Alisson debuts in crushing Liverpool win

first_imgAlisson pulled on a Liverpool shirt for the first time on Saturday in a crushing 5-0 win over Napoli in Dublin.The Brazil goalkeeper, signed last month in a world-record deal from Roma, had very little to do as the Reds dominated their penultimate pre-season friendly and deservedly thrashed the Serie A side.What he was required to do, though, he did well, with a £65 million ($85m) addition giving supporters an early look at what he is capable of. 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! Jurgen Klopp’s team just four minutes to take the lead against Serie A opposition – James Milner lashing home left-footed from the edge of the area following Sadio Mane’s cut-back.And Georginio Wijnaldum made it 2-0 soon after, exploiting suspect goalkeeping from Orestis Karnezis to head in Milner’s pinpoint cross.Fans had to wait for Liverpool’s third, but it eventually arrived just before the hour as the ball broke kindly for Mohamed Salah in the penalty area and he picked out the top-left corner.Daniel Sturridge wasted a good chance to get in on the act but soon made amends, smashing home a rebound with 73 minutes on the clock.And Alberto Moreno wrapped things up a few moments later, beating Karnezis at his near post with a rasping 20-yard drive.A productive evening for the Reds was only soured by an unfortunate injury suffered by Milner, with the versatile midfielder left requiring 15 stitches following a clash of heads with Mario Rui.Klopp told the club’s official website afterwards: “I knew that he would get stitches because we saw it on the pitch. He’s in the dressing room so I have to see him first before I can say more.“That’s obviously the big shadow over that game.”He added to reporters: “James Milner played a brilliant game before going off with a crazy cut.”[He’s had] a lot of stitches, 15, and you don’t want that in that position in your face. But then he is quite positive about it, but probably nobody showed him the mirror so far!”Hopefully it will be good and that’s very important. It’s not about celebrating the moment, it’s about working for the big moments.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

IPL 2017 RPS vs SRH Highlights: How MS Dhoni masterclass floored Hyderabad

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 24 between Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MCA stadium in Pune. (Scorecard | Points Table)Just as we said earlier, its just the start! #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi pic.twitter.com/9n8XpC6Nof- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017PUNE INNINGS:MS Dhoni: It was a difficult one but it was important that, since we had strikers towards the end, that we take Rashid out of the game. That was his last over. It’s not a pretty big ground, and there was a pretty strong breeze. That was the plan. It was slightly above average, the run rate. You can’t always pull it off. Manoj’s contribution was very important. In modern day cricket, there’s no run rate that’s high. It boils down to how the opposition bowlers execute. Overall I feel that last four overs you can get 60 runs provided the opposition plays badly and you play well.Steve Smith: Got pretty close towards the end there. MS did what he’s done for such a long period of time. Probably thought it was a 160-165 wicket. We probably didn’t execute our plans right. Tripathi was very good at the top there. These are big five games for us. If we can keep playing like that, and climb up the ladder it will be nice.19.32 IST: What a thriller we have just witnessed! MS Dhoni repeats his old heroics to finish a match that was not in his their hands at one moment of the match. He came in the middle after Pune lost their captain Steven Smith and with his team needing 90 off 55 balls. He was a bit tentative in the start of the innings but was always positive. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end but he kept his calm and stitched a 58-run stand with Manoj Tiwary to the hosts home. A last ball four really was the icing on the cake for this champion player who was facing a lot of criticism lately.advertisement19.31 IST: FOUR! Dhoni finishes it off in style! Phew what a match! Dhoni the finisher has returned and in what manner! Kaul bowls a full ball, outside off, Dhoni calmly drives it through covers for a boundary. The Pune dugout is ecstatic and why not these last over wins lift the team altogether. PUNE WIN BY SIX WICKETS.19.31 IST: 2 needed off 1! MS Dhoni on strike. Plenty of talks going on. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is having a chat with the bowler. Can we have a Super Over?Match 24. 19.1: S Kaul to M Tiwary, 4 runs, 170/4 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Dhoni leads from the front. Great way to bring up his 50.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017Back to back boundaries from #MSDhoni #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017Final 12 balls, 30 runs required. Nail biting finish this at the MCA Stadium! #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017Match 24. 17.5: M Siraj to MS Dhoni, 4 runs, 146/4 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201719.14 IST: SIX! Smashed! Back of a length delivery, outside off, Dhoni stands tall and slap-pulls it over long on for a maximum.19.13 IST: DROPPED! Siraj bowls a full toss, outside off, Dhoni tries to drive it past covers. But he doesn’t time it well, Bhuvneshwar Kumar runs ahead from that position gets his fingertips to the ball but fails to hold onto it. Siraj appreciates the effort from his senior bowler. One run taken.Match 24. 16.6: B Kumar to M Tiwary, 4 runs, 130/4 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017.@tiwarymanoj walks out into the middle. 55 off 22 balls. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201719.04 IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar strikes straightaway. Serves a fuller delivery around leg, Stokes tries to go over mid-wicket with a flick. But he doesn’t quite connect it well. The ball goes straight to the substitute fielder Shankar who runs ahead and takes a well-judged catch. Another failure for Stokes with the bat. A timely strike for Hyderabad. Pune need 56 off 23 balls. Rising Pune Supergiant 121/4 (16.1 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)Match 24. 14.6: S Kaul to B Stokes, 4 runs, 115/3 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Almost a helicopter! FLAT SIX that! What power #MSDhoni #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017#RPS 101-3 after 14 overs. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201718.49 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan is not only amazing with his googlies and leg breaks but also his fielding. Tossed up delivery around middle and leg, Dhoni uses his feet and clips it towards mid-wicket and starts running. Rashid runs to his right, collects the ball and fires a throw to score a direct hit at the striker’s end. It seemed out instantly but the umpires go upstairs. Replays show he is well outside the crease and is out, but Rahul doesn’t feel the need for the big screen to say that as he was already in the dugout by the time it the red signal was on the screen. A disappointing end to an amazing innings. Rising Pune Supergiant 98/3 (13.1 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)advertisement13 overs have been bowled #RPS 98-2, need another 79 runs off 42 deliveries. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201718.42 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot! Room on offer and punished! Good length delivery, outside off, Dhoni cuts it hard through point for a boundary. The third man fielder had no chance.Superstar @Mozzie21 is into the attack! Time to show it with the ball now Mozzie.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201718.35 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan has dismissed yet another big fish! The leggie bowls the wrong ‘un and Smith plays a wrong shot. He makes room and looks to guide it down but instead he chops on and the ball crashes onto the stumps. He is livid with himself and almost bangs his willow on the ground. Rashid starts celebrating and Naman Ojha joins him. But I don’t think the crowd mind the wicket because the chants of DHONI, DHONI have begun. Rising Pune Supergiant 87/2 (10.5 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)Match 24. 9.5: B Sharma to S Smith, 6 runs, 82/1 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Match 24. 9.4: B Sharma to S Smith, 6 runs, 76/1 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201718.29 IST: FOUR! Short and outside off, Tripathi goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Poor end to the over!18.27 IST: FIFTY! Rahul Tripathi slams maiden fifty in IPL. Shortish and outside off, Tripathi punches it through covers for a run. A fine innings from the youngster but he has to carry on.18.23 IST: Time Out has been taken. Rahul Tripathi is one short of a well deserved century. He has looked in ominous start and it is vital for Hyderabad to get rid of him as soon as possible. Let’s see what strategy they chalk out for the youngster.Match 24. 5.6: S Kaul to R Tripathi, 6 runs, 55/1 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017Match 24. 5.4: S Kaul to R Tripathi, 4 runs, 49/1 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201718.12 IST: SIX! That came of the middle of the willow. Good length delivery, in the line of the stumps, Rahul Tripathi comes down the ground and lofts the white object over mid on for a maximum. Pune have scored 45 runs so far, out of those Rahul has scored 37.#RPS 37-1. Tripathi in full flow. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201718.07 IST: FOUR! This young boy is enjoying his time at the centre, isn’t he? Length ball, outside off, Tripathi slashes it through point for a boundary.18.06 IST: SIX! He’s timed that extremely well. Short again, on the sticks, Tripathi stays in his crease and pulls it over square leg for half a dozen.advertisement18.05 IST: DROPPED! Tripathi gets a reprieve! Siraj bowls a shortish delivery around off, Tripathi tries to pull it but only manages a top edge. The ball lobs high up in the air and goes behind. Bipul Sharma runs behind from short fine leg, gets under the ball but fluffs it. An easy catch put down! They run a brace in that time.18.02 IST: WICKET! A false dismissal, really! Rahane’s poor run in the tournament continues. Bipul Sharma flights it around leg, Rahane uses his feet and tries to go over mid on. But he mistimes the ball and goes towards Kaul at mid on who goes to his right and reverse cups it. Bipul celebrates the wicket like Afridi! Rahane walks back sadly. Rising Pune Supergiant 15/1 (3.1 overs) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (176/3)17.58 IST: FOUR! Serves a length ball, outside off, Tripathi tries to run it down to third man but edges it a lot finer and past keeper for a boundary.Down the track and slapped! Absolute arrogance in the stroke from Tripathi! FOUR! #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201717.49 IST: The visitors are on the field and are discussing their strategy. Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi have arrived at the crease. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts the proceedings for Hyderabad.HYDERABAD INNINGS:17.33 IST: HYDERABAD END ON 176/3! Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda clubbed ensured that Hyderabad post a competitive total on board. The visitors scored 63 runs in the last five overs and Pune’s death bowling once again harmed them. In hindsight, David Warner’s wicket was a boon for his side as he failed to get going and once he fell Hooda played a handy cameo. Shikhar Dhawan too batted at a poor strike rate of 103.44 in his innings of 30. Kane Williamson was looking good but was undone by a slower ball of Daniel Christian.17.32 IST: FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Henriques opens the face of the bat and slices it between backward point and short third man for a boundary.17.30 IST: FIFTY! Fantastic knock! Thakur follows the batsman down the leg side with a fuller length ball, Henriques still manages to make room and drives it crisply through covers for a boundary. Henriques slams his fifth fifty.17.29 IST: FOUR! Superbly played! Shardul hurls in a slower short ball around off, Hooda picks it in a trice, waits for it on the back foot and at the last moment lifts it over the keeper for a boundary.Last 6 balls, SRH 161-3. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017He waited to perfection and BAM! @Mozzie21 strikes that for a clean SIX!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017MASSIVE! @imDeepakHooda smokes that off the bat for a SIX out of the park.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201717.23 IST: FOUR! Henriques is loving playing square of the wicket. Shardul Thakur bowls short and outside off, 119 kph, the Aussie rocks back and steers it behind point for a boundary.Match 24. 17.3: S Thakur to D Hooda, 4 runs, 140/3 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017After 17 overs we’re at 134/3. @Mozzie21 ends it with a superb stroke to the fence for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201717.16 IST: WICKET! Bowled ’em! Unadkat returns to over the wicket for the southpaw and angles in a slower delivery, on back of a length around middle, following the batsman, Warner tries playing the reverse batted shot, or maybe a switch hit, but fails to connect. It goes on to hit the stumps and it ends Warner’s rather unusual stay at the crease. Failed to get going in spite of spending so much time in the middle. Sunrisers Hyderabad 129/3 (16.3 overs) vs Rising Pune Supergiant17.15 IST: SIX! Out of here! Unadkat runs in from around the wicket and angles in a full ball around off, Henriques attacks it with all his might and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie..@danchristian54 finishes his spell. 4-0-20-1. Pure class. SRH 122-6 after 16. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201717.11 IST: Time for the Time Out. Pune have so far controlled the match but now a crucial phase of the match is coming. They need to bowl well to ensure that Hyderabad stay below 150 runs.With 5 overs to go, #DavidWarner is up to the task. Strikes it for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201717.05 IST: SIX! Tahir loses his control over the ball, lets out a high full toss around off, Warner turns inside the crease with the switch hit and sends it rocketing over point for a biggie. It’s called a no ball for a waist high full toss.17.02 IST: FOUR! Henriques has decided to attack. An off pace delivery, a touch short and in the line of the stumps, Moises makes room, shimmies down the track and forces it past the diving mid off fielder for a boundary.17.01 IST: FOUR! Nicely done! Back of a length delivery on off, Henriques shifts his weight on the back foot and powers his pull shot over mid-wicket for a boundary.Just 2 runs & wicket. Well bowled Mate! @danchristian54 SRH 85-2 after 13 #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201716.56 IST: WICKET! Plumb in front! That’s a massive breakthrough for Pune. Clever change in pace by Christian has deceived the Kiwi. Sunrisers Hyderabad 84/2 (12.3 overs) vs Rising Pune SupergiantMatch 24. 11.6: B Stokes to K Williamson, 4 runs, 83/1 https://t.co/v8gWTphfG4 #RPSvSRH- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 2017First maximum of the innings brought to you by Kane. It’s a start. ???#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201716.50 IST: SMITH DROPS A SITTER! A slower full ball outside off, angling in, Warner sticks back and hammers it straight to mid off. It’s uppish, travelling and Smith drops a dolly. You don’t often see this player dropping catches. Knowing him, he will be kicking himself for missing out. Warner can punish them for this!At the half way stage we’re at 65/1. Slow start, but remember, we have some classy men out in the middle.#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201716.38 IST: WICKET! Wicket first ball for Imran Tahir and he is up and running in celebration. What an impact bowler he is! A bit on the shorter side around middle, Dhawan goes back to pull but gets a big top edge. The ball balloons in the air and Tripathi in the deep mid-wicket region judges the skier perfectly. Shikhar falls after providing a start. Sunrisers Hyderabad 55/1 (8.1 overs) vs Rising Pune Supergiant16.31 IST: Time Out has been taken. The going has been decent from the visiting team. They haven’t gone hammer and tongs but have done well to score at a decent rate and more importantly all their wickets are in tact.SRH 53-0 after 7 overs. 8 off that over. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 2017Excellent use of the feet by #Shikhar straight to the boundary line for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 201716.27 IST: FOUR! Slower delivery by Thakur, Warner picks it early, goes on the back foot and punishes the shorter ball through backward point for a boundary. 11 from the over, a good Powerplay for Hyderabad.#DavidWarner whacks that straight down the ground, he picked up the length with ease and got that racing for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017SRH 34-0 after 5 overs. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201716.22 IST: NOT OUT! The umpires have gone up for a run out against Shikhar Dhawan. The Pune players are confident. Is Dhawan in danger? No, he isn’t! Stokes angles in a length ball from around off, Dhawan works it towards mid-wicket and looks to steal a single. Unadkat manning that region attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker’s end. They appeal, it’s referred upstairs but the replays show that Dhawan was safely in.16.18 IST: FOUR! Poor delivery by Ben, he bowls it short and wide outside off, Dhawan uses his lovely hands to whack it through backward point for a boundary.#Shikhar cuts that through off #Stokes for a FOUR!#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange #RPSvSRH- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) 22 April 2017After 3 overs SRH 2-0, 8 coming off that over. #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) 22 April 201716.09 IST: Dhoni has a word with the bowler Washington Sundar and suggests him some field changes. He asked him to take square leg back and seeing that Steven Smith makes the change.16.03 IST: FOUR! Dhawan is off the mark with a boundary! Unadkat angles in a length ball, around middle and off, Dhawan charges down the track and forces it past mid on for a boundary.15.58 IST: It’s time to play the game. Out come David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting for the visiting team. Pune are beginning with the pace of Jaydev Unadkat.#IPL Match 24: Here are the Playing XIs for #RPS & #SRH pic.twitter.com/QRKtW899hd- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 22 April 201715.42 IST: For Pune – Sundar Washington replaces Rahul Chahar15.36 IST: Big Blow for Hyderabad! Yuvraj Singh is unwell and will miss this match. Bipul Sharma has been drafted into the playing XI as a replacement.15.32 IST: TOSS! Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith opts to bowl against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad.15.28 IST: We are just moments away from the toss now. Australia captain Steve Smith and his deput David Warner will be going against each other today. I guess that’s the beauty of the IPLWelcome @SunRisers to our fortress,playing you guys here for the 1st time. Lets give our fans a cracker of a game #RPSvSRH #RangWahiJungNayi- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 22, 201715.18 IST: Sunrisers players have fun off the field with the ‘Never Have I Ever’ challengeWatch our boys give it a go at the Never Have I Ever Challenge.Bored Games – Episode 1#OrangeArmy #RiseOfOrange pic.twitter.com/jRWZEIALH6- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 21, 201715.10 IST: Great initiative taken by the Pune franchise for today’s match which promises to be a thriller.25 differently abled soldiers will watch us play at the MCA Stadium, proud & privileged. #SupergiantsForSoldier #RPSvSRH @ketto pic.twitter.com/79ZYiIqnCo- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 22, 2017Brief Preview:A confident Sunrisers Hyderabad, on a two-match winning run, will face a rejuvenated Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.WATCH: Nitish Rana, Manish Pandey dominate frenetic week 3 of IPL 2017Earlier this week, Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at home and now they play their third away match. They had lost their earlier two away matches.And come Saturday, they will be keen to win the Pune clash so that they can take the confidence to their coming away games at Bengaluru and Mohali.Australian Steven Smith-led Pune, who defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match to end a three-match losing streak on Sunday, will be fresh and raring to go after a five-day break. Pune team, which has won two matches from five games, must have utilised the five-day break as a period to recharge their batteries and retrospect themselves with the middle campaign of the IPL about to reach.To overcome a strong team like Hyderabad, Pune will have to put up a strong show with both the bat and the ball. Pune will be expecting Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes to fire in order to post a good total.Pune’s bowling, always the weak link, must be confident after restricting a powerful RCB batting line-up to 134/9 in pursuit of 162. A lot will depend on how veteran South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir performs.Medium pacers Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Stokes and Daniel Christian will again need to raise the bar as they will be up against the likes of a top-heavy Hyderabad batting line-up, which features David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson. Australian left-handed opener Warner has been leading the way for them, having notched 239 run in six innings so far.last_img read more

Exclusive: OnePlus 5 will come with dual camera, seamless back cover

first_imgOnePlus is gearing up to launch the OnePlus 5. There have been many rumours and leaks regarding the phone but now India Today Tech can confirm that the phone will have a dual camera on its back. For now no other details about the phone are known, although it is expected that the OnePlus 5 will launch in the next two months and it will hit key markets like India and China at the same time.The image of the phone, which India Today Tech has sourced from people who have seen the phone and have possibly worked on the OnePlus 5, also shows that the phone may retain the design that consumers first saw in the OnePlus 3T. This means the OnePlus 5 too will have the similar metal frame made of brushed aluminium and will possibly have the similar rounded edges. Also considering the fact that the phone doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner on the back means it will have that sensor under the screen on the front.But there is one major change: the OnePlus 5 does have the same antenna lines that are there on the OnePlus 3T. Instead, its rear cover looks seamless. If this seamless back cover is indeed part of the final design of the phone, chances are that the OnePlus 5 will look pretty stunning, although it may also lose some of its “edginess” and “industrial looks” that the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T sport. The OnePlus 5 is also expected to come in grey, gold and black colours.   advertisementAfter the blockbuster success of the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, theupcoming OnePlus 5 is an important phone for the company. With theOnePlus 5, OnePlus needs to show that its success in 2016 was no flashin a pan and that it can sustain the momentum. Along with the dualcamera, it is also almost certain that OnePlus 5 will come with OxygenOS based on Android Nougat. Already, the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3Tuse Android Nougat as the base for their software.According to our sources, one important thing to note about this OnePlus 5 image is that the design is not final yet. Some aspects of the design may change as OnePlus tweaks the phone ahead of its possible launch in June.Also Read: OnePlus 5 name confirmed, Oxygen OS 4.1.3 arrives for OnePlus 3TThe dual camera feature is particularly important because it will help OnePlus 5 match or beat phones like the iPhone 7 Plus, and now the Xiaomi Mi 6, that use similar dual cameras to offer features like a telephoto lens and portrait blur mode. Although for now, there are no specific details of the image sensors inside the OnePlus or what kind of lenses it will use. Though we have heard that the front camera will be the same 16-megapixel shooter that made debut on the OnePlus 3T. The dual camera will also help OnePlus 5 users click better low-light photos. It is possible that with the dual camera in its flagship phone, OnePlus may use the same method that Huawei’s Honor 8 and Micromax Dual 5 use during low light to create images that have better colours and more contrast.   Other hardware details of the OnePlus 5 are not known. Although on the basis of the OnePlus 3T, it is easy to guess what will be inside the OnePlus 5. Given that this year’s high-end phones are going to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the OnePlus 5 will also almost certain to come with the same processor. Additionally, it will have at least 6GB RAM because that is what the OnePlus 3T has. It will also almost certainly come in two variants — 64GB and 128GB. There are also rumours of the OnePlus 5 coming with 8GB RAM but this is something that India Today Tech can not confirm right now.As far as the screen is concerned, the OnePlus 5 will use a 5.5-inch screen though there is no clarity on the resolution yet. That could be either 1080P, similar to what the OnePlus 3T has, or it could be 1440P.OnePlus 5 India priceOn the pricing part too there is no clarity yet. But just like other OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 5 too will be aggressively priced compared to other flagship phones like the Galaxy S8. For example, despite its good hardware and features the OnePlus costs Rs 29,999, making it the best value for money phone in India.But irrespective of the price, it is also fairly safe to assume that OnePlus 5 could be the phone of the year, similar to how the OnePlus 3 was for most consumers in 2016. This year again, the possibility is that the phone might beat others in the market by matching or surpassing the likes of the Galaxy S8, iPhone 8 and HTC U11 and yet costing significantly less. Although price is one area where OnePlus 5 will have to slug it out with the Xiaomi Mi 6, in case Xiaomi brings that phone to India.  advertisementLast year OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei had told India Today Tech that irrespective of the price, the company wants to give its consumers the best phone.Also Read: OnePlus 5 spotted again, launch date set for Q2 2017The price doesn’t matter. “Some people think we have the best product while some think we have the best product at a given price. This caveat is something I don’t want. We just want to create the best products. Period. No caveats,” Pei had told India Today tech. “We don’t want consumers to see the price of the phone”.Sources say that the same philosophy guides the development of the OnePlus 5. Even if it costs less than a phone like the Galaxy S8, iPhone 8 or HTC 11, which will launch on May 16, it won’t be lacking in any area compared to these phones. In fact, say sources, this is same idea that has prompted the company to use dual-cameras on the upcoming OnePlus 5 because it doesn’t want consumers to miss out on any feature.last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester City FC move to third sport after beating Leicester City FC

first_imgRiyad Mahrez had a bizarre penalty ruled out as Manchester City survived a stirring Leicester City fightback to claim a 2-1 victory and climb above Liverpool into third place in the Premier League on Saturday.After dominating before the interval, the hosts were hanging on at times in the second half and Mahrez had the chance to rescue a deserved point for last season’s champions.But his 77th-minute penalty, despite beating Willy Caballero, was correctly ruled out after City’s players realised Mahrez had slipped while striking the ball and inadvertently made an illegal double contact.It was the second lucky break for Pep Guardiola’s side whose opening goal, scored by David Silva after 29 minutes, incensed Leicester’s players because Raheem Sterling appeared to be offside when he swung a leg at the ball.”The first goal was offside,” Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel, who argued he was distracted by Sterling, told Sky Sports. “He (Sterling) was blocking my view. He’s in the six-yard box and he is interfering because I can’t see ball.”There was no doubt about City’s second in the 36th minute. Leroy Sane was sent sprawling in the area by Yohan Benalouane and Gabriel Jesus fired the resulting spot kick into the corner.Leicester were back in the match four minutes before halftime though when Shinji Okazaki smashed a sensational volley past Caballero from Marc Albrighton’s cross.City, who surprisingly left top scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench, were not clinical enough in front of goal and Leicester became increasingly dangerous in the second half.advertisementCraig Shakespeare’s side looked set to equalise when Gael Clichy tripped Mahrez in the area and referee Robert Madley had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot.But Mahrez’s scuffed effort was correctly ruled out as he kicked the ball against his standing leg and past Caballero.Jamie Vardy also had a late chance for Leicester who sensed City’s nervousness, but the hosts hung on to stay on course for a top-four finish with two games left.They have 72 points while Liverpool, who also have two to play, have 70. Fifth-placed Arsenal have 66 points but have three games remaining, beginning later away to Stoke City.”Well done. It’s the first or second time I’ve seen that in my life,” Guardiola said. “We have to look after our boots!”We need one more game to be in the top four but it’s in our hands. West Brom will be tough but hopefully we can be better than today. And we go to Watford.”last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Rumman Raees replaces injured Riaz in Pakistan’s squad

first_imgLeft-arm seamer Rumman Raees has been named as a replacement for injured fast bowler Wahab Riaz in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad, the tournament’s technical committee confirmed on Tuesday.Riaz suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s defeat to arch-rivals India in their Group B clash on Sunday. The 31-year-old left the field in the 46th over of India’s innings and scans confirmed he had suffered a deltoid ligament complex injury.Raees has never featured in a one-day international for Pakistan but made his debut for the national side in the Twenty20 format against West Indies last year.The 25-year-old Karachi-based bowler was the third-highest wicket-taker in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. He has also racked up an impressive tally of 64 wickets in 42 matches in List A cricket at an economy rate of 4.77.Pakistan, who lost by 124 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-shortened match against India, next face South Africa in their second group game at Edgbaston on Wednesday.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal at No. 2 in ATP rankings for the first time in almost three years

first_imgRafael Nadal has moved two places to take second position in the recently released ATP rankings.Nadal has reached the second spot in the ATP rankings for the first time since October 2014.The Spaniard has displaced Novak Djokovic, the previous year’s French Open champion, who has dropped two points and in the current rankings is at the fourth position, which is his lowest ranking in seven years.Of all the match played in the year 2017, Nadal has won 43 and lost only 6 and has won prize money worth USD 7,182,845.Men’s Tennis ATP Singles RankingsAndy Murray, the British Tennis player, has maintained his hold at the top position, in the singles category.Men’s Tennis ATP Doubles RankingsATP Doubles RankingsIn the doubles ATP rankings, Henri Kontinen from Finland tops the list. Surprisingly, all the top 5 players in this category have maintained their ranks.The top 5 in the doubles ATP rankings include Australian John Peers at the number 2 position, followed by Nicolas Mahut from France, Marcelo Melo from Brazil at number 4 and Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France at the number 5th position.The latest Emirates ATP doubles rankings were released on June 12.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.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Excitement and crowds build as Wimbledon gets under way

first_imgQueues snaked down to the All England Club on Monday morning as the opening day of the Wimbledon championships got underway.Britain’s Andy Murray was due to open centre court action at the grasscourt grand slam with a match against Kazakh qualifier Alexander Bublik at 1pm local time (1200 GMT).Both French Open champions, Rafa Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko, were also due to feature on Day One, along with Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Stan Wawrinka.Johanna Konta carries home hopes in the women’s draw. She plays Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav make Agra proud

first_imgThe Braj region of India is slowly but steadily making its mark on the national map. Erstwhile known only as a tourism-centric region, the Braj region will soon be known as the home to many international female cricketers.Although the Indian Women’s Cricket team lost in final of the World Cup, the names of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav, both residents of Agra, will remain etched in the minds of the people of India, who watched these two players compete and excel among the best female cricketers in the world.The cricket fans of Agra were desperately waiting for the finals of the Women’s World Cup held at The Lord’s. These two cricketers played an important role in the semi-finals against Australia and the locals were ready to celebrate once the Indian team won the cup. When the match started, the local Facebook pages were flooded with best wishes for the women’s Team for both Poonam and Deepti. Although the team lost the match, they won the hearts of crores of Indians who remained glued to their TV sets till the final delivery.The defeat by nine runs did lower the morale of the locals but now they are waiting for both these cricketers to return to Agra to give them a hero’s welcome.Deepti is a resident of Awadhpuri (Bodla) while Poonam lives in the Railway Colony (Idgah), where preparations for the festivities have already begun and the locals are awaiting their return.AP PhotoInterestingly, Hemlata Kala, the principal selector and former captain of the women’s cricket team, is also a resident of Agra and the astounding success of the  team in the World Cup has drawn huge crowds to her house, seeking to congratulate her family for the team’s success.advertisementDeepti and Poonam both bowled really well in the finals, with Poonam bowling very economically and Deepti taking the maximum wickets. Deepti was also selected in the team of the tournament along with Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.Deepti’s father Shri Bhagwan Sharma told India Today that his daughter made him more proud than his sons and he is now being recognised as Deepti’s father, which is a very proud moment for him.Poonam’s father Raghuvir Singh Yadav and mother Munni Devi said that even in the defeat, they were seeing victory as their daughter had succeeded in achieving something that only very few can achieve in this vast country.last_img read more

Sebastian Vettel not ready to give up on championship yet

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship on Thursday and found support from title favourite Lewis Hamilton.Hamilton leads the German by 59 points with four races left and the Mercedes driver can take his fourth championship in Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix if he finishes in the top two and results go his way.”In English, they say it’s not over until the fat lady sings,” Vettel told reporters in the U.S. Grand Prix paddock. “We need to make sure she shuts up for quite a while.”Vettel led the championship from the opening race in Australia in March until last month but three races in the Far East and Hamilton’s string of wins have shredded his chances.#Driveforthecure #USGP @SusanGKomen pic.twitter.com/QKiAwmYVrL- Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) October 19, 2017The Ferrari driver was caught in a collision with team mate Kimi Raikkonen in Singapore and crashed out on the opening lap, then suffered an engine failure in qualifying in Malaysia that left him last on the grid.He raced back to fourth that time but in Japan was sidelined by a broken spark plug.”We are still in there, our chances are slimmer than they have been some races ago. There is a chance. We’re going for it,” said the four times world champion.#Seb5: I still think we have a chance #USGP pic.twitter.com/vlyASag4wm- Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) October 19, 2017″We need to stay focused. We have a great car, we had a package to win the last couple of races. As it happens, we didn’t. But that doesn’t mean we have no chance to win the next races.”advertisementHamilton, who has won in Austin four times in the last five years, said talk of wrapping up the title in Texas – as he did two years ago – was overblown.”I think the talk of the championship win this weekend is silly really…you can’t expect them to have a difficult weekend again,” he said.”They’re going to be quick, they have an opportunity to win. The championship, as long as it’s done in the next four races, that’s my focus. I honestly couldn’t care less if it’s here on the last race, as long as it’s done.”Lewis Hamilton is preparing for a strong Ferrari fightback in Austin…#F1 #USGP ??º?? pic.twitter.com/1rLhdDABTU- Formula 1 (@F1) October 19, 2017Hamilton also expected Ferrari to bring some sort of upgrade to Austin.”They’ve definitely had a couple of hiccups but I anticipate they’ll be very strong this weekend and for the last four races – so that’s why nothing changes for me,” he added.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: England thrash United States to enter semis

first_imgRhian Brewster scored a hat-trick as a superlative England thrashed USA 4-1 to enter their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal, here today.Brewster scored in the 11th, 14th and 90+6th minutes from a penalty while Morgan Gibbs White scored in 64th minute to hand England the convincing win.A wasting a handful of chances, USA managed to score a consolation goal in the 72nd minute through Joshua Sargent.England will face the winner of tomorrow’s another quarterfinal duel between Brazil and Germany in the last-four round in Guwahati on October 25.USA had the first shot at the goal in the second minute when Andrew Carleton’s right footer from outside the box just missed the right corner of the England goal.Two minutes later, Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s right footed shot from outside the box was saved in the centre of the goal by the American defence.Timothy Weah’s right-footer then missed the target by a whisker as USA continued to flounder chances.England took the lead in the 11th minute through Rhian Brewster whose right-footed shot from the centre of the box slammed on to the top right corner of the American goal.Three minutes later Brewster scored his second goal of the day with a brilliant scoop from the right side past an onrushing American goalkeeper to make the scoreline 2-0 in favour of England.A minute later Brewster was denied a possible hat-trick by American goalkeeper Justin Garces when he saved the English striker’s left-footed shot from the left side of the box.advertisementDown by two goals, the Americans went on the offensive and had a few clear chances but Andrew Carleton, Timothy Weah and Taylor Booth missed the targets.It was an end-to-end battle between the two teams but both the sides were guilty of missing great chances.USA’s Joshua Sargent then hit the bar with a right footed shot in the 23rd minute.Two minutes later, USA’s Ayo Akinola was denied by cross bar.The Americans had plenty of scoring chances thereafter through Akinola, Sergent and Booth but they either shot wide or lacked finishing abilities as England went in half time with a comfortable 2-0 lead.The match continued to be an attacking display of football as both England and USA created numerous scoring chances.The American goalkeeper Garces made a handful of saves to keep his side in the hunt in the second half.An attacking England took the game away from USA in the 64th minute when Morgan Gibbs-White scored with a right-footer to the bottom right corner of the American goal after being assisted by Brewster.Despite enjoying a handy 3-0 lead, the Englishmen continued to attack, only to be foiled by a resolute Garces in front of the American goal.Sargent reduced the margin for the Americans in the 72nd minute with a right-footed shot from close range to the bottom left corner of the English goal.But Brewster added salt to USA’s wound when he converted from a spot kick in the additional time to register his hat-trick and a convincing victory for his side.last_img read more

Flawless Fleetwood takes lead, Woods makes promising return

first_imgBy Bharat SharmaAlbany (Bahamas), Dec 1 (PTI) Tommy Fleetwood was fully focused on the golf despite his wedding next week as he took the lead in the Hero World Challenge with a six-under 66 on the opening day that also saw Tiger Woods make a promising return to the sport.While all eyes were on Woods, Fleetwood quietly went about his business to make a strong start in the tournament. A shot behind the Englishman were Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler of the United States.Woods, playing his first competitive round since February, was within one shot of the lead before finishing with a three-under 69 to be at Tied-8th. Earlier in the week, the 41-year-old said that his back was finally pain-free but it remains to be seen how his body holds up over four days of high-pressure golf.The five-time Hero Challenge winner had some trouble finding fairways as he found only seven of the 13 fairways but he did reach 12 greens out of the 18. He needed 28 putts, but must have rued two messed up chips and a handful of missed half chances on the green.Woods birdied on holes 3, 8, 10, 13, 14 but lost the advantage with bogeys on the par-five 9 and 15. Woods felt it was a mixed day for him.”Up and down because I had a lot of birdies, made a lot of putts. I didnt play the par 5s very well, made two 6s and I grinded it out and made a few pars, which is nice,” he said.advertisementOn his comeback, Woods added: “It was not only nice to get the first round out of the way, but also Im only three shots out of the lead. So to be able to put myself there after not playing for — is it 10 months or so, in the neighbourhood of that — it was nice to feel the adrenaline out there.”I had to dial it back a little bit with my clubs, take it a little bit further because obviously I was a little jacked up. The shot that I hit over there at 14 was pretty sweet, a little 95-yard pitching wedge. If I would have had that same shot early in the round, I couldnt have played it because I had not figured out how to dial it back yet.”Fleetwood, on the other hand, was bogey free and displayed stellar form which has carried him through as many six countries in last 10 weeks and yielded a bunch of Top-10 finishes and the Race to Dubai honours. He was near-perfect as he found 15 of the 18 greens, 10 of the 13 fairways and needed 28 putts on a day, which was partly cloudy and breezy.Besides Fleetwood, Kuchar and Dustin Johnson (68) were the only players to go bogey free.”I played really well, got off to a nice start. The first five holes I hit a lot of good shots and felt like I had a good rhythm and a couple birdies early on. The front nine, 4- under on the front nine is a good start to the day,” said Fleetwood.On getting married next week, he added: “Well, Clares in charge and she has picked out the venue, so its like ceremony, then dinner and then party at our villa. Yeah, Ill make sure I know come Tuesday morning where Im going. Were not going to see each other Monday night.”Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (T-14) turned in a 1 -under 71, which included four consecutive birdies from 14th to 17th holes. PTI BS PDS PDSlast_img read more

Mumbai fire: Over 300 illegal structures demolished, FIRs lodged, lookout notices issued

first_imgA day after 14 people were killed in a massive blaze at a Mumbai pub, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today cracked down on various eateries and demolished all unauthorised constructions.The civic body undertook the mega demolition drive on all its 24 wards and razed illegal, unauthorised structures of at least 314 restaurants and pubs across the city. Over 1,000 BMC officials, who were part of the special drive, sealed seven hotels and seized 417 gas cylinders.Overall, the BMC inspected at least 600 restaurants, bars and other eateries across the city.Front reception/entrance of restaurant 1Above and Mojo’s being demolished by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its drive against illegal structures in #KamalaMills area of #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/hA8lAGst9k&; ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2017The preliminary inspection by the BMC on Friday detected an authorised partition wall and two rooms, besides an illegal plastic roof supported with bamboos which was reduced to ashes in the inferno.The fire brigade is trying to confirm whether flames from a fire stunt by a bartender, burning coal used for hookah, short circuit or anything else led to the fire.Meanwhile, the Mumbai police also issued lookout notices against Hitesh Sanghvi and Jigar Sanghvi, the co-owners of 1 Above.The police had on Friday booked the Sanghvi brothers, another co-owner Abhijeet Manka and others, under IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).advertisementBMC razes unauthorised structures of popular sports and entertainment hub Smash in Mumbai. (Photo: ANI) However, the pub had on Friday claimed that it had all the necessary approvals and safety norms in place. It had also blamed Mojo’s Bistro on the floor below for not having an emergency exit, leading to overcrowding of 1 Above’s escape avenues.Blaming an adjoining property for the devastating fire, the ‘1 Above’ management had said, “According to our staff, a fire began to emanate from the adjacent quarters to our premises.” However, it did not name the property from where the fire started.The Mumbai civic body had on Friday suspended five officials for dereliction of duty.BMC bulldozer takes down illegally constructed eateries in the Kamala Mills compound. (Photo: PTI) A BMC official confirmed that they have pulled down illegal roofs of two restaurants – Skyview Cafe and Social in Kamala Mills and encroachments of Pranay, Fumes and Sheesha Sky Lounge at Raghuvanshi Mills in the same locality.Action was also taken against some restaurants in Andheri, the official said.”We have formed several teams and are collecting information about the hotels and restaurants, after getting complaints of unauthorised constructions by them. Several ward officers are also carrying out inspection and razing illegal structures,” BMC spokesperson Ram Dotonde said.Entrance porch of Trade House building being demolished. (Photo: ANI) “The unauthorised hotels and restaurants, not only in central Mumbai, but also those located in the distant suburbs, such as Malad and Mulund, are facing action,” Dotonde said.A major portion of the popular Zaffran Hotel, located opposite the police headquarters in south Mumbai, was removed, he said.The civic administration has asked its entire staff to remain on duty. Leave and weekly offs of the staff of several departments, including the anti-encroachment department, have been cancelled and they have been given a detailed list of restaurants and pubs, where violations were found during the preliminary inspection, Dotonde added.ALSO WATCH |  BMC goes on demolition spree after Kamala Mills fire tragedylast_img read more

Defining year ahead for Jose Mourinho as Manchester City overshadow Manchester United

first_imgJose Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world and has honours across Europe that very few people can boast of but this season, he finds himself in a place that very few had predicted.After winning three trophies last season including the Europa League, Manchester United are currently enjoying their best season so far in the last four years. They are second in the league and have comfortably qualified for the round-of-16 of the Champions League. But they have been knocked out of the League Cup by Bristol City and are 15 points behind runaway league leaders Manchester City.Much of the heat on the Portuguese comes as a blowback from the other side of Manchester where City have blazed such a scorching Premier League trail that has overshadowed what could be considered United’s best start for quite a while now.WATCH NOWUnited are favourites to see off Championship side Derby County in the FA Cup third round on Friday. But being cast as Manchester’s support act clearly grates with Mourinho, particularly when combined with suggestions that he is tactically inferior to his rival, Pep Guardiola.Mourinho’s recent defense mechanism forces one to think that he is a bit messed up in his mind. His remarks on Paul Scholes, constant moaning about not having much of a spending power gives one a clear idea that he is currently fighting a battle in his mind against the Spaniard..@AnderHerrera believes there are many positives to take from #MUFC’s win over Everton…advertisement�?�️ https://t.co/JzjKyRa3cb pic.twitter.com/hc7Ny0cOeI- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2018Although the pair’s relationship appears healthier than when they were last pitted against each other as managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, Mourinho is clearly struggling with being seen as second best.To be honest, people are extra critical about him most of the times. He is right when he says that the squad he inherited was was inferior to the one Guardiola took over at City, which had the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne in their ranks.While the media has acclaimed the Spaniard’s impact on such players as Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph at City, the re-emergence of United’s Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial under Mourinho has not received equal billing.Lingard, in particular, has been a revelation since Mourinho switched him to a more central role, scoring six Premier League goals since the start of December. Only Tottenham’s Harry Kane has a better record.”This role, further inside, allows me to be closer to the striker, to get in the box, create more things and obviously have more shots at goal,” he recently told MUTV.Opinion: Why @JesseLingard has become the perfect no.10 for #MUFC: https://t.co/LLTVuQr4WG pic.twitter.com/bFhpoaH2Gw- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2018ATTACKING ALTERNATIVESThe next month could prove crucial on many fronts for both club and manager. With Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both injured, Mourinho has the opportunity to continue with the 4-3-3 formation that worked so well in Monday’s 2-0 Premier League win at Everton.The absence of a recognised frontman provided freedom to others, with Martial, who scored an excellent goal at Goodison Park, and a more advanced Paul Pogba the obvious beneficiaries.If that formation represents the future then it is also a throwback to the one Mourinho first employed when he arrived at Chelsea in 2004, although to persist now without a Didier Drogba or Lukaku-type focus would be a departure.Jumping into 2018 like… �??� pic.twitter.com/dM1TOjPLvE- Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 1, 2018One of the criticisms levelled against Mourinho this season is that he is too rigid in his thinking. It is pointed out that while Guardiola happily works with different backroom staff, soaking up new ideas at each club, Mourinho relies on the same, tight support team.Having tasted success all over Europe in his 15 years of management, to put himself on a par with Alex Ferguson in terms of continual silverware at United, particularly in the shadow of Guardiola, represents the final challenge of Mourinho’s career.Yet even winning the Champions League this season may still see Mourinho’s methods criticised because so much emphasis is now placed on the way teams play. Even though United are just nine league goals short of the 54 they managed last term, they have been cast as dour and unwilling to go toe-to-toe with City and Liverpool.Mourinho won’t worry too much about that, but clearly feels the need to reinforce some parts of the team and is expected to bring in an extra midfielder and a full back this transfer window. The club will provide the resources to support his vision, which could yet yield the Champions League and FA Cup plus a second-placed league finish this season.advertisementPerhaps only Guardiola would bet against him; for Mourinho, there remains everything to play for.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

ISL: Jeje Lalpekhlua scores twice on birthday but Chennaiyin FC held by Delhi Dynamos

first_imgDelhi Dynamos’ Guyon Fernandez scored in the dying moments of the Indian Super League match against Chennaiyin FC to spoil Jeje Lalpehkhlua’s birthday celebration at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.Jeje found the net twice in the match to mark his birthday but Delhi managed to sneak out a draw away from home to end their miserable six-match losing streak.The lapse of concentration from the Chennaiyin defence at the end is to be blamed as Chennaiyin FC were all set to take all the three points from the game.With the draw, Chennaiyin moved to the top of the league table with 17 points from nine matches while Delhi remained rooted at the bottom of the table with four points from eight games..@DelhiDynamos put a halt to their 6-game losing streak thanks to a late, late finish from @Guyonfernandez9!More videos: https://t.co/cVyUhTONeX#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #CHEDEL pic.twitter.com/W3MfP5WJL7- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018Delhi Dynamos started the game on the front foot. Miguel Portugal’s men dominated possession and had the home side cornered for much of the early part of the game.The pressure reaped benefits in the 24th minute when David Ngaihte gave Delhi the lead. Fullback, Nandhakumar Sekar put in a delightful ball for Ngaihte in the box and his header flew past Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.ALSO WATCHJeje Lalpekhlua equalised for the home side late in the first half. A free-kick from almost the halfway line into Delhi Dynamos box found its way to Jeje, who put his header past the keeper.advertisementHaving lost their lead, Delhi responded well. Karanjit Singh had to make a couple of quick saves to stop Delhi from regaining the lead just before the referee decided to blow the whistle for halftime.After having being outplayed for much of the first half, Chennayin improved their game in the second half and deservedly took the lead.In the 52nd minute, Germanpreet Singh’s pass found Lalpekhlua inside the box. The striker turned beautifully to get past his man and fired his shot in the top right corner of Xabier Iruetaguena’s goal to send the home supporters into a frenzy..@jejefanai turns his man and places it to perfection!#LetsFootball #CHEDEL https://t.co/qlxg2KiABv pic.twitter.com/teidM8OWW6- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018The goal took the wind out of the visitors and Chennaiyin FC took control of the game. The home side had better chances to increase their lead but failed to make them count and it cost them dearly in the end.Fernandez, who had come on as a substitute for Lallianzuala Chhangte, made the home side pay.A deep cross from Jeroen Lumu found Kalu Uche inside the box, who cushioned his header for unmarked Fernandez, who in turn tapped the ball home to give his side a much-needed point.What a way to celebrate your birthday!#LetsFootball #CHEDEL pic.twitter.com/buvHEJFNyQ- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) January 7, 2018last_img read more

The Ashes: Darren Lehmann takes a dig at England, says ‘no curfew on adult Australians’

first_imgAustralia cricket team coach Darren Lehmann on Wednesday said he won’t be imposing any curfews on his players throughout the rest of the Ashes series.Lehmann took a dig at England by saying that the Aussies are “adults” and that he has full faith in his players to do the right thing.”We wouldn’t have curfews but that’s our decision and that (having them) is theirs. We have faith in the blokes to do the right thing. They’re grown men, they’re adults,” he told reporters in Adelaide.Lehmann’s statement comes after England cricket chief Andrew Strauss slapped a curfew on his players restricting them from going out after midnight, in the wake of Jonny Bairstow’s alleged headbutt on Australian opener Cameron Bancroft earlier this month.”These guys are not thugs,” Strauss said. “These are good, honest, hard-working cricketers who sacrifice a lot to play for England. We’ve got to take steps to make sure that reality is what people perceive of the England cricket team, not something different.”I think there’s a bit of naivety there (among the players) and I think we need to be smarter,” the Guardian quoted Strauss as saying.Meanwhile, Lehmann also reckons that the Adelaide Oval, which will host the second Ashes Test against England, would be the fastest pitch in the country under lights.”It’s a fascinating Test match, there’s a lot of talk about it’ll seam and it’ll swing,” Lehmann said on Tuesday as the teams travelled from Brisbane to Adelaide.”The ball stays pretty good, but you can make runs if you play well as per normal. And it does quicken up at night — probably the fastest wicket around Australia at night, so that’s going to be interesting, how it plays,” Lehmann was quoted by espncricinfo.advertisementSaying that the Aussies will attack England’s middle and lower order, Lehmann also pointed out that short deliveries will work to the hosts’ advantage as grounds here are bigger than in England.”(Bowling short) certainly hasn’t changed from four years ago. It’s a bit different in Australia than England where grounds are smaller and you can’t really get away with it, on bigger grounds you can.”So that’s one for us that we see as an advantage. They did it quite a lot to us as well, it’s a ploy a lot of people do now. At the back end when the wicket quickened up and we could go after them a bit harder was helpful. That’s the blueprint, it’s no secret we’re going to attack their middle and lower order like that,” Lehmann said.(With IANS & ANI inputs)last_img read more

Premier League: Record-breaking Manchester City thrash Swansea, Manchester United return to winning ways

first_imgManchester City set a new top-flight record of 15 consecutive wins as their seemingly unstoppable march towards the Premier League title continued with a 4-0 romp at bottom club Swansea City on Wednesday.David Silva struck twice for Pep Guardiola’s side as they went past Arsenal’s 14-match winning sequence, although unlike the London club’s, City’s streak has been in a single season.City is unbeaten after 17 games and has now scored 52 goals.Manchester United kept up a distant pursuit as they toiled to a 1-0 defeat of Bournemouth at Old Trafford to remain 11 points adrift in second place, Romelu Lukaku’s ninth league goal of the season proving just enough.Liverpool and Arsenal could only draw 0-0 with struggling West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United respectively, allowing Tottenham Hotspur to move into fourth spot behind Chelsea thanks top a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion as Serge Aurier scored his first goal for the club.City have 49 points to United’s 38 with champions Chelsea, who won at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, on 35. Tottenham have 31, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference while Arsenal dropped to seventh with 30 points.NO CITY HANGOVERThree days after beating Manchester United, there was no derby hangover from City.This was one of City’s most dominant displays yet, highlighting the gulf between the league’s first and last teams.”At times it was horrible, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods,” Swansea manager Paul Clement said. “It was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me, one of the best sides I’ve ever come across.”advertisementDavid Silva ran the game from midfield and scored a goal in each half at Liberty Stadium, with City manager Pep Guardiola describing the Spain playmaker as an “animal.””We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals,” Guardiola said. “He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”Silva’s second goal – City’s third – was the highlight after he swapped passes with Raheem Sterling before chipping the goalkeeper.UNITED BOUNCES BACK(Reuters Photo)Romelu Lukaku ended a four-game run without scoring in the league to help United bounce back from the damaging loss to City on Sunday.It was timely for the striker, who was at fault for both of City’s goals in the derby before squandering a close-range chance late on.Lukaku headed in the only goal after 25 minutes on a night of heavy rain and sleet at Old Trafford. Substitute Marcus Rashford later hit the bar but United needed goalkeeper David de Gea to make a string of fine saves to preserve the lead.LUCKY GOALTottenham will be the next team to try and end Man City’s unbeaten start to the season, and head into Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium on the back of two straight wins.After thrashing Stoke 5-1, Spurs got past Brighton thanks to a lucky 40th-minute goal by Serge Aurier and Son Heung-min’s sixth goal in seven starts.Aurier appeared to be aiming for a teammate in the area when he sent the ball over from the right wing. It ended up finding the top corner of the net.Son’s 87th-minute goal came when his header from Christian Eriksen’s cross flew in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.BLANKS FOR LIVERPOOL, ARSENALLiverpool and Arsenal were held to draws for the second time in four days to drop further behind the Premier League’s pace-setters.Liverpool had a late goal disallowed against West Brom, with Dominic Solanke ruled to have touched the ball with his hand after chesting down a cross from fellow substitute Joe Gomez.The Reds were fourth heading into the midweek round of games but have dropped to fifth place, a point clear of an Arsenal team that is now winless in three games.Arsene Wenger’s side dominated for long spells against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium but nearly ended up losing after Javier Hernandez hit the crossbar with a shot in the last minute.Arsenal is seventh in the standings.WINS FOR LEICESTER, EVERTONLeicester manager Claude Puel enjoyed his return to Southampton, where he was fired in the offseason, as his new team won 4-1 thanks to goals by Shinji Okazaki (2), Riyad Mahrez and Andy King.Wayne Rooney scored Everton’s goal in a 1-0 win at Newcastle as the Merseyside club continued its resurgence under new manager Sam Allardyce, with the team winning three of his four matches in charge.last_img read more

Winning a Test in India is like a dream for everyone: Dinesh Chandimal

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal dropped hints that unlike five-pronged bowling attack, which yielded results against Pakistan in the humid conditions in the UAE, he may revert to four-bowler theory against India.”Against Pakistan, we played six batters and five bowlers that worked really well especially in the heat (in UAE). It was never easy to play four bowlers and win a game. But India have got some really good bowlers, so we need to think about that all-rounder position. We will see the pitch and come up with our plans,” Chandimal said during a media interaction.It was a clean sweep for India (9-0 across formats) when they travelled to Sri Lanka but since then the island nation beat Pakistan 2-0 in an ‘away’ Test series but lost 0-5 in the ODIs.”We all know India are No. 1 team at the moment. They have played some really good cricket in last two years. We have done really well against Pakistan. We did well as a team. I am sure guys are looking forward to take this challenge,” Chandimal said.Chandimal accepted that playing India in India is a big challenge but he does not want to dwell on past results and would rather look forward.”This will be a challenging series for us. It’s nice to be here with the spectators, we love to play here. I don’t want to look back but look forward. We have done well versus Pakistan. The boys are in a good shape and we look forward to take the challenge against India,” said the stylish right-hander.advertisementChandimal said that he has some plans in place to tackle Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja but he will not disclose them.”As a team, we have something up our sleeves, we need to execute that on the field then we can compete with the Indian team,” he said as the visitors had their first net session on the day.Sri Lanka has been touring India for official Test matches since 1982 but till date have not been able to win a single Test match leave alone series. Chandimal wants to change that knowing how big a task that is.”We have never won a Test in India, it’s a dream for everyone. This is a first game we are playing in Kolkata. It’s always a pleasure playing in front of Kolkata spectators. We need to start well as a team and looking forward.””This is my first Test tour to India. Apart from Angelo (Mathews) and Rangana (Herath), others having a first tour here in India. It’s really good challenge for each and everyone.”Asked how they will tackle spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja he said: “They are Nos 1 and 2 in the world. They bowled really well last couple of years. I don’t want to tell our plans in front of you.””But we have something up our sleeves. You will see our plans in one week’s time and what are we going to do against them.”last_img read more

Guy, Giants Strahan in NFL Hall

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK – The hang time is over for Ray Guy. The longtime punter for the Oakland Raiders is all by himself once again.After waiting 23 years, Guy is the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.“Good things are worth waiting for,” Guy said Feb. 1 after being elected along with six other players. “It’s just a matter of time when it will show up. And I knew it would, sooner or later. It had to, whether it was me or somebody down the road. But sooner or later, it had to show up, because that is a part of a football game.”New York Giants Defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey also were part of the class of 2014. Two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones, were selected.The announcement was made at the NFL Honors award show, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl.Among the finalists who didn’t get in were two with ties to the Indianapolis Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning — coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.Each incoming Hall of Famer walked to the stage and was announced individually. Strahan, who helped the Giants make two Super Bowls, got a huge cheer from the home crowd.Induction will be on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.Guy turned the punting job into a defensive weapon after he became the first player at his position to be selected in the first round of the draft in 1973. He made “hang time” part of the football vernacular while playing all of his 207 games in 14 seasons with the Raiders.The Southern Mississippi product averaged 42.4 yards for his career. Only three of his 1,049 punts were blocked, and he had 209 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.“It’s gratifying to now see a punter go into the Hall of Fame,” Guy said, who joins Jan Stenerud as the only kickers enshrined . “Whether it was me or somebody else, they needed representation in that position.”Brooks was the cornerstone of a Bucs defense that led the league in 2002 and ‘05, and the NFC five times. He was The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year when Tampa Bay won its only Super Bowl after the 2002 season.The linebacker never missed a game in his 14 seasons and averaged a remarkable 146 tackles. Six of his 25 interceptions were returned for touchdowns, including a league-record three in ‘02.Seattle certainly got a winner when it moved up to the No. 6 spot in the 1997 draft to take Jones. He immediately provided blindside protection for Warren Moon and quickly became the first Seahawks lineman to earn a Pro Bowl spot.He was one of the chief road graders who helped Shaun Alexander rush for 266 yards in a 2001 game — the fourth-highest total in NFL history — and then rush for a team-record 1,880 yards and 28 TDs in his MVP season in 2005.“Coming into the league all I wanted to do was get here, and … say I could play this game,” Jones said. “For me to be here now, and for my team that I started with and finished with, to be here in the Super Bowl is just like the icing on the cake.”Strahan set the NFL record for sacks in a single season, getting 22½ in 2001. The one most people remember is the record-setter in the final game of the regular season, when Green Bay’s Brett Favre seemed to lay down on a play late in the game.While there is controversy about that play, the gap-toothed Strahan was one of the top two-way defensive ends. Younger teammates said he taught them how to work to become NFL players, and he walked away from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl in February 2008.“It’s hard to find guys with everything, but this guy had everything. size, speed, power, toughness, endurance, motor, smarts, leadership, heart, love for the game, but what I admired most about Michael was his pride,” Giants general Jerry Reese said.“No matter what the circumstances were, when he walked out on that field on Sunday, he was going to give it ALL to you. There aren’t many guys who can say that.”Reed came out of little Kutztown (Pa.) University and played his first 15 seasons with Buffalo, getting to four Super Bowls, but never winning one. His final season was with Washington. His 951 career receptions are third in league history, highlighted by nine consecutive seasons of 50-plus catches.Long before people spoke about yards after the catch, Reed was doing it. He finished with 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.“Having to wait this long for him is a sin, but the bottom line is he’s in and that’s what counts,” former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly said of Reed’s nine-year wait to get into the Hall.A walk-on at Southern University, Williams was a shutdown cornerback in his 14 NFL seasons, the first 10 with the Cardinals and the last four with the Rams. He had 55 career interceptions, getting at least one in every season except his last. He had five or more in picks in six seasons, with nine being his best in 1994.Williams spent his last four seasons with St. Louis. He started at cornerback for the Rams in the 2001 Super Bowl and played safety in his final two seasons.The Hall of Fame doors finally opened for Humphrey on his 28th year of eligibility and his fifth as a finalist. The durable six-time Pro Bowl pick had 122 career sacks in 14 seasons with the Falcons and Eagles, who acquired him after a brief retirement in the 1978 season.“I never really gave up hope,” said Humphrey, whose only regret was his wife died in July and didn’t get to see his election. “I always figured there was a place for me here.”(Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more