‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, a film based on the life of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been declared tax-free in Kerala and Chhattisgarh.The decisions in this regard were taken by the respective cabinets of each state, in compliance with government policies, read a statement from the makers of the film. (Tendulkar wants to dedicate ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to father, brother)”We are pleased that ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is tax-free in the states of Kerala and Chhattisgarh,” said Ravi Bhagchandka, who has produced the film under the 200NotOut banner.”The film is a tribute to the hard work and determination of one individual, but it is also an inspiring lesson for the youth of today who clearly needs a real-life hero, to prove to them that success comes to those who strive, against all odds.” (Tendulkar to India Today on his biopic: Fans will get to see my romance with Anjali)”Thanks to the tax exemption in these states, many more people will be able to watch the inspiring story of Sachin Tendulkar, and learn from or about how he overcame the darker, more testing phases of his life,” he added.”Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, directed by James Erskine, is about Tendulkar’s personal journey from a young boy to a cricketing icon.It is scheduled for release on May 26.
Mithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final and the BCCI gave the team a grand reception when they reached home.Mithali spoke to India Today on Thursday of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today’s Rohan Sen.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 runs in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.With the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.advertisementMore people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.
Cheteshwar Pujara is one of the best Test batsmen in the side and his hunger and mental strength has helped him evolve massively as a cricketer, India skipper Virat Kohli said.Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) added 217 runs to guide India to 622-9 declared in the first innings. The visitors then dismissed Sri Lanka for 183 and enforced follow-on after taking a 400-plus run lead.”Pujara and Ajinkya are our two best Test batsmen, especially in the middle order. They’ve been doing so well consistently. Pujara, I would give him more credit because he only plays one format for India. And to be able to have that hunger and passion day in day out, working hard on his game, coming out and having those consistent performances takes a lot of mental strength,” Kohli said.”And he’s a guy with a lot of mental strength. He obviously has the game. He knows how to score runs, which is the most important thing. He has evolved massively as a cricketer since then.”All of us have, but Pujara’s game has gone to another level. If you see last season, continuing now, he’s got about 1500 runs which is outstanding. All credit goes to how hard he works on the game, and how he thinks about his game as well,” he added.The India skipper also heaped praise on Ravindra Jadeja who scored an unbeaten 70 off 85 balls in the first innings and then grabbed five wickets in Sri Lanka’s second innings to help India beat the hosts by an innings and 53 runs.advertisement”Jadeja can give you a very quick 60-70 anywhere at any stage of the game, it can really turn the game. Remember Lord’s, remember Dharamsala against Australia, those are very important innings, the 90 against England in Mohali,” Kohli said.”He has the ability, he believes in it and he has worked extra hard in the last 10-12 months on his batting also. He has bowled so much that the other discipline was left behind, but now he’s catching up in that as well. It’s only going to do good to him.”If he doesn’t bowl well on a particular day, he can score runs. Once he scores runs, then he gets confidence with the ball also. He’s always in the game, his fielding as well.I would say he’s a very valuable cricketer for us,” he added.
Known to be one of the quietest cricketers on the field, India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara revealed that he is slowly trying to change that perception about himself and is learning the art of sledging.Test cricket often requires fielders to engage in mind games and Pujara says that it is important to sledge the batsman from time to time as it helps the bowlers get wickets more often than not.”I have started to sledge now. I’m still learning the art of sledging. Sledging is something which is always on the field, if you feel that you need to sledge someone then you need to do it.”Because at times bowlers need some help and if we can help as a fielder and if we can talk to the batsmen and do a little bit of sledging then yeah why not, sometimes you do need to sledge,” Pujara told Ajinkya Rahane in a candid interview for bcci.tv.AP PhotoPujara had started off the interview by introducing Rahane as someone who shares similar traits with him and is quiet on and off the field. To which Rahane said his family background and activities like yoga and karate helps him keep calm at all times.”I’m not that quiet as you have just infact I do like to speak a lot, especially when I’m with my wife. I have started to speak more since I’ve got married. But I’ve been like this since my childhood.”I used to do things like karate, meditation and do yoga as well. Also my family background has been like that so I’ve got this nature from the very beginning. Staying calm has helped me across all formats. It helps in my decision-making a lot,” Rahane said.advertisementTalking about his love for Playstation, especially FIFA, Pujara said, “FIFA is something which I like a lot. You (Rahane) don’t play it as much but Virat, Wriddhiman, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan love to play the game and I make a lot of noise while playing it.”While most of the players prefer spending time on Playstation and video games, Rahane revealed that he likes to read sports based autobiographies when he’s not playing cricket.”I generally like to read sports based books. I’m reading Open at the moment and I prefer autobiographies. Apart from that I like to spend time with my wife, my family. I like to go out for movies. I prefer staying at home and having home cooked food.”On that note Pujara asked Rahane what he likes to eat and what all he’s avoiding right now.”I like to eat sweets and I love chocolates a lot but I can’t have all that right now. But apart from that I love Chinese and Japanese cuisine. In this kind of weather we need to eat carbs as well to maintain our fitness in humid conditions,” Rahane said.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has been fined $10,000 and deducted his $21,000 first-round losers’ cheque following his decision to walk off after losing the first set against Steve Johnson in the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.The tempestuous Kyrgios had just been beaten in a tiebreak against Johnson when he walked to the net, offered his hand to the American and stormed off court to the bemusement of his opponent and chair umpire Fergus Murphy.Kyrgios, 22, was booed off court by the crowd.The ATP said on Wednesday that Kyrgios had been punished for “unsportsmanlike conduct”, saying he had failed to complete a medical visit to explain his actions.Kyrgios, ranked 21 in the world, said later on Twitter that he had been suffering with a stomach bug and a shoulder problem.”I’ve been battling a stomach bug for the past 24 hours and I tried to be ready but I was really struggling on the court today which I think was pretty evident from the first point,” Kyrgios said.”My shoulder started to hurt in the practice which didn’t help either and once I lost the first set I was just not strong enough to continue. I’ve not eaten much in the past 24 hours.”Last year, Kyrgios was fined $16,500 and banned for eight weeks for deliberately throwing a game during his second-round defeat by Mischa Zverev in Shanghai.The ban for “conduct contrary to the integrity of the game” was reduced to three weeks after he agreed to a “care plan” under the direction of a sports psychologist.advertisementHe was also docked a penalty point against world number one Rafael Nadal in the China Open final last week following a disagreement with the chair umpire.
Finding the right balance of individual talent and tactical discipline remains a challenge for Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery, even after the side’s convincing Champions League win at Anderlecht on Wednesday.The 4-0 success in the Belgian capital means the Parisians have won all three of their Group B games and are well on their way to qualifying for the knockout phase.”We were happy to take the three points. Our goal is to finish first of our group,” Emery said after the match, while emphasising that the acquisition of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had forced changes that were still being bedded in.”We are like a new team, we need to progress, to improve on the details. We didn’t master the game in the way we wanted to,” he added.”We were better in terms of balance, positioning and tactics in the second half but we still need to properly mix the two aspects: the tactical discipline and the individual talent. It’s my job is to give this balance to the team.”Reuters PhotoWednesday’s triumph came relatively comfortably as Mbappe scored after just three minutes before Edinson Cavani, Neymar and substitute Angel Di Maria added the other three.”It’s true it’s easier when you start by scoring after just three minutes. But in the dressing room at half-time, we emphasised that it was necessary to improve our control of the game,” Emery said.”This season we are very strong in the transition. Especially if the opponent gives us space. We want to have this control, with the possession and transition, but it’s still missing in a lot of our performances.”advertisementPSG, who could confirm progress to the next stage when they host Anderlecht in Paris on October 31, have won 12 of 13 games in all competitions since the start of the campaign. Last month’s goalless draw at Montpellier remains the only blemish on their otherwise perfect record.
India signed 2017 off with a spectacular 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka, bringing to an end a dominant calendar year where they won 37 international matches, second only to Australia’s record of 38 such wins 14 years ago.In the course of these 12 months, India won limited-overs series against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. Test series triumphs against Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka ensured India remained on top of the ICC rankings.However, the real challenge for Virat Kohli’s India will come in the New Year in South Africa. India play their first Test in Cape Town from January 5 and the world’s top-ranked Test team will be expected to replicate their home season form in a country where they have never won a Test series.However, coach Ravi Shastri sees that as an opportunity and he is backing his men to do what they have done right through their successful home season. India have respected their opposition, there has been no loose talk from any of their players but their body language showed they were out there on the park to win.Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, said India would go to South Africa with the same mentality. The coach lauded the team for its self-belief and said each player believed he could do well in South Africa against some of the best players in world cricket.”For us, all opposition is the same, all opposition has to be respected, every game is a home game and as it turns out next month is in South Africa,” Shastri told India Today. “Now where South Africa is different is that we have never won a series in South Africa and therein lies a massive opportunity for the team to do something special.advertisementThe belief is there and we will treat South Africa like we have treated every other opposition. There will be respect but we will go there to play to win.”Shastri is a tough taskmaster but he understands his players incredibly well. The coach said he wants his boys to play a brand of cricket that reflects their desire to win. He wants them to be competitive and play with pride.So where did this sudden transition come? India were under the pump in England in 2014 and the morale was bound to be low. Shastri believes it all changed in Australia later that year when India nearly pulled off a heist in Adelaide and competed hard against Australia.Then came the tour of Sri Lanka in 2015 where India lost the first Test despite controlling it for major parts. The team has not looked back since, winning that series, then against South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka.In fact, India have now won nine successive Test series to be at level with Australia and a series win in South Africa would help Kohli’s men create a new world record for 10 successive Test series triumphs.”Our (current) brand of cricket started in Australia and then the Test match defeat in Sri Lanka opened everyone’s eyes. We sat in the dressing-room for two hours after the game and each player asked questions of himself. The rest is history. They were very honest with themselves and the boys said they would never be tentative again,” Shastri said.India have a huge challenge on their hands but Shastri, Virat Kohli and the others are ready. Both coach and captain are proud cricketers and they would want their men to play with pride, fight hard and play to win.
TweetPinShare0 Shares PIRAEUS, Greece — Northern Ireland continued its surprise run in Euro 2016 qualifying on Oct. 14 by beating Greece 2-0 for its third straight win in Group F.Jamie Ward fired in a corner kick taken by Oliver Norwood in the ninth minute, with the ball crossing the line after a slight deflection off Greece defender Loukas Vyntra.Kyle Lafferty scored the second after a solo run six minutes into the second half at Karaiskaki Stadium. He has now scored in all three of his country’s group matches.The injury-plagued Greeks had their best chance in the first half with Nikos Karelis, who misplaced his lob for the 2004 European champions.In other Group F games, Hungary won 1-0 in the Faeroe Islands while Romania beat Finland 2-0 in Helsinki.The defeat at home at Karaiskakis Stadium kept Greece with only one point in three games and a hapless offense that was also shut out by Romania, just two months after the team made a creditable showing at the World Cup in Brazil. Greece’s next game is against the lowly Faroe Islands but faith is eroding in its chance to get back to the European championship tourney.New manager Claudio Ranieri, who’s already under fierce criticism, failed to find any unit that was cohesive enough to mount a challenge against the Irish.While Greece played a stop-and-start game, Northern Ireland played fluidly and with confidence. Nikos Karelis missed Greece’s best chance in the first half.Kyle Lafferty, playing like a world-class striker, got by defender Costas Stafylidis five minutes into the second half to slot the ball past keeper Orestis Karnezis for the 2-0 lead and what would be the final score.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)
BALTIMORE — Maybe it was the change in venue. Perhaps it was a lengthy layoff between starts, or possibly that the Baltimore Orioles were looking for revenge.Whatever the reason, the Michael Pineda that pitched at Camden Yards on Friday night bore no resemblance to the New York Yankees’ right-hander who struck out 16 Orioles in a dominating effort at Yankee Stadium last month.Pineda didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, and the first-place Yankees staggered through an 11-3 defeat against the defending AL East champions.On May 10, Pineda reached a career high in strikeouts against Baltimore. In this one, he fanned only two in 4 1/3 rocky innings, allowing six runs, nine hits and two walks.It was Pineda’s shortest outing since being ejected in the second inning on April 23, 2014, for using pine tar on the mound.“I tried to throw my best pitch in the game today, and the slider was not working very good,” he said.Chris Davis delivered an RBI single in the first inning and a three-run homer in the third, both against Pineda (7-3). The slugger came into the game 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts in his career against the 6-foot-7 hurler.“We did our homework,” Davis said. “I think the more you see a guy, you know what he’s going to do. Tonight he just didn’t look as sharp as he was in New York and we were able to take advantage of it.”Caleb Joseph hit a solo shot and Jimmy Paredes had three singles and two RBIs for the Orioles, who have won five straight.Pineda hadn’t pitched since June 1 because the Yankees don’t want to overwork him, but he wouldn’t blame the extended break for his subpar performance.“They tried to take care of me and give me a little rest,” Pineda said. “What happened tonight, it happens with everybody.”Mason Williams homered in his major league debut for the first-place Yankees, who have dropped two in a row after winning seven straight.Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3) gave up three runs in five innings to earn his first win since May 11. Although the right-hander struggled from the outset, he kept the damage to a minimum and received plenty of offensive support.New York failed to score in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs. Davis singled in a run in the bottom half.Alex Rodriguez picked up his 1,999th career RBI with a single in the Yankees’ third, but Baltimore used a run-scoring single by Adam Jones and Davis’ 13th home run to go up 5-1.After striking out in his first at-bat, Williams hit a two-run drive to right in the fourth.“Pretty speechless,” he said. “Honestly it was my first home run of the year. I wish it would’ve come at a better time in this game.”The former fourth-round draft pick was removed for a pinch hitter after going 1 for 2.Baltimore pulled away with a four-run sixth that began with Joseph connecting off Jacob Lindgren. Later in the inning, first baseman Mark Teixeira overthrew second base trying for a force play, ending his career-high errorless run at 109 games and providing the Orioles with four unearned runs.That put Baltimore in double figures in runs for the first time since April 26.ROSTER MOVEThe Yankees sent reliever Esmil Rogers outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game. The right-hander allowed four runs Friday and has a 6.27 ERA.“I thought he actually threw the ball decently tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But it hasn’t been consistent work for him and we wanted to try to get him going.”TRAINERS ROOMYankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury (right knee sprain) is running at about 60 percent according to Girardi, who added, “He’s starting to do a little bit of everything now.”Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) felt no lingering pain after his rehab assignment Thursday night. He is slated to pitch two innings for Single-A Frederick on Tuesday.ON DECKYankees: CC Sabathia starts against the Orioles on Saturday night looking for his 212th career win, which would give him sole possession of 23rd place on the win-list for left-handers.Orioles: Bud Norris takes the mound for Baltimore. He’s 2-4 with an 8.63 ERA this season, but is 4-1 lifetime against New York.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Justin Upton’s three-run homer through a driving rain with two outs in the ninth inning set off a raucous dugout celebration.If it was the last time this group of Padres was together this season, the send-off was appropriately lengthy.Upton’s go-ahead drive before the second of two rain delays in the ninth completed San Diego’s stunning comeback from a six-run deficit July 30 in an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets.“Bedlam. It was crazy,” Padres Manager Pat Murphy said of the mood in the dugout after the home run. “To have it happen against a pitcher of that quality is a testament to how good he is, how clutch he is. They had a good time ever since. It’s been a good time around here for about three hours.”With a darkening sku, Jeurys Familia entered with a 7-5 lead and got two quick outs in the ninth before a torrential downpour stopped play. Frustrated, the Mets closer stood on the mound as the other players cleared the field.When play resumed 44 minutes later, Derrick Norris fell behind two strikes before singling for his career-high fifth hit.Matt Kemp singled as the rain began again and Upton, in what could be his final at-bat with the Padres, sent the first pitch soaring to right-center for San Diego’s first lead.“He was fine to come back after the delay. Thirty minutes isn’t that bad,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He just has to locate. The pitches he made were over the middle of the plate.”Upton was not thinking about what might transpire before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.“Absolutely not” Upton said. “Livin’ in them moment. Whatever happens tomorrow happens — or doesn’t happen. Just taking it day to day.”Earlier in the game, Upton hugged his teammates in the dugout as if he was saying goodbye after a trade. “I thought that was funny,” Upton said. “That’s what happens when people like to tweet everything.”Afrer Yangervis Solarte grounded out, play was halted again, this time for 2:52. Craig Kimbrel then was perfect in a 5-minute ninth for his 30th save, in front of just several hundred fans.“We all stayed away from him,” Murphy said of how they treated the closer during the delay. “You could see his intent.”Marcos Mateo (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win.Familia (2-1) dropped to 0-for-3 in save opportunities since the All-Star break. He was 27 of 29 before the four-day hiatus in mid-July.New York lost its second straight to the Padres (49-53), falling three games behind Washington in the NL East heading into a weekend series between division rivals.With San Diego trailing 7-1 in the seventh inning, Norris hit his second grand slam of the season, off Hansel Robles, who was facing his first batter after Bobby Parnell loaded the bases. Kemp had an RBI single in the sixth off Jonathon Niese for San Diego, winners of 8 of 12.Only hours after the premature announcement on social media of a deal that never happened and left Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores in tears on the field, all was quiet on the trade front at Citi Field a day ahead of Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline in a game between two teams expected to be active for different reasons.The Mets had taken a 4-0 lead on Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly and Curtis Granderson’s three-run homer off Andrew Cashner.They upped it to 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth on Juan Uribe’s first homer for New York, his ninth overall. Juan Lagares had a sacrifice fly and Ruben Tejada a run-scoring single after Clint Barmes’ fielding error at shortstop.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares SEATTLE (AP) — Another benchmark for the United States. Another huge goal for Clint Dempsey.As unlikely as it seemed a few weeks ago, the U.S. is in the semifinals of the Copa America.Dempsey scored for the third straight game and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a wild 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.“Clint is special,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “He showed that tonight. He showed that the last couple of weeks. He showed that throughout his entire career.”Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd of 47,322 in the soccer-mad Pacific Northwest, the U.S. won a knockout game against a nation outside its region for only the second time and will play Argentina or Venezuela on Tuesday in Houston.United States players celebrate at the end a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match against Ecuador, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. United States won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)And the Americans did it on the back of Dempsey, their fiery 33-year-old striker whose place on the U.S. team was debated early this year. Dempsey’s 52nd international goal, five behind Landon Donovan’s American record, put the U.S. ahead in the 22nd minute. Zardes guided Dempsey’s cross into the net in the 65th for his sixth goal and a 2-0 lead.“I’ve been blessed that I was able to step up and, hopefully, I can keep going,” Dempsey said. “I thought we played well. I thought we created some good chances in front of goal. We were unlucky not to score more.”Michael Arroyo scored for Ecuador in the 74th minute, making for a tense ending, and Enner Valencia missed a pair of great chances moments later on a pair of headers.It was a chippy game that became costly for the U.S. American midfielder Jermaine Jones was shown a red card during a 52nd-minute confrontation that also saw Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia sent off after a second yellow card for a harsh tackle on Alejandro Bedoya along the sideline .U.S. players immediately rushed in to the scrum after Valencia’s tackle, and Jones raised an arm at Arroyo. Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan immediately showed a red card to Jones.Klinsmann was irate at the red card, blaming the decision on fourth official Wilton Sampaio on the sideline.“It was an absolute joke,” Klinsmann said.Jones will be suspended for the semifinal along with Bedoya and Bobby Wood, who both got their second yellow cards of the tournament.Ecuador coach Gustavo Quinteros also appeared to be sent off late in the match.The only previous knockout win for the U.S. over a non-CONCACAF team was against Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal. The only other U.S. appearance in the Copa semifinals was in 1995, when it advanced to the final four by beating Mexico, then was eliminated by Brazil.The Americans are now assured two more games in the tournament: the semifinal and either a third-place match or the final. The Argentina-Venezuela game is Saturday night, so the U.S. will have two extra days of rest.United States forward Clint Dempsey, lower right, gets an assist past Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, left, so that United States forward Gyasi Zerdes, second from left, could tap the ball in for a goal in the second half of a Copa America Centenario soccer match, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The United States beat Ecuador 2-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)After using the same lineup in the first three games — the first time the U.S. did that in three consecutive matches since 1930 — Klinsmann had to make a shift due to the red card picked up by right back DeAndre Yedlin against Paraguay that caused the speedy youngster to miss a chance to play back in his hometown. Klinsmann inserted Matt Besler at left back and flopped Fabian Johnson to fill Yedlin’s spot on the right side.Dempsey appeared energized playing in the home stadium of his Seattle Sounders, and his header provided the U.S. a chance to relax. Wood was tremendous all night, getting behind the defense and holding the ball up to provide chances on the attack.On the first goal, Dempsey played the ball ahead to Wood, who dribbled and then passed to Jones. He crossed into the penalty area, where Dempsey had completed his run from midfield and beat Juan Paredes to the ball, directing it to the corner of the net past goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez from 8 yards.The second goal was also a result of Wood playing the ball back. Brooks sent a long ball to Wood, and his pass to Besler was crossed to Zardes in the area. His headed pass found Dempsey, who was able to slide the ball across the mouth of the goal for Zardes to poke in.“I had to bury it, just to make sure,” Zardes said. “It’s that striker mentality.”After that, the Americans tired in the wide-open play, and Ecuador turned up pressure. Arroyo’s goal came off Walter Ayovi’s free kick from a flank. Enner Valencia had two great chances in the 76th and 77th minutes, and Brooks nearly had an own goal in the first minute of stoppage time, only to see the ball deflected wide by goalkeeper Brad Guzan.“At that point, every guy needed everything they had on the field, ready to do whatever it takes and just play with a collective willingness to suffer and just make sure we’re walking off the field winners,” said U.S. captain Michael Bradley, who wore a rainbow armband in honor of those killed in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting last weekend. “That’s certainly what pulled us through.”
Manchester City’s defense of the English Premier League title is already in trouble.Hapless defensive errors helped Norwich beat City 3-2 on Saturday and leave the defending champion five points behind perfect Liverpool after just five games.City hadn’t lost a league game since January — and drawn only once in that time — but conceded two goals to Norwich inside the opening half-hour. A team which soared last season was brought to earth.“The people cannot expect we win every time or make 100 points (every season),” manager Pep Guardiola said. “Even with the (score at) 3-2 we had chances to make another one. The team never gave up.”First, Kenny McLean evaded City’s marking to head in a corner from Emi Buendia, then City was caught unawares by a Norwich counterattack. Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell broke together, Pukki drawing the defenders before delivering the ball to give Cantwell an easy finish.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks dejected on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road, Norwich, England, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)Sergio Aguero revived City with a goal just before halftime — he’s scored in all of City’s first five games — but sloppy defending just after the break undid his work.Nicolas Otamendi failed to notice Buendia running in behind him and was robbed of the ball on the edge of the penalty area before Buendia passed for Pukki to score his sixth goal.Rodrigo’s low, hard shot for an 88th-minute goal gave City hope, but Norwich’s defense and goalkeeper Tim Krul weathered the storm for an unlikely win.Indeed, Norwich had to deal with more than just the Premier League champion. A wave of injuries left the underdog with a squad so depleted that it couldn’t find six outfield players as substitutes, instead picking two goalkeepers on the seven-man bench.As McLean put it: “When we have our backs to the wall we come out fighting.”By: James Ellingworth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Analog Devices introduced a highly integrated, active antenna beamforming chip that allows designers to quickly replace bulky, mechanically steered antenna platforms with a compact, solid-state solution for phased array radar and communications systems. The ADAR1000 chip simplifies design and significantly reduces the size, weight and power of phased array radar systems for defense, surveillance, air traffic control, communications and weather monitoring. For avionics designers, the ADAR1000 enables flat-panel antenna arrays, which shrinks the profile of conventional radar systems and facilitates the design of smaller, lighter aircraft. The new ADAR1000 is a plug-and-play chip that allows designers with little or no RF experience to extend the performance and operating lifetime of their radar systems.The 4-channel ADAR1000 active antenna beamforming chip replaces 12 discrete components needed for antenna phase-gain adjustments and digital controls. The IC supports time division duplexing (TDD) across the X and Ku bands. It includes an integrated T/R switch than can be used to select the common port as an input for transmit (Tx) or an output for receive (Rx). The four pairs of Tx and Rx channels have independently programmable gain and phase settings. The ADAR1000 can be configured to directly control all aspects of external T/R module pulsing with minimal extra circuitry. All settings can be loaded into built-in memory for fast access to gain-phase states and T/R module settings. The ADAR1000 offers a scalable building block for fast implementation of active antenna phased arrays targeting next-generation radar and communications systems without the need for extensive third-party design support.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser: global distribution partnership with Advanced Energy IndustriesNext Densitron: 2.8-inch mono display with exceptional brightness and ultra-wide viewing angle
Würth Elektronik eiSos is expanding its LAN range with WE-LAN AQ. The LAN transformer for the elevated requirements in the industrial sector is characterized by excellent electrical parameters that can be reproduced in this new series. This enables particularly powerful Ethernet communication interfaces to be set up whose top quality can also be guaranteed in the production of large quantities. WE-LAN AQ can be used in applications up to 1000Base-T.The WE-LAN AQ transformer convinces in an exemplary fashion in terms of crosstalk, insertion loss, return loss, differential and common-mode rejection. Its innovative coil winding technology reduces electrical fluctuations and raises reliability while boosting performance over a wide frequency range. Production in a fully automated process guarantees consistently high quality.The new WE-LAN AQ series Ethernet transformers are cost-effective, robust and reliable components. With a maximum height of just 4.5 millimeters, they are also extremely compact and are ideal for SMT assembly.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Lanner: HybridTCA, the benefits of converged infrastructureNext Marvell: low power PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD controllers
Flipkart is celebrating the spirit of Independence Day by holding a three-days sale on its website. Flipkart Big Freedom Sale has just begun and can be accessed from both the desktop as well as the mobile app of Flipkart. The e-commerce company is giving a range of offers, deals, and discounts across all categories.Citibank credit card users will receive a cashback of on shopping worth Rs 4,999 or more. Flipkart is also giving a discount of up to Rs 10,000 on student laptops and up to Rs 3000 extra off on exchange. There is also no cost EMIs and exchange offers bundled with range of product on Flipkart.While Flipkart Big Freedom Sale spans across all categories, a majority of Flipkart users see these sales as an opportunity to buy a new phone at a lesser price than the original cost. Amazon is also holding a Freedom sale on its website.The Flipkart Big Freedom Sale will run for three days and each day you will get to see new offers on the website. On its Day 1, we bring you all the top offers that you may want to consider. Take a look:– Google Pixel 2 from Rs 41,999: Google Pixel 2 will sell at Rs 41,999 during the Flipkart Big Freedom Sale but there is a catch. The original cost of Pixel 2 64GB is Rs 61,000. Flipkart is giving a flat discount of Rs 11,001 on the Pixel 2 under the sale. This brings down the price of the phone to Rs, 49,999. Now you can avail extra Rs 8000 price cut only if you purchase the phone using one of the eligible cards in the offer. This will further bring down the price to Rs 41,999.advertisement– iPhone SE at Rs 16,999: Old bottle, new wine. This is what we had said about iPhone SE when it was launched way back in 2016. The iPhone SE still enjoys its own fan following and is one of the good phones that you can buy under Rs 30,000…nopes, under Rs 20,000 now.The iPhone SE for 32GB is selling at Rs 16,999 instead of Rs 26,000. The e-commerce giant is giving a 30 per cent discount on the phone.– Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (Black Onyx, 32 GB) at Rs 29,990: Samsung is giving a flat price cut of Rs 11,910 on the 32GB Black Onyx colour variant of Galaxy S7 Edge. This phone is selling at Rs 29,990 under the offer.Galaxy S7 Edge is a good phone but there are several other better options available in the market within the same price bracket. Flipkart is also giving discounts on Honor 10 and Mi Mix 2 bringing down their prices under Rs 30,000.– Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, 128 GB at Rs 24,999: The Mi Mix 2 is another best deal you will see today on Flipkart. It is selling at Rs 24,999 as part of the sale. On other days, you will have to pay Rs 37,999 to buy it.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in September 2017. The phone comes with a 5.99-inch display and is powered by octa-core processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone comes with 128GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 packs a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter for selfies.– Honor 10, 128GB at Rs 29,999: Flipkart is selling the Honor 10 smartphone at Rs 29,999 under the sale. The phone originally costs Rs 35,999. So this is nearly a 16 per cent off on the price.The Honor 10 sports a 5.84-inch Full HD+ display and is powered by the Kirin 970 processor. There is a dual camera set up on the back comprising of 24MP+ 16MP camera sensors. On the front you get a 24MP selfie shooter.– Honor 7A at Rs 7,999: The price of Honor 7A 32GB is down from Rs 10,999 to Rs 7,999. You can buy it if you are looking for a decent budget phone under Rs 10,000.The Honor 7A features a 5.7-inch HD+ display and a 13MP+ 2MP dual camera setup at the back. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and runs Android Oreo 8.0-based EMUI 8.0 out-of-the-box.– Honor 9 Lite at Rs 10,999: Honor 9 Lite is selling at Rs 10,999. The phone costs Rs 13,999 on other days on Flipkart. The deal makes it an ideal buy under Rs 15,000.The Honor 9 Lite sports a 5.65-inch display and is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. It packs in 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.– Vivo V9 at Rs 20,990: Flipkart is giving a discount of Rs 3000 on the Vivo V9 bringing down the price to Rs 20,990. The phone sports a 6.30-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2280 pixels. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM.advertisementThe phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. On the optics front, the Vivo V9 packs a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 24-megapixel front camera. It runs Android 8.1 and is powered by a 3260mAh non removable battery.– Nokia 5 at Rs 9999: The 16GB storage variant of Nokia 5 is available at Rs 9999 on Flipkart Big Freedom sale. The phone sells at Rs15,299 on other days. Launched in February 2017, the Nokia 5 sports a 5.20-inch display and is powered by octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. In the camera department, you get a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The Nokia 5 runs Android 7.1.1 and is backed by a 3000mAh non removable battery.–Other big deals: Deals are available across all the categories including iPhones, iPads, Smart speakers, laptops and more. As part of this sale, Apple sixth-generation Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi-only variant is selling at Rs 23,900, down from Rs 28,000. There is extra instant discount of up to Rs 16,000 on exchange. Citibank credit card users can get extra 10 per cent cashback on their buy.For those longing to buy a new Google Home Mini, Flipkart sale is a good time to buy it. The e-commerce platform is selling Google Home Mini at discounted price of Rs 3,499 against its original cost of Rs 4,499.
The European champions Real Madrid are still to bring in a player to replace all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed for Juventus in the ongoing transfer window.However, newly-appointed coach Julen Lopetegui says he is happy with the squad he has.”Right now we’re focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have which is a squad we love, we have a lot of talent and we’re going to work with it,” Lopetegui said ahead of their first match against Getafe.”We like the players we have and I have no doubts about the squad I have. Our players have a fantastic attitude, and people are going to see a Madrid side with a lot of talent. The important players are the ones that are here, not the ones that are not.”The club’s only new arrivals so far have been right back Alvaro Odriozola, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and 18-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr.Important back up players Theo Hernandez and Mateo Kovacic meanwhile have been loaned out to Real Sociedad and Chelsea respectively.Lopetegui, however, said the main thing on his mind was getting off to a strong start in the league as Madrid look to compensate for their woeful last campaign, when they finished 17 points behind champions Barcelona and below Atletico Madrid.Madrid have already started the season on the backfoot by losing 4-2 to Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.”We have to focus on our games right now because the three points tomorrow are worth the same as all the other games, so we have to realise the season is starting now,” added the former Spain coach, who faces a daunting task following Zinedine Zidane’s trophy-laden two-and-a-half-year tenure.advertisement”I’m really impressed with the enthusiasm the players have to revindicate themselves and with the talent they have.”We want to win this league title, it’s the competition which examines your work every day. My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing.”(With Reuters inputs)
Samsung is set to launch its most awaited smartphone of the year — the Galaxy Note 9 — in India on August 22. Looks like, the South Korean smartphone maker is in no mood to stop just here. Samsung is reportedly planning to refresh its Galaxy A series by launching a new smartphone. The company is expected to launch a new Galaxy A series phone next month, which is in September.As of now, there’s no report on what will Samsung call the new A series phone. However, some key specifications that the smartphone may pack have been revealed. According to industry sources, as reported by IANS, the Samsung A series phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and will be paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. There’s no information if the storage memory can be expandable or not. Reports further suggest that the upcoming Samsung A series phone will sport a 6.3-inch full HD+ AMOLED Infinity display and come with as minimal bezels as possible on the sides. As far as the camera specs are concerned, the A series phone will come with a dual camera setup on the back panel. The phone is said to sport a primary sensor of 16-megapixel and secondary sensor of 24-megapixel. Reports also reveal that the camera of the new A series phone will come with features like Live Focus. On the front, the smartphone is expected to come with a 24-megapixel selfie camera.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A Note worth takingadvertisementWith the upcoming A series phone, Samsung will reportedly look to compete with phones like OnePlus 6, Mi Max 2 and also the upcoming Xiaomi Pocophone — Poco F1 — which is set to launch on August 22 in India as a Flipkart exclusive product. Reports claim that the new Samsung Galaxy A model will be priced around Rs 30,000 or maybe slightly more than that.(With Inputs from IANS)
Hockey India is contemplating big changes, keeping in mind the men’s team qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.After the disaster in Jakarta, where the team lost in the penalty shoot-out to Malaysia in the semi-final, despondency has set in. “Winning bronze by defeating Pakistan 2-1 in the playoff is no consolation,” said a Hockey India official.Mail Today has learnt Hockey India is planning changes, which could mean dropping non-performing players and also putting coach Harendra Singh on notice.With the FIH World Cup to be held in Bhubaneshwar in December, there is genuine concern what will be the fate of the Indian team. Former Hockey India president Narinder Batra minced no words after the loss to Malaysia when he said Harendra Singh had failed to deliver. Others in Hockey India, too, feel Harendra cannot be coach as a long-term option.READ – Asian Games 2018: Defending champions India’s gold medal hopes endThere is a general belief all the top foreign coaches have already been hired. A former India captain not willing to be quoted said finding coaches from abroad is not an issue. “Who would not want to coach India, especially when a salary of over $10,000 per month is being offered,” he said.What happened in Jakarta was not an aberration. Scoring a plethora of goals against weak teams led to a sense of allurement. Even before the team left India, huge hype was created. Today, carping critics are using it against Harendra, saying the rhetoric he indulges in is of no use.advertisementThis is a Catch 22 situation for Hockey India. The utility of some senior players comes under the scanner with Sardar Singh and SV Sunil on top of the list. Hockey India could bring in more changes, but the question is whether to do it immediately or not and which players to dump.Also read – Asian Games 2018: India beat Pakistan to win bronze in men’s hockeyWhen Sjoerd Marijne was about to be sacked for non-performance, he was made the women’s coach. Similarly, Harendra’s job hangs precariously by the thread as hunting a foreign coach with good credentials is not impossible.To be sure, when Roeltant Oltmans was appointed the high performance director and then had to himself take over as hands-on coach before the Rio Olympics, none minded it. Oltmans was thrown out a year ago, but his successor as high performance director David John is not a hockey brain.There is no way today Hockey India can ask John to take over as coach. If the Indian team was not doing well, what inputs John gave in Jakarta will also come under scrutiny.Back to Harendra, when he was appointed, Hockey India had erred by asking players for their choice of coach. Today, the same players who had backed Harendra as coach are not going to stage a protest if a coach from overseas eventually takes over!Also read – Players showed character after semi-final setback: India hockey coach Harendra SinghThe stake holders who decide on coaching staff in Indian hockey involves the federation (Hockey India), Sports Authority of India and sports ministry. The government spends crores of rupees on coaches, camps, foodsupplements and tours.”Irrespective of how India fares in the World Cup, we have to back the team and hope they qualify for the Olympics,” said a former coach.The grapevine says Harendra’s position as coach has become vulnerable. “If men’s players had said communication was a problem with Sjoerd Marijne as he could speak only English, how come the same coach has workedwonders with the women’s team,” remarked another Hockey India official.Looking ahead, it’s clear Hockey India will look for a foreign coach. Inviting applications, screening it, and then conducting interviews will take time. Unless this is done, accountability cannot be fixed. The bigger issue staring at the face of Hockey India is what are the contributions of David John and others in support staff being paid in dollars. It includes penalty corner expert Chris Ciriello.
Virat Kohli’s phenomenal form with the bat has made him an invaluable asset for the team. The Indian batting line-up boasts some of the biggest names including KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and others but Kohli has been the fulcrum of the batting for long.The dependence of the Indian team on Kohli has often led to comparisons to the side of 1990s which revolved around Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli has always responded to the responsibility thrust upon him by making big runs consistently, something that has helped him become the No.1 batsman in Test cricket.In the recent series of England, Kohli amassed 593 runs at an average of 59.30 in five Tests to end the series as the highest run-getter while the second highest run-getter for India, KL Rahul scored almost 300 runs less than Kohli.Salaam Cricket 2018: R Ashwin rues lost opportunity after Test series defeat in EnglandThe importance of Kohli to this Indian side was perfectly captured by his teammate R Ashwin during India’s Today Salaam Cricket 2018. Ashwin said Kohli put the team at ease every time he went out to bat.”When Virat walked out to bat every time against England, I just felt that an incredible man was walking out to bat every single time because the ball was doing a lot, there was a lot of seam movement and every time he went and first ball he just defended and the dressing room just felt ease. That doesn’t happen just overnight, it’s has been a conscious effort,” said Ashwin.advertisementAshwin also explained the process in detail that has led to the successful run of Kohli the batsman.”Over the three-four years that I have seen Virat very closely, he makes one point very often. Somehow in the past I use to overlook the point but now I feel that’s what gives him success. Like you asked how do you handle pressure. We need to find the frequency of what we did when we were successful. It’s a very deep statement to make but I have been analysing it for a while and I just find it very fascinating.I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R Ashwin”He’s talking about the mental space he finds himself in, it could be through music, it could be through the way he tunes himself or could be through the way he’s sitting in the dressing room and watching the game and I feel he has successfully captured the part of this playing the sport and batting. That he is able to achieve this level of excellency when he walks out to bat. He’s in complete control of his office,” said Ashwin.”As business leaders say most of the hard work is done in the office and only the success comes out in paper. So I think, most of his success is within his office when he’s batting inside the crease and in the nets where he has mastered the frequency day in and day out to say that nets or match I can just translate this frequency with ease,” said Ashwin.Pakistan great Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from AzharuddinAshwin also added that the Test series defeat against England was a lost opportunity for India.”When we started the series in England we believed we had a good chance. Like most people have been saying that the scoreline doesn’t dictate the way we played. As a cricketer I would like to say we did play some good cricket. But it was a great opportunity that we couldn’t take with both hands.Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”Clearly what differentiates the home team and away team is that you should be able to match the home team in every department. I myself let down the team by getting out on that third evening in Southampton. Those are the kind of moments that we could have capitalised but we couldn’t. So England was an opportunity missed,” he said.
It is as if there is some behind-the-scene bonhomie going on between Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo. Of these, Oppo and Vivo already have phones out in the market that have identical features and design. And it seems that OnePlus too may join the gang soon with the OnePlus 6T.Vivo recently launched the V11 Pro that shares a lot of design elements with Oppo’s newly launched F9 Pro. Both the phones come with waterdrop notch, with the selfie camera embedded inside the phone’s frame. The same is expected of the upcoming OnePlus flagship – the OnePlus 6T. Rumours suggest that the OnePlus 6T, which is expected to launch on October 17, will come with a waterdrop notch and embedded fingerprint sensor, another feature that it is expected to share with the Vivo V11 Pro.But more about the OnePlus 6T later. For now, let’s talk of the Vivo V11 Pro and the Oppo F9 Pro that have been already launched.India Today Tech reviewed the V11 Pro and the Oppo F9 Pro and found both the smartphones to be equally good in a lot of aspects. In the design and battery department, the Oppo F9 Pro wins, sort of. The Oppo F9 Pro is a better-looking phone and also delivers a few extra hours of battery backup compared to the V11 Pro. But if you’re looking for a phone that’s fast enough to handle daily usage smoothly and has a bright display, V11 Pro is the apt choice. Both the phones come with the latest software, rear mounted dual cameras and a 25-megapixel selfie camera on the front.advertisementThe V11 Pro is slightly (around Rs 2,000) more expensive than the Oppo F9 Pro. But then, the V11 Pro, as we mentioned in our review, is perfect in every way. Almost. The V11 Pro is available in India for a price of Rs 25,990, while the Oppo F9 Pro sells for Rs 23,990.Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Better lookingHere the Oppo F9 Pro is better than the V11 Pro. Sadly, both the phones come with a plastic back cover, which is quite disappointing to see in phones priced above Rs 20,000. The back panels of both the phones look glassy, but they are made of plastic. Comparatively, the plastic used to build the Oppo F9 Pro is of (somewhat) better quality than the Vivo phone. The F9 Pro feels premium in hand, while the V11 Pro doesn’t. The rear panel design id possibly the only area where I feel Vivo could have put in more effort.Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Brighter displayThe V11 Pro comes with a bigger and better display compared to the screen of the Oppo F9 Pro. The Vivo phone comes with a beautiful 6.4-inch screen that uses a Super AMOLED panel and the bezels all around the phone are almost non-existent. The phone comes with 2340 x1080 pixels resolution, aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen to body ratio of 91.27 per cent. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, sports a tall 6.3-inch FHD+ display with 2340x1080p resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 90.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Display is one of the best aspects of the Vivo V11 Pro. The Oppo F9 Pro display is also fairly good, but not as good as the Vivo phone. Whether inside a room or under the blazing sun the Vivo V11 Pro gets bright enough with the brightness level around 40 to 50 per cent. The colours also look pretty real and vibrant. In our review of the V11 Pro we had said: “People who like watching videos on their phones will love the Vivo V11 Pro. Its screen is absolutely stunning and one of the best things about the phone.” Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: FasterYet again, I feel V11 Pro is a winner. The V11 Pro is “buttery smooth” as mentioned in our review. The phone can not only handle basic usage, but is also capable of running heavy GPU games pretty much smoothly. In our V11 Pro review we had mentioned: “Run Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and several other apps together and the V11 Pro will still run smoothly. The smartphone doesn’t show any visible lag or stutter, whether you are switching between apps or scrolling through Facebook news feed or playing graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 8.” The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, and is paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is support for the microSD card of up to 256GB. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, comes with n octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset with ARM Mali-G72 GPU paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.advertisementThe Oppo F9 too is capable of smoothly running basic apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Twitter. But there are times when you do notice some lag on this phone. Here is what we said in our review: “The amount of memory offered with the F9 Pro can sufficiently handle multitasking and graphic heavy games with ease. We played PUBG for a good half an hour and the phone barely got warm. There were some occasional stuttering and drops in frame rate early on but it was mostly a smooth sailing. Apps are quick to open and load and general performance throughout the UI will largely be lag-free.”Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Better cameraBoth the V11 Pro and Oppo F9 Pro are more or less the same as far as the camera setup is concerned. The V11 Pro comes with a dual-pixel camera setup on the rear panel that uses a primary 12-megapixel sensor and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, comes with dual cameras on the back that includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture and LED flash support. Both the Vivo and Oppo cameras support portrait mode and AI scene recognition, among others. The V11 Pro is capable of capturing detailed pictures with spot-on colours in good lighting. Not only that, the Vivo phone is also capable of clicking decent pictures in tricky lighting. The bokeh shots, however, could have been worked upon, as the pictures often appeared artificial with blurred out edges. The V11 Pro also comes with several camera modes like AR stickers, panorama, HD, among others. The camera app also comes with Google Lens support.Comparatively, the Oppo F9 Pro’s camera could have been better. The Oppo phone also managed to click decent pictures with fair amount of details, but the pictures often turned out to be oversaturated. We can expect Oppo to resolve this issue in the next software update. In our review of the Oppo F9 Pro, we had mentioned, “In good lighting conditions, photos come out sharp with mostly good colour reproduction, although it tends to get a little oversaturated at times, especially the reds and blues.” In one camera area where the Oppo F9 Pro proves to be better than V11 Pro is in portrait shots. The Oppo phone is capable of clicking pretty decent bokehs in good lighting conditions, while evenly blurring the background.On the front, both the Vivo and Oppo phone include a 25-megapixel sensor with lots of AI. Both the V11 Pro and F9 Pro are capable of capturing good, detailed selfies. The colours, however, often looked washed out, thanks to the added layer of filters that the cameras put on the pictures to beautify it. Selfies clicked with both the phones tend to smoothen the facial features and the clarity takes a dip, but not significantly.advertisement Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Long lasting batteryBoth the phones last one full day with ease in a single charge. The Vivo V11 Pro comes with 3400mAh battery and supports fast charging. Vivo calls the technology dual-engine charger, which I feel is much faster than the OnePlus Dash charger as well. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, houses a 3,500mAh battery with VOOC flash charge support, which the company claims can offer 2 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes of charge. Overall, as for the battery life, both the V11 Pro and the Oppo F9 Pro can last a day, the latter can actually go on for more than a day, probably 1.5 days.Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Which one should you buy?This is a tough question to answer, as both the phones are equally good in their own way. The V11 Pro is around Rs 2,000 expensive than the Oppo F9 Pro, but for its high price, the Vivo device does offer a lot more than the Oppo phone.The V11 Pro comes with in-display fingerprint sensor and also IR face unlock, which unlocks the phone in a blink of an eye. The best bit is, the IR face unlock works even in the dark or low light, unlike the face unlock that only uses the front camera, a feature inside the Oppo phone. The Oppo F9 Pro comes with rear-mounted cylindrical fingerprint sensor. Overall, I feel the Vivo V11 Pro is a better buy for its price. For Rs 2,000 more you can get in-display fingerprint sensor, Super AMOLED display, IR face unlock, better hardware, among others. The Oppo F9 Pro too is a fairly good phone, but we do feel that it would have been a better deal if it was priced around Rs 2,000 less.