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first_imgDomestic smartphone maker Intex has updated its Aqua series with the launch of a new smartphone called Aqua A4. The budget smartphone costs Rs 4,199 and comes with 4G-VoLTE support. The phone was announced on Tuesday at an event in the presence of IPL cricket team of Gujarat Lions.Commenting on the launch of Aqua A4Nidhi Markanday, director, Intex Technologies said, “With the launch of Aqua A4, powered with the latest Android at the lowest price, Intex has again brought tech innovative product at the most affordable price in the market for all. Gujarat Lions players graced the occasion with their presence and reiterated our connect with the youth. We are sure that Aqua A4 with high specs like Android 7.0, classy looks and high performance at the lowest price will delight our customers.”The Intex Aqua A4 runs latest Android 7.0 aka Nougat and is touted as the lowest priced smartphone to have the latest operating system. The smartphone sports a 4-inch WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and is powered with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal storage which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The smartphone weighs 147gms and sports a sleek design.Also Read: Smartron srt.phone quick review: Sachin Tendulkar bats for this phoneFew of the noticeable features that come with the latest Android Nougat are ability to display multiple apps on-screen at once in a split-screen view, support for inline replies to notifications, and an expanded Doze power-saving mode that restricts device functionality once the screen has been off for a period of time.advertisementFurthermore, the device comes with an important feature of QR Code where users can either select the QR Code mode from the camera or open the QR Code and point the QR Code to the center of the screen. The QR code scanner decodes the QR code automatically and shows the relevant information with buttons for next reactive steps. The second highlight of the phone is the is Xender feature that enables users to share any type of files with friends at any time and any place without using mobile data. Company claims that it is 200 times faster than Bluetooth transfer speed and it can also play music and video files. Aqua A4 also comes with the popular music streaming app Gaana and News Point.Intex Aqua A4 features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera to with various selfie-clicking modes. The device is powered by a 1750 mAh battery which company claims can offer usage time of up to 6 hours with a standby time up of 250 hours. The Intex Aqua A4 is an offline product and will be sold across all leading retail outlets and stores in India starting today. The phone is available in black colour.last_img read more

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first_imgThe team line-ups for the Under-17 World Cup (17th edition) to be held in India between 6 and 28 October 2017 are now complete, after the CAF (African Confederation) qualifiers were over on Monday.Victories in their final group matches ensured Mali and Niger progressed to the tournament joining Ghana and Guinea, who had already sealed their qualification.Niger made history by qualifying for a first-ever FIFA tournament after defeating Tanzania 1-0.The 2016 AFC U-16 Championship held last year ensured Iraq, Iran, Japan and North Korea qualified for the tournament from Asia. Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and the United States of America recently qualified from the CONCACAF (Central, North American and the Caribbean) region.England, France, Germany, Spain and Turkey recently sealed their places for the FIFA event after finishing as the best 5 teams from the 2017 UEFA European Championship.Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay are the final CONMEBOL nations that will participate from South America while New Caledonia and New Zealand have qualified from the OFC (Oceania) region. Hosts India qualified for the tournament directly.Welcoming the 24 countries, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee Javier Ceppi said, “It is very exciting to know the 24 teams that will be playing the World Cup. The line-up is superb, with established powerhouses in the category (such as former World Champions Brazil, Ghana and Mexico) and teams making their debut, among them the hosts India. Having seen the teams and knowing of their quality, football fans are in for a real treat in October and it is key that they can start getting their tickets now and book their place in history before is too late”.advertisementWith the 24 teams in place, the attention now turns to the official draw, which will take place on July 7 and determine the fixtures for each team.The 24 teams are:  India, England, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Japan, North Korea, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, United States of America, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Mali, Niger, Ghana, Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand(With inputs from AIFF Media)last_img read more

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first_imgA first-half goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave England a 1-0 win over Venezuela in the 2017 Under-20 World Cup final at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday and a first global title since 1966.The Everton striker made the difference, though goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved a second-half penalty from Adalberto Penaranda as the South Americans piled on the pressure in an open and entertaining clash in which both teams hit the woodwork.England made most of the running in the first half though Venezuela looked dangerous in attacking areas.The European team had the first chance as Dominic Solanke took advantage of a defensive slip to enter the penalty area, but with just the goalkeeper to beat, the Liverpool striker did not make clean contact and shot against Wuilker Farinez’s legs.Ten minutes later, Ademola Lookman forced an acrobatic save from Farinez with a fierce drive from outside the area.Venezuela came even closer moments later. Ronaldo Lucena’s swerving free kick from more than 30 meters (33 yards) out swerved and beat a surprised Woodman, but bounced off the post.Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break. The forward beat a defender to a free kick from Lewis Cook, had his first shot saved by Farinez and reacted quickly to put the rebound over the line from close range.England, which arrived in South Korea without winning a game in this competition since 1997, was composed in possession in the first half but guilty of giving the ball away in the second.Six minutes into the second half, Venezuela, a country that has never appeared at the senior World Cup, should have drawn level. Sergio Cordova looked certain to score a fifth goal of the tournament with the ball at his feet and just Woodman to beat but the goalkeeper came out quickly to block.advertisementEngland then almost extended its lead out of nowhere. Josh Onomah’s shot from well outside the area hit the crossbar before bouncing onto the goal line and away to safety.With 17 minutes remaining and Venezuela increasingly pushing forward, referee Bjorn Kuipers from the Netherlands pointed to the spot after Jake Clarke-Salter took down Penaranda in the area despite English protests.Woodman, of Newcastle United, made a fine save from Penaranda, one of the stars of the tournament, sticking out a hand to palm the ball away though he was diving in the opposite direction.Venezuela had equalized in the final moments of a semifinal victory over Uruguay but was unable to repeat that feat. It was England celebrating a rare taste of global glory on the final whistle.last_img read more

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first_imgAB de Villiers was clearly a dejected man after South Africa were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy by India on Sunday. Fighting for a place in the semi-finals, India defeated South Africa by eight wickets at the Oval to confirm their spot in the final four.Put into bat first Indian bowlers bowled tight lines and bundled out South Africa for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs. In reply, India rode on 128-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76 not out) for the second wicket to sail into the semi-finals.”Not an ideal way to finish. Very disappointing. credit to them in those first 15-20 overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often,” De Villiers said at the post match presentation ceremony.South Africa were off to a slow start scoring only 35 runs in the first 10 overs but they had solid partnerships before a flurry of run-outs hurt them big time.”They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often. They put pressure on us, going at 3 and half or 4 an over. That’s not the way we usually bat. We got something going until those run-outs that cost us dearly today. We never got going. We were hoping to play a better game of cricket today,” he added.The South Africa skipper also praised the India bowlers for bowling superbly. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets each while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya got one apiece.advertisement”They bowled pretty well. They didn’t miss the mark a lot. We were completely outplayed today. We had a lot of soft dismissals,” he said.India, in all likelihood, play Bangladesh in the second semi-final on June 15 in Birmingham.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian Women’s Hockey team secured a 1-0 win against Chile to affirm a place for the knockout stage of the Women’s Hockey World League Semi Final.As soon as Preeti Dubey secured a goal in the 38th minute, India registered their first win of the tournament.India were beaten 4-1 by U.S.A. in their previous game, while their match against South Africa ended in a goalless draw.After the goal, Chile attacked relentlessly in the final quarter, but India defended well in the death.India will next play Argentina on July 16 in the quarter-finals of the tournament.last_img read more

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first_imgLewis Hamilton felt the love of his fans on Sunday and had a simple answer to why he is so strong at his home British Grand Prix circuit.”Because I own it,” the triumphant Mercedes driver said with a smile.If that were literally the case, rather than the historic track being owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, there would be no uncertainty about Silverstone’s future on the calendar after 2019.The triple Formula One champion owns Silverstone like tennis maestro Roger Federer, triumphant a short while later for a record eighth time on the grass courts of south London, owns Wimbledon.Sunday was the Briton’s fourth home win in a row, something achieved by no other driver at Silverstone, and fifth in total. He has also been on pole five times at the former World Two airfield.Just as Italy’s Monza is a temple to all things Ferrari, Silverstone — so often wet, windswept and cold — is where Hamilton’s army of fervent flag-waving fans assembles every year for a mutual love-in.Hamilton has his critics, and his name was booed in London during the week when he missed a promotional event attended by all other drivers.But Silverstone disarmed those critics as Hamilton led from start to finish from pole position and also set the fastest lap on his way to a 57th career win — taking the chequered flag with a 14 second lead over team mate Valtteri Bottas.He now lags Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the championship by a single point at the halfway stage in the season with every likelihood that he will be ahead for the first time this year before the August summer break.advertisement”You guys, I’m coming over to crowd surf,” he shouted to the crowd from the podium. “Be ready for me.”Afterwards, back from the crowd’s embrace, he spoke eloquently about just what the day had meant to him.”I’ve got a lot of love for different tracks that we go to but this one has grown to be one of the favourites of the year,” he said.”It’s got the greatest combination of corners. Copse, Maggotts and Becketts is the greatest combination in the whole grand prix calendar. I love street circuits but Monaco is not a great racing circuit. This is an all-out great racing circuit.”They don’t build circuits like this one any more. This just has that character and history…I’m good at this track but then the energy I get from these fans, there is no other driver that gets that kind of energy anywhere.”It just lifts you, there’s no avoiding it…every lap, 51 laps, everyone stands up. Every single lap. They’re egging me on. You don’t see that anywhere else in the world.”last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United centre half Phil Jones has recovered from a leg injury and will be fit to play in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Jose Mourinho has said.The England international was replaced by Victor Lindelof in the first half of the 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town last weekend and the Swede’s errors contributed to United’s first league defeat of the season.”I think Jones will be (back) because, today, he was on the bench and he told me he will be ready in case I need him,” Mourinho said after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Swansea City in the League Cup fourth round.”So I believe he’ll be even better for Saturday. Apart from that, I have no news and no hopes (for any other players).”United have not set a return date for injured midfielders Paul Pogba (hamstring), Michael Carrick (calf) and Marouane Fellaini (knee), while defender Eric Bailly is struggling with a groin problem.Long-term absentees Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are expected to return from their knee injuries by the end of the year.Jones’s return will be a timely boost for second-placed United, who are tied on 20 points with Tottenham going into Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 25 (PTI) The North Zone tournament, which doubles up as qualifiers for the shooting nationals, has been postponed due to technical reasons, as per a letter from the Sports Authority of India.The qualifiers were scheduled to be held at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges from November 1 to 7 while the nationals are supposed to be organised in December.SAI today issued a letter to the Delhi State Rifle Association (DSRA), stating that the event cant be held during that time due to some technical reasons concerning the range. The tournament is now postponed to January.The DSRA said they are 100 per cent ready to host the tournament and postponing it to January would defeat its entire purpose.”This is a qualifying event for nationals so how can it be held after the nationals. Another thing is if it is held early next year we would lose the stream of shooters whose cut-offs are December 31,” said an official of the DSRA.”We have done the bookings, over 4000 entries have been filled in by the shooters. We are fully ready to host the event and we hope better sense prevails. We have requested the SAI to again look into it,” he added.The Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range is currently playing host to the prestigious ISSF World Cup Final, and the DSRA official said if a tournament of such stature can be organised then why cant the qualifiers immediately after that. PTI AH AT CM CMlast_img read more

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first_imgChennai, Nov 4 (PTI) Chennai will be hosting the inaugural edition of Table Tennis Super League-Tamil Nadu, which will feature the top paddlers of the state, from November 24 to 26.The tournament, organised by Indusports, under the auspices of Tamil Nadu Table Tennis Association and 11Even Sports would be held at the Express Avenue mall here.The league would have eight teams, and each would have six members from different categories ? men, women, junior boys, junior girls, cadet boys and veterans.Each tie would comprise six singles and three doubles matches, the organisers said.”We are hoping variations in age groups will help them bond as each team will have someone from under 12 years to over 40,” said former national champion Kamlesh Mehta, director, 11Even Sports.The teams were formed through a players auction, where 60 players were bought by teams.E Prabhakaran emerged the highest paid player, going for Rs 52,500 and was followed by S Nikhil who was bought for Rs 50,500.Among women, T Reeth Rishya commanded the highest price of Rs 40,500 and Yashini Sivasankar was the second highest (Rs 38,250).Former National Games champion N Arul Selvi and TNTTA treasurer J Selvakumar thanked 11Even Sports and the table tennis federation for their support. PTI SS BNlast_img read more

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first_imgRohit Sharma is well and truly the ‘Hitman’. Three One-Day International double centuries is no mean feat and having achieved that, the nickname truly resonates with the India vice-captain for limited-overs.Rohit became the only batsman to score three ODI double hundreds with his 208 not out in Mohali against Sri Lanka and then became the only Indian to score two T20 Internationals centuries with 118 against the islanders in Indore on December 22. In fact, the hundred on Friday was the joint-fastest in T20 Internationals.With Rohit racking up the runs, ‘Hitman’ rang even louder in all corners of the country.WATCH VIDEORohit, in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, expressed his fondness for the name and shared the man behind its origination and its popularity.”I like it. It is unusual. It happened in 2013 when I was playing against Australia in Bangalore.”Ravi bhai (Shastri) was commenting and there is a guy called PD in the crew, he said after the game that ‘you played like a Hitman’. Because my name is Ro-‘Hit’. Ravi was standing there, heard it and said it during commentary. I think it caught up like that,” Rohit said.Rohit hit his first double hundred in 2013 against Australia — a mammoth 209 off 158 deliveries.That was another match at home and Rohit was involved in another big partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. And then disaster struck when a mix-up between Rohit and Virat Kohli saw the latter depart for a duck. However, Rohit tore into the Australian attack and smashed 12 fours and 16 sixes to finish with 209 off 158 balls. India piled up 383/6 and Australia fell short by 57 runs.advertisementEver since that first double century, Rohit’s acceleration post the first hundred has only got better.Rohit was the stand-in captain for India in the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka with regular captain Virat Kohli taking a break ahead of the all-important South Africa series.India are set to leave for South Africa on December 27 for a three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s. The first Test will take place in Cape Town, starting January 5.India have never won a series in South Africa and this Indian unit has the chance to create history.There has been a lot of talk about how the next 18 months, which India will spend overseas, will define this team and Kohli’s captaincy adding that all the success this unit has had, has been at home.Rohit agreed that the South Africa series is extremely crucial and that been on the mind of the entire team but added that home success also does not come easy.”I understand that we played at home but you have to beat the opposition in any case. You have to play good cricket, better cricket than the opposition to beat them. We have to execute the same thing that we do here, but in a different way. You have to play the shots and bowl in the right areas to get the wickets. The basics remain the same.”The mental adjustment, playing on fast and bouncy pitches (in South Africa is to be worked upon). South Africa will be a big challenge, they are a tough side to beat in their own conditions. They haven’t played in some time though and even some of their key players are missing, so it can be easier,” Rohit assessed.India are going to South Africa with a pace-bowling unit of six bowlers. Crucial to success in South Africa, India put a lot of focus and effort into developing the pace unit.Rohit praised the current set of bowlers calling them “the best and mentally very smart.””The set of bowlers we have now is the best, they have become mentally very smart now. They bowl with their mind now and it is very pleasing to see from the slips. They talk to Virat to see how he wants to get the batsman out.”Rohit also addressed the matter of time frame, the Indian team has to prepare for South Africa series and said for now, they will try and manage in the seven days they have got.”We have seven days to go by it and whatever is in our hand we have to try and make the best use of it. Ideally, a team would want more days to prepare when you are going and playing in overseas conditions. Seven days, we will try and manage whatever we can and try to win the series.”Rohit believes that they have the capabilities and spark to be the best of all time but said they need to be smart and address the issues of adaptive to situations as soon as possible.advertisement”I believe the team can be the best of all time. Conditions in South Africa will be completely different from that in England. We have to change our game a little bit. So we need to smart and address the situation as soon as possible,” Rohit concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — After getting a big double play to end the top of the 12th inning and keep their deficit to two runs, the New York Yankees sensed they still had a chance.And why not? They already rallied late once against their AL East rivals on Friday night.” It just gives you hope that just one guy has to get on and you got guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark through your lineup,” Manager Joe Girardi said, “Just get Gardy on and then we’re going to take our chances.”Brett Gardner did get on, and four batters later Brian McCann hit a three-run homer for a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays that moved New York back into sole possession of first place.Mark Teixeira hit a tying three-run shot in the eighth against Kevin Jepsen, then had an RBI single in the 12th off Steve Geltz (1-4) just as fireworks began shooting off behind the scoreboard in right field.With the Yankees trailing 5-3, Gardner led off the 12th with a walk from Geltz. One out later, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira hit consecutive singles, and McCann homered into the right-field stands for New York’s first walk-off win since Derek Jeter’s final home game in September.“It’s one of the best feelings that you could possibly have,” McCann said. “A big spot like that against a team in our division, it’s a great feeling.”Tampa Bay lost its sixth in a row and second straight in extra innings. “If we’re dwelling on one inning, the walk to Gardner is kind of what sticks out,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said.Chasen Shreve (6-1) walked two and gave up two hits and a run in the 12th but got a key inning-ending, 5-4-3 double play.With the score 3-all, Adam Warren walked Logan Forsythe starting the 12th, Brandon Guyer sacrificed. Shreve relieved and walked Asdrubal Cabrera.Kevin Kiermaier, the No. 8 batter, singled over leaping shortstop Didi Gregorius, and Rene Rivera followed with another RBI hit to put Tampa Bay up 5-3.The Rays had two baserunners called out trying to stretch singles late — and Tampa was on the wrong end of both replay reviews.Cabrera was nailed in the ninth on a throw from Gardner, the center fielder. The Rays challenged the call but it was upheld after a review of 2 minutes, 53 seconds.In the 11th, Evan Longoria slid into second safely but the Yankees requested a review, saying Longoria’s foot came off the base popping up, and he was tagged out by second baseman Jose Pirela. New York got the call after a review of 2:06.“It is unfortunate. I don’t know if it’s right, wrong, I don’t think this is what it was made for,” Cash said of the use of replay in this instance. “Whether he was pushed off, tagged off, or the tag was just held on, all of those things, I just don’t think that that’s, that’s not why we have this.”A-Rod had two hits and three of the Yankees nine walks on the day he finally received his 3,000th hit ball.Teixeira’s drive into the second deck in short right field spoiled another stellar outing against the Yankees for Rays starter Chris Archer, who pitched three-hit ball for 6 2-3 innings to lower his ERA to 1.78 against New York in eight starts.Masahiro Tanaka looked as if he was headed for a third straight rough outing, falling behind 2-0 in the first on Longoria’s RBI double and James Loney’s sacrifice fly. Rivera hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth after Kiermaier’s triple.Tanaka allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS (AP). AEK Athens ended Olympiakos’ undefeated run 22 games into the Greek  league season on Saturday, beating the defending champion 1-0.Ronald Vargas scored in the 78th minute, grabbing the rebound after Diego Buonanotte’s penalty kick hit the post.Olympiakos was left with 9 players after Luka Milivojevic was dismissed with a second yellow card for handling the ball inside the area, a call which led to the penalty kick.Olympiakos had also lost Alberto Botia in the 47th with a direct red card for a last-man foul.AEK’s Rodrigo Gallo was also dismissed, in the 86th.Second-place AEK is 16 points behind Olympiakos with eight rounds remaining.Also, Platanias won 2-0 at Panthrakikos and Atromitos vs. Veria ended in a scoreless draw.last_img read more

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first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — Another FIFA veteran, Marios Lefkaritis of Cyprus, is to exit international soccer politics.UEFA says the 70-year-old Lefkaritis has withdrawn as a candidate in an April 5 election to retain his seat on the European body’s executive committee. UEFA gave no reason.Lefkaritis informed UEFA members on the day his long-time FIFA colleague Issa Hayatou lost the presidency of African soccer.Lefkaritis previously had not entered a separate April 5 election to remain as a UEFA delegate on FIFA’s ruling committee.The Cypriot official joined FIFA’s top table in 2007, and was a finance committee member for much of that decade. He currently chairs UEFA’s finance panel.Without Lefkaritis, there are 12 candidates for eight seats on UEFA’s executive committee at the election meeting in Helsinki.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo presents a defensive conundrum for the Toronto Raptors.Assign a shorter player on the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks star can take advantage on the block. Put a taller player on him and the athletic Antetokounmpo might blow past him to the hoop.Antetokounmpo is a highlight-reel regular for dunks in transition. He can make opponents pay for double-teams, too.The Raptors need to figure this problem out beginning Saturday, when the Bucks visit the Air Canada Centre to open a first-round series in the NBA playoffs.“It’s not going to be a one-man job. It’s going to be a team effort to guard him,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “But him in transition, it’s not a dream, it’s a nightmare.”Antetokounmpo blossomed into an All-Star in his first full season since coach Jason Kidd made him a primary ball-handler. He became the first player in NBA history to finish a season in the top 20 in total points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. He’s just the fifth player in league history to lead a team in every statistical category for a season, according to the Bucks.With 42 wins, the Bucks finished above .500 for the first time since 2009-10. Now, they’d like to advance past the first round for the first time since going to the conference finals in 2001 with Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson leading the way.By comparison, Raptors are grizzled veterans with four straight postseason trips. They lost to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals last season in six games.“People don’t expect us to beat the Raptors,” Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon said. “We’re going in with that underdog mentality to prove people wrong. We’ve been proving people wrong up to this point and we’re going to continue to do so.”Antetokounmpo’s emergence is a big reason why the Bucks are back in the postseason for the second time in three seasons. Six-foot-8 forward DeMarre Carroll will likely draw the first turn defending him, with 6-foot-6 forward P.J. Tucker also taking the assignment. The Raptors might also use a zone, Casey said Tuesday.Antetokounmpo averaged 24.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists in four games this year against Toronto.“We’ve got to bait him to shoot more jumpers,” Carroll said. “I think a thousand of his shot attempts have been layups … but he’s also deadly distributing the ball and getting others involved.”Other notes and things to watch in the series:GETTING DEFENSIVERaptors president Masai Ujiri thinks the team’s defense is better than last year, aided by the addition of 6-foot-10 forward Serge Ibaka. Carroll, Tucker and the 6-9 Patrick Patterson also give Toronto versatile defenders who might be able to match up with Antetokounmpo and 6-foot-11 center Greg Monroe, who can hit jumpers and maneuver deftly in the paint.YOUNG BUT MORE EXPERIENCEDThe Bucks have one of the youngest cores in the league, but they did add some playoff experience to their roster by adding Tony Snell (Bulls), Matthew Dellavedova (Cavaliers) and Mirza Teletovic (Nets) in the offseason. Jason Terry, a 17-year veteran, provides leadership and 3-point shooting off the bench.GUARDING THE GUARDSToronto’s Kyle Lowry (22.4 points, 7.0 assists) and DeMar DeRozan (27.3 points) form one of the toughest backcourts in the NBA. The 6-foot-7 Snell will draw the 6-7 DeRozan on defense. Brogdon, a rookie, will be tested by Lowry at point guard.TORONTO BUGTucker was sent home from practice on Friday after showing signs of a bug that also affected DeRozan, Lowry and Casey this week. DeRozan sat out the season finale at Cleveland. The illness doesn’t appear serious, with Tucker expected to play Saturday.DOWN THE STRETCHMired at six games under .500 going into March, the Bucks went 16-8 over the last six weeks of the season to get into the playoffs. They hope the success under postseason-like intensity carries over into the Raptors series.“For those (six) weeks were in must-win games,” forward Khris Middleton said Friday. “That’s what the playoffs are all about, taking one game at a time, one possession at a time.”___AP freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this story.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia — Red Star Belgrade fans have welcomed another wartime symbol to their stadium: a real battle tank used during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia in 1990s.The decommissioned Soviet-made T-55 Yugoslav army tank was parked in front of the Red Star stadium ahead of a Champions League qualifying match against Swiss champion Young Boys on Tuesday.The Red Star fan club website says the tank symbolizes their slogan “Machine Has Started.” The northern stand at the stadium near which the tank was parked is reserved for the club’s most ardent supporters, known as Delije, or roughly translated the tough boys.The stunt has triggered a strong reaction from neighboring Croatia, which fought a war for independence from the Serb-led Yugoslavia.Croatian media said the tank is “a clear provocation” and “a scandal,” suggesting that European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, must react.Liberal Belgrade groups called on authorities to remove the army vehicle and denounced its display as “glorification of war symbols.”After public criticism, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said “the tank replica” was inspected and that no explosive ordinance that would represent danger to the public was found. Army officials said it was stripped of all its major equipment and is a “museum piece.”Military analyst Aleksandar Radic said that the tank should not have been placed near a sports venue because of what it symbolizes.“Those who decided to park it at the stadium primarily had a political provocation on their minds,” he said.The armored vehicle was painted overnight in the red and white Red Star colors. Club officials said it was purchased from a military waste site, adding that the “stupid discussion” over why it was parked at the stadium could lead to UEFA sanctions for the club.The tank display comes a week after masked assailants attacked two bars in Croatia as ethnic Serbs watched Red Star’s first leg-match against Young Boys on television, injuring at least five people and smashing furniture. The incident triggered heated exchanges between Croatian and Serbian politicians.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_img\R Barcelona, Jun 16 (AFP) Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he is surprised at criticism of his role in producing a video in which France star Antoine Griezmann announced he was staying at Atletico Madrid.Griezmann caused a stir after appearing in the film on Thursday in which he ended speculation about a possible move to Barcelona by committing to Atletico.Barcelona had made Griezmann, the top scorer at Euro 2016, their top summer transfer target.Barcelona defender Pique’s production company, Kosmos Studios, produced the slick film entitled “The Decision”.Although France coach Didier Deschamps said Friday he had “no problem” with the timing of Griezmann’s announcement, two days before Les Bleus kick off their campaign against Australia in Kazan, the fact Pique played an indirect role in its production has caused controversy in Spain.Pique, however, said: “I was surprised by the reaction in Barcelona. I’m surprised that my involvement and my love for the club (Barcelona) is being placed in doubt.”I’ve spoken to the (club) president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) and everything’s fine. He was a bit annoyed because he thought he (Griezmann) would sign.” The film details negotiations between Griezmann and Barcelona before his decision to remain at Atletico and Spanish media reports have focused on assumptions Pique may have known about Griezmann’s intentions, but failed to inform his own club.The backlash against the Spain international has been significant.Writing in Friday’s edition of Barcelona-based daily Sport, the newspaper’s director, Ernest Folch, said: “The theatrical nature of this documentary shows perfectly just how powerful some players have become. They think they can now do what they want.”advertisementBarcelona’s other big sports daily, Mundo Deportivo, also slammed Pique for encouraging watchers to “get out the pop-corn to watch the unfortunate unfolding of events that, as the producer, he knew all about.” Pique has courted similar controvery in the past. In the summer of 2017 he admitted knowing of Neymar’s decision to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain before the Brazilian star had informed Barcelona chiefs.This latest controversy has also led to calls for current Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, to exercise tighter control over players.The man looking to replace Bartomeu in 2021, Victor Font, said: “They (players) should not have an active role, without the participation of the club, in issues which affect the interests of Barcelona.” Spain’s World Cup preparations were already rocked by the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after Real Madrid announced the Spain coach would replace Zinedine Zidane at the club after the finals.Shortly after Spain’s 3-3 World Cup opening draw against Portugal on Friday, an under-fire Pique tried to deflect any personal responsibility in the controversy.”I’m not responsible for the fact that Barcelona didn’t sign a player about whom we’ve been speaking for the past few months,” said Pique.”Griezmann told me a few months ago that he might sign for Barcelona,” added Pique.”I said we could film it and produce something to show people how, from the inside, these kinds of important decisions are taken.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps has called on his striker Antoine Griezmann to improve his performance after he produced a poor performance in the 2-1 victory over Australia in their World Cup opener on Saturday.Griezmann, who announced he was staying at Atletico Madrid before the Group C game, failed to make an impact at the Kazan Arena, although he did score Les Bleus’ opening goal with a second-half penalty.He started alongside Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe with the experienced Olivier Giroud left on the bench.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEGiroud came on 20 minutes from time and set up Paul Pogba for the 81st-minute winner as he made his height and strength count.”He is very important physically,” said full back Lucas Hernandez. “When he is not there, you can feel his absence.”Deschamps opted for Dembele’s speed, hoping he and Mbappe would form a fluid attacking line-up, but the most disappointing was Griezmann.”Him being replaced was a one-time decision.” Deschamps told reporters on Sunday. “He is our lead forward and he will remain our lead forward. Perhaps he was not as good as usual. He must do more and he is well aware of that.”But that does not call into question the fact that he will start on Thursday against Peru.”World Cup 2018: We can’t play without Paul Pogba, says France managerLes Bleus will also need Pogba to support the forwards and the midfielder knows his performances will always be heavily scrutinised.”Yes, I have less right than others to make mistakes,” said Pogba, who on Saturday became the first French player since Michel Platini in 1986 to score in consecutive World Cups.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgWe finally have the complete lineup of all the 16 teams that have made it to the knockouts as the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 came to an end on Thursday.The final day of the group stage saw Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to top Group H while Japan lost to Poland 1-0 but still managed to go through to the next round on fair play.The final fixtures of the group matches saw Belgium beat England 1-0 to finish as Group G winners while Tunisia outclassed Panama 2-1 to end their campaign on a high.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full CoverageLet us first inform you about the 8 teams who managed to top their respective groups followed by the next best side:Group A – Uruguay, RussiaGroup B – Spain, PortugalGroup C – France, DenmarkGroup D – Croatia, ArgentinaGroup E – Brazil, SwitzerlandGroup F – Sweden, MexicoGroup G – Belgium, EnglandGroup H – Colombia, JapanThe biggest upset in the group stage was by far the exit of four-time champions Germany as they lost 2-0 against South Korea in Group F on Wednesday. It was also the sixth instance when the defending champions have been knocked out of the World Cup in the first stage.World Cup 2018: Heartbreak for Senegal, Tunisia sign off with a winMeanwhile, Senegal’s exit despite being on same points as Japan in Group H was also the first instance in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.advertisementSenegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record. The Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.So…#URUPOR #ESPRUS #FRAARG #CRODEN #BRAMEX #SWESUI #BELJPN #COLENGExcited? #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Kll9X54wbOFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULE India Today Photo India Today Photo India Today Photo India Today PhotoTwo matches will take place in the round of 16 every day from June 30 to July 3 in the following order:June 30 – France vs Argentina (7.30pm IST) followed by Uruguay vs Portugal (11.30pm IST)July 1 – Spain vs Russia (7.30pm IST) followed by Croatia vs Denmark (11.30pm IST)July 2 – Brazil vs Mexico (7.30pm IST) followed by Belgium vs Japan (11.30pm IST)July 3 – Sweden vs Switzerland (7.30pm IST) followed by Colombia vs England (11.30pm IST)last_img read more

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first_imgAs France and Belgium take on each other in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final Saint Petersburg Stadium in Moscow, the friendly tension among the two countries is beginning to simmer.Both France and Belgium are attacking units, both have absolutely deadly skills in front of the goal and both the countries have some famed names in the midfield.While the French squad is one of the youngest in the tournament with an average age of 26 years, this is Belgium’s golden generation and they are expected to deliver.While France fell short at the final hurdle in Euro 2016 when they were heavily favoured against Portugal, Belgium were shocked by Wales in the quarter-final of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose of national rivalry thrown in.In France, sports shops were rapidly selling out of the national soccer strip on Tuesday as fans got ready for the semi-final showdown in St. Petersburg. In Belgium, mad-keen Diables Rouges supporters were jumping on last-minute flights to Russia.Bars, cafes and restaurants in Paris and Brussels were preparing for a bumper evening of revelry.Also read – World Cup 2018: Belgium and France clash in mouth-watering semi-finalThere’s always been a degree of friendly tension between the two, with France regarding Belgium, and its French-speaking Wallonia region, as something of a poor cousin, while the Belgians often dismiss France as patronising and faux-superior.advertisementBut those frictions, which extend from food to comic strips (Do you prefer France’s “Asterix” or Belgium’s “Tintin”?) to language pronunciation, will be ramped up to breaking point when their respective teams take to the field at 1800 GMT.Adding to the rivalry is the fact that Thierry Henry, a hero of French soccer who helped the nation to World Cup glory in 1998, is now an assistant manager with Belgium’s national team and will stand on their touchline on Tuesday. On social media, Henry has been vilified by many French fans as a “traitor”.Also read – World Cup 2018: Coach confident with France’s preparation for Belgian tactics”His heart will be divided,” France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris told French media on Monday. “He is above all French. But tomorrow, as a professional, he will be channelling all his passion into the Belgian team.”Some of the Belgian team grew up playing in France. There are members of each squad who play for the same club but will be on opposite sides of the ball tonight. They all speak, or at least understand, the same language.FRIENDLY DUEL”A Duel Between Friends” declared France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper on Sunday, with a cartoon on the front page taken from the comic book “Asterix in Belgium”, when the plucky Gauls encounter a rival tribe from across the border.The editor of Belgium’s L’Echo was having none of the French talking down to its smaller neighbour, especially as the current Belgian team is regarded as the greatest in a generation, with the best chance ever of bringing home the cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: How Fellaini, Chadli are keeping African interest alive”The ‘Little Belgians’ aren’t little any longer,” he said in an editorial headlined “Belgium in the final”.Newspaper cartoonists have spent the last few days skewering one another’s national stereotypes, whether over food, language or attitude. With 11 million Belgians to France’s population of 67 million, there’s often a subtext of inferiority/superiority.One place where residents have no choice but to put those differences to one side is Comines, a town that sits right on the Franco-Belgian border, split by the river Lys.Also read -Team spirit can carry Belgium to World Cup 2018 final: Roberto MartinezReached by phone, a bar owner in French Comines said the atmosphere in the town was convivial ahead of the game.Asked whether he was expecting lots of fans to come to his bar to watch, he replied: “Well, the Belgians have put up a big screen TV in the square on their side, so we’ll probably all go there.”(With inputs of Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgLast week, Vivo sent out a press release to announce that the company will be launching its futuristic Nex S phone in India on July 19. To recollect, the Vivo Nex S was first launched in China alongside the mid-range Vivo Nex A phone last month. India is Vivo’s second choice to bring the Nex S phone after China, Vivo’s home market. There’s no word if Vivo will also launch the Vivo Nex A in India or not. Possibly it will not, at least not for now. Ahead of the official launch of the phone, the India price and availability of the Vivo Nex S have been leaked.MySmartPrice has managed to obtain the price of the Vivo Nex S. According to them, the Vivo Nex S will launch in India with a starting price tag of Rs 48,990. Meaning, the Vivo Nex S will be much cheaper than that of the Oppo’s Find X that has come to India only yesterday. The Oppo Find X has been launched in India for a price of Rs 59,999.The leaked report also claims that Vivo will be launching the Nex S in two variants in India. The base model will come with 128GB of internal storage, while the top-end model will pack a 256GB of storage. The leaked price of Rs 48,990 is supposedly for the 128GB storage model.According to the report, Vivo has partnered with Amazon India for selling the phone in India. The Vivo Nex S will be available for purchase via Amazon India store in India. The phone is said to go up for pre-order on July 19 exclusively on Amazon at 1PM IST. It is important to note both the price and the availability of the Vivo Nex S are yet to be confirmed by the company. Hence, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.advertisement The Vivo Nex S is a futuristic phone. The Vivo phone is different from other flagship phones like the iPhone X, OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi 8 and others because it doesn’t come with a notch. Vivo Nex S comes with a pop-up camera and no bezels.The handset comes with a pop-out selfie shooter on the top, above the display that’s built out of mechanical parts. The earpiece and the fingerprint sensor of the Vivo Nex S are placed underneath the display, just as the Mi Mix.The Vivo Nex S comes with a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 8GB RAM. The smartphone sports a 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display and dual rear camera system. The primary camera consists of a 12-megapixel sensor, while the secondary camera includes a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Nex S comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.last_img read more