1975: The Cup is born

first_imgIt was an altogether different world in which One-day cricket took its first baby steps. Not many teams took the format too seriously.West Indies captain Clive Lloyd holds the trophy after his team won the final in the 1975 Prudential World Cup as the then MCC president Prince Philip looks on.White clothing, red ball and prize money (4,000 for the winners), which was a tiny fraction of that at stake these days, bear testament to the fact that ODIs had not evolved fully as a separate format in itself. In fact, there were just 18 ODIs played worldwide before the first World Cup in 1975.Sixty overs an innings meant that most sides went with Test match field placements and innovative stroke-play, such an integral part of the game today, was rare.England, where limited overs cricket was an integral part of the domestic season, were supposed to cash in on the home advantage. Other powerhouses such as the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan were also fancied due to their all-star lineups, many of whom played on the county circuit.The men from the Caribbean, led by Clive Lloyd, who beat the Aussies by 17 runs in the inaugural final at Lord’s on June 21, the longest day of the year, stamped their superiority on the nascent format.The summit clash, till this day regarded as one of the most exciting ODIs ever played, made sure that One-day cricket and the World Cup was here to stay.There were altogether eight teams in the fray, with the six Test- playing nations joined by East Africa and Sri Lanka. They were divided into two groups with the top two advancing to the semi- finals. There were only 15 games in total, a far cry from these days when the tournament seems to go on and on.advertisementEngland and New Zealand advanced from Group A while Australia and West Indies made it from the other group. Both semi- finals were played on the same day – something which would be inconceivable now.There were few close games in the 1975 World Cup, but ironically, eventual champions West Indies needed a 64- run 10th wicket stand between Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts to seal a one- wicket win over Pakistan.Once there, the team from the Caribbean made short work of the Kiwis with a five- wicket win at The Oval to seal their place in the final.The other semi- final pitted traditional rivals England and Australia and Gary Gilmour did the star turn for Ian Chappell’s side on a seaming Headingley track to take six wickets for 14 as the hosts were bundled for 93.Even that seemed enough at one stage when the Aussies were reduced to 39 for six. It was left to Gilmour himself and Doug Walters to do the repair job and take the team home.The final will be remembered as much for Lloyd’s 102 off 85 balls after the West Indies had lost three quick wickets, as for Viv Richards effecting three of the five runouts, including those of the Chappell brothers.Chasing 292 for victory, Australia were reduced to 233 for nine before Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee gave them hope with a 41- run stand. The game ended when Thomson was run- out while taking a bye to wicketkeeper Murray in the penultimate over. As far as individual performances went, New Zealand’s Glenn Turner was the highest run- getter with 333 runs in four matches, including two hundreds. Gilmour was the most successful bowler with 11 wickets from just two games.The Indian angleThe abiding memory for India from the 1975 World Cup would be Sunil Gavaskar batting 60 overs to score 36 not out against England in the inaugural match.Chasing 335 for victory, Gavaskar took 174 balls himself which shows that at that point in his career, he did not pay too much regard to the upstart format.After a 202- run defeat, India coasted to a 10- wicket win over minnows East Africa. They needed to beat New Zealand to seal a semi- final spot, but Turner came up with a hundred as the Kiwis chased down 231.Highlights of 1975 CupEngland and New Zealand advanced from Group A while Australia and West Indies made it from the other group. Both semifinals were played on the same day.Named the Prudential Cricket World Cup, there was no Man of the Tournament for the event.The abiding memory for India would be Sunil Gavaskar batting 60 overs to score 36 not out against England in the inaugural match.Australia were chasing 292 runs in the final against the West Indies and fell short by 17 runs.advertisementlast_img read more

Ashwin’s omission a surprise

first_imgR AshwinWhy R Ashwin was not played in the crucial semi-final between India and Pakistan is the question that stumped many cricket bookies and punters.One of the bookies said on Wednesday that they were positive that India would still be able to win the match against Pakistan after the hosts scored 260 runs. “At one time when Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were going well, there was speculation that the score could reach 350 and there were many bets to that effect also.However, 260 was a surprise as, most of the punters had bet that India would easily go past 300,” said the bookie. He added that even after India had scored 260 which seemed to be a below par score, the odds were still stacked against Pakistan. India was going at 70 paise while Pakistan at Rs 1.40.last_img read more

US prosecutors drop terror charges against Osama bin Laden

first_imgUS federal prosecutors in Manhattan have dropped terrorism charges against Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden who was killed by American commandos in Pakistan on May 2.The fist indictment was filed against bin Laden in a Federal District Court in Manhattan in 1998 on charges of conspiring to attack US defence installations.The indictment grew after the 9/11 attacks, which were masterminded by bin Laden.On Friday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan signed an order approving the government request to drop the charges.According to an ABC News report, Assistant US Attorney Nicholas Lewin had presented a formal recommendation to US Attorney Preet Bharara that bin Laden not be prosecuted on any of the charges, given that he is dead.”…. while this case was still pending, defendant Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the course of an operation conducted by the United States,” Lewin noted.He further added that, “Al Qaeda has itself publicly acknowledged the death of bin Laden.”Among other pronouncements, a recently released video depicted senior Al Qaeda leader and co-defendant Ayman al Zawahiri acknowledging bin Laden’s death.The case against bin Laden has now been officially closed.Osama was indicted in June 1998 in a federal court in Manhattan on charges he supported the ambush that left 18 US soldiers dead in Somalia in 1993.The indictment was later revised to charge the slain Al Qaeda chief in the dual bombings of two American embassies in East Africa that killed 224 on August 7, 1998, and in the suicide attack on the USS Cole in 2000. None of the charges involved the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Football: India hold UAE 2-2 but still crash out of World Cup race

first_imgSHort passing and heavy rain don’t go hand in hand, India learnt that the hard way. The hosts managed only a 2-2 draw in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Ambedkar Stadium in the Capital on Thursday.After a 0-3 loss in Al Ain on Saturday, India’s road to the 2014 World Cup ended with a 2-5 aggregate defeat.Mohamed Al Shehhi scored in the 39th minute and Ali Al Wehaibi in the 70th to dash any hopes India had of making a match out of the encounter in front of a vociferous crowd. Although India did score through Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 74th minute and Gouramangi Singh in the 91st, it was definitely too little too late.Overturning a three-goal deficit is no mean task and with the hosts still adopting a passing game under new coach Armando Colaco, the writing was on the wall even before the match started -thanks to the torrential downpour that turned the pitch at the Ambedkar Stadium into a pool.For once, former coach Bob Houghton was definitely missed as the setting was the same when India beat Tajikistan 4-1 in the final of the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup at the very ground to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup.The only difference was that under the Englishman, India relied on long passes and played more of an aerial game.Trying to adapt to the passing game takes time and when the team has to suddenly switch and adapt to another tactic -long passing -on match-day, it isn’t easy and although the Ambedkar is considered a happy hunting ground for the Indian team, their passing looked all at sea on the slushy turf.advertisementThe match began with India trying to go all-out for goals and the UAE players soaking in the pressure and plotting their own counter-attacks.So while the Indian players huffed and puffed trying to enter the rival half, the UAE midfielders and defenders ensured that the Indian inroads were foiled before they threatened threatened their citadel.The ground conditions did not help India’s momentum either. India had their first attempt at goal in the eighth minute with Sunil Chhetri getting into the box from the left flank to find an unmarked Jeje Lalpekhlua. But the defenders converged on the youngster and all he could do was pass it on to Steven Dias, who had moved in from the right.But Dias failed to beat UAE goalie Ali Khaseif. Chhetri was at it again in the 25th minute when he aimed at goal only for Khaseif to fist the shot over the bar.The visitors went ahead when moving in from the left, Ahmed Khalil foxed defender Samir Naik to feed Shehhi with a perfect pass from the left wing. The latter headed in -much to the dismay of goalkeeper Karanjit Singh and the Ambedkar crowd.UAE’s Mohamme Al Shehhi(left) celebrates with All Al Wehalbl after scoring a goalThe second half saw UAE attacking from all quarters and despite the Indian defence putting up a composed show, the visitors scored with Wehaibi moving in from the left to wrongfoot the Indian defence and hit the back of the net.India looked to up the ante further and the move to replace Dias with Lalrindika Ralte paid dividends as he moved in beautifully from the right to find Jeje waiting for the cross inside the box.Jeje completed the formalities by heading in.India kept looking for the equaliser and their efforts bore fruit when Gouramangi jumped on to a loose ball inside the box and hit the back of the net -ensuring India did not end on the losing side.The crowd erupted as if the match had been won, but it was only a draw and the end of the road for India as far as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is concerned.”Today we played a better game. Conditions were difficult but it is not easy for a team to come from 0- 2 down to draw 2-2. Heavy rains made it difficult to pass the ball around but we played a better passing game,” said India coach Colaco after the match.last_img read more

BCCI slams Team India for poor show in World T20 2010

first_imgIndian team skipper MS Dhoni’s comment that the IPL’s night game and partying hit the team’s performance has come under heavy fire. The BCCI has hit out at the team for its dismal performance in the world T20 championships.The board has expressed disappointment with the performance of the team in the world championships.Reacting to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s comments that the cricketers were fatigued due to IPL parties, the BCCI spokesperson Rajiv Shukla said that the players should have told about this to the board earlier.Making a very strong statement, BCCI spokesperson Rajiv Shukla has said that if the board had known about the players being tired, it would have relieved them.last_img

Designer bytes straight from the ramp

first_imgFashion is in the air in the capital, with PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 having concluded recently in the city. Simply Delhi caught up with the city’s fashion design stalwarts, JJ Valaya, Manish Arora and Shantanu and Nikhil for a tete-a-tete where they shared their views on the Couture Week,,Fashion is in the air in the capital, with PCJ Delhi Couture Week2012 having concluded recently in the city. Simply Delhi caught up withthe city’s fashion design stalwarts, JJ Valaya, Manish Arora andShantanu and Nikhil for a tete-a-tete where they shared their views onthe Couture Week, their personal fashion styles and their inspirations.Q and A: JJ Valaya”I was training to be a CA when fashion happened.”Q. What led you take up fashion as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted or was it something that happened out of the blue? A. I was actually training to be a cha rtered accountant. I didn’t know what I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to do something creative and fashion just happened.Q. What would you consider the one event that was your ‘big break’ into the world of fashion?A. I was living in Chandigarh in the late 80’s when somebody told me about this new institute that had opened up in Delhi. At a time when fashion institutes were synonymous with tailoring colleges, the National Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIFT) came into the scene and completely turned things around. For me, enrolling into NIFT in 1988 is what I consider ‘divine intervention.’Q. What has been your idea behind this season’s designs?A. For me couture is always about timelessness and I don’t think that trends always work. I want my designs to be passed on through generations. For example, recently I had a client for whom I had designed bridal wear more than two decades ago. She came to me a few days ago asking me to alter the same dress to fit her daughter. This to me was an amazing feeling.Q. Has the line been inspired by something or somebody?A. Our couture displays have been titled, The Azrak collection, The Realm of the Sultan. The collection finds its inspiration from the Ottoman Empire. Azrak in Turkish means ‘rare and uncommon.’ Its a fitting title for this collection as it stands inspired by some exceptional arts from the Ottoman Empire.Q. Any particular aspect of the designs you would like to highlight?A. We do the finest embroideries in the country and this is one of our greatest selling points. I also nurture a great interest in Indian arts and crafts and I want to revive these craft traditions and make it relevant to the modern world.Q What’s your personal fashion style?A. It’s simplistic with a lot of attention to detail. I like neutral colour dresses with an occasional pop of bright coloured accessories.-Sibi ArasuadvertisementQ and A: Manish Arora”Always remember, you are only as good as your last collection.”Q. What led you take up fashion as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted or was it something that happened out of the blue?A. Fashion was accidental. I’d never thought I’d end up as a fashion designer. I use fashion as a platform for my art. Moving away from my commerce degree and getting enrolled at NIFT, Delhi in the 90’s was the turning point. From there on in, it has always been about creativity, art and design.Q. What would you consider the one event that was your ‘big break’ into the world of fashion?A. The year I spent working with the Spanish fashion legend, Paco Rabanne was a game changer for me.Q. What’s your personal fashion style?A. My designs are an extension of myself. I put my heart and soul into every collection. But my personal style is completely different. I like to dress neat and crisp and sport black and other dark shades as much as possible.Q. What does the Delhi Couture Week mean to you?A. It is a sort of homecoming for me. This is my first runway show in India after a three year break and it feels good to showcase my Paris collections here. My collections are pret-a-porter but it has consumed as much energy and time as designing couture would do.Q. Has the line been inspired by something or somebody?A. My inspirations are from all over the place. Anything from India POP and Warriors that were the themes behind my work in 08-09 to Graffiti Art and ‘The joy of living in the 60’s,’ which was what motivated my latest designs. Hybrid animals, magic, the circus-all these have been sources of inspirations for my creations over the last few years. The designs I displayed here this time around are a retrospective of my collections which I have showcase in various Paris Fashion Weeks.Q. If you have to have a ‘fashion ideology’ what would it be?A. Always remember, that you are only as good as your last collection. You have to constantly surpass your own capabilities in order to create designs that are of value in today’s competitive market.-Sibi ArasuadvertisementQ and A: Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra”The designers’ fraternity was literally on the street for 6-8 months.”Q. In these 12 years that you’ve been in the fashion world, which moment do you consider as your ‘big break?’A. Well we really feel it’s yet to come. But the one time our work really got recognised was when actor Shilpa Shetty wore one of our gowns at the IIFA awards in 2006. That set off a trend and today women have started wearing gowns for their cocktail functions instead of lehengas.Q. Tell us a bit about the struggles you had to go through to establish yourself?A. Though we haven’t struggled too much, the one time we really had a tough time was when our shop, along with other designer stores got demolished at MG Road. The designers’ fraternity was literally on the street for 6-8 months and had no direction.Q. What does the Delhi Couture Week mean to you?A. It’s a platform to be really creative. It’s the place where you can do anything you want and your opinion really matters. It’s one of those opportunities for us to let people know what we want to say.Q. Tell us something about the collection you showcased at the 3rd Delhi Couture Week concluded recently.A. This collection of ours titled ‘She is the One,’ is an ode to the woman of today. With this collection, we want to portray a strong woman who says ‘there’s a hurricane in me’. This woman has gone through a crazy time but is a survivor. So the silhouettes are hard, the clothes are dark, vintage and not flowery. This is a stark contrast to last time’s Perfume collection which was soft and delicate.Q. What has been your inspiration?A. We get inspired by spaces and places around us. Right now, there’s an undertone of darkness all around us. There’s been a barrage of bad news since the past one year. That affects our work. Especially when we talk about the Indian woman, there’s so much lag-on one hand, we call her bharat mata and on the other, we rape her.Q. Black is not usually a colour associated with Indian weddings. How come you’ve used so much of it in Couture Week, which is all about wedding couture?A. Indian weddings have changed over the years and have become pretty liberal. There’s even a concept of theme weddings. So, even if someone doesn’t want to wear black on the wedding day, it can be worn for a cocktail or a bachelorette party.Q. Talking about the current season, what do you think are the colours and fabrics of this season?A. It’s a pop colour palette this season. You’ll find a bright orange amongst navy blues, gold with greens. And the fabrics are mostly antique like linens and quilts.-Rewati Rauadvertisementlast_img read more

Sports Briefs – December 14, 2018

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting La Salle eyeing ex-Qatar national team mentor as new head coach LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:16Go hoping for Senate OK on bill for Malasakit Center by November or December02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NU puts PH in Asean finaleBannered by reigning UAAP champion National U, the Philippines made quick work of Indonesia, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13, on Thursday to reach the finals of the 19th Asean University Games volleyball tournament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The Filipinos thus surpassed their bronze medal finish in the same tournament two years ago in Singapore. The Filipinos forged a title duel with defending champion Thailand, which hammered out a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Myanmar in the other semifinal duel. The Philippines-Thailand tiff is set Friday. NU remains unbeaten in the tournament, a run highlighted by a 30-28, 25-23, 25-19 win over the Thais in their match last Sunday. —CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Canelo Alvarez to fight Danny Jacobs on May 4

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Mexico’s Alvarez (50-1-2, 35 knockouts) became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December. He now goes back to middleweight, where he owns a draw and a victory over Gennady Golovkin that lifted him to the top of a loaded division.“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” the 28-year-old Alvarez said. “I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJacobs, a 31-year-old New Yorker who overcame bone cancer to become a champion, is 35-2 with 29 KOs.Despite losing a close bout to Golovkin in 2017, Jacobs remained a force. He hasn’t lost since and took the IBF belt by defeating Sergiy Derevyanchenkoto. Patriotrs, team America loves to hate, headed to Super Bowl LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “This is the opportunity I have been waiting for, the opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” Jacobs said. “I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4 live on DAZN, I will get my chance to play it out. It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”The fight will be streamed on DAZN, which has a long-term contract with Alvarez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, boxer Canelo Alvarez poses for photos at Madison Square Garden in New York. Alvarez will return to the ring and to the middleweight division on May 4, 2019, to fight Danny Jacobs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)LOS ANGELES— Canelo Alvarez will return to the ring and to the middleweight division on May 4 to fight Danny Jacobs.Alvarez will defend his WBC and WBA titles against IBF champion Jacobs in a matchup of two of the sport’s top performers. No venue has been announced for the bout on the eve of Cinco de Mayo.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Beats headsets prove to be popular at the FIFA world cup despite ban

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar wearing Beats headphones.Beats by Dr Dre in the last weeks has been in the limelight as Apple acquired it. Now it has kicked up yet another storm as the headphones made by it have been banned at the 2014 FIFA world cup, which is currently being held in Brazil.The headphones have proven to be popular with star players like Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez, but the players are banned from wearing them as FIFA has a deal with Sony, which also makes headphones.The colourful headphones have become a fashion icon of sorts. This was also a reason Apple decided to shell out $3 billion for the company, the highest it has ever spent on an acquisition.While pundits have often criticised the sound quality of the Beats headphones, they have proven popular with celebrities.Even at the world cup, players are forced to use Sony headphones inside the world cup stadiums due to FIFA’s contractual obligations, but players like Neymar and Suarez have been seen using their personal Beats’ headphones in practice sessions.In a way, this lends them a discrete level of authenticity as the players are not forced to use them unlike the Sony headphones.In the lead up to the world cup, Beats even released a video with Neymar, Luis Suarez, Mario Goetze, Robin Van Persie, and Javier Hernandez, which received 10.6 million views on YouTube, highlighting the popularity of the brand.last_img read more

Atletico stun Real Madrid to clinch Spanish Super Cup after 29 years

first_imgMario Mandzukic sealed the winner in Atletico’s 2-1 aggregate win over Real MadridA 2nd-minute goal by striker Mario Mandzukic gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday and overall victory with a 2-1 aggregate score.The first match was a 1-1 draw.A long kick by Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Moya was headed skywards by Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Atletico’s midfielder Antoine Griezmann then directed the ball toward newly-signed striker Mandzukic, who beat goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a powerful shot.Atletico had already begun strongly with two fast-paced attacks in the first minute.Madrid’s new signing James Rodriguez began the match on the left wing with Cristiano Ronaldo rested on the bench alongside new goalkeeper Keylor Navas.It was not until the 25th minute that Madrid threatened Moya’s goal with a shot by Rodriguez.The Super Cup is a two-legged match-up played before the Primera Liga season starts between the champions of the previous Liga – Atletico this year – and the winner of previous season’s Copa del Rey – Madrid.The last time Atletico won the Super Cup was 29 years ago.”To have won this match against a rival as important as Real Madrid gives us energy to focus on what will follow,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone, whose team lost to Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League final in May.Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira were not included in the squad by Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach had previously said Di Maria had rejected Madrid’s offer for an extension and was hence looking to transfer to another club, with Manchester United reportedly keen on the Argentine winger.advertisementFrance winger Griezmann hit a long shot in the 15th minute that was deflected for a corner, a move that led to a period of pressure on Madrid’s goal.With Atletico defender Juan “Juanfran” Torres off the field receiving treatment for a cut lip that had stained his jersey with blood, Madrid launched a rapid attack that ended when Moya saved Rodriguez’s 25th minute shot.Shortly afterward, the referee ejected Simeone for dissent after the Atletico coach had vociferously called for Torres’ rapid reincorporation onto the field because his treatment had finished.Madrid tried to keep the pressure up and Rodriguez headed just wide of the post in the 36th, and two minutes later Gareth Bale shot just wide from a pass supplied by the Colombia forward.”We lost control of the match trying to play too many long balls without enough possession,” said Ancelotti. “The second half was more complicated, we gave Atletico more chances to defend just as they wanted to.”Raul Garcia hit a long shot in the 44th that forced a save from Casillas. A minute later Garcia narrowly missed with a header from a corner kick just before Rodriguez countered with his third attempt on goal.Ronaldo came on in the second half but Atletico maintained the pressure and Garcia came close to scoring the second when his 48th-minute shot was tipped by Casillas onto the frame of the goal.Madrid threaded a skillful passing attack past Atletico’s midfield in the 61st, but it ended with Moya saving Ronaldo’s shot.With Simeone pacing in the stands, Ronaldo hit a free kick into the defenders’ wall in the 68th.This was followed by another period of pressure from Atletico that saw two shots go just wide in three minutes.Midfielder Luka Modric was ejected on a second yellow card in stoppage time and teammate Sergio Ramos just missed a header that could have led to extra time.last_img read more

Streaking TNT surges past Blackwater

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT racked up its third straight win after clobbering Blackwater, 127-89, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Roger Pogoy was on target all game long as he delivered a game-high 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field for the KaTropa, who tied the San Miguel Beermen in third place at 5-3.ADVERTISEMENT Pogoy also had six rebounds and four assists in only less than 25 minutes of action.Jericho Cruz added 20 points and nine assists off the bench while Troy Rosario and Ryan Reyes also gave TNT a lift with 17 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe KaTropa pulled away in the third quarter and kept pouring it on in the fourth period where they outsocred the Elite, 37-17.TNT had everything clicking on the offensive end as it hit 57 percent from the field and had 39 assists. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mike DiGregorio scored 20 points for Blackwater (2-7), which had more turnovers (21) than assists (19).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed UST notches 2nd straight win, downs NU 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View commentslast_img read more

Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Houston’s Galen Robinson Jr., right, heads to the basket past Ohio State’s Keyshawn Woods during the first half of a second round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)TULSA, Okla. — Houston’s fans chanted “Sweet 16” in the final minute of the Cougars’ NCAA Tournament win over Ohio State.The celebration was long overdue — it’s been 35 years since the Cougars have made this trip.ADVERTISEMENT Wesson had five turnovers, mostly after getting double-teamed. He made 7 of 10 free throws, but he didn’t leave the imprint he left on the Iowa State game in the first round.HE SAID ITSampson, on the halftime altercation: “Just being competitive. Ohio State’s kids are classy, great kids great coaching staff. Our kids are classy. Just nothing.”UP NEXTHouston will play Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH01:1355,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heartbreak for UCF dad, son as Aubrey Dawkins game-winner rolls out Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Houston (33-3) advanced to face Kentucky.C.J. Jackson scored 18 points, and Kaleb Wesson added 15 for Ohio State (20-15).Ohio State started off hot from 3-point range, hitting seven of its first 12. But Houston burned the Buckeyes in transition to go on a 14-6 run and close the half with a 39-31 lead.There was a brief skirmish right after the end of the first half. Ohio State’s Keyshawn Woods and Houston’s DeJon Jarreau were issued technical fouls after the teams jawed at midcourt. Houston’s Fabian White was held back by teammates and coaches.A dunk by Chris Harris put the Cougars up 52-44 with just over 10 minutes remaining. A floater in the lane by Armoni Brooks pushed Houston’s lead to nine and led to a timeout by Ohio State. A transition layup by Davis pushed the advantage to 11, and the Cougars maintained control for good.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Buckeyes finished 8-12 in Big Ten play and were seeded eighth in the conference tournament, so getting this far was an accomplishment.“I told them in the locker room, I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of a team where we’ve faced as many challenges and had come through on the other end in such a positive way,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “It just really speaks to the quality of our players and the quality of people that they are.”BIG PICTUREOhio State: The Buckeyes lost four of five heading into the NCAA Tournament before upsetting Iowa State in the first round. The future looks bright — Brothers Kaleb and Andre Wesson will be back next year to provide a solid foundation.Houston: The Cougars continue to rebuild a program that had a 13-19 record in 2014-15. Houston hurt the Buckeyes inside and outside, overwhelmed the Buckeyes with depth and speed and pounced when Ohio State’s 3-point shooting came back down to Earth.STAT LINESOhio State made 8 of 17 3-pointers in the first half, but just 2 of 12 in the second half. Houston, the nation’s leader in field-goal percentage defense heading into the weekend, held the Buckeyes to 32 percent shooting in the second half.CROWDING WESSONKaleb Wesson scored 15 points, but the 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward struggled against Houston’s Brison Gresham. Wesson only had seven field-goal attempts, and six of those were 3-pointers.“That means we won that battle,” Sampson said. “If we got him taking 3s, that’s a good thing for us.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I saw a lot of proud Cougars up there behind us tonight,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said, “and the ones I was happiest for were the guys that’s been supporting this program since those days.”Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston beat the Buckeyes 74-59 in a second-round Midwest Region game Sunday night. It marked the Cougars’ 33rd win of the season — breaking the school’s season record set by the 1983-84 team. That was the last Houston squad to reach the Sweet 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe win was especially significant for Robinson, a senior who has played in a school-record 135 games. He watched teams celebrate reaching the Sweet 16 on social media Saturday night and wanted his own moment. He scored 13 points to help make it happen.“When I went to bed last night, all I was thinking about was winning just so we can do that, so I can see how it feels,” he said. “It was exactly — to be going to the Sweet 16, it feels amazing.”last_img read more

Rory McIlroy likely to play in 2020 Olympics for Ireland

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ben Simmons ready to play for Australia’s Boomers The Olympics decided in 2009 to bring back golf for the first time since 1904.McIlroy, who won the PGA Championship in 2012 and ’14, said that made him start questioning who he was and where his loyalties lie.After Justin Rose of England won the gold medal at the Olympics, McIlroy said he texted him and said it would have been hard for him to listen to the British national anthem played had he represented Ireland or vice versa. McIlroy had been scheduled to play for Ireland in 2016 until announcing that June he would not be going.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “So why would it be any different just because it’s a different golf tournament or because it’s a different arena or a different environment?” he added. “That was basically what it came down to. I mean, I had an unbelievable amateur career, and I don’t mean that in terms of results, but I mean that in the experiences I had and the trips that I had and the friendships that I made and the friendships that I still have to this day. That was all because of playing for Ireland and getting close to some of those guys.“I’m excited to be going to the Olympics. I’m excited to play for Ireland,” McIlroy said.McIlroy also is thrilled because Neil Manchip is the Irish national coach. He was the national coach when McIlroy was first selected to play for Ireland and he also is excited at the prospect of playing with some of his former teammates.McIlroy, who has a win and eight top-10 finishes in 10 events this year, said he is not totally committed to playing in the Tokyo Olympics.“More likely than not I will play,” he said. “I think it would be a great experience. We’re going to play the (British) Open and then probably go back to Memphis and then go to Tokyo. So it’s sort of going to be one of those deals where we probably get in on Tuesday, tee it up on a Thursday, and then we’ve got to get ready for the rest of the season. It’s just one of those things where it’s just in the middle of a really busy stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rory McIlroy chips onto the seventh green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Rory McIlroy will likely go to the 2020 Olympics and represent Ireland.The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland disclosed his decision Tuesday, two days before the start of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img View comments MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss McIlroy skipped the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 in part because he felt the Olympics were forcing him to decide whether he would represent the United Kingdom or Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.McIlroy cited the outbreak of the Zika virus as part of his concern in attending the Rio Games, but he also said making a choice about which country he would represent wasn’t worth the hassle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe four-time major champion has settled his internal issue.“I’ve thought about that for a long time, and in the end, it was the fact that when I was a little boy and I got that first call-up to the national squad to go on to Citywest and be a part of the youth system or the boys or whatever, you know, and making that team and playing in home internationals, I was so proud to do that,” McIlroy said of playing for Ireland. LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Jwala-Ashwini bow out of World Badminton Championships

first_imgTop Indian doubles shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Aswini Ponnappa were knocked out of the women’s doubles quarterfinals at the World Championships here on Friday.The 13th seeds lost 23-25, 14-21 in 46 minutes to unseeded Japanese pair of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao at the 9,000-seater Istotara Senayan.Earlier on Thursday Indian badminton queens Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu earned contrasting wins to enter the women’s singles quarter-finals.Aslo read: Saina, Sindhu, Jwala-Ashwini enter World Badminton quarters Double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, coming back from a long injury layoff, put herself well on course for another medal at the event after defeating old nemesis and reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in the 9,000-seater Istora Senayan.The 20-year-old from Hyderabad defied all odds to beat the third seeded Xuerui 21-17, 14-21, 21-17 in 50 minutes to enter the last eight. This was 11th seed Sindhu’s second win out of four meetings against the World No.3.After sharing the first two games, it all boiled down to the crucial third game where Sindhu took a solid 8-3 and then later a 12-7 advantage. However, the reigning Olympic champion bounced back to go 14-13 up.The World No.13 Indian used cross-court smashes and drops to make the Chinese run for the shuttle and win the next five points to take a solid 18-14 lead.last_img read more

A string of records for Anirban Lahiri at PGA Championships

first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri is scaling new highs and breaking new grounds as he continues his meteoric rise with a creditable showing in the ongoing PGA Championships.Lahiri’s cards of 70-67-67 have broken a string of record for Indians at Majors.Placed tied eighth as of now, he is bidding to become the first Indian to win a Major and only the second from Asia to win a Major after YE Yang’s effort at the 2009 PGA Championships.Lahiri is at nine-under 207 and six shots behind the leader, Jason Day of Australia.Lahiri, who shot sub-par scores in each of his first three rounds at The Open last month, repeated the feat at Whistling Straits, to make it two in a row.His spectacular 67 in the second round saw him tied-fourth, the best an Indian player has been placed at that stage at any Major.His 67 is also the best-ever round by an Indian at any Major and bettered cards of 68, once each by Jeev Milkha Singh (2008 PGA), Lahiri himself (2012 British Open) and Shiv Kapur (2013 British Open).Interestingly, Jeev had shared the lead after the first round at 2008 PGA Championships, but was tied eighth after second round, tied seventh after third round and finished tied ninth at the end of the tournament.Lahiri is playing his seventh Major, of which six have come in succession. He has made the cut in four and his best has been T-30 at British Open this year.Last year he played the PGA Championships for the first time and missed the cut.advertisementLahiri, only the second Indian to make Top-50 of the world, has won seven titles in Asia, of which two ? Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open ? were co-sanctioned with European Tour.He is also in line to become the first Indian to play for the International Team at the President’s Cup, an event held every two years between United States and Rest of the World (minus Europe).last_img read more

Discarded Windies Test captain Ramdin under no pressure

first_imgFormer West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin on Tuesday said he is under no pressure particularly with the presence of two other wicket keepers in the regional squad which has assembled in Barbados for a training camp ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka.Ramdin, a wicket-keeper batsman, is part of a regional outfit that also includes wicket keeper batsmen Shane Dowrich and Shai Hope preparing to play two Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and two T20s against Sri Lanka from October 14, reports CMC.”I am not feeling any pressure at all,” declared Ramdin.”They might be under more pressure than me because they have less experience and they will be batting higher up the order.”The Trinidadian cricketer was removed as the West Indies Test captain after 14 matches and 15 months in charge and has been replaced by Jason Holder, also the ODI captain.The West Indies selectors have told the discarded captain that he should focus on his batting and Ramdin has expressed confidence that he can deliver.”I feel good at the moment, looking to hit some balls and get my game going, It will be important to spend time at the crease and forge partnerships with whoever is batting with me,” he added. Ramdin’s sacking has sparked criticism especially from some officials in Trinidad and Tobago while Holder’s promotion to captain has been criticised in some quarters as premature.But Ramdin has expressed full support for Holder and says he remains committed to providing support to the young skipper.advertisement”Jason is a good guy, I advised him on many things during the World Cup and I intend to do my part in this series, he is a young captain and needs all the support he can get in order to make a difference,” said Ramdin.Ramdin has appealed to senior players to step-up their game and says he believes the team has the “all-round strength” to beat Sri Lanka.”The senior men on the team have to make their experience count for him and people like Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kraigg Brathwaite and myself have to make sure we have good totals. Then the bowlers like Devendra Bishoo must lead the charge,”he said.”Bishoo is a key man in those conditions for us and he has been bowling very well, so we need to back him up and look to take the fight to the home team. I think we have the all round strength to beat this team and we are going to give it our best efforts.”last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Haryana Steelers in New Delhi: Haryana Beat Gujarat 41-25

first_imgHaryana Steelers will be eyeing their third straight win when they take on Gujarat Fortunegiants and if they win this one, they will enter the top three of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 standings. Gujarat Fortunegiants, on the other hand, will be looking to get a win to enter the top six of the table. Haryana hold a slender 3-2 advantage over Gujarat in their head-to-head record, while the teams have also played out a tie.After six losses on the trot, Gujarat Fortunegiants finally tasted victory in their last outing against Patna Pirates which finished 29-26 in their favour. The Season 5 and 6 finalists lost just seven of their 44 league stage matches in the previous two campaigns but have already lost six times this season and find themselves in unfamiliar territory.Leading the head-to-head against @Fortunegiants in #VIVOProKabaddi, @HaryanaSteelers will look to claim the third spot with a win tonight.Here’s a sneak peek into #GUJvHAR: https://t.co/4LQUoxMs7mWatch it 7 PM onwards, LIVE on Star Sports & Hotstar. #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/8DWSxRnbyv— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) August 28, 2019 While the defence has been typically stellar and has averaged 10.5 tackle points so far, the offence has struggled to deliver consistently, with only Rohit Gulia finding moderate success. Raider Sachin Tanwar has scored just 44 points in his nine appearances and is yet to hit the heights of his first two campaigns in the league. If the raiding unit manages to perform well against Haryana Steelers, Gujarat Fortunegiants’ well-drilled defensive unit can stave the opposition raiders off points.After beating U Mumba, Haryana Steelers picked up another big scalp by defeating the in-form Bengal Warriors in an offensive shootout on Monday. The star of the show was unsurprisingly Vikash Kandola, who finished the night with 11 raid points, while giving away just a solitary tackle point in his 22 raid attempts. Rookie Vinay, too, had a fabulous night, scoring nine raid points in just 10 attempts.Skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan accounted for four tackle points on the night, leading his team by example on the mat. While the result was sweet for coach Rakesh Kumar, the performance of his defence must be of concern for the first-year head coach, as they mustered just eight tackle points while conceding 24 raid points against Bengal Warriors. Haryana Steelers’ average of 9.3 tackle points ranks 10th in the league and coach Rakesh will be hoping that the defence can step up in their upcoming fixtures.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Happy to Rely on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial for Goals

first_img anthony martialfootballManchester UnitedMarcus Rashford First Published: August 31, 2019, 9:57 AM IST Manchester: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted on Friday he is happy with his striking options for this season despite not signing a replacement for the departed Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.The Norwegian has just Anthony Martial, who will miss Saturday’s trip to Southampton through injury, Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to count on between now and January. “Anthony and Marcus can carry our attacking threat,” he said. “If not, we would have signed someone else or kept someone else.”We believe in them. Both of them enjoy responsibility and enjoy the trust. It is give and take here — we trust them but they have to give us back.”But they have shown me they are ready for that.”If I did not believe in them, we would have signed someone else or kept someone else. We believe in them definitely.”It places great responsibility on a pair who have scored a combined 55 goals in the Premier League, as Greenwood is yet to score a senior goal, compared to Sanchez and Lukaku’s record of 176 goals in England’s top flight.It also means there is no-one in United’s squad who has scored more than 13 goals in a single Premier League campaign — the mark achieved by Paul Pogba from midfield last season.Martial’s absence due to a thigh injury at St Mary’s means there could be an opportunity for Greenwood and Solskjaer is not concerned about having to hand him a first Premier League start.”Mason is a natural footballer,” he said. “He enjoys his time on the pitch and he comes alive when you get closer to the goal.”In the finishing sessions, he is always the one who ends up in the last two. He always scores the goals.”He has proper goalscorer’s goals, but he also has to learn that scrappy bit inside the six-yard box and stick your head in where it hurts, but he has all the range of finishes.”Given Lukaku’s exit and Martial’s injury, there would surely have been an opportunity for Sanchez to face Southampton if he was still with United, but Solskjaer has no regrets about letting the Chilean leave for the season.”I had a chat with him,” said Solskjaer.”For me, if I can’t guarantee regular football for Alexis Sanchez, it’s better for the two of us that he goes and plays in Italy and shows what we all know he is capable of doing. I could not guarantee him that here.”I’m sure we will see Alexis back. We just hope he plays regular football for a year. Then he can find his form.”United’s squad was further depleted as centre-back Chris Smalling also headed to Italy to join Roma on loan on Friday.And Solskjaer’s willingness to work with a small squad could be exposed in the coming months, particularly with long journeys ahead in the Europa League.United will face Partizan Belgrade and Kazakhstan champions Astana, as well as Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in Europe’s second-tier competition.The pairing with Astana is particularly unfavourable as the trip to the Kazakh capital on November 28 will involve a round trip of over 7,000 miles before returning home to play Aston Villa in the Premier League on December 1. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, UP Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls in Noida: UP Beat Bengaluru 45-33

first_imgThe home side will be keen to put a smile on their fans’ faces with a victory that will give them some momentum to take into the playoffs. They can also take confidence from the fact that they have already beaten the reigning champions once this year.The trio of Shrikant Jadhav, Monu Goyat and Rishank Devadiga when in full flight can strike fear into the heart of any defence. However, it remains to be seen if they can produce their best against a Bengaluru Bulls defence that’s capable of making life difficult for opposition raiders on their day.As far as UP Yoddha’s defence is concerned, skipper Nitesh Kumar and young Sumit have looked impressive all season and will be their most potent weapons.vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 Playoffs format explained: Here’s your team’s road to the finals!Catch the vivo Pro Kabaddi action LIVE on Star Sports and Hotstar. #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/AC7ZO1OXmf— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 10, 2019 The defending champions, on the other hand, know that a win against UP Yoddha will see them go level on points with the hosts and leapfrog them in the standings thanks to a better score difference.Unsurprisingly, ‘Hi-Flyer’ Pawan Sehrawat holds the key for his team and UP Yoddha must ensure he doesn’t get going if they are harbouring any hopes of a win. Sumit Singh has done a decent job of filling in as the backup raiders in Rohit Kumar’s absence and he will once again have a role to play on Friday.Coach Randhir Singh will also be hoping his defence has a good game. He will want the likes of Amit Sheoran, Saurabh Nandal and Mahender Singh to go into the playoffs in a confident frame of mind.last_img read more