About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits winning the Champions League is their priority this season.Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.“The Champions League is the main objective for us this season and we’ll do everything we can to win it,” said Dybala. “Atletico Madrid are, along with Liverpool, the worst side we could’ve picked in the draw.”
Woodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko: Leicester defeat painfulby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits defeat to Leicester City was a blow.Sissoko has urged Tottenham to accept and move on quickly from their “painful” 2-1 defeat to Leicester.”There is a lot of frustration, but we need to accept it, even if it is painful because we have another game on Tuesday,” Sissoko said to Spurs TV.”Even if it is a cup game, we have to be focused on that game (now).”We need to work hard and analyse what went wrong (at Leicester) and move on.”We don’t have time to think too much because we have to recover as soon as possible and be ready for Tuesday if we want to have a good game and win.”There is a lot of frustration, but we need to move on.”
Chelsea defensive duo Christensen, Emerson doubtful for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndreas Christensen and Emerson are doubtful for Chelsea’s clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, according to Goal.Emerson has been out of action since September with a hamstring problem, but he has not officially been ruled out of facing the Magpies.Christensen picked up a hamstring problem over the international break.In positive news for the Blues, Antonio Rudiger could be eased back by Frank Lampard’s after an interrupted start to the season.Reece James, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic also picked up injuries over the international break. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.
Manchester United have sounded an ominous warning to their Premier League rivals, with the club’s goalkeeping coach claiming that David de Gea “can get even better”.The Spain international is already widely considered to be one of, if not the leading performer in his chosen position.His consistency over a number of years has lifted him to that level, with the 28-year-old having been one of few figures the Red Devils have been able to rely upon during a period of considerable instability. 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? De Gea has broken records as a result, becoming the first man to land United’s Player of the Year award four times, while he is also the current holder of the English top-flight’s Golden Glove.There has been the odd wobble along the way for a man considered to be first choice for club and country, which is to be expected in his role, but an insatiable desire for continuous improvement means that there could be even more to come from him in the years ahead.Emilio Alvarez, who works on a daily basis with a man United are eager to tie to fresh terms, told the club’s official website: “David is, of course, the one who plays more and is an important player for the club, but the three of them [goalkeepers] are doing very well.“With David, we are always thinking about how he can get better and better, and better. To be honest, I don’t think David will ever stop. He can get even better!”The challengers for De Gea’s spot between the sticks at Old Trafford are Sergio Romero and Lee Grant.Both men boast considerable experience and pedigree of their own, but they have had to grow accustomed to life in the shadows.United, though, are delighted to boast such options, with Grant continuing to prove his value at 35 years of age while Argentina international Romero waits patiently for first-team opportunities.Alvarez added: “To be honest, I do not agree that Lee is only learning from us.“Since Granty came here, he has been a really, really, really nice surprise. We are learning from him.“We are really learning from him because he is a really, really good goalkeeper, a really, really good professional, and as a man, the way he interacts with the rest of the colleagues, he is unbelievable. We are really lucky to have him.“We have to be sure to say we have three of the best goalkeepers in the world, because each of them has really good skills.“For example, Sergio is an experienced goalkeeper in the Argentina national team so what more can I say about him? It is a pleasure to work with all three goalkeepers.” United and De Gea are set to be back in Premier League action on Sunday, and the Red Devils will need their last line of defence to be at its best when they take in a trip to fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Lyon continued their impressive run over Paris Saint-Germain as they ended the Ligue 1 leaders’ 21-match unbeaten run at the Groupama Stadium.Moussa Dembele’s header and a penalty from Nabil Fekir secured victory over Bruno Genesio’s side after Angel di Maria had given the defending champions an early lead.PSG are 10 points clear of Lille at the top and have seen their hopes of going the whole campaign without losing dashed. 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? Meanwhile, Lyon have a six-point cushion over fourth place Saint-Etienne in the race for the final Champions League spot.2015 – Paris have lost a Ligue 1 game after scoring the opening goal for the 1st time since January 2015 against Bastia (2-4). Shake. pic.twitter.com/5MqVYGL4UX— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019Argentina international Di Maria opened the scoring after seven minutes, playing a role in a goal for the fourth time in as many games.But the French champions would go on to lose their first Ligue 1 game after scoring first since January 2015, when they were downed 4-2 by Bastia.4 – Lyon have beaten Paris in Ligue 1 more often than any other team since the Qatari era began in August 2011 (4 times). Kryptonite. @OL_English pic.twitter.com/vaTeGVEs0f— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019Leo Dubois teed up Dembele for the equaliser, as the ex-Celtic forward beat Alphonse Areola to the ball to nod into an empty net.Dembele would turn provider after being fouled by Thiago Silva to win a penalty after the break.Fekir sent Areola the wrong way from the spot to thrust Lyon ahead.3 – Aucun joueur n’est impliqué sur plus de buts que Nabil Fekir face à Paris en Ligue 1 depuis le début de la saison dernière (3 – 2 buts, 1 assist). Leader. @OL pic.twitter.com/rB9GsOSkhj— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 3, 2019No player has contributed to more goals against PSG since the start of the 2017-18 campaign than the France international, who now has two goals and an assist during that period against Thomas Tuchel’s men,The victory was the fourth time Lyon have beaten their rivals since Qatar Sports Investments took over the club in August 2011.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan watched the defeat less than two weeks before Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash with the Paris club.
BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The 2018-2019 college football season has officially kicked off, and this weekend, we’ll get our first full slate of games. The biggest game is arguably Michigan vs. Notre Dame – which could have national title implications. It also apparently features teams wearing two of the best uniforms in the sport.Sporting News put together a list of its top 15 uniforms in college football this week, and both the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines made the list. Michigan, in fact, checks in at No. 1.The other teams in the top five? Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State and UCLA. Buckeyes fans probably won’t like hearing that Michigan is ranked higher than them in anything.Of course, this list is completely subjective. That said, Michigan’s uniforms are among the most popular in the sport.You can check out the entire list over at Sporting News:A preview of what our top 4 uniforms look like.1. @UMichFootball 2. @UCLAFootball 3. @FSUFootball 4. @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/dIeClbQ6Di— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 27, 2018It’s a list that’s sure to make college football traditionalists satisfied.College football season kicked off this past weekend. The first games involving ‘Power 5’ teams start this week.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide invited Mississippi State into its home and dominated from the opening whistle. Of course, everyone expected Alabama to win tonight, but the defensive effort from the Tide in this game has been spectacular.Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has been harassed at every turn. Alabama currently leads 21-0 at the end of the third quarter.However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the Tide right now.Star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who’s dealing with a knee injury, left tonight’s game against Mississippi State after taking a few nasty shots.Mac Jones is warming up.Nick has seen Tua take enough punishment— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) November 10, 2018With Jalen Hurts also banged up freshman quarterback Mac Jones is the only remaining quarterback eligible to play for the Tide. As such, he’s in the game as Tagovailoa and Hurts ride the bench with their injuries.Jones has attempted seven passes on the season, connecting on two for 124 yards and a touchdown.Alabama leads 21-0 in the fourth.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, CBS Sports broke down all of the new college football coaches and which programs hired the right man for the job. While a few programs hit it out of the park – think Ryan Day at Ohio State and Les Miles at Kansas – several programs were left with more questions than answers.Only one program, however, earned an “F” with its hire. That honor goes to Utah State, which lost head coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech.The Aggies went on to hire Gary Anderson, who previously coached the team.CBS Sports doesn’t like the hire.The Aggies replaced one of the top, rising coaches (Wells) with a retread. Not only is Andersen a retread, he’s walked out on Wisconsin and Oregon State. Somehow, Utah State hired back a coach who was only 26-24 in his first go-round with the Aggies before leaving in 2012. In a 30-year coaching career, Andersen has stayed at one place (Utah) longer than four years. In those 30 years, he’s been at 10 different schools. Utah somehow hired him three different times. Career record: 57-61. Good luck, Aggies.That’s not exactly the reaction you’re hoping for when you hire a new head coach.You can see every coaching grade here.
Although the Longhorns have one of the most productive quarterbacks in Sam Ehlinger, most analysts have them falling short to the Tigers.ESPN released its staff predictions for the LSU-Texas game, and it’s pretty clear that experts are siding with the SEC Powerhouse.David Bearman, Kyle Bonagura, Chris Low, Adam Rittenberg, Alex Scarborough and Tom VanHaaren all have LSU defeating Texas on Saturday night.Despite the majority of the predictions siding with LSU, there were a couple of analysts that are siding with Texas.ESPN’s David M. Hale actually believes the Longhorns’ defense will be the difference-maker, saying “Joe Burrow has looked vastly improved since late last season, but the Texas defense is the best unit he’s faced since Bama.”There has been a solid amount of trash talk leading up to this showdown. K’Lavon Chaisson has already stated that he doesn’t believe the Longhorns have a chance of taking down the Tigers.Either way, Texas and LSU should be in for an entertaining game that might just come down to the wire. AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 11: Cade Brewer #80 of the Texas Longhorns catches a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas Jayhawks at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Two of the best teams in college football will battle it out on Saturday night, when Texas hosts LSU in a game that should have a playoff atmosphere.LSU enters this matchup as the favorite. Not only does the program have a phenomenal defense, but it also upgraded its offense with the addition of passing game coordinator Joe Brady.In their season opener, the Tigers put on an offensive clinic. Joe Burrow threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns against Georgia Southern.Texas also had an impressive season opener, but the team is running out of depth in the backfield. The only scholarship running back that is healthy for this weekend is Keaontay Ingram.
India’s batsmen didn’t try to control the game in Hamilton: Madan LalIndia vs New Zealand: India, who collapsed to their lowest ODI total in New Zealand, suffered a crushing defeat against Kane Williamson’s team in the fourth ODI in Hamilton on Thursday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 23:27 IST Dinesh Karthik was out for a duck in the Hamilton ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia suffered a crushing 8-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the fourth ODI on ThursdayMadan Lal said Virat Kohli was missed during the fourth ODIIndia and New Zealand play the final ODI of the 5-match series in Wellington on SundayFormer India criketer Madal Lal was clearly not impressed with the way Indian batsmen applied themselves in the fourth one day international against New Zealand in Hamilton on Thursday. India were bundled out for 92 in the match, collapsing to their lowest ever ODI total in New Zealand.New Zealand paceman Trent Boult bowled 10 overs at a stretch and ran through India’s batting order in swing-friendly conditions to finish with 5 for 21. Chasing 93 for a win, New Zealand overhauled the target with 8 wickets in hand and 212 deliveries to spare.Madan Lal said Virat Kohli was missed during the fourth ODI.”Maybe there were only a couple of players who got out because of swing. What happened with our players that they did not see the scoreboard. What Virat Kohli does is he keeps the scores in mind and then takes the game forward. He plays patiently and tries to score runs without hitting in the air. That helps him control the game,” Madan Lal told Sports Tak.Madan Lal said it was a missed opportunity for the Indian middle-order batsmen and they failed to control the game.”Not a single batsman tried to control the game. He [Kohli] was definitely missed. When a player of his stature is not there in the team, it becomes very difficult to fill that slot. Our openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have scored runs and have also won us matches. Our middle order should have controlled the game because they had a good opportunity.”Madan Lal also hopeful of MS Dhoni’s return to the playing XI in the final ODI and said India must get back to winning ways.advertisement”MS Dhoni is likely to comeback in the side for the final ODI. He has not played two matches and I think he must have recovered from his injury by now. His experience is needed. We’ll have to see who goes out… Dinesh Karthik or Shubman Gill,” he said.”We expected 5-0 win for India. India must win the 5th ODI and 4-1 will look much better than 3-2.”After the ODI series, India and New Zealand play a three-match Twenty20 International series from February 6.Also Read | Don’t be sad, 7 runs do not mean much: Cheteshwar Pujara’s father told him after Sydney 193Also Read | India’s middle-order batsmen missed a terrific opportunity in Hamilton: Sunil GavakarAlso Read | India don’t want to be dependent on Virat Kohli all the time: Bhuvneshwar KumarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Madan Lal
We will now be heard thanks to Supreme Court: BCCI state bodiesBCCI state associations felt their issues will finally be heard and addressed after Supreme Court appointed senior advocate PS Narasimha as the mediator in the case.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 20:24 IST Supreme Court appointed senior advocate PS Narasimha to mediate matter between BCCI and their state associations. (Getty Images)With the Supreme Court asking amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha to look into the issues faced by the state associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday, the bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre have set the ball rolling. While the bench is looking at a quick disposal of the BCCI matter, the state bodies believe that their grievances will finally be addressed.Speaking to IANS, a senior state association official said that the move by the bench would finally see correct decisions being made as the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had been affected by incorrect advice that led to further conflict than reaching a resolution.”The grievances of the state associations are diverse, but most flow from a few decisions of the CoA taken prior to the induction of Lt. Col Thodge into the committee. The atmosphere of positivity that has descended upon this litigation promises a quick resolution since the CoA had been plagued by incorrect advice. The introduction of the new amicus curiae has lent an air of pragmatism to the litigation. This is the way forward for a justiciable resolution,” he said.While there have been quite a few issues that have bothered the state bodies, one of the major issues as per one of the state association officials is the drafting of the new constitution which isn’t in accordance with the draft constitution as proposed by the Lodha panel.”The first and foremost being the decision of the CoA to file a draft constitution before the SC which was not in accordance with Justice Lodha’s draft constitution as approved by the court. The SC had specifically stated that the draft constitution to be submitted was to be strictly in accordance with the constitution as proposed by Justice Lodha and accepted by the Supreme Court. So first, the deviations in the CoA’s draft constitution are the epicenter of most of the grievances,” he said.advertisementEchoing the sentiments, another state association official said that the CoA’s interpretation of the court’s order for the constitution of the state bodies to be a “mirror” image of the BCCI constitution further complicated matters.”The order dated August 9 wherein the state associations were required to undertake amendments to their constitutions on ‘similar lines’ has been interpreted in a somewhat draconian manner by the CoA. It would appear to mean that the constitutions ought to be mirror images of the BCCI constitution when the BCCI constitution itself requires the state associations to fulfill a criteria clearly mentioned in the constitution, some parts of which are also under challenge as violative of Article 19(1)(c) of the Constitution,” the official explained.Another state association official also pointed at the drying up of funds and said that it was an important area that needs immediate attention as the lack of funds is a deterrent for the smooth organization of cricket matches. “The restriction on the flow of the associations’ own funds had all but brought the development of the game of cricket at the grassroots level to a standstill and this empathetic view will potentially bring an end to this unfortunate stalemate,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Supreme CourtFollow PS Narasimha
Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 13:53 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi K20 is coming with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution.The base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage could cost approximately Rs 23,000.The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage could cost Rs 30,000.When it comes to value-for-money smartphones, no one can beat Xiaomi. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is the latest example of that and Xiaomi is set to repeat that once again with the upcoming Redmi K20. The phone is set to make its debut in China tomorrow and Xiaomi India has already confirmed that India will get the phone very soon. Ahead of the launch, there’s the usual array of leaks giving out most of the expected specifications and a new one has just popped up. This time, it’s an official poster.The leaked official poster of the Redmi K20 is floating around on Weibo, revealing all specifications and pricing for all variants. It’s confirmed that Xiaomi will offer the Redmi K20 in three variants with different RAM and storage amounts. However, what’s weird is that the Redmi K series is supposed to come in two flavours – a standard Redmi K20 with a Snapdragon 730 chipset and the high-end Redmi K20 Pro with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. The poster shows the Redmi K20 with a Snapdragon 855, meaning that this could be the variant India might get soon.Design wise, the Redmi K20 looks similar to the renders we have seen so far. The rear has an eye-catchy gradient design with a unique triple camera arrangement. The front is adorned by a fullscreen bezel-less display with no notch. With the notch eliminated, the front camera sits in a pop-up mechanism. There’s also an in-display fingerprint sensor visible on the display. And since there are chances that this is the India-bound model, it’s important that we should have a closer look at what it reveals.advertisementRedmi K20 Indian variant specifications:–The Redmi K20 gets the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset similar to other premium flagship phones in India. Xiaomi in its teasers confirmed that India will get the Snapdragon 855 variant.–There will be a triple rear camera module, of which the primary one will get a 48-megapixel camera.–The poster also hints towards a 4000mAh battery with possible support for fast charging.–If some previous leaks are to be considered, then the Redmi K20 will sport a 6.3-inch full HD+ AMOLED display. The front camera will hold a 20-megapixel sensor.Redmi K20 Indian variant pricing:The poster has also revealed the possible pricing of the Indian Redmi K20, which are:–The base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will cost 2299 Yuan (approximately Rs 23,000).–The second variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will cost 2499 Yuan (approximately Rs 25,000).–The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will cost 2899 Yuan (approximately Rs 30,000).ALSO READ | This is your first look at Redmi K20 before official launch: In-display sensor and no bezels confirmedALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 price may start at around Rs 20,000, predicts analystALSO READ | Redmi K20 Pro prices leaked: 6GB RAM variant may start from Rs 26,000 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow RedmiFollow XiaomiFollow smartphonesFollow android This is Redmi K20 that may launch in India with Snapdragon 855 and price around Rs 23,000The Indian variant of the Redmi K20 will come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and is supposed to the flagship Redmi offering this year. Xiaomi could price it around Rs 23,000 in India.advertisement
FIFA asks for update on Indian football roadmap, AIFF says solution in 2-3 yrsFIFA also pointed out that its joint report with AFC following an extensive consultation process last year is being discussed now regarding the merger of Indian Super League and the I-League.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 22:13 IST Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri in action (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe international governing body of football FIFA writes to AIFF, asks for update on roadmapAIFF issued a statement without mentioning the FIFA letterAIFF clears stance after FIFA asks for update on current situation in Indian footballWorld football governing body FIFA Thursday sought an update from the AIFF on the current scenario in India to which the national federation reiterated its stance that it would resolve the impasse surrounding an unified league in a two-three year window.Reacting to a representation made by six I-League clubs — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Minerva Punjab, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala — the chief member association officer of FIFA Joyce Cook wanted an update on the present scenario from the AIFF.”We would like to obtain an update on the current position of the AIFF as well as any additional information you may be able to provide on the present situation,” Cook wrote in a mail addressed to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das.FIFA also pointed out that its joint report with AFC following an extensive consultation process last year is being discussed now regarding the merger of Indian Super League and the I-League.”The report’s objectives are among others, to provide the AIFF with external expertise and to support your federation and its stakeholders in establishing and implementing a widely-supported, robust medium to long-term strategy,” Cook said.”As you know, the report is therefore a comprehensive review and professional proposal which also contains a series of clear and concrete recommendations for your further consideration,” he added.Later in the day, the AIFF issued a statement without mentioning the FIFA letter.”In the recent days, the AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel in his meeting with the Hero I-League clubs as well as in several recent interviews has broadly taken the same line as was suggested in the above-mentioned report.advertisement”Needless to mention that this is precisely the reason that a two-three-year window is required to resolve all contentious issues amicably with all stakeholders,” the AIFF statement read.”The question of Hero Indian Super League not remaining a closed league permanently has been clarified amply enough by the AIFF President, and promotion and relegation eventually would lead to the development of club football in India.”The AIFF said it is committed to engaging with AFC and FIFA as well as all other stakeholders for finding an early resolution to these issues.The six I-League clubs had sought intervention from the FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a 35-point letter with a copy of the Master Rights Agreement, signed in 2010 by AIFF and its commercial partners Football Sports Development, attached to it.Read more | Lionel Messi banned, fined for Copa America red cardAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow FIFAFollow Indian footballFollow AIFFFollow i-leagueFollow AIFF PresidentFollow FIFA president Next
Reuters GalleAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 18:41 IST New Zealand’s BJ Watling in action during the third day of the first test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoth BJ Watling and Tim Southee shared a crucial 54 run partnership towards closing stages of the dayBad light stops play with New Zealand 195/7, leading by 177 runsWilliam Somerville was batting on five at the other end when bad light stopped play at the GalleBJ Watling rescued New Zealand with a gutsy unbeaten 63 as the visitors overcame a batting collapse to reach 195 for seven in their second innings on day three of the opening test against Sri Lanka on Friday.The tourists, having conceded an 18-run first innings lead, were reeling at 25 for three but Tom Latham made 45 and Watling produced a fighting 50 to stretch New Zealand’s lead to 177 runs with three wickets in hand at stumps.William Somerville was batting on five at the other end when bad light stopped play at the Galle International Stadium.Earlier, Sri Lanka added 40 runs to their overnight score of 227-7 before losing their last three wickets in the morning session.New Zealand, who made 249 in the first innings, were undone by the Sri Lankan spinners in their second spell as well.Off-spinner Dhanjaya de Silva drew first blood when Jeet Raval (four) was caught in the cover after trying to check his drive shot.Kane Williamson had fallen for a third ball duck in the first innings and he looked uncharacteristically ill at ease in the second as well.The right-hander made four before charging out against Lasith Embuldeniya and Kusal Perera, positioned at mid-on, took a superb catch leaping backward to send back the New Zealand skipper.In his next over, Lasith Embuldeniya dismissed Ross Taylor (three) to further peg back the tourists.Latham staged a brief recovery job with Henry Nicholls who contributed 26 before both departed.Watling then took it upon himself to stretch their lead.advertisementThe wicketkeeper-batsman hit five boundaries in his patient knock while Tim Southee chipped in with 23.Also Read | Ravi Shastri again! BCCI CAC reappoint former India captain as head coachAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BJ WatlingFollow New Zealand vs Sri LankaFollow Tom LathamFollow NZ vs SL Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3: BJ Watling fifty helps New Zealand take 177-run leadThe tourists, having conceded an 18-run first innings lead, were reeling at 25 for three but Tom Latham made 45 and Watling produced a fighting 50 to stretch New Zealand’s lead to 177 runs with three wickets in hand at stumps.advertisement
For OnePlus, it is one-market-one-TV mantra for now and for India this is 55-inch OnePlus QLED 4K TV
Next Javed Anwer New DelhiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 16:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSOnePlus wants to bring a change in the general TV viewing experience with the OnePlus TV.OnePlus promises superior software experience mated to world-class hardware in the OnePlus TV.At the beginning, OnePlus will only come out with a single size of the OnePlus TV.It’s official even if OnePlus CEO Pete Lau wouldn’t yet confirm it. Contrary to all the wild rumours that hinted at OnePlus TV launching in September in India with screen sizes of 43-inch and 55-inch, the official word is that OnePlus will launch only one smart and premium TV for now. In India this TV will have a screen size of 55-inch, a detail shared by OnePlus on Twitter, and it will be a premium TV with QLED display, Android TV OS comparable to, says Lau, “the premium TVs sold by big TV brands like Samsung and Sony.”Some details about the upcoming OnePlus TV are available but most of the key bits are not known. The key bits, though, aren’t that important right now. They will be once people go out to buy the OnePlus TV when it comes to market in early October — launch is likely in late September in India — but for now, Lau believes that OnePlus fans need to understand what the OnePlus TV is going to stand for. He says that it is going to stand for everything that OnePlus phones stand for: solid basics, premium experience at a relatively better price and great attention to detail.Just like the OnePlus phones, says Lau, the OnePlus TV will be “smooth and fast”. It will come with software that is a delight to use and does not fight with users.Just like how it was at the beginning for OnePlus phones, to start with, there will be only one variant of OnePlus TV. “For now our approach is going to be one-market-one-TV. We will launch the OnePlus TV with a screen size in India that is most appropriate for Indian users who are looking to get a premium TV. And in this TV we want to give the people the best that is possible while keeping the TV price reasonable.”advertisementFor now, Lau will not talk about the price or the exact screen size. But as I spoke with him in his room in a 5-star Mumbai hotel, I pointed at an expensive smart and slim TV in front of me and asked him to compare the OnePlus TV with it. “Definitely better and bigger than that. We have a different set of image quality and design standards in mind. Our TV is better than what we see in front of us,” Lau said, hinting that not only the OnePlus TV would be bigger than a 45-inch TV but it would also likely be more dynamic looking.The size was later revealed by OnePlus India on its Twitter page. This turns out to be 55-inch. The details of the resolution have not been revealed but Lau is clear. OnePlus is “benchmarking OnePlus TV against the best” and that not only means the OnePlus TV using QLED display — it is confirmed by the company — but also certain to sport 4K resolution.Why one Plus TV?Before OnePlus CEO Lau would talk of what his company is putting in the OnePlus TV, he spoke of why at all a new TV was required in an already crowded market. The reasons are both commercial and personal.OnePlus believes that TV is going to be a device that will be at the centre of our digital lives once it has been reinvented to connect to mobile phones, IoT products like smart bulbs and other gadgets in the home. That is the key reason why the company is going to launch a smart premium TV in late September in India. That sort of role for TV is still “4-5 years away” believes Lau.But that is not the only reason. OnePlus is also launching a new TV because for Pete Lau it is personal. He is fed up of all TVs — and particularly the one from a big TV brand that he uses — that are available in the market right now.We will launch the OnePlus TV with a screen size in India that is most appropriate for Indian users who are looking to get a premium TV”Traditional TV experience is horrible. The TVs are slow, often their picture quality is not good, the remotes are ugly. They lack one thing or other,” he says while pointing at a remote of a set-top box kept on the tablet in front of him. “When I bought the TV that I use I found the experience frustrating. It is slow. It is as if the whole industry has ignored fastness and smoothness in TV software. Also, no brand has achieved a good combination of image quality and smart software.”advertisementOnePlus TV: Faster, smarter seamless connectivityGiven that most of the TVs, even the premium TVs, lack this or that right now, with the OnePlus TV Lau hopes to give consumers a devices that will be better than the rest when it comes software and speed, and will at least match the best image quality offered by some of the top premium TVs.How OnePlus hopes to do that is by focussing on some key core areas. For hardware, these core areas are image quality, sound quality and design. For software experience, these core areas are content, smoothness and interconnectivity.”To ensure that OnePlus TV delivers on the image quality part, we are using QLED screen in it. Consumers believe that QLED is one of the best technologies available and that is what we are going to give to them,” says Lau. He will not go into specifics of the OnePlus TV screen, but it is almost certain that the QLED panel in the TV will come from Samsung, which has perfected the technology and also uses it in its own premium TVs. As noted earlier, the size of the OnePlus TV screen is going to be 55 inches and it is certain to use 4K resolution. The hardware quality one the OnePlus TV is top-notch, asserts Lau. “We apply the same standards to the TV that we use for our phones. The manufacturing cost of a usual remote is around Rs 200. But the remote we are using for OnePlus TV has a cost that is nearly 10X because we are using quality component and manufacturing process tuned for best experience,” he says.The picture quality, although important, is just one part of the portrait that Pete Lau paints for the OnePlus TV. Software and content is also key, and in these areas too, Lau is hoping to break some new ground. “OnePlus phones are known for speed and we feel that OnePlus TV will be equally fast. It is using Android TV OS but we have worked with Google to improve the speed and smoothness of the software significantly,” says Lau.OnePlus has also added a number of features to the Android TV OS it is going to use in the OnePlus TV. “A television and mobile phone should connect seamlessly. With the launch of the OnePlus TV we are going to own both pieces of equation and that will separate our TV as well as our phones from others. A OnePlus phone and OnePlus TV will connect seamlessly. For example, you will be able to type on your OnePlus phone to do searches on the OnePlus TV,” says Lau.OnePlus phones are known for speed and we feel that OnePlus TV will be equally fast. It is using Android TV OS but we have worked with Google to improve the speed and smoothness of the software significantlyFinally, there is the content part. The content is one reason why OnePlus TV will be launched first in India before it goes to any other country. OnePlus has managed to get content deals with its partners for India. “We have a good reputation. OnePlus brand is well respected and our user base is strong and influential. This helped us get the right content partnerships,” says Lau. Yet again he is shying away from discussing specifics but it is easy to guess that OnePlus TV will come integrated with Amazon Prime considering that it will be sold online exclusively through Amazon India website.advertisementOne more thing…This one more thing — and arguably the most important thing — is price and OnePlus is not yet ready to reveal it. “We have not yet finalised the price but we have a range in mind,” says Lau. “OnePlus TV will not be cheap, it is a premium product created using quality materials. All of that cost money, but there are ways we save cost. We will sell the TV on Amazon so we save some channel cost. This is similar to how we save cost on OnePlus phones. So, we will price OnePlus TV lower compared to other premium TVs in its class.”That is all Lau will say about the price of the OnePlus TV for now. For anything, more OnePlus fans will have to wait until its launch. Thankfully the launch is likely just a month away.ALSO READ | OnePlus confirms QLED screen for 55-inch OnePlus TV, could be cheapest smart QLED TV in IndiaALSO READ | OnePlus TV launch in September: Likely features, sale date, possible India price and everything else we knowALSO READ | OnePlus TV will be exclusively available on Amazon India, launch to take place in SeptemberGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Oneplus For OnePlus, it is one-market-one-TV mantra for now and for India this is 55-inch OnePlus QLED 4K TVTalking to India Today Tech, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says the OnePlus TV will indeed be different from what we have seen so far. Just like its smartphones, OnePlus wants to bring a change in the smart TV industry.advertisement
Next We know Faf has done great things but we also need to look at future: SA Team Director NkweInterim Director Enoch Nkwe gave enough indications that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.advertisement Press Trust of India DharamsalaSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 19:52 IST South Africa’s Faf du Plessis in action (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFaf du Plessis is still the captain of the Test sideDe Kock’s experience of having played in India multiple times will be of great help, feels Enoch NkweNkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 International series, beginning on SundaySouth Africa’s cricket establishment acknowledges Faf du Plessis’ contribution both as a player and captain but it’s about time they look at the future with belief in Quinton de Kock’s leadership skills, Interim Director Enoch Nkwe said on Tuesday.While 35-year-old Du Plessis is still the captain of the Test side, Nkwe gave enough indications that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.”We know where Faf stands as a captain and as a player. He has done great things for SA cricket. But we also need to look at what future looks like and we strongly believe in Quinton, who is going to be leading the team going forward,” Nkwe told reporters with the skipper by his side during their inaugural media interaction at the picturesque HPCA ground.”We have a good leader and it’s an opportunity to start building for the future,” he added.While admitting that India is a formidable team, Nkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 International series, beginning on Sunday, will help them assess the Proteas.”It’s the start of a new chapter and focus will be the coming series against India. We would be looking to lay a good foundation going into the T20 World Cup next year in Australia,” Nkwe, who has played 42 first-class games for Gauteng, said.”We still have a lot of games and have about 20 games (going into World T20) and we will assess the situation accordingly after these three games. Then build up for England series and so on.”advertisementDe Kock’s experience of having played in India multiple times will be of great help, feels Nkwe.”We have got a group of guys with good enough experience and the captain himself has played a lot of cricket in India. We have fresh blood that has come into the squad and that’s exciting and we will remain competitive,” Nkwe said, exuding confidence.However, he had no problems in admitting that India will be formidable in their own backyard.”Yes, we want to walk away with a series win and hope the entire squad is very determined. We are here to win and we understand that India’s position is strong in their backyard but we are going to give hundred percent,” the Interim Director added.De Kock, on his part, feels that adaptability is the key and believes Dharamsala track will help batsmen.”I have been here before but haven’t played here. The last time we were here, the wicket did play very well,” he said.”I think Rohit actually got a hundred here but we ended up chasing it down. So from the one game that I have experienced over here, could be a good wicket. But we are coming into the unknown and we would like to adapt very quickly.Also Read | David Warner used strapping on hand to change nature of the ball: Alastair CookAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Faf Du PlessisFollow South Africa
8 of the Coolest Ice Cream Parlors in the World The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now It’s hot as hell and ice cream is in constant rotation at every outdoor event. Actually, it’s pretty much everywhere (if you live in New York, the Mr. Softee song is unavoidable). I find it hard to go wrong with a sugar cone and a scoop of rocky road. And with so many classic, small batch and organic ice creams on the market these days you can easily find whatever flavor or variety you are craving.However, we all know that there’s something to be said about homemade dessert. The problem is that people imagine making ice cream at home to be hard work. “I don’t have an ice cream maker! How the hell am I going to make my own butter pecan? It’s a valid question, but we at The Manual have found the answer.Or, rather, Chef Leslie Bilderback has found the answer—in her new book No-Churn Ice Cream: Over 100 Simply Delicious No-Machine Frozen Treats. Bilderback is an extremely accomplished chef. She has been an executive chef and pastry chef at highly regarded restaurants all over California (where she is currently based); she is a Certified Master Baker; she’s a former faculty member at the California School of Culinary Arts; and she’s also an award-winning author.Related: Clyde May’s and People’s Pops Bring You Whiskey PopsIn her latest book, Chef Bilderback walks you through the process of making your own ice cream, sorbet and gelato—all without an ice cream maker. The recipes range from the classic to the more complex, such as Pineapple Peppercorn and Sweet Potato Marshmallow Swirl.Bilderback explains the history of the no-churn technique, which is “based on the classic French dessert called parfait.” The goal of her book is to get her readers to “make really good ice cream at home, repeatedly.” It’s a culinary education that leaves you with the skills to develop your own delicious stash of sweet, frozen treats.It may be easy enough to stop and pick up a cone at your local ice cream shop or a pint at the nearest grocery story, but why do that when you can make the good stuff at home?It’s like the old phrase, “teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”—you know, except instead of fish, here it’s a lifetime of excellent, homemade ice cream.Vanilla Ice CreamMakes about 1 Quart of Ice CreamIngredients:1 13 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk1 cup milk½ vanilla bean, scraped1 teaspoon pure vanilla extractPinch of salt1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice2 cups heavy creamMethod:1. In a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, milk, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, salt and lemon juice.2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it reaches soft peak. Fold the cream gently into the milk mixture, then transfer to a shallow freezable container.3. Cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper pressed directly on the surface of the ice cream, and place in the freezer for 6 hours.4. Scoop and serve the finished ice cream with fresh berries, chocolate or caramel sauce, or a drizzle of Kahlua.
Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Watches are an art form. When art and watchmaking are mentioned in the same phrase, it typically refers to watch movements. The art of watchmaking can certainly refer to the amazing engineering and technological prowess necessary to produce extraordinary movements. Art in watchmaking can extend to more than just a watch movement as Jacquet Droz has proven once again. Mosaic dials have been used over the years but not like in their new Petite Heure Minute Mosaic Elephant.The ancient art of eggshell mosaic is brought to watchmaking for the first time in a handcrafted scene of elephant migration. Quail eggshells are hand picked and placed to put together this mosaic scene to create an amazing dial for this 43mm rose gold timepiece. 2,000 pieces are hand sorted and then hand placed taking 200 hours to complete. This truly artisan timepiece will only be recreated to complete a limited edition series of eight pieces. The time on this piece is told with rose gold hands on a small black onyx dial. This work of art is attached to your wrist with a black crocodile strap and rose gold tang buckle. Turn the watch over and the rotor of this in-house automatic movement shows you the elephant marching on.Jacquet Droz has a history of implementing some of the most of rare and unique dials in their timepieces. We have seen rare earth materials and hand painted enamel dials from them as well, but this eggshell mosaic truly tumps all. The price is unpublished but is certain to be very high; if you can get your hands on one. 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations