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Surge in inquiries for Badminton after India’s win at the Olympics

The recent Olympic games have turned many youngsters into wannabe sports persons.Several youngsters have begun to take seriously the importance of badminton after the medals that India won at the Olympics,says a piece in the ‘Times of India’.

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Sports is certainly a good way of recreation and it is certainly better  alternative to some of our mundane choices that turn us into couch potatoes.

Olympian Athletes have taken India to all new level. After bringing India into the focus of limelight, Indian athletes have inspired several school children to take sports seriously.

Google too saw a surge in sports related searches after India’s win of  handful of medals. India’s victory at the Olympics shows that sports is for everyone.

The TOI reports that several badminton academies in the country have seen a surge in inquiries and calls regarding the training fees and duration.  There has also been a increase in the sale of Rackets, shuttle cocks and  other accessories says the article.

Sports academies say that this is a positive sign of teenagers and school  goers having taken a step forward to hone their  badminton skills and indulge in something worth the while.Young people are inspired by the likes of PV Sindhu and want to win a medal like her at the  Olympics.

While not everyone can be an Olympian like PV Sindhu or the others, it is rest assured that people will take up the sport and spend their time in a better way.

India Versus West Indies – 1st T20I Review

After an extremely one sided test series which India took 2-0(4), the action shifted to a format which evened the scales. The reigning World T20 champions took on the Men in Blue in the first of the 2 T20I. The last time these two teams had squared up, India suffered an emotional loss at home in the World T20 semifinal. What made this contest more exciting was that it was played in Florida, cricket’s newest market.

India won the toss and as expected, elected to bowl. What followed was nothing short of a brutal carnage. The Windies openers, Charles and Lewis led the hostile takeover as they took the attack to the bowlers from the word go. The very first over of the match bowled by Shami bled 17 runs and there was no looking back. Charles was bludgeoning the ball while Lewis was milking runs at ease. 78 runs from the power play and a whopping 132 from the first 10. If India thought that the storm was over, they were in for a huge surprise. Lewis took a liking for Binny and smacked 5 sixes of his only over, the eleventh of the innings. He completed a well-deserved century before falling to Jadeja. Russell, Pollard and Brathwaite chipped in with useful contributions as West Indies amassed a mammoth 245/6.
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India had to conjure a lot of brilliance to pull off this heist. Rahane fell early courtesy a good low catch by Bravo and when Russell snarled Kohli inside the power play, the writing was on the wall for the Men in Blue. Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul had other plans as they went about their jobs with utmost ease. Sharma was carting the bowlers to heaven and back while Rahul was stamping his increasing authority as a T20 batsman. Both reached their half centuries in good time and more importantly, they didn’t let the required rate get out of hand. Sharma’s departure in the 12th over brought Dhoni to the middle. Rahul was unfazed by the mounting pressure. He kept harassing the West Indian bowlers and completed his century of 46 balls. India did tremendously well to reduce the target to 8 of 6. What then should have been a routine chase especially with a centurion and a well set MSD in the middle turned out to be a nightmare. With 2 needed of 1, Bravo held his nerve as Dhoni was caught by Samuels at short third man to hand West Indies a thrilling 1 run win.
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The action will resume less than 24 hours later as Lauderhill, Florida prepares for another edge of the seat thriller.

Weekly wind-up of the English Premier League- 2nd week

Manchester United 2-0 Southampton-Comprehensive performance by Zlatan

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Manchester United has lived up to the expectations by cruising into a comfortable win over Southampton in the first Friday night match of the English Premier League 2016. Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to be in sublime form and added another goal to his kitty, making it 4 out of 3 in the Premier League so far. Paul Pogba, the new French sign up, was equally good with his brisk passes and short runs.

Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City-It is all too easy for the Blues

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Burnley 2-0 Liverpool-The Reds gets a reality check

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An elated Liverpool travelled down to Burnley hoping to carry the momentum of their Arsenal win with them. However, the match turned on its head when Burnley scored two goals and the Reds were left wanting for a better conversion rate. Sam Vokes registered his first ever goal in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s side kept attacking the Burnley post, but that elusive goal added two points to the hosts’ point table.

 Swansea City 0-2 Hull City-Hull City keeps marching ahead

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Hull City scored their second consecutive win, underlining the fact that the off-field problems have not affected their performance on the field. If their win against Champions Leicester wasn’t convincing enough, the match against Swansea City hammered it in quite convincingly.

Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace-Wanyama wins it for Tottenham

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The match seemed to be heading to yet another draw for Tottenham when in the last 10 minutes they pulled things back and bagged a crucial 3 points in the process. Crystal Palace held on for most of the match time but lost composure in the closing minutes and signed off with a loss against their name. The winning goal came through a header by Victor Wanyama.

 Watford 1-2 Chelsea-Chelsea draws a last minute relief!

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It was not just Tottenham who had to wait till the final minutes to breathe a sigh of relief, as Chelsea trumped up yet another impressive win in the Premier League 2016. It was Watford which raced ahead with Etienne Capoue scoring a brilliant goal and then deciding to sit back and fend off the Blue waves. Their hard work was rewarded in the 80th minute when Michy Batshuayi bought the equalizer, but it was Diego Costa once again with the match winning goal towards the end.

West Brom 1-2 Everton-Everton wins a thriller!

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Everton registered their first win of the EPL 2016 with a valiant win over West Brom. It was the Baggies who took the lead in the first half, thanks to a Gareth McAuley header, but Everton levelled the scores through Kevin Mirallas. It was left to Gareth Barry to finish things off and winning valuable points for his side in the process.

Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal-The Gunners left to rue ‘missed’ penalties

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The Champions are finding it d increasingly difficult this season with their scoreboard drawing a blank after the first two matches. The Gunners came into the match with a loss on their back and must have wanted to register their win, but a goal proved elusive to both teams in the end. Arsenal had much to complain about after at least two claims of penalty were turned down by the line referee. Replays clearly suggested that the Gunners had more than a good shot at winning those.

 Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough-Boro wins the Sunday Derby

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Middlesbrough made it past Sunderland comfortably in the end, thanks to Uruguayan forward Cristhian Stuani who set off proceedings with a brilliant goal against his name. Sunderland tried to come back into the match with a Patrick van Aanholt goal, but in the end, the deserving team won. Aitor Karanka’s side will now proceed to the other matches with a lot of confidence under his belt.

 West Ham United 1-0 Bournemouth –Upton Park brings in much needed luck for the hosts

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It was their first match in the new ground, and what better way to set things off with a home win? Bournemouth’s Harry Arte was booked twice and was subsequently shown the exit, cutting out West Ham’s task, and Michail Antonio proved to be the man who registered their first win at Upton Park.

English Premier League: Who is buying whom in Football Transfer deals?

There is just another week for the windows to be slam shut and plenty of deals to be done. The English premier league is going on and  Football teams are going through a major reshuffle and it is  important to know who is buying whom.

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The four major Football clubs remain the center of attention: Arsenal,  Liverpool and Manchester United and Chelsea.

It must  be noted the deals involving several players will run into millions of dollars. While the total valuation of the players runs into millions of  dollars, the worth of these Football clubs and the Premier League runs into billions.                                                                                          The size of the deals is of course very large and is a must know for football fans and those who closely watch the English Premier League. The Players will of course be worth their penny in Euros.

Arsene Wenger is already cheering up Arsenal fans. Arsene Wenger  doesn’t fail to impress and he gets it right most times. Jose Mourinho,  who moved to Manchester United FC this year does not want  disappointment. He is all ready to boost the spirits of the team. Jose will  guide the Manchester United FC with his personality and leadership  qualities, though there are those who don’t agree.

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Part of the deal will be goalkeepers, strikers and just everyone who will be a key players in the Premier league teams..

There have been enough of breaking news off late this week as the deals  continue and will end in a weeks time on 31st August 2016. The transfer windows began on June 09 2016 will end on August 31st 2016. There have been a flurry of social media posts, tweets and other stuff that might interest football fans to keep track of the new  entrants and the developments taking place with the transfer deals happening.

Players in the news – Lucas Perez, Eduardo, Claudio Bravo, Will Miller,  Alessio Romagnoli, Bersant Celina, Ronald Koeman, Phil Jones.

The deals will be important for football clubs who are not compromising  to have the best players as part of the clubs and teams.

Younger players in the age group like Will Miller has been loaned by Tottenham to Burton Albion. The Under 21 player is seen as a contender to  score goals. The excitement is building up. Manchester City have signed  Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. Claudio Bravo will be with Manchester city as part of a four year old deal. While the price is not known – it is rumored to be around 17 million Pounds.

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Bersant Celina, midfielder from Manchester city has joined FC Twente and will be on loan. The 19 year old was linked to another team, but now is  confirmed to be with Twente FC. He will be part of  a four year old  contract.

Scott Hogan will be another major player as part of Hull and Derby. H&D have purchased Scott Hogan as part of a 7 Million Pounds dealing.

Swiss Midfielder, Fernandes is now part of West Ham United. Chelsea has bought in Eduardo.                                                                                 The 33-year old goalkeeper from Portugal will be on a one year deal. On the other hand, Sunderland FC has signed up Manquillo on a loan deal with option to buy.

The ongoing transfer deals will finish on 31st of August 2016. It is left to  see where these transfer deals will take the Premier league teams to a new pace and also give football club fans what they had expected.