Bruins, Blues set to clash in bruising Stanley Cup Final

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston and St. Louis don’t lack high-end skill, from goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington to scorers Brad Marchand and Vladimir Tarasenko. They do resemble their coaches — Cassidy, who has become a mature, straightforward communicator and Craig Berube, a no-nonsense, team-first guy who has turned the Blues into a north-south, no frills team.These teams are in many ways mirror images of each other based on their gritty styles and how tough they are to crack.“The two hardest, heaviest teams are in the final,” San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after his team was eliminated by the Blues in the Western Conference final. “Everybody talks about skill and speed, there’s room for all these small players. There is a room for that. But I don’t think it’s an accident.”It’s certainly no accident that the Bruins and Blues like to make opponents black and blue. Bruins forward Danton Heinen said physicality is what he and his teammates have tried to deliver all year long and will continue to, but the Blues figured out last round that they need to be more selective about dishing out punishment.“You can’t just run around out there,” St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist said. “When you’re going to hit, you need to hit with a purpose.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The purpose now is to lift hockey’s hallowed trophy. After Bruins center Patrice Bergeron played the 2013 final with broken ribs and a punctured lung, there’s not much guys won’t do this time of year at their own expense.“This is the Stanley Cup. This is what everyone plays for,” Boston forward Jake DeBrusk said. “It’s going to be fun, physical and pretty intense, so hopefully the body holds up for everybody here.”GOALIE DUELWith a league-best 1.42 goals-against average and .942 save percentage, Rask is the front-runner to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Rask is in his second final as a starter after being on the Boston team that lost to Chicago in six games in 2015.“It’s a team sport,” Rask said. “Everybody has to pull their load. That’s the only way you can win.”All the Blues is win, win, win no matter what since Binnington made his first NHL start in early January. They won 30 of their final 45 games to get into the playoffs, and Binnington has a 2.36 GAA and .914 save percentage in the playoffs.No goalie has won the Conn Smythe since Jonathan Quick with Los Angeles in 2012.CUP EXPERIENCE DISPARITYThe Bruins and Blues play similar styles yet have very different levels of winning this time of year.Five Boston players — Rask, captain Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Krejci — are still around from the 2011 Cup-winning Bruins, and Joakim Nordstrom won in 2015 with the Blackhawks. St. Louis has two players with Cup rings, though even that should have an asterisk because Jordan Nolan (2012 and 2014 Kings) hasn’t played since January and Oskar Sundqvist (2016 Penguins) only skated 20 regular-season and playoff games with Pittsburgh that year. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “They are physical, we’ll be physical,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday. “I don’t think we shy away from that type of game.”The past decade-plus has been a study in the NHL getting younger and quicker, and previous champions like Chicago in 2013 and 2015 and Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017 exemplified that. The 2019 champion will show there are still many kinds of blueprints for winning, though skill is still needed along with size and physicality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhen the puck drops on Game 1 Monday night, the bruises will begin in what should be a throwback series with the Stanley Cup on the line.“At this point you’re going to get both teams coming out of the gates laying their hits,” big Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo said. “It’s going to be a heavy series. It’s hard to say how much physicality will be going both ways. I’m sure guys will be looking to get their licks in.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “Our guys that have been there, that have won a Cup, have lost a Cup, that should give us an edge,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.Of course, a year ago the Washington Capitals had only one Stanley Cup winner in Brooks Orpik before Alex Ovechkin lifted it in Las Vegas. Armstrong is banking on his players earning their experience in the final.“Hopefully a year from now we’ll say, geez, St. Louis has got a lot of championship experience,” Armstrong said.MAY SWEEPSTo say this has been a weird playoffs would be the understatement of the league’s 101-year history. Top seeds Tampa Bay and Calgary were knocked out in the first round along with fellow division winners Washington and Nashville, and the Lightning were actually swept by Columbus.But there has also been a strange pattern with sweeping teams that the Bruins hope is a coincidence and not a trend related to too much time off. The New York Islanders swept Pittsburgh in the first round, then got swept by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round. Carolina? Yeah, swept in the Eastern Conference final by the Bruins.Boston also beat Columbus after the Blue Jackets swept the Lightning, making teams that won their previous series four games to none a combined 0-3 so far.“It’s something that naturally you’re going to think about a little bit,” DeBrusk said.INJURY WATCHAttrition to the San Jose Sharks helped St. Louis get through West final, and despite their physicality, the Blues and Bruins have been fairly fortunate when it comes to injuries this postseason. St. Louis defenseman Vince Dunn missed the past three games with an upper-body injury but returned to practice wearing a full shield over his face, and forward Robert Thomas skated Saturday after leaving early in the third period West final clincher Tuesday. Globe, Beach Volleyball Republic team up for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Dunn is unlikely to play in Game 1 but could be available later in the series. Thomas is expected to play despite not practicing Sunday.The Bruins have had a week and a half off to heal up, which is good news for captain Zdeno Chara, who was injured and didn’t play in Game 4 of the East final. They got a bit of a scare when Marchand jammed his left hand after bumping into teammate Connor Clifton during an intrasquad scrimmage to stay sharp during the long layoff.Marchand missed practice Sunday, but coach Bruce Cassidy said it was for maintenance and expects Boston’s leading scorer to be good to go for Game 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and St. Louis Blues left wing Pat Maroon (7) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Boston. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Blues is Monday, May 27. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON — When the NHL altered its rules with an eye toward speed and skill, this is not the Stanley Cup Final it had in mind.Hockey is becoming less of a big man’s game, offense is up and it’s faster than ever. Then there’s the big and tough St. Louis Blues facing off against the bigger and tougher Boston Bruins in the final that shows size still matters in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

EPL: Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho defends John Terry substitution during match against Manchester City

first_imgChelsea football club manager Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to substitute captain John Terry at half-time during their 0-3 English Premier League (EPL) defeat against Manchester City.With City leading 1-0 at the break during Sunday’s game, Mourinho sent in Kurt Zouma to replace Terry. It was the first time that the Chelsea boss decided to substitute the central defender in an EPL match. The 34-year-old England defender had played every minute of every EPL match last season under Mourinho, leading Chelsea to their first title since 2009-10.But Mourinho asserted that conditions during Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium warranted the change.Also read: Rampant Manchester City crushes Chelsea 3-0 When Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero raced clear of the Chelsea back-line moments after kick-off to force an excellent save from the Blues’ goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, Mourinho realised that his defensive strategy was already crumbling.”It was clear to me Zouma has to play,” the Portuguese manager was quoted as saying by BBC. “The point was not to take John out it was to bring Zouma in – I wanted my fastest player on the pitch, not on the bench.””When the game started and 10 seconds later you have Aguero behind the defensive line and facing Begovic, immediately you get the notion that the start wasn’t good. After that he made two or three saves because of that fragility,” he added.The 52-year-old also said that previous managers Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez had overlooked Terry on several occasions, adding that the Chelsea skipper would have left the defending EPL champions without him.advertisementAlso read:  Fake or not, Chelsea’s reality is not pretty “I don’t know if you asked questions to Rafa Benitez, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, to the ones that never played him,” Mourinho said. “I’m the one you shouldn’t ask because I’m the one that plays with John in every game.””I made John captain. I recovered John from a difficult situation with other managers.I brought my captain off and he was on the bench and still captain on the bench because the armband is just an armband,” he added.”I can tell you he was not dancing in the dressing room and I can also tell you he was not having a bad reaction.”last_img read more

Northeast Schools Dominate Subroto Cup U-14 Boys Matches

first_imgNew Delhi: Schools from the northeast states dominated the U-14 boys category quarter-final matches in the Subroto Cup here on Monday.The first quarter-final saw Saidan Secondary School of Kolasib Mizoram defeat Govt. Model High School, Chandigarh 8-1 in a one-sided match. In the other matches, Estiqlal School from Afghanistan got the better of Reliance Foundation School 7-0, while Assam’s Betkuchi High School beat Meghalaya’s District War Sepngi HS School 5-3 in tie-breaker.Defending champions Unique Model Academy overcame stiff resistance from Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protisthan, defeating them 1-0.The semi-finals will played on Tuesday. footballindian footballsubroto cup First Published: August 26, 2019, 10:21 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

WWE Draft Results 2019: Complete Rosters for Raw and SamckDown and Undrafted Superstars

first_imgThe WWE Draft wrapped up its two-day affair with the October 14 edition of Monday Night Raw, with this year the draft being marketed as being one between Fox vs. USA Network. Notably, very few major stars switched brands. Charlotte Flair and Brock Lesnar were the biggest names to switch brands, but these were foreseeable with Charlotte losing the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Bayley and Brock Lesnar beating SmackDown’s Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Championship a few days earlier. The evening saw Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeat Charlotte Flair to earn Raw the first Draft pick of the night.Following the draft, here’s how the wrestling superstars stand: MONDAY NIGHT RAWMen:· Seth Rollins (c) Becky LynchBray WyattBrock LesnarCharlotte Flair First Published: October 15, 2019, 3:38 PM IST · AJ Styles (c) [part of OC],· Drew McIntyre· Randy Orton· Ricochet· Bobby Lashley· Kevin Owens· Andrade [w/ Zelina Vega]· Rusev· Aleister· Samoa Joe· Rey Mysterio· R-Truth (c)· EC3· Eric Young,· Sin Cara· Cedric Alexander· Humberto Carillo· Erick Rowan· Buddy Murphy· Jinder Mahal· Akira Tozawa· Shelton Benjamin· Titus O’NeilWomen:· Becky Lynch (c)· Alexa Bliss· Natalya· Nikki Cross· Charlotte Flair· Zelina Vega· Kabuki Warriors (c)· Liv MorganTag teams:· The Viking Raiders (c)· The OC (Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson)· Street ProfitsFRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWNMen:· Brock Lesnar (c)· Shinsuke Nakamura (c) [w/ Sami Zayn]· Roman Reigns· “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt· Braun Strowman· Kofi Kingston [part of New Day]· Daniel Bryan· Ali· The Miz· King Corbin· Shorty Gable· Elias· Apollo Crews· Drew Gulak· Heath SlaterWomen:· Bayley (c)· Sasha Banks· Lacey Evans· Tamina· CarmellaTag teams:· The Revival (c)· New Day· Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode· Lucha House Party· Heavy Machinery· B-TeamUNDRAFTEDMen: Cesaro, Luke Harper, Apollo Crews, Mojo Rawley, No Way Jose, Luke HarperWomen: Dana Brooke, The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce), Sarah Logan, Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville)Tag teams: AOP (Akam & Rezar), Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder center_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Hong Kong Open: Srikanth Receives Walkover with Momota Withdrawal, Ashwini-Satwik Advance to Round 2

first_imgHong Kong: Kidambi Srikanth received a walkover and advanced to the second round of Hong Kong Open on Tuesday after world No.1 Kento Momota of Japan withdrew from the tournament.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa came from behind to beat Thai pair of Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai to advance to the second round in mixed doubles. However, India’s other mixed doubles pair Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy crashed out with a straight-games loss to third seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.Earlier in the day, Sourabh Verma qualified for the main draw after winning his two qualifying games against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and Lucas Claerbout of France.Srikanth’s match was slated for Wednesday but he will now directly take the court on Thursday to face the winner of the men’s singles game between his compatriot Sourabh Verma and France’s Brice Leverdez.Srikanth has been struggling for form recently and has lost his last nine matches against Momota. Momota’s withdrawal came just 24 hours after he beat Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan in three gruelling games to defend his Fuzhou China Open title.Satwik carried his impressive men’s doubles form to mixed doubles as he and Ashwini took out Phuangphuapet-Amitrapai 16-21, 21-19, 21-17 in 55 minutes to advance to the second round.The Indian pair’s next challenge would be the winner of the match between fourth seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan and local qualifiers Yueng Ming Nok-NG Tsz Yau.Pranaav and Sikki were once again shown the door early as as they went down 10-21, 18-21 to the seeded Thai pair Puavaranukroh-Taerattanachai.Here are the first-round matches the Indian players will play on Wednesday:Women’s Singles – Saina Nehwal vs Cai Yan Yan (China)Men’s Singles – Sameer Verma vs Wang Tzu Wei (Taiwan)Women’s Singles – PV Sindhu vs Kim Ga Eun (South Korea)Men’s Singles – HS Prannoy vs Huang Yu Xiang (China)Women’s Doubles – Ashwini Ponappa-N Sikki Reddy vs Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen (Denmark)Men’s Singles – Parupalli Kashyap vs Kenta Nishimoto (Japan)Men’s Singles – Sai Praneeth vs Shu Yu Qi (China)Men’s Singles – Sourabh Verma vs Brice Leverdez (France)Men’s Doubles – Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty vs Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Japan) Ashwini Ponnappabadmintonhong kong openkento momota First Published: November 12, 2019, 7:07 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

WWE roster was unaware of Roman Reigns’ leukemia announcement till it dropped

first_imgAdvertisementThis past week on Monday Night RAW, former Universal Champion Roman Reigns’ unexpected revelation that he had leukaemia left both the locker room and WWE Universe stunned.The Big Dog proclaimed that for 11 years he had been battling cancer but it had once again returned in his life and he would be unable to serve his duties as the main titleholder on RAW anymore as he relinquished his championship.The RAW Superstars were unaware of Roman’s condition until he dropped the news about leukaemia in his promo. According to Dave Meltzer, only Vince McMahon, Triple H and a couple of others in management knew the content of the message that was going to be delivered in the ring.Prior to the start of RAW, Dean Ambrose and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins were informed that Reigns was going to surrender his title but the reason wasn’t specified to them. Similarly, later during the night, it was announced that Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will clash for the vacant Universal Championship next Friday at WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Meltzer also reports that Reigns had found about his diagnosis on Thursday, October 18. Meanwhile, WWE Superstars, sports teams, players, athletes, celebrities and fans from all over the world immediately sent out their prayers, well wishes and support to Roman and his family after receiving the disturbing news on Monday.#ThankYouRomanAdvertisementlast_img read more

Sarbjit first poster out: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s de-glam avatar as Dalbir Kaur

first_imgAishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set to play the role of Dalbir Kaur in her upcoming biopic Sarbjit. After Randeep Hooda’s unrecognizable look as Sarabjit Singh went viral on all social networking sites, the filmmakers have now released the first poster of the film. Presenting the #SarbjitPoster @RandeepHooda #AishwaryaRaiBachchan produced by Bhushan Kumar T-Series Films pic.twitter.com/ZrMPFw2yUC TSeries (@TSeries) February 29, 2016 In the first look poster of the film, Aishwarya sports a de-glam avatar with spectacles and slight grey hair. And if given a close look to the poster, one can notice Randeep Hooda, who is sitting behind the bars. The poster was launched in the capital yesterday (February 29).Aishwarya had been shooting for the film at Attari Border in Amritsar for the film. The Jazbaa actor even visited The Golden Temple and did seva and had langar during the shoot of her upcoming film Sarbjit. BRAND NEW stills of Aishwarya from #Sarbjit @Vanita_ok @OmungKumar @SandeepSinghOne LOVING IT!!!! She look so real. pic.twitter.com/KyWyNLC9gy Aishwarya Rai (@AishwaryaSpice) February 27, 2016 The film is based on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer, who was convicted for terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.Directed by Omung Kumar, Sarbjit also stars Richa Chadha in the lead role. The film is slated to release on May 19 this year.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni exudes confidence after India win 9 of 10 T20s in 2016

first_imgIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the current Indian team is a ‘balanced’ side which can ‘take on any team anywhere in the world’ at least in the shortest format of the game after they notched up their ninth win out of 10 matches.”Well if you see, more often than not, the team that we have played with (this year in T20’s), looks like a team that can play in any condition, especially in this format. Let’s not talk about the 50-over format. But in T20s, we can play with this team anywhere in the world,” said Dhoni after India crushed UAE by 9 wickets in Asia Cup last night.”We now have three proper seamers, two spinners and if needed part-timers. I think it is the right combination. And even if you go for a few extra runs, with the batting that we have – till No. 8, I think we can look to get those extra runs if the opposition scores off us. So I think this team is set for playing in any conditions, whether you are playing in India or outside India. It looks like a very balanced team.” (Dhoni happy with India’s good habits)Dhoni was in playful mood when a Bangladeshi scribe asked a long and winded question with basic intent of trying to know if this was the last time that the limited overs skipper will be playing in this country. (Dhoni backs Dhawan to battle poor form ) “I’m not getting rid of myself so soon. Bangladesh will have to face me more often than not. This is one occasion when the question was longer than the answer,” he smiled as everyone present in the conference room had a good laugh.advertisementOn a serious note, Dhoni said that he expected the final to be a tough one as Bangladesh knew the conditions well.”As I said, any good team if they are the home team, they will always know the conditions very well. So to beat a home team is always difficult. Also Bangladesh, over the years has developed a lot. They have improved their strength. They know the conditions well, as I have said. It will be a good final.”A lot depends on which team plays better cricket. This format the difference between the two teams can often be just one knock, one individual having a very good day or one bowler having a very good day. The difference between a good team and not-so-good team can be just a performance on that particular day. So I feel it will be a very good final,” Dhoni assessed.Dhoni feels that they will have to stop the big-hitters in Bangladesh team and should not allow any particular bowler to have an outstanding day.”In this format, what has happened doesn’t really matter.It depends on that particular day as to what’s going to happen. You have to keep the big-hitter out of the game. You have to make sure that one of the bowlers doesn’t have an outstanding day. The field is set for a very good final.”Dhoni also does not think that Bangladesh being the home team will have any ‘unfair advantage’ on these strips.”I don’t think the home team have an unfair advantage as such. We’ve also played four five games here. It gives us a good idea about the wicket and what the conditions are. Lot will depend on what kind of cricket we play on that particular day. It is not about how strong. It is all about how you have executed your plans.”Dhoni said that the team was well prepared for T20 World Cup and there were no injury concerns as of now.”As of now, there are no injury concerns. In the coming matches what will happen we don’t know. If someone gets a niggle, you look to give him a rest if opportunity arises.”These are sports-related injuries, if someone gets hit by a ball. It’s useless to think about those things. But until now everyone’s fit. They are all looking good.”last_img read more

Sultan: Teaser of Salman Khan’s next to release with Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan

first_imgFans of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan might be awaiting the clashbetween Sultan and Raees this Eid, but the two actors are unfazed by the boxoffice rivalry. In fact, Salman recently took to Twitter to praise thetrailer of Shah Rukh’s upcoming film Fan and said that he too is a bigfan of the 50-year-old actor. And now, the teaser of Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s upcomingfilm Sultan will be attached to King Khan’s Fan.ALSO READ: Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s fan turn into his biggest enemy in Fan trailer  ALSO READ: Anushka Sharma slapped Salman Khan on the film sets? Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to make the announcement. Breaking News: #Sultan teaser to be attached to the prints of #Fan. #SalmanKhan #SRK #15April2016 #YRF #MammothExpectations #CountdownBegins taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 6, 2016Sultan and Fan are produced under the Yash Raj Films banner and both the films have already up the curiosity level. While Salman’s Sultan is a sports-based film wherein the Ek Tha Tiger actor will essay the role of a wrestler, Fan, on the other hand, will see SRK in a double role.Directed by Maneesh Sharma, Fan is set to hit the screens on April 25.last_img read more

Manuel Neuer extends contract with Bayern Munich till 2021

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Mauel Neuer on Wednesday signed a contract extension with the reigning German champions till 2021.The World Cup winning German international had moved to Bayern from Schalke ahead of the 2011-2012 season and has been a regular in the playing XI.There were reports that the 30-year-old might follow his present coach Pep Guardiola to English heavyweights Manchester City but he buried such claims by signing the extension.”FC Bayern secured the services of another key player for the long term on Wednesday when the Worlds Best Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer signed a two-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2021,” a statement on the club’s website said.Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Javi Martnez also signed new contracts at the club which will have them at the Allianz Arena till 2021. Since moving to Bayern Neuer has lifted three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals and a Champions League crown in 2013.last_img read more

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first_imgHe praised BJP-ruled states for being forthcoming inHe praised BJP-ruled states for being forthcoming in implementing Centres programmes for the differently-abled.”BJP-ruled states have implemented our programmes primarily. We have also decided to set up national sports centre at five places across the country. We will also provide financial aid and loans for sports centres at district level with the help of state governments,” he said.Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, on the occasion, announced that differently-abled persons in the state will no longer be required to renew their certificates as they will now remain valid for life time.Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar said the Central government will issue a universal ID card for them which will be valid across the country.”They (physically challenged people) face difficulties in getting the certificates. Also, the ID card is not valid from one state to another. So, our government has decided that we will make a universal ID card for divyangs. They are being rolled out in 11 states including Gujarat,” he said. PTI KA PD ARS BSAlast_img read more

A few idiots giving bad name to England, says Fowler

first_imgMumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) Lambasting rowdy elements among his countrys fans who have converged on France to support their national teams campaign in the ongoing Euro 2016, former Liverpool and England football star Robbie Fowler today claimed that they were only handful of people. “Obviously there will be a minority of idiots. Yes, there cannot be a smoke without some fire, but the Russians were also involved and to label only the England fans as hooligans is wrong,” Fowler, who is on the expert panel of Sony Pictures Networks, which is broadcasting the tournament on its sports channels, told reporters here. England and Russian fans had clashed last week at Marseille and violence featuring unruly fans from these two countries has continued to mar the biggest football event after the FIFA World Cup.Fowler, who is analysing the matches on Sony Six and Sony ESPN channels along with ex-Portugal international Deco and Indias current captain Sunil Chhetri, has backed Italy to claim the top honours.”I was impressed with Northern Irelands last night (when they won 2-0 against Ukraine). Spain is a quality side and (Andres) Iniesta has been very impressive, though they lack a good goal scorer. “Although I am impressed with a number of teams, I am tipping Italy to win (the title), for certain. In defence they have been superb. They will not score many goals but they will also concede less (goals),” said the ex-Liverpool stalwart.According to 41-year-old Fowler, the lesser number of goals witnessed in the league phase so far was because the coaches of various teams are “tactically very good.”advertisementThe Englishman, however, was not in favour of increased usage of technology in football than what is in vogue.”Football is a sport of momentum and not fits and starts. I can understand goal-line technology, but I am not in favour of taking referees out of the game,” he said responding to a query about the controversial goal awarded to Peru, even though the ball appeared to have gone in off an attackers hand, that knocked five-time World Champions Brazil out of Copa America, which is in progress in the US. (More) PTI SSR NRB CM CMlast_img read more

Iceland force England’s Euro exit, Twitter sees second Brexit

first_imgEngland suffered one of their most embarrassing defeats when they lost to Iceland in their Euro 2016 round of 16 game on Tuesday.Iceland pulled off  a massive upset and went on to become the smallest nation to have ever reached the quarterfinal of European Championships. England failed to progress despite Wayne Rooney giving them the lead from a penalty spot kick in the fifth minute of the game. (Also read: Roy Hodgson quits as coach after England’s embarrassing Euro exit) England’s lead lasted only for two minutes as Ragnar Sigurdsson equalised for Iceland in the seventh minute of the game. The minnows took the lead in the 18th minute with a well-constructed goal. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s touch found the back of the net despite Joe Hart’s deflection.England coach Roy Hodgson stepped down after the shock defeat.Twitter exploded with messages targeting England’s poor show.  Here’s how Twitterati reacted to England’s shock exit from Euro 2016T 2300 – When you come out labelled a loser, and win .. that is BAAADDDUUUMMMBAAAAAA ! Just filled with so much joy for Iceland !! Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 27, 2016For all the hype around EPL and worthies like Beckham & Rooney, England has never won Euro. Won ’66 WC as hosts thanks to dubious refereeing Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) June 27, 2016How does England come to terms with this? Second exit from Europe in 5 days! They were pathetic. The richest football league yields this! Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 27, 2016Absolute rubbish from England. If Brexit wasn’t enough to come to terms with, now this- loss to Iceland. Hodgson is history. Rooney too.advertisement Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 27, 2016Just like your County system? That works ?? https://t.co/DDEbqfePt9 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) June 27, 2016Maybe pump some ??/opportunity into playing/producing English players in the EPL instead of constantly buying overseas talent? Just a thought Sam Billings (@sambillings) June 27, 2016Appoint Andrew Strauss director of football.?? Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) June 27, 2016Officially out of Europe ….England’s Commitment Towards #Brexit Is Commendable :)#ENGICE pic.twitter.com/1vnP6ax1GD Sir Javed Miandad (@SirJohnRoe) June 27, 2016After Raheem’s performance I expect the value of Sterling to plunge even further tomorrow.#ENGICE Celtic Wiki (@TheCelticWiki) June 27, 2016Only England could exit Europe twice in one week. #Brexit #Iceland #ENGICE ?? Tunde Okewale MBE (@UrbnLawyer) June 27, 2016We are as good as Spain! #ENGICE Jonathan Brownlee (@jonny_brownlee) June 27, 2016Meanwhile in the Iceland dressing room the manager is saying “calm down lads, it was only England” #ENGICE Kevin Hunter Day (@kevinhunterday) June 27, 2016What’s the difference between a tea bag and England?A tea bag stays in the cup longer #ENGICE #ENG #EURO2016 Karl Compton (@KarlJCompton) June 27, 2016Englandbeaten by a country with more volcanoesthan professional footballers. Well playedIceland. Akabiwa akatama (@Akatama23) June 27, 2016last_img read more

Manchester City close to signing Leroy Sane

first_imgGerman international Leroy Sane is about to join Manchester City football club, according to information published on Thursday by German newspaper Bild.The paper reported that there is already an agreement between the club and the player, and the next step is that City makes an offer to Schalke, Sane’s current club, to agree on the transfer, reports Efe.Bild explained that an offer above 50 million euros ($55.54 million) would now be accepted by Schalke, because there is a clause which allows Sane to leave the club for 37 million euros ($41.1) starting next year. (Also read: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola dismisses chances of signing Lionel Messi)In January, City was willing to pay 55 million euros ($61.09 million) for Sane but Schalke rejected the offer.last_img read more

Jolly LLB 2 first look: Akshay Kumar turns lawyer for Subhash Kapoor’s next

first_imgAkshay Kumar has stepped into the shoes of Arshad Warsi for the sequel for the 2013 hit film Jolly LLB. The Airlift actor, who has experimented with roles and looks on screen this year, will be again seen in a new avatar in Jolly LLB 2.ALSO READ: Akshay Kumar to romance Huma Qureshi in Jolly LLB 2 The 48-year-old actor, who has begun shooting for the film, took to Twitter to share his first look from the film.New day with a new look for a new film, let the mayhem begin! #JollyLLB2 it is! Judgement day 10th February, 2017! pic.twitter.com/QgfuXkrxFh Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 18, 2016Akshay is seen wearing a lawyer’s outfit, and is sporting a moustache with a red vermilion (tika) on his forehead.The sequel will reportedly be shot in Lucknow and Varanasi.While the 2013 film film was inspired by the Sanjeev Nanda hit-and-run case of 1999, the story behind the sequel is still kept under the wraps.Directed by Subhash Kapoor, the film also stars Anu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla. It is said to hit th screens some time next year.last_img read more

Gasol gets historic double, Spain dominates Argentina for Fiba World Cup gold

first_imgLATEST STORIES For Gasol, it was historic.The Toronto Raptors center becomes the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year, joining Lamar Odom — who did it for the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 Gabriel Deck scored 24 points for Argentina (8-1), which got off to a slow start and played uphill the rest of the way. Luis Scola was held to eight points, shooting 1 for 10 from the floor.Spain led 43-31 at the half, riding the strength of two big runs.Spain ran out to a quick 14-2 lead, only to have Argentina answer with an 11-0 spurt. But when that ended, Spain came back with a 17-1 run and took what was then its biggest lead at 31-14.Scola, even at 39 years old still Argentina’s best player throughout the tournament, didn’t get on the scoresheet until he made a pair of free throws with 2:57 left in the third. But they only cut the Spain lead to 19, and by then the Argentinian fans — who stood in the stands a few rows from their team’s bench, singing and chanting for much of the game — were relatively quiet.They probably had a good idea what was coming.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect UP NEXTArgentina: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Spain: Qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue There was one last gasp from Argentina, an 11-4 run to open the fourth quarter and cut Spain’s lead to 12 with 6:30 left. But Llull’s three-point play on the next Spain possession pushed the lead back to 15.TIP-INSArgentina: This was the third FIBA World Cup medal for Argentina, making it the fifth nation with that many after the United States (12), Yugoslavia (10), the Soviet Union (eight) and Brazil (six). Another four nations have two medals, including Spain. … Argentina fell to 2-8 all-time against Spain in World Cup or Olympic competition.Spain: It was the fourth consecutive FIBA title game to be decided by double digits. … It was also a double-title year for Spain coach Sergio Scariolo; he’s an assistant on Nick Nurse’s staff in Toronto. … Everything went Spain’s way early — even air balls. Rudy Fernandez took a corner 3 that sailed long by about two feet, landing in the hands of Juancho Hernangomez. He laid in the miss to start a three-point play, part of Spain’s 14-2 game-opening run.ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMJoining Rubio on the all-tournament team were Gasol, Scola, France’s Evan Fournier and Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic.DIGNITARIESAmong the big names in attendance on the final day of the World Cup: Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, FIBA ambassador and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, and Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — both four-time NBA champions with San Antonio.5 WITH 2Spain is the fifth nation to win the World Cup (or its predecessor, the world championship) at least twice. The U.S. and Yugoslavia are five-time champions, the Soviet Union won three titles and Brazil has won two. Argentina’s Luis Scola (L) fights for the ball with Spain’s Marc Gasol during the Basketball World Cup final game between Argentina and Spain in Beijing on September 15, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)BEIJING — Spain has captured its second World Cup championship, defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday to give Marc Gasol a rare double-title year.Tournament MVP Ricky Rubio scored 20 points and Sergio Llull added 15 for Spain (8-0), the ninth team to make it through a World Cup or world championship unbeaten. Gasol scored 14 for the winners, who never trailed.ADVERTISEMENT Australia’s Andrew Bogut to be investigated for World Cup rant Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Gasol is also the 19th to win either an NBA or WNBA crown along with a gold medal, either of the Olympic or World Cup variety, in the same year. And he’s the first to accomplish that feat while representing a nation other than the U.S.When Spain won its first title in 2006, it was Pau Gasol — Marc’s older brother — leading the way. This time, it was the not-so-little brother who led his nation to gold, hoisting the World Cup trophy three months after getting his hands on the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rene Catalan unfazed by younger Joshua Pacio: ‘He is only human’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Pacio has had a busy 2019, fighting Yosuke Saruta twice, with the last victory giving him back his title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFL’s biggest star joins growing list of sidelined QBs Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rene Catalan is out of the fringes and is now on the cusp of history as he is scheduled to challenge Joshua Pacio for the ONE World strawweight title.Racking up six straight after starting his professional career 0-2 with one no contest, Catalan has the chance to solidify himself as one of the best 125-lb martial artists in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I’m one hundred percent focused on getting this belt,” said the 40-year-old Catalan (6-2). “It’s every fighter’s dream to become a World champion. I’m hungry and determined to win the title.”Catalan faces the younger Pacio in main event on November 8 in the same card where Filipino icon Eduard Folayang takes on Mongolia’s Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Joshua Pacio is only human,” said Catalan who founded the Catalan Fighting System. “Just like every other fighter, he has strengths and weaknesses. We’re going to try and deal with that in the fight.”“It all comes down to the game plan we have heading into this. It’s going to be an exciting contest.” Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicallast_img read more

ICC clears bowling action of Bangladesh’s Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed and spinner Arafat Sunny to bowl in international matches after finding their remodelled bowling actions to be legal.The bowling actions of Sunny and Taskin have been found to be legal, and both bowlers can now resume bowling in international cricket, effective immediately, an ICC media statement said on Friday.Bangladesh announced a 13-man squad for the first two One-Dayers of the Afghanistan series, which starts on Sunday, and left a spot reserved for Taskin in case he gets the nod from ICC. (Also read: Bangladesh have seriously talented bunch of players: Courtney Walsh)With the ban on his bowling lifted, Taskin is now available for the Afghanistan One-Dayers. The selectors, however, wanted to give Sunny, who was kept out of the 20-man pool announced ahead of the final squad, more time to get used to his new action.Taskin and Sunny were reported for suspect illegal action after Bangladesh’s World Twenty20 opener against the Netherlands in Dharamsala earlier this year.After independent assessments in Chennai, ICC barred both the bowlers from bowling in international cricket for illegal actions on Mar 19.The Bangladesh Cricket Board then appealed against the ban on Taskin two days later but the judicial commissioner upheld the suspension following a review hearing. (Also read: Bangladesh call up uncapped Mosaddek for first two Afghanistan ODIs)The duo then returned home to begin working on remodelled actions while Taskin played for Abahani in the Dhaka Premier League. advertisementTo stay a bit more focused on remodelling his action, Sunny did not play the first portion of the league, joining the tournament midway.They kept on working on their actions even after the league had ended. BCB later tested out their actions with 2D cameras. (Also read: England’s James Anderson could be rested in Bangladesh, India Test series)After the specialists were satisfied with the results, they were sent to Brisbane for ICC’s assessment, which took place on Sep 8.Before this Bangladesh spinners Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi, too, returned from ICC imposed bans after remedied actions.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir falls on 29 in his Test comeback

first_imgComebacks are never easy especially at the age of 34 and after a hiatus of two years. Gautam Gambhir would have felt a bit jittery when he would have walked out to the middle after India won the toss and opted to bat against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.Gambhir looked positive right from the start when he cut one to the point boundary and then followed up with two successive sixes off Matt Henry. The left-handed batsman with a changed stance left well any deliveries outside the off and looked set for a big score. But unfortunately fell on 29, trapped lbw by Trent Boult.The Delhi batsman, who was drafted to the Test squad after injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan last played in a Test match for India in 2014 against England at the Oval. Gambhir’s solid performances in the domestic circuit, which included the recently concluded Duleep Trophy brought him back into contention.The Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain still has one more chance in the second essay and if he manages to get a decent score, he could be very well in the fray to be picked for India’s upcoming Test matches.While, at lunch on day one of the third and final Test, India were 75/2 with Cheteshwar Pujara (29*) and Virat Kohli (7*) at the crease.last_img read more

‘Champion of Champions’ Jitu Rai is in a league of his own: NRAI President

first_imgNational Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh on Monday congratulated ace shooter Jitu Rai for being awarded the ‘Champion of Champions’ title for pistol shooting in 2016 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).The army man on Sunday beat Serbia’s Damir Mikec, 29.6 to 28.3 in the Champions Trophy 10m Air Pistol final held at the T.S.N. Shooting Range in Bologna, Italy. Jitu was also awarded a cash reward of $ 5,587 (5000 euros) along with the title. (I let my country down, I have no excuses to make: Jitu Rai)”Jitu Rai is in a league of his own in the world of Pistol shooting and the Champions Trophy win reiterates his versatility as a shooter. On behalf of the NRAI, we congratulate him on his latest success and wish him all the best in continuing to bring laurels for the country,” Singh said.In the Rifle category, Russia’s Sergey Kamenskiy emerged champion. (Jitu Rai ready to shine in 50m Air Pistol today: Coach Smirnov Pavel)The Champions Trophy matches were held at the end of the Rifle and Pistol World Cup. All World Cup final medallists in both men’s and women’s events are eligible to participate in the tournament where they are allowed to choose between a 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol match. (Jitu Rai bags silver at shooting World Cup)The matches are then conducted in elimination format, where after the first four shots the athlete with the lowest score is first to be eliminated. One athlete is subsequently eliminated after each shot thereafter till the final two athletes remain. Their scores are then set back to zero and three single shots then determine the winner.advertisementlast_img read more