Bentancur: Juve can cope without Ronaldo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is important for Juventus but the Serie A leaders can cope without him when he serves a Champions League suspension, says Rodrigo Bentancur.Ronaldo inspired Juve to a 3-1 league defeat of Napoli on Saturday with a hand in all three goals against the side managed by his former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.But the Portugal superstar will not be available to face Young Boys on Tuesday as he is serving a one-match ban following his dismissal against Valencia earlier this month. 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! Ronaldo was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident involving Jeison Murillo at Mestalla, but UEFA opted not to extend his ban so he is available for Group H clashes with former club Manchester United.And Bentancur feels Juve will be able to manage without their talisman, with Massimiliano Allegri’s other attacking options including Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala.”We want to win against Young Boys so that we can put one foot in the next round of the Champions League,” Bentancur said in quotes published on Juve’s website. “But we know that it will be tough because all the teams that play against us give their best.”There will be no Cristiano and we know how important he is for us, but this is a team sport, there are 11 of us out there, whoever will be on the field will give their maximum.”Bentancur has made five Serie A appearances this season after impressing for Uruguay at the World Cup, with the 21-year-old happy with his involvement so far this season.”It was incredible to play in the World Cup this summer, I never thought I could play in one so young,” Bentancur added. “We did everything we could, but we faced a great team like France and I’m happy to have had a great experience.”I’m satisfied with how I’m getting on at Juve. I didn’t play a lot at the beginning, but in the last few matches I’ve been more involved, including against Napoli.”I have to try to earn as much time on the field as possible and help the team. Allegri tells me to express myself and to play closer to the opponent’s area, also to score my first goal for Juventus.”Mine hasn’t been a long career and I haven’t scored much, but sooner or later the goal will come. My objectives for the season are to improve, play as much as possible and perhaps win a starting spot and continue growing.”last_img read more

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Kuwait v Australia: Chance for fringe players to shine

first_imgAustralia will ramp up preparations for their January Asian Cup defence in UAE 2019 with a friendly against Kuwait in Kuwait City.It will be coach Graham Arnold’s first match in charge of the Socceroos – who last played in the FIFA World Cup against Peru under Bert van Marwijk.The conditions in Kuwait will help the green and gold acclimatise to the harsh Middle Eastern climate  – with the team also having a camp in the UAE in the days after. 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! Kuwait only had a two-year FIFA ban lifted 12 months ago which stopped them playing any international football.The two teams last met in the opening match of the 2015 Asian Cup with the Socceroos winning 4-1 in Melbourne. Game Kuwait v Australia Date Tuesday, October 16 AEDT Time 3:30am AEDT / 7.30pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go or Play platform – just bear in mind both services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Play  Squads & Team News   Position Kuwait players Goalkeepers Al-Rashidi, Al-Qallaf, Abdulghafoor Defenders Al-Matouq, Saeed, Ibrahim, Hamoud,  Al-Hajeri, Al-Guhaidi, Fareeh, Khaled, Atiq, Al-Fadhel Midfielders Al Enezi, Al-Hubaiter, Harbi, Al-Ansari, Al-Dhefeeri, Mawi, Al-Azmi, Zayed, Al-Enezi, Al-Tararwa Forwards Al-Mutawa, AlMusawi All of Kuwait’s side ply their trade in the Middle East – mainly in their own country.Goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi spent a season on the books of English Championship side Nottingham Forest. Position Australia players Goalkeepers Vukovic, Jones, Langerak Defenders Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Gersbach, Degenek, Deng, Jurman Midfielders Rogic, Luongo, Irvine, Dougall, Amini, Genreau Forwards Juric, Leckie, Arzani, Kruse, Mabil, Giannou The Socceroos have been hit with injuries to Premier League stars Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy plus the retirement of Mile Jedinak – meaning extra opportunity will likely be handed to several fringe players.Danny Vukovic is likely to earn first crack at the backup goalkeeping role, while the likes of Jackson Irvine and Massimo Luongo shoud get plenty of game time.Promising talents Daniel Arzani, Awer Mabil, Denis Genreau and Thomas Deng will likely be given chances late in the gamePotential Australia XI: Vukovic; Behich, Sainsbury, Milligan, Risdon; Luongo, Irvine; Kruse, Rogic, Leckie; GiannouBetting & Match Odds Australia are hot favourites to win the game at $1.50, while an unlikely Kuwait victory is paying $6.You can get on the draw at $4.33Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. *Odds correct at time of publishingMatch Preview The Socceroos will be looking to gel with their new coach Arnold in their first match since their 2018 World Cup campaign.It will be one of only three matches the team plays before their 2019 Asian Cup opening match – with other games scheduled against South Korea and Lebanon in November.With the absence of Ryan and Mooy, several Socceroos players will be looking to take the opportunity to impress in front of their new gaffer.It’s likely that a few of the four uncapped players – Mabil, Genreau, Deng and Dougall – will get their first game time in green and gold.The style of play employed by Arnold will be under heavy scrutiny, with the veteran coach in his second stint as Australian manager – having struggled in his first period between 2006-2007.last_img read more

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Sterling salutes Sancho’s decision to leave City

first_imgRaheem Sterling has praised Jadon Sancho for taking the brave decision to leave Manchester City and head for Borussia Dortmund.The teenage winger surprised many when he moved to Germany last year, but a bold call has been handsomely rewarded.Sancho has seen regular minutes in the Bundesliga, while offering an impressive number of assists, and has broken through into the senior England squad. 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! Those opportunities were unlikely to have come his way had he remained on the fringes of a star-studded squad at the Etihad Stadium.Sterling, a current star for reigning Premier League champions City, told reporters of Sancho’s ambition: “For someone so young to back themselves to go abroad is a credit to them.”To go abroad so young and back yourself, that shows a lot about the person. He could have taken the easy route and stayed at City but he saw himself developing better.”That’s what it’s about in football – you have to judge your own situation and he did that perfectly and all credit to him.”He has knuckled down in Germany and, when you’re that age, it’s probably something you need. To have that seclusion and be by yourself a bit and to concentrate solely on football. I’m really happy for him.”Sterling has also hailed Sancho’s work ethic and is not surprised the 18-year-old has eased seamlessly into international football.The highly-rated youngster replaced Sterling with 12 minutes remaining in England’s goalless draw with Croatia on Friday to become the first player born this millennium to represent the Three Lions.Sancho impressed during his short cameo and Sterling says he always knew that an exciting prospect had what it takes to succeed at the highest level.”He is a really good talent and someone I’ve thought highly of since the first time I saw him at Manchester City when he was training with us in pre-season,” he added:”I thought highly of him – his work ethic and what he does with the ball. I know him really well and he’s someone that is really modest but when he’s on the field he wants to express his ability.”Sancho and Sterling will be hoping to see more minutes for their country on Monday when England take in a Nations League clash with Spain in Seville.last_img read more

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HTC U with Snapdragon 835, Edge Sense, Android Nougat to launch in April

first_imgHTC is prepping up to strengthen its U series, with yet another smartphone, which is dubbed to be the HTC U, better known as the HTC Ocean. The smartphone vendor announced two devices under the same U series earlier this year – HTC U Ultra and U Play which with no doubt, looks absolutely stunning.If the rumours are to be trusted upon, the upcoming HTC U is going to a little different than the other U series devices, with metallic body structure, with all the latest technology packed together. We confidently say this, after a popular leakster, Evan Blass posted the same on his twitter handle.Blass tweets that, HTC U with a codename Ocean is expected to come packed with Qualcomm’s latest processor, Snapdragon 835 SoC. This clearly indicates that the smartphone manufacturer is all geared up to throw a tough battle with the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6, OnePlus 5 and the already launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.Also Read: HTC One X10 goes official with 4,000mAh battery, sale begins by April-endAlong with mentioning the specifications, Blass almost leaked image renders of the to-be-announced HTC U. The picture of the smartphone shows screen-to-body ratio design on board along with a physical home screen button at the front. This is not it. The HTC U is also expected to come with Edge Sense, which will enable users to perform several activities just by tapping on the metallic frame of the smartphone. As per a report by VentureBeat explaining Edge Sense mentions, “Edge Sense – the frame-embedded sensors enable the user to control numerous, customizable actions with gestures such as squeezing or swiping along its left and right sides.”advertisementFurther, in terms of specifications, the HTC U, better known as the HTC Ocean is expected to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The smartphone, as Blass predicts, which is often accurate will come packed with a 5.5-inch WQHD display with 2560×1440 pixel resolution. The HTC U will further be powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835 chipset.U saw it here first [specs: https://t.co/CXrpcG0YAm] pic.twitter.com/vP7U6mzjzo- Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 15, 2017On the camera front, the upcoming HTC U smartphone is expected to come with a pretty much similar camera specifications like that of the HTC U Ultra. At the rear, the smartphone will come with a 12-megapixel back camera, while on the front fits a 16-megapixel Sony IMX351 selfie snapper.  Storage wise the HTC smartphone will come with two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded to external microSD card.As per the rumours are concerned, the HTC U or HTC Ocean is expected to launch my mid or end of April, while the global release is set for May. However, HTC is yet to confirm the launch, availability and even the making of the smartphone. The HTC device is expected to give a tough fight to the upcoming flagships – OnePlus 5 and Xiaomi Mi 6. Xiaomi lately confirmed the launch date for Mi 6 for April 19.HTC recently unveiled the successor of HTC One X10 in Russia. The smartphone is made available in two colour variants – Black and Silver and comes with a price range of $355, which counts for Rs 23,000. In terms of specifications, HTC One X10 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD super LCD display coupled with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. This makes the smartphone a much safer, reliable and stronger one. Further, the smartphone runs on Android with HTC Sense on top and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek P10 processor.The key highlight of the smartphone is its battery. The HTC One X10 smartphone comes with a 4000mAh battery which comes with the ability to deliver up to 26 hours of talk time and nearly 31 days of standby time on 3G network. The battery comes with a fast-charging support as well. On the camera front, the smartphone boasts a 16-megapixel camera on the rear paired with, BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash features. While on the front, the HTC smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel selfie shooter, which comes with fixed-focus, BSI sensor, and f/2.2 aperture.last_img read more

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Shahid Afridi turns down Najam Sethi’s farewell offer

first_imgFormer Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has declined Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi’s offer to give him a farewell upon his retirement from international cricket.On Friday, Afridi took to Twitter to thank Sethi for meeting him last Sunday and offering to arrange a “fitting farewell” for him.”Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them,” he said.Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them 1/2- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017The 37-year-old said he was happy that veterans like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who have announced their retirements from international cricket after the ongoing three-Test series against West Indies, were getting proper farewells.”My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future,” he added.My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future.- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017Last year, Afridi had made headlines with his demand for a farewell match during the three-match T20 series against the West Indies which Pakistan went on to clean sweep.”Farewell match is my right”, Afridi had insisted while urging the PCB to provide him with an opportunity to bid adieu to international arena in a befitting manner.advertisementIn February, the flamboyant all-rounder had announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career.Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, the all-rounder was active in the International T20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and ODIs in 2015.Afridi finished his international career having played 27 Test matches, in which he hit 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. In the 398 ODIs that he played throughout his career, he notched up 8,064 runs, with a highest score of 124, and took 395 wickets with his leg spin.His T20I international career saw him play 98 matches and score 1,405 runs and take 97 wickets.last_img read more

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More than 100 rusted or defective Rio Olympics medals returned

first_imgMore than 100 medals won at the Rio Olympics have been returned to organisers because they have rusted or developed black spots on them, the games’ spokesman said on Friday.At least 130 medals, mostly bronze and including some from the Paralympics, are being fixed by the Brazilian Mint who made them for last year’s event, Mario Andrada told Reuters.”The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said.”The second thing is that a small few, about 10, had problems with the extreme cold.”Andrada said the first problems came to light in October but called them “completely normal.”The Brazilian Mint would fix any defects and return them, he added.A total of 2,488 medals were produced for the Olympics and hundreds more for the Paralympics. The silver and bronze medals were produced using 30 percent recycled materials.last_img read more

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I feel now is the time for me to move on, says Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

first_imgLeicester City’s star winger Riyad Mahrez on Tuesday handed a transfer request to the 2015-16 English football champions saying he wants to challenge for major honours next season.Mahrez played a major role in helping the low profile club defy all the odds to win the English Premier League (EPL) title last season. Leicester finished 12th in this EPL season and their high was reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, with Mahrez scoring 10 goals across all competitions.”Out of the huge admiration and respect I hold for Leicester City Football Club I wanted to be totally honest and transparent with them and have therefore informed the club that I feel now is the time for me to move on,” Mahrez was quoted as saying by www.mirror.co.uk.”I had a good discussion with the chairman last summer and we agreed at that time that I would stay for another year in order to help the club as best as I could following the transition of winning the title and in the Champions League,” the Algeria international added.”However, I am fiercely ambitious and feel that now is the time to move on to a new experience.”According to media reports in England, Leicester will demand around $35 million to sell the 26-year-old.last_img read more

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India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Fakhar Zaman slams maiden hundred in only his fourth ODI

first_imgPakistan opener Fakhar Zaman proved his mettle once again with a sublime maiden century against India at the ICC Champions Trophy final.Fakhar reached the three figure mark off 92 deliveries with a four off Ravichandran Ashwin in the 31st over . He has been sensational throughout and he is playing a terrific knock when it matters the most.Fakhar became the second Pakistan batsman after Salman Butt to score a hundred in his maiden ODI innings against India.Fakhar earlier survived a caught behind on 3 when Jasprit Bumrah overstepped for a No Ball.Interestingly, he didn’t play Pakistan’s first game against India, which was won by the defending champions by 124 runs at Edgbaston on June 4.He also became the third Pakistani after Saeed Anwar and Shoaib Malik to score a century in Champions Trophy.Fakhar made his debut in the ongoing edition of the ICC Champions Trophy against South Africa and has been his captain’s first choice opener alongside Azhar Ali. In his first game at Birmingham, Fakhar scored 31 off 30 balls to keep his place in the remaining matches of the Champions Trophy.High on confidence, the 27-year-old then struck 50 against Sri Lanka in their last league game, then 57 against hosts England in the semi-final and hit a solid 114 against India in the final before falling to Hardik Pandya in the 34th over.Earlier, he also became the second Pakistan opener to hit three consecutive fifties after Majid Khan in the ICC events.Fakhar also became the first Pakistan batsman to score three half-centuries in first four One Day Internationals.advertisementlast_img read more

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Boris Becker to Boris Beggar?

first_imgBoris Becker, amateur tennis pundit and professional tennis coach, was declared bankrupt after failing to pay a long-standing debt since 2015.What no one can take away from him is the fact that he is the youngest ever Wimbledon & Grand Slam winner in 1985, but going bankrupt after earning an equivalent of Rs 408 crore during his playing career, does take a bit of sheen away.THE FOUNTAINHEADS Becker’s earning came from three main sources18yrs – Professional career span (1984-2001)3yrs – Coach of Novak Djokovic (2014-16)12yrs – Commentator for BBC for Wimbledon (2003-2014)EARNINGS BREAK-UPMost of Becker’s earnings came from endorsements than his time of playing tennis, 1.5 times more to be precise.Earnings from endorsements 38.3 million U.S. DollarsPrize money earned 25.1 million U.S. DollarsEarnings as BBC commentator for Wimbledon 3.2 million U.S. Dollars, at approximately 19,000 U.S. Dollars per day for 14-day stint.Earnings as coach – 2.1 million U.S. Dollars, 700,000 U.S. Dollars per year approximately as fee; does not include bonusesCOURTING COURTSBecker’s fascination with courts wasn’t limited to the ones used for playing tennis, spending a bomb regularly afor served up by courts. 25.3 million U.S. Dollars spent on divorce and paternity suits settlement1.5 million  U.S. Dollars spent on payment to former business partner & housekeeping firm3.2 million  U.S. Dollars spent on tax penaltyPENNY PINCHERBecker also refused to pay pastor’s fee for his marriage back in 2009, for which he paid 2,830 U.S. Dollars as penalty to the pastor after a court order.advertisementTHE FALLWith all the expenditure, Borris Becker also had his fair share of earnings.  He is the fifth highest on-court earner in the history of tennis.Yet, Becker 857 U.S. Dollars of daily interest on the outstanding loan and 4.2 million U.S. Dollars, he owes to UK-based Arbuthnot Latham bank.He has been a motivation as a player to aspire towards to millions around the globe and promptly charges 25,000 U.S. Dollars for as a motivational & after-dinner speaker as fee charged.last_img read more

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Geneva picked to host Davis, Fed cup finals together from 2018 under reform proposal

first_imgGeneva was chosen as preferred bidder to host combined Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals from 2018 as part of reforms to transform the season-ending events, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Wednesday.Under the plan, it said, the two finals would be merged into the World Cup of Tennis on a three-year deal and staged on hard courts at Geneva’s Palexpo arena starting in November 2018.”The creation of the World Cup of Tennis finals is at the heart of a series of reforms that represent the most significant changes in the history of Davis Cup and Fed Cup,” ITF President David Haggerty said in a federation statement.”Change is needed to ensure that we maximise the full potential of these iconic and historic competitions.”The ITF statement said combined finals would “unlock new revenues for tennis development, increased prize money and player bonus pool”.The plan will be part of a wide-ranging reform package to be submitted for approval at the ITF’s annual general meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in August.Geneva was chosen by the ITF Board of Directors at their meeting in Frankfurt on Tuesday ahead of bids from Copenhagen, Istanbul, Miami, Turin and Wuhan.last_img read more

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Goel felicitates Srikanth, Gopichand

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Sport Minister Vijay Goel today felicitated ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand for the recent run of success of Indian badminton players. The Sport Minister met Srikanth, who won back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia, and Gopichand at his residence here. “Srikanth has recently won two big events. I feel the credit for the victory goes to Gopichand. I have been to his academy and I saw many like Srikanth training there,” Goel told reporters. “During childhood when Srikanth started playing, his parents went to Gopi and asked to take him to his academy and he worked hard. His success is a reflection of his hard work and that of his coach. “He has won six major events and I am sure it will inspire the youth. I am visiting all the academies. Indian badminton is making progress like cricket.” Srikanth and Gopichand acknowledged the contributions of the Sport Ministry and Sports Authority of India. “I thank the government of India, Sports Ministry and SAI for all the help. Sir, thanks for your encouragement. I always get your tweets ahead of everybody else during the tournaments,” Srikanth said. Gopichand added: “I know we are being credited for the success but I want to thank the government, the Prime Minister and the entire administration for their proactive role. We sometimes blame the govt for the failure and I think it is time to acknowledge for its role.” PTI ATK SSC SSClast_img read more

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Women’s World Cup: South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk scripts history, picks up 4/0 vs West Indies

first_imgSouth African all-rounder Dane van Niekerk picked up four wickets without giving away any runs from 3.2 overs with her leg-spin against West Indies in the Women’s World Cup.Van Niekerk almost single-handedly destroyed the West Indian batting order as South Africa bowled them out for 48.Chedean Nation, Merissa Aguilleira, Shanel Daley and Qiana Joseph were all sent back to the dressing room by the Proteas captain as the South Africans made a complete mockery of the West Indies batters.She made her debut aged just 16 back in the year 2009 against the West Indies in a World Cup game at Newcastle and continued her fairy tale when she became the first South African woman cricketer to take a international hat-trick against them in 2013. She had finished that match with 5 wickets and giving away just 28 runs.The previous best in the world was by a man, a certain Richie Benaud who had picked up three wickets without giving away any runs in a Test match playing for Australia against India in Delhi way back in the year 1959.Marizanne Kapp, who adjudged the player of the match, also picked up four wickets for fourteen runs as West Indies were bowled out for a paltry 48. In reply South Africa reached the target easily in just 6.2 overs without losing any wicket.last_img read more

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Asus ZenFone AR India launch set for July 13

first_imgAsus will launch its Tango-enabled — as well as Daydream-ready — ZenFone AR phone in India on July 13. The company is now sending out block your date invites to the media for a press conference scheduled for the said date with the #DareToDream hashtag, the same that it is also using on social media to tease the ZenFone AR. To recall, India Today Tech had also previously reported that the ZenFone AR will land in India sometime in July.The ZenFone AR is notably the world’s second smartphone – the first being Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro — to support Google’s Tango technology that enables augmented reality (AR) experiences on a relatively affordable phablet form factor: a smartphone that will be aware of it surroundings and allow users to interact with it virtually through AR. The ZenFone AR, is however, the world’s first (and only) smartphone to support Tango as well as Daydream, Google’s Daydream VR technology.The ZenFone AR sports a 23-megapixel camera on the rear with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, alongside a host of depth and motion track sensors. On the front, the ZenFone AR sports an 8-megapixel camera.The phone comes with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a 1440×2560 pixel resolution. It is powered by a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with up to 8 gigs of RAM and up to 256GB if storage which is also expandable. The dual-SIM ZenFone AR supports 4G LTE and runs Android Nougat-based ZenUI. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery.advertisementThe company is also expected to launch the dual-camera toting ZenFone 3 Zoom in India soon. “We’re going to be shortly launching the ZenFone 3 Zoom and the ZenFone AR in India,” Dinesh Sharma who is the director, Mobile Product Centre for ASUS India had said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech in May. “A fair time frame would be within two months,” he had added.The ZenFone 3 Zoom, which is successor to 2015’s ZenFone Zoom, comes with a dual camera system on the rear (12MP+12MP) consisting of one 25mm wide-angle lens and another 59mm lens with 2.3X optical zoom. The dual camera system is capable of achieving up to 12X digital zoom. Erstwhile, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and is backed by a massive 5,000mAh battery.Also Read: Exclusive: Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, ZenFone AR coming to India within two monthslast_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could stay with Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic could be offered a new deal by Manchester United, the Premier League club’s manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday ahead of a friendly with Los Angeles Galaxy.Speaking at a news conference on the eve of their first pre-season tour match in California, Mourinho left the door open to the Swede returning when he recovers from knee surgery.The out-of-contract Ibrahimovic, 35, was United’s top scorer last term after joining on a one-year deal, but he was injured in April and is likely to be sidelined at least until December.”If the decision is to stay and wait until December — he can’t be back until them — why not wait? We are speaking and changing ideas,” the Portuguese coach told reporters.With Ibrahimovic out of action, Mourinho has brought in Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a fee put at about 75 million pounds ($98.27 million) by British media.Mourinho said United signed Lukaku because he is a ready-made Premier League player, having had lots of experience in England, which hopefully would allow him to fit in immediately.”Obviously there are other good strikers in football, but the Premier League is a very specific habitat, a difficult habitat for strikers, and normally they need some time to adapt but Lukaku has been in the Premier League for five seasons,” he told reporters.”Now he comes to a club with different responsibilities in the right moment of his career. He is still a young player but he has years of experience in the Premier League and the Belgian national team. He will go into the Champions League, which was also his main motivation.”advertisementMourinho needed a player who knows how to score against defensive teams that, using his famous phrase, “park the bus”.”Romelu is not a player that participates a lot in the build-up play. He is a player that normally plays in the last third,” added Mourinho.”We had so many opponents last season that decided clearly to defend, closing spaces, playing with lots of defenders and defensive midfield players.”We needed a target man, which is not (France forward Anthony) Martial or (England striker Marcus) Rashford.”We have good options, good players, but a target man, a clear number nine, one who is comfortable to play in the box, we thought that was Romelu.”last_img read more

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Abhinav Bindra asks Sports Ministry for helpline facilities to touring Indian athletes

first_imgIndia’s lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra has requested the Sports Ministry to set up a helpline for athletes travelling abroad to avoid the kind of hardships that para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande faced recently due to lack of timely help.Pande was forced to borrow money from fellow swimmers during the Para Swimming Championships in Berlin after the funds sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India did not reach her on time.Bindra helped Pande get a scholarship after the incident through a Foundation, he is part of.”The recent incident of our paralympic athlete in Berlin raised a larger question of athlete management. Things like these continue to happen in Indian sport and leaves everyone in a bad taste and overshadows a lot of good work that is done,” Bindra said in his letter to Sports Minister Vijay Goel.”In this regard I have a suggestion: The creation of a helpline for all athletes especially when in a foreign country to solve matters of extreme concern and having a contingency fund for unforseen situations to provide just in time support to athletes would be a fantastic initiative to be taken up by the sports ministry,” he added.A suggestion submitted to the honourable minister @VijayGoelBJP pic.twitter.com/GJ4wbcqrkV- Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 15, 2017last_img read more

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BCCI announces Rs 50 lakh each for India womens team member

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) The Indian cricket board (BCCI) today announced a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh for each member of the Indian team for their performance in the ICC World Cup in England. The support staff of the team will receive Rs 25 lakh each. India stunned six-time champions Australia to reach their second ever final in the World Cup and will play England in the final at Lords tomorrow. “I would like to congratulate the Indian Womens Cricket Team for their exemplary show in the ICC Womens World Cup,” said Committee Of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai. “The team has shown tremendous character and the girls have raised the bar with each passing game under the able leadership of Mithali Raj. “The Womens World Cup has been widely followed across India and this teams spirit and performance on the field has won admirers all over the world. I am sure this team has inspired the next generation of cricketers and many more girls will take up the sport in the years to come.” BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “The BCCI acknowledges the performance of the Indian Womens Cricket Team. “The team has a good blend of young talent and experienced campaigners in Captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. “The all-round performance was on display in the semi- final against Australia Women, who have won the World Cup six times. The fearless batting of Harmanpreet Kaur mirrors the teams approach under pressure.” Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary added, “We wish them the best as they prepare for their biggest match tomorrow at the Lords Cricket Ground.” PTI BS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Colombo Test: Mendis, Karunaratne show grit as Sri Lanka live to fight another day vs India

first_imgKusal Mendis hit a fighting century and shared 191 runs with opener Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka battled to escape innings defeat against India in the second cricket Test on Saturday.Sri Lanka was forced to follow on with a 439-run first innings deficit after India bowled them out for 183 in its first innings. However they ended the third day well on 209 for two but still needing 230 runs to make India bat again.Mendis was out for 110, his third Test hundred a few overs before close of play caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off seamer Hardik Pandya. He faced 135 deliveries and hit 17 boundaries.Karunaratne was unbeaten on 92 batting with night watchman Malinda Pushpakumara on two. Karunaratne faced 200 deliveries and hit 12 boundaries in his watchful innings.India declared its first innings on 622 for nine.India reaped early success when fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowled out opener Upul Tharanga (2) with a ball nipping back into the left-hander with the team on seven runs.However both Mendis and Karunaratne made Indian bowlers to toil specially Mendia scoring bulk of his runs with the sweep shot.Niroshan Dickwella who scored Sri Lanka’s only half-century in the first Test said his team came out with a different mindset in the second innings after a long meeting at lunch interval.He said they had plans to use more of the sweep and reverse sweep shots as scoring options.Ravichandran Ashwin, who bagged his 26th five-wicket haul in the first innings, went wicketless having bowled 24 overs.Ashwin said that Indian bowlers were not faulty in the second innings but credited Sri Lanka’s batsmen for good batting.advertisement”We beat the bat pretty often even in the sessions we didn’t get the wickets. I thought they batted really well.””I don’t think we did too much wrong, we tried all, reverse swing, we bowled cutters. It (the pitch) is slowing down at a very very quick pace, the edges are not carrying. That means we have to stick our guns out and get a few wickets.”The hosts resumed the third day on 50 for two in their first innings but lost their remaining eight wickets for 133.Ashwin finished with five for 69 while fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Shami took two wickets each.Jadeja broke through first in the day having Dinesh Chandimal (10) caught by Pandya. Chandimal’s overnight partner Mendis attempted to force Yadav over the infield only to be caught by Indian skipper Virat Kohli.Ashwin forced Angelo Mathews (26) for a close-in catch to Chetenshwar Pujara and Jadeja bowled out Dhananjaya de Silva.Dickwella played an aggressive innings in a bid to break free from pressure. But Shami bowled him out for a 48-ball 51.A win here will seal the three-match series for India after their 304-run win in the first Test.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo loses appeal against five-match ban in Spanish sports court

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will have to serve his five-match ban for pushing a referee after the Spanish sports court (TAD) rejected Real Madrid’s appeal against the length of the suspension, Spanish media reported on Tuesday citing court officials.The Portuguese forward shoved official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being sent off during Real’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on August 13.As a result the Spanish Football Federation issued Ronaldo with a 3,005 euro ($3,543.20) fine and a four match suspension in addition to the automatic one game ban the player was due to serve for the red card.”Another incomprehensible decision. From injustice to injustice, they will never overthrow me,” Ronaldo posted on Instagram.The ban ruled Ronaldo out of the Super Cup second leg and Madrid’s first La Liga match of the season against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Real won both matches.The striker will sit out league fixtures against Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad before making his comeback against Real Betis on September 20.TAD could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment.last_img read more

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