Month: November 2019

Katy Perry suffers wardrobe malfunction on stageKaty Perry suffers wardrobe malfunction on stage

first_imgLos Angeles, May 29 (PTI) Pop star Katy Perry suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while performing at BBC Radio 1s Big Weekend.The “Chained to the Rhythm” singer flashed her underwear as she was crouching down on stage, reported Ace Showbiz.Perry opted for a metallic look for the gig, sporting a silver sequin dress paired with matching silver blazer.She gave a touch of fierceness to her appearance by donning a heavy eye make up.The “Roar” hitmaker completed her look with dangling silver earrings and white Nike sneakers.The “Firework” singer delivered a powerful performance as she crooned several of her hit songs.The 32-year-old singer later dedicated an acoustic version of “Part of Me” to the victims of Manchester concert bombing.”I think that you guys are extremely beautiful and I think that were all extremely brave and were all in this together, arent we?” she said.”And you know what? We will still dance, we will still sing, we will still make music. This next one goes out to Manchester and to all the people that know what it means to love music and be a community because of it.” PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

FIFA set to shift India’s Under-17 World Cup games to DelhiFIFA set to shift India’s Under-17 World Cup games to Delhi

first_imgFIFA is set to shift India’s Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to the national capital Delhi as the apex soccer body has taken the host governments request “very seriously”.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) initially wanted Mumbai to host India’s home matches but later asked FIFA to shift them to Delhi due to pressure from the sports ministry as it felt it was appropriate that the capital hosts the home teams games.Asked if they have finalised on shifting India’s round robin matches from Mumbai to Delhi, FIFAs head of events Jaime Yarza told PTI, “We are working on the most beneficial decision for the tournament. We take the requests from the Indian Government very seriously, as its our main partner in the organisation of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”As hosts, India would normally be placed in Group A and will be the number one team – A1 – in the four-team group.Navi Mumbai was originally scheduled to host Group A matches but the AIFFs request means Delhi could now host those while Navi Mumbai will have to settle for Group B games. A source, in the know of the developments, said FIFA is “very close” to shift the matches.”Together with the AIFF and the Government, this world cup will change the future of football in India. We are convinced to reach a decision which will satisfy all parties,” Yarza said. The first FIFA event in India will be held across six Indian cities from October 6 to 28.advertisementThough he did not reveal the names, Yarza said at least two top players will be present on the the day of the official draw in Mumbai on July 7. “Well, we cannot spoil the fun for the fans. We will have two top players for the official draw on the 7th July, as well as some other appearances until the start of the tournament.”But its difficult to find time on the agendas of such football legends, so wed rather work carefully to make sure that these legends make an impact on the Indian fans. But one thing we can confirm: football fans will not be disappointed!” Even as the response to ticket sales continues to be lukewarm in centres such as Goa and Delhi, Yarza sounded confident that it would pick up after the draw.”We are very satisfied with venues like Guhawati, Kochi or Kolkata. The Indian public seems to be aware of the importance of this world cup for the future of football in India, and no one would like to miss the stars of tomorrow in their own country.”Having said that, we need to increase our efforts in Navi Mumbai, New Delhi and Goa. But its customary that ticket sales increases once the teams? venues are known, so we?ll analyse carefully the ticket sales reports after the draw. In general, FIFA is very satisfied with ticket sales until now.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli hits 28th ODI hundred to equal Sanath Jayasuriya’s recordVirat Kohli hits 28th ODI hundred to equal Sanath Jayasuriya’s record

first_imgVirat Kohli hit his 28th One-Day International hundred to help India clinch the five-match series against the West Indies 3-1.He now equals Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of 28 tons in ODIs and will be joint third with the Sri Lankan in the list of most ODI centuries. Only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) have more centuries than him the 50-over format.He scored a hundred after 12 matches. His last ton came against England when he scored 122 in Pune earlier this year in January.Virat Kohli also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in chases. While the Little Master took 232 innings to score 17 hundreds, he has taken just 102 innings to score 18 ODI tons while batting second.Kohli, who had a quiet series to his standards before this match, came out with intent and was positive right from the word go.Chasing 206 to win the fifth and final ODI, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the first over for 4 with the score on 5. He steadied the ship with in-form Ajinkya Rahane and struck a 79-run partnership with the Mumbaikar, before the opener fell for 39 in the 19th over.Kohli continued his seamless batting and reached his fifty off 67 balls with a beautifully timed boundary of the bowling off Ashely Nurse in the 22nd over. The 28-year-old then made sure that the batting doesn’t falter like before and held one end and allowed Dinesh Karthik to settle in before accelerating.The Indian captain hit a six off Roston Chase to reach the three-figure mark off 115 balls. He hit 12 fours and two maximums in his innings.advertisement He struck an unbeaten partnership of 122 runs for the third wicket with Karthik to finish off the game.Kohli finished as the second-highest run-getter in the series with 244 runs from five matches. Rahane was the highest run-getter with 336 runs.last_img read more

Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels return to West Indies ODI squad for England seriesChris Gayle, Marlon Samuels return to West Indies ODI squad for England series

first_imgWest Indies batters Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels have been included in the 15-member ODI squad for the series in England.Gayle last played an ODI in March 2015, while Samuels in October 2016.Speaking on their inclusion, Courtney Browne, chairman of selection panel of CWI, said, “With regards to the selection of the ODI squad, the panel welcomes back Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, who will both add value to our batting and help with the nurturing of the young batsmen in the team.””Both Sunil Narine and Darren Bravo have declined to be considered for ODIs in England. Narine has however confirmed his desire to play 50-over cricket again but has asked to play in our Regional Super50 before he is considered and Darren said he was not available for selection.””Dwayne Bravo said he is still not 100% fit, but is looking at a possible return to international cricket next year,” he added.West Indies, who are currently involved in a three-Test series against England, will begin the ODI leg of the tour with the match against Ireland on September 13 in Stormont.The game will be then followed by five-match ODI series against England between September 19 and 29.West Indies ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder (capt), Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more

Everton F.C.’s ‘upgrade’ ends up in Ronald Koeman exitEverton F.C.’s ‘upgrade’ ends up in Ronald Koeman exit

first_imgThis was supposed to be the season when Ronald Koeman guided Everton into the “big six” but after nine games and with the club 18th in the Premier League the Dutchman is heading out of the exit door.After substantial investment in new recruits during the off-season, Everton’s expectations were raised but the performances have been so poor that Koeman may well have departed even if the goal was simply to repeat last season’s seventh place.The Merseyside club were beaten 5-2 at home by Arsenal on Sunday, following a 2-1 home loss at Goodison Park to Lyon in the Europa League.Those defeats might have been tolerated had they not followed the disappointment of a 1-0 home loss to Burnley and a September which included 3-0 losses to Tottenham Hotspur and Atalanta and a 4-0 drubbing at Manchester United.For the truth is that far from progressing this season, Everton have taken a dramatic step backwards.Koeman joined after in 2016 after guiding Southampton to seventh and sixth place in his two years at St Mary’s.Before coming to England, Koeman finished in the top three in the Dutch league in all three of his seasons with Feyenoord. He had previously won the Eredivisie with Ajax and PSV EindhovenReuters Photo The only major blemish on the 54-year-old’s CV had been his brief spell at Valencia in Spain where he lasted 22 games and left the club in 16th place.That pedigree, combined with a willingness to blood young players, made Koeman an excellent choice for Everton as they looked to progress as a club while bringing through a talented generation from their development squad.advertisementBut the latest transfer dealings, in which the club spent 149 million pounds ($197 million) but also sold top scorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for 75 million, undid the solid start the Dutchman had made in his first season.The club did not spend any of their money on directly replacing Lukaku with a proven spearhead likely to bag 20 goals a season – instead spreading it around as they brought in nine new players.The mistakes in the market were all too evident against Arsenal, the line-up overloaded with attacking midfielders in Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nikola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney and only Idrissa Gueye, sent off in the second half, capable of defensive midfield work.Up front, young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was left to lead the line alone, a role unsuited to a promising but still developing 20-year-old.Another summer recruit, attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen who was signed from Ajax for 24 million pounds, sat on the bench having failed to impress.A solid midfield organiser and a real centre-forward, were sorely missing from the formation and whether it was Koeman who was primarily responsible for the recruitment or Director of Football Steve Walsh, the muddled dealings have been at the heart of Everton’s problems.Everton face the tough task of finding someone who can sort out the squad, discard unwanted players and fill the obvious gaps – all while ensuring they climb away from the relegation zone.last_img read more

Gave 5 years of my life to Liverpool, moved to Barcelona because it’s my dream: Philippe CoutinhoGave 5 years of my life to Liverpool, moved to Barcelona because it’s my dream: Philippe Coutinho

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Philippe Coutinho wrote a farewell message for his former club Liverpool and shared it on Instagram for his and his former clubs fans.”Since the moment I arrived in Liverpool, me and my family have been made to feel so welcome and have made so many friends,” Coutinho wrote.Coutinho, who became the second-most expensive player after Neymar, signed for Barcelona on Monday ending his five-year stay at the Merseyside.”On the pitch and off the pitch, we have experienced the beauty of this club and its fans. In turn, I hope I have delivered memories and moments that have brought happiness to the Liverpool supporters.WATCH”Moving to Liverpool, I knew the club’s greatness and history but what I did learn during my time was the unique heart and soul of the place. It has its own personality and character.”I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me. Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it.”A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so,” he added.Coutinho justified his move to Barcelona by saying it has been a long-held ambition and his love for the club will always remain in tact.Coutinho went onto add that he expects the Liverpool supporters to understand his decisions and dreams. He also added that representing the Reds was of great honour and wished them all the best.”I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance. Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart,” he continued.”I wish Jurgen (Klopp) and the team nothing but joy and success for the rest of this season and beyond. This is an amazing team and they are getting better and better all the time.advertisement”There are too many people I want to thank, but I cannot name everyone individually. To all the amazing club staff who have been part of my life in Liverpool — I will miss you.”Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 appearances for Liverpool.(With inputs from IANS)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

League Cup: Chelsea and Arsenal play out a stalemate in semi-finalLeague Cup: Chelsea and Arsenal play out a stalemate in semi-final

first_imgChelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.The hosts Chelsea missed a host of chances in a match where the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) played an important role.Despite having the majority of possession and Chelsea being able to create constant pressure on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger’s men held their ground to frustrate Antonio Conte’s side.Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen wasted the best of the hosts’ opportunities, failing to find the target with two headers in the second half after Cesc Fabregas had also spurned a headed chance before the break.ALSO WATCHYet with limited goalmouth action, what little drama there was seemed to stem from referee Martin Atkinson referring a handful of decisions to the VAR.The VAR system was being given its second outing in English football and was called into action in the first half to confirm Atkinson’s decision to wave away a penalty appeal after Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi went down following a challenge from Victor Moses.It was called on again with two minutes remaining and once more confirmed the referee’s decision not to award a penalty, this time after Danny Welbeck got a faint touch on the ball when bringing down Fabregas.With the system still in the test phase all eyes were focused on how it would work, with Wenger voicing concerns in the aftermath about the length of time it took to confirm the referee’s decision not to award a penalty against Welbeck.advertisementHe was, however, delighted with how his side defended to leave the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in two weeks time.”I felt there was great togetherness, we didn’t give many chances away. I am pleased with the spirit and determination,” Wenger told sky Sports.Arsenal came into the game without a win in their last three matches and nursing the wounds of a bruising third round FA Cup defeat to second tier Nottingham Forest but they were resolute from the beginning in what was a relatively cagey affair.Headed chances went begging for the hosts either side of halftime as Fabregas could only steer Cesar Azpilicueta’s diagonal ball straight at David Ospina while Christensen twice failed to find the net from close range after the break.”We tried with all our strength to win the game,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. “We created chances to score but a few times we were not so clinical.”The winners will face either Manchester City or second tier Bristol City in the final, with the Premier League leaders taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

PV Sindhu wants to end season with a title at Dubai FinalsPV Sindhu wants to end season with a title at Dubai Finals

first_imgOlympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu is satisfied with what she has achieved so far this year but wants to cap a successful season with yet another title at the USD 1000,000 Dubai World Super Series Final starting on Wednesday.After the high of Rio Olympics last year, Sindhu continued her rampaging run this season clinching the India Open Super Series and Korea Open Super Series, besides bagging the silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing as runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.”It has been a good year for me and I’m very happy with my performance. I won two Super Series and a runners-up and also a silver at World Championship. I have no regrets because I did pretty well this season. Now I really hope the year ends on a good note, that is at the Dubai Super Series Finals, I hope I do well there,” Sindhu told PTI.”It is not going to be easy as all the top players will be playing in this event. Each match from the first round itself will be very tough. So I will have to be prepared from the start to do well in Dubai,” added the Hyderabadi, who had reached the semifinals at Dubai event last year.Asked which matches impacted her most this season, Sindhu said: “Each match was comparatively different and in the starting it was Sindhu-Marin and then it was Sindhu-Okuhara at the World Championship and also there were other good matches.”I think each player has a different style of play and every match is different. Well, not one in particular but I think the World Championship final impacted me the most.”advertisementThe 22-year-old Indian has played all the 12 Super Series tournaments this season and she credited her training sessions which helped her to manage the workload.”Training was going well and I had to be prepared for every match. Every month we had tournaments and I am happy the way I have managed the workload. It worked out fine for me,” said Sindhu, who played five back-to-back tournaments in October-November.Badminton World Federation (BWF) has revamped the international circuit and made it mandatory for the top 15 players to play at least 12 tournaments next year.Asked about the schedule next year, Sindhu said: “I think it would be a hectic schedule next year and we have to plan it out accordingly and play tournaments because each event will be important and also we have other important tournaments such as Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.”It’s just that we have to be prepared. I will have to sit with my coach and plan accordingly. The scheduling will depend on the training sessions, how fit I am and how I am playing and also it’s my coach’s decision, so I will sort it out with him which tournaments to play,” she added.Sindhu, who finished runners-up at the Senior National Championship in Nagpur, said it would be difficult to figure out a window for the domestic tournament next year.”It depends on the schedule as 2018 would be very hectic.”It would be difficult to figure out which month or which date it would be. It would not be easy for me or other players. It depends on the scheduling of the tournaments which I play and I will decide accordingly,” she said.BWF has decided to trial a new kind of service rule next year starting at the 2018 All England Open Championships and Sindhu said they would have to practice it during training before playing at the tournaments.”I heard about the new service rule. I think we all have to be really conscious about it, it would be implemented from the All England and we have to really practice it before we play in the tournaments but I think it would be good for everybody,” said Sindhu.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale fire Real Madrid into Club World Cup finalCristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale fire Real Madrid into Club World Cup final

first_imgGareth Bale scored with his first touch after coming off the bench to strike the Real Madrid winner as the European champions survived a scare to beat local side Al Jazira 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Club World Cup final.Al Jazira’s Brazilian forward Romarinho gave the Abu Dhabi team a shock lead in the 40th minute of an action-packed game after heavy favourites Real twice hit the woodwork and had two goals ruled out, one after a long consultation between the referee and his video assistant.Madrid will try to win its third world title in four seasons when its faces South American champion Gremio of Brazil on Saturday.The match had two goals disallowed by video review, one for each team. There was confusion when Madrid’s first-half goal was ruled out by a decision that took a few minutes before the Video Assistant Referee became involved.Madrid struggled early and allowed the local league winners to open the scoring with a goal by Brazilian forward Romarinho just before halftime.But Cristiano Ronaldo equalized early in the second half and Bale netted the winner less than a minute after replacing Karim Benzema.The Wales forward, coming off a series of injuries, scored with a low left-foot touch from the center of the area after a pass by forward Lucas Vazquez, who had also come off the bench.”It was great to be able to score, but the most important thing was the victory,” said Bale, adding that he’s still not at 100 percent. “It’s been a long wait, I’ve had to be patient.”advertisementHe has played only 11 matches with Madrid this season because of lingering muscle problems.”Bale is all about scoring goals,” Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez said. “He is a fantastic player. He scored a goal that means a lot to us. It’s a shame that he has been injured, because he is very important for the team.”European clubs have made it to the Club World Cup final every time since the competition’s new format started in 2005, winning nine out of the last 10 titles.Madrid, which fielded its top players, was in control from the start but made a series of mistakes in front of goal and couldn’t capitalize on its numerous chances. Al Jazira goalkeeper Ali Khaseif made several difficult saves before being substituted with an apparent injury early in the second half.Madrid appeared to have opened the scoring with a header by midfielder Casemiro in the 30th minute. Brazilian referee Sandro Meira Ricci initially disallowed the goal, then said it counted and carried the ball back toward the center circle for the restart, only to eventually rule it out again after requesting a video review. He signaled that his final decision, made nearly three minutes after the goal, was based on Benzema being offside.”The issue of video review is not something that is up to me to decide, but I think football is better off without it,” Bale said.Madrid had already seen a goal by Benzema disallowed about 10 minutes earlier, after the referee signaled a foul by Ronaldo on a defender.The hosts took advantage of Madrid’s early struggles and opened the scoring in a counterattack just before halftime. Madrid defenders were unable to clear a ball near midfield, and allowed Romarinho to enter the area and send a low shot into the far corner.The UAE team had the chance to take a shock 2-0 lead early in the second half after another mistake by Madrid’s defense, which allowed two Al Jazira players to break into the area with only goalkeeper Keylor Navas to beat. Mbark Boussoufa scored, but a video review later showed that he was just offside when he received the pass from his teammate.Madrid began to rally a few minutes later, with Ronaldo controlling a pass from Luka Modric inside the area before sending a low shot into the far corner for his sixth goal in the Club World Cup, surpassing Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who each have five.Benzema had twice hit the post as Madrid pressed forward after conceding before halftime.(Courtesy: AP)last_img read more

I learnt leadership values on cricket pitch, Satya Nadella tells Anil KumbleI learnt leadership values on cricket pitch, Satya Nadella tells Anil Kumble

first_imgFor Satya Nadella, the leadership values he learnt while playing cricket in India helped him compete vigorously in the face of uncertainty — putting the team first and bringing out the best in everybody — during his 25-year career at Microsoft.On a smog-hit afternoon as he shared the stage with veteran cricketer Anil Kumble on Tuesday during a discussion on his book “Hit Refresh,” Nadella said you certainly need to have empathy in life to succeed.”Microsoft’s core business is about meeting the unmet and unarticulated needs of the customers. There is no way we can succeed in life if we don’t have empathy. I have come to realise that empathy needs to be developed and it is not a destination,” Nadella told the audience.The birth of his child Zain — who was born in 1996 after being diagnosed with cerebral palsy — was an event that changed his life forever.It was then when Nadella learnt about the value of empathy from his wife and decided to focus on improving Zain’s life instead of delving upon how this was going to affect him on the personal level. Afterwards, Nadella kept hitting refresh on his emotions and outlook towards life.”If you take Microsoft, we are in existence for 43 years. I have been associated with the company for 25 years now and every five years, we face an existential threat. But we are still here. That means we are doing something right to stay at that level, to continue to question status quo,” Nadella noted.advertisementFor Kumble, India’s 1983 World Cup victory served as an inspiration for the people in the country.”For the Indian cricket, the 1983 World Cup win was a ‘Hit Refresh’ moment that inspired millions,” Kumble said.”For me, the ‘Hit Refresh’ moment came in 2001 during the Test series against Australia at the home turf and I could not take part owing to injury. We lost the first match but then I thought we shouldn’t lose the confidence and that confidence led us to win the series 2-1,” he added.When Kumble asked Nadella about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), the Microsoft CEO replied that three key technologies would lead to a massive shift soon.”The three technologies are Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. The man-machine interface — from graphics to touchscreen and now speech — has made technology more natural and intuitive,” Nadella told Kumble.They also discussed the positive impact of intelligent technologies on cricket and how these will redefine the game for players as well as viewers.last_img read more

Madhuri or Sagarika: Who wore this black dress better?Madhuri or Sagarika: Who wore this black dress better?

first_imgYou might be a little biased if asked to decide who looked better between the evergreen Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit Nene and the gorgeous Sagarika Ghatge.Honestly, even we shared your doubt the moment we saw Madhuri strutting down in a black dress that turned out to be exactly the one that was donned by Sagarika a while ago.Both the actresses looked beautiful in their respective ensembles, making it hard for us to choose one over the other.To begin with, the perfect blend of the classy and ethnic in this Rahul Mishra creation, in itself, grabs one’s attention. Perhaps, there couldn’t be a more soothing combination of multi-coloured floral embroidery on the sheer, long shrug, thrown over a skirt and top ensemble.Photo: Yogen Shah While we are already enamoured of the dress itself, what added further to the charm was the absolute elegance with which both the actresses pulled off the attire.Also Read: Madhuri Dixit Nene in this black jumpsuit is a sight you cannot miss Madhuri, who was attending the UNICEF Radio 4 Child Awards 2017, matched her dress with pretty-looking drop-down earrings and a huge ring.Picture courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatge While Madhuri sported straightened hair with her dress, Sagarika wore them in loose, wavy curls. She paired her dress with a pendant and detailed, drop-down earrings by Shruti Sharma.It is interesting to see how both of them saved themselves the risk of going over-the-top with this intricately embroidered gown, ensuring that nothing stole away the appeal the dress had. Both Madhuri and Sagarika kept their look simple with minimal makeup, with only different shades of lip colour. While Sagarika went for a more subtle, pink shade, Madhuri sported a dark lip colour with her outfit.advertisementWe are yet to decide who among the two actresses did greater justice to the dress. What do you think?last_img read more

Jeter Clutch Hit Save YanksJeter Clutch Hit Save Yanks

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Derek Jeter almost felt as if he were playing in the Bronx after getting a key late hit.Jeter had a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees ended a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 16.The announced crowd at Tropicana Field was 31,042, the Rays’ second home sellout this season. Tampa Bay entered with the major league’s lowest average home attendance of 17,848.“There are a lot of Yankees’ fans down here because spring training is here,” Jeter said. “Seemed like quite a few were in the stands, so it’s almost like a home game.”Jeter is retiring after this season and playing in his final weekend games at Tampa Bay. The Yankees do return for three weekday games in September.“I’m not so sure I’ve heard his name chanted that loud in an opposing stadium this year,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Brett Gardner opened the ninth with an infield single off Jake McGee (3-1) and advanced on a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. After failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Jeter put New York ahead with a single to right-center on a 2-2 pitch.“This game is funny, you know,” Girardi said. “It changes on a drop of a hat.”Dellin Betances (5-0) worked a perfect eighth before David Robertson got three outs for his 32nd save. Rookie Shane Greene allowed two runs, seven hits and struck out a career-high 10 in six-plus innings.The Yankees took a lead in the second when Chase Headley drew a two-out walk on a full-count pitch and Martin Prado homered on an 0-2 offering from Drew Smyly, making his first home start since being acquired in a trade that sent ace David Price to Detroit on July 31.Smyly gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings. “They’ve got a really good lineup,” Smyly said. “They have good strike zone awareness. You just have to keep going right at them and making them swing.”Price is scheduled to pitch against Tampa Bay for the first time Aug. 21 in the finale of a three-game series in Florida.After Yunel Escobar had a sixth-inning RBI single, Tampa Bay tied it at 2 on Ben Zobrist’s run-scoring grounder in the seventh.The Rays extended their club-record streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 12 consecutive games, but have gone just 7-5 over the stretch.Tampa Bay had become the fourth team ever in the majors to get back to .500 after being at least 18 games under the break-even point with a 5-0 victory Friday night over the Yankees that gave them a 61-61 record.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Devils Bedevil The Sabres, 4-1Devils Bedevil The Sabres, 4-1

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Patrik Elias was in a reflective mood after notching his 1,000th NHL point.Elias had a goal and two assists, and the New Jersey Devils beat the struggling Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Jan. 6.“I don’t think I ever considered myself a goal scorer, coming here when I was 19 years old,” said Elias, who notched No. 399. “I love playing hockey, being a playmaker. I never imagined I’d be in this position.”Now in his 17th season — all with the Devils — Elias reached the milestone in his 1,187th game.“It’s special to do it for one team,” the 38-year-old Elias said. “Sometimes it’s hard to score, the way we’ve played our systems. You have great years, you have injuries. You have to battle through it. It’s not easy to get to 1,000 points.”Travis Zajac and Michael Cammalleri each had a goal and an assist.“When a guy’s played 1,000 games, that’s a really great career,” Cammalleri said. “Now 1,000 points, that’s a whole other level. There’s a lot that goes into that. It’s quite an accomplishment for him.”Jordin Tootoo also scored as the Devils won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 14. Cory Schneider made 20 saves.It seems as though the Devils need a milestone from a veteran to get a victory these days.The modest two-game streak began Jan. 3 against Philadelphia when 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr scored three times and became the oldest NHL player to have a hat trick.On Jan. 5, Mikhail Grigorenko netted his first goal of the season for the Sabres, who have lost five straight and are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.“We’re not playing within our system,” defenseman Tyler Myers said. “We’re not doing things we normally do. I think it all comes down to preparation.”Myers returned to the Buffalo lineup after missing seven games with a lower-body injury.The Devils dominated the first period, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and outshooting the Sabres 13-4. Elias had a goal and an assist in the frame. He opening the scoring at 3:44, redirecting Cammalleri’s pass between Jhonas Enroth’s pads.Tootoo made it 2-0 at 9:49 with a wrist shot from above the left circle that sailed over Enroth’s glove. Schneider earned the second assist, giving him his first point with the Devils.With New Jersey short-handed, Elias chipped the puck out the Devils end and sent Zajac on his way to a breakaway goal at 14:39.“The reason we got the results early is that we played the way we like to play,” Cammalleri said. “We made strong decisions with the puck, and we wound up on the positive end of things.”Buffalo regrouped to start the second period, and Philip Varone and Chris Stewart tested Schneider in the opening minutes.The Sabres’ persistence paid off when Grigorenko ripped a power-play shot from the high slot past Schneider at 6:40 to trim the Devils’ lead to 3-1.Buffalo again pressed the attack midway through the third period, and came close to scoring when Varone hit the post.“We only played 40 minutes tonight and you need to play 60,” Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers said. “We had some opportunities, some good chances. We just came out too soft, and they took it to us.”The Sabres couldn’t break through again, and Cammalleri iced the game for New Jersey with an empty-net goal. That gave Elias the milestone assist as he became the 82nd player to reach 1,000 points.(MIKE FARRELL)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Russia Handed Suspended Euro 2016 DisqualificationRussia Handed Suspended Euro 2016 Disqualification

first_imgPARIS (REUTERS).  Russia could be thrown out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause further trouble inside a stadium after UEFA imposed a suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro (119,066.15 pounds)fine on the Russian Football Union (RFU) on Tuesday.Masked Russia supporters charged at England fans, punching and kicking them, after the final whistle of the 1-1 Group B draw at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.Russia’s fans were also involved in violent clashes with England supporters in the port city before and after the match.“Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU (Russian Football Union),” UEFA said in a statement, adding its ethics committee had imposed a suspended disqualification and fine.“Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament,” it added.The violence in the stadium followed three days of clashes between English, Russian and French fans in the Mediterranean port city that drew a strong response from riot police.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that some football fans will be deported from France after violent clashes marred the start of the Euro 2016 tournament, and a group of Russia fans was detained near Cannes on the French Riviera.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Europe’s female representative presses FIFA on disparitiesEurope’s female representative presses FIFA on disparities

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe’s female representative on FIFA’s ruling council is determined to narrow the financial disparities between the men’s and women’s game, and she also wants to eradicate a “stupid cliche” about women in the sport.Evelina Christillin, a veteran Italian sports executive who worked on Turin’s 2006 Olympic bid before being a top official on the Winter Games, was elected unopposed on Wednesday by the UEFA Congress. She takes up one of six new guaranteed FIFA leadership roles for women in a drive for greater gender equality in the male-dominated sport.“I think female football is a wonderful sport,” Christillin said after the congress of European soccer’s governing body. “They are wonderful athletes and so they have to be respected and possibly paid not as much as men but at least recognized, honored and praised.”While FIFA gave out $576 million in prize money at the last men’s World Cup in 2014, including $35 million for champion Germany, the global governing body awarded only $15 million at last year’s Women’s World Cup, with $2 million going to the champion United States.“We have to work to improve and to boost these conditions both financially and sporting (for women),” Christillin said. “The same prize (money) would be difficult at the very beginning but little by little I think that this can be.”Asked about changing women’s football, Christillin said: “It’s very important because I hate this stupid cliche about women looking like false men playing football.”Christillin will arrive at her first FIFA Council meeting next month as an outsider, saying it will be her first visit to Zurich where the organization is based.“You don’t have to scream or beat your hands on the table to make yourself heard and understood,” she said. “If you show yourself capable and let’s say, not with authority, but with capability and sometimes with a smile (it) is not difficult.”The largesse around FIFA sits uncomfortably with Christillin.“I think many things have to be changed in terms of a moral way of living, less money for the executives, more money for building facilities and restructuring the ones deserving it,” she said. “It has to be a little rebranded and reshaped the world of football without corruption, without money wasted, without privileges.”That includes the $300,000 paid annually to FIFA Council members for the part-time role.“There is no reason why earning such an amount of money for doing a representative job,” Christillin said. “We should be honored by having the responsibility and the task of representing sport.”At the UEFA Congress, Christillin held talks with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, whose leadership style and decision-making has faced criticism in his first seven months in power.“I know he had a lot of difficulties in the beginning,” Christillin said. “It’s very difficult to change because the resistance of the predecessor is very hard to fight … (Infantino) had problems with the press, the old guard.“He is trying to diminish very much what Blatter did and the previous administration was earning or getting … he is very convinced that so many privileges in terms of financial (costs) — super hotels, super first-class trips and so on have to be canceled. And if this does not happen I will fight for that.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NBA Star Antetokounmpo’s Allure Draws Tourists to GreeceNBA Star Antetokounmpo’s Allure Draws Tourists to Greece

first_imgMILWAUKEE – Greek-Nigerian NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rising prominence is drawing tourists to Greece this year too.The “Greek Freak,” as he is affectionately known, wowed even other All-Stars at the East vs. West game with an array of dunks so astonishing they had other players ducking out of the way when he came down the lane.Antetokounmpo was the focus of attention in the recent “celebration” of New Orleans, where the biggest stars of the NBA gathered and coincided with the “high season” of Americans’ reservations to European destinations.Two days after the end of the All Star Game, the social media still write about the achievements of Antetokounmpo with the nickname the “Greek Freak.”According to US travel agencies, all this fame of Antetokounmpo has attracted the interest of American tourists who choose Greece over other famous European destinations for their next holidays, the Athens News Agency reported.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Ronaldo is Indirectly Helping Italy’s National TeamRonaldo is Indirectly Helping Italy’s National Team

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus isn’t just helping raise the profile of Serie A. It’s also helping Italy’s national team to recover from its failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup.Indirectly at least.Moise Kean, a 19-year-old reserve forward at Juventus, has gotten the chance to observe Ronaldo up close on a daily basis.“I can only learn from him. It happens every day,” Kean said after scoring Italy’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Finland on Saturday to open the Azzurri’s European Championship qualifying campaign.Italy’s Moise Kean celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 Group J qualifying soccer match between Italy and Finland at the Friuli-Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)Kean became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century and the youngest scorer for the Azzurri in more than half a century, second only to Bruno Nicole in 1958 and one spot ahead of Italy great Gianni Rivera.Born in Italy to parents from Ivory Coast, Kean earned his spot in Italy’s squad by scoring a brace in Juve’s 4-1 win over Udinese earlier this month while Ronaldo was rested.Kean also made history in his debut season in 2016-17, becoming the first player born in the 2000s to appear in a Serie A game, score in one of Europe’s top five leagues and play in the Champions League.“I’m just trying to stay ready by training to my fullest,” Kean said. “There are a lot of records to break and I’m ready to break them.”Italy coach Roberto Mancini also made his Azzurri playing debut as a 19-year-old, so he seems well suited to handle Kean.“His prospects are huge but let’s not forget that we’re talking about a 19-year-old kid,” Mancini said. “We expect great things from him but we also need to accept the mistakes. He’s destined for greatness. He’s got a lot of skill and is always improving. But having talent isn’t enough. You’ve also got to play calmly with joy and carefreeness.”Italy’s Nicolo Barella, on ground, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Euro 2020 Group J qualifying soccer match between Italy and Finland at the Friuli-Dacia Arena stadium in Udine, Italy, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (Alberto Lancia/ANSA via AP)Kean is one of a number of young players seeing action in Mancini’s revival project.Nicolo Barella, a 22-year-old midfielder with Cagliari, scored the opener against Finland for his first international goal, too.Italy’s last 15 goals have been scored by 15 different players — the most recent 10 of those coming since Mancini replaced the fired Gian Piero Ventura.Also earning his first international start was Valencia defender Cristiano Piccini at right back, playing for the injured Alessandro Florenzi. And midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, also 19, made his Italy debut as a second-half substitute.Then there’s 20-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma — the heir apparent to Gianluigi Buffon, who has not played a competitive match for the national team since Italy lost a World Cup qualifying playoff to Sweden in November 2017.Defenders Daniele Rugani and Alessio Romagnoli, both 24, appear to be the center back pairing of the future, while Federico Chiesa (21) and Federico Bernardeschi (24) — who often plays alongside Ronaldo at Juventus — have already established themselves on the wings of the forward line.The starting 11 Saturday featured only two players born in the 1980s: 34-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini and fellow center back Leonardo Bonucci, who is 31. They, too, play for Juventus and have seemed rejuvenated this season during the Bianconeri’s run to the Champions League quarterfinals.With Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne each out injured, Kean lined up on the wing against Finland. But he can also play center forward.“I’ll play wherever Mancini puts me,” Kean said.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a scoring chance during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying soccer match between Portugal and Ukraine at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Friday, March 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)There’s still room for veterans, too, as 36-year-old Fabio Quagliarella displayed when he nearly scored on his first touch after coming on in the second half then also hit the post.Quagliarella, the Sampdoria striker who leads Serie A with 21 goals, was making his first Italy appearance in 8 1/2 years.But expect more from the youth movement in Italy’s next match against Liechtenstein on Tuesday in Parma.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Russia Beats Cyprus, Qualifies for Euro 2020; Croatia Must WaitRussia Beats Cyprus, Qualifies for Euro 2020; Croatia Must Wait

first_imgPoland and Russia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Sunday, while Gareth Bale’s goal forced Croatia to wait after a 1-1 draw with Wales. Germany beat Estonia 3-0 despite playing with 10 men from the 14th minute.Robert Lewandowski set up both goals for Poland as Chicago Fire midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski and fellow substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored late in a hard-fought 2-0 win over North Macedonia.Poland is assured of finishing in the top two of Group G, where second-place Austria boosted its hopes of qualifying with a 1-0 win at Slovenia.Russia earlier routed Cyprus 5-0 to join group winner Belgium in securing a place at next year’s tournament. Valencia forward Denis Cheryshev scored twice and set up two more goals for the Russians – who only needed a draw to be sure of qualification – to take their tally to 21 points after seven wins from eight games in Group I.With two games remaining, Russia has 11 points more than third-place Cyprus and 12 more than fourth-place Scotland, which thrashed San Marino 6-0 at a poorly attended Hampden Park in Glasgow.Belgium already had secured its place at the finals, but Roberto Martínez’s team stayed perfect in qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan in Astana.Belgium’s Thomas Meunier center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Kazakhstan and Belgium at the Astana Arena stadium in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo)Michy Batshuayi scored in the first half and Thomas Meunier wrapped up the win in the second, giving Belgium its eighth win from eight games.The Belgians have scored 30 goals and conceded just one.BALE THWARTS CROATIANikola Vlasic scored early to put Croatia on course for a win that would have secured qualification from Group E.Bale’s equalizer in first-half injury time denied the visitors – including Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric – and kept Welsh hopes of qualifying alive.Croatia leads the group by two points from Hungary, which defeated Azerbaijan 1-0 in Budapest thanks to Mihály Korhut’s early strike.The top three in the group are Croatia (14 points), Hungary (12) and Slovakia (10). Wales is fourth on eight points with a game in hand over the top two.GÜNDOGAN SHINESIlkay Gündogan scored twice and set up another for 10-man Germany to beat Estonia with three second-half goals in Tallinn.“The whole week hasn’t been easy,” said Germany coach Joachim Löw, whose side was hit by injuries. “But we didn’t complain. The decisive thing was that we upped the pace in the second half. In the end it was satisfactory.”Emre Can, filling in at center back, was shown an early red card for bringing down Frank Liivak, who would have been through on goal.Germany had never had a player sent off so early in a game before, with Can beating the mark set by Robert Huth’s 15th-minute ejection in a friendly game against Northern Ireland in 2005.Gündogan finally broke the deadlock in the 51st when his effort from outside the penalty box took a slight deflection off Marco Reus’ heel. His second goal six minutes later also took a deflection, this time off a defender.Gündogan’s long pass over the top allowed substitute Timo Werner to wrap up the win in the 71st.Germany and the Netherlands are level on 15 points and well-placed to qualify from Group C. Northern Ireland is third on 12 points.The Dutch earlier claimed a 2-1 win over Belarus in Minsk, thanks to first-half goals from Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.The top two teams of each group advance. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March.___By CIARÁN FAHEY Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

France vs Croatia World Cup final: A crash course on what makes football so addictiveFrance vs Croatia World Cup final: A crash course on what makes football so addictive

first_imgIf Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was the first football game you ever watched, rest assured that you sat through a crash course in the heady mix of athleticism, emotional vicissitude and controversy that makes this game so intoxicating.The French won 4-2, despite surrendering an early lead in the first half. Among the the six goals scored in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium — more goals, by the way, than in the four previous finals combined (excluding shootouts) — was an own goal, a penalty that many will say shouldn’t have been awarded, and a trio of truly sublime finishes.”Twenty years later, France are world champions,” proclaimed the Figaro newspaper’s lead web story minutes after the win. Indeed, two decades ago in Paris, it was Didier Deschamps, France’s coach, who held aloft the coveted, gilded prize; he captained the side that beat Ronaldo’s Brazil in 1998. And while Jacques Chirac, then the French president, didn’t have to go far from the Elysée Palace to take part in his nation’s moment of glory, Emmanuel Macron crossed a time zone or two to root for Les Bleus.Macron will fly back on cloud nine, but he and the rest of his compatriots had to endure some pretty nervy moments: First, Ivan Perisic cancelled out Mandzukic’s own-goal with a superb equaliser, popping any ballooning French hopes of a lazy stroll in the park.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThen came the penalty. There was a clear handball in Croatia’s box, but the question was: was it intentional? The referee peered long and hard at the VAR screen, and then took another quick peek before announcing his decision. Antoine Griezmann scored for France.advertisementBut even after goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe (who is 19, and hadn’t yet been born when France last won the World Cup), Mandzukic had enough energy and belief to force Lloris, France’s goalkeeper, into making a bizarre mistake. With the ball at his feet, the Frenchman attempted a surprise left turn to wrong-foot the charging striker. He failed, and gifted the Croatians a second goal. Thankfully for him, it would be their last.France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsSometime in the middle of all this — as if there wasn’t already enough drama — security personnel had to deal with a pitch invasion. Phew.It will be hard to console Croatia, despite the fact that they have a lot to be proud of. Take for instance, their 3-0 win against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the group stages, or their recoveries after going behind in all three of their previous knockout games — against Denmark, Russia and England. But only time can heal the would left by the loss of the rarest of prizes — one that came within grasping distance, and came there despite staggering odds.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersBut one day, perhaps, when age has soothed Mario Mandzukic’s gnawing regret, someone — maybe a young Croatian schoolboy — will ask him why he chose a career in football. And without uttering a word in reply, the striker can play him a recording of the 2018 final, every heart-stopping moment of it — so he can see for himself.last_img read more