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  1. BRISBANE: England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first in the opening Ashes test against Australia in Brisbane on Thursday, with the hosts confirming opener David Warner and batsman Shaun Marsh were fit to play. Australia?s vaunted pace attack will therefore have first crack at the England batsmen on a green-tinged Gabba pitch and under a cloudy sky as the tourists bid for their first win at the Brisbane fortress since 1986. ?Maybe slightly softer than we anticipated coming here but I?m sure it?ll harden up as the day goes on and as the match goes on,? Root said of the wicket. ?You can?t play on what?s happened in history, you?ve got to play what?s in front of you and it looks like a good wicket so try and bat first and bat big.? England have picked Jake Ball as their fourth seamer and he joins James Anderson, Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes in their pace attack. Ball will be flung into the Gabba cauldron in just his fourth test despite suffering an ankle strain that disrupted his preparations in the leadup. ?We?ve gone with Ball, both of them have bowled really well in the run-up to this game but he?s the nod ahead of Craig (Overton) on this occasion and hopefully he can fight,? added Root. Australia captain Smith confirmed vice-captain Warner and Marsh would play after they suffered neck and back strains respectively. ?All good, good to go, I think we?ve got an exciting top six, we?ve got an exciting team and I think the boys are ready to put on a good show,? he said. ?I would have had a bat too, but it?s a tough one, there?s a bit of grass, there?s a bit moisture in the wicket so hopefully this cloud can stick around for a while and we can get the ball moving around. ?Hopefully we can make good use of the new ball this morning, I think it?ll be hard work for the batters, I think it?ll be a bit slow this morning. ?We need to hit our right lengths and if we do that, hopefully there?ll be a few wickets.? England hold the Ashes after winning 3-2 on home soil in 2015. Australia won the last series Down Under 5-0 in 2013/14. Australia team: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon England team: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jake Ball.
  2. Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso scored to earn already-qualified Bayern Munich a scrappy 2-1 Champions League win at Anderlecht on Wednesday, stretching their winning streak under coach Jupp Heynckes to nine matches in all competitions. Lewandowski put the visitors ahead six minutes after halftime but Sofiane Hanni?s volley on the hour gave the Belgians, who had missed a bagful of golden chances in the first half, their first Champions League goal of the season. France?s Tolisso, however, rose high to head in a Joshua Kimmich cross in the 77th minute and leave Anderlecht bottom of the group and without a point from five matches. Bayern are on 12 points, three adrift of Paris St Germain, who were 7-1 winners against Celtic and are the Germans? final group opponents next month. Heynckes, who led Bayern to a treble in 2013, took over last month following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti and quickly turned their season around.
  3. Manchester United missed a chance to reach the Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare for the first time since 2014 after a conceding a late goal in a 1-0 defeat at Basel in a pulsating Group A clash on Wednesday. Midfielder Michael Lang tucked in an 89th winner for Basel after Raoul Petretta found him with a pinpoint low cross at the far post, giving United?s stand-in keeper Sergio Romero no chance. United are still top of the section with 12 points from five games, three ahead of second-placed Basel and third-placed CSKA Moscow, who boosted their hopes of reaching the last 16 with a 2-0 home win over Benfica earlier in the day. United hit the woodwork twice as they controlled the first half while Basel dominated after the break and missed a string of chances before Lang sent the fervent home crowd into raptures.
  4. MOSCOW: CSKA Moscow earned their first home win of the Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Benfica on Wednesday that strengthens their push to reach the knockout stages while shattering the Portuguese side?s chances. Georgi Schennikov put CSKA ahead after 13 minutes with a left-footed finish, having been assisted by Bibras Natcho?s short through ball that shredded Benfica?s backline. The visitors? troubles worsened after the interval as defender Jardel then clumsily deflected a cross by CSKA?s Vitinho into the back of his own net after 56 minutes. CSKA?s win puts them into second place in Group A on nine points behind leaders Manchester United, who take on Basel later on Wednesday. Yet the result ensured that former European champions Benfica, still without a point, are now certain to finish last.
  5. DORTMUND: Already-qualified Tottenham Hotspur came from a goal down to beat hosts Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday and secure top spot in Group H with a game to spare. Spurs? top scorer Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?s first-half strike in the 49th minute with his sixth goal of the campaign and Heung-min Son curled home the winner in the 76th. The result put the Londoners on 13 points, three ahead of holders Real Madrid, who crushed APOEL Nicosia 6-0 away and next welcome the Germans. Tottenham, with a superior head-to-head over the Spaniards, host the Cypriots in their last group game. Dortmund, finalists in 2013, have two points along with APOEL and have missed out on the knockout stage. They will have to sweat it out on the last matchday to see if they can finish third and claim a spot in the Europa League. Tottenham, who had already secured a spot in the knockout stage on the previous matchday, were caught napping when Aubameyang beat the offside trap in the 19th minute but with only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to beat he fired wide. But Aubameyang, forced to sit out Dortmund?s Bundesliga loss at VfB Stuttgart on Friday after he was suspended by his club over disciplinary issues, did put the hosts ahead in the 31st. The Gabon international ended the goal drought he has endured since October when Andriy Yarmolenko cleverly sent him through with a flick and Aubameyang did not miss again. Tottenham had spurned several golden chances, with Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier failing to score in the first half as Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki, criticised for a string of mistakes in recent weeks, denied them with two superb saves. The Swiss could do nothing, however, when Kane was set up by Dele Alli and the England striker fired home from the edge of the penalty area. Alli then did even better, shaking off two markers to feed South Korean Son for the winner.
  6. Napoli kept their hopes of Champions League progress alive with a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F on Tuesday. A brilliant strike from Lorenzo Insigne opened the Serie A leaders? scoring in the 56th minute, the Italy international jinking in from the left and then firing a right-foot drive into the top corner from 25 yards out. Napoli?s Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski missed a chance to double their lead when he shot over the bar after a defensive mix-up left him in a promising position. But minutes later Zielinksi made amends, confidently slotting into the far bottom corner after a smart exchange with Dries Mertens. Seven minutes from the end, Mertens made sure of the win when Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov palmed out a Raul Albiol header straight to the Belgian forward who nodded home. It left Napoli third on six points, three behind Shakhtar Donetsk, before the final round of games which sees Napoli away at Feyenoord and the Ukrainians at home to group winners Manchester City.
  7. SANTIAGO: A strong performance by Chile?s left-wing parties in Sunday?s election left conservative presidential frontrunner Sebastian Pinera facing a tight battle to win a December runoff and likely opposition to tax breaks in Congress if elected. Pinera came first with more than 36 percent of the vote, but his two main leftist rivals made a stronger-than-expected showing, garnering a combined 43 percent between them. That unnerved financial markets, which had long seen the billionaire former president as a shoo-in. Chile?s stock index sank 5 percent on Monday and the peso currency closed nearly 2 percent lower. Thanks to a surprise surge by a new leftist grouping, Frente Amplio (Broad Front), left-of-centre lawmakers will outnumber Pinera?s Chile Vamos (Let?s Go Chile) voting bloc in both houses of Congress, official results showed on Monday. But no voting bloc will have an absolute majority in either house. That would not bode well for Pinera?s plans to cut the corporate tax rate and slash red tape to woo new investments to Chile, the world?s top copper producer. And a Pinera victory in the Dec. 17 runoff for the presidency was no longer a sure thing, said election forecaster and political scientist Kenneth Bunker. ?It?s all up in the air right now,? Bunker said. ?We were just dumbfounded when the results started to come in.? Pinera, who governed Chile from 2010 to 2014, came in five percentage points short of forecasts by opinion polls before Sunday?s vote. His runoff opponent, center-left journalist-turned-Senator Alejandro Guillier, secured two percentage points more than expected. But the main surprise of Sunday?s vote was Frente Amplio candidate Beatriz Sanchez, who garnered twice as many votes as forecast. ?It?s going to be a tight and hard-fought election,? Pinera told foreign media on Monday. ?We?re going to appeal to the centre, to the kind of people who want moderation.? In another bad sign for Pinera, Chileans went to polls in slightly bigger numbers than expected on Sunday. Analysts consider a low turnout to favour the conservative candidate, as his supporters tend to be more likely to vote. Voter turnout in the first-round was nearly 47 percent, above pollster CEP?s expectations of 44 percent. TRICKY TASK AHEAD Chile, a country of 17 million people with a $250 billion economy, has been one of Latin America?s most business-friendly and stable nations since its transition to democracy in 1990. Its economy slowed, however, to an average growth rate of 1.8 percent during outgoing President Michelle Bachelet?s term, with lower copper prices dragging on government revenue. Guillier has promised to deepen Bachelet?s policies, from expanded access to free university education to protections for striking unions, without departing from Chile?s free-market economic model. He has a tricky task ahead to attract the support of Chile?s wide-ranging left-of-centre voters. Winning an endorsement from Sanchez - who has proposed new taxes on the mining industry and the ?super rich? - could pull him sharply to the left. Having slammed Pinera as a ?step backward? for Chile, Sanchez, a 46-year-old former radio journalist, could rally her supporters to vote for Guillier, but likely in exchange for policy concessions. ?If Mr Guillier wants us to vote for him, he?s going to have to give in to Beatriz?s proposals,? Sanchez supporter and salesman Hector Mino said. He cited Sanchez? plan to wipe out student debt and overhaul the public-private pension system to ensure bigger payouts as possible offerings. But a too-sharp left turn could hurt Guillier?s chances with centrists. As left-leaning blocs weighed possible alliances, Pinera received a rapid endorsement from far-right Jose Antonio Kast, who was knocked out of the first round race of eight candidates but won nearly 8 percent of votes. ?We?re not going to demand anything in return or condition our support? for Pinera, said Kast, who defended deceased Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet during the campaign.
  8. Grigor Dimitrov claimed the biggest title of his career and sent out a huge statement of intent as the stylish Bulgarian beat David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday. The 26-year-old recovered from losing his opening two service games to finally get the better of the willowy Belgian player, but it was fiercely-fought two-and-a-half hour duel with Goffin saving four match points before finally succumbing. Dimitrov?s unbeaten run this week in London earned him $2.5 million while the 1,500 ranking points have catapulted him to end an impressive year ranked third in the world -- behind only all-time greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. More significantly perhaps, landing the unofficial ?fifth? grand slam appears to be proof that the former junior Wimbledon champion, once dubbed ?Baby Federer? because of his easy-on-the-eye style, has finally come of age. ?It?s been an amazing week for me,? Dimitrov said on court after becoming the first player to win the elite eight-man tournament on his first appearance in the event since Spaniard Alex Corretja beat countryman Carlos Moya in 1998. ?It?s such an honour to be here and this week has been one of the best weeks I?ve ever had.? He was still on court nearly an hour after the match ended, signing autographs for the sizeable Bulgarian contingent who had roared their man to victory. Yet it was tough on Goffin who, like Dimitrov, was his country?s first qualifier for the ATP Finals. His substantial consolation, though, was to end the year at a career-high seventh, having become only the sixth man to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same tournament. He will need to recover fast from the two hour 30 minute final -- the longest since the event adopted a three-set format -- as a Davis Cup final looms in France next weekend. Many of the capacity crowd in the O2 Arena had doubtless booked their tickets in anticipation of watching the top two seeds Federer and Nadal go head-to-head but the two newcomers provided a fitting end to an extraordinary ATP season. Goffin managed only two games against Dimitrov when they met on Wednesday in group play but recovered to beat Dominic Thiem to reach the semis where he stunned six-times champion Federer. For Dimitrov, he was quickly a different proposition in the final, using his pinpoint accuracy to keep his gifted opponent under control and he was way ahead on the winner count as he moved 4-3 ahead. A double-fault at 30-30 followed by a wayward forehand, though, gifted Dimitrov a break and seemed to energise the Bulgarian. Dimitrov began to assert himself and piled on the pressure when Goffin served at 5-6. Goffin saved four set points, two with forehand winners, but double-faulted on a game point of his own before Dimitrov forced an error to wrap up the opener. Goffin needed just one break of serve to take the match into a decider and looked the more likely winner for a while but when Dimitrov survived a 10-minute service game at the start of the third, saving four break points, it proved crucial. With Goffin beginning to tire, Dimitrov moved 5-2 ahead with a break and then went 0-40 ahead on Goffin?s serve. Somehow Goffin survived to extend the contest to another game and saved another match point on the Bulgarian?s serve. He looked poised to save another one as he stretched Dimitrov all over the court but with the court at his mercy he put an attempted drop-volley into the net.
  9. Miss World Manushi Chhillar. Photo: AFP An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort on Saturday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant's history. Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai. Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant, now in its 67th edition. Chhillar, 20, is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website. "Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support," and prayers she wrote on Twitter. "This one's for India." Her victory rapidly became a top trending topic on the social media platform in India after the announcement, with Manohar Lal Khattar ? the minister of her home state of Haryana ? among the first to offer congratulations. Chhillar was handed the crown by last year's winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony in the Chinese coastal city of Sanya on Saturday night. Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up. Saturday marked the Miss World pageant's return to Sanya, on southern China's Hainan Island, for a seventh time, where the event was last held in 2015. At the previous occasion two years ago, controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa. The 25-year old actress claimed the decision was due to her stance on China's human rights record, including its persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner. At last year's event in the United States, Lin was again embroiled in controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China. Miss Lin did not participate in this year's event, with Canada represented instead by Cynthia Menard, a high school student.
  10. geo_embedgallery BOSTON: Students from Pakistan were awarded with a silver medal for their project at the iGEM [International Genetically Engineered Machine] 2017, which was held at Boston?s Hynes Convention Centre Monday afternoon. The team includes Muhammad Dawood, Ushma Farooq, Hassan Raza, Hassnain Qasim, Ayesha Khan and Babar Nawaz. The students belong to different cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Attock, Islamabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Khyber Agency, Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar, Swabi and Mardan. According to a press release, the iGEM team belongs to Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University, Peshawar, and has been supported by the Directorate of Science and Technology, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa The iGEM Peshawar team was also nominated for the Best Bio Safety Award, this year. The awarded project is called a ?reporter fish? which can detect heavy metal contamination in fresh water and in response to it and change the colour of its body. The team designed and built the genetic (DNA) circuits needed for this function and have tested them in bacterial cells. The students believe that their project would have a direct impact on the livelihoods of fish farmers, and the health of fish consumer across the country. ?I am super proud of the team who put in a lot of effort to win us a Silver this time. A lot of thanks to the Government of KP and CECOS university for the sponsorship and the all out support throughout the competition this year,? said Dr Faisal Khan, the supervisor of the team. ?We hope our industry will join hands with us in IGEM 2018 ?like all other teams here from different countries,? he added. What is iGEM? The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to education and competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and collaboration, according to its website. iGEM started in January 2003 as an independent study course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where students developed biological devices to make cells blink. This course became a summer competition with 5 teams in 2004 and continued to grow to 13 teams in 2005; it expanded to 300 teams in 2016, reaching 42 countries and over 5,000 participants.
  11. Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to being turned into a meme. It can be anything, from a particular scene from his movies, like this : To him just walking down the street : Side note – this is probably the greatest picture to ever exist. And, how can we forget all the jokes about the Oscars. I don't think he expected these random pictures to turn into such an internet sensation. But, then there are some pictures of him that you don't even have to do anything, they're just hilarious on their own. If you're a huge movie star, there's obviously going to be paparazzi following you a lot. So, Leo has the perfect solution for that problem. He will go to any lengths to hide when he's out and about and the it honestly is the funniest thing ever. He has tried everything, from using his jackets : To caps : To just his hands : He has even used a freaking umbrella : And a mask : Honestly, this man is a genius. RT @SashaRK27: Rob and Kristen, it's time to start hiding from paparazzi à la Leonardo DiCaprio pic.twitter.com/CsMOUfyQGx — illuminated RK Mafia (@StewbiesChanel) November 3, 2013 If there was a category for 'Best Hider' at the Oscars, Leo would hopefully be the first one to win. But, for now, let's just all appreciate how much he doesn't like to be seen. All Image Credit - © Twitter
  12. Democratic candidate for governor Ralph Northam speaks as his wife Pam looks on after his election night victory at the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, November 7, 2017. Photo: Reuters1 WASHINGTON: Democrat Ralph Northam won a bitter race for Virginia governor on Tuesday, dealing a setback to President Donald Trump with a decisive victory over a Republican who had adopted some of the president?s combative tactics and issues. Northam, the state?s lieutenant governor, overcame a barrage of attack ads by Republican Ed Gillespie that hit the soft-spoken Democrat on divisive issues such as immigration, gang crime and Confederate statues. Trump, who endorsed Gillespie but did not campaign with him, had taken a break from his Asia trip to send tweets and record messages on Tuesday supporting the former chairman of the Republican National Committee. But after the outcome, Trump quickly distanced himself from Gillespie. ?Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for,? Trump tweeted. ?With the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!? At his victory party, Northam told supporters the sweeping Democratic win in Virginia sent a message to the country. ?Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry, and to end the politics that have torn this country apart,? Northam said. The Virginia race highlighted a slate of state and local elections that also included a governor?s race in New Jersey, where Democrat Phil Murphy, a former investment banker and ambassador to Germany, defeated Republican Kim Guadagno for the right to succeed Republican Chris Christie. Murphy had promised to be a check on Trump in Democratic-leaning New Jersey. Guadagno, the lieutenant governor, was hampered by her association with the unpopular Christie. Boost for Democrats Murphy?s win and the Northam victory in Virginia, a state Democrat Hillary Clinton won by 5 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election, provided a much-needed boost for national Democrats who were desperate to turn grassroots resistance to Trump into election victories. Democrats had already lost four special congressional elections earlier this year. But a strong turnout in the Democratic-leaning northern Virginia suburbs of Washington helped propel Northam, who in the end won relatively easily. With nearly all precincts reporting, he led by a 53 per cent to 45 per cent margin. Exit polls in Virginia showed that one-third of the voters went to the polls to oppose Trump, and only 17 per cent went to support him. Democrats also swept the other top statewide Virginia races, winning the offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general, and gained seats in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democrat Danica Roem beat a long-time Republican incumbent to become the first transgender person to win a state legislative race. ?This is a comprehensive political victory from statehouse to courthouse. Thank you Donald Trump!? Democratic US Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia told Northam?s supporters at a victory party in northern Virginia. In Virginia, Democrats had worried that if Gillespie won, Republicans would see it as a green light to emphasise divisive cultural issues in their campaigns for next year?s elections, when all 435 seats in the US. House of Representatives and 33 of the US Senate?s 100 seats come up for election. Republicans now control both chambers. Gillespie, speaking to crestfallen supporters in Richmond, Virginia, said he had run a ?very policy-focused campaign.? But voters in Arlington County ? a suburban Democratic stronghold bordering Washington ? said national politics were important to their votes. ?Trump talks about draining the swamp, but Gillespie kind of is the swamp,? said Nick Peacemaker, who works in marketing and considered himself a Republican until Trump won the party?s presidential nomination. Peacemaker said Gillespie seemed to shift closer to Trump?s policies after securing the Republican gubernatorial nomination. In local races across the country, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York and Marty Walsh in Boston both easily won re-election. Voters were also picking mayors in Detroit, Atlanta, Seattle and Charlotte, North Carolina.
  13. The Big Sick is a drama-romance which chronicles Kumail's real-life romance with wife Emily Gordon-File Photo Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani definitely has a bright future in Hollywood as his debut film The Big Sick has clinched an award at the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards The film, based on Nanjiani?s story, won the Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award at a star-studded ceremony held The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, on November 5. Silicon Valley?s Kumail Nanjiani wins CinemaCon's Comedy Star of the Year Award The actor gained considerable fame after starring in the award-winning ?Silicon Valley? and also starred in films including ?Fist Fight? and ?Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' The Big Sick is a drama-romance which chronicles his real-life romance with wife Emily Gordon. The cast included Kumail as himself, Zoe Kazan as his girlfriend Emily while Holly Hunter and Ray Romano played Emily's parents. Kumail being Kumail accepted the award with a light-hearted, humourous speech all the while thanking the film?s creators for bringing his life story to the cinema. "We have a lot of people to thank but I truly, truly want to thank our cast. [The Big Sick] was a really intimate, personal story and I was nervous about the people joining but I would not go on this journey with anybody but you. You all poured yourself into this thing and gave a piece of yourself to this movie and it is a gift my wife and I will cherish forever." Other winners include Kate Winslet who won the Hollywood Actress Awar winner while Jake Gyllenhaal won the Hollywood Actor Award. The dystopian hit Blade Runner 2049 won the producer award.
  14. Italy's Silvio Berlusconi gestures during the television talk show 'Porta a Porta' (Door to Door) in Rome, Italy, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/Files PALERMO: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was poised for a stunning political comeback on Monday, as he claimed victory in an election in Sicily that puts him and his rightist allies in pole position for a national vote due by next May. With about 85 percent of the votes counted, a centre-right bloc backed by the four-times prime minister was running five percentage points ahead of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, with the centre-left a distant third. ?Sicily, just as I asked, has chosen the path of real, serious, constructive change, based on honesty, competence and experience,? the 81-year-old said in a video posted on Facebook. The result puts Berlusconi back on the political map after years of *** scandals and graft allegations. By contrast, it deals a stinging blow to Matteo Renzi ? another former prime minister who heads the ruling Democratic Party (PD), which is locked in feuding with erstwhile leftist partners. After a raft of vote setbacks in recent years, Renzi has many critics inside the PD who may now try to mount a challenge to his leadership. Held on Sunday, the regional Sicilian ballot is seen as a dry run for the national vote, with many of the island?s problems reflecting those of the country as a whole ? high unemployment, a debt mountain, and sluggish economic growth. 'A winning model' Sicily is traditionally a centre-right stronghold which was poached by the PD in 2012 thanks to splits in the conservative bloc. This time Berlusconi reunited the coalition behind a widely respected leader with a far-right background. Nello Musumeci ? the centre-right candidate for governor of the island ? had 39.8 percent of the vote, while the 5-Star?s Giancarlo Cancelleri had 34.7 percent. The centre-left Fabrizio Micari was lagging on 18.5 percent. ?From Sicily, we will demonstrate that this is a winning model that can triumph at a national level,? said Giorgia Meloni ? the leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, which is the junior partner in the centre-right alliance. The maverick 5-Star ? founded by comedian Beppe Grillo ? had campaigned relentlessly for months in Sicily, looking to take charge of its first region after a string of successes in municipal ballots in recent years, including in Rome and Turin. Its leader Luigi Di Maio said the party had been penalized in Sicily by low turnout ? less than half of those eligible to cast a vote. ?In two or three months I think many of those who abstained will regret not going to vote,? Di Maio said, insisting that if turnout had been 3 or 4 points higher it could have tilted the result in the movement?s favour. Although defeat is a blow, the 5-Star can take comfort from the fact that it is the largest single political force, taking at least 30 percent of a separate vote on Sicily for party lists against less than 15 percent for its nearest rival ? Berlusconi?s Forza Italia.
  15. SHARJAH: Pakistan secured a consolation five-wicket win over New Zealand in the third and final One-day International (ODI) at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday. Sana Mir led the show with a four-wicket haul to bowl New Zealand out for a paltry 155. Pakistan took time in pursuit of the target but eventually got there in the penultimate over which helped them register their first ever ODI victory against New Zealand, in their 13th attempt. While only one wicket went down to the pace of Aiman Anwer, spin accounted for eight, along with one run out. A variety of slow bowling options were put to good use by Pakistan.Opting to bat, New Zealand ran into early trouble as the in-form Sophie Devine, who had played a crucial role in New Zealand?s series victory with knocks of 103 and 62, was run out for only five. Skipper Suzie Bates struggled to get going before being out stumped off Mir for an 18-ball four. The wickets of Amy Satterthwaite and Katey Martin followed, reducing New Zealand to 50 for 4. Such was the impact the bowlers had on Pakistan?s confidence, they got all the fielders inside the circle in an attempt to extend New Zealand?s slide. Sam Curtis tried to stem the rot as she registered a tenacious half-century. Maddy Green and Anna Peterson assisted her in the endeavour. But a 30-run stand and a 40-run partnership were all they managed in respective associations with Curtis as the spinners continued to run amok. From 125 for 5, New Zealand lost their last five wickets for only 30 runs to be bowled out for their lowest total against Pakistan. Pakistan began in a steady manner with Sidra Ameen and Nahida Khan scoring 40 for the opening wicket, with the latter playing a more aggressive role. Hannah Rowe managed to end the partnership by trapping Nahida in front for a 31-ball 23. Ameen?s 75-ball 32 and Javeria Khan?s 29 off 49 ensured that the hosts didn?t veer off course.New Zealand managed to pick up a few wickets in the middle overs, but they didn?t have the luxury of runs to put Pakistan under pressure. At the end of the 22nd over, Maroof got off the mark with a four, which was the only boundary in her knock. The Pakistan batters failed to score a single boundary after the 29th over. This meant that Pakistan?s innings stretched well beyond what they would have preferred. But the presence of Maroof ensured the formalities were duly completed as Pakistan ended their drought against New Zealand.
  16. New Zealand bowler Trent Boult appeals successfully for the wicket of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma during the second T20 international. -AFP RAJKOT: Opener Colin Munro hit a blistering century to help New Zealand down India by 40 runs in the second Twenty20 international and level the series at 1-1 on Saturday. Munro smashed an unbeaten 58-ball 109 to propel the Kiwis to 196-2 and in reply, the hosts could only manage 156-7 at the batting-friendly Rajkot stadium. Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult claimed four wickets to flatten the Indian chase despite a valiant 42-ball 65 from Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who got little help from the other end. Boult hurt India's reply with his left-arm pace to get two wickets in his very first over and send the openers trudging back to the pavilion. The left-handed Shikhar Dhawan was bowled for one while Sharma, who scored five, was caught behind as India were left struggling at 11-2 after two overs. Kiwi bowlers kept chipping away with regular wickets as Munro, who bowls right-arm medium pace, also contributed with Shreyas Iyer´s crucial scalp. Kohli tried his level best during his fifty-plus partnerships with Iyer, who made 23, and then Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored 49, but the climbing run-rate got to him. The star batsman finally fell to Mitchell Santner's left-arm spin and with him, India's hopes faded away. Earlier, Munro put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Martin Guptill (45), to lay a solid foundation after the Kiwis elected to bat first. Guptill hit Yuzvendra Chahal for two sixes and a four in the leg-spinner´s first over to make his intent clear. Chahal finally got his revenge after denying Guptill, who smashed 3 fours and 3 sixes in his 41-ball knock, a fifty but the damage had already been done. Munro made the most of his two reprieves, on 45 and 79, to register his second T20 ton - in just 54 balls - and pulverise the Indian bowling attack. Debutant paceman Mohammed Siraj gave away 53 runs in four overs but got his maiden international wicket in skipper Kane Williamson for 12. The left-handed Munro, who hit 7 fours and 7 sixes, and Tom Bruce, who scored 18, signed off with a 56-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket. The action now moves to the third and deciding match in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
  17. Liverpool were rewarded for their patience as they eventually overcame some resilient defending from Slovenia?s Maribor to win 3-0 at Anfield in their Champions League Group E match on Wednesday. Maribor had learned their lesson after suffering an embarrassing 7-0 home defeat in Slovenia and defended in numbers, keeping a compact shape and allowing Juergen Klopp?s side plenty of possession but few chances. After a frustrating first half, Liverpool finally broke through in the 49th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold?s cross from the right was expertly flicked home by Mohamed Salah. The home side should have doubled their advantage four minutes later when Roberto Firmino turned superbly to beat his marker Aleksander Rajcevic, who then brought down the Brazilian inside the area to concede a penalty. Yet Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic did well to push James Milner?s spot kick on to the post. The cushion of a second goal arrived in the 64th minute when Emre Can played a swift one-two with Milner before confidently driving home from the edge of the box. Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it 3-0 in the final minute when he was spotted, unmarked at the back post by Alberto Moreno following a short corner and had time to control before firing home. Liverpool top the group with eight points, one clear of second-placed Sevilla and three ahead of Spartak Moscow. Maribor prop up the standings with one point.
  18. Manchester City?s all-conquering season reached new peaks as Sergio Aguero became the club?s all-time top scorer with a decisive goal in a thrilling 4-2 victory at Napoli that secured their place in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday. The Argentine struck his historic 178th goal for City, which took him past Eric Brook?s landmark, in the 69th minute to help to settle a magnificent contest between the English and Italian league leaders. Headed goals from City?s unlikely central defensive strike force of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones either side of halftime had seen Pep Guardiola?s side overturn a 21st-minute lead deservedly given to the Serie A leaders by Lorenzo Insigne. Yet after Jorginho had equalised with a penalty just after the hour, Aguero?s predatory instinct ensured City were not to be denied in their bid to become the first English team to win a European match in Napoli?s forbidding San Paolo Stadium. Raheem Sterling sealed the triumph in injury time, leaving City, now unbeaten in 22 matches, on a perfect 12-point haul in Group F while Napoli face elimination on just three points in third place. The second clash between two sides who had started the game with 86 goals between them this season always promised to be hugely entertaining but City demonstrated both real quality and heart as they won for the second time in a fortnight against a team Guardiola rates one of the best in Europe. Napoli, after dominating the early stages, sliced apart City?s defence with the same slickness that Guardiola?s side have themselves been demonstrating all season in the Premier League. Insigne charged down the left flank, took out two defenders by forging a swift one-two with Mertens and beat Ederson expertly from close range. It was the first time in 13 matches that City had gone behind but after being a distant second best for the first half-hour, they finally clicked into gear. Aguero came close to the record-breaking goal but soon after, in the 34th minute, Otamendi muscled in at the far post to head home Ilkay Gundogan?s pinpoint cross from the right. With momentum having changed completely, Stones headed against the bar from some distance and three minutes after the break another rocketed header struck the underside of the bar with goal-line technology confirming it had crossed the line. Napoli were far from finished as Insigne hit the woodwork himself with a fine strike and when Leroy Sane brought down Raul Albiol, Jorginho converted coolly from the spot. The defining passages of play saw Ederson make a wonderful save from Jose Callejon before a lightning break from Sane ended with the ball falling to the sharp Aguero, who finished magnificently. As the game continued to throb from end to end, the final word went to Sterling who struck from close range after being freed by the brilliant Kevin de Bruyne. It ensured City?s qualification for the knockout stages for the fifth season in succession.
  19. Manchester United are almost certain to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League after they beat Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to make it a perfect four wins in Group A. An own goal by Benfica?s 18-year-old keeper Mile Svilar on the stroke of halftime and a Daley Blind penalty in the 78th minute were enough for United, who struggled at times to find their fluency. Jose Mourinho?s team now need just a point from their final two games in the group, against Basel and CSKA Moscow, to make absolutely certain of their place in the knockout stage for the first time in four years. The result moved them six points clear at the top of the group, yet United, who qualified by winning the Europa League last season, were well below their best, labouring in midfield and sloppy at times at the back. After the visitors started brightly, United could have taken the lead in the 14th minute when Anthony Martial went down under a challenge from Douglas but the Frenchman?s soft spot kick was saved by Svilar. At the other end, David De Gea, was forced into the first of a series of saves - superbly reaching a powerful drive from Diogo Goncalves. Romelu Lukaku then had two chances for United with Svilar pushing his low, left-foot shot wide in the 30th minute, before the Belgian headed over from a Martial cross. When the goal came, just before halftime, it had a strong element of good fortune to it. Svilar, the youngest keeper in Champions League history whose error had gifted United a 1-0 win when the teams met two weeks ago in Lisbon, could do nothing as a Nemanja Matic shot struck the post and bounced into the goal off his back. Benfica had several good chances to draw level but United keeper De Gea was his usual reliable self. The one time the Spaniard was beaten, Mexican forward Raul Jimenez?s shot struck the outside of the post after he had intercepted a loose pass from Eric Bailly to Chris Smalling. The introduction of Marcus Rashford for Martial injected some life into United?s attack and it was the 19-year-old who created the second goal. The winger burst into the area, skipping by two defenders before he was brought down by Andreas Samaris. Lukaku looked set to take the kick, but after an apparent intervention from Mourinho, it was Blind who converted. The result leaves United top of Group A on 12 points while CSKA Moscow and Basel each have six points with Benfica still without a point. CSKA won 2-1 at Basel in Tuesday?s other game in the group.
  20. The Indian cricket team won many accolades after winning the 2017 World T20 for the blind in February. In a spirited showing in the summit clash, India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by nine wickets to clinch the World title in Bangalore. In their second consecutive T20 World Cup title win, the Indian team put up a brilliant performance with eight victories in nine games. Such was their performance that it drew plaudits from every corner of the country. From cricket bigwigs to famed celebrities, India's team for the blind won everyone over. But, just 10 months later, their feats and the laurels they brought to the country have already been forgotten. Not just that, they are now being asked to pay for a place in the state teams! In a stunning revelation by Mid-Day, India's World Cup-winning blind cricketers have been asked to part with 30 per cent of their prize money for a place in the state side for the national cricket tournament for the blind. © BCCL More stunning is the fact that players who don't contribute their hard-earned rupees are in danger of not getting picked for their respective state teams. Indian cricketer Anish Baig has revealed that he is not part of the Maharashtra team playing the national cricket tournament because he did not contribute 20 per cent of his T20 World Cup prize money and other earnings to the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and another 10 per cent to the Cricket Association for the Blind in Maharashtra (CABM). "I want to play for Maharashtra and of course for India again, but since I had not paid a total of 30 per cent of my prize money and earnings to the associations, I was not included in the Maharashtra team for this event," Mumbai-based Baig was quoted as saying by the Mid-Day. Baig also revealed that India's all-rounder Ketan Patel also missed out on a spot in the Gujarat team for the Nationals due to a similar reason. Barring Baig and Patel, all members of the T20 World Cup-winning side have contributed to their respective associations and are playing in the tournament held across Mumbai. © BCCL "The Boards have given us a platform to play cricket by raising money and we too contribute to the Board. I have contributed Rs 1.5 lakh from my earnings to CABI and Rs 1 lakh to the Cricket Association for the Blind in Andhra Pradesh," Indian captain Ajay Reddy said. Reacting to the allegations, CABM secretary Ramakant Satam revealed: "After the World Cup triumph, we helped him (Baig) get Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh, but later on, he was not in contact with us. Even though there is a regulation that a player has to give 10 per cent (of his prize money) to the state association and 20 per cent to the national body, we told him not to give a single rupee to us, but continue to play cricket." While Satam highlighted the mandate for players to share some of their prize money and earnings to the associations, CABI president GK Mahantesh claimed it was up to the players. "The players had a meeting and decided to contribute to their state as well as the national association. © BCCL I have to check, but I think except Anish and Ketan all others from the World Cup-winning team put in some amount. Both (Baig and Patel) have some issues with their state associations. They are very good players and I am happy to talk to both players and resolve the matter," Mahantesh said. Whether the players are obliged to share their prize money with the associations or not, the latest controversy has once again highlighted the plight of Indian players who continue to suffer at the hands of red-tapisim and corruption across state bodies in the country.
  21. Captains pose with the T20I series trophy Unstoppable Pakistan, after winning the opening T20 international by seven wickets on Thursday, will face Sri Lanka in the second, and series-deciding, T20I match at Abu Dhabi today. Medium pacer Hasan Ali finished with a career best bowling to once again anchor Pakistan's convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20I, taking 3-23 in 3.3 overs as Pakistan skittled Sri Lanka out for a paltry 102 in 18.3 overs. The Green Shirts were seen through to the target by Shoaib Malik 42 not out and Mohammad Hafeez 25 not out, with 16 balls to spare. All six Pakistan bowlers took wickets with spinner Mohammad Hafeez (2-10) and pacer Usman Shinwari (2-24) supplementing Hasan to the best effect. It was the 70th T20I win for Pakistan, the most by any team in the shortest format of the game. It also marked 10th victory in 12 T20Is for Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, bringing his win percentage to 83.33%. The teams will fly to Lahore for the third and final T20I at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday, October 29. The day will mark the return of top-flight cricket to Pakistan, as Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit the country since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009 -- with attack survivors among those returning to the scene. Sunday´s game comes after Lahore also hosted this year´s Pakistan Super League final and the Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI last month.
  22. Jesse Lingard scored twice as League Cup holders Manchester United saw off Premier League rivals Swansea 2-0 in south Wales as Jose Mourinho´s men bounced back from a shock league defeat by Huddersfield. This result gave Mourinho a win in his 400th game in English football and he told Sky Sports: "Of course I still get the same thrill from it, but 2004 was a long time ago." "I am more mature and have a different way to react to things," the Portuguese manager added. "I´m the same. I want to win and I hate losing." Bournemouth, fresh from just their second Premier League win of the season last weekend, enjoyed a 3-1 victory at home to Middlesbrough while Leicester City, without a manager since sacking Craig Shakespeare, came from a goal down to beat Leeds United, like Boro a Championship club, by the same scoreline. Wednesday´s ties see Chelsea face Everton in the Toffees´ first match since Ronald Koeman was sacked as their manager while high-flying Tottenham Hotspur face West Ham in an all-London clash.
  23. MILAN: Italian international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, unless Juventus win the Champions League. The 39-year-old plans to bring the curtain down on his career after the 2018 World Cup, but if Juventus triumph in Europe he could continue on to try to add the Club World Cup to his collection. "There's no margin (to change mind) because I'm quite convinced of the choices I've made," Buffon, who was named as the goalkeeper of the year at FIFA´s The Best awards on Monday, told Sky Sport. "This is my last season and I'm pretty sure of the choices I make. One or two more years wouldn't add or take away from what I've already achieved." "The only way would be to win the Champions League," he continued, suggesting that he would share the role with his understudy Wojciech Szczesny at the Club World Cup. "At that point, to try to win the Club World Cup, maybe Szczesny could play one game and me another," suggested Buffon, who has played 633 times for Juventus and 173 matches for Italy. "But I think with a goalkeeper like him behind it is normal that next year I'll stand aside." Juventus, European champions in 1985 and 1996, have finished runners-up in the Champions League twice in the past three years.
  24. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab announced on Monday it will allow third parties to analyse its antivirus software in an attempt to rule out accusations of spying for the Kremlin. "We want to show how we?re completely open and transparent. We've nothing to hide," company founder Eugene Kaspersky said while launching what was dubbed a "global transparency initiative". "Cybersecurity has no borders, but attempts to introduce national boundaries in cyberspace is counterproductive and must be stopped. We need to reestablish trust in relationships between companies, governments and citizens," he said in a statement. The Russian-based company has been accused of being a vehicle for hackers to steal security secrets from the US National Security Agency, and was banned by all American government agencies last month. The software firm has repeatedly argued it has no ties to any government and has claimed it is simply caught in the middle of a geopolitical fight. "Kaspersky Lab will engage the broader information security community and other stakeholders in validating and verifying the trustworthiness of its products, internal processes, and business operations," the company said in the statement. "As part of the initiative, the company intends to provide the source code of its software -? including software updates and threat-detection rules updates -? for independent review and assessment." - Promise of 'transparency' - Kaspersky's software, widely respected for its virus-catching effectiveness, is used on millions of computers around the world. The company has said it will open "transparency centres", beginning in 2018, to address security issues with customers, partners and government stakeholders. Three centres will open in Asia, Europe and the US by 2020, it said. US media reports have accused the company of facilitating the Kremlin either as part of a covert espionage scheme or as an unwilling accomplice. The New York Times reported two weeks ago that Israeli intelligence had hacked into the Kaspersky network and upon detecting the Russian intrusion, alerted the United States, which led to the decision to remove Kaspersky software from US government computers. The online news site CyberScoop, citing anonymous sources, reported separately that Kaspersky as early as 2015 sought to promote its anti-virus software as a tool to track extremists in the Middle East. The report said that some US officials were intrigued by the offer, but that technical members of the intelligence community interpreted this as meaning that Kaspersky's anti-virus software could be used as a spying tool. The Wall Street Journal has previously reported that the Russian government was able to modify Kaspersky software to turn it into an espionage tool. The allegations concerning Kaspersky come in the wake of an alleged Russian-led effort to manipulate social media and influence the 2016 US presidential election.
  25. Photographers watch a TV report about exit poll results after Japan's lower house election at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, October 22, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s ruling bloc scored a big win in Sunday?s election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation?s longest-serving premier and re-energizing his push to revise the pacifist constitution. Abe?s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds ?super majority? in the 465-member lower house, local media said. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe ? who took office in December 2012 ? will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan?s longest-serving premier. It also means his ?Abenomics? growth strategy centred on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue. Final official results from the election, which coincided with an approaching typhoon, are expected early on Monday. The US-drafted constitution?s Article 9, if taken literally, bans the maintenance of armed forces. But Japanese governments have interpreted it to allow a military exclusively for self-defence. Backers of Abe?s proposal to clarify the military?s ambiguous status say it would codify the status quo. Critics fear it would allow an expanded role overseas for the military. Abe said he would not stick to a target he had floated of making the changes by 2020. ?First, I want to deepen debate and have as many people as possible agree,? he told a TV broadcaster. ?We should put priority on that.? The Komeito ? the LDP?s junior partner ? is cautious about changing the constitution, drawn up after Japan?s defeat in World War Two. Several opposition parties favour changes but do not necessarily agree on details. Referendums risky Amendments must be approved by two-thirds of each chamber of parliament and then by a majority in a public referendum. ?Now that pro-constitutional change parties occupy more than two-thirds of the parliament, the constitution will be the most important political issue next year,? Hidenori Suezawa ? a financial market and fiscal analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities ? said. ?And as we saw in the UK? a referendum could be tricky. So while Abe is likely to be prime minister, for the time being, it is too early to say whether he can stay in power until 2021.? Abe declined to say if he would run for a third term. Abe had said he needed a new mandate to tackle a "national crisis" from North Korea's missile and nuclear threats and a fast-ageing population and to approve his idea of diverting revenue from a planned sales tax hike to education and child care from public debt repayment. He called the poll amid confusion in the opposition camp and an uptick in his ratings, dented earlier in the year by scandals over suspected cronyism and a perception he had grown arrogant after nearly five years in office. Abe has backed US President Donald Trump?s tough stance towards North Korea, which has test-fired missiles over Japan, that all options, including military action, are on the table. Trump is to visit Japan November 5-7 to reaffirm the leaders? tight ties. Abe's gamble pays off Abe?s snap poll gamble had seemed risky ? some early forecasts saw the LDP losing a significant chunk of seats ? after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as possibly Japan?s first female premier, launched her conservative Party of Hope. That party absorbed a big chunk of the failed main opposition Democratic Party, which abruptly decided to run no candidates of its own. But voter enthusiasm soon waned despite its calls for popular policies such as an exit from nuclear power and a freeze on the planned sales tax rise. Koike did not run for a lower house seat herself ? she was in Paris for a climate change event on Sunday ? and failed to say whom her party would back for prime minister. ?We had sought to put policies first. But we ended up with a very tough outcome, so I deeply apologize for that,? Koike told NHK. A new Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), formed by liberal former DP members, got 54 seats, beating the 49 seats of Koike?s party to become the biggest opposition group, although both have just a fraction of the LDP?s presence. ?Day by day, we felt we were getting more voter support for our call to revive more decent politics, and not fret about whether it?s right or left wing,? CDPJ lawmaker Tetsuro Fukuyama said. Several experts noted the ruling bloc?s win was less a victory for the conservative, long-ruling LDP than a defeat for a divided opposition. ?Simply put, this was the self-destruction of the opposition,? Zentaro Kamei ? a senior research fellow at think tank PHP Institute and former LDP lawmaker ? said. Shinjiro Koizumi ? the LDP lawmaker son of popular former Premier Junichiro Koizumi ? warned against LDP complacency. ?It?s not just that our party has become arrogant and complacent. People are also getting increasingly fed up with us,? he told NHK. Abe, 63, has already led the LDP and its partner, the Komeito, to four landslide wins since he took the helm of the party. But turnout has been low and the LDP has typically won with about 25 percent of eligible votes. Others either stayed home or backed opposition parties. Kyodo news agency estimated turnout on Sunday ? when heavy rain from powerful Typhoon Lan lashed much of Japan ? at 53.7 percent, 1 point above the record low in the last lower house election in 2014.