Lionel Messi left out of Argentina’s national team

first_imgAdvertisementLionel Messi’s record with Argentina hasn’t been something the 31 year old can be proud of. With 0 international trophies and a strained relationship with the Argentine football board, maybe Messi’s drop isn’t much of a surprise. In fact, had he not been one of the greatest footballers of all time, he probably wouldn’t have played as many matches as he has.Argentina barely made it through to the round of 16 of the World Cup where they were knocked out by France, after a disappointing overall showing in the tournament. Their talisman, Leo Messi managed to score only one goal, despite being the nation’s highest ever goal scorer. Messi was granted time off national team duties for a year since thenThe Barcelona man wasn’t the only big name that was not selected for the upcoming Brazil clash. Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Higuaín are also not part of the squad travelling to Saudi Arabia.Messi has scored 65 goals in 128 appearances for the national team since his debut and has always been someone the nation relies on heavily to this date. But his international trophy cabinet say a different story altogether.At 31, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will probably be Leo’s last duty for Argentina, and even then, it is safe to say that the entire team will heavily rely on his skill with the ball and experience on the pitch.Read full article here :Otamendi returns but Argentina leave out Messi againRead also : Football: CR7 fans look away! Woman accuses Juventus star of rapeYou WILL NOT believe how many goals the number 7s at United have scored after CR7 left Advertisementlast_img read more

Louis Tomlinson wants Freddie to be a footballer or musician

first_imgLondon, Jun 4 (PTI) One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson wants his son Freddie Reign to become a footballer or a musician later in his life.The 24-year-old singer, who welcomed his first child Freddie Reign with his ex Briana Jungwirth in January, hopes the child will share his own passions when he gets older, reported Female First.”If he wants to, of course. I could coach him! He can do whatever he wants to do. He can try sport and if that doesnt work, do music!”.He also admitted he is missing Freddie who is in Los Angeles while he is in UK for training and the big game.He tweeted, “Missing my gorgeous little lad!” and added a baby emoji. PTI HKP JCHlast_img

2nd Test: Faf du Plessis ton puts South Africa on top against New Zealand

first_imgStand-in captain Faf du Plessis scored a fifth test century before his bowlers ripped through the New Zealand top order to leave South Africa firmly in charge after day two of the second Test at Centurion on Sunday. (Scorecard)Du Plessis was unbeaten on 112 when South Africa declared on 481 for eight before reducing New Zealand to 38 for three at the close with superb fast bowling on a wicket that has both sideways movement and variable bounce.Skipper Kane Williamson is not out on 15 and will carry the hopes of the touring side into the third day, along with Henry Nicholls who is unbeaten on four.South Africa’s opening bowlers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, both returning to the side for this series after injury layoffs, used the conditions superbly and were unlucky not to find more success.Philander had Martin Guptill (eight) caught at slip by Stiaan van Zyl before Steyn induced an edge from Tom Latham that was caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.With plenty of deliveries beating the bat and the scoring rate slow, Ross Taylor (one) showed signs of panic. He took on the arm of the nippy Temba Bavuma at midwicket and was run out to compound the misery for New Zealand.Du Plessis had earlier shown the way with a patient innings that took 234 balls and was his first Test ton in 17 visits to the crease, a timely return to form as he stands in for regular captain AB de Villiers.JP Duminy, restored to the team in the absence of De Villiers, missed out on his century, though, falling for 88 caught behind off a wild hook.advertisementNeil Wagner, who attended primary and high school with Du Plessis in Pretoria, was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of 5-89 in 39 overs.last_img read more

India team for ICC Champions Trophy to be selected on May 8

first_imgThe Indian team for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy will be picked on May 8, finally breaking the deadlock over India’s participation in the mega event scheduled to be held in England from June 1.India Today has learnt that captain Virat Kohli, who is busy leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League season 10, will join the proceedings via conference call.Earlier, irked by the delaying tactics of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) on Thursday asked the board to announce the team for the Champions Trophy immediately.The BCCI had deliberately missed the April 25 deadline for submission of the squad in the wake of the International Cricket Council (ICC) proposing a new financial model which reduces BCCI’s revenues from USD 570 million to USD 293 million.The ICC had overwhelmingly voted to drastically reduce the BCCI’s share of revenue at its board meeting that led to much heart burning among BCCI officials who contemplated a pull out from the Champions Trophy.The CoA in a letter to the BCCI on Thursday asserted that the it must not hurt the interest of the players in its dispute with the game’s world governing body.In the letter to BCCI Joint Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ahead of the board’s Special General Meeting (SGM) on Sunday, the CoA demanded an immediate meeting of the selection committee to announce the squad for the Champions Trophy.The CoA also urged the BCCI to resolve its differences with the global body in the best interests of Indian cricket.advertisementlast_img read more

BMW claws back to form, sales vrooms 25% in 2017at 9800 units

first_imgMumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) BMW Group India today reported a robust 25 per cent growth in car sales selling 9,800 units in 2017, with the flagship BMW delivering 1,879 more cars to customers in the year gone by.BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeler arm, which made its debut here in April 2017, sold 252 motorcycles within the nine months of launch, the company said.”BMW Group India delivered 9,800 cars, including 421 units of the small-premium car Mini, registering a growth of 25 per cent over the year-ago period,” it said.BMW sold 9,379 cars in 2017, clocking a growth of 25 per cent compared to 7,500 units delivered in 2016, the company said, adding Mini also logged a growth of 17 per cent, over 2016 cent, at 421 units.This is the best ever numbers for the second largest luxury carmaker in the country.The German auto giant has three brands here– BMW, Mini and Motorrad.In 2017, the BMW sales growth was predominantly driven by the sports activity vehicle (SAV) segment, particularly the compact X1 and its premium variant X5.The second half of 2017 also saw an unprecedented acceleration in sales with the launch of the all-new 5 Series, the most progressive sport-business sedan here, it said.”The year 2017 was a challenging year for the automotive industry in India that adversely affected stability and impacted consumer confidence due to several policy fluctuations.”We have achieved this successful growth as a result of our robust strategy, a resolute approach in its implementation,” Vikram Pawah, BMW Group India president said.”We are confident of continuing this momentum but our primary goal is to grow the size of the luxury car market here. We strongly believe, that leading the growth of the segment is more important than anything, even more important than being just Number 1,” he added.advertisementThe market leader Mercedes is yet to announce the numbers, while No 3 Audi reported a tepid 2 per cent volume growth and the British rival JLR reported a whopping 49 per cent spike in sales in the year. PTI IAS BEN BENlast_img read more

Djokovic Beats Federer for US Open

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — After winning a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.Following another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled toward the stands. And moments later, Djokovic shook his right arm, bloodied by an early fall, and screamed, “Yes! Yes!” to celebrate a missed forehand by Federer.Djokovic appeared to be all alone out there in Arthur Ashe Stadium, trying to solve Federer while also dealing with a crowd loudly supporting the 17-time major champion proclaimed “arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport” during pre-match introductions.In the end, Djokovic handled everything in a thrill-a-minute final on a frenetic night. Thwarting Federer with his relentless defense and unparalleled returning, Djokovic took control late and held on for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory Sept. 13 to earn his second U.S. Open title, third major championship of the year and 10th Grand Slam trophy in all.“We pushed each other to the limit,” the No. 1-ranked Djokovic said, “as we always do.”Djokovic, who is 63-5 in 2015, including 27-1 at majors, said he understood why the crowd backed Federer but hopes to someday get that sort of support.“You do let sometimes certain things to distract you,” Djokovic said about interacting with the fans. “But it’s important to get back on the course and go back to basics and why you are there and what you need to do.”Certainly was able to do that.Contorting his body this way and that, sneakers squeaking loudly as he changed directions or scraping like sandpaper as he slid to reach unreachable shots, Djokovic forced the 34-year-old Federer to put the ball into the tiniest of spaces. Federer wound up with 54 unforced errors, 17 more than Djokovic.Another key statistic: Djokovic won 10 of the first 12 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.Perhaps the most pivotal of all: Djokovic saved 19 of the 23 break points he faced, while winning six of Federer’s service games.“Some of them, I could have done better, should have done better,” the second-ranked Federer said.From late in the third set to 5-2 in the fourth, Djokovic took control against a wilting Federer by claiming eight of 10 games. Federer made one last stand, breaking to get within 5-3 and holding for 5-4, but a forehand return that flew long left Djokovic as the champion, pointing to his heart.After all the attention paid to Serena Williams’ bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam, which ended with a semifinal loss at the U.S. Open, it’s Djokovic who reached all four finals.He beat Andy Murray at the Australian Open in January, lost to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open in June, then beat Federer at Wimbledon in July.The 28-year-old from Serbia also won a trio of majors in 2011 — including his only other title in New York in five previous finals — and his career total ranks tied for seventh-most in history behind Federer.Djokovic evened his head-to-head record with Federer at 21-all. They have met in three of the last six Grand Slam finals, and Djokovic is 3-0 in those. It is as spectacular a rivalry as there is in tennis right now, with contrasting styles of play.“Being back in a final is where you want to be,” said Federer, who owns five U.S. Open titles but last played for the championship in 2009. “Playing a great champion like Novak is a massive challenge.”His coach, Stefan Edberg, figures an 18th major title is still not out of reach, even though no one Federer’s age has won the U.S. Open since 1970.“You still cannot count him out,” Edberg said. “If he keeps playing at this level, he’ll get another shot.”Djokovic sounded as if he agreed, saying about Federer: “He’s just not going away.”Rain began falling about 10 minutes before they were supposed to head out from the locker room, and the start of the match was delayed for more than three hours, beginning after 7 p.m. Won’t happen again: The U.S. Tennis Association is in the midst of constructing a retractable roof expected to be ready for next year’s tournament.In the third game, Djokovic slipped as he raced forward and fell, ripping skin off his hand, elbow and knee. Shaken, he lost six of the next seven points, then got treatment from a trainer.Still, all of four Federer service games into the match, Djokovic earned four breaks. That was the same total managed by Federer’s opponents in 82 service games across his previous six matches. Federer also hadn’t lost a set until the final.If there were many folks in favor of Djokovic in the 23,771-capacity arena, they were tough to hear. Instead — and make no mistake, Djokovic noticed — a vast majority were on Federer’s side, even applauding faults by Djokovic, considered poor tennis etiquette.Over and over, chair umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore, the first woman to officiate a U.S. Open men’s singles final, held up a hand the way a school teacher might and asked for quiet.“Was it louder than ever? Maybe,” Federer said. “It was unreal.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)last_img read more

Petta poster out: Rajinikanth and Simran rock the new look

first_imgAfter the success of Pa Ranjith’s Kaala, Rajinikanth will have his second release this November. His upcoming film 2.0 with director Shankar is slated to release on November 29.Even before 2.0’s grand release, Superstar has already completed the shooting of his next film Petta. Sun Pictures, the makers of Petta, has released a new poster which confirms that the film will release on Pongal 2019.In the new poster, Rajinikanth and Simran look gorgeous as a couple. It looks like Thalaivar will have multiple looks in director Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta.Here’s the poster:#PettaPongalParaak@rajinikanth @karthiksubbaraj @SimranbaggaOffc @anirudhofficial @VijaySethuOffl @Nawazuddin_S @SasikumarDir @trishtrashers pic.twitter.com/rPxBgZNqKiSun Pictures (@sunpictures) November 14, 2018Earlier, the makers had released two posters which had Rajinikanth in different looks. While the first look of Petta had the Kaala star in a stylish avatar, the second poster had him sporting a handlebar moustache.In the third look, which was released today morning, Rajinikanth is sporting a wig and seems to be having fun with his co-star Simran.The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Sasikumar, Trisha and Malavika Mohanan in prominent roles.Sources close to the unit revealed Trisha will play a pivotal role in the flashback portions of the film. Also, her character will have a girl-next-door image in the commercial entertainer.Petta might face a box office clash with Ajith’s Viswasam as the film is scheduled to hit the screens on Pongal 2019.ALSO SEE | Trisha on Petta: I am a Rajinikanth fan first and only then his co-staradvertisementALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth vs Akshay Kumar: 2.0 trailer is finally outlast_img read more

Mexico hold off South Korea as Hernández brings up his 50

first_img Read more Facebook World Cup 2018 World Cup South Korea 1-2 Mexico: World Cup 2018 – as it happened Pinterest Topics Mexico must secure a point in their final group stage match against Sweden to ensure they reach the last 16 for a seventh straight World Cup after they eased to victory over South Korea in Rostov. Having shocked the world champions, Germany, in their opening Group F game, Mexico secured a 2-1 win as Carlos Vela tucked home a first-half penalty before Javier Hernández clinched the points with his 50th international goal. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Twitter With time running out, Son scored South Korea’s first goal of the finals and it was one worth waiting for as the Tottenham forward bent a 20-yard strike out of the reach of Ochoa and into the corner – but it proved too little, too late.Juan Carlos Osorio’s side now face a final group game against Sweden in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday, while South Korea take on Germany in Kazan. South Korea Mexico Share on WhatsApp The Observer Share via Email Carlos Vela scores for Mexico from the penalty spot. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters “What often happens against teams with less history is that the human being tends to relax but we dedicated all week to making sure we did not let that happen and fortunately the message didn’t get lost among all the praise the team has received,” he said.“Football is about opinions, it’s very subjective and it changes all the time. The analysis is more about the result so the most appropriate thing for us is to keep preparing and not get carried out. We must prepare for the next game as if it is the last and get as far in the World Cup as we can.”.Mexico needed only 26 minutes to take the lead after Hirving Lozano initially failed to turn home a low cross. They were awarded a penalty as Jang Hyun-soo was penalised for handball – referee Milorad Mazic not needing to use VAR to point to the spot. Vela stepped up and coolly sent Cho Hyun-woo the wrong way to mark his 70th cap with the opening goal.The second half began more equally but it was Cho who was once again called into action just before the hour, neatly tipping a deflected Andrés Guardado effort behind for a corner. Vela angled a curling strike just over the bar before Hernández made sure of the win with a landmark goal. South Korea, who pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Son Heung‑min, are all but out after enduring a second narrow defeat. But after Germany’s late victory over Sweden, Mexico face a nervous showdown in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday as they bid to get past the last 16 for the first time since hosting the finals in 1986.“We came to Russia with a lot of criticism but we’re working hard and have a lot of talent. We have humility but we beat Germany and South Korea and now we have to play against Sweden and stay cool and calm,” Hernández said.“We cannot afford to get caught up in all this, we have to continue our job and stay humble. Of course we should enjoy this but tomorrow we start working again,” he added after he equalled Luis Hernández’s record of four goals at World Cup finals for Mexico.South Korea were guilty of committing a number of fouls throughout the match, leading the Mexico coach, Juan Carlos Osorio, to complain his players had not been given enough protection.“Usually, I don’t like to talk about referees but there was something I didn’t like and that was that there were 24 fouls against us,” said Osorio. “It’s very easy to analyse who committed them. For the good of football, I hope they take the necessary precautions and measures.”Osorio, who is hoping to break Mexico’s run of six successive last-16 World Cup eliminations, said he spent a lot of time making sure complacency did not creep in after their win over Germany. match reports Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Timer clocks to prevent time wasting, free hits in Tests: Suggestions by MCC committee

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 11:08 IST The MCC also floated the idea of using one standard ball across all countries (Lord’s Cricket Ground Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMCC World Cricket Committee suggested that timer clocks be used during Test matchesThe panel also suggested that free hits be awarded to the batsman in case of no-ballsThey also floated the idea of using one standard ball in the format across all countriesThe Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) council on Tuesday suggested a few radical changes in the longest format of the game to curb the problem of slow over-rates.The MCC’s World Cricket Committee suggested that timer clocks be used during Test matches along with a host of other changes in the traditional and oldest format of the sport to make it more exciting for the fans and players.The future of the longest format of the game has been a subject of debate amid dwindling crowds for test matches outside Australia and England.A recent survey by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the sole authority on the laws of cricket since it was founded in 1787, found an overwhelming 86 percent of fans still identified test cricket as their preferred format.However, the survey also covered some of the key challenges in increasing attendances at ground and viewership of test matches and said players needed to show more urgency to speed up play with slow over rates being a key concern.International Cricket Council (ICC) statistics from last May showed that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years that they had been measured, the MCC said.- A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of “Over”. (This would be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler). If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they would receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five Penalty runs being awarded to the opposition. This is consistent with Laws 41.9 (Time wasting by the fielding side) and 41.10 (Batsman wasting time).advertisement- A similar timer to be used at the fall of wickets, potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch, and at drinks breaks. Batsmen and fielders should be in position before the clock reaches zero.- During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be Not out. For example, time is often spent trying to discern an inside edge for LBWs, only to see, for example, that the ball was missing the stumps. As soon as the ball tracking has been loaded, if it will result in a Not out decision, the TV umpire should be informed immediately.The MCC committee also suggested that free hits be awarded to the batsman in case the bowler over-steps the crease, just like the rule in limited-overs cricket.”The MCC World Cricket committee recommends that Free Hits should be introduced after No balls in Test matches. The system is used in the white-ball formats and the added deterrent results in there being fewer No balls than in Tests.”For example, England recently had a spell of 45 ODIs without bowling a No ball, yet they bowled eleven in the three Test series against the West Indies. The system would not only be exciting for crowds when there was a Free Hit, but also it would help to speed up over rates, if fewer No balls are bowled,” read the MCC release.The MCC Cricket Committee, which comprises of Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara, also floated the idea of using one standard ball in the format across all countries. Currently the SG, Kokkaburra and Dukes are used in all the Test playing nations around the globe.”You take on board what people like Virat Kohli and others say about what sort of ball they like. And one would have to say that the Dukes ball has come up, and people have said that as a standard ball, maybe that’s what we should be looking to get and play with.”Because it seems to have given a better balance for batsmen and bowlers even on flatter wickets. I think we should be listening to the players about this. It’s not what I think, it’s the players. They’re going to play with it. And they’ve spoken out and they would like to see a standardised ball and it might well be a Dukes ball,” MCC member Mike Gatting said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MCCFollow Marylebone Cricket ClubFollow Test cricketFollow MCC World Cricket CommitteeFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Shane WarneFollow Kumar Sangakkara Timer clocks to prevent time wasting, free hits in Tests: Suggestions by MCC committeeInternational Cricket Council (ICC) statistics from May 2018 show that over rates in the last year were the lowest in the 11 years they had been measured.advertisementlast_img read more