Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof thanked his team-mates and family after being named Swedish Player of the Year for 2018 in Stockholm.The 24-year-old, who joined United from Benfica for £30 million in 2017, received the ‘Guldbollen’ trophy at a ceremony in Sweden’s capital after establishing himself at Old Trafford and shining at the World Cup finals in Russia.Lindelof has started 10 of the Reds’ 12 Premier League games this season and, despite some nervous moments, moved ahead of the likes of Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in the central defensive pecking order. 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! His Old Trafford colleagues were among those who were recognised in his acceptance speech.“It means very much for me to receive this prize,” he said at the event, also attended by ex-United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won the award for 10 consecutive years up to 2016.“I am extremely proud and grateful,” he added. “I want to thank all my team-mates in my club and national team, but also my family, who have always been there for me in wet and dry. You really mean everything to me.”I would also like to thank my beautiful wife, who is always there, helping and supporting me.”Lindelof has started to find his feet at United – albeit at a difficult time for the club – after struggling in his first season at Old Trafford.To the 12 year old me. You didn’t dream too big… pic.twitter.com/fzJ20cI8PO — Victor Lindelöf (@vlindelof) November 13, 2018 He recently told Inside United : “I’m always happy when I play. I always want to help the team and contribute in any way I can.”It’s always good for me to play so I’m very happy at the moment. Not with the results, but I want to keep on going to try to help the team in the way that I can.”A lot of players take time to adjust. I feel good. I think this season is hopefully going to be better than last season – for the team and also for myself.”Lindelof is part of the Sweden squad that will face Turkey and Russia in the Nations League on November 17 and 20 respectively.United sit eighth in the Premier League, 12 points behind pace-setters Manchester City.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes that defending is just as much as an art form as attacking and advises anyone who wants to watch a show to go to the circus.The dominant force in Italian football, Juventus will take on the role of underdogs when they host Barcelona’s array of creative talent in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.Yet while Barca boast Europe’s most spectacular strike-force, Juve have arguably the continent’s best defence, based on the ‘BBC’ line-up of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, underpinned by veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Juventus, well on course for a sixth successive Italian title, have conceded only two Champions League goals this season and just 20 in 31 Serie A games, making them a tough nut to crack even for Barcelona’s prolific trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.Despite this, Allegri has faced criticism that his side have often had to grind out results rather than winning in style, but he reckons such comments make him smile rather than anger him.”Football is very simple and consists of two aspects that you have to do well – attacking and defending,” he said.”There’s no shame in being good at defending. In fact, it’s just as beautiful as a great attacking move.”I am very happy for those who can turn football into a show but, as far as I’m concerned, if you want to see a show, you should go to the circus.”Committing fouls and winning aerial battles are also very important.”advertisementHe also pondered whether dominating possession – as Barca do routinely – was a good thing.”Sometimes, you have 35 percent possession and create seven or eight scoring opportunities. Some games, you have 70 percent possession and have three shots on target. So which is better?”Not that the omens are too promising for Allegri, who has already faced Barcelona nine times, including eight Champions League meetings in three seasons when he was coach of AC Milan, and managed just one win.His Milan side were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate in the 2011-12 quarter-finals, then lost 4-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 the following season despite winning the first leg 2-0 at San Siro.He also faced them as Juventus coach in the 2014-15 final when Barcelona won 3-1 but the phlegmatic coach remains undeterred.”Nothing is impossible,” he said. “Above all, we have to play a perfect game on a technical level. We have to play, believing we can go through. We’ll need to be at our best both when attacking and defending.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended their three-match losing run with a 21-run win over Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday. (SCORECARD)Powered by a 38-ball 77 from West Indian Chris Gayle, who also became the first T20 batsman to score 10,000 runs, and a sublime 50-ball 64 from skipper Virat Kohli, RCB’s young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sealed the deal with figures of 3/31 to restrict the hosts to 192/7 in their pursuit of 214.Gujarat faltered once again at the start, losing the key wickets of West Indian Dwayne Smith (1) and skipper Suresh Raina (23) to Chahal. (HIGHLIGHTS)Unperturbed by the twin strikes, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum almost single-handedly raised the hopes for the hosts with a destructive 72 from just 44 deliveries.The Kiwi right-hander first chipped in for a 36-run second wicket stand with Raina, who struck two fours and as many sixes during his 8-ball knock, and then got good support from Australian Aaron Finch (19) to raise a 66-run third wicket partnership. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Gayle first batsman to complete 10,000 runs in T20 cricket)Finch looked good in the middle during his 15-ball stay before being stumped off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi’s slower delivery.With Gujarat reduced to 103/3 midway through the innings, the home crowd expected an in-form Dinesh Karthik (1) to support McCullum, who at the other end raced to his half century off 30 just balls.(Also read: Brendon McCullum continues tryst with April 18, hammers 13th IPL fifty)The Tamil Nadu stumper, however succumbed to the pressure of the mounting asking rate to be caught by Kohli off medium pacer Sreenath Aravind.advertisementAll-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then joined McCullum for a 31-run fourth wicket stand before Chahal struck once again with the wicket of the dangerous New Zealander to seal the deal in favour of the visitors.McCullum, who by now had faced 44 balls and struck seven lusty sixes and two fours, failed to generate enough power to a slower delivery, resulting in a simple reverse-cupped catch by Adam Milne at deep midwicket.Thereafter, young Ishan Kishan and Jadeja added 27 runs for the sixth wicket before a mix-up landed both the batsmen at the non-striker’s end, ruling the local lad out for a 22-ball 23.Needing 49 from 14, new man Andrew Tye survived a dropped chance from Kohli, who also dropped Ishan the next over.Ishan, however provided some entertainment to the crowd with a 16-ball 39, laced with four lusty hits over the fence but that was not enough to end the home team’s poor run.Earlier, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Kohli putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught.Kedar Jadhav (38 not out of 16 balls) and Travis Head (30 not out of 16) then finished off the proceedings in style with a 54-run unbeaten third wicket stand.Coming into the match, just 3 runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single.There was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes.The 37-year-old met out special treatment to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, milking him for 21 runs in his very first over before getting to his first half century of the season off a mammoth 104-metre six from chinaman Shivil Kaushik.Kohli, who till now was enjoying Gayle’s power hitting from the other end, got down to business to get to his second half century of this year’s IPL.The 28-year-old looked good, striking seven boundaries and a six, to raise a 37-run second wicket stand with Head before pacer Dhawal Kulkarni’s slower delivery did the trick for the home side.Towards the end, Jadhav and Head showed no mercy on the bowlers, dispatching them out of the park at will as the visitors milked 35 runs from the final two overs.
Day four of the fifth and final stage of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol series, being held in Gabala, Azerbaijan, will see Olympic medallist Gagan Narang of India among others lining up for the Men’s 50m Rifle Prone event, for one final time on the World Cup stage.Both Gagan and compatriot Sanjeev Rajput sailed through their elimination rounds on day three and will shoot in the qualification round on Sunday.The Final of the event is also slated for the same day.Sanjeev Rajput on Saturday shot a score of 623.5 in his elimination round while Gagan shot 622.2 to finish 10th and 15th respectively in their elimination relay.Gagan has been in pretty good form in recent times after a string of good performances in international meets in Europe.He backed that up with a high score of 628.8 in the MQS section of the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event in Gabala, which was the second best score of the day, second only to Hungary’s Istvan Peni who shot 629 to qualify in top spot for the finals and win an eventual Bronze medal.In the other event of the day, the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, India’s Neeraj Kumar shot a score of 573 to finish in 25th place.A total of 430 athletes from 45 countries are competing for medals at Gabala World Cup, which will the last chance for Rifle and Pistol shooters to qualify for the year end showpiece – the ISSF World Cup Finals (WCF).advertisementThe WCF has the eight best shooters of the world in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medallists and wild-cards squaring-off with each other.
Brazil international full-back Dani Alves has admitted he could leave Juventus during the summer transfer window and hinted his destination could be Manchester City.During an interview on Brazilian television, Alves praised his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who is now in charge of the English Premier League club, reports Xinhua news agency.”Everyone knows of my admiration for Pep Guardiola,” Alves told Brazilian media outlet ‘O Globo’.”Leaving Juve on a free transfer? I don’t know what’s happening. Have I asked to leave? I’ve left the work to my agents, and they’ve said they’d talk to me once they found a resolution.”If I go, it will be without any conflicts, without any problems, as opposed to what’s being said.” he added.Alves is currently on holiday in Brazil and attended a children’s charity function organised by his national teammate Neymar on Thursday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his wife Sakshi are celebrating their seventh marriage anniversary today in the Caribbean Island together and Twitter celebrated the occasion with equal fervour.Dhoni and Sakshi tied the knot on July 4, 2010 and have a daughter named Ziva, who was born on February 6, 2015.Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif took to Twitter to Dhoni and Sakshi on completing seven years of their marriage and shared a photograph of his with the two.”A very Happy Anniversary MahiSakshi. Wish you great time ahead,” Kaif wrote.A very Happy Anniversary MahiSakshi. Wish you great times ahead. pic.twitter.com/eBfaGgXzeV- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2017Sakshi and Ziva are in the West Indies with MS Dhoni, who is representing India in a five-match ODI series against West Indies.Sakshi has actively been sharing pictures of her time in West Indies on her Instagram account. Just a few days ago, she shared a photograph of hers with Shikhar Dhawan and Dwayne Bravo’s sons.Twitter was ecstatic on the occasion of Dhoni’s anniversary and the fans showered the couple with their wishes.7 years of love, simplicity and togetherness.?? Happy anniversary! #MahiSakshi pic.twitter.com/JhzCvldNEV- Shrusti? (@shrusti15) July 4, 2017Cuteee pics in internet today ??Happy Anniversary Mahisakshi pic.twitter.com/AjYJUh8VMK- payal ?? (@chasmish_girl) July 4, 2017Happy Anniversary MahiSakshi ?@msdhoni @SaakshiSRawat pic.twitter.com/0UduWqDv5radvertisement- Dream catcher ? (@Keerthie_Suriya) July 4, 20177 Years Of Amazing Partnership. Wishing A Very Happy Anniversary MahiSakshi .#Dhoni #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/Tyy9ntlmyC- Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) July 3, 2017India are currently 2-1 up in the five-match ODI series and will play the fifth ODI in Jamaica on July 6.
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A goal after three minutes from Rodolfo Pizarro gave CONCACAF Gold Cup holders Mexico a 1-0 win over Honduras on Thursday and a place in the semi-finals of this year’s tournament.They now face Jamaica, who beat Canada 2-1 in the evening’s other quarter-final.Group C winners and tournament joint favourites Mexico brought a second-string team but started brightly against a nation that progressed to the knock-out stage despite not scoring a goal in any of their three group games.Jesus Duenas’ inviting cross was missed by the entire Honduran defence and Pizarro nipped in at the back post to side foot home from three yards out.The game took place in a 90-degree Fahrenheit heat in Arizona and neither side was able to dominate a scrappy match.Mexico had the better of the first half and Honduras improved in the second period, almost grabbing an equaliser direct from a corner kick when keeper Jesus Corona had to look smart to punch out Alex Lopez’ inswinger.One goal was enough, though, to take Mexico to a semi-final tie against Jamaica.”We knew it would be a hard game and difficult to get behind them as they play deep,” Pizarro told TV cameras after the game. “We are getting better each game and the object now is to reach the final.”Jamaica’s Shaun Francis put his side ahead after just six minutes with a powerful side-footed shot and Romario Williams doubled their leader five minutes into the second period when he curled the ball into the far corner from just outside the box.advertisementCanada’s David Junior Hoilett scored an almost identical goal five minutes later but the Reggae Boyz held on to progress to Sunday’s semi-final at the Rose Bowl.The match will be a repeat of the 2015 final, which Mexico won 3-1 to lift their seventh Gold Cup.Costa Rica will face hosts the USA in the first semi-final in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday.The final will be played in Santa Clara on July 26.
No one likes to be harassed, abused, attacked and raped. No one, regardless of gender and age, steps out of their homes to invite trouble. In fact, they step out with the belief that situation in the country is not so bad that they would be attacked by someone in the middle of the road in the middle of the night. This, unfortunately, is until they themselves, or someone close to them, endure such a harrowing experience and choose to speak about it. When that happens, everything changes. Because what follows is mindless VICTIM-SHAMING.Varnika Kundu, the woman who accused Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar of stalking her, with a possible intent to kidnap, on August 5 on the streets of Chandigarh while she was driving home, would agree.Varnika made a detailed Facebook post about the incident and it soon made national headlines. Vikas and Ashish were arrested on August 6 after Kundu filed a complaint against them but were soon allowed bail, thanks to the cops who dropped two charges out of five, that were non-bailable. By today, just two days after the crime, reports have it that CCTV footage from areas where the alleged crime occurred is missing.Kundu’s father Virender Kundu, an IAS officer, wrote a Facebook post to make the family’s stand on the matter clear. In his post, he said, “We promise all the people and the groups supporting us that WE SHALL NOT, EVER, BACK OUT OR STAND DOWN, irrespective of hardships or pressures.”advertisementTHEN BEGINS VICTIM-SHAMING…Victim-shaming, like we mentioned, should be declared the national sport of Indians. Whatever be the incident, majority of Indians, thanks to years of social conditioning, figure out a way to blame and shame the victim. This is true even in the most brutal cases of rape as well. After the Nirbhaya case sent shiver down almost every Indian’s spine, there were people who asked, “Why was she out on the streets at that time?”, forgetting the fact that it was around 9 PM she boarded the bus in which she was raped. Some asked “Why was she with a male friend?” Had she been alone, question would have been, “Why was she not in the company of at least one man?”When a colleague, to her luck, averted a situation that could have turned worse, she, courtesy her gender, had to face the similar questions. “Why were you out on the streets at that time?” “If you could call your friend, and if we could reach on time when you did, why didn’t you ask him to drop you to your place in the first place?”Instead of condemning the acts of his colleague’s son and his friend, the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are resorting to the same tactic – victim-shaming. Haryana BJP Deputy President Ramveer Bhatti said, “The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night,” and wondered “Why she was allowed to stay out so late.””Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves,” Bhatti said. VICTIM-SHAMING CONTINUES ON SOCIAL MEDIA…Prashant P Umrao, whose verified Twitter account bio says he is a Supreme Court advocate, tweeted, “So called victim daughter of IAS from Chandigarh with Vikas Barala. This story is as true as like Jasleen Kaur of Delhi & of Rohtak Sisters”, along with a photo of Varnika with two of her friends.The lawyer not only resorted to ridiculing the complainant referring to her as “so-called victim”, he shared an image of hers without her consent with an intention to malign her character, because in our country, still, a woman who hangsout with men is looked down upon. Not stopping there, he claimed that Kundu’s version of what transpired on August 5 midnight is false and compared it to the infamous Jasleen Kaur case of 2015, and Rohtak Sisters case of 2014. Meanwhile, Varnika said that the men in the picture, being widely shared on social media, are not the accused but two of her friends, and she is sad that her friends are being branded as perpetrators and some people are spreading “blatant lies”. The fact is that even she knew Vikas Barala from before, how does that matter? If someone stalked her and harassed her, they should be punished by law. The argument that even if she knew Barala from before she can’t complain is only as good as saying people who were lynched did carry beef. advertisementIn a consecutive tweet, in bad English, the lawyer said, “Corrupt Bureaucracy is upset with Honest CM Khattar. That IAS Kundu is close to Hooda. BTW, Why no medical of Girl, was she also drunked?” Here, Kundu’s and her father’s political inclination/affiliation is being blamed or brought to the forefront rather than addressing the actual issue. He also wanted Varnika to undergo a medical examination to be sure she was not drunk. This brings us to the set of photos of Varnika that is now doing the rounds on Indian social media. First photo is what Umrao shared, second is a close-up of hers in which her eyebrow piercing is visible, another one where Varnika could be seen sitting with three glasses, possibly with alcohol in it, and one where she is seen with two friends, one male and one female. One of the tweets with these four photos closely translates to, “I am neither a supporter of Subhash Barala nor of the BJP, but take a look at these photos of the “decent” woman who’s accused Barala’s son.”?? ? ? ? ???? ? ??? ?? ?? ?? ? ? ??? ?? ??? ?? ??? ?? ? ?? ??? ?? ? ? pic.twitter.com/EdznTGNb9F- Uttar Pradesh Farmer (@WorldJat) August 7, 2017The message is clear. Varnika drinks and hangs out with male friends, and these are two reasons as per Umrao and all those who are sharing these set of photos, for her to be harassed, abused or even raped in the middle of the night by anyone.We hope these people get this clear, once and for all – whatever a woman does, drink, smoke, have physical relationships with multiple men at different times or at the same time, abuse in public, roam around on foot, or in a car, at midnight, hangout with men, strangers or friends, hangout with women, THEY DON’T ASK FOR IT. Senior BJP leaders are tight-lipped about the incident but Shaina NC, Maharashtra BJP’s Treasurer and Spokesperson, lifted and shared the photo Umrao shared, and along with the image, lifted his words too. Her tweet has now been deleted and she’s claimed that her account was hacked. Not surprising, those who understand social media and how it is being used lately, multiple accounts, both on Facebook and Twitter are now sharing the photo of Varnika with her friends saying she knew Barala from before. Despite the fact that the victim knowing the accused from before is not a matter of significance in this case, some Twitter users did put in effort to debunk the false claims made by many like Umrao and Shaina on Twitter.Twitter user who goes by the handle @ironyofindia_ shared an image to prove the man in the photo shared widely looks significantly different from Vikas Barala.Photo: Twitter (ironyofindia_)
Chennai, Aug 13 (PTI) The Champions Sportive series, a competitive cycling event for amateur cyclists, will be held across eight cities in the country from August 20 to October 15. The Chennai leg of the event, organised by Indian Terrain Fashions Limited and choosemybicycle.com, will be held on October 8. The event format is split into two parts, comprising a competitive leg (100 km race) and non-competitive part (50 km ride). The top three finishers (in men and women sections) from the competitive leg from each city would get a chance to take part in the “the Champions Sportive Series?Grand Finale” in Delhi, against top three from the other cities. “We believe this event will spread awareness of the sport for both fitness and doing our bit to reduce our community?s carbon footprint,” Venky Rajagopal, chairman and Managing Director, Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd, said in a press note. Kailash S, head-marketing, TI Cycles said, “Montras vision is to make performance cycling accessible to all. Through the Champions Sportive event, we want to create a platform for amateur cyclists to experience competitive cycling.” PTI SS APR APR
After the 10.or E and 10.or G, Amazon India is now expected to launch a brand new budget smartphone, called the 10.or D that is expected to come with an entry-level price tag. Prior to launch, the e-commerce platform already listed the phone on its website with all its major specifications including a Snapdragon 425 processor and 3500mAh battery to name a few. Considering the specs, the phone is expected to come cheaper than the 10.or E. The promo suggests the phone could be priced at Rs 5,999 for the base model and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB RAM variant, which will be similar to the Redmi 5A.The 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The phone will be offered in 2GB and 3GB of RAM with 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, respectively. The handset also boasts of a fast fingerprint sensor on the back, which promises to unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds (when the phone is on). Also Read: Flipkart Billion Capture+ looks great for the price but you should be cautiousThe budget smartphone will likely run stock Android 7.1 much like the 10.or E and 10.or G. It is backed by a 3500mAh battery, which promises up to two days of battery life. The handset will offer the usual connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro-USB, 3.5mm headphone jack and support for OTG among other things.From the looks of it, the 10.or D will look to take on the recently launched Xiaomi Mi 5A, which was launched at Rs 4,999 for the first million customers and Rs 5,999 after that. One of the biggest advantages Amazon’s phone will have is the fingerprint sensor, which is still not a common sight to see on entry-level smartphones.advertisementTo recall, the 10.or E was launched starting at Rs 7,999 for the 2GB of RAM variant and Rs 8,999 for the 3GB of RAM version. The phone came with a full HD display, stock Android 7.0 Nougat and a fingerprint sensor on the back among other things. The phone impressed us with its display and battery life, but it felt lacking with regards to design and build quality.
Amazon India on Wednesday added another budget smartphone to its portfolio under the 10.or brand (pronounced Tenor) with the 10.or D. This is the third phone launched this year following the 10.or G and 10.or E smartphones. The newest budget handset comes with entry-level specifications as the company looks to take on the likes of the recently launched Redmi 5A.The 10.or D shares most of the same specs seen inside the Redmi 5A including a Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB and 3GB of RAM options, 13-megapixels rear and 5-megapixels front cameras, among other things. However, given its relative newness in the Indian market, the 10.or D will face a stiff competition with the Redmi 5A. Here’s everything that you need to know about Amazon India’s latest budget offering. Specifications:Processor: The 10.or D is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor Snapdragon 425 processor (Cortex A53) with Adreno 308 GPURAM: It will be available in a choice of 2GB and 3GB of RAM, like the Redmi 5AInternal storage: It will be offered with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage depending on the RAM variantScreen: The 10.or D sports a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) display with bezels all aroundRear camera: The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear sensor with flashFront camera: It features a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor without flashAlso Read: 10.or D with Snapdragon 425 SoC, 3500mAh battery launched starting at Rs 4,999Software: The budget handset runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and comes with a few pre-loaded Amazon apps like Kindle and Prime VideoadvertisementBattery: The smartphone houses a 3500mAh battery which promises up to two days of battery life and up to 10 days of standby timeSpecial features– Amazon India says that its 10.or smartphones have been designed looking at customer feedback on its e-commerce platform. The specifications offered are largely based on what customers have requested. This includes a large battery, fingerprint sensor, stock Android among other things.– One of the biggest highlights of the 10.or D is its big battery capacity of 3500mAh. This is larger compared to the Redmi 5A which houses a 3000mAh battery and Amazon says that its smartphone will provide up to 2 days of battery life. The low-end specifications will likely help boost the battery life as well.– The other big highlight is the fingerprint sensor on the back, which the company says will unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds (when turned on) and 0.8 seconds when turned off. The 10.or D is also one of the cheapest phones to sport a fingerprint scanner.– The company says that the Snapdragon 425 processor is optimised and battery efficient, which guarantees that the handset will keep the phone running for up to two days.Price and availabilityThe 10.or D is priced starting at Rs 4,999 for the 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage variant and Rs 5,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This is similar to the Redmi 5A and will look to challenge Xiaomi’s budget smartphone in the online space. The 10.or D is exclusive to Amazon India and will go on sale starting January 5. Amazon will also be offering an additional 1 year warranty for Prime customers who purchase the device.
A traffic jam in a crisp blanket of snow under a clammy cloud of fear.That’s the sort of sentence that just about begins to describe the scene along the main road beside the picturesque Jamia mosque at the heart of Shopian. It was the scene a couple of weeks ago, just a few days before Kashmir’s dreaded chille-kalan, Great Cold, set in with the Solstice. Yes, life goes on even to the extent of traffic gridlocks at the end of a year of death and destruction in this robust centre of politics and commerce.But fear has risen through this year, like water gradually seeping up to fill the reservoir behind a fresh dam. So much so that hearts beat faster if a cell phone call is not answered by the fourth ring.Waves of unease furrow the brow by the fifth and, by the sixth ring, prayers come involuntarily to mind. That’s how sharp fear has become, for relatives out of the house for work or education. Indoors, brightly dressed children laugh and play on their gizmos while exquisite mutton dishes are prepared every day.But despite the weddings (much larger than after the post-Burhan uprising in 2016), plentiful apple cultivation (Shopian claims to be Kashmir’s luscious apple centre), sports meets and traffic jams, it has not been a happy year.Friends in Shopian talk of a return to the early ’90s, when people did not stir out if they could avoid it, and curtains were drawn tight to shield the light of a candle – for fear that the house might attract the attention of one sort of men with guns or the other.advertisementSince Shopian has many forested areas and is on the mountainous southwestern flank of the Valley along the Pir Panjal range, it has drawn both sorts of guns back this year. Groups of foreign militants have set up camp on the forested hills and, to counter them, new army security force camps too have sprung up like mushrooms across the district.Infact, one reason why the BJP youth leader Gowhar Bhat was killed so gruesomely on November 2 was that his assassins did not want to attract the attention of soldiers with a gunshot. So they slit Gowhar’s throat.They had called the dashing and ever-helpful young man out of the hospital where he worked as a nurse, and made him accompany them into a forest. A soldier on leave was killed three weeks later. Several others had already been killed in Shopian earlier in 2017.The death which pulled most poignantly at the heart strings of the country was of Lt Ummer Fayaz, an Army officer who had gone to Shopian to attend his young cousin’s wedding. His bulletridden body was found at a crossing in the heart of the district.The brazen murder shocked and horrified a gamut of people, both in the Valley and far afield.”Very sad and alarming. Condolences to the family. May Lieutenant Umar Fayaz’s soul rest in peace,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah had tweeted.’Alarming’ reflected the mood of many in Kashmir. BSF trucks with cocked guns on their turrets stand guard outside each gate of Omar’s own house in uptown Srinagar. Another dramatic death – one of the first to spread the pall of fear over Shopian this year – had already taken place on Easter Sunday, April 16.Former Public Prosecutor and National Conference activist Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan was shot dead in his village, Pinjoora, that evening. I remember his warm, affable embrace when he spotted me on the stairs during my visit to the Shopian district courts in 2016.So undependable has life become that I regret not having met him when I visited TRAFFIC JAMS Life goes on, even to the extent of traffic gridlocks at the end of a year of death and destruction in Shopian. IN ATIME OF FEAR Shopian again just about 10 days before Imtiyaz was killed.But it was a hectic visit.A by-election for the south Kashmir seat was due in about a week, and I interacted with students during that wintry visit. There was some snow on the ground and it was raining.As I sheltered in the foyer of the Shopian Degree College after an interaction, knots of voluble boys told me that several of their classmates had been picked up by the police over the past few days.The heavyhanded police action had created an atmosphere of fear and resentment. I wrote an article then, saying that the state apparatus would be well advised to prepare for violence at the polling booths rather than lock up large numbers of potential stone-pelters.advertisementThat sort of action only alienated other boys – and much worse than stone-pelting was on the cards. There would have been arson at several polling booths, including school buildings, if that by-election had gone ahead.As it turned out, it was postponed after eight persons were killed during intense violence at polling booths during the byelection for the Srinagar seat. The sad fact is that both sides – students and forces – too often do not understand the other. Their fear and resentment of each other causes a spiral of violence that perpetuates a vicious cycle.For the first time, unrest spread across undergraduate colleges in different parts of Kashmir soon after that byelection.It was sparked by the arrival of an army officer in a mineresistant Caspar vehicle, which looks larger and more ominous than a tank. Ironically, the officer’s purpose was art: he had come to the Pulwama degree college to organise a painting competition.At this stage, it is much better for the Army not to organise painting competitions. The security net will surely tighten in 2018.But Shopian and the rest of the Valley needs sensitive, responsive administration: on the one hand, a few neatly enforced one-way streets, on the other, more openness to two-way conversations with people – particularly youngsters, the poor and marginal outside the networks of power and influence.(The writer is a senior journalist who has lived in Kashmir for years, covered the situation there since 1988, and written books on Kashmir. His book ‘The Generation of Rage in Kashmir’ is to be published by OUP in the new year.)WATCH | Kashmir: 3 Army jawans martyred, 1 injured in firing along LoC in Rajouri
The-two day warm-up game might be a practice match for Sri Lanka but Board President’s XI captain Sanju Samson on Friday said they won’t be taking it as a tour game and will look to make the best of the opportunity.Promising wicketkeeper-batsman Samson was named skipper after Naman Ojha, who was the captain initially, dropped out due to injury.”We will have a team strategy. It’s a practice match for them but it’s not a practice match for us,” Samson, 22, told reporters on the sidelines of their training session at the Jadhavpur University 2nd campus ground.”Every individual in the team has really put their heart together to perform very well in the past many years and it’s a great opportunity for them. It’s only one match but it’s a great opportunity for each and everyone. We should take this as a great chance to perform and go out there and succeed,” the highly-rated Kerala player added.On the opposition who lost to India at home 0-9 across three formats the last time the two sides met, Samson said: “It’s a very good quality side. They have lot of talented and experienced players also. As I said before, it’s a great chance to play against a very good Test side. So we will be looking forward to beating them in the coming match tomorrow.”Before coming here, the islanders, led by Dinesh Chandimal, whitewashed Pakistan 2-0 in Tests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but lost in the limited overs matches 0-5.advertisementQuizzed about the team’s plans against the visitors, Samson said: “No there are a lot of new guys in the Sri Lankan team so we will take some time to know them. It’s a very short thing. We don’t have enough time to look at their team and plan accordingly.”Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath will be the man to watch out for in the bowling department for Sri Lanka.Samson underlined the fact that playing against a “legend” like him would be hugely beneficial for them.”He is a very experienced guy and it’s a practice match for him but a great opportunity for us to play a bowler like him. He is a legend and one of the greatest spinners Sri Lanka has ever seen. It’s a great opportunity for us to go out and play him,” Samson said.In 85 Tests, 39-year old Herath has taken 405 wickets.Samson and co. have not received any message from the senior team, he said.Samson added that despite assembling at such a short notice, there won’t be any problem in gelling as a unit as they know each other well.”We are playing one match. It’s only a one two-day format and we all know each other well. We have been playing in the domestic season, matches from many years before and we know each other. We have played against (each other) and also together. So we know each other well to have a good match tomorrow,” Samson said.Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three Test matches, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals over the next one-and-half months in India. The first rubber starts November 16 at the Eden Gardens.The Sri Lanka team also practised on Friday morning for close to two-and-half hours.Squad:BP XI: Sanju Samson (captain & wk), Abhishek Gupta, Akash Bhandari, Avesh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Jiwanjot Singh, Ravi Kiran, Rohan Prem, B. Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Sandeep Warrier, Anmolpreet Singh.
NEW YORK (AP) — Frustrated with the lack of playing time in his first year in the NBA last season, Brooklyn Nets reserve forward Mirza Teletovic stayed composed and patient. Now with a chance to contribute, Teletovic is coming up big for the Nets.Teletovic scored 24 of his career-high 34 points in the second quarter and the Nets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-106 on Jan. 24 for their fourth straight win.“Confidence is very important. With the confidence it’s so much easier to make shots, to move around, to play and do anything on the court,” said Teletovic, who shot 12 for 18 from the field including 7 of 11 beyond the 3-point arc.“I think it’s very important to have patience and wait for your moment. You have to be ready when your name is called. If you’re not ready, you can’t do anything.”The Nets improved to an NBA best 9-1 in January.“I think just the opportunity for him playing, but also his work ethic,” coach Jason Kidd said.“He just doesn’t show up on game day shooting. He’s been working extremely hard at this game. I think also, a big credit goes to his teammates because they believe in him. As much as coaches believe in him, his teammates in that locker room believe that he’s going to do the right thing when he has the ball.”Paul Pierce had 12 points and Kevin Garnett added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn, which has won seven straight at home, a season-high.Former Net Vince Carter had 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points for the Mavs, who lost their second straight game.Brooklyn almost blew a 11-point lead after Teletovic hit a 3-pointer to make it 100-89 with 4:35 left in the fourth quarter.Dallas then mounted a late rally, going on an 11-5 run to close in within two points with 8.1 seconds left in the game.Deron Williams, who came off the bench for the third straight game and posted 18 points and dished out 11 assists, hit one of two free throws to extend the Nets’ lead to 103-98 with 27.3 left.The Mavs cut the lead down to 103-100 after Donta Ellis made a layup and Brooklyn was able to quickly increase it to 105-100 after Ellis sent Pierce to the free throw line for a pair of successful shots. Shawn Marion managed to bring Dallas within three points after two free throws with 10.8 left to make it 105-102.Nowitzki then got fouled by Pierce. He hit the first free throw that made it 105-103 but missed the second attempt. Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko each hit a pair of free throws to make it a 107-103 game before Ellis hit a 3-point before time expired.Brooklyn forced 15 turnovers and scored 23 points off of them.“When you give up 23 points off turnovers in a one possession game, it’s another story teller of the reason we lost,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were just poor defensively. Mirza Teletovic hit his first couple of shots and we just let him keep going and you just can’t do that.”Nowitzki shot 5 for 15 from the field and hit just two 3-pointer in eight attempts, crediting his former teammate, Kidd, who was on the 2011 Dallas championship team, with the game plan that had him off throughout the night.“They didn’t stop me from getting the ball but once I got it they double-teamed me pretty good”, Nowitzki said.Teletovic and Williams got it going for the Nets in the second quarter after they trailed 21-18. The reserve forward Teletovic tied it 23-all with the first of six 3-pointers he made in the period. He scored 19 of the Nets 23 points in the first six minutes to give them a 41-33 lead with 5:51 left.For Williams, it was his third straight game off the bench since returning to the Nets from a left sprained ankle. The Nets point guard had only one turnover in 35 minutes.Williams understood the tough time that Teletovic went through last season and commended him for the way he handled the tough situation.“It speaks a lot about him. (He was) definitely frustrated a lot last year with his lack of playing time. Mirza’s a competitor and he’s been one of the top players in Europe for a long time,” he said.(Addry Torres)TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist knows one game is not a cure-all for the New York Rangers’ recent ills.What it could be, though, is an antibiotic.“This was just so needed, this win, I think for so many reasons,” the star goalie said after the Rangers ended Edmonton’s six-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory the night of Dec. 15.Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist, Dylan McIlrath scored his first NHL goal and Jesper Fast added an empty-netter in the final seconds to help the Rangers snap a three-game skid. Keith Yandle finished with two assists, and Lundqvist stopped 18 shots.“We did a really good job staying focused on what we talked about: being focused and going in here and really paying attention to what needed to be done to win a game,” Lundqvist said.Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle scored for Edmonton. Anders Nilsson made 17 saves.“For the most part it was a good effort,” Hall said. “One-goal games usually are decided by little plays, little mistakes, and we made more than they did.”Back home after allowing a total of 14 goals in road losses to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary last week, New York led 1-0 at the first intermission thanks to Zuccarello’s 14th and significantly improved coverage in the defensive zone.The Rangers limited Edmonton to six shots in the period, and 16 seconds after Oscar Lindberg’s hooking penalty expired, Zuccarello converted Yandle’s feed from the left circle to open the scoring.Unlike the losses in Western Canada in which New York yielded 89 shots in three games, the Rangers held Edmonton to 20 shots for the game.“We’re used to being a top defensive team in the league,” Marc Staal said. “We were making some plays that are uncharacteristic.”But the Oilers made the most of their chances in the second period, scoring twice.Hall tied the game 5:12 into the second with his 15th of the season and sixth in six games. With Lindberg serving a hooking minor, Hall glided down the left wing before whipping a shot through Lundqvist.The deadlock lasted all of 2:42.McIlrath gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 7:54. The 23-year-old one-timed Yandle’s pass past Nilsson before getting mobbed by teammates.“It was unbelievable,” McIlrath said. “I just tried to bear down and get it clean off my stick. It didn’t really register until I saw the reaction on some guys’ faces.”Edmonton drew even for the second time in the period on Eberle’s eighth goal at 18:20. The sequence began with Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei turning the puck over in the neutral zone to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The Edmonton center found a streaking Eberle, whose quick wrist shot eluded Lundqvist.New York took its third lead 59 seconds later on Nash’s power-play goal. Only 13 seconds after Edmonton was penalized for having too many men on the ice, Nash fired a low shot that Nilsson stopped, but the big left wing drove to the net and jammed in the rebound for his 10th of the season.“Timely goals and timely saves were a very big part of our early success,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “There’s no doubt that instead of going into our dressing room after two (periods) with a tie, the power-play goal (gave) us a little bit of momentum.”In the third period, New York took three penalties in succession. First, Staal was called for slashing Anton Lander. Almost immediately after that minor expired, Staal was whistled for high-sticking Leon Draisaitl. And 1:42 after Staal’s second penalty of the period, J.T. Miller was assessed a minor for high-sticking Eric Gryba.But Edmonton was only able to fire three shots on Lundqvist during the three power plays, and finished 1 for 6 on the man advantage. New York went 1 for 5.“We had our chances but we just didn’t capitalize and it was there for us,” Eberle said.Fast’s empty-netter with 3.2 seconds left sealed it.(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Third quarter: Adams pours in 12 points as difference soars to 20sPanathinaikos got a great start to the second half with a basket from Calathes. The same player’s steal soon led to a Williams slam. However Hanga and Adams scored at the rim – and Adams added a bonus free throw – to make it 44-32. Calathes added a jumper, but Hanga’s triple further extended the difference. Laboral dominated the offensive glass with Planinic finishing a four-chance possession. Tillie’s tip in was followed by a wild Adams three that bounced high off the back rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run for a 20-point advantage. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Calathes fed Gist for an alley-oop, but Bourousis countered with free throws and Hanga rejected Gist as the hosts remained in total control. After a put-back by Kuzmic, Adams and Haynes traded threes. Adams scored again and tacked on a free throw after a technical on the Greens’ bench for a 62-42 lead. After Bourousis free throws, Haynes made his second triple and Hanga limped off the floor. Baskets by Pavlovic on the offensive glass and Williams at the buzzer made it 64-49. Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos run proves too little, too lateAdams stayed hot with his fourth three at the start of the fourth quarter and James threw down a ferocious two-handed slam to restore a 20-point difference. Raduljica finally scored his first basket of the second half with a fast break layup. Tillie netted a triple and James rejected Calathes as Laboral remained in charge. Calathes set up Raduljica for another basket inside, but the Greens did not appear to have the urgency needed to fight back from a 20-point deficit. Caalthes sent a behind-the-back assist to Hunter on the break. Calathes set up Hunter for another dunk and Haynes hit a baseline jumper to make it 73-60 and give the visitors some hope with five minutes to go. James responded with a big three. Haynes added another jumper, but time was not on the Greens’ side. A three-point play by Bourousis with 2:40 to go all but sealed the outcome at 79-62. Hunter finished another alley-oop and James Feldeine finished a tough layup, but the local fans were already celebrating the victory.TweetPinShare0 Shares Laboral Kutxa set the tone in its playoffs series against Panathinaikos Athens with an 84-68 victory on April 13 at home in Spain.The visitors led early, but Ioannis Bourousis came off the bench to help Laboral to a slim lead after 10 minutes. That difference grew to double figures in the second quarter before Darius Adams took charge with 12 third quarter points, including a wild three that bounced high off the rim before falling in to cap a 10-0 run as the difference grew to 20. Panathinaikos fought back in the fourth quarter, but never threatened the outcome. Adams finished with 20 points and Bourousis scored 15 for the winners. Mike James added 11 points and 6 assists, Adam Hanga netted 10 and Kim Tillie collected 11 rebounds. Miroslav Raduljica led Panathinaikos with 21 points, but scored just twice in the second half after dominating early. MarQuez Haynes added 11 points and Nick Calathes dished 11 assists in defeat. First quarter: Bourousis sparks hosts off the benchElliot Williams got off to an ideal start by drawing a foul from Tillie on his first touch and draining a deep three on his second. Adams evened it with a triple before Raduljica overpowered Ilimane Diop inside. After the Panathinaikos center split free throws, Hanga used his speed to blow by defenders and get a layup. Raduljica added more free throws and sent Diop to the bench with 2 fouls in less than three minutes. Adams kept the hosts close with a layup, but Raduljica sank a hook shot. However a Davis Bertans three tied it at 10-10 and a Tillie tip-in gave Laboral its first lead. James Gist’s turnaround jumper and Ognjen Kuzmic’s hook over Bourousis came on Calathes’s fourth assist. Hanga rejected Antonis Fotsis on the break as neither team found the basket for more than two minutes. Bourusis ended the drought with a basket-plus-foul, but free throws by Raduljica put Panathinaikos ahead again. Bourousis’s triple with 13 seconds left in the quarter gave the hosts an 18-16 advantage. Second quarter: Blazic’s threes help Laboral to double-digit leadRaduljica extended his strong start with another hook shot. A three by Jaka Blazic gave Laboral the lead once more. After the unstoppable Raduljica added a tip-in, Hanga nailed a triple for a 24-20 Laboral lead. James added a three with a hand in his face and Alberto Corbacho followed on the fast break to score after Sasha Pavlovic rejected Blazic. Down 9, the Greens turned to Raduljica, who scored with another hook. Darko Planinic came in for Bourousis and took a dish from James for a layup and a 31-22 advantage midway through the quarter. Blazic connected from downtown as the hosts took a double-digit lead. Raduljica attacked the glass for a put-back slam, but Planinic netted 3 free throws over two possessions as the lead grew. Vince Hunter came off the bench to make an impact at both ends with an offensive rebound and a blocked shot, but also missed twice from the line. Gist used a spin move to bring the Greens within 37-27 with a minute left in the half. Bourousis countered with a pretty move of his own. Gist split free throws to end the half with the visitors trailing 39-28.