India’s star cricketers were unpaid despite a massive hike in their remuneration in March. The Committee of Administrators (COA) had announced new player contracts but there was a catch to it.More than three months later, Virat Kohli and Co. were unpaid. The players followed up with officials and they were assured that the contracts would be honoured.Hours before their departure for Ireland and England, BCCI finally okayed the new contracts. On Thursday, BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhry had said he would sign off the revised pay only if it was approved by the house.The Indian team will be busy for the next five years. They will play two T20 Internationals in Ireland before travelling to England for three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests. Over the next five years, India will play over 200 international matches.The SGM’s approval for the revised pay, therefore, will come as a huge relief for the players.Under the new pay structure, a new Grade (A+) was introduced. Players in the A+ category will be paid Rs 7 crore while those in Grade A will get Rs 5 crore. Those in Grade B and C will get Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively.There was a siginificant pay hike for women cricketers too.Chaudhry has also promised a huge pay hike for domestic cricketers.
On the outset, England vs Belgium looks like a big-team stalemate that bears no consequence on the World Cup as much but in reality it is far from it.Gareth Southgate has to choose between giving Harry Kane a chance at the Golden Boot and resting him for the knockout. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez faces a similar decision with Romelu Lukaku.Harry Kane, after his hat-trick against Panama, is now the leading scorer of the World Cup with five goals while Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo are just behind him with four goals.With the battle from the knockouts expected to get much tougher and more and more uncertainty creeping in, England vs Belgium might actually be the chance for both of them to tighten their stranglehold on the top prize.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGETwo of the #WorldCup top scorers could face each other tonight in Kaliningrad…Who has impressed you more at this tournament so far? #ENGBEL pic.twitter.com/IJRscY8f2JFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018″He’s sitting really proudly at the top. He’s gone ahead of some major, major names in English football history in terms of World Cup goals,” Southgate said. “That should make him incredibly proud, but he also knows the team is the most important thing and we have to make decisions that are right for the team.”Lukaku, meanwhile, did not train with Belgium on Tuesday and looks likely to be rested. Lukaku, playmaker Eden Hazard and winger Dries Mertens are all nursing injuries after Belgium’s 5-2 victory over Panama.advertisementWORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE FIFA World Cup 2018: Eden Hazard (left) and Romelu Lukaku have been at the heart of Belgium’s success so far. (Reuters Photo)While this is one side of the story, the other is that they have both qualified and with Colombia, Japan and Senegal battling it out in Group H, it does not really matter who out of England and Belgium top Group G.Topping the group would hardly make a difference for either of England or Belgium and give them any advantage, considering all the contesting teams of Group H are at more or less the same level.That is exactly why it is widely believed that both teams will rest their key players for their final group game at Kaliningrad and they may give a chance to the underused squad members.”For our country, that would be a very difficult mindset to have,” Southgate said of the possibility of taking it easy. “We want to win every game of football we go into. I don’t know how we would go into a game not wanting to win and not wanting to play well.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Why England and Belgium might want to lose on ThursdayBelgium defender Toby Alderweireld echoed that sentiment.”We are going to try to win the game, because as a footballer you want to win every game,” he said.England knows from bitter experience that there is no such thing as an easy draw at major tournaments after its embarrassing defeat by Iceland at the 2016 European Championship in France.That said, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has already signaled he will be shuffling his team on Thursday.Also read – Jesse Lingard perfects shoot dance after scoring against Panama”The reality is that we are qualified and in a tournament like the World Cup, you’re only as good as the 23 players (in the squad). There will be opportunities for other players,” he said.Alderweireld, for one, doesn’t feel like sitting out a match.”Rest? I think footballers always want to play. Everybody wants to play,” he said. “I feel good. There are enough days between matches. I feel ready if the trainer needs me.”Who will top the group?Marouane Fellaini expects an even contest when Belgium meet England in #ENGBELWho do you think will take top spot in Group G? #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ekH576qfhKFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018England and Belgium have identical records and goal tallies heading into their group decider, so a draw in Kaliningrad would have FIFA consulting its tiebreaker rules to determine the group winner. That means it could come down to the teams’ disciplinary records and if that doesn’t separate them, drawing lots.The Group G winner next plays the runner-up from Group H, where three teams are still in contention Japan, Senegal and Colombia. The Group G runner-up plays the winner of Group H.Also read – Harry Kane first Englishman to score World Cup hat-trick since 1986advertisementFamiliar foesEngland and Belgium players will encounter plenty of familiar faces. Assuming they play, the match will pit Manchester City teammates Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones against one another, while Kane could have to beat Tottenham defenders Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld if he is to add to his tournament-leading goal tally. Stones also used to play with Lukaku at Everton.Also read – World Cup 2018: Lukaku demands more from Belgium after Tunisia winReturn from injury for Vincent Kompany?Another Manchester City star, Belgium center back Vincent Kompany, looks to be returning to fitness. He trained with the team Monday and Tuesday, although it remains unclear if he is ready to take on England in a match Belgium doesn’t have to win.Also read – World Cup 2018: Harry Kane wants England to believe after reaching last 16Kompany has not played since injuring his groin on June 2 in a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal in Brussels.PANAMA, TUNISIA EYE CHANCES TO IMPROVE WORLD CUP LEGACIESPanama defender Felipe Baloy has one more goal before his international career ends this year at age 37.After scoring his country’s first goal at its first World Cup , Baloy now would like to experience Panama’s first victory on international soccer’s greatest stage. Standing in the way is Tunisia, which will be seeking its first World Cup victory since 1978 when the sides meet to close out Group G play on Thursday night.”When we came to this World Cup, we knew we were going to have three really hard matches against Belgium, England and Tunisia,” Baloy said before training Tuesday. “We knew the first two were difficult. The last match against England, we couldn’t achieve a victory, but we achieved our first goal.Also read – Watch: Panama commentators in tears after World Cup debut”That’s not to say we’re going to beat Tunisia, but we hope to have a victory to give as a gift to our people in Panama so they can celebrate and be proud of us.”Baloy also would like as many fans as possible to watch Panama’s pursuit of history, rather than the other Group G finale between England and Belgium at the same time.”It’s difficult to ask fans to watch our match instead of England and Belgium because they have players who are world class,” Baloy said.Panama and Tunisia are both eliminated, while England and Belgium have advanced to the round of 16.Still, Baloy invited soccer fans worldwide “to watch our game, because it will be a beautiful game and we are very proud to play our last game at the World Cup.”Indeed, low-stakes group finales between teams who’ve failed to qualify for the knockout stage have a way of producing plenty of highlights. The pressure is off to defend robustly. Rather, players can feel relaxed to explore the bounds of their abilities in an effort to make their mark on the tournament.There hasn’t been a draw in such a game since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1998, a trend extended when Saudi Arabia pulled out a 2-1 victory over Egypt with an injury-time goal Monday.advertisement(With AP inputs)
Kylian Mbappe was a modest man despite his heroics earning France a dominating victory over Argentina in the Round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Mbappe’s goals in the 64th and 68th minute handed France a 4-2 lead and took the game away from La Albicelestes at the Kazan Arena. Sergio Aguero did score in the 93rd minute but it was too late and Lionel Messi’s team was knocked out of the tournament after losing 4-3.The teenager not only scored but also provided an assist after his defence-splitting run earned France a penalty in the 12th minute of the game, from which Antoine Griezmann scored to give Les Blues the lead.Following that, he didn’t slow down. His sheer pace and strength was too much for the Argentines to handle and the 19-year-old’s determination paid off when he scored two goals inside six minutes to take France through to the next round.With his two goals on Saturday, he became the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Pele scored a brace against Sweden in 1958.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDespite all that, he wants to stay grounded and said that he is flattered to be compared with Pele.”I’m very happy and it’s flattering to be the second teenager [to score twice in the knock-out rounds] after Pele but let’s put things in context: Pele is another category, but it’s good to be among these people.”As I’ve already and always said, at a World Cup you have all the top-level players, so it’s an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are. There’s no better place than a World Cup,” the Paris Saint-Germain forward added.advertisementMATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSThis French side is the youngest in this year’s World Cup and coach Didier Deschamps is thrilled by his young team, which has showed great character in a stadium packed with French fans.”If I am a coach it is because I want to live this: a full stadium, highly-experienced teams. Our team is much younger, but it’s there. We answered the call, we have a lot of character and it was not easy as we were leading, then there was an equaliser, then we were 2-1 behind, but we kept fighting,” said the 1998 World Cup winner with France.He was all praise for the young team’s mentality and said that the team has been preparing for weeks and he is glad that it has paid off.”There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. Since I am responsible for everything, particularly when it doesn’t go well I’m very proud. I’m very happy for them because they have been preparing themselves for weeks and months. We couldn’t miss it and we didn’t miss it,” said the 49-year-old.France will next play the winner of the match between Uruguay and Portugal in the quarters on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association today made several changes to the country’s contingent of athletes for the upcoming Asian Games, dropping the entire triathlon team for furnishing “misleading information” by the national federation. The IOA had on July 3 announced a 524-member contingent but after a long meeting today, as many as six athletes were rejected on various grounds. Eight athletes from sport climbing — who were not in the list of 524 — were considered later but out of the eight, five were rejected today. The participation of these three athletes from sport climbing depends on the acceptance of their entries by the Asian Games organisers. There could also be some changes in the 10-member swimming team already named. “All the four triathletes who were named in the earlier list were rejected today as we were misled by the federation. We were earlier told that the relay event was happening for the first time (in Asian Games). But today, we found out the information given to us was incorrect, the relay event is happening for the second or third time and Indian team is not in the top 15,” IOA president Narinder Batra told PTI. After a lot of meetings and representations by the aggrieved players, a three-member equestrian show jumping team was cleared in addition to the four from the eventing team already named on July 3. “We have added three athletes in show jumping in equestrian,” Batra said after a meeting attended by IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.advertisement In sambo, the IOA had earlier cleared six athletes (2 men and 4 women) but today five of them were rejected after anomalies were found in the figures provided to the national Olympic body. Now only one sambo player — Srikanth — will travel to Indonesia. “We have rejected five sambo players from the six named earlier after a thorough review. We found some anomalies in the figures given to us earlier by the federation. When we cross checked, we found that the figures were not correct,” the IOA chief said. In sailing, the IOA replaced two players with another two but Batra said this will be subject to a Delhi High Court order, which is expected to come up soon. “We have named Varsha Gautham and Shweta Shervegar in place of Ekta Yadav and Shaila Charles. Varsha and Shweta are silver medallists in the Asian Championships while Ekta and Saila are bronze medallists. “This selection is subject to Delhi High Court order which is coming soon, may be tomorrow. The HC had asked our view and we have given it.” PTI PDS PDS AHAH
After its global unveiling in Paris last month, the Find X has now made its way to India. At an event in New Delhi, Oppo announced that the Find X will be available in the country at Rs 59,990 via Flipkart and offline stores. The latest flagship from Oppo comes with a futuristic design language that includes an edge-to-edge curved display with no notch, an all-glass design, and a motorised camera system, among other things.The Find X a number of 2018 trends which includes a bezel-less display on a phone that’s almost entirely made up of glass. But what sets the Find X apart from pretty much every other Android flagship today is that there is no notch to be found here. What you get instead is a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio and some flagship-grade hardware in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red. Here’s what you need to know.Oppo Find X specs:Display: The Oppo Find X sports a 6.4-inch 1080p+ OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratioProcessor: The flagship is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.RAM: It comes with 8GB of RAM.Internal storage: The Find X is offered with 256GB internal storage, which is non-expandable. There’s also a special Lamborghini edition model that comes with 512GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The Oppo Find X sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. There’s OIS and also lots and lots of AI on-board.advertisementFront camera: On the front, the Oppo Find X comes with a 25MP camera with AI and portrait light feature.Software: The Oppo Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS 5.1. The phone is also eligible for Android P Beta.Battery: The phone is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging and USB Type-C.Special features:– The Oppo Find X brings a stunning edge-to-edge curved display with no notch and barely any chin. The flagship brings a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an all-glass design. Apart from an attractive bezel-less display, the back also comes with a unique curvature and two gradient colours, called Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red, which changes its shade depending on the angle.– Arguably, the biggest highlight of the Find X is its motorised camera system that pops out from the top of the phone when activated. The mechanism raises when using face unlock and whenever the camera app is used. Unlike the Vivo Nex S which has a tiny pop-up selfie camera, the entire top of the Find X raises up to reveal the front and dual cameras.– The 3D facial recognition technology on-board the Oppo Find X uses a system that’s pretty similar to the one found on the iPhone X. It consists of a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illuminator that apparently makes O-Face (that’s what Oppo calls its system) a whole lot secure and faster than conventional mechanisms. The sensor also allow face unlock to work in the dark.– The glass back on the Find X comes with a unique colour scheme in gradient Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red colours. The colour starts of bright from the edges and grows darker as it reaches the middle. Oppo says the colour shade changes at certain angles.– While the Find X brings a stunning design, it also packs top-notch hardware inside as well. You’ll get about all the best 2018 Android hardware in the Find X, which includes a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and dual cameras, among other things.Oppo Find X India price and availability:Oppo announced that the Find X will cost Rs 59,990 and will be available in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red. The flagship will go on sale starting August 3 on Flipkart and across offline stores in India. Pre-orders for the phone will begin on July 25 on Flipkart. The company also announced a special Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition that comes with 8GB + 256GB configuration and SuperVOOC fast charging.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness’ extreme ridicule over Mesut Ozil and his retirement from German football has not gone down well with Ozil’s agent and he has termed the comments “pointless”.Mesut Ozil announced that he will no longer play for Germany on the grounds of racism and disrespect. Ozil’s scathing attack was especially directed towards DFB officials and its president Reinhard Grindel.However, on Monday, unlike the world Hoeness slammed Ozil and said he was hiding his lacklustre performance behind these claims.Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, however, said that Hoeness’ remarks completely miss the point and have nothing to do with football.”The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. As Mesut said in his statement, he accepts reasonable and fair criticism of his football and deals with that as part of the job. However, Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated,” goal.com quoted Sogut as saying.Also read – German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism charge”In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists – which is a German record – and five-time German player of the year, three of which come after 2014. He claims that Mesut has been a ‘ghost’ for years, but what ‘ghost’ wins all these awards and has this much success? Mesut created more chances in the 2018 World Cup per 90 minutes than any other player, but, of course, he singles him out for criticism,” he added.advertisementOzil announced his retirement from German football after being embroiled into a controversy over his picture with the Turkish President Erdogan at a charitable event in London in May.Thereafter, Hoeness blasted Ozil and said that does not even deserve to represent the German national team. Hoeness went on to say that Ozil has been in horrendous form since 2014.”He had been playing s*** for years. He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his s****y performance hide beyond this picture,” Hoeness told Bild.Hoeness went onto add that Ozil is extremely overrated and Bayern Munich always looked to put the playmaker under pressure whenever they faced Arsenal because he is a weakness in their team.Also read – Mesut Ozil’s stunning declaration wins him support on Twitter”Whenever Bayern played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point. His 35 million followers (on social media) – that don’t exist in real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a cross pass.”Earlier, Ozil gave an account of how his Turkish roots were disrespected and how he was made to feel unwanted by the German football federation despite giving his all for his teammates, the coaching staff and the “good people of Germany”.”In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy statement in English posted on his Twitter account.Also read – Mesut Ozil finds sympathy from Sania Mirza: Racism should not be acceptedSix hours after making his stance clear on the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association) and many others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.Born to Turkish parents in Germany’s Gelsenkirchen city, Ozil has earned 92 caps, scoring 23 goals since his debut in 2009. He also played a key role in Germany’s triumph against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.(With ANI inputs)
Samsung’s latest mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A8 Star is now on sale in India. The device was quietly announced last week and will be available online exclusively on Amazon India. The Galaxy A8 Star comes soon after the launch of the flagship Galaxy Note 9 in India. Notably, the Galaxy A8 Star boats of a tall Infinity Display, dual camera setup and a large battery, among other things, at a price that squarely takes on the OnePlus 6.The Galaxy A8 Star has price tag of Rs 34,990 on Amazon India. The e-commerce platform is offering no-cost EMI and exchange of up to Rs 6,027. Additional offers include instant cashback of 5 per cent for customers purchasing the device via HDFC Bank Credit card.The newest mid-range smartphone from Samsung sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity Display, which is as tall as the display on the Galaxy Note 8. It brings a 3D glass on the front and a 2.5D curved glass on the back. It gets a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset which is a pretty powerful mid-range processor that also powers the Nokia 7 Plus and the Mi A2.The Galaxy A8 Star has only one variant which comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. It houses a large 3,700mAh battery, which is bigger than the Galaxy S9+. It also comes with USB Type-C and fast charging support. The phone also comes with a dedicated Bixby button on the side.Samsung is touting an advanced dual camera system in the back which it calls Dual Rear IntelliCam. This means the cameras will be able to adjust itself intelligently to take great pictures in any lighting condition. The cameras on the back include a 16MP PDAF primary sensor and a 24MP secondary sensor both with f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the Galaxy A8 Star gets a 24-megapixel sensor with f/2.0.advertisement
Last week we got a clearer picture of LG’s upcoming flagship device LG V40 ThinQ owing to the leaked press renders. The leaked images divulged details about the phone’s display and the triple camera setup. And now, just days after the first clear leak, we have a new set of renders, including a 360-degree video, which gives us a detailed view of the company’s upcoming smartphone.According to a report by OnLeaks and Slashleaks, V40 ThinQ sports a 6.3-inch display, which is 0.3 inches larger than its predecessors– LG V30 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ. The phone reportedly measures 158.8 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm and has a 8.2mm camera bump at the back. If these details are to be believed, the device could be one of the largest phones in LG’s portfolio owing to its larger display and bigger dimensions.Furthermore, if the leaked renders, which are based on CAD blueprints, are to believed, LG V40 ThinQ, just like the company’s recent launches, will feature a button dedicated for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone just below the volume control keys. The power button, on the other hand, will be placed on the right side of the phone.The upcoming flagship device will also come with a 3.5mm jack for the audiophiles and it will have a speaker at the bottom of the device. Other than that, V40 ThinQ sports a notch on the top along with two front facing camera sensors-a detail which is in line with the previous leaks. At the back, the triple camera setup is stacked neatly on the top along with the LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is placed below the camera setup and above the V40 ThinQ branding-all of which seems to corroborate the previous leaks.advertisementALSO READ: LG may launch V40 ThinQ with triple camera setup, notch on November 16While at this point, not much is known about the specifications, V40 ThinQ, just like most premium budget smartphones launched this year, is likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and sport 6GB or 8GB RAM. It could sport a P-OLED display and run on Android 9 Pie. The company is likely to unveil the phone on November 16, 2018.
The Madras High Court on Monday upheld Tamil Nadu government’s decision to prohibit protest at Chennai’s Marina Beach. The court observed that the beach can’t be used for agitations as the public order is equally important.Allowing an appeal filed by the state government, the court set aside a single-bench ruling allowing permission to farmer leader Ayyakanu to hold a protest.A single judge bench of Justice T Raja had given an interim order in April permitting farmers to protest at Marina Beach.After the jallikattu protests that took place in Tamil Nadu in 2017, a prohibitory order to protest at Marina beach was put in place. In January 2017, after the Supreme Court banned the Pongal sport of jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty, thousands had thronged the beach to demand a quick rollback of the order.ALSO READ | Jallikattu vs Sterlite protests: Why did things go wrong in Tuticorin?ALSO READ | Kamal Haasan at India Today Conclave: If you want to ban jallikattu, ban biryani too
France and Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has apoligised ofr the drink-driving incident that led to his arrest last month.The 31-year-old Lloris also added that his focus is only on football.”Just like every man, I have a private life. I made a mistake and I have to accept it,” Lloris told RMC Sport.”I have to stay focused on what is the most important thing, in my mind — that’s the pitch. I have the support of my family and my friends. And I still want to go out onto the pitch to enjoy myself and continue improving,” he added.Lloris is scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday on charges of drunken driving.The France World Cup winner was stopped by police in central London on August 24 where he failed a breathalyser test. Lloris was out with Arsenal and France teammates Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud.Lloris added that he does not intend to leave Tottenham in the near future and is keen to honour his contract, which is through the 2021-22 season.”You don’t control everything. I’m focused on what I do daily with Tottenham. The most important thing for me is to enjoy myself every day, whether that be at training or learning from my coach,” the 31-year-old expressed.”I have a very special relationship with coach Mauricio Pochettino. You try to contribute to the club’s success and to improve every year. I’m very happy where I am,” Lloris added.(With IANS inputs)advertisement