Man Utd can’t be happy with Mourinho – Ferdinand

first_imgFormer defender Rio Ferdinand has rubbished the claim that Manchester United are happy with the job being done by Jose Mourinho.Agent Jorge Mendes released a statement on behalf of the Portuguese coach on Friday which dismissed speculation his departure from Old Trafford was imminent .He added that United were content with the job being done by Mourinho, and that the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid boss wants to stay – with two years remaining on his contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Ferdinand feels the clarification does not reflect reality and feels Mourinho is significantly underperforming.Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “I know Jorge very well. He’s a lovely fella. He is looking after his client obviously.”But I wouldn’t say the word ‘happy’ would come into a sentence when you’re talking about where Man United are at this stage of the season and the state they’re in. It is a bit farfetched.”He came in Mourinho, won three trophies in his first season, stabilised the place but I don’t think Man United have moved on since then.”One recurring theme of the campaign has been Mourinho’s continued complaints over his lack of resources in the transfer market.Eleven new signings have arrived across the five windows with over £362 million ($460m) spent during that period.And as a result, Ferdinand has questioned those protestations and feels Mourinho has had ample opportunity to impose his own ideas on the United squad.”He has moaned about the players and certain players in his team but he’s had a few transfer windows to make that right now,” the six-time Premier League winner added.”Unfortunately some of the players that he has bought in we are seeing them on the bench. “Pogba, Lukaku, Sanchez isn’t fit, Fred isn’t featuring, Lindelof and Bailly are not ready-made starters in this term. These are all signings he made that are not playing in the first team.”So to be moaning that he hasn’t got the right players or whatnot, he’s had a few windows to make that right.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Leeds complete Casilla capture from Real Madrid

first_imgLeeds United have completed the signing of Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid, with the goalkeeper penning a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Whites.Goal revealed on Tuesday that the 32-year-old was poised to make a move to Elland Road.An agreement has now been reached and the experienced custodian has joined the ranks of the Championship promotion hopefuls. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A statement released by Leeds on their official website read: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.“The experienced 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2023.“Casilla becomes Marcelo Bielsa’s first signing of the January transfer window and has been handed the number 33 shirt.“The addition will add competition amongst the goalkeeping ranks and he will now fight with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer for a starting berth at Elland Road.”Casilla arrives at Leeds with the club chasing down a place in the Premier League.Bielsa’s side currently top the second tier, with the enigmatic Argentine coach proving to be a shrewd addition – despite questioning of his methods during the ‘spygate’ scandal.A proven keeper should help to aid the Whites in their quest to return to the big time.Casilla has over 300 senior appearances to his name, including one cap for Spain.He earned international recognition during a productive four-year stint at Espanyol between 2011 and 2015.Having been a regular in Catalunya, Real Madrid returned him to his roots in a €6 million transfer.A product of the Blancos’ academy system, Casilla found himself behind Keylor Navas in the pecking order, but has taken in 43 outings across the last three seasons.He figured in each of Madrid’s successful Champions League campaigns from 2016 to 2018 and also tasted La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup triumphs during his time in the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Mes que un club: Barca motto & club history in Catalan struggle

first_imgWhen it comes to world football, few clubs possess an aura like that of Barcelona.The club can look back on a storied history, one that is woven into the fabric of Catalunya itself and in Camp Nou it boasts a veritable temple of football.Fans and players who make the pilgrimage to the arena are immediately struck by the gigantic words ‘Mes Que Un Club’, which are imprinted into the seating, taking pride of place, and look down onto the hallowed turf. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The words serve as a sort of mantra and motto for the club, a reminder of who they are and what they stand for.They are an exhortation to those who wear the colours on the pitch, in the stadium or in front of the television.So what does it mean exactly and where did it come from? Goal takes a look at the history.What does ‘Mes Que Un Club’ mean? Camp Nou general viewThe motto Mes Que Un Club is a Catalan phrase and it means ‘more than a club’.Barcelona’s official website proudly declares: “We are more than a team of great stars, we are more than a stadium full of dreams, we are more than the goals we’ve scored and more than the trophies that we’ve won throughout our history.”Said to have been first uttered by former club president Narcis de Carreras in his 1968 nomination speech, Mes Que Un Club has since become synonymous with the Liga giants, occupying a place at the very heart of the institution.It is a slogan which immediately evokes intrigue, prompting one to question how exactly Barcelona are more than a football club.The club itself explains that it is more than a club due to the fact that it is a members-led outfit with a unique philosophy, promoting values such as humility, ambition, teamwork and respect in all its sports.La Masia – the club’s youth academy system – is also a huge part of the notion of Barcelona being more than a club, in that its intention is to nurture well-rounded people through education as well as great athletes.Perhaps most importantly of all, though, is that all of the above is firmly rooted in a powerful sense Catalan identity and the celebration of the region’s distinct culture.Barcelona & Catalan independenceGerard Pique Barcelona Catalan independenceThe struggle for Catalan independence from Spain has long been a prominent feature of Barcelona the football club and it is undoubtedly crucial to the idea of Barca being mes que un club.That association can trace its origins back to the early 20th century, when keenly felt divisions in Spain eventually culminated in a bloody civil war in the late 1930s.Regions such as Catalunya, in which the population broadly held separatist aspirations, experienced severe treatment. For example, the Catalan language – the official language of the club – was banned, as was the senyera estelada – the iconic Catalan flag – and the use of non-Spanish names was not permitted either.Furthermore, one of Barcelona’s presidents, Josep Sunyol, a noted Catalan separatist politician and writer, was killed without trial by General Franco’s forces in 1936. Sunyol subsequently became known as the martyr president.In that repressive climate, Barcelona, which had warmly embraced the Catalan culture since its establisment by a group of Swiss, English and Spanish individuals in 1899, evolved into a bastion and venues such as Camp de Les Corts and Camp Nou soon became safe ground for those who were sympathetic to the Catalan political cause.Camp Nou general viewThe tradition endured throughout the 20th century and lives on the 21st century. Indeed, the club and a number of individuals associated with it were notably to the fore of the push for Catalan independence in 2017.Former Barca head coach, Pep Guardiola, for example, was a vocal presence in the drive for secession, speaking passionately at rallies and showing his solidarity by defiantly wearing a yellow ribbon, even with the threat of sanction by football’s governing bodies.The club was particularly critical of the Spanish government’s heavy-handed response to the vote for independence, with scenes of violence marring polling day, and participated in a number of region-wide strikes in protest.In a reminder of their position on the matter, a statement of condemnation issued at the time referenced the club’s “historic commitment to the defence of the [Catalan] nation”.Lionel Messi Catalan flagsInterestingly, however, current Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has not been as forthright as others when it comes to the matter of Catalan independence, preferring not to become too mired in the issue.While stressing the club’s support for the democratic process and the will of the Catalan people, Bartomeu said that he would not let the club be used as a “political instrument”.”No one can doubt Barca’s commitment to the Catalan community. We defend the principles of democracy, the right to decide and freedom of expression, always with respect,” he said at Barcelona’s 2017 annual general meeting.”That said, more than ever we call for dialogue and respect. In our case, we also call for respect to improve the coexistence between people. We know Barca are more than a club and Camp Nou is a place for expression.”We cannot be a political instrument, no one can use or manipulate our badge or our flag, we will not let them be used. You can be sure that this board will always act in the club’s defence.”last_img read more

Why a good logo is important (even for freelancers)

first_img“An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service.” – Daniel J. BoorstinAs a small business owner, you can’t afford to have a inconsistent, stale “visual brand.” The most successful freelancers we know (like Michelle Ward or Katie Lane, for example) invest effort and money in translating their personality or value into a visual design that remains consistent across websites, business cards — even headshots.If you’re ready to take your freelance career to the next level, invest in a design update, starting with your logo. This can get translated into an updated website/blog/business card, but first you need one small, easily recognizable and memorable icon that represents you. Here’s how to get started.Wait, why does a little logo matter?Still need convincing that your name in Times New Roman at the top of your invoices is NOT a sufficient logo?Great logos mean money. Blunt and simplistic, but true. As Felicia Rothberg, a freelance graphic designer, explains:Before a customer contacts your company they have an impression of you based partially on your logo. They may have seen it online or in print, in a directory or on a business card. If the logo is visually engaging and well designed, the potential client may choose you over the competition. Your logo can say a lot, either positively or negatively — and is the first opportunity you have to peak the consumer’s interest.-Felicia RothbergGet most of your work through word-of-mouth? Your current client is more likely to refer you if you look professional and your prospective client is more likely to listen to their friend if you look professional, so you still can’t escape having good design.What makes a “good” logo?According to Sagi Haviv, “A great logo is memorable, it’s appropriate to the brand, and it’s simple so it can work everywhere.”You’re looking for something that represents your business physically, that fits who you are (isn’t too corporate and fits you, fun or geeky or playful or preppy, etc.), and will look fresh for a long time. This article from Blue Soda Promo gives some good tips for logo design.If you’re a technologist, you probably want something that will convey speed or clarity. If you’re a career coach, maybe you want something playful and inspiring. There’s no such thing as the “perfect” logo – it has to fit you.This video from PBSoffbook (a new video series that “explores cutting-edge art, internet culture, and the people that create it”) gives a fascinating look at why you need a logo and what makes a good oneOK, but how do I find a logo designer who gets me?That’s a good question. A good logo designer should be a good listener: they should be able to hear what you have to say about your brand and listen to who you are as a person. Their job is to “get you.”Look at their portfolio. If they always produce logos that look very similar, they’re not a good logo designer. If you find that although the logo looks nice, it has little connection with what the brand is trying to convey, they’re not a good logo designer. Find someone who seems to be able to take the time to get to know what you do.Where should I put my logo?Everywhere. On your website, business cards, invoices, Twitter, Facebook. It should serve to identify you before anyone even reads your name. The closer you tie your online presences to your logo, the more effective and memorable your visual brand will be!Have you outsourced logo design to a freelancer? How was your experience?Any logo designers amongst you? Let us know in the comments below so you can make your contact information available to our readers.last_img read more

Act Now and Gaze Happily Into Your Tax-paying Future

first_imgPut down the leftover Hallowe’en candy and chew on this instead – your future tax bill depends on it: Acting now to lower your tax bill can significantly up your money-saving potential by the time tax season rolls around.The keywords are, of course, acting now—because after December 31, 2015, the opportunity to create a better tax-paying future for you and your freelance business is gone, at least for the current tax filing season.So don’t just sit there! Here’s how you can take advantage of your tax planning opportunity and create a happier tax-paying future:Check the pulse of your freelance business.First off, tax planning is really not supposed to be torturous. The fact is, done well, tax planning allows you to get a pulse on your business now, to think about what you want to achieve in the future, and to take steps to reduce the amount of tax you will owe come April 15 (actually, in 2016 the individual tax deadline will be April 18).Shape the future of your freelancing.If you’re a die-hard multi-tasker, you’ll love tax planning even more if you use it as a dual-purpose opportunity to look not only at your taxes, but at your overall business as well.By reviewing your income and expenses, considering the tax (dis)advantages of the type of entity you operate (i.e. LLC vs. corporation vs. sole proprietorship, etc.) and looking at any tax deductible investments you should make to benefit your business (like buying that new laptop or pricey software package), you will also be working toward your 2016 strategic business plan.Be in the know—so you can act accordingly.Tax planning is like holding a mirror up to your financial situation—so it’s easy to understand why people put it off.But you can only hide from the truth (and the IRS) for so long—and as a business owner (and a bona fide grown-up) the sooner you take responsibility the better.Plus, wouldn’t you rather be in the know about your own finances and how much tax you owe so you can avoid a nasty surprise in April?Get on an even keel with Uncle Sam.If your relationship with the IRS is dysfunctional or even just a little bit out of whack—now is the time to acknowledge it and take steps to fix it.Haven’t paid taxes in a while? Never made your estimated payments this year? Paid too much tax last year? Not sure how much tax you’ll owe in April?Get clued-in to how much tax you’ll owe before the end of the year and make a plan to even things out, especially if your taxes are off-kilter from previous years.If you’re feeling uneasy about tackling this alone, trust your gut and get professional help from a CPA—any fees you pay will be well-worth it (note that professional fees are tax deductible).Dust off your shoeboxes—or (preferably) open your spreadsheets.If you actually keep your business receipts in a shoebox rather than a spreadsheet, then tax planning time is going to be a nightmare for you—just kidding—it will just take a little more time to get organized. (Although you might use the opportunity to start using an electronic spreadsheet of some kind.)An extra tax planning bonus is that it gives you a head start on preparing to file your taxes, since you’ll be digging into your tax information and organizing it in the process.Craft your collections strategy.Deadbeat clients? You’re not alone! However, when it comes to collecting late payments, from a tax-planning perspective you may want to halt your (polite) harassment of non-paying customers depending on whether your year has been an especially good one—or whether you really could use the cash.If netting delinquent payments now will increase the amount of tax you pay, you may want to let your collections slide until 2016. If reeling in all of the money you’re owed won’t increase your taxes (or will allow you to pay the tax you owe) then tax planning should give you the impetus to put the hammer down on your collections strategy.Look after your financial future.Tax planning is the surefire way to optimize your future tax situation—and a good reminder to fund your retirement. If you haven’t started saving for retirement, give yourself an early holiday gift and start now.There are many different investment options to fuel your financial future—just be sure you choose a qualifying plan and make contributions before December 3, so you can claim a tax deduction on this year’s taxes.Act now—and be happy today, tomorrow…and on April 15.If you’re feeling intimidated by the whole concept of tax planning, don’t be. Focus instead on the wide-open window of opportunity you have to clearly see your tax situation and make you and your business better off for the coming tax season and beyond.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website,, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

This Dutch trance king is all set to perform in India

first_imgWith Dutch trance king Armin Van Buuren on one hand and Bollywood superstar Arijit Singh on the other, the fifth edition of COMIO Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC) will surely be an enchanting music festival.The two will headline the multi-genre music and camping festival, to be held December 16-17 this year, at Aamby Valley City in Lonavala. In the past, the festival has seen the likes of Tiesto, Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Ferry Corsten, Alan Walker and Flo Rida grace its stage.Interestingly, it’ll be Singh’s second appearance at the festival, following last year’s performance with a 37-piece symphony orchestra.Also Read: This musician is called the king of the streets for a reason Van Buuren, who first performed in India in 2009, says, “I’m super excited to return to India and feel honoured to be the headliner of Enchanted Valley Carnival on December 16, at the Electronic Family stage. Can’t wait to see my Indian fans again!”Shoven Shah, founder of EVC, adds, “Over the last four years, we’ve established ourselves as a premier festival in the region that allows the entire demographic of the Indian youth to engage with us at a level that India has not seen before.”Talking about the two headlining performers, Shah says, “Trance music has been an integral part of EVC, and with Armin Van Buuren gracing the festival, we’re taking the programming of the festival to a whole new level. With the addition of Bollywood music last year, we saw an unprecedented response for Arijit Singh and we knew instantly we had to get him back for an encore.”advertisementAlso Read: Jamming to the first recording: Here’s how these musicians are living their love for folk This year, the COMIO Enchanted Valley Carnival will also feature a full-fledged camping experience known as ‘Enchanted Village’, an adrenaline pumping adventure sports zone, the food haven ‘Culinarium’ and much more.Tickets begin from Rs 3,520 for the festival and Rs 6,048 for camping. Visit for more informationlast_img read more

Roger Federer lifts 6th Australian Open, 20th Grand Slam title

first_imgTennis ace Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic on Sunday to win his 20th Grand Slam title.In a five-set thriller, the Swiss master beat the Croatian 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the first Grand Slam trophy of the year for the sixth time. He’s only the second player to do so after Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.PeRFect20n. href=””>#AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018With the Rod Laver Arena roof closed to spare the players on a witheringly hot day in Melbourne, the 36-year-old Swiss was gliding towards a 20th grand slam title when he took the opening set against a nervy opponent in 24 minutes.For a while it looked horribly reminiscent of Cilic’s heavy defeat by Federer in last year’s Wimbledon final when the 29-year-old was hampered by blisters and broke down in tears.But the sixth seed, playing in his first Australian Open final after knocking out injured world number Rafael Nadal in the quarters, showed great resolve.He saved break points at 1-1, 2-2 and 4-4 in the second set before crunching some huge forehands in the tiebreaker to level the match against all the odds.Federer won the third set with a single break of serve but from a position of strength in the fourth he began to fade and lost five games on the spin as an increasingly dangerous Cilic dragged a slow-burning final into a decider.advertisementStoked href=””>@rogerfederer #AusOpen @Kia_Motors #KiaTennis— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018Defending champion Federer regrouped though and after fighting off a break point at the start of the fifth, Cilic’s resistance crumbled as the crowd roared Federer on to victory.Federer had already created a host of records on his way to the final including becoming the first man to reach seven finals at Melbourne. With Sunday’s victory, Federer has now joined the elite list of only three players in history of sports to win 20 or more Grand Slam titles – Steffi Graf (22), Serena Williams (23) and Margaret Court (24).Federer is also the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since the 39-year-old Ken Rosewall at the 1974 US Open.The Swiss player also won the Australian Open and Wimbledon last year. It has been a remarkable return for Federer, who went nearly five years without adding to his then record haul of 17 major titles.Federer reached the final after South Korean Chung Hyeon retired in the second set of the semi-final. The world number two was leading 6-1, 5-2 when Chung decided to pull out.Cilic had defeated Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-6, 6-2 in his semi-final match.last_img read more

BWF to review its crammed calender in May

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) The crammed international calender came under severe criticism from shuttlers across the globe and BWF today said it would review the schedule during its Annual General Meeting in May at Bangkok.The BWF launched a new calender in 2018, replacing the erstwhile Superseries and Superseries Premier with a World Tour, which comprises different grades and levels.The governing body also made it compulsory for the worlds top 15 players in the singles events and top 10 pairs in the doubles to play a minimum of 12 tournaments, a move which was slammed by top players.The new format chalked out by BWF will be graded into Super1000, Super750 and Super500 categories. The top players need to play the mandatory 12 tournaments from these categories.BWF vice-president Vishu Toolan said:”I know there are lot of matches and we are not going to disregard the feedback of the players. We understand it is a tough tour and we are listening. We would be reviewing it.””We have brought in some really big sponsorships. We want to establish a viable tour from which all players can benefit. We have to try to maximise their earning potential by exposing them to more matches.”But we are also not going to sacrifice the players. BWF meets twice a year and we would be looking at it be in May at Bangkok. I am not saying that we would change it but it will come up for discussion,” he said.Toolan further explained: “For 10 years, we had super series, it is a long time. We need to change because we dont have a perfect system or a perfect solution.advertisement”In India, badminton is number two but in international scale badminton is not no 2, specially North American and some European countries. So if Asia backs out, the sports will be in trouble.”BWF also decided to try a new service rule starting at the All England Open Championships. According to the new rule, “the whole of the shuttle should be below 1.15m from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the servers racket.”This decision also received a lot of flak with World No 1 Viktor Axelsen terming it “ridiculous”.Asked why it is being tried at All England Championship, Toolan said: “We wanted to try it at the All England because it is a big tournament and it is something we can showcase there and it is a good way to make a splash.”Talking about the challenges ahead, Toolan, who is here for the USD 350,000 India Open Super500 tournament, said: “There would be some more changes shortly and we will listen to the players.”Badminton is growing and HSBC is our commercial partners, there would be more money coming for players and we have some responsibility to our sponsors and public to make the game more attractive and faster.”The age of viewers have come down from older to younger people and youth now wants instant gratification. So when we moved from five games to rally point system, they were saying its too long. So we have to be ready for change.”BWF has also been mulling to change the scoring format from the 21×3 rally to 11×5 format and even tried out the new system in a few tournaments last year.Asked about the 11-point format, the BWF official said: “The 11-point system is on the cards and it is something thats been discussed. We would listen to the players and see if it is possible to do that.” PTI ATK KHS KHSlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma ‘ready to make an impact’ in 6-ODI series vs South Africa

first_imgIndia’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma had a torrid time in the two Tests that he played in South Africa but come the ODI series, and the hitman is ready to switch on the beast mode in him.Rohit had scores of 10, 47, 11 and 10 in the four knocks he played in the first two Tests after he was replaced in the XI by Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who immediately made an impact in the third and final match.Rahane’s 68-ball 48 in the second innings turned the tide in India’s favour as they beat the Proteas by 63 runs to register a consolation win and keep their unbeaten Test record alive at Johannesburg.Now with the upcoming six-match ODI series, Rohit is not too bothered about his Test form as he seems to have more clarity in his thinking when it comes to 50-over cricket.”In ODIs you think two steps ahead and want to put pressure back on the bowlers. And change it around. There are a lot of Test cricketers who think in the same fashion in ODI [and Test] cricket.”For me, it is different and nothing changes other than mentally. Technical aspect remains the same. Yes, the shot selection and certain technical aspect of your game changes but mentally you have to keep telling yourself that you have to read the situation and try and analyse where the game is going and where you want the game to be going after the day’s play,” Rohit said ahead of the first ODI on Thursday.advertisement”It’s not that I don’t try much in Test cricket. I give the same effort in all the formats that I play, but sometimes it comes and sometimes it doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean that you have to change things too much.”You’ve got to believe in yourself, you’ve come so far and played and got success. I’ve been in a difficult situation before many times, so for me it’s all about taking it one game at a time and responding to situations.”There will always be times when things are not going your way, and then when things are going your way, it is important for you to keep things going,” he added.Being an integral part of the ODI team, he is itching to perform in the six-match series.”I’m not going to talk about Test cricket so much because its over now, and we have a big job at hand winning the ODI series here. Every batsman who will be taking part in this ODI series will have a huge role to play. I’m here to make an impact in the series.”Rohit said the visitors are keen to win a first-ever bilateral ODI series in South Africa. India need to win this series if they are to topple South Africa from the top spot in the ODI rankings.”We are very keen to win this ODI series. But it is a long series; it is a six-match series. I think it’s been a while since we played a six-match series. We cannot think too far ahead.”It is important to do a lot of things right. There will be times when we will be put under pressure but as a team we have shown that we can absorb that pressure and come back, he said.”At the same time we have shown that if we put pressure back on the opposition they tend to crumble. We are going to try to use it to our advantage.”When asked about India’s poor record in ODIs at Durban, Rohit said, “I don’t think these things matter because so many things change. The teams have changed. The generations have changed. It’s a 50-over game, so you get time. Even if the first 10 overs go bad, you can always come back.”We can’t give up on the situation. Whoever comes into bat must remember that the team has to be kept in the game. These small things are important as opposed to the past records.”Talking about his ODI form, Rohit said he is enjoying playing the shorter formats at the moment.”Of course the last six-seven months have been really great. Since the Champions Trophy in England, we’ve had a great run except for the loss against Pakistan (in the final).”That was a little disappointing. But yes, since then its been a good run. I hope I can continue and put the team in a good situation. We want to get those victories away from home,” the 30-year-old added.advertisementlast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez will help ‘very important’ Marcus Rashford: Jose Mourinho

first_imgNew Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez can act as a catalyst in the development of fellow forward Marcus Rashford, manager Jose Mourinho said.Chile international Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal last week, impressed on his debut for the club days later, setting up Rashford for the opener in a 4-0 FA Cup fourth round victory at League Two Yeovil Town.Rashford’s strike took his goal tally to double figures for the season.”The kid is having a hell of an experience at every level so there is an amazing future waiting for him, and being surrounded by these players can only help him,” Mourinho said ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Tottenham Hotspur.Rashford burst onto the scene with a brace for United against Midtjylland in the Europa League in 2016 and has quickly established himself as a key member of the squad.”Marcus’s story is quite interesting because he started playing with (former manager Louis) Van Gaal when the team was really in trouble to have options, and then the monster that kills the little kids arrives but he plays every game.” Marcus Rashford celebrates his goal against Yeovil Town.The 20-year-old has played a part in all 24 of United’s league games this season and has featured in every match in the Champions League and domestic cup competitions.”Rashford is a very important player for us…He plays every game — starting or coming from the bench as a striker, as a left winger, as a right winger,” Mourinho added.advertisementUnited are second in the league table with 53 points and trail runaway leaders Manchester City by 12 points.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Giroud, Barkley and Palmieri added to Chelsea’s Champions League squad

first_imgChelsea registered their January signings for their Champions League campaign on Friday.The London club bought Olivier Giroud from Arsenal, Ross Barkley from Everton and Emerson Palmieri from AS Roma last month and they are now all eligible to represent the current Premier League champions against Barcelona in the round of 16 clash.Chelsea will host the Catalans in the first leg on February 20 at Stamford Bridge and the three new signings are expected to play an important role in the London club’s bid for their second Champions League title.French forward Giroud joined Chelsea on January 31 after abandoning their London rivals Arsenal for an undisclosed fee that British media put around 15 million pounds ($21 million).Preparation.— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) January 9, 2018Midfielder Barkley, who came from Everton, arrived at Chelsea in the early days of the winter market, for an amount close to $20 million.To strengthen the defensive line, Chelsea signed Emerson Palmieri, who came from Roma for around $25 million.Despite the fact that Roma played the Champions League, an ankle injury prevented Palmieri from taking part in the competition with the Italian club, so he is not cup-tied and can participate with Chelsea.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Lucky to have won after awful last 20 minutes: Roca

first_imgMale, Feb 14 (PTI) Bengaluru FC head coach Albert Roca said his team was lucky to emerge 3-2 winner after an “awful last 20 minutes” in the first leg fixture of AFC Cup against Maldivian side TC Sports Club here.Bengaluru FC rode on Thongkhosiem Haokips double strike to pip TC Sports Club and Roca admitted they were lucky to have emerged unscathed in what was a nervy match.Haokip gave Bengaluru the lead in the 52nd minute before Australian defender Erik Paartulu made it 2-0 in the 69th minute.The home team struck twice in the space of two minutes — Anatoliy Vlasichev scoring in the 71st and Ibrahim Mahudee finding the target in the 73rd — latching onto an error from Nishu Kumar at the National Stadium last night.Haokip then scored his second of the night in the 78th minute to ensure that the 2016 runners-up take a slender advantage into the return leg in Bengaluru on February 20.Roca also expressed unhappiness at the condition of the pitch.”I feel we were lucky, because the last 20 minutes were awful for us, physically. The weather and pitch conditions were not something we would have liked and they (TC Sports Club) made most of it scoring twice and could have equalised late on,” he said.”It was tough for us during the game as well because they are a team that keeps pushing you. They are aggressive and have some good quality in their side. We were aware about it, but it was very tough in the last quarter as many of the players were not in a good condition.”advertisementAsked about his side letting in two quick goals, he said, “It was a tough game, but after 2-0 I thought we will be able to manage the game by keeping the ball, just how we wanted.”We were not physically good and after the first goal, we panicked a bit, and in these moments, you generally have to work hard to do the normal things. They capitalized and scored immediately.”He said his side will have to be alert in the second leg match.”I know it will be an advantage (scoring two away but at the same time, we must be alert in the second leg. TC Sports Club showed good character at 0-2 down to level the score. They will surely create problems for us if we are not aggressive enough at home.”After a goalless first half, the match burst into life after the half-time break, with Haokips glancing header off a corner in the 51st minute giving Bengaluru the lead.Another corner in the 69th minute saw Bengaluru widening their lead with Erik Paartalu nodding home.Bengaluru looked to be cruising but TC Sports Club refused to wilt and pulled one back through Vlasichev Anatolii in the 71st minute, with his shot flying into the top right hand corner of the net.Two minutes later, TC Sports Club were level as striker Ibrahim Mahudhee collected a poor clearance, evaded a tackle and placed the ball into the net.That set the stage for an exciting finish as both teams went in search of a winning goal but it was to be Bengalurus night as Haokip turned hero with a scorching effort, turning his marker before unleashing a shot from 20 yards out. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

AFC Cup: Bengaluru FC beat Abahani Limited Dhaka 1-0 in opener

first_imgBengaluru FC started their AFC Cup campaign on a winning note after a Daniel Lalhlimpuia strike (72th) gave the Blues a 1-0 win over Abahani Limited Dhaka (Bangladesh) in their Group E game at the Kanteerava Stadium on Wednesday.With the focus firmly on Saturday’s Indian Super League (ISL) final against Chennaiyin FC, Albert Roca handed first starts to three players in Lucas Perez, Asheer Akhtar and Robinson Singh. Joyner Lourenco and Zohmingliana Ralte were in the centre of a defence that saw the return of Nishu Kumar from an injury lay-off.In a rather quiet first half where chances were at a premium for both sides, Lalhlimpuia had a couple of tries from distance at goal, but nothing dangerous enough to ruffle the ranks in the Abahani defence.The Blues win their opening match in the 2018 AFC Cup. #BENvALD FC (@bengalurufc) March 14, 2018Bengaluru started the second half with a lot more intent and the dominance in possession had Abahani defending in numbers. Akhtar was a threat with his overlapping runs and dangerous crosses in the box which Thongkhosiem Haokip and Perez failed to connect cleanly in quick succession.Roca’s second change on the hour mark saw Daniel Segovia come on for Robinson, adding more teeth to the Bengaluru attack. With Abahani under pressure, the Blues eventually got the breakthrough in the 72nd with both the Daniels combining.Alwyn George, with ball on the right, did well to hold on to possession before sending in a cross that Segovia headed down for Lalhlimpuia. The striker smashed his take on the bounce, leaving Sahidul Alam with no chance.advertisementMinutes later, Segovia had a chance to make it two-nil but shot on the run from an angle went straight to the Abahani keeper. Roca then handed another youngster, Leon Augustine his first appearance for the senior team, bringing him on in place of George.Abahani threw numbers in attack towards the end of the game in a bid to get an equaliser but the Bengaluru defence did well to hold fort and take all three points on the night.Aizawl FC on the other hand lost their opening match 3-1 to New Radiant SC from Maldives.(With Inputs from IANS)last_img read more

CWG: A look at Indias medal contenders

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Gold Coast, Apr 3 (PTI) With just two days to go for the 21st Commonwealth Games here, PTI takes a look at some of the Indian contingents top stars and dark horses to watch out for at an event where the country stands fourth in the all-time medal tally. SHOOTING: India is second in the CWGs all-time medal list for shooting and it is expected that the marksmen and women will once again be contributing a bountiful of medals. Here are some of the strong medal bets. Heena Sidhu: The feisty pistol shooter from Punjab is in fine form going into the Games, having claimed three gold medals at the Commonwealth Championships a few months ago. She will be competing in the womens 25m pistol and 10m air pistol competitions. Manu Bhaker: The 16-year-old has been nothing short of sensational with two gold medals (individual and team) in her maiden senior World Cup just weeks ago. She would be lining up alongside Heena in the 10m air pistol event. Jitu Rai: The diminutive Army shooter is a strong medal hope and would be aiming for a second successive CWG gold in the mens 50m pistol event. The 30-year-old will also try his fortunes in the 10m air pistol competition and a medal in Gold Coast would help heal some of the disappointment of his Olympic failure in 2016 Rio Games.ATHLETICS: The blue-riband event of all multi-sport extravaganzas, athletics gave India a gold, silver and a bronze in the 2014 CWG.advertisement Neeraj Chopra: The 20-year-old javelin thrower would be a carrying a massive burden of expectations and it remains to be seen how he responds to the spotlight. At the senior world championships in London some months ago, the junior world record-holder failed to qualify for the finals. A gold at last years Asian Championships is his biggest achievement going into his maiden CWG. Seema Punia: The discus thrower, who claimed a silver in the Glasgow Games, would be eyeing a golden end to her CWG stint. The 34-year-old achieved two-year best when she threw to 61.05m, which was also a meet record at the Federation Cup last month. It remains to be seen whether the Asian Games champion can better defending gold-medallist and home favourite Dani Stevens and finish on top. Tejaswin Shankar: The 19-year-old high-jumper bettered his own national record marginally at the Federation Cup last month. He improved it from 2.26m to 2.28m. He can be considered a strong medal hope going by the results of the previous Games where the silver-medallist had jumped 2.28m. BADMINTON: A gold by P Kashyap was the icing on the cake as the shuttlers returned with four medals from Glasgow and this time, the expectations would be much higher with a star-studded line-up set to take the court. P V Sindhu: The Olympic silver-medallist is being seen as a sure-shot medallist. She won a bronze in last edition and the world No.3 looks set to change the colour of the medal when she takes the court this time. Saina Nehwal: Still regaining her fitness after a career-threatening knee surgery, 2010 gold-medallist Saina would be a strong contender too if she manages to remain fit during the event, which she missed in 2014 owing to injuries. K Srikanth: In the absence of an injured Kashyap, Srikanth would be Indias mens singles medal hope and he would aim to do better than the quarterfinal finish of the 2014 Games. BOXING: There was no gold to show for the last time around and the speculated needle controversy hasnt done them any good here. But the Indians are among the strongest boxing contingents. M C Mary Kom: A colossal figure not just in India boxing but international boxing as well, the 35-year-old Mary Kom would be, hold your breath, making her CWG debut here. The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist is a favourite to pick up the 48kg gold and make her first and last CWG a memorable affair. Vikas Krishan: One of Indias just four mens world medallists, Vikas has come here after claiming a gold at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria in February. Like Mary Kom, Vikas will also be making his debut at the Games and would be a strong contender in the 75kg division.Amit Panghal: The diminutive light flyweight 49kg boxer is also a debutant but one with quite a bit of experience of competing on the big stage. He was a quarterfinalist at last years world championships and won a bronze at the Asian Championships. Amit had claimed a gold at the Strandja Memorial earlier this year.advertisement WRESTLING: India are second in the CWG all-time medal list of wrestling and are expected to dominate this time around as well. Sushil Kumar: The gold-medallist from 2014 is making a comeback to big-ticket wrestling after an injury-hampered and controversy filled two years. The double Olympic medallist would be aiming for another gold when he competes in 74kg mens freestyle event. Sakshi Malik: The Rio bronze-medallist has been in good form and would be expected to better the silver medal she claimed at the Glasgow Games. She would be in action in the 62kg freestyle event. Vinesh Phogat: 2014 Gold medallist, Vinesh suffered a career-threatening injury at the Rio Olympics but she returned to win a silver medal (55kg) at the Asian Championship and claimed the gold at National Championships. She would be a medal contender when she competes in 50kg this time. SQUASH: A womens doubles gold in 2014 opened Indias CWG account in squash and Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinnappa would once again look to ensure that India have something to celebrate but it remains to be seen whether a singles medal will come along too from either of the two and Sourav Ghosal in the mens singles. WEIGHTLIFTING: World champion Mirabai Chanu (48kg), with a Commonwealth record under her belt, and a personal best which is 10kg better than her nearest rival at this event, is expected to open the gold rush for India. PTI PM ATK ATlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar inspired me to become what I am today: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli has opened up on the unique bond he shares with Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian captain said it was the Master Blaster who inspired him to become what he is today.Kohli had debuted for India back in 2008 when Tendulkar was alredy considered the greatest batsman since the days of Don Bradman. Over the years, the two formed a great connect and the mutual respect grew even as Kohli continued to rise in stature as an international cricketer.Tendulkar’s farewell from the game was an emotional affair. Mumbai had turned up in full force at the Wankhede Stadium where Tendulkar had bid adieu after playing his 200th Test. After India had decimated West Indies, Tendulkar’s emotional farewell speech left all of India in tears.And then something happened at the Wankhede dressing-room that moved the great Sachin Tendulkar. (Will walk around shirtless in Oxford Street if we win 2019 World Cup: Virat Kohli)During the launch of his book Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians, Boria Majumdar talked about the moment Kohli went up to Tendulkar and offered him a rare gift.Kohli had walked up to Tendulkar and offered him an invaluable gift – threads given to a young Virat by his father. Virat had been told to give those threads to someone he respected immensely.And Kohli went on to touch Tendulkar’s feet – Sachin then embraced him and said: ‘Tujhe wohaan nahin, yahaan hona hai’ (Your place is here, not there.)Almost five years later, Kohli is India captain, the greatest batsman in the world and in sight of Tendulkar’s ODI records. While Tendulkar leads the list of century-scorers in ODIs, Kohli is second with 35 hundreds to his name.advertisementSpeaking at the book launch, Kohli said he understood the impact Tendulkar has had on his career.”I don’t have too many people who are very close to me. That is just the way life has gone on for so many years. Because naturally when someone has stuck by me in tough times, I value that person a lot.”I continue to do that. The impact he has had in my life growing up…. I understand the importance of it.”If someone can inspire you like that and you end up becoming someone and you feel like there is no greater pleasure than that. So that (handing his father’s threads over to Tendulkar) was just a gesture of thank you to the guy who has inspired me to do what I am doing. For me, the human connect is paramount.”Incentives, gains … these things do not matter to me. If someone is honest with me, that’s what matters,” he said.When Kohli went through a nightmarish tour of England in 2014, he turned to Tendulkar for help. A few months later, he smashed four hundreds in four Tests in Australia and has not looked back since.Over the past two years, Kohli has scored six double hundreds in Test cricket and became the first batsman in history to score double hundreds in four successive series.last_img read more

Mouma loses luggage in transit, returns home frustrated

first_imgKolkata, Apr 17 (PTI) Commonwealth Games medallist paddler Mouma Das today returned home with frustration and anger after she lost her luggage in transit. Her luggage, which contains her full India kit and mementos from Australia, is held up by the Customs officials in New Delhi airport domestic terminal. She has made an appeal to the Sports Ministry — through Twitter — to ensure that her luggage reaches on time before her departure for the Sweden World Team Championship next week. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore later asked Sports Authority of India officials to immediately look into the matter. “At the moment my focus is on two things — to get back my luggage and then think of World Team Championships. I dont know, I cant even start training without my luggage. It has everything — from my rubber, kits, shoes, all the equipment,” a frustrated Mouma, a member of the historic gold medal winning womens team, told PTI from her residence. The 10-member Indian table tennis team was the toast of the nation after winning eight medals (three gold, two silver and three bronze) in the just-concluded Gold Coast CWG, their best ever show, to finish at the top of the rankings. Mouma had won a gold in the womens team event and a silver in womens doubles. The team landed in New Delhi at 5.30 am today and following a felicitation, Mouma took a 10.30 am Jet Airlines flight to Kolkata as her luggage was held back in the transit. According to Mouma, the Customs Officers claimed that a power bank was found in her luggage so it was held back.advertisement “I never used a power bank, I dont know whether they actually checked my luggage or someone elses. If there was any objectionable article in my luggage then how did it come from Gold Coast?” Mouma asked. The senior paddler also took to Twitter to vent her anger on Jet Airways and pleaded Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for “help”. “They said I have to go to Airport to collect my luggage. Most irresponsible job by @jetairways… Please confirm the time,” she said in a tweet. “As @jetairways my luggage under Delhi customs need your help @SushmaSwaraj ji @Ra_THORe ji Respected @PMOIndia,” said another tweet. To this, Sports Minister Rathore replied on his Twitter handle: “Officers at @Media_SAI, please liaise with @FinMinIndia and extend help immediately.” Mouma is expecting the issue to be resolved so that she can focus on the World Team Championship that can earn a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics. “The federation will go for visa tomorrow as we are expected to leave early. I dont know whether I will be around during the 2020 Olympics, but it will be a matter of immense satisfaction if I could earn the berth for the country,” the 34-year-old said. “However retirement has not crossed my mind yet. My body is coping well and as long as I do that I will keep playing.” Mouma and her doubles partner Manika Batra lost to Tianwei Feng and Mengyu Yu of Singapore 3-0 to settle for a silver. Asked about it, Mouma said: “We dont get much opportunity in doubles. Our aim will be to improve our rankings in doubles so that we play World Cup events. “They (Singaporeans) had done their homework well. We later realised from the vidoes that they planned for every point in that match,” she rued. After the World Team Championships, the Indias have Asian Games lined up in August and Mouma said it would be a tough contest in Indonesia. “With Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, the contest would be tough there but we have not yet thought about now. We are looking to do well in Sweden and who knows we can create history in Indonesia,” she concluded. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

The biz whiz

first_imgAt 7.30 am, the BBA classrooms at Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce (ASMSOC) come alive with excitement and activity as students log onto the Bloomberg terminals tracking stock updates, currency and commodity prices and analysing the,At 7.30 am, the BBA classrooms at Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce (ASMSOC) come alive with excitement and activity as students log onto the Bloomberg terminals tracking stock updates, currency and commodity prices and analysing the data. “We focus on practical training in our classrooms so that our students become good decision-makers with social sensitivity and a focus on customers,” says Professor Sangita Kher, dean of the institute located in Mumbai’s Vile Parle area. The emphasis, she says, is on experiential and analytical learning. For instance, in the fifth semester of the programme, a course in Business Analytics is delivered from the US-based SAS Institute. The students are taught Advanced Analytics, Multivariate Analysis, Business Intelligence, Data Management and Predictive Analytics.It’s the hands-on experience that makes the institute a preferred choice among students who want to study BBA. The whiteboard in Kher’s office lists more than 11,000 applications for 480 seats this year.During the three-year undergraduate programme, the students are made to work on actual balance sheet data of companies and given practical lessons on management, accountancy and portfolio and wealth management. “Our programme emphasises not only the development of analytical skills but also rigorous application of concepts, tools and techniques to a wide range of situations faced by managers. The participative learning pedagogy synthesises a strong conceptual foundation aligned with corporate internship experience,” says Kher. The teaching methods include case study discussions, presentations, classroom debates and role plays.advertisementTo keep students abreast of the latest developments in the field, the institute invites senior corporate professionals as guest lecturers for five to ten per cent of the classes. Technology plays an important role in classroom teaching-subjects like Financial Modelling, Derivatives, Risk Management and Debt Markets are taught through advanced techniques using MSExcel; students are taken through virtual industrial tours to get a closer look at the functioning of various industries. Besides, lessons in business simulation encourage the students to learn in a virtual environment. The Blackboard technology provides students a repository of all academic information-from assignments to examination and results. With parents viewed as “important stakeholders in their children’s future”, they, too, are given access to the same database to review their ward’s performance and attendance. Periodically, parents are sent emails with updates.Students can utilise a central library that has more than 55,000 books and an extensive collection of e-journals and research material.ASMSOC offers a three-year full-time undergraduate programme in BBA, BCom (Hons) and BSc Finance. The postgraduate programmes include MSc Finance, which was launched last year and the MMS which will begin this year as a part of the dual degree programme for students completing BBA from the institution. “With the phenomenal growth in the Indian economy and the rise of homegrown multinationals, commercial enterprises today are looking at people who are flexible and adaptive to their business environment as well as sensitive to respond to challenges,” says Kher.The BBA programme is spread across six semesters with a total of 36 courses. Kher says that academic rigour, a contemporary curriculum, innovative pedagogy, industry internship and guest faculty from the industry give this programme an edge over the others. The board of studies includes industry leaders such as the CEO of Crisil, the president of ICICI Bank and senior management from Ernst & Young.To enable holistic growth, ASMSOC has 11 associations for cultural and sports activities and community services. Under the Social Responsibility Forum (SRF), students have worked on the beautification of Vile Parle station and with terminally ill children.The Incubation Centre of Entrepreneurship Cell provides assistance to budding entrepreneurs.Campus placements in recent years have seen companies like Nomura, Tresvista, Future First, Barclays and TATA Capital come to the institution in order to recruit students.last_img read more

Australia’s Hazlewood ruled out of England ODIs, Neser named replacement

first_imgAustralia pacer Josh Hazlewood has been ruled of next month’s ODI series versus England due to back soreness and he will be replaced by uncapped Queensland seamer Michael Neser in the squad.Hazlewood’s injury further depletes the Aussie pace attack as they are already without the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. The Tim Paine-led side will also be without all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who has failed to recover from his injury.”Josh has been managing some low-level bone stress in his lumbar spine for a short period,” Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said on Monday.”He had a repeat scan and although it has not progressed to a fracture he is starting to experience some lower back pain.”As such, we are taking a conservative approach and he will not travel to England for the one-day series.”ALSO READ: Only Australia’s attitude will change, not desire to win: Tim PaineAustralia will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match against England from June 13-27. This will be Australia’s first assignment after the ill-fated series versus South Africa earlier in the year.The Australians were rocked by the ball-tampering scandal and following that, they lost two of their stars players in Steve Smith and David Warner due to suspension for their involvement in the whole fiasco. Coach Darren Lehmann also resigned after few days and they were left in no man’s land. However, that’s a thing of the past now and new ODI captain Tim Paine feels that Australia’s desire to do well will not change.advertisementPaine and new coach Justin Langer have emphasized the importance of improving team culture and conduct, which has long been criticized as boorish and out of step with public expectations.”Justin sat us down for a team meeting last week and spoke about the Australian cricket team’s values, and what he expects,” Paine told media in Brisbane on Monday.”It’s nothing that’s brand new, nothing the guys haven’t heard before it’s purely about acting on what we know is the right thing to do and the right way to play our cricket.”That’s been a huge focus for us, has been around our actions, our behaviours and making sure we live up to the standards that the Australian cricket team should.”We’ve had Spirit of Cricket documents, we’ve had Code of Conduct documents, but at the end of the day they mean nothing if you don’t act on them and you don’t live by them.”Paine will lead his side out on for the first ODI on June 13 at the Oval.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

French Open: Americans Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys reach quarters

first_imgAmerican Sloane Stephens broke new ground at the French Open with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of below-par Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the last 16 on Sunday.Five times the U.S. Open champion had fallen at the fourth-round hurdle in Paris but that never looked like being her fate as she produced a rock-solid display on Court Philippe Chatrier.The initial exchanges offered no clue as to what was to follow as the first four games were shared but when Kontaveit double-faulted to drop serve Stephens took control.Kontaveit could not stem the errors and Stephens, who survived a thriller against Camila Giorgi the previous day, cruised to victory in 52 minutes.She is the second American into the quarter-finals in the top half of the draw after Madison Keys, whom she beat in last year’s U.S. Open final, eased past Mihaela Buzarnescu to register her best run at Roland Garros.Serena Williams can make it three Americans in the last eight if she beats Maria Sharapova on Monday.KEYS EASES INTO QUARTERSStill yet to drop a set@Madison_Keys burns past Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4 to reach her first Roland-Garros quarterfinal.#RG18 (@rolandgarros) June 3, 2018American Madison Keys blazed into the French Open quarter-finals for the first time in her career with a 6-1 6-4 defeat of Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu on Sunday.The 13th seed admitted in the build-up that she had never watched Buzarnescu in action but quickly got to grips with the unheralded 30-year-old who was playing in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.advertisementStriking the ball cleanly and powerfully in perfect conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier, the big-serving Keys bagged the opener in the blink of an eye against an overpowered opponent offering little resistance.It was pretty much the same story in the second set before Buzarnescu’s late resurgence which caused some anxiety in the Keys camp. The Romanian clawed back from 1-5 to 4-5 but Keys shut down the mini revival to serve for victory.The 23-year-old Keys will now be eyeing a semi-final spot, with Czech 26th seed Barbora Strycova or unseeded Kazakh Yulia Putintseva waiting in the quarter-finals.IMPRESSIVE PUTINTSEVA FINDS IT EASYDirection les quarts de finale pour Yulia Putintseva ! 12e victoire de la Kazakh ici à Roland Garros. Rencontrera l’Américaine Madison Keys au prochain tour.#RG18 (@rolandgarros) June 3, 2018Kazakh youngster Yulia Putintseva continued her impressive run at the French Open as she beat 26th seed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3 in the fourth round on Sunday.World number 98 Putintseva showed off her wide range of shot-making skills to break Strycova twice in the early exchanges before serving out the opening set in 52 minutes.Strycova, who was making her first fourth-round appearance in Paris, struggled to find her rhythm and continued to spray the court with unforced errors as Putintseva raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set.The 23-year-old dropped her serve in the next game but did enough to see off a late challenge from Strycova and wrap up the victory on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.Putintseva, who also defeated British number one Johanna Konta in the opening round, has matched her best performance at Roland Garros by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016.Up next for Putintseva is U.S. Open runner-up and 13th seed Madison Keys, who is yet to drop a single set over four matches in the tournament.last_img read more


first_imgUdhagamandalam, Jun 3 (PTI): Following are theresults of the 7th day races held here today.1st race: The Kumararah M.A.M.Muthiah Gold TrophyDiv-II 1400m,Knight in Armour (Mr.K.K.Bellappa) 56 P.Trevor firstGlorious Wind 54-1/2 Noorshed secondBrilliant Script 56 Ashhad Asbar thirdStar Imperial 56 A.Imran K fourth All RanWon by: 1L,6-3/4L,1LTime : one min 29.44 secsTote : Rs. 6 for win, Rs.8 Rs.26 and Rs.11 for placesWinner trained by: MandannaFavourite: Knight in ArmourSHP: Rs. 93Quinella: Rs. 54Forecast: Rs. 47Tanala: Rs. 888 on 21 tickets.PTI COR SSRBS RBS RBSlast_img read more