World T20 final: Carlos Brathwaite blasted four straight sixes to seal the deal for West Indies

first_imgHere are the HIGHLIGHTS of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 final between England and West Indies from Eden Gardens in Kolkata. (SCORECARD) Highlights: The celebrations go on for #WI! @emirates join in the fun! #Champion #WT20 #ENGvWI #WT20Final ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016#WI Men + #WI Women = #Champions of #WT20!!! ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016#WI are our winners, and here’s the #Champion dance! #WT20 #WT20Final ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016#WI = #Champions of #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016#WI are awarded the #WT20 Trophy! Congratulations @westindies! #ENGvWI #WT20Final ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016#WI parade the field as they celebrate their thrilling #WT20 win! #ENGvWI #WT20Final ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016Phil Simmons listening to Darren Sammy’s emotional speech #WT20 #WT20Final #WI #WI ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016QUOTESDarren Sammy: Firstly I want to thank the almighty. We have a pastor in the team in Andre Fletcher, we keep on praying. Really happy for this win, it’s something we’ll cherish for a long time. We have a few match-winners, nobody give us a chance, every game somebody stepped up – good to see Carlos play like that in his debut World Cup. Shows the T20 depth we have in the Caribbean, hopefully we will continue to improve. People were wondering we would plays this tournament, we had issues with the Board, Mark Nicholas called us players with no brain. But all of us came together, these 15 men put adversity aside, play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans. It was tremendous. I want to thank the coaching team, Phil Simmons. We had a new manager in this tournament. Got to give credit to the entire team here. This is for all the fans in the Caribbean. I don’t know when I’m going to be playing for West Indies again, I want to thank my team, thank my coaching staff. This is for the CHAMPIONS! advertisementMoM Marlon Samuels: I know about finals, when I come to finals, I turn up for the team. All respect to the England players, we want to move from strength-to-strength – this is for the Caribbean. If we get a good start, then I can step on it, we lose wickets early so it’s different. I didn’t say much other than swing and swing hard. This is for Shane Warne. Eoin Morgan: Congratulations to the West Indies, they were better. Huge highs and lows for us. Never sure going into the final over. We were certainly in the game, put ourselves in a position to win the game. We didnt have enough runs on the board, it was a really good batting surface, maybe 180-90 was par. We showed an immense amount of character in the tournament, not quite done enough to win it. I truly believe this is only the start of something special. We enjoy our wins – and the pain will be shared tonight. Carlos Brathwaite: Want to thank God. Marlon (Samuels) played an amazing knock. He took responsibility and played a fantastic knock. Can’t really express how much of a top knock that was. The U-19s did it, the girls did it, and now us. #WI are #WT20 CHAMPIONS! They’ve beaten #ENG by 4 wickets! #ENGvWI #WT20Final ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016WEST INDIES INNINGS22.25 IST: That’s that! West Indies have sealed it. Carlos Brathwaite clobbers four consecutive sixes off Ben Strokes as West Indies lift their second World Twenty20 title. Credit must go to Marlon Samuels for his match-winning knock of 85 not out. He did it in 2012 and once again showed why he is an asset for West Indies.22.29 IST: West Indies, require 19 from 6 balls. Brathwaite has the strike, Samuels is on the other end22.24 IST: Things are getting tighter now. West Indies require 27 from 12 balls 22.19 IST: Chris Jordan bowls a brilliant over. West Indies 118/6 in 17 overs, need 38 more 22.15 IST: It has been a tense chase for West Indies as all hopes are pinned on Samuels now. West Indies 110/6, need 45 from 24 balls22.11 IST: WICKET! The skipper is gone. David Willey has swung the game back to England. Darren Sammy is caught at sweeper cover by Hales. West Indies 107/6 in 15.3 overs, need 49 more 22.08 IST: WICKET! David Willey strikes again as he gets Andre Russell for 1. West Indies 104/5 in 15.1 overs, need 52 more 22.07 IST: Samuels is on fire as he hits Plunkett for back-to-back sixes. West Indies 104/4 in 15 overs, need 52 more advertisement22.01 IST: WICKET! Adil Rashid strikes and strikes big. Dwayne Bravo is gone for 25. West Indies 86/4 in 14 overs, need 70 more 22.01 IST: FIFTY! Marlon Samuels reaches his 9th half-century. West Indies 86/3 21.54 IST: DROPPED! Dwayne Bravo is dropped on 11 by Sam Billings off Ben Stokes at deep backward square leg. West Indies 73/3 in 12.3 overs Well bowled by Rashid. #WI now need 89 from 48 balls. . .LIVE: #ENGvWI #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 201621.51 IST: Samuel and Bravo have added 56 runs in 9.3 overs for the fourth wicket. West Indies 67/3 in 12 overs, require another 89 runs 21.47 IST: The required rate is now mounting. They now need 10.44 runs per over. Samuels and Bravo need to up the ante. West Indies 62/3 in 11 overs need 94 more from 54 ballsAnother good over from Rashid. 4 from it. #WI need 102 from 60.LIVE: #ENGvWI #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016Ben Stokes into the attack 21.42 IST: Four runs off Rashid’s over. West Indies are 54/3 at the half-way mark. England were 67/3 at the same stage. Sammy’s men still need 102 from 60 balls. WI 54/3 in 10 overs.  21.38 IST: Fifty comes up for West Indies. They would have wanted it faster though. WI 50/3 in 8.5 overs.  West Indies shouldn’t lose a wicket now if they are to stay in contention. These two have stitched a 32-run stand.  21.34 IST: Tidy over from Rashid, four runs off his over. WI 43/3 in 8 overs.  21.32 IST: Bowling change for England. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the attack. WI 39/3 in 7 overs.  21.25 IST: OUT! Big wicket for West Indies. Marlon Samuels out for 27 off 21, plays a cross-batted shot only to see the ball land in the keeper’s gloves. No, NOT OUT! Samuels is back in there, big respite for  West Indies as the catch was not cleanly taken by Buttler. WI 37/3 in 6.1 overs. 21.23 IST: Excellent over for the West Indies, 16 runs came off the last over of the powerplay. Jordan was hit for three boundaries by Samuels in the over. WI 37/3 in 6 overs.  Here’s how Darren Sammy got it spot on for West Indies women.  Look at the variety England have in their bowling attack. If Jordan can bowl the yorkers, Plunkett is hitting the deck hard. This chase is going to be tough for West Indies. After 5 overs, WI 21/3.  Liam Plunkett into the attack. Morgan is rotating his bowlers well,  21.15 IST: Five runs from Jordan’s first over. WI 18/3 in 4 overs.  Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels are at the crease. These two guys are tremendous players under pressure. West Indies need a good stand from these two men.  21.11 IST: First bowling change for England. Chirs Jordan comes into the attack.  What a start for England. It was a masterstroke from Morgan to start with Joe Root. They have got three now and West indies still need 143. However, they have deep batting line-up. The World T20 final, just like the tournament itself, remains open even now.  To think Root, the bowler, is turning this game England’s way. Couple of ego wickets!advertisement Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 3, 201621.08 IST: WICKET! Another West Indies wicket falls. Semi-final hero Simmons falls. Willey swings it into him and traps him in front. Huge blow for West Indies. England on top. ENG 12/3 in 2.3 overs. 21.01 IST: WICKET! It’s game on England. Joe Root is on fire, this time he gets rid of Chris Gayle. The burly Jamaican target the long off area, but does not get the elevation right as he is caught in the deep by Ben Stokes. What a gamble it has been by Eoin Morgan. West Indies 5/2 in 1.3 overs20.59 IST: WICKET! England play a gamble and it has paid off. Joe Root comes on to bowl the second over and gets Charles off his first ball. West Indies 1/1 in 1.1 over 20.57 IST: It has been a quiet start for West Indies as David Willey bowls a tight 1-run over. West Indies 1/0 in 1 over 20.53 IST: Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle are out in the middle to chase 156. David Willey starts proceedings ENGLAND INNINGSEngland go past India’s 130/4 the lowest by a side batting 1st in a final (in 2014!)#WIvsENG#DimagSay#Bing Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 3, 2016Most 6s in T20WC 201638*Eng37 Afg36 WI32 Ban28 SA22 SL21 NZ19 Aus18 Ind/Pak12 Zim#WIvsENG#DimagSay#Bing Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 3, 201620.34 IST: That’s it! England have posted 155/9. Joe Root top scores with 54 and Jos Buttler hit 36. For Windies, Brathwaite and Bravo picked up three wickets apiece, while Badree bagged two.7 runs off the penultimate over. #ENG are 145/9 with 6 balls leftLIVE: #ENGvWI #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 201620.26 IST: WICKET! Dwayne Bravo gets his third wicket as he removes Liam Plunkett for 4. Samuel Badree takes a superb catch at point but has hurt his shoulder in the process. England 142/9 in 18.3 overs 20.21 IST: WICKET! David Williey gone. Craig Brathwaite gets rid of aggressive David Willey for 21 off 14 balls. England 136/8 in 17.3 oversIt’s a sold out Eden Gardens enjoying the #WT20Final!LIVE: #ENGvWI #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 201620.15 IST: The big boys of England cricket are back in hut. It’s David Willey and Chris Jordan right now in the middle. How far can they take their team? England 117/7 in 16 overs20.05 IST: WICKET! Craig Brathwaite gets his second and guess who’s gone? Yes, Joe Root it is and England are in deep trouble. Root attempts a scoop and ends up playing to Benn, who stretches forward to complete the catch, at short fine leg. England 111/7 in 14.1 overs 20.02 IST: WICKET! That’s another one for DJ Bravo and the West Indies outfit is celebrating the Champion Dance. Moeen Ali gloved it to keeper Denesh Ramdin. England 110/6 in 14 overs19.59 IST: WICKET! Stokes gone. Dwayne Bravo beats him with slower bouncer. England 110/5 in 13.4 overs19.56 IST: FIFTY! Joe Root continues with his superb form. Notches up his fourth half-century. England 103/4 in 13 overs Huge wicket for #WI. Buttler is caught in the deep! #ENG are 84/4 (11.2)LIVE: #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 201619.48 IST: WICKET! That’s a big wicket for West Indies. Jos Buttler threw his bat at everything that came his way but this time he’s caught at deep mid-wicket by Dwayne Bravo. Craig Brathwaite provides the much-needed breakthrough. England 89/4 in 12 overs19.46 IST: FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! Buttler is dealing in sixes now. His back-to-back sixes off Benn helps Buttler and Root put on 60 runs for the fourth wicket. England 83/3 in 11 overs19.42 IST: Joe Root and Jos Buttler have batted brilliantly, adding 44 runs in 5.2 overs. England 67/3 in 10 overs ??Do some good today??#WI manager Rawl Lewis makes the teams’ donation to Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata #WT20 westindies (@westindies) April 3, 2016A lovely #spiritofcricket moment between a mascot and @darrensammy88 before the #WT20 Final. #WI #ENG ICC (@ICC) April 3, 201619.36 IST: England duo Joe Root and Jos Buttler are targetting Sulieman Benn. The left-arm spinner has conceded 24 in his two overs. England 57/3 in 9 overs19.34 IST: West Indies have kept the scoring rate down to 5.87. However, Joe Root is looking in a superb touch. England 47/3 in 8 overs 19.26 IST: The powerplay is done and the England have scored 33 for the loss of three wickets. 19.18 IST: WICKET! Eoin Morgan returns to the dug-out after  scoring just 5. The England skipper is beaten by a googly, gets a thick outside edge straight to Chris Gayle at first slip. Samuel Badree gets his second. England 23/3 in 4.4 overs19.15 IST: A good over this for England. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan hit three fours off Benn to score 14 runs in the over. England 23/2 in 4 overs19.13 IST: Spin from both ends now. Sulieman Benn joins Samuel Badree. England 9/2 in 3 overs West Indies are off to a dream start here.  19.08 IST: WICKET! Another one for West Indies, Russel strikes this time. England have lost both their openers. Hales goes for 1. ENG 8/2 in 2 overs. Good move from Sammy to bring Badree on early. Even if he doesn’t spin the ball much he is accurate enough to stop the runs. 19.05 IST: Excellent first over from Badree, putting the pressure early on England. He concedes seven runs from it. ENG 7/1 in 1 overs.  19.01 IST: WICKET! Badree does it with the second ball of the match, snares England’s danger man Jason Roy. ENG 0/1 in 0.2 overs.  It’s trial by spin for England. Darren Sammy is opening the bowling with leg-spinner Samuel Badree.  18.58 IST: Dwayne Bravo is talking to his teammates in the team huddle. The England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales are walking in.  18.54 IST: Time for the anthems at Eden Gardens. West Indies’ gets played first.  18.51 IST: Eden Gardens is packed. Sourav Ganguly had earlier promised a packed stadium today. Nice to see the kind of support the Indian fans provide.  18.46 IST: Pitch Report – The ball should come onto the bat nicely under lights. It’s a decent surface: Ian Bishop. What do you think? Has Darren Sammy called it right? The last time Darren Sammy lost a toss: Cape Town 9-1-2015Since then has won a record 10 tosses in a row!#WIvsENG#DimagSay#Bing Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 3, 2016Bit of a chat between @henrygale, @djbravo47 and @ShaneWarne on the outfield. #WT20 #WT20Final ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016The #WI team for the #WT20 Final. Can they become #Champions?LIVE: #ENGvWI #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016Here is the #ENG team for the #WT20 Final against #WILIVE: #ENGvWI #WT20 ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016#WI win toss and BOWL first#WT20 #WT20Final #ENGvWI ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2016Playing XIs:England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam PlunkettWest Indies: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin(w), Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn 18.34 IST: TOSS! West Indies have won the toss and they will bowl first against England. They have made no changes to their team. England too are playing an unchanged side.Both these team have a good chance of winning the World T20 title twice. West Indies, under Clive Llyod, were the first team  to win the Cricket World Cup twice. Can Darren Sammy do a Llyod tonight? There have been a lot of pre-match talks going around. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain, in an exclusive interview to India Today, conceded that West Indies hold the edge over England in the final today. He said Sammy’s team had men who were experienced in playing the T20 format. However, he threw light on the fearless approach with which England have been playing in this tournament. It should be a cracked of a contest today.  17.55 IST: West Indies have had a glorious cricketing year so far. They lifted the U-19 Cricket World Cup  earlier this year in Bangladesh. Now their women’s team has created history by lifting its maiden Women’s World T20 title. England should be wary of the positive air in the West Indies camp now. #WI WIN! #WT20 #champions ICC (@ICC) April 3, 201617.30 IST: Hello everyone. As we gear up for the big clash between West Indies and England, we have news from the Women’s T20 final from Eden Gardens. West Indies women have crushed Australia by eight wickets to clinch their maiden World T20 title and this is their first win against Australia in nine T20Is as well. Congratulations #WI women for winning their first #WT20 title. Good year for WI cricket with U-19 WC, women’s WT20 title???????? Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) April 3, 2016Australia batters Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani’s batting effort went in vain as 18-yea-old West Indies batswoman Hayley Matthews struck a 45-ball 66, her maiden T20I half-century to lead her side to glory. Preview:  West Indies’ rag-tag army of short-format mercenaries will be hoping they have the weapons to overcome a fearless England in Sunday’s World Twenty20 final as both sides target the honour of being the first to claim a second title in the tournament.For a group of players who nearly boycotted the event over a contractual dispute with their board, Darren Sammy and his troops have waltzed into the Kolkata final displaying all the Caribbean flair that has earned them global admiration.If Twenty20 cricket is essentially about power-hitting, no team does it better and more unabashedly than the West Indies.England have first-hand knowledge of that destructive potency, having been blown away by Chris Gayle’s 47-ball century in a Super 10 shellacking in Mumbai a fortnight ago.Revenge may be regarded as a dish best served cold but Eoin Morgan’s men would probably like nothing more than to exact it in the heat of a World Cup final.A task easier said than done against a West Indies outfit packed with swashbuckling players who ply their trade in lucrative Twenty20 leagues around the globe.What makes the job doubly difficult is that Sammy’s men have proved in India that they are more than just a one-man army who bank on Gayle to punch holes in their opponentsGoing to be full house at Eden for World T20 final, says Sourav GangulyEven though hosts and favourites India were knocked out after the semi-finals of the World Twenty20, Cricket Association of Bengal president and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said Eden Gardens will be packed to its capacity during the final. (Read More)West Indies have the edge over England in title clash, says Nasser Hussain Former England captain Nasser Hussain feels the West Indies, with their power-packed batting line-up, have the edge over Eoin Morgan’s England in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Eden Gardens. (Read More) Only we can beat ourselves, Sammy warns EnglandAhead of their ICC World Twenty20 summit clash against England on Sunday, West Indies captain Darren Sammy said the trophy is theirs to lose after coming so far in the tournament.  (Read More)last_img read more

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US athlete Aaron Yoder smashes world record for running backwards

first_imgAaron Yoder set an official Guinness World Record for the fastest mile run backwards, completing the race in a super-speedy 5:54:25.Taking place at the Lindsborg Municipal Track at Bethany College in Kansas, US, where Aaron is head track and field coach, the athlete stunned crowds as he whizzed round the track backwards.The record-breaking run was caught on camera by Jim Turner, using a GoPro on the front of his bike as he followed Aaron round the track.”I’m extremely fortunate to be in a very encouraging town and campus, where it is easy to go after ones’ dreams,” Aaron was quoted as saying by AP.”I would like the whole world to know that activity and exercise is a broad experience, and it’s OK to do activity outside the norm.”Go for something different and inspire others to reach for their goals and embrace their destiny. “Walk or run outside your comfort zone, and you will find out some amazing things you have inside of you. “God made us all unique with abilities that are very incredible and special – therefore it’s our responsibility to discover those talents and develop skills that will enhance those talents.”Aaron undertook a strict training regime, to train the different muscles required to run backwards rather than forwards.He said: “For eight weeks I would do about 45 minutes of backwards running a day, and 45 minutes of weight training. “I still kept one day for running forwards to keep those muscles firing too. “My goal is always to inspire people to get fit.advertisement”We have one body, and we must do our best to look after it in our own ways daily.”Aaron’s next challenge is to compete at the backwards running world championships in Essen, Germany, this summer.last_img read more

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Rahman joins Olympic Goodwill Ambassadors list

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman today agreed to be the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent, joining cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan. Tendulkar, Salman and Olympic gold medallist Bindra had earlier accepted the role offered by the Indian Olympic Association. The IOA said that it has also received an official written confirmation from Rahman. “Its absolutely an honour and my pleasure to be a goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent scheduled for August 2016,” Rahman said in a release issued by the IOA. Welcoming Rahman on board, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “I would like to welcome AR Rahman on board as a goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent for Rio Olympics. Its our privilege to have the Oscar winning living legend-music composer on board to spread awareness and promote the Olympic movement. “As per our plan to reach out to maximum people in the country for Olympic Sports, we are happy that Mr. Rahman has come forward from the field of music to support our athletes and we already have Salman Khan from Bollywood, Abhinav Bindra from Olympic Sports and Sachin Tendulkar from Cricket. I am sure Mr. Rahman will inspire our sportspersons.” There was a huge uproar after Salman was appointed Goodwill Ambassador ahead of other sporting luminaries. Former and current athletes were up in arms against Salmans appointment and demanded to know why someone from the field of sports was not named by the federation. The IOA immediately went into damage-control mode and requested Beijing Games gold medallist shooter Bindra and Tendulkar to be Goodwill Ambassadors. PTI PDS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gaylelbw b Narine49 Virat Kohlinot out75 AB de Villiersnot out59 Extras: (LB-1, W-1, NB-1) 3Total: (for 1 wicket in 18.4 overs) 186 Fall of wickets: 1-71Bowling: Russell 2.3-0-32-0, Morkel 2-0-20-0, Narine 4-0-34-1, Chawla 3.1-0-32-0, Rajpoot 3-0-28-0, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-39-0. PTI SSC SSClast_img


Intl Yoga Day: Yoga camps for elected representatives in Hry

first_imgChandigarh, May 30 (PTI) The Haryana government will organise yoga training camps for elected representatives and administrative officers at block level from June 1 to 3.State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said panchayat heads, village heads among others will participate in the camps.He said yog sadhaks who would deliver an outstanding performance in the training camps would participate in a national-level programme to be organised here on International Yoga Day on June 21.Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be the chief guest at the function and more than 10,000 participants would represent Haryana in the national-level event, he said.Yoga trainers and physical training instructors from police, education and ayush departments, students of schools and colleges, representatives of NGOs and other social organizations and yog sadhaks of Patanjali Yog Peeth and Bharat Swabhiman Trust would participate in the programme.On International Yoga Day, at least 2,100 participants, will take part in the programmes to be organised at the district level and 500 at the block level, he said. PTI VJ GVS ZMN GVSlast_img read more

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first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:04Places to see in Kawit, Cavite03:43Pagasa: LPA strengthens into Tropical Depression ‘Perla’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue James Kwekuteye led all scorers with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Calvin Oftana added 15 points and seven boards. Evan Nelle orchestrated the offense for San Beda with 14 points and eight assists while AC Soberano added 12 points.“Evan, we really knew that he would lead this team this season,” Fernandez said.Noah Lugo had 14 points and 10 boards for Mapua.Jaycee Marcelino shot 23 points to lead Lyceum past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-71, in the other game.The Pirates notched their sixth straight victory by getting back at their first-round tormentors but can no longer catch up with San Beda on top.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own mancenter_img UP eyes other options after commissioner nixes appeal “We just need to win one of the last three games and we get that top spot,” he said, noting that even with the twice-to-beat advantage, there was a tactical edge to facing the No. 4 squad in the men’s basketball semifinals.“That’s our first goal; the other [goal], we can talk about that when we get that one win,” he added with a knowing chuckle. “Not now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe other unspoken target that Fernandez was referring to was an undefeated elimination round run, and the Lions are now just two games within that feat after ripping Mapua apart, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Even as San Beda held a comfortable 38-28 lead at the end of the first half, the Lions still went into hunting mode in the third, outscoring the Cardinals, 21-9, there for a 59-37 buffer heading into the fourth. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Fifteen games into the NCAA Season 95, coach Boyet Fernandez found himself at a very comfortable perch. Not only were the defending champions unbeaten, they were three wins clear from their closest pursuers.Fernandez did the math.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

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Ministry to appoint observer for Boxing Federation elections

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 9 (PTI) The Sports Ministry will depute an observer for the much-awaited elections to constitute the new Boxing Federation of India, scheduled for September 25 in Mumbai. “#MYAS, GOI decides to depute an observer to the #Boxing federation of #India elections to be held on 25th Sept, 2016 in Mumbai,” the Ministry tweeted from its official handle for the Department of Sports Affairs. Justice (Retd) D K Deshmukh of the Bombay High Court has been appointed the Returning Officer for the election, which is expected to end the administrative logjam that has wrecked havoc on the sports progress. Candidates have until September 15 to file their nominations for the positions of President, Secretary General, Treasurer, Zonal Vice-Presidents (8) and Zonal Secretaries (8). The final list of nominations will be released on September 20. It is learnt that the Presidents position will be a three-way contest between Delhis Rohit Jain, Haryanas Rakesh Thakran and Himachal Pradeshs Rajesh Bhandari. Maharashtras Jay Kowli and Goas Lenny DGama are expected to fight it out for the Secretary Generals position. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) have also been requested to depute observers for the election by the ad-hoc committee which is currently running boxing in the country. Indian boxing has been in an administrative mess ever since the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) was suspended for manipulation in elections. The body which replaced IABF in 2014 — Boxing India — also failed to run the show for even a year and had to be dissolved following a rebellion by the state units. The boxers have suffered the most because of the logjam. Only three — Shiva Thapa (56kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas krishan (75kg) — made the cut for last months Rio Olympics but none could win a medal. PTI PM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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GOLDM Dec16 10GR 31265 31301 31221 31239 94 KGS

first_imgGOLDM Nov16 10GR 31200 31244 31139 31167 1279 KGS GOLDM Oct16 10GR 31332 31332 31128 31158 18481 KGS GOLDPETAL Dec16 1GRM 3138 3138 3125 3127 0 KGS GOLDPETAL Nov16 1GRM 3126 3126 3115 3118 4 KGS GOLDPETAL Oct16 1GRM 3115 3125 3103 3108 41 KGS GOLDPETAL Sep16 1GRM 3109 3112 3101 3108 70 KGS KAPAS Apr17 20KG 932 932 932 932 2 MT LEAD Dec16 1KGS 0 0 0 128.5 0 MT LEAD Nov16 1KGS 0 0 0 127.85 0 MT LEAD Oct16 1KGS 126.3 126.4 125.45 125.55 630 MT LEAD Sep16 1KGS 126 126 124.6 124.75 29565 MT LEADMINI Dec16 1KGS 0 0 0 128.65 0 MT LEADMINI Jan17 1KGS 0 0 0 129.35 0 MT LEADMINI Nov16 1KGS 127 127 127 127 1 MT LEADMINI Oct16 1KGS 126.5 126.6 125.45 125.6 472 MT LEADMINI Sep16 1KGS 126.3 126.3 124.6 124.8 9217 MT MENTHAOIL Dec16 1KGS 0 0 0 942.9 0 MT MENTHAOIL Nov16 1KGS 923.4 923.4 921.6 922.5 7 MT MENTHAOIL Oct16 1KGS 910.8 916 909.6 912 220 MT MENTHAOIL Sep16 1KGS 898.2 907.1 898.2 902.7 3478 MT NATURALGAS Nov16 1mmB 211.7 217.6 211.5 214 463 mmB NATURALGAS Oct16 1mmB 196.9 202.6 196.7 199 4067 mmB NATURALGAS Sep16 1mmB 189 195.8 189 192.4 64350 mmB NICKEL Dec16 1KGS 0 0 0 706.5 0 KGS NICKEL Nov16 1KGS 0 0 0 701.8 0 KGS MORE PTI JMFlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli in his 50th Test: His key landmarks so far

first_imgFollowing a hard-fought draw in the first Test against England in Rajkot, India now look to apply themselves better in the second Test in Vizag.However, as both the teams battle it out for domination in the marathon five-Test series, India captain Virat Kohli will reach another milestone in his short yet glorious Test career. (Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Kohli will be hungry to lead India to victory in his 50th Test match at the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium in Visakhapatnam.Five years since he made his Test debut against West Indies in Kingston, Kohli has had a phenomenal journey in the longest format of the game. The Delhi dasher has amassed 3643 runs at an average of 46.11, smashing 13 hundreds and 12 fifties.Meanwhile, England batsman Joe Root too will be playing in his 50th Test. In 49 matches so far, Root has scored 4231 runs at an average of 53.55, slamming 11 hundreds and 23 half centuries. (Demonetisation is the greatest move in Indian political history: Virat Kohli)At 28, Kohli is rated among the top Test batsmen and has found tremendous success as captain of the Indian team. Kohli has led India to four consecutive Test series victories since becoming a full time captain. His journey so far includes historic series victories over Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies, and a 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand.Here’s a look at Kohli’s extraordinary journey Tests:  TEST DEBUTKohli made a low-key Test debut in West Indies in June, 2011, scoring 76 runs in three matches. However, he steadily climbed up the ladders after a below-par performance in his debut year. In 2012, Kohli made 689 runs in nine matches, while in 2013, he scored 616 runs in 8 Tests. The year 2014 was a good year for Kohli in Test cricket where he amassed 847 runs in 10 matches. However, in 2015, Kohli slowed down a bit as he managed only 640 runs in nine Tests. Kohli came back strongly this year, scoring 649 runs in eight Tests so far at an average of 59. (Will Virat Kohli break free against England?)advertisementMAIDEN HUNDREDAustralia and the Adelaide Oval remain a special place in Kohli’s career. Kohli’s love affair with Australia is well documented as it was there he scored his maiden Test ton. He showed India’s senior batsmen how it should be done by scoring a fine century in his eighth Test. He was almost run out on 99 as he frantically searched for the run to raise triple figures.  DEBUT AS TEST CAPTAINKohli, who was exposed to Test captaincy under extraordinary circumstances, has enjoyed instant success in the role. Kohli led the Test team against Australia in 2014 when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unavailable for the opening Test. But an undeterred Kohli smashed a hundred in each innings to almost push India to victory.  Dhoni came back to lead in the second Test before calling time on the his Test career. However, Kohli took the leadership role with pride and scored another hundred in the third Test. Though India lost the four-match series 2-0, Kohli had already announced his arrival as captain. (Have lost all adjectives for Virat Kohli, nobody at par with him: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)TWO DOUBLE HUNDREDS AS TEST CAPTAINKohli is the first and only Indian captain to slam two double hundreds in Tests. Both his double tons came in 2016, against West Indies and New Zealand.  Kohli’s maiden double ton was against the West Indies in Antigua in July, where he led the team to a 2-0 win. His second double century came recently against New Zealand in Indore as India completed a 3-0 series whitewash against the Black Caps.CAPTAINCY RECORDUnder Kohli’s captaincy, Team India are currently No.1 in Test rankings and the team to beat, having won their last four Test series. Kohli’s real success as Test captain came in Sri Lanka when he led the team to a historic 2-1 victory. His next assignment was against South Africa, where he led the team to a 3-0 victory in the four-Test series at home. Against West Indies, Kohli, who became the first Indian captain to score a double century in Tests, marshalled his troops to a 2-0 victory in the Caribbean.Next on Kohli’s radar were the Black Caps. New Zealand, under the leadership of young Kane Williamson, came to India for a three-Test series. However, Kohli’s men thrashed the Kiwis, winning the series 3-0, with the captain scoring his second double hundred.In 18 Test matches, Kohli has won 10, lost 2, while 6 matches ended in draw. Kohli is fourth in the list of India’s most successful captains (in terms of wins) after MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin.advertisementlast_img read more

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Is Ansal Plaza all set to be the new hangout for foodies in Delhi?

first_imgRemember the time when you could walk into Ansal Plaza in Khelgaon, and have a good time?Well, those times are now back again.The mall, one of the first to open in Delhi way back in 1999, was quite the pioneer in organised retail in North India. Ansal Plaza soon became a favourite with Delhi-walas.But, with increasing competition in the field, the need to update Ansal Plaza was felt by the management. The mall was renovated and re-launched recently, and is all set to be the hippest hangout for Delhi’s foodies.How, you ask?The newly reopened mall had a soft re-launch owing to the government’s demonetisation move. Picture courtesy: Instagram/sbhm.bWith an international chain of night clubs like The Arena and Taksim, and Food and Beverage retailers like The Sky High and Kofuku, what more can you expect? In fact, Ansal Plaza now claims to be Delhi’s ‘ultimate destination for experiencing a variety of World Cuisine’.Also read: This new food joint in Delhi is all set to produce 10,000 momos an hour. Seriously! The Arena, one of the participants, is one of the classiest bars, and offers Continental cuisine and a fantastic nightlife. This is one place that’s tailor-made for the sophisticated and plush foodies of Delhi.The Sky High is a new restaurant at Ansal Plaza. Picture courtesy: Instagram/blessinvarkeyThe Sky High, on the other hand, has a charm and appeal that very few can resist. It claims to be Delhi’s largest terrace cafe with a breathtaking 360 degree view from the topmost floor of Ansal Plaza. With a menu reflecting cuisines from around the world, The Sky High also has a live barbeque and India’s first ever jellyfish sheesha to offer.advertisementAnsal Plaza also has an outlet of Decathlon, one of the largest international network of sports goods retail chain and brands, opening up soon.The renovated mall opened last week itself, but the re-launch was subdued owing to the recent demonetisation move by the Indian government. And yet, the place hasn’t failed to attract crowds of Delhiites.And given the new attractions this place has to offer this city’s foodies, who could say no to a day spent at Ansal Plaza?last_img read more

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Mercedes Benz C250D vs Mercedes Benz C63 AMG: Executive-Sedan vs Super-Sedan

first_imgThese two cars should be like chalk and cheese – executive-sedan versus super-sedan, wood versus carbon fibre, beige versus red, leather versus Alcantara, ECO versus RACE mode, inline-four versus V8, turbo-diesel versus biturbo petrol. Choosing one over the other could save you enough to consider a 3BHK in an area where your neighbours probably own one of these.ALSO READ: Mahindra Thar Club Challenge 2016 turns out to be a hitDespite all of that, they’re not that far apart. Because even though they’re in very different segments, it could very well be the same executive who starts dreaming of AMG-lettering alongside the C-badge on the rear of his sedan. In fact, the differences only serves to bring out the similarities.The main differentiator that a not-so-regular C has just passed you the four pipe exits. And a wall of angry V8 sound. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Like the way they look. The newest generation C-Class borrows the general look-and-feel of the S-Class but packages it into a 2,840mm wheelbase with an overall length of 4,686mm. The new C 250 diesel doesn’t change anything, over the already available C 200 or C 220 d models. There’s the same two-slat grille, beautiful headlamps with the subtly-curved DRLs, deep air dams and tasteful chrome. Not to mention the long hood, swoopy roofline, short rear deck and those oh-so-beautiful tail lamps punctuating the convex rear end.Both cabins are similarly luxurious. good for the AMG, considering its super-sedan competition. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Carbon fibre and aluminium accents have an industrial feel, set off by the rich leather upholstery and Alcantara-wrapped wheel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The AMG looks exactly the same, just drenched in protein shakes multiple times over a year-long P90 regimen. It squats lower, the hood has been lengthened 71mm to make room for the V8, additional cooling and strut braces. In the process, the hood also developed rippling power bulges. The bumper gets a carbon fibre splitter and more pronounced air dams. Wheel arches look impossibly flared thanks to a widened front track, just about keeping the staggered front-back 245/265 section 19-inch rubber in check under them.More carbon fibre, in design at least, on the dials. Favourite is the boost gauge. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Jeep Compass: Everything you need to knowadvertisementCOMAND interface, all controls have a wonderful tactile feel to them. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Along the side, where the C has lovely chrome rubbing strips, the AMG has carbon fibre. Then there’s the rear end. That short rear deck gets a spoiler running right along the edge, almost invisibly so. And of course, the main differentiator that a not-so-regular C has just passed you – the four pipe exits. And a wall of angry V8 sound.Little i button activates the HUD on the windscreen for speed and revs. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)You see the silver stuff? All aluminium. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) All of which hits you on the inside as well. In the C 63 S, I swear you can hear the engine breathe in for a split second when you press the throttle, before it erupts. There’s a distinct turbo whoosh but only if you have the door open, close it and all you hear is the low V8 rumble of an approaching train. The interiors of both these cars are similarly luxurious and that bodes well for the AMG, considering its super-sedan competition.You see the silver stuff? All aluminium. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)On top of the exceedingly well-crafted surfaces, switches, vents and such, there’s also the 13-speaker Burmester sound system. Not to forget the AMG specials – a flat-bottomed steering wheel with Alcantara accents and the race car-like 12 o’clock indicator, carbon fibre trim over the centre console, sport seats and red seatbelts. It also gets a few extra buttons for the sports exhaust, AMG ride control and traction control settings. Oh and the clock in the centre of the console is an IWC, adjustable through the COMAND interface.Drive mode select best left in Sport+, with AMG ride control set in Comfort. Traction off, for extra grins. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Hyundai Elantra vs Skoda OctaviaThe C 250 d on the other hand gets a “regular” Mercedes clock, apart from a SYNC button for the dual-zone climate control to be matched instantly. Also, there are no controls for the rear passenger to adjust temperature or fan speed like on the AMG. Which for the diesel C-Class, likely to be a chauffeur-driven, is an omission worth pointing out. Unless, could Mercedes have other plans for the owner?advertisementWood grain inserts, the same lovely aluminium trim and the dual-tone colour palette makes the cabin feel spacious. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The C 250 d comes with the same 2.1-litre twin-turbo, diesel in the C 220 d but tuned to produce 34 horsepower more, at 204bhp. The main point of interest is the 500Nm of torque that maxes out between 1,600-1,800 revs. The new-to-the-C, nine-speed 9G-TRONIC transmission is smart enough to keep that creamy torque right where you want it too. So at a steady 100kmph, the engine is relaxed at a little over 1,300rpm. Slow moving car ahead of you? A slight nudge will see you pass in a matter of seconds and a downshift or two, that’s how effortless the new powertrain is. Space for two cups or a phone, the cubbyhole isnt deep enough to accomodate both. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)As obviously more skewed towards the driver that this diesel C250d is, I think it drives best in Comfort, where a higher gear than necessary takes precedent every time. Sport and Sport+ make the car feel more on-edge than befitting its otherwise laid-back character. Still, downshifts are quick, whether by nudging the throttle or through the paddle shifters. It’s also very, very refined and you barely hear the engine at all. Which is what you want in an executive sedan with the three-pointed star on its hood. Placement of gear lever ideal at traffic lights, push the selector button in for Park without taking your hands off the steering wheel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: We give you the ultimate guide to travel India Of course, the other sedan here with the three-pointed star on its hood is an attention-seeking child. India only gets the AMG C 63 S version, which has the 4-litre V8 tuned to 510bhp. Yup, that’s 500 plus horsepower from a car that can seat five. While it’s a step down size-wise, from the earlier gen C 63 with a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre engine, this new hand built lump of anger makes more power and torque thanks to the two turbos nestled within the cylinder banks. In fact, there’s a whole 700Nm of torque to play with from 1,750rpm. And AMG engineers have been very particular to tune throttle response to the point where you just can’t tell that you’re driving a turbo.Paddle shifters in a diesel? Sure, theres nine gears to shift through. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)They’ve also been very attentive to the exhaust system, carefully measuring out exhaust runner lengths to provide the large displacement V8 sound that makes heads turn. Especially with the trick sports exhaust system that opens up valves that give you the full bore growl. From standstill the AMG will do 100kmph in 4 seconds. From there the speedo needle sweeps right almost as quickly as the revs do. This car will do serious speeds in no time at all, while top speed is electronically limited to 250kmph. The surprise here comes from the diesel corner. The C 250 d has a claimed 0-100kmph time of just 6.6s and a top speed of 247kmph.advertisementCentre-most toggle brings up climate control settings. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)For laughs, the AMG comes with a Comfort mode too. This affects the steering feel, throttle response, suspension stiffness and the dynamic engine mounts in the car. It also makes the C 63 quieter, which we didn’t think was fitting. We much prefer Sport+ or Race, where the car feels so tightly wound, a whisper could set it off. Here’s where the AMG shines. The electromechanical steering offers precise movements and feedback is superbly judged.ALSO READ: Living life with the Maruti Suzuki BalenoAt much, much higher speeds only Sport+ or Race offer the weight necessary for confidence. It’s a good thing, because the AMG can really attack corners, there’s just so much grip. It’s also really predictable, with under steer safely letting you know when you’ve reached the limit. So instead you lean on the optional carbon-ceramic brakes into a corner, get the front end to bite and then let the electrically controlled LSD meter out power to the rear wheels. This makes for very entertaining mid-corner antics, all perfectly controlled with ESP and traction control on.Under the right road conditions (and possibly a full moon night) Sport+ on the diesel C could almost be a Comfort+ on the AMG. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)And the C 250 d inherits much of the same behaviour, just dialled down. In fact, under the right road conditions (and possibly a full moon night) Sport+ on the diesel C could almost be a Comfort+ on the AMG.  VerdictMercedes-AMG C 63 SIf you value usable performance over making heads turn and smartphones pop out of car windows, the AMG is for you. While it looks like a C-Class that’s been modified and thus flies under the radar of most people, it does give you supercar performance – with decent ground clearance, space for five and all the luxury you could want.     ALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s SUV cred put to testMercedes-Benz C 250 dThe new, more powerful diesel-C adds some niceties like interior ambient lighting, park assist and more to make the experience a whole lot better. The main talking point is the retuned engine that adds some horsepower and torque that does make the driving experience more effortless. If anyone other than yourself will be driving it, look at the C 220. Otherwise, look no further.last_img read more

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Markovic on Anderlecht: Money was not the issue

first_imgLiverpool attacker Lazar Markovic has dismissed claims that his proposed deadline day transfer to Anderlecht collapsed due to his wage demands.The Reds had agreed a £2.9 million ($3.9m) deal with the Belgian club, following a successful loan spell at Anderlecht for the second half of the 2017-18 season.Markovic also turned down a move to PAOK in order to rejoin Anderlecht, but was unable to agree personal terms depite flying to Belgium in order to complete the deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His wage demands were rumoured to be a bone of contention, leading to Anderlecht withdrawing from the trade, but the 24-year-old is adamant that there were other reasons at play.Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club. However, money was not the issue !!!!! Good luck in the future @rscanderlecht— Lazar Marković (@LMarkec50) September 3, 2018″Thank you for making such a great effort for trying to get me back in the club,” he wrote on Twitter. “However, money was not the issue! Good luck in the future Anderlecht.”Markovic has been at Anfield since 2014, arriving for £20m (£26m) from Benfica, but has played just 19 Premier League games since, scoring two goals.In order to gain more first team experience, he has spent time on loan at Fenerbahce, Sporting CP, Hull and Anderlecht.Despite the summer transfer falling through, Markovic is likely to leave Liverpool in the next 12 months, as his contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.The Reds are unlikely to renew his deal and had been hoping to make some small return on their investment by selling him before then.Markovic’s faltering career at club level has also had an impact on his international career, with his last cap for Serbia coming in 2016.He has played 22 times for his country, but failed to play any part in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and has not been named in manager Mladen Krstajic’s squad for the Nations League games against Lithuania and Romania. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Make most of the outdoors

first_imgArya Nerker, Head of Design for Home, Nicobar, Delhi www.nicobar.comProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M ZhazoBefore setting a table for outdoors consider your entire space especially when choosing the elements that are used on the table. Make it as personal as possible. Our garden has red spring flowers and ample green, so,Arya Nerker, Head of Design for Home, Nicobar, Delhi www.nicobar.comProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M ZhazoBefore setting a table for outdoors consider your entire space especially when choosing the elements that are used on the table. Make it as personal as possible. Our garden has red spring flowers and ample green, so we decided to keep the colour palette black and white. This is even in the flowers that are kept in small table bouquets. One can also use tall palm leaves to set the mood but we decided to skip them here given the abundant greens around the setting.Plateful of styleProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Kick it off with table linen as it sets the tone. We’ve used a candy-striped grey and white tablecloth for a bit of fun, while keeping things light. Lay the dinner plates next. Remember, the sort of plates you use will be determined by whether it’s a formal or informal setting. This particular one is casual set-up for a springtime outdoor brunch. We’ve layered our Celadon glazed bowl over white plates. Feel free to mix things up using different sorts of napkins.Fill the negative spacesProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Once the plates are set, you will begin to notice negative spaces. Use colours from the table mat to enhane the entire look. In this case black platters, white bowls and black and white salt and pepper shakers have been placed on the table. Seasonal fruits add colour and go well with the overall theme.advertisementServeware comes lastNow place your serveware, filling up (but not overcrowding) the table. Since it is an informal setting, you don’t need a centrepiece, but placing flowers in glass bowls works well. Remember, no table is complete without layering. This is done by placing objects at different heights. So the monochrome salad bowl (which has Japan-inspired motifs) has been placed on a stand, giving it much needed height. Consistency is important so you will find that the salad bowl sports gold cutlery and the spoons for the parfait are gold as well in this setting. Once the table is laid out, sit back, relax and dig into the scrumptious feast.Quick tipsProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Freeze chocolate on the spoons before serving the parfait. It looks pretty and you get a hint of chocolate with every spoonful.Products from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Place a slice of fruit (in this case strawberries) or mint leaves inside the ice cube tray before freezing it. This makes the ice in the glass look attractive and when it melts it adds another dimension to the drink.Products from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Make the plates stand out by placing something on them and folding the napkin in an interesting way.last_img read more

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ZEEL Q4 net grows 6-fold to Rs 1,514 cr, Ten Sports sale helps

first_imgNew Delhi, May 10 (PTI) Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) today reported an over six-fold jump in its consolidated net profit at Rs 1,514 crore for the fourth quarter to March, aided by the sale of its sports business.It had registered a net profit of Rs 226.52 crore in January-March a year ago, ZEEL said in a filing with the BSE.Total income during the quarter under review was at Rs 1,582.89 crore, up 1.50 per cent, as against Rs 1,559.38 crore a year earlier.”PAT for the quarter was Rs 1,514.22 crore, which includes exceptional gain of Rs 1,223.4 crore on account of sale of sports business,” the company said.Its total expenses stood at Rs 1,043.86 crore, down 0.42 per cent from the earlier Rs 1,048.31 crore.”Our domestic advertising revenue grew by 8.1 per cent despite the impact of demonetisation. After a couple of quarters of weakness, advertising growth appears to be back on track,” said ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka.ZEEL earned Rs 846.91 crore as total revenue from advertising during the quarter in question, which was flat as against Rs 847.22 crore of the same quarter last year.”Advertising revenue of our international business was impacted by country-specific issues during the quarter and the base quarter revenue was aided by telecast of popular cricket events in Pakistan,” the company said.Its subscription revenue came in at Rs 557.95 crore, down 6.13 per cent, compared to Rs 594.44 crore in the year-ago period.”Domestic and international subscription revenues for the quarter declined by 2.8 per cent and 18.7 per cent yoy, respectively, largely due to catch-up revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015-16. In addition, consolidation of only two months of sports business impacted subscription revenue during Q4 2016-17,” it said.advertisementFor the year to March 2017, ZEELs consolidated net profit jumped over two folds to Rs 2,220.46 crore as against a net profit of Rs 823.73 crore in the previous fiscal.Its total income for 2016-17 rose 10.82 per cent to Rs 6,658.17 crore as against Rs 6,007.67 crore a year ago.Meanwhile, in a separate filing, ZEEL informed the BSE that its board in a meeting held today recommended payment of 250 per cent dividend, that is Rs 2.50 per share for 2016-17.The stock of ZEEL today settled at Rs 516.05 on the BSE, up 3.98 per cent. PTI KRH ARDlast_img read more

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Kochi venue almost ready for Under-17 FIFA World Cup, insists minister

first_imgOn the day the first deadline ended, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, one of the proposed venues for the U-17 World Cup football tournament, taking place in India for the first time, is almost ready, a Kerala Minister said on Monday.Kerala Minister for Sports and Industries A.C. Moideen told reporters at the venue here that the stadium is almost ready on the day of the deadline, which is Monday.”Things are panning out as we have planned and today is the day where we had to finish certain works as desired by the FIFA delegation. We are happy with what has been done. In the next two days, we have the next deadline and we will be ready and then there are some works to be finished by the May 30. Things are fine and we have no concerns at all,” Moideen said.The FIFA delegation is arriving on Thursday, when they will have a look at what has been done to make the stadium suitable for hosting U-17 World Cup matches.Kochi was awarded one quarter-final on October 22, besides six Group D matches.New chairs have been fixed at the stadium and it all remains to be seen if the visiting FIFA delegation will be happy over the work that’s going on in getting the practice venues ready.last_img read more

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IPL 2017 final: MS Dhoni-Steve Smith communication has been outstanding, says Stephen Fleming

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant coach Stephen Fleming said Steve Smith and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s “outstanding” relationship was key to the team’s success this season as they eye their maiden Indian Premier League title.Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant will take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2017 final on Sunday at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Fleming tried to downplay the rumours of rift between Smith and Dhoni, who was replaced by the 27-year-old Australian as captain of the Pune franchise before the start of the season.”Between the two of them it has been outstanding. Much has been made of the relationship. Certainly sitting with them, it has been influential for the youngsters, beneficial for the senior players, and it has been helpful for me. So it has been a great dynamic to be part of,” Fleming said on the eve of the final.The change in captaincy appeared to have been prompted by Pune’s ordinary outing last year when they finished seventh in the points table after winning just five of their 14 matches.Under Smith, Pune have enjoyed a massive turnaround, reaching their maiden IPL final.Fleming also defended Dhoni, who has been under criticism from many quarters for his below-par show this season.Dhoni, regarded as one of the best limited-overs finishers to have ever played the game, managed to score 280 runs in 15 matches, including one half-century.”Dhoni has been very successful. He is one of the most successful players of the last decade to have played,” said Fleming, who has been associated with with Dhoni since the first edition of the league in 2008. The former New Zealand captain was also the coach of the now suspended Chennai Super Kings franchise, which was led by Dhoni.advertisement”He has been criticised for not doing as much, but what you have to appreciate is how good he was when he was doing it time and time again,” he added.Dhoni is set to become the first player in history to make it to the IPL final for the seventh time when he takes the field on Sunday.”Another opportunity to win a final for him, something that I know he is up for and motivated for. It has been good this year, he has played some cameo roles,” Fleming said.last_img read more

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Ravi Shastri’s appointment as India coach likely to solve complex issues

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anil Kumble did not communicate enough with each other – that is now a confirmed fact after India Today revealed the manager’s report from the Champions Trophy.Reports of a rift between Kohli and Kumble had first surfaced before India began their defence of the Champions Trophy in England. Kohli, on the eve of India’s tournament opener against Pakistan, dismissed these reports as mere speculation. (MS Dhoni needs to play till 2019 World Cup: Write him off at your own risk)But it was all crystal clear a couple of weeks later. Following a massive defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, Kumble quit citing differences with Kohli. The captain, Kumble said, did not like his style of coaching and his role had become untenable.And then Kohli deleted a tweet he had put out welcoming Kumble as coach of India last year. That perhaps underlined how badly the relationship between the two had soured.There were reports that the captain and coach had stopped talking to each other. Kumble, India’s greatest match-winner, Kohli, young India’s new leader, were clearly at loggerheads.India Today has now accessed the team manager’s report which confirmed communication had broken down between Kohli and Kumble. Kapill Malhotra, who was Team India manager for the Champions Trophy, stated in his report the captain and coach did not communicate much with each other.They were all of course part of team meetings. Now, imagine. How distinctly difficult does it get for the team when the two most important cogs in the wheel do not “communicate with each other.”advertisementIndian cricket has been through this turmoil before. Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell had an ugly fallout and the whole team of superstars was up in arms against the Australian whose tenure as coach had wrecked havoc in the dressing-room.The Kumble-Kohli rift was of course totally different. Unlike Chappell, Kumble delivered results and had the empathy of former cricketers, who felt he was was disrespcted.But the show must go on and the BCCI’s vast machinery is hard at work to select Kumble’s successor.So, a year after Kumble’s ceremonious takeover as coach, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will look at a new set of candidates to succeed a man who left under controversial circumstances.Among the men to be interviewed is Ravi Shastri, the former team director who shaped up the team before Kumble’s appointment. The others in contention are: Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons.Sehwag and Moody were the clear frontrunners till Shastri was convinced to apply again. He had thrown his hat in the ring last year too but Kumble was favoured over him. His entry this year means the CAC is seriously contemplating giving in to Kohli’s wish – the captain and team want him back in the dressing-room as coach.Shastri is well liked by the players and there is mutual respect. Overall, his approach was different to Kumble’s and players seem to trust him more.India were on a high in 2016, winning one Test series after another in a historic home season. But they will face some serious challenges in the months to come. Overseas tours of South Africa, Australia and England would need the team to play at its best.Kumble was fantastic as coach but something did not tick. Kohli was not very pleased. While many may argue that the captain got his way too easily, it is also important to understand that he is the man in charge on the field.Sehwag, it was understood, was the CAC’s second favourite in case Kumble did not continue. The former Delhi opener, however, might want to bring in his own support staff which may not be agreeable to the players – that they want Shastri is no secret.If bringing Shastri back at the helm gives the team some joy then so be it. He is a shrewd cricketer with a sharp cricketing brain and India did not do badly at all under his stewardship – their journey to the World Cup semi-final was memorable.last_img read more

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COA chief Vinod Rai instructs BCCI to finalise coach today

first_imgIn a dramatic twist since last night the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) management to close out the selection process for Team India’s head coach today.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOSources confirmed to India Today that the coach selection process should get done by this evening. CoA chief Vinod Rai is in Singapore at the moment and has spoken to the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri regarding this matter.Earlier, on Monday, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman besides Ganguly, had put the appointment of next India coach on hold despite completion of the interview process.Ganguly had said CAC would want to speak with Kohli once he returned from USA and explain to him the way the coach aspirants wanted to work.ALSO WATCHGanguly said the CAC was in no rush to appoint the next coach and it was important for everyone to be in sync with what Indian cricket needed.”We are in no rush to announce the head coach. We are not just looking at the Sri Lankan tour. At the end of the day, neither the BCCI secretary nor us are going to play. We are part of the system. We have to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Ganguly said.”The crux of the matter: I was captain, Laxman was one of the best in the world. (We have to think of the) best way forward for the boys is important). Virat, who we respect a lot, is an important cog in the wheel. The announcement will be made after speaking to Virat.advertisement”We want to talk to Virat and tell him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure that everyone is on the same page,” he said.last_img read more

Read More COA chief Vinod Rai instructs BCCI to finalise coach today