Among other things, Quantico 2 promises a shirt-less yoga scene with PeeCee looking super hot!

first_imgQuantico Season 2 premiered last night, and Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish rocked the show, as usual.Also read:Priyanka Chopra thinks THIS song best represents her character in Quantico While the first episode has set the pace just right, our sources tell us more excitement is in store; particularly, a shirt-less yoga session that Alex and her colleagues are going to be a part of as a training routinePriyanka as Alex in Quantico 2. Picture courtesy: Instagram/namma.nayanthara Bollywood queen Priyanka Chopra looks super-fit in a black sports bra and a pair of dark tights in the said yoga avatar. The talented actress sports an intense after-work-out look, and needless to add, the look suits her perfectly.Priyanka with her co-star from the show. Picture courtesy: Instagram/namma.nayantharaThe second season of Quantico tells its story through split timelines; one in the present and one in the past, much like the first season. And by the look of it, the new season of the show also has a healthy dose of romance, thanks to the relationship between Ryan Booth and Alex Parrish.Priyanka Chopra looked super-fit in her Yoga avatar. Picture courtesy: Instagram/namma.nayanthara Quantico Season 2 premiered last night on Star World at 9 pm in India.last_img read more

Golf: US beat Europe to regain the Ryder Cup

first_imgThe United States triumphed over Europe on the last day of the Ryder Cup, the golf tourney held every two years and played out this week at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.The US team had a three-point lead starting the second and final day of play on Sunday, which included 12 singles matches, reports Efe.The European team came close to beating the Americans in the early going on Sunday, racking up a quick three points in the morning rounds and pulling even in the overall tally. (Ryder Cup: ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed downs Rory McIlroy in duel of rare quality)Successive wins by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson over Jordan Spieth (3-2), Belgium’s Thomas Pieters over J.B. Holmes (3-2) and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello over Jimmy Walker (3-2) gave the Europeans a little breathing room — and a good bit of momentum.However, Patrick Reed knocked off Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in a fabulous face-off that wasn’t decided until a birdie putt on the 18th hole, and — with other wins during the day — the Americans were finally able to reclaim the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.Although the Europeans had got off to a fabulous start in the first three matches on Sunday, later in the day, US captain Davis Love had Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka and Ryan Moore going up against their rivals, and it was Moore who triumphed over Lee Westwood and sealed the US victory, prevailing 17-11. (Lee Westwood questions Tiger Woods’ role in US Ryder Cup team)advertisementThat score recalls the leadership of the legendary Arnold Palmer, who died a few days ago and was paid tribute to by the US team all week. He had headed the memorable US victory in the Cup competition in Laurel Valley in 1975.Although European captain Darren Clarke said that he and his teammates were “obviously very disappointed”, he added that they all had to acknowledge the great achievement of Love and his team.With this year’s win, the US brings a halt to Europe’s three-Cup streak, including its wins in Celtic Manor in 2010, Medinah in 2012 and Gleneagles in 2014, and it will next defend its newly-recovered title in Paris in 2018.last_img read more

We can play Ravichandran Ashwin well in fourth innings: Jonny Bairstow

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin might have broken England’s backbone with his five-wicket haul, but wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow feels that his team would be able to handle the Indian off-spinner in the fourth innings of the ongoing second Test.Courtesy Ashwin’s five for 67, India bowled out England for 255 in their first essay to take a commanding lead of 200.”We have played him well to be honest. He bowled nicely today but the accuracy he bowls with is something that is a challenge. Every world class spinner has accuracy and that is probably his main asset, his pace variation is something that is going to be a challenge,” Bairstow, who scored an impressive 53, said.”In that first Test we played him nicely. He did bowl nicely, we know going into the fourth innings we can play Ashwin well,” he said, recalling the drawn Rajkot Test, where the world No.1 bowler had a listless match haul of 3/230. (Also read: Taking five wickets was not on my mind: Ravichandran Ashwin)Bairstow and Ben Stokes (70) consolidated the innings, taking England to 190/6 from 80/5 at one a stage before eventually folding for 255 in reply to India’s first innings total of 455. Ashwin struck in the second session of the day en-route to his maiden five-wicket haul against England.At the close of play, India had already stretched their lead to 298 with two more days to go.”I think it’s important for us to try and make it as difficult as possible for India to score runs at a rate they want to score. The longer we can delay the amount of runs they score, puts up in a better position. We will try our hardest in the morning session to restrict the amount of runs and try to take a few wickets. Definitely it will be hard on the pitch with our bowlers. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin emulates Waqar Younis, Malcolm Marshall with 22nd Test five-wicket haul)advertisement”When we bat whenever it may be there’s uneven bounce on the pitch. We will try to chase down whatever is set. We got to be still positive. At the end of the day, it’s still the run chase. That’s the exciting part of it however many that may be,” he said about England’s survival plan.Having tripped while walking out to bat, Bairstow defied pain and played a fine innings off 152 balls with five fours and along with Stokes, became the most-prolific pairing in 2016, getting past Alastair Cook and Hales.”We complement each other being left and right. We rotate the strike pretty well. It’s just comb of everything that seems to work nicely,” he said.”We are pretty happy with the way Ben and I played and then (Adil) Rashid chipped in. Coming at the end, I thought he played really nicely. We needed to show a little more fight in rest of the game be it in the first or fourth innings.”The fight comes in many different ways, be it with the bat, ball or field. Me as a keeper I’m always looking for guys to be in right position. I think we showed some nice fight today and taking three in the evening session was a strong comeback within today’s passage of play,” said Bairstow.  (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin blasts media, says stop throwing pitch jibes)Asked about his freak injury this morning, he said: “I tripped up, made myself look like a wally I hurt my knee a bit so I turned round and went back for some treatment. My boot got lodged in the turf and just meant that I twisted a bit but I should be alright.”It was sore, don’t get me wrong, but it was one of those things and didn’t affect me too much. It was just a pain in the backside or rather the knee.”last_img read more

Lonwabo Tsotsobe charged with match fixing by Cricket South Africa

first_imgFormer South Africa bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been charged with match fixing and has been suspended immediately after a lengthy investigation, Cricket South Africa said on Monday.The 33-year-old, who played five Tests and 61 One Day Internationals but has not played for more than a year, faces charges relating to the South Africa domestic Twenty20 Series in 2015. Six other players have already been banned for their part in attempting to fix the outcome of games.Tsotsobe is charged with contriving to fix or improperly influence a match or matches in the 2015 T20 Challenge Series and seeking to accept, accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe, a statement said.Gulam Bodi, Jean Symes, Pumi Matshikwe, Ethy Mbhalati, Thami Tsolekile and Alviro Petersen were prevously banned for between two and 20 years for their part in the affair, although the CSA has long held that no actual matches were fixed.last_img read more

Kumble episode; lack of time behind Guha resignation

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) Ramachandra Guha has cited personal reasons but his resignation from the Committee of Administrators (COA) could be linked to the speculation surrounding Anil Kumbles future as India coach. The COA, it is learnt, has been left stunned by Guhas submission in the Supreme Court today that he has resigned due to personal reasons. It has been learnt that Guha didnt discuss his resignation with any of his COA colleagues although his submission to the Supreme Court states that he had intimated committee head Vinod Rai. “No, I had no clue about his resignation as he never told me anything about it. I only came to know from media,” a COA member told PTI today. The acclaimed historian has had little time for the COA and didnt attend half of its meetings due to his academic commitments. Add to that, he wasnt particularly happy about the speculation surrounding Kumble. Kumbles future has become a matter of conjecture after reports emerged that there has been a rift between him and India captain Virat Kohli. To be fair, neither among Guha, Vinod Rai or Vikram Limaye have charged a single penny from the BCCI even though they are entitled to a payment of Rs 1 lakh per person per working day. “He has a thorough knowledge of sports history and is a learned man. But running cricket administration is a different ballgame. In any case, whether its ICC or BCCI matters, its Vinod Rai and Vikram Limaye, who were doing the hard yards,” a senior BCCI official, said after learning about his resignation. Many in BCCI feel that Guhas proximity to Kumble may also be one of the reasons as the historian was one of the brains behind the revamped pay structure idea. And now with Kumble on a sticky wicket and impasse in BCCI unlikely to be over anytime soon, Guha may have considered it prudent to walk away. “One is right that Anil Kumble did not voluntarily ask for pay hike. He was certainly told by COA to give a presentation. But the seeds of this idea were sown during the BCCI Annual Awards function in Bengaluru. “Guha was one of the advocates of hike but he was clueless about percentages and rationale that goes in financial dealings,” the BCCI official said. Guha has written some of the most revered books on cricket like “Wickets In the East” and “Corner of a foreign Field”. He has been a vocal critic of the IPL and ironically, as a part of COA, needed to be present during some of the IPL meetings. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Bring back Ravichandran Ashwin, play five bowlers, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly and former Australia skipper Michael Clarke have urged Virat Kohli to recall Ravichandran Ashwin into the playing XI against South Africa in their must-win ICC Champions Trophy game on Sunday. The winners will qualify for the semi-finals while the losers crash out.”I think Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja must play. Batting has done splendidly well, India need a bit more variation in the bowling attack. Drop Hardik Pandya, bring back Ashwin. India should play five bowlers against South Africa,” Ganguly told India Today.Even after posting a challenging total, India suffered a seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka. However, Ganguly backed India bowlers to perform against the Proteas on Sunday.”Not only batting, India’s bowling has also looked good except for just one game. Sri Lanka batted exceptionally,” Ganguly said.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been in good form and will look to give India a good start against South Africa.Kohli and Yuvraj Singh will look to click in Sunday’s tie after failing to reach double digits against Sri Lanka. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya meanwhile, will look to inflict some damage on the opposition bowlers lower down the order.”Really impressed with the way India’s top order has performed in Champions Trophy, especially Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma,” Clarke said.Clarke further said, “South Africa are No.1 team in the world. Interesting to see how they play under pressure.”Ganguly wants India to play sensibly in the must-win match and also praised Kohli.advertisement”Play sensibly, it’s about absorbing pressure. Virat Kohli is a terrific player, one of the best in this format. He is a world class one-day batsman,” Ganguly said.Clarke said India go into the clash as favourites.”This Indian team can deliver under pressure. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are two great players and different captains. Hard to compare. De Villiers has been a great player for a long time but hasn’t had much success in big tournaments,” Clarke said.last_img read more

Football academy to be set up at Sairang: Vijay Goel

first_imgAizawl, Jun 26 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said that a football academy would be set up at the Mizoram Football Associations (MFA) football ground at Sairang village near Aizawl.Goel, who is on a maiden two-day visit to Mizoram after becoming the Union Minister, said that the Football Academy would be set up in view of the recent excellent performance of Mizoram teams in national level football tournaments. Mizorams Aizawl Football Club (AFC) bagged the prestigious I-League 2017 while Mizoram team also won the National Games football in 2015 and the the Santosh Trophy in 2014.Goel accompanied by Mizoram Sports minister Zodintluanga also visited the Suaka Cricket ground. PTI HCV RG SNPlast_img

India eye series win against off-colour West Indies

first_imgIndia will aim to grab an unassailable 3-0 lead when they take on West Indies in the fourth match of the ongoing five-ODI series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here on Sunday.Although the opening game of the series was washed out, the Indians have comprehensively dominated the subsequent two One-Day Internationals (ODI) to take a 2-0 lead.The visitors won the second ODI in Port of Spain by a huge 105-run margin before scripting a 93-run victory at this venue on Friday. (MS Dhoni stepped up when Team India needed him: Virat Kohli)The difference in quality between third ranked India and the hosts who are at a lowly ninth in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI ladder was quite clear.The Indians have not really performed at their optimal level so far. Their batting has not managed to generate good starts and the middle-overs have not been too great either. (MS Dhoni continues to shatter ODI records)However, the experiment to promote Kedar Jadhav up the order paid off in the second ODI as he smashed 40 runs off 26 balls to help India to a respectable total of 251/4 in their allotted 50 overs.The 32-year-old gave excellent support to the veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni who showed glimpses of his vintage hard hitting self to give the Indian innings a much needed momentum towards the end. (Ravichandran Ashwin 2nd fastest Indian spinner after Anil Kumble to reach 150-wicket mark in ODIs)Opener Ajinkya Rahane has also been in excellent form, notching up a century in the second match before coming up with a patient half-century to help the visitors recover from a poor start on Friday.advertisementHowever, the level of application from the other batsmen has been poor at times. (MS Dhoni getting better with age? ‘It’s like wine,’ says legend)The Indian bowlers have performed satisfactorily, specially fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.The West Indies on the other hand, have struggled quite a bit. Despite playing in their home conditions, the hosts have not been up to the mark in both batting and bowling. (Ajinkya Rahane thanks Virat Kohli for giving him opportunity to bat as opener in West Indies)The lack of experience in the young squad led by pacer Jason Holder is one of the factors responsible for the poor performance by the hosts.However, they have nothing to lose and good performances in the remaining couple of matches in this series will give them some much needed confidence as they seek to qualify for the 2019 ODI World Cup.Squads:West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.last_img read more

Durants advice to Indian cagers: be patient to make it big

first_imgGreater Noida, Jul 28 (PTI) Star NBA player Kevin Durant is delighted to see the growing popularity of basketball in India but said the country needs to adopt a patient approach in order to produce world class hoopsters. Golden State Warriors forward Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, is on a three-day tour to India, his visit further fortifying the growing popularity of basketball here. “I havent played cricket before but I know how deep the sport is in the culture (of India). It will take some time for basketball to take over. But we had to start somewhere and this is a great start. We want to keep growing the game and see more and more kids start playing (basketball),” Durant said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of basketball clinic here today. Durant is confident that an Indian will make it big in the sport in future. Only two Indians — Palpreet Brar and Satnam Singh Bhamara — found out a place in NBAs Development League earlier. “No doubt. Its on us NBA players to spur new basketball players, the players that havent really enjoyed the game before. Its on us and you guys (media) to show them what the game is all about. “I think the buzz around basketball here is just growing. Just be patient and we will see more,” Durant said. “Promotion of the game will go a long way because people are so passionate about the game here. Its a great market and great place to be in.” Durant, who will visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra tomorrow, is overwhelmed with the love and respect hes getting from the people of this country. “Its been great so far. Its been overwhelming to be honest. So much love is definitely appreciated by me. “Coming here is a major move and I believed that it would happen in some point in my career,” he said. PTI SSC PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

I am ready for Asian Boxing Championship: Mary Kom

first_imgIndian star boxer and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom on Friday said that she is working really hard for the upcoming South Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Vietnam and is all set for the challenge ahead.Mary was back in her preferred 48kg category as she overcame the challenge from younger competitors to make it to the Indian team for the marquee continental event, which is to be held from November 2 to November 11 in the Ho Chi Minh City.After undergoing three days of gruelling trials, the veteran duo Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi (64kg) made the cut, despite trying their luck in different weight categories.Mary, who had climbed up a division to 51 kg back in 2010, is all set to make her sixth Asian Championships appearance.Talking about her preparation, Marry told ANI, “I am ready for the Asian Championship and working very hard for this. My weight category has changed so I am trying to make myself comfortable.””I will see how this competition will go for me and also I have to see weight category for 2020 Olympics because this weight category is not in Olympics,” she added.Speaking about Pakistan’s participation in the tournament, Mary insisted that sports bring peace, adding that in ring we fight to win, not as an any enemy.The Rajya Sabha MP fought six bouts during the trials and won all despite facing younger rivals in the likes of World Championships silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi among others.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Pankaj Jaswal blasts second-fastest fifty in Indian first-class cricket

first_imgHimachal Pradesh bowler Pankaj Jaswal blasted the Goan attack all over the park in his quick-fire innings on day three of the Group D match at the Dharamsala ground. He scored the second-fastest 50, off just 16 balls, in Indian first-class cricket.The 22-year-old finished with 63 off 20 balls, at a strike rate of 315, with four fours and seven maximum.The fastest fifty though belongs to Bandeep Singh of Jammu and Kashmir. He had scored his fifty of just 15 balls in a game against Tripura in 2015.Jaswal, not known for his batting, came out to bat at number nine with Himachal’s score reading 541/7.Himachal’s Pankaj Jaiswal today scored a fifty off just 16 balls vs Goa – the second fastest 50 in Indian first-class cricket.#RanjiTrophy- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 16, 2017The fastest fifty in Indian first-class cricket has been scored by J&K’s Bandeep Singh (off 15 balls) vs Tripura in 2015.#RanjiTrophy Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 16, 2017Openers Priyanshu Khanduri and Ankush Bains both scored centuries, along with Nikhil Gangta as Jaswal bludgeoned the Goan bowlers to finish unbeaten on the score 63 off 20 balls. Himachal declared their innings on 625, a massive lead on Goa’s first innings score of 255.The fastest ever fifty in the history of cricket belongs to Yuvraj Singh. Back in the year 2007, at the first ever T20 World Cup in South Africa, the left-hander has annihilated the English bowlers. He had brought up his fifty in just 12 balls, including the six-sixes off  Stuart Broad.In ODI cricket the record is held by South African AB de Villiers, who scored fifty in 16 balls and in Tests the record is owned by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq, who got to his fifty in just 21 balls.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli fastest to 9000 ODI runs: How he fared each year since 2008

first_imgVirat Kohli is in the form of his life. The 28-year-old India captain is leading from the front, his team wins anything it plays and has been dominant across all formats, annihilating opponents in Tests, ODIs and T20 Internationals.On the back of Kohli’s sensational run of form and spirited performances by their young turks, India have won seven successive ODI series since June 2016. In Tests, India have been unbeatable and have lost only two matches in over two years.While last year was all about Test matches, India have been focused entirely on one-day cricket this year with an eye on the World Cup in 2019. In 26 ODIs so far, India have won 19 and lost only six — one match against West Indies was washed out.Kohli, in the true sense, has led India’s dominant campaign, scoring runs and hundreds for fun.In an ode to his fitness and mind-numbing form, Kohli has played all of India’s 26 one-dayers this year and has amassed 1460 runs including six hundreds. Over the last two years, Kohli has scored nine of his 32 hundreds and is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 centuries in the format.No other batsman has scored more hundreds than Kohli since 2013 when he really started to come of age as the world’s most destructive limited-overs batsman.But the legend of Kohli was not built over the last 24 months. He became the fastest to storm into the 9000-run club in ODIs and Rome was not built in a day.9000 ODI runs for the Skipper #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017In his 10th year in international cricket, Kohli is having a great run. On Sunday, in the course of his record hundred against New Zealand, he became the first this year to score 2000 international runs in 2017.Kohli has of course been the bulwark of India’s batting line-up even in the presence of his illustrious predecessors.After debuting in 2008, Kohli showed he belonged to the big stage in 2010, smashing 995 runs and three classy hundreds. For four years from 2011-2014, Kohli breached the 1000-run mark every season.A dismal 2015 ensued but he bounced back in 2016, hammering 739 runs from only 10 matches. And if he does play the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, Kohli could push for another hundred or two before the year runs out.His consistency ensured Kohli reclaimed the top spot in the ICC’s ODI rankings where he has now accumulated more points than Sachin Tendulkar did at the peak of his career.The KING reaffirms his dominance – 2nd hundred of the #INDvNZ series. @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017Here is a breakdown of how Kohli fared in each of the last years:2008Runs: 159Hundreds: 02009Runs: 325Hundreds: 12010Runs: 995Hundreds: 32011Runs: 1381Hundreds: 42012Runs: 1026Hundreds: 52013 Runs: 1268Hundreds: 42014Runs: 1054Hundreds: 42015Runs: 623Hundreds: 22016Runs: 739Hundreds: 32017Runs: 1460Hundreds: 6last_img read more

India jump to No. 2 in T20I rankings after series sweep vs Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia rose to the second spot in the latest ICC T20I rankings after their 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.Rohit Sharma-led India thrashed Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final T20I and moved from their pre-series tally of 119 points to 121 points. In the process they leapfrogged England, New Zealand and West Indies to move from fifth to second position in the list, which is led by Pakistan with 124 points.In the T20I ranking for batsmen, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have made substantial gains following their superb performances in the recently-concluded series.Sharma’s 162 runs in the series, which included a knock of 118 in the second match in Indore, have helped him gain six slots to reach 14th position.Meanwhile, Rahul has gained 23 slots to reach fourth position after scoring 154 runs in the series including two half-centuries.Australia opener Aaron Finch and Pakistan left-arm spinner Imad Wasim are the top-ranked batsman and bowler, respectively, in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings.Finch moved up one place as did West Indies left-handed opener Evin Lewis, even as Virat Kohli slipped to third position after missing the series due to personal commitments. As players lose two per cent of their rating points for each T20I missed, Kohli, has slipped from 824 points to 776 points.However, Kohli, who is top-ranked in ODIs and second in Tests, is only eight points behind Finch and four behind Lewis.Similarly, Imad has moved up to become the top-ranked bowler as Jasprit Bumrah missed the final match of the series after finishing wicketless in the opening two games to slip to third place. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has moved up one place to take a career-best second position.advertisementBoth Finch and Imad have been top-ranked in the past. Finch has spent 121 matches and 368 days as number one while Imad has spent 15 matches and 132 days at the top. Finch was last at the top on March 18, 2016, while Imad was at number one position last on November 4 this year.Among bowlers, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s eight wickets in the series have helped him move up 14 slots to reach 16th position while Hardik Pandya (up 40 places to joint-39th) and Kuleep Yadav (up 48 places to 64) have also moved northwards after taking six wickets each.For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera has moved up eight places to take the 30th slot in the batsmen’s list after aggregating 100 runs in the series while Upul Tharanga has gained 36 slots to reach 105th position after his total of 81 runs.Meanwhile, Thisara Perera has gained two places to reach 70th position among bowlers.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma’s Mumbai reception: MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and other cricketers to attend

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are all set for the second part of their wedding reception in the country with the second one set to take place at the St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai tonight.The couple had hosted their first reception at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on December 21 for Kohli’s family and friends. The reception also saw his teammates Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina in attendance along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Kohli, Dhawan and Anushka were also seen shaking a leg at the party along with legendary Punjabi singer Gurdas Virushka FC�?� (@VirushkaWorld) December 22, 2017Kohli and Anushka both chose to wear ethnic outfits in Delhi – Kohli looked dapper in a bandhgala sherwani while Anushka chose to wear a red Benarasi saree for the function. Both outfits were designed by renowned fashion designer Sabysachi Mukherjee. The couple are expected to stick with the same designer for tonight’s function as well.GOALS �??�#VirushkaReception @AnushkaSharma @imVkohli Manya Mehra (@ManyaMehra) December 21, 2017While the Delhi reception was mainly for Kohli’s family and friends, tonight’s event will be for Anushka’s family and friends from Bollywood and entertainment.(Image Courtesy: Yogen Shah)The function will take place in the spacious Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel, which has a seating capacity of 300 guests and is located on level 9 of the hotel. The extravagant venue has 23 foot-high ceilings and crystal chandeliers.Glad to be part of your special day @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma! Wish you both a beautiful life ahead filled with eternal love and companionship! Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 21, 2017The ballroom has an expansive area of 6,433 square feet, and is divided into three sections, a long hallway, pre-function area, the central ballroom and the Astor Terrace. There are floor to-ceiling windows that separate the ballroom from the Astor terrace, which gives ample sunlight and moonlight. The wedding reception will start from 8 pm onwards on Tuesday.Welcome to this side of the bridge bro! �?���?�� we have one more topic to discuss off the field�??? Many congratulations to the couple! @AnushkaSharma @imVkohli Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 23, 2017Along with the who’s-who of  Bollywood, the Indian cricket team with coach Ravi Shastri and the support staff will also be attending the function.The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma in Kohli’s absence, is in Mumbai where they played the third and final T20 International against Sri Lanka, winning by 5 wickets to clinch the series on Virushka FC�?� (@VirushkaWorld) December 22, 2017The team will be leaving for South Africa on Wednesday after attending the reception tonight. India will be touring South Africa for three Tests, six One-Day Internationals and three T20Is, beginning January 5.Anushka, who has a few big film releases lined up in 2018, is expected to accompany Kohli on the tour. The couple, who started dating way back in 2013, will also ring in the New Year in South Africa.(Image Courtesy: Yogen Shah)Kohli tied the knot with Anushka in a secret and rather intimate ceremony in Italy on December 11, becoming the latest in the Indian team to join the bandwagon of married cricketers.Newly wed couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Kohli spotted at Mumbai airport today. #VirushkaReception ❤�??� Virushka FC�?� (@VirushkaWorld) December 22, 2017The wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy but Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret.Today we have promised each other to be bound in love for ever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you.This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 11, 2017The Delhi dasher, outspoken, bold and gutsy, recently said Anushka made him more sensible and taught him the virtues of patience. Therefore, it was a happy moment for fans of both superstars when the holy matrimony was finally made official.last_img read more

Shenzhen Open: Simona Halep comes from behind to beat Duan Yingying to reach quarter-finals

first_imgSimona Halep warmed up for the upcoming Australian Open in the best possible way as she rallied past China’s Duan Yingying to reach the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China on Wednesday.Securing her top rank and top seeding going into the first Grand Slam of the year next week, Halep trumped Duan 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.Halep hit 21 winners in the match and won five out of the eight break points to prevail over the Chinese.ALSO WATCHHalep was caught off guard early on by Duan’s big hitting but the world No.1 turned the match on its head by breaking Duan twice in the second set to force the match into the decider.Troubled by a thigh problem late in the match, Duan took a medical timeout and returned for the decider with her left thigh heavily strapped.Halep, who battled past Duan in their previous meeting in Eastbourne last year, took advantage as Duan struggled to find her rhythm and raced to a 5-0 lead. She then subdued a late fightback to seal the win in 97 minutes.”I knew that she is playing really hard and hitting every ball. I knew I had to be strong on my legs,” Halep said.”After the first set I was thinking I have to find rhythm, to stay closer to the baseline and open the court better, which I did… It was a very tough match.”Halep’s compatriot and fourth seed Irina-Camelia Begu overcame Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. She was joined in the quarter-finals by Czech Katerina Siniakova who beat China’s Wang Yafan 7-5, 6-3.advertisement(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Colon’s 200th, Mets Take Phils, 5-4

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Bartolo Colon moved into an elite club on Aug. 8.Colon pitched eight innings for his 200th career victory, Travis d’Arnaud homered and the New York Mets held on for a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.Daniel Murphy recorded his fifth straight multihit game with two singles for the Mets, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in Philadelphia. New York has outscored Philadelphia 63-32 during those contests.Marlon Byrd homered, Grady Sizemore drove in two runs and hot-hitting Ben Revere had two of the Phillies’ nine hits. Revere is batting a major league-best .388 since June 26.The 41-year-old Colon joined Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal as the only Dominican-born pitchers to reach 200 victories. “I’m really happy to be in that category,” Colon said through an interpreter. “I’m expecting a call from those guys.”He gave up one run and six hits, struck out six and walked none.“It’s amazing that he’s still able to perform like he does,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “Two hundred wins, that’s a lot of wins.”Colon (11-9) didn’t allow a batter to reach second base except for Byrd, who led off the seventh with a drive over the wall in left for his 22nd homer. Colon departed after throwing 107 pitches.“He throws a lot of fastballs but he changes speeds with them making it difficult to gauge the velocity,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said.Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett (6-12) surrendered 11 hits, tying a season high, resulting in five runs in his third consecutive loss. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two while falling to 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in his last five starts.The Mets nearly blew it in the ninth, when Philadelphia scored three runs on three hits.Chase Utley doubled and Ryan Howard walked against left-hander Dana Eveland. Closer Jenrry Mejia relieved Eveland and Byrd singled to load the bases. Sizemore then lined a two-run double off the wall in right that trimmed New York’s lead to 5-3.“I was praying for the ball to stay in the ballpark,” Colon said. “Thanks to Mejia for doing his job and holding his composure on the mound.”Right fielder Curtis Granderson made a diving catch on Carlos Ruiz’s sinking liner to save at least one run for the first out. “That really saved us,” Collins said.After Cody Asche had a run-scoring groundout, Mejia struck out pinch-hitter Reid Brignac for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.The Mets got on the board in the fourth inning, with Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Granderson and Murphy each driving in a run. D’Arnaud’s eighth homer in the fifth put New York ahead 5-0.The only spot where Colon struggled was the batter’s box, where the historically poor hitter went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts – two of which came on failed sacrifice attempts. A career .087 hitter entering the game, Colon’s average dipped to .043 with 28 strikeouts in 46 at-bats this season.Murphy is batting .456 in his last 13 games and upped his NL-leading hits total to 144.(AARON BRACY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Isles Shoot Out Panthers, 4-3

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — The New York Islanders blew a late lead, yet still managed to pull out their fifth straight win.Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and the Islanders outlasted the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Nov. 14.Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome and John Tavares had goals in regulation for New York, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots. Frans Nielsen also scored in the shootout.“Having the lead in the third period, leading 3-1, you want to finish the game,” Halak said. “We gave them hope to come back, and unfortunately for us they did. “We found a way and stuck to the game plan.”Aaron Ekblad, Jimmy Hayes and Brian Campbell scored for Florida, and Vincent Trocheck had two assists. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal in the shootout for Florida. “It was a huge comeback for us, but I’ve got to find a way to make some saves in the shootout,” Luongo said. “It’s not acceptable for me to let in two.”Leading 3-1, the Islanders seemed to be cruising to victory midway through the third period but the Panthers scored twice in the final 10 minutes to tie it.Florida closed to 3-2 on Campbell’s power-play goal at 9:58. Campbell’s shot went over Halak’s left shoulder for his first of the season and first in 28 games.“I’ve been in a struggle,” Campbell said. “It’s nice to feel I’m starting to escape the last couple games and play the way I’m capable of.”The Panthers tied it with 2:35 left as Ekblad’s slap shot from just inside the blue line got past a screened Halak.“For whatever reason, we stopped moving our feet, and it was just a lack of discipline, and it led to penalties,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “It’s the first time we’ve done it all year, really. We’ve got to learn from it.”The Islanders seemed to put the game away earlier in the third when they stretched their lead to 3-1 at 3:57. Johnny Boychuk’s shot bounced off Luongo’s chest, and the goalie couldn’t get a grip on the loose puck. It went under his pads, and Kulemin swept it in.The Islanders had trailed 1-0 but scored twice in 1:59 to take the lead.They got even at 13:09 of the second when Okposo passed the puck to Tavares in the right circle for a wrist shot that beat Luongo on the glove side.New York went ahead on Strome’s breakaway goal. Strome took a nice pass from Thomas Hickey near the red line and came in alone. He put a wrist shot past Luongo with 4:52 left in the second.“We just want to keep it going,” Islanders forward Josh Bailey said. “It’s a long year, and when you get on a bit of a roll, you want to ride the wave as long as you can.”An odd play came with three minutes left in the second. Florida’s Aleksander Barkov shot the puck that Halak trapped between the back of his head and the crossbar. A video review confirmed that a goal wasn’t scored.Hayes’ goal at 12:37 of the first was his third in three games and gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead.Trocheck made a behind-the-back pass from in back of the net to Hayes in front, and his shot got by Halak. The goal ended the Islanders’ shutout streak at 193 minutes, 48 seconds, the second longest in team history.The longest Islanders’ streak was 199:24, set in 1998.(PAUL GEREFFI)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Penguins Beat Devils in OT, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEWARK, N.J. — The struggling Pittsburgh Penguins could have given up against the New Jersey Devils.They trailed by a goal in the third period, and goalie Cory Schneider was stopping everything and getting bailed out by some pings off the posts.But the Penguins hung in and pulled out a much-needed win.Defenseman Simon Despres scored 2:21 into overtime, and the Penguins rallied to beat the Devils 2-1 on Jan. 30.“The way things have been going lately, we could have just accepted this as a loss, but we all stayed with it,” said Chris Kunitz, who forced overtime with a power-play goal with 3:11 left in regulation. “That was the key. We stayed with it, stayed focused, kept the pressure on.”The loss spoiled a magnificent performance by Schneider, who made 41 saves.The winning goal came after Schneider made a close-in stop on Brandon Sutton. The Penguins kept the puck in the zone, and Despres’ shot from inside the blue line beat a screened Schneider.“I didn’t get a great look at it,” Schneider said. “I think he came one way and shot it back the other through a screen. It just got a piece of the post and went in. It was a nice shot.”Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said Schneider’s performance was one of the best he has seen by a goalie in a while.“He gave us a chance to win, more than a chance to win,” Lamoriello said. “It’s a shame he didn’t get the win. Certainly the team would get the win, but he deserved a better fate.”Marc-Andre Fleury made 13 saves for the Penguins, who fell behind 1-0 when Devils forward Steve Bernier scored on a wraparound 6:08 into the third period.New Jersey failed to tie its season-best, three-game winning streak. Pittsburgh won for the second time in seven games (2-3-2).“We talked about that, the last couple of days, that most importantly, we had to stay with it,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “We were playing our game. We played a good game. We didn’t flinch after they scored. We did whatever it took to get the game-tying goal.“But when (Kris) Letang’s shot hit the post (with 7 minutes left), you have to wonder whether it’s going to be our night.”Schneider stopped the first 37 Pittsburgh shots and seemed on the verge of his third shutout of the season when Peter Harrold took a high-sticking penalty with 3:29 left in regulation.The Penguins needed only 18 seconds to tie it 1-1. Sidney Crosby, who had been stopped point blank earlier in the period by Schneider on a nice setup by David Perron, took a shot from the right circle that hit Schneider in the chest. Defenseman Adam Larsson couldn’t clear the puck, and Kunitz fired the rebound into the net for his 15th goal.“They kept coming,” Schneider said. “You have to give Pittsburgh credit. They put a lot of pressure on and took advantage of their opportunities late. We just couldn’t get that extra goal or keep them at bay long enough.”Bernier had given the Devils the lead with a goal that was aided by the leg of linesman Ryan Galloway.Bernier’s dump-in into the Penguins zone hit Galloway, allowing Bernier to retrieve the puck. He skated past defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, went behind the net, came out the other side and banked the puck into the net off Fleury’s skate.Schneider kept the Devils in the game in the opening two periods, stopping 20 shots, including a breakaway by Sutter in the first and a backhander by Crosby after a sweeping move from the corner in the second.“We have to be way better, we can’t keep relying on Schneids and the other goalies to keep us in there the whole game,” Devils forward Patrik Elias said. “We’re not taking charge. We’re not skating well. We’re just sitting back. We have to be hungrier tomorrow.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more