New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) Sportswear giant Adidas today announced its association with FIFA U-17 World Cup Local Organising Committee, coming onboard as the exclusive performance partner for the Mission XI Million programme. The programme was recently flagged off by the Sports Ministry and All India Football Federation in the capital. The Mission XI Million is an initiative that aims at reaching out to millions of youth across India to increase participation in football and create a platform for them to develop their skills. Speaking on the same, Hrishikesh Shende, Director, Football Business Unit, adidas India said, “adidas is deeply honoured to partner the Government to bring football to millions of young Indians across the country. We strongly believe that Mission XI Million is a stepping stone to put India on the world map of Football. Being the leader of this sport in India and globally, adidas will continue to support football at the grassroots level and encourage all football enthusiasts in India to take up the sport.” Reaffirming the brands commitment to nurture and promote grassroots football in India, Mission XI Million is a significant avenue for adidas to reach out to the youth across India and propagate the love for the game. Adidas will conduct exclusive master-classes for the participants at the Mission XI Million festivals, featuring a 360 degree approach to improve their skills in the sport. Speaking on the partnership, Joy Bhattacharjya, Project Director, Local Organising Committee FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 said, “adidas is a perfect fit as a partner with their strong association with global football and the FIFA World Cup. Their commitment towards this nation building project is not just as sponsors, they are actively involved in the actual Mission helping us design the actual programme with their master-classes.” PTI AH AHadvertisement
England’s Ben Stokes fetched a staggering $2.17 million in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) player auction on Monday, with the Rising Pune Supergiants splashing out in a frenzied bidding war to land the explosive all-rounder. (AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS)The Pune franchise fought off Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad to get the 25-year-old, paying 145 million rupees despite his limited availability for the Twenty20 competition. (IPL 2017: How the teams stack up after the auction)CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOWith England hosting South Africa in a one-day series in May, Stokes is set to miss the final phase of the April 5-May 21 tournament, yet the bidding surged from his base price of 20 million rupees. (Indian Premier League 2017: Virat Kohli’s RCB snare exciting fast bowler Tymal Mills)Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka told reporters that Stokes, now the most expensive overseas player in IPL history, would bring something new to the team for the 10th edition of the tournament. (IPL 2017: Five players who were snubbed at the auction)”He’s a complete player and he completes our squad. We’ve been lacking this one genre of player,” he said. (Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen Fleming)”We knew he was going to be there for the first 14 games … We pretty much knew we were not going to get him for below this price.” (Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid)Tymal Mills, Stokes’s England Twenty20 team mate, was snapped up for 120 million rupees by Royal Challengers Bangalore, who will look to benefit from the left-arm fast bowler’s ability to combine great pace with economy. (Indian Premier League 2017: Happy for myself and Rashid Khan, says Mohammad Nabi after SRH bag Afghan players)advertisementAll-rounder Chris Woakes was the third England player to get a hefty payday, going to Kolkata Knight Riders for 42 million rupees.Other big-earners included New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult and South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada, who both went for 50 million rupees to Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils respectively.England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan went to Kings XI Punjab for a relatively modest 20 million rupees. (Uncapped Indian players trump India stars at auction)Delhi Daredevils bought Australian paceman Pat Cummins for 45 million rupees, while compatriot Mitchell Johnson, who quit international cricket in 2015, returned to his former team Mumbai Indians for 20 million.Owners mostly gave the cold shoulder to slow bowlers, with South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who tops both the one-day and Twenty20 bowling rankings, unsold. (Tymal Mills happy to be on the same side with Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers)Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghanistan player to be bought in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad offering three million rupee for the all-rounder. They also bought Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan for 40 million rupees.UNCAPPED INDIAN BUYSAmong the uncapped domestic players, Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer T. Natarajan emerged one of the biggest gainers — he was sold for Rs 3 crore to Kings XI Punjab, which is 30 times his base price of Rs 10 lakh.Rookie Karnataka spinner Krishnappa Gowtham and Rajasthan medium pacer Aniket Choudhary were sold for 20 times their base price of Rs 10 lakh. While Gowtham was bought by the Mumbai Indians, Choudhary went to RCB for Rs 2 crore.Kerala medium pacer Basil Thampy went to Gujarat Lions for Rs 85 lakh after Rising Pune Supergiants left the bid. His base price was at Rs 10 lakh. The Gujarat franchise also roped in Rajasthan pacer Nathu Singh for Rs 50 lakh.Uttar Pradesh wicketkeeper Eklavya Dwivedi and veteran Mumbai leggie Pravin Tambe went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 75 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively, while Haryana southpaw Rahul Tewatia was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 25 lakh.Mumbai stumper-batsman Aditya Tare and Maharashtra middle order batsman Ankeet Bawane were bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively.All-rounder Pawan Negi, who rose to fame for being the costliest domestic player last season at Rs 8.5 crore, was bought by RCB for a mere Rs 1 crore, thanks to his disastrous campaign for DD in 2016.Meanwhile, Indian Test stars Ishant and Pujara joined some of the big names, including Tahir to remain unsold.Among the other notables are India’s Irfan Pathan, Unmukt Chand, Pragyan Ojha, Manvinder Bisla, Parvez Rasool and Abu Nechim Ahmed, Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perara, Aussie Brad Hodge, South African Kyle Abbot, Kiwis Ross Taylor and Ish Sodhi, West Indians Samuels, Jason Holder and Johnson Charles.
Mumbai, Mar 30 (PTI) A bill allowing resumption of bullock cart racing in Maharashtra will be introduced in the ongoing Budget session of Maharashtra Assembly. The decision was taken in the weekly cabinet meeting today. A cabinet sub-committee headed by Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Mahadeo Jankar will study the issue and submit a report, a government source said. The Supreme court has banned the bullock cart races. After Jallikattu, the traditional bull-taming sport, was legalised in Tamil Nadu through an ordinance following an agitation though the apex court had banned it, demand for similar measure for bullock cart races in Maharashtra was made. The Jankar committee will study the Supreme Courts order and submit its report at the earliest, the source said. The bill is expected to be introduced by April 5. PTI MR KRK
The Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE, has launched Nubia Z17 Mini in its home country today. The phone will start selling from April 13. The Nubia Z17 Mini comes in two variants: Snapdragon 652 SoC with 4GB RAM and Snapdragon 653 chipset with 6GB of RAM. The 4GB RAM variant has been priced at CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs 16,000) and the 6GB RAM variant will be sold at CNY 1,99 (approx. Rs 19000)The Nubia Z17 Mini has a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass at the top.The smartphone houses an octa-core Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 for the 4GB RAM edition and Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653 for the 5GB RAM edition. The Nubia Z17 Mini comes with 64GB internal storage and supports expandable storage up to 200GB using a microSD card. It runs a Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Nubia UI.Also Read: Nubia Z11 Mini S with 23MP rear camera launched in India at Rs 16,999The phone comes with 16MP selfies shooter but the USP of the phone is its dual rear camera set up. Nubia Z17 Mini sports dual camera at the back of 13MP each. One of these has a monochrome sensor while the other has a RGB sensor. As per the company claims, smartphone can capture images at ultra-fast focusing speed. The phone is powered by a 2950 mAh battery and includes connectivity options like 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC as connectivity options.Nubia which is the sub-brand of ZTE, recently announced three more smartphones but only for China- Nubia M2, Nubia M2 Lite, and Nubia N2. In India, the last phone by Nubia is Z11 Mini S, launched last month. The phone is Amazon exclusive and costs Rs 16,999. This again is a camera-centric phone as the USP of the Nubia Z11 Mini S is said to be its 23-megapixel rear camera that comes with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. On the front, the Z11 Mini S comes with a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus. The dualSIM Z11 Mini S runs Android Marshmallow-based Nubia UI 4.0 out-of-the-box.advertisement
Do you have Facebook-phobic, Twitter-resistant, social media skeptics to win over at your office?David Murdico had a good set of recommendations for dealing with this over at MediaPost this week.He says to:1. Educate — by candidly sharing what social media can and can’t do, by letting them experiment, and by helping them stay current with useful blogs and publications. Make clear social media is one approach to engagement – not a silver bullet and not rocket science.2. Integrate – by adding it to an integrated set of channels. Manage expectations as you go, making clear social media takes time and effort.3. ROI – make clear how your social media efforts will have an effect – and measure what they accomplish. At the end of the day, making a plan and showing impact are the name of the game.The full article is worth reading, and you can find it here.And if you still haven’t won over the skeptics, I have seven steps to making the case to the Facebook-phobic folks in your organization here.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard laughed off criticism from boss Maurizio Sarri after his goal helped to edge Tottenham out of a place in the EFL Cup final.The Blues carried a 1-0 deficit into the second leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge but goals from N’Golo Kante and Hazard were their reward for a stirring first-half display.Fernando Llorente’s header restored aggregate parity but Chelsea converted four out of four penalties as Eric Dier and Lucas Moura erred for the visitors on Thursday. 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! Sarri questioned his players’ mentality and appetite for the battle after going down 2-0 to Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend – words that certainly seemed to bring a collective response – while he called Hazard an “individual” as opposed to a “leader” at his pre-match news conference on Wednesday.Asked whether he was affected by Sarri’s observations, Hazard broke into a broad grin and told Sky Sports: “No, to be fair I don’t care.”It doesn’t matter what the manager says. I just want to do my best for this team and I’m happy.”46 – Chelsea have lost none of the 46 games (all comps) in which Eden Hazard has scored in at Stamford Bridge (P46 W39 D7 L0). Charm. pic.twitter.com/gjjAAvIVED— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 24, 2019Chelsea lost 2-0 to City when they met at Wembley in the Community Shield at the start of the season but won by the same scoreline to hand Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions their first Premier League loss of the campaign last month.”It’s always hard. They are the best team with Liverpool in the Premier League at the moment,” Hazard added.”They’ve won a lot of trophies but we also have a lot of great players, so it’s a 50-50 game.”Chelsea centre-back David Luiz dispatched the decisive penalty against Tottenham.”It’s a great feeling,” he told Sky Sports. “I think the team did great, especially in the first half we could score three or four goals.”In the second half we controlled the game. They had one opportunity and they scored. You saw the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”
Preventing the growing gap between the rich clubs and the rest is the key issue in European football, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Monday.The issue came to a head last year when UEFA, with the European Club Association’s (ECA) backing, introduced changes to the Champions League which will reduce the number group stage slots allocated to teams from Europe’s smaller leagues.The decision was made amid suggestions that the big clubs were considering a breakaway Super League.”Let’s put our cards on the table and be honest with ourselves: the biggest challenge over the next few years will be ‘competitive balance’,” Ceferin told the ECA general assembly. “How can we continue to develop football in Europe and avoid widening the huge gulf between the most powerful and the rest? That is the million-dollar question.”I am a pragmatist, I am open to any practical suggestion that might benefit European football,” he added.Ceferin said he was pleased that he had been able to talk to the ECA about “about ideas such as salary caps, luxury tax, squad limits and even reforming the transfer system” during the last few months.”If this is the direction we must take, we will,” he added.Ceferin, elected as UEFA president in September after the changes had been approved, admitted they had created “a few misunderstandings and frustrations for some.”The Slovenian lawyer also insisted the UEFA would enforce its breakeven rules known as Financial Fair Play. UEFA’s financial control last week began investigating if Paris St Germain’s spending spree had fallen foul of the rules.advertisementBrazilian striker Neymar left Barcelona to join PSG last month after the French side triggered his 222 million euros ($264 million) release clause and the record-breaking fees are unlikely to fall in the near future, agent and transfer market expert Esteve Calzada told Reuters.”UEFA’s credibility and that of football rests on us ensuring that the rules that are in force are respected. Nobody is above the law,” Ceferin said.ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who will step aside on Tuesday after deciding not to seek re-election, said “everyone will benefit” from the reform of European club competitions. “The small ones understand the big ones, and the big ones bear responsibility for the small ones,” said the former West Germany international. “The reform of the European club competitions has proven this again.”
Exclusive details under the Right To Information (RTI) Act into air travels by the MPs for official purposes has revealed that most of them prefer to fly business or first class at the cost of public exchequer.Surprisingly, it’s the parliamentarians from the Left parties who have spent the most.RTI reveals that the total expenditure of Travel Allowance (TA) and Dearness Allowance(DA) of all the Members of the Lok Sabha in one year from April 2016 to March 2017 is Rs 95,70,01,830. While the total expenditure of all Rajya Sabha members in one year from April 2016 to March 2017 is Rs 35,89,31,862. This huge cost is due to most members travelling first class or business class. The members are also entitled to claim one fourth of the airfare as DA.As per the RTI details, most of the members of the Rajya Sabha have claimed about Rs 10 lakhs in the form of TA/DA in one year from April 2016 to March 2017. Highest spender happens to be CPI(M) MP from West Bengal Ritabrata Banerjee who has claimed a whopping Rs 69,24,335 which comes to almost Rs 6 lakhs a month.The MP made a clean close to Rs 14 lakhs as dearness allowance. Interestingly, the MP is under suspension from the party for his lavish lifestyle. CPI(M) had suspended Ritabrata Banerjee for three months in June after he posted pictures on social media sporting a Mont Blanc and Apple smartwatch. The party had found him guilty of deviating from party’s ideology which encourages austerity.The second highest spender also happens to be a Communist leader. CPI leader D Raja claimed Rs 65,04,880 during last financial year for his air travels for official purposes.advertisementThe Left leader spent up to Rs 65,841 from Delhi to Chennai air travel and after adding 1/4 additional amount as DA, he claimed Rs 82,301 for this travel.Another West Bengal MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of AITC claimed Rs 61,72,271. He spent Rs 56,136 for travelling from Kolkata to Delhi and after adding 1/4th additional amount, he claimed Rs 70,170 for the trip.The list of top spenders include veteran Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, Tiruchi Siwa of the DMK, CP Narayanan, CPI(M) MP from Kerala, and P Bhattacharya of the Congress.JD(U) MP from Bihar Anil Kumar Sahani is 10th in the list of top Rajya Sabha spenders. The MP is an accused in the LTC scam. The CBI had alleged that MP in collusion with other persons, used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes and claimed to the tune of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without undertaking the actual journey, Sahani had been claiming that he had fallen victim to a racket.The Lok Sabha secretariat has provided air travel details of individual MPs for the period between 1st July 2016 to 31st December 2016 only under RTI. Most of the members in the Lok Sabha spent about Rs 2 lakh to Rs 7 lakh on air travel in six months. At the same time, some members has spent more than Rs 57 lakh in 6 months, which is about Rs 10 lakh per month.The top two spenders happen to be from the Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK. Party MP Dr K Gopal has claimed Rs 57,54,307 as air fare and DA for this period while his colleague P Kumar has claimed Rs 44,29,901. BJP MP from Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bishnu Pada Ray who has claimed Rs 41,06,684 is third in the list of top spenders which includes CPI(M) MPs from Kerala Dr Anirudhan Sampath and PK Sreemathy as well. Another Kerala MP KC Venugopal of the INC and BJP MP Hari Manjhi from Bihar also figure among the top ten.RTI activist-advocate Dinesh Chadha while divulging the details told India Today, “As per The Salary Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act 1954, the members are entitled for air fare and an additional amount equal to 1/4 of air fare as DA, nowhere it is mentioned that members are entitled for fare of business class or any other special class”.Also read:Facing flying ban by airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad reaches Delhi via chartered flight3,4,5,6 of Cabinet reshuffle: How Modi built his new team with caste politicians, ex-babus
Galaxy Note 8 vs iPhone X. The stakes are as high as they can get in this mighty match-up. There have been some great rivalries in sport – Prost vs Senna, Federer vs Nadal and in the world of Cricket, India vs Pakistan. In the smartphone game, the ongoing rivalry between Apple and Samsung is as competitive and ruthless as any of those listed above.Both the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X represent the best of what Samsung and Apple have to offer in the smartphone arena. The Galaxy Note 8 is arguably one of the best Android phones out there and the iPhone X (by default) the best iPhone. So both smartphones also represent the best Android and iOS have to offer as of September 2017.Both the Note 8 and iPhone X come with immensely powerful internals, a gorgeous bezel-less design, capable dual cameras, an OLED display and facial recognition. In this cold and ruthless match-up, which smartphone has what it takes to emerge victorious? Let’s examine both phones in detail:The story of both smartphones revolves around their design. The Galaxy Note 8 carries forward much of the same design motifs Samsung introduced in the S8 and S8 Plus. It comes with the same edge-to-edge ‘Infinity display’ and as a result looks as sleek and gorgeous. The smartphone is carved out of glass and metal and thanks to the edge-to-edge ‘Infinity’ display, has an incredible screen to body ratio of 83 per cent. While it looks very similar to the S8, it is not as curvaceous – it looks much more blocky and squared off.Just like the Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X also comes with a striking bezel-less design with no physical buttons, an expansive edge-to edge display and an all glass back. The stainless steel centrepiece that joins the front and back fascia of the smartphone is virtually non-existent giving the impression that the phone is one continuous sheet of glass. What comes in the way of the seamless experience a little bit is the ‘notch’ at the top of the display which houses the front facing camera and assortment of sensors including the all important TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID.Choosing between the two smartphones purely on the basis of design will depend completely on personal tastes and preferences. Some might like the smaller and curvaceous iPhone 8, while others might prefer the more hefty and industrial looking Note 8. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What cannot be denied is that both smartphones look extremely futuristic and cutting edge.The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The iPhone X has a slightly smaller 5.8-inch ‘Super Retina’ display which Apple claims offers great contrast, wide colour support and accurate colours. Both the Note 8 and iPhone X have an edge-to-edge panel with almost no bezels to speak of. As a result, they look sleek and futuristic – as if they have appeared from the set of a Sci-Fi film. The similarities don’t end there – both smartphones come with OLED panels that support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. The iPhone X has an ace up its sleeve though in the form of its TrueTone technology. It’s True Tone display changes its colour temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain.Both the iPhone X and Note 8 have facial recognition technology on board. However, Apple claims that its Face ID is safer, faster and more adaptable. There have been widespread reports of Samsung’s facial recognition tech being fooled using photos. Apple asserts that its Face ID has a one in a million chance of being fooled by someone else’s face. Samsung’s biometric authentication also does not work very well in low light. Face ID on the other hand, according to Apple, can be used in the dark thanks to a fancy Flood Illuminator on board the iPhone X. While on paper, Apple’s Face ID technology surely sounds better than the one found on the Note 8, we will have to wait till we get our hands on the device to pass a final verdict.The Note 8 strikes back simply by having a fingerprint scanner on board. Apple’s Touch ID sensor, which has been a staple on all iPhones since its introduction in the iPhone 5s in 2013, is conspicuous by its absence in the iPhone X. If rumours are to be believed, Apple has unceremoniously dropped the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone X because the company failed to embed it under the smartphone’s display. Even though the Note 8’s fingerprint sensor is located at an embarrassingly awkward location, it is still better than not having one altogether. The Note 8 also comes with Iris Scanning which allows you to unlock the smartphone using your eyes – a feature not present on the iPhone X.Both the iPhone X and Note 8 come with optically stabilised dual cameras on the back. The iPhone X has a 12MP wide-angle sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 alongside another 12MP telephoto sensor with an aperture of f/2.4, the addition of which allows for 2X optical zoom and the capture of images with depth of field effects. The Note 8 also comes with a similar dual camera setup – a primary 12MP wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.7 and a secondary 12MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4 that allows for the capture of bokeh shots and 2X optical zoom.In the imaging department, both smartphones have some pretty cool tricks up their sleeve. The Note 8 comes with a feature called ‘Live Focus’ which allows you to adjust the depth of field while previewing a shot or even after you have taken an image. Another feature called ‘Dual Capture’ allows you to take an image using both the wide angle and telephoto sensors simultaneously after which you can choose which photo you want to keep. The iPhone X on the other strikes back with ‘Portrait Lighting’ – a feature which changes the lighting effect on photos.Let’s talk about a few extra features. Both the Note 8 and iPhone X are water and dust resistant and come with support for wireless charging. The iPhone X also comes with extremely futuristic Augmented Reality features. An improved gyroscope and accelerometer, the new A11 Bionic CPU, an improved image signal processor and Apple’s new GPU all work together to enhance the phone’s AR capabilities. The Note 8 will also support AR features to an extent in the future through Google’s ARCore.The Note 8 also comes with an updated S-Pen which now has a 0.7mm tip and a pressure sensitivity level of 4,096. Samsung claims this helps replicate the experience of using an actual pen. The S Pen has learnt a few new tricks as well. There’s the ability to take notes without even powering on the device. There’s also a feature called Live messages through which you can send messages to people you know in creative ways – the phone will animate and add effects like sparkles to whatever you draw or write. The best part? These can be sent as GIF’s via any messaging app that supports the format.Finally, lets’ talk about pricing and availability. The iPhone X will go on sale in India from November 3 for a starting price of Rs 89,000. The 256GB version will set you back a king’s ransom of Rs 1,02,000. The Note 8 on the other hand will go on sale in India for Rs 67,900 from September 21 onward. If you are an iPhone loyalist and have been waiting for Apple to release an ‘no holds barred’ iPhone for a long time, then there is no stopping you from buying an iPhone X. Otherwise, the Note 8 seems to offer almost everything the iPhone X does and then some more for Rs 25,000 less.Also Read: Not iPhone X, it is iPhone 8 that looks like a promising updateadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Bhubaneswar, Sep 17 (PTI) The Ekalabya Puraskar 2017, would be given to Hockey player Dipsan Tirkey.The Ekalabya Committee comprising of jury members drawn from different walks of life were unanimous in their decision to select emerging and talented Hockey player Dipsan Tirkey for the award at a meeting held here today.The annual award comprising a cash prize of Rs five lakh and a citation would be presented to the talented player at the Ekalabya Award function.The Ekalabya award was started in 1993.Tirkey has a brilliant international and national track record. He was a member of the Indian Team that emerged Champion in the 8th Junior Mens Asia Cup Hockey Tournament in Malayasia and is a rising star in the national Hockey team.Besides Tirkey, two other sportspersons will be felicitated for their remarkable performances at various International & National level in their respective fields.They are athlete Amiya Mallick and hockey player Deep Grace Ekka, who was a member of the Womens Indian Olympic team. Both will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each along with citations. The date for Ekalabya Award function will be announced later.The Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted by IMPaCT, the social wing of IMFA, which has been promoting literature, sports, the arts, culture and other socially meaningful activities in the state for decades.The Puraskar, an annual award given to young upcoming sportspersons has come a long way to be recognized as the most prestigious sports award of Odisha, drawing parallels with many national awards. It has acted as a catalyst for sportspersons to excel both at National & International level.advertisementAnnouncing the names of this year?s winners, Baijayant Panda, MP and Trustee of IMPaCT said, “We feel humbled and gratified that our relentless pursuit to recognize and foster excellence in sports has reaped rich dividends for the state and the country.””We are delighted that we have upheld the values of fairness and transparency, raising the bar with every passing year and that the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar has carved a special niche in the hearts of sports lovers as we celebrate its 25 anniversary this year,” he said. PTI SKN RG
The Indian bowlers were in full flow in the first T20I against Australia in Ranchi on Saturday. India equalled the record for most bowled dismissals in an innings. Only four other international teams have managed to have achieved the same feat. The quintet of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared the eight wickets among themselves.Bumrah and Kuldeep picked up two wickets each with both dismissals being ‘bowled’. The pace bowler gave away just 17 runs in his three overs, as his precise and accurate deliveries got the better of Tim Paine and Nathan Coulter-Nile. The wily chinaman, on the other hand, cost only 16 runs to the team in his full quota of four overs. Kuldeep foxed Moises Henriques and an in-from Aaron Finch.6 ‘bowled’ by Indian bowlers equals the T20I record. Four other bowling sides have done it.#INDvsAUS- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 7, 2017How the wickets fell -17.4 overs:J. Bumrah to Coulter-Nile – Nathan Coulter-Nile became the sixth batsmen who has been bowled! Bumrah bowled a full pace yorker as Nathan Coulter-Nile was been cleaned up. This is the most number of bowled dismissals Australia have had in an innings.17.1 overs:J. Bumrah to Tim Paine – The ball from Bumrah stayed very low and it got the better of Paine. Bumrah bowled it from wide off the crease and landed it on a length on middle. The ball skided off the surface and also kept low. Paine was unable to get his bat down in time as the ball hit the base of middle. Five batsmen have been out bowled in this innings. Six down for Australia.advertisement13.3 overs:H. Pandya to T. Head – Pandya cames around the wicket and went very wide of the crease, bowling it on a length around off. Head tried to force it through the off side but got an inside edge on the leg stump.BCCI Photo12.2 overs: K. Yadav to M. Henriques – Henriques came down the track and tried to dominate Kuldeep. Yadav saw him coming and slowed it a touch, dragging his length back. Henriques swung but the ball stayed low, getting an inside edge on the stumps.9.5 overs:K. Yadav to A. Finch – Kuldeep gave the ball air on off and the ball turned back in. Finch was in two minds there as he first tried to sweep but then tried to flick. He left a gap between bat and pad in doing so. The ball sneaked through and hit the stumps.0.5 overs:B. Kumar to D. Warner – The Australian skipper had to walk back after a length bowl from Bhuvneshwar Kumar lands on outside off. Warner tried to force it through the off side but got an inside edge onto the off stump.
Roberto Bautista Agut won his second Auckland Classic title on Saturday as he battled past Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the final.Bautista Agut of Spain beat the second seed Del Potro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 and shone once more in New Zealand ahead of the Australian Open, starting January 15.The fifth seed was unable to defend his title last year due to illness but this time he came back fit and took the trophy once again.ALSO WATCHThe Spanish never let Del Potro settle and took control of the match right from the start.Make that two-time ASB Classic Roberto Bautista Agut wins his third consecutive #ATP final, d. Del Potro in Auckland.Read More: https://t.co/hVdIe5nvUg #ATP pic.twitter.com/RjWaKkT9bb— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) January 13, 2018Del Potro had advanced to the final behind his booming forehand that nullified the superb defensive game of David Ferrer.However, Bautista Agut romped through the first set in 31 minutes as he broke the Argentine three times and produced numerous forehand winners.”Roberto was just playing so well,” said Del Potro, who added he had played most of his matches in Auckland at night and was slow to adjust to the hot and humid conditions on Saturday.”He moves so fast from the baseline and he made it tough.”The second set went on serve with neither able to get a break point opportunity until the 10th game, when Del Potro seized upon to send the match into a decider as Bautista Agut hit a backhand into the net after a cagey baseline rally.advertisementNeither player offered many opportunities in the third set until the 11th game, when the Spaniard converted the second of his break points to take a 6-5 lead and then held serve to triumph in a little more than two hours.”It was an unbelievable match today,” said Bautista Agut, who was presented with a ceremonial ‘taiaha’, or Maori wooden staff.”I have been fighting all week and felt like I wasn’t playing good tennis but today I did.”Juan Martin is very tough to beat and I think I just played two amazing games at the end of the match.”Both players will now turn their attention to next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne, where Bautista Agut will play compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the first round.Del Potro, who will move back into the top 10 for the first time since 2014 after a succession of surgeries on both wrists, takes on American prospect Frances Tiafoe and he said the run to the Auckland final had been a massive confidence boost.”It’s a good start for me,” he said. “I didn’t expect to make a final in my first tournament of the year and I am looking forward to Melbourne.”It is a big event.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
Virat Kohli was named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year, which included four other Indians as well.Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah made the ODI teams of the year while Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara were handed a spot in Tests.India had a sensational year under Kohli, where they reached the top of the ICC Test rankings and are second and third in ODIs and T20Is respectively.WATCHThe Indian team won 37 matches across all formats in 2017 — the second most by any team in a calendar year.In July 2016, Kohli was yet to hit a Test double-century. In the period since he has hit six, taking his long format game to new heights #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/50Mr1p1kHs— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018Kohli spearheaded the team with panache and slammed 2818 runs across all the formats while Rohit hit 1293 runs (ODIs) and Pujara slammed 1140 runs. Rohit was second to Kohli (1460) in most runs in the 50-over format while Pujara finished runner-up to Steve Smith, who had a sensational year with 1305 runs in red-ball cricket.In the bowling department, Bumrah, who is currently the No. 3 ODI bowler, grabbed 39 wickets from 23 games and was the third highest wicket-taker in 2017 while Ashwin had 56 scalps from 11 matches. The Tamil Nadu tweaker is also ranked fourth in the world in Tests.The Test team comprised of Dean Elgar, David Warner, Kohli (C), Steve Smith, Pujara, Ben Stokes, Quinton de Kock, Ashwin, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada and Janmes Anderson.advertisementThe ODI team on the other hand had David Warner, Rohit, Kohli (C), Babar Azam, AB de Villiers, de Kock, Stokes, Trent Boult, Hassan Ali, Rashid Khan and Bumrah.ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year@deanelgar@davidwarner31@imVkohli C@stevesmith49@cheteshwar1@benstokes38@QuinnydeKock69@ashwinravi99@mstarc56@KagisoRabada25@jimmy9https://t.co/rn34pzsCyD#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/lTjC2rDNDj— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year@davidwarner31@ImRo45@imVkohli C@babarazam258@ABdeVilliers17@QuinnydeKock69@benstokes38@trent_boult@RealHa55an@rashidkhan_19@Jaspritbumrah93https://t.co/3ps2ay8T4J#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/I855WfVUqR— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2018Kohli, Stokes and de Kock were the only constants in both the teams.Yuzvendra Chahal was also handed the ICC T20I Performance of the Year award for his 6/25 against England in Bengaluru, which won India the three-match T20 series early in 2017.Kohli, however, had more reasons to cheer as he swept the awards completely.He was also announced the ICC Cricketer of the Year, ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year. He was adjudged the Captain of both ICC Test and ODI Teams.The India captain scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.ALSO WATCH:
Coimbatore, Jan 21 (PTI) The first ever bull taming sport of Jallikkattu in the district would be held on January 28. The groundbreaking ceremony for laying vadivasal, the gate through which bulls are sent to the arena, was performed today at Chettipalayam on the outskirts. Jallikattu is being jointly organised by the District Administration and Omkar Foundation. About 750 bulls were expected to participate and 550 bull-tamares have registered for the event. A temporary gallery to accommodate to about 5,000 persons was getting ready in a sprawling 25 acres, the organisers said. PTI NVM RC
India’s U-19 stars Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw were all praise for their coach Rahul Dravid after India’s historic fourth title at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.Gill, who finished the tournament with 372 runs said that the team was fortunate enough to have Dravid as their coach.”We were fortunate enough to have Rahul as coach,” said Gill.”All credit to our support staff, they’ve really been supporting us for the last two years. And full credit to the guys as well. Rahul sir is a legend,” added Shaw.Speaking about the team’s efforts, Gill, who was also named the man-of-the-tournament, said: “I’m really proud of my team. It as a good experience for all of us. It’s been pretty exciting. I hope I’ll do well in the IPL as well.”Gill also said that Dravid allows him the freedom, which helps him to play his way and score runs.The winning captain and coach – Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Dravid!#U19CWC pic.twitter.com/u5NKOTwBYV— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) February 3, 2018″He was always telling me to express myself and play along the ground as much as possible,” said the 19-year-old.The Indian captain on the other hand, said that he can’t express what he is feeling right now.”I really can’t express what I’m feeling now,” said Shaw.He was all praise for his opening partner Manjot Kalra, who scored a commanding century in the final to help India lift the cup.”It was the final, a very crucial hundred from Manjot. Gill was batting really well,” said the Mumbaikar.advertisementHe also praised the young pacers, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who impressed everybody with their raw pace and accuracy.”And the two pacers, Mavi and Kamlesh, who’ve been excellent throughout the tournament,” said the 19-year-old captain.He also thanked the fans before leaving.”Thanks for all the support from India. Great memories here. We’re looking forward to going back,” said Prithvi.This is how Manjot Kalra, Ishan Porel and Riyan Parag reacted to their historic victory.Manjot Kalra: “I enjoyed it a lot. The conditions were good. Not a difficult wicket, it was flat and good to bat on,” he says. “It’s been a great environment within the team and I’ve enjoyed that. It’s very grateful to be a part of this team. I can’t explain my feelings right now. We’ll celebrate this night, the best night of ours.”Ishan Porel: “Amazing feeling. I’m feeling on top of the world. I’ve had messages on my phone from India. I was unfortunately not been able to reply to all of them, but thanks to all of them. Our bowlers have been fantastic throughout the tournament. I can only say team effort.”Riyan Parag: “It’s amazing. I was thinking I wouldn’t get to bat and I proved myself right. For an opener to take the team through is amazing. I thought it would be a tough match. It was a tough match but we made it look easy, I guess. As a batsman, if you execute your plans, you’ll succeed in these conditions.”
Minerva Punjab FC produced an inspired performance despite a stunning comeback display by Shillong Lajong to win 3-2 in the I-League in their first home game at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Chandigarh on Wednesday.Minerva showed utter dominance in the first half and struck two goals past Lajong before the Shillong team hit back early in the second half to draw level. However, an 80th minute goal from Gagandeep Bali finally gave them the win.WATCHMinerva are now at the top of the I-League table with 29 points from 13 matches. NEROCA is breathing down their neck at second with 27 points but having played a game more than the toppers.Minerva started attacking heavily in the opening few minutes of the match and they were rewarded with a goal in the 5th minute. It came as an outcome of Sukhdev’s long throw-in which came rumbling down to Dano after multiple deflections and flicks. Dano volleyed it with utmost precision to finish in the top right corner of the net giving no chance to the keeper.In the 14th minute, Gagandeep set up Checho for a simple finish but the star from Bhutan failed to settle himself and missed the target from six yards out. Thereafter, William struck from 35 yards out in the 28th minute but Lajong keeper Phurba somehow kept the shot out.All of that attack by the team from Punjab resulted in their second goal just ahead of halftime. Gagandeep passed to Chencho on the right flank and then met his low cross to find the net.advertisementThe first half ended with a scoreline of 2-0 in favour of the home side.Shillong Lajong came for the second half with Alen Deory replacing Lalrohlua and that made an instant impact for them. Lajong struck back-to-back goals in a span of three minutes to breath life into the match.A bit of scuffle in the box followed by multiple clearance attempts gave Odafin a chance to shoot the loose ball from outside the box found the elusive goal at the hour-mark.Three minutes later, Laurence Doe stunned the noisy Minerva supporters by scoring the equaliser. Having been left completely unmarked, Doe had all the time and space to head it past a leaping Dagar to help his team equalise.Gagandeep, in the 80th minute, made the best of a confusion among Shillong defenders, which left Gagandeep unmarked just outside the box and helped Minerva get all the three points from the match.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan finally managed to reach triple figures in this series after missing out on the last two occasions against South Africa.Dhawan slammed his 13th hundred in one-day internationals in the ongoing 4th ODI at Johannesburg on Saturday. He got to the milestone with a boundary straight down the ground against Chris Morris in the 34th over.WATCHIt is the left-hander’s first hundred in South Africa and his third overall against the Proteas in ODIs. He is also the first Indian batsman and ninth overall to reach triple figures in his 100th ODI.100th ODI13th ODI ton #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/5eWCJqjnUjBCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2018Gordon Greenidge (West Indies), Chris Cairns (New Zealand), Mohammed Yousuf (Pakistan), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Marcus Trescothick (England), Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies) and David Warner (Australia) slammed a ton in their 100th ODI before Dhawan.The Delhi batsman, who is playing his 99th innings, is the fourth quickest batsman after Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli and Warner to score 13 hundreds in the format.Dhawan missed out on a big score in the last three matches after getting dismissed for 76 in the third ODI and was not out on 51 in the second match.The 32-year-old has been in brilliant form in the 50-over format since last year and scored 960 runs in 22 matches at an average of 48 with 3 hundreds and 6 half-centuries.He is the second highest run-scorer behind Virat Kohli in this series with 260 runs and counting.advertisementDhawan and Kohli’s form with the bat along with wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s performances have helped India dominate South Africa in this series which they currently lead 3-0.Dhawan was dropped from the playing XI in the Test series after just one failure in the first match against South Africa last month but that hasn’t affected his performance in the current ODI series.India look set for a big total in the ongoing match as well with Dhawan and Kohli adding 158 runs for the second wicket before the latter got out on 75. Kohli got to his 46th ODI fifty right after Dhawan but couldn’t carry on to score his 35th hundred.The 29-year-old is the leading run-scorer in this series with 393 runs in four matches with two hundreds and a fifty so far. He powered India to victory in the third ODI by scoring an unbeaten 160, which was his 34th hundred in the format and 14th while batting first.”Kohli is a treat to watch. At times when you do think or imagine if I was young and playing against Virat Kohli where would I bowl and I do feel it would be a bit difficult to bowl at him. It doesn’t matter what sort of pitch it is because he is a complete player. I think in world cricket after Sachin Tendulkar, it’s his turn now,” former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram recently told India Today in an exclusive chat.
What is Salchow? No, it isn’t a Korean delicacy. It is actually a move in the figure-skating sport at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics! This article is basically a handbook of all the terms used in Winter Olympics, which are not as easy to understand as you think they are.Here are 13 sporting terms which you need to know if you want to discuss the PyeongChang Winter Olympics like a pro!1InrunThe jumper slides onto a start bar at the top of an in-run, then pushes off and folds into a crouching position with arms at their sides and skis aligned in icy grooves (winter) or porcelain tracks (summer).Inrun is a term under the sport: ski jumping. It refers to the approach to a jump. The term is a direct translation from the German word ‘anlauf’. At the Winter Olympics, competitions are held for both large-hill and normal-hill jumps. 2014 was the first year that women’s ski jumping was included as an Olympic event.2OllieOllie move. (Source: Snowboarder Magazine)Ollie isn’t just your neighbour’s friendly dog’s name, but also a term relevant to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic sport: snowboarding. The christening of the move’s name is credited to a skateboarder, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand. An ollie is a manoeuvre in which the rider transfers weight from the front to the back foot to snap the board up off the ground. This is different from a pop, which occurs when a rider jumps using both feet simultaneously. Ollie is borrowed from skateboarding, in which the skater kicks the tail of the board down while jumping in order to make the board pop into the air.3RocksCurling rocksNot those you have preserved from your last beach trip. This is an important term under the game of curling. The name of the game comes from the motion of the sliding stones as they move across the ice. Among curlers, the stones they throw are commonly called rocks.4PistePisteThe French term refers to a downhill ski trail. It derives from the Old Italian verb, pistare, meaning “to trample down,” and is related to the word, piston. The term, off piste, is occasionally used to refer to leisurely (and sometimes illicit) skiing done outside official marked trails– which basically qualifies as a foul at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.5PushersBobsled pushersIn the bobsled competition, the pushers are the final 2 crew members to enter the bobsled. They provide the essential push in that first 50 meters of the course before jumping into the sled.6MogulSki run mogulsNo, the word is not related to the mogul that refers to a wealthy or powerful individual. This mogul is the hill sense of mogul, which derives from a word (mugl) that means “small hill” in some German dialects. A mogul is a bump in a ski run. Moguls, in this sense, are usually formed from the tendency of snow to collect into mounds as skiers take sharp turns. The moguls are then used to perform turns and aerial manoeuvres at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.7Double corkSnowboardingDouble cork is a term used in snowboarding. In this use, the word cork is a back-formation of a corkscrew, describing how a snowboarder rotates in the air. A double cork is an in-air stunt in which a snowboard does two rotations before landing. Both David Benedek and Travis Rice are credited with popularizing the move.8Slalomsnowboarding and skiing slalomSlalom is a term used for a move in skiing and snowboarding. The word derives appropriately from the Norwegian word ‘slalam’, meaning “sloping track”. It describes the event in which downhill skiers must clear a series of gates by skiing around them in a zigzag course. Today’s Winter Olympics, including the ones happening right now at PyeongChang, also include the ‘giant slalom’ in skiing and snowboarding, with more of an emphasis on speed and gates spaced wider apart. The types of gates used in slalom courses, like delay, flush, and hairpin, can make or break a race. In a delay, there is an open and a closed gate in succession, which changes the speed of the race. In the hairpin, there are two closed gates in a row, and in a flush, there are three or four closed gates in a row, challenging a skier’s agility.9IcingIce hockeyThis is not the icing on the cake you’re eyeing. Icing is a defensive manoeuvre in hockey, which happens when a player shoots the puck from the defensive half of the rink over the opponent’s goal line–but not into the goal–in order to keep the puck out of the reach of attacking opponents. If the puck is next touched by an opponent other than the goalkeeper, it results in a penalty against the defensive team.10LutzLutzA lutz is a staple in the Olympic figure-skating competition. It refers to a backward figure-skating jump with a takeoff from the outside edge of one skate followed by a full rotation in the air and a landing on the back outer edge of the opposite skate. While some attribute to the term to Alois Lutz, a little-known Austrian figure skater from the 1920s, some attribute it to the Swiss-American figure skating coach, Gustave Lussi.11SalchowUlrich SalchowJust like lutz and axel are derived from moves made by skaters, Salchow is named after Swedish figure skater Ulrich Salchow who first performed the move. The move involves a jump in which the skater leaps from the back inside edge of one skate, making one full rotation of the body in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other. Figure skating was earlier part of the Summer Olympic Games.12AxelAxelAn axel is also a move in figure skating. Though it is often confused with the common word axle, an axel in figure skating refers to a jump performed by a skater leaping from the front outer edge of one skate into the air to make one and a half rotations of the body and landing on the back outer edge of the other skate. The move was popularized by Norwegian figure skater Axel Paulsen. When an additional full rotation is added to the jump, it becomes a double axel; two full rotations, a triple axel, and so on.13BluelinerBluelinerNot the variant of your kohl. This term is relevant to hockey at the Winter Olympics, including the one currently running at PyeongChang. It refers to one of the two defensemen in a standard alignment. The name arose because the defensemen often stay planted near the blue lines on the ice during play, as opposed to on the red line at the centre of the ice.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is relishing the prospect of playing a role in improving the country’s cricket structure.After the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that chairman Najam Sethi had appointed Akhtar his advisor on cricket affairs and brand ambassador, the pacer said he would do his best.”I am really happy to be given this position because I have always wanted to do something for Pakistan cricket. We have great talent but a structure that needs improvement,” he said.The PCB chief is also expected to announce former captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, as another advisor on cricket.Akhtar said that he had accepted the position because he felt that Sethi sincerely wanted to do good for Pakistan cricket and the success of the Pakistan Super League was proof of this.Akhtar, who has been a staunch critic of the cricket structure, said it was good if former players were involved in helping the board improve the system.Sethi, while announcing Akhtar’s appointment said he had taken the decision because the fast bowler was a big name in international cricket and had good knowledge of the game.Interestingly, the PCB, while appointing Akhtar, has not extended the contracts of former greats Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as brand ambassadors of the PSL.Sethi said that since all franchises of the PSL had appointed their own brand ambassadors there was no need for the board to have PSL brand ambassadors.Akhtar, during his playing days, was always at loggerheads with the board on disciplinary issues and also faced bans and fines.advertisementBut after Sethi took over as chairman, he ordered the board to repay Akhtar seven million rupees, which were deducted by the PCB on the recommendations of a disciplinary hearing sometime back.(Courtesy: PTI)