Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne stands among the greatest players in world football.And it’s been quite a journey for the Belgium international, who had to overcome blips and make a number of tough decisions en route to featuring on the front cover of FIFA 19.But then, as he told Goal, “Our normal is not normal.” 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! To make it to the very top of world football requires that little bit more.After a prestigious rise at Genk and a disappointing stint at Chelsea, the 27-year-old took the Bundesliga by storm before sealing a mega-money return to the Premier League, and now he wants more.“When you get a bit older, you think more about winning and how the team is doing,” he says. “You become second to that.”De Bruyne is rarely second-place. “You never expect to get to the stage I am now, to be on the cover of the biggest game in the world,” he admits. “I think I’m doing pretty well.”Watch the video above to see our exclusive interview in full.FIFA 19, complete with brand new UEFA Champions League features, is out now.
Who doesn’t love holidays? And as soon as holidays start, plans for travelling take the front seat.Holidays are welcome holes in the pockets that make our life vivid and colorful. Going on holiday is groovy, but money can be a deterrent to many of us.We can’t spend half of our savings, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a flamboyant journey.Check out these cheapest destinations that can set you in the holiday mood without putting much weight in your pocket by Kapil Goswamy, Founder BigBreaks.com :VietnamMuch known among the tourist, Vietnam is still a budget friendly destination. You can easily spend a day with $10 in your pockets. This includes everything right from the hotel to beer. From Tai Chai to the rice terraces, colonial charm to motorcycle tours, there’s nothing you can miss in this attractive haven.PhilippinesThe Philippines is successful in attracting tourist this season. It definitely is a hot spot for the party. Like any Asian country, it offers an exciting cultural vibe with a touch of modernism. From underground caves to mud-water springs, water sports to hiking and kayaking, with almost 20 dollars a day!Also Read:Travelling on a budget? Here are some easy hacks to save money while holidaying HungaryLove Europe? Try Hungary! Those who want to feel the opulence of Europe with cheap money can visit Hungary. The old charm buildings and streets, gourmet pastries, hills, lake, strong liquor, can be enjoyed within 20 dollars.HondurasCosta Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua forget them if you’re looking for cheap holidays. Honduras is much skipped due its frightening image, but in actuality, it has a vibrant nightlife and hipster culture . Untouched beaches, captivating monuments and tasty cuisine, all can be bargained within $25 for a day!advertisementNew MexicoWant to visit an exciting, dynamic and cheap American place for a holiday? New Mexico is the place you’re searching. Sunny days, Alpine forest, wines, Chile, water springs, winter sports and outdoor trekking, will fill up your days.AshgabatCall it ‘the City of Love’, ‘the City of White Marble’, or ‘Strangest City in the World’, Ashgabat is another place to worth visit when planning to holiday in Asia. Golden domes, sandy desert, quirky streets, and LA like nightlife, are the stuff that defines this strange, but a cheap tourist destination. All with the price tag of $30 a day.GranadaGranada is famous for its perfect ‘postcard pretty’ image. Colonial buildings tinted in singular bright colors, jaw-dropping architecture marvels, sunlit weather beside cool water and a flavorsome mouthful dish is Granada’s specialty. That can be all yours for $20 for a day.Dominican RepublicFor the Caribbean lovers, Dominican Republic can be the next best and cheapest choice for the holiday. In the Dominican Republic, you need only $30 bucks a day to travel, eat, drink and sleep. Free coffee, banana boats, scuba diving, parasailing, white sands and Gourmet food, is only the first part of this subterranean charming place.There are still plenty of places where you can holiday with $30-50 a day namely Bosnia, Barcelona, Thrace, York, and much more. But the only way to make your trip cheaper at these budget-friendly places is to live, bargain, drink, eat and shop as locals!
R.I.P Bezels. 2017 will be remembered as the year when smartphone design underwent a fundamental shift with near bezel-less designs becoming the norm amongst flagship smartphones. After the breathtaking Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, the iPhone 8 is set to join the party with an all new bezel-less design.2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. To commemorate the occasion, Apple is expected to launch a greatly improved device which is set to be a massive improvement over the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 is set to come with an all new design, wireless charging, an OLED display and more.A new leak now gives us a greater insight into the design of Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone. Shared by prolific leakster KK Leaks on Twitter, the schematics and renders point towards an all new ‘all-screen’ design with very thin side bezels. According to the schematics, the iPhone will measure in at 137.54mm tall and 67.54mm wide.Also Read: iPhone 8 rumour roundup: True Tone OLED display, wireless charging and moreThe schematics also point towards the device sporting a 5.768 display which is bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus’s 5.5-inch panel. The 2.5D display is rumoured to cover the entire front panel with the side bezels measuring as low as 4mm at their thinnest point.As expected, the iPhone 8 shown in the schematics is bereft of a physical home button. Apple is widely expected to embed the fingerprint sensor underneath the display in order to free up space for the new display.However, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, the company is apparently facing a lot of issues in ramping up yield rates of the new sensor and because of that it might be forced to abandon the radical approach and make do with a more traditional fingerprint sensor instead.advertisementHere we go #iphone8 #iphonex or #iphoneedition pic.twitter.com/kxDDOKZ6XM- KK Sneak Leaks (@kksneakleaks) April 17, 2017At the back, we can see a vertically mounted dual camera setup. This design has been doing the rounds of the internet lately and seems to be more or less a given now. According to Ben Bajarin, the position of the LED flash in between the two camera lenses is supposedly to help facilitate 3D features and augmented reality.Apple is set to release three new iPhones in 2017 – updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the shape of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and also a ‘halo’ tenth anniversary model called the iPhone 8/iPhone Edition.All three models are reportedly set to come with come with 3GB of RAM. While the iPhone 7s and 7s is expected to be offered in three storage configurations – 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, the iPhone 8 will only be offered in 64GB and 256GB.Past leaks and rumours indicate that the iPhone 8 will come with an OLED display, an Iris Scanner like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8, IP68 dust and water resistance, 3D cameras and a Smart connector for accessories such as a VR headset.Also Read: Nokia 9: Carl Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 835 and everything else we know so far
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More than a thousand Juventus F.C. soccer fans watching the UEFA Champions League final on screens in one of Turin’s main squares late on Saturday were injured when loud bangs created panic and mayhem.Around 1,400 people were treated for slight injuries, Italian media reported. About seven people were seriously hurt, including a seven-year-old boy who was trampled.Thousands of fans had gathered to watch the UEFA Champions League final on a giant screen in San Carlo Square. The match, between Turin club Juventus and Real Madrid, was being played in Cardiff, Wales.During the second half of the match, which Real Madrid C.F. went on to win 4-1, video cameras showed a sudden rush in the middle of the crowd in San Carlo square, and then a violent surge that flung people against barriers.Many fans then began to run out of the centre of the square, screaming in fear.The panic may have been started by the explosion of a loud firecracker that was mistaken for a bomb, a Reuters witness said. Police were still investigating what set off the stampede.Afterwards shoes, beer bottles and bags littered the ground, people were seen limping and searching desperately for friends and relatives, the witness said.Police set up an information point to help people find their loved ones, including many children who had been separated from their parents.The mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, who had returned from watching the match in Cardiff, held a meeting with police on Sunday morning.advertisementShe was then due to visit the local hospital where the seven-year-old boy was being treated. His condition, after suffering injuries to his head and torso, is described as serious but stable.
The ICC Champions Trophy India-Pakistan round robin match failed to live up to the hype and the mother of all battles finished in an anti-climax with India outperforming their arch rivals.But as fate would have it, Pakistan have lifted themselves from there to have another go at India in what can be called without exaggeration, the mother of all finals.Former Australian fast bowler and ESPNcricinfo analyst Shaun Tait previews the India-Pakistan finale for India Today.Q. Being an Australian you know what the Ashes rivalry is like Shaun. Looking at the buzz around this game, what do you make of the India-Pakistan rivalry and their face off in the final?A. England and Australia’s Ashes rivalry is old and traditional. India and Pakistan have their own history and this has become huge as well. This has now become the biggest match and it’s special that they will face in the final.As far as the promoters go and from the marketing point of view, it’s a dream come true for world cricket. We expected India to be there as they were one of the tournament favourites but Pakistan have surprised a lot of people.Q. The way India have played, do you think they have all the bases covered?A. Yes. India have all bases covered. They went with the strategy to drop Umesh Yadav and that worked. Their batting is the strongest in the world. It’s safe to say they have the edge. They will be happy going into the final as firm favourites.advertisementQ. Will the fact that India gave Pakistan a hiding in the opener, weigh on Pakistan’s mind?A. Yes, it will be on the back of Pakistan’s mind a little bit. But since the first game, Pakistan have played well. No doubt they are a better side than what they were couple of weeks ago in the first game.Q. What is Pakistan’s best chance to put India on the back foot?A. Their bowling attack is their strength. Hasan Ali has been their best bowler in the tournament. He will have to stand up and get the big scalps like Rohit and Virat. Their bowling attack is their best hope.Q. This will be Virat’s first chance to win an ICC tournament as captain. He will be motivated to win this one as captain.A. No doubt. He is a superstar player and a young captain looking for his first silverware. He will be around in the next World Cup as well. This could be a stepping stone for the 2019 World Cup. A win will boost his captainship for future as well.
Bernard Tomic was fined $15,000 at Wimbledon and dropped by his racket sponsor Thursday – not for something he did during his first-round loss, but for what he said during a news conference afterwards.The penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct was announced two days after the 24-year-old Australian was beaten by Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, then spoke to the media about feeling “a little bit bored out there.”Tomic also said Tuesday that he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year and acknowledged that when he called for a medical timeout against Zverev, he did so not because of an injury issue but to “try to break a bit of momentum.”Racket maker Head issued a statement via its Twitter feed on Thursday saying: “We were extremely disappointed with the statements made at Wimbledon by one of our sponsored athletes, Bernard Tomic. His opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game.”The statement concluded: “Therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with Bernard Tomic.”The fine amounts to more than a third of Tomic’s prize money: First-round losers at the All England Club this year earn 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).Tomic has not reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament since losing at that stage at Wimbledon against eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 2011. That year, at age 18, Tomic became the youngest man to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club since 1986, when Boris Becker won the title.Djokovic, a 12-time major champion also sponsored by Head, was asked about the company’s decision to cut ties with Tomic because of his comments.advertisement”We all, in the heat of the moment, maybe say some things that are not appropriate maybe, by definition of someone or something,” Djokovic said. “But it’s understandable, in a way, why Head has reacted in this way. Because it’s not the right message to send out there from one of the most talented players that has played the game in the last six, seven years, and someone that was a hero to – he is a hero to – many children, especially in Australia.”Tomic reached a high of No. 17 in the ATP rankings in 2016; he entered Wimbledon at No. 59.”I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well – it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” Tomic said Tuesday. “It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth round (at the) U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”Also losing a chunk of change for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon was Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who threw a handful coins in the direction of the chair umpire after a second-round loss Wednesday. Medvedev was given three fines totaling $14,500 – $4,000 for a code violation warning during the match, $3,000 for earning a point penalty later and $7,500 for his conduct after the match.The 49th-ranked Medvedev repeatedly apologized during his news conference, saying he was not trying to imply that umpire Mariana Alves was biased.”I was just disappointed and (did) a stupid thing,” said Medvedev, who earned headlines for a decidedly different reason Monday, beating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.When his 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 loss to Ruben Bemelmans ended, Medvedev shook hands with his opponent and Alves. But then he grabbed his wallet from his bag and tossed the coins toward the bottom of the official’s chair.
Formula One’s decision to introduce a ‘halo’ cockpit protection device next year is a mistake, according to former champion Niki Lauda.The Austrian, who is non-executive chairman of world champions Mercedes, told Germany’s Auto, Motor und Sport on Thursday that he recognised safety had to be improved where possible.However a convincing solution had yet to be found to protect drivers’ heads from debris.”We tested the Halo, the Red Bull Aeroscreen and Ferrari’s Shield as a cockpit protection. None has convinced 100 percent. You have to make the right decision in such a situation. The halo is the wrong one,” he said.Lauda, a triple world champion who retired from racing in 1985 after a near-fatal fiery crash in 1976, said the halo destroyed the “DNA of a Formula One car”.”The FIA ??has made Formula One as safe as it gets. Also the danger of flying wheels is largely eliminated, because the wheels are always more firmly attached. The risk to the drivers has become minimal.”We are just trying hard to get new fans for the sport with fast cars and getting closer to the spectators, and now this is destroyed by an overreaction.”The governing FIA announced on Wednesday that the halo would be introduced for 2018 rather than the transparent ‘shield’ tested at Silverstone last week.The halo, which is fixed to the car at three points including a central pillar in front of the driver that supports a protective loop above his head, has been widely criticised on aesthetic grounds.advertisementSome have compared its appearance to the toe strap of a flip-flop. Former Dutch F1 racer Giedo van der Garde posted a photograph on Twitter of himself holding a sandal to his head as an example.Commentator and former racer Martin Brundle said it was ‘plain ugly’.”I expect F1 Halo will cause as many problems as it fixes and further hides the gladiators away,” he added on Twitter.Austrian Alex Wurz, chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), agreed the halo was not good looking but defended the decision.”On the positive, please consider that safer cars mean we can race much faster and harder in the future,” he said.
Yang Jiayu raced to gold in a thrilling finish to the 20km walk at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday but her compatriot Lyu Xiuzhi learned she had been dramatically disqualified when metres away from winning the bronze medal.Yang upped the pace over the last 100 metres on the Mall to power away from Mexico’s Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez and finish a mere one second clear in 1 hour 26 minutes 18 seconds, a superb triumph for the 21-year-old in her maiden senior championship.Yet Lyu, perhaps favourite for the title, did not realise she had already received a third red card for a late infringement — meaning automatic disqualification — as she was still racing home just behind Gonzalez.As she was less than 20 metres from the line believing the bronze medal was in her grasp, a senior official stepped out in front of her to confirm her disqualification.It meant that Antonella Palmisano, who had been broken by the leading trio just as they started the last of the 10 two kilometre loops between Admiralty Arch and Buckingham Palace on The Mall came home for the bronze in 1:26.36, Italy’s first medal of the championships.”I feel really excited,” said Yang. “I started race walking at the age of 14. Now I hope to be the future of race walking in China.”Yet she had time to spare a thought for her disqualified team mate. “I feel sorry for Lyu. Maybe she’ll get to win a competition soon,” she said.The result was also tough on former boxer Gonzalez, who had also missed out on gold at last year’s Rio Olympics by just two seconds. Her consolation was in becoming only the second Mexican woman to medal at the world championships after Ana Guevara, the former 400 metres champion.advertisement”I did all I could but the Chinese athlete was better in the final part. It was very close but we made it a fight to the line.”She, too, spared a thought for Lyu. “She is an excellent race walker who continues to work hard. It is a difficult moment for her but she’ll be ready and stronger in the next few years.”Palmisano, who was fourth at last year’s Olympics, was delighted to this time make the podium in unexpected fashion.”I was only concentrated on myself. I feel sorry for Lyu but I wanted that medal and now I have it,” she said.
Mumbai, Aug 21 (PTI) Homegrown auto major Tata Motors today said it will invest Rs 4,000 crore in the current fiscal to bring new passenger and commercial vehicles to the market as part of its turnaround strategy. The company also expects to save over Rs 1,500 crore and add to the bottom line in its domestic business through various cost optimisation exercises and hopes return to the black in 2017-18. Besides, it is looking at “temporary hibernation” of some of its production lines across different plants in order to optimise manufacturing. In line with its new approach, the company also unveiled its new brand promise with tagline Connecting Aspirations. Tata Motors Managing Director Guenter Butschek said the company has embarked on a turnaround programme with the next 6-9 months being critical as against an earlier planned business transition, to be achieved on the next 2-3 years. The domestic commercial vehicles business is the backbone of Tata Motors and the focus of the turnaround is on getting higher market share of 5 per cent in this segment and launching new products faster in the market, he told reporters here. “For the CV segment we have earmarked Rs 1,500 crore for FY18,” Butschek said, adding that 10 new products have been lined up. Out of these six will be in medium and heavy CV segments, while four products are in intermediate CV category, he said. When asked about passenger vehicles, he said the investment would be of Rs 2,500 crore but did not share product launch details. Tata Motors will launch compact SUV Nexon next month. By 2019 it plans to launch the first product from its AMP platform which can have four body types, he said. Commenting on the companys ongoing turnaround programme, Butschek said the company has suffered last fiscal due to a combination — of market volatility and its inability to respond quickly to the changing environment. Butschek said Tata Motors has undertaken a lot of initiatives to improve operation, which could potentially help it save Rs 1,500 cr and add to the bottomline. With focus on turning around the domestic business, he said the companys management is reviewing business every month with new chairman N Chandrasekaran, while a similar exercise is done with board every six weeks. On a standalone basis, Tata Motors posted loss of Rs 467.05 crore for the June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal. It had registered a profit of Rs 25.75 crore in the same period of 2016-17. As part of the overall plan, he said Tata Motors is looking at manufacturing footprint optimisation. In some of the plants, he said in the commercial vehicles segment there was only about 40 per cent capacity utilisation while in passenger vehicles segment it was as low as 10 per cent in Sanand at one point of time. “We need to take a look at how best to utilise our plants,” he said adding a strategy is being worked out so that going forward “some lines may go in for temporary hibernation” and become functional when the demand is back. He said the details were still being worked out as to which lines in what plants could possibly go for such measures. Tata Motors has plants in places including Pune, Jamshedpur, Lucknow and Pantnagar. When asked by when Tata Motors expects the domestic operations to be back in the black, he said “hopefully this fiscal”. Butschek also said the companys plans to come up with sports car RACEMO has been temporarily put on hold with the focus on commercial vehicles to lead the overall turnaround taking priority. “As part of internal agenda for crafting the turnaround we also very carefully looked around in our capital expenditures, we had to re-prioritise some of the projects in the initial list,” he said. PTI RKL MSS SAadvertisement
Rafael Nadal’s return to the top of the world rankings is a testament to the Spaniard’s longevity in the game and is as impressive as any of his career achievements, men’s tennis chief Chris Kermode has said.The 31-year-old Nadal became the world number one for the first time since July 2014 after replacing Britain’s Andy Murray at the top spot on Monday.”To regain the No. 1 ranking nine years after having first reached it is unprecedented,” ATP president Kermode said in a statement.”Rafa has been setting records throughout his remarkable career and this one is as impressive as any. It shows incredible dedication and longevity, and we congratulate him on this amazing achievement.”Nadal, a 15-times grand slam winner, came back from a series of knee and wrist injuries to reach the Australian Open final and claimed a record 10th French Open title this season.”Being No. 1 after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so (it) is, for me, an amazing achievement to be back to that position after three years,” said Nadal.Nadal has claimed four titles on tour this season, winning 49 matches and losing nine in a stellar 2017.
Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga today asked his top order batsmen to fire against a dominant India, urging them not to throw their wickets in the second One-Day International at Pallekele on Thursday.Sri Lanka were positioned nicely in the first ODI at 139 for one but lost nine wickets for just 77 runs to be all out for a modest 216.”To get to a big total we need the top four batsmen to fire. One or two of them must make a big score. Thats what we have seen in the past 10-15 years. If a player gets a century then we can put up a good total between 280-300,” Tharanga said at the pre-match press conference. (Team India demolishing Sri Lanka on the field, exploring island off it)”What I expect from the batsmen is once they have settled in, they should bat the entire innings and take us to a decent total. If you look at the past results we have been in good positions in the first 20-25 overs. From there onwards only we have lost the grip as batsmen played irresponsible shots,” the skipper added.Reuters PhotoThere was much hue and cry after their crushing defeat on Sunday and Tharanga sought to placate the angry fans apart from rejecting rumours of a dressing room rift.”It was our bad luck we could not win the first ODI. But all the players are in good spirits because we have been preparing for this series well ahead of time. I have faith in the players that for the second ODI they will come up with a much better performance.advertisement”Every time the fans have been behind us when we won or lost. As a team all I can say is that we go out 100 percent to win the match. None of the 15 players in the squad go out to lose a match. We expect their support because that is the one that gives us strength and encouragement to perform well,” said the 32-year-old.Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the playing eleven in the series-opener, triggering speculation that it was a divided dressing room. Asked about Chandimal’s return to the ODI line-up, Tharanga replied, “We have not come to a final conclusion with the team but there certainly will be changes.”In addition to Tharanga, interim coach Nic Pothas was also present in the press conference on Wednesday to issue a statement. Reportedly, Sri Lanka Cricket took objection to his stance of ‘too many cooks’ in the post-match conference in Dambulla.”It should be stated that I am very happy with everything that’s going on within our four walls in the change room. And just to clarify things I am very happy with the situation with the Board that has been hugely supportive of everything that I do and the players do. They continue to support us. Certainly I have no issues there,” said Pothas.The skipper also dismissed suggestions that paceman Lasith Malinga is way past his best. “Every cricketer goes through this phase. He has returned to ODI cricket after being out for about 18 months. But since his return he has been unable to produce those match winning performances mainly because catches have been dropped off his bowling. But his presence in the team is a big boon to the young fast bowlers who can learn a lot from him,” he said.Sri Lanka can still seal automatic qualification for the 2019 ODI World Cup if they win two matches in this series. It will be a tough ask against a rampant Indian side, even if the hosts have an eye on what West Indies are doing on their England tour.”As a team we go to each match to win. We are not thinking too far but taking match by match. Tomorrow’s contest is vital for us because we lost the first. To qualify for the 2019 World Cup we have to win two matches of the current series. All the players in the squad are aware of it. Our main aim is to win every match,” said Tharanga.”West indies are also trying to win and increase their points in the standings. We know what is expected from us but if we think too much it will affect our performances. So we are taking it match by match,” he signed off.
A delegation from Sri Lanka will visit Lahore on Wednesday to inspect the security arrangements for the lone Twenty20 match scheduled for October 29 before giving final clearance for the Island nation’s tour to Pakistan.Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president has insisted that his team will play in Lahore despite the pullout of some key players for the lone Twenty20 match.In response to the refusal by their key players to play the match in Lahore, the SLC and selectors have picked a new look but depleted squad for all three T20 matches, two of which will be held in Dubai before the team flies to Lahore for a day.According to details, the Sri Lankan security delegation during their visit will be given detailed briefings on the arrangements and shown dress rehersals by the concerned security officials in Lahore.The delegation will also visit the team hotel and ground to see all arrangements beforehand before they report back to their board and the government after which clearance will be given to the Sri Lankan team to fly from Dubai to Lahore.The Sri Lankan team’s visit is seen as very significant by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and fans as it was after militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March, 2009 that international teams stopped visiting Pakistan because of security concerns.”Even if they are coming for just one match but it’s significance is enormous because they were the ones who came under attack and if their board and government shows confidence in us to send their team, it will send a positive message to other boards as well,” a senior PCB official said.advertisementTickets for the October 29 match are already on sale and there has been a big demand from fans for the match to be played at the Gaddafi stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane would like to end 2017 as the top calendar year goalscorer in European football as he is just one goal away from Lionel Messi, who tops the charts.Kane’s seventh hat-trick of the year meant that he now has 53 goals across all competitions for club and country — one less than Messi, who has 54 in 2017.The Englishman is now tied on 53 goals with Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.What works in his favour is that unlike all of his rivals, Kane has a game left to play this year – a home game against Southampton on December 26.Riding on Kane’s brilliance, Spurs beat Burnely 3-0 away on Saturday and his manager Mauricio Pochettino was all praise for the talisman. Kane’s goals at Turf Moor also took his Premier League calendar year tally to 36, equalling Alan Shearer’s record from 1995.”He is amazing, a fantastic player, he needs one more to be above Alan, we will see in the next game. But it is fantastic for him,” said Pochettino.”It’s difficult to find words to describe Harry Kane. Even during my time at Spurs I’m surprised by him. The hat-trick is nice for him but we could have scored more than three. I’m worried when you don’t create chances though,” he said.Pochettino said Kane’s tally was just reward for the effort he has put into his game.”During my three and a half years with Tottenham, he always surprises me — not only with goals but his contribution, with his attitude, professional ethic, how he works across the pitch, he is a massive example for everyone.advertisement”I am so happy for him, he needs one more to set the record over Alan and I think that is a massive individual achievement for him,” he said.Asked whether Kane could go on to beat Shearer’s career record of 260 Premier League goals, Pochettino noted the consistency the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker showed throughout his career but said Kane had the quality to produce something similar.”We hope for Tottenham and for him and I wish that every season (year) he will score 50 or more,” he said.”I think he can still improve, he is 24 and the player arrives at their best 27, 28, 29 and it depends how professional you are.”Harry Kane, if he keeps that mentality, keeps working hard every day, can play until he wants to. But for me, he can still improve in his game.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a devastating spell of pace bowling and picked a wicket in each of his first three overs to tear apart the South African batting line-up on the first day of the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday.Bhuvneshwar finished with 4/87 from his 19 overs to help India bundle South Africa out for 286. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets while Mohammed Shami, debutant Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya chipped in with one wicket apiece.India had a disastrous start with Murali Vijay (1), Shikhar Dhawan (16) and captain Virat Kohli (5) falling without contributing much.Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and Morne Morne bowled probing spells as India crawled to 28/3 at the close of play on the first day, still trailing South Africa by 258 runs.Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 5 and Rohit Sharma, who replaced Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI, was at the other end at nought.”Amazing day, that’s how Test cricket is. To be honest, we could have bowled better. We gave 25-30 runs extra. Just wanted to bowl in good areas. Wanted to get the batsmen out caught behind or in the slips. Knew it doesn’t swing much in South Africa,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar snagged opener Dean Elgar with just the third ball of the day and then in the next two overs had Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla dismissed cheaply to have the home side reeling at 12 for three inside only the fifth over.”In Test cricket, top of off-stump is an area where every batsman is vulnerable. He’s (Hashim Amla) the kind of batsman who can make big hundreds if he gets going. Very pleasing to get him out. Never felt the wicket would be slow. Thought there would be lateral movement and that’s what happened. Overall we’re happy with the way we’ve bowled,” he added.advertisementAB de Villiers, who returned after a long injury layoff staged a fight back as he took on Bhuvneshwar, hitting four 4s off him in an over as he relentlessly punished loose deliveries.De Villiers reached his 50 off just 55 deliveries. Du Plessis was more circumspect at the other end.India’s early impetus was ended by a 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket between De Villiers and Du Plessis, who attacked the Indian bowlers and punished loose deliveries.De Villiers was bowled by Bumrah after lunch for 65 runs while Du Plessis scored 62 before flashing at a wide delivery and handing all-rounder Hardik Pandya his first wicket of the three-match series.”AB is best in the world. You have to be at your best to bowl to him. His counter-attack hurt us. It’s going to be tough (the way forward). We knew these are the situations we’ll have to tackle with,” he said.Bhuvneshwar made full use of grass-covered track and had South Africa, who pick four seamers themselves, in early trouble.He had Elgar caught behind by Wriddhiman Saha as he moved the ball away from the left-hander and then Markram leg before for five runs in the third over of the day.Amla (3) followed soon thereafter as he flashed at a delivery on off stump and nicked it behind to Saha.The right-arm swing bowler bagged his fourth when he got the outside edge of Quinton de Kock just before tea.Vernon Philander and De Kock continued to push the run rate past four per over before the latter went for 43 off 40 balls and Philander was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 23.De Kock was the aggressor striking the ball at 107.50 in his 60-run partnership with Vernon Philander for the sixth wicket.The 27-year-old also came close to completing his five-wicket haul when he found the outside edge of Keshav Maharaj’s bat only for Shikhar Dhawan to spill a regulation catch it at the third slip.(With inputs from Reuters)
ATHENS — Giorgos Kousas’ header from a corner in the 79th minute earned host Panetolikos a 1-1 draw against defending champion Olympiakos in the Greek league on Aug. 30.Pajtim Kasami had opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 47th, also with a header, a minute after checking into the game as a substitute.Olympiakos played the final 10 minutes with 10 men, as Delvin N’Dinga was carried out on a stretcher and all substitutions had been made. Alejandro Dominguez finished the game limping with a knee injury and, earlier, Giannis Maniatis was substituted after injuring his ankle.Also, Kalloni beat Ergotelis 2-0 and Giannena drew 1-1 at Panthrakikos. Kalloni and Giannena join Olympiakos at the top, with four points from two games.TweetPinShare0 Shares
BERLIN — Brittany Bowe led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the women’s 1,000-meter race at a speedskating World Cup meet on Dec. 6.Bowe covered the distance in 1 minute, 14.81 seconds to beat teammate Heather Richardson by .33 seconds. Li Qishi of China defended her overall World Cup lead in the event by finishing third, 1.13 seconds off the pace.Germany had a 1-2 finish in the men’s 1,000, with Nico Ihle edging Samuel Schwarz by .04 seconds. The winner’s time was 1:09.49. Hein Otterspeer of the Netherlands was third.Jorrit Bergsma of the Netherlands won the men’s 5,000 in 6:17.59. Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway was 3.38 seconds behind in second and Douwe de Vries of the Netherlands was 5.91 adrift in third.TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares MIAMI — When Hassan Whiteside came to the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade was under the impression that the center was a rookie.His NBA debut was actually in 2010. His coming-out party, however, seems to be happening now — and for the struggling Heat, it might be the perfect time.Chris Bosh scored 26 points, Wade scored 10 of his 25 down the stretch and the Heat snapped a four-game losing streak by topping the Brooklyn Nets 88-84 on Jan. 4.“A must-win,” said Bosh, whose team lost by 36 in Houston on Jan. 3. “It didn’t matter who we played.”Whiteside scored 11 points, tied a career high with 10 rebounds and set career bests with five blocked shots and 27 minutes. He came up big midway through the fourth, blocking away Deron Williams’ shot after the Nets’ guard backed Miami’s Norris Cole down in the post with ease.Williams’ shot never had a chance. Whiteside sent it out of bounds, and the Heat needed those plays — improving to 7-12 at home. “It might not look like I’m there,” Whiteside said. “But I’m there.”Joe Johnson scored 19, Brook Lopez added 16 and Mirza Teletovic had 14 for Brooklyn, which had won six of seven and was seeking to get back over .500 for the first time since Nov. 12.The Heat never trailed — and, because nothing comes easily to them anymore, still had to sweat out the ending. A nine-point Heat lead with 4:49 left was whittled to three, and the Nets actually had a chance to tie with just over a minute remaining but Teletovic’s 3-pointer rattled out.“We couldn’t stop Bosh. We couldn’t stop Wade,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said. “That was the reason we couldn’t get any closer.”Williams scored 13 and Mason Plumlee scored 12 for the Nets, who are 0-3 against Miami this season.“I thought we fought hard,” Johnson said. “We had our opportunities, maybe missed a lot of chippies, open shots that we normally make.”Miami led 49-40 at the half, and still was up by five after the third. The third quarter has been an issue all season and it was again, with Miami getting outscored 19-15 in those 12 minutes.But the Heat held the lead, despite not getting to the 20-point mark in that quarter for the third straight game. And in the fourth, Miami had just enough.“It’s hard to win in this league,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It really is. … Even in a game like this, when we had to fight it all the way to the end, you don’t take winning for granted when you’re having a season like we (are) right now.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)