Defending champion Caster Semenya sidelined at worlds

Posted On Nov 22 2019 by

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments The 28-year-old South African is missing the world championships in Qatar as she fights the International Association of Athletics Federations’ latest version of a regulation that forces XY DSD women to lower their level of natural testosterone.Even many competitors say the prestige of the race is lowered without Semenya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Madeleine Pape of Australia competed in the 800 against Semenya at the 2009 World Championships. After an 18-year-old Semenya won the world title, the IAAF kept her sidelined for nearly a year for “gender verification” tests.Pape wondered about Semenya’s fast times and physique, but now realizes testosterone is not the only factor that makes a champion. “When you’re the best in the world, people become obsessed,” Semenya said recently in a video interview with The Guardian. “We’re all different.”Of her high testosterone, Semenya says “so what?” She is joined by experts who say the IAAF hasn’t proven that what the organization considers intersex athletes have a significant advantage.The IAAF regulations apply only to female middle-distance runners with the 46 XY Difference of Sex Development condition, requiring them to lower their testosterone below 5 nanomoles per liter of blood. They’d need to take birth control pills or hormone shots to compete in international events.The track and field governing body has stressed the need for an “even playing field.”However, the key research the IAAF relied upon was conducted by IAAF-aligned experts rather than independent scientists, studied female athletes with high testosterone but not intersex athletes and used data with a “huge amount” of errors, according to Roger Pielke Jr., an expert witness on scientific integrity for Semenya at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in February.“The IAAF has placed itself into the position of second-guessing the biology of certain women who have been female since birth,” Pielke said. “Hubris doesn’t begin to describe this attitude.”Previously, the IAAF lost its CAS case in 2015 after Indian sprinter Dutee Chand challenged a testosterone limit below 10 nanos for all female track athletes. Those arbitrators ruled 2-1 there wasn’t enough scientific evidence that testosterone provided a significant advantage.This spring, Semenya lost her case before CAS 2-1. The IAAF narrowed the regulation to only intersex females who compete in events ranging from the 400 meters to the mile and mandated testosterone below 5 nanos. There are no testosterone limits for men.Arbitrators Annabelle Bennett of Australia, Hugh L. Fraser of Canada and Hans Nater of Switzerland noted the IAAF rule is discriminatory but deemed it necessary discrimination to maintain “fair competition.” Yet they had “serious concerns” about the ability of athletes to comply with the rule, given the side effects of long-term hormone use.Semenya’s lawyers appealed and she awaits the final decision by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Her appeal will focus on discrimination, the ethics of forced medication and human rights. Spence edges Porter, gets 2 belts in split-decision thriller Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES FILE – In a Friday, May 3, 2019 file photo, South Africa’s Caster Semenya competes in the women’s 800-meter final during the Diamond League in Doha, Qatar. On the 10th anniversary of Semenya blowing away the field in the 800 at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, she won’t comply with the International Association of Athletics Federations’ latest version of a regulation to lower her level of natural testosterone.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)NEW YORK — Defending 800-meter champion Caster Semenya has dominated her event like no other female athlete in track over the past 10 years, winning two Olympic golds and three world championships.A world title will be handed out Monday night without Semenya, still in her prime and still the favorite to win every race she enters.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The rule discriminates by imposing special burdens based on characteristics — both sex and biology — that are protected from discrimination,” said Suzanne Goldberg, law professor at Columbia University and director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law. “Courts often look with skepticism on claims that discrimination is ‘necessary’ because those claims often amount to an effort to enshrine tradition stereotypes into law.”The Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled in late July that Semenya must stop running until its final decision, which could take up to a year.Semenya recently signed with a women’s soccer team in Johannesburg, South Africa, but said on Twitter it doesn’t mean she’s no longer a track athlete.Pielke points to a bigger problem in the sport — doping. He said the IAAF data indicates about two dozen intersex athletes among nearly 8,000 women competing at the World Championships since 2004.Yet the “IAAF research suggests that perhaps 50 percent of athletes are doping,” he said. “It does seem that the issue of (intersex) females in sport is a tiny issue compared to the scale of doping.”Semenya’s former competitor says the sport loses when Semenya is excluded.“Her athletic feats and strength of character are both extraordinary and worth celebrating,” Pape said. “We make room for Caster Semenya.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “The playing field is never level,” she said. “There will always be standout performers and athletes who struggle to be competitive. The exclusion of Semenya instead gives us an incomplete event. The IAAF is being motivated by their fears and assumptions about XY women with high testosterone.”Semenya is joined on the sideline by 800 Olympic silver medalist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi.“The top two seeds before worlds aren’t here. It definitely opens things up,” said Ajee Wilson, the U.S. runner who is the strongest contender for the gold.Wilson finished second to Semenya at the Prefontaine Classic on June 30. That’s when Semenya was temporarily allowed to race this summer. Afterward Wilson said, “everybody should be allowed to participate” and Semenya “should be able to do what she loves.”IAAF president Sebastian Coe, recently re-elected to another four-year term, says the regulations are necessary and weren’t meant to exclude people.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Cool Smashers stretch streak to 11; Choco Mucho scores

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first_imgGathering steam Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Kat Tolentino topscored for Choco Mucho with 24 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCreamline stretched its winning streak as quick and easy as it snapped that of Air Force even as Choco Mucho exacted sweet revenge over PacificTown-Army Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers secured the No. 1 spot in the semifinals after stopping the Jet Spikers, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18, to stay unbeaten in 11 games and claim a semifinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT Creamline also brought Air Force back to the ground. The Jet Spikers dropped to 5-6 overall.Backup open spiker Jema Galanza unloaded 22 points as she was given the starring role, allowing star player Alyssa Valdez to take a breather following an ankle injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Earlier, the Flying Titans got back at the Lady Troopers, 25-20, 17-25, 21-25, 25-11, 15-8, to stay in contention for the next round.Despite improving to 5-6, the chances of Choco Mucho advancing to the Final Four are dependent on how the other teams perform. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more


Renzo Subido’s playmaking key in UST win over UP

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first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES View comments From one Mark to another: Nonoy heeds Cruz’s advice to boost UST Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Renzo Subido may not have gotten his fair share of points but that didn’t stop him from playing an integral role in University of Santo Tomas’ beatdown of University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball semifinals.The diminutive senior served as the engine to UST’s well-oiled machine when he dished out 12 assists in the Growling Tigers’ 89-69 win Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue He set up Sherwin Concepcion’s three-pointer that put UST up 75-63 with 2:58 left then, followed it up with another pass to Mark Nonoy’s corner three-pointer 20 seconds later for the Growling Tigers’ 78-63 buffer.Subido then, capped it off with a dish to Nonoy for a wide-open three-pointer from the top of the key that pushed UST’s advantage to 85-65 with 50.6 seconds to play.“My points usually come off the plays so I really don’t go looking for it. What I do have are teammates who can score and today they were open and I just gave them the ball,” said Subido, who averaged just 3.5 assists in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Subido, who finished with eight points on 8-of-10 shooting, said he was more than happy sharing the rock with his teammates which was something his head coach Aldin Ayo also wanted him to do.“Coach Aldin wanted me to be a smart point guard, that’s why I did my job,” said the 5-foot-7 Subido in Filipino. “I saw my teammates open and I gave them the ball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThat’s exactly what Subido did especially down the stretch that led to key baskets by his teammates.With UP going for one last push, Subido dished out three assists that put the game beyond reach. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more


Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero charged by FA with violent conduct

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first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been charged with violent conduct over an incident involving West Ham United defender Winston Reid, the FA said in a statement on Tuesday.The Argentine international now faces a three-match ban that would see him miss Premier League games against Manchester United and Bournemouth and a League Cup third-round tie against Swansea City.  Aguero appeared to elbow Reid in the head on Sunday, a Premier League game City won 3-1. The incident was not seen by match officials so the FA has taken retrospective action. (Also read: EPL: Raheem Sterling brace hands Manchester City 3-1 win over West Ham United)On Monday, Aguero withdrew from the World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela due to a calf injury. (Also read: Pep Guardiola equals renewed energy for happy Raheem Sterling at Man City)Argentina host Uruguay on Thursday and then visit Venezuela five days later.last_img read more


These true heroes defy all odds, tweets Sehwag after India win medals at Paralympics

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first_imgIndia’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history on Friday night by winning a gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics. His compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal the same event.(Mariyappan Thangavelu historic gold at Paralympics )While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third.From PM Narendra Modi to former cricketer Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to congratulate both the athletes.India is elated! Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning a gold & Varun Singh Bhati for the bronze at the #Paralympics. #Rio2016&; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 10, 2016 Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu for winning #Gold & Varun Singh Bhati for winning #bronze in Mens high Jump at Rio #Paralympics&; Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 10, 2016 Congrats to #MariyappanThangavelu for gold & Varun Singh fr bronze in #Paralympics These true heroes defy all odds pic.twitter.com/yJNgQFm8eG&; Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 10, 2016Really proud of d spirit of #MariyappanThangavelu who clinched Gold& #VarunSingh who clnched bronze at #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/M95tLp6iFS&; Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 10, 2016Paralympic Gold/Bronze medalists #MariyappanThangavelu / #VarunSingh Bhati’s names’ need to be trending right now! Congratulations to them????&; REHAN PONCHA (@RehanPoncha) September 10, 2016Never seen anything more inspirational than this. Congrats Mariyappan Thangavelu #Paralympics #gold https://t.co/o5wCe3EpBx&; Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) September 10, 2016Mariyappan Thangavelu’s high jump gold at the Paralympics is stunning, inspiring and humbling.&; Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 10, 2016 Indian sports mein prerna ki kami nahin hai.Congrats Mariyappan Thangavelu aur Varun Bhati aapke gold aur bronze ke liye. #Paralympicsadvertisement&; Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) September 10, 2016Mariyappan joins the gold medal club, welcome! Kudos 2 @GoSportsVoices for aiding Varun Bhati who won bronze! Champs pic.twitter.com/dQhlnGP45n&; Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) September 10, 2016last_img read more


Dhoni misleading court, creating alarmist circumstance:HC told

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first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) A telecom company for which Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a brand ambassador, today accused him in Delhi High Court of “wilfully” misleading the court for creating “alarmist circumstances”.The top officer of Maxx Mobilink Pvt Ltd, who has been accused by Dhoni of defying the High Court 2014 order that the company should not use his name to promote and sell its product, said it never indulged in misusing the name of the ODI captain to take any advantage.In an affidavit filed in pursuance to the April 21 order, Ajjay R Agarwal, Managing Director of the firm, claimed that the company had not sold any products post November 17, 2014 in which image and name of Dhoni was used or misused and they did not having any such stock in its custody after that date.Dhoni had an endorsement agreement with the company which had expired in December 2012.While seeking that Dhonis plea for initiating contempt against him be dismissed with cost, the MD said “I say and submit that the company has removed all material from its own websites and from social media websites including Facebook.””However, at this juncture, I say and submit that the petitioner number one (Dhoni) is guilty of wilfully misleading this court for the sake of creating alarmist circumstances,” Agarwal said in his affidavit filed before Justice Manmohan.He also claimed that even much prior to November 17, 2014, they were not using Dhonis name or image as endorsements in any manner on social media or its websites.advertisement”I say that in the facts of the case before us, Facebook posts containing the image of petitioner number one (Dhoni) was posted by respondent number two (firm) sometime in the year 2012 which was well outside the active webpage of the Facebook account of the respondent number two; which fact was well within the knowledge of the petitioners (Dhoni and Rhiti Sports) who have deliberately dug up the posts associated with the petitioner number one (Dhoni) herein for the sake of creating the present cause of action…,” it alleged.During the hearing today, the counsel appearing for Dhoni sought time to file a rejoinder to the affidavit and the court fixed the matter for hearing on January 24. (More) PTI ABA PPS HMP RKS ARClast_img read more


No need for pink ball to draw spectators for Test matches: Sehwag

Posted On Nov 21 2019 by

first_imgFormer India opener Virender Sehwag on Sunday said there was no need for innovations like introduction of the pink ball to draw the spectators for Test matches as people will automatically come to the ground when good teams take the field. (Anurag Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar)Averring that it was every young cricketer’s dream to represent his country in Tests, Sehwag said the longest format of the game poses the real test for a player.”The Test format is very good. There is no need to change. You don’t need to introduce the pink ball to draw the spectators. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: Saha fifty helps India set NZ a target of 376 runs)”If good teams like Pakistan, Australia and England come, people will come to the ground automatically and support,” Sehwag said while participating at a panel discussion on the occasion of the Sportstar’s book launch on India’s 500 Tests. (Watch: Kohli, Thakur set an example for Swachh BHarat Abhiyan)He said the future was bright for Test cricket in India. “This I can say, looking at the coach and the Indian team.”The real test for any cricketer lies in Test cricket. It is every young cricketer’s dream to play Test matches . The future is good,” he said.India head coach Anil Kumble, who also took part in the panel discussion, called upon cricket buffs, and stakeholders to desist from discussing the “death” of Test cricket.GLOBALISATION OF TEST CRICKETadvertisement”I’ll urge every cricket lover, opinion makers and various stakeholders to stop discussing the death of Test cricket. I’m sure people would have spoken about the death of Test cricket probably even during the times of Kerry Packer,” he said.The legendary leg spinner said though the Test format is facing challenges with youngsters now growing up watching T20, the present bunch of players love Test cricket.In this context, he spoke for the need of globalisation of Test cricket.He said though the match attendance might have gone down in Tests, its supporters has gone up with the arrival of the social media.”The social media is a great platform to promote Test cricket. You don’t need to sit through six hours. There’s notification on smartphones through which you can follow Test cricket,” ehs aid, exuding his conviction that Test cricket would survive.”if all of us keep on talking about the death of Test cricket, then ultimately it would happen,” he said.The Sportstar also announced a Dream Team of 15 led by Anil Kumble.The team: Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Vijay Hazare, V.V.S. Laxman, Kapil Dev, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble (captain), Zaheer Khan, Vinoo Mankad, Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Javagal Srinath and Virat Kohli.last_img read more


Dubai Test: Azhar Ali’s triple century puts Pakistan in control vs West Indies

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first_imgAzhar Ali tormented West Indian bowlers for 11 hours as he struck 302 not out to put Pakistan firmly in control of the first day-night Test in Dubai on Friday. (Scorecard)The opener stroked 23 fours and hoisted two sixes in his 469-ball knock as he became the fourth Pakistani batsman to breach the 300-run mark before the hosts declared their first innings at 579 for three in the pink ball contest.Azhar, 31, belted an overpitched delivery by Jermaine Blackwood through the covers for four to notch up his triple ton and an impressive record in the match — becoming the first man to score a triple century in a day-night Test.The right-hander, who enjoyed a fruitful 215-run partnership with fellow opener Sami Aslam (90) on Thursday, joined forces with Asad Shafiq (67) to pile on 137 runs for the second wicket. He added 165 with Test debutant Babar Azam (69).Hanif Mohammad (337), Inzamam ul-Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313) were the previous triple centurions for Pakistan.In only the second day-night Test, West Indies were 69/1 at the close of day two.last_img read more


Nico Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell

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first_imgNico Rosberg stunned Formula One on Friday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving his lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes.”From the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” the German said on Facebook. (Lewis Hamilton one of the best, but no friend: Nico Rosberg)”On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time,” the 31-year-old added. (Nico Rosberg deserved his title, says Lewis Hamilton)”I took my decision on Monday evening,” added the driver, who had given no previous indication of his intentions and had been at the team factory in Brackley on Thursday after a trip to his German birthplace of Wiesbaden.Rosberg, who was due to attend the governing FIA’s gala prize-giving in Vienna later on Friday along with team mate and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, did not say what he planned to do next. (F1 bosses vote Lewis Hamilton best driver, Nico Rosberg third)He will leave with a record of 23 wins in 206 races and as only the second son of a champion to take the title, following in the footsteps of 1982 winner and father Keke.Rosberg was also the first German driver to win the Formula One championship in a German car.advertisement”Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it,” he said. (Nico Rosberg shakes off Lewis Hamilton’s shadow)”I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.”His sudden departure leaves a vacancy that any driver on the grid would fight for, Mercedes being the most dominant team in the sport with 19 wins in 21 races this season.They have won the drivers’ and constructors’ titles for the past three years in a row and will start next season, despite significant rule changes, as favourites again.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff hailed a “brave move” and said it was “testament to the strength of his character”.”The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me,” he added.Wolff said Mercedes would take time to evaluate their options.last_img read more


Top 20 transfers of the summer in England

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Fernandinho: We’re like kids learning Pep’s style

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first_imgFernandinho compared learning Pep Guardiola’s system to a parent raising a child as Manchester City look to take another step in their defence of the Premier League title against Manchester United.City are two points clear at the top going into Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.Midfielder Fernandinho has been the subject of lavish praise from Guardiola as City have gone from strength to strength, and the Brazil international explained the steps it has taken them to get to this point after going trophy-less in their first season under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “When you are a father, when you talk to your son or your daughter for the first time, they don’t understand you,” Fernandinho told The Telegraph. “Of course, you have patience and you keep talking to them and eventually they do understand.”You tell them: ‘You have to do this, you cannot do this’ and, as they grow, they start to get it. Then, when they understand, they are no longer babies. They are growing up.”That is what it is like with Pep. At first you don’t understand. But then you grow up, you work and now we understand the things he wants much better. It’s not like the first season when it took him more time to make us understand his ideas.”Some players didn’t understand immediately what he wanted. Everyone was learning. Now, it only takes a gesture from him and we understand. It has become easier.”It’s a synchronisation, you know – the synchronisation has to be precise.”Everyone knows their role and what they have to do on the pitch. So, for example, if you are playing against a team with very fast, attacking wingers, we cannot go forward without someone – me – covering those players if the full-backs [Benjamin] Mendy and [Kyle] Walker have joined the attack.””The responsibility on me is big but I feel great because I know how important I am for the team,” he added of his own role in midfield. “In my country, they used to call players who play in my position a defensive midfielder but it is not defensive. I try to win the ball high up the pitch to start attacks but it isn’t just me.”When the other team has the ball we are all under instruction to win it back. We defend with 10 outfield players. The key is to be compact going both ways, when we are attacking and defending, because this is how to keep control.”last_img read more


Austin, Mourinho & Premier League’s funniest rants

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first_imgThe Premier League has never been short of drama both on and off the pitch, and players and managers can get colourful with their wording in the aftermath of an eventful game.Following Charlie Austin’s recent condemnation of Premier League referees after Southampton’s draw with Watford, Goal rounds up some of the most memorable tirades delivered by both footballers and their coaches…last_img


Spanish golfer Ballesteros dies

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RiRi’s pigtails to Fergie’s fringe: The best of celebrity style from Coachella

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Style Diary: Sunny Leone’s hottest looks from Leela promotions

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Taapsee Pannu’s sunny outfit is perfect for the monsoon gloom

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first_imgTaapsee Pannu is on fire, and it is the kind of fire, we can never be scared of. The chirpy Naam Shabana actor, who is known for her vibrant and flowy outfits is setting new parameters with her flamboyant outfits. And honestly, we’re so lovin’ it.Just when we thought that it couldn’t get better after her hot pink dress, she burst our bubble and managed to put us in a state of trance.Picture courtesy: Instagram/afashionistadiaries Also Read: Taapsee Pannu is a miracle in pink, and this is not about the movie Taapsee was spotted in a yellow sleeveless top which saw an appealing amalgamation of peplum-vibes and neat pleats.The pleats looked jazzy and peppy, while the peplum gave an elegant tinge to the bright outfit. We’re kind of crushing over that top a bit too much. Why? Because it has got the best of both worlds!Picture courtesy: Instagram/bollywoodfashionfiesta She paired the bumblebee-hued top with a matching pair of trousers that had white-floral embroidery on one side. Doing what it does best, the floral embroidery make everything so much better.Also Read: 5 times Konkona Sen Sharma redefined the beauty of comfortable, easygoing fashion  The beautiful embroidery lit up the sunny vibe of this chic outfit further, and made us fall in love with the smart blend of multiple clothing aesthetics in just this one ensemble by Divya Reddy.Picture courtesy: Instagram/vinayaghamurthy77 Taapsee tied her hair in an elegant low bun, and sported a pair of golden, open-toe stilettos and kept it subtle.advertisementThe actor was overjoyed in her bright attire, and looked like our own version of Little Miss Sunshine.last_img read more


Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli dismisses reports of rift with Anil Kumble as rumours, speculation

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has dismissed reports of rift with coach Anil Kumble and called it speculation.”There has been lot of speculation and lot of things being written by people without actually being part of the dressing room which is very strange. There are no problems (with coach Anil Kumble). As I said before if something is placed in a process, I don’t understand why people are creating so many speculation about it. It was followed last time as well and nobody created issues. It’s the same process. The team is totally focused on the Champions Trophy.”I honestly don’t even know. People who try to tell me about this, I don’t even want to know about it.” Kohli said on the eve of the high-octane clash against Pakistan at Edgbaston.Kohli further said that the journey with Kumble was really good.”It’s been really good. The whole journey has been good,” Kohli added.Kumble’s position as coach seemingly became untenable after reports first emerged that he did not share a great relationship with the rest of the team. The India captain had reportedly complained to the Committee of Administrators and told them of Kumble’s intimidating approach. According to sources, the players and the coach do not share a very cordial relationship.But the BCCI had said that procedures were being followed in the appointment of the next coach. Last year, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had selected Kumble from among a host of other important names.Kumble has enjoyed a lot of success as India coach and has won back five back-to-back Test series, including four at home. Under his tenure, India also defeated New Zealand and England in limited-overs series at home.advertisementIndia are currently in England to defend the Champions Trophy which concludes on June 18.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had started its hunt to select the new head coach of the senior men’s team. Current coach Kumble’s term expires after the Champions Trophy.Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Dodda Ganesh are among six candidates who have applied for the role of the Indian cricket team’s head coach. Incumbent Kumbe has also reapplied.last_img read more


Supreme Court tells Anurag Thakur to tender ‘unequivocal and unqualified’ apology

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday asked former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur to tender an “unequivocal and unqualified” apology for saying that the court’s order for ushering in obligatory reforms in the country’s apex cricket body amounted to government interference.The bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also directed Thakur to make a personal appearance on the next date of hearing.The court has fixed next Friday as the next date of hearing.The court directed Thakur to file an unequivocal and unqualified apology as it said that the apology offered by him earlier was not unqualified.last_img read more


South Korean Kim In-kyung wins women’s British Open golf

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgSouth Korea’s Kim In-kyung held off the challenge of England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff to claim the women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, Scotland for her first major title on Sunday.Kim went into the final day with a six-shot lead and hit her first tee shot to within inches of the hole for a birdie.But the 29-year-old only just clung on to win by two shots on 18 under par after Shadoff hit a 64, including five successive birdies, to finish on 16 under.Kim, who also birdied the eighth but had a bogey on the ninth, parred the last nine holes for a final-round 71.”I feel quite uplifted, I have to say because I really didn’t expect to win this week,” said Kim.”Having the lead and then going into the last round was a great task. I think I managed it quite well.”I just got really inspired to play in Scotland. I tried to have some fun on the last nine,” added Kim, who has finally moved on from the notoriety of missing a one-foot putt which would have won her the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2012.Shadoff’s 64 on Sunday equalled the course record set on day one by American Michelle Wie and matched by Korean Inbee Park in the third round.Shadoff finished three shots clear of Wie, whose final-round 66 left her joint third with Germany’s Caroline Masson and England’s Georgia Hall on 13 under par.last_img read more


PM asks Governors to be catalytic agents of change in society

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 12 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Governors can become catalytic agents for change in the society while upholding the sanctity of the Constitution.Addressing a conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan here, he mentioned the target of New India by 2022 and emphasized that this can be achieved only by making it a peoples movement, a PMO statement said.He also said that the Governors can “motivate” banks to give loans under Mudra scheme to tribals, dalits and women, especially in the period between Constitution Day on November 26 and Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Diwas on December 6.He encouraged them to interact at length with students and teachers in this regard, the statement said.Giving the example of the recent Hackathon conducted by the Union government where students had proposed technology solutions to several problems, the prime minister said universities should be centres of innovation.In the same vein, he said youth in every state must focus on one sport, the statement said.Modi also encouraged the Governors to lead by example on the cause of cleanliness, it added.He said Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary will be celebrated in 2019, is a source of inspiration, “as we work towards an Open Defecation Free India.”The prime minister said that festivals and anniversaries can be great motivators and energizers in the quest for change, the statement said.He also encouraged Lt. Governors of Union Territories to share the best practices being adopted by them in areas such as solar energy, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of subsidies, and making Union Territories kerosene-free.advertisementHe said these achievements must be extended across all Union Territories speedily, the statement said. PTI AKK AKKlast_img read more