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2014 FIFA World Cup match preview: Mexico eager to try its ‘luck’ against Croatia

first_imgGoalkeeper of Mexico Guillermo Ochoa during a training session at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. (AP Photo)Mexico coach Miguel Herrera says he’s happy to be lucky if that means advancing in the World Cup.Mexico wraps up Group A play against Croatia, whose star midfielder, Luka Modric, said that Mexico benefited from some luck in its scoreless draw with Brazil last week.Herrera indicated that he’d rather be lucky than lose 3-1 to Brazil, as Croatia did.”If we have a draw with Brazil with luck or without it, we did it, they didn’t,” Herrera said.Mexico needs only another tie against Croatia to advance to the second round, while the Croatians must win.After practice Sunday night, Herrera and defender Hector Moreno appeared at a news conference where they generally avoided opportunities to respond to some of the verbal jousts issued earlier in the day by Modric and Croatia coach Niko Kovac.Kovac suggested that his side has the requisite caliber of attacking players to become the first to score against “El Tri” and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in this World Cup, adding that “if anyone’s knees should be trembling,” it should be those of the Mexicans.”We could talk about 1,000 things here, and we could go through 1,000 circumstances that would lead us to believe that one (team) is better than the other,” Herrera said. “What we have to do is prove it on the pitch.”Mexico has played a World Cup in which we’ve proven we have an attitude of determination. It is a robust team. It is a team that has not conceded goals. It is a team that is doing things right.”advertisementMexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has posted a pair of shutouts against Cameroon and Brazil, needing a slew of spectacular saves to keep the Selecao from scoring.He could be challenged again by a Croatia side that is coming off a 4-0 victory over Cameroon, and which has several key players – from Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic to Real Madrid’s Modric – who have put together successful careers in Europe’s top leagues.Mexico defender Hector Moreno, who plays for Spanish side Espanyol and has faced Modric in La Liga play, said Mexico has no lack of respect for Croatia’s talent, “but Mexico also has great individuals and we have a great team.”Moreno added that he’s “not attaching a great deal of importance” to comments made earlier Sunday by Modric and Kovac.”We will see everything on the pitch,” Moreno said. “We will see on the field who has better players and who has a better team – and I fully trust it will be Mexico.”For Herrera, the fact that Croatia has a number of players from top European leagues should provide that much more motivation for El Tri to show the world – and European scouts at the World Cup- what Mexican football is all about.Thus far, Mexico has managed just one goal, scored by Oribe Peralta in a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez not only has yet to score, but hasn’t cracked the starting lineup, instead coming in as a second-half substitute. Herrera said he isn’t planning any changes to his lineup, meaning Hernandez will open a third straight match on the bench.Both teams practiced on wet turf at Arena Pernambuco because of intermittent showers throughout Sunday, and more rain was in the forecast for Monday. Herrera joked that Mexico seems to have brought ran with it wherever it has traveled in Brazil. But El Tri has also brought fans – lots of them.A cruise ship with several thousand Mexican supporters aboard is docked in the port of Recife, and many more have been seen throughout town.Herrera said he’s expecting a heavily pro-Mexico crowd to push his players.”Of course, we have the idea, the feeling of what people in Mexico are going through, with the dreams that we’ve created,” Herrera said. “We will come out onto the field to give everything so we can obtain the objective we have set before us.”last_img read more

St. Clare grabs share of Aspirants Group lead; Diliman up

first_imgMark Gatdula flirted with a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds in the loss that dropped the Titans to 0-3.Earlier, Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill compounded SMDC-NU’s woes with an 82-70 victory for its second win.The Blue Dragons fought back from a 12-point first half deficit as Joseph Brutas caught fire and nailed three straight treys with four minutes left to turn a 67-63 lead to a 76-64 advantage.Beninese big man Kevin Gandjeto led Diliman-Gerry’s with 16 points and 13 rebounds in hiking its record to 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT “The [unbeaten] record is just a bonus,” said St. Clare head coach Jinino Manansala in Filipino.“Our goal is to make the top four, and from there, it will be all-out war,” he added. “That’s why we will prepare harder and will not relax.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIrvin Palencia led St. Clare with 16 points with backcourt partner Joshua Fontanilla contributed 14 points and Ray Rubio chipping in 11.The Saints pulled away in the fourth quarter by opening up with six unanswered points for a 59-47 lead with 7:06 remaining, and they would keep Enderun at bay the rest of the way. LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ St. Clare College-Virtual Reality gained a share of the lead in the Aspirants Group after downing Family Mart-Enderun, 71-64, in the PBA D-League on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Saints collected their fourth win in as many games and tied University of Santo Tomas at the top.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Heartthrobs Guidicelli, Pascual suit up in Ironman Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

IPL 2017: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir crush Pune, Kolkata go top

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode skipper Gautam Gambhir and in-form Robin Uthappa’s crackling half centuries to sail to a facile seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant in an IPL game and go on top of points table here on Wednesday.Uthappa (87; 47b 7×4 6×6) stole the show with some crisp power hitting as he brought up his third IPL 50 in this season of the Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Gambhir (62; 46b 6×4 1×6) at the end played second fiddle as the visitors made the most of some poor bowling by the hosts to finish on 184/3.Uthappa was dropped on 12 when the team was 51/1 by Jaydev Unadkar off Imran Tahir’s bowling.Gambhir notched up his 34th half-century in his 100 game for the men in purple. For Pune who set a target of 183 after being asked to bat first, only Unadkat and Dan Christian got wickets.Narine (16; 11b; 3×4 0x6) was run out after the spinner turned opener got off to another brisk start.Unadkat took the wicket of Uthappa while Christian sent Gambhir back in the hut but it was too little too late as the damage was already done. Darren Bravo (6 not out) milked a cover drive to hit the winning runs as Manish Pandey (0 not out) watched from the non-striker’s end.Earlier, captain Steve Smith led from the front with an unbeaten half-century to help Rising Pune Supergiant post 182/5.Smith (51 not out from 37 balls) held the innings together as openers Ajinkya Rahane 46 (41b; 4×4, 1×6) and Rahul Tripathi 38 (23b; 7×4) played important knocks. Smith’s half century was laced with four boundaries and a six.advertisementChinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (2/31) was the pick of the bowlers for KKR.Pune openers recovered from a tentative start against KKR new ball bowlers with Tripathi playing the aggressor’s role after being dropped on 35 by Yusuf Pathan off Colin de Grandhomme’s delivery.The in-form 26-year-old right-hander took a liking to pacer Umesh Yadav, hitting three fours, two in one over, to race to 38 off just 22 balls before leg-spinner Piyush Chawla outfoxed him with a googly that the batsman chopped onto his stumps trying to cut.At the other end, Rahane looked steady for his knock but fell short when Sunil Narine went wide outside off stump to force him to come down the ground and get stumped by wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa.Rahane was part of two vital partnerships, with Tripathi for a 65-run stand for the first wicket and with Skipper Smith for a 47-run second-wicket stand.Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a quickfire 23 (11b 1×4 2×6) before Kuldeep got the back of the former India captain with a googly as Uthappa stumped him.Christian 16 (6b 0x4 2×6) hit big too before getting out off the last delivery as KKR leaked 30 runs in the last two overs. Christian tonked two sixes to take his side to a par score on this wicket.last_img read more

Slight growth in domestic air traffic in April

first_imgNew Delhi, May 18 (PTI) After two consecutive months of slowdown, domestic air traffic witnessed a marginal growth with demand for travel going up by a little over 15 per cent in April over the year-ago period.Indian carriers together flew 91.34 lakh passengers in April, 2017 as compared to 79.32 lakh passengers in the corresponding month of the previous year, as per monthly traffic data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today.After posting over 20 per cent growth in the domestic passenger market for 13 consecutive months till January this year, the demand for air travel dropped to 15.77 per cent in February and 14.91 per cent in March, respectively.This marginal increase is due to the onset of the tourist season.However, the demand between January-April period of this year rose 17.71 per cent compared to the same period last year with the total number of passengers at 309.35 lakhs.Low-cost carrier IndiGo flew the maximum number of passengers at 37.79 lakh garnering 41.4 per cent of the total market share.In terms of On-Time Performance (OTP), however, the market leader was pushed to the third sport with Tata-SIA joint venture Vistara claiming the top position at 87.4 per cent.Another budget carrier SpiceJet once again witnessed the highest seat occupancy across its flights, registering 93.4 per cent load factor last month.During the month, a total of 643 complaints were received from passengers, with the maximum against government-run Air India, followed by Jet Airways and its subsidiary JetLite.Reacting to the traffic data, COO of travel portal, Sharat Dhall, said, “We are confident that this trend of strong growth in the domestic aviation market will continue in the near to medium term”. PTI JC IAS KUNadvertisementlast_img read more

California Team Loses Sponsor Due To Ocasio-Cortez Video

first_imgFRESNO, Calif. — A company has cut ties with a California minor league baseball team that played a Memorial Day video that included an image of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with those of Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro.The Fresno Bee reports the raisin company Sun-Maid terminated its sponsorship of the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday.The company acknowledged the Grizzlies apologized but said terminating the sponsorship was the right thing to do.The Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals has said it failed to properly vet the video found on YouTube.The video has patriotic images and excerpts from President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech.When Reagan mentions “enemies of freedom,” the video shows the North Korean leader, Ocasio-Cortez of New York and the late Cuban leader.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: Pakistan accuse Dutch official of bias, turns out the official is German

first_imgPakistan hockey team has suffered two major blows ahead of their crucial Pool D match against the Netherlands as their captain Muhammad Rizwan Sr was out of the remainder of the tournament with an injury and their vice-captain Ammad Butt was handed a one-match ban on Thursday.Butt’s suspension though has kicked up a storm as team manager Hasan Sardar alleged the International Hockey Federation of bias. The World Cup-winning former was clearly not impressed with the ban handed by Christian Deckenbrock, the technical delegate at the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar.Sardar claimed Deckenbrock was a Dutch official and that a “harsh decision” was taken by the FIH ahead of their match against the Netherlands, who need nothing less than a win to keep their hopes of sealing a direct quarter-final berth alive.”I think this is an afterthought but we have to play a match against the Netherlands and this decision was given by a Dutch technical delegate. They lost to Germany and this is a do-or-die match for them as well as us. So I think they have taken this harsh decision against us,” Sardar was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.As it turns out, Deckenbrock is a German and not a Dutch official as Sardar claims, according to The Times of India.Meanwhile, FIH has accepted Pakistan’s appeal against the ban and a hearing has been scheduled for Saturday, according to the news daily.”We have appealed against this decision and I hope the FIH would listen to our appeal and give a decision in our favour,” Sardar had said.advertisement”Ammad not only saved himself and a goal but also the Malaysian player. This is a biased decision,” he added.Shedding more light on the issue, Pakistan cheif coach Tauqeer Ahmad Dar, said: “Hassan Sardar was emailed in the morning that there is a decision pending against Ammad Butt and that he has done something very wrong.”He went to the enquiry, but there is no evidence but that is the decision of the Technical Delegate. We have appealed against that and I hope sanity prevails.”He was shown a video for just two or three minutes. It shows a Pakistani rusher trying to save a PC. A Malaysian forward is trying to score. One of our boys Abu Bakr got stitches because of a stick from a Malaysian boy. But that’s ok. It’s hockey not ping pong.”Having failed to clinch a win so far, Pakistan are currently placed third in the four-team Pool D table with one point from two matches. The four-time champions have lost the opportunity to clinch a direct quarter-final berth but they are still in with a chance to make it to the crossovers.(With inputs from PTI)Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEAlso Read | Malaysia hold PakistanAlso Read | Pakistan stars woo fans in Bhubaneswar, dance to Bollywood songsAlso Read | Anil Kumble attends Argentina-France game as special guestlast_img read more

Disappointing not to play the game vs Minerva: Real Kashmir coach David Robertson

first_imgReal Kashmir FC coach David Robertson Wednesday expressed disappointment at Minerva Punjab’s no-show for their I-League game in Srinagar in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.Robertson is in the national capital with his team for the I-League clash against East Bengal, which was originally slated to be held in Srinagar but was subsequently moved out in view of the prevailing uncertainty in the Kashmir valley.”No idea about what is happening with the Minerva clash. It’s in the hands of the AIFF and they will make the decision,” Robertson said on the eve of the game.”It was disappointing not to play the game (Minerva). There was a game which was snowed off and then there was on game where the team didn’t show up. But then you just focus on the matches ahead.”Having pulled out of their game, Minerva Punjab had filed a writ petition in Delhi High Court in anticipation that the AIFF might award three points to RKFC, counting their withdrawal as a forfeiture.However, the court asked the club to take the matter to the league committee, which had referred it to the apex body’s executive committee.Justifying its withdrawal, Minerva had stated that it was not provided written security assurances. However, it refused to give up on points.Kicking off their debut season on a note that left many pleasantly surprised, Real Kashmir’s form of late has been a bit wobbly, having to contend with two successive draws on the road.”Before the season started we wanted to get as many points on the board as possible. We have had a fantastic season. If you get so close and don’t win you are more disappointed. If we could have held our own again Arrows the position would have been different,” Robertson said.advertisementTalking about the change of venue East Bengal gaffer Alejandro Menendez said, “This is better for everyone. Now we are going to play in Delhi. All players will play without thinking of anything else and focus on the game.last_img read more

I do the best I can

first_imgIt’s hardly a surprise that Salman Khan chose to remake superhit Korean film Ode to My Father, a tearjerker with a selfless hero who always keeps family at the forefront and nation not too far behind. Khan saw potential in playing a hero who battles innumerable hardships in his lifetime and wins over hearts by the end of it. He relied on one filmmaker who could tell this epic tale with the emotional resonance of the original. His name: Ali Abbas Zafar.I was finishing the first draft of Tiger Zinda Hai when he called and said watch this film, said Zafar. The writer-director of Sultan did and he was impressed enough to finally do his first film outside the Yash Raj Films banner. The way Salman works is almost like a family, said Zafar. That’s how even Yash Raj [Films] works. You need production support to realise your vision. You have creative liberty to do what you want to do. I had that from writing to executing it.Here’s one thing Zafar will tell you about Bharat. It’s his most emotional story to-date. It’s like making seven short films. Every chapter has a beginning, middle or end, he adds. Through it audiences see various shades of Bharat played by Salman. Katrina Kaif, who filled in last minute after Priyanka Chopra walked out, has an instrumental part, one which requires her to exercise her thespian talent more than terpsichorean one. Kumud in the truest way is the soul of the film, said Zafar. She is the only person who keeps showing the mirror to Bharat.advertisementZafar is all praise for the actress who is also a dear friend. Kaif acted in Zafar’s directorial debut Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. What Katrina has brought to the table is phenomenal. The role has much more spark, said Zafar. It superseded my expectation of what I wrote on paper. Her performance has a lot of theraav [sobriety] and patience.Zafar’s last two films Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai both crossed the Rs 300 crore mark at the box office in India. He doesn’t have a formula for success but what he does prize is a diktat from his sports coach in school: If you run with the person who is running against you, you will never win. You have to run for yourself. It essentially implies that Zafar should be the best version of himself. When I came to Mumbai I was clear that I am not going to run in this race that my film will be better than the others, he added. I do the best I can.This approach has worked, earning him Khan’s trust (We are a little more comfortable with each other) and his films including Gundayfaring well with audiences. What it hasn’t done though is make Zafar a popular, recognisable director in the league of Rajkumar Hirani, Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Zafar couldn’t care less. In fact he’s even willing to laugh over his lowkey presence among paparazzi. I go to Soho House and Bastian [popular joints among celebrities] but I don’t get clicked there. Ninety per cent of the time people don’t know me, he laughed. I have walked out with Katrina and Salman in certain places and the photographers have said, Aap side ho jaaiye [Please move away]. So I go sit in my car. I am more than OK with that. Till the time I am getting to do what I love [making films] I am happy.Up next for Zafar is a gig as a showrunner for an Amazon Prime original of which he may direct a few episodes. It’s an idea that I have wanted to do for a long time, he says. But what’s going to excite Salman Khan fans is the fact that he’s cracked a story for Tiger 3, he adds.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Says OSU Strayed from Run Game, but Offensive Line Improving

first_imgOklahoma State showed flashes of improvement in the running game on Saturday, with Chris Carson and Justice Hill each showing off what they can do in space when the line gets some push. Carson showed physicality and overall looked to be improved mentally with him lowering his shoulder on several occasions and showing a willingness to pick up tough yards. And Hill improved from game 1 with more touches, which gave us a really good glance of the magic he can work in space. He’s explosive in space and showed he is a decisive runner, making key cutbacks like the one below:Justice Hill. ???— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 10, 2016Despite the box score which showed just 50 total rushing yards in Saturday’s loss to Central Michigan (Mason Rudolph had negative 19), Mike Gundy likes the groups improvement through two weeks of play.Taking out Mason Rudolph’s carries/sacks negative yards, OSU rushed for 4 yards per carry. But with just 16 touches, the option to move to the passing game — where OSU struggled Saturday — is a bit of a head scratcher that Mike Gundy acknowledged this week.“I think we were a little better last game, but we abandoned the run a little too quickly,” Gundy said in his coaches show. “It’s easy to look back and say you would have done one thing different or another thing different.“We had two technical missed assignments in the run game and two in protections. Last year, we averaged about four a game in the run game, so we’ve improved a little bit.”There were some bright spots: Larry Williams looked much improved from his week one effort, while Marcus Keyes showed signs of struggling at left guard, and Lundblade at center looked overmatched. Which isn’t surprising, given his smaller frame.Overall, though, the bottom line is that was a game against Central Michigan. OSU was more talented in the trenches, so they should have looked improved from the season opening FCS opponent SE Louisiana.The Cowboys face a stout test this weekend with Pitt bringing the No. 37 overall defense and No. 40 rushing defense nationally through two weeks. The Panthers are giving up 4.35 yards per carry and nearly 150 yards rushing per game. If Oklahoma State can get close to that number (they had 50 in game 2, and 144 in game 1), it would show marked improvement against a significantly higher quality opponent.It’s easy to say it looks improved, but the bottom line is that this is the first of several big tests. Added Gundy: “We’ll know a lot more on Oct. 1 about where we’re at.” If 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

Pogba ‘judged differently’ after £89m move

first_imgPaul Pogba feels he has been “judged differently” due to the size of the fee that took him back to Manchester United, admitting he was surprised by the response.World Cup winner Pogba has split opinions since returning to Old Trafford, where he previously starred for the United academy, in an £89 million ($113m) move from Juventus in 2016.The deal broke the world transfer record at the time and the 26-year-old felt there was huge scrutiny regarding his performances as a result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have since moved for greater sums, yet Pogba does not believe the reaction has been the same because of their goalscoring exploits.”Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently,” he told the LifeTimes podcast. “They expect more from you because of the price tag.”A good game would be a normal game. A top game would be a good game.”Pogba added: “It’s a big amount. It went down when other transfers came, so it’s fine. I think it’s also because I’m a midfielder.”People see more strikers because they score goals, so that’s why it made such a big impact. I don’t think [Neymar and Mbappe] get it because they’re strikers.”I knew it would come with it. I knew there would be a big impact. But I didn’t know it would go so negative. When I signed, I wasn’t used to seeing so many negative comments.”It was a big change. I was surprised. I didn’t know a price tag would change so much for people.”Maybe they think I have the money. It’s not me – I don’t have the money. I don’t know [the reason for the criticism]. I wish I knew so I could help them get the answer.”Pogba faced more questions of his contribution at United throughout the 2018-19 campaign.He did record a personal best return of 16 goals and also made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, but exit talk continues to rage around him with another transfer window having swung open. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos Buttler

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 14:20 IST Jos Buttler had played eight finals before the World Cup and had lost seven of them (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland ended a 44-year to by winning their maiden 50-over World Cup titleBen Stokes and Jos Buttler were the highest scorers for England in the finalEngland were declared winners for scoring more boundaries than New Zealand after the final and Super Over ended in tiesThe dust has finally settled around the Cricket World Cup 2019 with hosts England deservedly crowned world champions but not before they played out one of the most dramatic cricket matches in the history of the sport.There was nothing to separate England and New Zealand in the summit clash till 102 overs of the game with both teams ending up on the same score twice – in the final and in the Super Over.Eventually it all came down to the number of boundaries hit by both teams which decided the winner as England lifted their maiden 50-over World Cup trophy at the home of cricket, the Lord’s cricket ground.Vice-captain Jos Buttler was one of the key protagonists in that epic final in which he scored 59 runs and along with player-of-the-match Ben Stokes, guided his team to the finish line with a 110-run partnership for the fifth wicket.Buttler’s services were once again required in the Super Over as he came out to bat with Stokes with the duo scoring 15 runs. New Zealand matched that total but lost the game on boundary count, according to the new rules of the game.Describing his emotions before the final, Buttler said there were negative thoughts creeping into his mind as he had played eight finals before the World Cup and had lost seven of them while playing for England and his domestic county side Somerset.”I had played in eight finals before Sunday (July 14) and lost seven of them. I’d played in lots with Somerset, the Champions Trophy with England [in 2013] and when we lost the [World] T20 [final] in Kolkata [in 2016] and I knew how much it hurt watching the other team lift the trophy. I didn’t want to feel that pain and that regret again.advertisement”What was scaring me was if we lost, I didn’t know how I’d play cricket again. This was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a World Cup final at Lord’s. It felt like destiny and I was thinking: ‘If it doesn’t happen, I will have no motivation to pick up a cricket bat for a very long time.'”I knew all I could look after was the stuff I could look after, and I needed to get into my zone, which allows me to perform the best I can. But what happens if it goes wrong?” Buttler told The Daily Mail.Even during the league stage there came a time when pre-tournament favourites England were on the brink of getting knocked out after they lost against Sri Lanka and Australia with Pakistan breathing down their necks.The weight of expectations of the whole nation was on their shoulders with fans chanting “it’s coming home” all around the country even before the tournament began.England somehow managed to scrape through the league phase and ended up grabbing the third position in the knockouts. They defeated arch-rivals Australia to book their spot in the final and the rest was history.”Before the India game, I was struggling with coming to terms with the prospect of us getting knocked out. We’d been favourites, so highly fancied by everyone, and there was the danger that four years of playing such good cricket was going to come to nothing.”Think about what people will say about us as a team, think about how they will call us chokers, everything else they will say. I remember seeing a comment, maybe it was the one that got Jonny Bairstow wound up, about how it would be the biggest failure because of how much had gone into this World Cup. I was struggling with the thought of that,” Buttler explained.Also Read | Knighthood for Ben Stokes? ‘Of course’ say UK’s next prime ministerial candidatesAlso Read | As the dust settles on epic World Cup final, spare a thought for the winnersAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Went to default mode during NZ’s Super Over, says Jos ButtlerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jos ButtlerFollow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow England vs New Zealand Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos ButtlerJos Buttler was one of the main protagonists of the epic final of Cricket World Cup 2019 which England ended up winning by the narrowest of margins to lift their maiden 50-over ICC trophy at Lord’s on July 14.advertisementlast_img read more

Deepika Padukone shares adorable throwback photo with Ranveer Singh. See pic

first_imgDeepika Padukone shares adorable throwback photo with Ranveer Singh. See picDeepika Padukone shared an old photo with Ranveer Singh from an award show last year.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 16:25 IST Deepika Padukone shared an old photo with Ranveer Singh from an award show last year.Deepika Padukone shared an adorable throwback photo of herself and husband Ranveer Singh from an awards event last year. She captioned the photo as, “Us.”Ranveer and Deepika are one of Bollywood’s most-loved couples. Their romance began on the sets of their film Goliyon Ke Rasleela Ram Leela and they dated for around six years before finally tying the knot at Lake Como in Italy on November 14 and 15 last year.In a recent interview, speaking about their relationship, Ranveer said that there was no “space for fights or misgivings”. “It has only gotten better. Now, we’re cocooned in love, and there is no space for doubt or misgiving. It’s grounded-ness, centred-ness, security, warmth, and joy. We share experiences and laugh together. The added security that comes with marriage has allowed our relationship to blossom further,” he added.Recently, Ranveer celebrated his 34th birthday in UK and Deepika joined him to make the day more special. Deepika penned an emotional post on his birthday.She wrote, “Sensitive & emotional,caring & compassionate,generous & gentle,funny & intelligent,delightful & faithful…all this and so much more… To my husband,my friend,my lover,my confidante…but more often than not,my child,my infant,my toddler,my dot,my pineapple,my sunshine,my rainbow…May you forever and always be this way…I love you…”Ranveer shared a sneak-peek from his birthday celebrations. He posted a candid photo of Deepika. “High on Cake! @deepikapadukone #happybirthdaytome,” he wrote.Ranveer and Deepika will share the screen space in Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83, which is their first film together after their marriage. While Ranveer will be seen as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Deepika will play the role of his wife Romi Dev.83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s historic victory in the World Cup in 1983, is slated to hit the theatres on April 10, 2020.ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone reveals that she got engaged to Ranveer Singh four years agoALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh gifts fans his look as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev from 83 on birthdayALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Deepika Padukone Nextlast_img read more

Report: Hanjin Shipping Submits New Self-Rescue Plan

first_imgzoom South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping has submitted a new self-rescue plan which would see the company shed more assets, the Korea Herald said citing industry sources.The company’s initial plan was to raise some KRW 400 billion (USD 359 million) through the sale of shares, however, the shipping firm’s creditors reportedly asked Hanjin to increase this number to around KRW 700 billion.Although the details of the new self-rescue plan were not disclosed, the sources said that it could also include a financial boost by the company’s major stakeholders.Earlier in August, the ailing Hanjin Shipping said that it was further hit by falling freight rates in the container shipping industry during the second quarter of 2016, as the company plunged into loss during the period.Namely, the shipping firm reported a net loss of KRW 212 billion in the quarter, representing a significant drop from a net income of KRW 104.2 billion reported in the same quarter a year earlier.Furthermore, the company’s half year net loss stood at KRW 473 billion, against a net income of KRW 127.1 billion seen in the first half of 2015.After submitting a formal request in April to restructure its debt with seven lenders, led by state-run Korea Development Bank, the financially-troubled carrier received approval to move forward with its corporate rehabilitation program at the beginning of May.The restructuring included discussions on charter rate reduction and alliance reorganization, however, the company has still not reached an agreement with 22 shipowners on charter rate cuts.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Act Strengthens Procedures of Regulated Professions

first_imgComplaints and disciplinary material in records of health professional regulators will be protected from disclosure in legal proceedings under new legislation. Health Minister Chris d’Entremont introduced An Act Respecting the Protection of Confidential Disciplinary Proceedings of Health Professions today, April 25. Private information provided by regulated health professionals during investigative and hearing processes will remain confidential and used only for its intended purpose. “We have already made changes to legislation to provide this privilege to some groups in the health-care industry,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “This bill extends that privilege to other health professions.” During the fall 2007 sitting of the House of Assembly, the Medical Act was amended to create a privilege that protects investigative and disciplinary material in the records of the College of Physicians and Surgeons from disclosure in legal proceedings. The same privilege also has been included in the most recent registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists acts. This legislation extends that privilege to chiropractors, dentists, dental assistants, opticians, medical lab technologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, dental hygienists, midwives, occupational therapists, optometrists, paramedics and psychologists. Other legislation introduced today would amend the Emergency Health Services Act to establish a long-service medal for paramedics and other persons involved in the provision of emergency health services.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim inaugurates Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority building

first_imgKolkata: A prominent Information Technology firm that has its campus in Bantala is all set to be shifted to Sector V, said Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, on Tuesday.He inaugurated the newly built office of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) at Sector V. Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services was also present at the inaugural ceremony. Hakim said Bantala will be earmarked only for leather and leather goods manufacturing industry. “Sector V and Silicon Valley in New Town will come up as a major IT hub soon,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaNDITA has been functioning from Unnayan Bhavan, headquarters of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in Salt Lake since its inception 23 years ago. Hakim also inaugurated a pocket park with a fountain and adjoining sitting arrangements. NDITA has chalked out elaborate traffic management scheme for Sector V, the state’s biggest IT hub. Pocket parks have been set up for the IT professionals who can visit them to take a break from the busy working schedule and relax.last_img read more

New Brunswick working group suggests 19 as minimum age to buy cannabis

first_imgFREDERICTON – The legal age limit for recreational marijuana use in New Brunswick should be set at 19, a provincial working group recommended Wednesday in a report that also calls for sales to be handled by something similar to a Crown corporation.Health Minister Victor Boudreau said the province’s Liberal government will consider the recommendation, but he said the actual age limit could be pushed higher.The New Brunswick Medical Society has already recommended the legal age should be at least 21.Before a final decision is made, a select committee of the legislature will spend the summer gathering public input before reporting this fall, Boudreau said.“It’s a tight time frame,” he said. “We want the select committee of the legislature to be doing their things over the next several months to be able to report back to government in the fall because we need to be ready by July 2018.”That’s when new federal rules kick in.Boudreau said he supports the idea that a Crown corporation, similar to NB Liquor, should handle all sales.“This is essentially a brand new industry starting in New Brunswick, and to make sure that there are tight controls and oversight and supervision, a Crown corporation model is the model that is being recommended,” he said.However, Boudreau said cannabis would not be offered for sale within liquor stores.“I think there have been very strong arguments made that they should certainly be different points of sale. It wouldn’t be within liquor stores, even if it was a Crown corporation and even if it was managed by NB Liquor. It would be a different store front,” he said Wednesday.Green party Leader David Coon said NB Liquor promotes the sale of alcohol, and he worries it might also do the same with cannabis.“We need a significant effort to discourage use of cannabis among youth and those with mental illness,” he said. “We need to see an education campaign that strongly takes on the issues of public health risks, especially targeted at youth.”New Brunswick’s medical society has said the government needs to approach any public education programs with caution.“While the public certainly needs education on cannabis, including driving while high and the co-use of cannabis and alcohol, it must take such education to the public in a way that does not unintentionally encourage its use,” the society said in a report released earlier this year.Boudreau said cannabis sales could be good for the provincial economy, but his main concern is dealing with health and public safety.He said the cost of health and safety measures may actually offset what’s gained through cannabis sales.“Yet on the economic development side, on the job creation side and on the private sector investment side, I think there is some potential there to see some benefits for the province of New Brunswick,” he said.last_img read more

Your Chance To Live Under Stephen Colberts Desk With Jon Stewart

first_imgHere’s your chance to live under Stephen Colbert’s desk with Jon Stewart during a taping of The Late Show.Live Under Stephen Colbert’s Desk with Jon StewartFun fact: Jon Stewart has been living under Stephen Colbert’s desk since his departure from The Daily Show. More fun fact: You’re joining him there for the most cramped and hilarious time of your life! Forget behind the scenes, because you’re going underneath the scenes for a truly inside look at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You’ll meet Stephen, hang out with Jon under the desk for a segment, ask that night’s guest a question and deliver one epic punchline that’s sure to bring down the house. And since Jon gets to tag along on Stephen’s show, you’ll also get to bring a friend of your own to cheer you on from VIP seats. Flights, hotel and nonstop laughs included.To be in to win this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, all you have to do is donate to NEXT for Autism through The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.NEXT for AUTISM is a nonprofit organization that transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching and supporting innovative programs. They believe that individuals with autism have the potential to live fulfilling, productive lives when supported by excellent services and connected to their communities. While many organizations engage in advocacy or fund scientific research, NEXT For AUTISM addresses the needs of people with autism and their families across the country right now. They create and support exceptional educational, clinical and vocational programs, all cutting-edge, all with an eye towards affecting fundamental shifts in current approaches to autism services. Autism now affects an estimated 1 in 68 American children. The need for support far exceeds the current services available. With your donation, NEXT for AUTISM can continue to address the needs of individuals and families living with autism right now.last_img read more

Annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition ups the ante with more cash prizes

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced the return of the highly anticipated SiriusXM Top Comic competition in search of Canada’s best in comedy. New this year, the grand prize winner will receive international exposure with a guaranteed spot to perform at JFL Sydney in Australia, in addition to JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), Just For Laughs Montreal and inclusion in a JFL TV taping airing on a Bell property network. The Grand Prize winner will also receive $25,000 from SiriusXM; and for the first time in the competition, the two runners-up will also receive cash prizes of $2,500 each. Advertisementcenter_img SiriusXM will select the 60 best comics and provide them with travel grants to audition in front of a live audience and a panel of industry judges, either in Toronto (May 22-24) or Calgary (May 29-31). Auditions will be hosted by Ben Miner and recorded for broadcast throughout North America on SiriusXM’s uncensored comedy channel, Canada Laughs (ch. 168).Three comics from each night will be selected by the judges to move on to the Semi-Finals while Canadians will have the chance to vote daily for their favourites. The six comics with the most votes, as well as two additional comics chosen by a panel of industry judges, will move on to compete as Finalists live on stage at the Top Comic Finale in Torontoduring Just For Laughs’ JFL42 festival, presented in association with SiriusXM.Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, New Westminster, BC’s Gavin Matts took home the title and grand prize, with Sterling Scott of Edmonton, AB and Graham Chittenden of Brantford, ON placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Chris Robinson, Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O’Brien and Brian Stollery.Canada Laughs (ch. 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM’s hilarious comedy lineup, including Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio, Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy, Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.SiriusXM subscribers will be able to listen to Top Comic content on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to to learn more.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Login/Register With: “There’s no denying that Canada is home to some of the best in comedy, and we can’t wait to once again showcase and celebrate homegrown talent throughout the competition,” said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs.  “We’re thrilled to be able to include an international performance opportunity for greater exposure on the world stage. For a comedian, the chance to perform at JFL Festivals across Canada, and internationally, can absolutely catapult their career.”Starting today at 10 am ET, Canadian comics can register at where they will be able to submit a video of their best material. The deadline to register is Friday, April 27 at 11:59 pm ET. Twitterlast_img read more

Chandrayaan 2 to carry NASA science instrument

first_imgWashington: India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan 2, scheduled for launch in April, would be carrying a NASA science probe, the media reported. Chandrayaan 2 will carry NASA-owned laser retroreflector arrays that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, the US space agency officials said, during the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held in Texas, the reported. Besides Chandrayaan 2, the science instruments will also be flying to the Moon aboard the Israeli lander Beresheet, due to touch down April 11. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “We’re trying to populate the entire surface with as many laser reflector arrays as we can possibly get there,” Lori Glaze, Acting Director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate was quoted as saying. Glaze did not provide a timeline for the partnership’s creation. “We were asked rather quickly if there was anything we wanted to contribute to that lander, and we were successful in roughly a two-week time period to come up with an agreement on it,” said Steve Clarke, the deputy associate administrator for exploration within the Science Mission Directorate. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Retroreflectors are essentially sophisticated mirrors. Scientists on Earth can shoot them with lasers and study the light that is reflected back. That signal can help pinpoint precisely where the lander is, which scientists can use to calculate its — and the Moon’s — distance from Earth. The 3,890-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, to be launched onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk-3, will orbit around the Moon to study its conditions and collect data of its topography, mineralogy and exosphere. The Rs 800-crore Chandrayaan-2 mission comes a decade after the maiden mission Chandrayaan-1 was launched on October 22, 2008 from India’s only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The lander has been named “Vikram” as a tribute to the pioneer of India’s space programme and former ISRO chairman (1963-71) Vikram Sarabhai. When Chandrayaan-2’s rover lands on the Moon, India will become the fifth country in the world to achieve the feat after Soviet Union in 1959, the US in 1969, China in December 2013, and Israel in 2019.last_img read more