India vs England, 5th Test Day 1: As it happenedIndia vs England, 5th Test Day 1: As it happened


first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the first day of the fifth Test between India and England in Chennai. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL-UPDATES)ENGLAND INNINGS16.30 IST: STUMPS! A good day for England and they need this after the battering at Mumbai. The visitors won another good toss and ensured that their batsmen made it count. Ali’s gritty century was the highlight of the day while Root too played a fluent knock although he was unlucky to miss the three-figure mark. The duo’s efforts along with a neat little knock from Bairstow allowed England to go to stumps on a happy note despite the wicketkeeper batsman falling late in the day.Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with a 3-fer on a track that slowed down as the day progressed. There was spin but there was time for the batsmen to adjust due to the slowness of the surface. It didn’t deter the left-arm spinner as he bowled with great control, outbowling his spin partners. England will want to keep consolidating and aim for a total of at least 400 from here. India will hope to make early inroads tomorrow. England 284/4 in 90 overs16.17 IST: STAT! Moeen Ali completes 1,000 runs this year, becoming the the fourth Englishman to achieve the landmark in 2016. England 277/4 in 86 overs16.04 IST: CENTURY! Moeen Ali slams his fifth hundred in Test cricket. England 262/4 in 81 overs15.53 IST: WICKET! Straight to the fielder! Jadeja strikes and Bairstow misses out on a half century. Jadeja bowls a loopy delivery around off, Bairstow comes forward to drive it on the up. Doesn’t bothers to keep it down and ends up spooning a dolly to KL Rahul at short extra cover. That was a tame dismissal and Jonny is absolutely livid with himself. He bangs his bat on the ground and doesn’t want to leave the crease but will have to. England 253/4 in 81 oversadvertisementAP Photo15.23 IST: NOT OUT! It was very, very close but Ali survives. Floated leg break outside off, turns back in sharply to ping Ali’s front pad. Huge lbw appeal against Moeen but it’s turned down. Mishra is very confident and coaxes Kohli for the review. No bat involved and impact is line as well. However, the ball tracking shows it clipping leg stump. A very marginal call and the on-field decision is upheld.15.15 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow have added 63 runs for the fourth wicket. England 230/3 in 72 overs15.02 IST: SIX! Another biggie for Bairstow. He has been totally aggressive today.Flighted outside off, Bairstow unleashes another slog sweep overmid-wicket. Terrific contact and the fact that he hit it with the spinmade it easy as the ball sails over the ropes. Ashwin is disappointed. England 215/3 in 68 overs14.57 IST: SIX! Hammered! That made a cracking sound off the bat. Floated on off by Jadeja,Bairstow gets down on one knee and mauls the slog sweep cleanly overdeep mid-wicket for a maximum. Brilliant stroke. England 208/3 in 67 overs 14.53 IST: England go past 200 in 64.5 overs. Moeen Ali 71*, Bairstow 20*14.48 IST: FOUR! Top shot! Floated on off from Ashwin and Moeen Ali displays positive footwork as he charges down the track to loft it cleanly down the ground. One bounce to the fence for a boundary. England 199/3 in 64 overs 14.31 IST: Welcome back for the final session. Which side will take the day’s honors? We shall find out in the coming couple of hours. The players and umpires are out there in the middle. Umesh Yadav begins proceedings after tea.12.13 IST: TEA! Good session for England. Root and Ali batted with great intent after lunch and seized the initiative by scoring freely. The former looked set for a century but was dismissed in slightly debatable circumstances. He got out on the 80s for the umpteenth time in Tests. Ali has looked quite solid after a struggle in the morning session and has the in-form Bairstow for company.India’s bowlers were a bit erratic. Rather, they were unsettled by some positive batting from the visitors. Jadeja was the impressive bowler in the session as he continued to probe away while Mishra struggled with his radar. It will be imperative for England not to gift away the platform that has been provided by the Root-Ali stand. India are surely sensing an opening though. Join us in a while for the final session. England 182/3 in 60 oversAP Photo13.45 IST: WICKET! What a review from India! Massive wicket this for India. Floated outside off, Root goes for the sweep and Patel takes it really well behind the stumps. Huge appeal for caught behind, especially from Kohli but turned down. The skipper has a chat with Patel and Jadeja before going for the review. Ultra Edge spots a slight nick as the ball passes the bat and the blade isn’t hitting ground at that point either. The third umpire is convinced enough and asks the on-field call to be overturned. Root is livid as he feels he hasn’t hit it but has to go. Once again, he gets out in the 80s. Ends a fine 146-run stand. England 167/3 in 54.3 oversadvertisement13.28 IST: FIFTY! Moeen Ali slams his 10th half-century. England 155/2 in 50.2 overs13.12 IST: FOUR! Nimble footwork! Floated on middle and leg, steps out to that one and whips it away cleanly over mid-wicket to find the fence. This is very smart batting, they don’t want to let Mishra settle. England 137/2 in 46 overs13.00 IST! PARTNERSHIP! Joe Root and Moeen Ali have added 100 runs for the third wicket. The duo has batted aggressively after lunch with Root completing his fifty. England 121/2 in 43 overs12.42 IST: Four Byes! Poor ball and bonus runs for England! Ashwin slips this one down the leg side and Ali misses the sweep. Patel lets it through as well as the ball races to the fence. England 104/2 in 39 oversJoe Root is playing his 11th Test match against India since his debut in December 2012He has a fifty in each of his 11 Tests!#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 201612.35 IST: FIFTY! Joe Root slams his 27th half-century. England 90/2 vs India12.28 IST: NOT OUT! This time they review but in vain. This was slightly fuller than the previous ball and once again Ali is struck on the front pad. The lbw appeal is denied and Jadeja once again wants the review. Kohli and Patel weren’t interested but the skipper eventually agrees to his bowler’s plea for the review. No bat involved but ball tracking shows impact outside the line. Would have only clipped leg stump, so umpire’s call it would have been anyway. Jadeja needs to be more careful in his review requests and needs to trust his keeper more. Patel was never interested in this. Review wasted. England 84/2 in 34 overs12.27 IST: Huge appeal! Floated outside off, turning into ping Ali’s front pad. Loud lbw appeal which is turned down. Jadeja is very, very confident but his request for a review is turned down by his captain and keeper. Good call as impact was outside the line.12.18 IST: Ashwin to Ali, FOUR! Top shot! Floated around off, Ali gets across and sweeps it hard through square leg. Rolled his wrists to keep it along the ground and it sped away to the ropes. Nicely executed stroke.11.32 IST: LUNCH! An even session for both sides although India would marginally be the happier side at the break after losing the toss. England started disastrously after opting to bat as both openers departed cheaply. Jennings was beautifully set up by Ishant while Jadeja once again derailed Cook. Since then, Root and Ali have hung on with the former looking fairly fluent. Both batsmen had some luck as Root edged one when second slip was wider while Ali was dropped on 0. England 68/2 in 29 oversadvertisementAP PhotoIndia’s bowlers were very disciplined, giving very little away. They stuck to the basics and created pressure on the England batsmen. The surface has started to turn already and this certainly isn’t good omen for the visitors. They will need to put a decent first innings total to compete in this game.11.14 IST: PENALTY RUNS! Tossed up gently around off, spins back in sharply as Root stays on the back foot. Gets a thick inside edge that just goes past leg stump towards fine leg. Kohli from first slip gives chase to tidy up and fires in a throw towards the keeper. However, it hits the helmet placed near Patel and that will be five penalty runs. England 62.2 in 25 overs10.41 IST: DROPPED! Pitched between middle and off, Moeen tries to go over the top but is unable to get the elevation. It’s KL Rahul who is standing at mid-wicket who gets his fingers to it. A better timing would have made it easier for Rahul. They run a couple in process. England 27/2 in 15 overs50th catch in Tests for Virat Kohli!13th Indian to do so#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 201610.30 IST: WICKET! JADEJA HAS HIS BUNNY. Pitched outside off, Cook strides forward to defend it but the ball flies off the outside edge towards Kohli who is standing at first slip. Jadeja and Kohli seem very happy to get the ever struggling Cook there. England 21/2 in 12.4 overs09.58 IST: WICKET! Ishant Sharma strikes. Full and wide delivery outside off, Jennings tries to push it towards the off side but he gets an outside edge which goes straight in the hands of Parthiv Patel who grabs an easy one. Good start for India. England 7/1 in 5.2 oversWith a couple off the first ball of the match Alastair Cook goes to 11,000 Test runs – congratulations Cooky! ??? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/s3tGLpiaz7 England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 16, 2016Alastair Cook has won the toss & England will bat #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/seeoBYzjnR England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 16, 201609.35 IST: STAT! Alastair Cook becomes the 10th batsman in Test history to score 11,000 runs.09.30 IST: The players and officials are out in the middle for the National Anthem.09.26 IST: Teams:India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Karun Nair, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Ishant SharmaEngland: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Liam Dawson, Jake Ball 09.02 IST: TOSS! England have won the toss and they will bat first. Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra return. Bhuvneshwar and Jayant Yadav out. Stuart Broad replaces injured James Anderson. Liam Dawson makes debutUnbeaten in 17 Tests – and with the series already sealed 3-0, India will look to register a new record unbeaten streak when they meet England in the fifth and final Test starting in Chennai on Friday.With the added motivation of notching up the biggest Test series triumph against England, Virat Kohli’s men will take the field at a venue devastated by Cyclone Vardah earlier in the week.The local organisers are leaving no stone unturned to get things right — from the seating arrangements to rolling burning coal plates to dry up the pitch — before the match begins.Due to the after-effects of the cyclone, both the teams have only Thursday to train before the match and that could be a worry for the cricketers of either side. (Kohli-Ashwin new Tendulkar-Kumble of Indian cricket)However, the Indian team will be more relaxed coming into the match. India are on a 17-match unbeaten streak which equals their record of 17 Tests without a defeat between September 1985 and March 1987.Leading the series 3-0, they will be out to record their biggest Test series win over the Englishmen — the 1992-93 series gave the Indians a 3-0 win.The visitors will rely on captain Alastair Cook and Joe Root to show them the way, again. Cook and Root have 310 and 397 runs each, respectively, but they have lacked support from the others.In the bowling department, England have a big casualty in the form of James Anderson, who has been ruled out of the fifth Test due to stiffness, captain Cook said on Thursday.last_img read more


BCCI’s stand on Lodha recommendations remains unchanged, says ShirkeBCCI’s stand on Lodha recommendations remains unchanged, says Shirke


first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke said there was no change in their stand on the recommendations made by the RM Lodha Panel after a meeting of its members in New Delhi today.The BCCI today called the meeting to discuss the status report filed by the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee.”Status quo, nothing has changed. Our stand remains the same,” Shirke said. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)Only three state associations – Hyderabad, Vidarbha and Tripura – have agreed to implement the recommendations in full, while others have rejected it. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)In the past, the board and several of its state associations had stated that they can’t fully implement Lodha Committee’s recommendations in full.In November, the Lodha Committee demanded removal of all office-bearers and sought directions from apex court to appoint former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai as an observer.In a fresh status report filed to the Supreme Court, the panel asked that Pillai be appointed as observer with power to appoint an auditor, and guide the BCCI administration, particularly on the award of contracts and on transparency. (Complete Lodha Panel recommendations)The BCCI is supposed to file a Compliance report in Supreme Court on December 3 with the court’s next proceedings on December 5.last_img read more


Protests against ban on Jallikattu reaches National CapitalProtests against ban on Jallikattu reaches National Capital


first_imgThe call for the revocation of the ban on Jallikattu has intensified with the protests reaching the National Capital on Tuesday.Students from Tamil Nadu studying in Delhi, took to the streets in CP demanding that the ban on the bull taming sport be lifted immediately. Students chanted slogans against groups like PETA that have led the move against Jallikattu.Rangarajan a student said, “It is our culture, the bulls are our family. It also promotes local business, this ban needs to be lifted immediately.”The sport has come under intense scrutiny for cruelty to animals. Reports have shown that to irk the bull, their tails are cut and pulled, the animal is nicked with knives. Bulls are also known to forcefully made to consume alcohol to act up.A HUGGING SPORTSpeaking on cruelty to animals a student said, “There is absolutely no cruelty to the bull, the game involves hugging them. All these reports are false.”In May 2014, the Supreme Court had banned the practice of Jallikattu citing animal welfare issues. The apex court in 2015 refused to re-examine its judgement banning use of bulls for sport or bullock cart races across the country.The protest comes ahead of Pongal, and a day after superstar Kamal Haasan raised controversy by vociferously defending the sport at India Today Concave South on Monday. Haasan had said that all those who hate the spot should give up on biryani too.The actor had said, “I’m a big fan of Jallikattu. Am a proud Tamilian, this is our culture.”advertisementlast_img read more


Social media comes in handy in coordinating Jallikattu stirSocial media comes in handy in coordinating Jallikattu stir


first_imgChennai, Jan 18 (PTI) Social media appeared to have played a key role in bringing together thousands of pro-Jallikattu protesters to the sprawling Marina Beach here and other parts of Tamil Nadu, with updates on the ongoing students spontaneous stir and messages flooding the platform.Sites including Facebook were awash with “Let us be united”, “We want Jallikattu,” and “I support Jallikattu” pages, which together account for lakhs of followers, who kept commenting on the evolving situation and pressing their cause.Facebook pages like “Jallikattu veeravilayattu,” specially designed to spread messages on the bull-taming sport and protest across the state were active with live updates.Special folk songs were uploaded and real time pictures, videos of protests were posted regularly which helped the information reach more and more people, prompting several of them to join hands.For instance, a social media user Manikandan uploaded pictures of protest between Madurai and Theni in Jallikattu veeravilayattu Facebook page.A college student here, R Sukumar, said he joined the protests on the Marina Beach responding to a campaign in Facebook by several other students.Balakumar Somu, in his Facebook post said, “I see protests in so many places, from the metros to small towns & villages. So happy to be a part of the enlightened Tamil youth @Tirupur (Collectors office).”Also, posts like “No Jallikattu, no vote” and “save native cattle” dominated social media sites.Each Jallikattu protest and information related to it got thousands of “likes” on Facebook.A blogger said, “Jallikattu is not bullfight…PeTA should stop equating the sport with bull fighting.”advertisementIn Twitter, hashtags like “justice for jallikattu,” “save our culture jallikattu” continued to trend through the day with countless messages.Also, messages like “I can arrange dinner, lunch for protestors,” “I can provide drinking water please contact…” were also abound, indicating how the students were organising and managing the protests. PTI VGN VS SRYlast_img read more


Mitchell Santner wants repeat of tight bowling against AustraliaMitchell Santner wants repeat of tight bowling against Australia


first_imgNew Zealand need to bowl as well as they did at the start of Australia’s innings in the first one-day international in Auckland if they are to wrap up the series on Thursday, according to all-rounder Mitchell Santner.The hosts reduced Australia to 67 for six inside 19 overs as they chased New Zealand’s 286-9 at Eden Park before all-rounder Marcus Stoinis almost single-handedly won the game with a blazing 146 not out.Stoinis got Australia to a position where they needed just seven runs from 19 balls, having shared a 54-run partnership with last man Josh Hazlewood in four overs with the tall fast bowler not facing a single delivery before he was run out.”All the bowlers can take some positives out of the game,” Santner told reporters at McLean Park on Wednesday. “We bowled really well at the start and to take those early wickets was crucial… it put us ahead of the game. (Australia captain Matthew Wade to return from New Zealand tour)”We have to do more of the same. Be very patient on a good length and build pressure that way rather than hope for miracle balls at the start.”Santner acknowledged the bowlers would need to change their lengths from those they bowled at Eden Park, where they tried to be shorter to force the batsmen to play square of the wicket in the first of the three-match series.McLean Park, however, has morphed over the years from an elongated oval into a more rectangular shape with short square boundaries. (New Zealand opener Martin Guptill out of second ODI vs Australia)advertisement”There are different conditions here, different surface with different boundaries,” he added. “It is quite a bit shorter square here than straight.”Your length changes a bit and you err on the fuller side. You want to get hit straight rather than square so I guess adapting is the key.”The visitors, who are already missing regular captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, suffered a blow on Wednesday with wicketkeeper and stand-in captain Matthew Wade sent home to recover from a back injury. (Matthew Wade to captain Australia against New Zealand)Despite having to countenance something of the unknown in the series with so many new faces in the Australian team, Santner added his side were only concerned with winning the Chappell-Hadlee trophy back after losing it in a 3-0 series loss across the Tasman before Christmas.”They have got really strong depth in their squad. They’re number one in the world for a reason,” he said. (Australia’s David Warner, Usman Khawaja rested for ODI series in New Zealand)”We have the opportunity for 2-0. We will be preparing well and when the first ball is bowled we’ll be going pretty hard. It’s an opportunity to take the Chappell-Hadlee back and I think the boys will be fizzing.”last_img read more


SPORT-HAZARE-JHARKHAND 2 LTSPORT-HAZARE-JHARKHAND 2 LT


first_imgPandey, who won the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders in Pandey, who won the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 with a match-winning 94, said its like a homecoming for him as hes looking forward to rekindle the old magic with another Knight Rider Robin Uthappa. “Robin and I have had some partnerships before. However cricket remains the same. We have to do well on any ground. Nothing changes there. We will try to take the advantage of whatever knowledge we have of the ground. It should be a big help. “Having played for KKR for three seasons, its like a home-coming for me. The feel of the grass, the dressing room… its an amazing feel out here. We spent about two and half months here during IPL.” Karnataka have a mix of experience and youth with the likes of senior players in Robin Uthappa, Stuart Binny. There will be all eyes on IPL auctions two-crore pick K Gowtham, an off spinner and a hard hitting batsman with a T20 strike rate of 166.66 while Mayank Agarwal, whos fresh from two half centuries in Mushtaq Ali, will hope to give them a good start. PTI TAP RG ATK ATKlast_img read more


Confused Crystal Palace fans accidentally vandalise own team busConfused Crystal Palace fans accidentally vandalise own team bus


first_imgCrystal Palace supporters inadvertently vandalised their own team’s bus thinking it belonged to Middlesbrough prior to the Premier League clash between the relegation rivals on Saturday.The coach, which was parked at a hotel nearby Selhurst Park, was daubed with the club’s name ‘Crystal Palace FC’ in red, white and blue paint across the sides and rear of the vehicle, according to media reports.The incident occurred hours before Palace secured a vital 1-0 win that lifted them out of the relegation zone.Palace, who still used the vehicle despite the damage, confirmed on Sunday that the team’s coach was vandalised and that police had been notified.”The team bus was covered in graffiti with the words ‘Crystal Palace’ overnight on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday. Police have been informed,” a spokesman told the Sun Sport.British media also reported that Palace’s assistant head groundsman Dean Waters had condemned the vandals and revealed their error.”40,000 pounds worth of damage on our coach thinking it was the Boro coach. Nice one! #cpfc,” Waters tweeted, before changing his privacy settings so that the post was no longer available to the public.last_img read more


Happy to be back vying for India colours: Robin SinghHappy to be back vying for India colours: Robin Singh


first_imgMumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Striker Robin Singh, who was out with an injured knee for seven months last year, is pleased that he is back in contention to renew his international career at the upcoming friendly against Cambodia in Pnom Penh and in the AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar at Yangoon.”Its a proud moment to be back in contention to wear India colours. Hopefully the coach (Stephen Constantine) gives me the nod and I will be back in India colours,” said Robin who is in the camp for the probables for the March 22 friendly followed by the March 28 AFC Asian Cup qualifier.The camp commenced at the Andheri Sports complex yesterday and Robin, who had suffered the knee injury in the SAFF Cup tournament last year in Thiruvananthapuram, had his first training session with the others.Currently there are 15 players in the camp and fifteen more from Bengaluru FC and Mohun Bagan will join it once the two clubs face-off against one another in the AFC Cup 2017 ends tonight in Bengaluru.The final list of players for the friendly and the AFC Asian Cup qualifier game is yet to be decided.Robin did not agree with the view in some quarters that India are placed in a relatively easy group in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.”When you play for the country obviously the expectations go high. We are in a group which everyone says is easy, but it depends on who plays better on that day. Everyone out there wants to qualify and so are we,” said the 26-year-old from Uttar Pradesh.advertisementIndia have been clubbed in Group A with Kyrgyzstan , Myanmar and Macau.”Hard work brings result. We all want to make sure we progress into next stage of tournament,” he added.He dismissed the notion that there was extra pressure on him and other strikers like Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua.”I dont think there is pressure on us as strikers or us as a team. The coach will have to decide whether I will be in the first eleven for the next game. Jeje and Sunil are great strikers and we have seen them performing. I am just happy to be among them.” PTI SSR NRB SDMlast_img read more


SPORT-ICC 2 LASTSPORT-ICC 2 LAST


first_img(REOPENS FGN 10) (REOPENS FGN 10) The ICC said it has received Manohars resignation and will comment after taking stock of the situation. “The ICC has confirmed it has received an email from Chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation. The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement,” the world body stated in a brief press release. PTI PM PMlast_img


Wriddhiman Saha outdoes MS Dhoni with his highest Test scoreWriddhiman Saha outdoes MS Dhoni with his highest Test score


first_imgWriddhiman Saha hit a career-best 117 to deflate Australia and put India in a strong position on the fourth day of the third Test on Sunday. (Day 4 Highlights)Saha applied a gritty approach throughout his innings and faced some chin music but that did not deter him. In fact Saha showed character and his rich temperament to score his third Test century.Saha also became the highest scorer for India against Australia at No.8, surpassing former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s score of 92 in Mohali in October, 2008. The highest by an Australian No.8 against India is 88 by Mitchell Johnson in 2014 in Brisbane.Saha, who came onto bat after India were reduced to 328/6 with the hosts still behind by 123 runs, joined forces with Cheteshwar Pujara to blunt the spirited attack and break a 69-year-old record for the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India against Australia.Pujara and Saha frustrated the tourists and batted through the first two sessions to forge a 199-run seventh wicket partnership. The duo batted for 317 minutes together and was involved in India’s record seventh-wicket partnership against Australia, bettering Hemu Adhikari and Vijay Hazare’s 132-run stand in Adelaide in 1948.Both fell in the final session trying to accelerate. Pujara faced 525 balls in his tireless 202-run knock, capitalising on the exceptionally fast outfield to score 21 boundaries.However, their monumental knocks gave India a 152-run lead before Virat Kohli declared India’s innings at 603/9. Australia were tottering at 23/2 at stumps on Day 4 after Ravindra Jadeja struck twice in successive overs to give the upper hand.advertisementIndia are eyeing a 2-1 series lead after Australia’s massive 333-run victory in the opening Test in Pune, and India bounced back in style to defeat Steve Smith’s men by 75 runs in Bengaluru to make it 1-1. The fourth Test will be played in Dharamsala from March 25.WATCH SPORTS WRAPlast_img read more


Stan Wawrinka believes Roger Federer is on course to become oldest world number one in tennis historyStan Wawrinka believes Roger Federer is on course to become oldest world number one in tennis history


first_imgRoger Federer’s comeback from injury has been so successful that his compatriot Stan Wawrinka believes he can become the oldest world number one in history at the age of 35. (I have totally exceeded my expectations, says Roger Federer post Indian Wells triumph)Federer beat Wawrinka in the final of Indian Wells on Sunday for his second win of the year following his triumph in the Australian Open – his 18th grand slam title and his first in four and a half years.Those wins have propelled the Swiss master to sixth in the world as he makes excellent progress aftera six-month layoff caused by a knee injury.Compatriot Wawrinka believes that not only is Federer back in form but he is playing in a noticeably different manner that gives him a chance to return to the pinnacle of the rankings.”He’s playing really well, what is different maybe is he is playing closer from the baseline, preferring, using less his slice, he is using more top spin, putting more pressure all the time, returning better that’s the difference I seem,” Wawrinka said yesterday at the Miami Open.”For sure he has a shot for number one, he has just won the first Masters final. For sure he has a big shot,” he told reporters.Andre Agassi holds the record for being the oldest player to hold the men’s No.1 ranking, at the age of 33.”It is going to be interesting to see. Rafa (Nadal) is playing well also and we will see when Novak (Djokovic) and Andy (Murray) are back from injury, it is going to be really interesting for tennis fans,” Wawrinka said.advertisement’Nothing is a surprise’Wawrinka said it wasn’t a shock to see Federer, who now has 90 career titles, back to such form but that he was particularly impressed by his movement.”From him nothing is a surprise, but for sure to see him moving that well at that age it is something amazing. It is good for me to see that you can be at the top (at that age).It is amazing to see how he is playing after a six-month injury.last_img read more


Indian Premier League 2017: As it happenedIndian Premier League 2017: As it happened


first_imgHello and welcome to tour live coverage of the first IPL 2017 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. (SCORECARD)23.56 IST: Shane Watson: I think we were slightly off with the ball and we did not get one big partnership while batting. We have got a lot of different combinations to last year. We are just running our combinations. I found a day or so ago (about leading the side). Hopefully I can lead the team better next time. I was confident enough (of chasing) as the pitch was good and especially with the firepower in our top six.RCB INNINGS:.@SunRisers win the 1st match of VIVO #IPL 2017 by 35 runs #SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/9thkLCwMcF- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201723.48 IST: That’s it! RCB are bowled out for 172 and SRH start their title defence with a superb 35-run win. A thoroughly clinical performance by the defending champions to start their title defence in style. Chasing an imposing target of 208, Bangalore’s top four all got breezy starts but nobody carried on to make a defining knock. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and although the run rate was in check most of the time, losing wickets hurt and eventually, the visitors ended well short of the target.Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers. The others were slightly expensive but where the hosts scored was in taking regular wickets which ensured that the opposition could never really get away. The fielding deserves special mention too, with Cutting’s incredible run out of Jadhav being a massive moment in the game. Earlier in the evening, Hyderabad rode on Yuvraj’s majestic 62 that led the charge for them to post a massive total of 207.advertisement23.43 IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes again. RCB nine down. Slower one, angling in, Mills looks to go big. Mistimes his heave. The ball travels high in the night sky. Warner from long on, runs forward, stations himself underneath it and takes a superb catch. RCB 164/9 (18.5  overs) vs SRH 207/423.38 IST: WICKET! Ashish Nehra clean bowls Sreenath Aravind to bag his 100th wicket in the IPL. Perfect ball for a tailender. Bowls it full and quick on middle and leg, Araving backs away looking to make room for himself but is completely beaten by pace. The ball goes through to knock the leg pole. 52 runs needed of 14 balls. RCB 156/8 (17.4 overs) vs SRH 207/423.36 IST: WICKET! Shane Watson follows suit. Full toss around middle and off, dips onto Watson. He goes through with his heave but mistimes it high in the air towards covers, where Henriques completes a simple catch. That should be the final nail in coffin as from hereon the tail starts. RCB 156/7 (17.3 overs) vs SRH 207/423.31 IST: WICKET! Stuart Binny departs on 11. Slower back of a length delivery outside off, Binny goes for the slash but mistimes it. Yuvraj at backward point, moves to his left and takes a decent catch. Bhuvneshwar has his man and the Bangalore are in big, big trouble now. They need 54 off 19 balls now. RCB 154/6 (16.5 overs) vs SRH 207/423.29 IST: DROPPED! Naman Ojha drops Stuart Binny on 10 off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He calls for it and in the end spills it. Slower one, full outside off, Binny gets down on one knee and goes for a slog. Gets a top edge and the ball goes high in the air. Ojha gets under it but fails to grab it. That’s really poor from the keeper. A run is conceded. RCB 153/5 (16.2 overs) vs SRH 207/423.25 IST: SIX! Length delivery, angling in, Binny clears his front leg and clobbers it over mid-wicket fence for half a dozen. RCB 145/5 (15.2 overs) vs SRH 207/4#Watto with some much needed relief! Gets enough on to put Rashid away for six, #RCB 139/5 in 15 overs #SRHvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 201723.22 IST: SIX! RCB 139/5 (15 overs) vs SRH 207/423.17 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust and RCB are in big big trouble here. Baby crumbles under pressure. The required run rate is continuously climbing up and Baby trying to bring it down, departs in the process. RCB 128/5 (13.4 overs) vs SRH 207/423.13 IST: Time out taken. The last wicket has put Hyderabad on top. Bangalore are still in the game but don’t have much firepower left. A lot hinges on skipper Watson.23.12 IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan strikes again. Tossed up around off, Head kneels and goes for the slog again but mistimes it this time. Yuvraj is lurking beneath it at deep wide long on. He takes it comfortably and the dangerous Head has to walk back. Bangalore need 82 off 43 balls. Can their skipper take his team through now? RCB 126/4 (12.5 overs) vs SRH 207/4advertisement23.09 IST: FOUR! Full toss around middle, Head gets down on one knee and slogs it over mid-wicket and the ball crosses the fence.23.04 IST: WICKET! Jadhav run out Ben Cutting 30. He just took everyone by awe. Fuller length delivery outside off, Jadhav gets across, kneels down and paddles it over short fine leg. Two is the call from Jadhav. Cutting from deep square, runs to his right, picks the ball and aims at the striker’s end. Hurls a rocket throw and hits the stumps on the full. Jadhav seems struggling there and the umpire goes upstairs. The replays show that Jadhav was well short of ground. Can this be turning point of the game? As Jadhav was looking in a great nick. End of a crucial 56-run stand. RCB 116/3 (11.4 overs) vs SRH 207/422.59 IST: FOUR! Good awareness from Jadhav. He covers the stumps and helps the back of a length delivery over short fine leg for another boundary. He is on charge over here. Fifty-run partnership comes up between Head and Jadhav. RCB 110/2, chasing 20822.58 IST: FOUR! Loosener from Nehra. Sprays a full toss outside off, Jadhav tonks it over wide mid on for a boundary.22.54 IST: FOUR! ALMOST A CHANCE! Back of a length outside off from Henriques, Jadhav charges down the track and punches it up past Henriques who had no time to react for the caught and bowled. Mid off was up in the circle for the delivery and the ball goes well wide of the fielder to the fence.22.51 IST: FOUR! SMACKED! Fuller ball around off, Head clears his front leg and goes straight down the ground. Hits it very straight and to the right of the long on fielder who couldn’t get to it in time. Fierce strike and the Free Hit is capitalized upon by Head.22.49 IST: Full toss around middle, swung behind square on the leg side for a single. No ball given for height and that’s not the start Henriques would have wanted. Free Hit coming up!22.48 IST: Moises Henriques comes into the attack. 123 needed from 66 balls. Bangalore need some momentum in the chase, a partnership of substance.22.46 IST: SIX! GOOD STRIKE! Shortish around middle from Cutting, Jadhav goes across to pull it cleanly over deep mid-wicket. That’s a good strike from Kedar and it will give him a maximum.22.42 IST: Ben Cutting is back on!22.40 IST: FOUR! That’s a bad ball and it’s been punished. Rashid tries the quicker ball but the length is wrong. It’s a half-tracker and Jadhav pulls it over mid-wicket to find the fence. Easy pickings for the batsman.22.38 IST: FOUR! MUSCLED AWAY! Travis Head does pack a punch in his shots. Rashid Khan floats this one outside off, Head leans into it and mauls the drive through the covers. Good strike and it whistles away to the fence.22.35 IST: OUT! Deepak Hooda removes Gayle for 32. Hooda has his man and his captain Warner is absolutely pumped up. This is flatter outside off, Gayle looks to go down the ground but miscues it high towards wide long off. Warner had stationed himself precisely for this shot and takes the catch with ease near the fence. Massive wicket for the hosts and all of a sudden, the visitors are jolted in the run chase. RCB 60/2. Kedar Jadhav is the new man in, replacing Gayle.advertisement22.34 IST: SIX! KABOOM! Poor ball from Hooda and that’s vanished into the night skies. Full toss and Gayle charges down the track to loft it into the roof of the long off stands. What a mighty blow that is! Monstrous stroke from the big Jamaican!22.30 IST: OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! Maiden Indian T20 League wicket for Rashid Khan and what a start to his career. Wicket in his first over of his debut game and he is elated. So are his teammates as they needed a wicket badly. This is a slider around off, Mandeep makes room to cut but there isn’t much room for the shot. Gets an under edge that cannons on to the sticks. RCB 52/122.30 IST: FOUR! CREAMED! Very full and outgside off, Mandeep leans into it nicely and strokes it sweetly through cover to find the fence. Just pure timing on the shot!22.29 IST: Rashid Khan comes on to bowl.22.28 IST: FOUR! Gayle breaks the shackles. Manages to connect the heave this time and sends it over mid-wicket to find the fence. Still a good over from Cutting.Sunrisers Hyderabad in two successive #IPL games208/7 in 20 in 2016207/4 in 20 in 2017RCB 200/7 in 20 in 2016Tonight?#SRHvRCB- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 5, 201722.8 IST: SIX! THERE HE GOES AGAIN! Gayle is teeing off folks. Fuller and on off stump, he clobbers it over wide long on for a biggie. Didn’t seem to have struck that with great power but at his build, he doesn’t have to!22.16 IST: SIX! M-A-S-S-I-V-E! That’s a Gayle special. Fullish around off, it’s in that arc for him to swing it deep into the mid-wicket stands. That went plenty of rows back into the crowd. Mammoth blow!22.16 IST: FOUR! CLEAN STRIKE! Slower ball around middle, Mandeep clears his front leg and picks the variation well to launch it over wide long on. One bounce into the ad hoardings. He is looking in good touch.22.14 IST: FOUR! Gayle finds the fence! Shortish around middle, he gets across a touch and plays a one-legged lap wide of the diving Kumar at short fine leg. That races away to the fence.22.13 IST: THAT WAS CLOSE! Fullish and just outside off, swerving in a touch as Gayle goes for the big booming drive down the ground. He misses and the ball just goes past off pole.22.08 IST: FOUR! Better stroke! Shortish and wide outside off, Mandeep Singh steers it behind point and finds the fence. It was timed to so well that third man had no chance of cutting it off. RCB 11/0 (1 over) vs SRH 207/422.07 IST: FOUR! CLOBBERED! Full and on middle, Mandeep his clear front leg and heaves it over wide mid on. Makes good connection and finds the fence.22.04 IST: Welcome back for the chase. Bangalore need a strong start to make a strong fist of this big target. Make no mistake, even without some key players, they do have the firepower. Won’t be easy against a potent Hyderabad bowling. Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh to open the batting. Ashish Nehra takes the new ball..SRH INNINGS21.50 IST: That’s it! That’s an explosive start to the season. SRH post a massive 207/4. A fantastic batting performance by Hyderabad after being put into bat. They did lose skipper David Warner early but the 2nd wicket stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques set the innings up nicely. In the partnership, the latter was the aggressor as the innings gained momentum. However, the man who stole the show was Yuvraj Singh with a hurricane innings, smashing the bowlers left, right and center en route to a 27-ball 62! Ben Cutting and Deepak Hooda threw their bat around to take the score past the psychological 200-run mark.BCCI Photo21.42 IST: WICKET! Yuvraj Singh bowled by Tymal Mills for 62 off 27 balls. Through Yuvraj’s defence. Bowls it on a good length outside off at 143 kph, Yuvraj is surprised by that and is beaten by pace. Goes through with his heave but is beaten all ends up. The ball goes through and clips the stumps and the bails fly away. What a knock it was from the veteran, 62 off 27 balls! Take a bow Yuvraj! SRH 190/4 (18.4 overs) vs RCB50 off just 23b for @YUVSTRONG12! #SRHvRCB #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 5, 201721.37 IST: FIFTY! Yuvraj Singh reaches his 11th half-century with a four. Full outside off, Yuvraj bends his knees and creams it through point for a boundary. Gets to his fifty with that. This is Yuvi of the past. SRH 175/3 (17.3 overs) vs RCBFOUR! #Yuvi pulls that beautifully, calmly! #OrangeArmy #SRH #VIVOIPL #SRHvRCB- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 5, 201721.26 IST: IN THE AIR… BUT SAFE! Wrong one around leg, Yuvraj goes through with his whip. Gets a top edge and the ball lobs in the air but falls safely between Chahal and Watson in covers. A singles is taken. SRH 154/3 (15.5 overs) vs RCB21.21 IST: Time out has been taken. A badly needed breakthrough for Bangalore but they have a lot more work to do with Yuvraj on song.21.20 IST: WICKET! Moises Henriques falls soon after scoring his third fifty. Another good catch from Sachin Baby. Tossed up outside off, Henriques uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball. Looks to go big over long off but fails to middle it. The ball sails towards the long off fence where Baby takes a superbly well-judged catch at the edge of the fence. The umpires check for the no ball but Chahal is fine and Henriques has to walk back. That’s the end of a fancy 58-run stand off 29 balls. SRH 151/3 (15.2 overs) vs RCB21.17 IST: FIFTY! Slower back of a length delivery around leg, angling away, Henriques clears his front leg and pulls this over mid-wicket for another maximum. The ball are just flying into the stands. Reaches to his fifty with that. What a knock it has been!21.15 IST: SIX! Back of a length delivery outside off, Yuvraj latches onto it in a flash. Pulls it hard over mid-wicket for a huge maximum. Yuvraj is keeping the crowd on their feet.21.08 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj makes full use of his drop. Pulls this back of a length delivery over mid-wicket for another boundary. Moves to 31 off 13.The Gentlemans Game – #SpiritofCricket at #IPL @YUVSTRONG12 & @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/K49u4Ns8Vd- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201721.06 IST: DROPPED! That’s really poor from Aravind. Banged in short, angling in, Yuvraj goes for the hook. Isn’t in control of it and the ball goes straight to Aravind at deep backwards square leg. It’s a simple chance and Aravind makes mess of it. A single is taken. How costly can that prove to be?21.06 IST: Yuvraj Singh hammers Aniket Choudhary for 18 before being dropped in 26.20.58 IST: Delicate touch! Yuvraj Singh off the mark. Length delivery, angling away, Yuvraj just ramps it fine to third man. Mills the fielder there fumbles and the batsmen take another couple. SRH 95/2 (10.5 overs) vs RCB20.54 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs after a blazing 40 off 31. The change works for Bangalore. Dhawan tries to take on Binny and charges down the wicket to this length delivery. Goes through with his heave but doesn’t connect it cleanly. It flies towards long on, where Baby runs to his left and takes a well-judged catch with a reverse cup. That’s a good breakthrough for Bangalore. End of a 74-run stand! SRH 93/2 (10.3 overs) vs RCBPlayers involved in most #IPL match victories 88 S Raina83 MS Dhoni77 Y Pathan76 R Sharma75 G Gambhir74 R Jadeja73 D Karthik#SRHvRCB- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 5, 201720.48 IST: DHAWAN SURVIVES! It’s pacy bumper and he gets a top edge on the pull. It’s go high in the air to mid on. Lands safe and they get a single.20.45 IST: Time out taken. Excellent start for Hyderabad despite losing their skipper early. Both batsmen looking ominous, Bangalore badly need a wicket.Remember the time – @Bazmccullum and @KKRiders #IPL pic.twitter.com/GaWGtupgnO- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201720.39 IST: JUST SAFE! Chahal bowls this wider outside off on seeing Dhawan giving the charge. The southpaw goes through with the stroke and just lifts it over a leaping Watson at extra cover. It goes to the deep for a brace.20.38 IST: SIX! SMOKED! Flatter outside off, Henriques steps out to that one and lofts it way over long on for a massive maximum. That’s a towering strike from the Australian to his fellow countryman. SRH 73/1 (7.4 overs) vs RCB20.37 IST: Another bowling change. Travis Head comes into the attack now.20.30 IST: FOUR! FOURTH BOUNDARY OF THE OVER! Dhawan is on fire! Shortish around middle, swivels and controls the pull over backward square leg. Fine placement and that’s another boundary to the opener. What a start this is for the hosts!20.28 IST: FOUR! SHOT! Dhawan wants to unsettle Watson. Charges down the track to a length ball and blasts it straight back past the bowler. The ball races away to the long off fence for a boundary.20.27 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! Watson starts with a length ball on middle and leg, Dhawan gets across to that one and lobs it cleanly over backward square leg. Used the pace of the bowler well to get a boundary.20.25 IST: FOUR! HAMMERED! Shortish around middle, Henriques sits on the back foot and nails the pull through square leg. Terrific strike and the ball races to the fence for a boundary. He is looking in good touch.20.22 IST: COMEDY OF ERRORS! Flatter and a touch short outside off, Henriques punches it off the back foot towards deep cover for a single. He wanted the second run and was charging down the track. Dhawan called initially but then said no. Henriques kept charging and then had very little chance to get back in time. However, the throw is at the wrong end although Jadhav had chance to fire a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Henriques puts in a dive but would have been gone had that hit.20.19 IST: Times for some spin. First bowling change for RCB as Yuzvendra Chahal comes on to bowl.20.14 IST: FOUR! HAMMERED! Short and wide outside off, Henriques seizes on the width and cuts it powerfully through point to find the fence. SRH 23/1 in 2 overs20.13 IST: OUT! GONE! Choudhury has his revenge and it’s a massive strike this! Not a wicket-taking ball, it’s short and wide outside off but Warner ends up steering it uppishly straight to a leaping Mandeep Singh at backward point. Soft dismissal and the Bangalore camp are elated. They know how big this wicket is. MOISES HENRIQUES walks out to bat. 20.10 IST: SIX! THAT’S HUGE! Warner takes full tolls of the Free Hit! Back of a length outside off, he gets underneath it and muscles it high over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. That went high and deep into the crowd.20.10 IST: Length ball around leg stump, nudged deftly down the leg side to the right of Jadhav who stops it well. Oh no, the debutant has overstepped. Tragedy for the young man so early in his spell. Free Hit coming up.20.09 IST: FOUR! UP AND OVER! Full and outside off, in the slot for Warner and he lifts it easily over mid off. Goes to the fence on a few bounces. Cannot bowl there to this man, he’ll massacre you.20.08 IST: The debutant, Aniket Choudhary to share the new ball.20.04 IST: FOUR! FINDS THE FENCE! Warner is off and running. Another back of a length ball outside off from Mills, almost similar to the first ball but this time Warner times the back foot punch to perfection. Splits the gap at cover to find the fence. SRH 7/0 in 1 over19.59 IST: Right then, we are all set to get underway. The players and umpires are making their way out to the middle. David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting for Hyderabad. It shall be Tymal Mills to take the new ball for Bangalore. A lone slip in place. Here we go!19.56 IST: RCB all set for their match against SRH..@RCBTweets are all set for their match against @SunRisers at Hyderabad #IPL #SRHvRCB pic.twitter.com/ZJGevU4GoS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201719.48 IST: TEAMS!Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra ChahalSunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Ben Cutting, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Ashish Nehra19.32 IST: TOSS! Shane Watson wins the toss and Royal Challengers Bagalore will bowl first vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan makes debut for SRH. Tymal Mills and Aniket Choudhary debut for RCB.#SpiritofCricket at #IPL – #Viratkohli & #davidwarner pic.twitter.com/dUevlFhJoI- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2017Best of Luck @TomMoodyCricket and @SunRisers in your title defence of @IPL #BringItHome @davidwarner31 #WalesisWatching- Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) April 5, 2017The original #IPL iconic players are here to kickstart the proceedings – @sachin_rt @VVSLaxman281 @SGanguly99 @virendersehwag pic.twitter.com/eFdD8TkCll- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 201718.35 IST: IPL 2017 opening ceremony gets underway with a musical performance. (Opening Ceremony Highlights)Everyone’s eager to grab a seat in the ultimate encounter against RCB. How are you all preparing yourselves? #IPL #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/uFEZaQJJ5I- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 5, 2017#RCBCheerfie @RCBTweets #GioneeRCB #Playbold #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/WdsJrHnLx5- ankit loya (@Ankit_loya) April 5, 2017Looking forward to a positive start 2 IPL 2017.I am sure @SunRisers will play to its potential&get the desired result.Good luck #orangearmy- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 5, 2017Looking forward to the Afghan boys playing and rolling their arm over today,groundbreaking . Fab picks by @SunRisers #VIVOIPL2017- Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) April 5, 2017The Indian Premier League has turned 10. Since its inception in 2008, the glittering T20 tournament has found a resonance with the masses in India and players overseas. The IPL today, is easily the most-loved shortest format tournament in the world and players from all over the world want to be a part of it. (It means a lot to be defending champions: Warner to India Today)Game day, looking forward to our first @IPL match, boys all geared up and ready to fire! Get behind the #orangearmy @SunRisers #SRHvRCB- Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) April 5, 2017From record-breaking batsmen to wicket-taking bowlers to spectacular fielding efforts, the IPL has seen it all. In nine seasons so far, 578 matches have been played and 42 hundreds scored. Virat Kohli scored four of those last year alone during a record-shattering season where he amassed 973 runs.All set for tonight game against Hyderabad ??? #RCB #PlayBold?? #JaiMataDi?????? pic.twitter.com/yX0uEpA1Bm- yuZvendra Chahal23 (@yuzi_chahal) April 5, 2017Unfortunately, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he won’t feature in the opening game against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB will also be without the services of Lokesh Rahul, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan. 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first_imgSometimes all we need is a reminder of the real reason we do what we do: our children. This week, Dr. David Aguilar shares his favorite work mug — a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind treasure.**Name: **David AguilarWhat I do: Doctor of ChiropracticWebsite: www.aguilarchiropractic.comLocation: New York CityMug Story: Here’s my mug. It’s awesome. That’s my daughter’s foot. She was barely a month old when we took her to the pottery shop. Every time I drink out of it, I remember how wonderful it felt to have my daughter home at last. She’s now three years old. I can hardly believe that she is the same person who’s foot is stamped on this mug.**Want to share your mug story with our members? **Email us at lvanthoen [at] freelancersunion.org with your name, occupation, website, and mug story, and we may feature you in our blog!last_img read more


What do Microsoft, Coldplay, David Lynch, U2, and Nokia have in common?What do Microsoft, Coldplay, David Lynch, U2, and Nokia have in common?


first_imgDo you ever think about how many different artists and creatives impact our lives on a daily basis?Think about the songs we hear on the radio, the jingles that play on our computers when they start up, the pre-programmed ringtones on our phones, and the theme songs to the movies or TV shows that we watch. All of these things, whether we’re conscious of it or not, affect our moods, impact our productivity, and have even been shown to enhance our creative impulses.Brian Eno is someone that you know, but you may not know that you know.Not only is he a composer, visual artist, singer, musician, record producer, and creator of a genre of music, but you know the “Microsoft Sound” – the jingle that your computer made when you started it up – Brian Eno composed that. He’s also worked on records by Coldplay, U2, Paul Simon, Devo, Grace Jones, The Talking Heads, and even composed a soundtrack for David Lynch and ringtones for a Nokia phone that you may have had a few years ago.In celebration of Brian Eno’s 66th birthday, here are a few inspirational quotes for all of you freelance artists and creatives out there:On the purpose of art:“One of the things you do when you make a piece of art is you try to make the world you’d rather be in.”“For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.”“Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict. Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process.”On creating art:“One of my mottoes is that if you want to get unusual results, work fast and work cheap, because there’s more of a chance that you’ll get somewhere that nobody else did.”“The idea is to produce things that are as strange and mysterious to you as the first music you ever heard.”“Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.”“One of the things you’re doing when you make art, apart from entertaining yourself and other people, is trying to see what ways of working feel good, what feels right.”On collaboration:“Every collaboration helps you grow.”“When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness… That’s one of the great feelings – to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue.”On problems and mistakes:“The eternal problem of the human being is how to structure his waking hours.”“Honor your mistake as a hidden intention.”Want to learn more about Brian Eno and his artistic process? Check this documentary out:last_img read more


How to wake up early and stay alertHow to wake up early and stay alert


first_imgAs we know, not everyone can be a morning person.Alas, sometimes you have a flight to catch, a test to take, a meeting to attend…or you’ve forgotten what the sun looks like. And you miss it.For those of us who might be night owls, or even sloths, here are some neat tricks to get you up early and staying alert… without caffeine.Do what you can to get a good night’s sleep.A good night’s rest is crucial to your ability to wake up in the morning. For some tips on that, here are a bunch of posts we’ve done on sleep!8 tips to fall asleep faster and sleep deeperWeird sleep habits? How to sleep and stay productiveHow to get ahead restingWhy cherries help you sleep(We even have a whole Hive devoted to sleep. Check it out here.)So once you think you’ve mastered the art of sleeping, or if you haven’t but you have an 8 am conference call anyway,Set a gradual alarm.A gentle alarm is much nicer to wake up to than a BRAAAP BRAAAP BRAAAP. It could be your favorite song on a radio clock, or an app like Sleepcycle, which is what I use.If it’s way too late for you to salvage your night, try to schedule your rest in 1.5 hour increments. That’s how long a sleep cycle usually is, so if you stack them, you won’t wake yourself up in the middle of deep sleep. And stop worrying about how little sleep you’re getting! Just zone out and count some sheep.Drink a glass of water when you wake up, first thing in the morning.Friends, this is the most important lesson I can ever impart to you. Drink. Water. You know how you wake up feeling like a desiccated husk of your former self, eyes scratchy, lips chapped? That’s dehydration! After a glass of water you’ll be feeling lush and lovely and way more awake. And keep it up: staying hydrated does wonders for your mind and body.Open your shades!Our internal clocks are regulated by sunlight. If you find yourself sleeping in, it could be because your bedroom isn’t getting enough sun. In general, making sure you get lots of sunlight will keep you alert and happy.Have a good breakfast.I know, I know, you’ve heard this before. But breakfast really is the most important meal of the day– you have to feed yourself to get ready for all the work you’re going to do! It doesn’t have to be an extravagant omelet, but you’ll feel a lot better with some food in your tummy.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberPut together a playlist to boost your mood.Self explanatory. Fail-proof cheer. Or wake up and blast one of your favorite CDs. I’ve been listening to Gold Panda’s Lucky Shiner album lately.Get moving. A brisk walk does wonders.It gets the blood flowing, it gets your heart pumping, and it really does wake you up. Doing a few stretches when you wake up can have the same effect. If you find yourself getting drowsy at work, do a lap around your block and you’ll come back bright-eyed and ready to go.Give your eyes a break.Maybe you’re trying to get some work done but you’re nodding off. If you spend your day staring at screens, give your eyes a break and let them focus on something else. You’ll reduce the strain on your eyes and also wake yourself up.Nibble on some snacks.Nuts, fruit, or anything else high in nutrients. I really like baby carrots because they have a satisfying crunch. Sweets might perk you up momentarily, but they’ll leave you feeling sluggish later.Take a break! Switch up your tasks.Switching your tasks sounds like multitasking, but it’s always good to work on new things with fresh eyes. And your brain will appreciate thinking in a different direction, too!Try the 45-15 rule to get the most out of your time: 45 minutes on work, 15 minutes on other little mindless tasks, like phone calls, emails, or even washing dishes.So there you have it, freelancers. Some tips to kickstart your day and keep you going. Got any tips for staying awake or waking up? Share them in our Hive, How do you plan your day?Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a reformed night owl who used to only ever see the sun rise if she stayed up late.last_img read more


Top 5 Freelance Pet PeevesTop 5 Freelance Pet Peeves


first_imgRecently, I reached out to a bunch of freelance friends, conducting an informal survey. Specifically, I asked them to tell me their most common career irritants: What poisons the well of their work? What makes them reluctant to work with certain clients again, and what frustrates them the most?In no particular order, here are the 5 most common answers – the pet peeves that Freelancers wish clients knew to avoid.1.) ”The check is in the mail”Every single freelancer I spoke to said that late payment is one of their biggest pet peeves. Nothing irritates us more than waiting for a check that comes belatedly… or worse, never comes at all! At best, it’s frustratingly disorganized and absent-minded on the client’s part (see #5); at worst, it’s disrespectful – or even criminal, in the case of complete non-payment.Freelancers have to pay bills like everyone else; if you can get the electric payment out on time, you can manage to send out a check to your graphic designer.2.) Relentless bargain-huntingHear me, O prospective clients; please stop trying to get the “bargain” rate for freelance services. It does not exist, and your inquiry does not start business relationships out on the best foot. Most freelance rates are set after careful consideration; if we gave special treatment to everyone, those rates would be meaningless.You wouldn’t go into a restaurant and try to order from the non-existent “secret discount menu” (at least, I hope you would not); don’t insult freelancers by instantly trying to whittle down our prices.3.) Unhelpful/vague feedback“Make it more orange, but not orange-orange.”“This doesn’t have the right feel; could we get a different feel?”“I wanted a more unique tone.”… what does any of that mean, exactly?Freelancers aren’t mind-readers; it’s frustrating to get feedback that poses more problems, without giving us a path to solutions. If you hire a freelancer, try to be as specific as possible in your constructive comments – what exactly don’t you like, why don’t you like it, and what direction do you want to head in? Freelancers want to make their clients happy; help us help you!4.) Disappearing / chronically disorganized clientsI’ve written about this phenomenon extensively, and with good reason; almost every freelancer I talked to expressed frustration about clients who suddenly drop off the face of the map, or who don’t have their organizational ducks in a row – creating chaos and delays not only for the freelancer, but for themselves.NO freelancer can help clients who don’t have their own business in order. Consistent, organized, open client/freelancer communication is key to getting projects done on time and within budget.5.) Broken promisesFreelancers do a good deal of their work relying on a client’s word. Even with a contract in place or a deposit paid, every freelancer takes a leap of faith: that they will be treated fairly, that the work will be as consistent as promised – and that they will be paid on schedule. Unfortunately, freelancers assume a certain amount of risk with every new client.When clients make promises and break them – even if unintentionally – they create big headaches for freelancers. Every freelancer has a story of frantically struggling last-minute to plug a budgetary hole caused by a flakey client, or quitting one freelance gig to make room for a new job… that never materialized.These pet peeves are so irritating because they ultimately lower client satisfaction AND prevent freelancers from establishing smooth-running, profitable businesses… and that’s good for nobody involved. Sidestepping these 5 pit falls ensures productive relationships – the best way to make both freelancers and clients happy!Got freelance pet peeves? We want to hear them: Take the Annual Independent Workers Survey now!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more


Davis Cup: France reach final after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan LajovicDavis Cup: France reach final after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic


first_imgFrance punched their ticket to the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead against Serbia on Sunday.Playing on clay at Lille’s Pierre Mauroy stadium, Les Bleus did not have it easy in their semi-final against a team deprived of former world number one Novak Djokovic as they set up a meeting against Australia or Belgium.France were the heavy favourites against Serbia and they delivered despite unexpectedly losing the first point when Lucas Pouille lost to Lajovic on Friday.Looks like the party’s already started in Lille! ?????????º?????????º pic.twitter.com/G8h1YT6J5eDavis Cup (@DavisCup) September 17, 2017Now that’s how you celebrate your 20th #DavisCup win! Great stuff @tsonga7 ????????? pic.twitter.com/IjxH4qHbQhDavis Cup (@DavisCup) September 17, 2017Playing on clay at Lille’s Pierre Mauroy stadium, Les Bleus did not have it easy in their semi-final against a team deprived of former world number one Novak Djokovic as they set up a meeting against Australia or Belgium.French number one Tsonga, however, played solid tennis against LasloDjere and Lajovic to give Les Bleus two points while grand slamchampions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won their doublesagainst Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic.”It was an exciting tie and the mindset was perfect,” said France team captain Yannick Noah.”There were ups and downs but let’s enjoy it. Being in the final was a dream.”France played their last final in 2014, losing in Lille to Roger Federer’s Switwerland.advertisementlast_img read more