Harry Redknapp has become the odds-on favourite to be named winner of this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.The veteran manager has established himself as frontrunner in the latest series of the reality show with his amusing anecdotes and love for jam roly-poly, and is now priced 4/5 by Bet365.Since going into the jungle the ex-West Ham and Tottenham boss has eaten sheep brains and fish eyes, and struck up an unexpected friendship with actor John Barrowman. 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! The 71-year-old has also regaled the camp with stories about his wife of 54 years, Sandra, and how he met her a nightclub called ‘Two Puddings’ and once ran her over in his car by accident.Redknapp has also been sharing tales from his life in football, and recently revealed that his favourite manager to share a post-match drink with was Sir Alex Ferguson.When asked about his favourite opposite numbers he said: “Every manager after every game came in your office. Fergie was always great. He had a great bottle of wine. He would get something special in when you went there.”I have been in his office at 2:45 for a 3pm kick-off. The teams would go out and he would have the racing on!”I would sit there and he said I have got one in the 2:45. I said ‘Alex I have got to go’.”But he wasn’t bothered because he would go and win and had such a good team.”Redknapp has been out of a job since being sacked by Birmingham in September 2017. During his 13-match tenure, Blues won just four matches, and he left St Andrews with the club second bottom of the Championship. The former Spurs boss’ only managerial honour came in 2008 when he guided Portsmouth to a first FA Cup triumph since 1939. On a personal level, Redknapp was awarded Premier League Manager of the Season in 2010 after helping Tottenham reach the Champions League. At that time, he was the only Englishman to have won the honour.
Gabriel Jesus ended his 11-game Premier League goal drought with a brace as Manchester City bounced back from their defeat at Chelsea with a 3-1 victory over Everton.Jesus had not scored in the league since August but, with Sergio Aguero among the substitutes after recovering from a groin injury, the Brazil international led the line superbly as Pep Guardiola’s side returned to the summit.Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored to cut a two-goal deficit in half but substitute Raheem Sterling, who was allegedly the subject of racial abuse from supporters at Stamford Bridge a week ago, scored the game’s crucial fourth goal. 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! The result sends City back on top of the Premier League until Liverpool play Manchester United on Sunday, while Everton are now winless in four games.Richarlison missed a fine opportunity to put Everton ahead when he arrived unmarked at the far post but volleyed Bernard’s cross high and wide, failing to apply the spectacular finish he intended.The Toffees were shaping up to give City a tough game only to concede a sloppy opener, Yerry Mina’s clearance leading to Leroy Sane playing in Jesus, who guided the ball under the body of the advancing Jordan Pickford.Pickford made a superb save from Riyad Mahrez at close range before the break but could do little with City’s second goal five minutes into the second half, Jesus meeting Sane’s curling ball with a clinical header that flashed beyond the England goalkeeper.There was a mix-up in the City defence when Lucas Digne’s looping cross was headed down into the net by Calvert-Lewin via a deflection off Fabian Delph, but Sterling quickly dismissed any ideas of a comeback.Less than four minutes after replacing the disgruntled Sane, the forward ghosted into the six-yard box to head home Fernandinho’s cross from City’s left flank.11 – Gabriel Jesus’ goal was his first in the Premier League since August, ending a run of 11 games, 487 minutes and 18 shots without one. Redemption. #MCIEVE pic.twitter.com/Hnpv2kCkfo— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2018What does it mean? Over to you, Liverpool Liverpool entertain Manchester United at Anfield and while Jose Mourinho’s men have struggled this season to make an impression at the top end of the table, City’s result in Saturday’s early kick-off heaps the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side to keep pace in the title race.Jesus resurrects form of last seasonAfter finding the net 13 times in the league for the champions in 2017-18, Jesus has found goals tougher to come by so far this term. Guardiola will hope the striker’s well-taken double, coupled with an impressive all-round performance, can lead to a productive spell during a busy run of fixtures.Mina mishap costs Marco Silva’s men Everton – who had drawn each of their last three away games against City in the Premier League – had made an impressive start before Mina’s careless clearance set the wheels in motion for the opening goal, with the Colombian defender needlessly giving up possession to Ilkay Gundogan.Key Opta Facts- City have won their last 10 Premier League home games, scoring 36 and conceding just seven.- Everton have won just one of their last nine Premier League away games (D3 L5).- Since Pep Guardiola took charge, Everton have scored more Premier League goals against City than any other side (8).- Gabriel Jesus’ opener was his first Premier League goal since August, ending a barren spell spanning 487 minutes that included 18 shots.- Leroy Sane assisted both of Jesus’ goals in this game – the German had never previously assisted the Brazilian in the Premier League.- Raheem Sterling scored just his second headed goal in the Premier League, the other coming in December 2015 against Sunderland.What’s next? Guardiola’s men face Leicester City away in the League Cup on Tuesday before hosting Crystal Palace in league action in a week, while Everton welcome Tottenham to Goodison Park next Sunday. read more
Having already observed the more congested parts of the festive period, several leagues in Europe will either be ultra-busy – or enjoying some much-needed time off.A handful of European clubs are luckily enough to be given a Christmas break, but others are not so lucky. Goal takes a look at when football will take a pause this winter. 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 does the Premier League break for Christmas?The Premier League does not currently observe a Christmas break, and there is no break in fixtures across the festive period.The English top-flight is, notably, the only major European league to not observe a break, and the December and January schedule is the opposite of a resting period – with as many as three games played during the course of a seven-day span to accommodate all the fixtures.Figures in football have lamented the lack of a break during the holiday period, as leagues such as Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and La Liga all witness a break during the winter season, enabling them to return to crucial Champions League last 16 action in the new year prepared and well-rested.The notoriously congested Christmas period fixture schedule puts a massive physical strain on Premier League footballers, though it will all change during the 2019-20 season, when the first winter break in the Premier League is set to take place.It will also align itself with the new TV deal rights that were announced earlier this year, while also prepares itself for the Qatar World Cup in 2020, which will force the Premier League to take a winter break into account as the competition will be held from December to January.When does La Liga, Serie A and other top European leagues break for Christmas? The big-four other European leagues aside from the Premier League all observe a short winter period, and you can view their holiday breaks below.Players in the Bundesliga are those who benefit from the most generous break, with a monumental 22-day resting period from club duty during the festive calendar. Country Break starts Break ends Duration Germany Dec 20 Jan 12 22 days France Dec 20 Jan 6 16 days Italy Jan 6 Jan 21 14 days Spain Dec 23 Jan 3 11 days Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Germany campGuwahati, Jan 12 (PTI) Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today felicitated nine-year old footballer Chandan Boro, who has been selected for a six-year-long residential coaching in Germany.”I congratulate you on your achievement and hope you will go a long way,” the Governor said while congratulating Chandan and handing him an appreciation certificate and a memento at the Raj Bhavan here.He hoped that Boro would overcome all hurdles and reach the zenith of success to add many feathers of success through hard work and dedication.Boro and his family members also called on the Chief Minister who assured him of all support and necessary help by the state government.It may be mentioned that the young footballer from Harisinga was selected in a selection camp organised at Kokrajhar by the Tata Trust, Mumbai under the Football Development Programme in partnership with U Sports Mumbai and Germany under U Dream Football for selection of football talents under 15 years of age. PTI DG DKB
This was Jharkhands first win in two matches, while This was Jharkhands first win in two matches, while Chattisgarh began their campaign with a loss. Dhoni completed his 50 in 71 balls, stepping out to hit Agarwal over long-on boundary. He was taken off the attack after conceding 36 from his five. The skipper also targetted off-spinner Sahil Gupta, another debutant and hit him for two consecutive sixes and then two successive fours in the 46th over that yielded 23 runs. Nadeem at the other end gave fine support with his 90-ball 53 (1×6, 4×4). While Jharkhand took 33.4 overs for the first hundred, Dhoni and Nadeems urgency ensured that their next hundred came off just 12.3 overs. Dhoni brought up his century in 94 balls with a six off seamer Pankaj Rao over long on in the 48th over. Meanwhile, Karnataka who defeated Jharkhand yesterday picked their second successive victory when they beat Services by four wickets at Jadavpur University second campus ground at Saltlake. They now lead group D with eight points. They restricted Services to 231/7 after putting them in before racing to the target with 35 balls to spare. Pavan Deshpande, Robin Uthappa and Aniruddha Joshi struck half-centuries each. SUMMARISED SCORES At Eden Gardens: Jharkhand 243/9; 50 overs (M S Dhoni 129, Shahbaz Nadeem 53; Abhuday Kant Singh 4/33, Pankaj Rao 3/27) beat Chattisgarh 165; 38.4 overs (Varun Aaron 3/26, Shahbaz Nadeem 3/36) by 78 runs. At JU second campus, Saltlake: Services 231/7; 50 overs (Diwesh Pathania 49, Suraj Yadav 44 not out; Prasidh Krishna 3/39) lost to Karnataka 232/6; 44.1 overs (Pavan Deshpande 73, Robin Uthappa 51, Aniruddha Joshi 50 not out) won by four wickets. At Bengal Cricket Academy ground, Kalyani: Hyderabad 312/7; 50 overs (Akshath Reddy 154, K Sumanth 91; Kushang Patel 3/54) beat Saurashtra 199; 38.5 overs (Prerak Mankad 104; C V Milind 4/30) by 113 runs. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisement
Pakistan Super League (PSL) finalists Peshawar Zalmi will miss the services of flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who on Saturday ruled himself out with a finger injury for Sunday’s final against Quetta Gladiators at the Gaddafi Stadium here.Afridi had on Friday left the field in the 11th over after splitting the webbing on his right hand while attempting an improbable catch from West Indian big-hitter Keiron Pollard, during the third playoff against Karachi Kings at the Dubai International Stadium. Peshawar, however, won the match by 24 runs to reach the final.The cut required stitches and the 37-year-old has been advised 10 days of rest.”After (the 2016) World T20, it was a big challenge for me to perform for my fans. They couldn’t see me performing (to the level) which they were expecting. So I hope you have enjoyed whatever I gave in PSL, because whatever the cricket left in me is for you only,” Afridi said in a video message.”My wish was to play the PSL final in Lahore but sorry, I wont be able to play because doctor gave me a 10-day rest order. It was my big wish that I could play in front of my own people in Lahore but sorry, not possible because of his this,” he added.The swashbuckling right-hander had also announced his retirement from international cricket during the tournament.In 10 matches of this edition of the PSL, Afridi had scored 177 runs and taken two wickets with an economy rate of 6.75.Happier than ever to reach the finals, @PeshawarZalmi have shown their resolve for the title & my injury wont stop them from winning #HBLPSLadvertisement Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 3, 2017
Ranchi, Mar 18 (PTI) There was no end to the teasing and taunting between Indian and Australian cricketers with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell today mocking home captain Virat Kohlis shoulder injury in the ongoing third Test here. Kohlis participation in the match had been thrown into jeopardy after he hurt his shoulder while fielding on Thursday. The talismanic batsman was left clutching his right shoulder in pain after he dived while fielding at the mid-on area and later scans revealed that he had suffered a strain and missed fielding action for 400 minutes on day two. But the Indian captain did come out today, only to be dismissed for 6 by Pat Cummins. Maxwell, who had struck a brilliant hundred yesterday, was seen mocking Kohlis injury when he imitated the Indian skippers action by clutching his right shoulder after his dive to save a boundary in the 81st over. Indian opener Murali Vijay, who struck 82, played down the incident and said the hosts are focussed on the game. “A lot of things are happening but we are really focused on the game. We have a match in hand, we have to go close to the target — these are things running in our heads in the dressing room,” Vijay said of the unwarranted gesture by Maxwell. India were 360/6 at close on day three, trailing Australia by 91 runs. Reminding the Australians that they would have to bat again in the Test, Vijay hoped the visitors would take banter from the Indian side sportingly. “All the players are aware of it. Whatever they are doing, we take it sportingly. Theres going to be a second innings, so if they can take it that way, it would be great,” he said. Pujara had flicked through the mid-on off Cummins and Maxwell gave a fine chase at the deep, exactly in the same region where Kohli endured that awkward dive to injure his right shoulder in the post-lunch session of day one. Maxwells mocking of Kohli continued the hostilities which started with Smiths DRS Brain-fade in the second Test in Bangalore. The Australian skipper was caught seeking dressing room clues before taking a DRS call, evoking a sharp reaction from Kohli. In fact, Kohli had stopped just short of labelling Smith a “cheat” and alleged that the visiting captain had looked up the dressing room repeatedly. Smith, on his part, had called Kohlis assertions complete rubbish. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisement
As you know, I’ve been completely fascinated in recent months with behavioral economics and its relation to our work. I wrote a paean to Dan Ariely, the dean of the field, in the Network for Good ebook, “Homer Simpson for Nonprofits: How People Really Think and What It Means to Your Cause – a Guide to Behavioral Economics for Nonprofit Leaders.” Dan Ariely has had a tremendous influence on my thinking about marketing, fundraising and life.So I’m thrilled to announce Dan Ariely himself is presenting a webinar for Network for Good next Tuesday.DO NOT MISS THIS.Here’s what’s in store July 20th at 1 pm ET:We all think our donors and constituents are rational, so that’s how we communicate with them. But are they? Is anyone? Join Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (February 2008) and The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home (June 2010), as he walks us through the simple experiments he’s used to study how people actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational.His experiments examine a wide range of daily behaviors such as buying (or not), saving (or not), ordering food in restaurants, pain management, procrastination, dishonesty, and decision making under different emotional states. These interesting, amusing, and informative experiments demonstrate profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.On this call, we’ll address:• What are the motivations behind our donors’ actions?• What does this mean for your organization when trying to engage with donors online and off?• How can you use this knowledge to increase the impact of your organization’s communications?Here’s the registration link.Here is Dan’s amazing story, along with a quick overview of standard vs. behavioral economics.
Less is more. Strip everything mediocre out of all you say and do, nonprofit marketers! When you make things more wordy, more complex and more obtuse, you water down your message.Here are my favorite examples.BAD=The serenity prayer as a flow chartsee more Funny GraphsGOOD = The serenity prayer, plain and simpleGod grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change;courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the difference. BAD = Story by jargon (from the witty Andy Goodman)Once day, an at-risk youth from a blended family in the economically depressed farm belt is rendered unconscious during an extreme weather event. When she awakens, she undertakes a long, hazardous journey to a distant, mineral-based metropolitan center.GOOD = The Wizard of OzSO-SO = Toto’s song AfricaGOOD = Same song, not a single instrument. How can you go acapella in your messaging?(I love the human-made sound of rain.)Less is more!Not sure how to make less?Be tough on yourself. And try out the Gobbledygook grader.
New Barcelona signing Kevin-Prince Boateng dismissed suggestions of a past allegiance to Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo by lauding Lionel Messi as the best player “in this world and every world” during his official presentation.Boateng completed a shock move to Barca on Monday, with the Catalan club bringing him in from Sassuolo on a loan deal until the end of the season which includes an €8million purchase option.The 31-year-old represents a left-field option for Barca. Before Sassuolo, Boateng played for Las Palmas and then Eintracht Frankfurt, never quite living up to the early expectations of him after impressing as a teenager with Hertha Berlin. 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! After rumours of his move began to circulate, past quotes from Boateng declaring himself a Madrid fan and praising Ronaldo as the world’s best player began to resurface, but he had a concise response on Tuesday.”I am a Barcelona player and Lionel Messi is the best player in this world and every world,” the Germany-born former Ghana international told reporters.”Why are you laughing? That’s the truth, he has shown that with all that he has won in the last 10 years.”It’s a great honour [to be at Barcelona] because Messi is the best player in the world, and Luis Suarez the best striker in the world.”They play amazingly and being able to play by their side is a great gift.”Boateng is fully aware that he has not been brought in to slot straight into the starting XI, but believes his versatility will serve him well, as he is able to play in midfield and further forward.”At my age, the number nine role is perfect for me, but for a coach, I think a player like me is a plus because I can play in different positions, but I feel very good as a number nine,” the former AC Milan man said.”I have not talked to the coach [Ernesto Valverde], but I know I have not come to play in the starting line because there are incredible players in this team.”I’m here because of my experience and to help. I’m here to play well and sign on for more years here, that’s my goal.”
Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Isak has completed a loan switch to Eredivisie outfit Willem II, on a deal set to run until the end of the season.The 19-year-old has starred for Dortmund’s second string team in the Regionalliga this season – Germany’s fourth tier – scoring five goals in 11 matches.The Swedish attacker graduated to the BVB senior squad back in 2017, but he has since only managed to feature five times for the first team across all competitions. 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! Isak was dubbed the ‘new Ibrahimovic’ upon his arrival at Westfalenstadion, but his development has stalled somewhat since, which has led to a temporary move in the January window.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has insisted that Isak’s loan deal at Willem II is in his best interests, with the opportunity for regular minutes in a major European league now awaiting the teenager.”We would like to give Alex, whom we consider to be a great talent, the opportunity to gather as much game practice as possible at a high level,” Zorc explained after the official transfer announcement was made. “That’s exactly what we wish for Willem II. His achievements in the Dutch team will be something we observe regularly. “Isak has the technical quality, physicality and speed to be a success in his new surroundings, with a view to returning to Dortmund this summer at an even higher level than before.BVB are top of the Bundesliga after 18 matches this season, six points ahead of six-time defending champions Bayern Munich.In the near future, Isak could be pushing for a spot in Lucien Favre’s starting XI, but he must first prove his maturity and quality with Willem II.Isak could be in line to feature for the Dutch outfit this coming weekend, as they take in a trip to Utrecht.Only four points separated Willem II and Utrecht in the Eredivisie table at the moment, with both sides still harbouring hopes of securing a European spot.
You have a new product or business launch coming up, and you’d really love to get some press. How can you get a journalist to write a story about what you’re doing?If you don’t have the means to hire a freelance publicist, you can reach out to media yourself. You’ll need to create and send a pitch — a short introductory email that tells a journalist what your announcement is and piques their curiosity.Here are some basic tips for writing the perfect pitch email:Create your elevator spiel.Your pitch email should contain a bite-sized summary of the thing you are trying to promote. If you’re a carpenter who just made a new series, you might say something like, “I’m releasing a new line of furniture inspired by [XYZ], and I wanted to reach out to see if you might be interested in featuring it on [name of website].” Then you can go into further detail about your awesome new line.A pitch is not the time to be humble, so if there’s something notable about your company — i.e. you’ve won an award or a famous person is obsessed with your product — don’t forget to include that information. If you have a press release, include it as an attachment.Keep things short and direct.Editors don’t have time for long emails, so keep things short and they’re more likely to read the important parts. Think of your pitch as a teaser and avoid long, chunky paragraphs. If things do start to feel lengthy, use bullets.Consider timing.When it comes to self-promotion, you need to plan ahead. Different types of media have different lead times for stories. Magazine editors are usually working on issues 3-4 months ahead of publication date. TV, radio, and newspapers have shorter timelines that can vary from a few days to a few weeks out. Blogs are constantly updated, so they will sometimes post content the same day.If there’s a time-relevant aspect to your product — i.e. you’re doing something that relates to a holiday or the anniversary of a historic event — be sure to say so.Be strategic about who you reach out to.While it’s good to cast a wide net, you should spend the most time reaching out to publications that would have the most impact. That can mean big publications that have a wide reach, but it also means small publications with just the right audience. If you know someone who works in media, see if they can get you in touch with the right editor or department for their publication.Be friendly.People like to read emails from people, not robots. Make sure you sound genuine and avoid jargon or overly complicated language. If your email sounds boilerplate, you’re less likely to get a response.Suggest story ideas.It sometimes helps to provide ideas for articles that could include your project. Even if a journalist isn’t interested in writing a direct blurb about your business, they might incorporate it into a larger story. If you’re releasing a screenprinted art book, for example, a writer might roll it into a story about DIY publishing. If you run a coworking space, an article about changing workplace trends might be a good fit.Include your contact information.Don’t forget to include the best way to get ahold of you if a journalist wants more information or would like to schedule an interview.Send a follow-up.PR is a little like fishing, so don’t feel frustrated if you don’t get any bites. Plan to send a follow-up email to journalists you don’t hear back from. The second email can contain the same information as before, but the wording should be different so it doesn’t seem repetitive. A follow-up should be spaced out, so wait at least a week.Consider reaching out in other ways.Most journalists receive pitches and press kits by email and snail mail, so you might want to consider contacting them via Twitter. Not only will it help you stick out, but it will also force you to keep things brief (which is always good for pitching).If you have a journalist’s contact information and feel comfortable doing so, you can also try a follow-up phone call. Keep it brief and don’t be pushy. Cold-calling journalists isn’t as common in PR as it used to be, so be careful about this approach and save it for the publications you think would be the best fit.Don’t forget to send the thank-you’s.When you do get positive press coverage, don’t forget to send a quick thank-you email. Not only is it a nice thing to do, it will help the journalist remember you in the future.Freelancers, what techniques have helped you to get press?
Team India captain Virat Kohli and Chairman of RP-SG Group Sanjiv Goenka on Friday launched the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Indian Sports Honours, which is dedicated to reward excellence in the field of sports.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW These sports awards will also help identify and support athletes with potential and award them scholarships, organisers said.Kohli and Goenka have jointly partnered to create this platform to honour exceptional performances, in line with their vision to support the development of Indian Sports.Scholarships will also be awarded to individuals who have undertaken exceptional initiatives to promote sports at the grassroot level.The Virat Kohli Foundation has pledged a minimum of Rs. 2 crore to be utilised every year on the beneficiaries of the scholarships. The shortlisted athletes initiatives will be tracked through the year and their progress monitored.Kohli recently led India to a historic 9-0 tour whitewash in Sri Lanka. India decimated the islanders 3-0 in the Test series, 5-0 in the ODIs and won the lone T20I match in Colombo.Kohli himself was in terrific form throughout the tour scoring 161 runs in three Tests, 330 runs in five ODIs and led India to victory in the T20I match by scoring 82 off 54 balls.The 28-year-old spoke exclusively to India Today’s Boria Majumdar where the duo chatted about Kohli’s evolution in cricket, meteoric rise as a player and more.EVOLUTION WITH CRICKET”I don’t think anything apart from cricket has taught me more in life. I don’t think any educational degree would have taught me more in life than the sport has. It throws you to the ground, it urges you to get up, it tests you all the time, it observes you whether you have it in you to play for 15-20 years. Whether you have it in you on a daily basis. You’ll be thrown challenges on a regular basis. It’s not only about the big series or just happening once in two or three years. Playing cricket in this country is a challenge on a daily basis and you have to deal with those expectations not just of people only but your own expectations as well. If you have set standards for yourself you need to keep achieving them. And you need to keep exceeding them everytime. That’s how you stay ahead of the game. I still continue to grow as a person on a daily basis. You learn only by making mistakes and this sport will urge you to make mistakes. If you are good enough to learn from them then the sport gives you back and you can be on your journey.”advertisementON SELF-DOUBT”There are no guarantees in sports, nothing is given to you on a platter. Tough times do come but if you can look at tough times in a way that they are here to teach me something and I’m going to become a better person and a better cricketer out of this if I’m able to go through this. And the only way you can go through that is when you have a routine on a daily basis where you are giving your 120% and your answerable to no one. I worked on that aspect of my life. I work hard which won’t be visible to people on a daily basis. To me criticism and praise is the same, it doesn’t matter to me whether people praise me or they criticise me because it does not deviate me from what I need to do on a daily basis and that’s to work hard. I have total responsibility of my failures and I respect my success equally. Because I have such a set routine on a daily basis I don’t need to go out there and explain anything to anyone. That’s something that has just developed inside me not in an arrogant way but I just don’t find the need to. I just don’t feel like my life or my career or anything that I do should be or is controlled by people in any way. I don’t let people define who I am or how I need to live life in any way possible and that can only happen when you’re so sure of what you need to do on a daily basis.”
Japanese PM Shinzo abe is on an official visit to India. As the Japanese PM was received by his Indian counterpart in Ahmedabad, Gujarat several MoUs were signed between both the countries.Apart from the well talked about and famous bullet train project for which Japan has loaned money to India, here are the other MoUs that were signed:Disaster Risk ManagementMoC between the Ministry of Home Affairs, of the Government of the Republic of India and the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan – Aims to cooperate and collaborate in the field of disaster risk reduction and to share the experiences, knowledge and policies on disaster prevention.Skill DevelopmentMoC in the field of Japanese Language Education in India between MEA and MOFA, Japan- To further strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in the field of Japanese language education in India.ConnectivityIndia Japan Act East Forum – To enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in the North Eastern Region of India in an efficient and effective manner.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signs the guest book as his wife, Akie Abe, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi look on during their visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Amit DaveEconomic & CommercialArrangement between India Post and Japan Post on Administrative Instruction for the Implementation of Cool EMS service – Aims at implementing the commercial arrangement of “Cool EMS” service between Japan Post and India Post through which fresh food can be sent from Japan to India in cool boxes to facilitate for the Japanese expatriates in India.Investment (Gujarat)advertisementIndia-Japan Investment Promotion Road map between DIPP and METI – To facilitate and accelerate the Japanese investments in India.MOC between METI and the State of Gujarat on ‘Japan-India special programme for Make In India’ in Mandal Bechraj-Khoraj in Gujarat – To cooperate in infrastructure development programmes in the Mandal Bechraj-Khoraj region.Civil AviationExchange of RoD on Civil Aviation Cooperation (Open Sky) – It opens skies between India and Japan i.e. Indian and Japanese carriers can mount now unlimited number of flights to the selected cities of each other’s countries.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front, 3rd L) and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi perform a religious ritual during evening prayers on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi, India, December 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiScience & TechnologyAgreement for International joint exchange programme between interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences programme (iTHEMS), RIKEN and National Centres for Biological Sciences (Simons-NCBS) – To establish a Joint Exchange Program to identify and foster talented young scientists from both the countries to collaborate in the field of theoretical biologyJoint Research Contract between National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Japan and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) – To conduct joint research and to establish an international center named as “DBT-AIST International Center for Translational & Environmental Research (DAICENTER)” at AIST, Japan in order to promote science and technology in both the institutions and countries.MOU Between DBT and National Institute of Advanced Science & Technology (AIST) – To promote research collaboration between DBT Research Institutes and AIST in the field of Life Science and Biotechnology.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the groundbreaking ceremony of a high-speed rail project in Ahmedabad, India, September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Amit DaveSportsMoU on International Academic and Sports Exchange between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) and Nippon Sports Science University, Japan (NSSU) – To facilitate and deepen international education cooperation and exchanges between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, India and Nippon Sport Science University, Japan.MoU on International Academic and Sports Exchange between Sports Authority of India and Nippon Sports Science University, Japan (NSSU) – To facilitate and deepen international education cooperation and exchanges between both Sports Authority of India and Nippon Sport Science University, Japan.LETTER OF INTENT between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) and University of Tsukuba, Japan – To strengthen strategic collaboration, joint research programme and exchanges between Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, India and University of Tsukuba, JapanLETTER OF INTENT between Sports Authority of India and University of Tsukuba, Japan – To strengthen strategic collaboration, joint research programme and exchanges between University of Tsukuba, Japan and Sports Authority of India.Academics/Think TankMoU between RIS and IDE-JETRO for promotion of Cooperation in Research Related Activities.
Rishabh Pant on Sunday etched his name into the record books by smashing a lighting fast century in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Pant struck the second fastest hundred off just 32 balls in all forms of Twenty20 cricket to power Delhi to a 10-wicket win over Himachal Pradesh at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.Pant pummelled the opposition attack with the fastest century by an Indian as his breathtaking knock of 116 not out comprised 12 sixes and eight fours as Delhi raced to the 145-run target in 11.4 overs.Like Virat bhai keeps scoring (I try to do the same). Records happen if you keep scoring, so at the end of the day, if you are scoring runs then everything is goodHis brutal innings was the second fastest hundred in T20s, only behind Chris Gayle, who hammered 100 off 30 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in the 2013 Indian Premier League.The southpaw surpassed Rohit Sharma, who hit a 35-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in a T20 International at Indore in December last year. In 2016, Pant had smashed India’s fastest first-class hundred off 48 balls.”(Yes) It is my first century of the season. (While) every run that I score is important, I have been trying to score big for some time (now). I was only getting to 30/40/50/60 runs but wasn’t getting a big score. It was going on for some time like that. I was batting well but wasn’t able to convert it into big scores so that is what I was trying to do; to convert the knock into a big one and that happened today,” Pant told BCCI.TV.advertisement”Last season (2016-17 season) too, I had scored the fastest first-class hundred in India and then this year (2017-18 season) in T20; so yes, it feels good to see your name in the record books. But one doesn’t play for records. I try to perform and while doing that records happen…. like Virat bhai (Kohli) keeps scoring (I try to do the same). Records happen if you keep scoring, so at the end of the day, if you are scoring runs then everything is good,” he added.Yuvraj Singh, who holds the record for fastest fifty (12 balls) in Twenty20s, was all praise for the youngster.”Just witnessed some outstanding hitting by @RishabPant777 scintillating ton,” tweeted Yuvraj.Pant had a mediocre Ranji Trophy season and was dropped as Delhi state captain soon after his side finished runners-up to Indore in India’s premier domestic tournament.Delhi registered their third win in four matches at Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Delhi will play their last league match against Services on Tuesday.
Roger Federer won his 20th career Grand Slam title on Sunday after he defeated Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to lift his sixth Australian Open trophy.At 36 years of age, Federer managed to defend his title at the Melbourne Park after he beat Rafael Nadal last year in an epic five-set thrilling final.It was another five setter at Melbourne Park on Sunday as Federer outclassed Cilic in front of a record 743,667 crowd at the Rod Laver Arena. Roger Federer lifted his sixth Australian Open title in front of a record crowd at Melbourne Park. (Photo: Reuters)Roger Federer thanked his fans and everyone at the arena for turning out in such huge numbers and revealed that they made him nervous and pushed him to practice more and more.”You guys fill the stadium, you guys make me nervous, you make me go out there and practice more and just like thank you.. for everything. Wouldn’t be the same without you guys,” Federer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!”You guys make me nervous. You guys make me practice. You guys fill the stadiums. Thank you.”- @RogerFederer #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/sGHCB6mhJG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018Federer said that he loved being in Australia and brought his impeccable sense of humour into play saying he came to Perth last year and he’s still Down Under.”We had a wonderful time in Australia, starting from Perth where we arrived last year and we’re still here. It’s been a long journey but very much worthwhile. We had the best time as a family, as a team, so thank you so much for making it so special.advertisement”Like Marin said you guys are unbelievable as a country and people. I want to thank all the people who have made this night so special for both players and all the fans out here tonight,” Federer expressed.Federer said how waiting for the final throughout the day makes it even more tough when they take the court but he termed his win as a continued fairytale from the previous year.This speaks for itself.#AusOpen @RogerFederer pic.twitter.com/7sw5d3Mx58— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018″Long day, waiting for the finals, it’s easier when you play in the day, you go out there, do your best and that’s it. When it’s at night, you think about it all day and it’s just tough.”I am happy it’s over now, either way but of course winning is like a dream come true, the fairytale continues for us, for me. After a great year I had last year, it’s incredible.”Federer congratulated Cilic on achieving the world No.3 rank, which will officially come out on Monday, and wished him all the best for his future tournaments.”Of course I would like to thank Marin. Another great tournament, congratulations on world No.3, it’s one hell of an achievement. I wish you all the best and keep doing what you’re doing and achieve more.”Humble in victory. Gracious in defeat.#AusOpen @cilic_marin @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/rFeC5DUVAG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2018Cilic was expected to present a tough challenge for the number two seed after his dominant run in the tournament. However, the 36-year-old came out all guns blazing, breaking Cilic’s serve in the first game of the match and winning the first set 6-2 in 24 minutes.The Croatian did make a comeback in the match after winning the tiebreaker in the second set to level the match 1-1. It was the first set Federer dropped in the tournament this year.Fired by his loss, Federer displayed some sublime tennis in the third set to clinch it 6-3 and then looked destined to wrap up the match in four sets. However, at 3-4 in the fourth set, Cilic broke Federer’s serve to take the final into the fifth set.Cilic’s resistance had no answers when Federer began his onslaught in the fifth set as the 36-year-old won the fifth set 6-1 to win yet another Grand Slam title.
Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has sought a reduction in GST rates on premium sedans and SUVs in order to help the luxury segment grow in the country.The automaker, as part of its pre-budget expectations, said the reduction in taxes and long-term policy for the segment would lead to the expansion of the premium segment and help create jobs in the country.”GST is a significant reform that the country needed, and we appreciate the government s efforts for a smooth transition. However, to operate in any market, carmakers need reasonable tax rates,” JLR India President and MD Rohit Suri said in a statement.Current GST tax rates at 48 per cent for sedans and 50 per cent for SUVs in the premium segment are extremely high, he added.”To help expand the market and generate more jobs in this segment of the auto industry, we would urge the government to not only reduce these taxes to reasonable levels, include left out taxes such as road tax etc. within the GST regime, but also ensure stabilisation/longer-term policies and tax regimes,” Suri said.The Jaguar portfolio in India includes models like XE, XF, F-PACE and XJ while the Land Rover range includes the Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque among others.
Indian boxers ended a successful campaign at the Asian Games invitational tournament, signing off with five gold, a silver and four bronze medals on Thruday in Indonesia.India Open gold-medallist Manish Kaushik (60kg) notched up a second successive top finish, continuing his impressive rise to prominence since claiming the national title last year.Pavitra (60kg) was the lone Indian gold-winner in the women’s draw, while three-time King’s Cup gold-medallist K Shyam Kumar (49kg), Shaikh Salman Anwar (52kg) and Ashish (64kg) finished with the yellow metal along with Manish.The Indian boxing completed a rich haul of 5 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals in the Asian games Test event in Jakarta on Thursday. Congratulations to all the winners pic.twitter.com/kKS4qxKVF2Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) February 15, 2018Pavitra opened the proceedings for India and defeated Thai Nilawan Techasuep 5-0 to start the gold rush.K Shyam Kumar was the next man in and got the better of Mario Blasius Kali in a split verdict of 4-1 to claim the top honours.The win came despite a warning the Indian received for his tactics.Salman Anwar defeated Filipino Rogen Ladon 5-0, while Manish defeated Japan’s Rentaro Kimura to claim a gold each in their respective categories.Ashish also claimed a gold by out-punching local favourite Sugar Rey Ocana in a lop-sided contest.Shashi Chopra (57kg), also a bronze-medallist at last month’s India Open, lost 0-5 to Thailand’s Ratchadaporn Saoto to settle for a silver medal.Signing off with bronze medals were Muhammed Etash Khan (56kg), Ritu Grewal (51kg), Pawan Kumar (69kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) after losing their semifinal bouts on Wednesday.advertisement(With PTI inputs)