Tata Motors makes ABS standard safety feature across all Tiago and Tigor variants

first_imgTata Motors has started providing ABS with EBD and corner stability control as standard safety features across all the variants of Tiago and Tigor. This has come as a welcome step with the company setting very high safety standards and giving much importance to the protection of passengers.While Tiago’s brochure on company website confirms the availability of ABS with EBD and corner stability control across all variants of the car, Tigor’s brochure does not confirm it. But several reports online claim that these safety features have been made standard across all the variants of Tigor as well.Earlier, ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and corner stability control were only provided in the XZ, XZA and XZ+ variants of Tiago and Tigor.That safety is very high on the priority list of Tata can be gauged from the fact that the home grown auto major’s compact sports utility vehicle, Nexon, has scored a five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test. Besides, the government has made it mandatory for all the cars produced in India from April 1, 2019, to have ABS in them.Also, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have provided ABS with EBD as a standard safety feature across all the variants of WagonR and Santro, respectively. These two cars are the main rivals of Tiago. Also, Tigor’s rivals like Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Hyundai Xcent get ABS as standard across all variants.Both Tiago and Tigor get a Revotron 1.2-litre, three cylinder petrol engine and a Revotorq 1.05-litre, three cylinder diesel engine. The two engines come with multi drive modes and are mated to a manual five-speed transmission. The petrol variant has an option for a five-speed automatic transmission as well.advertisementWhile the petrol engine makes 85 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and churns out 114 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, the diesel variant produces 70 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and is good for 140 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.Tigor is priced between Rs 5.42 lakh and Rs 7.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while Tiago ranges from Rs 4.20 lakh to Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).ALSO READ | Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakhALSO READ | White most preferred colour choice among Indian car buyers in 2018ALSO READ | Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS launched in India at Rs 7.46 lakhlast_img read more

To be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar on Thursday said, people, these days don’t have five day’s time to watch Test cricket and conceded that the longest format of the game is dying.Shashank Manohar, on the second day of his invitational visit to Bangladesh, said the ICC Test Championship, starting after the 2019 Cricket World Cup, is one of the last-ditch efforts to revive Test cricket.Manohar’s comments come even as the ongoing season has produced some fine Test cricket. While Asian giants India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia, the West Indies are showing signs of revival after thrashing England in the first two Tests of an ongoing three-match series at home.Despite the quality of Test cricket seeing an upward trend, footfall (or the lack of it) at even some of the most popular venues across the globe has been a huge cause for concern. It is safe to say global cricketing powerhouse, India is struggling to bring audiences to the stadiums for Test cricket.At the same time, a large sum of the world’s richest cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s revenue is generated from Indian Premier League, the glitzy and glamours franchise-based Twenty20 tournament.T20 has the maximum TRP: ICC chairman”We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The [ICC] board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar said.advertisementTalking up the T20 format, the ICC chairman added: “If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have five days time to watch a Test match.”From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast.”The ICC approved its first-ever Test championship for a two-year period between 2019 and 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during the said duration in a home and away format. The two teams finishing at the top two spots of the Test championship table will then play the final.The Test championship is one of ICC’s latest moves to bring context to Test cricket. While the introduction of day-night cricket saw an increase in attendance, India’s reluctance to adopt the pink-ball cricket is not helping the sport.ICC chairman on cricket’s inclusion to OlympicsMeanwhile, Shashank Manohar also spoke about the practical difficulties of getting the International Olympic Committee to include cricket in the Olympic Games.”We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?” Manohar added.”For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries.”Also Read | 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso See:last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah a confident guy and always ready to learn: Munaf Patel

first_imgWorld Cup winner Munaf Patel has heaped praise on India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and termed him a “confident” player always willing to learn. Bumrah is currently ranked world No.1 in one day internationals.Bumrah has an uncanny action and is incredibly consistent with his toe-crushers. He has grown into one of the best white-ball bowlers since making his limited-overs debut in 2016.Recently, Jasprit Bumrah played an instrrumental role in India’s maiden Test series victory in Australia. Bumrah was the joint leading wicket-taker (21 wickets) along with Aussis spinner Nathan Lyon.”Jasprit Bumrah is a quick learner. Thanks to Mumbai Indians for giving him a chance. He learned slower and yorker deliveries from Lasith Malinga in Mumbai Indians and then also worked with Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan. He is a confident guy and is always ready to learn from others. He has also worked hard on his fitness. He has proven that anything can be achieved if you are ready to learn,” Munaf Patel told Sports Tak in an exclusive chat.Munaf, who was part of the victorious World Cup team in 2011, also said India have a strong team and that make them one of the top contenders to lift the World Cup in England and Wales starting May 30.”India’s bowling unit has been performing well. India’s batting has always been strong but our bowling has also become very strong now. We have been winning matches and series overseas and that will boost the team’s morale ahead of the World Cup. We have a strong team and that makes us one of the top contenders to win the World Cup,” Munaf said.advertisement”In England, the pitches with assist the fast bowlers and we have quality pacers in the side. Our spinners are also top class. Our chances in the World Cup are very high,” the former India paceman said.India start their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 5.Also Watch:last_img read more

Abhinandan Varthaman’s Gunslinger: Tamil moustache all of India wants

first_imgOnce you see him it is difficult to forget him. The face, characterised with a thick gunslinger moustache with thin mutton chop beard and a proud smile, is hard to miss. The image of his face and his moustache lingers on in your mind’s eye after the first glance. We are talking about none other than Indian Air Force (IAF) braveheart Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India after being held captive by Pakistan on February 27.In the wake of the hardship he went through, when you visualise Abhinandan Varthaman’s smiling face, his hard-to-miss gunslinger moustache appears to radiate pride and confidence.His grit and determination further exemplified in his mannerism when he was held by the Pakistan Army.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Unlike characters from the England of the 18-19th century, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman doesn’t sport a messy moustache.In fact, as you see his photos and videos closely, you will observe that his moustache is beautifully crafted in a manner that ensures that neither his radiating smile, nor his proud face gets covered with it.Wanna grow a moustache like IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman!!!(@debarshi_taki) March 1, 2019Abhinandan Varthaman’s moustache does not fit into any airtight characterisation of moustaches. It heavily resembles the gunslinger, but also has some characteristics of the horseshoe, the Hungarian, and the wild west moustache. For a complete look, Abhinandan Varthaman sports his gunslinger moustache with a thin strap mutton chop beard.advertisementA slightly longer version of his moustache was sported by General Alexander Shaler, a highly decorated officer from the United States of America. A simple search on Wikipedia suggests that he received the US military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honour. This was for his role in the Second battle of Fredericksburg.Can we speak for a moment about how amazing Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman’s Moustache is? https://t.co/p5BolOfVI8Ken Dennis (@KenDennis) February 28, 2019Ever since the news of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being taken captive by Pakistan broke and videos of him being questioned started doing the rounds, praise for his bravery, courage and grit has flooded the social media.People have not only hailed his courage and ability to maintain calm despite being taken captive by Pakistan, there are many who want to sport a moustache like him. His fans have started expressing their desire on Twitter and Instagram.Don’t be surprised if it becomes the next style sensation in India as it welcomes its hero with the chant: Abhibanadan ka abhinandan ho!ALSO READ | #WelcomeBackAbhinandan: Indian sports stars cheer as air warrior returns homeALSO READ | Abhinandan Varthaman carries a legacy of courage, grace, valourALSO READ | ABHINANDAN, Varthaman: Kashmiri youth welcome IAF hero, back peace processALSO READ | IAF pilot Abhinandan’s father thanks people for being with family in hour of needlast_img read more

COA has not yet referred KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s case: BCCI Ombudsman

first_imgBCCI Ombudsman Justice DK Jain on Tuesday said the Committee of Administrators (COA) is yet to refer him the matter involving India cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who are facing an inquiry over their sexist remarks during a TV show.The Supreme Court had appointed its former judge Jain as the BCCI Ombudsman last month to resolve disputes. Jain took charge at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, earlier this month.”I have not taken up any matter Suo Motu for now. Once the COA refers a case to me, I will take it up,” Jain told PTI when asked about the case involving Rahul and Pandya.The Vinod Rai-led COA, after consulting amicus curiae P S Narsimha, had decided to lift the suspension on Rahul and Pandya in January, pending an inquiry. At that time, the BCCI did not have an Ombudsman.Both Pandya and Rahul were sent home from Australia after their sexist comments on a popular chat show triggered a massive controversy, leading to their provisional suspension.After their provisional suspensions were revoked, Pandya joined the team in the middle of the New Zealand tour while Rahul, who had a disastrous tour of Australia, was told to play the home A series against England Lions.Rahul is now part of the India ODI squad which is locked in a battle with Australia while Pandya is nursing a back injury.It remains to be seen what action the BCCI will take against the cricketers, if at all.last_img read more

Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine Henin

first_imgFormer world number one Justine Henin believes defending champion Simona Halep is favourite to win the women’s singles title at the French Open starting this month from May 26.Last year in a gruelling French Open final, Halep had defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to secure her first major title after three previous final appearances, including two at the Roland Garros.After that, the current world no. 2 didn’t have much success and had to face losses in the subsequent US Open and Australian Open, that too in the initial rounds. Recently, she had withdrawn from the Stuttgart Open due to a hip injury which she sustained while playing against Caroline Garcia in Romania’s Fed Cup earlier this month.However, seven-time grand slam champion Henin believes Halep has a complete game required to be played on clay and thus would be the favourite to lift the title.”It is going to be a very interesting tournament. I think Simona Halep is going to be the favourite. I like her game, I like how she plays on clay because on clay you need to be a complete player, both physically and mentally,” she said.”Every grand slam, you get one or two surprises. So, I am expecting that also to happen,” she added.Henin, a four-time French Open champion, was in the capital to attend the fifth edition of the Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series where Mann Maulik Shah emerged as champion in the boys’ category while Shaikh Humera won in the girls’ category.advertisementDuring the interaction with the media, the 36-year-old pointed out that tennis needs a lot of big names to inspire young children to take up the sport. She was also off the view that the game has changed a lot in the last 15 years.”The game has become more physical and surfaces have changed a lot. There has been a big change in the last 15 years. There is now more power and control as there are long rallies which take place in the matches these days.”Henin had engaged in a long-standing rivalry with co-countrywoman Kim Clijsters. During the 25 meetings over a 12-year period — with eight taking place in a Grand Slam tournament — Clijsters had a 13-12 record against her Belgian opponent. While it was often reported that the duo did’t share a healthy off-court relationship, Henin cleared that they were just rumours.”Kim and I never had any problem… It’s been a relation that has helped both of us to become better as players. So, I always say I would not have been half a player as I was if Kim was not there,” she insisted.When asked about her relationship with the Roland Garros, a place where she dominated over a decade and won four singles’ title, the Belgian said, “Roland Garros is in my heart, it’s in my body. Whenever I go there, even now I feel there is something for me. It’s connected to my history. My first connection towards tennis has been at the Roland Garros. I feel at home there. Roland Garros would be tough for me to miss.”She also made it clear that at present, she doesn’t want to take up coaching as a profession like many of her colleagues, while maintaining she has not closed the door for it in the future.”Being a coach is an all together different profession because it’s not you who has to play, but the player you are coaching. You have to stop thinking about yourself as a player but the person you are coaching,” Henin said.”You have to invest a lot. You cannot just travel 15-20 weeks but you need to travel 30-35 weeks which, for me, is currently not possible. I give advises to players at my academy. Right now, I am not in a condition to become a coach. But, I have not closed the door for it in the future,” she signed off.Also Read | Australian Open: Simona Halep knocks out Venus Williams in 3rd roundAlso Read | Laureus Sports awards: Djokovic, Biles win Sportspersons of the Year awardsAlso Seelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of facing West Indies, says Steve Waugh

first_imgWest Indies are the most watchable side in this year’s Cricket World Cup and every team will be wary of facing them, former Australia captain Steve Waugh has said.The winners of the first two World Cups back in the 1970s, West Indies have not made the final since 1983 but the recent return of some top players following the resolution of a long-running pay dispute with their board has provided a big boost.There was never any doubt about their batting firepower with crowd-pleasing opening batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell in the side but they also showcased their bowling prowess in their opening match against Pakistan.In a performance evoking memories of the team’s heyday in the 1980s, their quicks led by Oshane Thomas harassed Pakistan with fiery bouncers in bowler-friendly conditions to dismiss them for their second-lowest World Cup total of 105.Thomas finished with 4-27, while captain Jason Holder and Russell shared five wickets between them to send an early warning to their World Cup rivals with a seven-wicket win.Champions Australia will be up next on Thursday with Aaron Finch’s team also picking up a comfortable seven-wicket victory in their opening match against Afghanistan.”The West Indies … possess a squad full of match winners that can dominate if they gain any sense of ascendancy in a match,” Waugh said in a column for the governing body International Cricket Council.”They are the most watchable team in the tournament with a batting line-up that can kidnap any bowling attack with brute force.”advertisement”No ground is big enough when this behemoth of a batting order clicks into overdrive but they also have a vulnerability against high-quality bowling as they tend to play one dimensional at times.””For the first time in a long while they have fast-bowling depth vindicated by Friday’s win against Pakistan without their finest in Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel.”West Indies need to improve fielding: WaughWaugh, 54, said West Indies would still need to improve their fielding.”Their Achilles heel however will be their lack of mobility in the field and this is where Australia can influence the outcome,” said Waugh, who won the World Cup with Australia in 1987 before leading the side to their second title in 1999 when the tournament was last held in England.”Every side in this tournament will be wary of playing the Windies and I wouldn’t want to face them in a knock-out match.””They are the sort of team that, if they get on a roll and build some momentum, then they could win it all like the ICC Men’s World T20 back in 2016.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Steyn, Amla in intense training session ahead of India clashAlso Read | 2 centurions not enough: England set unwanted record in World Cup 2019 defeat vs PakistanAlso Seelast_img read more

ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rules

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has turned down BCCI’s request to reconsider the world governing body’s objection to MS Dhoni’s gloves. Dhoni had sported an army crest on his wicketkeeping gloves during India’s World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa.Soon after the ICC issued a statement, fans in India were left fuming. The ICC requested BCCI to ask Dhoni to remove the army crest from his gloves.The Indian cricket board wrote to the ICC seeking permission to let Dhoni wear those gloves in India’s next match against Australia at The Oval. However, that request has been turned down by the ICC.Official ICC statement on the Dhoni gloves issue put out a brief while back pic.twitter.com/ckDJA3hUEnCricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 7, 2019The ICC responded to BCCI’s letter explaining Dhoni’s act was a breach of clause G1 (personal messages) as well as the logos allowed on WK gloves and as such should not be worn.Also Read | Indian Army won’t intervene in MS Dhoni gloves controversyAlso Read | BCCI unlikely to contest ICC decision on MS Dhoni glovesAlso Seelast_img read more

French Open 2019: Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic streak to reach final

first_imgNovak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak ended with a dramatic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 loss Saturday to Dominic Thiem in a rain-interrupted French Open semifinal that spanned more than four hours over two days.Thiem wasted two match points with quick unforced errors when serving for the victory at 5-3 in the fifth, but he made his third chance count, smacking a forehand winner to break Djokovic in the last game.”It’s never easy to go on, go off, put the system on 100 percent and go down to zero percent in the locker,” Thiem said. “But if you win, everything is good.”The top-ranked Djokovic had trouble with Thiem, to be sure, but also with the weather, with the chair umpire and with his odd propensity for heading to the net much more often than usual, including some serve-and-volleying that often failed.”Look, there is always something large at stake when you’re one of the top players of the world and play in the biggest tournaments,” Djokovic said. “These kind of matches, one or two points decide a winner.”He was stopped two victories short of collecting his fourth consecutive major championship, a run that began on the grass at Wimbledon last July, then continued on the hard courts of the U.S. Open and Australian Open.Instead, it is Thiem, an Austrian ranked No. 4, who now gets a chance to win his first Grand Slam trophy on the red clay of Roland Garros.Thiem will face 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s final. Nadal won that one, part of an 8-4 lead for the Spaniard in their head-to-head series.advertisement”All the time, if someone reaches the finals here, it’s against Rafa,” Thiem said with a laugh.It will be the fourth straight day that Thiem is in action because of postponements, whereas Nadal will be well-rested, having played his quarterfinal Tuesday and his semifinal Friday, when he beat Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.Also Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal tops Roger Federer in straight sets to reach finalAlso Read | French Open 2019: Teenager Vondrousova beats Konta to reach finalAlso Seelast_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 with 90Hz OLED display could be cheaper than OnePlus 7, launching on June 17

first_imgGaming smartphones have been picking up pace in the Indian market lately and companies are cashing in on the opportunity. After the BlackShark 2, Nubia is set to bring the Red Magic 3 to the Indian shores soon. The company has even disclosed its launch date – it’s coming on June 17. This makes it the fourth flagship-grade smartphone equipped with the Snapdragon 855 to launch this summer, after the OnePlus 7 series, Oppo Reno and BlackShark 2.The Red Magic 3 has been in news for a while now. Last week, AnTuTu claimed that the Red Magic 3 led its benchmark tests with the highest scores, beating all other flagship smartphones by some margin. And that only justifies the credentials of this gaming smartphone. Because when you look at the spec sheet of the Red Magic 3, it comes across as nothing less than beastly.All gaming and flagship phones come with the Snapdragon 855 chipset but Nubia uses custom cooling solutions to sustain higher peak performance than its rivals. The Red Magic 3 is probably the first smartphone to use a combination of liquid cooling technology as well as a fan-based cooling system. Therefore, like a gaming laptop, you have actual heat vents. The phone also sports an RGB LED light at the back like its predecessor.That’s not the only gaming device highlight the Red Magic 3 boasts. Like the OnePlus 7 Pro, it sports a 90Hz OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The phone uses a fairly stock version of Android 9 Pie with certain under-the-hood optimisations to ensure fast gaming performance. Plus, a massive 5000mAh battery should ensure longer backups during gaming sessions. If you like photography, Nubia has stuffed in a 48-megapixel Sony camera at the rear and a 16-megapixel camera at the front.advertisementThere’s no hint of the price yet but a recent report by 91 Mobiles suggests that Nubia could launch the 8GB RAM variant around Rs 36,999. This could make the Red Magic 3 great value over the OnePlus 7 if specifications matter more than anything else. It is even said that Nubia wants to go aggressive with its pricing which means we could see a possible price of around Rs 30,000 in India.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone to launch in India soon, features turbo fan cooling and 90Hz AMOLED screenALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 launched: 90Hz OLED display, turbo fan cooling and other gaming-centric specificationsALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark scorelast_img read more


first_imgAuthorities have confirmed the death of a man injured by an explosion and fire at his northeast Nebraska home.The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that 88-year-old Tony Pycha died Friday at an Omaha hospital.Pycha was found in the wreckage of his home south of Winnebago on December 19th.The Sheriff’s Office and fire investigators say a malfunctioning propane heater caused the blast and resulting fire.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img



Brandon Weeden Talks Deion Sanders

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIWe all know Weeden is a great quote, right? Among the variables and ups and downs of college athletics that’s one thing we can pretty much bank on.And he didn’t disappoint in an interview with Gina Mizell over the weekend. Here are some of the gems, things that might not be as funny if Weeden wasn’t the one saying them but are hilarious because he did.On the cone drills and broad jumps he has to do at the combine:It’s the final time we’ll probably ever have to do it, but it’s kind of part of the process.Basically: “I throw a football harder and tighter than anyone in the world that doesn’t currently get paid to do it and you guys are worried about how quickly I can touch a bunch of orange cones??”On throwing at the combine:I’m actually going to decide (Monday) exactly what I’m going to do. It may change, but I think as of right now, I’m leaning toward throwing. But my agent’s coming in, a couple other people (to help me decide). A lot of guys aren’t throwing, for whatever reason. I don’t know why that is. They always use the Deion Sanders comparison — he came in, ran a 4.2 (in the 40-yard dash), jumped back in his car and left. That was his strength. I think my strength is throwing the football. I’d love to throw. I’ve just got to do what’s best for me.First of all, I got a hundy saying he’s going to throw. Second, one of my favorite things about Weeden is that it’s as if he doesn’t understand this game that players and agents and the people paying both of them play. And that’s all the next two months are really, a game. He’s old school though, he’ll throw in the cold (Bedlam), in the wind (Tech), in the heat (Texas)…wherever. Just give him a football and let it ride.Also, I’ve heard that Deion story elsewhere before. I’m pretty sure it’s true and it’s definitely all-time.On where he’ll get drafted:You look back at my track record at Oklahoma State, we won some big games against some really good football teams. You can throw the other quarterbacks that are in there, we were able to beat their teams, respectively.Translation: “screw Griffin.”On what he’s going to do after the draft:I’ll probably work out at Oklahoma State if they’ll let me.Haha…yeah. If they’ll let DMase shoot Js in Gallagher-Iba too.On last year:To say it was amazing is not doing it justice. It was a special time. It was one of those things that hopefully it put Oklahoma State on the map and hopefully the fans and everybody had fun with it. I actually just watched the second half of the Fiesta Bowl for the first time. I can’t really put it into words. It really was unbelievable.I think we’ll look back in 10 years and be even more adamant about how special that ride was.There will be other Big 12 titles and maybe other shots to play for it all, but last year was special in the same way having your first child or falling in love for the first time are special. The blissful innocence is the best part.Source: OklahomanIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

New Zealand take charge of WC tie

first_imgNew Zealand 6 Solomon Islands 1: Wood treble puts All Whites in play-off control Joe Wright 17:56 9/1/17 chris wood - cropped Getty Images Chris Wood scored a hat-trick as New Zealand beat the Solomon Islands 6-1 in their World Cup play-off tie. New Zealand took a step closer to the World Cup with a 6-1 first-leg win over the Solomon Islands in the Oceanic section play-off.Burnley striker Chris Wood scored a hat-trick to help the home side to a commanding victory in Auckland that puts them on the brink of progressing to the intercontinental tie in November.Wood converted from close range following a Ryan Thomas shot to put New Zealand ahead after 18 minutes, before he netted his second of the game nice minutes before half-time with a cool finish over goalkeeper Phil Mango. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Kosta Barbarouses’ powerful drive made it 3-0 three minutes later, and although Henry Fa’arado pulled one back from the penalty spot, Thomas combined well with Monty Patterson before firing home his side’s fourth.Michael McGlinchey scored a brilliant free-kick before Wood completed his hat-trick in injury time to cap a fine performance for Anthony Hudson’s side, who are now firm favourites to progress ahead of the second leg in Honiara on Tuesday.The winner of the tie will go on to face the fifth-place team from South American’s qualifying section in a final play-off tie to determine who will be at next year’s finals in Russia.#WCQ | FT New Zealand 6-1 Solomon IslandsImpressive All Whites seize initiative in OFC #WorldCup play-off https://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/vL9SjWFSIZ— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 1, 2017last_img read more

Shanghai Shenhua coach slams ‘overweight’ Tevez

first_imgCSL ‘He’s not fit to play’ – Shanghai Shenhua coach slams ‘overweight’ Tevez 10:52 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Tevez Shanghai CSL Shanghai Shenhua The 33-year-old has only just returned from an injury, but his new coach doesn’t appear ready to welcome him back with open arms. New Shanghai Shenhua manager Wu Jingui has taken aim at “overweight” striker Carlos Tevez, saying the Argentine won’t play for him until he gets in shape. Tevez returned from injury on Sunday after taking time off to rehab in his native Argentina. Following the match, a 2-1 loss to Henan Jianye, Shanghai Shenhua manager Gus Poyet was sacked.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His replacement pulled no punches when quizzed by reporters about the 33-year-old’s fitness. “I won’t pick him right now. He’s not ready physically. He’s not fit to play,” Wu said of Tevez, who has been constantly linked with a return to Boca Juniors.“He is overweight, along with [Fredy] Guarin. I have to take responsibility for the team and the players as well.”If you are unable do your utmost to play, there’s no point in picking you.”Tevez joined Shanghai from Boca Juniors in December for a reported fee of £71.6 million, but has disappointed during his spell with the club. The former Manchester City and Juventus striker has made 11 appearances and scored just two goals in CSL this year while being plagued by a persistent calf injury.last_img read more

‘Milinkovic-Savic has Madrid & Manchester suitors’

first_imgTransfers City target Milinkovic-Savic has suitors ‘in Madrid, Manchester and Milan’ Ben Spratt 22:28 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SergejMilinkovicSavic - cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Premier League Lazio Serie A Agent Mateja Kezman has claimed there are a number of clubs interested in the Serbian midfielder, who could leave Lazio in 2018 Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be on the move next year as agent Mateja Kezman has revealed there is interest in the Lazio midfielder from clubs “in Madrid, Manchester and Milan”.The 22-year-old – who has been linked with Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City in the recent past – has started the season in fine form as Lazio remain unbeaten in Serie A, thrashing AC Milan last week, and also winning their Europa League group-stage opener against Vitesse.Kezman, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s representative, says the player is happy at the Stadio Olimpico, although he would not rule out a potential departure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “There’s been a lot of interest from several clubs, such as those in Madrid, Manchester and Milan,” Kezman told Radio CRC. “But he wants to be happy, to play to keep growing and become one of the best in his role.”It’s difficult to see him away from Lazio, where he has started the season very well, but I can’t rule out him leaving.”Kezman was full of praise, though, for Lazio, where he believes sporting director Igli Tare has created an environment in which Milinkovic-Savic and the club can enjoy success.”If Milinkovic-Savic keeps this up, there will be plenty of contact from different clubs, like there was [in the recent transfer window],” he said.#TrainingSessionPossesso palla per i biancocelesti sul Campo Centrale #FormelloLive pic.twitter.com/3dWrwHRQi1— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) September 18, 2017″We’ll see what happens but, for now, what matters is that he’s growing under [Simone] Inzaghi, who’s a great coach.”Right now, Milinkovic-Savic is happy to continue his adventure in Rome with Lazio. Igli Tare is sometimes criticised, but he’s done a great job.”He signed some great players and sold those that weren’t happy at extraordinary prices; now Lazio’s bench is better and they can fight to finish in the top two and win the Europa League.”last_img read more

Barca stay seven clear of Real Madrid

first_imgGirona 0 Barcelona 3: Centurion Suarez seals Catalan derby triumph Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:36 24/9/2017 Luis Suarez - cropped Getty Images Luis Suarez celebrated his 100th league match for Barcelona with the final goal in a comfortable victory over regional rivals Girona. Luis Suarez scored on his 100th LaLiga appearance to help see off Girona 3-0 in the first top-flight derby between the two Catalan clubs.A pair of own goals either side of half-time put Ernesto Valverde’s side comfortably ahead before Suarez marked his milestone by wrapping up the three points.Girona skipper Aday Benitez was the victim for the opener when he deflected Jordi Alba’s strike into his own net to gift the league leaders an early advantage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing And it was another own goal which doubled Barca’s lead after the interval as Aleix Vidal’s classy cut-back wriggled in off Girona goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.Suarez added the gloss with 20 minutes remaining to seal a sixth consecutive league victory, an impressive start they last managed in 2013-14.While far from perfect at the back, Valverde’s men now sit four points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid.24 – Luis Suárez has scored against 24 of the 25 sides he has faced in La Liga (87 goals). Predatory. pic.twitter.com/uEO04FGuCL— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 23, 2017The visitors had early joy down the right when Javier Mascherano found Vidal in behind, but the winger’s attempted cross was crucially cut out by Iraizoz.Marc-Andre ter Stegen next produced a superb one-handed save low to his right to deny Douglas, while Suarez’s inability to find a team-mate from a cut-back at the other end cost Barca a certain opener.Valverde’s side did not have to wait long for the breakthrough, though, and it came courtesy of a huge slice of fortune.After Iraizoz kept out Messi’s free-kick, the veteran keeper was left with no chance from the resultant corner as Alba’s speculative volley took a heavy deflection off Benitez on its way into the bottom-left corner.Barca began to take control by the half-hour mark and only an in-form Iraizoz prevented them from doubling their advantage, the 36-year-old quick off his line to smother another chance for Alba.Paulinho and Michael Olunga still found time to exchange wayward headers as an entertaining first half ended with the away side ahead.The lead became 2-0 almost immediately after the resumption when Vidal reached the by-line and attempted to find Suarez, who hurdled the back-heel pass and saw it trickle in via Iraizoz’s legs.4 – Barcelona top scorers in La Liga 2017/18:Lionel Messi 9OWN GOALS 3Update. pic.twitter.com/lVIM7im3s5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 23, 2017Girona continued to pose a threat in the air with Douglas heading another opportunity high, while Olunga nodded straight at Ter Stegen just before the hour.But any hint of a comeback was soon extinguished thanks to Suarez. The striker was put clean through by Sergi Roberto and clinically picked out the bottom-left corner to make it 3-0.With their perfect league record still intact, Barca will take plenty of confidence into their midweek Champions League trip to Sporting CP. Key Opta facts:- Luis Suarez has scored against 24 of the 25 sides he has faced in LaLiga (87 goals). – Suarez has is now eighth in the list of all-time Barcelona top scorers in LaLiga surpassing Rivaldo (86 in 157 appearances). – Barcelona were also the last side to benefit from two own goals in the same LaLiga game, which they did on April 2014 versus Villarreal.- Gorka Iraizoz scored his first own goal in LaLiga. read morelast_img read more

UEFA World Cup qualifying as it stands

first_imgWorld Cup Which European teams have qualified for World Cup 2018 in Russia? Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Poland Getty Images World Cup WC Qualification Europe Romania Czech Republic Scotland Turkey North Macedonia Bulgaria Kosovo Croatia Bosnia-Herzegovina Sweden Switzerland Norway Finland Austria Azerbaijan Estonia Spain Kazakhstan Lithuania Belarus Gibraltar Greece Belgium Luxembourg Cyprus Netherlands France Andorra Latvia Hungary Faroe Islands Portugal Montenegro Northern Ireland San Marino Germany Malta England Armenia Denmark Poland Slovenia Slovakia Iceland Albania Liechtenstein Serbia Moldova Italy Israel Wales Ukraine France, Spain and Germany are among the teams to have confirmed their place at next summer’s finals, with just the play-offs left to be contested There are only four World Cup 2018 qualification places left to play for in Europe as group play reached its conclusion on October 10.France and Portugal were the last teams to wrap up top spot in their groups and confirm their place at the finals, joining the likes of Spain, Germany and England.France 11/2 to lift WC Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. For Italy, Croatia and Switzerland, among others, though, the second-place play-offs loom in November before the draw for the tournament in Russia a month later.Goal has your complete guide to the current qualification picture as we edge nearer to the return of the biggest sporting event on the planet.QUALIFIED TEAMS Team Method Russia Hosts France Group A winner Portugal Group B winner Germany Group C winner Serbia Group D winner Poland Group E winner England Group F winner Spain Group G winner Belgium Group H winner Iceland Group I winner TBC Play-off winner TBC Play-off winner TBC Play-off winner TBC Play-off winner GROUP TABLESThomas Muller GermanyThe 54 countries participating are split into nine groups of six.The teams in each group play each other twice – once at home and once away. The nine first-place teams qualify directly for the World Cup finals.The nine second-place teams are then ranked by points, but with the results of their games against the last-placed team in their group discarded (leaving eight games each).The best eight teams on that basis are drawn at random into four two-legged play-off ties, with the ninth team eliminated. The winners of those ties also qualify for the World Cup finals.Group A: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 France (Q) 10 7 2 1 18 6 +12 23 2 Sweden (PO) 10 6 1 3 26 9 +17 19 3 Netherlands (E) 10 6 1 3 21 12 +9 19 4 Bulgaria (E) 10 4 1 5 14 19 -5 13 5 Luxembourg (E) 10 1 3 6 8 26 -18 6 6 Belarus (E) 10 1 2 7 6 21 -15 5 Group B: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Portugal (Q) 10 9 0 1 32 4 +28 27 2 Switzerland (PO) 10 9 0 1 23 7 +16 27 3 Hungary (E) 10 4 1 5 14 14 0 13 4 Faroe Islands (E) 10 2 3 5 4 16 -12 9 5 Latvia (E) 10 2 1 7 7 18 -11 7 6 Andorra (E) 10 1 1 8 2 23 -21 4 Group C: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Germany (Q) 10 10 0 0 43 4 +39 30 2 Northern Ireland (PO) 10 6 1 3 17 6 +11 19 3 Czech Republic (E) 10 4 3 3 17 10 +7 15 4 Norway (E) 10 4 1 5 17 16 +1 13 5 Azerbaijan (E) 10 3 1 6 10 19 -9 10 6 San Marino (E) 10 0 0 10 2 51 -49 0 Group D: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Serbia (Q) 10 6 3 1 20 10 +10 21 2 Republic of Ireland (PO) 10 5 4 1 12 6 +6 19 3 Wales (E) 10 4 5 1 13 6 +7 17 4 Austria (E) 10 4 3 3 14 12 +2 15 5 Georgia (E) 10 0 5 5 8 14 -6 5 6 Moldova (E) 10 0 2 8 4 23 -19 2 Group E: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Poland (Q) 10 8 1 1 28 14 +14 25 2 Denmark (PO) 10 6 2 2 20 8 +12 20 3 Montenegro (E) 10 5 1 4 20 12 +8 16 4 Romania (E) 10 3 4 3 12 10 +2 13 5 Armenia (E) 10 2 1 7 10 26 -16 7 6 Kazakhstan (E) 10 0 3 7 6 26 -20 3 Group F: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 England (Q) 10 8 2 0 18 3 +15 26 2 Slovakia 10 6 0 4 17 7 +10 18 3 Scotland (E) 10 5 3 2 17 12 +5 18 4 Slovenia (E) 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15 5 Lithuania (E) 10 1 3 6 7 20 -13 7 6 Malta (E) 10 0 1 9 3 25 -22 1 Group G: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Spain (Q) 10 9 1 0 36 3 +33 28 2 Italy (PO) 10 7 2 1 21 8 +13 23 3 Albania (E) 10 4 1 5 10 13 -3 13 4 Israel (E) 10 4 0 6 10 15 -5 12 5 Macedonia (E) 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 6 Liechtenstein (E) 10 0 0 10 1 39 -38 0 Group H: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Belgium (Q) 10 9 1 0 43 6 +37 28 2 Greece (PO) 10 5 4 1 17 6 +11 19 3 Bosnia & Herzegovina (E) 10 5 2 3 24 13 +11 17 4 Estonia (E) 10 3 2 5 13 19 -6 11 5 Cyprus (E) 10 3 1 6 9 18 -9 10 6 Gibraltar (E) 10 0 0 10 3 47 -44 0 Group I: Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Iceland (Q) 10 7 1 2 16 7 +9 22 2 Croatia (PO) 10 6 2 2 15 4 +11 20 3 Ukraine (E) 10 5 2 3 13 9 +4 17 4 Turkey (E) 10 4 3 3 14 13 +1 15 5 Finland (E) 10 2 3 5 9 13 -4 9 6 Kosovo (E) 10 0 1 8 3 24 -21 1 (Q) = qualified(PO) = qualified at least for play-off(E) = eliminatedBold = final position confirmed SECOND-PLACE RANKINGCristiano Ronaldo PortugalThe nine second-place teams from each group are ranked by points, but with the results of their games against the sixth-placed team in their group discarded.Those points don’t count because there were initially two groups of five teams until Kosovo and Gibraltar were admitted to UEFA. UEFA subsequently decided not to change the rules despite the fact that the groups are now balanced.The best eight teams on that basis will be drawn – based on seeding – into four two-legged, home-and-away play-off ties, with the ninth team eliminated.The seeding will be based on the next update to the FIFA world rankings, which will make Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Croatia the seeded teams and Sweden, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Greece the unseeded teams.The winners of those ties will qualify for the World Cup finals. Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts 1 Switzerland (PO) 8 7 0 1 18 6 +12 21 2 Italy (PO) 8 5 2 1 12 8 +4 17 3 Denmark (PO) 8 4 2 2 13 6 +7 14 4 Croatia (PO) 8 4 2 2 8 4 +4 14 5 Sweden (PO) 8 4 1 3 18 9 +9 13 6 Northern Ireland (PO) 8 4 1 3 10 6 +4 13 7 Greece (PO) 8 3 4 1 9 5 +4 13 8 Republic of Ireland (PO) 8 3 4 1 7 5 +2 13 9 Slovakia (E) 8 4 0 4 11 6 +5 12 (PO) = qualified for play-off(E) = eliminatedBold = final position confirmedWHEN ARE THE PLAY-OFFS?World Cup 2014 play off draw PortugalFIFA has confirmed that the European qualifiers play-off draw will take place on Tuesday, October 17.The draw will be held in Zurich and things kick off at 14:00 CET (13:00 GMT), with the event being streamed live on FIFA’s website as well as their YouTube channel.The eight teams involved in the draw will be split into two pots, with the four highest-ranked teams according to the FIFA world rankings in one pot and the four lowest-ranked teams in another.When will the play-off matches be played?The dates have not yet been confirmed, but FIFA says that the play-offs are expected to take place between November 9 and 14.last_img read more

Drogba plans 2018 retirement date

first_imgDidier Drogba Didier Drogba plans 2018 retirement date Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 01:27 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) didierdrogba - cropped Getty Images Phoenix Rising Chelsea Premier League The Chelsea legend has set his sights on retirement in 2018 after a second season with Phoenix Rising Didier Drogba seems set to call time on his playing career after the 2018 United Soccer League (USL) season to focus on other projects.Chelsea 9/1 to beat West Brom 3-0The four-time Premier League champion scored nine goals in his first season with Phoenix Rising as they finished fifth in the Western Conference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As well as being Phoenix’s star player, the Ivorian is also an owner of the club, and it is his off-field ventures that the 39-year-old wants to concentrate on going forward.”I think next year will be my last season,” he told RMC. “There comes a time when you have to stop.”I need time for my other projects. It’s good to play, but at 39, it holds me back a bit.”After moving to Chelsea in 2004 Drogba established himself as one of the top strikers in world football, his strength and goalscoring prowess setting him apart from his rivals.In nine years at Stamford Bridge – over two spells – the forward scored 164 times for the Blues, including a crucial goal and the winning penalty as they won the Champions League in 2012.Away from the Premier League Drogba also lifted the Super Lig title with Galatasaray in 2013, while he also spent time in China before moving to MLS with Montreal Impact.last_img read more

UCL last 16: All the details ahead of the draw

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League last 16: Which teams have qualified & when is the draw? Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(24) Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain Getty UEFA Champions League Manchester United Feyenoord Manchester City Monaco Tottenham Hotspur Benfica Chelsea Sporting CP Roma Atlético Madrid Barcelona Juventus Basel Celtic Qarabağ Anderlecht Porto Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Olympiakos Piraeus Beşiktaş PSG Spartak Moskva Maribor RB Leipzig CSKA Moskva Napoli Shakhtar Donetsk Liverpool Sevilla APOEL With Europe’s premier club competition ready for the knockout stage, Goal brings you everything you need to know ahead of the draw The group stage of the 2017-18 Champions League is over and knock-out stage is drawing near.Liverpool, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Porto were the last four teams to book their place in the next stage as 32 teams were whittled down to 16 for the second-round draw.Dabblebet’s Champions League odds here Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the composition of the knockout stage now decided, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know.WHEN IS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST-16 DRAW? Champions League drawThe draw for the first round of the Champions League knock-out stage will take place on Monday, December 11 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.It is scheduled to take place at 11:00 GMT (06:00 ET) and fans will be able to follow it via live stream on UEFA’s official website as well as being able to follow the latest news on Goal.How does the Champions League last 16 draw work?The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will be a seeded draw and the winners of the eight groups will be seeded. The eight group runners-up will be unseeded.Group winners, or seeded teams, will be away for the first-leg matches, which are scheduled for February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second-leg games due to be played on March 6/7 and 13/14.Teams from the same group or national association cannot be drawn against one another, so, for example, Manchester United cannot be drawn against the likes of Manchester City.However, that will change for the quarter-final draw, which will be an open draw.WHICH TEAMS ARE IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LAST 16? Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridManchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Barcelona will be the seeded teams from Groups A-D, while Liverpool, Manchester City, Besiktas and Tottenham are the seeded teams from Groups E-H.Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus make for a strong unseeded line-up, and they are joined by Basel, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.And with Liverpool having booked their place in the knockout stage as group winners, England has become the first country to have five teams qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.Champions League last-16 seeding Group Seeded Unseeded A Manchester United Basel B PSG Bayern Munich C Roma Chelsea D Barcelona Juventus E Liverpool Sevilla F Manchester City Shakhtar Donetsk G Besiktas FC Porto H Tottenham Real Madridlast_img read more