LATEST STORIES Team Europe’s player Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during the 2019 Laver Cup tennis tournament in Geneva, on September 22, 2019. (Photo by ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP)Rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas only turned 21 last month and is the youngest player in the world’s top 10 — but he refuses to be intimidated.Last weekend, the Greek tyro played doubles alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup, the latest step in his fast ascent, although he lost both matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ When Tsitsipas walks the streets of his native Greece, he is now surrounded and children there are beginning to take up tennis because of him.It is perhaps a little fanciful, but a friend recently told him that he is now the most famous name in Greece behind Coca-Cola.If that sounds boastful, Tsitsipas does not intend it to be.“I don’t know if it’s true, but I hope it’s not,” he said.“It’s good, obviously, but it’s too soon to be there, too soon,” he repeated, adding that he still has “a lot to improve, a lot to achieve”. ‘A new star’ Tsitsipas, who lost to Nadal in the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open — his best performance in a Grand Slam — made another comparison about his swift rise that he is more comfortable with.Again, the young Greek stressed that he was not trying to show off, “but people compare it to 1980 when Greece produced Nikos Galis, the basketball player, who at that time was the most popular, famous athlete in Greece.“People keep telling me that over and over and over again.”If Galis, now 62, is part of Greece’s sporting folklore, the floppy-haired Tsitsipas wants to be its future. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That daunting but aging duo, along with Novak Djokovic, has reigned over men’s tennis for 15 years, but Tsitsipas is not content to wait for them to retire before he takes his chance.Along with the likes of Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev, Tsitsipas is frequently mentioned among the new generation challenging the supremacy of the “Big Three”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“In order to get higher in the rankings, we have to surpass them and it’s quite a difficult task,” the world number seven told AFP at the Zhuhai Championships.“But we are working on it, by ‘we’ I mean the young guys. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award03:27DOJ: 2,009 GCTA-freed prisoners have surrendered02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man After losing to Djokovic in the final of the Madrid Open in May, the world number one told Tsitsipas: “You are definitely a new star in tennis.”The young Greek, whose parents were both tennis players and his father is now his coach, is at ease with that tag rather than intimidated by it.“I am honored that many players and people and everyone says that I’m the next thing because I remember years ago when no one would really talk about me,” he said.“It’s nice to see that change and see myself growing as a player, and respected and also talked about.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “As my slogan goes, don’t wait for an opportunity, create it.“So I like to go after that and I don’t think it’s right to wait because you kind of surrender when you wait.”Despite his tender years, Tsitsipas has already racked up more than $6 million in career earnings and won three ATP Tour titles. Two came this year.He is the top seed in Zhuhai, southern China, where he was to play France’s unseeded Adrian Mannarino later Thursday.His life has changed as his fame has grown.ADVERTISEMENT PCOO questioned as state-run PTV fails to obtain rights for SEA Games coverage Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Brandon Bates has created a name for himself as some sort of a bruiser for De La Salle, using his hefty 6-foot-7 frame to throw his weight around in the paint this UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Chabi Yo stands at 6-foot-4 and is a natural small forward but due to the Growling Tigers’ lack of size up front, he has to play the center position.UST’s skillful big also had a double-double of 17 points and 17 boards, better numbers than Bates’ but the group result was of bigger importance for the Green Archers.La Salle stayed alive for the Final Four improving to a 6-6 record while UST dropped to 7-6 and failed to lock up a slot in the semifinals.Bates said that the pain from missing the Final Four in Season 81 still lingers.“We’ve all been in that situation before and I’m sure they’ve experienced that in their own way,” said Bates. “We should play with a chip on our shoulder so we’ll take it one step at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT The Green Archers’ center has not had trouble against opposing big men but he had his difficulties against University of Santo Tomas’ Soulemane Chabi Yo.Bates finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, with eight of his boards coming off the offensive glass, pushing harder knowing he had to go the extra mile against the smaller Chabi Yo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I know they’re smaller than me, I don’t really want to say that but I just want to use my height as an advantage because it’s always tough against UST,” said Bates after La Salle’s 80-79 win Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“You got to hit them right back, you can’t back down, that’s it.” Spurs rally to beat Knicks, spoil RJ Barrett’s debut MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man “High level of confidence,” Cole said.Cole threw three-hit ball for seven innings, nicked only by Juan Soto’s home run in the seventh, and struck out nine — eight on breaking balls.Cole’s mix of 99 mph heat and sharp secondary pitches induced a bevy of bad swings from the wild-card Nats as he improved to 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA this postseason. It might’ve been his final start for Houston — he’s eligible for free agency and figures to command a steep price.Standing tall on the mound, Cole was unflappable in the face of 43,910 fans who went from fired up to furious to flat-out frustrated.“He knew what this game meant to this Series,” Hinch said. “So, nobody better to have on the mound.”The crowd gave Ross a huge ovation when he walked onto the field for warmups, sympathetic to his situation — he had pitched a total of two innings in almost a month.But when President Donald Trump was shown on the videoboard for about 10 seconds before the fourth inning, watching from a lower-level suite, the fans let loose with loud boos and broke into a brief but very audible chant of “Lock him up!”The fans weren’t finished, either.Cole ended his outing by getting Victor Robles on a called third strike, a pitch the TV zone showed to be off the plate. Robles chucked his bat, helmet and gloves, and the crowd soon began a derisive chant at umpire Lance Barksdale.“I know there were some choice words but that’s just in the heat of the moment,” Martinez said. Correa made it 4-0 with his homer in the fourth and Yuli Gurriel added a two-out RBI single in the eighth.Springer’s 15th career postseason home run — seven in the World Series for the 2017 Series MVP — finished off the rout.UP NEXTNationals: Strasburg is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA this postseason. He won the wild-card game in relief, then won starts against the Dodgers, Cardinals and Astros. He outpitched Verlander in Game 2, giving up two runs in six innings. Strasburg led the NL with 18 victories this season.Astros: Verlander is the only pitcher to start out 0-5 in the World Series after losing Game 2. He’s made six starts overall in the Fall Classic with a 5.73 ERA. Verlander went 21-6 this year and led the majors in wins, but is 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA in five postseason starts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Something was definitely missing for the Nationals. Namely, Scherzer.The three-time Cy Young Award winner beat Cole in the opener, and was the Nats’ best hope to slow Houston. But then Scherzer was scratched only 3 1/2 hours before game time because of an irritated nerve near his neck, an injury that could finish him for the Series.Slumping rookie Yordan Álvarez and Carlos Correa each hit an early two-run homer off emergency starter Joe Ross. George Springer added another postseason drive for the Astros, who led the majors with a franchise-best 107 wins during the regular season.“We actually hit some balls hard. We really did,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “We just can’t get nothing going these last three days.”With the road team winning every time so far, Houston heads home with two chances to claim its second title in three years. Justin Verlander gets the first try when he starts against Stephen Strasburg in Game 6 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Handed the ball for what was supposed to be a high-stakes showdown against Max Scherzer, Cole gave Houston a firm grip on the Series by beating the Nationals 7-1 Sunday night for a 3-2 lead.Cole looked exactly like the stud who dominated baseball most of this season, bouncing back from a Game 1 clunker to pitch the Astros to their third straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWhat a turnaround for his teammates, too — outscored 17-7 overall at home, Houston hammered the Nationals 19-3 in a Washington wipeout.“We look like ourselves now,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said. Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON — Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros went to Washington, hoping to snap out of their funk and bring the World Series back to Minute Maid Park.Not only are they heading home with more games to play, now they’re just one win from another crown.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Cole acknowledged he finished his outing “with a break.”“It’s tough. I think ultimately some of those pitches were off the plate,” he said.Most fans, meanwhile, stayed to the very end.“They came to support us and really gave us everything they had all the way to the end, all 27 innings. Hats off to them. We apologize that we didn’t give them more to celebrate,” outfielder Adam Eaton said. “It wasn’t that we didn’t try.”Cole led the majors in strikeouts this year, was second to Verlander in wins and topped the AL in ERA. He took a 19-game winning streak into the opener but hardly looked like an October star, giving up five runs over seven uneven innings.In his second shot against the Nationals, he aced the test. Cole escaped a first-and-third, no-out jam in the second, then breezed into the seventh.With two outs and a full count on Ryan Zimmerman, Cole suddenly stepped off the mound — video that quickly made the rounds showed two women right behind the backstop lifting their top to flash Cole. It wasn’t clear whether he saw them, and he walked Zimmerman before getting Robles.Alvarez, normally Houston’s designated hitter, justified his spot in left field in a hurry. He launched a drive to left-center in the second and went 3 for 3.Alvarez hit 27 home runs in 87 games this season, but hadn’t connected in 71 at-bats since Sept. 21.“Obviously we did the job here, which was to win three games. And very happy to go back to Houston and to do my job to hit as a DH,” he said through a translator. 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Nissan is recalling 932 units of entry level car redi-Go from its Datsun brand in India to fix faulty fuel system.ALSO READ:Datsun redi-GO Sport launched in India at Rs 3.49 lakh “Datsun is conducting a voluntary recall campaign on certain India-manufactured Datsun redi-GO vehicles to inspect the fuel hose and fix a clip at no cost to the customer,” Nissan Motor India said in a statement.Datsun will start notifying affected owners from this month.ALSO READ:Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO SportThe recall will affect units manufactured till May 18, 2016, a company official said.The redi-GO hit the market on June 7 this year and has sold over 14,000 units.ALSO READ: Datsun launches GO, GO+ Style editions in India
The most anticipated flagship of the year – Xiaomi Mi 6 was allegedly set to launch today as per a previously leaked Weibo post. But, it didn’t. Well, it seems like the Chinese smartphone maker has now officially confirmed the Mi 6 launch date for April 19. This is no rumour or speculation, as Xiaomi this time confirms the launch of the Mi 6 on their official twitter handle.The tweet posted by Xiaomi reads as follows: “203-day wait for you since our #Mi5s launch, 7 years for Mi. #Mi6 is a guaranteed performance beast. Can’t wait to show you what’s to come!” The tweet comes along with a concept image along with a caption which states: “203 days for you, 7 years for Mi .” The second line is what confirms the launch date, which states, “19 April. Mi 6 Beijing Launch.”203-day wait for you since our #Mi5s launch, 7 years for Mi. #Mi6 is a guaranteed performance beast. Can’t wait to show you what’s to come! pic.twitter.com/hPA60ec8QX- Mi (@xiaomi) April 11, 2017Well, this leaves no sign of confusion any longer. Xiaomi is set to launch their much awaited flagship of the year on April 19 at an event to take place in Beijing. As the post reads, that Mi 6 is a guaranteed performance beast, looks like the smartphone manufacturer holds a lot of expectations with the smartphone.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6 is not launching today, rumours on launch date are wrongFor now, Xiaomi didn’t reveal any further details about the flagship device. However, if the speculations are to be believed, Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835 System on a chip (SoC). The smartphone is further expected to sport a a 5.15-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display or a or QHD panel and run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the box.advertisementThe smartphone is expected to come in two RAM variants – 4GB and 6GB. While on the storage front, Mi 6 will come in three variants, which include 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Further, optics-wise, Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to come loaded with a 19-megapixel camera on the rear which will be coupled with Sony IMX400 sensor and 1/2.3-inch lens, while on the front, the smartphone fits an 8-megapixel Ultra Pixel selfie shooter. No further details about the device have been revealed, but speculations suggest that the smartphone will be juiced by a 3200mAh battery. Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6 launching this month, confirms CEOAlongside the specifications, prices of each variant of the device have been leaked. Speculations suggest that 4GB RAM with 32GB internal storage variant will be available at 1999 Yuan (Rs 18,992), while 4GB RAM with 64GB inbuilt storage will be priced at 2299 Yuan (Rs 21,831) and lastly, the 6GB RAM with 128GB variant will cost around 2699 Yuan (Rs 25,629).As speculated earlier, Mi 6 Plus is also expected to launch alongside Mi 6. However, Xiaomi in its twitter post didn’t mention any details about the Mi 6 Plus launch as of yet. So, whether Xiaomi will also announce the rumours Mi 6 Plus alongside the Mi 6 on April 19 in Beijing is a tough question to answer at the moment.
Opening batsman David Warner (70 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (5/19) dazzled for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they withstood Manan Vohra’s plundering 95 to pip Kings XI Punjab by five runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest on Monday. (Also read: Bhuvneshwar Kumar survives Manan Vohra onslaught to grab maiden five-wicket haul)Warner’s 70 not out lifted Hyderabad to 159/6 in 20 overs. In reply, opener Vohra single-handedly took Punjab on the brink of victory but his 50-ball knock, featuring nine fours and five sixes, couldn’t prevent the visitors from being bowled out for 154 in 19.4 overs. (SCORECARD)Bhuvneshawar starred with the ball, getting five wickets for 19 runs in four overs to keep Punjab at bay as Hyderabad managed to end a two-match losing run at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. (HIGHLIGHTS)However, Bhuvneshawar wouldn’t have got the opportunity to shine had it not been for his captain Warner (70 not out; 54b; 7×4, 2×6) as the others struggled on a slow wicket. (Also read: Mohammad Nabi becomes second Afghanistan cricketer to play in IPL)Warner shared a crucial 60-wicket stand for the fourth wicket with Naman Ojha (34 off 20 deliveries.At the start, medium pacers Mohit Sharma (2/25), Ishant Sharma (0/23) and Sandeep Sharma (1/35) bowled with tight line and length, giving no chance to Hyderabad openers Shikhar Dhawan and Warner to free their arms.With the frustration of not making the most of the Powerplay overs growing, Dhawan edged a high bouncer from medium pacer Mohit Sharma and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha took a comfortable catch on the final ball of the fifth over, with Hyderabad at 25/1.advertisementNew batsman in, Moises Henriques too struggled on a slow track as he played 15 deliveries, scoring nine runs before being stumped by Saha off a delivery from left-arm spinner Axar Patel, leaving Hyderabad at 50/2 in 9.2 overs. Axar dealt another blow in his next delivery by forcing an edge of Yuvraj Singh (0) to Saha.Warner, who was till then grinding out a 24-ball 20, was joined by Naman Ojha in the middle. Ojha decided to take the attack to the opposition and proved to be successful, especially against spinners Axar and K.C. Cariappa.During his 20-ball 34-run cameo, Ojha hit two fours and six to give some sort of thrust to the Hyderabad innings. The partnership between him and Warner provided 60 runs in just 6.1 overs.Warner mixed couple of fours with singles and twos to prop up the Hyderabad innings.But Cariappa got rid of Ojha as the batsman jumped down the track and completely missed the length only to be stumped by Saha.Warner continued to gather runs as he completed his 50 in 45 deliveries. But others continued to struggle at the other end. New batsman, Deepak Hooda (10) couldn’t do much, while Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi scored just two in the three deliveries he faced in his debut.Nabi’s young compatriot, Rashid Khan plundered a six in the final ball of the 20th over to take Hyderabad to 159/6.During the chase, Punjab suffered a poor start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar plumbed Hashim Amla (1) in front of the wickets and removed Glenn Maxwell (10), who offered a catch to Warner at long-off, reducing the visitors to 16/2 in 2.5 overs.But Vohra’s breezy knock helped them recover from it as he and Eoin Morgan (13) forged a 41-run partnership. Morgan’s stay was however cut short as he was bowled by off-spinner Mohammed Nabi, leaving Punjab at 57/1 in 8.1 overs.In the next over, it was the turn of Rashid to deal a quick double blow as he castled David Miller (1) and Saha (0).Vohra continued to be impressive but wickets at the other end kept flowing. Henriques accounted for Axar (7) to put Hyderabad in command, reducing Punjab to 82/6 in 13.4 overs.Later, Vohra turned the heat on the hosts, hitting 20 runs in the 15th over bowled by Barinder Sran. He didn’t stop there, going on to milk 21 run in the following over off Rashid.These two overs brought Punjab’s total to 125/6. There was further drama to follow in the 17th over. While Bhuvneshwar got rid of Mohit (10), Dhawan dropped a catch at cover of Vohra.Vohra hammered another six in the following over of medium pacer Siddharth Kaul as he took his side just 16 runs away at the end of 18th over.Bhuvneshwar then hauled Hyderabad back in the 19th over by removing Cariappa (1) and rattling the stumps of Vohra, leaving Punjab to score 11 runs in the final over.Kaul gave couple of wides in the final over but held his nerve to bowl Ishant (2) and give Hyderabad a five-run win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a horror time in IPL 2017. There is every chance they will finish last in the points table, their major stars have failed to provide any kind of momentum and the others in the line-up fell drastically short of what the team management wanted.However, Virat Kohli, the captain of last year’s star-studded IPL runners-up, said his team laughed off their shortcomings and decided to embrace what has been a forgettable season, learn from their mistakes and move on.”It’s very easy to get frustrated and point fingers when you are not doing well but I think we have embraced and accepted what has happened,” Kohli said at a promotional event in Bengaluru.”We have tried to laugh it off at times. There have been so helpless situations that we have come back to the change room laughing. We could never think we would experience something like this as a team. It can happen to one or two players, but all 11 feeling the same way is rare.”Kohli, who smashed a record-shattering 973 runs last year and blasted four hundreds, managed only 250 from nine matches. He missed the first three to recover from a shoulder injury and his team failed to gather any kind of momentum as time kept running out.Not since 2008 have RCB had to endure such a tough time in the IPL. Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers were major disappointments as was Shane Watson, who conceded it was his worst IPL season ever.advertisementKohli’s next target would be the ICC Champions Trophy, where India are defending champions. He was in exceptional form from January 2016 onwards, scoring runs across all formats, in all conditions and against all kinds of opponents. But there was a bit of a lull in the Test series against Australia. The shoulder injury he sustained in Ranchi did not help.Kohli did come back strongly with a half-century against Mumbai Indians in his first match of the season but managed only two more in eight matches after that.The 28-year-old skipper was under obvious pressure to salvage the situation for his team, like he had done last year. However, this time the story was going to unfold differently and RCB would be swept away by stronger teams, better prepared.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election appeared Friday to have backfired spectacularly, after an exit poll suggested her Conservative Party could lose its majority in Parliament.If confirmed, the result would lead to a period of political uncertainty and could throw Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union into disarray. The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of the announcement.HERE ARE THE THE LATEST DEVEMOPMENTS6 amBritish media are reporting that Conservatives can no longer win an outright majority in Parliament.Sky News reported early Friday that Labour held the seat of Southampton Test, guaranteeing that no party will reach the 326 seats necessary for an overall majority in the 650-seat Parliament.The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, after she called a snap election in the hope of increasing the Conservative majority in Parliament to strengthen her position in Brexit negotiations.___5:20 amBritain’s home secretary has narrowly avoided defeat in the general election, holding on to her seat in Parliament by 346 votes after a recount.In the 2015 election, Amber Rudd won the Hastings and Rye seat in southern England by almost 5,000 votes. But the governing Conservative Party has suffered big losses in the election and is on the verge of losing its parliamentary majority.Several government ministers have lost their seats.The result will heap pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign, and many consider Rudd a potential Conservative leader.She is regarded as having performed well during the campaign, which was marred by deadly attacks in Manchester and London. As home secretary, Rudd is in charge of the police and security services and helped lead the response to the attacks.advertisement4:25 amBritain’s election night has provided fleeting moments of fame for an array of pranksters, jokers and fringe candidates.In each constituency, all the candidates get to line up on stage while the results are announced – often on live television.Prime Minister Theresa May easily won her Maidenhead constituency, but could be about to lose her job if the Conservatives fail to win a majority.She looked grim as her local victory was announced, even while sharing a stage with a man dressed as the Muppet character Elmo (he got three votes), Howling “Laud” Hope of the Monster Raving Loony Party (119 votes) and Lord Buckethead, a towering figure in black with a pail on his head (a resounding 249 votes).3 amBritish ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has lost his seat in Parliament, the biggest figure to fall so far in Britain’s surprising election.Clegg led the Liberal Democrat party through five years of coalition government with the Conservatives until 2015.He lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in northern England to the Labour Party early Friday.The centrist, pro-EU Liberal Democrats had hoped to make big gains in the election by scooping up voters who want to remain in the bloc. But many of those seem to have voted Labour instead.Clegg urged all politicians to try and heal a “deeply divided and polarized nation.”An exit poll predicts the Liberal Democrats will pick up a handful of seats to add to the nine they held before the election. In better news for the Liberal Democrats, former Business Secretary Vince Cable regained the seat he lost in 2015.The Conservatives are projected to be the biggest party but could lose their overall majority.___2:35 amFormer UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says the anti-EU party has a big role to play in politics if the Conservatives fail to get a strong majority ahead of Brexit talks.Farage was instrumental in getting Britain to hold a referendum on European Union membership. He stepped down as UKIP leader after last year’s victory for the “leave” side.UKIP’s vote has collapsed in the election, with former supporters going to both Labour and the Conservatives. The party looks unlikely to win any seats in the House of Commons.Farage told ITV he fears the Labour Party could form a coalition government and hold a second referendum on EU membership. He says in that case “the role of UKIP maybe just beginning.”___1:25 amMore than three hours after polls closed in Britain’s election, the first seat has changed hands, with Labour winning a constituency from the Scottish National Party.Labour, the main opposition party, took Rutherglen and Hamilton West from the pro-independence SNP.Of the other 20-plus seats that have declared, all stayed with the parties that held them before the election.advertisementAn exit poll suggests Labour is on course for a stronger-than-expected result, and Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives could lose their majority in Parliament.That result would be a shock, overturning a big Conservative lead at the start of the campaign.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that “whatever the final result, we have already changed the face of British politics.”___11:40 pmThe northern English city of Newcastle has claimed victory in the race to be the first to declare a result in Britain’s general election.An electoral officer announced that Labour had won the seat of Newcastle Central just before 11 pm (2200GMT) Thursday, less than an hour after polls closed. That was six minutes ahead of the rival northern England seat of Houghton and Sunderland South, which declared first in 2015. That seat also went to Labour.The two cities take the contest to declare first seriously, practicing rapid ballot-counting and rushing ballot boxes from polling stations to the count center.Sunderland uses schoolchildren to run with the boxes, while Newcastle relies on sports students.Ballots are being counted in an early election called by Prime Minister Theresa May, with an exit poll projecting she may lose her majority in Parliament.___11:10 pmOne of Britain’s leading political figures says the exit poll projections following Britain’s election, if accurate, would make it very difficult for a new government to be formed.Former Treasury chief George Osborne, who now edits the Evening Standard newspaper, told ITV the exit poll would be “completely catastrophic” for the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Theresa May if it turns out to be accurate.May called a snap election in hope of increasing the Conservatives’ majority in Parliament and strengthening Britain’s hand in EU exit talks.Osborne said Thursday it would be hard for any party to put together a governing coalition if the poll is accurate.”It’s difficult to see if these numbers were right how they would put together the coalition to remain in office, but equally it’s quite difficult to see how Labour would put together a coalition,” he said.Osborne, a prominent Conservative stalwart, did not seek re-election to Parliament, choosing instead to focus on journalism.___10:40 pmBritain’s election exit poll says the Scottish National Party could lose almost half its seats in Parliament.It forecasts the SNP will get 34 of Scotland’s 59 seats, down from the 56 the pro-independence party won in the 2015 election. The pollsters caution that there is a lot of uncertainty around the forecast.The result comes as the Conservatives, once all-but-extinct in Scotland, make a comeback there.A big loss could complicate the SNP’s plans to push for a new referendum on Scottish independence as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.___10:35 pmThe former communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron says the exit poll result will rock the Conservative Party.Craig Oliver told Sky News Thursday night that if the poll is accurate “there will be deep and lasting shock” in party headquarters as Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an early election seems to have backfired.advertisement”It was the biggest gamble a politician has taken for a long time and if that exit poll is right, it’s failed,” he said.___10:30 pmSenior Labour Party adviser Emily Thornberry says that if the election exit poll is correct then Prime Minister Theresa May should consider resigning.”If it’s true, these are great results,” she said. “If this is right, I think she should consider her position. I think she should go. She has manifestly failed.”Thornberry said May was guilty of showing “great hubris” when she called the snap election.”She was 20 points ahead and thought she could do whatever she wanted with the country and we said, ‘no’ and we meant it.”___10:20 pmNorthern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire says it is “too early to tell” if the exit poll showing the Conservative Party may not get a majority in Parliament will be accurate.”We have to wait for some hard data,” he said Thursday night, suggesting there seemed to be strong Conservative support in key marginal areas.He defended Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an early election and predicted “a long night” before results are clear.___10:15 pmThe pound has fallen sharply after exit polls for Britain’s election forecast that the Conservatives would not get a majority of the seats in the House of Commons.The pound lost more than 2 cents against the dollar within seconds of the exit poll result, falling from $1.2955 to $1.2752 late Thursday.Some investors worry that the lack of a majority for the Conservatives, which are widely expected to top the poll, would weaken the next government’s hand in the upcoming negotiations to leave the European Union.A big majority would provide political certainty for the next five years, giving Prime Minister Theresa May a freer hand in the Brexit negotiations to make the compromises necessary for a deal. She would, the reasoning goes, be able resist calls from some in her party who are prepared to see Britain leave without any sort of trade deal that would provide business easy and cheap access to the EU single market.___10 pmAn exit poll projects that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party will win the biggest share of seats in Britain’s election but could fall short of a majority in Parliament.The survey predicts the Conservatives will get 314 seats and the Labour Party 266.It projects 34 for the Scottish National Party and 14 for the Liberal Democrats.Based on interviews with voters leaving polling stations across the country, the poll is conducted for a consortium of U.K. broadcasters and regarded as a reliable, though not exact, indicator of the likely result.If confirmed the result will be a disaster for May, who called a snap election in the hope of increasing her majority.Polling stations across Britain closed at 10 pm (2100GMT) and ballots are being counted, with results due early Friday.___8:40 pmAmid intermittent rain across the country, Britons have been voting in an election in which security has dominated the final days of the campaign.Experts say Thursday’s blustery weather will likely not keep participation down. A high voter turnout was seen as the best hope of the Labour Party to erode the Conservative majority.The London Bridge attack and the Manchester concert bombing brought security to the forefront. One woman who voted near the site of Saturday’s attack in London said the Brexit vote is not what’s in “the hearts and minds of Londoners.”But the terror threat was far from the only issue. One voter, 68-year-old Mike Peacroft, said that at his age, he’s interested in pensions and health care.Voters are choosing all 650 members of the House of Commons after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, three years ahead of schedule, at a time when her party was well ahead in the polls.___3:45 pmPolice have briefly closed off an area of London near Charing Cross station after a suspicious package was found.The Metropolitan Police said Thursday the incident was not related to terrorism. The package turned out not to be a threat.There have been increased security patrols throughout London since the attack on London Bridge Saturday night, and security has been stepped up in the run-up to the election.___2 pmSo what is Elmo doing at Prime Minister Theresa May’s polling station?The country’s leader was photobombed by a person dressed as the Sesame Street character as she cast her ballot with her husband Philip on the outskirts of Maidenhead, her constituency.The Elmo costume was worn by the mother of Bobby Smith, a fathers’ rights protester, who has used the character to highlight his custody dispute.Smith, 34, a truck driver, adopted the character as the figurehead of his campaign because by combining the first two letters of his two daughters’ first names he could spell Elmo.His case was featured on the website of the campaigning group, Fathers4Justice.___10:15 amMany voters are thinking about security as they cast ballots in Britain’s general election just days after three extremists killed eight people at London Bridge and nearby Borough Market.Polls opened nationwide at 7 am to select lawmakers for the House of Commons. The vote was supposed to be dominated by Britain’s pending departure from the European Union, but voters are anxiously aware of the threat the country faces from international terrorism following attacks in London and Manchester.Voter Rachel Sheard, who cast her ballot at a polling station in Borough High Street, says that while the EU was supposed to be at center stage, “I don’t think that’s in the hearts and minds of Londoners at the minute, (not) nearly as much as the security is.”___7 amPolling stations have opened across Britain in an election to choose a new government.Polls are open from 7 am to 10 pm (0600GMT to 2100GMT) Thursday as voters choose 650 lawmakers for the House of Commons.Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election in hopes of increasing the Conservative Party’s slim majority in Parliament, and strengthening her hand in European Union exit talks.The campaign did not go to plan. May was criticised for lackluster campaigning and two deadly attacks turned the election into a debate about national security.May says the Conservatives will build a “stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain,” while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he would govern “for the many, not the few.”Polls suggest Labour has narrowed the Conservatives’ lead.ALSO READ: Stunning blow for Theresa May as UK exit poll points to no clear winner
Moto C Plus is launching in India on June 19. Ahead of the official launch, the smartphone manufacturer has been tweeting and posting about the device for quite some time now. In a new tweet and also on a Facebook post, Motorola confirms that the upcoming Moto C Plus will be a Flipkart exclusive product.Motorola on Thursday tweets, “Yes, it’s a cool place to be at! The #MotoCPlus will come to you, exclusively on @Flipkart. Stay tuned.” In its earlier tweets the smartphone manufacturer confirms that the upcoming Moto C Plus will run on the latest Android Nougat software. On the other hand, another tweet suggests that the device will come with a massive battery set up. In the tweet the company also mentions that the upcoming Motorola phone will be able to deliver nearly 30 hours of battery backup to the users.Yes, it’s a cool place to be at! The #MotoCPlus will come to you, exclusively on @Flipkart. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/29lsSpWqic- Moto India (@Moto_IND) June 15, 2017To recall, the Moto C Plus was initially launched in the US back in the month of May, alongside the Moto C. Soon after, the company launched a new and cheaper variant of the Moto C in India, similar can be the case with Moto C Plus as well. Motorola could possibly launch a new variant of the Moto C Plus in India. We say this based on the tweets and Facebook posts shared by the company which mentions — “New Moto C Plus coming soon”.advertisementIn terms of specifications, the smartphone was launched with a 5-inch display with 720×1280 pixels resolution. Further, the Moto C Plus runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor which comes coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. On the camera front, Moto C Plus sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear which comes with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, and a LED flash and is backed by a 4000mAh battery. As per the pricing, Moto C Plus was initially launched at a price tag of Rs EUR 119, which is roughly around Rs 8,300. However, like Moto C, the company could bring a new variant of the device for India, probably a much cheaper one.Also Read: Moto C Plus with Android Nougat launching in India on June 19, expected to be priced under Rs 8,000Moto C in India packs a 5-inch FWVGA display with 480×854 pixels resolution. The smartphone runs on Android N operating system, and is powered by a 1.1GHz MediaTek MT6737M quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. On the storage front, the Moto C model comes with 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. As per the camera set up, Moto C comes packed with a 5-megapixel rear sensor and 2-megapixel front facing camera. The primary camera has an image sensor that that packs in 1.4-micron pixels, 74-degree field of view, fixed focus, an LED flash, and 720p video recording. While the selfie snapper comes coupled with a 63-degree field of view, fixed focus, and an LED flash. Further the smartphone is backed by a non-removable a 2350mAh battery, and also comes with capacitive navigation buttons. The 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top of the Moto C, and also supports micro-USB port. Moto C in India is launched in two colour variants — metallic cherry and fine gold.
Portugal international Pepe has signed for Besiktas, the Turkish champions announced on Tuesday, bringing to an end 10 incident-pakced years with Spanish giants Real Madrid.The 34-year-old Brazilian-born defender joined Real from Porto in 2007 for 30 million euros ($34.05 million), winning the Liga title in his first campaign.His contract with Real expired last month and, according to reports in the Turkish media, he will sign a two-year contract with Besiktas.He leaves Real after winning three La Liga titles, two King’s Cup trophies and following three Champions League triumphs, although he missed this year’s European Cup final victory against Juventus due to injury.Pepe gained infamy in his second campaign in Spain for kicking out at Getafe’s Javier Casquero after fouling him and punching Juan Albin in a game in April 2009, earning a 10-game ban, and later said he had “lost control”.He was sent off four times for Real, including a red card for a lunge on Barcelona’s Dani Alves in a Champions League semi-final first leg in 2011, but will be fondly remembered by the Madrid club’s fans for his spirited performances and consistent partnership with Sergio Ramos.Pepe has made 86 appearances for Portugal and was named Man of the Match in the Euro 2016 final win over France.He scored an added time equaliser in Sunday’s Confederations Cup third place playoff game against Mexico to send it into extra time in which the European champions won 2-1.
Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has alleged that the 2011 ICC World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka hosted in Mumbai was fixed and demanded a probe into the matter.According to a report in Sri Lanka’s English newspaper Daily Mirror, Ranatunga, while reacting to former skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s comments on whose behest the 2009 tour of Pakistan was arranged, said: “Sangakkara wants an inquiry into the tour of Pakistan then they should have one. But I think we should also inquire into what happened to the Sri Lanka team during the 2011 World Cup final. I think this is something that the Sports Minister should look into rather than concentrating on fitness issues.””I was on the panel of commentators during this World Cup final, and I was really disappointed with Sri Lanka’s performance,” Ranatunga continued on the 2011 World Cup final, which India won by six wickets.Chasing a total of 274 set by Sri Lanka riding on Mahela Jayawardene’s magnificent 103 not out, India had Gautam Gambhir (97) and skipper Dhoni (91 not out) to thank for the epochal triumph.”I cannot reveal what happened on that day, but I would someday reveal the truth. So, I think we should hold an inquiry into this matter,” the 53-year-old Ranatunga, now Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum and Renewable Resources, told a press conference at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation office in Colombo.Sangakkara, who was captain of the Sri Lanka side that lost to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s India in the April 2 final at the Wankhede Stadium, has asked for an inquiry into why the team was sent to Pakistan when there were no proper answers to security concerns.advertisementIn March 2009, militants attacked the Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.No team has toured Pakistan since.
Jesus Navas has rejoined Sevilla after leaving Manchester City at the end of his contract, the Andalusian club said on Tuesday.The Spanish right winger made his professional debut with Sevilla in 2003 and played 393 games for his hometown club before signing for Manchester City in 2013 for 14.9 million pounds ($19.7 million).Navas, 31, featured 183 times for the English side, scoring eight goals to help them win a Premier League title and two League Cups.”Characterised by his great consistency and enviable physical fitness, Jesus Navas returns home with the firm intention of becoming the player with the most appearances in official games for Sevilla,” Sevilla said in a statement.The record is held by Juan Arza Inigo, who played 419 matches for the club and is Sevilla’s second top scorer of all time with 204 goals.
Tinder confirmed that they are looking to form a partnership with Manchester United ahead of the new Premier League season which is all set to start from August 13.There were widespread rumours that the dating site is looking to tie up a deal with the football giants for a place on the left sleeve of United’s shirt. It was reported that the deal is going to be worth around 12 million pounds a year, which was going to be way more than what teams like Chelsea and Manchester City have secured from their sponsorship deals.However, a Tinder spoksperson said to India Today that even though they’re in talks with the 13-time Premier League champions, the terms are wrong and not finalised yet.”We are in talks with Manchester United to explore potential partnership opportunities. The associated terms and costs have been inaccurately reported, and nothing has yet been finalized. We are excited to see what we can do together.”This comes after the Football Association gave the go-ahead to a sponsor on the left sleeve of the team’s jersey replacing the Premier League logo that used to be there on both the sleeves earlier.Tinder has around 50 million users and almost 1 billion swipes per day are recorded. The site is apparently looking for a more mainstream image and a global following. Hence, the tie up with one of the most followed franchises in the world of sports.Nine clubs have so far agreed deals for sponsors on their left sleeves.advertisementTinder also has an agreement with Serie A side Napoli.This could be effectively United’s fourth signing of the summer after acquiring the services of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic till now.The Red Devils will begin their 2017/18 campaign on August 8 when they take on the UEFA Champions League winners in the Super Cup, which is going to be followed by the first Premier League game on August 13 at Old Trafford against West Ham.
Maria Sharapova is back … in black.The Russian made her return to the U.S. Open, her first Grand Slam event after a 15-month doping ban, in a black dress that featured lace in the sleeveless top and shimmering Swarovski crystals dotting the skirt.Sharapova said in an interview with the Vogue that she and designer Riccardo Tisci chose black for her night matches because it is the same color she wore on her way to her lone U.S. Open title in 2006 and because it evokes the image of “Audrey Hepburn and her classic Givenchy dress.” She said the idea to add the crystals came later.New York, WOW!! How can I sleep after this! @usopen pic.twitter.com/mtIbMEW24f- Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) August 29, 2017Sharapova, whose dress sparkled in the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights, completed the outfit with all-black shoes and a black visor that included a single crystal at the end of the Nike swoosh.Fierce competitors battling for 3 hours on court.This was an opening night match for the ages…#Sharapova #Halep #USOpen pic.twitter.com/Lgt4Y0ptN0- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2017Shimmering crystals or not, something was working for Sharapova. She won her opening-round match over No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.”This girl has a lot of grit and she’s not going anywhere,” @MariaSharapova after her win over (2) Halep tonight.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/UAyA9hyBoi- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2017An extremely emotional @MariaSharapova ends a three-set marathon vs second seed Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. #USOpen @MBUSA pic.twitter.com/0SLN8Zrrwxadvertisement- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2017
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni share a very good bond and that was on display at the Wankhede where India and New Zealand are playing the first of the three-match ODIs series.It’s a hot and humid afternoon in Mumbai and it’s not easy out there.The India captain was seen plucking something out of MSD’s eyes during the break between the 30th and 31st over.The Bromance ??? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HBhP0dhYPl- BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017The 36-year-old was seen rubbing his eyes when Kohli approached Dhoni and lent a helping hand to the World Cup winning skipper.Earlier, Dhoni recieved a ‘warm’ welcome when he walked in after the fall of Dinesh Karthik’s wicket in the 29th over. But his innings didn’t last long as Dhoni fell for a 42-ball 25 in the 41st over.A standing ovation for @msdhoni as he walks into bat at the Wankhede Stadium #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HCrcYLoiz8- BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017Meanwhile, it was another day in the office for Kohli as he completed his 31st ODI ton to overtake Ricky Ponting and go second on the list of the most hundreds scored in ODIs. He is behind Sachin Tendulkar now, who has 49 tons in the 50-over format.Kohli, who is playing his 200th ODI today is also the leading run-scorer in 2017 in ODIs, with five hundreds and eight fifties. He is the second batsman after AB de Villiers to score a hundred in his 200th ODI.
It was the end of an era as Ashish Nehra bid farewell to cricket as India recorded a resounding 53-run victory over New Zealand in the first of three T20I series at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.Fans turned up in huge numbers and cheered for Nehra, whose 18-year international career came to a triumphant end on Wednesday night.Nehra bowled four overs and finished with 0/29 as captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried the left-arm pacer on their shoulders after India recorded their first-ever victory over New Zealand in T20 internationals.While his current and former teammates paid rich tributes to Nehra, his good friend Yuvraj Singh said the 38-year-old was “an extremely honest man” in a Facebook post titled — Resilience of Mr Ashish Nehra.”Ashish Nehra – The first thing that I can say about my buddy Ashu is that he is an extremely honest man…woh dil ka bahut saaf aadmi hai. Perhaps only a holy book is more honest than him,” Yuvraj wrote.Yuvraj further revealed that it was former skipper Sourav Ganguly who gave Nehra the nickname ‘Popat’.”Sourav Ganguly gave Ashu the nickname Popat as he talked a lot. I mean he can talk even under water! Plus he is hilarious. For me he doesn’t need to speak, there is something about his body language that is so funny. Agar aap Ashish Nehra k saath ho to aap ka din kharaab nahin jaa sakta…NO CHANCE. Wo banda aap ko hassa-hassa k gira dega (You can never have a bad day if you are with Ashish Nehra…NO CHANCE. He will make you fall on the floor laughing at his jokes),” he said.advertisementNehra bows out as India’s third highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah with 34 wickets from 27 matches.#ThankYouAshishNehra pic.twitter.com/pFqybGkFXJ- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017He was successful in one-day cricket too with 157 wickets in 120 matches. Nehra’s most iconic moment on the field for India came during the 2003 World Cup against England when his 6/23 helped India to a comprehensive win.How’s that for footy skills from our very own Nehraji? What do you make of that @YUVSTRONG12 😉 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/YaTeJk5d0t- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017Nehra played a stellar role for India eight years later in the 2011 World Cup semi-final, picking up 2/33 against Pakistan. Incidentally, that happens to be his final one-day international.After years of toil, Nehra walks away from the game with a tally of 235 wickets from 164 matches across formats in international cricket.Farewell to the man of the moment – Ashish Nehra #ThankYouAshishNehra pic.twitter.com/onuPCxU4r6- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017
NEW YORK — Deron Williams had the Brooklyn Nets speeding toward a Game 7 when suddenly everything stopped.He had just crashed to the court with what looked like yet another ankle injury. Kevin Garnett waved for help, and Williams slowly began limping back toward the bench. Then he decided to stay in.For all the big names and big salaries on the Nets, Williams knows they aren’t going anywhere unless he leads them.Williams shook off his second-half injury to score 23 points and Brooklyn forced a seventh game in its first-round series by beating the Toronto Raptors 97-83 on May 2.“I think that just shows leadership and toughness, and that’s what he did tonight for us,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.Despite spraining his left ankle early in the third quarter, Williams dominated his matchup with Kyle Lowry and helped the Nets put it away with a 3-pointer with 1:13 left that made it 92-79.Game 7 is May 4 in Toronto, with the winner advancing to face the defending champion Miami Heat.It became the fourth first-round series ticketed for a do-or-die game in these playoffs, with the Atlantic Division champion Raptors trying to get by a Nets team that still has a chance to reach the high expectations it had entering the season.But it can’t be done without Williams, who has scored 20 points in all three Netsvictories in the series.“I know myself, I needed to be more aggressive after the last two losses,” Williams, who has battled ankle problems the last two seasons, said after limping up to the postgame podium.“In the three games we’ve won, I’ve been really aggressive getting into the paint, making things happen, not only scoring the ball but making the extra pass,” Williams added, “and so I know that’s what my team needs so me to do.”DeMar DeRozan scored 28 for the Raptors, who will have to go the distance if they are to win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history. They haven’t won any postseason series since 2001, and never really had a chance to wrap this one up after falling behind by 26 points.“We should’ve known they were going to come out throwing haymakers and we weren’t ready for it until the second half,” DeRozan said.Lowry shot 4 of 16 for 11 points after scoring 36 in the Raptors’ Game 5 victory. He was the only other Toronto player in double figures.Joe Johnson had 17 points and Garnett 13 for the Nets, who will play in a Game 7 for the second straight season. They fell to Chicago last year on their home floor and will try to win it this time in Toronto, where they won Game 1.Alan Anderson had nine points and nine rebounds for the Nets after Kidd shook up his starting lineup, inserting Anderson over Shaun Livingston.After ringing up a franchise playoff-record 44 points in fourth quarter of a Game 5 comeback that fell short, the Nets carried that momentum into this one, making 11 of their first 15 shots in what became a 34-point opening period.“Tonight, they got their foot on the pedal a lot quicker than we did,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.The Nets were still leading comfortably when Williams went down on a drive to the basket just over 2 minutes into the second half, crashing to the court behind the basket. Kidd motioned for Williams to stay in to shoot the free throws so he would be eligible to finish the game, and the crowd loudly cheered as the point guard tried to walk it off.He made one of them, then nailed a 3-pointer from the corner before Anderson’s basket pushed the lead to 68-43. The lead was still 22 early in the fourth before an 11-0 run by Toronto cut it to 84-73 with 7:40 remaining.Facing an early exit that would’ve turned this $180 million team into a first-round flop, Brooklyn hit the Raptors with an 18-5 burst that made it 32-16. Then, leading by 12 in the second, the Nets ran off nine straight points, Andray Blatche’s follow shot making it 51-30 with 4:26 remaining in the half.Anderson had the final two baskets of the half, including a jumper at the buzzer that made it 60-41.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID — It feels like so long ago, though it’s been only a decade.The U.S. was the three-time defending Olympic champion, but had become a mess of a basketball program. The Americans had embarrassed themselves at home in the 2002 world championship, and when they haphazardly put together their team for the 2004 Olympics, nobody should have been surprised if they lost.That’s exactly what happened. Puerto Rico blew them out 92-73 in their opener.Now the Americans run perhaps the most stable program in the world, gold medalists at both the men’s and women’s, senior and junior levels. Yet Mike Krzyzewski will prepare as if their opener in Rio de Janeiro is as uncertain as the one in Athens.“I think we can lose our next game,” Krzyzewski said. “I mean, that’s the way we prepare because we know how good everyone is.”The Americans are the best, proving that again with a 129-92 victory over Serbia on Sept. 14 to win the Basketball World Cup.That gave the U.S. consecutive world titles to go with its back-to-back Olympic gold medals. The Americans have won with powerhouse rosters in the Olympics and beatable ones in the worlds, and they could go to Brazil with their best one yet.LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul would be welcomed back if they want a shot at a third straight Olympic gold. Kevin Durant and Kevin Love might want to return after pulling out this summer.And there are plenty of guys on this year’s team who showed they will earn consideration, from tournament MVP Kyrie Irving and fellow guards James Harden, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to forwards Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried.And don’t forget how much better Derrick Rose could be in two years after struggling during this tournament in his return after missing most of the last two seasons following two knee operations.If nobody could beat a depleted U.S. team this summer, how could anyone touch that team in 2016? “If we come back with a lack of focus,” Curry said.“We can’t take anything for granted. This is big-time competition, teams recharge and refuel in these two years and get ready for the Olympics. So if we — whatever group suits up and flies down to Brazil for the Olympics — if we’re not prepared with the same mentality that we had here and Istanbul and London and Beijing, we’re capable of being beaten. So we have to come with that same focus and energy that we did and keep this dominance going.”This was supposed to be the summer where it could end. Spain had nearly beaten stronger U.S. teams in the last two Olympic gold-medal games, and this time would have home-court advantage and a roster of all the players it wanted while the Americans would settle for whoever would come.Another matchup in the gold-medal game was widely expected until France stunned the Spaniards in the quarterfinals.“Spain’s a magnificent program, a magnificent team, and it just takes one bad day. One bad day. And so what we’re trying to do is make sure we don’t have bad days,” Krzyzewski said. “And so far it’s worked out.”The Americans have had only one under Krzyzewski and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, a loss to Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship, their first tournament. They have won 63 straight, counting exhibitions, and are 74-1 since Colangelo took control and revamped the program.The U.S. always had the best possible talent, even when it was losing six times between 2002 and ’04. Now the Americans may also have the best leadership and infrastructure, and it’s made the gap with the rest of the world seem larger than ever.There will be 11 spots open in 2016, assuming Colangelo sticks to his previous plan to save a spot for Paul George, who broke his right leg during training for this tournament.It’s hard to envision any challenger to whatever team is picked, with Spain and Argentina getting old, and Serbia and Lithuania maybe a little young. Maybe France, which followed last year’s European title with a bronze in Madrid even without Tony Parker, could be the team if the San Antonio Spurs point guard returns.But even after watching this team average 104.6 points and win by 33 per game, Krzyzewski will insist it’s possible.“I think one of the reasons we’ve won is because we do have that respect. We know how good everyone is. It’s beautiful basketball,” he said. “We prepare like crazy and we learned from the international community. We get better.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Giorgos Tzavelas and Facundo Pereyra scored a goal each to lead PAOK to a 2-1 victory at Levadiakos in the Greek league on Dec. 21.Tzavelas opened the scoring in the 11th and Pereyra added another in the 51st. Emmanuel Kone pulled one back in the 80th and Levadiakos missed several chances to level in the last 10 minutes.Both teams played with 10 men from the 23rd, when Tzavelas and Levadiakos’ Vangelis Mantzios were sent off for shoving each other.Levadiakos missed a number of big chances to equalize, but PAOK held on for a critical win. But the other big event of the night came when Olympiakos player Eric Abidal got a standing ovation from fans of both teams as he played his last game of his career, only four months after joining the team.PAOK remains a point ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, which won 5-0 at Kalloni on Dec. 20. Asteras Tripolis beat Xanthi 2-1 to keep third.Also, Ergotelis beat Giannena 2-1, and Atromitos drew 2-2 at Panionios. Panetolikos vs. Niki Volos was cancelled because Niki owes money to two former players. Panetolikos was handed a 3-0 win and Niki was decked three points.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shares