Month: November 2019

  • India reach 166/6 at lunch to extend lead to 239

    first_imgRahul Dravid scored a gritty unbeaten half century as India reached 166 for six at lunch on the third day of the first Test match against West Indies on Wednesday.India now have an overall lead of 239 with four wickets left. Dravid remained unbeaten on 69 (203 balls, 8×4) at lunch.Brief Scores: India 246 & 166/6 (Rahul Dravid 69 batting, Suresh Raina 27, Abhinav Mukund 25, Devendra Bishoo 3/41).West Indies 1st Innings 173.- With PTI inputsFor more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

  • Lava Iris X1 with Android Kit Kat launched at Rs 7,999

    first_imgIndian handset maker Lava has added a new smartphone to its X series, the Iris X1. The Iris X1 is powered by Android Kit Kat and Quad core processor. It is available exclusively on Amazon.in for Rs 7,999. Though, the device will sell on retail counters also.In a press release, the company said, “Lava Iris X1 takes a leaf out of the Iris Pro series as far as the aesthetics is concerned. The handset has excellent build quality and looks beautiful. On the performance aspect, the smartphone provides an excellent experience on the back of a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Broadcom BCM23550 processor powered by 1GB RAM. Iris X1 provides an excellent 3D gaming experience and video performance with help of a specialized graphics engine based on Videocore multimedia technology. Iris X1 sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS (854 x 480 pixels) display that offers high-quality colour-reproduction and great viewing angles. The fully laminated touch screen eliminates the air gaps between LCD and glass and makes it look perfectly black in sleep mode. With an 8.9 mm of thickness and 138 grams in weight, the handset is also very convenient to carry.”The Iris X1 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash . The rear Camera, as per claim, supports full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and comes with Auto focus, touch to focus functionality and HDR mode that automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos to select the best possible shot. It also has a 2.0-MP front-facing camera for video calling.The device comes with 4GB of internal memory that is expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. On connectivity front, the dual SIM Iris X1 comes with 3G connectivity apart from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0 BLE (Bluetooth low energy), micro-USB and EDGE. It offers OTG support to enable file transfer through USB drive on the move.Mr. Hari Om Rai, Chairman & Managing Director, Lava International Ltd., said “Lava is proud to announce the launch of ‘X’ series with the Lava Iris X1, a beautifully crafted smartphone with best in class hardware & software features. It is for the consumers who not only want a high performance device but also a beautiful design. Iris X1 is designed to mesmerize the consumers and will surely create ripples in the market at this price point. We are confident that the latest hardware and software features coupled with its great design will surely deliver a rich experience to the consumers.”The Iris X1 will be available in black and white colours. It comes with an intelligent Flip cover powered by hall sensor that puts the phone automatically in sleep mode ensuring reduced battery consumption.last_img read more

  • Andy Murray seeks to end Rafael Nadal’s French Open domination

    first_imgRafael Nadal has won eight tiles in Paris with 64 match wins against a single defeatBriefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems. Not only is Ferrer ranked No. 5, and not only was he the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago – to Nadal, of course – but he also beat Nadal on red clay the last time they played each other.So how did Nadal handle this test? Perfectly. From late in the second set, he won 10 games in a row, and 13 of 14 the rest of the way, to come back and beat Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, setting up a semifinal Friday against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.”At the beginning,” Nadal acknowledged, “David was playing with a higher intensity than me.”But once Nadal made a key adjustment – deciding to dispense with his surprisingly off-target backhand as much as possible and instead do whatever he could to use his topspin-heavy forehand – he took over.After committing 28 unforced errors across the windy first two sets, Nadal had zero in the third, and only three in the last.”When I was able to hit with my forehand,” Nadal said, “I felt that I was in control.”Ferrer, for his part, said that in the latter stages, “I lost my concentration, my focus.”advertisementIt was Nadal’s 33rd consecutive win at the French Open and improved his record in the event to 64-1. His only loss at the tournament came to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.The Spaniard, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is not used to facing much in the way of hardship at Roland Garros. So Nadal took what he was able to do against Ferrer as a good sign.”At the end of the day, I am rather happy to have been able to turn the situation around,” said Nadal, who wasn’t thrilled to be put on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second-largest arena, for the second time this year. “I managed to pull through, even though it was complicated.”The route Murray took during his 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-0 victory over No. 23 Gael Monfils of France was far more circuitous, finishing right on the cusp of dusk after 9:30 p.m. In front of a crowd loudly pulling for Monfils at Court Philippe Chatrier, Murray was terrific at the outset, mediocre in the middle, then closed on a high.After a brief discussion with a tournament official over whether there was enough sun to play the fifth set – the Roland Garros courts have no artificial lights – Murray made the whole thing moot. He raced through that set in 21 minutes, winning 24 of 31 points, as Monfils appeared to stop trying.”Everything happened very fast,” Monfils said.Said Murray: “It was so dark at the end. Thankfully for me, he played a poor fifth set once I got ahead.”Murray will be playing in the French Open semifinals for the second time; he lost to Nadal in 2011. In all, Nadal owns a 14-5 edge in their head-to-head matches.”I need to recover very well,” Murray said, “and try to be especially calm for that one.”The other men’s semifinal will be No. 2 Novak Djokovic against No. 18 Ernests Gulbis.Earlier, No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania and No. 28 Andrea Petkovic of Germany both moved into the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Thursday’s other women’s semifinal will be 2012 champion Maria Sharapova against 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.Halep beat 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2, and Petkovic defeated 2012 runner-up Sara Errani by that very same score.A year ago, Halep arrived at Roland Garros ranked 57th. But over the past 13 months, she’s won seven titles. Petkovic, meanwhile, is enjoying a resurgence.She made it to the top 10 in 2011, when she was the only woman to reach three major quarterfinals (although she went 0-3). In late 2012, she hurt her right knee, and her ranking plummeted to 177th last year. But she’s worked her way back, and after eliminating Errani, the gregarious Petkovic kissed her racket – something she said she’d never done before.”I don’t know what happened to me. I was just overwhelmed by emotion,” Petkovic said. “I had no boy to kiss, so I kissed my racket, right?”last_img read more

  • Kyrie Irving stays hot with 38 points, leads Celtics to close win over Grizzlies

    first_imgBoston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving goes to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ JaMychal Green during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Kyrie Irving’s 20-point third quarter wasn’t quite enough for the Boston Celtics to put away the Memphis Grizzlies.The star guard scored eight more in the fourth, finishing with 38 points and 11 assists while leading the Celtics to a 122-116 victory Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “This is what we’re capable of,” Bickerstaff said. “If we make 16 3s every night, I don’t know if that will happen, but just the way that we moved the ball, created for one another, we need to build on it for sure.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Justin Holiday had 14 points, his highest-scoring game since arriving in a trade with Chicago on Jan. 3. … Shelvin Mack scored 15 points. Green and Omri Casspi had 12 apiece. … Shot 59 percent (13 for 22) in the second quarter while outscoring Boston 38-23. … Had five turnovers in the first quarter.Celtics: Aron Baynes had 12 rebounds in his second game back since missing a month with a broken bone in his left hand. … Turned the ball over seven times in the second period. … Irving was called for a technical with 3:27 left in the third quarter after getting tangled up in front of the Memphis bench with Mack, who also got a technical.UP NEXTGrizzlies: At the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.Celtics: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Boston beat the Grizzlies for the seventh consecutive time but had to hang on down the stretch. Memphis trailed only 111-108 with 3:13 left, but the Celtics responded with a 10-2 run. A few late 3-pointers by the Grizzlies came too late.“They’re physical. They make you work and they are always in the right spots at the right time. It took a whole group effort tonight,” Smart said.Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 23, and Marc Gasol had 11 rebounds and 12 assists.Boston led 96-91 after three, but the pesky Grizzlies would not go away. Conley’s three-point play with 4:53 remaining pulled Memphis to 106-104. Irving finally sealed it when he hit a 3 with 1:22 left to put the Celtics up 118-110.“We couldn’t get a stop the last four minutes of the game. You don’t get stops, it’s going to be really hard to win. It comes down to that,” Gasol said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “He was able to pick his spots and make plays,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought it was a patient, really good, smart attack by him.”Marcus Smart had 20 points and Al Horford finished with 18 for the Celtics, who have won two straight behind Irving since a three-game skid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“You’re playing a team that has a ton of offensive firepower. They have one of the best shot-makers in the game and it’s difficult to get stops when he’s in his rhythm,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “I thought our guys defended him well but he just made shots, and give him credit for that.”Memphis has lost four in a row and 10 of 11 overall. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Manny Pacquiao awaits Adrien Broner bout in crossroads fight at age 40 Jaylen Brown had 12 points and Terry Rozier scored 10 for Boston.Rozier hit a 3 to start an 11-0 run that put the Celtics up 35-24 after the first quarter. Then he made another from beyond the arc while drawing a foul and converted the four-point play.The Grizzlies rallied late in the period, tying it 52-all on a layup by JaMychal Green and taking a 62-58 halftime lead on Conley’s layup just before the buzzer.KYRIE IS KEYIrving, who had 27 points and 18 assists Wednesday night in a win over Toronto, also added seven rebounds as the Celtics outrebounded the Grizzlies 52-39.“It means a lot. It’s big for us,” Smart said of Irving’s all-around performance the last two games. “You’re going to get open shots just because he draws so much attention. That helps our team.”MEMPHIS BLUESThe Grizzlies have lost six straight on the road, but did enjoy a solid shooting night.Memphis was 41 for 92 from the field and made 16 of 35 3-pointers, including a team-best 4 for 9 by Conley from beyond the arc.The Grizzlies also had 33 assists — four more than the Celtics — and turned the ball over just twice in the second half. 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  • Reliable as ever, Patriots’ Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl MVP

    first_imgPatriots defeat Rams in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever “He’s a fighter, man, that kid,” Brady said. “I’m just so proud of him. He’s been an incredible player for this team in the playoffs and he just cemented himself, again, in the history of the NFL for what his accomplishments are.”Even when things weren’t working early for the Patriots, Edelman kept the offense going and the clock rolling as a safety valve for Brady. Eight of his catches were for first downs , including a 13-yard grab during the go-ahead touchdown drive with 7 minutes left in the game.“Julian always gives us those kinds of plays,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Tough plays, tough catches, catch-and-run plays, breaking tackles for a few extra yards. He did a tremendous job.”It has been a long journey back to this point for Edelman, who missed all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in New England’s third preseason game. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s pretty surreal,” Edelman said, shaking his head. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. I preach that, and, I guess you have to live to it.”Edelman certainly did Sunday night, earning Super Bowl MVP honors with 10 receptions for 141 yards while helping lift the Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“My name was called,” he said. “I was asked to make a couple plays and we were able to do that.”Edelman and Brady made one final connection — at midfield with confetti flying around them. They embraced for several moments — eyes filled with the tears of champions. LATEST STORIES “The hug was just two Bay Area boys that love football, love to compete and are living out our dreams,” Edelman said before taking a second to clarify one small detail.“I think he held me,” the bushy-bearded Edelman said with a big grin. “I didn’t hold him.”It was an incredibly satisfying ending to a big-time comeback season for Edelman, a guy considered by Brady to be like a little brother — some teammates even jokingly say they have a “bromance” — and widely regarded as one of the greatest slot receivers in league history.And, he was at it again against the Rams.Reliable and steady. All night long.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman holds the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator as his disappointed New England Patriots teammates trudged off the field a year ago as Super Bowl losers.Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

  • Ian Fleming created Bond to create entertainment for others: Roger Moore

    first_imgMoore at the Lake Palace Hotel: Entertainment pays”It’s not an easy life,” sighs Roger Moore, alias James Bond, Ian Fleming’s indestructible secret agent with a licence to kill. Crossing his legs and lighting up a long, slim cigar, he collapses into a sofa at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur.,Moore at the Lake Palace Hotel: Entertainment pays”It’s not an easy life,” sighs Roger Moore, alias James Bond, Ian Fleming’s indestructible secret agent with a licence to kill. Crossing his legs and lighting up a long, slim cigar, he collapses into a sofa at the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur. The heat, the pressures of filming, even the swarming long-legged beauties around him, seem to add to his tensions. Dressed in a white cotton shirt and tennis shorts, sporting open sandals and a shoulder bag, the 55-year-old star, whose father was a London policeman, is an astonishingly well-preserved man but remarkably un-Bondish in real life. Unlike the indomitable 007 whose lust for exotic locations, outrageous gadgets and voluptuous women never wanes, Moore’s energies sometimes do. On location for Octopussy, Moore took time off to explain what it takes to play Bond in an exclusive interview with Correspondent SUNIL SETHI. Excerpts:Q. It must he a bit exhausting to keep playing James Bond over and over again…?A. Yes, of course, especially as you have to work in idyllic locations where most normal people go for vacations. I mean, here I am running up and down Udaipur in a dinner jacket like some nut case! I was doing the same thing some time ago in Egypt: you do feel completely foolish. Naturally, your view of the places and the people tends to become somewhat jaundiced.Q. In what way is playing James Bond harder than working on another movie?A. Well, for one, the shooting schedule is much longer, five to six months as opposed to a normal one of about three months. Then, you’re required for 99.9 per cent of shooting time, so it’s inevitable that the pressures build up.advertisementQ. You’re the third star to play James Bond on screen; do you think others will follow?A. Yes, because Bond is a part that has no basic character. There are no details about his personality. Bond’s personality and physical make-up is probably very different to mine, but it’s a question of interpreting him in your own way. You just come on and do the part as it appears to you.Q. What do you think is the difference in your playing Bond and the way Sean Connery played him?A. I’m a lighter type of actor than Sean. It’s like Gielgud and Olivier playing Hamlet – they would both do it differently, and who is to decide which is better, because Shakespeare isn’t around. Nor is Ian Fleming. But I’ve tried to give Bond a lighter humour, a touch of irony, while Sean, being Scottish, was more dour.Q. Still, are there any particular characteristics, like a gesture, that you’ve given Bond?A. No, a spy is meant to be an anonymous character and I try not to invent tricks.Q. Do you think James Bond can live forever?A. As long as audiences want escapism in the form of a far-out spy extravaganza, yes, he can. He’s survived two decades on the screen. I don’t see why he shouldn’t survive another.Q. Is it true that when you play Bond you make up the dialogue as you go along?A. Well, yes, the last thing we get down on a Bond film is the dialogue, which is very sketchy, so I’m to be seen scribbling my ad lib till the moment of the shot. What I feel should be said in a scene sort of comes out automatically before the camera. And it is true that you’d be hard-pressed to find a page of the script that actually fits what we shoot.Q. So, you’re a kind of impromptu script writer for Bond movies?A. You could call me that if you like.Q. Does your double life get schizophrenic, that is to say do the twin stars, Roger Moore and James Bond, overlap on and off the screen?A. No, I sort of slip into the role and out of it. Yet I’m interpreting a character, admittedly close to my skin after all these years, not actually acting it. If the acting shows, something is wrong, wouldn’t you say?Q. Do you also play Bond because of the tremendous profit it makes for you?A. Two things I prefer never to discuss: one is my private life and the other is money I make. Ian Fleming created Bond to create entertainment for others but also a bank balance for himself. And I also play Bond for both reasons. I’m a commercial actor, after all, not a missionary.advertisementlast_img read more

  • George Pascua rues FEU’s lack of killer instinct in meltdown vs Ateneo

    first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Lady Tamaraws showed some grit in the fifth set when it went tit-for-tat with the Lady Eagles all the way to a 12-12 stalemate.Then, disaster struck.Kyle Negrito, FEU’s fourth-year setter, first committed an overset to Celine Domingo that gave Ateneo the 13-12 lead.That error, however, was just the first of two when Negrito tossed the ball way over the Lady Eagles’ baseline that put FEU behind 14-12.Kat Tolentino, who entered the third set with just two points, then, finished things off with a booming kill that landed squarely on FEU’s defense for her 19th point.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Tamaraws needed to score just 25 more points and the three-set win would be theirs, but instead of finishing things off, they just choked.Instead, the Lady Eagles pulled off a stunning comeback, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12, for its second win in three games in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We should have a killer instinct,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center. “No one led the team in the crucial moments, no one wanted to get the ball, no one wanted a kill.”“It should be in the character. We also had a few unforced errors and it happened to be crucial points.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Andray the giant: Returning Blatche comes up big for Fiba World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas Pascua said that even though his Lady Tamaraws botched the match, he’s still positive and that they will bounce back from their early 1-2 record.“We’re still a positive bunch,” said Pascua. “It’s a long journey, the UAAP is a long tournament. We’re taking it one at a time. We can’t go back, it’s already over, we just have to take a step forward.”“We just have to learn from this, that’s the important thing. Once they learn, things will eventually get easier and the players would be able to know how to handle these types of situations.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University had Ateneo by its throat on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View commentslast_img read more