Denmark Open Super Series: Saina Nehwal crashes out, loses to defending champion Akane Yamaguchi

first_imgSaina Nehwal bowed out Denmark Open Super Series Premier losing to Japanese fourth seed and defending champion Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles quarter-finals on Friday.Yamaguchi completely outplayed Nehwal 21-10, 21-13 in just 29 minutes in what turned out to be a completely one-sided contest.Nehwal was unable to read Yamaguchi’s deceptive shots and apart from a couple of little victories, the Indian star could not match the Japanese.Yamaguchi’s speed, court coverage and agility proved to be the blocks for Nehwal and she could never really dominate her Japanese opponent.In the first game, Yamaguchi opened up a huge lead early on and though Nehwal put up a couple of beautiful smashes, Yamaguchi strolled away with the game.The second game remained neck-and-neck with both the players alternating between the points till Yamaguchi took a slender lead of 11-10 at the break.From there on, the Japanese accelerated and took seven consecutive points to close down the game and reach her second straight semi-final.Later in the day, India’s top men’s singles player world number 8 Kidambi Srikanth will face world No. 1 and local favourite Victor Axelsen while HS Prannoy will take on first seed and world No. 2 Son Wan Ho of Korea.last_img read more

JioPhone production stopped, Jio now working on free Android Phone

first_imgMukesh Ambani caused a storm after announcing the JioPhone smart feature phone that was effectively free of cost. Millions of people have already pre-ordered the phone with shipments having started post Diwali. However, based on a new report, production of the JioPhone has stopped as Reliance Jio is now looking to work on an Android smartphone to take on Airtel and Vodafone. Update: In a statement to India Today Tech, a Jio spokesperson did not categorically deny the report, but said that the company would soon announce the next JioPhone booking date. “JioPhone, ‘India ka smartphone’ is committed to fulfilling the country’s digital vision. Jio welcomes the initial 6 million Indians who are moving to digital life with the JioPhone and will soon announce the next JioPhone booking date,” the spokesperson said.  Sources close to FactorDaily reported that production of JioPhone has stopped as the telcos is now focusing on bringing out an Android-based phone. To recall, the JioPhone runs on KaiOS, which is a version of Firefox OS. The latest report cites lack of apps supported by KaiOS as a reason behind Jio switching over to Android. The JioPhone as of now does not support apps for Facebook and WhatsApp, among others.”There are not enough apps compatible with KaiOS but people are working on developing special versions for the JioPhone,” a company insider told FactorDaily. Jio has reportedly been in talks with Facebook and Google to bring versions of Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube apps to the JioPhone.What this means for the JioPhoneThe latest report, however, doesn’t answer whether Jio has met with the over 6 million pre-bookings of the JioPhone since announcement. The company had stopped taking pre-orders in August citing an overwhelming response. It promised that shipping of the pre-ordered JioPhones would begin post Diwali, and it is still unclear as to how many people have received their handsets.advertisementReliance Jio chairman in July said that the company has set a target of producing 5 million JioPhones every week, but with productions having halted now, that promise seems to have fallen flat. “It’s not that the target is changing…but a walled garden approach doesn’t work in mobile phones, it hasn’t worked in the past and it will not work in the future,” another source told FactorDaily.Also Read: Airtel announces Celkon Smart 4G smartphone at effective price of Rs 1349There is also no word on whether Jio will discontinue the JioPhone after it launches the Android-based phone. A Jio executive said that the company will manufacture at least 10 million KaiOS-based JioPhones, which means all who have already pre-ordered the handset are likley to get it soon.Jio’s Android phone to take on Airtel and VodafoneAs of now, there is no detail regarding the pricing strategy of the Android-based Jio phone. But with Airtel and Vodafone having launched cheap 4G smartphones like the Karbonn A40 Indian and Micromax Bharat 2 Ultra, respectively, Reliance Jio will look to bring an effective pricing scheme for its phone as well. As a smartphone, it may be difficult for Jio to keep an effective zero pricing as it did with the KaiOS-based JioPhone.Airtel and Karbonn’s 4G Android smartphone comes at an effective cost of Rs 1,399 while Vodafone and Micromax announced a smartphone at an effective price of Rs 999 provided that customers stay with the phone and the maintain a minimum monthly recharge amount for a period of three years. On Monday, Airtel announced a second 4G smartphone in partnership with Celkon, called Celkon Smart 4G that comes at an effective price of Rs 1,349. These entry-level smartphones by rival telecom operators seem to have pushed Jio to launch its own Android smartphone.While Jio looks to make the Android-based phone more consumer friendly by bringing modern-day apps, Google will also stand to benefit from tying up with Jio. The Android-based JioPhone will likely sport Android Go, a slimmed down version of Android 8.0 Oreo that is aimed for entry-level smartphones. For Google, having Android Go inside the JioPhone will help the company expand its reach further.”The expertise Google can bring with software is immense… It makes sense for Reliance to wait and go with Android Go. For Google, JioPhone can be an important vehicle to go after the next billion users,” said Faisal Kawoosa, principal analyst with CyberMedia Research.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton favourite for 2018 F1 title and knighthood

first_imgLewis Hamilton has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for next year’s Formula One championship, with the Mercedes driver also a 4/1 shot to be knighted in Britain’s New Year’s honours list.Hamilton became Britain’s most successful Formula One driver after clinching his fourth title in Mexico on Sunday.Bookmakers William Hill have Hamilton as 15/8 favourite for the 2018 drivers championship, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at 3/1 and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at 10/3.Verstappen won Sunday’s race, the third triumph of the 20-year-old’s career.Formula One has driver knights in Stirling Moss, generally regarded as the greatest never to win a championship, and triple world champion Jackie Stewart. Team principal Frank Williams and co-founder Patrick Head also have the honour.Hamilton has the MBE, a lower rung of the multi-tiered British awards system, and went to Buckingham Palace to receive it from the Queen.When asked about the chances of a knighthood, the 32-year-old winner of 62 races said he had always wanted to go back to the palace.”That would be the greatest honour, to firstly be invited back,” he said. “I try to represent England in the best way I can. If that at some stage is recognised by the Queen then I’d be incredibly honoured.”Hamilton wrapped the British flag around him as he celebrated on Sunday and has made much of his journey against the odds from an under-privileged background in the commuter town of Stevenage, north of London.His paternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Caribbean island of Grenada.advertisement”I wonder what the people who were at my school are thinking. There’s a couple of teachers who said you’re never going to amount to anything so I wonder what they’re thinking now,” he had mused on Sunday.”I wonder if they’re thinking ‘I helped that young lad’. Or are they thinking ‘you know what, I regret what I said. And I’ve grown from it’? I hope that’s really the case.”Olympic athletics gold medallist Mo Farah and Wimbledon winner Andy Murray are also sporting Sirs but the Scot has emphasised he still wants to be called by his first name.Hamilton joked he would be the opposite, if such a situation ever happened.”I would enforce it. To everyone. To friends, everyone. I think it’s such an honour,” he laughed. “I’ve got friends who are Sirs and I call them Sir. When I get a text, I’m like ‘Yes Sir.’ It’s unique and why not live it in all its beauty?.”last_img read more

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first_imgSC summons ex-MP in decade old case of breaching contractNew Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court has directed a former AIADMK MP to appear before it or face arrest in a more than a decade old case of breaching contract with a company over transfer of its subsidiary firm.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to former MP K C Palanisamy asking him to be personally present before it on November 28, failing which a non-bailable arrest warrant would be issued against him and his properties would be attached.”Having heard counsel for the parties, we are of the considered opinion that the real contesting party is respondent no. 3 (Palanisamy),” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said and ordered issuance of notice to him.It said the notice should be issued “with a stipulation that he shall remain personally present before this court on November 28, 2017, failing which a non-bailable warrant of arrest shall be issued against him, apart from attaching his properties.”The apex court was hearing a civil appeal filed against National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order of July 5 this year in favour of Kasturi and Sons Ltd (KSL), owner of The Hindu newspaper whose subsidiary firm was sold to Palanisamy in 2004.The former MP had allegedly failed to make the payment for purchasing KSLs subsidiary, Sporting Pastime India Ltd.However, after an arbitration between the parties, he was directed to return the firm to KSL. The order was upheld by the National Company Law Tribunal as well as NCLAT.advertisementThe matter reached the apex court when a firm, Cheran Properties Ltd, allegedly owned by Palanisamy, filed a special leave petition against the NCLAT order.The case involves transfer of Sporting Pastime India Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of KSL, to K C Palanisamy and his nominees in 2004. PTI AG PKS RKS ARC MVVlast_img read more

Sixth edition of Swimmathon on Dec 3

first_imgMumbai, Nov 20 (PTI) The sixth edition of Swimmathon, touted as the countrys premier open water swimming competition, will be held at Colva beach in South Goa on December 3.The event had been accredited by the Swimming Federation of India as the national selection trials.Winners of Swimmathon, both men and women in 5K and 10K races, will represent India at the FINA World Championship and Asian and Commonwealth Games, it was announced at a media conference here today.Olympian Virdhawal Khade, who is the brand ambassador of the event, said Swimmathon has given a platform for young aspiring swimmers.Khade said there has been a “drastic change” in the scenario with regard to swimming in India in the last ten years.”The standard of swimming has improved (in the country),” said Virdhawal, an Arjuna Awardee.Ashish Agarwal, Co-Founder of Square Off Sports, the organisers of Swimmathon, said the last years mens winner Ramesh Tamatta in the 10K category part in Olympic qualifier at Portugal.He said this year the event will have four categories which includes 10K and 5K for both men and women.Around 1, 000 participants are expected to participate in the event across various categories.Agarwal also said swimmers like Sandeep Shejwal are likely to take part in the event.The total cash prize for the event is Rs 4 lakh with winners in 10K and 5K categories (male and female) will get Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 each. The categories: 10K Swimmathon: 14+ years Men and Women 5K Swimmathon 14+ Years Men and Women 2.5K Swimmathon and 1K Swimmathon Under 14 Boys and Girls 14+ years Men and Women 35+ years men and women. PTI NRB NSKadvertisementlast_img read more

Bangladesh’s Sabbir Rahman under investigation for alleged assault on fan

first_imgBangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman is in deep trouble once again after news reports emerged that he “physically assaulted” a fan during a first-class match in Chittagong last week.Bangladesh Cricket Board will launch an investigation into this matter with Sabbir facing “heavy punishment” if he is found guilty of the level-4 offence.The incident apparently took place on the second day of Rajshahi Division’s National Cricket League game against Dhaka Metropolis.Media reports state that a fan “made a noise” directed at Sabbir during the innings break after which the cricketer lost his cool.Sabbir then went off the field after taking permission from the umpires and physically assaulted the young boy behind the sight screen.Reserve umpire saw Sabbir breaking into a scuffle with the fan and reported the matter to the match referee who then told BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan and from there the board’s disciplinary committee was informed.According to reports, Sabbir was also quite “aggressive” with match referee Showkatur Rahman, when he called him in on the third day of the game to investigate the incident.BCB disciplinary committee’s vice-chairman Sheikh Sohel confirmed that Sabbir would be subjected to heavy punishment if found guilty of the level-4 offence.”We have received the match referee’s report and forwarded it to the disciplinary committee,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters.”Sabbir is being investigated for a level-4 offence and in such cases penalties include multiple-match bans in addition to a fine of Tk 5 lakh,” Chowdhury added.advertisementThis is not the first time Sabbir is being investigated by the disciplinary committee. The 26-year-old was fined Tk 12 lakh due to a serious off-field disciplinary breach for entertaining a female guest at the team hotel during the Bangladesh Premier League in 2016.last_img read more

Premier League: Charlie Austin on target for Southampton in derby draw with Bournemouth

first_imgSouthampton’s Charlie Austin was on target again as they drew 1-1 with south-coast rivals Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser curled home the opener in the 42nd minute of an even first half after Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt, guilty of overplaying, was dispossessed by Joshua King.Southampton began to dictate proceedings after the break and the in-form Austin — who scored a brace against Everton last weekend — restored parity with a smart finish from substitute Nathan Redmond’s low cross in the 61st minute.Austin, who has scored seven goals in his last 10 league starts, twice had chances to win it for Southampton while Bournemouth substitute Callum Wilson was unable to control a loose ball with the goal at his mercy.After Austin’s double against Everton, Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said the striker’s form would be crucial during December.On Sunday, he was the most threatening player on the pitch, combining his physical presence with smart movement and incisive finishing.”Going in at half-time 1-0 down we were not good enough in the first half but we stepped up in the second and looked like we were going to nick it,” Austin told Sky Sports.”Instead it’s a point away from home going into a big December. I should have scored a near-post header but these things happen. I was still in the right place at the right time.”I’ve just got to score goals, work hard and help us win games. We’ve got a lot of big games coming up.”advertisementBournemouth were aggrieved not to receive a penalty when Adam Smith was booked for diving despite apparent contact from Sofiane Boufal.Instead referee Jon Moss issued a yellow card but he later admitted getting the decision wrong.”I spoke to him after and he apologised and said it was a penalty,” Smith told Sky Sports.”For the ref to book me doesn’t help because that’s my fifth yellow card of the season. I don’t mind him admitting it but the fact that he booked me and can’t get it rescinded, I’ll miss the next game.”If we had got the penalty maybe we would have gone and scored another one. But we got a point and need to look forward now.”Southampton climb one place to 11th with 17 points — two points and three places above Bournemouth.last_img read more

Jeter Sits Out Bosox Game 1

first_imgBOSTON — Nineteen years into his Hall of Fame career, Derek Jeter may have produced his final “first.”The New York Yankees shortstop asked out of the lineup for the Sept. 26th 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox — something neither Jeter nor Manager Joe Girardi could remember him ever doing before.Jeter watched the opener of his final major league series from the dugout, taking it easy a day after his walk-off single finished off an emotional farewell to Yankee Stadium.“I don’t think I really slept — maybe a couple of hours,” Jeter told reporters. “I don’t know if I could play tonight if I was playing tonight. Last night was as special as it gets.”Since announcing in spring training that this would be his final season, Jeter has been celebrated across the major leagues, collecting gifts at each stop and applause from former opponents and their fans. Then came his final home game, when the pregame cheers were surpassed by the postgame celebration after he led the Yankees to another win.“I was thinking how fitting it was, what a great night it was,” Girardi said before the game. “I’m sure he’s emotionally drained, probably physically drained.”With both the Yankees and Red Sox eliminated from playoff contention, Girardi compiled a lineup missing many of his regulars and joked that it looked more like spring training roster. Eury Perez batted in Jeter’s familiar No. 2 spot — and collected his first major league hit — and Brendan Ryan played shortstop.Jeter said he would be back in the lineup on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 — but as designated hitter, so his final memories as a shortstop would be in Yankee Stadium. Girardi told Jeter he could play any position but pitcher or catcher this weekend if he had the urge — including manager.Jeter declined. “I don’t pay attention enough,” he said. “When I’m not playing, I’m all over the place.”A 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Jeter has collected 3,463 hits in his career along with the near-universal respect from teammates and opponents alike.Even in Boston, where fans hate the Yankees like no other team, most of the animosity was reserved for Alex Rodriguez or Red Sox defectors like Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens.The sold-out crowd, peppered with fans in pinstriped No. 2 jerseys, chanted Jeter’s name in the second inning — something that would not have been tolerated a decade ago, when Bostonians wore profane T-shirts about Jeter and argued that Nomar Garciaparra was a better shortstop.Since then, though, the Red Sox have ended their eight-decade World Series drought — winning three titles in 10 years, in fact — and the rivalry has lost some of its edge.“I think after they won — I don’t want to say they softened up, I would say I think they’re kinder,” said Jeter, who ventured onto the streets of Boston for lunch on Sept. 26th and was greeted warmly. “People were saying, ‘Congratulations for the career. I’m a Red Sox fan and I hate the Yankees, but I respect you.’“Even when I was walking here through the stands, people were cheering. I remember in 1999, when I was here for the All-Star Game … I remember getting out of the car and I thought they were going to kill me. Funny how things have changed.”And the feeling is mutual.Although his night off no doubt disappointed those who bought a ticket for an otherwise meaningless game hoping to see a part of history, Jeter said he would play the final two games of the season out of respect for the rivalry.“It’s always difficult at this point because everybody wants to see him,” Girardi said. “I think Derek understands the magnitude of the rivalry and the importance of it in the game of baseball. … I think there’s a huge amount of respect too for what these organizations have done for the game of baseball.”Red Sox Manager John Farrell said Jeter’s Yankee Stadium finale was special, and he expects the good feelings to surround this weekend, too.“The game has an incredible way of creating unique opportunities,” Farrell said. “His 3,000th hit is a solo home run, his last at-bat at Yankee Stadium is a walk-off. The game provides us opportunities that embed memories, and that’s certainly one of them.”Elsewhere in baseball, they were also talking about Jeter.“When you look at great players, you look at them as the heat turns up, they get calm,” Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “Not everybody can do that. But he’s one of them that can. … That’s why he got the hit last night. Because the situation is never too big for him.”___By Jimmy Golen, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., and freelancer Ken Powtak in Boston contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No Luck For Giants: Colts Win, 40-24

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The mantra throughout the NFL each week is to look ahead. Considering how ugly the previous week was for Indianapolis, the Colts needed tunnel vision toward Nov. 3.Following an awful performance in a loss to Pittsburgh, the Colts beat the New York Giants 40-24 behind Andrew Luck’s four touchdown passes and an improved performance by a defense that kept Eli Manning off balance.With his franchise-record seventh consecutive 300-yard game, Luck led the Colts (6-3) to a lopsided win one week after a 51-34 loss to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.Unlike the way Roethlisberger toyed with their defense in that game, the Colts didn’t let Manning get going in handing New York (3-5) its third straight defeat. “It was great to get back in the win column after a tough one last week,” Luck said.Luck hit Coby Fleener for a 32-yard TD in the first half. He had scoring throws of 31 yards to T.Y. Hilton, 40 yards to Reggie Wayne and 2 yards to Dwayne Allen in the third period.Adam Vinatieri added four field goals and is perfect on 20 tries this year.It was the eighth time this season that Luck had thrown for more than 300 yards and the 17th time in his three pro seasons. He was 25 for 46 for 354 yards, helping the Colts head into their bye with a two-game lead on Houston on the AFC South.“Reggie spoke to it last night,” Luck said. “He’s had only one or two, but he said losses before bye weeks stink.”So do defeats like the one the Steelers laid on Indy. The quick remedy: Win the next time out. “We got that bad taste out of our mouths, the way we lost that last game,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s awesome.”Wayne, who broke down in tears during the national anthem, surpassed James Lofton for career yards receiving and has 14,070 in his 14-season career.“I’m just blessed to be out there,” Wayne said. “It’s an emotional game, man, and sometimes it comes out. It was a prime-time game, and an opportunity to turn things around a little bit. “An old wise guy once told me you shouldn’t hold back your tears. Tonight was a night with the tears.”Giants first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. had 156 yards on eight receptions, by far his best game. Manning threw for 359 yards and two TDs, but most of that came with the game decided.Luck seemed to look for Fleener on every pass in the first half. That well-established combination — they played together at Stanford before joining the Colts in 2012 — paid off on consecutive passes for the game’s first touchdown.But the Colts probably caught a break on one of those plays. Fleener was awarded a 21-yard gain to the New York 32, although video replays showed he dropped the ball. Giants coach Tom Coughlin threw the challenge flag too late, seconds before Fleener was uncovered down the right side for the touchdown.“We saw the coaches gathering on the sideline and we didn’t know if he was trying to challenge it or not,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “And you know as a defense we have to get lined up and get a call. No one got lined up … we failed to do so as an entire unit. It was one of those plays that costs you.”Also costly for the Giants were drops by receivers, an inability to sustain a ground game, and enough pressure against Manning to force long or high throws that had no chance to be caught. Indy led 16-3 at the half thanks to Fleener’s TD and field goals of 48, 31 and 48 yards by Vinatieri, who added a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.The Colts held the Giants to 143 yards in the opening half, and then staged an 84-yard drive to Hilton’s TD on the first series of the third quarter.New York matched that drive to finally get into the end zone. Beckham got loose for a 59-yard gain on a pass from Manning, and then Andre Williams broke two tackles for a 24-yard reception. Williams surged in from the 1 to make it 23-10.Luck simply picked New York apart on the next series to go over 300 yards in the air once again. He beat a blitz to hit former Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw for 22 yards, did the same to hit Fleener for 11 on third down, and then connected with Wayne on a 40-yard play down the left sideline.Rookie Jonathan Newsome’s sack of Manning three plays later knocked the ball loose and safety Sergio Brown returned it 28 yards to the Giants 4. Luck got his fourth TD pass on a 2-yarder to an uncovered Allen.That score sent many of the fans to the exits, about the only satisfaction they received being a halftime ceremony when former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan received his Hall of Fame ring.New York got a pair of late scores on Larry Donnell’s 5-yard reception and rookie Corey Washington’s 1-yard catch for his first career TD.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Luck-y Colts Beat Broncs, 24-13

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares DENVER — Andrew Luck has his signature NFL win, and it came against his predecessor, of all people.Hardly pressured all afternoon, Luck threw two touchdown passes and outplayed Peyton Manning in leading the Indianapolis Colts past the Denver Broncos 24-13 on Jan. 11.The Colts (13-5) advanced to the AFC championship game at New England (13-4), where they lost 42-20 on Nov. 16.“I’d like to think I am a better quarterback and would like to think we’re a better team” now, Luck said. “We are well equipped to handle the unknown, the unforeseen.”They sure were in the Rockies, where Denver had gone 8-0 this season and averaged 35 points a game.“I think we’re playing good team ball,” said Luck, who improved to 3-2 in the playoffs with his first road win. “We’re feeding off each other. Offensively we’re making enough plays to put some points on the board. Great night. So proud to be a part of the Colts in this victory.”The Broncos (12-5) are left to deal with the hangover of yet another playoff debacle — and, more importantly, questions about Manning’s future.After saying on Christmas Eve that he planned on coming back for an 18th season, the five-time MVP wasn’t so certain after his latest playoff fiasco.Asked point blank if he planned on playing next season, Manning said, “Uh, yeah, I guess I just can’t give that simple answer, I’m processing it. So, I can’t say that. I could not say that.”It was the first time Manning had been ambiguous about his future since spinal fusion surgery on his neck cost him all of the 2011 season and led Colts owner Jim Irsay to release him in 2012 so he could use the top pick to draft Luck.“I knew it was the right thing to do for the Colts,” Irsay said outside his jubilant locker room. “I saw Archie (Manning) last night. We had a nice conversation. Happened to be at Elway’s Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. It was a decision that it was the right move to make. Peyton and I had talked about it. He said it best in the press conference, I didn’t decide. He didn’t decide. The football gods laid the cards out. We both knew it as best for him and us.”There’s sure to be questions about John Fox’s future, as well. He’s won four straight AFC West titles, but keeps coming up short in what he calls the “real season.”“I’m the head coach, the buck stops here,” Fox said.The Broncos were the AFC’s only unbeaten team at home and the only team in the NFL with a top-five offense and a top-five defense.“We picked a bad day to have a bad game,” said Terrance Knighton, who had guaranteed these Broncos, with an NFL-high nine Pro Bowlers, would hoist the Lombardi Trophy next month.Manning has gone one-and-done in the playoffs a record nine times in his otherwise stellar career. That includes twice in Denver, where he’s 38-10 in the regular season but just 2-3 in the playoffs.Overall, he’s 11-13 in the postseason and this was one of his worst playoff performances ever. He never found a rhythm, constantly overthrew his receivers and finished 26 of 46 for 111 yards, one TD and no interceptions.“It’s just disappointing. Everyone would like to win their last game of the season,” Manning said after guiding Denver to a TD on its opening possession and just two field goals on his final 11 drives.Each of his three seasons in Denver has ended in humbling losses, to the Ravens and Colts at home after first-round byes, and to Seattle in last year’s Super Bowl.These Broncos were better balanced with a grinding ground game and star-studded defense bolstered by John Elway’s signings of Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward to a guaranteed $60 million in free agency.But none of them came up big Sunday and the Broncos were left to deal with yet another wrenching playoff loss.Luck completed 27 of 43 passes for 265 yards with two TDs and two interceptions that were the equivalent of punts and no sacks.“We needed to win the game for us. It wasn’t about Peyton or Andrew or anything like that,” Irsay said. “It was about just us trying to beat the Broncos. Again, this was the Colts vs. the Broncos, even though the quarterbacks mean so much.”The Colts stretched a four-point halftime lead to 21-10 when Luck drove the Colts 72 yards in 11 plays, hitting Hakeem Nicks from 15 yards midway through the third quarter.On fourth-and-1 from the Colts 36, C.J. Anderson eluded three tacklers in the backfield and gained 7 yards. But once again, the Broncos stalled and had to settle for Connor Barth’s 41-yard field goal that made it 21-13 with 13:50 remaining.Luck then drove the Colts 54 yards in 13 plays, chewing up more than 8 minutes before Adam Vinatieri’s 30-yard field goal made it 24-13 with four minutes remaining in the half-empty Sports Authority Field.Denver’s only lead was 7-0 on Manning’s 1-yard fade pass to Demaryius Thomas on the Broncos’ first drive. Daniel Herron’s 6-yard TD run tied it.After a Manning fumble, Luck hit tight end Dwayne Allen with a 3-yard strike to put the Colts ahead for good 14-7.“It was an unbelievable performance by the guys on the road,” Irsay said. “Onward we go. We know the trails even get tougher.”(ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer)last_img read more