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  1. geo_embedgallery Gallery photos: Geo News The final round of the thirteenth four-day Cholistan Desert Rally is underway in the Cholistan Desert. One hundred and seventeen motor drivers, including three female and three foreigners, are participating in different rounds of the rally. Following the first vehicle's flag-off at 8am today, motor racers drove their vehicles to cover the 240km-long track, touching the historic forts of Bijnot and Jam Garh in Bahawalnagar districts. The prize distribution ceremony will be held tonight at the historic Derawer Fort, followed by a cultural show and fireworks.
  2. Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova suffered shock defeat by outsider Monica Niculescu DOHA: Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the Qatar Open on Monday, dumped out in three sets by outsider Monica Niculescu. The Romanian, ranked number 92 in the world, 51 places behind the Russian, won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. In a match lasting more than two and a half hours, Sharapova hit 52 unforced errors as opposed to just 17 from Niculescu. In blustery conditions, Sharapova also struggled to get to grips with the 30-year-old Niculescu´s distinctive style, which relies heavily on a sliced forehand. The former world number one, twice a winner in Doha, had been given a wildcard into the draw and was one of the tournament´s major attractions. "I did a good job of winning the longer rallies, even though that´s not really what I wanted to get myself into," said Sharapova afterwards. "So, physically I felt good. I just got pretty passive in the end and starting making too many errors." It was the 30-year-old´s first appearance in Doha since 2013 and her first match since losing to Angelique Kerber in the third round of the Australian Open last month. Sharapova returned to tennis last April after completing a 15-month ban for failing a drug test. A jubilant Niculescu described it afterwards as "a very good win" as well as "a tough match". Niculescu is ranked number 92 in the world, 51 places behind Sharapova She added: "I love it how I play and I like to be unique and I think my slice forehand is a weapon. "And when I feel good on the court then I play relaxed, I can be good and can be dangerous." Niculescu´s reward is to play either Magdalena Rybarikova or wildcard Fatma Al-Nabhani in the next round. Nine of the top ten women´s players are competing in Doha this week, but arguably Sharapova was the biggest attraction. Her defeat is unlikely to please organisers after the men´s tournament in Qatar last month was decimated of big name stars through injury. The competition could see a repeat of the Australian Open final as the world´s new number one Carolina Wozniacki, and the woman she beat in Melbourne, Simona Halep, are seeded one and two in Doha. In another Romanian versus Russian clash, Halep will start her tournament on Tuesday, playing against Muscovite, Ekaterina Makarova, a former world number eight. Also through on Monday was world number 30 Dominika Cibulkova, who beat Russia´s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the world number 22, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4.
  3. Maria Sharapova beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) to storm into third round MELBOURNE: Unseeded Maria Sharapova Thursday showed she is a serious contender for the Australian Open by swatting aside a 14th seed who had given her major trouble in the past. Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month doping ban, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a five-time major winner as she destroyed gritty Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena. The Russian, who faces Angelique Kerber next in a mouth-watering clash of former Australian Open champions, warned she was still improving less than a year after her comeback last April. "She´s had success here," she said of Kerber, the 2016 title winner. "She´s had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts. I want to see where I am on that level." The Latvian had thwarted the Russian´s Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open last year. In their next encounter in Beijing Sevastova was only denied after more than three gruelling hours in a titanic three-setter. On Thursday, it was a different story as Sharapova sped through a sizzling first set in just 23 minutes for the loss of only nine points. "I played really well at the net, finished the balls off with a swing volley or good volley," she said. "Something I´ve been working on, and definitely improved in the match today." Sevastova characteristically fought back in the second but the only time the 2008 Australian Open champion and crowd-favourite wobbled was when serving for the match. "She never really lets up," Sharapova said. "But I got through it. I did the job in two, and that´s not something I did, you know, towards the end of last year. "I think that´s an improvement." Dramatic demolition As temperatures soared towards 40 Celsius (104 Farenheit) on the hottest day of the tournament so far, it was a dramatic demolition. The Latvian, who reached back-to-back quarter-finals at the US Open in 2016 and 2017, briefly woke up to break the Sharapova serve for the first time early in the second set. The jolt to the Sharapova juggernaut was evident and she began to make unforced errors as service holds and breaks were exchanged. At 4-4 a backhand winner got Sharapova to break point and when a second screamer followed it was greeted by a double-fist pump from the Russian. But still Sevastova was not done and broke back again to force a tiebreak. Sharapova regathered and was not to be denied as she hit a scarcely believable forehand crosscourt winner on the run to get to 5-2 before closing out the match with a scream of joy, a fist pump and a huge smile. "I did my job in two sets against someone that´s been troubling in the past for me. I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory," said Sharapova. Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women´s sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback but has been working her way back up the rankings since. She broke through to win the Tianjin Open in October -- her first title since 2015 -- and enjoyed a run to the semi-final in Shenzhen to start the year.
  4. Jelena Ostapenko storms into second round of Australian Open 2018 MELBOURNE: The stark contrast in form between last year?s two first-time grand slam champions continued as Sloane Stephens was bundled out in the first round of the Australian Open, while Jelena Ostapenko stormed into round two on Monday. American Stephens enjoyed a fairytale run to win the U.S. Open last year ranked 83rd in the world but has not won a match since -- a run that continued with a 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2 defeat by China?s Zhang Shuai on Margaret Court Arena. Not that the 24-year-old was getting too down on herself. ?Even though I lost, I?m not too sad. Everything is good. Relax, everybody. It will be okay. Don?t worry. We will get back to having fun soon,? she told reporters. ?Just give me a little bit to regroup and we will be okay.? Unlike Stephens the 20-year-old Ostapenko, who blazed to the French Open title last June to become Latvia?s first grand slam champion, has suffered no such hangover. She backed up her Paris exploits to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals and third round in New York, and looked every inch a title contender in a 6-1 6-4 defeat of Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone to open proceedings on Rod Laver Arena. Ostapenko, who had an edition of 55,000 stamps printed in her honour last year, all of which were sold in a day, trailed in the second set against the 37-year-old 2010 French Open champion, but clicked into gear to move through. Predictable defeat The seventh seed had lost in the first round of both her tournaments so far this year, but back on one of the sport?s grandest stages, she shone. ?I really enjoy to play on all center courts, especially when there is a lot of people watching and supporting me, I really love that feeling,? Ostapenko, who reached the third round here last year, told reporters. ?Of course it?s tough, especially after winning at the age of 20. Everybody wants to beat you,? she said. ?But on the other side, I have nothing to lose. I already won the grand slam. I just enjoy every match and show my best.? The 24-year-old Stephens lacks the firepower of Ostapenko and while her defeat by Zhang was classified as a first-day surprise, it was quite predictable against an accurate opponent who just missed out on a seeding. Sloane Stephens was bundled out in the first round of the Australian Open Stephens was assured in winning the first set and battled back from a break down in the second and served for the match at 5-4, only to be broken and dragged into a tiebreak. Zhang, who reached the quarter-finals in 2016 as a qualifier, dominated the decider with her pinpoint groundstrokes to send the 13th seed spinning out. Stephens was phlegmatic afterwards, laughing off questions about her loss of form. ?I wouldn?t call them tough times. Everyone is so depressed and so down,? she said. ?I will have the best Instagram picture when I finally snap this losing streak. ?Tennis is definitely a roller coaster. But I have learned to just not panic.?
  5. I was always into sports. As grew up and work replaced leisure, parties made me forget about one of the most important component of life – Fitness. The 9-5 got me stuck in the same routine for years in a row. I was a slave to the living life on the weekends. The realization kicked in sometime around December 2014, when I stepped on weighing machine. I weighed about 72KG at 5' 6”. To worsen the case, I was skinny fat and pretty weak. Of course I was called names and body shaming was definitely one of the reasons I stepped into a gym. Initially, I was just a weekend warrior. I went in and did almost nothing fruitful. Training for a goal never happened. In 2015, one of Greg Plitt's video made me realize that there's so much more to life than just making a living. © Jatin One year later on 1 Jan 2016, I started my fitness journey. The approach this time was different- only weights and no Cardio. I had got my share of bodybuilding knowledge from extensive reading and research. © Jatin Till February 2016, I made good progress and lost around 5 kg but I knew that my diet wasn't on point. I was still lagging behind in terms of completing my protein requirements. I didn't want to add more scoops of whey protein and being a vegetarian by birth, eggs and chicken were a taboo for me. Realizing that most of the vegetarian protein sources come along with carbs, it was tough for me to maintain my low carb-high protein diet consistently. I decided to give my body whatever it needed and added chicken and eggs to my diet routine and I never looked back since then. © Jatin So far into my entire fitness journey, I am pretty much injury free. Whenever I feel that a workout is taxing my joints, I switch exercises. In April 2017, I participated in a competition of running and covered 800+ Km in 30 odd days for my team. Though I didn't lose any weight in this period as I was eating close to 6000 calories/day but my overall body composition changed drastically. Post competition, I realized that I had lost a considerable amount of strength and muscle in my lower body and gained a bit of fat. I restarted the body construction from ground zero and got shredded again by June 2017. © Jatin In 2017 I decided to pursue my Passion along with my 9-5 Job and completed a Certification of Sports Nutrition Specialist. To me, training is one of the most important aspects of my life. It keeps me goal oriented and boosts my self-confidence when I crush goals. Before I started with my fitness quest, I was an impatient guy. I always use to look for all in or all out approach and lacked long term discipline. Fitness taught me the art of discipline. They say – Be Persistent- You'll achieve it .Be consistent and you'll keep it. It's true for anything in life. The Goals Ahead I am currently trying to be the leanest I can ever be, naturally. Following a caveman's diet is one of the strategies that have worked for me. Eggs and chicken are my staple food for protein while rice and potatoes complete my carbohydrate intake. Fats are taken care of by yolks, coconut oil and animal fat from meat. Veggies come without cost of calories and I eat as much as I can to get all the fiber and vitamins I need. On Supplements- I try to keep things very basic – whey protein with glutamine. I also take caffeine pre workout for energy. Fish oil to avoid excess inflammation and keep immunity in check and multivitamins to avoid any dietary pitfalls. In 2018, one of my personal goals will be to maintain a six pack all year round while gaining as much muscle mass as possible. Let's see how that goes!
  6. Photo: Reuters Recently betrothed Prince Harry held a rapid fire question session with the former US president Barack Obama and baffled him with an array of questions in an interview for BBC Radio 4?s Today programme. The prince asked the former president plenty of questions ranging from work to his personal choices. When asked whether Obama likes Buckingham Palace or White House, he responded in favour of the latter saying that the former?s lawn will be difficult to mow. The prince asked the former president?s preference for a good burger or a lottery ticket, to which Obama replied that he would rather have a good burger. When asked if it was Kim or Khloe, Barack Obama preferred to defer on that one, although, on the question about Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner, he said he liked Turner better. On the question about briefs or boxers, the former US president backtracked openly, saying he doesn?t ?answer those questions?. ?Lebron James or Michael Jordan?? For Obama, it was Jordan plain simple although he added that he loves Lebron too.
  7. KARACHI: Two suspects were apprehended Friday night following a search operation carried out by police in Orangi Town's Pakistan Bazaar area, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) said. The two suspects ? identities of whom were not revealed ? were allegedly involved in gambling. Police said they recovered from the arrestees cash reportedly used in gambling. Fire at shopping mall Shopping mall fire in Karachi doused The cause of the fire is yet to determined A portion of a shopping mall at the city's Shaheed-e-Millat Road caught fire late Friday night but the flames were doused less than an hour later, emergency response authorities said. No casualties were reported. Two fire tenders were engaged in trying to douse the flames, officials at the scene told Geo.tv.
  8. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference after meetings during the Intra Syria talks in Geneva, Switzerland November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA: The United Nations said on Thursday that it was extending a round of Syria talks in Geneva until December 15 aimed at shaping a political solution to end the war, but that the presidency had not yet been discussed. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said that the talks would focus in particular on a new constitution and UN-supervised parliamentary and presidential elections, as well as on 12 core principles that he declined to enumerate. ?We have not discussed the issue of the presidency. We have been discussing the 12 principles. You will see they are of a broad nature but they have an impact on everything in the future constitution,? he told a news conference. ?These are essential because they do refer to what could be a shared vision of the kind of Syria that the Syrians want to live in,? he said. Syria?s opposition has always said that President Bashar al-Assad must step down, but his negotiators have refused to discuss the issue, and his recent successes on the battlefield have strengthened his hand. ?I want to believe that that issue should come up from the Syrians through UN-supervised elections,? de Mistura said. With more than two weeks ahead, the round was effectively just beginning, he said, noting that the government negotiators had arrived late and might take a few days out to ?consult and refresh? in Damascus before returning to Geneva around Tuesday. On Thursday he began shuttling between the two sides, installed in separate rooms off the same corridor, but he said having a contact in-person was less important than meeting on the substance, and the atmosphere was ?professional and serious? on both sides. He said the talks had solid diplomatic backing, with recent support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump, and Assad, as well as a telephone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the start of the round. The defeat of Daesh in its main strongholds in Syria had also produced ?a moment of truth?. ?All this takes place against quite a backdrop. It?s just not a normal round of talks,? de Mistura said. ?Have you seen how people are talking to each other, how those who were involved in the conflict for the first time are taking positions that are in the direction of a political dialogue?? And for the first time in eight rounds of Syria talks presided over by de Mistura, the opposition is represented by a unified negotiating team, raising the possibility of direct talks between the two sides.
  9. Spain?s Villarreal and France?s Nice were among the qualifiers for the knockout stage of the Europa League, with one game remaining to play, after wins on Thursday. Arsenal lost to Cologne 1-0 in Germany but still finish top of Group H while Hertha Berlin crash out of the competition after a 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao. Villarreal moved into the next round after beating Astana 3-2 to end the Kazakh club?s 17-game unbeaten run. Substitute Cedric Bakambu scored twice after being introduced on the hour to put Villarreal 3-1 up and an 88th-minute Patrick Twumasi goal for the hosts made no difference. Italian Mario Balotelli scored twice, including a penalty, for Nice as they went through from Group K with a 3-1 victory over Belgium?s Zulte Waregem. European debutants Ostersunds, who now top Group J with ten points, triumphed 2-0 at home to Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk, taking the lead through an own goal from Dmytro Hrechyshkin in the 40th minute before a long-range effort from Saman Ghoddos secured the win 13 minutes from the end. Salzburg enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Portugal?s Vitoria Guimares thanks to goals from Israeli Moanes Dabour, Andrea Ulmer and South Korean Hwang Hee-chan. Viktoria Plzen progress after a 2-0 win over Romania?s Steaua Bucharest which came after second-half goals from Milan Petrzela and Jan Kopic. Arsenal were already assured of progress before their trip to Germany but will still be disappointed to have a fallen to the Bundesliga?s bottom club. Sehrou Guirassy?s 62nd-minute penalty, after he was brought down by Mathieu Debuchy, was all that separated the two sides although Reiss Nelson and Jack Wilshere both went close to levelling in the final moments but were foiled by Cologne keeper Timo Horn. AC Milan, Everton and Olympique Lyon were all in action later on Thursday.
  10. NEW YORK: New York City police wrangled a cow on the loose in a Brooklyn park on Tuesday after the animal became a spectacle for tourists and New Yorkers alike when it was spotted roaming the streets and enjoying the park facilities. The bemused bovine and camera-wielding humans stared at each other through a chain-link fence for several minutes, according to live news video. At other times the beast wandered curiously around the 526-acre (212-acre) Prospect Park, the largest in the borough of Brooklyn, and the artificial turf field normally used for human sporting events. Officers used soccer goals to fence the animal in on a baseball diamond, but the cow barreled through one of the nets, knocking down a police officer. Police eventually trapped the cow between two vehicles parked on either side of baseball field?s bench area after an officer appeared to fire a tranquillizer dart at it. Officers then seemed content to let the cow roam between cars, waiting for the drug to take effect before they were able to rope the beast and load it into an NYPD horse trailer. It was not clear where the beast came from or how it got lost. Police said they would turn it over to the animal control department after they caught it. The chase drew torrents of posts on social media, many featuring groan-inducing puns. The New York City Parks Department also got in on the act, tweeting: ?Hey, has anyone seen a cow?? When another user responded that the animal was, in fact, a bull, the department replied, ?Excuse our calf...er, gaffe.?
  11. MOSCOW: Maria Sharapova was swept away in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday by Magdalena Rybarikova, while sixth-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Kristyna Pliskova to make it to the round of 16. Slovakian Rybarikova spoiled Sharapova?s first appearance at the Kremlin Cup in a decade, winning 7-6(3) 6-4 in just under two hours to set up a second-round meeting with France?s Alize Cornet. Later on Tuesday Australia?s Gavrilova beat Pliskova in three sets and will face Belarusian qualifier Vera Lapko in the second round. Seventh-seeded Julia Goerges, of Germany, currently 27th in the WTA rankings, beat Russian qualifier Polina Monova in straight sets and will face Kazakhstan?s Yulia Putintseva in the second round. Twenty-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina also upset compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded fifth, beating her 7-6, 6-1. Kasatkina, who served up four aces in Tuesday?s match, will face Katerina Siniakova, of the Czech Republic, in the second round. Russia?s Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Irina-Camelia Begu, of Romania, also move on to the second round after wins on Tuesday.
  12. File Photo KARACHI: Two people were injured during firing incidents late Saturday night in different areas of the metropolis, Geo News reported. A stray bullet left a child wounded in Orangi Town No. 2 last night, police officials stated, adding that the bullet came from an unknown direction. Another person was injured in a firing incident, which occurred following resistance during a robbery attempt, in North Nazimabad's Block U, rescue sources said. Police raids Law enforcement agencies carried out a raid at a supermarket in Liaquatabad area here last night that led to the arrest of three members of a robbers' gang, police officials stated. The suspects ? identified as Rehan, Mukhtiar Ali, and Ali Murtaza ? hail from different areas, with the former a local resident and the latter two coming from some interior Sindh locality. Police said a car and a pistol were recovered from the detained suspects, who had arrived at the supermarket with the intention to rob it. An alleged street criminal was taken into custody during an operation conducted in Orangi Town's Pakistan Bazaar area, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-West said. The police officer explained that weapons and motorcycles were recovered from the arrestee. Combing operation A door-to-door search was carried out during a combing operation in Lines Area and A.B. Sina Line locale, wherein 15 suspects were detained for questioning, police sources revealed. In addition, a gang war leader ? identified as Nasir (alias Cablewala) ? was also detained during the operation, security officials said. The detained gang war leader was allegedly involved in setting up illegal power lines in the area, police added. Rangers raid Rangers conducted a search operation in the Risala area here last night, sources disclosed, adding that no arrests were made nor any suspects detained. A door-to-door search was carried out during the operation, the sources said.
  13. If you thought the ‘Insidious' series was done after the third movie, think again. Successful horror franchises never quite die, and this one is no different. There's not a better franchise whisperer than James Wan right now, and after launching both the ‘Saw' and ‘Conjuring' series, he also took on 2015's pivotal Furious 7, a great entry into an already great franchise that paved the way for many, many more years of good Fast movies. Other than that, he'll also be tackling ‘Aquaman', a DC movie coming out next year. © Blumhouse Productions ‘Insidious' falls between all of these accomplishments, with the franchise beginning in 2010, and now it's entering its fourth chapter, ‘The Last Key'. Even though this series hasn't reached the level of ‘The Conjuring' and ‘Saw', it is still quite an entertaining and successful franchise. © Blumhouse Productions One of the big tag lines of the original Insidious was "it's not the house that's haunted", and it does seem to be quite applicable for this latest one as well. In ‘The Last Key', the veteran spook investigator, Lin Shaye, will discover that it's also a very personal case. In this one, Shaye's character Dr. Elise Rainier is contacted by a desperate family (led by Kirk Acevedo), as they are experiencing and being tortured by truly terrifying apparitions since they moved into their new house. © Blumhouse Productions But, as soon as she reaches there, Elise realizes that the house is a little too familiar, being the same house she grew up in. The movie will have Elise dealing with new a supernatural menace along with her own past, but the scariest part is the introduction of a weird new villain: A demonic creature with keys for fingers that has an unpleasant affinity for plunging them into people's necks. © Blumhouse Productions Check out the scary as hell trailer here: Well, the use of the word ‘last' in the title might be an indication to this being the final instalment of the franchise, so let's enjoy it while it lasts! ‘Insidious : The Last Key' is set to hit the theatres in January next year.
  14. NEW YORK - After two marathons, Roger Federer had the after-burners on, sprinting past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-3 7-5 and into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday. Chasing a sixth US. Open title, Federer needed just one hour and 46 minutes under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium to put away the 31st seed Lopez, leaving plenty in the tank after being forced to go the distance in his opening two matches. It has been a far different start to the US Open than Wimbledon where an economical Federer stormed to his 19th grand slam title without dropping a set. In his opening two matches at Flushing Meadows, a misfiring Federer had been forced to five sets, first by American young gun Frances Tiafoe then Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. After being broken eight times and committing a whopping 124 unforced errors in those first two contests, a focused Federer tightened up his game against Lopez, operating with his hallmark efficiency. ?I struggled the first couple of rounds but I think that had something to do with my opponents. They came out and played very well,? Federer said in his post-match interview on court. "Once I got off to a slow start and once my opponent fought back really hard and today it almost happened again in the third set but I think I played a very clean match. ?I couldn?t be happier to get a match in straight sets against Feliciano who has been a great competitor over the years.? A capacity crowd saw Federer try out everything in his tool bag. The timely big serve, the elegant backhand, laser forehands, hustle and defense were all on display. He committed just 16 unforced errors while firing 32 winners to run his record to 13-0 against the 35-year-old Spaniard. Federer started the match as if he had dinner reservations, breaking Lopez to go up 4-2 then holding serve to clinch the opening set in a snappy 25 minutes. He marched on, his focus only faltering slightly in the third set when he allowed Lopez to break back. But the 36-year-old Swiss just buckled down and broke Lopez again to close out the match and set up a fourth round meeting with German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
  15. LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather Jr picked up the 50th win of his illustrious career, defeating Conor McGregor by 10th-round TKO on Saturday night in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. With the victory, Mayweather surpasses Rocky Marciano, who retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record. Many expected Mayweather to beat McGregor, with the biggest question being whether the fight would last the full 12 rounds. Mayweather's last knockout was against Victor Ortiz in 2011. No sellout but Mayweather, McGregor have Sin City buzzing Just hours before the fighters were to step into the ring, tickets price shot to $2,500-$10,000 for ringside Although McGregor is UFC's lightweight champion, he was clearly overmatched against somebody who's one of the best defensive boxers in history. The likes of Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya have all tried to take down Mayweather and failed. McGregor stood little chance in what was his boxing debut.
  16. Time to practice your crane kick. YouTube Red, the online video giant's subscription service, announced Friday a new series based on the cult classic "Karate Kid," with two of film's principal actors reprising their roles as foes. The 1984 original starring Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, a bullied teen who turns to elderly Japanese-American Mr Miyagi (the late Pat Morita) for mentoring and training, was a worldwide blockbuster that led to three sequels and a 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith. The new series, titled "Cobra Kai" after the fanatical dojo attended by the first film's villains, is set 30 years later and sees Daniel struggling to deal with the loss of Miyagi. His teenage nemesis Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka) has held on to a grudge and is determined to restart their rivalry in the ring. The 10-part series will be co-produced by Will Smith's production company. YouTube Red has been seeking to develop original content since its launch in 2015.
  17. Sharapova hadn´t played in the US since March 2015 LOS ANGELES: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made a battling return to US hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California. "I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you," Sharapova told fans in a post-match interview. "It´s my first match in the States in a really long time, and it´s the closest thing to home for me." The former world number one from Russia hadn´t played in the US since March of 2015, before serving a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium. She returned to competition in April, but her comeback has been disrupted by a hip injury that forced her to withdraw from Wimbledon qualifying. Sharapova, whose ranking has fallen to 171 in the world, received a wild card into the premier level tournament in Stanford, where she was tested Monday by the 80th-ranked Brady. Sharapova got off to a brisk start. Although she needed to save three break points in the sixth game to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set, she broke in the next game to seize the set before Brady won the second. "I had a bit of a letdown but that´s the way it is," Sharapova said. "You finish a set and think you´ve got it, but she came out firing, capable of hitting winners and big serves." Early in the third Sharapova fought off two break points to consolidate her lead, and wrapped up the match after two hours and two minutes. "I feel like I face a lot of things: not competing for a long time, an opponent who´s able to play some great tennis ... I feel like I´m playing catch-up against everyone who´s had a head start," Sharapova said. "All that matters is that I keep playing." Sharapova, who has also accepted a wildcard into the WTA tournament in Cincinnati -- another key warmup for the US Open -- booked a second-round meeting with seventh-seeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Spain´s Lara Arruabarrena. Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who stunned Venus Williams in the final at the All England Club, is the top seed. She will open with a second-round match against American Kayla Day, who defeated Japan´s Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 on Monday.
  18. ULAANBAATAR: There was no outright winner in Mongolia's presidential election on Monday, forcing the country's first ever second-round run-off between the two leading candidates, the country's General Election Committee said of Tuesday. The populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won the most votes, but failed to secure the majority required, the committee said. After the final districts were counted overnight, Battulga emerged with 517,478 votes, 38.1 percent of the total, according to Mongolian state television. Ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold, regarded as pro-investment and market-friendly, scraped through to the second round with 411,748 votes, 30.3 percent of the total. The election was seen as referendum on the government's economic recovery plans and China's role in the country. Battulga is regarded as a resource nationalist who is suspicious of neighbouring China, while Enkhbold, an establishment politician and parliamentary speaker, appears to have suffered as a result of his party's austerity policies. The new MPP administration raised interest rates and slashed public spending last year to try to cope with heavy debts and a precipitous fall in the value of Mongolia's currency, the tugrik. Enkhbold, the pre-election favourite, was trailing in third place for much of the count after a stronger than expected performance by Sainkhuu Ganbaatar of the breakaway Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP). Ganbaatar finished with 30.2 percent, trailing Enkhbold by fewer than 2,000 votes, but is expected to be eliminated from the second round. All three presidential candidates promised to pull the country out of its current crisis, but their campaigns were clouded by corruption allegations. Mongolia, a remote, resource-rich land known as the birthplace of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan, is a parliamentary democracy. The government is run by the prime minister, but the president has powers to veto legislation and make judicial appointments.
  19. LONDON: Young gun Anthony Joshua got up off the canvas to stop former champion Wladimir Klitschko Saturday in the 11th round of a heavyweight world title fight that is being hailed as an epic. In a tumultuous atmosphere at Wembley Stadium, 90,000 fans saw the undefeated 27-year-old add the World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt sparked by a devastating right uppercut that led to the 41-year-old Klitschko being felled in the 11th. The Ukrainian former world champion rose unsteadily before being floored again. He bravely got up once more but referee David Fields waved it off soon after as he was unable to defend himself against a barrage of Joshua blows on the ropes. American Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was among those who immediately hailed the contest as ´amazing´. "Such an amazing fight with 2 great fighters. Lot of heart by both fighters. A lot of questions answered by @anthonyfjoshua #JoshuaKlitchsko," he tweeted. Lennox Lewis paid tribute to Klitschko for getting up twice in the 11th from devastating Joshua punches. "How much heart did @Klitschko show in this fight? Gotta respect it. Hold ur head high brother! #joshuaklitschko." tweeted the Briton who was the last man to be the undisputed world heavyweight champion. The Ukrainian had also been sent crashing to the floor in the fifth round as the 27-year-old British fighter took his perfect record to 19 stoppage wins in 19 fights. "What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game. As I said, I´m not perfect but I´m trying and if you don´t take part you´re going to fail," said Joshua who was put on the canvas for the first time in his career in the sixth round of the see-saw battle. ´Leave your ego at the door´ "As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko," said Joshua. A third defence of his IBF world heavyweight title also earned Joshua the vacant WBA belt as he became the first British heavyweight since Lewis in 2002 to hold two versions of the world title. It was Klitschko´s first stoppage defeat since Lamon Brewster beat him in 2004 and leaves his record at 64 wins and five defeats. "The best man won tonight and it´s a massive event for boxing," Klitschko told Sky Sports. "Two gentleman fought each other. Anthony was better today. It´s really sad I didn´t make it tonight." Klitschko was trying to reclaim two of the three belts he lost to Joshua´s fellow Briton Tyson Fury by an upset on points in November 2015. The Ukrainian had not fought since then and entered the ring as the underdog in front of Britain´s largest boxing attendance since 1939. Klitschko could not establish his jab in the first round and it was Joshua who landed more punches, with the best being a left hook in the opening minute. Sledgehammer left hand Joshua began the second confidently and repeatedly found Klitschko with his jab. The Briton missed with a big overhand right at the start of the third round but then connected with a sledgehammer left hand. Klitschko began the fourth full of intent but it was Joshua who started quicker in a thunderous fifth round. The Briton wobbled Klitschko with a left before landing a series of clubbing blows, including a cracking right uppercut, which sent the Ukrainian to the canvas. Klitschko got up but was on unsteady legs and began swinging wildly. Joshua suddenly became static on the ropes after punching himself out. Klitschko seized his moment and began to land flush as he took control. In the sixth, Joshua´s early confidence had evaporated and he was dropped by a right hand to the temple. He was up at eight and immediately had to duck a big left from Klitschko before surviving the round. In the 11th Joshua uncorked a sweet right uppercut to snap back Klitschko´s head, followed by another right to send his opponent to the canvas. Klitschko courageously got up but was nailed by another right and another right uppercut and went down again. Klitschko got up but when Joshua started to pile on the pressure referee Fields had no option but to save the brave Ukrainian from further punishment.
  20. Yakutsk in Russia’s Siberia province is one of the coldest cities in the world, with temperatures dropping to an average of minus 34° Celcius during the freezing winter months and only five hours of daylight. While this means crops can't be grown in the frozen soil, local authorities now believe they've found a way around that. They've teamed up with Japanese firm Hokkaido Corporation to build greenhouses with special technology. The local mayor Aisen Nikolaev hopes the project will go a long way to providing the fruit and vegetables that Yakutsk's people need. Once the infrastructure construction has passed the second stage of completion, “we plan to harvest around 1700 tonnes of cucumbers, more than 600 tonnes of tomatoes, and around 25 tonnes of greens, which should satisfy about 30-40 percent of the Yakutsk population's needs”, explained Nikolaev. The greenhouses are specially designed to withstand the extreme cold. Three layers of a thin film made from rubber with thermal insulation properties are used. The mayor said, “It is three times thinner, but at the same time it can be stretched widely. It takes seven tonnes of weight per square metre piece for the film to break.” Interestingly, the material has the ability to receive better sunlight than ordinary glass. “[It] managed to last through this winter with temperatures dropping below minus 50 Celsius,” Nikolaev added. Most of the produce till now had to be transported from Russia's Krasnodar region or imported from China. But if this technology proves to be a success, the tomatoes won't have to travel too far to feed Yakutsk.