Andy Murray of Britain reacts while competing against Dominic Thiem of Austria in their quarterfinal match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Andy Murray went down fighting in the China Open quarter-finals on Friday as the former world number one lost 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to top seed Dominic Thiem.The 32-year-old Briton, battling to get back to a semblance of his best following career-saving hip surgery in January, was defeated in just under two hours after threatening an unlikely, late comeback.ADVERTISEMENT A third match in four days in the Chinese capital proved a step too far for Murray, who looked exhausted after a three-set victory on Wednesday against Cameron Norrie.Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, had the Beijing crowd firmly behind him against the Austrian Thiem, ranked fifth in the world to his opponent’s 503rd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manBut Murray lost his first service game to go behind from the outset, putting himself under pressure immediately.At times there were shades of the Murray that topped the world rankings in 2016, but the second set started in the same way as the first, the Briton having his serve broken. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Murray, who says that he now has no pain in his hip, looked down and out as Thiem served for the match.But he does not know how to quit and broke Thiem to make it 5-5 in the second set, then went up 6-5, before Thiem forced the tie break. He carried that momentum to victory.The 26-year-old Thiem plays Karen Khachanov in the last four after the Russian fourth seed defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ UAAP commissioner: Imperfect officiating can’t justify Perasol’s outburst Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 30, 2016 Coach Alberto Salazar looks on as Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the Men’s 10000 Meter Final during the 2016 U.S. – With Nike-backed athletics coach Alberto Salazar slapped with a four-year ban for doping on October 3, 2019, the US sportswear giant risks being caught up in the scandal — its CEO is even quoted in the suspension ruling. (Photo by Andy LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Nike said on Friday it was shutting down its Oregon Project distance-running group that has produced a host of world and Olympic gold medals after top coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping.Salazar founded the Portland-based elite training group with funding from Nike to challenge the stranglehold of Kenyan and Ethiopian runners at elite level.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The sportswear giant had initially backed Salazar last week after he was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a catalogue of drugs violations.Salazar’s doping offences include trafficking in testosterone, tampering with the doping control process, and administering illicit infusions of the fat-burning substance, L-carnitine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to appeal the ban and just last week, Nike chief executive Mark Parker announced that the company was standing behind Salazar, a former marathon champion and the leading figure in American distance running in the modern era.However in a memo to staff Friday, Parker said the Oregon Project was being terminated because of the scandal. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue World Series in Houston a homecoming for Nats star Rendon LATEST STORIES – Athletes facing questions –Oregon Project athletes won three gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha that ended on Sunday.Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres and 10,000m while Donavan Brazier of the United States took the men’s 800m gold. There is no suggestion either athlete has been involved in doping.An angry Hassan said she was happy to be tested “every single day” to prove she was a clean athlete.“I believe in clean sport, I’m always clean, I will always be clean. I believe in the Oregon Project. I’ve seen Alberto. He’s worked really hard and that is what I know,” she said in an emotional outburst after running the sixth-fastest time in history to win the 1,500m.British athlete Farah is also facing new questions about his involvement with Salazar. Farah, who has never tested positive, waited more than two years after the accusations were first made against Salazar before parting ways with the coach in October 2017.Farah will run in the Chicago marathon on Sunday, with Galen Rupp, another NOP athlete, also taking part.Nike’s decision to shut down the Oregon Project came after athletes including US runner Kara Goucher, who was coached by Salazar from 2004 to 2011 and provided key evidence in the case against him, told the BBC Nike could not justify keeping it open.“It has to go,” Goucher said. “If I was Nike I’d be bringing in some new coaches and move on from this Oregon Project, because clearly it had principles not in line with clean sport and we have to just start over.”Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar’s athletes at the Oregon training hub in Portland, was also suspended for four years.Nike’s share price has been hit by the Salazar scandal but following Friday’s announcement, it was up 1.08 percent at $94.00 in early trade in New York. Becoming his own man MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The US company has $4.5 billion in annual running-related sales, according to Bloomberg data, and it is the biggest sponsor of running around the world.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions, is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs,” Parker said.“I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project.”Parker said however that Nike would still support Salazar, best known for coaching Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, in his appeal against the ban.“A four-year suspension for someone who acted in good faith is wrong,” said Parker in the memo, adding that “the panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto’s desire to follow all rules”.However, he admitted that “Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending”.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’
Sushil backs Yogeshwar to win Gold in Rio today Wrestler Sushil Kumar wished compatriot Yogeshwar Dutt ahead of his 65kg freestyle qualification bout on Sunday. When Sakshi Malik ran into PV Sindhu after their moments of glory Wrestler Sakshi Malik shared a photograph of herself with PV Sindhu and the shuttler’s coach Pullela Gopichand.Rio 2016: What to expect from India on Day 16 The spotlight will be on London Olympics bronze medallist, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt as India eye one more medal on the final day of Rio Olympics 2016.Neymar quits captaincy after leading Brazil to maiden Olympic Gold Neymar, who scored the winning goal of Brazil in the Gold medal match against Germany in Rio, said he had told his national team coach he wouldn’t want to continue as captain of the team. Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik thrilled over possibility of joining legends like Tendulkar, Paes Sakshi Malik has been recommended for India’s highest sporting honour Khel Ratna after the Rohtak wrestler clinched a bronze in the 58kg freestyle wrestling in Rio.
England will not force any player to tour Bangladesh, limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan said, in the wake of the July 1 attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 22 people were killed.England’s one-day squad will receive a briefing on Thursday from a three-member panel which toured Bangladesh to assess security for the series, comprising three one-dayers and two Tests there in October.”I don’t think anybody will ever be forced to go on a particular tour,” Morgan told BBC Radio 5 live.”I think it’s important for us to get together as a group, and be informed by people who we trust in order to make the right decisions and go from there.”Australia pulled out of their tour of Bangladesh last year over security concerns and did not compete in the under-19 World Cup in the south Asian country for the same reason.England’s one-day team is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on September 30 and Morgan had full faith in the wisdom of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).”I’m pretty open-minded,” Morgan said. “You can’t really rule out anything until you hear from the people that you trust.”The ECB have made decisions over the years that have held us in good stead – we’ve never been in any danger before.”
In the last and third part of the series, we are going to discuss with you about the advantages of vocational education and training:Advantages: Low-Cost Education:Not everybody can meet the expense of college to do a four-year degree programme, with the additional cost of various other expenses during the course. Vocational courses are generally low-priced alternative for individuals who do not want to take up a loan to go to a university. Many vocational courses are similar to a four-year degree which offers employment to the students after the program. This makes them pretty useful for those who do not have the resources to shell out cash for a college grade.Job Ready:Vocational studies formulate an individual for a precise job. It trains a person with the skills and abilities compulsory to do a specific job, such as interior designing, fashion designing, auto repairing, computer networking etc. Many a time, the programme for the courses is arranged after taking recommendations from the local employers. Along with classroom guidelines, practical knowledge the students are trained through field work. Workshop based education is also emphasized to give the students hands-on knowledge on a given subject. This formulates the student for the job at hand and thus, he is capable of giving full integrity to his job, due to the vast understanding.Easy Employment:Vocational education makes it stress-free for the students to find work. Generally, it is understood that employers choose to hire a student who has done a vocational course rather than a simple college pass out, as because in a vocational course, a student is taught precisely for a specific job. The student already owns the right personality, skills, potentials and education for the job and the companies feel that he will be more fruitful than a systematic college pass out due to his particle knowledge.advertisementSuccess in Career:People, who are by now working and those who want to get additional education to progress their professions and cannot afford to take a four-year halt and going for an another college degree can choose a vocational course to improve their skills and testimonials. The time period for the course is less, but the expertise that is imparted to students through such courses, is fairly equivalent to the college courses, in terms of superiority. Thus, by doing a vocational course, an expert can enrich his career forecasts and accomplish success.With inputs from Mrs. Shaheen Khan, Director of Council of Education & Development Programmes (CEDP) Skill Institute, MumbaiFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
World number 13, Spain’s David Ferrer is under no illusion of his Grand Slam chances. He may have been in the top-5 of the world rankings for more than 150 weeks in his 16-year long career, but he is brutally honest to himself and journalists who constantly ask him about a Grand Slam that has still eluded him. When asked if he feels there is a gap enough at the top of men’s tennis today, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal trailing for various reasons, and even Novak Djokovic’s supreme hold being broken by the likes of Stanislas Wawrinka, Ferrer is quick to say that there may be a gap but not wide enough for him. “May be but not for me. Perhaps players like Nick Krygios or other younger players can win a grand slam. Djokovic won two Grand Slams in 2016 and was in the final of the US Open also. He had a great year. Murray won Wimbledon and Olympic gold again. They are still at a very good level for being top-4 or top-5. And of course Stan, he maybe 30, but has had a good show. Not me. I would try sure. But I think it’s not my moment in this era.” Any other time in tennis, Ferrer would have had a couple of major trophies. He is known to be dogged and tenacious on court, even if sometimes criticised for a one dimensional game from the back court.Still, he has been as high as Number 3 in the world, and for a long time used to be the usual number four on the ATP rankings. This ‘era’ as he put it has seen perhaps three of the greatest players ever – Federer, Nadal and Djokovic – and they have allowed only 4 others in Del Potro, Murray, Cilic and Wawrinka, to win slams since French Open 2005. That’s more than a decade. Happy to be back in the World group of Davis Cup though, Ferrer was a happy customer heaping praise on the Indian players. “They are improving. India has good players and experience of Paes and Bopanna. They always have had good doubles players and Saketh Myneni is a good singles prospect. He is 120 in the world. Ramkumar Ramanathan is young. I think by next year, may be Indians will have a chance to get to world group also.”advertisement
Manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-match message of embracing the occasion of playing in front of a packed Old Trafford crowd inspired Manchester United to a 4-1 rout of Premier League champions Leicester City, defender Chris Smalling has said.After back-to-back Premier League defeats by Manchester City and Watford, United were under pressure from their fans and returned to winning ways with Smalling beginning the rout of the champions with a first half header.”The boss really wanted to get the enjoyment factor across,” Smalling told the club’s website (www.manutd.com). “He stressed how there is 70-odd thousand people in the stands who want to be in our shoes and in his shoes. (Also read: Record-signing Paul Pogba on target as Manchester United thrash Leicester 4-1)”It’s a case of realising how lucky we are and how we should go out there and enjoy it. You can see that everyone did enjoy it and the message clearly did get across.”The victory moved United to sixth on the table with 12 points from six games and released the pressure on the club and Mourinho, though his decision to relegate England captain Wayne Rooney to the bench created more speculation.Smalling, however, said the 30-year-old is still the “main man” under Mourinho. (Also read: Polished Paul Pogba leads Manchester United’s rout of Leicester)”He was the same, as in before the game when we’re all getting ready. He is often one of the most vocal and he was the same on Saturday,” Smalling added.advertisement”Regardless of whatever the situation is, whatever game, whether he is on the bench or playing or whatever, he is always that same type of character and that’s why he is England’s main man and our main man.”
Rio silver medallist PV Sindhu qualified for the prestigious World Super Series Finals while Saina Nehwal missed the cut. Sindhu will be playing for the first time in the season-ending tournament, starting December 14 to 18.Sindhu’s strong finishes in the last two Super Series helped her qualify for the event. Top eight singles and doubles players will be seen in action at the tournament. (PV Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open badminton tournament)Sindhu’s win at the China Open gave her 11,000 points and then her runner-up finish at Hong Kong secured her berth for Super Series in Dubai.
Canadian Member of Parliament, Michelle Rempel recently took to her official Twitter account and shared a picture of a letter she happened to receive.The letter was strange at many levels. Strange in terms of its content and in terms of how common this very content is.”No one will notice your bare neck and your decolletage if you wear a blouse and necktie as do your male counterparts. If we can see it, you know we can see it, so don’t be surprised if hetero males will look,” the letter reads as its anonymous, “creepy” writer further mentions how Rempel should “hide the skin” because that is when and how “people will look you in the eyes.”Thinking it his/her ‘responsibility’ to lecture Rempel on her wardrobe choices, the writer of the letter also had the audacity to question whether or not she was “wearing a bra on Thursday?”Also Read: Stanford Campus Assault: Rapist’s father thinks jail too harsh a punishment for ’20 minutes of action’ As disturbing as the letter is, Rempel mentioned this isn’t the first time she’s faced something like this.She recently told Buzzfeed about being at the receiving end of death and rape threats in the past but the latest leaf managed to get “under [her] skin.”Also Read: Yes, covert sexism in the workplace hampers a woman’s self-esteem But she isn’t the only woman politician who’s faced something like this. Mansplaining, objectification, misogyny and sexism are just some occupational hazards women in politics–and in professions generally dominated by men, including sports journalism–face on a regular basis. Let’s not even start about Hillary Clinton’s Presidential candidacy.advertisementAccording to a report in The Telegraph, November 2016 had Alberta MLA Sandra Jansen, read out some of the comments hurled at her.”Sandra should stay in the kitchen where she belongs”, “What a traitorous b*****” and “Now you have two blond bimbos in a party that is clueless,” were just some things she was told.A recent roundtable discussion by CBC had several women politicians discuss the issue of sexism–and the picture was borderline disturbing.While Rempel might’ve spoken up about the letter, there are many who’ve established normalcy around the whole phenomenon considering how common it is.
Barcelona are “worrying” Sergio Busquets, with the reigning La Liga champions having sprung alarming leaks which have contributed to the dropping of priceless points.The Camp Nou giants enjoyed a faultless start to their 2018-19 campaign through four fixtures.Having quickly surged to the top of the table, Ernesto Valverde’s side appeared in no mood to surrender their Spanish top-flight crown. 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! They have, however, been held by Catalan rivals Girona and come unstuck against lowly Leganes in their last two outings, conceding four times in the process.World Cup-winning midfielder Busquets told reporters after a 2-1 reversal at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Wednesday: “The worrying thing is conceding so many goals.“We have to be more solid. These are the details which can take points from you and we have to improve.””Gerard Pique faced criticism against Leganes after gifting the hosts their second goal, but Busquets is reluctant to single out individuals during a collective dip in form.He added: “We’re a team.“We win and we lose together. We have to look at what went wrong as a team. We play with 11 players and we all lost the game.”Barca had seen Clement Lenglet dismissed during a home draw with Girona, which did their cause few favours, but had no such excuses in midweek.“The other day was different. There are no excuses today, it was 11 against 11,” said Busquets.While Busquets concedes that it is up to those on the field to quickly turn things around, with a position at the Liga summit only preserved as a result of arch-rivals Real Madrid enduring a humbling midweek defeat of their own at Sevilla, Valverde insists that he is happy to shoulder the blame for an uncharacteristic wobble.After choosing to leave Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba out of his starting XI to face Leganes, the Barca boss said: “Sure, in the end the coach is responsible, I feel like a coach feels when he loses.“There have been two changes. In the case of Luis, I had planned to rest him this week and because Jordi had played all the games so far, I was worried that he had a problem.“This is football and it can happen. Sometimes it’s difficult to explain the things that happen in a game.“We controlled the game but it only took a minute for them to hurt us.”Barcelona return to action on Saturday against Athletic Bilbao, with a testing run of games then set to see them face Tottenham, Valencia, Sevilla, Inter and Real Madrid across La Liga and Champions League competition.
So Manchester United are through to the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare for the first time in five years after ending a club-record 276-minute Old Trafford goal drought in the competition.But Marouane Fellaini’s face-saving 91st-minute winner against Young Boys did little to paper over the cracks as Jose Mourinho’s side turned in another dismally disjointed performance against the Swiss minnows.The fact that United narrowly escaped recording a third successive home game without a goal in Europe for the first time ever, and Fellaini’s goal was their first from open play in 360 minutes in all competitions, tells you much about how Mourinho’s side are playing at this moment in time. 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! The manager had claimed after the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday that against Young Boys he would pick the players who were most able to handle the environment of a big Champions League night. Yet having left Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench and not even affording Alexis Sanchez the courtesy of a shirt, Mourinho left it to the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and the lesser-spotted Fred to get the job done.And when Mourinho reacted to Rashford’s early miss from a one-on-one chance by turning to his bench and theatrically folding his arms, it said so much about the current state of play at Manchester United.The players right now are incredibly devoid of confidence, particularly when it comes to making the most of opportunities in the final third, while the manager is taking every chance he can to tell the world that he is entirely helpless in his quest to make a winning unit of his current squad.There would be further squandered openings to rue too. A Rashford run down the left ended fruitlessly when his cut-back was aimed at nobody in particular, while another break by the England man down the right came to nought thanks to Martial’s outright refusal to attempt a run inside his marker.In the second half, Rashford would shoot wide of the near post from close range and Fellaini then lifted the ball over from close range with the goalkeeper nowhere to be seen.Even after Mourinho turned to more than £200 million worth of talent on the bench there was little to warm the home support, as Pogba, Lukaku and Juan Mata found themselves no better equipped to knit the side together than the trio they had replaced. For a start, Fred would have surely been a far better alternative than the again-underperforming Nemanja Matic to continue in midfield.But with time running out and Young Boys fancying their chances more and more, even forcing David de Gea into a wonderful reaction stop on the line from a deflected shot, United somehow pulled a cat out of the bag right at the death.Showing composure and belief which had been in rare supply elsewhere on the field, Fellaini took the ball down from Lukaku’s header and turned to shoot across David von Ballmoos. The cheer which followed was laced with relief.This was not a match that will go down in the European annals at Old Trafford. Not for one second. But at least their ability to somehow get over the line means they can close the book on their European form for a few months and get back to work on making something of their Premier League season.But, in all truth, on this form there are only more questions and fewer answers than ever about Mourinho’s hopes of getting a tune out of United.
When the Badminton World Federation (BWF) unveiled its weekly rankings on Thursday, April 6, PV Sindhu’s superlative showing gained global recognition. India’s star badminton player had moved up to No. 2 from No. 5.That may seem like a small improvement, but it is not an easy climb. Sindhu has been,When the Badminton World Federation (BWF) unveiled its weekly rankings on Thursday, April 6, PV Sindhu’s superlative showing gained global recognition. India’s star badminton player had moved up to No. 2 from No. 5.That may seem like a small improvement, but it is not an easy climb. Sindhu has been toiling her way to the top ever since she took the world by storm in August last year, by reaching the badminton finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the time, she returned home with the silver medal-the best Indian result in Olympic Badminton-having lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the finals. Since then, Sindhu has focused on her all-round game. She has already avenged her Olympic defeat-twice-by beating Marin in the BWF Super Series in Dubai last December, and before a home crowd at New Delhi’s Siri Fort Sports Complex on April 2 this year, winning her first Yonex India Open Super Series title in the process. At the end, it seemed a facile win. Facing match point, Marin, the current world and Olympic champion, netted a return. But when Sindhu raised her arms in the air and shouted in triumph, she vividly displayed the grit of a fighter.PEDAL TO THE METALBoth Sindhu’s persona and playing style have developed. She carries herself on court with greater poise and confidence than before, and begins her matches having gauged her opponent thoroughly. “I have to [be able to] change my game and strategy at every point, every shot and every second by anticipating my rivals, who are also among the world’s best,” says Sindhu. “Home work about [opponents] and hard work during training are sure shots for ultimate success.”advertisementThe new confidence helped Sindhu win against the aggressive Marin at the Yonex India Open. This match was their ninth meeting, and Sindhu had lost to Marin five times before. Even so, and despite dropping the opening point, Sindhu conceded the lead just twice-at 17-18 and 18-19. Keeping the pressure on Marin gave her the edge to dictate the course of the match.”What she has perceived and practised after Rio is physical and psychological preparedness in pinpointing and dealing with pressure points,” says Pullela Gopichand, her personal coach of over a decade and now India’s chief coach. “This is what enables a champion to squarely face the challenge of competition.”Another change is her improved agility. She is smoother on the court, her feet moving well. She has learned to keep up the intensity and momentum, whether playing high tosses, deceitful drop shots, long rallies, lunging pickups or stunning smashes.JUST REWARDSSindhu remains unwavering in her commitment to training and practice. This is despite the fact that post-Rio, she has emerged as the most rewarded sportswoman, surpassing the earnings of the feisty Sania Mirza and badminton’s own Saina Nehwal, bagging a three-year deal with sports management firm Baseline, valued at Rs 50 crore. Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has even offered to induct her into the state administrative service when she’s done with badminton. Nonetheless, the success isn’t going to Sindhu’s head. She has declared two caveats to any endorsement deal that come up-she refuses to endorse brands perceived as having a negative influence, such as cola drinks, and will not allow commercial commitments to affect her training and practice schedule.Badminton remains uppermost for her. Yet, there remains the glorious uncertainty of the sport itself. Tournament draws can throw up stiff challenges in early rounds. Sindhu has learnt to cope with this too, allowing her to take on and outplay one-time peer Saina Nehwal for the first time in her career at the India Open. In their only other encounter, at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Tournament in 2014, Nehwal won 21-14 , 21-17.The 1.79 metre tall Sindhu, who turns 22 on July 5, reached her career best ranking when she broke into the top five earlier this year. Now, at No. 2, the journey forward is even more arduous. Saina Nehwal has already had the distinction of being ranked the best in the world, albeit briefly, in 2015. Sindhu’s performance so far suggests that she could have a much longer run of it.
Chennai, Apr 23 (PTI) India has become the only country from Asia to be invited for a UEFA training programme for referees in Geneva with three officials from here chosen for the key course which can pave the way for them to become FIFA referees. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has selected city-based referee R Venkatesh and assistant referees R Manojkumar and P Vairamuthu for the programme being organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) from April 25 to May 4. The trio will be representing India which was the only country from Asia to be given a chance to participate in the programme, Venkatesh said. If they do well at the programme, they could get selected for the final development course, in Geneva again, in October, a big step forward in becoming officials of the sports world body FIFA. The three are upbeat about the course and said they hoped to learn by interacting with referees from various countries and also competing with seven other “teams (of three officials each)”. Venkatesh told PTI that it could be a big step in his dream of becoming a FIFA referee. “Me and the two assistant referees will have to be at our best as we will be competing against referees from Europe. They will assess our knowledge, fitness and game performance,” he said. He thanked Chennais K Shankar, the only Indian referee to have been part of the World Cup finals so far, for guiding young officials here and motivating them. Apart from the training and game performance, fitness would be assessed, the 26-year-old Venkatesh said and added that “the three of us would get an opportunity to referee in the Swedish league and lower divisions of the French league during the 10-day programme.” Stating that the standards of umpiring in India had improved in recent years, he said the standard of referees in Tamil Nadu had improved and there were 10-12 of them in the national panel. Vairamuthu said “It would be a learning experience as we will get to interact with European referees and trainers.” Also, Vairamuthu said the exposure the trio would receive would be valuable and help in the long run. “I feel proud that the AIFF has selected us for the Geneva programme. It will help us achieve the dream of becoming international referees,” he said. PTI SS VSadvertisement
Australia’s professional cricketers rejected a pay offer from the sport’s governing body on Friday, saying the proposal was “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.The already protracted and sometimes rancorous negotiations between the players’ union and Cricket Australia (CA) precede the expiry of the current five-year deal, which runs out at the end of June.CA released their proposal last month, offering large salary increases, particularly for women, but breaking with the 20-year model of a fixed percentage of revenue from the game going to the cricketers.That break and a number of other factors proved unacceptable to the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), who laid out a counter-proposal in a statement on Friday.”The ACA on behalf of Australia’s cricketers has today rejected Cricket Australia’s pay and conditions proposal,” read a statement.”The ACA also expresses frustration that what should be a relatively simple and good faith negotiation has not proceeded in this way.”The fact that CA has, despite various attempts to do so, produced no logical reason to break the successful partnership model and longstanding relationship with players, leaves the players unclear as to CA’s objectives.”CA chief James Sutherland also released a statement saying the governing body was confident that a deal would be struck before the end of June but that they were determined to “upgrade the revenue-share model”.”We understand their commitment to the existing model, but the fact is that the world has changed, and it needs to be updated to take that into account,” he said.advertisement”It has to include women, it has to support our juniors and community cricket clubs, and it has to provide greater financial certainty for all players, at every level.”
Kochi, Apr 28 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed disappointment over the delay in completion of works at the main stadium and training grounds here for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup. “We are much behind the schedule. We were supposed to complete the work by March 31,” he said after reviewing the preparations works at Jawaharlal Stadium, one of six venues selected for hosting matches, and the training grounds. FIFAs inspection team had last month expressed deep concern over the pace of work at the stadium, and set May 15 as deadline for completing work. “Though I am disappointed over delay in completion of various works, the officers have promised me that most of the works, especially that at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, will be completed by May 15,” Goel told a press conference here. The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by May 15. “I have told them that I am going to play football after May 15 in this ground. So you have to be ready, we will have a demonstration football show there (Kochi),” Goel said. The ministers visit was necessitated due to delay in preparation. “Because of the delay, the minister (Goel) is here.So that I pushed the panic button that the Sports Ministry is very serious about the preparations of this FIFA World Cup venue,” he said. He said he was “very much worried” about the delay. “My Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) wants world class arrangements for hosting the international event. So I am taking personal interest in the arrangements and the preparations of FIFA World Cup,” the Minister said.advertisementHe said May 15 is the deadline for completing works at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and all the training centres. “They wanted May 31 as deadline for completing works at training centres. Now I have shifted the date to May 15 except for one or two things which they might not be able to put up before May 15. That relaxation is there,” Goel said.The minister dismissed apprehensions that the venue could be dropped due to the delay.Asked about it, Goel said, “That is not needed. I have full confidence in them that they will complete by May 15.”The review meeting chaired by the minister was attended by members of the tournaments local organising committee and representatives of state sports federations. The meeting also paid a tribute to legendary Kerala footballer T K S Mani, who passed away in Kochi yesterday. Mani was captain of Keralas first ever Santosh Trophy winning team in 1973. He had scored a hat-trick in the final against Railways. PTI TGB APR AH AH
New Delhi, May 11 (PTI) Shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) today surged nearly 6 per cent after the company reported an over six-fold jump in consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter ended March.The stock climbed 5.68 per cent to end at Rs 545.35 on BSE. During the day, it surged 6.55 per cent to Rs 549.90.On NSE, shares of the company soared 5.53 per cent to close at Rs 544.75.On the volume front, 4.62 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over 76 lakh shares changed hands on NSE during the day.ZEEL yesterday reported an over six-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 1,514 crore for the fourth quarter to March, aided by the sale of its sports business.It had registered a net profit of Rs 226.52 crore in January-March a year ago, ZEEL said in a BSE filing.Total income during the quarter under review was at Rs 1,582.89 crore, up 1.50 per cent, as against Rs 1,559.38 crore a year earlier. PTI SUM SBT
Kochi, May 18 (PTI) The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi was today declared fit for hosting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup. Tournament director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi made the announcement at a press conference here after inspecting the works being carried out in the stadium and the training sites here. “At this point of time, we are happy to say that Kochi is a World Cup venue. There would be eight matches to be played in Kochi,” he said. “The core infrastructure has been completed and only those which are meant to be completed closer to the tournament are left,” he added. The stadium, which boasts of a capacity of 60,000 people, will, however, accommodate a maximum of 41,748 persons for the tournament considering the safety and security of spectators. “The stadium is fit for accommodating 41,748 people. Not a single person more,” Ceppi said, adding that the decision to cut down the number of people to be accommodated was made after an assessment by the experts regarding evacuation measures in case of an emergency. In all stadiums (across six host cities), the capacity has been reduced considering the safety and security of players and spectators,” Ceppi said. “Now we are very sure that with that capacity that this stadium can provide to the spectators safety and well being,” he said. He said no shops would be allowed to work inside the stadium premises during the tournament which will held from October 6-28 in six Indian cities. The organising committee will make sure that the content in the shops are removed and vacated,” he said. Ceppi described as “tremendous” the works that have been done on to the stadium and also on to the training sites. The official said the amount of work that have been done by the stakeholders including the GCDA, state and central government and local football associations to host the prestigious football event is “commendable.” “Match schedule has been finalised. I dont know who has said that Koch was demoted. That is not the case. Kochi was always going to get eight matches,” Ceppi said. The progress in works in stadiums and venues were made in two months following the visit of a FIFA inspection team which had expressed deep concern over the pace of work at the stadium. They had set May 15 as the deadline for completing the work. Visiting the stadium late last month, Sports Minister Vijay Goel had expressed disappointment over the delay in completion of works. The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by May 15. It was in October last year that Kochi was officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup by a high-level delegation of footballs world body. Besides Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ceppi also visited the training grounds — at Parade Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Football Ground, Maharajas College Ground and Government Boys High School Panampilly Nagar. PTI TGB PDS PDSadvertisement
We live in a world of instant photography, where devices like smartphones are able to freeze multiple cherishable moments at the click of a button. Think about the same a decade or two ago. In the past, clicking an image was restricted to the privileged and people had to spend a fortune in order to buy a camera or even get a high-quality picture clicked. Now, tens of hundreds of digital images and videos can be captured saved, processed and printed within minutes.Thanks to smartphones that are equipped with superlative cameras, smartphone photography has become an inextricable part of our lives. What was once deemed to be an expensive passion has now become an affordable and friendly hobby with these handheld smart devices. The journey of the cameraFrom pinhole cameras, daguerreotype cameras, box cameras, flashbulbs, 35mm cameras to polaroids, the evolution of photography as a medium of expression has been immense. Several inventors worked on the chemicals, parts and processes to reproduce pictures, but it was in the 19th century that the modern camera came into existence. Until then, it was a tedious task to carry spare photo films, batteries and then wait for days or weeks to get the shots processed into prints.A traditional camera meant that a film must be developed before viewing, which meant a photographer had to very careful about his clicks or else he would end up developing poor images.Now however, gone are those days when people had to rush to photo labs to get their memories printed into an album. The birth of digital cameras has made the process much faster and easier, where images can be stored in a computer, viewed on the screen immediately, and printed as per a person’s selection.advertisementThese days, with further technological advancements, most of the cameras are equipped with WiFi and GPS that enable quick transferring of images along with registering the location of the photographs as well. Why is photography a good career to pursue now?In a report titled ‘Digital Photography Market (Photo Processing Equipment, Interchangeable Lenses, Camera Cell Phones, Non Reflex and Others) for Photography Software, Photo Looks, Photo Processing and Others Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2015-2021’, Zion Market Research stated that the global demand for digital photography is expected to reach approximately USD 110.79 billion in 2021, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 6.1 per cent between 2016 and 2021.Imagine being able to freeze the motion of a speeding leopard in a forest or a butterfly feeding on a flower or being able to capture the sun and stars from a distance. Photography not only has the ability to inspire your imagination but can also document your journey through life.People are able to see more, learn more and enhance their knowledge by gaining access to images drawn from several places across the world. For instance, a lot of historic moments since the birth of the camera have been captured with the help of photography. This has helped us understand matters of social progress mankind has made along with evoking a sense of nostalgia in them. Reasons behind the rising need for good photographers:The need for instant photo solutions and the ease at which photographs can be taken has given a boost to the photography market. People are keen to share their experiences of whatever they do or see through images or videos. Photography has become the most powerful tool to communicate and express oneselfWhile smartphones are helping to capture an image, edit it, and upload it within minutes, DSLRs have changed the way people perceive photography with companies such as Canon, Nikon, and Fuji offering a myriad of ever-evolving lenses for telephoto shoots, close-up photography, sports photography, food photography, etcThese days, photographs have become a vital part of social media accounts, newspapers, magazines and even television New photographs are taken every day and most of the well-known photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram, Flickr and Tumbler are inundated with images. With several applications and services to edit photographs and beautify them, consumers are able to create quality photos themselves anytime, anywhere High-quality photos are now a mark of social statusThe advent of digital cameras and the rising need for good photographers has paved the way for many to choose photography as a career option. Reason: High-quality photographs help to determine the social image of a person and make them popular icons in the social stratosphere.For instance, wedding photography is no more about just having one’s image captured while tying the knot. Nobody is keen to pose in the same predictable manner or fill their albums with images of jewellery, decor and random faces. Couples are travelling to picture-perfect locations, making use of props and are experimenting with different lights to capture their special moments.advertisement Increasing career options, rising competitionThe professional photography market is turning out to be a competitive place for young and budding photographers with a rise in public interest in various types of photography. The photography and print industry have grown substantially with photography being seen as an elite profession. This has also led to the growth of high-end camera phones and photography equipments. Photography has undergone an amazing metamorphosis; there are umpteen career options within the photography industry that exist now unlike five to 10 years ago. There is a steady business proposition for those who have the knack and interest in beautifully capturing everything from wildlife and events to birthday parties and house-warming functions.Digital cameras have made it easier for people to start a photography business of their own. What is required of an enthusiast is to invest in a high-end camera, learn the nitty-gritties of photography and then start clicking pictures as per the likes of a customer.Keep looking at and learning from the work of world famous photographers as it will help train your eye in the aesthetic appeal of photographs. That is something no trainer or photography course can teach you. The professional photography market is turning out to be a competitive one. Thus every photographer needs the drive and talent in abundance in order to stand out from the crowd.– Authored by Ranjit Yadav, Managing Director, Canvera Digital Technologies Pvt Ltd.Read: 5 ways to decide if your chosen career suits your aptitude Click here for education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
Defending champions India here on Sunday rode on a superb display by their bowlers to thump South Africa by eight wickets and become the first team from Group B to enter the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament.Disciplined Indian bowling dismissed world top-ranked ODI team South Africa for 191 runs in 44.3 overs despite a good start from the latter at The Oval.India lost Rohit Sharma early in the chase but Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli struck a partnership of 128 runs for the second wicket to chase down the target in 38 overs with eight wickets to spare and entered the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy for the fifth time.India are now likely to face Bangladesh in the semi-finals on June 15 at Edgbaston.This is how Twitter reacted to India’s thumping victory over the Proteas:What a great victory for India. Solid performance. Good luck for the semi finals and finals.#INDvSA #CT17- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 11, 2017Congratulations India on a great victory. Good team selection and a clinical performance.#INDvSA #CT17- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 11, 2017Happy times after winning d match!! Rabb da shukrana ada karte hue!! Rabb rakha ????????????????@imVkohli @y_umesh pic.twitter.com/oqI09FoHL9- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 11, 2017What a way to march into the semis!Great performance. #Indianfielding was the man of the match for me today #INDvSA #CT17 ?????????????????- Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) June 11, 2017Well done India!!!! #INDvSA- Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) June 11, 2017And that man @imVkohli in a run chase delivers again. Well played captain. India on a roll. These rankings are nonsense. #IndiavsSouthAfricaadvertisement- Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) June 11, 2017Top win guys @BCCI vs @OfficialCSA Big congratulations Team india ???? ??Go for the ?????- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 11, 2017
”My daddy strongest” is something every little girl believes. Stereotype states that fathers don’t really crib or complain about their health. This Father’s Day, we speak to some of the fittest dads, who spill the beans on how they stay healthy despite the pressures of work and, of course, age.Renowned fashion designer Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu and Nikhil, is 42 and father to 10-year-old twins – Vivhan and Ninya. The year 2017 has seen this meat-loving dad turn vegetarian, quit smoking and practise some complex asanas. “Being a dad teaches you a lot. Today, I call home 10-15 times to see if the kids are doing what they’re supposed to. Earlier, I wouldn’t have been bothered about my health. But, I don’t want to be a lazy dad. I want to be fit so that I can hang out with my kids and don’t respond to their pleas to play with ‘not right now beta’,” he says. Eight months ago he picked up Iyengar Yoga – which uses a lot of props like rope, bricks or chairs, and is unlike Hatha Yoga wherein you are in one position for a while – which is now a part of his mornings thrice a week. The former cricket captain of his school also indulges in tennis four times a week and makes it a point to meditate for 15 minutes every morning.The father of two says that he felt that his body wasn’t working at its optimum level, which, he opines, happens when there’s a higher intake of non-vegetarian food because one needs to expel that energy which wasn’t happening, resulting in poor sleep. “80 per cent of your workout is your food. Also, the type of yoga I’m doing changes your body. So, two months in and I realised that I need more fluids and quit eating meat. But, every now and then when I crave keema, I eat it. I’ll eat meat when I need it.”advertisement He has also quit drinking coffee, smoking, and avoids consuming wheat because it doesn’t suit him and makes him feel heavy, along with maida, which slows him down. “I’ve lived abroad so I know what packaged and processed food can do to you. You get moody if you don’t have your coffee or your coke zero!” he adds.While his son looks like him, he behaves like Vidushi, Nikhil’s wife, the designer says, adding that his daughter looks exactly his wife and acts just like him. “Ninya and I do a lot of masti, while Vivhan’s dance moves and wit is similar to mine. The kids are the best thing that’s happened to me. When you become a father, that’s the completion of being a man. You see the beauty in the instances when your kids do things which remind you of yourself. They’re like a mirror image of you!” says the adventure-loving father, who just went on a riding trip to Leh. “I take them out on my bike often,” he says. They recently went for a trek to Himachal Pradesh, where they learnt how to fish, walked around into caves, ate off the ground, and played with stray hill dogs. “We love the trampoline because the little kid in you comes out when you are four feet above the ground! So, wherever we find a trampoline, we go and jump around,” he adds. Restaurateur Vikrant Batra is another cool dad in the city, who makes it a point to stay healthy, even though his work entails tons of food tastings and parties. Father to 17-year-old Samay and 15-year-old Shirin, he is very focused on his fitness regime – functional training in the gym for an hour thrice a week and playing golf twice a week. But it’s his diet which does most of the work – drinking five litres of water every day, a diet which includes chia seeds, flax seeds, probiotic curd and milk, figs, seasonal fruit, a meal comprising salmon and vegetables thrice a week and boiled chicken once a week, and the fact that he doesn’t miss any meals.”I wake up and have cinnamon water, followed by Arjun ki chaal water,” the 42-year-old says.HIS pre-workout snack comprises almonds and walnuts. Breakfast is usually a chilled banana, fresh fruit smoothie, oats/eggs/poha/ chila/mueselli with milk/idli. He also drinks nariyal paani before lunch – one roti, green vegetables/khichdi/whole wheat pasta – followed by an apple two hours hence, and buttermilk and green tea, both in two-hour gaps. Dinner is a nocarb affair with vegetable or miso soup. “Sunday is cheat day, and comprises rajma chawal for lunch!”advertisementWhat’s his mantra for dealing with the chaos caused by tastings at new restaurants? “I don’t eat apart from during the tasting. Dinner is always a salt-free affair,” Vikrant says. And how does he handle his parties? “I always eat salad or soup before I head. I also restrict myself to 150-200ml of whisky a week,” he confesses.And as far as de-stressing is concerned, he says golf is his refuge. “I played cricket growing up. I switched to golf sometime back,” he adds. Cricket also forms the bonding grounds between Vikrant and his son. The two usually go for a run or play cricket, while Vikrant and his daughter do the rounds of the latest art exhibitions in town or go out for lunch. “In today’s age, when everyone is so busy, it’s a blessing to be able to spend time with your kids. At the age they’re at, they’re more like friends. We have a lot to share, they have endless stories and I even get to know about the latest trends in the industry through them,” he concludes. When you’re into motor sports, then being fit becomes second nature. Racer Arjun Bala is the father of two – 10-year-old Amba and 5-year-old Ishwar – and cannot emphasise more on the importance of regular physical activity. The 42-year-old, who has been racing and rallying for 20 years now, say that his career choice demands physical fitness. “At higher levels, racing is a good for strength training and cardio. It’s important to stay fit so that your body doesn’t ache while driving, which in turn aids concentration whilst driving.” He goes to the gym four days a week and cycles often, a hobby that also helps him spend time with his kids. “I used to play tennis growing up, but couldn’t continue due to health reasons. So, I switched to cycling. The Nilgiri hills and the Western Ghats near Coimbatore make for brilliant cycling spots. The kids and I usually head there during the holidays and go biking.”The racer tried out some yoga when he first picked up the sport, but now he finds racing therapeutic and de-stressing. And diet has never been a problem for Arjun. “A decent bike ride burns about 1,500 to 3,000 calories, so it balances out. The only thing I do is consume a protein shake after a strenuous workout,” he says.Also Read: 7 things your dad deserves to hear more than your boyfriend/girlfriendPapa’s fitness mantraNikhil Mehra has some strict rules for his kids when it comes to junk food. “Because we’re aware of what we eat, we can tell the kids what to eat and how much. So, they can’t eat any chips – they don’t know what chips are or coke. Whatever sweets they want to eat has to be homemade. They can have icecream once in a while, and whatever pastries or barfi they want to eat has to be freshly baked or cooked. We try and stay as close to home-made goods.”advertisementVikrant Batra says his kids have now reached the age where they are conscious of their fitness now that they’re in their teens. “My son is an athlete and wants to take it up professionally. He’s very particular about his diet. My daughter doesn’t work out much, but does yoga sometimes. She avoids eating junk food now.”Arjun Bala, however, believe that all kids should play outdoors for at least an hour. “I always ask my kids to go outside and play whatever sport they want – badminton, tennis, etc, -after they come back from school at 4.30pm. That’s how I grew up and even I play with them when I can. My son is inclined towards athletics, while my daughter plays badminton.” But it seems this sports frenzy runs in the family, as Arjun’s mother, who is 70-years-old goes to an indoor studio to cycle and also plays golf.