first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina have made it through to the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon after pipping Australian Paul Hanley and Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in a last-four match that lasted close to two hours.Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina have made it through to the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon. APThey will meet ninth seeds Jurgen Melzer and Iveta Benesova in the final on Sunday.  Melzer and Benesova edged past eighth seed Daniel Nestor and Yung-Jan Chan 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.The Indo-Russian pair began by committing a lot of unforced errors in the first set but then saved two of five break-points to win it 6- 2.However, Hanley and Hsieh got their act together in the second set. The duo made few unforced errors to win it 6-3. The decider was a rollercoaster ride for Bhupathi and Vesnina as Hanley and Hsieh broke them in the third game to lead 2-1.But the fourth seeds broke back and held their serve to go up by 3-2, closing out the match with a break in the final game.If Bhupathi and Vesnina go on to win the title, it will be Bhupathi’s 12th Grand Slam, his seventh mixed doubles title, and his third in London.last_img read more

first_imgRM Lodha RM Lodha SHARE SHARE EMAIL Reacting to former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju’s report to the BCCI that the Supreme Court judgment upholding Justice RM Lodha Committee reforms on the cricketing body is “unconstitutional”, the former Chief Justice of India said the Supreme Court’s verdict is the “final word” in the dispute.“What is the legal validity (of Justice Katju’s report)? Nobody else can do anything. The only way is for BCCI to approach the Supreme Court. I have told Mr. Shirke that we are doing what is mandated in the Supreme Court judgment of July 18,” Justice Lodha said in a telephonic interview to this correspondent on Tuesday.The disputeJustice Lodha’s reactions came after hearing BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke on Tuesday. Justice Katju, appointed by the BCCI to advice on the Lodha panel reforms and the apex court judgment, had on Sunday lashed out at the Bench led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, saying the verdict “threw law to the winds”. He had accused the apex court of judicial activism for interfering in the functioning of a private registered society. He had declared the Lodha Committee “illegal”.This was despite the fact that the July 18 judgment had addressed the very same argument earlier submitted in court by the BCCI – that it is a private body protected under Article 19 (1) (c) of the Constitution (the fundamental right to form unions or associations or co-operative societies).Chief Justice Thakur in his judgment had dismissed the contention while holding that the freedom under Article 19 (1) (c) was guaranteed only to “citizens and citizens alone” – and the court was only ushering in reform to inspire public confidence in the Board and the game.Genuine challenges?When asked whether he thought the BCCI was facing genuine difficulties or was it stalling the implementation of the panel’s reforms, Justice Lodha said Shirke “broached” to the panel certain difficulties during the meeting.“The Supreme Court pronounced the judgment after affording them (BCCI and its members) full opportunity to voice their difficulties and their reactions to the Committee’s recommendations. Shirke said the BCCI is filing a review petition. I said they are entitled to do so. It is their legal right,” Justice Lodha said about the interaction.A review petition, if filed, would come up before a Bench led by Chief Justice Thakur. The petition may be heard in the judges’ chambers unless the BCCI lawyers shows compelling reasons for an open-court hearing.Timelines grantedJustice Lodha said the panel gave BCCI specific timelines to complete the transition in six months as directed by the Supreme Court.“This is the first phase of timelines. We have given them a schedule of 11 to 12 items to be completed by September 30. These include amendments to the Memorandum of Association, rules and regulations of the BCCI; amendments to the constitution and by-laws of the States associations; amendments to the Indian Premier League rules; most subjects of notification like players’ steering panel, players’ association, etc. A few other tasks have been scheduled to be done before October 15,” Justice Lodha said. Justice Lodha said Shirke offered to file an Action Taken Report on August 25. “Some of these actions require multiple changes,” he said.When asked about the apex court’s directive to the Lodha Committee to consider the BCCI’s objections to including representatives of IPL franchisees in the IPL Governing Council, Justice Lodha said Shirke has offered to give his comments on the issue in the next two to three days.The Board had objected to the recommendation on the ground that it would lead to conflict of interest as the Council decides on players’ retention policy and umpire selection.The apex court had referred the recommendation back to the Lodha Committee for a re-look while observing that the reform would deemed to be approved by the court if the Committee chose to reiterate it. × RM Lodha Markandey Katju Justice Lodha refutes Katju’s allegation of court judgment being ‘unconstitutional’ COMMENT cricketcenter_img SHARE Markandey Katju 1/2 Published on 2/2 Markandey Katju August 09, 2016 COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIt just took two moments of magic from the man of the moment Eden Hazard to bring Liverpool’s winning run to an abrupt end. Hazard’s inspirational performance in the third round of the Carabao cup ensured Chelsea came back in the game to win 2-1. Although the number 10 started on the bench and Liverpool took the lead in his absence , it did not take long for him to create the chance for Chelsea’s first goal and smashing home the second.The Belgian’s wonder-goal at Anfield has left pundits little choice but labeling him ‘the best in the world right now’. Even Jurgen Klopp had complimentary words after full-time saying ,”Eden Hazard in full speed inside the box is not easy to stop. A wonderful goal.”Chelsea legend and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was full of plaudits for Hazard . “It’s a fantastic goal. Not only the beauty of it but for the time he scored it,” said Zola on the goal and added “Not only is Hazard one of the best in the Premier League – if not the best – but he is one of the best in Europe and the world.”last_img read more

first_imgEvery phone buyer is looking for something special in his or her phone. Some look for great camera, some want great performance, and there are some who fall for sleek design. However, for a phone to give you all that you demand from it, it also needs to have a big battery.While a great picture may tell a thousand words, a phone without a good battery is nothing more than a toy. Battery ultimately comes to the rescue, especially for those who travel long distances are often the victim of depressing and heavy traffic jam at nights.While the phone market is flooded with phones claiming great battery lives, here are some that we recommend to those who want to do their daily travels without carrying a charger.Redmi Note 3In our review we had called this phone as Mr dependable and it’s undoubtedly the one. Redmi Note 3 costs Rs 9,999 for the 16GB version and Rs 11,999 for the 32GB version. The phone packs in a big non-removable battery of 4,050 mAh and can last for up to 30 hours.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul Dravid Xiaomi Mi MaxLaunched in May 2016, Xiaomi’s Mi Max is a 6.44 inch phablet with a massive 4,850mAh non-removable battery inside.  While the heavy use of the phone can make it last for a day, users can enjoy seamless battery life for almost one and a half days or even two days if used moderately.This is what we wrote in our review:”Most users, with more generalised usage will easily be able to squeeze out at least two day out of the phone.”advertisementThe phone costs Rs 14,999 for the 32 GB variant. To know more about the phone read our review .Asus Zenfone Max 2016Launched in May 2016, ZenFone Max 2.0 is a big battery beast by Asus. The phone comes with a massive battery of 5,000mAh capacity. The battery is non-removable and it is the main USP of the phone.This is what we wrote in our review about the phone’s battery:”The ZenFone Max 2.0 uses a 5,000mAh battery which is non-removable. Battery life in a word is fantastic.”The phone has a price tag of Rs 9,999 for the 2GB version while the 3GB RAM version costs Rs 12,999.To know more about the phone read our review .Gionee M5 Marathon PlusLaunched in December 2015, Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is a 6-inch touchscreen display phone with a non-removable Li-Po 5,020 mAh battery. The phone offers a talk-time of up to 20 hours and a standby time of nearly 620 hours. Now that’s what we call a jumbo battery.The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and is powered by a Mediatek MT6753 processor. The phone has a price tag of Rs 26,999 but is totally worth the money if buying from the battery perspective.Redmi 3S PrimeThere’s a reason why we called this phone as the Xiaomi’s greatest hit in our review.  With only a price tag of Rs 6,999 this phone houses a 4,100 mAh battery inside.  Along with this, the phone also sports some decent looks and has a full-metal body.Even if you use this phone all the time, which means its screen is on almost all the time, the battery in this phone lasts around 12-15 hours, which is phenomenal.This is what we had said in our review:”It looks good, feels good, has a neat display, dependable performance, good-enough cameras and killer battery life. More importantly, it’s super cheap.”Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hitlast_img read more

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — What a difference a week makes for the Milwaukee Bucks.They won their fourth straight game since coach Jason Kidd was fired by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 107-95 on Monday night. And now they’re getting forward Jabari Parker back in a few days.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 18 rebounds, and Matthew Dellavedova scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks, who moved to 27-22 and look like a contender again in the Eastern Conference.“Anytime you go 4-0 in a week, it’s a good week,” said center John Henson, who had 13 points. “Just playing well. We beat the teams we’re supposed to beat.”The 76ers didn’t have All-Star center Joel Embiid, who sat out to rest. Milwaukee has also beaten losing teams in Phoenix, Brooklyn and Chicago under new coach Joe Prunty, the assistant who took over on an interim basis after Kidd was fired last Monday.Still, this is progress for a squad that at times has played down to the level of its opponents.“We’re just playing harder, trusting one another,” Antetokounmpo said. “Just in general having fun when we’ve been out there.”Dario Saric had 19 points to lead the cold-shooting Sixers, who were 2 of 26 from 3-point range a night after going 11 of 29 in a loss at Oklahoma City. Ben Simmons added 16 points.“Maybe we left them in Oklahoma,” Saric said about the off night from the arc. He missed all eight of his 3-point attempts.The Sixers started out having all the fun in the paint, scoring 22 of their first 26 points in the lane. But the Bucks, who focused on making life difficult for Philadelphia on the perimeter, started figuring out how to limit the Sixers down low, too.Philadelphia was overpowered without Embiid in the middle, and Antetokounmpo picked up his 22nd double-double of the season.“Without Joel, we knew that if we were going to win, we needed a successful 3-point night,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “We had to find points from somewhere.”Milwaukee also announced during the game that Parker was cleared to return Friday against the New York Knicks, nearly a year after being sidelined with the second major left knee injury of his career. Parker tore his left ACL on Feb. 8, 2017, against Miami. At the time, he was averaging a career-high 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as one of the franchise cornerstones.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid is set to play in back-to-back games for the first time when Philadelphia hosts Miami on Friday before visiting Indiana the next night. The 7-foot center has had an extensive injury history that includes foot and knee surgeries that have limited his ability to play since he was drafted third overall in 2014. Elected a starter for his first All-Star Game, Embiid scored 27 points in 35 minutes during Sunday’s loss at Oklahoma City. He is averaging 23.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.Bucks: G Malcolm Brogdon returned to the starting lineup after a two-game absence with right calf soreness. He scored four points in 21 minutes. … G Eric Bledsoe did not return after playing the first three minutes. The Bucks said he was available, but had been dealing with a sore left ankle.“The bottom line is we gave it a go, the effort was there in terms of trying to go out and play, and obviously he couldn’t go,” Prunty said.DELLY, DELLYThe Bucks were 11 for 28 from 3-point territory, getting key long-range buckets off the bench from Tony Snell (11 points), Sterling Brown (10 points) and Dellavedova. His reverse layup with 4:15 left capped a 12-4 run to give Milwaukee a 15-point lead.Dellavedova also had a personal five-point run beginning with a 3 from the corner with 6:51 left and ending with two free throws after getting fouled on the break following a steal.“He does so many little things out there for you. It’s not only getting you into the offense, it’s knowing the offense and where guys can be successful or setting screens,” Prunty said.QUOTABLE“He’s definitely a freak. He’s long, athletic … he gets to the line a lot. He’s gifted.” — Simmons about the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo.UP NEXT76ers: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.Bucks: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.—GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgUpdated 6pm 4/21/17A bank robbery suspect has been captured after his all-terrain vehicle crashed in northeast Nebraska.Authorities say 38 year old Jeffrey Bonneau allegedly robbed the First Bank of Bancroft about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and fled with an undisclosed amount of money on the ATV, heading south.Cuming County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Brown says Bonneau lost control of his ATV and it rolled after crashing, injuring the suspect.Bonneau was taken to a hospital where he is in custody.Bonneau will be brought before a federal magistrate once he is released from the hospital.———————————–A bank robbery suspect has been captured after his all-terrain vehicle crashed in northeast Nebraska.Authorities say a man robbed the First Bank of Bancroft about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and fled with an undisclosed amount of money on the ATV, heading south.Cuming County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Brown says the man lost control of the ATV and it rolled after crashing. The man was taken to a hospital.The man’s name and condition haven’t been released.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img read more

first_imgI’ve never really understood the point of this, but it seems to be one of Mike Gundy’s favorite holiday traditions. Keeping the whole world from knowing who’s going to play QB in the big game.Mike Yurcich was asked on Tuesday. He gave a very Gundy-like answer.“They’re sharing reps, and they’re both looking good and sharp, and they both have their packages,” said Yurcich. “And as we get closer to the game, we will make decisions based on the flow of the game and the productivity as well.”The Q&A that followed was so great.Q. What can you tell us about Mason’s skill? I assume he is limited a little bit. Is he full strength? What can you share?“Well, he is a tremendous young man who is doing his best to prepare for this game.”Haha!Q. Will he play for sure?“He is a great leader that’s really doing a great job right now in his preparation.”So great. J.W. Walsh followed that up with another Gundy-like answer.“It’s just exciting to know that we kind of have that edge as far as the secrecy of it,” Walsh told the Oklahoman. “And how coach Gundy kind of goes about his business has always been kind of fun. He’s always been that way.”My official guess is that Rudolph starts and plays 50-60 percent of the game. I think we’re going to see more of Walsh but, contrary to what I thought about a week ago, I don’t think he’s going to play all or a majority of the game.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgA general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)While it lacks the implications of Ohio State-Michigan, the Ohio State-Michigan State game will still be fun to watch.Both teams rebounded from recent losses with solid performances this past week that erased some doubts. And now we know when the two teams will play this week.The Michigan State Football Twitter account posted that the game will be played at noon on FOX.The Spartans have recovered equally nicely from their loss to Michigan last month. They had decisive wins over Purdue and Maryland, and might even be back in the Top-25 this week.The Big Ten has announced that the Ohio State game on Nov. 10 in Spartan Stadium will kick off at noon. The game will be televised on FOX.— Michigan State Football (@MSU_Football) November 4, 2018But Ohio State – even on the road – will likely be considered the favorite.After getting embarrassed by Purdue a few weeks ago, Ohio State took down Nebraska this weekend, 36-31.Granted, Ohio State allowed the Cornhuskers to stick around a lot longer than head coach Urban Meyer may have wanted. But in the end, they still control their own destiny for a spot in the Big Ten championship game.And if they win out and claim the Big Ten title, perhaps the College Football Playoff committee will reconsider them as a one-loss entry into the tournament.But they’ll have to get past the Michigan State Spartans first.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Sydney HarbourAustralian Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay announced yesterday the start of operations of the new Port Authority of New South Wales and welcomed the appointments of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  The new authority was formed from the amalgamation of the Sydney, Newcastle and Port Kembla Port Corporations.“The NSW Government’s port governance review of the three Port Corporations found there were opportunities to improve efficiency in this critical part of the NSW transport network.The amalgamated Port Authority of New South Wales will ensure these ports can continue to meet the needs of our port users efficiently and effectively,” Minister Gay said.Port KemblaCEO Port Authority of New South Wales Grant Gilfillan said the amalgamation was a win for NSW businesses and port users.“This enlarged single corporation will deliver a more efficient and robust ports business for the state with the benefits of commercial discipline provided under the state-owned corporation model,” Mr. Gilfillan said.“We have an exciting future ahead of us and I am confident the expanded corporation will deliver even better services and outcomes for our major stakeholders and the people of NSW.”Port of NewcastleThe Port Authority of New South Wales will continue to be responsible for harbour masters and pilotage, navigation services, dangerous goods and marine pollution and emergency response.It is also responsible for managing Port Jackson, Yamba and Eden, and the Hunter Valley Coal Export Framework.Press Release; July 2nd, 2014last_img read more