Rafael Nadal set up an intriguing Madrid Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic by overcoming Belgian David Goffin 7-6(3) 6-2 in a high-quality last-eight match on Friday. Nadal edged a bruising first set after blowing eight break points with a top-class tiebreak, playing adventurous shots which sapped Goffin’s energy and the world number 10 ceded the final point with a double fault.
The pair served up a sizzling second set, especially in the seventh game when Nadal finally broke the Belgian for a second time in the set at the fourth attempt after sensational rallies which had spectators in the Caja Magica rising to their feet in appreciation.
“It was a beautiful game, we both played at the very highest level and there were great points for everyone to see,” Nadal told Spanish Television. “He (Goffin) demands the most of you, he’s one of the best in the world, one of the candidates to win the most important trophies. I knew I was playing well in the first set but I just couldn’t take my chances. Winning is very important but also the way I’m playing at the moment makes me very relaxed.”
Nadal has made a storming start to the claycourt season, winning the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open for a record-extending 10th time last month.
Saturday’s match between Djokovic and Nadal will be the 50th between the two great rivals, who have won a combined 26 grand slam titles. Djokovic has won 26 of their previous meetings, including the last seven. Nadal last beat the world number two in the 2014 French Open final.
The Madrid Open started the rivalry, with the Caja Magica witnessing an engrossing semi-final in 2009 lasting over four hours which Nadal won after saving three match points. “It will be a very difficult match against one of the best sportsmen this sport has ever had, and to have a chance I’ll have to be at my very best,” Nadal said.
The Spaniard also dismissed the suggestion he had a stronger chance against Djokovic given the Serbian’s slow start to the year. He was beaten by qualifier Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.
“Ninety-nine percent of players would accept to have the type of slump Djokovic has had,” Nadal said. “His so-called slump has seen him fight for the number one ranking in the last game of the year. Let’s have a bit of respect. Djokovic has always been super consistent. I’m expecting the best Djokovic on Saturday.”
Defending champion Djokovic reached the last four without hitting a ball as his quarter-final opponent Kei Nishikori withdrew due to a wrist injury. The same problem forced world number eight Nishikori, seeded sixth in Madrid, to miss the Barcelona Open last month but he is hoping to be fit for next week’s Rome Masters.
Croatian Borna Coric, conqueror of world number one Andy Murray in the third round, plays Dominic Thiem of Austria later on Friday with the winner meeting Pablo Cuevas in the other semi-final after the Uruguayan beat German Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-0 6-4.
A US military member was killed and two others wounded in Somalia when they were attacked while on a mission advising Somali National Army forces, US Africa Command confirmed Friday.
The Federal Communications Commission is scrutinizing Stephen Colbert’s joke about President Donald Trump on “The Late Show” this week, according to chairman Ajit Pai, and will consider a possible fine.
“I have had a chance to see the clip now and so, as we get complaints — and we’ve gotten a number of them — we are going to take the facts that we find, and we are going to apply the law as it’s been set out by the Supreme Court and other courts, and we’ll take the appropriate action,” Pai said Thursday on Philadelphia radio station WPHT-AM.
On his late-night comedy show on CBS Monday, Colbert said of the president: “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c— holster”
Colbert responded to criticism FireColbert trended on Twitter) Wednesday night with a qualified apology.
“I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be,” Colbert said, reflecting on a joke that some viewers considered homophobic. “I’m not going to repeat the phrase. But I just want to say, for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love in their own way, is to me an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But that.”
At the same time, Colbert doubled down on his general approach to ripping the president in his comedy.
“Folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine,” Colbert said. “So, at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that. I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”
Because his show airs late at night, Colbert has more freedom than people who appear on television earlier in the day. But he could still be penalized for using obscene language.
According to the FCC, “for content to be ruled obscene, it must meet a three-pronged test established by the Supreme Court: It must appeal to an average person’s prurient interest; depict or describe sexual conduct in a ‘patently offensive’ way; and, taken as a whole, lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
Colbert’s comedy is often laced with anti-Trump commentary, and lately it has propelled him to the top of the late-night ratings.
AP EAMCET 2017: The results for the Andhra Pradesh Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (AP EAMCET) 2017 have been announced today. Candidates who have appeared for the examination can check their results from the official website (see below).
The exams were held in the last week of April. The engineering entrances took place from April 24 to 27, the combined engineering and agriculture exam from April 24 to 28, 2017 and the agriculture entrance on April 28. The exams were held in two shifts— from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
According to reports, 1,98,064 students registered for the exam from engineering stream and 80,735 registered from the agriculture stream. The website may slow down due to server load and candidates are requested to be patient and check again once the website begins working again.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Kakinada, conducts thte AP EAMCET exam on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). Clearing the exam will make candidates eligible for admission to various professional courses on engineering and agriculture at universities across the state.
Steps to download the AP EAMCET 2017 results:
– Go to the official website for AP EAMCET (sche.ap.gov.in).
– Click on “View your result” at the bottom of the page.
– Enter your details, including the registration number, in the fields provided.
– Download the results, save them and take a print out of the same for further reference.
Friday Night Football returns on Sky Sports – after an absence from our screens of almost five months.
Sky will host this weekend’s opening fixture, anchored by Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley, for the first time since December 30 as the pair provide their ‘lighter and more humorous’ take on West Ham vs Tottenham.
Friday night is a time slot that has been plagued by mixed viewing figures and scheduling problems, leaving the broadcasters to fill just six of their permitted 10-fixture allocation, but it now makes a late-season return in the final few weeks.
The West Ham-Spurs derby at the London Stadium is followed by West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea next week.
Here, Sportsmail looks back at the successes and failures of the Premier League’s newest time slot and why there has been a near-five-month gap between games.
HOW MANY FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES HAVE THERE BEEN?
Sky were permitted to show as many as 10 Friday night games as part of the £5.14billion Premier League TV rights deal, but have so far taken up the slot just four times.
Manchester United vs Southampton led the way back in August and was followed by Chelsea vs Liverpool in September.
That month ended with Everton vs Crystal Palace before Hull City vs Everton was scheduled for a Friday over the Christmas period in December.
But since then, there has been a gap.
Sources close to Sky say picking games to play on a Friday has been difficult due to the tight schedule in 2017 with most midweeks filled with European fixtures, FA Cup replays and the EFL Cup semi-finals — hence the long gap.
The viewing figures have been somewhat disappointing, with only Chelsea vs Liverpool on September 16 breaking the 1million-viewer barrier, according to figures from the Broadcast Audience Research Board (BARB).
That game pulled in 1,040,000 football fans. For contrast, Sky had 1,652,000 and 1,365,000 viewers for Manchester United vs Chelsea and West Brom vs Liverpool on the same Sunday last month.
United vs Southampton, Paul Pogba’s much-hyped debut in September, got 811,000 viewers.
Meanwhile, the two games featuring Everton did not make it into Sky’s top 10 broadcasts for their respective weeks, according to the BARB figures.
But viewing figures for football in general are down — and it is not possible to compare the Friday timeslot with previous years due to it only being introduced last summer.
The laid-back format with Stelling and Riley hosting was praised by some for a change in pace for Sky that was more suited to a ‘pub crowd’, while Sportsmail’s review of the opening show noted the impressive analysis but added that: ‘Sky just tried that little bit too hard.’
Interesting Facts about Shimla
- Shimla was declared the summer capital of India in 1864 by the British and before that it was a part of Nepal.
- After Independence, Shimla became the capital of Punjab until Chandigarh came into existence.
- Shimla hosts the legendary mountain biking race- MTB Himalaya, which is the biggest event in South-East Asia.
- The Kalka to Shimla Toy train passes through 806 bridges and 103 tunnels.
- The Kalka-Shimla Railway is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Shimla has the only natural ice skating rink in South Asia.
- The Durand Football tournament was held at the Annandale Ground in 1888.
- The Town Hall was built in 1888 and it is an earthquake proof building.
- Gandhi first came to Shimla on 11th May, 1921.
- Shimla is the birth place of Anupam Kher, Prem Chopra, Balraj Sahni, Priya Rajvansh.
- The Auckland House School is the only girl’s school in India to introduce Scuba Diving.
- Shimla is home to South Asia’s only natural ice skating rink.
- There is a Scandal Point at the Ridge, which has a spot where the Viceroy’s daughter and the Maharaja of Patiala used to have a romantic date in colonial times.
- Shimla Falls in Seismic zone IV
The ever-charming Queen of Hills ‘Shimla’ was once the summer capital of the British in India. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by picturesque green valleys, snow-capped Himalayan mountain range, scenic hills, and spectacular structures, made during the colonial era. The city creates an aura of regal India and embraces numerous attractions in its vicinity that looks absolutely stunning in winter.
Shimla is the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, which is situated in the northwestern part of the Himalayan Mountain Range and is surrounded by pine, deodar, oak, and rhododendron forests. It has grand old buildings, stately Viceregal Lodges, charming iron lamp posts, regal bakeries and coffee houses that make Shimla one of the top tourist destinations in India. This picturesque city is very much different from other hill stations as it has the most happening Mall road, which comprises a number of restaurants, clubs, bars, shops, bakeries, etc. The city also plays host to the historic toy train that links Kalka with Shimla through 105 tunnels and many beautiful rail & road stations.
Shimla is also close to other nearby tourist destinations such as Naldehra, Chail, Kufri and Summer Hill. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Shimla are Christ Church, Sankat Mochan, Jakhoo temple, The Ridge of Shimla, The Mall Road, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, and Himachal State Museum. Everything in this beautiful town has a unique charm and appeal that never fails to impress even the most demanding tourists visiting Shimla.
Right from regal buildings to eateries to shopping centers to hotels to scenic locations and snowy hills, everything about holidaying in Shimla is unique and astonishing. So, plan your trip to Shimla and experience an exhilarating journey all by yourself.
Best attractions and tourist places to visit in Shimla:There are many attractions and tourist places to visit nearby Shimla that provides stunning views of the majestic mountains and hills covered with snow and Deodar plantation. Kamna Devi Temple, Tattapani, Naldhera, Hatkoti, Kharapathar, Sankat Mochan, Kali Bari Temple, etc. are some places that one must visit during his or her stay in the ever-charming Shimla.
Shopping in ShimlaOne wouldn’t be stuck with the question of what to buy in Shimla as the place has numerous markets that offers everything from clothes to books to toys to handicrafts to handmade artifacts to spices to electronics, and more. The Mall Road is one of the most popular places to go for shopping in Shimla along with Lakkar Bazaar, Tibetan Bazaar, and Lower Bazaar. These markets offer wood, metalwork, shawls, woolens, carpets, pickles, jams, etc. at a very reasonable price. Also, there are many emporiums and showrooms on the Mall Road that sells Himachali Shawls, Pahari Caps, Pullovers, Handicrafts, Souvenirs, and Toys that are famous for their traditional touch and design.
Best Place to Eat in ShimlaLooking forward to gorge on wholesome delicacies during your holiday in Shimla? Well, you can savour your favorite food in Shimla, as the place has plenty of restaurants, stalls, local shacks, and coffee joints that offer a variety of cuisines to satiate your cravings. One can enjoy the rich taste of tangy fruit chaats, delectable pastries, saucy Chole Bhature, flavorsome Bun Muska, Exotic Ice Sundae, and luscious Tibetan delicacies in a charming setting in Shimla. Here are some of the popular places that offer a delightful culinary experience to the visitors.
- Sita Ram and Sons
- Embassy Ice Creams
- Kewal Ka Dhaba
- Bihari Lal Sharma Stall
- Alfa Restaurant (The Mall)
- Ashiana Goofa Restaurant (The Ridge)
- Baljees (The Mall)
- Devicos (The Mall)
- Fascination Restaurant (The Mall)
- India Coffee House (The Mall)
- Lutyen’s Room (Springfield)
Accommodation in ShimlaShimla is one of the top destinations in India that enfolds countless number of hotels and lodges that ensure guests a comfortable stay in a peaceful surrounding. Shimla has few five star hotels, but many three star hotels, Govt. houses, private guest houses, and homestays, which offer affordable staying option to the guests. The hotels and lodges, most of them built in Victorian style, are surrounded by placid mountain lakes, snowy hills, and green alpine meadows that double the fun of tourists and make their holidays in Shimla memorable. Here are some the hotels where you can stay and enjoy the glimpse of nature closely.
- The Oberoi Cecil
- Radisson Hotel Shimla
- Hotel Willow Banks
- Toshali Royal View
- The Apple Blossom
- Hotel Honeymoon Inn
- Sunrise Villa
- Hotel Rock Sea
- Hotel Himland East
- Hotel Sukh Sagar
Climate in ShimlaThe cool and pleasant climate of Shimla makes it a most preferred destination of tourist across India. The city never loses its charm, be it in winter or summer and that’s why tourist escape from the scorching heats of the plains and visit Shimla to enjoy its cool breeze and fantastic weather. The temperature in Shimla varies from 15-27°C in summer and 0°C to 17°C in winter and it gets snowfall around the time of Christmas or in the last week of December.
Best Time to Visit ShimlaShimla can be visited throughout the year, as each season has its own charm. But, if you are keen on experiencing the chill and wish to see a snowfall, then winter is the best time to visit Shimla. Some of the major highlights of winter include winter-sports and ice-skating carnival. So, if you are visiting Shimla with your family and friends, plan your trip somewhere close to winters to make it an unforgettable journey in the lap of Mother Nature.
Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have played some quality cricket in IPL 2017, and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have been even better, with the Gautam Gambhir-led side staying at the top the table. So, one can expect a close encounter at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium when these two teams clash on Sunday, April 30.
One of the best things about KKR have been their all-round cricket. They have been amazing in all departments of the game. When their bowlers fail, their batsmen dig them out of trouble, and vice versa. No wonder, they are the team to beat in IPL 2017.
With seven wins under their belt including a solid win against DD in the last match, one does not see KKR break their winning combination. Sheldon Jackson, who was brought in for out-of-form Suryakumar Yadav, should retain his place in the playing XI.
The onus will be on in-form Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa to do the job for the visitors. However, the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has been in stunning form, will once again have to deliver the goods with the ball against SRH.
After a solid display against Kings XI Punjab, the SRH might also not think of tinkering their playing XI. They do not have any weak link in the team, and have all their bases covered.
With Shikhar Dhawan also back in form, the opening duo of Shikhar and David Warner is the best in the business. And with the likes of Kane Williamson scoring runs for fun, they have a solid top order. Moises Henriques and Yuvraj strengthen the batting for SRH.
It is not only their batting, which has some quality names, their bowling has also been one of the best in IPL 2017. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan have tormented batsmen this season, picking wickets at regular intervals, and with the experience of Ashish Nehra, they look solid.
टीवी सीरीयल ‘देवों के देव महादेव’ में पार्वती की भूमिका निभाने वाली अभिनेत्री सोनारिका भदौरिया को अश्लील मैसेज भेजने वाला शख्स गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया है। सोनारिका भदौरिया को परेशान करने वाला साइको फैन महाराष्ट्र के कुरखेड़ा का रहना वाला 23 वर्षीय छात्र है।
डीएनए की रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, वह पिछले सात-आठ महीनों से सोनारिका को परेशान कर रहा था। इसकी पहचान स्वप्निल सहारे के रूप की गई है।
सोनारिका ने कहा, ‘वह मुझे 7-8 महीने से बार-बार फोन करता और मैसेज भेजता रहता था। मैं उसके अश्लील मैसेज से काफी डर गई थी। जब मैंने उसका नंबर ब्लॉक कर दिया, तो उसने मुझे परेशान करने के लिए कम से कम 25 अलग नंबरों का इस्तेमाल किया।
इसके बाद जब मैंने कुछ दिनों तक अपना फोन बंद कर दिया, तो उसने मेरे रिश्तेदारों और पिता को फोन करना शुरू कर दिया। शुरू में, मैंने ध्यान नहीं दिया, लेकिन फरवरी में मैंने पुलिस से संपर्क किया और शिकायत दर्ज की।’
कुरार पुलिस स्टेशन के सहायक पुलिस इंस्पेक्टर सूर्यकांत खरात ने कहा, ‘शिकायत दर्ज करने के बाद हमने कुरखेडा के टॉवर लोकेशन का इस्तेमाल कर उसे ट्रैक किया। पूछताछ के दौरान उसने कहा कि वह भदोरिया से प्यार करता है और उससे शादी करना चाहते था।
रिपोर्ट के अनुसार, स्वप्निल ने सॉफ्टवेयर का इस्तेमाल कर सोनारिका का नंबर निकाला। पिछले साल अक्टूबर में जब उसे अभिनेत्री का नंबर मिला, तो उसने उसे अश्लील और आपत्तिजनक मैसेज भेजने शुरू कर दिये। स्वप्निल को 1 मई तक पुलिस हिरासत में भेज दिया गया है।
President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office with an event touting what he called his administration’s “historic progress,” even as his prime focus early in the campaign rally focused on his long-running antagonism with the news media.
Trump wasted no time mentioning the “big gathering” in Washington – the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, which he declined to attend – eliciting boos from the crowd in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as he dismissed the event as “a large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media” who he said were “consoling each other in a hotel ballroom.”
Pennsylvania Democrats and liberal protest groups turned out for an opposition rally and march in Harrisburg on Saturday to protest Trump, who chose to host his event in the very same city he referred to as “a war zone” during the campaign.
“This rally and march is to send a message to the president that he needs to be more moderate and more inclusive,” said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse (D). “I hope he will look around and understand that he needs to do more than rally his supporters. He needs to listen to and speak with those who didn’t vote for him.”
Across the country as well, including Utica and Syracuse, New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. In Washington, crowds gathered for the People’s Climate March in support of environmental protection efforts, some of which have been rolled back during Trump’s first 100 days.
Papenfuse spoke at a rally organized by the state Democratic Party across the street from the Trump event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Democratic and liberal activists and grass-roots groups held a march from the center of the city to the rally site, bringing together the two protest events and yielding a combined crowd of hundreds of people.
The president announced last week that he would host a campaign rally to celebrate his 100th day in office. The event – scheduled for 7:30 p.m. – coincided with the annual correspondents’ dinner, which Trump elected not to attend in a break from tradition.
“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington’s swamp, spending my evening with all of you, and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people, right?” Trump said at his event, not mentioning that he attended the dinner in 2011 while a reality television star and was repeatedly roasted by then-President Barack Obama.
Trump vowed that he would make “a big decision” on the historic Paris climate agreement in the next two weeks. Top Trump officials are divided about whether or not the United States should stay in or exit that agreement.
The president went on to touch on why he abandoned a campaign pledge to label China a currency manipulator, the possible threat posed by North Korea and the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He vowed that his long-promised wall separating the United States and Mexico would be built. But before getting to that, Trump repeatedly needled the media, touching on familiar themes and picking on his standard targets.
He dismissed CNN and MSNBC as “fake news” before proudly noting that the term is now used widely. Trump decried what he again called “the totally failing New York Times,” falsely claiming that the organization was “forced to apologize” for its coverage of the 2016 election, a claim he has made before. He also took a shot at the newspaper’s headquarters, which he called an “ugly office building in a crummy location.”
Trump made clear that he was trying to draw a direct contrast with the news media, saying that they deserved “a very, very big fat failing grade” for their coverage, before shifting to a discussion of his administration’s actions.
Trump later returned to his media criticism, decrying how journalists pointed out that Trump broke his pledge to label China a currency manipulator. In a recent interview, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he had reversed course because he felt the country was no longer manipulating its currency and said he hoped the country could help deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea.
Saying that he hopes China is going to assist with North Korea – where he said “we have somebody there who’s causing a lot of trouble for the world” – the president added that it was not “exactly the right time to call China a currency manipulator right now.”
About two hours before Trump was scheduled to start speaking, more than 100 democratic and liberal activists gathered in a field across the street to express their opposition – in tones that quickly veered from jubilant to vehement and back again.
Chants included cries of “Hey hey, ho ho! Donald Trump has got to go!” and “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” The chanting was mostly good-natured, until a small group of hecklers showed up.
“The media has lied to you!” yelled one, Derrick Glenn, 43, who wore an Infowars jersey and soon found himself defending the truthfulness of Infowars host Alex Jones when a half-dozen of the Trump protesters surrounded him and started insulting Jones for “pushing conspiracy theories.”
“How about facts?” one woman shouted.