DONE DEAL: Huddersfield keeper Luke Mewitt joins Marske Utdby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town Academy goalkeeper Luke Mewitt has joined Evo-Stik League East Division club Marske United on loan for the rest of the 2018/19 season.The 19-year-old custodian will get his first taste of senior men’s football whilst with The Seasiders, who play in the eighth tier of the English football pyramid.Marske, located near Middlesbrough and Redcar in North Yorkshire, currently sits 11th in the table with 30 points from 21 games.Former Barnet goalkeeper Mewitt joined The Terriers after a successful trial period in 2017 and has progressed up the age groups at the Club, starting 11 games for Mark Hudson’s Elite Development Team and Under-19 sides so far this season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Claude Puel named new coach of St Etienneby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City and Southampton manager Claude Puel is back in work.The Frenchman has been named new coach of St Etienne.Saint Etienne announced on Friday afternoon that Ghislain Printant had been fired – and just a half-hour later Puel’s appointment was confirmed.ASSE announces that Puel has signed a contract to 2022.Puel, 58, had been out of work since his dismissal by Leicester in February.
ESPN.Nick Saban wasn’t in an awesome mood at his press conference following Alabama’s fall camp practice today. (To be fair, he never seems to be in an awesome mood at his press conferences.)The Crimson Tide head coach had to answer questions about Maurice Smith, the player Alabama is denying a transfer to Georgia, and Alphonse Taylor, the offensive lineman potentially being suspended for a DUI.Nick Saban has arrived. #Alabama pic.twitter.com/f9s8GWxBhF— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) August 4, 2016Saban answered most of the questions, saying Alabama supports the SEC’s transfer rule and that Taylor has gone through an “intense” program following his arrest.Saban on Maurice Smith: Nothing has changed. We support the SEC rule on not granting releases for guys to go to other SEC schools.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016Saban: Alphonse Taylor has gone through a pretty intense program & has been cleared to practice. Not ready to make decision on if suspended.— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016He did get a little upset when asked a hypothetical question about Smith, though. Saban on Maurice Smith: I’ve already answered that. Do I need to go Bill Belichick on you?— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016As Saban walked out of the press conference, he apparently sent a message to the media.“Get your ass in gear.”Saban, as he was leaving the room, just told the media to “get your ass in gear.”— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) August 4, 2016Saban is always motivating, apparently.Alabama opens its season Sept. 3 against USC.
Twitter/@A_Kendall11Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has issued a new injury update for backup quarterback Austin Kendall. It’s good news for the Sooners.Kendall, a former four-star recruit, suffered a scary injury in the season opener against FAU on Saturday. He collided with an equipment truck on the sideline.Riley told reporters today that Kendall is questionable for this weekend’s game against UCLA, but he didn’t suffer a long-term injury.Kendall should be back “pretty shortly.”“Is it going to be this week? Is it going to be next week?” Riley asked Monday on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. “I don’t think anything, at least, that’s going to keep him out long term. Just from a functionality, getting over soreness, physically being able to play, we’ll have to monitor throughout the week. See how he responds to treatment. Plan to have the other guys ready if he’s not available”Kendall is the backup to Kyler Murray, who looked extremely good in the season-opening win against Lane Kiffin’s team.There’s not a ton of solid depth behind Murray, though, so keeping Kendall healthy is important for the Sooners.Oklahoma and UCLA are set to kick off at 1 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.
An ESPN college football sideline reporter suffered one of the scariest hits of the college football Saturday.Laura Rutledge was working the sideline for Saturday’s game between Georgia and UMass.The ESPN reporter does sideline work for major SEC games and also hosts SEC Nation on Saturday mornings.Unfortunately, Rutledge took a tough blow on the sideline.She was hit pretty hard by a couple of players in the Georgia-UMass game. Thankfully, she wasn’t seriously injured.Took an L in Athens today. So many thanks to everyone at @UGAAthletics for their help after this happened…even though I’m a Gator ? pic.twitter.com/b1FTCPaqtH— Laura Rutledge (@LauraMRutledge) November 18, 2018Good for Laura.
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football has its quarterback of the future—and present—in Adrian Martinez, but that isn’t stopping Luke McCaffrey from looking to play the position at the next level.McCaffrey, the youngest brother of NFL and former Stanford star Christian and Michigan quarterback Dylan, was listed as a four-star “athlete” as a recruit.The Colorado native is the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state, per 247Sports.The site’s composite ranking system has him No. 260 overall in the country, and No. 12 among athlete recruits.McCaffrey has only been a full-time quarterback at the high school level for one season, and Martinez will be in Lincoln for at least two more seasons. He’s not eyeing a position change though.Luke McCaffrey recently confirmed that he will be playing quarterback at Nebraska.Big schools like Michigan and Ohio State recruited the youngest McCaffrey, but it was Scott Frost and his staff that sold him on being a Nebraska quarterback, while other programs waffled a bit on his position.From the Omaha World-Herald:“Nebraska has told me they’ve been pretty sold with me at quarterback,” McCaffrey said. “That’s something I like. I think they’ve been honest through the whole recruiting process so I trust them. I trust their word in saying I’m a quarterback.”[…]“I’m really excited about him playing quarterback for us here,” (Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario) Verduzco said when McCaffrey signed this month. “I know there’s been some chatter about him playing other positions. Luke’s going to play quarterback for us and gonna be a damn good one.”McCaffrey is enrolling early at Nebraska this month to get a jump on his college career.[Omaha World-Herald]
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jack Rutledge, a member of the team’s first Bear Bryant-led national championship squad, has passed away.According to 247Sports, Rutledge died on Thursday after a battle with cancer and dementia.The news has already brought reactions from a variety of people who knew and met with him:Getting unfortunate news from my @AlabamaFTBL A-Club friends that Coach Jack Rutledge passed away. He always had a good heart & strong message for us living in Bryant Hall.. And great Coach Bryant stories. You will be missed. Rest In Peace Coach. @UofAlabama @abc3340 pic.twitter.com/gMj4DM4qGu— Christopher Sign (@ChristopherSign) January 24, 2019Rest in Peace to Jack Rutledge….A fine and classy gentleman and a man who truly bled Crimson as well…..— Stan J. Griffin (@StanJGriffin) January 24, 2019Sadden to hear about the passing of coach Jack RutledgeHe was always very nice to me when I talked to him— PrideOfTheTide.com (@PrideOfTheTide) January 24, 2019Rutledge was recruited by Alabama head coach Jennings Whitworth in 1957, but real on-field success when the team hired Bear Bryant in 1958.Though he played running back and won two state championships in as a high school athlete in Alabama, Rutledge transitioned to offensive lineman and linebacker in college.He was a starting offensive guard in 1961 when the Crimson Tide went 11-0 en route to a Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas and culminating in the school’s first title under the legendary coach.Following Rutledge’s graduation, he briefly coached high school football and later joined Bryant’s coaching staff until Bryant retired in 1982.During his time on Bryant’s staff, Rutledge coached offensive linemen and special teams.
Based on reviews from the Elite 11 quarterback camp, where Hurts served as a counselor, he has been impressive.Reps of #Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts at Elite 11 Finals pic.twitter.com/biQDxjZwE2— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) June 30, 2019Hurts’ NFL future remains a question, but pro analyst Bucky Brooks was impressed with what he saw from Hurts. Via 247:“You can dismiss some of what you see in a t-shirt/shorts workout but I’m really intrigued with Jalen Hurts after watching him work out at Elite 11 and talking to him about QB play,” said NFL analyst Bucky Brooks. “Much better than the narrative suggests as a player and prospect. File it away.”At worst, we’ve seen Hurts win games at the highest levels, and we know that Riley is an offensive mind capable of building a scheme around his quarterback’s talents. At best, Hurts may yet work his way towards a serious NFL future.[247Sports] ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley has done some incredible work with his first two Oklahoma quarterbacks. This year, he gets to coach another incredible talent, albeit a much different one from Heisman winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, in former Alabama QB Jalen Hurts.Hurts, a Texas native, got off to an impressive start to his college career in Tuscaloosa. In 2016, he won a contentious quarterback battle early in the season, and went on to win SEC Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year.Tua Tagovailoa ultimately beat him out for the starting job after leading Alabama to the 2018 national championship in his place. After spending one year as QB2 at his now-alma mater, Hurts moves on to play under Riley, who has helped produce the last two No. 1 picks.Jalen Hurts’ abilities as a passer have come under question, but it sounds like he continues to improve in that area.Hurts is a true dual-threat player at the position, and has always been an effective passer. If he takes it to the next level, it wouldn’t shock to see him in line for the same accolades as his two predecessors at OU.
Press Trust of India December 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 14:52 IST A traffic constable on duty at Gaur Chowk in Noida Extension (India Today File Photo)By Nachiketa Narayan Patna, Dec 27 (PTI) The Muzaffarpur sex scandal cast a long shadow over Bihar in a year in which the state lived up to its reputation for political volatility as many smaller players made unexpected moves while the heavyweights strove for consolidation.Not known for achievements in the field of sports, Bihar was nonetheless done proud by shooter Shreyasi Singh winning gold at the Commonwealth Games while cricket lovers felt gratified with the Bihar team playing Ranji Trophy after nearly two decades.The NDA’s hopes of emerging stronger following the return of Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar last year took a beating as Hindustani Awam Morcha founder Jitan Ram Manjhi walked out and joined the opposition Grand Alliance which was followed, months later, by a similar but much more publicised and bitter exit of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha.Although all RLSP members in the state’s bicameral legislature have revolted against Kushwaha’s decision and asserted that they would remain in the NDA, the BJP has nevertheless been jolted by his exit which came at a time when the party is smarting under the loss of power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh besides relentless opposition attacks over the Rafale deal.Ending suspense over seat-sharing, BJP president Amit Shah along with Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan appeared before media in New Delhi to make the world know on December 23 that while the first two will field candidates on 17 seats each in Bihar and Paswan’s party on the rest six.advertisementThe Grand Alliance, which now has many regional players on board and is exploring an electoral understanding with the Left to augment its striking power, however has been beset with its own problems.Its largest constituent, the RJD, remains crisis-ridden on account of imprisonment and illness of its chief Lalu Prasad, who is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases.Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav led the party to some spectacular by-poll victories and showed the ability to marshal resources by staging an impressive demonstration at Jantar Mantar over the Muzaffarpur scandal wherein bigwigs like Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury took part burying their ideological differences.The scion, whom LJP heir apparent Chirag Paswan recently called a “younger brother” – to the chagrin of alliance partners in the NDA, has his own share of woes which includes cases lodged by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.His family, which controls the RJD, is also under strain as rumours of his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav and eldest sister Misa Bharti feeling uneasy under his leadership keep afloat.Moreover, mercurial Tej Pratap Yadav’s decision to seek divorce from his wife of six months, his sudden and frequent sojourns in places of pilgrimage and a petulant refusal to visit the home of his mother Rabri Devi over her coming out in support of his spouse have only made matters worse for the family, triggering fears of turmoil within the party.Conviction of two sitting MLAs – Ilyas Hussain in a corruption case and Raj Ballabh Yadav in a rape case – did not make matters better for a party that has often been accused of patronising people with criminal antecedents.The world woke up to a horror story in a state-run short stay home at Muzaffarpur where over 30 minor girls were subjected to untold sexual abuse in the hands of the owner of the NGO Brajesh Thakur.Jolted by the Muzaffarpur home episode, the Bihar government took corrective measures like doing away with outsourcing of shelter homes’ upkeep to NGOs.Complaints of misuse of draconian provisions of the prohibition law were addressed to some extent through amendments in the same. Liquor ban law was brought in by Nitish Kumar government in 2015 and the year saw many arrests and seizure of huge quantity of illegal alcohol from outside.The shelter home sex scandal also cost social welfare minister Manju Verma her chair and she landed in jail along with her husband Chandrashekhar Verma, both of whom have been booked under Arms Act as a CBI raid at their home led to recovery a huge cache of ammunition.There was also an impression of deterioration of law and order with incidents like recovery of bombs from a park in Bodh Gaya at a place where the Dalai Lama gave a discourse a little while ago, low-intensity communal clashes spread across several districts, sporadic instances of mob lynching and killings of several political activists – not necessarily because of political rivalry.advertisementOn the political front, Kumar proved wrong his detractors who had forecast his capitulation before the new and aggressive BJP led by Modi and his confidant Amit Shah.A prolonged war of words between leaders of the BJP and the JD(U) over who was the “big brother” in the NDA in Bihar was put paid to by an announcement by Shah, in presence of Kumar, that both parties would contest “an equal number of seats” in the Lok Sabha polls next year.Three Congress MLCs, including its former state president Ashok Chaudhary, also crossed over to the JD(U),which stunned all political parties with the induction of former poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his elevation to the post of national vice-president within a month.However, the party fared miserably in all the by-polls it contested which has cast doubts over the hold it enjoys among the extremely backward classes, the worst off among Dalits and a section of the minorities. PTI NAC ZMN NSDThis is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.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 Shelter home scandal, political volatility sum up Bihar in 2018advertisement
Associated Press MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 11:27 IST Australian Open: Amanda Anisimova is the youngest of all the top 100 players in WTA rankings. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS17-year-old Amanda Anisimova trounced Lesia Tsurenko 6-0, 6-29th seed Kiki Bertens was knocked out by Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaAshleigh Barty, Sloane Stephens won their second round matchesAmerican teenager Amanda Anisimova has advanced to the third round at the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 win over 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko.Tsurenko, a finalist at the Brisbane International two weeks ago, had only nine winners in the 54-minute match.The 17-year-old Anisimova, born in New Jersey to Russian-born parents, is ranked 92nd and the youngest of all players currently ranked in the top 100.On the other hand, the brightest local hope for an Australian Open women’s title in decades Ashleigh Barty is through to the third round at Melbourne Park. Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2, 6-3 in a Rod Laver Arena match.The 15th-seeded Barty was a finalist at last week’s Sydney International, beating No. 1-ranked Simona Halep along the way. Ashleigh Barty is the highest-ranked local player at Australian Open out of both men’s and women’s singles. (Reuters Photo)Barty left tennis for more than a year in 2016 to play top-level cricket despite no formal training in the sport, and has risen up the tennis rankings since her return, winning three WTA events.The last Australian winner of the Australian Open’s women’s singles title was Chris O’Neill in 1978.Ashleigh Barty’s coach is ill and away from Melbourne Park while the Australian player continues in singles and doubles at the Australian Open. Barty said after her second-round win over Wang Yafan that her coach Craig Tyzzer is bed-ridden and that she’s getting help in the meantime from Australian Fed Cup coach Alicia Molik.”He’s on bed rest at the moment,” Barty said of Tyzzer. “Extremely lucky to have a Fed Cup captain in (Molik), who … is also around a lot of the slams. It’s a very seamless transition.”advertisementBarty said she is still communicating with Tyzzer by phone.SLOANE STEPHENS POWERS PAST TIMEA BABOS Sloane Stephens has won two straight matches at Australian Open for the first time. (AP Photo)Sloane Stephens has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-1 win over her former junior doubles partner Timea Babos.Babos faced 23 break points and managed to save 18 of them, otherwise the match would have been over quicker than its elapsed time of 1 hour, 35 minutes.The fifth-seeded Stephens, who won the 2017 U.S. Open, captured junior doubles titles with Babos at the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010.Stephens will next play Petra Martic.In other early women’s matches, No. 19-seeded Caroline Garcia defeated Zoe Hives 6-3, 6-3, Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat 20th-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 and 31st-seeded Martic beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 7-5.Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eliminated ninth-seeded Kiki Bertens 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round of a major for the first time since her quarterfinal run here in 2017.Also Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian OpenAlso Read | Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance to second roundFor 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 Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow TennisFollow Amanda AnisimovaFollow Ashleigh BartyFollow Kiki BertensFollow Sloane Stephens Next Australian Open: 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAustralian Open: American teenager Amanda Anisimova beat No.24 seed Lesia Tsurenko while local hope Ashleigh Barty and Sloane Stephens also reached third round.advertisement
India Today Web Desk AucklandFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 23:27 IST Hardik Pandya was trolled by a female spectator during the second ODI vs New Zealand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya is yet to be forgiven by cricket fans for his statements at Koffee with KaranA case has been registered against Hardik and KL Rahul in a Jodhpur police statementPandya is back to the cricketing field for Team India after BCCI lifted the suspensionHardik Pandya returned to the cricketing field against New Zealand after a long haitus – one that began in the Asia Cup in September. It was the back injury first and Pandya recovered to join the Indian team in Australia during the Test series. However, before the ODI series, a Koffee with Karan episode featuring him and KL Rahul aired and a major controversy erupted.Hardik faced a massive backlash on social media for his “sexist and misogynistic” remarks on the show and he and Rahul were suspended and called back to India. Their suspensions were lifted on January 24 pending appointment of an ombudsman and Hardik Pandya was back in the thick of things.However, it seems people are not yet ready to forgive Hardik completely for his offensive statements. During the second T20I against New Zealand in Auckland, a female spectator was seen holding a banner that said “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya? [Pandya, did you do it today?]”. This placard was in reference to Hardik’s statement on the chat show regarding his virginity, where he said he told his parents, “mai karke aaya [I did it today].”give this lady a Bharat Ratna#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/PQA8KtGNFBSunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 8, 2019A video of the woman holding the banner is also doing rounds on social media.@BCCI @hardikpandya7 #INDvNZ #AskStar #akashvani @karanjohar @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/ID9JdByGVoManraj Randhawa (@manrajr9) February 8, 2019Hardik contributed with a wicket in Auckland – one of Colin de Grandhomme right after he scored a fifty. While that was all of Hardik’s contribution, it was his brother Krunal who shone that day and put up a player-of-the-match performance. Krunal returned with figures of 3 for 28, picking the wickets of Colin Munro (12), Kane Williamson (20) and Daryl Mitchell (1).advertisementWhile the female spectator held the banner for Hardik during the second T20I, the news of a case being registered against him, Rahul and Karan Johar came out on the morning of the match.A case was registered against the duo and the host of the show and filmmaker Karan Johar in Jodhpur on February 6.From the BCCI’s side of proceedings as well, the case handling will be completed after the appointment of an ombudsman.Also Read | Pandya brothers chill out with MS Dhoni over a meal in New ZealandAlso Read | Dream come true for Pandya brothers as they play together for India for first timeFor 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 Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Koffee with Karan controversyFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Woman uses banner to troll Hardik Pandya over Koffee with Karan controversyHardik Pandya was trolled by a female spectator during the second ODI against New Zealand in Auckland using one of his statements from Koffee with Karan.advertisement
CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019 broadcast: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Live StreamingCSK vs KXIP Match: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in Match 18 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019).advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 11:25 IST CSK vs KXIP broadcast channels (Courtesy by BCCI)After a disappointing loss to Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings will aim to return to winning ways when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.Despite a fine start to their campaign, the defending champions lost the plot against Mumbai, thanks to Hardik Pandya’s all-round effort. Chennai may have won their first three matches, but the yellow brigade looked helpless in their last game and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will certainly try to bounce back against Punjab at home.Chennai lacked a death over specialist against Mumbai as the bowlers leaked 48 runs in just the last two overs and the team management will have to look for a solution. Dhoni made a change in his team against Mumbai and is likely to revert back to their original playing eleven, which was fruitful for Chennai in the first three games.Where will the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KXIP be played?The IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 4 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KXIP live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KXIP?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.advertisementWhat are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs KXIP?Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleign.Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Karun Nair, Sam Curran, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar.Also Read | CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo ruled out for two weeks due to hamstring injuryAlso Read | Chennai Super Kings reunion in IPL 2019: Former stars catch up with MS Dhoni’s menAlso Read | IPL not ideal yardstick, but little choice left for India selectors ahead of World CupFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow CSK vs KXIPFollow IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow CSK vs KXIP broadcasting channelsFollow CSK vs KXIP live streaming
India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 20:02 IST Rishabh Pant has been impressive in 2019 IPL.( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant said he has learnt to be discipline form MS Dhoni and Virat KohliPant said Virat Kohli taught him to take experience from every inningsRishabh Pant was left out of the 2019 India World Cup squadRishabh Pant, India’s promising wicketkeeper-batsman has said he has learnt the importance of discipline from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni after getting to share the dressing room with the two India greats.Rishabh Pant made his Test debut during aTest series against England last year and has been India’s first-choice keeper in Test cricket in the absence of Wriddhiman Saha who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.”I have learnt a lot of things from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. But the most important thing is discipline. Every at this stage of his career, Mahi bhai is never late for anything. He follows the process that brought him success rigorously during practice even now. He knows what suits him and what doesn’t,” Rishabh Pant told Sports Tak.Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni joined hands to help India beat New Zealand in a T20I match earlier this year. With unbeaten knocks of 40 and 20, respectively, the big-hitting duo helped shone with the bat.Pant said playing with a calm Dhoni helped him learn the art of managing the pressure in cruch match situations.”In New Zealand. Mahi bhai calculated his innings really well. I got the opportunity to learn that aspect of the game when we batted together in New Zealand. You can practice how much ever you went, but the pressure of match situation is very different. But when I see him, he is calm all the time. He knows what needs to be done in that situation,” Rishabh Pant said.”His planning is very good. He is being consistent with his plans, that’s bringing him success. His plans work out 80 to 90 percent of the times.”advertisementRishabh Pant also praised Virat Kohli and said the India captain has taught him to learn from the mistakes.”I still remember what Virat Kohli told me. He said experience is not playing 100 matches for India. Even in 10 matches, you can gain experience if you’re willing to learn from each other’s mistakes,”Rishabh Pant said of Virat Kohli’s teachings to him,” Pant said.Rishabh Pant has been impressive in Test and T20I cricket but is still fighting to be a permanent member of the ODI side as MS Dhoni has been the first-choice wicketkeeper for India over the years.Pant was one of the biggest names to miss out on a spot in India’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 as the selectors opted for Dinesh Karthik as the back-up wicket-keeper after MS Dhoni.Rishabh Pant has been a star for Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League. The Delhi wicketkeeper had amassed 684 in 14 matches, including an unbeaten 128, in the last IPL season.Pant has been impressive in the 2019 IPL season as well. He made statement with his match-winning unbeaten 78 for Delhi Capitals against Rajasthan Royals.Also Read | Have moved on from World Cup disappointment, focused on IPL: Rishabh PantAlso Read | Backing talented players like Rishabh Pant has worked for Delhi Capitals: Ricky PontingAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow 2019 IPLFollow 2019 World CupFollow MS DhoniFollow Virat Kohli Learnt the importance of discipline from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: Rishabh PantRishabht Pant said he has learnt to manage pressure during crunch match situations after playing with MS Dhoni. The young wicketkeeper-batsman praised Dhoni and Virat Kohli for being disciplined and said he has learnt the same from the two.advertisement
Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 14:23 IST HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is all set to launch a Redmi flagship very soon.New rumours suggest the phone will be called the Redmi K20 Pro and it will be launching on May 13.The Redmi flagship is expected to come to India as Poco F2.Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi is all set to launch a Redmi flagship very soon. Xiaomi is yet to reveal the launch date of the flagship phone. New rumours suggest the phone will be called the Redmi K20 Pro and it will be launching on May 13 in Beijing, China. Ahead of the launch, Redmi GM Lu Weibing has confirmed several specs and features of the Redmi flagship. Weibing now reveals that the Redmi flagship will offer a long-lasting battery life and will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.So far some rumours said the Redmi flagship will come with in-display fingerprint sensor while other rumours denied it. But now, the Redmi GM has confirmed the in-display fingerprint sensor for the flagship phone. Weibing took to the Chinese microblogging site – Weibo – on Tuesday – to confirm this bit of information.Weibing has posted a screenshot of the display of the Redmi flagship and that reveals the presence of the in-display fingerprint sensor. The screenshot also shows that the post has been posted via the ‘Redmi flagship’. This suggests that the flagship phone is in the testing stage and coming to the consumers very soon. Xiaomi is yet to reveal the exact launch date of the Redmi flagship aka the Redmi K20 Pro.Via the same post Weibing also confirmed that the Redmi flagship will offer a long lasting battery life. Rumours suggest that similar to the Redmi Note 7 series the Redmi flagship aka the Redmi K20 Pro will come with a 4000mAh battery. The screenshot shows that after a long day Weibing has around 47 per cent battery left. Now if that’s the case in real usage, it’s incredible to see such a long lasting battery life. Almost all the recently launched Redmi phones – Redmi Note 7, Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro – come with a 4000mAh battery and last really long. The same is expected of the Redmi flagship.advertisementAhead of the launch almost all the specs of the Redmi flagship have been leaked. The key highlights of this Redmi phone are expected to be — Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 32MP pop-up selfie camera, three cameras on the back, all screen display, among other things.As far as the specs are concerned the Redmi K20 Pro is expected to come with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display. Other specs include — 4000mAh battery setup, 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera configuration, 32MP selfie shooter, and Android 9 Pie operating system based MIUI 10. The Redmi phone is expected to come with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage.ALSO READ | Dyson launches Pure Cool Me air purifier, V11 Absolute vacuum cleaner and Lightcycle task light starting at Rs 25,900ALSO READ | Realme X, Realme X Youth Edition full specs listed on TENAA ahead of launchALSO READ | Exclusive: This is new Vivo V15 blue colour model with 6GB RAM launching in India next weekGet 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 XiaomiFollow Redmi Redmi flagship will offer long-lasting battery life and sport in-display fingerprint sensorAhead of the launch almost all the specs of the Redmi flagship have been leaked. The key highlights of this Redmi phone are expected to be — Snapdragon 855 SoC, 32MP pop-up selfie camera, three cameras on the back, all screen display, among other things.advertisement
World Cup 2019: Media boycotts interaction with Team IndiaIndian media contingent which turned up for a press conference, 2 days before the team’s 1st match of World Cup 2019, was left bemused when they were informed that net bowlers Avesh Khan and Deepak Chahar would be addressing the sessionadvertisement Press Trust of India SouthamptonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 23:10 IST Indian cricketers after a session of paintball (Twitter: @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIndian media contingent decided to boycott a interaction session with net bowlersIt was expected that at least coach Ravi Shastri or a senior player or support staff would address the mediaDuring 2015 WC skipper MS Dhoni would come for every post-match interaction instead of day’s performerThere is something about ICC World Cups where inevitably the relationship between Indian media and the national team becomes frosty.It wasn’t great during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the start seemed to have been on a discordant note during this edition as well after the Indian media contingent decided to boycott an interaction session with net bowlers Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, and Khaleel Ahmed.With two days left for India’s first game against South Africa, it was expected that at least coach Ravi Shastri or a senior player or support staff would address the media as it has been the norm in any bilateral series with skipper Virat Kohli coming on the pre-match day.However, to everyone’s disbelief, Indian team’s media manager informed the waiting journalists that since Chahar and Avesh are going back on Tuesday (Khaleel is staying back), it was felt that they should get an opportunity to interact with the media.Livid with decision, senior members of the fraternity protested vehemently to this outrageous idea and he was told that if the team wants to cancel the session, they are free to do so as it is unfair both for the media as well as the two youngsters, who don’t have any authority to answer team related queries.When asked why no player or support staff was made available, the media manager said that it was done since India haven’t started its World Cup campaign yet.The logic didn’t seem convincing as it has never happened two days before a marquee event. It seemed more like a case where the Indian media was being told that you have to make do with whatever we make available for you.advertisementThis seemed to be in complete contrast with the relationship that the jumbo Bangladeshi media share with their ‘Tigers’ or even the handful of Pakistani journalists with their players.Many were reminded of the 2015 World Cup, when there was a complete gag on media save pre and post-match days and skipper Dhoni would come for every post-match interaction instead of day’s performer, who would be interviewed by the official BCCI website.Bumrah called for a random dope test: The Indian players may have had issues with NADA conducted dope tests but at the global event, there’s no such problem.On Monday, it was the turn of premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was picked up for the random test conducted by the WADA accredited agency. There is no specific system that is followed and it could be anybody who could be called for providing their urine sample.Rohit takes a knock during throwdowns, carries on without fuss: Rohit Sharma in full flow is a treat to watch even during training sessions and the Indian bowlers were seen getting a taste of their vice-captain’s touch ahead of the first game against South Africa.Rohit looked in perfect control as he hooked Mohammed Shami behind square and Khaleel Ahmed was pulled in front of the square as they both tried to test him with short balls. But the maximum punishment was reserved for Yuzvendra Chahal, who was dispatched into stands on more than one occasion.However, there was a fleeting moment of a scare when he started taking throwdowns at the other net where a ball took off awkwardly and hit him on the gloves. For a couple of minutes, he seemed in some pain as the support staff rushed to check on him. It seemed fine as he continued batting without any discomfort after that.Also Read | India’s home season from September 15 with Freedom Series versus South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Indian football team sends good wishes to Indian cricket team’s wayFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Team IndiaFollow BCCIFollow Indian mediaFollow Avesh KhanFollow Jasprit Bumrah
Google Pixel 4 leaked renders indicate thick top bezels, hand gestures and moreApart from the two cameras and a speaker in the front, the new image renders indicate that the Google Pixel 4 smartphone would come with Soli radar chip that would enable users to use hand gestures to access various controls.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 08:19 IST Image Courtsey: OnLeaks, iGeeksBlogHIGHLIGHTSNew image render of Google Pixel 4 has leaked online.New image indicates that Pixel 4 would come with thick bezels on the top.New image indicates that Pixel 4 would come with two cameras in the front.Google last month shocked everyone by leaking an image of its upcoming premium budget smartphone – the Google Pixel 4 – via its official Twitter handle. While that should have ended, or at least slowed down, the series of rumours and leaks about the Pixel 3 successor, but it hasn’t. And now, a new image renders of the Pixel 4 smartphone indicate that the phone would sport big front bezels and that it would come with hand gesture control.Images of the front panel of the Google Pixel 4 shared by noted tipster Ice Universe contains number of cutouts in the top bezel of the smartphone. The top bezels, as the Verge reports, would be thicker than a lot popular Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the OnePlus 7 Pro which would cover a variety of sensors and front camera that would have remained hidden had Google opted for a pop-up camera or a notch.Another report by 9To5 Google indicates that the cutouts in the forehead bezels would house two front-facing cameras and a speaker. The third cut out is likely to be there for the face recognition technology – a feature the Google Pixel 4 is likely to be equipped with. The fourth cutout on the right corner of the top bezel is expected to house the Soli radar chip, which would enable the users to use hand gestures to access various controls on the Pixel 3 successor.The oval opening of the Pixel 4 Series front panel means that the Google Pixel 4 Series will be groundbreaking and new and worth looking forward to. pic.twitter.com/9Pg9bGcWrsadvertisementIce universe (@UniverseIce) July 20, 2019Apart from the image of the Pixel 4 front panel shared by the tipster, Steve H McFly and iGeeksBlog also shared detailed renders of the upcoming smartphone that show a design similar to the one highlighted in the images by Ice Universe, which is thick top bezels and thin bezels at the bottom. In addition to this, the image also shows the square shaped camera bump, containing a triple camera setup, as was seen in the image tweeted by Google. Notably, the image shared by Google also had a fingerprint sensor missing from the back of the phone indictating that the comany could opt for an in-display fingerprint sensor or a design that is similar to Galaxy S10 instead.pic.twitter.com/mJjHCYy2IvSteve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) July 20, 2019Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones in October this year. Till then we can expect reports and leaks to reveal more details about the upcoming smartphone.ALSO READ: | Google could finally give Pixel 4 the feature it requires desperately: It’s more important than dual camerasALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 XL renders show off triple rear cameras, thick top bezelALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4: Top features, possible specs, price and everything else we know ahead the launch in IndiaGet 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 byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google Pixel 4
Next Watch: Lionel Messi receives record 6th European Golden Shoe, his 3rd in rowBarcelona forward Lionel Messi is the only player to win European golden shoe for 6th time and the only player to win the award for three years in a row. Reuters BarcelonaOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 21:41 IST Barcelona’s Lionel Messi receives his sixth Golden Shoe (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe award is presented to the top goalscorer in league football across EuropeLionel Messi was three ahead of nearest rival Kylian Mbappe, who scored 33 times for Paris St GermainMy team and my team mates, I would have never been able to win even one of these awards without them: MessiBarcelona forward Lionel Messi picked up a record-extending sixth – and third consecutive – European Golden Shoe award on Wednesday following his outstanding individual 2018-19 domestic campaign.The award is presented to the top goalscorer in league football across Europe, with the Argentine finding the net 36 times last season as Barca retained their La Liga title.Messi was three ahead of nearest rival Kylian Mbappe, who scored 33 times for Paris St Germain as they won France’s Ligue 1.”My team and my team mates, I would have never been able to win even one of these awards without them,” Messi said at the presentation in Barcelona. “This is a recognition for everyone, all the team.”For you, daddy. pic.twitter.com/6DaKpRYJ2KFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 16, 2019The forward, who won his first Golden Shoe in 2010, admitted he was disappointed to have missed out on Champions League glory again after Barcelona blew a 3-0 first leg lead to Liverpool at the semi-final stage. However, he said he was conscious that the league should be the club’s priority.”The Champions League is something special and we all want to win it, but we are conscious that the Liga is the most important.”La Liga can help you reach the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It is very difficult if you don’t perform well in the Liga to compete in the Champions League.”We never forget about the Liga and the Copa because we are Barcelona and we always aim to win everything.”advertisementBarca have endured a difficult start to the season, losing twice in their first eight league games. They have won their last three matches to pull themselves into second place on 16 points, two behind leaders Real Madrid.Also Read | La Liga calls for upcoming Clasico to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid after Catalan protestsAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow Barcelona forward
The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected On December 8th the first microbrewery to open in Queens since prohibition opened its doors.Yes, we know – a brewery! Singlecut is housed in 5,000 square feet of awesomeness where fans can find a production facility and tap room as well as a live music stage on the north side of Astoria, near the historic Steinway & Sons factory.Opened by Queens native, Rich Buceta, the destination has become a hot hangout for locals and from Thursday to Sunday the entire space is open for tours. Beer lovers can also come get a growler, grab a meat pie and listen to some live music. When live bands aren’t on stage one can expect to hear some vinyl and classic rock, befitting an all American beer hall.What sets Singlecut apart is its focus on lagers. “Most craft beers focus on ales because they are cheaper and easier to make,” explains Rich, “but we wanted to change peoples’ perception on lagers.” He continues, “People think of their grandfathers’ beers when they think of lagers: PBR, Bud, Coors, Miller, but we are making them more full bodied and adding a little excitement to that category.”The guys bought two horizontal lagering tanks, whereas most buy a vertical tank, then let the beer mature for a minimum of two weeks. They make hoppy ales too since that is what many people are used to but we suggest going in and sampling what they do best, a full bodied lager. But steady on, don’t be that guy rocking out solo at the end of the bar shouting for Skynyrd. Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Queens is packed with attractions including Flushing Meadows Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, Silvercup Studios and was established in 1683. 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts This Foil Packet French Dip Recipe is Great For Camping An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Cool facts about Queens, New York:It is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
First off, let’s be clear here: These aren’t just great toys for boys, they’re great toys for kids. But “cools toys for boys and girls” doesn’t have the same rhyme quality to it, and this is The Manual, dammit, so let’s just go with it. Also, at the time of this writing, I only have one kid who happens to be a boy. If you’re reading this after March 2018, though, I’ll have a daughter too (hey, thanks!), so I may amend the title down the line.Steven John/The ManualSteven John/The ManualLet me assure you that the toys we’re discussing today were carefully selected after a rigorous testing process involving a four-year-old boy playing with them for hours on end, day after day, for weeks and even months, which is like years in an adult’s frame of reference. These are not random things I spotted online during a half-assed, 10-minute search — each of these toys are genuine favorites in our house, and they will surely rise to the top of the proverbial toy basket in yours.Magna-Tiles All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Our son got his first set of Magna-Tiles when he was just shy of two. Then, he could barely separate a pair of squares that became stuck together, and it was not until a few months after his second birthday that he was building rudimentary cubes and prisms. Flash forward two years, and he can now spend an hour constructing elaborate parking garages (they’re always parking garages … I don’t really know where that started) that he will then fill with matchbox cars and little figurines. 1 of 2 Previous Nope. The kid was following the step-by-step programming and building projects within minutes. Within a few hours, Ben was coming up with his own experiments, using the various “blocks” (which consist of things like an LED light panel, a mini speaker, and a Bluetooth enabled widget) to create original projects that he managed to program using the app with minimal help from his mom. I would not recommend this toy for a child younger than four, but would heartily recommend it for age four through death. The Inventor Kit sells for $120, and is but one of many sets the brand offers for a variety of ages.See it Previous Here’s how it works: Each month, your child receives a package filled with an activity booklet, photos, stickers, mini books, souvenirs, and other items all tied to a theme. These include world landmarks, oceans, and more, and many of the kits relate to and expand upon earlier packages. The first month’s Traveler Kit, for example, has a large map that clearly depicts the continents and oceans and teaches kids (and parents) all about how Little Passports works. The second package takes a deep dive (heh) into the world’s oceans.And whoa, OK, side bar — I am not making this up. Just now, at the time of writing this very article, my son knocked on the office door and came in to say, “There’s this really cool Little Passports ocean experiment me and mommy just did, do you want to come and see it?” Which, of course, I did. Turns out they were learning about salinity in oceans and the resulting buoyancy of the water. Through the lens of Little Passports, science, social studies, and geography are made so exciting to young children that they have to interrupt their dad’s work just to tell them. Which is fine by me. Early Explorers package (ages three to five years old) start at $17 per month and are discounted when you sign up for a full year. You can compare all of the subscription options here.See itBRIO TrainsSteven John/The ManualSteven John/The ManualLook, if you don’t have some train toys, you’re doing it wrong. Our son and just about every other kid I know has been playing with BRIO trains (or with Melissa & Doug trains, or one of the other few varieties wooden track toys, almost all of which are compatible) from the early toddler years well into their elementary years. BRIO trains are great for two reasons, though the second one comes with a caveat. Next Editors’ Recommendations Next First, the basic sets are so easy to use that even very young kids will enjoy them. Second, there are so many different expansion kits out there that BRIO trains play can become ever more complex and involved, keeping kids engaged even as they grow older. The issue is that you are going to spend a lot of money on these things over the years/ We suggest starting with the $40 My First Railway Beginner Pack.See itMakeblock Neuron Inventor KitSteven John/The ManualSteven John/The ManualThis one was a stretch for us, as Makeblock Neuron Inventor Kits are recommended for kids starting at age six (ours is four, to refresh your memory), and even though Ben has always had an interest in, and an aptitude, for all things mechanical, robotic, digital, and so forth, I thought that a toy involving programming and coding via iPad app (or tablet or computer) and constructing multi-component devices that are controlled by said programming might be a bit too much. Previous 1 of 2 Steven John/The ManualSteven John/The Manual The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Next 1 of 2 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Next Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us 1 of 2 Previous Magna-Tiles are so much fun because they could not be simpler: they’re just squares, triangles, and (with expansion packs) various other two-dimensional shapes that, thanks to the powerful magnets embedded in their perimeters, can be used to make all manner of three-dimensional shapes. And I will readily admit that even at age 35 these things are lots of fun to play with, so don’t let their rather steep price tag throw you — you’ll get your money’s worth. I mean … your kid will get your money’s worth. They help develop fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and might tease out some of the skills nascent in a budding structural engineer. The 100-piece set sells for $120 on Amazon and is worth every penny.See itLittle PassportsSteven John/The ManualSteven John/The ManualI have to admit I was a bit skeptical about Little Passports at first. There seemed to be a lot of material a child would need to absorb before the fun could actually start, what with new characters (who serve as global guides) to get to know, maps to study, activity books to be read and digested, and so forth. Frankly, the whole process looked more like school work than play time to me. But apparently the people behind this thoroughly researched and carefully curated program knew what they were doing. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For?