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  1. 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.
  2. Before this year's semi-finals, all 4 of the semi-finalists at Roland Garros had a combined total of 3 wins at the event. None of them had ever featured in the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament before. Fan-favourite and veteran Serena Williams as well as world no.1 Naomi Osaka bowed out in the third round whereas defending champion Simona Halep was defeated by 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova in the quarter final. Women's tennis keeps throwing curveball after curveball for the bookmakers, making some of the edgiest and most intriguing events in sports currently. © Reuters The semi-finals this year made for the most entertaining matchups, as Brit ace Johanna Konta came up short against Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova and Anisimova was defeated by 23-year-old Ashleigh Barty who was the ultimate champion. Barty, the current world no.8 actually returned to the WTA tour three years ago ranked 623 in the world, after an absence in order to play cricket in the women's Big Bash League in her native Australia. After her triumph in Paris yesterday, she will be ranked no.2 in the world as of 6th June. Hers is a story of real intrigue. This could be the biggest drawback of slipping women's tennis under the radar. The story of Ash Barty is inspirational to all those that seek a career change and the fact that it fails to reach a large audience is simply disappointing. © Twitter/HeatBBL None of the 4 semi-finalists were given much of a chance to go very far in the tournament by many; and they did so clinically and professionally, playing world-class tennis along the way. In fact, 14 of the women currently active on the WTA tour have been in the top 2 of the rankings. Only 4 of the active players on the ATP tour have featured in the top 2- Tennis' fabled 'Big Four' consisting of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. As inspirational as the 'Big Four' have been for men's tennis this generation, they have made the sport somewhat predictable, leading to a lack of stories coming out of men's tennis except those of their incredible caliber. To put things into perspective, Naomi Osaka became the first woman in four years to win back-to-back Slams after her wins in New York and Melbourne. She is also one of the few players ranked among the top 10 to have multiple Grand Slam titles. 'The Big Four' on the other hand, have amassed 54 of the 61 Grand Slam titles that have been contested since 2004. © Reuters Yet, the efforts of the players on the WTA Tour seem to have lacked any appreciation from the rest of the tennis world. Both semi-finals of the women's draw took place on the outside courts in Paris as the men's semi-finals took place in Court Philippe Chatrier. For the second time within a year, the women's finalists were asked to wait to contest the final, as there was an overflow from the men's semi-final on Center Court. This makes one ponder whether the same measure would be taken if the tables were turned. In no other sport has the movement for equality been more prevalent than in tennis. As viewership and ticketing dictate most major decisions in the sport one has to feel sorry that the quality of women's tennis is going under the radar not just due to institutional problems, but due to negligence from viewers as well. The men's draw may be the main source of inspiration for tennis fans, but the more competitive, unpredictable and entertaining tennis is coming from the women's draw, which is unfortunately going rather unnoticed. A story like Barty's is unconventional and rare, and it must be highlighted rather than slipped under the radar like most stories coming out of women's tennis these days..
  3. The second half of the UEFA Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal has to be engraved in the heart and mind of Eden Hazard for the rest of his life. While teammates Olivier Giroud and Pedro provided a solid 2-0 lead to the Blues, it was the Belgian who put the final nail in the coffin for the Gunners when he scored a penalty and a cheeky grounded shot in the 65th and 72nd minutes, respectively. KING. ð@HazardEden10 ð #UELfinal pic.twitter.com/YwrbcSOYif — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 29, 2019 After the final whistle blew and the ceremony got over, Hazard decided to make an official announcement about his thoughts of parting ways with Chelsea, a club that not only was a house to him for the past seven years but also helped him realise his dreams of playing in the Premier League. "I think it's a goodbye, but in football you never know," he told BT Sport to confirm what a lot of us were expecting for a long time now. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: "I know he wants to leave and I have to respect his decision." "He is a wonderful player. It took two or three months for me to understand him as a man and now I do, he's a wonderful man." "He's an extraordinary player. He is a strange boy but when he understands it is extraordinary." Hazard has been phenomenal for the Blues ever since joining them back in 2012. He has made a total of 352 appearances for the club and his two Europa League final goals moves his tally to 110 and 92 assists while winning the Premier League (2), Europa League (2), FA Cup (1) and the League Cup (1). He was also honoured with the PFA Player of the Year award and the FWA Player of the year award as a member of the team. Flooded with emotions, Chelsea fans took to Twitter to show their gratitude for the 28-year-old boy wonder for everything he has done for the club and wished him luck for wherever he plays next (we know it's going to be Real Madrid, isn't it?). 132 seconds on Chelsea & Eden mutha-f*cking Hazard pic.twitter.com/aetZhNWDDh — Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) May 29, 2019 2012 - Didier Drogba scores to win Chelsea the Champions League and leaves a legend. 2019 - Eden Hazard scores twice to win Chelsea the Europa League and is leaving a legend. The King and the Prince of this club. ð — Mod (@CFCMod_) May 29, 2019 And we love you to @hazardeden10 ð #OnceABlueAlwaysABlue pic.twitter.com/SYTLdw8mXj — Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) May 29, 2019 Swimming in trophies - So many classics we got to witness over the years & I'm not going to take that for granted. Grateful that this man played for my football club & good luck in Madrid Sir Eden Hazard. pic.twitter.com/CsCTbP9AP3 — Ù (@HazardEdition) May 29, 2019 Eden Hazard leaving the way he started. Will be forever grateful for your service. ððªð» pic.twitter.com/67HL1MHY9z — CM (@CFCJorg) May 29, 2019 Stinks man, for the last 7 years no matter how my week had went, whether I was happy, whether I was down I knew at the end of it I could see Eden Hazard play for Chelsea and now that simple pleasure is gone — Ben (@CriminalCosta) May 29, 2019 Me telling my grandkids how I witnessed Eden Hazard's greatness at the Bridge for 7 years pic.twitter.com/qONJDRsIPx — Rahullð®ð³ (@rrcfc98) May 29, 2019
  4. India won the World Cup for the first time in 1983. It was a big moment for us and till date, Kapil Dev reminds us of the glorious days. Ranveer Singh's film '83 is based on the events surrounding the winning of the World Cup in 1983 and we couldn't be more excited. The unexpected victory in 1983 World Cup against West Indies was a major win for us back then. India hadn't hoped to bring the World Cup home this soon. Ranveer Singh with the '83 team are off to London for the film's shoot which is tentatively scheduled for three months. Ranveer takes special effort to get in the character for each film and for '83, he spent a couple of days at Kapil Dev's place to familiarise himself with the actual ongoings of 1983 World Cup. Directed by Kabir Khan, '83 will soon begin shooting. Keeping the team spirit alive, the cast reached the Mumbai airport on a team bus. Instagram is flooded with the reel team photos that makes us reminiscent of 1983 team. Take a look at the striking resemblance here. © Instagram 1. Look at the enthusiasm here. It's game time. ð #83SquadOnTheMove The journey begins. ð¥@RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/4iulvt9AEx — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 2. Look at Ranveer Singh looking like Kapil Dev here. View this post on Instagram About to embark on a remarkable cinematic journey ð #proud #blessed ðð½ @kabirkhankk @83thefilm A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on May 27, 2019 at 10:28pm PDT 3. The excitement is in the air. When you are playing the Lord of Lord's, you are always on your toes! Here's @adinathkothare's message before he embarks on this exciting journey. #83SquadOnTheMove @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/xyU3e3IYrv — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 4. We honestly can't wait for '83. London chale hai, itihaas dohrane! â @Saqibsaleem aka Jimmy is all set with his red handkerchief! Watch this space for more updates. #83SquadOnTheMove @RanveerOfficial @kabirkhankk #MadhuMantena #SajidNadiadwala @vishinduri @RelianceEnt @NGEMovies pic.twitter.com/jkNBzlYnTK — '83 (@83thefilm) May 27, 2019 The film '83 is scheduled to hit the screens in April next year.
  5. The Indian cricket team is surely one of the leading contenders for the ICC World Cup 2019 with a great roster, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a tough time limiting to a 15-man squad just because of the kind of talent that was available at their disposal. While the selectors had to drop great players like Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, who, any other team would give anything to have, here's a list of five key players who would lead to the success of the Men in Blue this World Cup: 1. Virat Kohli © Reuters Even if Virat Kohli was not the leader of the squad, he would have been India's most valuable asset. After having the greatest year cricket in 2018, the batsman in Kohli continues to stay atop ICC World rankings in Test and ODI formats of the game. Having featured in 227 ODIs in the Indian kit, the skipper has already scored 10,843 runs and has a batting average of 54 in England, where the World Cup will take place. 2019 has been kind to the cricketer who notched 3 centuries in 11 matches this year. 2. MS Dhoni © Reuters Considered as the incognito captain of the team, Dhoni's skills as a middle-order batsman and still, a top-notch wicket-keeper give Team India the edge they need to become the world champs. Having played under pressure in and World Cup final and winning the trophy with a bang only adds to his already impressive resume. In 341 ODI matches throughout his career, Dhoni has scored 10,500 runs till date. Despite a nagging back injury, Dhoni took his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to the final while scoring 314 runs in 10 matches. In 2019, Dhoni has played 8 innings in which he has put up a total of 327 runs. 3. Jasprit Bumrah © Reuters The bowling attack of Team India will be spearheaded by 25-year-old Jasprit Bumrah who has been in tremendous form for the whole of 2018 and 2019 which not only helped his side restrict their opponents to small totals but also provided the pacer with the top rank in ICC World rankings in ODIs. Bumrah has played in 49 ODI games in his professional cricketing career and collated 85 wickets, 28 of which came in 2018 alone, with an impressive economy rate of 4.51. 4. Hardik Pandya © Reuters Hardik Pandya is a classic example of hard work paying off. Ever since making his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2016, he has quickly become an integral part of the national cricket squad as a talented all-rounder and is extremely useful as a death over bowler and a middle order batsman. In 45 one-dayers played by the all-rounder in the Bleed Blue jersey, Pandya has scored 731 runs with a scary strike rate of 116.59 while also scalping 44 wickets at a 5.54 rate of economy. 5. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters Kuldeep Yadav just had an abysmal season of the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders and was benched midway through the month and a half long event for the same. Nonetheless, the Chinaman has enough tricks up his sleeves to stun opponents with the ball and might as well be that x-factor of the team. In 44 ODIs, Yadav has already dismissed 87 batsmen off the crease at the economy rate of 4.94, which is extraordinary for a spinner. In 2019, while the lefty has been a little more expensive than his career average, he has taken 20 wickets ahead of the World Cup.
  6. While PUBG Mobile has been on the center of all the spotlight, there's new battle royale title in town. That's right. Activision's 'Call of Duty: Mobile' title is now going live for some Android users in beta before the final release. We already spent some time with the game and we think it's better than 'PUBG Mobile'. You can read all about it here. That said, it's worth pointing out that the Call of Duty: Mobile's battle royale mode is a little different. It's more of a tactical shootout, which might take some time getting used to. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you get started and win your first game: 1) Choose The Right Class If you know anything about Call of Duty Mobile, then you're probably already aware of the fact that the game different classes to choose from. Depending on the one you choose, you'll get different abilities and Class skill during the game. It's a crucial part of the game and it's important that you pick the right one that suits your play style. Here's a quick look at each class and the perks that they offer - © Call Of Duty Mobile • Scout As a Scout player, you'll get to utilize 'Sensor Darts' that can view hostile positions in the immediate area of the radar map. Additionally, you also get tracker ability that allows you to see fresh footprints of hostiles. • Clown Clown players can distract with a toy bomb that detonates and summons zombies that only attack hostiles near you. You also get the anti-zombie ability, which reduces the aggression distance of opponents' zombies. • Mechanic You can call an EMP Drone to create electromagnetic interference on hostile forces. You also get the Engineer ability that grants augmented sight to vehicles, hostile traps, and other equipment. • Medic Just like the Apex Legends' 'Llifeline' Legend, you'll be able to setup medic stations to continuously heal your allies in the immediate vicinity. You also get the Master Medic ability that'll help you heal more quickly and reduce the time it usually takes to revive teammates. • Ninja Lastly, there are the Ninja class players who will get a Grapple Gun that fires a hook, allowing them to propel up and onto buildings across the landscape. You also get the Dead Silence ability, that'll allow you to move quietly. 2) Use Vehicles To Get Around © Call of Duty Mobile As is the case with any other battle royale game, Call of Duty also puts you in a huge map. So, obviously, traversing through the map on foot will take a lot of times and there are a ton of vehicles that are worth checking out. Our recommendation would be to man a helicopter with your squad and just rain down fire from above. It's one of the best ways to spot enemies and kill them from above without getting into close combat. You can also rafts to get through the water bodies, but just stay clear of the snipers. They can take you off with just one shot! 3) Keep An Eye On The Supply Drops & Beacons © Call of Duty Mobile If you've played PUBG, then you already know how important Supply Drops are. They can valuable upgrade items that'll help you get an advantage in the game. Call of Duty Mobile also has beacons that mark the location of Class Upgrade items. These items will augment your particular set of skills that exclusive to each class. You might want to be a little cautious while approaching the supply drops because your enemies will also be swarming in to grab the goods. 4) Best Loot Location In The Map © Call Of Duty Mobile You know what's better than waiting for a supply drop for better gears? Drop in an area of the map which has the best loot in the game to get an edge over your enemies. Not all the areas in the map are good looting spots. Some places have enough to get you through the game, whereas some will leave empty-handed. Here are some of the best locations in Call of Duty Mobile where you can get some really good loot - • Sakura • Killhouse • Launch • Nuclear Plant • Shipment • Nuketown
  7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again secured the nation's throne with a thumping victory, as BJP single-handedly won more than 300 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. World leaders like US President Donald Trump conveyed his wishes over the phone and tweeted, “India is lucky to have him”. While some people are ecstatic about Modi's victory and are celebrating it the right way, some of his supporters are demanding that tech companies to immediately make the 'Lotus' emoji. Wow! © Reuters Yes, BJP supporters have decided to raise their voice on social media and are asking big names like Google, Apple, WhatsApp, and even Twitter to release a 'Lotus' emoji, which they can use to celebrate the party's historic victory and show their support. Dear @Apple & @WhatsApp We Indians want to see “lotus” symbol in emojis please - as soon as possible - its symbol of purity and today @BJP4India with its lotus symbol has purified #India from dynastic rule of @INCIndia (Like & RT to support please ðð») #ModiPhirSe — The Ordinary Indian (@i_m_tomorrow) May 23, 2019 This isn't the only tweet asking for a Lotus emoji, There are a ton of other users who are going crazy across different platforms demanding a 'Lotus' emoji. While we agree that there's no 'Lotus' emoji on Android or iOS at the moment, and we understand the enthusiasm, it's worth pointing out that it's not that easy to make and release an emoji. There's a huge procedure that needs to be followed for getting an emoji released for public use. It has to go through the Unicode Consortium, which approves reviews and approves only about 50-100 new emojis every year. Well, let's just wait and see if these companies can make it happen and how.
  8. A couple of weeks ago, the Indian Premier League finished on a high with Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians winning the championship for a record fourth time. Lasith Malinga's final over heroics and an unpredictable bowling spell not only shocked Chennai Super Kings but also saved the match for the MIPaltan. With the stakes so high and the entire season on the line, players, team owners and fans from both sides were sitting at the edge of their seats during the final moments of the game. We even saw the MI team owner, Nita Ambani, chant her famous mantra just seconds before Malinga bowled that slower final delivery that won them the title. Curious as we were, we got in touch with Ambani's pandit, Chandra Shekar Sharma, to know whether the team and its owners received some supernatural assistance in the game and here's what he said: “It was a perfect stage for an IPL final with an intense feeling about the fate of the game, but I knew that Mumbai (Indians) had the potential to handle such a situation.” “We do the 'Chandi paath' ahead of every match and yesterday, we performed it during the entire match, until Malinga's final ball. It is lord Durga's 'paath' and is performed in order to enhance one's luck. It gives you the power and the energy to do something in the way that it was meant to.” So, it was obvious that we had to contact Pandit Sharma and know his thoughts on Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team and their ICC World Cup 2019 journey, which begins 5th June 2019 against South Africa. Here's what he said to the MensXP Hindi team about India's chances of winning their third World Cup: "The expectation of winning the World Cup 2019 is very high if the Indian cricket team's performance, team bonding and planets and constellations are high.” "This colour is absolutely right for the Indian team with blue jerseys. This color is a symbol of the sky, which has no limit. It is very lucky for Team India,” he added. However, he clarified that the talks of planets and constellations are mostly for boosting the athletes' motivation and morale and that there is nothing more important than the Indian cricketers' hard work and efforts that they put in all year long which results in their success internationally. The athletes (and the fans) are free to choose to believe in it, or not. Pandit ji also put up a major disclaimer: “Do not take my words as a prophecy.” You can read the full interview, here.
  9. Lok Sabha elections of 2019 have come with a shining a touch of celebrity glam, with loads of Indian celebs making their way into mainstream politics from their respective fields of entertainment, sports and the likes. From old-timers like Shatrughan Sinha and Raj Babbar to new entrants such as Jaya Prada, Urmila Matondkar and Vijendra Singh, apart from numerous others, this year's election was indeed 'star'-studded. All that aside, we list down all the celebrities who are winning this election season as per latest rankings. 1. Sunny Deol (BJP) © Twitter BJP's most recent star candidate, Sunny Deol is currently leading by over 54 per cent votes from Punjab's Gurdaspur constituency. He is being trailed by Sunil Kumar Jakhar of Congress. 2. Gautam Gambhir (BJP) © Twitter Former Indian cricketer, who is Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate from East Delhi, has also taken over from his rivals with over 52 per cent votes to his name. He is being trailed by Arvinder Singh Lovely of Congress. 3. Smriti Irani (BJP) © Twitter Smriti Irani has created a lot of buzz with her win from the Amethi constituency which has been a Congress hotbed for a long time. Smriti has crossed the 50 per cent mark in terms of her lead, and she is being trailed by Rahul Gandhi with over 44 per cent votes. 4. Hema Malini (BJP) © Twitter Bollywood Dreamgirl's moment has come as she took the lead from RLD's Kunwar Narendra Singh in Mathura. Reportedly, she is winning by 1.7 lakh votes at the moment. 5. Ravi Kishan (BJP) © Twitter Celebrated Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan was contesting election from the Gorakhpur constituency, and he has taken the lead by 60.1 per cent. Currently, Ravi is being trailed by Rambhual Nishan of SP. 6. Kirron Kher (BJP) © Twitter The very vocal and loud Kirron Kher, who is contesting elections this year from Chandigarh, has taken a major lead over her Congress counterpart Pawan Kumar Bansal by bagging 47 per cent votes. 7. Manoj Tiwari (BJP) © Twitter A well-known name in the Bhojpuri industry, Manoj Tiwari has taken a major lead over rival and former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit by securing over 60 per cent votes from North-East Delhi. 8. Babul Supriyo (BJP) © Twitter Popular Bollywood singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo who is contesting elections from Asansol has taken a lead over TMC's Moon Moon Sen by bagging over 49 per cent votes. 9. Hans Raj Hans (BJP) © Twitter Singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans is the BJP candidate from North West Delhi, and he has managed to take a strong lead over AAP's Gugan Singh Ranga, by securing 62 per cent votes. 10. Nusrat Jahan (TMC) © Twitter One of Tollywood's leading ladies, Nusrat is contesting elections from the Basirhat constituency of West Bengal. According to the latest trends, she is winning from the area with a huge margin of over 60 per cent votes. 11. Mimi Chakraborty (TMC) © Twitter Another popular actress from the Bengali film industry, Mimi is contesting elections from West Bengal's Jadhavpur constituency, and has taken the lead from her BJP rival Anupam Hazra by scoring over 47 per cent votes. 12. Dev (TMC) © Twitter Touted to be Tollywood's highest paid actor, Dev was contesting Lok Sabha elections from Ghatal constituency of West Bengal. With close to 50 per cent votes, he is leading ahead of BJP's Bharati Ghosh.
  10. University level athlete Infinite Tucker not only has the most heroic name in the global sports fraternity, but also has the superpowers to back it up. Participating in the 400m hurdles final at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Track and Field Championships in the United States of America, Tucker instantly became a social media hit when he channelled his inner Superman just inches away from the finish line. Finding himself to be neck to neck with a fellow athlete while the finish line approached, dedicated to win the race, Tucker launched himself into the air, clearing the line in the most uncanny yet badass manner. When Miller-Uibo “dove” (fell) to beat Felix a couple years back, I was on the radio for an hour or so explaining to people why diving is likely not a good finishing tactic. Thankfully Infinite Tucker wasn't listening. #bestnameever pic.twitter.com/JR0VhZyBq3 — Jason Kerr (@kerrjason) May 12, 2019 Once the race was over and people lauded Tucker's dramatic finish, the athlete let out the secret as to why he decided to jump over the finish line this way: Comments from Infinite Tucker on his diving victory in the SEC 400m hurdles. pic.twitter.com/PhCOb2ozzO — Texas A&M Track and Field (@aggietrk) May 12, 2019 The athlete who saw Tucker take the leap while running besides him, Robert Grant, on the contrary, was not at all pleased with the way the race came to an end, yet managed to show his displeasure while not gathering too much attention: "If I say what I thought on this camera, microphone right now, Coach (Pat) Henry would kick me off the team." he said after the race. The jumping clip quickly became a social media meme source and Twitter of course had things to say: He went full Superman! @aggietrk's Infinite Tucker goes ALL OUT for the gold. #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/gEr05kdPd9 — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 12, 2019 I wish I was as dedicated to anything as Infinite Tucker is to crossing the finish line first. pic.twitter.com/DgEoPvJwHZ — Clara Goodwin (@5NEWSClara) May 12, 2019 This is how you finish a race! Check out Infinite Tucker from Texas A&M winning the 400 hurdles at the 2019 SEC Championship this weekend. The video is pretty impressive if you look it up. Never give up or jog across the finish line in a race. ð pic.twitter.com/KzAEdq9o2M — C-C Cross Country (@CCCSDxc) May 12, 2019
  11. The trailer of 'Kabir Singh' finally dropped today and even though the movie is a remake of the cult hit 'Arjun Reddy', it looks exactly like the breath of crisp, fresh air we need in terms of good content in Bollywood. The movie stars Shahid Kapoor in the lead as Dr. Kabir Singh who is obsessed with his lover Preeti, played by the gorgeous Kiara Advani. Shahid looks insanely convincing with his mad genius acting skills as the self destructive, alcoholic lover lurking in the aftermath of life when Preeti is not a part of it anymore. © T-Series You know in the age of nepotism where we are treated to garishly unauthentic love stories on the screen in the form of the recently released 'SOTY 2', this dark movie proves why at the end of the day, content is the king and one needs a stellar actor like Shahid Kapoor to nail it. Sure, the classic comparison with the original 'Arjun Reddy' is uncanny and wonderfully obvious, but Mr. Kapoor knows how to own a script. Kiara looks amazingly fresh as the innocent and naïve Preeti. Also, it's not just us who feel that all awards are going his way but the fans also feel something similar. #KabirSingh official trailer - https://t.co/fdsvsY0CE2@shahidkapoor mahn ...many awards on the row waiting for you !!!!!!ðâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ pic.twitter.com/cIZvDchxtk — Mirza Ghalib (@MirzaGh02142359) May 13, 2019 Absolutely mind blowing trailer !!! ðð¥ð¥ Rocking it perfectly as #KabirSinghð¥ #shahid — à¤à¤¯à¥à¤¶ सिà¤à¤¹ ð®ð³ (@ayush_rewa) May 13, 2019 What an amazing trailer #KabirSingh. Take a bow @shahidkapoor @Advani_Kiara. After such a disappointing start to this year with movies like Kalank and SOTY2, seems like this movie is gonna make it big. Fingers Crossed. — Supratim Sarkar (@bunnyissmm) May 13, 2019 The movie hits the screens on 21st June 2019, so you know what you've got to do.
  12. I have been following 'The Kings' ever since they made their explosive entry into the popular US reality show 'World Of Dance' this year, and started blowing minds with their unbelievably high-octane choreography. Seriously, believe me when I say you have not seen anything like them before. It's like a mix of dance, martial arts, theatre, warfare, sorcery and a few more incredible ingredients which results in an epic routine, which on more than one occasion, has left the panel of judges clutching their hearts and throats. via GIPHY The panel, consisting of Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough, has never shied away from showing their admiration for The Kings, who have been giving them a taste of Bollywood and India through their electrifying performances. via GIPHY It came as absolutely no surprise to me when The Kings made it to the finals of the show. But yes, it did take a while to process that the boys, who had shot to fame in the third season of 'India's Got Talent', had actually won the dance show and the prize money of a whopping million dollars! The 14-member squad aged between 17-27 collapsed in a heap on the stage and burst into tears as they were clearly shaken by the decision and couldn't believe what just happened. Hugs and tears were all around as the hip-hop crew from Mumbai made India proud on the international stage. via GIPHY Here are some of the best performances by The Kings on the show. Watch and marvel at their brilliance:
  13. The world's biggest boy band, BTS scripted history at the Billboard Music Awards 2019 last night, by becoming the first ever K-Pop group to win the Top Group award. 190502 ð BTS just wins Top Duo/Group at 2019 Billboard Music Awards!! ð­ð­ GUUUUUYYS @BTS_twt BIG CONGRATULATIONS!! #TopSocialArtistBTS #BTSistheTopGrouppic.twitter.com/NnUPW1oAj5 — BTS National (@BTS_National) May 2, 2019 They also won the Top Social Artist award for the third year in a row, thanks to their unbelievably powerful and devoted fan base called the ARMY. It goes without saying that the fans completely lost it, not only in South Korea but all over the world, as this was a very important moment for them. A Korean group, making Korean music, competing and winning against noted international artists, is nothing short of incredible, and BTS' fans are on cloud nine and beaming with pride. “I'd say after today's BBMAs win 'Team work makes the Dream work', is the right phrase suitable for BTS because they have come a long way by their sheer hard work and talent,” said Twinkle Choudhary, one of the administrators of BTSindiaofficial. BTS, who were nominated for the first time ever in this category, won the Top Group award by beating out Dan + Shay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Panic! At The Disco. © Getty Images The 7 members consisting of RM (leader), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook walked up to the stage to collect the award amid the deafening cheers from their fans present there. “Thank you, ARMY. Still can't believe we're here on this stage with so many great artists, oh my God. ARMY, this is only possible because of the little things we shared together. The BTS and ARMY power, right? And we're still the same boys from six years ago. We still have the same dreams. We still have the same feelings; we still have the same thoughts. So let's keep dreaming the best dreams together. Thank you. I love you all," RM said in his acceptance speech. BTS also performed their latest single 'Boy With Luv' featuring Halsey at the BBMAs and it was incredible to see the sight of an American pop singer singing and dancing along with a K-Pop band on the prestigious stage. BTS & Halsey took the #BBMAs stage for a performance of "Boy With Luv" #BillboardNews pic.twitter.com/zvPpvvWCyv — billboard (@billboard) May 2, 2019 “I think a lot of people are really curious about the collaboration because obviously, the boys are from Korea and I'm from the States, but I think that we really show that despite what seems like a language barrier at first is really just kind of like unimportant when it comes down to a bunch of young people who really love music and who just love hanging out, and it really shows through," Halsey said at before the awards on the red carpet. © Getty Images BTS, looking dapper in Alexander McQueen, created a stir the second they landed at the awards and walked the red carpet, as besides fans, many celebrities began clamouring to take a selfie or just catch a glimpse of the boys. © Getty Images Now THAT's a photo.#UmusicBBMAs #Drake #BTS pic.twitter.com/KKaX7FEl7g — Universal Music CA (@umusic) May 2, 2019 Can they like... Collab????? @iamcardib @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/b7eQsdG7KB — D â (@epiphanyxstyles) May 2, 2019 Me, @BTS_twt, and someone's hand. ð I tried. ð#BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMay28 pic.twitter.com/wj7f3lZPiE — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 OMG!!! First person I see on the red carpet is @BTS_twt!! #BTSArmy #BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 pic.twitter.com/7bDccaGHxD — Julianne Hough (@juliannehough) May 1, 2019 TERRY LOVES BTS! TERRY LOVES AWARD SHOWS!#BBMAs #AGTonMAY28 #BTSArmy #AmericasGotTerry pic.twitter.com/tEOgIy9NOm — terry crews (@terrycrews) May 2, 2019 TERRY CREWS SAYING BEING BEHIND BTS FEELS LIKE BEING BEHIND THE BEATLES... THE OTHER GIRLS CAN'T EEM SPELL GLOBAL IMPACT pic.twitter.com/UkSugkhKx3 — anna with luv (@TRlVlAMONOS) May 1, 2019 The Jonas Brothers, who were making their first red carpet appearance as a band in 10 years, could barely contain their excitement at the prospect of meeting BTS and said their “main goal was to meet BTS.” ð¹ Jonas Brothers live stream on instagram moments ago! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/KbWtdWHX0y — Jonas Brothers News (@jbrosnews) May 1, 2019 Joe Jonas actually managed a fist bump with V during a performance, to which a very disappointed Nick Jonas responded by posting a clip of the moment to Instagram story saying, “When your brother gets a fist bump during your performance from BTS but you don't.” joe jonas interacted with bts and got married,,, maybe today's joe jonas is living his best life pic.twitter.com/tuCG5wNu15 — jo (@kookooT__T) May 2, 2019
  14. Arguably one of the most influential and popular figures at the Etihad, Raheem Sterling has come into his own ever since parting ways with Liverpool in 2015. Criticised for his move away from the Anfield, Sterling has given his critics a befitting reply by becoming a vital cog in Pep Guardiola's scheme of things at City. Capping off a sensational title-winning season last year, the England forward continues to spearhead another Premier League title challenge in the ongoing edition. While the title might still be a few games away from finding its suitor, Sterling's hard work and efforts on the field has earned him notable honours. © Reuters The 24-year-old, on Sunday, was crowned the Football Writers' Association (FWA) 'Footballer of the Year', adding to Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) 'Young Player of the Year' award. Sterling finished well ahead of PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk in the voting, with Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero coming in third. "In such a close title race, there is no surprise that two of the main protagonists are from Liverpool and Manchester City, but it is Raheem Sterling that is the resounding victor, winning by more than 100 votes - 62 per cent of the votes went to Sterling," Carrie Brown, chairman of the FWA told Sky Sports News. Very proud with the PFA Young Player of the year, and truly thankful ðð¾ Incredible support for the whole season, let's go for more !!! ð — Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) April 28, 2019 "Sterling talked this week about looking to Steven Gerrard for leadership, to set an example, but we believe he has set an example not just for his generations, but for generations ahead of him and before him. We did think it was going to be closer than that. We have to recognise that Virgil van Dijk has had a stunning season, we all recognise the abilities of defenders, but it is this leadership off the field that I think has tipped Raheem Sterling's vote in his favour," he added. With 17 goals and 10 assists in the league so far this season there is no disputing the talents of the England international, however, there has been plenty of controversy over the fact he won the award despite being 24. The award stipulates that any nominee must be aged 23 at the start of the season, so this was the final year which Sterling was eligible for the accolade. Who said "too old for this sh*t" ðð ?! #PFAawardspic.twitter.com/APryTSv2ks — Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) April 28, 2019 After winning the award, Sterling took to social media to joke about the achievement as he uploaded an image of him with the trophy along with the caption "Who said 'too old for this sh*t" followed by two laughing emojis. Lucky I didn't play more games. I'd be challenging for that trophy of yours. Congrats anyway. #PFAYoungPlayerAwardhttps://t.co/p8wv0fv0CO — Vincent Kompany(@VincentKompany) April 29, 2019 While everyone was singing Sterling's praise, his captain, teammate and Man City legend Vincent Kompany couldn't stop himself from trolling the England footballer. Sterling was not the only City player who saw the funny side either, as Kompany quoted the tweet and joked that even he would have been in contention had he played more games. "Lucky I didn't play more games. I'd be challenging for that trophy of yours. Congrats anyway," Kompany tweeted.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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'.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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