Shah encouraging people to violate SC order on Sabarimala: Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 28 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal Sunday alleged that BJP president Amit Shah through his comments on the Sabarimala verdict was “actively encouraging people to violate the Supreme Court order”. The chief minister hoped that the apex court would take cognisance of Shah’s remarks. “Amit Shah actively encouraging people to violate SC orders. Creating anarchy. Hopefully, SC will take cognisance (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted. Addressing a gathering in Kerala’s Kannur on Saturday, Shah listed court verdicts which have not been implemented, including on ‘Jallikattu’ (traditional bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu) and prohibiting loudspeakers in mosques, and said “impractical” directions should not be given by courts and they should pass orders that can be implemented. On September 28, the Supreme Court paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. A five-judge constitution bench in its 4:1 verdict, had said that banning the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates rights of Hindu women. PTI BUN SMNlast_img read more

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic take London Underground ride ahead of ATP Finals

first_imgRoger Federer, Novak Djokovic and some of the most known faces of the tennis world took the London tube ahead of the start of the ATP Finals in London on Sunday.The season’s final ATP event is all set for a start in the London O2 arena but ahead of that the tennis stars decided to have a little fun on the public domain.Sighting tennis stars like Federer and Djokovic is a rarity but some of the commuters of the London tube came across this opportunity suddenly and surely would not have complained.”Although we’ve probably all ridden on the tube a time or two, this was very different. It’s a very cool way to make an entrance. There were quite a few surprised looks on the faces of folks, especially when Roger and Novak walked by. It was a pretty cool treat for them,” John Isner was quited as saying by the ATP World Tour website.ATP shared videos and photos of the journey these stars had in the tube and it sure like it was a fun-filled time spent.It wasn’t just our #NittoATPFinals doubles players that hopped on to the London Underground this evening! #Selfie #Londonisopen World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018The name’s Federer………Roger Federer. World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018So @rogerfederer where are we going? #NittoATPFinals #Londonisopen World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018Alexander Zverev’s no-socks appearance was one of the highlights of the fun evening with Marin Cilic decided that the style is “Sascha” and is not for him.advertisement.@cilic_marin has decided that the no socks’ combo isn’t for him #Marinsfashionworld World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 9, 2018Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the top billings in the eight-man event and are also placed in different groups increasing their chances of a final meet.Group Lleyton Hewitt consists of Federer, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori while Group Guga Kuerten comprises of Djokovic, Zverev, Cilic and John Isner.Federer is aiming for a 100th career ATP title in London and going by the early judgements, his prime thorn will be Djokovic. Federer won his 99th ATP title in Basel, his home and bid for his 100th in Paris before he ran into Djokovic in the final, which extended his wait.Djokovic, on the other hand, has had a sensational return to form since the Wimbledon. After scooping the Wimbledon title, Djokovic has won the Cincinnati Masters, US Open, Shanghai Masters and Paris Masters, making him the hot favourite to win the ATP Finals title.Zverev, who has been touted as the Gen Next leader has won three Masters title so far but is yet to shine at the Grand Slam stage. Cilic, Anderson, Nishikori and Thiem are all Grand Slam finalists but topping Federer and Djokovic in London might be a huge ask of them.last_img read more

Bajrang, Vinesh, Pooja get Grade A contracts; Sushil, Sakshi in Grade B

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(Eds: Dropping extra word in intro) Gonda (UP), Nov 30 (PTI) Star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat were included in the top Rs 30-lakh Grade A along with Pooja Dhanda as the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Friday rolled out its revolutionary contracts system for the grapplers. It was expected that Bajrang and Vinesh, who won the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals this year, will be kept in the top grade. Pooja had become only the fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the World Championship recently. Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who are struggling with form for quite some time, could not make the top Grade. They will figure in the Grade B, which will offer a financial support of Rs 20 lakh for one year. The contracts will be reviewed after one year. WFI is the only Indian Olympic Association-affiliated National Sports Federation to offer contracts to its athletes and only the second after the BCCI. The announcement was made by WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, who inaugurated the senior National Championship at Nandini Nagar here. “Grapplers could move up or down after review in the grades,” said Singh. “Sushil changed the face of the sport in the country with his two Olympic medals. We have to have him in the list despite the fact that he is not competing much. Sakshi’s performance is also going up and down but wrestlers can jump into the next category with good performance.”advertisement Vinesh hailed the move saying it will give a huge boost to the sport at the junior level. “It is good for the junior wrestlers. It will be an added motivation. There will be medal, fame and support. It’s really a good incentive for the Cadet and junior level wrestlers,” Vinesh told PTI. Vinesh said the support will also help established stars like her. “The budget will shoot up now and we can use it for more exposure in terms of training and competitions abroad. We can plan better now without worrying about funds. I plan to compete in at least 5 tournaments, specially the UWW ranking events, next year,” she said. Sakshi, who is enduring a tough time, said she was a tad “disappointed” for not featuring in the top grade. “Yes, I was expecting to be in top grade but once I again start performing strong, there is a good chance to get upgraded to the top bracket,” she said. Talking about her lean patch, Sakshi said, “I was winning in last 4-5 seconds earlier but now I am losing at the same time, giving away points in the last few seconds. I think I am getting puzzled. I am working on mat. We are not machines, performance can go up and down.” The C category, offering support of Rs 10 lakh, features Sandeep Tomar, Greco Roman grappler Sajan Bhanwal, Vinod Om Prakash, Ritu Phogat, Sumit Malik, talented Deepak Punia and Asian Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran. The D category, which will give Rs 5 lakh support, will have Rahul Aware, Naveen, Sachin Rathi, Greco Roman’s Vijay, Ravi Kumar, Simran, Mansi and Anshu Malik. PTI AT ATKATKATKlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma in India’s 12-man squad for Adelaide Test, no Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgRohit Sharma found his way back into the Test squad as India announced their final XII for the first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval, starting Thursday.India will be playing a four-Test series in Australia and as they look for a first-ever Test series victory down under, the beginning to which will be very crucial.Bhuvneshwar Kumar is set to miss the first Test in Australia as India went with three genuine pacers in Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.India will have just one genuine spinner in Ravichandran Ashwin while Hanuma Vihari might feature as the part-time spinner in the Test.Ahead of the first Test, former India pacer Zaheer Khan had backed Umesh Yadav in place of Ishant Sharma for the first Test but captain Kohli decided to go with the experience of Ishant in the Australian conditions.In terms of the batting department, it looked more or less sorted with the only change of plan that the Indian management had had to make was triggered by Prithvi Shaw’s untimely injury in the warm-up match.It will be interesting to see if Rohit Sharma will be in the playing XI and if he does make it, will he open alongside Murali Vijay or KL Rahul or he will bat at No.6 with Vihari being sacrificed.Adelaide is expected to be a green pitch that might suit the bowlers of both India and Australia. The Adelaide curator said ahead of the match that he has decided to leave the green top of the pitch that he particularly created to facilities day and night Test.advertisementIndia’s final XII for first Test against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | Australia drop Mitchell Marsh for Adelaide Test vs India, Marcus Harris to debutAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav can be a match-winner in Australia Test series: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Will Virat Kohli be quicker than Bradman to 1000 Test runs in Australia?last_img read more

Modelling will always be special: Malaika Arora

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Actress Malaika Arora, who will be one of the judges for the auditions of models for the forthcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2019, says that she is extremely nostalgic about her modelling days.”Modelling will always hold a special place in my life. It marks the start of my journey in this industry. I am extremely nostalgic about my early days as a model. I owe everything that I have learnt to my mentors,” Malaika said in a statement. LFW announced the model auditions for its Summer/Resort 2019 edition. It will be held on December 14 at St. Regis in Mumbai.”Lakme Fashion Week is a platform that provides aspiring models a launchpad that one can only dream of. I am thrilled to be a part of the hunt for fresh talent,” said Malaika.The actress along with designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil, show director Anu Ahuja, Head of Innovations, Lakme — Ashwath Swaminathan and Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance — Jaspreet Chandok will be judging the show. The fashion week is credited with launching some of India’s most successful models including Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anjali Lama, Bhumika Arora, Pooja Mor and Kiara Advani. Swaminathan says that he is looking forward to the upcoming edition where new talent spotted in these auditions will sport the latest trends in beauty and fashion at the fashion gala.Vice President and Head of Fashion at IMG Reliance, Chandok, said, “Every season, we at Lakme Fashion Week aim at introducing new and fresh talent by providing the ideal platform to make a promising debut. This season too, we continue our commitment to present fresh talent on the runway.”–IANSnv/inadvertisementlast_img read more

ASUS teases Zenfone Max M2, Max Pro M2 specifications before 11th December launch

first_imgFor the past few weeks, ASUS has been teasing the successor to its popular budget midrange smartphone, Zenfone Max Pro M1- the Zenfone Max Pro M2. The company has been proud to announce one of the segment-first features of the handset on its social media accounts, which is the presence of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The ASUS midrange smartphone will also sport a notch on top of its display like some its popular rivals. Well, ASUS has given out more information on the handset.In one of its recent social media posts, ASUS has given out more information on the processor that will underpin the Max Pro M2. ASUS has equipped the handset with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset. The 14nm midrange chipset is presently powering some of its rivals such as the Realme 2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A2. The Snapdragon 660 has a clockspeed of 1.9GHz and has eight Kryo 260 cores. The chipset is known to be a fairly good performer with an equal balance of computing performance and battery life.ASUS also announced that the Zenfone Max Pro M2 will run on a stock version of Android, similar to its predecessor. The company hasn’t confirmed which version of Android will the handset debut with, but the Russian version of the phone is running on Android 8.1 Oreo. There could be a high possibility that ASUS might launch the phone in India with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.ASUS has also confirmed that they will be launching the Zenfone Max M2 alongside the Zenfone Max Pro M2. The Zenfone Max M2 is expected to slot under the Zenfone Max Pro M2 in terms of pricing and features. ASUS has already announced that the Zenfone Max M2 will be built around the Snapdragon 632 chipset. The Snapdragon 632 is an octa-core chipset with Kryo 250 cores accompanied by Adreno 506 GPU. Similar to the Zenfone Max Pro M2, the Max M2 will also run on a stock version of Android. However, ASUS hasn’t mentioned the version of Android that this phone will be running.advertisementWhile ASUS will launch both the devices officially in India on 11th December, the pair of new Zenfone Max smartphones has been already launched in the Russian market. The Zenfone Max M2 was launched for 12,990 rubles (approximately Rs 13,800)whereas the Zenfone Max Pro M2 was announced for 17,990 rubles (approximately Rs 19,100). Going by ASUS’ pricing in the past, ASUS could be pricing it pretty competitively with the popular options in its segment.ALSO READ | What is PureDisplay and why it matters with the Nokia 7.1last_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Sachin Tendulkar excited as class of 2011 reunites at Mumbai Indians

first_imgFormer Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first cricketers to express his happiness after Yuvraj Singh’s got signed in the IPL 2019 Auction on Tuesday.Tendulkar, who is the team Icon at Mumbai Indians, was excited to have Yuvraj on board for the 2019 season after he was bought at his base price of Rs 1 crore by MI at the auction in Jaipur.Mumbai wasted no time in making the first bid for Yuvraj but much to the surprise of many, the first bid turned out to be the only bid for the 2011 World Cup-winning India all-rounder.Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has played 10 seasons for MI and is the league’s most successful bowler, was also bought by MI and will return to the IPL as a player after a gap of a year.Both Yuvi and Malinga found no takers in the first round before being brought back in the accelerated bidding process later in the evening.Malinga was not bought by MI in the 2018 auction in January but had turned up as a mentor at Mumbai after he went unsold at last year’s auction. The Sri Lankan pace great had even hinted earlier this year that he was mulling retirement and that his IPL career was over.However, after an impressive comeback to international cricket in September 2018, the 35-year-old is back as a player in the IPL.”A perfect mix of experience and youth picked up at the #IPLAuction by @mipaltan! Glad to have Lasith Malinga and @yuvstrong12 in the MI team along with the likes of @sranbarinder, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaswal & Rasikh Dar,” Tendulkar welcomed Yuvraj and Malinga along with the young new recruits.advertisementThe Class of 2011 reunites #CricketMeriJaan @sachin_rt @YUVSTRONG12 @ImZaheer Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj and Malinga had played against each other in the 2011 World Cup final which India won to lift the trophy after 28 years. Yuvi was the adjudged Man of the Tournament for scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wickets in the campaign.Yuvraj also tweeted to thank the MI franchise and is looking forward to playing for his sixth franchise in the IPL.I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 18, 2018″I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45,” Yuvi tweeted.Paltan, ab aayega mazaa #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2018Yuvraj, who has been a shadow of his former self on the field in the recent past, went unsold during the first round of auctions on Tuesday before he was brought back in the accelerated bidding towards the end of a six-hour-long process that saw 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, sold to eight franchises.”Yuvi [Yuvraj] and Malinga were crucial players for us at the auction. We were fortunate to get those two players. To be honest, I was thinking on the basis of experience, we retained a lot of young players. And then entering this auction, we wanted to buy a few young players but the agenda was to focus on experience a lot,” MI owner Akash Ambani told Star Sports.After fetching a record price of Rs 16 crore at the 2015 auction, Yuvraj’s price dipped to Rs 7 crore in 2016 when he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore during January’s auction earlier this year by Kings XI Punjab. He was eventually released by the Punjab-based franchise in the lead up to to the recently-concluded auction.Meanwhile, head coach Mahela Jayawardene, who had the company of recently-appointed bowling coach Zaheer Khan at the auction on Tuesday, said the decision to buy Malinga was not taken at the heat of the moment but was a well-thought-out one.”We realised after 12 months of hard work, he [Malinga] has come back. He is performing really well. We needed a senior bowler who could guide this young group of bowlers we had. So it’s easier for us to relate to Lasith,” Jayawardene said.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso Read | IPL 2019: Zaheer Khan appointed Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operationslast_img read more

Storm in a teacup in Britain over eco-friendly bags

first_imgLondon, Dec 19 (AFP) Britons are up in arms over new environmentally-friendly teabags that leave a bitter taste in the mouth as they split open, spilling their contents into teacups across the land.Yorkshire Tea, the country’s second biggest brand after PG Tips, launched the new biodegradable teabags in June and has now been forced to respond to a barrage of complaints.”Has anyone else noticed that Yorkshire Tea bags are quite burst-able at the moment?,” one disgruntled user, BBC radio 3 presenter Elizabeth Alker, said on Twitter.BT Sport football commentator Darren Fletcher wrote that the Yorkshire Tea bags were “shambolic”.”Things may never be the same again!” he said.The new bags, which no longer rely on plastic to stay sealed, are splitting when dunked in hot water.”Hi @YorkshireTea this is the 10th teabag to split from this box. I don’t like drinking the leaves,” wrote Bill Fyfe, posting a photo of his cup with floating leaves.The Daily Mail said Yorkshire Tea was “in a pot of bother”.The famous brand, which is planning to sell only biodegradable teabags from 2019, apologised to customers and said it was doing everything to resolve the problem.”We’re sorry about this!” the company said this week.”It’s early days so we’re really keen to hear feedback — and we promise we’ll make it up to you,” it said.Some 160 millions cups of tea are consumed every day in Britain and floating tea leaves are a major no-no. (AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

India vs Australia: We failed to absorb pressure in Sydney, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – Australia (288/5) beat India (254/9) by 34 runs. Virat Kohli said MS Dhoni ‘s dismissal was the turning point in India’s 34-run loss to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9. (Full Scorecard)Rohit Sharma said the time to learn was now over and India’s batsmen needed to start executing their plans after a 34-run defeat to Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, whose stylish 133 went in vain after an ordinary performance by his colleagues, had every reason to feel aggrieved.Chasing 289, India managed only 254 for 9 off their 50 overs. Rohit scored 133 of those runs for India off only 129 balls. MS Dhoni was the next highest scorer for India with 51 off 96 balls. In fact, Dhoni’s inability to accelerate put additional pressure on Rohit and the batsmen coming in against a top-quality Australian attack.Rohit now has 22 ODI hundreds and 7 of those have come against Australia. In 2018, Rohit had scored 1030 runs from 19 ODIs and led India to victory in the Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup. As the vice-captain, Rohit watched in horror as his partners failed to either stay long enough or up the ante in what is their last leg of preparations for the World Cup.The Indian team has often taken solace from the fact that each game is a learning curve. But on Saturday, Rohit was blunt and said it was time to perform now.”The wicket was still playing good and we knew we could put some of their bowlers under pressure. But unfortunately, we kept losing wickets at the wrong time.. the first three wickets (for 4 runs) and then when we were going strong and building a partnership, unfortunately MS got out.advertisement”Obviously, we knew it was going to be a hard task when we lost three wickets and we had to build partnerships.. We were way behind the asking run rate while we were recovering from the early damage but again, these things happen.”These are the games that will teach you a lot as batsmen. You will be put under pressure and there will be times when you have to combat this kind of games where you lose wickets and what you do after that.”So I think it was a good learning but again, I think we have said that enough about learning now.. it’s time to go out there and execute. Take the pressure, absorb the pressure and take it forward. International cricket is all about absorbing pressure and today was the perfect example when there was pressure and we were not able to absorb pressure,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match press conference.On Thursday, Rohit had said India have more or less finalised their core for the World Cup in England but said nobody was assured of a berth.After the Sydney defeat, questions are bound to be asked of certain players. It was a great chance for the likes of Rayudu and Karthik to stand up and deliver. Besides, somebody might have to take a look at MS Dhoni’s role – another slow innings from a once great finisher left India with too much to do at the end.Rohit Sharma had a word of encouragement for Ravindra Jadeja, who played as the specialist all-rounder in Hardik Pandya’s absence. Jadeja failed to provide India with the kind of cameo that is expected of him as he fell for 8.”We believe in Jadeja to play those cameos whenever required. To go out and play shots immediately is not easy for any batsman.”Australian bowlers surprisingly got a lot of reverse swing.. It (the poor batting display) is not a concern but it’s an eye-opener,” Rohit said.Also Read | Not pleased with the way we played in Sydney, says Virat KohliAlso Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: Gavaskarlast_img read more

Chris Gayle seems to be getting better with age, says Jason Holder

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder was all praise for Chris Gayle, whose titanic century was not enough to take the team home against England in the fourth one day international in Grenada on Wednesday.Chris Gayle continued with his sensational form as he smashed his second hundred in three innings. Gayle blasted 162 off just 97 balls aat the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada. But his blazing knock was not enough as West Indies were bowled out for 389 in 48 overs, falling short of the target by 29 runs.Gayle, who will retire from ODIs after the World Cup in England and Wales, hit 14 sixes to take his tally of sixes to 305 in ODIs and 506 in international cricket.West Indies captain Jason Holder said his team’s batting attitude had been “not to die wondering”.”We knew what run rate we had to keep up with and it was just a matter for us to just keep going and be fearless,” he said, paying tribute to 39-year-old Gayle.Gayle also completed 10,000 runs in ODIs and became only the second West Indian after Brian Lara (10,405 runs) to achieve the milestone.Gayle (10,074 runs) became the 14th cricketer to achieve the feat after Sachin Tendulkar (18,426), Kumar Sangakkara (14,234), Ricky Ponting (13,704), Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430), Mahela Jayawardene (12,650), Inzamam-ul-Haq (11,739), Jacques Kallis (11,579), Sourav Ganguly (11,363), Rahul Dravid (10,889), Virat Kohli (10,533), MS Dhoni (10,415), Lara (10,405) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (10,290).”To get 10,000 runs in any format of cricket is a great achievement. It’s unfortunate he has announced his retirement [because] he seems to be getting better with age,” Holder added.advertisementEngland’s middle-order batsman Jos Buttler hit a career-best 150 while skipper Eoin Morgan smashed 103 to power their team to 418 for 6. Buttler sensational knock was laced with 12 sixes, making him the first batsman from England to hit 12 sixes in an ODI innings.Buttler, was named man-of-the-match, was completely in awe of Gayle.”It just goes to show, no matter who’s favourites, on any given day there will be unbelievable games of cricket, and if Chris Gayle is in the opposition, you can lose those games,” Buttler told Sky Sports.”I’ve probably never seen anyone hit sixes as easy as he can. He’s a legend of the game.”The fifth and final match of the series will be played on Saturday in St Lucia, before the two teams face-off in a three-match Twenty20 International series.Also Watch:last_img read more

Thalapathy 63: Atlee accused of plagiarism by aspiring director Shiva

first_imgDirector Atlee is not new to controversies. His previous films Mersal and Theri ran into trouble for several reasons and Atlee emerged out of them quite comfortably. Now, his upcoming film Thalapathy 63 has landed in soup as aspiring director Shiva has levelled plagiarism charges against director Atlee.A report published in a Tamil daily suggests that Atlee seems to have copied the story of Thalapathy 63 from Shiva’s short film, which is based on women’s football team. Shiva has filed a complaint with the South Indian Film Writers’ Association and will take up the issue in the court soon.Reportedly, Shiva has narrated his story to many leading producers in the industry. He suspects that one of the producers must have leaked the story to Atlee, who developed it into a feature film.Reportedly, the Writers’ Union cannot take up this issue further as Shiva seems to be a new member. Also, the union rules state that a member has to be with them for at least 6 months before they can take up any complaints from them.We had earlier reported that Thalapathy 63 is a sports-drama with Vijay essaying the role of a football coach of Tamil Nadu Women’s football team. Meyaadha Maan fame Indhuja Ravichandran is touted to be playing the role of the captain of the football team.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway in Chennai. A massive football stadium set worth Rs 6 crore has been erected at the EVP Studios in the city and the makers are planning to shoot important sequences there.advertisementThis is not the first time that director Atlee has been accused of plagiarism. Earlier, producer Kathiresan stated that Mersal resembled the story of Moondru Mugam and the case is currently sub-judice. His other films, Raja Rani and Theri, were accused of having a similar plot as that of Mouna Ragam and Sathriyan.ALSO READ | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay playing a football coach in Atlee’s film?ALSO WATCH: Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudilast_img read more

LG launches X4 (2019) with AI camera and military grade durability

first_imgLG Electronics continues to widen its smartphone portfolio. Earlier this year, the Korean electronics giant launched its premium flagship devices – the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ – the the MWC 2019 in Barcelona. And while the launch of its first 5G phone, V50 ThinQ, has been delayed in Korea, the tech giant has introduced a new smartphone – the LG X4 (2019) – in its home country for 297,000 won (Rs 18,100 approx).The budget LG X4 (2019) is the successor to the LG X4 that was launched in March last year with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 system-on-chip in the core and Android 7.1.2 Nougat running on board. The LG X4 that was launched last year also featured a bunch of other features such as the LG Pay, LTE connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery.The LG X4 (2019) that was announced recently, on the other hand, comes with 5.7-inch HD display and it measures 153×71.9×8.3mm and weighs 145g. The newly launched budget smartphone is powered by Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 SoC processor and it will ship with dated Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box instead of Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 9.0 Pie. Unlike last year’s X4, which came with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, the newly launched smartphone sports 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.The device, apart from being upgraded in terms of the software and storage, has also been updated in terms of camera. While the last year’s model came with a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera, the X4 (2019) sports an 8MP camera in the front and a 16MP camera with phase-detection auto focus at the back.advertisementIn addition to this, the phone also comes with some of LG’s other audio technologies such as hi-fi quad DAC for a high resolution sound, DTS:X technology with support up to 7.1 channels of stereoscopic sound. The phone also features support for an AI camera, time helper, which as the company says flashes the flash when the timer is set and LG Pay.The LG X4 (2019) comes with 3,000mAh battery, which the same as the one that was present in the last year’s device and it features MIL-STD 810G military grade certification. The LG X4 (2019) would be available in the country in Platinum Gray and Aurora Black colours later this month.ALSO READ: | Foldable phones: With V50 ThinQ, LG brings knife to a gun fight with Samsung and HuaweiALSO READ: | LG patent hints at a smartphone with triple front camera setupALSO READ: | LG blames 5G connectivity for delayed V50 ThinQ 5G launchlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Indian fans defend Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan captain gets body shamed again

first_imgCricket fans jumped to the defence of Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed after he was seen being body-shamed yet again in a video going viral online. Sarfaraz has been facing flak for Pakistan’s under-par performances at World Cup 2019.Sarfaraz has earned the wrath of Pakistan fans especially after a few tactical blunders from Pakistan in their 89-run defeat (DLS) to arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. Images of the Pakistan captain yawning on the field even as India batsmen were going great guns went viral on social media, leading to severe backlash and trolling.In the video, an unruly fan can be seen requesting Sarfaraz Ahmed for a selfie before calling him “fat like a pig”. Safaraz, who was spotted with his son at the mall, can be seen ignoring the insulting jibe and walking off.Sarfaraz’s ability to ignore the insults and handle the situation in a matured way has helped him earn respect from fans on social media. In fact, keeping aside the rivalry, several Indian fans lauded the way in which Sarfaraz handled the troll who is facing severe backlash on Twitter.A shameful act by a Pakistani fan with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, this is how we treat our National Heros. Highly condemnable!! Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) June 21, 2019″Rivalry apart @SarfarazA_54 is a simple down to earth man. Criticise him for his game but humiliation this way that too in presence of his kid is very caIIous. And the gentleman Sarfaraz is, he kept quiet despite grave provocation (sic),” a Twitter user wrote.advertisementAnother fan wrote: “As an Indian, I can say that such behaviour by ‘fans’ is unacceptable. Either support (and criticize whenever necessary) the team or don’t watch when they play. It is only a game. One side has to win and the other has to lose. Why take it to this level?”Every captain in history has lost an important match. #SarfarazAhmed doesn’t deserve this. This is harassment… for heaven’s sake he is with his child. Deshmukh (@Riteishd) June 22, 2019This is the mentality of overseas Pakistanis How shameless that guy is @SarfarazA_54 is hafiz e quraan, he must respect him as a person and as a cricketer as well and @SarfarazA_54 showed that he’s a true human being.. #CWC19 keep faith brother everything will change soon IA.??Shahzaib (@Shahzaib_77) June 21, 2019Shameful.Waseem Badami (@WaseemBadami) June 21, 2019It’s indeed very offensive… His kid was with him and certainly for the kid his dad must be the inspiration ??????Dr Aditi ???? Chowkidar ???? (@aditi3012) June 21, 2019Fan apologises after body-shaming Sarfaraz AhmedThe fan who was caught abusing Safaraz Ahmed later apologised to the public and Pakistan fans via a video.The man who abused sarfraz today makes an apology in his new video. Saying sorry to @SarfarazA_54 nd whole nation.says that he neither new that the kid was his son nor sarfraz is hafiz e QuranWhat you people say on this #PakistanLovesSarfaraz #sorrysarfaraz Mansoor: IStandWithSarfraz (@mansoorThoughts) June 21, 2019Sarfaraz was given a hero’s welcome when he returned home from England with the Champions Trophy 2 years ago. However, the Pakistan captain has been severely criticised following the team’s World Cup 2019 loss to India.A section of Pakistan fans at Old Trafford screamed insults at Sarfaraz Ahmed as the Pakistan captain was waiting to do his post-match duties after the defeat to India at World Cup 2019.Pakistan fans slammed Sarfaraz’s men and questioned why the team had had burgers and milkshakes on the eve of their big World Cup 2019 match against India. Notably, images of Sarfaraz Ahmed and a few of his teammates buying burgers and milkshakes went viral on social media.In fact, former Pakistan fast bowler called Shoaib Akhtar called Sarfaraz “brainless”, while criticising the tactical mistakes the Pakistan captain had made vs India.The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well,” Shoaib Akhtar had said.Pakistan, who are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with just 1 win from 5 matches, take on South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s, London.Also Read | We have faith in ourselves, says Lasith Malinga after Sri Lanka stun EnglandAlso Read | Will Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in a single World Cup be broken this year?Also See:last_img read more

MSK Prasad defends MS Dhoni’s World Cup show: He was a big strength

first_imgIndia’s senior selection committee chairman MSK Prasad has reiterated that MS Dhoni is still the best wicketkeeper and finisher in the shorter formats of the game in the country.MSK Prasad, responding to a question on wether the selectors compromised the balance of the Indian middle-order in order to fit in MS Dhoni, said the veteran wicketkeeper’s experience was key to Virat Kohli-led team at World Cup 2019 in England.Dhoni collected 273 runs from 9 matches at 45.50 but his approach in the middle-order was questioned. Dhoni took time to settle into his innings on most occassions. In the semi-final defeat to New Zealand MS Dhoni combined with Ravindra Jadeja to steer India out of trouble as the duo took the team from 92 for 6 to 208 for 7 in chase of 240. Dhoni hit a 72-ball 50 but was run out after he started to attack the New Zealand pacers at the death.”I can clearly say this that till today MS [Dhoni] is the best gloveman and finisher in India in the shorter formats. The others are still work in progress. MS was a big strength to this team in the World Cup both as a batsman and keeper, apart from sharing his vast experience with the team and captain while taking on-field decisions,” MSK Prasad told PTI.MS Dhoni was not considered for selection for India’s upcoming tour of West Indies, starting August 3 in the United States. Dhoni had approached the BCCI for a 2-month sabbatical during which he would serve the Paramilitary regiment of the Indian Army.advertisementReiterating that more chances will be given to Rishabh Pant across all formats of the game in the near future, MSK Prasad remained tight-lipped on wether MS Dhoni will be considered for selection once he makes himself available for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh from September.Prasad had confirmed that MS Dhoni will not be available for selection for West Indies tour while maintaining that a legendary player like him should be allowed to go out on his own terms.”I have very clearly told post the selection of the Indian team against West Indies, that we have a plan post World Cup to give as many opportunities as possible to Rishabh and groom him so that he can grow in confidence and perform as per the requirements of the team,” MSK Prasad said.Pant has been picked as the first-choice wicketkeeper in all 3 formats for India’s tour of West Indies. Wriddhiman Saha, who is set to make his comeback after injury setbacks, has been selected as the back-up wicketkeeper in Tests.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso Read | Fighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coachAlso See:last_img read more

Kane Williamson celebrates 29th birthday with Sri Lankan fans during Tour match

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson is one of the most loved and respected cricketers in the world and his fan base has increased even more after the Cricket World Cup 2019 due to the way he carried himself throughout the tournament, especially after the heartbreaking loss in the final.Williamson emerged as captain of the ICC World Cup XI and was also adjudged player of the tournament for scoring over 500 runs and leading him team to the final where they lost to England.Williamson is now in Sri Lanka where his team is gearing up to play a series of two Tests and three T20Is from August 14. The Kiwis are currently playing a tour match against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI which started on Thursday.During the match, fans thronged the stadium to catch of glimpse of Williamson, who turned 29 on Thursday. The local fans remembered that and even brought a cake for him to celebrate his birthday.Kane Williamson – The most loved cricketer in the world celebrating his 29th birthday in an unusual way. #Champion #SLvNZ @BLACKCAPS @ThePapareSports Weerasinghe (@Damith1994) August 8, 2019Williamson was seen cutting the cake with the fans while fielding at the boundary line. He even ate a piece and obliged his Sri Lankan fans with pictures.What a way to celebrate the Birthday! Kane Williamson celebrates his 29th with Sri Lankan fans eating a piece of Cake with them during the warm-up! @BLACKCAPS Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 8, 2019Sri Lanka Cricket posted a couple of pictures of the beautiful moment that was caught on camera on Day 1 of the tour match.advertisement”What a way to celebrate the Birthday! Kane Williamson celebrates his 29th with Sri Lankan fans eating a piece of Cake with them during the warm-up,” Sri Lanka Cricket wrote on their social media handle.Kane Williamson celebrates his 29th birthday with Sri Lankan fans. Thakur (@ThakurHassam94) August 8, 2019New Zealand did not have a good day on the field though as Sri Lanka Board President’s XI managed to score 323 runs for the loss of 6 wickets on the first day with Danushka Gunathilaka scoring 98 runs while his opening partner Sadeera Samarawickrama made 80.Tour Match, Day 1 Stumps:SLPXI 323/6 (65.5 ov) Ashan Priyanjan 56*, Minod Bhanuka 14*, D Gunathilaka 98, S Samarawickrama 80, AY Patel 5/41 v New Zealand.- #SLvNZ Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 8, 2019Spinner Ajaz Patel managed to pick up 5 wickets for the Kiwis while William Somerville grabbed one wicket. SLBP XI captain Ashan Priyanjan (56 not out) and Minod Bhanuka (14 not out) will resume the innings on Day 2.last_img read more



The Coaches Poll – #8

first_imgWe’ve been here before too, quite recently really. In 2009 the Zac and Dez show Cowboys started at #11 in the coaches poll before handling Georgia and leapfrogging five teams to land at #6 in week 2 behind (in order): Florida, Texas, USC, Alabama, and Penn State. I got a text from Nolo about four minutes after that poll came out that read, “Florida! Texas! USC! Alabama! Penn State! Are those college football teams you want to be associated with?!?!?!?!”Then we played Houston at home and you know the rest.I’m also curious as to what goes on in the minds of coaches when they’re voting on stuff like this: “okay Florida State, man they’re going to be good this year with Bowden and Ponder running the show. Top five for sure. LSU too with Jamarcus Russel, man I don’t know if we could beat them.” I mean these people literally do not care about anything besides their teams winning the games on their schedules. It’s absolute insanity that the way they vote is 1/3 responsible for the two teams playing for the national title and millions of dollars (indirectly of course).A few more thoughts on the new coaches poll (I know we don’t care, but I’m going to break it down anyway!!): Preseason polls are kind of like Bill Simmons’ annual trade value column. A hell of a lot of fun to read and study and argue about but in the end mostly not that meaningful.Well, not meaningful in the sense that they don’t really hold much weight as to who’s good and who’s not good (Auburn was #22 this time last year).Unfortunately for the college football fan, since the NCAA is stuck somewhere between the late 70s and Doug Flutie’s BC career in terms of progressiveness, polls actually do mean something when it comes to who plays for the national title.And that actually turns out to be a good thing for #8 (in the coaches poll) Oklahoma State this year since they only need to win twelve straight sixty minute college football games and have six teams in front of them lose once and we’ll all be dancing on Bourbon street in five months.See the problem for OSU (and really the problem with preseason polls in general) has always been that if you don’t start high enough it’s nearly impossible to crack the top 10 or top 15 which would earn you hype and a national following which means you go to a bowl that pays a lot of money and…well you get the point.In college negotiations classes they teach you that you need to set a base (or an “anchor”) from which to negotiate. Once you set the anchor it’s harder for me to pull you away from that spot in our arguments. The same is true for preseason polls. It’s why you have undeserving big-name teams sitting in the top 15 at the end of the season after a lackluster year – because it’s harder to move up or down no matter what you do once you’re anchored by the weight of that preseason ranking. Even though the initial ranking is based on what you did nine to ten months ago. The whole thing makes my head hurt.Last year OSU started outside the top 25 and proceeded to outscore its opponents 297-173 in the first six games. They “rose” to #14 but still had four 1-loss teams ahead of them. If that same scenario takes place this year I can bet you whatever amount of money Dez Bryant has on him in jewelry right now OSU will not have four teams ahead of them in the polls. It’s simple math really: jumping over a large amount of teams in a poll voted on by humans is harder than jumping over a small amount of teams. Last year they could have run the table and Mike Holder could have given Mark Emmert a lap dance and there’s a 0% chance they would have been playing for crystal in Tempe. This year though? If you go undefeated you’re absolutely playing for the title unless a.) two teams ahead of you don’t lose or b.) a team from the SEC behind you doesn’t lose. Texas was 5-7 last year and lost to Iowa State at home and is ranked #24.Tulsa was 10-3 last year and beat Houston and Notre Dame on the road and didn’t get a vote.I’m liking that OU is #1 because that means they’re probably going to be AP #1 too…and you know what that means!!Teams I think will finish higher than where they start: West Virginia, Mississippi State, and MichiganTeams I think will finish lower than where they start: OU, LSU, and Nebraska.This OSU team is where it should be: in the top ten with a world of expectations. That late September game with A&M will almost definitely be between two top ten (and maybe top eight or seven) squads and Kyle Field is going to be a war zone. It’s going to be phenomenal.So here it is Cowboys, take care of business in September and you’ll be a top five squad going into October with the table set for a title run. New Orleans has never been closer to Stillwater than it is right now. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Week 9 Prop Bets

first_imgvagas 2In honor of the visiting opponent this weekend, I’ll be using the term “higher” rather than “greater” on this week’s prop bets. 1) OSU -8.5 vs TCUI’ve noticed that Vegas tends to take advantage of people’s short-term memories. Last weekend TCU lost at home to Tech and OSU took care of Iowa State in Stillwater. Well the weekend before, OSU looked sloppy (So I heard. I was at a wedding) against the worst team in the conference and TCU won big on the road against a team with an explosive offense and poor defense (Baylor). No matter what I say, 85% of you are still going to take the Cowboys here. 2) Over/Under number of interceptions for Brown & Gilbert: 0.08Why 0.08? Because that’s what Casey Pachall blew on his breathalyzer when he was stopped by police on Thursday, October 4th.3) Which will be higher: The number of OSU players that record at least one reception or the number of rushing attempts by OSU running backs not named Joseph Randle?I remember when we found out Michael Harrison wouldn’t see the playing field this season. “Oh, that’s alright. We’re crazy deep at WR.” Tracy Moore, Isaiah Anderson and CJ Curry (I feel like I missed someone) disagree. 4) Over/Under on how many Big 12 Underdogs cover the spread this weekend: 1.5 (Kansas +21 vs Texas; Baylor +2.5 at Iowa State; TCU +8.5 at OSU, Texas Tech +7.5 at Kansas State)Kansas has covered both Big 12 games in Lawrence (TCU & OSU) and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Horns can’t get fired up for an 11am game at Kansas. Baylor and Iowa State started off as a pick em, but apparently the public isn’t buying into the WINLESS IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE PLAY Baylor Bears. Kansas State was criticized for winning close games in 2011, but 2012 is a different story. No other team in the nation has a better duo of games on their resume than Kansas State.5) Which will be higher: The margin of victory for OU over Notre Dame or the margin of victory for OSU over TCU?Going by the lines, you would pick OU. How much do you all believe in your Cowboys? 6) Which will be higher: Total passing TDs in OSU vs TCU, or total rushing TDs in OU vs Notre DameThis is a completely random matchup without any consideration of how lopsided it might be. 7) Which Who will be higher: Casey Pachall tomorrow night or Honey Badger when he’s out of jail?Make your selections here!See you all in Stillwater tomorrow!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Oklahoma State-West Virginia Set for 6 p.m. Kick in Morgantown

first_imgI don’t even have to implore you to get weird because, by definition, night games in Morgantown with Dana Holgorsen involved are going to be as weird as college football gets.West Virginia opens as a 6-point favorite over #okstate in Morgantown next weekend.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2015It’s one of only two night games in the Big 12 when you look at this week and next (KSU and TCU also play at night next weekend).Just know, we’re coming with (a couple of plays from your) playbook, Dana. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State has made it into October unscathed. And now they’re rewarded with a night game in Morgantown against a West Virginia team coming off a stinging loss against OU. I’m officially terrified.KICK TIME ANNOUNCEMENT: #okstate at West Virginia game next Saturday set for 6 p.m. CT kick on ESPN2.— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) October 4, 2015last_img read more

The 11 Best Quotes From the Oklahoma State-Iowa State Game

first_imgMike Gundy on being clutch“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team, I’m sure I haven’t, that’s been as effective that this one has been on third downs.” (Oklahoman)Jordan Sterns on his favorite play (the game-sealing pick)“It’s probably my favorite play of mine so far, personally. Just because it’s been about 20 games and I’ve come close to a bunch of interceptions and I dropped them. I finally came up with one tonight … I was smiling. I felt like I was back in little league when I scored my first touchdown.” (Oklahoman)Gundy on TV“I’m sure TV loves us. It’s a good win by the team. As we all know, coming up here and playing is never really easy.” (AP)J.W. Walsh on being relentless“You don’t win without having some maturity and a relentless football team and we’ve been able to attain those things very well. There was not a doubt in anyone’s mind. You could see it in everybody’s eyes.” (AP)Gundy with some truth“Those [losses] never go away as a coach. Down 10 in the fourth quarter, [2011] crossed my mind.” (ESPN)Walsh on Rudolph (this is awesome)“I walked up to Mason [before the fourth quarter] on the sideline and told him, ‘You do you.’ He’s shown that when it’s crunch time, he makes plays — every time.” (ESPN)David Glidden on the year“This is — I don’t want to say a dream season yet. Hopefully we can look back at the end and say that it was.” (ESPN)Mike Gundy on that first half“I said this all week long. I said it again last night, I said it again today, I said it in the locker room, [and] I said it before we left the hotel, you’re challenge this week is to come out with as much fire in your stomach as you did last week, and we didn’t. And that’s all we talked about. I just don’t understand why. We were just kinda flat.” (Go Pokes)Gundy on the false start“I thought, ‘That’s the best break we’ve got all day.’ We finally got a break. Somebody was kind of looking over us, and then, to convert.” (Tulsa World)Walsh summing it up for all of us“That’s crazy. Our team is unbelievable. It’s not just the leaders who say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a chance. We’re in this thing.’ It’s everybody. The whole team believes.” (Tulsa World)Paul Rhoads with some truth“Plenty of fight in our kids, and they showed it against a team ranked fifth in the country, (that) now sits 10-0 and has an opportunity to finish up to play in the playoffs and play for a national championship.” (Tulsa World)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more