Paul Pogba was a vital clog in France’s World Cup win and his manager at Manchester United believes the tournament’s environment helped in bringing out the best in the midfielder.And Jose Mourinho is hopeful that Pogba can bring the same focus and intensity in the upcoming Premier League season.Pogba, who moved to United from Juventus for a then world record fee in 2016, lit up the Premier League with moments of sublime skill but his inconsistency has been equally frustrating for the Manchester United faithfuls.READ – Water canon salute, red carpet welcome French World Cup winners in ParisPogba was routinely criticised for his performances for Manchester United last season, but stepped up a gear in Russia, marshalling the France midfield alongside N’Golo Kante and scoring in the final as the side were crowned world champions for a second time.Papa et maman cest pour vous mom and dad, its for you! @equipedefrance #fiersdetrebleus pic.twitter.com/Gyh9lTfuL5Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 15, 2018″I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him, it’s about him giving the best he has to give,” Mourinho told ESPN. “I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give (their) best.READ – All roads lead to Champs Elysees for France’s World Cup victory parade”Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.advertisement”During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMourinho said it was easier for a player to keep improving his game as his side progressed at the World Cup.”In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing… You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarter-finals, to the semi-finals, to the finals,” he added.READ – FIFA World Cup 2018 is over. And so is India’s obsession with football”This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player. So I think it was the perfect environment for him.”I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country… so they play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed.”It’s the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to fully focus on the job.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Mark James, an 18-time European Tour winner and someone who was part of Ryder Cup seven times, was taking part in the Senior Open Championship as part of Golf’s senior stars at St. Andrews this past week. But at the start of the 17th hole, James managed to hit a seagull which was flying overhead. His drive hit the bird midair and ricocheted out-of-bounds.What is special about the 17th hole at St. Andrews, known commonly as the ‘Road Hole’, is that it is one of the toughest and most crucial holes in the history of major championship. It demands par 4, where many a tournament have been lost and won.Even though the condition of the seagull is unknown, James had it bad as needed to hit a second drive, but ended up with a triple-bogey on the hole, which meant he had shot a 5-over par score of 77 by the end of the day.17th, Old Course – St AndrewsDrive hits bird mid-airBall goes out of boundsGolfer makes triple-bogey#SeniorOpen pic.twitter.com/jow7G0YbqNStaysure Tour (@StaysureTour) July 27, 2018″It’s one of those freak things. I flushed a seagull about 80-90 yards off the tee on the worst hole on the course,” James said after the end of the day. “It’s happened once before 40 years ago in America when I was on the leaderboard at Doral – it went right into a lake. Both that time and this time I was playing with Sandy Lyle. That can’t be coincidence, there’s a force at work here. If I’d been on commentary I’d have had a field day.”advertisementIncidentally James isn’t the only professional golfer to hit a “birdie” this season, as Kelly Kraft’s tee shot on the par-3 14th at Harbour Town also hit a bird in the air back in April. The mishap caused the ball to drop into a water hazard.”It cost me the cut, most likely,” Kraft had said after the incident. “There was a helping wind, and I hit a 7-iron, caught it perfect. It was probably 30 yards off the tee box and this giant, black bird swooped in front of it and hit it and the ball fell 20 yards short in the water. It would’ve been in the middle of the green. It might have been close. I got screwed.”PGA Tour rules official Dillard Pruitt had said that he could not do anything, stating, “The big difference is a bird is a God-made object. Whereas a telephone wire is man-made. It’s just a stroke of bad luck. It doesn’t happen very often.”PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) had on that occasion come after Kraft, as James would be hoping the same does not happen to him.
Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya, who became the first woman to perform a spacewalk on July 25, 1984, was born on August 08, 1948. With the 1984 mission, she also became the first woman to travel into space twice.Let’s know everything about Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya and the mission:By the time Svetlana turned 22, she had already recorded over 400 parachute jumps. By this time, she had also claimed the top spot at the World Aerobatic ChampionshipsAfter earning an engineering degree from the Moscow Aviation Institute, Svetlana started her career as a test and sports pilotShe set 18 international world records on MiG aircrafts and three records in team parachute jumpingSvetlana could fly over 20 different types of aircraftsShe also made a number of women’s speed and altitude records in her careerIn 1982, Savitskaya flew to space as part of the Soyuz T-7 mission, becoming the second woman to fly into space after Valentina TereshkovaOn July 25, 1984, she became the first woman to perform a space walkAs per the records, she conducted an EVA (Extravehicular activity) outside the Salyut 7 space station for 3 hours and 35 minutesShe was honoured with the Hero of the Soviet Union titleSvetlana also has an asteroid named after her. It is called 4118 SvetaInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jakarta, Aug 18 (AFP) North and South Korea marched together behind the Korean Unification flag at the Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday, in the latest demonstration of their rapprochement.South Korean women’s basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong-chol carried the blue and white flag as the Korean athletes paraded into Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium.It is the second such symbolic gesture this year by the two Koreas, who also walked together at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony — an event that heralded an unprecedented warming of ties.The North and South, still technically at war, are also joining forces in women’s basketball, canoeing and rowing during the 40-sport, two-week regional Olympics.The athletes marched together to the song “Arirang”, considered the most well-known folk song on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.It the 11th time the Koreas have marched together at a global multi-sport competition, Yonhap added, and the first such occasion at an Asian Games since the 2007 Winter Asiad in Changchun, China.(AFP) APAAPA
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said that Real Madrid will not play a competitive regular-season La Liga match in the United States as it doesn’t benefit anyone.The Spanish league announced last month that it was planning to hold a match in January between Barcelona and Girona in Miami but that has faced stiff opposition from the football players’ union. The union said on Saturday that the players are even ready to go on strike over the issue.”We are not going to the United States. I’m not sure who it would benefit, neither the clubs nor the fans. We flatly deny it,” Perez asserted.Perez also asked the fans to be humble despite Real’s recent success. For the first time in years, Real are without star coach Zinedine Zidane and mercurial forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who led the club to three successive Champions League titles.”We must avoid falling into the error of a disproportionate demand, and not get to thinking that the wins come easily,” Perez said in a speech at the club’s general assembly meeting.”In sport, we have to know how to win and how to lose, so in this historic cycle, we can’t think we’re entitled to always win everything. We must value what we are achieving,” he added.Perez also gave a grateful tribute during the assembly to Ronaldo, who left for Serie A side Juventus over the summer, and Zidane, who retired after the 2017/2018 season.”(Ronaldo’s) career will be told from generation to generation. It’s an example for all those who wear our jerseys and those who have the dream of doing it one day. Thank you very much Cristiano,” he said.advertisement”Zidane is one of our great legends, and is part of the history of Real Madrid. He knows this is his home forever, as does Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)
Virat Kohli remained the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the world after scoring 139 and 45 in the Tests against West Indies in the two-match series, which India clean-swept 2-0.India thrashed the Windies by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot and then crushed them by 10 wickets in the second Test in Hyderabad to take the series.Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane registered scores of 41 and 80 in the two innings he played, which helped him jump four spots to move into top 20 in the world.The two young guns of the Indian team, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant dazzled in the series vs the Windies, enabling them to make giant strides up in the ICC Test rankings.Also read – Don’t think any of us were even 10 per cent of what Prithvi Shaw is at 18: Virat KohliShaw, who followed up his century on debut with scored of 70 and 33 not out moved up 13 places to become world No.60 while Pant, who scored 92 in both the innings he played, jumped 23 spots to take the 62nd spot in the rankings. Rishabh Pant scored 92 in both the first and second Test against West Indies. (AP Photo)For the West Indies, Kraigg Brathwaite had a horrible series where he registered scores of 2, 10, 14 and 0 in the two Test matches. He remained in top 20 Test batsmen at the 19th spot, tied with Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However, his disappointing series meant he slid four spots.Also read – Rishabh Pant hopes to convert 90s into 100s after missing second successive centuryadvertisementWhile Brathwaite saw a decline, Roston Chase was rewarded for his good show against India. Chase had scored 53 and 20 in the first Test and then registered scores of 106 and 6 in the second Test to move up 10 places to 31 in the world.Among the bowlers, Umesh Yadav’s 10-wicket haul meant he rose four places to crack into top 25 in the world with his career-best ratings of 613. Umesh Yadav bagged his maiden 10-wicket haul in the second Test against the West Indies. (AP Photo)Umesh was the star of the second Test for India, where he bagged six wickets in the first innings and picked four more in the second to rock the West Indian batting line-up.On the other hand, Jason Holder, who stood out individually in the one Test match he played against India, also benefitted in the rankings due to his showing.Also read – Who will be India’s reserve opener and backup wicketkeeper for Australia Tests?Holder, who returned as captain in the second Test for the Windies, picked up five wickets in the first innings, including the likes of Kohli and Rahane. For his solid display, Holder became world No.9 with career-best 766 points, moving up four spots.
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)MUMBAI, November 26, 2018/PRNewswire/ –Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited’s Fast&Up has become the first choice of health experts and professional athletes for their nutrition and hydration needs over the years. At the onset of this marathon season, it is a great time for Fast&Up to announce that the most preferred hydration product – Reload, is now certified with ‘ Informed-Choice’ certification.Informed-Choice is a voluntary certification program for sports supplements, raw materials, and manufacturing facilities. Athletes who see the Informed-Choice mark on a product can be assured that it has undergone rigorous checks and testing to ensure that no substances which are prohibited in sports are used in the product and it is safer to use. They also ensure that products have been manufactured with the highest quality standards.Athletes have always been highly inclined towards Fast&Up’s Reload, a hydration energy drink which is low on sweetness with the perfect mix of water, electrolytes, carbohydrates and vitamins. It helps to replenish and recharge instantly and also aids in reducing fatigue and muscle soreness. The unique combination of Maltodextrin and Fructose provides athletes instant energy to sustain without having any sudden spurts in sugars. Informed Choice Certificate reinforces Reload as the electrolyte of choice for the cricket community in India including for professional cricketers. Fast&Up India fuels national level players and Reload is the hydration choice of various state teams in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.advertisementSharing his views on the certification of Fast&Up’s product, Vijayaraghavan Venugopal, CEO, Aeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited, said, “Reload is the only Electrolyte in India to be certified through the Informed Choice Program. It is basically revalidating product’s status of being ‘banned substances free’ through a set of tests and protocols. We are thrilled to take this path when it is still not a norm in India and hoping Indian sports/athletes will take benefit of a quality product available close to home. Finally, I’d like to thank the Indian cricket team for having trust in the product from early days and helping Fast&Up embark on this journey.”About Fast&UpFast&Up is a Swiss brand that offers an interesting range of innovative, easy-to-use nutrition products, which has seen fast adoption in the sports fraternity. Besides a strong commitment to quality, this progressive sports nutrition brand has successfully brought novel and gel-based nutrition supplements to India. For more information, visit https://www.fastandup.in/About AeronutrixAeronutrix Sports Products Private Limited is one of the fastest growing sport nutrition products company based out of Mumbai. Backed by innovative Swiss technology and effervescent science, Aeronutrix’ nutrition products promote Active Living and are favoured by sportspersons, health enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts who have chosen Healthy and Active Living. The company’s flagship OTC brand, ‘Fast&Up’, is the nutrition product of choice for many, including national and international athletes in various sports such as Cricket, Soccer, Kabaddi, Cycling and Marathon. Aeronutrix is a subsidiary of Fullife Healthcare, a healthcare management company that makes and markets a range of effervescent products in over 22 countries across the globe.Source: Aeronutrix Sports Products Private LimitedPWRPWR
India opening batsman Mayank Agarwal’s coach, Irfan Sait is heartbroken that his ward missed out on a century for the second time in the ongoing Test series in Australia, but is happy that he is cementing his place in the team.”I am heartbroken at his dismissal, but I a happy Mayank has almost cemented his place in the team. Look at his consistency. He has now two half half-centuries and a good 42 in the three innings he had played so far Down Under,” Sait told the Press Trust of India.Mayank Agarwal was out after scoring 77 runs as he tried to hit one six too many off Nathan Lyon to be holed out to Mitchell Starc at long on.”Once again making an ambitious attempt to repeat a six! I hope he learns from this and eschew such shots in the innings to follow. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching every single ball he played,” Sait said.Asked if Agarwal would make way for Prithvi Shaw once the Mumbai youngster returns from injury, Sait said openers who fail to perform should be dropped.Shaw had to return home after suffering an ankle injury while trying to complete a catch on the boundary during India’s four-day match prior to the Test series.Agarwal had scored 76 runs in first innings of his debut Test in Melbourne, which helped the Indian middle order to consolidate and put up a huge total of 443 for seven. In the second innings, he top-scored with 42 runs, which proved crucial in India clinching the Melbourne Test.advertisementAlso Read | Pujara, Agarwal help India bully Australia on opening dayAlso Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machineAlso Read | KL Rahul hits the nets at SCG moments after getting out cheaplyAlso See:
Salman Khan is currently busy with the shooting of his film Bharat and is putting his free time to good use between shots. Recently, the actor shared a video from the sets, where he plays cricket. Bhai hits the perfect shot in the montage of clips.He captioned the video, “Bharat Khelega… #onlocationstories @bharat_thefilm.”Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film An Ode To My Father and will depict the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will reportedly be sporting five different looks, spanning over 60 years.Fans were hoping to see at least a sneak-peek of Bharat on Salman’s birthday. Director Ali Abbas Zafar explained that it was intentional, and they were waiting for a special date to release the teaser.”It was our conscious decision not to release anything about @Bharat_TheFilm on Bhai’s birthday,” he wrote, adding that the shooting was not yet complete. “Naye saal mein nayi film ki baat karenge. Naam Bharat hai…date bhi special hogi,” the filmmaker promised.All the @BeingSalmanKhan fans , don’t loose your hearts , it was our conscious decision not to release anything about @Bharat_TheFilm on Bhai’s birthday, we are still shooting the film , Naye saal mein nayi film ki baat karegein , Naam Bharat hai ..date bhi special Hogiali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) December 28, 2018While Katrina has been roped in as the leading lady, the period drama also features Disha Patani, Nora Fatehi, Sunil Grover and Tabu in pivotal roles. Varun Dhawan, meanwhile, has a special appearance in the film. Earlier, Priyanka Chopra was signed on for the film. However, she exited the project, due to her marriage and Hollywood commitments.advertisementBharat is slated to open in theatres on Eid 2019.ALSO SEE: Is that Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones on sets of Salman Khan’s Bharat?ALSO WATCH: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reveal how Tiger Zinda Hai made it to the Rs 300-crore club
Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori had a little moment in the tunnel ahead of the former’s second round match at the Margaret Court Arena in the Melbourne Park on Thursday. Japan’s tennis stars were to play one after the other on the same court for their second round matches and Osaka had to wait for hers after Nishikori played a five-set thriller.Both Osaka and Nishikori made it to the third round of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament but in contrasting styles. While Osaka went through in straight sets, Nishikori battled hard to make it to the next round.Nishikori battled for three hours and 48 minutes against Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic before winning 6-3, 7-6(6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(7) but that meant a drained out Japanese in the end. While Nishikori was toweling down in the tunnel, Osaka was warming up there and went up to him and exchanged a few words.Australian Open Twitter handle posted a video of the exchange captioning it: “Doing it for Japan. @Naomi_Osaka_ congratulates @keinishikori as she prepares for her 2R match against Tamara Zidansek.” The video soon went viral.Doing it for Japan @Naomi_Osaka_ congratulates @keinishikori as she prepares for her 2R match against Tamara Zidansek.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7Rzp65wVUa#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2019People were gushing over the little moment shared between the Japanese and the US Open official handle even commented on the video saying, “Great little moment here!”Great little moment here!US Open Tennis (@usopen) January 17, 2019On being asked later what she said to Nishikori, Naomi Osaka told, “I told him, ‘Nice match’. I was just like, ‘Oh, excuse me, I’ll get out of your way.’ You had a very, very long match. I had to warm up four times, so thank you for that.”advertisementOsaka has built herself a legion of fans after her US Open stint. Not only did the victory earned her plaudits and fans, her personality and innocence is what attracts a lot of fans.On Thursday, Osaka stormed her way through unseeded Slovenian Tamara Zidansek to a 6-2, 6-4 win in Melbourne Park. Even though Osaka needed her trainer and took a tablet during the match, she looked perfect otherwise and finished the match in just an hour and 4 minutes.Nishikori on the contrary, endured a barrage of aces from Karlovic in the sweltering Melbourne heat but eventually came out triumphant to squeeze into the third round.Also Read | Dominic Thiem smashes his racquet in frustration. AgainSee Photos | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso Read | Madison Keys, Elina Svitolina advance to third round
Since the last few weeks, Samsung has been going gaga over its brand new Galaxy M series smartphones. The company has been stressing highly that the new Galaxy M series is designed for millennials, while indirectly, it’s Samsung’s deadly weapon against the arsenal of various smartphone manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Honor, Motorola, Asus and even Nokia. The Galaxy M20 is the most expensive model in the M series for now. Starting at Rs 10,990, the Galaxy M20 goes up against popular offerings from Nokia, Asus and Xiaomi.The top-end variant of the Galaxy M20 costs Rs 12,990, which is similar to the entry-level variant of the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The Max Pro M2 came out late last year and has proven to be the smartphone of choice for power users under Rs 15,000. The Max Pro M2 is the only smartphone in its category to offer Gorilla Glass 6 protection. Equipped with a Snapdragon 660 chip and a stock Android interface, the Max Pro M2 is easily one of the best affordable smartphones you can buy right now.Therefore, if you have Rs 12,990 to spare on a smartphone, which one would you prefer? I took both the Galaxy M20 and Max Pro M2 out for a spin for a few days and here’s how they compared.Design and build — Samsung impresses highlyThe sub-Rs 15,000 category now demands companies to offer attractive designs inspired from flagship smartphones. Samsung goes for the trend with the Galaxy M20 with a vertically stacked dual rear camera setup and an oval-shaped fingerprint scanner on the glossy plastic body. The plastic unibody design makes the M20 look smooth and elegant with lesser lines of separation. The M20 offers a 3.5mm headphone jack, a single loudspeaker and a USB-C port. Wait, what?advertisementA USB-C port on a budget Samsung smartphone? The Galaxy M20 has broken Samsung’s norm of reserving modern features only for flagships. Wonder what else is modern? The display. The Galaxy M20 sports a modern narrow-bezel display with a water drop notch on top. This is one of the first Samsung phones to feature a notch. Samsung has also reduced the chin drastically, which is appreciable for a smartphone with an LCD display. The ZenFone Max Pro M2, on the other hand, grabs eyeballs with Asus’ trademark reflective gradient on the plastic rear panel. In fact, it’s difficult not to get distracted the when the phone is kept flat on its face. The vertically-aligned dual camera module resembles a triple camera setup, which also adds to the looks. Asus’ cost-cutting measure is evident elsewhere a micro USB port on a 2019 midrange smartphone feels archaic. Also, the front of the phone features a notched display with a thick chin and big bathtub notch. With Gorilla Glass 6, the display should hold up well against scratches and damage when its dropped. However, our review unit sustained some scratchesboth on the display as well as the rear panel, when I was using it as my daily driver hence, get a screen guard and a case.Out of the two, the Galaxy M20 easily feels more modern with its minimalist approach to styling and a narrow-bezel display. However, the Max Pro M2 is a better bet for show-offs. My money would go for the Galaxy M20, considering my preference for understated designs.Display — both are equally goodI will make it short both the Galaxy M20 and Max Pro M2 look equally good in their own ways. The 6.3-inch TFT display on the Galaxy M20 renders vibrant colours with high contrasts that resembles Samsung’s AMOLED panels from other premium Samsung phones. The waterdrop notch and the narrow chin makes for an uninterrupted viewing experience, especially while streaming YouTube videos.The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has chunkier bezels, but the IPS LCD panel renders equally vibrant colours with similarly high contrasts. The bigger notch and chin make the phone a bit bulkier, even as it sports an equally big 6.3-inch display. However, I felt the Max Pro M2’s touch sensitivity is a tad better than that of the Galaxy M20’s display.Performance — You can’t beat muscle with smartnessThe Galaxy M20 debuts Samsung’s new Exynos 7904 chipset. This is an octa-core chip, with the processor consisting of 2 Cortex-A73 cores and 6 Cortex-A53 cores. With a Mali G71-2 GPU, the Galaxy M20 looks like a fairly competent performer. And for the most part, it does. Samsung’s Exynos processors are always well optimised and the Exynos 7904 handles most daily tasks thrown at it with ease. The Mali G71-2 GPU is not meant for gaming, but I was still able to play PUBG MOBILE in low graphics with medium frame rates. However, I wish Samsung offered a louder speaker on the M20.advertisement As for the ZenFone Max Pro M2, the fast and reliable performance doesn’t surprise. The Snapdragon 660, despite being a chip from 2017, can handle regular tasks without even batting an eyelid. The Adreno 512 GPU is very powerful I was able to play PUBG MOBILE in medium settings for longer sessions with absolute ease. The base variant with 3GB RAM may not hold as many apps as the Galaxy M20’s 4GB RAM, but in my daily usage, I never found it to lag or force close apps.Software — Samsung shows stock Android can be beatenThe Galaxy M20 cracks it with the software too. Yes, it runs on an old Android 8.1 Oreo in 2019, but the Samsung Experience 9.5 skin on top is, in my opinion, one of the most polished UI’s in sub-Rs 15,000 smartphones. The layout is spacious while fonts are easy to rear. The entire UI is snappy and unlike previous Samsung phones, the bloat is minimal. I spent an entire week with the phone and never did I felt installing a third-party launcher. Well done Samsung. The Max Pro M2 relies on a stock AOSP launcher based on Android 8.1 Oreo as well. While the stock UI is fast and fluid, it lacks the polish that Samsung packs in the M20’s UI. It feels rough around the edges, especially with disproportionate icons. For power users, this is exceptional as there’s no bloat or nonsensical apps to deal with. But I feel Asus could have used an Android One ROM for a more polished experience. Maybe the Android Pie update could offer a fix.Camera — Samsung knows what Indians wantSamsung has been promoting the wide-angle camera in the Galaxy M20’s marketing efforts. However, the standard 13-megapixel camera impresses more than the wide-angle camera. Especially when you compare it with the Asus phone, the Galaxy M20’s camera comes across as the better one. In daylight, photos are sharp and images exhibit vibrant colours. On occasions, I found the camera oversaturating the colours a little, but I was impressed with the outcome every time so did my friends. Low light performance is decent as the camera suppresses noise to make for useable photos. Sadly, the 8-megapixel selfie camera has some room to be improved.The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has received several camera updates that claim performance improvements. However, our review unit hasn’t received any update so far. Hence, the Max Pro M2’s camera performs similarly to what I wrote in my review two months ago. Daylight photos are good but sharpness is lost up to an extent. As for low light, the camera neither impresses with noise reduction nor with detail retention. The 13-megapixel selfie camera does a good job of retaining details as well as a wide dynamic range.advertisementOne thing’s clear — both these phones still can’t beat the Redmi Note 6 Pro in terms of camera performance.Battery — Goodbye power banks Both the ZenFone Max Pro M2 and Galaxy M20 feature a 5000mAh battery. And both of them can easily last more than an entire day after a full charge. Even with heavy usage, I was able to make it to the end of the day before I was hunting for the charger. The Samsung galaxy M20 does have an advantage though it comes with support for 15W fast charging, which should charge it faster than the Max Pro M2’s battery with its 10W fast charging support.ZenFone Max Pro M2 vs Galaxy M20 — And the winner is…After going through some key parameters, the Samsung Galaxy M20 comes across easily as the better option of the two. Samsung has heard and obliged to the market’s demands a very good display with a tiny notch, big battery with fast charging support and pleasant user experience. The Galaxy M20 has been designed smartly to keep up with India’s demands specifically.The ZenFone Max Pro M2 has its own advantages though the robust performance and a stock Android interface. The Max Pro M2 is for anyone who prioritises raw performance over everything else PUBG lovers on a budget shouldn’t look any further. However, even as a power user, I felt Asus launched an unfinished product and it requires more polishing to make it an unbeatable choice.ALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 review: Fast hardware, crazy good battery helps it compete with Redmi Note 6 ProALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 review: Great display, superb battery life make for a good startALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max M2 quick review: Big screen, big battery, two cameras at a bargain
Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi just launched the Redmi K20 series — Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro — in China last week. Looks like the company is gearing up to launch the phones in other markets soon. Outside China, in most markets, the Redmi K20 is tipped to launch as Xiaomi Mi 9T. However, the scenario in India is said to be a little different.In India, the Redmi K20 is expected to launch as Poco F2 while the Redmi K20 Pro is said to come as Poco F2 Pro. Rumours and leaks suggest Xiaomi Mi 9T is launching in some markets very soon. Ahead of the launch the retail box of the Mi 9T has surfaced online revealing the full specs. Additionally, the price of the Mi 9T is also revealed.The retail box reveals that the Mi 9T will sport the same specs as the Redmi K20. This means the Mi 9T will come with pop-up camera mechanism, triple cameras on the back panel and Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 that is announced by Qualcomm only last month. As far as the specs are concerned the Mi 9T aka Redmi K20 includes 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 20MP pop-up selfie camera, 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera setup, 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, among others.Ahead of the launch the Xiaomi Mi 9T is seen listed on retail website that reveals the price of the phone. However, Xiaomi is yet to officially reveal the price of the Mi 9T. The listing shows the Mi 9T price to be 649 Lev that roughly translates to Rs 25,800. This price is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. We expect, similar to Redmi K20 the Mi 9T will also be available in several RAM and storage variants.advertisementIn China, the Redmi K20 comes in two variants. The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version comes for 1999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,000) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model comes for 2099 Yuan that translates to Rs 21,000.ALSO READ | iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max mockup shows upcoming Apple phones with triple rear camera moduleALSO READ | Two lakh Redmi K20 Pro units sold in China in first sale, may launch in India as Poco F2 ProALSO READ | Apple WWDC 2019 begins today: India time, how to watch event live, what to expect
ORGANIZERS SAY THIS WEEKENDS SATURDAY IN THE PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL HAD ONE OF THE BIGGEST CROWDS IN ITS 29 YEAR HISTORY.CONCERT ORGANIZER DAVE BERNSTEIN ESTIMATES THE CROWD WAS BETWEEN 20 TO 25,000 ATTENDEES AT THE GRANDVIEW PARK BANDSHELL.BERNSTEIN SAYS THAT WOULD MAKE IT ONE OF THE FIVE BIGGEST CROWDS IN FESTIVAL HISTORY.FLO RIDA AND GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS DREW THE BIGGEST CROWDS AT THE BANDSHELL, AND MATISYAHU HEADLINED THE ABE STAGE NEAR THE PARK ENTRANCE.
Photo Attribution: Icon SMIIn case you missed it on Tuesday I put out my first ten predictions for the 2011 season including one in which Justin Blackmon doesn’t lead this team in catches (you can kill me in the comments). 11. OSU will finish higher in both the AP and Coaches polls than they start – Yes, they’ve started in the top ten before, but this year feels different. It is different. That ’09 team was dazzling and electric, but this team is nasty. There’s a tangible difference.12. Brandon Weeden will break the completion percentage record he set last year of .669 – Last year he shattered the former record, that had only been raised .1% in the last 22 years, by a staggering 2%. That’s going up again. 70% isn’t unattainable.13. Four guys will top 50 catches this year – Last year only two did (Blackmon and Cooper). This year I think they’ll repeat and you can throw Randle and pick one from Anyiam, Moore, Stewart, and Harrison.14. This year’s team will go for it on fourth down at least 20 times – Last year’s squad went 7-15 in such instances. I just think there’s a trust factor between the coaches and the offense that wasn’t there for the totality of the 2010 season. If the ball is past midfield and it’s not a tight game in the 4th, I don’t see Gundy not going for it.15. Jeremy Smith will lead the team in total TDs – I think we’ve already established that I don’t see Blackmon having as big of a year as he did last year (not that anyone should be disappointed with something along the lines of 80 | 1,500 | 14) and I think Smith is going to get a ton of chances to punch it in. I also think he’s one of the five players OSU can least afford to lose. 16. Herschel Sims will rush for more yards this year than Joseph Randle did last year (463) – Monken is going to run it and he’s got a wicked trio of back with which to do it. Sims won’t be as important as Randle was last year, but he’s going to blow people away when he’s in there.17. We won’t see the gray jerseys more than once this year – And I think it’ll be at home against Arizona. 18. Brandon Weeden will be in New York City on December 10 – I know I wrote this summer that OSU should focus its Heisman campaign solely on Blackmon, but the more I think about it the more convinced I am that Weeden is going to have a Heisman-worthy year. 19. Shaun Lewis will lead the team in tackles (but he won’t break 100) – I say that mostly because there’s so much parity at LB. Nobody’s going to pull an Orie and have 133 tackles this year. Lewis is going to be an All-Big 12 player this year though and he’ll have the resume to back it up.20. Mike Gundy will go back-to-back Big 12 coach of the year – It’s one thing to do it from out of nowhere with nobody gunning for you and it’s a completely other to do it with everyone chasing you down. Just ask Bob Stoops.To see the full series of 40 predictions (only 20 of which I’ve published so far) you can go here. To see our series on who’s in the way of #1 go here. And if you’re interested in who I think are the 20 most important people to an OSU title run go here.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!
One last big 12 game with my brothers can’t wait, and God Bless!!!!! #GoPokes— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) November 19, 2016 Mood: pic.twitter.com/sI7fZ1cwwb— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) November 19, 2016 As a former offensive lineman rushing for 300+ feels good way down in my soul. Great job men. ??— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) November 19, 2016 All glory to God for today— Ricky Spanishhh ? (@DarrionGolden79) November 19, 2016 Great overall team win today man I love my brothers lets get that ring!!!!— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) November 19, 2016 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! My roommate @chriscarson29 need to go to prison for 25 to life for first degree murder— Bk (@Bryce_Balous) November 20, 2016 We just having fun with it ?? pic.twitter.com/2x3qQuPLUq— Ricky Spanishhh ? (@DarrionGolden79) November 19, 2016 All glory to God ???? Thank you ??— Chris Lacy II (@Gifted_CLacy) November 19, 2016 I love that shit ! Keep it comin— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) November 19, 2016 Glory Up ?— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) November 19, 2016 I need that? pic.twitter.com/Sa63NYCeqa— Justin Phillips (@Phillips_Era19) November 20, 2016 Here’s a look at all the player reaction from OSU’s 31-6 win over TCU.And then he said, TCU was gonna beat us? #GoPokes ?? pic.twitter.com/0TiGiu9plx— Keondre Wudtee (@K_wudteeQB) April 3, 2016
Transfers Pulisic on Dembele: It’s tough seeing good players leave Ives Galarcep Last updated 2 years ago 06:00 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Ousmane Dembélé Borussia Dortmund Barcelona Bundesliga The American midfielder was not happy about his “good friend” departing for Barcelona, but he understands why the French forward left Dortmund. NEW YORK — Christian Pulisic says he will miss Ousmane Dembele at Borussia Dortmund, but doesn’t blame the French winger for making a “dream” move to Barcelona.The 20-year-old left for Barca for an initial €105 million fee in a deal that will make him the second-most expensive player in history once add-ons are accounted for.U.S. international Pulisic was teammates with Dembele for one season at Dortmund, and they helped lead the club to a third-place finish during the 2016-17 Bundesliga season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “He was a good friend of mine. It’s always tough when you see a good player leave. It’s not easy,” Pulisic said.”I think it was a dream of his to play for Barcelona and I’m not going to be unhappy for him. I’m definitely happy and I’m excited to see what he can do in his future, but like I said, it’s not always fun losing one of your best players.”Dembele’s departure could solidify a regular starting place for Pulisic at Dortmund. With Dembele sidelined to open the season, the 18-year-old started in both of his club’s league matches, scoring once.
East Bengal 2-1 Patha Chakra: Report and three things we learned Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 7/9/2017 East Bengal go top of the table in Calcutta Football League with their sixth consecutive win over Patha Chakra today… East Bengal picked up a hard fought 2-1 win over Patha Chakra in their sixth match in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) 2017 on Thursday afternoon. Brandon Vanlalremdika and Mahmoud Al Amna scored for the Red and Golds while Jagannath Oraon scored Patha Chakra’s solitary goal.The minnows took the lead against all odds in the first half. Taking advantage of a gap created in the East Bengal defence, Joel Sunday made a run into the box from the left side. He went past his marker Mehtab Singh and passed the ball to Jagannath who just had to tap the ball into the net.Khalid Jamil fielded Surabuddin Mullick as a striker from the very beginning alongside Joby Justin. The hat-trick hero from Peerless game missed a number of chances. At the stroke of half time, Brandon equalised after Patha Chakra goalkeeper Subham Roy failed to collect a back pass from his defender. The custodian fumbled inside the box as Brandon pounced on it and converted from almost a zero degree angle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The second half proved to be even-steven as both the sides looked desperate for the second goal. Patha Chakra fought really hard and was almost on par with East Bengal performance wise. After waiting until the 88th minute, the Kolkata giants finally got their chance to take the lead.Mahmoud Al Amna was pushed from the back inside the penalty box and the referee did not hesitate to point at the spot. Amna coolly converted to gift his team all three points. The decidion to award a penalty was controversial and it could have swayed either way. Amna was definitely pushed but there wasn’t too much of an impact.Here are the three things we learnt from this match:Jagannath Oraon’s top notch performancePatha Chakra’s goal scorer Jagannath Oraon was undoubtedly the player of the match today. He was at his very best and also scored the opening goal of the match. The right winger created constant problems for East Bengal debutante Tonmoy Ghosh who struggled on the pitch today. It was Jagannath’s energy and enthusiasm on the pitch that kept the East Bengal defenders on their feet for the entire 90 minutes. Jagannath has surely grabbed the eyeballs of the recruiters from the big teams of the city after today’s performance.East Bengal attackers need to be more clinical up frontJust like their match against Railway FC last week, the East Bengal attackers missed a series of chances again. Surabuddin single-handedly missed 3 chances in the first half out of which at least one should have gone in. While in their previous game, the missed chances were not highlighted thanks to 3-0 scoreline, today the skeleton almost came out. Had Almna not converted his spot-kick, Khalid Jamil would have had to repent those chances. The I-League winning coach has to pay serious attention to this aspect of his side.’Workhorse’ Mahmoud Al Amna once again East Bengal’s saviourThe Syrian international midfielder is slowly establishing himself as an indispensable player for the Red and Golds with every passing match. 34-year-old Mahmoud Al Amna, who joined the club this season from Aizawl is the team’s main architect. The old workhorse runs box to box throughout the game. His defence splitting through passes, work rate at the centre of the pitch and his ability to score goals is what makes him a standout performer. It was more of the same today as the Syrian worked relentlessly and also scored the winning goal to maintain his team’s 6-match winning streak in CFL 2017. read more
Sporting Kansas City hangs on to win fourth U.S. Open Cup over New York Red Bulls Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 11:46 21/9/2017 Jay Biggerstaff Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi gave the side the advantage and survived a late surge from the Red Bulls to win the trophy Sporting Kansas City kept its U.S. Open Cup tradition alive Wednesday night, but it required holding off a stoppage-time surge from the New York Red Bulls in the final to do it.With the side up 2-0 heading into the 90th minute thanks to goals from Latif Blessing and Daniel Salloi, it appeared Sporting KC’s fourth U.S. Open Cup triumph was done and dusted.However, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a minute into stoppage time to cut the deficit in half. From there Sporting KC would have to survive a corner kick and, at the death, a free kick from just outside the area from Felipe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Felipe’s effort curled just over the bar, and the whistle was blown soon afterward to the delight of Sporting KC and the fans at Children’s Mercy Park, who have seen triumphs in this tournament by the team in 2004, 2012 and 2015.Blessing got Sporting KC on the board in the 25th minute, heading home a Graham Zusi cross after the 5-foot-5 attacker got in between Red Bull defenders Aaron Long and Michael Murillo.The moment @SportingKC clinched its fourth @opencup 🏆! #USOC2017 pic.twitter.com/edrQ9DJlsR— U.S. Open Cup (@opencup) September 21, 2017Unfortunately for Blessing, his night would come to an end not long after due to a thigh injury.The game remained 1-0 into the second half when a ball over the top allowed Salloi to split the Red Bulls defense and beat onrushing goalkeeper Ryan Meara to double the lead.The Red Bulls found themselves unable to mount many clear threats on Tim Melia’s goal until stoppage time. There Wright-Philipps pounced on a rebound to bring New York within striking distance.Wright-Phillips earned another chance for his side to score late as he was brought down just outside the area attempting to get to a ball delivered over the top, earning defender Ike Opara a yellow card in the process.But that opportunity went begging as Felipe struck his free kick over the wall, but also over the goal, to leave the Red Bulls just short and give Sporting KC its fourth-ever triumph in the tournament. read more
Malaysia Cup Durakovic wants Perak to utilise home advantage to reach semis Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Phoon/CSN Malaysia Cup Perak v Pahang Pahang Perak Perak will miss influential Yashir Pinto as The Bos Gaurus seek to overturn a 1-3 defeat in the first leg against Pahang in the Malaysia Cup Perak were the only away side from the first leg of the Malaysia Cup quartefinals that didn’t win on the road and they face an uphill battle against Pahang in the return leg scheduled to be played on Sunday.Things are not helped that Mehmet Durakovic will also be missing the influential Yashir Pinto who has returned to Chile to recover from his injury, on top of the injury suffered by Hafiz Kamal who is out for the rest of the 2017 season. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Still, only needing two goals to turn the tie back into their favour, Gilmar Filho’s second half goal at Darul Makmur Stadium could yet proved to be crucial in the encounter at Perak Stadium.”It’s not going to be easy. Everyone knows Pahang are a good side who’s been together 3 – 4 years. They have good foreigners and local players. But we’re playing at home and we’ve got nothing to lose.” “We’ve got the crowd behind us. We’ll give our best shot, it’s not impossible. We’ll try and attack and to win this game because Perak haven’t been in the semi-final for so many years.”It’s very important to keep our concentration throughout. We played well in Kuantan and it was only 5 minutes of madness that they scored 3 goals. We played well the whole game. In the second half we killed them.”At the end of the day we lost 3-1 but their goal keeper got the man of the match. Shows we created a lot of chances. It’s very important that we’re fighting for 90 minutes,” Durakovic told Goal ahead of return fixture.In between these two legs, Perak also suffered a disappointing defeat to relegation battlers Melaka United, losing their second away game in a row with the same margin of 3-1. The Australian Durakovic however isn’t too perturbed by that result but laments the loss of two important players for the Pahang match.”I want to win every game but honestly we really really missed Hafiz Kamal. He’s out for whole year. Also Pinto, he’s gone to Chile last night [Friday] to have a look at his achilles. These are two players who have been in my starting XI for the whole year and now to miss them in the crucial part of the season is tough.” “I have other players who can play and hopefully they will do well. But you can’t buy experience, both have been my rock for the whole year,” added Durakovic.Among those that could feature in their stead are Shahrul Saad, Ahmad Khairil Anuar and Hadi Yahya – all of whom possess relative experience that could help Perak’s cause to reach their first Malaysia Cup semi-final since 2006.