UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19UEFA announce changes to Champions League from 2018/19

first_imgUEFA announced significant changes to the Champions League on Friday with the top four European leagues each guaranteed four places in the group stage from the 2018/19 season.Under the present system, the top three leagues – currently Spain, Germany and England – have three places each while their fourth-placed teams must play off over two legs for a place in the group stage.The fourth ranked league, currently Italy, have only two guaranteed places plus one in the playoff round. (Also read: Pep Guardiola will be returning to Barcelona in Champions League)UEFA uses a complicated coefficient to determine the rankings of the national leagues.The changes came after Europe’s top clubs had discussed the possibility of forming a Super League, possibly even without UEFA’s authorisation.UEFA also stopped short of guaranteeing captive places for certain big clubs, another possibility which, sources said, had been discussed privately in meetings over the past few months.Several big clubs, such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Inter Milan and AC Milan, have missed out on this season’s group stage after performing poorly in their respective leagues last season. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award)UEFA competitions director Giorgio Marchetti told reporters that the format itself would remain the same with a qualifying stage, followed by a 32-team group stage and then a knockout competition.Marchetti said that four places in the group stage, compared to five at present, would be set aside for the national champions of smaller countries who have to play their way through a qualifying competition.advertisementUEFA has been without a president since last December when Frenchman Michel Platini was banned for eight years by global soccer body FIFA for ethics violations, later reduced to four on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).UEFA will hold an election to find a replacement for Platini in Athens on September 16. Michael van Praag, Angel Maria Villar and Aleksandar Ceferin, the heads of the Dutch, Spanish and Slovenian federations respectively, are the three candidates.last_img read more


first_img6th race: The Khammam Plate (Cat III), dist 1200 M6th race: The Khammam Plate (Cat III), dist 1200 M Ans Ans Ans (M/s M Ramachandra Rao & Ramachandra Raju Manthena) 57.5 P SaiKumar first George Cross 60 Srinath second Vijays Dynamite 59.5 DeepShanker third Golden Adara 57.5 carried 55 Ajit Singh fourth All eleven ran Won by : 1 1/4 l, 2 3/4 l, 1 l Time : One minute 14.46 seconds Tote : Rs 18 for win, Rs 9, Rs 8 and Rs 7 for places Favourite: Sea Castle Winner Trained by: R H Sequeira Forecast : Rs 84 Shp : Rs 27 Quinela : Rs 42 Tanala : Rs 204 each paid on 549 tickets. 1st treble : Rs 665 each paid on 46 tickets 2nd treble : Rs 387 each paid on 122 tickets Jockpot : Rs 2254 each paid on 113 tickets Consolation Jockpot: Rs 253 each paid on 430 tickets. PTI CORR KR NRB AHlast_img

Virat Kohli’s double standards: He wants fresh juice for teammates but endorses PepsiVirat Kohli’s double standards: He wants fresh juice for teammates but endorses Pepsi

first_imgIt is no secret that Indian cricket star Virat Kohli takes his diet and fitness seriously. A role model and youth icon for both men and women alike, the world’s best batsman is known for his protein-rich diet comprising lean meat, salmon and boiled vegetables. (Six-pack Virat shows the way: Team India demands Kohli’s chicken and coffee diet) A BCCI official told Mail Today that Kohli’s healthy diet plan has been so popular with the rest of his Indian teammates that they too have demanded a similar diet chart. BCCI has to this effect written an  e-mail to all the venues to provide the Indian Test cricket team with protein-rich, healthy meals during all practice sessions and matches in the home series that began on Thursday. The demand has been made so that the  players do not binge on oily food items and consume aerated drinks. While grilled chicken or paneer dishes for vegetarians serve as important sources of protein, a blender has also been demanded as Kohli is against the idea of packaged juices. He feels that even the best packaged fruit juices may contain sugar and carbohydrates in them. While it looks very inspirational from the outside, one can’t help but wonder where Kohli’s strictness for healthy lifestyle goes when it comes to endorsing aerated drinks. From the 15 brands or so that Kohli endorses, one of them is Pepsi. (Virat Kohli on course to leapfrog MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain) We may call it selfish, but the very idea of advertising a kind of product that one is against shows the double standards of the superstar. It looks like the youth icon, who was known to gorge on butter chicken as a kid, believes in a healthy lifestyle only for himself and of course his celebrated teammates. What about the millions of young people who hang on to every word he says? Diet and work-out go hand in hand. The human stamina goes down if one’s diet is not healthy. In a recent interview, Kohli said, “I believe every individual has his own fitness level. So, one has to work according to his level. Other players in the team dont have to be fit like me. They have to be fit. Also, fitness varies for everybody. So, one has to work accordingly. You have to compete with yourself to raise your level of fitness. And, just keep trying to better yourself.”advertisement Kohli is a public figure, a youth icon and his words carry weight. He believes in high levels of fitness and has often openly talked about the sacrifices he has made – no binge eating for years. He has been known to force his teammates, including Harbhajan Singh into falling into a regular fitness regimen.And here he is, endorsing Pepsi, a cola drink which is known to stir up certain side effects. In the last few years, many environmentalists and health experts have come out against consumption of Pepsi. One of the most popular arguments against it is that it is harmful for the body as it contains pesticides, the over consumption of the drink makes one fat and also cancerous. (India can be the best in Test after bumper season: Virat Kohli) Pepsi, studies, have shown, help you put on weight and spoils the teeth besides creating hormonal imbalance. One of the top most athletes in the world, Kohli has more than three crore fans on Facebook and over seven million followers on Instagram. He is currently India’s most celebrated batsmen and the Test captain. There are innumerable pages on the Internet sharing Kohli’s fitness tips and diet charts. It is slightly unfair to his millions of fans that on one hand he has a magnificent athletic body, thanks to his healthy lifestyle, and on the other hand he encourages not only unhealthy but also harmful aerated drinks by endorsing them. Celebrities have the right to decide what brands they want to endorse and what they do not want  to support. But cricketers and movie stars in the past, have been known to turn down lucrative offers from alcohol and tobacco companies because they did not feel right about it. Had Kohli said no to PepsiCo’s offer after MS Dhoni’s contract ended, it would have gone a long way in enhancing his stature further as a true statesman of the great game of cricket.last_img read more

Aston Martin DB11 goes into productionAston Martin DB11 goes into production

first_imgAston Martin has commenced production of the highly anticipated DB11 for UK customers, the first core car launched under the luxury carmaker’s six year ‘Second Century Plan’.  With the first DB11 coming off the Gaydon production line today, first deliveries to customers will take place during October.ALSO READ: Aston Martin DB11 unveiled at Geneva Motor ShowAndy Palmer, President and CEO, Aston Martin said, “It’s an exciting moment for the entire company when the first car of a new model goes into production. The DB11 is a special car and it heralds the start of a new and exciting era for Aston Martin.”The new DB11 is the first in a line of seven new models to be launched over the next seven years, in line with the company’s ‘Second Century Plan’, which takes the 103-year-old company into its next century of operation.ALSO READ:Aston Martin RapidE set to become a production modelThe DB11 is the latest model from the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline for which Aston Martin is so famous.The Aston Martin DB11 has received rave reviews since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March.  To date, over 3,000 orders for the new DB11 have been received and they will all be hand-built at the company’s sports car production plant and headquarters, in Gaydon, Warwickshire.ALSO READ:Aston Martin considers Macedonia for new car plantEarlier this year, Aston Martin announced the company’s second UK manufacturing facility will open in St Athan in Wales where the new crossover will be built.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgKabaddi World Cup to commence tomorrow Ahmedabad, Oct 6 (PTI) The Kabaddi World Cup is all set to begin here tomorrow, with organisers and players of competing countries today expressing confidence of taking the game to new heights of popularity across the globe. Addressing the media at a pre-event press conference, International Kabaddi Federation chief Deoraj Chaturvedi said that 12 out of 32 Kabaddi playing countries will participate in the fortnight-long tournament, which will be concluding on October 22. The game, which begins tomorrow at a new multi-purpose stadium, TransStadia, built here under a public private partnership. “Twelve wonderful teams from five Olympic geographies will clash with each other. Another big milestone is that it will be played at a World Cup facilitated stadium TransStadia here, which has come up here in such a short time,” he said. “Kabaddi is our (Indias) own game and I take that today it is played in 32 countries, out of which 12 countries are participating,” he said. The 12 participating teams are India, USA (rpt USA), England, Australia, Iran, Poland, Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, Japan, Argentina, and Kenya. The tournament, being organised by the International Kabaddi Federation, will be broadcast live in 120-odd countries by Star Sports, which will be a first for a kabaddi tournament, Chaturvedi said. “It is for the first time that kabaddi will be showcased and exposed to the world, and I am sure this World Cup will create a history and will help us promoting the game throughout the world,” he said. Twelve teams have been divided into two pools of six teams each with inaugural matches being played tomorrow between India and South Korea, and United States and Iran. Speaking about the tournament, India team captain Anup Kumar accepted that there is pressure due to the presence of worlds best teams. “It is a big tournament and all teams are very good, some teams are new and playing with them will be a new experience, and I believe there is pressure. Our only target is to keep the trophy in the country,” he said. Speaking at the press conference, Anupam Goswami, head of kabaddi at Star Sports, said that the World Cup will further popularise the game across the world, after a successful show of Pro-Kabaddi League. “We strongly believe that in one of these days we will see India as a powerhouse of sports beyond cricket. Pro Kabaddi League is the second most viewed league after IPL, and we will expand it further in the coming years,” he said. “We hope to make as much an impact for Kabaddi across the world by this tournament as we did for the country with with pro Kabaddi,” he added. PTI KA PD DK ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova is a cheater, I don’t look up to her anymore: Eugenie BouchardMaria Sharapova is a cheater, I don’t look up to her anymore: Eugenie Bouchard

first_imgMaria Sharapova won her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban, beating Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Wednesday.The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 was earlier given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators, receiving a polite applause and some whistling when she entered the sold-out arena.After a shaky start and conceding seven of the first eight points, Sharapova settled and showed flashes of her old self.It was the Russian’s first match since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who is playing in a tournament in Istanbul this week, became the latest in a line of players critical of Sharapova’s being allowed to compete on the women’s tour.”I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so, to me, I mean I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be able to play that sport again,” Bouchard said.”It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true. I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids, you know, cheat, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms. I don’t think that’s right and it’s definitely not someone I can say I look up to anymore because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit.””She’s a cheater. She shouldn’t be allowed to play ever again.” We asked @GenieBouchard about Sharapova’s comeback. https://t.co/Os6uI6KraI pic.twitter.com/VVxSJhpJJ6advertisement- TRT World (@trtworld) April 26, 2017Meanwhile, Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open.French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli said Wednesday the announcement will be made on Facebook on May 16.”The only guarantee I gave her is to call her beforehand,” Guidicelli said.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami return in India’s 15-member squad for ICC Champions TrophyRohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami return in India’s 15-member squad for ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgStar batsman Rohit Sharma made a comeback to the Indian ODI squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, more than five months after being sidelined through injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named a 15-member squad for the upcoming tournament in England starting June 1.Unhappy with the new revenue model, which considerably slashes their share from global events in the 2015-23 cycle, India failed to submit a squad by an April 25 deadline, triggering panic among advertisers.Several members of the BCCI were in favour of pulling out of the tournament but court-appointed administrators, who are currently supervising BCCI operations, were against such drastic moves.WATCH: BCCI announces 15-member India squad for ICC Champions Trophy in JuneRohit has been drafted into the squad in place of opener KL Rahul, who is nursing a shoulder injury and will be out of action for another couple of months.Virat Kohli’s team will also see the return of fast-bowler Mohammed Shami, who is also making a comeback from injury and last played for the team in the World Cup in 2015.Ajinkya Rahane has been included as well while Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Umesh Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, and Jasprit Bumrah have retained their places in the squad thanks to their consistent performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey has also kept his place.There were no other surprises to the squad that had got the better of England earlier this year. Rohit returned from a long injury lay-off to lead Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL while Shami has also looked fit on his return for the Delhi Daredevils. advertisementChinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s name was also discussed in the meeting but he didn’t get the nod as Yuvraj and Kedar can be used as part-time spinners if needed.Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad also said Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik are the stand-by players.”The stand-by players will be issued visas and will practise at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru,” said Prasad.India will start their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4. India Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Ajax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley BlindAjax will offer true test in Europa League final, says Daley Blind

first_imgManchester United must not underestimate Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League final on Wednesday, defender Daley Blind has said.United finished sixth in the Premier League, 24 points behind champions Chelsea, while Ajax finished second in the Dutch league, one point behind champions Feyenoord.”They fought to be in the final and they are there for a reason,” he says. “When you reach a final you absolutely cannot afford to underestimate your opponents.”They came second in their league by a point, we missed out on the top four…Right now there is only one game that counts, and that is the final.”Blind won four consecutive Dutch titles with Ajax before moving to United in 2014 while his father, Danny, also played for and managed the club.”Everybody knows I support Ajax, I am from Amsterdam and I played there since I was seven, but now I am at United I am a Red and I want to win this final more than anything in the world,” the 27-year-old said.Blind was rested on Sunday as United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in their final league game of the season.last_img read more

Helpline launched for girl students at IIT Kharagpur, enrollment to be increasedHelpline launched for girl students at IIT Kharagpur, enrollment to be increased

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Khargpur has launched a special helpline for girl students this year along with an exclusive girl’s cell. The initiative has been taken in order to ensure a better gender ratio on campus. At the time of admission at the IITs, the helpline would help girl students with choice filling and understanding seat allocation.As per TOI report, this year 7,137 girls have qualified JEE Advanced (14.14 per cent of the 50,455 qualified candidates).Pallab Banerji, chairman of JEE-Advanced of IIT Kharagpur and professor of Materials Science Centre. said, “Though less in number, the girl students at IIT Kharagpur perform well academically and are at the same time very active in different social and technological clubs and societies and they also enjoy good sports facilities.IIT KGP offers a liberal environment where women have all opportunities to pursue their dreams and flourish. Starting this year, we are making special efforts to encourage more JEE Advanced qualified girls to join us”.(Read: Winners of IIT Guwahati’s Technothlon to be taken on a free guided tour to NASA)Sudeshna Sarkar, head of the department, Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur is heading the initiative with a small team of women including two other lady faculty members and 60 girl students and alumnae of the institute who are helping them as volunteers.JEE Women Counselling 2017A social group JEE Women Counselling 2017 has also been created on a social networking site to help girls clear all their doubts related to admission to IITs. The group is receiving a great response with a lot of girls interacting through the same.advertisement”Over the years we have found that many JEE qualified girls did not get admission to the IITs because they did not fill sufficient choices. This time we are encouraging girls to fill a large number of choices for different branches and IITs to improve their chance of getting into IIT Kharagpur and other IITs. For this we are helping the eligible girls understand different streams at IIT Kharagpur and the career frontiers they would open up,” said Sudeshna Sarkar, head of the department, Computer Science and Engineering.Read: IIT Kharagpur: 9-day Induction Programme to be introduced for freshers Read: IIT Admissions: Top 100 rankers get into IIT Bombaylast_img read more

Players running down contracts will become a norm, says Arsene WengerPlayers running down contracts will become a norm, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgPlayers running down their contracts will become the norm in years to come due to skyrocketing transfer fees, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said.Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have both entered the final year of their deals, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs could also leave Arsenal for free in 12 months’ time.Wenger tried to see the positive side, saying it could be an “ideal situation” for the club as the players would be motivated to perform to impress potential suitors.”I think in the future, you will see it more and more. Why? Because the transfers are so high, even for normal players,” he told reporters on Sunday.”You will see more and more players going into the final year of the contract because no club will want to pay the amount demanded…in the next 10 years, it will become usual.”I think the performance on the day does not depend on the length of the contract, if that was true we would sign everyone for 20 years and be happy.”ALEXIS SANCHEZ SAGA WON’T BE A DISTRACTIONSanchez, who was Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League with 24 goals last season, has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain in the French media, but Wenger was adamant he would stay at the Emirates Stadium.”Do I think he will stay? Yes, of course. How many times did I tell you that?,” the Frenchman added.”One day, he will go and Arsenal will go on. We will all go one day and Arsenal, hopefully, will go on.”advertisementWenger has insisted that the transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez won’t be a distraction to the club this season.Manchester City, Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all been linked with the 28-year-old. However, the Arsenal boss appears determined to hold onto the 28-year-old for the last year of his deal.Wenger, who in the past has sold the Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie to avoid losing them for free when their contracts expired, is however sticking to his guns over Sanchez.”Nobody knows if Sanchez will extend his contract here. What can I do about that? One day he will go and Arsenal will go on. Of course I think he will stay. How many times do I have to tell you?” he added.It is expected that Manchester City will bid 50 million pound for the 28-year-old whose current deal with Arsenal is set to end in 2018.Arsenal will begin their league campaign against Leicester on August 12.last_img read more

Hyderabad to host start up conclave on August 26Hyderabad to host start up conclave on August 26

first_imgHyderabad, Aug 22 (PTI) Entrepreneurship opportunities in sports, along with others, would be debated at a start up conclave to be held here on August 26 and 27.The fifth edition of August Fest would have two events — Scale Up festival and the Sports Carnival. Over 60 business leaders and sports personalities are expected to speak at the events and ten workshops will be held, Adi Vemuru, one of the organisers, told reporters here today.Seasoned shuttler Jwala Gutta said such events are needed to establish an eco-system for sports to take a major leap.Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said the August Fest, into its fifth year, would provide guidance to start up enthusiasts.The state government would promote start ups, he said.There are opportunities for start ups in sports as well with competitive leagues coming up in different sports, he added. PTI SJR RS NSK RDSlast_img read more

Saifai Sports College renamed as Dhyanchand Sports CollegeSaifai Sports College renamed as Dhyanchand Sports College

first_imgLucknow, Aug 30 (PTI) The UP government has decided to rename the Saifai Sports College in the native village of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav as Dhyanchand Sports College, days after doing away with the Samajwadi tag in several schemes of the Akhilesh governmentChief Minister Yogi Adityanath made an announcement in this regard while paying tributes to the hockey wizard on the occasion of sports day in Lucknow yesterday.Saifai Sports College will now be known as Major Dhayanchand Sports College, the chief minister said.Earlier the BJP government had renamed airports, railway stationS and dropped the prefix ?Samajwadi? from the names of ongoing government schemes and projects.Samajwadi Poorvanchal Expressway, the eight-lane highway to connect Lucknow with Ballia via Azamgarh, has already been renamed as Poorvanchal Expressway while the Samajwadi word has also been dropped from the Samajwadi Ambulance Service ? a pet project of previous chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.The Samajwadi Pension Scheme has already become Mukhya Mantri Pension Scheme.To commemorate BJP ideologues, the government has already proposed renaming of the airport terminal in Gorakhpur after Mahayogi Gorakhnath and Agra airport after BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.The proposal for renaming the two terminals has been sent to the Centre after the state cabinet passed such a resolution.The government also proposed to change the name of the Mughalsarai station near Varanasi after Upadhyaya.The chief minister at yesterdays function also announced cash rewards for Olympic medal winners belonging to the state on the lines of those given by the Central government with the gold medal winner getting Rs. 6 crore, silver medal winner Rs. 4 crore and bronze medallists Rs.2 crore.advertisementThe chief minister, who presented Laxman and Rani Laxmibai awards to 14 sportspersons, said that Asian games and Commonwealth winners will also be rewarded on the lines of the rewards given by the central government.PTI SAB DVlast_img read more

Maha govt directs schools to observe Nov 7 as Students DayMaha govt directs schools to observe Nov 7 as Students Day

first_imgMumbai, Nov 5 (PTI) The Maharashtra government has directed its schools and junior colleges in the state to observe November 7 as Students Day, to mark Dr B R Ambedkars entry into school education 117 years back in 1900.A Government Resolution (GR) issued by the state school education and sports department on October 27 in this regard has described the Dalit icons enrolment in school as the dawn of a new era.It was because of the Constitution given by Dr Ambedkar to the nation that the values of freedom, equality, brotherhood and rule of law took roots in the society, said the GR.”Hence the enrolment of Dr B R Ambedkar as a student in the school is a landmark event and proves to be one that changed the course of our history. Dr Ambedkar was a life-long student and cultivated his interest to learn throughout his life,” it further said.Every student is the future of the country and education is the only means for progress, said the GR.”In order to make the students aware that hard work alone can ensure their progress, November 7 should be observed every year as Students Day,” it said.The GR directed all the schools and junior colleges to organise essay writing, elocution competitions, poetry reading and other such events to mark the occasion.As per the GR, Dr Ambedkar enrolled as a student on November 7, 1900 at Pratapsingh High School in the states Satara district. He was enrolled with serial number 1914 in the school register with his signature against his name.advertisementThe school has preserved the historic document. PTI MM GKlast_img read more

OnePlus 6 may come with under display fingerprint scanner and launch as early as March 2018OnePlus 6 may come with under display fingerprint scanner and launch as early as March 2018

first_imgOnePlus wasn’t, seemingly, happy moving the fingerprint scanner to the back on the OnePlus 5T. It was a radical shift from its usual design that keeps the sensor under the home button at front. If the new report is to be believed, it may remove the physical fingerprint scanner altogether on the upcoming OnePlus phone — the OnePlus 6.This can be done in two ways — one  the Apple way and another, the Vivo way.Like the iPhone X, the OnePlus 6 may get a 3D facial recognition system aided by a good camera, infrared light and AI based algorithms. This way it will be much more secure than the face unlock on the OnePlus 5T and will allow OnePlus to do away with the fingerprint scanner altogether.The Vivo way is to put an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor underneath the display. Vivo had already demonstrated this technology at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai this June. The sensor works through glass, OLED display and even aluminium.An under display fingerprint scanner will allow OnePlus 6 to have a bezel-less design, probably even more refined one than that of the OnePlus 5T and still keep the scanner at front. In fact many reports have earlier hinted this to be more probable, as the iPhone X’s tech is not only more expensive and complicated to implement but may require more time.Also, Hauwei has already deployed an under-glass fingerprint scanner on the Honor V10, despite giving it a thin bezel design, so the technology is not that nascent.Talking of time, the report also hints that phone may launch earlier in 2017 than the OnePlus 5 did in 2017. While the OnePlus 5 was launched in June, the OnePlus 6 may launch in March of 2018. Though nothing is certain and this timeline may shift.advertisementAlso Read: OnePlus 5T review: Takes the best of OnePlus 5 and makes it even betterAs for the design and specs, they will be an improvement over the OnePlus 5T. OnePlus 6 is said to come with a more refined design that will give more space to the screen — a bezel-less screen (similar to the iPhone X?). The display size will be bigger than the 5.5-inch display in the OnePlus 5 and the one that may sport 18:9 aspect ratio with QHD resolution.As for the chipset, it will most likely be the latest Snapdragon 845 that will make way on the Galaxy S9 and other flagships of 2018, paired to 6GB of RAM. There will also be an 8GB variant but OnePlus may combine it with 256GB storage this time, upgrading base variant to 128GB.Though the camera specs are not known yet, OnePlus is said to pay special attention to it give then the criticism that surrounded its last two phones. It could come with a dual camera setup but probably with better sensors and/or AI based enhancements.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah’s grandfather found dead in AhmedabadJasprit Bumrah’s grandfather found dead in Ahmedabad

first_imgJasprit Bumrah’s aged grandfather Santokh Singh — reportedly missing for two days — was found dead in Ahmedabad on Sunday.Ahmedabad police found the body near Dadhichi bridge on the Sabarmati riverfront. Police has registered a case of accidental death.Santokh Singh, aged 75, was missing after he travelled to Ahmedabad from Uttarakhand to meet his cricketer grandson. The family said it was his last wish to meet Jasprit and bless him before he breathed his last.A local TV channel said Santok Singh had alleged that Jasprit was not home when he went to meet him and that the cricketer’s mother didn’t let him meet him later on. He was reportedly missing since December 5.Bumrah is currently involved in the first ODI of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka at Dharamsala, where India were all out at 112.Having bowled out by Sachith Pathirana for a duck in 15 deliveries, Bumrah sent Danushka Gunathilaka packing for 1 early on in the Sri Lankan batting innings.Bumrah was recently rewarded for his limited-overs performances by getting a maiden call-up to the Test squad for South Africa tour.Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma praised Bumrah yesterday and said it was a great boost for the death-overs specialist.”It’s a great boost for him to be a part of the Test team. He was looking forward to it, he was for a while wanting to be a part of the Test team. It’s all the reward for what he has done in the ODI and T20 formats. Over the last year and so, how he has improved himself, on his bowling and fitness as well…it is a reward for all of those things and it shows. It’s a lesson for all those cricketers that if you put in all those hard yards, you will get the result…you will get rewarded. And Bumrah has actually been rewarded for the things that he has done in the past few years,” Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI.advertisementBumrah first came into the limelight in the Indian Premier League in 2013. Playing for Mumbai Indians, he picked up three wickets from two matches but was noticed for his slinging action. The following year, he played 11 matches and finished with five wickets but his death bowling made him a potent weapon for the Rohit-led team. The following year was also not that great in terms of wickets but he delivered when the captain needed him.last_img read more

Phils Beat Mets in 9th, 7-6Phils Beat Mets in 9th, 7-6

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — After another game-ending RBI, teams might think twice about intentionally walking Chase Utley to get to Ryan Howard.Howard singled with two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Marlon Byrd had a tying hit and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled out a 7-6 victory over the New York Mets on Aug. 10.“You’re not out of it until 27 outs,” said Howard, who was mobbed by his teammates near first base after the hit. “It was a little hectic but, you know what? I’ll take it.”Utley singled, tripled, homered and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game skid against the Mets. Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud homered for New York.The Mets appeared positioned for their 12th victory in the last 13 games against the Phillies in Philadelphia before the ninth.Cody Asche led off with a double off Jenrry Mejia (5-5) and scored when Byrd lined a hit up the middle. Two outs later, Byrd stole second and, after getting the count to 3-2, the Mets intentionally walked Utley.Howard followed with a single to right on a full-count pitch.The beleaguered slugger, who recently was benched for three games, pointed skyward after rounding first before getting mobbed by his teammates near first base.“That’s big for his confidence,” said Philadelphia Manager Ryne Sandberg, who benched a slumping Howard for three days in late July. “He’s been in these situations before. Right guy in the right place.”Ken Giles (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to cap four innings of scoreless relief by three Phillies bullpen arms.It was the second time in six games Howard faced the scenario. The Astros walked Utley for Howard on Aug. 5 and the Philadelphia slugger singled home the winning run in Philadelphia’s 2-1, 15-inning victory.“I wasn’t surprised at all,” Howard said. “The winning run on second base and I didn’t have any hits. I still have great confidence. I feel real good about my swing.”While Howard wasn’t surprised, Mejia was.“I want to finish (against Utley) but I’m not the manager,” Mejia said. “I have to do whatever the manager wants me to do. A little bit surprised but I can’t do anything. Terry Collins is the manager. I’m just the player. I have to do whatever he wants me to do.”Collins stood by his decision.“I’m not going to let (Utley) beat me,” he said. “Howard’s been struggling. You’ve got to make him beat you. In my book, that’s the way I look at it.”Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on three hits in six innings. He is 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last eight games.Kyle Kendrick extended his struggles this season. The right-hander was charged with six runs — five earned — on 10 hits in five innings. “He struggled with balls over the plate,” Sandberg said.(AARON BRACY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bucks Punish The Knicks, 95-82Bucks Punish The Knicks, 95-82

first_imgNEW YORK — Bucks coach Jason Kidd sees better things in the future for the New York Knicks.Zaza Pachulia had 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks handed New York its 11th straight loss, 95-82 on Jan. 4.“It’s tough,” Kidd said. “The league is not easy. It’s tough every night no matter what the record is. As a young team we can’t take anyone for granted. They’re going to get healthy and be better than what their record is.”Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 17 points for the Knicks (5-31), who lost a franchise-record 10th straight home game. They are one overall loss from matching the team’s 1985 record for most consecutive losses.“Losing isn’t enjoyable in any way shape or form,” coach Derek Fisher said. “From an emotional stand point, you just have to continue to manage what you can manage, what you can control.”The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee), Amare Stoudemire (sore right knee), Andrea Bargnani (strained right calf) and Iman Shumpert (dislocated left shoulder).By the end of the fourth quarter, there were chants of “Fire Fisher!”“It’ll turn for us, it just doesn’t look that way right now,” Fisher said.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Milwaukee (18-17). “We play hard and we’re a team not built on one guy,” Kidd said. “We’re built on everybody doing their job and understanding their role and doing it as hard as they can.”Antetokounmpo thought Quincy Acy’s dunk with 3:27 remaining in the second quarter was a turning point. “I got mad, I’m not going to lie, I was mad,” Antetokounmpo said.“It was kind of a dangerous play because the crowd got in the game as well and we were up only a couple of points,” Pachulia said.It was Acy’s dunk that reminded Pachulia and the Bucks that the Knicks should still be taken seriously despite their woeful record entering the game.“We had a speech actually before we went on the court,” Pachulia said. “It doesn’t matter who we play against. We have to play hard every single night.”The Bucks were up 45-38 at the half and took control in the third. They were up by 13 four minutes into the quarter and the Knicks never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.After an 11th straight loss and only one win in their past 22 games, the shorthanded Knicks are reeling more than ever.“We’re motivated just to try and get a win,” Cole Aldrich said. “That’s our biggest thing right now. We’ve dropped a number in a row and we’re just trying to get back on our feet.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rockets Cut Down The Nets, 102-98Rockets Cut Down The Nets, 102-98

first_imgHOUSTON — Terrence Jones isn’t where he was before an extended absence because of a leg injury.But if Friday night is any indication, he’s getting pretty close.Jones scored a season-high 26 points, James Harden made the tiebreaking free throw with 43 seconds left and followed that with a jumper, and the Houston Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 102-98.Jones also led the Rockets with 12 rebounds, in his 11th game back since missing almost three months with nerve inflammation in his left leg.“I still have a little bit of issues here now and then, but right now I’m feeling very comfortable out there, just bringing a lot of energy and I think it’s helping out the team a lot,” Jones said.Coach Kevin McHale was impressed with his work on Feb. 27. “He had some good putbacks and finished around the basket,” McHale said. “He’s looking good and we needed that tonight.”Harden, who played after spraining his right ankle on Feb. 25, shot just 4 for 15 for 15 points, but had 12 assists in a game where five Rockets scored in double figures.“The beauty of this team is that we’ve been good battling adversity all year,” Harden said. “This is another case where we didn’t let it get to us, we just stayed relaxed and made the right plays down the stretch.”The Rockets won their fourth straight overall and have defeated the Nets eight straight times in Houston.Mason Plumlee and Deron Williams had 15 points apiece for the Nets.“We felt like we kind of gave that one away,” Williams said. “That was our game to have and we just made a couple of mistakes and we didn’t get a stop when we needed it.”The game was tied with 43.6 seconds left when rookie Markel Brown fouled Harden away from the ball before Houston got the ball in after a timeout, and he made the free throw.Harden then crossed Brown over and stepped back to hit a jump shot to make it 98-95, smiling broadly and doing a little shoulder shake to celebrate the basket.Williams made a layup to cut Houston’s lead to one, but Jason Terry made a pair of free throws to push it to 100-97. Joe Johnson made a free throw for Brooklyn after that, but Jones made two free throws to secure the victory.The Nets were up by five after a tip-in by Brook Lopez with 2 1/2 minutes left before a basket by Jones and a 3-pointer by Pat Beverley tied it at 95.Houston led by a point early in the fourth quarter when Alan Anderson got the Nets going, scoring the first five points of a 9-0 run that made it 86-78 with 7 minutes left.The Rockets broke an almost four-minute scoring drought on a basket by Donatas Motiejunas with 6 minutes remaining and Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer a few seconds later cut Brooklyn’s lead to 86-83.Brooklyn scored five quick points to stretch the lead to eight before Houston used a 7-2 spurt, capped by a three-point play by Ariza, to get within 93-90 with 3 minutes left.Brooklyn was up by five with about 5 minutes left in the first half before Houston used an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 51-50. The Nets closed the quarter with a 7-2 run to take a 57-53 lead at halftime.(KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kings Destroy The Knicks, 124-86Kings Destroy The Knicks, 124-86

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was welcomed back to the lineup by coach George Karl and the rest of the Kings.The Knicks were not as excited.Cousins, the Kings’ first All-Star since 2004, scored 22 points, including 11-for-11 from the foul line, and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds as Sacramento handed New York its worst loss of the season, 124-86, on March 3.He had missed the last two games, both Kings’ losses, because of a left ankle sprain and left hip bruise.“Without ‘Cuz’ we haven’t been able to do a lot of them in the last two games, but I thought his passing was big time,” Karl said.“Cuz did a good job of orchestrating the first unit and Andre (Miller) did a good job of orchestrating the bench. There is a lot of confidence out there because of their passing.”Rudy Gay scored 25 points and Ben McLemore finished with 20 for the Kings.Sacramento (21-37) scored the first four points and never trailed. They built the lead to 16 after the first quarter and to as many as 44 in in the second half before winning by 38.Sacramento is now 3-3 since Karl took over on Feb. 17.“I think we did a good job of sharing the ball,” Cousins said. “Everyone was involved tonight. I think we communicated well early on. I think everyone played within the flow of the game, so it made it a lot easier.”Alexey Shved led the league-worst Knicks (12-47) with 15 points. Jason Smith and Shane Larkin had 13 each.“We came out a little flat tonight and they kind of jumped on us,” Larkin said. “They were just out there playing free-flowing basketball.”After shooting only 35 percent (7-for-20) from the field in the first quarter, the Knicks (12-47) were even worse in the second, going 6-for-24 for 25 percent.Their previous worst loss was by 28 points to Charlotte at home, 110-82, on Jan. 10.“The most disappointing part is not necessarily losing the game, but just the way collectively as a group we couldn’t find a way to compete against this team tonight,” said coach Derek Fisher.Sacramento started the second half on a 27-9 run and opened up a game-high 44-point lead, 92-48, on Gay’s 3-pointer with 6:01 left in the third.The Knicks responded by scoring the next 12 points and eventually got as close as 28 points, 100-72, on Smith’s jumper early in the fourth quarter. That was as close as they came.Gay, Cousins and McLemore were not needed in the fourth and sat out.Derrick Williams scored 17 points for the Kings. Nik Stauskas added 15 and Omar Casspi had 14.(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN)last_img read more