Tribal fest Parab takes off in Koraput

first_imgKoraput (Odisha), Nov 20 (PTI) Parab-2017, the annual cultural extravaganza of Odishas Koraput district, showcasing the tribal art and culture, has got off to a colourful start.Hundreds of tribals in their traditional attire danced to the tune of the unique local music as the festival kicked off from the shrine of goddess Sankulai Devi of B Singhpur under Borigumma block yesterday.Congress chief whip in Odisha Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati and Koraput MP Jhina Hikaka performed the ?first ritual? by lighting the traditional festive torch which was taken to Bhandaragharani temple ground.Officials said the festival-cum-competition at block and district level will go on till December 20 before the grand finale from December 21 to 23 is celebrated at the stadium ground of Koraput.?The objective of the festival is to protect as well as promote the region?s rich cultural heritage. All efforts will be made to ensure that this year?s Parab is remembered for its participation and vibrance,? said Koraput district Collector, Anupam Saha.This year, the state-level Parab festival, which began in the district in 1996, would feature a number of sports events, tribal dances, songs, music with traditional instruments, archery, mini-marathon and cycling competition among others, the Collector said.As part of the Parab celebrations this year, the administration has also decided to organise Rahgiri at Jeypore in the name of Saheed Laxman Nayak Pathoutsav on November 26 and December 17. This would include several competitions and cultural programmes on the main road of JeyporeOfficials said a five-day Pallishree Mela will be organised during the final celebration of Parab from December 21 at the festival ground where a variety of handicraft items will be displayed.advertisement?From next year, Parab will be celebrated in its own ground instead of the stadium. A 25-acre land has been identified adjacent to the SLN medical college and hospital and its foundation stone will be laid on December 21,? the collector said. PTI CORR SKN JMlast_img read more

The legend of King Kohli

first_imgJune 11, 2017, Oval, London. India were playing a virtual knockout match against South Africa for a place in the Champions Trophy semi-final. They had lost rather unexpectedly to unfancied Sri Lanka two days ago at the same venue, and this was a make-or-break contest. Ontop of the pressures of,June 11, 2017, Oval, London. India were playing a virtual knockout match against South Africa for a place in the Champions Trophy semi-final. They had lost rather unexpectedly to unfancied Sri Lanka two days ago at the same venue, and this was a make-or-break contest. Ontop of the pressures of a high-stakes match against the world’s number one ODI team was all the ambient media noise about frictions between captain and coach (Anil Kumble). For Virat Kohli, the captain, it was a match of immense significance.Riding on a sharp bowling performance, India made an easy game of it. And Virat, as he has done so often through the year, anchored the run chase, remaining unbeaten on 76 to close out the game. But despite winning at a canter, the skipper seemed unmoved, he wasn’t to be swayed by the flood of praise.June 18, 2017, Oval, London. India lost the Champions Trophy final to Pakistan and Virat Kohli scored a duck. Within moments of the match getting over, Kohli was trolled on social media and called all kinds of names by furious fans lashing out for the great letdown. The defeat had hurt him more than anyone else but having played sport at the highest level for over a decade, he was no stranger to the extreme love-hate of fans. He knew well how cricketers in India are deities one day and fallen angels the next.As it turned out, the Champions Trophy final was an aberration in an otherwise glorious year for Virat. His 2,818 international runs in calendar 2017 is the third highest ever in history, and only 46 runs shy of the record held by Kumar Sangakkara (2,868 runs in 2014); he has nine back-to-back series wins as captain; and six 200-plus scores in the past 17 months, that’s special by even his own super-achieving standards. Quite aside from the high averages in all formats of the game, the most certain measure of his mastery and domination of the field is that he occupies pole position in the ICC rankings in the two shorter formats and is at #2 in Tests (behind Steve Smith of Australia). For perspective, no other batsman in the world features among the ICC Top 5 in all three formats. The captain-coach spat is long forgotten, and the year has ended with the fairytale flourish of a grand wedding.advertisementThe Transformation of Virat KohliPerth, January 2012. The Australians, as they often do, had managed to get under Virat’s skin. Not able to handle the heckling from spectators, Kohli descended to low-level combat: showing the middle finger to a particularly noisy section of the crowd after they called him a ‘wanker’. The anger (mis)management was a feature of early Kohli, and there were concerns if it would get in the way of a full blossoming of his talent.Two months down the line, it was a very different story. Kohli had just scored a match-winning 183 against Pakistan in Dhaka in a match that had ended close to midnight. The media, present in strength, was waiting for the Kohli sound bite before filing their match reports. At Mirpur, the press conference enclosure is on the opposite side of the pavilion and one has to trek across the ground to reach the media enclosure. On his way to the media centre, Virat suddenly stopped, turned and started jogging towards a section of his fans in the stands. Some 2,000 spectators had stayed back after the match and were still screaming “Kohli, Kohli” with gusto. Virat, to the surprise of many present, decided to oblige them first with photographs and autographs before turning his attention to the media. He was fully aware, of course, of what he was doing, and he even apologised to the media contingent as soon as he entered the press conference room.The transformation had begun.A new maturity, a new composure now seemed to cloak the aggressive on-field persona. In November 2013, after playing his 200th Test and his last international, Sachin Tendulkar sat in the Wankhede dressing room, all by himself, contemplating the moment. Here’s what happened next, in his own words: “Virat walked up to me. I could see tears in his eyes as he approached me and held out a gift for me. It was evidently something very close to his heart. He said his dad had given it to him (a family heirloom for good luck) and he’d always wondered who he would pass it on to. I was speechless that he’d considered me worthy of such a rare honour. As we hugged, a lump had started to form in my throat, and I asked Virat to leave before I burst into tears.”advertisementBy 2016-17, when Virat fully took over the captaincy, in all formats, the transformation was complete. Still combative and always a straight shooter, he was unafraid to call the Australian captain a cheat without ever using the word or taking on the media for criticising MS Dhoni and questioning his place in the team. The man has the unqualified loyalty of the squad and the support staff. He wasn’t perturbed by the cutting words of outgoing coach Anil Kumble nor by the backlash on social media prompted by the Kumble ouster. He was quite matter of fact when he said to me: “I have to take responsibility for my actions just as I take credit for my success? The media too has a job to do. They are within their rights to criticise me. My job as the captain of the Indian cricket team is to lead the team to the best of my ability. As long as I am true to my calling and prepare the best every time I step out to lead India, I’m not concerned about what is being said or written about me. I know how hard I work and as long as my preparations are going the way I want them to, the results will come.”Photo: Virat.Kohli/InstagramThis extreme self-assurance, mistaken for arrogance by some, is also key to understanding the Virat Kohli phenomenon. That, and what Tendulkar describes as his “peripheral vision”. “He can read the game brilliantly and can anticipate the run of play well in advance. That’s what makes him stand out.” Sachin might even be crediting him with a kind of cricketing prescience, apart from the ability to pace his knock to a nicety. “That’s why he is so good in a run chase. He knows and understands where a match can be [before it gets to that point], which helps him marshal his resources better.”Said peripheral vision was eloquently on show when India chased down a formidable Australian total in the world T20 encounter in Mohali on 27 March 2016 and in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata 16-20 November 2017. In Mohali, Virat, to quote compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, “hunted down the Australian total with great precision” and in Kolkata, he set up the game with a century on a pitch that was difficult for his bowlers. “It is as if he knows the grids of stadiums like a mathematician. He knows where the gaps are, and while chasing, the acceleration is just perfect. He is a role model for all of us,” says Ashwin, himself one of the brightest stars on India’s cricketing firmament, with a trophy record to his name of being the quickest (52 matches) to 300 Test wickets.Photo: Virat.Kohli/InstagramFor Sourav Ganguly, another Kohli fan, there’s daylight between Virat and the rest. “Maybe in Test cricket, Steve Smith is slightly ahead, but when you consider all formats of the game, it has to be Virat Kohli,” he says. In his reckoning, to watch him bat is to treat yourself. “He is the sort of player who’ll bring fans back to Test cricket,” Sourav gushes. Decoding the secret of this mastery of many formats, Sourav says: “Look at his shot selection closely. He never slogs. Even when he lifts the ball, it’s a conventional cricketing shot. Very rarely will you see him play a false stroke. Because he’s able to get runs effortlessly and able to score quickly across formats, he is never under pressure. And because he scores quickly, the bowler is always under pressure when bowling to him. He’s equally at home against pace and spin. Bounce does not faze him because he can play the pull shot to perfection. Which is why I think he’ll be successful in South Africa as well. And against spin, he can rely on his deft footwork.”advertisementFor David Warner, himself one of the best in the business, it’s down to self-belief: “He is a supremely confident batsman. His self-belief is what makes him different. Even if he is chasing 350, he knows he can swing the match in a matter of a few overs and is hardly ever under pressure. Someone who has scored 50 international hundreds in just nine years has to be a very good player.”Pankaj NangiaMail TodayClick here to EnlargeThe cult and business of fitnessThe other, already much-storied legacy of Virat is his obsession with fitness. The current Indian team is arguably the best fielding unit in the world across formats with Virat’s mantra of fitness becoming a way of life for his young team. Every second day, he posts a photo of his workout on social media. In matters of fitness, his benchmarks are not even only cricketers, and, as Sourav Ganguly says, he is possibly in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo or Justin Gatlin or Wayde van Niekerk or Gareth Bale.From introducing high-altitude training into his own regimen to making the Yo-Yo Endurance Test compulsory for all India cricketers, Virat now wants to take the country with him on a fitness journey. “If we can get people to come out and play and take pride in doing so, we will become a healthier India,” he said while launching his own sport and lifestyle line One8, in collaboration with Puma, in November.The deal, valued at over Rs 100 crore over a period of eight years, brings to the fore the savvy businessman in Virat. While turning down cola advertisements because he doesn’t “believe in the product”, presumably because it doesn’t square with his ideals of fitness, Virat, India’s biggest brand, valued at $144 million, no longer believes in deals for a year or two. “Long-term associations mean he can influence brand campaigns and shape the product line in sync with his vision,” says a leading Indian brand expert. “He knows that sporting careers are short, with only a few purple patches? and is justifiably making the most of his current dominance.” Judging by the current run of play, the idealism Virat is holding out for in his product endorsements, which means getting selective and turning down potentially lucrative deals, is only working to his advantage. He is in a position to choose and his scrupulousness is only adding to the aura of his brand.Scruples and a sense of fair play are manifest in his handling of Dhoni, who is in the evening of his international career. Every time the media has attacked the former captain, Virat has come to his rescue. “I don’t understand why MSD is being singled out,” he thundered at a press conference on November 8. “This is very different from anything I have seen,” says Sourav. “I am delighted to see Virat is protecting Dhoni the way he is.” Do you hear a wish-it-were-so lament? Well, anyway, buoyed by the captain’s support, Dhoni has lately been a much more expressive version of himself on the field.A famous wedding and life hereafterFor Kohli, who is as public a celebrity figure as you’ll find, the line between his personal and professional life is firmly drawn. The decision to conduct his lavish-yet private-wedding at a heritage resort in Tuscany, Italy, and the way the whole event was choreographed, including the controlled access to media, speaks volumes about that commitment. Wedding over, he was happy to part the doors for breathless fans and media back at home: with the two grand receptions, in Delhi and Mumbai, he made it up to the media for his Italian escape. As while batting, so in life, Virat seems to possess a charmed sense of timing. The wedding, which came at the end of a year of high achievement, his most successful professional year so far, and after the acrimony of a captain-coach spat was happily behind him, seemed like a perfect way to sign off the year.Tough tests await in the new year. Despite the sheer scale of his achievements, the Virat story is still unfolding. A victory in any one of the away tours to South Africa, England and Australia will give him an aura of invincibility. Is Virat aware of the enormity of the task at hand? Does he know what failure in the next 12 months might do? Two separate reports in the last week of October 2017, both involving Kohli, both of which consumed a lot of newsprint, tell me he does. While the first celebrated Kohli as one of the world’s leading sports brands, the second speculated on his then likely marriage with actor-partner Anushka Sharma. What’s interesting in each of these cases is how Kohli was being consumed and appropriated. Of course, anything Kohli says/ does is news. That he may get married to Anushka was considered breaking news across media platforms. And the wedding earlier this month seemed to send a news-hungry media into an uncontrollable tizzy. Wedding photos went viral on Twitter every time a new one was posted and within days it was revealed that Virat had overtaken Shah Rukh Khan as India’s most valued brand. There’s a lot at stake and Virat knows the highs and lows of his trade.The last words on Kohli have not yet been written. Five years down the line, will he be hailed as India’s greatest batsman and finest captain, or will he go down as an autocrat who treated a legend like Kumble unfairly? Will it really matter to him how we label him? Does Kohli, the person, really care? My guess is he doesn’t deep down. He looks fully immersed in the moment, at peace with himself, in his gym, at training, in marriage and between those 22 yards. My guess is he won’t blink giving up multi-crore endorsement contracts. The space he occupies in his head is inviolate, he is all alone when he bats or trains. It’s a passionate human robot with precision focus. Virat is fashioning a young Indian side in the same mould of utter self-belief, and it seems to be paying off. So far. He will continue to polarise opinion, but he will give us results. As veteran all-rounder Ian Botham says: “The best thing about Virat is that he plays to win. No matter what the situation, he will still want to dominate and win matches. That’s what makes him special.”On the evidence of his exploits in 2017, no one will challenge that assertion.last_img read more

‘Rather watch Manchester City play than Manchester United’, says Louis van Gaal slamming ‘boring’ Jose Mourinho

first_imgLouis van Gaal, whose Manchester United F.C. side was often criciticised for being boring and lacking imagination, has attacked present manager Jose Mourinho’s team. The former manager said that he would rather watch rivals Manchester City in action.”I would rather watch City play than United,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “You need quality in a squad and it’s clear City have a better squad.”…And yet, right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticised while it’s far more boring football.”Under Van Gaal, Manchester United finished fourth and fifth in the Premier League in 2014-15 and 2014-16 respectively along with an FA Cup triumph in 2016.Mourinho on the other hand, led Manchester United F.C. to the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge but the Portuguese has been accused of “parking the bus” in big games.”What United produce now is defensive football. I always played attacking football… They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.”Jose Mourinho Manchester City F.C. are on a record 14-game winning streak in the league while Manchester United, who finished sixth last season, lost 2-1 to their neighbours on Sunday to slip 11 points adrift of them in second position.Van Gaal, who was sacked the day after his FA Cup triumph, clarified that he had no personal issues with Mourinho but hit out at United CEO Ed Woodward, saying that the 46-year-old did not openly communicate with him.advertisement”I have more problems with the CEO, Ed Woodward. He never discussed anything with me — and you can talk about anything with me,” Van Gaal added.”With all my experience, I know the unwritten laws of football. A club has to prepare for the future. I can understand that and they should have approached me. Ed could talk to me but he did not.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Rohit Sharma ‘touched by all the love’ a day after historic third ODI double hundred

first_imgRohit Sharma said he was still in a different zone a day after creating history with his third ODI double hundred. India’s stand-in captain smashed an unbeaten 208 as the hosts hammered Sri Lanka by 141 runs in the second ODI to draw level in the 3-match series.Rohit has two other double hundreds. His first, a polished 209 vs Australia in Bengaluru in 2013 had come in a series-decider while his second, a world-record 264 had been scored in a comeback match, also vs Sri Lanka in 2014.On Wednesday, Rohit, leading India for the second time had some pressure. After a crushing defeat in Dharamsala, India needed to win to stay alive in the series. After seeing off a tough passage of play on a cold and gloomy afternoon in Mohali, Rohit accelerated, first to get to his hundred in the 40th over. He then changed gears completely to bring up the second hundred in 36 balls as India finished with 392/4.WATCH FULL VIDEOA day after the stunning knock, Rohit tweeted to say it still felt like a dream.Touched by all the love pouring in! It still feels like a dream. Im just happy to have been able to register a win for our team and make our special day a little more special for the Mrs ??- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 14, 2017 After the match, Rohit had dedicated the double century to his wife Ritika Sajdeh, who watched her husband create history from the stands. The two previous double hundreds had come before Rohit had tied the knot with Ritika in December 2015.Explaining his ability to score double hundreds in ODIs, Rohit said there was no secret formula.advertisement”That is my style of play,” Rohit said in the post-match press briefing. “You are set and seeing the ball nice and hard and you have understood what the bowlers are trying to do by then, and it’s all about trying to play with the field once you get past 100. It’s all about you not making a mistake and getting out. I am not saying it’s impossible or difficult, but it’s very unlikely the bowlers are going to get you out once you have scored a hundred.””There is no secret or formula to it. You just have to bat and not make any mistake. The ground is good, the pitch is nice and hard, so you can trust the bounce and play the shots,” Rohit said.MUST WATCH: The Hitman @ImRo45 interview courtesy Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc in his style after the epic knock in Mohali. #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 14, 2017No man had scored a double hundred in one-day internationals up until 2010. As many as seven have been scored since and three of them belong to Rohit. The other four – Tendulkar, Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill have one each.last_img read more

Lights out: Ravens beat 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl

first_imgNEW ORLEANS (AP). Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens were turning the Super Bowl into a rout when, without even a flicker of warning, the power went off. When the game resumed 34 minutes later, the San Francisco 49ers were the ones playing lights out.Instead of a blowout, the blackout turned the big game into a shootout.The Ravens survived the frenzied comeback by the 49ers for a thrilling 34-31 win at the Superdome on Sunday night and their second NFL championship in 11 years.How could it be any other way? Its never pretty. Its never perfect. But its us, coach John Harbaugh said after winning the sibling showdown with younger brother Jim. It was us today.Barely.Leading by 22 points when most of the Superdome lights and the scoreboards went dark early in the third quarter, the Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold on after the momentum strangely swung to the 49ers. San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree was bumped in the end zone on the 49ers final offensive play — the contact appeared incidental — but coach Jim Harbaugh insisted a penalty should have been called.Theres no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and then a hold, Jim Harbaugh said.As for the foul-up at Americas biggest sporting event, officials revealed that an abnormality in the power system triggered an automatic shutdown, forcing backup systems to kick in. But no one was sure what caused the initial problem.Everything changed after that, though, until Ray Lewis and Co. shut it down. But there were plenty of white-knuckle moments and the Ravens (14-6) had to make four stops inside their 7 at the end.I think it speaks to our resolve, speaks to our determination, speaks to our mental toughness, John Harbaugh said. That is what wins and loses games.For a Super Bowl with so many subplots, it almost had to end with a flourish.Flaccos arrival as a championship quarterback coincides with Lewis retirement — with a second Super Bowl ring no less. The win capped a sensational month since the star linebacker announced he was leaving the game after 17 Hall of Fame-caliber years.At 4 hours, 14 minutes, it was the longest Super Bowl ever.The loss of power left players from both sides stretching and chatting with each other. It also slowed Baltimores surge, and that was considerable after Jacoby Jones 108-yard kickoff return and Flaccos three touchdown passes made it 28-6.Flaccos big start boosted him to the MVP award.They have to give it to one guy and Im not going to complain that I got it, said Flacco, who soon will get a rich new contract. His current deal expired with this win.Down by three TDs, back came San Francisco (13-5-1) in search of its sixth Lombardi Trophy in as many tries.As far as the power going out, that didnt change anything for us, tight end Vernon Davis said.Yet they got back in the game almost immediately.Michael Crabtrees 31-yard touchdown reception on which he broke two tackles made it 28-13. A couple minutes later, Frank Gores 6-yard run followed a 32-yard punt return by Ted Ginn Jr., and the 49ers were within eight.Ray Rices fumble at his 24 led to David Akers 34-yard field goal, but Baltimore woke up for a long drive leading to rookie Justin Tuckers 19-yard field goal.San Francisco wasnt done challenging, though, and Colin Kaepernicks 15-yard TD run, the longest for a quarterback in a Super Bowl, made it 31-29. A 2-point conversion pass failed when the Ravens blitzed.Tucker added a 38-yarder with 4:19 remaining, setting up the frantic finish.Kaepernick couldnt get the 49ers into the end zone on the final three plays, and Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety for the final score with 4 seconds left. Kochs free kick was returned by Ginn to midfield as time ran out.The Harbaughs then met at midfield amid the Ravens confetti-laden celebrations.Its very tough, John Harbaugh said, referring to their conversation. Its a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be. Its very painful.Only one other championship game in the NFLs 80-year title game history, Pittsburghs 35-31 win over Dallas in 1979, featured both teams scoring at least 30 points.In the first half, Flacco was as brilliant as Tom Brady, Joe Montana or Terry Bradshaw ever were in the NFLs biggest game. The only quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons — his coach holds the same distinction — was nearly perfect. Overall, Flacco threw for 11 touchdowns to tie a postseason record, and had no interceptions.The Ravens stumbled into the playoffs with four defeats in its last five regular-season games as Lewis recovered from a torn right triceps and Flacco struggled. Harbaugh even fired his offensive coordinator in December, a stunning move with the postseason so close.But that — and every other move Harbaugh, Flacco and the Ravens made since — were right on target. Just like Flaccos TD passes of 13 yards to Anquan Boldin, 1 to Dennis Pitta and 56 to Jones in the first half, tying a Super Bowl record.New Orleans native Jones, one of the heroes in a double-overtime playoff win at Denver, seemed to put the game away with his record 108-yard sprint with the second-half kickoff.Soon after, the lights went out — and when they came back on, the Ravens were almost powerless to slow the 49ers.Until the final moments.The final series of Ray Lewis career was a goal-line stand, Harbaugh said.Lewis sprawled on all fours, face-down on the turf, after the end zone incompletion.Its no greater way, as a champ, to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my teammates, Lewis said. And you looked around this stadium and Baltimore! Baltimore! We coming home, baby! We did it!It was a bitter loss for Jim Harbaugh, the coach who turned around the Niners in the last two years and brought them to their first Super Bowl in 18 years. His team made a similarly stunning comeback in the NFC championship at Atlanta, but couldnt finish it off against Baltimore.Our guys battled back to get back in, the 49ers coach said. I thought we battled right to the brink of winning.The 49ers couldnt have been sloppier in the first half, damaging their chances with penalties — including one on their first play that negated a 20-yard gain — poor tackling and turnovers. Rookie LaMichael James fumbled at the Baltimore 25 to ruin an impressive drive, and the Ravens converted that with Flaccos 1-yard pass to Pitta for a 14-3 lead.On San Franciscos next offensive play, Kaepernick threw behind Randy Moss and always dependable safety Ed Reed picked it off. A huge scuffle followed that brought both Harbaughs onto the field and saw both sides penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.Reed, also a New Orleans native, tied the NFL record for postseason picks with his ninth.Baltimore didnt pounce on that mistake for points. Instead, Tuckers fake field goal run on fourth-and-9 came up a yard short when Chris Culliver slammed him out of bounds.The Ravens simply shrugged, forced a three-and-out, and then unleashed Jones deep. Just as he did to Denver, he flashed past the secondary and caught Flaccos fling. He had to wait for the ball, fell to the ground to grab it, but was untouched by a Niner. Up he sprang, cutting left and using his speed to outrun two defenders to the end zone.Desperate for some points, the 49ers completed four passes and got a 15-yard roughing penalty against Haloti Ngata, who later left with a knee injury. But again they couldnt cross the goal line, Paul Kruger got his second sack of the half on third down, forcing a second Akers field goal, from 27 yards.When Jones began the second half by sprinting up the middle virtually untouched — he is the second player with two TDs of 50 yards or more in a Super Bowl, tying Washingtons Ricky Sanders in 1988 — the rout was on.Then it wasnt.Everybody had their hand on this game, 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis said. We point the fingers at nobody. We win together and we lose together, and today we lost it. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Seek Passion, Some Wins

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Heading into the second half of what has been a disappointing season, the New York Giants need a lot more than consistency on offense and fewer big plays allowed on defense.Defensive captain Antrel Rolle wants more fight and more passion. Quarterback Eli Manning would like to see the plays that the Giants run so easily in practice, run the same way in games.Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would settle for everyone simply making plays.Whatever the Giants (3-5) are missing, they have to find it, and soon. They have been blown out in three straight games and the time to make a playoff push is running out as they prepare for a Nov. 9 game in noisy Seattle against the Super Bowl champion Seahawks (5-3).A day after the Giants dropped a 40-24 decision to the Indianapolis Colts, Rolle complained about the Giants’ lack of passion in the Nov. 3 game.“… I just think that’s something we’re missing a lot,” Rolle said in the interview of WFAN. “On our sideline it’s very dead. Throughout the course of a game it’s dead. We need a pulse.”Giants coach Tom Coughlin didn’t have an issue with Rolle’s comments.“What is Antrel’s interpretation of that, I am not sure,” Coughlin said. “I know he is an emotional guy and he does wear his emotions on his sleeve. He is a passionate young man. Not all people are the same. I think our preparation last week was certainly good.“I thought that the idea of playing hard, not looking at the scoreboard, staying with it and working as hard as we could, I think, for the most part, we did that. It wasn’t a ‘rah-rah’ situation most of the time on the sideline, but people were into the game and they were playing hard.”Middle linebacker Jameel McClain wasn’t going to disagree with Rolle. “Whatever Antrel Rolle sees, I take it as a challenge, for us to step it up, for me to give more,” McClain said.The defense certainly has to pick it up. It allowed Andrew Luck and Colts to post eight plays of 20 yards or more, and it has allowed more than 400 yards five times this season.Defensive end Robert Ayers believes Rolle is right about the lack of passion.“It is easy to be intense when things are good, but when things are bad, we still have to keep it going,” Ayers said. “It starts with the players, it starts with the coaches and we just have to keep fighting and keep wanting it, it will come. When you lose, it is tough, but we have to keep working at it, and it will all come.”Manning insisted the Giants are hurting themselves with their lack of execution and mistakes.“We’ve got to keep working,” Manning said. “We have some different guys in there than we did at the start of the season. We’ve got some new receivers playing and we can do some good things. I think we can make some plays. We are not executing every play like we need to. Sometimes the defense has a great call, sometimes they win, but we are letting them win too many times.”Manning said the only thing he is focused on now is winning and ending the Giants’ slide.The one positive that has come out of the slide has been the play of Beckham. The Giants’ first-round draft choice had a career night catching eight passes for 156 yards, including a 59-yard catch and run that set up New York’s first touchdown.Beckham said he is taking his lead from Manning. The two-time Super Bowl MVP isn’t giving up and neither is Beckham.“It is just one of those things where other guys, myself included, we all need to step up and come together as a team and decide — at the end of the day, you determine your own destiny,” Beckham said.“We need to decide how we want to finish these last couple games and I think there is no other reason but to finish them all with wins.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets Sign Cuddyer For $21M

first_imgNEW YORK — Eager to go on a long-overdue playoff run, the New York Mets realized they owed their pitching staff — and fans — a proven hitter.On Nov. 10, they got one.The Mets made baseball’s first splash of the offseason, agreeing with two-time All-Star outfielder Michael Cuddyer on a two-year deal worth $21 million.“Michael is a tremendous addition to the middle of our lineup,” General Manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement.The 2013 NL batting champion became the first top free agent to switch teams since the World Series. Cuddyer, who turns 36 in March, had until later in the day to decide whether to accept a $15.3 million qualifying offer from Colorado.“Sandy has talked about we’re looking to turn the corner here and start to compete in 2015,” Mets Assistant General Manager John Ricco told reporters at the GM meetings in Arizona.“I think this is a message that we’re going to be aggressive. Right out of the box we had a guy we liked, and we went and got him,” he said.When he’s healthy, Cuddyer hits. Even when he’s hurt, he still swings a serious bat. Cuddyer batted .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs this year in a season interrupted by injuries.He was limited to 49 games and was on the disabled list three times because of a strained left shoulder and a strained left hamstring. From mid-April to early September, he spent of a part of each month on the DL.“He took a physical today. We’ve looked at all the injuries and there was nothing there that we were too concerned about,” Ricco said. “And the age is the age. Certainly there’s risk associated with any signing.”The Mets went 79-83 last season, their sixth straight losing year since moving into Citi Field. They are hoping to contend for their first playoff spot since 2006, boosted by a strong rotation helped by the return of ace Matt Harvey from Tommy John surgery.Hours after Cuddyer joined the Mets, Jacob deGrom won the NL Rookie of the Year award.“I’m really looking forward to next year, with Harvey returning and just being a part of that staff. And then signing a bat like that, l think next year is going to be exciting,” deGrom said.New York hit .239 last year, 28th in the majors, and wanted to add a hitter or two this offseason. Their fans pointed to another stat — playing in a major market, they finished the regular season 21st in payroll at under $93 million — and hoped the team would spend what it took to improve.Cuddyer made 35 starts in right field last year, along with 11 at first base and two at third.He joins a lineup where Daniel Murphy was the leading hitter at .289. All-Star third baseman David Wright had a down season and finished with an injured shoulder, while first baseman Lucas Duda provided pop with 30 home runs.Wright and Cuddyer are friends from the same region of Virginia, and have spent offseasons working out together and playing racquetball.In the Mets’ outfield, Juan Lagares won a Gold Glove last week in center. Curtis Granderson hit .227 with 20 homers while mostly playing right and Chris Young, Eric Young Jr. and several others shared left.Cuddyer hit .331 with the Rockies in 2013, along with 20 home runs and 84 RBIs. He was the NL’s starting designated hitter in the All-Star game that year at Citi Field.The Mets are moving in the fences in right field at Citi Field for next season. A right-handed hitter, Cuddyer has sprayed the ball around over the years.Cuddyer is a .279 hitter with a .347 on-base percentage in 14 seasons with Colorado and Minnesota. He hit a career-high 32 homers in 2009 with the Twins.In his three years with the Rockies, he batted .329 at hitter-friendly Coors Field and .286 on the road. “This is a guy who is a professional hitter,” Ricco said. “He’s been in both leagues and had success everywhere.”Cuddyer played in the postseason in six years with Minnesota, hitting .338 in 22 playoff games. He will get $8.5 million next season and $12.5 million in 2016.By signing Cuddyer, the Mets lose their first-round draft pick in June, the 15th choice overall. Colorado gets an extra pick between the first and second round.The Rockies lost 96 games last season, second-most in the majors to Arizona’s 98, with Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson in the outfield along with Cuddyer.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IOC Signs 100-Year Swiss Lease

first_imgLAUSANNE, Switzerland — With the IOC celebrating 100 years in Switzerland, the Olympic body is already planning to stay in Lausanne for another century.The International Olympic Committee held a series of ceremonies with local officials on April 10 to mark the anniversary of the April 10, 1915, date when modern Olympics founder Pierre de Coubertin decided to establish the headquarters in Lausanne.IOC President Thomas Bach says “it was the right decision to take then and it still is now.”The IOC is building new headquarters on the same site to bring all its 500 employees under one roof.The IOC says “with the consolidation of its headquarters, the IOC is further establishing itself in Lausanne for another 100 years.”The statement adds: “Indeed, the city of Lausanne has accepted to grant the IOC a lease until 2115.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Clippers End Spurs’ Run, 111-109

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It figured that the most entertaining first-round series in the NBA playoffs would come down to a play involving Chris Paul and Tim Duncan.Paul, who willed himself back from an early hamstring injury, banked in a shot over Duncan with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a wild 111-109 victory in Game 7 on May 2 that eliminated the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs from the playoffs.After Duncan made two free throws to tie it with 8.8 seconds left, Paul drove the right side. He originally was covered by Danny Green before Duncan came over to help. Paul put up a one-handed shot over the 39-year Spurs star that went in as he was falling away.Paul said coach Doc Rivers called him and Blake Griffin over at the end of the morning walk-through to talk about last-shot scenarios.“We’ve been in that situation a lot of times already this year, and most of the time I hadn’t made it,” Paul said. “We talked about it, and finally it worked when we needed it.”Rivers said Paul is “just a tough kid. He’s a street fighter. I mean, he really is. I love him to death because of his will.”Duncan said Paul’s shot was “just unbelievable. I know he was playing a little hurt, and he played through all that, found ways to get it done. I mean, just an unbelievable last shot over two of us. He’s just a great leader, and it was amazing to watch. I wish I wasn’t on the other end.”Matt Barnes knocked away the inbound pass to seal the victory and the Staples Center crowd went crazy after the Clippers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for just the fourth time in franchise history.The Clippers, who faltered at home in Games 2 and 5, move on to face the Rockets starting May 4 in Houston.“It’s only round one, but that team over there, I mean, it’s crazy that this was the first round of the playoffs,” Paul said. Paul scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, including four big 3-pointers.Duncan had 27 points and 11 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the series.Paul missed the final 2 minutes of the first quarter and the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter. He appeared to get hurt as he dribbled up court before making a 3-pointer. He sat on the bench with his head in his hands before leaving for the locker room.“I thought about the team and all the things we’d been through,” Paul said. “I know that if it was any other guy on our team in a situation like this, they wouldn’t lay down, so I just tried to find a way.”Griffin had 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for Los Angeles for his second triple-double of the series.The Clippers trailed by five points with 5:42 left before Griffin made two free throws and J.J. Redick a 3-pointer to tie it at 97 with 3:58 to go.The teams traded leads during the final minutes, with Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scoring for the Spurs and Barnes hitting a 3-pointer for the Clippers.Paul made two three throws with 13.3 seconds left for a 109-107 lead before Duncan was fouled by Redick and made both shots with 8.8 seconds left.Paul hit a clutch 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of the third quarter to give the Clippers a 79-78 lead and earn a standing ovation. It was his third 3 of the quarter, coming after Ginobili made two of three free throws after he was fouled by Austin Rivers while taking a desperation shot from three-quarters court with 7.8 seconds left.Barnes scored 17 points, Jamal Crawford 16 and Redick 14 for L.A. Tony Parker had 20, Green 16, Leonard 13 and Boris Diaw 12 for San Antonio.(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Beats Panionios, 3-0

first_imgATHENS — Defending champion Olympiacos had little difficulty beating Panionios 3-0 on the opening day of the Greek league Aug. 23.Costas Fortounis opened the scoring in the 25th minute when he chested down Jimmy Durmaz’s cross and volleyed home.Andreas Bouchalakis made it 2-0 in the 72nd with a long-range drive which deflected off a Panionios defender and Mathieu Dossevi added the third with a shot from outside the area in injury time, three minutes after coming on as a substitute.Also, newly promoted AEK beat Platanias 3-0, Atromitos defeated Levadiakos 1-0, Asteras won 2-0 at Panthrakikos, Iraklis beat host Kalloni 1-0, PAOK stumbled to a scoreless home draw against Xanthi and Giannena drew 1-1 at Veria.Last season’s runner-up Panathinaikos travels to Panetolikos Aug. 24.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rays Hold Off Yankees, 3-2

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius hit the ball about as hard as he can. Right to the second baseman.Gregorius lined out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning and whipped his bat toward the dugout, a telling sign of frustration for the New York Yankees during a costly 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sept. 5.“If you look at the video, I never had the chance to get out of the box,” Gregorius said.Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run single and Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single as the Rays handed Nathan Eovaldi (14-3) his first loss since mid-June, snapping the right-hander’s nine-game winning streak.Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria left with a bruised right forearm, three innings after he was hit by a pitch. He said gripping the ball to throw became a bigger problem than swinging a bat, but he expects to play Sept. 6.“It actually feels a lot better now after some treatment and ice. I’m fairly certain I’ll be able to go,” Longoria said.On the fringe of the AL wild-card race, the Rays improved to 6-9 against the Yankees this season.New York, which leads the wild-card hunt, fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East. The Blue Jays beat Baltimore 5-1.Trailing by one, the Yankees mounted a rally in the eighth after Carlos Beltran lined out to first base for the second out. Chase Headley and rookie Greg Bird singled before pinch-hitter Brian McCann drew a walk from Alex Colome.With another chance to deliver a huge hit during his first season in pinstripes, Gregorius lashed a line drive directly at second baseman Logan Forsythe, and the Yankees were denied.“We hit three balls on the screws that inning,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I like the approach, I like the at-bats, we just didn’t get the results we wanted.”Exasperated at his hard luck, Gregorius fired his bat in the direction of New York’s dugout.“I actually kind of like it. I like that he’s upset. You don’t want to see someone get hurt, and no one did, but that’s frustration and understanding what time of year it is, and I like his intensity,” Girardi said.On Aug. 31, Gregorius flied out to the warning track with the bases loaded to end a one-run loss at Boston.Xavier Cedeno (4-1) struck out four in 1 2-3 hitless innings, and Brad Boxberger got three quick outs for his AL-high 34th save in 39 chances.Eovaldi gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven but equaled a season high with four walks.The right-hander was 9-0 with a 3.32 ERA in his previous 13 starts, the longest winning streak in the majors this season.Rays starter Matt Moore was mostly effective in his return to the majors, but got pulled after 79 pitches one out short of qualifying for a win. He gave up Gregorius’ run-scoring double and Brett Gardner’s RBI groundout in the fifth.An All-Star in 2013 when he went 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA, Moore came back from Tommy John surgery on July 2 this season. The 26-year-old lefty went 1-3 with an 8.78 ERA in six big league starts before getting sent to the minors for a month to find his form.“I thought he was outstanding. I was happy for him. In my opinion, he looked like a different guy,” manager Kevin Cash said. “That was a definite bright spot, to see where he is right now.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Melo Misses Nets With Ankle Sprain

first_imgNEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony will miss the Knicks’ game against Brooklyn because of a sprained right ankle.The Knicks’ leading scorer was hurt Tuesday in a victory over Boston just before halftime. He started the second half but quickly realized he couldn’t continue, leaving the game for good in the opening minute of the third quarter.Anthony leads the Knicks with 21.6 points per game.Coach Derek Fisher says Lance Thomas will likely start at forward Wednesday. He says he hopes Anthony can return Saturday against Memphis.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Dominic Waters joins Olympiacos

first_imgOlympiacos Piraeus has inked guard Dominic Waters as per the official announcement. The 30 years old player arrives to the Red and Whites as a the replacement of injured Daniel Hackett.Waters has been averaging 14.6 points and 7.6 assists in Legabasket with Cantu this season, while he is no stranger to the Greek league as he has played in teams like Aris Thessaloniki and Kolossos in previous seasons.The experienced guard has also played in Portland Showtime, VOO Verviers-Pepinster, Liege Basket, Union Olympija, Hapoel Holon, Manresa, Oliver Baskets and Grand Rapids Drive.Source: eurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one package

first_imgPort combines the so far separately offered protocol libraries for PROFINET and EtherNet/IP under GOAL into one package. Both protocols run on top of the middleware GOAL, jointly enabling customers for standard compliant PROFINET and EtherNet/IP communication. Everything is available out-of-the-box and compliant to the latest Conformance Test Software by ODVA and PNO ( Accordingly, the customer’s application can support PROFINET or EtherNet/IP out of one project. The including Design-Tools support the customer setting-up the objects in the libraries and in creating the corresponding EDS Files (EDS and GSDML).The middleware GOAL is the corresponding connector resp. anchor to the specific hardware and provides the real-world hooks to the hardware and to the environment while the protocol libraries implement the communication protocol itself and take comfort in the services, provided by GOAL. While GOAL seems to be rather a complication – in the real world (and mean world) GOAL is the enabler to address and survive reality.GOAL with PROFINET, EtherNet/IP supports the following targets: Linux: using the eth0 (or any other ethx) and done; RZ Family by Renesas: RN/N-1D, RZ/N-1S RZ/N-1L und RZ/T1; Renesas: RIN32M3 EC; ST: STM32F4x Series; TI: Tiva TM4C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networksNext Vector: PREEvision as a reliable guide for first steps in AUTOSAR Adaptivelast_img read more

Infinix is set to launch a new smartphone in India on August 23

first_imgInfinix recently launched an entry-level smartphone called the Smart 2 in India. Looks like, the company is no mood to stop just there. Infinix is now sending out a media invite to launch a new smartphone in the country on August 23. There’s, however, no word on the name of the upcoming Infinix phone or even its features or specifications. The image attached to the invite, however, hints at a tall display.According to the image, the upcoming Infinix smartphone is seen towering above tall buildings in the background in a night skyline. This suggests that the new Infinix phone will come with a big display. Alongside the August 23 launch date, the Infinix media invite is asking to “save the date” followed by the hashtag #beyondthebest.Now that 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio has become the new common, we can expect the upcoming Infinix phone to either sport the same specs or even more. The image which shows the silhouette of the phone hints that the upcoming Infinix handset will come with minimal bezels. The image further reveals that the upcoming Infinix phone will not sport a notch on top of the display. The top bezel looks thicker than the side ones.Infinix recently launched the Smart 2 which is an entry-level phone and is looking to compete with Redmi 5A. The Infinx Smart 2 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD display with 720 x1440p resolution, aspect ratio 18:9 and an 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio. On the hardware front, the Infinix Smart 2 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The smartphone comes in two variants – the base model with 2GB RAM + 16GB storage which costs Rs 5,999, while the top-end model with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version sells for Rs 6,999.advertisementALSO READ: HMD Global set to launch most awaited phone on Aug 21 as Flipkart-exclusive, Nokia 6.1 Plus expectedOn the camera front, the Infinix Smart 2 comes with a 13-megapixel sensor coupled with a f/2.0 aperture on the rear panel. On the front, the smartphone includes an 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. On the software front, the Infinix Smart 2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with a custom user interface called XOS 3.3.0 out-of-the-box. The phone is backed by a 3050mAh battery, which, according to Infinix, delivers 21 hours of 4G talk time, 81 hours of music playback time, and 21 days of standby time.last_img read more

Sahitya Aaj Tak: A festival of ideas

first_imgSahitya Aaj Tak is back. New Delhi will get to experience the mega lit fest from November 16-18. The three-day extravaganza will be a confluence of poetry, prose, music, drama and even politics during which art lovers will get to meet their literary idols whom they so far have been able to worship only through their masterpieces. Stalwarts from fields such as sports and theatre will be present as well.Sahitya Aaj Tak will be held at the capital’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.This festival, organised by Aaj Tak, will mark its third year this time around.The festival will see the presence of literary stalwarts renowned for their works in Hindi, Urdu, English, Awadhi, Bhojpuri and Punjabi.The festival will have sessions in which top TV anchors will interact with guests from various fields like art, cinema, music, theatre, and politics.In its very first year (2016), Sahitya Aaj Tak was organised as a two-day festival in which Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar, Najeeb Jung, Rahat Indori among others were present. The festival provided platform to promising young authors who presented their works. Sessions on literature, culture and theatre got great response.In the year 2017, Sahitya Aaj Tak brought sports icons as well as stalwarts from theatre and politics together with giants in the field of literature. ‘Gardish mein Taaren’, a play directed by Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni was showcased in the festival that year.The celebration of art and all that it stands for will be even grander in Sahitya Aaj Tak 2018advertisementThis time around, singers Javed Ali, Malini Awasthi and the legendary Wadali brothers will be in attendance. Actor and poet Piyush Mishra, screenwriter Prasoon Joshi and the great Javed Akhtar will enthral the audience with the magic in their words. Actors Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman will talk about theatre while journalist Sagarika Ghose and Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha will share their wisdom on politics.Many more celebrities like actor Annu Kapoor, writer Chetan Bhagat, Shayar Rahat Indori will be present as will a great many others.Cultural programmes will accompany the sessions. Sahitya Aaj Tak will be divided into 100 sessions in which more than 200 guests from various fields will be in attendance.Sahitya Aaj Tak will not have any entry-fee. However, prior registration will be required. Click here to register. You can also give a missed call on 7836993366 for registration.last_img read more

Don’t think current Indian side is better than ones I played against: Steve Waugh

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is any better than some of the sides that he played against during his days as claimed by Ravi Shastri. Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”. “Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview. He understood that Shastri wanted to boost the morale of his team but he felt that sweeping comments could have been avoided. “I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it’s good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself,” Waugh said. The former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat in their own den. “Australia will be hard to beat in Australia. We have a bowling attack as good as any team in world cricket and we can take wickets. It’s our batting if we score 350 runs in first innings, I think we will be very hard to beat. And someone will always come and do well and that’s the nature of the sport.advertisement “I am still pretty confident that we can win in Australia but it’s going to be a close series though,” Waugh said about the Test series starting December 6. Like everyone else, he praised Virat Kohli for his supreme consistency comparing him with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. “He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen. “Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth needs to find the answers, says Pullela Gopichand

first_imgAnother quarter-final loss, this time in the Hong Kong Open has put paid to Kidambi Srikanth’s chances of competing in the World tour finals. This is Srikanth’s sixth quarter-final exit this year, also a year where he failed to clinch any title.Losing to world No.1 Kento Momota five times this year is another negative trend that should disturb him. Mentor and Indian national coach Gopichand admits Srikanth’s game needs course correction. “It’s a fact that unless you don’t change something in your game, you are not going to beat someone like Mamota. It’s good that Srikanth has consistently been reaching the quarters and been beating other players. But he has to find the answers and in the coming year when we have the time we would have fixed a few things in his game which are important if you want to beat somebody like Momota,” he told India Today.Srikanth had a dream 2017 when he won four Super Series titles. But after having touched the World no.1 spot this year, his form has been patchy.READ – Srikanth bows out in quarters after losing against NishimotoIndia’s top shuttler PV Sindhu has had her own struggles losing five title finals this year. But Gopichand is not reading too much in Sindhu failing to win a title so far this year. “For us the target this year was the Asian games, the Commenwealth games and the World championships and I am happy that she has done well in all of them. Unfortunately with so many tournaments happening, we haven’t had the luxury of having group training which would be of few weeks so it’s been a struggle in that sense. But I am not really worried about her not having won this year,” he said.advertisementREAD – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV SindhuGopichand also believes the final jinx is not due to Sindhu losing the mental battle. “There have been reasons why she has lost those finals. Somebody has played better sometimes or she is tired. Those are the reasons but definitely not the mental side of it.”When she has lost to somebody, she has probably bounced back and beaten them in two weeks. I also believe it’s something to do with the person. It’s also a process of growing up. Sindhu has done well consistently, for the last 6-7 years, she has good results and has everything to be proud of. For me to focus on what she has achieved is more important and for her also to keep that perspective is very very important,” he observed.WATCH –last_img read more

MS Dhoni is Ziva’s bugs bunny in adorable video

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is currently on a break from international cricket after he was not picked for the Twenty20 International series vs Australia down under.Dhoni is known to spend all the time with his family whenever he is on a break and he’s doing exactly that. On Friday, Dhoni shared an adorable video with Ziva.Dhoni titled the video ‘Ziva’s bugs bunny’ where Ziva can be seen feeding a huge carrot to the former Indian cricket team captain.The video has no audio but Ziva’s expressions is all the cuteness one needs.Recently, Ziva had a blast at the birthday bash of her mother Sakshi, where cricketers Hardik Pandya and Robin Uthappa also made their presence felt.Ziva Dhoni won hearts on the internet with her adorable dancing at the sangeet ceremony of former Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel’s daughter Poorna Patel.Ziva, who has already proved her credentials with her singing skills, rocked the dance floor.Papa Mahi Enjoying his Bundle of Joy ?? Dance Move #poornabanisoni #MSDhoni #Sakshi #Ziva Raina Team (@dhoniraina_team) July 20, 2018Earlier this year, Ziva even found a funny way of wishing her father MS Dhoni on his birthday by singing Happy Birthday for him and adding a cheeky comment by saying, “you’re getting older”.Ziva was a constant during the Indian Premier League 2018 at the sidelines as he had fun with other cricketers and their kids and ‘cheering Mumbai Indians’.advertisementEven after Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to a third IPL trophy, Ziva Dhoni stole all the limelight with her antics.With the celebrations in full swing, Ziva was seen on the ground enjoying with Dhoni and his CSK teammates. Not just the elders, Ziva also ran around with her buddies Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh.Later Dhoni took to Instagram to post a picture of himself, Ziva and his wife Sakshi thanking people for supporting CSK and congratulating Shane Watson for his 117 not out that brought CSK’s victory.In the end of the post though, Dhoni added “Ziva doesnt care about the trophy, wants to run on the lawn.” read more