Mumbai, Dec 19 (PTI) Tournament Director of next years FIFA Under 17 World Cup to be hosted by India, Javier Ceppi, today expressed his happiness about the way things were moving ahead in the preparation of the tournament.”They (preparations) are coming along (well). Work is happening in all the venues,” said Ceppi here today, adding work that was stopped due to the conduct of Indian Super League, has restarted at all the venues.”We are confident and happy about how things are moving. Things are in motion and I hope they get into momentum,” Ceppi told reporters after a tie-up was announced with Bank of Baroda for the tournament.”We have less than 10 months left (for the tournament to commence). This is huge (tie-up with Bank of Baroda). This is the first one for our event,” he commented about an Indian bank joining hands with the world football body for a junior event.The U17 World Cup is scheduled to be held from October 6-28 and the matches are to held in Navi Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata.Ceppi was impressed with the facilities at the Dr D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai, set to host a few games.”D Y Patil and Vijay (Patil) are always extremely supportive and huge partners of us. They have done all that was required and they are planning to do more. The (DY Patil) stadium has good bucket seats, but they want to change them.”They say for the World Cup they want to show a new facility. They have already done up their dressing rooms. We are happy with how the facilities are in Navi Mumbai and its moving along quite well,” Ceppi said.advertisement”For the World Cup, unlike for other events, security is a complete responsibility of the state and local forces, which makes it a little bit different. Its not so dependent on financiers or private security coming in or not (coming in),” he remarked when queried over the security set-up for the event.”The security forces of the state will be in charge. We have spoken with everybody and all the police forces. They are organised and have plans in place,” he added. PTI NRB SSR NRB
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced the ban on Real Madrid signing new players to one transfer window from two, the tribunal said on Tuesday.Lausanne, Switzerland-based CAS also ordered Real Madrid to pay a fine to global soccer body FIFA of 240,000 Swiss francs ($233,120), reduced from 360,000 francs. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo signs off perfect year in style)The suspensions were initially imposed by FIFA’s disciplinary committee in January for breaching rules on signing non-Spanish under-18 players.($1 = 1.0295 Swiss francs)
Chennai, Jan 19 (PTI) The Madras High Court Advocates Association today announced boycott of the courts tomorrow in support of state wide protests demanding a lifting ban on Jallikattu. President of the Association G Mohanakrishnan, however, made it clear that the boycott was not against Supreme Courts order banning the bull taming sport but only against PETA, which is opposing sport. A section of lawyers also held a procession outside the High Court raising slogans against PETA. PTI CORR RC
New Zealand’s hopes of saving the series against South Africa suffered a massive blow on Thursday when paceman Tim Southee was ruled out of the third and final Test against South Africa by a hamstring injury.The 28-year-old pace spearhead suffered a grade one tear of his left hamstring during the second Test defeat in Wellington, New Zealand Cricket said.”He felt discomfort following the second Test in Wellington and as a precautionary measure was sent for a scan,” read a statement.”While only a minor tear, he will not be fit for the upcoming match beginning Saturday.”Kane Williamson’s side are still sweating on the fitness of left arm seamer Trent Boult, who missed the eight-wicket loss at the Basin Reserve with pain in his hip/groin area.Wicketkeeper BJ Watling told reporters on Wednesday that Boult was still not 100 percent and would be monitored by medical staff ahead of the match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, which starts on Saturday.Southee will not be replaced in the squad with Neil Wagner and Matt Henry the remaining two pace options. All-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme can also bowl brisk medium pace.The hosts could still go into the match with two spinners.DE KOCK DOUBTFUL FOR PROTEASSouth Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is a doubt for this week’s third and final Test against New Zealand after he suffered a finger injury during the eight-wicket victory over the hosts last week.De Kock, whose belligerent knock of 91 in a 160-run partnership with Temba Bavuma swung the second Test at the Basin Reserve, was sent to hospital for scans on the injury to his right index finger.advertisementThe scans did not show a fracture, team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee told reporters in Hamilton, but the injury could rule him out of the IPL Twenty20 tournament to ensure he is fit for the one-day Champions Trophy and tour of England that follows.”There is every likelihood he will miss the IPL because he will need at least four to six weeks recovery,” Moosajee said.”The risk is that if he doesn’t have that four to six weeks rest, and he further aggravates it, it could jeopardise his participation in the Champions Trophy.”With that in mind and with the England tour after that, it’s important we give him the allocated time to recover for the injury.”The 24-year-old missed training on Wednesday and Thursday and Moosajee said a decision on whether he played in the third Test would not be made until Friday.Uncapped Heinrich Klaasen could take the gloves for the match at Seddon Park, which starts on Saturday.South Africa lead 1-0 after their victory in Wellington and the rain forecast for the first four days of the Hamilton Test could hamper New Zealand’s hopes of saving the series.
Manchester City’s class of 2019 present Burton Albion with a tougher test than a Manchester United side which included Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo did, says Nigel Clough.Back in 2006, the Brewers were handed a dream FA Cup third round meeting with the Red Devils.A non-league side at the time, Clough’s troops held Sir Alex Ferguson’s star-studded team to a 0-0 draw on home soil – setting up a lucrative replay at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Burton are now preparing to face the other heavyweights from Manchester in a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final.They may be a League One outfit, having only slipped out of the Championship last season, but Clough is aware that the reigning Premier League champions will be his biggest challenge yet.A man who tasted League Cup glory in his playing days with Nottingham Forest told reporters when asked which is harder, facing United or City: “I think this one over two legs.“I think the pitch is going to be a bit better this time around, if anybody remembers the pitch against Manchester United!“But we’re facing similar sorts of tasks.“When Rooney and Ronaldo came on after 59 minutes here for Manchester United, it’s a similar sort of prospect with the likes of the quality that Manchester City have.“But away from home, it’s a different thing. When they are on their own patch, as you saw against Liverpool, they’re as good and as confident as anything.“That’s when they’ve come off a relatively poor period for them, they’ve lost a couple of matches recently and then they can still play like they did against Liverpool and keep the title race open.“That says an awful lot about them.”Whatever happens at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, and in a return date at the Pirelli Stadium on January 22, Clough is already rightly proud of what his third tier underdogs have achieved.The ex-England international added: “Honestly, we are just looking forward to enjoying the experience.“Nobody gives us much of a chance and rightly so but it’s just about the players, everybody, talking about supporters, who have been following the club for 50-60 years never dreamt of us being in a League Cup semi-final.“Let’s all everybody as one go and enjoy it.“Every game you have got a chance. It’s just what degree that chance is and ours is extremely thin but there is always a chance in football.”
Davinson Sanchez is confident Tottenham’s squad is well equipped to mount a Premier League title challenge despite injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli.Three successive wins have lifted Spurs to within five points of leaders Liverpool after 25 matches, putting them firmly in the title picture alongside Manchester City.All three victories have come without Kane (ankle), while Alli (hamstring) was hurt before Harry Winks’ late strike in the 2-1 triumph against Fulham on January 20, contradicting suggestions Tottenham’s squad is too small to challenge after no signings in either transfer windows this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sanchez feels Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Fernando Llorente are more than capable of stepping up in the absence of the key duo.”Of course, Harry and Dele are important players, they are massive for us,” he told the club’s official website.”But we are a strong squad and we have a lot of players that can play in attack and score goals, good players like Fernando, Son, Lucas and Lamela.”Christian Eriksen can also play forward and score goals. The team has had to keep fighting – that is key for us.”Fernando is doing well too. It’s about confidence – everything is about confidence. “When Harry is in front it’s difficult for him [Llorente] to have many opportunities to play but now is his moment to show his quality and his moment to keep giving his best efforts. He is important for the group – not just this season but last season as well.”Son has particularly stood out in recent weeks, his brief trip to the Asian Cup with South Korea only seeing him miss three games in all competitions.The 26-year-old has scored in both of his matches since returning from the United Arab Emirates, and his significance to Tottenham is not lost on Sanchez.Sanchez added: “He’s so important. We knew that when he left to go to the Asian Cup but, of course, we are so happy that he is back and that Harry, Dele and also Ben Davies are working hard to get back.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Sergio Ramos and other players helped prevent Jose Mourinho from becoming the club’s new manager.Madrid named Zinedine Zidane their new boss on Monday, just 10 months after the Frenchman walked away from his managerial role with the Blancos.Zidane became Madrid’s third manager of a highly disappointing campaign, following Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, who were both sacked. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Solari’s position became untenable following last week’s shocking Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax, ending Madrid’s run of three straight European titles. Calderon believes that current president Florentino Perez was hoping to appoint a different former Blancos boss, but Ramos and other Madrid leaders intervened and helped push Perez to re-hire Zidane instead of Mourinho. “It is great news for Real Madrid,” Calderon told Love Sport Radio of Zidane’s return. “The opinion of the dressing room leaders has prevailed over that of the president, after the quarrel between Sergio Ramos and the president.”Ramos and other Madrid stars famously feuded with Mourinho during the Portuguese’s time managing Madrid between 2010 and 2013. “This president thought Mourinho was the right one and he was his first option because he is one of those presidents that thinks a firm hand is important in the dressing room,” Calderon continued. “But the players, and Sergio Ramos, told him and they did it publicly as well, that you have to take into account which managers have won the Champions League with Real Madrid: [Vicente] Del Bosque, [Carlo] Ancelotti and Zidane. It’s nothing to do with the style of play of Mourinho.“[Zidane’s] first idea was to come in June but finally he’s accepted to come now for the rest of the season and for three more years. Finally we can get on the path of victory again.”Calderon is also hoping that Zidane’s presence will help convince Chelsea star Eden Hazard to trade Stamford Bridge for the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. “Hazard has said many times that he likes Real Madrid and that he would be pleased to have an offer from there,” Calderon said. “He’s also talked about his admiration for Zidane so maybe he can be one of the main signings but it depends on the player and on Chelsea. The price will not be low.”
If you don’t currently have health insurance through Freelancers Union, go here instead!So, what’s happening?What’s happening to my current plan?What plans are you offering?How is my plan changing?How do I change my plan?How do I cancel my plan?I enrolled in a health plan for 2015, when do I get my ID?How should I pay my first bill for January 2015 coverage?How will I pay my bill in 2015?How do I find an in-network pediatric dentist?What happens if my payment is late?I cancelled my 2015 health insurance coverage, but I still got a bill or ID in the mail.I made changes to my plan, when will my bill be updated?Why are your new plans HMO instead of PPO?Why are you making this change?Why did you choose Empire?How can I contact you?Why am I being automatically enrolled in a new plan? (for PPO and Value Plans)What plan will I be rolled into?So who will my bill come from? What will my insurance card say?What’s my rating region?Will I be able to keep my doctor if I am rolled over from Freelancers Insurance Company to an Empire plan?Are you going to be on the Obamacare Exchange?How do I know if I qualify for a subsidy?What happens if I qualify for a subsidy?Is my insurance going away?I would like to opt out of the rollover.I’m currently enrolled in the Freelancers Medical primary care practice. What happens to that?Why is the rate for plans with Freelancers Medical higher than the normal plan rates?Will out-of-network coverage be available?Me or someone on my plan is in the middle of a serious medical issue or has a chronic medical issue that needs attention. Who should I call?What are the important dates I need to know?So, what’s happening?Freelancers Union is teaming up with Empire to offer new health plans in 2015. We’ll help you find the best plan for you and your family.What’s happening to my current plan?Your plan will remain exactly the same through December 31st.Starting on January 1, 2015, Freelancers Union will be teaming up with Empire to offer you a comparable plan at a better value than we’d be able to provide on our own under new federal healthcare reform requirements. We’ve already selected the plan that’s most like your current one, so as long as you pay your new premium, you won’t have any gap in coverage. Visit freelancersunion.org/2015plans for more details on the plan we suggested for you.What plans are you offering?Here are the plans we’ll be offering in 2015. You can see a side-by-side comparisons of all our plans here (PDF).Platinum 200 with Freelancers MedicalGold 1000Gold 1000 with Freelancers MedicalSilver 2450Silver 2450 with Freelancers MedicalSilver 2000Bronze 5600 with Freelancers MedicalBronze 5600Bronze 3000Catastrophic 6600How is my plan changing?All of the plans offered by Empire meet new federal healthcare reform requirements, so they’ll limit your out-of-pocket expenses and will include coverage for essential items like brand name prescriptions. For many of our members, your total out of pocket costs will go down.We’ve utilized Empire’s network of doctors for the past six years, so while there will be some changes to your network, many doctors and hospitals will still be included. Follow the instructions here to find an in-network provider. The Empire network is called Pathway HMO Plus. You can also call your doctor and ask if they accept Pathway HMO Plus.Out-of-network coverage is also limited to emergencies.Confused by the vocabulary? Go here for a glossary of insurance terms.How do I change my plan?Follow the instructions here.How do I cancel my plan?You can discontinue your insurance coverage for 2015 online:1. Go here and log in.2. Select “Manage My Insurance” from the “My Account” dropdown. You may be prompted to create a new, secure password.3. Select “Change or Add a Plan.”4. Select “Discontinue Insurance” from the “Coverage” dropdown.5. Select Health and press “Discontinue Coverage” .6. Your cancellation will take 48-72 hours to process. You will receive an email confirmation. You do not need to call to confirm.I enrolled in a health plan for 2015, when do I get my ID?If you were enrolled in a 2015 health plan through Freelancers Union by December 15, you will receive a card from Empire BlueCross BlueShield around January 1, 2015. If you enrolled in a plan or changed your plan after December 15, you will get an updated card later in January.Please note that if you signed up for a plan through Freelancers Union but do not pay for your January coverage by December 31st, your enrollment in an Empire plan will be canceled, but you will still receive a card in the mail. However, this card will be inactive and you will not have coverage.How should I pay my first bill for January 2015 coverage?For New Enrollees:If you recently enrolled in a 2015 plan, you paid at the time of enrollment and are all set for January 2015.For Prior Freelancers Insurance Company Enrollees:If you are enrolled in a PPO1, PPO2, PPO3, or Value1 and Value2 plan through Freelancers Insurance Company, you will automatically transition into a 2015 plan as long as you pay your bill. The deadline to pay is December 31st for January coverage, so make sure you pay as soon as possible by logging into the insurance portal or calling 800-856-9981.If you are signed up for auto-EFT, the payment will be drafted from your account on December 31. If you receive paper bills, your check and payment coupon must be received by December 31.How will I pay my bill in 2015?If you enrolled in a 2015 plan on Freelancers Union’s website, you will still enroll and pay bills through Freelancers Union. You can pay your bill online or set up automatic payments by logging into the insurance portal and clicking “Pay My Bill”. You can also call 800-856-9981 or mail in a check with your payment coupon. Empire BlueCross BlueShield will provide the insurance, and manage and pay claims. Empire BlueCross BlueShield’s name will also be on your insurance card.If a Freelancers Union representative enrolls you directly with Empire, you will receive your bills directly from Empire.How do I find an in-network pediatric dentist?You can find pediatric dentists by visiting this link. Select New York as your state and select Dental Prime as your Plan/Network. Then press Select and Continue. On the following screen, select Pediatric Dentistry as the Specialty. You can then search by either proximity to your area or name.What happens if my payment is late?If your payment is not received by December 31, 2014, your enrollment in an Empire plan will be canceled. You will be able to enroll in a plan all over again, but your coverage will not start until February or March, depending on when you enroll.I cancelled my 2015 health insurance coverage, but I still got a bill or ID in the mail.If you canceled your coverage for 2015 after December 15th, you may still receive a card in the mail, but you will not have coverage and will not be able to use the card.Health insurance bills for January 2015 coverage were sent in early December based on the information we had in our system at that time. If you recently canceled your insurance, your bill will be updated to reflect the cancellation.I made changes to my plan, when will my bill be updated?If you make changes to your plan your bill will be updated within a few days of the change. You will not be sent a notice of the updated bill, but you can see the updated amount due in the billing section of the insurance portal after it’s been processed. To view this, log in and click “Pay My Bill.”**Why are your new plans HMO instead of PPO? **In 2015, the vast majority of plans in New York are HMO, and we won’t be offering a PPO in 2015. We anticipate that there will be no or very few PPO plans on the Exchange in 2015.The truth is that the ACA completely changed the healthcare landscape. There are some great things about that and some new challenges: out-of-network coverage (a basic plan feature of PPOs) is definitely one. We’re working to make sure our members get the best coverage possible — we’re constantly in conversations with regulators and policymakers to bring up the challenges our members are facing. This out-of-network issue is definitely one we’re looking at closely.On HMOs, out-of-network coverage is limited to emergencies. However, HMOs offer additional protections for emergency room visits and have high standards for quality of care. And PPO plans tend to be significantly more expensive than HMO plans.If you have any questions about Empire’s network, go here. We can help you find a doctor in the new network that meets your needs if your current doctor is not in the new network.Why are you making this change?Our main concern has always been the well-being of our members. When we looked at the future of our plans in the new healthcare reform landscape, we quickly realized we could offer benefits and coverage at better value to freelancers by partnering with an insurance carrier with size and scale like Empire. We estimate that rates would be 14% higher had we not formed this partnership.Why did you choose Empire?Freelancers Union spent months looking for the right partner who would work with us to help offer health plans for our members at the best possible value. We’ve utilized Empire’s highly-rated network of doctors for the past 6 years, and during that time they’ve shown a commitment to working with us to meet the needs of freelancers. We’re confident they’ll continue to be great partners as we work together to make sure you and every other freelancer can get high quality, affordable healthcare.How can I contact you?Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to get the answers you’re looking for.Email is the easiest and fastest way to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.Or you can call us at 800-856-9981. Press the “pound” sign (#) to be connected to an expert who can help answer your questions.Why am I being automatically enrolled in a new plan? (For PPO and Value Plans ONLY)We are selecting new plans with Empire for our members that best match their current plans. We know that the process of selecting a new plan can be stressful, and we are helping our members take the guesswork out of the process to ensure that you don’t have a gap in coverage come January 1.This is only a preliminary selection, however, and you will have plenty of time to select a new plan, opt out, or just ask questions before and during the open enrollment period that starts November 15. You will only be enrolled in the new plan we selected for you beginning January 1st if you make a payment for the coverage.What plan will I be rolled into?Follow the simple prompts at freelancersunion.org/2015plans to view the plan we suggest for you. We will also mail you more information about this plan during October. This plan is comparable in premium and benefits to your current plan. If you’d like to choose a different plan, you simply need to log into freelancersunion.org during the open enrollment period that starts November 15.So who will my bill come from? What will my insurance card say?For almost all of our members, you will still enroll and pay bills through Freelancers Union. Empire will provide the insurance, and manage and pay claims. Empire’s name will be on your insurance card.What’s my rating region?Your premium rates vary by New York State region. To see what region you belong to, refer to this map:Will I be able to keep my doctor if I am rolled over from Freelancers Insurance Company to an Empire plan?The network for our 2015 plans is called the Pathways Enhanced Network. Many of the doctors in your network will remain the same. To find out if your specific doctor is covered, go here and follow the instructions.Are you going to be on the Obamacare Exchange?Empire a has a number of plans available on the Exchange and we can help you access one of those plans if you’d like. If you’re eligible for a subsidy, call us at 800-856-9981 and we can help you apply a subsidy to one of our plans.How do I know if I qualify for a subsidy?It’s easy to find out. Use this calculator on the NY State of Health website.What happens if I qualify for a subsidy?Most of our plans through Empire BlueCross BlueShield are available on the Exchange, which means you can apply a subsidy towards your premium costs. Call us at 800-856-9981 and we can help!Is my insurance going away?No. Your current Freelancers Insurance Company plan will remain active until December 31, 2014. After that, most members will be automatically enrolled in a comparable plan from Empire BlueCross BlueShield plan that Freelancers Union has vetted and endorsed. If you are not being automatically mapped you will receive communications from us with more information on how to ensure continuity of care.I’m currently enrolled in the Freelancers Medical primary care practice. What happens to that?Freelancers Medical will continue to be an important part of our members’ health care experience. For members who are currently enrolled in Freelancers Medical, we are suggesting plans that will continue to have uninterrupted access to the practice.The only exception to this is if you currently have a high deductible plan and are under age 30. In that instance, we know may have selected a “catastrophic plan” for you in order to keep your premiums as affordable as possible. Under federal law, the catastrophic plan is not compatible with the $0 copay program.Why is the rate for plans with Freelancers Medical higher than the normal plan rates?The rate is slightly higher to cover the cost of access to our $0 co-pay Freelancers Medical primary care locations where you can access a range of medical services, as well as health and wellness classes and lots more.Will out-of-network coverage be available?As with most individual insurance plans available in New York under the new ACA regulations, there will be no out-of-network coverage, except for emergencies.Me or someone on my plan is in the middle of a serious medical issue or has a chronic medical issue that needs attention. Who should I call?We take your concerns very seriously and are here to help.First, check the provider search on Empire’s website if you want to see if your doctors are in network. To do so, go here. We can help you find a doctor in the new network that meets your needs if your current doctor is not in the new network.You may want to speak with your doctors about the change in your coverage. They can make sure that all necessary approvals are in place with Empire before any special services they plan to provide in January.If your doctors are not in the network, you might be eligible to receive in-network coverage for their services for a period of time in 2015 under Empire’s “Transition of Care” policy. Please contact 800-856-9981, press the “pound” sign (#), and ask to speak to someone about transition of care.What are the important dates I need to know?October 1 – You will receive a legal notice in the mail about Freelancers Insurance CompanyMid-October – You will receive a paper copy of all of the information about our new 2015 plans in the mailNovember 15 – Open Enrollment begins. At this time, you’ll be able to make changes to your current plan or cancel your coverage for next year**December 15 **- Your last day to make changes to your 2015 plan. For some enrollees, your last day to enroll for January coverageDecember 31 – The last day of your Freelancers Insurance Company coverage. If you do not want to be mapped into a new plan, you will need to call 800-856-9981 and press # (pound sign) to be connected to someone who can cancel your coverage.January 1, 2015 – Your new Empire coverage beginsFebruary 15, 2015 – Open Enrollment ends. After this date you’ll be unable to sign up for a new insurance plan unless you have a qualifying life eventFreelancers Union, Inc. (FU) is not a licensed insurance agent. Freelancers Insurance Agency, a wholly owned affiliate of FU, is a licensed health insurance producer in New York and New Jersey only. Freelancers Insurance Agency (FIA) contracts with HealthPlanServices,Inc. (HPS), a nationally licensed insurance producer. 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Virat Kohli continued with his century-scoring spree as he notched up a chanceless hundred on the third day of the second Test at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Monday.Kohli struck his 21st century in Test cricket to join the likes of David Boon, AB de Villiers, Gary Kirsten, Neil Harvey, Andrew Strauss and David Warner who all have as many centuries in the traditional format.This was also Kohli’s first hundred of 2018 after returning scores of 5 and 28 in the first Test in Cape Town.The Indian captain has been in sublime form over the last two years. In 2016-2017, he became the first batsman to slam double hundreds in four successive Test series. Last year, he was among the top-scorers in Test cricket and finished 2017 ith 610 runs including back-to-back double hundreds in the three-match series against Sri Lanka.In Centurion, India bowled impressively yet again to bowl South Africa out for 335 on a pitch which did not have plenty in it for the bowlers. However, Kohli played a steadying hand from one hand even as he lost out on partners at regular intervals.After R Ashwin wrapped up the South African innings at the stroke of lunch on Sunday, India lost two wickets in quick succession before Kohli and opener Murali Vijay (46) put on a third wicket stand of 79 runs.Kohli has over the years grown in stature and is rated among the best athletes in the world in terms of his work ethics, fitness and heroics on the field — all-in-all, he has become a complete package. He has been India’s poster boy ever since the retirement of the great Sachin Tendulkar in November 2013.advertisementThe 29-year-old leads his team from the front and has set the benchmark for his teammates to follow. Though it’s tough to maintain the intensity but the Indian skipper has proved that it’s not impossible.Kohli has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Kohli’s innings could be key to India staying alive in the series which South Africa lead 1-0 after their 72-run victory in Newlands last week.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger confirmed the stories regarding Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United on Thursday.The Chile winger has just six months remaining on his contract and is a free agent in the summer. He was widely linked with Manchester City but their cross-town rivals United came in late and have won the race for the Arsenal No. 7. Reports have been circulating that United will pay around 35 million pounds for the forward but it emerged that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will go to the other side and it could well be a swap deal.Talking about the rumours, Wenger confirmed all the talks and said that the deal is likely to go through but one never knows these days.WATCH”That is a story that is well documented in the media, so I’ve not got a lot to add. It may or may not happen. It’s at that stage. If it doesn’t happen he will play on Saturday. I’ve worked on transfer for 30 years so it’s likely to happen but at any moment things can break down, that’s how the market is. As long as it is not over the line, you have to accept that it could not happen. These kind of things are never guaranteed,” said Wenger.He also hinted that United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan could move in the other direction.”That is my understanding, yes. Of course, I like him as a player. If it’s a possibility it’s because I like the player. We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund. He appreciated the quality of our games and the way we play football so that’s why he loves the club,” he said.advertisementArmenian international Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order under boss Jose Mourinho, and was left out of United’s squad for their 3-0 win over Stoke City on Monday.ALSO WATCH:
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract to end the saga over his future at the club.The 29-year-old Germany international confirmed on Twitter that he had agreed a three-and-a-half year deal.#YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/msr20AUOm3— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 1, 2018″It’s been one of the most important decisions of my footballing career and that’s why I had to think hard and talk to everyone who’s important to me,” Ozil said.Ozil’s contract had been due to expire at the end of the season.”Good things take time. In the end, I let my heart decide. As I always said, I feel at home here and I’m highly motivated to achieve big things in the next few years. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.”British media reported that the new deal is worth up to 350,000 pounds ($500,000) a week, making the World Cup winner the highest-paid player at the club.Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then club-record of about 42.5 million pounds.The playmaker has made 182 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 36 goals and providing 61 assists.The announcement came a day after Arsenal bolstered their attacking line-up with the signing of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club-record fee.(With Reuters inputs)
Virat Kohli continued with his sublime form as he blasted his third century in the six-match one day international series against South Africa at the SuperSports Park in Centurion on Friday.Kohli struck his 35th century when he smashed Imran Tahir straight down the ground for four on the last ball of the 27th over. Kohli also smashed the winning runs as he remained unbeaten on 129 to power India to an 8-wicket win in the final match as the visitors took the series 5-1.Kohli, en route his 56th international hundred, broke a plethora of records. Kohli reached his 35th hundred in only his 200th innings and has taken 109 innings less than Sachin Tendulkar to score as many hundreds.Kohli also became the first player ever to amass more than 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series and also the first captain to do so.The previous highest for most runs in all bilateral ODI series was held by India’s Rohit Sharma, who scored 491 runs in the seven-match series against Australia in 2013.Kohli surpassed his countryman after he reached 63 in the 19th over to become the highest-ever run-getter in all bilateral ODI series.Australia’s George Bailey, who scored 478 in the 2013 series is third in the list.This was also Kohli’s 13th century as ODI skipper, which puts him alongside AB de Villiers in the joint second spot with most hundreds as ODI captain. Ricky Ponting leads the tally with 22 centuries.Kohli had earlier became the fastest batsman to score 17000 international runs. He achieved a milestone when he reached 31 during the sixth ODI, achieving the feat in only his 363rd innings.advertisementKohli in the process left behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who had reached the 17000-run mark in his 381st innings last year. Kohli was also the quickest to 15,000 and 16000-run marks achieving both the milestone in 2017.Kohli came to Centurion with 16969 international runs (5554 in Tests, 9459 in ODIs and 1956 in T20Is) in the bank at an impressive average of 55.45.Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree and has already scored 56 international hundreds (21 in Tests and 35 in ODIs).Kohli enjoyed a sensational run in 2016 across formats. He did even better in 2017 and finished as the highest run-scorer in ODIs, amassing 1460 runs including six hundreds and seven fifties from 26 matches.
Delhi Daredevils (DD) will come in against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as they face each other at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium on Monday.Shreyas Iyer led from the front with a blistering 93* against Kolkata Knight Riders to guide Daredevils to the highest total of the season till now. The bowlers followed it up with disciplined bowling and DD won their second match this year.On the other hand, CSK will look to bounce back from the huge 8-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians and MS Dhoni and his team are going to eye the top spot of the table again.The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai side was hammered by Mumbai at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday.While Chennai has five wins from seven games with 10 points in their kitty, Delhi languishes at the bottom with just a couple of wins from seven games and four points.Despite Saturday’s defeat, Chennai will be looking to continue their dream run in the league.Most of the CSK batters — Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Dwayne Bravo and skipper Dhoni — are in form.Also, Suresh Raina found his touch with the willow as the southpaw smashed a 47-ball unbeaten 75 against Mumbai, comprising six fours and four sixes.While Rayudu has amassed 329 runs from seven games, averaging 47, Dhoni and Watson have accumulated 235 and 203 runs respectively.The Chennai batters have fired on more than one occasion, guiding CSK home. The yellow brigade has the ability to put a massive total on board or chase any challenging target.advertisementIn the bowling department, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar have been impressive, leading Chennai’s pace attack. But in the previous match Chahar got injured so this might worry the Southern outfit.While Thakur has eight wickets from six games, Chahar and Dwayne Bravo have six and seven wickets respectively from seven games.Also, all-rounder Watson has six wickets with an economy rate of around eight.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo and leggie Karn Sharma have also made breakthroughs for CSK at crucial moments.On the other hand, Delhi will be high on confidence under new skipper Shreyas Iyer, who led his side to a thumping 55-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.However, DD need to continue their winning spree to keep themselves in the play-off hunt.The Delhi franchise will hope that Iyer continues to lead from the front as he did with a match-winning unbeaten 93 against Kolkata.Also, other batters like opener Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and all rounders Glenn Maxwell will need to come out with their best against Chennai.Delhi’s bowling came together as a unit against Kolkata and to trouble a star-studded CSK batting line-up, the visitors will have to bowl out of their skin.Overall, in their current form, Chennai will be the favourites in Monday’s game at their adopted home ground here.Teams:Chennai Super Kings – MS Dhoni(Captain/Wicket-Keeper), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David WilleyDelhi Daredevils – Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (Wicket-Keeper), Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala
Even Agatha Christie would have struggled to hatch a plot as thick as this year’s French Open women’s singles with world number one Simona Halep attempting to finally win a grand slam with danger lurking everywhere.The Romanian twice Roland Garros runner-up may be the number one seed but predicting who will be last woman standing in a wide-open draw is akin to Russian Roulette.Right from the off the drama will unfold with a first-round clash between 2016 champion and third seed Garbine Muguruza and 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova — a match that will set the tone for what promises to be a compelling women’s tournament.Experienced duo Petra Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon champion, and second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who claimed her maiden grand slam in Australia at the start of the year, will both see this as an opportunity to make a mark on clay.Then there is in-form Rome champion Elina Svitolina, big-hitting Karolina Pliskova and fearless young Russian Daria Kasatkina, not forgetting reigning champion Jelena Ostapenko who blazed to a shock title a year ago and is in menacing form.But that is just part of the story.What of Russian former champion Maria Sharapova, playing at her first French Open since returning from a doping ban.And, of course, there is 23-times grand slam champion Serena Williams lurking unseeded in the draw with a ranking of 453 and playing her first slam tournament since returning from giving birth to her daughter last September.She has not played a competitive match since March so victory for the 36-year-old American would surely crown anything she has achieved so far in her incredible career.advertisement”You wouldn’t think (she can win title) with no claycourt matches, you wouldn’t think so on paper, what with giving birth and not playing many matches,” seven-times Roland Garros champion Chris Evert told Reuters in an interview.”But she has those intangibles that a champion has. Once a champion always a champion. She has the mentality and the head. It’s just a matter of can she get the body back. It would be miraculous but if anybody can pull it off it’s her.” SHARAPOVA RETURNSSharapova has endured a rocky road since coming back a year ago. The French Open declined to give her a wildcard, she missed Wimbledon with injury and made the last 16 at the U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open.She failed to win a match between January and May but after a run to the Rome semi-finals the 31-year-old arrives in Paris looking a little more like her old self.”She has a shot for sure,” said Evert. “She knows she can win it and knows she is mentally tougher than most.”A Halep triumph would be the popular choice for many.She looked poised to get her hands on the Suzanne Lenglen Cup a year ago when she led Latvian firebrand Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 but her dream faded under a barrage of winners.This year the 26-year-old slogged her way to the Australian Open final but ran out of gas on a steamy Melbourne night — losing to Wozniacki.Evert fears their might be more heartache in store.”I think if she can keep it together mentally she would be my favourite but the problem with Halep is that because of her build and style she has to work so hard for every point,” Evert said.”She needs to have some easy matches for her to be able to win the tournament I think.”
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has stepped down from his post less than a week after helping the Los Blancos lift the Champions League title.Zidane claimed an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, capping a remarkable period in his first job in senior club management.”I think it’s the moment, both for me, the team and the club (to step down). It’s a strange moment to do so, I know, but an important one too. I had to do this for everyone,” he said.”This side should carry on winning and needs a change for this. After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision.””I love this club a lot, the president, who gave me everything to play first at this great club. I’ll always be thankful. Today I need to change, for me, for everyone, for this I’ve taken the decision,” Zidane added.The Frenchman took over a divided dressing room after the sacking of Rafael Benitez in January, 2016 and immediately set about uniting the squad.He claimed the first of his hat-trick of European triumphs two years ago when Real defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final. A year later he led Real to their first European Cup and La Liga double in 59 years.Real finished three points ahead of Barcelona as they won their first league title since 2012 before crushing Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final to become the first side to win the competition in its current format in back-to-back seasons.advertisementZidane won nine major honours as Real coach and the 45-year-old’s crowning glory came last Saturday as he joined an elite group of managers including Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti by lifting the European Cup for the third time as coach.(With inputs from Reuters)
New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) The following are the top stories at 1730 Hours STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-WC-RUSSIA-CRITICISM Hours before kick-off, Russia urges world to focus on WC and shun negativity By Abhishek Hore Moscow, Jun 13 (PTI) The Russian football community has made a fervent appeal to the game’s stakeholders, including the globetrotting fans, to “shun negativity” and get behind the country as it geared up to host its maiden FIFA World Cup starting tomorrow. SPO-MANIKA-PM Manika Batra accepts PM’s fitness challengeNew Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Country’s new table-tennis sensation Manika Batra today accepted the fitness challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said she will share her fitness video soon. SPO-CHESS-SOUMYAI respect religion but it has no place on sporting field: Soumya New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Chess player Soumya Swaminathan has been left a bit shaken by the storm triggered by her pullout from a tournament in Iran over the issue of compulsory headscarf but remains firm in her belief that religious diktats should not extend beyond places of worship. SPO-IND-STANIKZAICaptain Stanikzai banking on 4-day experience to challenge India in Afghanistan’s debut Test Bengaluru, Jun 13 (PTI) Set to make its historic Test debut against formidable India starting here tomorrow, Afghanistan is heavily banking on its experience of playing in four-day games to challenge the hosts, said the visiting team captain Asghar Stanikzai. SPO-IND-SIMMONSSpotlight on Rashid has helped others to prepare well: Simmons By Kushan Sarkar Bengaluru, Jun 13 (PTI) There is a distinct advantage of having Rashid Khan in the team as Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons feels all the spotlight which the star spinner has garnered has allowed his lesser-known colleagues to prepare peacefully for the historic one-off Test against India.advertisement SPO-CHHETRIIndia need to play top-10 teams in Asia before Asian Cup: Chhetri New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Talismanic national football team captain Sunil Chhetri feels India should play against top-10 ranked sides of the continent in the next few months if the country desires to do well in next year’s Asian Cup. SPO-HOCK-WOM-INDIndian women team begn Spain series with 0-3 defeat Madrid (Spain), Jun 13 (PTI) In a disappointing start to the series, Indian women team was blanked 0-3 by hosts Spain in the opening match of the five-match series at the Consejo Superior de Deportes Hockey Stadium, here today. SPO-IND-PREVIEW Kabul Express set for ‘Test’ run in and against India By Kushan Sarkar Bengaluru, Jun 13 (PTI) Statistically, it’s a classic David vs Goliath showdown but contextually, it’s the beginning of a historic new chapter in international cricket as world No.1 India take on a war-ravaged-but-resilient Afghanistan in their first ever Test match, here tomorrow. SPO-IND-RAHANE Need to talk to selectors about preparation after this Test: Rahane By Kushan Sarkar Bengaluru, Jun 13 (PTI) No longer a certainty in the shorter formats, India’s stand-in Test captain Ajinkya Rahane today said he will talk to the national selection committee in order to get a clearer picture about his mode of preparation for the upcoming Test series in England. SPO-TENNIS-PRAJNESH Prajnesh shocks Shapovalov in Stuttgart New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Indian Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunnewaran today earned the biggest win of his career by stunning world number 23 Denis Shapovalov in the opening round of the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. PTI APAAPA
Kuching (Malaysia), July 6 (PTI) Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was tied 3rd last week in the Queens Cup, moved into contention once again with a superb six-under 66, which carried him to 14-under at the Sarawak Championship here today. Bhullar was three behind the leader Paul Peterson of the US who posted a bogey-free three-under-par 69 to hold a narrow one-shot lead over countryman John Catlin in the third round. Bhullar had rounds of 68-68 on first two days and is now in prime position to make a charge for his first win this season and the ninth on Asian Tour in his career. Bhullar had seven birdies, four on front nine and three on back nine against just one solitary bogey on Par-3 eighth. Among other Indians, Himmat Rai (68-67-70) was tied 11th and Ajeetesh Sandhu (68-71-67) was tied 16th. S Chikkarangappa (70-67-70) was tied 19th, while Khalin Joshi (68-70-71) and Honey Baisoya (71-69-69) were tied 31st. The other two Indians who made the cut were Aman Raj (74) at tied 44th and Jeev Milkha Singh (73) at tied 53rd. Rashid Khan (75) was tied 63, while Viraj Madappa, Chiragh Kumar and M Dharma missed the cut. Bhullar said, “I hit the ball really good. I hit all the fairways and missed only three greens. Overall it was a good day in terms of ball striking. I got off to a good start with two birdies and that gave me a lot of boost and confidence. “I’m happy to be in this position. I’ve been striking the ball really good in the last four months. The trick is all mental now. If I’m able to do the same thing in the last few days, I will be happy with my game.”advertisement “Golf is a funny sport and anything is possible. Everybody is giving their 100 percent and so am I. Ill go out there and do my best. Game wise, Im feeling really confident and Ive been converting a lot of good scores and giving myself a lot of opportunities.” Bhullar opened with birdie-birdie and then had three pars. He followed up with birdies on sixth and seventh and dropped his only shot on eighth. On the back nine, he birdied on the 10th, 12th and 17th. Peterson, who won his first Asian Tour title in January, fired three birdies on his homeward nine to hold on to his lead for the third straight day on 17-under-par 199 at the Damai Golf and Country Club. PTI Cor AHAH
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has backed the idea of abolishing the toss before the start of Test matches.Du Plessis said he is a “big fan” of the idea as it would help reduce home advantage and bring more balance to the game.The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, discussed the possibility in a meeting in May but decided to continue with what has been a ritual since the first Test between Australia and England in 1877.”I’m a big fan of taking away the toss,” du Plessis said after his team were beaten inside three days by Sri Lanka in the opening match of the two-Test series on Saturday.”I think even in South Africa you’ll still prepare the conditions the way you prepare them now, but you just make sure that you bring some balance.”South Africa bowled out for their lowest Test total in 26 yearsThe merit of the toss has been debated as a need to reduce home advantage that often results in host nations rolling out pitches doctored to favour their players in what tends to end up as one-sided encounters.In Galle too, Sri Lanka won the toss and unleashed their spinners who claimed 17 of the 20 South African wickets as the visitors managed only 126 and 73 in their two innings before surrendering on a turning track.”In home conditions teams will still win the majority of the games, but you still do even it out a little,” du Plessis said.advertisement”I think over the last two or three years away-records have definitely gone down, and games are finishing a lot sooner than they used to.”Dale Steyn equals Shaun Pollock’s South African record for most Test wicketsOn a pitch that offered considerable turn and bounce for the slow bowlers, Sri Lanka’s first innings lead of 161 proved decisive as South Africa simply crumbled in the fourth innings on a deteriorating track.”When I started playing Test cricket, 400s and 500s were happening quite regularly,” du Plessis said. “So I’m not just speaking about subcontinent conditions.”In South Africa games hardly reach the end of day four anymore. I think that’s one of the ways you can make sure that balance is a little better.”Kagiso Rabada topples Harbhajan Singh to become youngest to 150 Test wicketsFormer Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh have backed a move to scrap the toss, while West Indies pace great Michael Holding also felt it would encourage an even contest between bat and ball.(With inputs from Reuters)
Emerging Actors in Development Finance: A closer look at China’s overseas investment from World Resources Institute (WRI) When it comes to overseas development finance, China is definitely a country to watch. Due to the country’s unprecedented economic growth, China’s overseas investments have increased exponentially in recent years. Between 2009 and 2010, two Chinese state-owned banks lent more money to other developing nations than the World Bank did. In fact, between 2002 and 2011, China’s outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) stock grew from $29 billion to more than $424 billion.But what factors are driving all of this growth? What areas of the world are on the receiving end of China’s OFDI flows? And what sorts of social and environmental standards are in place for banks’ and enterprises’ investments? WRI seeks to answer these questions and provide additional background information in its recently updated slide deck, “Emerging Actors in Development Finance: A Closer Look at China’s Overseas Investment.” WRI’s OFDI Work in ChinaThe landscape of development finance is changing rapidly. Traditionally, international financial flows moved from developed to developing countries. In the last decade, however, major emerging economies such as China and Brazil have fueled a growing trend of South-South development flows, increasingly channeling their overseas investments to other developing nations.WRI recognized China as an emerging actor in overseas development finance back in 2009, and we’re now scaling up our efforts in the country. Through WRI’s International Financial Flows and the Environment (IFFE) objective, our goal is to improve the environmental, social, and climate change policies that govern China’s investments. We hope to ensure that the local communities and civil society organizations impacted by China’s overseas investments are able to engage with the country’s “investors” and policy makers more effectively.The New Slide DeckOur slide deck provides background information on the current state of China’s overseas investments, in the hopes of providing concerned governments, organizations, and researchers with the knowledge to better navigate this complex landscape. The slides contain information on:The changing overseas development landscape globally;China’s “Go Global” strategy for investing, including what areas of the world the country is directing its funds to and the drivers behind China’s massive overseas investing growth;China’s investment position in Africa, which has grown rapidly in recent years;The state of sustainable finance, including emerging environmental and social standards for banks’ and enterprises’ investments; andWRI’s emerging actors work in ChinaChina’s OFDI flows represent an admittedly complex landscape—one that’s ever-changing. Our slide deck provides the critical background information necessary for any organization seeking to understand the situation in China and improve the environmental, social, and climate change policies that govern the country’s investments. As WRI’s work progresses in this space, we will update the information to reflect our thinking on how to improve the sustainability of China’s overseas investments.WRI’s research on China’s OFDI flows is part of our Emerging Actors in Development Finance work stream under the International Financial Flows and the Environment objective. WRI’s Emerging Actors team also engages in similar work in Brazil. Learn more about our work on overseas investments in both China and Brazil.