Bolt wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year award

first_imgFrom Chandraboli MitraMonaco, Feb 15 (PTI) Worlds “greatest” sprinter Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the Sportsman of the Year trophy for a record-equalling fourth time, while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the womens category at the Laureus World Awards at a glittering ceremony here.They are the little and large of sport ? while Bolt stands 1.95 metres, Biles measures just 1.45 metres ? but they were both giants at the Rio Olympics, and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their statuettes here, the birthplace of the first ever Laureus awards 17 years ago.Bolt, who won this award in 2009, 10 and 13, walked away with the Oscar of Sports for the fourth time, thereby joining tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater as four-time Laureus award winner.Bolt received his award from legendary Michael Johnson, who urged him not to break other peoples records. To which Bolt responded by saying “sorry”.”I am sorry to have broken your record,” Bolt told Johnson.”Thanks for the wonderful award. Laureus is one of the biggest awards for me. This is my 4th award and to be equalling it with someone like Roger Federer is great. I am kin great company. It is special,” he added.Olympic gymnastics champion Biles notched up the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, riding on her brilliant achievement at the Rio Games last year, where she finished with four yellow metals and a bronze.The most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps bagged the Comeback of the Year award after returning to the swimming pool and scooping five more gold medals.advertisementAfter the 2012 Olympics, Phelps retired from swimming but came out of the retirement and subsequently at the Rio Games last year, he bagged as many as five gold medals and a silver.”Looking back at my career today, I can say that Rio was my greatest race,” said Phelps after getting the award.Formula One champion Nico Roseberg claimed the Breakthrough of the Year award. He ended runner-up in 2014 and 2015 but finally won the title last year.Roseberg said that the last two laps in Abu Dhabi was the “most sensational moment in my racing career.””I am really happy to have won the Oscar of Sports. The last two laps in Abu Dhabi, I didnt know if my lifes dream was coming true. That stands second behind my wife giving birth to our girl,” said Roseberg after winning the award.In other categories, Italys Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee in international wheelchair fencing, clinched the disability award, while the Olympic refugee team, led by Tegla Loroupe, won the Laureus Sport for Good award for sporting inspiration at the function, which was hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Grant. (MORE) PTI CM MRJlast_img read more

Tables turned: Australian spinners make India batsmen dance to their tunes

first_imgComing in to Pune, India were on fire. The world’s number one Test team were playing in their own den. They had won eight Tests out of nine this home season. (Scorecard)Their captain was in the form of his life. Four double hundreds in successive series. No man had ever done that before. Not even Bradman. India’s main strike bowler, was gulping down batsmen for breakfast and some more for lunch.Australia, once mighty world beaters, were going to be their latest victims. They had after all been exposed for their frailties in their own conditions by South Africa only a few months back. Now, India were ready and waiting. Remember the 4-0 whitewash four years ago? Virat Kohli’s men were going to repeat that and Pune was ready with a surface that promised to be a raging turner even before a ball had been bowled in anger. (Virat Kohli out for duck for the first time in Tests in India)And boom! India’s spinners found turn and India’s spinners bagged six wickets among themselves. A late blast from Mitchell Starc helped Australia post a respectable 260. Shane Warne, who had dubbed the surface an eight-day pitch even before the toss, felt that was enough.As it turned out, Warne was right. India lost wickets in a heap. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, the vaunted top-order fell to pace before Steve O’Keefe, who had only been included for his accuracy turned the table on India completely. (R Ashwin breaks Kapil Dev’s record for most Test wickets in home season)advertisementHarbhajan Singh had mocked Australia and said they would lose 3-0 if they played well. Steve Smith was not happy and he must have had a point to prove. India tried to play Australia’s mind-games but maybe they forgot the visitors from down under were the champions of verbal jousts.It took three India spinners  – two of them the top two in world cricket – to pick six wickets. Steve O’Keefe snared three in an over and six in the innings. Career-best figures of 6/35. Australia were all over India like a rash on a pitch that was designed to help the hosts.Australia’s batting performance last afternoon might have led you to believe that they were intimidated by the pitch. India’s outing with the bat reeked of arrogance.Kohli, facing up to the quick Mitchell Starc, flashed at one angling away from him. That took care of the morale in the dressing-room, especially after Vijay and Pujara had been dismissed.A brief partnership between Lokesh Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane gave India a glimmer of hope but Rahul’s rash shot triggered a sensational collapse. From 94/3, India were shot out for 105.India, who had smashed 600 plus totals in their last three Tests, lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs in less than eight overs.The pitch had very little to do with that dramatic collapse. There was vicious turn but more than any other team, Indian batsmen should have been used to it. This Australian bowling attack was the best they had faced all season and it looked like   the hosts got carried away in their determination to take the attack to the opposition.When India look back at this innings and possibly a Test match they will lose, they will wonder why Kohli chased a wide delivery that early in his innings and scratch their heads over what prompted Rahul to play that shot off O’Keefe.last_img read more

McLaren goes back to its roots to launch new era in Formula One

first_imgMcLaren has gone back to its roots to launch a new era in Formula One.The British team unveiled its car for the season on Friday: The MCL32, in distinctive orange and black.Orange was the color of choice for founder Bruce McLaren in the 1960s. The team’s first victory in F1 came in an orange car in 1968.Sponsorship deals meant McLaren’s cars were red and white from the 1970s to the ’90s. It was most recently dark gray.”Nice to see some McLaren color,” said McLaren driver Fernando Alonso. “It’s definitely the most beautiful car I will have driven in the past 16 years.”Zak Brown, McLaren’s new executive director, said the new color scheme is a response to requests by fans.Brown is one of the newcomers to McLaren’s team – on and off the track – as it looks to become a force in F1 once again. McLaren hasn’t won a race since 2012.Alonso has a new teammate in Belgian driver Stoffel Vandoorne, while it was announced in November that Ron Dennis was stepping down as chairman following a boardroom row.The game has changed. The #MCL32 breaks cover in its dynamic orange and black livery. Watch our official launch film. ??? McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 24, 2017last_img read more

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stays on hot streak to win title in Marseille

first_imgFrance’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his second title in succession by comfortably beating compatriot Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4 in the Marseille Open final on Sunday.The number two seed hit seven aces and did not face a break point in sweeping aside fourth-seeded Pouille to win the trophy for the third time, having also triumphed in 2009 and 2013.”This is the second week in a row that I’m heading home without a loss, it does not happen so often,” said the 31 year-old, who should rise four places to No.7 in the world rankings to be announced on Monday. “It’s good for my confidence.”Last week Tsonga won his first title in two years, the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.last_img

The 4 Key Qualities of Amazing Thank You Letters

first_imgPut your donors—and your thank you process—first this year. Include these four key components for effective and memorable donor thank you letters. We all know thanking donors is important, but sometimes it’s easily brushed aside as one more item on our to-do lists. Consider this grim reality: nonprofits lose the vast majority of donors acquired each year. The typical nonprofit will keep only one in three to one in five of their supporters next year! The good news is there’s a lot you can do to turn the tide. 4. Be donor-centric.Be mindful of the fact that your donors make your work happen. They should get credit for the work that they do. List the accomplishments they’ve made possible and put them front and center in all of your outreach. Don’t just talk about your organization as if it was somehow outside of the work and the investment of your donors.The idea is that the donor made this possible. They get the credit. What did they accomplish? Not, “Thank you for your gift. Here are all the great things we did.” As you write your thank you letters, imagine all of the good you do with the donor at the center of it.  Strive to make your donors feel that way when they hear from you—make it about them and the difference they are making together with you. 3. Be creative.Don’t look at sending out thank you letters as drudgery—use it as an opportunity to be creative and connect with your donors. Plan to do something that can differentiate you.  Sending photos or videos of your work is a fantastic idea. There’s nothing quite like telling your story in a picture or a video. This allows you to create an even stronger emotional resonance with your donors. Another way to get creative is to let people who love you, some of your best evangelists, speak on your behalf. Instead of sending a thank you note to an executive director, consider sending thank you letters that come from volunteers, community members, or the person who was directly impacted by the gift.  center_img 2. Be tangible.Your thank you should connect the donor with what they’ve invested in to a program. It is not enough to say, for example, “Thank you so much for your investment in childcare services,” or, “Thank you so much for helping to save the environment.”  Show exactly how their donation is making a difference. Donors want to know that their dollars matter so tell them what you did with their money. One of the best ways you can do this is by telling one specific story of how a donor’s gift is making a difference.  Stories help make the impact of a giftIf your donors are local, invite people to come and be with you and tour your facility. Show them the work that you do, and if possible, meet some of the people that you serve.  Let your donors experience and become bonded to your cause. There is nothing like having an unforgettable experience to make a cause become tangible.   1. Be personal.First things first! Being personal, warm, and authentic with your donors is critical. People expect for you to have open, honest and authentic relationships with them.  When communicating with your donors, make sure that you are being real and you are taking people seriously—not just treating them like an ATM machine.  In addition to creating a warm message, take the time to customize your thank you letters. One way to do this is to segment your audience and group donors based on the gifts they are giving, so that you can message them appropriately. A good email tool should make this easy to do, so take advantage of this option.If you are doing snail mail outreach, consider writing a handwritten note. We are all doing a lot of email marketing, and we are all used to getting direct mail. It is an unexpected treat to get a handwritten note in the mail, and this is something that can really make you stand out from the crowd. Another way to differentiate your organization is to pick up the phone and tell them just how important their support really is. Don’t be afraid to do something different, and take the time to customize your thank yous.  Investing the time to be personal pays off by making a good impression on your donors.last_img read more

Zinchenko vows to fight for Man City future

first_imgOleksandr Zinchenko is aiming to prove to Pep Guardiola that he can offer long-term competition to Benjamin Mendy at left-back amid links with potential new signings for Manchester City.Zinchenko played as a winger and attacking midfielder prior to becoming a squad player in City’s senior side, but he has invariably been used as a left-back by Guardiola.Serious injuries to Mendy both last season and this term have given Zinchenko opportunities to impress and he earned praise from Guardiola after playing the full 120 minutes in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea. 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! The Spaniard applauded his attitude and called him “incredible”, with the Ukrainian having made a commendable 17 appearances as a back-up player.Goal has confirmed City’s interest in Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, with the club reportedly concerned about Mendy’s susceptibility to injuries, but Zinchenko is battling to prove he can be the Frenchman’s deputy instead.”We will see what happens, but I am ready to fight for this place,” said Zinchenko, who was close to joining Wolves at the start of the season.”I want to learn from all of them in this club and I just try and take the best from them.”Of course, there is a pleasure when the manager like Pep is talking about you like this, but I don’t read the newspapers, I just have to be fully focused on my game.”It was always my dream to play for this club. It is a big pleasure to be part of it and I want to try to do my best. I want to be here.”When you play regularly you will get it and be in form and get this rhythm. Always you want to play more, but it is what it is. You have to work hard.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Self-Employment Continues to Rise Internationally: Nearly 15% of Europeans Now Freelancing

first_imgPhoto: EU Freelancers Movement Indiegogo campaign.Americans aren’t the only ones escaping the 9-5: More European workers are choosing freelancing than ever before, according to new reports.In a report released this week in the UK, self-employment is now growing 4% faster than traditional employment, totalling 4.37 million independent workers in the UK in 2013.This is the highest self-employment number ever, according to the British freelancers association PCG. “With an increase of 63 per cent over the last decade through bad times and now good times, this should be recognised as a sea change in how we approach the concept of work in this country,” says PCG’s chief economic advisor, Georgios Nikolaidis.The Netherlands has seen 92% growth in freelancing over the last 10 years. Self-employment did rise at a faster rate in countries hit hardest by the the global recession: 31.9% of Greeks and 23.4% of Italians are now self-employed. All told, 14.5% of employed Europeans are self-employed, as of the latest statistics.As a sign of the growth of freelancing in Europe, various freelancer associations have come together to form a unified “European Forum of Independent Professionals,” which aims to promote the interests of freelancers across the EU. Freelancers Union’s founder Sara Horowitz talked with one of the key organizers of this movement, Joel Dullroy, here.Joel has also launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise 5,000 euro to support the European Forum of Independent Professionals. With just 4 days left, they’re well on their way to reaching their goal.Freelancing is truly a global movement!last_img read more

Actor Milind Soman to attend Gandhi March in Netherlands

first_imgAmsterdam, Sep 27 (PTI) Actor Milind Soman will attend the Gandhi March on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti in the Hague to mark the International Day of Non-Violence in the Netherlands.The Gandhi March is a part of the Follow the Mahatma campaign being launched by organisations, institutions and individuals advocating non-violence along with the Indian community in the Netherlands and the Indian Embassy here on October 1 and 2.”Milind Soman, health and fitness expert and a strong believer in the power of self-motivation will join other marchers to collectively proclaim to the global community the importance of non-violence and world peace,” a press release issued by the Indian Embassy here said.Soman, who is well-recognised in the Netherlands — a country known for sports and fitness enthusiasts — is the first male supermodel of India, and has acted as well.He also holds the Limca record for running 1,500 kms over 30 days from New Delhi to Mumbai. He completed an ultra- endurance event with 10 kms of swimming, 474 kms of bike ride and a run of 84 kms over three days and is known ever since as the “Ultraman”.Marking the eve of the International Day of Non-Violence, the Gandhi March will be held from the Peace Palace to the Grote Kerk in the Hague.Ambassador of India to the Netherlands Venu Rajamony, Deputy Mayors of the Hague Rabin Baldewsingh and Karsten Klein, Ambassador of the United Kingdom Peter Wilson and the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa Bruce Vusi Koloane will be joining the march, the release said.advertisementA bicycle personally used by Mahatma Gandhi will be displayed at the Grote Kerk for the public to view at the end of the march.The bicycle has been sent to the Netherlands by the Gandhi Memorial Trust in India as a special gesture, in view of the popularity of cycling and the fact that cycles are part of the Dutch cultural heritage.An excerpt of an opera titled Satyagraha (the instrument of non-violence used by Gandhi) composed by renowned musician Philip Glass will be performed at the Grote Kerk by the Korzo Theatre.Also, a new book in Dutch titled Gandhi – An Illustrated Biography – published by Lannoo of Belgium and authored by Pramod Kapoor will be released on the occasion.October 2 is the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, and has been declared by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of Non-Violence. PTI AKV KUN AKJ KUNlast_img read more

2nd Test, Highlights: How India lost the plot against debutant Lungi Ngidi

first_img16.10 IST: India went into the second game needing a win or a draw to stay alive in the series. Losing the toss did not help their cause as South Africa elected to bat. They put up a decent total with Aiden Markram being their top scorer with 94. India in reply fell 28 short of the total. At one stage they looked like they would be conceding a big lead but courtesy a brilliant 153 by their skipper they were back in the game.With a lead of 28 on a wicket which was getting even more difficult to bat. Anything above 250 would have been difficult for India to chase. The Indian bowlers did strike early but the pair of AB de Villiers and Elgar first and then Faf du Plessis towards the end ensured they get up to a total which will prove too much of a task for the Indians.#CSAnews CSA congratulates Proteas on #FreedomSeries Series win #ProteaFire #SunfoilTest #SAvIND …— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201816.07 IST: Lungi Ngidi is adjudged Man of the MatchAnd here’s are his match figures – what a performance by this young 21-year-old @NgidiLungi #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 20181600 IST: Faf du Plessis – It took a lot of work. I thought we were on top most of the time. Especially in the field, we did well. Our main focus after day one was to show character. We were very disappointed after the last 45 minutes on day one. Our chat was that we needed to show more character. We were a little bit short in the first innings. We needed to get 400 after the position we were in. But for me the vital part was in the second innings when we kept pushing what they needed to get. We knew anything above 250 would be tough and that’s why out batsmen grinned. We’re looking forward to Ngidi and KG leading this attack in a few years. (Better catch) Morne definitely! He’s going to tell us about that catch over the next few days.advertisement15.55 IST: Virat Kohli – We thought the wicket was really flat. Quite surprising. I told the guys the wicket looks different to what it looked before toss. Especially after SA lost wickets in the first inn, we should have capitalized. We failed to get a good partnership and take lead. We have let ourselves down. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down. I want to leave everything on the field. That’s the way I play. 150 odd means nothing now that we have lost the series. If we had won, even a 30 would have mattered more. As a team, you want to win collectively. We tried but we weren’t good enough, espeically in the fielding department. That’s why they are the winner.”15.47 IST: South Africa (335 & 258) crush India (307 & 151) by 135 runs to take unbeatable 2-0 lead in 3-match series. Ngidi 6/39, Rabada 3/47South Africa win the 2nd Test by 135 runs and clinch the #FreedomSeries 2-0 #SAvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2018What a dream debut for the young man, Lungi Ngidi! Another impressive bowler to add to the lot of the already impressive pace bowlers of South Africa. He leads the team off the field and is congratulated by the Indians and also from his team members. He has single handedly ran through the strong batting line-up of the Indians, to help South Africa clinch the series 2-0. This is also their 9th successive win on home soilA superb career-best display by @NgidiLungi of 6/39 has bowled SA to victory at SuperSport Park. They have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire #SunfoilTest— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 2018It took South Africa only a session to take the seven wickets they had to today. Parthiv and Pujara did show good intent to start off today but a moment of madness from Pujara as he gifted his wicket to the South Africans by being run out. The rest also threw their wickets away by playing poor shots, needless shots you can say. Sharma did try to put up a fight but it was always an uphill task. For South Africa, Ngidi was the star as he picked up a 6-fer on his debut. He was well supported by the Rabada. As the pair took 9 of the 10 wickets to fall.advertisement15.47 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah c Philander b Ngidi 2 (6 balls). That is it! Six-fer for Ngidi. What a debut for the young man. He has made a mark for himself against a top-class batting line-up. He bowls it full on off, Bumrah tries to drive but instead he lobs it towards covers. Philander there runs in and takes another good catch inches above the ground. So that is four good catches in this innings. All smiles in the South African camp, Ngidi is given a stump for his heroics and India are bowled out for 151! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 135 runsSOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 135 RUNS!!! They win the series by going 2-0 up in the three-matches. The final wicket goes to the man of the moment @NgidiLungi, Bumrah (2) caught low by Philander. A six-for for Ngidi #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201815.44 IST: Rabada to Ishant, FOUR!15.37 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami c Morkel b Ngidi 28 (24 balls). Maiden five-wicket haul for Lungi Ngidi.15.30 IST: WICKET! 47.2: Rabada to R Sharma, OUT c AB de Villiers b Kagiso Rabada 47 (74 balls). India have lost their eighth wicket. India 307, 141/8 (47.2 overs), chasing 287, vs South Africa 335 and 258WICKET!!! On the stroke of lunch and it’s another blinder of a catch, this time by De Villiers to hand Rabada a third wicket. R Sharma is finally dismissed for 47 and India are 141/8 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201815.20 IST: 45.2: K Rabada to Sharma, FOUR! fifty-run stand up! 150 needed now! Rabada again bangs it short on middle, Rohit tries to pull but it goes off the top edge, very fine down the leg side for the second boundary of the over.15.19 IST: 45.1: K Rabada to R Sharma, FOUR. Short and down the leg side, too easy for Sharma. He pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary. The stand is now 46 and 154 needed.2nd Test. 43.5: K Rabada to M Shami (24), 4 runs, 127/7 #SAvInd #TeamIndia— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 201815.01 IST: Ngidi to Shami, FOUR! Almost got his fifer, Ngidi! Ngidi bowls a similar delivery to which he got Ashwin out. A full ball outside off. Shami goes after it but gets a thick outside edge, over the leaping gully fielder for a boundary.2nd Test. 41.2: L Ngidi to M Shami (18), 4 runs, 119/7 #SAvInd #TeamIndia— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 201814.56 IST: Maharaj to Shami, FOUR! In the air.. towards Morkel but this time he has no chance in catching it. Shami heaves this full ball towards long on. Morkel there runs to his right, puts in a dive but can’t reach the ball. A boundary results.14.49 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, SIX! Brings up 100 for India. BANG! India need a lot more of these. Sharma makes use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over long on for a biggie. This is Rohit’s highest score against the Proteas14.48 IST: Maharaj to Rohit, FOUR! Rohit is on the attack! Tosses it up on middle, Sharma goes down on one knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement14.47 IST: Ngidi to Shami, FOUR! In the air but in the gap! Ngidi bangs in another one outside off, Shami tries to defend away from his body but it goes off the outside edge, uppishly through backward point for a boundary.14.43 IST: WICKET! R Ashwin c de Kock b Ngidi 3 (6 balls). Ashwin is walking back now! This is all happening too quickly! Ngidi bowls it on a drivable length outside off, it shapes away a touch. Ashwin withouth any foot movement goes after it as he tries to force it through the off side. The ball takes the edge and goes to de Kock who does not drop many. Excellent bowling by Ngidi this is what pace can do it freezes the batsman’s legs. Lungi gets his fourth. South Africa are now three wickets away. India 307 & 87/7, South Africa need 3 wickets to win.WICKET!!! Here’s number 4 for Ngidi and SA are roaring toward victory now. Ashwin edges behind for 3 to leave India on 87/7 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201814.31 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya c de Kock b Ngidi 6 (12 balls). Hardik Pandya – threw his wicket away in the first innings, does the same yet again. What is the situation of the game? How good or bad is the position of his side? These are somethings that should have been going on in his mind but sadly, this lies just in words at the moment. Ngidi banged it short but it was well wide. Pandya should have left it alone but no, he doesn’t. Looks to go for the upper cut and only manages a cue end. The ball was going over slips but de Kock leaps high to his right and pouches it nicely. Another one falls for India, South Africa just 4 wicket away now. India 307 & 83/6, need 204 runsWICKET!!! The third of the morning and third for Ngidi as he dismisses Pandya for 6. Caught well by De Kock as India slip to 83/6. Target 287 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201814.27 IST: Lungi Ngidi concedes 5 runs from his first over today. India 307 & 80/5, need 207 runs to win14.20 IST: Keshav Maharaj starts his spell with a maiden over. India 307 & 75/5, need 212 runs to win14.19 IST: Off-spinner Keshav Maharaj comes into the attack for the Proteas. India 307 & 75/5, need 212 runs to win14.11 IST: Philander to Rohit, FOUR! Just short of a length outside off. Sharma guides it through point. The fielder from gully gives it a chase, dives but all in vain. A boundary results.2nd Test. 31.4: K Rabada to RG Sharma (16), 4 runs, 74/5 #SAvInd #TeamIndia— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 201814.05 IST: Hardik Pandya walks out to the middle. 14.05 IST: WICKET! Parthiv Patel c Morkel b Rabada 19 (49 balls). in the air… and what a catch! Morne Morkel you beauty! he is generally not known for his fielding but he has taken an absolutely brilliant catch. Rabada bangs it short on middle, Parthiv who has played with a lot of intent since the start of play today, goes for the pull shot. He gets a top edge which flies towards fine leg. Looking at where the ball is going Parthiv would have felt he is going to get another boundary but Morkel in the deep has different ideas. He runs to his right, dives full stretch, stretches both his and catches it. He gets up and is ecstatic about it. Parthiv Patel cannot believe it, neither can his teammates as they run towards him in delight. Two early wickets for South Africa and India are now staring down the barrel. India 307 & 65/5, need 222 runs to winWICKET!! Rabada strikes for SA, but this wicket is all about Morne Morkel. What a catch the big man takes on the fence, making up ground and putting in a dive to make the grab at fine leg. End of Patel for 19. India 65/5 #ProteaFire #SAvIND— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201814.03 IST: Rabada to Patel, FOUR!14.00 IST: Good over for the visitors, 5 runs came off it. India 307 & 60/4, need 227 runs to win13.59 IST: Philander to Rohit, FOUR!13.55 IST: Rabada to Patel, FOUR! Fabulous! Not a bad delivery there by Philander, he lands it on a length outside off, Patel drives it on the up, through covers for a boundary.2nd Test. 27.4: K Rabada to P Patel (15), 4 runs, 55/4 #SAvInd #TeamIndia— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 201813.47 IST: WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara run out (Ab de Villiers) 19 (47 balls). Cheteshwar Pujara is run out. AGAIN. Wonder why you would try to take an extra run in a manner that isn’t your strongest. The furlorn look on the Indians’ faces has a tale to tell. Patel plays this delivery through point and calls for a couple. Ngidi runs after it from point and keeps the ball in play. De Villiers rushes there through gully and fires a throw to de Kock. It reaches the keeper on half-volley and he whips the bails off even as Pujara, who wanted a third, dives to get back in. The appeal is referred upstairs. India 307 & 49/4, need 238 runs to winWICKET!!! Start of the final day of the 2nd #SunfoilTest in this #FreedomSeries and it is an unbelievable start by SA as India gift them with a run out. Pujara for the second time in the match is the culprit, this time looking for a third run and it’s 47/4 #ProteaFire #SAvIND— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 201813.37 IST: Philander to Pujara, FOUR! Not a good way to be welcomed with the ball for Vern. He bowls it wide outside off, Pujara stays back and guides it past gully and earns himself a boundary. Positive start from him this morning.2nd Test. 24.1: V Philander to C Pujara (16), 4 runs, 42/3 #SAvInd #TeamIndia— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 201813.35 IST: Vernon Philander to bowl from the other end. He rarely veers away from the line of the stumps and hence seeing him off would be crucial.13.35 IST: Rabada starts off the proceedings for the Proteas giving away 3 runs in the first over. India 307 & 38/3, need 249 runs to winPre-match updates:13.15 IST: PITCH REPORT – Shaun Pollock says that it is bright and hot out there. Observes that the cracks have started to widen up and there is a lot of rough on offer for the bowlers to work with. Walks over to the pavilion end and points to a spot where the cracks are more prominent. That is the spot from where the ball has tended to misbehave he reckons. Adds that it is the area which was responsible for de Villiers’ and Vijay’s wicket. Ends saying that the batters would just hope that the ball bearing their number comes later or doesn’t come at all. Hope. That’s what his tone sounded at the middle.13.00 IST: 98 overs in the day. One side needs 252 runs, the other, just 7 wickets. This could be all over in a trice. This could crawl away and stretch to the last hour of the game. Endless possibilities, numerous hopes.Big day for the batsmen coming up as we gear up for the final day at Centurion #TeamIndia #SAvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2018Day 4 Report:Virat Kohli was sent back to the pavilion by debutant Lungi Ngidi and that highlighted the final session of the day as India crawled to 35 for three at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test on Tuesday.Chasing 287 for a victory to level the series, India were jolted early by Kagiso Rabada when Murali Vijay dragged one back onto his stumps.Ngidi started his spell with KL Rahul’s wicket before trapping the India captain leg before to leave the visitors reeling at 26 for three.Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Parthiv Patel (five) will resume on the final day, trying to find a way to score runs against a fired-up home seam attack getting plenty of assistance from the pitch.Kohli, who scored a brilliant 153 in the first innings, would have been key to India’s plans in the run chase, but he was trapped lbw for five by an excellent delivery from Ngidi that came back into him sharply and kept low.Ngidi, 21, had bagged the wicket of opener Rahul for four with his first delivery of the day, a loosener the batsman carved straight to Keshav Maharaj at point.Murali Vijay (nine) was the first batsman to fall, bowled by Rabada from another ball that kept low.India had worked their way back into the Test by bowling South Africa out for 258 in their second innings.last_img read more

NFL: Eagles stun Patriots to clinch maiden Super Bowl title

first_imgThe Philadelphia Eagles upset the National Football League’s defending champion New England Patriots 41-33 in a back-and-forth clash on Sunday to capture their maiden Super Bowl title.For the Eagles, who previously lost title games in 1981 and 2005, the win capped a remarkable late-season charge that most observers considered unthinkable when starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury in December.The Eagles, trailing by a point late in the fourth quarter, moved ahead for good when quarterback Nick Foles connected with tight end Zach Ertz on a 11-yard touchdown that held up after a review determined the catch was good to put his team 38-33 up.”If they had overturned that (touchdown) I don’t know what would have happened to the city of Philadelphia but I‘m so glad they didn’t overturn it,” Ertz said in a post-game interview conducted on a field covered in silver and green confetti.Philadelphia missed a subsequent two-point conversion attempt to leave the door open for the Patriots with a little less than two-and-a-half minutes to play.But in a game when both offences moved up and down the field effortlessly, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had the ball swatted from his grasp by Brandon Graham and Philadelphia’s Derek Barnett recovered the fumble.The Eagles went on to kick a field goal to extend their lead to eight points and denied the Patriots from engineering a last-minute, game-tying drive.Foles, making his Super Bowl debut, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after completing 28-of-43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, along with one interception.advertisement”I am speechless,” Foles said after the game. “To be a part of this organisation, to be in this moment is something you dream about as a kid.”COSTLY TURNOVER The Eagles beat defending champion Patriots 41-33 in a back-and-forth clash (Reuters Photo)Up 15-6, the Eagles had a chance to build a comfortable lead towards the end of the first half but intended receiver Alshon Jeffrey deflected a Foles pass that was intercepted by Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon steps from the end zone.The turnover proved costly as the Patriots marched 90 yards back down the field in less than three minutes, in a drive that was capped by a James White touchdown to pull within 15-12.However, the Eagles replied with an impressive drive of their own that resulted in a touchdown on a gutsy trick play on fourth down from the Patriots one-yard line.The Eagles, opting not to kick a field goal, snapped the ball to rookie running back Corey Clement, who flipped the ball to tight end Trey Burton, who then threw to a wide-open Foles for a walk-in touchdown and a 22-12 halftime lead.It marked the end of a wild opening half that included missed extra points, a missed field goal and a botched Patriots attempt at a trick play of their own when a wide-open Brady dropped an intended pass.The teams, who combined for a whopping Super Bowl record 1,151 yards, kept up the relentless offensive pace in the second half and the Eagles refused to back down even when the Patriots grabbed their first lead with nine minutes to play.”Credit to the Eagles. They deserved it,” Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski conceded. “It stinks. You put all that hard work in all year.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli will win World Twenty20, ODI World Cup by 2025, predicts cricket astrologer

first_imgRenowned astrologer Narendra Bunde has predicted that Virat Kohli will go on to break all of Sachin Tendulkar’s records and also win the World Cup by 2025.Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree since the start of 2016 and has struck 35 ODI centuries and 21 Test hundreds in his career so far. In ODIs, Kohli is only behind the great Tendulkar, who hit a world record 49 tons.Kohli recently became the fastest to reach 17000 runs in international cricket and also has most number of Test double hundreds as a captain.”All my past predictions had been correct. I can see Virat winning the T20 and ODI World Cup by 2025 and also break Sachin’s record,” Nagpur-based Bunde said.Bunde also said that Kohli will sign a record-breaking endorsement deal in 2018.”Besides, he will also strike the biggest ever endorsement deal in cricket in 2018. You can somewhat compare this with Tendulkar’s record signing with Mark Mascarenhas Worldtel but the money involved will be obviously bigger today,” he added.Also read: Kohli an unstoppable force: All the stats and numbers you need to knowBunde had last year predicted that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be playing in the 2019 World Cup in England, at a time when many questioned his place in the limited overs game.In the 1990s when Tendulkar was going great guns, Mascarenhas changed the game of celebrity management and turned the cricket icon into a multi-millionaire.Bunde, has in the past, got several predictions right. These incclude a successful comeback for Tendulkar from his tennis elbow injury and a Bharat Ratna for the Master Blaster. He had also predicted a comeback for Sourav Ganguly and successfully predicted India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.advertisementBunde said the time has now come for Kohli to taste overseas success.India toured South Africa recently and will travel to England in the summer followed by a tour of Australia at the end of 2018.”Kohli’s Venus is very strong at the moment and that is why he will do well abroad. And I am very sure India will do really well in Australia.”Bunde, who turned to predicting the future of cricketer’s in 2006, was a jeweller before that.Among those who have taken his advice are Ganguly, Murali Karthik, S Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina.Even actress Preity Zinta had sought his guidance when her IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab was going through a torrid time.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

CWG 2018: Neeraj Chopra wins 1st athletics Gold for India with season-best javelin throw

first_imgNeeraj Chopra struck a gold medal for India with a season-best of 86.47m in Men’s Javelin Throw Final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday.Neeraj, who is the World Junior Record holder, threw 85.50m mark in his first attempt itself and stayed on top of the pack throughout the finals.Neeraj struck his best of 86.47m in his fourth attempt and sealed his Gold. Australia’s Hamish Peacock and Grenada’s Anderson Peters claimed the Silver and Bronze with a score of 82.59m and 82.20m, respectively.With Neeraj’s gold medal, India’s tally has now swelled up to 48 medals (21 Gold, 13 Silver and 14 Bronze), which further strengthened the third spot on the medals tally table.CWG 2018 FULL COVERAGEMEDALS TALLYCWG 2018: LIVE BLOGOn the other hand, Vipin Kashana finished fifth with a distance of 77.87m, which he threw in his third attempt. Vikas hit the 77 mark consistently in his last four attempts.Neeraj had qualified for the finals with a distance of 80.42m as the second best from Group A while Vikas had registered a distance of 78.88m to qualify as the third best from Group B.ALSO WATCHNeeraj’s junior world record and personal best distance is 86.48 and the Haryana man missed the mark by just 0.1mNeeraj won the gold medal in 2016 South Asian Games and 2017 Asian Championships.Earlier in the day, Mary Kom and Gaurav Solanki won two gold medals in boxing while Sanjeev Rajput claimed Gold in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions.Apart from the three gold medals, India claimed two Silver, both coming in boxing through Amit Phangal and Manish Kaushik.advertisementThe day started with Mary Kom winning the gold medal in the women’s boxing 45-48kg category in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance.Mary Kom defeated Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 in the women’s 45-48kg category to bring home the Gold. Mary completely dominated O’Hara.Gaurav then followed Mary Kom to win the gold medal in the men’s 53kg category. Solanki dominated most of the battle against Northern Ireland’s Brendan Irvine but won by a split 4:1 verdict. The battle was fast paced and it took some tactical brilliance from Solanki to win the bout.In the second round, Solanki put up a relentless show and landed many heavy blows on his opponent to tilt the verdict in his favour.Rajput smashed the Commonwealth Games record to win the gold medal in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions. He shot a total of 454.5 to put up a record-breaking performance and win the yellow metal.Rajput has qualified for the finals with a record-breaking qualification, where he scored a total of 1180-58x and broke Gagan Narang’s existing qualification record of 1166.last_img read more

As Sonam prepares for Cannes, Anand chills at a restaurant in Bandra. See pics

first_imgIt has been a hectic week for Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja. After grand mehendi and sangeet functions on May 6 and 7, they tied the knot on May 8 in a traditional Sikh ceremony at Sonam’s aunt’s heritage mansion Rockdale, in Bandra, Mumbai.Videos and pictures from their wedding are still doing the rounds, and netizens can’t get enough of it.So it’s not surprising that Anand might want to relax and unwind after a busy week. The Delhi-based fashion entrepreneur was spotted at a restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai, sporting a Philadelphia basketball jersey. Anand Ahuja at a restaurant in Bandra Anand AhujaJust for the uninitiated, Anand is an avid basketball fan, and there was even a basketball ring on his wedding cake.Going by his insta stories, Anand’s fashion brand Bhane, will open a new store in Bandra. Anand Ahuja shared this picture on his Instagram account.Anand and Sonam have to wait for a bit for their honeymoon, due to Sonam’s professional commitments. Sonam is set for her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, where she will walk the red carpet.After this, she will be busy with the promotions of her film, Veere Di Wedding. Sonam will then resume shooting for Shelly Dhar’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, which will be the first time the actress will share screen space with her father Anil Kapoor.(Pics: Yogen Shah)FULL COVERAGE | SONAM KAPOOR AND ANAND AHUJA WEDDINGALSO SEE | Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja share adorable first pictures after weddingadvertisementALSO SEE| The Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja love story: Millennial Style Crush to Mumbai weddingALSO WATCH| Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja tie the knot: Best of sangeet, wedding and reception visualslast_img read more

Race is on to set up Europe’s electric car charging network

first_imgCharging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty – hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it’s working.In Europe, some of the biggest automakers are out to remove such anxieties from the battery-only driving experience and encourage electric-vehicle sales by building a highway network of fast charging stations.The idea is to let drivers plug in, charge in minutes instead of hours, and speed off on their way – from Norway to southern Italy and Portugal to Poland.Much is at stake for the automakers, which include Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Ford. Their joint venture, Munich-based Ionity, is pushing to roll out its network in time to service the next generation of battery-only cars coming on the market starting next year.They’re aiming to win back some of the market share for electric luxury car sales lost to Tesla, which has its own, proprietary fast-charging network.Despite a slower-than-expected start, Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch told The Associated Press in an interview he’s “confident” the company will reach its goal of 400 ultra-fast charging stations averaging six charging places each by 2020.The idea is “to be able to drive long distances with battery electric vehicles, across Europe and to have the same experience at each station, meaning a very easy and comfortable customer journey”, Hajesch said, speaking at the company’s Munich headquarters near the 1972 Olympic stadium.The idea is to break electric cars out of the early adopter niche, in which they are charged slowly overnight at home and used for short commutes.advertisement”The sites we are looking for are really the A-sites,” he said, “directly at the autobahn. Not down the road, not driving five kilometers into the next industrial area and finding a charging station somewhere, without light, or any amenities around, but right at the autobahn.””If you’re going from Hamburg to Munich, because it’s a weekend trip to friends, typically you do not have much time,” he said. So what counts will be “the speed of recharging your vehicles, and at the same time finding maybe some amenities: maybe a coffee, getting a newspaper or whatever.”Ionity opened its first station April 17 at a rest stop off the A61 highway near the small town of Niederzissen, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Bonn in western Germany. The six high-speed chargers are operating in “welcome mode,” meaning they’re free until May 31. After that, Ionity plans to charge for the power, which it seeks to obtain from renewable sources.Ionity has agreements for some 300 sites, working with fueling station and rest stop landlords. The average distance between stations will be 120 kilometers (75 miles).More charging availability is what it will take to get an environmentally aware car buyer like Rainer Hoedt to choose a battery-only vehicle. The 58-year-old Berlin geography teacher is a proud owner of a Mitsubishi Outlander, a plug-in hybrid that combines internal combustion with a battery he can charge overnight. The battery-only range of 50 kilometers (30 miles) lets him drive emissions free for daily trips at home.But a family vacation of more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) to the Baltic Sea was a different story.Hoedt had to drive on internal combustion before finding a lone charging station as he approached his destination, using the website.”It was right next to the highway, there was one charging station and we were lucky that it was free,” he said. But he couldn’t find a charging station he could use by the seashore.On the way back, he was able to charge at a rest stop, but only by asking a non-electric car owner to move his vehicle away from the lone charging pole. A battery-only car might never have made it home.And he couldn’t use one to visit his cousin 650 kilometers (400 miles) away in Rosenheim.”I looked at the option… The infrastructure is still so bad, I just don’t want to risk that I get stranded,” he said. “Once the infrastructure gets better, that might be my next car.”Tesla has shown how charging infrastructure can drive vehicle sales. It has 1,229 stations with 9,623 fast chargers in Europe alone, where it has cut into Mercedes and BMW’s sales of luxury cars. But it has its own proprietary plug. Ionity is using the CCS plug backed by the European Union as a common standard for all.In both the US and Europe, the situation is roughly similar: More chargers available in jurisdictions where government strongly backs electric vehicles, such as California, Norway or the Netherlands. Elsewhere, chargers get can harder to find for long stretches along rural highways.advertisementVolkswagen, which agreed to invest in low-emission driving to settle charges it cheated on diesel emissions, is building 300 highway charging sites in the US by June 2019 through its Electrify America unit. Japan has 40,000 charging points, exceeding its 34,000 gas stations, according to Nissan – but many of those are private garages.Ionity is counting on the large 350-kilowatt capacity of its publicly available chargers – almost three times the 120 kilowatts per vehicle of Tesla’s Superchargers. No car currently on the market can make full use of 350 kilowatt charging capacity. But they’re coming: in 2019 Porsche plans to introduce the Mission E. Porsche says that the sleek, low-slung sports car will take 15 minutes to charge for 400 kilometers (250 miles) more driving.Tesla and its founder, Elon Musk, “showed it’s not enough to just build electric cars” without also building charging infrastructure, said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the CAR Center Automotive Research at the University of Duisberg-Essen.The automakers “are late, but it’s better than it was… it remains the case that without Elon Musk the carmakers would not have realised this,” he said.last_img read more

IPL 2018 Qualifier 2, SRH vs KKR: SRH, KKR battle for final spot

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the battle for the final – Qulifier 2 – of 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) in Kolkata, on Friday.KKR go into the match high on confidence with four consecutive victories. On the other hand, SRH are struggling for form, having lost all of their last four matches.And two-time champions Kolkata will be aiming to exploit Hyderabad’s recent run of poor form as they square off in the second Qualifier.Arguably the best bowling attack in the tournament with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma delivering consistently along with the immensely talented Rashid Khan, Sunrisers will like to extract whatever juice is available from the Eden Gardens track.But with the momentum strongly in favour of Dinesh Karthik and Co who will also heavily bank on home advantage, it will need a special effort from the Kane Williamson-led side to stop the Kolkata juggernaut and return to winning ways.First to qualify for the play-offs eliminating Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers’ slide began in Pune, when their famed bowling attack failed to defend 180 against Chennai and then went on to lose to RCB, KKR and CSK in subsequent games.Hyderabad’s problem has been their batting which is heavily reliant on skipper Kane Williamson, the current ‘Orange Cap’ holder with 685 runs at 57.05 average.Their latest defeat will hurt them the most as they had their match in pocket with Chennai struggling at 113/8 inside 18 overs chasing 140 but Williamson’s strategy to keep an over from Carlos Brathwaite at the death backfired.advertisementThe West Indian leaked 20 runs in the 18th over as Hyderabad will have the big selection headache of whom to fill in as the fifth and sixth bowler.Bhuvneshwar (9 wickets) will also need to get his act together complement the wily Afghan wrist spinner Rashid Khan (18 wickets) as Williamson also have big holes to plug in the batting department. Siddarth Kaul (19 wickets) has been their best bowler of the season with consistent efforts at the start as well as death.Out for a ‘golden duck’ in the last match, Shikhar Dhawan (437 runs) will have to rise to the occasion but it is the middle order that has created problems for Sunrisers.Manish Pandey (284) and Yusuf Pathan (212) have been big flops and their inability to provide the necessary muscle in the middle overs is a concern.There will be no such headache for Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik who will look to go unchanged unless there’s any niggle in the lineup.Surprise choice as Kolkata skipper after the departure of their most successful captain Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik is in the middle of the form of his life averaging 54.44 from 15 matches.Two wins shy of winning the title, Karthik will look to go full throttle in a standout season for the softspoken Tamil Nadu cricketer.Their biggest strength has been the team’s ability to stand up and perform in case someone fails.Last night, opener Sunil Narine failed to give the team a fiery start but Andre Russell’s 25-ball 49 not out ensured that they end on a flourish to eliminate Rajasthan Royals.Narine was ineffective as a bowler too but the likes of Kuldeep Yadav (16 wickets) and Piyush Chawla (13 wickets) held on to their tasks while Russell and young Prasidh Krishna led the pace attack.Both teams won each in the round-robin league. Since their defeat at home, Kolkata have come a long way and won in Hyderabad.The winners will face CSK in the IPL-11 summit clash in Mumbai on May 27.SquadsKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.Match starts 7 PM IST.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

600 sports nurseries to be opened in Haryana

first_imgChandigarh, Jun 11 (PTI) Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij today said 600 sports nurseries would be opened to boost sports in the state. About 440 nurseries are already functioning in the state. In these nurseries, school students would be imparted training and equipped to bring laurels to the country. Players, who regularly practice in these nurseries, are paid stipend of Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per month so that they can meet their requirements and do not pose any additional burden on their parents. He said on the demand of players, foreign coaches would be provided to enable them to prepare themselves for the Olympics Games. So far, 400 Vyavamshalas and Yogshalas have been opened and more are being set up in villages. The recruitment process for recruiting Yoga trainers for the Yogshalas is under way, he added. PTI VSD DKS HP ADSADSlast_img read more

Vivo Nex India launch set for late July: Report

first_imgVivo will launch its crazy all-screen phone, the Nex, in India in the third week of July if a new 91 Mobiles report is to be gone by. It isn’t clear whether Vivo will bring both the Nex S and the Nex A to India or just one of the two. While the Nex S is Vivo’s top-of-the-line phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM and an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Nex A is the same phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and 6GB RAM and a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Quite obviously then, the Nex S will be a more expensive offering while the Nex A will be what you can call a more mainstream option.The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now. It is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does now have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. This means that it’s prone to wear and tear over time, although Vivo says, that it can be used hassle-free about 50,000 times and also it can withstand up to 500-grams of weight.Elsewhere the Nex — the Nex S — sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21. The regular Nex A ships with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.Hardware specs include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more