Kagawa scores as Japan hit Costa Rica

first_img0Shares0000TAMPA, June 3- Manchester United striker Shinji Kagawa scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute Monday as Japan defeated Costa Rica 3-1 in a World Cup warm-up friendly for both teams.Kagawa stumbled as the ball came to him in the heart of the penalty area but kept his balance and swept a right-footed shot past Costa Rica goalkeeper Keilor Navas to give Japan a 2-1 edge. Yoichiro Kakitani, who came off the bench in the 76th minute, added an insurance goal in stoppage time for the Blue Samurai, who trailed 1-0 at halftime after finding only frustration from a flurry of chances.“It was good that we could come back and win after we fell behind,” Kagawa said.“We should have scored a goal in the first half. We had good chances. We need to score first in the World Cup because those are going to be tough matches.”Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz, a striker for Dutch side PSV, opened the scoring in the 31st minute, outracing Japan defender Yasuyuki Konno to a centering pass and flicking the ball into the back of the net.But Yasuhito Endo, a 34-year-old midfielder for Gamba Osaka who entered to start the second half, equalized for Japan in the 60th minute.Japanese captain Keisuke Honda, a forward for AC Milan, left-footed a centering pass to the heart of the penalty area, where onrushing Endo — the oldest man on either roster — blasted a shot into the back of the net.“Our condition was good and we played with a positive mentality,” Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. “For the rest of the time until the World Cup we will focus on improving the players’ mentality and on finishing goals.“Kagawa and Honda, they played well. They both needed some time to get used to the game but they played well.”Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto said the match had World Cup-level intensity.“We had our World Cup rhythm,” Pinto said. “We were counter-attacking and moving the ball well, a high pressure, a World Cup feel. We played as intensely as we could.”But Zaccheroni said Japan’s attacking style paid off at the end by draining the Ticos of energy for the vital final minutes.“We made a lot of chances,” he said. “We kept making them run and pass the ball and they got tired and we dominated the game — eventually.”After a last tuneup Friday in Tampa against Zambia, Japan will fly to Brazil on Saturday and open Group C play June 14 against Ivory Coast with later matches against Greece and Colombia.Costa Rica, which plays a final warm-up friendly against Ireland on Friday at Philadelphia, was drawn into Group D against England, Uruguay and Italy. The Ticos open World Cup play against Uruguay on June 14.“We were able to create but our middle was exposed and certainly the defense made some bad decisions on the second and third goals,” Pinto said.“We made some mistakes. It’s a process. Some of our players will look to improve in the next week. ”Both teams hoped to adapt to the heat and humidity of Brazil by playing in similar conditions before 7,106 at the Florida home stadium of American football’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The match came five days after the death of Buccaneers and Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer at age 85.Costa Rica, reeling from the loss of star scorer Alvaro Saborio to a broken right foot and left back Bryan Oviedo to a broken leg, tested new starters.Joel Campbell, the Olympiacos striker who at 21 was the youngest man on the pitch, got the nod up front while Junior Diaz, a 30-year-old for German side Mainz, received the back line call.– Japan first-half agony –Time and again the Asian champions pressed the attack in the first half only to come away empty.Yuya Osako nodded a centering pass over the crossbar in the 11th minute and moments later Kagawa evaded defender Michael Umana in the middle but fired a right-footed shot wide.Honda blasted a shot off the right post in the 24th minute and Yoshida Okubo forced a diving stop by Navas in the 25th.Honda was again thwarted in the 27th minute after evading Navas only to have defender Giancarlo Gonzalez clear the ball from danger.Hotaru Yamaguchi forced another tough save by Navas in the 29th minute and Kagawa yet another in the 41st minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cardiff 0-2 Newcastle: Magpies keep Championship title hopes alive

first_img The Magpies moved within a point of leaders Brighton 1 Newcastle kept their Sky Bet Championship title hopes alive with a 2-0 victory at Cardiff.Second-half goals from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden gave Newcastle a 14th away league win – a club record – and ensured that Brighton must beat Bristol City on Saturday to be crowned champions on the penultimate weekend of the season.Atsu broke the deadlock with a delightful 55th-minute free-kick before Hayden struck his second Newcastle goal 10 minutes later from 20 yards.There was good news for Cardiff before kick-off when top scorer Kenneth Zohore signed a new deal keeping him at the club until 2020.But 11-goal Zohore was snuffed out as Newcastle claimed a 10th successive league win over Cardiff, a run which stretches back to 1981.The 4,000 Newcastle fans were clearly in party mood after their return to the Premier League was confirmed by Monday’s 4-1 victory over Preston.And they almost had an early lead to celebrate when Atsu flashed a ball across the six-yard box which Ayoze Perez was unable to divert goalwards.With boss Rafael Benitez having made five changes from the side which secured promotion, Newcastle were disjointed in the opening quarter and Cardiff sensed the visitors’ vulnerability.Aron Gunnarsson forced a near-post save from Rob Elliott before Cardiff had the ball in the Newcastle net after 20 minutes.Peter Whittingham, possibly making his final home appearance after 10 years of service at Cardiff, swung over a corner which Sean Morrison headed past Elliott.But Morrison was adjudged to have taken a ride on the back of Ciaran Clark and the effort was disallowed.Newcastle slowly warmed to their task as the first half developed, Hayden testing Cardiff goalkeeper Allan McGregor before Mohamed Diame’s diagonal pass unlocked the home defence.DeAndre Yedlin broke behind Joe Bennett, but his angled drive was kept out smartly by the legs of McGregor.Newcastle also threatened at set-pieces but central defenders Clark and Chancel Mbemba failed to keep their efforts down.And Cardiff were fortunate that referee Graham Scott failed to notice Greg Halford’s blatant tug on Perez at a corner.But Newcastle seized the advantage when Morrison brought down Atsu on the edge of the penalty area and the winger curled his free-kick over the wall and past a static McGregor.Atsu almost had another soon after, but Hayden’s firm strike guaranteed Brighton still have work to do before the title champagne can be uncorked on the south coast.last_img read more

Spending down as gas prices rise

first_imgWASHINGTON – Consumer spending slowed sharply in May as rising gasoline prices left Americans with less cash for other items, the government reported Friday. The Commerce Department said spending rose by just 0.4 percent last month after a 0.7 percent gain in April. Income growth also slowed to an advance of just 0.4 percent last month, reflecting weaker job growth. The report on personal incomes and consumer spending provided further evidence that the economy slowed sharply in the spring as Americans were battered by rising gasoline prices, higher interest rates and a cooling housing market. In a second report, the University of Michigan said its index of consumer sentiment rebounded a bit in June, rising to 84.9. While that was up from 79.1 in May, it still was well below the reading of 96.0 in June 2005. The government reported Thursday that the overall economy raced ahead at an annual rate of 5.6 percent in the January-March quarter, the fastest pace in 2 years. Analysts believe growth has slowed to just half that amount in the current April-June quarter, reflecting a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of total economic activity. Inflation, as measured by a price gauge tied to consumer spending, rose by 0.4 percent in May and was up 0.2 percent when energy and food prices are excluded. This measure of core inflation is up 2.1 percent when compared with May 2005, slightly above the Fed’s upper bounds for core inflation of 2 percent. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sent stocks plunging in early June when he cited an increase in core inflation as an “unwelcome” development, raising worries that the Fed was going to increase interest rates several more times to fight inflation. The Fed did boost its federal funds rate Thursday for a 17th time, to 5.25 percent. Wall Street posted the biggest one-day gain in three years on the wording of the Fed statement, which indicated that future rate increases would be dependent on incoming data. Stocks ended a turbulent quarter with a moderate decline Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 40.58 points to close at 11,150.22, one day after posting a 215-point gain. Many analysts said the new inflation figure in Friday’s spending report increased the odds that the Fed will increase rates at least one more time at the next meeting on Aug. 8. “We are not going back to the bad old days with regard to inflation, but it has crept up and the Fed needs to keep a lid on inflation expectations,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at Global Insight, a private forecasting firm. The 0.4 percent increase in consumer spending in May, which was in line with Wall Street expectations, was the slowest increase in three months. Excluding price increases, spending was up an even weaker 0.1 percent in May, down from a 0.2 percent rise in inflation-adjusted spending in April. The difference in the actual spending and inflation-adjusted spending reflected the fact that consumers were having to pay more to fill up their gas tanks. Gasoline prices hit a high for this year of $2.95 per gallon in early May, according to the Lundberg Survey. The 0.4 percent rise in incomes was down sharply from a 0.7 percent April gain, reflecting the fact that payroll growth slowed to just 75,000 new jobs in May, another sign that the economy is shifting to a lower gear. After paying taxes, Americans saw their incomes go up by 0.3 percent, half of the 0.6 percent April gain. After adjusting for inflation, after-tax incomes did not rise at all in May, the third month of weakness in this area. Americans’ personal savings rate, the amount of saving left from disposable income, dipped to a negative 1.7 percent in May, down from a negative 1.6 percent in April. The savings rate has been negative for 12 consecutive months, meaning that Americans are dipping into savings or borrowing more to finance a spending level that is exceeding their after-tax incomes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Transfer report: Galatasaray agree deal to sign in-demand Barcelona midfielder

first_img1 Galatasaray have agreed a deal with Barcelona to land Manchester United and Arsenal target Arda Turan, according to reports in Spain.The Turkish midfielder has had a disappointing spell at Barca since arriving there from Atletico Madrid in a £30million deal in 2015.He has managed just 23 starts in LaLiga and looks set to move on after failing to appear for the first-team at all so far this season.And there are no shortage of clubs interested in landing the influential 30-year-old with both Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keen on bringing him to England.But it appears that Turan’s former club Galatasaray are currently the frontrunners to land him and it has been reported that a deal is already in place.Sport has suggested that the Turkish giants have agreed a £1.3m loan fee with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.Now it is down to Turan to decide whether or not he wants to return to the club where he started his career. Arda Turan last_img read more

Barcelona signing Boateng is a shock, but the Catalans know what they are doing

first_imgThe truth is though that while the deal is definitely left-field, it is no stranger than the other name doing the rounds in the Barcelona rumour mill in recent days, Carlos Vela.If the choice of centre-forward is between a winger playing in MLS, or an attacking midfielder who has developed into a number nine in far more demanding Italy, Boateng suddenly doesn’t seem like the worst of options.Both pursuits, and this week’s eventual signing, mean there are reasonable questions being raised in Spain about Barça’s transfer strategy in this winter window. Getty Images 6 LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Hertha BSC – 2004 – 2007Tottenham Hotspur – 2007 – 2009Borussia Dortmund (loan) – 2009Portsmouth – 2009 – 2010AC Milan – 2010 – 2013Schalke 04 – 2013 – 2105AC Milan – 2016Las Palmas – 2016 – 2017Eintracht Frankfurt – 2017 2018Sassuolo – 2018Barcelona (loan) – 2019 – But that was eight years ago, and Barcelona haven’t signed the Boateng of 2011.Nor have they even signed the Boateng that shone briefly in La Liga, his time there now two seasons in the past.On Tuesday Abidal and the forward made an effort to turn the questions over his advancing age into a positive, insisting that Boateng has matured into a true centre-forward at Sassuolo and therefore fits the profile of the back-up number nine the Blaugrana are in desperate need of, following the sale of Munir to Sevilla. Barca’s new signing will hope to enjoy his time at the Camp Nou more than his brother did in 2015 Getty Images Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED RANKED This conversation overheard in a Barcelona newsroom on Monday is one that likely played out in a number of different variations across the city, if not the world, as the news of the most surprising transfer of the season broke.Yes, it was true; Barça’s masterstroke signing to provide back-up for Luis Suarez at centre-forward in the crunch stage of a season chasing the treble is a 31-year-old who isn’t even really a striker, and had been playing for a team in the bottom half of Serie A.At his presentation as a Barça player on Tuesday Boateng looked as surprised with the news as everyone else. “I said to my agent I would run all the way to Barcelona, not take the plane. I’m very happy. 6 “Wait, they’ve signed Boateng? The Bayern Munich defender Messi left scrambling on the ground?”“No the other one, Kevin-Prince Boateng.”“That guy who was at Las Palmas? Are you joking?” Boateng scored a stunner against Barcelona in 2012 Unfortunately for Boateng and the travelling fans, it was Sevilla who hold the advantage heading into the second leg after producing a terrific second half performance. Strikes from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder stunned the Catalans and leave them requiring a second leg comeback at the Camp Nou.For the new signing from Sassuolo, the night was to end prematurely as Valverde turned to the experienced Suarez in search of a goal, but the game ended in a 2-0 disappointment. Even if Boateng and Barcelona deserve the benefit of the doubt, what may yet prove to be a missed opportunity however is the inability to find a player who more closely resembles Suarez in his style of play.A reasonable case can be made for Boateng as a rotation striker to use in Copa del Rey and less challenging La Liga clashes, in order to give the Uruguayan some much-needed rest considering a persistent knee problem is still bothering the former Liverpool man. 6 “These couple of days have been incredible,” the former Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan star said – unable to hide his awe at the move which had just unfolded.Boateng made every effort to sell himself as a selfless team player who has no delusions that he will be a starter (“I’m a realist,” he noted). Barcelona need to work hard to sell the move to their fans, too. Sporting director Éric Abidal talked up the attacker’s experience in big games and his knowledge of La Liga.One journalist even reminded the duo that Boateng once nutmegged the Barça legend in the process of scoring a stunning goal against Barça in the Champions League. Although a somewhat controversial character, Boateng has undoubted potential Boateng started up front for Barca on Wednesday night The 31-year-old is content to play back up to Messi and co. Sporting director Eric Abidal was keen to stress about Boateng’s ability The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kevin Prince Boateng’s senior career 6 targets LATEST 6 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets He could also be a useful joker option from the bench in an effort to switch things up.But should Barça’s first choice number nine pick up an injury that keeps him out of action, their replacement will be someone who seems likely to struggle to do the same job of pinning defenders back to make vital space for Lionel Messi, or playing one-touch with his back to goal to break down stubborn opposition.Managing Suarez’s fitness will still be key for the Catalans in their pursuit of both the Champions League and retaining the Spanish title therefore.On Tuesday night, he made his debut for the Blaugrana at Sevilla in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final – starting up front in place of Suarez. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Yet the same could be said about when they signed Paulinho, Arturo Vidal, or even Ousmane Dembele, who was in no way considered an adequate replacement for one of the top forwards in the world when Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain.All of those moves have produced positive results for the Catalans, so perhaps the people making transfer decisions at the Camp Nou know something the critics and online experts don’t. 6 IN DEMAND Latest Transfer News The former Ghana international has enjoyed a long and winding road to the top… last_img read more

AU to provide $50m for Mali mission

first_img29 January 2013The African Union is to contribute US$50-million to the International Mission of Support in Mali (MISMA), Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the AU’s mediator on the Mali crisis, announced on Monday.The contribution is part of an estimated $360-million needed for the operation of African-led MISMA, while the post-operation restructuring of the Malian army will call for another $300-million, according to delegates who attended the two-day AU summit that ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.A donors’ conference was scheduled for Tuesday to mobilise funds for these purposes.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during Sunday’s opening of the AU summit that the UN was determined to help the Malian people.Initially composed of 3 300 troops, mainly from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), MISMA is charged with freeing the north of Mali from rebels and regaining the country’s territorial integrity.So, a dozen African nations have offered to contribute to this force, bringing its total to 5 000 or 6 000, according to Compaore.Proposed international force for DRCMeanwhile, the proposed multinational neutral force in the Democratic Republic of Congo might be integrated into the UN peace mission in the Central African country.According to the AU representative for the Great Lakes region, Gaoussou Diarra, the neutral force will include 4 000, whose commander will be a Tanzanian.The force will be integrated as a “special brigade” of the United Nations Mission for Stabilisation of Congo.Speaking on the sidelines of the AU summit, Diarra said that for purposes of ensuring neutrality, the DR Congo’s three eastern neighbours, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, would not contribute their troops to MISMA.Source: read more

Charges Against 17 Individuals for $1 Million Robbery Scheme Targeting Apple Retail Stores

first_imgCalifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the arrest of and charges against 17 individuals for a robbery scheme targeting Apple retail stores across California that resulted in the loss of over $1 million. The defendants are charged with entering Apple retail stores in large groups wearing hoodies and snatching products on display in a matter of seconds. The alleged crimes took place across 19 counties.Seven adults were arrested on September 25, 2018 and booked in the Alameda County Jail. Another is currently in custody in Sonoma County. Arrest warrants have been issued for nine other suspects. The investigation is ongoing. “Organized retail thefts cost California business owners millions and expose them to copycat criminals. Ultimately, consumers pay the cost of this merchandise hijacking,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We will continue our work with local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecute these criminals to hold them accountable. The successful collaborative efforts of law enforcement has resulted in dismantling a large criminal ring,” said Oakland Police Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick.The arrests are the product of an investigation conducted by the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the Oakland Police Department, with the assistance of the California Department of Justice eCrime Unit. The San Luis Obispo Police Department initiated the investigation following a series of thefts from Apple stores.- Sponsor – Local law enforcement agencies from the following counties have assisted in the investigation: Alameda County, Butte County, Contra Costa County, Fresno County, Kern County, Los Angeles County, Marin County, Monterey County, Orange County, Placer County, Riverside County, Sacramento County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Sonoma County and Ventura County.   [Source: East County Today] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Travel Agents See Increased Demand for Gadget-Free Vacations

first_imgTags:#Digital Lifestyle#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Rosemary Dukelow was eight months into a solo, round-the-world trip when she boarded a cargo ship bound for Savannah, Georgia, in January 2011 – as the ship’s sole passenger. Up until that point, she had been a fixture at Internet cafes, constantly checking itineraries and updating the blog she kept to chronicle the trip.But once she boarded the Cap Cleveland in New Zealand, she found herself in a situation some of us dream of, and some of us dread: Dukelow was completely cut off from her online world for weeks at a stretch.“If you have to go somewhere remote because you’re addicted to technology, that’s one way to do it. But it’s missing the whole reason to travel.” – Sheri Wallace, editor of Road Trips for Families.“There is very little to do aboard a cargo ship besides watch the sunset and sunrise, read, and walk on deck. The crew is not in the business of entertaining the passengers, so the guests are left to find things to do on their own,” she said. “Until the time I boarded the cargo ship in New Zealand, it was very important to stay connected, to make plans for the next part of the trip, and to update my blog.”If the thought of a month with nothing but dead-tree books and dolphins makes your stomach tighten and your hand move to your pocket to make sure your smartphone is still safely in reach, you’re not alone. But travel agents say they’re seeing an uptick from people who are specifically looking for vacation destinations where they can – or will be forced to – break their electronic tethers.Getting There Is Half the EffortOn Sunday, the Boston Globe ran an article with the 10 best vacation destinations to unplug. The article highlighted out-of-the-way destinations or places that are specifically marketing to guests the chance to “recharge everything but their electronics.” And that may be the key to unplugged travel: It doesn’t just happen. You have to make plans and an effort to be gadget-free these days. And even when people plan a vacation specifically to unplug, many want contingencies for that “just-in-case” scenario. Alan Feldstein owns Infinite Safari Adventures and says access of some sort is important to a lot of his customers.“I always tell them that you can receive calls and emails on your phone out in the bush, but it is expensive and you will find that you are not really going to want to,” he said. They feel calm that they have that electronic lifeline, but then the most amazing thing happens. They find that once out on safari they didn’t really want to check their email on their phone, send texts and they do not need to be connected – the world continues to exist without them being ‘plugged in’ all the time.”Steve Davis of the San Francisco-based online travel agency CruiseWise said even traditional cruises can impose steep costs for passengers who want to be connected, but many take comfort in knowing they can make a ship-to-shore call in an emergency. He said the company has seen a steady increase in inquiries from customers about cell phone reception and Internet access over the past few years.“The limited internet and cell phone connectivity found on most cruise vacations is [often] seen as a plus. It’s an opportunity to truly disconnect,” Davis said. “One New York banker sighed audibly when I told him he wouldn’t be able to rely on constant internet access – he was thrilled to be totally unplugged for the first time in two years.”Try Gadget Brown Outs, Not Black OutsIf you’re not ready to completely unplug for a week, a long weekend, or even a Sunday morning, most experts recommend at least setting aside some time to be disconnected. Vacations can often be a good time to try a break from gadgets, because travelers are not in their usual routine and presumably have distractions to keep them offline.Sheri Wallace, editor of Road Trips for Families, said the types of road trips she takes with her husband and children by default force a lot of offline time. But she and her husband both work remotely, so cutting the tether completely is impossible.“We travel unplugged — sometimes for a month at a time or more,” she said. “We do catch up in the evening or early in the morning while the kids are sleeping, but the day is spent just roaming around with the family – back roads, hours without cell service.”Wallace suggests the key is to keep busy and make the trip to and from a destination part of the experience.“Whenever I do an interview about the topic, it’s like I said I starve the kids when I suggest that the DVD in the back seat is hurting more than helping. But… watching one movie after another just fosters the ‘are we there yet?’ mentality,” she said. “If you have to go somewhere remote because you’re addicted to technology, that’s one way to do it. But it’s missing the whole reason to travel.”Images courtesy of Shutterstock. dave copeland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Virat Kohli drops out of top 10, Ravichandran Ashwin moves up

first_imgIndia’s Test captain Virat Kohli has dropped out of ICC’s top 10 list for batsmen in the five-day format, but R Ashwin’s remarkable outing in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka helped him earn a place to eighth in bowling while holding the second spot in the all-rounders’ rankings.Meanwhile, Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara finished his glorious career at seventh spot while another illustrious retiree, Australian captain Michael Clarke has finished his Test career in 25th spot.Also read: Idea behind getting Karun is to open with Pujara, says Kohli Sangakkara, who scored 32 and 18 in Sri Lanka’s 278 runs defeat at the P Sara Oval, first reached No. 1 in the Test batting rankings in December 2007 against England after innings of 92 and 152 in Kandy.Sangakkara spent a total of 97 Tests and 812 days as the No. 1 Test batsman in the world and was last number one in December 2014, before losing the top spot to AB de Villiers.His highest ever points tally was 938, achieved on 1 December 2007, and that total is the highest-ever achieved by a Sri Lanka batsman to date and the joint sixth-highest of all-time.Also read: Lucky to have played in Sangakkara’s era, says Virat Kohli While Clarke surged to the top of the rankings in August 2009 and did so for the last time in February 2013. During this period, he topped the batting rankings on several occasions (totaling 11 Tests and 70 days).Clarke is one of the 30 internationals, including eight Australia batsmen, to reach 900 points, which was incidentally his highest points tally that was achieved after the 2012 Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka.advertisementKohli, who was in the top-10 for a long time, is now placed 11th. The big Indian mover in the latest batting rankings are Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to a career-high 20th) while Lokesh Rahul (up 30 places to 87th) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (up 15 places to 100th) also climbed up the ladder.Among bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has gained two spots to sixth after recording match figures of four for 86 in London, while Ashwin’s match tally of seven for 118 in Colombo has helped the off-spinner overtake Rangana Herath into eighth place on 769 points.The biggest mover in the bowling rankings, though, was India legspinner Amit Mishra, whose match haul of seven for 72 has helped him move up 42 places to a career-high 39th.Ashwin has also gained ground on Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in the rankings for all-rounders and has reduced the deficit on the leader to 43 points.last_img read more

SEE PICS: Shahid takes wife Mira out on a romantic lunch date

first_imgShahid Kapoor is one doting husband. The 35-year-old actor, who has already begun shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmavati, took out some time from his busy schedule to enjoy a romantic lunch date with his wife Mira Rajput.ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput spotted with daughter Misha at airport ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput spotted on a cosy dinner date  Touted to be one of B-Town’s cutest couples, Shahid and Mira have become one of the favourites with the fans. And the adorable couple was yet again spotted enjoying some “we” time at a suburban restaurant in Mumbai. While Mira looked gorgeous in a white top and denims, Shahid sported a more causal look.The two were later clicked by the paparazzi walking out hand-in-hand from the restaurant. On the work front, Shahid is busy shooting for Padmavati. It is for the first time that the actor will be seen in a period drama. Padmavati, which is set to hit the screens some time next year, also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.(Photos: Yogen Shah)last_img read more