Ruthless Chelsea fight back to sink Manchester City

first_imgChelsea took down another major rival en route to an eighth straight win in the English Premier League by rallying for a 3-1 win at Manchester City, which finished with nine men after late red cards to Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho.Diego Costa was the architect of the turnaround, equalising in the 60th minute with a league-high 11th goal of the season before setting free substitute Willian for the second goal in the 70th at Etihad Stadium. Eden Hazard clinched victory in the 90th.In a chaotic ending, City had two players sent off in injury time – Aguero for a lunge on David Luiz and Fernandinho moments later for pushing Cesc Fabregas by the neck over the advertising hoardings in the ensuing melee. (Also read: Manchester City have steel to win title, says Raheem Sterling)Since losing 3-0 to Arsenal on September 24, Chelsea has picked up maximum points, including come-from-behind wins over title rivals Tottenham and City in the space of a week.Chelsea opened up a four-point cushion over City after 14 games.City took the lead through Gary Cahill’s own goal on the stroke of halftime and will bemoan the failure of the referee to miss Luiz’s apparent shove on Aguero in the 30th when the Chelsea defender was last man.That perhaps explained the late challenge on Luiz by a frustrated Aguero, who has now been dismissed twice this season.The heavyweight clash ended up hinging on a three-minute period when City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne somehow struck the bar from close range before Costa equalized against the run of play.advertisementIt was pure opportunism from Antonio Conte’s visitors, who were under pressure for much of the game but always looked dangerous on the break with the pace of Hazard and the ruggedness of Costa. They scored from all three of their shots on target.There’s no doubt that City’s opening goal was a lucky break, but it was fully deserved after waves of attacks at the end of the first half.Cahill lunged at Jesus Navas’ right-wing cross with his wrong leg and the ball reared up and flew into the top corner. The England defender lay with his face in the turf in despair.Cahill rectified his mistake early in the second half when he cleared off the line a shot from Aguero, who seized on Marcos Alonso’s weak back-pass and rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.With City pushing forward, De Bruyne crashed a finish off the top of the crossbar from inside the six-yard box after meeting Navas’ cross.Then City fell apart.Fabregas picked out Costa with a superb diagonal pass, and the Spain striker chested the ball inside Nicolas Otamendi and finished low past Claudio Bravo.Costa played an integral role in the winner, beating Otamendi – who dived into the tackle rashly – in the center of the field and setting free Willian, who ran clear and drove a shot across Bravo into the corner.The third goal came from another counterattack as City piled forward, this time Hazard outpacing Aleksandar Kolarov and smashing a finish past Bravo.Much has been made of the renewal of the managerial rivalry between City’s Pep Guardiola and Man United’s Jose Mourinho this season but it seems Guardiola rates Conte as his biggest managerial rival, having described the Italian as a “master tactician” and “maybe the best” manager in the world.This defeat shows just why.last_img read more

Day-night Test: Morne Morkel leaves Zimbabwe reeling after South Africa declare at 309/9

first_imgMorne Morkel ran through Zimbabwe top order to leave the visitors reeling on the first day of the day-night Test at Port Elizabeth. (Scorecard)Morkel picked up three wickets to reduce Zimbabwe to 30/4 at the close of play on the first day of the four-day contest after South Africa declared their first innings at 309 for nine.Morkel removed Zimbabwe’s most experienced batsman Hamilton Masakadza with the first ball of their innings and Chamu Chibhabha and Brendan Taylor were also dismissed as the visitors made a tentative start under lights.Craig Ervine was also out to Vernon Philander, leaving debutant Ryan Burl (15) and nightwatchman Kyle Jarvis to see out the day.Aiden Markram scored 125 and AB de Villiers chipped in with a half century as South Africa opted to bat in the first-ever four-day Test and looked to be on course for a big score.But after amassing 251 runs for the loss of four wickets, the hosts lost five wickets in adding only an additional 58 runs after the dinner break before deciding to Test Zimbabwe with the pink ball in their first Test under lights.Masakadza was trapped lbw and Morkel had Chibhabha caught at second slip by Temba Bavuma and Taylor taken behind without scoring.Zimbabwe will start the second day 279 runs behind, seeking to avoid being asked to follow on.The 23-year-old Markram confirmed his potential with a second ton in his third Test as he led from the top of the innings, featuring in a 72-run opening stand with Dean Elgar (31).advertisementDe Villiers got much more work than he would have expected on his return to the Test arena after a hiatus of almost two years after taking time off from the first class game.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

IPL 2019: Try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh Karthik

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik said it’s important to make sure his teammates are healthy and in “a great space”, especially when the team is going through a lean patch in a “high octane” tournament like Indian Premier League (IPL).Karthik said he makes it a point to keep negative stuff like back-biting and bickering away from the KKR camp.Karthik’s comments came after Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their six-match losing streak with a 34-run win over Mumbai Indians on Sunday and kept their chances of qualifying for IPL 2019 playoffs alive.”It’s a high-pressure sport, a high octane tournament and you’ve got to make sure everybody’s in a great space, give them the best chance to do well and stay healthy. A lot of bickering and back-biting can go on in these sorts of situations. I’m very aware of it and make sure nothing like that happens,'” Karthik said.The KKR captain added: “At the end of the day, it’s a game. You play the best that you can. You need to keep a smile. You need to be nice to others. Everybody’s trying hard. I always believe that at the end of the day it’s a game. We all go back home and we need to be happy.”I think they need to make sure they have a great experience playing with me. It shouldn’t be all about, ‘oh that guy was so bad when we lost’. I was very aware of that.”Captain Karthik has been under the pump over several tactical decisions he has taken in IPL 2019. KKR started the season with a bang but slumped to six successive defeats and were in danger of crashing out early until Sunday.advertisementKarthik was questioned over his decision to not give Andre Russell an opportunity at the top of the batting order. Russell himself had said that KKR need flexibility when it comes to batting positions in crunch matches.In the lead up to the must-win match against Mumbai, Russell pointed out how difficult it has been for KKR stars to deal with the losing streak.Russell, who has been in the form of his life, was sent in to bat at No. 3 vs Mumbai Indians on Sunday. The West Indies big-hitter made full use of the opportunity and smashed a 40-ball 80 as KKR posted 232 on the board.Similarly, Shubman Gill, whom many felt was being wasted down the order, came out to open and smashed his career-best IPL score of 76 from just 45 balls.Can’t say I should have been given a chance at the top earlier: GillSpeaking to the media after his match-winning knock, Shubman Gill defended the team’s move to use him as a floater, saying first-choice openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have been in good form for KKR in IPL 2019.”Lynn has been opening for so long so we can’t push him down the order and Narine has been doing very well too. So, I can’t say that I should have been given a chance at the top of the order earlier but I am happy that I have the opportunity now and I capitalised on it,” Gill said.Having clinched a crucial win over MI, KKR have manged to live to fight another day. Karthik’s men will next take on Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in their last two matches on the road and anything but a win can end their playoff chances.Also Read | Andre Russell’s wife on KKR star’s masterclass vs MI: Knew you were going to do thatAlso Read | Happy I capitalised on the opportunity to open for KKR, says Shubman GillAlso See:last_img read more

Ready for action to retrieve PoK Army chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Thursday that the army is prepared for an operation to retrieve Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the clutches of Pakistan, if the government wants so. Rawat was replying to a media query on Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s statement who said that the next agenda of the government is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India. “All actions are decided upon by the central government. Agencies working under the government have to act in accordance with its directions… the Army remains always prepared for any kind of action,” Rawat told the media. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Earlier, Singh, who is Minister of State in PMO and also holds independent charge of the DONER ministry, had made the statement on PoK while talking about achievements of the Modi government after 100 days of its formation. “Now, the next agenda is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India. It’s not only me or my party’s commitment, but it’s a part of a resolution unanimously passed by Parliament in 1994 during Congress government headed by P.V. Narasimha Rao,” Singh had said in Jammu.last_img read more

Amendment Would Offer Congress a Role in Commissary Exchange Consolidation Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an attempt to slow a Pentagon plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency, lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee last week added an amendment to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring the department to assess the feasibility of creating a single military resale organization. The provision calls for DOD to prepare by Jan. 1, 2019, a financial assessment, a business case analysis, and “organizational, operational, and business model integration plans” for consolidating the commissary and exchange systems, reported Military Times. It also would bar the department from using congressional funding to carry out a merger. DOD already had been planning to launch a task force in July to look at the business case for merging the systems; officials also have prepared a legislative proposal needed to go ahead with a consolidation. But lawmakers want to have input on the process. “The fear is that DOD has already worked out the answer to the equation,” a congressional aide said. “We believe there needs to be more of a participative process. … There’s a lot to consider here.”Photo by Michael Strasserlast_img read more

YouTube comments hidden by default in companys new test

first_imgWill YouTube say no comments? Sergei Konkov/Getty Images YouTube’s comments section can be a mix between no man’s land in a war zone and the Wild West. Translation: The place can be dangerous. So instead of making you read what the New Statesman called “the worst of the internet,” YouTube is working on a new feature that would hide comments by default.YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but it confirmed the test in a statement to TechCrunch on Friday. “This is one of many small experiments we run all the time on YouTube, and we’ll consider rolling features out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments,” the Google-owned site told the publication. XDA developers had spotted the test in India on Wednesday. You have to scroll past engagement buttons and recommended videos to find the comments section on Android and iOS now, but the new test reportedly hides the comments section entirely. Comments would instead be accessible by clicking a new icon, beneath the video and to the right of the thumbs-down icon. Comments could also be found by scrolling past the recommended videos, like before, but you’d have to tap to see them. It remains to be seen whether a user’s engagement with a video would drop if comments were hidden.  Comment YouTube banning supremacist and hoax videos, Amazon unveils… CNET Apps Today Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: 1:12 1 Mobile Software Mobile Apps YouTubelast_img read more

After Air Pegasus Air Costa halts operations over payment issues

first_imgFinancial crunch is making it tough for regional airlines providing connectivity to smaller towns to conduct their operations. On Thursday, Air Costa became the second regional airline to halt its operations.The Vijayawada-based carrier had received a licence to operate flights across the country last year. However, owing to non-payment of dues, its flights were cancelled for a day. “There are some payment issues with our lessor GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), which are being sorted out. Tomorrow i.e. on August 5, we will start our operations as scheduled,” an Air Costa spokesperson said on Thursday.The airline covers six Indian states — Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan and Gujarat. It flies 24 flights daily to nine destinations and is reportedly planning to start operations from Varanasi and Delhi in the near future.Air Costa is the second regional airline to cancel its operations after Bangalore-based Air Pegasus, which had cancelled its flights last month. Air Pegasus, which has a fleet of three aircraft, had suspended its operations for an indefinite period after its lessor took back the aircraft due to financial reasons.The civil aviation ministry said on Thursday that it would examine the feasibility of any assistance if there is a request from the regional airlines.”If they (Air Costa and Air Pegasus) approach us, we will examine…what is feasible and what is not. But as of now they have not approached us,” RN Choubey, the Civil Aviation Secretary, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India. The government’s initiative to provide regional connectivity to every Indian was unveiled in the new civil aviation policy, which was released on June 15. Under the new guidelines, regional airfares will now be capped at Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 1,200 for one-hour and a 30-minute flights, respectively.last_img read more

Get some France in your system Delhi

first_imgAfter a successful stint in 2009, Bonjour India is back with its second edition in India.This three-month event from January to April will take place across the country over 16 cities. Organised by the Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde, in association with the Alliance Française India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), this event is something they have been planning for two years. Speaking at the unveiling of the Bonjour India website, H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France said: ‘Bonjour India is an invitation to discover and re-discover France through its whole artistic dimension. As a real cultural dialogue between French and Indian artists, Bonjour India shows the friendship that links France and India.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Max Claudet, director, Institut Français en Inde, cultural counsellor French Embassy in India  highlighted the programmes scheduled and also gave an insight into the main purpose behind  the festival.He said: ‘The event will be inaugurated by Luminocity, by light sculptor Patrick Rimoux and Nandita Palchoudhuri in Delhi and Mumbai, also Ballet Preljocaj on the stage designed by Subodh Gupta as part of an exchange between India and France in the field of art, literature, cinema, education, sports, architecture, fashion, photography and performing arts.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe programme will kickoff with contemporary ballet, and then, One thousand years of peace by Bolshoi Theatre, and a grand show by Subodh Gupta, an aerial acrobatic show, Flying Angels, and a multidisciplinary show, Luminocity. In the dance section, there will be urban ballet Ganga, a choreographic piece uniting poetry, music and dance. In the music section, there will be a concert of sarod and symphony orchestra with electronic music. Composer Pierre Thilloy and Avignon Symphony Orchestra will  be in  performance with sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Pain and Pleasure at the Court of Versailles is a Baroque music presentation by Amarillis ensemble. Christohe Chassol Indiamore and Scratch Bandits crew will also be performing.Gates to India Song will be a love story performed by Marguerite Duras with Indian artist Nandita Das. For visual arts, there are installations and interactive choreographic navigations called Bangalore Fictions, France Heritage bringing in the historical landmarks of France, Quintessence will showcase paintings by  Dominique Paulin and  photographs by Michel Kirch. There will also be exhibitions on urban development and sustainable architecture, photography and painting exhibitions by Anay Mann and Gigi Scaria, respectively revisiting French heritage in India,.Another aspect of this event will be the strong presence of French literary circle at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The celebrated Albert Camus’ birth centenary will also be celebrated across India through the event. Gear up Delhi.DETAILAt: 16 cities across IndiaWhen: January to April 2013last_img read more

Sri Lanka navy arrests 24 TN fishermen

first_imgThe Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday arrested 24 fishermen from here and also chased away at gun point several others for allegedly fishing in Lankan waters near Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits.More then 3,000 fishermen in 600 boats had put out to sea from here last night. The Lankan navy personnel came in 10 patrol boats and sea bikes, threatened the fishermen and arrested 24 of them besides chasing away others at gun point, fishermen organisation leaders S Emerite and Sagayaraj said. The fishermen were fishing near Katchatheevu in Palk Straits, they said claiming the fishermen were fishing in traditional waters. On October 10, the navy personnel had arrested 19 fishermen from Nagapattinam district on charges of violating the International Maritime Boundary Line prompting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take up the continued arrests of state’s fishermen at a high political level with Sri Lanka.  In another instance on October 2, seven fishermen from Rameswaram had been arrested by Lankan naval personnel off Katchatheevu islet for allegedly crossing the IMBL and fishing in their waters.last_img read more