Diego Costa scored a late winner for the second time this week as Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday and complete back-to-back Premier League victories under new coach Antonio Conte. (Full Premier League Coverage)Costa clinched three points in the 87th minute after running onto a brilliant through-ball from Cesc Fabregas and shooting past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.Gomes was partially at fault for Chelsea’s equalizer in the 80th, failing to hold Eden Hazard’s long-range shot and allowing Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi – one of Chelsea’s two offseason signings – to score from the rebound. (Premier League: Burnley stun Liverpool with classy double)Costa’s winning goal against West Ham on Monday came in the 89th and that also sealed a 2-1 victory. Despite two unconvincing performances, Chelsea has maximum points so far as Conte finds his feet in English football. (Braces from Sergio Aguero and Nolito help Man City thrash Stoke 4-1)Watford looked on course for its first Premier League win over Chelsea since 1999 when Etienne Capoue smashed a left-footed shot into the top corner in the 55th, the French midfielder’s second goal in as many games.Watford paraded new signings Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra before kickoff, after the pair completed moves late Friday. Walter Mazzarri is still waiting for his first win as Watford manager, with the team having opened with a draw at Southampton.Batshuayi scored his first goal for Chelsea since his move from Marseille and almost had a second when he rattled the crossbar with an injury-time shot.advertisementFIRST WIN ELUDES CHAMPIONSArsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Leicester City’s Robert Huth battle for the ball. (AP Photo)Meanwhile, Leicester is still searching for the first win of its Premier League title defense after drawing 0-0 with Arsenal on Saturday.Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who were both heavily linked with moves to Arsenal in the offseason, had the best chances for Leicester at King Power stadium after being played through in the second half. Vardy blazed wide and Mahrez’s shot was saved by Petr Cech.Leicester opened the season with a 2-1 loss at Hull and so far hasn’t repeated the dynamic performances that helped the team surge to an unexpected title triumph last campaign.In a further blow to Leicester, new signing Nampalys Mendy went off injured early in the second half after getting his studs caught in the turf and appearing to twist his foot.Arsenal also has one point from its opening two games, having already lost 4-3 to Liverpool, and never seriously tested Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. That will further frustrate fans who are unhappy that manager Arsene Wenger has failed to substantially strengthen his squad this offseason.Leicester and Arsenal were the top two in the league last season.
Italian superbike maker Ducati launched its new Multistrada 1200 Enduro model priced at Rs 17.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company already has a significant presence in large sports touring motorcycle category with the Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S models.Ducati Multistrada 1200 EnduroALSO READ:Ducati Diavel Carbon stays true to its devilish looks and name”We felt this was the right time for us to introduce the Multistrada 1200 Enduro for adventure motorcycling enthusiasts,” Ducati India Managing Director Ravi Avalur said in a statement.Multistrada 1200 Enduro is powered by an Euro 4 compliant engine delivering 160 bhp. It has both off-road and on road riding capability. With a 30-litre fuel tank, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has a range that can exceed 450 km, Ducati said.Ducati Multistrada 1200 EnduroALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak launched in India; priced at Rs 20.06 lakhAmong other features such as cruise control, Hands-Free ignition and back-lit handlebar, Multistrada 1200 Enduro also has LED cornering lights that illuminate the road on corner entry and a vehicle hold control system that holds the braking and assists uphill starts or when the bike is fully loaded.
A major accident was averted after a Lamborghini sports car gifted by BJP MLA Narendra Mehta to his wife rammed into a stationery autorickshaw and nearly missed running over three pedestrians on Mira Bhayandar Road in Maharashtra today afternoon.The incident took place outside a family-run school Seven Square Academy, where the MLA’s wife Suman lost control of the vehicle while attempting to take a turn and rammed into an autorickshaw. Two women pedestrians fled to safety after they saw the car coming towards them.A video clipping of the same has gone viral on social media.BJP MLA’s wife rams her Lamborghini into an Auto.But if u understand Marathi, (don’t) listen to the Audio pic.twitter.com/WCkLiLitj4; Joy (@Joydas) August 30, 2016Following the incident, Mehta immediately rushed outside the school to check on his wife behind the wheels. He reportedly paid off the autorickshaw driver for the damages incurred. Narendra Mehta had gifted the orange coloured sports car to his wife Suman on her birthday on August 26. Photo: Twitter/ANI No complaint has been filed yet against Mehta’s wife for the accident.Narendra Mehta had gifted the orange coloured sports car to his wife Suman on her birthday on August 26.
LG has launched its latest smartphone in San Francisco, the V20. The phone comes packed with multimedia features and also happens to be the first phone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.LG V20 is the successor to V10 smartphone. The company has made changes in the way it looks, now it looks similar to LG’s modular phone G5. However, this one doesn’t have a modular design. LG has announced that the phone will first launch in Korea, followed by other regions. Earlier reports have suggested that it will launch in India by end of September or early October.Here’s everything you need to know about LG’s latest phone:Specifications:Processor: LG V20 runs on Qualcomm’s 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. The Snapdragon 820 supports X12LTE, which means it can offer 3X upload speed and 33 per cent faster download speeds compared to X10LTE.RAM: The phone is backed by a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM.Internal storage: LG V20 comes with 64GB internal storage, which is further expandable up to 2TB using a microSD card.Display: The phone sports 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The phone also features a secondary display on the top of the primary one. This secondary display shows notifications and alerts.Rear camera: LG V20 comes with a dual-camera setup on the back. It carries on 16-megapixel sensor for standard angle photography with F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation. The camera is accompanied by an 8-megapixel sensor that offers wide-angle with F2.4 aperture.advertisementFront camera: The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the front with F1.9 aperture. It is also capable of taking wide-angle photos.Software: LG V20 is the first phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, however, it has been modified by LG’s UX 5.0+ user interface.Battery: The phone has a 3200mAh removable battery.Also read: LG G5 review: Just another star in the galaxySpecial features:LG V20 is packed with a number of advanced multimedia features. The company says that the phone is capable of “delivering the highest multimedia capabilities available in a mobile device”. — LG has introduced Steady Record 2.0 with the V20 smartphone. Using this technology, the camera can record sharper video footage while neutralizing shaky images.– Hi-Fi video recording lets a user record better videos and manually control the audio settings to remove unwanted background noise.– The V20 features 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC which helps the phone deliver clearer sound by minimizing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 per cent. — LG V20 is also the first phone to come with Google’s In Apps feature. This feature helps users find content not only from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages and photos, but also from user-installed apps.– The phone is made of AL6013 metal, which is found in aircrafts, mountain bikes and sailboats. While the metal makes the phone lighter than its predecessor, it also makes it durable. The company says the phone is absorbs shock by more than 20 per cent compared to other materials.
He is at the prime of his career, has scored over 8,000 runs in 98 Tests for South Africa, more than 8,000 runs in 190 One-day Internationals and more than 40,000 runs overall. He’s been termed the “finest batsman of his generation” by Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, and yet the explosive A.B. de Villiers says the roar at the stadia during the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches makes him feel humble and privileged.”Above all, the chanting makes me feel humble and privileged and, of course, obliged to score some runs,” AB, 32, writes in his autobiography, which was released in Bengaluru on Thursday.”It is difficult for me to understand how someone from a relatively small town in rural South Africa can be so fortunate and so favoured that when he walks out to bat, or simply takes guard, in almost any cricket ground in India, he can be greeted by tens of thousands of happy people chanting his initials.”A-B-D! A-B-D! A-B-D!De Villiers and Kohli form the backbone of RCB’s batting lineup. (BCCI Photo)”I am not arrogant, big-headed or self-important. I am simply grateful to God for giving me the talent to entertain people, for giving me the skill to hit a cricket ball in a way that excites people. I have wondered about these events and arrived at the conclusion that it remains His talent and His skill effectively being manifested through me. I genuinely feel so blessed to be following the path He has chosen for me,” writes AB, South Africa’s Test and ODI captain who initially played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and now turns out for Royal Challengers Bangalore.advertisementAB’s was a transformation that started in 2007 — three years after his Test debut at age 20, two years after his ODI debut and a year after his T20I debut — when he realised that it wasn’t going to be enough for him to be just another run-of-the-mill international batsman with an average in the mid-30s.”I wanted to be much better than that. I didn’t say anything to anyone — there was no point boasting or bragging. But quietly and privately, I promised myself I would become the best batsman in the world. That was my goal. Nothing less would suffice. I believed I had the potential and I wanted to be No.1,” AB writes.HOW DID IT ALL UNRAVEL?”First, I needed to improve my batting technique, specifically to develop a correct and solid defence. Just playing strokes and attacking almost every delivery was not going to be enough.”Second, I needed to become more disciplined, more organised and more professional, on and off the field; I needed to create a trusted support system that would enable me to focus exclusively on the cricket. Living from match to match, from deal to deal, from party to party was not going to be enough,” AB writes.The upshot? At a private party during the fifth edition of the IPL in 2012, former West Indian great Vivian Richards took him aside and told him: “I’m serious, you’re changing the way this game is played. People used to say the same about me many years ago, but I am saying it to you now. You are taking cricket to a new level. Keep going.””Feeling overwhelmed, I thanked him and tried to change the subject,” AB writes.Such is the modesty of the man, the youngest of three talented, sports-mad brothers, who grew up in the town of Warmbad in Transvaal province and excelled in tennis, rugby and cricket.Little wonder that former Australian great Adam Gilchrist has termed AB as “the most valuable cricketer on the planet”.Given the churning in the cricketing world due to the increasing popularity of the two shorter formats and the proliferation of T20 Leagues, does he think Tests are in danger of dying out?TEST CRICKET IN SAFE HANDSAb de Villiers in action for RCB in the IPL.Certainly not. “There are plenty of knowledgeable people in the game who seriously doubt whether Test cricket will be played a decade or so from now. It may have been an epic Test at Wanderers (in October 2011 when Australia managed 310 in their second inning, a feat that had never been achieved at the ground and which their captain Michael Clarke described as “unbelievable”, to draw the series 1-1), as they would say, but the last day was played to an almost empty stadium and, ultimately, there will be no Tests if there is no crowd.advertisement”Personally, I am not overly concerned about the future of Test cricket. The commercial reality that ODIs and T20s draw large crowds and generate 95 per cent of the revenue is clear, but the popularity of limited-overs cricket does not mean there is no room for Tests, particularly when the entertainment remains as exceptional as it was at Wanderers (‘Four seasons of IPL cricket have not produced anything like this’, a journalist typed into his laptop), and when the longer format of the game continues to be enjoyed by a core audience.”Many people predicted the end of roast beef when hamburgers came on the market. Those fears were misplaced because, while the mass market loves the convenience of fast food, a significant core audience still cherishes the real thing.”In my view, Test cricket will continue to be played for many decades to come, played in daylight hours, played with a red ball and played in white clothing. It will continue because it remains the preferred format of a strong group of spectators whose numbers are not declining and whose passion is not diminishing. I count myself a member of this audience, and I will be watching Test cricket for many years after I stop playing,” AB writes.It’s this clarity of thought that makes AB’s autobiography such a riveting read.
“Aggressive intent” was the key behind India’s overwhelming success against New Zealand in the Test series and the hosts aim to continue playing the same brand of cricket in the upcoming five-match ODI series, middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane said here on Friday.India whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in the just-concluded Test series to claim the number one position in the ICC Test rankings and Rahane credits the success to aggressive intent.”I think discipline will be the key. The kind of cricket we played in the Test series, our intent was aggressive all the time. So here again our intent will be aggressive, play intensive cricket and play to our strength rather than focusing on opponent’s strengths and weaknesses,” Rahane told reporters at the HPCA stadium.He also said that gaining the momentum early on will be key in deciding the fate of the five-match series, which starts with the first ODI here on Sunday. (Also read: India start favourites, New Zealand eye redemption in ODI series)”I am really looking forward to the One-Day series, especially after the Test series. But again it is important to start fresh here. Momentum will be the key. Winning the first match will be very important to be in that momentum,” said the Mumbaikar, who is the vice-captain of the Test side.Asked how difficult it is for a cricketer to make adjustments from one format to the other in a short span of time, Rahane said: “I believe its completely mental adjustment because as a professional cricketer it is important for us to adjust to any format.advertisement”It is important how we adjust mentally. Getting used to the conditions will be a big factor and we are actually experienced in that. So we don’t think too much about the change in formats. It’s all about how you deal with certain situations and factors. Mental adjustment will be key in ODIs,” he said.India have rested three senior cricketers in Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja from the series, keeping in mind the long season ahead.With an aim to broaden the bench strength, the new selection committee, headed by MSK Prasad, have included a few youngsters – Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mandeep Singh and Manish Pandey – in the squad. (Also read: Suresh Raina ruled out of India’s first ODI against New Zealand)Rahane feels it is a welcome move by the selectors to give new guys opportunity at the highest level.”I am really excited about the new guys coming into the team. It’s really energising, everyone is looking in good shape. The guys have done pretty well in India A series and few guys did well in Ranji Trophy matches,” he said.”It’s all about giving the new guys confidence and opportunity at the highest level.”Rahane also refused to think too much ahead and preferred to concentrate on the task at hand.”As of now it is important for us to focus on this series rather than thinking about the Champions Trophy. It’s still a long way to go for the Champions Trophy. We will play one match at a time,” he said.Talking about his new role as vice-captain of the Test side, Rahane said he relishes the responsibility of Virat Kohli’s deputy. (Also read: Are we seeing a matured Virat Kohli mellowing down?)”I don’t believe in seniority or juniority. It’s all about learning at every step and giving inputs. I really learnt a lot as vice-captain.”On the field it is important for you to stay alert all the time because there are plenty of things going on in a captain’s mind. So as a vice-captain it is important to stay alert all the time and whatever inputs you have you pass it on to your captain,” he concluded.
NorthEast United FC kept their Indian Super League (ISL) football semi-final qualification hopes alive with a narrow 1-0 victory over FC Pune City here on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)NorthEast had gone six matches without a win, losing four of them.With just two points from their last six matches they were on the verge of exit until Ivory Coast midfielder Romaric scored from a stunning free-kick in the 81st minute here at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.The victory helped NorthEast accumulate 14 points from 11 matches and move to the sixth spot. With three matches still left to be played their coach Nelo Vingada will feel confident.Pune now have 15 points from 12 matches and will have to win their next two games to be assured of a place in the play-offs.The battle was a cagey affair particularly in the first session when neither team enjoyed clear cut chances.Pune’s Momar Ndoye was the only player who got a sighter at goal but could not beat goalkeeper Subrata Paul from a narrow angle.Pune’s midfielder Jonatan Lucca also missed a good chance from just outside the box when the ball fell for him nicely but he could only shoot waywardly with his left-foot.For NorthEast, there was hardly any chance of note with midfielder Katsumi Yusa’s attempt on goal which goalkeeper Edel Bete saved without much difficulty. It was their only shot on target in the first half.In the second session, Pune came out all guns blazing and were unlucky not to take the lead.advertisementIn the 69th minute, Lenny Rodrigues’ fierce shot from 35 yards beat goalkeeper Paul but bounced off the crossbar.Spanish midfielder Pitu then tried his luck after Izumi Arata had chested the ball down for him inside the penalty box but goalkeeper Paul measured up to the challenge with a one-handed reflex save.Surviving the onslaught, NorthEast scored the match in the 81st minute.The hosts won a free-kick just outside the box and Romaric stepped up to take it. The Ivory Cost midfielder used his left foot to devastating effect as his curling free-kick found the top corner of the net, past a diving Edel Bete.
WINNERS: BARCELONAThe summer window could not have gone much better for Barcelona, who successfully hijacked two transfers, as well as persuading Everton to take on most of their dead wood.While Inter should probably bear most of the blame for Arturo Vidal rocking up at Camp Nou given the way the Nerazzurri got distracted by the enticing prospect of signing Luka Modric from Real Madrid, the way in which Barcelona stole Malcom away from Roma undeniably killed off the Blaugrana’s ‘Mes que un club’ image once and for all. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Still, Ernesto Valverde will not mind. Malcom’s arrival has added further depth to Barca’s attacking department, while at the same time seemingly sparking Ousmane Dembele into life, while the veteran Vidal adds steel and experience to a midfield that will also benefit enormously from Arthur Melo’s finesse.Clement Lenglet has also arrived to strengthen the centre of defence and his €36 million (£32m/$42m) transfer was almost completely covered by the remarkable sale of Yerry Mina to Everton for a €30m (£27m/$35m), a staggering fee for a player who struggled horribly after arriving in Catalunya in January for just €12m (£11m/$14m).The Toffees also handed over €20m (£18m/$23m) for reserve left-back Lucas Digne, and €2.25m to take the confidence-sapped Andre Gomes on loan for a season.Sevilla stumped up an additional €8.5m (£8m/$10m) for Aleix Vidal, while Sassuolo paid an initial €6m (£5m/$7m) for Marlon, making this an incredibly lucrative summer for Barca, who needed to balance their books ahead of the commencement of the redevelopment of Camp Nou next year.Paco Alcacer’s departure for Dortmund leaves Barca without an obvious Luis Suarez understudy but, all in all, this is a deeper and better-balanced squad than the one that recorded a double last season.WINNERS: SERIE ALike millions of Serie A followers, Christian Vieri could not contain his excitement when it emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was actually on the verge of joining Juventus. “For Italian football, this would be like winning the lottery,” the former Inter striker enthused.Certainly, the financial benefits of Ronaldo’s arrival have, and are, already being felt, both in Turin and beyond. Juve’s shirt sales and share price have both sky-rocketed, while broadcasters across the globe have subsequently acquired the TV rights for Serie A just to see how the Portuguese performs.Perhaps even more significantly, CR7’s bold decision to ditch Madrid for Juve has even capture the imagination of the game’s greatest players. “I think Cristiano Ronaldo will change Italian football,” Neymar prophesised. “It will once again be the Italian football I watched as a child.”Serie A still has some way to go before it reclaims its status as the pinnacle of the footballing world, of course, but, as Fabio Capello pointed out, the league has undeniably been presented with an unexpected opportunity to relaunch itself.”TV rights and merchandising allowed England, Germany and Spain to overtake us, but with Cristiano Ronaldo we can try to lift our heads again,” the former AC Milan coach argued. “Certainly, Ronaldo alone is not enough. We need to have the strength and intelligence to exploit this Ronaldo stimulus to give a boost back to our football.”But Ronaldo’s arrival means that people are speaking about the Italian league again.”And that is a pretty fine start.WINNERS: LIVERPOOLWhen Liverpool broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper in July, just six months after breaking the transfer record for a defender, Jurgen Klopp was mocked in some circles over his previous comments on rivals essentially trying to buy success: “Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.”So, why then, did he sanction the acquisitions of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk for £56m ($73m) and £75m ($97m), respectively? For the same reason that he also paid a grand total of £57m (£74m) for Naby Keita, who also arrived this year – because Liverpool were short in quality in three key areas.And, as Klopp explained, “Quality costs a specific price.” And nobody is querying the size of those transfer fees now, with Liverpool having made a 100 per cent winning start to the 2018-19 season, and without conceding a single goal to sit top of the Premier League.The Reds finished fourth last season and reached the final of the Champions League with a top-heavy squad overly reliant on the brilliance of attacking trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane but with Alisson, Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri (who should allow Klopp to rotate his front three with greater regularity) now on board, they look a far more balanced outfit.Whether Liverpool will end up as champions of England remains to be seen but they are undoubtedly one of the winners of this summer’s transfer market. LOSERS: REAL MADRIDWhen Real Madrid fans saw Cristiano Ronaldo follow Zinedine Zidane out of the Santiago Bernabeu, they fully expected club president Florentino Perez to replace the Portuguese superstar with a marquee name. Thibaut Courtois has arrived from Chelsea but the Belgian hardly represents a significant upgrade on Keylor Navas, just named UEFA’s goalkeeper of the year and still in possession of a starting spot under new coach Julen Lopetegui, while Mateo Kovacic was allowed to move in the other direction.Luckily, Luka Modric was prevented from absconding to Inter but the wait went on for Perez’s late Galactico. But not one of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard or Harry Kane arrived in the Spanish capital.Instead, Real will begin their bid for a fourth successive Champions League with Mariano Diaz as their new No.7, the same Mariano Diaz that the Blancos had sold to Lyon a year ago for just €8m (£7m/$9m). Granted, the 25-year-old enjoyed a fine season in Ligue 1, netting 18 times in 34 appearances, but he was not the signing that the Real supporters wanted to see their side make before the close of the summer transfer window.In truth, Perez didn’t even want Mariano, at least not initially, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas: “Mariano said to me that he wished to go to Madrid and that is why he rejected the Sevilla offer. “I informed Florentino Perez but his response was that Mariano was not the player they were in the market for, before making the offer.”Real’s decision to hijack the move to Sevilla by enacting their buy-back clause, thus, smacks of desperation but it will do little to appease the fans, whose dissatisfaction with the club’s transfer dealings was one of the reasons why only 48,000 of them turned up for the Liga opener against Getafe – Real’s worst gate since their final fixture before Ronaldo’s arrival.His departure has now left a gaping void that has not yet been filled. Yes, there are reasons for optimism – Marco Asensio is an exceptional talent, while Gareth Bale is enjoying a sustained run of excellence and, more importantly, games – but Madrid’s squad is undoubtedly weaker than it was last season.The UEFA Super Cup has already been lost. One wonders if Madrid’s previously irresistible financial might is on the wane too.LOSER: JOSE MOURINHOIt was amusing to hear Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho demanding greater respect from reporters after Monday night’s 3-0 loss at home to Tottenham, given he has never had the courtesy to afford rivals or referees any throughout his coaching career.However, the Portuguese’s increasingly petulant and often downright bizarre behaviour is no laughing matter at Old Trafford, where chaos and confusion reigns, on and off the field.The reason for Mourinho’s discontent is, of course, Ed Woodward’s refusal to sign a centre-half during the summer transfer window and he certainly has grounds for complaint if United’s executive vice-chairman did indeed counter by claiming that there were no centre-halves out there better than United’s current crop of calamities. Indeed, Mourinho’s team selection for the shambolic showing against Spurs – deploying midfielder Ander Herrera on the right-hand side of a previously untested back three – appeared like a pointed message to the board: “Look what I’ve had to resort to!” However, the inconvenient truth for Mourinho is that he had nobody but himself to blame for the shambolic showing against Spurs, with the hapless Herrara ultimately exposed in an unfamiliar position. It cannot be forgotten either that it was Mourinho who pushed for the arrivals of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, both of whom had been dropped after their dismal displays at Brighton the previous weekend.In essence, he has stripped innumerable players of confidence with his repeated and rash chopping and changing.That his side’s defensive frailties were brutally exploited by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team only cast Mourinho’s moaning in a more unfavourable light, given the Argentine’s squad hadn’t been strengthened by a single summer signing.It has been suggested that Woodward has unwittingly given Mourinho a way to explain his failure at Old Trafford, should he be eventually dismissed. But the fact of the matter is that the summer window, and indeed this whole affair, has merely exposed Mourinho’s inability to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal, and his reliance on ready-made solutions to solve problems he himself has created.LOSER: JOAO MARIOWhen several members of Portugal’s Sporting CP contingent terminated their contracts with the club this summer, Inter’s Joao Mario was quick to publicly advise them against even considering a switch to Serie A.The midfielder’s stance was hardly surprising. Joao Mario has endured a torrid spell at San Siro; so difficult, in fact, that he was even willing to join West Ham on loan for the second half of last season.Things didn’t go much better for him in London, however, and a permanent move never materialised.It was still expected that Inter would be able to find a buyer for a man who represented the Seleccao at the 2018 World Cup and Seville looked like the most likely destination until Betis decided to pursue Giovani Lo Celso instead.As a result, Joao Mario is still stuck at Inter, where he has been repeatedly booed by his own club’s supporters, and where he has yet to see a minute of Serie A game time so far this season.Indeed, it’s likely his only run-outs will come in the Coppa Italia, as the €40m (£36m/$46m) man is certain to be left out of Luciano Spalletti’s Champions League squad because Inter are only allowed to register 22 players for this season’s competition after falling foul of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.All in all, it’s going to be another miserable season in Serie A for Joao Mario.
Real Madrid’s scoring woes are now the worst they’ve been in over three decades after failing to find the net against Deportivo Alaves.Manu Garcia’s 95th minute winner saw the hosts come away with a 1-0 victory over the reigning European champions, one that actually brings them level to Real Madrid on 14 points in the Liga table.Not even the return of Gareth Bale to the line-up after missing against CSKA Moscow midweek and coming off early against Atletico was enough to break the recent string of struggles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The reigning European Champions began the season well enough, with victories in their first three league contests this season, scoring 10 goals in the process.While a draw against Athletic Bilbao was their first setback of the campaign, subsequent victories against Roma and Espanyol set Real off to a fine start under Julen Lopetegui.But the success in front of goal that was present in four of the club’s first five games of the season has evaporated in recent weeks.Real Madrid have not scored since that victory over Espanyol, having been kept off the board in four straight contests.Over that span, Madrid have lost 3-0 to Sevilla and held city rivals Atletico to a scoreless draw, following those results with a pair of 1-0 losses on the road to CSKA Moscow and Alaves.That is the longest goalless streak the club have endured since April 1985, when they could not find the net in five straight. 1985 – Real Madrid have failed to score in four consecutive games in all competitions for the first time since April 1985 (five), their worst run ever. Drought pic.twitter.com/Hrej7ojkM4— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 6, 2018Not a single player on the Madrid team for the match was alive when the club went through that poor run, with the oldest, Luka Modric, born in September 1985. The silver lining for Madrid is that three of those contests were on the road and the one home fixture was against Diego Simeone’s stingy Atletico side.After the international break, Madrid will return home and look to avoid equaling the 1985 side by finally breaking through when they get to face Levante.
Martin Odegaard remains determined to break into Real Madrid’s first team and sees his time on loan at Vitesse as a big step towards achieving his goal.For a player once regarded as a potential superstar and courted by Europe’s most successful sides, the hype surrounding Odegaard has died down since he joined Madrid at 16 years old.Now 19, the midfielder has spent almost two years in the Eredivisie, having joined Vitesse in the summer after an 18-month spell with Heerenveen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A regular starter for Leonid Slutsky’s team, he has two goals and an assist from 11 appearances in all competitions, and feels he is on the right track to reach the top of the game.”I am satisfied, I’m finding my way more and more here [at Vitesse],” he told Voetbal International . “Recently, I finally scored. against Heracles. With that, there was a burden lifted off my shoulders. One of my goals is to get better statistics in goals and assists.”I have to play and learn as much as possible. Of course, I hoped that I would have a place in Real’s team. I was training all summer long and got some minutes in the first team. At the end of the summer, the club and I decided that it would be better for me to play elsewhere. That would be the best choice for my own development. Then you are looking for the best conditions for yourself. After the conversation with this coach [Slutsky], I knew it would be Arnhem.”He added: “You have to be modest and keep your goal in mind. How many 19-year-olds play in the first team of Madrid? The road is long and I am convinced of myself.”Work hard, learn more in every game and make more minutes. My goal is clear: I want to play for Real Madrid. I do everything for that. My contract has already been renewed. I take that as a sign of trust. Vitesse is absolutely no step back, it is a step forward towards the top.”Odegaard scored a free-kick last week against Utrecht for his first Eredivisie goal of the season, and he expects to improve his efficiency as he matures.”I am only 19, but I have been playing professional football for five years,” he said. “Then I can expect that I will dare to be more dominant.”I understand better what this team wants, what the coach wants and how we enjoy working. I feel I have come to the perfect place to take the next step. But it is first about the team. If I am important to that, then I will also do well. The free-kick was a great reward, but I will think longer about the missed opportunity after that.”
A 22-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a bat during a friendly cricket match in Bahadurpura district of Hyderabad.Victim Abdul Wajeed was playing cricket at Mir Alam Idgah on Sunday, when he got injured.According to Bahadurpura Police Station inspector, Wajeed was fielding at the pitch when he was accidentally hit with a bat by a batsman.Soon after the incident, Wajeed was taken to a state-run hospital, where he died today.
Kolkata, May 24 (PTI) Mohun Bagan today said that they would not submit the bid document unless their three demands are met in order to be inducted into the Indian Super League. The last years I-League champions collected the Invitation To Bid document on the last day and tomorrow is the deadline to submit it. “The Indian constitution has been amended many times after its formation, and similarly here, the dates for a private organisation can also be changed,” Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra said, taking a dig at Football Sports Development Limited, a subsidiary of IMG-Reliance that runs the ISL. “We did not want to give any scope to IMG-R who cannot deny that we have not bought the documents. The date of submission of the bid documents is not a factor to us,” Mitra said after their executive committee meeting. East Bengal are expected to follow suit as the Maidan heavyweights were bolstered by the backing of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “We are extremely grateful to the chief minister. We have already sent her a letter to show our gratitude,” Mitra said as Mamata had asked them to not bow down under pressure. The two clubs main demand is the waiver of franchise fee of Rs 15 crore. “Apart from this we also need the money of the central pool and would like to play the tournament in Kolkata. These three demands have been brought up in our executive meeting today and has been agreed by all the officials of the club.” Throwing an open challenge to the ISL organisers, finance secretary Debasish Dutta said: “The revolt has already started and would spread all over Bengal. We would like to see how well the tournament progresses if the two most popular teams of the state, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, are not allowed to participate.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisement
Berlin, May 30 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised Germanys investment in its youth and promoting a sporting culture in the country, pointing out that its football league Bundesliga has a huge following in India.Modi said India wants to enhance cooperation with Germany to replicate the success achieved by the key European nation.”Very few people would know that Bundesliga has a widespread following in India,” he said in his speech after India and Germany signed 12 MoUs and agreements covering diverse sectors, including youth development and vocational training.Germanys Bundesliga is one of the top association football leagues in Europe, and the football league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide.Germany over the years has made immense investment in its youth system, producing some of the worlds best football players. The countrys focus on promoting a sporting culture has made the German national side one of the most successful teams at international footballing competitions.They have won a total of four World Cups – in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 – and three European Championships – in 1972, 1980, 1996.This year, the FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled in India in October and the final will be played in Kolkata. As hosts, India will feature in the 24-team event, which will be the first time an Indian team will participate in a FIFA tournament. PTI ABH AKJ ABH
SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi will face the ‘Ravishing Russian’ Lana at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on June 18 in St. Louis, Missourie.Last night SmackDown begun with Shane McMahon introducing the Money in the Bank briefcase for women’s division, for the first time in the history of the WWE.He was explaining how, like in the men’s counterpart, there is a contract inside the briefcase which guarantees the winner a SmackDown Women’s Championship title shot at any time and any place.With great RISK, comes great REWARD! @ShaneMcMahon has revealed the FIRST-EVER WOMEN’S #MITB briefcase!!! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/9YjKJGjTgO- WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2017At which point, SmackDown Women’s Champion said she is fearless and will be up for the challenge, before being interrupted by Lana, who made her first appearance for the Blue brand since the shake-up. The ‘Ravishing Russian’ demanded entry in the ladder match at Money in the Bank event, but was denied by Shane.Naomi questioned her credentials as a WWE wrestler, pointing out the fact that she hasn’t even fought in a singles match.UP NEXT: There will be HUGE #MITB implications as these six women compete in a huge tag team match on #SDLive! pic.twitter.com/r0bkXafsBf- WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2017Upon being informed that she needs to EARN a #SDLive #WomensChampionship opportunity, @LanaWWE is….not pleased. pic.twitter.com/l4il1lqBQm- WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 7, 2017Later in the night Naomi, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte competed in a six-woman tag team match, in which Lana again came, disrupting the game by taking out Naomi’s leg as she stood on the edge of the ring when the referee wasn’t paying attention.advertisementWAIT A MINUTE! What is @LanaWWE thinking?! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/ZTjvQFdsY1- WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 7, 2017Naomi asked Shane for a match against Lana at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, later on that night.Lana also appeared on the post SmackDown talk show, ‘Talking Smack’, saying she will prove all her doubters wrong.”I am from a small village in Russia. Yes I said it is pathetic as there were ten thousand people living in my village where I was told that I would not be anything and I would never even leave my village. I crossed the ocean and look at me now, ‘the most ravishing WWE superstar of all time’. For people to doubt me. People have told me many times in my life that I will never be anything, I will never be a star. I believe in myself and I will prove you (Shane McMahon) wrong,” she said. .@LanaWWE looks to prove the doubters WRONG when she challenges @NaomiWWE for the #SDLive #WomensTitle at #MITB! #TalkingSmack pic.twitter.com/prXsuBeP5l- WWE (@WWE) June 7, 2017
Former England batsman Ian Bell believes the Eoin Morgan-led side, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy after their thumping win over New Zealand, are yet to play their best in the competition.”The exciting thing about this England team is that it hasn’t played its best game yet. That’s still to come. And the best teams save their best games for when they really matter,” Bell wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.Strong bowling performances from pacers Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball helped England register an emphatic 87-run victory over the Black Caps in their second Group A match of the Champions Trophy at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.Chasing a target of 311, the Black Caps were bundled out for 223 runs in just 44.3 overs. None of the Kiwi batters, expect skipper Kane Williamson, could stay long at the crease.For England, Plunkett was pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-55 besides Man-of-the-Match Ball who gave away just 31 runs in the eight overs he bowled and picked up two wickets.Spinner Adil Rashid, who came into the side as Chris Woakes’ replacement also came out with a good bowling performance and picked up two crucial wickets apart from drying the runs for the New Zealand batters.”Jake Ball gave England the best possible start with that early power play wicket, doing his job perfectly, and was given Player of the Match for some terrific bowling, but my pick of the bowlers was Liam Plunkett again,” said Bell.advertisement”Another four-wicket haul to his name will give him massive confidence and so it should. He’s playing fantastically. On a personal note, I’m over the moon for him. Since he’s been back in this team he’s shown everyone just what ability he has.””He’s been around the set-up for so long and I’m thrilled to see him producing the goods. Liam is a wicket-taker, pure and simple. And that’s exactly what you need in 50-over cricket. It’s not about preventing runs anymore, it’s about going out on the attack and making things happen. He does that,” he added.Earlier, put into bat, the Eoin Morgan-led side posted a decent total of 310, courtesy some blistering half centuries from Alex Hales (56), Joe Root (64) and Jos Buttler (61). All-rounder Ben Stokes also played a useful hand of 48 to help his side cross the 300 mark.”As a former England opener, I know just how much pressure Jason Roy will be under and all I can do is reiterate what I said before. I really hope England do what Eoin Morgan says they’ll do and back their man. He deserves to be given time to get his game back to where we all know it can be. And with the team winning, it’s the perfect opportunity to,” said Bell.The former England opener termed England’s Tuesday’s win as complete team win.”In many ways England’s 87-run victory was a complete team win, with the batsmen all largely contributing and all of our bowlers sharing the wickets.I don’t think it’s unfair of me to say a margin of victory like that can be considered a bit of a hammering and England will take massive confidence by booking itself a place in the 14 June semi-final in Cardiff after just two games.””It wasn’t flashy, we didn’t see a lot of the explosive hitting which has made this team so popular over the last couple of years, but what we did see was a real collective effort to contribute to what ultimately was a very, very impressive victory,” he added.England play their last group match against Australia, which would be a do-or-die match for the Steve Smith-led side, on June 10.
security firm: reportLondon, Jun 11 (PTI) Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram Butt, the London Bridge attack ringleader, had been trying to get a job with a security firm that provides stewards for Wimbledon and other sporting events, raising concerns whether he had considered targeting the prestigious tennis tournament.Security services and counter-terrorism police are now investigating 27-year-old Butts motive in trying to get the job with the security company, the Telegraph reported today.Citing well-placed sources, the paper said that Butt had set up the job interview with the security firm that supplies safety stewards to Wimbledon and to Premier League football clubs. The interview was scheduled to take place at the end of this month.”One possibility is Butt had considered targeting the tennis tournament but decided to speed up the plot, following the Manchester Arena bombing, and switched the attack to London Bridge,” the paper said.Butt had previously worked for six months on the London Underground until quitting in October.Although he was under lowlevel investigation by MI5 and counterterrorism police, Butt was able to get a job working at Westminster station because employers are not made aware of security services concerns when performing criminal records checks, the paper said.”The security firm would check his background but it does not have access to the police watch list or have knowledge of any MI5 investigation. There would have been no reason for him not to get the job. Butt could not only have caused serious damage but potentially helped other terrorists to get into one of these events,” the paper said, quoting a source close to the intelligence services.advertisementButt and his aides Moroccan-origin Rachid Redouane and Moroccon-Italian Yousef Zaghba rammed a high-speed van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers at the nearby Borough Market, killing eight people before being shot dead by armed police officers last week.Scotland Yard last night released photographs of the fake suicide belts Butt, Redouane and Zaghba wore during the attack.The trio had attached water bottles to leather belts and covered them in silver masking tape. The belts were still being worn by them when they were shot dead by armed officers.”It is hard to speculate what the motive was for wearing the belts. It could be that they had plans to take the attack in to a siege situation or it might be that they saw it as protection from being shot themselves,” said Commander Dean Haydon, who is leading the investigation. PTI ZH AKJ ZH
New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) As many as 10,000 people are expected do yoga with Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt Gov. Anil Baijal and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the International Yoga Day in the national capital.The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be organising the Delhi edition of the International Yoga Day (IYD) at the Connaught Place, its six radials and inner circles, and at the citys three gardens–Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Childrens Park at India Gate.”About 10,000 participants will be performing the common Yoga protocol. The programme will start at 6 am and Yoga protocol by the participants will go on from 7 am to 7:45 am,” NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar told reporters.”Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be the chief guest while sports minister Vijay Goel, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal and New Delhi MP Meenakashi Lekhi will be among the other guests taking part in the event,” he added.The diplomats of various countries would be participating in the programme at Nehru Park, he said.Volunteers from organisations like Patanjali Yoga Peetha, Art of Living, Maa Shakti, Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya, Gayatri Pariwar, Moraji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), the Delhi Police, the NDMC, the CISF, the CRPF, the BSF, the ITBP, the Walking Volunteers, general public, VVIPs and VIPs would perform yoga on the occasion.”The vehicular traffic in Connaught Places inner circle will be closed from today 11 pm till 11:30 am of June 21 for preparations and arrangements and organising the event.advertisement”Shops and pedestrian traffic, however, will remain open but parking lots in the inner circle will be available,” the NDMC chairman said.On Prime Minister Narendra Modis call, the UN General Assembly declared in December 2014 that June 21 would be observed as International Yoga Day every year.This year, Lucknow will be hosting the main event in which the PM and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be participating, along with around 55,000 people.The first Yoga Day celebration in the country was organised at the Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015, in which representatives of 191 countries had participated. PTI GJS SMJ
LA Galaxy have signed Mexico midfielder Jonathan dos Santos from Spain’s Villarreal in a bid to turn around their season, the Major League Soccer club said on Thursday.Dos Santos, who represented Mexico at the Confederations Cup, will begin training with the Galaxy on Friday before being unveiled at a media conference.”His signing will significantly improve our team as we continue to push for the playoffs and, ultimately, a sixth MLS Cup,” LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said in a statement.”We believe Jonathan will be a leader during the second half of this season and for years to come. We look forward to him joining our squad.”The move reunites Dos Santos, 27, with his older brother Giovani dos Santos, who joined the Galaxy in July, 2015, also from Villarreal.Jonathan dos Santos will not be available when the Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders on Saturday since he will only be officially added to the roster pending the receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.He was named in the Confederations Cup’s ‘Best XI’ after starting in four games and helping his country reach the semi-finals.The midfielder began his career with Barcelona in 2009 before joining Villarreal, where he has made nearly 90 league appearances and scored four goals since 2014.Internationally, Dos Santos has made 29 appearances across all competitions for Mexico.He joins his brother and Frenchman Romain Alessandrini as Galaxy’s third designated player.MLS clubs are allowed three designated players whose total compensation and acquisition costs exceed the usual budget limits.advertisementLos Angeles are sitting in ninth place in the 11-team Western Conference, five points removed from the sixth and final playoff spot, with 14 games remaining.
Virat Kohli last week became the first captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka. India’s innings and 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo helped India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.India’s majestic win in Colombo also made them the most successful team to tour Sri Lanka since 2014. It was India’s fourth victory in five matches. Pakistan remain the second best team with two victories in five Tests.In these three years, Sri Lanka have hosted 18 Tests and interestingly, all of them have yielded results. Sri Lanka have won 11 while Bangladesh have been the only other team to have won a Test.The island nation has meanwhile whitewashed Pakistan (2-0), West Indies (2-0), Australia (3-0) and Zimbabwe (1-0)during these three years.Kohli now aims to become the first Indian captain to sweep a Test series in Sri Lanka. Mohammad Azharuddin had achieved the feat but at home in 1994.Kohli extended his dream run as captain to eighth consecutive Test series victory when India won the Colombo Test on Sunday.Kohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning eight consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years, India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli surpassed Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India destroyed hosts Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Ricky Ponting holds the record with nine series victories in a row.advertisementKohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 28 Tests, Kohli has registered 18 wins, three losses and six draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just four away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of Test 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).India had scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan smashing a career-best 190 with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.Abhinav Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103.At No.3 the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle, notched up his 13th century in his landmark 50th Test.Spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a five-wicket haul each in the second match. Jadeja will miss the third and final Test after he was suspended by the ICC for dangerously throwing the ball at Sri Lanka’s nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara.
Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier men’s singles final between Kidambi Srikanth and Lee Hyun Il ok Korea.21.46 IST: Kidambi Srikanth thrashes Lee Hyun Il of Korea 21-10, 21-5 to clinch his maiden Denmark Open Super Series Premier title5th Superseries title for Srikanth Kidambi.His third Superseries title this year. His astounding run of form continues. #DenmarkSSP pic.twitter.com/0ujd58Nto7- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 22, 201721.41 IST: Srikanth is absolutely running away with the game, leads 15-3.21.40 IST: Good defensive show from Lee Hyun Il earns him a point. Srikanth still leads 12-3.21.38 IST: It has been a one-way traffic! Srikanth leads 11-1 at the break.21.35 IST: Srikanth has opened an early 5-1 lead in the second game.Good start for Srikanth Kidambi in #DenmarkSSP final. Wins the first game quite easily. 21-10 against Lee Hyun.- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 22, 201721.32 IST: Srikanth has closed down the first game 21-10 in just 12 minutes. A very calm display by the 24-year-old.Photo Credit: Kidambi Srikanth Twitter 21.30 IST: Kidambi plays a beautiful cross-court shot at the back court and extends his lead to 17-8.21.28 IST: Jump and smash! Brilliant accuracy from Srikanth and he maintains the lead at 12-7.21.26 IST: Srikanth is showing some exquisite net play here. He takes a massive 11-6 lead at the break.21.25 IST: Beauty of a net drop from Srikanth! He leads 8-5.21.22 IST: From being 1-3 down, Srikanth wins three points on the trot to lead 4-3.21.21 IST: Hyun Il takes the first two points of the match but with his trademark jump-smash, Srikanth makes it 1-2.advertisement21.20 IST: Srikanth begin the proceedings.21.18 IST: This is the first meeting between Srikanth and Lee Hyun Il.21.16 IST: Kidambi Srikanth has made his way to the court.21.02 IST: Kidambi Srikanth up next! World champions Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan of China have defeated Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamulyo 21-16, 20-22, 21-19 to win the men’s doubles title at Denmark Open Super Series Premier.20.50 IST: The men’s doubles is currently locked at 1-1 and we’re halfway through the final game. Srikanth is up after this!20.45 IST: Srikanth will be looking to win the third Super Series Premier title of his year. The other two he has won are China (2014) and Indonesia Open Super Series Premier (2017).20.31 IST: In the doubles category of Denmark Open, Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of Korea won the women’s doubles title and Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong lifted the mixed doubles title.Photo Credit: BWF 20.26 IST: Earlier in the day, Ratchanok Intanon came from behind to beat defending champion Akane Yamaguchi 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 in the women’s singles final to lift her maiden Denmark Open Super Series Premier title.Photo Credit: BWF Good straight sets win today and very happy with my performance. Excited to get back on court tomorrow. #denmarkopen #believe #achieve pic.twitter.com/U7CdxnTg0v- Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 21, 2017Brief Preview:Kidambi Srikanth is eyeing his third Super Series title of the year as he takes on Korea’s Lee Hyun Il in the men’s singles final of Denmark Open Super Series Premier on Sunday.On the way to the final , Srikanth has spent 240 minutes on the court, the longest of which was a one hour 51 minutes pre-quarterfinal 21-13, 8-21, 21-18 win against Jeon Hyeok Jin of Korea.In the quarter-final, the 24-year-old came from behind to beat world champion Viktor Axelsen 14-21, 22-20, 21-7 in 55 minutes.In the semi-final, Srikanth needed a mere 39 minutes to beat Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-18, 21-17.Earlier in the year, Srikanth reached three straight Super Series final in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. He became the first male Indian to win back-to-back Super Series title when he won the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series.The Guntur shuttler has won a total of four Super Series titles in his career — China Open in 2014, 2015 India Open and Indonesia and Australian Open in 2017.