King's Cup : Barcelona End Sociedad Hoodoo
- MADRID : Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead. Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon. Barca hadn't won in their last eight meetings at Anoeta with coach Luis Enrique describing their 1-1 draw back in November as "almost a miracle" given how his side had been outplayed.
- However, the Catalans continued signs of their return to form in a bright start that was rewarded when Neymar was clearly upended by Aritz Elustondo 20 minutes in. Just as in the last round, Lionel Messi handed over responsibility from the spot to the Brazilian and he sent Geronimo Rulli the wrong way. Neymar should have added to Barca's lead early in the second-half when he took a poor touch with just Rulli to beat. And Neymar came close again moments later when he curled just wide of the far post from a lovely Messi backheel.
- Sociedad enjoyed plenty of possession, but failed to break down the Barca defence as a dangerous cross from Yuri that just had too much pace for Mikel Oyarzabal at the far post was the closest they came. Indeed, the hosts were fortunate not to concede a second penalty when Neymar was booked for diving 25 minutes from time despite Rulli appearing to clip his heels as the Barca forward rounded the 'keeper. The two sides meet again for the second leg at Barca's Camp Nou on January 26.
Delhi Waveriders Name Rupinder As Captain For HIL 2017
- NEW DELHI : Ace dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh will lead Delhi Waveriders in the upcoming fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), starting January 21. Rupinder will take charge of the tam from New Zealand's Simon Child, who has been named as the vice-captain. Rupinder, who was part of the 2014 Asian Games gold medal-winning Indian team, will lead a young squad, which includes some new faces in Austin Smith of South Africa, Argentina's Manuel Brunet, Vincent Vanasch of Belgium and Indian goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya, Mandip Antil and Pardeep Singh. The Waveriders also has in its disposal two promising Indian players, Junior World Cup-winning side captain Harjeet Singh and 19-year-old Mandeep Singh.
- New international faces of Waveridrs include Manuel, who was part of the 2016 Rio Olympics gold winning Argentina team, Austin, competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the 2010 and 2014 Hockey World Cups, and at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and Belgian goalkeeper Vincent, who represented his national side at the 2012 London Olympics. Commenting on the new-look side, Waveriders coach Ced ric D'Souza said: "With some of the players from last year's team unavailable, we have done our best to fill the gaps with top quality players."
- "Training has gone on really well and we definitely are a well-rounded and balanced team. Needless to say, we will do our best to continue and maintain our past record of a podium finish with, of course, the target being the top place. We can expect some high-octane action in the 2017 Hockey India League." he added. Delhi Waveriders Squad: Rupinder Pal Singh (Captain), Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Antil, Surender Kumar, Pardeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Vikram Kanth, Parvinder Singh, Vikas Dahiya, Santa Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Harjeet Singh, Simon Child (Vice-Captain), Tristan White, Manuel Brunet, Iain Wallace Lewers, Benjamin Stanzl, Vanasch Vincent Francois Bernard, Justin Neil Reid - Ross, Austin Charles Smith. Despite largely empty stands amidst freezing temperatures in the Spanish capital, Atletico made light work of an Eibar side shorn of many of their usual starting line-up to ensure the return leg should be a mere formality.
- "It was difficult in the first-half but you could see the chances would come if we were a bit more precise and that happened in the second-half," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone. The hosts had the ball in the net on 25 minutes, but Stefan Savic was harshly adjudged to have been offside as he slotted home from close range. However, Atletico had to wait only three minutes more to open the scoring when Jose Maria Gimenez beat Rodriguez to a free-kick lofted into the area and Griezmann headed the Uruguayan's knockdown into an empty net. Rodriguez nearly redeemed himself in the second-half when Yannick Carrasco bore down on goal, but despite saving the Belgian's effort, the ball fell kindly for Correa to tap home the rebound. Seven minutes later Atletico killed the tie off when Griezmann headed across goal from Koke's corner and the grateful Gameiro was left unmarked to nod home.
I-T Department Expands List Of Deposits, Transactions Under Scrutiny
- NEW DELHI: The income tax department has expanded the list of high-value financial transactions that have to be reported by banks, companies, post offices and businesses to include cash deposits of Rs 2.5 lakh or more during the demonetisation period. While the Rs 2.5 lakh threshold is for deposits made by individuals across all bank accounts, the floor for current account holders has been fixed at Rs 12.5 lakh. Banks will also have to report all cash deposits and fixed deposits above Rs 10 lakh made during the year. For these depositors, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which released the detailed guidelines on Tuesday , has also sought details of all deposits made since April.
- Bank drafts and prepaid instruments of Rs 10 lakh or more purchased using cash will also have to be reported to the tax department. The latest measures from the tax department are expected to help honest tax payers breathe easy as a threshold has been fixed below which the authorities are unlikely to harass individuals. The government's move to scrap some high value notes in early November and its drive against black money has triggered concern about possible harassment of taxpayers by authorities. Over the years, the govern ment has been collecting information on high value transactions which are tallied with tax returns of individuals and companies to ensure there is no tax evasion.
- In recent years, several transactions without a permanent account number (PAN) have been detected where the government has sought details from taxpayers and also realised unpaid taxes. The fresh guidelines from the tax department are part of the government's drive against black money . Post-demonetisation, there has been he ightened scrutiny by the authorities to plug any evasion and ensure that individuals and companies have not turned black money into white using the banking and financial system. The tax department has already amassed huge data on large cash deposits. Officers are poring through the numbers and emphasis is on high value deposits, and those in dormant and Jan Dhan accounts. In addition, special attention is being paid to cooperative banks, some of which have come under the scanner.
Yuvraj, Dhoni Tons Pip Morgan Blitz As India Seal Series
- There's one distinct difference in the captaincy transition that India are under in limited-overs cricket. Unlike his predecessor's staid presence on the field, Virat Kohli's body language is often a good indicator of India's fortunes on the field. Even in defence of a mammoth 381, the new Indian captain's face took the full gamut of human expression, ranging from hopelessness as he moved a fielder in the direction where the previous ball went to the unbridled delight at the fall of almost every England wicket or during the Yuvraj Singh-MS Dhoni partnership. Eventually, that record 256-run fourth-wicket association between the two senior-most members of his side ensured India got the few extra runs that Eoin Morgan so dearly sought in Pune, to complete a tense 15-run series-clinching win at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack in yet another bat-v-bat contest.
- In the process, that Kohli frown was turned upside down once for all. But that India nearly lost despite scoring over 380 runs was because of a blinder from the England captain, whose ninth ODI hundred almost eclipsed the virtuoso efforts of Dhoni and Yuvraj. Morgan's 81 ball 102 dragged the equation down from 100 off the final eight overs to a more gettable 33 off 12. Eventually, Morgan's blinder reached an unfortunate end courtesy a run-out and the Indian seamers heaved a collective sigh of relief after another unforgiving surface all but gobbled them up. For a second time in as many games this series, India had to take the harder route to get a stranglehold of the match, their top-order proving flaky yet again, this time after being put in to bat. If it was 63 for 4 in Pune, here the hosts were reduced to 25 for 3 with Chris Woakes adding the prize wicket of Virat Kohli besides the two under-fire openers in a fine display of outswing bowling.
- In contrast, England got their chase off to an earnest start despite the early loss of Alex Hales. Even though the run-rate only barely hovered over the six-run mark, the in-form pair of Jason Roy and Joe Root kept scoring a flurry of boundaries as India's seamers failed to realise the folly of bowling short and wide outside off-stump. Not until India introduced Ravindra Jadeja (1-45) did the run defence get a sense of control. Then Ravichandran Ashwin came along with his wickets to put India in the driver's seat through the middle phase. Root, after scoring a seventh half-century of the tour, miscued a slog sweep off Ashwin after the offie made the crucial switch to bowling over the wicket. Jason Roy got 82 eye-catching runs before getting bowled off an attempted run down. When Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler fell to Ashwin, England were staring down the barrel at 206 for 5 in the 32nd over before Morgan, in the company of Moeen Ali, began a spirited fightback.
- The duo's 93-run stand, fortuitous at times but mostly exhilarating, was instrumental in keeping the run chase alive. Moeen survived a run-out and dropped chance to get to a half-century but it was Morgan, who was particularly brilliant in picking his moments - most notably deciding to play out Ashwin carefully while chancing his arm against Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. Even as Bumrah encountered another off-day - conceding 81 runs from his nine overs for his two wickets - India's decision to pick an additional death bowler in Bhuvneshwar Kumar (in for Umesh Yadav) reaped rich benefits as the Uttar Pradesh seamer proved his worth - bowling five overs for only 40 runs in the final 10 to help India across the line. Earlier in the day, Yuvraj turned back the clock with a scintillating career-best 150 and Dhoni followed suit with a century of his own as India overcame the aforementioned early wobble to post a mammoth total on the board. Yuvraj was at his regal best from the get go - the drives and pulls reminiscent of a bygone era of India's ODI history.
- For a second game in the series, the teams were welcomed by a benign-looking pitch and with the possibility of dew later in the evening, Morgan had little qualms in inviting India to take first strike. The first ball of the innings - with KL Rahul cover-driving for four - served as an eerie premonition of things to come even if England's bowlers, Woakes in particular, did admirably well to win the first bout in the opening powerplay. Yuvraj stayed in his element throughout, using his leverage to pull deliveries both in-front and behind square with metronomic precision. England, who'd picked an extra seamer in Liam Plunkett for Adil Rashid, overdid their use of the short delivery, particularly on a ground with short square boundaries.
- Yuvraj reached his half-century off 56 deliveries while Dhoni took 67 for his feat. The duo picked up pace through the middle phase of the innings, slamming his 150th six enroute scoring his first ODI century since March 2011. The partnership chugged past one milestone after another, eventually culminating at 256 - the highest fourth-wicket stand against England in ODIs. After Yuvraj's dismissal, Dhoni turned aggressor - eventually finishing with half a dozen sixes as India, helped by smaller cameos from Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, added 120 in the final 10. It was a total, as even Yuvraj envisioned at the half-way stage was formidable but certainly not safe.