Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud has refused to rule out the possibility of extending his contract at Stamford Bridge.The World Cup winner was signed in January by Antonio Conte, yet since the manager was replaced by Maurizio Sarri in the summer, he has become more peripheral to things at Stamford Bridge.Indeed, he has played only 40 minutes of football so far this term and did not feature at all in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth. 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! “I still have one year of contract, plus possibly another year,” he told Canal+’s ‘Telefoot’ programme. “The board of the club have been positive in terms of giving me it. I do not know yet, we’ll see how things are in April or May, but I won’t exclude any possibility. We’ll see.”Meanwhile, he has dismissed the suggestion that Sarri and Conte’s styles differ greatly.“It’s similar to what we had with Conte,” he said. “We do a lot of tactical work, he’s very rigorous and precise in his vision of football. “I came back late, and for sure it’ll take me a bit of time to be prepared. That’s just my case. I’ve got a little gas. I’ve tried to bring more to the team, and in the last couple of matches I’ve been decisive. “Last year, I won my place. There’s no reason that can’t be the case this year. The most important thing is to be decisive when I’m given my chance, and I hope to have more game time after the international break.”Giroud is revelling in his status as a World Cup winner has brought him on the training ground. “With N’Golo Kante, we’re called the ‘World Cup Winners’ at the club,” he said. “There were many great memories this summer, many great moments. It was an exceptional time. “It’s a great pride. To win a World Cup, it’s the most beautiful thing, but football is forever restarting. We must continue, go forward and be ambitious for what is to follow.”Giroud has played 20 times for the Blues and has scored five times, setting up a further three goals.
Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso announced Wednesday that he will race for McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 next month in a surprise switch that means the Spanish driver miss the Monaco Grand Prix on the same day.It will be Alonso’s first time in the showcase race as he steps up his bid to win the so-called “Triple Crown” of motor sport: the Monaco GP, the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.”As a driver, if you want to be considered the best, you need to be able to drive all kind of cars in all different series,” said the 35-year-old Alonso, who has twice won in Monaco and hasn’t competed at Le Mans. “After successful F1 championships, the opportunity to race in the Indy 500, the opportunity to race in Le Mans, that dream of the Triple Crown is something very attractive.”McLaren said the Monaco GP will be the only Formula One race that Alonso will miss. The British-based team hasn’t announced who will replace Alonso for the most glitzy race on the F1 calendar, held a few hours before the Indy 500 on May 28 this year.Alonso, who has 32 grand prix victories, didn’t earn a point in the first two races of the 2017 season – in Australia and China – and McLaren is struggling to be competitive once again.”To be honest, if we are fighting for the world championship, we can’t afford to lose 25 points of possibilities. But we are not in that position, unfortunately,” Alonso told reporters on a conference call. “This possibility is a win-win situation for McLaren as a team.”advertisementMcLaren will be racing in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in 38 years. Its entry will be a Dallara DW12 chassis, run by the Andretti Autosport team headed by Michael Andretti – a former IndyCar champion who raced in Formula One for McLaren in 1993.Alonso will fly to Indianapolis immediately after the Spanish Grand Prix on May 14 to get in two weeks of IndyCar practice.”I’ve never raced an IndyCar car before, and neither have I ever driven on a super-speedway, but I’m confident that I’ll get to grips with it fast,” said Alonso, who plans to attend the April 23 IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. “I’ve watched a lot of IndyCar action on TV and online, and it’s clear that great precision is required to race in close proximity with other cars on the far side of 220 mph (354 kph). I realize I’ll be on a steep learning curve.”Andretti will have six cars in the Indianapolis 500, including Alexander Rossi, the former F1 test driver who was the surprise winner of last year’s 100th running of the classic.For Alonso to drive in the Indy 500, Stefan Wilson had to give up his expected ride with Andretti.”It was really difficult obviously because the Indy 500, I live and breathe for it. I’ve spent 12 months trying to get to this point, so definitely hard from that standpoint,” Wilson said. “But when it really comes down to it, I wanted to put the interest of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series first.”Wilson is expected to get the opportunity to drive in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.The Andretti team has shown much improvement from last year, when Honda was dominated all season by Chevrolet. Honda drivers have won the first two races of the season, and the Andretti cars have been competitive.There had been rumblings in the paddock over the weekend in Long Beach that IndyCar officials were trying to bring in a “showstopper” for this year’s 500. Alonso makes sense now that McLaren is run by Zak Brown, who ran an Indianapolis-based marketing firm for years before his gradual move into Formula One. He has often been consulted by IndyCar management and was even in talks for an official role with the series.”Could Fernando win this year’s Indy 500?” Brown said. “Well, I wouldn’t be so silly as to make any such rash prediction, but I expect him to be in the mix.”Three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves, who was doing IndyCar testing in Texas, said it’s great to have Alonso coming to Indianapolis. He said it shows how special that race is for someone of Alonso’s caliber to miss Monaco to be there. Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner, believes Alonso has a realistic chance to compete for a win.”You get enough miles around Indianapolis to sort of get a good basis on it,” Dixon said. “He’s with a team that’s a proven winner, and teammates that are definitely proven winners, too. He’s walking into a good combination. Honda is a very strong package right now. So the stars are somewhat aligning for a great run for Fernando.”advertisementIn 1966, F1 champion Graham Hill won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie on his way to completing the Triple Crown – the only driver to have done so. The most celebrated F1 driver to take part in the race in recent years was Nigel Mansell, the then-defending champion, in 1993. Mansell finished third.Alonso, who is competing in his 15th season in F1 and was champion in 2005 and ’06, said he hasn’t set any targets for the Indy 500.ALSO WATCH:
From Gurdip SinghSingapore, Apr 15 (PTI) Singapores Sikh community has been applauded for its vibrant culture as it celebrated Vaisakhi with foreign workers, especially those from India.Noting foreign workers contribution to Singapore, Singapores Education Minister Ng Chee Meng welcomed the initiative of the Singapore Khalsa Association in organising traditional sports like Kabbadi and a carnival for them.”Many of them (foreign workers) work in the construction industry and build our beautiful homes. While they are here, let?s show them the generosity and the warm-hearted nature of Singaporeans,” said Ng at the carnival which began yesterday.Ng also noted the vibrant presence of Singapore Sikhs.”The size of Sikh community is 15,000 but your presence is disproportionate to your relative size to our population. It shows the vibrancy of your culture, the spirit of the people ? all demonstrated very much here (carnival)today,” said the minister.Indias High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf joined the community at the carnival, where 27 artists from the Jalandhar-based Apeejay College of Fine Arts are performing.The artists are on a week-long visit to Singapore under sponsorship fromthe association, a sporting and cultural centre for the local Sikhs. PTI GS NSA
Even as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sent a stern message to all those indulging in violence and disrupting law and order in the state, yet another incident of police brutality has come to the fore.A video that went viral on Friday showed a Lucknow policeman roughing up an old rickshaw-puller in Lucknow’s Charbagh. The video showed the cop beating up an old man after an altercation. The old man is seen dragged by the cop who refuses to budge even after incessant requests by the man.The policeman in the video has been identified as Vishwajit Singh from GRP (Government Railway Police).Sources said the old man got into an argument with the policeman after they refused to let him gather passengers from near the police station.#WATCH: Policeman beat up a rickshaw-puller in Lucknow’s Charbagh railway station premises after argument during an anti-encroachment drive pic.twitter.com/pu0AO8Mfca- ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 29, 2017The man even accused another policeman identified as Amar Singh, who is also the station in-charge, of seeking extortion. The man reportedly said that police repeatedly targeted them and they were insensitive to poor people.Moments after the video went viral, the GRP force took cognisance of the matter and suspended the brash policeman.Also read:UP school wants students to sport Yogi-like haircut, say no to beards and shun ‘love jihad’ Massive reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh; 138 IAS, IPS officers transferred by Yogi Adityanath
(Eds: Adding one more name of medal winner) New Delhi, May 7 (PTI) Heena Sindhu claimed a bronze medal in the womens 10m Air Pistol as India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 Shooting championships with seven medals. On the final day of the championship, Heena shot 218.8 in the eight-woman final, won by Greek shooter Anna Korakaki, who had won a gold medal in the 25m pistol and a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol at Rio Games. Anna sot 246.3 to finish ahead of Germanys rising star, 21-year old Michelle Skeries took silver with a score of 237.8. India returned from the championship in Czech Republic with a haul of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. With the second stage of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup for Rifle and Pistol slated for later this month in Munich, this performance should do the squad a world of good. India?s Shri Nivetha Paramanantham had also qualified for the womens 10m Air Pistol finals but finished fourth behind Heena with a finals score of 198.7. Earlier Shri Nivetha had qualified for the finals in 3rd position ahead of Heena who qualified in 5th position, but used her class and finals experience to finish among the medals. Indians made it to four more finals with Pooja Ghatkar finishing fourth in Women?s 10m Air Rifle, Gurpreet Singh finishing 6th in the Men?s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol which was won eventually by Germany?s Olympic champion Christian Reitz and Chain Singh finishing seventh in the Men?s 50m Rifle 3 Positions final. Former Olympic Bronze medalist, Gagan Narang who competed for the first time for his shooting academy Gun for Glory (the event allowed private participation at own cost) finished 4th in the Men?s 50m Rifle Prone event while Sushil Ghaley representing India finished fifth. There were also impressive performances by the Indian men?s 25m Standard Pistol team, which swept the medals in the event, with Neeraj Kumar winning gold, Harpreet Singh silver and Deepak Sharma the bronze medal. Veteran women?s Rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant also won silver in the 50m Rifle Prone event while Pemba Tamang won bronze in the Men?s 25m Centre Fire Pistol. Anmol Jain had won a bronze in Mens 10m Air Pistol event on the first day of the championship. PTI AT ATadvertisement
(Eds: Updating with inputs from London)United Nations/Lima, Jun 21 (PTI) From Perus historic citadel of Machu Picchu to the UNs sprawling lawns in New York, yoga mats were spread at iconic landmarks across the world as yoga practitioners today performed asanas to mark the third International Yoga Day.Top UN diplomats, officials, envoys, yoga practitioners and people from all walks of life attended a grand event organised by Indias Permanent Mission to the UN to mark the day at the world bodys headquarters in New York.Hundreds of specially designed yoga mats were spread across the UNs sprawling north lawns, facing the imposing UN General Assembly hall and the UN Secretariat building, as people from all walks of life descended on the UN headquarters to participate in the Yoga Session with Yoga Masters.Chants, hymns, prayers and the sound of “Om” reverberated across the UN as leading yoga practitioners led the gathering through sessions of yoga and meditation to celebrate the traditional wellness regime that originated in India.The UN also issued special stamps commemorating the Yoga Day.The UN postal agency, UN Postal Administration (UNPA) issues the new special event sheet to commemorate the day that has been marked annually since 2015.Delivering the secretary generals message on the Yoga Day, a top UN official has said that yoga can make an important contribution in achieving a healthy life and promoting well being for all at a time when the world is striving to achieve sustainable development goals.At the iconic and historic citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru, one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World, Yoga practitioners stretched themselves in various asanas to mark the day.advertisementBoth Machu Picchu and yoga are recognised by the UNESCO as common heritage of the world.The IDY celebrations started with a welcome address by Jose Fernando Astete Director of the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.Sandeep Chakravorty, Ambassador of India to Peru said that both Machu Picchu and yoga are invaluable world heritage and legacy for humankind.This being the peak tourist season for visit to Machu Picchu, the international visitors touring the historic citadel also joined the celebrations enthusiastically.In China, a record number of people participated in yoga events held in several cities across the country. A large number of Chinese practitioners besides Indian diaspora took part in the celebrations at the old premises of the Indian Embassy in BeijingTwenty Yoga ambassadors from the Morarji Desai Institute in India demonstrated a power-packed yogic asanas. Members from 12 Chinese yoga groups also took part in the event.”Our assessment is that the yoga events held in China this year is the largest,” Chargé daffaires of the Indian Embassy, Amit Narang told PTI.”Participation in the events in various cities exceeded all expectations and the numbers are unprecedented,” he said.Chinas prominent yoga school Yogi Yoga set up by Indian yoga expert Manmohan Singh Bandari and his Chinese wife Yin Yan held special yogic asanas with their students at Ritan Park in Beijing.Yesterday, the Indian Embassy, Yogi Yoga academy along with Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), which is affiliated to Chinese Foreign Ministry, held a special yoga session at the iconic Great Wall of China.The event was a cultural milestone, marking the first time yoga has been performed atop the Great Wall by a joint Indian and Chinese group of yogis.In Shanghai, about 1,000 Yoga enthusiasts took part in an event held at the Dongping National Forest Park at the Chongming Islands, which was jointly organised by Consulate General of India, Shanghai along with Chongming County Government. Shanghai became the seventh city to host the 3rd IDY, which is being celebrated across twelve cities in Eastern China from June 17?25.Besides Shanghai, yoga events were held in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, with theme of Ten cities, ten days, bringing together 15,000 yoga lovers closer to India ? promoting healthy and harmonious lifestyles.The other cities in the region which held yoga sessions included Lishui, Wuyi, Huzhou, Zhenjiang, Hangzhou ? Tonglu, Wenzhou, Jiaxing, Suqian, Xuzhou, Taizhou and Wuxi.London celebrated the Yoga Day in grand style as hundreds of practitioners descended upon Trafalgar Square to mark the Day as part of a week-long series of events organised by the Indian High Commission and India Tourism Office in the British capital.”I want to thank India for giving us this wonderful gift of yoga,” said Justine Simons, the deputy mayor of culture for London, representing the Mayor of London ? one of the collaborators of the Trafalgar Square event.advertisementA video message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to welcome Londoners to the third annual UN-designated International Day of Yoga (IDY) opened the proceedings against the backdrop of the famous Nelsons Column in the square and was telecast live by major ethnic channels in the UK.Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, thanked the Greater London Authority and the office of the Mayor of London for their support in organising the historic event.”The word ?yoga? means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. At a time when the world is faced with the grave challenge of terrorism, yoga shows the way to lasting peace and harmony. Yoga is not just a form of exercise but a way to attain peace through physical, mental and spiritual well-being,? he said.Earlier this week, the High Commission and India Tourism had held IDY-related celebrations with a takeover of the London Eye, teaming up with UK-based yoga organisations to unite in a so-called ?Wheel of Yoga?.In addition, Londons Alexandra Place saw a day-long Yoga Day celebration on June 18.In the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka hundreds of people participated in the IDY event at Bangabandhu National Stadium.Parliamentary speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury opened the celebrations. Indian and Bangladeshi yoga gurus demonstrated asanas at the stadium.Sports associations, yoga associations, yoga institutes, students from various schools, colleges and universities in Bangladesh participated in the early morning event.The programme began with the screening of a video message of Prime Minister Modi.A new yoga app on Common Yoga Protocol was released along with a special edition of Bharat Bichitra, a regular High Commission publication, on Yoga.Yoga sessions were also organised in northwestern Rajshahi and southeastern port city of Chittagong.Various Bangladeshi yoga organisations and institutes also organised separate programmes.Nepal also joined the world to mark the day as Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba underlined the need for imparting the ancient knowledge of yoga to students at school-level.During a function in Kathmandu, Deuba said, “Yoga must be taught at school-level keeping in mind its mental and physical benefits, and the balance it creates between heart and mind.”Deuba released Dainandin Yogabhyas, a book written by Acharya Bal Krishna and Yoga Sandesh published by the Indian Embassy.Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri was also present during the function.In Pakistan, the Indian High Commission celebrated the Yoga Day on June 18.Members of the diplomatic community along with High Commission officials based in Islamabad enthusiastically participated in the event led by Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale.Bambawale highlighted the efforts of the Indian government in promoting ancient Indian traditions of healthy living.The United Nations General Assembly had made a declaration in December 2014 that every June 21 would be observed as International Day of Yoga, a move that India lobbied hard for. 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Amid speculations, Bajaj Auto Ltd has finally launched the new generation Pulsar NS160 in India for a price of Rs 78,368 (ex showroom, New Delhi). Bookings are also open for the new Pulsar NS160 across all Bajaj dealerships.However, the prices will come into effect from July 1, 2017 once the Goods and Service Tax rolls out.The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is not a replacement for the company’s best seller, Pulsar 150 and is positioned below the Pulsar 180 in India.Price: City Price (ex showroom) Mumbai Rs 80,648 Chennai Rs 81,466 Kolkata Rs 80,365Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.advertisementSafety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.ALSO READ:Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 bookings start in India, to launch next month
West Bromwich Albion have signed former England midfielder GarethBarry on a one-year deal from Premier League rivals Everton, theMidlands club announced on Tuesday.The 36-year-old, who has alsoplayed for Aston Villa and Manchester City, moved for an undisclosed fee having turned down the chance to extend his four-year stay at Everton.He is five games from breaking ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs’ record 632 Premier League appearances.”I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality,”Barry, who has 53 England caps, told the club’s website (www.wba.co.uk).West Brom coach Tony Pulis believes Barry, who played 154 times for Evertonhaving arrived from Manchester City on loan, is the ideal replacementfor former captain Darren Fletcher who has joined fellow Midlandstop-flight club Stoke City.”There was a big void when we lost’Fletch’ and Gareth will fill that void,” said Pulis. “He’s a fantasticplayer and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by thefact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there.Barry is West Brom’s fourth signing of the transfer window following JayRodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi and China international Yuning Zhang, who hasjoined Werder Bremen on loan.?? Our new No.18!#WBA pic.twitter.com/MxGt7tRiyV- West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 15, 2017SIGURDDSON DEAL NEARS COMPLETION?Reuters PhotoEverton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City’s Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee of about 45 million pounds ($57.89 million), British media reported on Tuesday.advertisementSigurdsson, 27, played a key part in Swansea avoiding relegation last season, scoring nine goals while his 13 assists was the third best total in the Premier League. (Everton close to Gylfi Sigurdsson deal, says Ronald Koeman)The BBC reported that Sigurdsson would have a medical at Swansea’s fellow top-flight club Everton on Wednesday.British media reported that Everton had two bids rejected for Sigurdsson, with Swansea wanting 50 million pounds. (Premier League: Wayne Rooney is still ‘one of the best’, says Ronald Koeman)Sigurdsson, who spent two years at Tottenham Hotspur before joining Swansea, where he had a spell on loan from Hoffenheim in 2012, would be Everton’s record signing, beating the 31.8 million pounds they paid Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku in 2014.Belgium striker Lukaku joined Manchester United in July for a fee of 75 million pounds according to British media.
A Pakistani cricketer, Zubair Ahmed, died after being struck by a bouncer on his head during a match.According to reports, Zubair was playing a club match on August 14 when he was hit on the head by a rising delivery. Pakistan Cricket Board took to Twitter to share the tragic news.”Tragic death of Zubair Ahmed is another reminder that safety gear i.e. helmet must be worn at all times. Our sympathies with Zubair’s family,” PCB tweeted.Tragic death of Zubair Ahmed is another reminder that safety gear i.e. helmet must be worn at all times. Our sympathies with Zubair’s family pic.twitter.com/ZNmWDYaT5w- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) August 16, 2017The tragedy brings back memories of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes who was hit on the back of the neck by a rising delivery when playing for South Australia in a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014. He died two days later in a Sydney hospital.Hughes’ helmet came under the scanner following his death, though the New South Wales (NSW) Coroner’s Court said the batsman’s injuries could not have been avoided by wearing different protective equipment.In May, Cricket Australia made it compulsory for players to wear helmets when facing fast and medium-paced bowling in line with recommendations from a review into the death of Hughes.Batsmen these days wear specially designed helmet which has a neck protection.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced new regulations for helmet safety during international matches.However, the new regulation does not make it compulsory to wear a helmet when batting, but when a batsman elects to wear a helmet it must be compliant with its strict safety regulations.advertisementAn official warning will be issued after each of the first two matches in which a non-compliant helmet is worn, and if there is a third breach of the regulations the player will be suspended for a match.
Los Angeles, Oct 17 (PTI) Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender have officially got married.The couple said their I Dos in a secret wedding at Ibizas luxurious La Granja farmstead resort surrounded by friends and family, reported People magazine.While Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, were mum regarding the nuptials, the two stars were snapped entertaining friends and family over the weekend after flying in Paris.According to sources, the group spent the day at the beach, with a lunch and boat cruise planned.One of the eyewitnesses said Vikander wore a white dress, while Fassbender sported shorts and unbuttoned shirt.The rumours of the two co-stars quietly getting engaged were rife earlier this year, but the uber private couple never confirmed the news.They were said to have started dating after meeting on the sets of the 2016 film “The Light Between Oceans”. PTI RDS RDS
Claude Puel made a winning start to his tenure as Leicester City manager after his side defeated Everton 2-0 at home in the Premier League on Sunday.The hosts opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Jamie Vardy smashed in Riyad Mahrez’s right wing cross. Their lead was doubled 11 minutes later when Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny sliced Demarai Gray’s left wing cross into his own net.The result compounded a miserable week for Everton, who had caretaker manager David Unsworth in charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last Monday.Everton remain 18th in the standings, having lost six of their 10 matches this season, while Leicester are up to 11th.”I was impressed with my players,” Puel said. “It was a very good first half and there were good combinations between the players for the first goal.”Good start, great attitude ???Claude Puel reflects on a winning beginning for his Foxes – https://t.co/nE1Dt9E52v#LeiEve pic.twitter.com/F2HuIqOFgI- Leicester City (@LCFC) October 29, 2017Puel made two changes to the Leicester team that beat Swansea City last weekend, replacing Shinji Okazaki and Marc Albrighton with Ben Chilwell and Gray, and the promotion of the latter in particular proved instrumental.The 21-year-old winger was largely to thank for the opening goal. He carried the ball out of defence and through midfield in a brilliant solo run before feeding Mahrez, whose cross landed perfectly at the feet of the on-rushing Vardy.Top performance by the team & a big 3 points ???? #LCFC #EPL pic.twitter.com/IgnSs8YwSRadvertisement- Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) October 29, 2017Gray then switched to the left wing for the second goal, tormenting the Everton defence with his slick footwork and then swinging in a cross that Kenny badly miscued.Everton could have been given a route back into the game when Christian Fuchs collided with Aaron Lennon inside the box three minutes later, but referee Andre Marriner did not award a penalty.Kevin Mirallas went close for Everton with two strikes from outside the box in quick succession just before half-time, and Unsworth’s side continued to improve and put pressure on Leicester after the break.But while they had 16 shots to Leicester’s nine and 59 per cent of possession, they were unable to create clear-cut chances and fell to their third defeat of the week.Unsworth said: “The second half was much better. We gave them a two-goal start – in the first half we didn’t perform. Our display was much better after the break.”???? Watch the best of the action from inside the tunnel at King Power Stadium for the visit of Everton on Sunday afternoon. #LeiEve pic.twitter.com/KRuYBmxuvR- Leicester City (@LCFC) October 29, 2017
Ranchi, Nov 21 (PTI) Jharkhand Assembly will felicitate several personalities, including Padma Shri awardees, sports persons and students who topped in their respective examinations on its 17th Foundation Day tomorrow. Jharkhand Movement leader Lal Ranavijaya Nath Shahdeo, Padma Shri Mukund Nayak and Padma Shri Balbir Dutt will be felicitated tomorrow,? Speaker Dinesh Oraon announced at a press conference here. Archers Laxmi Rani, Simil Birupi, Mangal Singh Champia and Rina Kumari, hockey players Sylvanas Dungdung , Manohar Topno, Sumrai Tete, Asunta Lakra, Vigan Soy and Nikki Pradhan, footballer Subodh Kumar, diyang National archer Gosner Patras Odeya and seven athletes will also be felicitated, he said. Toppers of Class X and XII and a total 35 Tana Bhagats (followers of Mahatma Gandhi) are others in the list of felicitation, Oraon added. PTI PVR KK KK
South Africa bowled Zimbabwe out twice on the second day of the inaugural four-day Test to win the day-night affair by an innings and 20 runs at St George’s Park.Zimbabwe were first dismissed for 68 runs in their first innings and then for 121 in their second while following on South Africa’s first-innings total of 309/9 declared.The difference in quality between the two nations was evident as the first-ever day-night Test in South Africa ended inside two five sessions.Morne Morkel was the destroyer-in-chief in Zimbabwe’s first innings with figures of 5/21, as nightwatchman Kyle Jarvis top scored with 23 off 50 balls. Debutant Ryan Burl, who added 16, was the only other Zimbabwean batsman to get to double figures.Zimbabwe, who are bottom of the 10-team test rankings, started the second day reeling on 30/4 after being put into bat for the last hour of the first day. Their struggle with the unfamiliar conditions and the pink ball were cruelly exposed.In their second innings, they showed some resistance as their first wicket fell on 51, when Chamu Chibhabha was caught behind. But that was followed by a procession of batsmen to the crease as Keshav Maharaj took 5/59 and Andile Phehlukwayo bagged 3/13.All of Zimbabwe’s second innings wickets fell in a single session between the tea and the dinner break. Craig Ervine top scored in the second innings with 23 runs to his name.South Africa, who were without their regular captain Faf Du Plessis, was led by the returning AB de Villiers. Aiden Markram scored125 and de Villiers hit 53 on his return to the Test arena after a hiatus of almost two years.advertisementThe four-day Test is the first since the International Cricket Council tweaked regulations to give some of the weaker nations a more sporting chance, in the wake of Afghanistan and Ireland being granted test status.The one-off game against Zimbabwe was also supposed to provide the home team with preparation for their three-test series against top ranked side India, which begins next week.But it was much more of a one-sided contest than originally expected and will have provided neither side with any meaningful experience.South Africa will now host India for a three-match Test series followed by six ODIs and three T20Is.The first Test starts on January 5 at Cape Town.(With inputs from Reuters)
South Africa pacer Vernon Philander is confident of bowling India out twice in the upcoming first Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town strting Friday.Philander also said that the hosts are not giving any extra importance on the wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli.Kohli averages a staggering 53.75 in his 63 Test matches and while there is still an element of doubt as to how most of the Indian batsmen will cope with the South Africa conditions, Kohli’s pedigree makes him a threat everywhere.”We are going to play bat and ball, not any names. We are going to have to get Virat out, as we do nine or 10 other Indian batters as well. We’ve put our price on bowling them out twice and not focusing on who we are bowling against,” Philander told reporters.Philander also cautioned India of the challenges when the two teams face-off in the opener of the three-Test rubber at Newlands from January 5.India had no trouble dismantling South Africa on home soil in 2015, winning 3-0 in spin-friendly conditions, but Philander said he knew that this series will pose different challenges entirely.”They have played most of their games at home, so it’ll be interesting to see how they go in South Africa. It’s a total different ball game. We’re going to have to wait and see once they pass the first Test match,” he said.”We want to play our best cricket. 2015 was quite a different one going there and losing to them, but we want to make sure that we deliver at home on our own soil,” he added.advertisementAhead of the tour, India have expressed confidence in their own seamers, saying they have the firepower to finally win a Test series in South Africa.After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.(Courtesy: IANS)
Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal vomitted on the field before walking off as Delhi’s notorious smog, which may rob the Indian capital of future winter Tests, continued to plague the third and final match on Tuesday.India’s second innings was into its sixth over when Lakmal was seen bending over and throwing up. The Sri Lankan physio rushed in and eventually walked off with the player.Lakmal, who returned to bowl the 11th over, and pace colleague Lahiru Gamage had also walked off on Sunday with discomforts.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) said it would factor in Delhi’s pollution before scheduling a match in the city at this time of the year.”This point about scheduling matches in Delhi in this particular period can be considered in view of the situation encountered in the last two-three days,” acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters late on Monday.”This pollution issue has been spoken about for years … It can’t be seen affecting just one walk of life. The agencies which need to be dealing with it, I’m sure are dealing with it.”Delhi’s government last month ordered schools to shut temporarily after pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index that measures poisonous particles.The pollution prompted the board to cancel two Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi last year.”As you are aware, the BCCI is sensitive about this fog and smog over the years when they scheduled domestic games out of Delhi…” Choudhary said.advertisementSeveral Sri Lankan players had their facemasks on even on Tuesday.Their coach Nic Pothas has called Delhi’s air pollution a “unique” and “well-documented” problem but Choudhary said Sri Lanka Cricket did not raise the issue when the tour was being finalised.”If they had any (objection), they didn’t express it to me,” the BCCI official said.
Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been banned for 12 months after inadvertently ingesting a prohibited substance, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.The 29-year-old underwent an out-of-competition test in Dubai in January and his sample was found to contain clenbuterol, classified as a non-specified substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.Clenbuterol, used by sufferers of breathing disorders such as asthma, is banned in and out-of-competition.Shahzad pleaded guilty to the violation and the ICC accepted he had “inadvertently ingested the substance as a contaminant of a weight loss product he was taking, Hydroxycut”, the governing body said in a statement on its website. (www.icc-cricket.com)The ban has been backdated to his sample collection on Jan 17, 2017 and he can return to cricket on Jan 17, 2018.”Today’s announcement… reminds all international cricketers that they remain personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put into their bodies does not result in an anti-doping rule violation,” ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice said.”It further serves as a reminder to all international cricketers of the dangers and risks associated with taking supplements.”Before thinking about taking a supplement, cricketers should weigh up the risks and dangers of doing so and should fully research the supplement in question so they can make an informed decision.”Shahzad has played 58 one-day internationals and 58 T20s for Afghanistan.
Scientists have identified a key chemical in the brain that allows us to suppress unpleasant memories, a finding that may pave the way for treating patients of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or schizophrenia who experience persistent intrusive thoughts.A region at the front of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex is known to play a key role in controlling our actions and has more recently been shown to play a similarly important role in stopping our thoughts. The prefrontal cortex acts as a master regulator, controlling other brain regions — the motor cortex for actions and the hippocampus for memories.How did they do it?In the study funded by Medical Research Council UK and published in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists led by Dr Taylor Schmitz and Professor Anderson used a task known as the Think/No-Think procedure to identify a significant new brain process that enables the prefrontal cortex to successfully inhibit our thoughts.In the task, participants learn to associate a series of words with a paired, but otherwise unconnected, word, for example ordeal/roach and moss/northIn the next stage, they were asked to recall the associated word if the cue is green or to suppress it if the cue is red; in other words, when shown ordeal in red, they were asked to stare at the word but to stop themselves thinking about the associated thought roachUsing a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the researchers were able to observe what was happening within key regions of the brain as the participants tried to inhibit their thoughtsFindings of the studyResearchers found out that ability to inhibit unwanted thoughts relies on a neurotransmitter — a chemical within the brain that allows messages to pass between nerve cells — known as GABAResearchers discovered that GABA concentrations within the hippocampus — a key area of the brain involved in memory — predict people’s ability to block the retrieval process and prevent thoughts and memories from returningThe researchers found that even within his sample of healthy young adults, people with less hippocampal GABA were less able to suppress hippocampal activity by the prefrontal cortex-and as a result much worse at inhibiting unwanted thoughtsResearch has shown that people affected by schizophrenia have ‘hyperactive’ hippocampi, which correlates with intrusive symptoms such as hallucinations.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
MINNEAPOLIS — Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round on July 14th.Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999.With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round.Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot (138-meter) blast to the third deck above left field that officially measured as the longest of the night.Athletics third base coach Mike Gallego again pitched to Cespedes, who went deep 32 times in last year’s derby at Citi Field in New York. Gallego’s arm looked nearly out of gas by the final round, which started after 10:30 p.m. local time.Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista, and Frazier surprisingly beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the semi-finals.Bautista and Stanton each earned a bye to the semifinals under the new bracketed format, which gave each player seven outs and pitted the survivors from each side in the final round. Bautista went deep 10 times in the first round, keeping the fans in the second deck above left field on their toes, and Stanton hit six.That was all, though. After a long wait for his next turn, Stanton put up a zero in the semifinals and let Frazier advance with only one.But Stanton’s six were beauties.One landed in the third deck above left field, about a half-dozen rows shy of the very top of the ballpark. Another reached the second deck above the center field batter’s eye, a place never touched by a ball during an actual game here. Stanton has been credited with three of the 15 longest home runs in the majors this year, including the second-farthest at 484 feet.Bautista, the American League captain, has 11 home runs in 14 regular-season games here, the most by any visiting player. That’s only one less than Twins cornerstone Joe Mauer, who has played 284 career games at Target Field.Cespedes, who beat Athletics teammate Josh Donaldson in a tiebreaker after each finished with three in the first round, breezed by Baltimore’s Adam Jones in the second round. Frazier topped National League captain Troy Tulowitzki on the other side.Colorado’s Justin Morneau, the fan favorite after 10-plus years and four All-Star games for the host Twins, was eliminated in the first round.Morneau returned to his roots, and so did the event itself, considering the inaugural contest was held at the Metrodome before the 1985 All-Star game.Admission then was a mere $2, slightly less than the $200-and-up price tags on the derby these days. The original form was actually a 1960s-era television show, featuring sluggers like Harmon Killebrew of the Twins.Delayed 54 minutes by light rain on an unseasonably cool night — even for Minnesota — with a start-time temperature of 59 degrees, the contest began with a rainbow protruding from the clouds beyond left-center field that framed this limestone-encased ballpark that opened in 2010.Frazier went first, and while he went deep twice, he didn’t quite reach the rainbow. Neither did Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, the smallest of the participants who had the backing of the crowd with chants of his last name during his two-homer round.“Even my brother he said he got chills,” said Dozier, one of seven first-time participants. His brother, Clay, was his pitcher.(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says it has agreed to loan Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay to Greek champion Olympiakos for one season.Afellay joined Barcelona from PSV in 2010, but a series of leg injuries have limited him to 35 appearances for the Catalan club. He is under contract with Barcelona for one more season.The 28-year-old Afellay played just two games for Barcelona last season. Afellay played for the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup.TweetPinShare0 Shares