The dramatic eviction of Baba Ramdev in the middle of night in a swoop by Delhi police on Sunday set off a slugfest between the UPA and the Sangh Parivar and the yoga guru who announced that he would continue his agitation against black money.The first political fallout of the police action was the decision of civil society activists led by Anna Hazare to boycott Monday’s meeting of the Joint Drafting Committee on Lokpal and the threat to resume the agitation in Jantar Mantar.The police action of firing teargas shells and lathicharge on people in the Ramlila Maidan who were woken up in their sleep in the dead of the night drew sharply critical attacks from BJP and chief ministers Mayawati, Nitish Kumar, Prakash Singh Badal and Naveen Patnaik and former CMs Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chandrababu Naidu.But the government and the Congress came out in strong defence of the decision to evict the 46-year-old Ramdev and legions of his followers, accusing him of going back on his word of withdrawing his fast after reaching an understanding on the issue of measures to bring back black money stashed abroad.The political war erupted hours after Ramdev, who jumped from a three-metre-high podium and tried to escape disguised as a woman, was served with an externment order that barred him entry into the capital for a fortnight.He was bundled into a police van before dawn and flown to Haridwar in a small plane. The police action came after the government and Ramdev traded barbs accusing each other of betrayal.advertisementWith the government decision drawing flak, Congress leadership met at the Prime Minister’s residence which was attended by Sonia Gandhi and senior cabinet ministers.The top BJP leadership met in the capital and condemned the police action, saying it reminded the days of Emergency.A heavy contingent of Delhi police personnel including the Rapid Action Force descended on the fast site a little after 1 AM and met with resistance from the followers of Ramdev who had just completed a day’s fast demanding measures to repatriate black money stashed abroad.The yoga guru, who was met by a high-power delegation of ministers led by Pranab Mukherjee on June 1 at the Delhi airport, vowed in Haridwar to continue his fast-unto-death and threatened to re-enter the capital in the night.Ramdev accused the police of indulging in “brutalities” against his peaceful followers, especially women and children, and called it a “big blot” on the government.Hazare announced that the civil activists would hold a fast at Jantar Mantar on June 8.Government, which held talks with Ramdev until Saturday evening, ordered a police swoop at the Ramlila Maidan rocking the calm when he was asleep on the stage and thousands of his followers on the ground.The fast site resembled a war zone for over three hours with police forcibly evicting thousands of his followers who had ended a day’s fast along with Ramdev.62 people including 23 policemen were injured in the action. Ramdev claimed a Gurgaon residence has been paralysed in the police attack, a woman from Andhra Pradesh suffered leg fractures and at least two others had head injuries.The midnight action triggered a war of words between the government and the Sangh Parivar which threw its full weight behind the yoga guru. the government, which cited intelligence inputs of terror threat to Ramdev, ruled out further talks with him saying he was getting “unreasonable”.- With PTI inputs
The violence that rocked London and spread across major England cities did raise concerns over the third Test between India and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, but according to reports necessary security precautions by police has ensured that the match will be on course on Wednesday.Headlines Today spoke to Team India manager Anirudh Chaudhary in Birmingham. “All players are safe and are inside their rooms,” said Chaudhary and added, “The team management continues to monitor the situation”.Chaudhary added “A few players had gone out for dinner but they were called back and now everybody is in the hotel”.The Team India management had issued an advisory to all the players, asking them not to step out and return to their hotel. “We were told by the Board to remain where we were last night with instructions to restrict our movement,” said Choudhry.In an email, he later said, “all the members of the Indian touring squad are safe and accounted for…the team management is keeping a close watch on the situation.”The Indian team is staying in a central city hotel as is the England team, a part of the town which was the centre of riots.Over 200 people have been arrested so far as the police continued to grapple with trouble spreading to newer areas in London. The violence started after a person was killed allegedly in police firing.Meanwhile England players were also confined to their hotel rooms.Players took to Twitter to show their concern. India batsman Suresh Raina tweeted, “Every thing safe here guys don’t worry thanks for your concern….focus on 3 Test can’t wait to wait for the match. Good nite, every thing safe here miss you mom can’t wait to see u.”advertisementEngland batsman Kevin Pietersen wrote: “They have just locked our hotel in Birmingham. Riots just started here. Insane!””Just seen the rioters in Birmingham fleeing down the main street followed by a load of police in the full get up. What’s going on?” questioned England paceman Tim Bresnan. Stuart Broad’s tweet too provided a picture into the situation. “Police vans all around Birmingham where we are right now,” he tweeted.
Swarn Singh Virk kept the Indian interest alive in the rowing competition of the London Olympics as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles sculls after quelling a late challenge from his South Korean rival in the repechage round on Sunday. In the men’s lightweight double sculls event, the Indian duo of Sandeep Kumar and Manjeet Singh finished fourth in the heats. They will compete in the repechage round on Tuesday.Swarn, who had to compete in the repechage round after finishing fourth in the heats on Saturday, took 7:00.49 to complete the 2-km distance at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre.The 23-year-old from Punjab had clocked 6:54.04 in the heats on Saturday.South Korean Kim Dongyong, who clocked 7:03.91 to finish second, also made it to the quarter-finals which will be held on Tuesday.Swarn led the five-rower race from the start itself and only Kim gave him competition while the others fell behind. At the 500m mark, Swarn was leading by half-a-boat and he stretched it to a lead of a boat by the halfway mark, which he maintained till the 1500m mark.In the last 500m, Kim made a last-ditch effort to catch up with Swarn, but the Indian not only held off the challenge but also stretched the lead to win the race by one-and-a-half boat.In the men’s lightweight double sculls event, however, the Indians had to fight with Egypt to avoid finishing last in the five-team field.They were fourth in the first 500m, fifth in the 1000m and 1500m mark and then made a late surge to finish fourth in in 6:56.60 in the 2km race.advertisementThe Italian team won the race in 6:35.72 while Portugal(6:37.91) and Canada(6:42.59) were second and third respectively.
A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for. Restaurant Subs and SandwichesBuilding a taste for the American subs and sandwiches, food connoisseurs in this city are making way for a refreshing alteration of subs offered at Quiznos. They go a step further with rich, lip-smacking meats, sauces,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantSubs and SandwichesBuilding a taste for the American subs and sandwiches, food connoisseurs in this city are making way for a refreshing alteration of subs offered at Quiznos. They go a step further with rich, lip-smacking meats, sauces and a variety of cheese on their menu. Warm and toasted subs are their USP. They claim that each variety of bread is baked every three hours. One can choose from international favourites like tuna melt, Italian veggie and chipotle chicken. For a desi tweak, you can choose from veggie soya chipotle or lamb shikampuri (mutton kebabs, cheese lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and mint sauce).Meal for two: Rs 500.At: 123/124, Ground Floor, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam.Tel: 30180007.EventsFaces of expressionThe Vinnyasa Premier art gallery plays host to a variety of artists this month. On display are paintings by M. Suriyamoorthy and a range of striking sculptures. Suriyamoorthy’s paintings are a vivacious portrayal of the traditional south Indian culture. Adding to them is a range of sculptures that depict the diversity in art and expression.From: October 13-20.At: 21/11, CIT Colony, 1st Main Road, Mylapore.Tel: 24982515.Musical momentsCatch the famous Carnatic vocalist, Gayathri Girish, performing her enchanting numbers at the Krishna Gana Sabha. The concert is happening as part of the Gokulashtaami series and includes a number of kritis on the goddess Shakti as it coincides with Navarathri.From: October 16.At: Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 20, Maharajapuram Santha -na Salai, T Nagar.Tel: 28140806.Gastronomic affairEnjoy an exotic spread of cuisines at Azulia, the Mediterranean restaurant in Hotel GRT Grand. With a unique weekend lunch menu, the restaurant takes the food connoisseur on a gastronomic tour of world cuisines. You can either choose from the set menu or customise it to your taste.Cost: Rs 1,400 (adults); Rs 1,000 (children) plus taxes.At: 120, GRT Grand, Sri Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar.Tel: 28150500.GadgetsadvertisementASUS S & F SeriesThe new Asus S Series Ultrabooks, S56CA-XX030R and S56CA-XX056R, are aimed at the budget-conscious buyer. With options of Intel 2nd and 3rd generation iCore processors, the S series Ultrabooks will have a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlight Glare display and a hybrid SSH+HDD storage to ensure instant resume. They also sport a brushed aluminum hairline texture and have a 2.4 kg body weight.Price: Rs 35,999 onwards.Portonics 3D Digital PedometerFor heath-conscious users, Portronics has come up with a digital pedometer that will keep track of your daily step count. Touted as being highly accurate, the device allows users to key in details such as weight and stride distance. The pedometer can count upto 1 million steps with a seven-day memory and includes a built-in clock, calendar and sports timer.Price: Rs 999.Gogear Soundot MP3 PlayerRefreshing its portable music player lineup, Philips has introduced a good looking MP3-player called SoundDot. The music player has an inbuilt clip for convenient and hands free use. It also has a Fastcharge feature where a quick sixminute charge powers up the music player to last for 60 minutes.Price: Rs 1,599.Sony DSC-RX 100Using the imaging features of Sony’s Alpha range of A-mount and E-mount camera families, the DSC-RX100 promises impressive picture quality and comfortable control options in a pocket-sized camera. It is also the world’s first 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. The sensor area is around four times larger than the 1/2.3-type imager in regular point-and-shoot cameras and hence captures more light for vivid and detailed images.Price: Rs 34,990.Available at Croma store, AA-5, Khanna Building, 2nd Avenue, AA Block, Anna Nagar, Chennai; Reliance Digital, 34, W Block, 3rd Avenue, Opp. Kandaswamy Naidu College, Anna Nagar East, Chennai; Sony Center, Gemini Flyover, Gopalapuram, Chennai.Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.in
The first film Arnold Schwarzenegger ever saw was Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan. “The idea that a human could swing from tree to tree and talk to lions and chimpanzees was fascinating… I thought that was a good life,” Arnie writes about the experience as a boy growing up in the Austrian town of Graz.He never swung from tree to tree, nor did he talk to the chimps, but the incident may have shaped his quest to become an iconic film star. The “good life”, as Schwarzenegger later writes, automatically translated to America and American movies for a little boy growing up in post-World War II Graz, a place fraught with terror because “every time Russia and America argued about anything we felt we were doomed”.The early pages of Arnie’s autobiography are full of such sweet random reminiscences, which should make it a must-buy for true-blue fans dying to know the man behind the phenomenon. These trips of nostalgia, though, would seem like a stark contrast to all that has kept him in the news lately.Like every autobiography, the scandalous is either underplayed or ignored. The two-time California ‘Governator’ goes slow on two-timing details that wife Maria Shriver charged him with and that led to divorce proceedings for the couple a while back.”Secrecy is a part of me,” he writes. Selective secrecy is a part of any autobiography, we know.The things Arnie does choose to talk about however are written in a lucid style often mixed with wit. “Nobody wanted a war. Our interest was more in the girls,” he reveals.advertisementThe dry humour pervades as he recalls how the producers of his Hollywood break, Hercules in New York, suggested he change his name to Arnold Strong because Schwarzenegger was “a ludicrous name”. A restaurant episode from his early days in America as a young man reveals his gaffes with the English language. He ordered for “garbage” when he meant cabbage.Peter Petre, Schwarzenegger’s co-writer of what the actor calls ‘My Unbelievably True Life Story’, has done a good job in structuring the text. If the idea was to come out with selective revelations, Petre does well to cross over smoothly from one episode in his subject’s life to the next without making the omissions too glaring.Arnold Schwarzenegger seen during one of his election campaignsThe focus on presenting Schwarzenegger as a picture-perfect celebrity perhaps has logic. He is a public figure with an illustrious political life. More than engage in a tell-all exercise and scandalise, maybe he wanted to inspire fans with only positivity. This idea would seem in sync with what he writes at one point: “Every time I meet a great person … I try to ask how they made good and to figure out the angle that has worked for them.”Tracking the mind of a celebrity often gives you a picture on what made him successful. In Arnie’s case, you gather the secret is two-fold. First, he has an innate knack of making money. Second, there’s his appreciation for intelligence.Early in the book, we learn how Balloon Belly – as Arnie was called in his boyhood days – always had a head for business. He would sell ice-cream at a public park as a kid in Graz (“my first entrepreneurial venture”) to raise money for watching films, just as much later as a budding bodybuilder/trainer in the US he ensured his Arnold Schwarzenegger Fitness Booklets sold well by throwing in free AS accessories.The second key to his success comes out in the pages where he discusses his inspiration, ‘Mr Austria’ Kurt Marnul. Glancing through the sports pages of a newspaper, he saw a photo of Marnul for the first time. “I felt inspired by the guy’s achievement,” Arnie writes. “But what really struck me was that he was wearing glasses. … I came away fascinated that a man could be both smart and powerful.”Running into nearly 600 pages, the book has Arnie talking of a lot of things – his first love, his frenzy for gymming by the time he was 15 and how his habit of pasting posters of “naked bodybuilders” in his room made his mother seriously doubt his sexual orientation.In a delightful chapter he recounts how he was punished at an Army camp where he drove tanks for running away to participate in the Junior Mr Europe contest (which he actually won). Or how, by the time he was 18, magazines were describing him as “the Austrian kid who was 18 years old with 19-inch biceps”. His encounters with Hollywood greats such as Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood also make for a good read.advertisementThe book has the essential add-ons. There are ample bodybuilding tips and details for aficionados besides rare pictures that give it collector’s value.Total Recall, named after one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biggest box-office hits, is pretty much what all autobiographies always are: part justification of wrongdoings, part glorification of achievements, part sentimentalising of the good ol’ days, and fully readied to regale the fans.
“I think we’re up for a very frenetic, more exciting game,” Alaska’s Alex Compton said.Compton, who is also shooting to win a first title as a coach on his fifth try, said the 79-78 Game 5 loss, made possible when Lee hit a short corner jumper with 1.3 seconds left on Friday, reflects only on the standing of the series and not on his team.“The team is great,” he continued over the phone. “[The Game 5 defeat] hurts, but it wasn’t spirit-crushing. I don’t think we lack resolve [going into Game 6]. I actually feel that we have increased our resolve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Who needs this Canelo KO of a scarecrow? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “Definitely, this game is not going to be easy. Alaska won’t give this to us, and we won’t give it to them either,” he said.Aces import Mike Harris is aware the Hotshots will do everything to stop a decider.“It boils down to one game,” he said. “One game for us to take this to a Game 7, and one game for them to win. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to play us in a Game 7.”The series—bereft of the mammoth live attendance despite it being one of the most balanced in recent years—will playa possible Game 7 at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Friday.Both teams will be coming off a five-day break as the league gave way to the annual Rookie Draft last Sunday, something that served the Hotshots and the Aces well.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Paul Lee knows what to expect the next time he and his fellow Magnolia Hotshots step on the court.“Everyone knows that it’s the most difficult game there is—the closeout game,” Lee said as he and the Hotshots go for all the PBA Governors’ Cup marbles Wednesday night against formidable Alaska in Game 6 of their best-of-seven championship series at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And Lee, the reason why the Hotshots are holding a 3-2 lead and have a chance to close this one out starting at 7 p.m., knows exactly what to do—or try to do.“I just want to enjoy the moment,” he said, as he tries to lead the Hotshots to their first title since 2014, the franchise’s Grand Slam season, and put an exclamation point to what has been one of the finest conferences of his storied pro career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefBut from how the series has gone it won’t be too much fun out there—unless you’re the eventual victor.“It’s going to be another grind-out game, another dogfight,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said after moving on the threshold of a first coaching title. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been fun to watch over the last two decades, where the game started internationally and where it is now,” said Dirk Nowitzki, the German who became the biggest star in Dallas Mavericks’ history. “I think the game has grown globally, China, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America. I think we’ve got 150 international players in the league or more. It’s been fun to watch.”Just take a peek at Tuesday’s boxscores to see the impact.— There were six guys with 12 or more rebounds, five of them born outside the U.S.— There were six guys with seven or more assists, all of them born outside the U.S.— There were four guys with three or more blocks, all of them born outside the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Some words from the coach inspire Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal win TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn’t seen since the ABA merger.One of the MVP front-runners at this point is Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has led Milwaukee to the NBA’s best record entering Wednesday. Dallas’ Luka Doncic looks like an overwhelming favorite to become the first Slovenian rookie of the year. Cameroon’s Joel Embiid might be the dominant big man in the league, and keeps getting better for Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThese aren’t just some guys taking up roster spots, either.These are franchise players. At least one-third of the league’s teams have a foreign-born player who would classify as its best, or at least its most important. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “We just know what this game is about,” Doncic said of the young foreign cluster of stars. “I don’t know if people think international players aren’t that good, but I think we showed up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2018, file photo Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, left, talks with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami. In Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a go-to franchise player capable of getting the team out of any hole. Averaging 26.6 points and 12.8 rebounds, Antetokounmpo was hitting 66 percent of his two-point shots thanks to length and athleticism that makes him nearly unstoppable in the paint. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.This season, there are 24 names on that list — by far the most in league history.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists for Denver, and it might not have even been his best game of the season. Jokic is Serbian — and represents how the game is played today. He’s a 7-footer. Big, fast and skilled. He’s going to be a problem for teams for a long time, and is the biggest reason why the Nuggets entered Wednesday atop the Western Conference.The NBA has utilized a ‘USA vs. The World’ format in what used to be called the rookie game at All-Star weekend since 2014, and maybe it’s time to think about doing something like that in the varsity matchup as well.Think about this possibility: Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Embiid, Jokic and Ben Simmons starting. Select Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Nikola Vucevic as the backup big men. Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari, Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic as backup guards and wings. Jamal Murray, Jonas Valanciunas and Boban Marjanovic would be snubbed on this 12-man mythical roster.And that scenario even has Australian-born Kyrie Irving playing for the U.S. side in this made-up game.The U.S. team led by LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis would probably still win. But it might be worth the NBA taking a look at this sort of format before too long.“You’ve got guys coming from everywhere and anybody now in the world, you know if you work hard you can come play in the NBA,” said Charlotte’s Tony Parker, who was born in Belgium.There’s a myriad of theories on why this is happening.The one that makes the most sense is that the game is basically beamed in real time right now to every phone in the world. Young players like Doncic can see fellow Europeans succeed in the NBA while oohing and aahing over their basketball heroes — and for the Mavericks rookie, it was LeBron. Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Antetokounmpo modeled some of his game after Scottie Pippen.The seeds have been planted over these last 20 years.It was only a matter of time before they bore this sort of fruit. MOST READ
Regardless of the result, what Kvitova calls her “second career” post-attack is back on track.She put together an 11-match winning streak on the way to the final, including a title in Brisbane, and did not drop a set on her way to the decider at Melbourne Park.Her run to the final will lift her to number two in the world rankings, behind only Osaka, equalling the career high position she reached after winning her first Wimbledon title in 2011.Such a comeback appeared unthinkable after the December 2016 attack.Australian media this week published gruesome photographs of her injured hand, with the flesh sliced open and the tip of the index finger almost cut off.She said she did not know if she would ever hold a racquet again.“It’s not 100 percent and never will be. It’s just how it is,” she said.“I’m just trying to take maximum from the minimum. I feel great. I’m playing great tennis. I don’t think that I could really imagine at the time being this kind of player again.” The Czech said she had her chances against Osaka and the 2hr 27min final hinged on a few key moments.She was unable to convert five break points in the first set but forced a tie-break, only for Osaka to run away with it.Kvitova then summoned her renowned fighting spirit to survive three championship points as she trailed 3-5 in the second, forcing a decider.“I was thinking that if I turn it around, probably (momentum) it’s on my side. In the end, it wasn’t,” she said after Osaka rallied to take a decisive break in the third set.“I don’t think I played really badly, but I just maybe could have gone a little bit more aggressive one or two rallies.”ADVERTISEMENT Doctors had given her only a 10 percent chance of returning to the sport and Kvitova said reaching the final of the season-opening Grand Slam was an achievement in itself.“It’s hurting a lot today, I wanted to win and have the trophy,” the 28-year-old said after the 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But I think I already won two years ago. So for me, it’s crazy. I can hardly believe that I just played in a Grand Slam final again.“I’ve been through many, many things, not really great ones.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’ PLAY LIST 01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic speaks at a press conference following her loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Comeback queen Petra Kvitova said she was hurting but still felt like a winner after going down guns blazing against Japan’s Naomi Osaka Saturday in an epic clash for the Australian Open crown.The Czech two-time Wimbledon champion overcame incredible odds to even play tennis again after a knife attack damaged her racquet hand in late 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Possible clash vs Demetrious Johnson fuels Adriano Moraes’ fire Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
Argentina, who beat Bosnia 2-0 in a November friendly without Messi, have an average defence compared with to their attacking riches.Argentina embark on an expected breeze through World Cup Group F on Sunday against a talented if inexperienced Bosnia side playing in the finals for the first time.The sides meet at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro where Lionel Messi’s side, boasting one of the world’s best attacks, will be hoping to return for the final on July 13 in search of their nation’s third world title.Messi scored his 38th Argentina goal in last week’s warmup win over Slovenia, opponents chosen specifically with Bosnia in mind. Full coverage: FIFA World Cup 2014 The Argentina captain will see it as a good omen as he looks to break a World Cup scoring hoodoo dating back to his 2006 debut in Germany and a goalless 2010 finals in South Africa.Messi appears in good shape and mood going into the tournament after a mixed season with hamstring problems and fewer goals than usual with a mere three for Argentina compared with the 13 he notched between June 2012 and June 2013.Argentina, who beat Bosnia 2-0 in a November friendly without Messi thanks to two Sergio Aguero goals, have an average defence compared with to their attacking riches but midfielder Fernando Gago said the key to success would be balance and playing as an 11-man unit.”We know that in the final quarter few teams can play at the speed of Angel (Di Maria), Kun (Aguero), Leo (Messi)… The precision they have at such speed marks the difference,” Gago told reporters.advertisement”From my position I have to help them to ensure they get clean ball and give balance to the rear, you can’t cut the team (in half),” he told the sports daily Ole.”You need the 11 to attack and the 11 to defend… The forwards have to have high precision and sometimes withdraw to break out in quick counters.”Dzeko roleStriker Gonzalo Higuain, the other member of Argentina’s “Fab Four” strike force, played the first half of Thursday’s practice for the reserves in a role coach Alejandro Sabella expects Bosnia danger man Edin Dzeko to play.With Higuain having recovered from a left ankle problem, Argentina should be at full strength against Bosnia in a group which also contains Nigeria and Iran.Bosnia coach Safet Susic, known for his penchant for attacking football, is likely to deploy a more conservative formation against Argentina with top scorer Dzeko as the lone striker operating in front of a five-man midfield.Having qualified for their first major tournament as an independent nation, Bosnia could not have asked for a tougher first appearance on the biggest stage.”We are up against the group favorites and a team whose ambition is to go all the way but nonetheless, we have high hopes of getting something from this game and going through to the last 16,” Susic said.The magnitude of the task has left Susic pondering how to use versatile midfielder Muhamed Besic, whose designated role was to man-mark Messi.Susuc hinted he was prepared to make a tactical U-turn.”It’s a dilemma but I now think it would be counterproductive to sacrifice a player of Besic’s fitness and ability just to man-mark Messi although he would be ideal for that role,” he said.”Messi will probably enjoy plenty of freedom but we need to have someone near him every time he gets the ball.”
Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Read Next Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds PLAY LIST 01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sheriff’s officials said an 18-year-old male student was killed and several students were wounded in the shooting at a STEM School Highlands Ranch, which is about 15 miles south of the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets play.Authorities have taken two students into custody after the shooting in the affluent community of Highlands Ranch near where two students shot and killed 13 people at Columbine High School 20 years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMalone said Tuesday’s shooting happened minutes from his house in the Highlands Ranch community.“It’s not just Highlands Ranch. It’s not just Colorado. This is an epidemic. It continues to happen,” Malone said. “That’s the frustrating thing. How do you stop it? Again, gun control, laws, whatever it might be — I’m not a politician; I don’t want to sit up here on a soap box. I just want everybody back in Highlands Ranch to know we’re with you. That’s really important for them to know.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Malone said his wife contacted him Tuesday afternoon to tell him about the shooting. The couple has two daughters who attend school nearby.“The thing that makes you angry is that she’s telling me how scared my daughters are in their schools, texting her,” Malone said. “They didn’t know what’s going on. They just saw lockout. Where is this shooter? Is it at our school? Some other school?“When kids go to school, they should be going to school to learn, have fun, be with their friends, not be worried about an active shooter.”Malone was leery of addressing the tragedy with his team before Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, saying it’s a “conversation and a subject maybe on an off day.”“These are scary times for everybody and you have to find a way to be mentally tough and get through it,” Malone said. “It’s just frustrating. It makes you angry. It hits home. That’s how I felt today.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, right, confers with guard Jamal Murray during a break in the action against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was shaken Tuesday by the school shooting that occurred in his neighborhood a few hours before his team’s playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers.“That’s a community I live in. I know thoughts and prayers are never enough, but … from myself, our team, our organization, our thoughts and prayers with all those families, students, school administrators, everybody that was there today,” Malone said in a heartfelt pregame news conference . “It’s a tragedy.”ADVERTISEMENT Weighing on him was how to address the shooting with his children.“Great question,” Malone said. “I’m texting my daughter, telling her she’s going to be OK. I don’t even know if she will be OK. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. When you see your kids go to school in the morning, it’s, ‘Have a great day’ and (you) assume everything is going to be all right.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Just as things were looking up for James Yap, an unfortunate injury derailed what could’ve been his finest performance yet in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Yap, who came into the game averaging 8.7 points a game for Rain or Shine, was torching Phoenix to the tune of 15 points through three quarters when he suddenly felt pain in his groin area.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Denzel Bowles powers Painters past skidding Fuel Masters The Elasto Painters were trailing when Yap went out. Luckily for them, Denzel Bowles went berserk, scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Fearing that things could get worse, Yap decided to not play on.“My groin suddenly felt painful, I didn’t want to risk it because it might get torn because I really felt that if I forced things then it will really be injured,” said Yap in Filipino after an 89-82 win over the Fuel Masters Sunday at Ynares Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I know that when a groin is torn then, the recovery period is long, so I decided to just be subbed out.”Yap was taken out of the game with 7:29 left with Rey Nambatac filling in nicely. View comments
In an effort to enhance public participation in running its schools, the Delhi Government has decided to allow parents of students studying in a particular school to contest elections to managing committees of that institution.The government has asked schools all over the city to send out invitations to parents for the elections to School Management Committees (SMC) where 12 parents will be elected for each school.”At least 12 parents would be elected to each school’s managing committee which would be headed by the principal of the institution. The area legislator, a teacher representing the school’s teachers and an educationist would also be members of the committee,” a senior Delhi government official said in a report to PTI.”The parents elected to the committee will have the task of keeping an eye on the functioning of schools, monitoring the attendance of both teachers and students, analysing the progress of the students and suggesting changes in governance of a particular school,” he added.The elections for parent Representatives in SMCs will be held on September 15 and the results will be declared on September 16. Parents who wish to participate in the voting exercise have been asked to send a signed consent to the respective schools.The invited group of parents will cast their vote by raising hands in classrooms in presence of a teacher.The SMCs are constituted every two years but there has been no representation of parents in the committees. Though there exists a provision for it under the Right to Education Law 2009, it was not implemented, till now.advertisementThere are 924 government-run schools in the national capital and the government provides financial aid to another 221 schools. A total of 1,145 schools will elect their management committees this month. The last SMCs were elected in March 2013.
Different price tags for players can have an adverse impact on morale of a team if not dealt properly. Bidding over a player at an auction often has very little to do with his quality or track record, and may follow a dynamic of its own.Following the recent Hockey India League (HIL) auction, the team management of the national side got the players together to ensure there was no ill-feeling about the different amounts various players went for.”Immediately after the auction, we spoke to the players and made sure everyone was on the same page and understood exactly the needs of the team,” head coach Roelant Oltmans said on Tuesday.”We accept that auctions can be unpredictable. Players that are not even at the national camp can get a big price. That is not a problem. It is good that players are getting good money.”Skipper Sardar Singh, the posterboy of the national team, went for a relatively low price of $58,000 to the Jaypee Punjab Warriors at the recent auction, while a number of his teammates, most of them a lot junior to him, were acquired for much bigger amounts.The development is all the more head-turning as Sardar had gone for $78,000 to the Delhi Waveriders in the inaugural HIL acctions.Sardar is the first to admit that he has not been at his influential best in recent times.”Getting a lower bid at the auction was a bit disappointing, but one must realise that the HIL is a platform for the youngsters to play with the best in the world,” he said.advertisement”As far as I am concerned, form goes up and down over the course of one’s career. I know my performance over the last two years has not been so good. But with the Olympics coming up, I am trying to raise my level once again.”Oltmans said that he has had a good chat with his midfield general about his game. “I sat Sardar down and asked him about the best period in his career. It was not the last few months. But he is getting better and not much off his top level,” the Dutchman said.Rule changes also have had a lot to do with the price at which various players were bought. With field goals worth two, forwards were in big demand. Akashdeep Singh was the most expensive Indian player, going for $84,000 to the Uttar Pradesh Wizards.”At the last auction, I had received a very low amount ($16,000), and wanted to go for a bigger sum this time,” Akashdeep told Mail Today. “The rule change definitely worked in my favour.”NZ tour confirmedThe Indian men’s team has a busy schedule as it prepares for next year’s Rio Olympics, with a Test series in New Zealand being the latest addition.The team will play two matches against New Zealand ‘A’ and four against its senior national side from October 2-11. With the Black Sticks needing to win the upcoming Oceania Cup to qualify for the Olympics, the matches are expected to be hard-fought and competitive.The tour will be followed by a series at home against world champions Australia, which will also serve as preparation for the Hockey World League Finals in Raipur from November 27-December 6.After a short break, the players will get busy representing their respective franchises at the Hockey India League.The schedule after that has not been finalised, but head coach Roelant Oltmans is busy lining up tours to Europe and Argentina, which is next door to Brazil.- By Tushar Bhaduri
Published on Ravichandran Ashwin tops the all-rounders list. File Photo – The Hindu × India held the second position with third-placed Pakistan breathing down its neck, while Ravichandran Ashwin topped the all-rounders list besides being placed second in bowling in the latest ICC Test rankings released here today.England takes on Pakistan in the upcoming four-Test home series knowing that it is within striking distance of overtaking the opposition in the MRF Tyres ICC Test team rankings. Trailing by a mere point, Pakistan could leapfrog India into second place if it wins the series 2-1 or 3-1.The minute difference in points between India, Pakistan and England throws up a number of interesting scenarios ahead of the Test series between hosts England and Pakistan.A win for Pakistan in the series, by a 2-1 or 3-1 margin, will help it take the second place, a position it has occupied only once since the officials rankings were launched in 2003.Pakistan even has a chance to surge to the top of the rankings, replacing current world number 1 Australia, but to make this happen it will have to win 3-0 or better.England, who recently defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 in a three-Test home series, is only three points behind Pakistan at 111. This means that margins of 2-1 or 1-0 win will be enough for it to go past world number 3 Pakistan in the points table as either of these results will see England lift to 110 points and Pakistan slipping down to 107.If England manages a 2-0 or 3-1 win, it will tie with India at 112 points. India is due to take on the West Indies in a four-Test series that ends a week after the England-Pakistan series.In case England is able to capitalise on the home advantage, it can rise to second position with a 3-0 win and to 114 points if it wins all the matches.England’s Joe Root will start as the highest-ranked batsman from either side in fourth place. The Yorkshire batsman will be keen to convert his poor run of form, which has seen him drop two places and 52 points following an ordinary series against Sri Lanka.Captain Alastair Cook (12th) and in-form Jonny Bairstow (18th) are the other England batsmen to feature inside the top 20, who along with Ben Stokes (37th) and Moeen Ali (39th) will be aiming to make upward movements.Bairstow has a chance to break into the top 10 if he continues the kind of form he showed in the recent home series against Sri Lanka, in which he aggregated 387 runs including an unbeaten 167 at Lord’s.Pakistan boasts five batsmen inside the top 20, while opener Mohammad Hafeez is just outside the top 20 in 22nd place.Younus Khan, who in the series against England in the UAE last season had become his country’s first batsman to complete 9,000 Test runs, is the highest-ranked batsman in fifth position. He trails Root by 11 points and will be eyeing a top three finish by the time the series concludes in mid-August at The Oval.Captain Misbah-ul-Haq is in 10th position and he is followed by Asad Shafiq (13th), Sarfraz Ahmed (19th) and Azhar Ali (20th).Australia’s Steve Smith leads the field and he is followed by Kane Williamson of New Zealand and South Africa’s Hashim Amla.In the MRF Tyres Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Anderson is likely to slip from his one-number position after a shoulder injury has sidelined him from the Lord’s Test. As each player is docked one per cent of his points for each Test he misses, Anderson is set to drop behind India’s Ravichandaran Ashwin, whom he leads by six points.England’s third-ranked Stuart Broad will be the highest-ranked bowler going into the first Test. He is followed by Pakistan’s wrist-spinner Yasir Shah, who is still 24 wickets away from attaining the full ranking that comes with 100 Test wickets, but has a good chance of making it to the number one position this season. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT July 12, 2016 COMMENTS Ravichandran Ashwin tops the all-rounders list. File Photo – The Hindu cricket SHARE The minute difference in points between India, Pakistan and England throws up interesting scenarios ahead of the England-Pakistan Test series
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifierfootballnorth koreaSon Heung-min First Published: October 17, 2019, 3:06 PM IST Incheon: South Korea’s footballers had no idea their surreal World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang would be played in an empty stadium — a match Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min described as “very aggressive” and one official likened to warfare.The contest against North Korea ended 0-0 on Tuesday, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino one of just a handful of spectators at a match almost completely blocked off from the outside world. It was the first ever competitive encounter between the men’s sides hosted by the North — a historic face-off between two countries still technically at war — but took place with no live broadcast and no foreign media in attendance.The debacle raises doubts over the prospects for further North-South sporting co-operation, once a driver of nuclear diplomacy.Until the very last minute, the South’s team had no idea that even North Korean spectators would be absent.”We expected 50,000 people to come pouring in once the door opened but they didn’t come,” said Korea Football Association vice-president Choi Young-il as the team arrived back at Incheon airport early Thursday.”The gates never opened. I was really surprised. The players and coach were surprised too.”Choi said he had asked a North Korean official about the absence of local fans, who retorted: “Maybe they didn’t want to see it.”Tottenham’s Son, who captained the South Korean team, was taken aback by the Northerners’ rough tactics.”The match was very aggressive to a degree that I think it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured,” Son said.”There was a lot of severe swearing.”Choi added he had never seen such aggression on the pitch before: “It was like war.”NUCLEAR TENSIONS, OLYMPIC DOUBTSTuesday’s match came in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the US over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.Since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Koren leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February, Pyongyang has regularly excoriated Seoul, ruling out prospects of inter-Korean dialogue.It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington discussion process.At the time, Moon and Kim discussed and agreed on further sports exchanges including a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics.But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency issued only a two-line dispatch on Tuesday’s match, saying: “The game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw.”In a commentary Thursday the South’s Joongang Daily said: “We may just have to thank North Korea for sending our football team back home safely.”How can South Korea think of co-hosting the Olympics with such a treacherous counterpart?”FIFA president Infantino said he was “disappointed” after attending the event and “surprised” by the absence of fans, along with other issues.Infantino has previously proposed the idea of the two Koreas jointly hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.But outraged South Korean fans, who had to settle for basic updates provided by FIFA throughout the match that were limited to yellow cards and substitutes, said they were fed up with sporting exchanges with the North.”How can a country that blocks spectators and bans live broadcasts host the World Cup?” asked an online user.Another user added: “Don’t ever talk about joint teams with North Korea or co-hosting anything.”
9th Race: The REd Rufus Plate Cat.III dist.9th Race: The REd Rufus Plate Cat.III dist. about 1200 M Green Striker (Mr.A.K.Jaiswal) 62.5 K.Mukesh First Lavender 61.5 B.Dileep Second Time Is Luck 59 carried 55.5 Ajit Singh Third Sacrifice 59.5 carried 58 S.S.Tanwar Fourth All 12 ran Won by: 1-1/2 l, 1-1/4 l, Short-head Time:One minute 13.37 seconds Tote paid by: Rs 40 for win, Rs 15, Rs 7 and Rs 26 for places Winner trained by: ApamSharma Joint Favourites: 1 Lavender 2 Sacrifice Forecast: Rs 202 Quinella: Rs 76 Shp: Rs 22 Tanala: Rs 1,332 each paid on 101 tickets 1st Treple: Rs 525 paid on 89 tickets 2nd Treple: Rs 410 paid on 204 tickets 3rd Treple: Rs 2,553 paid on 58 tickets consolation Jockpot: Rs 4,178 paid on 74 tickets jockpot: Rs 90,189 paid on 8 tickets. PTI COR DRS SDL SSC
Chinese company Lenovo has unveiled two new budget phones in its Vibe range – the Vibe K5 and Vibe K5 Plus – at the ongoing MWC 2016 event in Barcelona, Spain. The Vibe K5 and K5 Plus have been priced at $129 (roughly Rs 8,845) and $149 (roughly Rs 10,216) respectively and will be available for buy starting from March.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: Top features, specifications, price and everything you need to know The Lenovo Vibe K5 comes with a 5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via a microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE connectivity.It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 2,750mAh battery.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S7 quick review: Looks like Galaxy S6 but big changes insideThe Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus on the other hand comes with a 5-inch fullHD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor (octa-core) coupled with 2GB of RAM inside. The phone comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes with 4G LTE connectivity. It also offers a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and a 2,750 mAh battery.advertisementLenovo recently unveiled the K5 Note in China . The K5 Note has been priced at around $167 which roughly translates to Rs 11,319. The K5 Note comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD LTPS display and is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is expandable via microSD card. The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI on top and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 3,500mAh battery.Also Read: LG G5 quick review: Something different, something playful
Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41st time with a comprehensive innings and 21-run victory over Saurashtra on day three of the five-day final in Pune today.Not many would have predicted Mumbai to run away with the title in less than three days but their bowlers dismissed Saurashtra for 115 to cap off a dramatic day three. The record Ranji Trophy champions got their hands on the trophy for the first time in three seasons and now they have 41 titles to their name in 45 finals with 10 of them being an innings victory. Karnataka are a distant second in the overall Ranji standings with eight titles.It was a repeat of the 2012-13 final where Mumbai had made short work of Saurashtra with an innings and 125-run triumph. Mumbai were mere 27 runs ahead of Saurashtra at the start of day three before they went on to make 371 in 82.2 overs from an overnight 262/8 in their first innings.Saurashtra, who managed 235 in their first innings, failed miserably with the bat in the second essay today, lasting 48.2 overs. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur ran through the opposition batting, ending with five wickets for 26 runs in 13.2 overs to take his match tally to eight.Saurashtra’s biggest name in the playing eleven, Cheteshwar Pujara, could not come to his teams rescue and ended with scores of 4 and 27 in the all-important final. Shreyas Iyer was deservingly named man of the match for his 117 in Mumbais only innings of the match. He ended the season as the leading run-getter with 1321 runs at 73.38 including four centuries and seven fifties.advertisement”You can’t express this feeling at the moment, you always dream of winning the Ranji Trophy. All of us worked really hard for this, and it’s been amazing. Last season I scored 810, and this season I just decided I would break that mark. I surpassed that total and it got to 1300 runs and it’s an amazing feeling,” said Iyer.Asked what he did differently this season, Iyer said: “I think I play each and every ball on its merit, I dont decide whether to hit this ball or not. The pressure situation really gets me going. I’d really like to thank the team management, they’ve given me a lot of freedom. It was a bowler-friendly wicket and it was seaming a bit.”Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah rued missed chances in the game.”It was very disappointing. Catches win matches, and we missed two important opportunities. But my team has done really well, from Plate we came to Elite, and we’ve come up to the final. Siddhesh Lad’s last-wicket partnership gave them a very crucial lead. We’ve been in the final two times, and we’ll try our best and we hope that next year we will win the final. It’s been a fantastic season for us. Everyone has supported each other,” said Shah.