SeaNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) India, the US and Japan will hold this years Malabar naval exercise in the northern part of the Philippine Sea.Chief of US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris said, “I think it is going to be held in the northern part of the Philippine Sea. I think including another high-end military power like Japan in Malabar increases the complexities and allows India and US to work with Japanese.”Speaking at a seminar here, he added that the exercise is an important element for assessing the maritime capabilities of all the three countries.Harris said everyone has a vested interest in ensuring the region remains secure, stable and prosperous.He pointed out that USD 5.3 trillion in trade passes through the Indian Ocean and South China Sea each year.”How Indo-Asia-Pacific nations employ naval forces to support these economic interests matters greatly,” he said.Reacting sharply to Indias move in December last year of including Japan in the Indo-US Malabar naval exercises on a permanent basis, China had said it is hopeful Tokyo will not “provoke confrontation” and “heighten tensions” in the region.China is in a territorial dispute with Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam over the South China Sea. There are overlapping claims over the waters. PTI SAP PVI PAL PVI
The chips were down, critics gunning for his head, but MS Dhoni hung in there and was back again with two back-to-back T20 series victory against Australia and Sri Lanka and a tremendous show in Asia Cup so far. After his Test retirement, Dhoni didn’t have much of cricket to play and looked rusty on his comeback, be it leading the side or batting down the order.Then the critics training their guns on him was quite palpable and knowing Dhoni he would have been least bothered. He waited for the right time. The tide started turning in Dhoni’s favour when he got a balanced side for the T20 series against Australia with a mix of experienced and young players. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final) After the series victories against Australia and Sri Lanka, the old Dhoni was back. He looked a different player leading the side by taking the right calls on the field. T20 is the format where Dhoni thrives and his approach in the format is unorthodox. Dhoni’s journey in T20 cricket started from the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and he hasn’t looked back since then.The swirling talks of Dhoni quitting has been quelled as of now and would depend heavily on India’s performance in the upcoming Asia Cup and World Twenty20. The cool demeanour of Dhoni helps him in troubled times, be it on the field or off the field. Moreover, he keeps a distance from the media, which saves him from the added pressure of criticism. (India T20 unit look stable with all-round options, says MS Dhoni) advertisementThe approach for him as a captain in the T20 format is simple and for him the shortest format is a bit fickle in nature. Sometimes the moves made by him, either it is the bowling change or picking up the right XI works just fine on his day and at times it doesn’t. Simple.For Dhoni, in T20s, the opposition also doesn’t matter and it would be the momentum and consistency that will make the difference in big tournaments like World Twenty20.”It is one format where the difference between the opposition is not very big… It is not one team that has consistently won more World Cups than the others,” Dhoni had said.With the selectors having named Dhoni as captain till the World Twenty20, indicating towards a possible retirement. But the man himself has rubbished all these speculations. Maybe, Dhoni is optimistic of resurrecting his career, if at all India goes on to win the World Twenty20 title for the second time under his leadership.That could very well happen and forcing the selectors to do a rethink on Dhoni.
“We will need to take lessons out of it and we need to “We will need to take lessons out of it and we need to take responsibility for that as a bowling group. Its not only the seamers, as a spinner you need to make sure and try and see where we can improve, but it is always nice to be scoring that amount of runs but we got to find ways to defend it. “Look by no means we are out of the tournament, we understand that (there) is lot more pressure on us now, to make sure we win pretty much every game,” the off-break bowler added. Duminy also heaped praise on Joe Root and described him as the man in form for all the three formats. “He (Root) had a formidable summer, he (Root) is definitely being the man in form for all formats, he always had a calm head, assessing the situation pretty well, he is being the anchor in their team no matter what format, today he paced his innings pretty well.” PTI NRB ATK ATK
Australia eliminated 2009 champions Pakistan in a 21-run group-stage win on Friday and kept alive its own hopes of a first World Twenty20 title.Captain Steven Smith smashed seven fours in an unbeaten 61 off 43 balls to help post an imposing 193-4 after electing to bat in the Group 2 game. Pakistan could manage only 172-8 in reply, undone by James Faulkner’s 5-27. (Pak vs Aus: As it happened) With New Zealand already assured of a semifinal berth from the group with three straight wins, Australia’s next game against India here on Sunday has become a virtual quarterfinal with the winner advancing to the last four. Pakistan needed to win on Friday to remain in contention but fell to a third straight loss and goes home.Smith, who scored only 28 runs in five previous T20s against Pakistan, bound the Australia innings together with two useful partnerships.He added 62 runs for the fourth wicket with Glenn Maxwell (30 off 18) and then 74 for the unbroken fifth-wicket with Shane Watson (44 not out off 21).Smith and Watson helped Australia score 58 runs in the last four overs to swell the total beyond Pakistan’s comfort.Smith batted himself in and then dominated the bowling by often taking guard outside the off stump and exposing his stumps to unsettle the bowlers.He took control in the middle overs as Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.1 overs, and the 150-run mark in 16.6.Maxwell struck three fours and one six before holing out to long on off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, while Watson, a day after announcing this tournament is his international swansong, smashed four fours and three sixes.advertisementFor Pakistan, left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz dismissed openers Usman Khawaja (21) and David Warner (9) to finish with 2-35, while Wasim took 2-31.”We gave away too many runs in the end overs,” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said. “Every time we got a wicket we gave away easy boundaries to ease the pressure on them.”Pakistan’s batsmen failed to capitalize on good starts and the asking rate kept increasing.Opener Sharjeel Khan made a 19-ball 30 with six fours, and Umar Akmal 32 off 20 with three fours and a six, while Shoaib Malik remained not out on 40.Sharjeel was dismissed by Faulkner, who came on later for two double strikes in successive overs during mounting pressure for Pakistan.He took four wickets in the space of six deliveries spread over two overs as the Pakistan batsmen desperately tried big shots.”I was lucky there at the end,” said Faulkner, who became the first Australian to take a five-for in T20s. “More importantly, we are back on track. We have played well all summer back home. We showed what we can do with the bat. I’m looking forward to the next game against India. They are tough opponents but we should be up for the challenge.”
Mumbai, Mar 29 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has declined to stay an order of recovery of Rs 3.09 lakhs from the pension of a retired government employee, who had drawn house rent allowance in his salary for 30 years despite having an official accommodation during the same period.Dattatraya Yadav, a Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) in Pay and Accounts Department of the state government, had drawn from 1975to2005, a period of 30 years, house rent allowance, despite full knowledge that he was not entitled to receive the same because he had been allotted a government accommodation since 1975.An order was passed for recovery of the amount through a monthly deduction of Rs 10,000 from his pension, when it became known to authorities after he retired from service. The aggrieved officer then moved Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal, seeking to restrain the recovery of HRA amount.The MAT, on November 14, 2014, confirmed the order about recovery of the amount following which Yadav knocked the doors of the high court.Itwas also the petitioners case that an amount of Rs 43,065has already been recovered from him and, therefore, he is entitled to refund of the amount from the government.Thepetitionerjoinedgovernmentserviceasaclerkin 1968andretiredin2005fromthepostofadministrative officer. He was Drawing and Disbursing Officer in the office of DeputyCommissionerofPolice,Bandra,from1997 to 2000, in wireless section from 2000 to 2003 andin the office of DCP,MT Section, Nagpadafrom2003to2005.”Thus,itisquiteclearthat the petitioner has handled responsiblepostsandcanbesaidto have sufficient knowledgeinthematterofpayallowancesin government service,” a bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice M S Sonak noted in their order recently.advertisement”Thepetitionerwas himself the DDO and it is not even his case that he was unaware that he was not entitled to draw HRA. The petitioners contention that his superiors should have detected the error,doesnotcommendtous,” the bench said.”Wereallyseenoreason to interfere with the impugned order,” the judges observed. (More) PTI SVS GK SC SDM
Mumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian womens cricket team that finished runner-up to the West Indies in the ICC World T20 Championship, is off to China to train with the countrys national team in Shanghai. Lannings visit is part of a joint Cricket Australia and International Cricket Council delegation to the April Australia Week in China, a Cricket Australia media release said today. “Lanning will join the Chinese national womens cricket team training camp in Shanghai, take part in a cricket clinic for Shanghai students, and attend the Australia Week in China gala lunch hosted by the Australian Government,” it said. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the recent ICC Womens World T20 held in India, China is considered a rising cricket-playing nation having a realistic chance to qualify for the Womens World T20 in 2018 and 2020. There are currently 80,000 cricket participants in China, approximately half of whom are female. In Shanghai ? where Meg will assist the national Chinese womens team training camp ? cricket is played in 18 of the citys 40 universities, the CA release stated. As recent evidence of the progress being made in the region, Chinese national player Wu Juan received a rookie contract with the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Womens Big Bash T20 League (WBBL) organised in Australia, it added. “Im looking forward to visiting China and seeing the development of cricket there first-hand. Weve seen how quickly womens cricket has grown across the world ? and in particular Australia ? recently so its exciting to know the game is growing in China. “Hopefully well be facing up to the Chinese women at the 2018 or 2020 ICC World T20, which would be a massive boost for women?s cricket,” said Lanning who will be in China from April 13-17. ICCs Head of Global Development Tim Anderson, who will accompany Lanning on the trip, said, “China is one of the ICCs target markets in our vision to become the worlds favourite sport. In particular, we see the development of womens cricket and the engagement of government as two important elements to crickets growth in China.” PTI SSR GK SSC SSC PTPadvertisement
Ahead of the floor test, Rawat sporting a tilak on hisAhead of the floor test, Rawat sporting a tilak on his forehead had exuded confidence that he would comfortably win the trust vote.”The people are with us. The Gods Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath — all are with us. We are all together, the people who are supporting us, we have their blessings.PDF, BSP, UKD.BJP can claim anything they want, winner will be Uttarakhand,” he said outside the Assembly.Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Ajay Bhatt had said he was confident that the MLAs will listen to the voice of their conscience.”On March 18 when the trouble erupted in the House, some members joined hands with us hearing the voice of their conscience. Today also some MLAs will pay heed to the voice of their conscience and join us,” he said.Congress leader Ambika Soni had said, “We have the numbers and will win the floor test without any difficulty.”She also alleged that huge amounts had been offered by the opposite side to lure legislators “on our side”.The trust vote comes a day after the High Court yesterday dismissed the petition of nine Congress MLAs challenging their disqualification and the Supreme Court refusing to give any relief to them.PTI ALM VSC DV
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Ford India is gearing up to add the iconic Mustang to its portfolio in the country. The launch of the Mustang has been scheduled for July 13.Although the car is offered in different powertrain options in the international market, Ford will only be bringing the 5.0-litre V8 coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The V8 mill develops 435bhp of power and 542Nm of torque.Also Read:2017 Ford EcoSport facelift spotted testing in EuropeThe India bound Mustang will get the special performance pack as standard equipment and it includes a limited-slip sports differential and four driving modes, which are Normal, Sport+, Track and Wet.Ford will be bringing the Fastback GT variant of the car to India. Prices of the muscle car are expected to be in the Rs 1 crore region.Also Read: Ford, Fiat Chrysler to build more SUVs, less small cars
Sityodtong said the unfavorable result in Tokyo should not in any way undermine Team Lakay’s status as one of the best in the world, which their fighters were able to prove after four of them were once at the pedestal of their respective divisions at the same time last year.The team’s recent struggles, however, are just part of the cycle of sports as far as Sityodtong is concerned.READ: Team Lakay’s Adiwang scores impressive win, Kingad falls to Johnson in ONE: CenturyADVERTISEMENT READ: Sangiao believes PH fighters will rise again after 1-4 result in ONE: CenturyThe rest, however, took painful setbacks with Danny Kingad dropping a unanimous decision to MMA icon Demetrious Johnson in their Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final, Honorio Banario falling to Japanese legend Shinya Aoki and Kevin Belingon bowing to longtime rival Bibiano Fernandes in the fourth meeting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I would like to take a moment to address the online hate against my brothers and sisters at Team Lakay. 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It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Bulgaria detains 4 football fans following racist acts Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong. ONE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Chatri Sityodtong, founder and CEO of ONE Championship, came to Team Lakay’s defense after the renowned MMA stable out of Baguio City,came under fire from online bashers following a losing campaign in ONE: Century on Sunday in Tokyo, JapanTeam Lakay went 1-3 in the organization’s grandest event yet with the debuting Lito Adiwang serving as the squad’s saving grace after he crushed Japanese champion Senzo Ikeda with a first-round stoppage in their flyweight bout.ADVERTISEMENT “The reality is that every world championship team goes through ups and downs. You can see it in martial arts, but you can also see it in every other sport in the world. The truth is that it is almost impossible to win world championships consistently when you are competing at the highest levels in the world,” he said.“There is no margin for error. If it was easy to win world championships against the best in the world, every team would do it. ONE Championship represents the highest levels in the world. It is the biggest global stage for martial arts. And Team Lakay has put Philippines on the world map many times.”Sityodtong also believes Team Lakay, who is home to the likes of two-time lightweight king Eduard Folayang, former flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio and reigning strawweight champion Joshua Pacio, and ex-bantamweight titleholder Kevin Belingon, will be back on top.READ: Folayang, Team Lakay draw inspiration from ‘hero’ Pacquiao“Will Team Lakay win more world titles in the future? I would bet my life on it. Team Lakay is full of superstar martial artists with a head coach who knows what he is doing. If you ask me, it is only a matter of time before Team Lakay rules the world again,” he said.Sityodtong also urged fight fans to rally behind Team Lakay.“Man, if anything, we should all be standing united, defending Team Lakay against all of the online haters who have never stepped into a martial arts school or a ring or a cage,” he said. “Let us stand up and applaud Team Lakay and Mark Sangiao for chasing their dreams fearlessly in their quest to make history with another world title.”“Let us join hands and educate the world about their extraordinary stories and incredible warrior spirits. Let us unite about all the great things they have done in their lives due to the power of martial arts. Martial arts has made all of our lives better. Let us not forget that Danny Kingad, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, or anyone else who lost in Tokyo is one of us.”
Mumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Prison Department has suspended superintendent of Thane District Jail Hiralal Jadhav, who is accused of molestation by a woman staffer.Confirming the suspension, DIG (Prison) Bhushan Upadhyay said, “Serious offence was registered against Jadhav and such behaviour from a senior cop is neither expected nor acceptable.”Jadhav yesterday filed anticipatory bail before the Thane district court. District judge M M Walimohhmed adjourned the hearing, calling for the prosecutions reply.Police on August 31 had registered a case of molestation under section 354 of Indian Penal Code against him.The 31-year-old complainant, a woman constable, had alleged that Jadhav misused his position and outraged her modesty.According to sources, the constable was posted at the Thane jail few months ago and had requested the jail superintendent to settle issues regarding her quarter (government accommodation) allotment. PTI APM ARS ASV SDM
Indore, Oct 10 (PTI) Statistical highlights on day three Indore, Oct 10 (PTI) Statistical highlights on day three of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand, here today. # Ravichandran Ashwin has become the fourth Indian bowlers to bag 20 or more instances of five-wicket hauls in Tests, joining Anil Kumble (35), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Kapil Dev (23). # Ashwin has taken his wickets tally to 213 at an average of 24.81 — the highest by a bowler after 39 Tests, surpassing Waqar Younis tally of 208 (ave.20.56). # Clarrie Grimmett had claimed 216 wickets (ave.24.21) in 37 Tests in his career. Just two bowlers had recorded 20 instances of five-wicket hauls in fewer Tests — Englands Sydney Barnes in 25 Tests and Australias Clarrie Grimmett in 37 Tests. # Ashwins tally of 20 five-wicket hauls in Tests include five vs New Zealand, four each vs West Indies, South Africa and Australia, two vs Sri Lanka and one vs Bangladesh. # Ashwin has become the first Indian bowler to produce five five-wicket hauls vs New Zealand in only five Tests. Only four bowlers have registered six instances of five-wicket hauls vs New Zealand — Derek Underwood, Ian Botham, Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn. # Martin Guptills 72 is his third fifty in seven Tests vs India in India. His first two fifties were 85 at Hyderabad in November 2010 and 53 at Bangalore in August/September 2012. # Guptills 72 is his 20th innings of fifty-plus in Tests — three hundreds and 17 fifties. # Ross Taylors 12th duck in Tests is his second vs India. For the first time, he has recorded two ducks in a Test series. # Tom Latham has registered his third fifty in the present series. He has recorded a fifty in each of the three Tests — 58 at Kanpur; 74 at Kolkata and 53 at Indore. # For the second time in a Test series, Latham has posted three fifties — the first instance being vs West Indies in 2014. # Luke Ronchi has recorded his first duck in Tests. # The top two run-scorers for New Zealand in the present series are — Latham (188 at an average of 37.60) and Ronchi (185 at 37.00). # Guptill and Latham were involved in a stand of 118 for the first wicket — the first century stand for the opening wicket by a visiting pair in 10 Tests in India — the last century partnership being 139 between David Warner and Ed Cowan for Australia at Mohali in March 2013. # James Neesham enjoys an excellent batting record vs India in Tests — his aggregate being 241 in three innings — the scores being 33 & 137 not out at Wellington in February 2014 and 71 at Indore. # Neeshams 71 is his fourth fifty in Tests – his first vs India. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisement
Virat Kohli today heaped praise on milestone-man Ravichandran Ashwin after India whitewashed New Zealand in a three-match Test series in Indore. Ashwin took 6/81 and career-best 7/59 to finish with his best match figures of 13/140 as India annihilated New Zealand by 321 runs in the third and final Test of the series.Ashwin also finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series with 27 wickets to his credit and was instrumental in India’s fourth series sweep in the history of the game. He was adjudged Man of the Series for his exploits to take his tally to seven, which is the most awards won by an Indian cricketer in Tests.Captain Kohli was simply ecstatic with the victory and minced no words in singing praises for Ashwin, who bagged his sixth 10-wicket haul.”We don’t have to remind Ashwin about the numbers. We are keeping a check, we keep discussing number five, number six (on his Man of the Series awards). He has been a champion. Ashwin’s stats is a topic of discussion. Credit to him. Hope he performs like this throughout the long home season and keeps us at the top,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (Scorecard | Match Highlights)Kohli also credited the whole team for maintaining their dominance over the visitors throughout the series.”This is a proper team series win. It wasn’t just one individual. You can leave Ash aside, he is not to be mentioned in the XI,” Kohli said. (Kohli gets ICC Test Championship mace, calls it ‘special’)advertisement
Aston Villa have handed much-travelled manager Steve Bruce the task of leading the former European champions back into the Premier League.Bruce, former manager of Villa’s arch-rivals Birmingham City, replaced Italian Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked after 124 days in charge with the club 19th in the Championship standings following their relegation from the Premier League.”Its a wonderful opportunity. It is one of the big clubs of this country. To be given the opportunity to manage it is terrific,” the 55-year-old Bruce told the Villa website.”I relish the challenge of trying to take the club where it wants to go and needs to be — and try to turn around the misfortune we seem to have had over the past few years.Bruce has been without a club since he quit as Hull City manager in July after leading the team to Premier League promotion with a playoff victory over Sheffield Wednesday.The former Manchester United captain, who has managed several English clubs including Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Sheffield United, was interviewed for the England manager’s job before Sam Allardyce was appointed in July.”With his track record, not only at leading teams to promotion from the Championship, but also vast experience in the Premier League, I believe we have secured the services of an excellent manager,” Villa owner Tony Xia said.Villa, seven-times English champions, won the European Cup in 1982 and finished runners-up to Manchester United in the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93.Their fortunes declined, however, under a succession of different managers and they finished 17 points adrift at the bottom of the standings last season to be relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987.advertisementIn the recent transfer window we focused on character, personality and experience,” Chief Executive Keith Wyness said.”These three words can be applied in spades to Steve Bruce and I look forward to working closely with him as we turn the club around and get us back to where we all want to be.??
Pakistan government has finally given a green signal to its junior hockey team for the next month’s World Cup in India, according to sources in the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). (Latest Sports stories)A PHF source said that the ministry of inter-provincial coordination has informed the federation that the government has given the NOC for participating in the December 8-18 Junior World Cup.”The PHF officials were anxious about getting the NOC to send its team to India next month as the FIH event is scheduled from December 8 to 18th and it is an important event for the future of Pakistan hockey. But now the ministry has informed the PHF that the government has given the clearance,” the source said.He said given the current tension between the two countries, the PHF had genuine concerns whether they would get clearance to play in India.”The PHF has already set up camp for the junior team in Lahore under the supervision of Olympian Tahir Zaman and they have high hopes that the team would do well in India,” the source said.There was more good news for Pakistan hockey as a cheque of 20 million rupees was also released as a special grant by the government for the cash strapped PHF during of a meeting PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed had with Pakistan Sports Board officials in Islamabad.The PHF is confident of a good show from its junior team in Lucknow as the under-21 players recently played in the final of a top ranking tournament in Malaysia. They lost 1-3 to Australia but did well overall.advertisementPakistan have in the past taken part in the senior World Cup, Commonwealth Games hockey tournament and Champions Trophy on Indian soil in the last few years.(With PTI inputs)
Mumbai, Nov 30 (PTI) Mercedes-Benz, which today rolled out a souped up version of its popular compact sedan CLA Class, said demonetisation has not really impacted sales as yet although it has lowered footfalls at dealerships.”In the medium to long-run, demonetisation is a very positive step as it will definitely take out a lot of black money in the system.”From a sales point of view, of course there is less footfalls at the dealerships as customer sentiment has taken a hit. But I am not worried about it at all as I hope by Christmas, things should get clearer,” Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Roland Folger said here.He further said, “Demonetisation, GST are not going to impact our business plans here. But having said that, we have not finalised our 2017 plans yet as there is no clarity at all on anything now. Probably, we will get clarity when the rates are finalised and there is more clarity on implementation side.”Explaining why he is not bothered about the impact of demonetisation, he said, anyway more than 95 per cent of sales are financed and there is negligible cash payment happening at the Mercedes dealers end. But yes, sentiment has been impacted which does not mean there is a crisis situation now.Folger also said, the CLA is the 12th product from the the company this year, but the firm will be launching one more model this year as against the original plan of 12 models. However, he did not name the new model.advertisementThe new CLA is the ninth model to be manufactured by the company at its Pune plant and the fourth model to be added to the local assembly line this year-after the GLS 400, GLE 400, and the GLC 220 class.The company had launched the first model of the CLA in January 2015 and in eight months time, its local production from Pune, making India the only other market outside Europe to do so.The new CLA Class comes in four variants – two each in diesel and petrol, with engine capacity of 1.99 litre to 2.14 litre, and the ex-Mumbai price ranges from Rs 31.40 lakh to Rs 43.68 lakh.While the stylish new CLA 200 d Style is priced at Rs 31.40 lakh, CLA 200 d Sport comes at Rs 34.68 lakh and the CLA 200 Sport is priced at Rs 33.68 lakh.Describing the CLA Class as a landmark in automotive design, Folger said the car carves out a niche for itself with its sporty style and interiors. He added that the new model, being rolled out from the Pune plant is ready for sale at dealerships from today.Folger said the CLA remains one of the best sellers in the new generation cars portfolio of Merc and underlines the compact sedans popularity, especially amidst the younger generation. (More) PTI BEN NP ABI RYS
Rafael Benitez has denied a training ground row with Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles.The centre-back watched Newcastle’s 2-1 Premier League loss at home to Chelsea on Sunday from the stands at St James’ Park.Reports suggested Lascelles and Benitez argued in training about the Spaniard’s tactical plans, though the club said the player was absent at the weekend due to an ankle problem. 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! Benitez was widely criticised for a negative approach against Chelsea, despite Maurizio Sarri’s side needing a controversial penalty and a DeAndre Yedlin own goal to triumph.”The doctor is better than me, we’re waiting for results of a scan for Jamaal,” Benitez told the media when questioned over Lascelles’ possible return.”He came to support the team, I spoke to him before and after the game and three or four times this morning.”His partner is expecting a baby but everything is fine. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for.”RB: “Manquillo, Jamaal and Shelvey still have the same problems. Ritchie has a knock in his knee, so that could be another problem.” #NUFC pic.twitter.com/yRz6EJE3Rs— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 28, 2018Lascelles will miss a potential reunion with former club Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in the EFL Cup due to his injury.Jonjo Shelvey, Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune and Matt Ritchie have also been ruled out of Wednesday’s tie at the City Ground. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Juventus were made to work hard for a 2-1 win at Parma that maintains their perfect start to the Serie A season.The champions looked on course for a comfortable evening when Mario Mandzukic netted after two minutes, but Parma made life difficult for their esteemed guests until the former Croatia international intervened again to tee up Blaise Matuidi’s winner.Gervinho had drawn Parma level on his full debut and the hosts could have led at the interval, before their momentum waned following the restart. 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! There was still no breakthrough for Juve new boy Cristiano Ronaldo, though, as his barren start to life in Italy continues beyond an international break during which he will miss action for Portugal.FT: THREE WINS FROM THREE!!! #ParmaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/LK5KxeLCZG— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 1, 2018The visitors were quick off the mark, with Mandzukic meeting Juan Cuadrado’s pinpoint cross and then beating the recovering Simone Iacoponi to the loose ball to stab into the net.That sensational start suggested a Juve romp was on the cards, but Leo Stulac’s swirling free-kick soon crashed against the crossbar and a Parma equaliser followed before the break.Gervinho was on hand to turn the ball over the line after Roberto Inglese’s header, from an enticing Massimo Gobbi delivery, evaded Wojciech Szczesny, who at least prevented Luca Rigoni from completing a first-half turnaround.But a moment of real quality saw Juve reclaim their lead and ultimately win the match just before the hour-mark as Mandzukic flicked into Matuidi’s path and the France international provided a superb finish from a tight angle. What it means: A title race?Juventus were pushed all the way by Napoli last term, but the pre-season suggestion was that Ronaldo’s presence alone could stop a title race in its tracks. Although that may yet be the case and they have three wins from three, the Bianconeri have shown a soft underbelly in all three matches so far this term. There is cause for optimism for the chasing pack.Pat on the back: Gervinho threatens to steal the showOf the two ex-Premier League wide men on show on Saturday, Gervinho was undoubtedly the star of the show. Parma looked like cannon fodder after just two minutes, but their full debutant turned the tide with his slaloming runs, netted the equaliser and almost created a second goal before his withdrawal allowed Juventus to ease to victory.Pareggio Parma! Arriva il primo gol in campionato di Gervinho!Parma 1️ – 1️ Juventus#ParmaJuve #SerieATIM pic.twitter.com/RS82VxO3yX— Lega Serie A (@SerieA) September 1, 2018Boot up the backside: The wait goes onThis is not the first time Ronaldo has endured a slow start to a season and, such is his quality, the goals will surely follow. But in a competitive Serie A this term, Juventus could have done with their new talisman making an early breakthrough. A couple of wayward first-half headers represented the extent of Ronaldo’s threat in another underwhelming display.Key Opta stats:- Juventus have won all of their first three games of Serie A in four of the last six campaigns and three seasons in a row for the first time in their history.- Mario Mandzukic has found the net in two Serie A games in a row for the first time since November 2016.- Blaise Matuidi has scored three of his four Serie A goals in matches away from home- The last time Juventus found the net in the opening two minutes of a Serie A match was in November 2013 (Fernando Llorente versus Napoli).- Gervinho has scored his first goal in Serie A since November 2015 (versus Lazio), and his first versus Juventus in his five league games played against them.2 – The last time Juventus had found the net in the opening two minutes of a Serie A match was back in November 2013 (Llorente vs Napoli). Start. #ParmaJuve— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 1, 2018What’s next?Juventus host Sassuolo following the international break, with their Champions League bid starting in Valencia days later. The season gets no easier for Parma, who head to Inter next. read more