10 months ago​Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseason

first_img​Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi: I made my impression in preseasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMatteo Guendouzi admits that he took the chances that were given to him in preseason.The youngster arrived from Lorient in the summer, but no one expected that he would make an instant impact on the first team.The 19-year-old has been a key member of the midfield under new boss Unai Emery.And he is happy that he has settled in so quickly.He said in an interview with Sky Sports: “Although it doesn’t feel like I had time to adapt, I did. “The key was when we went on pre-season to Singapore we played friendly matches and I was able to show my qualities to the staff and my team-mates, that time was really precious because when we came back here it was much easier to adapt to the team and the staff.”Everybody has helped me to integrate and be part of the club and for me to play without pressure, which I love to do. Because I started and played well from the beginning that helped me and my confidence for the games that followed.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claims

first_imgLiverpool legend Aldridge dismisses Guardiola Man City claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge has dismissed the claims of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ahead of Thursday’s clash.Guardiola has declared anything but a victory will end their title defence.Aldridge told the Irish Independent: “Are Liverpool title favourites? Maybe we can say they will move into that position if they get a win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next Thursday, but I still feel there will be a lot of twists and turns in this title story,” says Aldridge.”None of us saw these slips from Manchester City coming and it means Liverpool will head into the crunch game against them on Thursday night in an unexpectedly dominant position.”A draw in that game would ensure Klopp’s side still have a solid lead at the top of the table, while a victory would yield the pressure on a City side that have struggled to cope in the absence of Fernandinho and David Silva in recent weeks.”There is no doubt that Liverpool are in a great position, but this is only the half way point in the season and there is a long way to go, a lot of points to play for.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impact

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.” last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talks

first_imgMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5-Star C Diamond Stone, Who Got Bashed By Wisconsin Fans For Picking Maryland, Seems Pretty Happy Right Now

first_imgIn late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man.  — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.last_img read more

Predicting The Next 9 National Champions In College Football

first_imgA fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Championslast_img read more

From €100m Man Utd target to West Ham? The decline of Belotti

first_imgAt the height of the hype surrounding Andrea Belotti in the summer of 2017, former Torino striker Christian Vieri weighed in on what his supposed successor should do next.”I advise him to go to a big team quickly,” ‘Bobo’ said. “He must make another leap in quality.”This was an unsurprising stance from a man who moved clubs almost as often as he changed girlfriends during a peripatetic career.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? However, that doesn’t mean Vieri was wrong. As is said so often in Italy in relation to the transfer market, ‘Certi treni passano una volta sola’ (Certain trains only pass once) and, two years ago, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were all offering Belotti a one-way ticket to superstardom.Last week, West Ham were linked with the Italian. That is how far Belotti’s stock has fallen in the interim.Of course, it is not exactly Belotti’s fault that he failed to secure a move to one of Europe’s top sides in 2017. He was never going to demand a transfer; it’s simply not in his character. He may resemble ‘Vieri’ on the field sometimes, but he is nothing like him off it. Whereas Vieri was in his element, mixing with the rich and famous, Belotti is a humble, grounded individual.”A life founded on the presumption of your ‘status’ creates nothing but false relationships,” he once argued.”I haven’t changed a bit since I was young. I’m still more eager to be a good person rather than a good player.”Andrea Belotti Capello PSWhich explains why there was never any chance he would go on strike over Torino’s refusal to let him leave two summers ago unless someone met the €100 million buy-out clause in his contract.It only applied to foreign clubs too. On the back of Belotti’s 26-goal 2016-17 Serie A campaign, Torino president Urbano Cairo would have charged Italian clubs even more money for his most prized possession.AC Milan even tried to make Mbaye Niang – whom the Granata actually wanted and eventually signed – part of a multi-million euro deal for Belotti.But Cairo refused to budge: either someone would activate or match the buy-out clause, or Belotti would stay put.Chelsea, Arsenal and Monaco were all ready to pay colossal fees for ‘Il Gallo’ (he used to chase chicken’s around his aunt’s farm as a child – hence the ‘rooster’ celebration) but not one was willing to hand over €100m for his services.Unfortunately, Torino overplayed their hand, as they would be lucky to get half that figure today.Belotti has scored just 17 goals over the past 18 months.Two minor knee injuries during the 2017-18 season have undeniably played a part in his loss of momentum. He missed three Serie A games on two separate occasions last term.Nonetheless, he still looks a pale imitation of the force of nature that prompted Fabio Capello to proclaim Belotti “one of the best strikers in Europe” 18 months ago.”He knows how to move. He basically knows how to do everything,” the former AC Milan boss enthused. “He’s fast, technically skilled and is probably better than [Gabriel] Batistuta.”Andrea Belotti Bruno PSFabio Cannavaro, though, viewed him more as a hard-working Vieri.”Andrea can seem like ‘Bobo’ in full flight but he’s also a player who runs and fights for 90 minutes,” the Italy icon pointed out. “Everyone likes him – team-mates, coaches and fans – because he never gives an inch.”Indeed, even the notorious former defender Pasquale Bruno was won over by Belotti’s aggression and passion.”Unlike many of his p***y team-mates, he’s not a fake,” the former Torino and Juventus centre-half declared. “He knows how to earn respect on the field.” Vieri, by contrast, seemed more interested in earning fame and fortune off the field, even admitting in his autobiography that he only left Juve for Atletico Madrid in 1997 for the money.However, one wonders if Vieri was right about the sporting benefits that come with playing for a stronger side. Andrea Belotti Torino Roma PSEven accounting for the effects of the injury, Belotti’s career, like his game, seems to have stagnated in Turin, playing for a mid-table team. Two years ago, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri predicted that Belotti would be “Italy’s centre-forward for many years”. But he hasn’t even been included in Roberto Mancini’s last three Azzurri squads.Still, while Belotti obviously hasn’t progressed since 2017, it is worth remembering that he has only just turned 25. He still has time to “make that leap in quality”. The recent signs are encouraging too. After a slow start to the season, featuring just two goals by the end of October, Belotti has now scored five times in his past 11 outings in Serie A.Those are hardly headline-generating numbers – not when Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata is in the middle of a run of 14 goals in eight games – but they do suggest that he is belatedly recovering the momentum lost during his injury-enforced absences. There is even mounting speculation that Roma could take him to the Stadio Olimpico this summer, most likely as a replacement for Edin Dzeko, who will be 33 in March.Torino certainly won’t be holding out for anything close to €100m this time around, though. That particular money train has most definitely passed.last_img read more

According To Tom Arnold, Nick Saban Had “Interest” In New York Giants Job

first_imgNick Saban addresses the media with a bottle of coke.Alabama remains No. 1.Comedian Tom Arnold says Nick Saban expressed interest in the New York Giants head coaching job this past offseason.After every college football season, there are rumors that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is going to leave Tuscaloosa – either for another top program or for an NFL franchise. According to comedian Tom Arnold, after the 2015 campaign, there might have been some truth to it all.Arnold joined Paul Finebaum on ESPN Friday and told listeners that Saban “expressed interest” in the New York Giants job just hours before the franchise hired Ben McAdoo.Obviously, we need to consider the source. Arnold, however, doubled down on Twitter..@TomArnold told me hours before the Giants hired Ben McAdoo, Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed interest in the job. pic.twitter.com/z8kvfQQDhB— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 28, 2016True but it’s the G-men. Can you blame him? He HAD to reconsider it. https://t.co/cbL3SgKa7x— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I know, right? Except in this case it totally makes sense https://t.co/plTEZXn5Zv— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016I saved it for Paul. 100% true. Roll Tide. You guys are winning 3 out of next 4 national championships minimum so don’t sweat it Matt https://t.co/9ZrQVfpit2— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) October 28, 2016Arnold says he is friends with Giants chairman Steve Tisch – hence his information. We can’t wait until some unfortunate soul asks Saban about it.last_img read more

Report: Arkansas Star TE Jeremy Sprinkle Suspended For Belk Bowl After Shoplifting From… Belk

first_imgA general view of Arkansas' football field.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Jeremy Sprinkle, one of the nation’s top tight ends, will miss tonight’s Belk Bowl for Arkansas against Virginia Tech after allegedly shoplifting from a… wait for it… Belk store.Earlier today, Arkansas announced that Sprinkle would be out for his final game as a Razorback due to suspension.Arkansas starting TE Jeremy Sprinkle suspended for Belk Bowl vs. Virginia Tech for “conduct detrimental to team”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 29, 2016Bret Bielema’s full statement on Sprinkle’s suspension:“Jeremy’s suspension has been known by our staff and players for several days so we’ve had a chance to prepare our game plan accordingly. Throughout his career and this season as a graduate student-athlete, Jeremy has displayed numerous times the qualities we want to represent our program. We have standards within our family that must be upheld on a daily basis and unfortunately he failed to do that in the last week. Jeremy’s suspension isn’t drug, alcohol or violence related but one that will cause him to miss his final game as a Razorback.”Now, SEC Country is reporting that Jeremy Sprinkle attempted to steal from a Belk store while Arkansas was there for a team event ahead of the company’s eponymous bowl game in Charlotte.Sprinkle was accused of attempting to shoplift items at the Belk department store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Wednesday, sources said. The Arkansas team was there as part of a function for the bowl.Each player on both teams had 90 minutes to spend a $450 gift card at Belk on anything in the store. The players also each received a Fossil watch. Sources said Sprinkle attempted to take items worth more than the allotted cost available.This one goes directly into the “you can’t make this up” category.Tonight’s Belk Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m.[SEC Country]last_img read more

Moyes open to joining Beckham’s MLS ‘magic’

first_imgDavid Moyes has expressed his interest in joining the “magic” of David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, with Inter Miami an opportunity he would not pass up.Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham is set to see his expansion side join the elite ranks of Major League Soccer in 2020 .The club is currently in the process of tying up loose ends, such as getting players on board and a manager in place. 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? It has been suggested that former United and Everton boss Moyes, who has been out of work since leaving West Ham in 2018, is among those in consideration for a coaching post.The Scot admits he would be keen on taking the role, with the chance to work in the United States something that appeals to him.Moyes told talkSPORT on his links to Beckham’s new venture: “It is something which looks a really interesting project.“I watch the MLS quite a bit and it is getting better. I don’t know how many people have seen Atlanta. The soccer team are getting more support than the NFL team.“We talk about Tottenham’s stadium and that is incredible but wait until you see Atlanta’s stadium, it is unbelievable. So MLS is growing and Miami is a great city. It is something which I would consider as an option.“Miami has got a bit of magic about it. Atlanta’s training centre is as good as anything in the Premier League and I know Miami are trying to do the same over there. The MLS is an exciting league.”Moyes is still looking for a job in England at this stage, having rebuilt his reputation during a brief stint at West Ham, but concedes that anything could happen as he keeps all of his options open.He added: “My preference would be to be back in the Premier League bit if the opportunity came around, I would have to look at it.“I do know David from our time at Preston so there is a bit of history but we will have to wait and see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Burt Reynolds, Legendary Actor and Former FSU Football Player, Has Died

first_imgburt reynolds stars in the remake for 'the longest yardA beloved actor and former Florida State alum has passed away. Burt Reynolds passed away early Thursday morning after suffering cardiac arrest, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter.The longtime actor starred in films such as Deliverance and Boogie Nights – where he received an Oscar nod for his portrayal of the director Jack Horner. However, he might be most-remembered in the sports community for his role in The Longest Yard and the remake with Adam Sandler.Reynolds was 82.Breaking: Burt Reynolds, movie star who played it for grins, dies at 82 https://t.co/bHN823BXkn pic.twitter.com/YVZNlhVXoz— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 6, 2018After a standout career in high school, Reynolds accepted a sports scholarship to play for the Florida State Seminoles. He opened his career with a 33-yard pass reception against the Georgia Bulldogs as a freshman in 1954.However injuries derailed his collegiate football career and he turned his attention to acting. Reynolds went on to become one of the most-successful actors of his time, earning heartthrob status.Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.last_img read more

Kirby Smart Getting Crushed For What He Just Did vs. Alabama

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is facing some serious criticism for the move he just pulled late in the fourth quarter against Alabama.With Georgia and Alabama tied, 28-28, late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs’ head coach pulled out the trickeration.It did not work.Georgia called for a fake punt in the area of their own 50-yard line on a 4th and 11 attempt. Alabama sniffed it out easily.The Crimson Tide took over in great field position and Jalen Hurts led the offense down the field for a touchdown.People aren’t happy.“FOLKS, MORE LIKE KIRBY DUMB,” one writer tweeted.FOLKS, MORE LIKE KIRBY DUMB— The Other Matt Brown (@MattSBN) December 2, 2018“Did Kirby Smart just give away a Playoff berth and SEC Championship on a fake punt?” another added.Did Kirby Smart just give away a Playoff berth and SEC Championship on a fake punt?— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) December 2, 2018“What are you doing, Kirby? On fourth-and-11????” Yahoo! Sports college football insider Pete Thamel tweeted.What are you doing, Kirby? On fourth-and-11????— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 2, 2018It was certainly a puzzling decision and one that instantly came back to cost Georgia and its chances of winning the SEC Championship Game (and, maybe, an appearance in the College Football Playoff).There’s still some time left, though.Alabama and Georgia are playing on CBS.last_img read more

Penn State vs. Pitt Game Time, Spread, Channel, Announcers

first_img Here are the details for the game:Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: ABCSpread: Penn State -17Over/Under: 53.5Announcers: Chris Fowler, Todd BlackledgeESPN’s FPI gives Penn State a 93.2 percent chance of defeating Pitt.Although the Trace McSorley era is over at Penn State, Sean Clifford is handling the starting quarterback job nicely. In two games under center, the sophomore gunslinger has 559 passing yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.The Nittany Lions will need another strong performance from Clifford against a secondary that allows only 179 passing yards per game.We’ll find out soon enough if Penn State enters conference play with a 3-0 record. Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford throws a pass during warm-ups.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Sean Clifford #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers on September 30, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Indiana 45-14. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The third full weekend of college football is just about to begin. One of the marquee matchups on the schedule is a non-conference showdown featuring Penn State and Pittsburgh.Penn State has won its first two games in dominating fashion. After winning by 72 points against Idaho, James Franklin’s team defeated Buffalo in blowout fashion as well.Next up for the Nittany Lions is a rivalry game with the Panthers. It’ll be the 100th meeting between these two programs.With non-conference games coming to an end for most teams, this could be the final chance for both sides to fix any issues on the field before they get into the heart of their schedule.last_img read more

Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFF

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 11:47 IST AIFF are awaiting Real Kashmir’s reply for rematch against Minerva Punjab (@ILeagueOfficial Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMinerva Punjab and Real Kashmir were slated to meet in Srinagar on February 18The I-League encounter did not take place after Minerva refused to travelReal Kashmir were awarded all three points as Minerva gave a walkoverDefending champions Minerva Punjab FC, who pulled out of their I-League clash against Real Kashmir in Srinagar citing security concerns, will get a re-match against the debutants, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has decided.The game was originally scheduled for February 18 but did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar, insisting that their foreign players had been advised against it by their respective embassies in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.Minerva said the AIFF failed to give written security assurances that were sought by the club after the terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.”The AIFF Emergency Committee on Monday decided that there will be a re-match of Real Kashmir and Minerva Punjab but the date and venue is yet to be decided,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar told PTI.”We have communicated this to Real Kashmir (since they are the host team) and we will take a decision (on the venue and date) after they give a reply. The plan is to have the match before the Super Cup preliminary round starts (on March 15).”I don’t want to say anything on date and venue now,” he added.Real Kashmir had turned up for the game last month, asserting that all the security arrangements were in place and they be awarded the three points after Minerva’s no-show.Minerva went on to argue that their pullout could not be considered a forfeiture as it was security grounds. The club refused to forego the three points, taking the matter to the Delhi High Court.advertisementThe court asked Minerva to go back to the AIFF I-League Committee for a resolution. The decision to have a re-match was, however, taken by the AIFF’s Emergency Committee.The League Committee had referred the matter to emergency panel, which comprises the AIFF President, five vice-Presidents and the Secretary General.Asked if there was still a chance of the match being held in Srinagar, Dhar said, “Let us wait for what Real Kashmir wants, in their reply.”Both the clubs are already out of title contention.Also Read | Delhi High Court rejects Minerva Punjab plea against AIFF over Real Kashmir game in SrinagarAlso Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchAlso Read | Disappointing not to play the game vs Minerva: Real Kashmir coach David RobertsonFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow AIFFFollow Minerva PunjabFollow Real KashmirFollow SrinagarFollow rematch Minerva Punjab to get rematch against Real Kashmir: AIFFMinerva Punjab and Real Kashmir were slated to meet in Srinagar on February 18 but the I-League encounter did not take place after Minerva refused to travel to Srinagar with Real Kashmir being awarded three pointsadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Asus ROG Strix Scar 2 GL504 (2019) review: Robust gaming laptop that will play everything

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 09:16 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Asus GL504 features one of the most aggressive gaming laptop designs with generous use of RGB lighting.The 15.6-inch IPS LCD display offers a smooth 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time.With Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, the GL504 can easily run all the latest gaming titles at higher graphical settings.Asus has established itself as an esteemed player in the world of gaming laptops. The ROG series has given us gamers some of the most powerful laptops money can buy and some of them even come with mind-boggling RGB LED lighting and eye-popping designs. Every year Asus updates its line-up with the latest hardware in the market and for 2019, it has done the same. With the latest generation Intel Core processors and Nvidia’s RTX series graphics cards inside it, the Strix Scar 2 GL504 is one of the new laptops from the company. And boy, can it play!A few weeks ago, I got my hands on the GX701 Zephyrus S and was highly impressed with what the big 17-inch laptop could do. However, it fell short on practicality — It’s too big. And very expensive. The GL504 Scar 2 seems like a more practical option for most gamers. Priced at Rs 1,64,990, it is the most affordable model in Asus line-up with the Nvidia RTX graphics cards. With this context, I picked the GL504 Scar 2 for this review. So is it indeed the most practical of the Asus gaming laptops this year? Read on.Asus GL504: The Good BitsDesign:Whether it’s a sub-Rs 30,000 notebook or an ultra powerful gaming laptop, Asus kind of takes care of the design. The GL504 is no exception. At first glance, the laptop sports an eye-catching design, especially with the lid that sports a dual-gradient brushed aluminium finish. As usual, there’s a ROG logo that glows in RGB colours.advertisement Open the lid and you will be hit in the face with one of the most aggressive designs you will ever see on a gaming laptop. There’s a full-size keyboard with a dedicated Numpad and specially positioned arrow keys. The keyboard is RGB backlit. The trackpad is big enough for daily use and has an easy reach. A fake carbon fibre finish with camouflage graphics and the angular heat vents make the deck distinguishable from other gaming laptops. Some may like this design while others won’t. The display has thin bezels on three sides, with bottom holding a chunky bezel that also houses a webcam.There’s an RGB LED strip that runs almost the entire length of the front — this makes for some pretty cool lighting effects in darker ambience.Connectivity:The GL504 doesn’t compromise when it comes to connectivity options. It offers:1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C)2 x USB 3.1 Gen11 x USB 3.1 Gen21 x mDP 1.21 x HDMI 2.01 x RJ-45 Jack1 x 2-in-1 card reader1 x 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack1 x Kensington lockDisplay:The GL504 sports a 15.6-inch IPS LCD display that can render at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display supports fairly good dynamic range with decent contrasts — not the best colours you would see but good enough for most gamers. The viewing angles are wide and an anti-glare coating makes sure you are seeing more of the content instead of your reflection. The 144Hz refresh rate with a response time of 3ms makes for smoother movie or gaming experiences.Performance:As I stated at the beginning of this review, the GL504 is part of the new fortified ROG series of laptops with updated internals from 2019. Inside there’s an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8750H CPU clocked at 2.20GHz — this is the only processor the 2019 ROG laptops come with. The variant that I was testing had the NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 memory. There is 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a storage combo of 256GB NVMe SSD as well as a 1TB HDD. The GL504 had no trouble with all the games I tried on it. I tried a few modern titles from Steam such as F1 2018, Watch Dogs 2, Just Cause 4 and PUBG. For all these games, I chose to stick to the highest possible settings. The RTX 2060 isn’t the most capable GPU but it can deliver decent frame rates of close to 60 fps with maxed out settings. Dial down the settings and the fps count goes up. For example, in F1 2018, I saw the RTX 2080 Max-Q render the smog and dust particles on the racetracks quite realistically — the stuff that the RTX 2060 wasn’t very good at. While the GPU’s party-piece is ray tracing, I didn’t have any games to test ray tracing performance. That said, the RTX 2060 does a better job than the GTX 1060 in rendering post-processing effects in games.The GL504 also has impressive thermal performance. With the dual fan cooling system, the big vents and the plastic chassis, the laptop never heated up uncomfortably. I was able to play games for close to an hour without the keyboard emitting heat.advertisementPracticality: Gaming laptops aren’t the most practical computers to live with on a daily basis. However, the GL504 is as easy to live with as conventional laptops from a few years ago. It is heavy at 2.4Kgs but remember that this is less than the weight of what 15-inch laptops used to weigh around a couple of years ago. Also, the weight distribution in this laptop is even, making it easy to carry around. The keyboard, though, isn’t the most ideal tool to write — the chiclet keys are very comfortable but the jazzy graphics and the glittering RGB lighting is highly distracting. The trackpad is satisfyingly responsive. The GL504 comes with most frequently used ports one needs and hence, you wouldn’t have to carry around additional dongles.When it comes to battery life, the GL504 manages to deliver close more than five hours of battery life with normal computing stuff such as typing documents, web browsing and streaming movies. For playing games, it is advisable to plug it in the nearest socket as power is limited in the unplugged mode.For audio, there’s a pair of two 3.5W speakers and they are fairly good. The audio output is loud and the quality is balanced, although not as good as on the Zephyrus S models.Asus GL504: The Bad BitsThe GL504 has only one major issue in my opinion — the over-the-top RGB decoration, especially for the keyboard. While it makes the GL504 look and feel special, there’s too much of bling that may put off gamers. Maybe Asus can do less of the razzmatazz and go for a minimalist look similar to what Dell is doing with its Alienware series.Conclusion: Should you buy it?The Asus GL504 checks all the right boxes that are required for a good gaming laptop. The performance is similar to what you expect from a laptop of this calibre. On top of that, the design and build scores high with gamers, except for the wild RGB lighting on the keyboard. The battery life is also fairly good for a gaming laptop and you won’t require to plug in external speakers to get optimum audio performance in games. If these are all that matters to you in a gaming laptop, the GL504 makes a good case for itself at Rs 1,64,990.ALSO READ | Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 review: A great looking gaming laptop with excessive power and high priceALSO READ | Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptopALSO READ | ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 first impressions: A gaming laptop with very high price but latest Nvidia graphics cardAsus ROG Strix Scar 2 GL504 review 8/10ProsStrong performanceRobust buildGreat DisplayConsDistractive RGB backlightingGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow AsusFollow GamingFollow LaptopsFollow Windows 10 Asus ROG Strix Scar 2 GL504 (2019) review: Robust gaming laptop that will play everythingThe GL504 offers almost everything you expect from a gaming laptop in 2019, including the latest Intel processor and Nvidia’s RTX series graphics cards. At Rs 1,64,990, it’s not cheap but given what it comes with it is indeed a good value for money.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Motorola One Vision to launch today: Expected India price and other exciting features to look forward to

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 10:04 IST HIGHLIGHTSMotorola is using a Samsung-made Exynos 9609 chipset.Motorola One Vision has been positioned in the premium midrange segment in Brazil.One Vision separates itself from other smartphones with its uniquely wide and tall 21:9 display.Motorola has been talking a lot about the One Vision since its launch last month in Brazil. The One Vision is supposed to be Motorola’s first premium offering above the G7 series this year and will succeed the Motorola One Power from last year. The One Vision separates itself from other smartphones with its uniquely wide and tall 21:9 display – something that we have only seen on Sony smartphones lately. The One Vision is Motorola’s offering in the midrange segment.The One Vision has been positioned in the premium midrange segment in Brazil, with prices starting at approximately Rs 23,000. However, Motorola has been aggressive with its pricing in the Indian market and it is expected that the One Vision could be priced lower to take on the Samsung Galaxy M40. Therefore, we could probably see the One Vision being priced at around Rs 20,000 in India.For premium midrange smartphone, the One Vision has a lot to offer. The One Vision sports a premium glass design with exciting gradient colours. The Moto dimple at the back also houses the fingerprint sensor – isn’t that cool? With its 21:9 format display, the One Vision adopts a slender profile. The display measures 6.3-inches and uses an IPS LCD panel. It gets a hole-punch style camera on top, thereby avoiding a display notch.Inside, Motorola is using a Samsung-made Exynos 9609 chipset and pairs it with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone is part of the Android One program which means Motorola could deliver two guaranteed Android updates as well as timely security updates. A 3500mAh battery power the device and Motorola’s proprietary 15W TurboPower charging is meant to fill up the battery faster.advertisementThe One Vision also boasts of good camera performance. For the rear, Motorola has used a combination of a 48-megapixel Samsung GM-1 sensor with F1.7 lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For the front, there’s a 25-megapixel camera for selfies. Both cameras rely on Pixel Binning technology.The Motorola One Vision is only available in a single variant in Brazil – 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. India is also expected to get the same variant. The One Vision could rival the Galaxy A50 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India launch in one monthALSO READ | Dyson Pure Cool Me goes on sale in India for Rs 25,900ALSO READ | Amazon launches all-new Kindle Oasis in India starting at Rs 21,999Get 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 MotorolaFollow android Motorola One Vision to launch today: Expected India price and other exciting features to look forward toThe Motorola One Vision will be launching today in India. With its 21:9 wide display and in-screen camera, the One Vision could be an interesting offering from Motorola in the Indian smartphone space.advertisementlast_img read more

Man who ran back from the dead

first_img Next Man who ran back from the deadIndia’s first blade runner on the life lessons he learnt two decades ago from the Kargil conflict.advertisement Aasheesh Sharma New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 03:21 IST After losing his leg in a mortar blast, Major DP Singh refused to give up and went on to run marathons on an artificial leg.Twenty years ago, dawn was about to break at Pallanwalla in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector.In the early hours of July 15, 1999, a young Army major was busy commanding a post built on the bed of the River Manawar Tawi, close to the Line of Control. After a long lull in firing from the enemy post located 80 metres away, Major Devender Pal Singh had feelings of unease.”A 48-hour lull at the height of the Kargil conflict without a single bullet being fired was unusual for a combat zone. When the conflict scene is hot and nothing happens, you have a feeling something bad is about to happen,” recalls Singh, who was just 25 then.A few minutes later, Singh heard a whizzing sound and realised the Pakistan Army had used a parabolic weapon to send in a mortar shell that exploded just 1.5 metres away from him “I instinctively dived to the ground. A mortar has a killing area of eight metres. Looking back, I can say the bomb had my name written on it.” Singh lost consciousness and was almost declared dead.A specialist at an Army hospital revived him, but three days later gangrene set in. Multiple surgeries and an amputation later, Singh refused to give up and went on to become India’s first blade runner, running on an artificial leg and forming a support group for amputee runners called The Challenging Ones.In an exclusive interview with MAIL TODAY, Singh says the Kargil conflict of 1999 was a “positive” turning point in his life.advertisementHow did you stay motivated after losing a limb in the line of fire? I derived strength from the tradition of putting service before self that is the bedrock of the values of both the Indian Army and the teachings of Sikh gurus. The way the gurus sacrificed their families for the sake of their country without shedding a tear, and then making the best of whichever situation they have been put into, inspired me.That’s something I can relate to. I cannot get back the part of my body that I have lost. The sooner I accept it the lesser time I waste on repenting or sulking.What are the physical challenges of a blade runner? Difficulty of a physical nature is all in the mind. Out of the 50 shrapnel I carry in my body, 20 are in the stump. When I did my first run, part of the skin came off my stump because of the continuous rubbing of the socket with my skin. But I was better prepared the second time round. We always have choices. I purposefully made the choice of running since I wanted to come out of the injury. This choice made me innovate on the socket. It took me five half marathons after the first run to become totally injury free.Why do you call the amputation a ‘positive’ turning point?Lying in a hospital while my colleagues fought it out with Pakistan was not easy. My stomach had been operated upon twice, I was suffering partial deafness and doctors were struggling to extract the shrapnel embedded in my body.The world almost gave up on me. But I made a new beginning that day. I promised myself I’ll never compromise with my quality of life despite my disability. I made the best of whatever I had.That is what I’d done even in my childhood when my parents left me with my grandparents in Roorkee and that’s how I’ve dealt with other setbacks in my life.You didn’t give up after flunking exams in school, the NDA or the CDS till you reached your goal of joining the Army as an officer. Why is it important not to give up in the darkest phases of your life? Because that is how you will progress. Challenges come to you for your own benefit. It is only after undergoing these challenging situations is how you internally become strong. Unless you keep improving, you will become stagnant after some time.How do you motivate fellow amputees in your group? I don’t lecture anybody. The best way of motivating is by example. When I started running in 2009, there was not even a single person thinking about running on an artificial leg, or even telling people that they were wearing an artificial limb.That was the mind-set that amputees had, because of the stigma created by society. Every individual basically is a positive person. This hidden positivity can be brought out, only by making people do things on the ground. Physical activity isn’t everybody’s cup of tea including the so-called able-bodied.advertisementToday every one of the 2,000 amputees across India is setting an example in sports, adventure and Paralympic events.How about the 50 shrapnel lodged in your body? I’ve made peace with them. Anyone who does an X-ray of my body will still find bomb particles with the marking ‘Made in Pakistan’ (laughs) 20 years later.There are a few that give me more trouble: one in my elbow, one in the centre of ribs, one under my patella, one in the groin area. These are areas that are mobile, so the shrapnel keep shifting. But if I undergo surgery, I will be adding one more traumatic condition to my already dented body.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 Tags :Follow Indian ArmyFollow Major Devender Pal SinghFollow Kargil conflictFollow Kargil warFollow Blade Runnerlast_img read more

World champion PV Sindhu looks to maintain dominance in China Open test

first_img Akshay Ramesh New DelhiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 07:26 IST PV Sindhu to open China Open 2019 campaign against Li Xuerui of China (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSFormer champion PV Sindhu eyeing 2nd China Open gold medal5th seed Sindhu faces tricky opening-round testThailand Open champions Satwik and Chirag return after missing world championshipsPV Sindhu will be back in action later this week in Changzhou for the prestigious China Open Super 1000 tournament as she will bid to prepare for fresher challenges in the lead up to Tokyo Olympics 2020.PV Sindhu could not have asked for a bigger tournament to reignite the hunger that drove her to world championships glory in Basel a couple of weeks ago. The Super 1000 tournament in China is among the biggest and presents one of the toughest challenges on the circuit.Sindhu won her maiden Superseries title at China Open right after her silver medal-winning campaign at Rio Olympics in 2016. Having missed out on the podium in 2017 and 2018, the Indian shuttler will be keen on getting another major title in the lead up to the biggest showpiece event in 2020.PV Sindhu has, it is safe to say, found ways to deal with the burden of expectations. Inevitably, she steps up in major tournaments and the gold medal at Basel World Championships proves she is ready for the big mental battles as well.However, Sindhu herself has acknowledged the need to stay afresh and find newer ways of tackling challenges that come her way in the lead up to next year’s Olympics, which will certainly prove to be the biggest test of her celebrated yet nascent career.”Now I have to really work harder and change a few things and come with new things because everyone can see my game and know what I am playing. So I have to go with a new strategy every time I go into the court,” Sindhu had said earlier this month.advertisementPV Sindhu will be heading into China Open as one of the firm favourites. It will be interesting to see if the young shuttler can live up to the billing, considering the time she has spent on receiving the reception that came her way after the historic world championships gold medal.Tricky opening-round test for PV SindhuPV Sindhu, who has been seeded 5th in the women’s singles category, will open her China Open campaign against former Olympic champion Li Xuerui. It will be a tricky test for Sindhu, who will be looking to shake off rustiness, if any, in the opener on Wednesday.Li Xuerui, who is making a comeback at the highest level, has shown glimpses of vintage self and will be keen on making an impact in front of her home crowd. Notably, Sindhu needed 3 games as she had come back from behind to beat Xeurui when the 2 shuttlers met at Indonesia Masters earlier this year.If Sindhu manages to get past the opening hurdle, she has an easy run at least until the quarter-final wherein she may meet 3rd seed Chen Yufei of China.An all-Indian semi-final between Sindhu and her senior compatriot Saina Nehwal is a possibility but Saina may face world number 2 Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-final if overcomes the initial tests in China.Meanwhile, with Kidambi Srikanth pulling out of China Open with an injury, World Championships 2019 bronze medallist Sai Praneeth will be looking to build on the good in the upcoming tournament. The unseeded Indian shuttler, who has been drawn in the second half, is likely to face an early test against 3rd seed Shi Yuqi of China.Unseeded Parupalli Kashyap is also in the fray and he opens his China Open campaign against France’s Brice Leverdez.Satwiksairaj and Chirag return after injury concernsIn the doubles categories, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be returning to action after they missed the world championships with injury concerns. The young Indian duo, which created history by winning the Thailand Open earlier this year, takes on Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura.Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, meanwhile, begin their campaign against 2nd seeds, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy are the only representatives from India in the women’s doubles category. In the mixed doubles category, Satwiksairaj and Ashwini will open their campaign against 6th seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktavianti of Indonesia.Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, meanwhile face Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich of Germany in their China Open opener.Also Read | I’ll be marked now, need to find new strategy every time: SindhuAlso Read | Have kept an empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold: PV SindhuAlso 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 PV SindhuFollow China Open 2019Follow India badmintonFollow Saina NehwalFollow Li XueruiFollow Satwiksairaj RankireddyFollow Sai PraneethFollow Chirag Shetty Next World champion PV Sindhu looks to maintain dominance in China Open testChina Open 2019: PV Sindhu, who is returning to competitive action after winning a historic world championships gold medal, takes on former Olympic champion and local favourite Li Xuerui in the opening round of the Super 1000 tournament in Changzhou.advertisementlast_img read more

Feel Good Friday: Found My Animal

first_img Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) Editors’ Recommendations Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind The 13 Best Stephen King Books, Ranked To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport A new season is not just the time for us to change our accessories. Our pets have needs too! We aren’t talking about bedazzled hoodies. But we bet after a summer of beaches, play dates and muddy walks, your pup’s leash has had it. We are big fans of Brooklyn based leash company, Found My Animal.Founded in 2006 by two rescue animal lovers, Bethany Obrecht and Anna Conway, who also are seriously design minded (One went to Cooper Union, the other to Rhode Island School of Design). Their leashes are made from hand-spliced and whipped fishermen’s rope and come with a metal tag that is individually stamped with a number representing the number of dogs that they have helped to date.All of their products are made domestically and since the ropes and hardware are built to be used in the harsh ocean environment, the products last. The adjustable leash allows it to be used in a variety of ways from hand held to wrapping around your waist or shoulder (great for freeing hands whilst walking and multi-tasking). They also have a wide range of collars and accessories like dog beds, collapsible canvas water bowls and the most masculine poop bag holder we have ever laid eyes on.The Feel Good Friday aspect is that the company encourages rescue over the purchasing of pets. While they support a plethora of great shelters and adoption sites, you can also subscribe to their list of pets up for adoption. As the girls told us, according to the ASPCA, of the 5-7 million companion animals entering the shelter system every year, 3-4 million are euthanized. They want to raise awareness of affordable spay/neuter programs as well as animal adoption.Who knows, maybe your next best friend is just a click away. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee last_img read more

Bellroy’s handy travel packing tips

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits If you’ve ever fumbled with your ID, passport, boarding tickets, and other papers at airport security, you know how important it can be to streamline your belongings. That’s why we love Bellroy’s travel wallet—it keeps everything organized, safe, and easy to access.This stylish leather wallet holds four to ten plastic cards with four quick access card slots, along with sections for your passport, tickets, and bills. There’s also a micro travel pen with refills. And Bellroy backs the craftsmanship of this wallet with a three year warranty. It retails for $119.95. Of course, your wallet isn’t the only thing you need to streamline for easier travel. You can make that carry on work for you if you know how to make the most of its limited space with some packing tricks. Here are a few tips:Stop stuffing and start rolling. Forget folding your clothes. You can get more real estate by rolling them.Find extra storage in shoes. Fill your shoes with smaller items like socks, belts, and toiletries.Plan your flight clothing. Wear your bulkiest shoes on the flight. Another good solution: cargo pants that can hold items, and also pants that transform into shorts by zippering off bottom panels on each leg. Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire Editors’ Recommendations 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts last_img read more