Hail Saina Nehwal, the brand new Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics. Agreed, the Indian badminton queen did not play her best, but luck smiled on her as opponent Wang Xin from China hobbled off the court because of a knee injury.Sport is about victory and celebrations or losses and tears. On Saturday, it was Saina’s chance to flash that million-watt smile as she wore the bronze medal around her neck after the unfinished play-off.”I told my dad I was sorry I couldn’t win gold but at least I have a bronze medal. I just can believe it,” said Saina at the press conference.Having backpedalled right through the brief contest, when Xin used amazing variety to trouble Saina, the Indian was clueless as to what to do.As the first game was drawing to a close, there was sudden drama. Xin fell on the ground and was in pain at the score of 20-18. She took a medical timeout and resumed play. But in a matter of minutes, after winning one point in the second game, the lefthanded Chinese shuttler walked away in tears.It was mixed emotions for Saina as she knew this was not a match she had won but on a stage as big as the Olympics, what counts is a medal for yourself and the nation.”I can imagine what kind of celebration this is going to spark off in India,” said Saina, who had lost to Indonesian Mariana Yulianti in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics.advertisementSo how is she going to celebrate? “I am now going to watch movies and I am going to eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I am going to put on weight!” Saina said.Saina was under a lot of pressure against the tricky Chinese player. Xin used court craft and huge variety in her game to trouble Saina by smashing and placing the shuttle in different corners of the court.Saina had initially taken a 4-2 lead from where Xin caught up with dexterity. The way the lithe Chinese used her wrist with deception had Saina in trouble. More so, when Saina was misjudging the flight of the shuttle on the baseline.But in a matter of minutes, everything changed. Saina did stage a fightback from 7-14 and caught up before Xin’s knee wrecked it.”My initial reaction was that Wang was trying to slow it down or she was trying to get her breath back as she fell down. But once I saw her in the second set, I knew her injury was serious,” explained Saina.Saina told the media she got good sleep last night. “Yes, I did think a lot about the semi-final loss. But I also knew I had to come out fit for the bronze medal play-off,” said Saina.She admitted that she was trying too hard. “I was in a hurry to play attacking strokes from the beginning. And I was perhaps aware of the expectations back home,” said Saina.The atmosphere inside the hall on Saturday was fantastic. Wembley is better known for football but these days it is the indoor badminton hall which has been making huge noise.For the vocal Chinese supporters, this was a big let-down. They had the national flag in place and were loudly cheering star Xin.The Indian fan base, too, was not to be left behind. Waving the Tricolour and cheering Saina in English and Hindi, they were rewarded for their loyalty.
Their pre-match billing as underdogs seemed to have spurred Nepal to give their all as they held India to a goalless draw in a Nehru Cup encounter on Tuesday.After rain forced a delay of 30 minutes, both sides went on the offensive but the stray attacks did not result in any goal.Nepal took control of the midfield early on and did not allow medios Mehtab Hossain and Lenny Rodrigues any space. Nepal earned four corners in the space of ten minutes and there was a close shave for the hosts in the 14th minute as Jagajit Shrestha’s corner created panic in the Indian defence.The ground conditions forced the Indians to resort to the long ball strategy and Sunil Chhetri was tightly marked by the Nepal defence.In the 19th minute, Chhetri tried an overhead-kick but the ball was cleared by Rohit Chand and that was his only attempt at goal in the first half.India got a free-kick just before halftime and Nepal’s Sandip Rai was shown a yellow card for an infringement. But Anthony Pereira failed to make use of the opportunity.Nepal’s display must have surprised India coach Wim Koevermans and he was forced to bring striker Robin Singh in place of winger Clifford Miranda, who failed to provide any spark to the Indian attack during his stay on the field.The second half started with India switching to the 4-4-2 formation with Koevermans hoping that the taller Robin would be able to unsettle the Nepalese defenders.advertisementAnthony Pereira, who had switched to the left wing, tested Nepal goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong for the first time in the second half but his shot was saved by the latter.Mehtab, however, found his bearings in the second half and in the 57th minute, found an overlapping Syed Rahim Nabi but his shot from 40 yards was easily collected by Chemjong.The Indians looked more composed in the second half but the through ball needed to pierce the rival defence was missing in the Indian players’ repertoire.Rodrigues was replaced by Jewel Raja in the 77th minute. Jewel’s introduction had an immediate effect as he made a fine run into the rival box as he dribbled past Sagar Thapa and shot a right-footer which was palmed out by Chemjong for a corner.India almost got the elusive goal from the corner but Chemjong somehow blocked Robin’s powerful left-footer.India upped the ante in the last ten minutes and Jewel was once again in the thick of the action. He found Chhetri near the box but the Indian skipper’s feeble shot was easily collected by Chemjong. In the 91st minute, Chhetri came close to breaking the deadlock but his shot went over the bar.In the dying moments of the game, India got a free-kick and Nepal’s Bikash Singh Chhetri was shown the red card for protesting.In the post match press conference, Koevermans said that Nepal played well in the first half but the slushy turf did not allow the players to play to their potential. “The conditions were difficult and it’s unfortunate that the matches have to be played on these conditions. But we can’t do anything about it,” he said.
The vehicle manufacturer that brought you the 1,000-horsepower Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro has now revived one of the craziest sport-truck badges and given it a dose of modernity.Specialty Vehicle Engineering on Tuesday unveiled the reimagined GMC Syclone sport truck. The conversion starts with a base 2019 GMC Canyon extended-cab midsize pickup in either 2WD or 4WD configuration. Its standard engine is swapped out in favor of a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 that puts out a positively delightful 455 hp, a far cry from the standard V6’s 308-hp output.Of course, all that extra power necessitates beefing up the Syclone in other ways. There’s a performance front brake upgrade that adds six-piston front calipers and two-piece slotted front brake rotors. The truck has been lowered 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the rear for more car-like handling. The suspension’s been further tweaked by way of new traction bars, bushings, shock absorbers and rear sway bar. That power makes its way to the ground through 20-inch wheels wearing Y-rated performance tires. There’s also a new exhaust system that should provide a much meatier growl than the stock setup.Enlarge ImageThe Canyon’s design is a little long in the tooth, but SVE’s enhancements result in a pretty cool look, not too far from the Syclone of old. Specialty Vehicle Engineering The new Syclone also packs some aesthetic enhancements. On the outside, there’s a new hood with a power bump and a “455HP” badge. The rocker panels sport extensions, the grille surround is color-matched to the body, and that matching extends to the grille bars and rear bumper, too. Inside, there are custom-trimmed seats with Syclone graphics, new floor mats, a numbered dash plaque and unique key fobs. Only 100 will be built, and each Syclone will command a $39,995 premium on top of the truck’s MSRP. It could be worse — SVE’s 1,000-horsepower Camaro required $66,995 on top of the Camaro’s window sticker. The best part is, the truck can be ordered through a GMC dealer.Produced only in 1991, GMC built 2,995 examples of the original Syclone. Based on the Sonoma compact truck, it became the quickest pickup truck on the market, thanks to its turbocharged 4.3-liter V6, which put out 280 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. It was capable of a sub-5-second sprint to 60 miles per hour, which is nuts for 1991 — and still pretty impressive today.Enlarge ImageMaxing out the payload capacity with a lowered suspension probably isn’t the best idea. Specialty Vehicle Engineering 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Post a comment More From Roadshow Trucks Sports Cars 0 More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Tags GMC Share your voice 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ride
Dil Raju and Karan JoharCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookAfter SS Rajamouli, Tollywood producers Dil Raju is said to be teaming up with Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar. He has planned to remake Nani and Shraddha Srinath’ Telugu movie Jersey in Hindi.Raju, who made his debut as a producer with the Telugu film Dil in 2003, has bankrolled over 30 movies in his career spanning 16 years and most of them have become successful ventures at the box office. It is known that he is set to enter Bollywood with the remake of F2 – Fun and Frustration in Hindi.The sources close to Dil Raju now claims that he has planned to expand his production house Sri Venkateswara Creations (SVC) all over India. He is set to take successful Telugu movies with universal appeal to Hindi directly and collaborate with top B-Town stars. The Hindi remake of F2 – Fun and Frustration, which he is jointly producing with Boney Kapoor, is the first attempt in that direction.Dil Raju, who is also a well-known distributor, released Jersey in Nizam and Vizag regions and he is stunned by its performance at the ticket counters in these areas. The movie has a universal appeal and after seeing its critical and commercial success, the producer has reportedly planned to take it Bollywood.Sources close to Dil Raju said that he wants to collaborate with Karan Johar for the Hindi remake of Jersey. It is said that he is currently in talks with the Bollywood producer, who earlier presented Baahubali movies. The two are expected to complete the formalities of their first joint production.Written and directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri, Jersey is a period sports drama that is about a middle-aged cricketer who is forced to give up on his dream after his career failed to take off. It has struck a chord audience, critics and also many celebs including SS Rajamouli, Allu Arjun, Jr NTR and Vijay Deverakonda. The movie has recovered over 60 per cent of the distributors’ investment in just three days.