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  1. It doesn't matter how many times you fall until you have the courage to get up and going again, and the same formula applies to the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year's Indian Premier League. Despite losing six matches in a row, RCB is showing signs of improvement by winning three games out of the last four. With RCB having a one-in-a-million chance of qualifying for the playoffs, they have to make sure they win all of their remaining matches. King Kohli took a sigh of relief when they earned another two points by defeating the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run. Regardless of an outstanding knock of 84 by the 'Thallaiva' MS Dhoni himself, the wounded Challengers did manage to seize a win from CSK's mouth. View this post on Instagram Unreal stuff at the Chinnaswamy stadium as @royalchallengersbangalore keep the fight going ðª #RCBvCSK A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Apr 21, 2019 at 11:35am PDT Soon after the game, the game changer from RCB; Dale Steyn got into a fun chat with skipper Kohli about the evolution of their relationship over the years. From hugging each other in 2009 to the right arm pacer scooping Chiku after the celebration of Suresh Raina's wicket, the bromance between both still remains intact. Kohli showed a collage of his picture with the South-African pacer calling it a “ten-year challenge,” by adding that Steyn looks the same and that he has changed a lot over the years. They further went on to praise each other for all the achievements and accolades. View this post on Instagram Delighted to have Steyn back in the team - Virat Kohli . In their @royalchallengersbangalore reunion, watch what happens when @virat.kohli and @dalesteyn discover a 9 year old treasure! #RCBvCSK . Full video ð¹ on our IG story or click the link in the bio. A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Apr 21, 2019 at 5:30pm PDT With four games still to be played by RCB, they will surely aim for the impossible and make it to the playoffs. Let's wait and watch if they can get the momentum this late in the season.
  2. Life is a game of Snakes and Ladders; sometimes you move up and sometimes you are back to square one in the most brutal fashion. But the secret lies in learning from your failures to rewrite your success. This particular strength of character was shown by none other than the controversial golfer Tiger Woods, who made a prolific comeback to the top of the pile, over the weekend. He ended his 11-year major title drought by winning his fifth Masters title at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. A valiant two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele that earned the veteran the glory. The story of Woods, who hugged his father Earl after his long-due win, is nothing short of dramatic. He also cherished the opportunity to scoop his son Charlie into his arms after winning his 'Fifth Green Jacket' almost 14 years after his last. Tiger Woods has won the Masters. His 81st PGA TOUR win. His 15th major title. His 5th green jacket.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/xC8165hypE — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 14, 2019 "Prior to this comeback", Woods had said, "they only knew that golf caused me a lot of pain". The 43-year-old champion has been broken in so many ways but a moment with Charlie, the ensuing embrace of his mother Kultida and then of Sam, was telling of the soulful eventual glory. Astonishingly, when Woods won his 14 major championships - changing golf as he did so - his son wasn't even born, and his daughter was less than a year old for the last. And now, when he broke through for a historic 15th, they joined him, ecstatic, on a Sunday that reshaped golf again. © Reuters In his professional career of 23 years, Woods has been through a whole lot of controversies. Beginning in 2005, when he started having knee troubles, to later being accused of having an extra-marital affair with a nightclub worker, it was just where the tide began to turn. Later in February 2010, the golfer lost many promotion deals, including those of General Motors and Gatorade. He made an apology, not only to his wife (whom he divorced earlier in the year) but to the world following this incident. “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to,” he stated. “I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me.” “I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have far – didn't have to go far to find them. I was wrong. I was foolish.” He also stated that he enrolled in therapy programs to address such issues. With his back against the wall, Woods was just an inch away from one thing, and that was going to jail, which he later did when he was involved in a car accident in November 2009. Following a spinal surgery, in 2017, Woods was on a heavy dose of medications which made him drowsy the entire day. Later that year, Woods was arrested again for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Woods told the police that he was in recovery from the surgery. When the police arrested him, the golfer was allegedly asleep, with the car's engine running and standing still in the middle of traffic. Woods said that he did not realise that the prescription drugs he was taking would affect his sleep patterns. However, he later agreed to complete the out-of-state intensive program that addressed his ways of handling his pain and his medications. Despite going through all the ups and downs in his life, pure determination brought Woods back into the limelight and placed him where he is today. This triumph brought back the talks of Woods making a run at Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors. And especially, after a beaming Woods slipped on his fifth Green Jacket, he will be aware that Sunday's win has brought him tantalisingly close to another Nicklaus record – that of six Augusta titles. With a hope that the Tiger roars again, we wish that he achieves all the glory forthcoming his way.
  3. For someone who enjoyed a sensational run last season, KL Rahul might have taken his time, but he is surely getting into the groove in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The right-handed batsman smashed an unbeaten 53-ball 71 to power Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium on 8th April. Chasing a paltry total of 150 runs, the dashing opener looked in ominous touch while playing beautiful strokes early on. While his opening partner Chris Gayle couldn't score more than 16 runs, Rahul appeared solid in his approach and carried the baton for his side till the very end. Twitter/@IPL The 26-year-old stitched a match-winning partnership of 114 runs for the second wicket alongside Mayank Agarwal who gave adequate support to his partner during his 43-ball 55. Their partnership was eventually broken by Sandeep Sharma following a poor shot selection by Mayank. And, the quick dismissals of David Miller (1) and Mandeep Singh (2) gave a glimmer of hope to the visiting side. But, Rahul made sure there were no hiccups as he got Punjab over the line. Rahul's brilliant batting display meant that David Warner's pivotal knock of 70 runs went in vain as Hyderabad paid dearly for their mediocre batting and lacklustre bowling in Chandigarh. Twitter/@IPL Having begun the tournament with lowly individual scores of 4 and 1, Rahul seems to be getting his mojo back as he slammed three fifties in his next four innings (71*, 15, 55, 71*). The KXIP opener has now amassed 217 runs at a strike-rate of over 120 in six games he has played so far. He has also secured the third spot in the race for the 'Orange Cap' behind Hyderabad's dynamic openers Jonny Bairstow (263) and Warner (349).
  4. The 'Dabangg' series is one of Salman Khan's most successful movie ventures of recent times. The series also boasts of its own set of loyal fan following, which only adds to Salman's already massive fan base. View this post on Instagram R.I.P Vinod Khanna Sir. You will really be missed . A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:04am PDT When 'Dabangg' directed by Abhinav Kashyap released in 2010, it went on to become a mega blockbuster, and a stellar debut film for Sonakshi Sinha. The actress who played the female lead in the movie opposite Salman Khan, was seen again in 'Dabangg 2' (2012) which was directed by Arbaaz Khan himself. Now Salman and Arbaaz have officially announced that 'Dabangg 3' is finally happening, and is all set to hit the floors today in Indore. Salman earlier took to Instagram to make the announcement through a video clip which also featured Arbaaz, and they shared that the film's shooting will take place in two locations in Indore, which is also the actors' birthplace. View this post on Instagram Back in our birthplace for #Dabangg3 shoot @arbaazkhanofficial A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Mar 31, 2019 at 6:24am PDT They will shoot in Mandleshwar and Maheshwar for 'Dabangg 3' where their grandfather was posted during his time in the police force. 'Dabangg 3' will be directed by Prabhu Deva and co-produced by brothers Salman and Arbaaz. Earlier reports in Bollywood Hungama had also announced that the makers of 'Dabangg 3' are looking at a December release, which also happens to be the time when Arjun Kapoor's 'Panipat' is scheduled to hit the screens. View this post on Instagram Film Announcement: Ashutosh Gowariker's Officially Announces his Next Film #Panipat . Film will Star Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in the main lead. Based on the 3rd battle of Panipat, the high-octane action film rolls in mid-2018 and releases on December 6, 2019. . Produced by Ashutosh Gowariker Production & Vision World Films Here's Presenting the 1st Official Title Poster of the Film ! #PanipatFilm #SanjayDutt #ArjunKapoor #KritiSanon #AshutoshGowariker #BreakingNews #FilmAnnouncement A post shared by CinePark Valsad (@cineparkvalsad) on Mar 13, 2018 at 8:52pm PDT While rumours of Arbaaz's ex-wife Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor's wedding in April is now blowing stronger than ever, no one can be too sure if the choice of time for 'Dabangg 3' release is intentional. Because, let's be honest, we all know who will take the prize home if Salman and Arjun butt heads at the box office. View this post on Instagram BIGGG NEWS... Salman Khan - director Prabhu Dheva reunite after #Wanted, after 10 years... The third instalment in #Dabangg film series is ready to take off... #Dabangg3 shoot begins tomorrow [1 April 2019]... Chulbul Pandey is back! A post shared by Cinephile's Friday (@cinephilesfriday) on Mar 31, 2019 at 8:41am PDT Given the immense popularity of the 'Dabangg' franchise, there is no denying that Salman-Arbaaz's film might topple Arjun's chase to a solo win. Anyhow, this might also be the only kind of “fight” (at the box office) people shall get to see between Salman, Arbaaz and Arjun. Let's see how things pan out for the trio in the months to come.
  5. Kolkata Knight Riders have been on a roll since the beginning of this year's Indian Premier League. Earning a comfortable victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first match, they scored an exceptional 218 at home, against Kings XI Punjab to win with a margin of 24 runs. As a matter of fact, the veteran Robin Uthappa has played a big part in winning both. Getting a good start against SRH, he was unfortunately bowled out by Siddharth Kaul in the 12th over with a decent score of 35. © Instagram/KKR But this time he entered the field with more conviction and made sure he didn't do any silly mistakes, which eventually took him to the score of an unbeaten 67 in their share of 20 overs. Adding both the scores of 35 and 67, Uthappa has bagged 102 runs till now, which puts him at the third spot in the quest for the 'Orange Cap,' while his teammate Nitish Rana sits on the top. The trio of Rana, Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik provides KKR with some solid middle order base, later backed up by the young Shubhman Gill and the power-house Andre Russell, making them one of the most dangerous batting sides in the tournament.
  6. Earlier this month, Imran Tahir had announced that he will retire from One-Day International (ODI) cricket after the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, slated to begin from 30th May. While the South African might have called time on his ODI career, Tahir continues to remain a vital cog for his side - something that was testified in his recent outing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). On a day, where spinners breathed fire on the raging turner, Tahir stood tall with impressive figures of 3-9 in his quota of four overs. If Harbhajan Singh (3-20) bamboozled the top-order of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the South African spinner ran through the opposition's middle-order to ensure the visitors were bowled out for a mere 70 - sixth-lowest total in IPL history. Twitter/@IPL Introduced in the 10th over, the 39-year-old struck on his second delivery of the match, dismissing Shivam Dube for just two runs. The veteran leggie, then, struck on the first delivery of his second over to send Navdeep Saini packing. Yuzvendra Chahal became his third victim of the night after his slog-sweep backfired in the 14th over. With the spinners doing all the damage early on, Chennai barely had to break a sweat as they chased the paltry total of 70 runs with seven wickets and 14 deliveries to spare. While Harbhajan took the 'Man of the Match' award, Tahir claimed the 'Purple Cap' as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
  7. 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
  8. In what was considered to be one of the most controversial tri-series of 2018, the Nidahas Trophy between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw a rare show of skills, patience and explosive batting when Indian wicket keeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik took control of the final, deflated the Bangladeshi bowling line-up and won the trophy for the Men in Blue exactly one year ago, today. Returning to the top roster after a long gap, the tri-series was more of a test for the then 32-year-old, a question of whether he's still got what it takes to be a part of the best cricket team in the world. While India managed to make it to the final of the series without requiring a lot of help from the righty, skipper Rohit Sharma (https://www.mensxp.com/topic/rohit-sharma.html) and the squad demanded a miracle of an innings by him to be able to win it all, late in the game. When Karthik entered the field after Manish Pandey's dismissal, India required to score 34 runs off the last two overs. The need for Karthik to hit big shots was of utmost importance as his co-batsman Vijay Shankar was struggling to connect the deliveries with his bat. Karthik, however, had different plans altogether. Stepping on the batting crease in the 19th over, he scored 22 runs off Rubel Hossain's deliveries while also sending the last ball for a maximum to bring the trophy to India. "Really happy to come out of this performance. Really happy for the team. We've played really well in this tournament and to not win the final would have been unfortunate. It was not that easy to bat there,” said a modest Dinesh Karthik after the game who was also named the Man of the Match for his short yet impactful innings.
  9. 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'.
  10. Despite having the faster car as many times as their rivals, Ferrari lost out to Mercedes who retained Formula One World Constructors' Championship for a fifth consecutive year in 2018. While Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes basked in their glory, Ferrari was left to ponder over the series of errors by Sebastian Vettel and their team. In a bid to change their fortunes for the 2019 season, Ferrari "raised the bar, and tried to be as extreme as they could" when they unveiled the new car 'SF90' to reflect their 90th anniversary last month. Though new team boss Mattia Binotto claimed that the new car was "a development of last year's, not a revolution", Ferrari had set the pace at the start of pre-season testing. Even Hamilton couldn't stop himself from saying: "Ferrari are very strong. It appears they have a better package than last year, which means it will be a bigger challenge for us". But, on 17th March, Vettel and Ferrari were far from being a threat to Hamilton and Mercedes as the struggles for the Scuderia continued in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Race win ð DHL Fastest Lap and bonus point â±ï¸ And your F1 Driver Of The Day ð A race to remember for @ValtteriBottas ð #F1 #AusGP ð¦ðº pic.twitter.com/QrAhDJVxWc — Formula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019 In fact, it was Valtteri Bottas who eventually stunned everyone by upstaging his Mercedes teammate Hamilton to steer clear towards victory at the F1 season opener Down Under. Starting second on the grid, the flying Finn passed pole-sitting Hamilton at the first corner and seldom came under threat from that point onwards. Fair to say @redbullracing and @HondaRacingF1's first date went well ð One race, one podium in the bag thanks to @Max33Verstappen's move ð¥#AusGP ð¦ðº #F1 pic.twitter.com/2cq0TekFam — Formula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019 Capping off a perfect race after setting the fastest lap and claiming the bonus point, Bottas took the chequered flag a massive 20.9 seconds ahead of Hamilton, ending his drought that stretched back to 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With his teammate building on the lead, Hamilton dropped back after making his first pit stop early to cover off the threat of Sebastian Vettel behind. Fair to say @redbullracing and @HondaRacingF1's first date went well ð One race, one podium in the bag thanks to @Max33Verstappen's move ð¥#AusGP ð¦ðº #F1 pic.twitter.com/2cq0TekFam — Formula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019 Red Bull's precocious Max Verstappen also drove for long at the Albert Park circuit and emerged from his pit stop, hot on Vettel's heels. The Belgian-Dutch racer surprised the Ferrari driver with an attack midway through the race to eventually claim the final spot on the podium. Vettel and his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc, boasting of their new SF90s, could only manage to finish fourth and fifth respectively. â«ï¸â«ï¸â«ï¸â«ï¸â«ï¸ ð´ð´ð´ð´ð´ A stellar start for Bottas, and a bumpy ride for Ricciardo Re-live the moment the 2019 season roared into life ð½ï¸#AusGP ð¦ðº #F1 pic.twitter.com/JDU7umozCT — Formula 1 (@F1) March 17, 2019 "I don't know what just happened...I don't know what to say! It was definitely my best race ever. I felt so good and the car was so good," an elated Bottas said after upstaging his teammate Hamilton who had overshadowed the Finnish last year. For someone who is now in his third tear with Mercedes, Bottas' win is also a major boost and might just keep promising Frenchman Esteban Ocon - who's waiting in the wings as team's reserve driver - at bay, for now.
  11. Ever since the kick-off of the Round 16 matchup of the UEFA Champions League between Juventus and Atletico Madrid, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo looked dialled in, prepared to put the team on his shoulders and bring home the victory. However, winning the game by one of two goals was not enough for Juventus to make it any further in the UCL as Los Rojiblancos were leading the Italians by two goals on aggregate. This meant that Juve needed at least three goals within 95 minutes of game-time in order to proceed to the quarterfinals. “No Problem,” said the five-time FIFA Ballon d'Or holder as he single-handedly dismantled his opponents scoring twice with beautiful headers in the first half and a penalty in the final minutes of the game, thus completing his hat-trick and providing his club with the ideal victory they could have asked for. It is therefore understandable that emotions were flowing throughout the athletes who dominated a rival they once lost to in the most disappointing fashion not too long ago. However, the man of the hour, Ronaldo himself, might have let these emotions get the better of him as he celebrated his final score in a way that was, let's just say, not suitable for his more younger fans. What Diego Simeone can do, Cristiano Ronaldo can do better ð#JuveAtleti pic.twitter.com/O7jEJZDBjI — CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) March 12, 2019 Apparently, the reason behind such an animated way of expressing his success was that Ronaldo was mocking Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone who'd celebrated in a similar manner when his team beat Juve 2-0 in the first leg. The fact that the footballer's little boys and girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez were present at the venue at the time of the celebration just made things a lot worse. When asked about how he felt about Ronaldo's avenging celebration, Simeone told Sky Italia: 'Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights. He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character.' What has come to be known as the 'Cojones' celebration (translate at your own risk), the Argentine coach was fined £17,000 by UEFA back then. For a much-amplified version of Simeone's celebration, we are yet to see what kind of punishment is Ronaldo looking at. ð 3 Weeks Ago: ð¦ð· Diego Simeone celebrates with his 'Cojones' after @Atleti beat @JuventusFC 2-0. ð 3 Weeks Later: ðµð¹ @Cristiano celebrates with his 'Cojones' after scoring a hattrick and sending @JuventusFC through. ð¸â #Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/9KvGe5MW9t — Pényaldo (@penyaldo) March 13, 2019 Ronaldo's Troll Game Is Strong: CR7 steals Atletico manager's celebration after eliminating them from Champions League ð¥https://t.co/UWD4HVkyuA — IBU_Tankerman (@chespi310) March 13, 2019 It will be hilarious if Ronaldo gets suspended from the next game for the 'cojones' gesture and Juve lose. — Mixed Racial Arts (@MixedRacialArts) March 13, 2019 Cristiano “Cojones” Ronaldo ðð¤·ð½‍âï¸ — Titang (@titangex) March 13, 2019 Haha Ronaldo showing Diego Simeone who has the Biggest Cojones!!! ððððð#JuveAtleticoMadrid #UefaChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/FuyKRqtS9w — ðð¨ð«ð ðð«ðð° ððð¯ðð¥ðâ (@LordDrewZavala) March 12, 2019
  12. Life is too short to give in to the whims and negativity that pervades the virtual space today. Trolls can be found lurking in abundance at every click of the mouse and turn people's lives into a living hell with their unsolicited hate comments and opinions. It doesn't take much for online trolls to attack unsuspecting people on social media platforms, and they don't spare the individual on the other side of the illuminated screen, whether that is a man, woman or child, or even a celebrity for that matter. The only thing a troll knows when they set out to troll the shit out of an individual is this wrong belief that they somehow have the authority and upper hand to spew hate and negativity directed at an individual. © Pinterest All of which may or may not have come from any personal impact or motivation, these trolls go about brandishing their sharp words and wound people. Though majority of people who get trolled choose to “stay mum and ignore” such nuisances, every once in a while we also come across those who step up and give the trolls a taste of their own medicine. © Twitter Recently, India Today released a preview of its latest episode of 'Jab We Met' on Twitter featuring host Rahul Kanwal and guest Ananya Birla, the heiress of the Aditya Birla Group and daughter of Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla. The short video showed Ananya, a UK club level footballer in a football faceoff showing off her skills. It's a football showdown between @ananya_birla & @rahulkanwal this weekend on #JabWeMet. Ananya is also a UK club level footballer and has given a whole new meaning to the word multi-talented. Watch the special episode tonight at 9:30 only on India Today TV. pic.twitter.com/ihKWOaqGEu — India Today (@IndiaToday) March 9, 2019 However, a Twitter user decided to take a dig at Ananya following the launch of the episode preview, by showing disregard for all of Ananya's personal merits and reducing her and her achievements to her father's legacy and wealth. Reporter reporting on millionaires daughter — GurpreetSgill (@gurpreetgill) March 10, 2019 The user left a comment stating “reporter reporting on millionaires daughter”. This didn't go with Ananya and instead of ignoring it she called out her troll and gave him a piece of her mind, by not only pointing out that every person has their individual merits to show for, but also that he is wrong in calling her father a “millionaire” since he is actually a billionaire. So? I'm human too ð we achieve things on our own esteem too and we must share that. And just btw, my dad is a billionaire not a millionaire. ðð¤ sorry not sorry âð½ https://t.co/YtX4YM05Rm — Ananya Birla (@ananya_birla) March 10, 2019 We think Ananya had the perfect response for her troll and we sure need more of such approaches when dealing with trolls who have nothing more to do with their lives than drop baseless opinions everywhere they go.
  13. The entire PewDiePie vs T-series thing was a little too quiet for a while back there, but it's back with a bang, well kinda. With the entire world - including India - supporting PewDiePie in remaining the most subscribed channel on the website, Bhushan Kumar, Gulshan Kumar's son and the chairman and managing director of T-Series decided to make a case for his company on Twitter. He posted a video talking about how T-Series becoming the most subscribed channel will make history and will be a win for India, on his Twitter account. We're on the brink of becoming the world's biggest @YouTube channel. We can make history. We can make India win. Subscribe to @TSeries #BharatWinsYouTube https://t.co/izEu8dzHdf pic.twitter.com/dJumzHwADa — Bhushan Kumar (@itsBhushanKumar) March 6, 2019 Umm, not to be rude, but how is India winning or even profiting from T-Series' win? It's just a transparent attempt at his part by trying to play on people's patriotism, which is honestly not okay. Furthermore, T-Series is not exactly what Twitter is about. PewDiePie started a channel on his own and then, over time, became unbelievably successful after putting in so much hard work. T-Series is a company, not a 'YouTuber' and it doesn't deserve to dethrone PewDiePie's record. Pewds on the other hand just laughed it off. They are getting desperate ðhttps://t.co/TIqHBJeyrY — ƿ૯ωá«É¿à«¯Æ¿É¿à«¯ (@pewdiepie) March 6, 2019 It's also funny how the replies on Bhushan Kumar's tweet are basically - Subscribe to Pewdiepie — The Marius (@MariusGabrielG) March 6, 2019 Wow. We forced them into begging. Lmao. We forced a giant corporation with thousands of workers to beg for subs. That's an incredible achievement. And more satisfying than being the #1 TBH. — Crow (@CrowTheCrow1) March 6, 2019 Exactly my point. Creators not corporations — Dannyh09 (@Dannyh09_) March 6, 2019 Yep. #BharatWinsYouTube it doesn't mean that India wins, it's a corporation who doesn't matter about the creators, you maybe win in number or with money but PewDiePie is one of those won our hearts! — Natalia Capdeville (@Chuflett) March 6, 2019 Anyway, subscribe to PewDiePie!
  14. When legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly said, “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that” he really meant it. So, it's quite often that we see a game as small as a Sunday League one, turn into an emotionally charged affair. With tackles flying in, passionate running and heart wrenching moments, a footballer is always fighting for something more than three points. This turns to be true for every football fan as well. Frequently considered as the '12th man' of a team, football without fans would be just eleven men kicking the ball around. However, being a fan comes at a cost. Despite the sheer agony and pleasure that one feels at the special Champions League nights and at the weekends, the dark side of the game does rear its ugly head sometimes. After witnessing the historic comeback of his beloved Manchester United in Paris, a Red Devils' fan was stabbed in the chest by a taxi driver and is undergoing emergency surgery. The 44-year old fan was travelling back to the city centre with three other supporters. Angered by their celebrations, the taxi driver threatened a female passenger with a 'large blade' before turning on a male passenger and stabbing him, leaving him to fight for his life. A man was arrested by local police in connection with the incident, but no weapon has been recovered. We understand football is not 'just a game' but this guy went way too far. Actions like these are appalling and a disgrace to mankind. We wish the victim a speedy recovery and hope UEFA & FIFA will make joint efforts in order to ensure the safety of travelling fans in future.
  15. Over the years, Indian cricket fans took a special liking towards MS Dhoni calling the shots on the field. And, why not. Under his leadership, the Indian cricket team scaled new heights (needless to mention the World T20 triumph in 2007 and World Cup title win in 2011). But, then, came a change - one that brought a more expressive and aggressive leader to the fore. Virat Kohli took over the reins as India's new captain and his never-say-die attitude created a new environment in the dressing room. But, despite being the captain, Kohli doesn't shy away from seeking out Dhoni on the field. Whether it's about placing the fielders in the right positions, taking DRS calls or even giving advice to the bowlers, Dhoni has pretty much been the unofficial captain whose experience and know-how of the game is being wisely used by his successor Kohli. Such has been Dhoni's judgement that not only Kohli but Rohit Sharma - who has often been seen leading the Indian side as stand-in captain - also looks up to the former Indian captain for advice. © AP But, on 5th March, the Indian cricket fans witnessed a rare moment of magic when all these three captains combined their acumen to eke out a thrilling eight-run win over Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket stadium in Nagpur. Defending a below-par total of 250 runs was always going to be difficult in the modern-day setup. And, India never looked in complete control of the match against the Aussies. As the match reached its climax, Kohli was contemplating the idea of using Vijay Shankar for the 46th over. But, a brief discussion with Rohit and Dhoni saw him changing his decision as he gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah. "I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS, and they said, let's stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we're on top, and that's exactly what happened," Kohli revealed after the game. © AP The decision bore fruit immediately as Bumrah dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins in the 46th over to put pressure on dangerous-looking Marcus Stoinis. The seesaw battle between the two sides eventually boiled down to 11 runs off the final six deliveries. The situation looked tailor-made for death-overs specialist Bumrah, but he had already bowled his quota of 10 overs. And, that's when Kohli pulled another ace in the pack following yet another crucial discussion with Rohit and Dhoni. "We had a discussion on whom to give the final bowler. We had a thought that if a spinner's delivery comes in the radar, then it will be easier to step out and hit it for a six. There was reverse swing on offer for a fast bowler. So, I was hoping that Vijay would be able to reverse swing a bit," Kohli said. "If he bowls in the right areas, the batsman might go for a swing and miss, which happened on the first ball. And then it reversed a bit on the final ball, and we won. So we were hoping he could exploit the swing on offer. 11 runs were needed in the final over, so I knew it could be easier for Vijay. Because then the batsman had to go for a big hit. And they just had two wickets left," he added. © AP It was a battle of nerves as the Indian skipper tossed the ball to Shankar, who had earlier aided his team with a gem of an innings. The first delivery of the over saw Stoinis getting trapped in front of the stumps and even a review couldn't save him. The second ball allowed Adam Zampa to score two runs. And, the third delivery - a perfect yorker - resulted in another wicket and dashed Australia's hopes. "I was ready to bowl that over. Only if I do it will people know I can. It was just about being mentally clear, not be crowded mentally. Wanted to hit the hard lengths because it was reversing a bit, and I told myself to bowl at the stumps. I think when you play for the country you have to be ready to do whatever the team needs. I keep telling myself to work on all aspects of the game, and when the opportunity comes, be ready to grab it. I thought I was timing the ball well, rotating the strike in the middle overs. I was confident of doing that and it was a good partnership," Shankar said. © AP` Kohli, too, heaped praise on Shankar and his contribution in India's 500th ODI win. But, the sight of three important members of the side coming together and sharing their experiences and tactics is what stands out in India's triumph. The likes of Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit will be key for India's chances in the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, not just in their assigned roles, but also in making crucial decisions for the team. "Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked. It's always nice to speak to Rohit, he's the vice-captain, MS has been around for so long, and you go and speak to the bowler as well. Invariably they're all on the same page. Bumrah is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team. Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confidence. It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well," Kohli concluded.
  16. If there is one sport which is loved all over the globe despite its brutal tackles and some brilliantly laid out flops, it's definitely football. Football is often compared to the theatre and is fortunate to host to some of the best practitioners in the business, some of whom take their craft a little too seriously. Many players among David Luis, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo believe in showing glimpses of their acting skills on the field, rather than in the studio. Neymar even bagged a cameo in 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' only by his diving skills on the field. Fouls still get penalised by referees but when it comes to flops, or dives as we call it, we just can't get enough of it. Diving has once again been thrust into the public eye of late, thanks to a string of game-altering moments of alleged simulation. The most recent one came yesterday when one of the greatest players in the world, Ronaldo, earned himself a free kick right outside the penalty box with yet another flop against Napoli. Alex Meret, Napoli keeper, rushed out of the penalty box to clear the Juventus ball, but couldn't touch either of them, the ball or Ronaldo. CR7, on the other hand, took full advantage of the situation and displayed his outstanding acting skills, which not only made the referee award his team a freekick but also handed Meret a red card straight away. Furious with this incident, Carlos Ancelloti, the home manager, opened up in the post-match interview © Reuters “It's a very controversial incident,” Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “Certainly he didn't touch him, but it could be a thing of intent. It's not so clear this direct red, it's not a given that Cristiano would have got to the ball. “The red seems over the top to me. There's the VAR and the referee should have looked at it again why else do we have it?” Eventually, the kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was given a dazzling curl, landing it in the bottom left corner of the goal. Soon the one-goal lead was extended by Emre Can by a header, courtesy a long ball by Federico Bernardeschi. Chiellini and his men soon got the taste of their own medicine when Pjanic was shown a second yellow card for handling the ball. © Reuters The hosts reduced the deficit in the 61st minute as Callejon got ahead of the Juventus defenders to tap in Insigne's cross. Napoli laid siege to the Juventus goal and thought it had got its rewards when they were awarded a penalty for an Alex Sandro handball, but Insigne's effort rebounded off the post. With 16 points clear to the second-placed Napoli, Juventus has almost sealed their league title and now are concentrating on the match against Atletico Madrid for a place in the Quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League
  17. We know how much y'all are looking forward to March, thanks to Captain Marvel. But just like every year, March promises to be a season-defining month for most of the clubs across Europe and this season is no different. Considering the fixtures which we'll get to watch this month it promises to be something to savour for the footballing community all around the world. Here are all the footballing activities that you need to consider before stepping out of your house this month. · March 3 - El Clasico Let's just admit it, we can never get enough of El Classico. With the last one happening just three days before this one, there is no way we're going to turn a blind eye on this one. With Barcelona cruising through La Liga this season, it has really been a tough season for Real Madrid. With star players like Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio out of form, Real have found little hope in prodigy Vinicius Jr. But to ask the 19-year old to outperform the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is a little bit too much. Barcelona are the favourites for this fixture, considering how good, at times unplayable they were versus Los Blancos in the previous fixture. However, if Real do turn up for this game there is a chance they will help Atletico to cut short the points gap to four. · March 2 - North London Derby From one classic rivalry to another. Tottenham vs Arsenal has been a quality fixture for ages now. With Arsenal being the inform side, scoring 10 in their last three games, Tottenham will really have a fight on their hands. Tottenham will receive a boost by the fact that FA will not punish Harry Kane for that Cesar Azpilicueta incident. However, Arsenal have failed to beat Tottenham away in the last three away games and it'll take something more than their mediocre self to make North London red. · March 3 - Merseyside Derby This 'All-Scouse' derby has become a friendly one over the past couple of years. With Liverpool's outright dominance and Everton's poor record, we all have to believe that it's going to be tough for the Blue Merseysiders. Everton, who've failed to register even a single win in the last 18 fixtures vs their rivals, will definitely take things into consideration this time and try to be a stumbling block Liverpool's title climb. · March 3 - Napoli vs Juventus Napoli vs Juventus has become an intriguing fixture in the past couple of seasons. With the Naples coming close to dethroning Juventus off of their title throne before eventually bottling it in the end, this fiery fixture promises to be an entertaining one. It'll be interesting to see how Napoli will deal with Juventus' dangerman Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward who has been in talismanic form since the start of the season will definitely boost his goalscoring record in a bid to win the Golden Shoe. · March 5 - Real Madrid vs Ajax & Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham The return of the Champions League will be marked with some fascinating fixtures. With Ajax travelling to the Spanish capital to face a Sergio Ramos-less-Real Madrid and Tottenham travelling to Dortmund, this matchday can really cause some huge upsets. After UEFA banned Sergio Ramos for deliberately receiving a booking, Ajax will have to step foot on the gas right away if they want to qualify for the next round. Real Madrid has been nothing but the shadow of the side that won three Champions League in a row and Ajax does have a realistic chance considering their balanced squad. Tottenham will have to be something other than their definite self if they are to qualify for the next round. We know they have a 3-0 lead to take over to Dortmund from the first leg, but you know “it's Tottenham lads.” · March 6 - PSG vs Manchester United & Porto vs Roma With Ole's at the wheel, nothing seems to derail Manchester United's (https://www.mensxp.com/sports/football/49166-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-the-man-who-rsquo-s-turned-the-tide-for-troubled-manchester-united.html ) already revived campaign. But after the 2-0 home defeat to Paris Saint Germain, it will surely take a true Manchester United performance of the past to overturn the deficit in the French capital. In the otherwise low profile tie, Porto will travel to Italy with the solid determination of conquering Rome. With the Portuguese side trailing 2-1 in the tie, expect the unexpected. · March 10 - Arsenal vs Manchester United With the race heating up, every point will matter. With Arsenal on fourth, United on fifth and Chelsea on sixth with a game in hand (as of 1st March 2019), this fixture promises to be a true six-pointer for both the sides. An injury-hit Manchester United will travel to London where they've had a stunning record this season. Will Gunners deny a dance performance of Jesse Lingard and Manchester United, it remains to be seen. · March 12 - Manchester City vs Schalke & Juventus vs Atletico Madrid Schalke will travel to Manchester to face the mighty Manchester City. After coming close to achieving an unexpected result at home, Schalke will be in full revenge mode to achieve a highly unlikely result. The absence of Nicolas Otamendi will not worry City, considering the plethora of talent that they possess. Atletico brilliantly executed its game plan to nullify Juventus' strike force. After gaining a 2-0 first-leg advantage, Atletico will do what they do best when they'll travel to Turin i.e. defend. · March 13 - Bayern Munich vs Liverpool & Barcelona vs Lyon 0-0 is always a tricky first leg result when you're playing away from home. If you don't believe us you should go watch Manchester United vs Sevilla. Both these fixtures ended in stalemates. Now, what remains to be seen is if the home sides can handle the pressure and come out on top. · March 17 - Derby Della Madonnina No fixture endorses Seria A better than Derby Della Madonnina. With the two giants coming together in what seems like a royal battle, Milan Derby is always a great spectacle. AC Milan will be really looking forward to the fixture considering Inter's Icardi captaincy fiasco and Milan's new boy Krzysztof PiÄtek in sparkling form. Add to that Milan's failure to win any of the last five games, this makes up to be an amazing match. · March 21 - Griezmann's Documentary © Fifa Netflix will be adding 'Antoine Griezmann: The Making Of A Legend' to its football content on March 21. What is expected to be a one-hour documentary will show the obstacles and successes Griezmann has continued to have throughout his career. Motivation coming in 3..2..1 · March 31 - Liverpool vs Tottenham With the title race tightening up and the outcome of the season being decided on small margins, this fixture, most probably, will clear who will be raising the trophy at the end of the season. Currently a three-horse race, Tottenham will travel to Liverpool to face the Reds, who are unbeaten at Anfield this season. With Tottenham being the busiest of all the clubs this month, we think you all know what to expect from the White Lilies.
  18. Heard the story of a little boy whose parents left the sand and pyramids of Egypt for the big city? No, I'm not talking about Mo Salah! The first time I noticed Rami Malek (the actor) was in 'Mr. Robot'. An incredible show indeed. I watched it for Christian Slater because, admit it, no one knew who Rami Malek was or what a phenomenon he was going to become. But, he grew on me. It's not far-fetched to say, like fine wine, Rami Malek gets better with age. © AP Before you say it, no, this is not a Rami Malek appreciation piece. Don't get me wrong, he deserves all the praise in the world and I'll probably call him incredible on multiple occasions. But, here, I'm going to introduce you to the other side of Rami Malek. Not the actor. The person. There's only one song that was going on in my head while writing this and it's fair that you listen to it while reading too. It helps, trust me. What a weird name. Right? Take it from a guy who has had his name mispronounced more than he can count, it's not the best feeling in the world. Sometimes you correct people and at others, you just let it go. But, life gets better. As you grow older you realise there are more important things in life. Also, if you can't pronounce an Oscar winner's name properly, you're a nobody. Okay, not a nobody but obscure for sure. For Rami, he used this to his advantage. A little boy, born to Egyptian parents, growing up in Los Angeles couldn't have been easy. Remember, this was the 80s when inclusivity and emotions weren't as important as they are today. Assimilation was a struggle. But, as Rami tells us, “it's something that you fight against until you accept what a beautiful and powerful thing it is to have this history and this tradition running through your genes, you know?” If you watched his acceptance speech at the Oscar's, you would realise what an important role his family has played in his life and how much he credits them for his success. He didn't give the rehearsed "I'd like to thank the Academy, what an honour this is, blah blah", but straight up, “mom…I love you, lady.” Incredible. Watching that speech again has left me at a loss for words. You don't see him crying, but you're probably blind if you don't see the years of struggle in his eyes. Remember 'Night At The Museum? Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson at their comedic best. What about Rami? Did you know he was in the movie too? Yeah, he was the Egyptian Pharaoh. But, even with amazing comedic actors like Ben, Owen, Robin Williams and Hank Azaria, Rami made me want to see more of Ahkmenrah. I could say I knew then that Rami was going to make it big, but I'd be lying. He gave me a few laughs and then I carried on with life. Didn't even bother Googling him. Who cares, right? Even in the pilot of 'Mr. Robot', I was like "heyyyy it's the Pharaoh!!! Where's Christian?" I really believed he was Mr. Robot. After all, it's Christian Slater, amirite? That's when Rami entered my subconscious. Not as a Pharaoh, but as an actor. So, when I heard there was a movie being made on my favourite band of all-time, it came as a pleasant surprise that an actor I've heard of is playing the lead. Playing someone who everyone loved so dearly is no easy task. All it takes is for the movie to tank and you'll forever be typecast as the guy who ruined the legacy of Freddie Mercury. Luckily, little Bubba Rami was meant for much greater things. Killer Queen could have had a very different meaning here. Thankfully, it's just an amazing song with no negative connotations attached. Barring Bryan Singer, of course. This is not Rami's first taste of success, though. He's already won an Emmy for 'Mr. Robot'. So, it goes without saying that he's used to being the best among his peers. Not that he would ever admit it (as you could see from his speech). Do I see Rami completing the prestigious EGOT (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, Tony)? He's already won three of them and he's only 37. He can act. All he needs to do, is venture into theatre and he surely could join the likes of Mel Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and Andrew Lloyd-Webber among others, as an acting legend. He's going to return for the final season of 'Mr. Robot' soon, so if you haven't watched it yet, start right away. But first, please watch 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. It's worth your time and effort. Even if you're at a work, tell your boss that you're taking some time to appreciate the adversity Rami faced and celebrate his Oscar win by watching/re-watching 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. I'm sure they'll understand. What are your views on the movie? The Oscars? Who were your favourites to win? Let us know in the comments section.
  19. "I can't believe a film on menstruation just won an Oscar!" - said 25-year-old director, Rayka Zehtabchi. Honestly, neither can we. But, Guneet Monga's 'Period. End of Sentence' has created history (both for the world and India) by winning the Best Documentary Short Subject at the 91st Academy Awards aka Oscars 2019. © Twitter The documentary, which deals with the stigma around menstruation in rural India, revolves around a group of women who didn't have access to pads that further lead to health problems. But, when a sanitary pad machine is installed in their village, they start learning how to manufacture and market their own pads, in order to become financially independent and also improve their hygiene. © sikhya entertainment India swelled with pride when the short documentary was announced as the winner. In fact, from Guneet Monga, Priyanka Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Akshay Kumar to Joey King, Twitter is flooded with congratulatory messages and wishes for the team and the movie. One of the most special moments of the evening...a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #Periodendofsentence team, and my fearless friend @guneetm!! #Oscars2019 — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 25, 2019 Congratulations to @guneetm and the entire team of #PeriodEndOfSentence for winning big at the #Oscars! Much needed topic of discussion and well deserved win ðð — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2019 WE WON!!! To every girl on this earth... know that you are a goddess... if heavens are listening... look MA we put @sikhya on the map â¤ï¸ — Guneet Monga (@guneetm) February 25, 2019 Congratulations Guneet!!! #Oscar #PeriodEndOfSentence ð¤ð¤ð¤ https://t.co/QbyXKHWMsZ — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) February 25, 2019 Congrats MrMuruganandam,cast&crew of 'Period,End of sentence'.Women's issue which was considered awkward in our country for long is now taken to the level of Oscars' recognition to reach the entire population of the world.Proud of you, the makers of the film.#Periodendofsentence — R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) February 25, 2019 Congrats Guneet Monga @sikhya ! for coproducing this documentary film that won the Oscar. https://t.co/PV2w3yZMgD — Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) February 25, 2019 Congratulations @guneetm for Winning an Oscar for the short film PERIOD ! My producer and India's pride . — Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) February 25, 2019 “I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything! I can't believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!” — Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 25, 2019 “A period should end a sentence not a girls education” â¤ï¸ #oscars — Joey King (@JoeyKing) February 25, 2019 “I'm not crying because I'm on my period...” is the new standard by which all opening sentences of acceptance speeches should be judged. — Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) February 25, 2019 The family of Sneha, one of the women who appeared in the documentary, have been celebrating ever since the it won the award. Hapur: Family of Sneha, one of the women appearing in 'Period. End of Sentence.' which won #Oscars for Best Documentary Short Subject celebrate in Kathikhera village. It's based on a group of women, including her, which led a revolution here against taboo surrounding menstruation pic.twitter.com/88Aaujjksy — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 25, 2019 'Period. End of Sentence' also features the real 'Pad Man' Arunachalam Muruganantham and his unit in UP's Hapur, where the documentary is based.
  20. First, in Australia, and now, in New Zealand. The Indian cricket team has been busy creating history on their journey away from home. On the back of three consecutive wins, the Indian cricket team had already recorded their first ODI series win in New Zealand in 10 years. And, on 3rd February, the 'Men in Blue' capped off the five-match ODI series with a 4-1 win. Having suffered a rare flop-show in the 4th ODI that resulted in a massive loss, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade ticked all the boxes in the fifth and final game to end the series on a high. Riding on the back of a responsible middle-order batting performance which was backed by their impressive bowling unit, the visitors romped their way to a 35-run win at the Westpac stadium. In a bid to test their batting on a moist Wellington track, India elected to bat first and quickly found themselves in trouble. The visitors lost four wickets for just 18 runs as the hosts fancied another opportunity to bowl India out for a mediocre total, like the last game. Twitter/@BCCI But, an impressive middle-order performance in testing conditions revived India's innings from 18/4 to eventually reach a competitive total of 252 runs. Ambati Rayudu (90) led India's revival, while the likes of Vijay Shankar (45) and Hardik Pandya (45), too, played their part. In reply, James Neesham (44), Kane Williamson (39) and Tom Latham (37) tried to keep the hosts in contention of finishing strong, but it eventually proved to be a tough ask for the Kiwis. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal (3) bagged the most wickets, followed by Mohammed Shami and Pandya who bagged two wickets apiece. Following their series win, the Indian team was presented with the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony where Kedar Jdhav was heard shouting, "How's the josh?" before his teammates responded, "High sir". Jadhav was reciting the, now, popular dialogue of Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood flick 'Uri'. Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR" ð£ï¸ ð¢ 'HOWS THE JOSH' - @vickykaushal09 ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBd — BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019 The video of their celebrations was also shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter. "Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR". 'HOWS THE JOSH'," read the caption of the tweet.
  21. The seventeenth edition of the Asian Cup has been full of surprises. There were thrilling goals, exciting contests and shocking results. Favourites South Korea were handed an early exit after losing 1-0 to dark horses in the last eight. Australia lost their chance to defend their crown when they were eliminated from the quarterfinals at the hands of underdogs United Arab Emirates (UAE). But, while scintillating plays and unexpected results surely enticed the fans, the tournament, sadly, also witnessed a disgraceful episode which is now being touted as a new low in Asian football. The spirits of the home side - UAE - were high as they went past one opponent after another to eventually set up a date with their bitter Gulf rivals Qatar in the semifinals. But, this was more than just a game. It was the 'Blockade Derby' as dubbed by many ahead of the fixture. © AP A regional political dispute in 2017 saw Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cutting all political, diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar. The quartet continues to accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilising the region - the charges Doha has consistently denied. A land, air and sea blockade on Qatar also meant that the private jet carrying the 25-player Qatari squad took a longer route and had to fly to the UAE via Kuwait. On the other hand, Qatari fans were also unable to attend the games and support their national team from the stands in the UAE, where showing sympathy for Qatar remains punishable with up to 15 years in jail. However, despite all the political drama and hindrances, the Qatari travelled to the UAE to participate in a tournament - that holds a rich legacy in Asia - and play a sport - which unites people across the globe. And, it was probably the political problems in the Middle East that saw a charged-up Qatari side stealing UAE's thunder in their own backyard and securing a spot in the final. Fans throwing shoes at the Qatari players after they score their 2nd goal ð² pic.twitter.com/zCxyhZeWOc — Jordan Gardner (@mrjordangardner) January 29, 2019 The home fans at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi had made their feelings clear when they booed the Qatar players and their national anthem before the game began. But, Boualem Khoukhi's strike in the 22nd minute didn't just shut the home fans, but probably got them agitated. And, as soon as Almoez Ali scored the second goal for Qatar 15 minutes later, the UAE fans began throwing shoes from the stands to interrupt the Qatari forward's celebration. They don't deserve to host the asian cup if that's how they behave !! No manners and no sport spirit — M (@Mazaaaj) January 29, 2019 From there on, every player that went to take corners for Qatar had to regularly deal with projectiles of shoes and bottles being thrown from the stands. And, things got worse for the hosts in the 80th minute when Hassan al-Haydos added a third in the 80th minute with a chip over the UAE goalkeeper. © AP Insult was added to indignity in stoppage time when UAE defender Ismail Ahmed was sent off following a VAR intervention for an elbow to the face of Salem Al-Hajri before Hamid Ismail's goal sealed the game for his side. This is bullsh*t, if this was fifa, they'd place a ban..and Fifa is trash! This is unacceptable, I can't count the number of times I have cursed at Messi #Russia2018 but I'll never throw shoes, it only ruins the game for everyone — Celeste/Celeste™ï¸ (@CelesteIsAnArmy) January 29, 2019 Following the fourth goal and a certain defeat of their team, the UAE fans erupted in anger, throwing more shoes and water bottles at the Qatari players who were celebrating their progress to the tournament's final where they'll take on four-time champions Japan on 1st February. Bad attitude reflects their behavior ,no wonder this is UAE — Fatima Al-Abdulla (@fmalabdulla) January 30, 2019 The demeanor of the UAE fans was not only unacceptable, but also disrespectful for the sport. Even if there are allegations against Qatar for supporting terrorism, the footballers playing on the pitch should be treated with respect. The Qatari players were just representing their country like the UAE side. And, most importantly, the political drama should not devour the spirit of the game.
  22. In the era where the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were leaving everyone behind, Novak Djokovic undoubtedly stepped up his game to give the proven stars a run for their money and stake claim as one of the modern-day greats. His consistent performances on the big stage also helped him forge a partnership with Nadal and Federer as tennis' 'Big Three'. But, apart from running past opponents with his aggressive baseline play, the Serbian star has also struck a chord with tennis fans with his sense of humour. Staying true to his nickname 'Djoker', the 31-year-old continues to be an exciting prospect for his antics both on and off the field. © Reuters His pun and wit were once again in full display during a media interaction following his Australian Open triumph over Nadal in the final. Justifying his World No. 1 ranking, Djokovic proved to be too good for his Spanish counterpart, securing a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win in the all-important clash at the Rod Laver Arena. After winning his 15th Grand Slam title, a joyous Djokovic sent the press into hysterics by imitating an Italian journalist during the post-match media interaction. The Italian journalist was curious about Djokovic's thoughts on his record Australian Open haul. But, before the poor journo could complete his question, the Serbian interrupted midway to pull off a hilarious Italian accent while mocking him. .@DjokerNole sent the press into hysterics ð¤£#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7blHxlDfHM — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019 “Novak, congratulations. Seven Australian Opens, 15 Grand Slams...,” the Italian reporter began. Not too bad (with an Italian accent),” replied Djokovic as the press room burst into laughter. The reporter quickly said: “Cannot complain.” Djokovic, with a wry smile, apologised saying, “Sorry but you're always like 'Okay, man, yeah (Italian accent)'.” What a charming Champion ! !we love DJOKO ! !! — philomene pierre eti (@rosecarmelpierr) January 27, 2019 While his antics left everyone in splits, Djokovic's latest triumph is no joke. After beating Nadal in the final, Djokovic lifted his seventh Australian Open title, going clear of Federer and the legendary Roy Emerson in the list of most title wins in Melbourne Park. He also has a 100 per cent record in Australian Open final and a defeat-less streak in the tournament's history as a world no. 1. Too funny! He is a loveable character! ð — Lizzie K (@lizkoroneos) January 27, 2019 When it comes to Grand Slam titles, Djokovic, following his Australian Open win, now has 15 to his name as he overhauled tennis legend Pete Sampras in the all-time list. He is now only behind Federer (20) and Nadal (17) in the all-time list of most Grand Slam title wins in men's singles.
  23. Ladies and gentlemen! The stage is set for two of the best tennis athletes of this generation to go toe to toe, as the 2019 Australian Open (AO) will conclude with the final showdown between Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Spain's Rafael Nadal on Sunday, 27th January 2019. On Thursday, Nadal looked locked in as he won what looked like a very simple semi-final against the Greek marvel Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was probably the biggest surprise of the tournament this year as he defeated the great Roger Federer in four sets in the Round of 16. Ever since the first game, Nadal was looking for the corners to position his shots and to wear down his opponent through the three-set victory. While, on the other hand, Djokovic too looked at home competing against France's Pouille in the semi-final on Friday against France's Lucas Pouille. It was as if Djokovic took control of the French from the first set, dictating his every move with a shot of his own. After winning 6-0, 6-2, 6-2, Djokovic has eyes set on what will be his seventh AO title. Both men go into the #AusOpen final relatively refreshed. Djokovic time on court: 11 hours, 59 minutes Nadal time on court: 12 hours, 11 minutes pic.twitter.com/zxqXMCfT7l — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019 However, there's only one man standing between the Serbian and his 15th Grand Slam and that is the 17x Grand Slam champion specimen of pure strength, the Spanish bull, Rafael Nadal. In the past, the competition between Djokovic (World Rank 1) and Nadal (World Rank 2) has been pretty even as Novak has won 27 games out of the 52 matchups while Nadal has won the remaining 25. This match is going to be a recap of one of the most memorable AO finals, which is recorded as the longest Grand Slam Final match ever. Held in 2012, the match between the two tennis stars lasted for almost six hours and was ultimately won by Djokovic in five entertaining sets with a final score 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5, in favour of Novak. However, in what is considered to be a comeback tournament for Nadal, who has basically reinvented his game, depending more on technique than power and a new serve, we believe that the odds are stacked in favour of the Spaniard. If Nadal does manage to win against the current World Rank No. 1, it would be his first AO title in 10 years and second overall.
  24. Following their historic outing in Australia, the Indian cricket team faced their next challenge in New Zealand where five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) awaited them. While many had backed the Indian brigade to come good, some had their doubts as beating the Kiwis in their own backyard could be tricky. But, when the Virat Kohli-led brigade took the field in the first ODI at the McLean Park in Napier, the visitors made sure there was no lack of intensity or form from their outing Down Under. Asked to bowl first, the Indian team gave the hosts a run for their money with a brilliant bowling performance. Twitter/@BCCI The likes of Kuldeep Yadav (4-39), Mohammed Shami (3-19) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-43) hunted the Kiwis in a pack before bundling them out for a below-par total of 157 runs. For a strong batting side like India, the paltry total was never going to be a problem. And, as expected, the unbeaten knock of 75 runs by Shikhar Dhawan and another 45-run innings by Kohli ensured India notched up the total with eight wickets and 85 balls remaining. While the Kiwis have a lot of learn from their defeat, the Indian team, with their emphatic win, once again reminded everyone the kind of form these guys have been in lately. Surely, it called for celebrations. But, since it was only the first ODI and there are still four more matches to go, the likes of Kohli and MS Dhoni decided to have some fun on the field. Post-game shenanigans courtesy @msdhoni & @imVkohli This looks fun ððð#TeamIndia #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/0EXXHYh2v7 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019 The duo was seen enjoying the Segway rides following the post-match presentation at the McLean Park. While Dhoni looked calm and composed in his antics, Kohli was a bit more animated with his funny gestures. Needless to say, the Indian fans loved it and congratulated the team for their clinical performance. Virat thought how could I run faster between wickets...problem solvedð — dhruv kapoor (@dhruv_kapur) January 23, 2019 @msdhoni & @imVkohli is video very nice... Captain cool @msdhoni is always coolð.... Luv u both...ððð — Dilkush Raja (@iamdilkushraja) January 23, 2019 Kolly bhi ek number ka ranveer singh hai, yaha bhi over kar diya ðð𤣠— Dexter (@MunnaKaTunna) January 23, 2019 Both elder (Dhoni) and younger (Kohli) brothers are enjoying and having fun. ðððððððð — Expounder -Boxoffice, Cricket & TV shows (@Pappu03951480) January 23, 2019 Nice video ð. Enjoy and keep rocking — Murukesh (@dmurukesh) January 23, 2019 Congratulations team india — Anish Upadhyay (@AnishUp06833716) January 23, 2019 Cute..ððð¥ð¥ — Sugaielfathima18 (@Sugaielfathima1) January 23, 2019
  25. We already know that Microsoft and Sony are both working on future consoles and are getting ready for the next generation. There are rumours that both companies are working on multiple consoles that will sell at different prices. The next generation of Xbox consoles is set to replace the Xbox One X and will be able to offer 4K gaming natively. © YouTube It is said to have improved hardware and better graphics than the current generation. We've heard rumours of various features that will come on the next generation, however, we want to talk about certain mistakes Xbox can't afford to make in the next generation. One of them includes making India a huge part of their strategy and here's what we think the gaming company needs to do: 1. Nail The Launch Event © Reuters Gamers are very vocal and Microsoft had to learn the hard way when the Xbox One was announced in 2013. In fact, it was a disaster as it wasn't presented as a gaming machine but rather as an entertainment box. Executives failed to talk about games and other features like “always online”, DRM and other issues that had gamers concerned. Messaging plays a crucial role in getting gamers excited and that's where Sony prevailed. The next Xbox launch needs to appeal more to gamers than casual users so that it has a great ecosystem right from the start. 2. Pro-Gaming Features © Microsoft Xbox One has already become a machine that provides the best features that any gamer could ask. The Xbox Game pass makes games more affordable and also lets users play Xbox exclusive games on day 1. All for a subscription price that works like Netflix and lets players play old and new games for a fraction of full retail price. In India, gaming is already an expensive affair and this new feature will make it easier for gamers in India to get access to the latest games for a cheaper price. © Microsoft Xbox already has a huge library of old games that are compatible with the Xbox One. Backwards compatibility is crucial for gamers as we generally like to visit old games. Rumours suggest that the next Xbox consoles are said to have backward compatibility for Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles. This would definitely bring a huge advantage to the new console, as Sony has been shying away from providing a similar feature on the PlayStation platform as of now. 3. Better Exclusives © Microsoft There's no secret that Sony PlayStation 4's success had to do with better exclusive games for the consoles. With games like God of War, Spider-Man, Last of Us, Uncharted and other exclusive games made the console a huge success all over the world. In fact, Microsoft has already bought new studios to effectively compete with Microsoft, however, the platform will need a good exclusive at launch to sway gamers to the other side. 4. A Budget Xbox For India © BCCL India is going to be the next big gaming country in the world as we've already seen great success for games like PUBG in the country. Consoles are generally very expensive in India due to import duties that made it exclusive for a nice audience. Xbox can change its fortunes by making a cheaper model just for India or manufacture/assemble all consoles in India to drive the price down. Indians love a bargain which is why it has made companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, and OnePlus super successful in India. The strategy is simple, undercut the competition with aggressive pricing. With a population of 1.3 billion and potential 200 million gamers, Xbox can capture the Indian market with affordable pricing. India is the next big destination for anything technology and gaming needs to follow suit. Rumours are already suggesting that Xbox is working on a budget console, however, we will only know for sure when the next Xbox is made official. 5. Release It Sooner © Reuters The Xbox 360 was the winner of last generation's console wars and there were two main reasons behind it. The Xbox 360 was cheaper than the PlayStation 3 and it launched six months earlier. If Xbox manages to launch the new console before Sony at E3 this year, there's no doubt it will be able to capture the gaming market faster. Do you think Xbox can make it big in India? What do you think Microsoft should do to win the Indian gaming scene. Let us know in the comments.
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