Manchester United Giggs: ‘Special’ Alexis, Lukaku & Rashford can outshine Hazard & Willian Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea A. Sánchez Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku The former Red Devils winger believes Jose Mourinho has enough quality at his disposal to counter Chelsea’s attacking threat in the FA Cup final Manchester United have enough “special players” at their disposal to worry Chelsea, says Ryan Giggs, with Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku all potential match winners.The Red Devils have not always showcased their attacking prowess this season, with Jose Mourinho having been accused of favouring a more defensive mindset.The Portuguese does, however, have enough firepower at his disposal to worry the best in the business, with the FA Cup final providing a perfect stage on which to release the shackles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Giggs is hoping to see star men shine at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with United looking for their most creative influences to counter the threat posed by the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian.The Red Devils legend told MUTV: “It is an important day because coming second in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup is a successful season.“You always want to end the season with a trophy because it gives you a good feeling over the summer and you can’t wait to get back for next year. “It is important and Manchester United is all about winning trophies. Once you get to cup finals, a club like Manchester United is under pressure to win it. But it won’t be easy because Chelsea are in the same boat. Their season will be defined by the result.“I think it is a 50/50 game because these are two teams with special players who can win it for them in a moment.“There are also two very good managers so it’s really 50/50. It’s about who turns up on the day. It will define the two clubs’ seasons so there is a lot of pressure on the game.“If you can keep Eden Hazard quiet then I always think you have a great chance against Chelsea. Of course, Willian is a special player as well, so if you can keep both them quiet then you have a chance. “United have some special players as well. Marcus Rashford scored at the weekend, Alexis Sanchez is coming into form and starting to look good, and we’re hoping Romelu Lukaku can make the final. It will be won and lost with the special players. Those forwards can make the difference.”
Transfers Soyuncu planning transfer talks amid Arsenal interest Chris Burton 02:01 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Freiburg Bundesliga Premier League The Freiburg defender maintains that no deal to take him to Emirates Stadium has been done, but he will be discussing his future over the coming weeks Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu insists he has no deal in place with Arsenal, but he considers the Gunners to be “one of the most important clubs in England” and is planning transfer talks.The 22-year-old Turkey international has emerged as a top target for those in north London, with speculation regarding a move surfacing prior to Unai Emery’s arrival at Emirates Stadium.A switch continues to be mooted under new management at Arsenal, with the Premier League outfit considered to still be in need of defensive additions during the summer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Soyuncu is ruling nothing out, with English football holding obvious appeal, but he will only be addressing the issue of his future once he has taken in an international outing against Russia on June 5.He told Turkish publication Tumspor: “Arsenal are one of the most important clubs in England.“I know they’re interested in me, but there’s nothing finalised yet about my transfer.“After the national team camp we’ll have talks.”The president of Soyuncu’s former club, Altinordu supremo Seyit Mehmet Ozkan, claimed in early May that an agreement with Arsenal had already been reached.Those comments were quickly rubbished, but the youngster’s agent did tell football.london in April that a move to the Premier League is on the cards.Mustafa Dogru said: “The main objective of the player is to play in the Premier League, that I can tell you at the moment.“We are negotiating with some clubs. They [Freiburg] are open to negotiations.“He came from the second division in Turkey to Bundesliga 1 and has had a good experience the last two years.“The difference between Bundesliga 1 and the Premier League is not as big as from the Turkish second division and Bundesliga 1, so he is ready.“He is perfect for the Premier League. We are sure he is going to make a big impact in the first season.”
Another edition of 60 seconds in touch, brought to you from Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast…(first time this has ever been written from Queensland!) * I’m sitting here at the computer overlooking the beautiful Quad Park fields where tomorrow afternoon the 2nd Youth World Cup will kick off. Games begin at 1:00pm make sure you get down and have a look if you can. * The atmosphere is already great, how can you go past the Cook Islanders who turned up for the Managers meeting in their bright yellow shirts and with video recorders in hand? It’s a fantastic thing for these Touch lovers to travel and get together for the event only held every four years, what a great experience for all involved! * The Opening Ceremony is being held tomorrow morning at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre, it starts officially at 9:00am but be there early for a sheet under the shade (or out of the rain, depending on the weather.) All athletes will march past and have their National anthem played, there will be a couple of speeches and the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Tribe will welcome the tournament to the Sunshine Coast. * Congratulations to Roxy Winder from the Gold Coast for being selected as Australia’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Roxy has competed at both Youth World Cups, several other Australian Junior tours and is a current member of the Australian Womens Open National Training Squad. Congratulations to Troy Malcolm also, one of Australia’s longest serving and most-capped junior representatives. He’s leading the Under 20 Men as Captain and with the experience that comes from being a part of the World Cup winning Mens Open side in 2003, Troy is no doubt an incredibly important member of the entire Australian team. Finally, congratulations to all selected Australian team captains: Mens 20 Years- Troy Malcolm Mixed 20 Years- Katie Shaw and Matt McDonald Womens 20 Years- Claire Winchester Mens 18 Years- Ji Bonner and Aaron Tandek Mixed 18 Years- Claire Giarola and Dean Springfield Womens 18 Years- Lauren Barclay * Don’t forget to bring your umbrella down to Quad Park, there’s been the odd drop of rain around and it’s predicted to last for the next few days. * Keep an eye on the ATA website, which will provide links to the FIT website and the Sporting Pulse website for all of the latest news and stories. * There’s been some last minute withdrawals and inclusions to the Aussie sides after injuries, there will no doubt be a story in the coming days on those given the last minute opportunity to represent Australia. * Don’t forget to send a hero email or fax to the Aussie sides email@example.com or fax (02) 6285 2820, they have certainly appreciated those received already and it no doubt builds their confidence! * In other news (yes there is other news besides the Youth World Cup) the NSW Junior State Cup is fast approaching. It’s being held on the 19th and 20th of February and applications close this Friday, January 21st. Get in quick! * A massive 86 teams have nominated for the Yass Knockout, being held on January 29th and 30th. With many interestingly named teams and many travelling from Sydney and other NSW regions, it’s sure to be an awesome tournament. Check out www.nswtouch.com.au for all the info. * The Victorian Touch Team titles are taking place on April 2 and 3, see www.victouch.com.au if you want more information. Touch in Victoria is steadily growing and events like this are finding their way onto the calendar more regularly. It’s great to see! * ATA’s Techincal Support chicky and National Teams organiser (not sure of exact title) Maree Curran, would like to wish her husband Matt (Australian Mens Open representative) a very happy third Wedding Anniversary for today (January 18th). She says she loves you, misses you and is hoping you’re coping without her while she’s at the Youth World Cup. * That’s about all for now, don’t forget to keep an eye on the websites for all the latest YWC (that’s my abbreviation because I’m already sick of writing the full title and the games don’t even start until tomorrow) news. * Remember any story ideas or requests for help with media can be sent to Rachel Moyle at firstname.lastname@example.org By Rachel Moyle
Touch Football Australia is seeking applicants for the postion of National Communications Coordinator in Canberra. For a full position description please download the attached document. Applicants should send a two page letter of introduction addressing the selection criteria and CV to CEO Colm Maguire email@example.com Applications for the position will close on Wednesday the 30th of April with the anticipated starting time of May 2008.Related Filescommunication_coordinator-pdf
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to affirm its commitment to ending racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. TFA has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the “Racism. It stops with me” campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The campaign emphasises the importance of taking a stand against racism whenever it happens.One in seven Australians said they had experienced discrimination because of their colour or background in 2011, a figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years.TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, says TFA is full of support for the cause. “As a sport we are proud of our inclusive approach to participation. Diversity is one of our core values and we embrace all people that choose to play the sport of Touch Football.”Looking at our demographics at all levels, it is very clear that we are a leader in this area.”The International Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1966, to coincide with the date in 1960 when police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa at a peaceful protest against apartheid laws. The theme for the International Day in 2013 is “Racism and Sport”.For more information about the ‘Racism: It Stops with Me’ campaign, or to find a range of anti-racism resources, go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/ Or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe. Related LinksRacism. It Stops With Me
Matthew Jukes is returning to Canberra to host the 2013 Wine Dinner in conjunction with the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard.The dinner will be held at Old Parliament House on Friday, 8 November from 6.30pm.This is a unique opportunity to taste some of the season’s best wines and meet the wine makers from Brindabella Hills, Capital Wines, Clonakilla, Collector, Eden Road, Four Winds, Gallagher, Mt Majura, Nick O’Leary and RavensworthTickets are now available for purchase via the website below for $150 per person or a table of 10 for $1400 – www.vinnies.org.au/matthew-jukes-dinner-act.For more information on the 2013 Touch Football Vinnie-Yard event please click on the article below. Related LinksVinnie-Yard Wine Dinner
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid president Calderon: Mourinho only coach Florentino trustsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon can see Jose Mourinho making a return.Calderon’s successor at Real, Florentino Perez, has been in contact with Mourinho – though that was before his sacking by Manchester United this week.Perez wanted Mourinho to replace Julen Lopetegui before he handed Santiago Solari a three-year contract.Calderon said, “A return for Mourinho to Real Madrid? Everyone here knows that it’s up to the president. I think he is the only coach he respects. The current president does not really trust the coaches. But in the case of Mourinho, he really, really supported him several times in difficult times. “When Lopetegui left, I said, ‘I’m sure Mourinho will be here and I do not exclude that he will be in Real in the near future’.”
Newcastle, Everton eyeing Marseille centre-back Boubacar Kamaraby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille’s 19-year-old centre-back Boubacar Kamara is attracting Premier League interest.The Evening Chronicle says United have taken a look at Kamara in recent times, but the Ligue 1 club have now tied him down to a new deal.Nevertheless, Newcastle and Everton have impressive teenager Kamara on their database.Kamara has already made 54 first team appearances and would be considered immediate first team material but after Marseille battled to get him to sign a new deal – he now has a £16million price tag. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd defender Maguire deletes social media postby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire had a message for fans after the goalless draw at AZ Alkmaar on Thursday – but he soon deleted it.Maguire failed to get off the bench in the Netherlands as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went with a central defensive partnership of Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo.That pair, as well as first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea, all did their jobs as the Eredivisie outfit were snuffed out despite having 12 shots on goal and four on target.The England defender tweeted: “A point away from home. Thanks for the support. See you Sunday.”However, following a backlash from supporters at what they saw as an overly positive reaction to a disappointing result, Maguire ultimately deleted the post, which isn’t visible on his Twitter account on Friday morning. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say IFK chief explains sale options for Wolves, Watford target Alhassan Yusufby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveIFK Gothenburg whizkid Alhassan Yusuf is facing frustration over hopes of a move to England.Wolves and Watford are keen on the midfielder, along with Anderlecht.However, IFK chief Pontus Farnerud admits a lack of qualifications for a UK work permit are likely to work against him.He told GT: “When it comes to sales, we must make sure that it is as good as possible for all parties. Then there is a regulatory framework to take into account and when it comes to a Premier League club, work permits are difficult. Then you have to look at what is best for the player together with the buying club.”Wolves could yet buy Yusuf and send him back to IFK on-loan.Farnerud added: “These are the solutions that exist and there is no secret behind it, but I would like to point out that we are not there now.”
No college football program does social media better than Clemson, and they’ve had a lot of fun with the ongoing construction of the Tigers’ new football practice facility, even though it isn’t expected to be complete until 2017. A few weeks ago, Dabo Swinney checked in on the progress Undercover Boss style. Now, defensive coordinator Brent Venables had his turn, starring in a very funny clip where he coaches up some of the guys working on the project.Coach Venables is ready to use the new Football Ops Facility……maybe a little too ready. #Clemsonhttps://t.co/n9Fo1BjYFx— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) May 31, 2016We wouldn’t want to be a player at the opposite end of the stare at the 30 second mark.
YouTube/MSUSpartanVideoMichigan State is the defending Big Ten champion, and while Michigan and Ohio State have been getting most of the attention in the league as we near the season, the Spartans appear pretty pumped for the year to kick off.On Thursday, a group of Michigan State players created a locker room dance video, and with help from the program’s video team, it is incredibly well-produced. The video is set to Future’s hit “Wicked” from his 2016 mixtape Purple Reign.Michigan State opens its season with FCS squad Furman, but things heat up pretty quickly from there. The Spartans have a week two bye, and then head to South Bend to play a very strong Notre Dame team, and follow that game up with Wisconsin at home. At +825, the Spartans are tied for the third best odds to win a Big Ten title this year with Iowa, but are fairly well behind Ohio State (+168) and Michigan (+233). If they repeat, they certainly will have earned it.
Atletico Madrid’s headline summer signing Joao Felix has suggested that he would like to play in the Premier League at some point in his career.Felix had been linked with a move to several of Europe’s heavyweight clubs before completing his move to the Wanda Metropolitano, with Manchester City and United both reportedly interested in the highly-rated youngster.Atleti would ultimately seal a deal for Felix, however, with former club Benfica earning €126 million (£112m/$140m) as their starlet swapped Portugal for the Spanish capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? In an AMA with Bleacher Report , however, the 19-year-old simply replied “Premier League” when asked which of the other European leagues he would like to play in over the course of his career.He was also questioned on whether he would consider a move to Tottenham. “Me, to Spurs?” he answered. “[Right] now that’s impossible, but I don’t know, [maybe] one day.”And while Felix can count himself amongst the most valuable players on the planet, his feet appear to have remained firmly on the ground, with a thirst for first-team football and improving as an individual at the top of his to-do list.”I don’t really care about [my price-tag] or the money, I just want to be playing and I just want to get my job done. That’s the most important thing.”It’s a dream come true to be playing with Atletico, one of the best teams in Europe and the world. I’m very happy.”I don’t have any problems with pressure, it’s my job. I have to know how to handle that.”Indeed, the Rojiblancos’ new No.7 was once written off by former coaches due to his slight frame, but attests that hard work and belief in himself was key to proving his doubters wrong.”Just keep working and listen to people that want the best for me,” he said of being deemed too lightweight for top-level football. “And work, work, work.”Asked if he currently has any weaknesses, he replied: “It’s a secret.”A pre-season injury sparked fears that Atletico’s record signing would not feature again for some time, but Diego Simeone relayed on Thursday that the young attacker should get some playing time against bitter rivals Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. “He trained in the morning without problems,” the Argentine told the press. “I imagine tomorrow [Friday] he will play for a while or start from the beginning.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Four-star wide receiver TJ Sheffield committed to Notre Dame last week. After less than a week, the Fighting Irish staff told him that they plan to go in another direction.Sheffield is a composite four-star player, per 247Sports. The site ranks him No. 236 overall in the class of 2019.He is the No. 38 overall wide receiver, and is ranked ninth of all players from Tennessee. He is from the small town of Thompson’s Station, just south of Nashville.Notre Dame’s decision could open the door for Tennessee to land TJ Sheffield.This afternoon, he revealed what happened. It sounds like Fighting Irish wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander accepted his commitment prematurely, and had to tell him this morning that the school would no longer be doing so.pic.twitter.com/wmtPDAClRd— Tj Sheffield (@the_tj2) July 11, 2018It is unfortunate that Sheffield cannot attend the school of his choice. Luckily, though, he is not without options.Notre Dame split the early votes in 247’s crystal ball with Tennessee, his in-state power out of the SEC, and Purdue, a Notre Dame rival on the upswing entering year two under Jeff Brohm.He has a number of other pretty decent offers, including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, UNC, Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.Obviously, you never truly know if all of those are actually committable, as Sheffield just learned. Still, he should have his pick of a number of strong schools to choose from.Notre Dame already has 17 players committed. The Fighting Irish class is ranked seventh in the country. Three-star Cam Hart is the lone wide receiver in the group right now.
Urban Meyer has been placed on administrative leave by Ohio State following the allegations that surfaced in a new report by college football insider Brett McMurphy. The head coach, per the new report, knew more about the domestic violence allegations against assistant coach Zach Smith than he led on.The entire college football world has been rocked by the news and, unsurprisingly, everyone is talking about it.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum weighed in on Meyer’s future during an appearance on First Take this morning.“When we’re talking about arrogance, that seems to go hand in hand with Urban Meyer,” Finebaum said, per 247Sports. “I have always liked him personally. I respect his coaching ability, but you can’t look past the University of Florida. He left a disaster down there. Yeah, he won two national championships thanks to Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin and countless other players who have been in the NFL since then, but left his entire legacy in burned ashes.”Finebaum does not see Meyer keeping his job.“(My initial) reaction was Urban Meyer cannot survive this,” Finebaum said. “And that’s before I even finished the first paragraph. As you got deeper and deeper into the story, it got progressively worse. Since then, I haven’t seen any indication from that school or from anyone else that he is. The second they put him on administrative leave, that telegraphed to me and many others that they were looking for a way out with a settlement, outright fire for cause. I don’t know. I cannot imagine with what Urban Meyer said last week and Big Ten media days and the fact that he hasn’t said anything yet that he is going to be able to have anything more to say in terms of this football season. Let’s not forget. It’s irrelevant to the point that we’re talking about but this is one of the top four teams in the country, and now it looks like not only that is gone for him, but perhaps one of the great careers in college football history.”Others at ESPN feel differently.Desmond Howard, for example, believes Urban will keep his job.Sure do…— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) August 2, 2018Ohio State is just a month away from the start of its season. The Buckeyes open the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Johnny Manziel has been out of the NFL for a few years now, though this season, he’s trying to make a comeback via the CFL. This week, he once again found a way to inject himself into the Cleveland Browns storyline.Baker Mayfield, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Browns during this past April’s draft, was given his first start on Sunday against the Raiders. While his team didn’t win, the Browns did put up over 40 points for the first time since 2009.Before the game, ESPN released a “letter” that Manziel wrote to Mayfield. It’s unclear why it had to happen – but anyway, here it is:“Dear Baker, if there’s one thing you already know, one thing that everybody already knows, you and I are not the same person. No matter how many people try to compare us, even before the same team drafted us, we know we are never fully defined by the way we play, or the uniform we wear.What I do know is this: life’s experiences are the best teachers. Through all the good days you’ll encounter over your career there, you’ll undoubtedly face some tough ones as well. Through all the good and the bad, stay close to your family, and more so, continue to be you. That’s what’s taken you from a walk-on to a Heisman trophy winner to a first-round draft pick.Beyond all that, Baker, I simply want to wish you all the success that you deserve. I hope you don’t take a single day, a single snap, for granted. I hope you own the moment, and give the Browns fans every bit of happiness that they deserve.Your friend, Johnny Manziel.”Yes, there were many people comparing Manziel and Mayfield heading into the 2018 season. But after two games, it’s pretty clear that Mayfield is going to be a far better player. Regardless, if the two really are friends, why did this letter have to be public?The Browns, with Mayfield behind center, are no longer a pushover. It’ll be fun to watch his development the rest of the year.
Next Fatima Sana Shaikh on rumours of affair with Aamir Khan: People assume I’m not a good personFatima Sana Shaikh revealed that she was extremely disturbed when she read rumours of her affair with Aamir Khan, as she was worried about people assuming that she was not a good person after reading such reports.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 18:19 IST Fatima Sana Shaikh and Aamir KhanFatima Sana Shaikh won plaudits for her portrayal of wrestler Geeta Phogat in Nitesh Tiwari’s sports drama Dangal. However, along with the praise came whispers about her growing proximity with her co-star Aamir Khan. When Fatima landed a second film, Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs Of Hindostan, with Aamir, the rumours of a romance brewing between the two only intensified.In an interview with a magazine, Fatima said that she used to get extremely worked up by such speculation. “Earlier, I used to get affected. I’d feel bad. Because I’ve never dealt with anything of this sort at such a big level,” she said.”A bunch of strangers, whom I’ve never met, are writing things about me. They don’t even know if there’s any truth to it. People reading it assume that I’m ‘not a good person’. You feel like telling that person, ‘Ask me, I’ll give you an answer,'” the actress added.The grapevine was abuzz with rumours that Fatima had driven a wedge between Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao. “It disturbs me because I don’t want people to assume wrong things. Agar main asliyat mein haraami hoon toh people should see my asliyat. But if I’m not, I don’t want them to see me as a bad person,” she said.However, Fatima has now understood that such link-ups are a part and parcel of being in the entertainment industry. “But I’ve learnt to ignore it. Yet, there are some days when I do get affected,” she said.advertisementOn the work front, Fatima will be seen next in Anurag Basu’s as-yet untitled film opposite Rajkummar Rao. The film is rumoured to be a sequel of Life In A Metro.ALSO SEE: Fatima Sana Shaikh shows off her navel in a saree, trolls ask about her scarALSO WATCH: All you need to know about Aamir’s reel daughters, Fatima and SanyaGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Fatima Sana ShaikhFollow Aamir Khan
Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 13:18 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Nokia 2.2 looks like the Nokia 4.2 from the front.Nokia 2.2 introductory price in India starts at Rs 6,999.The biggest upgrade to the Nokia 2.2 over its predecessor is the software.The Nokia 2.2 was launched in India today as HMD’s most affordable Android One smartphone. In a lot of ways, the Nokia 2.2 draws inspiration from the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 that were launched in the country a few months ago. Like them, the Nokia 2.2 also highlights a waterdrop display and it also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button. All of this at a starting price of Rs 6,999, makes the Nokia 2.2 a pretty interesting addition to the company’s budget portfolio.HMD Global launched the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 in India earlier this year as budget smartphones with updated designs. Similarly, the Nokia 2.2 is an upgrade over the Nokia 2.2 in more ways than one. Not only does it bring a design that’s in keeping with current trends, but it also upgrades the hardware as well as the software. I spent a couple of hours with the Nokia 2.2 and here are my initial thoughts.The Nokia 2.2 indeed looks like the Nokia 4.2 from the front. The bezels around the display are a lot thinner compared to the Nokia 2.1 which came with thick top and bottom bezels. The top and side bezels are slim and you get a U-shaped teardrop notch. The bottom chin is thicker in comparison and houses the Nokia logo. By reducing the bezels, the Nokia 2.2 is able to fit in more display in roughly the same footprint of the Nokia 2.1. The rear panel is still plastic polycarbonate, but there is a difference. While the Nokia 2.1 had a coarse, matt-like feel to it with copper accents around the frame, the Nokia 2.1 panel is one unibody glossy shell that covers the back and frame. The other big difference is that you can remove the cover on the Nokia 2.2, allowing you to interchange it with Xpress-On covers. The Nokia 2.2 comes in Steel and Tungsten Black colours while Xpress-On covers can be found in Taurus Green, Pink Sand and Ice Blue.advertisementThe glossy panel makes the back of the Nokia 2.2 easier to smudge while scratches will look noticeable. That being said, you can trust Nokia phones to offer a solid build and the Nokia 2.2 is no different. The phone feels sturdy and the weight feels balanced. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right and the Google Assistant button is on the left.HMD Global introduced the Google Assistant button on the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 and it’s clear the company is looking to make this staple feature on its phones this year. The Nokia 2.2 gets the dedicated AI button, which allows you to launch Assistant quickly with a single tap. You can also long press the button to make long requests it works on lock screen as well.The Nokia 2.2 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with 400 nits maximum brightness. Based on a brief interaction with the device, the display looks good with deep colours and good brightness levels indoors. We will have more to say about the display quality in an in-depth review. Powering the Nokia 2.2 is a MediaTek Helio A22 chipset paired with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Depending on the RAM option, you will either get 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. On paper, this is a clear upgrade over the Nokia 2.1 which comes with a Snapdragon 425 processor and 1GB of RAM. This should also mean faster real-world performance, which we can only know after spending more time with the device.Arguably, the biggest upgrade to the Nokia 2.2 over its predecessor is the software. The Nokia 2.1 was an Android Go phone which means it ran on a trimmed down version of Android Oreo with customised and toned down Google Go apps. The Nokia 2.2 is now an Android One phone with a full-fledged Android Pie software out of the box. And it’s a stock Android software with no bloatware or customisations.The Nokia 2.2 on Android Pie means you get features like gesture-based navigation, Adaptive Brightness, Adaptive Battery and Digital Wellbeing. The Android One phone will also get two major software updates and at least three years of monthly Android security patches. HMD also says the Nokia 2.2 is Android Q-ready and should be among the first Nokia phones to get upgraded to Android Q. As for the cameras, HMD is touting AI-powered low-light photography with the Nokia 2.2. The long exposure mode automatically kicks in when the camera detects low-light conditions. The Nokia 2.2 gets a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash support and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Lastly, the Nokia 2.2 gets a 3,000mAh battery and you get a 5W charger with the box.The Nokia 2.2 looks like a swell addition to the Nokia 2 series. It improves on the Nokia 2.1 in almost every, right from an upgraded waterdrop display to Android One software. With an introductory starting price of Rs 6,999, the Nokia 2.2 looks like a solid offering in the budget segment. We will know whether the phone performs to our expectations after an in-depth review, so do stay tuned for that.advertisementALSO READ | Nokia 2.2 Android One phone with face unlock launched: Price, specifications and release dateALSO READ | Motorola could launch new sub-Rs 10,000 Android smartphone very soon, specifications leakedALSO READ | This is Samsung Galaxy Note 10 with centre punch-hole display, triple rear camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow nokiaFollow android Nokia 2.2 quick review: Budget Android One phone with a lot of AINokia 2.2 highlights a waterdrop display and it also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button. All of this at a starting price of Rs 6,999, makes the Nokia 2.2 a pretty interesting addition to the company’s budget portfolio.advertisement
Wimbledon 2019: Dominic Thiem knocked out after shock 1st-round defeat to Sam QuerreyWimbledon 2019: Dominic Thiem suffered a shock defeat in the first round to Sam Querrey in four sets. The fifth seed is the third top-10 man to exit this early in the grass-court Grand Slam. advertisement Associated Press LondonJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 20:35 IST Wimbledon 2019: Dominic Thiem was beaten in 4 sets in his 1st-round match on Tuesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSam Querrey defeated 5th seed Dominic Thiem 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-0 in the 1st roundThiem has lost to Rafael Nadal in the final at Roland Garros each of the past two yearThis is was Thiem’s 3rd first-round exit in Wimbledon in 6 appearancesSam Querrey of the United States took the last nine games and upset No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-0 to make the French Open runner-up the third top-10 man already gone in Wimbledon’s first round.The 65th-ranked Querrey was one point from falling into a two-set deficit while serving down 5-4 in the second. But he held on there and then took a lead by getting his initial break of the match in the third set.Thiem has lost to Rafael Nadal in the final at Roland Garros each of the past two years. He is a lot less comfortable on grass: This was the Austrian’s third first-round exit in six appearances at Wimbledon.He joined No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev and No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas on the sideline after they each lost a day earlier.Querrey’s only Grand Slam semifinal appearance came at the All England Club in 2017 after a victory over defending champion Andy Murray. Querrey defeated Novak Djokovic a year earlier at Wimbledon.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff ready to prove that win over Venus Williams was not one-offAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Dominic ThiemFollow Wimbledon 2019Follow Sam Querrey Next
You’re all weirdos: Stefanos Tsitsipas to US Open umpire in tiradeThe argument with the umpire came midway through the fourth set of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5 loss to Andrey Rublev on Tuesday, a day when he and fellow young star Dominic Thiem both lost in the first roundadvertisement Associated Press New YorkAugust 28, 2019UPDATED: August 28, 2019 07:46 IST Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered first round defeat at the US Open 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStefanos Tsitsipas had an argument with umpire during his first round US Open defeatTsitsipas accused the umpire of having a bias against himTsitsipas lost 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5 loss to Andrey RublevStefanos Tsitsipas accused a U.S. Open chair umpire of having a bias against him during a tirade in which he told the official, “You’re all weirdos!”Tsitsipas told Damien Dumusois that the cause of his bias was “because you’re French probably and you’re all weirdos!”The argument came midway through the fourth set of Tsitsipas’ 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5 loss to Andrey Rublev on Tuesday, a day when he and fellow young star Dominic Thiem both lost in the first round for the second straight major tournament.Tsitsipas, the No. 8 seed from Greece, appeared to be battling cramps and was slow to return to the court after losing his serve.Dumusois told Tsitsipas it was time to play, but Tsitsipas was still reaching into his bag for a new headband and screamed at Dumusois that he still needed time to change. Dumusois responded that Tsitsipas would be penalized.”I don’t care,” Tsitsipas replied. “Do whatever you want, because you’re the worst.””I don’t know what you have against me,” Tsitsipas continued. “Because you’re French probably and you’re all weirdos! You’re all weirdos!”Dumusois is indeed French.Tsitsipas had been angry that Dumusois believed he was getting coaching during the match from his father, Apostolos, which is not allowed.”The chair umpire was very incorrect in what he was telling me during the match,” Tsitsipas said afterward. “I don’t know what this chair umpire has in specific against my team, but he’s been complaining and telling me that my team talks all of the time when I’m out on the court playing. He’s very I don’t know. I believe he’s not right, because I never hear anything of what my team says from the outside.”advertisementTsitsipas added that he thought tennis needed more umpires who are fair to all players.”I feel like some of them have preferences when they are on the court,” he said.Tsitsipas opened his Grand Slam season by beating Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open quarterfinals. He fell at Wimbledon to Thomas Fabbiano, who then sent Thiem to another quick exit by beating the No. 4 seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.The two-time French Open runner-up said he was battling an illness leading into the tournament and said he was exhausted after two sets.”I’m far away from 100%,” Thiem said. “Like this, it’s very tough to win.”Tsitsipas was clear that his problems stemmed from the influence from Dumusois.”Well, it’s not very pleasant when you have the umpire give you warnings and time violations and coaching violations during a match,” Tsitsipas said. “It can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision-making.”Also Read | US Open 2019: Naomi Osaka battles into round 2, Alison Riske shocks Garbine MuguruzaAlso Read | I could barely sleep, couldn’t wait to face Roger Federer: Sumit Nagal to India TodayAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow US Open 2019Follow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow French Open Next