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10 months agoMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan Utd open talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks with Fiorentina for Nikola Milenkovic.La Repubblica says former manager Jose Mourinho appeared to have identified the 21-year-old centre-back as the man to solve his defensive woes at Old Trafford.And despite Mourinho’s sacking, United are still pressing ahead to complete a deal.And it goes on to state officials have been locked in talks with Milenkovic’s agent throughout the Christmas period in order to get the transfer over the line.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants to bring in reinforcements to help boost interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quest to secure a top four spot.But the club are not expected to spend too heavily once the window re-opens, preferring instead to get the majority of funds for their next permanent boss. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town winger Elias Kachunga insists there’s positives to come from defeat at Manchester United.Kachunga made his first start since the September defeat at Leicester.”I think we played a good game and had our chances to go 1-0 up and even 1-1. We have to take the positives out of this game and move on,” said the winger.”Everyone has to work on putting the ball in the net and to have a good feeling on the pitch. It could’ve been a different game if we went 1-0 up.“We create the chances, now we just have to finish them.”Kachunga added: “I am happy that I am back and that I played against Manchester United, and I hope I can help the team with my fighting spirit and everything that I have.” last_img read more

10 months agoOzil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammates

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ozil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammatesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is adamant a knee injury is keeping him on the sidelines.Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint, with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery saying after the game: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”The German playmaker also missed Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, but took to Twitter after the match to congratulate his team-mates for the victory and tell fans that he is targeting a comeback as soon as he can.Positive start into 2019 for us! Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa#M10— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019 last_img read more

4 days agoTrippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Trippier has revealed a nickname Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa has given him.The England full-back completed his move from Tottenham to the Spanish club in the summer, where Costa is also currently plying his trade.And the ex-Chelsea striker has wasted no time in giving Trippier plenty of banter, naming him after Man Utd and England legend Wayne Rooney.Costa has a reputation for being hot-headed with a fiery temper, but Trippier explained his other persona as the joker of the dressing room is more accurate.“He calls me Rooney ten times a day!” Trippier told Marca. “He’s like that all the time and it makes me laugh. But it’s Diego. I don’t mind. We all find it fun.“I like him to make jokes every day. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with.“There’s a great atmosphere on the team, joking with each other, but Costa is the funniest. He also says I look like a boxer – but I don’t think so!“It’s been easy to adapt here. The weather is nice. The food is incredible, better than in England. People welcome me and make my family smile. It makes it easier for me.” last_img read more

College Football’s Top 10 Coaches, Per Athlon Sports

first_imgAthlon Sports ranks college footballs best coaches.Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. .@AthlonSports ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.last_img read more

Ozil challenged to be more like Bergkamp

first_imgMesut Ozil has been challenged to become more like Arsenal icon Dennis Bergkamp, with Ray Parlour looking for greater consistency if the German is to remain with the Gunners.Questions are being asked of the 30-year-old’s ongoing presence at Emirates Stadium.He is tied to a lucrative contract and there are those that believe he has failed to justify the funds and faith being shown in him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? There have been calls for Unai Emery to move the World Cup winner on this summer, freeing up space in the squad and wage bill for reinforcements.Parlour is not convinced that Ozil should be offloaded, as his creativity remains without question, but the former Arsenal winger concedes that more is required from a man with the ability to be a talismanic presence.“If Mesut is going to play a part in getting Arsenal back in the top four, then the club should keep him,” Parlour told Press Association Sport.“But he has got to work hard.“I played with Dennis Bergkamp and he very rarely had a poor game – you always knew what you would get out of him – and that is what Mesut needs to do, too.“The best players are consistent and I want to see that from Mesut. He is a quality player but he goes in and out of games, and it could be argued that he goes missing in the big matches. That is when you need your top men to perform.“He should have that in his locker. He has won the World Cup and starred for massive clubs. He just needs to show that desire to play for his team-mates and show more energy.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Mesut Ozil Hector Bellerin Arsenal 2018If Ozil does not move on, then Emery is expected to be given another limited transfer budget with which to work.Parlour added on the challenges facing the Gunners as they prepare for a third successive season without Champions League football: “The investment is going to be very important for Arsenal if they want to get back into the top four.“Mesut is the one who is on big wages that they might need to free up. It is a massive decision for the club.“But players hold all the power these days and not every player wants to leave. If they are on a good contract it is very hard to get a player out and that could be hard for Arsenal if they want to move Mesut on.“Arsenal will do the best for Arsenal Football Club, but Ozil has got two years on his contract and if he doesn’t want to go anywhere the club will have to pay him for those two years. That will be the key as to whether he stays or goes.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Releases New College Football Top 25 Power Rankings

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)If Week 1 of the college football season taught us anything, it’s that Alabama and Clemson might be even better this season with new quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide to a dominant win over Louisville, while Trevor Lawrence sparked the Tigers’ offense against Furman.ESPN unveiled its Power Rankings after the week 1 action.Not much has changed at the top of the college football rankings, but a few huge games from last weekend had a significant impact. Notre Dame’s win over Michigan vaulted the Fighting Irish up the polls.So too, did Auburn, which scored a win against No. 6 Washington. Meanwhile, a few teams suffered significant drops, including Michigan and Miami with their losses against top opponents.Penn State’s scare against Appalachian State also cost the Nittany Lions a few spots.Here’s the full top 25:AlabamaClemsonAuburnNotre DameWisconsinOklahomaGeorgiaOhio StateStanfordWVULSUUSCVirginia TechTCUMississippi StateWashingtonBoise StateMarylandOregonUCFFloridaPenn StateMichigan StateMichiganMiamiYou can see the full breakdown here.last_img read more

Injury Update For Alabama RB Damien Harris

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Alabama Crimson Tide took the field of play as the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country. In what was seen as a “cupcake” game against The Citadel, the Crimson Tide struggled in the first half.The two teams went into the locker room tied at 10. That didn’t last long, however, as the Tide took over early in the third quarter.After managing just 10 points in the first half, Alabama scored 27 points in the third quarter alone. The offense finally got rolling thanks to Tua Tagovailoa’s arm.With a healthy lead, the Tide decided to start running the ball to wind down the clock. Star running back Damien Harris escaped for a big gain, but went down awkwardly.After being attended to by medical staff on the field, Harris went into the locker room.Here’s the play where it appears Harris was injured.All set up by this 73 yard run by Damien Harris! #Alabama— #FreePhillipDorsett (@ftbeard_17) November 17, 2018Stay tuned for the latest on the health of the Tide’s star running back.last_img read more

Photo: Look Who’s At Clemson’s Championship Celebration

first_imgA general view of Clemson's stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Considering that Clemson downright dismantled Alabama in the national championship, it’s only fitting that a proper celebration takes place this weekend.Between the stardom of Trevor Lawrence and the ferocity of the Tigers’ defense, the final game of the season wasn’t even close. It’s fair to say that Clemson handed Alabama one of its worst losses in recent memory.While the celebration at Death Valley consists of mostly players and coaches, it turns out that ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is in attendance.It doesn’t appear that Herbstreit is currently on assignment for work, but he could be there to show the atmosphere to his sons.Both Jake and Tye Herbstreit are expected to attend Clemson next year and try out for the football team. Jake played defensive back in high school, meanwhile Tye was a wide receiver.Photos were taken of the Herbstreit family, as they seem to be enjoying the moment at Clemson.Check it out:Kirk Herbstreit and his wife and boys, and Andrew Booth and Jalyn Phillips— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) January 12, 2019Five-star cornerback Andrew Booth and three-star Jalyn Phillips were also at the stadium. The incoming freshmen might just be part of their own championship celebration next year.Once again congratulations to the Clemson Tigers on an outstanding season.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Weighs In On “The” Ohio State’s Trademark Application

first_imgKirk Herbstreit thinks a team could be out of the playoff.Earlier this month, it came to light that Ohio State had filed a trademark application for the word “the” – arguing it was doing so to protect assets of “significant value.” One big-time graduate of The Ohio State University thinks the whole thing is ridiculous.College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Buckeyes in the 1990s, was the subject of an interview with For The Win this week. He was asked about the whole trademark situation. He did not hold back.Herbstreit called the idea “ridiculous” – suggesting that nobody placed emphasis on the “The” until players on Monday Night Football starting doing so.Herbstreit went as far as to call the trademark filing “arrogant.”I’ve never really bought into that. My dad played at Ohio State, my dad coached with Woody Hayes. Ohio State’s always been Ohio State. I have a diploma that I’m looking at right now, and it says, “The” — T-H-E — Ohio State University, and nobody’s called it “The” Ohio State University, ever, as I grew up in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. And then one night on Monday Night Football — I don’t remember who the player was but he said, “The Ohio State University,” and it stuck. And from that point on, all the fans and everybody started saying “The,” “The,” “The.” To me, it’s Ohio State — always has been, always will be. I think it’s kind of ridiculous, the whole “The” thing.It comes across to me as very arrogant. I’m just not a fan of it. I didn’t grow up with it. Nobody’s more Ohio State than me, and I never heard it. I never heard “The” in my life until maybe about 15 years ago.Herbstreit openly roots for Ohio State, but he’s always done a good job at turning off his fandom when analyzing the Buckeyes against the competition. It looks like he’s done so here as well when it comes to moves the school makes on the revenue front.Ohio State’s 2019 season kicks off Saturday against FAU.last_img read more

Notre Dame’s New Mascot Responds To Social Media Criticism

first_img But really the guy is supposed to be a short ginger leprachaun. I’m all for equality but cmon.— Chris Barish (@chris_barish_22) September 3, 2019Yes a little pale white ginger with red hair is the only thing that should be allowed.— Silverstim (@Silverstim1) September 3, 2019Almost as many people on Twitter came to Jackson’s defense, though, calling out those who said he didn’t look the part.But Jackson has taken the criticism in stride. In a Tweet, Jackson asked that Notre Dame fans channel the “negative energy” into “bringing us together this season.”Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns! How about we use this negative energy to bring us together this season? See y’all next game 😉☘️ #GoIrish— Jamuel Sackson (@samuelbjackson) September 4, 2019Back in April, Jackson was named to a historic group of Notre Dame mascots that also included the first female leprechaun in history. It was the most diverse group of mascots ever formed.The Notre Dame leprechaun is an iconic character, but considering that it’s based on a myth and not real, there’s really no need to take what he or she looks like all that seriously. A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Massachusetts Minutemen on September 26, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame leprechaun is one of the most iconic mascots in all of sports. Notre Dame student Samuel Jackson was honored to be selected to represent the character this year.But Jackson had to deal with some inappropriate criticism on social media after making his debut this past week.Jackson is only the second African-American to play the leprechaun, and many people disliked that he got the role.Nearly all of the criticism had to do with Jackson not looking like the traditional ginger-haired character in folklore.last_img read more

Oklahoma’s Cheerleaders Reportedly Told To Not Do “Horns Down”

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader holding up a Sooner sign during a football game.NORMAN, OK – AUGUST 31: Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders leave the field before the game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks August 31, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Louisiana-Monroe 34-0. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma’s cheerleaders have been told to stop doing the “Horns Down” hand signal at athletic events or on social media, according to a new report.The OU Daily is reporting that Oklahoma’s spirit squad members, including the cheerleaders and mascots, have been heavily encouraged to stop doing the hand signal.Students have reportedly been told multiple times that they are not allowed to perform the hand signal, which taunts rival Texas.The Big 12 has made it a penalty for opposing players to use the hand signal toward the Longhorns. From the report:Seven student members from across OU’s spirit teams, including the cheer squad, RUF/NEKS, Lil’ Sis and mascots programs, have told The Daily they’ve been instructed by OU Spirit Coordinator Phil O’Neill not to use the hand sign. The students, some of whom have graduated and some who remain in the program, all shared the information on the condition of anonymity. Their identities are known to The Daily.According to the sources, on several occasions, including at a meeting in August 2018, O’Neill told the students they were not allowed to use the hand symbol. O’Neill informed them that any use of the hand symbol on social media would be asked to be removed. Several sources told The Daily they have been asked to delete posts with horns down in them over the past two years.This seems fairly excessive.Sure, the “Horns Down” symbol is technically a taunt at Texas, and in certain situations it’s probably uncalled for. But going to these lengths to stop it feels like a bit much.Oklahoma and Texas are set to meet in two weeks.The Sooners and the Longhorns will play on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for noon E.T. on FOX.last_img read more

Realme X will launch soon in India but with different hardware and price of around Rs 18,000

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 18, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 09:56 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme X is coming to India soon.Indian version of the Realme X will be different from the China variant.Realme X Indian version may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.Realme X just went official in China and India Today Tech got hands-on to the device. Read the quick review of the Realme X here. Soon after the China launch, Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth announced that the Realme X will launch in India very soon. However, he didn’t reveal the launch timeline of the phone. Sheth has now revealed some more details about the Realme X India variant.On Saturday, Sheth revealed that the Indian version of the Realme X will be different from the China variant. He didn’t mention the difference though. But considering Xiaomi has announced to launch a Snapdragon 730 processor phone soon, it is highly likely that Realme X Indian version may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor.Sheth revealed these details via a tweet. He said that the Onion and Garlic versions of the Realme X will also hit the Indian market. In fact, Sheth highlighted that India will get “one more special variant”. Sheth also revealed that in India the Realme X will be priced around Rs 18,000.In China, the Realme X is available in three variants — 4GB + 64GB variant costs CNY 1,499 (approx Rs 15,300), 6GB RAM + 64GB storage costs CNY 1,599 (approx Rs 16,300), lastly 8GB + 128GB storage model comes for CNY 1,799 (approx Rs 18,300).The China version of Realme X comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up it 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.advertisementOn the camera front, the Realme X offers a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1.6 micron pixel and 6P lens and a 5MP secondary depth camera. On the front the Realme X sports a 16MP pop-up selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Realme X runs on Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 on top and the phone houses a 3,765mAh battery.ALSO READ | Realme X launched with Snapdragon 710, AMOLED display, VOOC 3.0 and 48MP camera: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Realme X launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 855 chipset India launch confirmedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow android Realme X will launch soon in India but with different hardware and price of around Rs 18,000Considering Xiaomi has announced to launch a Snapdragon 730 processor phone soon, it is highly likely that Realme X Indian version may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. advertisementlast_img read more

What are the skill sets required for the Indian youth to be employable?

first_imgWhat are the skill sets required for the Indian youth to be employable? Exposure to life-experiences, career options and education streams at a very early stage of life plays a much important role in anyone’s professional life.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 15:33 IST What are the skill sets required for the youth in country to be employable?Skill sets are always looked at as a means to progress and succeed in anyone’s professional life; however, what is often under looked is the importance of overall-exposure in life. Exposure to life-experiences, career options and education streams at a very early stage of life plays a much important role in anyone’s professional life. Youth of this generation is often heard saying that the competition is much tougher nowadays. What are the skill sets required for the youth in country to be employable?On the other hand they need to be mindful that exposure also is much better now, with increased internet penetration and various educational apps, online courses available on something as accessible as a smartphone. Exposure comes in many ways i.e. our schooling, socio-economic environment, Hobbies like reading, traveling, sports, arts etc. Each of these adds to perceptiveness of a person.These factors decide our approach towards a professional life very early on. Skill sets are obviously very important but youths and their parents should also try to increase the life-experience exposure as much as possible; this makes them smarter, resourceful and independent to make smart choices.The necessary skill sets come after competencies and the ones that should be focused on are:Soft skills and over-all grooming i.e. communication, body-language, inter-personal skills, dressing-style etc. makes you a pleasant person to come-by.General Aptitude i.e. language, mathematics, reasoning, reading comprehension forms the base of all other skills that can be acquired at any stage of someone’s career.General awareness makes you an informed person who can conduct his basic duties and be aware of rights in a society; general awareness makes you perceptive of how you should conduct yourself in a society.In the end comes the skill sets and is just the tip of the iceberg. Skill sets at any stage in our professional life has to cascade out of current developments in our commercial/economic environment.advertisementFor example, the current trending buzzwords in India are data, energy, environment-conservation, security and safety, infrastructural growth, start-ups, electric vehicles, politics, investments, taxation regime. All these buzzwords have a full gamut of career-options surrounding them. If we pick any two of these, suppose “data” and “electric vehicles”, we see that there are companies looking for data science specialists that can help them build self-driven electric vehicles. What are the skill sets required for the youth in country to be employable?Now this would be an ideal place for a science student with background of mechanical engineering and data science where the data science is a skill set acquired most likely at a later stage or with the engineering education. There are many permutation and combination of these buzzwords and career options emanating out of them. What matters is overall exposure and the competencies to be cognizant of the career-opportunities and then developing suitable skill sets for a chosen area.CBSE has done a great job of compiling education+career options list, once a student decides a choice, skill sets are the tools they will be able to find with the help of area experts.Authored article by Gaurav Chauhan, Senior Research Fellow, Great Lakes Institute of Management, GurgaonRead more: Here’s how Ed-tech companies are helping aspirants to boost their career in a better wayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySmarica Pant Tags :Follow skill setFollow Education Nextlast_img read more

Yusuf Pathan serves food to Vadodara flood victims, earns praise for noble gesture

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 18:12 IST Former India cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan were born in Vadodara, Gujarat. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSYusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan helped the flood victims in VadodaraYusuf Pathan was spotted serving food to the affected peopleVadodara has been massively hit by the heavy rainsHeavy rains in parts of the country have wreaked havoc in some States and have brought normal functioning of life to a standstill. Gujarat’s Vadodara also received unprecedented downpour that left the city flooded for weeks.In such an emergency situation, the Army is currently helping to evacuate the stranded. Many individuals and organisations have also stepped forward to help the affected people. Former Indian cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan, who are the residents of Vadodara, were also seen doing their bit to help out the flood victims.In some visuals that have surfaced, Yusuf Pathan was seen serving food to the victims while Irfan Pathan is said to be helping out the flood affected with accommodation.The noble gesture from the Pathan brothers has won millions of hearts on the Internet.Good work by @iamyusufpathan arranging food for #flood effected peoples in Vadodara,Gujarat. @iamyusufpathan ? #Vadodaraflood @INCGujarat #yusufpathan # mirza (@tofiqmirza786) August 3, 2019Barodian Cricketer @iamyusufpathan arranging food for flood Affected area in #Vadodara.#Vadodaraflood #Vadodararain #yusufpathan #baroda sanskari nagari (@Aapnu_vadodara) August 3, 2019Good work by Yusuf Pathan arranging food for flood effected peoples in Vadodara, Gujarat. Yusuf Pathan @yusuf_pathan @IrfanPathan JOSHI (@jigarceo) August 3, 2019Good work by Yusuf Pathan arranging food for flood effected peoples in Vadodara, Gujarat. @iamyusufpathan ???? Pathan (@ImranPa64578058) August 3, 2019Vadodara and surrounding areas in central Gujarat have been pounded by heavy rains over the past few days. On July 31, the city recorded a historic 554 mm of rain in just 12 hours.advertisementNDRF teams continued rescue operations in the flooded and low-lying areas of the city. Five people died and over 5,700 were evacuated after Vadodara witnessed 500 mm of rain in 24 hours till Thursday morning.With the city already waiting for the flood water to recede, it received another spell of heavy rain on Saturday afternoon, with 2.5 inches of rain (about 64 mm) falling in just a span of two hours.Also Read | Irfan Pathan, other J&K cricketers asked to leave Kashmir with eye on securityAlso Read | R Ashwin named PCA Player of the Month for consistent county performancesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Vadodara floodsFollow Pathan brothersFollow Yusuf Pathan Yusuf Pathan serves food to Vadodara flood victims, earns praise for noble gestureAt a time when Vadodara is battling with heavy rains and floods, former India cricketer Yusuf Pathan stepped forward to help the flood-hit victims of the city.advertisementlast_img read more

2nd Test: India sweep series 2-0 vs West Indies to consolidate top-spot in World Test Championship table

first_img No data available! graphs commentary 2nd Test: India sweep series 2-0 vs West Indies to consolidate top-spot in World Test Championship tableIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: India needed just two sessions to take the remaining 8 wickets and win the 2nd Test to sweep the series 2-0 at Sabina Park on Monday. Rohan Sen KingstonSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 04:18 IST Virat Kohli became India’s most successful captain in Test cricket with his 28th win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (416 & 168/4d) beat West Indies (117 & 210) by 257 runs to sweep series 2-0India top the ICC World Test Championship table with 120 points from 2 matchesThis is India’s 8th successive Test series win over West IndiesIndia registered yet another resounding win over West Indies in the 2nd Test on Monday to sweep the series 2-0 and consolidate their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table. India had won the first Test by 318 runs in Antigua last week.Resuming their innings at 45 for 2 on Day 4, the Windies batsmen showed more fight than they put up in the first innings but still could not match up to the superior level of India and were bundled out for 210 in the second session to lose the match by 257 runs.India top the ICC World Test Championship table with 120 points from 2 matches followed by New Zealand and Sri Lanka, who have 60 points each.The hosts had a shaky start after Darren Bravo retired hurt for 23 early on Day 4. Bravo was hit on the head in the final session by a Jasprit Bumrah bouncer but he had passed a concussion test after the end of the third day’s play and was allowed to return to the field and complete his innings, but his condition worsened on Monday.Jermaine Blackwood was added to the Windies batting lineup as the concussion substitute under the new concussion rules. Blackwood became only the second concussion substitute in this World Test Championship after Marnus Labuschagne, who had replaced Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord’s last month.After Bravo left the field, Roston Chase joined Shamarh Brooks in the middle and the duo negotiated the first hour of play without giving away their wickets.advertisementBut soon after the first drinks break a wicket fell as Chase got out leg-before for 12 to Ravindra Jadeja. Shimron Hetmyer was sent back in the very next over by Ishant Sharma for 1 and it looked like the Windies innings would fold soon but Brooks and Blackwood steadied the ship and took the team to lunch at 145 for 4.The fifth-wicket partnership lasted for 61 runs before Jasprit Bumrah was brought into the attack and he once again provided the breakthrough for his captain by removing Blackwood for 38 which also triggered the Windies collapse.Kohli then produced a moment of magic on the field to run out Brooks, who departed after scoring his maiden half-century in Test cricket.When the skip says OUT!Two in an over for @imjadeja and the West Indies are on the ropes.Live – #WIvIND (@BCCI) September 2, 2019Jahmar Hamilton, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach and captain Jason Holder failed to put up any fight and fell one after the other.A total of 12 players batted for the Windies in this innings thanks to the new concussion rules but they still couldn’t take the match to the final day. This was the first instance in Test history when 12 players came out to bat for a team.For India, Mohammed Shami finished and Ravindra Jadeja bagged 3 wickets each while Ishant Sharma picked up 2 and Jasprit Bumrah got one for all his efforts. Bumrah finished with 7 wickets in the match after his six-wicket haul in the first innings which also included his maiden hat-trick in Test cricket.India wrap up victory by 257 runs!They claim a series whitewash and another 60 World Test Championship points from the encounter.#WIvIND (@ICC) September 2, 2019The win saw Virat Kohli become the most successful Test captain for India with 28 victories to his name. He surpassed MS Dhoni’s record, who had 27 wins during his captaincy career. This is also India’s 8th successive Test series win over West Indies and their first series sweep in the Caribbean.Hanuma Vihari was picked as the Player of the Match for his maiden Test hundred in the first innings which saw him score 111 runs. He also finished as the highest run-scorer in the series with 289 runs from 2 matches at an average of 96.33 which included 1 century and two fifties. Jasprit Bumrah was the highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps in the 2 Tests which also included 2 five-wicket hauls.India finished the tour of the Caribbean unbeaten after having swept the T20I (3-0) and Test series (2-0) while they won the ODI series 2-0. India is also the first team to win a series in this World Test Championship.Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni record to become most successful Test captain for IndiaAlso Read | Jermaine Blackwood replaces Darren Bravo as concussion substituteAlso Read | India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 4: As it happenedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow ICC World Test ChampionshipFollow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit Bumrah scorecard advertisement view more view less Nextlast_img read more

1st Test: Mohammed Shami, India’s trump card in 2nd-innings, shines in Vizag

first_img Rohan Sen VishakhapatnamOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 17:05 IST Mohammed Shami bagged his fifth five-wicket haul in Vizag Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShami completed his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests to lead India to a 203-run victory in VizagShami pipped Ravindra Jadeja to a five-wicket haul with the latter finishing with 4Shami also became the second Indian fast bowler to castle four batsmen in the same Test inningsMohammed Shami once again showed why he is so lethal in the second innings of a Test match as he ran through the South African batting lineup to lead India to a 203-run victory in Vizag on Sunday.Shami completed his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests after removing Proteas’ last batsman Kagiso Rabada to become only the 5th Indian pacer after Karsan Ghavri, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and Javagal Srinath to pick up a five-wicket haul in the 4th innings of a Test match at home.Shami pipped Ravindra Jadeja to a five-wicket haul with the latter finishing with 4 as India bowled out South Africa for 191 while defending a massive total of 394 in the final innings of the Vizag Test.India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Report | HighlightsShami also became the second Indian fast bowler to castle four batsmen in the same Test innings after Jasprit Bumrah, who had achieved the feat in the 1st Test against West Indies in August.Shami’s stats in the second innings of a Test match have been staggering since 2018. He has picked 40 wickets in the 15 times he has bowled in the second innings of a Test in the last one year and averages 17.70 with a strike rate of 32.10.During the same time he has bowled 16 times in the first innings and bagged 23 wickets at 37.56 with a strike rate of 70.5.Talking about his performance the bowler explained that he looked to attack the stumps more in the second innings which was the main reason behind his success in Vizag.advertisement”We had the plans to attack the stumps between the two fast bowlers. We have been supporting each other well for the last 4-5 years. In the second innings, the variable bounce and reverse would be beneficial for us.”It was visible that the batsman’s discomfort zone was that stump-line and you can see the result. It was of utmost importance for us to remove the first 4-5 batsmen as soon as possible.”In the first innings, of course Ashwin was fantastic for us. The more we would attacked the stumps, the better it would be for us. Thank you so much to the Vizag crowd for all the support,” Shami said after the match.India captain Virat Kohli also heaped praise on “second-innings Shami” at the post-match presentation.”If fast bowlers are going to think that spinners are going to do all the work, then it doesn’t justify their place. They ask for shorter spells so they can give 100%.”That’s when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Jasprit and Umesh as well doing well. It’s all about wanting to make a play for the team even in conditions that are difficult.”The pitch was flat, they got a few boundaries away. Always knew it was going to be a second innings pitch. Shami has been a strike bowler in the second innings,” Virat Kohli said after the match.Also Read | Virat Kohli delighted to see ‘2nd innings strike bowler’ Mohammed Shami deliver consistentlyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Mohammad Shami scorecard graphs commentary Next advertisement No data available! 1st Test: Mohammed Shami, India’s trump card in 2nd-innings, shines in VizagMohammed Shami bagged his fifth five-wicket haul on Day 5 of the Vizag Test to help India beat South Africa by 203 runs on Sunday. view more view lesslast_img read more

2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed Review

first_img The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Editors’ Recommendations Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends Recalling how radiantly green the car was, I decided not to play chicken with a yellow light as I approached the intersection. With a faint squeal from the Continental GTC Speed’s carbon ceramic brakes, the grand tourer crept to a stop before being joined by a white Scion tC to the right.Soon after, my peripheral vision catches a gabbing mouth and a waving hand coming from just beyond the passenger side window. Turning my head in that direction, I meet eyes with an attractive blonde woman who’s attempting to communicate – she was obviously unaware of the Bentley’s double-pane windows. With eyebrow raised, I lower the one to my right.“Hi,” she says.  “Hello,” I respond.Immediately she begins to sing along with the radio, as if never having beckoned my attention.Mildly annoyed, I reach for the window control, but before the glass has raised more than two inches, she blurts out, “wait!” Without hesitation, she pivots towards her passenger seat and begins to rummage for something. Seconds later, she’s holding up a business card. “Here,” she exclaims, before flinging a card in my direction.Poorly aimed, the card sails over the Bentley’s fabric roof. As I stare on incredulously, the woman has quickly discovered a spare card, which she promptly launches low into the side of the car. Without the slightest sign of discouragement, the damsel has unearthed a third card, which doesn’t fare any better than its predecessors at the presumed task of making it into the now vulnerable car.At this point, she peers out her window at the fallen instruments before swiftly unbuckling her seatbelt, opening the door, and moving to grab one off the pavement. Unable to look away, I watch as she joyfully recovers a card before flicking it through the GTC’s window.Meanwhile, the stoplight is ready for the next cycle. Jaw still slightly agape, I shift my attention forward and right foot to the accelerator, leaving the Scion, its driver, and a line of cars behind them.Though I won’t be calling Ms. Wilson, nutritional coach, I really should thank her for adequately summing up what to expect with the 2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed.Your technicolor dreamThough I didn’t have the chance to obtain a third party’s perspective of a near-$300,000 Candy Apple Green convertible navigating southern California traffic, I have to imagine it’s a bit like watching a Technicolor Dorothy emerge from a black-and-white house. Already one of the most robust designs on the road, when the GTC Speed dons its vibrantly vert suit, few vehicles can compete for attention.Once the eyes adjust, however, the Continental reveals a gorgeous figure. Though it’s approaching its 13th year in production, Bentley’s progressive styling tweaks to the Continental GT’s figure not only keep it relevant, they make it look better than ever.With headlight designs inspired by the EXP10 Speed 6 concept, a more handsome front and rear fascia, and razor sharp hip creases, the 2016 GTC Speed is a rolling icon that uses size to its aesthetic advantage.Hurried pictures, bulging eyes, and pointing fingers became business as usual when piloting the GT around town, but it was difficult to discern how much of the attention came from the dazzling color alone. Matched with massive, bright red brake calipers inside equally substantial wheels, the GTC is as imposing to pedestrians as a 787 Dreamliner to a Cessna.Strap down that champagne glassNestled under the Continental GTC Speed’s hood is Bentley’s brand new 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, or roughly the equivalent output required to power the Millennium Falcon.As the massive powertrain roars to life, it reveals the bruiser’s speed-craving nature. There may be 5,500 pounds to move, but all that mass has no trouble rocketing to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds or surging on to a top speed of 203 mph (or 205 mph for the coupe). The engine can’t take all the credit, though, as Bentley’s ZF eight-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive system parlay that power into usable performance.Unlike rear-wheel driven high-horsepower models, which default to spin their tires in a vain effort to secure grip, the GTC Speed instantly seeks motion. When you realize that what feels like 70 is actually super-legal speeds, feel free to place confidence in the GTC Speed’s Olympic-level Carbon-Silicon-Carbide brakes. And should you stumble upon a twisty road, the adaptive suspension damping can be tightened to restrain body roll, but mild understeer is unavoidable.While Bentley’s fresh W12 is equipped with independent cylinder deactivation, it’s best to embrace the fact that you’ll be churning through that 24-gallon tank most expeditiously. In fact, I recommend leaving the drivetrain in “Sport” to appreciate the deeper exhaust rumble, and satisfying overrun. Gas is cheap, and you can’t be to buy this car, so live a little.Who needs the outside world?Life inside the 2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed is a lot settling into the most luxurious World War II bunker imaginable. The outside world may be going to hell, but what do you care? You’re cocooned in quilted leather, brushed aluminum, and indulgent Alcantara. Only a soft ‘whoosh’ penetrates the reinforced cockpit as you speed along. You can’t distinguish screams from laughter, but boy does that massaging seat feel good.Of course the “C” in “GTC” designates this particular model as a convertible, making its coffin-like noise reduction characteristics even more impressive. One side-effect of such a thick folding fabric roof is that it takes more steps than an AA program to store the top. Fortunately, all the car asks of you (besides patience) to perform its transformation is the toggling of a switch.Once you’ve finished fondling every lush surface in the cabin, including the bezeled gear selector, you might want to listen to music via the high quality Naim speaker system. Unfortunately, the GTC’s infotainment system appears dead-set on ruining your plans. Once the seemingly endless period of “system starting” messaging has disappeared from the black screen, good luck navigating its clunky interface. With low-quality screen resolution, confusing controls, and sluggish response, the system begs for a replacement (hopefully via Volkswagen’s stellar Modular Infotainment Platform II).ConclusionPart of me wants to hate the 2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. It’s ostentatious. It’s exceedingly expensive. It’s bright friggin’ green. And yet…its ridiculous character somehow makes it appealing.Obviously attractive women desperately try to give me their numbers on a daily basis, but there’s something about how magnetically the GT draws fanfare. Wherever you’re going, you’ve “arrived,” and whoever you are by the time you get there, you’re “someone.” No, I’m not on an artificial self-esteem high, I’m merely astounded at how a vehicle can so effortlessly stir a mixture of jealousy, disgust, and admiration from the general populous. It’s almost worth the sticker price just to witness the social experiment…almost.If Bentley pegged the Continental as a commuter car, or track monster, or utility vehicle, I’d happily lambast them. But there isn’t a modicum of doubt as to this vehicle’s intentions. Grand touring doesn’t get much better than the 2016 Continental GT.HighsCoffin-quiet cabinAmple, smooth powerImposingly beautiful designLavish interior materialsLowsTemperamental, low-resolution infotainmentQuick-draining fuel tanklast_img read more

The Best Boutique Hotels in Panama City, Panama

first_img This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Farmhouse Catskills Brings Swanky, Mid-Century Modern Panache to Rural New York 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider In a city renowned as the hub of Central American commerce, it’s no surprise that bland, executive-style chain hotels have sprouted like weeds throughout Panama City. But the destination is among the oldest cities in the region with a long, fascinating history. These three boutique hotels in Panama City deftly embrace the beauty, charm, and elegance of its rich, Colonial past with just the right amount of modern touches.Las ClementinasIf there’s a more pitch-perfect example of a boutique hotel in Panama City than Las Clementinas, we haven’t found it. Located in the city’s historic Casco Viejo district, this six-room property blends Old World Central American charm and architecture with a thoroughly updated interior. The original, 1930s-era facade (with wrought iron balconies and ornate masonry work) remains mostly intact while, inside, rich, tropical hardwoods, Mid-century modern and Transitional-style furnishings, and exposed brick walls abound. Every room is oversized and lavishly appointed with apartment-like amenities including kitchenettes, high ceilings, and city-view balconies. The vibe is relaxed and quiet — the perfect antidote to the city’s many staid chain hotels.American Trade HotelAlthough it is an outpost of Ace Hotel group, American Trade Hotel is only technically a chain hotel. Indeed, the 50-room property feels boutique in every sense of the word. The careful restoration of the former American Trade department store has left much of the building’s original charm and character intact. Inside, the decor and list of amenities are a skillful blend of old and new. Rustic wood furnishings, antique seating, and weathered wood bookend tasteful modern accents, plasma TVs, and fully stocked minibars. The chic lobby bar exudes classic Colonial charm and is ideal for an afternoon cocktail. But, the world-class Danilo’s Jazz Club and aptly named The Dining Room restaurant are what really set American Trade apart.Grace PanamaDon’t let the exterior (it shares a location inside the very executive-looking, mixed-use Twist Tower) fool you. Grace Panama is intimate, modern, and thoroughly chic. The lobby is awash in bold colors, glass lighting fixtures, and contemporary furnishings. All of which carries over to the rooms which are among the city’s most elegant. A whitewashed color palette and sleek seating are accented with high-tech amenities like large smart TVs, Italian espresso makers, and iPhone docks. The swanky, South Beach-esque rooftop pool and adjacent bar feel less “cramped” and more “cozy” and offer sweeping city views. The central location in the Obarrio district is also ideal as a base for easily exploring every corner of Panama City.last_img read more

Toast to the End of Summer at Shandytown in Portland, Oregon

first_imgThis year, weather in Portland, Oregon, did a 180-degree switch overnight. Sunny, smoky skies gave way to the chilly rain that covers the city for a majority of the year. Even though Mother Nature thinks otherwise, Portland makers are doing whatever they can to hold onto that last bit of summer just a bit longer.Take Pono Brewing Company co-founder Erick Russ and local event producer Natalia Toral, for example. They saw the framework for an event to celebrate a beloved summer beverage, the shandy, and organized a community celebration around the beverage to soak in the last of the season’s splendor. Their event, Shandytown PDX, puts a quintessentially Portland twist on a beverage that originated in Britain in the 1700-1800s.Pono Brewing Company co-founder Erick RussThe drink, initially called “Rich Man’s Shandy Gaff,” was half Champagne, half ale. More modest patrons would mix ginger beer or lemonade instead; the “gaff” theoretically came from the half ginger beer addition (ginger + half = gaff.)Eventually shortened to just “shandy,” the libation became wildly popular, both for flavor and  low alcohol content. When Americans eventually caught, there were no shortage of stateside brands putting out their own versions of the typically sweet drink. Nowadays, the beer can be mixed with anything from soft drinks to juice, and many can be found in cans and glasses.In a city that loves to drink, the original idea for Shandytown was drummed up at — you guessed it— a bar.“I was meeting with [Ataula bartender] Angel Teta, working on getting one of our beers on her menu,” Russ says, “and she instantly made a shandy with our Pineapple Kolsch. It became the No. 1 drink on her menu.”A few weeks later, Russ was in another cocktail haven: Portland’s Raven & Rose. One bartender at each of the restaurant’s two bars also made shandies, then tested both on customers to see which one was more popular. After another shandy talk at a third restaurant, the idea had been planted for the celebration.In true Rose City fashion, Shandytown PDX quickly blossomed from a few bartenders offering their own renditions of shandies to a full-blown competition between five of the city’s most lauded drinking establishments. Chefs around town also got wind of the event and wanted to be a part of the celebration. As a result, Shandytown PDX will also showcase five food collaborations, from Filipino cuisine to ice cream. Attendees will get access to the entire shandy and nosh lineup.Above all, Russ is about collaboration. He hopes to bring together people from the thriving beer and spirits worlds, which sometimes exist in their own circles.“My hope is that we can work together to promote both communities,” he says.Shandytown PDX takes place Monday, September 25. You can purchase your tickets here. The event benefits Growing Gardens, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps low-income families grow and harvest their own fresh produce. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxinglast_img read more

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