How they spent time after Mohali Test: India players have a blast at Yuvraj’s wedding, England chill in Dubai

first_imgThe Indian Test team celebrated its victory over England in the third Test by letting their hair down at the wedding celebrations of star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh right after the Mohali game ended, while the English players headed to Dubai to rest and recuperate.Captain Kohli led India to an eight-wicket win in the third Test which gave the hosts an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Hours after wrapping up the match inside four days, Kohli was also leading by example on the dance floor as the team members attended Yuvraj and Bollywood actress Hazel Keech’s sangeet and mehendi ceremony in Chandigarh on November 29.The couple tied the knot the next day at a Gurudwara in Fatehgarh Sahib, and then had another wedding ceremony in Goa on December 2 which saw the likes of Kohli and Rohit Sharma in attendance.Kohli, who was accompanied by his girlfriend Anushka Sharma in Goa, and Rohit with his wife Ritika, were among the host of other celebrities who attended the second wedding ceremony which took place according to Hindu rituals.Brotherman down! Best wishes to my older brother @YUVSTRONG12 ! All eyes on @ImZaheer now ??? pic.twitter.com/kYYyqSSCMc Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 2, 2016Kohli and Anushka were unstoppable on the dance floor and were both seen shaking a leg with the bride and the groom.Another video of @AnushkaSharma & @imVkohli at @YUVSTRONG12 & @hazelkeech’s wedding ??????? #Virushka #YHPL #Virushka pic.twitter.com/Qnmk8Gjvd8 Sara?Virushka (@Virushka_folyf) December 5, 2016Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja, who hammered 90 and picked four wickets to win the man-of-the-match award in Mohali, was busy with his sister’s wedding in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Jadeja attended Yuvi’s wedding on Friday and was back home to join the celebrations the very next day.  advertisementOnly thing i do when i m not playing cricket.its my style of training ??? pic.twitter.com/D7OkmMuK4X Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) October 25, 2016Alastair Cook’s men on the other hand, chose to spend their mid-tour break in Dubai with their families. The squad have permission to spend five days away from the tour with most, including Cook, first teeing off on the golf course in Chandigarh before heading to the middle east for a much-needed break.England batsmen have struggled to cope with the Indian spinners and pacers alike on this tour, even though the pitches in the first-three games were in no way rank turners. In fact the 22-yard strips in Mohali and Rajkot, where the first Test was played, turned out to be good for batting. Poor-shot selection and lack of application from the visiting batsmen have led to their downfall so far.England have also had to deal with injuries to its key players on this tour. Losing fast-bowler Stuart Broad in the third Test was a body blow for the visitors, while opener Haseeb Hameed broke the little finger on his left hand during the match. The 19-year-old has already gone back home to have a metal plate fitted on the damaged finger.Rest assured both teams are using this rare time off to stay as away from cricket as possible and contemplate how they are going to go about their jobs when the fourth Test gets underway in Mumbai from December 8.last_img read more

USMNT vs Colombia: TV, live stream & preview

first_imgIt’s been one year since the United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, and the national team still is searching for direction in the aftermath.The team has continued to play matches, often with young players who should be heavily involved in taking on leadership roles in the next cycle.The tests continue with a matchup in Tampa, Florida, against Colombia. The Cafeteros also are being led by an interim manager after long-time coach Jose Pekerman left the post after the 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet, Arturo Reyes has called upon many World Cup veterans, meaning it will be a stiff test for the Americans. Can they pass the exam or will it be back to the drawing board? Game United States vs Colombia Date Thursday, October 11 Time 7:30 p.m. ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States, the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FS1, Unimas, Univision Deportes Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) Squads & Team News Position United States players Goalkeepers Guzan, Horvath, Steffen Defenders Brooks, Cannon, Carter-Vickers, Long, Miazga, Robinson, Sweat, Yedlin Midfielders Acosta, Amon, Bradley, Delgado, Green, Picault, Saief, Trapp, Weah Forwards Novakovich, Sargent, Wood Several veteran players are back in the mix for the U.S. after missing out on the last few matches, among them goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielder Michael Bradley. Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams all had to withdraw from the squad after originally being named. Fafa Picault and Marky Delgado were added.USA XI: Steffen; Yedlin, Brooks, Miazga, Robinson; Bradley, Acosta; Weah, Green, Saief; Wood Position Colombia players Goalkeepers Ospina, Montero Defenders Arias, J. Murillo, Sanchez, O. Murillo, Aguilar, Palacios, C. Borja, Machado Midfielders Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Cardona, Quintero, Barrios, Uribe, Villa, Moreno, Roa Forwards Falcao, Bacca, M. Borja, Chara, Hernandez Many of Colombia’s biggest stars from the run to the World Cup quarterfinal are making the trip across the Atlantic, including James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado and Radamel Falcao. Yerry Mina, who only recently returned to full fitness, has stayed back with Everton ahead of a potential debut.Chucho Hernandez, Sebastian Villa and Juan Daniel Roa are among those seeking their first cap this window.Colombia XI: Ospina; Arias, Sanchez J. Murillo, Machado; Barrios, Uribe, Cuadrado, Rodriguez; Bacca, Falcao Match Preview Colombia James Rodriguez 2018The United States continues on the road to redemption, but is doing it without some of its biggest stars of the future. The Stars and Stripes’ match against Colombia on Thursday and the upcoming game against Peru lost a fair bit of luster when rising stars Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams had to withdraw from the matches because of injuries.Colombia, on the other hand, brings a star-studded lineup to Raymond James Stadium with James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao and Carlos Bacca all in the lineup, not to mention defenders Davinson Sanchez and Jeison Murillo who will look to lock down the U.S..That has been made easier without Pulisic in the attack, and forward Jozy Altidore also missed out on the call with a knock, meaning Bobby Wood is the most experienced of only three forwards called in (though Timothy Weah, called up as a winger, could slide forward to play up top as well).It will be yet another chance for a young group of Americans to fight for a result against a more experienced team. After falling short against Brazil, the U.S. bounced back to top Mexico 1-0 in the September window. That adds to wins against Bolivia and Paraguay plus a pre-World Cup draw against France as results the U.S. has achieved since it missed out on Russia. With Jose Pekerman moving on after a long stint as the Colombia coach, neither team has a long-term manager players are looking to impress, and while both are working toward a continental championship in the summer of 2019 neither has a firm direction.Still, each will be looking for a victory they can build on going forward, with new managers soon to arrive and review tapes to decide which players they want to be part of their quests for silverware next year.last_img read more

‘He knew he f*cked up!’ – Dele mocks Arsenal bottle thrower

first_imgDele Alli has taken to social media to poke fun at the supporter that threw a bottle at his head during Tottenham’s win over Arsenal, with the Gunners having apologised for the incident.Alli was struck on the head by the projectile, with Spurs leading 2-0 in the 73rd minute of the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.The Metropolitan Police stated on Thursday that no arrests had been made in relation to the incident but it was working with the Gunners on the issue . Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Arsenal have now said sorry to Alli in a statement and suggested a lengthy ban could be in store for the offender, who they believe has been identified via CCTV footage.”We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli during Wednesday night’s match against Tottenham Hotspur,” the Arsenal statement read.”Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect. We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.”We are not responsible for the actions of one individual but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.”We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club. Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.”Alli responded to being struck on the head by the bottle with a ‘2-0′ gesture to the fans and said after the match it made his goal in the victory “a little bit sweeter”.And he posted on social media on Thursday to suggest that the supporter realised they “f*cked up” right before the bottle hit the Spurs star in the head.It is understood the England international will not face any punishment from the Football Association for his response and the governing body is unlikely to sanction Arsenal either.Alli set up Son Heung-min for the opening goal on Wednesday before adding Spurs’ second with a nonchalant dink beyond Petr Cech.last_img read more

SPORT-PUJARA 2

first_imgSaying the year that went by was a hugely successfulSaying the year that went by was a hugely successful one for India, Pujara credited team work for the result.”The last year was very good for the Indian team. We played very good cricket, especially in Test matches, where we havent lost a match. Most of the matches we dominated and we played as a team.”All the players performed, that was the reason for our success. Our lower order contributed, our pacers and spinners both did well and all the batters, at some stage, did well. That was the reason for our success.”He praised the lower order batting of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and newcomer Jayant Yadav for frustrating the opposition with defiant stands.”It makes a huge difference for the team. The opposition, especially, always gets frustrated. Obviously Ashwin has been batting well, Jadeja has improved his batting and when someone like Jayant scores a hundred, they get tired.”And when they have a chance of getting us out for a lesser total, we end up getting a lead of 150-22. That puts them under (more) pressure.”Talking about this year, the way we started the year, chasing 350 (in the first ODI versus England at Pune) was a big achievement. The way Kedar Jadhav and Virat played was fantastic,” he added.He praised Karun Nairs triple hundred in the Chennai Test that India won for a thumping 4-0 victory over England.”To score it (triple ton) at international level is a very big achievement. It was remarkable. No matter what kind of wicket you are playing on, to score a triple hundred in international cricket is never easy. Not many players have done it. So I would say it was a very good innings.advertisement”That was a session where he had to accelerate because we wanted to declare. He played his shots, that was his game. He has so many shots in his game, which is a plus point for him. He is a dedicated cricketer who always wants to improve.”I have seen him the way he used to play for India `A a couple of years ago and now, there is a big change in his batting and approach. If he continues like this, it will be really good for the Indian team. I hope he does that.” (More) PTI SSR RSYlast_img

(REOPENS MDS 20)

first_imgEarlier, moving the Bill, Panneerselvam said the right procedure had now been followed to conduct Jallikattu.”Since the Supreme Court had ruled that the 2009 TN Act (to regulate Jallikattu) was repugnant to the 1960 Central Act (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act), the right legal step is to make necessary amendments to the Central Act,” he said.He said both the Central and state governments could bring amendments to some of the provisions of the PCA Act as the Constitution provides for such a step by states in tune with their needs after getting the approval of the President.Through the ordinance, (which was replaced by the Bill) amendments had been made to sections 2, 3, 11, 22, 27 and 28 of the PCA Act, he said, adding “Ammas government has fully carried out the task for the people, students and youngsters to conduct Jallikattu.”He said people could hold Jallikattu on such a date as desired by them as the ban was revoked by the ordinance itself.In response to a point made by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, M K Stalin that talks should have been held with protesting students, the Chief Minister said he had spoken with them before going to Delhi and later.Earlier, Stalin recalled that a regulatory Act passed in 2009 during the DMK regime was intended to hold Jallikattu without hassles.”Due to that Act brought by the DMK government, Jallikattu was held till 2014,” he said, adding that his party welcomed and supported the current Bill.Congress Legislature Party Leader K R Ramasamy said though the Bill to replace Jallikattu ordinance will pave the way for holding the popular sport, he was apprehensive whether it was a permanent solution.advertisementThe Bill said conduct of Jallikattu shall be permitted subject to rules and regulations prescribed by the state government. Animal Husbandry Department has framed and notified such rules after the issuance of ordinance on January 21.Such rules govern conduct of the sport which include obtaining prior permission from the District Collector for persons as well as their bulls for participating in Jallikattu. A Committee comprising officials to oversee the conduct of sport, prior examination of bulls are among the other features of the rules.A Raj Bhavan press release, here, meanwhile said the Bill after its passage in the Assembly “has to be reserved by the Governor for consideration of the President under Article 254(2) of the Constitution.””Accordingly, the Governor reserved the Bill for the consideration of the President,” the release said.It added that this was in view of repugnancy of the Tamil Nadu amendment Bill to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. PTI VGN VS SRYlast_img read more

Southampton stun Liverpool to reach League Cup final

first_imgShane Long struck a stoppage-time winner as Southampton upset Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on Wednesday to become the first side to reach the League Cup final without conceding after expertly manning the barricades in their last-four second leg clash.Liverpool laid siege to Southampton’s goal in the second half having been outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, but the visitors were doggedly determined to keep the hosts at bay and poached a winner at the death to seal a 2-0 aggregate victory.Southampton had chances to put the tie to bed in the first half, with Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis guilty of poor finishing, but after the break it was all Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge wasted two superb chances.With the seconds ticking away, Liverpool felt they should have had a penalty when Divock Origi appeared to be tripped in the area, but Southampton broke swiftly and substitute Long blasted a shot past Loris Karius.Southampton, who have sold millions of pounds worth of players to Liverpool in recent seasons, will face either Manchester United or Hull City in the final.United will take a 2-0 lead into the semi-final second leg at Hull on Thursday.Southampton’s victory continued a remarkable run that has seen them shut out Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Arsenal and now Liverpool, the Premier League’s top scorers.The Saints, who have not won a major trophy since lifting the FA Cup in 1976, arrived at Anfield with a gameplan that worked to perfection as the visitors sat back and let Liverpool have the ball, while looking to spring fast, incisive counter attacks at every opportunity.advertisementNathan Redmond, who scored the only goal of the first leg when he also missed a bagful of chances, was a persistent nuisance for Liverpool’s defenders, who were frequently exposed by the winger’s pace and trickery.Redmond’s slalom runs from deep created the first half’s best two chances as he first teed up Tadic, who could not beat Karius from close range, and then laid on a superb opportunity for Davis, who blasted over from 10 metres.Having been thoroughly outplayed in the first half, Liverpool stirred into life after the break.Their first sniff of goal came when Emre Can’s effort from distance slipped through the grasp of Fraser Forster who then had to make a drastic last ditch save to claw the ball off the goalline.The hosts’ best opportunities, however, fell to Sturridge who first ballooned an acrobatic volley over the bar from five metres and then sidefooted a cross off target with just the keeper to beat.With the game entering injury time, Origi went down under a challenge from Jack Stephens, but referee Martin Atkinson waved the penalty appeals away and Southampton broke at pace.Josh Sims ran 60 metres before feeding Long, who took a touch and thrashed the ball past Karius.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton hails ‘awesome’ new Mercedes-AMG F1 car

first_imgLewis Hamilton declared his new Mercedes “pretty awesome” on Thursday after lapping a blustery Silverstone circuit in the car he hopes will secure him a fourth Formula One world championship.”It felt incredible,” added the Briton, who finished runner-up last season behind now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg despite winning more of the 21 races.”Yesterday was the first time seeing the car come together. Its the most detailed piece of machinery Ive seen so far in Formula One.”The car feels wider, which it is obviously. The front tyres obviously feel huge,” added the 32-year-old, who won 10 races in 2016 and starts the season with a new team mate in Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.Formula One has undergone big rule changes over the winter, with wider front and rear tyres and different aerodynamics designed to make cars faster, more aggressive and harder to handle.Lap times should be several seconds quicker than 2016 with cornering speeds putting more G-forces on the drivers, who have had to bulk up and add muscle.Bottas, who has joined from Williams following Rosberg’s decision to retire only days after taking the title, has yet to win a grand prix.He has already said that he is not intending to play second fiddle to his team mate, however, and the pairing start on equal terms.”I think I have done the most amount of training of any winter so far. I have done some good training camps and feel in the best shape I’ve ever been, definitely ready for the season ahead,” said the Finn.advertisementThe new car was first presented to fans online, with the drivers pulling the covers off the W08 behind closed garage doors before it was wheeled out to the media shivering on the Silverstone straight.The team were then set to complete a limited 100km filming day in the afternoon with both drivers taking a turn.”The dominant feeling in the team right now is one of excitement – the factory is buzzing with anticipation,” said team boss Toto Wolff, whose team have won the last three driver’s and constructor’s titles.”It has been a really motivating challenge to develop a brand new car concept and I have never seen our determination to succeed higher than it is right now.”Testing will start in Barcelona on Monday, with Bottas doing the first stint before handing over to Hamilton for the afternoon.The season starts in Australia on March 26.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s worst Test returns at home after record-breaking run

first_imgVirat Kohli suffered his worst Test performance at home as India lost their first Test against Australia by a massive 333 runs on Saturday with two days to spare.The Indian captain, who was dismissed for his first duck at home in the first innings on Friday, managed to score just 13 in the second innings.This was Kohli’s lowest match aggregate (13) in a home Test where he batted in both innings and second lowest ever at home behind the 3 (1 inns) he scored against West Indies in Kolkata in November 2013.Kohli has been key to India’s run of victories this season, becoming the first man in history to slam double hundreds in four successive series. The 28-year-old also became the highest scorer in Tests in a home season.However, even Kohli could not save India from the humiliation in Pune.Chasing an improbable 441 to win in Pune, India were bowled out in their second innings for only 107 runs in 33.5 overs shortly after tea on day three as Australia took an unexpected lead in the four-match series, ending the hosts’ 20-match unbeaten streak at home.India, who had not lost a home Test in 20 matches since a 2012 defeat to England in Kolkata, were once again unable to cope with Steve O’Keefe’s probing lines after they were bundled out for a paltry 105 in the first innings.O’Keefe finished with impressive figures of 12 for 70 to guide Australia to a first win in India since 2004.last_img read more

OnePlus 5 rumours hint at 256GB storage, 23MP camera

first_imgIdeally, the next phone from OnePlus should be called the OnePlus 4. But apparently, the company is skipping a number for its next phone. Reports says that the next phone from the company will be called OnePlus 5 and that it will launch in the next couple of months. Along with the name other hardware details of the phone have also leaked but they seem rather implausible, if you ask us.According to rumours from South Korea, the OnePlus 5 is likely to come with 256GB storage, which will be double of what is there in the OnePlus 3T, 8GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It is also likely to have a screen that will be curved on both sides, similar to the screen in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Then there are the cameras. The rumours hint that the OnePlus 5 will have a 23-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. For now nothing is known about the design of the phone, although there is a talk of it sporting a ceramic body similar to what Xiaomi used for Mi Mix.Also Read: OnePlus 3T review: Best phone in India right nowWhile the rumours sound tempting, they also don’t seem to make sense. At least, not in the way they have come and for now we know too little about the OnePlus 5 to form any opinion about it or its hardware.Also Read: OnePlus 3T at Rs 29,999 is just wonderful, other high-end phones can go homeAs OnePlus explained earlier, its attempt is always to create the best phone in the market. With the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T the company came very close to delivering on its promise. In fact once you see the price of these two phones, they indeed look like the best phones you can buy, something that has prompted India Today Tech to put them in our monthly phone buying guide again and again. Given that OnePlus will follow the same strategy for the OnePlus 5, we suspect that that hardware in that phone will not be gimmicky or over the top. Instead, it will be something that will get the basics right, just the way OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T did. Hopefully.advertisementlast_img read more

Yaya Toure insists Manchester City will maintain positive approach

first_imgMidfielder Yaya Toure sees no reason for Manchester City to change the attacking style of play that has been rewarded by an 11-game unbeaten run as the side reaches a crunch part of the season both domestically and in Europe.”When you’re a winner and when you want to achieve important things you have to work hard,” the 33-year-old Ivorian told British media. “Sometimes it’s difficult but you have to be positive because we know people are waiting for us to fail.”City hold a 5-3 advantage over Monaco ahead of the away leg in their Champions League last 16 clash on Wednesday and have risen to third in the Premier League after winning four of their last five matches.”We are playing very well at the moment and we have a team that plays mostly attractive games and sometimes the pundits are waiting to analyse,” Toure added of the Monaco clash.”We are going to attack, we never do it the other way, we will attack and they will expect that as well. The best defence is try to score.”After the European tie, City host fourth-placed Liverpool in a vital Premier League encounter on Sunday.last_img read more

Google Pixel 2 spotted in the wild, reportedly codenamed Muskie

first_imgGoogle Pixel 2 is in works and will be codenamed Muskie. Speculations suggest that the smartphone is expected to launch by the end of this year, alongside two other devices – which are most probably going to be Google Pixel XL 2 and a third-generation device – Pixel 3.Ahead of the launch, several speculations about the Pixel smartphones have already started making rounds on the web. Amidst all the speculations, here comes a confirmation. Google Pixel 2 will be codenamed Muskie and will run on Android operating system, confirms AndroidPolice in a report as they spotted the device on Android Open Source Project. To recall, Google Pixel was initially reported to come with codename Walleye, which is not the case any longer.No other confirmed information about Google Pixel 2 has been revealed as of yet. However, there are several speculations that does reveal a rough picture on how the device will look like. Google Pixel 2 is expected to come with a much improve camera hardware when compared to the previously announce Pixel smartphones. The key focus of the Pixel 2 camera set up is going to be on enhancing the low-light photography. Google is also expected to add a much-upgraded camera lens and improved image sensor to the Pixel 2. The smartphone is further reported to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack.Also Read: Google working on a smartphone bigger than Pixel XL: ReportFurther, on the hardware front, Pixel 2 is also expected to come with Qualcomm’s latest processor that powered the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 – Snapdragon 835 chipset, and is probably going to come with the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 as well. No other details about the upcoming Google Pixel 2 have been revealed.advertisementAlongside the Pixel 2, Google is allegedly working on Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 3 as well. Pixel XL 2 is going to be a premium version on the Pixel 2 and is rumoured with codename Walleye. While on the other hand, Pixel 3 is codenamed as Taimen, and is expected to sport the biggest display of the three. Google Pixel 3 is going to be a third generation smartphone. Google seems to have really high hopes with the Pixel 3 smartphones as the company aims to sell out around about 5 million units, which accounts for nearly double of the previously announced Pixel and Pixel XL. To recall, Google sold out over 2.1 million Pixel and Pixel XL units till date.Also Read: Google sells over 2.1 million Pixel units, Pixel 3, 2 and XL 2 rumours startEven before Google could confirm the making of Pixel 3, Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2, the devices have already started to gain wide popularity all across the web. The Pixel 2 devices are expected to be manufactured by HTC, like the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. However, several smartphone vendors like – HTC, LG, Coolpad, and TCL are battling to get the Pixel 3 manufacturing contract order from Google.last_img read more

Your burning social media questions answered

first_imgHave you ever wondered–Is it worth it for my organization to be using social media?How do I decide whether to Tweet/Facebook/blog?What amount of time should I spend on it?What will I get out of it?There’s a great new eGuide available free from Idealware that covers these topics. Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide is an accessible guide to assessing what to do and planning how to do it (complete with workbook). I read the whole thing today, and I think it’s worth your time. In the meantime, I’ll be posting today and tomorrow about its contents.Today, I’ll cover the answers to those questions I asked at the start of this post.Is it worth it for my organization to be using social media?According to the guide (and I agree), the answer is a resounding, “It depends.” Social media has two values – it can enable you to hear what people are saying about you online, and it can help you host and participate in conversations. It’s not a way to broadcast a message or a huge fundraising tool. It’s a social channel that you need to see as having intrinsic value. As the guide notes, social media is a journey, not a destination.The key questions are, does your audience use social media and is that journey of use to you? That’s what you need to ask – and weigh that against the investment required.How do I decide whether to Tweet/Facebook/blog?You first decide who you want to reach, which tools they use and what you want to accomplish. Then the right tool for the job will be much clearer.“Different tools have different audiences. Facebook tends to be better at reaching those in and right out of college using it for personal reasons, while Twitter is likely to be more useful to reach older professionals. But more than the demographics of a particular channel, you need to know what channels your supporters and potential supporters are using. How do you find this out? Try asking them. Talk to your staff, board and supporters about the sites they use, or survey your community to find out,” the guide says.In terms of deciding what you want to accomplish, the guide notes that many organizations enter the world of social media with goals that are too nebulous to measure, like “building awareness” or “spreading the word.” Make your goals specific, measureable, realistic, relevant to your mission and time-specific.What amount of time should I spend on it?The guide surveyed organizations that use a lot of social media and broke down their return on investment to arrive at a recommended amount of time per medium. The most successful 75 organizations were spending two hours per week, per channel. (An example of a channel is Flickr or Twitter or Facebook). I think that sounds about right – except for blogging, which is a bigger time commitment! (I can attest personally.)What will I get out of it?If you’ve done a good job setting goals, then you’ll know what you’re getting out of it! The guide does give you some good reality checks, though. It’s reasonable to expect a positive impact in terms of website traffic and advocacy actions. Don’t expect much with fundraising. Getting volunteers or attendees for events, like raising money, requires concerted cultivation efforts. One-off announcements on Facebook or LinkedIn aren’t enough by themselves.last_img read more

5 Factors for Successful Mobile Giving

first_imgMobile fundraising is a valuable tool that nonprofits can use to improve the performance of campaigns of all types. A mobile giving initiative can include mobile-focused strategies such as text-to-give, and also incorporate mobile tactics into broader campaigns that feature direct mail and other more traditional elements.While there are many ways to use mobile giving, before you launch an initiative, you’ll want to first determine what strategies would work well for your specific organization and your audience. Here’s what to consider when planning your mobile giving program.Who Will Be in Charge of the Mobile Giving Initiative?Creating a mobile giving strategy takes time and attention. You’ll need a designated staff member who can lead the charge; exploring opportunities, gathering input from other team members, and crafting plans. Depending on the size of your organization, you may want a team of staff members dedicated to mobile giving.What’s Your Budget?Your budget will dictate how robust your initiative is and what tactics you can implement. Some mobile giving tactics (like mobile-optimized email) will require next to nothing extra out of your budget, but others (like retargeted ads), could cost a significant amount. When considering how much you want to spend on mobile fundraising, take a look at how your marketing dollars are currently being spent. Are any efforts not generating the results you were expecting? Could you reallocate money from efforts that aren’t productive?What Are Your Goals for the Initiative?What are you hoping to accomplish with your mobile fundraising initiative? Are there specific actions you want supporters to take? Depending on your budget, you may decide to incorporate mobile into all of your campaigns, year-round. Or you may use it only for particular projects and events, or start with one tactic, such as text-to-give, and expand from there. When deciding your goals, start by considering what your donors are already using, and what would make giving easier and more convenient for them. Do they like texting or do they prefer email? Do they browse the internet from their mobile devices, or are they primarily using dedicated apps? Put yourself in the shoes of your donors before making any decisions on specific tactics.What’s Your Timeline?Setting a timeline with target dates for benchmarks will help keep you on track and ensure your initiative launches in a timely manner. Be sure to get input from team members to keep deadlines realistic, while also emphasizing that the initiative is a priority. This organization-wide commitment will help increase the success of your mobile giving initiatives, and boost revenue in the process.How Will You Track and Measure Results?Tracking data and campaign response is essential. Without it, you won’t know what worked and what didn’t. Tracking your data tells you what to improve, what to continue, and what kind of ROI you’re getting from the marketing dollars you’re spending. Consider how you’ll integrate your campaigns with your donor management system so you can utilize your data, and ensure everything is trackable and measurable.Building a strong foundation for your mobile fundraising initiative will not only make rollout smoother for your team, it will also improve your results. You can be confident that you’re taking the best path for your organization and your donors.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about launching your own mobile giving initiative.last_img read more

Chelsea F.C. sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City

first_imgChelsea have signed midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City on a five-year contract, the Premier League champions said on Friday.The 27-year-old England international made 35 appearances in Leicester’s 2015-16 title-winning campaign alongside N’Golo Kante, who joined Chelsea last July.”I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started,” Drinkwater said in a statement.”It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.”Drinkwater, who came through Manchester United’s youth-system, won three England caps since making his international debut in March 2016.He is Chelsea’s sixth signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta, who also signed on the transfer deadline day.last_img read more

James Anderson replaces Ravindra Jadeja as No. 1 Test bowler

first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson claimed the No. 1 spot in the latest ICC Test rankings for bowlers, replacing Ravindra Jadeja, with 896 points on Sunday.Jadeja is now on the second spot in the list with 884 points followed by his Indian teammate Ravichadran Ashwin at 852 points.BREAKING: @jimmy9 moves to No.1 in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Bowling Rankings!More: https://t.co/lwkkHud3EV pic.twitter.com/akLObd8aYz- ICC (@ICC) September 10, 2017In the just-concluded Test series against West Indies, Anderson finished 19 wickets over the three matches, which includes a seven-wicket haul in the second innings of the third Test that culminated on Saturday with England winning by nine wickets.Anderson also claimed his 500th Test wicket during the third and final Test, becoming only the sixth bowler in Test history to do so.Anderson is the third fast bowler and the first Englishman in the elite 500-club which includes legends like Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australia’s Shane Warne (708), India’s Anil Kumble (619), Glenn McGrath (563) and West Indies’ Courtney Walsh (519).Anderson is also the leading wicket-taker since the start of this decade with 352 scalps followed by Sri Lanka’s Ragana Herath (319) and teammate Stuart Broad (314).On Saturday, day three of the final Test that turned out to be the final day, Anderson returned with career-best figures of 7/42 in his 129th Test.In the Test batting rankings, Steve Smith held the top spot with a massive 936 points while Joe Root trailed him by 47 points.In the Test rankings for all-rounders, Shakib Al Hasan stayed on top with 455 points, followed by Jadeja and Ashwin. English all-rounder Ben Stokes was on the fourth spot with 395 points.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League champions Chelsea investigated by FIFA over young signings

first_imgWorld soccer body FIFA are investigating Premier League champions Chelsea for the third time in eight years over a potential breach of young player regulations.”We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing,” FIFA said in an emailed response on Wednesday to questions about media reports regarding the club signing foreign players under the age of 18.”We cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation.”FIFA rules prohibit the international transfer of players under the age of 18 unless their parents have emigrated for reasons not connected to football or both the player and club are based within 50 kilometres of a national border.The only other exception is for transfers within either the European Union or European Economic Area (EEA), where the minimum age is 16.In those cases, clubs must still ensure that the player continues his education and studies for an alternative career, as well as making sure he has a high living standard.A Chelsea spokesman told British media that the club complies with all FIFA statutes and regulations when recruiting players.The Daily Mail newspaper said the alleged breaches were less serious than those committed by Spanish sides Atletico and Real Madrid in recent years, who both incurred transfer bans.Chelsea have been investigated twice previously over their signing of minors.The West London club were banned from signing players for two transfer windows in 2009, a penalty they had overturned on appeal in 2010, over Gael Kakuta’s 2007 move from Lens to Stamford Bridge.They were also investigated over the transfer of Bertrand Traore, the Burkina Faso international who was signed after his 18th birthday but had appeared in an under-18 match in 2011 while still 16.advertisementlast_img read more

Switzerland edge past Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifying playoff first leg

first_imgSwitzerland made the most of a controversial penalty converted by Ricardo Rodriguez to secure a 1-0 win away to Northern Ireland in a pulsating and bruising first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Thursday.Northern Ireland were stunned just before the hour when Corry Evans turned his back to block Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri’s acrobatic volley at point-blank range and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot.The ball appeared to hit Evans on the shoulder and, even if it did touch the top of his arm, there seemed no possibility he could have got out of its way.Rodriguez ignored the jeering home fans and calmly sent Michael McGovern the wrong way in the 58th minute to put Switzerland in the driving seat for a place at next year’s finals in Russia ahead of the return in Basel on Sunday.Too add insult to injury, Evans was also booked and ruled out of the return through suspension.”I’m staggered by the decision, staggered by the yellow card,” said Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. “It’s such a defining moment in the match.””The referee has no-one in his line of sight. Corry’s arm isn’t in an unnatural position, it’s by his side. The ball hits him on the back more than anything. I thought the referee had blown for a foul or an offside. Nobody had claimed for it.”Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic saw it differently. “He (Evans) touched the ball with his upper arm, it was a bit harsh but we deserved the win,” he said.advertisementDOMINANT SWISSThe Swiss dominated the match despite having to contend with driving rain, a slippery pitch and boisterous home crowd.The hosts played with the never-say-die approach that helped them finish second behind world champions Germany in their qualifying group but it failed to ruffle Switzerland who gave as good as they got and coped comfortably with the aerial threat.The Swiss quickly got stuck in when Fabian Schaer was booked in the fifth minute for a wild late challenge on Stuart Dallas which O’Neill said should have been red.They were denied an early lead when Jonny Evans threw himself in front of Blerim Dzemaili’s shot and the ball broke to Granit Xhaka who curled the ball over the bar.Xhaka missed again from a similar position minutes later after Steven Zuber pulled the ball back to him.They came even closer when Shaqiri’s deep cross found Haris Seferovic who managed to prod the ball goalwards, forcing an excellent save from McGovern.Shaqiri curled a shot over the bar after the restart and Seferovic just failed to make contact with Dzemaili’s pass across the face of goal.After so many near misses, Switzerland were gifted a goal out of the blue with the penalty.”We have to forget about it. I thought the players’ reaction to it was very good,” said O’Neill. “We are still in the tie. Maybe a referee will give us a decision in the second leg.”last_img read more

The Ashes, 1st Test: Joe Root, Alastair Cook flop but honours even on Day 1

first_imgPat Cummins picked up two vital wickets to restore some confidence in Australia’s pace trio after a pair of unheralded batsmen grinded through most of the opening day of the Ashes series to help England reach 196/4 at stumps.James Vince (83) and Mark Stoneman (53) combined defiantly in their first experience of Ashes cricket to blunt the much-hyped pace attack, each posting their highest Test scores in a 125-run second-wicket stand.Cummins (2/59) bowled Stoneman in the last over of a middle session delayed for more than hour by rain. He came back in the evening session– after Nathan Lyon had brilliantly run out Vince — to trap England skipper Joe Root (15) lbw, getting a not-out decision overturned, and ensuring the day swung back in Australia’s favor.That’s big! Pat Cummins sends England skipper Joe Root on his way with the help of the @Specsavers DRS! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/QtAhrgNepG- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 23, 2017At stumps, Dawan Malan was unbeaten on 28 and Moeen Ali was on 13 when bad light stopped play in the 81st over, three balls after Australia took the new ball and one after Mitchell Starc had a review of an lbw decision rejected.A cracking start to the #Ashes with fifties for Stoneman and Vince, before Cummins claimed two big wickets: https://t.co/P6sH6ROa7L #Ashes pic.twitter.com/uhIGmOGVKA- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 23, 2017The day started according to the Australia’s pre-series script, with Starc striking in the third over to have former England captain Alastair Cook (2) caught at first slip with the total at two.advertisementThat exposed a left-right second-wicket pair — some Australian critics openly wondered if Vince and Stoneman were ready for the Ashes environment — with a combined 10 previous Test caps to a potentially hostile initiation.But they weathered the new ball with reasonable comfort, preventing Australia from capitalizing on the early breakthrough.Vince rarely played a loose stroke in four hours and 170 balls. He did get a reprieve on 68, though, when recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine put down a routine chance off Lyon’s bowling late in the middle session.Stoneman improved by one on his previous high test score before Cummins beat him with a ball that jagged back off the seam to collect his first test wicket on Australian soil.The banter and bluster from the Australians leading up to the Gabba Test centered on their 5-0 sweep here the last time England toured in 2013-14, when a local pace trio spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson intimidated the batsmen and set the foundation for a series domination.Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins toiled in slightly damp conditions before and after a rain-delay on a wicket yet to produce the kind of extra bounce that the Brisbane venue is famous for.The Australian quicks were under the spotlight from the first ball after losing the toss at the Gabba, where they’re all playing their first Ashes match on home soil and where the Australians haven’t lost a test since 1988.The early points went to the batsmen. In the 11th over, Hazlewood fielded off his own bowling and hurled the ball back toward the stumps. Vince responded by stroking two subsequent deliveries for boundaries. Hazlewood, usually the most consistent of the quicks with his persistent line and length, struggled with his rhythm and had 0/51 from 18 overs.Lyon (0/40) caused the most difficulties for the batsmen after joining the attack in the 18th over and getting his first ball to turn sharply, but didn’t get a wicket. He had unsuccessful appeals before the regulation caught-behind chance was put down.His athletic run out, though — picking up a half-volley on the run from cover and throwing down the stumps at the non-striker’s end to catch Vince well out of his ground — was a significant momentum turner.Huge moment! Simply outstanding from Nathan Lyon in the field: https://t.co/P6sH6ROa7L #Ashes pic.twitter.com/3hKwvzYS0v- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 23, 2017England holds the Ashes after winning the 2015 series 3-2 at home, regaining the urn after its lopsided loss in Australia last time.last_img read more