World Cup 2018: Germany, struck by Curse of the Champions, hit 80-year low

first_imgGermany became the third successive defending champion to crash out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stages. Spain were eliminated in the first round in 2014 while Italy had bowed out of the group stages in 2010.This was also Germany’s worst World Cup performance since 1938. This is only the second time in 80 years that they were knocked out in the first round.Germany were overwhelming favourites coming into the World Cup in Russia. However, questions were raised when they were humbled after by Mexico in their tournament opener. Germany, though, fought back in their next match against Sweden and when Tony Kroos hit that magical free kick, the world sat up and applauded the world champions for their magic.Up against South Korea, the number-one ranked Germany were expected to have an easy ride. The Koreans had lost both their matches against Mexico and Sweden. But in a shocking turn of events, Germany lost to South Korea, ranked a lowly 57th.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAll Germany had to do was beat South Korea 1-0. To think, the world’s best team failed to do that.Stoppage-time goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min finished off Joachim Loews sorry Germany side, who finished bottom of the group on three points.Mexico, South Korea fans celebrate together after knocking out GermanyGermany have won four World Cup titles. They also finished runners-up four times. But in Russia, they will bow out in humiliation.They have won four World Cup titles and also finished runners-up four times and entered this years tournament heavily backed to retain their title.advertisementGermany crash out, Brazil reach round of 16Instead they will head home after a stunning failure, having been unable to break down the South Koreans and after a shock 1-0 loss to Mexico in their opening group match.Sweden won the group after thrashing the Mexicans 3-0.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyGermanys Toni Kroos, the free kick hero in the 2-1 win over Sweden, tried desperately to spark his side into action in the second half but was denied by South Koreas heroic Cho Hyun-woo in the 88th minute, one of a number of fine saves by the keeper.German coach Joachim Low shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationBut it was Kim Young-gwon who broke the deadlock in added time when he found himself alone in front of goal after a corner and he poked the ball home from close range.Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsMoments later Son sprinted to retrieve a long ball, with Germany keeper Neuer having left his goal to try to help his side get a goal, and the Korean striker fired a low shot into the net to wrap up the win and leave the Germans distraught.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Snubbed for World Cup 2018, England goalkeeper Joe Hart opts to play cricket

first_imgEngland goalkeeper Joe Hart decided to play cricket instead of cheering on his nation against Sweden in the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals on Saturday.Hart, who was England’s number one goalkeeper at the past three major tournaments, did not find a place in Gareth Southgate’s 23-member squad for the tournament in Russia.And on Saturday, while England secured passage to semi-finals after beating Sweden, Hart was busy playing cricket for his hometown club Shrewsbury.The 31-year-old scored six runs batting at number nine and took a catch as Shrewsbury defeated Knowle and Dorridge to win the Birmingham League Premier Division match. Joe Hart didn’t get a place in England’s World Cup squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (@RichardDawson7 Photo)Hart, who has played 75 matches for England, has witnessed a dip in his form in recent times.He didn’t get selected for the World Cup squad despite playing nine of England’s 10 World Cup qualifiers. He last played for England against Brazil in a friendly match in November 2017.The Manchester City goalkeeper was shipped out to Italian club Torino for a loan spell after Pep Guardiola joined the club in 2016.He spent the last season on loan at Premier League club West Ham United, where he was dropped to the bench towards the later part of the season in the favour of Adrian by manager David Moyes.Meanwhile, England will play Croatia on Wednesday for a place in the final of the World Cup.Saturday night plans, #ThreeLions fans? pic.twitter.com/jt2NkTVHTDadvertisementEngland (@England) July 7, 2018Entering the tournament with minimal expectations and the second youngest team at the World Cup, England surprised many by reaching their third ever World Cup semi-final.Coach Southgate feels it’s the team’s spirit that has helped them do well in the tournament.”That collective (spirit) is why we are here,” Southgate said. “To get through the two games this week we needed all of that. We are not the finished article and we do not have world class players yet, but we have young players who are prepared to be brave on the ball and have shown a real mental resilience.last_img read more

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Aamir Khan initially rejected Lagaan’s story

first_imgIt is considered a game-changer in Hindi cinema and even went on to earn an Oscar nomination but Aamir Khan today revealed that he rejected the initial idea of Lagaan as he thought the story was “bizarre”.Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, the 2001 sports drama was a critical and commercial success and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.”When I heard Lagaan, in five minutes of its narration, I rejected it.. I was like it is a story of people who are not able to pay ‘lagaan’ as there are no rains and they play cricket with British people! I was like ‘What a bizarre thought is this!’ I told Ashutosh, ‘This is a strange (ajeeb) story.’ I told him to get me a different story,” Aamir said on the sidelines of the second edition of Indian Scriptwriters Association.Gowariker approached Aamir again after three months with the same story but he had a complete script by then.Aamir says he initially felt irritated that Gowariker had kept working on it.”But when I heard the story, I was into it. I loved the final script of Lagaan and found it unbelievable. I told him, ‘It is a fantastic script and it does break the record of mainstream cinema. But I am scared to say yes. I can’t do it’.”The 53-year-old star advised Gowariker to approach other actors and the director would often return with interesting anecdotes like someone suggesting him changes in the final scene, which should end with Bhuvan picking up the stumps and stabbing the English officer, played by Paul Blackthorne.advertisementA year went by but Aamir’s uncertainty about the story was replaced by the doubt that he was perhaps letting go of a good film.”I would often think why am I not doing the film?”Aamir said as someone who is inspired by the works of Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt, who had the courage to take risks, he decided to come on board.”I told Ashutosh to narrate the story to my parents. They heard it and were crying. They told me I should do it.”And the rest, as they say, is history.ALSO READ: Aamir Khan to be replaced by John Abraham in Sarfarosh 2?ALSO WATCH: In conversation with Aamir Khan and Kiran Raolast_img read more

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Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

first_imgLondon, Aug 14 (AFP) Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced today that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with underachieving McLaren. The 37-year-old Spaniard — who has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit in 17 seasons — has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace. Alonso — who in 2005 became the youngest ever Formula One world champion while driving for Renault before defending his title the following year — has garnered 44 points this season and is ninth in the drivers’ championship. Alonso went on to drive for McLaren for a year in 2007 followed by a return to Renault and then four years at Ferrari, before beginning his second spell with McLaren in 2015. “I have seen you (Formula One) changing, sometimes for good, others, in my opinion, for bad,” said Alonso, who on three occasions finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship while at Ferrari. “And this year, while still driving at my best, is how I want to remember you.” Alonso, whose best finish for McLaren so far was 10th in 2016, said he would carry on endeavouring to finish with a flourish. “After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso in a statement. “There are still several Grands Prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.” He left the door slightly ajar, saying in a statement posted on the McLaren website he could return when it is “the right moment for me to be back in the series”, but the personal message on his Twitter account sounded like a farewell.advertisement – ‘Exploring new adventures’ – ============================== Alonso, whose first win came in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but who hasn’t won since the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago, says new challenges await. The former Ferrari star is known to be keen to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of world Formula One champion, winning the 24 Hour Le Mans race and the Indy500 — he has achieved the first two of those aims. “Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” said Alonso. “I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.” McLaren — whose unpopular racing director Eric Boullier resigned in early July — issued a statement bordering on a eulogy to the Spaniard. “Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in a statement. “His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history. “There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his. “We respect his decision, even if we believe he is in the finest form of his career.” (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

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Asia Cup 2018: Virat Kohli’s absence has weakened India, says Manjrekar

first_imgFormer Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Pakistan are the favourite to win the Asia Cup 2018 while India are one of the favourites to lift the title.Pakistan have begun their Asia Cup campaign routing minnows Hong Kong by eight wickets Sunday.India, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, would start their campaign Tuesday against Hong Kong, which is a dress rehearsal for their marquee clash with arch-rivals Pakistan the next day.Manjrekar said Pakistan have the best idea of the conditions in UAE as they play there regularly and the advantage will play in their favour.Asia Cup 2018: Favourites India eye easy win against Hong Kong”I think Pakistan start as favourites more than India, because they have been playing in those conditions (in the UAE) for a while now and it’s a team which is on the surge.”India, of course, are resting Virat (Kohli), which takes a lot of strength away from the team,” Manjrekar said.He was quizzed whether in the absence of Kohli, India were the favourites going into the tournament.SALAAM CRICKET 2018 FULL COVERAGE”India are obviously one of the contenders, but when you look at favouritism, (question arises) which team can be rated as the strongest.”It’s Pakistan because of where it (the tournament) is being played,” explained Manjrekar.According to Manjrekar, who donned the national colour in 37 Tests and 74 One Day Internationals, the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has made the Indian team more balanced.Asia Cup 2018: India a better side even without Virat Kohli, says Sourav Gangulyadvertisement”India is a very good 50 overs outfit. India in the Test matches struggled a bit overseas, but if you look at their 50-over record, its very good in all conditions.”Earlier, India had batting strength but the bowling did not quite measure up.Now they also have game changers in the middle, so the team wins more matches than it used to because of Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the middle. It’s a more balanced 50 overs team in a long, long time,” said Manjrekar.Virat Kohli’s absence big relief for Pakistan bowlers: Misbah-ul-HaqIndia are trying to settle their middle order woes and Manjrekar insisted that Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer should get a look-in ahead of the next year’s ICC World Cup in England.”At the moment Ambati Rayadu, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey are in the fray. Kedar Jadhav is also there, but I would like to see Shreyas Iyer get a look-in before the World Cup. KL Rahul will get (to bat at) number three, because Virat is not there,” he said.”We will have a look at him (Rahul) and he is also another middle order option for India. So it is very important (to settle middle order woes).”Because India need a couple of in-form reliable middle-order batsmen. So every match from now on would actually be about settling that (middle order) issue and most of the other areas are taken care of,” he signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Swapna Barman on mother’s viral video: Even Prime Minister was talking about it

first_imgSwapna Barman has reacted to the viral video where her mother cried after her daughter became the first Indian to win first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold. The video went viral on social media hours after Swapna’s historic feat.Speaking at India Today’s East Conclave 2018, Swapna for the first time opened up on the video that struck a chord with the entire nation. Swapna comes from a very poor family and she had to struggle really hard to win her Asiad gold. She did not even get customised shoes to ease the pain of a sixth finger on both her feet.Besides, Swapna had battled severe toothache through her events. Understandably, her mother was overwhelmed.WATCH FULL SESSIONBut Swapna asked her mother why she cried. “She should have been laughing with joy.””I asked my mom: why are you crying? You should have laughed. And I was asking.. Who made that video? I have come first.. you should have laughed.. I still have not seen the full video.. it went viral. Even the Prime Minister was talking about it,” she said.East Conclave 2018: All this adulation and fanfare feels like a dream, says Swapna BarmanSwapna said she was surprised to see so many people waiting for her when she reached home.”When I reached home, I did not expect so many people would come to meet me. I did not even think someone would cry for me. My mumma cried a lot.. I had not gone home for a year,” she said.advertisementAlso read – People’s expectations motivating but scary, says Swapna BarmanSwapna is flooded with offers for advertisements, interviews now. People line up to meet with her, take selfies and autographs. Her life has literally changed overnight and the simple girl from Bengal is trying to make sense of all the adulation and fanfare.”Life has changed. I have not. People’s approach has changed… I had never thought – this is all a dream? Am I sleeping?”Read – How hockey allowed Rani Rampal to build a nice home for her parentsSwapna said her next target is to do well in the 2020 Olympics but she admitted there was a lot of pressure as the entire country expected her do well. She asked for blessings of her elders at the East Conclave 2018 and said their good wishes would help her do well in her future tournaments.last_img read more

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Couldn’t have imagined such a debut: Prithvi Shaw after winning man-of-the-match award

first_imgPrithvi Shaw was an elated man after his hundred on debut played an important part in India’s biggest victory in Test cricket history.India condemned West Indies to an innings and 272-run defeat inside three days of the opening Test in Rajkot on Saturday.The victory is also India’s biggest in terms of runs in Test cricket. The previous best came against Afghanistan, when India beat them by an innings and 262 runs in Bengaluru earlier this year.It was an all-round performance from India as Shaw, captain Virat Kohli and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored hundreds while Kuldeep Yadav grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.Rajkot Test: Match Report | Highlights | ScorecardRavichandran Ashwin bagged six wickets in the match while Jadeja picked up four wickets. India’s pacemen Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were also among wickets as India took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.Shaw, who is seen as the next big thing in Indian cricket, had on Thursday lived up to the hype surrounding his name by becoming the youngest Indian batsman to hit a century in his debut Test match.”It feels good. It was a great win for the team, more happy for the team. Scoring myself and getting the team to a win on my debut. Couldn’t have imagined my debut like this, so I feel good,” Shaw, who was named the man of the match, said at the post match presentation ceremony.Also Read – Prithvi Shaw showed he is different, really delighted for him: Virat KohliadvertisementShaw further said he played his natural game which helped him score 134 off 154 balls in is debut innings.”Whenever you play international cricket, there is always a challenge. I was looking to play my natural game, the way I play in first-class cricket, and play the ball on the merit,” Shaw said.Overall, he became the 15th Indian batsman to score a hundred in his first Test and the second youngest Indian to score a Test century. The record is still held by Sachin Tendulkar (17 years, 107 days).Read – Kuldeep Yadav spins a web around West Indies to grab maiden 5-wicket haul in TestsWith his scintillating hundred on debut, Shaw has joined the likes of famous Indian batsmen: Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Vishwanath, Surender Amarnath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Shaw is now the seventh youngest player in Test cricket history to score a hundred on debut.Shaw also scored the third quickest century on debut when he reached the three-figure mark off just 99 deliveries. In 2013, Shikhar Dhawan smashed the fastest hundred off only 85 balls vs Australia while West Indian Dwayne Smith took 93 balls against South Africa in 2004 for his hundred on debut.The second and final Test of the series will be played from october 12 in Hyderabad.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Bumrah reveals Rohit suggested slower ball to Shaun Marsh

first_imgMumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have orchestrated the downfall of quite a few batsmen during their successful association for their Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise.On Friday, Rohit and Bumrah were at it again, this time while donning the India whites, as they worked together to help India get a much-needed breakthrough at the stroke of lunch on Day 3 of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Australia.Bumrah, who picked up his first five-for on Australian soil earlier in the day, said Rohit Sharma had suggested him the slower ball that left Australia batsman Shaun Marsh clueless and eventually trapped in front towards the end of the first session.Bumrah was bowling at full steam and looked the most threatening of the Indian bowlers on what had remained a slow and docile wicket in the first session on Friday. After hitting Marsh’s bat hard for five consecutive deliveries, Bumrah, from around the wicket, slipped in a full, slower ball that crashed into the pads of the left-handed batsman.”When I was bowling there [first session], the wicket had become really slow, the ball had become soft, nothing was happening. The last ball before lunch, Rohit [Sharma] was at mid off. He told me ‘you can try a slower ball like you do in ODI cricket’,” Bumrah told the media in Melbourne on Friday.”I thought, ‘yeah I can give it a go’ as nothing was happening. We thought some of their guys play with hard hands and we wanted to try that and the execution was good on the day.advertisement”I was trying to bowl a full, slower ball. I thought maybe it will dip or go to short cover. That was the plan and it worked.”The slower ball, which is a rarity in Test cricket, left commentators and social media users awestruck as it was perfectly executed. Bumrah’s strike helped India snap a 36-run fourth wicket stand. Bumrah ended up with figures of 6 for 33 as Australia were bowled out for 151 in response to India’s first innings total of 443.Bowling yorkers in Test cricket not easy: BumrahMeanwhile, Bumrah, who is known for his toe-crushers in limited-overs cricket, conceded that yorker is an underrated delivery in Test cricket but conceded that it’s difficult to execute yorkers consistently in the longest format of the game.”It’s little different in Test cricket. White-ball cricket, it’s only 10 overs. Yorkers take a lot of effort from the body. After bowling 25 overs with the red ball, it’s difficult sometimes to execute the yorker. But yeah yorker is an underrated weapon in Test cricket,” Bumrah added.”However, I believe you can’t overdo it as you make it easier for the batsmen to score runs when you get it wrong. But yeah, it’s effective when the ball is reversing.”Bumrah, who has been having a dream run in red-ball cricket since making his debut in South Africa earlier this year, said he is not surprised with his success in the longest format of the game and insisted he always wanted to play Test cricket despite being initially branded as a white ball specialist.”I am not surprised [with the success]. If I don’t believe in myself who else will? I always try to back myself. I have played in England, South Africa and Australia… all three different conditions. I haven’t bowled in India yet,” Bumrah said.”I always wanted to play Test cricket. People had only seen me playing white-ball cricket. But I had played a lot of first-class cricket earlier. I was always confident that I would be able to do well at this level whenever I get a chance. And I got the opportunity in South Africa. The start has been good and hopefully, I can keep on learning and keep getting better.”Notably, Bumrah broke a 39-year-old Indian record during the third day’s play at the MCG as he went past Dileep Doshi’s tally of 40 wickets, which had remained the most wickets by an Indian in his debut Test year. Bumrah has picked up 45 so far, and he might add a few more to that tally when he has a crack at the Australian batsmen during the second innings of the ongoing Test.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in 1st year in Test cricketAlso Read | Ravi Shastri reacts after Aussie commentator insults Mayank AgarwalAlso See:last_img read more

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Australian Open: French Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut win men’s double title

first_imgFrench pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat 2017 champions Finn Henri Kontinen and local hope John Peers 6-4, 7-6(1) to win their maiden Australian Open men’s doubles title on Sunday.With the victory, Herbert and Mahut added the Melbourne Park title to their U.S. Open, Wimbledon and French Open crowns to complete the career Grand Slam.The Frenchmen, seeded fifth at the year’s first Grand Slam, got the only break in the opening set when they broke Kontinen’s serve at 4-4 and then Herbert held on.The second set went on serve before Herbert and Mahut got the upper hand in the tie-breaker to seal the victory in an hour and 38 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.A history making day for @p2hugz and @nmahutThe French duo become the 8th doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam, def. Peers/Kontinen 6-4 7-6(1).#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/zxcR8yTxod#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019.@DjokerNole congratulates @nmahut and @p2hugz on achieving their career doubles Grand Slam #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/AaqjyMyGUI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019DJOKOVIC VS NADAL IN MEN’S SINGLES FINALAfter winning one-sided semi-finals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.Both have landed in the final in outrageous form, with second seed Nadal conceding only six games to Stefanos Tsitsipas before top seed Djokovic gave up only four to Lucas Pouille.advertisementHaving proved, once again, untouchable by the younger generation, Serb Djokovic and Spaniard Nadal will meet for an eighth time in a Grand Slam final and their first at Melbourne Park since the record five-hour 53 minute epic in 2012, a match regarded as one of the greatest of all time.A packed crowd at Rod Laver Arena will see two of the modern day greats slug it out in their 53rd match, with Djokovic leading Nadal 27-25 in the head-to-head tally.Well might tennis fans feel privileged.While both players have added to their pile of Grand Slam silverware in recent years, they have not had to face each other in a title match at the four majors since the 2014 French Open.While the 2017 Melbourne final between Roger Federer and Nadal was seen as a throwback for the sentimentalists, Sunday’s match may open up a new and thrilling phase to one of tennis’s greatest rivalries.It may also reopen the “greatest of all time” debate.Victory for Nadal would make him only the third player to claim both Grand Slams twice after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, while bringing him within two of Swiss Federer’s total of 20.A win for Djokovic would move him past Pete Sampras (14) to outright third on the list of Grand Slam title winners.Also Read | After US Open drama, Naomi Osaka savours Australian Open victoryAlso Read | Novak Djokovic ready to face biggest rival Rafael Nadal in finalAlso Read | Naomi Osaka forgets her victory speech after Australian Open glorylast_img read more

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Moto G7 Plus leaked again, this time revealing 27W fast charging support, red colour option

first_imgThere have been so many leaks and reports on the Moto G7 series that almost nothing is left to the imagination. Earlier this week, some hands-on images of the Moto G7 Plus leaked out that showed off the waterdrop display and dual cameras. Now, we have yet another set of leaked images that give us a few more key details about the upcoming phone. It seems the G7 Plus will come with a 27W TurboPower fast charging support, which is quite interesting.A 27W fast charging support would be a major jump compared to current Moto phones that support TurboPower charging. This info is mentioned on the sticker on the Moto G7 Plus taken out of the retail box, leaked by TudoCelular. The box and unit shown in the live images seem pretty legit, but these are still leaks and they should be taken with a pinch of salt. The live images once again show off the Moto G7 Plus’ waterdrop display on the front, which sees thinner bezels all around and a droplet notch. The glass back panel is shown in a deep red colour, which could be one of the colour options. The rear panel once again gives us a good look at the dual camera system and the fingerprint sensor embedded in the Moto batwing logo.The retail box also mentions that the 16MP main camera on the back will get OIS support, which is always nice to hear. This along with a “faster” fast charging support sound like interesting upgrades to the Moto G line. There is no information yet on whether the same features can be expected on the regular Moto G7 as well.advertisementThe Moto G7 Plus is said to sport a 6.2-inch display with a FHD+ resolution. It will be powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset with up to 6GB of RAM. The retail box mentions 4GB of RAM, which is likely the base mode. A 16MP + 5MP dual camera system is expected on the back, while the front will see an 8MP camera, as per past reports. Rumours say the Moto G7 Plus will come with a 3,000mAh battery, which seems unlikely for a Plus-sized model. A capacity between 3,500mAh to 4,000mAh sounds more plausible.Motorola is set to announce the Moto G7 Plus along with the Moto G7, G7 Play and G7 Power on February 7 at an event in Brazil. The phones should make their way to India soon after.ALSO READ | New Moto G7 Plus live images show off waterdrop display, dual camerasALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s websitelast_img read more

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From retirement thoughts to World Cup spot, New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham on the up and up

first_imgLess than 18 months ago, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham had become so disaffected with cricket he would open the curtains on match day and hope it was raining.A timely chat with Heath Mills, the head of the New Zealand players’ union, however, ended his thoughts about retirement and ultimately propelled him back into the national side and then on Wednesday into the country’s World Cup squad.”Opening the shades and hoping it was raining is not the ideal way to begin a day of cricket,” Neesham told reporters on Thursday, the day after he was named in the squad for the May 30-July 14 tournament in England. “I think I needed to just have a full overhaul in the way I was approaching the game.”I actually called Heath Mills 18 months ago and told him I was going to retire. He convinced me to take a little break.”Luckily I took his advice … and obviously since then it’s been on the up and up.”With his ability to bat in the top order and bowl fast-medium pace, Neesham was once considered to be the answer to New Zealand’s search for an all-rounder when he made the side in late 2012.BREAKING: The @BLACKCAPS have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/sbC0cvOXPTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 2, 2019The early stages of his career were hampered by injury, however, and in 2017 a decline with the ball saw him dropped from the national side.The following year he was removed from the central contracts list, with the message from selector Gavin Larsen that he needed to “demand our attention again”.advertisementThe power-hitting left-hander tried to respond by pushing himself to score more runs, but only piled more pressure on himself.”I wanted to dominate and score hundreds every game and once that starts going in a downward spiral and you’re not going well, you put more pressure on yourself,” he said.”When I was the most driven, I played my worst. Trying too hard doesn’t seem to help as a cricketer.”Once I got over those feelings and began to enjoy myself again then that’s when things started to get better.”Part of that process involved leaving Otago, where he had spent seven years, and move to Wellington where coach Bruce Edgar, captain Michael Bracewell and former New Zealand pace bowler Hamish Bennett all helped him regain his confidence.Since being recalled to the national side in January, the 28-year-old has played eight one-day internationals in his comeback and scored 204 runs at an average of 68, while taking 10 wickets at 22.90, enough to convince selectors he should be on the plane for England.”It was a long road back, but once I got back to scoring runs and taking wickets I knew I wasn’t too far away if I put a good couple of months together,” he added.”But to get the call, it’s pretty surreal.”Also Read | New Zealand first team to announce World Cup squad, Tom Blundell surprise inclusionlast_img read more

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IPL final win in 2015 very special: Rohit Sharma recalls celebration with Ritika Sajdeh

first_imgMumbai Indians (MI) are gearing up to play their 5th Indian Premier League (IPL) final in which they take on familiar foes Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.Ahead of the big match, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma sat down and recalled memories from their three title-winning campaigns.Rohit went down the memory lane after scrolling through throwback photos. Notably, the India opener has won four IPL titles and three as captain. Rohit has a 100% record in the title matches of IPL.Rohit became the first captain to lead Mumbai Indians to an IPL title when he was handed the responsibility of leading the team in 2013. He did it with the Mumbai Indians once again in 2015 and helped the franchise to become the most successful in IPL by leading them to glory in 2017.Stressing that the IPL 2015 final win was special as he was cheered on by then fiancee Ritika Sajdeh, Rohit spoke about a photo in which he had posed with the IPL trophy along with Ritika.”2015 which is quite special. This was the year we got engaged. The final was a few days before I got engaged to Ritika. As you can see, I am blushing here (in the photo). And Ritika as well, she was not in this to click a picture. I wanted her to be a part of it, so I called her,” Rohit told IPLT20.com.”2015 was especially special because I had just gotten engaged to @ritssajdeh.”2013. 2015. 20173 #VIVOIPL titles for @mipaltan – different emotions each time for @ImRo45. #MIvCSK By @28anand.Watch the full video – https://t.co/IF5zg9DV6a pic.twitter.com/oXgiu7YSI9advertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019Mumbai Indians had beaten Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens in the IPL 2015 final. Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with a 26-ball 50 as MI went on to post 202 for 5 in 20 overs which proved too much in the end for MS Dhoni’s men.Speaking about a photograph from Mumbai Indians’ maiden IPL title win in 2013, Rohit pointed out Jasprit Bumrah’s maiden season and Lasith Malinga’s “gold and black hair”.”This was me, 6 years younger. I was so excited. You can see my face. I don’t do this kind of things now. This is right after the celebration on the ground after winning the trophy. Quite excited and quite animated,” Rohit said.”The second one, this was right after the trophy was presented in the ground itself. Anant, one of our owners, is here as well. Malinga with his gold and black hair. There’s a little surprise there, this was his first year and he’s right near the trophy.”Speaking about a team photo from 2017 IPL win, Rohit added: “And then comes 2017, the three pillars of this team. Aakash, Nita Bhabi and Sachin Tendulkar. They have been part of this franchise since Day 1. And as usual, Pandya brothers there as well.”These were very special. We look forward to another one.”Having beaten Chennai Super Kings thrice in IPL 2019, including in Qualifier 1, Mumbai Indians start as favourites to surpass CSK and become the first-ever team to win 4 IPL trophies.Also Read | MI vs CSK in IPL finals: Mumbai eye hat-trick against Chennai in HyderabadAlso Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoAlso See:last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Yawning is normal, did not commit a crime, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has urged the cricket fans back home to refrain from abusing players but maintained they have every right to criticise the team.Stressing that abusive reactions hurt the players and their families psychologically, Sarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan fans are emotional about the game but the players also feel the pressure when representing the country at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing severe criticism from former players and fans alike after their 89-run defeat to arch-rivals India in June 16 at Old Trafford.A picture of Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field even as India were going great guns during their batting innings went viral on social media, leading to funny and, at times, abusive memes.Questions over Sarfaraz’s fitness was raised and a section of Pakistan fans even body-shamed the skipper at Old Trafford. An unruly fan was also seen hurling hurtful comments at Sarfaraz when the Pakistan captain was at UK mall with his son.”Yawning is a normal thing to do, I didn’t commit a sin. If people made money out of me yawning, that’s a good thing,” Sarfaraz Ahmed told the press at Lord’s, London.”Social media and media are not in our control. They are so big that you cannot stop them. Teams have lost before but now on social media it is unstoppable. Whoever thinks [anything, they just] write it on social media. That hurts, too much. Players are affected psychologically.Pakistan team at @HomeOfCricket #WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1jy8CKp5HqadvertisementPakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 22, 2019″Criticise us on our game, that’s not an issue, but don’t abuse us. Their families get affected. If someone is hitting, then pushing anyone that’s not good.”Our fans are emotional and these same people lift us when we win. But if they feel sad on a defeat we also feel the same way. We feel it much more because we are playing for Pakistan.”Following a 5-day break, Pakistan are gearing up for a test against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday. Captain Sarfaraz believes the team morale is high and that Pakistan can stage a comeback in a bid to make the last-four.Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot with just 3 points from 5 matches but Sri Lanka’s win over England on Friday has added spice to the tournament, giving teams at the bottom-half of the points table a glimmer of hope.”It (loss against India) was tough for us but after the match, we gave our players two days’ rest. Then after three days, we were practising hard. Morale is still very high for us. The tournament is open now, so we have a chance and we are focussing match by match. Hopefully we can start by beating South Africa,” Sarfaraz added.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Brathwaite hundred in vain as New Zealand pip West Indies in thrillerAlso See:last_img read more

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MS Dhoni celebrates 38th birthday with Sakshi, Ziva and friends at Leeds

first_imgMS Dhoni’s birthday celebrations began early on Sunday as the India cricket superstar celebrated the special day with his family and friends in Leeds right after India’s big World Cup 2019 win over Sri Lanka.Dhoni took time to celebrate his birthday with wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and close cricle of friends. As usual, Dhoni was given a cake facial the photos of him at the bash are going viral.Sakshi Singh Dhoni took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of herself with MS Dhoni and Ziva from the mini birthday bash on Sunday.Meanwhile, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya also was spotted at the celebrations.”Happy birthday Mahi bhai! Everyday spent with you is a chance to learn and grow. Thank you for being one of the biggest role models in my life,” Pandya wrote a heartfealt message for MS Dhoni.India and Chennai Super Kings teammate Kedar Jadhav posted an adorable photo of himself with Dhoni, Hardik and the birthday boy’s family from the bash on Sunday. Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav with MS Dhoni at his birthday bash (@kedarjadhavofficial Photo)Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma revealed the plans for MS Dhoni’s birthday in a candid reply to a journalist’s question after India’s table-topping win over Sri Lanka.advertisement”We have our travel day tomorrow and we don’t know we are going to Manchester or Birmingham. Accordingly we will cut the cake during the bus drive. We will send you the photos,” Rohit said.It’s confirmed that India will head to Manchester for their World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand. India leapfrogged Australia to the top-spot of the 10-team points table. Virat Kohli’s men will take on New Zealand, who have lost a bit of form, in the first semi-final in Manchester on Tuesday.Also Read | Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plansAlso Read | Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38Also See:last_img read more

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ELEVATOR RESTORED AT FLOYD VALLEY APARTMENTS

first_imgAfter waiting more than four months, the residents of the Floyd Valley Apartments of Le Mars were granted an early Christmas wish on Friday.The only elevator that serves the five-story facility is once again working.The elevator that serves the 65 residents in the apartment complex had broken down in August and was not able to be repaired.Several elderly and handicapped residents live in the building, which made it difficult for those on the upper floors to leave.Sue Hatch is the manager of the apartment complex:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/APT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….complex today. :12Hatch says the Ottis Elevator Company had to rebuild every piece of equipment of the old elevator:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/APT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..helped each other. ;14Hatch thanked the many community volunteers who performed the needed errands for those residents unable to use the five flights of stairway:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/APT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..to help too. :24The Floyd Valley Apartments were built in 1921 and the building is listed on the national historic registry.last_img read more

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FORGERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

first_imgA Newell, Iowa man is in custody in Buena Vista County, for allegedly cashing a series of forged checks.25 year old Kyle Klink is charged with five counts of forgery, felony ongoing criminal conduct and possession of stolen property.Police were called to a pair of Storm Lake banks Tuesday, where clerks identified Klink as the suspect who allegedly forged checks totaling over $54-hundred dollars.Officers stopped a vehicle that Klink was a passenger in as it was exiting a bank’s parking lot and took him into custody.Investigators say they located several allegedly stolen checks in the vehicle that Klink was removed from.Klink was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on $25,000 bond.last_img

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SHELTER TO OPEN FOR DISPLACED SOUTH SIOUX RESIDENTS NEAR GRAIN ELEVATOR…

first_imgResidents displaced by the explosion at the Anderson Farms Grain Elevator Tuesday are able to take shelter at the South Sioux City Middle School.City police say the Red Cross will be at the Middle School at 2:30p.m. Wednesday to set up shelter.The shelter will be staffed overnight.Residents should use the southwest corner of the building and enter at door 49.————————————-South Sioux City officials are deciding their next move in dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday’s explosion that damaged the Anderson Farms Grain Elevator.South Sioux Police Chief Ed Mahon says there are concerns that the shell of the building could collapse:<

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Oklahoma State student paper calls for Gundy’s head

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! How long will Mike Gundy last in Stillwater? (USATSI)How long will Mike Gundy last in Stillwater? (USATSI)You sort of knew this is how this week was going to end.After Mike Gundy’s crazy press conference on Tuesday you knew there was the chance that somebody — a publication, a media member on Twitter, somebody — would call for Mike Gundy to move right along after this season.John Klein sort of did it but he framed it as a benefit to Mike Gundy to walk away (it’s for his own good!) so it didn’t get as much attention.Then on Thursday night the O’Colly went all in on it. Here’s how it started.“Gundy didn’t want to be (at the press conference on Monday). After this season, the O’Colly thinks maybe it’s best that he isn’t.”The piece never outright says “we think Mike Holder should fire Mike Gundy” but the insinuation isn’t subtle.“Depending on where he went, Gundy might have more recruiting potential. It would be a fresh start. It could mean a bigger payday, a chance to do bigger and brighter things than what he’s done for OSU.But this is his Yankees job, right?The longest-tenured Yankees manager was Joe McCarthy from 1931-46, a 16-year span. Gundy has been at OSU for 10.Gundy might not be able to go another six years as OSU’s coach. And OSU might not be able to go that long with his ego.”It should also be noted that the headline of the piece says “Gundy Be Gone.”Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 8.34.46 AMI want to be fair to the folks who worked on this — their entire coverage of Gundy this week has been far more nuanced and detailed than just this one column.For example: Cody Stavenhagen’s lengthy piece on Mike Gundy’s entire tenure in Stillwater.But yeah…this calling for Gundy to be gone thing is. Well it’s drastic to say the least.And the logic isn’t sound. Here’s what they said about a transfer of power.“It’s getting to the point where Gundy is doing the university a disservice with his complete disregard for public relations.Sure, he’s a tremendous football coach, but there are plenty of people around the country who can coach football. Most of them would likely do so in a way that’s far less abrasive than Gundy’s.”The first part is true. Gundy is on a warpath with a AK-47 and nobody will even think about getting in his way.The last part, though, I’m not so sure about the last part. I wrote earlier this fall about how the overlap of really good football coaches and coaches who would stay in Stillwater for 10 years is not a big overlap. I could be wrong about that but Texas, Florida, and Michigan would probably disagree.It’s hard to find a good football coach and, while Gundy’s press conferences are little more than an exercise in him trying to measure just how bulletproof that vest really is, they remain (for now) the collateral damage of having the winningest coach in Oklahoma State history.Gundy should not be canned. Not this year. Not next year. And not the year after. Not because he was a great player for OSU or even because he’s a native son.The reason there should be no question that Mike Gundy is the head coach of Oklahoma State is because the trajectory of the first nine years of his career has been nothing but elite. This year is a one off (for now), an outlier, a bump in the road.I’ve thought a lot about success and what it means for a coach in college football in 2014 (mostly because of the Nebraska situation) and I find “played the final game of the season for a conference or division title in three of the last five years” to be more than adequate. Especially at OSU.And that’s sort of the point.After I read the O’Colly piece on Thursday night I laughed a little to myself when thinking about traveling back in time to 2000 and telling myself the following:Your school will win a Big 12 title and 36 months later the coach of that team (who will have gone 24-14 after winning that Big 12 title) will be maligned by the school paper to the point that they would be pleased with his firing.My 2000 self thinks that’s quite funny.Now I understand that this is about more than football but Gundy has done nothing publicly or anything even close to warrant somebody even thinking about giving him a pink slip.Are his press conferences becoming of a high-quality college football program? No.Are they fun? No.Are they beneficial to him in recruiting? No.But unless there’s a lengthy list of behind-the-scenes transgressions that Bobby Petrino would whistle at then I’m only left with the conclusion that Gundy doesn’t much care about any of that which, until this year, has been a fine modus operandi and far from a fireable offense.All of this goes away, too, if Gundy wins Bedlam and/or OSU starts out hot next season with Mason Rudolph at the helm. He’s once again lauded as the quirky, crazy brainchild of a wild midwestern offensive-minded football program who makes too much money to coach a bunch of 19-year-olds to within reach of a conference championship. That moment feels a long away from this one but I really don’t think it is. Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

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Stoops, Gundy Agree On One Thing Going Into Bedlam: OSU Has One Loss

first_imgAt this point, I think I might be a little tired of the proselytizing by Mike Gundy about the Central Michigan game. Gundy said it again on Saturday after beating TCU and drove his point home on Monday on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference.This came two days after Bob Stoops trumpeted for him after beating West Virginia in Morgantown.“In my eyes they only have one loss, if you play by the rules,” said Stoops on Saturday. “They review everything else out here. They review a first down. You couldn’t review if that play should have been allowed or not. I have one of those. I count myself with one extra victory. That one at Oregon that everyone counted as a loss. My record book is a little different than everybody else’s.”“Every coach I’ve talked to agrees and says the same thing,” said Gundy on Monday in response to Stoops. “Bob [Stoops] is excited about our conference and the success that we’re having. Most coaches know the difference in right and wrong and what happened in that game. So I’m sure that he genuinely feels that way.“I did not see his comments, but I heard somebody had said, ‘we review everything else in football, why can’t we review that a game was over?’ I think the committee sees us as a one-loss team in my opinion. I’m just nor sure that’s something they can admit publicly.”Stoops reiterated his sentiment in his Monday press conference.Bob Stoops, again: “Oklahoma State, to me, is a one-loss team and should be ranked higher than they are.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) November 21, 2016Of course this is all self-serving. Gundy wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean potential entrance into the College Football Playoff. Stoops wants OSU to have one loss because it would mean beating a one-loss team to end the season and potentially get into the CFB Playoff. I sort of laid out here why the loss doesn’t really matter all that much.Either way, at least Mike and Cale Gundy will have a galvanizing topic to discuss at Thanksgiving dinner this week.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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