Donald Trump Wishes Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Luck In His Divorce Amid Affair Buzz


Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Tuttle announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump wished Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos luck in his divorce from his wife MacKenzie, predicting the proceedings will be “a beauty.”

“I wish him luck,” the twice-divorced Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday as he departed for a trip to the US border with Mexico. “It’s going to be a beauty.”

Bezos and his wife announced they would divorce on Wednesday. Later in the day, the National Enquirer — whose chairman and chief executive, David Pecker, has been a close Trump ally — reported that Bezos has been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot and the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell. 

The Enquirer said it had been actively investigating the relationship between Bezos and Sanchez for four months.

The New York Post also reported the relationship and said Whitesell and Sanchez are separated.

Trump has a history of publicly attacking Bezos and his company. The president has criticized coverage of his administration by the Bezos-owned Washington Post, and he’s pressured the US Postal Service to raise the prices it charges Amazon to ship its packages.

Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors who are investigating so-called catch-and-kill payments the Enquirer made ahead of the 2016 presidential election to at least one woman who alleged she had an affair with Trump. The Enquirer secured the rights to the material, assuring the allegations wouldn’t be shared with other media, then never published the story.





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Rajasthan: BJP completes Opinion polls on 200 seats, closes the luck of Claimant in an Envelope


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Arsenal Ride Their Luck vs Watford To Make It Seven In A Row


Arsenal have now won five successive league games for the first time in over a year, with additional victories in the Europa League and League Cup making it a purple patch for new boss Emery.

Not for the first time this season, Arsenal, who climb to fifth, could be considered slightly lucky after delivering another inconsistent display.

But Emery will take heart from the way they are grinding out results while he continues to rebuild the damage from the final days of the Arsene Wenger era.

The only problem for Emery was an injury that forced off goalkeeper Petr Cech in the first half.

Watford went into a match against Arsenal higher in the table than their opponents for the first time since 1984.

But Javi Gracia’s side wasted an early chance to show that position was no fluke when Will Hughes volleyed wide from the edge of the area.

Emery was up against a former team-mate in Gracia, the pair played together at Real Sociedad, and it was the Arsenal boss who would have the upper hand eventually.

Lacazette should have opened the scoring when he seized on Cathcart’s cumbersome attempt to turn and raced clear on goal.

But, with only Watford keeper Ben Foster to beat, Lacazette’s chip drifted tamely wide.

Cech bravely took a battering from Abdoulaye Doucoure, throwing himself into a crowd to catch Jose Holebas’s cross.

Granit Xhaka tested Watford’s Foster with a stinging long-range drive that the keeper parried to safety.

But, after grabbing his hamstring following a goal-kick, Arsenal captain Cech was forced to limp off in first half stoppage-time.

Distracted Ramsey 

Bernd Leno, a pre-season signing from Bayer Leverkusen, came on to replace Cech for his first appearance in the Premier League.

The German did not take long to distinguish himself as he dived to keep out Troy Deeney’s flick with a superb finger-tip save.

Emery insisted this week that Aaron Ramsey wouldn’t be distracted by reports that his negotiations with Arsenal have broken down.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is believed to be resigned to leaving Arsenal, with Manchester United and Chelsea interested in signing him.

Emery’s prediction appeared wide of the mark as Ramsey was anonymous before being substituted in the second half, a departure marked by a frustrated shake of the head from the Wales midfielder.

With Arsenal struggling to build a head of steam, Watford began to take control.

Leno had to race off his line to deny Andre Gray, while Roberto Pereyra was narrowly off-target after dribbling through the Arsenal defence.

Emery’s creaky rearguard was exposed again when Isaac Success sprinted clear and clipped his shot past Leno, only to see it hit the far post.

But Arsenal survived the onslaught to snatch the lead in the 81st minute.

Alex Iwobi’s cross to the near post was contested by Lacazette and Cathcart, and it was the Watford defender who got the last touch to divert the ball into his own net.

Watford had to throw men forward and Arsenal picked them off again in the 83rd minute, with Ozil applying the finishing touch to Lacazette’s cross.



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Arsenal Ride Their Luck As Alexandre Lacazette Gem Sinks Everton


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead moments later when the Gabon forward was allowed to slot home despite being clearly offside.

That controversial effort shattered Everton’s resolve as Arsenal celebrated a flattering victory that lifted them to sixth place in the Premier League.

The north Londoners have now won their last five games in all competitions, yet, not for the first time, this was a far from convincing display.

A first clean sheet of the Emery era was a welcome sight for the Arsenal manager, but he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement in all areas.

Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.

Marco Silva’s team have lost their last two matches and have won only one of their six league games this season.

After a laboured start from Arsenal, they finally pieced together an incisive raid when Hector Bellerin’s cross found Aubameyang at the far post.

Aubameyang scuffed the ball back to Nacho Monreal and the Arsenal defender saw his strike pushed away by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

If that move show-cased the best of the attack-minded Bellerin, Everton’s next chance underlined the Spaniard’s defensive frailties.

A long pass into Richarlison should have been easy for Bellerin to subdue, but he allowed the Brazilian forward to turn away from him far too easily, and it took a good save from Petr Cech to spare his team-mate’s blushes.

Richarlison, back after serving a three-match ban, was a constant menace to the ponderous Arsenal defence and he went close again with a low curling effort from the edge of the area.

There were plenty of empty seats around the Emirates and, with Arsenal struggling to find any rhythm, those who had shown up were growing restless by the time Lucas Digne’s free-kick was tipped over by Cech.

Theo Walcott scored 56 times at the Emirates during his 12 years with Arsenal and the Everton winger, making his second return to his old club, almost added to that total just before half-time.

Sprinting onto Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass, Walcott had a clear sight of goal but shot straight at Cech in a familiar sight to Arsenal fans who endured the winger’s erratic displays for so long.

Arsenal lost Greek defender Sokratis to injury, leaving the Gunners even more vulnerable to Richarlison, who immediately seized on Sigurdsson’s pass and unleashed a powerful drive that forced Cech to save.

But, having escaped without punishment for their tepid first half, Arsenal seized the lead in the 56th minute.

Lucas Torreira stole possession in midfield and quickly recycled the ball to Aaron Ramsey, whose pass found Lacazette in space on the left side of the area.

Lacazette had been anonymous until that point but, taking a touch to size up his options, the French forward guided a majestic curling shot into the top corner for his second goal of the season.

If that was tough on Everton, there was worse to come for Marco Silva’s side three minutes later as Arsenal scored a dubious second to seal the points.

Mesut Ozil surged away down the right flank and when the Arsenal midfielder’s pass reached Ramsey, he flicked the ball to the offside Aubameyang.

The linesman’s flag stayed down and Aubameyang did the rest, planting a cool finish past Pickford for his fourth goal of the season.



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Thai Cave Boys Pray For Good Luck After First Night Home


The boys sat together in the temple while chants of Buddhist monks filled the room. (AFP)

Mae Sai, Thailand: 

Members of the “Wild Boars” football team rescued from a cave in northern Thailand prayed for good luck at a Buddhist temple on Thursday morning after spending their first night back home with family.

The teammates and coach were discharged from hospital Wednesday after recuperating for a week from their 18-day ordeal inside Tham Luang cave with no food and only rainwater to drink.

Authorities organized a tightly controlled press conference with the boys the same evening in which they recounted drinking water that dripped from rocks and trying to dig their way out during the first nine days before they were located by British divers.

After spending a night at home many of the boys attended a ceremony the next morning at Wat Pha That Doi Wao in Mae Sai near the Myanmar border where they prayed for longevity and a good life.

They also paid tribute to a former Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan, who ran out of oxygen and died while helping resupply air tanks along the cave’s narrow passageways.

He was the only casualty in the otherwise successful operation that was dubbed “Mission Impossible”.

Wearing threads of white string tied around their wrists and holding hands together in prayer, the boys sat together in the temple while chants of Buddhist monks filled the room.

Officials have advised families of the youngsters to avoid interviews with the media for one month to let them settle back into their normal routines.

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Officials have advised families of the youngsters to avoid interviews with the media for a month

“They will live with their families first,” Punnawitch Thepsurin, the director of a school in the area, said, adding that they will not resume their studies immediately.

But cameras flashed away as the now-famous Wild Boars entered the temple on Thursday, in a sign of the ongoing interest in the story.

Film production houses have said they are looking into a Hollywood-style treatment of the harrowing ordeal, which captivated people around the world as the risky operation to extract the team unfolded.

They walked into the cave on June 23 after football practice, thinking they would only be there for an hour to explore, and then vanished for days until they were finally found.

Foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs spent three days bringing the boys out by diving and carrying them through the waterlogged corridors of Tham Luang.

The youngsters, aged 11 to 16, wore full-face oxygen masks and were sedated to keep them calm during the high-stakes operation.

Later rescuers marvelled that nothing had gone wrong in the extraction, which ended on July 10 when the last five were pulled out.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)





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Venus Williams Rues Bad Luck As Kiki Bertens Joins Giant-Killers


Venus Williams blamed bad luck for her shock Wimbledon exit as the five-time champion became the latest star to crash out in a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 8-6 defeat against Kiki Bertens on Friday. After reaching the final last year and the semi-finals in 2016, Venus was expected to mount another strong challenge for the Wimbledon title. But instead the 38-year-old was worn down by Dutch 20th seed Bertens in a dramatic third round clash lasting two hours and 40 minutes in sweltering heat on Court One. Venus, seeded ninth, joined Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens as the most high-profile casualties of Wimbledon’s year of the giant-killers in the women’s singles.

For the first time in the Open era, fewer than four top 10 seeds have made the Wimbledon fourth round.

Only world number one Simona Halep and former US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova remain, with Venus’s sister Serena, seeded 25th after her return from pregnancy, installed as the title favourite.

In a downbeat post-match press conference, Venus claimed she just didn’t get the breaks on the key points.

“I think she was just a little bit luckier than I was in the end. Sometimes it takes luck and skill. You know, she definitely deserved that one,” she said

“Just ran out of time in the end. She played really well. You have to win the last point and I didn’t succeed in that today.

“It was toe-to-toe there, probably just too many errors.”

Asked if she had thought about whether she would be back at Wimbledon next year, Venus offered only a terse: “No”.

Bertens faces Czech seventh seed Pliskova or Romanian world number 28 Mihaela Buzarnescu for a place in the quarter-finals.

“It means a lot. I still really can’t believe it. It was such a tough match and such a big fight so I’m really happy that I won this one,” Bertens said.

“It was really tough because I played her in Miami, I had a few match points there and I lost so that was going into my mind sometimes.

“But I was just like, ‘OK, keep on going for it, you’re in Wimbledon in the third round, never reached the fourth round so you’ve nothing to lose and just go for your shots.”

Denied in the Wimbledon final by Garbine Muguruza 12 months ago, Venus has failed in her bid to win an eighth Grand Slam crown 10 years after her last major triumph.

Last year, Venus made two Grand Slam finals and one semi-final, but this term she has failed to get past the third round in any of the three majors.

Eighteen years after winning her first Wimbledon title, Venus was the oldest woman in the tournament, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising the 26-year-old Bertens had the greater staying power.

For Williams, losing the first set was nothing unusual at Wimbledon this year after she battled back to win her opening two matches following the same deficit.

But neither of those escape acts came after such a one-sided set.

Bertens, who reached the French Open semi-finals in 2016, had never before been past the Wimbledon third round.

She squandered a chance to serve for the match in the second set, then couldn’t convert two match points before finally falling to the turf in jubilation when Venus sent a backhand wide.



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Virat Kohli Posted This Good Luck Message To England Football Captain Harry Kane


Captain Harry Kane scored a brace as England registered a 2-1 victory against Tunisia in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group G clash at the Volgograd Arena on Monday. Just ahead of the England vs Tunisia clash, India cricket captain Virat Kohli took to Twitter and sent Harry Kane a good luck message. “Wishing you a successful World Cup campaign @HKane! #WorldCupRussia2018 #HarryCan,” Kohli’s tweet read. Kohli’s good luck message worked for England football team as the Three Lions started their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign on a winning note with Kane scoring twice.

Kane gave England the lead in the 11th minute but Ferjani Sassi converted a penalty to pull Tunisia level in the 35th minute. However, Kane headed home off a corner in the 90+1st minute to give England the winning goal.

England face Panama in their next game on Sunday.

This was not the first time Kohli and Kane were involved in a conversation on Twitter.

After Virat Kohli’s match-winning innings against Australia during the 2016 World T20 tournament, Kane had praised the Indian captain on Twitter.

“Virat Kohli is some player!In the high pressure situations shows what type of player you are and he does it time and time again! #IndvsAus,” Kane had tweeted.

In reply, Kohli had said: “Thank You so much @HKane. Loved your goal against Germany. Good Luck with your PL chase!.”

Recently, Kohli received the Polly Umrigar Award (Best International Cricketer) for his stupendous performances in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

Kohli had a phenomenal 2016-17 season. The Indian skipper amassed 1332 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 74. He also scored 1516 runs in 27 ODIs at an average of 84.22 during the period. Kohli has played six Tests in the 2017-18 season, scoring 896 runs at an average of 89.6, while his ODI average stands at 75.50.





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Harbhajan Singh foretold winning luck in IPL and became lucky charm for CSK


नई दिल्ली : साल 2018 के आईपीएल की नीलामी ने जब चेन्नई ने हरभजन सिंह को जब चेन्नई सुपर किंग्स ने 2 करोड़ की बेस प्राइस में खरीदा था, उस समय टीम की खरीदारी देखते हुए लोगों ने कहा था कि अब चेन्नई बुजुर्गों की टीम हो गई है. हरभजन इससे पहले लंबे समय तक मुंबई से जुड़े थे. चेन्नई ने मुंबई के ही अंबाती रायडू को भी खरीदा था. लेकिन हरभजन ने उस समय सोशल मीडिया पर एक खास मैसेज देकर एक भविष्यवाणी की थी जिसके मुताबिक वे लकी चार्म रहे थे. बाद में उनकी नई टीम चेन्नई सुपर किंग्स ने 2018 का आईपीएल खिताब अपने नाम किया. 

चेन्नई ने तीसरी बार यह खिताब अपने नाम किया इसके अलावा मुंबई ने भी तीन बार आईपीएस चैम्पियनशिप जीती है. आईपीएल चैम्पियन बनने वाली टीम के सबसे ज्यादा बार सदस्य रहने का रिकॉर्ड रोहित शर्मा के नाम था. वे तीन बार मुंबई की टीम और एक बार डेक्कन चार्जेज की टीम के सदस्य थे जब ये टीम आईपीएल चैम्पियन बनीं थी. वहीं 2018 में इस सूची में रोहित के साथ दो और खिलाड़ी जुड़ गए. अंबाती रायडू और हरभजन सिंह इस बार चेन्नई की टीम में हैं जो पहले रोहित शर्मा के साथ मुंबई की टीम में थे. 

इस पर हरभजन सिंह ने ट्रॉफी के साथ अपनी फोटो शेयर करते हुए ट्विटर पर संदेश दिया, “3/4 महीने पहले आईपीएल नीलामी के बाद मैने इसका जिक्र किया था. और यह हो गया. यकीन कीजिए और वह बनिए जो आप चाहते हैं. मेरी चौथी आईपीएल ट्रॉफी.”

उस समय हरभजन ने का इंसटाग्राम मे संदेश दिया था जिसमें उन्होंने कहा था, “मैं पहला हूं जिसने आईपीएल ट्रॉफी पर अपना हाथ रखा है. मुझे टीम में लेने वाले को यह प्रोत्साहन (इनसेंटिव) मिलेगा. आपको मेरे साथ यह ट्रॉफी मिलेगी.” 

 

हरभजन की यह भविष्यवाणी सटीक साबित हुई और वे चेन्नई के लिए लकी चार्म साबित हो गए. मजेदार बात यह रही कि जिस मुंबई टीम को हरभजन ने छोड़ा था वह उनके रहते पिछले साल चैम्पिन बनी थी. जबकि इस साल मुंबई प्लेऑफ में भी जगह बनाने में कामयाब नहीं हो पाई. 

यह भी काफी दिलचस्प है कि अंबाती रायडू और हरभजन दोनों ही 2017 और 2018 की आईपीएल विजेता टीम के सदस्य थे. जबकि दोनों को इस साल मुंबई ने रीटेन नहीं किया था. 

30 पार के थे ज्यादातर चेन्नई की टीम में
वहीं चेन्नई की टीम ने महेन्द्र सिंह धोनी, सुरेश रैना और रविन्द्र जडेजा को रीटेन किया और हरभजन सिंह के अलावा, शेन वाटसन, केदार जाधव, मुरली विजय, इमरान ताहिर और अम्बाती रायडु को खरीदा था. चेन्नई के इन सभी खिलाड़ियों के पास टी-20 मैचों का अच्छा अनुभव था. लेकिन इनमें से अधिकतर खिलाड़ी 30 साल की उम्र पार कर चुके थे. 

IPL 2018 : Ambati Raydu returns to the race of Orange Cap with his ton
फोटो साभार : PTI

टीम सलेक्शन को लेकर ट्विटर पर लोगों ने सीएसके को ट्रोल किया. चेन्नई के कप्तान धोनी 37 साल के हैं. वहीं हरभजन सिंह 37 साल, वाटसन 36 साल, फाफ डु प्लेसिस 33 साल, मुरली विजय और केधार जाधव 32 साल, और इमरान ताहिर 38 साल के हैं. लेकिन इसके बावजूद टीम आईपीएल खिताब जीतने में कामयाब रही. 





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David Warner Wishes SunRisers Hyderabad Luck Ahead of Qualifier 1


IPL 2018 Playoffs, SRH Vs CSK: David Warner Wishes SunRisers Hyderabad Luck Ahead of Qualifier 1


David Warner posted a good luck message for SunRisers Hyderabad on Twitter © AFP


Former SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner, who has been out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 following his one-year ban after the ball-tampering episode in South Africa, sent a good luck tweet to his franchise ahead of their IPL 2018 Playoffs, Qualifier 1, to be played in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai later on Tuesday. “Good luck to @SunRisers tonight, keep playing well gentlemen. Been simply outstanding and being well lead by The great man himself Kane,” Warner’s tweet read, referring to Kane Williamson, who was named SRH skipper in Warner’s place and has done a great job of leading his side to the Playoffs.

Warner, along with Australian skipper Steve Smith were on March 28 banned from cricket for 12 months over the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.

Warner, who was the vice-captain of the Australian team, will not be considered ever for the leadership role of the national team, Smith and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft would not be picked for captaincy until a minimum of 12 months after the end of their suspensions, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.

Warner and Smith were also banned from leading SunRisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively in IPL 2018. Warner’s job was given to Williamson while Ajinkya Rahane took over from Smith.

Coincidentally, both the teams have qualified for the IPL 2018 Playoffs.






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India Can Make It To Asian Cup Knockouts With Bit Of Luck: Bhaichung Bhutia


Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia feels the AFC Asian Cup draw has been favourable to India and with a bit of luck, Sunil Chhetri and Co. can make it to the round of 16 next year in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). India have been clubbed with Thailand, Bahrain and hosts UAE in Group A. Two teams will qualify for the knockout stages with the four best third-placed teams from six groups also making the cut. “I feel that we can finish among the top two from our group and qualify to the round of 16,” Bhutia was quoted as saying by www.the-aiff.com on Tuesday.

“I understand it’s not that easy but it’s also not impossible. With a fair deal of hard work and a bit of luck, we can achieve it,” he added.

Asked about the group, Bhutia said compared to what they got in 2011, the last time India played in the Asian Cup, this looks favourable.

“In international football nothing is easy. But in comparison to the group in Doha 2011 where we were clubbed with the then World Cuppers Australia and the Korea Republic, this looks good, or should I say favourable.

“Not to forget that the other team in our group in 2011 was Bahrain, and they had played the World Cup play-offs from Asia too (for World Cup South Africa 2010).”

Bhutia concluded by saying that India should regularly aim for Asian Cup qualification if they want to improve.

“It’s very important for Indian football to qualify for the Asian Cup on a regular basis,” he said.

“It is the biggest tournament for us – the Continental Championship. That’s the platform where we get to play against the best Asian players who play all over the world. Such tournaments come as a learning curve and is a huge publicity for Indian football.”



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