Dipen Gada, Founder and Principal Designer, Dipen Gada & Associates, Vadodara www.dipengada.comThis 12,000 sq ft penthouse spanning the ninth and tenth floors of a building offers refuge from the chaos of Rajkot city. Unlike other penthouses, here you find a wonderful combination of indoor and outdoor space. The home affords,Dipen Gada, Founder and Principal Designer, Dipen Gada & Associates, Vadodara www.dipengada.comThis 12,000 sq ft penthouse spanning the ninth and tenth floors of a building offers refuge from the chaos of Rajkot city. Unlike other penthouses, here you find a wonderful combination of indoor and outdoor space. The home affords stunning views of the city and its skyline and gets ample natural light as well, making it a comfortable space to inhabit.The master bedroom opens into this spacious balcony. Picture courtesy:India Today Home Crafting the spaceAs you enter the penthouse, an impressive, spacious foyer with an attached roof top terrace greets you. The high quality, light beige Italian marble decorating the floor and the travertine-finish backdrop wall in the living area add to the richness of the modern home. The double volume foyer is in fact the centre of the penthouse. The furnishings and accessories in the living area are done up using red and shades of grey and are in sharp contrast to the pale, beige floor. A customised swing in the centre of this space adds an additional dimension to it, giving it a lived-in look. The flat has been designed in such a way that it facilitates cross ventilation, with multiple balconies that run the length of the room. On one side of the floor there are two guest bedrooms with private balconies that sport lavish dressers and a smart bathing area.Italian marble floor and travertine finished backdrop wall in the living area. Picture courtesy: India Today Home advertisementThe master bedroom with a private balcony. Picture courtesy: India Today Home Designed for dramaThe other end of the home is made up of the indoor-outdoor dining area and kitchen with its support service space. The subtle herringbone design on the bison panel and tiles creates a calm setting and adds to the beauty of the space. The randomly arranged light fixtures on the bison panel set the mood at night as well. As for the kitchen, it has been planned such that it is open and as clutter-free as possible. It also has good Italian marble floor and travertine finished backdrop wall in the living area The master bedroom opens into this spacious balcony ventilation to support Indian-style cooking. Moreover, the modular kitchen is fully equipped with the latest gadgets that include a silent chimney, microwave oven, and soft closing drawers. The adjoining area has the prayer room and master bedroom. The interiors of this space reflect calm through the use of a beige and walnut, muted colour scheme that works well.A guest bedroom. Picture courtesy: India Today Home Subtle herringbone pattern on the bison panel and the blasting in the tiles gives the terrace a distinguished feel. Picture courtesy: India Today Home Creating a private paradiseA staircase leads to the first floor passage that is lined with family photos. This opens into a luxurious master suite, which includes a splendid sitting space with a study area, separate bedroom, giant dresser and bespoke bathroom. The furniture and furnishings are in tones of walnut and pink. In the bathroom, beige Italian marble floors and walls blend with walnut-finished furniture. The huge private balcony has a garden with a natural stone floor, planters and a traditionally designed gazebo. On the other side of this floor, lies the home theatre and the children’s bedroom. The marble flooring, customised furniture and tailored upholstery celebrate beauty and craftsmanship in this truly original home.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is without a doubt a hit amongst the cricket lovers not only in India but across the world. And now, it seems, Dhoni is also very popular among the female fan of the Rising Pune Supergiant. While there’s no doubt about it, the million dollar boy Ben Stokes and top order batsman Ajinkya Rahane confirm the same to their fans. (Dhoni will become a better player post captaincy: Ganguly to India Today)After a shoddy start to the Indian Premier League this year, Pune Supergiant have bounced back with three successive victories to jump to to the fourth spot in the points table. (Dhoni remains the most destructive finisher: Fleming)Following their victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad last week, the trio answered some interactive locker-room questions for the fans. (Dhoni needs to be part of Kohli’s World Cup team: Clarke to India Today)In one of the questions, they were asked “who would you feel is the most popular Supergiant amongst the female fans?” (When Dhoni is at the crease, the game is never over: Clarke to India Today)While Stokes and Rahane had no doubts in answering that and they were quick to pick Dhoni. However, the former captain took some time in his decision-making before naming Faf du Plessis.Who would #msdhoni trust with a secret #RPSvSRH #ipl #IPL2017 #RPS #RPSvsSRH @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/v18YSS7hYU- Gulf Oil India (@GulfOilIndia) April 22, 2017The trio was also, “which two Supergiants do you think are definitely Bollywood ‘Hero’ and ‘Villain’ material? (Dhoni doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone, says Warne)advertisementThe Englisham Stokes was quick to name the team skipper Steve Smith as a Villain and Dhoni as a Hero. Well it was evident that Smith found some hatred in India, especially after his DRS antics during the recently concluded India-Australia Test series. He was also involved in a few banters with Test captain Virat Kohli, who after the 2-1 series victory said, ‘he is no more friends with the Australian cricketers’. (Dhoni has amazing hands, Stokes warns batsmen)Rising Pune Supergiant will be up against second-placed Kolkata Knight Riders at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. While Gautam Gambhir and company would look to displace Mumbai Indians at the top of the table, Smith’s men eye third spot for the first time in their IPL career.Last season, RPS finished seventh with just five victories in 14 matches.ALSO WATCH:
The new batting sensation of IPL 2017 from Mumbai Indians, Nitish Rana, has attributed his success to Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain, Gautam Gambhir, after he was adviced by his Delhi Ranji Trophy teammate to change his batting stance.Previously, the 22 year-old used to have a low stance while taking guard in front of the wickets, but on Gambhir’s advice, moved to more upright posture, while opening up his front shoulder during season 10 of the IPL. Rana discussed Gambhir’s advice with Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene and mentor Sachin Tendulkar and decided to alter his technique.”As my form dipped and I got out early in a couple of one-dayers, Gambhir spoke to me regarding my technique. After coming over here, I spoke to Sachin sir and Mahela sir regarding the same and both said that Gambhir was right and from the first day I started practicing that way,” Rana told the Hindustan Times.”I have a low stance and there was a problem with me being side-on. They asked me to be upright and open up my shoulder a bit more to help me get a better look at the ball.”Rana has scored 266 runs with a strike rate of 135.02, and is currently fourth in the running for the orange cap behind Hashim Amla, David Warner and Suresh Raina. He also has managed to score three fifties this season, a feat only Moises Henriques of Sunrisers Hyderabad has achieved this season. “Frankly speaking, I feel if a person doesn’t fail in life he won’t be able to learn anything,” he said. “I knew something this big was on the cards. I failed a lot, people commented as well, but I ignored it and believed in myself, trusted my game and worked hard. Today, I’m getting the rewards for what I’ve put in.”advertisementA difficult domestic season pushed him harder to prove himslef in the IPL.”Well, I didn’t have a great Ranji season. So I just kept telling myself that I had a number of things in my control now and if I can keep myself mentally prepared, it wouldn’t be too long before I get a chance to prove myself in the IPL,” he added.”I was just focused. I had a terrible Ranji season and I could have been depressed. Especially if you compare the previous two seasons, the last season was nothing,” he said.Also Watch:
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Monday dispelled any doubts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket, terming him the world’s best wicketkeeper right now.The 35-year-old Dhoni’s heir apparent in limited overs, a 19-year-old Rishabh Pant, has made a strong case for himself but he is being groomed as one for the future when the Jharkhand dasher decides to call time on his career.When asked if Dhoni’s erratic batting form is a concern, Prasad’s emphatic response made it clear that selectors still have faith in him.”How many of us still believe that MSD is still the best wicketkeeper in the world? We all believe he is still the best wicketkeeper in the world. We are only talking and focussing on his batting form,” Prasad said.”He is an invaluable asset to the team and his inputs in crunch situations, he has got one of the best brains. He is the best person to guide Virat,” Prasad said about the two-time World Champion skipper.Prasad said Dhoni’s safe keeping has gone unnoticed all these years and people only tend to focus on his batting.”Not many people realise, that in last 10-12 years, Dhoni has never had a bad day with the gloves. We always treat him as a batsman but phenomenal stuff he does behind the wickets, not many people appreciate that. According to me, he is still the best wicketkeeper in world cricket.”Asked why youngsters are not picked, pat came the reply: “Isn’t Bumrah a youngster? Isn’t Hardik Pandya a youngster? They came to the Indian team during 2016 Australia series prior to Asia Cup.advertisementWhen the same scribe asked whether veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was considered, convener Amitabh Chaudhary sarcastically retorted: “On one side, you asked about youngsters and now you are asking about Harbhajan Singh.”Quizzed about Sanju Samson and Basil Thampi, Prasad said that these guys need A team exposure.”We have seen their performances in the IPL. They need good A tour before the next level.”The selection panel chief also made it clear that IPL hype and public opinion are never enough to sway selectors picking a one-day side.”In 50 overs tournament, we have to check all-round capabilities. We are happy that the likes of Rahul Tripathi or Thampi are shaping up.”
Sri Lanka will be eyeing the chance to seal direct qualification for the 2019 ICC World Cup in an upcoming five-match home series against India which commences in Dambulla on Sunday.The Upul Tharanga-led side will have to win at least two matches to secure a place in the pinnacle 50-over competition by staving off the challenge from the West Indies. The cut-off date for direct qualification is September 30.Sri Lanka is currently placed eighth with 88 points, 10 points more than the West Indies, which has an unenviable task in its aim of being among the seven top-ranked sides apart from host England to gain direct qualification.The bottom four sides on the ODI Team Rankings will need to play a qualifying event also featuring the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and top two sides from the ICC World Cricket League. The top two teams from this event will get to play in the World Cup 2019.Winning two matches will take Sri Lanka to 90 points while West Indies will at best reach 88 points even if it wins its one-off ODI against Ireland on September 13 as well as all five matches of its series in England from September 19-29.However, a 4-1 win for the Men in Blue will see Sri Lanka finish at 88 points and The Windies could edge it on decimal points if they win all their upcoming six matches.The Windies side will go out of contention if it loses to Ireland as from there it will at best reach 86 points and remain behind Sri Lanka on decimal points, even if Sri Lanka lose 5-0 to India.advertisementAs for India, who are in third position with 114 points, only a 4-1 series win will ensure they stay ahead of England. Even a 3-2 win for India will mean they will slip to 113 points and behind England on decimal points owing to Sri Lanka’s low ranking.Series scenarios:India win 5-0 – India 117 points; Sri lanka 86 points.India win 4-1 – India 115 points, Sri Lanka 88 points.India win 3-2 – India 113 points, Sri Lanka 90 points.Sri Lanka win 3-2 – India 111 points, Sri Lanka 91 points.Sri Lanka win 4-1 – India 109 points, Sri Lanka 93 points.Sri Lanka win 5-0 – India 106 points, Sri Lanka 94 points.
India’s top hopes PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to quarter-finals with constrasting victories at the Badminton World Championships in Glasgow on Thursday.While Sindhu was made to work hard for her win and came back from behind to win the match against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong, Srikanth comfortably dispatched Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in straight games.Sindhu took an hour an 27 minutes to fight off the 13th seed 19-21, 23-21, 21-17 after a sluggish start from her let Cheung take control of the match.Cheung completely took Sindhu by surprise and unsettled her that led to the first game loss.However, the Indian top seed came back into the match in the second game. Even though Sindhu didn’t look her best as she gave away three match points but held her nerves to escape a disappointing loss.After 87 minutes of rigorous badminton, PV Sindhu comes out on top.Defeats Cheung Ngan Yi 19-21, 23-21, 21-17. #2017BWC quarters calling! pic.twitter.com/BRDKlVWLCD- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2017The third game was where Sindhu came all out and made sure not to let Cheung take control of the court. Sindhu’s attacking prowess came to the fore as the Indian comfortably took the third game and the match.Sindhu will next be up against fifth seed Sun Yu of China, who earlier beat Beatriz Corrales of Spain 21-11, 19-21, 23-21.A complete contrast to Sindhu, Srikanth took just 42 minutes to outplay the Danish 21-14, 21-18 and continued his sublime form.advertisementBAI Twitter Photo Srikanth began in his usual manner taking stock of his opponent and soon exerted his dominance by taking six points on the trot to go into the break 11-6.Since both Srikanth and Antonsen are attacking players, Srikanth used a lot of wrist movements and played the Danish at the net, making quick exchanges and forcing him to play mostly from the backcourtSrikanth maintained his lead and comfortably took the first game in just 17 minutes.The second game began in the same manner with a confident Srikanth playing his strokes well and opened up an early 4-1 lead.Antonsen fought well but was no match to the Indian’s strength and control and the Indonesia Open and Australian Open winner easily took the match.Srikanth will next face first seed Son Wan Ho, who beat Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-14, 17-21, 21-13.13th win on a trot for Srikanth Kidambi. Enters #2017BWC quarterfinals after defeating Antonsen 21-14, 21-18. Sailing smoothly ahead! ??? pic.twitter.com/bPEyxGPaeX- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2017″It was a tough match, he (Antonsen) came back well in the second game and there were many intense rallies but I am happy with the way I pulled off those crucial points,” Srikanth told India Today after the match.Srikanth said that he was looking forward to the game tomorrow and will “sit with my coach and plan.”Ajay Jayaram bowed out of the tournament with a hefty 11-21, 10-21 loss to defending champion Chen Long of China.Jayaram was no trouble at all for Chen Long as he literally toyed around with the Indian and defeated him in just 41 minutes.Earlier in the day, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy went down fighting the seventh seed Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto of Indonesia 22-20, 18-21, 18-21 in the pre-quarterfinals.The Indian duo played a good attacking game but it was their unforced errors that lost them the match.On the other hand, five-time champion Lin Dan fought back from behind to beat England’s Rajiv Ouseph 14-21, 21-17, 21-16 to reach the quarter-finals.Despite a slow start in each of the three games, Lin Dan used all his experience to turn out at the right moments and beat the 16th seed.Lin Dan will next face either Shi Yuqi of China or Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong.In a massive upset, top seed Akane Yamaguchi lost 18-21, 19-21 to Chinese ninth seed Chen Yufei.In a match that lasted just 52 minutes, Chen forced Yamaguchi to move across the court and the Japanese was unable to keep pace.Despite going close in both games, Yamaguchi eventually lost in straight games.
Dubai, Aug 24 (PTI) The ICC has welcomed the World XIs tour of Pakistan following the naming of the team, which will travel to Lahore in September for a three game series. The team comprises big names like Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla from South Africa, former international captains like Paul Collingwood of England, George Bailey of Australia and Darren Sammy of the West Indies. Giles Clarke, the ICC Director, who has served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Task Team since 2009, was optimistic that the series will be the first step towards international cricket returning safely to Pakistan with more T20 International matches against Sri Lanka and the Windies penciled in for later in the year. Clarke, who had visited Lahore in January, said: “I am delighted that Pakistan will be hosting a high-profile series, which features several top international cricketers from a number of ICC Members. “This tour is not only important for cricket in Pakistan but also for international cricket since it opens the possibility of other teams, media and sponsors visiting Pakistan for bilateral series,” said Clarke. Clarke termed Pakistan as an important member of the parent body. “Pakistan has been an important member of the ICC and the cricket community has felt its pain. As part of its duty of care, the cricket community has always ensured that the sport is not affected due to no fault of the PCB, when it has continued to play its away series off-shore. “The ICC Members releasing their top players and the respective player unions backing this series is testament to the support the world has extended to Pakistan during these difficult times. The focus of everyone in the international game is the safe return of cricket to Pakistan,” he added. Clarke is happy that cricket lovers in Pakistan will get to watch live action in their own country. “It will be an excellent opportunity for Pakistan fans to watch live in action not only their local stars but also the international cricket heroes. I wish the PCB and the World XI best of luck and will be following the matches from the Gaddafi Stadium.” The Pakistan Task Team, which was formed in June 2009 and also included ICC Chief Executive David Richardson (then ICC General Manager ? Cricket), made 63 recommendations in June 2011 about the organisation of the game in the country. The PCB accepted most of those recommendations and it resulted in the side remaining competitive at the top level, evident from the fact that it reached the quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, qualified for the final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2014, attained number-one Test ranking in September 2016, before winning the ICC Champions Trophy this year. Richardson, who has been a regular visitor to Pakistan, said: “The ICC wants to see regular international cricket being played safely in all its Member countries and the World XI playing Pakistan in Lahore next month is a step towards that for the PCB. “The PCBs plans for the tour will include comprehensive security arrangements for the safety and security of the players, officials, media and spectators. As such, the ICC is fully supportive of these games. That said, all the stakeholders will remain vigilant and re-evaluate the situation if required,” said Richardson. The former Proteas glovesman is optimistic that its a matter of time before full-time international cricket returns to Pakistan. “We are optimistic that this will be the next step in a steady and safe return of international cricket to Pakistan.” World XI squad for Pakistan: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, George Bailey, Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting, Grant Elliott, Tamim Iqbal, David Miller, Tim Paine, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir. PTI KHS CM KHSadvertisement
India beat Pakistan 4-0 to reach the Asia Cup final. India stamped their authority over their arch-rivals despite a strong start from Pakistan. Satbir Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit and Gurjant Singh, all got their names on the scoresheet as India sunk Pakistan.Pakistan would rue their missed chances and failure to find a decisive stroke as India accelerated late and took the game away from them.India top the Super 4s with seven points and take an unassailable lead to reach the Asia Cup final.FT! India storm into the Final of the #HeroAsiaCup 2017 (Men) with an outstanding win over Pakistan on 21st October 2017. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/7HgnjyCi4Q- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201720.08 IST: GOAL! India are 4-0 ahead! Gurjant Singh scores this time! Beautiful pass and Gurjant makes no mistake!57′ GOALLLLL! And Gurjant Singh continues his dream run to slot home No. 4 for Team India. ????4?-0?????#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/9EvlJrQJPM- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201720.02 IST: GOAL! India have another within a minute and it’s 3-0! Lalit manages to grab a goal!52′ GOAL! It’s a double strike for Team India as @lalithockey puts the Men in Blue in total control.????3?-0?????#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201720.01 IST: GOAL! Harmanpreet scores a beauty off the penalty corner and India have a two-goal lead.51′ GOALLL! @13harmanpreet makes no mistake to convert the PC with power and precision.????2?-0?????#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/U5oFynSQFv- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201719.51 IST: India were absolutely dominant in the third quarter taking 5 shots compared to Pakistan’s 4. Also, India made exactly the double circle entries than Pakistan’s 7.advertisement19.49 IST: End of Q3 and India have a 1-0 lead over Pakistan, courtesy Satbir Singh.End of Q3: ????1?-0?????.@satbirsingh025’s all important goal the difference between the two teams.#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201719.44 IST: Harmanpreet goes for the top right corner off a penalty corner but a great save by Pakistan goalkeeper Amjad Ali denies him.19.41 IST: GOAL! India take the lead! Beautiful pass play by India and wonderful team game breaks the deadlock and Satbir Singh gets his name on the scoresheet.39′ GOALLL! A great team goal by the Men the Blue as @satbirsingh025 puts India ahead.????1?-0?????#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201719.32 IST: The third quarter begins and Pakistan are still attacking!19.24 IST: HALF TIME! Both India and Pakistan have failed to find the net. Pakistan failed to convert any of their four penalty corner while India’s Harmanpreet rocked the crossbar once. The defence of both teams has been quite solid till now.HT! The hooter goes as both teams’ defence hold fort to keep the deadlock intact.#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/tn6VqRSodV- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201719.19 IST: MISS! Harmanpreet with a powerful flick from the penalty corner but it rocks the crossbar.19.18 IST: Great save by Surender Kumar and Pakistan fail to convert once again.19.16 IST: Pakistan get their fourth penalty corner of the match because of dangerous ball play by India.19.12 IST: Pakistan are posing some real trouble for India today but lack the decisive strokes.19.05 IST: End of Q1 and both teams remain goalless! Pakistan made more attacking forays and earned three penalty corners compared to just one for India but none could capitalise on the chances.End of Q1: ????0?-0?????.An entertaining first quarter comes to a close with the deadlock yet to be broken.#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup pic.twitter.com/MUS1VyQ46H- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201719.00 IST: India get their first penalty corner of the match but they fail to covert! Harmanpreet misses the drag completely and it’s put away by Pakistan. 18.58 IST: Another penalty corner for Pakistan and yet again Akash keeps the ball out. Pakistan are really pressurising India at the moment.SAVE! Another great save by India’s Akash Chikte to keep Pakistan at bay.????0?-0?????#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201718.56 IST: Pakistan are currently receiving a slew of penalty corners. Once more, though, they fail to convert and the ball hits the post and goes out.18.50 IST: Another review by Pakistan but this time they lose the referral as the ball missed Dipsan Tirkey’s foot and India get a free hit.18.49 IST: MIGHTY SCARE FOR INDIA! India come close but goalkeeper Akash Chikte somehow keeps the ball out, brilliant stuff from the keeper.SAVE! A brilliant stop by Akash Chikte to deny Pakistan the opening goal.????0?-0?????#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201718.42 IST: India were given a penalty corner but Pakistan successfully reviewed it. The ball turned out to be high and hitting the defender and hence Pakistan got the free hit.advertisement18.40 IST: The referee blows the whistle and Pakistan begin the proceedings.And were underway in this exciting #INDvPAK fixture at the #HeroAsiaCup 2017.LIVE on @StarSportsIndia First/2/HD2 & @hotstartweets. pic.twitter.com/rckviidHyB- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201718.35 IST: The teams have come out on the field and the stage is set for the national anthems.18.31 IST: The match is finally set to begin and here is the starting XI.Here’s Indias Starting XI for their Super 4s tie vs Pakistan on 21st Oct.#INDvPAK #HeroAsiaCup??º: Star Sports First/2/HD2 & Hotstar pic.twitter.com/DuSkbHbuJj- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 201718.17 IST: If India win today, they will reach the final of the Asia Cup.17.44 IST: India have scored a total of 22 goals on the way to the Super 4s match against Pakistan today.Unbeaten and unfazed by the challenges! Next up: Pakistan.#HeroAsiaCup #IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/KNLtXBg7Og- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 20, 201717.06 IST: In the last India-Pakistan match, Chinglensana Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored for India.16.41 IST: The India-Pakistan match has been delayed by one and a half hours due to rain. The match which was scheduled to begin at 17.00 IST will now take place at 18.30 IST.Update: #INDvPAK has been delayed until 6:30 PM IST due to rain. Stay tuned for further updates.- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 21, 2017Brief Preview:India will be looking to register another victory over Pakistan as they take on the neighbouring country for the second time in Asia Cup in the Super 4s match on Saturday.The last time the two countries met in the Asia Cup on October 15, India beat Pakistan 3-1 and they would not want to carry on with the same domination.After a 1-1 draw against Korea in their first Super 4s match, India came back roaring against Malaysia and trounced them 6-2.India have scored some beautiful field goals in the tournament, displaying what they are best known for, one-touch attacking hockey.The Indian strikers comprising Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil, Lalit Upadhyay and young Gujrant Singh have been terrific upfront scoring fantastic field goals.The Indian midfield have been held well by skipper Manpreet Singh and Chinglensana Singh, while veteran Sardar Singh has done exceedingly well as the central defender and the linkman between the midfield and the forwards.India are atop the table in Super 4 stage with four points from a win and a draw, followed by Malaysia (3 points), Korea (2 points) and Pakistan (1) from two games each.
Tottenham Hotspur have issued life bans to two supporters who threw urine at away fans during last Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat by West Ham United in the League Cup at Wembley.After West Ham’s victory, a video circulated on social media showing a Spurs fan urinating into a glass before another threw it at the away supporters. Tottenham investigated the incident and identified the two offenders.”This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and we shall be issuing lifetime bans to both individuals in the video,” a Tottenham spokesman told Sky Sports.Reuters Photo West Ham came back from 2-0 down at halftime to clinch victory and progressed to the quarter-finals of the League Cup where they will face league rivals Arsenal.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo certainly has a lot to say about Apple’s plans for its iPhone lineup in 2018. Earlier this month, Kuo predicted that Apple is planning to add bigger batteries in all three iPhones expected to launch next year. While this may mean longer lasting batteries, a new report suggests the larger capacity will be needed to handle upgraded power-hungry 3D sensing and AR-related features.Kuo in his latest investment note said that the upcoming features will consume more battery, which means Apple will need to add a larger capacity to balance the distribution, 9to5Mac reports. The Cupertino giant has long been criticised for not improving the battery technology in its iPhones. Earlier this month, Kuo noted that at least two of the iPhones next year (likely the OLED ones) will sport an L-shape battery design like the one that was revealed inside the iPhone X. The L-shape design allowed Apple to fit two batteries instead of one to make up a larger capacity.Interestingly, despite fitting a larger battery inside the iPhone X, Apple managed to keep the thickness minimal as the company was able to minimise other internals components to create a larger space for the battery. Kuo this week added that Apple will go with rigid-flex PCB rather than flex PCB for iPhone batteries.Also Read: Apple makes old iPhones slow: Controversy, truth & what iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 users can doTo roundup Kuo’s predictions, Apple is expected to launch three iPhones next year, two of which will sport an iPhone X-like design with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED displays, while one with go with the traditional look and a 6.1-inch LCD display. All three are expected to sport bigger batteries and at least one of them is expected to support dual-SIM cards.advertisementKuo’s latest prediction comes at an interesting time as Apple this week confirmed reports that it was slowing down performance of older iPhone models including iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 through software updates. The company in a statement admitted that it added a power management feature last year that smooths out peak power draw that would affect older lithium-ion batteries, which would cause unexpected shutdowns.
New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Senior sports administrator Anil Khanna was today named Chairman of the Finance Commission of the Indian Olympic Association, which also formed a four- member advisory committee.The IOA also formed a Medical Commission and Games Technical Conduct Committee and nominated office bearers of IOA and National Sports Federations (NSFs) to the Committees.The advisory committee comprises Tarlochan Singh, GS Mander, S Regunathan and BS Landge.The Khanna-led Finance Commission has Sahdev Yadav, Secretary General, Indian Weightlifting Federation and DK Singh, Secretary, Uttarakhand Olympic Association, as members.Mukesh Kumar, President, Judo Federation of India, has been nominated Chairman of the Games Technical Conduct Committee (GTCC) for National Games. Pawan Deep Singh Kohli, son of Tarlochan, was named Chairman of the Medical Commission.Kohlis name was embroiled in a controversy when he was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer of the Indian contingent for the 2016 Rio Olympics.Reports claimed that Pawandeep, a radiologist by profession, could not provide the required help to the Indian athletes during the Games. PTI AT AH AH
Liverpool defender Joel Matip could return from his muscle injury sooner than expected, manager Juergen Klopp said as he ruled out the centre-back for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow.Matip, one of Liverpool’s first-choice centre-backs, was expected to be sidelined for a month after picking up the injury in the club’s 3-0 Premier League win at Stoke City last week but Klopp is hoping the 26-year-old can make a quicker recovery.”He has hurt his muscle. I don’t know how long exactly he’ll be out, but he’s definitely not playing Wednesday,” Klopp told the club’s website.”A month? No, I don’t think so. But as always, it’s possible. We have to wait.”But it’s possible that it will be shorter. We will see.”In Matip’s absence, midfielders Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can were part of a three-man defence in Liverpool’s 5-1 league win over Brighton and Hove Albion last Saturday and Klopp praised the duo for their adaptability.”Emre needs to do that, like Gini can do that. They have to do it, we don’t have anybody else,” Klopp added. “I enjoyed it. It was like ‘wow, interesting’…”It was clear it wouldn’t be perfect, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system.”They did really well.”Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the Champions League and top of their group ahead of their final group match against Moscow.Liverpool, who are fourth in the league, host 10th-placed Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.advertisement
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Sept. 13, capping a tumultuous week for the NFL in which criticism intensified about how it handled a domestic violence case involving another star player.Peterson was processed at the Montgomery County jail and released on $15,000 bond, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Lt. Brady Fitzgerald. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger, allegedly by spanking one of his sons with a wooden switch, or tree branch, in May.The star running back won’t play Sept. 14 in Minnesota’s home opener against New England. Shortly after the news of the indictment broke Sept. 12, the Vikings announced that Peterson had been benched for the game against the Patriots.Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the league, said that Peterson’s case “will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”It wasn’t immediately clear if Peterson remained in Texas after leaving the jail or if he returned to Minnesota. There was no activity outside of his home near Houston and a man who answered the door at his home near Minneapolis said Peterson wasn’t there. Chris Peterson, who said he’s the player’s uncle, said Peterson would issue a statement “when he’s ready.”Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Sept. 12 that his client “has never hidden from what happened” in the case.“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas,” Hardin said.He said Peterson cooperated fully with the investigation, voluntarily testifying before a grand jury for several hours. “It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury,” Hardin said.Peterson’s arrest came with the NFL under scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Now the league has another public relations problem with the charge of child abuse against an even bigger star in Peterson.Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties last month for players accused of domestic violence: six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second violation.His memo to all 32 teams, following criticism over handling of a case against Rice, also said more severe discipline will be imposed “if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”The league said it would consider Peterson’s case under its personal conduct policy. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.At a news conference later Sept. 13, Phil Grant, a Montgomery County prosecutor, said the Grand Jury felt the charge was warranted after spending several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.”“Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable,” Grant said.“The Grand Jury looked at the injuries to this child and determined that discipline was not reasonable and did not reflect community standards of what was reasonable discipline.”Grant said “very sensitive information” gathered during the investigation was apparently leaked, including images of the child’s injuries that have been circulating online. He said child abuse investigations in Texas are confidential, and that his office is trying to find the source of the leak.The stunning sequence of events for the NFL reignited a debate about corporal punishment and added fuel to a fire burning hot since Rice first received a two-game suspension for hitting his then-fiancee.Goodell acknowledged he “didn’t get it right” and an investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller was convened after a longer version of a security video surfaced revealing Rice’s punch to the face of his now-wife in a casino elevator that knocked her out cold. The Ravens released Rice after the longer video surfaced.The league has also come under scrutiny in the cases of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, both still playing with domestic abuse cases pending.Hardy was convicted July 15 of assaulting a woman and communicating threats, but he is appealing. San Jose police have been continuing to actively investigate an Aug. 31 incident involving McDonald.Widely considered the best running back in the league, Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards and 86 touchdowns in his eight-year career including a 2,097-yard season in 2012 that fell 9 yards short of the all-time record.Hardin, his defense attorney, is a familiar name in sports circles. He successfully defended Roger Clemens in his recent perjury trial over the alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs and two years ago represented Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill, who was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading no contest to assaulting his former girlfriend.Peterson had a tragedy unfold around him last season involving one of his children. Not long after finding out that he had a 2-year-old son living in South Dakota,Peterson rushed to a hospital there after police said the boy was brutally beaten by his mother’s boyfriend. The boy died, and a 28-year-old man is scheduled for trial next month on second-degree murder charges.___By Dave Campbell, AP Pro Football Writer. AP writers Jeff Baenen in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, David J. Phillip in Spring, Texas, Mike Graczyk in Houston and Tim Jacobs in Chicago contributed to this report.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOCA RATON — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful a big league team will play an exhibition game in Cuba during spring training.President Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, and embassies were re-established in July.“There are a variety of issues involved there, not all of which are wholly within baseball’s control,” Manfred said Tuesday at the general managers meetings. “Obviously, the federal government has some significant influence on whether that’s going to take place, and there are issues that need to be solved before that can happen.”U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Fidel Castro’s revolution but none appeared there from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles faced Cuba’s national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since.“We got a little time still. There isn’t really a firm cutoff,” Manfred said. “We’re going to proceed internally and get to the point where we’ve sort of identified who would go, meaning which club would go if we can get it done. And one club maintaining flexibility with respect to a spring training date is a lot easier than 25 clubs maintaining that flexibility.”RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ernests Gulbis reached his first ATP final since 2014 by beating top-seeded John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Stockholm Open on Saturday.Gulbis, a former French Open semifinalist, will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s championship match in his bid for a seventh career title.The third-seeded Tsitsipas won the first of the semifinals, beating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2. The 19-year-old Greek has yet to win a title.Gulbis was once ranked No. 10 but is No. 145 after an injury-hit last few years.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Italy’s Fabio Fognini, during the semi-final ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament at he Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. (Erik Simander / TT via AP)TweetPinShare1616 Shares
WASHINGTON (AP) — Showered by raindrops and jeers for much of the game, Bryce Harper put a bat-flipping, celebratory finish on his memorable return to Washington.Harper crushed a long home run in his final at-bat, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 8-2 Tuesday night for the franchise’s best start in over a century.Maikel Franco also homered for the Phillies, baseball’s only undefeated team at 4-0. They had only done that in 1915 and 1897.Harper left Washington after playing 927 games over seven years, participating in six All-Star Games and winning the 2015 NL MVP Award. He listened to what the Nationals had to offer, then signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with the rival Phillies in February.Harper hasn’t wasted any time providing returns for the investment. He has three homers and five RBIs in four games, along with a .429 batting average. He drove in three Tuesday.Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Booed during every at-bat, Harper thumped a “take that,” 458-foot shot in the eighth inning off Jeremy Hellickson. As the ball soared toward the second deck in right field, Harper flipped his bat and circled the bases with delight before celebrating with his new teammates in the visiting dugout.“It’s the emotion of the game. That’s it. That’s about it,” he said of the bat flip.But man, that home run sure felt good.“I was pretty fired up. I was excited,” he said. “I was trying to get back to my teammates as quick as possible and do all my handshakes.”When Philadelphia’s starting lineup was announced during the late stages of a 41-minute rain delay, it became apparent that Harper would not be welcomed back warmly. Many in the slow-arriving crowd of 35,920 booed loudly when his name was announced as the No. 3 hitter, and the derisive shouting continued during a video montage of his biggest moments with the Nationals.“I heard the boos,” Harper acknowledged. “For me, that’s part of sports, part of the game.”Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper is booed by fans as he bats in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)The chorus resumed when Harper walked to the plate in the first inning to face three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. The fans finally cheered when Harper took a strike on the outside corner, and they got even louder when Harper whiffed on a 2-2 changeup .“Hearing the boos in the first at-bat just reminded me that I have 45,000 people back in Philadelphia screaming for me,” Harper said.When he took his position in right field, Harper stood in front of seven fans wearing white shirts that spelled out T-R-A-I-T-O-R.After striking out twice, Harper doubled to right in the fifth and singled in a runin the sixth to make it 6-0 before connecting in the eighth.When the game ended, hundreds of Phillies fans remained, chanting “MVP! MVP!” as Philadelphia shook hands. The shouting fans included many who had bused in from Philly earlier in the day and sat behind Harper in right field.Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper watches a video tribute in honor of him from the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Jean Segura had three hits and three RBIs for the Phillies, who were coming off a season-opening sweep of Atlanta.Zach Eflin (1-0) struck out nine and allowed three hits over five scoreless innings. He outdid Scherzer (0-2), who allowed one earned run in five innings and struck out nine.Scherzer has started half the Nationals’ four games this season. He has a 2.13 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings, but Washington has yet to score a run for him.Very little went right for the Nationals, who fell to 1-3.We were saying Boo-ryce… pic.twitter.com/Gvo08aZykq— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 3, 2019Shortstop Trea Turner left in the first inning after being struck by a pitch on his right index finger while trying to bunt. Turner squared at the plate and couldn’t back away from a fastball that struck his hand, which was wrapped around the bat.The injury was diagnosed as a nondisplaced fracture. The timetable for his return is undetermined.In addition, first baseman Matt Adams left in the fourth inning with back spasms, likely the result of a scary fall early in the game while chasing a foul ball. Drifting behind first base toward the stands, Adams flipped over a fence as he reached into the photo well and landed on his back.Manager Dave Martinez said Adams was day to day.Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer in the sixth.DOMINATEDPhiladelphia cleanup hitter Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Scherzer and is 0 for 14 with nine Ks lifetime against the right-hander.STRANGE PERSPECTIVESpeaking before the game, Harper had no doubt that this was going to be an unusual experience.“Seeing Max on the mound tonight, Trea at short, Rendon at third and me not standing behind them, it’s definitely going to be weird,” Harper said. “But I’m looking forward to running out there and doing my job for the Philadelphia Phillies. I’m excited for that next chapter.”TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: LHP Tommy Hunter, on the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm, was getting “a series of tests” in Philadelphia on Tuesday, manager Gabe Kapler said. “He still felt some soreness,” Kapler said, “so we want to make sure that we don’t miss anything.”Nationals: OF/INF Howie Kendrick (hamstring strain) was in the clubhouse Tuesday and appears close to being activated from the injured list. “He’s going to work out with us a couple days and we’ll see where he’s at,” Martinez said, adding that a rehabilitative stint might not be necessary. … OF Michael A. Taylor (knee/hip) will start a rehab assignment Friday with Double-A Harrisburg.UP NEXTPhillies: Aaron Nola (1-0, 1.50 ERA) starts in the finale of the two-game series on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander beat Atlanta in the opener after going 17-6 last year.Nationals: Anibal Sanchez makes his Nationals debut on Wednesday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ARBOR Technology announces its Micro-ATX industrial motherboard MB-i89Q0 based on the new Intel 6th Generation Core processors and Intel Q170 Platform Control Hub. Built on Intel’s new 14nm process technology, the MB-i89Q0 supports the Intel Turbo Boost Technology, enabling an increase to CPU processing speed to deliver breakthrough CPU performance, excellent graphic capability as well as enhancements in security and management functions. This makes the motherboard ideal for intelligent application in several market segments, such as medical, digital surveillance, gaming, digital signage, communication and defense.The MB-i89Q0 comes with four non-ECC Long-DIMM sockets supporting up to 64GB of system memory. Graphics interface supports DVI-I and DisplayPort. High interconnectivity is available through two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four serial ports and six SATA3 ports. Expansion supports PCI Express x16 / x4 / x1 and 32-bit PCI. Other useful features include Watchdog Timer, PS/2 Keyboard & Mouse port and Intel® Active Management Technology 11.0.Thanks to native USB 3.0 support, the board achieves fast data transmission with low power consumption. A total of four USB 3.0 & ten USB 2.0 ports are provided along with High Definition Audio to provide MIC-in, Line-in & Line-out interfaces. TPM is the Trusted Platform Module, which allows computers to use advanced security features. The MB-i89Q0 supports TPM 1.2 & 2.0 daughter board via the dedicated connector by OEM requested.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kontron: KISS V3 CFL rackmount systems in 2U and 4U for demanding industrial applicationsNext Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform supports SAM L11 microcontrollers
Indian sub-continent constitutes 90 percent of more than one billion cricket fans: ICC research There are more than one billion cricket fans, 90 percent of them in Indian sub-continent
Dubai, June 27 (PTI) Cricket has over one billion fans globally, with the Indian sub-continent alone constituting more than 90 percent of them, according to the largest ever market research into the sport conducted by the ICC. As per the results of the research, the average age of fans (in the surveyed age category of 16-69) is 34 with a demographic breakdown of 61 percent male and 39 percent female. The research was undertaken to enable the ICC and its members to understand the growth potential of cricket, help shape the development of the growth focused global strategy for the game, drive decision making and to provide a benchmark upon which to measure the outcomes of the strategy. It also supports the ICC and its members in shaping and implementing their fan engagement strategies and clearly presents cricket as a vibrant and popular sport globally. Close to 70 percent fans are interested in Test cricket with fans in England & Wales showing the strongest interest in this format (86 percent), South Africa lead the interest in ODI cricket (91 percent) and Pakistan in T20I cricket (98 percent). Globally, T20I is the most popular format with 92 percent interest while ODIs are close with 88 percent interest. “It is the first global market research project ever undertaken in the sport and having more than one billion fans in the surveyed age category of 16-69 alone, with an average age of 34, is undoubtedly an exciting and strong position from which we can drive the sport forward,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, adding “90 percent fans” comes come from the Indian sub-continent alone.advertisement The breakdown of cricket’s three different formats in the research showed two-thirds of fans over the age of 16 who were interviewed are interested in all three international formats of the game. The importance and popularity of ICC global events was evident with 95% of fans interested or very interested, with the ICC Cricket World Cup and the ICC World T20 the most popular. PTI AHAH
Russia’s veteran footballer Sergei Ignashevich announced his international retirement on Sunday after his team crashed out of the World Cup 2018 with a loss on penalties to Croatia in the quarter-finals.The 38-year-old defender, who spent his entire club career at Russian clubs, was a key member of Russia’s run to the last eight at their home tournament, having played in each of their five matches.According to world soccer’s governing body FIFA he earned a total of 127 caps, scoring nine goals, and holding the record for most international appearances by any Russian player.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIgnashevich also captained CSKA Moscow to the 2005 UEFA Cup title.”This was my last World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my soccer career. If it wasn’t for the World Cup, I think I would have ended (my career) earlier,” Ignashevich said in a video posted on social media.”The World Cup was a strong motivation of me.”I feel joy, a feeling of peace because I am ending on a high note. I am playing at the World Cup. I am playing in the quarter-finals. I am playing on a great team with a great coach, a real coach and with players who give themselves fully to the game.”Quarter-final 4: Croatia win on penaltiesIgnashevich was one of the successful penalty-takers in their 4-3 shoot-out defeat against Croatia and was also on target from the spot when they beat Spain again on penalties in the second round.”Anything can happen is soccer. But here no one was dissatisfied, not in the dressing room and not on the pitch,” he said.advertisement”I plan to receive a coaching license in December. I would like to become a coach, a good coach.”(With Reuters inputs)
Sony has its hands full this year considering the number of phones it has already launched and the ones that it plans to unveil this year. It launched the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra in January and now adding to the XA series is the Xperia XA Plus that has been announced by the company in London. Sony has not revealed the phone price of the phone but it is expected to launch in August.The Xperia XA2 Plus is the first Xperia XA series phone to sport an 18:9 display. Talking about the specs of the phone, the Xperia XA2 Plus is larger in size than Xperia XA2. The smartphone sports a 6-inch FHD+ display same as we see in the Xperia XA2 Ultra. The phone bears slightly thinner bezels and includes Sony’s High-Resolution Audio tech and camera support. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. It has a fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is based on Android Oreo and runs Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with 4GB/6GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal memory. The internal storage is expandable via microSD card to 400GB.Camera-wise the phone has a 23MP image sensor at the back with 84-degree wide-angle camera and 4K recording abilities and an 8MP 120-degree wide-angle camera on the front. It is backed by a bigger battery size of 3580mAh. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C and sensors on board are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyro and proximity sensor.advertisementSeparately, Sony is also working on Xperia XZ3, a phone with four cameras. It is expected to launch at IFA 2018 in a couple of months from now. A new image of the phone has surfaced online which reveals that the phone will have a total of four camera modules- two at the back and two on the front. The phone is expected to come with Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Further, it is rumoured to sport a 5.9-inch QHD+ display and run Android P out-of-the-box. An Xperia XZ3 Premium could also be launched at the IFA 2018 alongside the XZ3. It is expected to run Android P making XZ3 and XZ3 Premium first set of Sony phones to run this OS.