Sebastian Vettel lapped fastest for Ferrari in the final practice session of the Formula One season on Saturday with Mercedes title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fourth and fifth.Vettel, facing a winless year after three victories in 2015, set a quickest lap of one minute 40.775 seconds on the ultrasoft tyres in a hot afternoon session at the Yas Marina circuit.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was second fastest for Red Bull, 0.137 slower, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third on the timesheets.Rosberg leads team mate Hamilton by 12 points going into Sunday’s season-ending showdown, with both on nine race wins, and the German needs only to finish on the podium to secure his first championship.Hamilton, who was fastest in both Friday practice sessions, has won the last three races but knows the title battle is out of his control.Both Mercedes drivers set their quickest times earlier in the session than rivals, with the main focus on later qualifying.Hamilton reported a loss of power early on, a problem Mercedes made light of and described as just an “unexpected de-rate” of the engine.The Briton also complained that he was “constantly getting an issue” with the brakes.
Ziox Mobiles on Monday launched a new smartphone- QUIQ Flash 4G in an exclusive tie up with Shopclues.com for its sale. The smartphone is available in Black and Champagne colors and will cost Rs 4,444 to its buyers. The USP of f the smartphone is the VoLTE support along with additional support of 21 indic languages.The smartphone features 5-inch FWVGA display with Asahi Dragon-trail glass touch board, that is touted as 6 times stronger than the other regular glass. Also it makes the screen resistant to scratches and wreck in case of any accidental drop. The smartphone is supported by a 2450mAh battery.QUIQ Flash 4G is powered by a 1.3 GHZ Quad core processor which is coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.Talking about the camera, the smartphone sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash and on the front sits a 2-megapixel camera for selfies. The connectivity options on board are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, and GPS.”We are very delighted to be associated with Shopclues.com for the first product of our QUIQ series “QUIQ Flash 4G” which comes with the latest updates at a very affordable price. The association would help us take a step ahead and promote our brand exclusively in the e-tail market helping our brand rule at the online platform as well,” said Deepak Kabu, Chief Executive Officer, Ziox Mobiles at the launch.Also Read: Google Pixel 2 to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, tough fight for Xiaomi Mi 6, OnePlus 5advertisementSpeaking on the partnership with Ziox Mobiles, Nitin Kochhar, vice president, ShopClues said, “The All new Ziox QUIQ Flash 4G comes enabled with 4G VoLTE/ ViLTE & 8GB of internal storage to provide immersive entertainment experience to its customers. It is also equipped with the ground-breaking DragonTrail Tough Glass feature, which is a first in this budget segment. It also comes with a 5-inch display, is user-friendly and an absolute value for money, a promise that ShopClues has time and again delivered on, through its products. We are certain that ShopClues customers are going to be delighted with the easy accessibility that we’ve provided to them for this outstanding line of devices.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will hope for a turnaround in fortunes with the return of their skipper Virat Kohli, who has been declared match fit, when they take on a confident Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday. (Virat Kohli declared fit, will be available for Mumbai Indians clash on Friday)The Delhi batsman was declared fit on Thursday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) medical team and will look to boosting the confidence of RCB, who have lost two out of the three matches that they have played so far in his absence. (Kohli takes part in fielding drills)In Kohli’s absence, South African AB de Villiers made his presence felt in the previous game against Kings XI Punjab, when he smashed his way to an unbeaten 89 off just 46 balls to help RCB post a respectable 148-4 on his comeback after recovering from an injury. (Virat Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers)But his single-handed effort failed to take the team home as RCB went down by eight wickets. With the likes of Chris Gayle and Shane Watson failing to fire, Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav was the lone consistent performer in the opening games. (Virat Kohli is the best player in the world: AB de Villiers)Among the bowlers, seamer Billy Stanlake and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi have been among the wickets. (RCB slip to four-year low in Kohli’s absence)advertisementOn the other hand, back from two consecutive home victories, third-placed Mumbai will be eager to get an away victory in the early stages of the tournament.After the narrow win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday, the Rohit Sharma-led side dominated with both bat and ball to defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets on Wednesday. (Kohli is back for RCB and De Villiers is a happy man)Mumbai will, however, be a bit worried with the form of Rohit and West Indian Keiron Pollard, who have so far failed to get a good score in the tournament.The top order has been among runs with openers Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler giving Mumbai good starts. In the middle order, youngster Nitish Rana stood out with scores of 34, 50, 45 in the last three matches.All-rounder Hardik Pandya delivered in the first two matches with the bat while brother Krunal was in business with the ball against KKR and Hyderabad.In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan were among wickets in the last match.Teams:Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav (WK), Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Iqbal Abdulla, Samuel Badree, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Parthiv Patel (WK), Kieron Pollard, Tim Southee, Jos Buttler (WK), Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya.
Tomas Berdych became the latest seeded player to exit the Stuttgart Open on Friday as Spaniard Feliciano Lopez edged past the Czech third seed 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4 to reach the last four.The world number 14, who has reached only one final this year, joined top seeds Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov on the sidelines.Spaniard Lopez, ranked 33rd in the world, will face in-form Mischa Zverev on the quick grass court after he beat 39-year-old veteran Tommy Haas 6-4 6-4.The 35-year-old Lopez bounced back from the first set tiebreak loss to Berdych and saved several break points on his own serve early in the third set.Lopez earned his only break with a superb crosscourt passing shot to go 4-3 up and keep his advantage until the end.The other semi-final will be an all-French clash between world number 16 Lucas Pouille and Benoit Paire, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori will miss the rest of the 2017 season after tearing a tendon in his right wrist, his manager said on Wednesday.The 27-year-old world number nine becomes the latest of a clutch of high-ranked players to take time out from the sport due to injury.Fourth-ranked Stan Wawrinka and number five Novak Djokovic have in recent weeks called a halt to their seasons to recover from knee and elbow injuries respectively.Nishikori was scheduled to play at this week’s Cincinnati Masters, a warm-up event for the U.S. Open, but withdrew when he felt a sharp pain in his wrist during practice on Sunday.”Kei hit a serve and heard a ‘pop’ in his wrist,” his manager said in a statement. “It has become clear that Kei has a tear in one of the tendons in the right wrist.”At this stage, we have elected not to do surgery and Kei is in a cast. After the swelling comes down in the next weeks, we will evaluate next steps. Kei will withdraw from all the 2017 tournaments and work hard to be ready for next year.”The Japanese reached his only grand slam final at the U.S. Open in 2014, losing to Croatia’s Marin Cilic.Injury worries have also forced four other top-ten players – Cilic (adductor), Roger Federer (back), Andy Murray (hip) and Milos Raonic (wrist) – to miss Cincinnati.
Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia has withdrawn from the tournament with an injured right hand, organisers said on Friday.The 33-year-old world number 43 has not competed since her fourth round loss at the French Open to Latvia’s eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko in June.Stosur, who won her lone grand slam title at the 2011 U.S. Open when she upset Serena Williams in straight sets, suffered the stress fracture in her hand during a third round clash with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands at Roland Garros.Stosur’s withdrawal has opened up a place for Germany’s Annika Beck in the main draw at the year’s final grand slam, to be played from August 28-September 10 in New York.
A temporary vice-captain for the England team will be appointed before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, confirmed captain Joe Root.Ben Stokes, the Test vice-captain, is missing the Ashes tour.The Test is slated to be held at the Gabba from November 23, following wild street brawl incident in Bristol last month which allegedly inflicted bodily harm on a man.Alastair Cook, Root’s predecessor as captain and Stuart Broad, England’s T20 captain for brief time, are believed to be the frontrunners of the deputy captain role.Captain Root said the appointment of vice-captain will be done before the Gabba series after discussions with the team management.”Over next few days, myself and the management will have a chat and it will be sorted by the First Test,” Root was quoted, as saying by the Independent over vice-captaincy.”I don’t think it makes a massive difference to me on the field. I have some senior players around me who have been fantastic throughout the summer,” the right-handed batsman added.England, however, have suffered two injury blows prior to their first warm-up match, ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, with paceman Steven Finn and all-rounder Moeen Ali all set to undergo scans.Despite the setback, Root has asked his team to be ruthless right from the start of this Ashes tour.”We want to be as ruthless as we can and start the tour as we mean to go on,” he said.As of August 2015, England holds the Ashes, having won three of the five Tests in the 2015 Ashes series.advertisementAustralia and England have won 32 series each and five series have been drawn.
After a couple of outstanding years at home, India are all set to begin a tough 18 months on overseas tours starting with the Test series in South Africa.For the next 56 days India will take on the Proteas in a series of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is.The No. 1 Test team in the world will now have a big point to prove as experts have been saying all along that India will have to replicate their home success when they travel to places like South Africa, Australia and England.India have never won a series in South Africa but rest assured the current team under Virat Kohli is probably the strongest to travel abroad in recent years and has a big opportunity to come home with a series win under their belt.Coach Ravi Shastri told India Today that the next 18 months will define Indian cricket. Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane also agreed that the upcoming series will be a big challenge for them but they are well set and ready for whatever comes their way in South Africa.”Definitely it’s a very big series for all of us and I think playing in South Africa against them is always a challenge. We’ve been there last time (in 2013-14) and I think this time will be completely different. This team is doing really well, combination is really well, so, we all are sure that this time we will do well… But again, playing against them, a quality attack, quality batsmen is always a challenge but when you do well against a side like this your confidence actually goes high,” Rahane told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.advertisementWATCH FULL INTERVIEWRahane has been under a bit of pressure lately having scored just 17 runs in the three Tests against Sri Lanka. But the 29-year-old has been one of the best Indian batsmen on overseas tours and he is unfazed by all the criticism he has been receiving so far.”I accept challenges in a positive way and that actually motivates me to do well. If you see I got 96 last time in Durban and that was my first series, first tour abroad and I was really motivated, really inspired to do well there. Playing against dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Philander and this time Rabada…I mean it’ll be a great challenge. I always feel that if you do well in those conditions, your confidence actually goes high and before going there I prepared myself well; preparation was the key going to South Africa, Australia, England and New Zealand.”Well, this time if you see our attack, everything is set, everyone is doing really well but personally I feel I am sure I am confident that this time I will do much better what I did last time.”The last time India toured South Africa in 2013-14 they drew the first match and lost the second by 10 wickets with Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Rahane emerging as the top-three scorers in the two Tests.Which is why Rahane feels that having already faced the likes of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander in their own den will help the batsmen this time around as well.”Going back a second time really helps….because you know the conditions, you know how the wicket behaves, what are the important shots you can play. As a middle order batsman you know that how much time you actually have to take in the middle and especially playing in Cape Town, Jo’burg…I mean we know the wickets over there. If you give yourself time and once you are set its a true wicket to bat on, you can play your shots and I actually love pace and bounce and I can enjoy my shots over there.”Skipper Kohli wasn’t too happy with the preparation time that his players got before the South Africa series but Rahane reckons 10 days is good enough time to get ready for the rigours of an overseas tour.”We get 7-10 days to prepare ourselves I feel it’s very good. Tentatively if we get more than 10 days to prepare yourself for the overseas series, it’s a very good time so that you can get used to the conditions, get used to the weather. And I think getting used to the wickets over there it’s a challenge because when we play in India the conditions are completely different and when we go abroad the weather, conditions, wicket conditions are completely different, so, if we practice, like if we get 5-6 open net sessions or 5-6 normal net sessions we are actually ready for the Test series,” Rahane concluded.advertisement
Rajneesh Gurbani ended a 45-year-old drought on Saturday by claiming his maiden hat-trick on Day 2 of the Ranji Trophy final between Vidarbha and Delhi at Indore.Right-arm medium pacer Gurbani is only the second bowler after Tamil Nadu’s B Kalyanasundaram to take three wickets of successive deliveries as Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295.Kalyanasundaram had achieved the feat against Bombay in the 1972-73 season but still ended up on the losing side.Gurbani first removed Navdeep Saini with the final ball of the 101st over and then came back to dismiss centurion Dhruv Shorey and tail-ender Kulwant Khejroliya first the first two balls of the 103rd over to wrap up Delhi’s first innings.He is also the third bowler to take a hat-trick for Vidarbha after Pritam Gadhe, who’s done it twice in 1993/94 and 2008/09 seasons, and Umesh Yadav (2015/16 season).The 24-year-old has just carried on from where he left in the previous match against Karnataka in which he starred with a 12-wicket haul.Gurbani got 4 for 94 in the first innings and 7 for 68 in the second as Vidarbha beat Karnataka by 5 runs to book their maiden berth in the final.”The advantage that I find in my bowling is that I get swing, so I just want to put the ball in the right areas. If I do that I know the ball will swing the way I want, and I try to keep it as near to the stump (on the off-stump and fourth stump) as I can,” Gurbani told bcci.tv after the semi-final win.advertisementReflecting on his maiden ten-wicket haul and Vidarbha’s dream season, Gurbani said “It is a dream come true. I always wanted to take a ten-wicket haul in a match. I didn’t know it would come in a semi-final match at such a crucial moment. When I took the ten-wicket haul I wasn’t aware of it. I wasn’t thinking about the number of wickets I was taking. All I wanted was to take wickets and hope that my team would win.”When we started the season, we were focused on winning the trophy our focus was on becoming champions and nothing else. When we face a problem, we are always together as a team. And from the first match we have been following a particular routine and that has also helped us carry the momentum,” he said while looking back on the season so far.Earlier, Shorey roared back to form with a stylish century to revive Delhi and steer his side to 271/6 at stumps on the first day after they were put into bat.Shorey, who had earlier scored three fifties in Delhi’s Ranji Trophy campaign this season, was not out on 123 off 256 balls as the two teams shared the honours.The 25-year-old, who walked into bat in the very first over of the match following Kunal Chandela’s dismissal, survived testing opening spells by the Vidarbha seamers before opening up himself at the Holkar Stadium.Shorey added 105 runs for the fifth wicket with Himmat Singh, who produced a fluent 66 off 72 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixes.
Aniket Jadhav scored a brace as Indian Arrows outclassed Chennai City FC 3-0 to clinch victory in the I-League encounter at the GMC Bambolim Athletic stadium here on Wednesday.Aniket Jadhav (20th, 58th minute) and a 90th minute goal by Boris Singh set the tone for a resounding victory for the youngsters to stun Chennai City FC.After a slow start, Arrows switched into their attacking gear and came close in the 13th minute.The move came down the left channel which saw Edmund Lalrindika clipping the ball into the box for the onrushing Suresh Singh but the midfielder could not connect with it.Chennai City had a few opportunities of their own. One such move saw Jean Michael Joachim work his way into the penalty box only to balloon his shot over the bar.But the Arrows stunned Chennai City in the 20th minute. After passing the ball out from the defence, right-back Boris Singh threaded a defence-scathing pass to Rahul KP who was operating on the right flank.Rahul aimed a cross into the box and Aniket Jadhav got on the end of the cross just outside the box. The forward made space for himself with a touch and curled a pile-driver into the far corner.After falling behind, Chennai City tried to get back into the game but they were let down by poor finishing especially by Joachim and Lucky Kelechukwa.Arrows striker Edmund was brilliant up front and nearly scored on two occasions. The forward saw one lobbed shot miss the far corner by inches and a swerving shot from outside the box hit the post.advertisementThe defensive organisation of the Indian Arrows was evident as they kept their shape and goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh hardly had any saves to make.Chennai City’s best chances came through set-pieces but poor finishing kept letting them down.The score at half-time was 1-0 in favour of the Indian Arrows.After the changeover, Arrows stunned Chennai again as they doubled their advantage in the 58th minute. Edmund raced down the byline and dragged the defenders and goalkeeper out before poking the ball into the box.With an open goal in front of him, Aniket raced towards the ball and steered it into the net to score his second of the game.Eight minutes later, Chennai substitute Gurpreet Singh hit the crossbar from a free-kick and Chennai City had a few half chances.As the game was winding down, Boris Singh piled on the misery on a jaded Chennai City with a 90th-minute goal as he strolled into the box and steered the ball.
A sublime hat-trick by Spanish striker Ferran Corominas lifted FC Goa to a 4-3 victory over Bengaluru FC in a thrilling Indian Super League (ISL) season four encounter at the Fatorda Stadium here on Thursday.FC Goa opened the scoring through Ferran Corominas in the 16th minute.The Spanish forward latched on to the loose ball around the centre circle before dribbling past the Bengaluru FC defensive line to slot the ball into the back of the net.The goal evoked a quick response from the visitors.Just five minutes later, a lofted ball through by Erik Paartalu found Miku inside the box. The midfielder drilled his shot past goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani to level the scoreline.Sergio Lobera’s men regained the lead at the half-hour mark.Manuel Lanzarote floated deep ball from a free kick, found Bruno Pinheiro, who headed it down for Corominas to do the rest.Then, Bengaluru FC suffered a double whammy in the 36th minute that completely changed the complexion of the game.Some sloppy passing deep inside their own half forced Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh into making a challenge at Lanzarote which he managed well.But his violent reaction afterward earned him red card and Goa were awarded a penalty.Lanzarote picked himself up to double the advantage from the spot for FC Goa.Two goals down and a man short, Bengaluru FC looked done and dusted at this stage.But Albert Roca’s men staged a quick comeback in the second-half.Paartalu’s thumping header from a corner in 57th minute cut down Goa’s lead to just one. Three minutes later, Bengaluru were back on level terms.advertisementThis time, it was Spanish midfielder Miku’s turn to bamboozle FC Goa’s defense before finishing off with a Messi like chip over the goalkeeper.However, Bengaluru FC’s fairytale comeback story was cut short by Corominas.In the 63rd minute, Lanzarote again turned provider. His well-weighted through ball put the forward one on one with Bengaluru’s replacement goalkeeper Abhra Mondal to seal all three points for the home side.
NEW YORK — Jose Bautista decided it was time to take charge, not with his bat but with his feet.The Toronto slugger stole second base without a throw with two outs in the ninth inning and scored when Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single, lifting the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-4 on July 27th for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years.“I just took a chance and said I’m going to try and take a hop step when he comes set, and if he doesn’t fake, I’m going to run,” said Bautista, who chose to run on his own against David Robertson. “He went to the plate, and I had the easiest stolen base. I got in scoring position early in the at-bat for Dioner.”Robertson (1-3) blamed himself for letting Bautista run just ahead of Navarro’s liner to center field. “I just let him slip. I didn’t think he’d be going, Robertson said. “I just didn’t have my sharp stuff.”After snapping a 17-game skid at Yankee Stadium on July 26th, Toronto did not relent in the humidity even when it wasted three leads.The Blue Jays won for the seventh time in 10 games following the All-Star break — the same record as the Yankees. But their first series win in New York against the AL East rival since Aug. 27-29, 2012, sent Toronto to Boston with a one-game lead over the Yankees for the second AL wild card.“Within our team, it’s more of a statement that we won’t accept losing to anybody, because we are known as a team that doesn’t give up and always battles and tries to come back from any game that we’re in,” Bautista said.Aaron Sanchez (1-0) gave up Carlos Beltran’s tying RBI hit in the eighth. Munenori Kawasaki had put Toronto ahead with a sacrifice fly that followed Dellin Betances’ two-base error on a pickoff attempt.“My cleat got stuck,” Betances said. “As soon as that happened I had a feeling I was going to throw it away.”Juan Francisco homered off Shane Greene leading off the fifth to put Toronto up 2-0. But Chase Headley hit his first homer with the Yankees, a drive off J.A. Happ, and two pitches later Francisco Cervelli hit his first homer in 15 months to tie it in the sixth.Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 16th save.Derek Jeter made two nice stops at shortstop and Brendan Ryan, a shortstop playing second base, also flashed some impressive leather while playing in Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s spot. The injured star was on the East Coast for a second opinion on his hip flexor from a doctor in Philadelphia.Bautista had a run-scoring grounder to first base after Jose Reyes led off the game with a single and Melky Cabrera doubled. Francisco led off the fifth with a drive into the second deck in right field for a 2-0 lead.But Happ gave it all back in a three-pitch span in the bottom half. First, Headley hit a drive deep to left. With a 1-0 count, Cervelli sent a shot to right-center that glanced off a leaping Cabrera’s glove and hit the top of the right-field wall. Cervelli hadn’t homered since April 25, 2013, a span of 65 at-bats.Colby Rasmus put Toronto back up with a double to left-center in the sixth, chasing Greene after 5 1-3 innings. “I got to have a short memory, but that one hurt,” Greene said of the pitch to Rasmus.Greene allowed eight hits and three runs in his second straight difficult outing after beginning his career as a starter with two outstanding outings.Brian McCann evened it when he beat out a hit to Kawasaki, the second baseman who was playing in right field as part of a shift.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TORONTO — The Raptors gave All-Star guard Kyle Lowry the day off against the NBA’s worst team, and wound up winning easily.That’s not how it happened the last time Toronto faced the New York Knicks.DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Tyler Hansbrough added a season-high 18 and the Raptors won for the third time in four games, beating the Knicks 106-89 on March 22.Lowry, who dressed but did not play in a March 20 loss at Chicago, was inactive after hurting his back in a fall against Minnesota March 18. Greivis Vasquez made his second straight start in Lowry’s place.“That’s our point guard, one of the leaders on this team,” DeRozan said of his absent teammate. “It’s definitely tough when you know you don’t have him out there. That’s when everybody else has to step up and do a little bit more to help us win.”Hansbrough certainly did, going 7 of 8 from the field and 4-of-5 at the free throw line. “Just his intensity, his activity, his energy, got us going,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.Lowry also sat when the Raptors visited New York on Feb. 28, but the Atlantic Division leaders couldn’t beat the Knicks that night, losing 103-98. DeRozan didn’t need to be reminded.“That was another focus point that we had to key in on,” DeRozan said of Toronto’s search for vengeance. “We’ve got to use stuff like that to motivate us and keep us focused even more.”Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 13 points and Vasquez had 12 as Toronto improved to 11-2 against Atlantic Division opponents.Lance Thomas scored a career-high 24 points and former Raptor Andrea Bargnani had 16 for the Knicks, who dropped their third straight and lost for the 10th time in 12 games.“Lance was aggressive at the right times,” New York coach Derek Fisher said.New York guard Alexey Shved, who came in averaging 22 points in his previous three games, bruised his ribs in a collision with Toronto’s James Johnson in the first half and was unable to return. He finished with nine points in 17 minutes.The Knicks also lost rookie Travis Wear to a sore back in the fourth. “As we were losing bodies and also playing from behind all afternoon, it was just a tough go,” Fisher said.Leading 78-72, Toronto put the game away with a 12-0 run early in the final quarter. Terrence Ross started it with a three-point play, Hansbrough made a pair of free throws, Williams hit a floater before adding three from the line, and Johnson capped the spurt with a reverse layup.DeRozan scored 10 points in the first, including a pair of one-handed dunks, as the Raptors led 27-23.Hansbrough scored nine points as Toronto pulled away with a 20-8 spurt to begin the second. DeRozan’s only basket of the quarter was a buzzer-beating jump shot that gave the Raptors a 56-41 lead at halftime.Thomas scored nine points in the third, five of them during a 9-2 run to begin the quarter, as New York brought the deficit back to single digits. The Knicks trailed 74-66 heading to the fourth.(IAN HARRISON) TweetPinShare0 Shares
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Across his stellar managerial career, Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League twice, captured 19 other major trophies and coached perhaps the greatest ever club team in Barcelona’s class of 2009-11.It was surprising then that the Manchester City coach thought a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday represented “one of happiest days of my career.”City’s players, Guardiola revealed, had been moping around the training ground — “they were so, so sad” — since the team’s Champions League elimination by Monaco on Wednesday, and were now facing a direct rival for the top four that specializes in winning heavyweight Premier League games.When Liverpool took the lead through James Milner’s penalty in the 51st minute, City’s resolve was tested again. That his players managed to come out of the game with a point, through Sergio Aguero’s 69th-minute goal, gave Guardiola a special feeling.“It is one of the days I am proud of the most,” an animated Guardiola said.His Liverpool counterpart, Juergen Klopp, felt Guardiola was caught up in the moment — “He is Spanish, They are a little bit more emotional than Germans” — but perhaps it was understandable after the riveting fare that the two teams had just served up.Aided by some weak defending, there were chances galore at Etihad Stadium and it came as a surprise that only two goals were scored.A penalty was always likely in this game — played on a slick surface after pre-match rain — because of the last-ditch defending on show. In the first half alone, there was Nicolas Otamendi’s pull on Sadio Mane as the Liverpool forward ran clean on goal, Milner’s clip on the ankle of Raheem Sterling as the City winger looked set for a tap-in, and Ragnar Klavan’s apparent tug on Aguero in the same move.All three were 50-50 calls and not given but City defender Gael Clichy’s foul on Roberto Firmino was clear, with the left back having previously lost his man by slipping over. Milner, a former City player who had been jeered by sections of the home crowd in the first half, sent Willy Caballero the wrong way from the spot for his seventh successful penalty of the season.City’s equalizer was slickly executed, with Kevin De Bruyne delivering a teasing low cross from the right that Aguero tucked home from just outside the six-yard box. Aguero has scored in all five homes games against Liverpool in the Premier League.In an end-to-end final 20 minutes, De Bruyne struck a shot against the post, Adam Lallana kicked fresh air from close range with the goal at his mercy, and Sterling missed a one-on-one chance.Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range.A draw was probably a fair result in the end, keeping the teams in the last two Champions League qualifying places. Chelsea is seemingly running away with the title, so the objective for City and Liverpool is to finish in the top four.Liverpool kept up its excellent record against its rivals in the top six this season, with Klopp’s team winning five and drawing five from 10 games. How the Reds regret slipping up so often against the league’s lower-placed side.“There is one outstanding, consistent side this year and they will be champions probably,” Klopp said. “The rest fight with all they have for the Champions League.”Fourth-placed Liverpool is four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, having played two games more.The race for Champions League qualification is going down to the wire. MANCHESTER, England (AP) — With their top strikers absent, there were concerns that Manchester United and Tottenham could stumble in their push for Champions League qualification from the English Premier League.No need to worry.United defied the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic — and fatigue because of its hectic fixture schedule — to beat relegation-threatened Middlesbrough 3-1 away in a match that ended with player bust-ups on and off the field.Tottenham has lost top scorer Harry Kane for up to five weeks because of injury and the team’s attacking midfielders stepped up to fill the void, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli scoring in a 2-1 win over Southampton. It was Spurs’ 10th straight victory at home in the league.With Manchester City and Liverpool drawing 1-1 in an end-to-end game of numerous chances at Etihad Stadium, the race to finish in the top four behind likely champion Chelsea is too close to call.Tottenham is in second place, 10 points behind Chelsea and two points ahead of City. Liverpool is a point further back in fourth and four clear of fifth-placed United, which has two games in hand.United has finished each of the last 19 weeks in sixth place in the Premier League, but finally climbed a spot with its win at the Riverside Stadium. Arsenal, which lost 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, has slipped to sixth place.Here’s a closer look at Sunday’s three games:___MIDDLESBROUGH 1, MANCHESTER UNITED 3There were two noteworthy goals from United — Jesse Lingard’s spectacular 25-meter strike and Antonio Valencia’s injury-time walk-in after a slip from Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes — but they were overshadowed by bust-ups on and off the field around the final whistle.In stoppage time, just before Valencia settled the result, tempers flared when Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and United’s Eric Bailly grappled with each other. Players from both teams piled in. The pushing and shoving continued in the tunnel after the match, with Bailly and teammate Ashley Young looking particularly aggrieved.Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring for United, which won despite Jose Mourinho fielding a weakened team missing Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and playing after competing in the Europa League on Thursday night.After weeks of chasing, the top four is suddenly in sight for United, although Mourinho said he would prefer to secure Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League.“The Europa League gives us the same, gives us Champions League football, but gives us a trophy, gives us prestige, gives us a European Super Cup,” Mourinho said.___TOTTENHAM 2, SOUTHAMPTON 1Son Heung-min started up front in place of Kane but it was Eriksen and Alli who delivered.Eriksen drove home the opening goal from the edge of the area in the 14th minute and Alli converted a penalty in the 33rd after he tumbled under Steven Davis’ challenge following a series of poor clearances by Southampton.James Ward-Prowse celebrated his call-up to the England squad with a 52nd-minute reply for Southampton. 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Ducati India today announced the launch of Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S in India at an introductory price of Rs 15,99,000 and Rs 18,06,000 respectively. The Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S offer a top of the line sport touring experience, according to Ducati.The Multistrada 1260 gets clean surfaces, taut lines and contrasting front and rear visual mass – and brings them to a qualitative finish. The new Multistrada 1260 gets an optimum balance of weight and performance, ergonomic practical switchgear and a thoroughly revised interface.With its increased displacement, now 1262 cc, the Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine sits higher for rideability and performance. The Euro 4 approved engine offers peak torque output in its class at 4,000 rpm, i.e. in the most frequently used rpm range – with 85 per cent of the torque available under 3,500 rpm, delivery at 5,500 rpm is 18 per cent higher compared to the predecessor model. Ducati says everything on the Multistrada 1260 has been designed for practicality and effectiveness. The DVT system has been recalibrated to maximize low-to-mid range torque delivery, bringing maximum output to 158 hp at 9,750 rpm and maximum torque to 13.2 kgm at 7,500 rpm.Power delivery is made easy by the new Ride-by-Wire system ensuring smoother throttle control significantly improving the riding experience offered by the DQS (Ducati Quick Shift) Up & Down. The updated chassis, with a longer swinging arm and wheelbase and revised geometry up front, makes for sharper handling in curves and ensures full stability even when riding two-up at full load with the side panniers.The Multistrada 1260 gets an upright riding position and multiple riding modes. The S version gets five Y-spoke wheels with full LED headlights with Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) functionality, this activates in curves to give optimal illumination of the road surface based on the lean angle. It also sports a Bluetooth module as a standard – this activates the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and can connect the bike to a smartphone for user-friendly control of basic functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages, or playing music via the handlebar controls.The Multistrada 1260 range is geared with various electronic features like Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Cruise Control, Backlit handlebar switches, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) amongst others, setting a benchmark in motorcycle electronics. Multistrada 1260 also comes with a new Hands-Free system for enhanced security. The maintenance interval has been extended to every 30,000 km with “Desmo Service” and oil change at every 15,000 km ensuring the rider can go on longer biking trips without worrying about maintenance.Bookings for the Multistrada 1260 and Multistrada 1260 S are now open, and deliveries will start by end of June 2018 across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata & Chennai.advertisementHere are pictures from the launch.
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya chilled out together in scenic Dublin a day after India’s emphatic victory over Ireland in the first of a two-match T20I series.On Wednesday, Rohit Sharma smashed 94 while Kuldeep Yadav snared his career-best figures of 4/21 as India decimated Ireland by 76 runs. Shikhar Dhawan (74) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/38) also stood out with some impressive performances.After the final T20I vs the Irish on Friday, India will head over to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests.However, before the challenge of the England tour, Kohli, Pandya, Rahul and Manish Pandey took some time off to enjoy the sights of Dublin. The cricket superstars love to travel and take whatever chances they get to explore new places overseas.Beautiful day in Sunny Dublin. pic.twitter.com/fAGkBtLfcmVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 28, 2018On their tour of South Africa, several Indian players enjoyed safaris and went to the beach. This is a luxury none of India’s cricketers can afford in India. Given their stardom and maniacal fan frenzy, thousands throng malls, restaurants and any place where the likes of Kohli, Pandya, Rahul or MS Dhoni go to.India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli and Co. eye T20I series sweep vs IrelandIn fact, Kohli had to travel overseas and get married to Anushka Sharma in Tuscany to avoid the constant scrutiny in their personal lives.Recently, in an interview with India Today, Kohli said he could not relate to the fan frenzy in India despite 10 years as a top-flight cricketer.”I still can’t connect to it whether I do well or don’t do well. I go to four years before this where I was and where I come from and I still get uncomfortable when so much attention comes my way. As cricketers, people say a certain line we should not cross, it applies to people who do not admire you as well. So I feel sometimes there are two extremes,” he said.Meanwhile, it is certain that Rahul, who enjoyed a spectacular IPL season with Kings XI Punjab is certain to play on Friday. Soon after wrapping up an easy win over Ireland, Kohli said all the players will get a game in Ireland. It is also likely that the Indian team will continue with their experiments in the T20I series against England.advertisement
After a shaky start to their World Cup 2018 campaign, Brazil have recovered impressively as they registered convincing 2-0 win over Mexico to cruise into the quarter-finals.Their impressive run, however, has been overshadowed by the debate over Neymar’s play acting.And now a Swiss TV station has come up with the minutes the forward has spent down on the ground. According to RT Sport, the PSG striker has 14 minutes on the deck throughout the World Cup.According to the report, Neymar was down for five minutes and 29 seconds total in the match against Mexcio. The biggest interruption in the match came in the 72nd minute when he writhed about after Mexican Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.The incident was clearly meant to wind Neymar up, and Layun was lucky to escape punishment.But he didn’t look to have put pressure on Neymar’s leg, and the player’s delayed and exaggerated response was the subject of heated debate, especially coming after similarly petulant displays in earlier matches.Even fans who appreciate Neymar’s unquestionable brilliance have been turned off by the antics of a player who too often comes across as spoilt and immature.Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 2, 2018pic.twitter.com/s3J9Fc62R1Imara 5 (@Ferrari_SEB5) July 5, 2018Im sure he can triple that amount in the remaining games. What a blight on the record of an otherwise talented player.Robert E Baillie (@RobertEBaillie2) July 5, 2018All sorted !! pic.twitter.com/1cdCMazBemadvertisementPaul Darley (@13darlo) July 5, 2018After he dived in a bid to win a penalty against Costa Rica in Brazil’s second match, Tostao, a striker in the legendary 1970 World Cup-winning side, encouraged coach Tite to have a heart-to-heart with the player and “demand that he stop with the fits, the complaining, the arguing and the faking.”The opprobrium heaped on the 26-year old has prompted a counter-reaction from fans, who, with some justification, believe Neymar is more sinned against than sinner.You should be protecting him instead of criticizing him, he’s the most fouled…GHEORGHE NAVIT (@navit1) July 5, 2018Such a haters hahahaha….Neymar is freaking awesomeDaniela Rocha (@danibignati) July 5, 2018He has been fouled 23 times so far in the tournament, more than Uruguayan duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined.Meanwhile, Brazil coach Tite has defended his player over the criticism.”I’ve already talked about Neymar and I’ve been very specific about what happened,” Tite said. “You should look at the videos. All you have to do is look at the images.””What makes me happy is to have him playing at his best. It’s not just with the ball, it’s not just dribbling. There are actions, there are transitions, defensive transitions and if you look, you see how much he has contributed.”The former Barcelona player will be back on the pitch on Friday as Brazil will take on Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Kejriwal says LG not ready to give up services department, trains gun at PM Modi Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has refused to hand over the control over the services department to the Aam Aadmi Party government.Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail for corruptionPakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in connection with the Avenfield corruption case.Soorma: Diljit Dosanjh never played any sport till Sandeep Singh biopicAfter Sanju, audiences will be treated to another biopic, Soorma (July 13), though this one is of a real-life hero in hockey player Sandeep Singh. Directed by Shaad Ali (Saathiya), the film documents his life with emphasis on the most turbulent episode in his life – Singh was accidentally shot in the back while travelling in train in 2006 and was wheelchair bound for almost two years.India in England: Shardul Thakur replaces injured Jasprit Bumrah for ODIsPacer Shardul Thakur has been named as a replacement for injured fast bowler Japsrit Bumrah for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England, the BCCI announced on Friday.
Rishabh Pant continued his impressive form with the bat in England as he hit another fifty during India A’s second innings against England Lions in the only unofficial Test at Worcester.India A lost the match by a huge margin of 253 runs but Pant and Ajinkya Rahane’s form will provide some relief for the Indian team, which included the duo in their Test squad for the first three matches against England.Pant, who was unbeaten on 37 at stumps on Day 2 of the match against England Lions, received the call up on Wednesday before the start if third day’s play. He has been included as the backup wicket-keeper in India’s Test squad. The left-hander then completed his fifty before getting clean bowled for 58 off a Chris Woakes delivery.In the second innings, he followed it up with a 71-ball 61 and was the only batsman in the India A team to score a fifty in the second innings as the visitors were bowled out for 167 on the last day of the Test while chasing 421.Pant’s good run of form should boost the chances of him getting a match in the upcoming series. However, the chances of that are pretty slim as Dinesh Karthik, who replaced the injured Wriddhiman Saha for the one-off Test against Afghanistan, is likely to play ahead of Pant.The 20-year-old was in destructive form in the Indian Premier League, hitting 684 runs from 14 matches at an average of 52.61. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman slammed one century and five half-centuries for Delhi Daredevils in this year’s IPL. On the back of it, Pant was selected for India A’s tour of England as well.advertisementAnd so far, he has hit four half-centuries and has performed decently behind the stumps as well. Pant has 17 dismissals in eight matches including 16 catches and one stumping so far and is perfectly acclimatised to the English conditions as well as he arrived early in June for India A’s tour.Other than Pant, Rahane’s form will also be a positive for Kohli and Co. The Team India vice-captain didn’t get big scores but dug in there and played two gritty innings in the only Test. He scored a 137-ball 49 in the first innings and got 48 off 70 balls in the second essay. Rahane’s stay of 316 minutes at the crease from both the innings combined, will give him loads of confidence going into the Test series against England.However, Murali Vijay’s form may worry the team and can well tempt them to start with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan as the openers in the first Test. The Tamil Nadu opener only mustered scores of 8 and 0 from the two innings against the England Lions attack that boasted of bowlers like Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Matthew Fisher, Jamie Porter and Jack Leach.The trio of Pant, Rahane and Vijay will now join the senior squad and train with theam ahead of the first Test, which starts from August 1. Following that, the next four Tests will be played at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).India squad for first three Tests vs England:Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.
India take on England in a must-win third Test in Trent Bridge starting August 18. India suffered defeats in the first two Tests to go 0-2 down in the five-match series and only a victory will keep Virat Kohli-led team’s chances alive in the contest.India made a stunning comeback in 2015 in Sri Lanka where they bounced back to win the series 2-1 after losing the first Test. India also produced a stellar performance to salvage pride in South Africa by winning the third and final Test of the series earlier this year.The visitors are expected to make a few changes in their playing XI after being outplayed by hosts England in the Edgbaston and Lord’s Tests. India lost the series opener in Edgbaston by 31 runs but suffered a crushing innings and 159-run defeat at Lord’s.Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will be aiming to get the team combination right having bungled at the Lord’s.As a result, India will play their 38th combination in as many matches that skipper Kohli had led.Also read – Time for Rishabh Pant to make Test debut after Dinesh Karthik’s failures?PANT TO MAKE DEBUT? Rishabh Pant scored three half-centuries in the two first-class matches against England Lions last month. (Reuters Photo)The most-awaited change will be 20-year-old Rishabh Pant’s imminent Test debut replacing a woefully out-of-form Dinesh Karthik, who might well have played his last international game in the longest format.With scores of 0, 20, 1 and 0 in four innings coupled with shoddy glovework meant that Karthik was seen giving catching practice to Pant, who also spent considerable time batting at the nets.advertisementREAD – Now or never for Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant can wait: Gautam GambhirBeing hailed as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s successor, Pant’s entry into the squad happened after three half-centuries in the two first-class matches against England Lions last month.Despite a triple hundred and a healthy first-class average of 54 plus, it will still be baptism by fire for the Roorkee-born youngster. He will be facing James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes.KOHLI, BUMRAH FITIt is the impact of the last defeat in swing-friendly conditions across just over six sessions that is still hurting the Indian camp. Throughout the week, they have been left picking up the pieces, mostly in terms of re-evaluating fitness of their key players.In that aspect at least, there is some good news. Jasprit Bumrah is fit again; Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya have recovered completely from their hand injuries suffered while batting at Lord’s, and skipper Kohli has more or less recovered from his back problems.Also read – Excited to have Jasprit Bumrah back for Trent Bridge Test: Virat KohliKohli’s condition seemed to have improved a lot and as he had maintained, he will be out there at the toss alongside Joe Root.This is where the hard part begins for India. Having admitted their mistake in picking two spinners for the Lord’s Test, it is about time skipper Kohli and coach Shastri hit upon the optimal team combination.Nevertheless, there are bound to be changes in the playing eleven for some vital members of the squad are now seemingly bereft of confidence.READ – India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test seriesMurali Vijay, for example, has scored only 128 runs in 10 overseas Test innings against South Africa and England. An average of 12.8 is tough to ignore, but for a batsman of his calibre, the team management could still afford another chance given that India need to win this game.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winAt the same time however, it brings Shikhar Dhawan back into contention. He averages 17.75 against South Africa and England in two Tests this year, and his overall average in England is 20.12 (four Tests). In these two instances, he has scored at a strike-rate of 68.93 and 57.29, respectively, which could once again go in his favour.Thus, there is every chance that India could opt for their third different opening pairing of Dhawan and KL Rahul in as many Tests, the middle order will be untouched. Especially with Kohli regaining fitness, Karun Nair still isn’t seen to be active during practice sessions. It was the case in Birmingham and London, as well as in Nottingham, and playing an extra specialist batsman is not in the management’s immediate plans as yet.If it so transpires, Umesh Yadav will once again be unlucky to miss out, for the team management will be eager to get their best possible combination out on the field.advertisementAlso read – Jelly beans and Vaseline: Recapping India-England stand-off at Trent Bridge The Indian team management is likely to pick one out of Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav for the Trent Bridge Test. (AP Photo)The pitch at Trent Bridge bore a different look than 2014, when these two teams met here. India scored 457 and 391/9 decl in two innings on a flat surface, as England had scored 496 whilst batting once and the match petered out to a draw.The forecast for this third Test is of decent cloud cover through the first four days, and if the Indian team takes into consideration, they would surely opt for just the lone spinner.STOKES BACK IN ENGLAND XIMeanwhile, England have included Ben Stokes in the playing XI with Sam Curran making way for the world’s most sought after all-rounder.He got a decent reception from a sizeable fan gathering ahead of the game, but how the crowd reacts to his presence in the game on Saturday could be a worry for the team management.Also read – India vs England: Dropping Sam Curran a difficult decision, says Joe RootTeams:India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter, Sam Curran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes.(With inputs from PTI)