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George Clooney-Amal Alamuddin divorce: A look at how they got together to what went wrong

first_imgGeorge Clooney has had been one of the world’s most eligible bachelors for almost half a century. No kidding.The Ocean’s Eleven actor finally got hitched to British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin on September 27, two years ago.Now, according to recent reports, George and Amal Clooney are headed for a bitter, bitter divorce. In a headline of OK! Magazine, as reported by ACESHOWBIZ.com, Amal and George are headed for “$300 million split”.ALSO READ: George Clooney and Amal Clooney headed for a divorce? PHOTOS: George and Amal Clooney at Hail Caesar premiereThe actor and the lawyer had been living separately for quite some time and would reportedly get into arguments over anything, from living arrangement to future plans about the family.After the high-profile divorce suit filed by Angelina Jolie against husband Brad Pitt, the news of a possible divorce between George and Amal Clooney has sent shockwaves across Hollywood and beyond.WATCH: Amal Clooney talks EXCLUSIVELY at India Today Conclave 2016WHEN THEY FIRST METGeorge Clooney and Amal Alamuddin reportedly met in September 2013 through a mutual friend at a charity fundraising event.The couple were first clicked together in public having dinner at London. However, Clooney’s representative then denied that the two were dating. PUBLIC APPEARANCESGeorge and Amal Clooney were seen in February 2014, hand in hand, at the White House screening of The Monuments Man, directed by and starring George himself.WATCH: Meet the world’s smartest lawyer Amal Clooney at India Today Conclave 2016 On March 13, Amal and George took a trip to Seychelles, a beautiful tropical island nation a few miles away from the Southeast African coast. Soon after, the couple visited Tanzania for a safari trip.advertisement ENGAGEMENTOn May 1, Amal was clicked sporting a rather expensive engagement ring. Reportedly costing around $750,000, the ring was a 7-carat, emerald cut diamond placed in a platinum band. In July, Clooney got into a war of words with Daily Mail. The British newspaper published an article which said that Amal’s mother did not approve of Clooney as her daughter’s groom because of the differences in religion. Clooney wrote an editorial in response for USA Today stating that the claims by Daily Mail piece were false and that the piece was “fabricated” and “dangerous”.The Daily Mail issued an apology thereafter.MARRIAGEGeorge Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married officially on September 27, 2014 at the Ca’ Farsetti palace in Italy. JEALOUSY ISSUESOn August 22, this year, CELEBDirtyLAUNDRY.com reported that Amal was having problems with George because she was feeling insecure from all the attention George was getting from women, especially supermodel Cindy Crawford who is a close friend of George.DIVORCE ON THE CARDSNow, Amal and George are headed for a divorce after what has been, presumably, a rocky marriage in the last few months. Reportedly, Amal wanted children while George did not.After the divorce, Amal will get a lot of George’s fortune in addition to his famous Lake Como villa.It has also been said that George was getting impatient to move to Britain as he was annoyed by Amal’s “taste for the high life” and excessive spending.WATCH: Locking up dissenters radicalises them, says Amal Clooney at India Today Conclave 2016last_img read more

Is it time to change the MLS All-Star Game format?

first_imgA sell-out crowd of more than 70,000 fans will fill Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Wednesday for the 24th playing of the MLS All-Star Game. For the 15th time in a row, MLS all-stars will face a team from Europe in the summer showcase — with Juventus being the latest to participate — and there is plenty of reason to believe the league has outgrown the format.The original MLS All-Star Game set a high bar for the event, with a sell-out crowd of 78,416 filling Giants Stadium. The size of that inaugural crowd had more to do with the second match played that day, between the Brazilian national team and a World All-Star team that included Jurgen Klinsmann, George Weah and Lothar Matthaeus. MLS never saw even half that many fans in the all-star games that followed in the years after, leading MLS to consider a change in format.In 2002, MLS pitted its All-Star team against the U.S. World Cup squad in a match that was as much about celebrating the U.S. team’s recent quarterfinal run at the World Cup as it was about MLS. A year later, MLS stars faced Chivas Guadalajara. Then came the big move, to bring in a high-profile European opponent, only to see Real Madrid back out of taking part in the 2004 All-Star Game, leaving MLS to go back to an East versus West match one final time, a 3-2 East win in front of a modest 21,378 at RFK Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 14 all-star games that have followed have seen clubs such as Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid take on the MLS stars, filling out stadiums both large and small along the way.Fast forward to the present day, and the league is in a much different place than it was in 2004. It is now a league with a long list of international stars, one that would have no problem filling a stadium to watch the league’s best face off against each other.One player who would be fine with a return to the old is Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who will be the starter for the MLS All-Stars against Juventus.”I grew up watching the East versus West and all the different skills challenges and whatnot,” Guzan said. “In terms of the competition and playing some of the biggest clubs around the world, that part is obviously great. It’s exciting. We understand that they’re in their preseasons gearing up for their long seasons ahead.”But at the same time I think its something to be said with the fact that the league has grown so much in, ultimately, such a short amount of time that you probably could get away with playing an East vs West and still have a fantastic game with a fantastic turnout,” Guzan said. “I think as these guys sitting next to me, their names alone speak volumes about how much the game has grown, and the attention they bring from the media and from the fans. I think it could go either way and I don’t think you’d have a drop in popularity and quality or anything like that.”MLS All Star Presser Vela Giovinco 07302018To understand how Major League Soccer came to the decision 14 years ago to change the format of its All-Star Game to include European clubs as opponents, you need only look at the rosters of the final match before the format change, back in 2004.Back then, MLS still ran the All-Star Game as a showcase of Eastern Conference versus Western Conference, but the game lacked superstars. This was in the era before David Beckham, and the stream of designated players who followed after Beckham blazed the trail for high-profile stars to make the jump to MLS. The 2004 match featured Landon Donovan and then-rookie Freddy Adu, who was a headliner back then as he was in the midst of the hype craze that marked the beginning his career. As far as international stars went, Amado Guevara and Jaime Moreno were among the league’s best foreigners back then, but there were no household names in the mix. No Beckham. No David Villa. No Thierry Henry. This year’s all-star game will feature the Mexican star Carlos Vela and Italian sensation Sebastian Giovinco, as well as Atlanta United’s dynamic duo Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron. It will also include recent Bayern Munich signing Alphonso Davies. That group of names alone would have helped sell out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has been filled regularly by Atlanta United, and that’s even with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Villa sitting out the match.What would an MLS All-Star Game look like with only MLS players? A return of East versus West would work, but MLS could also have some fun with the format and take a page from the NBA and NFL, which had two team captains choose their squads. Imagine Vela and Giovinco drafting their own teams, or a player from the host market serving as one of the captains.Ultimately, MLS has enough standout players to make an all-MLS match a memorable showcase, and a significantly better event than the games that were played in the early years of the league. That isn’t to say that having teams like Real Madrid and Juventus play in the All-Star Game doesn’t have its own appeal, but we are at a point now where MLS has outgrown the need for outside help to prop up what is supposed to be a showcase of the league’s best players.last_img read more

Florenzi signs new long-term Roma contract

first_imgRoma vice-captain Alessandro Florenzi has extended his career-long association with the club by signing a new five-year contract that runs until 2023.The versatile wideman’s future had been the subject of speculation, with his previous deal due to expire at the end of this season and sporting director Monchi conceding he was uncertain over Florenzi’s next move.But fresh terms mean the 27-year-old Roma academy product will have the opportunity to add plenty more appearances to the 222 he has made for his hometown team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has scored 25 goals, including an unforgettable long-range strike against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2015.”Today is definitely a happy day for me. It’s an important day, too – I am very proud, very pleased to be able to continue to wear this shirt and represent this city,” Italy international Florenzi told a news conference.”I want to be, above all, an example for the players that we have, now and in the future.”You have to weigh everything up. Here it is not just about the money for me. There is the pride, there is the passion and the emotion of representing this club and wearing this shirt. Staying here was always the aim for me.”Monchi added: “I am very pleased with Alessandro’s decision, both of us have always been keen to continue this beautiful story together.”For us, Alessandro is not just an important player – but one of our leaders.”pic.twitter.com/5fcau3RfG2— Alessandro Florenzi (@Florenzi) August 2, 2018Roma begin their Serie A campaign against Torino on August 19, with last season’s Champions League semi-finalists aiming to build upon a third-place finish last time around.last_img read more

Tuchel uncertain over Rabiot future

first_imgThomas Tuchel is unsure of Adrien Rabiot’s future at Paris Saint-Germain amid reports the midfielder has rejected a new contract.The France international, who refused to be on his country’s standby list for the World Cup, scored the second goal in a 3-0 Ligue 1 opening weekend win at home to Caen on Sunday.But with Rabiot being linked with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona, Sunday’s game at the Parc des Princes could have been his last PSG appearance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Tuchel hopes to keep Rabiot at the club but told Canal Plus : “I’m not certain he will stay. I want him to stay but it’s up to him.”He has great potential and can improve even further. He can become a top player but has to stay with us.”Although Rabiot may be on his way out of PSG, the club’s next looks set to be Thilo Kehrer, with Schalke having confirmed the 21-year-old is on the verge of joining Tuchel’s side.PSG are reportedly set to pay €37million (£33m/$41m) for the defender, whose arrival would seemingly end the apparent pursuit of Bayern Munich and Germany defender Jerome Boateng.”We’re in contact with him but it’s not signed yet,” Tuchel added. PSG have until the end of the month to solidify a deal for the defender.last_img read more

Nobody expected any different from Ronaldo – Chiellini

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has taken in an eventful start to his Juventus career, with Giorgio Chiellini claiming that “nobody expected anything different”.Having drawn a blank in his first three Serie A outings, the Portuguese superstar opened his goal account with a match-winning brace against Sassuolo.He then saw red on his Champions League bow against Valencia, before finding the target again in a meeting with Frosinone on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is certainly making an impact with the Bianconeri, but Chillieni says that was always going to be the case.The Juventus skipper told Sky Sport Italia after seeing the 33-year-old net in a 2-0 victory over Frosinone: “Nobody expected anything different from Cristiano Ronaldo and his goals are the least of our problems.“He was unlucky with the red card on Wednesday, but will always be decisive for us.“With the quality that we’ve got, it’s unlikely we’ll fail to score over 90 minutes, so we just have to keep plugging away and wait for the moment.”Ronaldo finally broke the deadlock for Juve in the 81st minute of their latest outing, with Federico Bernardeschi grabbing a second in stoppage-time.Chiellini was delighted to see patience rewarded, with Juve’s fearsome attacking options making a telling contribution.Federico Bernardeschi Cristiano Ronaldo Frosinone JuventusHe added: “I’m not surprised by Bernardeschi’s progress, as he is destined to be increasingly crucial for Juventus.“I thought Paulo Dybala was fundamental, as he earned a lot of free kicks and gave us some breathing room. If he works with this attitude, he’s better than a year ago.”While spotting individual progress within the Juventus ranks, Chiellini also believes that this is the strongest Bianconeri squad of the current decade.He said when quizzed on whether this could be the club’s greatest ever side: “I’ve had the pleasure of playing in defence with Lilian Thuram and [Fabio] Cannavaro.“I watched the Juventus of Ciro Ferrara and Paolo Montero, even going back to Claudio Gentile and Gaetano Scirea. Football has evolved, you can’t compare with the past.“What I can say is that we are certainly the strongest we’ve been over the last eight years.”Juve are looking to make it eight Serie A titles in a row this season, with Massimiliano Allegri’s team continuing to dominate the domestic landscape in Italy.last_img read more

MS Dhoni bounces back to form, reveals how he staged trademark finish

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the years as he finished off the innings to help the Rising Pune Supergiant beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in Pune to register their third win in this year’s Indian Premier League.Dhoni slammed his 17th IPL fifty as he finished with an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to guide Pune home versus Hyderabad.Pune needed 47 off the last three overs and the 35-year-old looked in fine touch and displayed finesse of the yesteryears to finish the game off.The former India captain had shown glimpses of his old in the previous match when he hit a towering six against the Royal Challengers Bangalore but soon fell for 28.Prior to the tournament he was replaced as the Pune captain and he has not been in good form in the tournament as he scored just 61 runs from six games before this match. His form had also invited trolls upon him on social media. Harsh Goenka, the brother of the RPS owner Sanjeev Goenka, made fun of him and trolled him for not being able to play even after being dropped from the captaincy. He tweeted with stats that showed that Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes all having better strike-rates than Dhoni.However, Dhoni, promoted at No. 4 in the batting order, came up with the perfect response today with his 61 off 34 balls, where he hit five fours and three sixes with with a strike-rate of 179.41, scoring his fifty off just 29 balls. He hit Hyderabad’s star bowler and the Purple Cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 17 runs out of the 19 that came in the 19th over to dent the Sunrisers and turn the tide of the match towards Pune.advertisementTalking about the chase, Dhoni said that seeing off Rashid Khan’s overs before attacking was the plan.”It was a difficult one but it was important that, since we had strikers towards the end, that we take Rashid out of the game. That was his last over. It’s not a pretty big ground, and there was a pretty strong breeze. That was the plan.””In modern day cricket, there’s no run rate that’s high. It boils down to how the opposition bowlers execute. It’s about who handles the nerves well. Overall I feel that last four overs you can get close to 60 runs provided the opposition plays badly and you play well,” he added.He also praised Manoj Tiwary for staying in the middle and contributing.”It was slightly above average, the run rate. You can’t always pull it off. Manoj’s contribution was very important.”Also watch:last_img read more

Tottenham confirm switch to Wembley for next season

first_imgTottenham Hotspur will play home matches at Wembley next season while they finish building a new stadium on the site of their White Hart Lane ground, the club confirmed on Friday.Premier League Spurs will use the 90,000-capacity national stadium before moving into a new, 800-million-pound ($1.04-billion) home, which will be ready for 2018-19.”This marks a momentous day in our club’s history as it is the day we formally agreed the demolition of our beloved White Hart Lane,” chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement on the club website (www.tottenhamhotspur.com) after a board meeting.”The Lane means a huge amount to us and we needed to gain greater certainty on the delivery of the new stadium before we made the final decision to commence with the decommissioning of our iconic, historic home for some 118 years.”We shall ensure that we give the Lane a fitting farewell when we play our last match here on May 14,” Levy added.Second-placed Tottenham, who are four points behind London rivals Chelsea in the race for the title, host Manchester United in their final home league game of the season.”Wembley will be our home for a season and then we shall return to one of the best stadiums of its kind and the most unique in the world playing host to NFL games too – a stadium that will be key to our future growth and success,” said Levy.last_img read more

Sepp Blatter did not speak to U.S. investigators, says lawyer

first_imgFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter has not spoken to United States prosecutors in Switzerland, his U.S.-based lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.Blatter told international news agency reporters last month that he had met lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice in Zurich last October or November.Yet his lawyer Richard Cullen said that Blatter may have mistaken American lawyers who were conducting an internal investigation on behalf of FIFA for officials from the Department of Justice.”Prosecutors from the Department of Justice did not interview Mr Blatter in Switzerland,” Cullen said by telephone.”He may have mistaken an interview that he gave to American lawyers who were conducting an investigation on behalf of FIFA.”Those lawyers were in fact not prosecutors from the Department of Justice.”At the time when he made his comments to agency reporters last month, Blatter had also said: “I have had very little contact from my American lawyers because I was never a person of interest under scrutiny by the American justice.”I have been investigated in two or three matters … but there is no wrongdoing.”The 81-year-old was banned for six years by FIFA’s own ethics committee at the height of a scandal engulfing world soccer’s governing body in 2015.The scandal saw several dozen soccer officials, including some from FIFA, indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges. Blatter was not among them.In March, FIFA completed its own 22-month internal inquiry, conducted by U.S. lawyers Quinn Emanuel, into allegations of high-level corruption and handed its report to Swiss authorities.advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi University admissions kick off: 5 quick steps to apply online

first_imgUniversity of Delhi admission process 2017 is all set to begin today, May 22 for 60 undergraduate programmes and filling up 56,000 seats.As reported by Hindu, the DU online application process will begin 5 pm.Further, the online application process to DU started last year.How to apply:1.    Log on to the official website, du.ac.in2.    Click on the relevant link3.    Complete the registration process4.    Upload scanned images of all the documents5.    Pay the application feeImportant note:Moreover, this year, in order to make sure that a single student does not fill multiple forms, all the candidates need to upload their Class 12 board examination roll number to ensure.Application fee:General: Rs 150OBC: Rs 75SC/ST/PwD: Rs 75Further, an additional fee of Rs 100 each will be charged from the candidates if someone wishes to apply for Sports Quota and Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) Quota.List of documents that need to be uploaded:Passport-sized photographScanned signatureSelf-attested Class 10 Board exam certificateSelf-attested Class 12 marksheet.Last year, the varsity received nearly 2.5 lakh applications for undergraduate courses.Furthermore, for postgraduate courses and research courses, the online registration will begin from May 31.For any query, all the candidates can visit the official website or call on the admission helpline number i.e. 27006900.Read: DU Admissions 2017 begin today at du.ac.in: All you need to know  Read: American school textbooks portray Hinduism, India negativelyRead: Engineering to be taught in Hindi in Madhya Pradesh, mixed reactions receivedFor information on more latest news and updates, click here.   advertisementlast_img read more

Nubia M2 with dual rear cameras launched in India at Rs 22,999

first_imgNubia today announced its second dual camera smartphone, dubbed – Nubia M2. The key USP of the device is its two rear camera. The smartphone also comes with a 16-megapixel front facing shooter which the company promises to work excellent under low-light situation. Nubia M2 will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime customers starting July 10.Commenting on the launch, Eric Hu, Country Head of Nubia India said, “We are delighted to partner with Amazon and bring this device exclusively to Amazon Prime users in India. Nubia M2 is a stylish dual camera device that marries art with technology and imagination and it carries forward Nubia’s commitment to introduce innovative products in Indian Market.”Also Read: Nubia N2 with 5000mAh battery, 16-megapixel selfie camera launched in India at Rs 15,999The new Nubia M2 comes packed with 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The smartphone comes with dual cameras at the rear, where both the cameras feature a 13-megapixel sensor. While on the front, the smartphone sports a 16-megapixel selfie shooter which is said to work excellent under low-light situation. Further the company says, “Nubia’s proprietary Neo Vision technology reduces 3D noise in low light and helps take clear and high quality pictures anytime anywhere.”Further, the smartphone packs Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor under-the-hood. On the storage front, the device packs 64GB of internal storage, which comes coupled with 4GB of RAM memory. Nubia M2 runs on nubia UI 4.0 based on Android Marshmallow operating system. On the connectivity front, the device packs several options like – Bluetooth4.1, supports BLE and is further backed by a 3630mAh non-removable battery.advertisementPrice and availability: The new Nubia M2 is launched in two colour variants — Champagne Gold and Black Gold, and both the variants are priced at Rs. 22,999, and will be available only for Amazon Prime customers during Amazon prime Day in India.Nubia N2 available on AmazonNubia launched a new smartphone to the Indian market, called the Nubia N2 last week. The key highlight of the smartphone is its massive 5000mAh battery and 16-megapixel front facing camera. Nubia N2 is launched at a price tag of Rs 15,999 and is available on Amazon. In terms of specifications, the new Nubia N2 sports a 5.5-inch HD display screen with HD 1280×720 which comes coupled with 2.5D Glass protection. The smartphone runs on nubia UI 4.0 based Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is powered by MTK Octa-Core 64-Bit A53 architecture processor. Nubia N2 comes packed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage memory which can be further expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.last_img read more

Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan form India’s star-studded coaching staff

first_imgThe BCCI’s hunt for a head coach has finally come to an end with Ravi Shastri bagging the high-profile job on Tuesday. But the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman sprung a huge surprise by naming Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants for India’s overseas tours.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.Dravid was a legendary batsman during his playing days but he is also an accomplished coach and has had a lot of success while coaching the India A and U-19 teams in the last two years.”As the Indian team is to play plenty of Test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters,” read BCCI’s press release.In his first assignment as coach, India A won the Tri-series in Australia which also involved South Africa. He repeated that success with the Under-19 team, guiding them to the final of the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh, where they lost to West Indies.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREDravid will continue to coach the junior teams after accepting a two-year contract recently.Dravid and Zaheer worked together at Delhi Daredevils for two seasons where the former was the team mentor-cum-coach and the latter is the captain and the most senior player in the squad.advertisementIn the final stages of his career, Zaheer played the role of a mentor for young India pacers like Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. He was the leader of the attack for quite a few years before his retirement and was instrumental in shaping the careers of the junior bowlers.”Mr. Khan is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs and wisdom will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years,” read the press release.Shastri meanwhile, enjoyed a lot of success when he was the team director between 2014-2016 as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.(BCCI Photo)”Mr. Shastri has been the team director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as player and as coach.”Virat Kohli and his team would have no reasons to complain now one would imagine as they have got the preferred choice of coach in Shastri along with the vastly experienced Dravid and Zaheer.The combined experience of these three gentlemen accounts for 18,349 runs from 336 Test matches along with 14,789 runs from 694 ODIs. What more could Kohli ask for?last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I: India sign off 2017 with 37th international victory

first_imgDinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni held their nerves as India defeated Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 international at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai to sweep the series 3-0.Chasing a 136 for a victory, India had a decent start but the momentum swung in Sri Lanka’s favour after both KL Rahul (4) and Rohit Sharma (27) departed.Even though the boundaries dried up, Shreyas Iyer (30) and Manish Pandey (32) slowly but steadily fought back and added 42 for the third wicket before a struggling Iyer was run out.The pressure started mounting after Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey fell in quick succession. But soon Dhoni joined Karthik and the two veterans denied Sri Lankan any more breakthroughs and took India over the finish line with five wickets and four balls remaining. (Rohit finished with most international sixes in a calendar year)Courtesy their five-wicket win, India finished 2017 with 37 victories across formats — second most in a calendar year behind Australia’s 38 international wins in 2003.India pacer Jaydev Unadkat was adjudged Man of the Match and also the Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.Earlier, India restricted Sri Lanka to 135 for seven in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.Asela Gunaratne (36 off 37 balls) and Dasun Shanaka (29 not out off 24) were the main contributors for the struggling visitors, who lost the first two T20Is in Cuttack and Indore.Asked to bat by Rohit Sharma, Sri Lanka failed to click with their batting again. Both openers Niroshan Dickwella (1) and Upul Thranga (11) fell to left-arm seamer Unadkat (2/15). While left-hander Dickwella was caught by Mohammad Siraj at mid-on, Tharanga played one to the hands of Hardik Pandya at deep mid-wicket, leaving his side at 18/3 in 3.3 overs.advertisementIn between these two wickets, debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar got Kusal Perera’s catch of his own bowling as Sri Lanka struggled.Gunaratne (36 off 37) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (21) seemed to be building a strong partnership until the latter mistimed Pandya and Dinesh Karthik caught it at mid-off, with Sri Lanka at 56/4 in 8.3 overs.The Sri Lankan batting line-up showed no sign of resilience and Danushka Gunathilaka (3) and Thisara Perera (11) lost their wickets to left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and pacer Siraj respectively.Gunaratne and Shanaka tried their best but struggled to score briskly. Gunaratne was the next one to be dismissed, pulling Pandya to the hands of Kuldeep at midwicket.Later, Shanaka hit two sixes as Sri Lanka moved to 135/7 in 20 overs.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Quinton de Kock joins Faf du Plessis in South Africa’s injured list ahead of India tour

first_imgSouth Africa has another player on the injured list in the ongoing four-day day-night Test against Zimbabwe at St George’s Park. Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock strained his right hamstring and will not be able to do any fielding in the remainder of the Test.De Kock pulled the muscle while batting on the opening day and officials said that after being assessed was told to rest in a bid to be ready for the three-Test series against India, that starts on January 5.De Kock suffered the injury running between the crease in his brief innings and did not come out to take his place behind the stumps later on Tuesday when Zimbabwe were put into bat after South Africa declared their first innings on 309-9.Instead, AB de Villiers did wicketkeeping duty, having already being pressed into the captaincy when Faf du Plessis pulled out before the start of the Test because of a bout of flu.Fast bowler Dale Steyn’s return after a year out with injury was also postponed because of a viral infection.South Africa are meeting Zimbabwe in a one-off Test ahead of tours by India and Australia in the next three months.South Africa, seeking to topple India as the top ranked Test side, will be hoping De Kock, Du Plessis and Steyn will all be fit again next week ahead of the opening Test at Newlands in Cape Town.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

A-Rod Won’t Wear Yankee Pinstripes Again

first_imgNEW YORK – The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez promised on July 25 to stop fighting. No more name-calling. No more accusations and condemnations.And no more secret doctors, mysterious MRI results, media blitzes and whispers about committing fraudulent acts.The peace treaty lasted, oh, for about two hours. That was roughly the span between Rodriguez and the Yankees issuing play-nice statements and Rodriguez picking up the telephone and calling good friend Mike Francesa of WFAN for a brief interview.Rodriguez was asked point-blank, do you trust the Yankees?“I’d rather not get into that, Rodriguez said.Rodriguez instead reminded everyone, once again, that he is healthy. He’s ready to play. And he’s willing to jump on a plane right now and play third base tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.Yet, he says the Yankees just won’t let him, and that his attorney is documenting absolutely everything the Yankees are doing.If nothing else, after yet another dizzying day of statements, accusations and denials, we finally do have clarity.Alex Rodriguez will never again play for the New York Yankees. Certainly, not if the Yankees can help it.It doesn’t matter that the Yankees’ third basemen are hitting .217 with four homers all season. It doesn’t even matter that this collection of third basemen has all of the charisma and star power as ballpark peanut vendors.They don’t even want Rodriguez as their designated hitter. The Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs for a minor-league pitching prospect, according to a club official involved in the trade talks who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the deal is not finalized.Soriano will now be their DH.The Yankees would rather fly the Boston Red Sox’s World Series flags at Yankee Stadium than see Rodriguez step on the field again.The Yankees are disgusted by him. They want him out of their lives. And they want Major League Baseball to suspend Rodriguez into eternity.The Yankees no longer are concerning themselves with the race to win the American League East, but the race to see whether Commissioner Bud Selig can banish Rodriguez before he gets healthy.The suspension is coming. And it’s going to be a whopper. Rodriguez will be suspended a minimum of 100 games, maybe even 150 games, possibly even longer.The MLB investigators believe they got him, just like they nailed Ryan Braun, with notebooks filled with evidence from Biogenesis director Anthony Bosch.Rodriguez plans to fight. He vows to appeal any suspension, battling right to the end, waiting for a decision rendered by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. And the idea of a delay terrifies the Yankees.Major League Baseball can accuse Rodriguez of being a serial doper, introducing dozens of players to Biogenesis, and even attempting to destroy all of the evidence with suitcases full of cash.Yet, as long as Rodriguez appeals any suspension, and he insists he will since he denies all allegations, there’s nothing the Yankees can do about it.Rodriguez, and any other player charged with performance-enhancing drug ties to Biogenesis, have until 20 days to file a grievance. Horowitz has 25 days to render a decision, longer if other players are suspended before Rodriguez. And while everyone sweats out the appeal process, Rodriguez is permitted to play.And no one can stop him. But, oh, the Yankees can sure try.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos Bounces Fenerbahce, 95-82

first_imgATHENS – Reeling after two losses to archrival Panathinaikos and to KAO Dramas in the Greek League, the European champion Olympiakos basketball team took it out on Fenerbahce, beating the Turkish team 95-82 at home on Jan. 3.The Turkish team had former Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic managing them from the bench but he didn’t offer any answers to the Reds onslaught in a high-scoring battle.Olympiakos ran away to a 27-19 first quarter lead and kept a 47-40 edge at half behind sharpshooter Vassilis Spanoulis’ 16 points from long range.The Turks went on an 11-2 run in the third to close the gap to only two, 58-56, and Olympiakos led only 62-56 heading into the final quarter.As Fenerbahce tried to claw back into the game, Olympiakos’ other two gunners, Stratos Perperoglou and Matt Lojeski fired away with long bombs from three-point land that kept their team in the lead in a game that was crucial to the Euroleague group standings.Spanoulis ended the game with 28 points, Perperoglou had 21 and Lojeski notched up 14 but Olympiakos was outrebounded again, as it was in its previous two losses, showing some concern for coach Giorgos Bartzokas.Olympiakos didn’t play a new sign, former New York Knicks guard Mardy Collins, who saw on the bench all game. He was brought in to replace the injured Acie Law, the former Texas A & M star, who will be sidelined for the next month and a half.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rays End Yanks’ Season, 1-0

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ben Zobrist finally got a hit with the bases loaded — and it was a big one.Zobrist hit a game-ending single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 1-0 on Sept. 15.With the Baltimore Orioles’ 5-2 win over Toronto, the Yankees were eliminated from AL East title contention in Derek Jeter’s final season. Mired in an 0-for-24 slump, Jeter was given the night off.Logan Forsythe got the Rays’ third hit of the game, a one-out single in the ninth off Shawn Kelley (3-6) and went to second on James Loney’s single. After pinch-hitter David DeJesus struck out and pinch-hitter Matt Joyce walked, Zobrist lined his hit to right.“I was fortunate that I got that fastball over the middle of the plate and was able to get it out there,” said Zobrist, who had been hitless in 11 previous at-bats this season with the bases loaded.Joel Peralta (3-4) walked one while pitching the ninth to help Tampa Bay get its major league-leading 21st shutout of the season.“It’s the same story,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “We’ve been pitching really well but it’s been hard for us to score runs.”The Rays became the first team since the 1973-75 Boston Red Sox to beat the Yankees 10 or more times in three straight seasons.Alex Colome, recalled from Triple-A Durham by Tampa Bay before the game, allowed six hits over 6 2-3 innings in his second big league start this season.Chris Capuano gave up two hits and four walks in six innings. The left-hander lasted just one-third of an inning in his previous start Sept. 10y, allowing four runs, four hits and two walks in the Yankees’ 8-5 come-from-behind victory over the Rays.“Good stuff,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon said. “Well pitched on both sides.”Chase Headley was ejected by plate umpire Marty Foster in the seventh for arguing a called strike. The Yankees third baseman played for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a pitch thrown by Tampa Bay’s Jake McGee Sept. 11.“He questioned some strikes,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “You should be allowed to do that. I just think there’s a better way to handle it.”Some fans started chanting “De-rek Je-ter!” while waiting to see who would hit for Headley. They responded by booing when Stephen Drew emerged from the dugout to finish the at-bat.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bosch Pleads Guilty in PED Case

first_imgMIAMI — The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.Anthony Bosch, former owner of the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute testosterone before U.S. District Judge Darrin P. Gayles. Bosch, who was not a medical doctor yet called himself “Dr. T,” faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence but is likely to get far less because of cooperation with prosecutors and with MLB’s investigation into player drug use.“The message is clear: Cheating doesn’t pay and individuals like Bosch, who distribute performance-enhancing drugs to athletes and, more importantly, to our children, will be held accountable for their actions,” said Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, noting that some customers were high school age.Defense attorney Guy Lewis said Bosch, 51, provided key information to MLB investigators that led to the suspension of 14 players, including the record season-long suspension handed to Rodriguez for this past year. Bosch also met numerous times with federal prosecutors and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, Lewis said.“He was faithful in terms of appearing each and every time he was requested to,” Lewis said. “Each and every time he appeared, answered questions, and was available.”Rodriguez has denied taking illegal substances while with the Yankees but did admit to doing so earlier in his career with the Texas Rangers. He remains on the Yankees’ roster for next season.MLB previously sued Bosch and his clinic but withdrew the lawsuit in February. The league accused Bosch and others with conspiring to violate player contracts by providing them with banned substances.In a plea agreement, Bosch admitted to providing testosterone to baseball players, from professionals to high school athletes. Six other people are charged in the case, and Bosch has agreed to testify against them if they go to trial.“We are quite satisfied with what he promised he would do,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael “Pat” Sullivan.Sentencing for Bosch is set for Dec. 18.CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer_____TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Clippers’ Guard Rips Female Ref

first_imgCLEVELAND — Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul was critical of referee Lauren Holtkamp following a 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers on Feb. 5.Paul was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by Holtkamp, who worked with officials Ken Mauer and Eric Lewis. Los Angeles was given five technicals — four in the third quarter, three of them in a 52-second span.Paul got his technical with 10:17 left in the third. Following a free throw by Cleveland, the Clippers were attempting to inbound the ball quickly when Holtkamp, one of two active female officials in the NBA, stepped in. Paul questioned her and was slapped with the technical.“The tech I got was ridiculous,” Paul said. “That’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a technical. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court. When we did that, she said, ‘Uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why uh-uh?’ and she gave me a technical. That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers also received a technical and forward Matt Barnes was ejected in the third by Lewis after getting his second “T.”Barnes got tangled up with Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, shoved him and got the technical. He got the second one when he complained about teammate Jamal Crawford getting called for a charging foul and told Lewis, ‘Don’t give them the game.’Barnes is tied for the league lead with 11 technicals and has been ejected twice. “It keeps happening,” Barnes said. “Some of these I earn, some of them I don’t.”(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rising Yanks Beat Blue Jays, 6-3

first_imgTORONTO — With Masahiro Tanaka injured and CC Sabathia struggling, the New York Yankees could use a reliable ace.Once again, Michael Pineda proved he’s up to the task.Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer, Pineda matched his career high with eight shutout innings and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on May 5.“He’s been as good as anyone we’ve got,” Manager Joe Girardi said of Pineda, who hadn’t pitched eight innings since doing it against Kansas City in September 2011.Pineda (4-0) allowed five hits and struck out six to win his fourth straight road start, a streak that began in Boston last September. The right-hander has road wins over all four division opponents in that span.“Big Mike, he pitched great tonight,” teammate Jacoby Ellsbury said. “He looked tremendous.”Ellsbury looked good, too. He had three hits, stole two bases and scored twice as the AL East leaders improved to 11-4 away from home, the best road record in the league. Alex Rodriguez gave Pineda an early cushion with a two-run double in the first.New York has gone 14-4 since a 3-6 start.“I’m proud of pitching eight innings tonight and helping the bullpen a little bit,” Pineda said.Russell Martin’s double gave Toronto runners at second and third with two outs in the third, but Pineda got Edwin Encarnacion to fly out. That was the only inning in which Pineda allowed multiple runners.“He was good. He shut down a hot offense,” Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons said.David Carpenter allowed three runs in the ninth, including a solo homer by Martin. Andrew Miller got one out for his 11th save, stranding runners at first and second.“It’s not what you want to do, but we had to,” Girardi said of bringing in Miller.Teixeira, held out of the lineup Monday because of a sore muscle in his lower back, homered off Marco Estrada in the fifth. It was the 373rd career home run for Teixeira, tying him with teammate Carlos Beltran for fourth-most by a switch-hitter.“I’ve played with Carlos and Chipper Jones and Lance Berkman, three of the best switch-hitters of our generation,” Teixeira said. “It’s been a lot of fun playing with those guys.”Estrada (1-1) allowed five runs, four earned, and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings in his first start of the season. He took the rotation spot of Daniel Norris, optioned to Triple-A on May 1.The Yankees jumped on Estrada by scoring twice before he got an out. Ellsbury led off with a single, went to third on Brett Gardner’s double, and both runners scored on Rodriguez’s double.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greeks Win World Sailing Crown

first_imgGreek sailors showed why are among the world’s best, winning the World Tornado Championship in France and also finishing third in the competition.For the fifth year in a row Costas Trigonis and Iordanis Paschalidis proved unbeatable in repeating their previous four victories against top-flight sailors using double-hulled vessels.“Even we did not expect to lead the championship,” said Trigonis, Kathimerni reported. “This was my 5th Tornado World title and my 19th, including World and European ones both in Tornado and 470 class. I will try to go on sailing till I get the blackjack!! 21 trophies!!”Paschalidis added: “After this victory, it is a challenge for us to win the cup 6 times in a row and beat the record that Darren Bundock and John Forbes have.”Nikolaos Mavros and Alexandros Tagaropoulos finished third, having actually led after the first day.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more