Fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro put himself in contention for the ATP World Tour Finals when he successfully defended his Stockholm Open title on Sunday, defeating top seed and 2013 champion Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2.The Argentine, who secured his first title since he lifted the trophy in Sweden last year, dominated the final with his serve, notching up nine aces and saving all four break points he faced.Fittingly enough, Del Potro ended the championship with a big serve in the deuce court down the middle, eliciting an error from his opponent. When the ball landed in the net, Del Potro’s arms rose in celebration.”I played the best match of the week against Grigor today. Unlucky for that, sorry Grigor,” Del Potro said. “It’s amazing to come back and hold this big trophy and hopefully I can come next year as well.”Not only did Del Potro capture his 20th ATP World Tour title but he launched himself into contention for the season-ending finals in London next month. The 29-year-old will move up to 14th in the ATP’s Race to London with 2,135 points, 470 behind Pablo Carreno Busta who currently occupies the final qualifying spot.
Australian skipper Steve Smith has rubbished claims of ‘captain’s calls’ and favouring his teammates when it comes to national selection, saying the accusations were ‘absolute garbage’.Smith’s comments came as the selection looms over the highly-anticipated Ashes Test series against England, beginning on November 23 at Gabba in Brisbane.The 28-year-old, who is not a part of Australia’s three-man selection panel for Test and ODI cricket, came under fire when some of the former players claimed that he had too much of a say in the national selection.Strongly refuting the claims made by the former cricketers, Smith insisted that he was not a selector, but he certainly expressed his views regarding the team.”I’m not a selector, but I certainly speak to the selectors a lot and express my views. All this rubbish about me picking my mates, it’s absolute garbage. I certainly don’t agree with that,” cricket.com.au quoted Smith, as saying.Last week, Smith had admitted that he did have an involvement in NSW’s decision to leave out veteran Ed Cowan and rope in Test aspirant Daniel Hughes from the Sheffield Shield opening match against South Australia.While Cowan had praised Smith for delivering an honest feedback regarding his axing, he admitted that the skipper had to live and die by selection decisions that are made with his input.Though Smith has bristled at the suggestion, he asserted that he was unconcerned about the claims.”People can say what they like. I’ll read it, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ll just get on with it,” Smith said.advertisementAustralia’s selection panel, which was revamped in March this year, comprises of coach Darren Lehmann, Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell for Test and ODI cricket, while Mark Waugh and Hohns look after the T20 side.
Virat Kohli sounded positive after India’s first practice session in South Africa. The Indian captain believes that his team can win the first series in the country.India are scheduled to play South Africa in three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is, starting January 5 in Cape Town.”We have the right kind of bowling attack and the right kind of balance to win Test matches in any conditions we play in,” Kohli said at the arrival press conference.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYThe 29-year-old, who was on a month-long break from international cricket after leading India to a 3-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, hit the nets in Cape Town on Saturday along with the rest of his teammates.”For us it is about winning sessions, being in the present, executing our skills well, not looking at the history of a particular country we are playing in.”Like Kohli, 13 of his 17-man squad was part of India’s last tour to South Africa back in 2013/14, and he feels the experience will help.”A lot of our players have played here (South Africa) before. But it’s about the number of games we had played then and the number we have played now,” he said.Getting into the groove is #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/ybNqEWVKRm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2017″We all understand our own games so much better. As a team we have confidence in our personal skills set.”India are scheduled to be in South Africa for a 56-day-long tour.advertisement”There’s a sense of intelligence and awareness and that provides the excitement. We know exactly what we need to do come game time. We know how to win Test matches,” he said.India decided against a two-day warm-up match, but rather opting instead for net practice sessions. Kohli believes the practice will help more as they can have the freedom to practice how they want. “There’s no point in wasting two days, guys going in and scoring quick fifties,” said Kohli.”We’d rather have them do two sessions like today. We can try and prepare the wickets the way we want them. If you are playing a game there is no room to change the wicket. Here you have the freedom to put more water on the wicket, roll it and make it harder so that tomorrow we have the conditions we want.”Kohli signed off sounding confident of India’s chances in the first of the three Tests which begin on January 5 at Newlands.”Come the fifth of January we will be ready for it,” he said.Team India coach too reiterated what captain Kohli had to say. “This team is up for the challenge. If you had asked me four years ago I would have said no. But this team has gained in experience. The beauty of this team is that it doesn’t matter which opposition. We look at the pitch and adapt to the conditions. Every game is a home game. It’s as simple as that,” he said.”This will be a contest. I can sense our players want this Test match to start as soon as possible,” he added.
Liverpool tried their best to convince Philippe Coutinho to stay at Anfield but the Brazilian’s heart was at Barcelona and therefore had no other option but to sell him, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.Klopp said that the club tried “until the last second” to keep hold of him but then decided to cash in on the diminutive attacking midfielder.After a whole summer of drama, the 25-year-old Brazilian joined the Spanish club for 140 million pounds ($190 million) in January, in what he described as his “dream move”.WATCHThe sale came as a surprise to many people as Liverpool did whatever they could have to hold onto Coutinho in the summer and the owners stressed on the fact that they’re not a “selling club” anymore.The hard work begins for @Phil_CoutinhoLet’s go!Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/zK3MOHI0Iz— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 12, 2018Yet that strident tone changed ahead of the latest transfer window and, in his first public comment since Coutinho’s sale, Klopp made clear that Liverpool felt they had no choice but to negotiate the move.”There was no other option,” said Klopp at a news conference ahead of the Premier League game against Manchester City on Sunday.”If someone is angry or disappointed it could be the manager but I’m not. We tried everything to convince Phil to stay here.”This was his dream. He would only leave Liverpool for one club. The club was fighting until the last second to keep Phil. It would have been difficult to say no and then use him in the second half of the season.advertisement”Phil, what a character, but he still wanted to leave. We have to make the best of it. We still have fantastic players here.”Klopp stressed that he has lost big-game players previously as a manager and called on everyone to move on from Coutinho’s departure.”We lost plenty of players at Dortmund. You always have to react. It’s about the atmosphere in the club. If we get a free kick on Sunday and anyone is thinking ‘Phil!’ that wouldn’t be too cool,” he said?? @Phil_Coutinho pic.twitter.com/n7ozXxEVBx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 10, 2018POTENTIAL BUSINESSAlthough Liverpool have been linked with several high-profile replacements for Coutinho, Klopp gave little away and straight-batted suggestions they are negotiating to bring in Naby Keita from RB Leipzig ahead of his scheduled arrival in the close season.Klopp stressed that if the club do any business “we want right before expensive”.”First of all we have to replace (Coutinho) internally. We have our eyes open in this window but we won’t do crazy things,” he said.”We don’t need to replace him, we need to step up. We have played fantastic football without Phil. We only have to carry on.”On Sunday Liverpool get their first opportunity against the Premier League’s runaway leaders City, who beat them 5-0 in the reverse fixture, a game that saw Sadio Mane sent off.”The red card changed the game and maybe for Man City the season,” said Klopp, who confirmed that Mo Salah is likely to return after recovering from the thigh strain that caused him to miss the past two matches.”He’s doing fantastically well. If nothing happens in this moment Mo is back.”In a football way we should look to clarify something (after the 5-0 defeat). We need to show we can cause them problems and make their life difficult. It’s Anfield, I’m really looking forward to it.”Klopp said his side will not be fazed by City, who have swept all before them this season and enjoy an 18-point advantage over fourth-placed Liverpool.”If you are not brave in the things you do, you have another problem,” he said. “Use the past, don’t suffer it. You have to show up in a game like this. If you react to the things they do, you will lose. We need to show up. That’s how it is.”It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem.”Klopp said that Jordan Henderson and Alberto Moreno, who are both recovering from injury, are back in training but unlikely to feature on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — California Chrome made it look easy on May 3, pulling away down the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky’s bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable.“This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present,’” said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday.California Chrome ran 1¼ miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7, $5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut colt was sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in the Derby’s 140-year history.His trainer, Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest trainer to win the Derby, 57 years after he traveled from California as an exercise rider for Derby winner Swaps. He watched that race from the barn area; this time he smelled red roses in the winner’s circle.Sherman was all smiles after the race. “He gave me the biggest thrill I ever had in my life,” he said.California Chrome has the unlikeliest pedigree for a Derby champion. His mother, named Love the Chase, won just one race. She was purchased by Coburn and Martin, a move that prompted a trainer to call them “dumb asses” for getting involved in racing.Feeling inspired, they named their operation DAP Racing, which stands for Dumb Ass Partners. Their silks include an image of a donkey.Coburn lives near Reno, Nevada, rising at 4:30 a.m. for his job as a press operator at a 13-employee company that makes magnetic strips for credit cards and driver licenses.Martin lives on the California side of the border near Reno, running a laboratory that tests high-reliability equipment, like car air bags and medical equipment.Coburn and Martin’s partnership is based on a handshake, and their wives are friends who enjoy the sport, too. The group came up with California Chrome’s name by drawing it out of a hat. The horse hadn’t even been out of his home state until this week.“Sometimes you don’t get a lot of respect,” Sherman said. “We’re in Kentucky and you know most of the Derby winners are bred here and few outside of Kentucky.”Sherman visited Swaps’ grave near the Derby museum earlier in the week and whispered a prayer: “I hope he’s another Swaps.”He sure was.California Chrome extended his winning streak to five races, won by a combined 26 lengths. It was the second Derby win for Espinoza, who rode War Emblem to victory in 2002.“I thought he rode him perfect,” said Sherman, a former jockey. “I was riding the last 70 yards with Victor, so I think he was riding two. He had a lot of weight on him, I can tell you that.”Espinoza had California Chrome sitting comfortably in third in the 19-horse field as Uncle Sigh and Chitu set the early pace.California Chrome made his move on the final turn in tandem with Samraat. It looked like those two would decide the outcome, until California Chrome sped away to become the first California-bred to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962.“This horse has so much talent,” Espinoza said. “By the three-eighths pole I knew that was it. I could see other horses struggling a little bit, and he was just smooth.”Commanding Curve, a 37-1 shot, rallied for second, with Danza third. Wicked Strong was fourth and Samraat finished fifth.Commanding Curve returned $31.80 and $15.40, giving trainer Dallas Stewart his second straight runner-up finish with a double-digit longshot. Danza, named for actor Tony Danza of “Who’s the Boss?” fame, paid $6 to show as the 8-1 third choice.Trainer Todd Pletcher came up empty with his four starters, finishing third with Danza, 10th with We Miss Artie, 12th with Intense Holiday, and 17th with Vinceremos.Wicked Strong, the 6-1 second choice, was fourth. Samraat was fifth, followed by Dance With Fate, Ride On Curlin, Medal Count, Chitu, We Miss Artie, General a Rod, Intense Holiday, Candy Boy, Uncle Sigh, Tapiture, Harry’s Holiday, Vinceremos, and Wildcat Red. Vicar’s In Trouble, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, finished last.(BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Greece’s crippling financial crisis has a popular survivor: It’s national football team.In the four years since the World Cup in South Africa, little appears to have changed in how its players win games.They have kept their instinct for a decisive late goal, have added few famous names to their roster, and boast a never-daunted defense that has kept the country impossibly in the top 10 of the world rankings.It’s those ingredients that helped Greece win the 2004 European Championship and made the team a regular at major tournaments since — a rare success story in a country struck by financial crisis that battered everything from public health to achievement in most other sports.Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos says the Greeks’ hardship motivates his teammates to play harder.“We’ve always had a great atmosphere in the team,” the Borussia Dortmund players said. “Everyone’s proud to be playing for Greece and the prospect of reaching the second round would bring joy to people who are going through hard times.”Greece qualified for the World Cup by way of the playoffs, eliminating Romania over two legs, but only missed direct qualification on goal difference after eight wins in 10 matches, conceding only four goals.In Brazil, the Greeks will take on Colombia, Japan, and then Ivory Coast, in a draw considered troubling as Greece struggles to contain pacey players.“It is a tough group because all the teams in it can beat each other,” Papastathopoulos said. “We’ll definitely be looking for something positive in the first game against the Colombians.Greece is coached by Fernando Santos, a stout 59-year-old former defender from Portugal who took over in 2010 from Otto Rehhagel.When the crisis hit Greece, the country’s top footballers followed the doctors, IT workers and engineers in packing their bags and heading for jobs abroad.Once major domestic clubs AEK Athens — relegated after financial collapse — and Panathinaikos now contribute just one player to the national team. In 2004, they sent 10 players to the winning 23-man squad.As footballers found work abroad, sport at home suffered from axed state grants and dried up private sponsorship, during a financial crisis erased a quarter of the country’s economy and threw more than a million people out of work.The Greek medal tally at the Athens Olympics a decade ago was six golds, six silvers and four bronze. At the London Games in 2012 it was down to just two bronze medals, as plush Olympic facilities around Athens lay empty and managers at training sites struggled to pay the electricity bills.Now, more than half the Greek World Cup squad plays abroad, including captain Giorgos Karagounis at Fulham, the Bundesliga’s Papastathopoulos — Greece’s most expensive player — and Georgios Samaras, the outgoing Celtic striker.Now 37, Karagounis led his team to Athens airport to travel to warm-up matches in Portugal and the United States, before flying on to Brazil.“We will of course give it everything we have,” he said. “I am feeling lucky to be getting on this plane to start our big adventure.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares CHICAGO — Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored while goaltender Corey Crawford withstood a furious Tampa Bay barrage in the closing minute as the Blackhawks beat the Lightning 2-1 on June 10 to tie the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final at 2-2.Toews scored his first goal of the series in the opening period. Saad broke a 1-1 tie with 13:38 to play in the third.Saad drove to the net but had the puck poked away. When he somehow found it again, Saad gave it a desperate backhand whack that just happened to send it right between the moving pads of young Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.“I was really pretty lucky,” Saad said. “I just saw space going to the net. Tried to drive and create some chaos. Just try to get some wood on it and get to the net, and it found a way in.”Saad was right to refuse full credit for his tiebreaking goal. He knows that a few fortunate bounces have been the only differences in four games between two teams that seem determined to take this championship series down to a fantastic finish.His latest clutch goal was the offensive highlight of a gritty, defense-dominated night at the United Center. Crawford and Russia’s Vasilevskiy, the Lightning’s surprise starter in goal, both had stellar moments.In the final minute, Crawford capped his 24 saves with a frantic last stand. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos had two golden chances to force overtime, but the Blackhawks survived.Game 5 is June 13 in Tampa. The series is now effectively a best-of-three, with Chicago needing at least one more win at Amalie Arena to secure its third Stanley Cup banner in six seasons. Tampa Bay has home-ice advantage, but a fraction of the Blackhawks’ big-game credentials.This is the first Stanley Cup series since 1968 in which each of the first four games was decided by a single goal.“No matter what the situation is, whether we’re down in a series or a hockey game, we tend to play our best when our backs are against the wall,” Chicago’s Patrick Kane said. “Not saying we had our best effort tonight, but we still found a way to win.”Alex Killorn scored in the second period for the Lightning, whose four-game road winning streak ended.They got solid work and 17 saves from Vasilevskiy in place of Ben Bishop, the 53-game winner scratched with an undisclosed lower-body injury after hobbling through Game 3. The Russian became the youngest starting goaltender in a Stanley Cup Final game since Patrick Roy in 1986.“I can play under pressure,” Vasilevskiy said. “For me, it’s not something new. I was ready for pressure from fans and players.”Tampa Bay pummeled Crawford with multiple scoring chances in the final minute with Vasilevskiy pulled for an extra attacker, but the veteran stopped them all. He got help from Brent Seabrook, who deflected a point-blank shot by Stamkos, keeping him without a goal in the series.“We’re disappointed about the squandered chance tonight,” Stamkos said. “We deserved better. We’ve just got to find a way to score more than one goal.”Bishop participated in a morning skate before the Lightning ruled him out and Vasilevskiy was called up to replace him.“If you tell me we’re going to come in and he’s going to give up two goals, that’s a hell of a job in my book,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “That kid gave us every chance to win the hockey game. We only scored one…. He showed at the pinnacle of the sport that he can play. That’s a pretty big achievement for a 20-year-old.”After putting two shots off Vasilevskiy’s posts early in the second, Chicago finally scored when Vasilevskiy gave up a rebound of Marian Hossa’s shot and Toews eventually slapped a loose puck under the goalie.The Lightning answered five minutes later when Valtteri Filppula threaded a backward pass through two defenders and in front to Killorn for his ninth goal of the postseason.(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)
NEW YORK — Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his record 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died. He was 90.Berra died of natural causes Sept. 22 at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the Director of the Yogi Berra Museum.“While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom,” Berra’s family said in a statement released by the museum. “We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.”Short, squat and with a homely face, Berra was a legendary Yankee who helped the team reach 14 World Series during his 18 seasons in the Bronx.Berra played in more World Series games than any other Major League Baseball player, and was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player.But his name appears almost as often in Bartlett’s Famous Quotations as it does in baseball’s record book. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” is among eight “Yogi-isms” included in Bartlett’s.“When I’m sittin’ down to dinner with the family, stuff just pops out. And they’ll say, ‘Dad, you just said another one.’ And I don’t even know what the heck I said,” Berra insisted.Berra played for the Yankees from 1949-65. His teammates included fellow Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.In 1956, he caught the only perfect game in World Series history and after the last out leaped into pitcher Don Larsen’s arms. The famous moment was captured in photographs published in newspapers around the world.After his playing days, Berra coached or managed the Yankees, New York Mets and Houston Astros. He led both the Yankees and Mets to pennants.In 1985, his firing as manager by the Yankees 16 games into the season sparked a feud with owner George Steinbrenner. Berra vowed never to return to Yankee Stadium as long was Steinbrenner owned the team.But in 1999, Berra finally relented, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the Yankees’ season-opening game.Berra, the son of Italian immigrants, got his nickname while growing up in St. Louis. Among his amateur baseball teammates was Jack McGuire, another future MLB player.“Some of us went to a movie with a yogi in it and afterwards Jack began calling me Yogi. It stuck,” Berra told the Saturday Evening Post.He was a fan favorite, especially with children, and the cartoon character Yogi Bear was named after him.Berra, who played in 15 straight MLB All-Star Games, never earned more than $65,000 a season.Growing up, he was anything but a natural. Chunky and slow, Berra was rejected by his hometown St. Louis Cardinals after a tryout in 1943. But a Yankee scout recognized his potential and signed him.He reached the major leagues late in the 1946 season and homered in his first at-bat. The next year, he continued to hit well, but his throwing was so erratic he was shifted to the outfield, then benched.His breakthrough season came in 1948, when he hit .315 with 14 homers and 98 RBIs while continuing to improve his fielding. In 1949, he compiled a .989 fielding percentage and did not make an error in the All-Star Game or World Series.“I don’t care who the hitter is,” New York Manager Casey Stengel told the New York Journal-American. “(Berra) knows just how he should be pitched to.”Berra was AL Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1954 and 1955. He holds World Series records for most hits (71) and most games (75).He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. “You never think of that when you’re a kid,” Berra said. “But egads, you gotta be somethin’ to get in.”Lawrence Peter Berra was born in St. Louis on May 12, 1925, the son of Pietro, a laborer in a brickyard, and Pauline Berra. He grew up in “The Hill,” or Italian district, with three older brothers and a younger sister.Berra was forced to drop out of school in the eighth grade and go to work to help support his family. He took jobs in a coal yard, as a truck driver and in a shoe factory.He continued to play amateur baseball, which brought him to the attention of major league scouts.In 1943, his first professional season with the Yankees’ farm team in Norfolk, Virginia, was interrupted by World War II. He joined the Navy and later served on a gunboat supporting the D-Day invasion.Berra married his wife, Carmen, in 1949. The couple, who met in St. Louis, had three sons, including Dale Berra, who played in the major leagues as an infielder.Berra published three books: his autobiography in 1961, “It Ain’t Over …” in 1989 and “The Yogi Book: I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said” in 1998. The last made The New York Times’ best seller list.In 1996, Berra was awarded an honorary doctorate from the state university in Montclair, New Jersey, where he and his family lived. The university also named its baseball stadium for Berra. The adjoining Yogi Berra Museum opened in 1998.The museum houses Berra memorabilia, including what he said was his most prized possession, the mitt he used to catch Larsen’s perfect game.His wife once asked Berra where he wanted to be buried, in St. Louis, New York or Montclair. “I don’t know,” he said. “Why don’t you surprise me?”(MIKE STEWART)TweetPinShare0 Shares
LONDON (AP) — Michy Batshuayi scored twice, the second goal arriving in stoppage time, to earn Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday.Elsewhere, Arsenal powered past Ostersund 3-0, Atletico Madrid thrashed Copenhagen 4-1 and Italian league leader Napoli slipped to a surprise 3-1 home defeat against Leipzig.Batshuayi, who has been in sparkling form since joining from Chelsea on loan in the mid-season transfer window, helped host Dortmund record its first victory in European competition this season.Dortmund hadn’t won in eight previous appearances and only joined the Europa League after finishing third in its Champions League group.Andre Schurrle put Dortmund ahead after 30 minutes, only for Josep Ilicic to score twice for the Italian visitors in the 51st and 56th.Batshuayi equalized in the 65th before grabbing the late winner. The Belgian striker replaced striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Dortmund following his move to Arsenal.“Michy is a real goal-scorer, it was a good move to bring him here,” Dortmund manager Peter Stoeger said. “Things are looking good. He is well liked, fully integrated and our goals and his personal goals align.”OTHER GAMESAEK conceded a 1-1 draw at home to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday and will have to score in Ukraine if it is to proceed to the last 16 of the Europa League, Kathimerini reports.The sole Greek representative left in Europe was the better team at the Olympic Stadium of Athens, but an early goal by the visitors gave the players of Manolo Jimenez a mountain to climb.Greek police detained 18 people, believed to be supporters of Dynamo Kiev, for questioning after a bar in Athens was damaged ahead of the Ukrainian team’s 1-1 draw against AEK.AEK Athens’ Tasos Bakasetas , right, is fouled Dynamo Kiev’s Volodymyr Shepeliev during the Europa League , soccer match, round of 32, 1st leg between AEK Athens and Dynamo Kiev at the Olympic stadium, in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)A hat-trick by Manuel Fernandes led Lokomotiv Moscow to a 3-2 comeback victory at Nice, which had gone 2-0 ahead with a double from Mario Balotelli.Athletic Bilbao was lifted by two goals from 37-year-old striker Artiz Aduriz in a 3-1 win at Spartak Moscow, while AC Milan triumphed 3-0 at Bulgaria’s Ludogorets.Lazio lost 1-0 at FCSB in Bucharest while Lyon beat Villarreal 3-1. Celtic edged Zenit 1-0 and Plzen drew 1-1 at Partizan.Real Sociedad drew 2-2 with Salzburg, Sporting Lisbon won 3-1 at Astana and Marseille defeated Braga 3-0.NO TURF TROUBLEArsene Wenger had expressed concern that his Arsenal team had never practiced, much less played, on an artificial surface like the one at Swedish side Ostersund.He needn’t have worried.Arsenal had little trouble easing to a 3-0 win thanks to an early strike by Nacho Monreal and passes by Henrikh Mkhitaryan that led to two more goals.Monreal scored after 13 minutes when he pounced after a shot by Alex Iwobi was saved by goalkeeper Aly Keita.Mkhitaryan, who joined Arsenal from Manchester United two weeks ago, intercepted a pass in the area before his cross went in off Ostersund player Sotirios Papagiannopoulos in the 24th minute.Mkhitaryan then laid on the third goal for Mesut Ozil in the 58th minute before Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina saved a stoppage-time penalty by Tom Pettersson.AEK Athens’ head coach Manuel Jimenez gives instruction to his players during the Europa League, soccer match, round of 32, 1st leg between AEK Athens and Dynamo Kiev at the Olympic stadium, in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)“People wondered why we didn’t practice (on the pitch) before but the warm-up is good to adapt to the speed of the ball, for technical ability and the accuracy of the passing,” said Wenger.“We adapted very well because we’re at a good technical level. They were very nervous at the start and we took advantage of it.”Arsenal was without injured striker Alexandre Lacazette while Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the competition.Winning the Europa League may be the best chance for Wenger’s team to return to the Champions League next season.Arsenal is sixth in the English Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea, which holds the fourth and last qualifying berth.___ATLETICO STARTS STRONGAtletico Madrid overcame an early deficit in Denmark and strolled to a 4-1 win over Copenhagen.After Viktor Fischer’s opener, Atletico responded with goals by Saul Niguez, Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann and substitute Vitolo.Atletico has reached two Champions League finals since winning the Europa League in 2012. It returned to the continent’s second-tier competition after a disappointing group phase in this season’s Champions League.___NAPOLI SLIPSNapoli is staring at an exit after falling 3-1 at home to Leipzig.Substiute Adam Ounas gave Napoli the lead in the 52nd minute but Leipzig fought back with a double by Timo Werner and another goal by Bruma.Leipzig is a distant second to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.___TweetPinShare0 Shares
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s soccer federation has suspended all relations with its Greek counterpart after a friendly between the two nations scheduled in Istanbul was abruptly cancelled amid ongoing Greece-Turkey tensions.A statement on the federation’s website, first reported by the official IRNA news agency and other media outlets late on Thursday, said the cancellation has inflicted “serious damage” to the Iranian national team’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The statement said Iran will take “legal action” through world soccer governing body FIFA to force Greece to financially compensate the Iranian players and sport over the cancellation.“Until further FIFA action following this report, the Iranian Football Association … will suspend its relations with the Greek Football Federation,” the Iranian federation said, adding that it “appreciates all the support, professionalism and commitment” of the Turkish federation.It also expressed deep regret for what the Iranian statement described as “lack of respect, morality and responsibility” on the part of the Greece federation in the course of recent events.The friendly was scheduled for Saturday in Istanbul. According to reports, after Greece pulled out, the Kosovo team was to take its place but that substitute friendly also got cancelled.The friendlies were supposed to be in preparation for the World Cup. Iran played a warm-up match with Turkey in Istanbul last week.There was no immediate reaction to the Iranian decision from the Greek Football Federation, which is separately facing the threat of international suspension over match-related violence and delays in administrative reforms demanded by FIFA.Greek organizers had reportedly sought an alternative venue to Istanbul for the friendly due to an ongoing high-profile dispute between Greece and neighboring Turkey over the arrest of two Greek soldiers on a border patrol.The soldiers have been detained in Turkey for three months but have not been formerly charged.Greek and Iranian officials were reportedly unable to reach agreement on the terms of a venue change, after Athens and the northeast Greek city of Xanthi were proposed as possible alternatives.Greece failed to qualify for the finals in Russia, despite having played in the two previous World Cups.___By NASSER KARIMI , Associated PressAssociated Press writer Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Greece, contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — From his thigh to his foot to the back of the net, Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup.The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona, who screamed, shouted and made obscene gestures — and raised concerns for his health.Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday, getting a late goal from Marcos Rojo. Maradona showed both middle fingers to the crowd after the 86th-minute winner.A short time later, videos posted on social media showed Maradona needing help out of the stands and into an adjoining luxury box at the stadium. He appeared to have his eyes closed and a later photo showed a pair of paramedics attending to him.There was no immediate information on his health, but about two hours later he was photographed smiling at an airport. Another photo posted on Twitter appeared to show him sitting on a plane.Messi’s goal — his 65th for Argentina — was surely enough to impress even Maradona.Argentina’s Lionel Messi, front competes for the ball during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)From a long pass over the defense by Ever Banega, Messi caressed the ball with his left thigh, took another touch with his left foot, and then delivered a smooth right-footed finish into the corner.Messi fell to his knees and pointed his fingers upward in celebration. At the same time, Maradona crossed his arms with his hands on his shoulders and looked to the sky.“I knew that God is with us,” Messi said, “and he wouldn’t let us get eliminated.”Messi, who later hit the post off a free kick, and Banega controlled the game in the first half. Rojo finished it off in the second by cushioning a volley with his right foot into the bottom corner and ensuring Messi’s quest for a first World Cup title continued.Argentina will play France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday. If Argentines win and Portugal beats Uruguay on Saturday, Messi would face Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarterfinals.Without that late goal from Rojo, the 31-year-old Messi might have retired from international soccer for a second time — and for good this time.Instead, it was Messi who was at the center of the celebrations. His teammates formed a circle around him while striker Gonzalo Higuain cried nearby. Messi then clenched his fist as he turned toward the Argentina fans.“He’s above everybody else,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “The most important thing for Leo is his human side. He cries. He suffers. He’s happy when Argentina wins. I know him.“Many people say Leo does not enjoy playing for Argentina, but I do not agree. He enjoys and suffers like all the other players and that makes him even bigger.”Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after the opening goal of Nigeria during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Before Rojo’s goal, Nigeria had been only a few minutes from qualifying for the last 16 for the fourth time.Javier Mascherano gave away a penalty with a pull on Leon Balogun at a 49th-minute corner. Victor Moses converted — and marked the goal with a somersault — to put Nigeria back in control of the race for second place in the group.Argentina was facing finishing a World Cup without a win for the first time since 1934, but instead the team is headed to the knockout stage.“This is Messi,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said with a shrug.GROUP DYNAMICSMinutes away from advancing to the knockout stage, Nigeria ended up third in the group — ahead of Iceland but a point behind Argentina.Argentina has four days to prepare for its last 16 match against France. It is the first game of the knockout stage.KEY TO SUCCESSMessi delivered his best performance of the tournament, with his goal allowing Argentina to take early control of the game.Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after the opening goal of Nigeria during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Yet the standout player might have been Banega, who was recalled to midfield after being on the bench for the first two games and impressed with his work rate and range of passing.SERIOUS STATSMessi joined Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta as the only Argentina players to have scored in three different World Cups. He has also now scored as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s at a World Cup.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
By Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterMADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid’s vaunted center-back pairing finally got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, even providing the goals after holding their long-time rival scoreless for once.In a match where Atletico had more trouble with video review than Ronaldo, the Spanish team kept the Portugal star in check but had to overcome two key VAR decisions to defeat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League’s round of 16.Central defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin scored late to give Atletico the win, after the hosts had a penalty kick taken away and a goal disallowed by VAR.Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Ronaldo, jeered nearly every time he touched the ball, had a quiet performance in his first match in the Spanish capital since leaving Real Madrid last summer. He came close to scoring with a booming shot from a free kick less than 10 minutes into the match, but had few opportunities after that.Heavily marked from the start, Ronaldo wasn’t able to add to his good record against the old rival, which he helped eliminate in four straight seasons in the Champions League while playing for Real Madrid.Atletico had a first-half penalty reversed by VAR after it determined that Diego Costa was fouled outside the area, and the referee also consulted video replays on the pitchside monitor before disallowing a second-half goal by Alvaro Morata for a push on Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.“We hope the VAR keeps improving and helping make things right, but do you really believe that a person who is 1.87-meters tall can fall that way in a game action like the one with Morata?” said Simeone, who celebrated his team’s first goal with an obscene gesture and could face UEFA sanctions.The hosts dominated after an even first half at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, and both Costa and Antoine Griezmann missed clear scoring chances before Gimenez found the net after getting to a loose ball inside the area in the 78th and Godin added to the lead with an angled volley in the 83rd after defenders failed to fully clear a free kick cross by Griezmann. The shot seemed to take a slight deflection off Ronaldo, who was the closest player to Godin but wasn’t able to block the effort.“Luckily we were able to overcome the calls that went against us with the VAR,” Godin said. “It was a great result, scoring twice and not conceding, but we will have to be prepared for the final 90 minutes in Turin.”Ronaldo was loudly booed when his name was announced before the match, and he drew even louder jeers from the Atletico crowd when he prompted the game to be interrupted because he remained on the ground after getting his foot stepped on later in the first half.Atletico Jose Gimenez scores his side’s opening goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Atletico won 2-0. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Ronaldo almost scored when his long-range free kick forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a difficult save in the ninth minute. He had another attempt with a deflected shot a few minutes later, but didn’t come close to the Atletico goal again until a late header sailed over the crossbar.“Ronaldo played a good match, he is used to this type of match,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “The entire team had a letdown in the second half. It’s a lesson we need to learn going into the return match.”Ronaldo had not played in Madrid since joining Juventus in a blockbuster transfer at the end of last season. He had played with Real Madrid for nearly a decade, leading the Spanish powerhouse to four Champions League titles in five seasons, including in the last three.Entering Wednesday’s match, Ronaldo had scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in all competitions. In the Champions League, he helped Madrid beat Atletico in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017). He had scored four goals in six Champions League games against the city rival.Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season.Juventus was runner-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017. Last year, it was eliminated by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.This year’s Champions League final will be played at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.TweetPinShare0 Shares
STMicroelectronics is bringing sophisticated cyber-protection to power-conscious connected devices with the new STM32L5 microcontroller series featuring the Arm Cortex-M33 core. Building on the Cortex-M33, which boosts protection for small devices by integrating Arm’s TrustZone hardware-based security, ST’s STM32L5-series MCUs add further enhancements including flexible software isolation, secure boot, key storage, and hardware cryptographic accelerators. They also provide rich functionality, high performance, and long run-times powered by coin cells or energy harvesting. Consuming as little as 33nA in shutdown mode and achieving 402 ULPMark-CP in the EEMBC ULPBench, the new MCU series builds on the Company’s expertise in low-power techniques such as adaptive voltage scaling, real-time acceleration, power gating, and multiple reduced-power operating modes proven in previous STM32L series.With extensive integrated digital and analog peripherals, and consumer and industrial interfaces such as CAN FD, USB Type-C, and USB Power Delivery, STM32L5 MCUs provide an ideal platform for products such as industrial sensors or controls, home-automation devices, smart meters, fitness trackers, smart watches, medical pumps or meters, and many others.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IBASE: Mini-ITX motherboard with 8th Gen Intel Xeon E / Core processorsNext IAR supports secure Arm Cortex-M33 MCUs from ST
Ahead of the crucial five-match Test rubber against India starting August 1, England pace spearhead James Anderson has regained the top spot among ICC Test bowlers in the latest rankings released on Tuesday.Anderson, who scalped nine wickets in the drawn two-Test series against Pakistan at home, has pushed South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada following the Proteas’ 0-2 loss at the hands of Sri Lanka in the just-concluded two-Test series.Rabada, who took eight wickets in the series, including a four-for in the opening Test in Galle, dropped to the second spot with 882 points, even as Anderson comfortably rocketed to the top with 892 points.Behind them is India’s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja at No.3 while another Protea Vernon Philander separates No.5-ranked Ravichandran Ashwin from his spin twin.Despite a below-par series, South Africa, however had something to cheer about as spinner Keshav Maharaj, who took a 12-wicket haul in the second Test, has gained five places to find himself ranked at No.18.Sri Lanka’s veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath swapped places with New Zealand’s Neil Wagner to take the No.8 spot.Among the batsmen, Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne’s 356 runs in the two Tests helped him gain three places to a career-high No.7 in the rankings, led by banned Australian former captain Steve Smith and followed by India captain Virat Kohli.Also moving upward is his skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who despite missing the series owing to suspension, found himself rising to No.8, two places below India’s Cheteshwar Pujara.Among the other Indians, Ajinkya Rahane moved a spot up to No.19 while Lokesh Rahul is stable at No.18.advertisement(With IANS inputs)
Two Russian athletes – 1,500m runner Yegor Nikolayev and 400m runner Alexander Skorobogatko – have been allowed to compete internationally as neutrals, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said in a statement.”The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the applications of two Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in 2018 while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended,” the statement read, reports TASS news agency.However, a thing to note is that neither Nikolayev nor Skorobogatko have yet qualified for the European Athletics Championships scheduled to be held in Berlin on August 6-12.”A total of 74 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as Authorized Neutral Athletes in 2018,” the IAAF said, adding that “68 applications have been denied and five athletes have had their ANA status revoked.”In December 2016, the IAAF decided that until the membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) was restored, Russian athletes who met all the anti-doping criteria could participate in international tournaments as neutrals. Those willing to become neutrals are to file individual applications that must be approved by IAAF officials.On Friday, the IAAF Council refused to reinstate the ARAF at its meeting in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires.”The Council noted significant progress by the Russian Federation in meeting the outstanding requirements, and in some cases going above and beyond what was required, but has decided that the Russian federation’s suspension will remain in force until its next meeting in December,” the IAAF said.advertisement(With IANS inputs)
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will face his former club Manchester United after the two European giants were drawn together in the Champions League group stage on Thursday.Last season’s runners-up Liverpool, big-spending French league champions Paris Saint-Germain and Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli were thrown together in the pick of the groups while holders Real Madrid must face last season’s semi-finalists AS Roma.Inter Milan, back in the competition after a six-season absence, were pitted against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.The Champions League has been altered this season, with more places given to teams from the bigger leagues — Spain, England, Germany and Italy now have four guaranteed slots apiece — and fewer from Europe’s less glamorous competitions.The new system could cut down on the number of one-sided contests which have spoiled the group stage in recent seasons.But critics say it could increase the competitive imbalance in European football and remove what romance is left.The official result of the #UCLdraw!Toughest group? pic.twitter.com/G6rPKtQuU8UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2018Due to the seeding system and UEFA’s policy of keeping teams from the same countries apart in the group stage, there was a shortage of big heavyweight clashes but lots of intriguing ties.CLEAR FAVOURITESOne of the most interesting will be in Group H where Ronaldo — who twice faced United in the Champions League as a Real Madrid player — meets them again in a Juventus shirt.Ronaldo, a United player from 2003 to 2009, scored when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final after a 1-1 draw and has faced them twice in the competition since with Real Madrid.advertisementJuventus are clear favourites in the group where Jose Mourinho’s troubled United are likely to battle Valencia for second spot, with debutants Young Boys Bern the rank outsiders.”It’s a demanding group with teams of great value, great tradition and historic stadiums,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri. “This is the new Champions League”Will Ronaldo score against his old club again? #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/FxPcoIS3wQUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2018Group C was closest to a ‘Group of Death’, as it pitted Liverpool, PSG and Napoli against each other.That formidable trio will be joined by Red Star Belgrade, who won the old European Cup in 1991 but will be appearing in the Champions League group stage for the first time.”Its a very tough group but the most important thing for us is that we have managed to get into the group stage and compete at this level,” Red Star president Svetozar Mijailovic told reporters.Inter’s wildly unpredictable form under Luciano Spalletti means anything can happen in Group B where they face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham.The English Premier League team are the only ones of the four who are not former European champions.BAYERN FOCUSEDGroup E also has three former European champions — Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ajax Amsterdam — alongside AEK Athens. Bayern should progress comfortably with Benfica and Ajax likely to battle for second place and AEK as dangerous outsiders.”It could have been worse, but we cannot afford negligence if we want to finish first,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.Real Madrid and Roma should qualify from Group G where CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen are the other contenders.”We picked the best team in the world and two others who will create us many problems,” said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi.Pep Guardiola will begin his latest attempt to win the European title with Manchester City in Group F where they will be the favourites against Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympique Lyonnais and debutants Hoffenheim.”Manchester City are a massive challenge for us,” said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann. “But I was hoping we would draw a big team and we got one.”Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund were drawn in Group A, an evenly-balanced group completed by Club Bruges.Group D is possibly the most open, featuring former European champions Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke 04 and Galatasaray.
New Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) Actor Aparshakti Khurana says believing that cinema can bring about change is expecting a lot from a medium that primarily entertains.The actor, who stars as cynical yet amiable Bittu in “Stree”, a horror-comedy with a subversive message about treating women with respect, however, believes one canbecome aware about a subject if the story is well told.”Whenever you try to preach something, people will not accept or invite it into their lives. But if it is said in a light way, people understand it better and it is as true for films as it is for life.”Films are never meant as solutions, they just provide entertainment value. You can become aware with that. No one watches ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and becomes an athlete. You just go back and sleep with it,” he told PTI in an interview.Khurana, younger brother to actor Ayushmann Khurrana, made his debut with biographical sports drama “Dangal” in 2016, says he was intrigued by the story of “Stree”, which has turned out to be dark horse at the box office.”It is a very real film with real world and real actors. Whenever you try to say something in a sincere way, it gets communicated no matter what the genre. The film might change the way people see horror genre in the country,” he says.After “Stree”, the actor is looking forward to “Rajma Chawal” and “Luka Chhupi”. PTI RDS BK RDSRDS
Dominic Thiem was devastated to lose the five-set thriller against Rafael Nadal 6-0, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-7(5) in the US Open quarter-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night. Calling the loss “the first really epic match I’ve played”, Thiem accepted that this match would never leave his mind.Thiem and Nadal battled in the 90-degree heat and 50-percent humidity for four hours and 49 minutes and in the end, Thiem had won 166 points while Nadal had 171, but Nadal won the most important point — the last one.Such was the quality of tennis presented that the crowd gave a standing ovation every other point. In the end, as Thiem served to stay in the match, he served to send Nadal reaching out on the left. His forehand made Nadal run to the right but Nadal played that one ball extra and Thiem overhit the overhead shot to hand the defending champion the match.Thiem stood shocked and devastated in the centre of his side of the court as the entire Nadal support in the stadium went into frenzy. Nadal ran towards Thiem who was slowly walking towards the net. They hugged, Thiem smiled and waved at the crowd and left the court.”It’s cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn’t really deserve a loser””It’s going to be stuck in my mind forever,” Thiem said at his post-match press conference.READ – US Open: Nadal beats Thiem in 5-set thriller to reach semi-finals”I’m going to remember this match, for sure. It’s cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn’t really deserve a loser. But there has to be one.advertisement”If we skip the first set, it was a really open match from beginning to the end. The way it ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, from there it’s 50-50. He made one more point than me.” US Open: Dominic Thiem trounced Rafael Nadal 6-0 in the first set of the quarter-final. (AP Photo)The match was tense to say the least. Nadal lost the first set 6-0, winning a meagre seven points. However, he then fought back, like Nadal always does, to take the next two sets.Thiem stretched Nadal to the maximum. Right after the third set tiebreak, the crowd was in for a fourth set tiebreak and this time Thiem came out triumphant.Fifth and deciding set ensued and just like the entire match, none were ready to give in. The crowd could not get enough of the magnificent tennis that they were being treated to. Claps and screams engulfed the Arthur Ashe Stadium and then in the end, it was Nadal who edged out.In his on-court interview, Nadal revealed that he had apologised to Thiem during their embrace after the match and added that he had everything that is required of a champion and his time will soon come. US Open: Rafael Nadal crossed the net and embraced Dominic Thiem after winning quarter-final. (AP Photo)Thiem chuckled when he was asked about Nadal’s apology but added that now that he was out of the tournament, he would love to see Nadal defend his title.”I don’t think he’s really sorry,” Thiem said.”I mean, he’s a great guy. I don’t want to lose against anybody. But now I wish him the title the most, that’s for sure.”I think we almost all the time have great matches. I hope that we have many more in the future — with a different end.”(With inputs from agencies)
It’s happening! The OnePlus 6T, which will be succeeding the widely popular OnePlus 6 is coming soon, in India. The launch is so close that OnePlus has already started teasing the phone. On Wednesday, the company aired ads teasing the OnePlus 6T in telecast of India-Pakistan Asia Cup final. Yet, again Amitabh Bachchan featured in the ad, along with the next OnePlus phone. Amazon India too has started teasing the phone, putting a placeholder on its website telling people that the OnePlus 6T is coming soon.If the rumours are to be believed, the company may unveil the smartphone on October 17. Ahead of the official launch event, the internet is buzzing with details about the upcoming device. On Thursday, fresh renders of the phone leaked, confirming a few more key details on about it. Then recently OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed the company will ditch the conventional 3.5mm jack in the OnePlus 6T.Now, fresh images of a transparent TPU case leaked online seem to be confirming this fact. Besides confirming the absence of the headphone jack, the images of the case leaked on SlashLeaks also seem to be giving useful insights about the design of the upcoming smartphone. For starters, the OnePlus 6T, just like its predecessor will have a vertically stacked rear camera setup. And no, there will not be three cameras in the OnePlus 6T, as rumoured earlier.Besides this, OnePlus in an email to CNET earlier confirmed that the phone would come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Absence of a separate fingerprint sensor space on the transparent back cover confirms this report further.advertisementMany leaks, much information already shared by OnePlus about the OnePlus 6T. So what all we know about it. Here is quick summary.Feaures– As mentioned before, the OnePlus 6T will come without the 3.5mm headphone jack. The company is helping users work around this apparent change by introducing USB Type-C version of its Bullets V2 headphones. OnePlus will launch OnePlus Type-C Bullets in India alongside the OnePlus 6T and they are likely to cost around Rs 1,490.– The OnePlus 6T will come with a fingerprint sensor that is embedded under the screen. The company, as mentioned before, has already confirmed this feature. The feature is likely to be marketed under the tagline “Unlock the Speed”.– The phone will come with a tiny waterdrop notch in the front that will house the front camera. The phone will come with tiny display bezels which will give users more screen space to surf around. Image Courtesy: SlashLeaks– The OnePlus 6T will sport a dual camera setup at the back. The image of TPU case leaked online by GizChina suggests that the phone might disappoint its fans by not sporting a triple rear camera setup. Incidentally, this leak is in line with the image of the transparent case leaked on SlashLeaks, which seems to add another layer of confirmation to the report.– There are rumours that the OnePlus 6T may come with IP67 or the IP68 rating for sporting a water and dust-resistant body. Earlier OnePlus had said that even the OnePlus 6 was for all practical purposes a water-resistant phone. But it lacked the IP certification.– Dash charging, features like reading mode that are part of the Oxygen OS will be definitely there in the OnePlus 6T.Specifications– As far as the design is concerned, the OnePlus 6T is likely to be slightly larger in size than its predecessor. While the OnePlus 6 featured a 6.28-inch screen, the OnePlus 6T is likely to sport a bigger 6.4-inch panel. It will most likely come with a metal frame and glass body.– The upcoming smartphone is sure to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a chip it will share with its predecessor. Image Courtesy: Weibo– In terms of the operating system, the OnePlus 6T is likely to run on OxygenOS which is based on Android 9 Pie.– As far as the memory goes, the OnePlus 6T should come with either 6GB or 8GB RAM with up to 256GB storage space.Price and AvailabilityThe OnePlus 6T should be available in India immediately after its global launch. OnePlus unveiled The OnePlus 6 in London on May 16 and the phone was launched in India the following day in Mumbai. The company is likely to follow a similar trend with the launch of OnePlus 6T. The latest rumours suggest that the OnePlus 6T will launch on October 17 and then will go on sale from October 21 or October 24 in India.advertisementALSO READ: OnePlus 6T is coming soon, will be Amazon India exclusive As far as the price goes, customers may have to shell out extra bucks to get their hands on OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus 6 was launched in India with a starting price of Rs 34,999 and the phone’s Avengers Edition was priced around Rs 44,999. The OnePlus 6T could be priced in this range with the base variant starting at Rs 39,999.