Serie A line-ups

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Juventus v Genoa Juventus: Buffon; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Dybala, Ronaldo Genoa: Radu; Ghiglione, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Schone, Cassata; Agudelo; Pandev, Pinamonti, Kouame Lazio v Torino Lazio: Strakosha; Patric, Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Luis Alberto, Lulic; Caicedo, Immobile Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; De Silvestri, Baselli, Meitè, Lukic, Laxalt; Zaza, Belotti Udinese v Roma Udinese: Musso; Becao, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter Avest, Mandragora, Jajalo, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Lasagna Roma: Pau Lopez; Santon, Smalling, Fazio, Kolarov; Mancini, Veretout; Zaniolo, Pastore, Kluivert; Dzeko Sassuolo v Fiorentina Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Peluso; Duncan, Magnanelli, Djuricic; Berardi, Caputo, Boga Fiorentina: Dragowski; Venuti, Milenkovic, Pezzella, Dalbert; Benassi, Pulgar, Castrovilli; Sottil, Boateng, Chiesa Check all the official line-ups from this evening’s six Serie A games, including Lazio-Torino, Sampdoria-Lecce and Sassuolo-Fiorentina. They kick off at 20.00 GMT, you can follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG. Cagliari v Bologna Cagliari: Olsen; Faragò, Pisacane, Klavan, Pellegrini; Nandez, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan; Joao Pedro, Simeone Bologna: Skorupski; Mbaye, Bani, Denswil, Krejci; Dzemaili, Schouten, Soriano; Orsolini, Santander, Sansone Sampdoria v Lecce Sampdoria: Audero; Depaoli, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Ekdal, Vieira, Barreto, Bertolacci; Bonazzoli, Quagliarella Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Dell’Orco; Petriccione, Tachtsidis, Tabanelli; Shakhov, Lapadula, Falcolast_img read more

Napoli: ‘Not a punitive retreat’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Napoli have released a new statement, insisting “the training retreat was constructive and not punitive,” though players and Carlo Ancelotti don’t seem to agree. The club remains in chaos after the squad rebelled against orders to continue the training retreat at the Castelvolturno ground, known in Italy as a ‘ritiro.’ Napoli announced they would take legal action against the squad, which may well include docking their wages, but a new statement was released this evening. “With reference to the news stories that appeared today and over the last few days referring to the first team training retreat, the club is surprised at the way some media outlets erroneously qualified it as a ‘punitive retreat.’ “President De Laurentiis stated on Radio Kiss Kiss on November 4 in very clear and unequivocal fashion: “This is a constructive retreat and not a punitive one.” “A ritiro, an expression summing up the complex mode of training, destined to help the players rediscover their concentration and necessary motivation ahead of two important and delicate matches.” However, the memo doesn’t seem to have reached Ancelotti – who said in a press conference on Monday that he did not agree with the decision to impose a retreat – and the players, who rebelled. Sky Sport Italia suggested the anger also came from the fact President Aurelio De Laurentiis imposed the decision upon them with no warning or explanation.last_img read more

Pjanic: ‘Enjoying new Juve role’

first_imgMiralem Pjanic believes he can “give my best in this role and I’m enjoying myself” with Juventus, as they host Milan to go back on top. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. A victory is needed because Inter beat Hellas Verona 2-1 on Saturday, temporarily recapturing the leadership of Serie A. “Inter are doing very well too, so we need a great season if they are to continue like that,” the Bosnian told Sky Sport Italia. “We need to concentrate on ourselves, as if we win tonight, they we’ll be top of the table. We compliment Inter on their campaign, but we have had a very good start to the season and must continue like this, regardless of other results.” Pjanic is in a more central midfield role under Maurizio Sarri. “I’ve already said that I can give my best in this role, I am enjoying myself and hope that continues for as long as possible.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Lecce stun nine-man Cagliari

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Cagliari were 2-0 up and cruising until they self-destructed against Lecce, who extraordinarily salvaged a 2-2 draw in Monday’s rearranged fixture. Click here for a full match report.last_img

Say it with colours

first_imgThe store offers an eye-catching mix of home and fashion accessoriesWhen Gunjan Khaitan Shahabadi and Leena Raizada set up a lifestyle store in garden city, they wanted a space where a woman comes and lets herself go. The Orange Bicycle in Bangalore, a one-stop shop for all things quirky and,The store offers an eye-catching mix of home and fashion accessoriesWhen Gunjan Khaitan Shahabadi and Leena Raizada set up a lifestyle store in garden city, they wanted a space where a woman comes and lets herself go. The Orange Bicycle in Bangalore, a one-stop shop for all things quirky and colourful, fits the bill perfectly. Products by more than 90 designers are piled high on the racks of this lifestyle salon, from tongue-in-cheek fridge magnets and fashion accessories to handmade stationery products. Displayed over 1,900 sq ft of an open-plan layout, once a cozy home in the leafy residential area of Indiranagar, the handpicked offerings are sure to add spunk to listless spaces.Painted tin containers can double as interior accentsWhen Shahabadi, a 34-year-old advertising professional and new mother moved to the Garden City from Kolkata, she joined hands with Raizada to set up shop. The friends scoured social networking sites and connected with acquaintances to form a database of designers that they could source merchandise from. At the opening, they had almost 70 designers from across the country and Anjum Rana, of the label Tribal Truck Art, from Pakistan in their kitty.Take your pick of cushions from colourful silk covers to black and white ones with witty one-liners printed on themWith its lived-in ambience, the store tempts you to spend hours browsing and there is plenty of eye candy on offer. The inventory includes silk pillow covers in neon shades which look like candy wrappers, bright linen cushion covers dressed up in frills, beaded lamps in bright orange and fuchsia. The store also stocks wood and metal accent pieces. Ornamental wooden bottles by Kili, in colours and motifs reminiscent of Punjabi dhabas, will perk up the most staid of interiors. Other colourful options are storage tins by Chumbak sporting tongue-in-cheek caricature images.A watering can shaped like a roosterOne of the best sellers is a rooster-shaped watering can, complete with plumage painted on its wooden body. And if you are teaching your child to read, there is no better way of engaging the young one than picking up some stick-on alphabets from this store.Objects are displayed in a laidback style but not in a disorganised manner. Also, the clever use of colour and wooden flooring invites you to spend hours ambling along the shelves. There are no prohibitive price tags as the range begins from Rs 100 and goes up to Rs 10,000 for paintings. Other charming accessories too are modestly tagged.Bright bottles in wood with playful scribbles”We wanted a colour in the name of the store. Something fresh, tangy and exciting, just like an orange. Also, the word bicycle is intrinsically connected to childhood and the experience of learning to ride one. The idea is to tell customers to come and take a ride with us,” Shahabadi explains the rather unique nomenclature of her pet project.So step into The Orange Bicycle and take your home on a technicolour trip. Hot picksBright ornamental wooden bottles by Kili at Rs 692.Lightweight storage tins by Chumbak begin at Rs 225.Colourful magnets at Rs 100.Calligraphy art by Nikheel on canvas begins at Rs 3,300.advertisementlast_img read more

Men add more colour to their wardrobes, lives

first_imgPretty Picture: An Ashish-Smita Soni shirt for Be: with pink flowersIn the age of the metrosexual, when men are willing to shed machismo and embrace sentiment, the attitude is reflecting in sartorial tastes too. The stuffed shirts with their staid solids, checks and pinstripes are bowing out to colours, frills,Pretty Picture: An Ashish-Smita Soni shirt for Be: with pink flowersIn the age of the metrosexual, when men are willing to shed machismo and embrace sentiment, the attitude is reflecting in sartorial tastes too. The stuffed shirts with their staid solids, checks and pinstripes are bowing out to colours, frills and funk. Office wear and Friday dressing are taking a beating as lounge wear and club wear take centrestage. Men’s wardrobes are beginning to resemble the women’s, with embroidered collars, patchwork pieces and retro prints.Fashion Week 2005 saw designers creating for the bolder, adventurous man. Arjun Khanna’s creations had a lot of dori work on a profusion of colours.Abhishek Gupta went psychedelic and retro with funky T-shirts. While Anamika Khanna’s belted shirts had bold prints and Narendra Kumar Ahmed’s men wore rich prints and bright yellow, Lalit and Sunita Jalan presented a playful collection for “modern intersexual wanderers”.It is not just designers with individualistic palettes who are rooting for change. Even traditional shirt brands are offering men that extra bit of flair in the basic shirt.From florid fun and polka dots to tattoo art and animal prints, all of men’s fancies are being catered to. “Today, men are willing to experiment with colours, textures, prints, silhouettes and embroidery. This was unheard of a few years ago,” says designer Umesh Jivnani, who works with matt sequins, mirrors and stones. Corporate Chic: A shirt from Provogue’s Kaleidoscope collection”Men are tiring of wearing ties and suits,” he adds, claiming that blazers and formal suits are being replaced by trendy, smart shirts for evening wear in most men’s wardrobes. “I did a pop art tattoo line for Tuscan Verve which met with huge success all over India,” says the designer who also functions as creative director for Tuscan Verve.Manish Malhotra, who is pioneering change in menswear much the way he revolutionised Bollywood fashion years ago, first introduced a line of shirts with a generous smattering of flowers, complemented by colourful, contrasting cuffs and collars. Not surprising, when one can spot the man himself sporting sequins on a pinstriped shirt or a brocade patchwork on solids.From the catwalk to store racks, bringing a touch of folkloric florals to the spring-summer collection at Be:-which has outlets across the country-is Delhi-based designer Rohit Bal, whose floral and polka-dotted appliqu shirts have been flying off the racks. Priyadarshini Rao is rejoicing at the freedom to explore. “Men are willing to experiment with cuffs, larger collars and shapes closer to the body. It gives us the freedom to work with different fabrics and cuts,” she says. Her new collection combines raw edge detailing-a relatively unfinished look for the masculine touch-with feminine style provided by floral and paisley motifs.”Our male customers enjoy wearing shirts which stand out and look different,” says Paulomi Dhawan, director, Be:. Making Waves: Tuscan Verve’s bold shirts are for the adventurous menThis season Be: designers like Bal, Rao, Manish Arora, Savio Jon, Abhishek Gupta, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ashish and Smita Soni, Wendell Rodricks, Shantanu & Nikhil and Akbar Shahpurwala have designed unconventional shirts for men. Going by the customers’ response to the new line, Dhawan says the prints-inspired by nature, the 1980s and exotic locales- will continue to set trends.While brands like Zod! and Charagh Din cater to the party preppies, Tuscan Verve managed to keep abreast of the competition by earlier launching a lounge-wear line, Lounge Bohemia, followed by Club Aphrodisia, which with its attitude, bright colours, pop prints and assorted psychedelia was aimed at the more adventurous. Their springsummer 2005 line, I Meets Me, has linens, cottons and blends in summer colours like bubblegum pink, aqua blues and limes in candy stripes and florals with a strong emphasis on cut. Trend MeterPriyadarshini Rao: Hernew collection combinesraw edge detailingwith a touch of floraland paisley motifs.Nikhil and Shantanu:The year ahead will seepaisley prints, Africanmotifs, applique andpatches.Umesh Jivnani: He predictsa line of smartshirts in bright colourswith self-embroideryand floral prints.Lascelle Symons: Thinkpink. Baby pink tobright fuchsia is thecolour to look out for inmen’s shirts.”Our niche market is the rich-daddy kid and the yuppie, and it is growing,” says Sanjeev Wadhwani, managing director, Tuscan Verve. While Wadhwani agrees the brand is doing well mainly in metros and urban markets, the segment, he says, is growing.Another brand that has gone from functional to funky is Provogue with its earlier Metroscape and Casino collections, which comprised bold prints and slinkier silhouettes. Provogue’s latest style statement is Kaleidoscope with its bright linens, graphic prints, added glamour and a distinct retro feel. “Even in smaller cities like Lucknow, Kanpur and Pune the youth have become very fashion conscious,” says Nikhil Chaturvedi, managing director, Provogue.Another youthful but classic line of shirts was launched by model-turned designer Lascelle Symons. “The shirts are embroidered with a vintage architectural design on tapered and contemporary cuts,” he says. And though the shirts come in subtle colours, 26-56 shades of embroidery have been used. This when embroidery on men’s shirt was unheard of earlier.But is the Indian male ready for the colour onslaught and flamboyant shift? At least he is ready to appreciate the change if not accept it completely, says Symons. Wadhwani believes consumers have actually been looking forward to the change. So if style gurus are to be believed, the sparkling embroidered shirts, dual-toned cuffs and patches of brocade are here to stay. Men will be adding a lot more colour to their lives. advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

I am bowling exactly the way I want to: Irfan Pathan

first_imgHaving picked his third five-wicket haul in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season during Baroda’s match against Delhi at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday, left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan has put his case forward for a slot in the squad for India’s tour to Australia in the best possible manner.With Praveen Kumar ruled out of the Test series Down Under and a perennial question mark over Zaheer Khan’s fitness, Irfan has leapfrogged a few in the pecking order of fast bowlers. But the Baroda pacer is not looking too far ahead.”We play in domestic cricket and hope to play at the international level and that is my dream as well. Playing for India, if it happens, I will be the happiest. But I am only concentrating on playing for Baroda and not thinking of national selection,” Irfan said after the second day’s play.”I am bowling exactly the way I want. If I want to bowl a full ball, swing it, I am being able to. I am happy the way the ball is coming out of my hands,” he said.Explaining his mantra after being in and out of the Indian side, Irfan said he is looking to enjoy his game. “When I came into the Indian team, I was just enjoying the game. So that’s what I am doing now. Today, I was going for wickets. With us one bowler short (Firdaush Bhaja), there was responsibility on me to pick wickets,” he said.last_img read more

Sporty makeover for BMW 3 Series

first_imgThe BMW 3 Series took the Indian entry-point luxury market by storm since its introduction here in 2008. It quickly overtook its German rivals – Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 – to become the bestseller in its segment. But with its German rivals coming back revitalised with new models, it was time for the Bimmer to get into the act again, hence the new 3 Series, which is being exclusively previewed here.Set for a February 2012 launch, the new 3 Series Saloon, codenamed F30, draws heavily from the existing 7 Series (F01) and the 5 Series (F10). The new 3 Series Saloon is sportier and more elegant than its predecessor.Improved proportions, pronounced wheel arches, headlamp units that blend into the double-kidney grille to form a continuous band across the front of the car, and air inlets beneath the headlights visually stretch the width and make the new 3 Series Saloon look low, wide and sporty.This is mirrored in the horizontal design language at the rear and the forward-pressing nose, long bonnet, rising swage lines and large wheels visible from the side. At the same time, the coupe-like profile, distinctive double round headlights, L-shaped rear light units with LED light bars, and the decorative trims chosen for the grille and around the windows give an athletic and yet elegant appearance.The new BMW 3 Series Saloon is 93mm longer than the previous model and 6mm narrower, excluding door mirrors. It also has a 50mm longer wheelbase. This has clear advantages when it comes to internal space. There’s 18mm more feet entry freedom, 15mm more knee room and 8mm more headroom in the rear; the height of the rear door and its opening angle have both been increased to make entry and exit easier. None of this is at the expense of luggage space, which has increased by 20 litres to 480 litres.advertisementBefitting the renowned driving dynamics of the BMW 3 Series, the interior control and switchgear layout is totally driver focused. The elegant and dynamic new interior design language, with twisting and merging surfaces arranged in a series of layers, all angle towards the driver. The centre console itself is angled at seven degrees towards the driver.All versions of the new 3 Series Saloon feature Drive Performance Control – it’s a switch that allows the driver to swap between up to four driving modes, varying from sporty to extremely economical. The four modes are ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ (the last is included only in Sport models or with selected optional equipment).What, however, is tragic is that BMW’s famed silky smooth straight six-cylinder engines will be replaced by commonplace four-cylinder motors, which with the help of twin turbochargers would produce similar power levels. The six-cylinder 330i will be replaced in the Indian market by the four-cylinder N20 2.0-litre engine producing 245bhp. A hybrid version may also be on sale – all sacrifices at the altar of emission control. Sadly, a whole legend will bow out with the demise of BMW’s famed sixer.The 3 Series Bimmer is a brilliant car. At present, it is the quickest of all rivals and has handling to match. The new 3, which replaces the existing model, will take the game a notch higher, something its competitors will find hard to match. Prices will be up marginally, so you can expect the ‘Corporate Edition’ to start at around Rs 25 lakh. At that price, the new 3 Series will remain the pick of its segment.last_img read more

Sehwag was singing Kishore’s song during his 219: Raina

first_imgSwashbuckling India opener Virender Sehwag was singing songs of Kishore Kumar during the course of his record 149-ball 219-run knock against the West Indies in the fourth ODI in Indore, his team-mate Suresh Raina said.”He was playing very well with no tension. That day, he was singing some Kishore Kumar songs. He was not feeling any kind of tension,” Raina, who cracked 55 in a 140 run-stand for the third wicket with Sehwag, said while addressing the ‘India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit’ here.Asked whether he too joined him in singing, Raina said “No, I was only on 30 at that time. So, I did not.”Sehwag’s 219 had 25 boundaries and seven sixes as he smashed the West Indian bowlers all over the park to help India post a mammoth 418 for five in 50 overs.In the process, Sehwag overtook Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 not out made against South Africa.Apart Raina, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and BCCI’s selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth was also present at the Youth Summit.Srikkanth said he was confident about Indian team’s good showing in the upcoming Australia tour.”We are very confident. We are doing well. Most importantly, every member of the team is contributing,” Srikkanth said.Off-spinner Ashwin, the latest name to be related to the deadly ‘carrom ball’, said he actually “practised it since his “gully cricket days”.”My friends and father wanted me to work on it and that’s how it worked,” the lanky spinner, who was declared man-of-the-series in the Test rubber against the West Indies for scoring a century and bagging over 20 wickets, said.advertisementReplying to a query whether he was focusing on batting these days, he said he was working on all aspects of the game.last_img read more

List of unsold players in the IPL auction-5

first_imgThe following is the list of unsold players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction-5 in Bangalore on Saturday:  PLAYERS UNSOLD James Anderson base price $300,000 Tamim Iqbal base price $50,000 Adrian Barath base price $50,000 Ramnaresh Sarwan base price $100,000 Ian Bell base price $200,000 Owais Shah base price $200,000 Upul Tharanga base price $50,000 VVS Laxman base price $400,000 Matt Prior base price $200,000 Brendan Taylor base price $100,000 Mark Boucher base price $100,000 Justin Kemp base price $100,000 Marlon Samuels base price $100,000 Steven Smith base price $200,000 Ravi Bopara base price $100,000 Luke Wright base price $200,000 Kevin O’Brien base price $50,000 Dwayne Smith base price $100,000 Lonwabo Tsotsobe base price $50,000 VRV Singh base price $100,000 Vernon Philander base price $200,000 Fidel Edwards base price $100,000 Ravi Rampaul base price $100,000 Peter Siddle base price $200,000 Tim Southee base price $100,000 Graeme Swann base price $400,000 Rangana Herath base price $50,000 Ajantha Mendis base price $50,000 Steve O’Keefe base price $100,000 Xavier Doherty base price $100,000 Michael Klinger base price $50,000 Richard Levi base base price $50,000 Alviro Petersen base price $100,000 Lendl Simmons base price $50,000 Farveez Maharoof base price $50,000 Jacob Oram base price $100,000 Moises Henriques base price $50,000 Ben Laughlin base price $50,000 Ryan McLaren base price $100,000 Nicky Boje base price $200,000 Jacques Rudolph base price $20,000 Andy McKay base price $50,000 Alister McDermott base price $20,000 Michael Neser base price $50,000last_img read more

PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole

first_img“The game becomes a lot easier when you can make shots. Today we did a much better job at making our perimeter shots and a lot of credit goes to Reynel Hugnatan, who stepped up and made a lot of threes for us today,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Our defense was solid just like it was in our last game. The difference was we played defense for 48 minutes instead of 44. It’s gonna be tough going forward especially with Ranidel being out but at the same time we still have guys who out there fighting and we will go to war with them,” Black added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Bolts, who lost the first two games by double-digits, got a much-needed lift from veteran forward Reynel Hugnatan, who played extended minutes after starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo went down with an injury early.Hugnatan fired 22 points, going 7-of-12 from long range and grabbed five rebounds in close to 39 minutes of play. His last 3-pointer capped a 19-4 charge by the Bolts in the final six minutes and four seconds. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Durham, the back-to-back Best Import of the conference, scored 23 points in the second half, 13 in the final frame to counter the Gin Kings’ punches.A jumper by Justin Brownlee gave Ginebra a 72-66 edge with 9:36 left but Durham quickly led Meralco back and his coast-to-coast dunk over Japeth Aguilar put the Bolts ahead, 75-74, with under seven minutes remaining.Durham continued his rampage. He scored on a reverse layup against two defenders, rejected Aguilar’s shot on the other end, blocked Brownlee then converted a three-point play for an 86-77 buffer with 2:47 to go.Meralco goes for the equalizer on Friday still at the Big Dome.Ginebra had four players in double-figures led by Brownlee’s 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham did a little bit of everything and Meralco needed all of it to finally beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, and avoid a 0-3 hole in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham scored in a variety of ways no matter who he was up against or how many while also anchoring the Bolts’ defense. He was an unstoppable force, finishing with 38 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargeslast_img read more

Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores

first_imgYou can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ River Plate players warm up during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid’s stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans last Saturday attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina’s fiercest soccer rivals. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — A group of 400 to 500 “especially violent” fans from Argentina are expected to make the trip to Madrid for this weekend’s Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, Spanish authorities said Friday.Officials said almost 4,000 security personnel will be deployed for Sunday’s match, nearly double the number used in the “clasicos” between Real Madrid and Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The first leg, played in Buenos Aires, ended in a 2-2 draw.Nearly 80,000 fans are expected at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Each club was granted 25,000 tickets and authorities will try to keep them separated throughout the day. They will be positioned at opposite sides of the Bernabeu, behind each goal. Separate fan zones will be available for supporters from each club.Several security layers will be implemented near the stadium, with large vehicles being kept from circulating close to the venue. The Bernabeu is located in a heavily populated area of the Spanish capital.Title celebrations would take part in different areas of the city. River fans would go to the Plaza de Colon, while Boca supporters would go to the Plaza de Cibeles, known for Real Madrid’s title celebrations.Madrid officials estimate the Copa Libertadores final will generate a positive economic impact of nearly 40 million euros ($45 million) to the city.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The government official overseeing the city’s security plans for the “high risk” match said police will remain on high alert to detect and keep track of fans who could potentially cause problems before, during and after the final at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.“The national police is working closely with the Argentine police,” Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes told Cadena SER radio on Friday. “We are working with the maximum security level at the airport, highways, bus stops and subway stations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefOne Boca Juniors fan known to be a leader of a supporters’ group was not allowed to enter the country after arriving in Madrid on Thursday. He was sent back to Argentina after authorities said he had a long criminal record. Spanish media reported a River fan was also deported on Friday after failing to gain permission to enter the country.Tens of thousands of Argentines are expected to come to Spain to watch Sunday’s final, which was moved to Madrid after fan violence marred the second leg in Buenos Aires two weeks ago. Boca Juniors players were injured before the match when River fans attacked the Boca team bus with rocks, bottles and wood. Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

10 funny vines to explain India’s win over Bangladesh

first_img1. India wins toss, and it certainly “smells like victory”.    2. Bangladesh’s bowler greet Indian batsmen with some disciplined bowling and fielding in the first 15 overs.  3. Chest bumps by bowler Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza on Ajinkya Rahane’s exit evokes mixed feelings, somewhat like this.4. Suresh Raina survives an LBW review, which proves crucial for the game. Umpire Ian Gould gives him not out eventually. The ‘not out’ sign on the giant screen must have been a beautiful sight for Raina.5. Rohit Sharma was dismissed off a no ball from Rubel Hossain. This eventually turned the game in India’s favour.6. Indian fans were waiting for Rohit Sharma, the only Indian top 5 batsman who had not scored a century in this World Cup, to come to form. He did not disappoint them.7. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe is shown speaking his mind to bowler Taskin Ahmed after Rohit Sharma’s dismissal, which came a tad too late for them.8. Batsman Tamim Iqbal, India’s nemesis in 2007 World Cup loss to Bangladesh, departed early after scoring 25 runs off 25 balls.9. Shikhar Dhawan’s catch on the boundary was spectacular. Indian fans cheered from the stands. 10. Bangladesh’s Shakib al Hasan didn’t score a boundary for 60 balls. This added to the pressure applied by India and cookie finally crumbled. The last possible thorn in India’s flesh departed.last_img read more

IPL has done wonders to Indian cricket, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly praised the BCCI for making the Indian Premier League (IPL) a success, and singled out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) star spinner Sunil Narine as “the man” of the IPL.Ahead of this year’s inaugural ceremony at the Salt Lake stadium here on Tuesday, Ganguly observed that the IPL has done “wonders” for Indian cricket.”It’s done wonders for Indian cricket. The BCCI deservers accolades for setting up the tournament and making it successful. You can set up a tournament but to make it successful like this you need special efforts,” said the former captain.Even as he picked quite a few teams as his favourite, Ganguly said KKR will always remain special.”While there are quite a few favourite teams, KKR is special as I captained the side for two years,” said Ganguly, who led the city franchise in 2008 and 2009.Talking about outstanding talents, the former India opener singled out Narine and said he was waiting to see the Kings XI Punjab batting trio of Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Virender Sehwag in action.”There have been quite a few outstanding talents over the years. The first year threw up some domestic talents as Rajasthan Royal set the stage out.”But I think Sunil Narine, he has been the man of the IPL. His impact for the last 3-4 seasons has been unbelievable,” Ganguly said about the spinner who has 67 wickets so far from 47 outings in the tournament.”The best thing about the IPL in the last two seasons is that the difference between the teams has not been much and that is why it has been more exciting.advertisement”While Chennai have been consistent, we have the Royal Challengers Bangalore having Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Then there is the Maxwell-Miller-Sehwag factor for the Kings XI,” he said.last_img read more

‘I wanted to do something different’

first_imgAnshu Jamsenpa, the only mother to have scaled mount Everest thrice, is ready for an encore.Her eyes have an impulsive spark that belies a calm exterior. Anshu Jamsenpa, 35, mountaineer extraordinaire and mother of two, is all set to attempt a double ascent of Mount Everest, breaking her previous record,Anshu Jamsenpa, the only mother to have scaled mount Everest thrice, is ready for an encore.Her eyes have an impulsive spark that belies a calm exterior. Anshu Jamsenpa, 35, mountaineer extraordinaire and mother of two, is all set to attempt a double ascent of Mount Everest, breaking her previous record of ten days. Her name may be unfamiliar and her lovely, dimpled visage even more, because that’s just the fate of non-mainstream sports achievers.She has been feted at official events and is one of the many nominees of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but continues to be dogged by obscurity. Not that she minds it in the least, but if recognition helps the cause closest to her heart-the early commissioning of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) – she’s game.Ironically, it was an Oil India Ltd poster claiming fame on her behalf that connected her with businessman CS Chalam of CCMPL. Inspired by Jamsenpa’s resilience, he furthered her cause by sponsoring the first tier of her ascent and tying up with crowd funding community Catapooolt. Jamsenpa’s was a classic case of an unsung hero that Catapooolt took up with a vengeance. Overnight, webpages professing admiration and support for her sprang up. The going looks good, but she still has some way to go till the entire amount of Rs 35.3 lakh is collected.Catapooolt Managing Director Satish Kataria says, “What we’ve done is broken up the entire journey into metres and people can fund each of these for Rs 399. Hers is a very inspiring story and this gives people the opportunity to feel like they are part of it.”advertisementFor Jamsenpa, it all started seven years ago when a group of climbers organised a rock-climbing session in Bomdila, the place she calls home. The picturesque town poisedon the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh has its fair share of adventure seekers and bird-watchers. It’s famed for orchids, bird sanctuaries and lush apple orchards.Undaunted by the forbidding rock face, Jamsenpa, then a mere slip of a girl with no prior mountaineering experience whatsoever, tried her hand at rappelling and finished with a flourish. Marvelling at her lithe athleticism, the trekking programme organisers beckoned her over. She was genuinely surprised when they told her she had a natural flair for climbing.That was when the seed of an outrageous idea was planted in her mind. Not completely trusting in her abilities but keen to attempt the impossible, she enrolled herself in a fifteen-day adventure session in Manipurfollowed by a beginner and advanced mountaineering course. Her husband, a leading tour operator in the area, could only admire her pluck.Jamsenpa’s stored every detail of her first climb, no matter how bittersweet or heart-wrenching in her memory – the biting wind, the parka she wore, the climber who collapsed right before her eyes even as they watched on helplessly. She narrates the mind-numbing experience, making constant references to her sherpa’s fortitude, though it was she who insisted that they push forward in foul weather. Most of the other climbers had made their way back to Base Camp 2 when she realised they were the only two to have covered considerable ground. At the sherpa’s suggestion that they turn back, she was overcome, feeling a lump as big as an icy boulder in her throat. In a moment, she had pulled herself together, resolute and clear-eyed, telling her sherpa, “it’s now or never”.They finished the final part of the ascent in a mere 45 minutes, a distance that takes even seasoned climbers two hours. On their way down, her sherpa said, ‘Anshu, based on your fitness and technical ability, I assure you that you can climb not once, but twice.’ She nodded noncommittally, but she’d already made up her mind and couldn’t wait to have another go. Her plan of doing it within a week was delayed owing to bureaucratic formalities, as was her spontaneous decision to join some climbers on a paragliding episode from the peak. This time she’s not taking any chances with paperwork.She wants to combat the easy obliviousness of people when it comes to the environment. “It’s not that they aren’t aware, it’s just that it’s more convenient to ignore the truth,” she says of her run-ins with fellow townspeople over littering. From rescue techniques to basic recycling practices, her love for adventure sports has lent her a deeper appreciation for the wilderness. It’s hard to inculcate such priorities, she agrees, but that won’t stop her from trying. Her daughters are now 14 and 10, old enough to understand the gravity of what their mother has undertaken. She admits candidly that the one thing she’s proud of is setting an example for them. She says her two favourite adventure sports are river rafting and paragliding and attributes her fitness to a dedicated yoga routine supplemented by power walking. The one sport she’s always been keen to take up is motor car racing. We can’t imagine a better sport to give her an adrenaline rush after the thrill of conquering Mount Everest.HOW TO SELECT THERIGHT MOUNTAINEERING COURSEPick a month-long course over a two week-long moduleThe two-week module offers only a combination of adventure courses and mountaineering basicsBe prepared for gruelling sessions to familiarise yourself with equipmentThe course includes pointers on basic weather predictionadvertisementTOP MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTES IN INDIANehru Institute of Mountaineering, UttarkashiHimalayan MountaineeringInstitute, DarjeelingAtal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, ManaliJawahar Institute ofMountaineering, PahalgamSGMI, Gangtoklast_img read more

Mercedes to begin production of the new G500 4×4 Squared

first_imgOutstanding response to the ‘Extreme-G’ at the Geneva Motor Show has seen Mercedes go ahead and announce the production of the car which will be called the G500 4×4 Squared. The production model will be pretty close to the prototype model of the car.The G500 is based on its six-wheel sibling, the G63 AMG 6×6. Mercedes has  taken all the good things from the G63 like the all-wheel drive powertrain with portal axles and removed two tyres to make the G500. The variable chassis of the car has been newly developed by Mercedes which has been combined with the series-production G-Class body.Under its hood, the G500 sports a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine which has been compactly designed by placing the twin turbochargers inside the V configuration of the engine to increase its efficiency. Aside from this, the cross country vehicle gets specially optimised mud and terrain tyres for it available in 37 x 12.5 x 18 inches size to go over terrain where normal vehicles can’t. Mercedes has gone all out with exclusive interiors designed for the vehicle that provide the passengers of the car an ambient setting, whatever be the conditions outside.Designed specifically for off-road conditions, the car doesn’t lack in driving quality over normal roads and the Sports mode which has different damper settings for the car allows it to go over asphalt as smoothly as it goes over off-road terrain.last_img read more

Bengaluru to host 3-day Northeast festival

first_imgNew Delhi, Sept 26 (PTI) A three-day Northeast festival will be held in Bengaluru to showcase the diverse facets of the region. During the festival, beginning November 6, the rich culture, heritage, fashion and food will be on display in the southern city which has a large Northeast population. The decision has been taken for bringing the rest of India closer to Northeast, Union Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said in a statement today. Singh had a detailed meeting with representatives of Northeast India Welfare Society who presented him a detailed programme book describing the highlights of the three-day event. The NDA government at the Centre has planned to carry Northeast to different parts of the country and the Bengaluru event will be a step in this direction, Singh said. “On one hand, while the rest of India needs to be familiarised and acquainted better with rich attributes of Northeast and its people, on the other hand the people of Northeast also need to be exposed to diversities that enrich India from North to South and from East to West, he said. The festival, which is expected to be attended by former cricketer Rahul Dravid, will include cultural programmes, tourism displays, business summits, seminars, sports slots and arts and craft shows. The participants will not only be from different parts of Northeast but also from different parts of the country so as to facilitate a healthy intermingling of different cultures at the important South Indian destination of Bengaluru which also currently happens to be a favourite professional and educational hub for youth from the entire subcontinent, he said. PTI ACB PAL MVVadvertisementlast_img read more

Motorola Moto X Play review: Setting new benchmarks

first_imgSitting comfortably between the Moto G (Gen 3) and the Moto X Style, the new Moto X Play is Motorola’s attempt at providing buyers with the best of both worlds. Having convincingly proven that specifications necessarily don’t make for a great phone — with the Moto E and Moto G — Motorola is out on its next mission with the Moto X Play.It wants to empower buyers with mid-range hardware at relatively affordable price.Although it’s not the true successor to last year’s Moto X (Gen 2) — the Moto X Style has that status — it still packs in all the features we’ve grown to associate with Moto X phones.Also read: Motorola launches Moto X Play in India starting at Rs.18,499 Starting at Rs.18,499, the Moto X Play is Motorola marking its territory — for the first time — in the mid-range market segment. But, can the Moto X Play hold on to it?Design and build quality Motorola manages to introduce subtle changes in its phones year after year, all the while keeping the inherent design language constant. While you can easily recognise a Motorola phone in a crowd, you can’t accuse them of being leftovers from last year. Motorola’s current-generation phones — including the Moto X Play — are no exception.On the face of it, the Moto X Play is just like the Moto X of last year, but there are changes — on the back — enough to make it look next-gen. The front is characteristic Moto X with its near edge-to-edge display and the lower placed speaker grill (along with the upper earpiece grill that gives the illusion that it’s a speaker, but it is not). The back panel (removable) now comes with a rubberised texture finish that is soft to touch and very nice to hold.advertisementThe new texture gives the Moto X Play a rugged appeal justifying the ‘Play’ moniker. At the same time, the back panel just eases into the sides flanked by a substantial plastic rim that breaks monotony and further enhances grip. Accentuating the Play moniker further is the phone’s IP52 certification. This protects it from accidental spillage and possibly rain. It’s a little disappointing that it lacks an IPX7 certification like the Moto G (Gen 3).The vertical strip of metal that houses the camera apparatus and the trademark Moto dimple — we saw earlier in the Moto G (Gen 3) — returns in the Moto X Play. Motorola has never been in the race to make slim/thin phones. However, the new Moto X Play is slimmer than the OnePlus 2 and the Asus ZenFone 2 (current hot favourites in its price category). It’s just not thinner than either of these phones. But you got to know that the Moto X has now entered the phablet category, and keeping that in mind the Moto X Play is still a very manageable device and one-handed operability is not a problem here unless you have small hands.Display That it is the younger cousin of the Moto X Style and not a direct heir to the Moto X (Gen 2) is highlighted first and foremost by the Moto X Play’s display.The Moto X Play comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD LCD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution (403 ppi). It’s missing out on the AMOLED panel of the Moto X (Gen 2). At the same time, it also lacks the QuadHD screen of the Moto X Style.Thankfully, the Moto X Play has just the right display output to renew our faith in FullHD screens. Yes, it’s that good. If we were to nit-pick, yes, an AMOLED panel would certainly have been better, but once you start using the Moto X Play, you’ll soon realise specifics don’t matter, experience does. The screen has just the right amount of brightness with colours that are accurate without going overboard with saturation. The screen also adapts well to surroundings should you put brightness on auto mode. Moreover, it gives you two colour modes – normal and vibrant – with slightly marked differences in output. We were better off with the normal mode as the vibrant mode tends to over saturate colours.Overall, the Moto X Play has one of the best displays in its price range, better than the OnePlus 2 and the ZenFone 2 that show slightly warmer colours.SoftwareThe Moto X Play runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and gives you near vanilla Android experience just like any other Motorola phone. This means it’s free of any third-party skin that most smartphone OEMs give you on their phones. There’s also considerably less bloat or unwanted apps.advertisementMotorola gives you a suite of proprietary apps offering some unique features. For example four Moto X key features — the Assist, Actions, Voice and Display — are placed under one single Moto app. Assist basically helps you to manually control notifications on your phone under varied situations. Using Moto Action, you can twist your wrist twice to quickly open the camera app. Both these features were found on the Moto G (Gen 3) as well. However, you cannot double karate chop to open flashlight in the Moto X Play.Voice and Display are trademark features of the Moto X family (although Display is now also found on the Moto G with slight modifications). While Active Display lets you preview your notifications and updates (as well as view the system clock) without waking your phone, Touchless Control is basically “OK Google” voice command modified for the Moto X. Both these functions have one thing in common: you don’t have to have your phone powered on for them to work. This is made possible by Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System which is basically a Qualcomm chip modified with two additional low-power co-processors. These co-processors ensure that the Moto X Play is always on and listening. While Active Display works well, Touchless Control needs slight getting used to especially when you’re setting it up initially. You’ll have to train the Moto X to respond to a particular launch phrase and that thing is very sensitive so you’ll have to have pin drop silence around you when you’re training it.Performance The Moto X Play is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. These are standard mid-range specifications, nothing fancy, but nothing underwhelming as well.On paper, the Moto X Play does look underpowered when compared to its cousin, the Moto X Style (which has a Snapdragon 808 and 3GB RAM). It also looks oddly out of place when you take into account the competition: OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, ZenFone 2, Xiaomi Mi 4 etc. But, specifications only tell half the story.In real-world usage however, we found the performance of the Moto X Play more or less in line with what you expect from a phone honing a Snapdragon 615 chip. It does the basics right, heck it can handle mildly demanding tasks as well (with slight hiccups) but what if you want to go that extra mile? Sadly, the Moto X Play won’t take you there.While the Snapdragon 615 chip and vanilla Android combo does fare well in comparison to say the Xiaomi Mi 4i, it’s simply not enough to take on the likes of the OnePlus 2 and the ZenFone 2. Both these phones are faster, as simple as that.Also read: Moto X Play hands-onEvery now and then there’s the inevitable lag while drawing the drop down notification panel or opening the app switcher and switching between apps. The lag is more pronounced when you have many apps opened in the background.advertisementBasic games are handled well by the Moto X Play, while more graphics intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne and Leo’s Fortune run ok with slight occasional stutter.Unlike the Moto G (Gen 3), the Moto X Play is prone to some heating, particularly while streaming media, playing games (even basic ones) and clicking photos. Although such heating is common in most phones in this price range, we observed that the Moto X Play takes slightly longer to cool down.Our review unit came with 32GB of internal memory of which 25.4GB was available for use. But the cheaper version of the Moto X Play comes with 16GB internal memory.The lower front grille serves as the speaker vent. The Moto X Play has the best speaker in this price range with peak loudness being actually loudest in this category with minimum distortion at max.Phone calls made with the Moto X Play are of excellent quality and we did not notice any odd call drops on our review unit. The device supports 4G LTE on both SIMs.Camera The Moto X Play sports a 21-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and Colour Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash with dual LEDs. This is a massive bump over last year’s Moto X on paper and it doesn’t disappoint. The Moto G (Gen 3) was a big improvement in the camera department – a first for Motorola phones – and it’s good to see the Moto X Play taking things forward in the right direction.Let’s start with the positives. The camera app is lightening quick to open as well as focus and shutter speed is fairly decent for a phone in this price range. There is room for improvement, but let’s just say the Moto X Play will not keep you waiting. Also, you can twist your wrist twice or use a voice command to quickly open the camera app in a jiffy, and these work well.The camera app itself is disappointing though. It’s bare basics with very limited manual control. When you open the camera app – for the first time – you’re greeted with an almost empty UI. Touching anywhere on the screen clicks a photo and chances are you’d end up clicking many in one go on the initial run. Once you spend some time with it you realise there’s a toggle wheel buried on the left that you need to swipe out for more options.  One of these, the drag to focus & exposure option is the one you’re looking for in case you want some control over your photos – and it works well.As for the photos, these are a massive improvement over what we’ve grown to associate with Motorola phones, enough to bring the competition to the biggies, notably the OnePlus 2.Images clicked in outdoor ambient lighting conditions came out pretty impressive with good amount of detail and colours that were true to source. Also, we did not encounter any metering issues in these photos as the camera does well in distinguishing between light and darkly exposed areas. Images clicked in indoor well-lit conditions were pretty rich in detail as well, with white balance fairly accurate and good colour reproduction. Noise was low in these photos. That said, low-light photos were not that great with prominent noise and subject going out of focus was also fairly common. The same thing was observed while shooting moving objects.Also read: Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) review The rear camera can shoot 1080p videos @30fps and 540p slow motion videos. There’s no 4K recording on this one, like the OnePlus 2.The front camera is a decent 5-megapixel without flash and any beautification mojo. It does light up the screen a bit when you’re in the dark to compensate for lack of dedicated flash, but it has little effect in improving picture quality.Check the following image samples to get an idea of the Motorola Moto X Play’s camera performance: Sample 1 , Sample 2 , Sample 3 , Sample 4 , Sample 5 , Sample 6 , Sample 7 , Sample 8 , Sample 9 , Sample 10 , Sample 11 , Sample 12 , Sample 13 , Sample 14 , Sample 15 .BatteryThe Moto X Play uses a huge 3,630mAh battery that claims up to two days of backup on single charge (extreme usage) which is way bigger than what the competition gives you in this price range. While the two days battery backup is a lofty claim, the Moto X Play lives up to it to some extent.We subjected the device to three hours of 1080p video playback, one hour of music playback, half an hour of graphics intensive gaming, phone calls to the tune of one hour over 4G and web browsing. We also clicked some photos with the device. This gave us close to 15 hours of battery life on the device.Most users with more typical workload will be able to get close to one and a half days, without any hiccups. The phone has pretty amazing standby and looses negligible charge when you keep it untouched overnight.That said, we found that playing even the basic games and streaming media content hits the battery the most, sometimes soaking up as much as 20-25% charge in just 30 minutes.And it takes nearly 3 hours to charge completely. On the plus side, the Moto X Play supports fast charging. Sadly it doesn’t ship with a proprietary TurboCharger that is needed for the purpose. You’ll have to shell out an extra Rs.1,000 to buy it.  Should you buy it? Although the Moto X Play ticks almost all the right boxes, and has the Motorola brand value attached to it as well, the answer to this is a pretty tricky one. The Moto X Play crams in a fine display, vanilla Android and Touchless Control (and Active Display) that work well just like the previous gen Moto X, a pretty amazing camera (particularly in good light) and an impressive battery life.But, at the end of the day, it’s still not the fastest kid on the block: the OnePlus One (and OnePlus 2) and the ZenFone 2 are. You may argue that these phones come with proprietary skins that somehow kill the fun (of having stock Android) but you can’t deny the fact that these are pretty well stacked phones – at affordable prices. While having a Moto X phone at an affordable price does sound tempting, sadly it’s not a must-have and certainly not the best value for money. Go for it if you are after the pure Android experience. If that is not the priority, others seem better.Also read: OnePlue 2 reviewlast_img read more