Pregnant woman’s weird request to Beckham

first_imgFormer Spice girl Victoria Beckham was reportedly left stunned when a pregnant woman asked her footballer husband David to rub her stomach in a bid to encourage her unborn child to develop athletics skills.The 35-year-old soccer ace was asked by a mystery lady if he would mind performing the unusual act when the pair were in an elevator together at a New York hotel, reported the National Enquirer.”This woman boarded the elevator, saw David, got all delirious and then – acting like Victoria wasn’t even there – leaned over and said, ‘I’m pregnant… Could you rub my stomach so that maybe my unborn child will become a famous athlete like you?’,” said a source.”Before her man could answer, Victoria snapped, ‘You have got to be kidding! Do you know how many times women like you try that line? And look at you – I doubt you’re even pregnant,” the source added.The woman didn’t get her wish as the couple left the lift without her request being granted.Victoria, is currently believed to be trying to put on weight in an effort to get pregnant with a fourth child for her and David, with who she already has Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, seven and Cruz, five.last_img read more

Ghana beat valiant USA to set QF date with Uruguay

first_imgUruguay and Ghana have progressed to the quarterfinals at the FIFA World Cup 2010.With two goals from Luis Alberto Surez, two-time champions Uruguay beat South Korea 2-1 in the first Round of 16 game in Port Elizabeth.Later today in Rustenburg, Ghana warded off the hard-fighting USA 2-1 in extra-time.Asamoah Gyan struck the winning goal for Ghana in the 93rd minute after the game went into extra-time with the score tied 1-1.  Ghana took the lead in the fifth minute with a goal from Kevin Prince.Landon Donovan took a penalty kick in the 62nd minute to equalise for USA.Earlier, Uruguay’s  struck twice in the eigth and the 80th minute. Korea had equalised in between with Chungyong’s goal in the 68th.Uruguay would meet Ghana in the second quarterfinal.Uruguay had last won the World Cup in 1950 and their best finish since then has been fourth place in 1970.Uruguay are unbeaten in the tournament with two wins over South Africa and Mexico after a goalless draw with France.last_img read more

IPL created harmony among foreign players: Jayawardene

first_imgInternational cricketers share much better relations due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them an opportunity to know each other, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene.”It has opened doors for harmony among the players. In the IPL, you get to know other foreign players better. we have created better relations as a result of that,” he said.Jayawardene said the concept of the IPL and the various Twenty20 leagues across the globe has a lot of potential.”We have seen that in the IPL, we have seen that in the English counties, we have seen that in the Big Bash, that’s the way forward for Twenty20 cricket,” he said in a function to announce an Indian sponsor for the Sri Lankan team ‘Wayamba XI’, which will participate in the Champions League Twenty20 next month.”I think that will evolve quite a bit, just having the Twenty20 World Cup for the national teams, and then the 50-over cricket and Test matches will take a different path.”When the IPL came for the first time, everyone was surprised. But n the second and third year you saw how it became such a big thing,” Jayawardene said.Jayawardene, who will play for the Wayamba team in the Champions league, said the tournament will grow in stature with time.”People now understand what the concept is all about, we need to give it some more time and it will improve,” he said.Wayamba is captained by Jehan Mubarak and includes Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof and Mahela Udawatte.advertisementSpeaking on the occasion, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the Twenty20 version of the game can co-exist alongside Test cricket.”From the board’s point and personal point of view, I see Twenty20 as another product, We have Test cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Ranatunga said on Tuesday.”From the players’ point of view they have to prove themselves in all three formats. From the board’s point of view, I don’t see any harm as far as the players get the right breaks.”So far, we have been happy and lucky that the players have had the right breaks and participated in the country’s tournaments. It is good to have more competitive cricket, people like it, why not give it,” Ranatunga said.last_img read more

New Releases

first_imgA shot at history: my obsessive journey to olympic goldby Abhinav Bindra with Rohit Brijnath; Harper Sport The autobiography tracks Abhinav Bindra’s journey from suffering a shattering defeat in the 2004 Olympics to winning Olympic Gold in shooting.Policing delhi: urbanization, crime and law enforcementby O.P. Mishra; OxfordAn insider’s study of the connection between rapid urbanization, rising crime and law enforcement in Delhi.The Dancing Boyby Ishani Kar-Purkayastha; HarperCollinsA beautifully imagined story of Moyur, the boy with two souls, and of his twin sister who died before she was born.The best of cadbury bournvita quiz contestby Derek O’ Brien; PuffinA compilation of 1,000 questions from the archives of the popular show along with some fun facts.The Fatwa Girlby Akbar Agha; HachetteThe novel is a quirky exploration of a modern-day Pakistan on edge and a tender tale of shattered innocence.When the Time is Rightby Buddhadeva Bose, Translated by Arunava Sinha; PenguinSet in Calcutta in the last two decades of British rule, it is a moving tale of a family and a nation.The empty spaceby Geetanjali Shree; HarperCollinsA fictional chronicle of the memories of a victim of a bomb blast, the story of a young survivor and the cataclysmic crossing of life and death.The way i see itby Alan Sugar; MacmillanFull of brilliant stories, amusing rants and sound advice, the book is written by the popular, straight-talking businessman.The mind’s eyeby Oliver Sacks; Picador The author tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing their sense of sight.advertisementPakistan: identity and destinyby Javed Jabbar; Har-AnandA no-holds barred analysis of a country coming to terms with its origins.last_img read more

Having failed as coach Down Under, it’s now or never for Duncan Fletcher

first_imgIf Indian captain M.S. Dhoni is wondering what could be the reason for his team’s rotten luck in the ongoing Test series in Australia so far then the answer perhaps lies with coach Duncan Fletcher.Fletcher has not enjoyed the best of series Down Under so far. For all the praise and admiration the Zimbabweans got in the cricketing world for his technical wisdom, Fletcher’s record in Australia is as abysmal as it gets.As the coach of England, and now of India, Fletcher has lost 10 of the 11 Tests he has been involved in Australia. In 2002-03 Fletcher’s English team suffered a 4-1 drubbing in Australia. The 2007 visit down under was worse as the hosts whitewashed England 5-0.Fletcher’s only overseas Test success with India was the 1-0 win in West Indies in 2011.The painful memories of England are still too vivid when India were humiliated 4-0 by the hosts the last summer.Now the question comes, is Fletcher too soft on some of the senior players in the team? What can he do to shake these prima donnas out of their comfort zone?India seem to have wasted the gains made during the era of Gary Kirsten when they were ranked No 1 in both ODI and Test formats.Clearly, time is running out for Fletcher and it is high time he cracks the whip to prevent sixth successive overseas Test loss. It is now or never for Fletcher.last_img read more

Akshay Kumar not ‘Rowdy’ in real life

first_imgAfter tasting success with his latest action packed film Rowdy Rathore, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is back to his clean-shaven, gentlemanly image and says he does not like to be associated with the word ‘rowdy’ in real life.”Real life is different than reel life. In real life I am no longer a puppet as I am in reel life. I am a thoroughly different person in real life. Kicks and punches are the reel life stuff. I wonder why the word ‘rowdy’ is being used for me,” said Akshay, who was in the capital last night to attend Aaj Tak Care awards.Dressed in a chequered white shirt and a format suit, the 44-year-old said he was happy to see his film do well at the box office.Akshay, who is also known as the Khiladi of Bollywood for his action roles in the 90’s said that though his initial years in the industry were very tough, he is happy to have come so far.”My initial years in Bollywood was very tough. I had to struggle a lot. I always believed God was with me. I never deviated but rather focused on my efforts,” he said.Though the actor did not divulge much about his upcoming films, he said that his forthcoming film Khiladi 786 is an exciting project and he is glad to be part of it.”I believe Khiladi 786 is one of the important assignments of my life,” he said.When asked if he would like to enter the field of politics ever, Akshay said, “If I become a politician, I would definitely do something for sports.”advertisementlast_img read more

LOOK: LeBron shouts out PH fans for sprawling mural in Taguig

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LOOK: LeBron James ‘honored’ to have mural at Tenement court“S/O to all my fans in the Philippines for this mural as well as all the other countries around that allow myself to be an INSPIRATION to the youth and beyond! Thanks you!”This wasn’t the first time that James’ image dressed up one of the outdoor courts in Metro Manila.READ: Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew The Taguig Tenement court had featured James’ larger-than-life illustration several times during The King’s visits to the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim James’ last trip to Manila was last September for the Strive for Greatness Tour.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Just wanna inspire and influence as many people in this 🌎 [world] as possible while I live!” he said in his post on Instagram. Malditas save PH from shutout Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ NBA: Leonard’s rehab going slower than Parker’s, coach Popovich says LeBron James gave his Filipino fans a special mention after a breathtaking artwork of the Cleveland star at Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City caught his eye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe murals spanning two basketball courts featured images of James about to take flight for a tomahawk slam and one of his signature reactions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal

first_imgPBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was really thinking about it these past few days. I prayed that I will get the deal I deserve and I promised that I will really work hard for this.”Luckily for Jose, he has familiar faces in Far Eastern U alums Denok Miranda and Mac Belo in the Elite camp which made his adjustment period much easier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The transition was really easy because I have them here. I’ve already learned a lot in the two weeks I spent here and I’m not scared to ask them things. They really help me a lot,” said Jose, who was the third overall pick in last month’s rookie draft.But the 25-year-old isn’t just satisfied with cracking the Blackwater roster. This early, he’s readying himself in facing bigger and tougher frontcourt players once he makes his PBA debut. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I know I will face veteran players who are bigger and more experienced that me, so I have to prepare myself for that,” he said.“It’s a big help that I was exposed to professional players too in the international games, but all I’ll do is focus on what coach will run for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ FILE PHOTO – Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose inked a maximum P8.5 million deal with Blackwater on Monday.“I’m happy that everything went okay,” Jose said in Filipino, finally making a decision of signing the three-year pact after initially being offered a one-year, P1.8 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Manute Bol could have been ’40 or 50 years old’ while in NBA, ex-coach says

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans’ rout of Spurs LATEST STORIES Sudanese former NBA star Manute Bol sits in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on Feb. 16, 2009.  AFP/PETER MARTELLManute Bol didn’t have a stellar career in the NBA, but he certainly was one of the league’s most memorable players.Standing 7 feet and 7 inches tall and tied with Gheorghe Muresan as the NBA’s tallest player, the willowy Sudanese giant suited up four teams in a career that spanned 10 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9503:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Apart form his pole-like stature and penchant for blocking shots, Bol is perhaps best remembered for his supposedly dubious age, as fans have long disputed if he really was 23 years old when when he entered the league in 1985.Among those doubters include former Cleveland State head coach Kevin Mackey, who first recruited Bol when he arrived in the US in the mid-1980s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I gave him his birthday (Oct. 16, 1962) because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey revealed to Zagsblog’s Adam Zagoria.With Bol’s origin in question, Mackey admitted that he made the lanky center appear as young as plausible to get him into the program. “Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35,” the former bench boss explained.  “He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”Bol passed away due to kidney failure in 2010 and was believed to have been 47 years old at the time.A capable three-point shooter and elite rim protector, Bol is the only player in history to have tallied more career blocked shots (2,086) than points (1,599).He is survived by his son Bol Bol, an upcoming NBA prospect who recently committed to the University of Oregon.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

De Ocampo, Hodge to miss first month of Philippine Cup

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Jeron Teng learns the ropes “Ranidel and Cliff won’t be starting the conference with us because of injuries, hopefully Reynel Hugnatan will be back in time for the start of the conference,” said Black Wednesday at Meralco Gym.De Ocampo is still nursing the calf injury that forced him to sit out the last four games of the Governors’ Cup Finals while Hodge had surgery to remove bone spurs in his ankles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith De Ocampo sitting out until January and Hodge until the end of December, Meralco will look to rely on 14-year veteran Reynel Hugnatan to take care of big man duties.“It’s going to be a little difficult for us especially missing key players,” said Black. “We’ll just try to be as competitive as possible.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco’s redemption waltz into the PBA Philippine Cup is off to a shaky start as two of its main players won’t be suiting up in time for the Dec. 17 opening.Forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge are still nursing injuries and head coach Norman Black said the two are likely to return in the early January.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Bolts have not reached the post-season of the All-Filipino Cup since their playoff appearance two years ago. This despite making the finals of the Governors’ Cup for back-to-back seasons. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Deontay Wilder hoping for a rematch with Tyson Fury ‘ASAP’

first_imgSEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds “I’m ready whenever he’s ready,” Wilder said. “I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all.”Afterward, the British challenger said the two would “100 percent” meet again in the ring. Wilder said he doesn’t want to fight anybody else before a rematch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“Everyone is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again,” Wilder said. “I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again).”Wilder (40-0-1) knocked Fury (27-0-1) down twice late in the fight, including once in the final round. He was outboxed much of the way at Staples Center but was still surprised when Fury rose from that 12th-round knockdown — and that the referee didn’t end the fight. “I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head,” Wilder said. “Many people felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off.”He indicated the rematch might happen as early as March or April.Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said May or June might be more likely, giving the fighters more time to recover.In the first meeting, Wilder said he let the pressure of being in his first pay-per-view fight affect him.“I wanted to end it on a great note,” he said. “I wanted to end it on a devastating knockout and I pressed that. I pressed that too much.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Another case filed vs Cardema Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Tyson Fury, of England, lies on the canvas after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder during the 12th round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)MONTGOMERY, Ala.  — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury “ASAP.”Wilder said in a conference call Tuesday that he’s “ready and willing to give Tyson Fury the opportunity ASAP.” The two heavyweights fought to a split-decision draw Saturday night in Los Angeles in one of the bigger heavyweight bouts in America in years.ADVERTISEMENT Wilder had lobbied for a fight with Anthony Joshua, who holds the other three championship belts. He said Joshua and his team are “getting what they deserve” by being sidelined from his two most high-profile potential opponents.“We had to show the world what it looks like for the best to fight the best, and look at the outcome,” Wilder said. “No one has talked about Joshua in I don’t know how long and we plan on keeping it that way.”Wilder said he broke his right arm and had surgery about 12 weeks before training camp and threw few right hands during training, which he feels might have affected his accuracy. Co-trainer Jay Deas said limiting the right in camp was a precautionary measure. Will Eagles soar anew?last_img read more

Let’s football! Indian Super League more popular than Italy’s Serie A

first_imgIndian Super League(ISL) has notched up an average match attendance of 24,357The inaugural Indian Super League(ISL) has been successful in luring one million fans to the stadia, the organisers said Thursday.The average match attendance for the tournament since its commencement Oct 12 is 24,357, the highest across Asia, according to a release by the organisers which also said that the league now trails only Germany’s Bundesliga, the Barclays Premier League and Spain’s La Liga in terms of average attendance.The tournament kicked off with 65,000 people attending the opening game between Atletico de Kolkata and Mumbai City FC Oct 12.last_img read more

Mulberry’s boho Spring campaign starring Georgia May Jagger released

first_imgBritish luxury label Mulberry’s Spring campaign for 2015 starring model Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger is out.In the advert the 23-year-old has been unveiled as the face of the luxury label’s Spring advertisements which aim to give the impression of “an impromptu photo shoot set up in a country house”, reports femalefirst.co.uk.She stuns in the photos from the campaign which sees her posing next to a silver tea set, ornamental arm chairs and carrying the brand’s Delphie bag in a traditional-looking British sitting room.Another shot shows the model sporting the Mini Cara backpack in front of a vintage bicycle with roses spilling from the back pocket of her jeans.Image credits: MulberryImage credits: Mulberrylast_img read more

Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win fifth Australian Open title

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia (left) is congratulated by Andy Murray of Britain after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. AP PhotoNovak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and extended Andy Murray’s misery at Melbourne Park by beating the Scotsman 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 in the final Sunday.Murray has now been a losing finalist four times here, losing twice previously to Djokovic in 2011 and 2013 and to Roger Federer in 2010. Djokovic is a perfect 5-for-5 in Australian Open finals and has eight Grand Slam titles.Djokovic swung momentum in a close match with a service break in the eighth game of the third set, winning four straight points. When he took a 4-0 lead in the last set, he smacked his fist hard against his chest in celebration.At the end of the match, Djokovic threw his racket into the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.Roy Emerson, the only other man with five or more Australian titles, was in the crowd and Djokovic acknowledged the presence of the six-time champion.”I’m so grateful to be standing here as a champion for the fifth time, and to be in the elite group of players – Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and all the legends of our sport,” Djokovic said.Murray sat slumped over in his chair after the match, awaiting the presentations, and once again received the runner-up plate instead of the trophy.”I had amazing support again here,” Murray said. “It’s been my most consistent Grand Slam of my career. I haven’t been quite able to win, but the support I’ve received here has been amazing. I’ll try and come back next year and hopefully have a slightly different outcome in the final.”advertisementDjokovic faced three break points in the third game of the opening set but saved them all, twice coming to the net, including on game point, to hold and take a 2-1 lead. He broke Murray in the next game, but Murray got back on serve when he broke Djokovic in the seventh game.Djokovic served for the first set after breaking Murray in the eighth game, but Murray broke back. After that game, Djokovic had a trainer attend to this right thumb.Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Andy Murray of Britain in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. AP PhotoHe double-faulted to open the tiebreaker but then, after Murray took a 2-1 lead, won five of the next six points to regain control. He clinched the set when Murray netted a backhand service return.In the second set, Djokovic saved a set point in the 10th game and Murray saved three break points in the 11th before it went to the tiebreaker. Sixth-seeded Murray dominated the breaker to lead 6-2, securing four set points before clinching it on Djokovic’s serve.The second set was delayed for about five minutes after the seventh game when a court invader protesting Australia’s refugee policies was removed by security after stepping on to the court. Other spectators in the stadium unfurled a political banner.Djokovic broke Murray’s serve in the eighth game of the third set, winning four straight points, prompting the Scottish player to throw his racket and yell repeatedly into his towel. The crowd booed Murray’s display.There was a bigger cheer for Djokovic when the introductions were made, but plenty of Scottish flags in the stands. Some Serbian fans yelled “Adje Nole” – Serbian for Come on Nole, which is Djokovic’s nickname.Before the match began, Andy Murray’s fiancee, Kim Sears, caused a stir. She was dressed in an oversized T-shirt with a message that poked fun at the widespread attention paid to her use of colorful language during Murray’s semifinal win over Tomas Berdych.Rather than shy away from the issue, Sears’ T-shirt for the final showed a sense of humor. It read: “Parental Advisory Explicit Content.”last_img read more

Eight most expensive players at the IPL 2015

first_imgAs many as 344 players have been shortlisted for Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2015.Here is a list of eight most expensive players auctioned till now:PlayerTypeTeamPrice (Rs)Yuvraj SinghBatsmanDelhi Daredevils16 CroresDinesh KarthikWicket KeeperRoyal Challengers Bangalore10.5 CroresAngelo MathewsAll-RounderDelhi Daredevils7.5 CroresTrent BoultBowlerSunrisers Hyderabad3.8 CroresAmit MishraBowlerDelhi Daredevils3.5 CroresAaron FinchBatsmanMumbai Indians3.2 CroresMurali VijayBatsmanKings XI Punjab3 CroresDarren SammyAll-RounderRoyal Challengers Bangalore2.8 Crores A brief insight of skill set of these players: 1. Yuvraj Singh (India): He is an all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle-order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He was the vice-captain of the Indian ODI team between 2007-2008. 2. Dinesh Karthik (India): Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods since then, including a stint in 2007 as a specialist opening batsman and non-wicket-keeper. 3. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka): Mathews is a lower-order batting all-rounder and is known for his compact batting technique and consistent fast-medium bowling.4. Trent Boult (New Zealand): Trent Alexander Boult is a left-arm medium-fast opening bowler and a right-handed batsman. 5. Amit Mishra (India): He is an attacking right-arm leg-break bowler and right-handed tail-ender batsman. He plays for Haryana in the domestic Ranji Trophy and currently appears for the T20 franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.6. Aaron Finch (Australia): A right-handed batsman, Finch currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International match, 156, scored against England on August 29, 2013.advertisement7. Murali Vijay (India): He plays as a right-handed opening batsman. He represents Tamil Nadu in first-class cricket and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.8. Darren Sammy (West Indies): He is a right-handed batsman and a fast-medium bowler. On making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004, Sammy became the first person from the island of St. Lucia to play international cricket.last_img read more

Federer beats Djokovic to win seventh Dubai title

first_imgDefending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.This marked the seventh consecutive year – 11th time in 13 years – that Federer or Djokovic won this title. The only other tournaments Federer won seven times are Wimbledon, and Halle, Germany, both on grass.”Ever since I won here the first time, I fell in love with the tournament,” Federer said. “The seventh is quite unbelievable. It sounds pretty crazy to me.”Federer, who has 84 career titles, won in Brisbane, Australia, in January.”He deserved it,” Djokovic said. “I expected that from him.”I knew he was going to chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley.”The 5,000-seat stadium was sold out, but many more people were standing around at the top. They were treated to a high-caliber match. Federer needed five more aces to become just the fourth player since 1991 to serve 9,000 career aces. He served 12 in the final.He joined Goran Ivanisevic (10,183), Ivo Karlovic (9,375), and Andy Roddick (9,074) in cracking the 9,000 aces mark.”I even remember which one it was because I was counting them,” Federer said. “It was one of the swinger wides.”It’s nice to get past that so I don’t have to think about it ever again, or until the next thousand or so.”Federer saved all seven break points he faced, while Djokovic lost both break points he faced. Djokovic sailed a backhand long on break point in the eighth game of the first set.advertisementIn the second set, Djokovic had a 40-0 lead in the 11th game, but watched Federer rebound to break his serve with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.”The first set belonged to me, but the second set belonged to him more, really,” Federer said. “It was a huge game at 5-all, 40-love for him.”I crawled my way back into that game and ended up breaking him,” Federer added. “That was big but the break points I saved were even bigger.”last_img read more

India, not UAE, may host Pak series in December

first_imgPCB chairman Shaharyar Khan (left) discussed the upcoming India-Pakistan series with his BCCI counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Sunday.The India-Pakistan cricket series, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December, might after all be held in India.According to sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is not averse to sending its team to India if the circumstances don’t allow the series to be played in the UAE.And, as if to lend credibility to the talk of India hosting the series, PCB’s official broadcaster TEN Sports – which won the five-year deal in April along with Pakistan TV for a reported $150 million – said on Wednesday that it would have no objection if the series was moved out of the UAE.If Pakistan eventually tours India, the two boards will have to thrash out a formula to share revenue – an option that former BCCI president N. Srinivasan had declined a few years ago when PCB wanted to host its ‘home’ series in India.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who spent four days in India seeking clearance for the series, is believed to have discussed this option among the several issues that were taken up during his meetings with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretary Anurag Thakur, and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, among others.”They [PCB] are ready to play in India, if that is what would be required. He [Khan] gave hints towards that during his meetings with us,” the BCCI source told Mail Today.advertisementIt is PCB’s turn to host India, but due to political reasons and opposition to its broadcaster, it may not be able to stage the matches. No high-ranking team has toured Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009.Since then, the PCB has opted to play all its ‘home’ series in the UAE. Now, India are scheduled to play two Tests, five One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in December. But there is still uncertainty all around about India travelling to the UAE, where the first leg of the IPL was successfully staged last year.During his stay in India, Khan had exuded confidence of getting the government green signal for the series.Thakur, however, said on Wednesday that the government has still not cleared the tour.”Met the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board in Delhi today [Wednesday]. We discussed some issues. Dialogue has just started, much needs to be decided upon. After the two boards finalise the dates and the venues, we’ll go to the government for permission,” Thakur was quoted as saying by ANI.The alternate arrangement of India hosting the series would mean that the BCCI and the PCB will have to work out a revenue-sharing formula to the satisfaction of both parties. Also, a broadcaster will need to be chosen. BCCI’s official broadcaster is STAR Sports.BCCI has objection to PCB’s official broadcaster TEN Sports, owned by Zee, which is apparently planning a global cricket event, rivalling the ICC.But on Wednesday TEN Sports said that it would not have any objection if the series was held in India.”That would be the PCB’s decision, and being our partner we’ve to stand by them. There’s no question of a protest. In the last 12-14 years that we’ve worked with the PCB, we’ve found them very transparent, ethical and high on moral ground – always,” Rajesh Sethi, Global Head of TEN Sports and CEO Taj Television, told MAIL TODAY.When pointed out that TEN Sports stands to lose revenue if the series was not held in the UAE, Sethi said: “Absolutely…but what can I do if my board [PCB] is not hosting a series?”Sethi explained: “It works both ways. If you go into the legal arrangement and financial guarantees in place contractually, if the PCB is the host board, obviously it’ll raise an invoice on me and I’ll have to pay the rights fee. That’s how boards make money. But if a series is not held, the PCB also loses money.”qaiser.ali@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Olympic berth at stake for Indian women’s hockey team

first_imgIt will be make or break time for the Indian women’s hockey team as they begin their campaign for qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics when they take the field against hosts Belgium in their Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final opener here on Saturday.India have been grouped with Australia, Belgium, New Zealand and Poland in Pool B of the 10-team tournament from where only a top-3 finish can guarantee them a spot in next year’s Games. Also, a top-4 finish here could mean qualification for the HWL Final to be played in Argentina in December.”Tomorrow’s clash is very important as a win will boost the confidence level. The focus will only be on possession and not to lose control of the ball easily. If we do this, we can create pressure and have our chances to score the crucial goals,” India captain Ritu Rani said.In recent times, India faced Belgium twice during the 2014 Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow where they lost both matches. However, India will be looking forward to breaking their jinx and will aim at starting the tournament on a winning note.They will vie to continue their good form by utilising the experience they gained from their practice matches and will be seen emphasising more on converting the maximum number of penalty corners into goals. On the other hand, Belgium are working hard to continue their winning streak against India.”Tomorrow will be a test for the entire team as it will give us a real time analysis of where we stand and how immediately to plan for the next clashes. The team is confident and are aware that they have to stick to the strategy and keep it simple. The idea will be not to allow pressure to seep in which gives an edge of reacting in minimal time,” India chief coach Mathias Ahrens said.advertisement”The team’s aim is a berth in the 2016 Olympics. The team has been preparing itself from the Hawke’s Bay Cup, keeping the HWL Semi-Final in mind. The players have improved their skills as well as strategies according to the competition level here,” he added. India are bound to find it tough as apart from Poland at No.23, all teams in their pool are ranked above them. They will have to finish in the top-4 from the group to enter the quarter-finals where each team will be geared up to exhibit their best skills and put up their best show.last_img read more

SPORT-ISL-CHHETRI 3 LAST

first_imgBrazilian great and FC Goa coach Zico said that he has Brazilian great and FC Goa coach Zico said that he has got a strong squad and wants his team to do better than the semifinal appearance last year. “We have a very strong squad on paper but we have to translate it into performance on field. I made changes of 13-14 players from last year but I am happy that we had a very good preparation in Dubai in pre-season training. “I think I have a squad who can implement my football philosophy on the field. My philosophy is not exactly the same as the attacking style philosophy of Brazil team but his own philosophy. I had just one Brazilian player last time but this time I have more. Even Indian players are doing very well. So, I want to play at least in the final this time,” said Zico, who said his decision to stand for FIFA Presidency will have no impact on the ISL performance of his team. His marquee player and 2002 World Cup winner Lucio said he decided to come to India to take up a new challenge in his career. “It is a new challenge in my career. I did not know much about India earlier but I wanted to take up the challenge. Then there is Zico as coach and I cannot say no to him. “I think India has a great potential and football profile can really be improved in the coming years. I find the Indian players talented and hard working and wanting to learn. I want to teach them and make them better footballers with my experience,” he added. Delhi Dynamos coach-cum-marquee player Roberto Carlos did not turn up. John Arne Riise, Florent Malouda and Robin Singh represented the Delhi team. “This is a new experience for me. Its my first time in India. We have lot of ambition. We want to win the title. But it is the same old things in football. We train hard in Norway and Denmark in the pre-season training and we have gel each other very well. There are few differences (in the level of players) but we have to communicate,” he said. Former Liverpool and Norway star Riise said, “I hope to score those spectacular goals I scored while playing in Liverpool and fight for title. I want to help Indian football. We have more options in Europe than the Indian players. I want to help them.” PTI PDS AH ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

New Ford Endeavour launch pushed to 2016

first_imgFord India has plans to launch multiple new vehicles in the Indian market this year. With the launch of Ford Figo Aspire just a few days away, reports now say that Ford will launch the new edition of Endeavour at the Auto Expo 2016. The new Ford Endeavour, also known as Ford Everest in other countries, was first unveiled at the Bangkok Motor Show 2014.The new Ford Endeavour will come with two engine options. The 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 158bhp and maximum torque of 385Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.2-litre, five-cylinder diesel engine churns out peak power of 197bhp and peak torque of 470Nm and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.The new Endeavour looks like a proper full blown SUV rather than a pickup truck with a cab mounted on the back of it. The front sports a butch hexagonal three slat grille with Mustang-esque headlamps on either side and flared wheel arches. The rear, however, comes across as a bit underwhelming with simpleton tail lamps with a chrome strip with the car’s name running between the two sides.The car sits on brushed aluminum diamond cut 20-inch wheels adorning 265 section tyres. The 20-inch wheels will not be coming to India and expect the car to sport extra high-profile tyres.The thing that impresses the most about Ford Endeavour is the interior for it feels plush, comfortable and expensive. There is leather all-around, even the dash is draped in stitched leather. The leather seats feel comfortable and the dash sports a touchscreen SYNC2 system. The clocks displays ample information with the speedometer taking centre-stage with two TFT screens on either side.advertisementMoreover, there is a separate climate control for the rear passengers with vents on the roof which also houses a panoramic sunroof. The third row is electrically foldable with a 50:50 split. The boot space is ample and the tailgate is electrically operated as well.So the new Endeavour seems promising but Ford will really have to keep the pricing competitive to reclaim its lost SUV customer base. The new Ford Endeavour might come with a price tag of Rs 25- Rs 30 lakh.last_img read more