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first_imgLionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return Lionel Messi lit up Camp Nou and devastated Man United before firing a warning to Barcelona that they can’t start slowly again. Barca dominateBarca were superior to United in all departments for the best part of 80 minutes on Tuesday, a 3-0 win perhaps even flattering for their opponents, who were two down in 20, both goals belonging to Messi.Related News La Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire By the time Philippe Coutinho had curved in a third to send Ernesto Valverde’s side into the Champions League semi-finals, United’s stirring opening was long-forgotten, except by Barcelona’s captain. “We put on a spectacle,” said Messi. “But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first five minutes. We cannot come out like that in a Champions League match. Five bad minutes can knock you out. We have shown who we are,” added Messi, who pounced on two Man United mistakes to score twice. After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea. Philippe Coutinho, in perhaps his best performance of the season, added a third with a curling effort into the top corner and by the end, an outclassed United might have been relieved the score was not more traumatic than 3-0, 4-0 on aggregate. Solskjaer disappointed”You can plan as many tactics as you like but if you give Messi time and space, he will score,” said United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

first_img Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos, 32, who married TV presenter Pilar Rubio, 40, at a cathedral in his hometown of Seville, had invited over 500 guests to what was touted as the ‘wedding of the year’ in Spain. It is learnt that Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos had a massive fallout when Ronaldo decided to leave Real Madrid for Italian giants Juventus last year, and have not yet made peace with each other. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo posted this picture of himself kissing girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez while relaxing in a pool recently. He captioned the picture, “Amore mio”, which translates to ‘My Love’. The Portuguese footballer, who recently won the UEFA Nations League, is currently holidaying in St Tropez, France. Recently there were reports that Cristiano Ronaldo was not invited to former Real Madrid teammate and good friend Sergio Ramos’s wedding.last_img read more

first_imgWith 84% of employees planning to look for a new position in 2011, according to Manpower, a job placement firm, companies may be faced with surprise attrition, and should be concerned their employees are looking for greener pastures.So what is a company to do? Here are a few suggestions…Re-on board your current staff. This may sound hokey but we all remember those fast hiring days of the late 90’s when on-boarding best practices were all the rage. And the truth was those practices served the purpose of welcoming new talent, making them part of the team, communicating culture and goals, etc. The truth may be for your company that hiring has not been that high the past few years, and the culture[SZ1] message a little hard to exclaim and ‘pump up’ the troops. Well, it is not a bad idea to remind ourselves and our employees why we do what we do. So re-recruit by re-on boarding your employees and make it an honest and exciting exercise.Start filling your talent pipeline by recruiting ahead of demand. I write on this subject more than any other because I am determined to make a part of the recruitment process proactive and strategic vs. the tactical reactive process it is today. Why wait to find talent when a position is open, find the right talent and build the relationship now. How you ask? With honesty and integrity. There is nothing wrong with stating verbally or in print that “we are not current looking to fill this position, HOWEVER are deeply interested in establishing a relation of value with talent that …..(fill in the blanks)” I believe that this verbiage and the practice of strategic proactive recruiting is the next new phase in the recruitment supply chain and have been building and experimenting with a format to support just this sort of activity at StrictlyTalent. It will be interesting if I am right but for now start the practice yourselves to insure you have the right talent when you need them.Strengthen Your Existing Talent: Make your management staff locate, create a relationship with or hire their replacement and the talent had better be stronger than they are. Why? Great talent will cause a company to grow and ALL involved reap those rewards. Make this a part of their MBO performance package, check quarterly on progress and congratulate those who get this job done. If employees want to move, take advantage by preparing your company.And if your feel a number in your company are looking for greener pastures go ask why and where. Study your competition to see if the grass really is greener. You may need to make changes or you will have the facts in place to remind at the right time that the grass is rarely greener on the other side of the hill.last_img read more

first_imgDuring the interview process, you may go through several rounds of interviews before you meet with the ultimate decision maker. In some cases, this could be the CEO or another C-suite executive.The interview may very well be more than the “final nod” of approval. This final crucial encounter could make or break your success in landing the position. At this executive level, it’s important to know what to expect in order to best prepare for it, say experts at Harris Allied, a recruiting firm specializing in the placement of technology professionals within the financial services sector.“What typically throws candidates when interviewing with the ‘C’ suite is not the substance of the questions but the style of the interviewer,” explained Kathy Harris, managing director at Harris Allied. “Stylistically the CEO/CIO/CFO/COO can throw even the most practiced interviewer off of their game. Even if you’ve done your homework, it’s important to remember that the interview style of the CEO will probably be very different from their television or video personality.”Harris offers her insights on six interview styles she’s seen foil top candidates:Autocratic: This domineering style might put you on edge or distract you with concerns about the work environment under this type of authority. Don’t take it personally or let it throw you off. Even the most approachable CEO can have a bad day or quirky interview style. It’s not necessarily reflective of their management style. Candidates should almost over prepare for interviews by researching the company, key executives and initiatives. It’s not just enough to look at the website and know revenues and industry position. Candidates who prep by rehearsing their key messages and questions for the interviewer are more confident and less likely to be caught off guard.Folksy/Neighborly: This overly casual style might make you lose focus or feel so comfortable you let the conversation drift to off-topic matters. This can be especially deadly — it’s still an interview. Smile and look for a segue to bring the conversation back to the company and position. “I can see why people like working here. You’ve reinforced my desire to join and make a contribution to this organization. Please tell me more about some of your top initiatives.”Disinterested: This distracted style might make you wonder if they are even seriously considering you for the position, or perhaps they are just going through the motions for some unknown reason. Keep in mind that a busy executive wouldn’t spend time in an interview for no reason. They may have come from a difficult meeting, be trying to solve another problem, or haven’t had time to thoroughly review your resume. They are listening and you’re in their office. Stick to your plan.Salesy: This “look at everything we can do for you” style might make you feel like “this is a slam dunk” and leave you complacent. Don’t get overconfident — you don’t have the job yet! Most senior hires are consensus decisions made by a team. It’s important to give them the answer to the question “Why hire him?” that will inevitably come up later.Brick Wall: This hard-to-grasp style might be frustrating in its lack of feedback. You just can’t get a “read” on them and think to yourself “who is this person?” This is where preparation builds the confidence to speak to the value you bring to the organization. Keep it businesslike and professional. A good question to ask is what do they see as the greatest challenge facing the company at the present time. Sometimes even senior people need an icebreaker.Contrarian: This style seems to be just plain argumentative. This is especially tough for candidates to get past. I’ve known organizations where an interviewer intentionally takes this position to see how candidates react in difficult or stressful situations. Will they lose their cool? Become agitated or distracted? Smile. Take a breath and think “Teflon.”“Regardless of which style of interview you face — you’ve made your plan, you’ve come prepared, and you know you are the best candidate for the job,” noted Harris. “The interview process is difficult for most organizations to navigate. It’s time-consuming, distracting, and, while everyone agrees there’s nothing more important than talent acquisition, it’s generally no one’s first choice of activities. This is your chance to shine; prepare and bring your ‘A Game.’” – By Barbara SafaniAlso on AOL Jobs…Ask an Expert: Should I Change Careers?Five Ways to Deal With the Workplace Drama QueenThe Green Rush: Behind the Growing Medical Marijuana Industrylast_img read more

first_img1) Shower in styleBathrooms are fast moving out of the private corners of the home and becoming designer spaces meant to be shown off. From smart fittings and technology to aesthetic designs, new-age bathrooms are like mini spa rooms, right in your own house. So when Sternhagen, a German bathroom,1) Shower in styleBathrooms are fast moving out of the private corners of the home and becoming designer spaces meant to be shown off. From smart fittings and technology to aesthetic designs, new-age bathrooms are like mini spa rooms, right in your own house. So when Sternhagen, a German bathroom brand, launched in Ahmedabad, it brought along a daily suite experience that combines technology and aesthetics with the right dose of functionality.At the 6,000 sq feet flagship showroom in Ahmedabad, the focus is entirely on the Artistic Bathroom Suites concept. “We want to create bathroom suites with such unique visual, artistic and emotional appeal, that when someone with an eye for superior design sees it, they know that it could only be a Sternhagen,” says Chirag Parekh, chairman and managing director of Acrysil Limited who has collaborated with German product designers to launch the brand. AT 4, Indraprasth Corporate opposite Shell Petrol Pump, Prahladnagar, Satellite, Ahmedabad DETAILS sternhagen.com2) The winter platterGujarat is known for its sweet tooth and chefs swear by milk and sugar as their go-to magic ingredients for a quick recipe that’s sure to charm the palate. But even as the calorie conscious resist the temptation to get their sugar fix, Chef Sunil Rajawat of The Metropole Hotel talks about two desserts that are easy to make and come with a dash of nutrition-the makhana kheer and dates and sesame ladoos.”Makhana is known for its nutritive properties so when you cook slightly roasted makhana with milk and grated coconut, it adds to the flavour and is also a healthy dish,” he says. Top it with nuts and dried fruits for an extra dose of nutrition and flavour or when you want to turn it into a special dessert for parties or weddings. With the winter chill setting in, Rajawat brings out warming foods like dates, sesame and nuts. “A seasonal menu brings a lot of health benefits so if lighter foods, fresh salads and juices are good for the summers, winters are a time when you can use a lot of ghee and dried fruits and nuts that keep the body warm and free of winter ailments,” he says.advertisementFor winter weddings at the hotel, he makes dates and sesame ladoos which combine the warming properties of dates and sesame and the natural sugar from the dates. There’s no added sugar which makes this dish a healthy option. AT The Metropole Hotel, Subhash Road Corner, Ahmedabad DETAILS themetropolehotel.co.in3) Fashion forwardWith the wedding and party season setting in, the launch of Atosa, a multi-designer fashion store from Mumbai, has come at just the right time, giving the city’s fashion conscious more reasons to shop. The brand, brought to the city by fashion-loving entrepreneurs Dipali Shah and Riddhi Patel, brings a number of designers from across the country, under one roof. DON’T MISS Look out for creations by Kallol Datta, Anand Kabra, Priyadarshini Rao, AM:PM, LOKA, Trupsel and Bodhi Tree. AT 001 B, Parshwanath E-Square, Next to Titanium, Corporate Road, Prahaladnagar, Ahmedabad4) Teeing offCatch them young, especially when it comes to golf is the motto of the newly formed Golf Course Owners Association (GCOA), in which leading golf clubs have joined hands to promote the sport and turn Gujarat into a leading golfing destination. The number of players-amateurs and professionals- dotting the golf courses every morning is proof of the game’s increasing popularity in Ahmedabad.So, as a larger number of people, young and old, take to the game, golf clubs have launched association to popularise the sport among the youth, especially school students. So, prominent golf clubs such as the Kalhaar Blues and Greens, the Kensville Golf Club, Gulmohar Greens Golf and Country Club and Gaekwad Baroda Golf Club have launched the initiative that will promote golf training and offer scholarships to players with potential. Says Devang Shah, president of the GCOA,”We want to erase the notion that golf is a rich man’s game; we are making the game available to the common man by providing them playing opportunities on state affiliated golf courses.”JUNIORS CLUB There’s a special juniors development programme which will rope in schools and social clubs to encourage young children to join training camps and around 20 students will be selected for higher training by senior coaches. TEL 98250059095) Trinkets and baublesIf your trinket box is loaded with beads, baubles and silver ware, bring in something new with earrings made of polymer clay. Tripti’s Exclusive, an online brand by self taught designer Nishtha Goel, turns polymer clay, a modelling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride, into pretty trinkets in quirky designs.advertisementWhile the clay makes for an unconventional material, Goel’s collection stands out because of its vibrant colours and designs of flowers and figures of Indian mythology. There are orchid-shaped studs, a necklace with prints of the marigold flower and sunflower-print earrings. But what really makes the designs look different is the collection inspired by mythology such as earrings that resemble popular images of Shiva, Krishna, Radha and Kali. DON’T MISS Dress up your outfit with flower-inspired earrings like the pansy, a delicate violet-coloured garden flower or the pink-and-lavender studs that look like orchids. PRICE Earrings, Rs 550 onwards AT triptiexclusive.com6) High notes: November 27Music lovers should head to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium as popular Bollywood singer, Shreya Ghosal comes to Ahmedabad for a live concert. Expect a mix of foot-tapping chartbusters and melodies, as the singer will croon some of her popular numbers. AT Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad TIME 6.30 p.m. onwards CALL 8980004076 for bookings7) Click for inspirationIf you’re planning to get hitched or have invitations for wedding this season, get a lowdown on the latest trends from this new digital wedding portal called Wedding Soiree. The portal gives a peek into trends for wedding celebrations, style tips, party ideas and heartwarming stories of real life couples who’ve just tied the knot. They’ve got a list of photographers, wedding planners and designers from Ahmedabad as well, so if you’re looking for some inspiration and contacts, then Wedding Soiree might be of help. weddingsoiree.in8) Down to earth: November 27Explore the biodiversity of the unexplored lands and mangrove forests, away from the city life with Mudflat Hiking, a group that takes you to spend a day in the creeks, intertidal mudflats, seasonal freshwater shallow lakes, salt pans, saline land and mangrove scrubs. The day-long trek is an eye opener that gives you a peek into the ecology of the area and the lives of the fishing community in the coastal villages. AT Bharuch, Gulf of Khambhat TEL 0982468488 to book a place9) Party for fitness: November 20Drop a few kilos and tone your muscles with a fitness Bokwa party by Bhavin Vyas and Priyal Thakkar. Bokwa, which uses movements that draw designs of alphabets and numbers, is fast getting popular as a fitness form. Move to the fast music and dance away the calories. PRICE Rs 149 TIME 7.30 a.m. AT Club O7, near Samatva Bungalows, Off S.P. Ring Road, Shela, AhmedabadDiscovery/Picture perfectWhen Kalol-based travel photographer Riya Sharma, 21, won a nomination to the Academy Award for Best Artist of the Year 2016 organised by the Costanza Foundation and the World Directory of Artists, she added yet another feather to her cap. A travel photographer, Sharma, who goes by the name of VJ Riya, focuses on street photography, capturing images and moments that, she says, we often miss in our fast-paced lives. A graduate in travel and professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography, Sharma recently exhibited her works at the Brick Lane Gallery in London and New York’s Agora Gallery. The young photographer also won the Shakespeare Art Awards in Italy in June this year and the Asian Awards London 2016 for Outstanding Achievements in Arts. AT riyasharmaphotography.comadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJamie Carragher says Liverpool are starting look more like the sides from the Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez eras than the high-flying group of last season.Jurgen Klopp’s men put forth a dynamic attack last campaign, scoring 84 goals in 38 games, which was good for second in the Premier League behind the record-breaking champions Manchester City.Mohamed Salah’s record-setting season led the way for the Anfield outfit, as he teamed with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to form a fearsome trio in attack. 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! Things have not been as productive in attack this season, though the Reds have still scored 26 goals in 13 Premier League games.However, the Liverpool defence, buoyed by the additions of Virgil van Dijk last January and Alisson this summer, has proven stout this season.Liverpool have conceded just five times in the Premier League, joint-best with Manchester City, and sit second in the table, two points behind the reigning champions and still unbeaten in the league.Carragher thinks it’s only natural Liverpool’s team have changed a bit after a year where they lost Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury and saw all three of their attacking stars go to a World Cup.However, while he notes this side reminds him a bit of the teams he played on at Anfield, this side looks the complete package.”The narrative all season has been that Liverpool aren’t playing like last season,” Carragher said.Xherdan Shaqiri, Mohamed Salah - Watford vs. Liverpool“But are they slightly different this season? There’s no Coutinho now. There’s no Oxlade-Chamberlain to give them that pace and drive from midfield. The front three all played at the World Cup. They now have Van Dijk and a goalkeeper.“They are starting to look like the Liverpool team I played in. It’s going back to Rafa Benitez and Gerard Houllier’s time. They probably play a bit more football than we did, but they can rely on the defence to win them the game.”Liverpool returned from the international break with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road against Watford to keep pace with City.But the Reds face a crucial Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, knowing a loss would severely damage their chances of making the knockout rounds. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgCraig Goodwin scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty to clinch a first win in four A-League matches for Adelaide United as they beat Newcastle Jets 2-1 at McDonald Jones Stadium.Nikola Mileusnic scored a first-half tap-in to put the visitors on course to allay the frustration of being held to a 2-2 draw by Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday.But Marco Kurz’s men were undone by Jets substitute Kaine Sheppard’s expert cross from which Roy O’Donovan crashed a downwards header into the net to put the hosts back on terms after 75 minutes. 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! Just as Newcastle looked to have secured a share of the points, captain Nigel Boogaard felled substitute Ryan Kitto in the box and Goodwin made no mistake from the spot to clinch a victory that moved his side up to fourth in the A-League standings.A late winner from the spot by Craig Goodwin gives us all three points! #AUFC #NEWvADL pic.twitter.com/AqMuPydBy9— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) December 30, 2018The Jets went into the game on a high after their 2-1 victory at Central Coast Mariners seven days earlier but fell behind when Ben Halloran’s chip beat goalkeeper Glen Moss and bounced back off the post into the path of Mileusnic, who gratefully poked it home.The home side poured forward in search of an equaliser and O’Donovan found the net from close range in the 67th minute, only to find the offside flag had correctly been raised against him.The 33-year-old was not to be denied eight minutes later when he met Sheppard’s floated ball with a clinical header that beat United goalkeeper Paul Izzo at his near post.But Boogaard’s rash challenge on Kitto afforded Goodwin the chance to win the game from the penalty spot and the midfielder showed his class with a cool finish into the bottom left corner of the net.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) The youngest of the Phogat sisters, Ritu today met Sports Minister Vijay Goel to express her gratitude for his constant support to wrestling. The Sports Minister wished her the very best and said that in the years to come, Ritu will bring laurels to the country. “We must watch out for her in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Goel said in a press release. Daughter of wrestling legend Mahavir Phogat and sister of Geeta and Babita, Ritu became the most expensive Indian woman wrestler to be bought by Jaipur franchise for Rs. 36 lakhs at the Pro Wrestling League auction yesterday. Ritu, who managed to bag a higher price than Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik, said: “Wrestling has a very rich history and we have continued to do well in this sport.” Goel said just like cricket, other indigenous sports like wrestling and kabaddi must be given a big boost. “We are committed to provide the best to our players and my doors are always open if you have any issues or would like to share your suggestions,” Goel said after meeting Ritu at his official residence. The President of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was also present to convey his best wishes to Ritu. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

first_imgCricket is a great leveller they say! This phrase perfectly sums up the careers of two highly successful captains who have achieved almost everything there is to be achieved in international cricket. Former captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Alastair Cook have always been two sides of the same coin.Dhoni and Cook may be poles apart when it comes to their batting but their demeanour and cricketing knowledge is very much alike. Both led their respective teams to major success in international cricket for a long time, scored a lot of runs, were accused of being boring captains on the field, became superstars of the sport and then all of sudden, stepped down from captaincy without even dropping a hint or two.While Dhoni retired from Test cricket two years back and then was succeeded as captain by Virat Kohli in the limited-overs formats this year, Cook decided to resign from his post as Test captain on Monday but will continue to play as the opener in the longest format.”It’s been a huge honour to be England captain and to lead the Test team over the past five years.”Stepping down has been an incredibly hard decision but I know this is the correct decision for me and at the right time for the team,” the 32-year-old said.India and England both love their cricket. While the game was invented by the English, it is here in India where it is worshipped. So when two of the most iconic sportsman decided to take such a big call everyone was taken aback.advertisementCook led England to 24 Test victories but also oversaw 22 defeats during his tenure from 2010-2016. He is England’s most prolific batsman with 11057 runs from 140 Tests at 46.45 with 30 hundreds to his name.There could still be no real argument about Cook, in his own quiet, undemonstrative fashion, having become one of the great achievers of modern English sport.With the minimum of fuss and maximum solidity at a time when he had to deal with plenty of turmoil within the team, Cook moulded himself into an impressive, respected leader while still managing to remain a towering batsman, England’s all-time top scorer in Tests.Dhoni’s journey has been quite similar to Cook. Under Dhoni, the Indian team scaled new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket.Dhoni has won all three major ICC trophies – World Cup 2011, 2007 World T20 and Champions Trophy 2013 – and the Test championship mace to boast off during his nearly decade-long career as the Indian captain.The 35-year-old is now concentrating only on his batting and wicket-keeping in the limited-overs formats with his decision to step down from captaincy being a way to prolong his career in the sport.Interestingly, both players suffered similar fates as captain in the longest format. Ashes wins in 2013 and 2015 at home, Cook suffered jarring setbacks like the whitewash Ashes defeat in Australia in 2014 and the 4-0 loss to India over the winter last year that eventually persuaded him his time was up as captain.Dhoni’s team on the other hand, got hammered 4-0 in England and Australia right after the World Cup triumph in 2011. Two big blows followed by flailing form with the bat may have prompted two stalwarts to let go of the burden of captaincy but there remains absolutely no doubt that world cricket still needs Cook and Dhoni for atleast another 2-3 years.last_img read more

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added yet another feather to his cap by becoming the highest wicket-taker in a home Test season. (Scorecard)Ashwin achieved the feat when he snared Mitchell Starc to bundle out Australia for 260 in their first innings on the second day of the ongoing first Test in Pune.You just can’t stop @ashwinravi99. Can you? #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/1wDAdb9889 BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2017The lanky Tamil Nadu bowler, who now has 67 wickets from 10 Tests – the most in a home season, surpassed legendary allrounder and former India captain Kapil Dev, who had 63 wickets from 13 matches in the 1979-80 season. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the No.3 and No.4 spots with 54 wickets in 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, respectively. With one more wicket, Ashwin will break Indian record of most wickets in a season (home + away Tests). He is currently at level with Kumble, who had also taken 64 wickets in 2004-05 season. The Test record is held by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, who ended with 78 wickets in 12 matches in 2007-08 season. With a possible seven more innings to bowl in, Ashwin has a good chance to surpass Steyn’s tally by the end of the season.Ashwin, who is the reigning world no.1 Test bowler and allrounder, has been the cornerstone of India’s Test success on home soil.Ashwin recently became the fastest to 250 Test wickets, going past Dennis Lillee’s recrod of 48 Tests by three matches. He is the sixth Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Zaheer Khan (311), Bishan Singh Bedi (266) to reach to 250 Test wickets.advertisementAshwin already has 24 five-wicket hauls and seven man-of-the-series awards in his bag. He has also scored 1850 runs, including four hundreds.MOST WICKETS IN A HOME SEASON SEASONMATCHESWICKETSAVERAGESTRIKE RATE5WI10WIRavichandran Ashwin (IND)2016-17106724.3951.3663Kapil Dev (IND)1979-80136320.2544.9551Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)2001-0265415.3746.7653Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 2003-0465417.9448.9852Anil Kumble (IND)2004-0595430.9261.7052last_img read more

first_imgPraising Kohli for his leadership on the Indian team, Praising Kohli for his leadership on the Indian team, Clarke said, “As a captain of Australia, you take forward the legacy of every leader the country leaves. Theres a standard to take on that job, no matter what team you captain. India is no different to Australia. They want their team to win. Virat knows that and he has his own style. We had one common role. They loved winning. “Thats exactly what Kohli is doing, hes that love, passion and desire. I feel like Kohli has the aggression. He takes risk to win a game at any cost. I think thats a wonderful quality to have.” Clarke remembered Kohlis fine gesture when the Indian came for the funeral of Phil Hughes along with his team-mates during the 2014-15 series. “The way Virat handled that situation… he came for the funeral. Ive utmost respect for that. That period is a lot bigger than the game of cricket. India could have said no but they did not. I will always remember that,” Clarke said. On an emotional note, Clarke said, “I still have his (Phil Hughes) mobile number in my phone. Its still hard to fathom that hes no longer there with us.” Ganguly quipped that the Monkeygate was a bit more than what the world saw. “I can guarantee you the Monkeygate will not have its true picture in the book. Because only a Sardarjji would know what another Sardar was saying. You may call it Monkeygate, Hanumangate or whatever gate. I was standing next to Harbhajan Singh when he was saying those words. I know exactly what he meant. Nevertheless the incident was a bit more than just the word Monkeygate,” said Ganguly. “We did not know what would happen whether we would go for the next match or not. Everyone was angry. Ultimately, we won the Perth Test amid all that wonderful series in Australia,” he added. Clarke also donated his World Cup winning jersey to the Boria Majumdar Fanattic Sports Museum and Ganguly held it for a photo opportunity as the former India captain said it was not a happy feeling. “It was not the best shirt I was holding. I know its a terrific reward as a cricketer, captain and the youngsters of Australia. But this is the same jersey that thrashed us in 2003 and 2015 World Cups (finals and semifinals respectively),” Ganguly said. Talking about the wickets in the ongoing series, Ganguly said, “The tracks could have been a lot better in Bengaluru. But when you come to India, you expect such pitches. Australia have done remarkably well. You expect the ball to turn. The two Aussie spinners have put enormous amount of pressure on Indian batsmen. “Whatever the curator in Ranchi says, it would invariably turn. The series is open and wicket will turn. Whatever the pitch, whoever plays well will win. Criticise the pitch, yes, but the crux is you have to handle spin.” PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEverton defender Lucas Digne has revealed how well he’s settling into life at the club and that he’s thrilled with the attacking responsibility given to him by manager Marco Silva.Having signed from Barcelona in the summer for a fee of £18 million ($23.5m), the 25-year-old France international has been one of the revelations of the Premier League this season.Indeed, Digne has chalked up some impressive numbers lately, with three goals and two assists arriving in the last eight matches. 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! Speaking exclusively to Goal , the Frenchman discussed how he’s adapting to life in England and that he’s enjoying Everton playing to his strengths.“I’m enjoying my football,” he said. “I’m enjoying having more responsibility and confidence from the manager. I focus on marking, positioning, winning my duels on the ground and in the air. But nowadays being a left-back is also about attacking, and I am happy to contribute to the team in this way too.“I enjoy having good personal stats and it’s nice to hear those because I try to give my best every time. “In football and in life it is always important to develop – never stand still – and the feeling of developing together as a team where we all have the same ambitions and dreams for the club is amazing.“What really counts is how the whole team performs. And we must improve in the last part of the season. We are building a new team with a new style under a new manager, and we always want to progress. We have shown good things, but we will get better and more consistent.“I like the way we play with crosses, which have quickly become part of my game. In Barca, I never crossed the ball like here – it’s not their style to play that way because there are no tall players in the box!”Additionally, he has shown quite a talent from free-kicks, scoring twice, which was a chance he was never afforded at Camp Nou because of the presence of the “best player in the world” in Lionel Messi.“I didn’t take any direct free kicks in my two years at Barca so I’m enjoying taking them now, and of course it’s been a pleasure to score two of them in the last month,” he added. “When you have Messi on the pitch, it is natural that no one else should get near the ball on a direct free kick. He is in a class of his own – also in that discipline. “For me Messi is without any competition the best player in the world. The best I have played with – and the best I have seen.”Although he is enjoying a fine run of form on the field, he is also thriving in the intimate atmosphere off it on Merseyside.Lucas Digne 2018-19 Everton“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world and Goodison Park is great – it is intimate and the fans sit so close to us out there on the pitch,” he added. “They’re like a 12th man. When I take a throw-in, a corner, or a free kick – they always are right behind me shouting to help me do things better.“It was easy to adapt here. My team-mates and manager – the whole club – helped me a lot. I felt at home from the beginning. “It’s definitely been an advantage that I’ve played in top leagues before, not only in France, but also in Italy and Spain, and that I’ve gained international experience with my national team.”Having been warmly embraced into the Everton family, Digne is looking to give a little back via the club’s charity.“I have been impressed with the great work that the club do with the local community in Liverpool,” he added. “Everton in the Community is a fantastic charity and I have enjoyed meeting so many people across Merseyside who have benefitted from its great work. “Going with the club to different projects and meeting people has helped me settle in. I feel connected to the Evertonians and to the people of this city, and they have been so warm and friendly to my wife and me.”And ahead of the FA Cup meeting with Millwall on Saturday, he is targeting silverware with the club, with Everton having not won a trophy since 1995.“The FA Cup is not only important to our supporters but also to the club and the players,” he said. “Everton are a club with a great history winning a lot of trophies. We want to bring that back to the Evertonians, and everybody at the club is working hard to achieve that goal. “This team wants to win trophies – and right now we want to advance and get to the most exciting phases of the FA Cup. I have been used to winning trophies with my previous clubs – like last season I won the double in Spain. “At Everton we are building for the future of this great club, and right now the FA Cup is our chance to play for a trophy.”last_img read more

first_imgLet’s be honest: it would be nice if our offices looked like the Beast’s library, a Pottery Barn catalog, or had a bay window overlooking the mountains/ocean/Paris, but that’s not happening anytime soon.In my experience, there are easier (and cheaper) ways to make your work environment just a little bit brighter and more stimulating. I’ve shared a few of them below!On a sidenote: There are millions of studies explaining how to get a productive workspace, why standing desks are awesome, the correct temperature to work in, etc. Instead, I’ve just let you know what works for me.1. Post your kids’ (or niece’s or your friend’s kids’) artworkWhy not Picasso? Because a child’s art a) will make you smile, b) will inspire you — there’s nothing like the uninhibited creativity of a child to remind you what true invention means, and c) thinking of our loved ones makes us more creative!Cost: $0…or priceless**Credit: **Gabriel Newman, Age 42. Different color pens & a notebookYes, we all mostly on our computers. But I’ve found that looking down at a notebook and jotting down random ideas or notes before I start a project, but in colored pens and markers, makes the brainstorming/planning part of my work process so much more fun & productive than writing it out in a Word doc or in Evernote.Cost: $3.99 for Crayola fine line markers, $1 notebook.My real live notebook. I’m not that good at color matching.3. Something that makes you laughYou probably have heard that laughter makes you happier and more creative. I personally just like looking at funny cats. Of course, a live funny cat or pet is even better.Cost: $10 for this piece of cat genius.Actual cat calendar in my office.4. Put something on your desk that you like to play withStress balls work for a lot of people. I have a friend that plays with scissors (NOT recommended). Shoving food in my mouth requires some coordination, but it less than ideal in other ways. I find that doing something that requires fine motor skills really kicks off something in my brain. So whenever I feel stressed, I make this thing below. Looks complicated and like I’m super talented right? (Work with me.) This is actually easy to do! But the point is not to make a paper Dahlia, but to do something that is a break, takes less than a minute, requires you to concentrate, and then looks pretty after.Cost: $0 – scrap paper, scissorsMy paper dahlias.5. Books that give you good feelsNo, not the books you want other people to see that you’ve read, but the books you read and really touched your heart or mind. Even seeing those physical books again can remind you of the feelings you got when you read them. My collection:Cost: Variable, but I like used books I find for 25 cents at the library.6. Maps!When your view looks onto the top of crummy buildings like mine, you may need to work on expanding your horizons. I’ve always loved maps because they let you imagine far-away places and also see the “big picture” — two things that help my mind wander, invent, and create beyond my immediate environment or my easy, half-baked ideas.Cost: $10 for basic antique, or if you want to splurge for this awesome one.Freelancers, what do you like to have at your desk?last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) A Delhi government decision will bring cheer to national and international-level sportspersons in the national capital soon.The government has drafted a policy under which their training, travelling and other expenses would be fully borne by it, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Speaking at an event, Kejriwal said there was no dearth of youths who can earn medals in sports, but their efforts were strained by facilities and governments assistance.”If they are provided governments assistance and resources, they can do much more,” he said.”In next one or two months, the Delhi government will introduce a policy under which if youths earn a medal at national or international-level, government will bear their expenses, like training, food, travelling,” he said.Kejriwal said a draft of the policy has been prepared and this programme will benefit the youths of rural areas.”At present, these youths cannot do much more due to the dearth of resources. With this policy, they will be benefited a lot,” he said, without elaborating the policy.The Delhi government is also planning to set up a Sports University to ensure sportspersons could simultaneously pursue and complete academic qualifications while pursuing sports careers. PTI BUN ABHlast_img read more

first_imgThe Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version has received an unofficial price cut of a whopping Rs 5,000 in India, bringing the price of the phone down to Rs 65,900. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ was, well until now, retailing for Rs 70,900. It was originally launched at a price of Rs 74,900. This is not all that surprising though since the company is now gearing to launch its recently unveiled Galaxy Note 8 in the country — sometime in mid-September — and the phone is likely to cost Rs 70,000+. Now that the Galaxy S8+ costs below Rs 70,000 we can safely assume that the Galaxy Note 8 would cost more than Rs 70,000 upon arrival in India.   The new price cut is limited to the Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. To recall, Samsung Galaxy S8+ (6GB RAM/128GB) was initially launched at a price tag of Rs 74,900. Soon after which the South Korean company decided to reduce the price of the smartphone by Rs 4,000. Now the phone gets a price cut of Rs 5,000. This means that 6GB variant of the Galaxy S8+ gets a total price cut of Rs 9,000. After the price drop, the smartphone is currently available at Rs 65,900 in India.The Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage version was launched in India only in July, and getting a total price cut of Rs 9,00 is obviously a big deal. Well, the reason behind these frequent price cuts is obviously the coming of Galaxy Note 8. Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes in two variants. One variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the other version comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. The only differences between the two phones are the RAM and storage set-up. Other specs are identical.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ review: Cutting the edge and doing it in styleThe India variants of the smartphone are powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 chip, while the US version comes with the latest processor by Qualcomm – Snapdragon 835. The Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with 1440×2960 pixels. The 128GB variant comes with 6GB of RAM. The storage can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.The Galaxy S8+ comes with two camera sensors of 12-megapixel at the back which comes along with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture. While on the front, the smartphones sports an 8-megapixel front camera which comes along with autofocus and an f/1.7 aperture. The smartphone also comes with iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. It further supports wireless charging, and is backed by a 3500mAh battery.Meanwhile, the South Korean smartphone maker finally unveiled the much rumoured Galaxy Note 8 in the New York City. The company will reportedly bring this Note 7 successor to the Indian stores sometime around the second week of September. The phablet globally be available for buying from September at a price tag of $930, which roughly comes around – Rs 59,561. The key features of the phablet include — 6.3-inch infinity display, dual cameras at the back, Snapdragon 835 and Bixby assistant.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 features that make Samsung’s new Note a complete packagelast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Correcting slug)Mumbai, Jan 15 (PTI) Homegrown auto major Tata Motors has launched an automatic (AMT) version of its hatchback Tiago in Bangladesh.Equipped with 1.2-l petrol engine, the Tiago AMT will be available at over 20 Tata Motors showrooms in Bangladesh at a starting price of 14.95 lakh taka, the company said in a statement today.The car comes with four gear positions– automatic, neutral, reverse and manual. In addition, it also comes with two drive modes — sports and city.”The car reflects our commitment to bring in exciting technology-driven latest cars into Bangladesh,” Abdul Matlub Ahmad, chairman of the Dhaka-based Nitol Niloy Group, distributor, said.With class leading features, outstanding fuel efficiency, the AMT version of Tiago is extremely suitable for Dhaka streets, he said.”The Tiago has been instrumental in the growth of Tata Motors brand across the passenger vehicle market and we are happy to launch the Tiago AMT. We are confident that it will further expand the market for us,” Tata Motors president for passenger vehicles business unit Mayank Pareek was quoted as saying.Launched in April 2016, the Tiago with its consistent sales has played a key role in the turnaround plan of the companys passenger vehicle business.Tata Motors reportedly shipped out almost 5,000 Tiagos on an average each month to dealerships across the country with 1.1 lakh units sold so far in the domestic market. PTI IAS BEN BEN BENlast_img read more

first_imgThe difference in opinion among BCCI top brass once again came to the fore as acting president CK Khanna, treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry and senior member Rajiv Shukla were apparently not kept in the loop over the scheduling of the historic Test against Afghanistan.BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri on Tuesday announced that Bengaluru will host the memorable Test between India and Afghanistan from June 14-18. It will be Afghanistan’s first-ever five-day match.The normal convention as per BCCI constitution is that any decision with regards to venue and date of international matches is taken by tours and fixtures sub-committee.President, secretary and treasurer are ex-officio members of that committee while Shukla, a senior Congressman is also a part of that panel.”Yes, neither secretary nor treasurer was kept in the loop about the decision as one needs to call a sub committee meeting as per protocol. The decision to play Afghanistan was taken at general body forum (SGM in December) and now the members were bypassed when date and venue is announced,” a senior office bearer said.While Shukla was unavailable for comment, it can be confirmed that even he was not in the know of things.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was unavailable for comment but an official close to secretary Choudhary said that as of now there is no requirement of taking any permission from the tours and fixtures committee.”The secretary has been entrusted with the powers of taking a decision on all ICC matters,” an official close to a ruling faction said.advertisementHowever, the aggrieved members believe that Supreme Court, when it gave its views on ICC matters, meant that it was pertaining to world governing council meetings and not international fixtures.The India-Afghanistan Test will be a historic first for the war-ravaged nation where cricket has become the most popular sport.Their leg spinner Rashid Khan Armaan is a sought after player across T20 leagues and their junior team recently beat Pakistan in the U-19 World Cup opener.(Source: PTI)last_img read more

first_imgDale Steyn,Morne Morkel,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Virat Kohli,India vs South Africa,Cape Town Test,first Test,Shikhar Dhawan,Murali Vijay,Cheteshwar Pujara,Ajinkya Rahane,Vernon Philander,Jasprit Bumrah,Ravichandran Ashwin,Mohammed ShamiSouth Africa pacers rocked India early as the hosts clawed their way back following a poor batting display on the first day of the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.India had a disastrous start with Murali Vijay (1), Shikhar Dhawan (16) and captain Virat Kohli (5) falling without contributing much after the visitors bowled South Africa out for 286 runs.India will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 1st Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town on SonyLIV from 2:00 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morne bowled probing spells as India crawled to 28/3 at the close of play on the first day, still trailing South Africa by 258 runs.However, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 5 and Rohit Sharma, who replaced Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI, was at the other end at nought.Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a devastating spell of pace bowling and picked a wicket in each of his first three overs to tear apart the South African batting line-up.Bhuvneshwar finished with 4/87 from his 19 overs to help India bundle South Africa out for 286. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets while Mohammed Shami, debutant Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket apiece.advertisementBhuvneshwar snagged opener Dean Elgar with just the third ball of the day and then in the next two overs had Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla dismissed cheaply to have the home side reeling at 12 for three inside only the fifth over.But AB de Villiers staged a fight back as he took on Bhuvneshwar, hitting four 4s off him in an over as he relentlessly punished loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off just 55 deliveries. Du Plessis was more circumspect at the other end, no doubt also reflecting on his decision to bat after winning the toss before the start of play.India’s early impetus was ended by a 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket between De Villiers and Du Plessis, who attacked the Indian bowlers and punished loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off 55 deliveries before being bowled by Bumrah after lunch for 65 runs.Du Plessis scored 62 before flashing at a wide delivery and handing all-rounder Hardik Pandya his first wicket of the three-match series.His argument that he was going to gamble on batting because the wicket was still soft and would get quicker later in the day as it dried out, looked without substance as Bhuvneshwar made full use of grass-covered track and had South Africa, who pick four seamers themselves, in early trouble.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata, Jan 27 (PTI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai reckons that they have got to the root of problems confronting the Indian Cricket Borad (BCCI), but “cleansing” can not happen overnight. In the aftermath of 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, the COA was appointed by the Supreme Court about a year ago but the Lodha Committee recommendations are yet to be implemented by many state association. “You cant expect a committee of one and half years to get to the 360 degrees of the entire problem. But I must say 99 per cent of the problems have been identified. We have tried to plug it also. They have done a fairly good job about the diagnosis of the problems that confront Indian cricket today,” Rai said during a session on “Reforming Indian Sport” organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce. “As an avid sports lover, I would very much like to see BCCI become the role model in large number of ways for administration to be built upon in a large number of way in the days to come.” The COA, originally a four-member panel, has now been reduced to a two-member Committee as cricket historian Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye resigned. “When youre out there trying to fix things, you have to be thick-skinned. Youre addressing issues about policy reforms and how can you you allow personalities to derail. You have to continue to focus on whatever happening. “30 years cleansing you cant do overnight. The buzzword for us is perseverance. Only thing I can say is Im a retired unemployed, totally benign private citizen. Ive tons of time and Ive perseverance,” the 69-year-old said. Rai lamented that the Indians are content with mediocrity when it comes to achieving excellence in sports. “Look at China in Olympics 30 years back. Where were they? Look at now. The state has taken over. Its the pursuit of excellence and with professionalism that has delivered. “Somewhere I think, as far as India are concerned, we have just become satisfied with mediocre performances. We have become to worship mediocrity, someway it has got into our souls. The moment we try to pursue excellence — only the gold medals and not the silver and bronze — I think we have done it.” He also praised the former BCCI officials. “People behind the BCCI have done a huge amount of good. They built up the game of cricket in big time, theres no denying. All that we need to do just put a model in place to make it sustainable for a long period. “For anything to be sustainable, it has to be formed on an edifice of accountability, transparency and an element of objectivity. Thats why between a sportsperson and fans, an administrative agency works,” he summed up about their role. PTI TAP AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal has confirmed his participation in this year’s Queen’s Club Championships after a gap of two years, ahead of Wimbledon in July.This year, Nadal will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his memorable triump at Queen’s in 2008 after which he went on to lift his maiden Wimbledon title in an epic battle with Roger Federer.Nadal came into the 2008 event on the back of his fourth French Open title and beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final at West London. He then outlasted his great rival and defending champion Roger Federer in five sets at Wimbledon.ALSO WATCH”It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory there in 2008, it’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon,” Spaniard Nadal said in a video posted to the tournament’s Twitter account.”It was an unforgettable year. I am excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again… I can’t wait to be there.”A video message from @RafaelNadalAccess the priority window for @QueensTennis tickets – https://t.co/AZqRg5YkGF#Nadal #QueensTennis pic.twitter.com/1byZHNf3aFThe Queen’s Club Championships (@QueensTennis) February 6, 2018Nadal last played the Wimbledon warm-up event in 2015 and lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round. He pulled out of the event in the last two years due to injuries.The 31-year-old retired with an injury in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic last month.Three-times Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who underwent hip surgery last month, is targeting a comeback at the event he has won five times, the organisers said.advertisementThe tournament will be held from June 18-24.Nadal has had a troubled start to the season where he has had to battle with an elbow trouble.He began his year at a Tie Break Tens tournament to prepare for Australian Open but his Melbourne stint ended in despair when he had to retire from his quarter-final against Marin Cilic.Referring to his disappointing exit at the Australian Open where he was forced to retire while trailing Croatia’s Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0, Nadal said the injury was just “a small tear, but it was impossible to keep going.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more