A legend like Anil Kumble deserved more respect from BCCI: Gautam Gambhir to India Today

first_imgFollowing Anil Kumble’s unceremonious exit, the BCCI rumour factory now rests easy. But from Kumble’s resignation to Ravi Shastri’s reinstatement, for the BCCI, it was a public relations disaster.While it also became evident captain Virat Kohli stood his ground in not wanting Kumble and there were players in the dressing room who also had issues with the coach’s working style, most others rallied behind the captain.Not every player however, had problems with Kumble and some like Gautam Gambhir are not amused with the way the coach drama played out. Gambhir who played in the Test series against New Zealand last year, currently works as an analyst for ESPNcricnfo’s new show ‘Turn and Bounce.’In an interview to India Today he says, “BCCI could have handled it in a lot more professional way. You got to give a legend like Anil Kumble a lot more respect. He is someone who has done so much for Indian cricket and has been a captain as well.”Without going deeper into Kumble’s working style, the southpaw did say the BCCI image took a beating because of the episode. “If you handle the issue in this fashion it gives a poor image. I think because of that you got the kind of coach applicants you got to consider,” he opined.As it turned out, Shastri, who Kumble had replaced in 2016, was handed back coaching duties with Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody the only other serious contenders, ultimately overlooked.Gambir urged all and sundry to move on now that the appointment is made.advertisement”It’s done and dusted and the appointment has been made. Irrespective of whether Anil kumble is the coach or Ravi Shastri, what’s more important is that India wins. After all the coaches performance is not analysed, the team’s performance is,” he said.While Virat as the captain became a central figure in the coach appointment saga with his opinion sought, Gambhir disagrees any of this external pressure will weigh him down.”I don’t think there will be external pressure on Virat. The coach has been appointed. The support staff is largely the same.”If this controversy had lingered on it could have been a distraction. Now it should not. The series is about to get underway. You have gone there to play as a cricketer. Who should be appointed is not your job. Your focus is on cricket,” he concluded.last_img read more

Kynan Chenai wins bronze at 7th Asian Shotgun Championships

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) India shooter Kynan Chenai won a bronze in mens trap event, his first international medal at the senior level, at the 7th Asian Championship Shotgun at Astana, Kazakhstan. Kynan first shot 116 out of 125 to qualify for the six men final round in third sport and then held on to the position till the end of the finals. He shot a score of 30 to finish behind gold medallist Abdulrahman Al Faihan of Kuwait, who shot 39 for a new Asian finals record and another Kuwati Talal AlRashidi, who bagged the silver with an effort of 38. “Yeah I think its my first medal at the senior level…not very sure. Conditions were very tough, winds were at 60-70 kmph. The range layout was also difficult and with all the internal fighting going on inside my brain after a strenuous qualification, it was a tough final,” said Kynan. “Happy to have overcome all that and very happy to come out with this result. Also with the new rules of 50 targets in the finals, this was the first final I shot with the new rules. So really very happy,” he added. Earlier, Kynan started his qualification round in third place, on a score of 69 out of 75. He then shot rounds of 23 and 24 to finish in the same position. His teammates — Zoravar Singh Sandhu ended in 17th place shooting 110 and Birendeep Sodhi finished 36th shooting a score of 98. India finished in seventh place in the Team section with a combined score of 324. Kuwait won gold, Lebabnon clinched the silver while the UAE settled for bronze. India have so far won two gold medals and a bronze in the competition. Tomorrow will see the mixed trap medal events take place. PTI CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out, loses to world No. 1 Son Wan Ho

first_imgKidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Badminton World Championships in the quarter-finals as he was completely outplayed by the world No. 1 Son Wan Ho of South Korea in Glasgow on Friday.Srikanth looked out of sorts for most part of the match and the South Korean trumped the top seeded Indian 21-14, 21-18 in 48 minutes.Son Wan Ho began the match in a dominating fashion while it looked to be a matter of nerves for Srikanth as the top seed won five straight points early on to lead 5-1.Srikanth thereon smashed his way back into the game to make it 5-6 and the match remains neck-and-neck till 12-13 with both players testing each other across the court.Srikanth, thereafter, completely lost the plot and started making too many unforced errors at the net. The world No. 1 ran away with the game, winning it 21-14.The second game began with the same storyline, though Srikanth was extremely unlucky early on when he lost ground a bit and his shoe came off.Son Wan Ho completely dominated the rallies and Srikanth was absolutely outdone, unable to find his game as the South Korean raced to an 11-4 lead at the break.The story didn’t change much after the interval as well and the world No. 1 kept the match on his head leading 16-6.Traling by 11 points, Srikanth displayed exceptional grit and determination as he won seven points on the trot from there to make it 12-16.He continued playing with patience and found his angled and deceptive shots to leave the Korean reeling and the world No. 1 could add only three points to the scoreline while Srikanth took the game to 18-19.advertisementSon Wan Ho got right back then and won two points on the trot to win the game and snatch the match, after Srikanth had come so close to taking it to the decider third set.Later in the day, PV Sindhu defeated China’s Sun Yu 21-14 21-9 to secure her spot in the semi-finals.The 2-time bronze medallists assures a medal at the Worlds for India!PV Sindhu defeats Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9 to enter #2017BWC SEMIS. ?? pic.twitter.com/XR9TStSNI8- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017last_img read more

Tough US Open draw nothing new for Simona Halep

first_imgU.S. Open hopeful Simona Halep said she was not surprised to learn that she drew a tough first-round match-up against former world number one Maria Sharapova since such luck has become the norm for the tournament’s number two seed.The match will mark Sharapova’s first major tournament appearance since serving a 15-month doping suspension.Halep is one of a handful of women vying to become the world number one but to do so she will first have to overcome the powerful Russian, who has defeated her in all six of their previous meetings.”My reaction was normal because this year I had very tough draws every time, almost,” the 25-year-old Romanian told reporters on Saturday.”Of course I was a little bit like, how is this possible again? First round of a grand slam.””But I felt okay. I did my practice normal. I didn’t have, like, something emotional.”It has been a trying year for the world number two, who has been frustratingly close to assuming top spot from Karolina Pliskova but has been unable to seal the deal.She suffered a surprising first-round loss to American Shelby Rogers at the Australian Open, where she had to be treated between sets for a knee injury.Reuters Photo She lost the French Open in heartbreaking fashion when the unseeded Jelena Ostapenko came from behind to claim the title.And she was also up a set on Johanna Konta before the Brit staged a comeback and ousted her in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July.advertisementFor Halep, the key to fulfilling her promise might be to focus on the task at hand and not look ahead.”I’m not thinking any more,” she said of the possiblity of becoming world number one.”I thought about it too much and maybe the pressure came in important moments, so now it’s gone.””Everyone can take the number one and if it’s going to happen, I will deserve it.”last_img read more

Moto G5S, Moto G5S Plus with all-metal body, improved cameras launched in India starting at Rs 13,999

first_imgLenovo owned Motorola has launched the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus in India at an event in New Delhi. Dubbed as ‘Special Editions’, both smartphones are updated versions of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus which were announced at MWC 2017 back in February.The Moto G5S and G5S Plus come with bigger displays, an all metal design and improved cameras and carry the tagline – “More Metal. More Battery. Made for More.”The Moto G5S Plus is available in only one variant – with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM for Rs 15,999. The phone will be going on sale tonight at 11:59 PM exclusively via Amazon India. It will also be available via Motorola’s offline retail store Moto Hub.The Moto G5S on the other hand has been priced at Rs 13,999 and comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Moto G5S goes on sale tonight at 11:59PM. It will be available across all leading retail outlets as well as from Motorola’s offline store Moto Hub. It will also be available from Amazon India.The Moto G5S Plus and G5S come with bigger displays as compared to their 6-month old predecessors. The G5S Plus features a 5.5-inch fullHD display as compared to the 5.2-inch display on the G5 Plus while the G5S comes with a 5.2-inch fullHD display as compared to the 5-inch display on the G5.When it comes to design, both Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus are made entirely out of metal. This is a big step up from their predecessors which featured a plastic-metal hybrid chassis with a metal back plate and plastic on the sides, top and bottom. Both smartphones come with rounded edges, a curved back, a fingerprint sensor, a round camera unit and antenna bands on the top and bottom of the rear panel.The Moto G5S Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor paired with the Adreno 506 GPU, 3/4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. It comes with 32/64GB of internal storage expandable via a micro SD card (of up to 128GB).advertisementThe Moto G5S in has comparatively moderate specs on board – it comes with the Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery with Turbo Charge support and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card slot (of up to 128GB).Both the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus have received substantial upgrades when it comes to optics. The Moto G5S comes with an all new 16MP camera at the rear with phase detection auto focus, an aperture of f/2.0 and an LED flash. On the front, there is an 5MP wide-angle sensor with an LED flash which will make the smartphone an attractive proposition for selfie lovers.Also Read: Moto G5 review: Pure Android Nougat saves the day for itThe Moto G5S Plus comes with a dual camera setup at the rear making it the first Moto branded device in India with two cameras at the back. The two 13MP sensors have an aperture of f/2.0 and work together to offer features such as selective focus, background replacement and selective black and white colouring. The rear camera setup can also record video in 4K resolution. On the front, the G5S Plus comes with an 8MP wide-angle front camera with an LED flash.Motorola is also offering some launch offers with the Moto G5S Plus to entice early buyers. Customers will get an extra Rs 1,000 on exchanging their old Moto phone, the opportunity to buy Moto Sports headphones that originally retail for Rs 1599 for just Rs 599, 80 per cent off on e-books (up to Rs 300) on the Amazon Kindle app and No Cost EMI on all credit cards. Jio users will also get 50GB of additional 4G data.last_img read more

England name unchanged squad for third test against West Indies

first_imgEngland have named an unchanged squad for the series-deciding third Test against West Indies at Lord’s next week.Tuesday’s five-wicket defeat by the visitors in a compelling second test at Headingley meant a series that looked like being a one-sided affair will now go to the wire.Despite that setback, the selectors have kept faith with the same 13 players for what will be the last Test match before England face Australia in the Ashes. (Also read: England, Australia humbled as underdogs roar in Test cricket) Reuters PhotoIt could mean another chance for Essex batsman Tom Westley to stake his claim for a place after a disappointing run of scores against West Indies and South Africa. (Also read: Joe Root on the defensive after shock defeat to West Indies)Right-hander Westley has only scored one half century in seven Test innings and is running out of time to convince that he can be the answer to England’s top-order batting woes.The third Test begins next Thursday.England squad: Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Chris Woakes.last_img read more

AIIMS chief compares air pollution in Delhi to killer Great

first_imgSmog of London, respiratory cases in hospitals rise(Eds: Updating with more quotes)New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) As air pollution hit alarming levels in Delhi, major city hospitals today experienced a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems with the AIIMS chief comparing the situation to the killer Great Smog of London in 1952.Doctors also said warned that some of the patients may develop life-threatening conditions. AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, who is also a renowned pulmonologist, said that N95 masks and air purifiers, whose sale has increased in the last few days, may not provide full-time protection and stressed on implementation of long- term measures to tackle the crisis.While people were seen wearing masks to protect themselves outdoors, there was a spurt in fresh cases in hospitals and conditions of patients with history of asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and cardio- vascular diseases deteriorated.”Patients have started coming to the OPDs with complaints of breathlessness, coughing, sneezing, tightness in chest, allergy and asthma complications. There is about 20 per cent rise in patients seeking treatment due to respiratory and cardiac issues,” said Guleria.He also compared the situation in the national capital with the Great Smog of 1952 in London and said pollution is at such a severe level that patients with respiratory and cardiac problems may develop life-threatening conditions. On December 5, 1952, a thick yellow smog brought London to a standstill for four days and is estimated to have killed more than 4,000 people.”This is a silent killer,” he said. Guleria said the condition of those already having advanced heart diseases or pulmonary problems deteriorates as pollution levels go up and they land up in the ICUs and have to be put on ventilator.advertisementGuleria said the current smog situation in the national capital is same to last years post-Diwali situation and expressed fear that around 25,000 to 30,000 people may lose their lives in Delhi-NCR due to diseases exacerbated by pollution.The Centre-run Safdarjung hospital also witnessed an increase in patients with respiratory problems in its OPDs and casualty department over the past two days, said J C Suri, professor and head of pulmonary medicine at the hospital.He said the immediate effects are cough, throat infections and pneumonia, but in the long term the results could be disastrous as one could also develop lung cancer.”Elderly and children are more likely to develop infections and allergies due to smog and pollution. So they should avoid going out during early morning and at dusk hours when the toxic level is at its peak,” Suri said.”Also, when pollution levels rise, the condition of those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or asthma or heart disease worsens,” he added.According to Vivek Nangia, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, there has been a 25 per cent increase in OPD footfall in the past 24 hours of patients with various kinds of respiratory stress.”These comprise not only first time walk-in patients but also repeat patients. The situation is grim with the disease being more protracted due to the severely poor air quality.”This is leading to longer recovery times, more dependence on steroids, antibiotics and inhalers. The situation will continue till the pollution levels are brought under control,” Nangia said.Rajesh Chawla, Senior Consultant (Critical care, pulmonary and sleep disorders) at Indraprastha Apollo hospitals suggested that people avoid indulging in outdoor physical activity and wear good quality masks and keep their eyes, nose and mouth covered.The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.PTI PLB AAR GSN GSNlast_img read more

AIBA launches GlovesUp legacy programme in Guwahati

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 22 (PTI) The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) today launched its famed legacy programme GlovesUp here with the goal of producing a new generation of world-class boxers in future.The highly successful programme is designed to create a boxing environment in the country that begins at the grassroots level and impacts boxing at all levels.A joint collaboration between the AIBA, the Boxing Federation of India and the Government of Assam, GlovesUp India started with a three-day camp here at the Sports Authority of India Regional Center.The project another initiative to promote the sport of boxing in the North East and strengthen the foundation further in the region which has produced champion pugilists like MC Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Shiva Thapa among others.The Government of Assam has wholeheartedly supported the project as it fits in with the chief minister Sarbananda Sonowals vision of transforming the state into the countrys sports capital.”Assam has been a nursery for boxing in the country for some time. Chief Minister Sonowal wants to take it to the next level now and churn out boxing champions for the country,” Ajay Singh, President of BFI, said in a release.”The fact that we are hosting a World Championship in Guwahati shows how deeply involved he is,” he added.As a pilot project, 25 top local coaches have been selected for international standard coaching exposure and experience. They are currently attending a three-day camp under South African coach Andile Mofu and they will be taught advanced coaching methods.advertisementTheir progress will be monitored closely and other initiatives will be introduced on a time to time basis so that they become fully trained, international-standard coaches. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

IPL 2018: Gary Kirsten likely to join Royal Challengers Bangalore coaching staff

first_imgGary Kirsten is likely to return to the Indian Premier League next season for a second stint and this time with Royal Challengers Bangalore.According to ESPNcricinfo, Kirsten may join the RCB team management in the capacity of a batting coach.The former South African batsman and India coach in his first stint had coached Delhi Daredevils for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. Kirsten had signed a three-year contract but was removed on after two season after the Daredevils finished seventh and eighth respectively.Kirsten had coached India from 2008 to 2011 and finished a successful tenure with the World Cup triumph in 2011. In three years at the helm, Kirsten led India to series wins over Australia and England before drawing a Test series in South Africa. India had also reached on top of the Test rankings with Kirsten as coach.He also coached South Africa to number one in the ICC’s Test rankings before a stint with the Delhi Daredevils.In RCB’s coaching team, Kirsten will join the likes of Daniel Vettori, who is set to be retained by the franchise.The 50-year-old Kirsten is also making his debut in the Big Bash League 2017-18 season at Hobart Hurricanes. He replaced Damien Wright, who quit after Hurrcanes finished second last in the 2016-17 BBL season.The Hurricanes have failed to reach the semi-finals of the eight-team BBL since losing in the final three years ago.The franchise is also expected to retain captain Virat Kohli, currently the best player on the planet, AB de Villiers and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.advertisementDespite a star power in their ranks, RCB have never won the cash-rich T20 league. However, they have twice reached the final in 2009 and 2016.After riding high on Kohli’s sensational 973 runs in the 2016 campaign, RCB finished bottom of the table managing to win only three out of 14 contested matches.last_img read more

Are MBA applicants and students in general burning under pressure?

first_imgAll of you want to join top schools. Right? But why is this goal very theoretical for you? Why can’t you outline steps and create a roadmap.I find it very surprising: Read throughMost of the Indian applicants I work with “DO NOT LIKE” what they are doing in their current jobs. Ironically, when they explore an MBA, they do not want to truly introspect in “IDENTIFYING” the job they are meant to be in or the companies they want to be with.” I will be proud of myself if I make it to Wharton this year”This chant is a reference to the words of many students who are not satisfied with the status quo, and are out there in pursuit of happiness. There is an irrational and an artificial sense of living under pressure. They will “DO ANYTHING TO GET INTO A TOP B-SCHOOL”They will “Engage in extra-curricular and sports to garnish the resume”They will “stop living and start studying for 15 hours a day”- We do that in India !Their parents will go to the extent of seeking advice from every GEEK in the extended family to ask “What should our child do to just GET INTO IIM-A or Harvard/Wharton/Stanford?” – He has to be successful.As I cast about for ways to make it better for the students, I will start with a simple question. Are you a slave or are you a customer?Your question “Whether they will take me?”advertisementMy suggestion ” DO you even know why you need them?”Do not try to become something for them. You are a valuable customer who will be paying $100,000 to them. You will be paying 60 lacs to a top 10 B-school. You have the complete right to know if they will make a difference to your careers. And I fail to understand the relationship with success. You decide that right before you start your fearful journey of applying to business schools. Why do you start with the mindset of “Becoming successful” ? – If the end result is “Becoming Successful”- What are you right now? – Your answer very likely is “UNSUCCESSFUL”Be successful even before applying to business schools. You already are truly.  Getting into a top B-school is not a big deal in life. It will bring momentary upswings, and before you know it, you will be on the next path of “Becoming Successful”.You are the customer and a business school is your service provider. You will be PAYING THEM A LOT OF MONEY. YOU WILL BE GIVING UP YOUR JOBS TO JOIN THEM. Can you stop behaving as if your life depends on them?  If success has to start, it has to start within you right now.I wanted to convey this to you that all of you have been very successful in your own lives in your own way. Do not raise the stakes of a business school admission. It does not mean anything.Be objective and consider the following while applying:You have already spent enormous amount of time doing “What does not inspire you?” It should not be the pattern of the future course of action. An MBA has to be a live changing scenario like marriage or child birth and it behooves applicants to put a considerable amount of time thinking through the future opportunities.Getting into a B-school is not an accomplishment in itself. It is a means to an end. The goal is to find the job opportunity that will really inspire you. The goal is to get out of the LIMBO that you are in right now, and not jump into the next one.Network extensively with the target industry professionals. Get into conversations with people who have built a career in your areas of interest. Do enough due diligence to find out if that job is worth your time.  Just as you spend enormous amount of time doing in due diligence before buying an expensive car, so too you should spend time introspecting and identifying the careers for the future.- Authored by Jatin Bhandari, Founder- Interview Ninjas & PythaGurus Read: Here’s how MBA degree can save IT professionals from layoffs Read: Which countries offer the best package to an MBA? Here’s the answerlast_img read more

Thunder Take Knicks Apart, 105-78

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — The crowd roared when Russell Westbrook was introduced, and he gave Thunder fans what they had been anticipating for a month.Oklahoma City’s point guard scored 32 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, and the Thunder rolled past the Knicks 105-78 on Nov. 28.Westbrook was injured in the second game of the season and hadn’t played since. He returned in grand fashion, making 12 of 17 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, and adding eight assists and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter because the Thunder were in control.“It was exciting, man,” he said. “I’m just blessed to be able to go out and play the game I love to play, especially with my teammates. The crowd was great, the energy was high. So it was fun to be out there.”He said his conditioning was good, but not great. “The crowd helped me out,” he said. “I’ll fight through it. Just keep going and keep going, and hopefully, somebody calls a timeout.”Knicks coach Derek Fisher, a former Thunder point guard who has played with and against Westbrook, saw what he expected from the three-time All-Star.“I think that’s the way Russell plays no matter what the situation is,” Fisher said. “First game or 80th game, he’s going to play with a lot of energy, intensity and passion. He was great tonight, but they were a better team than us tonight.”Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 39 percent from the field and scored a season-low point total in their third straight loss. Carmelo Anthony, a Top 10 scorer in the league, missed his second straight game with back spasms. He said before the game he was unsure when he would return.Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Jeremy Lamb added 13 points for the Thunder, who won consecutive games for the first time this season. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant still hasn’t returned from a broken bone in his right foot, but he has been practicing.Westbrook had 10 points and four assists in the first 7:13 to give the Thunder a 21-5 lead. After the second of back-to-back 3-pointers, he motioned like he was putting a gun back into a holster. By the time he took a break with 3:33 left in the first quarter, he had 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting and had four assists.The Thunder continued to roll. Lamb came off the bench for Westbrook and scored 11 points during a 15-3 run that gave Oklahoma City a 40-13 lead.Westbrook returned and he stayed hot. He had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the first half to help the Thunder take a 59-33 lead at halftime.Westbrook’s lob to Andre Roberson for an alley-oop dunk put the Thunder ahead 67-40 in the third quarter, and Oklahoma City cruised from there. The Thunder’s largest lead was 37 points.“It wasn’t just Russell,” Fisher said. “Overall they were at a higher rate than us. The energy was higher, and we just couldn’t meet it.”(CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Austria out of Euro 2016 after tactics backfire

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Success in tournament football is sometimes all about coaching innovation, changing tactics and switching players into completely new positions.But using Bayern Munich defender David Alaba as an attacking playmaker has backfired for Austria at Euro 2016.Marcel Koller’s team made an early exit from after losing 2-1 to Iceland on Wednesday, following a goalless draw against Portugal.Having started as a playmaker and then been substituted in the 65th minute against Portugal, Alaba was handed the same role in the first half against Iceland.Iceland’s Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, center right, shoots to score the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)It didn’t work Wednesday either.With his team trailing 1-0 as the players headed back to the dressing room, Koller finally decided to make Alaba play in a more familiar, deeper role after the interval.The switch paid off as Alaba accelerated the tempo in midfield and Austria enjoyed most of the possession. The team leveled for 1-1, and Koller’s players pushed until the end.But they were punished on the counterattack deep in injury time, ending their campaign in France with just one point and a single goal scored in three matches in Group F.“It was just my second time playing in that position with the national team, I tried my best but I think the team could not find me,” Alaba told The Associated Press after Wednesday’s loss.“When I play in a deeper role, I’ve got the ball more often and I can create the game more, give the right tempo.”Even Koller acknowledged the differences after the break.“The passes were more precise, there was more movement, more focus,” he said, when Alaba played in a deeper role.Iceland’s Arnor Ingvi Traustason celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, France, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)With Abala repositioned just in front of the back four, Austria improved and scoring chances fell to the Bayern Munich player. Unmarked in the area, he first saw a shot cleared off the line by defender Kari Arnason, before an effort from outside the area was punched over the bar by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.“I received the ball more often in that position,” Alaba said. “But maybe I can improve as a No. 10 too. I will try to do my best wherever the coach wants me to play.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos Thrashes Asteras 5-0, Wins for Giannena and Atromitos

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos scored four times in the first half en route to beating host Asteras 5-0 in the Greek league on Saturday.Panathinaikos caught Panionios in second place, 13 points behind league leader Olympiakos, which plays at AEK Athens on MondayVictor Klonaridis and Marcus Berg scored early within a two-minute span as a result of defense-splitting long passes.An unmarked Rodrigo Moledo headed in Paul-Jose M’Poku’s free kick, M’Poku himself latched on to a long pass and scored nine minutes later.The only goal of the second half came late, as Olivier Boumal hit in a rebound of Berg’s shot.Also, Atromitos beat Xanthi 2-1 and Giannena defeated Kerkyra 1-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Ceferin Ends Platini’s Policy on Trophy Presentations

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has ended predecessor Michel Platini’s favored tradition of presenting captains with trophies in the VIP section.UEFA says Ceferin decided “trophy presentations on the pitch will now be standard practice across all UEFA club and national team competitions.”Ceferin says “officials should come down from the stands to the players — to their arena — and pay tribute to them.”It will start next week in Stockholm when Ceferin hands the Europa League trophy to Ajax or Manchester United.After Platini was elected UEFA president in 2007, he stopped the practice of teams collecting their trophy on the field in a shower of confetti.UEFA says on-field presentations give fans a better view inside the stadium and clearer pictures to TV audiences.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Champions League: Underdog Spirit Drives Klopp, Di Francesco

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The similarities between Juergen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco go far beyond their facial hair, designer glasses, and quirky humor.In terms of tactics, passion, mentality and their route taken in coaching, the managers of Liverpool and Roma appear to be cut from the same cloth, creating a fascinating subplot ahead of the meeting of their teams in the Champions League semifinals.The respect between them was evident as they spoke on Monday on the eve of the first leg at Anfield, a match that counts as the biggest in Di Francesco’s managerial career and the most significant in Klopp’s 2 1/2 years at Anfield.Roma’s manager Eusebio Di Francesco. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)“I am very happy but also concerned to play against a team coached by such a good manager,” Di Francesco said, “but I believe my philosophy is quite similar.”That would be the high press, the high energy, the expected use of a 4-3-3 formation with the wingers drifting inside, the full backs overlapping, and the lone striker dropping off.Manchester City and Barcelona couldn’t handle the intensity of Liverpool and Roma, respectively, in a triumph for the underdogs in the quarterfinals. A week after City was overwhelmed in a 3-0 first-leg loss at Anfield, Barca was blown away by the same scoreline in a historic night at the Stadio Olimpico.“I do understand probably a lot of people would have thought this semifinal would be Barcelona vs. Manchester City,” Klopp said, “but it is not because it is football. Roma made it possible and us, as well. Maybe our situations are similar.”Both teams know their place in modern-day European soccer. Neither can stop their best players from leaving — Mohamed Salah left Roma to join Liverpool in the offseason, Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January just as Luis Suarez did in 2014 — so they are constantly fighting against the odds.Klopp and Di Francesco didn’t take the easy route in coaching, either, starting at a relatively low base.Klopp’s first coaching role was at Mainz in the German second tier, Di Francesco’s was with Virtus Lanciano in the Italian third tier.While Klopp got Mainz promoted and then enjoyed success at his next club Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League final in 2013, Di Francesco had posts at Pescara and Lecce before making his mark at Sassuolo and guiding the club into Serie A. He even got the team into the Europa League before joining Roma in 2017.“Klopp has already proved his worth — he has won a number of titles — and I have great ambitions, too,” said Di Francesco, who, at age 48, is two years younger than Klopp. “I will nurture this ambition to reach the final.”Di Francesco insisted Roma would not take a step back at Anfield, instead going toe to toe with Liverpool and its devastating front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Klopp has the same mentality when Liverpool plays the heavyweights of the English Premier League, and he has a strong record in those games.“We have continued believing in ourselves, and Roma is the same,” Klopp said. “They changed manager — at least we didn’t have to do that — but he is doing a brilliant job and so they have all my respect. If anyone thinks we two are underdogs, who cares?”—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bundesliga at Stake as Bayern, Dortmund Meet in ‘Klassiker’

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Bayern president Uli Hoeness was on the field when his team earned its most-lopsided victory over rival Borussia Dortmund, an 11-1 rout in 1971.Hoeness, then a sprightly forward and soon to be a World Cup champion, scored two of those goals to go along with another four from Gerd Mueller, the German great known as Der Bomber.Bayern’s objective on Saturday won’t be to eclipse that 48-year-old mark, it’ll just be to eclipse Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga standings.“If we don’t win, I’d still like to be German champion, but then we wouldn’t really deserve it, looking back on the first game,” Hoeness said, referring to the 3-2 loss to Dortmund earlier in the season. “Our team has to show that they want to be champions with a win over Dortmund.”Borussia Dortmund leads the league by two points heading into the match. A win would give the team a five-point lead with six matches to go. A loss, however, would put Bayern back on top and on course for a record-extending seventh straight title.“The winner will take a giant step toward the championship,” said Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, who previously played for Dortmund.Bayern arguably has an easier run-in, finishing with a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt while Dortmund visits Champions League-chasing Borussia Moenchengladbach.Bayern, however, was almost embarrassed at home by second-division club Heidenheim in the German Cup on Wednesday. Reduced to 10 men after 15 minutes, Bayern was forced to bring on Lewandowski to turn a one-goal halftime deficit into a 5-4 win.Following that hard-fought victory, tiredness may be a factor against Dortmund.“On Saturday, 6:30 p.m., there can’t be any excuses. The side has to deliver against Dortmund,” Hoeness told news agency dpa. “I’m not even thinking of a defeat. We have to win, there’s no alternative for me.”Before last weekend’s 1-1 slip-up at Freiburg allowed Dortmund to reclaim the league lead, Bayern had scored 17 goals in its previous three Bundesliga matches. So scoring isn’t really a problem, but Heidenheim showed that defending might be.Bayern will be hoping goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and defender David Alaba are back from injuries, while Dortmund has a bigger problem in defense with Achraf Hakimi out for the rest of the season with a broken foot and Abdou Diallo and Lukasz Piszczek both doubtful. Raphael Guerreiro could fill in at left back, while captain Marco Reus is back after the birth of his first child.Paco Alcacer, who scored two injury-time goals in Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg last weekend, fell on his arm in the game and wasn’t able to train properly.Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said it was “hard to say” whether Alcacer will play.Dortmund’s recent record in Munich also does not bode well for a win. The last three games ended in losses with two goals scored and 15 conceded.Favre isn’t just thinking about Saturday’s match, however.“It’s a bit special,” the Dortmund coach said. “But there are seven games to go. If we win it’s not yet done. If we draw it’s not yet done. If Bayern wins, everything is also still open.”By: Ciarán Fahey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Has 32, Bucks Beat Celtics 123-116 in Game 3

first_imgBy KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer.BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo kept attacking and the Boston Celtics kept fouling.The fouls may have slowed the second half of Game 3, but nothing could stop Antetokounmpo from putting together a signature performance in TD Garden.Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 13 rebounds, George Hill finished with 21 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Boston 123-116 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.Khris Middleton added 20 points.Antetokounmpo had only 13 field goal attempts but had 16 points from the free throw line in a game that featured 53 total fouls called — 39 in the second half. Including Milwaukee’s two regular-season games in Boston, Antetokounmpo has scored 30 or more points in each of his trips to TD Garden in 2018-19.“I’m just gonna keep being aggressive. That’s what my teammates want me to do,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I have to take it all the way, I’ll take it all the way.”Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics, who host Game 4 on Monday.Boston led by a point at the half but was outscored 40-31 in the third quarter and trailed by as many as 17 points in the final period.The Celtics were also outscored 52-24 in the paint and had 18 turnovers leading to 28 Milwaukee points.Irving acknowledged the fouls did slow down the game and stunt Boston’s efforts late.“It’s getting ridiculous at this point,” Irving said, using an expletive to describe the lulls the fouls created.The Bucks threw the Celtics a tactical curveball in Game 2, inserting Nikola Mirotic into the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown.In Game 3 it was Celtics coach Brad Stevens who brought new wrinkles, notably going with a small lineup that featured 6-foot-7 Semi Ojeleye guarding the 6-11 Antetokounmpo when he returned to the game at the start of the second quarter and again in the third quarter.Boston also kept going at Antetokounmpo throughout the game when it had the ball. It included a one-handed dunk by Jaylen Brown over the Bucks’ star early in the third quarter that brought the Celtics fans inside TD Garden to their feet. It was reminiscent of a two-handed dunk he had over Antetokounmpo in Boston’s Game 1 win.Friday’s version complemented several nice defensive plays by Brown, including blocking a Tony Snell layup attempt off the backboard.Still, Milwaukee managed to keep racking up points in the paint. The Bucks led by as many as 12 in the third quarter and took a 95-87 lead into the fourth.That was the score when Brown was called for his fifth foul with 10:53 left on what appeared to be a light touch of Eric Bledsoe near the baseline. It brought animated protests from both Brown and Stevens. A few trips later, Tatum received a technical for protesting his foul of Antetokounmpo.Stevens said he didn’t think his team was overly frustrated by the foul calls.“I just think ultimately they made a lot of plays in that quarter and we didn’t,” he said.The Bucks started to rack up points at the line and their lead grew to 114-97 by the time Brown came back into the game with 4:53 remaining.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo is hard to stop when he’s this locked in to finding ways to score and get his teammates involved.“He’s just such a force. He can get through cracks,” Budenholzer said. “He’s going to finish or get to the free throw line a lot if he keeps playing like this.”TIP-INSBucks: Finished 15 of 37 from the 3-point line.Celtics: Finished 30 of 32 from the free throw lineHONORING HONDOThe Celtics players wore black warmup T-shirts adorned with a green No. 17 to honor Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who died last week at age 79 after a short battle with Parkinson’s disease.The team also observed a moment of silence for him prior to tipoff. Later after the game’s first timeout, a highlight video was shown on the jumbotron. It ended with a spotlight being shined on his retired No. 17 banner hanging in the rafters.Voted one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, Havlicek won eight titles with Boston and his steal of Hal Greer’s inbounds pass helped the Celtics hold off Philadelphia in the 1965 Eastern Conference final.HOMETOWN KIDThe Bucks’ bench outscored Boston’s 42-16, with Hill and Pat Connaughton (14) leading the way.Connaughton, who grew up as a Celtics fan in nearby Arlington, had a large rooting section of friends and family in the crowd. But he said there was no special meaning to helping Milwaukee beat his hometown team in a playoff game.“Hopefully, in a few more weeks, I’ll be able to look back and say it was pretty cool, growing up six miles away, winning a game at the TD Garden,” said Connaughton, who also had seven rebounds and two steals.UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night in Boston.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Advantech introduces scalable i.MX 8 Qseven module at Embedded World

first_imgAt Embedded World 2018, Advantech introduces its NXP i.MX 8 QuadMax Q7 v2.1-compliant computer-on-module, the ROM-7720, which is designed for graphics-intensive IoT applications. Answering the market needs of graphics computing in IoT edge nodes, Advantech has collaborated with NXP to develop this new Qseven module, aiming to realize multi-display human–machine interfaces, advanced driver assistance systems, robotic vision, precision advertising systems, and medical image processing.The ROM-7720 is powered by the i.MX 8 QuadMax processor, a multi-core SoC that is based on the Arm Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processors and the Cortex-M4 big.LITTLE structure, featuring high-performance computing and low-power processing. Additionally, the dual-core GC7000 GPU delivers high-quality 3D graphics and 4K decoder. The ROM-7720 is designed as a standard Qseven 2.1-complaint platform to ensure that customers benefit from the flexibile interface design and improved time-to-market.The newly released ROM-7720 supports both Yocto Linux and Android OS, and it has Advantech’s WISE-PaaS/Edgesense built in, providing support for RMM and OTA features, thus enabling remote monitoring and management and over-the-air updates for IoT and industrial IoT applications. Furthermore, Advantech will continue to cooperate with its Embedded Linux and Android Alliance (ELAA) partners to provide complete ROM-7720 software offerings, including featured OS as well as security and image recognition technologies, the aim of which is to facilitate customers’ adoption of the ROM-7720 and realize all the merits of the i.MX 8 processor.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Mercury Systems announces acquisition of Themis ComputerNext Ikalogic: ScanaQuad analyses and debugs your serial communication protocollast_img read more

AAEON: the power of a Mini-ITX SBC on a 4” board

first_imgAAEON releases the EPIC-KBS8, a powerful and expandable embedded controller purpose-built for retail and fintech applications. The EPIC-KBS8 features a 6th/7th Generation Intel Core i socket-type processor and up to 16GB DDR4 SODIMM memory. With other manufacturers only offering this level of computing power on larger, Mini-ITX boards, the EPIC-KBS8 represents a clear upgrade on competing products.Modern retail solutions might include a camera, barcode scanner, cash register, scale, and even a fingerprint detector. To accommodate all these peripherals – and possible future technologies – the EPIC-KBS8 has two USB3.0 ports, up to ten internal USB2.0 connectors, and six COM connectors. The board also features possible dual LVDS support and the option of an eDP connection.With its pair of LAN ports, the EPIC-KBS8 is also already being used as a powerful wireless Internet station, and its 0~60°C operating temperature range means it can be reliably used in the field. SATA, mSATA, and MiniCard slots provide multiple expansion slots, and the board’s CPU socket enables users to quickly and easily upgrade their processor whenever they want.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Arrow: IC solution reduces IO-Link development time and costsNext Logic Technology: FlashFX Tera 4.2 extends MLC NAND flash support for automotive and IIOTlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Vladimir Putin revels in Russia’s unexpected form

first_imgThe lowest-ranked team in the 2018 World Cup, Russia were expected to struggle at the tournament at home. But with the round of 16 qualification after winning the first two matches, the World Cup is going better than even Vladimir Putin expected.This for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that they have qualified for the knock out stage.Increasingly isolated on the global stage, the World Cup has so far helped Putin send a defiant message to his opponents that Russia is succeeding despite Western efforts to hold it back.Calls for a boycott by some Western politicians failed to gain traction, all Moscow’s organisation and infrastructure commitments have been met, and Russia’s 11 host cities have been flooded with international fans drinking, singing and dancing in the streets.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFor Putin, Russia’s runaway success on the pitch has been the icing on the cake.Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opening match and secured a surprise 3-1 win over Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Uruguay’s victory over Saudi Arabia meant Russia is guaranteed to qualify for the second round.”I think this success is very important, and all the more so because no one really expected it, said Maxim Trudolyubov,” senior fellow at the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large of Russian daily Vedomosti.”Putin is the kind of politician who wants victories,” he said. “For Putin, (politics) is a fight, a game, a gamble, a victory … and about showing everyone that Russia means something in the world.”advertisementRussia entered the World Cup ranked by FIFA as the tournaments weakest team and without a win on the field in more than seven months.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESo low were expectations, that a satirical song mocking the national side and questioning the financial sense of hosting the event went viral online, garnering more than 9 million views on YouTube. Our team is, lets be frank, shit, sings Russian comic Semyon Slepakov in the song.Even Putin seemed resigned to focusing his attention on victories away from the pitch, quipping that the winners will be the organisers when asked at an economic forum last month who would win the World Cup.SWEET VICTORYSince then, the Russian leader, who is a keen sportsman although not a footballer, was seen laughing and joking with FIFA head Gianni Infantino and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as Russia cruised to its big win in the tournaments opening match.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had not been able to watch Russia’s performance against Egypt as he was on a plane back from a trip to Belarus, but he was told about the result by his staff as soon as he landed.”He reacted just like our entire country, very positively,” Peskov told a conference call with reporters. “It is a very sweet victory for everyone, very heartening, and so the president was also happy.”Some Kremlin-watchers, however, believe any political dividends Putin receives from Russia’s success at the tournament will be limited.Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center think-tank, said the World Cup was unlikely to generate the type of nationalist fever Putin has previously used to boost his popularity, such as after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.”Nobody expected anything from our national football team, he said. So there is no reason for any patriotic hysteria.””The best (Putin) can do in terms of soft power is to organise the championship well without any unpleasant episodes, especially in terms of security, and just enjoy the sport. I don’t think that all that stuff means anything domestically.”And while the tournament has helped the Kremlin distract from some things it would rather go unnoticed – such as an unpopular decision to hike taxes and increase the pension age at home, or Moscow’s seemingly diminished role in the North Korean crisis – that may not ultimately be enough.Ned Pendleton, a 32-year-old England fan from London, told Reuters the well-organised and welcoming tournament would not help rehabilitate Moscow’s imagine in Britain, where the Kremlin is accused of poisoning a former Russian spy in a nerve-agent attack earlier this year. Moscow denies involvement.”They’re going to want to try and improve the image of Russia by hosting this tournament, and so they’ll make it as welcoming for the fans as ever,” he said while visiting Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday.”But…that’s got nothing to do with international relations, like invading Crimea and poisoning people in Britain,” he said. “Its a PR exercise, the whole World Cup. It doesn’t change, for me it doesn’t change that at all.”advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more