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  1. The intolerance level of Indians is getting crazier with every passing day. From taking down the Tanishq ad showing an inter-religion happy marriage to boycotting films for hurting religious sentiments, we now have enough proof of what kind of a society we are living in. Since the trailer of Laxmmi Bomb has been released, the Akshay Kumar film got entangled into various controversies. People on Twitter have been asking to boycott the movie as the film showcases interfaith wedding and also they find the title of the film problematic because a Hindu goddess' name has been used. Three’s not always a crowd! Team #LaxmmiBomb with the real Laxmi on sets of #TheKapilSharmaShow today! @advani_kiara @ImLaxmiNarayan @KapilSharmaK9 pic.twitter.com/Kxr8FYsyjt — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 18, 2020 Now, Hindu Sena is demanding that the title of the film should be changed or they’ll start protesting. Hindu Sena has sent a letter to Information & Broadcast Minister Prakash Javadekar asking them to take appropriate action against the movie. Waiting for the #LaxmmiBombTrailer just like @advani_kiara and me? Hang in there...just 3 hours to go. Trailer drops at 12.30 pm today! #YeDiwaliLaxmmiBombWali!#FoxStarStudios #DisneyPlusHotstarMultiplex@offl_Lawrence @Shabinaa_Ent @TusshKapoor @foxstarhindi #CapeOfGoodFilms pic.twitter.com/HU3Gzu1TlA — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 9, 2020 They allegedly have a problem with the title of the film and are saying that the movie’s title is making fun of Hindu Goddess Laxmi and is therefore hurting the sentiments of the community. In the letter, the Sena wrote that if in case their demands are not met, the members will protest outside cinema halls and they have also requested people to boycott the film if the title remains the same. Hindu Sena has given a complaint letter @PrakashJavdekar to take appropriate action against the promoters, cast and crew of the upcoming movie "Laxmmi Bomb" starring @akshaykumar and directed by Sh Raghava Lawrence for making mockery of Hindu Goddess Laxmi's name, @ANI pic.twitter.com/5UjVfXBNJB — Vishnu Gupta🕉 (@VishnuGupta_HS) October 20, 2020 "If our demand is not fulfilled, all my Hindu Sainiks shall protest against this movie outside every Cinema hall where this movie may be screened across the nation. I request everyone belonging to the Hindu community to boycott the movie if the movie title is not changed before the release." Vishnu Gupta, National President of Hindu Sena, said, "The name of the movie is highly derogatory and offensive in nature, the name of Hindu Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of fortune and wealth has been used in the movie title along with the word Bomb which is unacceptable to the Hindu community. In the said name of the movie, Bomb word has been used to provoke the Hindu community.” Here’s what people on the internet have to say about this – @akshaykumar we have been your fan for years but the title of your recent film #LaxmiBomb has indeed hurt feelings of Hindus. I hope that your film does not portray any Hindu man or woman as a terrorist or a suicide bomber. — Pankaj Vishwamitra (@vpankaj1) October 21, 2020Same on you guys using word Laxmi as a title for such a kind of movie. @advani_kiara @akshaykumar if you have the guts then use Mary bomb or Fatihma bomb!! Can you guys do it...? No Bec Raavan died bec of his own brother & you guys are reason to exploit our Hindu religion 🏻🏻🏻 — vjayk (@jayvk10) October 21, 2020Wrost movie I can't believe this ?Akshay Kumar also being Hindu's enemy why you are trolling good of hindu's ?what is laxmibomb title it is very saidfull — Harshit Dixit (@Harshit47815726) October 21, 2020What sort of nonsense title for a movie is Laxmi Bomb? and that too for a Diwali release?? Crazy! — Dr.C.K.Narayan (@CK_Narayan) October 20, 2020I strongly condemn "the Title of the movie Laxmmi Bomb" What kind of massage wanna give to society, Don't forget Goddess Laxmi is adorable by Hindu, it is one kind of disrespect to her name by using in the movie. Stop playing with Hindu sentiment. @akshaykumar #LaxmmiBombTrailer — Subrata Sarkar (@itz001Sarkar) October 20, 2020Why the name of film's title in name our goddess . Please change the title . Do you worship in diwali or not mr. Dengan and mr.Akshay . Is the film is about bhakti of goddess Laxmi ? It will be better if title is changed . For ex. Say mumy bomb . We won't mind . — shekhar Gupta (angry middle age man) (@shekhargupta68) October 19, 2020What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  2. The 2019-2020 season was full of misery and agony for an NBA fan. First, we lost one of the greatest men to have ever run the league in David Stern on the first day of the new year, the league got disrupted because of the coronavirus outbreak, and of course, the legendary Kobe Bryant lost with life in a horrible helicopter crash along with his baby girl Gianna and seven other people. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nbadab_) The team Bryant had played religiously for 20 straight years, the Los Angeles Lakers had held a massive ceremony to bid their idol adieu. Some of the biggest names of the business including Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal gave some heartwarming speeches. However, Lakers fans knew that the farewell wasn’t complete unless they won the title this season. Jump to nine months later, the Lakers not only finished the regular season being the best team in the Western Conference, they are now the NBA Champions as well. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nbadab_) LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the record-tying 17th title in the history of the franchise. James who won his fourth title in 17 years, also became the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals. One of the most loved yet highly criticised players of all time, LeBron James spoke directly to all those who don’t acknowledge his greatness when he said: “Coach (Frank) Vogel wants his respect, the organisation want their respect, Laker nation want their respect… I want my damn respect, too.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nbadab_) People might say that this championship was the easiest for the Lakers, that the Bubble made it simpler, that the long break before the Playoffs gave them enough time to heal, but what about the losses they incurred that can't be returned? Yes, we’re talking about Kobe Bryant. He was the royalty of LA. He was the past, present and future of the city. He was supposed to live his life and love the people around him, especially this team. We wish he was here today. To see what his team had done. He'd be proud. He'd be the happiest person in the building. He'd be at peace, even if it meant cheering for his team from the sidelines. View the full article
  3. The 27th National Shooting Championship was held at the Army Marksmen Unit (AMU), Jhelum. The mega national event which is held every year, involved all national level teams competing for the coveted title.
  4. PM Norman Baker feels that Prince Harry should be stripped of his royal title due to ?exploitative? tendencies
  5. Kevin Feige had said Imaan Vellani's Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel will also be featured in future MCU films
  6. The film will be subtitled "Shazam: Fury of the Gods".
  7. While the world continues to grapple with novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the frustrating lockdowns and self-isolation protocols have led to a greater interest in social media. With no sporting events on offer, the fans are either restricted to watching old videos or following the day-to-day activities of their favourite sportspersons. In the world of football, with major club leagues and much-anticipated tournaments getting postponed, footballers and fans find themselves spending countless hours on social media to get their fill amid lockdown. While the footballers have been seen taking on interesting indoor challenges and posting the videos of their activities at home on social media, one fan appears to be giving the pros a run for their money. View this post on InstagramI have been in quarantine for more than ten days. Please stay home. @arat.gym Ùا Ùر کدا٠ÙسÙØªÛ Ø§Ø² اÛ٠پاز٠ÙستÛÙ. اÛÙ ÛÚ© ÚÛز Ø´Ø®ØµÛ ÙÛست. ÙØ·Ùا در خاÙ٠بÙاÙÛد. #covid_19 #coronavirus . @arat.gym #AratHosseini #کرÙÙا #کرÙÙاÙÛرÙس #آرات_حسÛÙÛA post shared by (@arat.gym) Six-year-old Arat Hosseini has become the darling of social media owing to his unmatched football skills. In a video, which has gone viral on social media platforms, the youngster from Iran was seen showcasing his impressive skills including the incredible bicycle kick. View this post on InstagramArat say : Leo Messi thank you for comment me @leomessi Arat says, I wish to play for Barcelona one day. He dreams about it every night. And he compares himself with Messi . He says I will be just like him when I grew up . Arat always does his best to achieve his dreams @fcbarcelonaA post shared by (@arat.gym) The video begins with Arat saying, "Hello Lionel Messi, I love you" and with a wink, the tricks begin. The video shows Arat performing a number of tricks with the ball and then sends the ball into a small net using an impressive bicycle kick. The caption also talks of Arat's dream of playing for Barcelona. Kid is a young goat. (IG: arat.gym) pic.twitter.com/8yFub3mqYA â FC Barcelona (from ??) (@FCBarcelona) April 13, 2020 The video has garnered over 2.2 million views on Instagram as fans including some Iranian celebrities lauding the budding talent of young Hosseini. The viral video of the youngster was also tweeted out by Barcelonaâs official account, calling him a âyoung goatâ. "Kid is a young goat," the tweet read. the young Messi's are shaking â joro joro joro ja roro (@thatrowann) April 13, 2020Better than Rakitic â ???????? ?????????????? ???? (@i_nmess) April 13, 2020Arat >>>>>>>> Dembele â BraithW (@zee_kea) April 13, 2020Sign him instead of Neymar. â ? Laura ? (@g0ldenElitist) April 13, 2020@ivanrakitic mf take notes â Alma (@badddvibess) April 13, 2020Fantastic skill! â Terry McGeary (@Telthecelt) April 13, 2020Future of football be like: â ALI (@aez96) April 13, 2020That's absolutely beautiful â Uncle Scholes⢠(@Uncle_Scholes) April 13, 2020 View the full article
  8. Colin has revealed that the sixth film in the 'Jurassic' franchise has a new title: 'Jurassic World: Dominion'
  9. Sharing her picture on Instagram, Priyanka wrote a heartfelt note: '#TBT Miss World at 18 years old... feels like just yesterday'
  10. Salman Khan recently took to social media to announce his new film Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. The film, written by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Farhad Samji, will hit the screens on Eid 2021. Fans seem pretty excited about this big announcement and like every time, there were people who trolled Bhai for the title. Announcing my next film... KABHI EID KABHI DIWALI .... STORY & PRODUCED BY SAJID NADIADWALA ... DIRECTED by FARHAD SAMJI... EID 2021 ... #SajidNadiadwala @NGEMovies @farhad_samji @WardaNadiadwala @SKFilmsOfficial — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) January 10, 2020 But, one epic dig came from none other than Akshay Kumar as he hilariously took a potshot at the title of the movie. Akshay Kumar wished the trio all the best for their film and also suggested them a potential name for the sequel. He tweeted, “Congratulations to my dear friends, Sajid Nadiadwala, @BeingSalmanKhan and @farhad_samji on Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Wishing you guys all the love and luck. Have a name suggestion as well for the sequel... Kabhi Eid Kabhi Christmas.” Here's the Twitter post: Congratulations to my dear friends, Sajid Nadiadwala, @BeingSalmanKhan and @farhad_samji on Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Wishing you guys all the love and luck. Have a name suggestion as well for the sequel... Kabhi Eid Kabhi Christmasð — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 10, 2020 After Akshay tweeted this post, fans started suggesting him the title of his next movie and there are no bonus points for guessing, as obviously, they took a dig at him for holding Canadian citizenship. The Khiladi Kumar was also trolled for always making movies that are either remakes or based on some patriotic subject. Check out the reactions here: Kabhi India Kabhi Canada.. abb tum bhi decide karo — SK (@being_salida) January 10, 2020 Tere liye bhi ek Suggestion hai KABHI INDIA KABHI CANADA#KabhiEidKabhiDiwali — SHAHID SALMANISTAN (@SSALMANISTAN2) January 10, 2020 sir aap ke liye bhi ek suggestion hai KABHI CANADIAN KABHI INDIAN — Salman Z My God (@Being25Lucky) January 10, 2020 Kabhi Remake Kabhi Patriotism ð — •Being Nawaz• (@BeingNawaz) January 10, 2020 Your next movie khbhi Indian khbhi canadian'ðððððððð — It'z ! Aashiq ! ð¬ (@beingaashiq12k) January 10, 2020 Kabhi Remake Kabhi Sequel ð — VICKEYY ð®ð³ (@Vickey09AkFan) January 10, 2020 Clearly, Akshay had no idea that he himself will end up getting trolled. No surprises there as Salman and Akshay fans have always been at loggerheads. On the work front, Akshay's Good Newwz has been received well - mainly because of the fresh concept of IVF that the movie deals with, while Salman Khan was last seen on the big screen in Dabangg 3, in which he played the fearless cop Chulbul Pandey. The movie did a decent business at the box office, considering the actor's stardom. View the full article
  11. The series between Monterrey and Club America was in a deadlock as the second leg of the Liga MX Championship final ended 2-1 in America's advantage. As the penalty shootouts began, a quiet Antonio Mohamed could be seen holding onto his rosary beads tightly with his head bowed in prayer. But when Leonel Vangioni, who plays left back for Mohamed's team, put the ball in the nets, the manager instantly broke down in tears. While he had won his club their fifth title, there were emotions more valuable than just the joy of winning a tournament at play here. It was the feeling of contentment. © Twitter In 2006, Antonio lost his nine-year-old son Farid in Germany when an overtaking car collided with theirs. Antonio was also on the verge of losing his leg. Farid's loss hit the Argentine hard. His wife and he decided to have no more kids and his marriage eventually broke. The only fragment of his son's memories that kept him going was a couple of promises that he had made to his boy more than 13 years ago. First, he promised to go back to Huracan and help them retain their top-division spot and second, he swore to win a title with Monterrey, Farid's favourite team in the world. © Twitter The second of the two promises was fulfilled on Monday. The past few years have been testing for "El Turco". A failed attempt to make it big in Spain and an unexpectedly disappointing time with Huracan back at home nearly broke him. Call it divine intervention or just good luck, but the timing of Mohamed getting back with Monterrey was perfect. The team's supportive response to the kind of changes the newly reacquired manager brought to the dressing room and even though it took the Rayados a couple of years to look like the team they were capable of, they finally broke free and won the title. Antonio had spent the morning of the championship finals day at the Basilica of Our Lady of Gaudalupe, north of Mexico City. He was praying for his son, his team and himself. Clearly his prayers were answered as the euphoric manager cheered on with both his hands up and a gold medal hanging around his neck. View the full article
  12. Leicester fans should wait till after the Christmas series of matches before beginning to dream of a second Premier League title, says defender Jonny Evans. Photo: AFPThree-time Premier League-winning defender Jonny Evans moved to calm rising...
  13. Djokovic slips down the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent. Photo: AFPRafael Nadal's return to the world number one position for the eighth time in his career was confirmed when the ATP...
  14. Novak Djokovic has won a record fifth Paris Masters (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT )PARIS: Novak Djokovic eased to a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title by brushing aside Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov in Sunday´s final, boosting...
  15. After being the dominating force of the National Basketball League (NBA) for more than four years, it seems as if the reign of the Golden State Warriors has finally come to an end at the hands of one of the best two-way players of the league in Kawhi Leonard and a feisty Toronto Raptors team who not only made their first appearance in the NBA Finals this season but also won their maiden title along with it. YOUR 2019 @NBA CHAMPS! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/3mNvchZqzT — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019 Albeit the Warriors were cursed with extremely unfortunate injuries, taking out some of their best players in Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson at the worst moments possible but this should not take away from the fact that a team like the Raptors who were always considered to be 'good but not good enough', defeated some of the most talented rosters in the league such as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwuakke Bucks during the playoffs series and the Warriors in the NBA Finals. While role-players like Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam showed up big time, especially in crunch time, when they were needed the most, the contributions of Kawhi Leonard demand a special mention. Board man gets champagne! pic.twitter.com/YvlnleQOW9 — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019 Traded to the Canadian squad less than a year ago, that too during the time he was down and away with a severe ankle injury, Leonard was not only able to understand how the team functioned but also became their beacon of hope, the leader they desperately needed to make it to the Finals and win it all. After facing toxic levels of criticism from the San Antonio Spurs fans for not representing the city on the court for an entire year, 'The Klaw' winning the title and the 2019 'NBA Finals Most Valuable Player' award was probably the best way for him to redeem himself and consolidate his name as one of the best athletes the league and the basketball world has ever seen. KAWHI LEONARD 2X FINALS MVP! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/dabEfjSRsb — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019 This is also not for the first time Leonard has stopped a dynasty from winning three consecutive championship titles or as they say a 3peat. Winning his very first NBA title in 2014 against the powerful Miami Heat which consisted of star players like Dwyane Wade, Chrish Bosh and Lebron James, all in their prime, Leonard won his first NBA Finals MVP back then. Now again, heading into the 2019 Finals Leonard shocked the Warriors and the world when he led his side to winning all three games in the Warriors' homecourt and sealing the deal with a couple of free throws in the final moments of Game 6 in Oakland. Nobody could have written the narrative of the Toronto Raptors' first title any better than this.
  16. MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side. All these comments haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength. For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series earlier this January. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup. © Reuters But, in the past four months, Dhoni has not only managed to silence his critics with a brilliant showing, but has rightly made the World Cup spot his own. More recently, his exploits in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title, if it wasn't for a rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI) brigade. Apart from a rediscovered form in his batting, Dhoni has so many other roles in the team which makes him a vital cog in India's dreams of capturing their third World Cup title. Here's a look at what makes Dhoni a key ingredient in India's title aspirations at this year's World Cup: Middle-Order Stability © Reuters Unlike the T20 version, the ODI format is an extension that cannot be dictated just by hammering the ball out of the park. It demands the batsmen to rotate the strike and stitch crucial partnerships in the middle overs before launching the all mighty attack on the opposition bowlers in the final stages of the game. While India might boast of a strong batting line-up, no one is best suited to stabilise the innings than Dhoni. The Jharkhand cricketer might not be the finisher we once knew, but, as India's batting line-up evolved over the years, so did Dhoni's role. From being the most consistent finishers in the sport, Dhoni has now adapted to his new role of being a sheet anchor for the team. The new-age MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end. And, once the game nears its end, Dhoni swaps his role and the finisher takes over. Going into the World Cup, India have thrived on the form of their top three, with the middle-order yet to be tested, which makes Dhoni's presence furthermore crucial for Kohli's men in England & Wales. Lightning Quick Glovework © Reuters Cricket, like other sports, is a game dictated by rules and there are numerous ways in which the coaches emphasise on its importance across the globe. Technique does not end with batting alone, as noticed with wicket-keepers who are equally expected to follow certain guidelines to reap better returns. Amongst others, one major rule related to wicket-keeping or fielding, in general, is inertia. With the ball travelling to the fielder's hands at a rapid pace, a cricketer is expected to catch the ball and let it slide with the momentum for some time before resisting the motion. The idea is to absorb the momentum of the ball slowly in a bid to avoid chances of it popping out of their hands. While most wicket-keepers follow this tactic against seamers and spinners, Dhoni follows a completely different ideology. He believes in attacking the ball and throwing his hands at the stumps as quickly as possible. When he keeps to the spinners, Dhoni moves his hands towards the ball and - without moving his hand back for even a second - guides it to the stumps. So what does he achieve by doing that? As noted on one of his stumpings, a reaction time of a staggering 0.38 seconds. When it comes to run-outs, Dhoni has evolved from traditional techniques even more. While the age-old wicket-keeping technique would state that a keeper needs to be behind the stumps to collect a throw, the Jharkhand cricketer feels otherwise. Rather than standing behind, Dhoni stands right in front and flicks the ball onto the stumps using the momentum of the throw. That technique might not be listed in any rule book, but the Indian wicket-keeper has made it work over the years. Setting Up The Field © Reuters A wicket-keeper enjoys the luxury of having one of the best views on the field. And, Dhoni makes the most of it with his shrewd awareness behind the stumps. Keeping a close watch on the contest between the bowler and the batsman, Dhoni is often seen setting up the field according to the situation. Such has been his know-how of the game that Dhoni, almost like a seer, ends up predicting the shots which are yet to be played by the opposition batsmen. There have been numerous instances where, after anticipating the batsmen's shot selection, the former Indian captain's field settings have led to a breakthrough. And, that added skill-set is likely to come in handy for India in England & Wales. Guiding The Bowlers © Reuters The close proximity of a wicket-keeper with the bowlers allows them to pass on vital information about the batsman's play. If the batsman falters in footwork, the wicket-keeper is probably the first one to notice and advise the bowler to use it to his own good. And, Dhoni is no different. The Indian wicket-keeper has been the guiding force behind the rapid rise of Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal in limited-overs cricket. The stump-mic chatter from numerous ODI games India has played in the past has been a testimony to how Dhoni has helped the Indian spinners to get the better of the Proteas. "From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us," Chahal has been quoted as saying in the past. India's Go-To-Man For DRS © Reuters With the advent of the Decision Review System (DRS), the cricket teams have an option to challenge on-field decisions. While most teams have struggled to properly use the review, India seems to be doing pretty damn well - thanks to MSD. Such has been his awareness behind the stumps that he has developed a knack for getting the review right, almost every time. His impeccable judgement on the DRS has aided Team India on multiple occasions in the past. While many of his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, have struggled to identify a potential opportunity, Dhoni has made DRS his own forte. In the modern era of cricket, where every opportunity is crucial in the bigger scheme of things, that is one additional skill a keeper needs and Dhoni leads the way, yet again.
  17. Following a record 100-point title-winning season, Manchester City chased an elusive dream of becoming the first team to successfully retain the Premier League title in the last decade. The 2018/19 season began with promise and City did what they do best - crush one opponent after another as they launched their title defence. But, as the Premier League progressed further, the Cityzens found a threat to their title defence in rampaging Liverpool. The Jurgen Klopp brigade upped the ante, matching City's every single move in the tournament. The closely-fought battle was expected to bring out the best in the two teams, but the amounting pressure also meant that someone was going to slip up. And, that's exactly what happened to City. First, a goalless draw to Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez's missing the penalty, and then, a 2-1 loss to Leicester City had Guardiola's men feeling the heat at the end of 2018. A 2-1 win over the Reds in January saw City ending Liverpool's 20-game unbeaten run, but the same month saw their eight-match winning run (in all competition) coming to an unexpected end after they go 1-2 down to Newcastle United. © Reuters City's loss to Newcastle saw Liverpool going four points clear at the top with a game in hand. And, the Anfield loyalists believed that their wait for a Premier League title for 29 years was finally going to come to an end this season. But, while the Liverpool fans were hopeful, Klopp and his men knew that it wasn't going to be easy to upstage a team of City calibre. With their back against the wall, City, staying true to its character and skillset, brought their 'A Game' to the fore. The Guardiola brigade bounced back with a 3-1 win over Arsenal and then thumped six goals past Chelsea to make their intentions clear. But, as they continued to cut down the deficit at the top in Premier League, City were humbled by a spirited Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League. A 4-4 (on aggregate) result saw Spurs marching ahead in the European competition on the basis of the away-goal rule. Crashing out of a competition that has eluded them over the years, City and their fans were undoubtedly distraught as yet another Champions League campaign came to a sad end. And, the fact that they were eliminated and Liverpool were still alive and kicking in the event, further dampened the mood at the Etihad. © Reuters Beginning the season with the promise of a potential quadruple, City's elimination from the Champions League was yet another blow to Guardiola's, otherwise, rich legacy. With the dreams of conquering Europe vanquished, City, now, had Premier League to salvage some silverware and nurse their ego. And, after Liverpool's sensational comeback against Barcelona to secure a berth in this season's Champions League final, many believed that the momentum was, in fact, with the Reds to, not only win the European competition, but, maybe, pip City to the Premier League title. But, if you've followed the Cityzens this season, you'd know that this team, with Guardiola at the helm of affairs, mastered the art of delivering under pressure and surely not the one to bottle their chances. With three games to go in the season, City faced their first test against cross-town neighbours Manchester United who were forced to endure a 2-0 defeat. Then, came Leicester who almost pulled off the job, but a long-range screamer from club legend Vincent Kompany saved City the blushes in a narrow 1-0 win. © Reuters After a game of cat and mouse, it all boiled down to the Super Sunday - the day of judgement for both City and Liverpool. While City were just a win away from retaining the title, the Reds needed to win their encounter against the Wolves and wanted their rivals, at the top, to lose theirs. As the two teams began their clashes simultaneously, a 17th-minute goal from Sadio Mane put Liverpool in front, but it was Glenn Murray's header in the 27th minute for Brighton against City that had the Reds jumping out of their seats. It seemed that the pressure was going to get to City and the defending champions might throw it away. But then, a side that amassed a record 100 points last season has got to be better than that. Bouncing back like true champions, City equalised in the very next minute through Sergio Aguero's brilliant finish. Then, a 38th minute header from Aymeric Laporte put City in front, minimising the title hopes of Liverpool. Despite leading 2-1, City and their fans knew it wasn't the kind of lead they'll be comfortable taking into the last minutes of the game. And, an exquisite strike from Riyad Mahrez in the 63rd minute finally gave City some cushion to feel more comfortable. What a decision from Pep to start Mahrez today! BEAUTIFUL GOAL â½ï¸ #MCFC pic.twitter.com/8t5gZ36dlx — ManCityzens.com (@ManCityzenscom) May 12, 2019 Now, flowing freely through the midfield, City found their fourth goal as Ilkay Gundogan stamped his authority with a precise free-kick, beating Brighton shot-stopper Mat Ryan in the 72nd minute. As the final whistle blew away, the Amex stadium was overwhelmed with City's title-winning celebrations. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWinners! 14 wins in a row to wrap up and incredible season! ðµ #mancity pic.twitter.com/ONrqLSGrOe — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Guardiola and his men did it. Against all odds and great competition from Liverpool, City became the first team to retain the Premier League title in the last decade. Guardiola joined the likes of Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho to become the third manager in history to win the Premier League title in back-to-back seasons. He also became the first manager to retain the league title in Spain, Germany and England. Bumps for the boss! ð ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/dVEQyujDtJ — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 The fact that City has amassed 198 points across two seasons surely highlights their might, but the form mustered in the run-in - 18 wins in 19 games in the second-half of the season - represents a blistering response to the challenge on their authority being mustered from Anfield. The Reds finished the season with a 2-0 win over Wolves, but their tally of 97 points - which would've been enough to win the Premier League in all but one of the previous 26 seasons - just wasn't enough to pip City to the title this season. Flying-high on the plane back to Manchester last night! ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/2hTowfIUqd — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 13, 2019 But, despite all that, are we giving enough respect to Man City? It might seem like a ridiculous question to ask given they are one of the richest clubs in the world, with a world-class squad at their disposal and possibly the best manager at the helm, but yet it is a question that begs asking. This is a side that bulldozed its way to the Premier League title last year with a swagger not seen for some time. But, it was their triumph - derived under immense pressure from relentless Liverpool - this season that showed their true character and grit - qualities of a champion side. They might still have a long way to go to win Champions League, but it shouldn't overshadow what they've achieved this season. Celebrations befitting the Champions ð« ðµ #mancity ð pic.twitter.com/gEt1xvI3HG — Manchester City (@ManCity) May 12, 2019 Now, as Liverpool gear up for the Champions League final against Hotspur in Madrid to salvage some silverware this season, Guardiola's miracle workers and their fans deserve every ounce of respect for their brilliant showing. And, as their city neighbours slump to new lows, the 'Blue Moon' continues to shine bright in Manchester.
  18. World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest annual show of 2019, WrestleMania 35, saw some of the best matches being booked by the decision-makers. Becky Lynch won both the Women's titles, Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, and Triple H got to rip out Batista's hideous nose pin with a pair of pliers. However, the one match that caught a lot of attention from devoted wrestling fans from all over the world was that between Danial Bryan and Kofi Kingston for the former's WWE Championship. Not only the fight itself was booked in a good manner but the storyline that led up to the final face-off was brilliantly scripted. A veteran star of the show, not getting the kind of recognition that he deserves for his hard work and dedication to the company through the years, finally stepping up to the heartless authorities of the show and seizing the opportunity thereby proving his true worth against all odds. Classic underdog story. And Kofi's story was elaborate too, and involved his team 'The New Day' to visit India to promote the company here while auditioning the top crop of the country to help them become WWE superstars in the coming years. Take a look at our exclusive interview with the extremely energetic trio, here. Having said that, nobody would have expected the Ghanaian-American athlete to say “apna time aayega” after he won the WWE title on WrestleMania 35 last Sunday. Unable to believe their eyes and ears, Kofi and The New Day's Indian fans took to Twitter to express their limitless happiness: #WrestleMania apna time ayga and @TrueKofi proves it. Congratulations. #WWEChampionship — Shrey Mahendra (@shrey_mahendra) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi Congratulations new WWE champion apna time aayega — MONU PRAJAPATI (@imonutweets) April 8, 2019 @TrueKofi : Apna Time Ageya!! New Day Rocks — T Λ R Λ N J Ξ Ξ T (@2kingzW) April 8, 2019
  19. As one of the original eight teams that were established for the first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) first in 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a lot of experience in the league but not the silverware to boast about through the years. While having made it to the IPL final in 2009, 2011 and 2016, RCB have never won the trophy. Ever since the beginning, the team has seen some brilliant players like Rahul Dravid, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen and now Virat Kohli, lead the squad in red and gold but have failed to win the tournament even once, making it one of three original franchises to have never lifted the cup. Last year, in the franchise's eleventh season in the league, Virat Kohli's men consisted of an outstanding coaching staff. With former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori and Ashish Nehra as their bowling coaches and the World Cup winning coach for Team India, Gary Kirsten looking after the batting department, there was a lot of experience backing up RCB. The roster was loaded with big hitters like de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and King Kohli himself and a unique blend of spin and fast bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile, who are wicket-hungry and in their prime shape. However, despite all the experience, skills and talent aboard, the Royal Challengers were not as good as they appeared on paper. Injuries, bad judgement calls and the lack of team chemistry on their part made Bangalore one of the worst teams of the league that did not even qualify for the playoffs and were at the third last position on IPL's points table, just two points above the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), which was the worst team of them all. After their season ended on a rather forgettable note, Kohli expressed his displeasure with the team's performance in a tweet: I really believe in the concept of, "you either win or you learn". We fought hard and gave it our all but one thing is for sure, next season we definitely will bounce back stronger than ever with our learnings from this season. Take care. @RCBTweets #RCB #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/b0QM9chRAN — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 24, 2018 Kohli made a pledge to the RCB fans that they would look to make the necessary changes and try their best to be better this season and it looks like the management is dedicated to keeping that pledge. During the IPL auction ahead of the twelfth season of the league, RCB spent a total of Rs. 16.35 crores out of their purse of Rs. 18.15 crores on buying talents Shivam Dube (Rs 5cr), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 4.2cr), Akshdeep Nath while retaining the core members of the team like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal. Squad: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Mandeep Singh
  20. 2019 can be considered to be the Indian Football team captain, Sunil Chhetri's year, who despite crashing out of this year's AFC Asian Cup, has had a brilliant run and made (and broken) a series of records such as surpassing Argentine legend Lionel Messi's international record of being the second highest active goal scorer. C.H.A.M.P.I.O.N.S ð#HeroISLFinal #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #NewChampion pic.twitter.com/IA3g4Y0cdQ — Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) March 17, 2019 And now, with the 2019 Indian Super League (ISL) coming to an end, Chhetri also has his first ISL title under his belt as Bengaluru FC defeated Goa FC behind a single goal forced in by Rahul Bheke in the 117th minute with a miraculous header, that went in despite Goa keeper N. Kumar's hand coming in contact. “It is a great feeling for me as I scored in the final minute of the final. I am really happy and it will be a memorable moment for me,” said the 28-year-old who is no less than a superhero for the people of Bangalore for bringing home the title. Bheke's goal not only won the Blues their first title but also gave them direct access into the next season of AFC Asian Cup. The title also comes as sweet redemption for national skipper Sunil Chhetri who spoke out in the post-media coverage: "Last year after the final, I said next year we'll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this.” “We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it's sweet to win this one.” Suddenly with a loud bang on the table in front of him, the 34-year-old veteran came alive and said: "and you know what Asia? We are back." Asia, let's meet soon. #WeAreBFC — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) March 17, 2019 The conviction in his eyes and the determination in his voice was a testament to his nature of hungry for being great at what he does. Dare we say, the same fire can be seen in the eyes of someone we all know for doing spectacular things on a daily basis; Cristiano Ronaldo. Not afraid of calling out the rest of the continent which includes some of the better teams of international football, Chhetri ranks this victory as 'top two'.
  21. Ahead of the 2018-19 I-League season, the 11 participating teams surely fancied their chances of winning the title this year. But, while for some it seemed like wishful thinking, others - the big dogs of the league - seemed realistic in their title claims. The likes of Churchill Brothers who won the title on two occasions were amongst the top contenders. And, so were defending champions Minerva Punjab whose fairytale run last season had made them a team to watch out for. So, when Chennai City's Spanish forward Pedro Manzi, ahead of the 2018-19 season, claimed that his side will go on to win the I-League title, many lauded his confidence, while quietly rejecting his bold claim. And, they weren't wrong either. It's good to be optimistic at the start of a season, but going by Chennai's fortunes in the league, Manzi's prediction seemed a bit far-fetched. Chennai had barely avoided the drop on the last day of the 2017-18 season after winning just four games in total. That season also saw Chennai scoring a mere 15 goals in 18 games that saw them finishing at a lowly eighth spot. If that wasn't enough, the fact that Chennai had only won eight games in the history of their participation in the I-League, further made everyone question Manzi's title claims. But, what eventually unfolded in the recently-concluded season was no less than a fairytale for Chennai and their fans. When we made the dressing room, a mess ððð¦ ! pic.twitter.com/ujIxSGkUFv — Chennai City FC (@ChennaiCityFC) March 9, 2019 Chennai found themselves in trouble even before kicking the ball this season. They lost Michael Soosairaj - their star performer last season - to the riches of Indian Super League (IPL) as he joined Jamshedpur FC for Rs 25 lakh. But, that didn't stop Chennai from dreaming on. They roped in Singaporean football coach, Akbar Nawas, who continued the club's tradition of signing cheaper, but effective, players to bolster the squad for the season. Manzi was roped in from a fourth-division side in Spain, Sandro Rodriguez came from the third division in the Canary Islands and Nelson Gordillo was bought from third-tier Cornella from Catalonia - a Spanish trio that was going to changing the fortunes for Chennai. © Twitter/@ChennaiCityFC As Nawas built his team around the Spanish troika, his aspirations, unlike Manzi, were more realistic and grounded. The Chennai manager was hoping to make it to the "mid table" in the I-League - something they hadn't done in the past. The Coimbatore-based club began the season with an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Indian Arrows which was followed by four wins in five games. Their first loss came against another underdog side Real Kashmir - a team they failed to beat all season. But, that didn't concern them as their high pressing, possession-dominant style of play allowed them to go to the top of the league by December. And, it was the Spanish signings that were carrying Chennai forward. With 21 Goalsâ½, @PeterManzi19 is the Joint Top scorer of @ILeagueOfficial 2018-19 ð#Champions #NammaTamizhagam #WeareCCFC #Lions pic.twitter.com/yVnusHwGIt — Chennai City FC (@ChennaiCityFC) March 11, 2019 An exceptional centre-forward, Manzi bamboozled opposition defenders with his pace and skills. For someone who managed to score goals at will, Manzi also held the ball pretty well and engaged defenders to create spaces for his teammates. His long-rage strike against Aizawl secured vital points for his side. And, another hat-trick against Gokulam saved Chennai the blushes in a closely-contested clash. If Manzi, who began the season with a brilliant hat-trick against the Arrows, was raking in one goal after another, the midfield duo of Rodriguez and Gordillo provided Chennai the vision to break through the tightest of defence. The two Spanish midfielders showcased the ability to play in a variety of positions as they were often seen shuffling flanks to keep the opposition guessing. Looks who's flying ð @roh00#Champions #NammaTamizhagam #WeareCCFC #Lions pic.twitter.com/7oH8Y9wTzH — Chennai City FC (@ChennaiCityFC) March 10, 2019 While Gordillo developed a knack for finding Manzi with his defence-splitting passes, Rodriguez's ability to score from set-pieces further aided Chennai through their campaign. The Spanish trio of Manzi, Gordillo and Rodriguez showcased patience, understanding and skill over the course of the season in a partnership that kept Chennai in the hunt for the title. In the end, Chennai thwarted East Bengal's challenge and claimed the title by beating Minerva Punjab 3-1. After a 0-0 deadlock in the first-half, Manzi got Chennai in front in 56th minute before defender Gaurav Bora's brace (69', 90+2') sealed the game for the hosts. While Manzi finished the season with 21 goals, Gordillo appeared to be in a league of his own with 44 key passes. And, the fact that 40 out of the 48 goals scored by Chennai this season came through their Spanish trio, further highlights their importance in Nawas' side. Champions! Champions! ðð#HeroILeague #ILeagueIConquer pic.twitter.com/h8JIVJz7xl — Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) March 9, 2019 Claiming their maiden I-League title, Chennai have become the first team from Tamil Nadu to be crowned champions. And, they achieved the feat just two years after getting promoted to the first division. For a team that was fighting relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, Chennai's marauding run to the I-League is no less than a fairytale that will be an inspiration for generations to come.
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