter.com/Ec3Bc4qt9h- DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) September 23, 2017The White House could not be reached immediately to comment on the statements by Goodell or the union.NBA players also struck back against comments by the president on Saturday.In an early morning Twitter message on Saturday, the president rescinded a White House invitation to basketball star Stephen Curry, who had said he would “vote” against the planned visit by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.Trump said “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted.”It’s beneath the leader of a country to go that route,” said Curry in a news conference in Oakland, California. “It’s not what leaders do.”The Oakland-based Golden State Warriors said in a statement that the team had intended to meet to discuss the potential visit at the first opportunity on Saturday morning.”We accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited,” the team said.LeBron James came to Curry’s defense, disputing Trump’s assertion that visiting the White House was an honor.U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!- LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017″Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James, a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential elections, said on Twitter.”Its not about dividing. We as American people need to come together even stronger.?? – @KingJames responds to @realDonaldTrumps comments. pic.twitter.com/UHpzXpb42K- UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 23, 2017last_img read more

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Virat Kohli savours ‘special feeling’ after recieving ICC Test Championship Mace

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) presented the Test championship mace to India captain Virat Kohli in the Newlands Stadium here at the conclusion of the South Africa tour on Saturday.On behalf of the ICC, Cricket Hall of Famers Sunil Gavaskar and Graeme Pollock of South Africa made the presentation immediately after the awards ceremony for the T20I series.”Having received it twice in a row is a special feeling,” Virat Kohli said, who was ruled out of the third T20I with a stiff back.”The support staff have done all the hard work. We are looking forward to it (tours to England and Australia).”I’d say we are still 80% (as a Test unit). When we are able to achieve what we want to in the two tours, we’ll be more content. But our 80% is also exciting. To be a world class side, you have to be 100%”India beat South Africa by 7 runs in the third and final T20I at Cape Town to clinch the three-match series 2-1.The Men in Blue, led by stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma, posted 172 for 7 after being put into bat and then restricted South Africa to 165 for 6.India have ensured the number one spot on the ICC Test team rankings and a prize of $1 million after their victory in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa last month ensured that no team can move ahead of them in the rankings at the April 3 cut-off date.India came to South Africa on the back of nine consecutive Test series victories but that unbeaten streak was broken when the Kohli-led side lost the first two Tests in Cape Town and Centurion.advertisementAfter losing a four-Test series in Australia in 2014-15, India went to Sri Lanka and beat the islanders 2-1 in Kohli’s first full series as captain.Next up, they defeated South Africa 3-0 at home before beating West Indies 2-0 in their own den.Thereafter, began a sensational run at home during which they defeated New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.India again travelled to Sri Lanka in 2017 and whitewashed them 3-0. On the return trip to India, Kohli led from the front with 610 runs as the hosts won the three-match series 1-0.The South Africa tour marked the beginning of a long overseas run. India’s next Test assignment will be when they host Afghanistan in a one-off Test in June before flying to England for a marathon series.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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Sridevis funeral tomorrow

first_imgMumbai, Feb 27 (PTI) Bollywood diva Sridevis funeral will take place tomorrow late afternoon here, the family said in a statement.In a detailed announcement, the family said her body will be kept at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala for people to pay their last respects before it is taken for cremation.”On behalf of Khushi, Janhvi, Boney Kapoor, the entire Kapoor and Ayyappan families, a sincere thanks to the media for your continued sensitivity and support during this emotional moment,” the statement read. It said that well-wishers can pay their condolences from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Celebration Sports Club, Garden No 5, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West.The family said media can also pay their respects “provided camera, recording devices, etc are left outside the venue”. “The last journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery.” The cremation will take place at around 3.30 p.m. The 54-year-old actor, known as Indian cinemas first woman superstar, passed away in her hotel room in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers late on Saturday. PTI KKP BK BK –last_img read more

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Sindhu, Srikanth get top seeding at CWG

first_img(Eds: Repeating after correction in headline and adding more information) Gold Coast, Apr 3 (PTI) Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and World No 2 K Srikanth have been given the top billing in their respective womens and mens singles badminton competitions of the Commonwealth Games, starting at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on April 10. In the draw of 64, Sindhu will begin her quest for the gold in the second round against Falkland Islands Zoe Morris after both the players received byes in their respective opening rounds. The 22-year-old Indian is expected to meet 2014 Glasgow Games champion Michelle Li in the semifinals. The third seeded Canadian had beaten Sindhu in the semi-finals four years back en route the gold medal. The 2010 champion and former world No 1 Saina Nehwal has been seeded second and will start her campaign with a second-round clash against Elsie de Villiers in the other half of the draw. Ruthvika Gadde, meanwhile, has been seeded eighth and she will face the winner of the match between Ghanas Atipaka Grace Gha and Ah Wan Juliette of Seychelles in the second round after receiving a bye in the first round. She is likely to face 2014 silver medallist Kristy Gilmour in the quarterfinals. In mens singles, Srikanth, who clinched four titles in the last season, will open his campaign against Liam Fong of Fiji and is likely to clash with 2010 silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph in the semi-finals. The other Indian H S Prannoy, who reached the quarterfinals at the All England Championship last month, has been seeded third and will start his tournament with a second-round clash with the winner of the match between Mauritius Paul Christopher Jean and Seychellois Steve Malcouzane.advertisement He is expected to face three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei, who has been seeded second, in the semifinals. The Malaysian star, a household name in Asia, won the gold medal at the Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 Games. Prannoy had defeated Lee twice last year at the Indonesia Open and Denmark Open. Malaysias depth will be on show with mixed doubles pairing of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai and defending mens doubles champions Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong emerging as gold medal favourites. For India, mens doubles combo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksai Rankireddy are the dark horses. The duo, who had reached the semifinals at the Indonesia Masters, got a bye and will face either Lubah Aatish and Paul CJ of Mauritius or Falkland Islands Clark Douglas and Adeoye Tobi in their first match. Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki, seeded fourth, will also fancy their chances as they square up against Gibson Karyn and Molia Burty of Fijji or Ugandas Kasirye Brian and Nakiyemba Aisha in a second-round match. Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will open their campaign against Guernseys Hardy Stuart and Chloe le Tissier. In the womens doubles, Melbournes Gronya Somerville and Indonesian-born Setyana Mapasa have been handed the top billing and are tipped to take the gold. N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini are seeded second and will be up against either Australian combo of Veeran Renuga and Choo Leanne or Singapores Ong Ren-Ne and Wong J Y C in the second round after getting a bye. Ashwini, who had clinched a gold and silver alongwith Jwala Gutta, will be hoping to be third time lucky. Badminton event will begin on Thursday with the mixed team championship, which features the Commonwealths top 16 nations across four groups, including top contenders Malaysia, England and India. PTI ATK KHS ATlast_img read more

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IPL 2018: Krishnappa Gowtham feeling ‘on top of the world’ after heroics vs Mumbai

first_imgKrishnappa Gowtham emerged as the hero on Sunday night for Rajasthan Royals as they pulled off a remarkable heist after staring down the barrel against Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Needing 38 to win off 14, RR were almost down and out as Mumbai did fantastically to get back into the game after Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes built the platform for a victory for the home side.The duo put on a partnership of 72 runs for the third wicket before the Englishman was cleaned up by Hardik Pandya. Two overs later, Jasprit Bumrah removed the new Orange Cap holder Samson and Jos Buttler on back-to-back deliveries to pull things back for the defending champions. Mustafizur Rahman then got the better of Henrich Klaasen and reduced RR to 125/6.The magical @IamSanjuSamson takes back the Orange Cap!A sensational half ton in tonight’s match!#RRvMI #JazbaJeetKa #HallaBol #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/aakj0sezXyRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 22, 2018And out came Gowtham. The Karnataka spinner, who was bought by the 2008 champions for a whopping Rs 6.2 crore, came, saw and conquered the side, who also looked to avail his services in the auction.Predominantly a spinner, Gowtham was expected to support the ‘better’ batsman Jofra Archer but he had other plans. The Karnataka player first took 10 runs off the Fizz’s last two balls of the 18th over and then went on to hit two more boundaries off Bumrah’s last over.However, needing 10 runs off the last over, he saved the best for the last. Gowtham guided a Hardik Pandya wide yorker over point for a boundary and slapped him over mid-wicket to win the match for his side by three wickets. He remained unbeaten on 33 off 11 balls. He smashed four boundaries and two sixes.advertisementA nail biting finish here in Jaipur as the @rajasthanroyals beat #MumbaiIndians by three wickets.#RRvMI pic.twitter.com/TFu2DpyJNfIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2018And the 29-year-old was on top of the world after his heroics with the bat.”On top of the world, had a decent first-class season with the bat. My captain said ‘believe’, and that’s what I did,” said Gowtham.The right-hander showed nerves of steel in the last over as he turned down a single to keep the strike. Speaking about that, he said: “No nerves on turning the single down. Just needed six off three balls, one good hit, that’s all I was thinking.”With the win, Rajasthan finally brought and end to their losing run and have now lost three and won three in this year’s IPL. Mumbai Indians on the other hand, lost their fourth match this season and have only won one match.RR will next Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 29 while MI will host Kane Williamson’s side as well on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Liverpool will match Real’s experience with desire, promises Klopp

first_imgLiverpool boss Juergen Klopp isn’t too bothered about the lack of experience his Liverpool side has compared to the ‘big boys’ of Real Madrid.He says that his boys can match up to the Madristas in terms of desire and work-rate and can give them a good match on Saturday in Kiev.Real Madrid are looking to win their fourth Champions League final in five years while Liverpool are in their first final in the competition since 2007.The Galacticos are going to play their fourth final in five years and if they win this year as well, it will be a hat-trick of Champions League trophies for the Men-in-White.But Klopp isn’t interested in giving too much importance to Real’s experience going into the final.”They are more experienced. That is a fact. If there is an experience market, they should sell it because then they would be even more rich than they are already,” Klopp said.”Experience is very important in life but not the only important thing in life and especially in football.”It is an advantage to be more experienced but you can level it with desire, with readiness, attitude work rate and that is what I love in football. We have our own experience. We have not that positive experience that we won the last two finals or something but we made our own experience,” he said.Its the friendship within the #LFC squad that has intrigued Reds in recent months.@MoSalah and Dejan Lovren have come together for a must-not-miss interview.Tomorrow. https://t.co/9yc8puBQXP. pic.twitter.com/JQZ0m4pF9AadvertisementLiverpool FC (@LFC) May 21, 2018The German suggested Liverpool will, however, have to raise their game to a new level to defeat Zinedine Zidane’s side.”Let’s go there and try to perform on a level which maybe people would say it is not possible for us – but it is possible,” he said.”And that is exactly what we should do. We did all the things we need for this game plenty of times already in the Champions League campaign and now we have to do it again, that’s it, against a really strong team,” he said.ATTACKING STYLELiverpool’s attacking style served them well in their impressive wins over Manchester City and AS Roma in the quarters and semi-finals and Klopp said it would be unwise to change their approach now.”I am not a psychologist, obviously, but if somebody would tell me constantly that everything is different in the next game then I would get nervous,” he said.”We have to handle the situation and we have to handle it as an opportunity, because it is an opportunity and nothing else.”You cannot go into a football game without knowing it is possible you can lose it. I experienced, much too often, that situation but I am still alive and I am still a happy person, so life goes on. But that doesn’t make the moment better,” he said, referencing his five losses in finals.FIVE sleeps to go until the #UCLfinalpic.twitter.com/LYc5GU7DNPLiverpool FC (@LFC) May 21, 2018The former Borussia Dortmund coach said that his team had to have the courage to attack Real.”We will try, in a very positive way, everything to show the boys why it makes sense to be really brave in the game. That is what we did in all the other games. It was not easy to be brave against Man City and against Roma, both here and there, but the boys did it,” he said.”As long as we did that we were always really in the game. The moment we tried to defend the result a little bit we were more or less out.”Not only does Klopp believe his team are more effective attacking but he believes that a more cautious approach would not have taken his side to the final.”If we had tried to play like Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid whatever we would have been out in the group stages, so we have to be more lively than other teams because we have a lack of experience,” he said.”Real Madrid are a world class team, we are a top class team, there is still a difference and if you are not on the same level you have to do more, invest more.”Doing more can lead to mistakes but I don’t think at the moment there are any alternatives to that. That is why we do it like we do it.”advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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