The 2006 National Touch League (NTL) The 2006 NTL, taking place in March 2006, is being used as part of the selection process for the 2007 World Cup to be held in January 2007 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This means that for the selection of senior teams to attend the 2007 World Cup in South Africa, there will be differences in several of the age categories for the 2006 NTL. The differences need to be there as the World Cup is being held in 2007, a different year to the 2006 NTL obviously. With all previous World Cups, the NTL and World Cup have been held in the same calendar year and the problem with age requirements has not arisen. This is not the case for the 2006 NTL and January 2007 World Cup. Please note that age requirements will return to normal for the 2007 NTL and continue to remain so, unless a special requirement arises such as International selection. The age requirements for the 2006 NTL are as follows: Men’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Women’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Men’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Women’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Men’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1971 Women’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1970 Men’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1966 Women’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1965 Men’s 45 Years and Over: Born on or before 1960 Men’s 50 Years and Over: Born on or before 1955 If you have any enquiries please contact NTL Tournament Director Jon Pratt on (02) 6285 2703
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ardiles blasts Man Utd legend Neville over Pochettino rumour-mongeringby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Spurs star and manager Ossie Ardiles has blasted pundits talking up Mauricio Pochettino’s prospects of a Manchester United move. On Sky Sports, Gary Neville and lead commentator Martin Tyler discussed the speculation surrounding Pochettino and United during Spurs’ win at Everton.And after the match, Ardiles joined several Spurs supporters in criticising Neville’s comments.Ardiles wrote on Twitter: “Very disappointing to see two professionals, Tyler and Neville, not doing what they should: Commentating about the game, and the game only.“NOT about rumours. Very disrespectful to Man Utd, his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and especially to MP and @SpursOfficial players and fans.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid players enjoy open training sessionby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid players enjoyed Monday’s open training session with fans.Sergio Ramos was pleased to have a rare opportunity to train in front of the supporters on Monday, a unique way of closing out the calendar year.”It gives us great satisfaction that the fans always embrace us. We are saying goodbye to the year with them alongside us, training with the Madridistas,” he said.”It is a day for everyone to enjoy and for kids to get the chance to see their heroes up close.”For his part, Karim Benzema also echoed the sentiments of his captain and insisted the side are focused on winning further titles.”It is a holiday for everyone but we are at Real Madrid to win titles so I hope that we can keep winning,” he concluded.
Watford chasing Lyon winger Maxwel Cornetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon winger Maxwel Cornet is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Watford are keen on Cornet – but it will cost them.French sources claim the Hornets are ‘in discussions’ over a £20 million deal.The 20-year-old Ivory Coast international is also a target for AC Milan.Watford are looking to add players this window with Javi Gracia reported to be wanting no fewer than three new arrivals. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
RB Salzburg sensation Haaland warns Liverpool & Van Dijk: We’re fearlessby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Salzburg sensation Erling Haaland says he’ll be ready for his Champions League showdown with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.The 19-year-old striker bagged an impressive hat-trick in Salzburg’s Champions League opener against Genk – his fourth of the season.Next up for the Austrian side is a trip to Anfield to face the European Champions who are determined to bounce back from their Napoli defeat.”We’re fearless,” Haaland told Salzburg’s official website. “We’re not afraid of anything, and we always want to attack and score.”Haaland has the uneviable task of going up against UEFA Defender and Player of the Year van Dijk, but outlined his tactics for the challenge ahead.He added: “I don’t think you can train to play against him, but you can train on things that can maybe trick him or maybe set him out of position.”We all have to be at our best, every player, to have a chance against this team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rutgers fought valiantly against No. 4 Michigan State Saturday night, but in the end, the Spartans did just enough to emerge from Piscataway with a victory. It helped that the Scarlet Knights made a mind-blowing mistake in the game’s final minute, however.Facing a 3rd-and-10 from Michigan State’s 40-yard-line, Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano, with his team trailing 31-24, took a sack with the game clock winding down. He then spiked the ball on fourth down – presumably because he was just trying to stop the clock. Instead, it ended Rutgers’ final drive.ICYMI: Here’s how the wild @MSU_Football at @RFootball game just ended. http://t.co/53KsFDAYu8— BIG 10.10 (@BigTenNetwork) October 11, 2015It’s unlikely that Rutgers would have scored on the game’s final play anyway. But you can imagine Rutgers fans aren’t thrilled with how things ended.
With 1:20 left in the game, Wake Forest led No. 11 Virginia 64-54 at home. Over those final 80 seconds, the Cavaliers scored 18 points, capped off by a wild buzzer-beating bank shot by Darius Thompson, to beat the Demon Deacons 72-71. Virginia wins!! https://t.co/9SYoM5JmBv— Will Ojanen (@WillsWorldMN) January 27, 2016FOR THE WIN! @dthomp15 finishes off an incredible comeback in Winston-Salem for @UVAMensHoops ! #WAHOOWA # pic.twitter.com/Pe2ZXsAxRW— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) January 27, 2016The game log is crazy.College basketball has been impossible to predict this season, and the ACC is no different. Current ACC standings: UNC D$:?62@/&,!3 BC— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 27, 2016March will be here very soon. We can’t wait.
Two former Big 12 rivals will square off in the Sweet 16 Thursday evening with an Elite Eight berth on the line. In case you missed it, the No. 3 seed Texas A&M Aggies, now of the Southeastern Conference, are in this game thanks to the largest comeback in the history of college basketball. Senior guards Alex Caruso (25 points, nine rebounds) and Danuel House (22 points, eight rebounds) spearheaded A&M’s improbable rally.Second-seeded Oklahoma, meanwhile, survived against No. 10 seed TCU, 85-81. Senior guard Buddy Hield was lights-out as usual, pouring in 36 points.The winner of this matchup will face either fourth-seeded Duke or top-seeded Oregon for the right to go to the Final Four. Date: Thursday, March 24Time: 7:37 p.m.TV Channel: TBSLocation: Anaheim, CaliforniaAnnouncers: Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForceOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma – 2Prediction: On paper, this game projects to be an outstanding one. Both sides have veteran stars and dynamic backcourts. The Sooners have the best player (Hield), while the Aggies probably have a slight advantage in size and bench scoring. An A&M win would put the program in the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, while an OU victory would clinch the Sooners’ first Elite Eight since 2009.We’re going to ride with Buddy Hield to keep Oklahoma’s season going with another huge performance.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – DECEMBER 23: Molly Qerim and Jalen Rose of ESPN watch the Golden State Warriors play the Golden State Warriors at the Palace of Auburn Hills on December 23, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ahead of tonight’s NBA Draft in Brooklyn, John Calipari is all over the ESPN airwaves this morning. He did a long spot on Mike & Mike earlier, and he is currently filling the seat left vacant by Skip Bayless on First Take opposite Stephen A. Smith. The episode got off to a rocky start, however, when he was accidentally introduced as “Coach K” by host Molly Qerim. Calipari’s comments about Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke recruiting pitch this off-season makes the gaffe even more awkward. Calipari joked about it and played it off well, and they’ve moved on to the standard inane Stephen A. Smith ramblings, but we’re sure Kentucky fans weren’t amused.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?
Nigel Boogaard’s own goal helped Sydney FC to a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets that saw Steve Corica’s men draw level on points with second-placed Melbourne Victory in the A-League standings, while leaders Perth Glory were held to a 0-0 draw at Melbourne City.The sixth own goal of Boogaard’s A-League career condemned the Jets to a third consecutive defeat and their fifth in seven matches, while Sydney have now won six of their last seven to heap pressure on the top two.Perth dropped points for only the fourth time this season despite creating the better chances at AAMI Park, where Melbourne City have lost just once this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The result leaves Tony Popovic’s Glory four points clear at the top of the table but he will be disappointed not to have made it six.FT | @PerthGloryFC extend their lead to four points at the top of the @ALeague ladder. #ALeague #MCYvPER pic.twitter.com/oEuk0bfDX8 — Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) January 19, 2019 Sydney went into their clash with Newcastle having bounced back from defeat at Perth with a victory over Adelaide United, and the visitors’ high press played into their hands.With half-time approaching, the Sky Blues piled forward in search of a breakthrough and Alex Brosque was poised to meet Brandon O’Neill’s cross but Boogaard’s outstretched foot turned the ball past Glen Moss and into the Jets net.Meanwhile in Melbourne, Neil Kilkenny gave the hosts an early scare when his swerving drive from the edge of the box drew a good save from the alert Eugene Galekovic.Glory could have snatched three points with eight minutes left on the clock when Andy Keogh teed up Jason Davidson for a shot at goal but the wing-back blasted the ball over the crossbar and the points were shared.
ESPN’s College GameDay will be making its first-ever stop at Louisville next Saturday.Well, Lee Corso made have spilled the beans a bit early, but either way – ESPN’s College GameDay is headed to Louisville next Saturday. The Cardinals, who have never hosted GameDay on their campus, take on ACC juggernaut Florida State in one of the most interesting games of the day.GameDay, so far, has been to Lambeau Field ahead of the LSU vs. Wisconsin showdown and Bristol ahead of tonight’s Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech matchup.Here’s the official hype video for the event, per ESPN.Get ready, Louisville. See you for Week 3. pic.twitter.com/jdDAguWAyD— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 11, 2016Louisville has gotten off to an incredible start in 2016, as Lamar Jackson & Co. have lit up the scoreboard against opponents Charlotte and Syracuse. The Seminoles, as you’d imagine, will pose a different level of challenge, however.College GameDay starts at 9 a.m. ET. We’ll be tuned in.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Almost every season the Alabama Crimson Tide send multiple players to the NFL Draft, which includes several first-round selections each year. Well, Terrell Lewis is ready to boost his draft stock in 2019 before making the journey to the league.The junior linebacker would’ve been an important piece to Nick Saban’s defense this year, but an unfortunate ACL tear in the summer ended his regular season. Even though Lewis has tons of potential, his value could definitely benefit from another year at Alabama.Lewis is surprisingly back on the practice field, but his official status for the Cotton Bowl is still unclear. He’s been increasing his workload ever since the SEC Championship.Regardless of whether he plays this season or not for the Crimson Tide, the star linebacker will return for the 2019 season.Terrell Lewis just said he’ll be back for the 2019 season pic.twitter.com/VBX4Bs4qgq— Kyle Henderson (@Rivals_Kyle) December 27, 2018There is certainly some risk in skipping the NFL for another season of college football. Nonetheless, Alabama has sent many linebackers to the next level, and Lewis might be the next one up.As for the Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma and Alabama will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium.The game will be televised on ESPN.Will the Sooners upset the Crimson Tide on Saturday night?
BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)College football season is officially underway. While we had two games during last Saturday’s “week zero”, the real action begins today. Most FBS teams will start their seasons in the next 24 hours.College GameDay was live from Arlington, Texas on Saturday morning ahead of the big neutral-site matchup between Oregon and Auburn. The show’s staff, per usual, made their picks for the most important games of the day.This week’s guest picker was former Auburn star Bo Jackson. Jackson, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso made their picks for the week.Corso, making his famous headgear selection, picked Oregon to represent the Pac-12 and get the victory.Here are the matchups the group made picks on:Alabama vs. Duke (spread pick -33.5)Desmond Howard: Alabama wins but does not coverLee Corso: Alabama coversKirk Herbstreit: Alabama coversBo Jackson: Alabama coversHouston vs. OklahomaDesmond Howard: OklahomaLee Corso: OklahomaKirk Herbstreit: OklahomaBo Jackson: OklahomaToledo vs. KentuckyDesmond Howard: KentuckyLee Corso: KentuckyKirk Herbstreit: KentuckyBo Jackson: KentuckyOle Miss vs. MemphisDesmond Howard: MemphisLee Corso: MemphisKirk Herbstreit: Ole MissBo Jackson: Ole MissSouth Carolina vs. North CarolinaDesmond Howard: South CarolinaLee Corso: South CarolinaKirk Herbstreit: North CarolinaBo Jackson: South CarolinaOhio State vs. FAUDesmond Howard: Ohio StateLee Corso: Ohio StateKirk Herbstreit: Ohio StateBo Jackson: Ohio StateVirginia Tech vs. Boston CollegeDesmond Howard: Virginia TechLee Corso: Boston CollegeKirk Herbstreit: Boston CollegeBo Jackson: Virginia TechVirginia vs. PittsburghDesmond Howard: VirginiaLee Corso: PittsburghKirk Herbstreit: VirginiaBo Jackson: VirginiaFlorida State vs. Boise StateDesmond Howard: Florida StateLee Corso: Florida StateKirk Herbstreit: Boise StateBo Jackson: Boise StateFresno State vs. USCDesmond Howard: USCLee Corso: USCKirk Herbstreit: USCBo Jackson: USCNorthwestern vs. StanfordDesmond Howard: StanfordLee Corso: StanfordKirk Herbstreit: NorthwesternBo Jackson: StanfordAuburn vs. OregonDesmond Howard: OregonLee Corso: OregonKirk Herbstreit: No pick, calling gameBo Jackson: AuburnESPN’s Noon kickoff game will feature Nebraska vs. South Alabama.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 21:50 IST The Indian Army veteran begging at Connaught Place A-Block, New Delhi. (Photo: Twitter/@GautamGambhir)Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir on Saturday spotted a man who once served in the Indian Army, begging at Delhi’s Connaught Place.The man, identified as Peethambaran, was seen holding a walking cane in one hand and in the other- a placard saying “I need your help”. It claimed the reason for his begging as he recently met with an accident and has been going through financial difficulties.Gambhir pointed out in a tweet that due to technical reasons, the ex-serviceman can’t get the support he needs from the Army. Gambhir also urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence and Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG PI) of the Indian Army, to intervene and help the veteran as he is begging on the streets. (Photo: Twitter/@GautamGambhir)Gambhir, whose hometown is New Delhi, said the man he found served in the Army from 1965 to 1971 and can be verified through his ID, which was seen hanging around his neck. The man claimed he participated in the India-Pakistan war and also the India-China conflict in 1967.The Defence spokesperson responded to the ex-cricketer’s tweet within a few hours saying, “We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete.”We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete. @adgpi https://t.co/qA23ZqTHjmDefence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) February 2, 2019Last week, Gautam Gambhir was conferred with the Padma Shri award on Republic Day. He played a key role in helping India win the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup. In December 2018, Gambhir announced his retirement all forms of cricket.advertisementREAD | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsALSO READ | Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadWATCH | Gautam Gambhir slams MS Dhoni’s captaincy decisions during 2012 tri-series in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Gautam Gambhir Gautam Gambhir asks Army, Defence Ministry to help veteran begging on Delhi streetsGambhir pointed out in a tweet that due to technical reasons, the ex-serviceman can’t get the support he needs from the Army.advertisement
Reuters MelbourneMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 09:46 IST Darren Lehmann will be head coach Big Bash side Brisbane Heat for the second time (@HeatBBL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDarren Lehmann was announced as head coach of Big Bash League side Brisbane HeatLehmann is coaching a team for the first time since the ball tampering scandalLehmann, who replaces the outgoing Daniel Vettori, will start the role next weekDarren Lehmann is returning to Big Bash side Brisbane Heat in his first coaching role since resigning as Australia boss in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.Lehmann returns to the Heat for a second stint as head coach, having previously led them to the 2012/13 title in the second edition of the domestic Twenty20 tournament.”It was a wonderful experience at the time to be involved with building the Brisbane Heat at the start of the BBL, and we had plenty of fun along the way,” the 49-year-old former Test batsman said in a media release.”I am looking forward to getting to work and helping the Heat play some outstanding cricket, have some fun, and provide our fans with a great experience.”@darren_lehmann spoke to the media after his announcement as Head Coach!#BringTheHeat #BBL09 pic.twitter.com/Ov9k7Sza5wBrisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) March 7, 2019Lehmann, who replaces the outgoing Daniel Vettori, will start the role next week.Nicknamed ‘Boof’, Lehmann was contracted as head coach of Australia through to this year’s Ashes series but resigned in tears last March after Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for the ‘sandpaper-gate’ scandal.Lehmann was cleared of wrongdoing by governing body Cricket Australia but carried much of the blame in the eyes of local media for failing to rein in player misconduct.The Heat finished fifth in the 2018/19 tournament won by Melbourne Renegades.Also Read | Chennai Super Kings to begin full-fledged preparation from March 16Also Read | When ‘humble’ MS Dhoni declined to inaugurate the Dhoni PavilionAlso Read | Why Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are in love with Team India’s latest jerseyadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Darren LehmannFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow Brisbane HeatFollow head coachFollow Daniel VettoriFollow Ball tampering scandal Darren Lehmann back in Big Bash League as Brisbane Heat head coachDarren Lehmann will be taking charge of the Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat as a the head coach for a second stint. It is his first time leading a team since the ball tampering scandaladvertisement
Next Performance least considered in our country: HS Prannoy reacts after Arjuna Award snubThe 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting had picked 19 sportspersons for the Arjuna Award, including the likes of cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 17, 2019UPDATED: August 17, 2019 19:39 IST HS Prannoy clarified that he was not disrespecting other athletes hard work. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting had picked 19 sportspersons for the Arjuna AwardHS Prannoy lambasted the award selection committee for not nominating himPrannoy pointed out that performance is not a factor for these awards rather you need people to get your name on the listVenting his anger at missing out on the Arjuna Award yet again, HS Prannoy on Saturday lambasted the award selection committee for not nominating him.Prannoy pointed out that performance is not a factor for these awards rather you need people to get your name on the list.”If you ever want your name in the Awards list, make sure you have people who will get your name to the list. Performance is least considered in our country,” tweeted Prannoy.If you ever want your name in the Awards list , make sure you have people who will get your name to the list. Performance is least considered in our country. Sad state of our county but can’t help it. Let go and just play until you can. #arjunaawardsPRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) August 17, 2019In a reply to another tweet, Prannoy clarified that he was not disrespecting other athletes hard work. He stressed on the fact that he has also earned valuable medals for the country in the last 3 years.Not at all disrespecting other athletes hard work but I have also done my hard work and earned valuable medals for the country in the last 3 years!PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) August 17, 2019″Not at all disrespecting other athletes hard work but I have also done my hard work and earned valuable medals for the country in the last 3 years.”As per guidelines, to be eligible for the award, a sportsperson should not only have had good performance consistently for the previous four years at the international level with excellence for the year for which the Award is recommended, but should also have shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.advertisementThe 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting had picked 19 sportspersons for the Arjuna Award, including the likes of cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was also nominated for the country’s highest sporting honourthe Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardalong with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Bajrang Punia.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Arjuna AwardFollow HS Prannoy
1. Honda CTX700 2. Honda NC700X 3. Honda Africa Twin 4. Honda VFR1200F The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know One of the questions I get from readers most often is “which motorcycle is the easiest to learn on?” It’s a good question, with a lot of answers, but here’s one you might not be expecting.Learning to ride a motorcycle, traditionally, is akin to learning to fly a helicopter: every limb and sense is involved in the process. Your hands have to modulate the throttle and front brake (both with the right hand) and clutch (left hand), your left foot changes the gear, and your right foot operates the back brake. You might also have to hit a turn signal in there too.Meanwhile, you have to do this complex dance essentially without looking, as your eyes need to stay on the road ahead or peek in the mirrors while the engine provides audio cues for when to shift – or not. It’s an all-hands-on-deck skill, and a lot of beginning riders struggle with it, some to the point that they give up on riding after stalling out too many times, or they just never master the gearshift ballet.And it’s no wonder, since the vast, vast majority (more than 90 percent) of cars sold now use automatic transmissions. The venerable stick-shift is getting tough to find, and the skills and understanding surrounding its use – essential in learning to ride a motorcycle – are fading away.In 2009, no doubt seeing the ever-growing default automatic transmission trend in cars, Honda released a new version of its seminal VFR sportbike, and a compact, high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (“DCT”) was an option. The motorcycling world was shocked, at least for a few minutes, but the new-think gearbox worked well, and also allowed the rider different shift modes as well as a push-button manual, albeit clutchless, mode of operation.The new VFR was not a big seller (it was not helped by its new styling, earning it the derisive moniker “Shamu” in some circles) and a high price didn’t help. But it was far from the end of the line for Honda’s nifty dual-clutch transmission. In fact, it was just the beginning of the story – and Honda’s DCT gamble.I’ve been focusing on certain bikes as the spring riding season rolls into many areas but instead of one bike, let’s look at some of Honda’s bikes that use the automatic DCT transmission. And as a side note, you can also get these bikes with a manual transmission, but you’ll typically also lose ABS brakes as well since they are part of the DCT sensor system.CTX700Following the high-end VFR rollout, Honda took it’s high-tech DCT toy and dropped it into about the most pedestrian, unassuming and affordable full-size motorcycle it could dream up: the CTX700. Now, you may think I’m damning the CTX with name-calling, but the truth is, I’m not: this is about the most perfect beginner bike imaginable.The CTX series, which can be had as a bare-bones naked bike and optioned up to a light-duty tourer, is not going to win races, inspire wheelies, or peg you as a leather-clad rebel. In fact, the CTX could be described as living in that fuzzy area between motorcycle and scooter, but it definitely errs on the motorcycle side. With an engine partially sourced from the Honda Fit econocar, the CTX bikes are the Whole Enchilada of basic motorcycling: low seat height, easy to ride with the DCT option, ABS brakes (only with the DCT), phenomenal gas mileage, low maintenance, built-in storage, and with proper care, they may last nearly forever.Honda CTX700I rode the first CTX models back in 2013 and while I personally prefer something with a bit more poke, the bikes acquitted themselves extremely well and were good fun to ride.The DCT option, though, was a revelation.Getting an automatic to work well on a motorcycle is no mean feat. The subtleties of slow-speed clutch operation must have been torture for Honda’s engineers to perfect, but perfect them they did. And riding with an automatic in city traffic? Bliss. Plus, out in the curvy stuff, dropping the tranny into manual mode allowed me to govern output from the torquey, long-stroke twin-cylinder engine as I pleased (but I should note, the onboard e-nannies will not let you stall or over-rev the engine, which are actually good things to govern).It didn’t take long to get used to the DCT, but my foot and hand still reached for the clutch and shifter out of habit, only to find nothing. At the end of the day though, I had fun riding the CTX, and that’s the score column that has the most weight in my review book. Price brand new, out-the-door, ready to ride? $7,600 with the DCT and ABS. That’s a great deal for a bike you really can go anywhere on.NC700XWant something a bit more sporty but still easy to ride – and automatic? Then the next stop is the $8,100 NC700X. This founding member of Honda’s “New Concept” (“NC”) line retains the base mechanicals of the CTX in terms of engine and transmission but reworks the layout of the bike for a more sporty riding position, more ground clearance and a very cool look.Honda NC700XSee the gas tank? It’s not a gas tank. Your helmet, bag or groceries go in there, the gas is under the seat. It’ll only hold a tick over three gallons, but since you’re getting 60mpg or better, range isn’t a problem. ABS is part of the DCT package as well, upping the safety factor. The NC700X will work well for a beginner to intermediate rider, or perhaps a rider who’s been off a bike for some time and is looking for a capable, high-tech rig with the novelty of no shifting when desired. If you want a bike to “grow up on,” the NC700X is probably the best call in this bunch.VFR1200 and Africa TwinWhat would happen if Honda took the performance levels of the CTX and NC bikes – and doubled it? Tripled it? Then you’d have the VFR1200F sport bike and Africa Twin dual-sport machine. That’s right, both these models can be had with the DCT transmission.The VFR with DCT is Honda’s latest iteration of their V4-powered land missile, and while it’s probably not the best choice for a beginning rider, you could make worse choices. Full-sized and with a fair amount of heft along with big power, the VFR is the answer for sport riders looking for a bit more comfort in their mount. You’re looking at nearly 18 grand out the door, but besides the DCT box, you get pretty much every other tech trick in Honda’s book along with the motive power of a VTEC V4 engine that can put you in legal trouble right quick.Honda VFR1200FThe other side of the big-bike coin is the new Africa Twin dual-sport bike (below), and it’s perhaps here that Honda expresses its ultimate design prowess for their automatic gearbox. The $13,699 Africa Twin uses a 1,000cc P-Twin engine like it’s CTX and NC cousins, but it’s much more powerful and the DCT is also hooked up to more sensors, including leaning angle and inclination, for better performance in dirt or on the slick surfaces most Africa Twins will likely encounter in their travels. Wanna get away? Like, to Siberia? This is the bike that gets you there.Honda Africa TwinBeginning riders stymied by the shifter now have automatic options outside of the scooter universe, and as Honda grows its DCT lineup, count on other motorcycle makers to get in on the action with their own shiftless solutions. How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter The Business of Delivering Booze to Your Door, According to Drizly’s Founders Editors’ Recommendations You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life
Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Paradise, some might argue, gets increasingly better with the addition of booze. Take Key West. There’s plenty to eat, plenty to see, and it’s sunny and warm basically every day of the year. How could it be made better? Booze. Adding to the bars, breweries, and other establishments that populate Bone Island, Hemingway Rum Company, which produces Papa’s Pilar rums (named after Hemingway’s beloved boat, the Pilar) has added a gem to the already sparkling crown of awesome that is Key West: a distillery and experience center.Not only will you get to see how Papa’s Pilar is made, but you’ll get to do it while paying homage to the manliest man that ever manned, Ernest Hemingway. Located on Simonton Street just blocks from the waterfront, the 8,000 square-foot building formerly served as an all-brick tobacco warehouse that took three years to renovate. The space will include a miniature production facility capable of up to eighty gallons of rum per, experience center, tasting room, “trading post,” and eventually an events center.In the tasting room, you’ll be able to taste both Papa’s Pilar Blonde and Papa’s Pilar Dark, which are hand-selected from ports-of-call in the Caribbean, Central America and Florida for their age, character and maturity. They’re then blended and Solera-aged in bourbon barrels and Spanish sherry casks (for the Blonde), and bourbon, port, and Spanish sherry casks (for the Dark.)For the more literary-minded, the experience center will house a replica of The Pilar, newspaper clippings, photos, and a ton of other testosterone-inducing Hemingway memorabilia (and if you don’t get enough there, you can always walk a couple blocks away to visit the house he occupied while living in Key West. Then, if you really want to up your Papa game, you can always go get hammered in one of the bars he famously haunted—just don’t get into fights with people. That’s not cool.The experience center will be open daily from 9am-6pm and doesn’t require reservations. Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night
The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Reyka Vodka Announces the World’s First Glacier Bar in Iceland Editors’ Recommendations Hundreds, if not thousands, of spirits make their debut every year—but of those only a handful can call themselves award-winners. Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto—Italicus, for short—is a new citrus liqueur that is spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo’s attempt at reviving Italy’s original aperitivo that can now count itself as part of that handful.Only hitting US shores in the summer of 2017 (it debuted in London in 2016), Italicus is made from bergamot oranges that are sourced from a Protected area of Origin (IGP) in Calabria, as well as Sicilian citrons. The other ingredients in the spirit are also sourced from Italy.The recipe of origin that Gallo tried to reproduce was from the 1800s for a drink called Rosolio di Torino, which has roots that stretch back all the way to the Renaissance noblewoman Catherine de Medici. The drink was eventually banned by the 19th Century King Vittorio Amedeo III (who preferred vermouth), but continued on in back rooms across Italy for generations.Once Gallo had a recipe—lavender, yellow roses, Roman chamomile, melissa balm, and gentian were all used in the original recipe he found—Gallo began to fine tune it. Skip ahead ten years and Italicus was born.Not set on creating a spirit that merely evokes pure Italianness, the award-winning bottle designed by Stranger & Stranger is also meant to bring to mind the land of the spirit’s origin. This seems only right, seeing as the name means “Italy.” Among the Italian notes, the bottle itself is based on a Roman column, the color comes from the waters of the Amalfi Coast (which you should be adding to your vacation plans if you haven’t already), and the stopper features the god of wine, Bacchus, posed like Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.The only way to make it more Italian would be to put a bowl of pasta in one of Bacchus’ hands and a slice of pizza in the other. (Kidding.)Italicus is 20% ABV and retails for around $45. It is only available in select markets so far, but with its success so far, the company says it hopes to expand. If you happen to be traveling to Europe, it is also available in multiple countries there. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling