NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off an asteroid and bring it back to the vicinity of Earth, rather than bag up an entire asteroid, agency officials in charge of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) announced today.The $1.25 billion mission, which is planned to launch in December 2020, would send a robotic spacecraft for a rendezvous with an asteroid in 2022. After touching down on the asteroid’s surface, the spacecraft would snatch a boulder several meters across. The spacecraft would then orbit the asteroid for up to 400 days, testing out an idea for defending Earth from a catastrophic asteroid impact: using the spacecraft’s own gravitational field to subtly alter the asteroid’s orbit. Next, the spacecraft would bring the snatched rock back to Earth’s vicinity in 2025. Finally, as part of preparations for a possible mission to Mars, astronauts would visit and examine the rock for some 25 days, using the planned Orion spacecraft to make the trip.The boulder-snatch concept is expected to cost $100 million more than the bagging concept, but it would be better for developing technologies that would have greater value for exploring Mars, explained Robert Lightfoot, NASA’s associate administrator, during a teleconference today. Moreover, he says, whereas a bagging mission might get only one chance to snare its target, a boulder-snatching spacecraft will have a chance to survey the asteroid ahead of time before picking a target, and it could make several attempts at grabbing a boulder. “I’m going to have multiple targets when I get there, is what it boils down to,” he says. “That was the better value, in my opinion, for what we’re trying to do.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The leading target for ARM now is a 0.45-kilometer-wide carbonaceous C-type asteroid called 2008 EV5, Lightfoot says. The two other candidates are asteroids called Bennu and Itokawa, and ongoing searches are expected to yield one or two more candidates each year leading up to mission launch.Scientists say that there is intrinsic interest in C-type asteroids, which have never been visited by a spacecraft. They are darker than many asteroids because of all the primitive carbonaceous material they hold. Some may contain hydrated minerals, or even water ice, says Tim Swindle, director of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson. “They definitely have the potential of being a dirtier version of a comet.”But scientists have been skeptical about the mission, mostly because of concerns that its costs could end up threatening science missions, even though ARM is primarily designed to demonstrate capabilities for NASA’s human spaceflight program. Already, two science missions are planning on visiting a C-type asteroid. In December 2014, Japan’s space agency launched Hayabusa 2, which aims to return a few grams of asteroidal material to Earth in 2020. And in 2016, NASA plans to launch OSIRIS-REx, which aims to return at least 60 grams of material by 2023. “A lot of the wariness was that [ARM] would be funded out of science, and that the science return after going to other carbonaceous asteroids would not be that great,” Swindle says. “Everyone is going to remain wary until the mission has flown and the cost hasn’t come out of science one way or another.”ARM has also drawn skepticism from lawmakers in Congress, who will make the ultimate decision on whether to fund it.
Campaigning for the by-election to Pithoragarh Assembly seat came to an end on Saturday with both the BJP and the Congress trying to woo the voters. While the BJP sought a mandate describing itself as a party that believes in serving people quietly, the Congress raked up the issues of “growing unemployment, rising prices and stalled development schemes” initiated during its government’s tenure. Addressing a meeting for party nominee Chandra Pant at the Ramlila ground in Pithoragarh, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said his government released ₹350 crore for the development of the constituency in the last two years — the highest by any government for the district.Highlighting various steps taken by his government to boost the road and air connectivity, Mr. Rawat said the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh stretch, which is the part of an ambitious all-weather road project, is nearing completion. He said his government is in talks with several aviation companies to streamline air services from Pithoragarh to Hindon and Dehradun. The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of Prakash Pant, whose wife Ms. Chandra is contesting from the seat.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “Number one, we gotta get hold of Smith better. You know, he’s not playing his minutes, but when he’s in there, he’s pretty much unstoppable,” Brownlee, who led the Kings with 24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, said.“With Smith being a dominant force in the paint, the guy’s been active as well. Mainly, we have to find some type of way to get Smith. You know, keep him off the offensive rebounds. But also other guys, like Williams and some of the guards, too.”Smith grabbed 11 of TNT’s 21 offensive rebounds in the game. The KaTropa got 25 second chance points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Joshua Smith on his slow start: I was holding back 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra’s adjustments heading into Game 2 revolve around TNT import Joshua Smith.Justin Brownlee said figuring out how to limit Smith should be one of the Gin Kings’ main priorities in practice after the former Georgetown Hoyas slotman powered the KaTropa to a win with a game-high 35 points in the semifinals opener Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s a dominant force in the paint, so we have to maybe do something different, maybe something, I don’t know. But we go to practice tomorrow (Monday). Coach Tim (Cone) will have something for us. We’re going to look forward to that,” Brownlee said after Ginebra’s 100-94 loss at Mall of Asia Arena.The Gin Kings threw two to three defenders at the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt appeared as if Ginebra’s defensive game plan was working in the first two quarters where Smith scored only six points, but the second half showed the Gin Kings had no answer for him.Smith scored 29 points after halftime, including 18 in the third quarter. He also finished with 13 rebounds and four assists in less than 29 minutes off the bench.
Let’s all agree with the fact that Kareena Kapoor Khan is quite the trendsetter. The sheer blouse sported by her in Ra.One became a rage, just like her harem pants and T-shirt combination from Jab We Met. We can’t say the same about her hair though. She did sport red streaks in Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu but when it comes to experimenting with her mane, our girl can be a little laid-back. We mostly see her sporting straight tresses or mild waves.In 3 Idiots, we saw Kareena sporting straight hair while in Bajrangi Bhaijaan she was seen with mild waves.So when we spotted her rocking this voluminous hair-envy inducing style on Twitter for R. Balki’s upcoming project Ki and Ka, we were hooked. Here’s your guide to getting this hairstyle. Here is the hairstyle Kareena Kapoor will sport as a career-driven woman in “Ki and Ka” opposite Arjun Kapoor Kareena Kapoor Khan (@KareenaOnline) August 8, 2015Requirements Curling iron – 1 – 1.5 inches (depends on how big you want the curls to be)HairsprayHeat protectantSteps#1 Apply a hair protectant spray or mousse on your tresses to minimise the extent of damage that comes from using heat on your hair.#2 Divide your hair in sections to ensure that all your locks get curled evenly.#3 Heat your curling iron. Wrap a one-inch section around the iron away from the face, in the same direction as that of your hair growth. Release the curl from the rod after it stays on the curling iron for 5-10 seconds. advertisement#4 Repeat the same with all the sections.#5 Bend your head towards your waist. Mist your hair with some holding spray and flip your head back.Go for a side part, a la Kareena Kapoor Khan and there you have it girl. The bouncy, big curls are yours to rock.
Having faced an abandonment in his debut match as the Cricket Association of Bengal president, former India captain Sourav Ganguly who had imported special white covers from England for the entire field did not take any chances. With rains and thundershowers lashing the field, more than 50 groundsmen stood drenched in rain to hold up the covers from being blown away so that theres no seepage on to the field. Rain played hide and seek for one hour. The moment the groundsmen removed the wicket cover, the rains again made their presence felt even as the star of the evening and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and classical singer Shafqat Amanat Ali were seen taking a stock of the situation with Ganguly. The Eden outfield and wicket were relaid a month before the World T20 and measures were taken to increase the sand content through coring so as as to facilitate the drainage system. Thankfully about 99 percent of the stadium was covered and the ground was completely dried up without a single wet patch. The Eden had faced a washout in its last international match, also a T20 International, when Ganguly was CAB president-designate and had come for a lot of criticism for poor management. The third and final T20 International between India and South Africa for the Paytm Trophy was abandoned on October 8 last year as the little rain in the day had exposed the iconic Eden Gardens poor drainage system. The CAB had struggled then with the covers as water had seeped into the field and the game had to be called off even as the rain had stopped. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisement
No amount of preparation is enough to snuff out the threat of Argentina’s “assassin” Lionel Messi, Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez said ahead of Friday’s Copa America clash between the teams. (Latest Football stories)Messi was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 2-1 win over holders Chile in their opening Group D match in Santa Clara, California on Monday after a back injury but could reappear when they face Panama in Chicago.Both sides have three points after Panama marked their first appearance in the world’s oldest international tournament with a surprise 2-1 win over Bolivia, who face Chile in Foxborough on Friday.”You can work a lot to build a team, but against Messi there’s nothing you can do. If Messi’s inspired he can kill anyone,” Colombian Gomez told reporters.”One works on tactics and has a team but individuals are above that in football. Messi is a man who is above everyone,” he said of the Argentina captain, five times winner of the world player of the year award.Gomez said his players were enjoying facing world class teams as they build towards the final stages of the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Panama face Chile in Philadelphia on Tuesday.Messi is keen to get game time before the knockout phase of the centenary tournament begins, after sitting out the win over Chile as a substitute.It was the first time he had stayed on the bench for a whole game in 10 years, since Argentina’s 2006 World Cup quarter-final loss to Germany when he was a teenager.advertisementMessi, who turns 29 two days before the final in East Rutherford on June 26, has said he is determined to win the tournament after finishing on the losing side in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil and the 2007 and 2015 Copa America finals.
Vikas Krishan Yadav has learned from the bitterest experience that he can leave nothing to chance in the Olympic ring and it is a lesson the Indian boxer will carry with him to the Rio Games. (Vijender Singh wants Vikas Krishan to bag gold in Rio)Four years ago, the then 20-year-old welterweight thought he had clinched a place in the quarter-finals of the London Olympic tournament after beating American Errol Spence 13-11.His joy turned quickly to outrage when amateur boxing’s governing body AIBA, after reviewing video footage, overturned the result and awarded the American four additional points for fouls committed by Yadav.India subsequently took the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which rejected the appeal.Yadav has since moved up to the 75kg category, but the feeling of being wronged in London has never left him.”London taught me a big lesson,” the softly-spoken boxer told Reuters in an interview, sporting a mosaic of bruises on the top half of his face and a couple of stitches over his right eye.”It taught me I can’t leave anything to chance. It taught me results of close contests can go either way even after you’ve been declared the winner.”Since then, I have always tried to make my bouts one-sided and win it really big. That will be my effort in Rio as well.”Shattered by the London setback, Yadav largely shunned the ring for the next 18 months, undertaking training to become a policeman in Haryana instead.advertisement”I was a lot younger and more vulnerable then. I saw no point in continuing boxing. I would wake up at nine, sleep late and be casual about my training,” he recalled.”But a boxer is like a caged bird which doesn’t know what to do with freedom. I started craving the rigour of boxing.”The time away from ring allowed me to think about boxing. Now I’m better prepared to deal with any such heartbreak.”He is, though, determined to ensure he does not have to deal with anything similar in Rio.”I have an unfinished business in the Olympics,” he said. “My dreams were shattered in London. I want to fulfill them in Rio.”ON COMPETITION MODEYadav secured his Rio spot only last week at an Olympic qualifier in Baku, where he settled for bronze after a cut he sustained rendered him medically unfit for his semi-final bout.”I qualified for London eight months before the Games and probably got a bit too casual,” said the boxer who is supported, among others, by JSW Sports.”This time I could not qualify from (last year’s) world championship, so the pressure was building. It helps in a way, for I’m now in competition mode and I’m not going to relax.”For Yadav, who claimed the lightweight gold at the 2010 Asian Games and the middleweight bronze in the next edition of the continental gathering in Incheon, winning is all.He feels embarrassed when all he has to show from one of his trips abroad is a souvenir T-shirt or a bag full of duty-free.To avoid any such embarrassment after Rio, Yadav is approaching the Games as if they were his last as he bids to emulate Vijender Singh, who won India’s first boxing medal with a bronze, also in the 75kg class, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.”I’m taking it as my last attempt at an Olympic medal and I feel I’m better prepared this time,” Yadav added.”In London, I was just another clueless young boxer in his first Olympics. Four years down the line and I’m still young but I have Olympic experience behind me too.”My health is perfect, I got enough ring experience and my coaches and my family are right behind me. If I can’t win a medal this time, I probably won’t ever.”
to farmersBurdwan (WB), Sep 1 (PTI) One day after the landmark Supreme Court ruling on Singur in Hooghly district, the Burdwan district administration today decided returning back 10.5 acres of land, acquired for setting up a misti hub (traditional sweet hub), to unwilling farmers at Alisa mouza in the district.A senior district official said after farmers dissented the setting up of boundary wall along the land, the SDPO, ADM and other officials came to the spot today and held talks with the farmers, even as personnel of RAF and police force were deployed at a distance.The land had been acquired by the previous Left Front government in 2007 for some project and the TMC government recently decided to set up a misti hub here.As the farmers refused to budge from their stand, the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) was contacted in Kolkata and after parleys the administration was asked by the CMO to communicate to the farmers their lands will be given back, the official said.”We are happy with the governments decision. This Mamata Banerjee government thinks about the common man and farmers,” a farmer Sanatan Kar said.The district official said while the plots of land will be given back in due process following the norms, the administration will be scouting for new vacant spaces for the proposed misti hub including improving wastelands. PTI COR SUS SUS
India recorded their first-ever clean sweep over New Zealand with their 321-run win in the Indore Test on Tuesday. The Black Caps were beaten black and blue in the three-match series, with two Tests finishing in four days.India displayed a high standard of skills on the field, with all three departments stamping their authority over a lacklustre New Zealand side.Here’s how Kohli’s men dismantled New Zealand:KOHLI’S CAPTAINCYKohli has emegered as a supreme leader who settles for nothing less a than win. Kohli did everything right from handling his bowlers to fielding positions and that paid good dividends. He gave his bowlers short spells, maintained his calm in wicketless phases of the game and credited his players for every little contribution. The 27-year-old also signed off in stlye by scoring a career-best 211 and becoming the first Indian captain to notch up two double hundreds. Luck also played a big part as Kohli won the toss in all the three matches.Pujara scored his 8th ton (AP Photo)PUJARA’S FORMCheteshwar Pujara came into the series on the back of brilliant domestic cricket performances in the Duleep Trophy, where he amassed 453 runs in only three innings. He continued with his supreme form and finished as the leading run-getter in the series. Pujara slammed three back-to-back half-centuries before converting his fourth into his eighth hundred. The Saurashtra batsman amassed 373 runs in six innings at 74.60.Rahane finished as second-highest run-getter (AP Photo)CONSISTENT RAHANEAjinkya Rahane has been the ‘Mr Dependable’ of the Indian Test batting line-up. With his consitency series-after-series, Rahane has been India’s mainstay for quite sometime now. He once again proved himself with the bat and finished the series as the second-highest run-getter behind teammate Pujara. He scored a classy 188 in Indore and aggregated 347 runs at 69.40.advertisementAshwin picked up 27 wickets in the series (AP Photo)ASHWIN’S GUILERavichandran Ashwin was once again at his best and once again he showed why he is the most valuable player in the team. The Tamil Nadu tweaker bagged 27 wickets in the series at a strike-rate of 32.5, picking up three five-wicket hauls and a couple of 10-wickets match hauls. Ashwin’s temperament with ball was superb as he did not lose heart when he was denied by New Zealand batsmen. However, he maintained his comosure throughout the series and broke a plethora of records. He was second quickest to 200 Test wickets and now also eighth in the list of wicket-takers in India. He was also ably supported by Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up 14 wickets in the series.Ashwin also dismissed New Zealand captain Kane Williamson all four times in the series.Shami picked up 8 wickets (AP Photo)PACERS COME TO THE PARTYWhile spinners had a terrific time in the series, fast bowlers also made their presence felt by picking up wickets at crucial stages. Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav bowled with good line and lengths, swung the ball both ways and provided important breakthroughs. India’s pace spearhead Ishant Sharma was out of the series with Chikungunya without playing a single match.New Zealand failed with both bat and ball (ReutersNEW ZEALAND FAIL TO COPENew Zealand looked clueless throughtout the series, failing with both bat and ball. Their outing was termed as “one of the worst performances by New Zealand” by former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Their top order batsmen were no match to Indian bowlers, with the likes of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill struggling to score runs. Tom Latham notched up three fifties but found no support from others, lower middle-order Luke Ronchi emerged as their leading run-getter with 200 runs.New Zealand bowling lacked force and effectiveness. They bowled well in patches but bowed most of the times against the supremacy of the Indian batsmen.
Wayne Rooney has found an unlikely ally in Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who leapt to the defence of the Manchester United striker by saying the legends of the past “drank like devils”.Rooney apologised on Wednesday after images emerged of him on international duty looking worse for wear having dropped in on a wedding party over the weekend following Friday’s victory over Scotland at Wembley.The incident seemingly angered the Football Association who announced they would be reviewing what players are allowed to do in their free time, while Sky Sports reported United manager Jose Mourinho was furious that the forward had been with members of England’s backroom staff into the early hours of Sunday.”I feel sorry for the players,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday.”We live on the sunny side of life and all this stuff but in the end, maybe it is a surprise, there is a human being behind the kid.”This generation is the most professional generation of footballers – not only in England – we have ever had. All the legends you admire drank like devils and smoked like crazy and were still good players. Nobody does that anymore. I’ve no idea where Wayne was but I’m pretty sure it was not that serious.”The Liverpool boss is preparing his Premier League leaders for Saturday’s trip to Southampton, but will have to play a waiting game over the fitness of Adam Lallana.Lallana’s form this season has been superb with the midfielder having at last found his feet at the club after a mixed start at Anfield following a 25 million-pound ($31.19 million) move from Southampton in 2014.He continued his good start to the season on the international stage with goals in England’s games against Scotland and Spain, before suffering a groin injury against the latter at Wembley on Tuesday.”With Adam we don’t know yet exactly,” Klopp said.”Of course, nobody comes off the pitch when they don’t feel anything and I’ve spoken to him already, he felt (something) but we couldn’t do a scan until now, so we have to wait for this.”As you can imagine, it will be close. The time until Southampton is short, so I don’t know. Hopefully, it is not too serious, but we have to wait.”($1 = 0.8016 pounds)
While the purists still disapprove, market forces have long declared T20 cricket as the format of choice in the future. Even as traditional forms of cricket continue to fight for survival, an even more condensed form of the game is upon us – welcome to the world of T10.The likes of Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Amir, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Alex Hales will be among several players signed up by six teams for a T10 league in Sharjah between December 14-17.Ten-overs-a-side might be too short and too abrupt even for several T20 fans but Sehwag, the lone Indian participating in the league is confident of the new format’s success. “If ICC is thinking of cricket in the Olympics, T10 could be the right format because the match gets over in 90 minutes. So it’s like football where the result will come (in quick time). Also, one or two people can win you a match so even the smaller countries can produce those players,” he said.Ironically, for all his aggressive approach to batting, Sehwag was a lot more successful as a Test batsman, where he incredibly averaged close to 50 in 104 matches. He is also the only Indian to score two triple hundreds and came close to a record third. He averaged 35 in ODIs and often perished to risky shots in the Powerplay.However, Sehwag was unapologetic about his approach.”So often I got out scoring 40, 50 , 60, 70 in 10 overs. I would sometimes repent when I realised I could have stayed longer. But I was happy. There were so many players who could not even play 10 matches. At least, I played many matches where I batted 10 overs. I always believed the ball’s place is at the boundary line and that’s where I dispatched it,” he said.advertisement
ATHENS- Greek league champion Olympiacos routed last-place Kalloni 5-0 to complete a record-setting season on April 17.Costas Fortounis and David Fuster gave Olympiakos a 2-0 lead, both with free-kicks, and Pajtim Kasami, Omar Elabdellaoui and Brown Ideye added goals after the break.Fortounis finished first among Greek league scorers with 18 goals.Olympiacos finished 28 points ahead of second-place AEK, which lost 3-0 at Levadiakos, shattering the record points margin over the runner-up, which stood at 17 from the 2013-14 season.The margin could still rise if AEK is docked three points for fan violence in a February game. AEK is currently appealing the sentence. Panathinaikos, a 6-1 winner over Panthrakikos, would then finish second, 30 points behind Olympiakos.Olympiakos also set records for consecutive wins to open the season (17), consecutive home wins (25) and fewest dropped points (one loss and one draw in 30 games).Swedish forward Marcus Berg scored five goals for Panathinaikos, joining six other players as record scorers in a single Greek league game. Berg finished second to Fortounis in scoring, with 15 goals.Also Sunday, Asteras beat Veria 2-1, Asteras won 1-0 at Panionios, Giannena beat host Xanthi by the same score and Platanias vs. PAOK and Iraklis vs. Panetolikos ended in scoreless draws.The teams that finished from second to fifth – AEK, Panathinaikos, PAOK and Panionios – will play home-and-away playoffs with the winner joining Olympiacos in next season’s Champions League and the other three playing in the Europa League.Kalloni and Panthrakikos were relegated to the second division.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies in their World Cup fixture at Old Trafford. But opener Rohit Sharma was soon removed by Kemar Roach under controversial cicumstances just as he was looking set at the crease. Later when KL Rahul also joined Rohit in the pavilion after making 48, India’s new No. 4 Vijay Shankar walked to join his captain Virat Kohli.However, Shankar couldn’t do much with the bat either as he became Roach’s 2nd victim after edging a full delivery to wicket-keeper Shai Hope. The dismissal capped a disappointing run of scores for Shankar with the bat in this World Cup with a highest score of just 29 coming against Afghanistan in India’s last group match.Shankar’s dismissal sparked off a wide range of reactions on Twitter with many gunning for Rishabh Pant to replace him for the rest of the tournament. Here are a few of them:A weak Number 4 further weakens the middle order. Always had reservations about Vijay Shankar #IndvsWIVikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) June 27, 2019Rishab Pant !!!!!!!!!!!!! How he doesn’t get in this team I will never know …… #CWC19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar was the worst Indian experiment after Demonetization.#INDvWIGabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar was the worst Indian experiment after Demonetization.#INDvWIGabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) June 27, 2019#INDvsWIMe trying to understand why Vijay Shankar is still in the team: pic.twitter.com/AJWYKUlHl2Jagriti Gambhir (@iamjagriti_) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar scores 14 runs on 19 balls and out to prove that he is the worst player of Indian team. And his selection is the biggest mistake of selectors.#INDvsWIadvertisementKRK (@kamaalrkhan) June 27, 2019#INDvsWIVijay shankar trying to support Indian team: pic.twitter.com/OwpFKVmMwl mSalman (@mohdsalman064) June 27, 2019Vijay Shankar about his batting be like .#INDvsWI pic.twitter.com/Yd4uI5jlvO@sOmil (@s_omil7) June 27, 2019Unpopular opinion : Ambati Rayudu could have been a better pick than Vijay Shankar. #INDvsWIRoshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) June 27, 2019India have gone with the same team which played against Afghanistan. Meanwhile, West Indies have made two changes in their line-up. They have brought in Sunil Ambris and Fabian Allen in place of Evin Lewis and Ashley Nurse.Also Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal sparks off controversyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bring on the boo-boys, says Australia’s smiling assassin David Warner
Transfers ‘I will play anywhere’ – Coutinho just happy to be at Barca with Messi, Suarez & Iniesta Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Primera División Opinion The Brazilian met the fans and the media on Monday following his €160m move and is keen to get going at a club he described as “the best in the world” Philippe Coutinho is a happy man. Left frustrated as his prospective move to Barcelona from Liverpool failed to materialise in the summer, the Brazilian finally completed his transfer to Camp Nou on Saturday. And he made all the right noises at his official presentation on Monday.Not so long ago, it was Neymar trying to persuade his international team-mate to join him at the Catalan club, and although the two men will not be colleagues at Camp Nou after the former Santos forward left for Paris Saint-Germain in August, it is that transfer that ultimately led to this one.When Neymar departed in a world record €222 million move, Barca immediately set their sights on Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho. The French forward arrived in the summer for an initial €105m, Coutinho on Saturday in a €160m package. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Brazilian was picked up at the airport by a close friend, former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez, and watched on television as Barcelona beat Levante 3-0 in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.Monday was dubbed ‘Coutinho Day’ by the Blaugrana and it started early, with a thorough two-part medical examination starting at 7:30am, a transfer to Camp Nou at midday, the signing of his contract half an hour later, followed by a photoshoot on the pitch, his unveiling in front of the fans and finally a meeting with the press.The 25-year-old will be out for around 20 days with a thigh problem and although he was pictured with his new Barca shirt on Monday, there was still no number.Mischievously asked by a journalist if he would like to wear the number 10 at his new club, he replied, in reference to Lionel Messi: “There’s only one number 10 in Barcelona. He’s the best player in the world, the ultimate number 10.” Barca later revealed the Brazilian will wear the number 14 made famous by Johan Cruyff.Coutinho will be the 33rd Brazilian to play for Barca and arrives in a deal that eventually be worth €160m, making him the most costly player in the history of the Catalan club and the third-most expensive of all time. He signs for this season and five more, while his release clause is set at €400m.One of the talking points surrounding his signing has concerned his role on the pitch, with some saying he will operate as a forward and others seeing him as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta in midfield.”Iniesta is a genius and it is a great honour to be able to spend time with him and learn from him,” the Brazilian said. And he added: “I don’t mind which position I play – that’s up to the coach.”Coutinho revealed that he had spoken to Neymar after the transer was completed. “He congratulated me,” the 25-year-old said. And he also said that Suarez had played a key part in his decision. “He didn’t stop writing to me,” he told the media. “He sent me so many messages and he helped me find a house.”Barcelona is now Coutinho’s new home and it is a familiar one as he had a spell on loan with Espanyol earlier on in his career. However, there is no doubt where his allegiance lies now as he described the Blaugrana as “the greatest club in the world”.The idea is that he will help to make the team even greater on the pitch (although he will not be able to play in the Champions League this season) too. And he is clearly excited to be here.
“I think the experience has allowed him to do things extremely poised and make quality decisions,” added head coach Bill Snyder of Mason Rudolph. “The game has slowed down for him, and when that happens, the innate capability that he has comes to the forefront. He has the ability to make good decisions and the poise to go through his reads and progressions and be an accurate thrower.”He did last week anyway. Snyder continued about what makes OSU difficult to play.“Their whole front seven is big and they play hard,” added Snyder. “So it is going to be a tough match up between the offensive line and tight end, fullback, all of us blocking and controlling the line of scrimmage.”This Saturday will likely be a change in pace for OSU fans. Kansas State has only run 529 plays which comes out to 66 a game whereas OSU generally runs 10 more than that. That’s scary for me because OSU will have to be super efficient.“It’s a little bit of a different game,” said Mike Gundy. “For us, we don’t want to change our game. We want to play our game. We want to be sound in all three phases, but the numbers are different just based on the number of snaps that Kansas State and the teams that Kansas State play get during the game.”Kansas State could very well knock off a ranked team like it wants to in Manhattan. It won’t be an upset though. Not with OSU’s history there. Not with the methodical, weary nature with which the SnyderCats play. In fact, a win here by the Pokes would be just as big as last week’s at home against West Virginia. Five quick stats on OSU.OSU will go into Saturday’s ranked for the 79th time in the last 110 gamesOSU is 50-6 in their last 56 games against unranked opponents (KSU is unranked)OSU is 42-17 in conference games since 2010OSU is 7-1 in its last eight true road gamesOSU is 1-8 in Manhattan since 1988Something has to give on Saturday where unranked Kansas State will be facing ranked Oklahoma State in a venue where Oklahoma State has one win since I was three years old.“This is a good challenge for us,” said KSU defensive back D.J Reed. “They’re ranked, we definitely want to be a ranked team. On offense they’re pretty good. One of their receivers — I don’t know his name — he’s a good football player. I think the Texas Tech QB was really good. But this guy is pretty good. He makes a lot of plays” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
In Oklahoma State’s spring football press conference, OSU head coach Mike Gundy said that the Cowboys will have more varied looks on defense in the future, and that includes using more three-down lineman fronts in 2017.The Cowboys used the formation a number of times last season. The 3-3-5 defense has a number of variations, but the Cowboys mostly used it last year in passing situations.The 3-3-5 in its original state (six in the box, secondary pressed at the line of scrimmage) often employs the “disciplined aggression” philosophy, relying on zone blitzes and pressure to stop opposing offenses. Additionally, it creates an unusual front for the offense to block against, which can aid the defense in the running game.When the Cowboys used the 3-3-5 last year, though, they used it in a more simplified state. They used a 3-3-5 “across”, which means that all five players in the secondary align roughly 7-10 yards behind the line of scrimmage.This is a conservative defensive alignment used to stop the deep ball and force everything underneath. Here’s a graphic from a Chalk Talk article on last year’s Texas Tech game:The defense occasionally struggled in this personnel, as they gave up easy throws that often went for big yardage thanks to yards after the catch. The 3-3-5 is most effective as an aggressive scheme, and the Cowboys used it more conservatively with mixed results.The tough thing about the 3-3-5, and with any pressure-heavy defense in modern football, is that it goes against offenses that operate with a much higher tempo than when the defense became popular in the early 2000s.At that time, a defense could call different exotic blitzes with no worry about having to call plays on the fly. Now, if a defense calls a blitz and the quarterback throws for a first down, the defense has to call another play on the fly with the knowledge that using the same blitz call twice in a row is a major risk.This isn’t to say that the defense can’t succeed in modern football. There are plenty of teams who successfully use exotic defenses, such as Arizona and West Virginia. The issue is that the defense takes time to learn, and no team is going to have success if they don’t have the ability to analyze and learn the defense extensively.This is where the hiring of defensive analyst Brian VanGorder comes in. VanGorder has extensive experience with three-down hybrid defenses, tracing all the way back to his job coaching linebackers at Grand Valley State in 1989 under current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.Gundy believes that VanGorder can help the Cowboys incorporate the three-down philosophy into their defense.“I think college quarterbacks have become coaches on the field,” Gundy said earlier this week. “If you don’t give them a different look sometimes and use some variation in your defense, they’re pretty good at picking you apart. We think there are times for three-down and times for four-down … and that’s why I wanted to bring a guy in to help us with how much you need to work on each area.”The Cowboys aren’t going to completely overhaul their defensive system, but they are going to venture into becoming a more varied defense. The hope is that they will have enough time and knowledge to be able to use three-down sets more effectively than they did last year.There were times where it worked well and there were other times when it did not. But with an offseason in front of them, and plenty of bright defensive minds on staff, they have plenty of time to turn it into an asset. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Oklahoma State’s big recruiting weekend was even bigger than we thought. In addition to a commitment from in-state lineman Bryce Bray, who chose OSU over Oklahoma, the coaching staff also pocketed a commitment from 2018 texas athlete Jaelyn Nolan, according to Scout. He held offers from Oklahoma, Houston and Texas Tech, among others before committing on Monday afternoon.Nolan is a standout dual-threat quarterback for Brownfield High School but missed most of last season with an ACL tear.Oklahoma State already holds a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders in the 2018 class, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, so Nolan will likely switch positions in Stillwater.In his sophomore season, Nolan completed 97 of his 159 passes, 1,311 yards and 11 touchdown passes. He also recorded 52 rushes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.“Yes sir, I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” Nolan told Scout on Monday. “I just felt of the schools recruiting me they were the one I liked.”Nolan is the sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, and the second this week. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: PSG ready to swoop for Mourinho Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:11 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond PSG ready to swoop for MourinhoJose Mourinho is set to clash with Manchester United’s boards over transfer funds, opening the door for a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain, the Mirror claims.The report suggests the Portuguese wants more money in order to compete with their rivals both domestically and on the continent, with Manchester City’s spending having propelled them to the top of the Premier League.And with the Red Devils having been dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla after having been backed to the tune of nearly £300 million over the past two years, the club’s board feel Mourinho should have made better progress with what has been at his disposal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is said that PSG will use the tension between boss and board to lure the 55-year-old – who has a contract until 2020 – to France should the situation become untenable at Old Trafford.Madrid to rival Barca for Bayern’s AlabaReal Madrid are ready to table an €80 million bid for Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba, Diario Gol claims.A hugely versatile player capable of operating both in defence and midfield, Alaba’s relatively young age of 25 makes him a sound investment for the future.Madrid, however, could face competition from Barcelona, who are also interested in the Austria international.Mourinho wants WillianJose Mourinho wants to sign Chelsea’s Willian in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun .The Brazilian, who is set for contract talks with the Blues at the end of the season, was a target for Mourinho last summer.With Nemanja Matic having already left for Old Trafford, however, Willian was not allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.The report claims Mourinho will return for his man at the end of the season, having sent scouts to monitor his form throughout the current campaign.Man Utd have agreement for TaliscaManchester United have a gentlemen’s agreement in place to sign Anderson Talisca in the summer, A Bola reports.The Portuguese outlet claims that the Red Devils will pay up to €40 million for the attacker, with loan side Besiktas seemingly unable to meet Benfica’s valuation of the Brazilian.Mourinho turns to RakiticJose Mourinho is interested in signing Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic for Manchester United, Diario Gol reports.Mourinho is said to see the Croatian as a good alternative to top target Luka Modric, who turns 33 this year and is nearing the end of his top-level career.And with competition for midfield spots becoming tougher at Camp Nou, the Red Devils boss may just be able to convince Rakitic to swap La Liga for the Premier League.Arsenal ready €60m Modric bidArsenal are prepared to offer €60 million for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric at the end of the season, claims Don Balon .Modric is reportedly considering a return to the Premier League in the summer, with former club Tottenham also showing an interest in the 32-year-old.Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus would also be willing to explore a deal for the Croatia international if he decides to quit Madrid.Conte closes on PSG jobChelsea manager Antonio Conte looks increasingly likely to take over as Paris Saint-Germain coach at the end of the season, claims Sports Illustrated .Conte is being tipped to leave Chelsea in the summer following a limp defence of the Premier League title and a last-16 exit in the Champions League.With PSG also having crashed out of the Champions League at the same stage, Unai Emery is expected to be relieved of his duties, with Conte primed to take over.Milan want Donnarumma-Cavani swapAC Milan are hoping to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani if Gianluigi Donnarumma moves the other way, according to Premium Sport .PSG’s search for a new goalkeeper has led to increased speculation they will sign Donnarumma, and that deal would free up the funds for Milan to take Cavani.However, Milan will have to overcome rival interest from Chelsea and Manchester United for the Uruguayan, along with the likely failure to be able to offer Champions League football next season.Batshuayi to cost Dortmund €60mBorussia Dortmund will have to pay €60 million if they want to sign on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi permanently, reports Bild .Batshuayi has enjoyed an impressive start to his Dortmund career after joining on loan from Chelsea before the close of the January transfer window.The Belgium international’s long-term Chelsea future is uncertain, but Dortmund will have to stump up big money if they want to keep the forward. Bayern consider Can moveBayern Munich are considering an approach to bring Liverpool midfielder Emre Can back to the club, reports the Mirror .Can is out of contract at Liverpool at the end of the season and has yet to agree an extension at Anfield.Juventus have long been leading the chase for the Germany international, but Bayern could now make a move for Can, five years after he left the Allianz Arena to join Bayer Leverkusen.Arsenal & Milan to fight for MeyerArsenal and AC Milan could fight it out to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer, claims Calciomercato.com .Meyer is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave Schalke after failing to agree terms on an extension.The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham have also been mentioned as admirers of the 22-year-old, who reportedly favours a move to the Premier League, leaving Milan with a battle to convince the Germany international to head to Serie A.Chelsea plot Asamoah approachChelsea are interested in signing Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah on a free transfer, claims The Sun . Asamoah is out of contract at the end of the season and, while Juventus are keen to keep him, the Ghanaian is weighing up a new challenge.Napoli, Inter Milan and Galatasaray are also interested, but Chelsea hope to agree a deal for Asamoah after former target Alex Sandro decided to stay at Juventus.Milan line up Depay moveAC Milan have identified Lyon winger Memphis Depay as a prime summer transfer target, according to Tuttosport .The Serie A side are looking to add a creative attacking edge to their play next season and feel former Manchester United man Depay can be the answer.Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey are also under consideration, but Depay is considered less of a gamble by Milan.Spurs to sell LlorenteTottenham are ready to sell Fernando Llorente in the summer after just one season at the club, reports the Evening Standard . Llorente joined Spurs from Swansea before last summer’s transfer window closed, but he has struggled to make a sustained impression.With Harry Kane facing a month on the sidelines, Spurs are instead expected to turn to Erik Lamela to lead the line, prompting fresh questions over Llorente’s future at the club.Milan boss Gattuso likes Wilshere ‘a lot’AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso said he is a fan of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ahead of the two sides meeting in the Europa League on Thursday.Wilshere’s contract is expiring at the end of the current season and the midfielder has been linked with a move to Milan, among other Serie A sides. Read what Gattuso had to say about Wilshere right here! Stuttgart set price for Spurs & Liverpool targetStuttgart have slammed the door on any prospective bids of less than €30 million for in-demand defender Benjamin Pavard. The 21-year-old has been hugely impressive for the Bundesliga side in 2017-18, and also earned his first cap for France in November. Pavard’s performances have led to reported interest from several clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.Read the full story on Goal right here! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
World Cup Argentina were crying like girls – Vrsaljko Dejan Kalinic 15:06 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images World Cup Croatia Argentina v Croatia Argentina The defender hit out at the South Americans after Croatia ran out 3-0 winners in their Group D World Cup clash Croatia defender Sime Vrsaljko accused Argentina of “crying like girls” during his side’s comprehensive 3-0 World Cup win on Thursday.Goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Zlatko Dalic’s men to a resounding win in the Group D clash.Argentina struggled to contain Croatia, particularly after Willy Caballero’s awful error gifted Rebic a 53rd-minute opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Put to him that Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli had suggested his team dominated, Vrsaljko dismissed the claims and hit out at the South Americans.”I don’t know what game he watched,” the full-back said, via Croatian media.”I saw Argentinians falling on the floor and crying like girls.”We were firmer, better, had better chances. They will have to do well in the next game [against Nigeria] to progress to the second round, if they even progress.”FT #CRO progress to the @FIFAWorldCup Round of 16!#BeProud #FlamingPride #ARGCRO #Family #WorldCup #Vatreni pic.twitter.com/jK9jrOc8UW— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) June 21, 2018Argentina were left with one point in the group and needing other results to go their way to reach the last 16.Iceland also have one point and face Nigeria in a crucial clash on Friday.