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PHOTO ADVISORY 2LAST

first_imgINTERNATIONALINTERNATIONAL Los Angeles: Celeste Yarnall waves a scarf depicting her in her role (A) New York: Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2016 runway show, (B) Toronto: Toronto International Film Festival (A) Pensacola: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to a rally (A) San Francisco: Yahoo Mobile Developers Conference, in San Francisco (A) Norfolk: Chloe Riffle, 7 is surrounded by water in the Ocean View section of Norfolk, (A) New York: NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums memorial procession, (A) Geneva:John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister at joint press conference (A) Seoul: Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is displayed (B) New York: Hillary Clinton speaks at a LBGT For Hillary Gala at the Cipriani Club (B) Denver: Native Americans head to a rally at the State Capitol in Denver (B) Cincinnati: Visitors look on as a Pizza ATM machine prepares an order at Xavier University (A) Newport: The USS Zumwalt sits at dock at the naval station in Newport (B) Venice: Venice Film Festival (A) Chicago: Protestors against the four-state Dakota Access pipeline march (A)SPORTS Rio de Jaqneiro: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (A) New York: U.S. Open tennis tournament (B) Toronto: A baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox (B) Brussels: Diamond League Memorial Van Damme athletics event, (A) Springfield: Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Shaquille ONeal arrives for induction ceremonies (A) PTI PHOTO VNA UPTO 76 AKGlast_img read more

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Google Pixel XL, Pixel leaked by case makers, images confirm iPhone-like design

first_imgGoogle will launch its new Pixel phones — Pixel XL and Pixel — on October 4. But the case makers aren’t waiting for the official announcement. They have already started selling the cases for the new Pixel phones, which will replace the Nexus phones from year 2016 onwards, on Amazon and other e-commerce sites. And in the process, they have revealed the designs of both the Pixel and the Pixel XL.The two phones look identical and very similar to their renders and blurry images that have leaked although. Both the phones sport now familiar iPhone 6, or for that matter the HTC One A9, like design, complete with aluminium bodies and overly rounded edges. They also seem to have the slightly tapered edges that make them look a bit more premium and slicker compared to some other phones that have similar design.It’s a design that we suspect some users will love while some others will hate. Some buyers will like the fact that the Pixel phones look so similar to the iPhone or the HTC 10. But some will say that this is a dated design, with thick bezels that don’t belong to a phone releasing in 2016.Although, overall similar to many other phones in the market, the Pixel XL and the Pixel do have some unique design elements. Both phones have a layer of glass on the top portion of their back cover and both, just like the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, have a fingerprint scanner on their back.Apart from the size, the phones seem to sport exactly the same design. These phones are made by HTC and it is easy to see that they have been modeled on the One A9, a phone that HTC launched last year.advertisementThe two Pixel phones — currently codenamed Marlin and Sailfish — are likely to come with Qualcomm’s latest (and most powerful) Snapdragon 820 processor. They are likely to have 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM and the same — or very similar — 12-megapixel camera that is inside the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. They will also run Google’s almost unmodified Android Nougat 7.1 operating system. The pixel will have a 5-inch screen while the Pixel XL will sport a 5.5-inch display.This year, Google is killing the Nexus phones programme and replacing it Pixel programme. The company’s Pixel phones, unlike the Nexus phones that were niche devices meant for developers and were sold at lower margins, will compete with the high-end phones, including the iPhone. Although they will be made by HTC this year, the phones will carry Google’s own G branding. They will also be likely priced much higher compared to the Nexus phones with the price of the Pixel, which is likely to be cheaper, rumoured to be starting at $650 (around Rs 43,000).Also Read: Google Pixel, Pixel XL will be splash-proof, but don’t try to wash themlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir forget ugly fights, share a joke at training

first_imgVirat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir decided to bury the hatchet and shared a laugh during India’s training session on the eve of their second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens. (Lukewarm response to second India vs New Zealand Test at Eden Gardens )Gambhir returned to the national team after two years following a hamstring injury to Lokesh Rahul. Coach Anil Kumble was reportedly adamant on Gambhir after the Delhi southpaw’s consistent run at the Duleep Trophy. (Gambhir’s spats with Virat Kohli)Kohli and Gambhir, both players from Delhi, were believed to be at loggerheads. The two had been involved in two ugly public spats during the Indian Premier League.In fact, once Gambhir, who leads the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kohli, who captains the Royal Challengers Bangalore, had to be separated by players on the field after a particularly nasty argument. (Great opportunity for Gautam Gambhir to seal India spot: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, Kohli has matured as a captain and is a respected leader in the side. He would have undoubtedly extended an olive branch to his senior state teammate. Kohli has so far overseen eight victories in 18 Tests as captain.It remains to be seen whether Gambhir, who has nine hundreds from 56 Tests, gets a chance to take on the Black Caps. India also have the option of playing Shikhar Dhawan, who has been going through a bit of a lean patch recently.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli sharing a laugh with @GautamGambhir & @Wriddhipops during the training session – @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/vtUDpgwfaVadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) September 29, 2016last_img read more

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INSIDE Yuvraj-Hazel’s Goa wedding: Virat-Anushka shake a leg with the newlyweds

first_imgYuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech, now Gurbasant Kaur, getting hitched has been the talk of the town in the recent past. The two lovebirds, who tied the knot at Fatehgarh Sahib near Chandigarh with Sikh rituals, are not done yet. They had another ceremony in Goa where they got married again, this time with Hindu rituals.PHOTOS: Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech, now Gurbasant Kaur, look royal at their weddingINSIDE Yuvraj-Hazel’s sangeet ceremony: A star-studded affairWATCH: The best of Bollywood and cricket at Yuvraj-Hazel’s sangeet ceremony The star-studded affair was attended by the who’s who of Bollywood and the cricket world. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, cricketer Rohit Sharma and actor and VJ Rannvijay were among the guests. Brotherman down! Best wishes to my older brother @YUVSTRONG12 ! All eyes on @ImZaheer now ?? pic.twitter.com/kYYyqSSCMc Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 2, 2016Snippets of the wedding, from the saat pheras to the cutting of the wedding cake and their mesmerising first dance are going viral on social media.Virat, who sported a blue sherwani, and Anushka, who looked regal in her black and gold outfit, also hit the dance floor with the newlyweds and grooved to Senorita and Gangnam Style.Yuvraj and Hazel will have a grand reception on December 7 in Delhi, which is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sachin Tendulkar and Salman Khan, among others.last_img read more

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The Pressure Gauge: Liverpool & City set for classic

first_img“Liverpool scare me,” said Pep Guardiola in the All or Nothing documentary. “They’re dangerous, I mean it.”Pep, of course, was right to be scared. Liverpool blew his Premier League champions-elect to bits in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie at Anfield, adding a 3-0 victory to their 4-3 league win over the Citizens.City would not recover from that Champions League defeat as Liverpool marched on to the final. City did, however, respond in the Premier League, strolling to the title with 100 points and over 100 goals. 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! Jurgen Klopp’s side had come together too late to mount a serious title challenge. This season, however, their time is supposed to be coming, with the Premier League braced for its first proper title race in years. The two sides come into Sunday’s epic on Merseyside locked on 19 points at the top of the table. And hosts Liverpool have the opportunity to make a statement.After all, they are unbeaten in 17 home matches against Man City in all competitions (W12 D5) since losing 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League in May 2003.They are also unbeaten in their last 24 home league games, the longest current run in the Premier League (W16 D8).Moreover, they haven’t lost any of their last 13 Premier League home games against fellow ‘big six’ sides (W6 D7), since losing 0-1 against Manchester United in January 2016.Sterling,-Van-Dijk-Liverpool ManCityAnd then, of course, Guardiola has lost more matches in all competitions against Jurgen Klopp (7) than he has against any other manager, losing three times against Borussia Dortmund and four times against Liverpool.Defeat on Sunday would see Pep lose three consecutive away games to the same opposition for the first time in his career. But are this Liverpool the same side that we saw at the tail end of last term? New faces arrived to bolster a squad that lacked depth, but their flying forward-line of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah are yet to match their heights of last season.The full-backs appear to have stopped overlapping so readily, too, which has appears to have restricted Salah and Mane in particular.Sure GFX 05102018Liverpool also arrive following a week of attrition, after seven days that brought two defeats and a draw in all competitions.City, meanwhile, have lost only one of their last 25 Premier League away matches (W20 D4). And while it was in this exact fixture last season (3-4), the reigning champions are in fine form having responded to a UCL defeat to Lyon with four consecutive victories.Liverpool and Klopp have proved a thorn in Pep’s side, then, but Guardiola has made a career of breaking records. And he will be convinced his side can end that of Klopp and Liverpool over his Manchester City. The stakes are high. The pressure is on.The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Manchester City FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Selena Gomez, The Weeknd look inseparable at Coachella

first_imgLos Angeles, Apr 16 (PTI) After The Weeknd made his romance with Selena Gomez Instagram official, the two love birds were spotted attending the 2017 Coachella together.The couple was photographed making their way to Travis Scotts performance. Taking the lead, the “Starboy” hitmaker led the singer-actress by the hand to help make their way through the crowds, reported E! Online.Gomez, 24, donned white t-shirt with jeans and shoes, while The Weeknd, 27, sported printed shirt, black pants and white sneakers.The pair eventually settled in the VIP area of Travis concert. Other attendees included Kendall and Kylie Jenner. PTI SSN SSNlast_img read more

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BCCI recommends Cheteshwar Pujaras name for Arjuna award

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, May 1 (PTI) The BCCI has nominated prolific run scorer Cheteshwar Pujara for the prestigious Arjuna award, acknowledging his stupendous show during the last Test season for India. Along with Pujara, Indian womans cricket team member Harmanpreet Kaur has also been nominated by the Board for the award. However there has been no nomination from BCCI for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. “We have sent Cheteshwar and Harmanpreets name for the Arjuna award. The names have been forwarded to the Ministry of Sports. Both have been exceptional performers during last season and were unanimous choice from our end,” a senior office bearer told PTI today. Pujara has been the cornerstone of Indias batting this season having scored 1316 runs, highest ever aggregate of runs by an Indian batsman in a single Test season. The 30-year-old Pujara has scored 3798 runs in 48 Tests at an average of 51 plus. He has so far hit 11 hundreds in Tests along with 14 half-centuries. In case of Harmanpreet, it was an even easier choice as she has been the best batswoman for India in limited overs format. She played a significant role in Indias T20 series victory against Australia Down Under and also played a role in Womens Asia Cup triumph. She also represented Sydney Thunders in the Womans Big Bash League (WBBL), where she had some great performances. PTI KHS AT ATlast_img read more

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Two held for accepting Rs three lakh bribe

first_imgThane, Jun 9 (PTI) Police today arrested two persons including the District Malaria Officer (DMO) for allegedly accepting Rs three lakh as bribe from the complainant.”The complainant, a 24-year-old man in 2014 had obtained an employment in the health department under the sportsman quota,” Thane Range ACB Superintendent of Police SP Sangramsingh Nishandar told PTI.”However the Sports Directorate rejected his sports certificate. Following this, the DMO Deepali Nasre (43) had issued a show-cause notice to dismiss him from the service,” Nishandar added.According to the officer, the complainant obtained a stay order from the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) on the DMOs order.”Even then, the DMO and the head clerk Umesh Kadam threatened to dismiss him from service and demanded Rs 3.50 lakh for not going ahead,” he added.After negotiations, the duo settled for Rs three lakh. Following a complaint, a trap was laid this afternoon in the premises of the District Collectorate and the duo was nabbed while accepting the bribe, the SP added.A case under relevant sections of The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was registered, the officer said, adding a probe was on. PTI COR NRBlast_img read more

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Premier League: Manchester City F.C. must win trophies next season, says Raheem Sterling

first_imgManchester City have spent heavily in the close season to strengthen an already powerful squad and midfielder Raheem Sterling says winning the Premier League is the top priority.City, who last won the title in 2014 and finished 15 points behind champions Chelsea last season, have added goalkeeper Ederson for a reported 34.7 million pounds ($44.92 million), midfielder Bernardo Silva for 43 million pounds and defender Kyle Walker for 50 million pounds.Sterling said all the pieces were in place for a title run.”We need to be winning trophies; we need to be getting that Premier League title back,” the 22-year-old told the club’s website.”For me, that’s the most important thing for next year — to be the best team in England and we’ve already made some fantastic signings this summer that will only strengthen an already strong squad.”City will begin their pre-season campaign against Manchester United in the United States on Thursday in the International Champions Cup.”We’ve made sure we put the work in during the off period — our runs and our exercises — to come back ready for pre-season and we’ve been working hard all last week,” Sterling said.”We want to be firing from the first minute. Pre-season will be tough but we’re really looking forward to it, especially playing Man United in the States.”It will be an amazing experience and as always, a tough game against them.”City will also face Spanish champions Real Madrid and last season’s Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur on their U.S. tour.advertisement($1 = 0.7644 pounds)last_img read more

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WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza ease to wins in Singapore openers

first_imgKarolina Pliskova put on a ruthless display of big hitting to swat aside crowd favourite Venus Williams 6-2 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.The 37-year-old Williams is making her first appearance since 2009 at the elite eight-woman event but her Czech opponent hit the ground running and never looked back after she broke the American’s serve early in the first set of the group match.The strategy was pretty much established in the opening game, with Williams, the 2008 champion, looking to come to the net whenever possible, while Pliskova was happy to rely on her powerful groundstrokes from the baseline..@KaPliskova poses with fans after winning her first match. pic.twitter.com/Nb0EUnyTnI- WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 22, 2017Pliskova found her range immediately for a routine hold in the first game but Williams struggled when it was her turn to serve as the Czech capitalised on some sloppy play from the American to break with a booming forehand.A flustered Williams settled in the fourth game to finally get on the scoreboard with a second ace of the match and, after the pair exchanged breaks, Pliskova moved 5-2 ahead with a sumptuous volley after working the American around the court.Another double fault gave the world number three her first set point and she duly wrapped up the opener in 32 minutes when Williams went long with an errant backhand.”I think my serve was pretty good today but the scoreline makes it look easier than it was,” Pliskova said in a courtside interview.advertisement”There are no easy matches at #WTAFinals so you have to be ready from the first point” -@KaPliskova pic.twitter.com/hCd97eJlN6- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017The second set began with both players holding comfortably before Pliskova edged ahead in a pivotal third game when she fended off two break points with a brilliant volley and an ace before sending down two more huge serves to stay in control.Williams was now struggling for both range and control and Pliskova, buoyed up by the tough hold in the previous game, pounced on another poor sequence of points from her opponent to break again and surge clear.Pliskova held to love for a 5-2 lead before a big forehand winner brought up three match points and, while Williams played her best tennis of the match to stave them off, a wayward backhand on the fourth gifted her opponent victory in just 74 minutes.”There are no easy matches in Singapore so you have to be ready from the first point. That’s what I was trying to do today and it worked,” Pliskova added.Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza will face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the second White Group round-robin match of the day later on Sunday..@KaPliskova makes the perfect start to #WTAFinals!Defeats Venus Williams 6-2, 6-2! pic.twitter.com/IHG4bQx8cb- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017 The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, with the first matches in that pool taking place on Monday.MUGURUZA WINS  Garbine Muguruza is making her third consecutive appearance in Singapore and the Spaniard banked on her experience at the venue to end a sequence of five breaks of serve with a crucial hold to take the first set against her 20-year-old Latvian opponent.After racing to a 5-1 lead in the second, Muguruza’s cruise to victory hit a roadblock as Ostapenko unleashed a barrage of winners to claim three straight games before the Spaniard finally flopped over the line on her third match point.”At the end of the match she was making the most of her last opportunities but I managed to stay composed and turn it around,?? Muguruza said. “She is so young and confident so I knew it was going to be difficult.”The Red Group contains world number one Simona Halep of Romania, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, Dane Caroline Wozniacki and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, with the first matches in that pool taking place on Monday.A 1-2 punch helps @GarbiMuguruza consolidate the break! #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/h9ipTV2hYU- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017last_img read more

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On new year eve J K DGP releases 10 commandments

first_imgJammu, Dec 29 (PTI) Director General of Police S P Vaid today released 10 commandments under the theme police for peaceful Jammu and Kashmir” for 2018.The commandants included measures for improvement of surveillance system and information gathering, law and order and cyber space to counter criminals, calibrated police action to deal with narcotics smuggling and crime against women and traffic management, a police spokesman said.He said the commandments also included emphasis on human intelligence at police station level.The DGP released the the commandments at a function in the police headquarters here.”These commandments are aimed to provide better services to the people,” the spokesman said.Use of technology in investigation, interaction with public on social media on real time basis for effective coordination and grievance redressal and sharpening and up- gradation of investigation skills of police officers to meet the new challenges of cyber crime are some other commandments, he said.He said the commandments also included ensuring all-round welfare of policemen, including martyrs families and the next of kins to keep the moral of the police high, enhancing police-student relationship by sports, constructive debates, seminars, skill development and career planning guidance, projection of good work done by police, training young officers to be the next leaders of the organisation and wearing correct, clean and smart uniform by all policemen and dignified behaviour with public.Vaid also unveiled the police calendar highlighting visits of Prime Minster Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to the state and visit of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to different police establishments.advertisementThe calendar also highlights achievements, initiatives and various youth engagement schemes under civic action programme by the police in 2017, the spokesman said.He said it highlights the achievements of different police wings as well. PTI TAS AQSlast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc, Shaun Marsh script big win in Adelaide as Australia take 2-0 lead

first_imgAustralia have won the inaugural day-night Ashes Test by 120 runs on the last day, with Josh Hazlewood striking twice in the first three overs and Mitchell Starc finishing off the tail as the pace attack crushed England’s slim hopes of a comeback victory. (Highlights)England resumed at 176-4 on Wednesday, needing a further 178 to achieve a national record fourth-innings run chase for a win that would level the Ashes series at 1-1.That scenario relied heavily on England skipper Joe Root, on 67, posting a big score on day five at the Adelaide Oval.Mitch Starc finishes with 5-88 as Australia run through the England line-up on the final day: https://t.co/MboRNqIW4F #Ashes pic.twitter.com/Z4Dec9URO1- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 6, 2017But after watching night-watchman Chris Woakes (5) feather a catch off Hazlewood’s bowling to wicket-keeper Tim Paine on the second ball of the day, Root was also out caught behind in the Australian paceman’s next over without adding to his overnight score as England slumped to 177-6.Nathan Lyon dismissed Moeen Ali and Starc (5-88) returned with the new ball to remove Craig Overton, Stuart Broad and complete a five-wicket haul when he bowled Jonny Bairstow for 36.The Player of the Match is Shaun Marsh for his incredible hundred in Australia’s first innings #Ashes pic.twitter.com/JlIkGbuCL6- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 6, 2017The third Test starts December 14 in Perth, where England is in danger of surrendering the urn after winning the Ashes on home soil in 2015. Australia swept the Ashes 5-0 the last time the series was played Down Under.advertisementThe winning moment for Australia! #Ashes#ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/WjUpq0aIBE- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 6, 2017last_img read more

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Jeter Launches Players’ Website

first_imgNEW YORK — Derek Jeter is among the most media-savvy athletes on the planet, but he says it came through trial and error.“I think you learn through experience,” he told The Associated Press in an interview, three days after he finished his 20th and final season with the New York Yankees. “I’ve made my fair share of mistakes with the media.”Jeter is hoping to help other athletes avoid those mistakes — and get out their own “unfiltered” stories — with the launch of The Players Tribune website (www.theplayerstribune.com).His site, which went live Oct. 1, promises unique access to top athletes in every sport — from videos to photos to podcasts and more — in their own words.“You want players to feel like this is a safe place where they can get their message across how they want to portray it,” the former shortstop said.Jeter said he doesn’t see The Players Tribune as a replacement for reporters. “We’re not trying to take away from sportswriters. Sportswriters are what makes sports successful,” he said. “I think we’re sort of working in conjunction with them.”The 40-year-old said today’s athletes are familiar with a variety of platforms to get across their message. “This generation has fun sharing things,” he said.But he said his website will fill a void in the communication process, noting it will let players go into more detail than the 140-character limit on Twitter. (He isn’t on Twitter and acknowledged he’s not too familiar with it.)“How many times do you see someone put something out, and then next thing you know, they’re saying it came across the wrong way, it was out of context, it’s not what I meant,” he said.He also noted that sports media doesn’t always have time to cover all athletes and tell their storiesThe former All-Star won five championships during a storied career. In his first post on the site, he spoke about the “whirlwind” of his final season and his disappointment in missing the postseason.When asked if he watched the Kansas City Royals thrilling extra-innings win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card game, he said no.Even though it was Jeter’s decision to call it a career, the desire to be out there remains: He likened watching the postseason to being a kid who isn’t allowed to play with his friends.But he made it clear that he won’t be returning to Yankee Stadium, either as a player or as a broadcaster. “I’m not going to be in the booth,” he said. “I have a hard time criticizing people.”Jeter said he plans to concentrate on the website and expand his business portfolio. “I have a whole lot to learn, but it’s exciting,” he said.___(NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Gardner 3 RBI as Yanks Top Sawx

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Brett Gardner drove in three runs, Nathan Eovaldi pitched well into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Saturday for their 12th win in 15 games.One day after tying Willie Mays for fourth place with 660 career homers, Alex Rodriguez singled in four at-bats.The Yankees have bounced back after a 3-6 start and lead the AL East. The Red Sox are 5-9 in their last 14 games.Gardner doubled home a run in the third and gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth. Chris Young hit his sixth homer of the year, a solo shot in the ninth.Eovaldi (2-0) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings. He left after his only walk, to Blake Swihart. Chris Martin took over and Mookie Betts hit an RBI double that just missed clearing the 37-foot Green Monster for a tying home run.Dellin Betances then relieved and struck out all four batters he faced for his first save.Wade Miley (1-3) took the loss.Swihart got a hit in his first major league game. He was called up from Triple-A after catcher Ryan Hanigan broke a finger.Rodriguez hit a sharp single to left field in the eighth off Alexi Ogando after grounding out three times against Miley (1-3).Both starters pitched well after their worst outings of the season last Sunday. Eovaldi gave up four runs in 4 1-3 innings in a 6-4 win over the New York Mets. Miley allowed six earned runs in 2 1-3 innings in an 18-7 loss to Baltimore.On Saturday, Miley gave up a run in the third when Didi Gregorius singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on the double by Gardner, who was thrown out trying to reach third.The Red Sox tied it in the fourth on Dustin Pedroia’s fifth homer of the year.Chase Headley led off the Yankees fifth with a double and stayed at second when Gregorio Petit’s fly to center bounced in front of Betts. After a sacrifice by Gregorius and a groundout by Jacoby Ellsbury, Gardner singled.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: RHP Ivan Nova allowed an infield hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings at extended spring training in his first game since elbow ligament replacement surgery a year ago. “More than I was expecting,” Nova said. “Everything was good. I’m happy.” Nova, scheduled to throw two innings Thursday at extended spring, appears on target to be back in June.Red Sox: Hanigan went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right pinkie sustained in Friday night’s 3-2 loss. Swihart came up from Pawtucket and struck out in his first at-bat before singling in the fifth when he beat out a deep grounder to second baseman Petit.UP NEXTYankees: Adam Warren (1-1, 4.35 ERA) pitches against Boston for the second time this season in Sunday night’s series finale. In his first outing, he allowed one earned run in 5 1-3 innings in an 8-4 loss in Boston on April 11.Red Sox: Joe Kelly (1-0, 4.94) faced Warren in that game and gave up one run and one hit in seven innings. He has not gotten a decision in his last three starts and allowed five runs in each of his last two.HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writerlast_img read more

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Mets Roll Over The Rockies, 4-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Matt Harvey is pitching for October.Knowing he is on a rough innings limit in his first season since having Tommy John surgery, the Dark Knight has adjusted his mindset some. He’s focusing less on striking out batters and more on getting quick outs.He’s doing that by pounding the strike zone and on Aug. 11 he had pinpoint control, allowing only four hits over eight innings of the New York Mets’ 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.“At this point when your innings start getting up that high, the biggest thing is throwing strikes and not putting runners on base,” he said. “I don’t mind the first pitch ground outs to shortstop or whatnot, that gets you into the later innings in games.”Harvey (11-7) was dialed in for a fourth straight start, throwing 97 pitches, 66 for strikes. He walked none for the third straight outing and struck out four.The right-hander allowed only three infield singles until Ben Paulsen doubled down the right field line in the seventh.Harvey had his second consecutive scoreless outing and has allowed just three runs over his last four starts. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson with the bases loaded in the eighth.“He’s starting to get all the things we know he has — all the weapons, all the things that made him special,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.Ruben Tejada had a go-ahead single in the sixth and Juan Lagares had a two-run double in the eighth to help the Mets improve to 40-18 at home, matching last season’s win total when they lost 41 at Citi Field.Granderson got a gift RBI from Boone Logan for the second straight night. He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded Aug. 10. This time Logan walked Granderson, who did not start against Chris Rusin (3-5), a lefty.Lagares, who has lost most of his playing time since the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes, followed with the two-run double.Eric O’Flaherty gave up a double to Jose Reyes in the ninth, but finished the five-hitter for the NL East leader’s ninth win in 11 games and eighth straight at Citi Field against Colorado.Rusin (3-5) put men on base in four of the first five innings but New York was hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.“We knew it was going to be hard to score against Harvey and he was real good. Rusin did a great job,” manager Walt Weiss said.That changed in the sixth, when Tejada, a right-handed batter, grounded an outside pitch through the hole between first and second with second baseman DJ LeMahieu shading up the middle to give the Mets the lead.“I was looking to make good contact to right field,” Tejada said.Michael Cuddyer singled twice, scored on Tejada’s hit and had a stolen base against the team he played for the past three years. He turned down the Rockies’ one-year offer this winter to sign with New York for two years.“It felt good to contribute on the field rather than as a cheerleader the last couple of weeks,” said Cuddyer, who came off the disabled list Aug. 10.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Golovkin-Lemieux Fight Sold Out

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Three years ago, Gennady Golovkin was largely unknown outside hard-core boxing circles. In two months, he’ll take on David Lemieux in an HBO pay-per-view fight for their four combined middleweight title belts at a sold-out Madison Square Garden.Although the Kazakh star’s charisma and his Canadian counterpart’s passionate fans played roles, Golovkin’s reputation for violent knockouts is the biggest reason these fighters have already sold more than 15,000 tickets. Only the cheap seats are left in New York’s famed arena for the Oct. 17 fight.Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) said he won’t allow his soaring stardom to distract him from the goal of unifying every middleweight championship.He already holds the WBA 160-pound title, the WBC interim title and the IBO belt, while Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) is the IBF champion.“Right now is an interesting time for me,” Golovkin said before a packed news conference in downtown Los Angeles, his adopted hometown. “I don’t lose motivation. My goal is all the middleweight championships. This is a big year for me, and next year will be even bigger.”It’s tough to get much bigger than a title unification fight at Madison Square Garden, where Golovkin will try for his 21st consecutive stoppage victory.Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, deliberately set the ticket prices slightly lower than other high-profile New York fights to entice fans — and they responded even more aggressively than he expected, guaranteeing an eventual sellout.Golovkin and Lemieux also will make their debuts as HBO pay-per-view headliners on a card featuring vaunted Nicaraguan flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez against Brian Viloria.The pay-per-view decision rankled some Golovkin fans who have tracked his rise from relative obscurity in Germany to major bouts in New York and Los Angeles in the past two years.Yet Golovkin’s camp made a major financial offer to entice Lemieux into the ring after years of getting turned down by champions and well-known stars wary of Golovkin’s power and skill.“This is the first time anybody would agree to step in the ring with Gennady when they had something to lose,” said Loeffler. “I figured it would sell out (Madison Square Garden), but the response now, that exceeds whatever we thought. With every fight, he grows.”Golovkin’s stateside rise also led to a spike in his popularity back home in Kazakhstan, where he’s greeted as a hero whenever he returns.“I’m not a hero,” Golovkin said. “I’m a regular man. I’m a boxer.”Sure, GGG. On his last trip home to visit his mother, Golovkin stopped in at a soccer game and got a raucous, lengthy standing ovation from the crowd of 30,000 when it realized he was in the arena.Golovkin is even getting recognized regularly in Los Angeles, where he moved with his wife and young son. Although the champ doesn’t mind the attention, he doesn’t invite it, either.“I go to kindergarten, and I go to the gym,” he said with a grin. “That’s it.”Lemieux said he didn’t hesitate to take the biggest test of his career, and he could land legions of new fans with his brawling, relentless style. He claimed the vacant IBF title in June by knocking down Hassan N’Dam four times in a decision win.“What’s a better time than now?” Lemieux asked. “He’s at his best. I’m at my best. I’m confident in my abilities. I’m not scared of him. He’s a smart guy. He knows what he’s in against, but he’ll be surprised by my power.”Golovkin and Lemieux got along well during a three-city publicity tour this week, exchanging compliments on the dais before laughing at each other during the staredowns. Golovkin also enjoyed the chance to be around Bernard Hopkins, a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, which backs Lemieux.Those good feelings will evaporate in October when Golovkin goes after the victory that would move him to the next level of stardom in his meteoric three-year rise.“Right now, I more understand Bernard and what he did,” Golovkin said of Hopkins, who famously made 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses. “I promise an amazing show. Everybody understands this is a new step to the story.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Baseball’s Grandpa: Cricket

first_imgABU DHABI — Shoaib Malik hit a century on his comeback while opener Mohammad Hafeez came up just short of a hundred Tuesday as Pakistan took command on the opening day of the first test against England.Pakistan reached 286-4 at stumps with England suffering from two simple dropped catches by Ian Bell and a no-ball by Stuart Broad on what would have been a wicket.The first of the two dropped catches by Bell would have dismissed Hafeez on seven with the score on 12-1, and Broad’s misfortune happened with Malik on 40.Hafeez went on to make 98 before he was dismissed at the stroke of tea, while Malik reached his third test century and remained unbeaten on 124 in his first international test in five years.Veteran batsman Younis Khan became the highest run scorer for his country by breaking the long-standing record of Javed Miandad. Needing 19 runs at the start of the innings to go past Miandad’s aggregate of 8,832 runs in 124 tests, Khan achieved that by smashing Moeen Ali for the only six of the match over mid-wicket when on 15.But Khan, who played an uncharacteristically positive inning, departed when on 38. Captain Alastair Cook positioned himself right next to the bowling crease in a very straight short mid-on, and Khan flicked Broad straight into his hands.Four runs later, on 251, Pakistan lost captain Misbah-ul Haq to what looked like a contentious caught behind decision. Misbah seemed certain he did not edge the Anderson delivery to Jos Buttler, but had to go for three.Bell’s second mistake was just before stumps in the same position of second slip when he dropped an even easier chance of Asad Shafiq with the batsman on 10.“Obviously, Bell is very disappointed in the dressing room, and I will have to put my hand up for the no-ball, which is unacceptable,” Broad said. “Certainly, in these conditions, those two dropped catches were a shame, but that’s cricket. On the positive side, we are creating those chances.Malik has now batted for 230 deliveries and mixed caution with aggression. He was patient against the pacers and used his feet to punish the England spinners Moeen Ali and debutant Adil Rashid, who went wicketless.“I think Malik’s innings showed what he is capable of doing in cricket,” Younis said. “He played a wonderful knock and he is going to be vital for us tomorrow. If we can bat a couple of sessions tomorrow around him, we will be in a very strong position.”Hafeez and Malik added 167 runs for the second wicket, after Pakistan lost opener Shan Masood early, undone by a slow bouncer from James Anderson in the third over of the innings.The ball reared up and hit Masood’s helmet as he took his eyes off the ball, before ricocheting on to his stumps. Masood was on two and Pakistan’s score was on five.Earlier, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq won the toss and elected to bat first.That advantage came after a major blow for Pakistan with star leg-spinner Yasir Shah unable to recover from the back injury he suffered while bowling at the nets on Monday.That left Pakistan with only one spinner, Zulfiqar Babar, and Pakistan is going into the match with three seamers – Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan and Rahat Ali.England, as expected, gave a debut to Rashid on a pitch that is expected to assist the spinners from day three onwards.Pakistan has played seven test matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, winning four, including the last two by massive margins against Australia (356 runs) and New Zealand (248 runs) and drawing the other three. It also won the only test match here against England by 72 runs in 2012. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mets Sign Outfielder De Aza

first_imgNEW YORK — Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the New York Mets have completed a $5.75 million, one-year contract.De Aza can earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal: $250,000 for 400 and each additional 50 through 600.The 31-year-old bats left-handed and could platoon in center field with right-handed-hitting Juan Lagares.De Aza batted .262 this year with seven homers — all off right-handers —and 35 RBIs in 365 plate appearances for Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco. Lagares hit .253 against right-handers, 20 points under his average against lefties.New York was seeking an outfielder in place of Yoenis Cespedes, who became a free agent after helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.De Aza is represented by the joint venture between singer Marc Anthony and agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro.New York also said outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee and catcher Johnny Monell was sent outright to Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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With Cap to Soar Trade Front Quiet

first_imgMIAMI  — In past years, a team like the Toronto Raptors almost certainly would have been looking to add some help for the stretch run. They’re holding down second place in the Eastern Conference, have been one of the league’s hottest teams for the last month and seem poised to make a significant playoff push.Yet on this trade-deadline day, they did nothing.They weren’t alone. For the most part, Thursday’s deadline came and went with most NBA teams seeming cautious, with the huge rise in the salary cap for next season — and the uncertainty of how the free-agent market will react to that over the summer — deterring clubs from making moves that might adversely affect their flexibility going forward.“Yes, we are in a different situation from last year,” Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said.He was talking about his team. He may as well have been talking about the league, where there’s a clear wait-and-see approach about how the massive cap jumps that are coming will inevitably change the way teams go about their business. This season’s cap was a record $70 million. That seems like pocket change when compared to how next season will likely top $90 million, and a cap of $110 million or more for 2017-18 is possible.“The spike is something we’re all aware of … as we’re thinking about things and trying to create more financial opportunities in the coming summer, for us to grow and get better,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I’m sure every team is similar.”There were several deals Thursday, but no blockbusters.Cleveland landed Channing Frye and the Los Angeles Clippers got Jeff Green for perhaps the two biggest player moves among contending teams, while Miami got under the luxury-tax threshold and Orlando opened up about $45 million in a pair of key accomplishments with an eye toward the future.Besides, with Golden State off to a 48-4 start, there probably aren’t that many teams thinking they have a legitimate chance of winning it all this year anyway.Hence, wait ’til next year — or at least ’til next summer — might have been the most prudent policy.“We’ve been on the other side of it not too long ago when you never knew if you were one piece away or one move away or how a trade could impact a season either positively or negatively,” Warriors guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry said. “I like where we are.”Detroit was the most notable exception at trade time, with the Pistons adding Tobias Harris (his contract that runs through 2018-19), plus taking a chance on Donatas Motiejunas. He’ll be a restricted free agent, so Detroit will have a chance to keep him if it so chooses.“I don’t think anybody in the NBA knows exactly what the market is going to look like for guys this summer,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the team’s website. “You gauge it the best you can. … We weren’t going to give away assets for unrestricted free agents and so we feel good about it.”Most of the deals that were bandied about in recent weeks never happened.Dwight Howard, Al Horford and Kevin Love — all big names who got trade attention — stayed put.“Certainly the cap changes are going to make players under contract more valuable,” Cleveland general manager David Griffin said. “But I think in some cases people who had a big expiring contract weren’t getting the value they hoped to get because the guy was most likely going to walk.”That’s likely why Howard is still with Houston.It would have taken a strong combination of players and draft picks to get the Rockets to move him anyway, which some teams seemed willing to consider. But with Howard holding a $23 million player option for next season, he could — and by all indications, will — opt to become a free agent instead. So landing him would have come at a huge cost for some team who likely would have seen him leave July 1 anyway, and no deal got struck.“There’s no question that the new cap impacted not only the fundamentals of this trade period, but maybe even more the psychology of it as well,” Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said.Minnesota GM Milt Newton understood why teams were hesitant.“Why bring someone into the fold that might take away some of your cap space when you’re not necessarily sold?” Newton said. “It may make your team better if you’re a playoff team for this year, but how will it affect you next year?”The NBA will know that answer in a few months.TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer___AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis and AP Sports Writers Tom Withers in Cleveland, Kareem Copeland in Salt Lake City, Paul Newberry in Atlanta and Josh Dubow in Oakland, California contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Italy Offers Ranieri Coach’s Job

first_imgROME — Claudio Ranieri has an open invitation to coach the Italian national team. Just don’t expect him to take up the role for the next World Cup.With Ranieri in Rome on May 9 to accept the Enzo Bearzot award for best Italian coach of the season, soccer federation President Carlo Tavecchio said he would like to see Ranieri guide the Azzurri to a World Cup title.“I’m talking in an abstract manner, not about the next World Cups. Claudio is young and he has time,” Tavecchio said. “In his second sports homeland he still has a lot to achieve. And I don’t think it would be easy to deprive him of that opportunity.”After a long career without any major titles, the 64-year-old Ranieri coached unsung Leicester to the Premier League title this season. He intends to stay and coach Leicester in the Champions League next season.“Of all the titles won by Italians, Claudio’s achievement is something unparalleled,” Tavecchio said.Tavecchio is looking for a replacement for Italy coach Antonio Conte, who is leaving after the European Championship for Chelsea.“Antonio is doing a great job,” Ranieri said. “I’m upset he’s leaving the national team but I’m pleased he’s coming to join me in England.”Before signing with Leicester, Ranieri had an embarrassingly short reign as the coach of Greece, and was fired following a loss at home to the Faeroe Islands.Hundreds of local schoolchildren attended the ceremony at the Italian Olympic Committee’s headquarters, in a room dominated by a huge mural of Benito Mussolini.“My message to the kids is to always believe in yourself,” Ranieri said. “As a player I was cut twice by Roma before Helenio Herrera took me in. I had a decent career and then I decided to do something I never thought I would: become a coach. One day I woke up and said, ‘Why not?’“I’m still learning. I’m still the same coach who was fired by Greece,” Ranieri added. “After that I went on a tour of Europe to see how other coaches operate. Don’t think of sports as an avenue to make money. Think of it for its social values.”The award was founded in 2011 to honor Bearzot, the 1982 World Cup-winning coach who died in 2010. “I never met Bearzot but I’ve been told by people that they see his spirit in me and that fills me with pride,” Ranieri said.Previous winners were Cesare Prandelli (2011), Walter Mazzarri (2012), Vincenzo Montella (2013), Carlo Ancelotti (2014) and Massimiliano Allegri (2015).A jury including Tavecchio and the directors of Italian sports media outlets selected the winner last month — several weeks before Leicester clinched.“Honestly, I still haven’t realized what we’ve accomplished,” Ranieri said of Leicester’s triumph. “We started off just trying to avoid relegation and you saw what happened.“It’s not easy to win the title in England but I won my first title (Serie C1 in 1989) with Cagliari and I haven’t forgotten that,” added Ranieri, who was born and raised in Rome.Also attending the ceremony was Dino Zoff, Italy’s 1982 World Cup-winning captain. “Bearzot really cared about behavior so considering the way Ranieri carries himself he really deserves this award,” Zoff said.Former Ferrari President and Rome Olympic bid leader Luca Cordero di Montezemolo sat next to Ranieri, who is known for driving a black Ferrari.“He’s been a Ferrari fan and client for many, many years. So that’s the most important thing,” Montezmolo said jokingly.Montezemolo then invited Ranieri to become an ambassador for Rome’s 2024 bid “for three reasons: “He was born in Rome, he’s a great sportsman and third, he is a great example of a winning Italian.”(ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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