By Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 19 (PTI) P V Sindhus gallant attempt to win a coveted gold medal for India ended in heart-break when she went down fighting against Spains Carolina Marin and settled for a silver medal in the womens singles badminton competition at the Rio Olympics here today. The 21-year-old Indian, who has been simply unstoppable in the tournament so far, crumbled under the tremendous pressure created by the two-time World Champion from Spain to lose 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in a high-intensity final that lasted for an hour and 23 minutes at the Riocentre here. Sindhu thus became the fourth Indian to win a silver at the Olympics after shooters Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (2004, Athens) and Vijay Kumar (2012, London) and wrestler Sushil Kumar (2012, London). The two-time World championship bronze medallist also became the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in Olympics history and the first to clinch a silver. She is also the youngest India to win a medal at the Olympics. Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London), shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) and wrestler Sakshi Malik (Rio, 2016) are the other women players from India to clinch a medal in the quadrennial sports spectacle. Sindhu, in fact, trailed 16-19 in the opening game before reeling off five straight points to clinch it. She was then outclassed in the second to lose it tamely. In the decider, the lanky shuttler from Hyderabad trailed 1-6 at one stage and caught up at 10-10 but could not keep the tempo after the short break as Marin simply changed gears to surge to Spains first gold medal in badminton. In their last five meetings in the last two years, Marin has beaten Sindhu four times with the Indian gaining an upper hand during the Denmark Super Series last year, but today she could not repeat the feat. The hyper-aggressive Marin mixed power with precision to dominate the rallies with her acute-angled smashes interspersed with clever drops to catch the Indian often on the wrong-foot. Sindhu struggled with the length of her strokes as gave away many points by hitting long and wide but she fought tooth and nail till the end only to come second best. In the opening game, the Spaniard grabbed a 11-8 lead at the interval. Sindhu could not vary the pace of the rallies even as Marin came with some razor-sharp net play to extend the lead to 15-11 at one stage. A net error and a long shot gave Sindhu two points to narrow the gap and kept breathing down the neck of the Spaniard till 15-17. MORE PTI TAP ATK SSR ATKadvertisement
New Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Asserting that there is a need to see river conflicts “differently”, environmentalist Sunita Narain today said the solution to the Cauvery river water sharing issue requires the farmers to reduce use of water and the cities to become water efficient.The row over Cauvery has exacerbated in the last few years because farmers of Tamil Nadu in the Cauvery delta which is famous for growing rice, started growing summer rice which was never part of the tradition, she said.”With water availability, you start growing summer rice which leads to an increased demand at a time when water is even more scarce. That would have been okay if the neighbouring part which is Karnataka also did not start growing both rice in summer, but also farmers started growing sugarcane,” Narain said.”So on both ends you have these extremely high water-consuming crops. The second thing is that you have cities demanding the same water as well.”Bangalore for instance has a Cauvery 4 project and a large part of its water ? 1,2,3,4 comes from Cauvery,” she said during Facebook Live interaction organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on the Cauvery imbroglio.Today there is Cauvery water tribunal and it is very clear how the water is to be shared, while every dam that goes through a process of environmental clearance there is a clear allocation made based on which the dam is agreed upon, Narain said.”The problem is that every bit of our rivers water is being allocated. In fact you are beginning to see a 100 per cent to 150 per cent allocation of river water. The same thing with Krishna, the same thing with Cauvery. It is going to lead to more water scarcity, because remember, with climate change, rain will become a variable.advertisement”You will have more extreme rains and also a situation where you will have less rains and that is what you are seeing today in Karnataka, in parts of Telangana.”Bihar is facing such extreme rains that regions are under water, but you still have drought. We need to understand that Indias water future is going to be very different,” Narain said.We need to be “extremely wise” with use of water in the future, she said, adding, “So a solution to this problem requires the farmers to reduce the use of water and you need cities to become much more water efficient. This is very critical.”Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have witnessed violent protests in the wake of the Supreme Courts order over distribution of Cauvery river water. PTI TDS NSD RG NSD
Yesterday at the capital she had a special guest in a Yesterday at the capital she had a special guest in a film legend and her favourite actor Amitabh Bachchan who also motivated her to go for a medal in Tokyo. “I was so pleasantly surprised to see him at an event in Delhi. I asked him whether I can click photo with him, and his reply was click 10 photos, I will wait 30 minutes for you but win us a medal in the next Olympics,” she said. Asked whether she would think of marriage after Tokyo, Dipa said: “My career has just started. I will give my best to win medal in Tokyo. Its just the beginning and marriage can wait.” Citing the example of silver medallist PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, she said: “They won under Indian coaches so did I. I wouldnt have been here without my coach Nandi Sir (Bisheshwar Nandi). Our show has proved that Indian coaches are no different than foreign coaches. I would say an Indian coach would work harder to keep the tricolour higher.” Dipa, who had scored 14.850 in the qualifying round, executed the Produnova, which consists of a front handspring and two front somersaults, levelled as the death vault. It is so difficult and has the extreme difficulty score, that even its inventor, Elena Produnova, landed it standing up just once in her career and many stay away from performing it. “Every sport has a risk factor. Even in cricket if the ball hits the head anything can happen. Its how you master it. Ive trained so hard under my coach that I never feared it,” she added. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisement
Moto India has posted a tweet that hints at the launch of its next Moto phone – the Moto M. The device was unveiled in China with a price tag of RMB 1999 (about Rs 16,928) alongside the Lenovo P2 at an event hosted by Lenovo on November 8.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus V Moto M: Top specs shootout The company tweeted a picture from its Moto India twitter handle that shows off a grainy, golden color texture and text reading “coming soon”. A phone faintly visible in the picture can be identified as the Moto M from its typical elongated rear camera unit; the “M” of Moto logo prominently visible on the top left corner.Something different is coming your way. Stay tuned to know more. #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/nmqT9p6FO5 Moto India (@Moto_IND) November 28, 2016From the China launch it’s known that the phone sports a water-resistant unibody built. Made out of metal, it carries a different design outlook than previous Moto smartphones – with minimalist bezels beside the screen and a circular fingerprint sensor at the back. But it also retains some Moto-ish cues of a curved back, rounded corners, robot-lip-like earpiece.Moto M has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080p. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor with 4GB RAM, and 32GB storage. The internal storage is expandable via microSD card by 128 GB, though it’s unclear if the Indian variant will be dual SIM or not.It has a rear camera with 16 megapixel sensor fitted with phase detect auto focus and a dual tone LED flash outside; on the front it has an 8 megapixel sensor. The phone supports fast charging (Moto’s Turbo charging) through its USB-C port and houses a 3050mAh battery.advertisementLike we said earlier, Moto M with its price and specs could very well fill the gap between the Moto G4 Plus and the Moto Z Play, replace the old Moto X Play. The Moto G4 Plus sells at Rs 13,499.Also Read: Moto G4 Plus review: Two steps forward, one step back
Henrikh Mkhitaryan feels Unai Emery’s Europa League pedigree will serve Arsenal well this season following Thursday’s win over Vorskla.Emery won the trophy in three consecutive seasons with Sevilla and his first game in Europe as the Gunners’ head coach ended with a 4-2 victory against Ukrainian Premier League side Vorskla.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal in each half, with Mkhitaryan laying on his second and a header from Danny Welbeck before substitute Mesut Ozil got in on the act. 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! Fine finishes from Vladimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar gave Vorskla late consolation in a match where they were resoundingly second-best after Aubameyang’s 32nd-minute opener.”He [Emery] has won this competition three times and it’s very important for us, for Arsenal, because we’re playing in this competition to win,” Mkhitaryan told reporters.”We’re not just playing to participate. It’s very important because if you win then you can get a spot for the Champions League, so we’re trying to win every game and we will see where we get to.”GoalsMOTM contendersBut who gets your vote? #UEL— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2018Aubameyang enjoyed a restorative showing after only finding the net once during the first five Premier League games of the season, but the former Borussia Dortmund star was frustrated by his team-mates’ late lapses.”I think we played well in the first half and at the beginning of the second as well and we scored four goals,” he told reporters, with Everton up next in the English top flight on Sunday.”But we need to improve and fight to not concede goals like we did in the last few minutes.”
Lionel Messi’s twin moments of inspiration helped Barcelona overcame a shaky hour to win 2-1 at PSV and sew up top spot in Group B.Comfortable 4-0 victors in the reverse encounter, Ernesto Valverde’s men enjoyed no such dominance in Eindhoven as they came under heavy scrutiny for long periods.The visitors had the woodwork to thank for denying PSV a lead on three occasions, before captain Messi took charge in the second half. 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! He broke the deadlock with a sublime piece of penalty area composure and then delivered the set-piece from which Gerard Pique ensured a late Luke de Jong header would be nothing more than a consolation.PSV’s bright start could well have come with early reward through Gaston Pereiro.The winger forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a flying save from a free-kick, stroked a shot on to the right post and then, from De Jong’s knock-down, spooned over from close range.Arturo Vidal was twice denied by goal-line blocks before Barca survived another fright, Denzel Dumfries hitting the upright following De Jong’s header against the crossbar.3 – PSV are the first team to hit the woodwork three times in a Champions League game v Barcelona since Atlético de Madrid in April 2014 (also 3). Denied.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 28, 2018 Ter Stegen remained under scrutiny after the interval and yet, in the 61st minute, Barca were ahead.Ousmane Dembele slipped a pass into Messi’s path and the star man did the rest, weaving around multiple markers before rifling past an unsuspecting Jeroen Zoet.And it was the skipper who also created what proved the winner 20 minutes from time as he deceived PSV’s wall by whipping a free-kick onto Pique’s boot for an instinctive first-time finish.There was time left for Netherlands striker De Jong to nod home Angelino’s cross in the 82nd minute, but Barca held on to three points despite squandering a clean sheet.What does it mean? Messi’s magic suitable for all occasions Barca needed a spark and, as he so often does, Messi provided it. That the Argentine’s wizardry was enough to make up for a sluggish team performance serves as an ominous warning to fellow Champions League contenders.10 – Lionel Messi has netted 10 goals against Dutch opponents in five Champions League games (6 v Ajax, 4 v PSV). Habit.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 28, 2018 Dembele a handful France international Dembele carried the confidence gained from his weekend goal into a promising performance at Philips Stadion, regularly threatening on the counter and teeing up Messi to open the scoring.Shaky Rakitic emblematic of Barca battles Fortunate that a loose pass out of defence went unpunished in the first half, Ivan Rakitic summed up Barca’s anxiety. He was often panicky in possession and wasted a good chance to double the advantage after Messi’s opener.Key Opta facts:- Lionel Messi has scored 15+ goals for Barcelona in each of the last 13 seasons in all competitions.- Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué is the defender with the third-most goals scored in Champions League history (13) – only Iván Helguera (15) and Roberto Carlos (16) have more than him.- Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen made eight saves against PSV, more than in any other game this season in all competitions.- Barcelona faced 23 shots against PSV, more than they’ve faced in any other game this season in all competitions.- PSV are the first team to hit the woodwork three times in a competitive game v Barcelona since Atletico Madrid in April 2014 (also three), both in the Champions League.- Ousmane Dembele has been involved in five goals in his last six games for Barcelona in all competitions (two goals and three assists).- PSV are winless in their last 13 Champions League games (D5 L8), the longest such run of any Dutch side in the competition.- Barcelona have lost just one of their last 27 Champions League group stage games (1-3 vs Man City in November 2016), and are unbeaten in their last 12 (W10 D3).What’s next? The LaLiga champions host Villarreal on Sunday as PSV visit Feyenoord. Both clubs wrap up their Champions League group stage commitments in December, Barca entertaining Tottenham and the Dutch side venturing to Inter. read more
British luxury carmaker Jaguar has revealed a new variant of the its sports car, the F-TYPE. The new model will be positioned as an entry level trim and will be powered by Jaguar’s new Ingenium engine.The motor in question is the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of churning out 300bhp and 400Nm of torque. This is the most powerful four-cylinder from Jaguar till date. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.Also Read:Jaguar F-PACE takes World Car of the Year crown for 2017The new mill underneath the bonnet make the F-TYPE go from 0-100kmph in just 5.4 seconds. It will go on to hit a top speed of 230kmph. The car also has a kerb weight of 1,525kg in the coupe form and 1,545kg in its convertible avatar. The weight distribution of the car is split 50/50 between the front and the rear.The V6 engine from Jaguar will also be soon replaced with a straight six motor from the Ingenium family of engines.Also Read:Jaguar I-PACE concept hits the streets, pre-bookings start for electric SUV
Tuesday is D-Day for Maria Sharapova as she awaits the announcement of the French Tennis Federation as to whether she will receive a wild card into this year’s French Open.The Russian’s return from a 15-month ban for a doping violation has divided opinion with many players asking whether Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome were right to give her a wild card into their events.Sharapova reached the semi-finals on her return in Stuttgart last month but did not have enough ranking points to get straight into the main draw in Paris, nor the qualifying event.As a grand slam event, the French Open is perhaps less in need of extra publicity than a regular Tour event, its sponsorship and advance ticket sales largely unaffected by the presence of an individual player.However, the Roland Garros tournament, which will announce the decision on Facebook Live at 1900 local time (1700 GMT) on Tuesday, may feel under financial pressure to grant Sharapova a wild card, either for qualifying which starts on May 22 or for the main draw six days later.As the smallest of the four grand slam venues, Roland Garros has the lowest attendance and generates the least revenue, and a decade-long stalemate over its plans to expand means it faces being left behind as the other slams continue to grow.French Open revenue was 187.3 million euros ($205 million) in 2015, compared to Wimbledon at 169.7 million pounds ($219 million) and the U.S. Open ($291 million).Even the Australian Open, long considered the weakest of the four, has caught up in revenue terms, generating the equivalent of 188 million U.S. dollars in 2015 and 207 million in 2016, with a further anticipated rise from this year.advertisementRoland Garros is also lagging behind in terms of facilities. The Australian Open has a roof over three courts while the U.S. Open will have a second roof by 2018 and Wimbledon will add a second one by 2019.The French Open has none which has an adverse effect on television rights, where the guarantee of play no matter what the weather will boost revenue.Total prize money for this year’s French Open is 35.98 million euros ($39.46 million), a 12 percent increase on 2016, with the singles champions each receiving 2.1 million euros.Next month’s Wimbledon has a total prize money pot of 31.6 million pounds ($40.8 million). This year’s Australian Open, which was badly affected by exchange rates, had $37 million and the U.S. Open will dish out a total of $50 million.OLYMPIC BID COULD BOOST ROLAND GARROSWhile the Paris 2016 figure of 413,907 people through the gates is not that far behind Wimbledon (493,928), it is dwarfed by the U.S. Open, which had 691,280 people in 2015, and the Australian Open, which this year had 728,763.Revenue and attendance figures are likely to go up as each slam expands its facilities but the French capital’s attempts to build into the neighbouring botanical gardens have been hamstrung by red tape.Until the plans to expand are approved – and the Paris bid to host the 2024 Olympics could be a key factor in that happening – facilities at Roland Garros will look forlorn by comparison.On Monday, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said Roland Garros was a key part of the Olympic bid.”In 2024, Roland Garros will be bigger, more comfortable and more beautiful in order to host five sports including tennis and boxing,” she said on Twitter.The issue of Sharapova has been a sensitive one.Bernard Giudicelli, the new president of the French Tennis Federation said in March that it would be difficult to give the former world number one a wild card when it was spending a lot of money on anti-doping.”It’s complicated. We prefer that she returns completely rehabilitated,” Giudicelli told a French journalist.”Integrity is one of our strong points. We cannot decide, on the one hand, to increase the amount of funds we dedicate to the anti-doping battle and, on the other, invite her.”Former player Guy Forget, now the French Open tournament director, has been canvassing opinion from within the sport as to what the reaction would be should Sharapova receive a wild card.Former world number one Martina Navratilova said this month that Sharapova should now be allowed to get on with her tennis and as a two-time champion in Paris could justifiably be given a wild card into the main draw.With the issue of revenue to consider, however, organisers — already hit by Monday’s withdrawal of 18-times grand slam champion Roger Federer from the men’s event — might be canny to give Sharapova a wild card into qualifying.advertisementIn 2016, 17,689 people attended qualifying at Roland Garros, compared to 48,894 at the U.S. Open. Add Sharapova to the qualifying event and interest would grow, including from broadcasters who provide most of the revenue.”I think I’d be prepared to play in the juniors if I had to,” Sharapova told reporters in Stuttgart last month. “I think everyone in this room knows what a competitor I am and I don’t take anything for granted and if I get the opportunity to be in a draw then I will take it.”The French Federation did not respond when asked for comment.
Crystal Palace’s former England manager Sam Allardyce has quit the Premier League club five months after being appointed and said on Tuesday that he was leaving soccer management.Allardyce, 62, kept south London side Palace in the top flight after replacing the sacked Alan Pardew in December, when the club was in 17th place just one point above the relegation zone. He had signed a 2-1/2 year contract.”It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me,” Allardyce said in a statement.”This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”The former Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Sunderland boss took over at Palace having lost his job as England manager last September following a newspaper sting after just 67 days and one game in charge.On Sunday Allardyce spoke about the need to bring in the right quality players after a season in which Palace survived thanks largely to a fine run in March and April, which included victories over champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.Palace lost four of their last five games but their Premier League status was secured with a 4-0 win over Hull City on the second-last weekend of the season and they finished in 14th place on 41 points — seven clear of third-bottom Hull.advertisementAllardyce told chairman Steve Parish he had decided to step down at a meeting in London on Tuesday. The club are now looking for an eighth manager in seven years with former defender Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, the early favourite to take over.”In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” Allardyce said in his statement reported by British media on Tuesday.”I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and (chairman) Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League,” he added.”More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant.”
Blighty (Eds: adding Virat Kohlis comment on hockey) By Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 17 (PTI) Virat Kohlis dazzling drives will face stiff competition from Harmanpreet Singhs powerful dragflicks on a rarest of rare occasion when national teams are pitted against Pakistan in cricket and hockey on the same day in a third country. Within 10 miles of each other, Indian cricket team will meet their arch rivals at the Oval in London while hockey team will lock horns with Pakistan at the Riverbank Arena. Its a rarity when national passion and national sport will be jostling for attention from sporting aficionados within a gap of three and half hours. Virat Kohli was in fact asked if he has ever tried his hands at hockey, the cricket captain revealed that he is still in awe of how players stand in front of those powerful dragflicks. “I have played with synthetic hockey balls (during) indoor net session, but never tried hockey. It is very scary I feel, getting hit on the face from a penalty corner (he meant dragflick). I dont know how those guys do that. You need a lot of guts to do that. I wish our team the best,” he said. Whether it is seven hours of cricket with its ebbs and flows or the 60 minute of adrenaline pumping stickwork, the contests will not be devoid of excitement. The desis as British Indians are referred in this part of the world will be in attendance along with their Pakistani counterparts in what can be termed as a sporting carnival on a Super Sunday. While Bollywood brigade, political class are expected to be in attendance at the more glamorous event, the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals encounter is also expected to grab eyeballs. For those, who wont get the tickets for the cricket match, they can travel an hour up north to Milton Keynes to see Manpreet Singhs deft skills, SV Sunils searing runs down wide right. It will also be an occasion where the love for hockey that many profess during coffee table conversations will be tested. Call it Pakistans decapitated sporting structure and Indias rapid strides, the gulf between neighbouring nations have widened across sporting disciplines. Harsh but truth is that against Pakistan, the rivalry is an idea borne out of all the acrimony that has festered on for years now. The sporting rivalry against Pakistan is an idea that ignites a certain surge of rage and nationalism in Indian public. Gone are those days when a victory against a Pakistan cricket side comprising Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Salim Malik used to evoke a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Similarly, beating a Pakistan hockey side that had Shahbaz Ahmed, Tahir Zaman or later Sohail Abbas or Rehan Butt would feel special. An average Indian fan knew the names of those iconic Pakistani cricketers or hockey players. But today, if Azhar Ali or Hasan Ali walks down the street, one can bet his last shirt that seven out of 10 Indian fans will need a third or fourth glance to recognise. The names in Pakistan sides dont intimidate the Indian teams or its fans anymore. They can scare India occasionally and that can be tomorrow. But thats about it. But its a contest that no one wants to lose. Or rather one can ill-afford to lose. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisement
JP Duminy will be dropped by South Africa for the second Test against England that starts on Friday at Trent Bridge as part of three changes from the loss at Lord’s last week.The Proteas did not say Thursday which player would replace Duminy, who has a highest score of 39 in his last eight Test innings.Faf du Plessis is back in the team following the birth of his first child, while Duanne Olivier will start in place of the suspended Kagiso Rabada.The South Africans must decide whether to play six or seven batsmen.The tourists kept their options open for further switches to the lineup, saying in a statement that “the Proteas are certain to make three changes for the match.”England captain Joe Root said his team will be unchanged from the one that won by 211 runs in the first Test.
(Eds: Adding details)Beijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at the event in Sanya City Arena in China which was televised live globally.The announcement about Chhillar winning the Miss World crown was also made on the pageants official Twitter handle as well as on its Facebook page.”The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RB
It would be safe to say that 2017 has been the best year for Virat Kohli both on and off the field.After making waves on the field for the second year running, Kohli capped off an already brilliant year by marrying Bollywood star Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany, Italy, on December 11 and hosted a grand reception in New Delhi on Thursday night.Kohli’s superlative form with the bat saw him score 2818 runs across formats in international cricket including 11 hundreds in 46 matches. All the runs he accumulated this year also helped him cash in on his brand value as well.In its annual study of celebrity brand values in India, Duff & Phelps (global valuation and corporate finance advisor) found out that Kohli had pipped Bollywood megastars like Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar to be ranked the No.1 celebrity brand in the country in 2017.Kohli topped the list with brand value of $144 million, followed by actors Shah Rukh ($106 million), Deepika Padukone ($93 million), Akshay Kumar ($47 million) and Ranveer Singh ($42 million).But what is even more staggering is the fact that the Indian captain was the third highest earner in the country this year.Kohli was ranked the top sports personality in 2017 Forbes India Celebrity 100 List with a gross income of Rs 100.72 crore this year, putting him in third place in the overall list behind Bollywood actors Salman Khan (Rs 232.83 crore) and Shah Rukh Khan (Rs 170.5 crore).They had finished top three in 2016 as well but their cumulative earnings have dropped by almost 20 per cent.advertisementSachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013, is second in the sports list (Rs 82.50 crore), followed by former India captain MS Dhoni (Rs 63.77 crore) and Ravichandran Ashwin (Rs 34.67 crore). In all, 21 athletes made the top-100 list this year.The 29-year-old Delhi cricketer seems to be getting better with each passing year. This year he scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals. He also hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka).He had a sensational run in ODIs through the year, beginning with his hundred against England. He was in fine form in the Champions Trophy, got runs in West Indies and then against Australia and New Zealand at home.In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli also has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Sky is the limit for the Indian cricketer, who is at the peak of his career. Let’s hope that marriage brings him more luck so that he can outperform himself next year.
Following a teaser this week, Vivo at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unveiled the world’s first smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor provided by Synaptics. The company says the smartphone is ready for production and demonstrated how users will be able to unlock the device by placing the finger on the display. Under display fingerprint sensor is a technology that has been long expected to arrive as smartphone manufactures bring out edge-to-edge displays.Vivo has been toying with in-screen fingerprint sensors for a while now had announced in December that it would be the first company to bring out a smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor. It showcased a concept phone at last year’s MWC with an under display fingerprint sensor provided by Qualcomm. However, the sensor wasn’t as responsive as Vivo would have liked. Synaptics late last year announced that it entered mass manufacturing with its optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID. The company said a top five OEM would be getting its first batch of sensors and that brand is now confirmed to be Vivo.Apart from its highlight in-display fingerprint sensor, nothing else is known about the smartphone as of now. Vivo said that the handset will be announced early this year although the exact date has not been revealed yet. We’ll know more about the smartphone as we approach its launch. With Vivo’s announcement, in-display fingerprint sensor is now officially here and we expect more companies to use the technology as they look to come with bezel-less displays. So far, manufacturers have moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of their full-screen smartphones, a solution that hasn’t been too popular with people.advertisement”With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. “Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon.”
Team India is preparing hard in Centurion after the batting collapse of the famed line-up at Newlands, Cape Town in the first Test against South Africa.India lost by 72 runs in the first Test after they failed to chase the humble target of 208, the bowlers having done their bit immensely well.Virat Kohli mentioned after the match they will have to look into the batting collapse and India are prepared to battle their South Africa demons at Centurion.WATCHHowever, amidst all the intense preparations, the team found time to visit the India House at Johannesburg.The whole Indian team and their families in South Africa and the management made it to the High Commissioner’s House there on Thursday.In photos posted by BCCI, the Indian team can all be seen in synced formal outfit — blue pants, white shirt and grey half coat.Captain Kohli can also been seen having intense conversations with people at the India House..#TeamIndia visit India House at Johannesburg pic.twitter.com/eHG805V3DY— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018Some members of the team even posed with a few of their fans there.Earlier on Thursday, BCCI also posted a video showing Ravichandran Ashwin trying to be a seam bowler for fun.Just for fun – when @ashwinravi99 decided to bowl seam instead of spin #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/7bsCpndNkk— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018Ashwin was part of the India’s line-up at Newlands but hardly got much to ball. He, however, played a stabilising knock of 37 in the second innings that delayed the inevitable.advertisementThere might be some good news for India when they arrive at Centurion for the second Test on Saturday as the wicket is not expected to be a green top. The curator of the pitch said that the pitch will have the usual pace, bounce and movement but there might be less of the lateral movement that is the trouble points for India.If conditions are to be considered, the pacers will again be at the forefront when it comes to picking up wickets. India’s batting needs strengthening and talks are going around that Ajinkya Rahane might come in to replace Ravichandran Ashwin for the second Test.
Pep Guardiola ruled out any possibility of complacency from league leaders Manchester City after his team’s 4-0 win against Swansea City.And that spells out trouble for the chasers as it means there is little or no chance of catching City, who have a 11-point gap from second placed Manchester United.Fresh from overseeing an outright record for successive Premier League victories — 15 and counting this season — with the 4-0 masterclass at Swansea, Guardiola was adamant that his side will not lose focus no matter what.HIGHLIGHTS!1??5?? in a row!!! #swansvcitySHORT ?? https://t.co/dvjnd0FHrJEXTENDED ?? https://t.co/dVS4Vmdzi4 pic.twitter.com/8hzW8GhUvn- Manchester City (@ManCity) December 14, 2017″That is not going to happen,” the Spaniard told the BBC, when asked if a slacking off might materialise with City now 11 points clear.”We are so demanding for our players. We can lose, we can drop points but complacency never happened in the past, the present or the future. Winning 15 games in a row gives us a lot of confidence,” Guardiola said.City lead the table with 49 points while United sit second on 38 followed by Chelsea at third (35) and Spurs on fourth (31).Having broken the single-season record with a 14th consecutive win in the Manchester derby at United on Sunday, win number 15 beat the top-flight landmark in the Premier League era set by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, spanning two seasons in 2002.Team Spirit! pic.twitter.com/C4h3my1amr- David Silva (@21LVA) December 13, 2017 Yet what has evidently delighted the Spaniard more than anything has been the way City seemed to have carved out their triumphs in the same kaleidoscopic manner he fashioned previously at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”If people are happy watching us, that is the best gift,” he said, making it sound like an early Christmas present for English soccer fans.advertisementAmong the delights he has served up, perhaps nothing has been finer than the way Guardiola has brought David Silva, his marvellous Spanish midfield conductor, into full bloom.With his double against Swansea, Silva has now been involved in 13 Premier League goals in 17 matches this season — five goals and eight assists — which is already more than he managed in the whole of 2016-17.Guardiola was left delighted that, at 31, his orchestrator was now apparently also becoming more of a predator.”Im so happy for David,” he enthused. “We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals. He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”It may have been a pleasure for the neutral but for Swansea boss Paul Clement, who also had to see goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero ensure his side remain rooted to the foot of the table, it was “horrible” to behold.”For me, (City) are one of the best sides I’ve ever come across,” said Clement, who has been assistant manager at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.”So many good athletes, so many intelligent footballers and it’s really hard to pin them down.”5 goals and 8 assists for @21LVA #mancity pic.twitter.com/exKDWAZVYT- Manchester City (@ManCity) December 13, 2017So hard indeed that only Everton, in the Premier League, this season have managed to take a point from them and it is increasingly looking the tallest of orders for any other side to follow suit.(Courtesy: Reuters)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Game-breaking wide receiver Odell Beckham and five other New York Giants were fined a total of $72,400 for their actions in a Dec. 21 melee-marred game in St. Louis.While the NFL does not announce fines for this previous weekend’s games until Dec. 26, placekicker Josh Brown and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins discussed the levies Dec. 24 after being informed they were being docked.Jenkins said he got the biggest fine, $16,000, for driving Rams quarterback Shaun Hill into the ground after the quarterback threw an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter.Wide receiver Preston Parker and defensive end Damontre Moore were fined $15,000 apiece for taking part in a second-quarter brawl that started when Beckham was thrown to the ground well out of bounds by linebacker Alec Ogletree. Parker and Moore were ejected after the play, along with Rams DE William Hayes.Beckham was fined $10,000 on the play for kicking at Ogletree after being thrown down.Brown was docked $8,200 for making a kicking motion at a Rams player while on top of a pile following a kickoff return. Brown said he was pushed on the pile after the play was over and kicked out because someone was holding his ankle above his head.He plans to appeal the fine. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.Long snapper Zak DeOssie was fined $8,200 for a late hit out of bounds on a punt return shortly after the melee. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness.___TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Between a seven-game losing streak at home and a 39-point humiliation in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Nets had their choice of lows in a lousy January.They’ve come to fight in February.Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and the Nets used a late rally to beat the Clippers 102-100 on Feb. 2.“It’s gratifying, I think, to go through the bumps and the bruises and then to kind of get off the schneid in the fashion that we did against a really special team,” Jack said.The Nets erased a nine-point deficit in the final 1:35, getting two 3-pointers from Alan Anderson — one a four-point play — one from Joe Johnson and another from Deron Williams in his return from an 11-game absence.But they went to Jack for their final possession after Chris Paul’s layup tied it at 100 with 8.6 seconds to go. Jack dribbled right and lofted a jumper over 6-foot-11 center DeAndre Jordan, who had switched onto him.Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Johnson had 22 for the Nets, who snapped an overall four-game skid that finished a 3-12 January. They won at home for the first time since beating Sacramento on Dec. 29.“We just lost it,” Paul said. “I mean, not trying to take any credit away from what they did and the shots they made, but we gave the game away.”Jordan finished with 22 points, 20 rebounds and two made free throws in 12 attempts for the Clippers. Paul had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.The Clippers finished 8 of 25 (32 percent) from the free throw line and dropped their seventh straight road game against the Nets, a losing streak covering seven-plus years and two states. Jamal Crawford scored 18 points but was 7 for 22 from the field.The Clippers beat Brooklyn 123-84 in Los Angeles last month and it appeared they had finally done enough to win this one when a basket by Matt Barnes made it 96-87 with 1:46 remaining.But they failed to grab the rebound when Johnson missed two free throws, and when the ball was tapped back out to him, he nailed a 3 that cut it to 98-96 before Anderson made a 3 from the corner while being fouled, putting the Nets in front 100-98.“We knew we had to make it a fight because we didn’t want them to think that that was us in L.A. So we made it a fight and we came out with the win,” swingman Anderson said.Two nights after an impressive victory in San Antonio, the Clippers fell to 2-2 on their eight-game trip. They have dropped seven visits in a row to the Nets since a Dec. 11, 2007, victory in East Rutherford, New Jersey.“We just didn’t close the game out,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We let them step into three 3s where that just can’t happen.”Williams got a nice hand when he checked in during the first quarter, his first action since fracturing cartilage in his rib on Jan. 7. He scored 15 points.“Happy to be out there but more happy to get a win,” Williams said. “We didn’t get a win all of January at home, so this one felt really good.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
TweetPinShare0 Shares ORLANDO, Fla. — The New York Knicks and Orlando Magic have had trouble winning games this season. In their latest match-up, they had an equally tough time scoring points.Cole Aldrich had a career-high 19 points and New York beat Orlando 80-79 on Saturday night in a game that had the lowest-scoring quarter in NBA history.The teams combined to score only 15 points in the second quarter, breaking the mark of 18. The previous NBA low was accomplished three times, the last by Utah and Detroit on March 13, 2005.Aldrich also had 14 rebounds to help the Knicks win for the second time in 13 games. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points, including a late 3-pointer that proved to the winner.“A win is a win,” Hardaway said. “We knew we only had three games left including this one and we just want to make use of all three.”Victor Oladipo had 21 points to lead a Magic team that has lost two straight and dropped their final home game of the season. Tobias Harris added 15 points.The Knicks scored eight points in the second quarter, shooting 3 for 20 from the field with a pair of turnovers. The Magic had seven points and were 3 for 19 from the field, with seven turnovers.The seven points scored by Orlando in the period tied a team record for fewest points in a quarter. It also set a Magic record for fewest points in a second quarter.“It was 8-7 in the second quarter so our defense did a great job of withstanding that quarter,” Hardaway said. “Even though we didn’t score, they didn’t score as well so we just had an all-around great game.”Orlando overcame its early scoring woes, erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and took a 69-68 lead on Willie Green’s 3-pointer with 5:08 to play.After it was tied at 73, Elfrid Payton put the Magic back in front 75-73 with a short jumper.But the Knicks tied it right back up on their next possession on Hardaway’s long jumper from the wing.Oladipo missed a layup coming out of a timeout and Hardaway was fouled going to basket by Nik Vucevic. He converted on his ensuing free throws to nudge New York back in front 77-75 with 41.6 seconds remaining.The Magic got the ball into Oladipo’s hands, who tied it again on a driving layup.The Knicks ran down the clock and Langston Galloway lost the ball on a drive. But the ball eventually found its way to Hardaway, who drilled a 3 to make it 80-77.Oladipo missed a jumper, and the ball wound up in a tie up between Cleanthony Early and Channing Frye with 6.9 left.Frye won the ensuing jump and after a long 3-pointer missed for Oladipo, Vucevic had to settle for a layup with 0.9 showing on the clock.Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he’s not thinking about the lottery, despite having the Eastern Conference’s worst record“I don’t believe in trying to lose and I don’t think that’s what our organization believes either,” he said. “Whatever that will be, that will be…We just have to go about our business.”(KYLE HIGHTOWER)