ATK rope in India defender Anas Edathodika

first_img Anas was coaxed out of retirement from international football by new India coach Igor Stimac who named him in his list of 35 probables for the national team’s preparatory camp for the Intercontinental Cup. On Friday, the 32-year-old was further named in the 25-member squad for the tournament to be held in Ahmedabad from July 7. Anas had called it a day after the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. “I am very pleased with the signing of Anas Edathodika. He has established himself as a star defender and I believe he has a lot of potentials. He will be an essential addition to the defense of the team,” ATK head coach Antonio Habas said. Anas started his career with Mumbai FC in the I-League and later joined Pune FC in 2011. Anas won the Pune Football Club Player of the Year award for 2012-13, making him the first Indian as well as the first defender to win it. Anas was named the club captain for the 2013-14 season. Anas played in the Indian Super League in the 2017-18 season with debutant club Jamshedpur FC, becoming the first signing of Jamshedpur FC for that season. He joined his national teammate Sandesh Jhingan at Kerala Blasters in 2018. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK on Friday roped in India defender Anas Edathodika for the upcoming season. “I’m delighted to sign for ATK. I want to come and help the team, that’s always been my goal wherever I have played. I look forward to meeting the staff and players,” Anas said in a statement.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as managerlast_img read more

Black Friday may be extra hard on Wal-Mart employees…

first_imgRetail ChainSales Associate’s overall employer rating: Target2.7“Neutral” Circuit City3.0“Neutral” Nordstrom3.7“Satisfied” So what’s to make of all this? Well, if you find yourself holiday shopping at Wal-Mart this year, please try to be extra kind to the sales associates – chances are they are they may be having a bad day. Sales Associate’s category ratings of their employerscenter_img Looking a little deeper, we find that Wal-Mart sales associate’s rate Wal-Mart particularly low for Employee Moral and Fairness and respect: Wal-Mart2.3“Dissatisfied” Best Buy3.7“Satisfied” Editor’s Note: Sadly, this post was prophetic – it was written before we received the very sad news this morning that a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death as people rushed into a Long Island Wal-Mart on Black Friday.  Glassdoor extends its deepest sympathies to those that were injured or died, and their families, in this senseless violence.  [11/28/2008 10:20am PST]Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season which falls the day after thanksgiving, may be particularly hectic for Wal-Mart employees this year. That’s because high jobless rates and record low consumer confidence will cause holiday shoppers to seek out deep discounts in order to stretch their holiday budget further. Wal-Mart, known for its low prices, is a natural place for discount seeking shoppers to turn. This added influx of holiday shoppers may be bad news for Wal-Mart employees, who are already “Dissatisfied” with the overall work experience at Wal-Mart, which rates lowest among employees of major retailers on Glassdoor.comWe compared employer ratings of frontline sales associates at major retail chains and found Wal-Mart to be at the bottom of the list of places to work, with overall scores of “Dissatisfied”. Other retailers, Best Buy and Nordstrom topped the list with overall scores from their sales associates of “Satisfied”.last_img read more

Employees Bonus Expectations High In 2011, Cash Is King

first_imgEmployees are sending a clear message this holiday season: they expect a bonus and they want it to be cold, hard cash. And forget the holiday party, even with an open bar.A new survey by Harris Interactive®[i] finds that the majority of employees say they would prefer a cash bonus this year (72 percent), followed by a salary raise (62 percent) and additional paid time off (32 percent).Expectations for receiving a bonus are high this year: of those employed and eligible for a bonus, a full 58% say they expect an end of year windfall, and 20 percent expect it to be more than their last bonus, while 13 percent expect it to be less, and 22 percent are unsure.  However, the check amount may not be quite as much as employees hope – Johnson Associates is reporting Wall Street bonuses may be down 20 – 30 percent over last year.What Other Perks Make Employees Happy?Employers who can’t afford a big handout need not worry – employees note that perks such as an extra day off or even a grocery gift card would be preferred. Save the chardonnay and shrimp cocktail, though — traditional holiday parties rate low this year, as a mere 4 percent of employees prefer this “perk.”Male and Female ExpectationsThere are some stark differences in how male and female employees want to be recognized and rewarded at the end of the year – employers, take note! Holiday Perks: More men (16%) said they would be interested in receiving company stock or shares as a holiday perk than women (6%), whereas more women (18%) said they would prefer the option to work from home for a year than men (11%). More women (29%) also prefer grocery gift cards over their male counterparts (18%).Bonus Expectations: More men (74%) report being eligible for bonuses than women (69%). Among employees who are eligible to receive a bonus this year, nearly twice as many women (17%) report they are unsure of the bonus amount than men (7%) whereas more men (30%) than women (22%) expect their bonus to be the same as last year.What’s going on at your company? Do you expect a bonus this year? Would you prefer other perks, like paid time off or a holiday party? Tell us what your job is like by sharing a company review and see what your peers are saying, too._________________________[i] Survey Methodology 1) For the purposes of this study “employees” were defined as U.S. adults 18+ employed full time and/or part time unless otherwise indicated.2) This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor from November 3-7, 2011 among 2,574 adults ages 18 and older of whom 1,495 are employed full time, part time and/or are self employed. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact pr[at]glassdoor.com.last_img read more

India to play Pakistan in women’s Asia T20

first_imgIndia have agreed to play Pakistan in the women’s Asia Twenty 20 Cup in Thailand, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sources have claimed.Uncertainty had prevailed over whether India would play Pakistan in the competition, from November 25, after BCCI President Anurag Thakur had said that he would ask the ICC to not schedule India-Pakistan matches in group stages of its events due to the political and diplomatic tensions between the two countries.But an official source in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI on Wednesday that if required India would play Pakistan.”We took this up very strongly at the last ICC meeting in Capetown and India said it had reservations over playing with us in bilateral series but would play in ICC events,” the source said.He said the Pakistan delegation head, Najam Sethi had submitted newspaper clippings and video recordings of Anurag Thakur’s statements on Indo-Pak cricket ties including the one on not playing Pakistan in next year’s Champions Trophy.”Sethi made the point passionately at the ICC meeting that while Pakistan had always advocated keeping politics and sports apart, the BCCI President’s media statements were political.”Sethi clearly asked Thakur at the meeting whether or not his statements were not political ones on Indo-Pak relations and he should be very clear on whether India wanted to play with Pakistan in the group or knockout stages of ICC events in future,” the source disclosed.The source said that Thakur had indicated to the ICC that India would have no issues on playing Pakistan in ICC events but could not commit to bilateral ties at the moment until its government gave clearance.advertisement”As a result it is clear that India will play us in the women’s Asia T20 Cup and Champions Trophy. Sethi later also had an informal discussion with Thakur on the sidelines of the meeting,” he said.The source said that the ICC had also asked Pakistan in writing whether it had any issues playing India in the women’s league cricket competitions and the PCB had made it clear it was even prepared to play with India in the series in UAE in October but India had pulled out at the last moment.Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand are the participating teams in the women’s Asia T20 Cup.The Pakistan women’s team will reach Thailand directly from New Zealand.last_img read more

Sports Minister Vijay Goel congratulates P V Sindhu

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel has congratulated Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu for winning her first Super Series Premier title at the China Open badminton tournament. In a message, the Minister said, the victory has helped Sindhu further to consolidate her position among top ranking women Badminton players of the world. He said that victory of Sindhu at the tournament has once again underlined Indias strong presence in the China Open as she is the third non-Chinese player to win the title in 30 years after another ace badminton star from India Saina Nehwal did it at an earlier occasion. Sindhu had beaten Sun Yu of China in a thrilling three-game match in the finals yesterday to win the China Open Super Series Premier title. She had reached the finals of Denmark Super Series last year. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Haryana Khap felicitates para-athlete Deepa Malik

first_imgRohtak, Nov 30 (PTI) Top Indian para-athlete Deep Malik has been felicitated by a Khap Panchayat here for her achievements at the Rio Paralympics where she had won a silver medal. Deepa was honoured by Malik Gathwala Khap at Swami Nitya School in Rohtak. Deepa, who won a silver in the shot put F53 event in Rio in September, is the first Indian woman para-athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics. Calling her the pride of the community globally, the Khap elders asked her to wear her silver medal as a moment of pride. Speaking at the felicitation ceremony, Deepa said, “Who says the Haryana rural heads are not progressive. I have been time and again encouraged and felicitated by the village khap and given a mace (gadda), a male dominated trophy. They call me apni beti (daughter) and not bahu (daughter-in-law), they call me gaaon ka sher (Lion of the village)…. I see so much acceptance.” Deepa has her own NGO Wheeling Happiness which works towards promoting sports for differently-abled individuals. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Valverde not expecting Barca signings

first_imgErnesto Valverde says he would happily close the January transfer window without Barcelona making any signings.Barca on Thursday confirmed the arrival of defender Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia in a deal that addressed their defensive injury crisis.With Thomas Vermalen out for a month and Samuel Umtiti also sidelined, Barca’s only available first-team centre-backs are Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But despite the lack of options at the back, Valverde is not expecting the club to pursue further signings in January.”I’d be the first coach to close a transfer window before it’s opened,” Valverde told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s LaLiga meeting with Celta Vigo. “Until January 1 the market isn’t officially open.”We’ll have an eye on it of course and clubs will look at our players too, that’s how the market works, so let’s see how it works out.”I don’t know how it will. On January 5 things are one way and then on the 29th another, like we saw in the summer.”Let’s be cautious, but in principle we are working with the squad we’ve got. Hopefully in January we don’t lose players and need to cover them.”Valverde: “The idea was to find a player at a high level who knows the League, Murillo had those characteristics. It isn’t easy to find players like that, but it’s gone well” pic.twitter.com/jYFDdupaWJ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 21, 2018Murillo’s loan includes a purchase option worth €25million but Valverde indicated Barca are not in a financial position to make a signing on a permanent basis.”We are in a delicate situation with centre-backs, since the summer we’ve been working really with two at the same time,” he added. “We had Umtiti injured then Thomas out for some time too. So we have managed quite well but we don’t know how things might pan out from here onwards.”We have another option but there are players in the B team as well. The club insisted it would be a loan as we didn’t want to make a financial investment, so the idea is for him [Murillo] to start playing immediately.”He is a player with a very good knowledge of European and Spanish football too, so he should be able to adapt quickly, that’s the idea. It’s never easy to find players in the market who are exactly what you need at that time. We don’t have a lot of time as we play two games a week.”We found a solution we think is a good one as he is a good player.”Good morning! @JeisonMurillo19 Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/OQCX7uPETR— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 21, 2018Umtiti has only started six LaLiga games this season and Valverde said he is in the dark about when the France international, who travelled to Qatar in November for a “conservative” treatment plan, will be ready to return.”I’d love to give a specific answer, but I don’t know,” the Barca coach continued. “He is in permanent contact with the doctors and he is due to come here in a few days, but he might have to go away again.”We want him back as soon as possible but I can’t give specific figures, I’m not a doctor and don’t understand these things. We just hope he will be back as soon as possible.”Asked why Umtiti will have to “go away” again, he added: “It’s a supposition, I honestly don’t know. I really don’t know, so don’t quote me, because I don’t know about his treatment schedule. If you quote me it’ll be the wrong quote so please, no.”last_img read more

PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi in World Superseries Finals opener

first_imgIndian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu opened her BWF Superseries Finals campaign with a fighting win against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan here on Wednesday. (PV Sindhu aims to end blazing year on a high)In the opening match of the Group B, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallist Sindhu lost the first game 12-21, but came back strongly to bag the next two games 21-8, 21-15.With this win, double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu has taken a 3-1 lead in the head-to-head against the 19-year-old two-time former junior world champion Yamaguchi. (Also read: PV Sindhu wins China Open for her maiden Super Series title)On Thursday, world No.10 Sindhu will come across sixth-ranked Chinese Sun Yu, who produced a stunning result against reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin with a 21-18, 24-22 triumph in 58 minutes.In the match at the Hamdan Sports Complex, Sindhu looked a bit rusty and took time to get into rhythm. Yamaguchi ran away to a 7-3 lead quickly but Sindhu halved the difference to 5-7.But Yamaguchi sparkled by notching six straight points that gave her a 13-5 lead. The gap was just too big and even though Sindhu fought hard to make it 11-14 at a point of time, the Japanese managed to win easily 21-12.In the second game, Yamaguchi continued the good work but Sindhu reacted strongly after trailing 4-7. Playing an aggressive game, she showed her repertoire of strokes to bag 16 points on the trot that stood her at 20-7 before winning the game 21-8. Her wide reach and sharp smashes floored the Japanese, as well as enthralling the crowd.advertisementA determined Sindhu continued her momentum in the third game and jumped to an 8-4 lead which became 11-7 at the mid-game break.Afterwards, Sindhu upped her game, pressurising Yamaguchi to make costly errors. And the younger rival did feel the pressure, conceding points one after another.Sindhu raced to a 16-10 lead by bagging four consecutive points before Yamaguchi earned two points. But Sindhu again stole the show by making three points in a row, standing at a 19-12 lead, and completing the formality at 21-15.Meanwhile in Group A, former women’s world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand went down to South Korean Sung ji Hyun 21-19, 21-12 in 35 minutes. World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei prevailed over China’s He Bingjiao 21-16, 21-13 in 31 minutes.Among the major surprise results of the day, South Korean Wan Ho Son shocked world No.1 Lee Chong Wei 21-10, 21-16 in 38 minutes in the Group B of the men’s singles competition of the year-closing tournament where only top eight professionals of the year compete.In Group A, Jan ‘O’ Jorgensen of Denmark and Tian Houwei of China prevailed in their opening encounters.Mixed Doubles defending champions Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock enjoyed a bright start to their campaign, winning their opening match in just 34 minutes. The England pair was never threatened by Japan’s Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara, who appeared to be off-rhythm the entire match as they fell 21-15, 21-9.All-England winner, Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto upset their senior compatriots Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir for the first time. The younger pair made it past the Olympic champions in Group A 21-11, 21-12.There was a prominent casualty in the men’s doubles, with Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen withdrawing from the tournament before their opening match as the former was suffering from an illness, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF)’s website.last_img read more

Fan finds England team’s security details on public computer in Chennai hotel

first_imgIn a major breach of security, the classified details of England cricket team’s stay in Chennai were found unprotected on a public computer, raising concerns for the touring England team management.The plans, which included details of England player’s hotel rooms and the security arrangements on each floor, were discovered by an English supporter on a public computer in the lobby of a different hotel, reported ESPNCricinfo.The document, named ‘Bandobust’, was a Chennai Police Operational Order addressed to the Joint Assistant Commissioners of Chennai police. It also had the details of plain-clothes police personnel on duty and the location of officers positioned on the nearby rooftops surrounding the area. The document was not password protected.The supporter later alerted the England management, who informed the local authorities and requested them to review and update the security arrangements.England are in Chennai for the last Test match of their five-match series against India.last_img read more

Lamar Odom feels great after rehab stint

first_imgLos Angeles, Jan 29 (PTI) Former basketball star Lamar Odom has said he feels great after spending time in rehab last year.The 37-year-old sports star, who was previously married to reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, entered a treatment facility late last year in order to maintain his sobriety and has said he feels better than ever, reported Us Weekly.”Im doing great! I feel great. Im alive! Its a start. It beats the alternative!”Odom added that in addition to his children, Destiny, 18, and Lamar, Jr, 15, “being sober and enjoying life” keeps him motivated.Odom collapsed and almost died following an overdose at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada in 2015. PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

Cricket Australia appoints Trevor Hohns as full-time selection chairman

first_imgMaking no changes in the selection panel, Cricket Australia on Friday appointed Trevor Hohns as chairman of the national selectors.Hohns, who took over as caretaker chairman when Rod Marsh quit following an embarrassing home series defeat to South Africa, joins Greg Chappell, Mark Waugh, and coach Darren Lehmann in the four-man panel.Hohns is contracted until February of 2020, with Chappell and Waugh’s appointments ending in August of 2018.”In an effort to improve Australia’s T20 International ranking and focus specifically on T20 cricket, the panel for international T20 selection has been re-structured to a two-person format with Mark Waugh leading the panel, supported by the head coach,” Cricket Australia said in a media release.Speaking on the new make-up and appointments, Cricket Australia chairman, David Peever said: “On behalf of the Board at Cricket Australia, we would like to congratulate Trevor, Greg and Mark on their appointments. In making these decisions, the Board considered findings of a review conducted by CA Management which looked at various aspects of the selection function, including the selection approach, the relevant structure and ensuring that we have the best possible candidates for the period ahead.””The Head Coach will remain involved in selection on all three formats, but the other selectors will take on more focused roles, enabling a refined selection process and clearer lines of accountability within each of their respective roles.””Trevor is highly experienced as a selector, and will ensure we place our best players on the field for both the Test and ODI formats, and help us strive towards our goal of returning to number one rankings,” he added.advertisement”Greg has been instrumental in restructuring our youth pathway program, driving theThe Cricket Australia chairman concluded by saying: “We believe this new structure will enhance the performance of the selection function and deliver clearer accountability around selection and, at the same time, offers the board the opportunity to review a two-person selection panel in the T20 format, and how well this works.”last_img read more

Tag Huer’s connected Modular 45 Android smartwatch has Intel inside and Rs 1 lakh price tag

first_imgTAG Huer has announced a new smartwatch based on Intel Atom processor — the Modular 45. The watch adds to the ‘Connected’ range of smartwatches from TAG Huer that sport touchscreen instead of regular dial and run Google’s Android Wear operating system.Also Read: Fossil Q Nate watch review: It’s not very smartTAG Huer Connected Modular 45 is build out of Titanium and has a 1.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen display. Its display is covered by a 2.5 sapphire glass. The module can be changed out for a mechanical watch or the Heuer 02T Tourbillon Chronograph. The watch is water resistant for up to 5ATM, equivalent to 50m of depth.While the watch is designed by TAG Huear, its computing hardware and software comes from Intel.  Modular 45 runs the latest Android Wear 2.0 that Google announced last month, along with a companion app that can ‘understand your plan for the day and proactively assist you’ with your stuff. It uses GPS, for example, to push real time updates as to how it might take to reach the destination you planned in the calendar. It also supports Google Voice control features using an on-board microphone.The Modular 45 is powered by Intel Intel Atom Z34XX processor with 4GB RAM. It comes with built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC connectivity features and a bunch of sensors for tracking workouts. Having GPS means the watch can tell you directions without relying on the smartphone, Near Field Communications technology or NFC means the watch supports contactless payments right from the wrist.advertisementAlso Read: Everything you want to know about Android Wear 2.0: Google’s second swing at wearablesThe watch can be customized in more than 500 style choices and there are 56 different versions of the watch to choose from. You can get the watch customized on request with modules, horns, bracelets and buckle options for hundreds of stylish design combinations, including 30 watch dial options.The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 will be available in satin or polished grade 5 titanium with unique customization capabilities beginning March 14 at tagheuer.com, TAG Heuer stores, specialty watch stores, and major retailers worldwide starting at $1,600 USD (about Rs 1,06,000).last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for March 17

first_imgARIESYou deal with professional and personal matters effectively earning support of people who matter. Beware of what you say to whom as people can hold you to your promises. Visitors arrive. Allow events to happen naturally and relationships to flower slowly. Lucky number 8. Colour purple.TAURUSYour pursuit of pleasure is crowned with perfect success but incomplete as commitment is still not forthcoming in a relationship. Business matters are settled as wish but need to be followed through. You can expect lasting success in the present venture. Lucky number 10. Colour red.GEMINIYou experience a harmony of change on different levels of consciousness today and achieve balance. You handle different situations in quick succession. Health problems are on the way to being resolved. You go through ups and downs in relationships. Lucky number 2. Colour sea green.CANCERWealth or income increases as you make fortunate choices. An enjoyable journey with friends is on the cards! A special person or relationship is nourishing. Look at what you have and enjoy it rather than spend time hankering for what you don’t have. Lucky number 1. Colour green.LEOYou are forceful and assertive while making new beginnings at work and gentle and loving in relationships. You are original, energetic and ambitious instilling a personal style and vitality in whatever you do. You socialize with important people in power. Lucky number 4. Colour gold.VIRGOThis is a sensitive time when you need to conserve energy, resources and forces rather than meet impossible goals. You may feel physically depleted as you have too much to handle. Relax by yourself and rejuvenate energy. Relationships are sensitive today. Lucky number 7. Colour green.advertisementLIBRAYou wield authority most effectively as you bring order in chaotic situations. You gain influence through business ventures and collaboration. You display great skill in sports or physical activity that wins you appreciation and opportunity to travel. Lucky number 4. Colour deep red.SCORPIOYou are ambitious in business, kind in relationships and charming on social occasions. In traditional aspects you can play the role of a practical, quiet and domesticated individual. Business opportunities from foreign lands or companies are lucrative. Lucky number 4. Colour green.SAGITTARIUSPersonal relationships are loving today. You can expect to spend time in natural surroundings while experiencing relaxation on a vacation or pleasure trip. Business is brisk and you are highly productive and creative in professional ventures. Lucky number 1. Colour lotus pink.CAPRICORNProfessional success is on the cards! Power and influence help you turn things around in the business area. You are kind in family situations. Beware of friends who are conceited due to wealth and position. An important business trip is on the cards! Lucky number 6. Colour pink.AQUARIUSYou enjoy whatever you are doing and take a break during a busy day that perks you up. Your mind is at its creative best. You can go beyond the usual and create something new in the work area. You help people around you by being in a meditative space. Lucky number 4. Colour pink.PISCESYou reflect the nature of your partner in a charming way. You are affected by surrounding influences but need to remain independent. You are sensitive, reflective and receptive to loved ones. Difficulties at work can be resolved through healthy discussion. Lucky number 11. Colour blue.last_img read more

Dharamsala Test, Day 1: Kuldeep Yadav’s 4/68 on debut helps India fold Australia for 300

first_imgAustralia skipper Steve Smith’s third century of the series and India spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s memorable debut left the fourth and final Test between the teams evenly poised on Saturday. (SCORECARD)Smith, comfortably the leading scorer of the series, made 111 as he and David Warner, who scored 56, added 134 runs for the second wicket to help Australia dominate the morning session after opting to bat.Left-arm wrist-spinner Yadav, an inspirational selection in India’s bold move to go with five bowlers, led the hosts’ strong comeback in the post-lunch session when five wickets tumbled for 64 runs. (Dharamsala Test, Day 1: Key highlights)Matthew Wade made 57 down the order to help Australia reach 300 before the tourists folded leaving India to bat the final over of the day, a maiden one from Josh Hazlewood.Openers Lokesh Rahul, who faced all six deliveries from Hazlewood, and Murali Vijay will hope to give India a strong start when they resume on Sunday. (Virat Kohli’s dream season comes to an abrupt end in Dharamsala)The hosts received a jolt even before a ball was bowled when regular skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out of the match with a shoulder injury he had sustained in the drawn third Test in Ranchi.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, replacing fellow paceman Ishant Sharma, swung the first ball of the match to induce an edge from Warner but Karun Nair spilled it at third slip. (Stats: How Virat Kohli’s absence has hurt India in the past)India did not have to wait long for the breakthrough though.advertisementIn the next over, Umesh Yadav pushed one through Matt Renshaw’s gate and pegged back his off-stump to dismiss the opener for one. (R Ashwin breaks Dale Steyn’s record for most Test wickets in a season)Smith and Warner laid the foundation for a big first innings total with a century partnership during which Smith’s characteristic fluency contrasted Warner’s scratchy knock.Warner brought up his first fifty of the series after Smith had reached his own, before Kuldeep led India’s fightback after lunch with brilliant display of wrist-spin bowling. (Kuldeep Yadav on dream debut: Dream-come-true, couldn’t have asked for more)The 22-year-old generated extra bounce and the ball flew off the shoulder of Warner’s bat en route to India’s stop-gap skipper Ajinkya Rahane at slip.Umesh dismissed Shaun Marsh for four before Kuldeep (4/68) returned to further torment the tourists. (Virat Kohli’s replacement Kuldeep Yadav rocks Australia)The Uttar Pradesh player disturbed Peter Handscomb’s stumps and then bamboozled Glenn Maxwell with a brilliant googly to peg back Australia.Smith brought up his 20th Test century in 150 balls to steer Australia past the 200-run mark before edging Ravichandran Ashwin to Rahane in the slip. (Virat Kohli misses high-profile Test but carries drinks for teammates)Smith faced 173 balls during his composed knock, hitting 14 boundaries.Wade and Pat Cummins, who made 21, defied the Indian bowlers for nearly 13 overs before being separated.The four-Test series is level at 1-1.last_img read more

Not everybody will like you

first_imgHey – I want you to do a little experiment for me.Close your eyes (well, okay, close your eyes after reading these next few paragraphs – otherwise this will get difficult), and picture your FAVORITE person in the whole world.I don’t care if it’s your spouse, or your baby, or Meryl Streep – just picture them very clearly, and enjoy the nice, fuzzy feeling that accompanies.Now list three things that are less-than-ideal about this person. Just three minor things, if you HAD to name them, that aren’t perfect.Okay. Now picture one person – you can make ‘em up, if you want – who would hate those three minor flaws; who would ACTIVELY DISLIKE your favorite person.Maybe this imaginary enemy just hates babies; maybe they think your spouse’s “cute” ear-cleaning is disgusting, maybe they think Meryl Streep is overrated (how dare they?!).Open your eyes.What was the point of this little exercise?Everyone – even the most amazing, wonderful, lovable, talented, luminous person in the world – has their detractors. Sometimes those detractors latch onto legitimate “flaws” to hate; sometimes their dislike is based on pure caprice.But NOBODY – not one fantastic, amazing person on this whole planet – is universally beloved.So when YOU are the object of that antipathy – when someone dislikes your work, or your personality, or just, seemingly, the sight of your face –try to keep it in perspective.Freelancers are subject to the ins-and-outs of other people’s opinions, more than most. Because we’re constantly applying to gigs and courting new clients, it can be easy to let negative feedback overwhelm constructive comments.But the truth is that you will NEVER please all of the people, all of the time. This is an actually impossible quest: one that will drive you crazy, sap you of motivation, and suck up your emotional energy.Perversely, some clients will LIKE your work for the very same reasons that others reject it – and those are the clients that you want to be working with.When you find yourself agonizing over somebody’s nasty (or offhandedly negative) comment, when you use it as an opportunity to project all sorts of fear of failure and self-doubt… keep in mind, you’ll never be everybody’s cup of tea.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberAs Dita Von Teese once said:“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”Some clients – some people – are just going to dislike your work (and possibly you, personally!)… AND LISTEN: THAT IS OKAY.Rejection can really, really sting; it’s easy to use negativity as an excuse to hide away, or even quit.But think again of your favorite, favorite person; would you want them to hide their light under a bushel for ONE SECOND, just because some grump out there doesn’t prefer it?Or would you want them to keep growing, keep learning, keep being their wonderful, quirky, much-beloved selves – and ignore the haters?Take a page from your own book. Give yourself the love you have for that person, flaws and all. Not everybody is going to like you, my freelance friend – but as long as you like yourself…. who cares?Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Netherlands recall Ryan Babel after six-year absence

first_imgRyan Babel was recalled to the Netherlands squad on Friday after a six-year absence as coach Dick Advocaat named 24 players for key World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Sweden.The 30-year-old Babel, who scored for Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League on Tuesday, won the last of his 42 caps in 2011.”He has earned a right to a place in the squad,” said Advocaat, who has dropped Wesley Sneijder, the country’s most-capped player, and is without injured Quincy Promes, Robin van Persie and Bruno Martins Indi for the matches in Borisov on Oct 7 and home to Sweden three days later.The Dutch must win both games- their last two in the group – and overtake Sweden on goal difference if they are to claim a top-two berth.France are expected to top the standings, leaving the Dutch to battle with the Swedes for the runners-up berth. If they finish equal of points, the Swedes look best-placed to advance as they have a goal difference of plus 11 to plus five for the Netherlands.”But it’s not going to work if all we think about is how many goals we will score,” Advocaat told a news conference on Friday.”If you think that we can go and win 5-0 in Belarus then you don’t understand the capacity of this Dutch team.”We must first plainly go there to win- and then see what is possible during the match. You can’t start international matches these days with a goal target in your head.”advertisementThe Netherlands were World Cup runners-up in 2010 and third in Brazil in 2014 but have made heavy weather of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Russia.France top the standings with 17 points, Sweden have 16 and the Dutch 13. Fourth-placed Bulgaria are also still in the race on 12 points.last_img read more

Jelena Dokic says father physically, verbally, emotionally abused her

first_imgFormer Wimbledon semifinalist Jelena Dokic says her father physically, verbally and emotionally abused her from a young age when she started playing tennis.In an autobiography to be released this week, the 34-year-old Dokic says that Damir Dokic, who also was her coach, regularly beat her, pulled her hair and ears, kicked her and even spat in her face. She said her father also frequently directed vile insults toward her.”He beat me really badly,” the former No. 4-ranked Dokic was quoted as saying in Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. “It basically started day one of me playing tennis. It continued on from there. It spiraled out of control.”After losing to Lindsay Davenport in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2000, at the age of 17, Dokic said her father refused to acknowledge her following the match and when she finally reached him on the telephone, he told her not to return to the hotel where the family was staying. She said she was distressed and attempted to sleep in the player area at Wimbledon, before officials contacted her agents and arranged for her stay with them.Excerpts from the book and a video interview published in Australian newspapers generated wide debate about how the situation was allowed to continue throughout Dokic’s teenage years.Tennis Australia released a statement praising Dokic’s courage in exposing the abuse, and responded to local media questions about why it didn’t intervene by saying an official had taken the matter to the authorities.”There were many in tennis at the time who were concerned for Jelena’s welfare, and many who tried to assist with what was a difficult family situation,” Tennis Australia’s statement said. “Some officials even went as far as lodging police complaints, which without cooperation from those directly involved, unfortunately could not be fully investigated.”advertisementTennis Australia said over the past 10 years the sport had constantly improved and updated its police to increase protection for children.Damir Dokic is living in Serbia and had no comment for Australian media regarding the book.At the time, Jelena Dokic was playing at her peak, the WTA had a rule banning disruptive family members or coaches from attending tournaments.Damir Dokic was eventually banned indefinitely from all WTA Tour events after a series of public indiscretions, including accusing Australian Open organizers of fixing the 2001 tournament draw. Damir Dokic also spent time in jail for threatening the life of the Australian ambassador to Belgrade and illegally possessing weapons.He was suspended at times from other tournaments including the U.S. Open, where he was banned in 2000 for abusing staff over the price of a salmon lunch, and at Wimbledon, where he smashed a journalist’s phone.Jelena Dokic started playing tennis at age eight. Her family migrated in 1994 from Europe to Australia, where Jelena trained in Sydney under her father’s coaching. In 1998, she won the U.S. Open junior title and played Fed Cup for Australia, and in 1989 she beat Martina Hingis in the opening round of Wimbledon, becoming the lowest-ranked player in the Open era to beat a top seed at a Grand Slam.She switched allegiances at her father’s insistence to represent Serbia in 2001, following allegations by her father that the draw for the 2001 Australian Open was rigged against her. But she returned to represent Australia from 2006.After reaching a career-high No. 4 ranking in 2002, Dokic’s ranking slipped into the 600s as she struggled with injuries and depression. But in 2009, she made a surprising run to the Australian Open quarterfinals as a wild-card entry and said she’d been estranged from her father for several years. She retired in 2012 with five titles in the top tier of women’s tennis, but having never surpassed her 2000 success in a major.Dokic has been quoted as saying the physical violence was regular from her father but she struggled most with the emotional element of the relationship.”Not just the physical pain but the emotional … that was the one what hurt me the most,” she said. “When you are 11, 12 years old and hear all those nasty things … that was more difficult for me.”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal’s season ends in painful defeat by David Goffin in ATP Finals

first_imgRafael Nadal’s unforgettable season came to a painful end when he withdrew from the ATP Finals with a knee injury after defeat in his opening round-robin match against David Goffin on Monday.The Spaniard, already assured of ending the year as world number one having won a 10th French Open title and the U.S. Open, was clearly hobbling as he went down 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4.”No, I’m off,” the 31-year-old Nadal told reporters when asked if he would be fit enough to play his remaining round-robin matches against Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.”My season is finished. I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard.”I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. But I am really not ready to play.”I fought a lot during the match, but knowing that probably …(it was going to be) the last match of the season.”Two weeks ago Nadal had withdrawn from the Paris Masters before his quarter-final match after experiencing pain in his right knee.He had hoped to recover in time to attempt to claim the only major title to elude him — having twice lost in the final.There was no questioning his fighting spirit as he still managed to push world number eight Goffin all the way, saving four match points in the second set, but his movement was hampered in the final set.He will now begin the process of recovering full fitness in time for the start of next year.advertisement”I tried, but seriously it was a miracle to be very close in the score during the match,” Nadal, who missed the end of last season to fully recover from a wrist injury, said.Nadal has been plagued by knee injuries throughout a career which has earned him 16 grand slam titles.”I know what I have to do. I know all the things that happened in the past when I had these things, and I know the treatment that I had to do,” he said.”I know the periods of time that I need to work. Then if the treatment works or not, we will see.”The good thing is (this is) nothing new. Everybody in my team, we have the right experience (to deal with) this thing. We hope to manage it well, to have the right rest, the right work, and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season.”last_img read more

Four Russian skeleton athletes banned for life over Sochi doping

first_imgFour Russian skeleton athletes, including Olympic champion Alexander Tretyakov, have been banned for life from the Olympics after being found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday.Tretyakov, Sochi bronze-medal winner Elena Nikitina, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsyna have been “found to have committed anti-doping rule violations,” the IOC said in a statement.”The four athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014,” the IOC said.The IOC added it had disqualified the athletes from Sochi, effectively stripping Tretyakov and Nikitina of their Olympic medals. Orlova and Potylitsyna did not win medals in Sochi.The IOC did not disclose the nature of the doping violations.Earlier this month, the IOC banned six cross-country skiers from the Olympics for violating anti-doping rules as part of an investigation into allegations of widespread doping among Russians and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at the Sochi Games.The IOC has been re-testing all Russian athletes’ samples from the 2014 Games following revelations by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s suspended anti-doping laboratory, of a scheme to cover up home competitors’ positive samples.The IOC is set to decide next month on the participation of Russian competitors at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics in South Korea in February.last_img read more

U-19 cricket: Nagaland women all out for 2, Kerala reach target in 1 ball

first_imgWhen talking about cricket in India, the North-East states are not really the first names that come to mind. But Nagaland is on a mission to rectify that, albeit for all the wrong reasons.After participating in a ‘record-breaking’ 136-wides match with Manipur on the opening day of the BCCI’s Under-19 Women’s North East Championship earlier in the month, the U-19 girls from Nagaland were bowled out for just two runs.The Nagaland Under-19 Women playing against Kerala at the JKC College Ground in Guntur, managed to put only two runs on the board, which Kerala chased down in just one ball. The Nagaland-Kerala match bettered the previous world record set by Nepal, who had won the match in two balls against Myanmar in their ACC match in 2006.Nagaland batters stuck around for 17 overs but managed to score only two runs, with one of those runs coming from a wide. Menka, who opened the innings for Nagaland, scored the only run off the bat as the rest of her team was all sent back to the dressing room for ducks.Kerala’s captain Minnu Mani was the pick of the bowlers, as she picked up four wickets as well as keeping it tight with four maidens to boot. Sourabhya P bowled six maidens and picked up two wickets as Sandra Suren and Biby Sebastin picked up one wicket apiece.In Kerala’s chase, Deepika Kaintura began the innings with a wide as opener Ansu S Raju struck a boundary of the only legal ball of the innings to get her team past the required score for a record-breaking win.advertisementlast_img read more