Manchester United F.C. appoint Michael Carrick as captain

first_imgFollowing former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney’s exit to his childhood club Everton, the former English Premier League (EPL) champions have named veteran England footballer Michael Carrick as their new captain.”Michael Carrick is the new captain of Manchester United,” the club announced in a statement on Tuesday.The 35-year-old, who has made 314 appearances for Manchester United, said he never thought of achieving so much with the club.”It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club, It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much,” Carrick said.”Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me,” he added.Having won the English Premier League title five times with Manchester United since 2006, Michael admitted he would like to lead his team by example.”I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak, but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example” he said.Carrick has also won the Community Shield six times and Champions League and Europa League once each with the club.advertisementWatch our new captain’s reaction! Celebrate the news with a night of @Carras16 programming on #MUTV: https://t.co/fXisAc1Uuy pic.twitter.com/aWK4yL9y2j- Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 11, 2017last_img read more

Fan says MS Dhoni faster than Usain Bolt, gets trolled by Mahela Jayawardene

first_imgMahela Jayawardene, in a career spanning 17 years, etched his name as one of Sri Lanka’s finest batsmen and one of their most inspirational captains.But not many are aware that there’s a witty side to Jayawardene. That was left for an overzealous MS Dhoni fan to discover.Jayawardene, like millions around the world, paid a tribute to sprint king Usain Bolt, who had to settle for bronze in the last 100m race of his career.Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result, and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the perfect time to retire. “I did it for the fans,” he said after collecting a bronze to go with his three world golds at 100 meters. “They wanted me to go for one more season. I came out and did the best I could.AP PhotoThe Jamaican won widespread respect and love for his grace despite an obvious heartbreak. Jayawardene, one of the most respected cricketers in the fraternity, was also bowled over by Bolt’s charm.Respect @usainbolt ?????????- Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 5, 2017However, an Indian supporter replied “Also respect to @msdhoni who is more faster than bolt”Jayawardene was quick to pounce on the unsuspecting man with a funny riposte.Was Dhoni on his bike? ??? https://t.co/4G92pBh8yi- Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 7, 2017Dhoni’s love for bikes is well known and he continues to be an avid rider despite the demands of international cricket.Jayawardene was at the receiving end of a Dhoni special in the 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The Sri Lankan legend had scored a fine hundred but it was eclipsed by Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 as India chased down a stiff target to lift the Cup for the second time in history.advertisement(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

3 held for burglaries in high-profile peoples houses in S

first_imgDelhiNew Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) Three men have been arrested for allegedly burgling houses of high-profile people, including politicians and bureaucrats, in south Delhi, police said today.In the last few months, there was an increase in the incidents of house burglaries in Vasant Kunj area and a police team was formed to identify the burglars.During investigation, the CCTV footages of the area were examined and records of people, who were arrested earlier on similar charges, were scanned, the police said.While searching for some information on the suspects on Google, the team found information about one Siddharth Mehrotra, who was arrested by Noida Police in 2015, the police said.His face and body structure was quite similar with the accused seen in the CCTV footages procured from various houses where he had allegedly committed burglaries, they added.After scanning his Facebook profile and latest pictures, the police found a photograph in which he was seen sitting in a Ford Eco Sport Car during a trip to Leh on July 30.It was found that the ownership of the vehicle was in the name of one Vikas Kumar and after procuring details of the car, the police traced Mehrotra and arrested him on August 15, they said.During interrogation, he revealed that he and his associates used to sell the stolen items to a man, identified as Jitender (29), who was later nabbed from near the Red Fort here.Another accused, Anurag Singh (24), was also arrested and a Chevrolet Cruze car used in crime, 11 stolen gold chains, four rings, eight pairs of earrings, two gold bangles, USD 200, one lakh Indonesian Rupiah, 20 Nepali rupees, one LED TV, Sony Play Station, VR Player, a laptop and Tissot Watch were recovered, the police said.advertisementAfter conducting recce in Vasant Kunj, the accused came to know that in the residential blocks in the area, there is no intercom system between the guards and residents and the vehicles entering the blocks are not checked, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh.Mehrotra, along with his associate Singh, would enter the blocks and park his car in a safe place. They used to target the houses belong to politicians, bureaucrats and senior officers by reading the nameplate on the main door, the DCP said.Mehrotra used to ring the door bell and if people came out, he would say that he had rung the bell by mistake. If there was no response, he would enter the locked house by breaking the door or window and Singh stood outside to keep watch.The police officer said the accused were fond of living a luxurious life and buying branded clothes and also spend the money on high-end gadgets.Mehrotra belongs to a well-educated family and his father is a retired bank official. He holds a diploma in Animation. He had bought a Chevrolet Cruze car from the money earned after disposing the stolen property. PTI SLB KISlast_img read more

Leicester City will fight back in Premier League, says former boss Craig Shakespeare

first_imgFormer Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has backed the Premier League club to regain their best form and climb out of the relegation zone.Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri on an interim basis in February and was handed a permanent deal in June after Leicester finished 12th in the league and reached the Champions League quarter-finals.The 53-year-old was sacked on Tuesday after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion dropped the club to 18th in the table after just one win in eight league games.”My sincere thanks to the players, who have always been a pleasure to work with,” Shakespeare said in a statement to the League Managers Association.”I have every confidence that, given time and once at full strength, this squad will pull away from its current Premier League position, and soon deliver the high levels of performance they have demonstrated over the past three seasons.”Assistant coach Michael Appleton has been appointed caretaker manager and will oversee his first match when Leicester travel to Swansea City on Saturday.last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester United lose to Huddersfield Town for the first time in 65 years

first_imgManchester United suffered their first defeat of the season with a shock 2-1 loss at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday, leaving them trailing leaders Manchester City by five points.An ecstatic home crowd at a noisy and rainy John Smith’s Stadium celebrated what was the Yorkshire club’s first win over United since 1952 and one which few would doubt they deserved after a passionate display.Huddersfield were without a Premier League win since August but there was no sign of any dent to the confidence of an energetic and determined side.Hats off, Huddersfield… #HUDMUN @htafcdotcom pic.twitter.com/ynrP7mqxdH- Premier League (@premierleague) October 21, 2017United pushed forward in numbers after going in two down at the break but there was a lack of fluidity and craft to their play which resulted in little real trouble for Town keeper Jonas Lossl.Jose Mourinho’s side had 78 percent of possession but just three shots on target throughout the game.Watched by former Huddersfield and United striker Denis Law, David Wagner’s side took the lead in the 28th minute.Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy robbed Juan Mata in midfield, broke forward, slipped the ball to Tom Ince and fired home after Ince’s shot was blocked by David De Gea.United lost defender Phil Jones to injury and his replacement Victor Lindelof was to blame for Huddersfield’s second when he completely misjudged a long clearance from Town keeper Jonas Lossl allowing Belgian Laurent Depoitre to round De Gea and slot home.Nemanja Matic went close to pulling one back with a shot that flashed just wide shortly before the interval but at the break Mourinho gambled by using both his remaining subs – throwing on Marcus Rashford and Henrik Mkhitaryan as he sought to change the direction of the game.advertisementBut it was not until 12 minutes from the end that United got on the scoresheet with Rashford meeting a Romelu Lukaku cross with a firm header at the back post.Despite intense late pressure from United the Yorkshire side held on for a famous victory and one which will leave Mourinho with plenty of food for thought.WATCH: Head Coach David Wagner celebrates a fantastic win with the #htafc supporters ???? (AT) pic.twitter.com/vg6WG9THNW- Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) October 21, 2017WHAT A WIN! WHAT A CELEBRATION! #htafc (AT) pic.twitter.com/6aIMYrKWGc- Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) October 21, 2017last_img read more

New Delhi: Dec 14, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar: Second phase of Gujarat assembly election(B+A) Mumbai; PM Modi at INS Kalvari commissioning (B) Mumnbai: Kangana Ranaut at book launch (B+A) New Delhi: Foggy day in Delhi(B) New Delhi: India-Morocco Bialateral Meeting (B) New Delhi: National Energy Conservation Day 2017 function (B) Thiruvananthapuram: Rahul Gandhi in Thiruvananthapuram (B+A) INTERNATIONAL Isatanbul: Rally against U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem(B) Iatanbul: Opening session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Extraordinary Summit in Istanbul(B) Tokyo : U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Tokyo (B) Beijing: SZymbols for world currencies on the exterior of a bank in Beijing(B) New York: Actor and singer Nick Jonas greets fans at a special screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (B) Washington : First lady Melania Trump hugs the child of a military family (B) SPORTS Perth: Ashes cricket test match in Perth(B) Christchurch: Twenty/20 match in Christchurch,(B) Swansea: English Premier League soccer match(B) pti vna os OSSlast_img read more

Darren Lehmann to step down as Australia coach after Ashes 2019

first_imgDarren Lehmann announced that he will step down as the head coach of the Australian national cricket team after his contract with Cricket Australia ends after the Ashes series in 2019.The 47-year-old said that he will not renew his contract to be head coach, due the demanding nature of the job. He had signed on for the job back in  2013 following his predecessor Mickey Arthur’s shock sacking and had last year signed an extension deal.”That will be it. It will be a case of too much time, too much travel. For me, I’ve really enjoyed the role and (am) loving it. We’ll just get to that point and work out what we do from there,” cricket.com.au quoted Lehmann, as saying.Lehmann, who is currently managing the national side in all formats of the game, has recently spoken about the demanding nature of his job and indicated earlier that 2019 would be his last year at the helm.In October, Lehmann had said the packed international cricket calendar may leave him with no choice but to hand over the responsibility of the country’s limited-over sides and focus solely on Tests.Australia are slated to face two major challenges in 2019, the ODI World Cup in the United Kingdom and then an Ashes series abroad.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Luis Norton de Matos against Dheeraj Singh’s European dreams, feels U-17 star needs more experience

first_imgLuis Norton de Matos was a disappointed man as he informed that his goal-keeper had decided to part ways with Indian Arrows for pastures greener.Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, who decided against signing a contract extension with the I-League club, shouldn’t have left, at least according to his now-former coach.Dheeraj had been training under Matos since the FIFA U-17 World Cup, felt that he should have stayed and gained further experience before heading for European trials.”You know with this kind of level of players, even in Europe is the same,” the Portuguese tactician told reporters ahead of Indian Arrows I-League match against East Bengal on Tuesday.”Around players there are a lot of agents, advisers. These people don’t know what is the process of development for players.”Arguably the breakout star of the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the hosts, Dheeraj shone with stellar performances for his I-League club too. At the historic tournament, India’s first ever FIFA outing, Dheeraj conceded eight goals. Three against the United States, one against Colombia and four in the last match versus Ghana. He made 25 stops from the three-matches and if not for him, the scorelines would have been humiliating for the hosts. Dheeraj is tipped to undergo trials for the Scottish professional football club Motherwell F.C. He has also been linked with trials at League One clubs — Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic F.C.”I think the best for Dheeraj will be to play the I-League.”And after I-League if he has to take a trial in Europe, he will have 12-13 matches under his belt, that will give him more confidence to take these trials,” Matos added.advertisementThe 64-year-old further explained and said even if Dheeraj gets selected in the trials he will have to wait till he turns 18 to play for any club.”Even if he gets selected in the trials, he will have to wait till September until he turns eighteen to play for any club.”He could have played and gained experience playing in I-League until then,” Matos concluded.Dheeraj, on Sunday, announced through his Instagram post that against Mohun Bagan, he played his last match for Indian Arrows in the I-League.last_img read more

Brazilian Grand Prix: Mercedes ready to experiment in last two races

first_imgChampions Mercedes plan to use the last two races of the Formula One season to test new ideas and parts for 2018 now that they have won both titles.The British-based team said in a preview for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix that, with nothing at stake, they could afford to become “a little bolder” and experiment in Friday practice.The experiments could also be carried over into the race for newly-crowned four times world champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas.”These two final weekends are not only an opportunity to test new parts, but also allow experiments for those tasks that the team simply doesn’t have the opportunity to complete during a normal race weekend,” said Mercedes.”The team will have an intense programme on the next two Fridays in Brazil and Abu Dhabi to make the absolute most of the opportunities that have been afforded by early title success.”Mercedes won the constructors’ championship for the fourth year in a row in Texas last month while Hamilton, now Britain’s most successful driver of all time, took his fourth title in Mexico.Mercedes said they would be using prominent aerodynamic devices, of the type usually seen in pre-season testing and which carry extra weight, in Friday practice.They will also test some new pit-stop equipment and techniques in live conditions for the first time.Team boss Toto Wolff said there would be no easing up when it came to racing, however.”Inside the team, we are looking at the next two race weekends as the first two grands prix of 2018,” said the Austrian. “We have two races that we are determined to win in order to take that positive momentum into the winter.advertisement”Every time we race, we race to win. That is the mind set we take to Sao Paulo.”last_img read more

Olympiakos Beats Neptunas, 89-79

first_imgPIRAEUS – Greek power Olympiakos got its seventh win in eight Euroleague basketball games with an 89-79 win over the Lithuanian champion Neptunas Klaipeda.The two teams are stalwarts in their countries and put on a display of running and gunning and firing away, with the Greek side leading 47-36 at the half and keeping the Lithuanian team at bay in the second half.Brent Petway scored 20 points to lead the winners while Vassilis Spanoulis scored 13, collected five rebounds, had nine assists and drew nine fouls from frustrated defenders.The result means that Olympiakos will finish in the top two of its group and will probably avoid playing its Greek arch-enemy Panathiniakos in the next group stage of tourney play. A win over Red Star Belgrade at home next week will seal the top spot for Olympiakos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants End Mets’ Streak, 6-1

first_imgNEW YORK— When Madison Bumgarner pitches at Citi Field, he gets World Series-type results.Bumgarner pitched through rain to extend his scoreless streak at the Mets to 18 innings, Hunter Pence homered and drove in three runs, and the San Francisco Giants ran at will against Noah Syndergaard in a 6-1 victory Sunday that stopped New York’s eight-game winning streak.“It is a fun place to pitch in,” said Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP.Bumgarner (3-2) is 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA at Citi Field and has the longest shutout streak by an opposing pitcher in the ballpark’s eight-season history. After adjusting his mechanics, he gave up six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked three, lowering his ERA from 3.64 to 3.03.“It didn’t feel like I was 100 percent where I’d like to be, but it was really close,” he said.He escaped a second-and-third, two-outs jam in the third when Neil Walker popped out and threw a called third strike to his final batter, Asbrubal Cabrera, with the bases loaded in the sixth. His fastball had averaged 91 mph coming in, down from 93 mph last April, but he reached 92 mph at times against the Mets.“You can’t ask much more than six shutout innings,” catcher Buster Posey said.He pitched in a steady, light rain. Because of the forecast, Bumgarner had been expecting a delay.“Honestly, I didn’t think there was any chance we were starting on time, just from the way everybody had been talking,” he said. “I was about 20 minutes late in my pregame routine, so it’s a good thing I’m not a big routine guy.”One start after allowing five steals against Cincinnati, Syndergaard (2-1) gave up three more, and the stolen bases got him into trouble. Runners have swiped 12 bases in 13 attempts against Syndergaard this year, the most in the majors, according to STATS.Matt Duffy singled with one out in the fourth, stole second and took third when Posey singled. With Posey running on a full-count pitch, Brandon Belt hit an RBI grounder to second that otherwise likely would have been an inning-ending double play.Posey, a slow-footed catcher with 10 steals in eight big league seasons, isn’t used to creating offense with his feet.“You don’t hear that very often,” he said. “I think we knew coming into the game there was an opportunity.”Two pitches later, Pence drove a fastball to the opposite field and over the right-field fence for his fifth home run this season and the first off Syndergaard. After striking out Brandon Crawford to end the inning, Syndergaard slapped his glove in frustration.At 98.2 mph, the pitch was tied for the second-highest velocity offering on a home run this year, according to MLB’s Statcast, .03 mph less than the one resulting in a drive by the Milwaukee Brewers’ Domingo Santana off St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.“When they’re throwing hard, that supplies the pop if you get a good part of the bat on it,” Pence said.San Francisco made it 4-0 in the sixth after Duffy singled and stole second, and Syndergaard walked Belt with two outs. Hansel Robles relieved, and Pence’s single to right drove in Duffy. With his second straight three-RBI game, Pence is batting .419 (13 for 31) with three homers and seven extra-base hits in his last nine.Syndergaard allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings as his ERA climbed from 1.69 to 2.51. New York lost for just the third time in 16 games.Angel Pagan singled in a run against Antonio Bastardo in the seventh, then strained his left hamstring while rounding first base, was tagged out and came out of the game. Kelby Tomlinson had walked and stolen the Giants’ fourth base.“I don’t think it’s anything,” Pagan said.RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading membership-based association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, has selected its Hall of Fame Class of 2017, announced Supreme President Andrew C. Zachariades, Supreme Athletic Director Lou Atsaves, and Gregory J. Stamos, chairman, Hall of Fame Selection Committee.The AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are: Dr. James Vailas, college football player and sports medicine. Aleke Tsoubanos, college tennis player and coach; and Nick Tsiotos, college basketball player and journalist; Dan Mavraides, college and professional basketball player; Nick Tsiotos, Winthrop, Mass., after a standoutbasketball career in high school and college (Suffolk University) and in Greek circles with numerous Sons of Pericles and AHEPA Championships, and following a professional season in Greece, Nick made his greatest mark as a journalist and a champion of the Greek American athlete, as the Sports Editor of theHellenic Voice publication, as a radio announcer and the author of numerous biographies, including “Harry Agganis, the Golden Greek” and “Running with Pheidippides, The Miracle Boston Marathon Race.” Nick was featured in the NBC documentary that aired during the 2004 Athens Olympics, “Journey of a Warrior the Stylianos Kyriakides Story.” Nick also spearheaded the raising of the funds for the Agganis Statue in Boston and the naming of Agganis Arena at Boston University in memory of the late Harry Agganis.center_img Aleke Joy Tsoubanos, Chesterfield, Mo., had an outstanding four-year career (2000-2004) as a member of the Vanderbilt University Women’s Tennis team, attaining NCAA All-American honors three seasons in doubles, and was a key member of Vanderbilt’s NCAA Championship in 2002; after graduation she joined the Women’s Professional Tennis Circuit from 2004-2006 attaining a high ranking of #126 in doubles, and winning four International Tennis Federation doubles titles. She is currently the Associate Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Vanderbilt University, and was elected to its’ Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.Dr. James Vailas, Manchester, N.H., was a multi-sport athlete at Manchester Central (New Hampshire) High School, attaining All-State honors in football in both his junior and senior years and was a member of the 1974 State Championship Basketball Team. Jim attended Dartmouth University (1974-1978) where he lettered in both varsity football and lacrosse, and was captain of the football team and selected to the All-New England football team in 1978 after being named the Alfred Watson Athlete of the Year that season, and thereafter was inducted into the Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim is a prominent surgeon in New Hampshire, after having served as Team Physician with the Los Angeles Professional Sports Teams (Dodgers, Rams and Lakers).TweetPinShare1010 Shares “The 2017 Induction Class is comprised of individuals who have reached the highest levels of their respective areas of competition or profession,” Supreme President Zachariades said. “They also represent a wonderful cross-section of sports, spanning all levels, be it amateur, scholastic and professional. Their one common denominator is they have sustained success over a long period of time. We look forward to welcoming them into the AHEPA Hall of Fame.”They will be inducted into the Hall at the Athletic Luncheon held at the 95th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention, July 27, 2017, Orlando, Fla.Selection Committee Chairman Stamos added that each of the inductees excelled not only on the playing fields or within their industry, but also demonstrated character and ideals that were integral to their selection.“Most significantly, they have also remained committed to their Hellenic heritage and roots,” he said.The AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and now includes more than 140 inductees. Each year candidates are nominated by members of the AHEPA family, and after a thorough vetting process, are selected by the 20 Hall of Fame Selection Committee members, who encompass a broad cross-section of engaged voters, with diversity as to geography, age, eras and athletic interests. Significantly, while selection certainly recognizes athletic achievement, the selection criteria tellingly also includes personal character and civic and community service.The 2017 distinguished class joins such stellar prior inductees as: Harry Agganis, Alex Karras, Milt Pappas, Pete Sampras, Eric Karros, Gene Rossides, Steve Lappas, Bob Costas, and Greg Louganis, among many others.The biographies of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class are:May Kotsopoulos, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, was a four-year (2006-2010) standout for the University of Vermont Women’s Basketball Team, being selected to the American East Conference All-Conference Team each of her last three seasons. In addition, she was selected to the Conference All-Academic team her last three years and named as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. May graduated from Vermont with 1,727 career points, fifth on the Catamount’s all-time scoring list, and then played two seasons professionally in Greece. She was also a member of the Greek National Women’s Team in 2012. May was the 2010 winner of the AHEPA William Chirgotis Award given to the Most Outstanding College Athlete.Dan Mavraides, West Hollywood, Calif., was a four-year standout on the Princeton University Men’s Basketball Team from 2008-2011, serving as team captain of the Ivy League winning team in 2011 (25-7 record), which secured a NCAA tournament berth. Dan made All-Ivy honors his junior and senior seasons and graduated with 1,054 career points. Thereafter, he played professionally in Europe for three years (Greece and Italy) and was a recent member of the USA Basketball Championship Three-on-Three Team in Colorado Springs. Together with his teammates, he will represent the United States at the World Games in France in late June. Dan was also the winner of the 2011 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award, given to the Most Outstanding Hellenic Athlete, and he played a key role with the 2008 AHEPA All-Star team that defeated the Greek Junior National Team during the 2008 AHEPA Convention in Athens. May Kotsopoulos, college and professional basketball player;last_img read more

World Cup-Winning England Goalkeeper Gordon Banks Dies at 81

first_imgBy: Steve Douglas and Rob Harris, AP Sports WritersLONDON (AP) — Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a header from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81.English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks’ former teams, posted a statement from his family on Twitter on Tuesday.“It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight,” the statement on Twitter said. “We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have been more proud of him.”No cause of death was given.Known for his reflexes, Banks was one of English soccer’s most revered players after helping the team win the 1966 World Cup on home soil. He conceded only one goal in five games before England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley Stadium.Banks is the fourth member of the starting lineup to die, following captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball and Ray Wilson.“Gordon was a fantastic goalkeeper and I was proud to call him a team-mate,” former England teammate Bobby Charlton said on the Manchester United Twitter account. “He will be deeply missed.”At the next World Cup in Mexico in 1970, Banks scurried across his line and dived to his right to stop a downward header from Pele.“The ground was hard so I thought I should get off my line,” Banks recalled to the BBC in 2017, “and as I dived I had to anticipate how high it was going to bounce. I got a hand to it. The ball actually hit the top of my hand and looked as though it was going into the top of the net.”But Banks managed to scoop the low ball over the crossbar with his right hand.“As I hit the floor I saw that the ball had missed the goal,” Banks said. “At first I thought, ‘You lucky so-and-so,’ but then I realized it has been a bit special.”Pele recalled he was already shouting “Goal” when he headed the ball.“Like a salmon leaping up a waterfall, he threw himself to tip the ball over the crossbar,” Pele was quoted as saying . “It was an impossible play.”FILE – In this Thursday March 4, 2004 file photo Brazilian soccer legend Pele, right, presents former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks with a photograph showing Banks saving a header from Pele in the 1970 World Cup, at a press conference in London, to mark FIFA’s 100 year anniversary. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)The England team Twitter account on Tuesday posted a video of what is often called the “save of the century.”“An all-time great for England,” current England coach Gareth Southgate said.Brazil, however, eventually won that group game 1-0 and then went on to win its third World Cup title.FIFA also praised Banks by using the clip from 1970, tweeting from its World Cup Twitter account. Banks helped to draw the teams for the 2018 World Cup, attending a ceremony the previous year at the Kremlin in Moscow.“As one of the finest goalkeepers in football history, Gordon will not only be remembered for his performances on the pitch but also as a champion and gentleman off the pitch,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said.Banks, who was named FIFA goalkeeper of the year six times and made 73 appearances for England, was forced to retire in 1972, at the age of 35, after losing the sight in his right eye in a car accident. He lost one of his kidneys to cancer in 2005 and revealed in 2015 that he was facing another battle against cancer. FILE – In this July 30, 1966 file photo England’s soccer team captain Bobby Moore, is carried shoulder high by his team mates holding World Cup on July 30, 1966. England defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final, played at London’s Wembley Stadium. From left to right, goalkeeper Gordon Banks, Alan Ball, Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst, Moore, Ray Wilson, George Cohen and Bobby Charlton. English soccer club Stoke said Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019 that World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at 81. (AP Photo/Bippa, File)“If I could make a save like the one against Pele, while playing against the greatest in the world, then I will be able to battle through this health problem,” Banks said then.“Banksie,” as he was known, was already in his 20s when he started his club career by making his debut for Chesterfield before spells with Leicester (1959-67) and Stoke (1967-73) in the top division of English soccer. He won the League Cup with Leicester and Stoke.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Manchester United complete Fred signing from Shakhtar Donetsk

first_imgManchester United have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday, the English club confirmed through the social media handles.According to British media, the Brazilian cost United around 52 million pounds and has signed a five-year contract with the English club.United had announced that they had reached an agreement with the Ukranian club over a week ago but the deal was held up because of work permit issues. The Brazilian is currently in Russia with the Samba boys and was an unused substitute in their first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup versus Switzerland.Speaking about his move to United, Fred said: “This is the biggest club in the world and I am delighted to be a part of this amazing team.””To work with (manager) Jose Mourinho, who has won so many trophies in his time as a coach, is an opportunity not to be missed. I cannot wait to get started and to meet my new team-mates. I would like to thank everyone at Shakhtar Donetsk for everything they have done for me over the past five years,” he added.Fred’s pledge. #BemVindoFred #MUFC pic.twitter.com/oC8GkwavCIManchester United (@ManUtd) June 21, 2018Fred will compete for a midfield place with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic next season as United aim to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title.”Fred will complement our other midfielders’ qualities, which we need; his creative brain and passing vision will give us another dimension to our game,” Mourinho said.advertisementFred won three Ukrainian league titles with Shakhtar after joining from Brazil’s Internacional in 2013.United also signed Portuguese full back Diogo Dalot from Porto this month.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

France equal 60-year-old record to win second World Cup

first_imgFrance lifted the World Cup trophy for the second time in 20 years after 90 minutes of riveting football, with the game witnessing six goals for the first time since 1958.Brazil had beaten hosts Sweden 5-2 on that occasion at the Rasunda Stadium, Solna.Pele had become the first teen-ager to score in a World Cup final in that mnatch, with Kylian Mbappe repeating the feat in France’s win.Mario Mandzukic pounced on a mistake by France keeper Hugo Lloris, making it the highest-scoring final over 90 minutes in 60 years, but Croatia could not find the net again in their first World Cup final.FRANCE VS CROATIA FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL HIGHLIGHTSThe French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final. The own-goal was also the 12th of the tournament. That’s double the previous World Cup record of six.Ivan Perisic levelled with a powerful shot 10 minutes later but the Croatia midfielder was then penalised for a handball following a VAR review and Griezmann stepped up coolly to convert the 38th-minute penalty and put France 2-1 up. France beat Croatia 4-2 to become FIFA World Cup 2018 championsCroatia fought hard for an hour but gradually ran out of steam after playing extra time in their three previous matches, and goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe gave France a three-goal cushion.advertisementMandzukic pulled one back for the Croatians in the 69th, the last of the goals, as the match eneded 4-2 in favour of France.Didier Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 yearsFrance manager Didier Deschamps became just the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. Deschamps was captain of the France squad that won the World Cup on home soil in 1998.With France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow, he joins Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) and Mario Zagallo (Brazil) in an elite trio that has won the title on the field and from the bench.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

India vs England, 2nd Test: Injury scare for Virat Kohli at Lord’s?

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli gave an injury scare on Sunday as he did not come to the field when the fourth day’s play began during the second Test against England at Lord’s.England began the fourth day of the Lord’s Test as they came out to bat with Chris Woakes and Sam Curran with the scoreboard reading at 357/6. But even as the entire Indian team came out to field, Kohli was missing while Ravindra Jadeja took his place.Ajinkya Rahane, who is India’s Test vice-captain, took the role of the captain with Kohli missing the action due to a stiff back.On the first ball of the 89th over, Sam Curran fell to Hardik Pandya’s delivery and with that, England declared the innings at 396/7.As India return to bat in the second innings, captain Kohli will not be able to come out to bat for 37 minutes as he spent that much time off the field while England were batting.INDIA VS ENGLAND 2ND TEST DAY 4: FOLLOW LIVE UPDATESWithin those 37 minutes, India lost Murali Vijay (0) and KL Rahul (10) and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had to come at No.4.Ajinkya Rahane is currently in to bat at four for @BCCI with Virat Kohli not allowed to take to the crease until 12:23 having been off the field this morning.Follow the action https://t.co/d73vbDTigu#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/2Hkrstnp8o Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 12, 2018On Saturday as well, Kohli was forced to miss some on-field action during the final session of Day 3 when he reportedly suffered from back stiffness. Kohli was seen spending some time off the field, stretching himself.advertisementWhile Chris Woakes and Johnny Bairstow were tormenting the Indian bowlers, Kohli had to leave his troops to treat his sore back. Reports suggested that he was feeling his lower back and that is where he perhaps received treatment.Kohli scored a gritty century in the first Test against England at Edgbaston, which was also his maiden hundred in the country. In a match where none of the batsmen apart from Sam Curran in the second England innings managed to put up a good score, Kohli exorcised the demons of 2014 England tour and scored a hundred and a half-century in the second innings.Despite Kohli’s best effort, India lost the match by 31 runs and went 1-0 behind in the five-match series.Lord’s Test, a crucial one for India in the series, started on a bad note for the visitors when the dry conditions of Lord’s completely turned around due to the first day being washed out.The second day was also marred by rain but the toss finally took place, which was won by Joe Root as England decided to bowl first.Kohli and his batting troops once again faltered as India were bowled out for just 107 runs. On the third day in London, the sun shone bright as England took the field to bat.Even as the bowlers gave India early breakthroughs with Mohammed Shami being the pick of the lot, Bairstow and Woakes stitched together a huge partnership to peg India back again.With the Test slipping out of India’s hands, Kohli’s injury issues could spell bigger trouble as the captain has been best batsman for the visitors so far in the series. Even during the second session on Saturday, Kohli sat out for some time but it is not confirmed if that was due to the back problem.Kohli returned to the field in the 71st over and smiled to his teammates, perhaps indicating that he was fine, but now it seems the injury issues remain and in context to the series, the Indian management must be worried.During the South Africa tour as well, Kohli went off the field during the second T20I with what he later termed as a glute strain. He later missed the third and final T20I of the series citing a sore back.Ahead of the England tour, Kohli also suffered from a neck sprain that saw him missing out on a county experience with Surrey.last_img read more

Wow! SRK, Kapil Sharma in Delhi to shoot the first episode of The Kapil Sharma Show

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show is all set to premiere on April 23 on Sony TV at 9 pm. Kapil Sharma and his gang of comedians–Ali Asgar, Kiku Sharda, Sunil Grover, Sumona Chakravarti and Chandan Prabhakar–will be seen in a brand new avatar. Bigg Boss 9 contestant Rochelle Maria Rao will also play an interesting character on the show.Check out the trailer of the first episode of The Kapil Sharma Show King Khan and Comedy King Kapil Sharma are all set to woo the Capital today with their witty one-liners and gags. Delhiites including those who won free passes for the show, can watch Shah Rukh Khan and Kapil Sharma shooting the first episode of the much-awaited The Kapil Sharma Show live 6:30 pm onwards today at K D Jadhav Stadium, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in Delhi. Sony TV, on Friday had announced a contest on Twitter for the viewers to come up with the best idea to make Kapil and SRK laugh. The winners of the contest got free passes for today’s live show in Delhi.Kapil Sharma and his gang have expressed their excitement about shooting the first episode, on Twitter. Kiku Sharda and Sunil Grover have even posted video messages from the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show. Sumona Chakravarti and Ali Asgar have re-tweeted Kapil’s tweet.Exclusive glimpse of the stage in Delhi! Are you looking forward to live updates from here? @KapilSharmaK9 @iamsrk pic.twitter.com/qwAUQKYTSqSony TV (@SonyTV) April 11, 2016Today we r performing live in delhi 🙂 need ur best wishes.. Love you all :)) #TheKapilSharmaShow23rdapril only on @SonyTVKAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) April 11, 2016It is K.D. Jadhav Stadium where the 1st episode is going to be shoot !Are u excited ?? pic.twitter.com/SK7My1bWn0Kapil Sharma Show (@TheKapilSShow) April 11, 2016SRK present in Delhi for #TheKapilSharmaShow.K.D.Jadhav Stadium is venue for live shoot of new show of @SonyTV pic.twitter.com/i52bWuhjjTadvertisementThe KapilSharma Show (@ComedyOnSonyTV) April 11, 2016All geared up for the first episode of #TheKapilSharmaShow shoot in Delhi. Starting make up. The King Khan joining the madness ??Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) April 11, 2016last_img read more

Don’t want to die in accident? These are safest cars to go for in India right now

first_imgWith an astronomical number of options to buy a car in the current market, buying a new car is nothing short of winning a battle. With an increase in the number of people moving on the roads, the sense of safety keeps steadily reducing. Unfortunately, in the Indian car market, the major emphasis is given on the price, cost to run, mileage, and performance while safety takes a backseat. The idea of a safe car is coming up, slowly but steadily.In a report from the transport ministry released in September last year, the stats showed as many as 17 people died in 55 road accidents per hour on an average in 2017, with more than 50 per cent of the victims from the 18-35 age group. The report also stated one major fact – the overall number of accidents declined by 4.1 per cent from last year, but fatalities went up by 3.2 per cent.Now coming to more hard numbers, there were a total of 1,40,652 road accidents which took place in India last year, which resulted in 1,50,785 deaths and leaving 4,94,624 persons with serious injuries.With such numbers, we can assume that buying a car with adequate safety features should be on top of the list. Almost every car that is being sold in India right now gets a safety rating from Global NCAP (National Car Assessment Program). Global NCAP is a UK based company which focuses on the promotion of public health and safety, and consumer safety in vehicles.NCAP results can be used as a datum point to evaluate the structural integrity of the vehicle, vehicular impact on passengers, and possible injuries or fatalities at the time of a collision. Recent NCAP tests have shown Indian car manufacturers to make safe cars to earn up to 4 stars, but for a pan-market basis in the automotive segment, the thought process of buying a safer car than a cheaper one is yet to develop.advertisementWe believe the readers can think for themselves so here are the top 5 safest cars you can buy in India right now.Renault Duster This model from the French manufacturer started the trend of compact SUVs in the Indian market since its launch in 2012. The Renault Duster scored 3 stars in the NCAP tests. The model used is the one with a single driver airbag.The Duster went through a mid-lifecycle update in 2016 and is among the dominant market leaders right now. The Duster is currently offered in diesel and petrol variants.The Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre diesel which is available in two states of tune – 84bhp/200Nm and 108bhp/240Nm. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.6-litre engine which belts out 102bhp and 145Nm of torque. The lower power diesel model and petrol are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The higher power diesel variant is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The latest addition is the automated manual transmission (AMT) available with the 108bhp diesel variant but without AWD.Prices for the Duster start at Rs 7.95 for the petrol, and Rs 8.95 lakh for the diesel variant, ex-showroom.Volkswagen Polo The Polo initially secured zero stars at the first test. However, in the second test, the hatchback recorded a 4-star rating. The German carmaker quickly addressed these issues and now the car has got dual airbags, starting from the base Trendline model.The Polo sold in India is powered by a 999cc, 4-cylinder petrol which churns out 75bhp of power and 95Nm of torque. There is also a diesel variant on offer which is powered by a 1.5-litre engine belting out 89bhp and 230Nm of torque. The powertrains are mated to a 5-speed manual.Prices for the Polo start at Rs 5.53 lakh for petrol and Rs 7.04 lakh for the diesel variant, ex-showroom.Also, the Polo is sold in GT TSI and GT TSI Sport, which is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and churns out 103bhp and 175Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.Toyota Etios Liva We are not new to the fact that Toyota makes one of the strongest cars in many markets across the globe. Remember when the Top Gear trio tried killing a Toyota Hilux pickup and failed. But we don’t have the Hilux here. However, the Etios Liva is one of the cheapest cars to buy in India which also gets a 4-star safety rating. The Etios Liva gets dual airbags as standard.The Etios Liva can be bought in petrol and diesel variants. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre engine which churns out 79bhp of power and 104Nm of torque. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.4-litre engine which churns out 67bhp and 170Nm of torque. Both the powertrains are mated to a 5-speed gearbox.advertisementPrices for the Etios Liva start at Rs 5.48 lakh for petrol, and Rs 6.76 lakh for diesel, ex-showroom.Mahindra XUV500 When Mahindra launched the premium SUV back in 2011, one of the major highlights of the premium SUV was that it had a monocoque chassis. For readers who don’t know what a monocoque chassis is – a single shell. For chassis made in a single molded shell, with no internal frame. Monocoque chassis are regarded as safer and more stronger considering the vehicle body is integral to the frame, as opposed to body-on-frame construction.The model tested (W11 AWD) received 4 stars in the ANCAP test which is the Australian variant of the NCAP tests. The model testes are the same one in the Indian market and get 6 airbags, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard. It also gets Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control, and Hill Descent Control. However, the W11 AWD model has priced at Rs 17.85 lakh, ex-showroom.However, the point to be noted here is the XUV500’s structural integrity. The SUV scored 16 out of 16 points in the side-impact test which checks the structural integrity in case of side-collision.The XUV is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk 4-cylinder diesel which churns out 155bhp and 360Nm and can be availed in a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The petrol variant is powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder which produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic. There is no manual option.Prices for the XUV500 start at Rs 12.39 lakh for the diesel variant and Rs 15.50 lakh, ex-showroom for the petrol variant.Hyundai Creta One of the successful models from the Korean manufacturer for the Indian market, the Hyundai Creta has taken the premium compact SUV market by storm. The car got a very commendable 4-star rating in the Latin NCAP tests. The vehicle tested was similar to the Indian variant, and featured two airbags.The Creta currently sold in the Indian market is similar to the one sold in Brazilian markets and is powered by a two engine option – petrol and diesel. The petrol variant gets a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder engine churning out 123bhp and 151Nm of torque. The diesel variant gets 2 diesel options which include a 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre engine options which generate 89bhp and 126bhp and are mated to a six-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic option.Prices for the Creta start at Rs 9.43 lakh for the petrol, and Rs 9.99 lakh, ex-showroom for the diesel variant.Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza This is the latest addition. Maruti Suzuki’s compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza scored an impressive 4-star rating in the latest series of crash tests conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Program. The results were made public on Thursday at the inaugural Global NCAP World Congress which is being held in Delhi.advertisementThe variant of the Vitara Brezza which was tested came with standard dual-airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, and ISOFIX anchorages. The car received 4-stars in Adult Occupant Protection whereas received two stars for Child Occupant Protection. According to the GNCAP report, the Adult Occupant Protection was good and robust. Also mentioned in the report is the Child Occupant Protection received two stars because of the forward facing position of the 18-month old dummy in the test, but a 3-year old dummy received good protection.The Vitara Brezza is powered by a 1.3-litre turbo diesel powerplant which churns out 89bhp and 200Nm of peak torque. The powerplant is mated to a 5-speed manual, or a 5-speed AMT or AGS, as called by Maruti Suzuki. Prices for the Brezza start at Rs 7.58 lakh, ex-showroom.Ford Aspire Ford recently came out with the facelifted compact sedan, the Figo Aspire. Priced at Rs 5.55 lakh, ex-showroom, the model secured a three-star rating in the Adult Occupant Protection criteria.The Ford Aspire facelift is powered by a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder TiVCT petrol from the Dragon series churning out 96bhp powerplant which can be found on the current gen Freestyle. The Aspire also comes powered with the 123bhp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine on offer. Transmission duties will be done by a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford, however, did not bring the diesel-automatic combo to the Indian market at launch. The only automatic petrol combo can be availed in the Titanium trim and is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh, ex-showroom. The petrol AMT is powered by the 1.5-litre TiVCT engine and is mated to a 6-speed AMT unit. All variants get dual-airbags, ABS and EBD as standard.The Figo Aspire will face off against the recently launched Honda Amaze (Rs 5.81-9.11 lakh), segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire (Rs 5.60-9.45 lakh), Hyundai Xcent (Rs 5.61-8.61 lakh) and the VW Ameo (Rs 5.62-10.01 lakh).last_img read more

The Making of- Virat Kohli’s First Sneaker with PUMA, one8 Basket

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)Catch the Indian skipper in action as he recreates PUMAs iconic basket silhouetteBangalore, Karnataka, India (NewsVoir)Indian skipper Virat Kohli dropped his first sneaker collaboration with global sportswear brand PUMA earlier this week. Grabbing the country and fans by storm, PUMA has released a special video that gives a glimpse into the making of the one8 Basket. Tailored specially for Indian consumers, the video was unveiled by Virat on his Instagram account/handle.In a candid video, for the first time ever, you see Virats creative side where hes actually sketching the shoe. Created by Street Style Spotlight, the video has been executed flawlessly. It shows Virat in conversation with PUMA team, picking the detailing for the shoe and even creating the designs. In the video, Virat walks you through the detailing he has incorporated, the thought behind the logo placement and the inspiration behind the design of the shoe.Taking inspiration from a game that he loves, Virat tells you how his first sneaker collaboration features aesthetic influences from cricket. Further translating his passion for cricket into design he gives an up-close view of the gold stitching on the premium leather upper inspired by the stitches on a cricket ball. Even the perforations on the shoe are inspired by the perforations in his batting gloves. Inspired by the test cricket ensemble, Virat knew the sneaker definitely had to be available in a white colourway. Black is Virats go to colour, it is one of his favourites. The one8 basket has been adapted in classic black to create a truly timeless sneaker.advertisementBringing together two big brands, Virat has worked very closely with PUMA through the entire creative process, carefully curating design and detailing to create a new interpretation of this timeless classic with his unique stamp. The PUMA Baskets classic and minimalistic silhouette is the perfect choice for Virats first sneaker collaboration. His personal style is reflected in the timeless silhouette and the classic colours he has selected for the shoe – black and white.Created for those who live in their sneakers, the PUMA one8 Basket is just as comfortable as it is fashionable. The classic basket silhouette makes it a very versatile unisex shoe that can be worn by anyone with any outfit.PUMAs concept behind the video is to showcase how closely Virat was involved in the entire creative process of one8 Basket. Catch the link to the video of Virats debut sneaker here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-XXWu7lGkcShare the video and tag @pumaindiaFollow: @pumaindiaPUMA is one of the worlds leading sports brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the worlds fastest athletes. PUMA offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running and Training, Basketball, Golf, and Motorsports. It collaborates with renowned designers and brands to bring sport influences into street culture and fashion. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Dobotex. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 13,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany.Image: Virat Kohli PUMA one8 BasketVideo: The making of – Virat Kohlis first sneaker with PUMA, one8 BasketPWRPWRlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: All the differences you wanted to know

first_imgThe Galaxy A7 (2018) and Galaxy A9 (2018) phones from Samsung this year are proof that the company is changing its direction with its mid-range Galaxy A-series and wants to bring something new and unique to the table to help them stand out in an extremely competitive segment. Both the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 are the first Samsung phones to sport triple and quad cameras, respectively. Whether the cameras are something spectacular or not is a whole different argument, but these phones have managed to catch our attention which is what Samsung is looking for.The Galaxy A7 (Review) is cheaper compared to the Galaxy A9, and there are a lot of features that set these phones apart such as the number of cameras and hardware. However, the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 also share a lot in common in terms of design philosophy and camera sensors. Yes, the cameras on both the phones are mostly identical and we will get to that in a bit. For now, let’s first talk about the price.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: PriceThe Galaxy A7 (2018) is available in India starting at Rs 23,990 for the 4GB + 64GB variant and goes up to Rs 28,990 for the 6GB +128GB model. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A9 (2018) has been priced at Rs 36,990 for the base model with 6GB + 128GB configuration and Rs 39,990 for the top-end variant with 8GB RAM. The Galaxy A7 is already on sale, while the Galaxy A9 will go on sale starting November 28. We take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two phone to help you decide which one is worth your money.advertisementGalaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: Design and displayBoth the Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A7 are designed to appeal to a younger audience. They come with a glass and metal combination to offer a more premium look. The rear panel on the Galaxy A7 (2018) comes with a 2.5D glass while the A9 gets a 3D glass protection. The most notable difference here is that the Galaxy A7 offers a side fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button while the Galaxy A9 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Samsung Galaxy A9Another aesthetic difference is that the Galaxy A9 comes with gradient colours on the back in colours called Bubblegum Pink and Lemonade Blue. It’s definitely more loud and funky compared to the subtle plain colours of the Galaxy A7 that is offered in Blue, Black and Gold colours.The Galaxy A9 also gets a bigger 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED display while the Galaxy A7 sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. Both the displays will offer the same bright and vivid colours that we have come to expect from the company’s OLED panels. These displays will provide an immersive and vibrant viewing experience, but the Galaxy A9 does get an edge by offering a slightly bigger screen.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: CamerasThe new Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9 are really all about their cameras. They are Samsung’s first triple camera and quad-camera phone, respectively, and they are so because Samsung wants to make its Galaxy A line more attractive for consumers to help boost sales. The sensors on the phones are more or less similar to each other. Samsung’s aim is to offer a variety of modes for consumers to switch between to capture thatThe Galaxy A7’s triple camera system includes an 8MP 120-degrees ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 24MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Each of these lenses come with a specific use case such as wide-angle captures and bokeh effects that the consumer can easily switch between. Samsung Galaxy A7The Galaxy A9 gets four rear cameras, three of which a similar to the Galaxy A7. It also gets a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5MP depth sensor. The addition here is a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The zoom lens will allow for more detailed cropped photos compared to the Galaxy A7, at least on paper.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: SpecsAs far as hardware goes, the Galaxy A9 and A7 are quite different. The Galaxy A9 is definitely the more powerful of the two phones as it comes with a top-tier 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. The Galaxy A7, on the other hand, gets a 2.2GHz octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset that’s coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. Both the processors are in the mid-range segment, but the Snapdragon 660 is notably a more powerful processor and the 8GB RAM model should mean better multitasking performance on the Galaxy A9 as well.advertisementThe Galaxy A9 also houses a bigger 3,800mAh battery as compared to the Galaxy A7 that ships with a 3,300mAh capacity. Notably, the A9 also supports fast charging which cannot be said for the A7. Both the phones ship with Android Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top.Galaxy A9 vs Galaxy A7: Which one should you buy?The Galaxy A9 is clearly the more specced out model between the two, so it’s the one to go for if you’re looking for the kind of raw power that the SD660 can deliver and that appealing gradient look. The Galaxy A7 is a more economical decision as it cost over Rs 10,000 cheaper. It gets a capable processor and a vivid AMOLED display. But the battery life of the Galaxy A7 is questionable and in comparison the Galaxy A9 should offer a better battery life as it gets a bigger capacity, but we can only say that for sure after an in-depth review of the device.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy A7 review: Three cameras but wide-angle lens is all that mattersYou will likely be wondering whether the additional telephoto lens on the Galaxy A9 makes a lot of difference. Firstly, three of the cameras on both the Galaxy A7 and A9 are similar, so you’re likely to see similar bokeh shots and wide-angle captures on both. The extra zoom lens on the Galaxy A9 will give it a slight edge over the Galaxy A7 when capturing with 2x zoom or macro shots. The extra lens will offer more options and modes for you to play around with if you’re really into photography.last_img read more