Joelinton joins Newcastle in club-record £35m deal

first_imgNewcastle have completed the signing of Hoffenheim striker Joelinton in a club-record £35 million ($44m) deal.The Brazilian’s fee breaks the previous record of £20.5 million ($27m), which the Magpies paid to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United earlier this year.Joelinton becomes Steve Bruce’s first signing as Newcastle head coach after the former Sheffield Wednesday boss was named Rafa Benitez’s successor last week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He will wear the famous No. 9 shirt at St James’ Park and has signed a six-year deal that will keep him at the club through until 2025.“I’m really happy to be here,” he said in a statement. “I know it’s a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsibility.“I’m highly motivated and hope to give back on the pitch.”Bruce added of his new frontman: “The kid’s got an exciting time ahead of him. He’s a smashing young player and we’re obviously delighted to get him. It’s been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody.“He’s got everything that a modern-day player wants. He’s big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important.“He’s learned the history and wanted it (the number nine shirt), and that’s always a big shirt to fill. But in his eyes, it was ‘bring it on – it’s what I’m here for’.”He’s risen to that challenge, and I’m sure he will be a big, big favourite of the supporters. He’s got an incredible work-rate about him, he’s got a really good humility about him, and all the attributes a top striker needs.”The 22-year-old is a much-needed reinforcement for a team that has lost several key attacking players from last season. Last year’s top scorer Salomon Rondon returned to West Brom after spending the season on loan with Newcastle, and was promptly sold to Benitez’s new side Dalian Yifang.In addition, Ayoze Perez joined Leicester City and Joselu departed to link up with Alaves in his native Spain.The Magpies will hope Joelinton can help fill the void, with the Brazilian having netted 11 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for Hoffenheim last season.Prior to last season Joelinton spent two campaigns on loan with Rapid Vienna, where he scored 15 league goals in 60 appearances.last_img read more

There Was Another Massive Upset In The Big 10 Tonight

first_imgAn exterior view of Northwestern's football stadium.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of Ryan Field before the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Syracuse Orange on September 7, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)It was a day full of upsets in the Big Ten. So, it’s fitting that a major one would go down at night, too.The league, which has already suffered losses today to Troy, USF, BYU, Kansas and Temple, can add Akron to that list.Northwestern, a 21-point favorite, fell at home to Akron this evening. The Wildcats lost, 39-34. Akron outscored Northwestern 13-6 in the fourth quarter.It’s Akron’s first win over a Big Ten team in more than a century. Seriously.Akron knocks off Northwestern 39-34 for its first win against a Big Ten team since 1894 – yes, 1894— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 16, 2018The Big Ten has certainly seen better days.The B1G has losses to:TroyKansasAkronMissouriUSFTempleBYU— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) September 16, 2018At least Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan looked good today. The Big Ten is going to need to pick things up in a major way moving forward.last_img read more

QB Kelly Bryant Admits Interest In Transferring To This Program

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made a change at the quarterback position when he benched former starter Kelly Bryant in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. It didn’t take long for Bryant to announce his plans to transfer from Clemson after the fall semester.As Bryant eyes a transfer for the spring semester, a few programs have been mentioned as possible transfer destinations. Over the weekend, Bryant was in Chapel Hill for a visit with North Carolina.Bryant has one more official visit on his schedule. The former Tigers quarterback set an official visit Arkansas later this season.He outlined his interest in the Razorbacks program today with Arkansas sportscaster Bo Mattingly. Bryant said he’s excited for the opportunity to visit the team.Bryant: Chad Morris is the guy that recruited me to Clemson. That relationship is really strong. I’ve been talking to him, and it feels like we’re picking up right where we left off when I was in high school.— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) October 17, 2018The relationship between Bryant and Arkansas head coach Chad Morris could be the deciding factor in Bryant’s transfer decision.Missouri and Louisville are also reportedly in the running to land the star transfer.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Tom Herman, Mike Gundy Had To Be Held Back From Each Other In Final Seconds Of Oklahoma State’s Win

first_imgtom herman and mike gundy joke around during a gameSTILLWATER, OK – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns greets head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys before their game on October 27, 2018 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Oklahoma State knocked off No. 6 Texas on Saturday night, and the final minute of the contest almost included a brawl involving the two head coaches – Mike Gundy and Tom Herman.With the game in-hand, Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius took a knee, only to be rushed by Longhorns defensive lineman Breckyn Hager. Hager’s actions led to some pushing and shoving……which led to Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy running onto the field to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. Texas head coach Tom Herman then did the same, and freaked out when the referees attempted to stop him. He didn’t seem to find it fair that he was not allowed the same freedom.At one point, it looked like the two wanted to fight. But cooler heads prevailed.Here’s video:Tom Herman was NOT happy.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) October 28, 2018Herman and Gundy are all good now. Apparently a misunderstanding.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 28, 2018Mike Gundy explained his running out onto the field to Tom Herman in the postgame handshake in an effort to prevent a fight. Herman seemed to accept that explanation.— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) October 28, 2018After the game, Herman and Gundy appeared to make up during their handshake. Luckily, that’s where it ended.Texas, with the loss, will most likely drop from the top 10 in the polls this week.last_img read more

How Much Money Kyler Murray Reportedly Wants To Play Baseball

first_imgkyler murray speaks after winning the heisman trophyNEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has until tomorrow to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, though the Oakland A’s are still trying to get the two-sport star to commit to them for next year and beyond.Oakland took Murray in the top 10 of last April’s MLB Draft and gave him a signing bonus of nearly $5 million. However, after originally saying he would focus on baseball, Murray is reportedly leaning toward the NFL.Earlier today, reports emerged that the A’s were sending a large contingent of team officials, including team president Billy Beane, to meet with Murray.  Their goal was to convince him to choose baseball.Now, the latest report from WFAA’s Mike Leslie indicates Murray might want big money to choose hardball over the gridiron.According to a source close to the situation, Kyler Murray’s number is $15M.He wants big time money to stick with baseball, otherwise he will enter the NFL draft tomorrow.The A’s are doing everything they can, sending their top brass, led by Billy Beane, to meet with him.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) January 13, 2019If this report from Leslie is accurate, let’s assess this from both sides. It makes sense for Murray to want to get as much guaranteed money as possible, particularly if he really wants to play football.However, allocating that much to him might not be worth it for Oakland. That is a lot of money for a college outfielder who isn’t a sure bet to make the major leagues.Obviously, the A’s love Murray’s talent, but he’s regarded as a prospect who needs time to develop. We’ll see how this all turns out soon.last_img read more

Oklahoma Student Goes Public, Accuses RB Kennedy Brooks Of Abuse

first_imgKennedy Brooks of Oklahoma after a big play.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 10: Running back Kennedy Brooks #26 is congratulated by offensive lineman Cody Ford #74 and offensive lineman Ben Powers #72 of the Oklahoma Sooners on a touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 48-47. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)A University of Oklahoma student is going public with accusations of abuse against Sooner RB Kennedy Brooks. This comes after Brooks was reinstated last month following a Title IX investigation.The investigation was a result of a female student accusing Brooks of physical abuse. Now, that student, a 20-year-old junior named Mallory Jech, has come forward.Jech took to Twitter on Friday night to issue a scathing critique of her alma mater and detail alleged incidents of abuse at the hands of Brooks.The University of Oklahoma (@UofOklahoma) values their student athletes more than their average student. I refuse to be quiet. And here’s why: I’m being played as the girl who lied about being abused. However, I’m the girl who protected a liar & an abuser’s career. Until now.The University of Oklahoma (@UofOklahoma) values their student athletes more than their average student. I refuse to be quiet. And here’s why: I’m being played as the girl who lied about being abused. However, I’m the girl who protected a liar & an abuser’s career. Until now.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019 In a full 16-tweet thread, Jech says she and Brooks dated from June 2018 until March of this year. During their relationship, she claims she was “used, cheated on, manipulated and abused both mentally AND physically.”Jech went to Title IX “a few months” before May but did not tell her story at the time. She would eventually speak with them in May when the investigation was started.I will not let the University of Oklahoma silence me. I will not let Kennedy Brooks silence me. I’m not doing this for attention or for anyone to feel sorry for me. I’m doing this for every girl who is too scared to speak up against their abuser. I will tell anyone my story.— mal (@malloryjech) August 2, 2019You can read the full Twitter thread from Jech here.Brooks missed team workouts while the investigation was ongoing but was reinstated in early July. He led the Sooners in rushing yards last season (1,056 yards) and tied with Kyler Murray for second-best on the team with 12 rushing touchdowns.Oklahoma is set to begin its 2019 season at home against Houston on Sept. 1.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Early Prediction For Notre Dame-Georgia

first_imgGeorgia and Notre Dame players line up for a snap in 2017. They will have their rematch in College Football Week 4.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Lamont Gaillard #53 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets ready to snap the ball during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Georgia won 20-19. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Looking ahead to next weekend in college football, Notre Dame-Georgia is one of the biggest matchups on the docket.This battle of top 10 teams is the second game of a home-and-home between the two storied programs. Georgia won the first meeting in South Bend two years ago.The Bulldogs have handled their business through three weeks, beating Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State with no problems. Notre Dame, meanwhile, beat Louisville in its season-opener and moved to 2-0 with a 66-14 thrashing of New Mexico yesterday.ESPN’s early prediction for the game is out. The FPI favors Georgia at home, unsurprisingly. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Georgia has a 67.3 % chance of winning next Saturday, according to ESPN’s Matchup Predictor.All eyes will be on Athens come Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.CBS will broadcast the action as its SEC primetime game.Notre Dame and Georgia have only met three times before, with the Bulldogs winning the previous two matchups in 1981 and 2017.last_img read more

Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled Australia

first_img Rohan Sen SydneyDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 14:20 IST Aaron Finch’s failure at the top has contributed to Australia’s downfall in this series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFinch has managed just 97 runs in the series so far at an average of just over 16Khawaja has performed a little better with 167 runs at 27.83 with a highest score of 72Ponting also wants Australia to include batting all-rounder Marnus Labuchagne in the playing XIFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting is of the opinion that the home side should drop Aaron Finch from the playing XI for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney starting January 3.Ponting feels that Finch has been given a long enough rope to prove his credentials as an opener in the Test team but he has failed miserably which is why the Aussies need to think differently for the New Year Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Ponting wants Australia to include uncapped all-rounder Marnus Labuchagne in the playing XI and open the batting with the in-form Usman Khawaja in Sydney.”I’ve seen Labuschagne has come into the line-up so to me straightaway that means Finch has to miss out and Usman will open the batting, I’d imagine,” Ponting told”That’s how it looks – Labuschagne probably bats four, (Travis) Head five and Mitch Marsh six – I think that’s the way they’re going to line up. I can’t really think what else they can do.”The selectors and the captain and coach have obviously had a long chat about what they want and what they expect. We’ll see how they line up,” Ponting was quoted as saying by has registered scores of 27, 0, 28, 11, 50, 25, 8 and 3 for a total of 97 runs in the series so far at an average of just over 16.Khawaja has performed a little better with 167 runs at 27.83 with a highest score of 72.The SCG is traditionally Australia’s most spin-friendly Test venue and Ponting believes Labuschagne could play a role as the second spinner behind Nathan Lyon.advertisement”He looked impressive a couple of times in the UAE in the Tests over there. (He) bowled well, which is something they’re probably thinking about for the SCG Test as well. To be honest I haven’t seen a lot of him I’ll reserve my judgment until I see a little more,” Ponting added.Through a chaotic few months and in the years building up to his maiden Test tour Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne has never stopped believing in the Baggy Green | @AdamBurnett09 (@cricketcomau) December 31, 2018The most successful Australian skipper also pointed out that the batsmen are mental mistakes while technical issues have also crept into their game.”There are mental mistakes being made and a lot of technical issues that need to be addressed pretty quickly. But they’re not going to find those (answers) in three days.”So it’s going to come down more to the mental side of things and we’ll see if they’re up for the battle or not in Sydney. There’s a still a series on the line being 2-1 down, they have to win in Sydney so let’s hope they respond really well,” Ponting concluded.With India 2-1 up in the four-match series, the focus now shifts to the fourth Test in Sydney which will offer more spin to the tweakers giving the tourists an added advantage as Ravichandran Ashwin is close to match-fitness and should return to the side for the New Year Test.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara difference between India-Australia: Justin LangerAlso Read | India the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan BorderAlso Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 India vs AustraliaFollow Sydney TestFollow New Year TestFollow Aaron FinchFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Ricky Ponting Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled AustraliaIndia vs Australia: Aaron Finch has struggled with the bat in the three Tests so far and is likely to be dropped from the playing XI, according to Ricky Ponting.advertisementlast_img read more

Hashim Amla to miss South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODIs to be with his ill father

first_imgHashim Amla to miss South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODIs to be with his ill fatherHashim Amla has asked for permission to miss the last one-day international against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds in order to be with his ailing father.advertisement Reuters Port ElizabethMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 18:25 IST Hashim Amla cited family reasons for missing the final two ODIs vs Sri Lanka. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla pulled out of the final two ODIs between South Africa and Sri LankaSouth Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Amla’s father is critically illAmla had been rested for the first three ODIs, all of which South Africa wonVeteran batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the South African One-Day International squad to play Sri Lanka for family reasons, granting a reprieve for opener Reeza Hendricks who had been dropped for the final two matches of the series.”Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill,” Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.Hendricks played as an opener in the first three games of the series, all won by South Africa, but managed scores of only 1, 29 and 4, dealing a blow to his chances of making the squad for the World Cup in England and Wales starting in late May.The experienced Amla, 35, is seen as a certainty to travel to the global showpiece tournament, but had been rested for the start of the series to allow Hendricks to stake his claim.Amla was rested after a poor Test series last month amid growing speculation his international career is coming to an end.The fourth ODI will be played in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.”Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup,” said selection panel convener Linda Zondi.”We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned.”South Africa face hosts England in the opening game of the World Cup at The Oval in London on May 30.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Hashim AmlaFollow South Africa vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

Hyundai Venue first design sketches unveiled, might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 12:17 IST A bold grille along with split headlamps gives Hyundai Venue a unique look upfront.HIGHLIGHTSThe design sketches reveal a very sporty front fascia of Hyundai Venue.The cabin of Hyundai Venue is expected to be spacious with ample room for three adults at the back seat.Hyundai Venue will get the company’s advanced global connectivity solution — ‘Hyundai BlueLink’.Hyundai Motor India today unveiled the first design sketches of its compact SUV Venue. While the global premiere of Hyundai Venue will take place at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, 2019, the compact SUV will be simultaneously previewed in India as well.Several reports have already claimed that Hyundai Venue will be launched in India on May 21, 2019. The upcoming compact SUV will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport and Mahindra XUV300 following its introduction in the country.According to the car manufacturer, Hyundai Venue will be big on connectivity, performance and personality.”The concept behind the Hyundai Venue embodies the characteristics of ‘the place to be’, en route to the final destination, wherever that may be. From everyday workplace activities to weekend fun, Hyundai Venue is a great fit in accommodating busy lifestyles with an abundance of playful and practical features, including seamless safety, versatility and connectivity,” Hyundai Motor India said in a statement. Hyundai VenueThe design sketches reveal a very sporty front fascia of Hyundai Venue. A bold grille along with split headlamps gives the compact SUV a unique look. Hyundai Venue will get roof rails as well as diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear, the compact SUV will feature spoiler, skid plate and LED tail lamps. Hyundai VenueThe cabin of Hyundai Venue is expected to be spacious with ample room for three adults at the back seat. There will premium seat upholstery and a touchscreen infotainment system, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The compact SUV might feature a sunroof as well.advertisementHyundai Venue is expected to be available with three engine options — 1.4-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol. The engines are expected to be mated to both manual and automatic transmissions.Hyundai Venue will get the company’s advanced global connectivity solution — ‘Hyundai BlueLink’. The compact SUV will have 33 features, out of which 10 are specifically for the Indian market. Hyundai BlueLink will focus on safety, security, remote access, vehicle relationship management, location-based services, and alert services.According to the company, the Hyundai BlueLink has been developed and rigorously tested in India for the customers keeping in mind their day-to-day needs and challenges faced on the roads while driving. For easy accessibility, features like SOS (save our souls), roadside assistance and BlueLink button have been provided on the inside rearview mirror.As claimed by the company, the Hyundai BlueLink provides industry-first safety features like vehicle theft tracking and immobilization for recovery of stolen vehicles. Other safety features are speed alert, geofence alert, panic notification, and share destination. Among the remote control functions are engine start/stop, climate control, door lock/unlock, horn honk and light and vehicle status.Hyundai Venue might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).ALSO READ | 2019 Suzuki Intruder launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.08 lakhALSO READ | BMW Z4 Roadster launched in India, price starts at Rs 64.90 lakhALSO READ | Toyota Innova Crysta, Innova Touring Sport, Fortuner launched with more comfort features, improved interiorsGet 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Compact SUVFollow Upcoming compact SUVFollow 2019 compact SUVFollow Compact SUV design sketchesFollow Compact SUV launch Hyundai Venue first design sketches unveiled, might be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakhSeveral claims have already been made about Hyundai Venue being launched in India on May 21, 2019. The upcoming compact SUV will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford Ecosport and Mahindra XUV300 following its introduction in the country.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

The greatest ever

first_img Dhruv Saxena May 3, 2019 ISSUE DATE: May 13, 2019UPDATED: May 3, 2019 17:09 IST We took the Porsche 911 and BMW X4 for a spin to find out what lived up to the hype. And what didn’t.I grew up hearing statements like The Porsche 911 is the greatest sportscar ever. Everyone who had driven one automotive expert or otherwise seemed to be echoing the sentiment.While a regular school-going like me was no one to contest those claims, but the charm of the 911 seemed lost onI grew up hearing statements like The Porsche 911 is the greatest sportscar ever. Everyone who had driven one automotive expert or otherwise seemed to be echoing the sentiment.While a regular school-going like me was no one to contest those claims, but the charm of the 911 seemed lost on me. For starters, it wasn’t the sort of car that evoked the same emotions a Ferrari or a Lamborghini (which adorned my bedroom walls) did. Primarily because it didn’t boast an outrageous exterior, scissor doors or an ostentatious interior. And with no access to any car of its kind, my judgment relied on the headlining numbers and the 911 with its relatively humble power and torque figures never caught my fancy. But hey, so many people can’t be wrong, right? Buyers can choose from a long list of customisation options for the interior trim and upholstery Fast forward to 2019, I found myself sitting behind the wheel of a new-generation Racing Yellow 992 Carrera 4S in the pit lane of the Buddh International Circuit getting ready to head out for a lap. Three corners in and I already knew why people wax lyrical about the 911. The grip, the balance, the composure, everything just ties together so well. It builds up your confidence with every corner with a steering that tells you exactly what the tyres are up to, brakes that are set up just right and the new 8-speed PDK gearbox that always has the car in the right gear. For the next lap, I was handed the rear-wheel drive Carrera and that proved to be even more fun. Quite obviously, this one was more willing to stick its tail out and it did on occasion before being reined in by the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) to make sure I didn’t make a fool out of myself by pointing in the wrong direction.advertisementSitting behind the rear axle is a 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine churning out 444 bhp marking an increase of 30 bhp over its predecessor. In the Carrera S guise, the 911 can hit 100 kmph from a standstill in just 3.7s. The 992’s face features full LED lighting, a sharper bumper and hood recesses that are inspired by the 911s of yore. At the back the changes are more prominent with a light bar that brings the 911 in line with what has become a Porsche styling signature. The five-dial analogue instrument console makes way for a more digital affair. The central analogue tacho is flanked on either side by customisable screens that can display all manner of data. I love every bit but one the stubby gear selector. A 10.9-inch display takes centrestage and overall the luxury quotient remains high with a superb fit and finish and generally high levels of quality all around. With the 992, Porsche has improved upon an already stellar package with better performance, at least on the track, improved driving dynamics and a plusher interior but with the magic of the 911 still very much intact.Four FusionBMW X4 HEAD TURNER The BMW X4 will definitely get you thatsecond (and third) glanceBMW may have drawn the ire of many for the X6 and the X4 owing to their controversial styling, but the car maker had the last laugh. Over the last decade, close to half a million units of the X6 and the smaller sibling, X4 have been sold globally clearly indicating that people haven’t just accepted SUV-coupes but the market now has a healthy appetite for them.Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder holds so true for the X4. The nose is not too different from the X3, but post the A-pillar, things change drastically with a plummeting roofline. The rear section of SUV-coupes tends to be the most controversial bit. In the X4’s case, at least for me, this is the part that I love the most. The rather fetching posterior with its subtle ducktail spoiler and the lovely LED detailing of the tail lights make the rear three quarters the BMW X4’s best angle. Sure, some of you might disagree with me and I’m not one to impose my opinions, especially when it comes to styling, but no one can deny that the X4 is a definite head turner.The dashboard has been lifted straight from the X3 with identical switchgear and layout with the steering wheel and all black theme, courtesy the M Sport X trim, being the only noticeable differences. Equipment wise, the X4 comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, the BMW Display Key, gesture control for the infotainment unit that can be accessed via the 10.25-inch display and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio setup.advertisementUnsurprisingly, a direct consequence of the sloping roofline is compromised rear headroom as compared to the X3.Our test car came with a 2.0-litre in-line 4 petrol with turbocharging churning out 252 bhp and 350 Nm helping the X4 to 100 kmph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds. That’s pretty quick. It’s actually just 0.3 seconds slower than the 3.0-litre in-line 6 diesel variant which has more power and 270 Nm more torque. The third engine option is a 2.0-litre diesel with 190 bhp of max power and 400 Nm of peak torque on tap. Gearbox duties are handled by the ubiquitous 8-speed torque convertor from ZF which is quick and jerk-free. BMW is a pioneer of sorts when it comes to sporty SUVs and the likes of the X4 are a testament to that. The X4’s dynamic capabilities belie the high-riding body style.So, if you’re someone with around Rs 70-odd lakh to spare and looking for something that will have people craning their necks to get another glimpse of what just drove past them then, by all means, go ahead and indulge yourself.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet 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 The greatest everWe took the Porsche 911 and BMW X4 for a spin to find out what lived up to the hype. And what didn’t.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

How to deal with Rashid Khan: Adam Zampa promises to tutor Australian batsmen

first_imgHow to deal with Rashid Khan: Adam Zampa promises to tutor Australian batsmenHaving met Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan earlier this year, Adam Zampa believes that the insights gained from the meeting will come in handy for his fellow Australian batsmen when they face him in the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 15:28 IST Zampa met Rashid during the BBL in January 2019 (ICC/IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAdam Zampa had met Rashid Khan during the Big Bash League earlier this yearZampa recently admitted that the Afghan sensation is an ‘unbelievable’ bowlerZampa said that the insights will help Australian batsmen to counter Rashid during the World CupFinger-spinners are ruling the roost in white-ball cricket these days. Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has led this renaissance of sorts emerging as the No. 1 T20 bowler in the world. His impact on world cricket has been such that almost every international team these days packs a wrist-spinner in their team while playing ODIs and T20Is. Adam Zampa, the Australian leg-spinner has been a beneficiary of the same.Recalling his meeting with Rashid Khan earlier in January 2019 during the Big Bash League, Zampa recently admitted that the Afghan sensation is an ‘unbelievable’ bowler.”The reason he runs in so fast is because he’s got really thick fingers and holds the ball right at the end (of his fingers),” Zampa explained to reporters.”I bowl it (the ball) right in my palm, he bowls it right at the end. He’s so hard to pick because he just uses the end of his fingers. I tried doing it but they were just slipping out. I was like, ‘this bloke is unbelievable’.”As the two spinners exchanged notes on spin bowling, Zampa also quipped that though ‘could never bowl like Rashid’, the tips from Rashid would certainly come handy for the Australian batsmen when they face Afghanistan on June 1 in the 2019 World Cup.”To his credit he spent about 45 minutes with me…and (Marcus) Stoinis actually came over and was interested. I am so glad I did that because I now know I could never bowl like Rashid.”But having that information now means I can give it to our batters. Rashid Khan is a once in a lifetime bowler.”advertisementThough Afghanistan were one of the last 2 sides to qualify for the World Cup, they have managed to impress everyone with their constant rise in the cricket world. On the other hand, defending champions Australia will be gunning for their 6th World Cup title after receiving a major shot in the arm with the return of Steven Smith and David Warner.Also Read | Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni invaluable to Team India, says Brendon McCullumFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Rashid KhanFollow Adam ZampaFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019last_img read more

Ram Charan and wife Upasana Kamineni celebrate wedding anniversary in Africa. See pics

first_imgRam Charan and wife Upasana Kamineni celebrate wedding anniversary in Africa. See picsRam Charan and Upasana are celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary in Tanzania, an East African country. Upasana took to Instagram to share a couple of pics from their vacation.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChennaiMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 15:19 IST Ram Charan and Upasanan KamineniRam Charan and Upasana Kamineni have jetted off to Africa and are celebrating a happy vacation ahead of their 7th wedding anniversary, which is on June 14. The couple got engaged in December 2011 and tied the knot in June 2012.Upasana and Ram have made a promise to each other that on every anniversary they will do something new. Sticking to their promise, this time the couple is enjoying the wildlife and the nature of the mother continent.Upasana took to Instagram to share the pictures from the vacation. She wrote, “Anniversary to us ! (In advance ) Every anniversary we promised to do something new together – diving , adventure sport , learn healing techniques, take culinary lessons etc. This time it’s all about wildlife ! Absolutely love it!”On the work front, Ram Charan faced a huge failure with the film Vinay Vidheya Rama, which was directed by Boyapati Babu. The film was slammed for its silly and illogical sequences.Currently, Ram Charan is part of SS Rajamouli’s film RRR, which is set in the pre-independence era of India. Other than Ram Charan, the film also stars Jr NTR. Like Baahubali, RRR is also going to be produced in a huge budget by DVV Dhananjayan. Alia Bhatt, Ajya Devgn and Samuthirakani are other actors, who are part of the film.advertisementALSO READ | Original Nesamani Vadivelu reacts to #PrayForNesamani storm: Happy to make whole world laughALSO WATCH: Massive fire on the sets of Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyGet 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 byP Kirubhakarlast_img read more

US Open 2019: Serena Williams fights off Caty McNally challenge to reach 3rd round

first_img Next US Open 2019: Serena Williams fights off Caty McNally challenge to reach 3rd round17-year-old Caty McNally took a set off Serena Williams before the the 23-time Grand Slam champion fought back to win the high-quality 2nd-round match in New York on Wednesday.advertisement Associated Press New YorkAugust 29, 2019UPDATED: August 29, 2019 09:43 IST Serena Williams reached the 3rd round at US Open 2019 after a tough test against teenager Caty McNally (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams survived a tough test against Caty McNally on Wednesday night17-year-old McNally took the first set, playing an impressive brand of tennisSerena Williams heaped praise on McNally after her 2nd-round winSerena Williams avoided what would have been her earliest loss in 19 appearances at the US Open.Williams came back from a set down in the second round at Flushing Meadows to beat 17-year-old American Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday night.McNally took the opening set 7-5 after converting her only break point to go 6-5. Williams though fought back and took the second set before dominating a one-sided deciding set.Drama going ??17-year-old @CatyMcNally plays inspired tennis to claim the first set off Serena Williams 7-5.#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2019The only time Williams ever has been beaten as early as even the third round in New York was in her tournament debut all way back in 1998 – when she was just 16 herself.The following year, Williams won the first of her six US Open championships. McNally hadn’t even been born yet.Also Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic battle into 3rd roundAlso Read | Ashleigh Barty scrambles ahead in scrappy US Open second-round matchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Rameshlast_img read more

The Best Post-Holiday Detox Plan Ever

first_imgIn one week, the holidays will be officially over and we can finally get back to normal, everyday life. Which means we totally need to start detoxing from the copious amounts of booze and food consumed during the last month. But not to fear because we enlisted the help of fitness expert and one of the country’s premiere strength and core trainers Will Torres (pictured above) to tell us how we should be eating and working out to maximize our efforts as much as humanly possible. Check out his plan below and you’ll be looking and feeling fly again in no time.We have one more week until New Years, then the holidays are officially over. What are some of the best ways to motivate yourself to hit the gym following the festivities?To hit the gym running in 2014, you’ll want to create some rocking playlists to get you in the right mood and ready to sweat. Create two or three to kick things off. Another great way to motivate yourself is to find a friend to workout with, someone who is already in great shape and self-motivated. Two unmotivated people will not inspire each other, so you need to find someone who’s going to make you step up your game. I also think it’s important to update your gym attire. New apparel will look better, breathe better, improve your performance and, most importantly, you will show up in-style.That’s great advice to get started, but how do we keep ourselves motivated once the initial adrenaline rush wears off?The above are all great ways to get motivated for Jan 1, but it is indeed important to create motivation that will stay with us well into 2014. So many people start an exercise program without getting clear on what it is they want to accomplish, so they begin January 1 in full force but lose sight by February. The best way to motivate yourself long-term is to determine exactly what resolutions you want to tackle. To do this, ask yourself, “What do I really want for my body in 2014?” Know your target, write it down and be as specific as possible. Then ask yourself, “Why do I want this?” This is the anchor to keep you on target. When you know why you want to accomplish your goals, it will get you out of bed early in the morning, give you the strength to skip dessert and the will to keep trying even when things get off track. Lastly, what steps on you going to take to get there? Do you need to research nutrition? Do you need to hire a trainer? Are you going to enlist a friend to help you along the way? Now schedule it! When are you going to hit the gym? Don’t wait for it to happen by chance.So many people say it’s painful and dreadful to work out, but how many mornings, days, nights and year’s have been wasted stressing about your body and weight? That to me is real pain, real torture. Know your target and aim high!Okay, now that we got ourselves to the gym, where should we start? What types of workouts/exercises should we be doing to detox from heavy holiday eating and drinking?My research has shown our clients who have achieved the best results invest 6-8 hours a week to their bodies and health. If you are just getting started, you may want to begin with 3-4 hours and work your way up over the course of 3 months. When it comes to lifting, it is important to do it every 48 hours. After 72 hours of not lifting, you begin to lose progress started from your last session. When it comes to cardio, this decline happens even sooner, so it’s recommended to tackle 30 minutes of cardio activity every day. It’s important to note a balanced workout includes both lifting and cardio; most people focus on the cardio portion, and even though they’re getting good workouts, cardio alone will slow down your metabolism (meaning the initial weight loss you experience early on will not continue). There are more efficient ways in which we combine lifting and cardio workouts into a super-charged STEALTH session that maximizes your time and results. It’s also extremely important to recharge and repair. For this you can go to yoga, get a massage, meditate or join a breathing class.The best way to detox is to start eating clean. It takes time to get the body back to balance – it will not happen with a 5-day juice cleanse. To start the detox you want to:– Increase your water intake. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces. (150 lb man = 75 oz of water each day)– Cut out alcohol for 30 days or more.– Increase your veggie intake.– Decrease sugar and processed foods like fruit juice, dried fruits, breads, muffins, candy, chips and cookies.– Be patient. You may not see change right away, but stick to the coarse and it will all pay off.What if we’re super busy? How do you suggest sneaking in that workout when there just aren’t enough hours in the day?If you are super busy and just can’t find the time, you must find a professional coach who is going to inspire you to raise the bar and help you get the most from each session. That being said, the one resource we all have the same amount of is time. How we manage that time is another story. Think about this: your body is the vehicle that takes you down the “road of life.” The fitter you are, the more energy you will have to contribute to your family, work and relationships. I do not suggest sneaking in a workout here and there. Your workouts, your nutrition and your rest must be the priority.To say there is “no time” is a limiting story. I know this because I had the same excuse once. I found when I made myself the priority, I was able to create more for our clients, team and my family and friends. There is always time and if there isn’t, change your situation to create time for what really matters – you.We know we have to eat right in addition to frequenting the gym. What should we be eating for our three meals of the day? Or should we be chowing down more often than that?We recommend our clients eat 5 meals spaced throughout the day beginning soon after awaking and completed some time around or before 8pm. There are many variables that must be considered when selecting meals, including food allergies and intolerances, personal preferences, health status and genetics. So it’s difficult to give specifics on a diet that might work for the masses. But here are some things to chew on:– Digestion starts in the mouth. The better you break down your food, the more nutrients will be released. It is important to chew your food at least 25 times before going for the next bite. Most people chew only 3-8 times before swallowing.– The longer you go without eating, the hungrier you will become and the poorer choices you will make. Eat every 3-4 hours so your body has the ability to digest smaller meals spread throughout the day.– Too much fat is not a good thing even if it’s healthy fat. Be careful not to snack on healthy fats all day.– When making a salad, if you add nuts, avocado and cheese, it can be a recipe for weight gain. Even though they’re all healthy fats, the combination can spike up your calorie and fat count significantly, making it difficult to drop weight.– When pouring olive oil, use a tablespoon to measure quantity because it is very easy to over-pour. FYI, 1 tablespoon has 110 calories and 14 grams of fat.– Peanut butter should not be considered a protein source. It is a healthy fat, but if you’re putting it on an apple, do not snack on nuts later in the day.– The more extreme the diet, the more likely you will fall off and regain any lost weight. Consistency trumps intensity every time. Make small incremental changes that you will keep long term.– If the scale is not moving, you must take a look at quantity and/or quality of food. For example, if you really want a bagel for breakfast, eat half at 9am and the other half at 12pm.Will Torres is a fitness expert and personal trainer in NYC. Check out his high-caliber training studio Willspace to get the best workout of your life. Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling Editors’ Recommendations Ready and Rare-ing to Go: How to Make Steak Tartare Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About last_img read more

Giveaway: Columbia’s ‘Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket

first_img 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Say, do you know the call sign of the pilot who found Han and Luke out in the frigid wastelands of ice planet Hoth? Do you know where Obi-Wan told Luke to find Yoda after the young commander escaped from the wampa? Do you know what Leia called Han after Chewie’s little snickering episode? Then guess what, friend? You’re a genuine Star Wars fan.Now, for the rest of you … do you hate being cold? Okay, that’s good enough.Diehard Star Wars fans and people who hate being cold, unite! Why? Because on December 8, 2017, Columbia Sportswear released a limited edition run of jackets inspired by the clothing worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in  film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The three jackets in the Echo Base Collection — which are the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, the Leia Organa Echo Base Jacket, and the Han Solo Echo Base Parka, by the way — are superlative reproductions of the garments worn by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in the classic 1980 movie and will be a prized possession of anyone whose heart beats a bit faster when thinking about the epic battle of Hoth. They’re also going to be a bit hard to come by: true limited edition items, only 1,980 of each jacket were sold. (Get it? 1980? Like …  like the year The Empire Strikes Back was released?)And now they are all gone. The coats sold out in something like ten minutes. No surprise there.Especially since these are genuine, high-performance coats that you could wear while patrolling Hoth via tauntaun or while skiing a mountain here on our planet (and in our time). You could also wear an Echo Base jacket (the Luke and Leia editions are actually jacket and vest combos, by the way) while walking your dog, bar hopping, or any of the other things you do other than skiing and/or battling the Empire and look pretty damn good.They have a style that is both retro, being inspired by the late 1970s and early ’80s, and current thanks to the cuts and fabrics. The exteriors are water-resistant; on the inside, the jackets feature Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining, which reflects your own heat back to you without compromising the breathability of the garment. This stuff works, people. It has kept me warm on mountains in multiple states, several countries, and two continents so far. (No extra-planetary use yet, because science.) The zippers, snaps, and other hardware are built to last even in harsh conditions.And now, you have your chance to get one of the least remaining unsold Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket’s. Just enter the giveaway below and hope the Force is with you. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List last_img read more

These Hatch Chile Recipes Will Spice Up Your Breakfast

first_imgIngredients for Vegan Hatch Avocado Aioli1 avocado, peeled and pitted1 jar hatch chile1 tsp each salt and pepper1 squeezed limeDash of olive oilPinch of minced garlicIngredients for Sandwich:1 croissant1 boneless chicken breast3 strips thick-cut bacon1 slice swiss cheeseOlive pilSaltMethod: Blend together ingredients for the Vegan Hatch Avocado Aioli.Slice croissant in half.Heat up oil in a cast iron skillet.Rub chicken breast in oil, douse with salt.Cook chicken breast until tender. Cook bacon until evenly brown. Simultaneously butter both sides of each croissant half.Set aside chicken breast and bacon once done, reduce to low heat.Let buttered croissant simmer on skillet for 15-20 seconds.Remove from skillet. Place chicken, swiss cheese, and bacon on bottom croissant half.Douse in vegan Hatch Avocado Aioli and add top half.Zia Hatch Chile Breakfast SkilletIngredients:4 eggs1 potato.5 bell pepper, diced.5 onion, diced.25 lb bacon5 cup shredded cheddar cheese1 cup mushrooms3 tbsp of Zia Hatch Green Chile.5 tbsp of butterSalt and black pepper to tasteMethod:Crack 4 large eggs into a mixing bowl, whisk, and set aside all other ingredients.Cook bacon until evenly brown in a deep skillet, then set bacon aside.Add potatoes into the skillet, cook until they start to brown, then add other ingredients and cook until tender.Reduce to low heat and throw in whisked egg mixture and cheese.Cook and turn until eggs start to set and cheese melts.Season with salt and black pepper The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s important to do it up right. If going out to brunch is not on the table, then breakfast ends up being a bit lame. Soggy, box-made pancakes with fake syrup or, if you’re feeling extra lazy, a bowl of cereal.As we’ve said many times, everything has a time and a place. For us, though, breakfast means starting the day on the right foot (maybe even with a Bloody Mary). If we need to wake up, our immediate thought —aside from a steaming cup of Joe — is that we want something spicy. Not cry-into-the-corner-of-your-robe-and-pretend-it’s-allergies spicy, but piquant enough to feel awake.That’s why we reached out to the fine folks of Zia Green Chile Company (known across the country for their hatch chiles) to see how they start their day. Below, you will find an amazing chicken bacon Sswiss sandwich recipe for those looking for some meat to start the day, as well as a breakfast skillet that can be made vegetarian by taking out the bacon. (If it were up to us, we’d put more bacon in, but we won’t judge either way.)Zia Hatch Chicken Bacon Swiss Croissant How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes center_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Steak in the Oven The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Deliciouslast_img read more

4 Most Underrated Bachelor Party Destinations in America

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The “go-big-or-go-home” mentality has led many a best man down the well-meaning path of bachelor party planning failure. While classic destinations like Vegas or South Beach guarantee an over-the-top night to remember, they’re also ludicrously expensive. And, let’s face it: predictable. Why not broaden your horizons to some of the more underrated bachelor-party-worthy cities in America? Here are four we heartily endorse.Portland, OregonTo the uninitiated, Portland (Oregon, not Maine) likely brings to mind more tree-hugging vegans and organic food trucks than raging bachelor party potential. But, believe it or not, the iconic city is home to more strip clubs per capita than any other large city in the U.S. We’re not talking sleazy, expecting-the-cops-to-bust-in-at-any-minute joints either. The “gentleman’s clubs” here are as legit and upscale as you’re likely to find anywhere in the country. If you like your naked ladies with a hearty side of beef, Acropolis Steakhouse serves a mean filet and all the fixings for around $10. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Portland is also home to arguably the best craft beer scene in America.Key West, FloridaKey West certainly isn’t the cheapest bachelor party destination on this list, but if you’re keen on a South Florida night out, it certainly beats out South Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The three-hour drive from Miami might be one of the most convertible-worthy road trips in the country. Plan to tuck into just about any marina along the way — Islamorada is a good start — for a half-day fishing charter. A good many beachfront restaurants in the area will even prepare and cook your catch for you. Then, finish the drive south on the Overseas Highway. Duval Street is about as touristy as it gets in Florida, but he no-nonsense vibe and complete lack of pretense in iconic dive bars like Sloppy Joe’s, Irish Kevin’s, and the Green Parrot is way more fun than anything you’ll find in Miami anyway.Providence, Rhode IslandGoProvidence/FacebookSure, Boston is New England’s go-to city for just about everything. But, it’s also off-the-wall expensive. Rhode Island’s capital city has been on a serious upswing for the last decade, although it’s only within the last few years that in-the-know travelers have started taking notice. With some of the best colleges in the country, a nightlife scene that ranges from top-notch dive bars to world-class clubs, and relatively inexpensive prices all around, Providence is a solid base for any bachelor party. For waterfront drinks, head to Whiskey Republic and nearby Hot Club — both icons of the city’s day-drinking scene. For a more lively, club-like vibe, Rooftop at the Providence G and Roxy will serve you and your entourage well. When things finally (maybe?) wrap at sunrise, The Dean is the ideal hotel to faceplant till checkout time.Buffalo, New YorkVisit Buffalo NiagaraBuffalo, like its legendarily unfortunate sports franchises, gets a bad wrap — but there’s no denying the city is on the up-and-up. That translates to plenty of fantastic, hard-drinking dive bars and solid restaurants, all at dirt-cheap prices. Buffalonians are some of the friendliest folks you’ll meet anywhere in New York, so it’s easy to head out for the night without a plan — even for a bachelor party — and get into some The Hangover-esque shenanigans with the locals. If you happen to be in town during the NFL season, it’s also one of the best places in the country to catch a game. Even if you don’t care about either team on that night’s card, it’s worth going if only for the next-level (read: bachelor party-worthy) tailgating that Buffalo is known for. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploringlast_img read more

Fall Running Gear: Must-Haves for Adjusting to Autumn Temperatures

first_imgAutumn is arguably the best season for running for one reason above all: temperature. For much of the fall, the mornings and evenings are cool, the days are mild, and the air is pleasantly dry. These are the perfect conditions for a great run because they require minimal gear and water, reducing kit weight so you can log more distance in greater comfort. However, fall is also a season of change. In September, the temp can still creep up into the 80s and 90s in many places, and by the time December rolls around, some regions will already be experiencing deep freezes.Even a single autumn day can see dramatic shifts in the temperature and weather. Some fall runs require nothing but a good pair of shoes, socks, and some base layers, but other days will require rain gear, outerwear, a hat, gloves, and more — and don’t forget about the growing hours of darkness.Ultimately, running in autumn requires you to dress for the weather and temperature of the moment, not the season. Here’s the best fall running gear.Best ShoesI tend to run in neighborhoods and on prepared trails, so for the most part, I’m fine in regular running shoes during the spring, summer, and early fall. When the weather starts to get colder, when slick, damp leaves line the sidewalks, and when frosty days leave ice on the ground, I often switch to trail running shoes even for my road runs. The added grip and support is worth the few ounces of extra weight when running on terrain that can be varied and slippery. This year, I’m breaking in a new pair of HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat2 trail runners. If you’ve never tried this brand (or even heard of it), now is the time. The brand’s shoes are designed with maximum cushioning, which is welcome on hard, cold ground and when your joints are a bit stiffer during that first mile. The outsoles are good and grippy, keeping you upright over wet leaves, black ice, and all the other terrain that comes with cooling weather. Just keep in mind that wearing trail runners on roads will wear down the treads faster, but committed running requires a few new pairs of shoes each year anyway.Best SocksAs with most fall running apparel, choosing the right socks means balancing warmth and wicking. You don’t want your feet to be cold, of course, but even worse than cold feet in cold weather are hot and sweaty feet in cold weather. I balance this out by wearing socks with a tight weave that aren’t that thick. Feetures Elite Max Cushion Quarter socks rise up just above the ankle, meeting full-length running tights or pants and protecting your ankles. They have excellent arch compression zones and breathable uppers so your foot stays supported and cool even as you log the miles and your body temperature rises. As the days grow colder, you can switch to crew-length for even more coverage.Best Base Layers 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business I don’t care for running in tights and long-sleeve shirts when I can avoid it, but I dislike skipping a run or jogging in abject misery due to the cold even more. So when I finally have to turn in my T-shirt and Path Projects Sykes PX running shorts for the season, at least I can pull on Mammut Go Dry Tights and Go Dry Longsleeve and know I’ll stay warm and dry and if a bit less comfortable what with compression from ankle to hip. The multi-direction stretch fabrics don’t inhibit movement, they keep your body warmth next to you where you want it, and they draw moisture off your skin and disperse it into the air. On cool days, I often run in base layers alone.Best WindbreakerI recently spent a week in the French and Swiss Alps, during much of which I was running around Chamonix. It was August, but at that elevation, the weather was distinctly autumnal, with icy breezes often blowing in off the mountains. Most of the days, I was plenty warm wearing just a Columbia Titan Lite II Windbreaker over a T-shirt (until the sun set and the temperature plunged, that is). This lightweight, highly flexible jacket takes the sting out of the cold and wicks sweat away from your body so you don’t get chilled or overheat. As a bonus, in the Red Element color, it also looks fine with a pair of jeans, so you can pack even lighter when planning for your active and casual activities.Best JacketI am a huge fan of the Cotopaxi Feugo LT Down Jacket for two reasons above all else: the two side panels that release excess heat and provide superb breathability. With its 950-fill down rating, this jacket is suitable for use under a shell while you traverse a glacier or go ice climbing. But thanks to its great breathability, it works perfectly over a T-shirt for a late autumn run (or hike or walk). It’s comfortable, flexible, and does not have a hood, which often bounces around during a run. While quick-drying, the Fuego LT isn’t waterproof; when it rains, I slip on a Columbia OutDry Ex Caldorado Shell.Best HeadlampNights come on faster and faster with each passing day, and when Daylight Saving Time makes us wind our clocks back an hour, later afternoon or evening autumn run will be in the darkness. Light things up for yourself and improve your visibility to others (meaning motorists, really) with a lightweight headlamp from UCO Gear. The  Vapor Headlamp shines at up to 300 lumens, lighting your way and making you impossible to miss, yet it weighs in at less than a quarter pound.My Favorite Piece of Fall Running GearSure, when it gets super cold out, I’ll pull on a hat and gloves. But my favorite fall weather running accessory of all? It’s the same as my favorite summer running accessory: a great headband. I use a Columbia Montrail Neck Gaiter because I can wear it bunched up as a headband, pulled back to cover my entire head for added warmth and sweat-wicking, around my neck for added insulation, or even up over my face when the icy wind blows. 1 of 2 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing Previous Next Editors’ Recommendations Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites last_img read more

Scenic Unveils 2020 European River Cruise Brochure

first_imgFree Economy or Premium Economy Air, and door-to-door transfers; 50% off single supplements Boston June 2019 – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ new 2020 European River Cruise brochure is now available to travel agents and consumers online at or in hardcopy form by mail. The brochure details the company’s more than two dozen cruise itineraries as well as the host of amenities and special experiences awaiting its guests. Whether it is the 15-day Jewels of Europe, sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest, the new 12-day Spectacular South of France, that focuses on the food, wines and iconic sights of the Burgundy wine region, or taking in the once a decade performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau as part of Scenic’s Danube cruises, Scenic is putting forth a stellar program of experiences for new and returning guests. Leading the news items are three new itineraries. The new 12-day Spectacular South of France, mentioned above, introduces guests to the estate of Château Meursault and its acclaimed wines; shopping with the chef at a local Avignon food market followed by a cooking class in the ship’s Culinaire; e-bike rides through the countryside; and a private classical concert in the historic Palais des Papes. The eight-day Lower Danube Explorer links two of Europe’s great capitals – Budapest and Bucharest – and highlights the local cultures in places such as Kalocsa, Novi Sad and Belgrade. And the new 15-day Christmas Wonderland brings back yesteryear’s traditions of the holiday season. Sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest, guests enjoy numerous Christmas Markets, some dating back hundreds of years, roasted chestnuts and glühwein, traditional crafts, Midnight Mass and an abundance of holiday cheer. Scenic is also offering several incentives for those who book any 2020 Scenic Europe and Russian river cruises by September 4, 2019. Itineraries of 11 days or longer come with free premium economy air or $2,000 per person savings. Guests staying on the top deck (Diamond) taking 15-day and longer sailings also receive free premium economy plus door-to-door airport transfers. Eight- to 10-day sailings receive free economy flights or $1,200 per person savings. Scenic is also offering 50% off single supplements on select sailings. Celebrating the decennial performance of the Passion Play, which began in Oberammergau, Germany in 1633, Scenic is offering a series of six- to eight-day touring itineraries between May 20 and Sept 21, 2020, which include tickets to the play and a seamless link to a selection of river cruise itineraries including Rhine and Danube sailings. Scenic also offers land extensions on many of their sailings. New in 2020 is Basque Highlights – a four-day exploration of Spain’s Bay of Biscay coastline that takes in Biarritz in France and Spain’s San Sebastián and thriving city of Bilbao, that can be added to the Bordeaux river cruises. Other possibilities include Paris, Prague, Transylvania, Monte Carlo, Turkey, Switzerland, Madrid, Berlin and Lisbon. The 5-star Scenic Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences – from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including mini-bar re-stocked daily, to six on-board dining options and a wellness area and fitness center. And guests will never have to reach for the wallet or purse as everything (except a haircut or massage) is included: tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities that allow for a more personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events which are exclusive to Scenic and its guests. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (EmeraldHarmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or; phone 844-788-7985; or email: Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more