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  1. Hussain Talat (R) finishes the job for Islamabad United DUBAI: A brilliant batting display by Hussain Talat took Islamabad United home in chase of 114 against Multan Sultans in Dubai on Saturday. The 22-year-old smashed 48 not out off 34 balls to rescue the Reds from Imran Tahir's magical spell and clinch a 5-wicket win for his team. He was helped along by Faheem Ashraf who put up 12 runs from 20 balls. 2nd innings geo_embedgallery Chasing 114, Islamabad lost Luke Ronchi for a three-ball duck off a beautiful delivery by Mohammad Irfan. Imran Tahir removed Sahibzada Farhan with a gem of a delivery, as Islamabad were left two down for 37. Junaid Khan ended Walton's resistance at 27. From there, the wickets began to fell quickly. Imran Tahir removed Asif Ali for 11 and LBWed Andre Russell for a golden duck, leaving Islamabad struggling at 63-5. Hussain Talat snatched hopes of winning away from Multan, as he smashed three 6s and four 4s to post 48 not out on the score table. 1st innings geo_embedgallery Rumman Raees, standing in as captain in place of injured Misbah, removed Kumar Sangakkara early after winning the toss and opting to bowl first. Mohammad Sami dismissed D Bravo for 6. Sohaib Maqsood didn't stand a chance either, and was cleaned up for 1. Multan lost their fourth wicket at 31 in the ninth over, as Ahmed Shehzad was caught off Steven Finn for 11. Kieron Pollard showed some resistance with his quick 28 runs, but was LBWed by Andre Russell. Shoaib Malik departed after hitting much-needed 35 runs, leaving Multan at 95-6 (16.2 ov). Youngster Saif Badar was clean bowled by Rumman for 8. Sohail Tanvir was run out off a direct throw by Mohammad Sami. Rumman sent Imran Tahir's stumps flying next. Multan's last wicket fell after a precise run out by Asif Ali, as the team was folded for 113. Multan Sultans Head coach: Tom Moody Captain: Shoaib Malik Squad: Shoaib Malik (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Darren Bravo, Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar, Nicholas Pooran, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Kashif Bhatti, Shan Masood, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Abbas, Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Hardus Viljoen Islamabad United Head coach: Dean Jones Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Mohammad Hasan, Chadwick Walton, Rohail Nazir, Luke Ronchi, Amad Butt, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Samit Patel, Andre Russell, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Samuel Badree, Steven Finn, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Zafar Gohar
  2. For a former black belt and a Karate trainer, gymnastics is not always the natural choice. However, Aruna Reddy was not meant for the obvious choices. Her father enrolled her in an academy in Hyderabad when she was just eight years old and that marked the beginning of her relationship with sports. Today, she has carved history by winning a bronze medal and getting India its first world cup medal. © Twitter She registered a score of 13.369 points in the Women's Vault event. WAG Vault Medal Ceremony ð#GymnasticsWorldCup #MelbWC18 #VisitVictoria #VisitMelbourne pic.twitter.com/Hozv3xcsHX — World Cup Gymnastics (@gymworldcup) February 24, 2018 The Vault has previously been made famous by Dipa Karmakar , who is not participating this year owing to a knee injury. However, the pro was quick to congratulate Aruna for this historic win. So proud of you Aruna!! Congratulations on your outstanding achievement! ð#Gymnastics #Gymnasticsworldcup #Bronze #India https://t.co/FRaYwMYdUr — Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) February 24, 2018 In a telephonic interview with TOI, Aruna shared her immediate thoughts. “Every medal I will win is dedicated to my father. Indian gymnastics is synonyms to Dipa, but now people will know that there's Aruna Reddy as well. “We have been training together since 2011. We are not rivals and can't be. We are each other's support system during training and competition time. We treat each other as sisters and are close friends. Her hard work actually inspires me. Even before leaving for this competition, Dipa had motivated me by telling me to give my best shot and not to feel the pressure”. © Twitter With the stellar win, congratulations were in tow for the winner. Many congratulations to Aruna Budda Reddy for creating history and clinching bronze in women's vault at #GymnasticsWorldCup pic.twitter.com/YkWCgGp1A2 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 25, 2018 Congratulations to Aruna Reddy for giving India its first medal in the Gymnastics World Cup. This is a landmark achievement and Aruna has done our country proud #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 25, 2018 Aruna Budda Reddy creates history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to win an individual medal at the Gymnastics World Cup.She won Bronze at #GymnasticsWorldCup 2018. Congratulations girl. India is Proud of its Daughter.#JaiHind #vandemataram ð®ð³#ArunaBuddaReddy #girlpower pic.twitter.com/6qgE2wvT0q — Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) February 25, 2018 Aruna has made us super proud and we only have mad respect for our wonder woman!
  3. Para Sports in India are seldom talked about. In a country where athletes, in general, have to fight for their dues, it takes a lot of courage to take up para-sports. And for para-athletes, it's not just about rebuilding their lives; it's about proving that they too can make their country proud despite challenges, like Sundar Singh Gurjar. The story of Gurjar then is nothing less than a triumph of pure hard work over the stigma attached to a disabled athlete. How he started to compete in the para category is a heart-wrenching tale of nothing but bad luck. “My father used to be a wrestler, as was my brother. There wasn't much emphasis to study in the family and I used to participate in shot-put. I won the district championship and got noticed by my coach. He, however, suggested that I would have a better career if I pivoted to Javelin. During my first trials, I performed better than people who had been practicing for 3-4 years. From there on I went to the nationals and won a medal.” MensXP But it all changed one Sunday afternoon, which was a designated rest day for the athletes. His roommate suggested that they go visit his home and relax before beginning the grind of a new week. “His parents were building a tin shed for their buffaloes. I thought we should help his parents and so we decided to remove one of the tin sheds from the 4-5 sheds stacked up. As we removed the first shed, all of them tumbled down and I lost the hand trying to balance the load.” At first, it wasn't easy for Gurjar to even comprehend how it could even happen to him. “At first I thought of committing suicide. I was hesitant to face people because of the trauma. I thought that my career was over.” But things turned around when his friends took him for the Rio Paralympic trials. “I gave the trial and cleared 62 metres and the world record was 62.15 metres. It was then that I became confident of competing. I went to Hanumangarh for training and when I came back for the final trials for the world championship I cleared 68.42 – 6.5 metres more than the world record. At that point, I knew that if anyone could bring Gold in Javelin for India, it would be me.” MensXP It wasn't a happy outing for Gurjar at the Rio Olympics though; it doesn't even qualify as an outing. His batch was scheduled for a 15-minute entry from 5.15 to 5.30 in the evening for his 7 P.M event. He didn't know the protocols of an international event and was therefore disqualified for failing to enter the arena in time. We keep hearing time and again that it doesn't matter how hard you're hit, all that matters is that you get up and keep fighting. And that's what Gurjar did after the heartbreaking Rio disqualification which should have earned him gold in Javelin. It took almost a year but Sundar got back on his feet and came back from the brink. MensXP Sundar Singh Gurjar won three gold medals at the World Grand Prix in Dubai thus becoming the first athlete from India to win three golds in an international event. Then at the London World Championship in July he won Gold in Javelin again. The kind of reception he got when he came back is something he'll never forget. “Thousands of people came to pick me up at the airport after I won. But at the time I thought to myself that people are so fickle. They only respect someone who's successful, doesn't matter the hard work that goes into all the preparation.” Right now, Gurjar is all pumped up and motivated to do well for the country in future events and his golden words of wisdom remind everyone why it's important to never give up: “One should never lose courage. A person should be determined to accomplish his dream and there's no force in the world that can stop him. Once you decide you want it, you will make it happen,” Gurjar says before retreating into his daily practice schedule.
  4. Man of the moment Marco Asensio scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target as Real Madrid won 5-3 in La Liga SEVILLE: Man of the moment Marco Asensio scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target as Real Madrid kept up the feel-good factor with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday night. Madrid had been 2-1 down at half-time in a fantastic game at the Benito Villamarin, but they came roaring back in the second half with Sergio Ramos, Asensio -- who had scored the opener - Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all finding the net. They survived a late Betis onslaught, and after their 3-1 Champions League last 16, first-leg win against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, this victory confirms that Zinedine Zidane´s side are looking better in La Liga now too. They remain fourth, a huge 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. However, this was their fourth win in five league outings, and they are back to within a point of third-placed Valencia with a game in hand to come at Leganes in midweek. "It was an end to end game, a bit crazy, but I like that. It shows that we had a proper opponent," said Zidane. "Betis were fantastic and controlled the last half-hour of the first half. But I´m happy in the end, and I prefer to focus on the five goals we scored rather than the three we let in." Asensio had come off the bench to set up the two late goals that allowed Real to beat PSG and he was rewarded with a start on Sunday in Seville, while Gareth Bale also came in as the likes of Benzema and Luka Modric dropped to the bench. Asensio duly headed Madrid into an 11th-minute lead after Antonio Adan had saved a Ronaldo shot, but Betis had won when the sides last met at the Santiago Bernabeu and they hit back brilliantly. Loren and Joaquin, the latter from a free-kick, both came close before Aissa Mandi headed in a Joaquin cross to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute. It was 2-1 shortly after, as visiting defender Nacho could only help a Junior shot into his own net, and the home fans in the crowd of over 53,000 erupted. Real also saw Marcelo limp off in the first half, a potentially worrying sign ahead of the PSG second leg, and Zidane confirmed the Brazilian would find out the extent of his injury on Monday. Madrid recovered superbly after the restart, though. Ramos, whose Sevilla past always ensures a hot reception from the Betis fans, levelled with a bullet header from a Lucas Vazquez corner. Dani Carvajal then set up Asensio for his second and Real´s third as the hour approached, and Ronaldo smashed in their fourth goal in the 65th minute. The Portuguese, supposedly in decline, has now scored 10 times in six games between league and Champions League. Betis may lack the consistency to properly contest a European place, but they do provide entertainment, and Cristian Tello set up fellow substitute Sergio Leon to make it 4-3 late on. Benzema, on from the bench, completed the scoring at the death with a goal that will boost his confidence. Super-sub Gameiro Earlier, Kevin Gameiro came off the bench in the second half to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as second-placed Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0. It was another clinical performance from Diego Simeone´s side, who have now recorded four consecutive league victories, all without conceding a goal. They remain second, seven points behind unbeaten leaders Barcelona, who won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday ahead of their Champions League trip to Chelsea. "We are not stopping, we are playing well at the moment, and we are enjoying ourselves," said Gameiro when asked about his team´s pursuit of Barcelona. Atletico, who have conceded a paltry nine goals in 24 La Liga games this season, will hope to stay within striking distance of Barcelona before going to the Camp Nou in a fortnight. Villarreal are sixth after a 1-1 draw at Espanyol, while Real Sociedad beat Levante 3-0.
  5. For a team that was left red-faced after a 2-1 loss in Tests, the Indian cricket team came out all guns blazing to sweep the six-match One-Day International (ODI) series 5-1 against South Africa. The Proteas were surely eyeing a comeback in the T20I series, but once again they failed to negate the visitors in the first match. Riding on Shikhar Dhawan's blistering knock of 72 runs, the Indian team posted an imposing total of 203 runs in 20 overs at Johannesburg. On a ground that has favoured the chasing sides in the past, South Africa missed a trick or two to eventually fall short by 28 runs - thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's five-for. © BCCL If the absence of proven stars including AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, and Quinton de Kock wasn't enough, the fact that experienced campaigners like JP Duminy, David Miller and Farhaan Behardien failed to rise to the occasion further derailed their prospects of springing a surprise on the Men in Blue. While the Proteas were once again left reeling, a demolishing act in the ODIs followed by an emphatic win in the first T20I surely gave the Indian cricket team a reason to celebrate. And, in a bid to reward his teammates for their sublime effort, Virat Kohli took his boys out for dinner to celebrate their prolific run in the Rainbow Nation. Last night dinner with the boys after a good win! ðð pic.twitter.com/hmKqyNaFiS — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 19, 2018 The Indian captain took to Twitter and shared the moments of their celebratory dinner after the game. "Last night dinner with the boys after a good win!," Kohli tweeted alongside a picture. The photograph featured the likes of Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Suresh Raina - who made a comeback to the Indian side after a hiatus of 12-long months. © BCCL Returning to the side, Raina slammed seven-ball 15 with the bat and took three catches in the match. The left-hander's return gives the much-needed teeth to the Indian middle-order, while his exploits in the coming matches could play an important role for him in securing a 2019 World Cup spot. Pushed on the backfoot, the Proteas will have to play out of the skin of their teeth to return to the winning ways and stay alive in the three-match series when they lock horns with India in the second T20I at Centurion on 21st February.
  6. Colin Munro goes aerial, New Zealand v England, Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series, Hamilton, February 18, 2018/AFP/Getty Images HAMILTON: An aggressive Colin Munro belted New Zealand into the Twenty20 tri-series final against Australia despite England claiming their final round-robin match by two runs in Hamilton on Sunday. Munro plundered the England attack at the top of the New Zealand innings, equalling the sixth-fastest half-century of all time in cricket´s shortest form as he raced past 50 in just 18 deliveries. England, on the back of an unbeaten 80 by returning captain Eoin Morgan, posted 194 for seven after being sent into bat. New Zealand, with Martin Guptill adding 62 and Hong Kong-born Mark Chapman unbeaten on 37, made 192 for four in reply. The narrow two-run winning margin was a bittersweet result for Morgan. It provided a confidence-boosting first win in the series but England needed to win by 20 runs to overtake New Zealand on overall run-rate to face unbeaten Australia in Wednesday´s final. New Zealand passed that target at the start of the 18th over but the groundwork had been laid by opener Munro´s whirlwind 57 in a big-hitting innings that included seven sixes and three fours. "Not that good," Morgan said when asked how he felt. "Given the start they got off to, with Colin Munro and Martin Guptill in that sort of form, there´s a bit of dew around, the ball skidding on, it was quite difficult for our attack," he added. "We played our best game today. Good enough to win the game but not good enough to go through to the final. We just haven´t been good enough throughout this T20 campaign." After New Zealand´s rollicking start, England spinners Adil Rashid and Liam Dawson quietened the pace through the middle of the innings. New Zealand were 77 without loss after six overs when Rashid came on and quickly claimed Munro´s wicket. Seven overs later, when Rashid was bowled out and Dawson had claimed the prized wicket of Kane Williamson, New Zealand were 108 for two with Guptill and Chapman primed to finish the innings off. "At the top of the order, Colin Munro was brilliant," said Williamson, who also played tribute to the role played by Guptill, a century-maker gainst Australia two days ago. "Martin played so well through that middle period to suck it up after whacking it to all parts a few days ago, to do what the team required to get as close as we could to that total." Dawson missed a caught-and-bowled chance from Guptill on 25, who then lashed out to reach 62 off 47 balls before he was dismissed in the 17th over. England skipper Morgan, who missed their last two matches because of a groin strain, hit six sixes and four fours in a crucial innings that ensured his side posted a competitive score. He went to the middle in the fourth over when England were two for 24 and featured in a 93-run, nine-over stand with Dawid Malan who made 53 -- his fourth half-century in five international Twenty20 innings. Opener Jason Roy made a flying start to the innings with 21 off 13 balls, while Dawson and David Willey with 10 each were the only other players to reach double figures. For New Zealand, Trent Boult took three wickets at an expensive 50 runs while Tim Southee was economical with two for 22.
  7. Putin set for historic fourth Kremlin term in next month´s election MOSCOW: Running with a lacklustre slogan, no programme and refusing to debate his opponents, it sometimes seems like Russian President Vladimir Putin is not campaigning for re-election at all. But it is unlikely to matter for the 65-year-old strongman who is cruising towards victory and a historic fourth Kremlin term in next month´s election, with a result that seems so inevitable analysts are calling it a return to the Soviet era. "Putin is the only candidate without a programme. That is extremely alarming," said Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Moscow Center, describing it as "a demonstration of disregard for his people." As always, Putin has bowed out of debates and has symbolically refused his free television airtime as a candidate. But he already benefits from wall-to-wall news coverage, and Channel One state television has been rebroadcasting Oliver Stone´s four-part documentary about him although it won´t show the last episode until after the vote following a slap on the wrist from the electoral commission. The most visible sign of his campaign are the images of him plastered on billboards along highways outside Moscow under the slogan: "A strong president makes for a strong country." Generic posters from the Central Electoral Commission urging people to vote are everywhere. Putin´s main task is to ensure a respectable turnout, with state pollsters VTsIOM predicting 80.4 percent although last time, participation was just over 65 percent. ´The most meaningless poll´ "We have returned to what we had hoped to leave behind after the collapse of Soviet power: ritualistic elections where... the result is pre-programmed," wrote columnist Fyodor Krasheninnikov in the independent weekly, The New Times. And others agree. "This is the most meaningless of all the presidential polls in Russia, the most lacking in substance," said Kolesnikov. So far, the most striking moment of Putin´s "campaign" was when he joined millions of Orthodox Christians in plunging into an ice hole wearing swimming trunks for the January´s Epiphany holiday. He has since skipped several events this week after coming down with a rare cold. Functions he has attended have been highly choreographed such as a recent meeting with local mayors, when Putin was choppered in, met with a star-struck few as journalists watched on a screen from another room. Although the numbers planning to vote for him have dipped from last year´s high of 76.9 percent, Putin still commands a 71.5 percent of support, VTsIOM figures show. For pro-Kremlin observers, Putin´s campaign is laying the ground for his future term and eschewing stunts that would only gain him a few points in the election. "We see real hands-on work that has significantly greater results than populist fussing around for the sake of an extra one to two percent in elections," said Nikolai Kalmykov of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Colourful cast With opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from standing due to a fraud conviction, he is urging his supporters -- many of them young -- to boycott the polls. The latest VTsIOM polls suggest the lowest turnout is likely to be among 18 to 24-year-olds. Among those running against Putin are two new colourful characters who may have a political future ahead of them. Ksenia Sobchak, a former reality show host turned liberal journalist, is standing on a "none of the above" ticket and has called for Navalny to be allowed on the ballot. While she is forecast to come a distant fourth, this outspoken daughter of Saint Petersburg´s former mayor -- Putin´s political mentor -- is one of the few people who doesn´t fear him, and sparks could fly if they were to meet. Another is debonair businessman Pavel Grudinin, the little-known director of an agribusiness who was chosen as the Communist candidate in December after veteran leader Gennady Zyuganov chose not to stand. The moustachioed 57-year-old businessman, who has praised Stalin, scored well in early polls, prompting a wave of negative coverage from state and pro-Kremlin media over fears he could do better than planned, observers said. If the vote were held today, he would win 7.3 percent, polls show. "There is a campaign and it does have an element of intrigue... Sobchak and Grudinin," said Kolesnikov, who said the polls would test Sobchak´s potential for leading a liberal party and Grudinin´s to take over from Zyuganov.
  8. Federer will face Robin Haase in Rotterdam Open quarter-finals on Friday ROTTERDAM: Roger Federer moved to within one victory of becoming the oldest man to take the world number one ranking on Thursday with a hard-fought 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 victory over Germany´s Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Rotterdam Open. The 36-year-old will now face Robin Haase in the quarter-finals on Friday. "Tonight was complicated, I had to fight and struggle," said Federer. "I had a good game plan going in, but I was never able to completely pull it off. "He came out with a clean start. I was serving well, that´s a great sign. I´d rather do that and return poorly." Thursday´s win was Federer´s 13th in as many meetings against Kohlschreiber. The first set was a 54-minute struggle with the top seed having to work hard against the veteran German who was broken for the only time in the match when he double-faulted to hand Federer a 6-5 lead in the second set. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam title winner, then eased to victory in the 12th game with a volley winner on second match point. The Swiss is excited about the possibility of returning to the top of the rankings 19 years after he played Rotterdam in 1999 on his first career wild card. "This is an exciting challenge, I´ve struggled to try and get there. I had to win a lot of matches last year," said Federer, who was world number one for the first time in February 2004. However, he was last at the summit in October 2012 and slumped to 17 in the world in January last year. "I never imagined this after my (February 2016) knee surgery. Number one is a tough place to get to. "The most important thing is to be healthy, I would have had great regrets if I had not come here this week. I´m very excited for tomorrow´s match, I can´t wait for it to come around." Second seed Grigor Dimitrov outlasted Serbia´s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 to also reach the quarter-finals. Dimitrov has now reached a second straight quarter-final in the Dutch city, advancing with 13 aces and saving all four break points he faced. The Bulgarian will face Andrey Rublev on Friday after the 20-year-old Russian struggled for nearly two hours before finally seeing off Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). Rublev, the world number 34, forced his Bosnian opponent to save 10 of 15 break points while he saved nine of 13. Russian Daniil Medvedev joined his compatriot in the last eight by beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. The two-and-a-quarter-hour contest featured 13 aces from the loser and just four from the winner.
  9. Karan KC is hoisted into the air by his team-mates after rallying Nepal to a miracle win, Canada v Nepal, ICC World Cricket League Division Two, Windhoek, February 14, 2018. Photo: Peter Della Penna DUBAI: Young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane starred with bat and ball as Nepal claimed a thrilling one-wicket win over Canada on Wednesday to book a place at next month´s 2019 cricket World Cup qualifying tournament. The United Arab Emirates will also compete in Zimbabwe for a place at next year´s tournament in England and Wales, after edging out Namibia by 19 runs. On the final day of the World Cricket League Division Two group stage in Namibia, Nepal were indebted to an unbroken 51-run stand for the final wicket between tailenders Lamichhane and Karan KC, who hit the winning run off the final ball as they chased down 195. The 17-year-old Lamichhane, who will be the first-ever Nepalese IPL player in April with the Delhi Daredevils, had earlier taken 2-40 as Canada posted 194-8 from their 50 overs. At 144-9 with only 7.5 overs left, Nepal looked set to miss out on a place in Zimbabwe, but Canada failed to hold their nerve as Karan struck four sixes in a match-clinching unbeaten 42 from 31 balls. Nepal have never reached the World Cup, while the UAE are looking to qualify for the second successive edition. Nepal will take on Papua New Guinea, Ireland, the Netherlands and two-time World Cup winners West Indies in Group A of qualifying, with the UAE to face Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong in Group B.
  10. Real Madrid?s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal against Paris St Germain in Champions League Round of 16 First Leg held in Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Perez MADRID: European champions Real Madrid roared back to life from a dismal domestic campaign, coming from behind to beat runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain 3-1 in a Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday. Adrien Rabiot smashed PSG into the lead in the 33rd minute but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime, scoring his 100th Champions League goal for Real to set up a pulsating second half. Ronaldo put Real in front in the 83rd minute with a scrappy strike from close range and Brazilian left back Marcelo further stretched the lead in the 86th, giving PSG a tough task in the second leg at the Parc des Princes on March 6. The tie pitted 12-times European champions Real against the Qatar-backed Parisians who have never gone beyond the quarter-finals in the competition but boasted an attacking trio that cost over 460 million euros (408.67 million pounds) to assemble in transfer fees alone. The two squads? combined cost exceeded 1.2 billion euros. ?This is a very important victory, these Champions League games are nights you always want to remember and we showed exactly how you need to play,? Real captain Sergio Ramos told reporters. ?We showed lots of personality and proved that despite all the speculation about us you can never presume Madrid are dead.? Embattled Real coach Zinedine Zidane has faced serious questioning for his side falling 17 points behind Liga leaders Barcelona and reverted to almost the same line-up that outclassed Juventus to win last year?s final, leaving Gareth Bale out for Isco. The hosts came out of the blocks fastest but did not carve out a clear opening until midway through the first half when Marcelo curled a low pass at the feet of Ronaldo, who fired a shot into the face of PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. PSG had less of the ball but looked deadly every time they came forward and opened the scoring when Kylian Mbappe flew past two players to play a low ball towards Neymar in the box but Nacho?s attempted clearance sent the ball to Rabiot, who buried it straight down the middle of the net. Ronaldo fizzed a shot over the bar down the other end but made no mistake when Giovani Lo Celso was penalised for tugging Toni Kroos?s shirt in the area. PSG were denied a penalty when a shot from Rabiot appeared to strike Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on the arm, while Mbappe spurned their best chance of the second half in striking straight at Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
  11. Afghan National Institute of Music started in 2010 in a rare coeducational initiative in the war-torn country STOCKHOLM: An Afghan music institute that has empowered girls in the war-torn country and metal pioneers Metallica on Wednesday shared the Polar Music Prize, often called music´s Nobel. The laureates will each receive one million Swedish kronor (101,000 euros, $125,000) at a televised gala in Stockholm on June 14 in the presence of King Carl XVI Gustaf. The Afghan National Institute of Music was honoured along with its founder, Ahmad Sarmast, who started the school in 2010 in a rare coeducational initiative in the war-torn country. The institute, which teaches both Afghan and Western music, helped generate the country´s first all-female orchestra which performed last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Sarmast, who has faced substantial risk in a country where both music and girls´ education was banned under the repressive 1996-2001 Taliban regime, said he was "very excited, honoured and privileged" to win the prize. "We believe that our two recipients, although from very contrasting worlds, exemplify the mission of the Polar Music Prize, and that is to honour musicians and music organisations whose work has made a difference to people´s lives," Marie Ledin, managing director of the award, said in a statement. "Metallica is loved and admired by millions of hard rock fans across the globe," she said. Metallica is one of the most influential bands in heavy metal Sarmast and the music institute, meanwhile, have worked "to restore the joy and power of music to children´s lives," she said. Metallica is one of the most influential bands in heavy metal, helping bring the angry and aggressive music to the mainstream and preserving an avid fan base for decades. Lars Ulrich, the California band´s Danish-born drummer, called the Polar Music Prize "a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years." "At the same time, we feel like we´re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us," Ulrich said of the band, which released its 10th album, "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" in late 2016. The Polar Music Prize was established in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, best known as the manager of Swedish pop superstars ABBA, and selects two laureates each year. The prize´s stated goal is to "break down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music." Past laureates have included Sting, Bob Dylan, Bjork, Sonny Rollins and Ravi Shankar.
  12. Rohit Sharma raises his bat after getting to his century, South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Port Elizabeth, February 13, 2018/BCCI PORT ELIZABETH: Rohit Sharma ended a personal South African hoodoo and set up a series win for India in the fifth one-day international at St George´s Park on Tuesday. Sharma´s 115 was his first major innings in three tours of South Africa -- and India´s 73-run win enabled the tourists to take a winning 4-1 lead in the six-match series, their first success in seven bilateral or multi-team series in South Africa. "It´s a wonderful feeling to have created some history," said Indian captain Virat Kohli, who praised what he described as a "complete performance" by his team. "The guys really got stuck in, with the bat and the ball and in the field as well." South Africa´s chances of overhauling India´s 274 for seven plummeted when they lost their first three wickets inside the first 13 overs. Hardik Pandya struck crucial blows by dismissing JP Duminy and AB de Villiers. Hashim Amla played a measured innings of 71 and shared partnerships of 62 with David Miller and 39 with Heinrich Klaasen. He was run out by a direct hit from Pandya, effectively ending the home team´s hopes. Indian wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were effective on a slow pitch, taking four and two wickets respectively. "Our batting wasn´t up to scratch," said South African captain Aiden Markram. "We lost wickets in clumps. But we have to give credit to India, they´re playing incredibly well." Low-scoring run broken Sharma´s 17th one-day international century ended a run of low scores in South Africa. In 19 previous innings across both Tests and one-day internationals, his previous highest score was 47 and he had scored only 249 runs at an average of 13.11. He said he had ensured that he stayed in a good frame of mind despite not making big scores. "I have been enjoying South Africa. It´s a good place to play cricket. I knew I didn´t have to change a lot and the runs would come," he said. With the series won, using only 12 of India´s 17-man squad, Kohli said: "We want to win 5-1 but there might be a scenario to give a few (other) guys a chance." Although he was the mainstay of the innings, Sharma was at least partially complicit in two run-outs, both of which happened after he sent his batting partner back. The first run-out accounted for captain Virat Kohli, who made 36 -- his lowest score of the series -- in a second wicket stand of 105 with Sharma. Kohli called Sharma through for a risky single, then could not beat JP Duminy´s direct hit at the bowler´s end. Ajinkya Rahane was the second run-out victim, playing a ball to mid-on and almost reaching the other end of the pitch before realizing Sharma was refusing a run. Sharma hit 11 fours and four sixes in his 126-ball innings but should have been caught on 96 when Tabraiz Shamsi dropped a straightforward offering at third man off Kagiso Rabada.
  13. Did you think Priya Prakash Varrier's new-found-fame is only going to last a day? Well, you are wrong, just like the rest of the country. The 18-year-old has not only managed to break records in terms of gaining social media followers, she isn't going to go out of the spotlight any time soon. First, her strong expressing-with-eyebrow game and her lethal wink melted the hearts of all 'sakht' guys across the country. © YouTube (Muzik247) And now it's the latest teaser of her upcoming film 'Oru Adaar Love' that is doing the rounds of the internet. The latest teaser shows another high-school-romance moment between Priya and Roshan Abdul Rahoof. We see her shooting a flying kiss in his direction. YouTube(Muzik247) And that is obviously combined with her infectious wink. YouTube (Muzik247) Look at those expressions! She sure is better at it than a lot of 'successful' Bollywood actresses. Watch it here and get nostalgic about your high-school crush: As expected, the teaser has got over 3 million views within 24 hours and is currently the 2nd most trending video on YouTube. Honestly, we have never been so interested in any Malayalam film before and we are pretty sure, so has been the case with you too. But Priya and her expressions are making all of us swoon.
  14. Karachi Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets ISLAMABAD: Karachi Region Whites beat Peshawar Region by five wickets on Thursday in the first semifinal of the National One Day Cup ? Regions 2017-18 at Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi. Batting first after winning the toss, Peshawar Region piled up 281 runs, losing all wickets in 49.5 overs. Mohammad Rizwan 72, Akbar Badshah 40, Adil Amin 33 and Zohaib Khan 31 stood out. For Karachi Whites, Mohammad Asghar and Anwar Ali took 3 wickets each for 43 and 49 runs, respectively, while Zia-ul-Haq took 2 wickets giving 66 runs. In reply, Karachi Whites scored 285 runs and achieved the target in 49.1 overs for the loss of five wickets. Khurram Manzoor hit 100 on 102 balls smashing 11 4s while Akbar-ur-Rehman scored 82 runs off 107 balls including 3 4s. Asad Shafiq 36, Fawad Alam 25 and Danish Aziz 20 not out also contributed with the bat. For Peshawar, Israrullah took 1 wicket for 36, Taj Wali 1 for 44 and Zohaib Ahmed 1 for 48.
  15. Glenn Maxwell hurried things along, Australia v England, 2nd match, T20 Tri-Series, Hobart, February 7, 2018/Getty Images HOBART: Glenn Maxwell slammed a last-ball six to score a masterful century and lead Australia to a five-wicket victory over England in the second tri-series Twenty20 international in Hobart on Wednesday. Maxwell, who earlier took three wickets in two overs, was man of the match with an unbeaten 103 as the Australians chased down England´s 155 for nine in the 19th over. Maxwell, who was controversially dropped from Australia´s one-day team for the recent series against England, responded with a 58-ball century including 10 fours and four sixes at Bellerive Oval. "It was nice to get one over the rope and finish the job," Maxwell said. "For us to start the series the way we have has been outstanding. We haven´t had a lot of success in T20 cricket for the last few years. "Missing out on the one-day squad and not playing any part in the Ashes, it was obviously where I wanted to be this summer. "I had to do a lot of work behind the scenes and I feel I´ve done that and got back into the Aussie colours." Maxwell had a big moment on 59 when his lofted drive found the fingertips of long-off fielder Jason Roy. But Maxwell stood his ground and although umpire Gerald Abood´s soft signal was out, the television umpire deemed Roy did not complete the catch. Australia had a rocky start to their run chase when David Willey dismissed David Warner and Chris Lynn in the space of three balls. But Maxwell rebuilt the innings with stands with D´Arcy Short (30), Travis Head (6) and Alex Carey (5 not out) to secure victory. Willey finished with three wickets for 28 off three overs. England, troubled by Australia´s spinners, lost their last six wickets for 33 in registering a below-par total of 155. Dawid Malan cracked 50 off 36 balls with five fours and two sixes but England fell away after reaching 94 for two in the 10th over. Maxwell captured three for 10 and Ashton Agar took two for 15 as Australia sent England´s middle order tumbling. Kane Richardson (1-27) began the damage by removing dangerous opener Jason Roy for nine, before Malan hit his lively half-century. He was supported by Alex Hales with 22 from 15 balls, and captain Eoin Morgan, also 22 from 14 balls. Hales was the first of two caught-and-bowled wickets for Agar. When Morgan went, caught by Warner off Maxwell, it sparked a middle-order collapse. Jos Buttler (5) fell cheaply, caught by Maxwell off Marcus Stoinis (1-16), while Sam Billings (10) popped a return catch to Agar. Malan was caught in the deep by Andrew Tye for Maxwell´s second wicket and David Willey (3) was dismissed next ball to give Alex Carey his first international stumping. Maxwell´s hat-trick ball was wide of the leg-stump line. Adil Rashid (1) got the toe end of the bat on a shot off paceman Billy Stanlake and was well caught by Stoinis, while Tom Curran (6) was well held by a back-pedalling Warner after failing to pick Tye´s knuckle ball. Chris Jordan hit the final ball for six to finish with 16 from 11 balls, with Mark Wood on five not out. Tye finished with 1-28.
  16. Akshay Kumar might be making the nation wait for his 'PadMan' but the Bollywood Khiladi has already dropped another major bomb on his fans across the world. The teaser of his upcoming 'Gold' dropped and it looks mighty interesting. The movie also stars Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor in pivotal roles and will mark the debut of the hot TV actress, Mouni Roy. While it was rumoured that the movie is based on hockey player Balbir Singh, the producers have called it pure fiction with just the backdrop being an original inspiration. Akshay is shown as a Bengali hockey player who is adamant to bring India on the world map of Hockey, and wants to win an Olympic gold for the same. The backdrop is the year of 1946 when Hockey played a major role in the shaping of India's identity. © Excel Movies The movie has been directed by Reema Kagti, who already has 'Talash' to her credit. The interesting storyline makes us wait for the final trailer to drop. The movie is scheduled to release on 15th August 2018.
  17. Fans set off fireworks while celebrating the Philadelphia Superbowl LII victory over the New England Patriots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Philadelphia Eagles´ first Super Bowl victory set off rowdy celebrations in Philadelphia as people who poured into the streets set at least one fire and damaged property early on Monday, images on social media showed. Joyous football fans burst into jubilation in gatherings at bars and took their party into the streets, jumping up and down, setting off pyrotechnics and singing the fight song "Fly Eagles Fly." Some went further and ignited a fire in the middle of a street that firefighters soon extinguished. Other images showed a light pole tipping over and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News website Philly.com reported smashed windows and toppled awnings. Police in riot gear and on bicycles formed lines to control crowds and push people back, social media images showed. Fans celebrate the Philadelphia Superbowl LII victory over the New England Patriots Some people broke a display window at a department store near City Hall, and looters broke into a convenience store, grabbing merchandise and screaming, "Everything is free," Philly.com reported. Nearly all the light poles on one side of City Hall were toppled, and a car outside a hotel was tipped on its side, Philly.com said. Philadelphia police and fire officials did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for information. The Eagles, coming into the game as underdogs, defeated the five-time National Football League champion New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis on Sunday. In Boston, local media reported somber Patriots fans spilling out of local bars and heading home in the cold winter drizzle as temperatures dipped into the 30s (Fahrenheit). Eagles stun Patriots to win maiden Super Bowl title Philadelphia Eagles upset New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl "We haven´t had a single incident, thank God," said a Boston police dispatcher. Over in Amherst, Ma., State and University of Massachusetts police had more trouble as about 2,000 people flooded the streets near UMass Amherst and began throwing objects, setting off smoke bombs, fireworks and starting fistfights. The Boston Globe reported a number of injuries and that at least six people were arrested as police used pepper spray to disperse the angry fans.
  18. Philadelphia Eagles upset New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl LII MINNEAPOLIS: For the first time, the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions. A Hail Mary pass attempt by Tom Brady fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired, and the New England Patriots fell to the Eagles 41-33 on Sunday in Super Bowl LII at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Jake Elliott nailed a 48-yard field goal with 1:05 remaining to give the Eagles an eight-point edge. Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham punched the ball out of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady´s clutches with 2:09 left, and Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett recovered the fumble. Graham told NBC of the strip-sack, "Just kept going, you know? We said we needed a play. If we got one more opportunity, we were going to give everything we got -- and I just so happened to get there. "I´m just thankful because we´ve got a team that´s resilient. You know, we´re gonna stick around for a long time -- cause we world champs, baby, and it feels so good." Philadelphia Eagles' Patrick Robinson celebrates winning Super Bowl LII Moments before Graham´s key play, tight end Zach Ertz lunged over the goal line for a touchdown with 2:21 remaining, giving the Eagles a 38-33 edge. On the go-ahead, 11-yard scoring play, Ertz made the grab of a Nick Foles pass at the 2-yard line, then dived in front of Patriots safety Devin McCourty to cross the goal line. Replay review confirmed the score and prompted Philadelphia to go for a two-point conversion, but the attempt -- a swing pass to Eagles rookie running back Corey Clement -- failed. Foles finished 28 of 43 for 337 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception. Brady completed 28 of 47 passes for 505 yards and three TDs. Clement caught four passes for 100 yards, while the Patriots had three players hit triple digits in receiving yards: Danny Amendola, eight catches, 152 yards; Chris Hogan, six catches, 128 yards, one touchdown; and Rob Gronkowski, nine catches, 116 yards, two TDs. "Just wasn´t quite enough against a team like the Eagles," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. The 1,151 total yards in the game -- 613 by New England, 538 by Philadelphia -- represented an NFL record for any postseason game. New England surged ahead 33-32 when Gronkowski caught Brady´s third touchdown pass of the game, a 4-yard toss with 9:22 left. Stephen Gostkowski´s extra point put New England on top for the first time in the game. The Eagles took a 32-26 lead 51 seconds into the fourth quarter on a Elliott field goal, creating a bit of breathing space after Brady threw two third-quarter TD passes. Brady´s 5-yard scoring toss to Gronkowski and 26-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan sandwiched the Eagles´ lone third-quarter score, a 22-yard catch by rookie running back Corey Clement of a Foles throw. The Clement catch was reviewed because he appeared to slightly bobble the ball near the back of the end zone, but the officials ruled that he had both feet inbounds with possession. Through three quarters, the teams already had set a Super Bowl record for total yards. A gutsy trick play on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line staked the Eagles to a 22-12 halftime lead. Foles caught the fourth-down touchdown toss from backup tight end Trey Burton. Lined up on the left side, Burton got the ball from Clement in the backfield and threw to a wide-open Foles on the right side. Clement ping-ponged through the Patriots´ defense to set the Eagles up for first-and-goal at the 8, and on fourth down, coach Doug Pederson went for it. The Eagles took a 32-26 lead 51 seconds into the fourth quarter on a Elliott field goal Patriots running back James White plowed through the Eagles´ defense to make it at 15-12 game with 2:04 remaining in the half, but New England missed the extra point. Gostkowski nailed a second field goal to trim the deficit to nine. New England regained possession when cornerback Stephon Gilmore tipped the ball away from wide receiver Alshon Jeffery at the New England 7-yard line and Patriots safety Duron Harmon secured Foles´ pass attempt. Jeffery hauled in a 34-yard score over Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe late in the first quarter to push the Philadelphia lead to 9-3. Elliott missed the extra point. Philadelphia received the opening kickoff and began the scoring with Elliott punching in a 25-yard field goal to cap the game-starting drive. New England knotted the score 3-3 with 4:20 left in the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Gostkowski. Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks left the game with 12:59 left in the second quarter due to a head injury. He caught a pass over the middle, turned back to run and was hit helmet-to-helmet by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, whom Cooks never saw coming. Cooks was escorted to the locker room by medical personnel for New England, and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game. The Eagles won the NFL´s championship for the first time since they beat the Green Bay Packers for the 1960 title in the pre-Super Bowl era. New England trailed 28-3 in Super Bowl LI last February in Houston but rallied to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.
  19. Aisam ul Haq (L), Aqeel Khan (R)/File photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan beat South Korea in the doubles contest to win the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tie by 3-0 at the Pakistan Sports Complex today. Aisam and Aqeel beat their South Korean rivals Soon Woo Kwon and Lim Yong Kyu 7-6, 6-4 (8-6) in the doubles to claim a 3-0 win in the tie. In the first match of the tie on Friday, Aisam had defeated the visitors? top player Soon Woo Kwon 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(8-6). In the second singles match, Aqeel had overcome Korea?s No. 2 Seong-chan Hong after a tough contest of 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Also read: Pakistan take 2-0 lead in Davis Cup Group I tie opening day With today?s victory, Pakistan have qualified for Round 2 against Uzbekistan.
  20. Kohli gestures after reaching his century/BCCI DURBAN: Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 189-run third wicket partnership and took India to a comfortable six-wicket win in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Thursday. Kohli made 112 -- extending his record of centuries in one-day run chases to 20 -- and Rahane scored 79 as India reached the winning target of 270 with 27 balls to spare. "It was quite special," said Kohli. "The first game of the series is always important and we wanted to take the confidence of the last Test into here." Kohli, who now has 33 one-day centuries, said he enjoyed batting in a chase. "It´s easier. You can break down a total when you have a number on the board, you know exactly what you want to do against each bowler. It suits my game plan." The India captain praised Rahane after their partnership took India to within 14 runs of victory before both fell to catches in the deep. "He capitalised on that number four spot which we have been wanting to sort out for a while now," said Kohli. India ended a sequence of 17 successive home wins by South Africa and comprehensively outplayed the team that went into the match as the top-ranked one-day international team. Second-ranked India controlled most of the match despite a century by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. India´s decision to pick two wrist spinners paid off as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets and were mainly responsible for restricting South Africa to 269 for eight. Du Plessis made 120 off 112 balls but it was only late in the innings that South Africa were able to lift their scoring rate on a slow pitch after slumping to 134 for five in 27.5 overs. Du Plessis shared partnerships of 74 with Chris Morris and 56 with Andile Phehlukwayo for the sixth and seventh wickets. "Those two wrist spinners have been the difference for us," said Kohli. "Breaking that middle order was very crucial." Leg-spinner Chahal took two for 45 and left-arm wrist spinner Yadav took three for 45. Du Plessis admitted: "We didn´t bat well enough. India bowled really well and we were 50 to 70 runs short." He said of the Kohli-Rahane partnership: "We tried everything but Virat and Rahane played really well and had all the answers." Kohli made his runs off 119 balls with ten fours, while Rahane struck five fours and two sixes in an 86-ball innings. There was a scare for India early in the South African innings when Kohli jarred his left knee when attempting a sliding stop on a soft outfield. He left the field twice to receive treatment. He said he had also strained his groin. "I´m fine for now," he said. Du Plessis reached his ninth one-day international century off 101 balls with 11 fours and added two sixes before being caught at long-off in the last over after a 112-ball innings. Du Plessis left the field with a finger injury during India´s innings but said he expected to be fit for the remaining five matches.
  21. There is something about sports icons expressing themselves on the field of play. Whether it's their anger or overwhelming emotions, the very sight of athletes - who are often deemed supernatural for the unbelievable records in their respective sports - kneeling down, yelling their guts out before capturing the imagination of the crowd, makes them more relatable and arguably, more human. While it strengthens their bond with the fans, their humanly behaviour further helps the common man connect with them, making everyone realise that despite their unbelievable records, these supernatural athletes are just like them. They get angry, they cry and just like us all, they are full of emotions. On Sunday, a similar picture came to the fore. A crying Roger Federer was a sight to see. With tears streaked across his face, the Swiss ace was choking, bumbling and quivering while addressing a jam-packed Rod Laver arena following his record 20th Grand Slam win. © Reuters Most of those in his box were also blubbing, including his father, Robert, and his coach, Ivan Ljubicic. In the front row of the arena, there was great Rod Laver (now 79) taking a picture of Federer and these extraordinary scenes on his phone. It's safe to say that there wasn't a dry eye in the house. “I'm so happy. It's unbelievable,” said Federer, holding back tears during the presentation ceremony. “Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true — the fairytale continues for us, for me, after the great year I had last year, it's incredible,” he added. Federer has won a Grand Slam tournament on 20 separate occasions in the last 15 years, but never has the aftermath been as emotional as the one we witnessed at the Rod Laver arena. The fact that he has now become the first man ever to win 20 Grand Slams surely makes his recent triumph more memorable, but there was something special about this one. This was neither about records, nor glory, rather it seemed more personal. © Reuters For a man who was deemed dead and buried after his knee surgery in 2016, Federer marked a sensational return last year. His dream run - more of a second coming - began with an unlikely victory over his biggest nemesis, Rafael Nadal on the very same court in 2017. The Spaniard had a particular hold over his Swiss counterpart and his narrative. But, in five closely-fought sets, with his backhand working like a charm again, Federer rose from the ashes. At 35, he was not supposed to win a Grand Slam - having not won one since his 2012 Wimbledon victory. He had gone for broke, only to come out with one of the most amazing triumphs of his career. And, as the saying goes, the rest is history. Playing with a born-again radiance and lightness ever since, Federer met Nadal four times last season, beating him in every duel. But, despite owning 2017 as the year of his comeback, Federer wasn't expected to go any further with critics already doubting his hunger and fitness to successfully defend the Australian Open title this year. © Reuters But, Federer, as we all know, imagines perfection and delivers history. After scoring a comeback for the ages at the last Australian Open, Federer did imagine and eventually delivered history, yet again. Quashing the hopes of Marin Cilic who was eyeing revenge for his 2017 Wimbledon final defeat, Federer tirelessly battled the Croat in a five-set marathon before coming out on top with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win. “I was just really happy, to be honest, that it was all done. I was so nervous all day. It was eating me up inside. All day I was thinking, 'How would I feel if I won it? How would I feel if I lost it? I'm so close, yet so far.' I think I was going through the whole match like this. I've had these moments in the past, but maybe never as extreme as tonight. Getting to 20 is obviously very, very special, no doubt,” Federer said. The 36-year-old admitted that he had lost some sleep on the eve of his 30th Grand Slam final, but when the moment arrived, he was ready. On the other hand, Cilic, not quite. Having fought his way to the summit clash, Cilic seemed overwhelmed by the occasion as Federer polished off the first set in 24 minutes. © Reuters The Croat did step up in the second set to level the proceedings. But, Federer bounced back to win the third set. The see-saw battle continued in the fourth set before the 29-year-old made it 2-2 (in sets), promising an epic fifth set. However, contrary to popular perception, Federer weathered the storm and didn't allow Cilic to tip him over the edge. Just like last year's Wimbledon final, it was left to the hawk-eye to declare Federer the winner. Cilic did challenge an unreturned serve out wide, but the replays suggested that Federer's serve had caught a few millimetres of the line - a pinpoint accuracy FedEx is famous for. Watching the challenge on the screen, as soon as the ball was deemed in, the Rod Laver arena exploded into celebration as their hero burst into tears of joy. Against all odds and defying his age, Federer did it. The insatiable Swiss player notched up another envious record and matched Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson with six Grand Slam triumphs in Australia. © Reuters “When I start thinking about what I was going to say, every subject I touch actually is very meaningful and very emotional. Thanking your team, congratulating Marin, thanking the people, thanking the tournament. At the end it's like one big party. But I hoped over time in the speech I would start to relax a little bit, but I couldn't. It was what it was. I wish it wasn't so sometimes. At the same time I'm happy I can show emotions and share it with the people. If I got emotional, it's because it was a full crowd again. No people in the stadium wouldn't make me emotional, I'll tell you that. This is for them really also," Federer said after the game. For someone who will turn 37 in August - an age when most players are long retired, Federer has now won 25 of his 26 matches at the majors since hobbling off Wimbledon's hallowed centre court 18 months ago. And, after enduring a four-and-a-half-year title drought, Federer has remarkably netted three Grand Slams in 12 months. While his monumental feats undoubtedly make him an all-time great, Federer's genius to wow the crowd and his ability to make them a part of his remarkable journey makes him a great human being - an accomplishment reserved for a select few and worth more than any record.
  22. The 60th Grammy Awards was a starry affair. From talented artists giving their best performances and paying tribute to legendary musicians, this award was one hell of a show. The evening saw Kendrick Lamar opening the night with a stunning performance and also taking away 5 awards home. Bruno Mars, on the other hand, swept the Grammy's by winning all the major awards. Celebs were seen supporting #TimesUP and #MeToo movements wearing a white rose. Kendrick's powerful performanceð¥ð­ #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/fKJ1vjlgVA — Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) January 29, 2018 From bringing people to tears, giving us goosebumps to receiving a standing ovation, Kesha's performance touched everyone's soul. Yes, that's how brilliant she and other performers were. Fans were fairly happy with the winner's this year. Check Out The Complete Winner's List: Album Of The Year: 24K Magic, Bruno Mars Record Of The Year: “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars Song Of The Year: “That's What I Like,” Bruno Mars Best Rap Album: “DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar Best Solo Performance: “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran Bruno Mars with the 6 #GRAMMYs he won tonight. pic.twitter.com/JKESGYEc95 — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 29, 2018 Best Country Album: “From A Room: Volume 1,” Chris Stapleton Best New Artist: Alessia Cara Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller performing “Wild Thoughts” at the #Grammys (Full Video) pic.twitter.com/CJCYe4BVJH — Hi! Watch This (@HiWatchThis) January 29, 2018 Best Pop Vocal Album: “Divide,” Ed Sheeran Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast,” The National Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar for winning: Rap Song - HUMBLE Rap Album of the Year - DAMN Rap/Sung Performance - LOYALTY Best Music Video - HUMBLE Rap Performance - HUMBLE #GRAMMYspic.twitter.com/t6DoXFLzqU — Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) January 29, 2018 Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd Best R&B Album: “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars Best R&B Performance: Bruno Mars Bruno Mars baila el "Moonwalk" Michael Jackson ð #GRAMMYs.https://t.co/tMcZ3Bo05w pic.twitter.com/vjinSxcVkh — Michael Jackson Club (@mjjsource1) January 29, 2018 Best R&B Song: “That's What I Like,” Bruno Mars Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar Best Dance Recording: “Tonite,” LCD Soundsystem She's a Queen ð #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/XQBomcpsot — Monsterlg5 (@Monsterlg5) January 29, 2018 Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams And Daggers,” Cecile McLorin Salvant Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth,” Billy Childs Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: La La Land Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen Tupac come back from the dead and makes appearance at 2018 #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/3qqWqSFgDS — Jaycewithaprettyface (@__Jayce) January 29, 2018 Best Metal Performance: “Sultan's Curse,” Mastodon Best Rock Song: “Run,” Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters) Best Dance/Electronic Album: 3-D The Catalogue, Kraftwerk Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Prototype, Jeff Lorber Fusion I was looking for this FULL PERFORMANCE: ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andre Day, Bebe Rexha and more performing Praying at #GRAMMYs! POWERFUL! #MeToo #Kesha pic.twitter.com/UpGUs3eA6o — Gerren Peterson (@GerrenPeterson) January 29, 2018 Best Comedy Album: The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Dave Chappelle Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way,” Chris Stapleton Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man,” Little Big Town Best New Age Album: Dancing On Water, Peter Kater 'We can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united' — Logic stood up for women and immigrants at the #Grammys pic.twitter.com/4wCTAuu4SC — NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 29, 2018 Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond,” John McLaughlin, soloist Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dreams and Daggers, Cécile McLorin Salvant Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Rebirth, Billy Childs Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Bringin' It, Christian McBride Big Band 'We can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united' — Logic stood up for women and immigrants at the #Grammys pic.twitter.com/4wCTAuu4SC — NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 29, 2018 Best Latin Jazz Album: Jazz Tango, Pablo Ziegler Trio Best Latin Pop Album: El Dorado, Shakira Best Americana Album: The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell, And The 400 Unit Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: La La Land, Justin Hurwitz, composer 'We can build not just a better country, but a world that is destined to be united' — Logic stood up for women and immigrants at the #Grammys pic.twitter.com/4wCTAuu4SC — NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 29, 2018 Best Contemporary Blues Album: TajMo, Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Best Folk Album: Mental Illness, Aimee Mann Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Transcendental, Daniil Trifonov Best Music Film: The Defiant Ones, (Various Artists) Congratulations to everyone who took the trophies home and entertained us with such marvellous performances. Let us know what you think about this list of winners.
  23. Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates with the trophy as he poses after winning the final against Croatia's Marin Cilic. ? Reuters MELBOURNE: Roger Federer survived a second set ?freeze? and an onslaught from Croatia?s Marin Cilic to claim a record-equalling sixth Australian Open title on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. The Swiss maestro wobbled at times in the face of some fierce resistance before winning 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1. With the stadium roof closed to keep out the withering Melbourne heat, the 36-year-old grabbed the first set in 24 minutes as a 20th grand slam title looked a formality. But Cilic, who suffered a nightmare in last year?s Wimbledon final against Federer when blisters wrecked his chances, was not going to let his first Australian Open final slide by in a flash. Despite fighting a lone battle against Federer and most of the crowd, he reeled off five consecutive games to extend the champion into a deciding set. The outcome hung in the balance but Federer recovered his mojo after saving two break points at the start of the fifth and was roared home to victory by an adoring crowd. Despite all his titles and accolades Federer was overcome with emotion during his victory speech. ?The fairytale continues for us, for me, it?s incredible,? Federer, who has equalled Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson?s Australian Open haul, said on court as wife Mirka and Australian great Rod Laver recorded to the moment with their mobile phones. ?I got off to a flyer but I froze in the tiebreak and lost that second set and lost control of the match. ?I got a bit lucky tonight I think.? Federer?s renaissance has earned him three grand slams in the past 12 months after a five-year drought, emulating the feat of Ken Rosewall who also claimed three after his 35th birthday. Cilic, who will rise to a career-high three in the rankings, managed only four points in the first four games, but despite precious little support amongst the shamelessly pro-Federer crowd, made sure the tournament ended with a proper contest. ?It was an amazing journey for me. It could have been the best two weeks of my life,? Cilic said. ?I had the chance at the beginning of the fifth but he played a great match.? Temperatures in Melbourne had hovered in the high 30s Celsius all day but the humidity felt less suffocating than during Saturday?s humdinger of a women?s final. So it was a surprise when the match started with the roof shut, a decision tournament organisers defended by issuing a statement saying ?Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT)? readings had triggered the ?extreme heat policy?. While Melbourne Park cooked, Federer was as cool as a cucumber in the relatively benign conditions on court. He broke in the first game when he hoisted a lob towards the roof and Cilic framed a smash into the net. The 29-year-old Cilic dropped serve again two games later and gained sympathetic cheers when he finally registered on the scoreboard in the fifth game. Cilic began to settle but still had to fend off break points in the second set at 1-1, 2-2 and 4-4. He had a glorious chance to level the match against the run of play when Federer served a double fault at 30-30 in the 10th game, but he buried a routine backhand into the net.
  24. Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (R) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Kagiso Rabada during the fourth day of the third Test match between South Africa and India. -AFP JOHANNESBURG: Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah sparked a dramatic collapse as India beat South Africa by 63 runs on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla shared a century second-wicket partnership which took South Africa more than halfway towards their target of 241 before Amla´s dismissal for 52 started a collapse in which nine wickets fell for 53 runs. Sharma and Bumrah claimed two wickets each to start the slide before Mohammed Shami ripped through the lower order, taking five for 28. Elgar was left to fight alone, carrying his bat for 86 off 240 balls. The win ensured India stayed comfortably on top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings despite losing the series 2-1. South Africa would have drawn level on points if they had completed a clean sweep. The hosts were looking comfortable as Elgar and Amla compiled a partnership of 119, although it took four hours and 50.4 overs of hard work on a difficult pitch. It was only the third century partnership of the series. But India hit back with the wickets of Amla and AB de Villiers in quick succession shortly before tea. Amla fell with the total on 124 when he clipped Sharma firmly towards midwicket and Hardik Pandya dived to his right to hold a good catch. Amla had faced 140 balls in making his second half-century of the match. De Villiers started confidently with a boundary off Sharma but was out for six when he was squared up by a lifting delivery from Jasprit Bumrah which flew off the shoulder of his bat to Ajinkya Rahane at gully. The same two bowlers struck again immediately after tea. South African captain Faf du Plessis was bowled by a ball from Sharma which cut back and kept low and the out-of-form Quinton de Kock was trapped leg before wicket first ball by Bumrah. Vernon Philander batted brightly to make 10 before he pulled a ball from Shami onto his stumps, to be followed in quick succession by Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, all without scoring. Phehlukwayo was bowled by Shami, Rabada was caught at first slip by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Morkel was bowled by Shami. Elgar, having batted with unflappable concentration for more than five hours, tried to play some shots and keep the strike after being joined by last man Lungi Ngidi. He hit a six off Kumar before Ngidi was caught behind off Shami. Conditions remained difficult for batting but there were none of the extreme bounces and deviations that prompted the umpires to halt play shortly before the scheduled close on Friday. But once the Elgar-Amla partnership was broken new batsmen were unable to play with any confidence.
  25. They say 'Singh is King' and there is a legit reason behind this phrase. This fascinating tale is about Reuben Singh, CEO of AlldayPA, and founder of Miss Attitude, a clothing brand (now defunct) that was popular back in the 90's in the UK. After an unprecedented fall in 2007, Singh had to let go of his business in 2007, which he had actually started at the age of 17, and while many thought that this 'British Bill Gates' (as he was called) will not be able to recover, he rose like a phoenix from the ashes to prove everyone wrong. Recently, an Englishman tried to mock Singh's turban and he had a befitting reply. Recently some one disrespected my Turban by calling it a "bandage". The Turban is my Crown & my pride thank you for the mention @SinghLions proud of what you have achieved with a such a huge following Harjinder — Reuben Singh (@ReubenSingh) January 19, 2018 So in response, he challenged the Englishman that he would match his turbans to his Rolls Royce cars for an entire week and that's exactly what he did! © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter While we struggle to match our muffler with our jackets in the chilly weather, Reuben continued to own the challenge with sheer grace. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter Mind you, the fleet belongs to him only. Owning a Rolls Royce is a matter of pride and reflects material wealth at large, and while even our notable stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar have one of these, Singh has seven of them. Needless to say, this turban challenge has garnered a lot of love on the internet and support and best wishes are pouring in for him from all parts of the world. It's not the car that matters... it's the Singh and his Turban. @ReubenSingh - you make the world say with confidence “Singh is King” pic.twitter.com/XVbbaH4H2d — Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) January 21, 2018 I thought he was balling cause he had 4 of them, turns out he has 3 more Rolls and many other whips as well! Man did a 7 day Pagg and Rolls Royce challenge @ReubenSingh ðð½ð³ð½ pic.twitter.com/s1gwgDLch8 — Navjot Singh (@MrSingh9) January 20, 2018 This Sikh man has a great collection of Turbans - all the colours match his cars. His is Reuben Singh, a British entrepreneur who became well known in the mid-1990s for his Miss Attitude retail chain and then later for his business support services company AllDayPa pic.twitter.com/tV2JZEmHe3 — Harjinder Singh Kukrejað³ð»‍âï¸ (@SinghLions) January 19, 2018 Do whatever you want bro, just don't mess with a Singh.