Greece – already knocked out of European tourney play – has drawn 2014 World Cup toughies Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina for the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer group.Also in the bracket are Estonia and Cyprus. The drawings were made in St. Petersburg, Russia. The news came as heavily-favored Greece was beaten twice by the lowly Faroe Islands in European play.The top team of the group advances to the 2018 group finals, while the runner-up will have to negotiate a home-and-away play-off. The qualifying round begins in September 2016.Greece was represented in Russia by the head of the Hellenic Football Federation, Giorgos Girtzikis and two more officials, but neither manager Sergio Markarian nor National Team Director Giorgos Karagounis were present.Markarian had quit but Girtzikis asked him to stay on. Markarian had been critical of Karagounis and it’s seen as unlikely either will be around for 2018. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football on Friday, bringing to an end a glittering career that ended in disappointment with a semi-final exit at Euro 2016 in France.“It wasn’t to be and I have to accept it,” the 31-year-old said in a statement on his verified Twitter account (@BSchweinsteiger).“The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014,” the Manchester United player added.Schweinsteiger was vice-captain of the national team when Germany edged Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup title and took over as captain when his then Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm stood down after the 2014 tournament.His seventh major tournament saw him lead Germany to the last four of the European Championships earlier this month but the 2-0 defeat to hosts France proved to be his 120th and last appearance.His first call-up came as a 19-year-old in June 2004 and a year later, he scored the first of 24 international goals.“I was able to turn out 120 times for my country and experience moments which were indescribably beautiful and successful,” he tweeted.“It is only right and sensible to finish now and wish the team all the best in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.”After playing for two junior clubs the player known universally as ‘Schweini’ joined Bayern in 1998 as a teenager.He played 500 matches for the most successful club in Germany, winning eight Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League before joining Manchester United two years later.His first season at Old Trafford was beset by poor form and regular injuries, and retiring from international duty may have been one way of attempting to persuade new United manager Jose Mourinho of his determination to seal a regular place.The announcement came on the day that British media reported Schweinsteiger would be sold if Mourinho succeeded in signing French midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus. Source: Reuters – cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares
GENEVA (AP) — Two days after Russia finished fourth in the Olympic medal table, its Paralympic team was barred from the next big games in Rio de Janeiro as punishment for a state-backed doping program.Sport’s highest court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the International Paralympic Committee to exclude the sports superpower. It was a step the IOC declined to take when it had the chance last month.The 267 entries which Russian Paralympic athletes earned in 18 sports for the Sept. 7-18 games in Rio will now be allocated to other nations not judged responsible for orchestrated cheating.Russia won 36 gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, second most in London, and was a runaway table-topping leader at its home 2014 Winter Paralympics.Still, the Sochi Winter Games and Winter Paralympics are now notorious for results corrupted by state-funded agencies plotting to swap tainted doping samples from Russian athletes for clean ones at official testing laboratories.In the fallout from those recent revelations — by the Russian lab director who has fled to the United States, and a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry set up to investigate his claims — the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday.CAS dismissed the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal against exclusion from competing in Rio after a hearing was held in Brazil on Monday.The court said its judges agreed the world Paralympic body “did not violate any procedural rule” in banning the Russian team two weeks ago.Then, in Rio, the IPC President Philip Craven had said of Russia that: “Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me.”“(The) decision to ban the (Russian team) was made in accordance with the IPC Rules and was proportionate in the circumstances,” the sports court said Tuesday in a statement.Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev blamed the doping ban on politics.“The investigation about the Russian doping is a thick and disgusting mix containing 80 percent of politics and 20 percent of the actual doping, the politics targeting against sports, Russian athletes and Russia as a country,” Medvedev wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.Medvedev described the ban as “a doubly cynical decision since we’re talking about people who have to overcome themselves every day. It’s a blow for all disabled people, not just the Russian ones.”A further appeal to Switzerland’s federal court is possible, though unlikely before the games open, an attorney representing the Russian athletes, Alexei Karpenko, said in televised remarks.The Swiss supreme court could intervene if the legal process was abused by Lausanne-based CAS, though it would not re-judge the evidence. The CAS panel was satisfied that organized Russia doping was proven.The Russian appeal to CAS “did not file any evidence contradicting the facts on which the IPC decision was based,” the court’s judging panel said.The world Paralympic governing body used evidence from an ongoing WADA-appointed investigation into a Russian state program of doping and cover-ups which ran from 2011 to 2015 in almost 30 summer and winter sports.The IPC said two weeks ago it had evidence of manipulated doping tests relating to 44 Russian athletes, including 27 from competitors in eight sports on the Paralympic program.On Tuesday, Craven said the ruling was a “sad day for the Paralympic Movement, but we hope also a new beginning.”“Today’s decision underlines our strong belief that doping has absolutely no place in Paralympic sport, and further improves our ability to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all Para athletes around the world,” Craven said in a statement.Still, it was “not a day for celebration and we have enormous sympathy for the Russian athletes who will now miss out on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” the British official said.Craven is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, whose executive board declined to use similar evidence from WADA investigator Richard McLaren’s report to exclude Russia for the Rio Olympics which ended Sunday.Instead, the IOC asked individual sports governing bodies to decide if Russian teams and athletes could compete. Russia’s weightlifting team was banned and only one track and field athlete, who trained in the U.S. out of the Russian testing system, was ruled eligible.Russia won 56 Olympic medals, including 19 gold, in Rio to trail only the U.S., Britain and China.Medvedev suggested Russia’s strength as a competitor was a factor in the blanket ban.“One certainly sees in this decision a striving of some leaders of the international Paralympic movement to eliminate strong rivals since our team always won top spots,” the former state president wrote.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring.The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, “I want to help you.”It all seemed like an impromptu intervention for the mercurial Kyrgios, right out there on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, and it raised questions about whether Lahyani overstepped his duties as someone who’s primarily there to keep score and keep order. Kyrgios went from trailing by a set and a break at the time to wresting control of the match — setting up a third-round showdown against Roger Federer — by coming back to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.“This was not his job,” Herbert said, adding that he thinks Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way. “I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”The U.S. Open’s referee and chief umpire were reviewing what happened, as was the Grand Slam Board. Chair umpires are never made available to the media, but tournament referee Brian Earley said Lahyani explained that he left his perch “to make sure he could communicate effectively” with Kyrgios in a noisy arena.According to Earley, the official said he wanted to check whether Kyrgios needed medical attention and to warn the player that Lahyani “would need to take action” if the “seeming lack of interest in the match continued.”During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.“I mean, like, I don’t have a coach. I haven’t had a coach for, like, years. Of course he wasn’t coaching me. Like, what are you talking about?” Kyrgios said.“He said he liked me. I’m not sure if that was encouragement. He just said that it’s not a good look,” Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. “Look. I wasn’t feeling good. I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him, but I knew it wasn’t a good look.”Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, has run into trouble in the past for not giving his all during matches, even drawing a fine and suspension from the ATP men’s tour in 2016.As Herbert put it: “Just sometimes he’s mentally not here.”What there’s never been a doubt about, however, is Kyrgios’ talent and ability to entertain — when he puts his mind to it. He burst onto the scene by stunning Rafael Nadal as a teenager at Wimbledon in 2014, and he owns a victory over 20-time major champion Federer, too.After reaching the third round by defeating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, Federer criticized Lahyani for going to talk to Kyrgios for as long as he did, and from as close as he did.Normally, a chair umpire leans over from his or her post to speak to a seated player during a changeover.“I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well.’ Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter,” Federer said. “That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”It was, to be sure, the most conversation-worthy topic on Day 4 at Flushing Meadows, where the most notable result was No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-4, 6-2 loss to Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at night.Wozniacki, who won the Australian Open in January and is a two-time finalist in New York, is the third top-10 woman already out of the draw, including No. 1 Simona Halep.Past U.S. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic won at night, as did 2006 titlist Maria Sharapova, who took the last three games to beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 7-5 in a match that ended after midnight.Djokovic wasted a third-set match point and was pushed to a fourth before defeating American Tennys Sandgren 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2.“I just lost it mentally,” Djokovic said about his issues in the third set. “Those things happen, I guess. I’m not happy with the way I lost that concentration and composure there.”—By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – The Greek sports tourism event Navarino Challenge returns for a 7th consecutive year, on October 11-13, 2019, to Messinia and Costa Navarino.The annual event was recently honored with a Gold Award at the Tourism Awards, the highest distinction in Greek tourism. Navarino Challenge has updated and enriched its program this year with innovative activities at the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor aiming at breaking the record of 7,500 athletes, visitors and volunteers.The event’s 3-day program includes Open Water Swimming, where enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in a chip-timed event on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the beautiful Navarino Bay from the scenic Pylos Harbor, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) route of the open water swimming race by. The route has been designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos (the coach who has earned countless Olympic and world-class honors in open water swimming for Greece).Challenge The Wind – Sailing Races, an interclub sailing race on a triangle course with Optimist and Laser 4.7 boats, will be held for the first time from October 11-13. The race will be co-organized with the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association Nestor under the aegis of the Hellenic Sailing Federation.To be held on the second weekend of October, Challenge The Wind, as its name suggests, hopes to become an annual tradition and sporting benchmark for sailing competitions in the coming years.Open water swimming at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasSea Κayaking in the Navarino Bay will be held for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 12. It will start from the port of Pylos at Poseidonia and head to the island of Sphacteria, supported by Explore Messinia. Participants will paddle towards the inside of the bay exploring the coastline of Sphacteria.Basketball Camp with Joe Arlauckas will be the sport of honor at the Pylos indoor basketball court. On Sunday, Oct. 13, children from Pylos and Messinia, ages 8-16 will have the opportunity to attend basketball lessons for free by the Euroleague legend Joe Arlaukas, while on Saturday, Oct. 12, a basketball clinic will be held at Costa Navarino.Kids’ Athletics returns for another year to Pylos Square on Saturday, Oct. 12, with Periklis Iakovakis, the Olympic & World Champion in 400 meter hurdles, as its ambassador. This is an activity that aims at getting children acquainted with track and field sports. The Kids’ Athletics activities include long jump, the sport of the legendary Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras, who was born in Pylos, Messinia.The Visit to Olympic Champion Tsiklitiras’ HouseOn Saturday, Oct. 12, enables visitors to Pylos to visit the refurbished family home of the Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras. It is now a museum housing a Library and Art Gallery with rare documents, paintings, historical maps, and many interesting exhibits.ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIESOn Saturday, Oct. 12, athletes and visitors can partake of Messinia’s rich culinary heritage as Pylos comes alive with booths celebrating local flavors: traditional lalagia, loukoumia, pasteli sesame seed bars and nuts with honey created by food blogger Mamatsita, Poseidonia and Pylos Poems.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasAt Sunset Beach at Voidokilia on Friday, Oct. 11, instructor Dimitris Moros and FitnessArt will hold sunset beach yoga sessions by Messinian Spa to the backdrop of the mythical Voidokilia, Messinia’s famed beach in the shape of the letter Omega in the Greek alphabet (written as “Ω”).Active Media, the organizing company which innovates in the field of destination and hotel sports tourism, promises a unique event with many surprises for everyone. Active Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Akis Tsolis said, “Sports tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire travel industry, and we’ve been fortunate over the past several years to really establish Messinia as a go-to sporting destination with Navarino Challenge. Youth, amateur or professional athletes are traveling to compete more than ever today, and they’re bringing with them their coaches, fans, parents, siblings, and friends – all of whom contribute to the hosting region’s local economy. Messinia is a unique region offering unparalleled on-site experiences as well as awesome restaurants, hotels, and attractions to visiting athletes, to enjoy during their leisure time. That’s a rare combination in the travel sports industry, and something we’ve really been able to leverage.”More information on accommodation packages can be found on the following link on the website of: http://www.navarinochallenge.com/accommodation-packages-2019.There is a 30% discount on registration until May 31.Entries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available at the following link: http://activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2019/.For more information on accommodation packages in the region visit VitaNTravel: http://vitantravel.gr/.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous ST: single-shunt BLDC motor controller saves space, time, and BOMNext Sensirion: miniaturized CO2 sensor The R&S CMX500 radio communication tester from Rohde & Schwarz brings extensive device testing capabilities to the market, covering standalone, non-standalone, TDD, FDD, FR1 and FR2.ETS-Lindgren is integrating the R&S CMX500 radio communication tester to offer turnkey 5G test solutions to its customers. Pairing the R&S CMX500 with ETS-Lindgren’s CTIA-compliant EMQuest Antenna Measurement software and regulatory-compliant TILE! emissions and immunity software will provide comprehensive 5G OTA and EMC/EMI test capabilities.The R&S CMX500 provides support for all 5G NR modes including FR1 (sub6 GHz) and FR2 (mmW), non-standalone and standalone, for both FDD and TDD. The R&S CMX500 works seamlessly with the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester, the industry standard for cellular (LTE, C-IoT, 3G, 2G) and connectivity (WLAN, Bluetooth) testing. The combination of the R&S CMX500 with the R&S CMW500 provides complete coverage of all major commercial wireless technologies.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
MP docs successfully operate on Pakistani toddler’s cleft lip,palateIndore, Jun 29 (PTI) A Pakistani child can now sport abroad smile, literally, after doctors at a hospital heresuccessfully operated on his cleft lip and palate.One-year-old Musa Malik was operated for thedeformity, called orofacial cleft in medical parlance, in twostages in April and on June 26 at Indore’s CHL Hospital, DrJaideep Singh Chauhan informed today.Chauhan, who led the team that operated on thetoddler, said that it was a condition afflicting at least oneout of 800 children in the sub-continent and it createdfeeding, speech and hearing problems as well as frequent earinfections.He added that the operation was carried out for freewith the help of an NGO, Smile Train India.Musa’s father, Kamran Malik (35), a welder inRawalpindi in Pakistan’s Punjab province, expressed gratitudeto the team of doctors for rectifying the child’s deformity.The child’s mother, Sayma, thanked the Indiangovernment for providing visas to them on two occasions toensure Musa could be operated upon.She added that she wanted to visit the country nexttime on a tourist visa and travel to Agra to see the TajMahal. PTI HWP LALBNM BNM BNM
Manchester City players who participated in the World Cup 2018 could miss the Community Shield tie against Chelsea and Premier League opener against Arsenal as they recover from a sustained period of club and international action, manager Pep Guardiola has said.Guardiola’s title-winning squad had 16 players at the tournament in Russia, including England’s John Stones and Raheem Sterling, Spain’s David Silva, Brazil’s Ederson and Gabriel Jesus among others.Following the conclusion of the tournament last Sunday, a majority of City’s first team players have yet to resume full training and Guardiola says he will not rush them back.”It is what it is,” Guardiola told reporters. “We spoke – they have to come back ready. If the days before they are tired and they don’t want to fight for the Community Shield, play at Arsenal, then stay on holidays.”We cannot forget what we’ve done, but we start again. If they are ready they’ll help us and if not, we’ll wait for them. If they are not mentally and physically ready, they won’t come back.”Guardiola also spoke of his disappointment in missing out on transfer target Jorginho after the Italy midfielder joined Chelsea on a five-year deal last weekend.”I was disappointed (not to sign him),” he added. “We tried but players have to go where they go.”It would have been a mistake for him if he came and he wanted to go to Chelsea with (new manager) Maurizio Sarri. If they want to come, that’s great but if he wants to go to Chelsea, all the best for him.advertisement”My advice is always go where they want to go.”City play FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield on Aug. 5 and begin their title defence at Arsenal a week later.(With Reuters inpus)
German Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton has escaped a sanction on Sunday on court on which he could have been stripped of the stunning title at Hockenheim. Hamilton was only reprimanded by the stewards.In a development that came after an hour of Hamilton winning a stunning race, the reigning world champion was being investigated for a possible pit-lane infringement.Hamilton, who regained his Formula One Championship lead with the win, came from 14th on the grid to finishing on the top in what was a classic but chaotic race.However, he was suspected of having illegally crossed a line separating the entry from the track when he hurriedly changed his mind about pitting during a safety car period.Hamilton, who finished 4.5 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and 6.7 clear of Ferrari’s third-placed Kimi Raikkonen, could have got a time penalty and would have been stripped of the title had he been found guilty.Also read – German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton gets ‘miracle’ win, Vettel crashes outRace director Charlie Whiting, speaking before the decision, told reporters he could not recall a direct precedent.Stewards took into consideration the fact that the incident happened when the safety car was deployed and at a time of confusion on the pit wall.They also found that “at no time was there any danger to any other competitor and the change in direction was executed in a safe way.”One of the stewards was Finnish former Ferrari driver Mika Salo, who collected the best result of his career when he finished second for the Italian team at Hockenheim in 1999.advertisementHamilton’s victory had catapulted him 17 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, the home favourite who crashed out while leading on a wet and slippery track.”A quite unspectacular way to end the race. Up to that point everything was fine” #GermanGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/wgEry7S0MGFormula 1 (@F1) July 22, 2018″I started turning in, then they asked me to box and then I said Kimi is pitting and then they said Stay out and I was already in the lane,” Hamilton told reporters after the race when asked what had happened.”So I started turning out and trying to go over the grass and then they said no, stay in! and I was already back on track.”It was really confusing because they were all panicking on the pit wall, I was probably the only relaxed one,” he said. “They were shouting yes, no, come in, dont come in. It was exciting.”(With Reuters inputs)
Ronaldo has been admitted to hospital in Ibiza and is recovering from pneumonia, local media said on Sunday.Newspaper Diario de Ibiza said the two-time Ballon d’Or winner and 2002 World Cup Golden Boot winner is currently in the intensive care unit at the private Policlinica Nuestra Senora del Rosario hospital on the Spanish island, having been taken to a public hospital on the island on Friday evening.Sources told Diario de Ibiza that Former Brazil and Real Madrid great, Ronaldo was recovering well. The hospital could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.Ronaldo, who was on holiday in Ibiza when he was taken ill, retired from football in 2011 following a hugely successful career which featured stints at PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Brazilian sides Corinthians and Cruzeiro as well as Real Madrid, where he is a club ambassador.He won two La Liga titles with Real, the UEFA Cup with Inter and lifted the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 with Brazil, also reaching the tournament’s final in 1998.(With inputs from Reuters)
Players headed to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year have been advised to hide their tattoos in public places to avoid being mistaken for gangsters.World Rugby, the game’s governing body, has been educating the teams and fans on Japanese culture with a year to go to the tournament.In the East Asian country, tattoos are associated with the Yakuza – the Japanese mafia – which is why World Cup visitors have been asked to cover them up in public.In Japan, tattoos are associated with the Yakuza — the Japanese mafia — and that is why the visitors are being asked to cover them up in public.”We will make [Japanese] people aware around the facilities that players will use in the country that people with tattoos in a Rugby World Cup context are not part of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia,” World Rugby COO Alan Gilpin said.However, the rule will not be enforced during matches. They have been directed to wear long-sleeved vests in public gyms and swimming pools.While many players sport some form of ink, especially in the Australian and New Zealand teams, they have been understanding.Most of the players, who have tattoos on their body, have been understanding of the matter and nobody has expressed any sort of frustration even though the association expected some, according to Gilpin.”Whether it is Scotland, Ireland, Wales or Italy, who have all been there recently, they all get it,” Gilpin said.He went onto add that nothing will be forced on the players but the players would look to do so because of their respect towards the culture.advertisementPlayers will also be expected to wear different footwear for inside and outside.Players could also wear different footwear for inside and outside environments to hide any ink on that part of the body.The Rugby World Cup starts September 20, 2019 and the first match will be played between hosts Japan and Russia at Tokyo Stadium.
Vivo is on a roll and it doesn’t seem to stop any time soon. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer launched a new smartphone in its home market on Thursday. The Vivo Z3i. The smartphone looks a lot like the recently announced V11 from the outside but differs inside. The phone comes with waterdrop notch, minimal bezels, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.The Vivo Z3i has been launched in China and as of now, there’s no word if the phone will come to India or not. The smartphone has been launched for a price tag of $347, which when roughly translated to INR comes around Rs 25,572. Vivo recently launched a bunch of new smartphones in India including the V11 Pro, the V9 Pro and the V11.Coming back to the newly launched phone, the Vivo Z3i comes with a glass design and there are metallic inserts which make the phone look beautiful and sleek. Just as the V11 Pro, the V9 Pro and the V11, the new Vivo Z3i also looks stunning. The Vivo phone comes with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel, which might disappoint a few considering the V11 Pro which also belongs to the same price segment packs a S-AMOLED screen.The display of the Vivo Z3i has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. Like the newly launched V11 series the Vivo Z3i also comes with waterdrop notch display which equips the selfie camera in it. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS on top and is powered by a 3,315mAh battery.advertisementOn the hardware front, the Vivo Z3i is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can also be expanded further via microSD card. The Z3i comes in two colour gradients — Millennium Pink and Aurora Blue.ALSO READ: Vivo NEX, V11 Pro, V9 and other Vivo phones to get big discounts during Diwali Carnival sale starting Oct 15The newly launched Vivo phone comes with dual camera setup on the rear panel. The phone equips a primary sensor of 16-megapixel and secondary sensor of 2-megapixel. On the front, the Vivo Z3i sports a 24-megapixel sensor which is also used to unlock the phone using the face. Unlike the V11 Pro, the new Vivo Z3i doesn’t include the in-display fingerprint sensor, instead comes with a rear mounted sensor to unlock the phone.
Even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looks for a replacement for Ramesh Powar as the women’s cricket team coach, an internal communication from the board has revealed how the two-member Committee of Administrators (COA) are split over the move.BCCI’s acting-secretary, Amitabh Choudhary’s letter to General Manager Saba Karim suggests that Diana Edulji is being targeted and her cricketing credentials overlooked in the decision making around this and other issues.”It is now part of the BCCI records that while the views of the only other member of the CoA, so half the CoA-if that need be said, having far better credentials in the game than any of us in the BCCI, have been repeatedly ignored, confidential mails received by only a few orchestrated to be leaked just to bring discomfort to her in the public eye.”Considering the sensitivity of the whole issue, specially the fact that a member of the CoA was concerned, I had immediately asked for a report from the concerned officials, but to no avail,” Choudhary wrote in his letter to the GM.One of the important questions he asked was how exactly did the leak happen in the Mithali Raj letter episode.Choudhary wrote: “How was the report of Ms Mithali Raj leaked? Who is the author of the unauthorised, unprecedented, mid-season above referred change of rule?” he enquired.While Edulji has steered clear of making any comments on the issue, she did say that she did not see anything foul in the team management’s move to drop Mithali from the World T20 semi-final, which India eventually lost by a big margin against England.advertisementApplicants have been given time to apply for the job by 14 December. Powar, the man in the centre of the storm, endorsed by Indian T20 captain and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana respectively, is yet to re-apply for the job.About the board’s decision to change the player transfer rule regarding wards of government employees, Choudhary said that it was unwarranted and could have been avoided mid-season.”As my modest mind understands, the change of rule was unauthorised and unconstitutional. That was so because it had no sanction from the Technical Committee, Tournament Committee, Apex Council or the General Body.”That it is not even clear as to who is its author. That, considering it was mid-season, it was unprecedented in cricket history,” the letter further stated.Also Read | Amitabh Choudhary stunned, Mithali Raj letter to BCCI not shared with secretaryAlso Read | Diana Edulji defends Mithali Raj’s exclusion: Can’t be questioning playing XI Also Read | Was Ramesh Powar’s relationship with Mithali Raj strained before World T20 controversy?
Delhi Dynamos finally registered their first win of the Indian Super League this season when they beat struggling Chennaiyin FC 3-1 on Saturday.Daniel Lahlimpuia (16th minute), Bikramjit Singh (78th) and Nandhakumar Sekar (82nd) scored a goal each to give Delhi full points.Coach Josep Gombau made multiple changes to his side as goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro, captain Pritam Kotal and forward Lahlimpuia were amongst the six players to come into the starting XI, while hosts Chennaiyin FC made three changes to their side.The hosts started the game strongly as first Salom and then Mailson came close to scoring the opener but impressive saves from Dorronsoro kept Chennaiyin at bay.It was against the run of play though that Dynamos scored the opening goal. Mihelic found Nandhakumar and the winger’s cross from the right was met by a glancing header from Daniel to score his first ever Indian Super League goal.With five minutes to go for the first half, the hosts grabbed the equaliser. Sajid Dhot bought down Salom inside the box and the referee awarded the hosts a penalty, which was calmly slotted in by Raphael Augusto.It was Dynamos though who started the second half on the front foot as back-to-back corners handed them a chance to score, but the hosts resolute defending kept the scoreline on level terms.Bikramjit Singh had the best chance of the second half for the visitors but his curling effort from 20 yards went over the crossbar.It was the former Chennaiyin midfielder though who put Delhi in front again as he finished a wonderful counter attacking move started by substitute Andrija Kaluderovic.advertisementThree minutes later Dynamos added their third goal as local boy Nandha added the cherry on the top to hand Dynamos their first win of the season.After the win, Dynamos surpassed Chennaiyin to take the 9th spot in the league table.(With inputs from PTI)
Dale Steyn surpassed Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 wickets for South Africa in Test cricket during the first Test against Pakistan at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Steyn had been stuck at 421 wickets since July but with the wicket of Fakhar Zaman at Centurion, he finally reached 422 wickets in just 89 matches. Pollock’s record of 421 wickets came in 108 games while Steyn took 19 less matches to overtake the record.Steyn bowled a delivery outside off to Zaman and in attempt to chase it, Zaman got a thick outside edge and Dean Elgar took a regulation catch at third slip.Youngster Kagiso Rabada lifted Steyn on his shoulder acknowledging the huge contribution of Steyn to South African cricket. On the commentary there was Shaun Pollock, whose record Steyn had just broken, and he said, “Steyn deserves to be the leading wicket taker for South Africa.” Dale Steyn was congratulated by all his teammates for the milestone. (Reuters Photo)In July against Sri Lanka, Steyn had made a comeback after recovering from a heel injury he sustained in January and equalled Pollock’s record in that series.Almost half a year later, Steyn surpassed Pollock to own the record of most Test wickets for South Africa.Well done @DaleSteyn62 pic.twitter.com/YzZM7O7ghgShaun Pollock (@7polly7) December 26, 2018Considered one of the all-time greats in the sport, Steyn debuted for South Africa 14 years ago and is still one of the most lethal bowlers in the world.In his career that spans from 2004 to date, Steyn has given away 9548 in the 17743 deliveries he has bowled. His strike is a solid 42 while his best innings figure is 7/51 and the best match figure is 11/60.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni deserves a World Cup farewell: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso Read | Agarwal has shown other Indian batsmen how to put Lyon under pressure: ClarkeAlso See:
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts on Friday said Steve Smith and David Warner’s performances in the upcoming T20 leagues around the world will play a vital role in deciding the banned duo’s selection in next year’s World Cup squad.Both Smith and Warner will be competing in the Bangladesh Premier League followed by the Pakistan Premier League and the Indian Premier League in the coming year and Roberts said CA will keep a close eye on their forms in the T20 events.”We’ll obviously take their form in those tournaments into account, so that will be important to watch,” Roberts was quoted as saying by ABC Radio.”There’s got to be consistency, fairness, and justice in our selection criteria and so that’s our focus on making the road as smooth as possible,” he added.Smith and Warner were handed year-long bans by CA for their role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March. While serving his one-year ban, Smith has participated in several T20 competitions, including in Canada and the Caribbean, in a bid to get match time.”From what I hear around the traps, there are no concerns with the form of Steve and Dave, so it’s just a matter of that continuing out in the middle as opposed to in the nets,” Roberts said.”And us assessing that, and communicating with them as frequently as possible over these next few months,” he added.Roberts lauds Warner for showing maturity after recent interviewsIn recent interviews, both Cameron Bancroft and Smith made it clear that former vice-captain Warner was the instigator of the ill-fated incident in Cape Town.advertisementBut the statements by the two players have received severe criticism former Australian players and officials. But Roberts denied then skipper Smith and Bancroft’s statements would affect the players’ chance of being brought back into the Australian fold.”I don’t really know. But I think what’s important is our commitment to that integration process, working with the three sanctioned players,” the CA chief said.”Making sure that we’ve got selection criteria that are the same for all players, whether they are the sanctioned players or not,” he added.Roberts also commended Warner for handling the situation with maturity.”I spoke to Dave on Christmas Eve, or just prior to Christmas, but having spoken to him since the interviews I think Dave’s to be commended for his maturity and the way that he’s handling the situation at the moment, and of course our approach is the same with all three players,” he said.Also Read | Clarke on Smith, Bancroft interviews: Don’t talk unless you’re going to be 100 percent honestAlso Read | Steve Smith’s Bangladesh Premier League ban lifted after franchises withdraw objectionsAlso Read | Australia ready to welcome Warner back with open arms despite Bancroft, Smith commentsAlso See:
The family of stricken seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher have assured fans the Ferrari great is being well cared for as they prepare to celebrate his 50th birthday on Thursday.Schumacher, who retired from racing in 2012, has not been seen in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident five years ago. The German is being cared for at home in Switzerland.”You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him,” the family said in a statement that made a rare comment about his condition.”Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy,” it added.Schumacher app to be released on ThursdayThe family said an official Michael Schumacher app will be released on Thursday to enable fans to review all his career successes. The Keep Fighting Foundation has also created a virtual museum.”The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments,” the family said.”Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we… we want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”The family said an official Michael Schumacher app will be released on Thursday to enable fans to review all his career successes.The Keep Fighting Foundation has also created a virtual museum.advertisement”The app is another milestone in our effort to do justice to him and you, his fans, by celebrating his accomplishments,” the family said.”Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we… we want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.”Schumacher won his first two titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five in a row with Ferrari between 2000-2004.He remains the sport’s most successful driver, with a record 91 Grand Prix wins.Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, now a five-times world champion with 73 wins, has already claimed several of the German’s records and could ultimately match his title tally if he continues his current rate of success.Also Read | Ferrari plans special exhibition as stricken Michael Schumacher nears 50Also Read | Chasing Michael Schumacher’s record never been my goal: Lewis HamiltonAlso See:
Almoez Ali scored a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the tournament to set Qatar on their way to a first Asian Cup triumph with a stunning 3-1 win over four-time champions Japan on Friday.Ali’s 12th minute strike took him past Ali Daei’s 1996 tally and, combined with a 27th minute strike from Abdulaziz Hatem and a late Akram Afif penalty, helped the Qataris make an emphatic statement ahead of their hosting of the 2022 World Cup.The Sudan-born 22-year-old Ali’s record goal came after a protest by the host United Emirates FA into his eligibility to represent Qatar was dismissed by the Asian Football Confederation only a few hours before kickoff.C H A M P I O N S#Qatar are the #AsianCup2019 winners. Their first ever title! History! pic.twitter.com/ceRMnUwCtL#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 1, 2019FULL-TIME | Japan 1-3 QatarQatar’s three goals crown them #AsianCup2019 champions! pic.twitter.com/jfIUYRTsCZ#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 1, 2019Japan finally found a way through a Qatar defence that had not conceded in six previous matches when Takumi Minamino scored in the 69th minute but the penalty condemned the Samurai Blue to their first defeat in an Asian Cup final.The victory was celebrated wildly by thousands of Omanis who had turned out to support Qatar in the absence of their own fans, who were unable to travel because of a deep political rift with the UAE.Japan, chasing a record-extending fifth title, started the brighter but it was the Qataris who drew first blood through the prolific Ali, who was later named Player of the Tournament.advertisementAfif has set up most of Ali’s goals in the UAE and he was again the provider in the 12th minute with a cross that found the striker in space with his back to goal close to the penalty spot.There was still plenty of work to do but Ali took a touch off each foot to tee up the ball before angling it past Shuichi Gonda into the corner of the net with a bicycle kick.The Afif-Ali combination nearly struck again a minute later but the Qataris did not have to wait long to double their lead.Hatem, who scored the winner against South Korea in the quarter-finals, summoned up another magnificent strike, cutting in from the right before curling the ball past the helpless Gonda into the top left-hand corner.The Japanese, who had weathered a first-half storm before beating Iran in the semi-finals, kept their composure but were simply unable to break through the compact lines of Qatar’s defence.Japan skipper Maya Yoshida clashed heads with Boualem Khoukhi on the hour mark resulting in the big Qatari defender being carried off on a stretcher.The Qatar defence looked less assured without him and Japan took full advantage when Yuya Osako played in Minamino and the winger chipped the ball over advancing goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb.Japan poured forward looking for an equaliser but, after reference to VAR, Yoshida was adjudged to have blocked Abdelkarim Hassan’s header with his hand in the 80th minute and Afif calmly sent Gonda the wrong way from the spot.