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Antetokounmpo, Bucks hold off Clippers for 4th win in a row

November 22, 2019

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first_imgPriority legislation in the 18th Congress It’s what he’s done to start the season that really stands out.Antetokounmpo became the first player in league history with 200 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists in the first eight games of a season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“He played the whole fourth quarter and was fabulous,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Antetokounmpo had 13 points in 12 minutes during the fourth as Milwaukee repelled several threats by the Clippers, who kept getting within four only to come up short. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:11Makabayan 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 LATEST STORIES “When he sits out we’ve just got to step up,” said Lou Williams, who had 34 points and 11 assists.Montrezl Harrell had a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds in his first start of the season.“It don’t mean nothing,” he said in a low voice. “We lost.”Patrick Beverley added 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Clippers’ first home defeat.Led by Hill and Kyle Korver with 14 points, the Bucks’ reserves outscored the Clippers’ bench 47-20, the first time that’s happened to Los Angeles this season. Harrell and Williams being in the starting lineup reduced much of the bench production.Los Angeles starter Landry Shamet had just two points coming into the fourth, but made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. The last one put the Clippers within two with 23 seconds left.“If we came up with one or two more stops, the game might have been different,” Harrell said.The Bucks finished it off at the free throw line, and the Clippers couldn’t connect on multiple chances during their last possession.“They had us on our heels the whole game,” Williams said. “We just weren’t as sharp as we’d like to be.”The Clippers closed within four early in the fourth, but Antetokounmpo reeled off seven straight points to keep the Bucks ahead 115-103. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “It makes a big difference,” Budenholzer said. “We hopefully can open up the court and it gives different guys driving lanes. We want to keep shooting them.”OUCH!Budenholzer said Hill got popped in the eye but is expected to be fine.UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Utah Jazz on Friday, the third stop on their four-game trip.Clippers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img “I just know he’s always around the rim,” former Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe said of Antetokounmpo. “Even though it’s a bad play or whatnot, he’s going to be under the rim, so I just find a way to get it to him.”Bledsoe added 20 points, and Brook Lopez had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks.The Clippers erased an 11-point deficit in the third. They forced three ties, but each time Antetokounmpo answered for the Bucks. He dunked, hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws.Milwaukee outscored the Clippers 15-6 to take a 98-89 lead into the fourth.The Bucks opened the second on a 30-11 run, hitting five 3-pointers, for their largest lead of 17 points. Hill scored 14 to help the Bucks lead 70-59 at halftime. They closed with three consecutive 3s, two by Hill and the last by Korver, who beat the buzzer.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo had two airballs: the first on a jumper to end the first quarter and the second on a free throw in the third. … For the first time in three games, the Bucks didn’t lead all the way — but they came close. The Clippers’ only lead was by three points.Clippers: Starting F Patrick Patterson had just two points. … Rivers remained stuck on 899 career wins.FROM LONG RANGEThe Bucks took 49 3-pointers. Antetokounmpo tied his career high with four, the same number Bledsoe and Korver made. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles past Los Angeles Clippers’ Maurice Harkless during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — The numbers are adding up quickly for Giannis Antetokounmpo.The reigning NBA MVP had 38 points and 16 rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 129-124 on Wednesday night for their fourth victory in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? TRO bid will not affect SEA Games, Cayetano assures Rice industry paralysis Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ “Guys were physical with me but at the end of the day you’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was trying to make plays, try to stay aggressive. That’s what my teammates wanted me to do.”Antetokounmpo just missed a triple-double with nine assists. He’s posted at least 10 rebounds and five assists in each of the first eight games this season, the first player to do that since at least 1972-73.“He’s a beast,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.George Hill scored 24 points off the bench and hit six of the Bucks’ 18 3-pointers.The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard, who rested for the first half of a home back-to-back. He’ll play against Portland on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’s Akshara aka Hina Khan hospitalised

November 22, 2019

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first_imgHina Khan aka Akshara has been admitted to the hospital because of an abdominal ailment. The actress had just returned to Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai shoot from her London holiday when she was diagnosed.”Hina had been off for a vacation, post which she resumed shoot. However, she suffered from an abdominal ailment post which she was admitted,” a source told TellyChakkar.Also read: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Akshara aka Hina Khan to sport a modern look post-leap Hina is under treatment right now in a Mumbai hospital. To justify her absence from the show, a new track in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai shows Akshara heading to Delhi for some urgent work.Of late, rumours of Hina throwing tantrums on the sets of the show have been doing the rounds. It is being said that the actress shoots only for five hours a day and even refuses to give retakes, even if the shot is riddled with mistakes. She is also known for her short temper. Fed up of her high handedness, the makers have reportedly decided to cut short her presence on screen by focussing more on her on-screen children–Rohan and Naira, reports Asian Age.Also read: This DDLJ moment starring Hina Khan and on-screen son Rohan Mehra will make you very nostalgic Hope the issues between Hina and the makers get resolved. Meanwhile, here’s wishing a speedy recovery to Hina Khan.last_img read more


NRAI proposes setting up of panel to review Rio debacle

November 22, 2019

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first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has come up with a proposal to set up a special committee, to be headed by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, to carry out a comprehensive review of the shooters below-par performance at the Rio Games. Indian shooters proved to be an epic failure in a disastrous Rio Olympic Games as the 12-member team, with the exception of Bindra, failed miserably to live up to the sky-high expectations. This has left the countrys shooting fraternity highly disappointed. “NRAI is to shortly announce the formation of an independent committee to anlyse the performance of the Indian shooting team at the Rio Olympics and fix accountability of for the same subsequently,” a top official of the federation told PTI on condition of anonymity. The panel will also be expected to recommend to NRAI measures to prevent a recurrence. The likes of Heena Sidhu, Manavjeet Singh Sandhu, Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela, among others, left the country thoroughly disappointed after they were unable to put on an impressive show. The NRAI was expected to introspect and dissect the reasons for this huge let-down from the shooting contingent. After fetching medals at each of the last three Games, Indias largest-ever shooting contingent returned empty-handed. The issue of shooters hiring personal coaches, the selection of shooters for multiple Olympics on reputation rather than form and the role of private non-profits like Olympic Gold Quest, Lakshya Foundation, Anglian Medal Hunt and Go Sports are issues likely to be investigated by the panel. Sources said the NRAI is keen to have the panel recommend that all shooting activity be centralised under the federations control. Besides Bindra, the committee is likely to comprise NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia, former national tennis champion Manisha Malhotra, and two journalists. Right after the Indian shooters campaign in Rio, NRAI President Raninder Singh had taken upon himself the blame for the dismal outing, saying it was a mistake on his part to allow the athletes to train with personal coaches. “We have made a tactical blunder in allowing personal coaches on their own. We will introspect this in future,” Raninder had said. In what was the only bright spot for Indian shooting team in Rio, Beijing Olympics gold medallist Bindras finished a creditable fourth as he missed a medal by a whisker in a tense shoot-off in the mens 10m air rifle event. PTI AH AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more


US backs India on its demand that Pak should act against

November 22, 2019

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first_imgterroristsNew Delhi, Aug 30 (PTI) The US today “fully” backed India on its demand that Pakistan should act against terrorists operating from sanctuaries on its soil with US Secretary of State John Kerry asserting that his country “stands in strong partnership with India” against all terrorism.Terrorism, more specifically that emanating from Pakistan, figured prominently in marathon talks between Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who briefed him extensively on the “continuing problem of cross-border terrorism that India and the larger region face from Pakistan”.At a joint press conference with Kerry after the 2nd Indo- US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD), Swaraj said, “We reaffirmed the urgent necessity for Pakistan to dismantle safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and D Company.”Secretary Kerry and I also agreed on the need for Pakistan to do more to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice quickly.”Kerry said he had spoken to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif so that Pakistan deprives any terrorist group of sanctuary. (MORE) PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more


OILSEEDS-PRICES (BCM12)

November 22, 2019

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first_imgMumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs)Mumbai, Sep 21 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs per 100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 6250 Groundnut Bold 60/70 8100 Javas 60/70: 8700 Javas 70/80: 8500 Javas 80/90: 8200 Kardi 3150 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 7000 Sesame 95/5/1: 6650 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 5950 Sunflowerseed 3925 Nigerseed 8300 and Castorseed Bombay 3850.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 1220 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 660 Refined 730 Cottonseeds Refined 715 Palmolein Refined 638 Soybean Refined 665 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 900 Rapeseed Expeller 870 Copra White 990 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 1050 Castoroil Comm 800 FSG 810 Kandla 803 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 640.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 27,000 Kardi Extraction 16,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 28,200 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 19,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48% 30,470 and Castor Extraction 4300.Oilcakes:- Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 29,500/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD —- PTI KNM SBT MR RYSlast_img read more


Strike rate relevant for bowlers, not batsmen: Anil Kumble

November 22, 2019

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first_imgIndian cricket team coach Anil Kumble on Wednesday said batsmen should not be too worried about the strike rate as it is for bowlers.”I know there is a lot of talk about strike rate after the advent of the T20. As far as I was concerned, when I was playing, mostly strike rates were spoken about for bowlers. In the India team you need different characters. You need different quality players,” the former India captain told the media at the Eden Gardens. Kumble said the beauty of Test cricket lies in the challenges with every session being different from the other. (My partnership with Anil Kumble a match made in heaven: Ravichandran Ashwin)”You need different players with different skill set; there are challenges that happen in a Test match because every session is different. That’s the beauty of Test cricket. Strike rates are only relevant to bowlers and not for batsmen. That’s how I like to look at it,” the former India captain told a media meet at the Eden Gardens. (Sourav Ganguly keen to see coach Anil Kumble’s performance in Indian conditions)There has been a lot of talk about Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow strike rate in the West Indies with India captain Virat Kohli recently saying he had a conversation with the Saurashtra batsman about improving his strike rate during the recent West Indies tour.On the contrary, Kumble has once again backed Pujara and said that the top order batsman is a vital cog in the teams wheel.advertisement”I don’t think Pujara has ever breathed easily. But from team management perspective there is no pressure on Pujara. He is a very important cog for our team.”However, Kumble said a batsman has to play according to the situation of the match.”Based on situation you need to bat. Virat was right. But both his innings in the West Indies was relevant. (Murali) Vijay got out cheaply. Then he and Shikhar (Dhawan) had a good partnership. We all know the importance of the first session in a Test match.”last_img read more


Exclusive: Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg bats for return of the Indian Grand Prix

November 21, 2019

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first_imgFor any team, battling the big guns of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull in the world of Formula One can be deemed ‘mission impossible’ but now there seems to be an unlikely candidate. Force India are showing signs that it may just be up to the challenge in the coming seasons and share the podium with the big boys on a regular basis. (Latest F1 stories)The Silverstone-based team currently sits 4th in the constructors’ championship behind the Big 3 and has had two podium finishes already this season. The first came at the legendary street circuit of Monaco which is arguably the most popular race of the F1 calendar and the second in the Grand Prix of Europe in Baku. With five races to go, Force India’s consistent performances have seen them locked in a bitter battle with the Williams F1 team, a team with well established F1 pedigree having landed 9 constructors and seven drivers’ championship titles since 1977.In an exclusive chat with India Today, Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg says he is confident that the team can continue on its upward trajectory.”We have come a long way since 2011, when I joined the team we were 7th or 8th in the constructors’ championship, last year we were 5th and now we are fighting for 4th in the championship so it has been quite a journey, a very good and positive one and I am proud & happy to be a part of this.”RELAXED ENVIRONMENTHulkenberg explains that the relaxed team environment makes it possible for the minnows to shine.advertisement”It is fair to say that I know the team inside out and everybody that I work together with. It is a really nice environment to work in, it is a private team and not a manufacture team, from the top management right down to the mechanics and even the cleaners at the factory there is a good team spirit and everybody is always very happy, cheerful and very motivated,” said the 29-year-old.Heading into the final five races in the season Force India have given themselves the best chance possible. Sergio Perez and Hulkenberg have qualified 7th & 9th respectively for the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, ahead of the Williams duo & have a chance to extend their 3-point advantage over their rivals.Hulkenberg was also part of the Indian Grand Prix which was held in 2011, 2012 & 2013 and says he wouldn’t mind if it makes a comeback.”Honestly yes (I would like GP to return to India). I always thought it was a nice Grand Prix. It was a good venue and the track was actually pretty cool, I liked it, good infrastructure around the track so I wouldn’t mind to be racing there again,” said Hulkenberg.With the team surpassing expectations Perez has extended his contract with the team. “I fully believe in this team and we can move forward. We are 4th now and we can finish there and next year we can move one step closer to the top,” said the Mexican.’SCHUMACHER MY IDOL’Germany has produced many legendary F1 drivers. Even the current 2016 driver’s lineup includes former world champion Sebastian Vettel & Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who is leading the championship. While Force India’s Hulkenberg may not have tasted the title yet, for him his idol was none other than his compatriot and 7-time former champion Michael Schumacher.”When I was 7-years-old I, discovered Go-Karts and started Karting, since then I thought to be an F1 driver, that was pretty much buried into my head. The hero back then was obviously Michael Schumacher in Germany, he was already a World Champion at that time in Benetton and then later on moving to Ferrari and obviously becoming the big star and a 7-time World Champion. He (Schumacher) used to be my idol,” revealed Hulkenberg.Hulkenberg got his break in Formula One with the Williams team back in 2010. Just a year later he joined Force India and has been with the team ever since, barring the 2013 season. He won the grueling 24-hour Le Mans race in 2015 in his very first attempt which is a testament to the quality of drivers in Formula One.For now though all that Hulkenberg & Perez can do is leave some rubber on the tracks and secure that 4th spot for Force India.last_img read more


Report: Girona 1 Real Madrid 4

November 19, 2019

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first_imgReal Madrid benefited from two penalties as they came from behind to beat Girona 4-1 on Sunday, while Gareth Bale maintained his hot goalscoring form.Madrid suffered their first away defeat of the 2017-18 season at Montilivi and it looked set to be another uncomfortable outing when Borja Garcia gave the home side the lead after 16 minutes.But Madrid turned the scoreline on its head with the help of careless tackles from Marc Muniesa and Pere Pons, allowing Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema to convert a spot-kick apiece either side of the break. 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! Bale added a third in the 59th minute, with Benzema making absolutely sure of the win with a goal that puts Madrid above rivals Barcelona after two matches of the LaLiga campaign.It was Madrid who made the early running, with Benzema finding the net after eight minutes only to be denied by the offside flag.Isco could not sort his feet out in time to apply the finish to a squared Marco Asensio pass and Girona punished the visitors for their profligacy with the opening goal.Anthony Lozano’s shot was blocked in the box but the ball fell kindly for Garcia, who kept his cool to turn onto his right foot and fire high into Keylor Navas’ net.But the home side threw away their advantage six minutes from the break, Muniesa bringing down Asensio – who was running away from goal – inside the penalty area.With Cristiano Ronaldo now gone, spot-kick duties fell to captain Ramos, whose delicate flick down the middle deceived goalkeeper Bono.Madrid had another chance from the spot seven minutes into the second half – this time Benzema scoring from 12 yards out after Asensio was hacked down by Pons.Almost an hour had passed by the time Madrid got their first goal from open play, with Bale slotting beyond Bono to stretch his LaLiga scoring run to a career-best six matches.Benzema’s second of the contest arrived 10 minutes from time to put the result beyond doubt, the French striker tucking home a Bale cross to round off the victory.32 – Karim Benzema has now scored against 32 of the 33 teams he has faced in La Liga (128 goals). Predatory. pic.twitter.com/WufZPIIJQa— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 26, 2018 What it means: Lopetegui’s Madrid pass test of characterGarcia’s opener led to flashbacks of last season’s 2-1 result between the teams at the same ground, although on that occasion it was Madrid who squandered the early lead. Girona looked bright after going ahead, but the penalties undid their hard work and the hosts tired badly in the latter stages, allowing Bale and Benzema to turn the screw.Pat on the back: Asensio industry brings rewardsAt a time when Madrid were desperately seeking a way back into the match, Asensio was putting himself into dangerous areas and making a nuisance of himself in the opposition box. Those efforts paid off as he twice drew bad tackles to win penalties that paved the way for Madrid to take all three points. Asensio’s distribution was also a constant threat to the Girona defence. A terrific all-round performance.Boot up the backside: Girona pay the penaltyWhen Real Madrid come to town, the last thing you want to do is give them needless opportunities to score. Muniesa and Pons did just that with their penalty-conceding challenges on Asensio. Muniesa’s tackle came with his opponent heading out of the danger zone, while Pons should have cleared before the Madrid attacker had the chance to turn in the box.Key Opta stats:- Gareth Bale scored his 150th goal in his professional club career.- Sergio Ramos has now registered 56 goals in LaLiga, 25 more than any other defender in the 21st century (Andoni Iraola – 31).- Marco Asensio is the first Madrid player to win two penalties in the same LaLiga game since Angel Di Maria against Athletic in April 2011.- Girona have scored more goals against Real Madrid than any other side in LaLiga since the start of last season (six). – Eusebio Sacristan, the Girona manager, has lost his seven league meetings with Real Madrid, scoring five goals while conceding 22.What’s next?Madrid will look to maintain their perfect start at home to Leganes next Saturday, a day after Girona visit Villarreal. read morelast_img read more


Griezmann deserved The Best nomination, says Godin

November 19, 2019

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first_imgAtletico Madrid captain Diego Godin does not understand how Antoine Griezmann was not nominated in the shortlist to win FIFA’s The Best award and hopes that the World Cup winner is given the recognition he deserves in the Ballon d’Or.Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and eventual winner Luka Modric were the final three players in the running for the prestigious award, with Griezmann’s absence a major talking point.The attacker won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid last term and the World Cup with France, and Godin is at a loss to explain how he could have been so overlooked.  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! “If we look at what he achieved in 2018, I think Antoine deserved to be there,” he told L’Equipe. “He won the Europa League and was the decisive player in the final, he won the World Cup and was also the best player in the final. “I don’t see what else he could have done. Oh yes, win the European Super Cup! And he did that, too.”Godin explained that Griezmann’s role in the squad goes beyond that of most forwards.“It goes beyond scoring goals or making assists,” he explained. “Above all, he’s a team player who puts the collective before himself and who plays an important tactical function. “He knows and feels what he has to do for the common good. He understands the game extremely well and makes the right decisions for others. What’s more, he’s got this intelligence to be in the right place on the field. He makes the difference.”With this in mind, Godin has backed his club-mate for the Ballon d’Or, the shortlist for which will be revealed on October 8, with the winner declared on December 3.“As a team-mate, as a captain and as a friend, I hope with all my heart that he wins it,” he said. “I know that it would make him really happy, and everyone at Atletico would share his happiness if that was the case.”In the meantime, Godin, Griezmann and the remainder of the Atletico squad are preparing for a derby meeting with Real Madrid on Saturday at the Bernabeu.last_img read more


Report: France 2 Germany 1

November 19, 2019

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first_imgA second-half brace from Antoine Griezmann saw France come from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 in the Nations League, with a controversial penalty sealing the victory in Paris.Joachim Low made five changes to the Germany side that lost 3-0 to Netherlands and their dynamic front three caused real problems for France in the first period, though they could not maintain the same level after the break as the hosts turned things around through Griezmann.Despite the potential to threaten with Kylian Mbappe’s pace, France offered little in attack during the first half and deservedly trailed at the interval thanks to Toni Kroos’ spot-kick. 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! But Didier Deschamps’ side improved after the interval, levelling through a sumptuous Griezmann header before going four points clear at the top of League A Group 1 thanks to the Atletico Madrid forward’s contentious late penalty.France struggled to contain Germany early on and trailed after 14 minutes, as Presnel Kimpembe handled Leroy Sane’s cut-back cross and Kroos squeezed the resulting penalty beyond Hugo Lloris’ dive.Lloris did make a vital intervention in the 24th minute, however, denying Matthias Ginter from close range, with France only clicking in attack at the end of the half when Olivier Giroud turned Lucas Hernandez’s low cross over the goal.Manuel Neuer was finally called into action early in the second half, thwarting Mbappe in a one-on-one situation, but the goalkeeper was helpless just after the hour mark when Griezmann met Lucas’ delivery with a fine glancing header which found the top-right corner.Griezmann completed the turnaround 10 minutes from time, coolly dispatching from 12 yards after Mats Hummels – whose foot was trodden on by Blaise Matuidi as he attempted to make a sliding challenge – was adjudged to have fouled the Juventus midfielder.26 – With 26 goals, Antoine Griezmann is now the 10th top goalscorer in the history of the French national team (as much as Sylvain Wiltord). Club. pic.twitter.com/sDYo5VPFzx— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 16, 2018What it means: France succeeding despite GiroudWhile he serves a purpose, it is difficult to see what good Giroud’s presence is doing this France team. He was not particularly good at the World Cup despite his country’s success in Russia, and in France’s last two matches he has had little connection with his team-mates. Surely it is time for Deschamps to try different options as the focal point up front?Kimmich oozes classAlthough he ended up on the losing side, Joshua Kimmich was arguably Germany’s standout performer. The young midfielder seemed to pop up everywhere during the first hour and showed his class, both in defensive situations and when going forward.Pogba provides little sparkFrance produced a decent response after half-time, yet Paul Pogba remained underwhelming after being anonymous as a creative outlet in the first period. Jose Mourinho will hope for better from the midfielder when Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Saturday.What’s next?France wrap up their Group 1 campaign away to Netherlands on November 16, while Germany host the Dutch three days later following a friendly against Russia. read morelast_img read more


Tales from Paro

November 19, 2019

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Kalki Koechlin hosts screening of Margarita With A Straw for Vidya, Huma, Sridevi

November 19, 2019

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Who looks better: Sunny Leone in Leela or Zeenat Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram?

November 19, 2019

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East Bengal pick ISL bid documents, Mohun Bagan mulling

November 19, 2019

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first_imgKolkata, May 17 (PTI) East Bengal today picked the bid documents to buy an Indian Super League franchise while Mohun Bagan were expected to follow suit. “We have collected the (Invitation to Bid) documents in Mumbai. But this does not guarantee our participation. We can not take a plunge in the sea without assessing whats on offer. We will study it and then details will follow,” East Bengal general secretariat Kalyan Majumdar said. Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra said theyre yet to decide and the “discussions are on”. However, a source closely tracking the development said they have been in discussions for three months. “They know what ITB holds for them. Its about making the call,” he said, saying “two international clubs from Europe have also shown interest in ITB and had discussion with ISL office.” Football Sports Development Limited, the ISL organisers, have floated the tender through Invitation to Bid on May 12 and the deadline for submission of documents is May 25. One to three teams can be chosen to take part in the ISL from this season. PTI TAP PDS AHlast_img read more


Skill development, tech edu future hope for youth: J&K CM

November 19, 2019

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first_imgJammu, Jul 10 (PTI) Terming technical education as the hope for youth in terms of employability, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today that her government is laying a network of skill enhancing institutes in the state.Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a polytechnic college here today, she said that tourism and skill development are the two areas that hold a definite promise of avenues for the youth.She said her government had given technical education a thrust and ITIs and polytechnics are being set up across the state to prepare a skilled workforce.Mufti said that with the state opening to a developmental and infrastructural revolution, technically trained local manpower would be in huge demand.Once trained, the youth from these polytechnics could even have better job prospects outside the state, she said.The polytechnic college here comprises 16 laboratories, four workshops and two drawing halls. The chief minister also inaugurated polytechnic colleges at Kathua and Samba through online mode. She also laid the foundation of colleges at Doda, Kishtwar and Udhampur. She also said that with a rail link coming to Katra and its subsequent linkage to Banihal would make it an important tourist halt point which can give the local economy a big boost.Earlier, the chief minister laid the foundation of an indoor stadium at Reasi.To be built at a cost of Rs 4 crore, the stadium would have facilities for indoor games like badminton, basketball, table tennis, athletics etc.She directed completion of the stadium within an year.advertisementIn his address, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh said the government has laid a network of polytechnics and hoped that through this network, the local and traditional trades in the state will be preserved and revived.Minister for Technical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Moulvi Imran Raza Ansari said the chief minister has directed that an indoor stadium be constructed in every district.He said his department is planning to introduce vocational training exclusively for women soon. PTI AB ADSlast_img read more


DU releases fifth cut-off list at du.ac.in: Hindu College sets 97.25 per cent for BCom (Hons), Economics (Hons)

November 18, 2019

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first_imgDelhi University (DU) has released its fifth and final cut-off list on Monday evening on the official website, the link for which is du.ac.in  After setting the highest cut-offs amongst other colleges in all the cut-off lists released so far, Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College for Women has again set the highest cut-off at 97.5 per cent in the BA (Hons) Psychology course.In the final cut-off list for this academic session, the second highest cut-off is 97.25 per cent for BA (Hons) Economics offered by Hindu College, followed by 97 per cent for BA (Hons) Journalism in LSR.According to the data released, Most of the courses have been closed for the general category students in several DU colleges.Important note:  The candidates can seek admission in these colleges till tomorrow July 19.List of courses for which admission have been closed:BCom (Hons) in SRCCBA (Hons) English in Hindu College”After the approval of admission by the respective colleges, the applicant has to make an online payment on the university’s website before the deadline,” said a release.Further cut-offs might be announced, depending on the availability of seats, it added.DU had announced its first cut-off on June 23 and the highest was 99.66 per cent for BSc (Hons) Electronics in the SGTB Khalsa College.Meanwhile, the fourth list of Delhi University’s (DU) Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) saw a six-per cent drop in the cut-off, compared to the previous list for BCom and BA programmes. Miranda House announced its cut-off at 80 per cent. Its previous cut-off was 86 per cent.advertisement”The admissions will be done on July 18-19 between 9.30 am and 1.30 pm at the respective teaching centres,” said a DU release.Under the NCWEB, a non-formal system of obtaining degrees from the DU, lectures are held only on weekends. Only female students residing in the National Capital Territory of Delhi can enroll themselves as students under the NCWEB.(With inputs from PTI)Read: IIM, IIT Kharagpur, ISI students bag salary package of Rs 21.78 lakh  Read: Textbooks shouldn’t be used as ‘ideological battleground’ for any political point-scoring: Manish Sisodia  For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more


FIFA Under-17 World Cup India team ready face any side, says Sunil Chhetri

November 18, 2019

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first_imgPraising the spirit and attitude of the Indian colts, senior national team skipper Sunil Chhetri on Friday expressed confidence that the Indian team will give their best in the Under-17 FIFA World Cup.India have been clubbed with Colombia, thed United States and Ghana in Group A of the 24-team tournament starting on October 6.Speaking after the draw, Chhetri said: “It’s the best tournament in the world in this age group. I am really excited. The boys are well prepared. I was talking to one of them and I asked which teams do you want? And he told me that it doesn’t matter. We are just gonna go there and give our best.””And I was really impressed. There are two things. As a team we will give whatever we have, and as hosts we will try to be the best the world has ever seen,” India’s all-time leading goalscorer added.Chhetri was one of the four sportspersons doing the draw besides Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu, and the country’s top-ranked badminton player P.V. Sindhu.Sindhu said the experience for the boys would be one to remember and results won’t matter.”Of course, India being the hosts, I would like to wish them all the very best, and I think it’s just that you need to believe in yourself and give your best, no matter what,” she said.”If you win…of course there are good teams there…but I think if we do well it’s ok, but if we don’t, if we lose, never mind it’s just the experience. You will have to learn a lot more.”advertisement”This is only the starting for them and there is a long way to go. So I think being the hosts, there will always be pressure. I would like to wish India all the best and other teams as well,” she added.India, coached by Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos, will play their first game against the US on October 6 in New Delhi.last_img read more


‘Competent’ pace battery will bring more overseas success for India: Ian Bishop

November 18, 2019

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first_imgFormer West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop feels that the current pace attack of the Indian cricket team, which is very competent, will help the team to be more successful in foreign conditions.Bishop was asked about his opinion of the current Indian pace attack, to which he replied, “It’s good, it’s good. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah – they’re all good,” he told PakPassion.net.”They all bring different skill-sets. Bumrah’s changes of pace and yorkers, Bhuvneshwar swings the ball and he’s had to adapt his game to different pitches and conditions now. He’s put on a little bit of pace too. Shami and Yadav are very sharp and quick. So it’s competent,” he added.The West Indian, who now officiates as cricketer commentator, further asserted that the current pace attack of the Indian team would help them not only to be good at home, where they have ace off-spinner R Ashwin, but to be better overseas too.He also said that the current crop of bowlers in the Indian pace battery is the best he has seen.The Indian pacers have showcased their abilities to swing the ball both ways while generating great pace and have been successful both home and away.Also, newly-appointed Indian head coach Ravi Shastri already suggested that India’s pace battery has the capability to dismantle any batting lineup in any given conditions, which hand the Men in Blue an edge over their competitors in the longest format.last_img read more


1st Test: Australia struggles to keep up with Bangladesh

November 18, 2019

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first_imgBangladesh had Australia reeling at 18-3 after scoring 260 in its first innings on the first day to take control of the opening Test on Sunday. (SCORECARD)With nine overs to survive before the close of play, Australian batsmen were unable to deal with the Bangladesh spinners on a pitch that offered considerable amount of turn and bounce.Opener Matt Renshaw was not out on 6 with captain Steven Smith on 3 to end the see-saw day in which 13 wickets fell.Opener David Warner survived a video review as the ball touched his bat before hitting the pad but was dismissed on the next ball off offspinner Mehidy Hasan on 8.Usman Khawaja was run out on 1 while nightwatchman Nathan Lyon got dismissed before opening his account, prompting Smith to see off the day.Hasan and Shakib picked up a wicket apiece.Earlier, Shakib Al Hasan scored 84 and Tamim Iqbal 71 in their 50th Test as Bangladesh recovered from paceman Pat Cummins’ onslaught to amass 260.”Our partnership was crucial,” Shakib said. “It was challenging but we have applied ourselves well on the tricky wicket.”Cummins (3-63) ripped through the Bangladesh top order in his first two overs to reduce Bangladesh to 10-3.AP Photo Shakib and Tamim combined for 155 runs in a fourth-wicket stand before Glenn Maxwell broke through to dismiss the latter.Offspinner Nathan Lyon then equaled the wicket tally of Richie Benaud (248), removing Shakib with a delivery that had extra bounce and spun sharply. He then removed Mehidy Hasan to get past Benaud to sit behind only Shane Warne (708) among Australia’s all-time best spinners.advertisement”It’s in the balance to be fair. You can probably look at Bangladesh who have the momentum at the moment,” Lyon said.”It’s not ideal losing three wickets but that’s the game. You’ve got to give them credit, they batted well, they bowled well. Now it’s our chance to fight back and really Test ourselves in these conditions.”Shakib’s 22nd half century included 11 boundaries.Despite his careful approach, Tamim offered a chance on 62 when fast bowler Josh Hazlewood couldn’t quite hold on to what would have been a brilliant catch off his own bowling.The Bangladesh opener smashed five boundaries and three sixes in his innings, lasting for 144 balls, before he was induced by part-time offspinner Maxwell who extracted maximum turn from his delivery.With the pitch getting slower, Ashton Agar and Lyon cleaned up the Bangladesh tail after a shower halted the game for 30 minutes.Agar, coming back into the side after four years, and Lyon took three apiece, giving away 46 and 79 runs, respectively. Lyon reached 250 Test wickets with his final strike.last_img read more


J-K chief minister, governor hold hour-long meeting

November 18, 2019

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first_imgJammu, Nov 9 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today held an hour-long meeting with Governor N N Vohra and discussed various matters pertaining to the affairs of the state, an official spokesman said.Governor Vohra and Mufti spoke on the internal security situation in the Valley, functioning of various departments, particularly the power development department, the social welfare department, the information department and the sports and youth affairs department, and the extent to which results have been achieved toward the goals set, the spokesman said.The governor suggested that stringent measures be adopted in regard to departments which were not performing adequately, he said.Vohra also discussed with Mufti the advantages of commencing the process of conducting elections to the panchayats and the urban local bodies without delay, he said.The governor reiterated that the government must ensure prompt attention to public grievances, efficient delivery of public services and severe punishments to those involved in corruption, the spokesman added. PTI AB IJTlast_img read more