Honor is all set to launch the Honor 20 series in London today. The flagship series is expected to see the launch of the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro based on what we have heard so far. The company will likely announce the Honor 20 Lite as well, which has been available in some markets already. The flagship duo are tipped to come with punch-hole displays, quad cameras and the latest Kirin 980 processor, among other things.The launch of the Honor 20 series is especially interesting as it comes just a day after Google announced that it was pulling its services from Huawei. This means that future Huawei and Honor devices will not have access to Google apps and neither will they get Android updates. The Honor 20 series will likely be the last of Honor’s phones that will support Android apps and updates.Honor will be livestreaming the global launch of the Honor 20 series on its official YouTube channel. The event will begin at 2pm BST (6:30pm IST) and you can watch the livestream right here. Following its launch in London, the Honor 20 series will be coming to India on June 11 and will go on sale on Flipkart.Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro expected specificationsThe Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro will look similar in that they will both offer full-screen displays with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. They will come with premium glass backs and quad cameras, but will largely differ in size. The regular Honor 20 is said to sports a 6.26-inch FHD+ display, while the the Honor 20 Pro should get a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen. Both the devices are expected to come with LCD panels and a side fingerprint sensor rather than an in-display sensor, according to latest information by Winfuture.de.advertisementThe Honor flagship phones are also expected to rock the Kirin 980 chipset based on a 7nm process. The flagships will ship with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.1 on top, which is Honor’s take on EMUI 9.The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro should also come with quad camera that is said to include a 48-megapixel primary Sony IMX586 sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor. There will be two additional 2-megapixel sensors as per Roland Quandt’s report where one will be used for macro shots while the other will come in handy for depth photos.As for the battery capacities, the smaller Honor 20 is said to come with a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model could house a 4,000mAh capacity. Both the handsets should support 22.5W fast charging over Type-C. The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are expected to be announced in at least two colours – Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black.ALSO READ | Future Huawei phones may not support Google service
All-Rounder Quinton de Kock Quinton de Kock Imran Tahir Imran Tahir SL 52 Total Wickets Beuran Hendricks Beuran Hendricks South Africa Bowled – 16 Aiden Markram Aiden Markram BAN 3 – WON Total runs in each powerplay Bowler STUMPED – 2 Bowler Kagiso Rabada Kagiso Rabada LBW – 2 4s-155 6s-27 Bowler Wicket Keeper Caught – 30 Batsman 5 – Lost JP Duminy JP Duminy David Miller David Miller All-Rounder Total 50’s/100’s 9/1 WI ENG Dwaine Pretorius Dwaine Pretorius Batsman Chris Morris Chris Morris All-Rounder AUS Batsman Run Outs – 2 Rassie van der Dussen Rassie van der Dussen PAK The South African cricket team, also known as ‘The Proteas’ is administrated by Cricket South Africa. South Africa is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. Cricket in South Africa was established by the British, and the first tour by a side from England took place in 1888-89. South Africa played its first Test match (against a touring England side at Port Elizabeth), becoming the third Test nation.However, in 1970, the ICC voted to suspend the team from international cricket indefinitely because of its government’s policy of apartheid, an overtly racist policy, which led them to play only against the white nations (England, Australia, New Zealand), and field only white players. This decision excluded players such as stalwart Graeme Pollock from partaking in international Test Cricket. Such a move caused the exodus of bright future prospects like Allan Lamb and Robin Smith, who both played for England, and Kepler Wessels, who initially played for Australia, before returning to South Africa. The team was reinstated in 1991 as a Test nation after the deconstruction of apartheid, and the team played its first official match since 1970 (and its first-ever ODI) against India in 1991. Since the reinstatement, the Proteas have had mixed success. Even when the team has been considered to be a favourite to win big tournaments, good fortune deserts it.The match-fixing scandal that shook the cricketing fraternity got momentum from Hansie Cronje’s claims. With his mysterious death in a plane crash, a chapter in South African cricket closed.The South African cricket has produced many greats. Jacques Kallis possibly is the best ever to represent them, while in Graeme Smith, they had a leader who was very instrumental in putting them on top, particularly in Test cricket. To add to that, the likes of Allan Donald, Daryll Cullinan, Jonty Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla etc also contributed massively to their success.The team has reached the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup three times but has failed to progress into the finals, with Herschelle Gibbs famously dropping Australian captain Steve Waugh in 1999 in a round-robin game. They performed well in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, until New Zealand beat them in the quarterfinals, unfortunately ending their World Cup campaign.The Proteas were once again amongst the favourites in the 2015 World Cup. They had a very good run but it came to an end against New Zealand in the semis. A poor run in the 2017 Champions Trophy followed where they failed to qualify for the knockout stages. In 2018, they were dealt a huge blow as arguably their best batsman, AB de Villiers bowed out of international cricket. SA South Africa have previously arrived at Cricket World Cup tournaments among the favourites to lift the trophy and failed dismally, but this time around can fly under the radar with a youthful team largely shorn of the baggage of the past.Since they were re-admitted to international sport in 1992, the Proteas have reached the semi-finals in four of their seven World Cup appearances, but never made the final.Only seven of South Africa’s 15-man squad, however, have been to a World Cup before, and while they have some concerns going into the tournament in England and Wales, there is a freshness about their side that coach Ottis Gibson hopes will leave any negativity buried deep in the past.”It is a fresh start for us,” Gibson said. “It is my first time with the team and we have been using the same language for the last 18 months since I have been here. NZ Faf du Plessis Captain Faf du Plessis Faf du Plessis 782 runs in boundries AFG Batsman Andile Phehlukwayo Andile Phehlukwayo 9 Matches Played Bowler Team Profile South Africa 1934 Total runs scored Bowler Lungi Ngidi Lungi Ngidi IND Tabraiz Shamsi Tabraiz Shamsi Bowler “It is one of positivity all the time. What is gone in the past is gone. We are not taking the past with us to the World Cup, it is a new adventure for us.”When all their players are fit, South Africa look a balanced side, albeit with a top order batting line-up that is prone to collapse.Their major concern though lies in a bowling attack that has tremendous pace, skill and guile, but three frontline seamers who have all had injury concerns in the build-up to the tournament.Kagiso Rabada tweaked his troublesome back during the Indian Premier League, while Dale Steyn suffered a recurrence of his on-going shoulder problems.advertisementLungi Ngidi, who has a knack of taking early wickets, did not go to the IPL at all with a side-strain.Whether the trio can last from South Africa’s opener against England at The Oval on May 30 and a potential final on July 14 may dictate the team’s trophy chances.Other key players are wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who blasts away at the top of the order, and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who is 40 years old but arguably in the form of his life.Getting out-of-form opener Hashim Amla to fire would be a big bonus for the team, though they do have Aiden Markram, who excelled in a recent short spell with Hampshire, as a potential replacement.”This is the beauty of the 15 players we have selected, it gives us so many options, we can interchange people and put them in different positions,” Gibson added.”That is fantastic going into a World Cup where weather conditions will dictate a lot of how the tournament is played.”
Opener David Warner will be selected for Australia when they launch their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on Saturday, captain Aaron Finch said on the eve of the match.”Dave is fine, he will play tomorrow. No doubt about that,” Finch told a news conference on Friday.But Australia are still pondering over their final selection for the game at Bristol.”In terms of the 11, we will name it at the toss. Everyone is in the mix. We are very close to an 11, but we are not going to name it yet.”Everyone’s been in really good form… in the practice games, and the three games we played against New Zealand,” the captain added, leaving questions about who bats at No.3 – either Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh.Warner underwent a fitness test on Thursday after concerns that an upper leg injury might rule him out of Saturday’s game. The 32-year-old missed the defending champions’ final warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Monday and was unable to train on Wednesday.Warner, who scored 345 runs at an average of 49.28 in Australia’s run to the title four years ago, returned to the national set-up last month after serving a one-year ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.Finch said both Warner and Steve Smith, who was also suspended after the scandal and stripped of the captaincy, had slotted back into the team easily.”When you are world-class players, you adapt again really quickly and you get up to speed.advertisement”Having them play 13 games each in the IPL (Indian Premier League) is really important. It is a high standard of cricket so that gets you back up to as close to international competition as you can.”I think Steve will be one of the all-time greats by the time he will have finished the game. There is no question about his batting ability. So when you are great, you get the game quicker, things just happen quicker, so there is never any issue about how he’ll bounce back.”The same with Davey. They are both so competitive. They have both got great records. So there was never any doubt about how well they would come back.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Justin Langer urges fans not to boo Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Australia fret over Warner’s fitness ahead of opener vs Afghanistan
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc on Thursday became the fastest bowler to 150 ODI wickets and he also became the first in World Cup 2019 to pick up a five-wicket haul to lead his team to a 15-run win over West Indies in Nottingham.Chasing 289 for victory, the West Indies were restricted to 273 for 9 with Starc picking up his sixth five-wicket haul in ODIs. Australia, who were bowled out for 288 batting first, registered their second successive win in the tournament to move up to second place in the points table.Starc finished with figures of 5 for 46 from his quota of 10 overs and bettered former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq’s record to become the fastest to 150 wickets in his 77th ODI match. Saqlain had achieved the milestone in 78 matches.”We back ourselves to defend anything. I felt it (the surface) quite hard – the wicket was a bit up and down but I settled in and got used to it. They were on the way before Starcy picked 2-3, good move by Finch to bring him on then. He is a fantastic bowler and credit goes to him,” man-of-the-match Nathan Coulter-Nile, who smashed 92 runs with the bat, praised Starc after the game.Starc has a terrific record against the West Indies with 21 wickets in 7 matches at 12.76 with three five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket.West Indies got off to a poor start before Shai Hope (68) and Nicholas Pooran (40) laid the platform for the power-hitters, but the Starc-led Australian attack kept them on a tight leash.Starc first picked up the wicket of Chris Gayle (21) in the first powerplay and then returned in the death overs to remove Andre Russell (15), Jason Holder (51), Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Sheldon Cottrell (1) to swing the match in Australia’s favour.advertisementPat Cummins (2 for 41) and Adam Zampa (1 for 58) gave good support to Starc from the other ends.Also Read | Australia vs West Indies Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | Smith, Coulter-Nile, Starc shine as Australia beat West IndiesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle left to rue his luck after series of umpiring errors Also Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle 3rd West Indian to score 1000 World Cup runs
The Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 have been successful in India, allowing Samsung to sell over 2 million units since the launch of the series earlier this year. Reason? These phones have offered impressive designs and hardware at prices competitive enough to make even brands like Xiaomi and Realme worry. The Galaxy M40 is the fourth phone in the Galaxy M series, and Samsung hopes to maintain that aggressive run.The Galaxy M40’s defining feature is its Infinity-O punch-hole display, which is a first for this segment. It also packs a mid-range Snapdragon chipset and a 32MP triple camera setup. But all of this comes with a few trade-offs – no AMOLED panel, no headphone jack and a smaller battery compared to previous Galaxy M phones. Do these sacrifices hurt the Galaxy M40 with a price of Rs 19,990? We try to find out in our Galaxy M40 review.Galaxy M40 DesignThe front side of the Galaxy M40 gets a new Infinity-O display, which is a first for a Galaxy M phone. Like the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy M40 gets a small circular hole on the top corner of the screen to house the selfie camera. This solution removes the need for a notch in an attempt to minimise distraction while viewing the display.Compared to the Galaxy M30, the bezels around the Galaxy M40 are thinner, so you get more screen real estate. The screen is 0.1-inch smaller than the Galaxy M30, but you won’t be able to tell the difference. The Galaxy M40 also offers a slightly smaller form factor and a slimmer profile with a thickness of 7.9mm, which makes it feel great in hand. At 168 grams, the Galaxy M40 is also delightfully lightweight.advertisementThe rear panel of the Galaxy M40 looks similar to other Galaxy M phones, but still manages to look fresh thanks to two new gradient finishes – Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue. The unit I received for review was in Midnight Blue, which offers a dark blue hue almost throughout the face of the panel, while the curved edges give off a lighter shade of blue. It’s almost like a dual-tone effect, which looks really nice. The Seawater Blue offers light blue gradience that also looks quite attractive and would be my pick between the two. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is extremely quick to enroll your fingerprint. The triple camera setup is vertically placed on the top left corner. The power and volume buttons on the right side are easy to reach and so is the fingerprint sensor. All of this is to say that the Galaxy M40 offers good ergonomics.Samsung has taken a bold decision by omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy M40, which is unlikely to go down well in a segment that still sees love for the jack. The removal of the port doesn’t seem to offer any benefits as the battery capacity is smaller compared to the M30 and the phone isn’t as slim as the Galaxy A50. Samsung has tried to make up for it by offering Type-C earphones with the box. The Galaxy M40 supports a hybrid SIM slot and offers a single speaker grille on the bottom.To further reduce the top bezel, Samsung has removed the earpiece and has opted for an On Screen Sound tech which essentially means sound is delivered from under the display. The quality of this under display earpiece is quite average and lacks a certain clarity that a traditional earpiece delivers.Galaxy M40 DisplayThis is where things get tricky. While on the one hand Samsung has offered a segment-first punch-hole display, which looks unique, the company has also made a tradeoff. Instead of offering a Super AMOLED display like it did with the Galaxy M30, Samsung has used an LCD panel for the Galaxy M40. While Samsung displays are generally some of the best in the business, an LCD display is still an LCD display and will not offer the kind of richness, colour depth and appeal that an AMOLED panel offers. Right off the bat, you can tell that the colours on screen look a little pale and washed out on the Galaxy M40 as opposed to the deep and bright colours on the Galaxy M30’s display. Blacks are not as deep and dark as one would have liked, which is particularly disappointing considering One UI comes with a system-wide Night mode that looks fantastic on AMOLED display.That said, the Galaxy M40’s 6.3-inch FHD+ display still offers excellent sharpness with clear texts and sharp videos. It looks great for an LCD panel, that’s for sure. It also helps that the phone comes with Widevine L1 certification, which means you will be able to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in true HD quality. Viewing angles and brightness levels even under peak sunlight are great as usual.advertisementGalaxy M40 Performance and SoftwareApart from the punch-hole display, another feature Samsung is boasting about is that this is the first Galaxy M phone to run on a Snapdragon chipset. The 2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM is enough to make sure the Galaxy M40 runs smoothly for most day-to-day tasks. It is a reliable processor as we have seen it work effortlessly with the Redmi Note 7 Pro as well.Out of the box, the Galaxy M40 feels quite snappy as one would expect. Apps are quick to open and load times are fast as well. Scrolling through the UI is swift and touch response is good. The chipset is capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on medium graphics without any slowdown or jitters. That being said, consumers who are serious about mobile gaming and want to play at max graphics settings at this price may want to consider the Poco F1 instead. Notably, the Galaxy M40 is the first in the Galaxy M series to ship with Android Pie out of the box. On top of Pie, you get One UI which is Samsung’s custom software that is really well optimised and adds to the smooth user experience. You get features such as system-wide Night mode and a redesigned interface that focuses on making one-handed usage easier. You do get a few preloaded apps like Prime Video, Amazon, Dailyhunt and Helo, all of which can be uninstalled.it should also be noted that there are some One UI features that are not present on the Galaxy M40 such as the blue light filter and Bixby Home page that offers customisable cards for relevant daily information. It is unclear why these features are missing, but Samsung may add them with future updates.The phone offers an internal storage of 128GB, which I feel is sufficient for downloading and storing music, photos and movies offline. But if you feel that’s not enough, you can expand it further up to 512GB using a microSD card. The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is quite snappy and mostly accurate. Face unlock is present, but it isn’t as fast indoors and definitely not under low lighting conditions. The in-box Type-C earphones sound decent enough especially with Dolby Atmos enabled. But if you have a better pair of wired earphones lying around, you will need to use a Type-C to 3.5mm dongle to make things work, which is a bit of work.Galaxy M40 CameraThe Galaxy M40 is yet another phone in Samsung’s portfolio to offer triple rear cameras (that includes a wide-angle lens). Triple camera setups have become a staple in 2019 as brands look to offer versatility. The Galaxy M40’s camera setup on the Galaxy M40 includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, which is similar to setup on the more expensive Galaxy A70. Up front, the M40 gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera housed within the cutout.advertisementThe 32MP main camera aims to offer great clarity and detail. However, one should note that the camera shoots in 12MP resolution by default. You can switch to full 32MP by changing the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 3:2H, but the difference in picture quality is barely understandable. You also won’t be able to use auto HDR while using the full 32MP mode. During daytime, photos look sharp and detailed (as long as you don’t zoom into the photos) although there is a lack of contrast.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Galaxy M40 has a fast autofocus and shutter speed, which means you won’t be getting a lot of blurry photos in daylight. The same cannot be said when you’re shooting indoors or in low-light as photos often come out looking soft and blurry. Without a dedicated Night mode (long-exposure mode), low-light shots just cannot compete with what the Redmi Note 7 Pro or Realme 3 Pro offer.You can easily switch to the wide-angle lens with a tap of the button, which is always a useful mode to capture landscape shots. The 8MP sensor is decent enough to capture wide-angle shots in daylight, but don’t expect a lot of clarity. The rear and front cameras get Live Focus support so you can adjust background blur in real time. For the rear camera, bokehs look decent as long as the blur effect isn’t kept at high levels. There is decent subject separation although colours reproduction isn’t the best. The 16MP selfie camera is average at best as colours look washed out and facial features look smooth. Skin tones and the blacks of hair don’t look natural, which is strange as the Galaxy M30 delivered better results while offering a similar 16MP sensor. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A50’s 25MP front camera offers sharper selfies. As for videos, the main camera on the Galaxy M40 lacks any form of stabilisation, so don’t expect clean and jitter-free videos. The camera supports recording up to UHD (3840×2160) resolution.Galaxy M40 BatteryThe Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30 offered large 5,000mAh batteries, so it comes as a surprise that the Galaxy M40 packs a smaller 3,500mAh capacity. That’s quite a downgrade and it comes as no surprise that the Galaxy M40 won’t last beyond a full day usage. With basic tasks like messaging and social media browsing through the day, you should be left with around 30 per cent in the tank by bedtime. Throw in some gaming and video streaming and you should expect the battery to drain faster during the day. Notably, the Galaxy M40 offers a good standby time, so you’ll most likely find yourself charging the phone in the morning.The Galaxy M40 supports fast charging and you get a 15W charging brick with the box that takes around 100 minutes to charge from zero to 100 per cent.Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy M40?The Galaxy M40 is a sweet addition to the Galaxy M lineup, but one cannot deny that Samsung has cut quite a few corners with this one. The reason Galaxy M30 and Galaxy M20 worked is because they offered a robust set of features at aggressive prices.The Galaxy M40, on the other hand, misses an AMOLED display, drops the headphone jack and chops down the battery, which are some serious downgrades for its price of Rs 19,990. The best parts about the Galaxy M40 is its Infinity-O display which is a unique offering in this segment paired with a snappy and lag-free Snapdragon 675 chipset and One UI out of the box. But it’s easy to see that the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 offer more for less. Both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy M30 sport stunning AMOLED displays, large batteries and decent set of cameras. More importantly, you also get a headphone jack with them and a better selfie camera with the Galaxy A50.Samsung has made sure consumers get a Samsung phone at every price bracket, so the options out there are plenty. While the Galaxy M40 offers some neat feature, it is ultimately undone by Samsung’s own Galaxy A series. With a great Galaxy A50 in the fold, it’s hard to find a place for the Galaxy M40.Samsung Galaxy M40 review7.5/10ProsInfinity-O displaySmooth performanceOne UI out of the boxConsNo AMOLED displayNo headphone jackBattery could have been better
The first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 will be played over two days after intermittent rain stopped Tuesday’s play with New Zealand on 211 for five against India after 46.1 overs.Ross Taylor was batting on 67 with Tom Latham on three at the other end when rain forced the players off.Match officials waited for more than four hours while rain stopped and started before deciding to take the game to the reserve day (Wednesday). (What happens on reserve day?)Interestingly, the group match between 2015 finalists New Zealand and twice champions India last month was one of the four ‘no-result’ matches in the rain-hit tournament.With the rain unrelenting, play has been called off for the day. New Zealand will resume their innings tomorrow at 10.30am on 211/5 with 3.5 overs to bat.Here’s hoping for better weather tomorrow #INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/p9KdXPdd0gCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019The game will continue on Wednesday where it was halted – New Zealand will complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings, weather permitting. The match may be shortened dependent on conditions.For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs. If no play is possible on the reserve day also then India will qualify for the final due as they had finished on top of the points table in the league phasea, ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.The first #CWC19 semi-final remains keenly poised! Can New Zealand pick up where they left off when we return tomorrow?Highlights of #INDvNZ so far pic.twitter.com/XTPJgXOBJXadvertisementICC (@ICC) July 9, 2019The match will start at 3.30PM IST but the forecast for Wednesday is also not something which the fans would be looking forward to as rain is predicted 4.30 PM IST. Conditions are going to remain cloudy throughout the day with more rain predicted at around 9.30 PM IST. (Courtesy: Accuweather.com) (Courtesy: Accuweather.com)NZ INNINGS SUMMARYPlay was stopped with only 3.5 overs left in the New Zealand innings. There was threat of rain before the match began. In overcast conditions, however, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off perfectly for India. The pacers did not give away a single run in the first 16 balls before Bumrah got rid of Martin Guptill.Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls shared a solid 68-run stand for the 2nd wicket and that partnership gave New Zealand hopes of a good platform in trying conditions. But Ravindra Jadeja snared Nicholls in the 19th over to dent the Black Caps again.With rain around the corner, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made sure New Zealand did not lose wickets in a hurry. But Taylor’s inability to rotate strike and pierce the gaps built more pressure on New Zealand and Williamson. The skipper was lured into a false shot against Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja took an easy catch at point in the 36th over.Ross Taylor then dropped anchor and shared important stands with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme and New Zealand did well to cross the 200-run mark before play was stopped.Also Read | Rain lasted longer than any New Zealand batsman: Funny memes outAlso Read | India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: Match to resume on Reserve Day after rain plays spoilsportAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, World Cup Semi-finalAlso Read | How much will India need to chase if New Zealand do not bat again?
British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted the victorious England cricket team at her Downing Street office on Monday, after a “brilliant performance” that will live forever in the country’s sporting history, her spokesman said.England ended their 44-year wait for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title by beating New Zealand in a thrilling final Super Over on Sunday.”Yesterday was a brilliant performance by a brilliant team. They showed flair, courage and an absolute determination to become world champions. The achievement delivered in such a thrilling style on home soil will live forever in our sporting history.”It’s also exciting to think just how many children will be inspired by this victory to pick up a bat for the first time and hopefully become the great cricketers and World Cup winners of tomorrow,” said the spokesman for May, who is a keen cricket fan.England’s World Cup winning cricketers welcomed to No 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister for a victory reception this evening pic.twitter.com/EQN9wmTXedDan Roan (@danroan) July 15, 2019After more than nine stomach-churning hours, the first Super Over in Cricket World Cup history, and one of the most extraordinary overs ever played, England ended its agonizing 44-year wait to be world champion of the sport it invented.”The most ridiculous game of cricket to have ever been played,” was how Buttler, England’s wicketkeeper, summed up a crazy World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday that had pretty much everything.A sporting contest for the ages finished with England winning courtesy of a tiebreaker that few inside the home of cricket had likely ever heard of, or even understood: Boundaries countback.advertisementThat was because England and New Zealand – both bidding for a first Cricket World Cup title – couldn’t be separated after the regulation 50 overs a side (each team scored 241) and then a nerve-shredding Super Over (both teams scored 15) played in early evening sunshine in northwest London.In the end, England prevailed because it hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17.Also Read | Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherAlso Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | England vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 Final: Great show by both teams, says Virat Kohli
Rahul Chahar’s name was the only surprise in the Indian T20I squad for the West Indies which was announced by BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad in Mumbai on Sunday.Chahar has been rewarded for his impressive performances in the Indian Premier League this season and was a revelation for the Mumbai Indians. He picked up 13 wickets from 13 matches this year at an impressive average of 23.69 with an economy rate of 6.55.19-year-old Rahul was the first-choice spinner for Mumbai Indians in the IPL this season ahead of mystery spinner Mayank Markande, who had a terrific season last year with 15 wickets from 14 games.Rahul will join his cousin brother Deepak Chahar in the Indian T20I squad. Deepak and Rahul Chahar played together in Agra before moving out to pursue cricket professionally.Three pairs of brothers have represented India in international cricket – Mohinder and Surinder Amarnath, Irfan and Yousuf Pathan, Hardik and Krunal Pandya.While Deepak has already played an ODI and a T20I for India, Rahul continues to impress with every opportunity he has got with Mumbai Indians and in domestic cricket so far.They both played a vital role for their respective franchises in the IPL this year with Chennai Super Kings’ opening bowler Deepak dismissing the Mumbai Indians leggie in the final.Rahul has so far played 14 first-class matches and picked up 63 wickets at 26.44 including 6 five-wicket hauls while in 24 List-A games he has got 42 wickets at 24.52. He is averaging 23.33 in T20 cricket with 27 scalps from 16 matches.advertisementDeepak on the other hand, had his best season in the IPL this year with 22 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 21.90 and gave away just 482 runs in the process. He was a key wicket-taking option for MS Dhoni with the new ball in the powerplay overs.India’s tour of the West Indies will begin with a three-match T20I series starting August 3. The teams will then play three ODIs and two Test matches between August 8-30. The two Test matches will be part of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship.India’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Saha, Rohit back in India Test squad, Dhawan returns to ODI sideAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan back in ODI side, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer included
Google last month shocked everyone by leaking an image of its upcoming premium budget smartphone – the Google Pixel 4 – via its official Twitter handle. While that should have ended, or at least slowed down, the series of rumours and leaks about the Pixel 3 successor, but it hasn’t. And now, a new image renders of the Pixel 4 smartphone indicate that the phone would sport big front bezels and that it would come with hand gesture control.Images of the front panel of the Google Pixel 4 shared by noted tipster Ice Universe contains number of cutouts in the top bezel of the smartphone. The top bezels, as the Verge reports, would be thicker than a lot popular Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the OnePlus 7 Pro which would cover a variety of sensors and front camera that would have remained hidden had Google opted for a pop-up camera or a notch.Another report by 9To5 Google indicates that the cutouts in the forehead bezels would house two front-facing cameras and a speaker. The third cut out is likely to be there for the face recognition technology – a feature the Google Pixel 4 is likely to be equipped with. The fourth cutout on the right corner of the top bezel is expected to house the Soli radar chip, which would enable the users to use hand gestures to access various controls on the Pixel 3 successor.The oval opening of the Pixel 4 Series front panel means that the Google Pixel 4 Series will be groundbreaking and new and worth looking forward to. pic.twitter.com/9Pg9bGcWrsadvertisementIce universe (@UniverseIce) July 20, 2019Apart from the image of the Pixel 4 front panel shared by the tipster, Steve H McFly and iGeeksBlog also shared detailed renders of the upcoming smartphone that show a design similar to the one highlighted in the images by Ice Universe, which is thick top bezels and thin bezels at the bottom. In addition to this, the image also shows the square shaped camera bump, containing a triple camera setup, as was seen in the image tweeted by Google. Notably, the image shared by Google also had a fingerprint sensor missing from the back of the phone indictating that the comany could opt for an in-display fingerprint sensor or a design that is similar to Galaxy S10 instead.pic.twitter.com/mJjHCYy2IvSteve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) July 20, 2019Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones in October this year. Till then we can expect reports and leaks to reveal more details about the upcoming smartphone.ALSO READ: | Google could finally give Pixel 4 the feature it requires desperately: It’s more important than dual camerasALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 XL renders show off triple rear cameras, thick top bezelALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4: Top features, possible specs, price and everything else we know ahead the launch in India
Jim FitzPatrick, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Medical Center has resigned.FitzPatrick has been the hospital’s C-E-O since 2014.Prior to assuming the role at Mercy, FitzPatrick served as senior vice president for Network Development for Mercy Health Network and 10 years as president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City.Regional Chief Financial Officer Rod Schlader has been named interim CEO.No reason was stated for FitzPatrick’s resignation.He will remain with the organization through the fall to support Schlader during the transition.The Trinity Health leadership team and the Mercy Sioux City Board of Directors will begin a national search for a permanent CEO immediately.
Photo Attribution: USATSIUniform No. 10: Carbon Fiber-White-GrayWorn: at KansasResult: Win 20-14Remember that time we barely beat Kansas with JW Walsh running the show? Yeah, nobody likes to talk about this game.But the uniforms were fantastic. Going from the flat gray helmet to this carbon fiber one is like Walter White going from his RV in the desert to the insanely high-tech lab Gus built him closer to town[1. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, buy it…right now.] — there’s just no comparison.I guess I don’t really understand why some of you don’t like the away whites. The orange goes really hard on them and they’re more understated than the prison uniforms it looks like we’re wearing at home sometimes.And if you can’t get behind the gray pants (not literally, of course) I don’t know what to tell you. Sure, I dislike the all-gray look as much as the rest of you but with a white jersey I think they’re the perfect complement.Also, because my guy Carson brought it up yesterday, I found a photo of Justin Gilbert rocking these threads which, let’s be honest, probably makes them look a lot better than they actually are.Not a top five uniform but definitely one I can get excited about.Previous rankings22. Orange-Orange-Orange21. Black-Orange-Orange20. Black-Gray-Gray19. White-Gray-White18. Gray-Orange-Gray17. Gray-White-Gray16. White-Orange-White15. Gray-Black-Gray14. Black-Black-Black13. Orange-Orange-White12. White-Black-Black11. Orange-White-Orange10. Black-Black-BlackYou can read the full 2013 football preview here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Holder: “We’ve already notified the NCAA and they’re going to assign an investigator to this.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013 AD Mike Holder: “I don’t want to believe (the allegations) are true. … Our goal is to separate fact from fiction.” #okstate— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) September 9, 2013 Here are the statements from Mike Holder on the Sports Illustrated scandal which will (presumably) drop tonight…Holder on SI: “I know enough to be very concerned.”— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) September 9, 2013 Holder: “I apologize to all the AD’s in the conference for what’s about to be said about a member of our conference.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013 “But we hope to make you proud by how we deal with it.” (2/2)— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) September 9, 2013 Holder: “I apologize to all the AD’s in the conference for what’s about to be said about a member of our conference.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013 Holder: “It’s time to Cowboy up.”— Brendon (@brendon_wm) September 9, 2013That last one is cringe-worthy but man, what a series of statements.Maybe he’s taking the “set your expectations really, really, really low and maybe we won’t look as bad by comparison!” angle but this is not a good look.One thing that nobody has talked much about but a reader named Brian mentioned in the comments section today was that Holder is probably terrified of what Boone’s thinking right now. This quote came from a CBS Sports story in 2011:“He [Pickens] has made it very clear to us,” Holder said. “If we want to lose our No. 1 supporter, then start breaking the rules.”This after Holder noted that Boone had disassociated himself from the OSU football program for a decade after the Hart Lee Dykes stuff in the late 80s.Boone’s your boy…until he’s not, and while I don’t think this is something he would bail the program on, Holder probably doesn’t want to take any chances. Boone doesn’t like getting embarrassed and nothing is more embarrassing than funding a football program that was running dirty the entire time.Stay tuned.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The last week of the regular season. It’s been a blast this year, hasn’t it? Rivalry week abounds and really gets cranking on Friday night with TCU-Baylor. OSU badly needs a TCU win in that game to have a chance at the Big 12 title on Saturday night. Here’s this week’s schedule via Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 13If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
India 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: Macau vs India: Value of the win stands out for Constantine Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:23 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media India Macao Asian Cup Qualification Balwant Singh came to India’s rescue in their third match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau…. India edged Macau 2-0 away from home to secure their third straight win in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers on Tuesday. Mumbai City FC striker Balwant Singh netted a brace in the second-half to guide India to a much-needed win.The visiting side, who were coming into the game on the back of a 10-match unbeaten streak, was expected to have a cake walk against a much lower-ranked Macau side but the home side managed to frustrate Stephen Constantine’s men from the very beginning.Macau adopted a defensive approach right from the kick-off relying completely on counter-attacks and India struggled to create chances in the first half before Balwant Singh’s introduction in the second half turned things in India’s favour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina On getting the full points despite a sloppy performance, coach Stephen Constantine said, “Congratulations on the victory. It was very difficult to break down their defence. It is a very valuable win for us. And we stay on top of Group A with nine points. It was very hard to break them down as they were defending with eight or nine men. So we are happy with the 2-0 victory.”Balwant Singh, who has made quite an impact after being recalled to the national side after a long time, offered India an extra edge in attack and was duly praised by the Brit. “Balwant scored two goals tonight. He did what he was asked to do. He could have scored four but I will take two,” said the gaffer.
N’Golo Kanté Kante hopes Drinkwater partnership can be reborn at Chelsea for more glory Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 18:00 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Chelsea v Qarabağ Chelsea v Arsenal Arsenal Premier League Chelsea Qarabağ Leicester City The midfield pair have enjoyed unlikely success together as the engine for their former club as they prepare to reunite in the Blues shirt N’Golo Kante is excited to see Danny Drinkwater join him at Chelsea after the England international’s £35 million move from Leicester City on transfer deadline day.Drinkwater has yet to play for Chelsea after he was an unused substitute against his former club last weekend before missing the opening Champions League group game against Qarabag due to a calf injury.However, Kante is looking forward to seeing Drinkwater line up for Chelsea soon and thinks that he is a good signing for the Premier League champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “I am pleased for him to come into Chelsea,” Kante said after the 6-0 win over Qarabag at Stamford Bridge. “We need everyone, especially after our time together in Leicester. I hope it could be something like Leicester or even more, I hope.”We did a special year together in Leicester to win the league. It wasn’t expected and I really enjoyed the season that I spent with him and I am happy that he chose to join Chelsea and I am happy to play with him again.”Kante’s form for Leicester earned him a call-up to the France squad for Euro 2016 and a £30 million move to Chelsea, where he was named the PFA Player of the Year and won his second consecutive Premier League titleIn choosing to move from Leicester to Chelsea, Kante missed out on Champions League football last season as the Blues faced a year out of Europe after finishing a disappointing tenth.The 26-year-old is happy to have finally made his debut in the competition, adding: “Special, special to play my first game [in the Champions League].”It was something that I used to watch when I was young and to play now with Chelsea here at Stamford Bridge is special.”I am happy to make my debut in the Champions League. I remember when I was asked a year ago [about leaving Leicester to miss the Champions League], I was sure to join this good club. We did well last season and now we have to play in the Champions League, we will fight to do well in all the competitions.”Chelsea face Arsenal at home next in the Premier League and Kante admits that his international team-mate, Alexandre Lacazette, is a man to watch out for.”I think maybe in England, you don’t know him very well but he has started to score,” Kante said.”In France, he was a very good goalscorer who scored for many, many years and he will be a threat for Sunday’s game. We have to be ready to stop him but the most important thing is the team and we need to win.”
Super League KL, Terengganu secure Super League promotion with one round to spare Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Twitter @OfficialPBSNT Super League Premier League Negeri Sembilan v UiTM Kuala Lumpur v Sabah PDRM v Terengganu Terengganu Negeri Sembilan Kuala Lumpur In the end, the top two Malaysia Premier League sides; Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu left no room for last-minute drama on matchday 21. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter In the end, the top two Malaysia Premier League sides; Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu left no room for last-minute drama.Needing a win in their respective round 21 matches to secure their places in the 2018 Super League with one league round to spare, the two sides did just that on Tuesday.Kuala Lumpur, playing at home to a resurgent Sabah, recorded a 2-0 win thanks to Brazilian target man Guilherme de Paula’s brace; scored in the 14th and 55th minute. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Terengganu; also playing at home, put PDRM to the sword with a by-the-book 3-0 win. Their goals were scored by Faiz Nasir (19′), Tchetche Kipre (35′) and Issey Nakajima-Farran (57′).📷 More celebrations in Kuala Terengganu as The Turtles return to the MSL pic.twitter.com/nqJlUfDp2T— Terengganu FA (@OfficialPBSNT) September 26, 2017The wins also snuffed out the promotion hopes of third-placed Negeri Sembilan and fourth PKNP FC. Although Negeri recorded a 1-0 home win over UiTM FC on the same day thanks to Lee Tuck’s 32nd minute goal, their 41 points are too far adrift of the two teams’ 44.Although PKNP’s round 21 match; away to Kuantan will only be played on Wednesday, they are currently on 40 points, which means that they cannot unseat neither Kuala Lumpur nor Terengganu even if they win both of their last two league encounters.What remains to be contested in the final round of the league is the Premier League title. Kuala Lumpur will play away to JDT II, while Terengganu too will play on the road; against PKNP. However, fans will have to wait exactly a month in order to find out who the champions will be; as the M-League will give way to the international break as well as the Malaysia Cup. Matchday 22 of the Premier League will only be played on October 27. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Brazil Coutinho ‘100 per cent fit’ ahead of England clash Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 03:54 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Brazil Premier League Friendlies England v Brazil Liverpool England Philippe Coutinho The attacking midfielder had missed his club side’s previous three games, but is back in contention to start against the Three Lions Liverpool and Brazil star Philippe Coutinho insists he is “100 per cent fit” following his recent thigh injury and is set to feature against England at Wembley on Tuesday.Coutinho last featured for club or country on October 22 in Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham in the Premier League, with the muscle problem forcing him to miss their following three matches.Brazil 5/6 to beat England Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He was called up to Brazil’s squad despite the injury and sat out of their friendly with Japan on Friday, but the 25-year-old’s recovery has since gone to plan.And now he is raring to go, with the match against England giving him the perfect opportunity to build up a bit of match fitness ahead of returning to action with Liverpool.”Unfortunately, I could not play for Liverpool in the past three games because of injury,” Coutinho told reporters.”Now I feel 100% fit, I have recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the game against England.”I never want to miss any Brazil games. I am honoured to wear this shirt whenever I can.”England will be our first European opponent under Tite [Brazil coach]. We are looking forward to battling with them”They have a lot of quality players who operate in a top league like the Premier League. It will no doubt be a difficult encounter.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Romelu Lukaku How West Ham passed up the chance to get Lukaku for £65m less than Man Utd Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:31 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Romelu Lukaku West Ham United Manchester United Chelsea Premier League The Hammers opted against a move while the Belgian, who joined the Red Devils over the summer for £75 million, was still on the books at Chelsea West Ham could have landed Romelu Lukaku for £65 million less than Manchester United but opted against a deal, David Sullivan has revealed.The Belgium international moved to Old Trafford over the summer for £75 million having proven himself as a Premier League frontman during spells at West Brom and Everton.Both of those clubs took the 24-year-old on loan from Chelsea, with the latter reaching a permanent agreement in 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player West Ham could, however, have landed Lukaku for just £10m had then manager Sam Allardyce not opposed the tabling of an offer to London rivals at Stamford Bridge.Hammers co-owner Sullivan told The Guardian on an unfortunate saga: “I asked Sam if he fancied Lukaku.“Sam said he’d take him on loan but he wouldn’t buy him for that. Again I’ve supported the manager.”Sullivan and fellow owner David Gold have pumped considerable funding into West Ham in an effort to establish the club in the Premier League and guide them towards a bright future.A move to the London Stadium was intended to help aid that quest, but mismanagement on and off the field has seen the club stagnate somewhat.Slaven Bilic has been removed from his managerial post this season and replaced by David Moyes, with recent transfer dealings playing their part in that process.Sullivan admits that he is partly responsible after taking a step back from player recruitment, but he intends to right those wrongs.He claims Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Pablo Zabaleta were all Bilic targets that have so far failed to deliver, but funds will be made available again in January.Sullivan added: “I regret it in a way, the first year I was more involved and the next two years I was less involved. We’ve let the manager pick who he wants.“Maybe going forward we won’t. We have to take a look at the age of the players we’re signing. We will have to bring in two or three in January. They won’t be old journeymen, they will be young players. They won’t be 32.”
Lewis Hamilton Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share via Email Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix to take lead in F1 title race Ferrari Lewis Hamilton said he had enjoyed playing the villain at the Italian Grand Prix after he took the lead of the Formula One world championship for the first time this season. The Mercedes driver was booed by a fiercely partisan crowd, desperate to see a Ferrari win at the Scuderia’s 70th anniversary race, as he revelled in a dominant victory.Hamilton’s evident pleasure was understandable. His win, a run from pole to flag during which he barely put a wheel out of place, leaves him in front of his title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with seven races remaining. Vettel finished third, behind Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Vettel had led by seven points going into the race but now trails Hamilton by three after 13 grands prix. Hamilton has won six races to Vettel’s four and the Mercedes had a clear advantage over Ferrari at the high-speed challenge of the Autodromo Nazionale. Read more Formula One 2017 Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Mercedes GP Share on Pinterest Formula One Share on Messenger Topics Share on Facebook Motor sport Share on LinkedIn Sebastian Vettel news Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The crowd had come to see their beloved Scuderia win, however, and when denied they thronged beneath the podium and booed Hamilton, albeit in a good-natured fashion which was appreciated by the three-times world champion, who has made clear his affection for this glorious circuit.“It is to be expected here in Italy – the last 10 years it has been common to have that if a Ferrari driver is not on top,” Hamilton said. “Inevitably you are going to be the villain here if you are the one who is stopping the Ferraris. If Valtteri and I were not driving here today Ferrari would have won. We are the villains but some days I am really happy to be the villain and I don’t mind. I just try to remain respectful and I admire their passion.”The season has ebbed and flowed between the two drivers and this is the first time one of them has taken back-to-back wins, after Hamilton’s victory at the previous round in Spa. The Briton, though, was taking nothing for granted. “I know it’s not easy for the Italian fans to accept but I think ultimately we did the better job this weekend, collectively, as a team,” he said. “But it’s still close and there’s still a long, long way to go.“We’re going to Singapore next, which the Ferrari should be quite quick at, with the extra downforce they generally are able to add on, so the fight will continue. But it is amazing to have the back-to-back wins. It’s been a long, long time that Sebastian has been leading the championship, so with all the ups and down to now be just slightly ahead is a great feeling.”The Mercedes executive director, Toto Wolff, believed Hamilton had shown great character to recover from a disappointment at the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break when he had finished fourth and was behind Vettel by 14 points.“Budapest was a difficult moment for us,” Wolff said. “It gave us a lot to think about. It made him come back stronger and more determined and so far Spa and Monza demonstrate that.”Hamilton has shown fine form on high-speed circuits since he drove to a dominant victory at the British Grand Prix in July. “Silverstone was an empowering weekend, and from then it has sparked a forest fire within me and hopefully that has reflected in my driving,” Hamilton said.Ferrari’s chairman, Sergio Marchionne, was not happy with his team’s performance. “I think we just screwed up,” he told RTL television. “The set-up for the car was wrong. I think we underestimated the circuit.”
The signs were ominous. The conspicuous presence of Guochuan Lai, West Bromwich Albion’s usually absent Chinese owner, for his team’s Premier League defeat at the hands of visiting Chelsea spoke volumes and the emphatic nature of the scoreline was enough to seal the fate of Tony Pulis. The Welshman, who took over in January 2015, had the air of a dead man walking in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 gubbing. He was duly sacked on Monday and leaves the club a point and a place above the relegation zone.Fans who have long been bored witlessby an unattractive brand of football that was no longer yielding the kind of results that led to finishes in 13th, 14th and 10th over the past three seasons have finally got what they wanted. The question now is whether they will regret the decision to sack the first man they would almost certainly approach with a view to extracting them from the current pickle if it was not he who had got them into it in the first place. West Brom consider Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson after sacking Tony Pulis Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action features Furthermore, in 107 Premier League matches under Pulis, West Bromwich have scored three or more goals on only eight occasions and have beaten teams in the current top six in five of 33 attempts. What Pulis has done at The Hawthorns in three years appears to be little more than the bare minimum expected: survival through turgid football, not many goals and even fewer surprises. It is small wonder the fans turned on a manager who, despite his net spend of £40m during the summer, appears to have succeeded only in making a very mediocre squad considerably worse.Despite the doom-merchants who insist West Bromwich fans should be careful what they wish for, all available evidence suggests that the time was right for the club and their manager to consciously uncouple. With players of the calibre of Jay Rodriguez, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Salomón Rondón and Nacer Chadli, among others, Albion have the makings of a team considerably better than the sum of the parts cobbled together in recent months.Pulis, meanwhile, leaves with a golden handshake and no shortage of credit in the bank. In these days of increasingly twitchy, trigger-happy owners desperate to remain in the Premier League, a man of his specialist talents is unlikely to be out of work for long. West Bromwich Albion Pulis has famously never been relegated during a management career spanning nine clubs across 25 years. Arguably his greatest feat as a manager involved the unlikely rescue of Crystal Palace, who had four points in the Premier League when he took over four years ago this week but finished 11th, 12 points off the drop.It was an escape act that earned Pulis the Premier League manager of the year accolade, even if his relationship with the chairman, Steve Parish, subsequently ended in the most bitter of acrimony at eye-wateringly huge personal expense and embarrassment to Pulis in the high court.Pulis has been long renowned as a firefighter whose pragmatic, functional style of football was tolerated by fans as long as it yielded results, guaranteed top-flight survival and ensured the Premier League revenue kept rolling in. However, his touch appears to have deserted him in the past year.With the air of a man who seemed well aware his latest jig would be up sooner rather than later, he was in relaxed but defensive mood before the Chelsea game. “If I left tomorrow, I’d put my record on the table and put it in front of anybody and see what they think of what I’ve done here in three years,” he said.Examination shows that, when Pulis replaced Alan Irvine on 1 January 2015, West Bromwich were exactly where they are now: fourth from bottom of the table, one point above the relegation zone.Irvine won four of his 19 league games in charge before he was sacked seven months after being appointed. He had secured 20 points and Pulis added 24 to secure a finish with 44 points and five places clear of trouble. The following season they finished 14th with 43 points but dramatically fell away once the safety associated with the 40-point mark had been secured. Last season they finished 10th with 45 points but failed to kick on after guaranteeing their top-flight status, drawing two and losing seven of their last nine matches.More worryingly Albion, having won only four of their past 22 Premier League games, have not emerged victorious from a top-flight match since 19 August, have drawn only four of their past 10 and are on course for 31 or 32 points by mid-May. The end-of-season sluggishness with which many Pulis teams are associated, coupled with the fact that they have been beaten by sides such as Brighton, Southampton and Huddersfield already, suggest a sleepwalk towards relegation is – or certainly was – on the cards. Share via Email Read more Topics Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger Tony Pulis Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content