Happy Birthday Vin Diesel: 10 best films of the xXx star you must watch

first_imgWith a name like Vin Diesel, one cannot help but be fast and furious. The action superstar who has slowly but steadily made a mark in Hollywood and has developed a fandom outside America has quite a number of films lined up for release in 2016 and 2017.SEE PICS: Vin Diesel begins shooting Fast and Furious 8 in CubaSEE PICS: Deepika Padukone looks super intense in the new xXx posterALSO READ: Deepika Padukone meets Vin Diesel’s daughter Pauline While on one hand he will be seen with Deepika Padukone in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third part of the xXx franchise, he will also reprise his roles in Fast 8, the upcoming Fast and Furious film, and Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.Much before he became the global superstar that he is, he paid his dues in the world of theatre. He even wrote, directed and starred in a few films, including the short film Multi-Facial (1994) which got screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and the feature-length film Strays (1997) which was selected for competition at the Sundance Festival.Following Strays, Diesel was cast in the minor role of a soldier in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan (1998). With the release of The Fast and The Furious in 2001 and xXx in 2002, Diesel, overnight, became ‘action hero’ and since then, he has never had to look back.On his 49th birthday, we revisit his career and  take a look at Vin Diesel’s ten best films.1. Strays (1997)DVD cover of Strays Written, directed, produced by and starring Diesel himself, Strays is the story of Rick (Diesel) who is a drug dealer and hustler trying to change his ways after he falls in love with a girl in the mean streets of New York.advertisement2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)Vin Diesel in a still from Saving Private RyanDiesel stars as Private Adrian Caparzo in this seminal World War II film by Steven Spielberg. Though he does not have much screen time, he plays a sensitive character who dies in war trying to protect a little girl.3. The Iron Giant (1999)A still from The Iron Giant Diesel voices the titular role of the Iron Giant in the debut film of director Brad Bird who later went on to make The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Diesel’s deep voice added depth to the kind and gentle giant.4. Pitch Black (2000)A still from Pitch Black Diesel stars in his iconic role of Richard B. Riddick for the first time in this low-key, stylishly made science fiction action film. The film is out-and-out suspense and action with Riddick fighting aliens on an unknown planet.5. The Fast and the Furious (2001)A poster of The Fast and The Furious The film that started it all: launched a franchise worth USD 3 billion and made Vin Diesel a household name. Diesel plays a semi-truck hijacker and professional street racer Dominic Toretto. With the success of this film, he went on to reprise the role seven more times.6. xXx (2002)A poster of xXxVin Diesel stars as extreme sports professional Xander Cage who is recruited by NSA agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L Jackson) to infiltrate a Russian terrorist group called Anarchy 99. Guns, explosions, stunts and babes, you know the drill.7. Find Me Guilty (2006)A still from Find Me GuiltyMobster Jackie DiNorscio is perhaps Diesel’s first dramatic role after 1997’s Strays. Directed by the great filmmaker Sidney Lumet, Find Me Guilty is the true story of a mobster who underwent the longest Mafia trial in the history of America.8. Fast Five (2011)A poster of Fast FiveThe fifth film of the Fast and the Furious franchise changed the game for both the film series as well as Diesel. With a bigger budget, less emphasis on car races and car culture and more focus on action, and of course, the inclusion of Dwayne Johnson, Fast Five was a box office success, grossing over $ 625m worldwide.9. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)Groot in a still from Guardians of the GalaxyDiesel voiced Groot, one of the most lovable and much remembered characters in this 2014 comic book film from Marvel Studios.Groot’s catchphrase “I am Groot” became highly popular after the release of the film.10. Furious 7 (2015)A poster of Fast FiveThe highest grossing Fast and the Furious film was sadly shadowed by the death of its star Paul Walker. Nevertheless, the film was appreciated for its writing, action, and most importantly the chemistry between Diesel and Walker.last_img read more

NCAA: San Sebastian breaks skid, stops JRU

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES WATCH: PH’s SEA Games mascot Pami present at flame handover Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The Golden Stags broke their three-game losing streak and improved to 8-6 for the fourth best record in the league.Alvin Capobres had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead San Sebastian while JM Calma had himself a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manRK Ilagan, meanwhile, orchestrated San Sebastian’s offense with 11 points and six assists.Thomas Vasquez had 13 points for the Heavy Bombers, who dropped their third straight loss and sixth in seven games.center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MANILA, Philippines—San Sebastian ended a slump after surviving Jose Rizal University, 62-59, in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

Ravena clutch, NLEX comes back to stun Ginebra in OT

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philip Paniamogan also found his stroke for NLEX with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from deep while Cruz added 13 points.Ginebra held an 86-72 lead heading into the fourth only to get outscored, 31-17, in the final 12 minutes of regulation.Justin Brownlee carried Ginebra with an ungodly line of 42 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and four blocks.The Road Warriors bounced back from just less than 24 hours since dropping a 98-94 decision to San Miguel to improve to 4-1 for the third spot in the standings.Ginebra lost its second straight and slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Kiefer Ravena came up clutch as NLEX completed a 113-111 comeback win over Barangay Ginebra in overtime in the PBA Governors’ Cup early Sunday morning (Manila time) at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai.The sophomore guard sent the game into overtime at 103-all after hitting a 3-pointer over LA Tenorio in the waning seconds of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT TNT stays perfect, scrapes past Columbian Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena then took over as facilitator, assisting on seven of the Road Warriors’ 10 points in OT including Jericho Cruz’s basket that put the Road Warriors in the driver’s seat, 113-111, with 20.2 ticks to go.NLEX closed the game on a 6-0 run, erasing the Gin Kings’ 111-107 lead inside the final two minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manRavena was a playmaking maestro for NLEX finishing with 13 points and 17 assists.Olu Ashaolu led the Road Warriors’ offense with 25 points with seven boards while Poy Erram supported him down low with 21 points and five rebounds. MOST READlast_img read more

London 2012 medallist Yogeshwar Dutt disappoints in Rio

first_imgIndian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt lost his men’s freestyle 65 kg qualification match 0-3 against Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig at the Rio Olympics here on Sunday. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage)Yogeshwar, the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist in the 60kg category, was on the backfoot right from the initial stages and lost on technical points at the Carioca Arena 2 on Mat B. (Rio 2016: WFI demands CBI probe into Narsingh Yadav’s doping scandal)Later, the Haryana wrestler’s chances of going for the bronze medal in a repechage also went up in smoke as Ganzorig lost 0-6 to Soslan Ramonov of Russia in the quarter-finals.Two-time World Wrestling Championships bronze medallist Ganzorig’s aggressive intent was too much for Yogeshwar, who was nearly pushed out of the wrestling zone early on.The Indian was able to avert that danger, but the 33-year-old Haryana grappler was soon cautioned while trying to grab his opponent’s legs.Yogeshwar’s troubles grew further as he conceded a point for a successful tackle by Ganzorig, who led by the solitary point on Period 1.Ganzorig upped the pressure in the next period and toppled Yogeshwar to lead 3-0.It was always going to be difficult for the Indian to mount a comeback from there and with the clock ticking down, Ganzorig held on to win.Ganzorig then lost his quarter-final bout to Ramonov to end Yogeshwar’s chances of a medal.The Mongolian was no match for the Russian, conceding three points in the early stages as Ramonov went into the break with a 3-0 lead.advertisementThe Russian pushed Ganzorig out of the zone at the start of the second period to increase his lead by one point.Ganzorig tried hard to make a comeback in the closing stages, but ended up conceding two more points as Ramonov claimed a decisive victory.last_img read more

M&M gifts off-roader vehicles to Rio heroes Sindhu, Sakshi

first_imgMumbai, Sep 8 (PTI) Leading SUV manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) today felicitated Indias Rio Olympics women medallists – shuttler P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik – by gifting them its true blue 4X4 off-roader, the Thar. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M, handed over the keys of the Mahindra Thar to the two sportspersons at a felicitation ceremony held at the companys manufacturing plant in Kandivali here, said a media release. Both Sindhu, who won the silver medal in badminton womens singles, and Sakshi, who bagged the bronze in 58kg weight class, received the honour for their performances at the just concluded Games.”It is my pleasure to felicitate Sindhu and Sakshi with the Mahindra Thar as they put India on the global map with their historic victory. Today, they have become role models for the youth in India who wants to excel not just in sports but in any arena,” said Goenka at the function.”Fighting all odds to come out on top, they symbolise the go anywhere spirit of the Thar and hence it is an ideal vehicle for our Olympic stars to make a personalised statement,” he added.”I am thankful to Mahindra for recognising my efforts and encouraging me to excel in future matches. The Thar is an iconic off-roader and I am looking forward to owning and driving this stylish off-roader,” said the Hyderabad-based Sindhu. “I am very pleased to own the Thar and would especially like to thank Mr Mahindra (Anand Mahindra, M&Ms Managing Director) for this very special gesture and the #TharForSakshi Twitter Campaign, which received overwhelming support,” said Sakshi, who hails from Rohtak, Haryana. PTI SSR RSY AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

India’s journey from their 1st Test to 500th: Lost by 158 runs, won by 197 runs

first_imgStats by Rajneesh GuptaIndia on Monday thrashed New Zealand by 197 runs in the Kanpur Test to script a historic win in their 500th match. It was an all-round team performance in the first as India took the lead in the three-match series. (Match Report | Scorecard)India became the fourth nation after England, Australia and West Indies to play 500 Test matches.India, who played their first Test in 1932, lost their 100th Test, drew their 200th but won their 300th, 400th and 500th matches.Here’s a look at India’s journey from their first Test to 500th match:1ST TESTEngland vs India at Lord’s, June 25-28, 1932Result: England won by 158 runsMatch details:-India were led by CK Nayudu-Batting first, England were bundled out 259, thanks to a five-wicket haul by pacer Mohammad Nisar. England captain Douglas Jardine and wicketkeeper Les Ames scored fifties-In reply, India were all out for 189 with Nayudu top scoring with 40. Bill Bowes picked up four wickets-In their second innings, Jardine hit 85 not out to help England set India an improbable 346 runs to win-India had a decent opening stand but regular wickets resulted in a 158-run defeat.——————————————————————————————————————————100TH TESTEngland vs India at Edgbaston, July 13-15, 1967 Result: England won by 132 runs Match details:-India were led by Tiger Pataudi-Against fine bowling from the Indian spinners only Barrington’s solid knock of 75 held England’s first innings together-On a rain-affected pitch India collapsed for 92-England batted again despite a big lead and were restricted to 203 again by Indian spin attackadvertisement-India started on the promising note and were 185 for three at one stage, but then the wickets fell in a heap and India collapsed to 277 all out.-The match ended on the third evening after 20 wickets had fallen on the second day.—————————————————————————————————————————— 200TH TESTPakistan vs India at Lahore, December 10-15, 1982 Result: Draw  Match details:-India were led by Sunil Gavaskar-Zaheer Abbas scored his 100th first-class hundred, emulating Geoff Boycott to do so in a Test match-Despite Zaheer’s double hundred Pakistan were bowled out for 485, with Dilip Doshi picking 5-90-Sunil Gavaskar became fourth batsman to aggregate 7000 Test runs. He also completed 1000 runs against Pakistan-Mohsin Khan followed his first innings 94 with a hundred in the second and completed 1000 runs in the calendar year 1982.—————————————————————————————————————————— 300TH TESTIndia vs South Africa at Ahmedabad, November 20-23, 1996 Result: India won by 64 runs Match details:-India were led by Sachin Tendulkar-Mohammad Azharuddin became the first player to appear against all current Test playing nations, both at home and away-South Africa chasing a fourth innings target of 170 were bowled out for 105 as they lost their last six wickets for nine runs in 25 balls.-Javagal Srinath was on a hat-trick three times in South Africa’s second innings.—————————————————————————————————————————— 400TH TESTWest Indies vs India at Kingston, June 30-July 2, 2006 Result: India won by 49 runs Match details:-India were led by Rahul Dravid-Rahul Dravid scored 81 in India’s total of 200 as Jerome Taylor took his maiden five-wicket haul-Harbhajan Singh took 5 wickets in 27 balls as West Indies were dismissed in less than two sessions-India were dismissed for 168-their lowest total in the series as once again only Dravid stood tall on a surface offering ankle-high shooters-Chris Gayle bagged a pair falling to Sreesanth in both the innings-West Indies were reeling at 29 for three, but middle and late order threatened an extraordinary comeback…but Anil Kumble took last five wickets of the innings to give India a remarkable win.——————————————————————————————————————————500TH TESTIndia vs New Zealand at Ahmedabad, September 22-26, 2016Result: India won by 197 runsMatch details:-India led by Virat Kohli-Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara score fifties, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and left-arm pacer Trent Boult pick three wickets each.-Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashiwn shared nine wickets in New Zealand’s first innings. Captain Kane Williamson and Tom Latham hit fifties.-Vijay, Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Jadeja hit a fifty each to set New Zealand 434-run victory target.-Ashwin becomes second fastest to take 200 Test wickets. He finishes with 6/132, helping India down New Zealand by 197 runs.last_img read more

Is India’s Champions Trophy participation in danger?

first_imgSpeaking to the media on the sidelines of the Kolkata Test, BCCI president Anurag Thakur sought to bring another twist in the battle against the Lodha panel’s recommendations. Thakur claims that if one goes by the recommendations in totality, then India will not be able to participate in the Champions Trophy. (Lodha panel asks banks not to disburse funds to BCCI)”I don’t know whether India will be able to play the Champions Trophy or not. If you go by the Lodha committee report, you have to play either the IPL or the Champions Trophy. So BCCI has to take a call on that. (Defiant BCCI rejects Lodha reforms in Special General Meeting)”As per the Lodha committee recommendations, you have to give a 15-day window before and after the Indian Premier League. There is an Australia series before IPL and Champions Trophy after it. So BCCI has to take a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy – you have to pick one of the two if the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented in toto. Members can take a call at that time, whether IPL or Champions Trophy,” Thakur said. (BCCI submits compliance report to Lodha Panel)Thakur also added that the question of India and Pakistan playing each other only arises if India play the Champions Trophy in the first place.Thakur said that logistically it is impossible for them to schedule IPL in such a way that they can meet this criteria. (Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar)advertisement”It’s going to be a problem every year. You have certain months to play in India. There is a window made available for IPL so you have to take a call whether the world’s fastest growing league, which has showcased to the world how you can make domestic cricket more popular, and given birth to many other leagues like football, hockey, badminton, kabaddi and all that – has to go.”last_img read more

England captain Alastair Cook hopeful James Anderson will play role in India

first_imgEngland bowler James Anderson should play some part in the tour of India but will definitely miss the first test, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.Paceman Anderson is still recovering from the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the trip to Bangladesh.”He might come out to do some training but he will not be ready to play in the first test,” Cook said. (England captain Alastair Cook poised for record Test appearance)”I spoke to him last night. He has been doing a lot of training and is in good shape physically. The decision is going to be made over the next week on that (when he goes to India). The test for his body is when he starts bowling, but he is making some strides.”Anderson, 34, has struggled with injury this year and missed the first test against Pakistan at Lord’s with a shoulder injury before it flared up again at the end of the domestic season. (England win ODI series to end Bangladesh’s home run)The first of five tests against India starts on Nov. 9.Cook will overtake Alec Stewart to become the most-capped England test player when he steps out for the first of two tests against Bangladesh on Thursday.”I started however many years ago and you never thought you’d get anywhere near, so to break the record like that is very special,” he told the England and Wales Cricket Board website ahead of his 134th test. (James Anderson confident of making England return for India Test series )advertisement”A lot of luck, I suppose, is needed with injuries and all that stuff and to score just enough runs at the right time to keep yourself in the team,” said Cook who rejoined the squad in Chittagong after returning home for the birth of his second daughter.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara slam 100s in Vizag Test, Adam Voges suffers concussion and more

first_imgRed-hot Virat Kohli smashes 14th hundred in 50th TestVirat Kohli cracked his 14th hundred and third this year as India took firm control of the second Test against England in Vizag.Cheteshwar Pujara continues purple patch with third successive Test hundred Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his third consecutive Test hundred and 10th overall as he and Virat Kohli shepherd India to a commanding position on day one of the second Test against England.Adam Voges hit by bouncer, suffers concussion Voges will take no further part in the current four-day Sheffield Shield match and it is not clear whether he will be available for Australia’s third Test against South Africa.I wish selection committee had more international experience: Dilip Vengsarkar to India TodayDilip Vengsarkar, former chairman of selectors, spoke against BCCI’s decision to appoint an inexperienced selection committee for the Indian cricket team.World Tour Finals: Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori in thrillerAndy Murray prevailed in a brutal encounter 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4 against Kei Nishikori to stay on course for his first title at the year-ender.last_img read more

379 sportspersons failed dope tests in last 4 years: Ministry

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Three hundred and seventy-nine Indian sportspersons were caught for doping in the last four years, the Parliament was told today. In a written reply, Sports Minister Vijay Goel listed the number of dope offenders in the last four years, according to information received from National Anti-Doping Agency. 96 sportspersons returned positive in 2013 while the number of dope offenders in 2014 and 2015 were 95 and 120 respectively. Upto October this year, 68 sportspersons flunked dope tests, taking the total number of dope offenders in the last four years to 379. “The Government of India has framed National Sports Development Code (NSDC) of India, 2011 which has been effective from 31/01/2011 for healthy development of sports in the country. The NSFs are required to comply with the provisions of NSDC which includes strict compliance of the government guidelines to prevent unethical practices in sports such as doping,” Goel said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The question was whether the government has issued any directions to the Sports Authority of India and sports federations to ensure that doping issues do not happen in future. “To implement anti-doping rules as per World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, regular dope control programme and create awareness about doping and its ill effects, government has created National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) mandated for dope free sports in India,” he added. “NADA regularly informs Sports Authority of India (SAI) as well as National Sports Federations (NSFs) about the doping incidence and its further control. NADA also sensitises SAI and NSFs to organise anti-doping awareness sessions for the athletes and support personnel with an aim to discourage the athletes from using banned drug.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more