Pharrel William’s fans are not Happy

first_imgNot all Pharrell Williams fans are happy right now.The41-year-old singer has issued an apology for the backlash he hasreceived for sporting an American Indian headdres on the cover of theJuly issue of Elle UK.”I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry,” a rep for the star issued in a statement to the Daily News.Twitter users expressed just how not pleased they were by using the hashtag “#nothappy” along with their opinions on Williams’ controversial choice.Pharrell Williams appears onstage the 56th annual Grammy Awards wearing much more fan-approved headwear. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/APPharrell Williams appears onstage the 56th annual Grammy Awards wearing much more fan-approved headwear.EnlargePharrell Williams wore the hat that makes fans ‘Happy’ to the 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicPharrell Williams wore the hat that makes fans ‘Happy’ to the 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.Enlarge”Pharell…why?! #NotHappy with @ELLEmagazine for the appropriation of this headdress,” one angered user wrote.Ironically, the “Happy” singer did make note of his Native American ancestry in a 2010 interview with The Oprah Magazine.last_img read more

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Serena Williams shooting for Slam history

first_imgSerena’s 2017 triumph Down Under gave her the outright Open-era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22, leaving only Court’s tally of 24 titles — 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 — for her to chase.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki admitted Serena, already hailed by many as the greatest of all time, was an unknown quantity in Melbourne after sitting out the end of the 2018 season following the US Open blow-up.“I haven’t seen her play a match, so I don’t really know,” Wozniacki responded when quizzed about the American’s form. The Danish third seed preferred to concentrate on her own prospects, dismissing concerns health problems were affecting her game.Painful lossADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? While the 21-year-old has appeared level-headed since her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows, she said she was still getting used to the spotlight.“For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person,” the fourth seed said.“I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I’m very, like, three years old mentality, you know? I feel like just levelling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season.”Local hopes will rest on Ashleigh Barty after the 22-year-old Queenslander went on a seven-match winning streak before losing the final of the Sydney International to Czech Petra Kvitova on Saturday.Maria Sharapova has failed to impress since returning from a doping ban and, now ranked 30, is looking some way from the player who won five Grand Slams. Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next She achieved a career milestone last year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.But the 28-year-old insisted she was managing her illness and was relishing the prospect of defending her crown.“All I can say is that I feel good. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” she said.Wozniacki’s vanquished opponent in last year’s final, Simona Halep, arrives in Australia with the world number one ranking and her confidence overflowing after winning the French Open.The Romanian said she was untroubled by the back injury that curtailed her 2018 season and was mentally stronger as a result of last year’s loss in the decider.“I didn’t want to think that much about that match because it was really painful to lose it, but I learned some things from that match,” she said.“Now I know how to manage better if that happens again.”Mature OsakaSecond-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.Osaka is the leading contender among the younger generation of players, warming up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International. LATEST STORIES Kelly Oubre, Deandre Ayton lead Suns past West-leading Nuggets TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPSerena Williams has adopted a low profile ahead of the Australian Open, but rival players admit the American’s shadow looms large in Melbourne as she eyes a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam crown.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian’s home soil.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 37-year-old’s last outing on tour was her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September and she enters the season-opening Slam as the 16th seed.Yet she has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her and Osaka said most in the locker room believed the veteran remains the one to beat in Melbourne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m pretty sure (that’s the case),” said the Japanese star.“But there’s a group of players that I think everyone thinks is very difficult to play against, especially in Grand Slams,” Osaka added. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LOS ANGELES — Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle.Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainers before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by teammates Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Seeing similarities between Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather, Jerwin Ancajas confident Manny Pacquiao will beat ‘Money’ in case of rematch SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes An MRI revealed a Grade 3 sprain, the team tweeted Sunday.James has missed the Lakers’ last 13 games with a strained left groin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLos Angeles hosts Golden State on Monday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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Tendulkar delights crowd in short span, Finch wins it for MCC

first_imgMCC’s captain Sachin Tendulkar prepares to catch a ball during a cricket match against a Rest of the World team to celebrate 200 years of Lord’s at Lord’s cricket ground in London, July 5, 2014. Photo by Philip Brown (Reuters)Sachin Tendulkar made everyone at Lord’s nostalgic with some delectable strokes but it was young Aaron Finch, who stole the show with a magnificent 181 as MCC comfortably beat Rest of the World by seven wickets in the ‘Bicentenary Celebrations’ match on Saturday..It was a ‘Union of Legends’ as the likes of Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne once again put on their cricketing gears.While Tendulkar, who made 41 and Lara, who chipped in with 23, showed their class and touch of genius in their short stay, it was Finch’s century that helped MCC overtake Rest of the World’s commanding 293 for seven with 27 balls to spare.Finch’s 145 ball innings had 23 fours and six sixes as he overshadowed India discard Yuvraj Singh’s attractive 132 for the Rest of the World.The only disappointment in the contest was public being robbed a chance to watch a Tendulkar vs Warne duel as the Aussie legend fractured his right hand trying to evade a Brett Lee beamer.It was vintage Tendulkar as he square drove Peter Siddle and hit him for a straight drive. A cover drive off Paul Collingwood was sheer class.He got a little too cheeky with his stroke-making and it proved to be his undoing as he was bowled by Sri Lanka?s Muttiah Muralitharan. His 41 off 44 balls had seven fours.advertisementFinch then carried on and put on another 67 runs for the second wicket with Brian Lara. The latter didn’t look too comfortable in the middle and departed in the 30th over, after scoring 23 runs off 38 balls, including 3 fours.Earlier Yuvraj made a strokeful 132 to power the Rest of the World XI to 293 for seven in 50 overs.Electing to bat in overcast conditions, the Shane Warne-led side slumped to 68 for 5 in the 12th over when Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4/45) bagged four wickets but soon Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood stitched together a 131-run sixth-wicket partnership to put the innings back on track.The opening combo of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist had given ROW a brisk 54-run start in 6.5 overs but Brett Lee (2/55) cleaned up the Indian dasher for 22 and then Ajmal took over.Ajmal’s country-mate Umar Gul though sustained an injury and hobbled off after bowling two overs post sharing the new ball with Lee.Gilchrist displayed his trademark pull and cut shots as he scored 22 runs off 24 balls, including 5 fours before being stumped off Ajmal.The champion off-spinner then trapped Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (1) LBW, got England?s Kevin Pietersen (10) stumped and finally bowled his team-mate Shahid Afridi for a two-ball duck. But strangely Tendulkar took Ajmal off the attack after his third over, probably to give the crowd some entertainment in the exhibition tie.Collingwood scored 40 runs off 64 balls, hitting 3 fours, but it was Yuvraj who really put on the fireworks. He brought up his half-century in the 25th over of the innings, off only 53 balls and including 4 fours as well as 2 sixes.Yuvi didn’t let up, perhaps trying to make an impression on the Indian selectors, who will soon be gathering to select an ODI side for the ongoing England tour.He brought up his hundred off 114 balls in the 45th over.In doing so, he put on 84 runs for the seventh wicket with Peter Siddle (34 not out, 32 balls, 4 fours). He added 32 more runs off another 20 balls faced and was finally dismissed off Tendulkar (1/33) in the penultimate over. Warne (3 not out) was the other unbeaten batsman.last_img read more

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BCCI urges ICC to appeal against ‘totally wrong’ Anderson verdict

first_imgJames Anderson was earlier a given a clean chit by Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis in the caseMiffed by the Judicial Commissioner’s verdict pronouncing England’s pace spearhead James Anderson not guilty in the altercation with Ravindra Jadeja, the BCCI wants the ICC to appeal against the ruling which it finds “totally wrong”.The Anderson-Jadeja Saga The BCCI was left red-faced after Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis found both Anderson and Jadeja not guilty of breaching ICC code of conduct during the Trent Bridge Test after a marathon six-hour hearing on August 1.BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel shot off a mail to ICC CEO David Richardson late last night asking him to appeal against the verdict.”I have written a letter last night to ICC CEO David Richardson to file an appeal against the verdict which all of us, including the team management, feel totally wrong and in violation of the particular process. Let’s see what happens,” Patel said.”We, in BCCI, cannot appeal against the verdict, only the ICC can and hence I have written the letter to Richardson and I am confident a decision will be taken within the next 48 hours,” Patel said.”How can he (Anderson) be pronounced not guilty after having admitted that he had pushed Jadeja. According to me so many laws in the ICC Code of Conduct had been violated in this particular process,” Patel added.There is, however, no video footage of the alleged physical altercation between the duo during lunch break of the Trent Bridge Test available to substantiate the Indians’ complaint.advertisementThe International Cricket Council, on its part, said it has received the Judicial Commissioner’s detailed report on the altercation and was considering its future course of action.”The ICC confirms that it has received and is considering the written decision of His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, in respect of his findings thatEngland’s James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India were not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct and Player Support Personnel, following an exhaustive disciplinary hearing which was held in Southampton on Friday,” the ICC said in a statement.As per Section 8.3.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has seven days – until Sunday, August 10 – to consider whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.”The ICC will make no further comment on this matter until the decision has been made,” the statement said. Richardson, who was on leave, has resumed his duties at the ICC headquarters in Dubai and is learnt to have consulted his legal team on the matter.In case Richardson appeals, a three-member panel will be formed from the members of the ICC Code of Ethics committee.The three-member panel might take upto 30 days (as per ICC constitution) to give a verdict which would allow Anderson to play the entire Test series.Anderson was accused of pushing and abusing Jadeja during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10. England had also pressed for a Level 2 charge against Jadeja as a counter move.Match referee David Boon, however, downgraded it to a level 1 offence and docked Jadeja 50 percent of his match fee. Although it is an non-appealable offence, the Indians appealed against the verdict and the ICC accepted the plea.last_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra-starrer Mary Kom declared tax free in Maharashtra

first_imgThe biopic on Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra has been declared tax free in Maharashtra.The film has been produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “It is wonderful news. We have a compelling story to tell of a strong, determined woman who has done the nation proud. It is our tribute to all the unsung sports people who give so much to see the Indian flag flying high. If this can act as a catalyst of hope for them, then its something we can all be proud of,” Priyanka, who is playing the five-time world champion in ‘Mary Kom’ said in a statement.”We are grateful to Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat and government of Maharashtra for lending their support to the film. This exemption right from release day will allow large segments of society to experience the spirit of magnificent Mary,” Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures (producer) said.Priyanka Chopra in a still from Mary Kom.Bhansali’s spokesperson said the tax free status will encourage audience to recognise and support the spirit of the film.Based on the true story of Mary Kom, the biopic chronicles the journey of a woman boxer who gave up her sporting career when it was at its peak to embrace the joy of motherhood. After giving birth to two beautiful children, she made her comeback in the ring and went on to become both a stronger woman and a stronger boxer. The film directed by Omung Kumar is set to release on September 5.advertisementEarlier, various state governments including Maharashtra, Bihar, UP and others had granted tax exemption to Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, a biopic on legendary athlete Milkha Singh.last_img read more

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UAAP volleyball: Ateneo hikes win streak to 5 after fending off Adamson

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The Lady Eagles have been unbeaten since losing their opening match and are now in solo top spot with a 5-1 record while inflicting the Lady Falcons their fifth defeat in six games.After losing the opening set, Adamson took advantage of Ateneo complacency to snatch the frame on account of having 15 attacks against eight by the Lady Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut Ateneo struck back hard and rained down 13 aces on Adamson which threw off the Lady Falcons’ first ball and spelled the difference in the match. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparccenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Read Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MANILA, Philippines– Ateneo encountered turbulent second set but still got enough steadiness in beating Adamson, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10, to stretch its winning run to five Wednesday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FIlOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LeBron James scores 36 as Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bullslast_img read more

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DIPLOMAT-REPORT 2 LAST

first_imgThe report also mentions that the diplomats daughter was The report also mentions that the diplomats daughter was the only person whom the Nepalese women knew by name. In their complaint, the victims told the police that the father of the girl allegedly used to rape, sodomise and assault them with his “friends” and the mother of the girl often used to threaten them by putting knife on their throats. Once she had also allegedly “stabbed” one of the victims on her arm. However, the diplomats daughter had never assaulted them. Gurgaon Police had received a letter – followed by a phone call – from the Nepal embassy asking the Commissioner to “rescue and repatriate” the Nepalese women. A copy of the letter was also purportedly sent to the MEA, the report reads. Also, Gurgaon Police now have in its possession, 18-days video footage extracted from a DVR connected to CCTV cameras installed outside the diplomats apartment. The footage disclose several frequent visitors but the victims are needed to identify them, said a senior official, adding that the police needs the MEAs approval to approach the victims. PTI DEY SHSlast_img read more

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MP: BJP, Cong lock horns over Jhabua blast ahead of LS bypoll

first_imgBhopal, Sep 18 (PTI) BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh are trying to put each other in the dock over the massive explosion at Petlawad town in Jhabua district that claimed 89 lives, with the opposition party claiming that it will impact the forthcoming Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat bypoll. State Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said the BJP government has been “exposed” by the September 12 blast caused by mining explosives stockpiled in a building that ripped through a crowded area near a bus stand in Petlawad. “The Petlawad incident has exposed the BJP government totally, especially its claim of good governance. Earlier also the Congress was very strong in the tribal-dominated seat and is sure to wrest it from the BJP.” “The countdown for ending BJP rule in the state will begin from (Congress) certain victory in Ratlam-Jhabua by-poll,” he said confidently. The bypoll to Ratlam-Jhabua seat has been necessitated following the demise of sitting BJP MP Dileep Singh Bhuria. However, BJP denied that the bypoll will be affected by the incident and said the party will retain the seat. It also dismissed suggestions that the bypoll was weighing on Chief Minister Shivraj Singhs mind as he visited Petlawad twice after the blast despite being heckled on the first day. He not only enhanced the ex-gratia to Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased, but also announced a slew of measures to rehabilitate the survivors. “It is not correct to say that BJP government is taking care of the victims of explosion with an eye on the Lok Sabha bypoll. MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh visited the victims to share the pain and agony of those who lost their kin in the explosion and not to draw political mileage,” state BJP unit spokesman Deepak Vijayvargiya said. The CM also visited 17 villages and personally went to console those who have lost their family members. An eyewitness Welsingh said, “People heckled Chouhan when he reached Petlawad on September 13, but within fifteen minutes they raised slogans in his favour after he spoke to them and offered assistance.” Vijayvargiya exuded confidence that the BJP will win the byelection, whenever it is held. “As far as the byelection is concerned, firstly, it has not yet been announced, but whenever it will take place, BJP is going to win as it has a very strong active booth network in entire constituency. The explosion has its effect only in Petlawad area,” he claimed. Since 1951, Congress has won the Lok Sabha elections from Jhabua 13 times. BJP won it for the first time last year when Dileep Singh Bhuria defeated Kantilal Bhuria by a margin of over one lakh votes. After the blast, the state BJP and Congress had engaged in a war of words over Jhabua blast main accused Rajendra Kasawas political affiliation. MORE PTI MAS LAL GK RT RYSlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar Unveils Logo Around The Globe in Ceremony That Began at 20:22 Local Time

first_img FIFAfifa world cup 2022FIFA World Cup 2022 logoFIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022 First Published: September 4, 2019, 7:54 AM IST Qatar unveiled the logo for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by the Gulf emirate, displaying it in public spaces in Doha and cities around the world on Tuesday.The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning, which is displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words “FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022″. It was projected onto the vast facade of the country’s National Archives in the capital’s southern Msheireb district to fanfare that included a procession of soldiers on horseback watched by a crowd of hundreds.The building was illuminated with the emblem at exactly 20:22 local time (1722 GMT) — the same as the year of the tournament.”The logo is very elegant and showing local culture with the (burgundy) colour of the Qatari flag,” Algerian hospitality worker Mourad Bencheikh, 36, told AFP as visitors crowded to photograph the new branding.”By time, people will like it.”The emblem was also displayed in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Beirut along with several other major cities. ‘It’s wonderful'”This one is unique for Qatar,” said Sri Lankan quantity surveyor Mohammed Fairoos, 30, as he and a group of friends took a selfie in front of the National Archives projection.”It’s wonderful.”The Qatari organisers said the logo “was inspired by traditional woollen shawls worn during the winter months”.The 2022 event will be held in November and December to avoid the scorching Gulf summer.”Like football, the shawls’ popularity is a unifying force, woven into the everyday fabric of people’s lives,” added the Supreme Committee in a statement. Preparations for the global soccer spectacle in Qatar have accelerated in recent months.In May, the 40,000 seat al-Janoub stadium — the first purpose-built ground to be launched for the tournament — was inaugurated with an almost capacity domestic cup final.The arena, designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and located in a coastal town south of Doha, is estimated to have cost around $575 million.Of the eight stadiums Qatar is building or refurbishing for 2022, Khalifa International was already open and will host this year’s World Athletics Championships.The Championships will be a major test of Qatar’s readiness to host a global sporting event. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to descend on the desert nation ahead of the tournament which begins on September 27.A major road overhaul is also underway across Doha to expand capacity at key junctions and traffic hotspots.Parts of an ambitious metro rail project opened to the public in May. The rest of the three-line network expected to be launched in 2020 — well ahead of the tournament.The network will connect nearly all of Qatar’s stadiums, transport hubs and tourist attractions, when it is completed.FIFA faced a number of negative headlines in recent months including a decision in May to shelve plans for 48 nations to participate in the 2022 contest.FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had pushed to extend the tournament.In June, former European football president Michel Platini was questioned by French anti-corruption investigators for several hours in relation to the 2010 award of hosting rights to Qatar. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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IPL 2018: Dhoni to return to Chennai Super Kings

first_imgSalary budgets for IPL teams hiked to Rs 80 crore The Indian Premier League’s Governing Council today cleared the decks for M S Dhoni’s return to Chennai Super Kings, which will make a comeback to the league in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension.The IPL Governing Council, after a meeting here, allowed CSK and Rajasthan Royals, which was also banned for alleged spot-fixing and betting, to retain the players which were on their 2015 roster. Dhoni had played for the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the last two editions.“An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (During the Player Auction),” BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting. “The player pool available for CSK and RR for retention/RTM will be the players’ who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017,” he added.RTM refers to a franchise’s right to match the highest bidder for a player.CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises.The IPL Governing Council also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year’s auction, tentatively set for February. “The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season,” the BCCI stated. December 06, 2017 IPL 2018 cricket File photo of MS Dhoni.   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on × SHARE File photo of MS Dhoni.   –  The Hindu COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Hong Kong Open: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap Crash Out in Second Round

first_imgPV Sindhu faced yet another early exit as she lost in the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday after a three-game loss to world No.18 Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan.Parupalli Kashyap also went down fighting against second seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan to crash out of the tournament. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa also lost mixed doubles match to Japan’s Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino to bow out. Kidambi Srikanth, after a win over Sourabh Verma in 59 minutes earlier in the day, is the lone Indian standing.Sindhu’s lack of form continued as she lost 18-21, 21-11, 16-21 to Ongbamrungphan in a gruelling battle that lasted an hour and nine minutes. Since winning the World Championships gold, Sindhu has not been able to go deep in tournaments and it continued in Hong Kong as well.Kashyap had a tough battle in hand with second seed Chou up against him and he gave away a first game advantage to lose the match 21-12, 21-23, 10-21 in an hour.Satwik-Ashwini also could not match up to the fouth seed Japanese pair as they went down 19-21, 12-21, in just 42 minutes to crash out early on.Earlier in the day, HS Prannoy also lost to Asian Games 2018 gold medallist Jonatan Christie 12-21, 19-21 in only 40 minutes. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonhong kong openkidambi srikanthParupalli Kashyap First Published: November 14, 2019, 7:52 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Football: Riyad Mahrez finally signs with Manchester City

first_img“Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it.” Your new number 26!@Mahrez22 💙 #welcomeriyad pic.twitter.com/g1UMciVY4P— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018As is evident by the tweet, he will wear the number 26 shirt.“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the club’s official website. Advertisement AdvertisementPhoto Credits: Manchester City via TwitterAmidst all the speculations, Manchester City have finally secured Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez as their first summer signing.We had reported earlier that Leicester City have accepted a 60 million pounds bid from Manchester City.Now, the Algerian forward has put pen to paper and has signed a 5-year contract in what is reportedly a club record 68 million pounds deal.Manchester City’s official Twitter handle tweeted out the following:The best things come to those who wait… 🕘#welcomeriyad to Manchester City! 💙 #mancity pic.twitter.com/lLjJZrz4J0— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018center_img Pen 2 Paper! 🙌#welcomeriyad pic.twitter.com/vow4BFRIt3— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 10, 2018 “I think we can be successful over the coming years and I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”Mahrez is expected to make his debut when Pep Guardiola’s side faces Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on 21 July.Read also: Football: Twitterati reacts on CR7 joining ‘The Old Lady’Football: Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract details confirmed by Juventuslast_img read more

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Asia Cup 2018: Twitter reacts to India’s last gasp Asia Cup triumph

first_img.@SDhawan25 is adjudicated as the player of the tournament for #AsiaCup2018! Well deserved 👏👏— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 28, 2018 So near yet so far from Bangladesh. Congratulations to Team India on winning the #AsiaCup2018 . Hats off to Bangladesh for such a spirited fight despite missing key players. India have a lot of areas to work upon despite winning this & I am hopeful, they will get better. #IndvBan— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 28, 2018 AdvertisementImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsThis edition of the Asia Cup had it’s fair share of one-sided games in the beginning half while the latter half was filled with exhilarating matches. The grand finale did not disappoint as the Men In Blue just managed to get over the line against the resilient Tigers.Twitter reacts to India’s last-gasp Asia Cup triumphFrom Litton Das’ scintillating knock to Kedar Jadhav’s heroics at the end of the second innings, Twitter could not keep calm through the nail-biting action. Here’s how the Twitter Universe reacted to the unforgettable encounter.India squeeze past Bangladesh in a nail-biting finish in Dubai https://t.co/riIQHckyL6 #AsiaCupFinal #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/8TpaY0GHsA— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 28, 2018 Kedar Jadhav: I’m still a batsman who can bowlKuldeep Yadav: I scored a lot of runs in First-Class cricket and I would now consider myself as a bowling all-rounder #INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCup #AsiaCupfinal— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 28, 2018 Shikhar Dhawan has now appeared in five multinational tournaments (5+ teams) & ended up as leading run getter for India in all of those.363 CT 2013192 #AsiaCup 2014412 WC 2015338 CT 2017342 #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCupFinal #INDvBAN— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 28, 2018 Whew!Finally an ODI tournament victory for India after 5 years!India’s last win came in a Caribbean tri-series (Celkon Mobile Cup) at Port of Spain on 11 July 2013. Beat Sri Lanka in the final by 1 wkt & with just 2 balls to spare!#IndvBan#BanvInd#AsiaCupFinal#AsiaCup2018— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 28, 2018 These kind of cheap act always that’s why Bangladesh don’t deserve big trophies. Look at India so mature, won the final still cool and clam. #INDvBAN #AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/eEpV1ZY8CS— Virendar Sehwag (@VirendarsSehwag) September 28, 2018 Visuals of celebration from Kanpur after India won the Asia Cup 2018. #AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/e1lsSZ4np9— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 28, 2018 Wow! I don’t remember the last time an ODI made my heart pump this much. Gasping for air on air 😄#AsiaCupFinal pic.twitter.com/21Qd9GLqfp— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) September 28, 2018center_img KP : Why did you take it to the last ball? Why are you doing this to us?Jadhav : I’m a CSK player. I’ve played under Dhoni bhai. What do you expect?#INDvBAN— Manya (@CSKian716) September 28, 2018 Liton Das – Man of the Match; Shikhar Dhawan – Man of the series#INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018 #AsiaCup #AsiaCupfinal— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 28, 2018 Bangladesh in finalsv SL 2009 – Lost by 2 wkts (Tri series)v Pak 2012 – Lost by 2 runs (Asia Cup)v Ind 2016 – Lost by 8 wkts (Asia Cup)v SL 2018 – Lost by 79 runs (Tri series)v Ind 2018 – Lost by 4 wkts (Nidahas)v Ind 2018 – Lost by 3 wkts (Asia Cup)#INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 28, 2018 This man is truly magician 👏 @msdhoni @imjadeja #AsiaCupfinal #INDvBAN #AsiaCup2018 #Dhoni #jadeja#BANvIND #CSK pic.twitter.com/qZMzwowsrE— Tharun Kumar (@tharun98pdkt) September 28, 2018 Jasprit Bumrah’s incredible numbers in the death overs in this Asia Cup:Pak: 1.1 overs, 2 runs, 2 wickets Ban: 2.1 overs, 6 runs, 2 wicketsPak: 4 overs, 15 runs, 2 wicketsBan: 2.3 overs, 6 runs, 1 wicketOverall: 9.5-0-29-7ZERO boundaries conceded.Star.#AsiaCup2018— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) September 28, 2018Read Also:Asia Cup 2018 Final Review: India seal last ball thriller to claim second successive Asia CupCricket: India and Afghanistan teams with touching gestures to cheer up crying kid after match Congratulations Team India what a cliffhanger… we won Asia Cup!!! Wow great moment for every Indian across the globe!#INDvBAN#AsiaCupFinal— Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) September 28, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Maheshwari sworn-in as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court

first_imgShillong, Feb 24 (PTI) Justice Dinesh Maheshwari was today sworn-in as the chief justice of the Meghalaya High Court.Governor V Shanmuganathan administered the oath of office to the Chief Justice at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan where Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and his cabinet colleagues, judges and government officials were present.Maheshwari replaces former chief Justice Uma Nath Singh who retired on January 14.Maheswari was earlier a senior Judge of the Allahabad High Court.After Justice Singh?s retirement, Justice T N K Singh took over as acting chief justice till his retirement last month.Since then, the Meghalaya High Court has been functioning with only one Judge, Justice S R Sen who was also serving as the acting Chief of the high court. PTI JOP SUS RGlast_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Karmakar creates history, Kohli backs Gayle to fire and more

first_img1. Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian gymnast to qualify for OlympicsDipa Karmakar has made history by becoming the first ever Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. In the final qualifier of the Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro, she put up an impressive show. The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises. Her strong show in the qualifier has assured a berth for the upcoming Rio Olympics starting August.2. Messi’s 500th career goal in vain as Barcelona lose againLionel Messi scored his 500th career goal in the 63rd to end a five-game scoring slump that was his worst with Barcelona in five years. However, it was not enough as Barcelona suffered their fourth straight loss to open the Spanish League wide open.3. Gayle’s form not a big concern, says KohliThe Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli is not worried about Chris Gayle’s poor form and said the dashing opener is just one knock away from a big score. “I am sure he will come good at some stage of the tournament. Probably, he may get hundred for us when it’s required the most. I am not too worried about Gayle, because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” Kohli said.4. We were confident of chasing 192, says Quinton de KockQuinton de Kock, who struck a quick-fire 51-ball 108 to guide Delhi Daredevils to a seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, said his side was confident of chasing down 192 on a batting-friendly M Chinnaswamy track. “We were confident of chasing 192 because it was gettable on a batting track like this and to achieve that we focused on saving wickets till the end trying to capitalize by accelerating in last overs,” De Kock said.advertisement5. Mumbai Indians opt for Jaipur as their alternate venueDefending champions Mumbai Indians have opted for Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their home ground in the 9th edition of Indian Premier League cricket tournament after Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to shift all matches of the cash-rich league from the drought-hit west Indian state of Maharashtra.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: SRH can’t afford to get complacent at any stage, says VVS Laxman

first_imgNotwithstanding Rising Pune Supergiants’ poor run in IPL-9, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman considers the new side as a formidable unit and said his team will have to put their best foot forward when they clash with them in their IPL match on Tuesday.”It goes without saying that (RPS captain MS Dhoni) Dhoni will be looking forward to use Ashwin against Warner and Shikhar. I believe that Pune has got a very formidable batting line up,” Laxman said in a pre-match press conference. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”Lot of people talk about Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis being similar. They are all extrordinary T20 players. We cannot at all be complacent or we cannot at all underestimate the batting strength of Pune. We are very mindful,” he added.The former Test batsman, however, exuded confidence that SRH can take on any opposition if it sticks to their plans and executes them well.”But, I believe that if we concentrate on our plans and try to execute our plans, then we can do well against any opposition. It’s more about concentrating and playing to our strength, while strategizing for each and every oppositon batsman or bowler,” he said.Noting that the MS Dhoni-led Pune team would look to bounce back strongly, Laxman said no team can be ruled out as it is still the early part of the long IPL tournament.”I was reading that Fleming was disappointed with the way they started their campaign. But, they got an exceptionally talented side with captain MS Dhoni leading from the front. I am sure they will look to bounce back strongly. We have seen in the past someone like Mumbai Indians lost lot of the matches and went on to win the IPL.advertisement”So, it is just the start of the tournament and no team can be ruled out. I am sure they would like to bounce back. We have seen this in IPL where it’s all about momentum. Once you start winning the matches, then you win continuously and once you start losing matches, you start losing consecutively two or three matches. It’s all about momentum. Pune will be looking forward to win. That’s why it’s going to be a very important match against them,” he said.After losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in the first two matches, the Hyderabad side has registered three wins in a row and Laxman said they would like to continue the momentum on Tuesday.”SRH has got great depth in its batting with openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan and other batsmen, including Eoin Morgan, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha and Deepak Hooda raising the bar,” he said.”In the last two years, we were told we did not have enough firepower in the middle order. Now, if you see, Naman Ojha in the last match had come at number seven, Moises (Henriques) at number six and Deepak Hooda at number five and Morgan at four,” Laxman said.”So, I think we got enough depth in our batting. Bowlers like Bipul (Sharma) and Karn (Sharma) can also bat and so does Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So, I think we are very pleased.”But, in T20 format, it’s also important that your top three batsmen perform and invariably, when that happens, you are always in a comfortable position to pile up a big total or chase a big total. So, the importance of the top three is very crucial,” Laxman said.He also complimented the way SRH bowlers, including Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran have performed in the recent matches.”We are very pleased with the way our bowlers have performed. Especially, if you see the last two games against formidable batting line ups, our bowlers did really well. Not to single out anyone, as a bowling group, I thought, to defend both the teams below 150 was exceptional on good batting wickets. That’s something which we want to continue,” he said.Laxman said seasoned players Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh, who are recovering from injuries, would be invaluable when they join the team after being declared fit.”To answer when Nehra and Yuvraj comes, both of them are match winners and experienced players. We are fortunate to have both of them. We will try to use their experience.”I am sure both of them are raring to go. But, we have to wait on their fitness. Once, both of them are fit, they will be invaluable to win the matches. It’s important to have match winners. We do not want to rely on one or two individuals to win us matches, the more the number, the better for us.”advertisementReplying to a query, Laxman said Hyderabad’s key player Kane Williamson is now fit.The 41-year-old from Hyderabad said captain David Warner does have a big say in team selection and that the playing XI is picked as per team’s requirements.”But, I think me, Tom (Moody), Murali (Muralidharan), along with David, we sit down and select the XI and we choose the XI depending on the opposition we are playing and depending on the condition we are going to confront,” he said.”But, having said that, I think we want to be as consistent as possible with our selection. I have experienced in the past, if you chop and change with one or two bad performances, it will create a feeling of insecurity within the group which we don’t want.”Over the years, we have been very consistent in giving opportunities to each and every individual. Warner definitely has a big say in picking up the XI,” he said.last_img read more

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Leicester’s Jamie Vardy gets additional one-game ban for improper conduct

first_imgLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy will miss the Premier League leaders’ visit to Manchester United on Sunday after being banned for an additional game for improper conduct, the BBC reported.Vardy, the league’s second-highest scorer this season with 22 goals, angrily confronted referee Jon Moss after being picking up a second yellow card for diving during Leicester’s 2-2 draw against West Ham on April 17.After missing Sunday’s 4-0 win over Swansea, Vardy will now also be suspended for Sunday’s match at Old Trafford, where Leicester could wrap up their first ever Premier League title with victory.The 29-year-old, who was also fined 10,000 pounds ($14,479.00), will be available for the final two matches of the season against Everton and Chelsea.last_img read more

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