Woman accuses fellow shooter-cum-coach of rape

first_imgA national level woman shooter has accused her fellow sportsperson of raping her on her birthday in New Delhi. An FIR has been registered at the Chanakyapuri police station. (Latest Sports stories)According to reports, the woman has alleged that the senior shooter spiked her soft drink and raped her at her Chanakyapuri residence on her birthday. The police have asked the the accused shooter to join the probe.Delhi: National level shooter alleges that her coach spiked her soft drink and raped her. Police file FIR against accused ANI (@ANI_news) December 4, 2016We have registered a case of rape and investigation will be carried out as per law: MK Meena,Spl.CP on Shooter alleges rape pic.twitter.com/YK3Emq7bIf ANI (@ANI_news) December 4, 2016The victim has revealed that the two were in a relationship and the shooter had promised to marry her. However, following the incident he has stopped answering calls from the her.The woman has also said that he has threatened to kill her.The woman has been training for the national championships at the shooting range of the Sports Authority of India and the accused used to guide her.last_img read more

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How AB de Villiers’ wife inspired him to play a breathtaking knock on IPL comeback

first_imgAB de Villiers came back from an injury and played like he was never away from the game. He did not play any international cricket after June 24, 2016 and returned to action only in January. (IPL 2017: Brilliant AB de Villiers shines on return from injury)The South African run-machine blasted four half-centuries in 10 ODIs on his comeback and looked set to light the Indian Premier League up before a back injury laid him low once again.After missing RCB’s first two matches in IPL 2017 against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils, de Villiers returned to action against Kings XI Punjab. (IPL 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Shane Watson blames himself for defeat against Kings XI Punjab)Even as the rest of the RCB line-up caved in, de Villiers stood firm and smacked nine massive sixes to remain unbeaten on 89 off only 46 balls.Speaking to the commentators during KXIP’s successful chase of RCB’s modest total (despite the ABD fireworks), the Proteas superstar said he surprised himself with his knock. (AB de Villiers returns to show what Royal Challengers Bangalore were missing)How did he not have any kind of rustiness? He had sat out for half of 2016 and has only a handful of matches this year before the IPL.”I surprised myself. It is more a  mental thing than anything else. It’s not like you become a bad player overnight. The rustiness was more self doubt which was there over the last few days,” de Villiers said.Image Courtesy: @ABdeVilliers17 So how did he overcome that mental block? What inspired him to go out and play those big shots again?advertisement”I called my wife before the game (and told her) that I am doubting myself a bit but I surprised myself… I played a few good shots.”She was actually lying next to my boy, sleeping, when I asked her for advise and I had to call back a few minutes later.”She told me that she backs me and asked me to stay calm and she told me that she was on her way just arriving (on Tuesday). So, I think that was the inspiration.”last_img read more

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Bag with 18 semi-finished pistols found in train

first_imgBallia (UP), Apr 21 (PTI) An unclaimed bag containing 18 semi-finished pistols has been recovered from the Sealdah – Ballia Express train here, the GRP said today.During a routine checking yesterday, the team recovered an unclaimed sports bag lying under the seat of a general compartment at the Ballia station, Circle Officer of GRP (Ballia), Tripurari Pandey said. After inspection, it was found that the bag contained 18 semi-finished pistols packed in boxes, he said. PTI COR SAB SMI DPB CKlast_img read more

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IPL 2017, DD vs RCB: Virat Kohli leads Bangalore to win in last league game

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore ended their disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a 10-run win over sixth-placed Delhi Daredevils in an inconsequential contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday.Captain Virat Kohli (58 off 45balls 3×4, 3×6) shared a 66-run second-wicket stand with West Indian Chris Gayle (48 off 38balls 3×3, 3×6) as Bangalore reached 161/6 in 20 overs. Delhi were bowled out for 151 in 19.5 overs, losing by 10 runs to finish sixth.With both teams out of the race for the play-offs, Bangalore, who made five changes to their side, opted to bat. They made a slow start, scoring 37/1 at the end of Powerplay overs (six), with Gayle contributing 32 runs off 24 deliveries.Opening batsman Vishnu Vinod (3) did not trouble the scorers as he was bowled by Pat Cummins in the fifth ball of the fifth over.Gayle picked two sixes off pacer right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami but he was far from his usual flow. He struggled with his stroke-making after the Powerplay overs.But Kohli looked to be in good touch and he provided impetus to the visitors’ innings. His lofted drive off medium pacer Corey Anderson in the first ball of the ninth over was a joy to watch as it completed 50 runs for the southern outfit.Kohli picked out leg-spinner Amit Mishra for attack and his rasping flicks towards the midwicket against provided the runs Bangalore required in the middle overs.At the other end, Gayle, who was struggling, was caught by Zaheer Khan at short midwicket off a delivery from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, with Bangalore at 96/2 in 13.1 overs.advertisementBangalore lost Travis Had (2) in the following over, after the Australian fell short of completing two runs as Shreyas Iyer threw from the midwicket at the bowling end.Kohli, meanwhile completed his fifty in 39 deliveries in the final ball of the 15th over with a single to deep cover off a delivery from Zaheer.Zaheer’s next over saw Kolhi play another delightful flick for a six over midwicket before being failing to clear Nadeem at long-off. It was a big relief for Delhi, having dismissed the visiting skipper in the 17th over.Kedar Jadhav (12) followed Kohli to the dug-out in the next over after being run out by Cummins with a direct throw from the short third man area at the bowling end. Sachin Baby (12) then was holed out at long-off by Anderson off Cummins, as Bangalore lost sixth wicket with 144 runs on the board.Later, Pawan Negi milked 13 off five deiveries he faced in the final over he faced from Anderson to take the total beyond 160.In pursuit of the target, Delhi had a poor start, losing Sanju Samson (0) in the second delivery of the first over bowled by medium pacer Avesh Khan. The responsibility of creating the base then fell on Karun Nair (26) and Shreyas Iyer (32) and the pair did well with a 40-run stand as the former pulled straight into the hands of Jadhav at short midwicket off a delivery from medium pacer Shane Watson.Iyer then joined hands with Rishabh Pant (45) and another partnership started to blossom. Medium pacer ended the 45-run partnership as he had Iyer caught by Watson at short cover in the fourth ball of the 12th over. Harshal then dealt another blow to Delhi in his next ball as he bowled West Indian veteran batsman Marlon Samuels (0) with a slower delivery to reduce the hosts to 87/4.Off-spinner Head made further problems for Delhi, removing Anderson (3) and Cummins (7) in the 16th over, as the hosts reeled at 113/ 6, still requiring 49 runs.In the following over, Harshal sent Pant packing, bowling through his defence to pull the match in favour of Bangalore, with Delhi still needing 43 runs from 3.2 overs.However, Shami (21; 9b; 3×4, 1×6) delivered some lusty blows to keep Delhi in hunt, as the hosts required 13 runs off the final over. The right-hander was stumped by wicket-keeper Vinod in the second ball of the 20th over bowled by Negi, leaving Delhi to score 12 off four deliveries.AAfter couple of deliveries that didn’t yield a run, Negi dismissed Nadeem (2) in the fifth ball, bowling out Delhi for 151.Brief scores: Bangalore: 161/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2/22, Shahbaz Nadeem 1/12). Delhi: 151 all out in 19.5 overs (Rishabh Pant 45, Shreyas Iyer 32; Harshal Patel 3/43, Pawan Negi 2/10, Travis Head 2/30).last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi 4: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi 3S successor, the Redmi 4, in India on Tuesday. The Redmi 4, much like its predecessor phone, comes with some likable specs at mainstream prices. With the launch of the Redmi 4, Xiaomi will be looking to phase out their star-performer, the Redmi 3S, in the days to come or until stocks last.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 with Snapdragon 435 processor, 4100mAh battery launched starting at Rs 6,999 The Redmi 4 also comes at a time when Xiaomi is slowly and steadily ramping up its sales strategy in the country. In a bid to give its offline ambitions a boost, Xiaomi opened its first Mi Home store in India recently. The Redmi 4, even before it goes on sale online, will be available for purchase from Xiaomi’s new Mi Home. We take a closer look.Specifications:Processor: The Redmi 4 is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU.RAM: The Redmi 4 will be available in three RAM options: 2GB, 3GB and 4GB.Internal storage: While the 2GB RAM variant will come with 16GB of internal memory, the 3GB RAM Redmi 4 variant will come with 32GB RAM. The top end Redmi 4 with 4GB RAM, will meanwhile, ship with 64GB of internal memory.Display: The Redmi 4 will come with a 5-inch 720p display.Camera: The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Software and connectivity: The Redmi 4 runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity option.Battery: The Redmi 4 is backed by a 4,100mAh battery.advertisementSpecial features:– Much like its predecessor phone Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 also brings in some hard-to-get hardware specs at some rock-bottom prices. And just like the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 will also be made in India, according to Xiaomi.– The Redmi 4 boasts of a full metal body design and physical capacitive keys below the display. It’s basically a budget phone with high-end premium looks, much like its predecessor phone, the Redmi 3S. The Redmi 4 looks a lot like the Redmi Note 4, with smaller bezels. There’s 2.5D curved glass on the front, and the whole thing is joined together by a metal frame.– All versions of the Redmi 4 come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner claimed to unlock the phone in only 0.3 seconds.– The Redmi 4 is smoother and more thermal efficient than Lenovo’s Moto G5, according to Xiaomi.– On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. The phone will be eligible for Android Nougat preview out-of-the-box, but, Xiaomi doesn’t have a timeline for a stable release yet.– The Redmi 4, like most Xiaomi phones, comes with an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances.– The Redmi 4 will have some big shoes to fill because the Redmi 3S has been very successful for the company in question. Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain, only recently, announced that the company has sold over 40 lakh units of the Redmi 3S phone in the country in 9 months. The Redmi 3S, which was launched in India in August last year, has in fact become the highest selling phone ever available in India via the online sales model, he added.India pricing and availability: The Redmi 4 will be available for buying at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB memory version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB memory version. The Redmi 4 will also be available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999. The Redmi 4 will be available for buying in the colours matte black and gold from May 23 on Mi.com/in and Amazon India.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the bar The Redmi 4, if someone’s looking to get their hands on it early, can reach out to Xiaomi’s recently launched Mi Home store in Bengaluru which will be open to public from May 20. They can buy the Redmi 4 from Xiaomi’s first Mi Home starting from May 2o itself, the company has announced.”They can also pre-book a device from Mi.com/in between 16 and 19 May by paying a small token advance of Rs 1,000 and pick it up from Mi Home on May 20.”last_img read more

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India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Colour and spice from The Oval

first_imgIndians and Pakistani fans filled up the stands at The Oval in the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy final and it was nothing short of a party.These two nations are known to have the most passionate fans and they have not let their teams down. The fans have turned out in large numbers in all the three venues — The Oval, Edgbaston and Sophia Gardens (Cardiff).Pakistan fans outnumbered their English counterparts at Sophia Gardens and their team didn’t disappoint. The underdogs trumped the hosts and pulled off a remarkable upset to reach the final of the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time in the history.India blew away Bangladesh in the second semi-final by nine wickets to set up the ‘mother of all matches’ in the final in London.#TeamIndia #BleedBlue #INDvPAK #CT17 pic.twitter.com/kAR8SNyHGJ- BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2017Faces in the crowd ????????#PAKvIND #CT17 pic.twitter.com/pi32jq4JJz- ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2017And like always, the demand for ticket soared and the supply was limited. The match was already a sold out and tickets were sold for a whopping Rs 1 Lakh approximately.Okay, so a ticket for the #IndvsPakFinals is going for upwards of 1000 Pounds (Rs 82k), and some quoting even 2000 Pounds! Crazy crazy crazy- Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) June 17, 2017One placard at the ground said that the person sold his wife’s car to buy the tickets for the match.Are you serious? #CT17 #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/O9s3JaTZsv- BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2017But, it was not so for the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was seen enjoying the clash from the stands with his family.advertisementBCCI also tweeted a photo of Sachin Tendulkar’s name on the dressing room in the stadium.???? vs Pak #CT17- Look what we found inside #TeamIndia’s dressing room #INDvPAK – @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/G8YgyajCml- BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2017last_img read more

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Sophisticated bionic hand holds benefits, savings for users

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 5(PTI) Sporting innovative, almost completely in-house designed architecture, a low-cost bionic hand that can help forearm amputees regain a measure of their prior grasping and holding capabilities received an enthusiastic response at a product demonstration here today. Not only is the prototype potentially much more customisable and user-friendly than products currently available in the market, the 3-D printed device is expected to eventually be priced at a fraction of its competitors costs. “When it hits the market, our creation will probably fetch between Rs 1-1.25 lakh whereas existing bionic hands cost in excess of Rs 10 lakh. “The reason we are able to pass on the savings to the customer is due to the cost-effective and custom-built tech that has gone into our hand,” CEO of Onbyz, a city-based startup that has developed the device, Sanju Mathew said. Mathew put the second generation prototype through its paces at a live demo conducted as part of the one-day Disrupt Kerala 2017 conference held across four venues in Technopark on Wednesday. The conference, marking the 50th edition of the FAYA:80 tech conclave series, was organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with NASSCOM and ICFOSS. Onbyzs bionic hand works through electrodes that transmit signal over wires from the intact nerves and muscles in the elbow to a microprocessor that directs the digits to move. This set-up allows the user to manipulate the hand to grip objects. While the movement isnt real-time just yet, the lag between signal input and output is expected to decrease further along the development process. The third generation device is also expected to make the move to wireless use and charging and include removable batteries that can function for three to four hours at a go without an external power source, a press release said. PTI UD ROHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Football may boost bone development in teens: study

first_imgLondon, Jul 13 (PTI) Teenagers who play football for as little as three hours a week may have healthy and stronger bones, a study has claimed.”Our research shows that playing football can improve bone development in comparison to swimming and cycling,” said Dimitris Vlachopoulos at the University of Exeter in the UK.”Though we focused on aspiring professionals who played as much as nine hours a week, playing football for three hours a week might be enough for a substantial effect,” researchers said.”We already knew exercise was key for bone growth, but here we clarify what type of exercise,” they said.The team compared adolescent footballers to swimmers, cyclists and a control group of boys not involved in regular sport.The team studied 116 boys aged 12-14 years for a year. They took bone mineral content (BMC) measurements at the lumbar spine (lower back) and femoral neck (upper leg) ? both key sites for both fractures and osteoporosis.Researchers found that footballers had higher BMC than swimmers and cyclists after one year of sport-specific training.Footballers BMC was seven per cent higher than that of cyclists at the lumbar spine, and five per cent higher at the femoral neck, researchers said.”Although we didnt study other sports, its reasonable to suppose that weight-bearing, high-impact, high-intensity exercise like tennis, badminton, basketball and handball will have similar effects to football,” Vlachopoulos said.Adolescence is the key period for bone development, and poor development at this stage is linked to reduced peak bone mass (the amount of bone mass at the end of the skeletal maturation, around age 30), increased fracture risk and osteoporosis later in life.advertisementThe study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. PTI APA MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

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Manchester United F.C. to swipe right for Tinder?

first_imgIf reports are to be believed, Manchester United are all set to have a new sponsor on their shirt sleeves.According to reports, Tinder will team up with the football giants for a spot on the left sleeve of their shirts.This comes after the Football Association gave the go-ahead to a sponsor on the left sleeve of the team’s jersey replacing the Premier League logo that used to be there on both the sleeves earlier.Reports suggested that the online dating site is set to offer around 12 million pounds a year for a place on United’s sleeves.However, a Tinder spoksperson said that even though they’re in talks with the 13-time Premier League champions, the terms are wrong and not finalised yet.”We are in talks with Manchester United to explore potential partnership opportunities. The associated terms and costs have been inaccurately reported, and nothing has yet been finalized. We are excited to see what we can do together.”Tinder has around 50 million users and almost 1 billion swipes per day are recorded. The site is apparently looking for a more mainstream image and a global following. Hence, the tie up with one of the most followed franchises in the world of sports.Nine clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City, have signed sleeve deals but none of the deals amount anywhere near the  reported 12 million pounds a year that Tinder are said to be offering.Tinder also has an agreement with Serie A side Napoli.This could be effectively United’s fourth signing of the summer after acquiring the services of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic till now.advertisementThe Red Devils will begin their 2017/18 campaign on August 8 when they take on the UEFA Champions League winners in the Super Cup, which is going to be followed by the first Premier League game on August 13 at Old Trafford against West Ham.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League: Zinedine Zidane praises ‘complete player’ Harry Kane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the sides which will be an acid test for the prolific England striker.Kane leads the scoring charts in Europe’s elite competition with five goals in Spurs’ games against Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.Kane, who has also six strikes in the Premier League and has scored 13 times in his last nine matches for club and country, has been the main focus of media attention before Tuesday’s blockbuster clash between Spurs and the European champions and was featured on the cover of Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday.”He is a fundamental player for Tottenham, he is very good in every aspect, but the best thing about him is that he’s always got the goal on his mind,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.”He’s a very complete player even though he does not look it, but he always turns up when he needs to.”Zidane ducked a question on whether he would like to sign Kane for Real Madrid who are short of strikers after selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.”I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” he said.Tottenham’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, meanwhile, warned Real about the threat his teammate poses.”We have great players who are capable of playing very good football and we have Harry Kane, who at the moment is turning everything he touches into a goal,” Llorente said in an interview with Marca.advertisement”There isn’t a great deal of difference among the top teams in Europe and I’d count Tottenham among them.”Real have flattered to deceive in La Liga this season as they bid to defend the Spanish title for the first time since 2008, dropping points in four of their eight games, but like Spurs they have won both Champions League matches, convincingly beating APOEL and Dortmund.They sit third in the domestic standings, five points behind leaders Barcelona and scraped an unconvincing 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday thanks to a late strike from Ronaldo.”You have to keep their best players under control, you can’t just try and take the ball off them because they are much better in possession now and when they don’t have it they are still very dangerous on the counter-attack,” added Llorente.”Madrid can kill you off easily because they have more quality and are more effective than most teams, but they always give you a chance.”last_img read more

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Nursery admissions in Delhi to begin from December 27: All you need to know

first_imgThe nursery admission process for session 2018-19 in the national capital will begin from December 27 in 1,700 schools across the city.This admission process will be for the 75 per cent seats and the rest 25 per cent seats that are reserved for economically weaker section or disadvantaged category will be filled centrally by the government.Parents need to check the official website of Department of Education (DoE) to know more about the admissions, the link for which is www.edudel.nic.inImportant guidelines for the admission:Children of age between 3-4 years are eligible for nursery admission. For KG admission, children need to be between the age of 4-5 years and for class 1 admission, the age criteria is 5-6 yearsThe sale of admission forms for all private schools for 2018-19 will continue until January 17, which is also the last day of form submissionThe first merit list of selected students will be published on February 15, the second merit list of selected students will be published on February 28 and the final merit list of selected students will be published on March 15Delhi nursery admission process closes on March 31, 2018Application Process:Parents are not required to purchase prospectus of the school they are applying for. They need to pay an admission registration fee of Rs 25 along with copy of ration card, smart card, voter ID card, electricity/water/telephone bill, domicile certificate, passport or Aadhaar Card.Upper age limit for admissions:In 2015, the Delhi government had declared that it would impose an upper-age limit. This part of the government notification was challenged in the High Court. However, earlier this year, the court upheld the notification and allowed DoE to fix an upper limit for admission to entry level classes in private recognized unaided schools.advertisementAlso, the Delhi High Court had rejected Delhi government’s proposed single criterion of neighborhood, according to which the private schools built on government land need to prioritize admissions of students living within 1km radius of the school, followed by students living in 3km radius.About Department of Education, Delhi:Department of Education, Delhi provides various services including free education to all students, provision of languages Hindi, English, Urdu/Punjabi/Sanskrit/any other regional language, various streams at senior secondary level, etc.The DOE has introduced various schemes that are intended for the welfare of the students of Delhi like free supply of text book, improvement of school libraries, free transport facility of girls in rural areas, etc.The mission of the department is to enhance the literacy rate in Delhi, to create awareness about cultural, heritage, human and moral values and to make the students responsible citizens who may meaningfully participate in national effortRead: Washington University to mentor IIT Delhi students, signs agreementRead: National Medical Commission Bill approved by Union Cabinet, MCI to be replacedlast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I in Indore: Chance for Rohit Sharma to win another series

first_imgTeam India led by stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will look to seal the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet in Indore for the second T20I on Friday.The hosts hammered the visitors by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack after the Lankans were bowled out for 87 in chase of 181.The Indians rode on some brilliant bowling performances from young Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and the returning Jaydev Unadkat in a dew-hit Barabati on Tuesday. The leggie bagged 4/23 from his four overs while the Kuldeep picked up two wickets for just 18 runs. On the other hand, the Lankans are going through a terrible phase of transition during which they are badly in need of reliable performers.The result has been a lack of contest and one-sided results, prompting many to question the very logic of India playing such a weak side again and again. (India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni’s shot almost killed me, says KL Rahul)This series has hardly proved to be a good preparation for the challenging South Africa tour that awaits India next month, considering the home team’s domination in the absence of a good opposition in favourable conditions.The Indian batsmen have made merry against a toothless attack. Runs and wickets always give confidence to the players but there is a question mark over how much these performances will count in the South African conditions. (India vs Sri Lanka: MS Dhoni uses brute force, KL Rahul forced to take evasive action. Watch)advertisementAbsence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan has not given any respite to the Sri Lankans, who overtly rely on seniors such as Angelo Mathews.However, even the senior Lankan players have struggled to counter the Indian bowlers and batsmen.A robust domestic structure coupled with Indian Premier League (IPL) has prepared a good bench strength for the hosts.Players such as Chahal and Kuldeep have managed to carve a niche for themselves immediately after making their international debuts.Sri Lanka need captain Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga and Mathews to lead by example. They have been part of the side for long and only strong performances by them can infuse life and hope into this dejected side.Players such as Dusmantha Chameera and Dhananjaya De Silva have shown promise and need guidance to be consistent.India does not need its best team to prevail over the current Sri Lankan combination, yet it is imperative that they keep performing well.They may not get big credit for success but failure against weaker opponents would surely put them in negative light.Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose finishing prowess has been under the scanner for some time now, got some runs under his belt after being promoted to number four in Cuttack and is likely to continue in the same position so that he gets enough overs in match situation before the ODI and T20 challenge in South Africa.Shreyas Iyer, who scored 24 in Cuttack, would also look to get some substantial runs in the absence of Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.KL Rahul is in good touch and Indian bowlers are also in fine rhythm since the beginning of this tour. It won’t be a surprise if they continue to dominate the Lankan batsmen.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic keeping Australian Open participation hopes alive

first_imgNovak Djokovic is giving his one last shot in an attempt to take part in the Australian Open staring January 15.Djokovic is set to return to the court at the January 10-12 Kooyong Classic and is also scheduled to take part at the Tie Break Tens evening exhibition at Melbourne Park next Wednesday.”After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments,” said a statement on Djokovic’s website (www.novakdjokovic.com).”After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times.”The former world number one, who won the last of his 12 Grand Slam honours when he captured his maiden French Open title in 2016, has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych with the injury in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.The 12-time Grand Slam winner was scheduled to kickstart the new season against Roberto Bautista Agut but was advised by his medical team to skip the tournament just hours before the match.On medical advice, he also withdrew from the Qatar Open and now faces a final fitness test for the Australian Open.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma show leaves Shreyas Iyer dazzled: ‘I was just a spectator’

first_imgRohit Sharma once again mesmerised cricket fans smashing his third double hundred in one-day internationals in the ongoing second ODI against Sri Lanka at Mohali.He was already the first batsman in the history of the game to smash more than two double tons when he scored the world record 264 against the same opposition at the Eden Gardens in 2014.During his 153-ball stay at the crease, Rohit (208*) took the Lankan bowlers to the cleaners smashing 12 sixes and 13 boundaries. India ended up with 392 for 4 in 50 overs after being put into bat by the Lankans.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7GrZKtv2DA- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017He shared a 115-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and then added 213 runs with young Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88.Speaking on Rohit’s double hundred, Iyer said, “I think I was just a spectator at the non-striker’s end. He got his hundred off 112 balls and it was just the Rohit Sharma show. There was a patch where I just saw Rohit Sharma and I was stunned.”A captain’s knock. @ImRo45 has looked in full flow and has marched on to a well-made century. ODI Century no. 16 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/qWtwNpp7dr- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Iyer was looking good for his maiden hundred today but fell short by just 12 runs in the quest for some quick runs in the death overs.”Yesterday, I batted in the nets and I took the same confidence onto the field. I believe in myself and my instincts. Its a little bit cold but it still a nice wicket. We have an amazing total on the board.advertisement”Me and Rohit just decided to take it on till the 40th over, that was the plan. If anyone of us stays, it will be great for the other batsmen,” Iyer added.last_img read more

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Dodgers Top D-Backs in Aussie Opener

first_imgSYDNEY — Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground.A crowd of about 40,000 watched as MLB played its first regular-season game in Australia.Opening day was a g’day for the NL West champion Dodgers.Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January, allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Van Slyke hit a two-run homer and also doubled. The first pitch was delayed because of rain for 14 minutes.The long trip Down Under took even longer for some Arizona players. A team bus had a flat tire, and the Diamondbacks said “a handful” of players decided to walk the last half-mile to the stadium instead of waiting for a replacement bus.Kershaw was impressive while making his fourth consecutive opening-day start. He struck out seven, walked one and was pulled by Manager Don Mattingly after throwing his 102nd pitch.Quite a turnaround from spring training, when the two-time NL Cy Young winner went 0-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four starts. “Sometimes you just need the adrenaline of a regular-season game, and I just kind of feel relieved to get this one under my belt,” he said. “It’s always good to get results, obviously,” he said. “This one counted.”In his previous opening-day starts, Kershaw was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.“Kershaw did a good job keeping us in the middle of the diamond,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He threw a good ballgame against us. We know they’re always going to be close.”Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a five-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers in the offseason, got the last out in the seventh.Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the game.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly liked what he saw of his pitching ace and his supporting cast.“Clayton was really good, kind of as always … kind of doing his thing,” Mattingly said. “He’s a tough guy to take out of the game, he always wants to stay in. And I thought our bullpen was really good tonight. Chris comes in and gets a big out for us there and Wilson did a good job and Jansen in closing the door.”Van Slyke, playing because of an injury to Matt Kemp and paternity leave to Carl Crawford, nearly cleared the left-field fence in the second inning. His double set up a grounder by Andre Ethier that scored Adrian Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ first run.In his next at-bat in the fourth, Van Slyke connected off losing pitcher Wade Miley for a drive over the right-field fence — just inside the foul pole — with Gonzalez again on base to put the Dodgers up 3-0.“He’s always been an RBI guy,” Mattingly said of Van Slyke. “He’s a good defender. He’s really a pretty solid player.”Miley, who came out for a pinch hitter in the fifth, got the opening day assignment because of a left elbow injury to Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin. Miley gave up three runs and three hits, striking out eight with two walks. Both teams finished with five hits.The Diamondbacks scored in the sixth after a double by Paul Goldschmidt, who had two hits. He moved to third on Kershaw’s wild pitch and scored on Mark Trumbo’s infield out. The Diamondbacks were shut out 5-0 in an exhibition game March 21 by Team Australia when they stranded 11 runners.A series of thunderstorms but little rain around the stadium about two hours ahead of the start cut short the Dodgers’ batting practice and tarp was rolled on to the field. That caused the start of the game to be delayed and canceled the pregame ceremonies.Sydney Cricket Ground was refurbished two weeks ago to create the baseball diamond and an outfield with an 8-foot wall. It was 328 feet down the foul lines and 400 feet to straightaway center.There were plenty of Dodgers and Diamondbacks uniforms in the crowd, some worn by American visitors and others by Australians who had flown across the country to watch the opener and a March 23 second game, when another capacity crowd was expected.They feasted on baseball-style treats like nachos stuffed in batting helmets and Cracker Jack, which is not usually sold in Australia. If you could afford the cost and the calories, a 2-foot-long hot dog sold for $36.(Dennis Passa, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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It’s Stanley Cup Time! Rangers v. Kings

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA — Although the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers have played 41 combined postseason games over the previous six weeks, they still have ample energy for the big finale to their epic playoff chase.“No, you don’t get tired right now,” said Kings forward Marian Gaborik, the former 40-goal scorer for the Rangers. “All you think about is winning the Stanley Cup.”When they meet at Staples Center on Wednesday night to begin the first New York-L.A. Cup final in NHL history, the Rangers and Kings are prepared for one more exhausting series in a spring filled with two-week sagas, nail-biting finishes and Game 7 heroics.No team in NHL history had made it to the Stanley Cup finals after going seven games in each of the first two rounds — until New York and Los Angeles both did it this spring. The Kings even went one longer, playing the maximum 21 games.Yet neither team will be satisfied without one more achievement. The Rangers haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1994, while the Kings are just two years removed from their only NHL championship. Two franchises long familiar with losing have the chance to raise the Cup again, and the players already felt the energy building when they went through practices Tuesday.“It’s definitely been a grind, but that’s why you play hockey,” Kings forward Jeff Carter said. “We know what we went through to get here, and we’re willing to go through a little more.”Five things to watch when the Kings host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history:PLAYING FAVORITES: Although Los Angeles won just one more regular-season game than New York, most hockey observers think the Kings are strong favorites after they survived three playoff rounds in the superior Western Conference. Neither team is listening: The Kings aren’t interested in prognostication, and the Rangers relish the pressure-free role of an underdog. “It doesn’t matter about public opinion, media opinion,” New York’s Martin St. Louis said. “We’re still here, and we know we have a chance.”GOOD TO GO: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick said he’s fine after leaving practice a bit early Tuesday when he took a shot off his collarbone. Although the Kings are the NHL’s highest-scoring playoff team, defense-minded Los Angeles needs its franchise goalie in top form. Quick has won three straight Game 7s this spring, even if his statistics aren’t as impressive as they were in his Conn Smythe-winning season in 2012. The Rangers can’t expect Quick to help them out the way he did in New York’s only previous trip here in October, when he knocked Ryan McDonagh’s long clearing attempt into his own net during a 3-1 loss.NO CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: You won’t see a “C” on a blue shirt this series. If the Rangers win the Stanley Cup, they don’t have a captain to raise it after trading Ryan Callahan in March. That role is being played unofficially by Brad Richards, a healthy scratch in last season’s playoffs and a potential salary-cap casualty this summer. But the 2004 Conn Smythe winner, who flirted heavily with the Kings in free agency in 2011, is back in form this season. The Rangers likely need his resurgent offense to win that Cup.DEWEY THE GREAT: Even after strong offensive efforts by Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, the Kings believe their most dynamic playoff performer has been Drew Doughty. The inexhaustible defenseman is looking to add a second Stanley Cup title to his two Olympic gold medals, and he’s the current favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Casual hockey fans who might not understand Doughty’s two-way brilliance should be in for a treat.SECONDHAND FAMILIARITY: Although the two teams haven’t met in six months, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault led the Vancouver Canucks against Los Angeles for seven years, including two of the previous four postseasons. He knows all about Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s defense-minded system and Los Angeles’ hard-hitting style. “It’s a team that obviously has grown through the years. It has a real good balance. That’s why they’re getting another chance to compete for the Cup.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dolphins Bop The Bills, 22-9

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Put simply, the Miami Dolphins were due.They had been on a disastrous stretch against the Buffalo Bills, with one touchdown in a span of 33 possessions overlapping four games — three of which they lost, the fourth one looking like it would have the same outcome.“I wasn’t aware of that statistic,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said. “Certainly didn’t pass it along to the team.”Then came a breakthrough, and just like that the Dolphins’ playoff chances look a whole lot more realistic.Ryan Tannehill threw touchdown passes on back-to-back drives in a five minute span in the second half, Miami’s defense held Buffalo without a touchdown and the Dolphins beat the Bills 22-9 on Nov. 13.“The team felt, the offense especially, felt confident in what we were doing,” Tannehill said. “We were able to move the ball, do exactly what we wanted to do. … I think we did that in the second half, played more clean.”The Dolphins (6-4) moved into sole possession of second place in the AFC East, 1 1/2 games behind New England — a team Miami beat in Week 1.Tannehill completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards and the two scores to Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry. Lamar Miller rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries for Miami and the Dolphins’ defense held Buffalo to 86 yards on 30 plays after halftime.Dan Carpenter kicked three field goals against his former team, accounting for all of Buffalo’s scoring. The Bills (5-5) had beaten the Dolphins in each of the teams’ last three meetings, but left the game looking up at 10 other teams in the AFC standings.“We’ve got to score,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “This was a team loss. There’s no doubt about that when you look at all the things that happened out there tonight. … We lost this game as a team.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Interceptions Jag Vexes Manning

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sitting at home hours after tying his career-worst game with five interceptions, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning couldn’t avoid watching the video of the frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers.Five interceptions in 45 passes, or one every nine throws. Five interceptions in a game that sent the Giants (3-7) to their fifth straight loss. Five interceptions in a 16-10 loss, including three on plays that started in San Francisco territory.It was akin to last season, when Manning threw a career-worst 27 interceptions. It was also out of character for this season. Coming into the game, Manning had thrown six picks all season in the new west coast offense.Bad Eli returned at the worst time, and it was hard for him to turn the page Sunday night.“Sometimes you don’t always see it exactly how you thought you saw it on certain plays,” Manning said. “You try to learn from it. It’s hard to put it behind you. It kind of wakes you up and you start thinking about it at night also when you are trying to sleep. Plays you wish you had back or opportunities you wish you had.”While there were some interceptions where Manning and his receivers seemed to be out of sync, the two-time Super Bowl MVP said none of the picks resulted from a miscommunication between him and the intended targets.“I think all of them were on me, just a poor decision and trying to make the throw, or an inaccurate throw,” said Manning, who added even if a receiver blew an assignment he probably still would take the blame.Manning was candid about the interceptions.Linebacker Chris Borland got inside Odell Beckham Jr., and made the first interception in Giants’ territory to set up a field goal.Linebacker Michael Wilhoite got the second on a play where Manning saw a cornerback jumping a route. He tried to stop the throw and ball slipped out and went Wilhoite at the 49ers 14.Safety Eric Reid made the third interception on a play Manning got rid of the ball under intense pressure. He probably should have held it.Chris Culliver got the fourth interception at the San Francisco 20, while Borland got the last one at the 49ers 2 with less than five minutes to play. The pick came on fourth down after New York got a first-and-goal at the 4.“The one on the fourth down was just double tipped, those are kind of unfortunate,” Manning said. “Some are from pressure and trying to throw it before the receiver gives me an exact place I want to put the ball, and just throwing it inaccurately.”Manning is having an outstanding season, hitting 224 of 366 passes for 2,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He is completing more than 61 percent of his passes.Coach Tom Coughlin said Manning threw the interceptions but there are many who can share the blame.The offensive line allowed him to get hit too many times and never got the running game going despite the return of No. 1 halfback Rashad Jennings.The 49ers also did a good job of getting defenders close to Manning just as he was about to release the ball, forcing him to hurry and make mistakes.“There was no tempo or rhythm with regard to run-pass, pass-run,” Coughlin said.Even with all this mistakes, the Giants had a first and goal at the 49ers 4 with five minutes to play. They threw three fade routes and Coughlin said two of them should have been caught.“You have a chance to win the game,” Coughlin said. “Somebody make a play. Get the ball in the end zone and you win. I will remember that one. As a matter of fact, I thought when (Beckham) made that spectacular catch, I figured this is going to be great. We are going to win one of those nail biters.”(TOM CANAVAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Women’s Baseball at Pan-Am Games

first_imgTORONTO — Women’s baseball made history July 20 at the Pan Am Games, the first time it’s been played in a large, multi-sport event.There was no live television coverage at the debut, and perhaps only 200 fans saw the first pitch as American left hander Sarah Hudek threw a ball just off the plate to open the game against leadoff hitter Astrid Rodriguez of Venezuela.“To be here, this is awesome. This is it,” said American player Malaika Underwood. “It doesn’t matter that we’re not on TV. I mean the fact we are out here is the point. When we look back at this, I think we’ll appreciate the magnitude.”For the record, the United States defeated Venezuela 10-6 in a regulation seven innings.Pardon a joke the women have heard many times, but none of the players threw like a girl, and none wore a skirt, which was the uniform in the 1992 film A League of their own, a depiction of women’s professional baseball in the United States in the 1940s starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.“I’m glad we don’t wear skirts,” said Underwood a 34-year-old infielder and a veteran on a team ranging in age from 16 to 41. “I’m not sure I would feel comfortable playing in a skirt. Sliding, it would be tough.”The field and the distances are identical in the men’s and women’s games. The only difference is seven innings for the women, and nine for the men.The first three innings took more than an hour to play, so the speed also resembled some men’s games.Hudek said her father, former major-league reliever John Hudek, probably couldn’t hit her heat. “He wasn’t the best hitter,” she said.In the second inning, Venezuela nearly pulled off a triple play.The United States had runners on first and second, and American Anna Kimbrell hit a sharp hopper to third. Venezuela’s Daily Gimenez touched third, got the force and second, but Kimbrell beat the relay to first by a step.The Americans are represented by a firefighter, a nurse, two high-school students and a wide mix of players, most of whom grew up playing baseball.Some also played softball, but Underwood guessed about two-thirds played only baseball — on women’s teams, or men’s teams.The United States has no professional league for women, although Japan and several other countries do.“I just want to get women’s baseball more out there and open the doors for younger women knowing they don’t have to convert to softball if they don’t want to,” Hudek, adding the response is always the same when she says she plays baseball.“They try to correct me. They say: ‘Oh, you mean softball’.”She replies: “No, baseball. I hope one day we can get to where people don’t correct us.”Hudek will be a freshman this year on the men’s team at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.“This is going to be a new atmosphere and it’s definitely a little nerve-wracking,” she said. “I’m just going to have to earn their respect.”Underwood grew up in San Diego, California, played baseball on the boys’ team at La Jolla High School and earned a volleyball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baseball was not an option.“Growing up a kid I definitely dreamed about being the first woman in the pro leagues,” Underwood said. “I think at some point I realized that was unlikely.”Women’s baseball has been in the news the last few weeks. French player Melissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old shortstop, recently became the first woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams.Men’s baseball and women’s softball were cut from the Olympics after the 2008 Games in Beijing. Both might return for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, although women’s baseball would be a long shot.“I don’t think anybody on this team has aspirations to make it to Major League Baseball,” said Underwood, who works in sports marketing.“Really, we just want to play at the highest level for women. We’re not looking to play with guys, but those are the opportunities at the moment. We’re just looking for equal treatment and inclusion in events like this.”(STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mets’ Big Bats Pummel Phils, 16-7

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Jacob deGrom’s early exit turned out to be just a brief highlight for the Philadelphia Phillies.David Wright hit a long home run on his first major league swing in 133 days, Wilmer Flores went deep twice and the New York Mets set a franchise record with eight homers in a 16-7 victory over the Phillies on Aug. 24.“Every once in a while you run into these lopsided games, but this was disappointing,” Philadelphia interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “Jumping on deGrom for seven runs was special. Seven runs, 11 hits, you should win most games like that.”Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Michael Cuddyer also connected for the NL East leaders. New York set a franchise record with 15 extra-base hits — seven doubles and eight homers. The teams tied an NL record with 11 combined homers.“Seven different players hit homers. That was unusual, to say the least,” Mackanin said. “It was embarrassing.”Fresh off scoring 33 runs in a three-game sweep at Colorado, the Mets slugged their way back from a 7-2 deficit after deGrom’s shortest career outing.The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year lasted just 2 2-3 innings and allowed a career-high seven runs on eight hits. His ERA rose from 1.98 to 2.29.Sean Gilmartin (3-1) had four strikeouts in 3 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win.Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown each hit a three-run homer, and Cameron Rupp also took deGrom deep. But the Mets chased starter Adam Morgan and rallied against Hector Neris (2-1).Morgan gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. “He made a lot of bad pitches,” Mackanin said. “He had been pitching well. He didn’t have his good stuff.”The Mets continued their dominance over the Phillies with their ninth win in 10 games this year and 21st in the last 26 meetings. They are 11-3 in Philadelphia the last two seasons.“We just couldn’t keep the ball in the yard. It’s definitely frustrating,” said reliever Justin De Fratus, who allowed five runs in two innings.Howard hit a three-run shot the opposite way to left field to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first.After Wright hit a 435-foot homer, Rupp drove one 460 feet to straightaway center for his fifth homer in his last 12 games and a 4-1 lead.Lagares golfed an 0-2 pitch out to left in the third to cut it to 4-2. Brown answered in the bottom half to extend the lead to 7-2. Flores hit a two-run shot in the fourth and d’Arnaud followed with a homer.“The ball was jumping, for sure. In this ballpark, the ball is gonna fly,” Brown said.Flores’ three-run drive to left gave the Mets an 8-7 lead in the fifth. Cuddyer then went deep to make it 9-7. Cespedes connected with one out in the ninth, a shot off the facing of the second deck in left field for New York’s eighth homer.Flores made an excellent defensive play to end the eighth, a diving, backhanded stop on Howard’s liner to shallow right.Howard stopped running and had turned toward the dugout when he realized Flores didn’t make a clean catch, and was thrown out trying to beat it out.The Mets hit seven homers in Philadelphia on April 19, 2005. They had 13 extra-base hits at Arizona on Aug. 24, 2005.NL teams combined for 11 homers five other times. It last happened on May 17, 1979, at Wrigley Field when the Phillies hit five and the Cubs had six.The major league record for most homers combined is 12.(ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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