first_imgIt was supposed to be a celebration of the passion, the colour and the sounds of Argentine football, an unprecedented spectacle the whole country could share in as River Plate and Boca Juniors dispute the Copa Libertadores final for the first time in history.  Those tuning in from around the world on Saturday certainly did get a taste of the local football scene. What they did not see was a single ball being kicked in anger.  Instead the Superclasico turned into a farce, a black mark against a nation with one of the richest sporting heritages on the planet – and one can only hope this serves as a wake-up call to tackle the problems of violence, corruption and sheer incompetence at an institutional level that combined on Saturday to bring shame to all of us that call Argentina their home.   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! Having played November 11’s first leg in the Bombonera in relative peace and tranquility, despite a 24-hour rain delay, all hell broke loose in the return. Just over an hour before kick-off Boca’s team coach made its way to River’s Monumental and was a sitting duck for idiotic home fans milling outside the stadium.  The vehicle was pelted with rocks, beer bottles and other projectiles, destroying the windows and causing eye injuries to two Boca players, who required hospital treatment. Police intervention only made matters worse: the firing of tear gas to disperse the mob inevitably led to those inside the coach feeling its effects.  Questions must also be asked about why Boca were there in the first place. Police organise scores of River games every year and know where potential flashpoints are likely to occur. Why, then, was the bus directed down Monroe street in Nunez, a place where River supporters gather at every home match, with a criminally insufficient escort to avoid trouble? While those who attacked the coach brought shame on their club and should be identified and punished to the full letter of the law the security authorities, all 2,200 police officers who were hired solely to keep the peace in a game without away fans, proved themselves hideously incompetent in such a high-risk environment. Indeed, an even greater tragedy may have occurred. “At the moment of the attacks I fainted and the vice-president of Boca took the wheel,” the coach driver later explained to  ESPN . Así atacaron el micro de Boca pic.twitter.com/zzheX56vkO — TN – Todo Noticias (@todonoticias) November 24, 2018 If it were not for Horacio Paolini’s quick thinking the coach could easily have careered out of control and smashed into fans, causing a spine-chilling massacre. As the driver added: “For me it was a free-fire zone, we were coming to a football match, not to war.”Even though Pablo Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo were hospitalised following those events, common sense did not prevail. For three and a half long hours representatives from River, Boca and CONMEBOL clashed heads over what to do next: the clubs wanted to abandon the final, with the governing body pushing for the game to be played. “They are forcing us to play,” fired Carlos Tevez, while fellow senior Boca representative Fernando Gago told of the nausea and headaches suffered by his team-mates from the gas that seeped in through their broken windows.River Boca policeAll the while thousands of River supporters sat in the stands in nervous ignorance at what was going on in the bowels of the Monumental. Fans continued to enter, and there were further clashes with police involving rubber bullets and more tear gas as chaos reigned in the streets of Buenos Aires.The game was postponed, first for an hour, then two, and Boca’s coaching staff went as far as to announce their starting line-up and put training cones out on the pitch in preparation for kick-off before the futility of the exercise was finally recognised at 7.30pm local time and proceedings suspended until Sunday. As sad a prospect as it may be for such a picturesque final, logic would dictate that the second leg must now be played behind closed doors – a pathetic spectacle and one that should shame everyone involved. It seems an age ago that President of Argentina Mauricio Macri “Woke up one day” and decided the tie would be better with away fans, something that might have caused untold carnage on Saturday if his whim had been indulged by River and Boca’s presidents. Luckily both River chief Rodolfo D’Onofrio and Boca’s Daniel Angelici showed the common sense to dismiss that idea and it was that pair too who, in temporary alliance, made sure that what would have been a risible final in the light of Saturday’s events was abandoned. The game going ahead would have been the final stain on a match that turned into an absurdity the moment Boca’s coach was destroyed by hostile fire. But it is little solace to the supporters who eagerly awaited this showpiece final, in many cases spending thousands of dollars and travelling vast distances to see the action. Argentine football has been shamed, tainted almost beyond repair, and it is difficult to see any improvement possible with such criminal incompetence reigning among those entrusted with the organisation and safety of the sport.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom Justin RaoMumbai, Apr 13 (PTI) During an upheaval in the colonial India, a Dalit bowler became known for his heroic struggle.Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is now all set to make a biopic on the cricketer.Titled “Baloo”, the film will chronicle the story of the left-arm spinner Baloo Palwankar, who played for the Hindu Gymkhana Club in the early 1900s.He is hailed as the first member of the Dalit caste to make a significant impact on the sport.”I prefer telling stories about unsung heroes. Like Paan Singh, Baloo Palwankar too is unknown outside cricketing circle. His story is the story of India and what better backdrop to have than cricket,” Tigmanshu told PTI.Produced by Vinay Sinha and Priti Sinha, the film is expected to roll out next year as currently the makers are finishing the research work of the movie, being carried out by historian Dr Ramachandra Guha.”Tigmanshu had read a book by Ramachandra Guha which had a chapter about Baloo. He asked me to read it too because the story was absolutely fascinating. He not only played cricket but also entered politics later. His life is worth putting on the big screen,” Priti told PTI.Despite being one of the finest cricketers of his time, Baloo was apparently never allowed to lead the team as a captain because of his so-called lower caste status.The producer says they have obtained a no objection certificate from the cricketers family and will be looking to cast an A-list Bollywood star once the writing for the project is complete.advertisementApart from this film, they will also roll out their other production “Super 30″, directed by Vikas Bahl.”Baloo” is written by Dhulia and Darab Farooqui and co- produced by Namrata Sinha.It will be made under the banner of Reel Life Entertainment (I) Pvt Ltd in association with Tigmanshu Dhulia.This will be another biopic on a cricketer after series of films like “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”, “Azhar” and the upcoming documentary on Sachin Tendulkar. PTI JUR VT ARS BKlast_img read more

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first_imgLeicester City might break their last summer’s transfer record to strengthen their squad as they are keen to improve next season, interim manager Craig Shakespeare said ahead of the Premier League club’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday.Leicester spent over 55 million pounds ($70.71 million) to buy strikers Ahmed Musa, Islam Slimani and midfielder Nampalys Mendy after their title winning 2015-16 campaign and Shakespeare said that it could happen again.”There could be (a new record). You look at the players out there, the Premier League is the place to play,” Shakespeare told reporters.”It (the squad) doesn’t need major surgery, I think it will be minimal but I expect a few going and a few coming.”It gets harder every year. You saw how many teams reinvested and fortunes spent on transfers. It still shows where the league table is now.”Media reports have linked midfielder Riyad Mahrez to clubs across Europe but Shakespeare said he had no information about any deals.”I am not aware of any gentleman’s agreement,” Shakespeare added.”Obviously, as we get towards the end of the season, the club will talk to the players involved.”He was the same Riyad today – smiling, enjoying training.”As far as I’m concerned, until told otherwise, he is under long-term contract here and happy here.”Leicester’s 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday moved them up to ninth in the table with three games left.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, May 16 (PTI) Saraswat Bank, top lender in the urban cooperative space, today said it has been selected along with three commercial banks to onboard 51,000 fair price shops as business correspondents (BCs) in Maharashtra.The fair price shops will help extend financial services across the state, the lender said in a statement.The bank has been allocated Sangli, Pune, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, Akola, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Solapur, Ratnagiri and Nashik districts to onboard the shops as BCs, it said. ……………………………………………………. HDFC Realty launches helpline to register with RERAHDFC Realty has launched a helpline number to help brokers and developers register with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).”Brokers and developers can call help desk number 022?67221919 from 10 am?6 pm, Monday?Sunday, for any queries related to fees, documentation, applicable rules and regulations, among others,” the realty portal said in a statement here.According to the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, it is imperative for brokers or real estate agents to register themselves with RERA in order to continue their practice. …………………………………………………….. Carlson Rezidor Hotel partners with DineoutCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group today said it has partnered with Dineout, a table reservation and restaurant promotion service, to reach out to tech-savvy diners.”Consumers have an increasing penchant for technology and the driving force for the initiative is to deliver better customer experience,” said Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Vice- President, Asia Pacific, Sandy Russell in a release here.With the evolving technological landscape aided by increased Internet penetration and use of smartphones, the company recognises the need to provide a solution for F&B outlets and are happy to partner with Dineout, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Raj Rana added. ……………………………………………………. BoB launches e-ticketing platform for FIFA U-17 World CupadvertisementState-run Bank of Baroda today launched an e-ticketing platform for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in the country.The platform has been launched in association with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. It was inaugurated by football legend Carles Puyol.”We are delighted to have partnered with FIFA U-17 World Cup which is a sporting milestone of the country and will host players from across the globe and their millions of fans,” the banks MD and CEO P S Jayakumar said in a statement here.The platform, which is also the ticketing gateway, will integrate purchase of passes through various digital modes such as Internet banking, debit and credit card facilities. PTI SM AA PSK HV RSY SRElast_img read more

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first_imgFord Motor Co said on Wednesday it plans to cut 1,400 salaried jobs in North America and Asia through voluntary early retirement and other financial incentives as the No. 2 US automaker looks to boost its sagging stock price. The move is unlikely to impact India, however, there has been no comment from Ford India yet.Ford shares fell as much as 2.5 per cent in heavy trading and were headed to their worst close since November 2012 as the broader markets tumbled over the political turmoil in Washington.The buyout offers were a fraction of the 20,000 job cuts that some news outlets had reported Ford could announce this week.Ford said the cuts would amount to about 10 per cent of a group of 15,000 managers and other non-production workers and would reduce labor costs for that segment by 10 per cent.The company said a large group of salaried workers would not be covered by the planned cuts, including those in product development and in the Ford Credit unit. The cuts will not apply to Ford’s Europe or South America units.About two-thirds of the buyout offers are in North America and the rest in Asia. Ford does not plan to cut hourly workers or production.The automaker will offer financial incentives, including generous early retirement offers, to encourage salaried employees to depart voluntarily by the end of September. Ford said it expects it will hit the targets through voluntary offers, spokesman Mike Moran said.”Reducing costs and becoming as lean and efficient as possible also remain part of that work,” Moran said.advertisementThe voluntary incentives offers will go to about 9,600 of 30,000 US salaried workers, the company said.In 2016, Ford cut hundreds of white-collar jobs in Europe, reducing costs by $200 million annually.Ford continues to churn out strong profits, reporting a record $10.4 billion in pre-tax earnings in 2016, and expects to earn around $9 billion this year.But investors are worried about slowing sales and an industry that could be dominated by autonomous vehicles and car sharing in the future.The Detroit automakers have been under pressure from US President Donald Trump to add jobs in the United States, but declining US sales and stalled share values are exerting a stronger force.Ford said in January it was cancelling a planned Mexico plant and adding 700 jobs in Michigan.Last month it announced plans to cut costs by $3 billion in 2017. Automakers are trimming expenditures as they brace for slowing auto sales.ALSO READ:Ford launches Figo and Aspire Sports Edition in IndiaALSO READ: Ford named world’s most ethical company for eighth straight yearlast_img read more

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first_img(With additional quotes and leaving out a few paras)Mumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) Boosted by the availability of star striker Sunil Chhetri after his timely recovery from a hamstring injury, hosts India go into the football friendly against lower-ranked Nepal here tomorrow with their confidence high and as the favourites.The international friendly is to be played at the Football Arena in Andheri Sports Complex where Indias dramatic ascension to no. 100 in the FIFA rankings commenced last September with a 4-0 rout of Puerto Rico.The Indian squad has been sweating it out at the same venue for three weeks now with only the players from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan missing for the major part due to their club commitments.With them joining the camp a few days ahead of the friendly against Nepal, which is being used as the tune-up for Indias vital AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier against Kyrgyzstan next week, national head coach Stephen Constantine would be keen to put his best team on the park and make them jell again as a combination.The players had dispersed to fulfil their respective club commitments after notching up a memorable 1-0 win over Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup group opener in March end and the main aim will be to reunite in a proper way for the June 13 game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru. Although key striker Chhetri is fit enough to play, he was unlikely to be included in the friendly as a precaution for the more important game against Kyrgyzstan, said Constantine today. “(Norway-based goalkeeper) Gurpreet Singh will lead the side. Sunil may not play against Nepal. The AFC Asian Cup qualifier is more important than a friendly. Its just to protect him. Hes not 22 anymore. As you get older you will have to put up with injuries and it gets longer to recover,” the Englishman explained. India were hovering in the 170s when they last played against Nepal and Constantine described the ascent as “not an easy journey.” “It was a result of a lot of hard work and commitment from everyone concerned – players, support staff and the rest. FIFA ranking is just one aspect, a number. It depends on a number of variations,” he said.advertisementThe team will obviously miss the services of winger Udanta Singh, who has picked up a serious hamstring injury and is out of this game as well as the more important one against the Kyrgyz Republic.It was Udanta who had laid the perfect pass for Chhetri to bulge the net in the dying moments of the game against Myanmar in Yangoon on March 28. India will also miss the services of C K Vineet, said Constantine. Coming to the India-Nepal football rivalry, the hosts have not lost to their north-eastern neighbours for 18 years, their last defeat – a 0-4 rout – happening in the 1999 SAF Games.After that reversal, the two South Asian neighbours have met on nine occasions and India has come out trumps on all but two of these encounters which were goalless draws.Their last contest was in the South Asian Football Federation championship in December 2015 and India had emerged 4-1 victors. Visiting teams coach, Koji Gyotoku of Japan said the game against India was very important ahead of next weeks group F AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen. “This match is very important to prepare for our Asian Cup qualifier against Yemen next week. India have improved as a team in the last 2-3 years. We are looking forward to get a good result for building confidence,” said Koji. “In tactics and in the physical aspect the Indian team is better. We need to get something from tomorrows game,” he added. Nepal does not possess a national football stadium to train or host internationals after the devastating earthquake in capital Kathmandu a couple of years ago, according to the countrys Japanese coach. PTI SSR GK NSK RYSlast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said on Friday.The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-time world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer.It said that Ronaldo was “deeply disenchanted” with the allegations against him.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.Real Madrid said on Thursday that they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally. They could not immediately be reached on Friday to comment on the report.Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain — among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar — to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.Ronaldo has completed eight seasons at Real Madrid since joining them from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world record fee of 96 million eurosDuring that time, they have won the Champions League three times and La Liga twice. In November, he agreed to extend his contract until 2021.advertisementHe is currently at the Confederations Cup in Russia with the Portuguese national team.last_img read more

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first_imgIt may well be that India will go to Sri Lanka without a head coach as the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman seek more time to confer with captain Virat Kohli before making the announcement.While the last ball is still to be bowled on this one, India Today unmasks a few myths and establishes some facts to emerge from the CAC’s four-hour-long interview process where five candidates — Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody and Ravi Shastri gave their presentations.WATCH FULL VIDEO1. MYTHVirat Kohli will choose the next coachFACTVirat Kohli will just be consulted by the CAC. The objective is to not to have another Anil Kumble like situation. They want to drive home the point with Kohli that each of the coach they have in their mind after the interviews will have his own opinion and he will have to respect it if he wants the team to improve going forward2. MYTHVirender Sehwag wants his own support staff and has reservations working with his former Kings XI colleague Sanjay BangarFACTVirender Sehwag said during the presentation that he would be happy to work with the current support staff.3.  MYTHRavi Shastri is a yes man coachFACTRavi Shastri was hard at some players in the presentation and reckoned a few of them had not made the kind of progress they should have despite the team getting results in the past year. advertisement4. MYTHSehwag with his share of run-ins with coaches in the past is a man of strong opinionFACTSehwag was the softest towards the players in his presentation5.MYTHShastri ruled out / front runnerFACTShastri is neither ruled out nor a front runner by a distance. Despite their public fall out last time, Ganguly liked his frank words in the presentation.While Ganguly could still be inclined to go with Sehwag, captain Kohli may still have his views on Shastri, which will be heard.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter bringing the Canvas 2, Micromax now extends it Canvas series with the launch of a new budget smartphone — Canvas 1. Micromax Canvas 1 is announced in two colour variants — Matte Black and Chrome Black. Both the variants of the phone are available across all offline channels at Rs 6,999.With the Micromax Canvas 1, the company is offering 100-day replacement promise on any hardware issue. “It is also the first smartphone to come with a 100-day replacement promise on any hardware issue (which is a part of the 1 year product warranty),” says the company.In terms of specifications, the new Micromax Canvas 1 comes with 4G VoLTE support. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution. The device sports a 2.5D HD display and delivers sharper images with high contrast ratio.Canvas 1 runs on Android Nougat out-of-the-box and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor which is further coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The storage memory is further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. With the latest software onboard, users will be able to get access to all the features that come with Android Nougat like – Doze mode, new quick settings option, bundled notifications and more.Also Read: Micromax Canvas 2 launched at Rs 11,999, comes bundled with free 4G data for 1 yearOn the camera front, Canvas 1 comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with flash. While on the front, features a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is further backed by a 2500mAh battery, which the company claim lasts for 7 hours. Now users can play games and multitask without any burden of battery drainage as Canvas 1 comes with a strong 2500 mAh battery which will last up to 7 hours,”  notes Micromax.advertisementTo recall, Micromax Canvas 2 was launched back in May. The phone was launched at Rs 11,999 and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a 360-degree identification fingerprint sensor, Android Nougat and is further powered by powered by a Quad-core 1.3GHz processor. Canvas 2 packs 3GB of RAM paired with 16GB of storage which can be further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The device is backed by a massive 3050 mAh battery which claims to last upto 11 hours.On the camera front, the Canvas 2 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while on the front comes with a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The rear camera comes coupled with flash and different modes — such as Bokeh, Panorama and HDR.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) Apprehensions following the imposition of GST on sports equipment has forced the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to “approach” the finance ministry and take up the cudgels on behalf of a very concerned shooting community. The NRAI assured that it will “do all it can” to ensure the shooters are not affected. The inclusion of sports goods under the higher tax slabs of the Goods and Services Tax has left many shooters worried about high cost of procuring equipment from abroad, and renowned pistol exponent Jaspal Rana has been the most vocal in expressing concerns. NRAI president Raninder Singh old PTI, “We have taken it up officially with the Finance Ministry and are hopeful of an early resolution to the issue. NRAI will do everything in its power to ensure that the athletes and the sport are not adversely affected.” As someone who is currently coaching the Indian junior pistol team, the 41-year-old Rana empathises with the plight of his aspiring wards and their anxious parents. “Imposing GST on sports goods will act as an obstacle, especially to those who are financially weak. “Instead of encouraging the athletes who can bring glory to the country, you are imposing an additional unnecessary burden of 18-28 percent of GST on sports equipment.” Elaborating on the problems, he said, “Parents of aspiring shooters coming from not-so well-to-do families buy equipment after taking loans from banks or borrow money, just imagine what will they do now. “These equipment are not produced in India, they have to be imported, so how will an athlete from a poor family manage.” Rana, a multiple-time gold medallist at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and several other international tournaments, was also critical of the national federation. When told that NRAI senior vice-president and MP Kalikesh Narain Singh Deo raised the issue in the Parliament recently, Rana asked what were they doing before GST was officially imposed? “I dont see any step being taken in this regard by the federation or the government. About the problems faced by the sportsman till now, none from the government or federation has expressed concern on the social media or any other platform. “Whereas our sports minister has enough spare time to inaugurate a range of five lanes.” Under Rana, the junior shooters gave a good account of themselves in the recent world championships at Munich, finishing second overall. “Now you see what countries like USA and China will do. They are not going to keep quiet. We had a good platform and the governments policy on import till now was liberal. But this could be a huge setback if the government doesnt review its tax policy.” The Padma Shri went on, “Whatever we have achieved in our time was without much support from the government. It is a pity that the government wants to impose GST on this. I cant understand how much profit can they earn from it. 100 crore, 200 crore, can they afford an Olympic medal after saving this amount?” Under the new policy, 28 percent tax will be levied on pistols and revolvers while rifles, shotguns and ammunition are in the 18 percent tax slab. The rest of the equipment is in the 12 percent slab. Shooting equipment was exempt from any tax before GST came into the picture. Raninder said, “As I have already spoken on the day of the NRAI elections held recently, 18 percent GST imposed on all imports including duty free imports will definitely have an adverse impact on the shooting sport. “All world-class equipment needed in the sport needs to be imported and were till now part of the customs duty free list. A steep imposition of 18 percent is sure to affect a majority of athletes who are vying to bring glory to the country.” Weapons and equipments used in shooting sports are imported from countries such as Germany, Italy and UK. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgOn April 29 this year, when most Indian sports buffs were obsessing over the IPL, fretting the torturous heat and waiting impatiently for the Champions Trophy, Samir Singh quietly stepped out of his house in Mumbai and started to run.Samir ran and ran for over three months – 100 kilometres a day. He had set out to achieve 10,000 km in 100 days but fell agonisingly short by 36 km. He needed to finish 150 km on August 6, the final day but exhaustion and illness got the better of him. He was done.He had fallen short one day and thought he could make up for it but that did not happen but Samir has no regrets. In his own words, the numbers do not matter, the fame (an obvious by-product) is of little consequence.But why, a fair few wonder, did Samir run in the scorching heat? Why did he run in the Mumbai rain and why did he brave the Mumbai traffic? Forrest Gump had run across the American coast, possibly in search of his soul mate.What then is Samir’s story?It’s simple yet awe-inspiring. The ultra marathoner could not accept the theory that marathon runners needed a week to recover from one day of running. A marathon lasts 42 kilometres, less than half the distance Samir covered in a day for 3 months and 10 days. A week’s rest between marathons just did not sound right.Had that been the case, a night would have been 168-hour long and Samir believes one night, a good eight hours of rest is enough to recover. And that’s what he did from April 29 to August 6. He ran, he ate, he slept and he ran again.advertisementToday, the world is standing up as one to salute a hero. Not that Samir wanted to be one.”I never wanted to be a star – I just wanted to do something different. I have had a difficult life – but I always wanted to achieve something unique,” Samir told intoday.in. “I always thought my body could recover overnight, otherwise the night would have been longer.””I have only done it for India – our old warriors and our rich history. India will emerge further. This run was not for me,” he said.Samir, of course, had the expertise. He had pounded the streets, running long distances when the thought suddenly flashed in the deep recesses of his mind.”I ran 42 km marathons, then I ran ultras. And suddenly, I thought of 100 days, 100 km. That sounded perfect.”It was a dream that started taking shape slowly. Samir was on the path to greatness and there was no one to stand between him and his dream. He did not run for money nor for fame. He ran for the sheer thrill of it, for the pure joy and the rush of adrenaline. How beautiful is that!”I had always wanted to train in Kenya, wanted to train and drain myself. I’d dream of training hard, falling down with exhaustion and then getting back up again on my feet. I got attached to the thought of hardships.”I wanted to run and stop just to drink a little coconut water. The thrill of running and the thrill of hardships. It gave me a lot of joy thinking about it,” said Samir, going back to those magic days in the streets of India’s finance capital.Samir is a believer in the doctrines of Swami Vivekananda. And he was emphatic that the words of wisdom from the ancient times were always true. And therein came to the fore his Sattvik values, the essence of a simple life and the zeal to get to the finish line.”I have always had a simple diet. I like protein juice, daal (pulses), chawal (rice) and boiled potatoes. Sattvik food is important – it can increase our age. It is written in our holy scriptures, in the Geeta. That’s all I needed to eat and that’s all I ate.”Samir makes it all sound ridiculously easy. Human energy, he says, is an amazing phenomenon. It has tamed the wildest of beasts and can keep fighting and offer solutions for the strangest problems in this world. That’s what human endurance is all about. With the right kind of effort, Samir says, anything is possible.WHAT NEXT FOR THE FAITH RUNNERSamir has come to be known as the Faith Runner and thanks to Vandana and Vikram Bhatti, a brother-sister duo based in Mumbai, the history-shattering run has woken up the public conscience. They met him on the 47th day of his run across the City of Dreams and they have since been inundated with messages of support.advertisementSamir needs to rest and recover from his ambitious run, needs to gain some weight again and see his mother. Before that, he will set foot to Vrindavan, where the dream began to take shape, where the training was undertaken and the inspiration was drawn.THE MAGNITUDE OF SAMIR’S ACHIEVEMENT: – On Day 64 ‘The Faith Runner’ had outrun the RADIUS of Earth, measuring 6,371km- On Day 68, he had outrun the DIAMETER of planet Mars, 6,779km (4212.2 Miles)- On Day, 85, he had run 3,700km longer than the longest migration by any land animal. The current record holder is the four-legged Caribou, a subspecies of North American Reindeer that covers 4,800km – annually- On Day 87, he had run across America from coast to coast, twice- On Day 89, he had run the distance of the Great wall of China (8,851km)On Day 100, he had covered a fourth of the circumference of Earthlast_img read more

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first_imgEight-times winners Liverpool F.C. were paired with Leicester City F.C. when the draw for the third round of the English League Cup was made in Beijing on Thursday.Liverpool F.C.’s trip to face three-times winners Leicester at King Power Stadium for their first match of the competition this year was one of four all-Premier League ties.West Bromwich Albion F.C. host four-times winners Manchester City F.C., Bournemouth F.C. play Brighton and Hove Albion F.C., and Crystal Palace F.C. host Huddersfield Town F.C.Manchester United F.C., who beat Southampton F.C. in last year’s final, start their defence of the trophy at home to second tier Burton Albion F.C.The seven Premier League sides involved in European competition all entered the draw at the third round.Reuters Photo Former European champions Nottingham Forest F.C., who won the League Cup four times in the Brian Clough era, were rewarded for their 3-2 second round upset of the Premier League’s Newcastle United F.C. with a trip to Chelsea F.C.Twice winners Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. also dispatched Premier League opposition in round two, beating Southampton F.C. 2-0, and were drawn at home to third tier Bristol Rovers F.C.Burnley F.C. striker Chris Wood, who joined the Premier League club this week and made his debut in the second round win over Blackburn Rovers F.C., will be heading back to his former club Leeds United F.C. in the third round.advertisement#CarabaoCup: Round Three draw completeHere it is in full… pic.twitter.com/9rKFY5RPqR- Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) August 24, 2017 In other ties, Arsenal F.C. host Doncaster Rovers F.C. while north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C. face a wait for their tie after being drawn against Derby County F.C. or Barnsley F.C., who play their second round tie on September 19.The remainder of the third round ties will be played over the week commencing September 18.The competition is sponsored this year by Carabao Energy Drink, which is manufactured by a company based in Bangkok. The draw was moved to China earlier this week after previous draws held in the Thai capital were marred by problems.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia A recovered from a top-order collapse to beat New Zealand A by six wickets in their third unofficial ODI match here today.Chasing 144 for a win, India A were reduced to 23 for 3 in the eight over with Prithvi Shaw (6), Mayank Agarwal (8) and Shreevats Goswami (9) getting out cheaply.But, captain Shreyas Iyer (37), Vijay Shankar (47 not out) and Deepak Hooda (37 not out) made substantial contributions to ensure that India A chased down the target with 25.2 overs to spare.India reached 144 for 4 in 24.4 overs to win the match.Earlier, Karn Sharma rocked the New Zealand innings with a five-wicket haul for 22 runs.Electing to bat first, New Zealand were all out for 143 in 37.1 overs.Brief scores:New Zealand A: 143 all out in 37.1 overs (Henry Nicholls 35; Karn Sharma 5/22).India A: 144 for 4 in 24.4 overs (Vijay Shankar 47 not out, Deepak Hooda 37 not out; Ish Sodhi 2/31).last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai, Nov 11 (PTI) Star India player Sunil Chhetri hopes the country will build on the massive popularity generated by the FIFA U-17 World Cup. “Massive, the kind of popularity, the kind of interest generated (about football) by the World Cup is massive, I hope we build on it. It is one thing to have a tournament and more important thing to build on it, so I just hope as nation we build on it,” he told reporters on sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours held here. India successfully hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup last month, with games played at six cities and Kolkata hosting the final. England emerged victorious in the tournament. The 33-year-old football player also said that the goal scored by India U-17 player, Jaekson Singh, was a good one. PTI NRB BS BSlast_img read more

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first_imgManchester City soared above the fog swirling round the Etihad Stadium to demolish Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 and leave the rest of the Premier League peering into the distance in search of Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking team on Saturday.Tottenham, who began the day fourth, were supposed to provide a proper test but, just like City’s previous 15 opponents, were outclassed as goals by Ilkay Gundogan before halftime and Kevin de Bruyne and two from Raheem Sterling after it put City 14 points clear.City’s 16th successive win took them to 52 points, one game short of the halfway point of the season.Kevin De Bruyne has been directly involved in 14 goals in his 15 #PL appearances since the start of September (6 goals, 8 assists)#MCITOT pic.twitter.com/5PI3lxglIq- Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017Manchester United, who play at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, have 38 as do champions Chelsea who beat Southampton 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s free kick.Marcos Alonso has been involved in 14 goals since his @ChelseaFC debut (10 goals, 4 assists); more than any other #PL defender#CHESOU pic.twitter.com/U1fcBc2HXd- Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017Arsenal sent Newcastle United into the drop zone with a 1-0 win that lifted the Gunners to fourth with 33 points while Burnley are fifth, a further point back, after a 0-0 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion for whom Glenn Murray missed a penalty.Tottenham tumbled down to seventh behind Liverpool, who are at Bournemouth on Sunday, on goal difference.There were two big movers at the bottom with Crystal Palace winning 3-0 at Leicester City and West Ham United doing the same at Stoke City to move out of the relegation zone into 14th and 15th places respectively. Stoke are 17th.advertisementEven without the absent David Silva, City were too clinical for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side and could even afford a second-half penalty miss from Gabriel Jesus.”It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball,” Guardiola said.”Since August we are so happy and I admire the most the way we play without the ball — thank you to the club to provide me with these amazing players.”LEFT UNMARKED City’s attacking football is a thing to behold but there was nothing fancy about their 14th minute opener as Gundogan was left unmarked to head in from a corner — a goal Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino described as an early Christmas present.Big sign…@ManCity have now played the other 5 teams in the #PL top 6 last season, beating them all with an aggregate score of 15-3 pic.twitter.com/8gkJkUW0AE- Premier League (@premierleague) December 16, 2017To their credit Tottenham took the game to City in the second half but were cut open in the 70th minute as De Bruyne finished off a rapid counter-attack.Sterling’s double in the final 10 minutes took his tally for the season to 15 in all competitions before Christian Eriksen scored a late consolation for the visitors.Watch out Salah – @sterling7 is coming for you ??? pic.twitter.com/2w7JfzlEr2- Premier League (@premierleague) December 16, 2017″Today yes, they showed better quality than us. The better team won,” Pochettino said.Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 games, but like Arsenal who beat Newcastle with a Mesut Ozil goal, are realistically playing for a top-four position unless City suffer a new year collapse of dramatic proportions.”In the last 10 games we won eight games,” Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said. “Some people are forgetting this run because there is a team that is winning every game.”last_img read more

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first_imgIIT Kharagpur students who hold interest in tennis will now be trained by TJ Hyman, the former coach of India tennis ace Leander Paes, according to a released statement. Among the other sports, a major thrust has been given on tennis with US-based alumnus and entrepreneur Vinod Gupta facilitating a training programme and sports kit upgradation.He has roped in the US-based Hyman, to start a training programme for enthusiasts at IIT Kharagpur. Hyman has earlier coached in the Britannia Amritraj Tennis programme. Warren Rhomfeld from the US Professional Tennis Association will assist him.(Read: IIT-KGP and Pepperdine University are collaborating for technological knowledge exchange)”I love tennis as a game and exercise. I want IIT Kharagpur team to be the best that’s why I have asked T J Hyman, coach of Leander Paes, to train the IITKgp team. He is one of the finest tennis coaches. There are endless opportunities to give back as an alum and this time sports is on my agenda to promote wellness among the students,” said Vinod Gupta, who funded the management and law schools at IIT Kharagpur.The institute has allocated an amount of Rs 10 crore for upgrading and renovating sports activities to host the Inter IIT 2019.”This is in addition to the annual sports budget of Rs 1.5 crore allocated by the Institute. IIT Kharagpur will be building two synthetic courts each for tennis, basketball and volleyball, one synthetic athletic track, an indoor stadium with food court,” the statement said.Read: For first time in 10 years, UGC NET syllabus to be revised: Know the details here advertisementRead: J&K students taken on a capacity building tour by Indian Armylast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Chasson Randle wraps up his Stanford career with 2,375 points, and the last two won him another NIT title.Two days after setting the school’s career scoring record, Randle made the go-ahead free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and the Cardinal edged Miami 66-64 on April 2.Sheldon McClellan’s double-pumping 3-point attempt that would have won it at the buzzer wasn’t close to going in.The short-handed Hurricanes had rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to force OT and led 64-61 with less than a minute left. But Randle twice got to the line, making four straight foul shots for the victory.“We were going to put the ball in Chasson’s hands and he was going to decide it for us,” coach Johnny Dawkins said.The senior finished with 25 points to earn most outstanding player honors. He had scored 15 in the 2012 NIT title game as a freshman.The experimental 30-second shot clock being used in the NIT proved critical after Randle’s free throws pulled Stanford to 64-63 with 38.9 seconds left.Under the regular 35-second clock, the Cardinal (24-13) probably would have needed to foul. Instead, they played defense, and Deandre Burnett missed a 3-point attempt that might have clinched it.Randle then leaned into Davon Reed on a jumper to draw a foul. “That’s what you saw down the stretch of the game, the last few minutes and in overtime, just a will to win,” Dawkins said.Miami (25-13) threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds, and after Anthony Brown made a free throw with 3.1 seconds to go, the Hurricanes appeared to do it again.But the officials went to the monitor and reversed the call, ruling Stanford touched the ball last. That gave Miami one last chance with the ball under the basket and 1.8 seconds left.The Hurricanes had rallied from double-digit deficits to win their last two games. They almost did it again despite missing starting point guard Angel Rodriguez (wrist) and center Tonye Jekiri (concussion). Backup point guard Manu Lecomte (knee) played only five minutes, none after halftime.“I know our guys are very, very disappointed, but I told them I love them,” coach Jim Larranaga said. “I’m very, very proud of them. They did a fantastic job. This last three weeks has been a blast.”With the scored tied 55-all and just over a minute left in regulation, the game became a contest of the teams’ top scorers driving to the hoop. Twice Randle hit shots to put Stanford ahead only for Sheldon McClellan to draw a foul on the other end and drain both free throws to tie it.After McClellan made it 59-59 with 16.8 seconds to go, Stanford worked the ball around for an open 3-point attempt by Marcus Allen. He missed it at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.McClellan led the Hurricanes with 17 points. He shot just 5 of 16 from the floor with Brown playing tough defense on him but was 6-of-7 from the foul line.And with Stanford center Stefan Nastic fouling out late in regulation, McClellan finally started to find room in the paint in OT.He drove the lane for a dunk to give Miami its first lead since nearly seven minutes remained in the first half, then dished to Reed for a layup and the three-point lead.(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — LeBron James was so good for three quarters that the only one who could stop him was his own teammate.The fourth quarter belonged to Brooklyn.Brook Lopez scored 22 points and the Nets blew by James and the Cleveland Cavaliers down the stretch for a 104-95 victory March 24.James was scoreless and missed both shots in the fourth quarter after he scored 30 points on 13-for-14 shooting through three. Lopez had the final five points in a late 14-0 run as the Nets surged past the Eastern Conference leaders.“We had a lot more fight than we’ve shown in the last couple of games,” interim coach Tony Brown said. “More than anything, obviously, Brook led us down the stretch.”Shane Larkin added 16 points and seven assists for the Nets in his return to the starting lineup. Bojan Bogdanovic had 12 points.The Cavaliers finished 10 of 38 on 3-pointers, needing a make by Jordan McRae after the Nets had taken control to extend their franchise-record streak to 10 games with 10 or more makes. But they misfired way too often, with Kyrie Irving finishing 6 for 22 from the field and Kevin Love going 5 for 14.It looked as if James would rescue his teammates when he scored 15 points in a dominant third quarter. He started 10 for 10 before finally missing when he attempted to follow up Irving’s missed layup but appeared to be affected by center Timofey Mozgov jumping as well, and he gave the Russian a long look after the Nets got the rebound of his miss.But James quickly added three more baskets before the end of the period as the Cavs surged into an 83-80 lead.“We never gave in,” Lopez said. “We knew they were going to come out hard in the third quarter and make runs. They were going to try to hit us early and we just stuck with it. They even came back and took the lead, which is something we’ve been struggling with all season, but we pushed through that.”James started the fourth quarter on the bench and the Nets took advantage. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored six quick points, and the Cavs’ lead was 92-90 before the Nets hit them with the decisive spurt.“I don’t think we started the game with a lot of energy,” James said. “I think we expended a lot coming back in that third quarter to try to get back in the game, which we did, and then we had a rough start to the fourth quarter, kind of gave them momentum back.Brooklyn led 59-49 at halftime, with the Cavs going 3-for-18 beyond the arc.Irving finished 1 for 8 on 3s, J.R. Smith was 2 for 8, Love missed all five and Channing Frye was 1 for 6.“We didn’t make shots tonight but that’s the not the biggest thing,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “The biggest thing for me is just competing for 48 minutes.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgPIRAEUS (AP) — Juventus advanced to the round of 16 in the Champions League on Tuesday, beating Olympiakos 2-0 on goals from Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi.With Barcelona already through, the result saw the Greek team end its European run without a victory in Group D. Third-place Sporting Lisbon continues in the Europa League.Cuadrado lunged forward to meet a cross from Alex Sandro and beat Olympiakos goalkeeper Silvio Proto in the 15th minute.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri left striker Mario Mandzukic on the bench as he recovered from a calf injury, but the Bianconeri looked comfortable in low gear. The hosts tired toward the end of the game at Karaiskakis stadium, leaving Bernardeschi with little to do for the second goal in the 90th minute.“This was our first big target of the season, so I’m very happy with tonight’s result,” Cuadrado said. “What’s important is that we continue to improve. It’s also important that we didn’t concede tonight, so we have to continue this way.”As the lone Olympiakos striker, Uros Djurdjevic could have leveled with a header in the 41st but goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny managed to get his left leg in the way.Marko Marin replaced Seba at the break to give the hosts some pace, but Szczesny denied the German who threatened on the hour after Panagiotis Tachtsitidis slipped the ball past the Juventus defense.With eight minutes remaining, substitute El Fardou Ben tried to grab a point for Olympiakos but his header hit the bar.Juventus coach Allegri appeared relieved that his team was not punished for a lapse in concentration early in the second half.“We could have concluded the game earlier,” Allegri said. “In the second half, we played the first 20 minutes the wrong way. But in Europe, it’s never easy to win.”Juventus players appeared relaxed for the encounter. Goalkeeping great Gianluigi Buffon received an award from the Greek club before the match, while striker Gonzalo Higuain posed with young members of Olympiakos’ staff to take selfies.Olympiakos defender Leonardo Koutris said his team’s effort was not enough to threaten Juventus’ dominance, as the Greek champion finished with just one point from six matches.“Juventus is a very powerful team. There’s such a small margin of opportunity against teams like that,” Koutris said, as home fans continued to sing in support after the game.“What we wanted was to go out in front of our supporters with our heads held high.”Group winner Barcelona beat Sporting Lisbon 2-0.—DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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