Top contenders F2 Logistics, Foton cruise past Superliga foes

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal F2 Logistics and Foton, two of the teams tipped to contend for the title, clobbered their respective foes in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The two squads also clinched their second straight victory, with the Cargo Movers crushing Sta. Lucia, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18, and the Tornadoes whipping Cignal, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra routs NLEX, sets up semis duel vs Magnolia Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Majoy Baron led the Cargo Movers with 14 points.Meanwhile, CJ Rosario delivered 13 kills, two blocks and two aces to finish with 17 points while Mina Aganon tallied 14 hits for Foton, which hardly missed the presence of towering frontliners Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSantiago and Manabat opted to sit out the season-ending conference to see action in the prestigious V. Premier League of Japan. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Bucks roll in Mike Budenholzer’s 1st game vs Hawks

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Karl-Anthony Towns help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in just 19 minutes, and the Bucks starters got plenty of rest in a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.Khris Middleton scored 19 points while hitting all four of his 3-point attempts. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 19 and point guard Eric Bledsoe added 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks, who led 43-14 after 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Obviously, the first quarter (we) threw a big punch on both ends of the court,” Budenholzer said. “I thought the effort by Eric Bledsoe was great. To have that kind of lead and set the tone, the starters were phenomenal.”Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Milwaukee starters did not play in the fourth quarter. “It was huge,” Middleton said. “We get off to a great start, set the tone early and keep it going the whole game. Hopefully it can prepare us for tomorrow.”Milwaukee (27-10) improved its NBA-best record as it won its fifth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games. The Bucks tied a season high for points in a game, equaling their total against Sacramento on Nov. 4, and scored more than 140 for a league-best third time.“They’re the No. 1 team in the league right now,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “They’re playing with an edge and we saw that tonight.“We just didn’t have it. That’s part of our growing pains and part of our growth, to understand that you have to go through these things.”Toronto (28-12) is coming off a road loss to San Antonio and already has lost the first two games against Milwaukee this season. The Bucks could capture the season tiebreaker with another win Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Hawks: Host Miami on Sunday.Bucks: Host Toronto on Saturday. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives between Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins and DeAndre’ Bembry during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — The last thing the Milwaukee Bucks wanted on Friday was a grind-it-out game, with Eastern Conference rival Toronto coming to town the next night to complete a back-to-back set.No need to worry in Mike Budenholzer’s first game against his former team.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “It’s neck-and-neck right now,” Middleton said. “But we try to keep the focus on us. It’s a long season. We’re not complacent with where we’re at right now. We still can be better in some areas so we’re going to stay hungry.”Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with the team and his 2014-15 squad won 60 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals.The rebuilding Hawks (11-27) were no match for the Bucks, who led by as many as 38 points in the first half. Milwaukee took a 76-43 halftime lead, tying the second-largest halftime lead in franchise history and the largest since 1978.Milwaukee extended the lead to as many as 46 points in the fourth quarter.DeAndre Bembry led Atlanta with 19 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 14 while hitting 4 of 9 3-pointers.The Bucks had 12 players score eight or more points — the most by any team in a game since the 1976-77 season.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta has two rookies making major contributions: fifth overall pick Trae Young, acquired in a draft-night deal with Dallas; and 19th overall pick Kevin Huerter. Young, the former Oklahoma star and 6-foot-2 guard, entered Friday averaging 15.4 points and 7.4 assists. He had only two points in the first three quarters but finished with 13 points in 31 minutes. Huerter, who played at Maryland, scored a personal-best 22 points at Indiana on Dec. 31 and had 12 points in 44 minutes against Washington on Wednesday. “We played him 40 minutes in Indiana and he gets a career high,” Pierce said. “It was kind of a lesson to me. Play him more. Get him more shots and his shot attempts have gone up in every month, so we’re finding more productivity with more opportunity. So, it’s my job to get him more opportunity.” Huerter scored 10 points Friday. … Former Bucks forward Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) was unavailable for the Hawks after being ruled out following the team’s morning shootaround.Bucks: Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his nose in practice on Dec. 16. Second-year forward D.J. Wilson has played well in Ilyasova’s absence, and Budenholzer said he wasn’t sure how he would distribute playing time. “It’s the hard part about our league,” Budenholzer said. “When you have a roster with a lot of depth and a lot of good players, sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Sometimes you play a little bigger rotation. But we’ve certainly been happy with D.J., happy with Thon (Maker). Ersan is a veteran guy and we’re happy to have him back. This league is amazing how opportunity is always right around the corner if someone isn’t playing.” Ilyasova drew a charge — his specialty — just 13 seconds after entering the game in the first quarter. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.UP NEXT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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De Ligt aiming for UCL after record-breaking Juve arrival

first_img0Shares0000Matthijs de Ligt has joined Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus after knocking him out of the Champions League last season © AFP/File / EMMANUEL DUNANDTURIN, Italy, Jul 19 – Matthijs de Ligt is targeting the Champions League with Juventus after the Serie A side pried him from Ajax thanks to the largest fee ever paid for a defender.The 19-year-old, one of the most coveted young players in world football, was unveiled in Turin on Friday after moving to the Italian champions for a combined fee of 75 million euros (Sh8.5bn) plus 10.5 million euros of add-ons. The previous highest paid for a defender was the 84.5 million euros that Liverpool paid Southampton a year ago for another Dutchman Virgil van Dijk.Juve haven’t won the tournament since beating Ajax in Rome in 1996 and De Ligt is hoping to end that drought of European glory after missing out himself thanks to a gut-wrenching semi-final defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last season.“There are three competitions we can play for, maybe four with the Supercup — championship, Coppa Italia and Champions League. We want to win everything,” said De Ligt, who turns 20 next month.“I think this is the most important thing … I think a club like Juventus wants to win so it won’t be different this year.”De Ligt, who has signed a five-year deal with Maurizio Sarri’s side worth a reported 12 million euros a season, said that Cristiano Ronaldo’s appeal for him to join Juventus made no difference to his decision, as he had already made up his mind to join the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at the Allianz Stadium.De Ligt had also been linked with Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive performances for a young Ajax side that won the domestic double but missed out on the Champions League final on away goals thanks to Lucas Moura’s 96th-minute winner for Spurs in Amsterdam.“When the season was over I was going to see if I can enjoy a vacation and get some rest and then after join a new club,” he told reporters.“At that moment, I was pretty sure it was Juventus, but obviously it was really nice that someone big like Cristiano Ronaldo asked me if I wanted to join Juventus.“It was a big compliment but it was not a difference between joining Juventus or not.”De Ligt’s arrival adds young blood to an ageing defence that features 34-year-old Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, 32.He played 117 times for Ajax in all competitions and scored 13 goals, including the winner in Turin as Ajax eliminated Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals.De Ligt has also played 17 times for the Netherlands, forming a formidable central defensive partnership with Liverpool’s Van Dijk.De Ligt is this summer’s latest big-money transfer following the 120-million-euro deal that took France striker Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona and the 126 million euros that Atletico splashed out on 19-year-old forward Joao Felix from Benfica.Barca also shelled out 75 million euros for De Ligt’s former Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong, while La Liga rivals Real Madrid bagged Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard from Chelsea for an initial 100 million euros, with another 34 million euros in potential add-ons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Saddam Hussein trial seen as easy conviction

first_img Milosevic has skillfully manipulated his proceedings to win back a measure of support among his fellow Serbs, many of whom believe the trial is unfair. Iraqi officials hope to avoid that and are aiming for a speedy conviction – likely followed by a death sentence. For months, Iraqi officials have hinted they have seized documents tying Saddam directly to the massacre. “The Dujail case is the easiest to put together as far as evidence-gathering and preparation is concerned,” one of the judges on the Iraqi Special Tribunal told The Associated Press. “There are documents that have been seized and verified concerning the case.” His identity, and those of others on the tribunal, are being kept secret to deter reprisals by Saddam loyalists or other insurgents. Saddam’s legal team, in turn, seems likely to ask for an immediate delay when the trial starts Wednesday, arguing it has not been allowed to see key documents and has not had sufficient time to prepare a defense. Saddam himself has challenged the entire legitimacy of the court that will try him and is likely to argue that he enjoyed immunity from prosecution under the Iraqi Constitution in force at the time. The judges are Iraqis appointed under an interim Iraqi government created by the former U.S. occupation authorities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi authorities have chosen a little-known case with which to launch the prosecution of Saddam Hussein because it affords the best chance for a speedy conviction – and because it gives the long-suppressed Shiite majority a first crack at the former Iraqi dictator. But the decision to push ahead with the trial, due to start Wednesday in the capital’s heavily guarded Green Zone, also carries some high risks for Iraq. The timing, four days after the contentious constitutional referendum, and the case itself may fuel fears among Sunni Arabs that the Shiite Muslims who now control Iraq are more interested in settling scores than in providing justice. The New York-based Human Rights Watch also warned that the special Iraqi court established to try former regime figures “runs the risk of violating international standards for fair trials.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “In Iraq’s fragile political climate, the legitimacy of the court will be in question,” Human Rights Watch said. The trial focuses on the role of Saddam and seven allies in a 1982 massacre in Dujail, a heavily Shiite town 50 miles north of Baghdad. About 150 people were executed and up to 1,500 others imprisoned and tortured after Shiite militants there failed to assassinate Saddam. The toll pales against the thousands of Kurds who were gassed to death in Halabja in 1988 or with the thousands of Shiites slaughtered after a 1991 uprising – or even with the countless Iraqis whose lives were ruined by Saddam’s regime. But a comprehensive trial covering all of Saddam’s alleged crimes could take years to complete, especially in the midst of a bloody insurgency being waged largely by the ousted president’s fellow Sunni Arabs. So Iraqi leaders and their American advisers – who seem keen to avoid a repeat of the U.N. trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that has dragged on since 2002 – chose this case. last_img read more

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Mehul Choksi Firm Samuels Jewelers Files For Bankruptcy in US

first_imgSamuels Jewelers, Inc, controlled by Mehul Choksi, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US. The company, with over $100 million in debt, claims that allegations of bank fraud against executives of Gitanjali Gems, its parent company in India, have damaged its business and worsened financial problems. Gitanjali Gems’s 2017 annual report lists Samuels as a 100% owned subsidiary. Choksi is the alleged mastermind of the $2 billion PNB fraud and uncle of Nirav Modi, who is also fugitive.Read it at DNA Related Itemslast_img

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Huawei Honor 5X: Knights in shining armour

first_imgAll-metal phones under Rs 15,000 were hard to find — and imagine — a couple of years ago. Then again, seems like only yesterday that we were revelling over a couple of odd phones under Rs 15,000 that (for a pleasant surprise) came with FullHD displays. Not to mention, the growing surge of fingerprint scanner-totting affordable phones.The message is loud and clear: you don’t have to burn your pocket in order to buy a fancy smartphone anymore and something that is cheap in terms of cash doesn’t necessarily have to be cheap in terms of quality.We reviewed two such — fancy yet affordable — phones recently, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Huawei’s Honor 5X. Both the phones are pretty exciting in their own right. But which one’s better? Which one gives you better bang for the buck?Here’s a point-by-point breakdown of the Redmi Note 3 and Honor 5X, our affordable knights in shining armour:Design and build quality Both the Redmi Note 3 and Honor 5X are clad in metal, almost to the brim. The upper and lower ends sport plastic with brushed metal finish to accommodate the sensors and the antenna. You will notice the stark distinction, but keep in mind that these are the phones that are priced below Rs 15,000. And frankly, phones have never looked so good (read premium) at this price point.Of the two, the Honor 5X looks slightly better, and shinier. So, if you’re someone who likes to flaunt his/her phone for the world to see then the Honor 5X is definitely the one that you’re looking for. Weighing in at 158 grams and 8.2mm, the Honor 5X is also barely there. It’s so thin and light (even more so than the Redmi Note 3) that it’s hardly noticeable in hand.advertisementIf we were to talk about real estate, both the phones offer more or less the same screen-to-body-ratio. Bezels are quite prominent, but since the Redmi Note 3 employs physical capacitive keys, it would appear that it’s giving you a bigger screen in comparison to the Honor 5X.Looks aside, the Redmi Note 3 has a slight ergonomic edge over the Honor 5X in that the latter is very slippery to hold on to.Verdict: The Honor 5X is definitely sexier, but the Redmi Note 3 is more ergonomic.Display Both the Redmi Note 3 and Honor 5X come with 5.5-inch FullHD display with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. On paper, both the phones have the exact display specifics, and mete out almost similar output in real world usage as well, with slight differences.The screen of the Honor 5X is tad brighter than the screen of the Redmi Note 3, but suffers from inaccurate colours. The Honor 5X (in general) shows slightly colder colours by default, as opposed to the Redmi Note 3 which is more balanced in comparison.Verdict: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3Software Both the Redmi Note 3 and Honor 5X run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. While the Honor 5X comes with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 custom user interface, the Redmi Note 3 has Xiaomi’s MIUI 7.0 over Android. Being UIs from reputable Chinese brands, both the user interfaces lack a traditional app drawer, and instead come with a springboard of apps and widgets. Skinning is heavy, and bloat or unwanted apps are hard to overlook.In terms of looks and feel, Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 is definitely the more appealing alternative. MIUI is for someone who likes in your face animations and funky colour schemes. The UI is basically entrenched in these aspects. There are of course options to tone down these aspects, should you find them too overwhelming. Focus is largely on customisation here.Huawei’s EMUI may not be as visually appealing as MIUI, but it is feature packed to the brim provided you’re the kind of person who likes to dig into things. EMUI 3.1 focuses largely on customisability and battery management. It has a number of useful Easter eggs scattered all across its length and breadth, which is always nice to explore and make use of.Having said that, a user interface is about user experience. Xiaomi’s MIUI holds the upper hand here because it’s more polished in almost every sense of the word. It’s slick to use with minimum or no lag at all. The Emotion UI on the other hand is prone to lag every now and then, which hits user experience in the longer run.Verdict: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3PerformanceThe Honor 5X is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 128GB microSD card.advertisementThe Redmi Note 3 on the other hand is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 3GB RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 128GB microSD card.There’s no doubt that both the Honor 5X and Redmi Note 3 are very capable phones (for the price) and won’t disappoint in basic everyday usage. That said, the Redmi Note 3 holds noticeable edge over the Honor 5X, not just because it is honing a more potent processor (and more RAM) but also because its MIUI 7 user interface doesn’t stress the machinery inside. Good hardware complimented with a slick and responsive user interface ensures that the Redmi Note 3 feels faster at almost every task that you throw at it. The Honor 5X is a breeze once your app is up and running, but getting the app to start (and close) often takes an odd second or two and that could be a problem.The Honor 5X also has a tendency to run slightly warmer (in comparison to the Redmi Note 3) especially while playing demanding games, using the camera or streaming 1080p content for longer periods.Verdict: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3Connectivity and SpeakersBoth the Redmi Note 3 and Honor 5X are dualSIM 4G-capable phones featuring a hybrid card slot to accommodate a microSD card. This means you can’t use two SIMs and microSD card simultaneously. Call quality is excellent on the Honor 5X. The Redmi Note 3 is pretty standard in network performance in comparison.While the Honor 5X has its speaker vent at the bottom edge, the Redmi Note 3 has it on the rear. Both the phones churn out loud audio (for the price) with Huawei’s offering being a tad louder. There is distortion at peak volume in the case of the Honor 5X but unlike the Redmi Note 3, its sound isn’t muffled when the phone is kept back facing down. Overall, we feel that the Honor 5X has a slightly better speaker than the Redmi Note 3, but for most users the difference would be indiscernible.Also read: Dissected: What is inside Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Camera The Honor 5X comes with a 13-megapxiel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. It has a 5-megapixel front camera.The Redmi Note 3 on the other hand has a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dualLED (dual tone) flash. It comes with a 5-megapixel front camera.Without beating around the bush, let’s get straight to the point. Both the phones have disappointing cameras, even for the price at hand. This is because both the Honor 4X (predecessor to Honor 5X) and Xiaomi Mi 4i (that retails around the same price point) had pretty amazing cameras for the price. The Honor 5X and Redmi Note 3 leave a lot to be desired in this department.There’s a very fine difference between a picture clicked with the Honor 5X and the Redmi Note 3.advertisementAlthough images clicked in good light pack some detail, zooming into some of these pictures shows noise. Low-light photos are just bad with noise taking the better of them on all counts.Verdict: TieBatteryWhile the Xiaomi Redmi 3 packs in a massive 4,050 battery, the Honor 5X has a much smaller 3,000mAh battery inside in comparison. Any guesses? Well, yes, the Redmi Note 3 has far superior battery life than the Honor 5X. Not that the Honor 5X has poor battery life, but the Redmi Note 3 is just fabulous. No matter what you do, the Redmi Note 3 will last in excess of a day with ease. The Honor 5X has that potential but you’ll have to use one of its power saving features at some point of time. Moreover, Xiaomi’s phone also supports fast charging, while the Honor 5X doesn’t.Verdict: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Which one should you buy? The Redmi Note 3 is definitely a better deal over the Honor 5X because it excels in raw performance and battery life. It is slick, easy to use and fairly good looking. Its fingerprint scanner is also tad faster than the one on the Honor 5X, and more accurate as well.But more importantly, it’s the price aspect. The Redmi Note 3 is priced at Rs 11,999 for the 3GB RAM and 32GB memory variant, which is Rs 1,000 less than the Honor 5X. For Rs 1,000 less you’re getting a faster phone with far better battery life in the Redmi Note 3. The choice is pretty much obvious. The Redmi Note 3 is undoubtedly the budget smartphone to beat at the moment. For those of you looking for an even more affordable option, Xiaomi is also selling a 2GB RAM and 16GB memory variant for Rs 9,999.  The Honor 5X is good, just that the Redmi Note 3 is so much better.You may also like to read:Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul DravidHuawei Honor 5X review: Good but competitors are betterlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Belgium and France clash in mouth-watering semi-final

first_imgTwo of the best teams of the ongoing World Cup 2018, France and Belgium will face each other n the first semi-final on Tuesday at St. Petersburg.Belgium have scored 14 goals in five matches and were hugely impressive in their 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne combining to devastating effect to oust the five-times world champions.In contrast, France sleep-walked through the group stages, eking out wins over Australia and Peru before a stultifying 0-0 draw with Denmark.Their early struggles had ‘Les Bleus’ being written off in some quarters, but all that changed when they faced Argentina in the last 16 in what must be a leading contender for the most exciting match of the tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDidier Deschamps tweaked his formation, effectively freeing up Kylian Mbappe on the right to run at the Argentine defence, and what followed was a wonderful display of attacking football that France won 4-3.The victory boosted France’s morale, and they followed it up with a workman-like 2-0 win over Uruguay that was impressive because of how well they managed to control the game against tricky opponents.Belgium faced a heart-stopping moment of uncertainty in the first knockout round against Japan, when Martinez’s decision to rest players in their final group match against England almost backfired spectacularly.Team spirit can carry Belgium to World Cup 2018 final: Roberto MartinezBelgium’s returning first team players made a sluggish start against the Samurai Blue and suddenly found themselves trailing by two goals with time ebbing away.advertisementStung into action, Martinez sent on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and both were heavily involved as Belgium pulled off a late comeback, with Chadli securing victory with practically the last kick of the game.Against Brazil in the quarters, Martinez showed tactical adventure, as he pushed target man Lukaku to the wing to allow De Bruyne to operate as a ‘false nine’. The strategy worked, and De Bruyne scored his first goal in Russia.World Cup 2018: Coach confident with France’s preparation for Belgian tacticsTuesday’s clash in St Petersburg has all the makings of a classic, with fans and viewers likely to be treated to the sight of two wonderfully attacking teams going toe-to-toe.”It’s a super exciting game with great players on both sides,” France defender Benjamin Pavard said. “It’s going to be a man’s match and we will have to step up.”France, world champions in 1998, are slight favourites to go through according to most bookmakers, but Belgium tend to step up their game against these particular European rivals, if history is anything to go by.Of the 73 meetings between the teams, Belgium have won 30 and France 24, with 19 draws between them, although if Belgium are to reach their first World Cup final they will have to do so by beating France at the tournament for the first time.France came through their quarter-final unscathed, and Deschamps has his entire squad to choose from, while Belgium are only slightly worse off.Full back Thomas Meunier is suspended after picking up a second yellow card of the tournament against Brazil, with Martinez likely to bring in Yannick Carrasco in his place.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Swapna Barman had been advised to surgically remove extra toes. She refused and won Asiad gold

first_imgSwapna Barman is nothing if not determined, focused and strong. On Wednesday, Swapna became the first Indian to win a Heptathlon gold at the Asian Games and her story has now become incredibly famous.Born to abject poverty, Swapna had to face many adversities.While India rejoiced after Swapna’s monumental achievement, her story and struggles started coming to life. It is now well known that she had to battle severe toothache for two days during her events.What is also now known is that she has 12 toes – six on each foot – and that it was painful with every landing she made. She did not wear customised shoes. In fact made do with normal shoes worn by people with 10 toes.Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlonBut was that going to stop her from chasing her dreams? No way.”I use normal shoes worn by people who have normal five toes. It really pains during training. It is very uncomfortable, whether I wear spikes or normal shoes,” Barman said after her gold medal-winning effort.Watch: Swapna Barman wins historic Asiad medal, mother gets emotional at homeThe issue was constantly on Barman’s mind ahead of the Asian Games 2018 as she aimed to improve upon her fifth finish on her Games debut as teenager in Incheon four years ago.How Swapna Barman braved serious pain to create Asian Games history”Ahead of the Games, my main worry is Im not getting the right shoes for high jump,” Barman had told Reuters.advertisementI never had customised shoes and Ive been managing with a model which is unfortunately no longer available in India. I still have an old pair of them and Im going to use them in Jakarta. Athletics is a difficult pursuit in cricket-mad India, where Olympic sports survive largely on government grants and Barmans unique feet have made the task doubly difficult for the girl from a poor family in the east Indian town of Jalpaiguri.The locally manufactured shoes were no good, so Barman tried several brands before realising she would have to make do with standard-sized footwear.The extra width of her feet means every landing is painful and the shoes do not last long either, but she has so far resisted the suggestion to have her extra digits surgically removed. Indian athletes win Asiad glory against all odds: A story of grit and inspiration”Its a problem and I think I may have to live with it for the rest of my life,” she said.”Some people did suggest surgery to get rid of the extra toes but Im not sure about it. Anyway, Im now focusing on the Asian Games and will think about all it later.”Swapna did focus on the Asian Games and her focus and determination resulted in making her a part of India’s sporting folklore(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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10 months ago​Hodgson insists Crystal Palace are no longer selling club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Hodgson insists Crystal Palace are no longer selling clubby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson insists that Crystal Palace are not looking to sell any stars in the winter.Palace have many players that are linked with moves away, such as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.It is Zaha in particular who has interest from the top clubs in the league.But Hodgson believes the club want to add to the team, not take away quality midway through the season.”If anything, we need to strengthen our squad, not weaken it,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.”It would take a lot for us to lose players because we are not a selling club at the moment.”At this time of year there will be questions to answer every day because someone, somewhere will be linking players with another club. I accept that as part of the modern football world.”We will deal with that and keep our business to ourselves – I am not one to go out and individually discuss other players all the time.”I am sometimes amused to see players linked with other clubs where I don’t see any connection whatsoever but on occasions you have to think, ‘maybe they have heard a rumour and they’re not so far off’.” last_img read more

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