China Open 2018: Fatigue stands in way of PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth

first_imgPV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to battle fatigue as they get prepared for China Open, beginning in Changzhou on Tuesday. While Sindhu has been consistent on the international circuit this year, Srikanth has been far from that.Sindhu looked like the tiredness of playing so many tournaments at a consistent quality is beginning to take a toll on her when she crashed out of Japan Open in the second round last week. The last time Sindhu exited a tournament that early was last year’s first round exit in Denmark.Undoubtedly, Sindhu has been the most consistent Indian on the circuit in 2018 with silver medals at all major events — Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games and a runners-up finish at India Open and Thailand Open.That kind of workload has meant that she has had very little time to recover and that showed in Tokyo last week but Sindhu will look to put that behind her and go for gold.Also read – Japan Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy crash outSindhu won the tourmament the China Open in 2016 and will be one of the favourites to win the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament but she will face stiff competition from world No.1 and Asian Games gold medallist Tai Tzu Ying, Japan Open winner Carolina Marin, Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and China’s Chen Yufei.Sindhu, seeded third, will start her campaign against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.advertisementTwo-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina Nehwal, who had clinched a bronze at Asian Games at Jakarta, will be rejuvenated after skipping the Japan Open. The Indian faces a tough first round against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun.Saina, who also had won the China Open title in 2014, has a 8-2 head-to-head record against Sung Ji and if she can surpass the Korean, fifth seed Chinese Chen Yufei will stand in her way.In fact, Saina and Sindhu are on a collison course and might clash in the quarterfinals if they can clear the earlier rounds.Srikanth has looked a shadow of the man who clinched four titles last season. Though the seventh seeded Indian won the men’s singles silver at the Commonwealth Games, he has been inconsistent in the season so far.Srikanth, who held the world No.1 ranking for a brief period this year, will look to build on his quarterfinal finish at Japan Open when he begins his campaign against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.However, world champion Kento Momota, who had ended his campaign at Malaysia and Indonesia, will once again stand in his way in the quarterfinal.HS Prannoy too will look to go deep in the tournament after starting against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus, seeded eighth.Among others in fray, women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will face Korean pair of Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong.In men’s doubles, Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will square off against Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, while Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will fight it out against Taiwanese combination of Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng.In mixed doubles, Satwik and Ashwini will meet English combination of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will take on Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler in another match.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Samsung foldable phone may be called Galaxy F, tipped to launch on November 7

first_imgSamsung is going to be very busy in the coming time. Currently the company has several phones up its sleeves like the Galaxy S10 or the flip phone which is to debut in China but the foldable phone is said to be the most awaited-one out of all. The phone has been in rumours and reports for a long time but it may be nearing its launch date. We don’t have a confirmed date yet but many are speculating it to launch on November 7 at the Samsung Developers Conference 2018 which is to be held in San Francisco. We neither have a confirmed name of the phone but a report from GizmoChina reveals that it may be called the Galaxy F. The letter F could probably mean foldable.Samsung’s foldable phone was previously also rumoured to be called as Galaxy X suggesting that Galaxy S10 and the foldable phone could be the same device. The phone has been codenamed as Valley and Winner also.The upcoming foldable smartphone from Samsung will likely run Android operating system. While not much is known about the device yet, it is speculated that the device will unfold to look like a tablet. The phone is rumoured to sport a 7.3-inches primary display and a 4.6-inches secondary display. The phone will use a hinge mechanism that will allow smooth folding and unfolding of the device. The phone could pack in 512GB of internal storage.There are also reports that suggest the phone could target the gaming enthusiast and may not be for the general masses. Further, it could cost a fortune as rumours have it that it may be priced at nearly $1,500 which roughly translates to over Rs 1 lakh. The company could first unveil the phone in its homeland followed by other countries.advertisementApart from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and Huawei are also reportedly working on foldable phones. However, there are reports that Huawei is aiming to beat Samsung here by delivering its foldable phone first. But that won’t make Huawei the first company to launch a foldable phone. FlexPai by Royole Technologies has become the first phone to debut with the technology. It is the first foldable phone to come with a flexible display. It is also the first device to pack in the yet-to-be-launched Snapdragon 850.ALSO READ: Samsung foldable phone to have 7-inch display, will be as expensive as iPhone Xlast_img read more

2nd Test: Steyn, Rabada put South Africa on the brink of series win vs Pakistan

first_imgSouth Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 3 Scores(Full Scorecard)Brief Scores:Pakistan 177 & 294 all out (Asad Shafiq 88, Babar Azam 72, Shan Masood 61, Kagiso Rabada 4 for 61, Dale Steyn 4 for 85)South Africa 431 (Faf du Plessis 103, Markram 78, Bavuma 75, Quinton de Kock 59, Mohammad Amir 4 for 88, Shaheen Shah Afridi 4 for 123)South Africa need 41 runs to winSouth Africa will need to knock off just 41 runs on Sunday to beat Pakistan in the second Test and take a winning 2-0 lead in the three-Test series despite Pakistan providing gallant resistance on the third day at Newlands.Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam all scored half-centuries on Saturday as Pakistan produced their best day of batting in the series but were eventually out for 294, setting their hosts a modest target to win.They fought back to overhaul South Africa’s 254-run first innings lead but eventually succumbed as Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada both claimed four-wicket hauls.Asad scored 88 runs, Babar 72 and Masood 61 to allow Pakistan to take some positives from the game after failing to get past 200 runs in their previous innings.Masood had been promoted up the order in a bid to shore up a brittle batting lineup but saw his first two partners depart cheaply as Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali, who both scored six runs each, and scored only 27 runs before lunch.Home hopes of rattling through the rest of the batsmen after lunch were stymied as Asad proved aggressive and Babar took on the home bowlers.Mohammad Amir took three wickets in a lively start to Saturday’s play as South Africa resumed on 382/6 and added 49 more runs before being bowled out.advertisementHe removed Quinton de Kock for 59 and then took the wickets of Vernon Philander and Rabada for figures of 4/88.South Africa won the first Test in Pretoria last week by six wickets inside three days but must come back in the morning to finish off another win.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets

first_img1st ODI (Full scorecard) Brief scores: Australia 46 for 2 in 11 overs (Usman Khawaja 14*, Shaun Marsh 0*. Kuldeep Yadav 4 for 1, Mohammed Shami 7 for 0).Bhuvneshwar Kumar reached the milestone of 100 wickets when he dismissed Australian captain Aaron Finch in his second over during the first one day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.Bhuvneshwar on reaching the 100-wicket mark, became the fourth slowest Indian to reach the milestone in ODIs. Bhuvneshwar reached the mark in his 96th ODI, with the likes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Ravi Shastri having managed the feat in more matches.Sourav is the slowest to the feat with 308 ODIs, with Tendulkar taking 268, Yuvraj with 266 ODIs and the current India coach Shastri taking exactly 100 ODIs to take 100 ODI wickets.Bhuvneshwar will be the 19th Indian bowler to reach the mark.Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks up his 100th ODI wicket in style.Stream live via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/rHhkFrd50M #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/jNeP2XuWRKcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019Fastest Indian in that regard is Irfan Pathan who had taken just 59 matches to reach 100 ODI wickets. Rashid Khan had recently become the fastest ever to take 100 ODI wickets when he took just 44 matches to reach the mark.Bhuvneshwar joins the illustrious list of bowlers to take 100 ODI wickets for India: Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Ashish Nehra, Sachin Tendulkar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Shastri, Ishant Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Umesh Yadav and Sourav Ganguly.advertisementBhuvneshwar made his debut in December 2012 against Pakistan, and took two wickets. Bowling on pitches and conditions at home meant a slow start to international cricket for the Meerut-born bowler. Bhuvneshwar has taken only one 5-wicket haul in his career, against Sri Lanka at Colombo in Septmeber 2017.This is how Bhuvneshwar Kumar took his 100th wicket – 2.2 Overs: B Kumar to A Finch, OUT! Bowled! Gone right through! Test match, T20I or ODI – Aaron Finch continues to be a walking wicket. He departs cheaply again and Bhuvi roars to get his 100TH ODI SCALP. What a beauty by Bhuvneshwar! He beautifully deceives the Aussie skipper. The previous ball moved away from him this time Kumar swings it back in and Finch is completely bamboozled. The ball was a bit fuller and pitched outside off. Aaron tries to defend it but the ball goes straight through the gap between the bat and pad. It’s a huge wicket and the dangerous Finch is back in the hut he has had a very bad summer so far.Bhuvneshwar had been out of cricket with a back spasm he incurred durin the Indian Premier League and which again retunred in the first Test during the tour of England. He made his return during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and looked patchy with his line and length.He made his comeback during West Indies’s tour of India last year but looked cagey and rusty. He leaked runs with the ball, conceeding in excess of 70 in one of the games.Bhuvneshwar’s shined with balls as he took 2 wickets from the three T20Is against Australia but didn’t get a chance in the Tests. He retunred in the ODIs to shine again.Also Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | MS Dhoni will make the most of large grounds in Australia: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Rooster fights reign as the thriving gambling sport during Makar Sankranti

first_imgThe gambling sport of rooster fighting is ruling during the Makar Sankranti season in Andhra Pradesh despite warnings by police about blood sports and gambling, and appeals from the animal rights activists to show concern for birds.With an active participation of politicians, at least Rs 2,000 crore is believed to be changing hands in the gambling, laying a bet on one or other rooster for victory.While the stakes were small in the traditional rooster fight in the villages, the sport has taken a bloody turn in recent years with blades tied to the roosters’ legs and rural audiences watching the birds go at one another until one gives up and bleeds to death.To add to the excitement in the rooster fight arenas, betting on card games and liquor is made available for special guests in select stands.While it is unlawful, police is forced to turn a blind eye unless the law and order situation is violated following quarrels about settling bets. The organisers, who enjoy the backing of the local MLAs, make special arrangements for their clients and the people, who turn up in large numbers to enjoy the fights.Significantly, at some of the venues this year, roosters were smuggled into the state from Thailand and Australia. These roosters are strong and light. The roosters, depending on their species, sizes and strength, command prices anywhere between Rs 40,000 and Rs 1,50,000.On papers, the Andhra Pradesh High Court banned cockfights in 2016. The Supreme Court upheld its decision but the sport continues unchecked.advertisementAlso Read | Andhra Pradesh’s Jallikattu: Cockfights continue to be popular despite High Court banAlso Read | Cockfighting continues in state despite Hyderabad High Court banlast_img read more

Beat them comprehensively: Sushil Kumar tells Team India on World Cup clash with Pakistan

first_imgIndia’s double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar wants Virat Kohli’s team to play against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup tie this June and “beat them comprehensively” to avenge the death of soldiers in the Pulwama attack.”Believe me, it’s a great high [beating Pakistan]. I have done that at the Commonwealth level twice. The feeling is incomparable and fills one with a lot of pride,” the champion wrestler told India Today in an interview.Sushil said that boycotting ties against Pakistan at the world level isn’t a good idea.”When it comes to a world body, then we alone cannot decide the participation. We have to become a world champion there, that is our goal. If we are in a situation where we have to play against Pakistan then we can’t refuse. Going on a backfoot at that juncture is also not a matter of national pride. I want our players to perform their best and beat them comprehensively,” he said.The 35-year-old says he was terribly shaken after the terror attack.”Whatever our fauji bhai [armymen] think should be done. They should be given a free hand to give a befitting reply to Pakistan. I have many friends in the defence forces. I talk to them regularly, at the airports or in programmes, and they tell me how many times they are not even able to sleep properly for days due to their tough assignments. When it comes to standing up for the country, we should not think about anything, be it sports or anything else. We should decide how to avenge the loss of our soldiers. They are our true heroes.”advertisement”I was very angry when the attack happened. It’s a huge thing to lose a family member like this. They left everything behind and lost their life for the country. I know how proud one feels when we walk holding the Indian flag in our hand,” said Sushil.He is also not bothered if India lose Tokyo Olympics’ quota places due to non-participation of two players from Pakistan in the shooting World Cup which starts in Delhi from today.”Sports is one thing but when it comes to the country’s security and pride of our soldiers, nothing should be thought, be it losing a place or not.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya ruled out of Australia series due to back injuryAlso Read | Why not beat Pakistan and make sure they don’t qualify for World Cup semis: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | No constitutional or contractual way India can block Pakistan from World Cup: BCCI officialAlso Read | Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Antonio Conte named new Inter Milan coach

first_imgInter Milan handed the reins to former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy coach Antonio Conte on Friday, giving him the job of attempting to revive a side who have not won a major trophy for eight years.The fiery 49-year-old, famous for his dressing-room tirades, will replace Luciano Spalletti who parted company with the Chinese-owned club on Thursday, two years before the end of his contract, despite guiding them into next season’s Champions League.”A new chapter in my life is beginning, I’m really excited,” Conte said in a statement on Inter’s website. “I have chosen Inter because of the club it is, because of the project’s sound basis and how ambitious it is.”Inter have won 18 Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia seven times but have struggled since winning a Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010.Their last major title was the Coppa Italia in 2011 and they missed out on the Champions League for six consecutive seasons before returning to the competition under Spalletti this season.Conte is their 11th coach in nine years since Mourinho departed and the club has also changed hands twice since then.China’s electronics retailer Suning Holdings Group bought a majority stake in the club in 2016 which previously changed hands in 2013 when Massimo Moratti, whose family controls Italian oil refiner Saras, sold the club to a consortium led by Indonesian business tycoon Erick Thohir.Inter will be hoping that Conte will have the same effect on them as he did on Juventus. The Turin side had finished seventh for the two previous seasons before Conte arrived in 2011 but then won three successive titles under him.advertisementHe went on to coach Italy and took them to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, eliminating titleholders Spain and taking Germany to penalties despite complaining that he missed the day-to-day club routine.Conte used a combination of tactical nous and his renowned motivational powers to get the most from a team which was widely regarded as the weakest to have represented Italy in many years.Next stop was Chelsea where Conte won the English Premier League title in his first season and the FA Cup in his second, only to be sacked with one year left on his contract following disagreements with the management over transfer policy.Conte’s methods were vividly described in the autobiography of former Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who played under him at Juventus.Pirlo said that Conte would throw bottles of fizzy mineral water against dressing-room walls in fits of rage and said that his rants “crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep within you”.Inter president Steven Zhang descried Conte as “one of the best coaches out there”.”I’m certain that he’ll help us achieve our objective and fulfil our mission, one which has always remained the same: to make this club one of the best in the world again,” he said.Also Read | Copa America: Luis Suarez named in Uruguay’s squad despite injuryAlso Read | I wish to retire at Real Madrid: Sergio RamosAlso Seelast_img read more

Delhi University admissions 2019: 12 sports including Yoga removed from sports quota

first_imgDelhi University admissions 2019: Delhi University has released the DU Admissions form 2019 for the Delhi for different courses. The online link for the Delhi University Admission 2019 UG Courses application form has been released on the official website. The candidates can apply through – du.ac.in.Read: DU Admissions 2019: 14 new changes in Delhi University admissionsDelhi University admissions 2019: Yoga removed from the sports quotaYoga, which was part of the sports quota list in the Delhi University till last year, has been categorised under the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) from this year.”Yoga has been excluded from the sports list and added as an activity, while 27 sports under the sports quota that are part of the Olympics, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championship and Paralympics have been included.”– said the vasrsity.Other than the yoga there are 12 others sports that Delhi University has excluded from the sports quota. The officials said there were some sports like fencing, where only two entries were received last year.Delhi University admissions 2019: 12 excluded sportsThe 12 others sports that Delhi University has excluded from the sports quota are:1. Archery (Indian round)2. Ball badminton3. Baseball (women)4. Softball (men)5. Korfball (male)6. 4x100m Relay race7. Cross-country running8. Cycling, fencing9. Power-lifting10. Best physique11. Yoga.Officials said the varsity was always questioned about yoga being included in the sports quota.”We had received guidelines about inclusion of games for sports quota in June 2018 from the HRD Ministry and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. After deliberations in various committees, it was decided that 24 sports that are part of various high-profile competitions and three popular sports will make it to the list of games for the sports quota,” the officials said.advertisementDelhi University admissions 2019: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) TrophyThe varsity said that they were not a part of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy, under which top performing universities in sports are awarded, since they were not following the guidelines and hence were not getting any support.Delhi University admissions 2019: 2 entries in fencingDU admission on sports category: – Direct admission or on the basis of trialThere are 27 sports listed for admission under two categories – direct admission category and admission on the basis of sports trial.Direct admission: The sportspersons, who have represented India in competitions, recognised and funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, will be given direct admission without sports trial. These include Olympic Games, World Championship, Commonwealth Games, etc.Sports trial: In the second category, aspirants will be awarded maximum 40 marks on the basis of sports certificates and 60 marks for sports trials. They can upload best of three certificates, the officials said.Read: DU admissions: Delhi University to provide full scholarship to students whose parents are no moreRead: DU admissions likely to start May 30, admission portal to reopen for foreign nationals from June 16last_img read more