You Can Contribute and You Can Make a Difference

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Anthony Robbins has a framework for human needs. It’s very much like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, something a lot of people are familiar with, especially if you have taken a psychology class. Maslow’s needs are called deficiency needs, and Robbins are the same, even if he has made them more practical and tactical, something that makes them easy to understand and apply.Robbins’ Six Human Needs are certainty, variety, belongingness (love and connection), significance, growth, and contribution. Like Maslow, all human beings share these needs, each of us being driven more by some than others. Much like Maslow’s hierarchy starts at your physiological needs and moves up to safety, then to belongingness, before reaching needs of a higher order, the needs Robbins framework follows the same direction, with contribution being the top of the pyramid (for Maslow, it’s self-transcendence). Once your deficiency needs are met, contribution seems to be the greatest driver, and the one that provides the greatest sense of meaning, mission, and purpose.If you want the ultimate hack when it comes to creating a sense of meaning, and mission, and purpose in your life, you can shift right to contribution. At any time, you can contribute to some cause outside of yourself. You can find someone or some organization that needs your help, and you can give them your time and energy or your money (no matter how much or how little).I once heard a story about a senior executive at a big company. He decided to get his MBA in Philanthropy. I was unaware that a degree was necessary, having always believed that a check given to a worthy cause— that also clears the bank—makes one a philanthropist. Generosity isn’t something that is reserved to the wealthy and well-off. Giving what you are able to give, regardless of how much or how little, is generosity and compassion, neither of which should be measured or compared to what others give.You can approach the hierarchy of needs from the other direction. You can contribute to some cause beyond yourself. What you give makes a difference, just like each drop of water makes up the ocean, one drop being no more or no less than every other drop, none being more or less wet than any other.last_img read more

Russian film fete to be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Panaji

first_img‘Russian Film Days’, a film festival organised as part of an Indo-Russian government co-operation initiative, will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Panaji. The film festival will open in New Delhi at Siri Fort complex on November 10 with the drama film Bolshoi, which will be presented by the director himself, Valery Todorovsky. The festival is being organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India. Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev and leading representatives of Russian and Indian cinema are expected to be in attendance.The opening ceremony will see a tribute paid to the legendary Raj Kapoor and his hallmark 1970s film Mera Naam Joker that ran successfully across the USSR 45 years ago. Ballerina to attendSpecial guest for the evening will be Randhir Kapoor and Kseniya Ryabinkina, a former ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, who played one of the key roles in the film. This is the first time that the festival is being held in Goa. The film festival will travel from Delhi to Mumbai and culminate in Goa at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Pathbreaking films such as Light up, Hostage and Closeness will be screened at IFFI. Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new masterpiece Loveless, which will show at the festival, has been described as an “apocalyptic study of a failed marriage and the subsequent disappearance of a child” in reviews.The festival is organised by the Cinemarus, a production company in cooperation with Russkoe Kino company and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Russian National Fund of Copyright Holders’s Support, the Filmmakers Union of the Russian Federation, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting India, Directorate of Film Festivals and IFFI.last_img read more

Watermelon, You Don’t

first_imgBeen shy about testing Viagra. Try watermelon instead. A Texas scientist says the fruit contains bioactive compounds that relax blood vessels, much like Viagra. “The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” says Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station. “We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.”Longer indeed!According to scientists, the phyto-nutrient, citrulline, in watermelon is converted to arginine in the body. “The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”“Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra,” Patil said, “but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Stars support President Obamas climate change plan at Emmys

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 21 (PTI) Actor Jeffrey Tambor, his “Transparent” co-star Gaby Hoffmann and “Game of Thrones” author George R R Martin, among others sported green ribbons at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in a bid to support US President Barack Obamas climate change plan. The ribbons were created to demand climate action and the Natural Resources Defense Council thanked the TV stars for wearing the cause, reported Entertainment Weekly. “Thanks to @jeffreytambor, @OfficialJLD, Louis C.K., @IamDonCheadle and others for supporting climate action!” the official account of the council tweeted. The green ribbons, which include the phrase “Demand Climate Action,” were meant to support the EPA plan to take on climate change. Comedian Brad Hall and “Game of Thrones” director David Nutter were also spotted wearing the ribbon at the event. Many stars donned the ribbons last year as well, backing the Green Ribbon Campaign, a movement to open up discussions about mental health. PTI SHD PSHlast_img read more

Sumit Nagal Reaches Semi-finals on ATP Challenger Circuit for 2nd Straight Week

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sumit Nagal reached the semi-finals of ATP Challenger Campinas in Brazil with a straight sets win against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo on Friday and secured his second semi-final appearance in two weeks.Nagal had won the ATP Challenger Buenos Aires last week and continued his form into this week as he beat Cerundolo 7-6 (2), 7-5 to set up a semi-final meet with another Argentinian Juan Ficovich. With the win, Nagal now has the highest number of semi-final appearances on the ATP Challenger Tour this year.At the back of this win, Nagal also moved to the world No.129 spot in the ATP live rankings. After winning the Challenger title in Argentina last week, Nagal had moved to career-best ranking of 135.Nagal has defeated Cerundolo just last week on his way to the title in Buenos Aires at the same stage but that win had come in three sets. In Brazil, it was a more straight forward win for the Indian.Nagal had moved into the second round of the tournament after his opponent Portuguese Gastao Elias retired while the Indian was leading 4-1 in the first set.In the second round, Nagal was up against the local player Orlando Luz, who he beat 7-5, 6-3.Earlier this week, Nagal had expressed disappointment over not receiving any financial assistance despite showing his caliber against Roger Federer in the first round of the US Open.”I was all alone here. No one was with me to help out. One way, it has been great that I have been playing good tennis but it’s not easy to do it and I’m really sad,” Nagal told PTI from Buenos Aires.”The path is lonely despite doing well at the US Open. I qualified at 22 and led a set against Roger Federer but it still has not made impact anywhere. It’s really sad nobody is coming up to invest into tennis,” he added. atpATP Challenger TourIndiaIndian tennis First Published: October 4, 2019, 11:59 PM ISTlast_img read more

Champions League: Manchester City beat PSG to reach first semifinals

first_imgManchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time after a superb curling shot from Kevin de Bruyne gave them a 1-0 second-leg win over Paris St Germain that sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory on Tuesday.The Belgian picked his spot perfectly with 14 minutes remaining, firing past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp as PSG went out of the competition in the quarter-finals for the fourth successive season.City should have taken the lead at the Etihad Stadium in the first half when Trapp brought down Sergio Aguero to concede a penalty, but the normally lethal Argentine fired his spotkick wide of Trapp’s left-hand post.City would have advanced on the away goals rule if the game had finished 0-0 or 1-1 following last week’s 2-2 draw in Paris, but the final scoreline just about reflected City’s superiority in a tense, dramatic match.”Kevin de Bruyne is an important player for us, we deserved a goal before he scored. We dominated that game from the beginning until the end,” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini told BT Sport.After a bright, attacking opening from City, PSG took control and played some flowing passing football.Coach Laurent Blanc had opted to start with a three-man back line of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Serge Aurier but switched to a 4-4-2 formation after Thiago Motta went off injured a minute before halftime.Yet despite dominating possession, with Adrien Rabiot and Angel Di Maria linking well, PSG did not mount a serious attempt on goal, apart from a dipping free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic after 17 minutes which City keeper Joe Hart did well to tip away.advertisementCity came more into the match as their fullbacks Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy became more adventurous and their slicker attacking approach play should have paid dividends when Aguero won the penalty.To the horror of the home fans, however, he missed the target with his effort.The closest PSG came to a goal in the second half was when Ibrahimovic bundled the ball into the net in the closing minutes but was narrowly ruled offside.last_img read more

Lionel Messi sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, but will not have to go to prison

first_imgBarcelona soccer star Lionel Messi and his father were condemned to 21 months in prison over tax fraud by Spanish authorities on Wednesday. (Lionel Messi testifies in tax fraud case)Messi has also been fined 2 million Euros while his father Jorge Horacio was fined 1.5 million Euros. (Lionel Messi announces international retirement after Copa America loss)Lionel and Jorge Horacio were accused by the Spanish tax office of defrauding the government of 4.2 million euros ($4.7 million) between 2007 and 2009. (Panama Papers: Lionel Messi’s family denies tax evasion allegations)The case centred on the player’s image rights and a web of shell companies allegedly used to evade taxes on income from those rights.ESCAPES JAIL TERM However, it is customary in Spain that offenders of non-violent crime with a sentence of under two years do not serve time in jail.According to the prosecutors’ office, revenue was hidden using shell companies in Uruguay, Belize, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.Messi and his father paid five million euros to the tax authorities as a “corrective” measure after being formally investigated in June 2013.NEYMAR ALSO IN TROUBLE Spain’s tax office has also begun investigating the finances of Messi’s Barcelona team-mates Neymar Jr, Javier Mascherano and Adriano.Mascherano accepted a one-year prison sentence for tax evasion as part of a plea bargain in January, although is not expected to serve time in jail.Messi moved to Barcelona from his birth place of Rosario, Argentina in 2000, becoming a Spanish citizen in 2005.He is 10th on Forbes Magazine’s list of the world’s highest-earning athletes over the past decade, with an estimated income of $350 million.advertisementMessi has scored 453 goals in 531 appearances for Barca in all competitions. He has also won eight La Liga titles, four King’s Cups and four Champions League crowns with Barca, leading them to a league and cup double last season.last_img read more

Panthers’ Cam Newton says he needs ‘time away from game’ to heal

first_imgMLB attendance drops in boom-bust era of big winners, losers P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano “It could very well be a week. Or two weeks. It could be three weeks, it could be four weeks, it could be six weeks,” Newton said in the video in which he was smoking a cigar and drinking a glass of wine. “But I have to understand and know if it takes that time I trust in this team that they will, we will, still be in a great situation by the time I get back.”Kyle Allen has replaced Newton in the starting lineup and led Carolina to a 38-20 win over Arizona last Sunday. Allen will start against the Texans on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Newton says when he was warming up for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Rams his foot did not feel right.But he decided to play anyway. “Even if somebody is not close to you, you’re trying to guard your foot,” Newton said. “I don’t want nobody to touch it, I don’t want nobody to sack me. So all these things are going on in my head in actual play. For so long I played this game one way, I played this game the only way I know how to play. And at this particular time, that No. 1 (his jersey number) that’s out there, that hasn’t been that same person.”Newton said it “rejuvenated” him when the Panthers shut him down in Week 3.“It takes the ‘Superman’ out of it,” Newton said referring to nickname he has become known for. “I really didn’t want that mantra to be there. You feel like you’re immortal. You feel you can’t do no wrong. You feel like you’re this big, bad guy but truth be told, I’m human. Through this whole time, I’m realizing this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin PLAY LIST 01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin00:50Trending Articles02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man FILE – Quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he plans on taking “time away from the game” because of a mid-foot sprain that has bothered him since the third preseason game.Newton says in a 15-minute video blog released Friday night that he probably shouldn’t have tried to play through the injury and needs to give himself time to heal.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “I was hiding an injury where I could have easily said, ‘You know what coach, I don’t think I’m ready. Maybe I need to kind of consider sitting this one out for the betterment” of the team, Newton said. “… Automatically, I thought, ‘I’ve got to play Week 1. I can’t let my fans down. I’ve got to be there for my team.’”Newton is the NFL’s third-leading career rusher among quarterbacks, but has run the ball just five times for minus-2 yards in his first two starts.With the Panthers facing a crucial fourth-and-1 at the Tampa Bay 2 in Week 2, coordinator Norv Turner called a play for Christian McCaffrey instead of Newton. McCaffrey was stopped short of the first down and immediately questions about Newton’s foot arose.After the game coach Ron Rivera told reporters “don’t worry about the foot.”However, Newton hasn’t practice since that 20-14 loss to the Bucs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Buffon hints at playing until he is 50

first_imgGianluigi Buffon is showing no sign of slowing down at the age of 40, with the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper suggesting that he could still have 10 years left in the tank.The legendary Italian decided to prolong his playing career over the summer when making a move to France.After 17 years as an iconic figure at Juventus, the World Cup winner opted to shelve retirement plans and take on a new challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He is now refusing to set a date for the hanging up of his gloves, with a veteran performer determined to make the most of every opportunity he gets – even if that means playing until he is 50.Buffon told L’Equipe’s Sport & Style magazine: “I’ve learned in recent years that it would be a mistake to set a limit.“At 32 I thought I’d play until 35. After that, circumstances dictated that I keep playing. Then I said to myself: ‘I’ll stop at 38’. But at 38 I said: ‘I’ll stop at 40’.“Life has made it so that I’m still here today, I could stop in six months, a year or 10 years and I don’t want to ask, I don’t want to know.“I’m sure that the emotions and the life I’ve had, even in the dressing room, are not something I can find elsewhere. I’m not sure that a normal player would have lived this life the way I have.“You have to accept that life has several phases, and you must never be surprised. So, I know that one day it’ll happen, and I won’t be taken by surprise.“But I also know that everything will be completely different.”The deal Buffon penned with PSG upon arriving at Parc des Princes in July includes a 12-month option to take him through the 2019-20 campaign.He has already taken in six outings for the Ligue 1 giants this season, although he does face fierce competition for places from talented France international Alphonse Areola.last_img read more

I-League: Aizawl eyes full points against Churchill Brothers

first_imgVasco (Goa), Apr 14 (PTI) Title aspirant Aizawl FC will be looking to garner full points when they take on Churchill Brothers in the crucial Round-16 match of football Hero I-League championship, to be played here tomorrow.Earlier on Sunday, Aizawl FC suffered a jolt to their title aspirations when they went down to defending champions Bengaluru FC by a solitary goal scored in added time.With three rounds to go, Aizawl FC is now tied on 30 points each along with Mohun Bagan at the top, and three points above East Bengal, who are on the third place.The match will be played at the Tilak Stadium.Aizawl FC, who got relegated last year but got a chance to play this season after three Goan clubs – Dempo SC, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa – pulled out of the tournament, are in race for their maiden I-League title along with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The teams coach Khalid Jamil is optimistic that his team can win the title.”We are just three rounds away and tomorrows match is crucial in our race for the title. We need to win to keep ourselves in race for the title.The boys have been positive and have come all along the way, and now they need to keep themselves focus and win tomorrows match before we play against Mohun Bagan at home next for the title clash,” Jamil told reporters today.”The last time we played against Churchill Brothers, we won convincingly but after Derrick Pereira took over the reins they are a transformed side. We need to put up collective performance and not feel the extra pressure of winning the title,” he said.advertisementChurchill Brothers, who have pulled themselves out of relegation are placed 6th with 17 points from 15 matches, and will be now looking to finish among the top five.Pereira, also former DSK Shivajians FC coach will look to stick with his top performers, especially Ansumana Kromah, who has been in a blazing form. He will be partnered by Anthony Wolfe upfront.Adil Khan and Rowilson Rodrigues will look to helm the defence while Bektur Talgat will be charged with marshalling the mid-field. PTI MCS ARS DK DKlast_img read more

IPL betting scam: Nayan Shah’s handler on the run, massive manhunt underway

first_imgKanpur police is verifying an audio message received by Nayan Shah, the man arrested in connection with the huge betting scam that erupted during the ongoing Indian Premier League.The audio message had come to Shah from his handler Bunty alias Bikash Khandelwal. In the message, Bunty is heard abusing Shah and telling him that it was because of Nayan that he had to endure huge losses.Investigations reveal Shah was in regular touch with Bunty Khandelwal and provided information related to matches and the pitch.In  Kanpur, Shah had managed to rope in one Rakesh Bihari and tasked him to tamper the pitch by putting excess water to make it slow. Rakesh had even sent several photographs of the pitch to Shah. These photos, were in turn, forwarded to several bookies across the country.Preliminary investigations revealed that Bunty was Shah’s main handler and it was Bunty, who passed orders to him to get in touch with players.It has been learnt that in one of the conversations, Bunty had candidly accepted that he was in touch with two players who were ready to work for the betting syndicate.Meanwhile, the Kanpur police moved to keep Shah in remand. He is likely to be taken into custody and interrogated once again to fathom the deeps of the betting syndicate.The police also put under surveillance approximately 50 cell phones of people close to Bunty to ascertain his location.Bunty is on the run and he managed to escape moments before the Ajmer police conducted a raid at his residence.advertisementThe Kanpur police is suspecting a spill-over of information. Bunty fled from his house in an Ertiga, which was found abandoned at the Jaipur Railway station. Now, a massive manhunt had been launched for him in three states.His wife Komal, during sustained interrogation, provided vital leads about his whereabouts to the police. It is learnt that Bunty rarely stayed at home and often traveled to Mumbai.In the cell phone records of Shah, another prominent name has surfaced – one of Haneef, who is originally from Gujarat. However, his cell phone records indicate his presence somewhere in South Africa.Meanwhile, police analysed CCTV footage of over 72 hours from four cameras installed at Hotel Landmark. It reveals Shah spent 20 minutes at the hotel lobby just before the players were about to arrive. He also talked at length to an official who wore some kind of identification card on his neck.The police has to identify the official and is likely to question him. It is not yet clear if the official is a manger in any of the teams which was offered baits by Shah.The official is being examined. Now the police is banking heavily on Shah’s confessional statements as it feel the syndicate runs deep and the business runs in thousands of cores.Here are the key points:Kanpur police verifying an audio message received by Nayan Shah from master mind Bunty KhandelwalAudio clip heard Bunty saying to Shah, “tu chahe pitch pe tejab dalwa, tumahari wajas se bahut loss hua”Bunty was the handler of Nayan Shah, accepted 2 players are ready to work50 cellphones are under survillence to ascertain Bunty location, all are closedMassive manhunt in 3 states to find Bunty who fled in ertiga car, which later found abondoned at Jaipur railway stationPolice analysed 72 hours footage of hotel landmark’s lobby in Kanpur hotel 20 minutes before team arrivalBunty can be seen talking one official with I-card in the neck as per the policeBunty close associate Haneef is also on run, last cellphone location is in South AfricaBunty’s wife Komal interrogated.(With inputs from Seema Gupta)last_img read more

Colon, 40, Takes Mets Past Padres

first_imgNEW YORK — It was a great night for the graybeards at Citi Field.Bobby Abreu went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Bartolo Colon pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning as the New York Mets turned to a pair of 40-somethings to beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on June 13.“Representing the 40s. When we go to the field, we throw everything that we’ve got,” Abreu said. “Been playing this game for a long time, so pretty much we know what we have to do.”Abreu scored twice in the rain-delayed opener of a three-game series between fourth-place teams struggling to score. Colon (6-5) set down 18 straight batters and improved to 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last five starts, sending the Mets to only their second victory in 10 games.“We needed to have him get deep in the game. It was important for us because we were so short in the ‘pen,” Manager Terry Collins said.Rene Rivera hit a two-run homer but Andrew Cashner (2-6) failed to hold a rare lead for the Padres, who have dropped five straight and nine of 11.The hard-throwing Cashner, who entered with a 2.13 ERA, has lost five straight decisions. He gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings in his second start since spending more than three weeks on the disabled list with a sore right elbow.Fans were advised to take cover on the concourse during the rain delay because of dangerous weather.Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings was shown on the big video screen in center field for most of a delay at the start that lasted 1 hour, 56 minutes. And even after the ballgame began, some in the sparse crowd announced at 28,085 seemed to be paying much more attention to hockey.With the Rangers trying to stave off elimination again, an audible groan went up in the seventh inning — just as New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh hit the post with a shot in overtime.After the final out, some fans lingered near TVs inside the ballpark to keep watching. In the end, the Rangers lost in double overtime.The 41-year-old Colon had uncharacteristic trouble with his command at the start. He walked his first batter and gave up Yonder Alonso’s leadoff single in the second before Rivera connected for his fourth home run.“I got a little mad. I was meaning to throw that pitch outside and I just went in a little too much so that really got me fired up,” Colon said through a translator. “I think it was just a matter of getting through the first two innings. After that I got really comfortable, found my zone and kept going from there.”The home run gave Cashner an uncommon 2-0 lead — the Padres had scored only once in his previous 33 innings.Colon, however, quickly regrouped and retired his next 18 batters until Alexi Amarista opened the eighth with a double.“I’ve known Bart for a long time and at times, you’ll see him get stronger as the game goes on. I think you saw that tonight,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He held his velocity throughout the game, even into the eighth inning.”After throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Tommy Medica with his 118th pitch, Colon was lifted. He walked off the mound to a warm hand and softly clapped his hands. Vic Black retired cleanup man Carlos Quentin with the bases loaded to end the inning.Batting fourth in place of Curtis Granderson (calf), the 40-year-old Abreu hit a leadoff double in the second and scored on Taylor Teagarden’s two-out single.“Anytime they need me there, I’m always going to be ready to play the game,” Abreu said.He singled in the fourth and Lucas Duda tied it 2-all on a two-out double just beyond the reach of diving center fielder Will Venable. Matt den Dekker blooped a ground-rule double that put New York ahead. “Couldn’t stop the two-out hits,” Cashner said.Abreu added RBI singles in the fifth and seventh. Slumping star David Wright had a long sacrifice fly in the seventh.It was the first four-hit game for Abreu, who did not play in the majors last season, since May 30, 2011, with the Angels at Kansas City. “I made two good pitches to him,” Cashner said. “He’s a good hitter, a professional hitter. Couldn’t get him out.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Fowler vs. McIlroy at British Open

first_imgHOYLAKE, England — With the nasty weather holding off and Royal Liverpool essentially defenseless, everyone took aim at Rory McIlroy.Rickie Fowler led the way.The 25-year-old American piled up seven birdies through the first 12 holes July 19 and pulled even with McIlroy, who failed to take full advantage of the favorable scoring conditions in the third round of the British Open.The R&A went with an unprecedented two-tee start, hoping to get the round completed while under the threat of severe thunderstorms.When McIlroy teed off with a four-stroke lead shortly before lunchtime, there was only a light sprinkle and hardly any wind. Not surprisingly, the world’s best players attacked the softened greens with fearless abandon.“I think everyone was getting ready for a hurricane,” said Keegan Bradley, who shot a 3-under 69. “But it’s as nice as we could imagine”Darren Clarke’s 67 included an amazing stretch of six birdies in seven holes and was better than any of his rounds when he won the Open at Royal St. George’s in 2011. Graeme McDowell posted a 68. The Northern Irishmen were the leaders in the clubhouse at 5-under 211.Their countryman McIlroy built his commanding lead with two straight 6-under 66s. But he got off to a shaky start, squandered a booming drive in the middle of the fairway, his next shot catching a deep pot bunker next to the green. He barely got it out of the sand and took bogey.Dustin Johnson, playing in the final group with the leader and his closest challenger at the start of play, stuck an approach to about 5 feet and rolled in the birdie. Just like that, McIlroy’s lead was cut in half.But it wasn’t Johnson who emerged as McIlroy’s prime challenger.Fowler kept up his strong play in the majors, which began with a fifth-place showing at the Masters and continued with a runner-up showing behind runaway winner Martin Kaymer in the U.S. Open last month.Now, it looks as if Fowler will have his best chance yet going to the final round on July 20.When he rolled in his third straight birdie at No. 12, and McIlroy came along in the final group and made bogey, the two young players — born less than five months apart — were tied for the lead at 12 under.Of course, McIlroy already has a couple of major titles, romping to victory at both the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship, each time by eight shots. Fowler has yet to win one of golf’s signature events, but he’s set up his schedule this year with an idea of peaking at the biggest tournaments.Clearly, it’s paying off.Johnson, another talented player without a major championship, dropped back with three straight bogeys on the front side. Perennial contender Sergio Garcia, still seeking his first major as well, was 3 under on the day but squandered several prime chances to take his score even lower — most notably, missing a 3-foot birdie try at No. 12. The Spaniard was three shots off the lead.Also in the mix were major winners Jim Furyk and Charl Schwartzel, both at 7 under along with Johnson and France’s Victor Dubuisson.The 44-year-old Furyk was surely heartened by the last three Opens being won by 40-something players.Defending champion Phil Mickelson was hoping to make a big push after shooting 70 on July 18. But Lefty made three bogeys on the front side and, even with a rally after the turn, still managed just a 71 that left him a daunting 11 shots off the lead as he signed his card.He knew he should have done better. “It’s as easy as I have seen the course play,” he said.Coming off one of the worst Open rounds of his pro career, Tiger Woods teed off in the final group at No. 10, still clinging to the hope of mounting a Paul Lawrie-like comeback.No chance. After birdies at his first two holes, Woods made another major blunder with a double bogey at the second — his 11th hole of the day — and remained 13 shots off the lead.(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: August 18, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNoida: Wedding Special collection(B)Mumbai: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas at Mumbai(A)Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi: PM Modi arrives in Kerala (B+A)Birbhum: Everester Choken on cycling expedition(B)Nagpur: Kapil Sibal at panel discussion in Nagpur(B)Kochi: Kerala flood(B+A)Patna: Pappu Yadav addresses press(B)Bengaluru: ‘Abhigyaan’ inauguration by Air Chief Marshal(B)INTERNATIONALEdinburgh: Annual arts and entertainment event(B)Karachi: Eid al-Adha preparation(A)Ayacucho: Telatives take cell phone pictures of theremains of Fortunate Ventura Huamacusi(B)Sydney:Jamaica’s Usain Bolt meets a fan as he arrives (B)Frankfurt: A party boat cruises on the river Main withthe buildings(B)Khan Younis: Protesters run to cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops(B)Mecca: Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand Mosque(B)Pasay: Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 passenger planeis lifted(B)Berlin: A man sits on a bench during sunset(B)Islamabad: Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister/related photos(B)SPORTSMason: Western & Southern Open tennis tournament (A+B)Copenhagen: Europa League soccer match(B)Boston: U.S. Gymnastics Championships(B)Jakarta: 2018 Asian Games(B+A)Palembang: 18th Asian Games in Palembang(A)PTI PHOTO HS VNA OSOSlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Rishabh Pant trains with MS Dhoni ahead of blockbuster World Cup clash

first_imgYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant arrived in Manchester on Friday ahead of the blockbuster India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash in the city on Sunday.Pant flew to the United Kingdom to join the India squad as cover for Shikhar Dhawan who had suffered a thumb injury during India’s World Cup clash against Australia last Sunday. Dhawan, it has been revealed, suffered a minor fracture but the opening batsman continues to be part of the squad. The team management are not ruling Dhawan out of the tour tournament yet, considering the success he has had for the team in ICC tournaments.However, Pant has joined the team and train with them in order to keep himself ready if an opportunity comes his way. Notably, Pant wasn’t picked in the initial 15-member squad as chief selector MSK Prasad said India had opted for the more experienced stand-by wicketkeeper-batsman in Dinesh Karthik.After arriving in Manchester on Friday, Pant did not waste any time before joining India’s practice session in Manchester on the eve of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash.Look who’s here #TeamIndia #CWC19 (@BCCI) June 15, 2019Interestingly, the Indian cricket team had shared a photo of India’s wicketkeepers from Saturday’s training session under grey skies at the Old Trafford in Manchester. 21-year-old Pant can be seen listening to senior compatriot and World Cup-winner MS Dhoni with rapt attention even as Dinesh Karthik watches on.Notably, Pant had posed for a few photographs with Karachi-born cricket fan, Mohammad Bashir aka Chicago Chacha in Manchester. Chacha Chicago is a huge fan of MS Dhoni and the superstar India cricketer has been gifting match tickets for India-Pakistan clashes to his fan since the 2011 World Cup.advertisementPant was in fine form in Indian Premier League 2019. The explosive left-handed batsman had smashed 488 runs at a staggering strike of 162.66 in 16 matches for Delhi Capitals.Also Read | Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha ChicagoAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also See:last_img read more