World Cup repeats itself after 64 years: No 0-0 draw in 20 matches so far

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup has been an entertaining tournament so far and many statistics have been broken in the past one week in Russia.From own goals (5) topping the charts for most goals scored to Russia equaling the number of goals scored (8 from 2 matches) by Spain in 2010 to win the World Cup (7 matches) — this year’s biggest sporting carnival has seen it all.However, the most interesting statistics that has come out after the first 20 games is that — not a single game has been goalless so far in Russia. This is the first time in 64 years that every game played so far has seen at least a goal scored. The last time it happened was in 1954 in Switzerland, when not a single 0-0 score line was recorded in the 26-game tournament.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEGermany had won the World Cup in 1954 after overturning a two-goal deficit in the final against Hungary. They had won the match 3-2. A total of 140 goals were scored in that tournament in the 26 games played. Hungary’s Sandor Kocsis won the Golden Boot that year for scoring 11 goals.Also, 79 per cent of the games so far in this year’s World Cup have been decided by one clear goal or less (15 out of 19). It is currently the highest ratio in the history of the World Cup.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESpain’s 1-0 victory over Iran (20th match of the 2018 World Cup) on Wednesday also meant that all three matches of the day had the same 1-0 score line. The last time this happened in a World Cup was on June 23, 2010 and June 25, 1982. On each of the three occasions, three games have been played.advertisementSpain beat Iran on Wednesday to kick start their campaign, which meant that they won their first game of the 2018 World Cup at the second attempt. 2010 was the last time they were made to wait until the second group game for their first victory and they ended the tournament as World Champions.World Cup 2018: Russia, Uruguay through to play-offs, 3 teams crash out Isco has been Spain’s key performer in the first two games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup (AP Photo)Isco’s 138 touches against Iran is a record for a player from Spain during a World Cup match since 1966. He also made 103 passes, nine take-ons and seven crosses.Earlier in the day, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 85th goal for Portugal and now he is the leading scorer in world football from an European nation. He overtook Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84 goals)to go on top of the list. They are followed by his compatriot Kocsis (75) and German great Miroslav Klose (71).In the following match, Luis Surarez of Uruguay became the ninth player and third Uruguayan to score on his 100th international game as his team beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to knock them out of the tournament. Spain’s Gerard Pique also played his 100th international game on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Ben Stokes cleared of affray charges, to join squad for 3rd Test vs India

first_imgBen Stokes was found not guilty on charges of affray following the brawl between a group of men last September.Stokes’s hearing for his involvement in a pub brawl that happened on September 24 after England’s win over West Indies was taking place in the Bristol Crown Court.The hearing forced Stokes to sit out the second Test against India at Lord’s and was also left out of the 13-man squad for the third Test, starting on August 18 at Trent Bridge.Following the clearance, the England and Wales Cricket Board also released a statement that Stokes is set to join the rest of the squad for the third Test at Trent Bridge, starting on August 18. He was earlier left out of the England squad for the third Test, which remained unchanged.”Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC].”Ben Stokes will now join the England squad for the third Specsavers Test against India, which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday.”Considerable detail has been heard in this week-long court case and, in due course, there will be a range of matters for the Board to fully consider,” ECB said in a statement.Stokes, 27, was accused of knocking unconscious two men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, in a brawl in Bristol, southwest England, last September.Also read – Ben Stokes not picked for third Test as England name unchanged squadProsecutors said the all-rounder, who helped England to victory in the first Test against India, had lost control after drinking heavily earlier in the night.advertisementAfter being refused entry to the Mbargo nightclub, the cricketer had abused the doorman and then mocked two openly gay men, the court was told. Stokes, who was with fellow England international Alex Hales, then got into a fight with Ali and HaleAlso read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlStokes, who denied the charge, told the jury he had been acting in self-defence after stepping in to defend the gay couple who had been on the receiving end of homophobic abuse.He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandThe jury heard that Stokes had been in the nightclub earlier in the evening and had tried to return after it had stopped allowing entry, offering the doorman a bribe, but had been refused entry.The doorman said Stokes had become aggressive and insulted him before the altercation occurred. Footage from closed circuit TV and from a witness’s mobile phone showed the cricketer throwing a number of punches during the incident.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorAli, 28, was found not guilty of affray while Hale was acquitted of the same charge part way through the trial at Bristol Crown Court.Stokes missed England’s Ashes tour to Australia last winter but returned to the national side in February.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Indian Premier League: Virat Kohli sacked by Royal Challengers Bangalore?

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore have rubbished media reports that the franchise has sacked Virat Kohli as captain for the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).According to reports, RCB are set to sack Kohli from the leadership role and hand over the reins to South African star AB de Villiers.”We can clarify on record that the news is incorrect and Virat Kohli is very much the captain of RCB for the next season as well,” a team spokesperson told India Today.Virat Kohli has been playing for RCB since the inception of the IPL in 2008 and leading the team for the past six seasons. But the star-studded team has massively underachieved, never having lifted the trophy.Read – Gary Kirsten replaces Daniel Vettori as RCB coachKohli is currently the second highest run-getter in the IPL behind Suresh Raina. Kohli has scored 4948 runs from 163 matches.Heads have rolled recently in RCB support staff with head coach Daniel Vettori making way for Gary Kirsten and batting and fielding coach Trent Woodhill and bowling coach Andrew McDonald also asked to go.Kohli is arguably the best batsman across formats at the moment but his tactical acumen as a captain has come under the scanner in the ongoing Test series in England. Kohli-led RCB also miserably failed to make the IPL play-offs in the 2018 season.last_img read more

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2011 World Cup winner Munaf Patel retires: ‘There is no motivation left’

first_imgFast bowler Munaf Patel on Saturday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, citing age and his declining fitness as a reason behind this decision.Munaf last played for India in a T20 international against England in Setpember, 2011. Overall, he represented India in 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and 3 T20Is since making his debut at Mohali on March 9, 2006.”There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left! Baki sab done ho chuke hain. So, there is no sadness as such. Sabka time khatam ho chuka hain, ghum hota jab saare khel rahe hote aur mein retire kar raha hota (everyone’s time is up; there will be sadness only if others are playing and only I had quit!),” Munaf told Indian Express.Even though he is retiring from the sport, Munaf still won’t be letting go of the sport and will take part in the upcoming T10 League in the UAE.Munaf will represent the Rajput franchise in the league which will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2.”Mera mann aaj bhi nahi maan raha hai ke cricket chhodoon as I don’t know anything else. Cricket hi samaj mein aata hain. (I still can’t believe I am quitting cricket as I don’t know anything else. I understand only cricket,” Munaf said.In 13 Tests Munaf took 35 wickets at an average of 38.54 with one four-wicket haul while in 70 ODIs he picked up 86 wickets at 30.26. He finally finished his international career with 4 T20I wickets.advertisement”There is no special reason, age ho chuka hai, fitness is not the same. Youngsters are there waiting for chances and it doesn’t look nice if I keep hanging on. The main thing is there is no motivation left. I was part of World Cup winning team in 2011; there can’t be a greater high than that,” the 35-year-old added.Munaf was also part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team and finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker for the eventual champions, behind Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh.”If it wasn’t for cricket, I would have been a worker, a labourer, in some company in Africa. Most Gujaratis from this region go there. Probably, I would have been cleaning and arranging tiles. I never thought I would go on playing cricket for so long,” Munaf said.last_img read more

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Hopeful of Barcelona playing in India before Messi retires: club’s director general

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) Jordi Camps, FC Barcelona’s Asia Pacific director general, expressed optimism that India will be part of the Catalan club’s preseason plans before its talisman Lionel Messi brings the curtains down on his glorious career. He also said it’s a matter of time before an Indian plays in Spanish top-flight. La Liga club Girona FC was in India this summer to play in an exhibition tournament in Kochi. Asked about Barcelona’s prospects of playing in India, which is one of its strategic markets, the club official sounded positive. “Of course as I said India is one of the top players in the markets and for sure our team in Barcelona and Hong Kong is working to have the opportunity or bring the opportunity to the India fans, to watch our players live and we are working on it,” Camps said. He added, “I don’t know if it will happen the next year or the following year or the year after that but we will have them here for sure. We had the legends in India two months ago and we have the schools so little by little we are coming but I hope we have Messi here before he ends his career.” A team of the former stalwarts of Spanish giants FC Barcelona was in Kolkata in September to play a friendly ‘legends’ match against a combination of former players of Mohun Bagan. Chants of ‘Barca, Barca’ were heard loud and clear from the stands of Salt Lake Stadium as the Barcelona greats stole the show in the exhibition game.advertisement Aiming to tap the Indian market, Camps believed the Asian country will become one of the most important football destinations in the world in the near future. “Football in India is growing like anything and of course cricket and other local sports are important but the work that ISL and the national team are doing, and with how they are treating the grassroots programmes and more, India will become one of the most important countries. “That’s why we need to be here in advance and that’s why we launched our economies eight years ago so we are not new in the market and we are supporting the Indian football atmosphere, environment and industry to get to this target.” Last month, top officials from 18 Spanish La Liga clubs got together in the capital, ramping up their activities in the country. “Everything that we do we do for the international market and we have also chosen 10 strategic markets, one of which is India. Our main focus is the US and China but in the second tier is India. “We are also the most admired and beloved global sports brand in the world and to get into the 1 billion viewers and India is going to be a very important part of it,” he said. During last month’s meeting, dignitaries from renowned clubs such as Atletico de Madrid, Vilarreal, Valencia and Deportivo Alaves, among others, studied the Indian market and draw a future course of action for what is a potential market that needs to be tapped. “In India there are many good talents so we compare India to other Asian markets and you realise in India they have talent of course, they don’t get the full football culture so it’s up to us to teach them, help them and develop this talent,” Camps said. “We have cases like this when four years ago in Goa with a kid training at the Barca academy. He was very good and our dream is to have an Indian player someday (play in Spain), it’s going to happen, it’s matter of when and not how.” PTI AH ATKATKlast_img read more

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Dash and splash

first_imgAs the temperature in the Capital soars, with occasional rains in between, there is only one way to seek relief. It’s time to turn on the waterworks, and look towards all the nearby swimming pools. The pool culture in Delhi is no longer restricted to a few exclusive clubs, such as the ones in the Delhi Gymkhana Club and the five-star hotels. There are now a plethora of options all over the city, which have good facilities, and follow the required health and safety measures.One can also celebrate this culture at the pool party festivals that are taking place in the city, such as the Wetnow Reloaded Pool Party Festival at Connaught Place’s Royal Plaza Hotel on April 21, or the annual Summerino Pool and Rain Dance Festival at Chattarpur Farm on April 28. With so many pools in the city, we look at a handful on what they offer. One of the most frequently-visited pools is near the Siri Fort Auditorium, in August Kranti Marg. As Commander Ramesh Pal, secretary of the Siri Fort Sports Complex informs, The pool is an all-weather pool, and it has been open since February 1, and will remain open till November 30. We have heated water in the pool starting from November. The hours are from six in the morning to nine in the evening. He adds that swimming coaching classes will start from May 1, and that one can swim in the pool even if one has temporary membership of the complex.As Saadhvi Rattan, 38, states, The pool in a way is a blessing. I can take my children here after school, and I know they are taking part in a healthy activity, which is much better than having them being glued to the television or the iPad in an air-conditioned room during the summer months. bunch of people using our pool; families with children, the elderly, and young students. The morning hours are from six in the morning till noon, and in the evening the timings are from three in the afternoon till 10. We also have swimming classes, and it is not necessary to be a full-time member of the club to swim in the pool. We also offer temporary memberships. In Jasola Vihar, the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex offers another attractive option, for both families and individuals. The pool is open from 6 am to 9 pm, all through April to September. Joseph Narayan, a 53- year old businessman says, I come here most mornings after golf. Sometimes I even come here in lieu of golf. He adds quite frankly,advertisementWhat else do you do in this weather? And, it’s only going to get worse. Indeed, when the sun is beating down on the heads of Delhiites, it’s a good idea to seek a respite underwater. In Andrews Ganj, is another pool, the Pacific Sports Complex. The pool here is open from April to December, and the hours are from 5 am to 10 pm. Pragya Mathur, a 27-year-old art student says, I have been coming here for the past four years. The facilities are good, and it’s safe. Swimming is the only sport I feel like going for in the heat. It’s the only way to cool down when even April feels like August. Near Kamla Nehru College, is the Gulmohar Park Club, which has a pool that opened this month, and will remain operational till September 30. Trilok Singh, the club manager says, The pool has been renovated recently. We have a mixed bunch of people using our pool; families with children, the elderly, and young students. The morning hours are from six in the morning till noon, and in the evening the timings are from three in the afternoon till 10. We also have swimming classes, and it is not necessary to be a full-time member of the club to swim in the pool. We also offer temporary memberships. In Jasola Vihar, the Netaji Subhash Sports Complex offers another attractive option, for both families and individuals. The pool is open from 6 am to 9 pm, all through April to September. Joseph Narayan, a 53- year old businessman says, I come here most mornings after golf. Sometimes I even come here in lieu of golf. He adds quite frankly, What else do you do in this weather? And, it’s only going to get worse. Indeed, when the sun is beating down on the heads of Delhiites, it’s a good idea to seek a respite underwater.last_img read more

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Alia Bhatt nails aerial yoga with her best friend. See pic

first_imgAlia Bhatt is one of those celebrities who has gone through a major body transformation and that too in front of the entire Hindi film industry and her fans. Her transformation took a long time.The Gully Boy actress has worked hard on her body and is an inspiration to many.Recently Alia took to her official Instagram account to share a picture of herself doing yoga. The image that she shared is captioned, “Try try until you fly.”The gram shows the actress doing aerial yoga with her best friend Akansha Ranjan Kapoor. In the image, she can be seen floating in the air with the help of a black cloth.For the yoga session, Alia chose red ganji top which she wore over a black sports bra. She matched it with a pair of black yoga pants. For her look, she tied her hair in a half knot.Diva Yoga, where Alia was performing all the stunts, is co-founded by Bollywood fitness enthusiast Malaika Arora.She even took to her Instagram account to mention the two BFF’s doing aerial yoga at her studio. Have a look.On the work front, Alia is currently shooting for Brahmastra opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.advertisementRead more: Alia Bhatt hits back at Kangana Ranaut for attacking her family: Mujhe isme nahi padna haiRead more: Is Alia Bhatt’s song with Tiger Shroff in Student Of The Year 2 a promotional number?ALSO WATCH | Harper’s Bazaar 10th anniversary edition features Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinhalast_img read more

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Barcelona beat Getafe 2-0 after Champions League failure

first_imgSpanish champions Barcelona beat top-four chasing Getafe 2-0 in front of a subdued and near half-empty Nou Camp on Sunday in their first Liga game since a humbling defeat by Liverpool sent them crashing out of the Champions League semi-finals.Sunday’s result meant little to Barca, who clinched an eighth Liga title in 11 seasons two weeks ago, but it could prove fatal to Getafe’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time as they dropped to fifth.Valencia leapfrogged Getafe into fourth due to their superior head-to-head record after beating Alaves 3-1 and will snatch the final Champions League spot if they win at Real Valladolid in their final game of the season next week.Barcelona’s Chilean Arturo Vidal opened the scoring near the end of the first half, poking a loose ball home after Gerard Pique’s flicked header was parried by Getafe keeper David Soria.Barca’s second came in the 90th minute thanks to an own goal after captain Lionel Messi combined with Sergi Roberto and beat two players before his shot got a final touch off Mauro Arambarri.Only 57,000 people turned up at the 99,000 capacity ground, which turned into a forum for fans to vent their frustrations at Barca’s 4-0 second-leg surrender at Anfield on Tuesday as they went out of Europe’s elite club competition 4-3 on aggregate.Forward Philippe Coutinho suffered the bulk of the whistles and boos after his poor display against his old club Liverpool, while veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets was also subjected to boos when he misplaced several passes in the first half.advertisementCoutinho’s day got worse when he was forced off injured in the second half.A statement from Barca said the Brazilian had strained his hamstring and would be out for 10 days, meaning he will miss their final league fixture against Eibar. He is set to return two days before the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.LOWEST POINTBusquets said the defeat by Liverpool was the lowest point of his career and made it more difficult to play against Getafe.”The last few days have been very tough but we wanted to get out of this deep hole we have been in, we have to face the fans, they showed their anger but we have to move on now,” he said.”We are all feeling very low. I have lost trophies and matches but I never had to deal with something like this (the defeat by Liverpool). It’s difficult for everyone although it’s part of the sport. We will all move on together.”Barca have one final league game at Eibar next week before facing Valencia in the Copa del Rey final when they can secure a second successive double although it still might not be enough to keep coach Ernesto Valverde in his job.The defeat at Anfield may also lead to several players leaving the club but Busquets urged the Barca directors to carefully weigh up any decisions.”I think you should evaluate things at the end of the season and consider everything that has been achieved,” he added.”We are all united, the players and the staff. There will be debates, but the players won’t be involved. It’s difficult to know what is the best thing for the club but we shouldn’t lose our heads, we must trust each other.”When the season is over decisions will be made but until then we must stick together, do our own thing and focus as much as possible on the Copa del Rey final.”Also Read | Manchester City defend Premier League title, valiant Liverpool finish 2ndAlso Read | The wait goes on: Elusive league title evades Liverpoollast_img read more

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Google Pixel 3a XL vs Samsung Galaxy S10e: Two worthy opponents

first_imgPremium smartphones that are relatively affordable are in vogue this year. Apple made the iPhone XR, which is its “affordable” premium phone, a bit more palatable by slashing its price to Rs 59,900. Google launched brand new smartphone series – the Google Pixel 3a series – starting at Rs 39,999 to entice new customers who may not want to spend Rs 70,000 on a Pixel. And Samsung, well Samsung launched an “affordable” premium smartphone called the Galaxy S10e along with the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus. For those who aren’t sure about its price, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is available at a price of Rs 50,900 on Amazon and on Flipkart.Earlier this week, we compared the Google Pixel 3a XL with the Apple iPhone XR. While there was a huge difference in the prices of the two phones — the Pixel 3a with starting price of Rs 39,999 is at the lower-end of the premium spectrum while the XR is the higher end — we compared because these two phones are the cheapest way to get the best of Google and Apple. A comparison between the Google Pixel 3a XL and the Samsung Galaxy S10e, however, is more reasonable price wise. So let’s get down to it.Design and displayThe Google Pixel 3a XL comes with 6-inch full HD+ OLED display with a resolution of 2160×1060 pixels. It has single camera in the front, which is neatly tucked inside the large bezels of the phone alongside the earpiece. At the back there is a fingerprint sensor, placed in top quadrant of the phone diagonal to its rear camera. As far as the overall look and feel of the Pixel 3a XL is concerned, it looks almost identical to the Pixel 3 XL smartphone. However, there are two crucial details that separate from this smartphone from the more expensive Pixel. One is the presence of a glass in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones and the other is the presence of a 3.5mm jack in the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones.advertisementThe Samsung Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2280×10280 pixels. It has a notch-less design with a single punch hole camera in the front. On the right side there is a long-ish power button, which also houses the fingerprint sensor. At back, there is a horizontally stacked dual rear camera setup with a flash, which is placed directly above the Samsung logo. The back of the Galaxy S10e is made with 3D curved glass and it supports reverse wireless charging just like its pricier siblings. The Galaxy S10e is definitely jazzier than the Pixel 3a XL. It is compact and hence easier to operate with one hand. It doesn’t feature ugly bezels on top and bottom and the fingerprint sensor on the side simply adds a stroke of genius to the overall design. And yes, it does have a 3.5mm jack.As far as the display is concerned, on Pixel3a XL the colours are a bit warmer and a bit dull. Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, shows brighter and livelier shades on its screen. Pink look shinier, and yellow doesn’t seem boring at all on the Galaxy S10e screen. The difference is subtle, yet it is there.Performance and softwareGoogle’s pocket-friendly Pixel smartphone — Pixel 3a XL — sports 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory and it has Qualcomm Snapdrgaon 670 in its core. As far as the software is concerned, it is powered by unadulterated version of Google’s Android 9.0 mobile operating system and it comes loaded with Pixel-y features such as the Active Edge, Digital Wellbeing and Now Playing.Samsung’s budget phone – Galaxy S10e – on the other hand, gets 6GB RAM with 128GB expandable storage capacity. Alternatively, there is a 8GB RAM plus 256GB memory variant as well, but that costs a bit more. The S10e runs on the same Exynos 9820 chipset that powers its pricier siblings – Galaxy S10 and S10+. This makes it more powerful in comparison to the Pixel 3a XL smartphone, which unlike Pixel 3 that comes with Snapdragon 845 chipset, comes with an older processor. In terms of the software, Galaxy S10e runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung’s One UI interface. I haven’t got to spend enough time – not as much as I have with Pixel 3a XL – with the Galaxy S10e. But in my limited time with the device, I found it to be a smooth sail. The credit for this, I believe goes to Samsung’s One UI. It makes Android Pie, which in case of Pixel 3a XL I found to be a bit rough, working smoothly. Overall, I believe Galaxy S10e has an edge over the Pixel 3 XL in this department.advertisementCameraGoogle’s Pixel 3 smartphones are the best camera phones available in the market right. The company’s machine learning software allows Google to achieve with single lens what others do with two or three cameras. The company has brought the same technology that powers the Pixel 3 cameras to its Pixel 3a smartphones. The Pixel 3a XL features a 12.2MP rear camera with dual pixel technology and OIS and EIS. On the front, the phone sports an 8MP camera.The Samsung Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, comes with dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens and OIS. On the front, the phone sports a 10MP selfie camera with live focus feature.But the performance matters not the hardware, there are differences in the kind of photos the Pixel 3a XL and the Galaxy S10e click. While Pixel 3a XL produces images with warmer shades, Galaxy S10e produces that look brighter than those produced by Pixel. In simple words, red in the India Today logo looks brighter and peppier and the sky looks a lot lighter in case of the Galaxy S10e. Both the phones, however, maintain depth and clarity to the tee. The same can be said about the portrait shots as well. Pixel images are close to what you see in real life. Clear, detailed, balanced and perhaps a bit warmer. Galaxy S10e images, on the other hand, look a whole lot brighter, almost as if they have been colour corrected. Both the phones, however, preserve details and shadows well. Selfies, however, are a different ballgame altogether. The Galaxy S10e, even without the beauty mode, whitens and brightens everything up. It’s a good feature for those who want their smartphones to capture flawless selfies. The Pixel, on the other hand, is your mirror. It will show you your freckles and tired eyes just as a mirror would. And now the million-dollar question, which phone has the better night mode. Well, the answer is the Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a XL’s Night Sight is way better than Galaxy S10e’s Night Mode. The difference is apparent not just in colours but also in clarity. BatteryBattery is one of the key differentiating factors between the Pixel 3a XL and the Galaxy S10e. While the Samsung Galaxy S10e sports a 3,100mAh battery with support for fast charging 2.0, Pixel 3a XL comes with a bigger 3,700mAh battery with an 18W fast charger.During our review, we found the Galaxy S10e to provide a day long’s battery life on light to moderate usage. Pixel 3a XL, on the other hand, supports you for a time close to two days on light to moderate usage.advertisementIf battery is key, then the Pixel surely gets my vote.Pixel 3a XL or Galaxy S10e: Which one should you buy?The decision to pick one phone between the Google Pixel 3a XL and the Samsung Galaxy S10e isn’t as simple a choice as picking between a smartphone from Google or Samsung. Even though they might have a similar fabric underneath – Android 9 Pie that is – there is a world of difference between the two phones.In the end, it boils downs to this simple bit: what features are you looking for in a phone and what all compromise you are willing to make for it. If a great camera with a long battery life is what you a looking for then Pixel 3a XL is you perfect pick. But if you are leaning more towards performance, then Galaxy S10e is definitely worth considering.ALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy S10e review: Affordable, compact and the best S10 to buyALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL review: A Pixel for everyoneALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a XL vs Apple iPhone XR: It’s a choice between slick iPhone and versatile Google cameralast_img read more

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Bloody hell, bits and pieces can spin it: Michael Vaughan trolls Sanjay Manjrekar over Ravindra Jadeja comment

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan on Tuesday once again took a dig at crickter-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar after India all-rounder Ravindra Jaedeja broke a crucial partnership to jolt New Zealand during the World Cup 2019 semi-final against India in Manchester.In the 19th over of the 1st semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja snared New Zealand opener Henry Nicholls. The ball sneaked through Nicholls’ bat and pad to crack the stumps as Jadeja broke the 68-run stand between Nicholls and skipper Kane Williamson.Soon after Jadeja’s crucial breakthrough for India, Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to pull Manjrekar’s leg over his ‘bits and pieces’ comments on the Indian bowling-all rounder.Bloody hell Bits & Piece can Spin it …. #CWC19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2019IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings also did not let go off the chance to troll Manjrekar.Quadrennial ExaminationFill in with suitable idioms/phrasesQuestion #8That partnership was broken into ____ & ______. @imjadeja #SirJaddu #WhistleForIndia #INDvNZ #SemiFinal1 #CWC19Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 9, 2019A few days back, Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.Ravindra Jadeja was far from impressed with Manjrekar’s analysis and took to Twitter to say that he has had enough of Manjrekar’s ‘verbal diarrhoea’.advertisementStill i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019However, after Jadeja’s impressive bowling against Sri Lanka, Manjrekar surprised everyone by picking the former in his predicted playing XI for the New Zealand semi-final. The commentator later dropped the all-rounder from his squad and justified it in a thread of tweets.Also Seelast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Aaron Finch gutted after Australia lose first ever semi-final defeat

first_imgAustralia have made significant progress in the last one year but ended up producing one of their worst performances of the World Cup in Thursday’s semi-final against England, captain Aaron Finch said on Thursday.Australia stumbled through a dreadful 2018 following the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal which earned former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner lengthy bans.They ended a six-series losing streak with back-to-back series victories over India and Pakistan and, bolstered by the return of Smith and Warner, finished second in the group stage of the World Cup.A merciless England, however, wrecked their title defence, crushing them by eight wickets with nearly 18 overs to spare.”In terms of where we were 12 months ago, obviously I think we have made a huge amount of progress,” Finch said after Australia’s first defeat in a World Cup semi-final.”Really proud of everyone involved for how much hard work and how far we have come, but at the same time we came here today to win a semi-final and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup.”So that was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament. That was really disappointing.”Finch made a golden duck himself in Australia’s abject batting capitulation against England’s formidable bowling attack.The five-time champions were 14-3 in the seventh over before Smith and Alex Carey, who batted with a bandaged jaw after being hit by a Jofra Archer delivery, forged a century partnership to help them to a below-par 223.advertisementEngland chased down the target in a little over 32 overs to set up a final clash with New Zealand.Finch was not surprised how English bowlers went for the jugular after he elected to bat at Edgbaston.”They have done it quite a bit in this tournament. They’ve got bowlers that hit the seam and if there is anything in the wicket, they will certainly get it out of it.”Chris Woakes, a world-class bowler, puts it in the right area time and time again.”Archer is getting better and better as he’s starting to play a bit more international cricket as well, so definitely wasn’t a surprise.”Defending such a meagre total, Finch said Australia needed early wickets.”We know they were going to come really aggressive at us with the bat, so we had to be aggressive with the ball,” Finch said.”We had to take or create 10 chances and take them as well. It wasn’t going to be a game that peters out into the 47th, 48th over. It was going to be ultra-aggressive and they got on top of us early with the bat.”Also Read | Australia lose a World Cup semi-final for the first time in historyAlso Read | How victory over India gave England confidence vs Australia in World Cup semi-finalAlso Read | Exactly a year after FIFA World Cup heartbreak, England make amends in cricketlast_img read more

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This day that year: Sourav Ganguly takes off shirt at Lord’s balcony after India win thrilling NetWest final

first_imgSachin Tendulkar tries to give himself a lot of width and smash one through the covers. Instead, he gets castled by left-arm spinner Ashley Giles. India are reduced to 145 for 6. They have lost their biggest match winner in Tendulkar for 14 in a mammoth chase of a mammoth 326 at the iconic Lord’s against hosts England.Many television sets were switched off back in the country after Tendulkar’s wicket. “That might be the death for India in this Natwest series final,” the on-air commentator quipped.17 years ago on this day, India let England post a mamoth total of 325 in the final of the tri-series against England. India and England had gotten the better of Sri Lanka to reach the final but for the most part of the final, India were under pressure.England opener Marcus Trescothick hit 109 from just 100 balls and captain Nasser Hussain scored a fine 115 as the hosts took the Indian attack to the cleaners. England played out India spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble and took the attack to the bowlers.Captain Sourav Ganguly had a horrible day with the ball as the part-timer conceded 28 runs in 3 overs but there was no stopping Ganguly when he walked out to bat with Virender Sehwag.India were off to a flying start as Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag played T20-style cricket in the first 10 overs and took India past the 100-run mark inside the first 15 overs. However, after the 106-run opening stand was broken by Alex Tudor, India were in a spoit of bother.advertisementFrom 106 for 0, India went to 146 for 5, losing Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in the process.India were in trouble when two of their young guns in Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif joined hands at the middle. The chase looked improbable but not for Yuvraj and Kaif who scripted one of the most memorable wins in the history of Indian cricket.The 2002 rewind: On this day, a moment in history. #TeamIndia clinched the NatWest Series at Lord’s pic.twitter.com/ISfePGAyK5BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2019Yuvraj counter-attack, taking the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Ronnie Irani to the cleaners. Mohammad Kaif gave him the perfecet support from the other end. The duo addded 123 runs for the 6th wicket during which television sets were switched on back home. The Indian fans at Lord’s found their voices back. In fact, the decibel levels hit the roof as Yuvraj and Kaif showed for the first time that India was not just about their their powerful top-order.Yuvraj departed for 69 in the 42nd over. India still needed 59 but Kaif batted wonderfully well with the tall and took the team past the finish line. The winning runs came off an overthrow.Ganguly takes off shirt at Lord’s balconyIndian fans erupted in joy. The cameras panned to the Lord’s dressing room where the players celebrated in delight. Sourav Ganguly emerged from behind VVS Laxman, took his shirt off and celebrated the win. He was roaring in delight. It was him who laid the foundation… not just for the chase in the big final but for an Indian team that would go on to become world beaters in the following years.”Everybody says that it’s the most iconic moment. But I wouldn’t do it again. My daughter sees it asks why did you do that and I say, because I was happy. I came from a very conservative and shy Bengali family. It just happened in the heat of the moment,” Ganguly told Barkha Dutt in an interview in 2018.In another episode, former cricket-turned commentator Geoffrey Boycott had called Ganguly a ‘naughty boy’ and demanded an explanation for his act.Here’s the conversation Ganguly had with Boycott in the commentary box.Boycott: “You must mention your experience about taking your jersey off and flying it in the air at the Mecca of Cricket: Lord’s! Ohhh, you naughty boy!”Ganguly: “One of your boys (Andrew Flintoff) also took off his jersey here in Mumbai.”Boycott: “Yeah, but Lord’s is the Mecca of cricket.”Ganguly: “Lord’s is your Mecca, and Wankhede is ours!”Ganguly may regret it but not of the Indian fans would. It was indeed an iconic moment!Also Read | Virender Sehwag recalls Sourav Ganguly’s Salman Khan act after 2002 Natwest Series triumphAlso See:last_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer handed maiden call-up, Ben Stokes back as England vice-captain

first_imgEngland announced their 14-man squad for the 1st of the 5-match Ashes Test series against Australia on Saturday. Joe Root will be leading the hosts at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1.Fast bowler Jofra Archer, who shone with 20 wickets in England’s victorious World Cup campaign, has been handed a maiden Test call-up. Ben Stokes, who was stripped off vice-captaincy after Bristol street brawl in 2018, has been reappointed as the deputy to Joe Root.Pacer James Anderson, who missed the only Test against Ireland at Lord’s earlier this week with an injury, has been named in the squad.The fast bowler didn’t feature in England’s record win over Ireland earlier this week due to a left side strain but showed signs of form by taking 2 wickets for Sussex on Friday in the Vitality Blast. This means he will be in a contest for a spot in the playing XI with senior-pro James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who picked up 9 wickets at Lord’s against Ireland.Jack Leash, who won the Man of the Match award for his 92 as night-watchman against Ireland, misses out.England national selector Ed Smith explained that multiple injuries to bowlers were the reason England have opted for a 14-man squad.”Though it is unusual to select a squad of 14 for a home Test, there are compelling reasons to do so here,” said national selector Ed Smith.”Several bowlers are recovering from injuries or niggles. In addition, some bowlers who played in the World Cup are being closely monitored to assess their preparation for Test match cricket. The wider circumstances – a successful home World Cup campaign followed so quickly by a home Ashes series – are unprecedented.advertisement”It feels sensible to select an expanded squad and leave a number of bowling options open.”England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam CurranAlso See:last_img read more

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SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK OR TREATERS

first_imgWednesday evening trick or treaters will be going door to door in the Siouxland area and local police are reminding drivers to be aware of the costumed youngsters.Trick or Treating hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and you should only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.Halloween costumes should be made of fire retardant material and the eye holes in the mask should be large enough for good peripheral vision.Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.Briar Cliff University’s Athletic Department, along with the Charger athletic teams, will host a “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event Wednesday night, on the B-C-U campus.The free, family event will run from 5:30 pm to 7 pm in the lower parking lot, east of the soccer field.Children trick-or-treat by going from car trunk to car trunk as Charger student-athletes fill their treat bags with candy.Trunk or Treat provides a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience with less walking for families with little ones.Admission is free.last_img read more

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Mike Gundy responded to Thayer Evans six years ago

first_imgAlso, these seem relevant…Really! #okstate QT @CardinHart: @pistolsguy @Pokelahoma @ThayerEvansSI claims he’s not an OU fan… pic.twitter.com/tvTPqbOFMw— thinks we go 8-4 guy (@Pokelahoma) September 14, 2013https://twitter.com/okc_dave/status/378682305570537472If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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The biggest transfers of the summer

first_imgTransfers The biggest transfers of the summer Last updated 2 years ago 11:56 9/1/17 Comments(6) 1/74 The biggest transfers of the summer Biggest Summer Transfers Cover New Getty Danny Drinkwater Leicester City Getty Images Full screen 1 of 74 Share Close Goal takes a look at the biggest transfers across the top leagues as we approach the new season FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Transferslast_img

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