Smartron, popularly known for its srt.phone last year, has launched a brand new handset in the budget segment, called the t.phone P. The latest smartphone from the company boasts of a number of features that includes a full metal body, fingerprint sensor, 5000mAh battery and Snapdragon 435, among other things, that makes it a value offering at Rs 7,999. The t.phone P will go on a flash sale on January 17 at 12pm on Flipkart and will be available in Black.The Smartron t.phone P sports a full-metal body with a fingerprint sensor located on the rear. Up front you get a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280) display with capacitive keys on the bottom bezel. The handset is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. You will get 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. The company is also offering 1000GB of free tronX cloud storage.Also read: Smartron srt.phone quick review: Sachin Tendulkar bats for this phoneThe dual-SIM 4G VoLTE smartphone houses a massive 5000mAh battery, which is one of its biggest highlights. Smartron promises 2 days of battery life, 16 hours of video playback and 350 hours of standby time, among other things. The t.phone P is being touted as the lightest smartphone with a 5000mAh battery at 160 grams. The company says you will get a full day’s battery on 90 minutes of charge, but it will take about two and a half to three hours to charge the device from 0 to 100 per cent.advertisementSmartron’s latest handset features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera both with LED flash support. The t.phone P runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Smartron’s AI-powered tronX on top. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, OTG, among other things. Priced at Rs 7,999, the t.phone P will be competing against the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 and Amazon’s 10.or E.
TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on April22, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.A first-time All-Star this season, DeRozan struggled in his postseason debut on April 19. He went 3 for 13 from the field and scored 14 points in Toronto’s 94-87 loss.On April 22, DeRozan eclipsed that total in the fourth quarter alone, scoring 17 of Toronto’s 36 points.“We knew he was going to bounce back from the first game,” Brooklyn’s Deron Williams said. “He took over the game, hit some crucial shots, some tough shots. We’ve got to do a better job of stopping him, especially late.”DeRozan made nine of 21 shots and went 12 for 14 at the free-throw line, hitting nine of 11 attempts in the final quarter.“He bounced back, refocused,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Making those free throws down the stretch was huge. For him to come through after a tough first game and everyone doubting him, I was really happy with that.”So was Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “Tonight he showed what he can do,” Lowry said of DeRozan. “He did an unbelievable job of attacking, being aggressive.”Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Lowry had 14 for the Raptors, who outrebounded the Nets 52-30. It was Valanciunas’ second straight playoff double-double.“There was no way we were going to lose that game,” Amir Johnson said. “It was a must-win for us.”Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on April 25.“There’s a lot of positive things that we’ve done in these first two games,” Netscoach Jason Kidd said. “Now we’ve got to go home and protect home.”Hampered by foul trouble throughout the game, Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce went 2 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range. He finished with seven points.Pierce was upset that the Nets failed to take a 2-0 stranglehold on the series. “We had them on the ropes,” Pierce said. “Definitely.”Kevin Garnett scored 13 points and Shaun Livingston had 12 for the Nets, who led 66-64 heading into the fourth and couldn’t take advantage of 21 Toronto turnovers. “They did a better job of executing and we just couldn’t stop them,” Williams said.Pierce converted a three-point play on his first field goal of the game to tie it at 83 with 3:48 left, but back-to-back jumpers by DeRozan on either side of a missed shot by Pierce gave the Raptors an 89-85 lead with 2:11 remaining.Garnett cut the deficit in half with a pair of free throws, but Lowry scored a driving layup, and then forced a steal that led to a Patterson foul shot that gave Toronto a five-point edge. Pierce answered with another three-point play, and the Nets trailed 92-90 with 59 seconds remaining.A turnover by DeRozan gave possession back to Brooklyn, but Pierce missed a 3 and the Raptors grabbed the rebound. DeRozan was fouled and made both with 20 seconds left, giving the Raptors a 94-90 lead.Joe Johnson made a layup but Amir Johnson replied with a thunderous dunk, delighting the crowd of 20,382. Pierce missed again, DeRozan grabbed the rebound and sealed it with four free throws in the final 12 seconds.“It’s everything you dream about, especially when you become a professional athlete, to be at the highest level and have the trust of your coaching staff and your teammates to have the ball in your hands and win a game for them,” DeRozan said. “That’s big.”(IAN HARRISON) TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Five former winners have committed to run this year’s Boston Marathon.Principal sponsor John Hancock Financial announced that 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2012 winner Wesley Korir of Kenya will join a field that includes defending champion Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win since 1983.On the women’s side, 2012 winner Sharon Cherop and 2011 winner Caroline Kilel, both of Kenya, lead the elite field.The men’s field also includes last year’s second- and third-place finishers, Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony.The women’s field is the fastest in Boston Marathon history, with 10 participants holding personal best times under 2:23, and includes Americans Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila Linden and Amy Hastings.The 119th running of the Boston Marathon is April 20.
PARIS — Striking a defiant tone, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says it is “vital” the European Championship in France goes ahead to show the country will not cower in the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels and Paris.More than 30 people were killed and 200 injured after explosions at Brussels airport and subway on March 22, and France remains in a state of emergency since 130 were killed on a night of attacks in Paris in November.The attacks have raised doubts as to whether Euro 2016 should go ahead in June.“Big sporting events, big cultural events, are vital to show that we are a free people standing on our feet, that we’re not scared, that we know we’re facing up to a terrorist threat,” Valls said on March 23 on Europe 1 radio. “So, yes, Euro 2016 and the Tour de France will take place.”Other big events coming up include the Paris Marathon next week, and the French Open tennis in May.These events, Valls said, were “a strength for our democracy,” and show that “life is the best answer to this ideology of death.”With Europe on high alert, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said everything will be put in place to guarantee the tightest security at Euro 2016, with the mobilization of specially trained emergency staff, police, and firefighters.Tournament organizers strengthened security measures and made changes to the particularly vulnerable fan zones well before the events in Brussels.French Secretary of State for Sport Thierry Braillard told sports daily L’Equipe on March 23 that “we can’t do better in terms of security for the Euro,” and reiterated that “to cancel or to postpone the European Championships would be giving in.”France plays Netherlands in a friendly in Amsterdam on Friday, and hosts Russia at Stade de France next Tuesday.Both matches are set to go ahead, and it will be the first time France plays a soccer match at the national stadium since suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium on Nov. 13 during France’s friendly against Germany. France played three Six Nations rugby matches there recently without incidents.Stade de France hosts the opening game of Euro 2016 when France faces Romania.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PHILADELPHIA — A Federal appeals court has upheld an estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, potentially ending a troubled chapter in league history.The decision released April 18 comes nearly a year after a district judge approved the revised settlement. If there are no further appeals — either to a full panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia within two weeks, or the Supreme Court within 90 days — former players already diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions could begin receiving benefits within 3-4 months, a plaintiffs’ attorney said.“I couldn’t stress enough the urgency of getting this done,” said attorney Christopher Seeger. He conceded the settlement was hardly perfect, but two courts had now judged it fair.Lawyer Steven F. Molo, who argued for several former players opposed to the deal, said his clients were disappointed and considering their options.In a statement, an NFL spokesman called the appeals court decisions “a significant step in implementing the clubs’ commitment to provide compensation to retired players who are experiencing cognitive or neurological issues.”The settlement would cover more than 20,000 NFL retirees for the next 65 years. The league estimates that 6,000 former players, or nearly three in 10, could develop Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.Fewer than 200 of those retirees opted out of the settlement, while 99 percent approved.As part of the settlement, the NFL admitted no fault. A league official speaking to Congress recently acknowledged for the first time a definite link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in dozens of former players after their deaths. But the appeals court said that admission was not grounds to overturn the settlement.“This settlement will provide significant and immediate relief to retired players living with the lasting scars of a NFL career … We must hesitate before rejecting that bargain based on an unsupported hope that sending the parties back to the negotiating table would lead to a better deal,” Judge Thomas L. Ambro wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.The league has been dogged for years by complaints that it hid the risks of repeated concussions in order to return players to the field.The deal avoids the need for a trial and means the NFL may never have to disclose what it knew when about the risks and treatment of repeated concussions.Players’ lawyers who negotiated the deal with the NFL, and stand to split $112 million in fees, say the settlement will help families get needed financial awards or medical testing that might take years if the case went to trial.The ruling comes less than a month after lead plaintiff and former Philadelphia Eagle Kevin Turner died at 46 after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease for several years.“Compensation for players who are coping with these (neurocognitive or neuromuscular) symptoms now is surely preferable to waiting until they die to pay their estates for a CTE diagnosis,” Ambro wrote.Those challenging the deal also complained it does not cover mood and behavioral disorders that some researchers link to CTE. Ambro said that would be an “uphill battle” to prove, but said the agreement calls for reviews “in good faith” by the parties every 10 years to consider new scientific findings.“Mood and behavioral symptoms are common in the general population and have multifactor causation and many other risk factors.Retired players tend to have many of these risk factors, such as sleep apnea, a history of drug and alcohol abuse, a high BMI, chronic pain, and major lifestyle changes,” he wrote.Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody approved the deal last year after twice sending it back to lawyers over concerns the fund might run out.Individual players could receive up to $5 million individually in the case of severe brain trauma, which could put NFL payouts over 65 years, including interest and lawyer fees, expected to be more than $1 billion.(MARYCLAIRE DALE)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Panasonic: components and solutions for mobility, lving space and business at electronicaNext SEGGER: new beta version of Embedded Studio reduces program size by up to 12% Renesas Electronics announced the ISL70591SEH and ISL70592SEH radiation-hardened precision current sources designed to provide current excitation to the more than 300 resistive sensors that monitor the health of a satellite’s subsystems. The two new Renesas devices are the first current source ICs in its line of space products, and are ideally suited for telemetry, tracking & command, attitude & orbital control, and electrical power subsystem applications.The ISL70591SEH and ISL70592SEH come in 4-lead ceramic flatpack packages and provide 100µA and 1mA of output current, respectively. They offer a smaller footprint than competitive devices, and replace the discrete solutions that typically require three to five components. The smaller package size boosts reliability by placing the excitation source closer to the sensor. The Renesas current source ICs also reduce system errors by delivering ultra-low noise for higher accuracy over temperature and radiation. Their high output impedance rejects voltage variations on the supply line, and lets designers parallel multiple current sources if they need higher current.The ISL70591SEH and ISL70592SEH deliver ultra-high performance in the most demanding environments by leveraging Renesas’ proprietary silicon on insulator process, which provides single event latch-up (SEL) and single event burn-out (SEB) robustness in heavy ion environments. Both devices are radiation assurance tested to 100krad(Si) at high dose rate and 75krad(Si) at low dose rate. In addition, Renesas’ innovative floating design lets users create a current source or sink with no ground connection.The ISL70591SEH and ISL70592SEH can be combined with the following Renesas space parts to form an analog signal chain that includes power management and communications devices: ISL71590SEH temperature sensor, ISL71840SEH 16-channel multiplexer, ISL70517SEH instrumentation amplifier, ISL71090SEH25 low-noise voltage reference, ISL70001ASEH 6A synchronous buck regulator, and ISL72026SEH 3.3V CAN transceiver.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous Microchip: SAM R30 module provides multiple years of battery life for proprietary networksNext Cypress: ModusToolbox Suite eases IoT design complexity GIGAIPC exhibited IoT solutions for Smart Retail, Digital Signage, Smart Factory, and Facial Recognition Systems during Embedded World 2019.GIGAIPC’s SDM-7100L equipped with a facial recognition system which is able to analyze the user and determine their gender and age, then according to this information instantly trigger a targeted advertisement or specific media content. The digital signage enhancement is more effective in delivering the right advertising content to the right customer. The SDM-7100L is integrated with a 3D camera (T01-3DX 3D Camera) with 48” High Brightness monitor provide a total solution of smart retail. The SDM-7100L is equipped with an Intel Core i3-7100 processor, and has already been deployed in several smart retail applications.GIGAIPC showcased a Facial Recognition System (Face ID Security Access Control Panel PC): QBiP-7200A + T01-3DX 3D Camera, which has been developed together with software from Alpha-info. The Facial Recognition System can be used for door access control, to implement employee attendance records, factory access security, and for use in unmanned stores.Alpha-info’s software platform uses Intel’s OpenVINO ToolKit development technology to implement an AI (artificial intelligence) enabled facial recognition system, and GIGAIPC’s hardware provides a stable host computer, allowing the system to recognize faces faster and more accurately.GIGAIPC’s AOI solution evaluates the correctness of products being assembled on an industrial production line, and judges whether the products have missing parts or defects. The system can implement size classification, measurement, position judgment, text recognition, etc., providing stable, safe and reliable inspection and system. It can improve production efficiency, shorten inspection time and reduce product defect rate.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
PV Sindhu guaranteed India a medal at the BWF World Championships 2018 as she beat defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games in the quarter-final at Nanjing, China on Friday.It was a 58-minute riveting battle between the two former world No.2s but Sindhu came out victorious 21-17, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals of the World Championships.By virtue of the win, Sindhu levelled with Okuhara 6-6 in their head-to head record, which has gone into a state of pendulum considering the way these two trump each other alternatively.Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in a classic one hour 50 minutes final of 2017 Badminton World Championships and then she had lost to her recently in the Thailand Open 2018 final but on Friday, Sindhu took control of the match from the word go and kept throwing variety of strokes at Okuhara to challenge her and eventually get the victory.HIGHLIGHTS OF SINDHU AND PRANEETH MATCHEarlier in the day, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwiksairaj Rankiredddy and B Sai Praneeth all lost their respective matches and therefore, Sindhu is the only one who will bring a medal home.While Saina and Praneeth were completely dismantled by Carolina Marin and Kento Momota in women’s singles and men’s singles quarter-finals, respectively, Ashwini and Satwik fought hard but lost to first seed Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.Sindhu has now buried the hatchet with the victory over Okuhara but faces a tough task on Saturday against Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final. Sindhu is up against Akane Yamaguchi, yet another Japanese, yet another person who she lost a final to. Yamaguchi defeated Sindhu in the final of Dubai Superseries Finals last year and Sindhu will have to cross another big hurdle to reach her second straight final of the tournament.advertisementAgainst Okuhara though, Sindhu’s variety of strokes made the difference. Sindhu’s ability to take Okuhara around, get her stranded on the court won her the match.Those steep smashes, angled strokes, flat smashes, half-smashes, strokes to the deep court of Okuhara’s — Sindhu showed her complete arsenal of shots today.Super Sindhu!A stellar performance by @Pvsindhu1 as she beats Nozomi Okuhara to seal a place in the semifinals of #BWFWC2018. pic.twitter.com/GqLKVuAuWlPBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 3, 2018Okuhara began the match on a high note taking a 6-2 lead over Sindhu but the Indian smashed her way back into the match and levelled the score at 8-8.From thereon, Sindhu had the chance to take a big lead to break in the first game but a couple of errors meant she had a slender lead of 11-10 at the break.In fact by the time the break arrived, Sindhu had even lost both her challenges.After the break, Sindhu began to dominate the match as she was able to take Okuhara around, create tough angles for her and then finished it off with good angled strokes.Sindhu had two potent weapons against Okuhara on the day — steep down the line smashes and a flat push to Okuhara’s deep corner from the net. That helped the Indian take the first game 21-17.The second game starting in a similar manner with Okuhara taking a 5-0 lead over Sindhu. Sindhu started to make errors, giving some easy points to the Japanese.However, as Okuhara was poised to take a huge lead at break, Sindhu fought back brilliantly to eventually trail 8-11 at the break.Post the break, Sindhu mixed up her shots extremely well and got her attack well inside the court and took three straight points to level it 11-11.From there, both Sindhu and Okuhara literally alternated points with none giving each other any genuine space to work with.With the scoreline reading 19-19, Sindhu once again managed to get Okuhara to all corners of the court and kept varying the pace of the rally to get Okuhara wrong-footed.Eventually, Sindhu succeeded and with two straight points took the second game 21-19 and won the match.Just before Sindhu’s match, B Sai Praneeth lost to Kento Momota of Japan 12-21, 12-21 in the quarter-final to crash out of the tournament. Unseeded Praneeth was always going to have a massive task against seventh seed Momota and it proved exactly that. Even though Praneeth showed flashes of brilliance during the match, Momota was just too good for him.
Pep Guardiola delivered on his promise of winning the Premier League with Manchester City and that too in record-breaking fashion.A year on, Guardiola has said that Manchester City will aim to improve their performance rather than beat last season’s record-breaking Premier League tally of 100 points.Defending champions Manchester City became the first side to reach 100 points in a Premier League campaign and finished last season 19 points above their closest rivals Manchester United.”People ask ‘can you improve on 100 points’ and I say no because we are not here to do that. However, individually the players can improve,” Guardiola said during the Sky Sports Premier League launch.READ – England goalkeeper Joe Hart moves to Burnley on a two-year deal”Of course we can improve. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say: ‘I leave’. But still, we believe we can do better and dominate more. Will it happen? I don’t know but we believe we can do it.”City begin the new season with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday and Spaniard Guardiola suggested the London side could pose a serious challenge this season under new manager Unai Emery.”Arsenal I think are going to be more consistent as a team,” Guardiola added. “It will be tough like it has to be. It’s nice because every season the Premier League is tougher and tougher.READ – Aguero bags brace as Manchester City beat Chelsea to lift Community Shield”Unai is a work ethic guy. He knows everything about the opponents. He achieved something unique in European football in three Europa Leagues in a row and he handled himself well at PSG. He’s a top, top manager and it will be tough.”advertisementGuardiola also shed some light on the Manchester City’s transfer plans, saying, “I think we are not going to make any more signings.”Watch: Brazil star Jesus calls his mum after contract extension with Man CityGuardiola suggested that in the new season he may deploy use John Stones in the midfield if needed.”John for the qualities he has, the personality he has, hes a tall guy, I think he can play there,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)
It’s a do-or-die affair for India against England at Trent Bridge as they go in to the match trailing the hosts 2-0 in the five-match Test series. But it’s a special day for India captain Virat Kohli, on a personal note, as it was on this day exactly 10 years ago he made his international debut for India.It was in 2008 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla that Kohli made his ODI debut. A 19-year-old Kohli had partnered Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order but managed only 12 off 22 balls as India were shot out for 146 in the first match of the series against Sri Lanka. The hosts gunned down the target with eight wickets to spare.However, Kohli has come a long way since then. The Delhi cricketer has arguably been the biggest batting star in the last decade. Kohli now has 35 ODI centuries to his name and only Sachin Tendulkar (49) have more than him.The 29-year-old also has the most hundreds while chasing. Tendulkar had held the record for years with 17 tons in 232 innings while Kohli took a mere 102 innings to surpass the Master Blaster’s record. Kohli has scored 19 centuries in successful chases. In 211 ODIs, Kohli has scored 9779 runs at an average of 58.20 and with a trike rate of 92.12. His records in other two formats are equally impressive. Kohli has amassed 5794 runs in 68 Test matches at an average of 53.64. And 2102 runs in 62 T20Is at an average of 48.88 and with a strike rate of 136.22.For a short while, he also happened to be the only batsman to average over 50 in all three formats.advertisementKohli has smashed six double centuries as captain in Test cricket and is the only player to do so.While his batting has been out of this word, Kohli’s captaincy record has also been equally impressive. Kohli took over as India’s Test captain in 2004 after MS Dhoni retired from the longer format.He has captained India in 37 Test matches ahead of Trent Bridge match, with India winning 21 of them. He has suffered only seven losses and nine matches ended in a draw.Under his captaincy, India won nine successive Test series as Kohli equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of the most successive series wins as captain. The winning spree came to an end in South Africa earlier this year as India lost the series by 2-1.The streak began in 2015 as India went to Sri Lanka and beat the islanders 2-1 in Kohli’s first full series as captain.Next up, they defeated South Africa 3-0 at home before beating West Indies 2-0 in their own den.Thereafter, began a sensational run at home during which they defeated New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. India again travelled to Sri Lanka in 2017 and whitewashed them 3-0. On the return trip to India, Kohli led from the front with 610 runs as the hosts won the three-match series 1-0.In 52 ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy, India have won 39 and lost 12. One match finished without a result.Kohli has also led India to 11 T20Is victories in 17 matches as a captain. India have lost six 20-over matches under his leadership.
Kabul, Sep 5 (AFP) A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a sports club in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding three, officials said, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said happened in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul. (AFP) ZHZH
By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Celebrated boxer M C Mary Kom will aim for a historic sixth gold at the AIBA Women’ World Championships, the build up of which has been marred by a row over lone Kosovan boxer’s participation and poor quality air in the national capital. The 10th edition of the championships, set to be the biggest ever with more than 300 participants from 72 countries, is being held in the backdrop of boxing’s uncertain Olympic future in the aftermath of controversial Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov’s election as President. Commensurate with its status as global power in women’s boxing with the third most number of medals in the history of the event, India is hosting the championships for the second time after 2006 when the country topped the table with eight medals (4 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze). The 10-member Indian team, which is a mix of seasoned and young boxers, is unlikely to repeat the 2006 feat but is expecting at least three medals, including a gold. The 35-year-old Mary Kom, who is India’s biggest hope, is tied with Katie Taylor on five gold medals and one more will make her the most successful woman boxer in history since the Irish pugilist has turned a Pro. The ‘Magnificent Mary’, who will fight in the 48 kg, will also look to win her second gold in front of the home crowd. She has enjoyed a stellar year so far, claiming gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the inaugural India Open and the International Tournament in Poland.advertisement However, the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist is aware that the road to gold will not be easy. “There are boxers who are still playing in my category since 2001. I know them very well. The new boxers are tougher and smarter, they are faster. I will use my experience. The past boxers are more or less the same, I know them,” Mary Kom said. Another veteran who will be seeking her second gold at the championships will be Mary Kom’s Manipur statemate L Sarita Devi who will feature in 60kg. She has five Asian titles besides winning gold in 2006 here. The other eight in the team are Pinky Jangra (51 Kg), Manisha Maun (54 Kg), Sonia (57 Kg), Simranjit Kaur (64 Kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69 Kg), Saweety Boora (75 Kg), Bhagyabati Kachari (81 Kg) and Seema Poonia (+81 Kg). The 10-day championships, which run till November 24, will feature a host of Olympic and World Championship medallists. Italy’s Alessia Mesiano will be defending the featherweight title she won two years ago, while 2016 silver medallists Kaye Scott of Australia, Thai Peamwilai Laopeam, Russia’s Anastasiia Beliakova are gold medal contenders. Other gold medal contenders include Virginia Fuchs (51 kg) of United States, Lin Yu Ting (54 kg) of Chinese Taipei, Yin Junhua (57 kg) of China, Mira Potkonen (60 kg) of Finland, Gu Hong (69 kg) of China, Nouchka Fontijn (75 kg) of the Netherlands, Wang Lina (81 kg) and defending champion Yang Xiaoli (+81 kg), both from China. The build-up to the tournament was, however, marred by the controversy of Kosovo boxer Donjeta Sadiku’s participation in the global event. India does not recognise Kosovo — a disputed territory in South Eastern Europe — and the government is yet to grant visas to the boxer and her two coaches. The Indian Olympic Association fears that the country may lose out on hosting major international sporting events in future, if the lone boxer from Kosovo will not be allowed to compete at the championships. The International Olympic Committee had recently sent letters to international federations not to award major events to Spain after athletes from Kosovo were not allowed to participate under their own flag at the Karate World Championships there. Delhi’s deteriorating air pollution was also a topic of discussion in the run-up to the tournament though it was a mixed bag for the boxers. Some participants expressed concern at the poor quality air while others felt it will not impact much as boxing was basically an indoor sport. PTI PDS ATAT
Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s bid to win back-to-back Challenger titles was foiled by Elias Ymer as the Swede won the KPIT-MSLTA Challenger, beating the Indian in straight sets in the final on Saturday.This was the second runner-up finish for the 29-year-old after the 2016 edition of the tournament. With 48 points in his tally, Prajnesh, who is in the form of his life, will now move to his career-best singles rank of 104.Playing his second final after winning the Bengaluru open last week, Prajnesh lost 2-6, 5-7 to the third seeded Swede, who added craft to power to deny the Indian his third title of the season. Ymer, who had a 5-0 record coming into this final, maintained the clean state with a commanding win.He served aces, a total of 12, at crucial points, at many times when it was 30-30 or 40-30. It made a huge difference to the outcome of the game as he saved all four break points in the one-hour-27-minute match.Long rallies were order of the day and immense strength and stamina was required to prevail. Nevertheless, Prajnesh has underlined his growth by beating players to whom he had lost in the past on way to the two finals.Also read – No more marathons: Wimbledon changes rules regarding final set”May be I need to get stronger to last in such long rallies but I could have played better. I need to get quicker and hit heavy so that I can take away two steps away from him so that he does not return everything,” said Prajnesh after the match.advertisement”He deserved to win, he played better than me throughout. I had my chance but he made extra balls. I was 9-0 (matches) coming into this match and is definitely tired now,” he said.Prajnesh will now try to win a main draw entry into the Australian Open by winning the Asia-Pacific play-off in Zhuhai.RAMKUMAR-VIJAY WIN DOUBLES TITLE Ramkumar Ramanathan put up a brilliant performance with Vijay Sundar Prashanth to win Pune Challengers doubles title. (@KPITChallenger Photo)Meanwhile, Ramkumar Ramanathan stood out with individual brilliance to capture his maiden doubles title on the ATP Challenger circuit, clinching the KPIT-MSLTA doubles trophy with compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth earlier in the day.A fired-up Ramkumar played solid from the baseline and brought in a lot of energy as the unseeded Indian pair edged past the third seeded Taipei pair of Tsung-Hua Yang and Cheng-Peng Hsieh 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 10-7 in a pulsating final.READ – Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung to play Tata Open MaharashtraRamkumar literally carried the match on his shoulders with his partner slightly off colour today.Ramkumar had three runner-up finishes before on the Challenger circuit with different partners.For Vijay, it is his second title, having won his first trophy with compatriot Saketh Myneni last year in October at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Ramkumar and Vijay had lost to the same Taipei pair in the opening round of the Kaohsiung Challenger in September this year.It is the third time that an Indian pair has won the doubles title in five editions at the Pune Challenger.(With PTI inputs)
Team Japan, including top players like world No.1 Kento Momota and former world champion Nozomi Okuhara, has complained to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) about the red-coloured courts at the BWF World Tour Finals 2018 at Guangzhou, China.The year-ending World Tour Finals began on Wednesday and all the 40 participating players took to the court for their opening matches of the campaign. Team Japan has particularly given a feedback to BWF about the courts being difficult.”Yes, we have received feedback from Team Japan that the players said the courts were slippery and rough. We have also received similar feedback from players from Canada and USA.”However, no player or coach has made a complaint to the referees regarding the issue,” BWF told indiatoday.in.BWF clarified that they have “specifications around slip resistance” and the courts are approved accordingly. BWF also said that inspections are carried out before the start of play but that does not involve technical details.”BWF has specifications around slip resistance and the Li-Ning courts are approved according to the specifications.”Inspections are always carried out before the start of play. However, such inspections will not test technical details like slip resistance, as this is done through the general equipment approval process for such courts.”We have full confidence in our court provider Li-Ning and have a deal with them for the next four years and we look forward to using these courts next year,” BWF further said.This year in Guangzhou, the courts have a very eye-catching red colour spread over. While usually the courts are coloured blue, the red has caught everyone’s eye.advertisementBWF said there is no rule against the change of court colour and all the teams were told beforehand about the red colour of the court this year.”Regarding the colour of the courts, all teams were notified that we will be using red court mats in the provisional invitation letter and official invitation letters sent out last month.”Regulations only say that the lines must be contrasting to the court mat and as such, it is not against regulations to use red court mats. The colour has no influence on the quality of the court mats as the approval is based on the court mat meeting certain technical requirements.”On being asked what measures BWF is planning to take in accordance with Japan’s feedback, they said they have just received the complaint and have taken notice of it.”Japan just provided feedback on the matter which we have acknowledged.”PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma are the only Indians participating in the World Tour Finals this year – an event that sees the participation of only the top 8 players from a World Tour ranking system (this is different from the BWF World rankings).While PV Sindhu began her campaign with a win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi on Wednesday, Sameer Verma was thrashed by Momota in his opener. However, he made amends on Thursday and played a dominating game to beat Tommy Sugiarto to stay alive in the tournament.Also Read | Cried, slumped on the sofa after hearing I had nose cancer: Lee Chong Wei
2019 is here, and by the looks of it, Akshay Kumar owns it. It is going to be a highly eventful year for the actor, as he has five films to look forward to. This year, he will be seen in Kesari, Mission Mangal, Good News, Housefull 4 and Sooryavanshi. What’s more interesting is that each of the five films belong to different genres, and will be quite a variety for the audience. What remains to be seen is how much revenue these films bring in.KESARIKesari is based on the famous battle of Saragarhi. Akshay plays Havildar Ishar Singh who led the Sikh Regiment against Afghan tribesmen in a battle in 1897 that took place at Saragarhi. The film stars Parineeti Chopra and has been directed by Anurag Singh. It will hit the screens on March 22.MISSION MANGALThe film tells the story of India’s first Mars Mission. It stars Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Sharman Joshi and Taapsee Pannu. It will hit the screens on August 15. The cast of Mission MangalGOOD NEWSAkshay Kumar will be paired opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan in the film. They play a married couple, who are trying for a baby. The film will hit the screens on July 19.advertisementHousefull 4This is the fourth film in the enormously successful Housefull franchise. It will hit the screens on October 26.Sooryavanshi Directed by Rohit Shetty, Sooryavanshi is touted to be a cop drama. It will go on floors this year.2018 was a golden year for Akshay, as around Rs 600 crore poured in from just three releases, 2.0 (Rs 400 crore), Gold (Rs 105 crore) and Pad Man (Rs 82 crore). One was a sci-fi drama, the other was a sports drama and the last one was a social commentary. Clearly, Akshay is quite a versatile actor and can slip into any roles and characters that is demanded of him.While Akshay soared in 2018, the big Khans had a rather unlucky year. Salman Khan’s Race 3, Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero and Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan all bombed at the box office and were panned by critics, as well as the audience. They could barely rake in over Rs 150 crore.Films that were made on a smaller budget raced ahead and content was appreciated over star power. In 2019, Salman will be seen in Bharat and SRK will start work on Rakesh Sharma biopic.ALSO SEE: Simmba leaked online. Not TamilRockers, Akshay Kumar fans to blame this timeALSO WATCH: Akshay Kumar is the real ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood
The India ‘A’ women’s hockey team defeated France ‘A’ 2-0 in the third match to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series at the Padma Shri Mohammad Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium here Tuesday.Local girl Mumtaz Khan (42nd minute) and Sharmila Devi (60th) scored for the home team.The match saw the visitors dominate in the opening minutes, but the Indian defense made sure they did not allow their opponents to draw the first blood.After going through two goal-less quarters, India finally managed to break the deadlock in the 42nd minute through young striker Mumtaz.The French had several chances in the match, but could not get past Indian goalkeeper Bichu Devi Kharibam.Some reflex saves from the Indian custodian meant that the hosts took their lead into the last quarter.An eventful last quarter saw both teams vie for the next goal of the match, but eventually it was India ‘A’ who were successful in their pursuit as they scored another field goal in the last minute to come out winners.The India ‘A’ women’s team will play their fourth and last match against France here on Wednesday.Also Read | India bids to host men’s or women’s hockey World Cup in 2023Also Read | India A beat France A 3-2 in second women’s hockey match
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s fan-base runs into the millions but he still makes sure to do all that he can for them whenever he gets the opportunity, just like he did on Thursday at the Wankhede stadium.MS Dhoni was seen with a aged fan who waited patiently to meet the Chennai Super Kings captain. Dhoni made his way down the stairs from the team dressing room and met with the old lady and a young girl who accompanied her near the sightscreen.Dhoni even took a selfie with the two and signed a CSK jersey for them as a souvenir to carry home.Dhoni has always been very kind towards his fans and even takes time out to meet and greet them during the matches, practice sessions and even at team hotels.Captain cool, @msdhoni humbleHeartwarming to see this gesture from the legend in Mumbai @ChennaiIPL #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/6llHlenIzLIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019MS Dhoni on Thursday suffered his first defeat as CSK captain as Mumbai Indians rode on Hardik Pandya’s all-rounder brilliance to win the match by 37 runs at the Wankhede stadium.Chasing 171 for victory, Mumbai restricted the Super Kings to 133 for 8 in 20 overs with Hardik Pandya and Lasith Malinga bagging three wickets each. Only Kedar Jadhav was able to put up a fight against the hosts as he slammed 58 off 54 balls while the rest of the CSK batsmen failed to fire.Dhoni though, blamed the loss on the poor fielding in the first innings and the ordinary death bowling, especially in the last two overs of Mumbai’s innings when Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard smashed 45 runs, including 29 in the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo.advertisement”I think quite a few things went wrong for us. I think we started off well and 12th-13th over also we were on the mark, but after that there were some drops and mis-fields. The death bowling also didn’t come off. It was slightly tough on them.”We do more one-on-one stuff than team meetings. On a wicket like this, what is important is carefully study which boundaries they could have cut off, and where is the error in execution. Momentum totally depends on where you are at,” MS Dhoni said after the match.Also Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak endsAlso Read | Hardik Pandya on playing helicopter shot in front of MS Dhoni: Happy that it came offAlso Read | Hardik Pandya one of MI’s key weapons, I am a massive fan: CSK coach Stephen Fleming
The World Cup 2019 is on its way with hosts England beating South Africa in the opening match on May 30. Launched with a lot of fanfare, the lead up to the prestigious event involved multiple events where the captains of the participating teams had to make appearances. One of the most talked about among these was the meeting with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry at the famous Buckingham Palace.While all the captains wore formal blazers and suits at the event, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed stood out having worn a traditional ‘salwaar-kameez’. When he was asked about the choice of his attire later at a press conference, Sarfraz said that he was ‘proud’ of wearing his national dress and that it was also one of the instructions given by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ‘promote the nation’s culture’.”You know well that what I wore yesterday was our national dress (salwar kameez), and it felt nice to wear it. We had the instructions from the PCB to follow that protocol, to wear our national dress. So I was just trying to promote our culture. As a captain, I felt very proud that, while all other captains were dressed in suits, I was clad in our national dress, the salwar kameez,” explained Sarfraz.The captains from all ten #CWC19 sides met Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Sussex at Buckingham Palace earlier today. pic.twitter.com/ejorQW1dvNCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 29, 2019Further dwelling on his meeting with the Royals, the Pakistan skipper felt it ‘was a great honour’. Sarfraz also revealed that Prince Harry after meeting him expressed his desire to ‘bowl’ to him some day.advertisement”We met the Queen and Prince Harry who was also present. He appreciated all the 10 captains and wished us the best of luck. People dream about meeting the Queen, so it felt great to represent Pakistan. That was a great honour for me.”Prince Harry was asking us if we’ve played in England before, and how long we’ve been here. And he asked me what I do, and I said I’m a wicketkeeper-batsman and he said he’d like to bowl to me someday. And I said ‘okay, sure!’,” concluded Sarfraz.Pakistan are set to launch their campaign with an encounter against the West Indies at Trent Bridge later today. While both the sides are unpredictable and boast of many good players, it remains to be seen how they cope with the pressure of a tournament like the World Cup.Also Read | Trust me, you won’t want to miss any of it: Prince Harry declares World Cup 2019 openAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Prince Harry fires a salvo at Aaron Finch during opening ceremony