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  1. Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in 'The Shape of Water'. Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures LOS ANGELES: ?The Shape of Water,? a contender for this year?s best picture Oscar, was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging that its fantastical plot about a romance between a cleaning woman and a mysterious river creature was lifted directly from an American stage play. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, alleged that director Guillermo del Toro, producer Daniel Kraus and movie studio Fox Searchlight ?brazenly copies the story, elements, characters and themes? from a 1969 play by the late Paul Zindel. ?The Shape of Water? has a leading 13 Oscar nominations at the March 4 Academy Awards ceremony, including nods for best picture and best director. The lawsuit was filed the day after ballots went out to some 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who vote on the Oscar winners. The lawsuit, filed by Zindel?s son David, listed more than 60 resemblances between the play ?Let Me Hear You Whisper,? and ?The Shape of Water.? They include the play and the movie?s basic story of the lonely janitor who works at a scientific laboratory during the Cold War, forms a loving bond with a captive aquatic creature and hatches a plan to liberate it. In the Zindel play, the creature is a dolphin. In the movie, it is a half-man, half-river creature. The lawsuit said that despite ?the glaring similarities between the play and the obviously derivative picture, defendants never bothered to seek or obtain a customary licence? for the rights to Zindel?s play, nor credit him. Fox Searchlight denied the claims as ?baseless (and) wholly without merit.? The studio said in a statement that the lawsuit seemed timed ?to coincide with the Academy Award voting cycle in order to pressure our studio to quickly settle. Instead, we will vigorously defend ourselves and, by extension, this groundbreaking and original film.? The lawsuit cited interviews given by Kraus and del Toro in which they said Kraus, an American novelist, came up with the storyline about a janitor who kidnaps an amphibian. It alleged that Kraus was aware of Zindel and his play, which was produced for television in 1969 and again in 1990. New York-based Zindel, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1964 play ?The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,? died in 2003. ?The Shape of Water? has already won a best picture Golden Globe and numerous acting and craft awards from film critics? groups in the United States and elsewhere.
  2. On days when he is not fanboying over Kylie Jennner, Gal Gadot or dropping cheesy messages on their timeline, Diljit Dosanjh is busy taking the whole world by a storm with his impeccable vocals and equally impressive acting prowess. Can I just take this opportunity to mention how this man is running a one-man show, giving both actors and singers a run for their money simultaneously, without batting an eyelid? And in case you have been regularly following him on Instagram, you can go ahead and add supermodels on the list of people, who need to watch out for him. Seriously, with each passing day Dosanjh is compelling us to raise this question, “Is there anything this man can't do?” H.I.G.H END ð© Con.Fi.Den.Tial ð Official Video Anytime....ð¥ @tseries.official @ravhanjra @snappybeats @karan.dope @kakamohanwalia @kalikwest @trisdhaliwal @bengriffincreator #San @emilynnrose ð« All Bomb Pre- Order Link in Bio𤩠A post shared by Diljit Dosanjh (@diljitdosanjh) on Feb 19, 2018 at 10:56pm PST Dosanjh stubbed any and every doubt people ever had about his Bollywood stint, with his performance in 'Udta Punjab' and 'Phillauri'. Honestly, from 'Patiala Peg' to 'Udta Punjab', his transition into Bollywood has been as smooth as the drink itself. A winner wins the game, here's one who will win all your hearts! Revealing soon…#DontLetThisStoryPass @shaadalisahgal @sonypicsprodns @taapsee @Flicker_Singh @Iamangadbedi @IChitrangda @thecsfilms ð A post shared by Diljit Dosanjh (@diljitdosanjh) on Nov 26, 2017 at 9:45pm PST Now, Dosanjh is all set to floor us with his upcoming projects 'Welcome To New York', 'Rangroot' and 'Soorma', one of the most anticipated biopics of 2018. #Repost @diljitdosanjh (@get_repost) ã»ã»ã» Respect @sandeep_rebirth Veera ðâï¸ Baba Sukh Rakhe ð A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Oct 16, 2017 at 5:31am PDT 'Soorma' is a sports biopic based on the life of ace hockey player and former captain of the Indian Hockey Team, Sandeep Singh. And while we can't get over how strikingly similar Dosanjh looked in the movie's first look, we think the man whose life is being portrayed on the big screen, deserves an honorary mention. We cannot let the story of a legend like Sandeep Singh pass by just like that. People say 'Not all heroes wear capes' and we completely agree, some people hold Hockey sticks in their hands too and Sandeep Singh is the frontrunner of that superhero league. Life is all about facing new challenges #sandeepsingh #soorma #dontletthisstorypass A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Feb 17, 2018 at 8:00pm PST A penalty corner specialist and a badass drag-flicker, 31-year-old Singh made his international debut in 2004 in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From thereon, there was no turning back as he went on to become the captain of the Indian national team in 2009. Under his captaincy, India brought home the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, after a hiatus of 13 years. If you want to shine like a sun , first burn like a sun #sandeepsingh #soorma #diljitdosanjh #TaapseePannu #angadbedi #bikram A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Feb 4, 2018 at 7:07pm PST Thanks to Sandeep aka 'Flicker Singh's' 16-goal haul, the Indian Hockey team not only entered the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after 8 long years, but also claimed a victory over France in the finals by 8-1. Sandeep scored five-goals, including a hat-trick and all of them from penalty corners and also became the highest scorer of the Olympic qualifiers tournament. Be stubborn about your goals, And flexible about your methods #soorma#sandeepsingh#diljitdosanjh#29june A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Dec 19, 2017 at 2:50am PST Just like Singh's remarkable achievements, his comeback after a dangerous and life-threatening accident is a miracle in itself and highly inspirational. In 2006, Singh was accidently shot inside the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express, while travelling to Delhi to join the national team for the World Cup in Germany. Singh was fatally injured and was almost paralysed, but he fought all odds and not only survived those injuries, but also returned to the field in 2008 and became the captain of the team the following year. If you want to score a goal , you have to hit the target A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Dec 13, 2017 at 5:27pm PST An Arjuna Awardee, Singh also holds a DSP rank in the Haryana police. Although he left the national team in 2014, Singh did not leave his passion for Hockey behind and currently aims at mentoring youngsters who want to master the art of drag-flicking. And Singh did something similar by training Diljit Dosanjh for 'Soorma'. In an interview with News18 about the biopic, Singh said “I had never thought about this biopic. The only thing that I was thinking about was sports. It's been a few years only since we have actually started working on movies. It's completely different for me.” #flickersingh#sandeepsingh A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Nov 1, 2017 at 7:30pm PDT Singh further mentioned, “This film is not just about me but my struggles and my family's struggles. And I believe that every youngster should watch this movie. Every parent should watch it as I'm sure they will connect to it.” According to Singh, the film will convey a really powerful message that if you have strong willpower and determination, nothing can stop a person from achieving anything in life. When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, when you meet him he will win #sandeepsingh #soorma #dontletthisstorypass A post shared by Sandeep Singh (@sandeep_rebirth) on Feb 15, 2018 at 8:14pm PST Honestly, it is stories like these and people like Sandeep Singh that are proof that with hard work, strong will and dedication; even moving a mountain will look like child's play. Directed by, Shaad Ali, 'Soorma' also stars Taapsee Pannu and is expected to release on June 29, 2018. We just can't wait for this movie to hit the theatres.
  3. Photo: AFP LONDON: Trolling, impersonating, demonising: these are just some of the behaviours encouraged in a new online game launching Tuesday in which young players become ?fake news tycoons? ? to counter growing misinformation. Researchers at University of Cambridge have teamed up with a Dutch media collective to develop an English version of the game aimed at inoculating people against the spread of so-called fake news. The exercise encourages participants, who are tasked with building audiences for their imaginary fake news sites, to stoke fear, anger and mistrust by simulating the manipulation of online content. In the game they choose polarising falsehoods to publish, cultivate an army of Twitter bots, fabricate evidence, and propagate dubious articles and conspiracy theories. ?If you know what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone who is actively trying to deceive you, it should increase your ability to spot and resist the techniques of deceit,? said Sander Van Der Linden, director of the university?s Social Decision-Making Lab. ?We want to help grow ?mental antibodies? that can provide some immunity against the rapid spread of misinformation,? she added. The psychological theory behind the effort is called ?inoculation?. Researchers at Cambridge last year found that briefly exposing people to tactics used by fake news producers can act as a ?psychological vaccine? against bogus anti-science campaigns. A pilot study conducted with teenagers in a Dutch high school used an early paper-and-pen trial of the online game, and showed the perceived ?reliability? of fake news to be diminished in teens that played compared to a control group. ?A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to build immunity,? said Van Der Linden. ?Similarly, inoculation theory suggests that exposure to a weak or demystified version of an argument makes it easier to refute when confronted with more persuasive claims.? The game, based in part on existing studies of online disinformation, takes its cues from actual conspiracy theories about organisations such as the United Nations, and about issues such as vaccines. It is set to be translated for countries such as Ukraine, where disinformation campaigns are particularly rife.
  4. BAGHDAD: A goalkeeper in Iraq?s top league hid the death of his newborn daughter from his teammates in order to take part in a key match, the player said Saturday. "Several hours before the game my five-day-old daughter died because of complications during birth," Naft Maysan stopper Alaa Ahmad told AFP. Ahmad, 21, said he asked his family not to spread the information as he was desperate to play in the match Thursday in order to show off his capabilities against giants Al-Shorta, owned by the interior ministry. "I took a lot on myself and did not tell my teammates or coach because I knew they would refuse to let me play," he said. Ahmad helped his underdog team to a 1-1 draw against their rivals but, while other players began celebrating at the final whistle, he said he was "hit by a bizarre sensation" and collapsed in tears. News of Ahmad?s decision spread rapidly on social media and he was flooded with messages of support. Pundits heaped praise on his performance, with one of the match referees saying he put in a "spectacular" showing.
  5. File Photo NEW DELHI: Hockey?s governing body indicated Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men?s World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries. Pakistan have qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. But fears have been raised that Pakistan could skip the 16-team event as sporting ties between the neighbours are frozen. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) told AFP however that no participating nation has indicated problems that could lead to a withdrawal, or India refusing to let any nation attend. "We are looking forward to welcoming all 16 qualified teams. We have not received concerns from any of the participating teams nor the host about this matter," an FIH official told AFP in an email statement. "FIH strongly believes that hockey is an inclusive sport, aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting friendship and respect." India?s blind cricket team did not go to Pakistan in January for the 50-over World Cup, forcing their matches to be switched to United Arab Emirates. India and Pakistan?s senior cricket teams have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of the tense political climate. India accuses its neighbour of supporting militant activities, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan?s kabaddi, squash, and wrestling teams also did not travel to India for marquee tournaments last year. Pakistan ? who did not qualify for the 2014 World Cup ? are the most successful team in the sport?s showpiece event with title wins in 1971, 1978, 1982, and 1994.
  6. Salman Butt/File photo DHAKA: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has arrived in Bangladesh to play his first full-fledged competition outside his homeland since serving a five-year ban for spot fixing, an official said Tuesday. He was cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board to play in the latest edition of the Dhaka Premier League, a popular Bangladesh club franchise which runs until March 20. Butt has committed to a full season for local giants Mohammedan Sporting Club, a club captained by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. The former skipper is expected to make his debut against Brothers Union on Wednesday. Mohammedan official Wasim Khan said the club was looking for a left-handed opener and Butt "easily fit" the profile, adding they were not concerned about his past. "It happened long, long ago. He already served out his ban," he said. "We don´t think it should be an issue now. We have seen him scoring runs and that is important to us." Butt was captain of Pakistan when fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir delivered deliberate no-balls during a Test match against England at Lord´s in August 2010. The trio admitted to working with a bookmaker and served time in prison in England before being suspended for a minimum five years by the International Cricket Council. The ban ended on September 1, 2015. Amir has since returned to international cricket but Butt and Asif´s careers were limited to Pakistan´s domestic competition. Butt was allowed to play two matches in a Twenty20 competition in the United Arab Emirates in January -- one controversial match in that event is under investigation by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit -- before being cleared to play in Bangladesh. Dhaka Premier League is a 50-over tournament featuring many retired international players including Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi, Sri Lanka´s Arjuna Ranatunga and Sanath Jayasuriya, India´s Ajay Jadeja and England´s Neil Fairbrother.
  7. After stealing the crown of world's 'most handsome actor' from the likes of Chris Evans, Salman Khan, Henry Cavill and Robert Pattinson; actor Hrithik Roshan is back in action with the first look from his upcoming movie 'Super 30'. And after looking at this avatar, we are convinced that this is going to be one of his best performances so far. Hrithik Roshan will step in the shoes of Patna-based ace Mathematician Anand Kumar for this biopic, directed by Vikas Bahl. Kumar is known for his 'Super 30' programme, where he coaches 30 deserving students from the economically backward or weaker sections to crack IIT-JEE, the entrance exam for the Indian Institutes of Technology. Phantom Films shared the first look on their official Twitter with the caption, “From the first page in Benares!' From the first page in Benares! @ihrithik as Anand Kumar! #Super30 @Super30Film @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies @anandteacher pic.twitter.com/ddnhDqyI5B — Phantom Films (@FuhSePhantom) 6 February 2018 Hrithik looks very convincing as Anand Kumar and now that his first look is out, we don't think there could have been a better option that him in Bollywood. In fact, Kumar had earlier expressed his happiness over Hrithik playing him on the big screen. He said, “I am happy that Hrithik will play me because he is the best choice for the role. His dedication towards his work and the kind of versatility he exhibits as an actor is very inspiring. Being a rooted and passionate person myself, I feel that he will bring an emotional depth to my life on screen. I am excited to see Hrithik as Anand Kumar essaying my emotional journey." Hrithik's fans are super impressed with this look and are finding it difficult to contain their excitement. National Award on his Way ð𤠗 BHAUMIK SHAHð®ð³ (@iBhaumiks) 6 February 2018 Epic performance/movie on its way,,,cant wait,,super excited for #Super30 — Chirag Shah (@iamchiragshah97) 6 February 2018 it's so cool. @iHrithik luks so raw so real, d story itslf is blockbuster so shl b d flm — shraddha prabhaker (@shraddhawill) 6 February 2018 Hrithik as anand kumar in #Super30ð��ð... can't wait moreððð pic.twitter.com/INj7dUKRo8 — Dhiraj Roshan (@iDhirajHrithik) 6 February 2018 Beautiful!!! This movie is gonna be a landmark movie in #Hrithik's career. All our best wishes with team #Super30 — Sarang Khune (@life_unsolved) 6 February 2018 Killer look so far. HR nailed it again. He is back with his stunning look in this #Super30 . — Sangam (@iAm_Sangam) 6 February 2018 Hrithik deserve Oscar awards — Pranit (@Pranit29313215) 6 February 2018 Wearing a plain shirt, disheveled hair and a thick beard; Hrithik looks strikingly similar and absolutely convincing as the noted Maths teacher, and only time will tell how many of his fans will enroll for this special class that will most probably be held on January 25, 2019.
  8. Android knows how to be the game changer into the mobile gaming industry. With the release of free game apps, Android stands out of the crowd like never before in the upcoming year 2018. Mobile gaming is going to loaded soon as the huge amount of Game apps for Android are going to be launched in the near future. What we have here are the best free Android games that you should be able to play comfortably without engaging in too many in-app purchases and we hope you enjoy them! 1. Asphalt 8: Airbrone © Gameloft 'Asphalt 8: Airborne' is the latest in the long running series of mobile racing games from Gameloft. Airborne lets you take to the air, jumping off ramps and performing stunts mid-air with your car. Add to that a new range of cars and tracks, improved graphics and some new gameplay modes and you have all the ingredients for a great sequel. Just like its predecessors, 'Asphalt 8: Airborne' is still very much an arcade racer at heart. The biggest addition here is the presence of high-speed aerial stunts. The stunts are pretty much the only worthwhile addition to the gameplay in Airborne. The game is split into single player solo races, single player career, online multiplayer and local multiplayer over Wi-Fi. Download it from the Google Play Store 2. Titanfall: Assault © YouTube You could call Titanfall: Assault a grown up version of Clash Royale. It's a thicker, more tactical expression of similar ideas, and it's all the better for it. The maps are bigger, and some of them change as you play. Your combat skills are put into action as you aim to unleash Titans and Pilots to the frontlines in Titanfall: Assault for Android. Fight for freedom as you go into intense PvP battles that also features units from Titanfall 2. There are also many characters to use in this game. There are also some brand new units made exclusively for mobile. The battles are fought in real time strategy in a fast paced yet fluid scenarios. Download it from the Google Play Store 3. Critical Ops © REXDL The game's inspiration is obvious: it's Counter-Strike. You get one life in the Defuse mode that was the heart of the game before team deathmatch was released, and can spend money you get on weapons, having to rebuy your weapons and equipment if you die. Then, you and your team, either terrorists trying to kill all the counter-terrorists or plant a bomb, or the counter-terrorists trying to defuse the bomb or wipe out all the terrorists, go at it, in short, sub-2-minute rounds that are first to 13 wins. Download it from the Google Play Store 4. Unkilled © Madfinger Games Unkilled is the latest Zombie shooter from MADFINGER Games. Unskilled has replaced Dead Trigger2 as the best Zombie shooter on Android right now. Great graphics are one of the best features and has over 300 missions to complete. It is a freemium game and a good one to play. The player's task is to complete over 300 missions. In some missions he has to save somebody, and in others he has to seek and destroy. There are also stealth missions. He has to face hordes of zombies with his weaponry. The player is able to choose his gear before starting every mission. Player gets bonuses for every completed mission. Bonuses include money and experience. Download it from the Google Play Store 5. Pac-Man 256 © Google Play Store Coming from the same minds behind Crossy Road, PAC-MAN 256 gives the old game a modern, infinite runner spin for mobile devices. Players guide Pac-Man through a maze, munching through dots and power pellets while outrunning ghosts and "The Glitch", which slowly crawls up the infinite length of the maze. The good old power pellet makes its return, allowing you to take the fight to the ghosts, while new powerups like laser beams add new twists to familiar gameplay. Download it from the Google Play Store 6. HQ Trivia © Google Play Store HQ Trivia is a hit new trivia game. It's a live game show where all players compete at the same time. There's a host that asks questions and people answer in real time. There are 12 questions per round with a ten second timer for each question. The people left standing after 12 questions split the winnings. Players that correctly answer the final question (and all 11 others) split the prize money. The prize is currently $2,5000 for most games, but has been as high as $18,000. Download it from the Google Play Store 7. Sky Dancer © YouTube Yet another into-the-screen endless runner, channeling Temple Run. Yawn. Only Sky Dancer has a certain something that keeps you playing – and that certain something is leaving your stomach in your throat every time you jump. Much of this is down to the construction of Sky Dancer's world, which comprises tiny chunks of land hanging in the air in a manner that rocks usually don't have. As you hurl yourself off the edge of one, you must quickly maneuver to land on a platform below. Download it from the Google Play Store
  9. With the introduction of ARKit, augmented reality has got a massive boost in iOS 11. Developers have taken the full advantage of it to make exciting AR powered apps and games. We have picked up some of the best AR games for iOS 11 to let you experience and interact with the real world in an all-new way! ARKit supports A9, A10, and A11 processors. Hence, you will be able to play these top AR games on devices like iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. 1. Zombie Gunship Revenant AR: © APP store Want to get into some lethal action to showcase your heroics? Zombie Gunship Revenant AR is the perfect game to try out some jaw-dropping action. In this augmented reality zombie shooter, you take full command of the heavily-armed helicopter gunship and eliminate a ton of zombies. Customize the gunship with supremely advanced guns, cannons, rockets, and missiles. If you ever want to take that extra step, you can also upgrade the app to unlock some exciting features like the bank vault, Fort Knox, etc. Cost: FREE Download it from the App Store 2. Stack AR: © Ketchapp Studios It's a basic game that allows you to stack blocks in the real world with well-timed taps of the display with the aim of creating the tallest tower possible. I've played the usual version of Stack earlier and enjoyed it. When I got to know that Stack is bringing an AR gaming mode as well, I got incredibly excited. The new AR mode of the game lets you play in Augmented Reality anywhere. Simply open the Stack AR mode, scan a plane surface and start building. It's one of my favourite AR apps for iOS 11. It is extremely addictive and the AR version looks very neat, and is an awesome way to show-off the capability of AR! Cost: FREE Download it from the App Store 3. Real Strike - AR FPS Gun: © App store It brings first-person shooting into reality with the camera. It mixes real-time computed 3D gun animation with the camera and turns any street or area into a military base. A pool has been polluted by nuclear waste, a group of pests are just around the corner, in the mission mode, it is your job to defeat the mutilated pests. It's one of the best FPS games with AR capability. Many tend to get tired of the game after a while though because the graphics often feel dated and the campaign is short. Cost: Rs. 80 Download from App Store 4. Zombies GO! : © The Inquisitr The Walking Dead is still a wildly popular TV show and graphic novel, and sometimes you may find yourself wondering how you would fare in the zombie apocalypse. Zombies GO doesn't give you specific answers for that particular thought, but it does let you fight zombies while walking around outside, waiting for the bus, or even while shopping for groceries. You may have noticed the “Zombies GO” name resembles that of Pokemon Go, and you wouldn't be completely wrong to expect some similarities — mostly, it's the concept of holding your phone up, seeing a creature, and choosing how to deal with it. Cost: FREE Download from App Store 5. The Machines: © App Store Want to indulge in more action-packed AR battlefield sims? The Machines could be a fantastic option to let you unleash your valour! Unite and lead your team of powerful Machines to destroy your opponents. Use great combat strategies and game-changing abilities to remain ahead of your opponents. This is a competitive multiplayer game played solely in augmented reality. Cost: Rs. 400 Download from App Store 6. Kings of Pool: © App Store Kings of Pool is a classic 8 ball pool game that has been given a touch of AR by its developers. Thanks to the latest iOS 11 update, now iPhone users can put the Augmented Reality Table on a flat surface and start playing pool. I tried the game myself and it turned out to be pretty fun. Highly recommended! Cost: FREE Download from App Store 7. AR Drone Commander Lite: © App Store What about turning your home into an exciting battleground? With AR Drone Commander, you can bring enemies into your home or any place and decimate them just the way you want! Just point your iPhone's camera towards a flat surface, and the game will map a military base on it. Then, get ready to encounter a massive attack. Cost: FREE Download from App Store
  10. While Team India is yet to negate South Africa's challenge in the Test series, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on his way to the Rainbow Nation on Thursday to join his teammates for the six-match One-Day Internationals (ODI) series. Dhoni, who retired from the longest format in 2014, will undoubtedly be crucial for India to script a comeback in the limted-overs series after their Tests debacle against the Proteas. But, even before stepping foot in the Rainbow Nation, Dhoni faced a South African in his flight. The Jharkhand cricketer was accompanied by none other the fielding maestro Jonty Rhodes, who - given his love for India - seems to be more Indian than a South African. Rhodes was travelling to his home country along with his kids India and Nathan Jon. There are always feelings of concern when family leaves after 2 incredible months together, but I need not have feared; as they were in safe hands @msdhoni getting some advice from India and Nathan Jon on how to play in SA - he told them “mujhe pata hai” #SAvIND dhanyavaad Mahi pic.twitter.com/8wurojjCF3 — Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) January 25, 2018 Taking to Twitter, Rhodes shared a picture of Dhoni - who was seen holding his son Nathan - with a caption: "There are always feelings of concern when family leaves after 2 incredible months together, but I need not have feared; as they were in safe hands @msdhoni getting some advice from India and Nathan Jon on how to play in SA - he told them “mujhe pata hai” #SAvIND dhanyavaad Mahi". Given India's batting woes on the bouncy wickets and seaming conditions, we hope that India and Nathan has given enough advice to Dhoni on how to bat in South Africa as his team aims to return to the winning ways in the ODI series - slated to begin from 1 February - after losing the three-match Test series.
  11. Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor have never held back from praising each other publicly and are always the first to root for each other. Sonam has always proudly flaunted that she is daddy's girl and she never hides it. Well, looking at Anil, it's hard to believe that he is her father because the man is ageing with sheer grace. Remember when they appeared together on Karan Johar's show 'Koffee with Karan'? The father-daughter duo literally cracked everyone up and enjoyed every moment with each other. Their camaraderie was spot-on and we could feel the warmth they share. © BCCL We know there are many who would love to see the two together in a film, playing their real-life roles on the reel as well. And believe it or not, it's finally happening. Pretty exciting, isn't it? Anil and Sonam will soon be seen in a film together playing the father-daughter duo. And that's not it. The supremely talented Rajkummar Rao is also part of this project and Juhi Chawla will also be making a comeback with his film. © YouTube Titled as 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga', the movie will be directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his sister Shelly Dhar. This will be Shelly's directorial debut and Vinod will be helping her with this project. Interestingly, the name of the film itself has a close connection with Anil's blockbuster movie '1942: A Love Story' which gave birth to the evergreen love song 'ek ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga'. There is literally no one who hasn't heard this song at least once in their lifetime. © BCCL The shooting for the film has already begun and we are sure it's going to be an interesting watch. Let us know what you think about this father-daughter jodi.
  12. "Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home," the fourth film in the $600 million "Crocodile Dundee" franchise, will star Danny McBride as Brian Dundee, the son no one knew Mick Dundee had. Photo: Crocodile Dundee LOS ANGELES: More than 30 years after Mick "Crocodile" Dundee delighted audiences by wrestling wild animals and facing down New York muggers with his massive knife, a reboot is in the works. "Dundee: The Son of A Legend Returns Home," the fourth film in the $600 million "Crocodile Dundee" franchise, will star Danny McBride as Brian Dundee, the son no one knew Mick Dundee had. "I´m not going to lie to you, to be a real Crocodile Dundee, I think 95 percent of it is the vest and then five percent is just being able to not fall down and stay on your feet," said McBride in a statement released by Australian production house Rimfire Films. The company, which produced the original film and its first sequel, said the movie was slated for release in the summer. Paul Hogan, who co-founded Rimfire, became a global box office sensation in 1986 as Dundee, the atavistic Outback hillbilly with the iconic Akubra hat, in what remains the most commercially successful Australian feature ever. "´Crocodile Dundee´ is a film that has stood the test of time. It was a defining moment in my life and one of my proudest accomplishments," said Hogan. "Throughout the past few years, I´ve been thinking about how to bring Dundee to a new generation. I´m excited to introduce the new Crocodile Dundee to the world and look forward to sharing more news about those involved very soon."
  13. Will she? Will she not? This speculation about Vidya Balan playing India's first female Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been creating a buzz in B-town for almost two years now. But finally we have an answer and we are already excited about the outcome. Vidya, who is critically known for playing powerful characters, has actually acquired the rights of Sagarika Ghose's book 'Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister'. And she will be seen playing the titular role. The confirmation came when Sagarika took to Twitter and announced the news saying, “Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie” Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie — Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 10, 2018 Now, that's some good news after all. The 'Tumhari Sulu' actress' fans have been waiting to hear this news for a very long time and this confirmation comes as a relief. It all started in 2015 when director Manish Gupta went to Vidya with this script, she was blown away and instantly loved the idea of playing India's Iron Lady. However, getting a green signal from the Congress office for Manish was a tedious task. © Twitter But there is nothing to worry about anymore. As per the rules, when a film is based on a book, you don't really need permission from the political party to make a film. So one thing is sure, this film isn't getting stalled because of political influence. In fact, one can even expect the official announcements to be made soon. In fact, Sagarika's book doesn't really portray Indira Gandhi in a bad light as it hardly deals with the controversial aspect of her tenure. It deals with different aspects of Indira's life; like her failed marriage, reasons behind the Emergency in 1975, her unsettled relationship with her son Sanjay Gandhi, and other political issues. That's the reason why Congress Minister P Chidambaram was the one who launched this book in the first place. © Twitter For many who are still wondering. Let us tell you, the fate of the film won't be like Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Indu Sarkar', which was brutally chopped before it was given a clearance certificate by the CBFC, nor would it hurt anyone's sentiments per se. So, let's get ready to see Vidya all decked in crisp cotton saris playing one of the most talked about and influential leaders of India who changed the whole political scenario of the nation.
  14. 2017 was one of the best years for horror genre lovers where movies like 'It' and 'Annabelle: Creation' sent chills down our spine like no one else. It seems like 2018 won't be taking it easy on the fainthearted either, thanks to the lineup of some creepy and eerily haunting movies that are expected to release this year. And the trailer of Lucy Hale's 'Truth or Dare' is the perfect example of what we are talking about. © Blumhouse Production The game of truth or dare needs no introduction. It is undoubtedly one of the best games we ever played in our growing years – when parties with friends meant sitting at someone's house, spinning a bottle of cold drink and asking hilarious questions and daring them with random challenges. As we grew old, our questions and tasks turned raunchier and nastier, and we started spinning beer bottles instead. © Blumhouse Production The point is, playing truth or dare is usually fun and embarrassing, but Blumhouse Productions and Universal are here to show the brutal and deadly side of this seemingly harmless game that anyone has ever seen. Trust us, after watching this trailer, you will be scared to even spin that bottle let alone dare anyone. “I'm okay with strangers dying if it means I get to live,” no we are not saying this. It is how the trailer started and we can say that it's pretty much the premise of the movie too. A bunch of friends sit together for a casual game of truth or dare and things soon turn deadly when they realize that there is no escaping from it. You can either ruin each other's lives by revealing their darkest secrets or kill them or meet your cruel death; there is no middle path for the ones involved. © Blumhouse Production Jason Blum, who has earlier given us movies like 'Paranormal Activity', 'Insidious', 'Get Out', and 'Split' is back with this eerily scary movie 'Truth or Dare' starring Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Landon Liboiron as a bunch of college students who were duped into playing this deadly game, and soon find themselves running away from some supernatural power trying to kill anyone who tries to escape the game. Directed by Jeff Wadlow, 'Truth or Dare' is expected to release on April 27, 2018.
  15. Chief selector Trevor Hohns said ODI specialist Maxwell was omitted over consistency concerns SYDNEY: Regulars Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade were axed from Australia´s squad on Wednesday for this month´s one-day international series against England. Chief selector Trevor Hohns said ODI specialist Maxwell was omitted over consistency concerns, while Tim Paine takes the wicketkeeping gloves from Wade following his outstanding form in the Ashes Test series. Selectors also named Australia´s Test pace trio -- Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins -- and prodigious Twenty20 batsman Chris Lynn for the five-match series, starting in Melbourne on January 14. Hohns said the selection panel wanted to have another look at Lynn, while seeking more consistency from Maxwell. "No one is in any doubt about Glenn´s ability or his potential to produce match-winning contributions with the bat," Hohns said. "What we have wanted from him is more consistency but in his past 20 matches in this format he has averaged 22 and we need more than that from a player in the side´s batting engine room." He added that Maxwell was "still absolutely in our thoughts" but they opted for Lynn who is now back playing after a shoulder injury hampered him when he was picked against Pakistan 12 months ago. "Chris has been one of the most feared players at domestic level in limited-overs cricket in the past couple of years and we want to see if he can convert that domestic form to the international stage," said Hohns. Chris Lynn back in squad after a shoulder injury Hohns said Paine had seized his opportunity behind the stumps during the Ashes after being preferred to Wade. "Tim forced his way into the Twenty20 International squad last summer, and after coming back into the Test squad at the beginning of the Ashes series he has made a terrific contribution with bat and gloves," he said. "He deserves his opportunity in this form of the game and the challenge for Matthew is to return to the type of form that saw him score an ODI hundred against Pakistan last summer." Hohns said selectors wanted the firepower of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins in the one-day series and had added extra pacemen Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye in the squad to share the workload. "With our defence of the ICC Cricket World Cup just 17 months away, we are seeking to get a squad in place that can form the basis of the line-up for that campaign," Hohns said. "At the same time we want to regain ground in the ODI rankings, given we have slipped from the number one position over the past 12 months. "There will still be further opportunities for players to force their way into the reckoning for the squad to go to England and Wales in 2019. "But the sooner we can settle on our best combination and get them playing together and in form on a regular basis then the better our chances will be of retaining the trophy." Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
  16. Nargis Dutt (left, Aishwarya Rai Bachhan (right). Photo: File After playing a glamorous poetess in Karan Johar?s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is expected to be seen in a completely different character in the remake of 1976 release Raat aur Din, the original version of which starred the legendary Nargis Dutt. For Aishwarya Rai to play a role immortalised by Nargis would possibly be the biggest challenge of her career, the Indian media has quoted the film producer, Prerna Arora as saying. She added it was too early to talk about the project. ?But yes, I?d like to say it would be a tremendous challenge for Aishwarya to play a role for which Nargisji is remembered to this day,? Arora has been quoted as saying. ?Let?s not forget Raat aur Din was Nargisji?s swan song. She never returned to acting after this film. Her fans still remember her in this film. It?s her most iconic role after Mother India. And I?m proud to be associated with this film.? Nargis Dutt. Photo: File In Raat aur Din, Nargis played the role of a woman who suffers from a split personality disorder. The songs sung by the iconic Lata Mangeshkar for the original version of the film are likely to be used in the remake. The songs from the original, include Raat Aur Din Diya Jalay, Awara Ae Mere Dil, Dil Ki Girah Kholdi, Na Chedo Kal Ke Afsane and Jeena Humko Raas Na Aya are considered among the best songs of composer Shankar Jaikishan?s career.
  17. Photo: File After playing a dual role in her debut film, a Tamil political drama, Iruvar, in 1997, Aishwarya Rai will be seen in a double role once again in 2018, according to Indian media. While talking to MumbaiMirror, Producer Prerna Arora said the film will be an edgy thriller which she is working for with Aishwarya. ?We will soon finalise the leading man opposite her.? Besides Iruvar, Aishwarya also did a brief dual role in Jeans, a Tamil-language romantic comedy film. Moreover, it is also said that Aishwarya would be featured in the remake of Raat Aur Din, a 1967 Nargis starrer. Arora said the Raat Aur Din remake was in the planning stage. She added they have discussed the project with Sanjay Dutt, Nargis? son, and he approved of the idea and their choice of Aishwarya for the film. Aishwarya has worked in dozens of movies in different languages, including Hindi, Tamil and English. According to report, she is the first Indian actor to participate in the famous Oprah Winfrey show in the United Stated and is also the first Bollywood star to get a statue at the wax museum in London, Madame Tussauds. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 by the Government of India and received Ordre des Arts et des Letters by the Government of France in 2012.
  18. Leaf blowers being used to dry the pitch/Getty Images and Cricket Australia PERTH: Rain and a wet pitch stalled Australia´s push for victory on the final day of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Monday. Showers caused play to be abandoned early on the fourth day and they continued through to Monday morning, forcing a scheduled early resumption to be cancelled. Australia need just six more wickets to win the match and regain the Ashes. Steven Smith walks past a hardworking set of groundstaff, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 5th day, December 18, 2017/Getty Images Complicating matters further was a damp spot on the pitch, just outside the popping crease at the southern end, with WACA ground staff working furiously with leaf blowers to try to dry it out. It was unclear how the water got through the covers onto the pitch, although there was some suggestion it happened when strong winds lifted them up. Match officials were confident the problem would be resolved once the rain stopped, but no time had been set for the resumption.
  19. Lleyton Hewitt/File photo MELBOURNE: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is to come out of retirement temporarily and play doubles with compatriot Sam Groth at next month?s Australian Open, local media reported on Friday. Hewitt, a US Open and Wimbledon singles champion, officially retired from top-level tennis after his home grand slam in 2016, where he also played doubles with Groth. He did, however, play doubles during the Davis Cup and Wimbledon last year. ?It?s going to be a bit of fun. That?s what the Australian Open is about,? Hewitt told News Corp Australia on Friday. ?I?m going to really enjoy it. We?ve been hitting a lot of balls, hitting every day, and we?re not just going out there making up the numbers. ?We want to give it a fair crack.? Sam Groth of Australia celebrates a point with Lleyton Hewitt/File photo Groth, who is retiring after the season-opening grand slam and is hoping for a wildcard for the singles draw, will also play mixed doubles with Sam Stosur. ?Its something Lleyton and I have talked about and it?s perfect for me,? Groth said. ?I was there when Rusty retired in 2016 and its great that he?ll be there with me when I bow out. He?s not just someone I know through tennis, he?s a great mate.?
  20. The Afghan cricket team. Photo: AFP file NEW DELHI: Afghanistan will play their first ever Test match in India, officials from both countries announced Monday, amid speculation that the game could be played as early as next year. Afghanistan and Ireland were given Test status in June by the International Cricket Council. "The Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said. The BCCI did not say if the Test against Afghanistan is included in India?s 81 home matches scheduled for 2019-2023, leading to speculation that the two nations are looking to play the match next year. Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said on Twitter that the date and venue will be announced soon. India has acted as a mentor for Afghanistan cricket, hosting some of the war-torn nation?s home matches This year, spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghans to be picked in the Indian Premier League auction. Choudhary said after a BCCI meeting that there would be home games against England, Australia and South Africa but Pakistan is still not included in India?s schedule. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of political tensions. India?s next fixtures cycle has more home matches than the current schedule, but the number of playing days has been cut following complaints from players led by skipper Virat Kohli.
  21. It's hard to imagine the superhero world without the mention of Superman. Ever since his inception in the comic and super hero movie scene, Superman's image as a messiah refuses to go away. The latest Superman-on-screen portrayal by none other than Hollywood stud Henry Cavill is one of the best renditions of the character. Though that's no breaking news but what comes as a surprise to many is the fact that Henry Cavill completely refused to get on drugs to get jacked for his role in 'Man Of Steel' and all the consecutive movies. © YouTube While it's very common for actors to use steroids to get buffed, keeping in mind the time constraints and the money riding on their movies, Henry didn't let the needle touch him. Instead he revealed that he “wanted to push his body to its natural limits” and see what he's capable of achieving. Also, he requested the digital touch-ups to be the minimum while the movie went into post production. © YouTube In an interview, Cavill agreed to the fact that while using steroids was an option, him and his trainer Mark Twight voted against it. Mark told Cavill that, “to take a shortcut to that place is nothing that Superman would do. Cavill trained big basic lifts like the deadlift, push presses, back squatting and military pressing as a staple. There was also a mix of ballistic Olympic lifts like the clean jerks, power snatches, split jerk and front squat. All of this was done in a circuit fashion to make sure that there was total muscle recruitment and Cabill left everything in the gym. Since he had to bulk like a natural lifter, he ate in a calorie surplus and rested adequately. Over 6 months of hardcore training coupled with spot on eating and proper rest, Cavill brought, what can be easily called the best and biggest Superman body to the screen. If you are looking for motivation, look no further. Cavill's your man!
  22. If you've been active on social media or watch the news on television, it won't be hard for you to name the most-talked-about couple in the country in recent times. Yes, it's Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. And, of course, we all know how beautiful they look in each others company. Whether it's a special movie screening or a high-profile cricket clash, the two always seem to find time to cheer each other on. While Anushka doesn't shy away from lauding her love-interest on social media, Kohli, too, has been vocal about her acting skills in the past. The two lovebirds have been snapped together at various locations and their chemistry is absolutely electric. Twitter But, amid all the formalities they reflect as a couple, we have often wondered if they are just like any other normal couple - the ones that get into fights, makeup later and find themselves in another argument. We didn't really have much to say to that question until we stumbled upon a hilarious video of the popular couple. During the recently-concluded Indian Sports Honours awards ceremony in Mumbai, the couple were seen playing the 'Never Have I Ever' game where they guessed the answer for each other. Kohli and Anushka were first asked if they had ever intended to hit or punch a co-player or star to which Anushka hoped Kohli did not. #CoupleGoals + ð banter = Virat-Anushka's ð¥ #NeverHaveIEver round! Catch it all at the Indian Sports Honours event on Nov 26 on Star Sports. pic.twitter.com/24KDUeOP8V — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) 24 November 2017 Kohli replied, “Without a reason, no. Bachpan mei hota tha (used to happen when we were kids), not anymore. Nah, I don't think she has ever intended to hit someone.” When asked which subject she thinks Virat must have cheated in, Anushka said, “In any subject that he could have. He must have been caught as well.” To that, Kohli responded in the affirmative. “Yes, I have been caught twice.” Instagram/@nikhilthampi Two weeks ago, photographs of Virat and Anushka setting the red carpet on fire at the Indian Sports Honours were all over social media. With some of the biggest names in the Indian sports fraternity raising the glamour quotient with their dazzling outfits, none of them could match the chemistry of Virat and Anushka. Walking hand-in-hand at the event, the couple stole hearts with their candid moments at the red carpet. Putting their best fashion foot forward, the duo undoubtedly upped the style quotient of the starry night with their beautiful outfits. Complimenting each other in contrasting coloured power suits, Virat and Anushka lived up to their reputation as of one of the most popular celebrity couples in the country.
  23. Back in the day, video games were restricted to killing time or, at max, getting virtual thrills you usually couldn't in the real world. However, over the years, the consistent evolution of gaming technologies has not only improved the user experience, but it has led to the advent of various world-wide competitions. The emergence of tournaments like The International, the League of Legends World Championship, the Evolution Championship Series and the Intel Extreme Masters has taken the gaming experience to a whole new level. From just bragging rights amongst friends after a gaming night, the industry has forayed into a new segment popularly known as eSports. Now, a gamer can not only enjoy playing his favourite game, but they can make a killing by winning one of the various global tournaments as well. More importantly, it served a great reply to those who believed that video games will only end up wasting your time and probably leave you with weaker eye-sight. © Twitter/TheWFGamer But, many still argue that while global gaming competitions might serve the purpose of making a quick buck, it would never be able to land a job for the poor-old gamer. Only this year, those imbeciles stand wrong with their moronic jibes. Being an avid gamer and honing his skills has not only helped a 25-year-old earn global recognition, but it has also landed him a job. And, it's not just any average Joe's 9-6 job, gaming has earned him a position with the McLaren Formula 1 team. Wait, what? Yep, you read that right. What does it feel like to be @McLarenF1's official simulator driver? Our World's Fastest Gamer winner, Rudy tells all. #WFGFinals pic.twitter.com/r3WxG9bFAs — Worlds Fastest Gamer (@TheWFGamer) November 21, 2017 Rudy van Buren was going about his business in the Netherlands working as a sales manager until he got signed by McLaren as one of their F1 team's simulator drivers for the 2018 season. The youngster defeated 30,000 other entrants in the World's Fastest Gamer eSports competition - a grueling 10-day trial set up by the McLaren F1 team. Making the finals, Rudy and 11 other participants went to the McLaren Technology Centre where they locked horns across a range of simulations, including physical and cognitive tests. And, if you thought it was all about being quick, then you'd be wrong. The winner was expected to have the mental and physical ability, as well as the engineering knowledge to help the team with the 2018 McLaren F1 car for the next season. The Final Week was comprised of simulations of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - home of the Indy 500, the Suzuka circuit in Japan, the Brazilian Grand Prix venue Interlagos and Le Mans. If that wasn't enough, the finalists took part in an actual 24-hour race at Le Mans in the simulation machines, with each player in a three-person team taking eight hours each. In the end, the final two - Rudy and his fellow countryman Freek Schothorst - were whittled down before spending four hours each in the actual McLaren F1 simulation car, the same one used by two-time F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne before their races. Massive congrats and welcome to the team! ð https://t.co/crNj0Vy9fS — Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) November 22, 2017 Their performance in the last hurdle was carefully analysed and graded by a panel of judges who ultimately declared Rudy as the winner. It was a dream come true for the former sales manager who was forced to give up on his kart racing career at the age of 16 due to lack of financial backing. That moment when you realise you're McLaren's newest sim driver! ð pic.twitter.com/YJSUvsmpKK — Worlds Fastest Gamer (@TheWFGamer) November 22, 2017 So, the next time someone tells you that you're wasting your time playing video games, we urge you to patiently educate the morons about the inspiring story of Rudy van Buren - the man whose passion for gaming earned him one of the most lucrative jobs in the motorsport industry.
  24. Opponents of Russia's national side can be forgiven for confusion as they face two identical players: twin brothers Anton and Alexei Miranchuk. The 22-year-old Miranchuk siblings appeared together in the national squad for the first time last month after manager Stanislav Cherchesov rewarded their solid performances for Russian league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow. "We gave the new players a chance to show their worth in matches with teams that have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals," Cherchesov told journalists after friendlies with South Korea and Iran. "(Mario) Fernandes, (Konstantin) Rausch and the Miranchuk twins looked impressive with their club sides this season and we needed to test them in the national squad. "That helped us to finalise the pool of the candidates into our World Cup squad." The country's football chief Vitaly Mutko hailed the brothers from the southern Krasnodar region as part of a new generation of dedicated players, a much welcome boost after a dreadful Euro 2016 campaign. Players such as the Miranchuks are "highly motivated" and "have a completely different attitude to football", Mutko stressed. "It's a generation of professionals." The twins meanwhile said their invitation to the national side had done wonders for their confidence. "It was incredibly motivating for us when we got the call up to the national squad," Anton Miranchuk, who made his senior Russia debut in October's 4-2 win over South Korea, told AFP. "I just couldn't put my feelings into words." "Of course it's a great responsibility," his brother Alexei, who earned the first of his 12 international caps in 2015, added. "When you join the national squad, it's a new experience, new feelings and new opportunities. It's cool." Cossack character The players' mother Yelena Miranchuk said the family traces its origins back to the Cossacks, independent horsemen forces who guarded Tsarist Russia's borders. She told Russian television she believes this gave her sons their active and uncompromising nature. The brothers started out training with the Olympus club of their native town of Slavyansk-on-Kuban in their home region. After a couple of years, Spartak Moscow invited the boys to join their football academy. They came to Moscow with their mother, a trained teacher who got a job at their school's boarding house. "It was non-negotiable that our mum came with us," Anton said. "She's the head of our family -- she has always been with us, she has watched and supported us the whole time," Alexei added. "Things might have gone differently without her keeping an eye on us." After the Miranchuk brothers turned 16, Spartak released them for not being physically strong enough, forcing them to join Lokomotiv's academy. Their natural talent soon shone through and they became integral members of Lokomotiv's youth squad, winning three consecutive Russian titles. Alexei then made his debut in the Russian Premier League in 2013 but Anton was made to wait before getting his chance. Anton was sent on loan to Estonian high-flyers Levadia Tallinn for the 2016 campaign, during which he scored 15 goals in 33 matches. That form abroad earned him a brief cameo alongside his brother for Lokomotiv at the end of the last season, before thrusting him into a regular role this term. 'Spiritual connection' But the separation was hard, Anton admitted. "We've been together since we were born. I feel a constant spiritual connection with my brother and I feel I miss him after just a couple of days apart. "But I don't regret my secondment to Estonia. It was very useful to get regular match practice and experience. It helped me a lot to win a place in Lokomotiv's line-up when I came back." His brother Alexei naturally agreed. "For me it was really hard to play and to progress without my brother," he added. "But now I feel that this parting was for the best. "Now everything has got back to normal and I feel we're both ready to go up to the next level."
  25. Pakistan will play its first match of the International Festival of Hockey against the hosts Australia at Melbourne's State Netball Hockey Centre on Wednesday. The 4-Nation tournament also features New Zealand and Japan. After the single league, the top two teams would play the final, with the bottom two featuring in the third position game. Australia, the reigning world champions who are no 2 in the FIH rankings, are the favourites. Their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand (ranked 8) are expected to offer the toughest competition. It will be a surprise if any of the Asia sides, Pakistan (ranked 13) and Japan (ranked 16), makes it to the final. Pakistan's Matches: Wednesday 8 November, vs Australia Thursday 9 November, vs New Zealand Saturday 11 November, vs Japan Final & 3rd Position match: Sunday, 12 November