ATK on Friday roped in Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane for the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4, the franchise said in a statement.The 37-year-old, who was a free-agent after leaving American football club LA Galaxy in 2016, will join former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Teddy Sheringha, who is the coach of defending champions ATK in the Kolkata outfit.Keane has been a prolific scorer playing for the Republic of Ireland with 146 International appearances and scoring 68 goals.”I feel extremely fortunate to have played for some of the best clubs in England and the USA, as well as representing my country at several major tournaments,” Keane said.”At this stage of my career, the offer to experience a new league and culture in Asia appealed to me. To join the current Indian Super League champions is a great pleasure and through hard work I hope to bring the ATK fans more success and enjoyment over the course of the 2017/2018 season,” the former Liverpool forward added.Keane was Ireland’s top scorer at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and also represented his country at UEFA Euro 2012 followed by Euro 2016.Commenting on the signing, club’s principal owner Sanjiv Goenka said: “As a football fan, I am eagerly looking forward to some Irish magic touch on the field when Robbie plays his first game in our colours.””His envious record as a centre-forward while playing for his country Ireland, English Premier League Clubs or Major League Soccer teams is known to all football fans. I am sure it will be a great association and a learning curve for our entire team ATK.”advertisementHead coach Sheringham said: “His enthralling skills with the ball and willingness to take on the opposition without inhibition is an asset for any team. I am sure ATK’s striking abilities will be bolstered with Robbie in the side.””I am sure the young Indian players we have selected from the domestic draft will learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL.”Keane scored 92 times in his five seasons with LA Galaxy, and has been keeping himself sharp by training with Airtricity League Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers in recent months.Join us in welcoming Robbie Keane to the #ATK family. #AamarBukeyATK pic.twitter.com/q9kv6VLyes- Atltico de Kolkata (@atletidekolkata) August 4, 2017
In the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.Star batsman Rohit Sharma has said that playing as a cohesive unit has been the primary reason for Indian cricket team’s stupendous success across formats in recent times.”The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. Because irrespective of whether you play for a city or country, you have to win a match and it is not an easy task. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit,” Rohit said during a promotional event.In the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.The right-handed batsman was speaking to reporters after the launch of Adidas Uprising 3.0 here. Unless a team performs collectively, it is difficult to sustain performances.”If you (the team) want to win a tournament, its not that that one or two players will perform and you will win. It is essential that everybody contributes as this is a team sport. We are going towards a goal and that I think is good for team.”The way the team is thinking that is in one direction, which is helping the side and everyone is contributing, not just one or two players,” Rohit added.Asked whether the goal was 2019 World Cup, Rohit said, “See, there is one and half year for the World Cup. Now, it will be too early for me to comment on it. Yes, our aim is the 2019 World Cup and the preparations are on.”advertisement”Like our selectors, coach and captain have said the way our team is playing and the combination of the team has been made keeping the World Cup in mind. It is clear that what the team (management) wants from the players.”India play New Zealand in a three match ODI series and as many T20Is. On the series, Rohit said: “We haven’t thought what we will do. When we will reach the hotel then the preparations will start. Two days before we have finished a series. Our goal will be to beat any team whom we play against.”
PV Sindhu suffered a straight game loss against China’s Chen Yufei 17-21 21-23 in the first round of the Denmark Open.While Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy entered the second round.However, B. Sai Praneeth and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were eliminated in the opening round of the Denmark Open World Superseries Premier on Wednesday.Hyderabadi Saina, 27, ousted Olympic 2016 champion and two-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain with a 22-20, 21-18 victory in 46 minutes.Tough opening round against Carolina Marin of Spain … quite happy with my performance today .. 22-20 ..21-18 ??????.. pic.twitter.com/Yz0KSKbkup- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 18, 2017With this win, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina has taken a 5-4 lead in head-to-head record against the 24-year-old Spaniard.Men’s singles eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth eliminated compatriot Subhankar Dey with a 21-17, 21-15 victory in 35 minutes.Good first round win today in straight sets and looking forward to get back on court tomorrow. #denmarkopen #teamindia #believe #achieve pic.twitter.com/Bk1Edge0Qy- Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 18, 2017 Joining Srikanth in the second round was Prannoy, who beat Danish Emil Holst 21-18, 21-19 in 48 minutes.First round !! Should be up against Lee Chong wei tomorrow!! #keepfighting #teamindia #DenmarkSSP pic.twitter.com/4oAqVE5DIM- PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) October 18, 2017 Satwik lost both in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles. He partnered Ashwini Ponappa in the mixed doubles and they lost to Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen 19-21, 17-21 in 39 minutes.Satwik and Chirag Shetty then lost to South Koreans Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung 21-14, 18-21, 17-21 in 56 minutes.advertisementDanish Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus defeated Praneeth 21-10, 21-15 in 39 minutes.Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy were humbled by Danish sixth seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding, who won 21-13, 21-18 in 35 minutes.
(Eds: updating with more tweets)New Delhi, Nov 30 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanus gold-medal winning effort at the Weightlifting World Championship in Anaheim, USA.Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the womens 48kg, in the process setting a new national record and becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim gold in the tournament.”India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on his twitter handle.The Presidents Office said in a tweet, “Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen!”Seeing the tricolour from the podium, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks, as Chanu picked up a rare honour for an Indian at the marquee event.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also prompt in congratulating Chanu.”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA. In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. Thats 4 times her bodyweight. In sports, and in life, Will is everything. Never, EVER give up.”Indias only weightlifter to have won an Olympic medal Karnam Malleswari congratulated Chanu.”Amazing start to the morning! Indias Mirabai Chanu bags Gold at World Championship!A record broken after 22 years! congratulations star!,” Malleswari tweeted.advertisementTwo-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar also heaped praise on Chanu.”Heartiest congratulations to #MirabaiChanu for winning gold at World weight lifting Championship #IWFWC2017. Becomes only the2nd Indian after Karnam Malleswari. Proud moment for the Nation #JaiHind,” Sushil wrote on his twitter handle.Olympic medallist and five-time world champion boxer MC Mary Kom said, “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in womens 48kg category.”Another Olympic medallist boxer, Vijender Singh, also joined the country in congratulating the 23-year-old lifter.Vijender wrote, “Another Indian women athlete creates history today. Indias #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship. She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ????Indias most successful doubles specialist shuttler Jwala Gutta tweeted: “Another Indian female athlete Re scripting the history of Indian sport!! #MirabaiChanu take a bow. Super super proud!!! #worldchampion #weightlifting.”The PM meanwhile, also lauded cueist Pankaj Advani for winning yet another world title.Modi said, “Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.” PTI AH CM CM
New Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover today launched its latest SUV model, Range Rover Velar in India priced between Rs 78.83 lakh and Rs 1.38 crore (ex- showroom Delhi).The company will start deliveries of the model by end of January 2018. It expects the Range Rover Velar to be one of its main volume drivers in the SUV segment.”The Velar fills a gap in our Range Rover portfolio between Evoque and Discovery Sport. This is a product which will help us tremendously in the market and we expect this to be one of our mainstays in SUV segment,” Jaguar Land Rover India President & MD Rohit Suri told PTI.The new model will be available in three engine options of 2-litre petrol, 2-litre diesel and 3-litre diesel.The 2-litre engine variant in both petrol and diesel options are priced between Rs 78.83 lakh and Rs 91.86 lakh; while the 3-litre diesel variant is tagged at a price ranging from Rs 1.1-1.38 crore (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).Suri said the model will be fully imported and the company has received almost “100 per cent pre-bookings for up to March next year”.”The response we have got for the Range Rover Velar has been tremendous,” he said without disclosing the booking numbers.So far in the April-September period this fiscal, JLR sales have grown 45 per cent over the year-ago period, he said, adding the company expected to carry forward the sales momentum on the back of new products and network expansion.JLRs SUV portfolio in India includes Discovery Sport (starting price Rs 42 lakh); Range Rover Evoque (Rs 44.44ï¿½lakh); Discovery (Rs 71.38ï¿½lakh); Range Rover Sport (Rs 93.82 lakh) and Range Rover (Rs 1.66 crore). PTI RKL ANUadvertisement
Mumbai, Dec 27 (PTI) With 2017 at its fag end, Google India has revealed that luxury, honeymoon, and safari destinations were in vogue from September to November this year witnessing 27 per cent growth in searches.As per Google data, holiday related search queries have increased 27 per cent this year for luxury, honeymoon and safari destinations.Both international and domestic luxury searches have also witnessed a growth of 34 per cent, amid online hunts for royal holidays, that has spiked 12 times, it added.These top travel trends were observed from September to November, highlighting the search behaviour of the Indian audience, compared with travellers data documented during the same period in 2016.The data showed that the desire for warmer places and related activities have become popular during winters, leading to 32 per cent rise in safari destination explorations.Searches for desert safari in Dubai, night safari in Singapore, Bali safari and marine park, as well as Safari World in Bangkok have surged, it added.Other than aspiring for a warmer climes, winter also marks the beginning of the wedding season and with it, the honeymoon plans, it said.Seychelles, Maldives, and Bali top the honeymooners international search list this season as the trends show a 40 per cent rise in these queries, it said.Meanwhile, the searches for destinations such as The Vatican has grown almost eight times, followed by Myanmar by three times and Hungary two times.Talking about international travel trends, Dubai continues to be the most searched destination, followed by Bangkok, Thailand, and Disneyland in USA.advertisementApart from the search for destinations, activities such as safaris, or international sport events like cricket as an excursion observed a rise of 456 per cent, fuelled by matches held at Melbourne, Australia, and Lords in the UK, the data revealed.Within India, the data revealed that Kerala has preserved its popularity as the most crowd-pleasing destination for domestic travellers.Further, weekend getaways, specifically near Delhi, have become an extremely popular search item, culminating in a 361 per cent increase.Hence, places like Rajasthan and Srinagar known for its fervent tourism, were the most popular among domestic travellers.The trends also showed Indians are planning their travel in advance, as last-minute bookings has reduced by 17 per cent for domestic travel and 20 per cent for international trips. PTI SM DSK DSK
Philippe Coutinho is joining Barcelona after Liverpool agreed Saturday to sell the Brazilian in a deal that makes him one of the most expensive players in soccer history.In a statement issued from Anfield Stadium, Liverpool confirmed that Coutinho will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with Barcelona, subject to medical and agreement of personal terms, Xinhua reported.”The player now has permission to conclude the transfer immediately.”Barcelona did not reveal the cost of the deal for the 25-year-old playmaker but a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press that the transfer is worth 160 million euros ($192 million).That fee would eclipse the 105 million euros Barca paid Borussia Dortmund for France forward Ousmane Dembele in August.It would also see Coutinho become the second most expensive footballer ever behind compatriot Neymar, who moved from Barcelona to Paris St Germain for 222 million euros in August.Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for $11.6 million in January 2013.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It is with great reluctance that we — as a team and club — prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho.”I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future — and that of his family — belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.”advertisement”Players will come and players will go, that is football, but as a club we are big enough and strong enough to continue with our aggressive progression on the pitch, even when we lose an important player. We have never been in a better position in recent times, as a club, to react in the right way. We will use our size and strength to absorb moments like this and still move forward.”Barcelona said Coutinho will sign a contract for the rest of the ongoing season and five more seasons. He still needs to finalize personal terms and pass a medical examination.Liverpool rejected three bids from Barcelona for Coutinho in August and hoped to convince him to stay beyond this season. He even captained the side in recent games.Coutinho won’t be able to play for Barcelona in the Champions League since he has already featured in the competition with Liverpool in the group stage. But he will be available for Barcelona’s bid to reclaim the Spanish league title from Real Madrid and defend its Copa del Rey crown.(With AP inputs)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Mike Moustakas had a quiet evening. A walk, no hits, and a run scored, in his Royals’ 11-4 shellacking by the hometown San Francisco Giants, who evened the World Series at two games apiece with their ace, Madison Baumgarner, taking the mound Sunday for Game 5.Counting on their H-D-H formula of pitchers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland to close out the game, the Royals aim to stay ahead after six innings.That was almost the case, but San Francisco scored three runs in the 6th to take a 7-4 lead, and added four more in the seventh.With the Series tied 2-2 at least one game, on Tuesday evening, is guaranteed back in Kansas City, where crowd favorite Moustakas is sure to be greeted with moose antlers (his nickname is “Moose”).Meanwhile, TNH and the Greek-American community are keeping a close watch on the Series. TweetPinShare0 Shares
It could also seal his fate for the team, which is reportedly already looking for a replacement. He has played for the Greens, one of the country’s two dominant teams, since 2012.The National Anti-Doping Council tested Gist, 29, after the final of the Greek Cup against Apollon Patras on April 5, finding the first sample positive for marijuana use.TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ American power forward James Gist, a team stalwart, is set for punishment after failing a doping test.The 6-9 Gist, who was born in Turkey and played for Maryland, likely will be hit hard after a second test showed he’s using marijuana because he had tested positive before.
PIRAEUS — Olivier Giroud scored a hat trick as Arsenal advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Olympiacos on Dec. 9, overturning an advantage held by the Greeks.The France striker opened the scoring in the 29th minute, heading home off a cross from Aaron Ramsey, with the ball bouncing under goalkeeper Roberto Gonzalez.He struck again four minutes after halftime, running through defenders to slot in a pass from former Olympiacos player Joel Campbell.Olympiacos, which beat Arsenal 3-2 in London, nearly pulled a goal back through Kostas Fortounis, while Ideye Brown missed a point blank chance.But the game followed Arsenal’s script and the deafening crowd at Karaiskakis Stadium was silenced when Omar Elabdellaoui slipped and handled the ball.Giroud again beat Gonzalez from the resulting penalty to seal the match and second place behind Bayern Munich in Group F.“We are very pleased to go through,” the 29-year-old Giroud said. “It was not easy to come here with this atmosphere … We were not in a good position, but we did it.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he was proud the way his players overcame the odds.“We needed to be strong mentally and show character. And we did that,” he said. “From the first to the last minute we were a good team and I’m very proud of them.”Olympiacos had only needed a draw or a low-scoring decfeat to make it through, but gave credit to the Premier League club.“We started well and denied them, especially in the first 20 minutes,” Olympiacos coach Marco Silva said. “But the first goal affected the rest of the match. We kept trying to create chances. In the end though, you have to look our opponent and say: Tonight they were excellent.”Bayern Munich beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 away in the group’s other match.TweetPinShare0 Shares