OnePlus 5 name confirmed, Oxygen OS 4.1.3 arrives for OnePlus 3T

first_imgWhile rumours have already indicated that the successor to the OnePlus 3T will be called the OnePlus 5, a new report has all but confirmed it as a fact. A OnePlus smartphone with the model number A5000 has just been spotted on China’s Radio Regulation Authority’s database.The OnePlus 3 had the model number A3000 and the OnePlus 3T had the model number A3010. Thus, going by the company’s naming standards, a model number of A5000 clearly points towards the name OnePlus 5. The name OnePlus 4 is being skipped due to the fact that the number 4 in Chinese is considered bad luck  as it sounds like the Mandarin Chinese word for death.Name aside, the OnePlus 5 is said to be quite a comprehensive update over its predecessor. Previous rumours point towards the device coming with a mammoth 8GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the Adreno 540 GPU, upto 256GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery.Also Read: Airtel Internet TV marries the old with the new in a seamless mannerAdditionally, the device is expected to sport a QuadHD display, a bezel-less design like the one found on the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 and a dual camera setup at the back. The device is rumoured to launch in the second half of the year for under 500 dollars.Oxygen OS 4.1.3 rolling out for OnePlus 3/3TThere is good news for existing OnePlus 3 and 3T owners as well. OnePlus has begun the roll out of the Oxygen OS 4.1.3 update which brings with it a host of bug fixes and improvements such as a fix for the Instagram swiping bug and a fix for hardware button malfunctions.advertisementThe update comes hot on the heels of the Oxygen OS 4.1.0 update which brought Android 7.1.1 to both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The update included several bug fixes and new features such as improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, expanded screenshots and blur reduction while shooting pictures.The Oxygen OS 4.1.3 will be rolled out in a phased manner. If you don’t get the OTA update right away, don’t worry as it may take a few days to reach your smartphone. You can also check for updates manually if you do not want to wait for the OTA notification.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A7 vs OnePlus 3T: It’s a fight between David and Goliathlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova paid dearly for her mistake, players should lay off her: Martina Navratilova

first_imgFormer world number one Martina Navratilova has urged players to stop focusing on Maria Sharapova after the Russian’s recent return from a 15-month doping ban.Sharapova’s comeback has garnered widespread interest with current and former players offering their opinions on the 30-year-old, including men’s number one Andy Murray and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who labelled the Russian “a cheater”.Bouchard beat Sharapova in the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday, saying that she felt partly inspired to win the match against the five-times major champion after receiving private messages of support from “people in the tennis world”.”I think it’s time for the players to lay off Maria. She made a huge mistake, paid dearly for it, ‘done the time’ and now let’s play ball,” Navratilova, who won 18 grand slams during a glittering career, tweeted on her verified account.last_img read more

MI vs RPS: MS Dhoni breaches 400-run mark in IPL playoffs with Wankhede special

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni brought out the full range of shots from his arsenal and plundered an unbeaten 40 off just 26 balls as Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first qualifier on Tuesday night. Dhoni was at his destructive best, smashing 40 off 26 balls in the death overs to propel Pune to 162 for four before young off-spinner Sundar took three important wickets that led to Mumbai falling short with 142 for nine in Qualifier 1.It was Pune’s third win over Mumbai in as many games this season, providing them with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy in only their second season.Mumbai, who had topped the group stages, remain in the competition and will meet the winner of tomorrow’s Eliminator, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Qualifier 2 on Friday.Dhoni was promoted up the order to No. 4 and the move worked perfectly for the visitors, who were struggling early on in the match when they were reduced to 9/2 in the second over. Manoj Tiwary (58) and Ajinkya Rahane then bailed their team out of trouble and added 80 runs for the third wicket before the latter departed after a well-made 56.Dhoni then came out to bat and like he usually does, took some time to settle in, before launching into Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs. Dhoni plundered five sixes during his knock and added 73 runs with Tiwary for the fourth-wicket to help the team reach a challenging total.With the pitch playing unusually slow, anything over 150 was a tricky target despite Mumbai batting deep.advertisementSundar sent back opposition skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in a space of 12 balls to leave Mumbai gasping at 51 for four in eight overs.Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) was solid at the other end and even used the long handle effectively to smash three sixes on the on side.He eventually ran out of partners with Pandya brothers too back in the pavilion leaving Mumbai at 101 for six in the 15th over. Patel too fell three balls later, leaving the tail- enders to do too much in the end with 60 runs needed off the last 30 balls.Dhoni has been lethal for Pune whenever he has batted in the No. 4 position. Before this knock he had 119 runs at 39.66 and a strike rate of over 146 in the four times he has come out to bat in that position.The 35-year-old also has a terrific record in the playoffs of the IPL and he took his tally to 437 runs in 15 innings at over 44. Dhoni also loves to bat against the Mumbai Indians in this stage of the tournament. He has scored 194 runs against MI in six innings in the playoffs at an average of over 51 with three half-centuries.last_img read more

Dr Sarma nominated as Asian Para-Badminton Committee chairman

first_imgNew Delhi, June 1 (PTI) Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, president of Badminton Association of India has been nominated as the chairperson of the Asian Para-Badminton Committee. Dr. Sarma was inducted into the committee during the BWFs Annual General Meeting in Gold Coast, Australia on May 18th during the sidelines of the Sudirman Cup. The position was earlier held by former BAI chief Late Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta. Dr. Sarma, a sitting MLA from the Jalukbari constituency in Assam is also a cabinet minister handling portfolios of Finance, Health and Education in Assam will assume his duties with immediate effect and will serve as the chairperson of the commission for two year tenure. BAI aims to become one of the potent forces at the global para-badminton scene and the presidents selection to Asian Para-Badminton committee will only help in taking the endeavor further. With Para-Badminton to be included in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for the first time, the development of Indian Para-Badminton is one of the key agenda for BAI and Dr. Sarmas appointment will play a huge role towards the realizing the goal. BAI will work in tandem with BWFs ideology of one sport ? one team philosophy and promote the Para Badminton not only in India but the whole world. “This is indeed a matter of great pride for BAI that Dr. Sarma has been elected as the president of the body. His selection shows how important India is considered in the global badminton circuit and only underlines BAIs commitment towards taking the sport to unprecedented heights,” Anup Narang, BAI Secretary General, said. “We are quite sure that Dr. Sarma will do great justice to his new role and will hit the ground running and will develop leaps and bounds in years to come,” Narang added. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: India a powerful side but can’t take things for granted, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgDefending champions India start the ICC Champions Trophy as one of the favourites but former India captain Sourav Ganguly has warned Virat Kohli’s men not to be complacent in the tournament. Speaking exclusively to India Today on the eve of the India vs Pakistan clash in Birmingham, another former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin backed India to win their third title while Harbhajan Singh said he wants Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni to fire in the tournament.India start their title defence against Pakistan, who have a 2-1 advantage in head-to-head encounters. However, it was India who prevailed over Pakistan when the arch-rivals collided in the Champions Trophy at the same venue in 2013. India have never lost to Pakistan World Cups and World Twenty20s.WATCH FULL VIDEOON INDIA VS PAKISTANSourav Ganguly: It’s a big game. It’s a big tournament, Champions Trophy is a world tournament and every game is a big game. Fantastic conditions in Birmingham. I have not seen a flat pitch in Birmingham like this before. It’s dry, it’s hard, there’s abit of carry and there are runs on the pitch. It was a rain curtailed game. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi were brilliant against a very good Australia bowling attack. Good batting conditions, not much room for error from bowlers and it’s a wicket if you get in you are in for a big score.Mohammad Azharuddin: I have no doubt in my mind that our bowlers can really defend this (250-260) target. They have been in good form with Umesh Yadav. With Shami coming back, it gives more experience to the bowling side. All the fast bowlers are wicket-taking bowlers. That’s why India are a very strong contingent to win the Champions Trophy. I would be very disappointed if India don’t go on to win the Champions Trophy.advertisementHarbhajan Singh: Well obviously, it’s a big game. All I can say is India should take this game as any other game. Just try and play the best cricket you can play and concentrate on basics. Stick to what you can do rather thinking too much about the result. Whichever team holds the nerve will come out on top. India have a brilliant side. India have an advantage going into the game. We can’t take Pakistan lightly. If India give their 70 percent, they will be easily able to beat Pakistan.Ganguly: As Harbhajan said, if India play to their potential they will beat Pakistan but that doesn’t mean you take things for granted. It’s a game of cricket, they are a side which can beat teams around the world. We are pretty consistent. India have some good heads, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh who have been under this pressure cooker situation time and time again. Yuvraj Singh first against Pakistan in 2000. It’s been 17 years and he’s still around and still batting for India at No.4 which is remarkable about his one day ability. India are more mentally trained than Pakistan. There is ability in the Pakistan side but when it comes to application and mindset in big matches, India are way ahead.ON YUVRAJ AND TEAM COMBINATIONHarbhajan: There shouldn’t be any talk about Yuvraj Singh. I think Yuvraj is a big match-winner. He has always been a top player and he has been a champion player. There shouldn’t be even talk about whether Yuvraj should play or not. Half Yuvraj Singh is better than many of the players so I would definitely back Yuvraj to be in the first XI.Azhar: Hardik Pandya has done really well plus he bats. I think I will go with Pandya. Yuvraj should play because he has done very well in the ICC tournaments. India have the edge over all the other teams.Ganguly: I don’t agree India are the favourites, they are a very good side, they are one of the favourites. There are very good sides in this competition. New Zealand were pretty ordinary in the warm-ups but they really stood up against Australia. It’s not a simple competition as it was in 2013, there are some really good teams — Australia, England, South Africa, India. They are some tops sides in the world. India will have to play really really well. Pakistan are probably not the strongest side but on that particular day anything is possible. It just takes one game to change things. India a good side, very powerful side and they have good match-winners so nothing’s impossible from this India team. Everyone’s capable of winning this and India will have to play well, they will have to start well.advertisementON INDIA’S OPENING COMBINATIONAzhar: Little worried over India’s opening combination because Rohit Sharma did not open in the IPL so he might find it a little difficult. After Virat Kohli, my main player would be Dhoni. He has lot of experience playing in England and he can take the game away from any side. But the opening partnership is a must because if we get a good partnership I think we are sailing through.Harbhajan: Dhoni is Dhoni. He’s been a great player for India and I don’t see anything that stops him to be the same player for India. Players can go through ups and downs. Dhoni didn’t get too many runs in the IPL but nothing can stop him here. This is a new tournament, he can start afresh. We know his ability to win games for India. He has done it for many many years now and I have strong faith that we will get to see the old Dhoni. I am sure he is also looking forward to this tournament.Ganguly: I agree with Harbhajan. Nothing stops MS Dhoni from standing up and putting up a big performance. He’ll have time because it’s not T20 cricket. When you play 50 overs, when you get in the 25th-26th over you still have almost 20 overs to play. You need to play properly and get the time to settle down which MS Dhoni will. I give him more chance in the 50 overs than in 20 overs.FINAL COMMENTSHarbhajan: If you are talking about India-Pakistan game, 500 percent I will put my money on India. We have got experience, we have got all it takes to win big games and we have got Dhoni, Kohli and Yuvraj.Azhar: India are a better side by far. Don’t see any problem with India winning the game. We have got huge potential and we have got lot of experience and we have been winning matches. We have players who are match-winners. Anyone can win the match.Ganguly: India mentally more prepared to win these big games. They absorb pressure. The difference between India and Pakistan in last 10 years is India have reacted to the situation. Pakistan have reacted aggressively. India have absorbed the pressure and played well. I wouldn’t worry about the toss because even if Pakistan get 270, India will chase it.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Asian teams rule the roost in far away England

first_imgFor the second time in an ICC tournament, three teams from the sub-continent will feature in the semi-finals. Defending champions India will be joined by Bangladesh and the winners of the match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the last-four stage of the ICC Champions Trophy in England.India’s easy win over South Africa on Sunday saw them go through to the semis after Bangladesh advanced thanks to Australia’s loss against hosts England in a rain-truncated match in Birmingham on Saturday.Sri Lanka and Pakistan will battle it out for the last semi-final spot at Cardiff on Monday. The winner of this crucial match will face England next at Cardiff two days later, while India and Bangladesh are almost but certain to play the second semi-final in Birmingham on June 15.It has been a remarkable journey for Bangladesh in this short but highly-competitive tournament. The Champions Trophy being held in England for the second successive year after 2013 meant that the eight participating teams had to worry about rain being the additional factor here.One loss can spell doom for any side in this tournament but Mashrafe Mortaza’s boys have gone through to the last-four despite one win, one loss and one washout from their three league matches. Such are the rules of the ICC and the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method when rain comes into the play.Group A was the worst-hit due to the English weather and Bangladesh made the most of it by stunning New Zealand at Cardiff in their final group match. They had until then collected just one point from the last two matches owing to a loss against England and a washout against Australia.advertisementThe Aussies were the unluckiest team this year with two of their games getting wiped out by rain – first against New Zealand and then against Bangladesh.They were in a tight spot in their opening clash against the Black Caps, chasing 235 they were reduced to 53/3, before the heavens opened up and no further play was possible. Rain again played spoilsport when they were chasing 183 against Bangladesh and were just 100 runs short of the target when the match got abandoned.Steve Smith and his batters could have taken a risk early on and aimed to get to the below-par target in less than 20 overs but they chose the safer option and at 83/1 in 16 overs, even though they were ahead of the D/L par score at that stage, the match fell short by just four overs hence, a result wasn’t possible.A 40-run loss against England after that meant that the world champions had to pack their bags and go home with no wins and one completed match, giving the Tigers an improbably shot at the title.On the other hand in Group B, all four teams were tied on two points each after two games with India topping the table thanks to their superior net run rate. The India vs South Africa clash, which was billed as a blockbuster, turned out to be a highly disappointing affair as the Proteas crumbled under pressure and conceded an 8-wicket victory against Virat Kohli’s team, thus, confirming India as the table toppers from the group.Sri Lanka and Pakistan both registered impressive wins over India and South Africa respectively to keep their hopes alive in the tournament after losing their opening matches.The islanders will now have to win by over 294 runs to topple India from the top spot while Pakistan will have to win by over 267 runs which is highly unlikely in ODI cricket. Their sole aim at this point in time would be to win at all cost and qualify for the semis.last_img read more

IT hub to hold Yogathon to mark International Yoga Day

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, June 20 (PTI): IT hub Technopark here is all set to celebrate the International Yoga Day with a set of programmes, including a massive Yogathon tomorrow. Technopark, in association with Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), is conducting the Yogathon at the Bhavani Building in its campus at Kazhakkoottam here. Vijay Goel, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Sports and Youth Affairs, would inaugurate the celebration, an official statement said. M (Mumtaz Ali Khan), Founder of Satsang Foundation, will deliver the keynote address. The Yogathon will be led by an instructor from Art of Living, Technopark Chapter. The Yogathon will be followed by a free Isha Upa Yoga session, organised by the Isha Yoga Foundation, at the Bhavani Atrium in the campus the same day in the evening. The theme for the 2017 celebration is Yoga for Health. The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body. “Techies totalling around 75,000 working in the campus have a very stressful and hectic lifestyle and practicing Yoga regularly will help them to reduce the stress levels and practice a healthy lifestyle,” state IT Parks CEO Hrishikesh Nair said. “We at Technopark are continuously striving to help the techies working here strike a good work life balance and practicing Yoga is a step towards that,” he added. PTI LGK APR NTRlast_img read more

IPL-FEMA: ED issues notices for adjudication to SRK, others

first_imgMumbai, Jul 20 (PTI) The ED has issued notices for adjudication to actor Shah Rukh Khan and some others in connection with a FEMA case for alleged loss of Rs 73.6 crore foreign exchange related to the IPL T-20 cricket league, officials said.The actor has been asked to be present before the adjudicating authority of the case here in August 23, they said.The authority, in this case, is a special director-rank officer of the agency.The accused are issued notices by the authority so that they can participate in the legal hearing and subsequent final decision of the case which, if proven guilty, can lead to up to three times of the penalty on the actual amount of loss.They said the notice has also been issued against few others involved in the case, where the Enforcement Directorate had issued a show cause notice under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in March.The case pertains to the show cause notice where the central probe agency had issued notices to Khan, his wife Gauri, actor-friend Juhi Chawla and Knight Riders Sports Private Limited (KRSPL), which owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) team of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).The show cause notice had been issued for the sale of some shares of KRSPL to a Mauritius-based firm at a cost lower than their “actual value”, resulting in loss of foreign exchange to the extent of Rs 73.6 crore.The agency had stated that the notice has been issued for “contravention of provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000 made under the Foreign Exchange Management Act”.advertisementWhile Gauri is a director of KRSPL, Khan and Chawla are the owners of the IPL team KKR.The case pertains to 2008-09 when the ED first began investigation against the IPL franchise and its owners.Khan and others have been questioned by the ED multiple times in this case and the actors statement was also recorded under FEMA provisions.A show cause notice under FEMA laws is issued when the investigation gets completed and following this the adjudication process begins.Khans company Red Chillies Enterprises Private Limited (RCEPL), the agency had said, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Chillies International Limited based overseas in Bermuda and is co-owned by Gauri.”In 2008 Red Chillies Enterprises Private Limited formed a special purpose vehicle namely M/s Knight Riders Sports Ltd for the purpose of acquiring IPL franchise rights of the cricket team named Kolkata Knight Riders.”Initially, the entire share holding of Ms Kolkata Knight Riders Private Limited was with Red Chillies Enterprises and Gauri. After the success of IPL, about two crore additional shares were issued by KRSPL out of which 50 lakh shares were issued to The Sea Island Investment Ltd (TSIIL), Mauritius and 40 lakh shares were issued to Chawla.”These shares were allotted at a par value of Rs 10 whereas the actual value of these shares was much higher,” it had said.The ED said its investigation showed that Chawla subsequently sold her 40 lakh shares to TSIIL, Mauritius at the par value of Rs 10 only.”Thus, foreign based company TSIIL was issued 90 lakh shares at par value while the actual cost of share at the time of issue/sale was ranging between Rs 86-Rs 99 per share. This has resulted in loss of foreign exchange to the extent of Rs 73.6 crore,” the agency had said. PTI NES ZMNlast_img read more

Women’s Big Bash League stint has transformed Harmanpreet Kaur, says Mithali Raj

first_imgIndian skipper Mithali Raj hailed Harmanpreet Kaur’s brilliant innings of 171 not out as the “greatest knock by an India women player” and said that a “big performance” like that of her deputy was needed to beat a “champion side like Australia” in the Women’s World Cup semi-final.Harmanpreet blasted an unbeaten 171 off 115 balls — the highest score by an Indian player, male or female, in a World Cup knockout match — set the platform for a thrilling 36-run semi-final victory over the defending champions at the County Ground in Derby on Thursday.Rain had delayed the start of the match by 195 minutes and Harmanpreet came in at the fall of the second wicket in the 10th over with the floodlights on. She remained unconquered for 128 minutes, making 69.51 per cent of the 246 runs scored while she was at the crease, as India posted 281 for 4 — their highest-ever total against the defending champion — in just 42 overs.Raj, while addressing the post-match press conference, pointed to Harmanpreet’s knowledge of Australia’s bowlers, courtesy her stint at the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), which ultimately helped the Women in Blue plan for the semi-final.”I think the transformation (has come) after she played in the WBBL,” she said. “That exposure she and Smriti (Mandhana) got by interacting with other players has been massive. As I mentioned in the last press meet, for the Australia match, they were giving us more inputs about these players.””If more players are a part of these leagues where they exchange ideas and follow the routine of other players, being part of the meetings, it will only help improve the standard of women’s cricket, and it’s very beneficial for youngsters and players from Indian team,” Raj added.advertisement28-year-old Harmanpreet had earned acclaim in the T20 circuit by becoming the first Indian to be picked for the Big Bash League and the Kia Super League.But at the World Cup, Harmanpreet found herself coming in towards the slog overs and so struggled to get time in the middle.Before the semi-final, she had faced only 91 balls in five innings.The India skipper attributed Harmanpreet’s turnaround to her 60-run-knock, her first half-century of the tournament — that was the key in the middle overs against New Zealand in what was a virtual quarter-final.In the game against the White Ferns, it looked like India would reach 220 until Veda Krishnamurthy’s unbeaten 45-ball 70 lifted them to 265. Her partnership with Harmanpreet gave them the momentum and eventually they defeated New Zealand to set up clash against Australia.”The game against New Zealand, she had runs as well as Veda had runs. They backed themselves to make fifty and those runs gave them confidence,” Raj said.”Had they not scored those runs, it would have been a different picture today. All said and done, everything happens for a reason. It was needed, and this knock will give her confidence tomorrow when she is in a position to take more responsibility as a batter. She will be in better shape and experience to take along,” she added.The 34-year-old equated her team’s qualification to the World Cup final as a completion of a full circle that started in 2005.”I am speechless. For me, Jhulan Goswami, it is very special because we are the two players from 2005 who have been with the team and it feels like just going back to 2005. I am just too happy that girls have given us the opportunity again to be a part of the World Cup final,” she said.India will now face hosts England in what could be expected as a cracker of a final on Sunday at the iconic Lord’s.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Players are not obliged to win but to play to win, says India coach Luis Norton de Matos

first_imgThe official draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was held in Mumbai on July 8, divided the 24 participating nations into six groups, each consisting of four teams.Hosts India are drawn into Group A along with USA, Colombia and Ghana and will be playing USA in their tournament opener on October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The rest of the groups are as follows:Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey.Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica.Group D: North Korea, Niger, Brazil and Spain.Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia and France.Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England.India are hosting and participating in a FIFA tournament for the first time and along with them, New Caledonia and Niger are making their first appearance in a major FIFA event.India, who are called the sleeping giants of football, have been drawn into a tough group and will have a major challenge in the first game itself against USA. Only once in their history, USA have failed to make it to the U-17 World Cup.”I think the first game (against USA) is the most important. I’m going to prepare very well, as will the players, and if we win, we have a good chance to progress. We will fight for that,” India coach Luis Norton de Matos said to FIFA.De Matos said that India are up against stronger opponents but will play to win.”I like this challenge, even though there are stronger favourites. USA only missed one U-17 World Cup, Colombia are one of the strongest teams in South America, and Ghana are one of the best teams in Africa. The players are not obliged to win, but are obliged to play to win,” de Matos added.advertisementDe Matos was appointed as India U-17 coach only in March and has since taken the U-17 World Cup team to exposure tours in Portugal, Italy and France. De Matos wants the young team to feel competent and capable of winning.”At the end of each game, I want the young people to feel that they can play against big teams as equals. I feel it is possible with work. I feel I can bring something to Indian football,” the coach said.De Matos urged the fans to throng the stadium to ‘Back the Blue’ and said that players perform better with support from the stands.”It is important for us that the Indian people come to the stadium. We are going to play with 11 players on the pitch, plus one from the stands. I was a football player, and I know you can play 10 to 20 per cent better, if you have this kind of support. What I want is that people are proud at the end of the game.”NEW CALEDONIA LOOK TO BEGIN FOOTBALLING STORYFellow newcomers New Caledonia are also drawn against big teams like France and Japan and their coach Michel Clarque wants the team to do their best and live the dream of playing a World Cup.”We have been living in a dream since February when we qualified. In our little nation of New Caledonia, to play a World Cup, it’s a wonderful thing, a dream. I want to share this dream with the players.”I will tell them that now your final challenge is to do our best. Like Vanuatu in the U-20 World Cup, a small country who did well against Mexico, Germany and Venezuela, if we can do as well as them, it will be great for Oceania as well,” Clarque said to FIFA.Clarque expressed hope that this will be the beginning of a footballing story in New Caledonia.”We want to do our best to develop the players. These U-17s will then become U-20. This is the beginning of their story. I hope for them that it will go on.”GERMANY, MALI WISH TO DOMINATEOn the other hand, current World Cup and Confederations Cup champions Germany are one of the favourites for the tournament and their coach Christian Wuck thinks the same.”We have a very good offensive team. We have very talented players, so I think we are favourites here, but not the only ones,” Wuck said to FIFA.Wuck mentioned that the weather in India is hot and humid and the players will have to adapt to it.”It’s very hot and very humid here and the players have to adapt, but I think it’s a beautiful country, so I’m very happy to be here. We are going to Goa and to Kochi and look how it will be.”advertisement2015 finalists Mali have been drawn into a competitive group with New Zealand, Paraguay and Turkey, where none of the teams can be considered as clear favourites to advance.Mali’s coach Jonas Komla said that they will be taking one game at a time and wants his players to relish this unforgettable journey.”I’m looking at it match by match. The first objective is to get out of the group, and after that, we will see how we progress.”All the teams in the group are very good, and we are happy to be facing them. It is something that’s unforgettable for the players and I’m very positive about the venues we’ll play in too,” Komla said to FIFA.last_img read more

TN govt defends single-window system for engg admissions

first_imgChennai, Jul 20 (PTI)The Tamil Nadu government today told the Madras High Court that the single-window admission system to engineering colleges allows the socio-economically weaker students to access all courses of all colleges in the state and choose one of them by filing a single admission form.The state government made this submission defending the single-window admission system to engineering colleges in the state in its affidavit filed before the bnech of Justice K Ravichandra Baabu.The affidavit was filed in response to a plea seeking to scrap the single-window system for admissions for 2017-18.The affidavit filed by the Department of Higher Education secretary and Technical Education director said the single window counselling provides an opportunity to SEBC students to have access to various courses of all institutions all over the state by filing a single form for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA).The states single-window admission system had been challenged by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges Management Association of the Tirunelveli Anna University of Technology.The association had sought permission to the private colleges to fill up their seats in enginneering courses on their own.The petitioner, had later amended the prayer and sought permission to private institutions to admit students under government quota on the fees fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee for the academic year 2017-18.When the matter came up before Justice Baabu, he directed the additional advocate general to get instructions on the amended prayer and posted the matter for further hearing on July 26.The authorities, in their counter-affidavit, further said the system ensured that the reservation policies of state and Central government such as sports quota, ex-service men and others are also met.advertisementThat apart, the state government also provides the first generation graduates fee waiver to students admitted under this counselling irrespective of his socio-economic status, the affidavit said.The government further said the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission for academic year 2017-18 had already commenced on July 17 and scrapping it would create confusion among students.The system ensures transparency and non-exploitation and has been repeatedly endorsed by the Supreme Court, the affidavit said.It further said a total of 526 self-financing (387 non- minority and 99 minority) engineering colleges had consented to the government to share with the state 65 per cent of their seats in non-minority institutions and 50 per cent in minority institutions for TNEA 2017 and were also willing to participate in counselling conducted by Anna University for the academic year. The government also sought dismissal of the plea on the sole ground that it had been filed at the eleventh hour. PTI COR SS RAXlast_img read more

Sangram Singh to take the mat after a year at KD Jadhav Memorial wrestling event

first_imgThe two-time Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Sangram Singh launched the KD Jadhav Memorial International Kushti Championship in New Delhi on Friday calling it a platform for the rise of Tier-2 and Tier-3 wrestlers.The championship will be a one-day event which will be held at the Talkatora Stadium on September 15. The competition will follow the rules of professional boxing with six round of three minutes each. The event will have five bouts and Sangram will be headlining the event with a fight against American Kevin Radford Junior.The others to take the stage will be upcoming wrestlers Yudhistir, Lubhanshu, Sherpal, Himanshu, Shravan and Pratik, along with two female wrestlers, Ekta and Akansha, who will take on each other.Sangram dedicated the championship to India’s first individual Olympic medallist KD Jadhav and said at the press conference, “The event provides me a good opportunity to pay a tribute to him.””When I read about KD Jadhav, I found out that he devoted his entire to the sport but eventually ended up living his life in anonymity. He didn’t even get pension. So, I thought of doing something for the upcoming crop of younger generation of wrestlers,” Sangram added.The 32-year-old is making a comeback to the mat after a year-long wait and hopes to inspire youngsters of the country and change the face of the sport.India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was also present at the event, along with Olympic boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, and said, “I have always been an admirer of KD Jadhav.”advertisementHe lauded Sangram’s effort and said that he is glad that a championship is being held as a tribute to KD Jadhav.”We shouldn’t forget him and he should get the due for the services he did for the country. I must compliment Sangram for his efforts,” Bindra said.Bindra is himself a part of the Olympic Task Force which is responsible for chalking out a plan for the next three Olympics.”We have to provide more platforms for athletes in our countries. Events such as this (KD Jadhav Memorial International Kushti Championship) are needed to help sports grow and for the athletes to have a prolonged career,” Bindra added.KD Jadhav is independent India’s first individual Olympic medallist. In the 1952 Helsinki Games, Jadhav finished with a bronze in bantamweight category of wrestling.last_img read more

ADHM organisers hoping for favourable verdict from HC

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Unfazed by the notice issued by the Delhi High Court on a petition seeking to postpone the Delhi Half Marathon on November 19, the organisers today said they would present their case with “full facts” and hoped the HC would give a verdict in their favour.The HC issued the notice by taking cognisance of a letter written by Indian Medical Association to Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, seeking postponement of the marathon as the air quality in the national capital was poor and unsafe.A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notice to the Delhi government, police, the pollution control panel DPCC and the organisers of the event and sought their reply by November 16, the next date of hearing.Head of Procam International, the event organisers, said they were going ahead with the preparations in full swing with the hope that they would be able to convince the court.”We have not received the notice yet, but well present our case with the points and full facts that we have and what we are trying to do. We hope to convince the court the sensitivity that we have and the amount of preparation that has gone into holding this event,” Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of Procam International told PTI.”This is a participatory sport and not a spectator sport. For the last four months we have been preparing for this event and we have made a lot of sacrifices. An athlete would know how much he or she has put into to prepare for this particular race day. To me it is not practical (to postpone),” he added.advertisementThe organisers are also wary that a postponement may result in top stars like world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui and womens 10,000m Rio Olympics winner Almaz Ayana skipping the event, which has recently been granted the status of a Gold Label Race by the International Athletics Federation.They said a postponement may disrupt the whole preparation, including raising of funds for charity. This year, Rs 5 crore has so far been raised to be used for philanthropic purposes.”30,000 people have been training for this race. They have stopped intensive training two weeks back, their training has tapered now in preparation of the race. I dont know what will happen to them if the race is postpone or cancelled,” Singh said.”As of now everything is going on full swing. All the international and Indian elite athletes are coming, the event ambassador is coming. There has not been any change from what we have planned. This commitment from the athletes give us the strength to move ahead,” he said.Singh has earlier expressed hope that the air quality would improve before the race day. He had said that the issue of poor air quality was there last year also. He said salt mixed with effluent treated water will wash the course to absorb the particulate matters.Meanwhile, the organisers said the race has till date raised over Rs. 5 crore, thanks to the efforts of the NGOs and support from the philanthropy partners — India Cares Foundation. Currently, 90 teams fielded by 62 corporate entities have registered to run comprising of more than 2500 employees from these companies. 54 Care Champions are raising an average of Rs 2.50 lakh each.Over 300 individuals, children as young as nine year olds and retirees, too, are raising funds for the participating CSOs working in all causes, the organisers said. “India Cares, the events Philanthropy Partner, engaged 24/7 with CSOs, companies, and individuals from as early as July and will continue working weeks after Race Day, to communicate the work and impact of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to the rest of the Society,” the organisers said in a release. “In 2016, over 8817 donors, 71 companies contributed the generous amount of Rs 6.67 Crore via the 90+ Civil Society Organisations (CSOs/ NGOs). It has had direct impact on the quality of 49,943 lives during the year, while the work of the CSOs also touched 35,260 people indirectly, through camps and outreach programmes, besides the families of these 85,000+ individuals.” PTI PDS AH AHlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan’s video of son Zoraver cutting birthday cake goes viral

first_imgShikhar Dhawan’s son Zoraver is turning out to be quite a social media star these days as ‘Daddy D’ keeps his followers updated with videos and pictures of the kid.Zoraver turned 3 on Tuesday as Shikhar posted an adorable video of the little kid cutting his birthday cake.”Happy birthday my boy Zoraver. Have a great one. love holding your hand and being a guide for your life and see u growing & blossoming. Thanks to my wife Aesha, for giving me duplicate copy,” Dhawan wrote in his post.Zoraver recently stole the show at Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s reception in New Delhi where he had a gala time dancing with the couple and taking a nap in the Bollywood actor’s lap.Zoraver’s birthday was made even more special by Kohli and Anushka as the couple also hosted their second wedding reception in Mumbai last night and welcomed the Dhawan’s on stage.Kohli also took the little kid in his arms and did a little jig to good-natured laughter and cheer at the St Regis in Lower Parel.The gala event was attended by the who’s who of the cricketing fraternity – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar were among a host of former cricketers who were seen at the reception.Besides, MS Dhoni also attended with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra, close friend of Kohli’s looked dapper in their outfits and seemed to have a good time.advertisementThe entire Indian team was also present at the St. Regis hotel, which was the venue of the star-studded wedding reception.Among Kohli’s current team-members, there were the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jajdea, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Kohli and Anushka will now fly to South Africa along with the Indian team for the South Africa tour. The duo will spend New Year’s eve together and then the actor will return to Mumbai for her film commitments.Kohli on the other hand will lead Team India in the three-match Test series starting on January 5 at Newlands. The Test series will be followed by six ODIs and three T20Is.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s probable XI ahead of Cape Town Test vs South Africa

first_imgAfter a monumental 2017 season per-dominantly in the sub-continent, Virat Kohli’s men are all set to go on a year-long journey, where they will find little or no resemblance to what they have played on in the last 365 days.Kohli’s men won 37 matches across all formats — the second most in a calendar year. But, 2018 will provide a stiff challenge to the World No. 1 Test team.India will first tour South Africa for three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. Following that they will play a tri-nation series including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and after the Indian Premier League, the real deal starts. India will tour England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests from July to September. After that, they will travel to Australia towards the fag end of the year for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.WATCHBut first things first, a sensational year for Kohli’s team means that most of the players are in form. Therefore, captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will have a problem of plenty regarding the team selection — a good thing going into challenging conditions in South Africa.So, who all will be in Kohli’s final XI as they look to rewrite history against the Proteas? To decide that, one must take into consideration the conditions. So, what will the conditions be like across the three Test venues in Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg?If pundits are to be believed, the visitors have an advantage of playing the first Test at Newlands as that will be the closest they will get to home conditions. Due to little rain, the pitch in Cape Town surely won’t have the required ingredients to be a typical South Africa track consisting of pace, bounce and swing. One can expect little grass cover as well. So most likely it will assist the pacers to begin with and then slow down and cracks may well appear come Day 4 and 5.advertisementReuters PhotoIf that is indeed the case, the combination becomes really important. Will India go with two spinners and pacers each with Hardik Pandya playing as the seaming all-rounder? Or will India go with the extra pacer and play just one spinner? The situation is tricky because one just cannot ignore the hosts’ attack. They are all set to unleash fury on India with Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander all ready and available. Therefore, an extra batsman can’t be ruled out either.Players who are assured of a birth in the first Test are Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha. The choice of the second opener depends on Shikhar Dhawan’s ankle injury. Dhawan is back and hitting the ball in the nets but if he fails to get fit, then KL Rahul is all set to open with Vijay otherwise the coach has made it clear that the southpaw is the first choice to open alongside the Tamilian. So nine spots are done and dusted.Now here comes the tricky part. The bowlers. For the first time in many years, India have a great pool of in-form pacers to choose from on an overseas tour and the team management will have to take a call on whom to leave out among Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.AP PhotoKohli has preferred Shami, Umesh and Bhuvi as his choice of pacers when all have been available but keeping conditions in mind, it is likely that Ishant will get the nod ahead of Umesh. The Delhi pacer is not only the most experienced of the lot but also tall and it will help him extract bounce from the wicket which is key in South Africa. Ishant was terrific in the recent series against Sri Lanka where he picked up 8 wickets in two Tests and overall he got 14 in 6 matches. Shami has to be an automatic choice because of his ability to reverse the ball and hit the deck hard and make the ball do something. Bhuvneshwar’s ability to swing the ball might not come in handy after the new ball becomes old but his inclusion gives Kohli variety and also little bit of batting — something that will be key to India’s success.Now coming to the spinners. Unlike in the sub-continent, India will have to think through it for their upcoming tours and more often than not, they are likely to go with one of them. So who gets the nod and who sits out? Jadeja and Ashwin are third and fourth in the Test rankings for bowlers and leaving either could be difficult. Again…if conditions are considered, Jadeja might play ahead of Ashwin because he can generate sharp turn and bounce at a good speed. On the other hand, Ashwin has been India’s most successful bowler over the last couple of years in whites and is an automatic choice especially after his growth in batting. Ash has more variations and can adjust according to the pitch. Also, Ashwin has to be a better batting option in Tests than Jadeja considering he has four Test tons and 11 fifties to his name whereas the latter has eight fifties in red-ball cricket.advertisementNice little rhythm the bowlers are getting into at the moment #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/QNVz9v6cP3- BCCI (@BCCI) January 2, 2018The think-tank has to decide between how they want to go with it because not giving away 20 wickets or taking them as well won’t be easy — either way. The headache for Kohli and Shastri is — do they trust their batting prowess enough to go with just five specialist batsman and trust Saha and their two all-rounders enough to withstand South Africa’s pace and also an in-from slow left-arm orthodox Keshav Maharaj? Therefore, going in with four specialist bowlers – three pacers and one spinner? Or they play the extra batsman in Rohit Sharma at six? And just go with three bowlers and Pandya as the fourth?ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

BCCI hands Yusuf Pathan back-dated ban over failed dope test

first_imgYusuf Pathan has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for five months after failing a dope test.  The 35-year-old received a five-month ban due to a doping violation but will be free to play from Monday after it was backdated to August.A  BCCI statement said Yusuf has been suspended for five months after he was charged with “commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge” on October 27, 2017.”Mr Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 competition on March 16, 2017, in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline.”Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances. On October 27, 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge,” the BCCI statement further said. “The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results,” added the statement.advertisementYusuf issued a statement to the press and said he had received a letter from BCCI back in October last year stating he had failed a dope test.”The prohibited substance was detected in my sample because of a medicine I was taking for a throat infection.Right from the first day I had full faith in Allah that I would be cleared of intentional doping. I have always competed in a fair and transparent manner,” Yusuf said in his press release.Yusuf’s statement:I wish to thank the @BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner. pic.twitter.com/S83TNUpqxZ- Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 9, 2018Yusuf had burst on to the international scene during the World T20 final against Pakistan in 2007. He was handed an ODI debut next year, also against Pakistan in Dhaka. The explosive batsman has played 57 ODIs scoring 810 runs including two hundreds. He was also part of India’s victorious World Cup squad in 2011.Yusuf has also featured in 22 T20 Internationals and has 236 runs and 13 wickets under his belt.The backdated ban means Yusuf, a three-time IPL champion, will not have to miss the 2018 edition. He was an integral part of Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals in 2008 before moving base to Kolkata Knight Riders, where he won the title in 2012 and 2014.In 149 IPL matches, Yusuf scored 2904 runs and picked 42 wickets. In the lucrative T20 tournament, he is considered an asset given his all-round skills and experience.However, he had a mediocre time in the IPL last season, scoring only 143 runs and picking up a solitary wicket from 15 matches. Yusuf was not retained by KKR, who chose to stick with the West Indian duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russel.(This article was updated after Yusuf Pathan released a press statement)last_img read more

AFI names teams for Asian Indoors & Asian Games test event

first_img(Eds: Updating after recasting into and adding details)New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Sprinter Dutee Chand will be part of the 13-strong Indian team for the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, while reigning Asian champion distance runner G Lakshmanan has been selected in the 36-member contingent for the Asian Games test event competition.The 21-year-old Dutee Chand, who won a bronze each in the 100m and the 4x100m events at the Asian Championship last year, will carry Indias hopes in the eighth edition of the tournament to be held in Tehran, Iran from February 1 to 3.Dutee Chand was banned by the Athletics Federation of India in 2014 under the Hyperandrogenism policy but she fought her back in 2015 after challenging the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne.Lakhsmanan, who won double gold in 5,000m and 10,000m at the Asian Athletic Championships, will lead Indian challenge in the Asian Games test event slated from February 11 to 14 in Jakarta, Indonesia.The team also comprises Davinder Singh Kang, who became the first Indian to qualify for the final round in javelin throw in World Championship last year.Shot putter Om Prakash Singh, who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, has been picked for the Asian Indoor championship but his selection to the Asian Games test event will depend on his performance in Iran.Jakarta will host the 18th Asian Games later this year from August 18 to September 2.The teams were selected under the chairmanship of G S Randhawa, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) selection committee chairman.advertisementAfter the meeting at AFI headquarter here on Wednesday, CK Valson, Secretary AFI said, “The athletes were selected on the basis of their performances in the International and National Championships including National Junior Championships held in 2017 and confirming their present fitness levels.”The team is short as we have excluded certain events due to inexperience of our athletes on a 200m track.”Meanwhile, Indian cross country athletes will participate in the 14th Asian Cross Country Championships to be held at Guiyang, China on March 15.The team will be selected based on performance at the 52nd National Cross Country Championships to be held on Sunday in Goa.Team for 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships (Tehran, Iran):Men: Muhammed Sadath & Elakkya Dasan (60m), Samsheer SE & Shree Shankar (long jump), Arpinder Singh & Kamal Raj (triple jump), Tajinder Singh Toor & Om Prakash Singh (shot put);Women: Dutee Chand (60m), Sanjeevini Jadhav (3000m), Nayana James & Neena Varakil (long jump), Sheena NV (triple jump).Team for Asian Games test event competition (Jakarta, Indonesia):Men: Muhammed Sadath, Elakkaya Dasan, Vidya Sagar, Anuroop John, Satnaam Singh, CH Sudhakar (4x100m relay), Kunhu Muhammed, Jithu Baby, Jeevan KS, Sumit Kumar (4x400m relay), Santosh Kumar T, Jabir MP (400m, 4x400m relay), Jinson Johnson (800m), Ajay Kumar Saroj (1500m), G Lakshmanan (5000m), Davinder Singh Kang & Sahil Silwal (Javelin Throw), Tajinder Singh Toor & Om Prakash Singh (shot put, subject to the performance at Asian Indoors), Samsheer SE & Shree Shankar (long jump), Arpinder Singh & Kamal Raj (triple jump).Women: Jisna Mathew & Soniya Baishiya (400m & 4x400m relay), Debashree Majumdar, Sarita Gaikwad, Nitya Shree (4x400m relay), Hima Das (200m, 4x400m relay), Chitra PU (1500m), Suriya L & Sanjivani Jadhav (5000m), Sarita P Singh (hammer throw), Nayana James & Neena Varakil (long jump), Sheena NV (triple jump). PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Sterling To Fight Clippers Sale

first_imgNEW YORK -€” Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling responded to the NBA’s attempt to oust him, arguing that there is no basis for stripping him of his team because his racist statements were illegally recorded “during an inflamed lovers’ quarrel in which he was clearly distraught.”According to the response, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Sterling says V. Stiviano recorded him without his knowledge and thus the recording was illegal under California law. He also said he could not have “willfully” damaged the league because he did not know it would be made public.“A jealous rant to a lover never intended to be published cannot offend the NBA rules,” Sterling said in the document, which was first reported by USA Today.Meanwhile, the attorney for Shelly Sterling confirmed that Donald Sterling has given her written permission to sell the team. According to a person who is in contact with a potential bidder, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the process publicly, the Clippers are seeking binding bids before June 4, the day NBA owners are scheduled to meet in New York and vote on whether to strip Sterling of the team.The league said in a statement that if three-quarters of the 30 owners voted to sustain the charge, “the Sterlings’ interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold.”The NBA charged Donald Sterling with damaging the league and its merchandising partners, and the league’s constitution gave him until the end of May 27 to respond. According to a basketball official familiar with the proceedings, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Sterling, the NBA has scheduled a call of its executive committee for 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.Shelly Sterling submitted her own separate response to the NBA’s charges that included a “vigorous response to the attempt by the NBA to blame her for doing nothing wrong,” according to a person with knowledge of the proceedings. The individual wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the response.In his response, Donald Sterling says that next week’s hearing cannot be fair because the owners have already made up their minds, quoting 10 teams who commented on Twitter or elsewhere that they supported the seizure of the team. An AP survey on the day Commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling’s lifetime ban found that half of the teams supported it and no owner was against it.“These procedings will be a spectacle meant to mollify the popular opinion, not a fair and impartial hearing: the outcome of these procedings became a foregone conclusion weeks ago,” the response states.The response also notes the disparity between his lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine and previous NBA punishments, including the $100,000 fine levied on Kobe Bryant when he was caught referring to a referee by a homosexual slur, and the 72-game suspension of Ron Artest for punching a fan.The NBA said Sterling is in violation because his racist comments were harmful to the league and its business partners, including the players. Sterling’s response argues that because his comments came in the privacy of his girlfriend’s living room he cannot be considered “taking a position” that damaged the NBA, as required under the league constitution.“Mr. Sterling was not ‘conducting’ the ‘sport of professional basketball’ when he was arguing with Ms. Stiviano in her living room,” the response says. “Not even the Commissioner alleges that Mr. Sterling intended to harm the NBA with his comment. Nor could he. This was an argument between a jealous man and the woman he loved that should never have left the privacy of his living room.”Sterling also noted his history of supporting racial diversity, including five black head coaches and a black general manager, Elgin Baylor, who held the job for 22 years. Baylor eventually unsuccessfully sued Sterling, accusing him of racist behavior. It also notes that he was due to receive his second lifetime achievement award from the NAACP before the recording of his comments was leaked.The response claims that it would cost Sterling $300 million to $500 million in capital gains taxes if he is forced to sell now rather than pass the team to his heirs.(BRIAN MAHONEY and TAMI ABDOLLAH)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shoeless Joe Pic May Bring $100K

first_imgSharon Bowen thought her late husband was a bit crazy for buying a scrapbook filled with black and white photos of Cleveland ballplayers from the early 1900s — but not anymore.It turns out that book held what may be the only autographed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the Holy Grail of baseball signatures.Jackson, who was tossed out of baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series and remembered in the movie Field of Dreams, was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autographs among the rarest in sports.How many Jackson signatures are in existence isn’t clear, but most experts agree that it’s probably less than 100.But this is the first signed photo authenticated by autograph experts, according to Heritage Auctions, which is handling the sale of the century-old photograph this month.It could fetch at least $100,000, according to the Dallas-based auction house.“If I were a betting man, I’d say the chances of another one surfacing would be highly unlikely,” said Joe Orlando, President of Professional Sports Authenticator, which validated the signature and photo.Bowen’s husband, Bill, first saw the scrapbook about 10 years ago. It was stored in a barn near Cleveland and belonged to a couple whose family was friends with Frank W. Smith, a photographer with The Plain Dealer newspaper.He shot the photo of Jackson along with those of Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Napoleon Lajoie during spring training in 1911.The family offered to sell the scrapbook five years ago to Bowen’s husband because they knew how much he treasured the 60 photos. The price tag: $15,000.“I told him ‘absolutely not,’” Bowen said. “Luckily for me, I lost that argument.”Her husband kept the book in a trunk, looking at it almost every day and showing it off to friends. A collector all his life, he appreciated its history and connection to his hometown.Not knowing the book’s sky-high value, they never locked it up or worried about keeping it out of sight. “It wasn’t an investment,” she said.Bill died at age 67 last April, and the family decided someone else should enjoy the photos.The signed photos of Jackson and other members of the Cleveland Naps, the team that later became the Indians, will be sold in New York City on Feb. 21. The photo of Jackson — taken the year he became the only rookie to hit over .400 — had an online bid of $42,000 as of last week.A baseball bearing Jackson’s shaky signature brought $78,000 in 2011. Even a scrap of paper with his autograph sold for $23,100 nearly 25 years ago.The experts at Heritage Auctions were skeptical when the Bowen family contacted them. “We get calls and emails on a daily basis about stuff that turns out to be reproductions or they’re not authentic,” said Chris Ivy, the company’s Director of Sports Auctions.That changed quickly once they saw the images. They sent the photos to Professional Sports Authenticator whose sports memorabilia experts looked at them from all angles.“Our job is to be the skeptic, especially if it is too good to be true,” said Orlando.They first set out to determine that the photographs were originals and from the early 1900s, and they looked at the story behind the scrapbook and its origins.And they verified the autographs — not an easy task when it comes to Jackson’s childlike signature. It’s known that Jackson more or less signed his name by mimicking a pattern that his wife had made. She often signed his name, too.The experts at PSA looked at the pen pressure and the spacing of the Jackson signature while comparing it to other examples.“The stars aligned,” Orlando said.Mike Nola, official historian for the Shoeless Joe Jackson Society and a board member of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, said he can’t remember seeing another signed photo of Jackson.There are well over four dozen legitimate Jackson signatures that he knows of, including several bats and at least a dozen baseballs, he said. “That’s still pretty rare especially by today’s standards when guys are signing everything,” Nola said.(JOHN SEEWER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more