9 months agoMan City star Bernardo Silva: Boly has apologised to me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City star Bernardo Silva: Boly has apologised to meby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City star Bernardo Silva says Wolves defender Willy Boly apologised after his red card tackle during last night’s 3-0 win.Boly was shown a 19th minute red card for a lunge on the Portuguese.Speaking after the game, Silva, who has shone in the centre of midfield this term, revealed: “It was quite a bad tackle but I’m fine.“Yes, he did apologise at the end of the game. These things happen.“You don’t do it on purpose, I think, and he said that. Everything is fine, it’s football.”Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said he had no problem with red card: “It was very close to me and I think it’s a clear red card.” last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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9 days agoMan Utd draw up seven-player shopping list

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd draw up seven-player shopping listby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have drawn up a seven-player shopping list.The Red Devils are desperate for reinforcements having endured their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 30 years.ESPN says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and chief Ed Woodward have their eyes on seven signings to restore their ailing fortunes.Mario Mandzukic, Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele are the attacking targets.While Declan Rice, John McGinn, James Maddison and Ivan Rakitic are also being eyed to bolster the midfield department. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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4 days agoJose Mourinho waiting on call from Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jose Mourinho waiting on call from Real Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is waiting to return to Real Madrid.Out of football since his December sacking by Manchester United, Mourinho is ready to step in for Zinedine Zidane at Real.It’s been claimed after their dismal defeat to Real Mallorca, Zidane could be dumped this week.Should Real be beaten by Champions League opponents Galatasaray, then Zidane will be sacked.And El Mundo reports confidants of Mourinho say he is ready and motivated to return to Madrid – even if it means he’ll be entering a hostile dressing room. last_img read more

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2019-10-28

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GIF: Texas Tech Fans Rush The Court After Massive Upset Of Iowa State

first_imga shot of an ncaa basketball before a game(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)In the loaded Big 12, Texas Tech has been an afterthought. Coming into tonight’s game with No. 9 Iowa State, the Red Raiders were 0-6 in conference play, but Tubby Smith’s team jumped all over the star-studded Cyclones from the get-go. Tech opened up a 19-point lead at one point, but Iowa State came back to cut the lead to three with 23 seconds left. Iowa State would never get closer than that. Tech’s Devaugntah Williams hit two free throws to extend the lead to five, and as the final buzzer sounded, hundreds of Texas Tech fans flooded the court and mobbed the team.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Nebraska Releases Spring Offense Highlight Video

first_imgnebraska spring offense.nebraska spring offense highlight videoNebraska had a disappointing 2015 season, but after an impressive victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl, there is hope in Lincoln. Thursday, the program gave fans an interesting inside look at how the team’s offense is progressing this spring.In the below clip, head coach Mike Riley makes it clear that everyone – including the players and the members of his staff – is more comfortable with the team’s scheme in year two of his tenure. He talks about “continuity” being a great thing for the development of football players.O-Blockhttps://t.co/T8YWLlsKCG— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 7, 2016Nebraska actually finished 34th overall in total offense in the FBS in 2015. It’s the defensive side of the ball that the team must improve upon in 2016 if it wants to take the next step.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Jim Harbaugh Is Getting Trashed For Taking Timeouts At The End Of His Team’s Orange Bowl Loss

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warmups before the college football game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh is going to catch some heat for the way the Orange Bowl ended Friday night.Friday night, the college football world was treated to a fantastic Orange Bowl contest, which featured an incredible comeback by Michigan that almost resulted in a Wolverines victory. But Florida State, behind some late heroics, prevailed, 33-32, sending Michigan to its third loss in its last four games. Jim Harbaugh’s decision in the game’s final minute will be what’s talked about most, though.After Michigan’s final drive ended with quarterback Wilton Speight throwing an interception, Florida State took over with 32 seconds to play. Instead of letting the Seminoles kneel the ball down once to run out the clock, Harbaugh used his final two timeouts. Florida State had to kneel the ball three times – despite Michigan having no real way of extending the game.Harbaugh is getting trashed for the decision:Leave it up to Jim Harbaugh to call a timeout when he can’t win. Big ol’ baby.— Spartan Avenue (@SpartanAvenueFS) December 31, 2016Jim Harbaugh calling timeout is just amazing.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) December 31, 2016Harbaugh took a timeout LOLOLOL what a tool.— Bandit (@banditref) December 31, 2016Seriously Jim Harbaugh? Calling timeout? Why? Typical crap that Harbaugh does.— Jason Page (@TheBackPage) December 31, 2016I was about to tweet about Harbaugh calling a meaningless timeout but my phone autocorrected to “garbage.” Enough said.— Sean Neal (@realseanneal) December 31, 2016Harbaugh calling a timeout after the kneel is NFL level petty. #GONOLES— Chocolate Thundara (@XYCromerSome) December 31, 2016Harbaugh with the timeout at the end?! Salty much?— Luke Combs (@LukeCombsMusic) December 31, 2016What Harbaugh did is certainly unorthodox, but is it wrong? Expect that to be debated heavily in the coming days.last_img read more

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2019-10-27

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Zach Smith Calls Out Brett McMurphy, Paul Finebaum On Twitter

first_imgzach smith gives an interview on espnZach Smith has been relatively quiet on social media following his dismissal from Ohio State and the subsequent suspensions of Urban Meyer and Gene Smith. Smith did drop some thoughts immediately after Meyer was punished, but has kept a low-profile overall.Well, that seems to be changing. Smith took to Twitter today to call out Stadium reporter Brett McMurphy and ESPN radio personality Paul Finebaum for their reporting and analysis.“Silence = over. I tried. But I cant watch [clowns] like @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & others at @espn continue 2 run their mouths-not only w/o knowledge but w/ complete disregard 4 my children,” Smith tweeted. “Their mother had plenty of disregard 4 them in this. Time 4 u all 2 face the damage ur causing.”Smith also linked to a lengthy Facebook post from his mother Lynn Bruce in which she calls out Urban Meyer for not doing more to defend her son publicly.Hey @Brett_McMurphy – Ready to start being a real journalist? Ya know… vetting a story?Oh… no… you don’t know what I mean. Sorry!https://t.co/1skw7lSDBl— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Silence = over. I tried. But I cant watch ? like @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & others at @espn continue 2 run their mouths-not only w/o knowledge but w/ complete disregard 4 my children. Their mother had plenty of disregard 4 them in this. Time 4 u all 2 face the damage ur causing— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Hey @Brett_McMurphy @finebaum & EVERYONE @espn – Look at these faces. You heartless and moral-less clowns. Every LIE or dramatic version of the truth you report, you hurt THESE precious children! Just like their mom has and continues to. Do you have families? Kids? pic.twitter.com/9XyIhKrGzx— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Smith probably doesn’t do himself (or anyone else) much good by opening his mouth on social media.However, he doesn’t seem to want to hold back anymore.Update: Smith is still going.  He even hit McMurphy with a “I’ll see you in court.”Not a shield. A reminder to scum like you that your reckless & complete disregard for human beings hurts innocent children. Sorry you viewed it as a shield-but that further proves your ignorance given to you by a laminated piece of cardboard hung around your neck by a lanyard. https://t.co/OyDR8PX42z— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Hey @Brett_McMurphy – quick few questions… because you’re an OUTSTANDING “journalist”1. How’d you get that interview with @CoachTomHerman as your first interview at @WatchStadium?2. How come you didn’t ask him about the alleged strip club incident that you reported about?— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Furthermore… @Brett_McMurphy3. Did you ask him about the ensuing few days?4. Have you vetted any credibility in ANY of your reports?I am waiting for one thing that is accurate beyond a name change or photoshop session. I will see you in court you clown.— Zach Smith (@CoachZachSmith) August 29, 2018Oh boy.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Here’s Which Bowls Experts Think Penn State Will Play In

first_imgJames Franklin rallies his team before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions holds his team back as they prepare to take the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Penn State football is having another nice season, even if the College Football Playoff is a long shot right now.The Nittany Lions are 6-2, after dropping two straight to Ohio State and Michigan State a few weeks ago. The Nittany Lions have another really tough game this weekend, with a trip to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines.They have the chance for a big impact on the Playoff picture with a win on the road on Saturday.Even if a College Football Playoff trip isn’t in the cards, Penn State football has a shot at a really nice bowl game.Looking around the college football corner of the internet, opinions on Penn State’s destination are all over the map.Here is where some of the top college football sites and experts think the Nittany Lions will play. Fiesta Bowl vs. LSUKyle Bonagura (ESPN): Citrus Bowl vs. KentuckyErick Smith (USA Today): Citrus Bowl vs. FloridaEric Single (Sports Illustrated): Citrus Bowl vs. FloridaMitch Sherman (ESPN): Peach Bowl vs. GeorgiaJoe Tansey (Bleacher Report): Outback Bowl vs. FloridaBrad Crawford (247Sports): Outback Bowl vs. Texas A&MJerry Palm (CBS): Holiday Bowl vs. StanfordThe Citrus Bowl is definitely the most popular destination, and Florida the most common opponent. Clearly, things are all over the place though.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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ESPN Computer’s Texas vs. Georgia Prediction

first_imgTom Herman walking into the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns walks into the stadium prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)With the holidays upon us, bowl season is set to heat up big time over the next week. On New Year’s Day, Georgia vs. Texas is set to go down at the Sugar Bowl.The two teams will meet for the first time since 1984 in New Orleans.Texas is having its best season in a long time, but the SEC East champion Bulldogs are heavy favorites in the match-up.Per OddsShark, the line opened at Georgia -11.5. It has only climbed from there, in favor of the Dawgs.Most sportsbooks now have things at Georgia at -13 or so as of this writing.Texas has impressed in 2018, but Georgia is coming off of an SEC title game in which it went toe-to-toe with Alabama. Considering many thought UGA proved that it was a top four-caliber team in that loss, the line isn’t too surprising.59-percent of bets have been laid on the Dawgs, per OddsShark.As for winning the game outright, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Georgia a better than 77-percent chance of winning the New Year’s Day Game.That number sites at 77.4-percent right now. Georgia vs. Texas FPI prediction.ESPNNext Tuesday’s game will kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET. It is the final bowl game of the season, with the National Championship Game coming six days after.The New Year’s Day game will be broadcast on ESPN.[ESPN]last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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ESPN Releases Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Poll

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is less than 12 hours old, but it’s already time to start looking ahead to the 2019 season.ESPN has released its “way-too-early” preseason top 25 poll for the 2019 college football season.Clemson, following its national title game blowout of Alabama, is ranked No. 1 in the early preseason top 25 poll.Alabama isn’t too far behind the Tigers.Here’s the full top 25:ClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOhio StateNotre DameOklahomaFloridaTexasTexas A&MLSUMichiganOregonWashington StateUCFSyracuseWashingtonPenn StateUtahNorthwesternIowa StateWisconsinAuburnMissouriNebraskaArmyYou can view the full poll with explanations here.The 2019 season can hurry up and get here, too.last_img read more

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2019-10-26

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Afghanistan vs Ireland, only Test Day 2: Rahmat Shah puts Afghanistan in driver’s seat

first_imgAfghanistan vs Ireland, only Test Day 2: Rahmat Shah puts Afghanistan in driver’s seatRahmat Shah missed his maiden Test century bu kjust two runs but helped Afghanistan cross the 300-run mark in their first innings on the second day of the only Test against Ireland Afghanistan and Ireland in India, Only Test, 2019, One-off Test 0 0 run out (Tim Murtagh) Afghanistan AFG Asghar Afghan (c) A. Afghan (c) 58 Point Mid off c Stuart Poynter b Andy McBrine Super Over 4 (7) & 82 (149) st Stuart Poynter b James Cameron Dow No data available! o covers 22 S/R 0 (47.5) fine Leg R 0 149/3 (106.3) & 0 Point Ireland Bowling IRE Bowling not out Toss: IRE elected to bat (47.5) Series Status: Afghanistan wins the Only Test Player Of The Match: Rahmat Shah (93.0) Rahmat Shah (AFG) R. Shah (AFG) 288 Andy Balbirnie (IRE) A. Balbirnie (IRE) B 2.63 9 2/20 (12) & 5/82 (34) fine Leg Afghanistan and Ireland in India, Only Test, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 9:30 (Local Time) e/r fine Leg graphs Ireland IRE 1st Inns 0 Ireland IRE 2nd Inns Rahmat Shah R. Shah st Stuart Poynter b James Cameron Dow Afghanistan and Ireland in India, Only Test, 2019 0 – Mid Wicket third Man wd Afghanistan beat Ireland by 7 wickets 13 Ireland 2 Match Ended 2 Ireland IRE 5.88 m 314 Wafadar Momand W. Momand 400 Afghanistan Mid Wicket 4 Point 1 172 Mid Wicket r Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 0 8 50.38 (60.0) & 4s George Dockrell G. Dockrell Mid Wicket Afghanistan batting AFG batting Ihsanullah Ihsanullah not out 13 Point covers 9 15 122 (60.0) 149/3 Rashid Khan (AFG) R. Khan (AFG) 5.5 vs Stuart Thompson S. Thompson Square Leg 0 0 Mid off Square Leg third Man 8center_img Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 1 covers 0 0 not out Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: S Ravi (IND), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Ahmed Shah Pakteen (AFG) Yamin Ahmadzai (AFG) Y. Ahmadzai (AFG) Square Leg 8 34 Mohammad Shahzad M. Shahzad c Stuart Poynter b Andy McBrine Mid off 172 covers Point third Man Mid off 1 1 view more view less Andy McBrine A. McBrine 100 Mid on fine Leg Mid on Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed 98 (214) & 76 (122) 1 fine Leg Extras: 1 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 1, NB: 0, P: 0) Hashmatullah Shahidi H. Shahidi not out Mohammad Nabi M. Nabi run out (Tim Murtagh) view full scorecard Scorecard commentary 0 149/3 288 5 65 144/2 ( R. Shah 47.3 Overs) , 2.69 Andy Balbirnie A. Balbirnie Mid on covers 6s w Yamin Ahmadzai Y. Ahmadzai All batsmen are considered right handed Afghanistan AFG 2nd Inns 0 76 7 Match Ended 0 0 0 third Man (106.3) All batsmen are considered right handed 4.11 35 1 1 Mid on Square Leg James Cameron Dow J. Dow Top Batsmen Top Batsmen 5 3/41 (12) & 3/52 (14) 1 nb 129 Mid on Tim Murtagh T. Murtagh Fall of Wickets Waqar Salamkheil W. Salamkheil 0 314 0 (47.5) Afghanistan AFG 1st Inns 145/3 ( M. Nabi 47.4 Overs) , third Man Mid off (93.0) 0 Ikram Ali Khil (wk) Ali Khil (wk) 5/1 ( M. Shahzad 9.4 Overs) , 3 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 1 24 0 3 Rashid Khan R. Khan 0 0 62.29 advertisement Press Trust of India DehradunMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 19:52 IST Rahmat Shah came on in the number three position and scored 98 off 214 balls (@ACBofficials Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRahmat Shah became the first Afghanistan player to score a Test half-centuryAfghanistan finished thrir first innings 314 all out from 106.3 oversIreland in reply were 21/1 at stumps on Day 2 and trail by Afghanistan by 120 runsRahmat Shah fell just two short of his maiden century as Afghanistan produced a commanding batting display to take the upperhand over Ireland on the second day of the one-off Test in Dehradun on Saturday.Coming on to bat at no.3, Shah scored a patient 98 off 214 balls while Asghar Afghan (67) and Hashmatullah Shahidi (61) hit their maiden half-centuries to propel the ‘home team’ to 314 all out in 106.3 overs in reply to Ireland’s paltry first innings score of 172.At stumps on the second day, Ireland were 21 for one in 12 overs. The Irish still trail Afghanistan by 120 runs.Resuming at an overnight score of 90 for two, Shah and Shahidi shared 130 runs for the third wicket to set the platform for a 300-plus total. Shah struck 15 boundaries during his knock while Shahidi hit six boundaries.Skipper Afghan’s 67 came off 92 balls with the help of six boundaries and four hits over the fence.Medium-pacer Stuart Thompson (3/28) was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland, while George Dockrell (2/63), Andy McBrine (2/77) and James Cameron-Dow (2/94) scalped two wickets apiece.Brief Scores: Ireland: 172 all out and 22 for 1 in 12 overs.Afghanistan: 314 all out in 106.3 overs (Rahmat Shah 98, Asghar Afghan 67, Hashmatullah Shahidi 61; Stuart Thompson 3/28).For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Afghanistan vs IrelandFollow only TestFollow Day 2Follow Rahmat ShahFollow Asghar AfghanFollow AFG vs IRElast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Did Ashwin watch Lagaan before Mankading Buttler?

first_img Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 17:31 IST Screengrab from Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2001 blockbuster LagaanWhen talking about Indian cinema, it is hard ignore Lagaan. The Hindi movie, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, is easily among the best underdog stories in world cinema, let alone Bollywood.Among the many wonderfully crafted portions in the film is the cricket match between Bhuvan’s villagers and the sophisticated English team led by captain Andrew Russell.Gowariker was able to make the cricket match towards the end of the film not just believable but nail-biting. It is pretty evident that the filmmaker gave a lot of attention to detail.From Bhuvan’s men using a wrist-spinner to bamboozle the Englishmen, to the usage of Mankading Lagaan’s climax had everything that would make a cricket fan proud.Mankading has once again come under the spotlight after Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin Mankaded Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie, sparking a social media debate.Several former cricketers including Shane Warne, Sanjay Manjrekar and Michael Vaughan, went on a rant about Ashwin’s Mankading incident from Monday’s IPL 2019 encounter in Jaipur.While former players and experts were busy deciding the legality of the issue, the ever-ready meme community had its share of laugh at the expense of Ashwin.A fan theory suggests that R Ashwin is that little kid, Tipu from Lagaan who has Mankaded by an English bowler. Tipu, in the iconic movie, stitches a crucial partnership with his captain Bhuvan, who keeps the English attack at bay.The highlights: *brought to you by vivo*1. Jos Buttler was left fuming after being ‘mankaded’.2. Ashwin found himself at the receiving end after taking the step.3. It seemed KXIP were running out of ideas. #Mankaded#IPL2019#AshwinMankads pic.twitter.com/zhsMc7ycssadvertisement Kumar Shashwat (@kshashwat201) March 27, 2019After getting frustrated by the partnership, the English bowler notices Tipu backing up even before he delivers the ball. Tipu then gets Mankaded, much the agony of his strike partner, Bhuvan.”Remember this Kid from Lagan. He grew up to be Ashwin and took revenge for the Mankading,” a Twitter user wrote. Incidentally, Ashwin ran out Buttler, who opens for the England cricket team. Following Buttler’s dismissal, Rajasthan Royals suffered a collapse and fell short of a 185-run target by 15 runs. Karma is a boomerang, isn’t it?Sir, Ashwin took revenge ! Ref this scene from lagaan ..LoL ! pic.twitter.com/WllFVVMRBZDINESH KUMAR (@dineshm1509) March 26, 2019This is not the first time Ashwin has Mankaded a non-striker. In 2012, Ashwin Mankaded Lahiru Thirimanne during an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka but senior members of the team, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar did not let the appeal stand and Thirimanne stayed on.Following the uproar over Ravi Ashwin’s IPL ‘Mankad’, here’s a look back at an incident from a 2012 ODI against Sri Lanka at the Gabba pic.twitter.com/IRR528s0hacricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 27, 2019If we look at the two Mankadings, the one that was executed during IPL 2019 on Monday has a lot of resemblance to Tipu’s Mankading from Lagaan. Does that mean, Ashwin caught up with Lagaan only between the two Mankadings.Ashwin though was severely criticised on social media for not honouring the spirit of the sport. Questions were raised as to why Ashwin hadn’t warned Buttler before Mankading The Kings XI Punjab skipper though was seemingly unperturbed as he defending his action, saying he had played well within the rules of cricket.”It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease. That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place,” Ashwin had said.As the KXIP skipper pointed out, Mankading is part of the Laws of Cricket. The updated 41.16 law says: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”Also Read | Ashwin Mankading: Stop judging him already, he’s not a disgraceAlso Read | Mankading is like back-stabbing: BCCI official on R Ashwin’s run out of Jos ButtlerAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow Mankad controversyFollow Mankading IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Lagaan Did Ashwin watch Lagaan before Mankading Buttler?Do you remember Tipu, the kid from the 2001 blockbuster, Lagaan? If yes, then think about this — Has R Ashwin avenged Tipu’s run out by Mankading England opener Jos Buttler during Monday’s Indian Premier League outing? Read on for more. advertisementlast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Nokia 4.2 vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Similar price, premium design but different hardware

first_img Next Nokia 4.2 vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Similar price, premium design but different hardwareThe Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 5.1 Plus are both premium-looking Android One phones with affordable prices and unique features. At Rs 11,000, which of the two Nokia phones should you go for?advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 9, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 09:42 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Nokia 4.2 is priced at Rs 10,990, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus costs Rs 10,599 right now.Both the phones offer premium glass designs and similar batteries.The Nokia 4.2 gets a smaller notch and ships with Android Pie.The Nokia 4.2 was launched in India on Tuesday, May 7 and it is one of HMD’s affordable smartphones for the market. The Nokia 4.2 is the first phone HMD has launched in India this year and the device was previously unveiled at MWC 2019. Like any good 2019 smartphone, the Nokia 4.2 boasts of some new design elements that make it look and feel like it belongs in the present times. This includes a premium glass design, a edge-to-edge display and stock Android Pie software, among other things.In fact, the Nokia 4.2 (Review) is a lot like what the Nokia 5.1 Plus (Review) was for HMD last year – Premium looks, affordable price and some interesting features. The Nokia 4.2 shares a lot of similarities with the Nokia 5.1 Plus right from design to pricing – both the phones were launched at Rs 10,990. Understandably, a lot of consumers might wonder which phone makes the most sense for the price considering the Nokia 5.1 Plus is still available in the market.Nokia 4.2 vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Design and displayI’ve reviewed both the Nokia phones so what I say about them comes from a fair bit of experience. Like I said, from a design perspective the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 5.1 Plus are awfully similar. They both come with 2.5D glass on the front and back and are pretty compact phone. Both come in Black and it would be hard to tell them apart face down in that colour. However, the Nokia 4.2 comes in a brand new Pink Sand colour, which looks quite attractive and fresh.advertisementThe two phones offer rear fingerprint sensors and dual camera. They’re both compact phone, although the Nokia 4.2 is slightly more compact thanks to a smaller screen size. When it comes to choosing between which phone is more premium, both the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 5.1 Plus would be a good bet. But the Nokia 4.2 is a 2019 phone and with that comes a few new features as well. Two of them are on the frame. The Nokia 4.2 gets a LED notification light embedded in the power button, which glows bright upon receiving notifications. The second is a dedicated Google Assistant button, which allows you to quickly access the AI to make requests on the go. These two buttons offer a touch of unique and newness that you don’t get on the Nokia 5.1 Plus.Coming to the display, both the phones offer notched screen, but the type of notch differs. The Nokia 5.1 Plus sports a 5.8-inch HD+ display with a wide, iPhone X-like notch, while the Nokia 4.2 gets a waterdrop notch but with a slightly smaller 5.7-inch HD+ display. As far as intrusiveness goes, the Nokia 4.2 will offer a better, distraction free viewing. However, the Nokia 5.1 Plus arguably offers a brighter display at 457 nits. The Nokia 4.2 doesn’t offer a lot of brightness or good viewing angles, but the colours look good. But the biggest benefit with the Nokia 4.2 is that it is also Widevine L1 certified, which mean you will be able to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video in true HD resolution once the platforms offers its own support for the Nokia 4.2.Nokia 4.2 vs Nokia 5.1 Plus hardware and softwareIn the hardware department, the Nokia 5.1 Plus still offers more bang for the buck. It packs a 2.0GHz Helio P60, which is quite capable at running day-to-day operations and offering a smooth gaming experience on medium to high graphics. The Nokia 5.1 Plus can handle multitasking pretty well with 3GB of RAM and playing games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 is generally a good experience.The Nokia 4.2, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0Ghz Snapdragon 439 based on a 12nm process like the Helio P60. While the Qualcomm chipset is equally power efficient, it isn’t as powerful as the Helio P60 in real world performance. The Nokia 4.2 feels more sluggish compared to the Nokia 5.1 Plus. It also runs graphic intensive games on low graphics, so when it comes to delivering a better gaming experience the Nokia 5.1 Plus is in the lead. Both the Nokia phones are part of the Android One program so they run stock and clean versions of Android. The Nokia 4.2 gets a slight advantage since it ships with Android Pie and will get updated to Android Q and Android R is the future. The Nokia 5.1 Plus, however, was launched with Android 8.1 Oreo and has been updated to Android Pie. This means the phone will get Android Q but may not receive another major update after that.Nokia 4.2 vs Nokia 5.1 Plus camera and battery lifeBoth the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 5.1 Plus come with 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras with PDAF. They also offer similar 8MP selfie cameras with support for selfie bokehs. On paper, this should mean that the Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 5.1 Plus offer similar photos, but that’s not true as the latter performs much better in daylight photography than the Nokia 4.2.advertisementDuring my time with the Nokia 5.1 Plus, I found daylight photos to look quite attractive thanks to deep and vivid colours and good detailing. Photos captured on Nokia 5,.1 Plus will look sharper thanks to a fast shutter speed. The Nokia 4.2, however, offers a laggy shutter which results in more blurry and shaky photos in daylight and especially in low-light. Colours will still look natural and attractive, but the Nokia 5.1 Plus offers brighter shots due to a slightly wider f/2.0 aperture. In low-light, both the phones tend to suffer pretty equally. In this price segment or for much cheaper, you’ll find phones like the Realme 3 or Redmi Note 7 that come with impressive night modes to offer attractive photos in tricky low-light conditions. As for the front camera, you should get similar selfies on both the Nokia device that is to say expect natural colours but don’t expect them to be too detailed.As ar as battery life is concerned, the Nokia 4.2 might offer more juice despite coming with a similar capacity as the Nokia 5.1 Plus. The Nokia 4.2 houses a 3,000mAh batter, while the Nokia 5.1 Plus gets a 3,060mAh battery. While both the phones come with power efficient processors and great software optimization, the Nokia 4.2 is a far less performance intensive phone which means it can last over a full day on most days.The flipside to the coin is the charging time. The Nokia 5.1 Plus charges faster over a Type-C port compared to the Nokia 4.2 with a microUSB port. During our testing, the Nokia 5.1 Plus took around two hours to charge from zero to 100 per cent with a 10W charger, while the Nokia 4.2 takes around 180 minutes with a 5W charger that comes with the box.Nokia 4.2 vs Nokia 5.1 Plus: Which one should you buy?The Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 5.1 Plus offers a few similarities but at the same time they also have their individual strengths. They are both equally premium looking phones for their price, but the Nokia 4.2 benefits by offering a less distracting waterdrop display. It also gets a few helpful new buttons, especially the Google Assistant button. It offer a better battery life and ships with Android Pie.On the other hand, you get the Nokia 5.1 Plus which gets a more powerful Helio P60 chipset that offers better gaming performance compared to the Nokia 4.2. It also gets slightly better cameras and a Type-C port.For online consumers, the Nokia 5.1 Plus offers more value for its price. It can often be found under Rs 10,000 during sales or offers on Nokia’s official website. The Nokia 4.2, on the other hand, is primarily for the offline crowd and should appeal to consumers who prefer going to a retail store to experience a device before purchasing.advertisementALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budgetALSO READ | Nokia 5.1 Plus review: HMD notches yet another win in the affordable segmentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HMD GlobalFollow Nokia 4.2Follow Nokia 5.1 Pluslast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Felt embarrassed and humiliated at Manchester airport: Wasim Akram

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 19:36 IST Wasim Akram was a part of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning squad (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWasim Akram posted details of how airport officials behaved rudely with him and didn’t take proper care of his diabetes medicationDespite suffering from the disease, Akram didn’t give up on cricket and managed to take 414 Test wickets in 104 matchesAkram was in the United Kingdom recently as part of the commentary team for the Cricket World Cup 2019Former Pakistan cricket team captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram on Tuesday took to social media to reveal his traumatic experience at the Manchester airport where he was mistreated by the authorities.Wasim Akram posted details of how airport officials behaved rudely with him and didn’t take proper care of his diabetes medication. Patients have to carry diabetes medication in cold cases but Akram was asked to take them out and put them in a plastic bag.Akram was first diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1997 when he was the captain of the Pakistan team and at the peak of his career. He has been taking insulin injections multiple times a day ever since.”Very disheartened at Manchester airport today, I travel around the world with my insulin but never have I been made to feel embarrassed. Felt very humiliated as I was rudely questioned & ordered publicly to take my insulin out of its travel cold-case & dumped in to a plastic bag,” Wasim Akram wrote in a post on his Twitter account.Very disheartened at Manchester airport today,I travel around the world with my insulin but never have I been made to feel embarrassed.I felt very humiliated as I was rudely questioned & ordered publicly to take my insulin out of its travel cold-case & dumped in to a plastic bag pic.twitter.com/UgW6z1rkkFWasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 23, 2019Later Akram posted another tweet saying that he didn’t want to be treated any differently from others but there should be ‘a standard of care when dealing with all people’.advertisement”I do not believe I should have been treated differently from anyone else. I just believe there should be a standard of care when dealing with all people. I understand there are proper safety precautions but that doesn’t mean people should be humiliated whilst undergoing them,” wrote Akram on Twitter.I do not believe I should have been treated differently from anyone else. I just believe there should be a standard of care when dealing with all people. I understand there are proper safety precautions but that doesn’t mean people should be humiliated whilst undergoing them.Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 23, 2019Despite suffering from the disease, Akram didn’t give up on cricket and managed to take 414 Test wickets in 104 matches and is the only fast bowler to reach 500 wickets in ODI cricket, picking 502 in total from 356 games.Akram brought his diabetes under control by carefully controlling his diet and exercise levels. He is still regarded as the greatest left-arm fast bowler the sport has ever produced.Akram was in the United Kingdom recently as part of the commentary team for the Cricket World Cup 2019, which hosts England won on July 14.Also Read | My vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nominationAlso Read | James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes loomsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Manchester airport Felt embarrassed and humiliated at Manchester airport: Wasim AkramWasim Akram was not happy with the treatment he received at the Manchester airport and took to social media to slam the airport officials.advertisementlast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched in India: 6 things you should know about the new Note phones

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 10:14 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have been launched in India starting at Rs 69,999.Galaxy Note 10 phones come with new Dynamic AMOLED displays and Exynos 9825 processor.Galaxy Note 10 drops the headphone jack and features a new S PenSamsung has officially launched the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ in India. The company announced the new Note 10 series at an event in Bengaluru at the Samsung Opera House. The Note 10 and Note 10+ are the company’s newest flagship devices that succeed last year’s Galaxy Note 9.This is the first time Samsung has launched two models in the Note series. The regular Note 10 differed from the Note 10+ in its screen size and battery. Apart from that, both the devices are nearly identical. The Note 10 series has been up for pre-orders for a while now, and will go on sale starting August 23. Before you decide to upgrade from the Note 9, there are a few key things that you should take note of.Two models, new designsAs mentioned above, the Galaxy Note 10 comes in two different sizes for the first time. The regular Note 10 is more handy and compact as it sports a 6.3-inch display. One thing to note here is that Samsung has not only reduced the screen size, but has also downgraded the resolution from QHD+ on the Note 9 to FHD+ on the Note 10.This has most likely been done to differentiate the Note 10 from the Plus-sized model. The Note 10+ is a souped up version of the regular model as it gets a bigger 6.8-inch screen and higher QHD+ resolution. Both the Note 10 phones come with new curved Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED displays with a centered punch-hole cutout. Compared to the Note 9, the bezels are even slimmer than before, offering a large screen real estate without increasing the footprint. The Note 10 devices are also slimmer at 7.9mm thickness.advertisementSome changesThere are some changes to the Note 10 series that will require some getting used to. For one thing, the power button has shifted to the left side of the frame just below the volume keys. There is no physical fingerprint sensor on the back as the Note 10 and Note 10+ get ultrasonic in-display sensors much like the Galaxy S10 and S10+.Another important aspect to note is that the Note 10 and Note 10+ do not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you can only use the Type-C port for wired audio connectivity or wireless earphones. Samsung will include a pair of USB-C earphones in the box to make the transition easier.Faster, more efficient Exynos processorThe Galaxy Note 10 duo feature the latest Exynos 9825 SoC, which is based on a 7nm process. The new 7nm chipset will offer more efficiency and slightly faster overall performance compared to the Exynos 9820 processor that powers the Galaxy S10 phones. The chipset is also equipped with a dedicated NPU for advanced AI computation. Compared to the Exynos 9810 chipset that powers the Note 9, the Exynos 9825 boosts CPU and GPU performance by up to 33 and 42 per cent, respectively.The Exynos 9825 is paired with 8GB of RAM in the case of the Note 10 and 12GB of RAM for the Note 10+. The vanilla Note 10 comes with 256GB of internal storage, which is twice the amount of the base variant of the Note 9. As for the Note 10+, you can buy the device with 256GB or 512GB storage.It’s worth nothing here that that the smaller Note 10 does not come with microSD card support for storage expansion, but the Note 10+ does. With the Note 10+, you can add up to 1TB additional storage via a microSD card.New S Pen with Air actionsOf course, no Galaxy Note device is complete without the S Pen, and the Note 10 phones come with a redesigned stylus. The S Pen now has a unibody finish and a battery that can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. Last year’s S Pen for the Note 9 came with Bluetooth LE that allowed the user to use the stylus as a remote to perform certain actions hands-free. This year’s S Pen also comes with BLE, but with some added gesture-based controls to offer more ways to perform actions without touching the Note 10. The new Air actions feature uses the S Pen’s six-axis sensor to help you perform actions by flicking your wrist in the air. You can flick the S Pen up or down to change the camera mode from rear to selfie. You can rotate your hand clockwise or anticlockwise to zoom in and out or flick your wrist to manage music and videos.More camerasSamsung has added more cameras to its Note series. The Note 10 gets a vertical triple camera setup, while the Note 10+ offers a quad camera setup. The primary three sensors are the same on both the phones i.e a 12-megapixel primary sensor with variable aperture (f/1.5-2.4) and OIS, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS. In addition to these three sensors, the Note 10+ also gets a ToF (Time of Flight) camera that comes in handy for AR depth mapping.advertisementNot only has Samsung added more camera sensors, but it has also introduced some new features as well such as Zoom-In Mic and Screen recorder. The former lets you zoom in on an audio source in a video to amplify the sound. Screen Recorded lets you use the S Pen to add live notes to your video. There’s also a new AR Doodle feature that lets you create AR doodles that can be tracked on users’ faces in real time while recording videos. Additionally, the Note 10+ DepthVision camera can be used to create 3D renders of a subject. The camera also supports Live Focus that can blur the background in real time while recording videos.Galaxy Note 10+ gets a large batteryThe Galaxy Note 10+ houses a 4,300mAh battery, which is the biggest yet on a Note phone. Given the size of the Note 10+, the 4,300mAh capacity would be required to help the phone last a full day. Additionally, the Note 10+ also supports up to 45W fast charging, although you will need to buy a 45W charging brick separately. You get a standard 25W fast charger in the box for both the Note 10 and Note 10+/The standard Note 10 model, however, gets a 3,500mAh battery, which is 500mAh smaller compared to the battery inside the Note 9. Without an in-depth review of the Note 10, it’s hard to say how long the device will last on a single charge. The 7nm-based Exynos 9825 chipset should also help conserve battery life to some extent.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ launched in India, releases on August 23: Check price, specs and launch offersGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Note 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched in India: 6 things you should know about the new Note phonesNow that the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus have been launched in India, here’s a look at some of the most important features you need to know about.advertisementlast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get Ben Stokes out: Tim Paine

first_img Next Have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get Ben Stokes out: Tim PaineAshes 2019, England vs Australia: When asked whether he fears Ben Stokes’ feat may hang over his captaincy in the way that all-rounders Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff impacted previous Aussie skippers, Paine said his concern was more basic.advertisement Reuters ManchesterSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 22:29 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSTim Paine said he isn’t losing sleep thinking about his future as Australia captainQuestions have been asked of Paine’s decisions in the decisive final hours of the 3rd TestAustralia need to win one more game from the remaining two Tests to retain The AshesIt is nine days since Ben Stokes hit a remarkable 135 not out to win the third Test of the Ashes series at Headingley, and as he prepares for the next instalment, Australia captain Tim Paine said thoughts of how to outwit the England batsman keep him awake at night.England were nine wickets down with 73 runs required before Stokes’ swashbuckling innings almost single-handedly kept England in the series and denied Australia a win that would have ensured the tourists retained the Ashes.Questions have been asked of Paine’s decisions in the decisive final hours of that Test. But asked whether he fears Stokes’ feat may hang over his captaincy in the way that all-rounders Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff impacted previous Aussie skippers, Paine said his concern was more basic.”Nah, I haven’t lost a hell of a lot of sleep thinking about my captaincy. But I have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get him out, that’s for sure,” he said.”He’s a class player, and he’s really confident at the moment. He’s going well. Like I said, we’ve got some plans for him – but we’ve just got to execute them a bit better,” he said.Paine believed spinner Nathan Lyon has troubled Stokes at various times, but he has urged his fielders to provide better support than they did at Headingley.”I think Nathan has actually bowled really well to him. He’s created a number of chances each time he’s bowled to him.advertisement”But the other side of it is we hold our chances when Nathan is bowling to him. If we can do that, I think he can open the game up for us through that middle order. The last two Tests in particular, we’ve let Nathan down a bit with our fielding,” he said.Paine did however engage in some self-criticism about the way the last Test got away from his side.”We made some mistakes, it happens. We have addressed it as a team and spoken about it honestly. I was certainly one of those people who made mistakes. I would have done some things differently with my field placings,” he said.”There were times, looking back at it, where it was obvious I should have had the field up and allowed Ben to hit a couple of boundaries so we had more balls at the tailender (Jack Leach).”That’s the main thing I would have done differently. It happens in cricket and we have moved on, learnt from it, and we are ready for another great Test match.”Also Read | Ben Stokes has worst music taste of anyone I know: Mark WoodAlso Read | Ashes 4th Test: England switch seam attack with Craig Overton in for Chris WoakesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Traffic sign in Manchester mocks Australia over sandpaper-gateFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Tim PaineFollow England VS AustraliaFollow The Asheslast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Never played a game without bails: Marnus Labuschagne on windy day in Ashes 4th Test

first_imgNever played a game without bails: Marnus Labuschagne on windy day in Ashes 4th TestAshes 2019, 4th Test: The opening day of the ongoing 4th Ashes Test saw intermittent rain and strong winds with the latter forcing umpires to remove the stump bails and continue playing.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 11:50 IST Marnus Labuschagne looks on as an umpire puts heavier bails on the stumps (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia could only score 170/3 on the 1st day before play was called offMarnus Labuschagne scored his 4th successive Test half-century on WednesdayPersistent rain and strong winds only allowed 44 overs of play on the opening dayAn unusual sight was witnessed on the first day of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia when the umpires took off the bails and proceeded with the play, owing to extremely windy conditions at the Old Trafford.The incident happened in the 32nd over of Australia’s first innings on the rain-hit Wednesday when strong winds led to a beach ball from the crowd invading the pitch as the bails kept flying off their grooves.This repeated blowing off the bails led to England pacer Stuart Broad getting really frustrated. Following this, on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus took the decision to carry on playing by simply taking the bails off on either of the stumps.Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne, who was at the crease, when the bails were removed was equally surprised by the decision terming it a first in his cricket career. Labuschagne said that the rain and wind made it really frustrating for the players as well as the spectators.”It was probably frustrating for everyone, ’cause the one I pulled away I thought the bails fell off so I looked back and the bails were still on. Then I had to pull away when the chip packets kept coming past and the beach ball. It was probably just frustrating for the game in general. They’re just getting frustrated ’cause we have to pull away ’cause there’s stuff there and the bails, when they put the bails on you could just see the stumps shake and it was just a matter of time before they came off. It was very windy out there. I’ve never played a game where you’ve played with no bails, so that was very different. All in all, it was pretty tough conditions for bowling out there,” said Labuschagne.advertisementThis decision taken by the umpires was within the rules of cricket, and the first instance of it happening in an international game was in 2017 during a match between Afghanistan and West Indies.According to Law 8.5, “The umpires may agree to dispense with the use of bails, if necessary. If they so agree then no bails shall be used at either end. The use of bails shall be resumed as soon as conditions permit.”(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan beats Tatenda Taibu to become youngest ever Test captainAlso Read | “Jofra, show us your passport”: Australia fans thrown out of Old Trafford after abusing ArcherFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow AshesFollow Marnus LabuschagneFollow Steve Smith Nextlast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Less is more at Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery

first_imgWhen it comes to winemaking, Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery sticks to a simple philosophy: “Nothing added and nothing removed,” says Hardy Wallace, who started the California business in 2010 with best friend Matt Richardson. That means no heavy additives or adjustments, and only in minimal amounts when necessary.The winery currently works with four vineyards scattered across California to produce what Wallace calls “honest” wine.  “All we want to do is try to create a pure expression of the vineyards,” he explains. Wallace gave The Manual details on Dirty & Rowdy’s minimalist approach to winemaking and a glimpse into the life of a winemaker.Do you recall your first encounter with natural wines?The first wines that blew my mind came from a region in France called Beaujolais. Around 2005 or 2006, I came into contact with Marcel Lapierre’s Cru Beaujolais wines. When I drank them, I didn’t realize they were natural wines. I just thought they were different—they were fresher, felt more alive. There was a life to them.What’s the thinking behind natural or “honest” winemaking?It’s stepping back and just letting the wines shine through to the best of their abilities. Wine isn’t just a beverage. It represents a certain time, place and space in our universe. In a way, vineyards are like neighborhoods with a specific flavor and profile. And as winemakers, we try to show what those spaces were like at a specific point of time. I think people are starting to get more aware of where their wine comes from, how it’s processed, and to tell the difference between a product from the vineyard and a product of someone’s bag of special effects.And by “bag of special effects,” what do you mean? Most people don’t know that winemakers are not covered by the FDA. They don’t have to list ingredients on the bottles, and can legally add about 200 chemicals into the wine without telling anyone about it.  When consumers see a wine that’s organically or bio-dynamically farmed, they think it’s awesome. But they don’t know the behind-the-scenes story. Once the fruit hits the winery,  many winemakers dump in chemicals and stabilizers instead of using the grape’s natural acidity to make wine.What are some chemicals most used by winemakers?Sulfur has been used in winemaking for thousands of years.  During the post-fermentation period—once the grape juice has come wine in the barrel—and when the wine has been bottled, sulfur can prevent oxygen from spoiling the bacteria in wine. Nowadays, there are wines—especially big box wines–on the market saying they use no sulfites. But they could be using another chemical called Velcorin to sterilize the wine. For our wines, we use minimal amounts of sulfur to make sure the product is as stable as it needs to be.Are there any other common winemaking procedures you stray from?Unless we absolutely have to, we don’t filter our wine or use a process called fining to clarify the wine. We want it to be as whole as possible, so our wine can look very hazy. The visual appearance of wine is easy to manipulate, but we just let our wine be what it is.Also, we do whole cluster fermentation for our reds. Often with winemaking, the grapes go through a machine called a destemmer. It picks the grapes away from the stem and discards the stems. In whole cluster fermentation process, you don’t pull the grapes off the stem. Instead of crushing up the grapes and letting the juice sit outside the skins, you let the juice ferment inside the skin. You get added flavors, texture and aromatics from the stems being included. It’s definitely an old-world process.How do you age your wine?We use French oak barrels, especially neutral barrels. New oak barrels put so much intense flavor into wine. So we use old oak barrels that have lost their flavor, becoming what we call neutral. The oak breathes and expands, allowing small amount of oxygen and evaporation to take place. We also use stainless steel tanks and concrete egg vessels, which weigh about 1000 pounds and hold the equivalent to three barrels of wine.What can buyers expect from your wines?Our wines are light but still very complex. The typical alcoholic percentage of wines made in California range from 14 to 15 and a half. Our wines range from 11 to 13 and a half because we use fruit that’s less ripe. We want our wines to have a bright, fresh intensity so we pick our grapes earlier to maintain a high level of acidity. As something becomes riper, it becomes less acidic or sour. I always say we’re not picking raisins. We’re looking for that beautiful balance of sweetness and a burst of sour.Can you tell us a little about the wine you recently released?Our newest wine came from a vineyard called Shake Ridge Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, a really mountainous and wild area. It’s a 40-acre vineyard that grows different grape varieties for about ten winemakers. We get about two acres of it, and my wife and I lived there in 2011 to work as part of the vineyard crew. We not only farmed our own fruit every day but—and this sounds goofy—also bonded with the grapes.It sounds like you are very involved in the winemaking process. Any challenges in working this way?Harvest time is a pretty exciting and nerve-wracking experience. In the winemaking process, the most important decision you make is when to pick your grapes. Grapes are very reactive to weather, so you may think that they will be ready in two or three weeks but a heat spike can change that within 24 hours. I look multiple times a day at the weather for all four of the vineyards we work with. I once drove 22,000 miles in about a 3-month period, going back and forth to the vineyards nonstop to check the grapes.And especially since we make wine in a minimalist way, we’re always on a razor’s edge. We have to make sure that our grapes are exactly the way we want them, because we’re not going to make adjustments. There’s so much commitment in terms of time and energy, but we wouldn’t do it any other way. Hang Tight with the Best Camping and Backpacking Hammocks 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

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2019-10-24

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New Music Monday: Yann Tiersen

first_img“A sunny, baroque pop track featuring Tiersen’s characteristic subjection of acoustic instruments such as bells and strings to digital processing, indicative of his approach to the whole album” – The Quietus on “A Midsummer Evening”“Orchestral pop that feels both capable of being stripped down to an acoustic format while being eerily bombasitc.” – Prefix Mag on “A Midsummer Evening”“A Midsummer Evening,” dense with manipulated textures, strings and choral chanting, began, as the album did, as little more than noise from toys. The initial recordings took place in Iceland and are explained here by Tiersen: “The idea was to start with toy instruments as a reference to my early works, then manipulate the sounds electronically. Then I added a new layer of acoustic instrumentation, and repeated the same process. Finally I repeated the process once more with strings, so the whole album was a constant back and forth from acoustic to electronic to digital, and then back to analogue.”This layering of textures formed thematic threads that bind the album: the stones, the minerals, their infinite nature… Language too is integral to this album. “Ar Maen Bihan”, a story written by Emilie Quinquis in the Breton language, was translated by Amiina to Icelandic (‘Steinn’). Elsewhere on the album Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and Ólavur Jákupsson (a member of Tiersen’s live band) both contributed tracks on the same theme – stones – Moffat’s in English and Jákupsson’s in Faroese.∞ (Infinity) is the follow up to 2011’s Skyline (which was described by MOJO as “life affirming”, by Clash as a “…remarkable musical talent” and in Drowned In Sound’s 8* review as “euphoric”), and will be premiered at an exclusive live performance at the ICA, London, on May 14th- which sold out in less than 5 hours. The ICA is followed by a tour of North America in May and June, including dates in Mexico City, Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Chicago to name a few. ∞ (Infinity) was conceived in Iceland, where work began on the album, and in Ushant Island, Brittany. The album was produced by Yann Tiersen and mixed by Gareth Jones with Yann Tiersen and Daniel Miller.Hailing from Brittany, Yann Tiersen is one of the most revered artists of his generation with a reputation first established by his studio albums (which included 1997’s Cascade Street 1998’s The Lighthouse and to 2005’s Les Retrouvailles). The early albums were combined and used for the Amelie soundtrack (2001), earning him global recognition. Recent albums on Mute, Dust Lane (2010) and Skyline (2011) have seen his prominence build, along with projects such as the recent live score to the Fantômas series which he curated at the Théâtre de Châtelet with guests Tim Hecker, James Blackshaw, Loney Dear and Amiina.Order ∞ (Infinity) on iTunes or Amazon!www.yanntiersen.com Editors’ Recommendations Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Ain’t That American: 7 Great Home Decor Brands Based in the U.S.A. 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

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2019-10-24

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First Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT

first_img The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors “Porsche who?” I hollered with a chuckle, as I threw the blue-and-red 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT into a hard left-hander in the mountains outside Santa Monica, California.Stomping on the throttle as I exited the turn, the little Aston bellowed a loud and enlivening response to my cries, which filled my ears – and those of anyone within a half mile – with the sounds of unrestrained 4.7-liter V8. It sounded like heaven and hell crashing together … but in a good way.I grabbed the shifter, stomped the clutch and yanked the gearbox into fourth. The engine once again roared, as the lines separating my body — my being – from the car around me seemed to blur, just like the trees, rocks, and houses blurred by the windows, as we rapidly gained speed.At that moment — where man and machine hit a harmonious vibration and connection — I realized I was exactly where I wanted to be. I was at home.ForgettingI’ve been writing about cars for about five years now. In that time, I’ve driven most everything I’d ever dreamed to: Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins (obviously), Bentleys, and Rolls-Royces. But last fall, I found myself in a bit of a funk. Nearing the end of a dream-come-true year, I came to a hard realization: They’re just cars.No matter how orange or V12-y, these wondrous lumps of steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber were just cars: wheeled things to get you from A to B.It was this awareness that sent me off the rails a bit. I’d flown too close to the sun, it would seem.Over the years, writing about cars had gone from a path spurred by passion to a flavorless task. It felt like I had ordered a steak and it show up overcooked. Yes, it’s still a steak, but chewing and swallowing it was an annoying chore.For a few months, I was going through the motions, driving cars and writing about them without any real interest or excitement. I figured it’d take a while – and something really special — to restart my love of motoring. Delightfully for me, the jumpstart came sooner than I had expected.Sitting behind the wheel of Aston’s V8 Vantage GT, I rediscovered my love of cars and for the art of driving.For good reasonThere’s good reason why this little car, the entry-level Aston, reignited my love of driving; it was designed to.Aston looked at its line of handsome, dashing, powerful, and prodigious cars and realized there was something missing. Though each of its cars is a motoring masterpiece in its own right, the brand didn’t have a party piece, dedicated simply to art of driving. Accordingly, Aston engineers set to work creating the V8 Vantage GT.They took their tried-and-true 4.7-liter V8, rejiggered the valved air intake system, and boosted the spark strategy. These changes added more air to the engine at higher rpm and also more effectively ignited the gasoline, creating more power and also more efficiency.The result is an engine — paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automated manual — that produces 430 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque. All told, the V8 Vantage GT will do 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph.To ensure it stops as well as it goes, Aston engineers looked to their GT racing series and bolted up higher performance brakes and a quick-ratio steering rack. And, amazingly, they’ve priced it at $99,000, making it the introductory model to the Aston Martin range.GT racerHaving driven the V12 Vantage S Roadster last fall, I wasn’t expecting the less powerful, cheaper version to be more enlivening or driver friendly. I was wrong.After a few shifts, I became acclimated to the heavy but intuitive clutch, the positioning and heft of the gearbox shifter and its linkage, the weight and directness of the steering, and the response and wondrous sounds of the V8. Within minutes I felt like I wasn’t simply piloting a car, but rather operating a new appendage. Behind the wheel of the V8 Vantage GT, the car quickly became a part of me.Honestly, no car has ever felt so intuitive so quickly. More often than not, it takes me several hours to know, without actively thinking about it, what a car is doing or how it is best operated — when to turn in, how much grip it’ll have, how fast I can shift the transmission.Not so with the V8 Vantage GT. In a matter of moments, I was solving hints of understeer with a tap of the throttle, throwing the car into corners on foreign, mountain roads much harder than I would in anything else, and giggling like a little school boy in line for a surprise pancake breakfast.With most of my other reviews, I am forced to dissect the components of the car and debate their merits. The brakes are fade-free, the suspension supple but stiff, and the steering well weighted and responsive. When I say things like this it serves two purposes: To evaluate the pieces and to also make up for the fact that the car didn’t give me an all-encompassing takeaway. The V8 Vantage GT did.The handling was awe-inspiringly confident. With a flick of the steering wheel, I could send the plucky little Brit off in another direction – without any fear of loss of grip or competence. And with the Alcantara seats hugging my body tight, I could worry not about keeping myself upright, but looking to the next apex as the car bounded between the bends.I mean, it is all those things; every component hits perfection. But its grin-inducing steering, for example, isn’t the story of the car; it’s the entire package. There are no weaknesses. There are shortcomings with this car. It is a shining beacon on the top of Mt. Driving Nirvana.Looks as good as it goesThankfully, Aston’s design men didn’t simply add race-worthy parts to the car, slap a price tag on it, call it a day and tuck into a curry. Instead, they continued the performance narrative inside and out.Designers wanted to give the introductory model a dark-themed exterior. Accordingly, it’s been blessed with painted, diamond-turned alloy wheels, black headlight bezels, side window surrounds, and textured taillight finishers.They’ve made the optional paint schemes rather distinctive, too. The one I drove, for example, has navy-blue paint, a grey GT stripe down the side, and red accents on the grille surround, roofline, side mirrors, and brake calipers. I like to think of this one as the “Superman” color scheme.Some of my fellow journalists said, if it were their car, they would have deleted the grey stripe. I thought it tied the lighter hue of the headlights into the body of the car, though, which gave it a brighter visual feel.The same colors carried into the interior onto the Alcantara GT seats. Some might balk at a near-as-makes-no-difference $100,000 car not having leather. Once you take a corner at twice the speed your brain thinks reasonable, you’ll be glad you have Alcantara hugging your rear rather than slippery leather.If it weren’t clear, I am deeply, deeply in love with this paint scheme. I find it the perfect blend between braggadocio and under-the-radar-style. Passersby noticed and appreciated but never grimaced. And that’s exactly the reaction I’d want from my entry-level Aston.ConclusionLobbing the blue and red V8 Vantage GT through the hills that Los Angeles winter afternoon, sopping up the sounds and sensations of that car, has been forever lodged into my memory and deep into my heart.Simply losing oneself in on a road, though, isn’t enough to justify plunking down 100 grand for a car. I mean, it is, if you have it to spare. To be worth that much to the rest of us, it’s got to be special … and, perhaps more importantly, better than the competition.Yes, Porsche 911s are quieter inside and Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupes are quicker. Neither of those cars, though, pulls the driver in and transports him into another realm quite like the V8 Vantage GT.I love the shoutiness of the Jag but, for as good as it is, it’s an imperfect machine. The 911 is far too clinical and sterile for my taste. Where the Germans use math to create such motoring mastery, the Brits harnessed their moxie to make the V8 Vantage GT so darn good.Plus, for the money, buyers get an Aston Martin, which is cosmically cooler than — if I’m honest — any other brand on the planet. But, again, that’s not the whole story.Unlike other cars, it’s not its quickness that defines it but rather the experience in total. The V8 Vantage GT brings mechanical parts together to create an experience, rather than just a driving machine. With this car, it’s not what it is exactly, but how it makes the driver feel.There are intuitive cars out there, like the Mazda MX-5. There are fast track- and road-tamers, like the Nissan GT-R. And there are handsome lads like the aforementioned Jag. Thankfully, the V8 Vantage GT is all of those things … in one.And it’s also the best driver’s car I’ve ever driven. I hope to spend some more time with it soon.HighsRelatively accessible pricingIconic and enviable exterior stylingShout-y but not ear-shattering exhaustPerfect driving dynamicsIntuitive driver engagementLowsI still can’t afford one Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) center_img Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 1. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 2. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 3. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 4. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 5. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 6. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 7. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 8. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 9. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 10. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 11. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 12. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 13. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 14. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 15. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 16. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 17. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 18. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 19. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 20. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 21. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 22. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 23. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT 24. 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiserlast_img read more

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2019-10-24

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