Twitter starts streaming live sports

first_imgMicro-blogging website Twitter started streaming from Wimbledon, one of the most-watched tennis tournaments of the year, a media report said.Wimbledon’s official Twitter account tweeted the live feed early Wednesday morning, opening up Twitter plans to stream live sports more broadly.”Twitter is increasingly a place where people can find live streaming video, and that includes exciting sporting events like Wimbledon. This live stream is an extremely early and incomplete test experience, and we’ll be making lots of improvements before we launch it in its final form,” recode.net quoted Twitter’s statement on Wimbledon stream.Twitter will have access to live interviews and analysis and match replays, but ESPN still holds the US digital streaming rights for all live matches at Wimbledon.Twitter worked with both Wimbledon and ESPN to make this happen. ESPN bought exclusive TV rights for Wimbledon back in 2011, and the stream on Twitter includes a mix of content from Wimbledon and ESPN.Twitter also paid the NFL $10 million for the rights to stream some of the league’s Thursday Night Football games later this fall, the report added.last_img read more


Busmen wrap up title early

first_imgWith some of their stars away on national team duty, the Busmen still had more than enough firepower to hold off the Green Archers with Bienve Marañon bagging a brace and Angelo Marasigan also finding the back of the net.The win was Ceres’ 18th in 20 matches—the two other games ended in draws—this season, but Vidakovic said they’re targeting another milestone of finishing the season without a loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever? Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Petecio bags world feather gold Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Ceres-Negros Busmen. PFL PHOTONearly untouchable all-season long, Ceres-Negros was made to sweat by a brave Green Archers side last Saturday night. But much like their campaign, the Busmen found a way to squeeze a victory just when their opponents thought they looked vulnerable.An early goal by the Green Archers hardly dented the belief of coach Risto Vidakovic’s side, which went on to prevail, 3-1, and clinch a third straight Philippines Football League crown with two games to spare at Aboitiz Field in Lipa.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It’s a nice feeling,” said Vidakovic. “The players started very early and with all the problems we had all season and everything, this title is the most important of all three [competitions].”The Busmen were already in action as early as January when they played in the AFC Champions League and later, the AFC Cup, where they reached the Asean zone semifinals. “I think the guys showed everyone that they are very professional,” said Vidakovic, who missed national team players Stephan Schrock, Mike Ott, Carlie De Murga and OJ Porteria.“They worked very hard during the whole year. We’ve already been working hard for nine months. But these last three games, we have to compete until the end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries00:50Trending Articles01:1355,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Petecio bags world feather gold

first_imgPutting a blemish Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Philippines’ Nesthy Petecio came up with a dominant performance against Lludmila Vorontsove of Russia to win the featherweight finals of the Aiba Women’s World Boxing champpionship in Ulan-Ude Russia.Petecio got the nod from three of the five judges for the split decision victory, becoming the second world champion in less than 24 hours for the Philippines after Carlos Edriel Yulo triumphed in the floor exercise of the World Artistic Gymnastics championship in Stuttgart, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice This jewelry designer is also an architect Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Record-signing Paul Pogba on target as Manchester United thrash Leicester 4-1

first_imgWith its out-of-form captain on the bench, United scored four goals in a sparkling first-half display and overwhelmed champion Leicester 4-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba scored in a rampant five-minute spell just before halftime after United had taken the lead through Chris Smalling, the team’s captain in place of the demoted Rooney.United ended a run of two straight league losses – against Manchester City and Watford – that had ruined its winning start to the campaign and led to widespread criticism of the makeup of Jose Mourinho’s team.Rooney bore the brunt of the criticism following his labored displays in the “No. 10” playmaker role, and Mourinho decided to put his 30-year-old captain on the bench in the biggest call of his United reign to date. (Also read: Manchester United end losing run, set up Mourinho vs Guardiola in League Cup)Leicester’s defending clearly contributed to the scoreline – three of United’s four goals came from left-wing corners – but United’s attacking play without Rooney was a notch above anything the team has produced this season.Pogba and Mata ran the midfield in front of the anchorman Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic floated around prompting play, while Rashford was his usual busy, direct self and scored for the third straight game.Rooney, meanwhile, could only applaud from the bench as the goals flew in.Leicester was so overwhelmed in the first half that its two chief attacking weapons, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, were substituted at halftime with manager Claudio Ranieri in damage-limitation mode and possibly thinking ahead to the Champions League next week.advertisementA bright start by Leicester was stopped in its tracks by Smalling’s back-post header from Blind’s corner in the 22nd minute. For the rest of the half, it was United at its relentless best.With the new captain getting the first goal, Rooney’s replacement in the No. 10 position got the second. Pogba clipped a short pass to Jesse Lingard, whose flick found Mata just inside of the area and he fired home in the 37th. (Also read: Manchester United laziest side in English Premier League)Mata set up the third, receiving a quickly taken corner by Blind next to the byline and crossing low for Rashford to tap in. Pogba made it 4-0 by heading in Blind’s out swinging corner for his first goal for United since returning as the world’s most expensive player.United’s level dropped after the break and Leicester’s reorganized forward line created more openings, one of which saw substitute Demarai Gray smash a diagonal 25-meter shot into the top corner.Rooney came on in the 83rd minute to applause, taking his place on the left wing, but the game was over by then.last_img read more


Rohit Sharma grateful to team management after stylish 82

first_imgRohit Sharma’s love affair with Eden Gardens continued as he slammed a sublime 82 to hand India a commanding 339-run lead over New Zealand on Day 3 of the second Test. (Scorecard)Eden Gardens once again proved to be Rohit’s happy-hunting ground where he has a debut Test century, an ODI world record 264, two IPL titles for Mumbai Indians, beside a Ranji Trophy double. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3: Key highlights)Rohit, who has been struggling for some time, played an assured knock on a pitch with variable bounce, negotiating both pace and spin with ease. He faced 132 balls and hit nine fours and two well-timed sixes.He reached his sixth Test fifty off 89 deliveries. It was also his second fifty in two Tests. (Comeback-man Bhuvneshwar Kumar repays Virat Kohli’s faith again with five-wicket haul)The Indians were pushed hard in the first two sessions but roared back in the final session to be 227/8 at stumps, which were again drawn early at 63.2 overs owing to bad light.Wriddhiman Saha (39*) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8*) were at the crease when play ended for the day. (Pacers Bhuvneshwar, Shami outshine the spinners at Eden Gardens)Reduced to 91/5, India were rescued by Rohit and Saha, who had scored an unbeaten half-century in the first innings as well. The duo put on 103 run off 179 deliveries to steer India out of trouble.The 29-year-old’s fluent knock was brought to an end by Mitchell Santner who induced a faint edge from his bat, caught by Luke Ronchi.”We are glad that we could get a 100 plus partnership. 340 lead is good enough but we have two more batsmen to come,” Rohit said after the end of day’s play.advertisementThe Mumbai batsman also thanked the team management for keeping faith in him during his prolonged slump in Test cricket.”Every time I get an opportunity, I try to enjoy and not think about what is happening outside. I try to do the things under my control. Good to see the faith shown by management but it’s all about going out there and scoring the runs for your team at crucial times. Was a good feeling to get some runs,” he said.The hosts now look set to go 2-0 up in the three-match series, a result that would also propel them to the top of the ICC Test rankings.last_img read more


Exclusive: Anurag Thakur’s last-ditch effort ahead of Supreme Court hearing on status report

first_imgBCCI president Anurag Thakur has written a letter to all state associations in what could be seen as last-ditch effort ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Lodha panel status report on October 6. Thakur wants all state associations to unite. (BCCI never distorted facts: Ajay Shirke tells Lodha panel)Thakur, in his letter, puts the onus on state/staging associations and says that in the absence of transfer of funds, most states have written to BCCI asking either India matches to be suspended or postponed. Which means BCCI will tell the Supreme Court how in the absence of funds, the India matches and Ranji Trophy can be cancelled. (BCCI threatens to cancel India-New Zealand series | Lodha panel warns state bodies against using BCCI funds)Sources in the Bank of Maharashtra and Yes Bank, who operate the BCCI accounts, confirmed the accounts were frozen on Monday night as they waited for more clarity from the panel which was formed last year to assess BCCI operations. (Also read: India-New Zealand series should go on: RM Lodha to India Today)The banks have now lifted the ban on the accounts after former chief justice RM Lodha, the head of the panel, clarified the BCCI is otherwise free to use its funds for routine expenditure. (Defiant BCCI rejects Lodha reforms in Special General Meeting)The letter also says Justice Lodha is himself contradicting his own recommendations – Lodha had said yesterday if calendar for 2017 has already been drafted then he has no issues with IPL having no cricket in the 15-day window (to enable India to play in Champions Trophy). BCCI will take this to the apex court and say if Lodha can cherry pick their own recommendations, then BCCI should also get the right to negotiate on certain clauses/recommendations.advertisementlast_img read more


India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 3: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the third day of the second Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)17.05 IST: That’s it! Umpires decide to call it day due to low light! India (316) and 227/8, lead NZ (204) by 339 runs at stumps. Rohit 82, Saha 39*17.00 IST: Bhuvneshwar goes down the ground for a massive six offSantner. India 316 and 227/7, lead NZ 204 by 339 runs16:53 IST: WICKET! Santner dishes out a fuller ball on middle and off and Ravindra Jadeja goes for another big shot over the leg side. He gets into the position to slog but misses it completely. He gets a top edge and the ball flies towards short fine leg where Neesham (sub) takes an easy catch. Another wicket for Santner. India 316 and 215/8, lead NZ 204 by 327 runs 16.49 IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma falls for 82. Tossed up outside off, spins away a touch, Rohit covers the line and tries to defend but gets a faint outside edge to the keeper behind. Ronchi takes an easy catch and Santner gets his second wicket. His wonderful knock comes to an end. 103-run stand broken. India 316 and 209/7, lead NZ 204 by 321 runs 16.36 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Rohit and Saha have added 102 runs for the eighth wicket as India’s lead continues to grow. The duo has been in total control. India 316 and 208/6, lead NZ 204 by 320 runs16.29 IST: Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha have batted really well in the post tea session as home team now leads by over 300 runs. India 316 and 194/6, lead NZ 204 by 306 runsadvertisement16.05 IST: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma slams his sixth half-century. He has batted well for his fifty. India 316 and 170/6, lead NZ 204 by 282 runsRohit celebrates his fifty (AP Photo)15.45 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha have put on 51 runs for the seventh wicket. India 316 and 157/6, lead NZ 204 by 269 runs 15.20 IST: India’s lead crosses 250 as Rohit Sharma clobbers Trent Boult for a huge six. India 143/6, lead by 255 runs Ronchi currently has the keeping gloves while Watling battles a bit of cramp. #FYI #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 201614.28 IST: TEA! Terrific session for New Zealand and had they not conceded a lead in excess of 100 runs, they would have been in the driver’s seat. It was a brilliant bowling show by the Kiwis after lunch and once again Matt Henry led the pack. The Indian top order was dismantled in a flash and then the 48-run stand between Kohli and Rohit came. India 316 and 110/6, lead NZ 204 by 222 runs14.20 IST: WICKET! India lose their 6th! Ashwin is not happy. Was there an inside edge? Flighted around middle and off, Ashwin comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Santner appeals and the umpire raises his finger! Ashwin walks back disappointed. Angry, rather. Kohli looks shell-shocked in the dressing room. However, replays show the ball hitting the pad first, then the inside edge. Good decision in the end. India 316 and 106/6, lead NZ 204 by 218 runs 13.48 IST: WICKET! Trent Boult delivers again as he traps captain Kohli leg before for 45. Unlucky for the Indian skipper as it stayed low. After bowling a barrage of deliveries in the zone outside off, Boult changes his angle and sprints in from around the wicket. He angles in a length ball around off, Kohli tries to defend but it stays agonizingly low to go past the bottom part of his bat and hit him on the pads. The bowler turns back in appeal and is all pumped up as the finger goes up. The impact also looked to be a shade outside off and it was a marginal call from the umpire. Big scores are refusing to come from the bat of Kohli. India 316 and 91/5, lead NZ 204 by 203 runsTrent Boult celebrates (AP Photo) 13.40 IST: Virat Kohli has batted well today and has added crucial runs alongside Rohit Sharma. The duo has taken India’s lead past 200. India 91/4, lead NZ 204 by 203 runsOpportunity for Rohit Sharma to play a match changing innings. Even a 60 would qualify for that Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 2, 201612.55 IST: WICKET! Matt Henry gets his third and his victim this time is Ajinkya Rahane, who was the saviour in the first innings. The short ball has consumed Rahane. Landed around off, Rahane goes for the pull but gets a top edge and Trent Boult completes an easy catch at deep fine leg. India 316 and 43/4, lead NZ 204 by 155 runsHow is that one!? Trent Boult traps Dhawan LBW after lunch to claim the 3rd Indian wicket in five overs. #INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/qA4LDIwYm6advertisement BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 201612.40 IST: WICKET! That’s another failure by Shikhar Dhawan as he dismissed for 17. India in deep deep trouble. India have lost their third wicket. Excellent bowling from Boult. Keeps this on a length targetting the stumps, Dhawan stays back to defend but is late in getting his bat down. He is hit on the pads and Boult appeals. The finger is up straightaway. India 316 and 34/3, lead NZ 204 by 146 runs12.26 IST: WICKET! India in deep trouble now as in-form Cheteshwar Pujara is sent back to the pavilion. Matt Henry is on fire at the moment. Pujara is adjudged lbw. Henry comes up with another full delivery which nips back into the batsman after landing around middle and off. Pujara this time fails to flick it and is rapped on the front pad. They appeal and the finger goes up this time. Well, that looked to be missing leg but umpire Kettleborough has other ideas. India 316 and 24/2, lead NZ 204 by 136 runs 12.15 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay departs for 7 as Matt Henry gets him for the second time in this match. Good low catch by Martin Guptill. Henry hurls a length delivery around off and gets it to straighten a touch, Vijay could have left it alone but he has a needless push inside the line without any footwork. It takes the outside edge and flies towards second slip. The ball is dying in front of the fielder but Guptill does well to get down low and cups it safely with both hands. Vijay is not very happy with his attempted shot and walks back shaking his head. India 316 and 12/1, lead NZ 204 by 124 runs11.31 IST: LUNCH! Another good session for India. They managed to bowl out the Kiwis and then negotiated the tricky little period when they came out to bat. Shami did the damage with the ball today but that was after a handy knock by Jeetan Patel. India are sitting comfortably with a 124-run lead so far and have all their 10 wickets intact.India would probably look to bat the whole day now and it will be interesting to see how Dhawan bats. He’s battling out hard as he took some blows and is badly out of form. India 316 and 12/0 at lunch, lead NZ 204 by 124 runs11.17 IST: OUCH! Bang onto the gloves again! The physio is out in the middle again, with a big smile on his face. It is never a good feeling when you get hit on the same area twice but Dhawan manages a smile too. He gets his left thumb taped and is ready to go again. India 316, 4/0, lead NZ 204 by 116 runsDhawan looks at his thumb after getting hit (AP Photo)11.08 IST: OUCH! Shikhar Dhawan gets hit on his left thumb. Pitched on a good length around middle, Dhawan looks to defend but the ball bounces sharply and hits Dhawan flush on the gloves. He immediately takes his gloves off and is in pain. Boult looks to sledge the batsman but on seeing that his competitor is in pain, prefers to keep his mouth shut.advertisementThe physio is out in the middle. The magic spray comes out and it is sprayed in the area around the thumb and forefinger. The physio has a quiet word with Dhawan and then runs off. The thumb has swollen to a big extent but the fighter that he is, Dhawan is ready to play. 10.57 IST: New Zealand innings ends on 204 as Shami takes the last wicket. It was landed on a good length, around leg, Wagner looked to defend but the ball skidded on and beat the bat to hit the pad. Shami appealed and the umpire raised his finger. India have a healthy 112-run lead.10.43 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami traps BJ Watling leg before for 25. Watling’s vigil is over. Full and straight, guess the ball swung a bit, Watling was late in getting his bat down, being defeated by the movement and was hit on the pads. Shami appealed and the umpire raised his finger. Watling hurries off the field. Perhaps he does not think the last wicket stand will last much. NZ 187/9, trail India (316) by 129 runs 10.32 IST: DRINKS! A good hour for New Zealand. One of those rare periods where they managed to frustrate India. The hosts would have aimed to be batting by now, but Patel and Watling kept them at bay. India will now look to bowl out New Zealand under 200. NZ 182/8, trail India (316) by 134 runsPatel and Watling put on 60 runs for 8th wicket (Reuters Photo)10.27 IST: WICKET! R Ashwin removes Jeetan Patel for 47. Ashwin strikes first ball. It’s a fullish delivery outside off, Patel tries to hit it down the ground but mistimes it completely. The ball goes high up in the air and Shami gets under it by running to his right from mid off. Smile on Kohli and Ashwin’s faces. Jeetan Patel departs after a handy knock. End of a solid partnership of 60 runs. NZ 182/8, trail India (316) by 134 runs 10.17 IST: Jeetan Patel gets a reprieve on 47 as Ravindra Jadeja bowls a front foot NO BALL. Tossed up on middle and off, Patel goes onto his back foot and tries to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Big appeal for a leg before and the umpire Kettleborough raises his finger. The umpire asks the batsman to wait though as he wants to have a look at the replays and the video evidence shows Jadeja’s foot is not landing behind the line and it’s a no ball. Heartbreak for Jadeja. NZ 182/7, trail India (316) by 134 runs10.14 IST: PARTNERSHIP! BJ Watling and Jeetan Patel have added 59 runs for the 8th wicket.10.04 IST: Well, that was quick. The covers are coming off and the umpires make it back to the field. Sun is out too. The players make their way to the middle. Virat Kohli is having some discussion with the umpires here, not sure what but he’s not pleased with some decision. Okay so they show the replays and the umpire was not happy when it started raining and he moved away but Jadeja continued to bowl. The umpires gave a warning there and Kohli was arguing about that. NZ 163/7, trail India (316) by 153 runs BJ Watling 17*, Jeetan Patel 35*09.58 IST: It has started to rain. The umpires decide take the players off but Kohli doesn’t look pleased with that decision. He is okay to bowl in such conditions though. In fact as I type it has stopped raining already but the ground staff bring on more covers, probably as precautionary measures. It’s gone really dark though.09.25 IST: BJ Watling survives a run out chance on 12. Length ball outside off, Jeetan Patel drives it through the extra cover region. Ravindra Jadeja runs towards the ball from mid off and throws it superbly at the non-striker’s end. Dhawan collects it there and whips off the bails quickly as the batsmen go for a couple. Watling dives to make it in and replays show he just makes it. NZ 135/7, trail India (316) by 181 runs09.12 IST: Virender Sehwag rings the Eden bell marking the start of play on Day 3. Players are out in the middle.In conversation @imVkohli and @virendersehwag before the start of Day 3 #TeamIndia #INDvNZ @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/cu8gP4OJSX BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2016Tributes to Father of the Nation #MahatmaGandhi and former Prime Minister #LalBahadurShastri on their Birth Anniversary pic.twitter.com/F6VBQYMc9g BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 201608.47 IST: It’s a bright and sunny Sunday morning in Kolkata, with rain predicted later in the day. Happy Gandhi Jayanti.A lot of positive vibes in the blue huddle. Day 3 action starts soon #TeamIndia #INDvNZ @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/OOfoQIUsYC BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2016Boys warming up ahead of day three in Kolkata. It’s hot again, very hot! #INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/wB1iSSf8Ny BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 2, 2016There was a rain delay and that shifted momentum in India’s favour even more as New Zealand lost quick wickets in that tricky session under floodlights. Bhuvneshwar Kumar made full use of that situation and grabbed his 4th five-wicket haul.BJ Watling is still out there and he has a tough task today. He has to bat with the tail and he’ll look to add as much as possible. The Indian bowlers would be looking to take the remaining wickets quickly.Earlier in the day, India managed to cross the 300-run mark and thanks to Wriddhiman Saha’s unbeaten fifty for that. In reply, New Zealand were off to a poor start yet again as they lost their openers in no time. Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi shared a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket but it was cut short as well when Ravindra Jadeja got the important breakthrough of Ronchi.That evening session went in the hosts’ favour completely. The Kiwis were left reeling as they lost wickets in a bunch. They lost three quick wickets, including the big scalp of captain Taylor. Bhuvneshwar was sensational with the ball. New Zealand are still 188 runs behind and have just three wickets in hand.last_img read more


Huawei Honor 8 review: All-rounder with a dash of style

first_imgTwo rear cameras in a phone is in vogue nowadays. Even the iPhone 7 Plus has them two, and many more are likely to join the list in the coming days. But the trend is not new. Before Apple told the world that two are better than one, a number of companies were already walking down this road. Although they were also travelling along in their own specific ways. Huawei was — and is — one of them. The company earlier came out with the Honor P9, a high-end phone with two rear cameras, which were designed in collaboration with Leica. The P9 got some rave reviews but the high-price of the phone affected its acceptance among consumers. Enters the Honor 8.The Honor 8, at least in terms of functionality, is similar to the P9. But its price is Rs 10,000 lower at Rs 29,999 in India and it has a design and finish that actually makes it look slicker, and yet more friendly to average consumers. All in all, at least on the paper, the Honor 8 is a phone aimed at users who want a good looking device at relatively more affordable prices but without any compromises on the camera. And for the most part, it succeeds.Design and build qualityIn the last couple of years there has been another trend, other than than two-camera trend, in the phone industry. This has been “follow the leader” trend. The leader in this case is the iPhone when it comes to the design. The Honor 8 follows the trend faithfully. It looks “oh-so-familiar”. It has the same rounded edges that phones like the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy S7 sport. It has a similar metal frame with chamfered edges, the similar curved glass layer on the screen, the similar large round holes for speaker grill at the bottom edge and the similar clean back cover. This is both good and not so good.advertisementThe bad part is that it makes the Honor 8 somewhat boring. But the good part is this is not a bad design. The Honor 8 is a slick phone. The basic design may be similar to almost all premium phones out there, this is also a design that works well. The curved glass on the front and back — the phone has a glass back cover — gives the device a look where all parts seem to meld into each other. There are no sharp or rough edges on the Honor 8. In fact, it is disconcertingly shiny and smooth. This makes the phone look extremely polished and expensive. But it also means that you will not be comfortable using the Honor 8 without a case.The Honor 8, with its 5.2-inch screen, is a relatively small phone. In fact, it is just the right size. It is easy to use and easy to carry this phone and at a time when market is full of phones with giant screens, the relatively modest and pleasant size of the Honor 8 amounts for something. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, or in other words exactly in the place where it should be.Overall, the Honor 8 has a usual but likable design. The build quality is fantastic, down to the expertly carved metal buttons. It lacks some of the character that a few other Huawei phones, like the Honor P9 and Nexus 6P have, but what it loses in terms of exotic looks, it gains in the fit and finish. Without a doubt the Honor 8 is one of most well-crafted phones Huawei has ever made.DisplayThe phone has a LCD screen that measures 5.2-inch. Given the relatively lower price of the phone, it comes with a FullHD (1080P) display and not 1440P that are now common in high-end phones. But then the smaller screen size also means that you don’t really miss those extra pixels. Anyway, pixels don’t matter as much as the colours and quality of screen do. That is one area where the Honor 8 is strong. Its screen shows excellent colours, which are deep and vibrant. The viewing angles too are good. But where it falters somewhat is the brightness, which is on the lower side. During indoor use, when the sun is not directly shining into the phone, the brightness is adequate. But during the outdoor use, the screen is more reflective than it ought to be. You can still read a news article or two on it while walking on a sunny beach, but you do miss the extra bit of brightness. SoftwareadvertisementDesign is not the only part where we have seen the “follow” trends. Software is another one, possibly because iPhone is – or rather was – crazy popular in China. So almost all Chinese phone makers try to follow the kind of software that Apple puts in the iPhone. Huawei is no exception. The Honor 8, although an Android phones, runs a custom version of the operating system that has a completely new user interface called EMUI. In the Honor 8 you get the version 4.1 of the EMUI, which is based on Android 6.Overall the software looks closer to the iPhone’s iOS and not Google’s Android. But just the way it was the case with the design, with the software too similarities with the iPhone may not matter much from consumer’s point of view. If you like your software uncomplicated, clean and closer to what Google puts in Nexus phones or what Motorola has in Moto phones, go for the Nexus or Moto phones. But if you like the iPhone-style software, without any app drawer, slicker animations, and iconography & typography that are closer to what Apple uses in the form of polished iOS software in the iPhone, you will love the software in the Honor 8. If you don’t have a specific preference, I doubt you would care much about the software in the Honor 8. All you will care for is whether it has the necessary features or not, and that it has plenty. You can customise a number of aspects of the phone. You can fine-tune the colours the screen shows, or change the way the phone uses battery or set new themes, or customise the notification shade. Overall, the Honor 8 has a usual but likable design. The build quality is fantastic, down to the expertly carved metal buttons One good bit about the EMUI is that it looks very well optimised. It shows no apparent performance issues. Animations are slick and lag free. There is virtually no bloatware (unwanted apps) other than a few like Health, which can be uninstalled. It comes with a version of SwiftKey keyboard by default but you can easily switch to Google keyboard, something that I recommend. Personally, I am ambivalent about the software in the Honor 8. I don’t mind it. It looks good enough and gets the job done. It’s just that I miss a couple of things that are part of default Android. One for example, is Google Now, although I can get it with the Google Now launcher. But then much of this is because I am used to the Android on Nexus phones. If you don’t have a preference, you will find the software in Honor 8 slick and good enough. The only concern here is the software update. For example, Honor 8 has software based on Android 6 at a time when Android 7 is current version of Android. But then this problem of updates afflict all Android phones, up to an extent even Nexus phones, so you can hardly fault Huawei for it. advertisementPerformance and battery lifeWith well-optimised software inside it, the Honor 8 performs like a champ. It also helps that the phone has a fantastic hardware inside it. The device is powered by Kirin 950, a processor that is made by Huawei itself. It has 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can add more storage through a microSD card if you need it. In day-to-day use, I found Honor 8 to be a fast phone. The well-optimised software means you won’t see any lags on this phone and all the animations, including when you are switching between the open tabs, are smooth. During gaming too the performance is good and you can play games like Asphalt 8 at the best graphics settings without any lag. The phone also relatively stays cool even with prolonged use, so on the performance part it is easy to recommend the device. That said, it is not as speedy a phone as Huawei’s own Nexus 6P, which uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, or for that matter phones like the OnePlus 3 and Xioami Mi 5. But it is fast enough and that matters more. The phone’s speaker is decent and is loud enough to fill a small room with sound. Call quality too is good, although it is worth noting that the phone supports only one SIM card and doesn’t support VoLTE, something that Jio has made nowadays popular. The Honor 8 comes with a 3000 mAh battery, which is good enough for around 12-13 hours with fairly heavy use. With a bit of care, it is easy to get around 15 hours of battery life from the phone. CameraThe camera is one part of the Honor 8 that the company is highlighting heavily. In fact, it is the top feature of the phone. Reason? It is a dual-camera setup, just like what was seen on the Huawei P9. Although there are differences. Unlike the P9, there is no Leica branding on the Honor 8. That is not as big of a deal as it sounds. In the P9, Huawei had used a lens that it created in collaboration with Leica, a old and venerable camera company. But in Honor 8, it is using generic lens. The image sensor — IMX 298 — is however the same so the difference in image quality is negligible. The other difference is that unlike the protruding camera module in the Honor P9, the Honor 8 has lenses that sit flush with its body. Obviously, this is a better design. The Honor 8  clicks 12-megapixel images with both its cameras although one of them clicks only black & white (monochrome images). Huawei says that even when you are using the main camera, which is the one that clicks colour images, the other camera captures a lot of data, which then is used to process images so that they have better details, especially in low light. Long story short, the Honor 8 will give you quality images in good light. In low light it can’t match the best in the business but is respectable enough to justify the tag of camera phone Theory apart, I found that the image quality of pictures clicked with Honor 8 is fantastic. It’s not up there with the likes of the Nexus 6P, which has a bigger image sensor, but is definitely among the best. And it is very much comparable or better than what phones in the same price range can manage. The colours in images clicked with the Honor 8 are punchy, and white balance is mostly spot on. Although exposure is mostly on the lower side but then that also means Honor 8 handles tricky scenes like sunset, which have lots of dynamic light, in a better way by preserving highlights. Long story short, the Honor 8 will give you quality images in good light most of the time. In low light it can’t match the best in the business, or for that matter even the OnePlus 3, but is respectable enough to justify the tag of camera phone. The selfie aka front camera too is among the better ones I have seen, especially in good light. In low light, selfies do have some noise but using features like “beautify” you can get images that are good enough for social media use. The front camera clicks 8-megapixel images.There are two more aspects of the camera that I want to highlight: the software and the focus speed. The Honor 8 camera software is a joy to use. Switching between various modes is extremely easy and modes themselves — particularly monochrome modes — are fun. But there is one thing that could have been better: HDR. The HDR is not available in auto. It has to be manually turned on, which I feel is something of a miss from Huawei for a phone that is supposed to excel at all things photography. Coming to the focus speed, this is big win for the Honor 8. It is one of fastest phones I have used as far as the focus speed of its camera is concerned. And it tracks moving subjects excellently, for a phone. For example, see the photo of the dog running on the beach. Most phones would struggle to freeze the frame in shot. XPreviousNextShould you buy it?Yes and no. In India, the Huawei Honor 8 has a price of Rs 29,999. If you are going to spend this much money on a phone, the OnePlus 3 is a better deal compared to the Honor 8. But that is more due to the fact that the OnePlus phone is just as tremendous. It’s not that the Honor 8 is lacking in any significant way. It is one of the best phones we have seen from Huawei, it’s just that on occasions even the best is not enough. With that said, there are reasons to get the Honor 8, if you are into it. If you like its design, go for it. It will delight you with its premium finish and a comfortable-to-use compact design. If you want a phone that can click some great pictures and don’t want to spend more than Rs 30,000, go for the Huawei Honor 8.  Similarly, if you like the software and design of the iPhone, but want it with Android features, go for the Honor 8. It will most likely delight you. To sum it up, the Honor 8 may not be the best phone in its price range but it is surely among the best ones. It doesn’t have everything and it is not the right phone for everyone but it has enough in it to be on the shortlist of all phone buyers.####Huawei Honor 8####7.5/10########Good stuffSlick and premium designGreat cameraGood performance####Bad stuffUI closer to iOS than AndroidScreen brightness on lower sideSoftware updateslast_img read more


DMK backs Manmohan Singhs criticism on demonetisation issue

first_imgChennai, Nov 25 (PTI): Congress ally DMK today backed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his criticism on the way the BJP government has implemented demonetisation and charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ignoring the people by not responding to Singhs queries on the matter. DMK Treasurer and Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader M K Stalin said the Centre was coming up with all kinds of announcements “as if they are giving sops” to people ever since the Rs 1,000 and old Rs 500 currency ceased to be legal tenders. “Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh put it beautifully when he called it (the way demonetisation was being implemented) a monumental management failure,” he said, referring to the formers criticism of the government in the Rajya Sabha yesterday. By making such a statement, Singh had expressed his anguish, on the matter, Stalin told reporters here. “Modi ignoring Manmohan Singh shows the extent to which the Prime Minister ignores people,” he said when asked for his views on the matter. To a question on the bull taming sport of jallikattu, Stalin said DMK would hold a massive protest demanding it be allowed next year, if the Central and state governments did not pursue the matter. The Supreme Court had recently upheld its ban against holding Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, coinciding with the harvest festival of Pongal in January. PTI SA APR TVS APR NTRlast_img read more



first_imgAbout the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar About the dwindling crowd in Test cricket, Tendulkar blamed lack of rivalry in the longest format that has caused affected the interest in the sport not to forget the emergence of Twenty20. “When we grew up we had rivalries like Sunil Gavaskar vs Imran Khan, Viv Richards vs Jeff Thomson and then (Brian) Lara vs Glenn McGrath or Steve Waugh vs Curtly Ambrose. West Indies team in 80s and 90s generated interest. “The target then was to beat the West Indies. Australia was an incredible players. Nine world class and if 3-4 could close the game. That is missing,” he lamented. Asked what could be a solution, Tendulkar said: “Look we went to England in 2014 and lost the series. Now England are down in this series and since 2014, they have lost a couple of players. “My suggestion is to have back to back matches against same the side home and away. Let us play two Tests in India and then two Tests in England. Same set of players but different venues. Obviously there will be some changes in terms of form and injuries but core will be same. That will be a fair contest.” He was all praise for the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli. “This team reminds me of our times between 2000-2011. They have a quality pace and spin attack. We believe that it is the best team in the world. Soon rest of the world will follow us.” Tendulkar, who has been promoting Olympic Sports, also spoke about about some discussions he has had with Sports Authority of India to popularise various events. “During IPL, we can have athletics events and then during ODIs when you have packed houses. That will also encourage the athletes.” PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


Premier League: Diego Costa sends Chelsea back on top with ninth win in a row

first_imgChelsea striker Diego Costa’s class shone through as he fired them back to the top of the Premier League on Sunday with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion as the previous day’s goal glut turned into a trickle.The Spain international’s fine second-half strike at Stamford Bridge toppled a defensive West Bromwich Albion side and restored the Blues’ three-point advantage over Arsenal as they chalked up their ninth league victory in a row.The Gunners had taken provisional top spot with 34 pooints from 15 games on goals scored after recovering to beat Stoke City 3-1 at the Emirates on Saturday. (Too early to judge Chelsea potential, says Antonio Conte)”It was a tough game,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. “We played with passion. West Brom is a tough team, a physical team who are difficult to break down. It was a good win and now we must continue.”We have won nine in a row which is fantastic because this league is very tough. We are working very well.”All six home teams in action on Saturday scored at least three goals, with Jamie Vardy bagging a hat-trick as champions Leicester City returned to form with a 4-2 home win against Manchester City.Sunday’s opening three matches all ended 1-0, Chelsea’s early scoreline reflected later at Old Trafford and St Mary’s with Manchester United and Southampton seeing off Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough respectively by the same margin.Only the porous defences of third-placed Liverpool, now three points adrift of Arsenal, and struggling West Ham United raised the average with a 2-2 draw at Anfield in the later kickoff.advertisementLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose side lost 4-3 at Bournemouth last weekend, would still have been happier to see fewer goals on the scoresheet.”The goals could have been avoided. That’s how it is in football. Mixed emotions, it’s still a point. A draw doesn’t feel too good. doesn’t feel too bad,” he said.DEFENSIVE ERRORWith the game at Chelsea heading for a stalemate, Costa seized on a West Brom defensive error to break the deadlock with a superb shot into the top left corner in the 76th minute.It was the league top scorer’s 12th goal of the campaign, as many as he netted in the whole of last season.Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened his league account with a sizzling strike just before the half-hour mark for Jose Mourinho’s side, having scored his first for the club in the Europa League on Thursday.The Armenian midfielder’s afternoon ended painfully, however, when he was taken off on a stretcher with 10 minutes remaining after a heavy tackle left him clutching his ankle.The Portuguese coach played down Mkhitaryan’s injury, saying it looked more serious than it was and that he could be out for a week.”Maximum a couple of weeks. It doesn’t look like something that is very dangerous or difficult. He brings everything I want an attacker to play. Maybe one week out and it is better to be fresh for Boxing Day (Dec. 26),” he said.United remained sixth with 24 points, three behind fifth-placed Tottenham who might otherwise have overtaken Manchester City, who are fourth, on goal difference.Southampton recovered from the disappointment of their Europa League elimination to return to winning ways.Their goal came in the 53rd minute when Sofiane Boufal picked the ball up from James Ward-Prowse and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot shot to claim his first league goal.last_img read more


Man Utd-linked Milinkovic-Savic: I’m staying at Lazio

first_imgSergej Milinkovic-Savic allayed fears of his departure from Lazio as he belatedly reported for pre-season with the club, telling fans that he intends to remain at the Stadio Olimpico.The Serbian international enjoyed a stellar World Cup and has been linked with a move away from Rome to join one of a number of big clubs throughout Europe.The 23-year-old midfielder was expected to return to training yesterday, but instead only arrived today at the Clinica Paideia for a medical. 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! The player’s agent Mateja Kezman later insisted that this was down to a missed flight out of Belgrade, according to Football Italia.When asked by fans outside the facility on whether he would remain with the Biancocelesti, Milinkovic-Savic responded: “Of course I’m staying, do you not see that I’m here?”Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi previously professed his belief that the €100million-rated (£89m/$116m) star would remain with the club, despite the lure of Champions League football with Serie A rivals Juventus, among others.Other potential suitors include Real Madrid and the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Chelsea, all of whom are rumoured to be willing to meet Lazio’s asking price in the event of a sale.Milinkovic-Savic joined Lazio from Genk in 2015 and has since made 122 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals.He won his first piece of silverware in Italy in 2017 when he helped them to a 3-2 win over Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana.He also featured in three of his country’s World Cup games as they narrowly missed out on qualification from the group stages in Russia.Lazio are also fending off interest from Tottenham over star striker Ciro Immobile, though the 28-year-old has stated that he is happy at the club and expects to sign a new contract soon, despite his current deal running through to 2022.Immobile netted 29 goals last season, a feat only matched by Inter’s Mauro Icardi, and has also been linked with a move away to Milan.last_img read more


‘Madrid have other players who can do what Ronaldo does’

first_imgReal Madrid have not lost their attacking threat since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, according to Espanyol’s Borja Iglesias.Ronaldo ended his record-breaking nine-year spell at Madrid in the summer when the Portugal international decided to join Serie A champions Juventus.However, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have stepped up following Ronaldo’s exit, and Iglesias does not feel Madrid are suffering without their former talisman. 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! “Cristiano Ronaldo has shown that he can score goals. I don’t think Real Madrid have lost that,” the forward, whose Espanyol side travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, told Marca.”That’s the truth. There are others who do that very well and who are capable of doing what he does.”They can be beaten. Any team can be beaten.”However, it obviously requires a lot to take a match like this and we are aware of that. But, why can’t we beat Real Madrid?”Iglesias joined Espanyol in the summer in a €10 million (£8.9m/$11.8m) transfer from Celta Vigo, and has had an impressive start to his career under new manager Rubi, helping his side to reach fourth in the table with one assist and one goal.”For me, it was relatively simple,” he explained. “When this option was proposed to me, with the style of play here and the project at the club, it all motivated me a lot.”This was a place where it seemed like it had what I needed at this time. It was very simple.”Since making the move, Iglesias has been impressed with the club’s young manager and the effect that his competitiveness has on his players.”I think that for somebody who competes, it is important to have this mentality and to see that you have a chance and to believe you can grab your chances.”I believe that being ambitious is good, as long as you are also respectful. Bravery and boldness are adjectives that describe this Espanyol team and I think that’ll also be true when we play against Real Madrid.”last_img read more


Rossi relieved after doping ruling

first_imgFormer Manchester United and Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi has spoken of his relief at avoiding being hit with a drugs ban.Rossi, who is currently without a club, reportedly gave a positive test for dorzolamide, an anti-glaucoma agent found in eye drops, after Genoa’s 1-0 Serie A defeat to Benevento in May.It was reported Rossi could be banned for a year, with his case handled by Italy’s anti-doping agency, Nado Italia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But at Monday’s hearing the 31-year-old avoided a suspension, meaning he is free to sign for a new team and return to the pitch.”We don’t understand how this substance ended up among Rossi’s foods,” said Rossi’s lawyer Sergio Puglisi Maraja. “There was no intentionality – the line of good faith and consistency prevailed.”And Rossi, whose former clubs include Fiorentina, Villarreal and Celta Vigo, posted on social media of his joy at not being given a ban from football.”A nightmare of four months is over!” Rossi wrote on Twitter. “I only want to think about football and keep doing what I love more than anything else!”Rossi left Genoa at the end of the 2017-18 season, during which he only managed to score one Serie A goal in nine appearances.His career has been littered with highs and lows since he left New Jersey, where he grew up, to join Italian side Parma.The talented striker then spent three years at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2007 but only made five league appearances for the Red Devils.He has won 30 caps for Italy, scoring seven goals, but has not played for his country since a friendly against Republic of Ireland in 2014.More recently, he recovered from an ACL injury sustained while playing for Celta in April 2017, and will now hope to find a new club following his acquittal.last_img read more


Rishabh Pant’s success mantra: See ball, hit ball

first_imgRishabh Pant and opener Sanju Samson stitched together a 143-run stand in only 63 balls for the second wicket as Delhi Daredevils pulled off the second highest successful run chase in Indian Premier League history.Chasing 209 for a win and keep their play-offs hopes alive, Delhi rode on Pant’s 97 off 43 balls and opener Sanju Samson’s 31-ball 61 to overhaul the victory target against Gujarat Lions in 17.3 overs. (Pant’s innings one of the best I’ve seen in IPL: Tendulkar)Chatting with with coach Rahul Dravid post match on iplt20.com, Pant revealed his success mantra.”I just told Sanju bhai, see the ball and hit it. If the ball is there to hit, just hit it. Don’t think about the next ball, if next ball is also there to be hit, do so,” Pant said in a candid chat. (Pant consoled by Raina after heartbreak at 97)”I was in a good nick. I was watching the ball well and I think the atmosphere really helped. This game is all about the mindset. It was very clear and positive. So, I just backed myself,” Samson said. (I like to play aggressively: Pant)Pant said they just targetted the bad balls and had no specific plan against any bowler in particular.”As I told you, the plan was just to hit the bad ball,” Pant added.Samson said he enjoyed batting with Pant.”I really enjoyed batting with Rishabh. I started the innings really well. After hitting two sixes, I thought of taking a single but he came up to me and said, ‘bhaiya zyada socho mat, bass marte raho (don’t think too much, just keep hitting)’. I think that really helped me to go on, enjoyed batting with him,” Samson added.advertisementPant further said, “a good domestic season really helped. We have won two matches in a row, but we will take one match at a time.”The “incredible innings” by the two youngsters has left Dravid pretty impressed.”What was impressive for me was Risabh batting on 97 and not thinking about his hundred at that stage and still going for the shots and not worrying about the hundred and looking to get the team home. Incredible innings from the two boys and truly well deserved. As I am a hard task master, so I hope that you guys finish the job next time and stay not out,” Dravid concluded.With four win, Delhi climbed to sixth spot on 8 points from 10 matches. They need to win their remaining four matches to keep their hopes alive of finishing in top four.last_img read more


Atletico’s Theo Hernandez passes medical with Real Madrid

first_imgDefender Theo Hernandez, currently on loan at Alaves from Athletico Madrid, passed a medical with record European football champions Real Madrid, according to Spanish media reports on Monday.The 19-year-old left-back passed the checkup successfully without any problems, reports Efe.According to the reports, the Marseille-born defender will continue his career wearing the Real Madrid jersey.He has a 24 million euros ($26.2 million) clause which Real Madrid are set to pay to Atletico at the end of the season, making him the first signing of the 2017-18 season.The player and the club hope to announce the move officially after the Copa del Rey final between Alaves and Barcelona on May 27.last_img


Five ways Real Madrid C.F. can ensure their domination continues

first_imgReal Madrid 12th European Cup and third Champions League triumph in four years on Saturday, becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the competition’s expanded format, demonstrated their power over the rest of Europe.Zinedine Zidane led his team to the club’s first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958 after they saw off the threat of Barcelona to earn the Spanish title too, but they will not rest on their laurels.Here are five moves the European champions could make to ensure their domination continues next season:CHANGE OF GOALKEEPERCosta Rican Keylor Navas has been criticised for inconsistency. Against Real Betis in March, he was lucky to avoid a red card before fumbling Antonio Sanabria’s strike over the line, but Madrid ran out 2-1 winners.In the latter stages of the campaign he improved and made some fine stops on the final day against Malaga to ensure his team lifted the title for the first time since 2012.Against Juventus he denied Miralem Pjanic well early on but might have done better to keep out Mario Mandzukic’s spectacular bicycle kick equaliser. A move for Manchester United’s David de Gea has long been rumoured and it would be no surprise to see Madrid sign a new goalkeeper.BOLSTER STRIKE FORCEReal Madrid are the team that always score. They found the net in every single one of the 60 matches they played this season. However, the goals have come from all over the team and only Cristiano Ronaldo has been consistently reliable, scoring 10 goals in the Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final showing how dependent Madrid are on his finishing touch.advertisementThe BBC strike force has disintegrated, with Karim Benzema working hard but not particularly dangerous alongside Ronaldo, while persistent injuries have spoiled Gareth Bale’s season.Madrid have been linked to a move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe and the evergreen Ronaldo may have a new partner next season.PROMOTE YOUNG TALENTZidane has already started giving chances to Marco Asensio, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder who netted Madrid’s fourth against Juventus and he may choose to add midfielder Marcos Llorente to his squad after his fine season on loan at Alaves.They are both the type of players hungry for success and to hold down a place in the team, while bigger names like James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata are likely to leave in search of first team football elsewhere.Madrid have already agreed to sign young Flamengo forward Vinicius Junior, although he is set to arrive in July 2018.IMPROVE DEFENCEIf Madrid had one major weakness this season it was their fragile defence that kept few clean sheets. Their attacking verve meant this rarely ended up causing problems but Zidane’s next job is to work out how to be more solid at the back.By introducing Casemiro in midfield last year the coach took a step in the right direction and Raphael Varane getting regular football in place of Pepe, who seems set to leave at the end of his contract, will also help.SHIFTING DEADWOODThere are some players who have probably played their last game for the club like Fabio Coentrao, who has barely featured this season and is likely to leave as they seek a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, with reports in Spain suggesting he has already passed his Madrid medical.Rodriguez was not even included in the squad to face Juventus so his days in the Spanish capital seem numbered.With rivals Barcelona set to strengthen in the summer market, Madrid would do well to ensure they don’t tread water. Given their sensational recent record in Europe they will be confident of convincing almost any player they want to join.last_img read more


Here is your horoscope for June 6

first_imgARIESThings happen slowly at work and you tend to lose patience. Spiritual pursuit leads you to higher levels of consciousness. Mood swings are on the cards! Your social connections prove to be scintillating. Take care of health problems. Children demand attention. Lucky number 8. Colour green.TAURUSYou enjoy love, friendship and the good things of life as you share hospitality and luxury with friends and family. Your associates and connections bring goodwill and support. A new opportunity for expansion in work proves to be a professional challenge. Lucky number 4. Colour yellow.GEMINIThe Magus blesses you with the gifts of communication, bringing movement and change. Communications can be expected. You are able to express feelings to the one you love. You find answers to most problems when you focus on them with intelligence and alacrity. Lucky number 1. Colour blue.CANCERThe Queen of Cups brings emotions and relationships into focus. Established family bonds need reassurance as certain individuals create rifts. You need to budget your expense. You can be dreamy in personal relationships.  Avoid over indulgence in any aspect. Lucky number 5. Colour blues.LEOYou may have your head in the clouds and lightness in your step that give your state away. You make a lasting impact on people around you. Personal relationships develop in a positive way. You draw a lot of attention at a meeting while expressing new ideas. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.VIRGOYou are dynamic and assertive in professional matters, bringing clarity and action into confused situations. Romance paves the way to lasting commitments. This is a good time to express your opinions; they will be well received by people in positions of control. Lucky number 4. Colour reds.advertisementLIBRAYou are appreciated for mastery over your craft as you achieve success. You make subtle maneuvers to manage finances and people. Your insight into investments and intuition in relationships can be trusted. Loving care brings back the romance in a relationship. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.SCORPIOYou could be tense and stressed as too many ideas interfere with each other and cause chaos. You tend to waste energy in details, causing neglect of what is vital. Don’t allow bad moods to affect your clarity, as they are temporary. Relationships are loving. Lucky number 8. Colour white.SAGITTARIUSYou manage finances and practical affairs with subtlety and dexterity to meet targets. Intellectual activity can be rewarding as you finish projects and look at expansion. Youthful energy allows you to indulge in sport and take a twirl in the social whirl. Lucky number 4. Colour blue.CAPRICORNOverreactions at work and emotional outbursts at home may be unnerving. You tend to go over the top and indulge in food, drink and work. Observe balance in all areas or chaos will result. There is too much going on, so keep a clear perspective today. Lucky number 7. Colour silver blue.AQUARIUSThe Moon brings a karmic situation to the fore as you are faced with a difficult choice. Business and finances can go through a temporary low which needs to be taken in your stride. You finally come out of tough situations without doing too much about it. Lucky number 18. Colour grey.PISCESThe creative mind finds many a solution to a difficult problem at work. You are original and innovative in a prestigious project that brings fame and fortune. Brain and brawn is available to you for achieving goals. You are a whirling force of activity. Lucky number 1.  Colour green.last_img read more


ICC Champions Trophy: England knock Australia out, Bangladesh reach semis

first_imgAustralia were eliminated from the ICC Champions Trophy by their fiercest cricketing rivals as Ben Stokes smashed a career-best 102 not out in England’s rain-affected 40-run win at Edgbaston on Saturday. (Scorecard | Highlights)Frustrated by washouts against New Zealand and Bangladesh in their opening two matches, the world champions finally played to a result in Group A, but will return home having not completed a full game in this tournament.A late collapse – precipitated by a wonder-catch on the boundary from Jason Roy – saw Australia stumble to 277-9 off their 50 overs on a good pitch. England slumped to 35-3 before a 40-minute rain delay, but captain Eoin Morgan (87) and Stokes compiled a match-defining 159-run stand for the fourth wicket.England were 240-4 after 40.2 overs when more rain arrived at the central England venue. The players jogged off and didn’t return, sealing a victory for England by 40 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern scoring method.England advanced as the group winners after three straight wins and will be joined in the last four by tournament outsiders Bangladesh, who finished in second place on three points – one more than Australia – courtesy of their win over New Zealand on Friday.The English will likely play either Pakistan or Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh set for a match against the winners of South Africa-India at The Oval on Sunday.Since clinching a second straight Champions Trophy title in 2009, the Australians haven’t won any of their six games in the tournament across two editions, held in England and Wales in 2013 and ’17.advertisementThey arrived in Britain this time with their players embroiled in an industrial dispute with governing body Cricket Australia over the terms of a new pay deal. It has been the subject of regular questions over the past week but although it is clearly a major issue in the background, it wasn’t the reason for Saturday’s loss.Put into bat, Australia was motoring along at 239-4 in the 43rd over when middle-order dangerman Glenn Maxwell (20) swiped a hard, flat shot off paceman Mark Wood that was heading for a six until Roy reached above his head for a brilliant catch.Teetering next to the boundary edge, Roy threw the ball into the air to avoid carrying it over the foam marker and hopped either side of it before collecting and completing an extraordinary play.England seized control, taking the next four wickets for nine runs off 20 balls as Wood finished with career-best ODI figures of 4-33 and legspinner Adil Rashid claimed 4-41.Emerging from the rain delay in a difficult situation following the dismissals of Roy (4), Alex Hales (0), and Joe Root (15), Morgan and Stokes still managed to play with the freedom preached by England’s Australian coach Trevor Bayliss since his appointment in 2015.Their partnership contained 106 runs in boundaries, with Morgan clubbing eight fours and five sixes before getting run out by Adam Zampa after a mix-up.Stokes hit two sixes and 13 fours, the last of which completed his third ODI century. Only one more ball was delivered before the rain arrived, leaving Jos Buttler in the middle with Stokes on 29.last_img read more


India drop one spot to 97th place in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgIndia dropped one rung to be placed 97th in the latest edition of the FIFA Rankings issued on Thursday.The Blue Tigers had achieved one of their best rankings in recent history when they climbed to the 96th spot last month.But with international football largely taking a backseat in the off-season, India have dropped one spot.India still have 341 rating points with no changes from their last month’s tally.Canada has jumped five spots to 95th following their performances in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, leading to India dropping to 97th.Among Asian countries, India are the 12th highest ranked team in the continent while Iran leads the chart at 24th position.Meanwhile, Brazil have gained the top spot from Germany while Argentina, Switzerland and Poland complete the top five.last_img