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  • We have everything now, says Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren

    first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren believes manager Jurgen Klopp has found the missing pieces to the puzzle which have frustrated previous hopes of a title challenge. The vital piece which previous managers, Klopp included, had struggled to find is undoubtedly Virgil Van Dijk, with the Holland centre-back overseeing a 12th clean sheet of the season – the same number kept by Liverpool when the Reds last won the title in 1989-90 – in the 4-0 win over Newcastle. Fine dimensionsBut there are others elements which have made a difference, with summer arrivals Alisson Becker, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho – the latter two both scorers against Newcastle with the Brazil international registering his first for the club – adding different dimensions in goal and midfield.Related News Raheem Sterling: Emotions got the better of me England’s Raheem Sterling set for Kosovo comeback Jurgen Klopp And with Mohamed Salah, now with 15 goals for the season, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane better understanding how they interact in their second season together there is a feeling of cohesion all the way from front to back. Asked what the difference was from previous years, Lovren said: “I think experience. There are quite a lot of players still here and it was like a puzzle, you just keep bringing these players you missed and now I think it’s a perfect match. You feel that in the squad, it’s how it should be. There has always been something missing all these years but I think now we have everything. But it doesn’t mean anything. Even Manchester City has in every position two players, top players.” Liverpool have reeled in City’s two-point and 14-goal advantage from the start of December and the gap to the third-placed champions is now seven points in the Reds’ favour. Advantage LiverpoolThey have conceded just seven goals in 19 matches – eight better than City and 11 better than second-placed Tottenham – and while Lovren has been part of the defensive improvement, he stressed the success was down to an overall game plan which has seen Liverpool be less expansive but far more controlled this season. “The foundation isn’t about five players at the back. It’s about Mo, Bobby, Sadio, Shaq, everyone up front, they are the first defenders. We know when we don’t concede a goal, we score. That’s the key for us and we need to always stay hungry. Next game Arsenal, other game City, but we know how to control these games.” Liverpool have been installed as the new title favourites following the Boxing Day results but Lovren said that would not affect them. “In the previous years, yes, but now when you look in the dressing room, when you go into Melwood in the morning, everybody is happy,” he said. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Euro 2020 qualifiers: Sterling show ahead!last_img read more

  • English Premier League: Manchester City are back to winning ways

    first_imgManchester City warmed up for Thursday’s pivotal Premier League battle with Liverpool by coasting past 10-man Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s. David Silva and Sergio Aguero struck for City, with James Ward-Prowse’s own goal also helping Pep Guardiola’s men get back to winning ways. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fired a fine first-half goal for Saints, only to be sent off late on for a two-footed tackle. City hit back from defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester with ease, reclaiming second place and cutting Liverpool’s Premier League lead to seven points. The travelling City fans chanted “We’ll fight to the end” in a warning to Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp to avoid any premature title expectations. And this comfortable south-coast victory now hands the reigning champions the chance to test Liverpool’s resolve when the league’s top two teams meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. Hojbjerg’s rifled goal had City sweating when Saints equalised at 1-1, but straight after Ward-Prowse was rightly denied a penalty, the home winger put Raheem Sterling’s low cross through his own net. Aguero’s facile header had City 3-1 to the good, and that enticing title fight with Liverpool looked even more exciting come half-time. Fernandinho solidified City’s shape, helping Guardiola’s men take the first step towards exorcising the memory of those costly consecutive defeats. The excellent Alex McCarthy denied David Silva at point-blank range from the off, after Sterling picked Jack Stephens’ pocket in the area. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

  • Juventus boss Allegri set for end-of-season departure

    first_imgCoach Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus at the end of the season after a reported fall-out with the club’s directors, the newly-crowned Serie A champions said in a surprise statement on Friday. “Massimiliano Allegri will not be on the Juventus bench for the 2019/2020 season,” Juve announced in a shock development. Allegri, 51, had rejected reports saying he was about to be dismissed last Saturday adding he had already been making plans for next year over the past six months. He held meetings with the club’s hierarchy this the week during which a clear disagreement between the two parties emerged.Related News Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claimed they fell out over a variety of subjects including Allegri’s desire for an increased salary and a differing vision of the side’s future. Juventus have already wrapped up their record eighth consecutive title, and Allegri’s fifth in as many years and he lifted the Coppa Italia on four occasions since replacing Antonio Conte in 2014. The club’s former midfielder Conte along with France boss and ex-defender and coach Didier Deschamps, Champions League finalist Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham and Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi have been linked with taking over from Allegri in the Italian press in recent weeks. Allegri’s departure from the Allianz Stadium will alert a host of big European outfits and his name shot up the bookmakers’ list of favourites to be the next permanent coach at Inter Milan and Chelsea. 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 want Cristiano Ronaldo to apologise for walkout: Report Cristiano Ronaldo’s mom Dolores: Mafia comes in the way of his trophies Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG enter Last 16; Manchester City made to waitlast_img read more

  • Former escort Helen makes an apology to Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen

    first_imgFormer escort Helen Wood, who allegedly had a relationship with former England captain Wayne Rooney, has apologised to the footballer’s wife Coleen and said she didn’t deserve anything. The former Manchester United star, 33, is alleged to have slept with Helen at a Manchester hotel in 2009 while Coleen was pregnant with their first son Kai. The winner of British reality TV show Big Brother 15, had earlier slammed Coleen for putting up with husband’s cheating and said she should dump the Major League Soccer star. In an interview with British tabloid, Sunday People, Helen said: “I am sorry to Coleen, she didn’t deserve anything. I used to have a really pig-headed attitude towards the situation. I used to say ‘If she wants to stick with him that’s her own fault’. Footballer Wayne Rooney with wife Coleen; (left) Helen Wood “Now I’m a bit older, I’m like, she’s just a mum who wants to be with her family, leave the girl alone. We all know a woman who puts up with a cheat. It’s unfortunate that hers is used as entertainment,” she added. Wayne Rooney currently plays for Major League Soccer club D.C. United. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. Wayne Rooney is the record goalscorer for the England national team and for Manchester United. At club level, he has won every honour available in English, European and Continental football, with the exception of the UEFA Super Cup. Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are the only English players to win the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, UEFA Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup.  Wayne Rooney has also captained the England national team in football World Cup. 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

  • David Beckham’s wife Victoria praises Duchess Meghan’s kind personality

    first_img Meghan Markle 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 Queen Elizabeth ‘impressed’ with Meghan Markle’s recent Africa trip A problem you kin fix Tabloid sued for ‘bullying’ Meghan Markle Former English footballer David Beckham’s wife Victoria has said that she is a huge fan of Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and praised the royal member for advocating kindness in people. Victoria, 45, who is also a fashion designer, attended Meghan’s and Prince Harry’s wedding last year. “I have always been about embracing who you are, supporting others, not being judgemental, treating others how you want to be treated. Sometimes it’s just the fundamental basics. Women supporting women is key. I liked what Meghan Markle said at the [British] Fashion Awards, that it used to be cool to be cruel, and now it’s cool to be kind. Kindness was always at the core of Girl Power,” Victoria was quoted as saying by Britain’s Glamour magazine.Related Newslast_img read more

  • CL: Inter Milan scrape to 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague

    first_imgSerie A: Alexis Sanchez scores, gets red card as Inter Milan maintain lead ‘Coming back’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic hints at return to Spain CL: Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann wants to connect with Lionel Messi Paris: Substitute Nicolo Barella scored in added time to rescue a 1-1 draw for a disappointing Inter Milan in their Champions League opener against rank outsiders Slavia Prague on Tuesday. It looked as though the Czech side would leave San Siro with all three points in the Group F clash after Nigerian forward Peter Olayinka put them ahead in the 63rd minute, only for Barella to level in the second of eight minutes of stoppage time. Olayinka, who has previously played in Albania and Belgium, pounced to score in the 63rd minute after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic had saved from Jaroslav Zeleny. However, Inter equalised when a Stefano Sensi free-kick rattled off the bar and the ball came out to Barella, whose shot found the net with the aid of a deflection. Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar then made a fine reaction save from a Romelu Lukaku header in the 97th minute, and a draw was the least the visitors deserved. They are among the longest shots with bookmakers to win the Champions League in their first appearance in the group stage since 2007-08, and this result suits neither side in a section also featuring Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.Related News Inter came into their Champions League campaign with optimism after winning their opening three games of the season in Serie A under new coach Antonio Conte. However, they are now already at serious risk of exiting in the group stage for the second season running. The other early kick-off on Tuesday saw Lyon come from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Russian champions Zenit Saint-Petersburg in France in Group G. Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun gave Zenit the lead just before half-time after playing a one-two with strike partner Artem Dzyuba on the edge of the area. The home side needed just five minutes of the second half to draw level, though, with Memphis Depay converting a penalty after he had been brought down by Magomed Ozdoev. Benfica and RB Leipzig meet later in the same group in Lisbon. Also on Tuesday, holders Liverpool kick off their campaign away to Napoli and Salzburg take on Genk in Group E, while Chelsea host Valencia and last season’s semi-finalists Ajax meet Lille in Group H. 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

  • Why Company Culture Matters To Your Career & Company

    first_imgTraveling to the West Coast this week I had the opportunity to meet with the executive team of a dynamic global company, GlobalEnglish, to discuss some recent work I completed for them in Moscow and the US. This is a company that not only have I found pleasure to work with as a vendor, but it is also a company that receives the same sentiment  and support from among the employees. This is a company with a compelling and honest company culture and that’s no small achievement.During my discussions earlier this week, the CEO described the culture as friendly, open, focused and accountable…and he forcefully stated what was not allowed: hidden agendas, unfriendliness or uncooperative attitudes. This all makes sense and to most should be the way all companies act. But they don’t and thus the reason for Glassdoor. It is becoming more important for talent to research information on company culture. Equally important, companies must view their competitor’s culture, compare it to their own, and be willing to make appropriate changes. Culture matters because attracting and keeping the most qualified talent is imperative to a company’s success.So why is this specific company’s culture so successful and why on the one hand am I so high on the company yet frustrated because they are not the norm? As with any company, the culture emanates from the CEO, the leader. No matter the size, how goes this individual so goes the rest of the organization. The CEO I met yesterday was sure of himself, but open to other ideas and perceptions. He is centered and communicates in the moment.If you are looking for your next career opportunity, take the time to read employee reviews at Glassdoor and look for a balanced CEO. By doing your research on your next employer to make sure the company is the best fit for you, the more likely you will increase your chances of finding a great place to work.last_img read more

  • Signs You’re Ready To Change Jobs

    first_imgIt’s been almost three years since the beginning of the Great Recession and, while unemployment is still high, the “Churn” that was predicted has begun, which means more people are considering leaving for a better job or different position.If you’re thinking about seeking out a new job, first consider where you are now, how much you are invested in the company and why you want to leave. Take time to make a prudent decision – don’t just follow colleagues out the door because it seems the thing to do after these last three dreadful years.  Check out these questions to determine just how invested you are at your current company and if a job change is a smart move right now.How many people from the company would you want at your wedding? – It doesn’t matter if you are already married or will never get married, the limited invite list is a great litmus test for how much you enjoy hanging with the people at work….or not. Do you ‘dislike’ or ‘kinda like’ the competition? – I once worked at a company where we were given doormats of the competitions logo.  Almost every house of my co-workers, mine included used these on their front stoop.  If you work for HP but run all Apple at home….well, ‘nuff said. Have you memorized the Company Values, Mission and Vision statement? – If you really are into the company, you go all in.  If the values, mission and vision statement mean something to you, you will take extra effort in your work and care at a deeper level what the company does and how well company does it.This is not like a Cosmo or Men’s Health quiz where a certain score makes you rabid about your company and a lower score symbolizes it’s nothing but a job to you.  That said, these can be indicators of whether or not you are ready to leave the company for someplace else.  There is no shame in tenure and longevity with a company.  If you are growing, developing and are really into what you do, then there is no reason to think you have to make a change. When was the last time you bragged about the company to your friends outside of work? – We brag about the things we are into.  Think about it:  If we are into the TV series  “Justified”  then we tell everyone about it and try to get them to watch too so we can talk about what happened in the latest episode.  Do you do the same with your job or your company?center_img What do you really care to know about your boss and/or the CEO? – If you are curious about who the people are behind the roles, or not, then that tells you something. What’s in the weekend wardrobe? – Are you wearing the company logo-wear out on the weekends?  If the closet is full of your company clothes then that says that you do care.last_img read more

  • Top 40 Reasons You’re Thrilled To Be A Summer Intern

    first_imgLife as an Intern can be difficult. It can also be fun!With that in mind, and now that we’re knee deep in summer internship season, this seems like a great time to write down a few ideas on what interns may be experiencing as we dutifully fulfill our internship responsibilities.Without further adieu (and tongue firmly in cheek) YouTern presents…Entertainment1. Not needing an excuse to watch “The World’s Most Interesting Intern” videos2. Filling out your fantasy baseball team roster while doing “marketing research”3. Watching the boss do a spit-take as he sees you used “f^*k” in a blog4. Watching the clown-intern walk just behind the boss, doing a perfect impression of her5. Watching the Boomers give you the “I-don’t-get-it” look when you assume a martial arts pose and say “Qwid Pro Qwoh Motha F…”Respect and Recognition6. You’re where everybody knows your name (“Hey, Intern!”)7. Surpassing “Hey, Intern” with instant name recognition (if you’re Monica Lewinsky)8. Celebrity status when execs introduce the new interns (and others offer suck-up applause)9. Rock star status when your Boomer co-workers fall in love with games on your iPhone10. Becoming the default office IT guy (“Hey, Intern… get in here, you ‘get’ all this stuff!”)Managing Up11. Learning early in your career how to manage up, because your intern-boss is a doof12. Accelerated teaching skills as you need to teach “experienced” staff MS Office basics13. Coming up with the best idea in a brainstorming session (boss taking full credit)14. Witnessing effective corporate brown-nose technique by veteran interns15. Keeping your composure when the $150 per hour consultant gives a 2-hour “Introduction to Social Media” presentation (that you would have done in 30 minutes for a burger ‘n fries)Reverse Mentorship16. Explaining terms “Web 2.0”, “Freemium”, “Tweeps” and “Hashtag” with a straight face17. You LOL every time your Boomer co-worker from the 60’s cracks up at the term “Hashtag”18. Explaining “h-t-t-p-colon-backslash-no, backslash-another backslash, one more…”19. Googling “The Jetson’s” to find out why the old folks say “Skype is just like the Jetson’s”20. “Yes, my friends on Facebook are real friends, and yes, I have 1,512 of them”Diversity and Tolerance21. Repeat after me: “No, the tattoo didn’t hurt”22. Repeat after me: “The piercing, well, I don’t remember…”23. Coming up with a politically correct answer to “Why do you all think you’re entitled?”24. Smiling when asked: “You closed that deal by… texting??”25. The constant reminder of how “lucky” you are because the Boomers in your office “didn’t have all this technology – we actually had to work!”Family and Friends26. Explaining to your parents that your online friends are not called “TwitterFaces”27. Explaining the benefits of a unpaid internship to your landlord, unsuccessfully28. Telling your parents that you’ve taken your hard earned degree, and are working – for free29. Telling your parents that you’re working in something called Social Media – for free30. Making fun of your friends who are flipping burgers and delivering pizzas, while you work for a “real company” – for freeSoft Skills31. Working without supervision, because your “mentor” is late (again)32. Learning to overcome writers block after being asked to blog about your experience33. Learning time management (when given an “all-day” project with a 1-hour deadline)34. Learning vintage technology and saving minutes on your cell phone by using the landline35. Learning stress management (when you’re on Kinect ’til 2AM – and still need to get your assignment done)Motivation and Passion36. Development of a fallback career (if your fallback is Admin or a Domestic God/Goddess)37. Motivation to buy a car (the free metro card is cool until you’re constantly late for work)38. School credit! (that costs you up to $1,000 per credit)39. They’re going to hire you after these 10 hell weeks are over… right?40. Having something to live for as you plot the death of the “intern broker” that took $7,000, then sent you to Shanghai for 10 weeksWe hope you enjoyed the light-hearted look at the “benefits” of summer internships.What are your favorites? What would you add?– This posted originally appeared on YouTern.last_img read more

  • Cars, gold coins, jewellery for BCCI members: Will Lodha panel investigate?

    first_imgThere can be more bad news coming for the already under-fire Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) struggling to cope with the terms and conditions of the Supreme Court’s interim order on October 21. If sources within the BCCI are to be believed, the BCCI is now worried that the Lodha committee will ask for the Deloitte audit reports on the functioning of each state association till 31 March 2015 and if the committee gets its hand on them a Pandora’s box will be opened.”If they get these and place them before the Supreme Court there is every likelihood of a new investigation being launched into the affairs of the BCCI and the state associations. The Deloitte report/s on the functioning of some associations are just damning”, said a very senior functionary of the BCCI and one in the know of things.For the record, the reports are now in the safe custody of Amarchand Mangaldas the BCCI’s legal advisors.Sources have confirmed to India Today that some of the associations like Goa, Hyderabad, Kerala, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Orissa will immediately come under the SC’s scanner if the report is made public soon. “In Goa the association had bought 18 cars which were being used by the Managing Committee members for their own personal needs. The cost of petrol and other maintenance was also being billed to the association and this had been going on for months,” stated the source. (Supreme Court freezes BCCI’s financial powers, appoints independent auditor)advertisementThis is not all. In Hyderabad the managing committee members were given gold coins and their wives gold jewellery during a tender process. “Every managing committee member received a gold coin and their wives jewellery and this too is documented. Besides there are unaccounted loans and payments in the tune of crores and there is no record of how and why these monies were paid or taken”.Going further South, Kerala cricket association is said to have built a land bank without any proper due diligence and has entered into contacts with private individuals without any tenders being put out. Also, they have bought mangrove land worth 30 plus crores, which under environmental rules can’t be used for cricketing purposes. “In effect this money is wasted”, suggested a senior BCCI functionary.Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir and Assam are the other associations that will immediately come under the scanner. In Orissa the books of accounts, if sources are to be believed, continued to be hand written till recently! “In an age of e-filing and transparency, this is quite unheard of,” said a BCCI official who has read the report on Orissa and is privy to its findings. (Justice RM Lodha says Supreme Court order in right direction)Finally, Assam, which has very limited funds in its coffers, begs asking the question what happened to the many crores advanced to it by the BCCI in the last few years. “Assam was paid 60 crores as loan by the BCCI a couple of years earlier and unfortunately there are no records of how the monies were to be paid back. No detail is available on why the loan was advanced in the first place and how the monies are to be returned. We really don’t know what has happened to this large sum of money,” said the BCCI official.For an institution that disburses public functions according to the Supreme Court, nothing can be more damning than these startling observations made in reports by a reputed firm. What also needs asking is why has the BCCI, which claims to have accepted transparency and accountability as its mantra, not made these reports public? If it puts every expense above 50 lacs on its website why haven’t these reports been put up online? Why should the public at large not know what has gone on and how is it that people who have indulged in these acts of unethical practise have been allowed to continue in office?Clearly, it is the need of the hour that the Lodha Committee, who have now been empowered by the SC to appoint an independent auditor, asks for these reports and brings them before the public at large. Scrutiny should happen into how public funds have been spent and why and how people have been spared for the longest time.There is little doubt that the SC, which has already done much cleansing, needs to do more if the BCCI really needs to become transparent and accountable. We haven’t surely seen the end of this long drawn saga.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Decision Review System is no rocket science, says Virat Kohli

    first_imgIndia Test captain Virat Kohli said his team is not losing sleep over the introduction of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the five-Test series against England, starting tomorrow in Rajkot. (Alastair Cook hints at giving up England captaincy after India series)”Well there is no rocket science on DRS. As a cricketer you understand, you have a fair idea of where the ball has hit the pad, whether it has pitched in line or hit in line. Those are pretty basic things in cricket. You don’t have to necessarily go through a course for DRS,” said Kohli on the eve of the series opener. (India need to be wary of Alastair Cook in marathon Test series)”I think we have observed enough watching on TV how DRS is used. It really depends on what the bowler and a wicketkeeper, most importantly, think about the particular event or if a referral has to be made. It is pretty simple. It’s nothing that we are focusing too much on. It just gives you another opportunity to check on a decision if you feel is not right. And I think that’s pretty fair,” Kohli added. (Ajinkya Rahane ready to take DRS responsibility)After consistently opposing the referral system which all other countries have adopted in bilateral contests, the BCCI recently relented and decided to use it on an experimental basis. (India vs England: Key battles to watch out for)Kohli did not read too much into the statements of England captain Alastair Cook and key fast bowling all-rounder Stuart Broad, both of whom stated that they were the underdogs in the series. (Looking forward to my contest with England: Ravichandran Ashwin to India Today)advertisement”I think some teams might want to play it low at the start of the series and then surprise the opponent, but we are quite aware of those things. We have experienced those sorts of tactics in the past,” said Kohli, who has hit two double hundreds this year.”But at the same time we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. We understand what we need to do, so we are not going to get swayed away or carried away by the praise or adulation; at the same time, criticism as well. If it’s constructive criticism from the team management or from the people we observe the game very well, it’s always welcome. But we never get carried away by praise.” (India favourites to beat England: Allan Lamb to India Today)”That’s why we have been able to perform consistently and that’s our only goal, to keep improving as a side and keep winning games of cricket. Nothing changes for us,” the 28-year-old aggressive batsman elaborated.Kohli also emphasised on the fact that the team now believes in winning matches and not just be competitive.last_img read more

  • Parthiv Patel: Not out of business yet

    first_imgAfter Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Test cricket, none of the wicketkeepers in the country have been clear favourites to take up the role. Barring Wriddhiman Saha, acknowledged as the best wicketkeeper-batsman talent available, who was an obvious choice but he too couldn’t consider himself as a regular. Indian cricket is ruthless and if there are a few lapses in couple of games, there are others waiting in the queue to take your place. Saha, so far has done well at the Test level both with the bat and behind the stumps. However, being ruled out of the Mohali Test against England due to an injury has given the long forgotten Parthiv Patel a chance to make a comeback after a gap of eight years.  Parthiv’s inclusion has surprised everyone and the move of the selectors is being criticised. Were the selectors right in bringing back Parthiv with other young wicketkeepers waiting in the wings? Definitely, names like Naman Ojha who is recovering from an injury, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson would have come up during the discussion, but Parthiv’s experience would have worked in his favour. Moreover, in a big series like this with India leading 1-0, selectors and the think-tank would not have risked someone young or inexperienced. Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble also may have wanted someone who could be solid with his glovework and can as well contribute with the bat. So, Parthiv’s inclusion makes sense!  Parthiv made his international debut in 2002 at Trent Bridge under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy, when he was only 17 years and 153 days old to become Test cricket’s youngest wicketkeeper. He got an extended run at the international level because of his batting ability but his shoddy wicketkeeping saw him getting dropped in 2004.advertisementParthiv Patel behind the stumps during his debut series against England in 2002. (Reuters Photo) Once Dhoni became a permanent for India across all the formats, Parthiv’s stake of making a comeback started to look bleak. There were brief comebacks for him but went down in the pecking order with the emergence of Saha, Ojha and Dinesh Karthik. Parthiv last played in a Test match in August 2008 against Sri Lanka in Colombo, when Dhoni pulled out to rest and since then India have played 83 Tests. Parthiv’s perseverance is now paying off as he decided to go through the grind of domestic cricket, where he made an effort to improve his game. (Have to remind people I am only 31, says Parthiv following India comeback) Now being a domestic veteran playing for Gujarat in 162 matches and scoring 9409 runs, which includes 24 hundreds, 52 fifties at an average of 43.76. Parthiv’s diminutive figure could be misleading but with the bat he is a serious stroke player and from 2015 onwards he has racked up runs in all the formats of the game. The 2015 IPL started for him quite quietly but as the tournament progressed he scored 339 runs to finish as fourth leading scorer in Mumbai Indians’ victorious campaign. He didn’t stop there and later in the year, he scored his first List-A hundred leading Gujarat to their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy title. The rich vein of form continued for Parthiv as he went on to slam four fifties in the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy and then a century against India A in the Deodhar Trophy.Anil Kumble was captain in Parthiv Patel’s last Test match in 2008. (Reuters Photo) Runs continued to flow from Parthiv’s bat as he began the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season by scoring three half-centuries and one hundred from his first five matches. And this should explain the reason behind his surprise call-up to the Indian team after a gap of eight years. The Gujarat captain will also be aware of the fact that he will soon be out of the team once a fit-again Saha returns for the fourth and fifth Tests in Mumbai and Chennai. But Parthiv should be looking to take the Mohali Test as a chance for redemption and put his best foot forward – be it batting or behind the stumps. Parthiv also would not take much time to warm up to Kohli’s style of captaincy having made his debut under Ganguly. Added to that Kumble’s presence will be comforting having earlier shared the dressing room with him and time spent at Mumbai Indians. As always, comebacks are always tough and the onus will be on Parthiv to make it count.Most Tests missed between two consecutive appearances for India (Stats by Rajneesh Gupta): Tests missed Player Period Span 83 Parthiv Patel 8 years 105 days Aug 2008-Nov 2016 49 Piyush Chawla 4 years 242 days Apr 2008-Dec 2012 43 Parthiv Patel 3 years 282 days Oct 2004-Aug 2008 40 Arun Lal 4 years 32 days Jan 1983-Feb 1987 37 Anshuman Gaekwad 3 years 198 days Aug 1979-Feb 1983advertisementlast_img read more

  • Pakistan can bounce back against new-look Australia, says Misbah-ul-Haq

    first_imgPakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes they can bounce back from their 2-0 loss in New Zealand when they take on a new-look Australia in a three-Test series next month.”Australia are not a settled team, and they have made changes in the last (Test) match (against South Africa),” Misbah said in Lahore on Wednesday.”Their new players are familiar with their own conditions, but at the same time when someone comes new into Test matches, you have a chance to exploit it.”Australia avoided being whitewashed by South Africa as new caps Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, and Nic Maddinson won the day-night third Test in Adelaide last weekend.Misbah returned home after losing the first Test in Christchurch because of the death of his father-in-law. He would have missed the second Test in Hamilton anyway, because he was handed a one-match suspension for another slow over-rate. He will rejoin the team before the first day-night Test in Brisbane on Dec. 15.Pakistan’s top order struggled in seaming conditions in New Zealand. They lost nine wickets in the last session in Hamilton to lose by 138 runs.Only opener Sami Aslam and Babar Azam scored half-centuries in four Test innings. However, Pakistan kept faith in the same 16-man squad for the three Tests against Australia.”Conditions were difficult in New Zealand with plenty of grass on both wickets,” Misbah said. “But I believe wickets will be better in Australia, and this team has the capability to make a comeback.”Pakistan, who rose to No. 1 in the Test rankings, slipped to No. 4 after losing in New Zealand. But Misbah said Pakistan weren’t suddenly a bad team.advertisement”In one series, if your bowlers or batsmen do not perform, you can’t say it’s not a good team,” he said. “We have been taking 20 wickets (in a test match) in UAE, and I hope the players have learnt their lessons in New Zealand.”The 42-year-old Misbah, who has already quit ODIs and Twenty20s for Pakistan, has no immediate plans to quit Tests, and said as long as he stayed fit and the team needed him he will play on.”The team’s confidence level has come down with the recent performances in New Zealand. I am focusing on the Australian series and raising the level of the team and regaining the confidence of players.””I have said before, you don’t know what happens tomorrow, but I have no fitness problem and hope to play as long as I stay fit. If I felt the team still needs me and I stay fit, I will continue playing.”last_img read more

  • Arsenal team news & likely line up

    first_imgArsenal showed that they mean business with an impressive 4-2 victory over Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.The Gunners brushed aside Mauricio Pochettino’s men after a second-half performance which saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang become the Premier League’s top scorer, while Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira also got in on the act.Unai Emery’s side are now 19 games unbeaten in all competitions and continue to look like a force worthy of top-four contention, although the former Sevilla boss will come up against Jose Mourinho on Wednesday night as Arsenal face Manchester United. Mourinho has not lost in his five previous meetings with Arsenal’s head coach.Arsenal Injuries Mesut Ozil is being assessed ahead of the game after being ruled out of the victory over Spurs due to a back problem.Danny Welbeck is ruled out with a broken ankle following his shocking injury against Sporting CP , while Nacho Monreal is sidelined with a hamstring injury.Dinos Mavropanos faces further time out on the sidelines with a groin injury, but is expected to return to training at some point in December, with Laurent Koscielny back in contention after his long-term Achilles issue. 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! Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have Granit Xhaka suspended for the game at Old Trafford due to collecting five yellow cards so far this season.Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery is expected to stick with Sead Kolasinac at left-back following Monreal’s injury, with Ozil still a doubt due to back problems.Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on his return to Old Trafford, could start again after being taken off at half-time against Tottenham, although Aaron Ramsey is also an option after his impressive cameo against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are expected to anchor the midfield, but Emery may decide to return to four at the back with Sokratis and Rob Holding partnering each other.Arsenal XIMan United Team News Jose Mourinho is expected to make at least one change to United’s starting XI on Wednesday night. Ashley Young is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, which means youngster Diogo Dalot could start in his place at Old Trafford.Luke Shaw is a doubt after being replaced against the Saints due to a knock, while Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly are also doubts.Alexis Sanchez will miss out against his former club after he suffered a hamstring injury in training last Thursday.Jose Mourinho Manchester United Southampton Premier League 01122018TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time Kick-off is 8pm GMT (3pm ET) on Wednesday, and the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world.Best Opta Match Facts Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 home Premier League games against Arsenal (W8 D3), since a 0-1 loss in September 2006. This is the first time Man Utd have hosted Arsenal in a midweek Premier League match since May 8th 2002, when Arsenal won 1-0 to clinch the title thanks to a Sylvain Wiltord strike. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 19 games in all competitions. They last went 20 without defeat between April/November 2007 (28 games). Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho has never previously lost in five meetings with Arsenal manager Unai Emery (W4 D1, all in La Liga), with this their first meeting since October 2013 (Mourinho’s Real Madrid beating Emery’s Sevilla 4-1). Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored with each of his last 10 shots on target in the Premier League. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


    first_imgThe bench noted that the old Air Headquarters policy wasThe bench noted that the old Air Headquarters policy was revisited on February 24, 2003 by which a limited protection was granted for those who had a beard prior to January 1, 2002 at the time of enrolment but the policy stated that no person would after joining the service be allowed to maintain a beard.This position was clarified on June 9, 2003 by stating that personnel whose religion demands sporting a beard, would be allowed to do so provided they were granted permission prior to the date of the letter or had grown a beard at the time of joining the air force, it noted.”So long as the provisions of Regulation 425 (which have a statutory effect) are not breached, a mere policy can be revisited and modulated in the interest of the force. The policy documents are only clarificatory in nature. Policies can be duly modified to subserve the best interest of the force, which is inextricably intertwined with the need to protect the nation against grave threats of destabilisation and disorder. Discipline of this force is paramount,” it said.The bench observed that the air force is a combat force, raised and maintained to secure the nation against hostile forces and the primary aim of maintaining an air force is to defend the country from air operations of hostile nations.”The Indian Air Force has over eleven thousand officers and one lakh and twenty thousand personnel below officers rank. For the effective and thorough functioning of a large combat force, the members of the force must bond together by a sense of espirit-de-corps, without distinctions of caste, creed, colour or religion.advertisement”There can be no gainsaying the fact that maintaining the unity of the force is an important facet of instilling a sense of commitment, and dedication amongst the members of the force. Every member of the air force while on duty is required to wear the uniform and not display any sign or object which distinguishes one from another.”Uniformity of personal appearance is quintessential to a cohesive, disciplined and coordinated functioning of an armed force. Every armed force raised in a civilised nation has its own Dress and Deportment Policy,” the bench said.(More) PTI RKS SKV ABA MNL SClast_img read more

  • KL Rahul second Indian after Mohammad Azharuddin to be dismissed for 199

    first_imgRahul was left heartbroken after he fell short of his maiden double hundred by one run on Day 3 of the Chennai Test.India opener Lokesh Rahul finally hit form on Sunday but as fate would have it, he fell agonisingly short of his maiden double hundred on Day 3 of the Chennai Test. Rahul, who was aggressive throughout his innings, had to pay the price for not being able to hold on to his nerves and got out on 199 as India reached 391/4 at stumps, in reply to England’s 477 in the first innings. (Also read: I played a horrible shot and got out on 199: Lokesh Rahul)Rahul thus, became only the second Indian batsman after Mohammad Azharuddin to be dismissed on 199. He is the ninth player in world cricket to get out on this score. FORVSVENUESEASONMODE of DISMISSALMudassar NazarPakistanIndiaFaisalabad1984-85CaughtMohammad AzharuddinIndiaSri LankaKanpur1986-87LBWMatthew ElliottAustraliaEnglandLeeds1997BowledSanath JayasuriyaSri LankaIndiaColombo SSC1997-98BowledSteve WaughAustraliaWest IndiesBridgetown1998-99LBWYounis KhanPakistanIndiaLahore2005-06Run outIan BellEnglandSouth AfricaLord’s2008Caught and bowledSteve SmithAustraliaWest IndiesKingston2015LBWKL RahulIndiaEnglandChennai2016-17CaughtHere’s how the nine unfortunate batsmen fell one short of their double century.Mudassar Nazar (Pakistan) vs India (1984-85)Mudassar Nazar was caught behind off the bowling of Shivlal Yadav after his marathon innings that lasted 552 balls in Faisalabad. The match ended in a draw as Pakistan posted 674/6 in reply to India’s first innings score of 500 over the course of five days.advertisementMohammad Azharuddin  (India) vs Sri Lanka (1986-87)Mohammad Azharuddin was out leg-before to Ravi Ratnayeke guiding India to 676/7 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 420 in the first-innings at Kanpur. The match ended in a draw.Matthew Elliott (Australia) vs England (1997)Opening the innings at Leeds, Matthew Elliott played a patient knock off 199 from 450 balls before Darren Gough cleaned him up, one short of his double hundred. His innings gave Australia a huge first-innings lead of 329 runs. Australia went onto win the match by an innings and 61 runs.Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) vs India (1997-98)Sanath Jayasuriya was clean bowled by India pacer Abey Kuruvilla on 199 in Colombo SSC in the second Test. The match ended in a draw as the hosts scored 415/7 riding on Jayasuriya’s century in the second innings.Steve Waugh (Australia) vs West Indies (1998-99)Steve Waugh was out leg-before to Nehemiah Perry one short of his double hundred at Bridgetown, helping Australia post a huge first-innings total of 490 in the third Test at Barbados. However, West Indies won the Test by one wicket as Brian Lara’s unbeaten 153 helped the hosts chase down 311 in the second innings.Younis Khan (Pakistan) vs India (2005-06)Younis Khan’s brilliant innings at Lahore came to an end as he was run-out by Harbhajan Singh on 199. The match ended in a draw after Virender Sehwag (254) led India to 410/1 in reply to Pakistan’s first-innings score of 679 in the first innings.Ian Bell (England) vs South Africa (2008)Ian Bell came at number five and looked steady for a double hundred at Lord’s before he handed a catch straight back to Paul Harris to depart on 199. The match ended in a draw as South Africa avoided a defeat, after following on England’s first-innings lead of 346.Steve Smith (Australia) vs West Indies (2015)Steve Smith came in at number three and played a patient knock of 199 from 513 balls before getting trapped in front by Jerome Taylor at Kingston. Australia went onto win the Test match by a huge margin of 277 runs.KL Rahul (India) vs England (2016-17)KL Rahul’s brilliant innings came to an end on Sunday after the opener chased a wide Adil Rashid delivery and handed an easy catch to Jos Buttler in the Chennai Test. Rahul’s knock helped India reach 391/4 at the end of Day 3 in reply to England’s first-innings total of 477.Most runs in a day’s play by an Indian opener against England.PLAYERRUNSVENUESEASONDAYSunil Gavaskar170The Oval19795thKL Rahul169Chennai2016-173rdPankaj Roy140Mumbai BS1951-521stRavi Shastri135The Oval19901stML Jaisimha127Delhi1961-621stlast_img read more

  • Ranji Trophy semifinals: Priyank Panchal’s unbeaten 144 takes Gujarat to 283/3 vs Jharkhand

    first_imgOpener Priyank Kirit Panchal cracked an unbeaten 144 to propel Gujarat to 283/3 in their first innings against Jharkhand on the first day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final.Gujarat batted around the 26-year-old, who registered his 11th century in First-Class cricket and fifth of this Ranji season.It was a matter of continuing his brilliant form Panchal has shown in this Ranji Trophy campaign. Prior to this match, he had amassed 1,120 runs and Sunday’s fluent knock stemmed from a player who batted with high confidence. (Also read: Ranji Trophy semifinals: Mumbai reduce Tamil Nadu to 261/6 on Day 1)His well-paced unbeaten knock studded with 21 fours at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Ground.Right-hander Panchal shared three crucial partnerships – with Samit Gohel (18), Bhargav Merai (39) and captain Parthiv Patel (62).The opening partnership between Gohel lasted for 62 runs – a strong foundation. Gohel, who in the quarter-final recorded a mighty 359 not out, fell to left-arm pacer Vikash Singh.Panchal then joined hands with Merai and the duo managed to stitch a 65-run stand which gave Gujarat a strong position. Merai was caught by wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan off a delivery from Vikash.Panchal was then joined by India Test wicket-keeper Parthiv, who kept the positivity going, keeping the pressure on Jharkhand bowlers with regular fours. The left-right combination forged a 139-run stand for the third wicket to put their side on the top.Left-hander Parthiv recorded his 55th fifty in First-Class cricket as he and Panchal kept the maiden semi-finalists at bay.Right-arm medium pacer Kaushal Singh brought an end to the partnership when he got a LBW decision against Parthiv, who hit six fours and a six.advertisementWith the team’s score at 266/3, Manpreet Juneja (12 not out) came to the middle and remained unbeaten alongside Panchal to take Gujarat to 283-3 at the end of the first day.Brief scores: Gujarat 283/3 (Priyank Kirit Panchal 144 not out, Parthiv Patel 62; Vikash Singh 2-48) vs Jharkhand on Day 1.last_img read more

  • Bajaj launches Pulsar RS200, NS200 with BS-IV engine in India

    first_imgBajaj Auto, the market leader in Sports Motorcycle is pleased to upgrade its next-generation technology Pulsars to BS-IV standard in the 2017 edition. Price for BSIV Pulsar RS200 starts at Rs 1.21 lakh (Non ABS) and Rs 1.33 lakh (ABS variant) (ex-showroom, New Delhi), while BSIV Pulsar NS200 price starts at Rs 96,453 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).  ALSO READ:Bajaj updates its two-wheelers line up to be BS-IV compliantEric Vas, President Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd. said, “The 2017 range of Pulsar RS200 and NS200 gives the Indian motorcyclist the latest international technology in performance motorcycling. Bajaj is proud to lead the introduction of the most advanced motorcycling technologies in the Indian market.  With our new 2017 Pulsar range we offer discerning motorcyclists a combination of sporty responsive performance, high quality finish, and unbeatable speed & handling that reaffirms the Pulsars product leadership.”Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Engine:The new full faired Pulsar RS200 continues to set standards in the Indian market by offering advanced technology ABS, fuel injection, liquid cooling, perimeter frame and twin-projector headlamps. Delivering full blooded definitely male performance through its 141 kmph top speed with outstanding stability and safety, the Pulsar RS200 is available in two all new graphic schemes:  Racing Blue and Graphite Black.Bajaj RS200ALSO READ:Bajaj Dominar 400 deliveries commenced across 22 citiesColors:The BSIV Pulsar RS200 is available in both ABS & Non-ABS variants in 2 colors: Racing Blue and Graphite Black.Price:Price for BSIV Pulsar RS200 starts at Rs 1.21 lakh (Non ABS) and Rs 1.33 lakh (ABS variant) (ex-showroom, New Delhi).advertisementALSO READ:Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield HimalayanBajaj Pulsar NS200Engine: With increased production capacity and on the back of strong and consistent customer demand, Bajaj has re-introduced the Pulsar NS200 in India. The 2017 edition of the Pulsar NS200 comes with a liquid cooled, four valve, triple spark engine that complies with BS IV norms. Mated with its class leading perimeter frame, the Pulsar NS200 delivers outstanding flexibility and free revving performance that has garnered it a massive fan following among young motorcycle enthusiasts.Design:The reworked Pulsar NS200 comes in all new colors & graphics and a belly-pan for the ultimate street-fighter look.Bajaj NS200ALSO READ:Bajaj Auto to hike price by up to Rs 1,500 from JanuaryColors:The 2017 Pulsar NS200 will be available in three new young color schemes: Graphite Black, Mirage White & Wild Red.Price:The BSIV Pulsar NS200 is available in 3 colors: Graphite Black, Mirage White & Wild Red with price starting at Rs 96,453 (ex-showroom, New Delhi). ALSO READ: Bajaj Dominar 400 launched in India at Rs 1.36 lakhlast_img read more

  • On this day in 2012: Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th international 100

    first_imgOn March 16, five years ago, Sachin Tendulkar achieved the most unique of cricketing feats on his way to 114 off 147 balls versus Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla stadium in Mirpur, as he became the first batsman in the history of the game to score 100 International centuries.He ended a year-long and 34 innings wait for one of the most talked about landmarks in the history of the game. This was his first ODI hundred against Bangladesh and with that, he completed his set of centuries against every Full Member country in both Tests and ODIs. (Also read: Sachin Tendulkar my inspiration, says Afghan cricket star Rashid Khan to India Today)Tendulkar took his time to get going and slowed down further as he neared the milestone, before finally completing it off 138 deliveries. The half-full stadium  greeted him with deserving cheers once he reached the coveted milestone. (Also read: R Ashwin experimented too much but now he is a complete bowler: Sachin Tendulkar to India Today)The Mumbaikar, who has 34,347 runs to his name (18,426 in ODIs and 15,921 in Tests) has scored 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI tons has scored the most number of hundreds against the mighty Australians. He has hammered 11 centuries versus the Aussies in Tests and eight in ODIs.The Master Blaster also became the first cricketer in the history of the game to score a double century in ODIs when he scored 200 off 147 balls versus South Africa back in 2010. He retired from international cricket in November 16, 2013 after scoring an emotional 74 from 118 balls versus West Indies in his 200th Test at the Wankhede in Mumbai.advertisementHalf a decade later, no one has yet come close to Tendulkar’s 100 hundreds. Ricky Ponting (71) and Kumar Sangakkara (63) are next on the list. Tendulkar, shortly after achieving the feat, said he believed Virat Kohli would be the one to break his record for most international hundreds.last_img read more

  • Bangladesh lose late wickets after Dinesh Chandimal ton

    first_imgBangladesh lost four wickets in the final session to slump to 214 for five on day two of their second and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday.Shakib Al Hasan, on 18, and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (two) were together at stumps with the tourists still 124 runs behind the hosts.Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal completed his eighth Test century to help Sri Lanka post 338 all out in their first innings at the P Sara Oval.Chandimal made 138 as the last three Sri Lankan wickets put on 143 runs, adding 100 to their overnight score of 238 for seven to consolidate their position.Bangladesh mounted a strong reply with Soumya Sarkar (61) hitting his third fifty in as many innings as he and fellow opener, Tamim Iqbal, who made 49, put on 95 for the first wicket.Imrul Kayes made 34 and Sabbir Rehman chipped in with 42 but Sri Lankan left-arm chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan claimed three wickets to halt Bangladesh’s progress.last_img read more