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Mourinho predicted Spurs would finish third when a pundit for Sky Sports

first_imgmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsBut a whopping £15million-a-year salary and the prospect of becoming the first manager ever to win three Champions League titles with three different teams obviously proved too hard to turn down.His pay packet means he is now earning double that what Pochettino was taking home.Spaniard Pep Guardiola is the best-paid manager in the country earning £20m, having led Manchester City to two consecutive Premier League titles.2 Jose Mourinho took over from Pochettino this morningCredit: ReutersTottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sacking JOSE MOURINHO will be backing his new Spurs side to finish third this season… because that’s what he predicted as a Sky Sports pundit.The Portuguese boss is back in the Premier League after sensationally replacing axed Mauricio Pochettino this morning.2 Mourinho worked as a pundit for Sky Sports before taking the Tottenham jobHis task after penning a three-and-a-half year deal will be to bring silverware back to the club for the first time since 2008.But firstly he will need to address the club’s worrying run of form.They have won just three in 12 matches and are without an away win in the Premier League since January.With just 14 points so far, they are already 11 points adrift of Manchester City in fourth and 20 away from top of the table Liverpool.But Mourinho still thinks his new club have the third best squad in the Premier League.Earlier in the season when asked where Spurs should finish, he said: “I would say definitely Manchester City and Liverpool [will be in the top two], then Tottenham are still the third best team.”All eyes will be on Saturday’s mouthwatering clash against London rivals West Ham as Mourinho takes to the Spurs dugout for the first time.The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager once revealed how he could never manage Spurs after leaving the Blues.He said: “Yes. I couldn’t go. I couldn’t train in England for two years.”I would not take the job because I love Chelsea supporters too much.”last_img read more

Óscar Bruzón completes the Bangladeshi triplet with the Federation Cup

first_imgOscar Bruzón continues with his particular Asian conquest. Accompanied by the physical trainer Javier Sánchez, the Galician coach, now in the Bashundara Kings of Bangladesh, took over the Federation Cup today and thus completed his particular triplet after lifting the Premier League and the Walton Independence Cup last season. “If they told me a year ago I would not have believed it. In 12 months we have won all three national titles and we have imposed ourselves on Abahani Limited, which is the Federation team and dominated with bangladesí football with an iron fist“, says the Spanish moments after celebrating the title.Bashundara Kings, who last season he was about to conquer the Federation Cup but he fell in the final precisely against Abahani, he beat Rahmatgonj on this occasion thanks to a double by Costa Rican Daniel Colindres. “We learned from mistakes and we finished the tournament very strong. We left 1-0 at half-time and, although they tied us in the second half because of an error in the mark of a corner, we reacted quickly to make the 2-1. In the end we do not suffer. We had the ball and starred in long possessions”, Says Bruzón. The Galician, who You already know what it is to train in Spain, India, Maldives -There he also won three titles with New Radiant- and Bangladesh, belongs to a newly created club that debuted last season in the elite. However, “We have eight players from the national team, four high level foreigners and the best facilities. Bashundara Kings is a new team but with great financial support and high expectations. Now he is building a sports city at the European level. We are the football engine of the country”, Details Oscar Bruzón.After winning the Federation Cup, Bashundara secured his participation in the AFC Cup – the second most important competition in Asia at club level – until 2021, having obtained his ticket for this year’s tournament after winning the Premier League last August. “In February we started the league and from March we will combine it with international matches, but we have a great squad. We are changing the traditional way of watching football in the country and we are becoming a reference. Although they try to curb our taste for associative football with muddy fields and tight calendars”, Concludes Bruzón, whose late Christmas starts in the best possible way: with a title under his arm.last_img read more

Stars desperately need a win

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League…– face TKR tonightAfter facing defeats in their first three matches, St Lucia Stars will be hoping to secure their first win of the season when they lock horns with Trinbago Knight Riders on August 16 in the ninth fixture of the Caribbean Premier League 2018 at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. Both teams have played each other in eleven CPL games with the Knight Riders winning eight and the Stars just three.Kieron PollardIn their most recent fixture on August 8, Stars suffered a humiliating defeat. Batting first Trinbago scored 195-6, thanks to a steady 68 from 48 balls by Colin Munro. Then Skipper Dwayne Bravo claimed 3-11, as St Lucia fell 100 runs short.Trinbago Knight Riders: Trinbago Knight Riders started off their CPL 2018 campaign with a dominant performance against St Lucia Stars but lost their way afterward. They are currently fourth in the points table with a solitary win and two losses.With the bat, Colin Munro is looking in terrific touch with scores of 68, 61 and 35 in the first three games respectively and he looks set for another big knock here. While skipper Darren Bravo with respective scores of 41 and 29 in previous two outings, also looked fluent in his strokes and one can expect him to produce a quality innings.Kevon Cooper announced his comeback with entertaining 42 runs from 22 balls comprising two hours and four sixes in the previous fixture against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. While opener Sunil Narine is the only player, who has not been able to perform in this series so far and will be hoping for a turnaround in next fixture.With the ball, their main bowler Ali Khan has taken the most wickets; seven in three matches and he was the pick of the lot last time with figures of 3/23. While Darren Bravo and Fawad Ahmed have also been impressive with four and five wickets, respectively.Expected Playing XI: Darren Bravo (C), Denesh Ramdin, Kevon Cooper, Shannon Gabriel, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Lynn, Colin Munro, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Hamza Tariq.St Lucia Stars: Stars have now lost their last 14 matches in the CPL and they are finding it extremely difficult to break the jinx. They have had a horrible start this year as well – suffering a humiliating 100-run defeat in the opening match against Trinbago Knight Riders before going down to Guyana Amazon Warriors by three runs in their second fixture, followed by a six-wicket defeat against Jamaica Tallawahs.The Stars were let down by their batsmen in first two matches. They got skittled out for just 95 against Trinbago and then failed to chase Guyana’s moderate total of 141. While their bowlers failed to defend 175 in the previous game against Jamaica.WIth the bat, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard are the key men in the batting line-up. Both batsmen are the leading run-getters for the side this season with 70 runs each. While Andre Fletcher also hit 43 from 33 balls in last game against Jamaica and will be expected to make a sizeable contribution in the next fixture as well.With the ball, the team will look to their seamers Mohammad Sami, Kesrick Williams and Mitchell McClenaghan to deliver the goods. McClenaghan and Williams took a couple of wickets apiece against Trinbago Knight Riders. Qaid Ahmed was the standout performer for Stars with impressive figures of 3-15 in their second fixture against Guyana and the Riders will look to be watchful against him.Expected Playing XI: Kieron Pollard (C), Mark Chapman, Rahkeem Cornwall, Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami, Andre Fletcher, David Warner and Lendl Simmons.last_img read more

Auba hatrick sends Arsenal to Europa final

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring a hatrick in their 4-2 win over Valencia to aid his side into the Europa League finalVALENCIA, Spain, May 9 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the Europa League final by scoring the hat-trick that ended Valencia’s hopes of another dramatic European comeback on Thursday.Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Valencia made the perfect start at Mestalla when Kevin Gameiro finished at the back post but goals from Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette left the home side needing four in 40 minutes. Gameiro scored again to spark hopes of a revival to trump even the efforts of Liverpool and Tottenham this week but Aubameyang hit his second and then completed a brilliant hat-trick to complete a 4-2 Arsenal win, 7-3 on aggregate.It keeps alive Arsenal’s chances of securing a place in the Champions League next season and, realistically, their last chance, given they need to overturn three points and an eight-goal swing on Tottenham to finish fourth in the Premier League this weekend.Standing in their way will be London rivals Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt, in Baku on May 29.Valencia had been relying on the Europa League for Champions League qualification too, given they sit three points behind Getafe, who face a demoralised Barcelona on Sunday, with two games left in La Liga.But over the two legs, Marcelino’s side could have few complaints. They were second best at Emirates Stadium and defensively frantic here.Arsenal players celebrate after sealing their Europa League final spot after beating ValenciaArsenal, usually so fragile away from home, were able to pick them off with ease on the counter-attack. Aubameyang and Lacazette, boasting 48 goals between them this season, are a first-class attack in a second-tier competition.Valencia made a brilliant start as Jose Gaya headed wide at the near post and Goncalo Guedes fired over, with Petr Cech playing for time as early as the fifth minute in the hope of gaining a chance for breath.Instead, Arsenal conceded, caught upfield after Alex Maitland-Niles shot at Neto, who rolled out to launch the counter-attack. Rodrigo swept wide to Guedes and ran ahead of him, receiving and firing to the back post, where Gameiro slid in.Valencia looked like they could score six let alone the one more required, only for Arsenal to find an equaliser against the run of play.Cech punted downfield and Lacazette flicked on, with Aubameyang nipping in and, before his opponents could recover, driving into the bottom corner.The rest of the half was high on intensity but low on quality as Valencia struggled to reboot. Aubameyang shot at Neto and Lacazette’s whipped effort clipped the outside of the post.Half-time should have been timely for Valencia but it was Arsenal that scored shortly after.Dani Parejo’s careless pass put them in trouble before Gaya was outmuscled. Lucas Torreira found Lacazette, who spun out of the clutches of Cristiano Piccini and buried the ball into the corner.The tie looked done, Valencia needing four in 40 minutes, but they got one back eight minutes later, Gameiro diverting Rodrigo’s shot over the line after Daniel Wass had pulled back.Valencia believed again but only briefly because Aubameyang added his second and Arsenal’s third. Maitland-Niles ghosted past Guedes and crossed to the near post, where Aubameyang was quickest.Some of Valencia’s fans headed for the exits and then even more followed when Aubameyang lashed the ball into the roof of the net from the angle for his third, and Arsenal’s fourth.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DONEGAL FANS BASH THE BOOKIES IN MILLION EURO WINDFALL

first_imgMan of the Match Ryan McHugh. His two goals helped Donegal fans to a million euro in bookies winningsDONEGAL fans have bashed the country’s bookies – pocketing more than ONE MILLION euro in winnings.Even Paddy Power admitted they paid out more than TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO alone to fans given brilliant odds before yesterday’s stunning win over Dublin.Just two weeks ago Donegal Daily reported that some bookmakers were giving Donegal odds of 10/1 to beat the reigning All-Ireland champs. And the six point victory was greeted by canny Donegal punters.Some fans are now waiting on a final win – with Donegal given odds of 16/1 back in May.But it was yesterday’s game which proved such a windfall.Punters could get odds of 25/1 on a Donegal Senior and Minor double win over the respective Dublin teams. One Letterkenny fan won 25,000 Euro with a 1,000 punt!Happy Days! DONEGAL FANS BASH THE BOOKIES IN MILLION EURO WINDFALL was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bookmakersdonegaldublinlast_img read more

Passive House Symposium in Boston

first_imgPassive House Massachusetts will host a day-long symposium at District Hall on October 15 to explore Passive House and high-performance building issues in the region.The keynote address will be given by Ken Levenson, co-founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply and president of New York Passive House. He’ll be discussing the New York Passive House market and how adoption of the building standard can be expanded across the Northeast.Program topics will include selling Passive House buildings, optimizing building energy efficiency, and multifamily Passive House projects.If you’re interested in attending, you can register online. Tickets are $115 (students pay $35), with coffee and lunch included. Vendors also will be attending to show products and services useful to Passive House builders.last_img read more

Back To School: The College Survival Kit

first_imgAndroid users have several decent options, including the HTC One X, Moto X or the Samsung Galaxy S4. The rugged S4 Active version even withstands dust and water—perfect for rainy campus days or a beachside Spring Break. And phablets like the Xperia Z Ultra or the stylus-packing Samsung Galaxy Note II (or upcoming III) can come in handy for class. iOS users, of course, have the iPhone. But if you’re ready to buy one new or upgrade, hold off for now: Apple will unveil the new version in just a few weeks. If an outstanding camera trumps app selection, consider the Nokia Lumia 1020. The Windows Phone 8 device boasts a 41-megapixel beast that works well in low light and has optical image stabilization. When it comes to laptops, there’s no shortage of choices—from ultrabooks like Apple’s MacBook Air to desktop replacements like Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z400 Touch. Another option for cash-strapped students: Chromebooks. Basically a glorified Web browser in a clamshell case, devices like the$200 Acer C7 are both light and cheap. And students may be surprised at how admirably they handle tasks like streaming, writing and research, email/messaging and even some graphic design. Bear in mind, however, that for intensive uses—such as gaming, video editing or 3D modeling—only a full-fledged computer will do. Although tablets can’t replace laptops, shoppers with bigger budgets may pick one up anyway, at least as an add-on device or because some colleges require them. So check with the school beforehand. (Some even supply tablets and laptops for students.) If you have a choice of product, opt for a compact device like the iPad mini, Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HD (along with a bluetooth keyboard). There’s another possibility: the Microsoft Surface Pro. This Windows 8 tablet is a computer-grade device that works with a detachable keyboard for use as a laptop. This could offer the best of both worlds. But be warned—it’s pricey (starting at $799 for only 64GB), and the keyboard cover costs extra. Plus, those keys can take some getting used to for touch typists, so anyone interested should definitely try one out before buying. Other ConsiderationsComputing hardware’s only one piece of the puzzle. Thanks to apps and websites, users can equip themselves to handle everything from student lifestyles to academics, anytime and anywhere. Here are a few especially helpful ones for school: Notes:Evernote (includes text, audio notes and searchable photo notes) and Dropbox (offers everywhere access and simple file sharing)Class/Homework/Tasks organization:InClass for iOS (features calendar, scheduling, tasks, notes) or MyHomework for iOS and Android (tracks classes/assignments) eTextbooks:Kindle Textbook Rental, as well as Chegg, Coursesmart, Google Play and the Apple iBooks, among others.PDF maker:CamScanner (turns pics into PDFs, extract text and share) (iOS & Android) Voice Recording:Smart Voice Record for Android (offers variable quality, option to not record silence) and AudioNote for iOS (pinpoints text notes to places in recording)Research:Open Culture (covers online courses, test prep materials, free e-textbooks, and much more culled from university sites and free-use libraries) Also, see if the college or department has any specialized campus or curriculum apps. The well-equipped student will need more than a phone, computer and apps. Here are a few other tech add-ons to consider.Streaming box: The Roku 3 and Apple TV are solid choices, and less expensive than cable TV. There’s also the new, incredibly cheap $35 Chromecast, or go for a gaming console (below). Game console: Xbox 360, Xbox One and Sony PS3 offer games and a whole lot more—including streaming for TV, movies and music, and other connected features. Headphones: Nothing cancels out noisy roommates or annoying neighbors like noise-canceling headphones. Options like the $249.95 AKG K 490 NC are not cheap, but consider it an investment in your education. Speakers: You can find cheaper speakers than the $200 bluetooth UE Boom. And if audio snobbery’s not a factor, you probably should. But if tinny sound just won’t do, this small package delivers style and sound quality that will probably last beyond graduation. Battery power: The 2 port 13,000 mAh battery pack for under $50 can keep your portables charged on the go. Smartpen: Slow notetakers may need some extra help, and Livescribe could save the day. The smartpen saves audio recording as you write. Later, tap a note to hear what recorded the moment it was written. The tech survival kit involves a variety of things for students. For parents, it may just boil down to one: video chat. Seeing that young shining face regularly on FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangout can do wonders for moms and dads, who—let’s not forget—are going through a transition too. Of course, needs vary and every situation is different. But this list of gear and resources should cover the broad essentials.And if money’s tight, consider used or refurbished items. Or hang on to older devices and upgrade them a little at a time. It may take patience and focus, but after all, isn’t that the real key to surviving—and thriving in—college? Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Back To School#education#laptops#Online learning#tablets This is a post in Back To School, an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers technology trends in education for parents and educators.Preparing for college can be emotional, hectic and, of course, expensive.According to the National Retail Federation, total back-to-college spending will reach $45.8 billion, the largest portion of which will go to electronics. That’s no surprise. University students have to gear up for more than just academics. Dorm life and roommate situations can loom large on the college experience, making technology more like a survival kit than a luxury. Indeed, there’s a lot of ground to cover, along with big potential to waste funds (and precious dorm space) on frivolous or redundant technologies. Fortunately, a little savvy can go a long way. Here’s the breakdown on what’s essential and what’s not. The College ConundrumThe best technologies solve problems and that’s especially true in a college setting. The challenges vary—from finding the right devices for research to blocking out distractions, like a roommate’s snoring, and getting oriented in a new town. And because nobody can (or should) function like a mere homework machine, hooking up entertainment deserves a spot on the list. After all, blowing off steam can be just as important as school work. Good thing today’s gadgets can do multiple duty. Smartphones, for example, not only enable communication and connection, they also work as a music source, handheld gaming console, study tool, alarm clock, calculator, maps, music player, voice recorder, camera and calendar. This reduces the physical load and the cost, since there’s no need to buy standalone products or programs. If there’s one conundrum about back-to-college shopping that comes up again and again, it’s not about smartphones; it’s the tablet vs. laptop debate. iPad initiatives are en vogue in the education sector, and their high portability and low-cost applications make them attractive for college students. But they can’t hold a candle to laptops for productivity. No wonder computers are still more popular among college students. And even when it comes reading, say, e-textbooks, they’re still not the best choice. An e-ink eReader like the Amazon Kindle would spare more eyestrain than a glossy full-color, backlit touchscreen. They’re far less expensive too, starting at just $69. Core Computing GearSince smartphones do so much, the handset decision is a pivotal one. That’s why, unless the school is steeped in a specific platform, stick with familiarity. Students with demanding classes don’t need an extra learning curve. What matters most is that the device performs well and has a decent camera for snapping shots of whiteboards, chalkboards and notes from peers.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adriana leelast_img read more

Keep differences aside if you want to win, says Mallikarjun Kharge

first_imgMallikarjun Kharge, senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka, took charge of the party’s affairs in Maharashtra two months ago and is overseeing its preparations for the upcoming general and Assembly polls. The party, riven by factionalism and overshadowed by the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party despite being the main Opposition party in the State, just kicked off a Jan Sangharsh Yatra from Kolhapur on August 31, its first independent attempt to reach out to the masses in four years. Edited excerpts from a conversation with The Hindu on his strategy to fix the party’s woes in the State:Why did the Congress choose Kolhapur to launch its Jan Sangharsh Yatra?We have decided to go ahead with these yatras in a division-wise manner. Western Maharashtra has been the party’s consistent supporter for years. Also, the city of Kolhapur holds an important place as it was the hometown of one of the most progressive kings the country has ever seen, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj. It is also a place of number of progressive thinkers and activists.This yatra seems to have brought all leaders on one platform, something which was never seen in last few years.Yes, all leaders are on the same platform. They all participated, they came and they all spoke. And this has sent a message that all are united. This is an important development.Why wasn’t this seen earlier in the party and what has changed?Our president Rahul Gandhi has clarified that first priority is and should be organisation. Only then party will get strength. Even if individually one may have belief about his power, but that won’t help the party. Everyone must act together. We are trying it here. We held over three meetings and we tell people to not divide their strength. They all spoke and they all agreed. This is not only in western Maharashtra but in all parts of the State. There are ex-CMs, former ministers and we want to utilise all.Is the Maharashtra Congress facing too many organisational problems?I have taken over the reigns of the party just two months back. I am not going to go into what happened before me. I am of the clear view that until top leaders of the party come together, their supporters at the district and tehsil levels will never unite. I asked all leaders to talk, discuss and chalk out a plan. They are all mature leaders and everything is moving smoothly now. This is one of the big successes for us. I try to speak with everyone, mobilise. Rahulji too routinely meets people and things are good now.What is the agenda you have entrusted to your State leaders?The only agenda is to win the election. It can happen only if all of them decide to work together. Rather, this agenda is bringing unity among the leaders. Congress is the only national party which can take on the BJP’s ideology at this moment. All these leaders who worked as ministers for many years, were at that position because of this ideology. Therefore, ultimately they have to come together and face strongly BJP which is destroying the principles of democracy and constitution. It is their duty also to face the BJP unitedly.By saying Congress and BJP as the only two national forces, are you asking your allies like the NCP to contest under the Congress’ leadership?Don’t divide us. The NCP and Congress in Maharashtra have decided to go together as discussed between Rahulji and Sharad Pawarji. But even smaller parties in different parts of the state from Vidarbha, Konkan and Mumbai will be taken in to account. We believe in secular principles and inclusive growth and politics. We don’t share BJP’s divisive and polarisation agenda. We have different partners in different states with a goal to bring majority.Congress leaders are accused of having lost touch with ground-level workers, which is considered to be be one of the reasons why people deserted your party…In Maharashtra, we were in power for 15 years. There was anti-incumbency. Defeats are part of the election process. In 2014, Narendra Modi created a hype, supported by big corporates. These corporates are reaping benefits now, by getting policies in favour of them — be it Ambani or Adani. The realisation among people now is that this man (Mr Modi) is not working for the poor, but is restricted to sloganeering and polarising politics.Will your party field new faces in these elections?The election committee will take a final decision, when the issue comes up. Meanwhile, all my secretaries will also be reviewing the State and every division. I will be sending five secretaries all across the state to give their assessment of the situation. Feedback from local leaders and the Pradesh Congress Committee will be taken in to account. Only then will the decision on candidates be taken.You talked about corporates. Is the Congress scared of threat of defamation suits from some corporate leaders, particularly Anil Ambani?Why should we? Our allegations are based on facts. We have spoken in Parliament and the government could have replied there. You (Modi) took a businessman on a foreign tour to facilitate his interests. It is not his business. The Defence acquisition committee, Cabinet sub-committee… all were bypassed. All decisions were taken by keeping them in dark, without consultation with committees. Modi keeps quiet inside and speaks outside. He should explain in Parliament. Anil Ambani is threatening us with a letter, when it is the government which should explain the whole defence deal inside the Parliament.Is it true that the NCP is proposing a 50:50 seat sharing formula in Maharashtra and Congress leaders are unhappy?There is no such proposal. I spoke with Ashok Chavan. They even talked to Jayant Patil (NCP’s Maharashtra unit president) and there is nothing of this sort. But yes, they are slowly talking between themselves. I don’t think that will be a problem. Both parties are mature enough and have run coalition for 15 years. Sharadji (Mr Pawar) was a part of the UPA government and they know the interests of their party and the state very well.last_img read more

India clinch three bronze on Day 2 of Asian meet

first_imgDiscus thrower Harwant Kaur, middle distance runner O P Jaisha and decathlete Bharat Inder Singh bagged a bronze each as India continued their medal hunt on the second day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe on Friday.Commonwealth Games gold medallist discus thrower Krishna Poonia, however, failed to make it to the podium as she finished fourth.Harwant, who had bagged a silver in the Commonwealth Games last year, could clear only 57.99m, well below her personal best of 63.05m, but was enough to win a bronze as all other competitors had come up with mediocre performances at the Universiade Stadium.China’s Sun Taifeng won the gold with 60.89m while compatriot Xuejun Ma bagged the silver with an effort of 59.67m.Poonia, who returned to action only last month after a long injury lay- off, could only throw the discus to 56.23m, way below her personal best of 63.69m.She, however, expressed happiness at her performance as she was just coming out from a knee injury.”I am happy with my fourth place finish with 56.23m which is my season’s best. I had been laid low for long due to a knee injury. So I am happy,” Poonia said.Meanwhile, in women’s 15,00m race Jaisha clocked 4: 21.41 to win bronze behind Genzeb Shumi Regasa (4: 15.91) of Bahrain and Thanh Hang Truong (4: 18.40) of Vietnam. Another Indian Jhuma Khatun was disqualified.Bharat added the last medal of the day for India in men’s decathlon after collecting 7358 aggregate points in the 10-event competition. Iran’s Hadi Sepehrzad (7506) won the gold while the silver went to Japanese Akihiko Nakamura (7478).advertisementWith the three bronze medals on Friday, India’s medal count rose to five. Mayookha Johny had won gold in long jump while Vikas Gowda and Preeja Sreedharan had added a silver and a bronze in discus throw and 10,000m race respectively.Asian Games 400m hurdle gold medallist Joseph Abraham qualified for the final along with compatriot Satinder Singh after both finished third in their respective heats.Abraham and Satinder clocked 50.94sec and 50.95sec respectively.Ramachandran Ramdas missed out on a podium by finshing fouth in men’s 3,000, steeplechase with a timing of 8: 46.08.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more