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Civil bodies, Delhi govt not working to maintain cleanliness:

first_imgVijay GoelNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed his unhappiness over insanitation in the city and alleged that the civic bodies and Delhi government “do not work” to maintain cleanliness.”They do not work. MCD does not work, PWD and Delhi government do not work. Its such a big system that if everyone does work cleanliness can be maintained,” Goel said at an award function to felicitate persons associated with cleanliness movements in the country.Highlighting the achievements of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Goel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent across a “message” and now people have started thinking about cleanliness.”The Prime Minister has given a message. People have started thinking about things like littering. Even if you dont pick up a piece of paper and lodge it in a dustbin you think it should be there,” he said.Emphasising the role of people in realising the dream of clean India, the Minister said that he himself dreamt of a project wherein a special 15-day campaign was launched by all the agencies including MCDs, NDMC, and DDA to make the city clean.Many representatives of NGOs working in the field of sanitation in different parts of the country were felicitated by the Minister during the programme organised by Delhi Study Group. PTI VIT IKAlast_img read more

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Delhi Half Marathon amidst high pollution

first_imgAs many as 34,000 professional and ordinary runners are participating in the Delhi half marathon this Sunday. But with pollution levels still hovering around the very poor mark, many are asking if the health benefits of running a marathon are being outweighed by health risks of running right now.Environmental activist Jai Dhar Gupta in fact filed a petition in the Supreme court on Friday to bring the issue to notice. After speaking to many parties associated with the event, like the organisers, Airtel and even Max Hospitals, who are the official medical partners of the race, Gupta felt their last resort was to file a petition even if too late in the day.In the event that organisers themselves didn’t see reason to postpone the event, he felt at least the court can ask authorities to issue proper advisories to warn delhiites.”This is personal to me. My lungs were compromised when I was training for a marathon three years ago. We want people to see that this is not corporate responsibility but corporate irresponsibility. Our city in under an environmental emergency and running a marathon right now can cause significant damage.”  Former media professional, Ravina Raj Kohli was a co-petitioner with Gupta and while they didn’t get a hearing, she says that just registering a protest of this sorts was important to make people understand the issue and they will continue to pursue it to ensure in future guidelines are set. “I felt people knew the hazards but were not listening. Heavy worded advisories that don’t even reach the people are not enough. The government can use it’s machinery to ensure people are made aware. People may think they are indulging in a healthy activity but this is not healthy right now.”advertisement”Small changes could have been done like doing away with the race for elderly and children. Like changing the time from 8 am, when levels are really poor, to something less dangerous like noon,” she added.On Friday itself though, the Delhi High court did ask the Delhi govt to actively issue an advisory on running in prevalent conditions while hearing a larger pollution crisis matter. The court noticed that levels are 4 times of prescribed standards.Friday average numbers of particulate matter 2.5 (155 gm-3) and 10 (318 gm-3) continued to be in the very poor to poor range. And that is the same forecast for the coming three days too, coinciding with the marathon. Exposure to fine particles can cause short-term health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Exposure to fine particles can also affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.last_img read more

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Mohali Test: Ravichandran Ashwin’s triple strike leaves England in a spin

first_imgRavindra Jadeja led India’s strong lower-order batting display with a career-best 90 before spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin wrecked England’s top order to put the hosts firmly in charge of the third Test on Monday. (SCORECARD)Jadeja fell agonisingly short of his maiden Test century but shared 75-plus partnerships with Ashwin and Jayant Yadav to give India, who were all out for 417, a handy first-innings lead of 134 runs.Ashwin struck three times in the final session as England, 1-0 down in the five-match series, slumped to 78/4 at the end of third day, still 56 runs behind.Joe Root was unbeaten on 36 at the close with nightwatchman Gareth Batty on nought and the touring side face an uphill battle to save the match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.Resuming on 271/6, India needed four overs to erase the 12-run first-innings deficit before their lower order batsmen led them to a substantial lead.Ben Stokes, who produced a lion-hearted effort with the ball to claim 5-73, earned a breakthrough when he dismissed Ashwin for 72, a composed knock including 11 fours.The Ashwin-Jadeja stand was worth a match-high 97 runs and Jadeja went on to complete his third test fifty, celebrating with his trademark swirling of the bat, before accelerating and smacking four boundaries in one Chris Woakes over.Aggression proved his downfall, however, as Jadeja stepped out to Adil Rashid and holed out in the deep to depart after an entertaining 170-ball knock that included 10 fours and a six.Jadeja added 80 runs with Jayant, who made 55, his maiden Test fifty.advertisementEngland opener Haseeb Hameed was struggling with a finger injury sustained in the first innings and Root opened the innings with Alastair Cook.Cook survived two reviews but could not capitalise, Ashwin pushing a delivery through the England captain’s defence to bowl him for 12.Moeen Ali chipped Ashwin to Jayant at mid-on, Jonny Bairstow fell caught behind to Jayant and Ashwin dismissed Ben Stokes for five to put India in a dominant position.last_img read more

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Racquet sports better for longer life: Study

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Nov 30 (PTI) Activities like tennis, swimming and aerobics have emerged as better sports for a longer and healthier life than football and jogging, according to a new study.Researchers of Oxford University found that people who played racquet sports such as tennis, squash or badminton slashed their risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by 56 per cent.Swimming cut the risk by 41 per cent and aerobics by 36 per cent. No such benefits were seen in people who listed football, rugby or running as their main exercise.”We think racquet sports not only offer the usual physiological benefits but also offer additional mental health and social benefits perhaps unique to these sports, Charlie Foster, associate professor of Physical Activity and Population Health at Oxford University said. “We had a younger group of team sports players and runners and we may not have enough deaths to see a difference at this point in time, another five years and we will know with more precision,” he said.”One theory might be the team players struggle to graduate to new sports or activities once they stop playing, so they lose the benefits of their active younger days,” he added.The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine this week and conducted by scientists from the UK,Finland and Austria,followed more than 80,000 people for an average of nine years to find out if certain sports protected them against early death.It found that people who play team sports when younger often do not move onto a new sport once their teams disband for family, or injury reasons.advertisementThey become spectators rather than participants in their chosen activity.”There is a certain age limit to how well you can play football or rugby, or go running, to get the needed health benefits. People tend to move on from team sports to other forms of exercise when they get a bit older and their knees wear out. You cant store the benefits of sport done in your youth,” Foster said.The researchers believe that some sports, such as running or football, may also be affected by seasonality or weather which means participants do not keep them up all year round, which limits their long-term benefits.”These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health,? the authors of the study said. PTI AK AJR AKJ AJRlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni may play warm-up matches against England before ODI series

first_imgIndia’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will hopefully get a chance to play atleast a couple of warm-up matches before the England ODI series starting in Pune on January 15. (Kohli’s batting average better than Tendulkar, Dravid as Test captain)Before the start of the limited overs series, England are scheduled to play warm-up matches (50 overs) against India A on January 10 and 12 at the CCI ground in Mumbai.Dhoni, who has not been playing since the home series against New Zealand in October, would have gone into the ODI series without proper game time for 77 days. (No similarities in playing style between me and Kohli: Tendulkar)Dhoni has been training regularly with the Jharkhand Ranji team which has qualified for the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy.However JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma had made it clear that Dhoni was only a ‘mentor’ to the team and will not be donning whites since he has already retired from Test cricket.It will be interesting to see whether the selectors also pick young Rishabh Pant as a back-up or a pure wicketkeeper knowing his big hitting skills in domestic cricket. (Parthiv Patel retained for Mumbai Test, Ishant Sharma released )It will not be a bad idea if both Dhoni and his heir apparent play in the same game which could be a treat for the handful who will be attending the match.last_img read more

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Fabinho: I’m still adapting to Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has admitted that he is still adapting to the way Jurgen Klopp wants him to play for the Reds but says he is “on the right track”.The former Monaco man, who arrived at Anfield for a fee in the region of £43 million ($58m) in the summer, has now made three consecutive starts for the Reds after a slow start to his time on Merseyside.Klopp was reluctant to throw Fabinho in at the deep end, claiming that he felt the midfielder needed time to fully adjust to his preferred style of play. The 25-year-old only made his full Premier League and Champions League debuts for the club towards the end of October. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But with injuries to Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita presenting him with an opportunity, Fabinho feels he’s now on his way to fully adjusting to English football.”I’m not totally settled just yet,” Fabinho told Sky Sports.”I’m still adapting to here but I believe that I’m now used to the football style, especially when it comes to the intensity of the game which is really different from the league that I came from.”Also, I’m feeling well at the club. I can communicate well with my team-mates, even though my English isn’t great. The language barrier is one of the issues so far.”Fabinho was a key part of the talented Monaco side that reached the Champions League semi-finals during the 2016-17 season and was tipped to make a big impact on Liverpool’s midfield.Reds captain Henderson is the player who usually occupies Fabinho’s preferred position and the Brazil international found his opportunities limited during the opening weeks of the season.However, Klopp continues to insist that Fabinho will go on to be an important player for his side and has indicated that he has taken significant steps forward in recent weeks, with the player also of the opinion that he is making good progress.”Regarding the managers, I’m adapted to their training sessions and I’m comfortable with that. I’m now playing more regularly, which is also important,” Fabinho added.”I’m on the right track to completely adapting to England.”Fabinho will be hoping for another start in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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IPL 2017, SRH vs RPS: Jaydev Unadkat hat-trick helps Pune beat Hyderabad by 12 runs

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) rode on an all-round effort from Ben Stokes and a hat-trick from left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.With the win, the Steve Smith-led Supergiant vaulted to the second spot in the IPL standings, and almost booked their place for the IPL play-offs while the Sunrisers remained fourth after their second successive loss.Unadkat returned with figures of 5/30 from his four overs, including the hat-trick in the final over, which saw the dismissals of Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The left-armer also accounted for the wickets of the in-form Yuvraj Singh and stumper Naman Ojha to get to his five wicket haul.The left-armer was complimented well by Stokes, who first helped Pune reach 148/8 with a 25-ball 39, before taking three wickets to dent the hopes of the hosts.Stokes struck with the wickets of the in-form Shikhar Dhawan (19) off his first delivery before packing New Zealander Kane Williamson (4) one ball later as the Sunrisers lost their first match on home soil this season.Skipper David Warner (40 from 34 balls) did well to get to 500 runs in this edition of the IPL, striking four fours, including three off tweaker Washington Sundar besides clobbering Imran Tahir for a massive six.The Australian added 54 runs for the third wicket with Yuvraj (47 from 43) before Stokes returned to see Warner’s back with a short ball to be caught by Shardul Thakur at sweeper cover.advertisementTahir then jolted the hosts with the wicket of Moises Henriques (4) with a googly, which the batsman tried to cut but instead crashed onto the stumps.With the asking rate mounting, Yuvraj, who got a life on 32 belted a few boundaries and sixes to step up the gas and add 21 runs with Ojha (9), before slicing a short and wide ball from Unadkat only to land in Rahul Tripathi’s hands.Unadkat once again struck on the last ball of his over to pack back Ojha, who repeated the same mistake as Yuvraj did to slice a wide ball for Stokes to take a brilliant running catch.Requiring 13 off the final over from Unadkat, left-hander Sharma (8) failed to connect the first ball before holing out the second to Stokes at deep midwicket.The third delivery cost the hosts the wicket of Rashid (3) off a simple caught and bowled chance before Bhuvneshwar (0) gave Unadkat the hat-trick and his 100th IPL wicket on the fourth ball.Earlier, Hyderabad kept it tight at the beginning as Pune got off to a poor start. In-form opener Rahul Tripathi (1) was run out by a direct throw from Bipul Sharma from short fine-leg after he flicked a delivery from left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra in the fifth delivery of the second over and decided to run but was sent back by Ajinkya Rahane.Stokes took his time to settle in before deciding to tear into the home bowling attack as Smith opted to anchor the innings as he got two lives after being dropped at his personal scores of five and 22 by Bipul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar respectively.Bipul was carted for another six towards long-on in his next over as Stokes made his intentions clear. It took a faster delivery from leg-spinner Rashid Khan to break the dangerous looking partnership as the ball ran through Stokes’ defence, with Pune at 99/3 in 14.3 overs.Medium pacer Siddharth Kaul dealt two big blows to the visitors by getting rid of Smith and Daniel Christian (4). While Smith was caught by Bipul at short third man, Christian was holed out at long-on by Rashid.Later, Mahendra Singh Dhoni showed flashes of his old devastating self as he bludgeoned medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two sixes and a four in the 19th over. He bagged another four against Kaul in the final over.last_img read more

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UK: At least 19 killed in bomb blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

first_imgAt least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday and two US officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault on Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 3:05 pm (IST) at the arena, which has a capacity for 21,000 people, and where the US singer had been performing to an audience that included many children.A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building.Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was “pained” by the attack.”We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured,” he tweeted.’EVERYBODY WAS SCREAMING’A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.”We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concertgoer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.”It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”advertisementA spokesman for Ariana Grande, 23, said the singer was “okay”.May, who faces an election in two and a half weeks, said her thoughts were with the victims and their families.”We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said in a statement. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”SUICIDE BOMBER?There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but U.S. officials drew parallels to the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.Two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that initial signs pointed to a suicide bomber as being responsible for the blast.”The choice of venue, the timing and the mode of attack all suggest this was terrorism,” said a US counter terrorism official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.In March, a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament. He was shot dead at the scene.In 2015, Pakistani student Abid Naseer was convicted in a US court of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in the centre of Manchester in April 2009.’FRANTIC PARENTS WERE TRYING TO GET TO THEIR KIDS’Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.Paula Robinson, 48, from West Dalton about 40 miles east of Manchester, said she was at the train station next to the arena with her husband when she felt the explosion and saw dozens of teenage girls screaming and running away from arena.”We ran out,” Robinson told Reuters. “It was literally seconds after the explosion. I got the teens to run with me.”Robinson took dozens of teenage girls to the nearby Holiday Inn Express hotel and tweeted out her phone number to worried parents, telling them to meet her there. She said her phone had not stopped ringing since her tweet.”Parents were frantic running about trying to get to their children,” she said. “There were lots of lots children at Holiday Inn.”ALSO READ | India a victim of terror, says Donald Trump, calls upon Muslim nations to do their bit to defeat terrorism ALSO READ | Pervez Musharraf: Kulbhushan Jadhav bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab, Pakistan should have ignored India’s ICJ petitionPICTURES |  19 killed in terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in UKWATCH | UK: Explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester claims 19 livesadvertisementlast_img read more

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Manchester United F.C. top Forbes’ most valuable football teams list

first_imgManchester United have replaced European champions Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable soccer team, according to the annual list published by Forbes on Tuesday.United were valued at $3.69 billion, an 11 percent jump compared to last year. That was a testament to the team’s powerful brand and marketing acumen, Forbes said in a statement.Barcelona were second on the list with a value of $3.64 billion while Real Madrid, who held top spot for the last four years, fell to third place with a value of $3.58 billion.Rounding out the top five were Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) and Manchester City (2.08 billion).Six Premier League teams featured in the top 10, with United and City joined by Arsenal ($1.93 billion), Chelsea ($1.85 billion) Liverpool ($1.49 billion) and Tottenham Hotspur ($1.06 billion).German champions Bayern Munich ($2.71 billion) were ranked fourth while Serie A champions Juventus ($1.26 billion) were ninth.Forbes also said the average value of the top 20 teams rose 3 percent over last year to $1.48 billion.last_img read more

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FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal coach Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo criticise St Petersburg pitch

first_imgThe relaid pitch at the St Petersburg stadium was criticised again on Saturday, this time by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos after their 4-0 win over New Zealand in the Confederations Cup.The 68,000-seat stadium, the home of Russian football powerhouse Zenit, will be a flagship venue at the 2018 World Cup. It will also host the final of the current tournament next Sunday.The pitch had to be hastily relaid after severe criticism from football officials when it cut up badly during the inaugural match there in April.It appeared to survive the previous Confederations Cup games between Russia and New Zealand and Cameroon and Australia, but Ronaldo reopened the wounds on Saturday, complaining that the grass was too long.”It was a difficult pitch where the grass was somewhat too long and it was almost impossible to play better than we did,” he told Portuguese media after picking up his third successive man-of-the-match award.Coach Fernando Santos said the teams were prevented from training on it the day before the game.”It’s an excellent stadium but it’s a shame the pitch has problems,” he told reporters.”FIFA know about this and I hope that in a week’s time it will be better.””I hope they can get the pitch in better condition because it’s always important for the quality of the match, especially where you have teams which are technically strong and fast.”last_img read more

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Crisis looms in international cricket: Brearley, McCullum

first_imgLondon, Jul 4 (PTI) Mike Brearley and Brendon McCullum have warned of “a looming potential crisis” in international cricket and stated the game could soon reach a “point of no return” as it struggles to compete with T20 leagues across the world. Former England captain Brearley, in his final meeting as chairman of the MCC World Cricket Committee, warned that players “from countries lacking the funds to pay their top players well” will see those players “choose these domestic tournaments ahead of making themselves available for their countries.” They led calls for a “rethinking of the distribution model in international cricket”, besides urging the ICC to build on their “conceptual plans” for a Test Match Championship. “For international cricket to flourish, competitive levels need to be close and teams need to be able to field their best players. The committee is worried that with the spread of privately owned T20 leagues and the rapid increase in remuneration, more players from counties lacking the funds to pay their top players well will choose these domestic tournaments ahead of making themselves available for their countries,” Brearley was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The more this happens, the greater the threat to international cricket, not only to Test cricket, but also to ODI and T20s. “The committee is aware of the gradual encroachment of domestic T20 leagues into crickets schedule and the threat this poses to Test cricket. Whereas a few years ago ICC was willing to accept a window for the IPL, now the question is: do we need windows for Test cricket?” Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who also sits on the committee, said the absence of AB de Villiers from the South Africa side for the Test series against England was “another red-flag moment” for Test cricket and warned of a “tipping point” for the game as a whole. “I dont see T20 leagues as the devil, by any stretch,” McCullum said. “But its how we continue to make sure Test cricket continues as an important game at the same time. Thats where theres probably a tipping point: whats more important? These leagues or the international game? “The actual health of the game is outstanding but the perception in some parts of the world is that the entertainment of Test cricket is diminishing. So were trying to ensure there is context to every Test and we feel the Test Championship would bring that in and we encourage the ICC to continue to bring this to the table.” Brearley termed de Villiers absence a “wake-up call”. The MCC World Cricket committee has, over recent years, argued for a revision of the sports laws which have largely been incorporated into the ICC Playing Regulations. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi Max Vs Mi Max 2: Every difference that you wanted to know

first_imgThe Mi Max 2, just like the Mi Max before it, is a super-sized 6.44-inch phone with a monster of a battery inside it. The Mi Max 2, just like its predecessor, is a niche phone designed first and foremost for multimedia consumption for people who don’t want to invest in tablets which on most occasions lack voice calling.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2: The good, the bad and the ugly The Mi Max 2, just like last year’s Mi Max, looks very promising, at least on paper. But, is it any different from the Max? Is it any better?Just like the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also boasts of a full-metal body. But, while in the case of the Mi Max, the antenna lines were a clear eye-soar differentiating the middle (all-metal) portion with the (plastic with brushed metal finish) top and bottom, the Mi Max 2 has re-positioned antenna lines. These have been pushed towards the extreme edges – like in the iPhone 7 — so the Mi Max 2, in fact, looks like it has been carved out of a single slab of metal. It certainly looks strikingly better then the Mi Max, particularly from the behind.The front is meanwhile, the same as the Mi Max. So is the fingerprint scanner placement. The Mi Max 2 has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) on the front with backlit capacitive keys. Just like the Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also has an impressive screen-to-body ratio giving you ample real estate, literally as well as figuratively.Xiaomi has again, managed to somehow keep its internal proportions — girth and weight — in check. It weighs just 211 gram and measures only 7.6 mm in line with the original Mi Max. Mind you, it also has a bigger 5,300mAh (over the Mi Max’s 4,850mAh) battery inside. It’s, still pretty much, a giant that’s surprisingly super light on its feet.Xiaomi has again used a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels which roughly translates to 342 pixels per inch) IPS panel in the Mi Max 2. Now, a 6.44-inch screen and a 1080p resolution may not add up. Or at least that is what you will think. The Mi Max did not have a breathtaking display, but, the colours that it produced were spot on. The Mi Max handled — and reproduced — colours so well you didn’t mind that it wasn’t as bright as the company’s other premium phones. It’s the same story with the Mi Max 2 as well and although having more pixels – courtesy a higher resolution display – doesn’t necessarily guarantee an outstanding display, you can’t help but crib what if the Mi Max 2 had more pixels? Also, 1080p screens are kind of staple for Xiaomi but the company is able to somehow pull this off in its more premium offerings like the Mi 5 and Mi 6 leading us to believe that it makes use of a higher standard/higher quality display panel in its flagships.The Mi Max 2 runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box. As always, latest software iteration does not necessarily translate to drastic changes in Xiaomi’s interface. The MIUI 8 in the Mi Max 2 looks almost exactly (save some exceptions) like MIUI 7 in last year’s Mi Max. There are notable changes in the software on-board the Mi Max 2 however, according to Xiaomi. The Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed usage features (including a one-handed mode and a shortcut menu) according to Xiaomi, and would be getting a split-screen multitasking feature in the days to come. A split screen multitasking feature — which was absent in the Mi Max — will indeed make a lot of sense on a 6.44-inch phablet. Question is why the feature isn’t available in the Mi Max 2 out-of-the-box in the first place because one of the headlining features of Android Nougat is split-screen multi-tasking. Still, the Xiaomi phone running Android Nougat-based software doesn’t ship with the feature out-of-the-box.The Mi Max 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The company seems to have hit the sweet spot with this mobile processor. The Snapdragon 625 is notably the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. As opposed to the Mi Max which was gunning for raw power courtesy the Snapdragon 650, the Mi Max 2 is all about power saving and thermal efficiency courtesy the Snapdragon 625. But, there’s a catch. The Adreno 506 GPU (inside the Mi Max 2) is good, just not better than the Adreno 510 inside last year’s Mi Max, meaning, although the Mi Max 2 should handle basic games well, GPU-intensive games would still leave you a something to be desired.The Mi Max 2, unlike the Mi Max, will be available in only one 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant in India for now. It supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. It further supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB Type-C (as opposed to micro-USB 2.0 in the Mi Max) for charging and data syncing. There’s also an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances. The biggest highlight of the Mi Max 2 is, perhaps, the fact that it supports stereo speakers making it quite a steal for multimedia junkies. Xiaomi has a 4GB RAM/128GB storage version of the Mi Max 2 also that it sells in China, but because the price of that version may touch Rs 20,000 in INR, chances are Xiaomi may not launch it in India.The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. Interestingly, the Mi Max 2 comes with the same Sony IMX 386 image sensor as the one on-board the company’s flagship Mi 6. The Mi Max 2 will be capable of recording 4K videos as well. On the front, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The original Mi Max came with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture.The Mi Max 2 is backed by a massive 5,300mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2, according to Xiaomi, can offer two times more talk-time than the Nokia 3310 (2017). In comparison with the Nokia 3310 (2017) feature phone which offers 22 hours of talk-time, the Mi Max 2 can apparently offer up to 57 hours on single charge, claims Xiaomi. The Mi Max 2, at the same time, can offer up to 31 days of stand-by, just like the Nokia 3310 (2017), according to Xiaomi.The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 — can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi — and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device even while charging.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feet advertisementadvertisementPricing and availability: The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the Mi Max 2 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 16,999. It will be available for buying from both online (Flipkart, Amazon India and Mi.com/in) and offline (Mi Home stores in Bengaluru) channels.last_img read more

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Player power set to shape Liverpool’s transfer dealings

first_imgThree days before Liverpool start their Premier League campaign, the club are embroiled in two extraordinary transfer stand-offs that show how players are shaping their futures by wielding increased power.British and Spanish media have reported that midfielder Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Anfield to join Barcelona, while Virgil van Dijk is keen to join Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton.Each player is under contract until 2022, having signed extensions to their original contracts, and both clubs want them to stay.Reuters PhotoBut that does not mean the deals are dead, even though neither player has the sort of buyout clause that allowed Brazil forward Neymar to leave Barca, prompting the Spanish club to come calling for Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder.”Ninety nine times out of 100 it is a power game, a case of who blinks first,” sports legal expert Richard Cramer of FrontRow Legal told Reuters.”Player power is enormous. The reality is a club may make the right noises but player power is strong because a manager does not want a disillusioned player who can upset equilibrium in the dressing room and create disharmony. Players and agents are very experienced at forcing a situation.”Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard believes that in Coutinho’s case everything depends on how far the Brazilian is prepared to go to force a move.”It comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision and what he’s prepared to do, what type of war he’s prepared to create to get out, because Liverpool won’t make it easy for him,” Gerrard, who is now Liverpool’s academy coach, told BT Sport.advertisementSuch “wars” are increasingly common in football and Van Dijk sparked his own this week after several weeks spent training away from the first team. He has now requested a transfer and revealed his unhappiness by releasing a public statement.”I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed,” said Van Dijk, who is fit again after an injury cut short his 2015-16 season.Reuters PhotoAlthough the Dutch international did not mention Liverpool in his statement, Southampton reported the Merseyside club to the Premier League earlier in the trasnfer window for an alleged illegal approach to the centre back.Liverpool subsequently apologised and said they had ended their interest in the player. However, British media say they are keen to rekindle it should Southampton agree.That may not be possible given the original “tapping up” allegation. Under Premier League rules, negotiations over personal terms can only begin once a fee with the seller is agreed, but few clubs adhere to the protocol.SENSITIVE DEALSThe two deals are sensitive for Liverpool, who are treading a fine line between keeping their own key player and acquiring another, particularly after their failure to sign Nabi Keita, who Red Bull Leipzig have refused to sell – at least for now.In most cases players and agents use their power to force moves.FrontRow Legal’s Cramer does not believe much can be done to make contracts more enforceable unless players are made to sit them out in the reserves, an unsatisfactory result for all parties.”Players are very highly valuable commodities. You would not want any of your most valuable assets doing nothing,” he said, adding that most players eventually get their way.Precedent suggests that, for all Liverpool’s bullishness, they will end up selling Coutinho, with Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all having left the club in similar circumstances.The one exception was Liverpool’s former captain and talisman Gerrard, who almost joined Chelsea in 2005 after saying he wanted to leave. But as a Liverpool-born player, his situation was clouded by loyalty to his home-town club.”It’s very, very difficult,” Gerrard said of Coutinho’s situation. “Especially South American players who always go on record and say it’s a dream of theirs to play for Barcelona.”Van Dijk appears certain to leave Southampton, although his destination may depend on whether they will sell to a club who already have four ex-Saints players in the first team. Chelsea may therefore be a more palatable alternative.The transfer window closes at the end of August.last_img read more

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Abel Ruiz scores late penalty as Spain beat France to enter quarter-finals

first_imgA late penalty by Abel Ruiz saw Spain edge past France 2-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on Tuesday.Lenny Pinto put France in the lead in the 34th minute but soon Juan Miranda of Spain scored an equaliser in the 44th minute.In the 90th minute, Ruiz converted a penalty to seal the deal for European champions Spain.Spain will now take on Iran, who defeated Mexico 2-1 in the other pre-quarterfinal match.The first 30 minutes between both Spain and France was a cagey affair. But things changed in the 34th minute when France took the lead through Pinto’s brilliant finish from the left side of the Spain box.But, just before half-time, Spain’s Miranda scored an equaliser. Miranda ran into the France box and collected Ferran Torres’ cross to slam into the net.After the half time, Spain made several box penetrations and troubled goalkeeper Yahia Fofana many times before missing the target with an excellent free-kick opportunity.But in the 90th minute, Spain were awarded a penalty kick and skipper and FC Barcelona sensation Ruiz stepped up and converted the penalty to send Spain into the last eight of the competition.IRAN TRUMPS MEXICOTwo early goals helped Iran beat Mexico 2-1 in a Round-of-16 match of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.Mohammad Sharifi (seventh minute) and Allahyar Sayyad (11th minute) goals put Iran in command. For Mexico, the lone goal went to R. De La Rosa, who found the back of the net in the 37th minute.advertisementPhoto Credit: FIFA Iran were playing without their star striker Mohammad Dawood but they caught a perfect start as they were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute. Mohammad Ghaderi tried to take the ball from Adrian Vasquez through a clumsy challenge in the box, which resulted in the penalty. Sharifi converted the penalty to give Iran an early lead.Just four minutes later, the Mexican back line seemed to be lost in the middle and as a result Sayyad gathered a long ball, turned and chipped his shot over Mexican goalkeeper Cesar Lopez to make it 2-0.After conceding two goals, Mexico changed their strategy and started to attack. Soon, Mexico found their breakthrough in the 37th minute when Roda thumped in a volley from near the edge of the area from a rebound to reduce the goal difference to one.The goal enlivened the match and Mexico. The last few minutes saw some brilliant efforts from Mexico to equalise but it was too late as Iran’s back-line stood firm and denied the attempts made to seal the issue.After the win, Iran will meet European champions Spain in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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Happy Diwali India, tweets Australia skipper Steve Smith

first_imgAustralia skipper Steve Smith wished his “friends and fans” in India on Diwali.Smith, 28, is one of the world’s leading batsmen and was at the forefront of a tense encounter with India in a four-Test series earlier in the year.Smith’s decision to look at the dressing-room for help with the DRS did not go down well with India captain Virat Kohli and there were some heated words spoken at the post-match press conference.However, Smith went on to apologise after India clinched the series in Dharamsala and later led Rising Pune Supergiant to the IPL final.The Australians returned in September for a limited-overs tour and lost the ODI series 4-1. The T20 International series ended in a 1-1 stalemate after the final match in Hyderabad was washed out.Smith had to fly back home before the T20 series got underway after sustaining a shoulder injury.The Australians are now gearing up for the Ashes which start down under next month.Happy Diwali to all my friends and fans in India #homeawayfromhome https://t.co/XdegEbwJTE- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) October 18, 2017last_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: Dec 30, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur meet Amit Shah (B+A) Attari: Beating Retreat border ceremony at Attari- Wagah Border (B+A) Varanasi: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Varanasi (B) Gaya/Kolkata/Patna: Cold and fog (B) Jammu: BJP State Office Bearers and MLAs meeting in Jammu (B) Bengaluru: Presidenti Ram Nath Kovind in Bengaluru (B) Kolkata: Launch of Fast Petrol Vessel (B) New Delhi: File photo- Delhi Parsi Anjuman (B) Ahmedabad: Flower Show in Ahmedabad (B+A) Agra: Union Tourism Minister K J Alphonse at Taj Mahal (A) Bikaner: IAF chief BS Dhanoa flies last sortie of Mig-21 variant (B) Mumbai: Police Jeevan Gaurav Award 2017 (B+A) INTERNATIONAL Rawalpindi: Rally against America in Rawalpindi (B) Cairo: A boy watches the front of Mar Mina church (A) Madrid: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a news conference (A) Guatemala City: Mayan priests gather for a ceremony (B) Kfar Aza: Israeli take cover during rocket attack siren warning (B) Erie: Cold weather (B) Tokyo: Cold weather (A) West Palm Beach: President Donald Trump meets with U.S. Coast Guard members (B) Bali: Dara, a five-year-old female orangutan at Bali Zoo (B) SPORTS Melbourne: Aus vs Eng Ashes cricket test match (B+A) Oberstdorf: 66th four hills ski jumping tournament (B) Indore: Ranji Trophy final (A+B) PTI PHOTO HS DL DLlast_img read more

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The Ashes: Steve Smith warns England of more Aussie aggression

first_imgEngland can look forward to further “aggressive” cricket in the second test in Adelaide, Australia captain Steve Smith said, after his team found their mean streak to rout the tourists by 10 wickets at the Gabba on Monday.Australia were matched by England for three days, with the unusually slow Gabba pitch blunting their bowlers’ pace and their batsmen struggling in the first innings barring a magnificent, unbeaten 141 by the skipper.The hosts hit back on day four, however, as their pacemen grabbed seven wickets in a furious short-pitched assault to skittle England for 195.Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft then mowed down 170 for victory before lunch on day five to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.”Really pleased with the way we played this test match. It’s great to go up 1-0 in this Ashes series,” said man-of-the-match Smith.”We’re going to continue to play the same way we have, nice and aggressively.”We’ve played some really good cricket we had to fight after the first couple of days to get the result we’re after.”No doubt there will continue to be some good, hard, aggressive cricket throughout the series.”A small media storm was generated by England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow’s “headbutt” greeting of Bancroft at a bar in Perth in the leadup, an incident both teams played down.Smith revealed his team had used the incident as ammunition to throw Bairstow off his game when he was batting on the field and believed the tactic had worked when the wicketkeeper was dismissed softly for 42 when he hit straight to third man.advertisementThe incident had proved to be a distraction to the England camp, with their coach Trevor Bayliss saying staff would meet with players to potentially discuss tighter curfews.Smith shrugged when asked whether Australia’s exploitation of the incident might fuel animosity between the teams.”It’s always played hard out on the field. There’s a line you’re not to cross. I don’t think it makes any real difference,” he said.Adelaide Oval will offer a different challenge for both teams, with the pink ball likely to move far more in the first day-night Ashes Test than at the Gabba.England’s veteran pacemen Stuart Broad and James Anderson may be best placed to exploit the conditions but Smith was also excited what his pacemen might do under lights.”The Adelaide wicket might bring some of their bowlers into the game a little bit but having said that, it’s probably one of the quickest wickets in the country at night,” he said.”We saw how effective our bowlers could be wen this wicket quickened up a little bit. so it’s exciting.”last_img read more

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ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 launched in Wellington

first_imgThe ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 was launched in Wellington on Thursday.16 teams will participate in the event that brings together future stars who will compete across four cities and seven venues in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3.The World Cup launch function was attended by Grant Robertson, Minister for Sports and Recreation of New Zealand, ICC chief executive David Richardson, New Zealand cricket chief executive David White and event brand ambassador Corey Anderson among others.Speaking on the occasion, Richardson thanked New Zealand Cricket for hosting the tournament for the third time and extolled the importance of the event in grooming players from around the world.He said, “The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is special for so many reasons. It gives players an unrivaled experience of global events, a real flavour of international cricket at senior level and a glimpse into what life as one of the world’s best is really like.”#U19CWC Ambassador @coreyanderson78 is one of the many current internationals who have played in the tournament over the years, but who are the possible 2018 #FutureStars?https://t.co/v9xE97v4B9 pic.twitter.com/etKbbc6qFA- ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2017″This event plays an important role in developing the participating teenagers into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in camaraderie, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and of course in the spirit of the game.”A host of past and present stars have come through the U19s since its inception in 1988. The fact that a number of current captains including your very own Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal and Eoin Morgan have all played in the event demonstrates the calibre of cricket we have come to expect at this event.”advertisementNew Zealand all-rounder Anderson remembered how the tournament helped shape his career.”It is an honour for me to be associated with this tournament as its Brand Ambassador. I played in two U19 World Cups – in 2008 and 2010 – and can’t forget the experience of playing with the upcoming best from around the world,” he said.”I was lucky to have figured in the tournament along with players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, all of who have gone on to lead their respective sides in world cricket. The tournament provides players with many learnings which hold them in good stead as they develop into top-class cricketers.”Details of the Trophy Tour for the tournament were also revealed during the event, which was attended by current players from the New Zealand and the Windies sides, who are due to play in the first match of their two-Test series at Wellington’s Basin Reserve from Friday.The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour will commence in Wellington on December 1 and will culminate in Lincoln on December 13.The Windies are the defending champions of the tournament, which is widely acknowledged as a platform to inspire the next generation of cricketers and fans.Australia and India have been most successful in the tournament, winning the title three times each. Pakistan are the only side to have defended the title when they emerged victorious in the 2004 and 2006 editions while England and South Africa are the other teams to have won the tournament.last_img read more

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Nats Wipe Out Mets, 3-0

first_imgNEW YORK — The Washington Nationals won with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound for a ninth straight start, getting a two-run homer from Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning of a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sept. 14.Zimmermann allowed six hits and a walk in outpitching Jonathon Niese for 6 2-3 innings, helping Washington reduce its magic number for winning a second division title in three years to five.Drew Storen gave up two hits in the ninth but got Juan Lagares to fly to right, finishing the eight-hitter for his fifth save.Washington’s ninth win in 10 games this season at Citi Field eliminated the Mets from the division race with 12 games to go. New York had won eight of 10 before the Nationals took three of four in this series.Zimmermann (11-5) hit two batters to up the total hit batsmen in the four-game series to nine, one shy of the record set last year in a series between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, according to STATS. The right-hander nailed Eric Young Jr. and Lucas Duda but still won his sixth consecutive decision.The Nationals had never won nine straight outings by one starter — three of those wins came against the Mets. Washington improved to 13-3 against New York this season.Ramos followed Bryce Harper’s third sacrifice bunt of the year with a soaring drive beyond the 390-foot mark in right-center for his 10th homer.The Nationals have outhomered the Mets 25-7 this season with three games left, Sept 23-25 in Washington.The Mets had plenty of chances against the stingy Zimmermann, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Their best opportunity came in the fourth, when they loaded the bases with one out. But Ruben Tejada lined out to the shortstop and Niese fouled out to third base on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.Niese (8-11) struck out the side after that grueling trip to the plate and fanned seven overall. Slowed by shoulder problems in the second half, the left-hander gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.The Nationals added a run in the ninth when Danny Espinosa, who walked, was caught in a run down between first and second. Second baseman Wilmer Flores lost the ball as he slapped a tag on Espinosa and Ian Desmond raced home from third.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hornets Sting Knicks, 95-93

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cody Zeller’s up-and-down night ended with a wide smile in the locker room.“This would have been a tough one to swallow if I hadn’t made the play at the end,” Zeller said.Or had Kristaps Porzingis’ 3-pointer at the buzzer not been ruled too late to count.After missing two free throws with 28 seconds left in a tie game, Zeller came back and scored on a layup off an inbounds play with 0.6 seconds remaining to lift the Charlotte Hornets over the New York Knicks, 95-93 on the night of Nov. 11Zeller set a pick for Jeremy Lin under the Hornets basket, then alertly released to the hoop inside of Robin Lopez, took the feed from Spencer Hawes and made a leaning right-handed layup in front of the basket.Zeller’s first game-winner since high school was nearly for naught when it appeared Porzingis had won the game with a 29-footer. Officials huddled and ruled that he didn’t get the shot off in time after a video review.Zeller was the man covering Porzingis and allowed him to come free.“Just a relief,” Zeller said. “It was a roller-coaster ride for me, missing those two free throws, then making that shot and then I thought I gave it away at the end.”Coach Steve Clifford defended Zeller, saying he did what he was supposed to do on defense on the Knicks’ final play. He also credited Hawes for making the right decision on the inbounds pass to Zeller for the winner.“Spencer made the play because he used a good pass fake and there were options for him on either side,” Clifford said. “I think who’s inbounding the ball right there is a big deal and he made a good play.”Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with a season-high 24 points and Lin chipped in with 17 as Charlotte (4-4) reached .500 for the first time.Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, and Aaron Afflalo had 12 points in his regular-season debut for the Knicks. Porzingis had 10 points and 15 rebounds.The Knicks had 17 turnovers.The Knicks led 49-47 at the half before Anthony began to heat up. He scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field in the third quarter to help the Knicks open a double-digit lead.But Charlotte’s Jeremy duo — Lamb and Lin — helped even the score at 82 with 8:14 left in the game. Lamb, who is 18-of-26 from the field the last three games, scored 14 points.The Knicks had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds but Anthony’s baseline jumper from the left wing hit the side of the backboard and the shot clock expired with 3.7 seconds left.“I didn’t deliver,” Anthony said. “I had in my mind I was going to deliver. Everything felt good going into it. I swept through and Marvin (Williams) tipped the ball a little bit and I lost control of it. It’s just one of those opportunities I didn’t take advantage of.”The Hornets tried to inbound the ball, but it hit off a Knicks player and went out of bounds under the Charlotte basket with 2.2 seconds left setting up Zeller’s layup.(STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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