After weeks of speculation, it is now confirmed: Nico Hulkenberg will leave Sahara Force India at the end of the 2012 season to join Sauber.The Swiss-based team announced that it has signed Hulkenberg for the next season. The 25-year-old German made his Formula One debut in 2010 with the Williams F1 Team and captured a pole position in his maiden year.He joined Force India as a reserve and test driver in 2011 and was elevated to racing seat this year in place of Adrian Sutil.”We’ve been observing Nico for some time now and his performances have been very persuasive. That was the case in GP2 and has continued into Formula One. An obvious highlight was how he scored pole at Interlagos in 2010 despite the most challenging external conditions.”He clearly showed he can seize the chance if it arises. But high spots like that are one thing, systematic teamwork is another and on that score I have confidence in Nico too. I’m sure he will fit in very well with the Sauber F1 Team. We look forward to working together with him,” Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said.Hulkenberg sits 12th in the current Drivers’ championship with 49 points and three races to go. His career-best result came this season at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished fourth on the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit.”I’m really looking forward to working with the Sauber F1 Team. It’s a well-placed team and very competitive. The Sauber F1 Team is currently going through a very positive development and I’m certain that together we can achieve a lot. Until that time I will remain fully focused on my job with the Sahara Force India Team. I’d like to thank the management at Sahara Force India for giving me the chance to return to Formula One as a team driver,” Hulkenberg said.advertisementSauber said it will announce its second driver for the 2013 season at a later date. Meanwhile, Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya appreciated the good work Hulkenberg did for the team.”It has been a pleasure to have Nico with us for the last couple of years. At the end of 2010 we identified him as a star of the future and it has been rewarding to watch him develop his racing skills.”Together with Paul he has done a brilliant job for us, helping the team score more points than ever before and giving 100% commitment every weekend. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future,” Mallya said.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Qatar to play in Asian Cup final after UAE protest dismissed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Four-time MVP James Yap scored 21 points in a relief role at the shooting guard spot, but the Painters got the biggest boost from rookie Javee Mocon, who had career-highs of 18 points and 16 rebounds that caught the Beermen by surprise.Rain or Shine improved to 3-1 while the four-time defending champion Beermen, who missed Arwind Santos but welcomed Terrence Romeo back, took a rare second straight loss and dropped below .500 for the first time at 2-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES ANTIPOLO–Rain or Shine came out with a lot of zest and took the very best that San Miguel Beer could offer on Friday night, carving out a 108-98 victory for a great bounce back from its first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters used a huge second quarter to gain control before fending off several uprisings by the Beermen and get back on track after dropping a 99-111 upset at the hands of Blackwater just a couple of nights agoADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments
Indian weightlifter Omkar Otari won the men’s 69 kg bronze medal late Saturday after he lifted a total weight of 296 kg at the Commonwealth Games.The gold went to Mohd Hafifi Mansor, who lifted a total of 305 kg, while Nigeria’s Yinka Ayenuwa took the silver with a lift of 302 kg at the Clyde auditorium.The 26-year-old helped India win its 17th medal at the Games and sixth from the discipline.Earlier Saturday, India had two won golds and three silvers from shooting and one bronze from judo.
If they can do it one more time Sunday, last year’s Eastern Conference runner-ups will be headed to the conference semifinals.“In Game 4, we expect (Indiana) to take it to another level,” Jaylen Brown said after scoring 23 points. “We’ve got to come out and not take our foot off the gas. We’ve got to come out and play great basketball and try to close this thing out.”It seems Boston has an answer for every adjustment the Pacers make.With the league’s best defense focused on holding Irving in check Friday, Brown went 8 of 9 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds Jayson Tatum added 18 points and seven rebounds and Irving was still productive with 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.For Indiana, it has been a nightmare of a series.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments After charging back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take a 61-59 halftime lead, Myles Turner opened the third with a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a five-point lead. Tyreke Evans matched his playoff career high with 19 points, 12 in the second quarter.But then the Celtics did it again.When Indiana’s offense bogged down in the third, Boston scored eight straight points to retake the lead, closed the quarter on a 9-2 run and delivered the final blow with a 10-4 spurt late in the fourth to make it 98-92.“In the third quarter, we lost our patience,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We took quick shots, bailed them out, and lost our rhythm.”TIP-INSCeltics: Tatum also had seven rebounds while Al Horford finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. … The Celtics finished 15 of 34 on 3s after making 8 of 10 in the first quarter. … Boston scored 41 points in the first quarter, the most Indiana has allowed in the first in its NBA playoff history. The Lakers set the previous mark, 38, during the 2000 NBA Finals.Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points and Thaddeus Young had 11 points and nine rebounds. … Domantas Sabonis finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Myles Turner scored 13 points, matching his total from the first two games of the series. … Wesley Matthews had 11 points and Darren Collison scored 10. … Indiana went 11 of 30 on 3s after making 8 of 15 in the first half. … The Pacers committed no turnovers in the second quarter. … Indiana now faces its second sweep in three years after never previously being swept in a best-of-seven series.RETURN ON HOLDAll-Star guard Victor Oladipo was expected to return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3. Instead, bad weather in Florida prevented him from making it back.Oladipo hasn’t appeared publicly in Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee In January. His presence was supposed to give the Pacers an emotional boost. Another dominant second-half defensive performance Friday night helped the Celtics retake control of the game and another late scoring run helped them pull away from Indiana for a 104-96 victory and a 3-0 series lead.“We’ve come a long way,” All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said. “We’re all making sure we’re giving each other confidence and doing the little things to ensure we win. When you have that type of camaraderie, executing is a lot easier. Now that the stakes are higher, we’re settling into who we want to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhile the names and numbers seem to change on a daily basis, the results have remained strikingly consistent.The Celtics turned Game 1 by limiting Indiana to eight third-quarter points and won by 10. In Game 2, the Celtics erased a double-digit deficit by allowing just 12 fourth-quarter points as they won by eight. This time, it was a 12-point third quarter that swung the momentum, leading Boston to its sixth straight win over Indiana — all since January. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid NBA rescinds technical fouls on Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan.Three games into their first-round playoff series, it’s still working.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Pacers have not said if Oladipo will return for Game 4.THEY SAID ITCeltics: “I think he’s fine. Turns out if you play 16 straight minutes, it cure all ills,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when asked about Horford’s availability for Game 3.Pacers: “It comes down to the third quarter. We’ve just got to figure out how to get off to a better start,” Evans said.UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday in Indianapolis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport A Twitter user going by @UAAPTicketsG3 held a bidding war for a total of 11 patron tickets with five on the UST side and six on Ateneo’s worth P20,000 each.Screengrab of Twitter post from UAAPTicketsG3.@UAAPTicketsG3 even promised more patron and lower box tickets and he wasn’t the only one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too While there Twitter users who were selling their extra tickets for the same price, there were simply others who couldn’t help but take advantage of the crazy demand for tickets to the UAAP decider.“Checked out the hashtag (#UAAPTickets), and I found out it’s full of scalpers,” said Gretchen Ho, a former middle blocker for Ateneo, in Filipino. “Friends, let’s not take advantage of the situation.”LOOK: Thomasians line up an hour before the ticket selling for the UAAP volleyball finals Game 3 between the UST Golden Tigresses and the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/oHNh2hRFjZ— Varsitarian Sports (@VSportsUST) May 16, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending ang #UAAPtickets 😆 Suuuupeeeer excited for tomorrow!!!#UAAPSeason81VolleyballFinals #G3 pic.twitter.com/RezkvY8gSD— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) May 17, 2019 Lady Warriors Kath Arado, Lai Bendong shine despite UE’s gloomy season UST also sold tickets this morning but they were immediately sold out.Game 3 is at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew UST and Ateneo face off for the last time for the UAAP championshi on Saturday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Scalpers have found a new avenue to illegally sell their tickets: Twitter.Using the hashtag #UAAPtickets, scalpers are holding bidding wars for tickets for Game 3 of the UAAP women’s volleyball finals between University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Meanwhile, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial fined four members of Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer for their involvement in the on-court incident that marred Game 5 of the Finals between the Beermen and Magnolia Hotshots.A fan dressed as Spider-Man, later identified as Paolo Felizarta, ran into the court in the fourth quarter of Game 5, resulting in a skirmish that stretched into the tunnel leading to the dugout.Players Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid were both fined P75,000 and were banned from playing three games, while assistant team manager Daniel Henares and team physician Dr. Ramon Ibanez were slapped with P50,000 penalties and were also suspended for two games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Perhaps the players got challenged,” he said.The Aces, meanwhile, couldn’t find a way to plug the absence of Chris Banchero, the top performer in their first win this conference who sat out Wednesday night’s game due to an injured calf.In the second game, Terrence Jones had 41 points and 14 rebounds as TNT whipped NLEX, 102-87.Jones validated all the hype that surrounded his arrival, dumping 23 points in the first half alone to power the KaTropa.“My teammates helped a lot, especially defensively and they really helped get me going,” Jones said.ADVERTISEMENT Mighty takes Gilas PH spot in Taipei Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ANTIPOLO—NorthPort, without its foremost weapon, flaunted its depth to topple an equally hobbled Alaska side, 103-81, on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT The Batang Pier banked on feisty performances by import Prince Ibeh, Sean Anthony and Robert Bolick in the second half to pull away from the Aces.“We usually just do well for three quarters. Then in the fourth, we’re no longer executing, we’re no longer playing defense,” coach Pido Jarencio said after steering the Batang Pier to their first win in the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“[Tonight] we delivered completely … We played 48 minutes of good basketball.”It was a solid show for NorthPort despite the absence of star guard Stanley Pringle. But Jarencio said the absence of Pringle, who is recovering from a procedure to remove bone spurs and who will rejoin the squad in its next game, actually helped fire up the squad. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too
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Still awaiting an apology from Pakistan over its players’ behaviour in last year’s Champions Trophy hockey tournament, Hockey India president Narendra Batra today said he would love to have players from the neighbouring country in the HIL but not with the kind of conduct they displayed.Two players were handed a one-game ban and reprimanded by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after the Pakistan team went on a rampage post their semi-final win against India in Bhubaneswar in December last year. Showing obscene gestures to the crowd, some players also took off their shirts in celebration. Batra insists that India have received no act of regret from Pakistan for the unfortunate incident.”I would love to have Pakistan players but not with the kind of behaviour they displayed in the Champions Trophy. And they have shown no regret of that incident in writing or otherwise. I don’t want to politicise the issue but that kind of behaviour was unacceptable. Least we need an apology from them,” Batra said.Also read: This team can perform under pressure: India women’s hockey coach Nine Pakistani players were part of the first edition of Hockey India League (HIL) in 2013 but had to leave the country before the start of the tournament following protests from a few political organisations. Since then no Pakistan player has been included in the three HIL editions so far.India though have benefited from the mega-event with quite a few international players rubbing shoulders with the national youngsters. And Batra is boastful of the HIL having a positive impact on Indian hockey.advertisement”Our aim at HIL is to form a pool of players for the future. We already have eight players from HIL in the national side. HIL has created heroes and a space for itself in the big world of cricket.”We have won the Asian Games gold after 16 years and were able to get the better of Pakistan in an Asian Games final after 48 years since 1966. So the national sport has certainly improved in the last four or five years and HIL is one of the reasons behind it,” said the HI president.
AnfieldFabinhojurgen kloppliverpool First Published: November 11, 2019, 2:07 PM IST Liverpool: There is still more than six months of the Premier League season left, with 26 games and no doubt many plot twists ahead, but Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday had the feel of a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of English football.It was not so much the maths, though Liverpool’s nine-point advantage over defending champions City, with a point less over Leicester City and Chelsea, is a significant gap, especially as Juergen Klopp’s side have lost one league game in 18 months. But it was the manner of Liverpool’s victory at Anfield which suggested that the fans’ nearly 30-year wait for a domestic league title may be coming to a close.City were by no means poor, and played their part in an entertaining encounter, but Liverpool were better in every department.Klopp’s side were sharper in attack, where Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both found the target, more solid at the back and in the midfield were faster, stronger, harder and more incisive, as always helped by their rampaging full-backs.Liverpool are European champions after overpowering teams of the calibre of Barcelona, bullying them physically, ripping them apart with speedy bursts down the flanks from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and through ruthless finishing.City, though, have won the past two Premier League titles thanks to their technical brilliance and mastery of possession football which they executed with relentless consistency.However, this season Liverpool have matched that level of consistency, unbeaten and with 11 wins from 12, they arrived at this game with the only question being whether they could cope with the unique challenge of Pep Guardiola’s City machine.The only conclusion after 90 minutes of high quality football was that Liverpool have no weak spots. It is hard to think of any team in the world who would enter the intimidating atmosphere of Anfield confident of leaving with a win.City, in contrast, have had a major weakness exposed due to injuries and made an unfathomable mistake in the transfer market by not replacing former captain Vincent Kompany when he left the club in the close-season and that has come back to bite them.VULNERABLE VISITORSCity inexplicably given their huge resources, went into this season with just three established central defenders — John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte.Given that Laporte has been sidelined by injury since August and Otamendi’s form has been haphazard at best, City went to Anfield with midfielder Fernandinho filling in alongside Stones.Liverpool in contrast were able to replace Virgil van Dijk’s injured defensive partner Joel Matip with the experienced Croatian Dejan Lovren and still had England international Joe Gomez in reserve on the bench.There was no glaring error from City’s defenders but there was an air of vulnerability about them throughout the game and the sense of certainty that Liverpool would punish Guardiola’s back line for any slip-up.Last season, City delivered a tactically mature and disciplined performance in a goalless draw at Anfield but, as Guardiola conceded, this game was more similar to the 2018 Champions League quarter-final, where City were blown apart after going two goals down in the opening 20 minutes.”If you give them an inch, they will take that and score goals,” said City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, who grabbed their late consolation goal.”That’s what happens. You can play better than Liverpool and be 2-0 or 3-0 behind. They are maybe the best team in the world with their counter-attack, second balls and set pieces.”City will recover from this loss, surely will strengthen their defence in the January transfer window and it would be a foolish pundit who writes them off.”It’s still November and we still have games to play. We’re not in an ideal position – we don’t want to lose games – and we have to improve,” said Silva. “We were in this position last season. We’ll never give up.”Liverpool’s protestations that this game decided nothing were inevitable but there was no hiding the desire Klopp has to deliver that long absent league title.”Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens,” said the German. “But it’s not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
AdvertisementThe newly crowned WBO Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford will be returning to the ring on October 13th in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be a homecoming for the WBO welterweight titlist.The former super lightweight undisputed champion, moved up to welterweight and in his first fight in the division became a world champion once again. Crawford put on a brilliant performance where he showcased his skills.He slowly dismantled Jeff Horn, making the former champion look silly at times in the ring. He answered questions on wjether he has the size for the welterweight division. He beat Horn in every aspect in the ring, whether they fought on the inside, outside or at mid range. Ultimately, picking up the WBO title in convincing fashion.Crawford is thought by many to be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, this past Saturday he showed you why. Horn never made it a fight losing by TKO in the ninth round.Who Crawford will face is yet to be determined. Although, there’s rumors circulating that it could be Jose Benavidez.Advertisement
Advertisement(Photo Credits: SportsEon)Brazil finally continued the trend of World Cup favorites underperforming after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their Group E opener at the Rostov Arena.With 20 minutes gone on Sunday, some quick counters and tough pressing initiated the break, where Neymar’s shot was blocked off by a defender of Switzerland. A header off a Brazilian was then rebounded by a Swiss player, which went straight to Coutinho who without wasting time, struck a half-volley which straight away hit the right post and went in.Number of shots since Zuber’s equaliser:#BRA: 12#SUI: 0One-way traffic but the Swiss bus is parked. 🚌 pic.twitter.com/2FSfJhekk9— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 17, 2018Complacency then set in and Brazil gifted Switzerland an equalizer five minutes into the second half after Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick. Football is beautiful because things change quickly and that was quite visible when Brazil took on Switzerland. Brazil quickly went from nervous to desperate, and it didn’t help the fact that Gabriel Jesus was denied a clear penalty and VAR once again did not intervene in their favor.Brazil did start showing more urgency as time passed away and almost stole the three points with a hat-trick of chances in the final minutes but was denied by Sommer who made strong saves from Neymar and Roberto Firmino headers. Brazil’s last chance then felt to Miranda who saw himself packed with Swiss players and hence couldn’t make the most of that chance.Brazil plays Costa Rica next Friday, while Switzerland must gather themselves for Serbia on the same day. Brazil and Serbia are favorites to qualify from Group E. However tonight’s draw is a cracking result for Switzerland and that will surely motivate them to qualify for the knockout stages.Also Read: Lionel Messi Takes Full Responsibility For Missing The Penalty And Letting His Team Down.Advertisement
AdvertisementIf Chelsea want to go deep into their European campaign this season with the hope of winning the Europa League, their goal scoring prowess must improve. The Blues won their group stage match against Videoton comfortably enough but the number of chances missed or wasted would easily frustrate any fan of the club.For the fans, the highlight of the night was Morata finally scoring after a goal draught that left himself and quite a few others super frustrated in its wake. The Spaniard didn’t really celebrate after putting in a superb effort but the relief was clear on his face, and hopefully, this will be the turning point of the season for him.Despite the victory, Chelsea was exposed when faced with opportunities to score. Not that they didn’t create chances, 28 shots in total, but 5 of them on target and only 1 hitting the back of the net. Against a bigger European side, these stats won’t ever be good enough, especially in an away fixture as this match was played at Stamford Bridge.The Blues dominated the game with 76% of the possession and Videoton never seemed to trouble the home side. Alvaro Morata swatted home the goal after a headed assist from Willian in what was an excellent finish indeed, an atonement for a horrendous miss earlier in the game, some would say.Chelsea will travel to St. Mary’s on Sunday to face Southampton as they buck up for their clash against an underconfident Manchester United side the next week at Stamford Bridge.Watch match highlights here :Read also :Arsenal huff and puff, but continue winningAlarm bells! Manchester United’s best player is ‘fed up’ with Jose Mourinho Advertisement
(REOPENS DEL 108)(REOPENS DEL 108) The positive side of the budget is that the government has by and large accepted demands of the MRO industry, Dhiraj Mathur, Partner (Aviation) at consultancy firm PwC India said.But at the same time, service tax on MRO services remained unchanged at 14 per cent, against the wishes of the industry and is expected to play a spoil sport in international attracting airlines to bring their fleet for service in India. To boost air connectivity, the government is preparing an action plan to revive 160 airports and airstrips, each of them would cost about Rs 50-100 crore, Jaitley in his budget speech.”There are about 160 airports and airstrips with state governments which can be revived at an indicative cost of Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crore each. We will partner with the state governments to develop some of these airports for regional connectivity. Similarly, 10 of the 25 non-functional airstrips with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will also be developed,” Jaitley said.This move will facilitate creation of necessary infrastructure for enhancing regional air connectivity and providing access by air to more parts of the country, Peeyush Naidu, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP said. PTI RAM IAS RG
Panaji, Mar 2 (PTI) The Goa government has reiterated its stand on banning bullfights in the state which is prohibited by the High Court. “The state government once again pursuant to the High Court judgement has directed that all types of animal fights including bull fights are prohibited in Goa,” the press hand out by State Information and Publicity department reads. “If any person (is found) violating the above order passed by the High Court (he or she) shall be liable for criminal action as per law,” it adds. Bull fights are known with its street name as “Dhirio” in the coastal state. “The (Bombay) High Court (Goa bench) while disposing off the writ petition had observed that the bull fights or Dhirio are in contravention of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1968, and therefore, illegal and cannot be permitted to be organized and are prohibited in the state,” the department has said.Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, in past, had shown his inclination towards allowing bull fights in the state claiming that it is the sports of farmers. PTI CORR DK DK 03021308 DK
Mumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Countrys largest private sector lender ICICI Bank today said it has tied up with marquee sports car maker Ferrari to launch co-branded credit card.”The Ferrari Credit Card comes in two variants on the Visa platform and offers customers a host of offers including an all-expenses-paid trip for top spenders to Italy and also includes a Scuderia Ferrari watch as a joining gift,” the bank said in a statement here.Details of the fees, if any, were not immediately shared by the bank.ICICI banks General Manager Kusal Roy said this is the first-ever Ferrari range of credit cards in the country.The bank had over 34.69 lakh outstanding credit cards as of November, that saw transactions of over Rs 2,393 crore at ATMs and POS terminals.Other benefits which come with the card include discount on Ferrari branded products at the Ferrari Store in Maranello, Italy, and merchandise sold online at the Ferrari Store and Myntra.com, the statement said.The cardholder also gets complementary access to domestic airport lounges in the country and a buy one, get one free offer on bookings done through bookmyshow.com, it added. PTI AA SDL PRB ABK SDM
Vellore (TN), Mar 16 (PTI) Convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Sriharan and Santhan lodged in the Central prison here for nearly 25 years, have turned deeply spiritual.Out of the seven convicts in the case, V Sriharan alias Murugan and Santhan are regular visitors to the temples within the jail premises. They offer prayers to deities of Goddess Amman, Ganesha and Sai Baba in the temples, according to highly placed prison sources.”Both Sriharan and Santhan have turned very spiritual. Both are regular visitors to the temples within the jail premises to offer prayers, they follow stipulations like rituals during particular times”, the sources told PTI.The transformation happened over the past several years and the two convicts introspect a lot, the sources said. However, Arivu alias Perarivalan, another accused in the same case is an atheist.Sriharan, who sports a saffron shirt, has gone even a few notches higher in his spiritual life with regular meditation sessions in his cell. He is also the husband of Nalini, another convict in the same case and lodged in the womens prison here.”He even discusses his spiritual pursuits, efforts to understand spirituality better with his wife Nalini. Usually, he is allowed to meet his wife once or twice in a month. Like other convicts, Sriharan and others also work in prison and they are trained in craft like tailoring,” the sources said.After the death penalty of Sriharan and Santhan was commuted to life sentence in 2014 by the Supreme Court, they had attributed it to the grace of God. Nalini is interested in reading books, newspapers and magazines to keep herself abreast of the developments.advertisementTamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan had earlier this month written to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi informing him of the governments decision to remit the life sentences of the seven convicts in the Rajiv case.The seven are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini — and sought Centres views on the matter.The decision of the State government is supported by political parties including the DMK. All the seven were convicted in the assassination case of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at Sriperumbudur near Chenani. PTI VGN RC VSC DV
Senior Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal on Friday admitted that his side cannot always use ‘transition phase’ as an excuse for the team not doing well in recent times.Ahead of their World T20 cricket match against England today, Chandimal blamed on ‘inexperience of middle-order’ for their inconsistent performances of late but he added that players need to ‘put their hands up and perform’. (Also read: Lasith Malinga is irreplaceable, says Thisara Perera) “You cannot always say transition. We need to put our hands up. We will give our best shot in the next game,” Chandimal said when asked whether a team comprising of Tillakaratne Dilshan, him, Chamara Kapugedara, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera can be termed as inexperienced.”We are struggling with middle order. In big games, we don’t have experience. The guys are working hard in practice.”We are looking to do well in our next game,” Chandimal said.He said Saturday’s game against England and the next against South Africa will give his side an opportunity to do better.”We are concerned with our middle order but we will have a good chance anyway. England’s pacers can be surprise package,” the talented right-hander said.Chandimal is confident that the slowish Feroze Shah Kotla track will prove to be an advantage for the Sri Lankans considering that scoring will be difficult as compared to the batting-friendly conditions at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.”It’s all about the conditions. Wankhede was a good pitch while this (Kotla) wicket is slow. So we will have a good chance,” he added.advertisementSri Lanka are playing their third game after a six-day break and Chandimal said it had helped the team to rejuvenate.”It was a really good break. We discussed what went wrong in the two games. We need to execute our plans and guys are looking forward to the match,” he said.Chandimal made it clear that the team would look to use its spin strength under Rangana Herath’s leadership to unsettle England team that looked ill at ease against Afghanistan spinners.”Rangana Herath is a world-class bowler. He can cause damage. Even South Africa are struggling against spinners.”Vandersay is a surprise package and Sachithra Senanayake is also good. Yes we expect big things from Rangana as he knows how to handle pressure,” said Chandimal.He conceded that England was a better side but it had some plans in place.”We have something up our sleeves. England are a better side with good youngsters. A good score on this kind of track depends on conditions and how one plays the first six overs,” he concluded.
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When Serena Williams made an early exit at the Miami Open, the next generation of women’s tennis wasn’t quite ready to fill the void.Instead it will be former champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka in the final Saturday.Eight-time champion Williams was beaten by Kuznetsova in the fourth round, and then the Russian just kept winning. In the semifinals Thursday, she erased 12 of the 14 break points she faced in a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Timea Bacsinszky.Kuznetsova, 30, is back in the final 10 years after she won the tournament.”It means I’ve been a lot of times out here in front of you guys,” she told the crowd with a laugh.Kuznetsova hadn’t enjoyed much success at Key Biscayne in recent years, but she won four consecutive three-setters to reach the semifinals. At No. 19, she is the lowest-ranked women’s finalist in the event since No. 38 Kim Clijsters earned the 2005 championship.”I’m happy I could hang in there,” Kuznetsova said. “I haven’t been feeling my best, but I’ve been fighting with every ball and trying to run as much as I could.”Azarenka advanced by beating No. 2-seeded Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 7-5. Azarenka, who won the tournament in 2009 and 2011, has yet to drop a set in this year’s tourney and is bidding to become only the third woman to win Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in the same year.Against Kerber, Azarenka broke serve seven times, hit 29 winners and committed only 16 unforced errors.”I stayed very strong in the end,” Azarenka said. “She’s such an amazing player. She got to so many balls; sometimes I just had to watch them. But I’m glad I kept pushing.”advertisementIn men’s play, No. 6-seeded Kei Nishikori overcame five match points and beat No. 16 Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Next up for Nishikori is a Friday night match against No. 24 Nick Kyrgios, who reached his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal by beating No. 12 Milos Raonic in a matchup of big servers, 6-4, 7-6 (4).Monfils became soaked with sweat on a steamy afternoon but rallied from a break down in the final set. Nishikori fell behind 0-40 serving at 4-5 but erased those match points and another in that game, and overcame one more match point serving in the 12th game.”I thought I almost gave up the match,” Nishikori said. “It was tough conditions. Especially the last couple of games, I don’t know what I was thinking.”Kyrgios erased all five break points he faced and earned the only service break in the opening game.”To be honest I didn’t think I was going to break during the match,” Kyrgios said. “I came out really energetic and got pretty lucky. That definitely made me more relaxed.”Five-time champion Novak Djokovic will face David Goffin in the other semifinal.American twins Bob and Mike Bryan, who turned 38 this week, lost in the semifinals of doubles to Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 6-3. The Bryans hold a record 16 Grand Slam titles but haven’t won a tournament since August.Kuznetsova earned the first break of her semifinal in the 10th game of the grueling, 65-minute first set. She broke three consecutive times in the second set to pull away from the No. 19-seeded Bacsinszky.”I was playing to finish it in two sets so I have a little bit of time to rest,” Kuznetsova said.If Kuznetsova wins the title, she’ll return to the top 10 for the first time since 2010. She’s already assured of surpassing $20 million in career prize money.Speaking of which: The 15-year veteran weighed in on the recent debate about prize money, saying women on tour deserve the same pay as men.”My thing is, guys that travel can have kids. They can have a family, right?” she said. “We cannot. Since 16, I am a professional. I gave up everything friends, home. We give more than 100 percent. … We’re not taking their money. We just want to earn the same.”However, Kuznetsova said she’s opposed to women playing best-of-five matches in major tournaments, as the men do.”I don’t think it makes sense,” she said. “You will see us struggling, cramping, squeezing and yelling. It’s going to look weird.”