Brazil great Carlos Alberto dies following heart attack

first_imgCarlos Alberto, who scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup history while captaining Brazil to glory in the 1970 final against Italy, has died aged 72 following a heart attack.The marauding right back scored Brazil’s fourth goal in their 4-1 win over Italy in Mexico’s Azteca Stadium, a thumping drive that ended a move involving nine players, before hoisting the Jules Rimet trophy as Brazil won the title for the third time.”Carlos Alberto Torres was an example of guts and leadership,” Brazil President Michel Temer said on Twitter. “I’m saddened by the loss of the captain who led Brazil to their third World Cup win.”The classy defender played for Fluminense, Santos, Flamengo and New York Cosmos and earned the nickname “The Captain” for his leadership qualities.He won his first titles at Fluminense in his home city of Rio de Janeiro but his best days were at Santos, where alongside his friend Pele, he won two first division titles and five Sao Paulo state trophies.He was also one of the first major soccer talents to play in the U.S. when he joined New York Cosmos. (Also read: FIFA U-17 World Cup to start Oct 6 next year)”We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Carlos Alberto, a legendary player and wonderful person,” the New York club said on Twitter. “He’ll always remain part of the Cosmos family.”After returning to Brazil as a coach, he led Flamengo to the Brazilian first division in 1983 and Fluminense to the Rio de Janeiro state championship in 1984.advertisementOn retiring from the game he worked as a commentator and brand ambassador, but will always be remembered for his leading role in the 1970 Brazil side, a team that is often referred to as the greatest of all time.He captained a group of players who went to Mexico under a new manager, who had been given little time in which bed in.Carlos Alberto was a natural leader, even in a team that boasted all-time greats such as Pele, Tostao, Rivellino and Jairzinho.Many of the players were captains at their club sides but deferred to Carlos Alberto, who had poise and presence and was not averse to dressing down his more celebrated team mates.Tributes poured in from around the football world with world soccer’s governing body FIFA calling him a “born leader” and Santos declaring three days of mourning.”Santos FC are saddened by the death of idol Carlos Alberto Torres,” the club said. “He played 445 matches and scored 40 goals between 1965 and 1975 and is considered the greatest full back in the club’s history.”last_img read more

Salah’s back! International break did Klopp a favour

first_imgJurgen Klopp was agitated throughout. If he wasn’t fidgeting at his red cap, he was screaming at his own players until he was red in the face.You could tell that Klopp was worried about Huddersfield here, just a couple of days after he’d got his players back from international duty. That they went away in the first place irked him.Liverpool are a multicultural team and some of his first-team players went as far as Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Senegal. He knew it was coming up and a couple of weeks ago couldn’t resist describing the UEFA Nations League as “pointless”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He knows the stakes. Liverpool are a tightly-knit unit and cannot cope with too many absences if they stand any hope of keeping pace with Manchester City at the top of the league.The fact that Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and talisman Mohamed Salah all incurred knocks of varying degrees while away will have annoyed him no end too. He could pick neither Mane nor Keita here and the line-up looked a little patched up come kick-off; certainly a little more improvised than Klopp would have liked at this stage of the season.And so he went through the wringer as Liverpool went arrived at the Kirklees Stadium looking to end a worrying run of four games without a win in all competitions.There was a rollicking for Dejan Lovren for an awful pass. There was another for Xherdan Shaqiri – playing in midfield – as he struggled to get to grips with the sight of Phillip Billing’s long legs striding past him on Huddersfield counters.There is nothing amiss with how the little Swiss playmaker uses the ball when he has it but you get the sense that it’s what he does when Liverpool are out of possession which may well be his downfall.When Gini Wijnaldum emerged from the tunnel to play the second half, it was a surprise that Shaqiri remained out there. Instead, there were whispers of a hamstring strain for Jordan Henderson. Liverpool needed more control to quell the growing Huddersfield optimism. Jonathan Hogg had rattled the post with a great long-range drive. Alex Pritchard was unfortunate to be flagged offside when poking past Alisson.It was more of a contest than Klopp would have wanted against his old friend David Wagner. What was required was a touch of class to lift the Reds above the contest.And – mercifully for them – they got it.Mohamed Salah Liverpool Huddersfield 201018Salah has been a maligned figure at the start of this season. He is not scoring at the same rate that he finished last term. He is scoring more modestly, not unlike the start of his first campaign. However, judgements are made in an instant these days and there has been talk of a Salah crisis.Never mind that he went to the World Cup injured with the expectation of 98 million Egyptian people weighed upon his delicate shoulder. Never mind he’s been without a good rest. Never mind the fact that he’s a marked man now and there isn’t a football soul alive not aware of what he’s capable of.Salah would have needed to go to another level beyond last season’s greatness if he was to top his exploits this time around. That is difficult. Instead, he’s been working in the gaps as best he can. He’s living for moments to pounce.And in the first half he was supplied one. Joe Gomez cut two Terriers out with his pass to Shaqiri’s feet. He identified Salah as his target for the through-ball and his technique didn’t fail him. From there, Salah was calm in finding the bottom corner with his right foot.They don’t score many at home, Huddersfield, and when they go behind that tends to be it. Wagner’s team have only got one goal at the Kirklees Stadium since February.There is a lack of composure and – in truth – a lack of class to their work in the final third. Witness Steve Mounie’s snatched shot in the hope of an equaliser late on for evidence of that. Going ahead against them is quite often enough because going behind is a blow they can’t easily recover from.That’s why it was important for Salah to step up. With no Mane – and Roberto Firmino on the bench – Liverpool’s devastating front three was more of a solo act on Saturday night.West Ham, Brighton, Southampton and now Huddersfield may not be the Premier League’s star teams, but they still need to be dispensed with and have been thanks to Salah’s goals.Sure, there have been scoreless outings against Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and Manchester City but there is no doubt that goals which are dribbling out now will start gushing again.Last week, Salah stunned the world by scoring an Olympic Goal direct from a corner against Swaziland in Africa Cup of Nations qualification. It was a reminder of the kind of excellence he can deliver when he’s confident.It might have even given him a kickstart – a reminder of his abilities. Klopp can be thankful for that even if he cannot stand his players going on international duty in the first place. 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‘Ozil will be back at Madrid if he plays like this every week!’

first_imgArsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is displaying the type of form which saw rise to stardom at Real Madrid, according to Paul Merson.The 30-year-old’s role under new boss Unai Emery was uncertain ahead of the new campaign amid speculation the pair had fallen out.Ozil has been deployed in a number of positions but the former Germany international has three goals and an assist in his last four Premier League outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The highlight of Ozil’s recent run of form came against Leicester City where a nonchalant finish drew Arsenal level before he set-up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to confirm a 3-1 success.”He’ll be going back to Real Madrid in about six months time if he could play like this every week,” Merson told Sky Sports.“That’s how good he is.“That’s the frustrating thing, this is what he can do on any given day.“That’s just world class that pass, how many people see that?“And then this, when have you ever seen him sprint like this?“He’s breaking to get there now, he sprints, and then to have the vision of what’s going on, you can’t talk highly enough.“That’s why he plays every week, because he is head and shoulders above all them players at Arsenal.“Head and shoulders above them all.”After joining from Wolfsburg, Ozil emerged as one of the finest schemers in Europe during three years at Santiago Bernabeu.In 159 appearances he scored 27 goals and contributed 81 assists, helping Los Blancos scoop the La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup during his tenure.Those displays led to a £42.4 million (€42.4/$54.4m) move to The Emirates Stadium where he has won the FA Cup three times – his only major honours in north London.Earlier this year he committed his long-term future to Arsenal by signing a new contract until 2021, worth a reported £350,000-a-week (€329k/$449k).last_img read more

Im not interested in box office numbers: Aamir Khan

first_imgMumbai, Dec 23 (PTI) Superstar Aamir Khan today said he is not thinking about the box office collection of “Dangal” and rather wants the film to touch the hearts of people.Trade pundits predict that “Dangal” would collect Rs 30-Rs 40 crore on the opening day. The film hit the screens today.”I dont think so (it will make Rs 40 crore) as its a non-holiday time. I am not thinking about the numbers I am concerned about the audiences reaction. I dont have interest in numbers. I just want the film to touch the hearts of audience,” Aamir said when asked about the predictions.Aamirswife Kiran Rao, who has produced the biographical sports drama film, says even for her money is not important, but audience love matters the most.”Our biggest victory will be when people will like the film. We have made this film with so much love, we hope we have done justice to the film. People coming and watching the film will be an award for us,” she added.Aamir and Kiran were talking at the special screening of “Dangal” last night.The perfectionist actor reveals that he has kept several screenings for industry and has got good response.”I am happy with the response that we are getting for “Dangal”. We had a screening for media and even you all liked it.Aamir, 51, says, wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita on whom the film “dangal” is based have too have loved the film.advertisement”Mahavir Singh Phogat ji and both Geeta ji and Babita ji loved the film. They had tears in their eyes. It was a big responsibility on us to do justice to their life and story through the film. It feels good that they have loved the film. I am really very happy. I just hope audience, too, likes the film,” he added.The “PK” star isnt thinking about winning awards also for “Dangal”, including the Oscars.When asked his opinion on “Dangal” going for Oscars, Aamir says, “We want the Indian audience to enjoy the film and thats the biggest award for us. I am not interested in awards.”Kiran, too, is not thinking about the prestigious award at the moment.”This year, we are not eligible. Next year, we will see as its a process, the committee here (in India) has to chose the film if its chosen, then I can talk about it (Oscars),” she said. PTI KKP NP BASlast_img read more

Andy Murray retains top spot in men’s singles rankings

first_imgBritish tennis player Andy Murray on Monday stayed at the top of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings with 11,540 points. (Also read: Andy Murray to return to Davis Cup action against France)The 29-year-old Scot topped the rankings for first time in his career on November 7 and has kept the lead since, reports Efe.The ATP rankings came with no changes this week as Serbian Novak Djokovic came in second with 9825 points, followed by Swiss Stan Wawrinka.The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Andy Murray (Scotland) 11540 points2. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 98253. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 56954. Milos Raonic (Canada) 49305. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 48306. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 43857. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 35608. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 35059. Gael Monfils (France) 344510. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 3260.last_img read more

Will try and stick to the basics vs India in Test series, says Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade

first_imgAustralia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is confident his back problem will not flare up during the team’s four-Test series in India, the 29-year-old said on Thursday. (Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Smith’s men)Wade abandoned the recent one-day tour of New Zealand to return home to manage a bulging disc before joining his team mates at a pre-series training camp in Dubai. (Australia in gruelling training session, working to counter India’s spin onslaught)”It’s just something that I’ll have to manage,” Wade told reporters at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. (Why Australia should be afraid of Virat Kohli)”The disc just bulged a little bit but it just hit one of the nerves, so it took a little while to come right. (R Ashwin will be ready for me but I have my game plan: David Warner to India Today)”I’ve done it before, touch wood it doesn’t happen again but if it does I’m confident that I can turn it around pretty quick.” (India a tough place to tour: Kane Williamson’s warning to Australia)Australia will take on world number one India in the first of the four Tests at Pune next Thursday and Wade is aware that his keeping techniques will be thoroughly tested in India’s spin-friendly conditions.”It’s trying to get all that out of your mind and stick to the basics,” the Victoria captain said. (Virat Kohli’s captaincy is contagious, says Steve Waugh)”The ball that turns and bounces, you’ll react if your technique’s good. (Australia trying to form game plan for Virat Kohli, says Steve Smith) advertisement”It’s about trying to hone my technique in the next week or two, then when you do get one that spits out of the rough it’s just trusting your technique.”But I quite enjoy keeping over here, the ball beats the bat a lot more up to the stumps so that’s probably the challenge.”In Australia the ball doesn’t beat the bat consistently so it’s hard to get a consistent rhythm up to the stumps,” he said.last_img read more

Watched a lot of R Ashwin tapes but stuck to my strength, says Nathan Lyon

first_imgAfter returning with the best figures of 8/50 for any visiting bowler in India, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon on Saturday said he drew inspiration by watching videos of his Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin, but stuck to his strength of extracting bounce from the track at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. (Bengaluru Test: Lyon’s 8/50 highlights Australia’s domination as India crumble for 189)Lyon, who scripted India’s downfall scalping the remaining five wickets in a span of just 21 runs after the tea session, said he had bowled close to 1200 deliveries in the preparatory camp in Dubai ahead of the subcontinent tour. (Scorecard | Day 1 Highlights)”I don’t know what to say. I watched a lot of Ashwin tapes, but I stuck to my strength of getting bounce. I bowled about 1200 balls in Dubai,” Lyon said at the end of the first day’s play. (Lyon’s career-best haul breaks plethora of records in Bengaluru Test)”We worked hard as a bowling group. We discussed how to bowl in India, the toughest place to tour for us.””That last hour was big for me, I had my pads on so this is the first time I have smiled. I worked a lot with John Davison in the lead-up to the Big Bash League (BBL) games, used to bowl an hour every day. He can take a lot of credit as well. There were some cracks there, and I was trying to hit some,” he added.Australia finished the opening day at 40/0 with both the openers David Warner (23 not out) and Matt Renshaw (15 not out) intact.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017, Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders: As it happened

first_imgWoah! That was real quick from Kolkata! Chasing a score of 184, Gujaratwould have expected a close game but this has been nothing remotely near a close contest. Kolkata have raced away to a smashing victory in just14.5 overs without losing a single wicket. Gujarat won’t know what hashit them but the visitors have begun with aplomb. (SCORECARD)Both Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir began positively and never let theGujarat bowlers settle. Lynn in particular was not holding himself backone bit. He found the fence at regular intervals as the bowlers for thehosts wilted under pressure of the attack. Both of the openers notchedup their fifties and took their team home with ages to spare.Gujarat will be utterly disappointed with the game. They huffed andpuffed their way to a post this total but the batting from Kolkataalmost a mockery of the chase. None of the bowlers really made thebatsmen sweat and skipper Suresh Raina will want to ensure his team gets over this mauling pretty soon.Highlights: KKR Innings23.00 IST: All over! Kolkata have annihilated Gujarat here! Fuller outside off,Lynn drills it through sweeper cover for a couple of runs. That’s it. KOLKATA WIN BY 10 WICKETS!22.59 IST: SIX! Short outside off, Lynn gets behind it and drills it over long on for a maximum. We are running out of words now.22.57 IST: FOUR! And another one! Shorter in length, Lynn looks to pull it overmid-wicket. The ball just drops in front of Smith diving forward fromsquare leg. The ball trickles into the fence.advertisement22.54 IST: SIX! Just not your day, Gujarat! Low full toss outside off, Lynn looksto go over long off but seems to found the fielder. Brendon McCullumgets under it at long off but parries it over the ropes for a maximum.22.52 IST: Time out taken, Lynn and Gambhir have made this look like a stroll in the park. Kolkata need 22 from 36 balls.22.38 IST: FOUR! Where are the fielders? Shorter in length wide outside off,Gambhir smacks it over the backward point region for a boundary. Kolkata need need 53 from 54 balls.22.37 IST: FOUR! Smacked! Gony bowls it shorter around off, Gambhir gets on top of it and pulls it with disdainthrough mid-wicket for a boundary. That raced away to the fence! This is the best opening stand for Kolkata in the history of the IPL!22.36 IST: FOUR! The runs just keep flowing! Gony bowls it full outside off,Gambhir gets under it and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary.22.34 IST: 32nd IPL fifty for Gautam Gambhir! Well played skipper!22.28 IST: FOUR! Fortune favours the brave! Shivil bowls it short and way outside off, Lynn throwshis bat at it and gets a bottom edge which runs past the keeper for aboundary.22:24 IST: Hundred partnership comes up for KKR. This is the fourth fastest team hundred. KKR 103/0 in 8 overs22:21 IST: Chris Lynn gets to his fifty of just 19 balls. KKR 96/0 in seven overs.SIX MACHINE! @lynny50 hits his 72nd six and counting in 26 matches since 2016 in T20s ??#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #GLvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 7, 201722:20 IST: Lynn picking the bones out of Smith. 6,4,0,6,6 so far.22:18 IST: SIX! Dwane Smith into the attack and Lynn welcomes him with a six. 22:17 IST: FOUR! Fifth boundary of the over. KKR 73/0 After six overs. Gambhir 40*, Lynn 27*22:15 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Short and down the leg side, Gambhir shuffles and pulls it powerfully over the short fine leg region for a boundary.22:14 IST: Another four from Gambhir, KKR are racing away here.22:12 IST: Fifty up for KKR. KKR 53/0 after five overs.In the first 5 overs, out of the 5?3? runs, we have scored 4?0? runs in boundaries. That is some hitting! ????#DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #GLvKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 7, 201722:11 IST: FOUR! Gambhir reads the pace to perfection! Fuller outside off, Gambhir clears his front leg and smacks that over the mid on region for a boundary.22:09 IST: KKR maintain their strong start. 46/0 after four overs. Lynn 26*, Gambhir 18*22:08 IST: FOUR! Width and punished! Another one outside off, Lynn throws his bat again but this time gets contact. The ball goes over the backward point region for a boundary.22:07 IST: FOUR! Free gifts for Christmas! Short delivery and down the leg side, Gambhir shuffles and pulls it over the backward square leg region for a boundary.22:05 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders going strong after three overs with their score on 37/0. Chris Lynn 22*, Gautam Gambhir 13*22:04 IST: SIX! Lynn is on fire! Fuller delivery in the line of the stumps, Chris Lynn stays still in his crease and tonks that over the mid off region for half a dozen.advertisement21.59 IST: FOUR! Downtown again from Gambhir! Fuller delivery outside off from Kulkarni, Gambhir stays in his crease and drives it powerfully through the mid off region for a boundary. KKR 20/0 in 2 overs21.56 IST: SIX! Brute force! Length delivery angling into the stumps from Dhawal Kulkarni and Lynn stays in his crease and smacks that over the mid-wicket region for the first biggie for him. He is looking dangerous.21.54 IST: KKR 7/0 at the end of the first over, still need 177 runs to  win.21: 54 IST: FOUR! Powerful! Length delivery into the stumps, Lynn goes hard as he drags it through the square leg region for a boundary.21.51 IST: Change in the opening pair from the previous few years for KKR. Gautam Gambhir comes out with Chris Lynn.21.31 IST: FOUR!!! Rana finishes off in style. Raina 68 off51 balls. Gujarat Lions set a stiff target of 184 for Kolkata Knight Riders. A brilliant finish from Dinesh Karthik has helped the hosts post a total over the 180-run mark but they will be still disappointed a bit as at one moment they were looking to cruise past 200. Brendon McCullum and Jason Roy gave the perfect start to Gujarat. Once the latter departed, Suresh Raina came in and played a vital role of keeping wickets.Kuldeep Yadav after getting hit for 12 off his first over, reacted really well as he took two important wickets and ended with figures of 4-0-25-2. Finch played a quickfire cameo as Raina strolled past another fifty after getting quite some lives in the middle. Karthik came in after Finch’s dismissal and smacked 45 off just 25 balls.21.29 IST: Karthik finds Surya in the deep. Boult picks up his first wicket of the night. Karthik’s quickfire knock comes to an end! Short delivery around off, takes Karthik by surprise. He goes for a pull but cannot find the distance as he hits it hard. Suryakumar Yadav goes to his right and takes a fine catch to send Karthik back in the hut. But he had done enough damage there.21.27 IST: FOUR!! Karthik packs off Boult 21.26 IST: Boult to bowl the last over, gives just 2 runs in two balls21.23 IST:FOUR!!! Sixteen comes off of the over GL: 169/3 21.22 IST:SIX!!!! and FOUR!!! Karthik sends it long into the stands and follows it for a four 21.21 IST: Wokaes comes back to ball the penultimate over of the innings. Gets floored after Raina runs into him while taking a run. 21.18 IST: FOUR!! Boult is visibly frustrated Yorker, right on the money this time! Raina digs it out and gets it off his bottom edge for a boundary through the fine leg region. GL:153/3 (18 overs)21.15 IST: 50 run partnership off 41 ball between Karthik and Raina . Raina’s  Sixth 50 against KKR GL: 143/3 (17.3overs)1.12 IST: Raina it seems can’t get out, however hard he tires. GL: 133/3 (16.3 overs)21.06 IST:  Run out opportunity for Kuldeep, but he doesn’t throw the ball to Uthappa. Raina is living a charmed life out in the middle. GL: 130/3 (16 overs)advertisement21.03 IST: FOUR!! Karthik shots from the hips against Narine. Short and wide outside off, Karthik stays in his crease and cuts it powerfully past the point region for a boundary. GL: 124/3 (14.5 overs)21.02 IST: We share information about each others team, says Dwayne Bravo 21.00 IST:  6 overs to go, GL: 116/3 Raina on 42 off 32 balls20.57 IST: Boult to the rescue. Saves a certain six. Chris Lynn someone.VIDEO: Boult & Beautiful ! @trent_boult was at his athletic self at the boundary ropes flying over one to save a SIX IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 2017Kiwis can’t fly? Look at Trent Boult! #IPL CricTracker (@Cricketracker) April 7, 201720.55 IST: Four!! Fuller outside off, Karthik reaches out to it and slaps it through the cover region. Manish Pandey, in the deep, puts in a dive but cannot stop the ball from going to the fence.20.53 IST: KING KHAN is in the stands cheering his team on, AbRam along side.SRK with AbRam (BCCI Photo)20.52 IST: 100 up for Gujarat Lions, . Seven of the twelfth over. GL: 102/320.51 IST: Pujara is in the houseLook who has turned up for today’s game – Mr. @cheteshwar1 #TeamIndia #IPL #GLvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 201720.49 IST: Trent Boult is back after bowling the first over of the innings.  20.44 IST: OUT!! Finch finds Surya KUmar Yadav in the deep.Kuldeep is doing the talking with the ball! Wrong ‘un right in the line of the stumps, Finch makes room for himself and goes for an inside out shot over the extra-cover region. He gets the elevation but not the distance as Suryakumar Yadav runs to his left from long off to take a fine running catch. Finch’s quickfire knock comes to an end. GL: 95/3 (11 overs)20.42 IST: SIX again!! Pathan fires another one on the stumps, Finch is expecting it and clobbers it over mid-wicket for a big, big, maximum. GL: 91/2 (10 overs)20.41 IST: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan is welcomed by Finch for A huge hit over the boundary20.39 IST: 4 runs and a wicket fro ma good over fro Kuldeep Yadav 20.38 IST: Aaron Finch walks out for GujaratGL: 74/2 (8.4 overs)20.36 IST: OUT!! Brendan McCullum falls prey to Kuldeep. He bowls it too full on middle and leg, McCullum looks to clip it through mid-wicket but misses and is hit on his pads. The players go up in an appeal and the umpire rules it in favour of the bowler. A timely wicket for the visitors.20:32 IST: Woakes ruins what could have been a terrific over by bowling a loose down the pads – easy pickings for Raina. FOUR! GL 72/1 after 8 overs20:31 IST: Good over from Woakes so far – he has given away only three runs in four balls. Can he keep McCullum quiet? 20:28 IST: A rude welcome to season 10 for Kuldeep – McCullum hammers him for a boundary and a six as GL race to 64/1 at the end of 7 overs.20.26 IST: Kuldeep Yadav in the attack – he will be high on confidence after a spectacular Test debut against Australia in Dharamsala.20.24 IST: Eventful sixth over. Raina smashed Woakes for 12 runs but he was also dropped. GL 52/1 at the end of the powerplay.20.20 IST: Four again!! Poor ball and punished! Shorter on middle and leg, McCullum does not miss out and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. Gambhir looks a worried man. GL:40/1 (5 overs)20.19 IST: Four!! McCullum slaps Narine through covers.20.15 IST: SIX!! McCullum sends it into the stands McCullum gets low and swings it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Superb shot that! GL: 21/1 (3.4 overs) 20.12 IST: OUT! Roy has to depart! Chawla bowls it on a shorter length but around middle and leg, Roy looks to smack it over square leg but gets a top edge. Yusuf Pathan gets under it at square leg and takes it on the rebound off his body. A wicket just at the right time.20.09 IST: Four!! Misfield costs dear as McCullum creams it through point. 22/0 (3 overs)20.08 IST: Spin from both ends, Narine introduced20.07 IST: Eight of the second over GL:16/0 (2 overs)20.05 IST: Four!! Reverse Hit.Innovation right away! Chawla bowls it around off, Roy gets into position to reverse sweep and connects superbly to get it past point for a boundary.20.04 IST: Piyush Chawla gets to spin his magic first up.20.02 IST: Four again!! McCullum at it again.  The change of angle does not matter to England opener! Boult bowls it outside off, on a length, Roy comes forward and cracks it past backward point for a boundary. GL:8/0 (1 over)20.01 IST: Four!! McCullum sends its back past Boult20.00 IST: Surprise! Surprise! It’s Trent Boult with the new ball. Brendan McCullum guarding the wickets 19.56 IST: KKR have won their four IPL openers19.55 IST: The pitch looks a beauty. Should be a high scoring game Looks like a belter of a wicket in Rajkot tonight #ipl2017 Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) April 7, 201719.51 IST: The lions are rearing to roarThe @TheGujaratLions are ready for their first home game vs. #KKR #IPL #GameMaariChhe #GLvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 201719.50 IST: The Knights are ready The @KKRiders boys are warming up ahead of their season opener #KKR #IPL #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #GLvKKR IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 201719.48 IST: Did you know Dwayne Smith made a cameo in a Tamil movie titled ‘Ula’ .19.45 IST: Gujarat finished on the top of the table, but failed to make it to the finals with two consecutive losses in the play-off and eliminator. 19.42 IST: Playing XIsKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Trent BoultGujarat Lions: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Jason Roy, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik(w), Manpreet Gony, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Koushik 19.35 IST:  “We don’t know much about this wicket, will look to do well and put a big score on the board. We have a pretty good batting unit, will look to do well with our four overseas batting stars. Hopeful about a good game tonight.,” Suresh Raina at the toss.19.33 IST: “We will bowl. Looks like a good wicket, will not change much. We have got Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn as our overseas players. We will look to restrict them to a modest score and chase it down,” says Gautam Gambhirat the toss.19.26 IST: We are moments from the toss.We are moments away from the toss. Are you ready? #GLvKKR #GameMaariChhe- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 7, 201719.23 IST:  “Maybe a combination of Manish Pandey’s batting and Ankit Rajput’s bowling can get us what Russell did. Not only Woakes but the entire team can try to fill-in for Russell and for that you don’t necessarily need an all-rounder. May be some other pair can do this,” said Gautam Gambhir on NAdre Rusell’s absence.19.12 IST: A look back at what happened last year when the teams met.#Throwback to one of our best moments of last year vs KKR! 🙂 #GameMaariChhe #GLvKKRCredits: @IPL The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 7, 201719.08 IST: I learned a lot from Rahul Dravid from my IPL days, says Kevin Pietersen19.07 IST: Great to play the best tournament in the world with the best players in the world,  says Chris Woakes  19.00 IST: Kevin Pietersen says Tiger Shroff’s is stealing all his dance moves.18.59 IST: Michael Clarke to India Today on today’s match:Kolkata Knight Riders are a good team, they know their conditions well. They love the leadership of Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir has come leaps and bounds as a captain. He has been an exceptional player in the IPL.On Suresh Raina: Raina is wonderful player. Very talented in the all the three facets of the game – bat, ball, field.18.53 IST: The Tiger roars into the Lions den. Tiger Shroff’s moves floors the crowd at Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium18.51 IST: Brendon McCullum as KKR fans would recall played a stellar knock on the first ever IPL night in Bengaluru , nine years ago.18.48 IST: Captains with the Spirit of Cricket token that represents and upholds the true spirit of cricket.Play Hard, Play Fair – Spirit of Cricket at #IPL – @GautamGambhir and @ImRaina IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 201718.45 IST: Both captains being introduced to the crowd.18.43 IST: New Zealand star players  Brendon McCullum and Trent Boult may be in actions against each other.18.40 IST: Friends truned foesBrothers in Trinbago, Rivals in Rajkot! May the best team win tonight! #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR #GLvKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 7, 201718.32 IST: The Opening Ceremony begins with Bhoomi Trivedi’s soulful voice. Every first game at all eight home stadiums will have separate opening ceremonies.18.31 IST: Englishmen Jason Roy and Chris Woakes may be looked at to start for Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.18.23 IST: The Knights were not busy in Rajkot.Knight Riders, want to know what our #Knights have been upto in Rajkot? Watch #KnightClub. #DusKiDahaad #AmiKKR KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 7, 201718.18 IST: The Lions are making their way to defend their Den.The Lions are on their way to the den for our 1st match of the season. 2 more hours to go! #RoarOnceMore #GameMaariChhe #GLvKKR The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 7, 2017 Brief Preview: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to improve their record against Gujarat Lions and start their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a win when the two sides meet at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.In 2016, KKR lost both their matches to the Lions with the Suresh Raina-skippered franchise registering a comfortable six-wicket victory.After restricting the Gautam Gambhir led Knight Riders to a pedestrian 124/8 in 20 overs, the Lions just lost four wickets in their run chase with Raina leading from the front with an unbeaten 53.At the Eden Gardens earlier last season, the Lions had won by five wickets.Riding on a superlative league stage performance, Lions topped the points table only to return second best in both the qualifiers against Royal Challengers Bangalore and eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.KKR on the other hand, finished fourth in the league stage, losing to Sunrisers in the eliminator.This season, while the Lions will look to outdo their first stint, which was by all means a successful one, KKR would pull no punches in performing better than last time where their sojourn was marked by inconsistency. 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The tale of the unlikely messenger – and message

first_imgWe’re often far more effective as marketers if we control our tendency to seize the role of messenger and contemplate who might be better at that job than us.Here’s the story of an organization that did just that – and landed on one of the most surprising – and creative – choices of messengers that I’ve ever encountered. And it led to the mostly unlikely (and successful) of partnerships.The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization was trying to figure out the best way to get women talking about their health – and learning about the often-missed symptoms of ovarian cancer. They could have gone the regular routes – through doctors or public service announcements. Instead, they took a step back and looked for times and places when women were most open about their health – and comfortable learning about ovarian cancer. The answer was not what you’d expect: when they were bring their pets to the vet.“It has been noted through our Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association members that pet owners talking about their pet’s health often feel comfortable talking to the veterinarian about their own health concerns. This provides that veterinarian a platform that offers an easy transition into difficult concerns and conversations. Raising awareness about this silent killer and saving lives will be our goal,” said Peter Weber, executive director, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association of a new partnership with the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization.And so was born the OCSA Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) — and its mission of “fighting ovarian cancer with animal passion.” I love this example of thinking about messengers, messages and partners far outside our daily experience – but intimately close to our audience.And as a fascinating aside, there’s yet another interesting intersection of these partners. According to Weber, “There are ongoing studies that have been done and are ongoing that are extremely promising as it relates to dogs “sniffing” out ovarian cancer. . There is no simple, effective screening test for ovarian cancer and the dogs are demonstrating tremendous accuracy in identifying women with the malignancy. The medical profession has known for a long time that cancer or any other specific type of tissue can secrete aromatic compounds that have a unique odor to them. Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell and can identify healthy (benign) women from women with ovarian cancer. The two primary studies have shown that dogs were effective in identifying malignancy both through smelling the patients’ breath and urine.” There you go!How can you apply this kind of innovative thinking to your cause?last_img read more

How to Boost Revenue with Donor Surveys

first_imgAsking donors preferences when you aren’t ready to honor them Not being prepared to input what you learn into your donor database Bad subject lines Read more on The Nonprofit Blog Can donor surveys really help you raise more money? Yes! Donor surveys are one of the most affordable ways to improve donor retention, build deeper donor relationships, even uncover planned gifts. How? Donor surveys can reveal your hidden gems (aka planned gifts), tell you why your donors gave, what content they’re most interested in, what programs, services, and/or beneficiaries they care about, and what they most want to support.Done correctly donor surveys can upgrade donors and boost retention.Done poorly and you can end up frustrating your donors, having them lapse and mountains of useless and misleading data.If donor surveys were easy more nonprofits would be doing them.  Think about how often you’re invited to take a survey by the corporate brands you use.  You can’t buy a t-shirt at the Gap without being invited to take a survey! When it comes to winning at donor surveys you need to put as much thought into WHAT you ask as HOW you ask it.Ready to do a survey?  First ask yourself…What’s the goal? Why are you doing it?  What do you want to learn? i.e. Why they give?  What programs they care about?  If we’re showing our appreciation of our donors properly? Are we talking about our services appropriately?Who will you survey? Current donors?  Lapsed donors?  First -time donors?  Major donors?  Event attendees?  Event non-attendees?  Volunteers?How will you ask? What platform will you use to ask? How will you process the results? Who will do the work?   How will you share the results? How will you record the results in your donor database to better serve your donors (event attendees, volunteers etc)?  How will you follow up with people who participated in your survey?The 5 Costliest Mistakes Made in Donor Surveys (and How to Avoid them) Not being prepared to handle responses and do follow up If you don’t have the staff resources to follow up on responses and leads you aren’t ready to do a survey! Nothing could be more detrimental to your donor’s satisfaction than asking them to take their valuable time to indicate their preferences (be it communication preferences or other) and you not fulfilling it.  Bottom line: if you are not ready to segment based on your donor’s wishes do not ask.  Wait until you can honor their preferences and then survey them. One of the most important parts of an online donor survey isn’t a question at all.  It’s the subject line.  If they aren’t inspired to open the email they’ll never take the survey.  What email subject lines in your inbox inspire you to take a survey? Not having well thought out questions properly worded and tested About Rachel Muir, CFRERachel has worked every side of the Rubik’s cube that is the nonprofit sector. When she was 26 Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit empowering girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card.  Several years later she had raised over 10 million and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show.  Her career spans running successful nonprofits, leading an online fundraising consulting practice and managing major gift portfolios.  Today Rachel delivers keynotes, custom trainings and board retreats that transform people into confident, successful fundraisers.  Learn more about Rachel at The greatest gift we can give our donors is the gift of being known by us.  You took the time to ask.  Your donors took the time to respond.  Input their feedback results into your donor database and use it to segment your communications and personalize your communications so you can deepen the donor relationship.Ready to donor survey like a pro?  Join Rachel Muir, CFRE and Lynne Wester, The Donor Relations Guru for a 3-part donor survey course loaded with survey guides, templates, tested techniques, sample surveys, and tear down sessions teaching you how to ask THE RIGHT survey questions the RIGHT way.  Learn more at What are you asking?  That depends on what you want to know.  Do you want to know…why your donors give?  How to better engage your donors?  How you are doing at showing appreciation of our donors?  If you are talking about your services appropriately?  What you ask also depends a great deal on your audience.  A survey of multi-year donors is very different than a survey of 1st-time donors.  A post-event survey is very different than a lapsed donor survey.How you ask your questions will dramatically impact the success or failure of your survey.  Are the questions easy to understand?  Are the answers mutually exclusive?  Are you asking a manageable amount of open-ended questions and do you have the staff resources to process the answers?last_img read more

Buffon snubbed ‘very big offer’ from Man City

first_imgGianluigi Buffon has admitted to snubbing “a very big offer from Manchester City”, having previously turned down their arch-rivals Manchester United during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.The iconic Italian has long held a standing as the finest goalkeeper in world football.That reputation once made him the costliest custodian of all-time, with Juventus breaking the bank to lure him away from Serie A rivals Parma in 2001. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A move to England could have been made before then, with the now Paris Saint-Germain shot-stopper resisting the advances of Ferguson and the opportunity to join the ranks at Old Trafford.Another chance to head for the Premier League presented itself following the arrival of Sheikh Mansour’s riches at City, but once again Buffon opted against making a fresh start outside of his homeland.The 41-year-old finally left Italy last summer after 17 years with Juve, but has told BT Sport of the interest he has attracted from Manchester: “When I was a boy playing for Parma, Ferguson tracked me closely for two or three years, and he’d always send scouts to watch me.“At the time, Parma was my world and I didn’t feel like leaving. “I later had a very big offer from Manchester City, when they started to build the team and become the most important side in Europe.“They wanted me to be the first signing, but I stayed at Juve.”Alexis Sanchez Kylian Mbappe Marco Verratti Manchester United PSG 120219Buffon is currently readying himself for a meeting with United in the last-16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.PSG lead that two-legged tie 2-0 heading into a return date at Parc des Princes.Kylian Mbappe was among their goalscorers at Old Trafford and continues to be showered with praise during a remarkable run which has made him a World Cup winner and global superstar.Buffon has saluted his potential in the past, while current boss Thomas Tuchel believes the 20-year-old can go on to achieve anything he sets his mind to.The PSG manager told BT Sport: “Well the guy is hungry, and he is a big personality, really big.“So this is not always easy, because the big personality is challenging for me as a coach. At the same time he is a really nice guy.“It is important he has this personality to challenge me, and everyone around him, because he has the hunger to be really as special player in history.”last_img read more

#FreelanceNation looks forward to 2016

first_imgAs Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz is an innovator for tomorrow’s workforce. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @Sara_Horowitz.In 2015, the way we work was a hot topic. It’s clear that we can no longer classify workers in the binary of employed or unemployed. Nearly 54 million Americans are now freelancing, so everyone – from major media outlets, to high-level politicians, to big business – is asking: How do we talk about this new way of working?The world is ready to hear from us. 2016 is our year to put freelancing on the social agenda.The days when business can function and laws can pass without considering the freelance workforce are long gone. It’s time to help our non-freelancing friends, family members, community leaders, and policymakers understand how we make a living, how we envision the future of freelancing, and its transformative impact on society.Through the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign, we at Freelancers Union have learned the importance of reciprocity. In supporting one another, we all do better.As the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign progressed, we’ve joined in solidarity with other organizations supportive of our cause. In working alongside partners and allies, we reinforce one another and build a culture in which everyone can thrive.Not only have these partnerships helped us take the first legislation in the country to New York City Hall, but they’ve enriched our understanding of the workforce at large.Engaging in reciprocity opens a window through which we can empathize with those outside of our immediate circle and discover solutions that we might not have previously considered.So often we hear from freelancers who yearn for a sense of day-to-day community. As freelancers, we might not have ready-made socialization at an office water cooler, but I encourage you to open a window.Unlike many traditional workers, we have the unique opportunity to be intentional about our communities. We get to choose to let new people in and choose how we give back, which in turn determines what we get.Here at Freelancers Union, we’ve created a framework for members to begin to build their own communities. Presently, 18 cities across the United States host SPARK events where freelancers learn to better their business and make connections that lead to friendships, mentors, and new clients. Online, we created the Hives platform where freelancers can share knowledge and help one another solve problems. But these networks are only as good as the members who lead and participate in them and we’re grateful to have so many members committed to making the future of freelancing better for all.Finally, the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign would not exist without the members who have lead advocacy events, shared their nonpayment stories, and joined the campaign. In coming together, what was an extremely isolating event for freelancers – nonpayment – has become a cause around which this community can rally.Being a freelancer isn’t always cut and dry. Most of the time you’re freelancing, other times you’re moonlighting, and occasionally you find yourself with a full-time job. Wherever you are in your freelance journey, your network lives here.I challenge you to make 2016 the year Freelance Nation swarms together and becomes an empowered voice in the conversation surrounding the way we work today. It takes a community to achieve independence – join us in building one.Please consider making a contribution to support our advocacy work as well as our free member resources and events. Your tax-deductible donation will be directed to Working Today, our nonprofit subsidiary.Donate to Working Todaylast_img read more

Grow your business with a little help from your friends

first_imgUsually when business leaders talk about “growth” we assume they mean higher revenues. But higher revenues are usually the result of growth, rather than growth itself. Your job is to determine which growth pathway you want to take to get your business to the next level.At this month’s SPARK workshop, leaders in 22 different cities across the United States will take Freelancers Union members through a workshop designed to help freelancers identify the best next step towards achieving their unique business goals and building a more robust business.Some of the things we will discuss include:How do I prioritize my unique business goals for maximum growth?Do I deserve a raise?What methods will help me communicate my value and earn more money?Am I ready to hire help? (And where do I even need it?)What strategies have other freelancers used to move on to the next level in their careers?Freelancers Union SPARK events are community-led, expert-designed monthly meetings that happen live-and-in-person in 22 cities across the United States. Part workshop, part networking event, part freelancer commiseration party – SPARK is a place where the freelance spirit thrives!Join the freelance folk in a city near you for April’s SPARK event: Level up: How to give your business a growth spurt.RSVPAt Freelancers Union, Sharon creates opportunities for freelancers to meet, greet, and learn. Find her @sharonlikestone or at the nearest bakery.last_img read more

India remains a market with great potential: New F1 boss

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Singapore, Sep 15 (PTI) New Formula 1 boss Chase Carey today said India is a place of great potential and it would be exciting to take the sport back to the country that was dropped from the calendar four years ago. After announcing a new four year deal for Singapore, F1 CEO and chairman Carey reiterated that Asia is a “tremendously” important region for the sport and India figures in their scheme of things for the future, if not now, with the calendar already packed till next year. Liberty Media had taken complete control of F1 in January, ending Bernie Ecclestone?s 40-year reign at the helm of affairs. “India is a country that certainly has great potential and as we go forward, we will continue to study. We have so far not got a chance to engage in depth yet, it has only been a little over half a year since the complete change in ownership,” said Carey in response to a PTI query. Carey said India should have a Grand Prix considering its rapid growth as a nation. “Our focus as of today is making sure that the 21 races next year is everything as it can be. But there are places around the world that present us with great opportunities for us to grow the sport overtime and certainly a country like India with the success and the growth it has had in recent years, makes it an exciting opportunity down the road.” The Indian Grand Prix went off the calendar after three editions from 2011, largely due to the serious financial problems faced by promoter Jaypee Group and the red tape around the event. It will be extremely tough for India to find a way back on the ever-crowded F1 calendar with more countries showing interest in hosting the high-profile race. Asia will only host five out of the 21 races in 2018 as Malaysia goes off the calendar post this season. Besides India, Korea is another country that could not survive in F1 for long. “We have interest from many countries around the world for races in the future. We are pretty full schedule right now. But Asian in general is tremendously important. We have talked about the opportunity to grow the sport in Asia as well as the Americas. It is truly a unique opportunity for us to reach out to new fans around the world,” said Carey. In the past, F1 has been criticised for striking one side deals heavily in their favour with local race promoters not getting enough out of the millions of dollars they cough up as hosting fees. Carry said the sports revamp has already started. “We have big plans for Formula 1. It is still early days. In next three to four years, we can take the sport to a place that is good for all our partners and really adds new level of excitement and dimension to the sport. “We believe agreements should always reflect ongoing fair value between two parties. We want to make sure we are delivering better and bigger events,” he added. PTI BS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Edinson Cavani, Neymar to share penalty responsibility, says PSG coach

first_imgParis Saint Germain coach Unai Emery avoided a recent controversy over who should take penalties for the team during press conference ahead of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich.The dispute arose during a French Ligue 1 match against Olympique Lyon, when PSG’s summer signing, Brazil forward Neymar became involved in a disagreement with his Uruguay teammate Edinson Cavani over who should be allowed to take a penalty kick, reports Efe news agency.”We have a lot of players who are ready to take spot kicks and that want to. With statistics in mind, I want Cavani and Neymar to share this responsibility,” Emery said on Tuesday.”We will try to get a lot of penalties so both have opportunities to take it,” Emery added.He revealed that he has talked with both players, giving no further details.”I told them how things would be on the field and also regarding to penalties,” he said.He considered the next match as test for PSG’s form since they are going to face a “great team that has history, and want to win the competition”.last_img read more

Juergen Klopp will not rush fit-again Adam Lallana back into action

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp is looking forward to being able to send Adam Lallana out to lead his midfield press again, but will resist the temptation to rush the England international back into action after his long injury layoff.Lallana has not played since injuring his thigh in a pre-season game against Atletico Madrid in August, but has been back in training this week and shown no sign of any lingering effects from his spell on the sidelines, Klopp said.Liverpool, fifth in the table and on a three-game winning run in all competitions, also have captain Jordan Henderson fit to face Southampton in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday, but will take a late call on wide forward Sadio Mane.”Adam is in training since three days, four days,” Klopp told a news conference on Friday. “It’s fantastic that he’s back and he’s lost nothing, no skills or anything.”He trained really well but in the next few weeks we have games all three days and we need him for that, so there’s no rushing it, even when everybody who knows Adam can imagine how ready he is to be part of the squad again.”Mane aggravated a hamstring injury while on duty with Senegal but is likely to be fit for the visit of 13th-placed Southampton, while Henderson, who sat out the international break, is set to return to Liverpool’s midfield.”Hendo should be okay,” Klopp added. “He used the week he had, the international break, to recover from different things, but now he’s in a good way and he will be involved. Sadio we have to wait. We will see today.”advertisementLallana’s willingness to lead the “counter-pressing” style that Liverpool employ under Klopp makes him a crucial component in the German’s midfield, but the manager will use him with caution.”He’s a fantastic player but…this is the moment now when the player wants to be back immediately and I’m the bad guy who says ‘not today, maybe tomorrow’.”We will use him for sure, but bring him now for 90 minutes? Absolutely, no. Not a good idea and will not happen.””He’s very important…What Adam is doing is so different. For pretty much all the other players, he is the jumper (who starts the press),” Klopp said. “He loves to do that and, of course, it’s very important and will be again very important for us.last_img read more

Dicka strikes sink East Bengal in Kolkata derby

first_imgBy Tapan MohantaKolkata, Jan 21 (PTI) Criticised for being profligate inside the 18-yard box, Dipanda Dicka stepped up his game when it mattered most with two brilliant goals, as Mohun Bagan outclassed East Bengal 2-0 in a much-anticipated I-League derby here today.Written off in the run-up to the high-voltage fixture due to their prolonged slump, a beleaguered Mohun Bagan found a star in Dicka, who showed his predatory skills with a couple of volleys out of top drawer as East Bengals hopes of winning the league almost went up in smoke.Mohun Bagan jumped two places to be fourth in the standings after their dominating finish and they have 16 points with a match in hand against East Bengal, who slipped to third with 19 points from 10 outings.It was a match that Mohun Bagan should have won by a bigger margin had Nikhil Kadam and Akram not bungled clear opportunities.The Cameroonian struck the first one with a snap volley in what was one of the fastest goal of the season in the opening minute while the second one (34th) was a treat to the eyes as his acrobatic volley thundered into the back of the net.This was East Bengals second loss of the season and both have come against their bitter foes, the first being a 0-1 defeat on December 3 in the first-leg.Emotional scenes were witnessed in the embattled Mariners camp as the green-and-maroon fans sported masks of Sony Norde, their injured star I-League winning striker, who has decided to part ways.advertisementIt was a ruthless show by Mohun Bagan as the Khalid Jamil-coached side hardly had any chance and had a momentary joy in the 27th minute when Katsumi Yusa speared in a perfect delivery for Willis Plaza to head it in.But the assistant referee raised the flag and disallowed the goal as East Bengal continued to remain in the lurch.Such was their sheer domination that Mohun Bagan could have pumped in at least half a dozen goals as Dicka missed a hattrick, while Kadam squandered a one-on-one with Luis Barreto in the first-half injury time.Churchill Brothers I-League winning forward Akram Moghrabi also had a brilliant opportunity after being set up by Dicka from the left but he shot over the bar in his maiden outing for Mohun Bagan.Dicka gave Mohun Bagan a dream start to the derby as East Bengals defence was caught napping when he utilised Nikhil Kadams cross that was set up by Akram.The Cameroon striker found himself in a perfect position from a Raynier Fernandes corner kick as he took it on the full and his left-footed volley was out of reach for Barreto.There was no looking back for Mohun Bagan from then on and they got their campaign back on track with a memorable maiden derby win for coach Shankarlal Chakraborty, who was elevated after I-League winning Sanjoy Sen stepped down.Shankarlal rung in three changes to their line-up, including a Mariners debut for Moghrabi, who partnered Dicka in their 4-4-2 formation. PTI TAP KHS AH AHlast_img read more

Hyundai Creta facelift may get a sunroof as well

first_imgHyundai has been testing the next-gen Creta for some time now. Latest pic has now emerged which reveals a major detail, a sunroof. According to a report by ACI, the addition of the sunroof could be could be exclusive to the top-spec variant of the facelifted SUV. Also, the addition of the sunroof is to meet the growing demands for the feature across car segments.According to the spy pics, the upcoming Creta will get similar styling to its South American sibling. A test mule was also spotted recently which had a colour scheme and alloy wheel design similar to the Creta which is on sale in South American markets.The new-gen Creta will sport a larger hexagonal grille with thick chrome surround. The grille merges with the front bumper which gets new lines and different housings for the fog lamps. The Creta also gets a thick black chin which further enhances the SUV’s looks.On the rear, the new-gen Creta will get revised bumpers and tail lamps with LED inserts as well.For engine specs, Hyundai is most likely to keep the current engines lineup which includes the 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel units.last_img read more