10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay up

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay upby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits he fears for their survival chances ahead of the January market.The Magpies boss has let owner Mike Ashley know his side are struggling for inspiration and in danger of going down.The Spaniard said: “Even if we strengthen in January it will be a miracle if we stay up. I think everyone knows what we have to do.“Does Mike Ashley know? I hope so. We are doing what we have to do and now we wait to see what will happen.“We have the targets, the names, so we have to do what we have to do.“I am trying to tell everyone, realise where we are. Realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine we can finish 10th or whatever.”In a reference to big spending rivals Fulham and Wolves, Benitez said: “If we think we can beat these teams that have spent £100 million, every one of them, every game, there is no chance. We are wrong, 100 per cent.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectations

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says home players should always embrace the expectations of the Old Trafford crowd.Solskjaer – who was at the Reds for 11 years as a player – accepted Old Trafford can be an intimidating arena, but believes the team should be able to cope.“That comes when you sign for Man United,” he said. “You know you’re going to play in front of the best fans in the world. Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out.“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. Hopefully this gave them a boost, so I’m happy and looking forward to Boxing Day.“You can never set the bar too high. They’re setting the standard. The players who play for this club have high ­standards to live up to.” last_img read more

10 months agoKompany hails Man City triumph: We’re at our best playing on emotion

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kompany hails Man City triumph: We’re at our best playing on emotionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City’s defenders were buzzing after victory over Liverpool on Thursday night.Leroy Sane produced the decisive moment 18 minutes from time as he collected Raheem Sterling’s pass to fire across Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, after it seemed like Roberto Firmino’s stooping 64th-minute header would maintain the visitors’ unbeaten sequence.Sergio Aguero had given City the lead with a rising near-post drive just before the interval, this coming after an earlier moment of drama when Sadio Mane hit the post and John Stones scrambled the ball off the line after his clearance struck goalkeeper Ederson – with data subsequently showing the ball had failed to cross by just 1.12cm.On his clearance, Stones beamed: “I tried to take everything, I spotted the opportunity and I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game.”Skipper Vincent Kompany also stated: “I’m not worried about the result I’m buzzing with the tremendous performance. We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them. It’s still in Liverpool’s hands. It came from our guts, a desire you can’t describe. We are a better team when we play with emotions.” last_img read more

10 months agoReal Betis coach Setien responds to Barcelona rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Setien responds to Barcelona rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveQuique Setien insists he’s happy in his job at Real Betis.Setien has been linked with Barcelona.”I have a contract with Beris, I’m doing really well here and we keep working hard with enthusiasm,” he said. “[Barca links] flatter me but I would be flattered to be linked with any other team, because I am very respectful of every side.” Setien has a contract with the Seville-based club until 2020. last_img

a month agoReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for career

first_imgReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has recalled walking out on PSG.The France defender signed for Real this summer from Olympique Lyon. Mendy spent eight years with PSG before quitting for Le Havre to launch his first team career.Mendy recalled to Canal+: “If PSG was correct after my injury? Yes, I came back and I trained. But I was training with the DH. And after all, I thought that the best option was to leave.”I think I made the best choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

3 days ago​Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the same

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer tells Man Utd players after Liverpool draw: More of the sameby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a few things to say to his team after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Norwegian manager was happy with his side’s commitment and intensity, especially in the first half.But he felt they were too quick to sit back in the second half, when they should have tried to punish Liverpool with a second goal.Metro says Solskjaer told United’s players they should be happy with their display and that it is how he wanted them to play in future games.United took the lead in the game, but were pegged back by Liverpool and the game ended 1-1. last_img

Bovada Released Odds For 58 Different Programs To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgTwitter/@UConnTwitter/@UConnWe haven’t quite reached the post-season in college basketball, but the bold bettor can now put down money on 58 different teams to win the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As one would expect, Kentucky is a heavy favorite at even odds, while Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Virginia round out the top five. If you believe heavily in recent tournament history, defending national champion UConn is down at 150/1. Memphis, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt share the highest available odds at 1000/1 each. Here is the full list, via Bovada.ncaatodds1ncaatodds2last_img

Georgia Football’s Official Twitter Account Favorited A Tweet About Taking Everett Golson

first_imggeorgia football favorites tweet about getting Everett Golson for a year.Twitter/@TooMFCold4LNotre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially on the transfer market, and there are dozens of teams that could use him at quarterback for the upcoming season. The Georgia Bulldogs seem to fit the bill with the graduation of their 2014 starter Hutson Mason, and some fans are already trying to recruit him to Athens.@Everett_Golson5 @FootballUGA choose the dawgs for one year. Take us to another level. We need a championship!!!— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Whoever runs Georgia football’s official Twitter account also seems to like the idea.@FootballUGA @Everett_Golson5 tweeted this not even thinking it was possible. #EverettGolsonToGeorgia #dreamcometrue pic.twitter.com/JwvLsUJ1aj— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Unless Mark Richt is the man behind the Twitter, this probably means nothing, but “Golson Watch” should be a fun news story for the college football world over the next few weeks.last_img read more

USWNT depth shines as Ellis plan works to perfection

first_imgAlex Morgan tied a World Cup record by scoring five goals in the United States’ 13-0 tournament-opening win over Thailand.In the team’s second game, Morgan didn’t play a single minute. And she was fine with it.For head coach Jill Ellis, heavy squad rotation at this World Cup was all part of her grand plan. Against Chile, it worked. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It’s been this big-picture plan for a few months now,” Ellis said after her team defeated Chile 3-0 in Paris, a game in which she made seven changes to her team from the Thailand match and still got the result needed to send the U.S. into the World Cup last 16.In addition to Morgan, the other two members of the USWNT’s deadly front trio, Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe, were also rested. So were starting midfielder Rose Lavelle and first-choice full-backs Kelley O’Hara and Crystal Dunn.Of course, Ellis’s plan was made possible by the deep bench full of world-class talent she has to call upon. When she started her reserves, it wasn’t as if she made Chile the favorite. Far from it. “The bench that we have is ridiculous,” Rapinoe said, “It’s by far the deepest that we’ve ever had.”Indeed, if the U.S. were to field a second-choice team at this World Cup, it would likely be a contender to lift the crown. What other country can bring the likes of two-time world player of the year Carli Lloyd – who scored twice against Chile – off the bench?“We knew going into this that it takes all 23 players,” Lloyd said. “It takes the entire roster to ultimately lift this trophy.”Remarkably, the U.S. has now used almost that entire roster in the first two games of the tournament. All 20 field players have seen the field, with only the team’s two backup goalkeepers yet to play.“This team has incredible depth and when [Ellis] chooses who goes on during a game and who starts, there’s no explanation needed,” Morgan said. “We trust in her and it was pretty incredible we were able to get all [20 field] players on the pitch in the first two games.”Morgan didn’t seem perturbed at all about being benched right after her incredible five-goal performance. It was a testament to how the entire team has bought into Ellis’s philosophy.Jill Ellis USWNT 2019Rather than ride the hot hand, Ellis’s thinking goes, the U.S. wants to create as many hot hands as possible by giving every player a chance at minutes.“Every single one of them has got butterflies out of the way,” Ellis said.“They know that trust is there and that’s a huge part for a coach to show that trust in terms of playing players in the biggest stage of their careers.”Naturally, not every coach has the same luxury as Ellis. Most teams at the World Cup must select their top-choice lineup every game.But the U.S. is different.“We know how deep we are, we know how competitive it is in training, how hard it is to get a spot on the field,” Christen Press said.Press joined Lloyd and Mallory Pugh in a remade front three that caused Chile plenty of problems and would have generated several more goals were it not for the heroics of Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler.That attacking trio might all return to the bench against Sweden in the team’s group-stage finale on Thursday. But Ellis has now given them all a start in the World Cup, and knows she’ll be able to call upon them and all their teammates should they be needed.“We need them in a good place,” Ellis said. “And if they can have minutes and the butterflies are kind of out of the way, I think it helps us down the line.”last_img read more

A Power 5 Conference Might Get Eliminated From The College Football Playoff Tonight

first_imgGeneral view of Martin Stadium.PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Entering today, Oregon football was probably the Pac-12’s best shot at landing a team in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks narrowly lost a bizarre game to Stanford, and recovered for a statement win against Washington last week.Had the Ducks run the table, and gotten some help, they would have had a solid playoff argument. Unfortunately, things are never easy during road trips to The Palouse.After years of the school’s famous “Ol’ Crimson” flag appearing on College GameDay, Washington State hosted the show for the first time this morning.Fifteen years ago, Washington State’s Ol’ Crimson flag started flying high because of one man and his sewing machine.It has been planted in the heart of College GameDay ever since. pic.twitter.com/mCxrgPnek7— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2018The Cougars came out on fire in the first half of tonight’s prime time game.No. 25 Washington State leads No. 12 Oregon football 27-0 at the half.Quarterback Gardner Minshew has been prolific, completing 31-of-36 passes for 231 yards and three scores, and out-dueling potential No. 1 pick Justin Herbert so far.Washington, Stanford, USC, Utah, and Colorado all already have two losses on the year. No two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff, and while Auburn had a shot last year, they had some great win opportunities down the stretch. Those Pac-12 squads won’t have that advantage.With a win, Wazzu would be the only one-loss Pac-12 squad, but it has already lost at USC, and still has games at Stanford, Colorado, and vs. Washington.While we can’t outright eliminate the Pac-12 from College Football Playoff contention if Oregon doesn’t have an epic comeback, it seems extremely unlikely that one of the league’s teams can crack that top four.last_img read more

Big 12 Expert: Here’s What Needs To Happen For Oklahoma To Make College Football Playoff

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football is a bit behind the eight ball, with an early-season loss to Texas. One loss doesn’t keep an elite team from College Football Playoff contention, luckily.In the first College Football Playoff rankings, the Sooners came in at No. 7, behind Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Georgia. Washington State, Kentucky, and Ohio State round out the top 10.Luckily for the Sooners, a few of those situations will work themselves out.Alabama and LSU face off this weekend, as do Georgia and Kentucky. The SEC Championship Game will likely come from those two match-ups.Ohio State and Michigan also face off at the end of the season, and Michigan has a tough game against Penn State this weekend.In a new column, Big 12 beat writer Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning-News outlined what Oklahoma football fans should root for going forward.There are a few paths for the Sooners to make the playoff once again. Here’s how Carlton broke things down:Oklahoma is well-positioned in the first College Football Playoff rankings but will need some help. First, the Sooners need to win out, including the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium. Really don’t like the chances for at two-loss Big 12 champ. Then, the Sooners need Alabama to win the SEC to avoid the committee picking two teams from that league, especially if Alabama is sitting there with just one loss. Another key will be a loss for Notre Dame, which could steal a bid from one of the power conferences by running the table. Oklahoma also needs Texas, West Virginia and Iowa State to stay in the CFP Top 25 for strength of schedule.There’s nothing terribly controversial there. The big risks are a two-bid SEC like last year, which seems pretty unlikely since only Alabama is undefeated, unless the Crimson Tide go down, and Notre Dame crashing the party. The Fighting Irish are at a pesky Northwestern this weekend, so Sooners fans may want to break out some purple on top of the crimson and cream this week.[The Dallas Morning-News]last_img read more

Auburn Reportedly Made “A Late Push” For Jalen Hurts

first_imgjalen hurts during the national title game at alabamaSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts is headed to Oklahoma. The Alabama graduate transfer quarterback announced a short time ago that he will head to Norman for his final year of eligibility.Hurts chose the Sooners over Miami and Maryland. He’ll now try to follow in the footsteps of Oklahoma’s back-to-back Heisman winners, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, another team did try to get involved with Hurts at the last minute. It doesn’t seem like he reciprocated their interest, but if he had, it would have been noteworthy.Per Zenitz, Auburn attempted “a late push” to get Hurts.Auburn tried to make a late push for Jalen Hurts, per sources. Gus Malzahn was in contact as recently as this week. https://t.co/U4xB5cxu4x— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 16, 2019Auburn needs a quarterback, so we can’t blame them for trying to land Hurts. However, it doesn’t seem like he would want to subject himself to the other side of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry after playing his first three years with the Crimson Tide.Ironically, Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall, who is seeking a transfer, visited Auburn earlier this week. There’s a chance the Tigers could wind up adding him as a consolation prize.Hurts completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 5,626 yards, 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in three seasons at Alabama. He added 1,976 rushing yards and 23 scores.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro February launch: Waterdrop notch, Snapdragon 675, 48MP camera and all we know so far

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 09:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi itself has confirmed that it is working on the Redmi Note 7 Pro.Redmi Note 7 Pro could be launching in another month, that is in February.Rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 675 processor.Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7 and looks like the company is already planning to launch the Pro version of it. In fact, Xiaomi itself has confirmed that it is working on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. A new report coming from a Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, user suggests that the Redmi Note 7 Pro could be launching in another month, that is in February. Xiaomi seemingly planning to launch two more phones — Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi 9 — in February during the Mobile World Congress.Coming back to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the phone is expected to look almost like the Redmi Note 7. The Note 7 Pro is said to come with the same Waterdrop notch display with slimmer bezels. On the back panel, the Xiaomi phone could user gradient finish like in the Redmi Note 7. This means that as far as the overall design is concerned the Pro version will be similar to the Redmi Note 7. The only possible difference between the two Redmi phones could be in the hardware and camera department. Some rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be more powerful than the Redmi Note 7 and will also sport more capable cameras. Ahead of the launch, a lot has been revealed about the Redmi Note 7 Pro, let’s take a quick look at them.–First the design. As far as the overall design of the phone is concerned, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be similar to the Redmi Note 7. The phone is expected to come with gradient finish like Note 7 and also be available in funky colours. The Redmi Note 7 retails in various colours — red, pink, blue, purple, black, among others. The Note 7 Pro will sport a 2D glass on the back panel and waterdrop notch on the front which will equip the selfie camera, we expect there could be one front shooter but considering the Note 6 Pro comes with two Xiami might considering two on the Note 7 Pro as well. There’s no clarity on the same as of now. The bezels on all sides on the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be slimmer when compared to the Redmi Note 6 Pro.advertisement–The screen of the Redmi Note 7 Pro could be similar to the Redmi Note 7, but Xiaomi might use AMOLED display in this phone. The Redmi Note 7 comes packed with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display of the Redmi Note 7 is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.–Performance is said to be one area where the Redmi Note 7 Pro will see improvements compared to the Redmi Note 7. Notably, the Redmi Note 7 is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. Rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 675 processor. The Snapdragon 675 chipset is said to be much powerful than even the Snapdragon 710 which powers the Mi 8 SE. But, considering the Note 7 Pro is going to be an affordable phone Qualcomm may incorporate a slower GPU, less capable ISP, and cost-effective 11nm manufacturing process for the Xiaomi phone.–The Redmi Note 7 was launched in three variants — 3GB RAM/32GB storage, 4GB RAM/64GB storage, and 6GB RAM/64GB storage that can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card. We expect the Redmi Note 7 Pro to come with the same variants. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro could come with the same battery setup as the Redmi Note 7. The Note 7 packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.–Besides the overall performance, the Redmi Note 7 could be better and improved as far as the camera setup is concerned. A new leak suggests that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will also come with a 48MP main camera but will use Sony IMX 586 sensor, unlike the Note 7. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 48MP main rear camera paired with Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor and f/1.8 aperture. For the second sensor on the back the Note 7 Pro could in line with the Note 7 which features a secondary camera of 5MP for capturing depth shots. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to include a 13-megapixel camera like the Note 7 until Xiaomi plans to add a second camera.–We expect the Redmi Note 7 Pro to come with Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10 unlike the Note 7. Sadly, the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo.–As far as the pricing is concerned, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is said to be slightly expensive than the Redmi Note 7 due to the extras that it will be offering. A new leak suggests that the Redmi Note 7 Pro could be priced between CNY 1,399 – 1,499, which translates to Rs 14,600 – 15,700. This could be the price of the base model of the phone. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 7 has been launched at a starting price of 999 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 10,500.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro key specs and price revealed, launch likely in FebruaryALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 teardown video reveals surprising details about Xiaomi phoneALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and Snapdragon 660 launched, India price could be around Rs 10,500Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmi Note 7 ProFollow Redmi Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro February launch: Waterdrop notch, Snapdragon 675, 48MP camera and all we know so farThe Redmi Note 7 Pro will be more powerful than the Redmi Note 7 and will also sport more capable cameras.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finals

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 17:42 IST Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal is looking for his second Australian Open titleNadal had won the Australian Open back in 2009Nadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on ThursdayRafael Nadal outclassed USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Tuesday. Tiafoe, who had a dream run in Melbourne so far, was absolutely no match to the 17-time Grand Slam champion as the rampant Nadal marched forward.Nadal came out with complete gusto and took advantage of the early nerves from Tiafoe and broke the 21-year-old in his first serve.Tiafoe fought hard and in fact served exceptionally well for most part of the match but could not break Nadal even once in the match.In his first service game of the match, Tiafoe got broken in each set to go behind early on. In the third and final set of the match, Nadal broke him twice and served out the set to stay on course for his second title in Melbourne.30th Grand Slam semifinal.@RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eijorlz1E5#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019It was a heartwarming moment in the end when Nadal and Tiafoe hugged each other at the end and exchanged a few words.First time they’ve met.And we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last…@RafaelNadal and @FTiafoe #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/x0wGsCzgvM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Nadal will next be up against the giant-killer 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the day 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).Stop it @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/22qhcRT2Wo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Tsitsipas himself has had a great run so far even defeating the 6-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer and would want to make it to the final.advertisementConsidering the guile and quality of Tsitsipas, Nadal is set to have a tough task ahead of him.Also Read | Stefanos Tsitsipas is not just an Australian Open semi-finalist. He is also a YouTuberAlso Read | Petra Kvitova beats Ashleigh Barty to reach semi-finalsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finalsAustralian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal hardly broke a sweat as he defeated USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Japanese noodle company withdraws commercial featuring pale-skinned Naomi Osaka

first_img Next Reuters MelbourneJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 10:10 IST Osaka dominated Elina Svitolina in the quarter-final at Melbourne Park on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOsaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, was depicted with pale skin and light brown hair in the adNissin, who sponsor Osaka, removed the advert from its YouTube pageOsaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory on TuesdayJapanese noodle company Nissin have removed a controversial commercial following a dispute over the skin colour of a cartoon character depicting tennis player Naomi Osaka.The commercial depicted Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, with pale skin and light brown hair, which created public outcry.”Truly disappointed to see that there was no woman of colour to speak of in the commercial,” African-American journalist Baye McNeil wrote in his prominent ‘Black Eye’ column for the Japan Times. “Instead, I found a white-washed representation of Osaka”Nissin, who sponsor Osaka and compatriot Kei Nishikori, removed the advert from its YouTube page on Wednesday and said they had not intended to ‘whitewash’ the 21-year-old, who will feature in the Australia Open semi-finals later on Thursday.”There is no intention of whitewashing,” a Nissin spokesperson said. “We accept that we are not sensitive enough and will pay more attention to diversity issues in the future.”Japan has traditionally seen itself as a racially homogenous country, although several successful mixed-race athletes like Osaka, sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball pitcher Yu Darvish, are challenging that image.Osaka has not commented on the commercial.BUG SCARES OSAKA DURING QUARTER-FINALOsaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory in the Melbourne Park but right after taking a 5-0 lead in the second set, Osaka was chased by a bee and not Svitolina’s play but that scared Naomi Osaka.As soon as Osaka won a point to make it 5-0, she began running away towards the net while looking back. Even after running away, the bee followed her and Osaka was seen waving it away with a disgusted look at her face.advertisementOsaka was so troubled by the bug that she even asked the chair umpire to check the back of her shirt if the insect was still there while going towards her courtside chair.Apart from that, there was hardly any blemish for Osaka as she comfortably won in an hour and 12 minutes. Osaka did not celebrate much after winning. It was a subdued celebration out of respect for a hampered opponent and a sign that her work here was far from done.Also Read | Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Australian Open 2019Follow NissinFollow Naomi Osaka commercial Japanese noodle company withdraws commercial featuring pale-skinned Naomi OsakaAustralian Open 2019: The commercial depicted Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, with pale skin and light brown hair, which created public outcry.advertisementlast_img read more

Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarter

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 30, 2019UPDATED: March 30, 2019 13:48 IST Saina Nehwal is placed fourth in the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina has seen saw USD 36,825 added to her career earnings in 2019 so farReigning All England Champion Chen Yufei (USD 86,325) of China holds the top positionKento Momota tops the men’s singles list after adding USD 94,550 to his career earningsLondon Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal has the second highest earnings in women’s singles in the first quarter of the new badminton season.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, a winner of the Indonesia Masters, semifinalist at Malaysia Masters and quarterfinalist at All England Championship, saw USD 36,825 added to her career earnings.Reigning All England Champion Chen Yufei (USD 86,325) of China holds the top position in the highest earnings list in women’s singles, while Chinese Taipei’s world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying is in third place with an earning of USD 36,100.Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu, who crashed out in the opening round of the USD 1,000,000 All England Championship, will hope to improve her standing with a title win at the ongoing USD 350,000 India Open and grab a prize money of USD 24,500.In men’s singles, Kento Momota, who cliched the German Open and the All England while finished runner-up at the Indonesia Masters, tops the list after adding USD 94,550 to his career earnings.The next highest singles earner is Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen with USD 44,150.Saina is placed fourth the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, while Axelsen leads the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Rankings, just ahead of Momota.The top eight players and pairs at the end of the season will qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December.Top five earners:Women’s Singles: 1.Chen Yufei US$86,325, 2.Saina Nehwal US$36,825, 3.Tai Tzu Ying US$36,100, 4.Ratchanok Intanon US$35,050, 5.Carolina Marin US$26,600.Men’s Singles: 1.Kento Momota US$94,550, 2.Viktor Axelsen US$44,150, 3.Shi Yuqi US$28,575, 4.Son Wan Ho US$27,250, 5.Anders Antonsen US$27,250.advertisementMen’s Doubles: 1.Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan US$44,850 (each), 2.Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo US$28,150, 3.Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik US$20,775, 4.Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto US$14,850, 5.Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda US$12,387.Women’s Doubles: 1.Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan US$39,356, 2.Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara US$23,450, 3.Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota US$21,875, 4.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi US$19,625, 5.Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu US$12,768.Mixed Doubles: 1.Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong US$50,825, 2.Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino US$34,318, 3.Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai US$13,825, 4.Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying US$12,450, 5.Tontowi Ahmad US$10,712.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Saina NehalFollow Chen YufeiFollow PV Sindhu Next Saina Nehwal second highest earner in women’s singles badminton in first quarterSaina Nehwal, a winner of the Indonesia Masters, semifinalist at Malaysia Masters and quarterfinalist at All England Championship, saw USD 36,825 added to her career earnings.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retain dominance in ICC ODI rankings

first_imgVirat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retain dominance in ICC ODI rankingsWhile Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma held on to their number 1 and 2 positions respectively, Jasprit Bumrah maintained his status as the world’s top-ranked ODI bowler.advertisement Next Press Trust of India DubaiOctober 3, 2019UPDATED: October 3, 2019 23:25 IST India are currently at the 2nd spot in the team rankings (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are currently at the 2nd spot in the team rankingsMohammad Amir climbed to a career-best 7th place in the bowlers rankingsNamibia, Oman and the USA are now also on the rankings table at 15th, 16th and 18th places respectivelyIndia skipper Virat Kohli and pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah on Thursday maintained their numero uno status in the latest ICC men’s ODI player rankings.In the ODI batting chart, Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma held on to their number one and two positions respectively, while Bumrah remained at the top in the bowling list.Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, who grabbed four wickets in the three-match home series against Sri Lanka, grabbed a career-best seventh position after jumping six spots.The left-arm fast bowler, who retired from Tests earlier this year to concentrate on white-ball cricket, had taken a three-wicket haul in the final match. His previous highest ranking was 10th in June this year.Usman Shinwari, another left-arm fast bowler from Pakistan, made a significant rise, gaining 28 slots to reach 43rd position after finishing with six wickets in the series, including a five-wicket haul that won him the player of the match award in the second ODI.Left-handed batsmen Fakhar Zaman (up two places to 16th) and Haris Sohail (up three places to 32nd) are the others to gain from Pakistan, while Sri Lanka’s Danushka Gunathilaka has reached a career-best 70th place after a century in the final match.In the ICC men’s ODI team rankings, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have retained sixth and eighth positions, respectively.Namibia, Oman and the USA, who have ODI status, meet the minimum requirement of eight qualifying matches and are now on the rankings table.Also Read | 5th T20I: Spinners Deepti, Radha shine as India women seal series with 5-wicket winAlso Read | Pakistan’s long wait for World Test Championship matches will end against England in July 2020advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow ICC ODI rankingslast_img read more

Raise Hell with this Maserati-Powered, 470 HP, 4-Wheel Motorcycle

first_imgThe most powerful production motorcycle you can buy today is the Kawasaki H2, with 210 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph (or 310 horsepower in track-only H2R spec). With the average motorcycle churning up less than half those amounts of grunt, you’d be nothing short of a mentally unstable individual to call such a bike “tame.”And yet here we are, looking at what Worthly calls, “the craziest motorcycle out there.” I’d have to agree, and here’s why. The Ludovic Lazareth LM847 forgoes the one-, two-, three-, or four-cylinder motors commonly found in motor bikes and jumps straight to a Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8.Now if that setup and indeed its four-wheeled look strikes you as familiar, you’re most likely recalling Dodge’s Tomahawk, a V10-powered creation of similarly ludicrous origins.In the case of the LM847, there’s 470 horsepower at the operator’s disposal, and a completely carbon-fiber, aluminum, and glass body to wield that output. Thanks to the quad-wheel design, the LM847 can lean into turns up to 30 degrees, completely changing a standard motorcycle’s handling characteristics.You might imagine the Fresh bespoke motorcycle manufacturer created such a thing for its performance potential, but in fact, Lazareth says it chose the Maserati engine simply because it looks cool. I suppose if you owned your own coach-building enterprise, your inspiration could come from anywhere, with no one to stop you.Beyond the ludicrous motor, the LM847 forgoes a standard transmission in lieu of a single-speed chain gearbox, which means all you really have to do is hold on. Top speed hasn’t been announced but if the Tomahawk’s 200-plus-mph figure is any indicator, the LM847 should be in the same ballpark.Lazareth will build you a tailor-made LM847 for $217,000, which, unless you’re Bruce Wayne, might be a financial stretch. If speed is your goal, the $25,000 Kawasaki H2 might be a better bet. Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

The Art of Shaving Goes All Out for Oud

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts By now, you may be familiar with the fragrant note called Oud.Though men and women in the Middle East have worn its potent scent for thousands and thousands of years, it has just recently become popular stateside in the past several years. The intoxicating natural material is somewhat controversial thanks to this harvesting method that involves infecting an otherwise scent-less agar tree with a fungus thus killing it. But luckily today it’s possible to sustainably harvest or synthesize the dark, dense, and incredibly fragrant resin. So an ingredient that was once considered exotic and rare has become fairly familiar (though still pretty expensive), as Oud finds its way into an array of men’s fragrances, including one called Oud Suede, that’s part of The Art of Shaving’s debut scent collection.Now, The Art of Shaving is repurposing the warm, masculine Oud Suede fragrance, which balances the strong Oud with lighter notes of Bergamot and Lemon and headier ones, like Vetiver and Patchouli for a new grooming routine. The brand has infused its trademark four-step shaving regimen (Well, three because a scented razor would be weird.) with the same Oud-y blend.Start by prepping your face with the Pre-Shave Oil ($30), which uses natural Olive and Castor oils, plus various essential oils to soften you scruff and skin to help make what comes next more comfortable and prevent any razor burn nastiness afterwards.Follow that with the hydrating Shaving Cream ($30) that’s packed with more essential oils and a crap-load of Glycerin to provide a smooth a path for the razor. If you want to feel fancy while ensuring an even closer shave, use the shaving brush to lift hairs and work the cream up into an extra foamy lather. Then, comes the actual shave.Finish up with the nourishing After Shave Balm ($50), which is devoid of stinging, drying alcohol and instead packed with conditioning Shea Butter, Glycerin and even more essential oils (you can’t have too many of those) to ensure your newly-shaven face looks and feels like a baby’s butt. Sort of.Complete your exotic and enticingly-scented regimen with a few spritzes of the Oud Suede Cologne and off you go as an international man of mystery. How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

Prime Minister says Future of Petrojam is Secure

first_imgStory Highlights The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the future of Petrojam is secure, as governance systems have been established at the entity that must be followed. He said the Government has had to make several decisions about the oil refinery, but the most “significant” one was the buy-back of the shares held by Venezuela, which has cleared the way for Jamaica to make “strategic decisions about its energy security without encumbrances”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the future of Petrojam is secure, as governance systems have been established at the entity that must be followed.He said the Government has had to make several decisions about the oil refinery, but the most “significant” one was the buy-back of the shares held by Venezuela, which has cleared the way for Jamaica to make “strategic decisions about its energy security without encumbrances”.The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 19.“Petrojam has a secure future in whatever form we may choose to continue the business. Without that action, credible investment in the refinery would have been limited if not impossible to obtain. Without this action, it was clear that it would have become increasingly difficult to do business with suppliers and bankers, once sanctions remained in place,” he told the House.Mr. Holness said the Petrojam Review Commission, which he appointed last October, will submit its report in June, and notwithstanding its finding, he has directed the Board and management of the entity to ensure that it continues to pursue opportunities and take decisions that will preserve and enhance the existing value of the business, that going forward, “it will have significant commercial value”.He said Petrojam has been mandated to pursue markets in CARICOM to sell heavy fuel oil (HFO) that will not be used by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), when that company transitions to liquefied natural gas (LNG), and to supply the bunkering market.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said that under new governance rules, Board chairmen will have to notify and get the approval of Ministers before they travel; Board members will have to disclose residency to Ministers and the Cabinet; a system now exists for detailed procedures on how public bodies can make donations, which include limits to be set by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.He outlined that there are now “tighter procedures” around the use of retainer contracts, which require that all such contracts that are to be sole source must get approval of the Cabinet, and that connected party interests with the Board or management must be declared to the Cabinet and in annual reports.On the issue of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses in human resource (HR) settlements in public bodies, they cannot be concealed from the Parliament, and the monetary value cannot be subjected to confidentiality, the Prime Minister said.last_img read more