Mumbai Test: India eye victory after Kohli’s 235

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli struck a sublime double century before his bowlers picked up six England wickets to put the hosts on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth and penultimate Test at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.Trailing 2-0 in the series, England needed a win in Mumbai to keep alive the series but the tourists now require something extraordinary to even save the match following Kohli’s batting masterclass. (Scorecard)India piled on 631 in their first innings on the fourth day, a lead of 231 runs over England, after Kohli’s third double century of the year.The touring side were 182 for six in their second innings at stumps, still trailing by 49. Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 50 with nightwatchman Jake Ball falling for two in the last over before the close. (India vs England, 4th Test, Day 4: As it happened)Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed first-innings centurion Keaton Jennings for a golden duck and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent back England captain Alastair Cook for 18 and Moeen Ali for nought to leave England tottering at 49-3 at tea.Joe Root and Bairstow hit brisk fifties during their stand of 92 for the fourth wicket before the former fell leg before to off-spinner Jayant Yadav for 77. (Ravindra Jadeja becomes third fastest Indian left-arm spinner to 100 Test wickets)The wickets of Ben Stokes, who made 18, and Ball to off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end further dampened England’s hopes of saving the match.Bairstow was given out by umpire Bruce Oxenford first on 32 and then on 37 but the England wicketkeeper managed to overturn the decisions both times on review.advertisementKOHLI DOUBLEEarlier, the 28-year-old Kohli was out for a career-best 235 and added 241 for the eighth wicket, the highest for India, with Yadav, who scored 104, his maiden test hundred.Kohli, who was on 147 overnight, and Yadav continued to torment the England bowlers who went wicketless in the first session after India resumed on 451 for seven.The right-handed batsman has now scored a double hundred in all three series India have played in 2016 — in West Indies, against New Zealand and now against England. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)Kohli, who has already scored 640 runs in the series at an average of 128, drove Ball for a straight four on the fifth delivery of the day to get past 150, signalling another harrowing session for the England bowlers.Kohli, who hit 25 fours and a six in his knock, got past his 200 with a single to mid-wicket off leg-spinner Adil Rashid but his celebration was quite muted compared to when he completed his hundred on Saturday.He raised both his hands while completing the run and took off his helmet before acknowledging the applause from the sizeable Sunday crowd at the ground, overlooking the Arabian Sea. (Virat Kohli joins Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)Kohli accelerated after the fall of Yadav and was out caught at the cover boundary off Chris Woakes.Yadav, whose previous highest score was 55, hit 15 boundaries in his knock and looked in discomfort only against a couple of short deliveries from the England fast bowlers.Rashid finished with four wickets.last_img read more

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Tottenham Hotspur beat London rivals Arsenal to keep up title challenge

first_imgTottenham Hotspur beat local rivals Arsenal with second-half goals from prolific pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane on Sunday to maintain their Premier league title challenge.A deserved victory kept them four points behind leaders Chelsea, who won 3-0 at Everton earlier.Alli put Spurs ahead in the 56th minute when he followed up after Christian Eriksen’s shot was saved. Two minutes later Kane went down in the penalty area under Gabriel’s challenge and got up to convert the penalty.Tottenham’s victory in Arsene Wenger’s 50th North London derby as Arsenal manager ensured Spurs will finish above their neighbours for the first time in 22 years.It was their ninth successive league win and the margin would have been greater but for some fine saves by Petr Cech.A disappointing Arsenal were restricted to a single chance in the first half when Aaron Ramsey brought a good low save from Hugo Lloris shortly before halftime.Spurs in contrast were guilty of two bad misses. Midway through the half Kane’s effort was deflected to the far post where Alli could only head wide.Three minutes later Eriksen clipped the bar as another deflection reached him just a few metres out.Cech was much the busier goalkeeper, making saves either side of the interval from Jan Vertonghen and then Victor Wanyama.He then kept out a close-range effort from Eriksen but could not prevent Alli driving in the opening goal.In the next attack Kane won and converted the penalty to leave Arsenal wilting.advertisementThe visitors exerted some late pressure but never looked like threatening Mauricio Pochettino’s side and remain in danger of missing out on a Champions League place for the first time under Wenger.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho’s first season at Manchester United not a failure, it’s the foundation of success

first_imgJose Mourinho’s start at Manchester United has been widely criticised for several reasons. From paying the world-record transfer fee and bringing the one that got away — Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford — to his team getting draws after draws at home, his 10-month reign has not been what it was expected to be.The team’s performances has left most United fans disappointed. United have created the most amount of chances from inside the box but have failed to put them away which has cost them dearly and might well haunt them come May. His first season has been regarded as a failure by most people but is it really so?Mourinho few days back said that he inherited a nice bunch of boys but the team lacked belief in themselves under Louis Van Gaal and one cannot argue about that observation of the current United manager if you look at the previous performances of the team. Yes, the team had won the F.A. Cup but they also played some lacklustre football and failed to go past easy opponents and conceded some horror goals as well. The defence was shaky, the forwards failed to take their chances and score goals and the team didn’t do enough when they should have.Has all of that changed in the last 10 months? Not fully but improvement is certainly there to be seen.Under Mourinho, United have conceded way less goals and also scored more already than under Van Gaal. Last season, they scored 49 and conceded 35 from 38 matches and had 66 points on the board, finishing fifth. This season they have already scored 51 goals and conceded 25 goals till now, with four matches to go. United have the second best clean sheet record in the league, behind second placed Tottenham Hotspurs, who have conceded 22 — three goals less in equal amount of matches so far. Not only that but the Red Devils are on a 25-game unbeaten streak in the league, which is the best in Europe amongst the top six leagues.advertisementBut they’re 16 points off the leaders Chelsea and one point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and qualifying for Champions League is looking tough with Arsenal and Spurs still to play. What’s the use of the unbeaten streak then?SOLID DEFENCEWell, if one looks at it this way, it’s of no use what so ever but if one considers the performance and the stability Mourinho has brought at the back, making it a solid defence from a shaky one, one has to say that he has done a commendable job. David de Gea has been the club’s best player for the past three years and no player had scored anywhere near 20 goals for the Red Devils after Sir Alex Ferguson left but this year it hasn’t been the case. De Gea has performed exceptionally when called upon but he has been more of a spectator when compared to the last few years.In the attacking front, the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who Mourinho bought for free, has scored 28 goals so far — a far better return over Anthony Martial — who scored 17 in his debut season — last year. Not only that, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford also scored 10 goals each.Reuters PhotoThe 20-time league champions have already won the EFL Cup and are in the semi-finals of the Europa League – a competition that they have never won before. All this when he had to deal with several injuries time and again. In the last couple of matches he has had to play without a consistent pair at the back. Plus, Zlatan and Marcos Rojo being ruled out of the season after hurting themselves and Mata’s injury at one of the most crucial moments of the season has not helped his cause in any way.STILL FIGHTING FOR TROPHIESAfter another draw at home — against Swansea last night, they will play Celta Vigo next in the Europa League semis and if they can beat them over the two legs and win in the final as well – they earn direct qualification to the Champions League. They can still finish as high as third in the league as well. How is that bad for a team that played dull football and didn’t even manage to eke out results last year.Yes, Jose’s United have been boring as well and they have drawn 14 games, the highest in the league, but the Portuguese has built a solid defence and managed to build the foundation that was missing from the United of the last few years. His tactical genius saw Manchester City off last week, his masterclass helped United beat Chelsea at Old Trafford and his way of ‘somehow’ getting the job done has worked more often than not.advertisementThe team has to do a lot more with the likes of Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Ibrahimovic in the ranks — you’re expected to do bigger things and get silverware — agreed. But, Jose’s first season at most of his clubs has been about building a foundation and then winning a major trophy in his second. Be it his second spell at Chelsea or the one prior to it in Real Madrid.The football has been dreary mostly and the good work done by the Portuguese has certainly not brought results out in the open for people to see but if one judges by the performance of United compared to last few years, it’s not going to be difficult for them to realise the difference. Moreover, he has just had one pre-season to work with the team — it’s a team he took over but not his own. Once the transfer window comes and he gets his own set of players, this team will be a way more potent and a challenging one.Therefore, patience is the key here and if he delivers a Champions League spot, this season will be a good one for United to kick on from, laying the foundation for a trademark second season from the ‘Special One’.last_img read more

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Mumbai Indians take the hard route to storm into IPL 2017 final

first_imgMumbai Indians breezed into the final of the Indian Premier League 2017 with a six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.Mumbai, who came into the match after a 20-run defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1, displayed a clinical performance to enter their fourth IPL final.The Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai have been in rampaging form this year. With 10 victories in 14 league matches, they finished on top of the table and ensured themselves a double bite at the cherry.Two-time champions Mumbai Indians will now lock horns with state rivals Rising Pune Supergiants in the title clash in Hyderabad on Sunday.Interestingly, Mumbai had lost both their league matches against Rising Pune Supergiant this season and they would look forward to script a different result and become the first team to win the IPL crown thrice.TOP PERFORMERSMumbai’s batting has been remarkable this season with openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel giving them good starts and skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayadu and Kieron Pollard firing in unison.In the middle order, the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – have been exceptionally good whenever the team has needed them.In bowling, fast bowlers Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah have been impressive with the new ball. Bumrah has also been their best death overs specialist and along with Hardik, he played a key role for the outfit throughout the long  tournament.In the spin department, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and young leg-spinner Karn Sharma have led the way for the team. Harbhajan has been their most economical bowler while Karn, with his deceptive leg-spin bowling, has given them important breakthroughs.advertisementHIGHEST SCORERBCCI Photo Parthiv Patel (391 runs): The diminutive India wicket-keeper batsman has been consistent for Mumbai at the top. With his attacking style, the 32-year-old has provided successful starts to Mumbai in most of the matches, helping the team capitalize on the early momentum. In 15 matches, Pathiv has scored 391 runs at an average of 26.06 and with a healthy strike-rate of 136.23. Parthiv has also slammed two half-centuries besides being a safe hand behind the wicket.HIGHEST WICKETTAKERBCCI Photo Mitchell McClenaghan (19 wickets): New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who was picked by Mumbai Indians in 2015, has been their best new-ball bowler this year. A smart bowler with regulation pace, McClenaghan has been able to generate purchase from the tracks early on, resulting in early breakthroughs for his team. With 19 wickets 14 matches, the 30-year-old is currently the third-highest wickettaker in IPL 2017. McClenaghan’s pace and accurate length has been his biggest weapon this year and his early exploits have helped Bumrah to capitalize in the middle overs. However, McClenaghan has been prone to leaking runs at the death, which has been a cause of worry for the team.POINTS TABLE FINISH1st with 20 points (10 wins in 14 matches)ROAD TO THE FINALQualifier 2: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets at BengaluruQualifier 1: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 20 runs at MumbaiMatch 14: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 runs at KolkataMatch 13: Lost to Kings XI Punjab by 7 runs at MumbaiMatch 12: Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets at HyderabadMatch 11: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs at DelhiMatch 10: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets at MumbaiMatch 9: Beat Gujarat Lions in Super Over at RajkotMatch 8: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 3 runs at MumbaiMatch 7: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs at MumbaiMatch 6: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets at IndoreMatch 5: Beat Gujarat Lions by 6 wickets at MumbaiMatch 4: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets at BengaluruMatch 3: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets at MumbaiMatch 2: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets at MumbaiMatch 1: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets at Punelast_img read more

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Part-time Prasar Bharati board member Vempati is its new CEO

first_img(Eds: With additional inputs)New Delhi, Jun 2 (PTI) Shashi Shekar Vempati, a part-time member of the Prasar Bharati Board, was today appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the public broadcaster for a period of five years.A three-member committee, headed by Vice President Hamid Ansari, had cleared his name for the post, an official statement said.Vempati previously worked with Infosys and now heads an online media company.Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted to congratulate Vempati on his appointment. He hoped that the public broadcaster will scale new heights under his leadership.Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash said Vempati had played an active role in a committee formed to explore the setting up of a digital platform.An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, Vempati has over two decades of experience as a technocrat with specialisation in areas of corporate management, technology consulting and digital media.He will succeed Rajeev Singh, member (finance) of the board, who was serving as the interim CEO after S C Panda retired earlier this year.The previous CEO Jawhar Sircar had quit in October last year, a few months before his tenure was due to end, following which Panda, member (personnel), Prasar Bharati, was made the acting CEO.The committee also consisted of Press Council of India Chairman Justice (Retd) C K Prasad and Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal, who is the Presidents nominee.Vempati has been serving as a member (part-time) of the board since February 2016.He has served in the public broadcaster as chairman of the audit committee, member of the finance and accounts committee, the technology committee, the sports rights committee and the HR committee.advertisementVempati had worked with Infosys for more than a decade as a product strategist and digital innovator in the US.He holds two patents relating to real time business event monitoring, tracking and management of inventory of products.Vempati has also authored several books, including Broadcasting Technologies in India, National Digital Security Architecture in India and Creating a Global Media Platform out of India.Prasar Bharati, an autonomous body under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, has All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan as its arms. PTI MP TIR SC TIRlast_img read more

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I back myself to finish games for India: Hardik Pandya

first_imgPromising “fearless” cricket in the series-deciding fifth ODI against the West Indies tomorrow, Hardik Pandya says he backs himself to be a finisher for India after failing to do the job in the previous game.India needed 29 off 31 balls when Pandya (20 off 21) got out in the fourth ODI which the visitors eventually lost by 11 runs. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was at the other end but his 114-ball 54 too did not prove to be good enough.While Dhoni’s finishing powers are on the wane, Pandya has shown promise on his way to becoming a world-class finisher.Talking about his partnership with Dhoni, Pandya said they were confident about chasing down the modest 190-run target.”The conversation with MS was pretty simple to be honest.”The power which we both have we thought to take the innings deep and then chase it down. Most times we would chase 31 off 29 balls but then we were not able to finish. I back myself to finish the game for the team and all these instances are part of the learnings,” said Pandya at Sabina Park.”We will be fearless in the final game. Last game was one of those games where it did not click. But we will go ahead and express ourselves, that is when we play our best cricket,” he said further.Pandya looked good before a terrible mix up with Ravindra Jadeja ended his knock. The all-rounder said he was angry but it did not take him long to get over the dismissal.advertisement”It took a lot of time. Only three minutes to be honest,” he quipped. “It was just an outburst. I get hyper quickly and after few minutes I was laughing in the dressing room. Looking at me, some of the players were laughing too.”Pandya added that he was aware of the conditions in the West Indies even before he landed in the Caribbean, thanks to his Mumbai Indians teammates in the IPL.”I am pretty close to the names you took (Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons, who are not part of the ODI team). The first call was to Pollard. I asked him about the pitches and conditions. They are my brothers from another mother. It would have been nice to play against them and enjoy some healthy banter,” he added.The stylish player has gone on to become a key member in the ODI side ever since delivering in the home series against England in January.”I am pretty happy with the way things are going for me.Both with bat and ball,” said Pandya, who believes that he can be equally handy with both bat and ball.”You should be brave enough to do the job that is required of you. I back myself to play in any situation. I see myself as a proper all-rounder and not bowling or batting all- rounder.”He is known for his big sixes but he has played some patient innings according to the situation of the game.Captain Virat Kohli has also helped him deal with the pressures of international cricket.”He has helped a lot. I rememberer when I finished the game against England, it was a 43-ball 40. That day Virat told me that ‘international is like copy paste and you have to keep repeating your performances’. All these things I have kept in mind. He is a big influence on all the players,” said Pandya, who has played 16 ODIs so far.The 23-year old has scored two half centuries and taken 18 wickets.One of his two half centuries came in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. His 76 off 43 balls was the lone bright spot in India’s forgettable chase as Pakistan won the game by 180 runs.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: July 10, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Dhanbad/Delhi/Allahabad/Meerut/Jabalpur: First day of Shravan month (B+A) Ambala: INLD workers rally over SYL issue (B) New Delhi: Campaign for two-child policy (A+B) Kolkata: Brabourne Road flyover closed (A) New Delhi: Airtel launches Project Next (B) New Delhi: Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor promote Jagga Jasoos (A+B) Allahabad/Kaziranga:: Rain and floods (B+A) Mumbai: British Council and Mumbai First announce partnership (B+A) Guwahati: Odissi dancers perform at an event (B) Mumbai: Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai (B) Surat: NCP members protest in Surat (B) Ranchi: Brinda Karat addresses press conference (B) Shimla: Meira Kumar in Shimla (A+B) Srinagar: Police show Lashkar militants to media (B) Chennai: Inauguration of Malabar exercise (B+A) Dispur : Landslide in Assam (B) Mumbai: Jairam Ramesh at press conference in Mumbai (A+B) New Delhi: Priya Singh Paul at a press conference (A+B) Karad: Sewage storage water floods a slum (B) New Delhi: Launch of Aaykar Setu Module of Central Board of Direct Taxes (B+A) Dehradun: President Pranab Mukherjee in Dehradun (B+A) INTERNATIONAL Kiev: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Kiev (A) Sydney: Pope Francis top financial adviser Pell leaves Sydney Airport (A) Jerusalem: Reuven Rivlin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Paul Kagame pose for a photo (B) Jerusalem: Israeli police officer stands guard at the scene of an attack (B) Islamabad: Daniyal Aziz at a news conference outside the Supreme Court (B) Hong Kong: Demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office (A) London: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull with Britains PM Theresa May (B) SPORTS New Delhi: Super Boxing League (A+B) London: Wimbledon Tennis Championships (B+A) Mumbai: BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee Press Conference (B) PTI PHOTO HS KISadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bengal Warriors announce partnership with Akshay Kumar

first_imgKolkata, Jul 28 (PTI) Ending speculation, Kolkatas Pro- Kabaddi League franchise Bengal Warriors today announced that they have partnered with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. Bengal Warriors, who finished with the wooden spoon last season, have overhauled the 18-member side, retaining only two players in the fifth season beginning today. “Akshay is also extremely popular for fitness regimen and his love for sports and with the new partnership Bengal Warriors hope to bring in a breath of fresh air and positivity packed with a stronger team,” a media statement said. “I have always believed that sport plays a key role in shaping ones personality and health. I am delighted to partner with Future Group to promote a homegrown sport like Kabaddi,” Akshay said. Excited at the new beginning, team CEO Sandip Tarkas said there could not be a better partner than Akshay Kumar who apart from being a versatile actor was also known for his extreme fitness routines. “This ownership will certainly boost the morale and energy of the team which will help all the players put their best foot forward,” Tarkas said. Bengal Warriors are placed in Zone B and begin their campaign against Telugu Titans at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad August 2. PTI TAP PDS AHlast_img read more

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Allu Arjun begins shooting for Naa Peru Surya

first_imgBasking in the success of his Duvvada Jagannadham, Allu Arjun has begun work on the forthcoming film Naa Peru Surya, in which he plays a military officer. The regular shooting of the film commenced earlier today.Naa Peru Surya is being directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, who has worked in blockbusters like Kick and Temper. Naa Peru Surya marks his directorial debut.Arjun is currently undergoing month-long training with a US-based trainer to authentically look and play a military officer.”He will work closely with a trainer to achieve the desired body for the role. As a military officer, he is expected to look a certain way and be extremely fit,” a source close to Arjun told IANS.The source, however, clarified that he won’t sport six-pack abs for this one.”He is not working towards six-pack abs. The director wants him to look as fit as possible to able to do justice to the role,” he said.Bollywood music composers Vishal-Shekar have been roped in to compose music for the film.Touted to be a action drama, the film is being produced by Sirisha Lagadapati Sridhar and presented by Nagababu.Naa Peru Surya also stars Anu Emmanuel, Arjun Sarja and Sarath Kumar in pivotal roles.( With inputs from IANS )ALSO READ:  Pahlaj Nihalani refuses to certify Malayalam film Ka BodyscapesSEE PIC: Arjun shares a picture of his daughter Allu Arha, fans are going gaga over Baby BunnyALSO READ:  Malayalam actress abduction- Dileep’s manager Appunni reveals Pulsar Suni knew actoradvertisementALSO WATCH: Dileep’s bail plea rejected, more trouble for the Malayalam actorlast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho has Manchester United F.C. squad to work his magic

first_imgAlthough they won two major trophies last season, a sixth-placed Premier League finish cannot be heralded as a success for a club of Manchester United’s size and pedigree.With the new season fast approaching, there is an air of optimism around Old Trafford with a squad now bearing the resemblance of one on which Jose Mourinho can work his magic.Mourinho identified two key positions to strengthen in the close season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals needed replacing, long term, and in Romelu Lukaku, Mourinho has a direct, channel-running hitman with a scoring record to rival the very best.Mourinho is not a possession-based coach. United strolled to Europa League glory against Ajax in May with under 31 percent of the ball.Lukaku has the engine to make the runs for Paul Pogba to pick with his long, ranging passes on the counter, but can still act as that first line of defence to appease his cautious manager.”Some people said they (United) did not play good football, but we are not in the circus,” former United full back Patrice Evra told MUTV.”If you want to enjoy football then, yes 2008 was great and different, but people have to forget that and concentrate on this current Manchester United team.” This United team now comes complete with Mourinho’s piece de resistance from his summer transfer activity. Whether it was Costinha at Porto — a player Mourinho described as his “assistant coach on the pitch”, or Claude Makelele at Chelsea, that holding midfielder is the one Mourinho has built his teams around.advertisementNemanja Matic, who anchored Chelsea to Premier League glory under Mourinho in 2014-15, completed his move to United on Monday and Mourinho has his fulcrum once again.”Nemanja is a Jose Mourinho player,” Mourinho said. “He represents everything we want in a footballer.”With Victor Lindelof providing addition defensive cover, all the pieces are in place.The formation Mourinho will deploy remains unclear, but the fact he has so many options is a cause for great excitement among United fans.After a first season of transition, this is a now Mourinho team.The football may not always be the most attractive, but his conservative focus has proven successful throughout Europe.Mourinho has the personnel to exert this style of play, and should his new arrivals produce the goods, a serious title tilt could well be on the cards.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: NOV 01, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Global Clubfoot Conference (B) Mumbai: Deepika Padukone at the 3D trailer launch of film Padmavati (B) Shimla: Congs Vision Document launch in Shimla (B+A) Dabolim: Goa Maritime Conclave – 2017 (B) Bhopal: Jyotiraditya Scindia in Bhopal (B) Mumbai: Taj Wedding Studio launch (A) New Delhi: Codava National Council protest for Codava Land with UT status (B) Bharuch: Rahuls rally in Bharuch (A) New Delhi: Bhutan King meets Prez Kovind (B) New Delhi: Bhutan King meets Swaraj (B) Kolkata: Chimpanzee (B) Bengaluru : 62nd Kannada Rajyotsava Day (A+B) Mumbai: Hawker-free street at Dadar (B+A) INTERNATIONAL New York : Authorities stand near a damaged Home Depot truck after a motorist drove onto a bike path (B) Beijing : Russian P M Dmitry Medvedev in Beijing (B+A) UNDATED : A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path (B) Chicago : First session of the Obama Foundation Summit (B) Tokyo : Extraordinary session at the parliaments lower house in Tokyo (B+A) Seoul : S Korean protesters stage a rally against a planned visit by U.S. President (B) Hong Kong : Young Hong Kong democracy activist listens to questions during an interview (B) Beijing : China Fashion Week in Beijing (A) SPORTS Incheon: Olympic Torch Relay at Incheon Bridge in Incheon(B+A) Athens : Champions League group D soccer match (B+A) Madrid : Group C Champions League soccer match (B) Mumbai: Fabian Rozwadowski at a hockey clinic (B+A) PTI PHOTO GCS DLadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sad that India faced international shame: Greenpeace on

first_imgIndia-Lanka Test episodeNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Environmental NGO Greenpeace said it was “sad” that India faced “international shame” for hosting games in polluted areas such as Delhi, after Sri Lankan cricket today team held up play in the third Test, complaining of poor air quality.Noting that the bigger hindrance to clean up the air in India is lack of “political will”, the green body said that the solution to this is not in shifting or cancelling matches but in cleaning up the air with “systematic, coordinated and comprehensive” actions.In an unprecedented turn of events, the embattled Sri Lankan cricket team today held up play during the third Test against India, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refuse to continue, stopping play for 26 minutes over three interruptions.”This is a sad situation that we are facing international shame for hosting games at such polluted places.”The solution to this is not in shifting or cancelling matches but in cleaning up the air with systematic, coordinated and comprehensive actions using GRAP and more comprehensive Clean Air Action Plan across India with defined responsibilities and timelines, because it is not just limited to Delhi but entire Northern India is facing the health emergency,” said Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India.He said that being sensitive to human health, “we should at least foresee approaching pollution episodes using emission inventory and meteorological data” as it is done in other geographies including China, and take corrective measures such as implementation of graded response action plan (GRAP) on pollution as precautionary steps rather than reactionary.advertisement”The bigger hindrance to clean up the air in India is lack of political will,” Dahiya said.He said this was clearly depicted by the fact that the biggest overlooked polluting sector, that is, coal-based power generation was given two years till December 7, 2017 by the environment ministry to control the toxic fumes coming out of them.”But as of today not even a single power plant complies with the full notification and no action has been taken on plants which are already violating the emission limits,” he said.Sri Lankan players struggling and using masks clearly highlighted that the air in Delhi is heavily loaded with pollution and undertaking physical activities was making it difficult for players to breath.Data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) suggests the same — Major Dhyan Chand Stadium Air Quality monitoring station, the nearest station to Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium showed PM2.5 concentrations at 337 �g/m3 in the afternoon, which are hazardous levels of pollution. PTI TDS SKC SMNlast_img read more

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Lamborghini launches the Urus Super Sport Utility Vehicle in India for Rs 3 crore ex-showroom

first_imgItalian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini has launched its Urus super sport utility vehicle in India. This will be Lamborghini’s second SUV in its lineup after the LM002 SUV which was discontinued in 1993. Only 328 examples were produced.The Urus has received the underpinnings of a sports car. Built on its parent company Volkswagen’s MLB EVO platform which is shared by the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and the Volkswagen Touareg as well.Lamborghini is owned by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi AG and intends to double production to 7,000 vehicles a year by 2019, as per a Reuters report dated 24 August 2016.The annual production of the Super Sports Utility Vehicle is capped at 3,500 vehicles, with worldwide sales of the vehicles which are expected to contribute to incremental volumes, stated Chief Stefano Domenicali in the Reuters report.The Lamborghini Urus gets an all-new 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 twin-turbo engine, a first for Lamborghini. The engine produces about 641bhp and a whopping 850Nm of torque, mated to a 8-speed transmission. The SUV also gets central torsion differential 4-wheel drive with added torque vectoring rear differential.The Urus has been priced at Rs 3 crore, ex-showroom and will be competing with the Bentley Flying Spur, Maserati Ghibli, Maserati Levante, and the Quattroporte.last_img read more

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Egypt Soccer Riot Kills 20

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CAIRO — A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said.The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of violent protests pitting the country’s hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil.Three security officials said some people died during a stampede, while others died in clashes with police. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to speak to journalists.What caused the violence wasn’t immediately clear. Security officials said Zamalek fans tried to force their way into the match without tickets, sparking clashes.Zamalek fans, known as “White Knights,” posted on their group’s official Facebook page that the violence began because authorities only opened one narrow, barbed-wire door to let them in. They said that sparked pushing and shoving that later saw police officers fire tear gas and birdshot.The group later posted pictures on Facebook it claimed were of dead fans, including the names of 22 people it said had been killed. The Associated Press could not immediately verify the images, nor their casualty count.Egypt’s hard-core soccer fans, known as Ultras, frequently clash with police inside and outside of stadiums. They are deeply politicized and many participated in the country’s 2011 uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak. Many consider them as one of the most organized movements in Egypt after the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later outlawed as a terrorist organization following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.The violence comes as police come under increasing scrutiny following the shooting death of a female protester in Cairo and the arrest of protesters under a law largely banning demonstrations. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pledged bring stability to Egypt amid bombings and attacks by Islamic militants, but also has said Egypt’s emergency situation meant that some violations of human rights were inevitable, if regrettable.The deadliest riot in Egypt soccer history came during a 2012 match when Port Said’s Al-Masry team hosted Cairo’s Al-Ahly. That riot, at the time the deadliest worldwide since 1996, killed 74 people, mostly Al-Ahly fans.Two police officers later received 15-year prison sentences for gross negligence and failure to stop the Port Said killings, a rare incident of security officials being held responsible for deaths in the country. Seven other officers were acquitted, angering soccer fans who wanted more police officers to be held accountable for the incident and other episodes of violence.In response, angry fans burned down the headquarters of Egypt’s Football Association, also protesting its decision to resume matches before bringing those behind that 2012 riot to justice. They’ve also protested and fought officers outside of the country’s Interior Ministry, which oversees police in the country.MERRIT KENNEDY, Associated Press___Associated Press writers Hamza Hendawi, Acer Hoteiba and Jon Gambrell contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Fury Probed for “Hate Crime”

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares MANCHESTER, England — World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury struck trouble on two fronts, with a police investigation launched into his comments about homosexuality, and reports that he had been stripped of one of his belts for not facing the mandatory challenger.Greater Manchester Police said they have received a report of a “hate crime” regarding Fury’s comments, which were published in a newspaper interview before his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight on Nov. 28.Fury, who is Catholic, said that among the things that need to happen “before the devil comes home … is homosexuality being legal in countries.”The Greater Manchester Police said they “take every allegation of hate crime extremely seriously and we will be attending the victim’s address to take a statement in due course.”The BBC reported that the International Boxing Federation has stripped Fury of his title less than two weeks after winning it, quoting Lindsey Tucker, championships Chairman at the IBF, as saying: “It’s true he’s been stripped of his IBF belt.”“Our challenger was Vyacheslav Glazkov, but instead Fury’s gone and signed a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko,” Tucker was quoted as saying.Fury’s profile has soared since his shock win over Klitschko to capture the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. Controversial remarks that previously went under the radar are now being seized on and questioned because of the added profile from being heavyweight champion of the world.Before the Klitschko fight, Fury also criticized abortion, and said doping should be legalized in all sports to make it “fully fair.” He was fined 3,000 pounds (around $4,500) in 2012 for a rant that included branding two fellow English boxers “gay lovers.”In the past week, he has been quoted as saying Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill “slaps up good,” before adding that “a woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back.”Fury’s remarks prompted more than 100,000 people to have signed a petition calling for him to be removed from the shortlist for the BBC’s sports personality of the year award.“Young people need sports personalities that they can look up to,” the petition says, “not people who express outrageous homophobic views, which can cause bullying and self-harm.”The BBC is refusing to deselect Fury from the 12-person shortlist.Asked by The Associated Press two days after beating Klitschko if he needs to keep his views to himself now he is heavyweight champion, the 27-year-old Fury said: “There’ll be no change in the champ.” Fury has also said he was “not bothered” about being a role model to kids.Fury is of Irish-Gypsy heritage — he calls himself “Gypsy King” on Twitter — and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions.He said he was the most charismatic boxer since Muhammad Ali, making headlines for dressing up as Batman in the run-up to the Klitschko fight.He sang Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing to his pregnant wife in the ring after the unanimous points win in Duesseldorf.“Let’s not try and make me out to be some evil person and I hate gays, because I don’t hate anybody,” Fury told the BBC. “I can actually say I don’t hate anybody.”(STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Olympiakos beats Iraklis 3-0 to keep 13-point lead in Greece

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Olympiakos beat Iraklis 3-0 Sunday in the Greek league to keep its 13-point lead over Panionios and PAOK.Panionios beat Xanthi 2-0, and PAOK defeated Asteras 3-2.Bruno Viana opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 2nd minute with a header off a corner by fellow Brazilian Seba.In the 42nd, Olympiakos scored on the break, with Tarik Elyounoussi heading in Diogo Figueiras’ cross.Goalkeeper Huanderson blocked Brown Ideye’s shot from close range but Costas Fortounis got the rebound to make it 3-0 in the 56th.Also Sunday, AEK Athens scored five first-half goals on its way to a 6-0 thrashing of Veria.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Liverpool Finishes 4th in EPL; Arsenal Fails to Make Champions League after 20 Years

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Of the three teams chasing the final two Champions League spots, City was the quickest off the mark. Captain Vincent Kompany netted after five minutes and City went on to beat Watford 5-0, with Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus also contributing to the rout.Arsenal made a flying start, with Hector Bellerin netting the opener in the eighth minute. But Laurent Koscielny also went flying into a reckless challenge on Enner Valencia and the Arsenal captain saw red in the 14th minute.Rather than imploding as Arsenal sides have been prone to do with 10 men, Alexis Sanchez doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 27th minute.With Liverpool being held at home by Middlesbrough, Arsenal displaced Juergen Klopp’s side from fourth place in the live standings. But only until first-half stoppage time at Anfield. Once Georginio Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool in first-half stoppage time, Arsenal was back in fifth place. That’s the way it stayed, with Philippe Coutinho’s free kick followed by Adam Lallana’s strike in 56th minute to secure Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.With City and Liverpool comfortably winning, there was nothing Arsenal could do to muscle into the top four. The Gunners still held on to win, with Romelu Lukaku pulling one back from the penalty spot for Everton but Aaron Ramsey completing the 3-1 victory in stoppage time.Having missed out on the top four for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign, there was little for Arsenal players to celebrate with fans as they embarked on a lap of appreciation after the Premier League finale. Wenger didn’t even join in, remaining on the touchline with his arms folded.Liverpool beats Middlesbrough 3-0, finishes 4th in EPLWith halftime approaching and the atmosphere inside Anfield getting increasingly tense, a chant drifted across from the away supporters: “Champions League, you’re having a laugh.”Liverpool was being held 0-0 by already relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the Premier League and was in real danger of throwing away a top-four spot that the team had held for most of the season.Georginio Wijnaldum proved to be the man for the big occasion once again.The Netherlands midfielder pierced Middlesbrough’s packed defense and drove a rising shot into the net in first-half injury time, before Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana added further goals in a 3-0 win.It sealed a fourth-placed finish for Liverpool and a place in the qualifying stages of next season’s Champions League.The prestigious competition is in touching distance for one of the continent’s most storied clubs, a five-time European champion.Arsene Wenger’s proud record is overArsenal has failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.Arsenal’s hope of squeezing into the Premier League top four relied on Liverpool or Manchester City slipping up, but they both won easily on Sunday to join Chelsea and Tottenham in entering the Champions League.So even though Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to complete the league campaign with five successive wins, the resurgence came too late and Wenger had to settle for fifth — the lowest finish since taking charge of the team in 1996.Whether Wenger is back in charge at the Emirates Stadium next season is yet to be resolved. The 67-year-old Frenchman won’t discuss his future until after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.Chelsea is chasing a double. Antonio Conte’s side received the Premier League trophy after routing bottom-place Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday, two weeks after securing a second title in three seasons.Chelsea finished seven points in front of Tottenham, which completed its best league campaign in 54 years in style by beating relegated Hull 7-1.___TERRY FAREWELLJohn Terry collected the Premier League trophy for the fifth time in the final act of his 22-year association with Chelsea.The captain had his own personal opportunity to thank the Stamford Bridge faithful earlier in the day. Sunderland manager David Moyes revealed that his team collaborated with Chelsea to ensure the ball would go out around the 26th minute — matching the shirt number Terry has worn throughout his career — to enable the defender to leave the pitch to a guard of honor.Chelsea was already leading through Willian’s eighth-minute strike when the 36-year-old departing Terry was honored. Chelsea’s 30th win of the campaign was sealed by Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and a double from Michy Batshuayi.___KANE TOP SCORERTottenham missed out on the top team prize, but Harry Kane retained the golden boot by finishing as the league’s top scorer for the second consecutive season.Kane finished with 29 goals despite missing eight of the 38 games through injury, with his tally augmented by a second hat trick inside three days. After netting four in Tottenham’s 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, Kane claimed a treble at Hull. Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld also netted for Tottenham.___MAN UNITED’S MISSIONJose Mourinho entered the final day of the league campaign knowing United was finishing sixth and prioritizing winning the Europa League in Wednesday’s final against Ajax to qualify for the Champions League.Despite United’s lowest finish since Alex Ferguson retired after collecting the Premier League trophy in 2013, the League Cup has already been collected and Sunday’s game offered hope for the future.Four players were given their first league starts by Mourinho and his youthful side beat Crystal Palace 2-0. One of the debutants — Josh Harrop — scored the opener and the other goal came from Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player.___SURVIVORSLeicester was in danger of relegation during its woeful defense of the title it won so unexpectedly a year ago. Craig Shakespeare is now waiting to discover if he’ll keep the manager’s job after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth secured a 12th place finish.Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth has done more than just secure a third successive season in the Premier League but finished ninth — the team’s highest placing since being founded in the 19th century.Sean Dyche has also impressed by leading Burnley to its highest league position since 1975. The northwest side lost 2-1 to West Ham but finished 16th, six points clear of danger.Swansea went through three managers this season but the decision to hire Paul Clement has been justified by the south Wales team avoiding the drop. Swansea closed out the campaign with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, taking Clement’s points haul to 29 from 19 games and finishing in 15th.___SOUTHAMPTON SLUMPSouthampton failed to score in a fifth successive home game in a 1-0 loss to Stoke. Even though the south-coast club finished eighth, there’s uncertainty over the future of manager Claude Puel.There were boos at the final whistle at St. Mary’s Stadium which could play into the club’s review over post-season review of Puel’s position.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Liverpool Regains Verve with 5-0 Thrashing of Watford

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool brushed aside concerns about its recent struggles by thrashing Watford 5-0 Wednesday to stay top of the Premier League.In a win built on brilliant performances by Liverpool’s defenders, right back Trent Alexander-Arnold set up three goals — including the opening two for Mane — and left back Andrew Robertson the other two. Van Dijk, a center back, headed in the final two goals at Anfield.Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, top left, scores his side’s fifth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Questions were starting to be asked about Liverpool’s credentials after four draws in the team’s last five matches in all competitions. But this performance signaled a return to the verve and inventiveness which Juergen Klopp’s team needed to rediscover.It was typified by Mane’s — and Liverpool’s — second goal of the night, a brilliant back-heel from 12 meters out which caught Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster by surprise.Liverpool’s Sadio Mane kicks the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)The Senegal international had already, somewhat surprisingly, scored with a header having been given the job of central striker in the absence of the injured Roberto Firmino.Firmino’s replacement, Divock Origi, was posted on the left wing to accommodate Mane in his new role, and he added the third goal in the 66th minute that gave Liverpool breathing space.Mane’s double meant he has recorded his best Premier League scoring return of 14 goals, with 10 matches still to go. It was the fifth home league match in succession in which he has scored.The result was exactly the boost Liverpool needed ahead of a short trip to Everton for the Merseyside derby on Sunday. The Reds maintained their one-point lead over Manchester City. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bryce is Right: Harper, Phils Agree to Record $330M Deal (Vid)

first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.No, not just with his colossal contract — Harper and the Phillies agreed Thursday to a $330 million, 13-year deal that is the largest contract in baseball history.But as an attraction.Harper zipped to the top of the list as the city’s most popular athlete, adding a dash of star power while raising payroll, projections and prices to a franchise that has lagged in popularity in the shared sports complex behind Super Bowl champions, a Process and a mascot.“One of the best players in baseball,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.With Harper set to take his cuts in Philly, the question is raised: Are the Phillies the team to beat in the NL East?That’s a clown question, bro.The betting odds shifted faster than the Astros’ infield once Harper landed in Philly. The Phillies’ odds at winning the division went from 2-1 to 5-4; the pennant from 7-1 to 4-1 and the World Series from 12-1 to 8-1.FILE – In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) reacts to his winning hit during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, in Washington. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)After leading their division in early August, the Phillies went 16-33 over the final 49 games of last season and at 80-82 finished with a losing record for the sixth straight season.The Phillies haven’t been a playoff threat since the 2007-11 heyday when Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley anchored five postseason teams, back-to-back NL pennants and the 2008 World Series championship. The Phillies ballpark was a hotter summer attraction than the Jersey shore and the franchise set an NL record with 257 straight sellouts from 2009-2012.Last year? Tickets could be had on the secondary market for the price of a ballpark hot dog at first pitch and all the bells and whistles of added fan-friendly attractions couldn’t generate enthusiasm. Ticket prices on StubHub skyrocketed faster than a Harper homer on Thursday once tweets of his impending arrival hit the city — the cheap seats start at $100 for opening day. Phillies fans went old school and left work early to hit ticket windows and score face value tickets on the cheap (if not resell at a tidy profit) for his debut.Just wait until his jersey goes on sale.Harper wore No. 34 in Washington but that number hasn’t been worn by a Phillies player since Hall of Famer Roy Halladay died piloting a plane in 2017.Harper, who makes the short list with Pete Rose, Jim Thome and Cliff Lee as biggest free-agent signings in franchise history, is one of the few pay-to-watch players in baseball. And Phillies fans — who cheered fellow free-agent Manny Machado during the team’s public flirtation with the San Diego Padres star — will pay stupid money for their seats. But he’s not the only new face in Philly worth watching.“I certainly think that the city of Philadelphia would embrace Bryce Harper,” Kapler said. “I think he would be very happy in this city because our fans care deeply about winning. Their care about winning was evidenced throughout this entire offseason, obviously paying close attention to every move that (general manager) Matt (Klentak) made, and we made a lot of moves to get ready for this spring training.”A 26-year-old All-Star who had spent his entire big league career with the Washington Nationals, Harper topped the $325 million, 13-year agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins.Harper isn’t even the only MVP and All-Star added to the lineup this season. The Phillies were trending toward a playoff team before Harper signed as the fattened the roster with the additions of 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen for $50 million over three years and 2011 All-Star reliever David Robertson for $23 million over two years, and acquiring 2018 NL All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura.Harper, Realmuto and Segura were All-Stars last season.“We thought we were a complete team. Now, we’re even more of a complete team,” McCutchen said. “It’s going to be fun.”There’s tons of fun on the Philly sports scene these days and Harper was added to a city roster brimming with stars; Carson Wentz, Gritty, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and even Flyers rookie sensation Carter Hart have the most pessimistic of fans pumped for the decade ahead.Or maybe the next 13 years.Phillies kids club members will start paying off student loans by the time Harper’s contract is finished — one the franchise can only hope pays off with a few more World Series banners added to their meager total.Aaron Nola, who finished third in last year’s NL Cy Young voting, and a healthy Jake Arrieta should form a stout 1-2 top of the rotation and Zach Efflin, Nick Pivetta, and Vince Velasquez all need to take a step forward this season for the Phillies to contend. Rhys Hoskins, Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez return to give the Phillies one of the best top-to-bottom lineups in the National League.Kapler said Harper would likely hit third or fourth in the lineup, and the analytics say he should thrive in hitter-friendly Philly. Harper has batted .268 with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs, a .365 on-base percentage, a .564 slugging percentage, a .930 OPS and 48 hits in 50 career games at Citizens Bank Park.Washington took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft and called him up to the majors less than two years later at age 19. He would go on to become the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year for a Nationals club that won its first division title and made its postseason debut. Last year, he hit 34 homers and produced a career-high 100 RBIs while walking 130 times, although his batting average dipped to .249. He started more than a third of his games in center field instead of his usual spot in right because of injuries to teammates.Before Harper gets too comfy in Philly, a visit with an old friend. Harper and the Phillies play April 2-3 against Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park.It’s a chance to wave goodbye to the only baseball city he’s called home — before the brash Harper gets set to mash in Philly.___By DAN GELSTON ,  AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Conte Quickly Making His Mark At Inter With Perfect Start (Video)

first_imgROME — Three rounds into Serie A, Inter Milan is already displaying the same grit, energy and determination that have been the hallmark of Antonio Conte’s teams.The Nerazzurri overcame a strong performance by 10-man Udinese for a 1-0 win on Saturday to extend their perfect start and establish a two-point lead over eight-time defending champion Juventus atop the standings.Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi scored with a difficult, diving header shortly after Rodrigo De Paul — Udinese’s most talented player — was sent off for slapping Antonio Candreva.Conte spent last season idle after winning multiple trophies at Juventus and Chelsea — plus a spell as the coach of Italy — and he’s picking up right where he left off.For the full 90 minutes, Conte ran up and down the sideline, gesticulating and urging his team on from the coach’s box.Earlier, Maurizio Sarri had a disappointing touchline debut with Juventus in a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina as the Bianconeri dropped their first points.Also, Napoli warmed up for its Champions League opener against titleholder Liverpool with a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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