Industrialist Mukesh Ambani and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan were spotted in the stands during the World Cup 2018.The duo were present in the St. Petersburg stadium for the first semi-final between France and Belgium.Ambani was joined by wife Nita Ambani and younger son Anant Ambani, while Abhishek Bachchan watched the match with his father Amitabh.The picture of Mukesh and Nita was shared on Instagram by the official account of Indian Super League. It was captioned: “Football Sports Development Limited Chairperson, Mrs. Nita Ambani and Mr. Mukesh Ambani watching the France v Belgium semi-final in Russia and hoping to see India in a future FIFA World Cup.”FSD Ltd operates ISL in India.Abhishek also shared a picture with Amitabh on his Instagram account.Samuel Umtiti’s lone goal helped France beat Begium 1-0 as they reached the final of the tournamnet.Didier Deschamps’ side will face Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIn an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti’s near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.Having gained the lead, France showed the defensive nous to nullify the threat from Belgium’s Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne, closing out the game for a win that sent them to their second straight major tournament final, following their loss to Portugal in Euro 2016.READ – Paul Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai playersIn the second semi-final, an extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic gave Croatia a 2-1 win over England.Ivan Perisic headed the ball into the area, the England defence hesitated and Mandzukic drove his finish past keeper Jordan Pickford with 11 minutes of extra time left to earn them a place in Sunday’s final against France.England got off to a flying start when Kieran Trippier curled in a free kick after five minutes to put them ahead and they looked more dangerous throughout the first half.Croatia took control after halftime and hit back when Perisic got in front of his marker to flick in a high cross from Sime Vrsaljko in the 68th minute.(With Reuters inputs)
A galaxy of stars descended upon the Luzhniki Stadium for the final showdown between France and Croatia in Moscow on Sunday.As France bid for their second World Cup title and Croatia their first, celebrities from the world of sports and politics gathered to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.The likes of Usain Bolt, Sourav Ganguly and Conor McGregor, Lilian Thuram and Philipp Lahm were among the ones, who were seen in the stands for the blockbuster clash. Lahm and Ronaldinho were also part of the closing ceremony in Moscow. While Lahm carried the trophy to the ground, the Brazilian was seen performing during the opening ceremony.President of France Emmanuel Macron, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic were all smiles and exchanging handshakes before kick-off.Moscow pic.twitter.com/3nSxRxzupvSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) July 15, 2018 Conor McGregor had showed his support for France on Instagram (Reuters Photo) Philipp Lahm and Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova during the presentation of the World Cup trophy (Reuters Photo) From left to right: Emmanuel Macron, Gianni Infantino, Vladimir Putin and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic before the match (Reuters Photo)They were treated to a colourful closing ceremony headlined by Hollywood star Will Smith, who performed along with Nicky Jam and Kosovian artist Era Istrefi.The artists performed the tournament’s official song, “Live it Up” in front of a jam-packed stadium.As Smith performed at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giant screens laid out on the pitch showed images of soccer players and the colours of the Croatian and French flags – the two teams who face each other in the final.advertisementIn the final sequence of the ceremony, Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina performed Russian folk song “Kalinka” accompanied by bagpipes, a children’s choir, and a percussion section.That section featured a guest performer: Ronaldinho, who for a few bars of the song hammered out the rhythm on an African drum. Will Smith, Nicky Jam, and Era Istrefi perform during the closing ceremony (Reuters Photo) Ronaldinho and performing during the closing ceremony before the match (Reuters Photo)The tournament kicked-off on June 14 with the opening ceremony where English pop singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina had performed.France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.Croatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.This time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.However, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.Deschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.(With inputs from agenices)
Managing Director and CEO of Triumph Motorcycles India, Vimal Sumbly has resigned. Sumbly was responsible for setting up and developing the presence of the British motorcycling marquee in the Indian motorcycle market. Sumbly will be succeeded by Shoeb Farooq who has been responsible for leading Triumph sales and dealer development with Sumbly at the helm. Vimal Sumbly has been responsible for Triumph’s operations in India since the British brand made an appearance in the Indian market, making it grow to become the second largest premium motorcycling brand in India after American motorcycling giant, Harley-Davidson.As of now, there has been no confirmation on where Vimal Sumbly is headed to next. But there has been wide speculations that Sumbly will be taking over Harley-Davidson’s India operations. Harley-Davidson recently made public its forthcoming strategy for the Indian and global market as well.The American motorcycle manufacturer showcased three new upcoming models for the year 2020 which includes an adventure category motorcycle, and naked sports motorcycle as well. Harley-Davidson also announced that they will be venturing into the market of premium electric motorcycles with the announcement of their next-generation electric motorcycles.Another major announcement from the American motorcycling major is their upcoming foray into the 250-500cc segment to take on the affordable premium motorcycling segment which has found a new growth spectrum in the Indian market with collaboration from a regional partner which has got comprehensive manufacturing and development capability.With Vimal Sumbly possibly at the helm of Harley-Davidson’s India operations, it will be a treat to see the heights the company achieves.advertisement
Tennis star Ankita Raina confirmed another medal for India in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games after reaching the semi-finals of women’s singles on Wednesday.1-4 down in the first stage, Ankita came back aggressively and won the first set against Eudice Chong 6-4 and then swept aside the tennis player from Hong Kong in the second 6-1 in the quarter-final match in Palembang.Ankita, India’s top ranked women’s singles player, assured India of their third-ever medal at the Asian Games in tennis in women’s singles event.She won the first set in 54 minutes and took only 27 minutes to claim the second set.Raina came back from behind to take the first set 6-4 against Chong of Hong Kong. Raina was trailing 0-3 and 1-4 at the beginning of the match before staging a comeback.Raina thus assured herself of at least a bronze medalBHAKER, RAHI IN 25M PISTOL FINALIndia’s women shooters Manu Bhaker and Rahi Sarnobat entered the finals of the 25m pistol competition at the 18th Asian Games.Manu, 16, topped the qualifying round with a Games record score of 593, while Rahi was seventh with 580 points.Manu got 297 points in the three-series precision round, with scores of 99, 98 and 100 respectively. She scored 296 in the three-series rapid round, with scores of 100, 97 and 99 respectively.Manu’s total of 593 was eight points ahead of second best performer, South Korean Minjung Kim.Thailand’s Yangpaiboon Naphaswan, who shot 585.Rahi shot 97, 95, 96 for a total of 288 in the precision round. In the rapid round, she posted scores of 98, 96, 98 for a total of 292.advertisement
The Maharashtra government has decided to provide 600 grams of skimmed milk powder as health supplement to each primary school student for three months as part of a pilot project.A government resolution issued on August 23 by the School Education and Sports department stated that each student of class 1-8 would be given three packets, of 200 grams each, of skimmed milk powder over three months.More about the skimmed milk powder pilot projectThe state government had announced the inclusion of milk or milk powder in the school nutrition scheme in the Legislative Assembly on July 10.The resolution, according to PTI, says that a committee headed by the additional chief secretary of the school’s education department will monitor the scheme while the director of primary education dept would be the coordinating officer.Also read: The teacher-student ratio in Maharashtra just got worse: 1 teacher left for 27 studentsThe project would, however, not include schools in Mumbai as they are already covered by a Central government nutrition programme, as per the resolution.The govt resolution further noted that the pilot project was decided upon after observing the surplus production of milk in Maharashtra.Skimmed milk powder distribution dayIt said that schools will give out these packets in the presence of the management committee on a designated day called “skimmed milk powder distribution day”.On this day, schools are also expected to teach parents how to make milk out of the skimmed powder so that they can feed it to their children.How many children will benefit from the scheme?As per the Economic Survey of Maharashtra for 2017-18, the state has 1.18 crore students studying in 1,06,527 primary schools (class 1-8).advertisementInspired by Ksheera Bhagya Yojana, KarnatakaMaharashtra’s state government had studied the “Ksheera Bhagya Yojana” in neighbouring Karnataka, from which it got inspired. Siddaramaiah feeds a glass of milk to a government school child under the Ksheera Bhagya Yojana.The Ksheera Bhagya is a programme of distributing milk to school and anganawadi children by the Karnataka government in collaboration with dairy unions and the state’s Department of Primary and Secondary Education and Department of Women and Child Development.Also read: Bengaluru: 35 students fall sick after consuming ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme milk
Washington , Sep 21 (AP) For the first time since 2005, the US Army missed its recruiting goal this year, falling short by about 6,500 soldiers, despite pouring an extra USD 200 million into bonuses and approving some additional waivers for bad conduct or health issues. Army leaders said they signed up about 70,000 new active duty recruits in the fiscal year that ends September 30 well short of the 76,500 they needed. The Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all met their recruiting goals for 2018. The Army’s shortfall, said Maj. Gen. Joe Calloway, was fuelled by the strong American economy and increased competition from private sector employers who can pay more. But the failure has triggered an overhaul in Army recruiting, including an increase in recruiters, expanded marketing and a new effort to reach out to young, potential recruits through popular online gaming. “We obviously thought we would do better than that,” said Calloway, director of military personnel management for the Army, when asked about the recruiting gap in an Associated Press interview. He said there were several thousand permanent legal residents seeking to enlist, but they did not get through the screening process in time. And, he said that in the last three years Army recruiters have brought in 3,000-5,000 more enlistees than planned during the last three months of the fiscal year “There was hope that they would be able to do the same thing this year,” he said. “That did not pan out.” The recruiting struggles come at the end of a tumultuous year for the Army, which faced questions from Congress over its expanded use of waivers for recruits with previous marijuana use, bad conduct and some health problems.advertisement The debate prompted the Army to cut back on some waivers and require higher level officers to approve ones involving drug use and some health and conduct issues. Top Army leaders have repeatedly said they are not lowering standards to meet higher recruiting goals. But they have faced skepticism from Congress, amid concerns the service would repeat mistakes made during the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars more than a decade ago when it rushed to add soldiers to the ranks to meet deployment needs. At that time, the Army brought in more recruits with misconduct waivers, triggering discipline and other problems. The Army is on track to grow to 483,000, triggering increased recruiting goals. Initially the Army was supposed to recruit 80,000 this year, but that was cut to 76,500 in April, as more serving soldiers re-enlisted. Military recruiters have struggled to compete in a growing U.S. economy, with low unemployment rates and private companies paying more to graduating seniors. Only about 30 per cent of 17- to 24-year-olds meet the physical, mental and moral requirements for the military, and only one in eight are interested in serving. Finding those few is a challenge. Calloway and Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, head of Army Recruiting Command, said fewer potential recruits or their families answer the phone in these digital days. When recruiters call a parent or other adult, “nobody wants to talk to us,” Muth said. “If we do get ahold of a potential recruit, they actually don’t want to talk to you on the phone, what they want to do is meet you online first in some type of digital format and then, if they agree to meet with you, you can get the phone call.” So, Muth said Army recruiting is moving deeper into the online world. That will include sending teams of recruiters into CrossFit sports competitions and popular gaming contests such as Ultimate Fighter, Madden Football or the addictive Fortnite: Battle Royale, an online survival game.Muth said an Army recruiter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who has a high ranking on Ultimate Fighter, served as an emcee at a recent tournament. He said the soldier was in uniform and was able to talk about his Army job while on air. “We reached 2.4 million people over one hour, and he was able to get the message out,” said Muth. The goal, he said, is to have recruiters in uniform playing the games in tournaments, reaching out to their target audience. The soldiers will be restricted on the games they will be able to play, and there will be oversight by senior officers. In addition, he said the Army’s Golden Knights parachute demonstration team, the Marksmanship Unit and other similar teams that travel the country will now be used mainly as recruiting tools. “When these games or these events occur, the focus and the number one priority is recruitment and prospecting and getting leads,” said Muth.advertisement The immersion into gaming is reflective of a larger online presence that recruiters will use to find and reach recruits. Muth said they will now use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch on their government phones to speak online with young people. He said if a recruiter visits a high school and a student “likes” the local recruiting Facebook page, the soldier can follow up and message the student to see if they are interested in the Army. It’s too soon to tell if any of the new online maneuvers are working. Muth said the first quarter of the year will be critical. “I don’t have benchmarks yet,” he said. “But history will tell you if you talk to any recruiter, you’ve got to come out strong. And it’s the momentum you build that carries you through the year.” (AP) SMJSMJ
India and Pakistan have already met twice in the ongoing Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, with their previous meeting being in the Champions Trophy final in 2017. But the teams have not met in a bilateral series since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Richardson has said that the cricket boards of India and Pakistan should resolve their issues on a bilateral basis.The comment came in the backdrop of a case filed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not playing any bilateral cricket with them despite signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which guarantees six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.The Indian board, however, have claimed that the MoU is not binding on them as PCB did not adhere to some of the clauses mentioned in the document.The hearing in the matter is scheduled to be held at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai from October 1 to October 3.Speaking during Media Day event at the ICC headquarters, Richardson said, “We obviously don’t enjoy the fact that two country boards are in dispute between each other. It is a matter between India and Pakistan. We would like the resumption of ties between the two nations on a bilateral basis.READ – Jiju! Shoaib Malik reacts to fans’ chants in high-profile match vs IndiaRichardson further stated that they are always up for facilitating any settlement if required.”We will facilitate any settlement decision if we can. Other than that, it is up to the two nations,” he added.advertisement Reflecting on cricket’s Olympics prospects, ICC president said that they would love to have the game in the prestigious tournament but for that to happen all the country boards should be on the same track.READ – Pakistan fan, who sang Indian anthem in match vs India, has another plan for Sunday”I would also like to be in 2028 Olympics but we have no chance of that unless we are united as a sport,” Richardson said.Expressing his views on how to tackle the decreasing popularity of Test cricket, Richardson said that the first step in that direction would be to improve the marketing of the format.”We need to improve the marketing of the Test matches. Creating the context and meaning for test cricket is the first step,” he said.”Clever scheduling, early scheduling- there is myriad of different things that we can do,” he concluded.(With inputs from ANI)
Xiaomi India on Saturday announced that it was increasing the price of some of its recently launched products with immediate effect. The products that have become more expensive are the Redmi 6A, the Redmi 6, the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch, the Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch, and the 1000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i. Xiaomi says that price hike is necessary because value of rupee has depreciated against the dollar by nearly 15 per cent in the last few months, and as a result of which the input cost has gone up for the company. To offset this, Xiaomi has increased the prices of some of its products.Announcing the price hike of these products, Xiaomi India notes, “As you are aware, rupee has depreciated against the dollar by nearly 15 per cent since the beginning of the year, which has resulted in a significant rise in the input cost for us. To offset this, a few of our products will witness marginal price adjustment and will now move from their introductory price phase announced during their launch in September.”To be fair to Xiaomi, the company had earlier hinted that this increase in the price was coming. Xiaomi had launched the Redmi 6A, the Redmi 6, the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch, and the Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch India with introductory prices and had said that price would change after Diwali.So, now that these Xiaomi products are more expensive, are they still the same value for money that they earlier were? Yes, they are.advertisementEven though the prices of these Xiaomi Redmi phones have gone up, they are still the best one can get under Rs 10,000 in India right now. The maximum price hike that the Redmi phones have received is Rs 600. Considering the configuration, features, and performance that both the Redmi 6A and the Redmi 6 offer, price increase of Rs 600 doesn’t change their position in the market. They still offer the same value for money.Over here at the India Today Tech, we reviewed the Redmi 6 and we believe that it’s a worthy Redmi 5 successor and is also one of the best phones available under Rs 10,000 in India right now. This is what we wrote in our Redmi 6 review:”The Redmi 6 is a worthy successor to the Redmi 5. It offers better performance and design than the Redmi 5 but costs the same. If you already own the Redmi 5, I would say stick to it, because it isn’t a bad phone either. But in case you’re looking to buy a phone that costs under Rs 8,000, go for the Redmi 6.”The Redmi 6 has received a price hike of Rs 500. Xiaomi has increased the price of only one variant of the Redmi 6. The 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model of the Redmi 6 gets a price hike of Rs 500, after which the cost of the phone has increased to Rs 8,499.Now, the Redmi 6 is a neatly designed phone. It also offers decent performance and its cameras click fairly good pictures. And now it runs the MIUI 10, which is Xiaomi’s latest version of the software for its phones. The Redmi 6 was launched in India in two variants — the base model with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage for Rs 7,999, while the second model comes with 3GB RAM + 64GB for Rs 9,499. At these prices, the phone was a good buy. And even at its new price of Rs 8,499, the 32GB variant of the Redmi 6 is a good buy. Similar to the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A is also a great phone for its price. The Redmi 6A sports a 5.45-inch display and is powered 12nm FinFET Helio A22 processor, paired with up to 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Redmi 6A runs the latest MIUI 10 based on Android Oreo software and packs a 3000mAh battery, AI based face unlock support, dual VoLTE support, among other things.The price of the Redmi 6A 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model has been increased by Rs 600 which makes the new price of the phone Rs 6,599. The launch price of this variant of the Redmi 6A was Rs 5,999. The price of the Redmi 6A 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model has also been hiked by Rs 500, which increases the price of the phone to Rs 7,499, up from its launch price of Rs 6,999. But again, we believe that even at the new prices the Redmi 6A is the best phone you can buy in the market if you are spending Rs 7,000 on a new phone.What holds for the phones, also holds for the Xiaomi TVs. Even at their new prices, the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch and the Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch are the cheapest TVs we will recommend at these screen sizes.advertisement Xiaomi has increased the price of the Mi TVs by up to Rs 2,000, which is kind of acceptable considering the features that both the TVs offer. These are smart TVs and they have decent screens for their price. Both the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch and Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch come with an improved version of Mi TV PatchWall and runs on Android 8 with built-in Chromecast which makes it easy for users to connect their phones to the Mi TVs. The new PatchWall also brings YouTube and Google Play Store support to the TVs. Both the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch and Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch also come integrated with Google Voice search on Mi TV PatchWall, and 7th Gen flagship Amlogic 64 bit Quad core processor paired with ARM Mali 450 GPU, up to 750MHz. The TVs also feature a dedicated 360-degree Google Voice button and Amazon Prime Video support.Xiaomi has hiked the price of Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch by Rs 1,000 which increases the price of the TV to Rs 15,999. The Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch was launched in India for Rs 14,999. The price of the Mi TV 4A Pro 49-inch has been hiked by Rs 2,000 which increases the price of the TV to Rs 31,999 from the launch price of Rs 29,999. The price of the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch remains unchanged.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi phones and Mi TV India prices increased with immediate effect, here are new prices
Rishabh Pant will be India’s wicketkeeper for the first T20 International against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday. Dinesh Karthik, who kept wickets in the T20I series against the West Indies at home earlier this month, will bat in the middle order.Virat Kohli, who was rested for the T20I series against the Windies, replaced Manish Pandey. Other than that, there were no other changes to the team which beat West Indies 3-0.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings while Kohli will most likely bat at his usual No.3 position. KL Rahul, who had a sensational IPL season with Kings XI Punjab and scored a T20I hundred in England, will bat at No.4 followed by Pant at No.5 and Dinesh Karthik at No. 6.Also read – Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneAll-rounder Krunal Pandya retained his spot at No. 7 after an impressive debut against West Indies. Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed make up a formidable bowling line-up.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was named 12th man.We’ve announced our 12 for the 1st T20I against Australia at The Gabba #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/c6boLtieGfBCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2018India have dominated Australia in T20 Internationals since the two countries started playing each other in the format back. Over the last 10 years, India have won 15 while Australia have won 5.Also read- Have Australia learnt the dangers of needling Virat Kohli?One match was abandoned in Hyderabad last year.advertisementIn 2016, India blanked Australia 3-0 thanks to Kohli, who smashed three half-centuries in the series.Meanwhile, the Australian team was dealt a blow when it was announced that the bans handed out to Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft would stand. That meant Smith and Warner would play no role in the T20Is, Tests and ODIs against India from November 21 to January 18.Also watch –
The BJP is mulling a major reshuffle of its movie star MPs in the Lok Sabha in time for 2019. Dissident Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha may get the axe, and Hema Malini, on shaky ground in Mathura, might be moved. The late Vinod Khanna’s seat in Gurdaspur, now held,The BJP is mulling a major reshuffle of its movie star MPs in the Lok Sabha in time for 2019. Dissident Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha may get the axe, and Hema Malini, on shaky ground in Mathura, might be moved. The late Vinod Khanna’s seat in Gurdaspur, now held by the Congress, may go to his wife Kavita Khanna or superstar Akshay Kumar. The party plans to move Kirron Kher out of Chandigarh to fight for the prestigious Amritsar seat. Sunny Deol, now at the fag end of his film career, could be another ticket hopeful in Punjab. And Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari may be asked to vacate his Delhi Northeast Lok Sabha seat to prepare for the 2020 assembly polls. The only stars sitting pretty in this churn are Asansol MP Babul Supriyo and Ahmedabad East MP Paresh Rawal.CLEAN-UP ACT The entire Shiromani Akali Dal leadership turned up to do seva at the Golden Temple on patriarch Parkash Singh Badal’s birthday (December 8). But more than a celebration, they were there to ‘atone for unwitting mistakes’ during the 10 years (2007-17) SAD was in power in Punjab. They polished shoes, swept the parikrama and washed utensils at the langar. We don’t know if this is really contrition, but images of former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, with newly flowing beard, intently brushing a sneaker have been going viral on social media.DIVINE INSPIRATION Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has turned quite devout of late. The CJI, who has to deliver verdicts on several crucial cases, including infighting in the CBI, has visited Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple three times since taking office on October 3. After the October security fiasco at the temple, the CJI now relies on CRPF instead of Assam police to provide security during his trips to the state. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal has failed to get an audience with the CJI despite several requests. Maybe he too should head to the temple.advertisementYES, CHIEF MINISTER Old habits die hard and when they are shaped by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, they’re hard to shake. Last week, when state chief secretary Malay De was asked to present himself at the court of the Chief Justice of India, De addressed CJI Ranjan Gogoi as “Yes, Madam”. Taking it sportingly, Gogoi asked the bureaucrat to correct himself. It seems De’s 18 months as Mamata’s top bureaucrat have taken their toll.INDEX | A WEDDING TO REMEMBER ANNA SEVA | Isha Ambani serving food during her pre-wedding ceremony in UdaipurNo one can accuse the Ambanis of lacking a sense of proportion. After all, if you’re the richest man in India (actually Asia, according to the people who track this sort of thing, Mukesh Ambani’s net worth having eclipsed that of Alibaba founder Jack Ma in July), your daughter’s wedding is hardly going to be a modest affair. What would be the point? How would the Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal nuptials add to the gaiety of the nation if we didn’t learn how many private planes the airport in Udaipur can accommodate, and how many crores it costs to persuade Beyonce to perform at the sangeet. Much newsprint and airtime have been devoted to covering the cream of Indian society (rich and thick, as the joke goes) descending on Udaipur for the festivities. If it weren’t for the small matter of assembly elections in five states, the wedding might have got even more media attention. So here’s some more of that spotlight INDEX | THE FOG AND FILTHY AIRA study published in medical journal Lancet on December 5 confirms, yet again, that Indians are dying in unprecedented numbers because of the toxic air they breathe, that our lifespans are cut short and our children are less healthy than counterparts around the world. In 2017, no state in India, the report notes, could match the World Health Organization’s standards for clean air. Indeed, most Indians are exposed to levels of particulate matter in air far higher than even the lax national standards. The report expresses cautious optimism about the benefits of some government schemes, including one to provide people with natural gas, and suggests Indian policymakers study efforts to check pollution in China and Mexico. Illustration by TANMOY CHAKRABORTYPULLQUOTE”The government believes that the RBI is an independent and autonomous body. The government will fully support it and coordinate with it in areas where our consultations are required to make sure India’s economy benefits from both government policy decisions and areas which fall within the domain of the RBI”advertisement Arun JaitleyFinance minister Arun Jaitley has been working overtime to allay suspicions that the government is undermining the independence of India’s central bank. Urjit Patel resigned unexpectedly on December 10, several months before the end of his term and in the wake of obvious tension between the RBI and government over the latter’s alleged interference in the central bank’s functioning. The government was keen for the RBI to relax lending restrictions and be more generous with its reserves. Patel’s replacement, Shaktikanta Das, is expected to be more accommodating of the government’s concerns.
Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev Wednesday hailed the current Indian pace attack’s performance in the Test series in Australia and termed it “unbelievable.””Beautiful, fantastic… in the last 15 months no other team has done so well in pace bowling. The Indian team has done so well, I don’t have to say anything, they have done so well… it is unbelievable,” Kapil said.On the number of fast bowlers coming through for India in the recent past, the legendary all-rounder said it was fantastic and had not happened overnight but due to a lot of hard work.”It is different (to see fast bowlers coming through in India). An Indian fast bowler coming out and playing so hard, sometimes you feel how the hell they are doing all that. But I think it is good to have a change of culture, a fast bowler is fantastic.”It is not the last two years, the last 20 years hard work you can see the result. Result doesn’t come overnight. Now we have set the benchmark very high. Now you will find more fast bowlers coming, better players will keep on coming because the trend of Indian cricket is moving on the better side,” added Kapil.Kapil gives his verdict on Kohli’s aggressionAsked about Virat Kohli’s on-field aggression which has drawn flak from some quarters, on the sidelines of a function here, the captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team, said it didn’t matter as long as he and the team were performing.”Was (MS) Dhoni being so quiet was good for the game or bad for the game? Every leader comes out with his own thinking, it is up to you to take it. As long as he is performing on the field, you cannot expect two people to be the same.advertisement”Why should we even compare or judge somebody. Judge his performance on the field how good he is… your liking and my liking can be different, it makes no difference. As long as the Indian team is winning that’s what I look for,” he said.Kapil also stressed on the importance of preparation for players and said it was crucial to practice hard and sincerely.”Every match you have to prepare yourself, you don’t say because of Test match I have to prepare more. When you start thinking Test match is there, you are putting more pressure. You are not going to deliver the best. Your effort should be sincere and then leave it that day you play. Hard practice, a sincere effort is important.”Virat Kohli is such a good player. The last Test he got zero, he had no intention to get zero but good players also make zero but hard work should be seen on the field and that’s what matters,” he added.Also Read | Sydney Test: India await R Ashwin boost after dramatic U-turnAlso Read | Bumrah a nightmare to face, Pujara the difference between India and Australia: Brad HodgeAlso Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingAlso See:
Mohammad Azharuddin said nothing could be more insulting for a team to lose at home after India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami starred as India won the four-Test series 2-1.India toured South Africa and England in 2018 but lost Test series in both countries. For years, Indian teams travelling to Australia failed to win Test matches regularly but Virat Kohli’s men rewrote history with a stunning show against arguably one of the greatest bowling attacks in world cricket today.Azharuddin, speaking at India Today Mind Rocks, said the Test series triumph was a historic moment was a historic moment and reckoned Kohli’s team demoralised all of Australia with their performance.”It’s a historic moment – a lot of people are saying this is bigger than the World Cup. But a victory is a victory. When all three departments click together,” Azharuddin said.The victory in Australia is historic & I congratulate the team for this feat: Mohammad Azharuddin#MindRocksBhubaneswarLIVE https://t.co/IoVlQX3D3u pic.twitter.com/aVwoIfIYMlIndia Today (@IndiaToday) January 10, 2019″What could be more insulting for a team? If you lose at home.. even the crowd is demoralised.. The whole country feels demoralised. The Indian team went to Australia and demoralised the entire country by winning the Test series,” Azhar said as the crowd cheered on.Azharuddin, one of India’s most successful captains, said it was always better to play at home because of familiar conditions and friendly crowds.advertisementHowever, Azhar also said it was important to not lose morale after defeats.”You should never be scared of losing. Failure teaches you.. Defeats teach you. You should only think of moving ahead,” Azhar said.CAN WE CALL VIRAT KOHLI THE BIGGEST CRICKETER AT THE MOMENT?You can see Virat’s performances and statistics are all in front of you. His numbers, his consistency is second only to Don Bradman I feel.Yes definitely. He will improve further in the future and play even better. He will go on to break more records because age is also on his side.All his decisions have been correct in batting bowling and fielding. When a captain thinks positively about the team then you get positive results. Virat Kohli’s thinking in every aspect is very positive. We should credit him for that. He is the wonder boy.INDIA FOR THE WORLD CUPIndia can finalise its team for the World Cup only at the end of February-March. The team is almost set for the tournament.I feel India need 3-4 fast bowlers for the World Cup in England. We need a few pacers for the conditions in England. If you look at India’s pace battery, we lost the series in South Africa and England but our bowling has been top class so far. This I feel is the best fast bowling attack in Indian cricket history.We can keep dreaming of the World Cup from now but those dreams can only be turned into reality when the Indian team goes to England and performs well. It is good to dream about such things but it will be even better when the team turns them into reality. I hope the team wins the World Cup because we are No. 1 in Tests, and excellent in ODIs and T20Is, I don’t think we can send a better side to England.A lot of my dreams I haven’t been able to realise. I captained the team in three World Cups but couldn’t win one so that is one dream I regret not fulfilling.Dealing with failure becomes easier if you don’t think about it too much. If you keep thinking that you failed and take too much tension about it then it becomes difficult to deal with it. It becomes difficult to recover from the past results. We need to learn from our failures and improve upon them. Thinking about the future is more important than the past.AZHAR ON DHONII like Dhoni a lot. I feel Dhoni will emerge as India’s No. 1 player in the 2019 World Cup because he has so much experience and we have seen how he marshals the troops from behind the stumps. He even guides the bowlers on where to bowl and helps Kohli with the field placements. That makes a huge difference. He is so experienced and the most successful captain till now.CRICKET & BOLLYWOODCricket and Bollywood has had a long-standing relationship because of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. Getting married is a personal choice and when there are two stars in questions it becomes easier to deal with all the attention. The understanding becomes easier when players and actors get married.advertisementWhen we used to play families were allowed on tour but only the captains and managers used to get single rooms. We used to share rooms earlier but now every player gets a single room so it becomes easier for families to tour with the team. Families should be allowed on tours there is nothing wrong in that. When your family is with you the confidence level goes up. It’s positive thinking.AZHAR ON INDIAN COACHESIndian Premier League has more of foreign coaches which I don’t understand. Franchises have this prerogative I think. Indian coaches should also get the opportunity in the IPL. This trend should change. When you see the Big Bash you won’t get to find an Indian coach there. Indians who have played over 100 Test matches are ignored and nobody cares about them. I urge the BCCI as well that IPL should have more of Indian coaches.AZHAR ON SOCIAL MEDIAI’m not that social that’s why I’m not on social media. I don’t believe in social media.I don’t say any negative things so I don’t get trolled on social media. If your too engrossed in social media then you are bound to make mistakes. Even in politics we see people saying for 40-50 minutes and then they make mistakes.Also Read | Mohammad Azharuddin on Rishabh Pant: India have a batsman like Adam GilchristAlso Read | Eden Gardens saved my career quite a few times: Mohammad Azharuddin
Kemar Roach and captain Jason Holder took four wickets each as West Indies thumped England by 10 wickets in the second Test in Antigua to gain an unbeatable 2-0 series lead on Saturday.With fellow pace bowler Alzarri Joseph chipping in with two top-order wickets, including the prized scalp of captain Joe Root, the hosts bowled out England for 132 in the second innings.Joseph’s performance came hours after his mother died following a long battle with a brain tumour.West Indies needed only 14 runs in their second innings, and they polished them off quickly to win with more than two days to spare.John Campbell clinched victory in appropriate Calypso fashion with a six over mid-wicket as batting great Viv Richards, after whom the stadium is named, grinned broadly in the crowd, ever the epitome of cool in his dark sunglasses.WEST INDIES VS ENGLAND, 2ND TEST DAY 3: AS IT HAPPENEDWest Indies lead the three-Test series 2-0. They won the first Test by 381 runs in Barbados.It is only the second time in the past 10 series that West Indies have won the Wisden Trophy. England have dominated over the past two decades with seven series wins, while one was drawn.#WIvENG You can’t keep a good West Indian down! WINDIES take the win by 10 wickets and the series 2-0 with one test remaining! #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/FCMAUpdXxfWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 2, 2019Holder said his West Indies team had played to honour Joseph’s late mother.”We all rallied around one and other,” he said. “We wanted to do it for her, and for Alzarri to come out after that kind of news, the way he bowled was exceptional.advertisement”This one is for him and his family.”Root acknowledged that England had been outplayed, placing the blame on the batting.”I thought as a bowling group we worked exceptionally hard and did some good stuff,” he said.”Scoring under 200 in both innings is not going to win you many games of cricket.”It’s been a disappointing performance with the bat here and last week.”Root had the misfortune of losing the toss, which meant England were always facing an uphill task having to bat first on a green pitch that offered the fast bowlers plenty of assistance early on.”West Indies had that opportunity (to bowl first) and exploited it,” Root said.”Once the game gets going you can’t look at things like that. You’ve got to look at things you can control.”‘WE’RE HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS’#WIvENG England has been bowled out for 132. WINDIES need 14 runs to win the 2nd Test match here in Antigua. Time to #Rally!! #ItsOurGame #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/cF9EYMWw3iWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 2, 2019Frank discussion among the players after a short but dismal series against Bangladesh last year proved a turning point for West Indies, captain Jason Holder said on Saturday.”I think we’re hungry for success. Credit to the boys for sticking to the task,” Holder said at the victory presentation.The transformation came after West Indies lost both Tests against Bangladesh in November and December.The result in the second Test was especially pitiful, defeat by an innings and 184 runs in Dhaka.Holder missed the tour due to a shoulder injury, but was kept apprised of things.”After the tour of Bangladesh the guys had a really long, hard talk in the dressing room,” Holder said.”It was something that was really needed. We wanted to get some honesty in the dressing room. We touched on a few issues.”Holder and several others were brought back for the current England series, including number four batsman Darren Bravo, who ended a two-year exile after a falling out with the team’s governing body.The classy left-hander has a Test average of almost 40 and though he failed twice in the first Test, he was key in the second.Bravo batted patiently on Friday and Saturday, frustrating the England attack by occupying the crease for 342 minutes for 50 runs, the third slowest half century in Test history.His performance, among others, leaves Holder hopeful the good times might be back for West Indies after years in the doldrums.”Hopefully we can stay together for years to come.”We want to be consistent, move up the rankings,” he added with his team currently languishing eighth in the Test rankings.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovation
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had an injury scare during the Indian team’s practice session on the eve of the first ODI series opener against Australia in Hyderabad on Saturday.Dhoni sustained an injury on his right forearm while taking throwdowns from team’s support staff member Raghavendra.The former India captain had a long batting session at the nets and like all first team players was taking throwdowns after the formal session.It was one such delivery from Raghavendra that kicked up and Dhoni was hit on the right forearm.The veteran was in some pain and didn’t bat after that as a precautionary measure.Whether the injury is serious enough to make him doubtful for the opening ODI couldn’t be ascertained. A final call is expected to be taken by the evening.In case Dhoni is unavailable, then Rishabh Pant is expected to don the big gloves. That is the most likely option in case Dhoni fails to get fit in time.If the team management is keen on checking all the fringe batting options, then KL Rahul and Ambati Rayudu could both play in the XI with Rahul keeping.India are aiming to bounce back in the five-match ODI series after losing both the T20s.Also Watch:
Sri Lanka left out former captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga and recalled spin-bowling all-rounders Milinda Siriwardana and Jeevan Mendis in their 15-man squad on Thursday for this year’s World Cup in England and Wales.Chandimal was Sri Lanka’s one-day international captain as recently as October while Tharanga led the side in 2017.Tharanga’s fellow opener Danushka Gunathilaka also failed to make the cut while Lahiru Thirimanne, who last played in the format in end 2017, was drafted into the squad.Jeffrey Vandersay was picked over mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya as the only specialist slow bowler with Sri Lanka’s selectors rewarding the leg-spinner’s strong performances in a recent domestic 50-over tournament.Opening batsman Avishka Fernando, 21, survived the axe despite a below-par tour of South Africa recently but regular wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella was dropped.The 1996 champions on Wednesday had appointed test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as the skipper for the May 30-July 14 World Cup despite the left-handed batsman not playing an ODI since the 2015 tournament.The selectors continued on that note by bringing back Jeevan Mendis, who also last played in the format at the World Cup four years back in Australia and New Zealand. Siriwardana and Vandersay last played ODIs in October 2017.Pace bowler Lasith Malinga, who led the side in a 5-0 thrashing in the ODI series against South Africa recently, kept his place alongside the injury-prone paceman Nuwan Pradeep.Former captain Angelo Mathews, who missed a lot of cricket recently due to injury, was part of the 15-man squad.Sri Lanka open their World Cup campaign against New Zealand on June 1.advertisementSquad: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhanajaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda SiriwardanaAlso Read | Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso See:
Javelin thrower Annu Rani and 5000m runner Parul Choudhary won a silver and a bronze respectively as India opened its medal account on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships here Sunday.On a day which saw sprint sensation Hima Das suffer a lower back spasm while runner her quartermile event, Dutee Chand smashed her own national record in 100m dash to qualify for the semifinals.The 26-year-old Annu, who had won a bronze in the 2017 edition in Bhubaneswar, hurled the spear to a best distance of 60.22m to grab the silver. China’s Lyu Huihui won the gold with an effort of 65.83m at the Khalifa Stadium.Annu’s performance was, however, more than 2m short of her national record shattering effort of 62.34m during the Federation Cup at Patiala last month which gave her a berth in the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October.The other Indian in the fray, Sharmila Kumari finished seventh with a best throw of 54.48m.The 24-year-old Parul gave India the second medal as she finished third in women’s 5000m race, clocking a personal best of 15 minutes 36.03 seconds. She bettered her earlier personal best of 15:58.35 which she had clocked during the Federation Cup last month.The other Indian in the fray, Sanjivani Jadhav finished fourth with a time of 15:41.12.Bahrain took both the gold and silver through Mutile Winfred Yavi (15:28.87) and Bontu Rebitu (15:29.60).Saritaben Gayakwad (58.17s) and M Arpitha (58.20s) qualified for women’s 400m hurdles finals from their respective heats while M P Jabir (50.17s) did the same in men’s 400m hurdles.advertisementEarlier in the morning session, 23-year-old Dutee clocked 11.28 seconds to set a national record while winning her heat in the women’s 100m race. She has qualified for the semifinals.Dutee bettered her earlier national record of 11.29 seconds which she set last year in Guwahati.The Odisha runner, however, could not touch the 11.24 second qualification mark for the World Championships.The Indian contingent suffered a jolt as Hima failed to finish her 400m heat due to a lower back spasm. The other Indian in the fray, M R Poovamma (52.46 seconds) finished second in her heat behind gold medal favourite Salwa Naser of Bahrain to qualify for the final round.Other top Indian athletes like Jinson Johnson (men’s 800m), Muhammed Anas and Arokia Rajiv (both men’s 400m), Praveen Chitravel (men’s triple jump) and Gomathi Marimuthu (women’s 1500m) expectedly advanced to the next round of their respective events.National record holder Johnson clocked 1:53.43 in men’s 800m heats to finish second behind Qatar’s Jamal Hairane and qualify for the semifinals. Mohammed Afsal, who was named in the team in place of Manjit Singh, won his 800m heat in 1:52.93 to qualify for the semifinals.In women’s 800m, Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heat and qualify for the finals. The other Indian in the event, Twinkle Choudhary, could not qualify for the semifinals after finishing fourth in her heat with a timing of 2:07.00.Arokia Rajiv won his men’s 400m heat with a timing of 46.25 seconds to advance to the semifinals while Anas clocked 46.46s to finish third in his heat and also advanced to the semifinals.In men’s triple jump, Chitravel finished ninth with a jump of 15.66m to qualify for the finals.Also Read | Depleted India hope for substantial medals at Asian Athletics Championships 2019Also Read | Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heatsAlso Read | Mirabai misses bronze by a whisker, Jeremy smashes Youth World record at Asian C’shipAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohli
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley applauds Thursday’s release of the still-redacted version of the Mueller report investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.Grassley says tens of millions of taxpayer dollars were spent on the near-400-page report and he says it should be made public, with the exception of a few key areas.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/REDACT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”national security” :12Grassley says he will not join Democratic leaders who are calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the report he compiled over the past 22 months.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/REDACT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”within the law” :14Grassley says parts of the report do need to be kept secret, like sections involving people who were questioned but who weren’t indicted.Those people could have their reputations “ruined,” Grassley says, if it came out they were investigated by Mueller.In addition, Grassley says sections of the report that could jeopardize our nation’s security shouldn’t be published — or discussed by Mueller if he choses to testify before Congress.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/REDACT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..FBI director” :16During a news conference in Washington D-C Thursday, U-S Attorney General William Barr said the Mueller report found no “collusion” between the Russian government and the Trump campaign or any other Americans.———————————-
I’ve already discussed how worried I am about how advanced metrics have the Pokes rocking again in 2016, and Vegas is not helping me with these feelings.There is a great post currently up over at Football Perspective about how Vegas, which as we all know is almost always spot on, sees the Cowboys.Essentially they took the early spreads (see here) and used them to determine which teams Vegas likes the most based on how big the lines are and the strength of the teams listed as the underdog.For example, Alabama is listed as a 6-point favorite over Ole Miss at Ole Miss. Ole Miss is favored in most of its other games so if you adjust for home field and Ole Miss’ relatively strong team, Vegas actually thinks quite highly of Alabama (I know this is incredibly shocking to everyone).When you work all this out, OSU checks in at No. 9 on the Vegas list of top teams. This is significant because OSU is not traditionally a public team Vegas can make huge lines for and still get action on because everyone loves them (i.e. Texas). The opposite is true actually. Vegas probably has to lower the OSU lines a bit to get people to bite on any kind of action on the Pokes. Here’s the full top 10 according to Vegas’ early lines.1. Alabama2. Oklahoma3. LSU4. Clemson5. FSU6. Tennessee7. Ohio State8. Michigan9. Oklahoma State10. Ole MissYou should check out the full post based on Vegas’ lines here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I had fun doing another postgame show on Saturday after the Oklahoma State-Iowa State game on Saturday. I talked Mason Rudolph’s issues, James Washington’s greatness, why I was glad Iowa State played Joel Lanning and what to look for going forward.I also called Matt Amilian who was at the game to discuss what it’s like to corral a two year old while you’re trying to break down first down percentages. Good times all the way around, and thank you as always for tuning in.
Tottenham Hotspur Llorente insists trophies are within Tottenham’s reach Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 16:21 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League League Cup The World Cup-winning striker has no doubts that his new club will be in the mix for major honours during the 2017-18 campaign Fernando Llorente insists Tottenham are capable of winning trophies, but has warned that the team must improve their performances.The striker, who joined from Swansea City on transfer deadline day, made his Premier League debut for Spurs against his old club in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Wembley.Spurs 21/10 to be top London club Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won just two of their first five league matches in 2017-18, leaving them five points behind Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the table, and they have not claimed any silverware since an EFL Cup triumph in 2008.But Llorente believes in their chances of success this season, particularly in light of their impressive 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.”I think Spurs are one of the best in the Premier [League],” he said after the Swansea draw. “I think we can get a lot [of trophies] this year but we have to improve, we have to work hard. The [league] is long.”Winning at Wembley is very important. In the beginning, we found some difficulties but we have to continue to work.”On Wednesday we played a very good match and this is the way [forward].”Spurs take on Barnsley in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday.