India Crumbled Under Pressure, Admits Mithali Raj After Final Defeat

England, captained by Heather Knight, edged out South Africa by two wickets in the other semi-final, and hold the head-to-head advantage over India in the 50-over format at World Cups, with six wins to the visitors’ four.Advertisement

Dorai Raj believed that the result of the final could change the face of women’s cricket in India.
Sydney Thunder batter and semi-final Player of the Match Harmanpreet Kaur played in the second season in the WBBL, and looms as a key to India’s success against England, but suffered a shoulder setback during their final training session at Lord’s. Although the England team leads the head-to-head record 6-4, India will look to rewrite history at the “Mecca” of cricket.
PM Modi heaped praises on Mithali Raj, who along with seamer Jhulan Goswami are the two members of the Indian squad that reached the final in 2005.
“India has been the sleeping giant of the women’s game but they have awoken now and that could be hugely significant for the sport, just as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s win in the 2007 World Twenty20 was arguably the making of the short game”. In the end, congratulation to England team which took the charge and became the World champion.England Women won by 9 runs.
Fourth ought to be the current performance of Mandhana and Mithali that resembles Kapil Dev’s performance that lifted the Indian spirits in 1983.
Even when asked about Harmanpreet Kaur’s shoulder injury and chances of playing in the final, Arothe refuting the issue said, “Harmanpreet will play”.
“As our women’s cricket team plays the World Cup finals today, I join the 125 crore Indians in wishing them the very best! Best wishes!” Modi Tweeted. “After scoring 281 runs, our bowlers and fielders did the job and won the game for us”, she said.
“We knew that there is a new generation of young players who play it like a modern game”, he told AFP. They are like 21st century kind of women. “We will also felicitate her when she comes back home”, said Ravinder Bhakar, chief PRO of WR, yesterday.
England’s Heather Knight and India’s Mithali Raj pose with the trophy.
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More than 4,000 fans had gathered at Bristol to see England beat Australia in the group stages whereas the tickets for the India-Pakistan encounter were sold out in Derby the week before.

Spieth has leading edge heading into final day of the Open

Jordan Spieth will take a three-shot lead into the final round of The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.Advertisement

Spieth played his second flawless round in three days to move his lead up to three shots, with Kuchar nursing a three-shot lead of his own over third-placed Austin Connelly. Kuchar, who at this point can be considered as Spieth’s major threat, is three shots back after a four-under-par 66 and will head into the fourth round with high hopes of finally nailing his first Major title.
Photo Branden Grace at the end of Saturday’s round, in which he became the first man to shoot a 62 in a major championship. It would be his third career major and his first coming at The Open Championship.
Spieth spent Friday morning watching television coverage of the tournament, the wind blowing shots all over the course. “You either hit a club that stays short of all those bunkers, or you take a club that at least only brings the traps up at 300 into play. and I did neither. I understand that leads can be squandered quickly and I also understand how you keep on building on one”.
“It’s a little bit tougher to sleep but I’ve been fine recently”, he said after Saturday’s round.
The reigning Australian Open champion and world No.3 fashioned an eventful two-under-par 69 in the wet and wild weather to climb to six-under for the tournament.
Spieth was rarely in trouble.
However, after a strong start to his round featuring three birdies in the first five holes, Rory McIlroy slipped out of contention – a double-bogey at 10 particularly damaging as the 2014 victor went round in 69. “I’m going to need to probably shoot nine-under, I would imagine”, said Johnson. “Unfortunately it’s the first cut I’ve missed this year and I missed it with flair” – Phil Mickelson comes up with a nice description of his second round of 77, which featured four birdies, eight bogeys and a triple bogey. The chasing pack, of course, will take heart from the fact that Spieth blew a five-shot lead in the final round of last year’s Masters, but the player himself believes he can use that disappointment to ensure this golden chance doesn’t slip through his grasp as well.
“When I got up to the green I was happily shocked, and I thought, ‘This is where I normally capitalize and make a scrappy birdie, ‘” Spieth said. At just after 3.15pm, the South African had made history, nearly 45 minutes before the final group had teed-off in an annoyingly late time to satisfy the god of U.S. television.
A score of 63 for a round at one of the Majors had been achieved an incredible 31 times.
McIlroy dropped shots at the 7th and 8th before another birdie at the 9th, but there was then a calamitous double-bogey six at the 10th when he found sand off the tee and then landed in thick rough to the left of the green with his third shot. It sort of feels like we could get ourselves a situation like we had past year in which Kuchar and Spieth are playing an entirely different tournament than everybody else. When Spieth was told Grace had shot the lowest round in major-championship history, he simply said, “Wow”, and resumed his warm-up session. If not, I can sleep during the day tomorrow; we don’t tee off until pretty late. “You nearly kind of see the finish line”. “Royal Birkdale, that notoriously hard course, had just become one of the easier golf courses that we play for one round for the year”.
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“To see those putts go in on 10 and 11 gives me a lot of confidence going into the weekend”. “I think I’m in a position where it can be very advantageous”, he insisted.

SDCC: Marvel’s Iron Fist Renewed For Season Two

Netflix Korea has released an wonderful new trailer for The Defenders, narrated by Stan Lee and featuring the return of The Punisher! He then drives by an original shot of a big screen showing Danny Rand (Iron Fist) returning to the public eye, a scene from Iron Fist Season 1.Advertisement

The first episode was directed by SJ Clarkson, who also directed the first two episodes of “Jessica Jones”, the opening of the Marvel TV universe.
Headlining the must-see panel are the leads for Netflix’s various Marvel drama: Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, Jessica Jones’ Krysten Ritter, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter and Iron Fist’s Finn Jones.
We’ll have the rest of the Netflix at Comic-Con news for the weekend when Stranger Things takes the stage in Hall H on Saturday!
Netflix will also have a remake of “Death Note”, which will be available on August 25 for viewers to judge if it will be just as good with the original film.
Comic book titan Stan Lee appeared in a promo for Marvel’s Defenders shown at San Diego Comic-Con.
To help hold everybody over until the release of The Defenders next month, Netflix delivers a new promo for the upcoming series. He’ll be facing Alexandra, the head of the powerful organisation Midland Circle Financial, if that’s the case, who’s played by a very serious looking Sigourney Weaver, so good luck to them all. You know, I feel like if I had the time to win each of them over (I could). The eight-episode series will premiere in 2017 along with Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s The Punisher.
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The renewal was confirmed on Friday at Comic-Con during Marvel Television and Netflix’s presentation for Marvel’s The Defenders, a superhero miniseries also hitting the streaming service in the near future.

Reliance JioPhone Announced at ‘Effective Price’ of Rs. 0

It even packs torch light, FM Radio, MicroSD card slot and more.Advertisement

Mukesh Ambani announces JioPhone with a 2.4-inch screen, true 4G capabilities, and Jio apps accessibility.
Jio successfully undertook the largest migration from free to paid services in history..
The news triggered an impact on the share price of Reliance Industries as it gained around four percent intraday. To address that problem, Ambanis have now launched a “free” Jio 4G LTE compatible feature phone JioPhone. Yes, you read that right. At the 40th AGM, Ambani also announced an accessory “Jio Phone TV-Cable” that will allow users to connect their phones with any kind of television sets. Customers would be required to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500 for three years, “for security reasons”, he said. Though the JioPhone is announced to be free, the company will be collecting 100% refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500 to avoid the misuse. The company will start the pre-booking of the handset from 24th August, and it will start shipping only in September. “And this is what I call true digital freedom”.
■ 5 million – the target for JioPhone sales every week. Sure, the phone has all the features one would be expecting in this kind of package, and the data to back it up, but this is a phone, that if you fully understand what’s going on, may not be worth your time.
Rs 153 JIO plan for JioPhone buyers will provide you with unlimited data. JioPhone also comes with separate Dhan Dhana Dhan plan at Rs 153 per month plan that offers unlimited voice calling and SMS, free mobile data without any cap along with Jio apps.
Jio basic phone has been rolled out with 4GB of internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. Reliance also talked about a rate of Rs. 50/ GB, but the actual pricing came to be a lot higher, for the vast majority of its plans.
“Initially, JioPhone holds greater potential for feature phones moving end of life in the near future”, Kumar told IANS. However, in this 78 crore, there are more than 50 crore feature phone users, who have been left out. The phone comes with a bunch of preloaded apps like Jio Music, Jio TV and Mann Ki Baat. There’s support for NFC-based contactless payment.
“JioPhone will make the 2G feature phone obsolete”, he added, saying that the company is looking to bring 5 million phones to the market a week.
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Talking about features of JioPhone, the phone supports 22 languages and can be controlled via voice command.

Reliance JioPhone Announced at ‘Effective Price’ of Rs. 0

It even packs torch light, FM Radio, MicroSD card slot and more.Advertisement

Mukesh Ambani announces JioPhone with a 2.4-inch screen, true 4G capabilities, and Jio apps accessibility.
Jio successfully undertook the largest migration from free to paid services in history..
The news triggered an impact on the share price of Reliance Industries as it gained around four percent intraday. To address that problem, Ambanis have now launched a “free” Jio 4G LTE compatible feature phone JioPhone. Yes, you read that right. At the 40th AGM, Ambani also announced an accessory “Jio Phone TV-Cable” that will allow users to connect their phones with any kind of television sets. Customers would be required to pay a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500 for three years, “for security reasons”, he said. Though the JioPhone is announced to be free, the company will be collecting 100% refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500 to avoid the misuse. The company will start the pre-booking of the handset from 24th August, and it will start shipping only in September. “And this is what I call true digital freedom”.
■ 5 million – the target for JioPhone sales every week. Sure, the phone has all the features one would be expecting in this kind of package, and the data to back it up, but this is a phone, that if you fully understand what’s going on, may not be worth your time.
Rs 153 JIO plan for JioPhone buyers will provide you with unlimited data. JioPhone also comes with separate Dhan Dhana Dhan plan at Rs 153 per month plan that offers unlimited voice calling and SMS, free mobile data without any cap along with Jio apps.
Jio basic phone has been rolled out with 4GB of internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. Reliance also talked about a rate of Rs. 50/ GB, but the actual pricing came to be a lot higher, for the vast majority of its plans.
“Initially, JioPhone holds greater potential for feature phones moving end of life in the near future”, Kumar told IANS. However, in this 78 crore, there are more than 50 crore feature phone users, who have been left out. The phone comes with a bunch of preloaded apps like Jio Music, Jio TV and Mann Ki Baat. There’s support for NFC-based contactless payment.
“JioPhone will make the 2G feature phone obsolete”, he added, saying that the company is looking to bring 5 million phones to the market a week.
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Talking about features of JioPhone, the phone supports 22 languages and can be controlled via voice command.

200 join Healing and Justice Walk in honor of Justine Damond

Justine Damond made two emergency calls in which said she could hear a “distressed” woman calling for help in an alley behind her house in Minneapolis.Advertisement

Summary: An Australian woman was shot by Minneapolis police after she called them for help.
She said she spoke to Ms Damond’s grief-stricken fiance on Thursday morning.
Pastor Celester Webb, whose church is attended by the family of Philando Castile, a black man brutally killed by police in Minnesota past year, said many African-Americans were watching Ms Damond’s case closely. He was one of only about 20 Somali police officers in Minnesota. “Sadly, her family and I have been provided with nearly no additional information from law enforcement regarding what happened after police arrived”, Damond said.
The friend added that Noor feel he has been “thrown under the bus” by his colleagues, adding: “His colleagues are accusing him of not showing proper police conduct on Saturday night”. Noor, sitting in the passenger seat, fired his gun at Ruszczyk through the driver’s side window.
Last year, 32-year-old Philando Castile was killed by an officer during a traffic stop in a nearby suburb after he told the officer he was armed.
She died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.
Harteau also said the body cameras, which were not on at the time of the shooting, should have been activated. “Having the information that is publicly-available right now recognising there’s an open BCA investigation”.
Damond, 40, was preparing to marry her fiancé when she was killed.
“It is inexplicable”, he said.
They’ll have to wait for answers, but for now, they want her body back home. “And our hearts go out to her family, and all of her friends and loved ones”.
Chauntyll Allen, an organizer with Black Lives Matter, told Fox News that Damond’s killing rises above the issue of race and shows that police violence has become an endemic problem. “Justine was a beacon to all of us”. She said the department is making changes to its policy on the cameras, rolled out citywide eight months ago, including looking at technology that would turn them on automatically.
Noor’s partner Matthew Harrity told BCA investigators that the officers were startled by a loud sound as Damond was approaching the driver’s side of their police cruiser. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said that while he is not obligated to speak, she wishes he would make a statement because he is the only one who can explain what happened.
About 200 people joined in on the 15-minute walk from the corner of 51st and Washburn Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood to Beard’s Plaisance Park.
The investigation into the shooting, which has been declared a homicide, is ongoing.
Noor has not made any statements to investigators, Harteau said.
He did not give any details about the shooting, however. Most others involved white police officers and African American victims.
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“Usually people who call the police in their pyjamas are not ambushers, especially spiritual healers and pacifists”, Bennett said of Damond, who owned a meditation and life-coaching company.

OJ Simpson to face Nevada parole hearing Thursday

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On Thursday, O.J. Simpson will appear before a parole board in Nevada to try and get out of prison. He described taking a computer course, and working in the athletic department at the Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
Simpson is now in prison for an armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel, where he and others held two men at gunpoint while taking sports memorabilia that Simpson says belonged to him.
If he is granted parole at the hearing – which will be televised live – he will walk free from prison on 1 October. That’s where the national and worldwide obsession with this hearing comes into play.
This all has nothing to do with the famous 1994 trial and acquittal Simpson had after he was charged with murdering his ex-wife. The 2013 hearing took just 15 minutes, USA Today noted, and though it usually takes weeks for a decision in these instances, given the high profile of Simpson’s case, a decision will be made right away.
“Under the proposition bet: “Will O.J. Simpson be granted parole in 2017?” the lines are “Yes” (-300) and “No” (+200)”. In order for Simpson to be paroled, at least four commissioners on the board must vote in his favor. “I wish I had just said “keep it” and not worry about it”, he said.
“The fact that he is a celebrity will have very little importance or no (during the hearing)”, a-t-he, however, stressed in an interview with the AFP.
“These commissioners know the whole world is looking at them”.
Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, represented Simpson during the trial.
The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. EST, with four commissioners meeting in Carson City and Simpson participating remotely in the presence of his attorney. “It took anywhere from four to six months before I was able to return back to work after that”.
Simpson will speak. Allowed to testify as well are one representative, likely his lawyer; a family member or supporter, and one victim of the crime.
While the world at large has mixed feelings about the possibilty of O.J. being a free man later this year, one of his victims – his former friend and the memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong – recently admitted that he would be comfortable seeing O.J. released.
What else will the board consider?
The aforementioned past convictions are part of a pre-sentence investigation, as are details about the crime, circumstances that affected him at the time he committed it, and his “characteristics”. It plans to make its written risk assessment public after a decision.
Not for the grisly 1994 murders of his ex-wife and a male companion – he was famously acquitted in that case.
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But, he’s apparently been on his best behavior while behind bars, and has a good chance of gaining parole, according to ABC News.

OJ Simpson to face Nevada parole hearing Thursday

Numerous broadcasters were expected to carry the Nevada parole hearing Thursday morning live.Advertisement

On Thursday, O.J. Simpson will appear before a parole board in Nevada to try and get out of prison. He described taking a computer course, and working in the athletic department at the Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
Simpson is now in prison for an armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel, where he and others held two men at gunpoint while taking sports memorabilia that Simpson says belonged to him.
If he is granted parole at the hearing – which will be televised live – he will walk free from prison on 1 October. That’s where the national and worldwide obsession with this hearing comes into play.
This all has nothing to do with the famous 1994 trial and acquittal Simpson had after he was charged with murdering his ex-wife. The 2013 hearing took just 15 minutes, USA Today noted, and though it usually takes weeks for a decision in these instances, given the high profile of Simpson’s case, a decision will be made right away.
“Under the proposition bet: “Will O.J. Simpson be granted parole in 2017?” the lines are “Yes” (-300) and “No” (+200)”. In order for Simpson to be paroled, at least four commissioners on the board must vote in his favor. “I wish I had just said “keep it” and not worry about it”, he said.
“The fact that he is a celebrity will have very little importance or no (during the hearing)”, a-t-he, however, stressed in an interview with the AFP.
“These commissioners know the whole world is looking at them”.
Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, represented Simpson during the trial.
The hearing will begin at 1 p.m. EST, with four commissioners meeting in Carson City and Simpson participating remotely in the presence of his attorney. “It took anywhere from four to six months before I was able to return back to work after that”.
Simpson will speak. Allowed to testify as well are one representative, likely his lawyer; a family member or supporter, and one victim of the crime.
While the world at large has mixed feelings about the possibilty of O.J. being a free man later this year, one of his victims – his former friend and the memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong – recently admitted that he would be comfortable seeing O.J. released.
What else will the board consider?
The aforementioned past convictions are part of a pre-sentence investigation, as are details about the crime, circumstances that affected him at the time he committed it, and his “characteristics”. It plans to make its written risk assessment public after a decision.
Not for the grisly 1994 murders of his ex-wife and a male companion – he was famously acquitted in that case.
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But, he’s apparently been on his best behavior while behind bars, and has a good chance of gaining parole, according to ABC News.

Feng extends lead at US Women’s Open

Shanshan Feng’s putter was as hot as the weather on Thursday. Michelle Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open victor, withdrew Friday morning because of a sore right shoulder.Advertisement

When he left the course, Trump was again warmly welcomed by dozens of spectators, one shouting “Thank you” and another “This is my president”. This marks the first time this course has hosted a major tournament.
World No. 1 ranked So Yeon Ryu of South Korea is the only player on the tour to a couple of times in the 18 events played. Wie stopped play in the second round after completing only one hole.
That put the Olympic bronze medal victor two clear of Korean trio Hye Jin Choi (69), Jeongeun Lee (69) and Amy Yang (71).
Stanford, who is tied for 14th at 2-under 142, six strokes behind leader Shanshan Feng, should get her wish over the weekend.
Feng, now 6th on the Rolex World ranking, already has a major championship to her name having won the LPGA Championship in 2012 and she has developed into a regular contender at this level with eleven top tens in her last 25 starts in major championships. She won what was then the LPGA Championship in 2012. “To be in my fifth U.S. Open and have it happen is really cool”.
Feng started on the back nine holes and followed up a par at the 10 with three successive birdies. She went on to birdie the 12th and 13th and eventually made the turn in 5-under-par 31 after recording birdies at 17 and 18.
“I think they forgot to tell the security, because we rolled right in here this morning”, Stanford said.
“I do think it’s unfortunate, particularly given the comments just yesterday about the French president’s wife and what good shape she’s in”.
“But luckily my ball-striking was pretty good so I hit most of the balls on the greens”.
It was the second day at the tournament for Butch and Joy Merefield, from Medford Township. I’m really looking forward to play the weekend.
The Olympic bronze medalist took advantage of calm morning conditions with a sizzling opening nine of five-under 31.
But she said the USGA would discuss it later, away from the podium. “Sometimes you’ll make the bogeys but you just have to fight back and move on to the next one”. “I didn’t really get distracted”. She birdied three of her final five holes, although the run also included a bogey at the par-3 seventh hole.
“We never had an active sitting president at one of our events, so I was kind of excited about the prospect of, regardless of who it is, that he came here to watch us”, Lewis reportedly said, according to ESPN. The three-time defending champion had his only bogey of the day on No. 1, a 360-yard par 4. Michelle Wie shot 73 along with Danielle Kang.
Ko, silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, played in a group with Feng and gold medallist Park In-bee (77) in an Olympic podium threesome. Wagner is in the middle of the pack of the 156-player field. The next-largest contingent (9) is from Japan. He’s a Trump supporter, and a member of this golf club.
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Remembering Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017): China’s legendary human rights activist

“A poet, scholar, and courageous advocate, Liu Xiaobo dedicated his life to the pursuit of democracy and liberty”, Spicer said in a statement.Advertisement

“There’s an incredible sense of urgency about how best to help her”, said Sophie Richardson, the China director of Human Rights Watch.
McCain said that the Chinese government’s delay in his treatment was the last “barbaric” violation of Liu’s human rights.
The judicial bureau in Shengyang announced the cause of death as “multiple organ failure”.
The Chinese authorities refused to allow him to leave the country to receive medical care overseas, although an worldwide campaign had been urging this. “She needs to go somewhere free so that she can preserve her health, otherwise the consequences could be unthinkable”.
“I can no longer get in touch with Liu Xia”, Shang said.
The Global Times said in Friday’s editorial that Liu lived a “tragic life” because he sought to confront Chinese mainstream society with outside support.
Ma said Tsai and the DPP had “lifted the deceptive veil” of maintaining the status quo in cross-strait relations and that the repeated attacks were an attempt to pull ties back to “tensity and turbulence”.
Rights groups and Western governments have mourned Liu Xiaobo’s death and also called for authorities to grant his wife and the rest of his family freedom of movement. “Judging from his writings and speech, what he had illustrated is more of a social idealism of humanities”, said Zhang Lifan, a prominent Chinese historian. It is unclear whether Jagland’s tweet was a reaction to the Chinese statement.
Despite that action, and a controversial television appearance in which he cast doubt on reports of a massacre in the square, Liu was labeled a “black hand” and jailed for his role in the protests.
At a regular press briefing Friday afternoon, Geng said China has conveyed its “strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition” to all governments and global entities that commented on Liu’s death, including the U.S. and the UN’s human rights commission. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, recalling Xiaobo as a nobel laureate would be degrading the coveted award granted to activists for their excellence in public life.
Inevitably, some in the West will think that honoring Liu Xiaobo is an act of offense against China (or, more practically, a potential risk to relationships with the government).
Liu’s United States lawyer, Jared Genser, who had arranged a medical evacuation for the laureate that was never used, had kinder words for the American efforts. Solberg had also earlier refused to comment on his terminal illness, leaving it to the foreign ministry to merely state that Norway viewed Liu’s illness as “sad”. ‘The authorities consider Liu Xiaobo guilty, but history will prove he is not’.
His last arrest was as a result of a document he drafted alongside other intellectuals – the Charter 08 was a pro-democracy manifesto that called for “the democratization of Chinese politics through the establishment of a new constitution, greater freedom of expression, an independent judiciary and an end to one-party rule”.
“He said this prize should go to all the victims of June 4”, Liu Xia said, after she was allowed to visit him in jail following the announcement of the prize.
The circumstances recalled the situation in 2010 when Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while serving an 11-year sentence for “subversion” – online searches for his name and references to his award, including the empty chair that represented him at the Oslo ceremony, were blocked.
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“Now (that) he no longer has a body, his message is actually more powerful”.