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  • I have got better at controlling my emotions: Nagal

    first_imgBy Amanpreet SinghNew Delhi, Jan 8 (PTI) He has realised the downside of having a fiery temper and steadily-rising tennis player Sumit Nagal is focussing on anger management to succeed, even though his mentor Mahesh Bhupathi feels a “feisty personality” is no crime if results are coming.Nagal achieved the biggest success of his career by winning the USD 100,000 ATP Challenger in Bengaluru, courtesy which he leapfrogged to the then career-best rank of 223.The hard-working 20-year-old from Haryana then qualified for the Tata Open Maharashtra, his maiden ATP World Tour event and in the latest rankings he is placed at a career-best 216.Nagal said his recent good performances have had a lot to do with hard yards put in for improvement in both physical and mental aspects of the game.”I have got stronger, compared to last year. Mentally, I am much much better. Last year, I lost many matches where I gave up or got mad for few minutes where I did not realise that I have already lost 4-5 games.”This year, it has got better. I am controlling my emotions, not letting it affect my games,” Nagal told PTI in an interaction, assessing his 2017 season.Often Nagal, who has shown good retrieving skills, is seen either arguing with the chair umpire after being at the receiving end of questionable calls or getting upset at himself during matches.”In practise, it was always my goal that If I get mad in matches, the priority was to control myself. Take deep breaths, think about image, where you see yourself being happy. The more you practice the better you are going to get.” Nagal admits that its an issue which has bothered him since his Under-12 and Under-14 days.advertisementAsked how he became so aggressive, Nagal said, “I dont know. Thats the way I am, because I have got a lot of anger. I get mad very quickly. I am learning to control it and put that energy, where its going to be useful.”Bhupathi, who handpicked Nagal and has supported him since his junior days, is happy with the progress he has made.”Every personality is different in sport. Sumit is definitely a feisty personality. I had talks with him. He is is a kid from Haryana. (Bjorn) Borg had a feisty personality, (John) McEnroe had a personality. We loved them because they were superstars.”Andy Murray has a personality, he is always screaming at his box. Roger Federer has a personality, so every player has a personality and Sumit has his. As long as he is moving up the rankings and doing what we want him to do, I dont think we can fault him,” Bhupathi told PTI after watching his match.Nagal, at 5 feet and 10 inches, is not among the tallest players, who can consistently produce big serves, a huge weapon in the modern game.Both Nagal and Bhupathi feel it wont be a disadvantage.”If people are tall, they have more reach but on the other hand shorter people are quicker and being quick on the court is not a bad thing. I dont think me not being 62″, 63″ is going to be a problem.”At the end of the day I cant change it. Instead of complaining about it, I am putting so much work on my fitness that it is not going to be a problem.”Bhupathi said it should not stop Nagal from cracking the top-50, citing several examples.”Its definitely not an advantage but Diego Schwartzman (57″) is 20 in the world. There is David Goffin (511″), we have got Olivier Rochus (56″), Kei Nishikori (510″). If you can run and use your legs as benefit, short height should not stop you from getting into top-50.””His game is going in the right direction, he is only 20- year-old. We need to remember that the Indians in general peak at 23-24. He has three four years of development in him for everything — strength, tactics, mental game. We have not had many 20-year-olds at 200 in the world before in our history of tennis, so I think these are exciting times for us, for Sumit especially.”Bhupathi also said Nagal has shown progress on many fronts.”Over the past year or so he was very weak on defending on the backhand, which has got a lot better. His understanding of positioning on the court in last three months, has improved. The trajectory of his career is going on the right path. Thats all we can be happy about at present.” Nagal is set to shift his training base from Germany to Valencia in Spain, where he will practise at David Ferrers academy. PTI AT PM ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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  • Pakistan Cricket Board files notice of dispute against BCCI for not playing bilateral series

    first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a notice of dispute against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to the International Cricket Council (ICC).PCB wants the Indian board to pay approximately USD 70 million as compensation for not playing two “home” bilateral series scheduled in 2014 and 2015.Next, an independent ICC committee will study the notice of dispute and see whether BCCI failed to fulfil a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) signed in 2014 to play bilateral series.”The ICC has received a Notice of Dispute from the PCB’s lawyers, which will be forwarded to the Chairman of the Dispute Resolutions Committee next week,” an ICC spokesman said on Thursday.The Pakistan board had completed its consultation process and finalised its compensation claim against the BCCI in September. “Our case is that the BCCI signed an MoU with us in 2014 to play six bilateral series, starting with our home series, which they have not done as yet. Secondly they have avoided playing us in bilateral series since 2008 although they have no issues playing against us in ICC events,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi said.The two sub-continental cricket giants have played only one bilateral series since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. In December 2012, Pakistan had toured India for two T20 Internationals and three ODIs.Over the last several years, however, India and Pakistan have faced off in ICC events. In the Champions Trophy held in England earlier this year, India had defeated Pakistan in their tournament opener but lost the final to their arch-rivals.advertisementRecently, former India captain MS Dhoni, said the government was in the best position to see when bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan could resume.”An India vs Pakistan series is not just sports, it’s much more than that so the government is the best judge and up to them to take a call if we should play,” Dhoni said.However, the legendary Bishan Singh Bedi said one should not “narrow down the meaning of patriotism” by politicising bilateral cricketing relationship with Pakistan”Why politicise cricket? Have you been able to wipe off terrorism by not playing cricket? Cricket is a platform to come closer,” Bedi told PTI during an annual DDCA Conclave.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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  • Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus bezel-less smartphones unveiled ahead of December 7 launch

    first_imgXiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones on December 7. Ahead of their launch, the phones have been revealed in all their glory, confirming that they will sport edge-to-edge displays, among other things. Xiaomi’s global spokesperson took to Twitter to unveil the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, which are expected to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio as the company aims to bring the bezel-less trend to the budget and mid-range segment.The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 have been revealed by Donovan Sung, Xiaomi Global spokesperson, via Twitter. The images showcase the smartphones from all angles. Notably, they will both feature a near bezel-less design as has been the industry trend this year. Both the phones will look identical, and will only differ in the display size with the Redmi 5 Plus being the larger of the two. They are expected to sport a metal body with a fingerprint sensor on the back just below the rear camera with flash. The images also reveal that the phones will be available in a choice of Black, Pink and light Blue colours.The images revealed comes after some recent promo videos that showed both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus from the front, with slim bezels. The smartphones are also expected to sport slim profiles and will aim to provide budget phone users an immersive bezel-less experience that have mostly been seen on high-end flagships.Xiaomi Redmi 5 specsSung’s tweets didn’t reveal anything about the specs, but as per past reports, the Redmi 5 could sport a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC compared to the Snapdragon 435 processor inside the Redmi 4. The phone is tipped to come in one storage option of 64GB with 4GB of RAM. GizChina’s report also suggests 2GB and 3GB of RAM options as well. Additionally, the Redmi 5 is rumoured to run on Android 7.1 Nougat.advertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Redmi 5A quick review: Can be the go-to smartphone for everyoneWhile the next-gen Redmi smartphone is expected to come with a new design language and updated hardware, reports suggests the cameras will not see a major bump. It is expected to sport a 12-megapixel sensor on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It is also rumoured to house a 3200mAh battery.Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus specsThe larger Redmi 5 Plus may sport narrower bezels than the Redmi 5, at least that’s what the promo videos suggest. As a Plus model, it is tipped to sport a 5.9-inch Full HD+ (1080×2160) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 625 or 630 SoC coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM with 32GB and 64GB storage, respectively.Like the Redmi 5, the Redmi 5 Plus is also expected to bear a 5-megapixel sensor up front with LED Flash and a 12-megapixel rear camera. It could also sport a large 4000mAh battery.The Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 have been among the most successful phones from Xiaomi, especially in India, which help catapult the company to the number one brand in the country as per a recent IDC report. Xiaomi hopes to create the same magic with bezel-less Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus in the budget segment, and we’ll know more about the specs and pricing when they are unveiled on December 7.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 5A review: If it isn’t broke, don’t fix itlast_img read more

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  • Rodman All-Stars vs. North Korea

    first_imgDennis Rodman has named a team of former National Basketball Association players to participate in an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang, North Korea.Rodman leads a team that includes former NBA All-Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson, and Vin Baker. Craig Hodges, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith are on the team, as well. They will play against a top North Korean Senior National team on Jan. 8,  marking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday.Rodman is the highest profile American to meet Kim since the leader inherited power after his father died in late 2011.Rodman calls the game his version of “basketball diplomacy.”“My previous travels have allowed me to feel the enthusiasm and warmth of fans,” Rodman said. “The positive memories and smiles on the faces of the children and families are a testament to the great efforts we have put into fulfilling our mission wherever we go voiding any politics. We are all looking forward to arriving in Pyongyang, meeting the citizens, visiting various charities and using the opportunity to develop new relationships that result in our annual return.”Rodman made his latest visit to North Korea shortly before Christmas to train the North Korean basketball team, though he did not meet with Kim.Rodman, known as much for his piercings, tattoos and bad behavior as he was for his basketball skills, traveled to the secretive state for the first time last February with the Harlem Globetrotters for an HBO series produced by New York-based VICE television. Rodman has called Kim a “friend for life.”Rodman said his trips would not be affected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle.Smith, who played for the New York Knicks, said he was looking forward to participating in the game with Rodman.“Dennis and I are total opposites but we work very well together,” Smith said. “Dennis is one of the few people I know that doesn’t just talk but actually lives a culturally diverse life. We have traveled everywhere together so I was not surprised with his first visit to North Korea.“Cultural exchange is about sharing. Sharing ideas and thoughts on education, culture and life.”Rodman has been criticized for not talking about North Korea’s human rights record, described as one of the world’s worst by activists, the U.S. State Department and North Korean defectors.The defectors have repeatedly testified about the government’s alleged use of indiscriminate killings, rapes, beatings and prison camps holding as many as 120,000 people deemed opponents of authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, the third generation of his family to rule.(Dan Gelston)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Peyton Manning Wins 5th NFL MVP

    first_imgNEW YORK – Peyton Manning made his fifth MVP award a family affair.Manning’s record-setting season earned him The Associated Press NFL MVP award on Feb. 1 in a landslide. No other player has won more than three.Denver’s record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC’s best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote.Manning won his other MVPs with Indianapolis in 2003, ’04, ’08 and ’09. He also was the runner-up last season to Adrian Peterson.“I am humbled by this recognition and grateful to my family, (Broncos owner) Pat Bowlen, John Elway, John Fox and the entire Denver Broncos organization, and of course, my coaches and my teammates,” Manning said in a prepared video acceptance speech. He was not on hand as he gets ready for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl against Seattle.“Now, I sent a couple of guys over there tonight to pick up the trophy on my behalf: my father Archie and my son Marshall. Thank you very much and God bless you.”Archie Manning, holding his grandson Marshall in his arms, accepted the award from two more MVPs, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers.Manning still trails several Hall of Famers for total MVPs in their sport. Wayne Gretzky won nine NHL MVPs, Barry Bonds owns seven in baseball, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six in the NBA.Manning also took the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award for the second time. Elway accepted the Offensive Player award on Manning’s behalf.“I can say I have never seen a better year played by a quarterback than Peyton Manning,” said Elway, a Broncos executive who won the MVP award in 1987. “To see what he did this year, it was truly amazing.”Manning received 33 votes for the offensive player honor. He also was runner-up last year to Peterson for the award.This time, running back LeSean McCoy of Philadelphia was second with 10 votes, followed by Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles with four.Carolina grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player.Rivera engineered the Panthers’ turnaround from a 7-9 record to 12-4, the NFC South title and a first-round playoff bye. Kuechly keyed a defense that allowed 241 points, less than every team except NFC champion Seattle.“I had no idea,” he said of adding the award to the top defensive rookie honors he got last season. “You look at the list of guys: Robert Mathis, a sack master, a guy that forced a lot of fumbles. And obviously, everybody knows about Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Those guys are both studs.”Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies for 2013.San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award at the NFL Honors show.Rivera’s fine work in his third season in charge in Carolina brought him 21½ votes. That outdistanced Kansas City’s Andy Reid, who got 13½ votes. In his first year with the Chiefs, Reid took them from 2-14 to 11-5 and an AFC wild-card berth.“I do feel a lot of pride because it has been a long journey, but it also was a part of the process,” Rivera said. “Just like us getting to where we are winning 12 games was part of the process. We started, the team was 2-14 before I got there and we went to 6-10 and then 7-9, and this year we broke through at 12-4. It was part of the process of growing and developing.”Rivera is the second Panthers coach to win the award. Dom Capers was AP Coach of the Year in 1996, Carolina’s second season in the NFL.All-Pro Kuechly received 19 votes, ahead of Indianapolis All-Pro linebacker Mathis, who earned 11½.Kuechly was credited with 96 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, eight passes defensed, and was a presence from sideline to sideline on the NFL’s No. 2 unit.A second-round pick (61st overall) from Alabama, Lacy was a key performer in the Packers’ offense, particularly when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for seven games. He rushed for 1,178 yards on 284 carries (4.1 average), with 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions.That was good enough for 35 votes.“I’m comfortable where I am, and my teammates believe in me, and they make me feel comfortable, so I’m able to play the way I’m capable of playing,” said Lacy, who beat out San Diego wide receiver Keenan Allen, who received 12 votes.Richardson, the 13th overall pick in April’s draft on a selection acquired when New York traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, won a close race over Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso. Richardson received 23 votes; Alonso, a second-round choice (46th overall), got 19.Often double-teamed as the season wore on, Richardson made 42 tackles and had 3½ sacks. He clogged the running lanes so effectively that the Jets ranked third against the run this season.“I’m surprised,” Richardson said of beating Alonso and Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu, who got two votes. “Kiko and Tyrann most definitely had outstanding rookie years and it was a toss-up to me. Kiko made a lot of tackles and Tyrann made a lot of plays down the field. Unfortunately he got hurt, but it was a tight race.”Richardson joked about the possibility of winning both awards — he scored two touchdowns as a fullback in goal-line situations.“Eddie Lacy beat me out there,” Richardson said. “He had a few more touchdowns than I did.”Rivers led the Chargers to a wild-card playoff spot with four straight victories to close out the schedule, giving them a 9-7 record. He led the league with a 69.5 completion rate and threw for 32 TDs against 11 interceptions.He received 13 votes in balloting so widespread that 12 players got votes. He was not at the awards show at Radio City Music Hall.Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.“As a Chicago Bear, this award has a special meaning to me,” Tillman said.(By Barry Wilner,  AP Pro Football Writer.  AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. and Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this story)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Olympiakos Beats Platanias, 4-2

    first_imgATHENS – With senior Olympiakos players rested for the Champions League round of 16, it took a 37-year-old who seldom leaves the bench to wake up his team and ensure a 4-2 victory over visiting Platanias in the Greek league.When Argentine midfielder Ariel Ibagaza checked in in the 66th minute, the score had been 1-1 for almost half an hour. Platanias’ nine-strong defense had performed so well that the defending champions had threatened only twice, from a corner kick and free kick.Four minutes later, Ibagaza’s crisp passing was responsible for two goals. Although Platanias pulled one back, victory was not in doubt for Olympiakos, which added a fourth goal minutes later.Another plus for Olympiakos coach Michel was seeing all three of his new signings score.In the 68th, Nelson Valdez, on loan from Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira, scored his first for the Greek champions from close range, after a pass from Ibagaza was chested down for him by Javier Saviola.Two minutes later, Ibagaza provided the cross which Hernan Perez, acquired from Villarreal, headed in his for second league goal. In the 78th, Perez provided the assist for Ivan Marcano, back with the Greek team after a couple of seasons, on loan from Russia’s Rubin Kazan, to become Olympiakos’ 18th player to score this season.Michael Olaitan opened the scoring for Olympiakos in the 28th off Yannis Maniatis’ pass, and David Torres headed in the equalizer in the 37th.The win gave Olympiakos, still undefeated after 25 rounds, a 20-point lead over second-place PAOK, which travels to fifth-place Asteras on Feb. 16. Platanias was third from bottom.Third-place Atromitos lost 1-0 at Levadiakos and stayed two points behind PAOK. Also, Xanthi beat Kalloni 1-0.(DEMETRIS NELLAS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Nets Cool Heat, Still Down 2-1

    first_imgNEW YORK — Two losses in Miami didn’t faze Paul Pierce, nor did 16 quick points by LeBron James.The postseason, Pierce said repeatedly, is no time to panic. And the Heat, apparently, are nothing to fear.“We’re not scared of them,” Pierce said.Joe Johnson scored 19 points, Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90 on May 10 night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.Pierce scored 14 points, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett bounced back from awful offensive efforts, and the Nets withstood James’ 16-point first quarter and held him to two baskets over the final three quarters.“Tonight was the type of urgency we’re going to need for the rest of the series,” Pierce said.Brooklyn, which swept Miami in the regular season, can tie the series with a victory at home on May 12 in Game 4.“I think this is a must-win coming up Monday,” Garnett said. “If we want to give ourselves any type of room … any type of chance, I think that we’ve definitely got to take care of home.”James scored 28 points for the Heat, who hadn’t even faced a fourth-quarter deficit in these playoffs before having their eight-game winning streak in the postseason snapped. It was their first loss since Game 5 of the NBA Finals.The two-time defending champions were having an easy path to another finals, winning their last four games by double digits. But the Nets shook off the Heat’s sizzling start, then held them to 33 points over the middle two quarters to take control.“I’ve been part of a lot of series and understand that the series is never won in two games or in three games,” James said. “And you move onto the next one and you learn from the previous one how you can get better.”Mirza Teletovic and Shaun Livingston each scored 12 points for the Nets in their first home postseason victory ever against the Heat. Teletovic made four of Brooklyn’s15 3-pointers.Williams, 0-for-9 in Game 2, shot just 3 for 11 but finished with nine points and 11 assists. Garnett, just 2 for 10 for four total points in Miami, shot 5 of 6 for 10 points and seven rebounds.Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and James grabbed eight rebounds, but his night fell well short of what it could have been after his ferocious first quarter.He made a free throw to bring Miami to 59-56 in the third quarter, but Teletovic made a 3-pointer, followed by baskets by Blatche, Johnson and Livingston to make it 68-56. Teletovic made two more 3s and Williams knocked down another before the end of the quarter, which ended with the Nets ahead 77-63.Teletovic opened the fourth with another 3, and Alan Anderson hit a pair later in the period while also getting in a skirmish with Ray Allen that led to double technical fouls. The Nets held Allen to two baskets after he hurt them in both games in Miami.The Nets shot 53 percent from the field, 60 percent from behind the arc, and out-rebounded the Heat 43-27. Brooklyn outscored Miami 53-41 in the second half, making 20 of 33 shots.“To sum it up, they outplayed us. They outplayed us, particularly in that whole second half,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Williams ended his slump with the game’s first basket, but Miami made eight of its first 11 shots, including one by James while Pierce was trying to wrap him up and was called for a flagrant foul. James was 6 of 7 in the period, and the Nets were lucky to be down only 30-29 when Livingston threw in a 36-footer just before the buzzer.James then took just one shot in the second, a missed 3-pointer, and the Nets pulled ahead late in the period and took a 51-49 lead into halftime.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Bosox Rock Whitley, Yanks, 8-5

    first_imgNEW YORK — Until a week ago, rookie Chase Whitley was doing a wonderful job filling in for the New York Yankees.Two starts later, he’s beginning to look overmatched.David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Boston Red Sox over Whitley and the Yankees 8-5 the night of June 29.“You’re behind in the count, you’re walking people and giving them extra baserunners, it usually leads to damage,” Manager Joe Girardi said.John Lackey (9-5) labored through five innings before four Red Sox relievers pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Held to two runs in the first two games of the series, Boston took two of three anyway to finish a 4-6 road trip.“I always believe that when you play against guys in your division, those are series you’ve got to win,” said Carlos Beltran, who homered, doubled and finished with three hits.Mark Teixeira also went deep for the Yankees, who have dropped six of eight. Whitley (3-2) struggled for the second straight start as six New York pitchers combined for eight walks.Mostly a reliever in the minors, the 25-year-old right-hander is one of three subs holding down spots in New York’s injury-depleted rotation. He was pitching well until June 23, when Whitley was rocked for eight runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings of an 8-3 loss in Toronto, ending a three-start winning streak.This time, he gave up five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, raising his ERA from 2.56 to 4.70 in a span of two starts.“I think he had better stuff tonight,” Girardi said. “He made some mistakes in the middle that they didn’t miss. Last time, he really didn’t have his stuff.”Pedroia made a diving play at second base to limit a Yankees rally, and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. threw out Beltran at the plate to keep the score 8-5 in the sixth.It was Bradley’s ninth assist of the season. “Changed the momentum of the game,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said.Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 attempts.Pedroia bounced a hit-and-run single through the right side in the third, and Ortiz was booed by the sellout crowd of 48,124 as he stepped to the plate. The slugger answered with a long drive well into the raised bleachers in right-center to make it 4-0.Ortiz tossed his bat aside and took his time on a wide trot around the bases, saluting his family in the stands as he approached third base. “My son, he always enjoys watching daddy go deep. He was dancing,” Ortiz said.The home run put Big Papi in sole possession of 37th place on the career list, two behind Adam Dunn and Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.Handed a comfortable cushion, Lackey grew frustrated and shook his head as Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter fouled off pitch after pitch in the third. They combined to see 21 pitches in consecutive at-bats, and Lackey screamed, cursed and gestured wildly when Jeter grounded an RBI single to right.Perhaps worn down a bit, Lackey gave up solo homers to Teixeira and Beltran in the fourth, cutting it to 4-3.But then Whitley and reliever Shawn Kelley threw 10 straight balls to begin the fifth, combining to walk the bases loaded with none out. Pedroia blooped a two-run single and later stayed in a rundown long enough for Daniel Nava to score from third.“I’m most frustrated with the pitch to Ortiz, obviously, and the walk to Bradley that set up the fifth. That was unacceptable,” Whitley said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Nets Rebound, Beat Wizards, 102-80

    first_imgWASHINGTON — As the Brooklyn Nets endured a seven-game losing streak, trade rumors engulfed the slumping team.Two of the players mentioned in proposed deals, Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack, shook off the chatter and each scored 26 points to help the Nets break their skid with a 102-80 win over the Washington Wizards on Jan. 16.Lopez scored 25 points in 18 minutes in the second half. He had 11 points in just over 2 ½ minutes in the third as the Nets took control of the game to lead 71-58 and tacked on Brooklyn’s first eight points of the fourth. He said he was ignoring the trade talk.“I don’t pay attention. I’m here. I’ve been here all day,” Lopez said. “I like it here. I’ve been here my whole career. I’m kind of partial to it now. I’ve been on the block for like 6 ½ years now. It’s no big deal.”Jack, who has played for seven teams in 10 NBA seasons, has heard his name bandied about also.“Clearly, those are things we can’t control. I speak for myself when I say, ‘I don’t want anybody else.’ I want to finish with the guys I started with. Clearly, that’s not up to me. It’s not my decision,” Jack said.Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins has been watching his team slump, and the win over one of the top teams in the East was very satisfying. “It makes me smile,” he said of the win and about the losing: “It was tough. It was really tough.”John Wall had 13 points and Kris Humphries, 12, for the Wizards.Washington coach Randy Wittman, whose team has sailed through the first half of the season, saw disturbing signs. “It was lost when we came out of the locker room,” Wittman said.“It had nothing to do with a run in the third quarter. We had no focus, no energy, no urgency. A lack of respect for your opponent and the game and that’s what happens. Lesson learned, hopefully.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • US Ryder Cup Team Gets Love Back

    first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Davis Love III was on his porch in Sea Island taking part in a conference call for the first Ryder Cup Task Force meeting, and he was shocked by what he heard.First, the PGA of America really was going to let the players have a voice. And then it quickly became clear the choice was going to be him.Love was introduced Feb. 25 as U.S. captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine.And while it appeared as though the Americans were looking in their past, he was presented as the start of a new model they hope can end two decades of European dominance.He also was Captain in 2012 at Medinah when Europe staged the biggest rally by a visiting team. “I’m here with the same goal I had in 2012, but not as the same captain,” Love said.Love was part of an 11-member task force — eight of them former Ryder Cup players — that met twice since December.The agenda for the first meeting was to define the role of the captains and assistant captains, and then to throw out names. Among those mentioned were Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Love.Phil Mickelson, whose biting comments at Gleneagles regarding Tom Watson’s style was the impetus for the task force, said the qualities of a Captain included someone who was respected, didn’t let his ego keep him from listening, some who could take the blame and share the credit, and who had the experience to build a blueprint for the next 20 years.“There’s only one guy who fits that bill,” Mickelson said. The PGA of America also announced changes to the U.S. team to boost its chances.Qualifying for the top eight players will end after the first FedEx Cup playoff event (The Barclays) instead of the PGA Championship.Three of the four Captain’s picks will be selected after the third playoff event (BMW Championship), while the final pick will be selected after the Tour Championship.With a crowded schedule in 2016 because of the Olympics, that means the 12th player will be chosen five days before the matches begin.Also, two of the vice captains will be former captains, and the other two will be players with Ryder Cup experience. Love already has selected Tom Lehman, the 2006 Captain, to help him at Hazeltine. Lehman is from Minnesota.Mickelson said the task force realized it had its captain after the first meeting, but it met again in early February and reached the same conclusion. The vote was unanimous the first time around.More than a Captain they wanted, Mickelson said the players felt they had partial ownership in the future.“We went from having zero input and zero continuity, and both of those things the Ryder Cup Task Force has solved,” Mickelson said.Love is the first U.S. captain to get another chance in the same decade since Jack Nicklaus in 1987, and the first since Jack Burke Jr. in 1973 to get a second chance after losing. And he can expect to be involved in more Ryder Cups after Hazeltine.Mickelson said he wouldn’t rule out Love returning as Captain in 2018, but “for sure a Vice Captain.”“It’s not just a two-year commitment,” Mickelson said. “Really it’s a four- or six-year commitment to get the thing started.”Europe last week selected Darren Clarke to be captain for Hazeltine.Tiger Woods, who was part of the task force, congratulated Love in a statement and said he respected him as a person, player and captain. Woods, Mickelson and Love will be part of the Ryder Cup Committee, along with three PGA officers, to resume the work of the task force.Love said he “didn’t go in asking” to be Captain again.“I could not be more excited to captain the 2016 team,” he said. “But I agreed to do it for one reason. The members of the task force, to a man, have said they will do whatever it takes for this team to be successful. They are all in. Our team will trust each other and we will have a shared vision.”Love said if he had been in the room, instead of on a conference call, when the names of potential captains were being written on a board, “I probably would have walked out” when his name appeared.More than the task force choosing him, he was excited that the task force was involved in the first place.“It was more the process,” he said. “In a text during a break to Steve or Jim (Furyk), we were like, ‘They’re actually going to let us pick the captain.’ I don’t know what I expected when I walked in there. I thought that I’d be giving advice.”(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Hungary salvages 1-1 draw with Iceland amid crowd trouble

    first_imgMARSEILLE, France (AP) — There are good draws and there are bad draws. Iceland has had one of each.The tiny island nation, making its debut at the European Championship, came close to winning its first match at a major tournament on Saturday, but a late own-goal gave Hungary a 1-1 draw.“We were so close,” said Iceland forward Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, who was named man of the match. “It’s quite a big loss for us, this draw.”Iceland’s opening Group F match also ended 1-1, but that was against a Portugal team led by Cristiano Ronaldo. The final whistle on Tuesday was met with jubilation, a far cry from the despair that followed Saturday’s ending.Iceland was leading at Stade Velodrome after Gylfi Sigurdsson converted from the penalty spot in the 40th minute, but teammate Birkir Saevarsson then scored an own-goal in the 88th.Iceland’s Birkir Saevarsson, 2nd left, scores an own goal during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Hungary at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Hungary now has four points in Group F and looks set to qualify for the round of 16. Iceland has two points and next plays Austria.“I think we’ve invested everything to deserve to win this game. We have forced this goal and I think we deserved it,” Hungary coach Bernd Storck said. “They never gave up. We deserved this point.”Four third-place teams in the six groups will advance to the round of 16, so Iceland will know what it needs to do against Austria because it will be among the final teams to play.Before the tournament, few expected much from Iceland — a country with a population of less than 350,000, by far the smallest at the tournament. But in two matches so far the team has shown it can compete.Sigurdsson gave Iceland the lead from the spot when he hit the ball low and hard to veteran goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly’s right.The penalty followed a chaotic scramble in the area after Kiraly caught, then dropped, a cross from Johann Gudmundsson. In the ensuing melee, Russian referee Sergei Karasev ruled that defender Tamas Kadar had fouled Aron Gunnarsson.“There was definitely a touch,” Iceland co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. “Some would say it was a soft penalty.”Iceland veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen nearly scored a winner with the final kick of the match, but his low shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide.“We should have kept calm and played the ball more,” Sigthorsson said. “When we got the ball we weren’t calm enough.”There was also trouble from the fans, a running problem at Euro 2016. As Hungary’s players celebrated the late equalizer, the team’s supporters threw flares which landed on the field and among nearby police officers. Several loud bangs were heard and there was a cloud of smoke, delaying the restart.Supporters of Hungary light fireworks during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Iceland and Hungary at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Before the match, Hungarian fans clashed with stewards and a small group of French police as they forced their way over a fence in a corner section of the Stade Velodrome in an attempt to cross into another stand and join a hardcore fan group behind the goal.A flare was later waved during the national anthems in the Hungarian end, which was packed with supporters in black t-shirts, and a firecracker was thrown onto the field from the same part of the stand after the referee awarded the penalty.Another flare was lit after the final whistle when Hungarian players ran to celebrate with supporters.Hungary is likely to face a significant fine from UEFA after repeated crowd trouble, a day after fighting and flare-throwing by Croatian supporters. Hungary is already facing a UEFA charge for using fireworks in its opening 2-0 win over Austria. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Hungary Down Greece 7-5 in Water Polo Semifinal

    first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary – The stars have aligned and Hungary has delivered. Hungary men have done what the women could not and Hungary did it in style against a Greek team looking for the big night, coming back from 1`-0 and 403 down to lead at halftime, snatch a goal in the third, take a three-goal lead early in the fourth and stop Greece from scoring until two seconds remaining, FINA reports. It was a match for the ages; a truly dour, yet pulsating, clash between two of the world’s current titans. Konstantinos Genidounias started the scoring with a shot to top left from the point position. On the next attack Balazs Erdelyi delighted the packed house scoring on extra-man attack. It was veteran Norbert Hosnyanszky who brought everybody to their feet with a seven-metre helicopter backhand goal. Fancy doing that in a World Championship semifinal! Much like Tamas Kasas in the Sydney 2000 Olympic final when he struck from halfway with a show-stopping backhand. The near-unstoppable Ioannis Fountoulis drilled his 19th goal of the tournament from point into the top left on extra. Marton Vamos hammered in one from five metres. It looked good for Hungary until Genidounias scythed in consecutive goals, one on extra and the other from seven metres. Greece was back in the lead. It would be a long time before Greece tasted that sort of excitement. Late in the period Miklos Gor-Nagy sent in a bouncer that creased the bar and hit the back of the head of Greek goalkeeper Konstantinos Flegkas for the equaliser. On a timeout the ploy was to give the ball to centre forward Balasz Harai and he was sunk by his opponents, only to rise, turn and score with five seconds remaining to halftime. The third quarter was all about defence with Vamos gaining a second from the point, on extra. Norbert Hosnyanszky scored from the point at 7:06 in the fourth and there the scoring dried up as Greece became frustrated, had shots blocked by birthday boy Viktor Nagy and mainly chad problems threading the needle such was the fantastic blocking defence of Hungary. There was some consolation for Greece and that was Fountoulis, so exceptional this tournament, scoring from left-hand-catch position from six metres with just seconds remaining. Hungary was through and Greece will need to lick its wounds after such a fine effort on defence.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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  • Stephen Curry Dazzles for 51 Points in Sensational Start

    first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry appreciated the freedom from coach Steve Kerr to shoot from wherever he darn well pleased, no distance off limits.On this night, Curry could get away with anything. He was feeling it.“It is nice to turn around and not hear your coach on the sideline chewing you out,” Curry said. “I’d like to say I deserve that little wiggle room there for sure.”Even with another post-championship, whirlwind summer that included welcoming a son, more golf tournaments and travel, Curry considered it among his best and most productive offseasons.His body is fully healthy and recovered after the Golden State superstar played only 51 regular-season games during the latest championship run because of injuries.Through five games, Curry is as dominant as ever — as evidenced in a spectacular 51-point performance in Wednesday night’s 144-122 win against the Wizards playing only three quarters. He scored 18 straight for the Warriors during one stretch.“It was a joy to be on the same court with that, that was sick,” Kevin Durant said“That boy good!” teammate Shaun Livingston tweeted immediately after the game.His teammates notice Curry’s purpose when he takes the floor each day, whether practice or a game.“Just to be great, it’s that simple,” Klay Thompson said earlier Wednesday. “He’s never satisfied. We saw that after the first year he won MVP he came back even better and had an historic season. And nothing’s changed since four years ago or since he got in the league. That’s what makes him so great, is his humility and his ability to just keep working.”The Warriors are practically spoiled by the brilliance of No. 30, as great as ever at age 30 and in his 10th NBA season.Kerr insists Curry is stronger than ever and “at his physical and mental peak.”“He’s got a great life, doesn’t he?” Kerr said. “I just think that part of what makes Steph great is who he is as a person and what his life is about. He loves life. He takes so much joy out of every single day,” Kerr said. “… Steph has a joy about him that I think everyone in the building can see and feel, so he brings that and I think you talk about wanting people to have a balanced life and how powerful that can be. I think he’s a prime example of that.”Curry scored 31 in the first half, finished with his sixth career 50-point game and made 10 or more 3s for the 10th time. The 51 points matched his most at Oracle Arena.He hit his first five 3-pointers and had the ninth 30-point half of his career, drawing “MVP!” chants all evening long from an adoring home crowd.Curry shot 15 for 24, 11 of 16 from 3-point range and made all 10 free throws, missing his career high of 54 set in February 2013 by three points.“Some of the shots that he was making, you don’t see that,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s a special player, a special scorer, a special shooter. He’s taking 35-foot shots, it’s hard to double team a guy who’s that far out, and he makes them like they’re layups. I’ve never seen anything like it.”Kerr and Brooks each considered Curry “video-game” good.“We are kind of used to it with Steph,” Kerr said before Curry’s latest brilliance. “He’s just so consistent and so lethal.”Curry hurt his left knee March 23 just as he had come back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury. He also missed 11 games last December with a sprained right ankle.He then sat out the first round of the playoffs before returning for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Pelicans.Then after another title was in hand, a third in four years to put the Warriors in dynasty status, Curry struck a balance during the summer to both push and pace himself to stay on the floor for the long haul because “There’s a lot to gain, there’s a lot more to accomplish.”“I definitely expect it, I expect it every year,” Curry said. “I don’t wake up when I do in the summers and put all those hours in just to show up during the season with no confidence and no kind of rhythm. This summer for a lot of different reasons it was a great kind of consistent approach to what I was trying to get out of my training and things like that. Had I started off cold, I would have had the same confidence because of the work that I put in and things would have hopefully turned around. The way that I started, I just want to keep going and not change what I’m doing.”How scary is it to think Curry can elevate his game to another level?“Not for me,” Draymond Green quipped. “For other people it may be scary. It’s exciting to me. He’s been real locked in. Everything’s been laser-focused, whether it’s him starting in the games, in practice, or getting his work in in the weight room, he’s been locked in. So it’s been good to see.”As Curry simply put it: “Every game is an opportunity to do something special.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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  • Arrow Electronics presents ‘sensor-to-sunset’ IoT portfolio at Embedded World

    first_imgUnder the theme “From Sensor to Sunset,” Arrow Electronics will display its comprehensive, fully integrated IoT portfolio at Embedded World, including sensors, wireless connectivity, gateways to cloud platforms, data aggregation and visualization, analytics and security, and beyond.Arrow will be exhibiting an extensive range of boards, development tools and systems-on-modules for the maker community and the professional developer. Arrow helps turn ideas into working prototypes and then helps makers get them into production as quickly and smoothly as possible.At Embedded World 2018 Arrow will introduce a number of new boards including an addition to the SmartEverything range called Tiger, which is based on the NXP KW41 multi-protocol wireless MCU; a new version of the ARIS board called ARIS Edge-S3 that supports more advanced feature and display capabilities; and CYC1000, a low-cost board based on an Intel PSG Cyclone 10 FPGA. There will also be several new 96boards mezzanine options for the DragonBoard 410, which deliver functionality including a camera solution, Ethernet and POE extension, and increased security.One featured display will come from Toposens, a Munich-based start-up that won Arrow’s 2017 Innovators Award for its 3D ultrasound sensor technology. Based on the principles of echolocation, Toposens’ near-field detection technology enables the position of people and objects to be determined precisely.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous RTOS pioneer James F. Ready passes awayNext 4D Systems: global distribution agreement with Arrow Electronicslast_img read more

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  • Future Electronics has latest RSL10 Sensor Development Kit for IoT from ON Semi

    first_imgFuture Electronics offer their customers the advanced RSL10 Sensor Development Kit for IoT from ON Semiconductor. The RSL10 Sensor Development Kit is a compact and comprehensive platform to easily develop IoT applications with leading sensor technologies and the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth Low Energy SoC. The platform features a full range of sensors including environmental, inertial, a geomagnetic sensor, and an ambient light sensor, and the mobile application (RSL10 Sense and Control) connects to several cloud services (AWS, IBM, Azure, etc.) enabling true end-to-end solution development.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous GrammaTech: best practice guidelines to deliver safe and secure software systemsNext Toposens launches TS3 ultrasonic sensor for cars, ADAS, robotslast_img read more

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  • World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rain

    first_imgThis World Cup has been about romanticism. From small teams putting their big hearts on the field to players showing excellent courage, the tournament in Russia has been the quintessential romantic ballad. And the whole story attached to that romaticism came to a perfect end on Sunday when the rain started pouring as the presentation ceremony began.It was all a perfect end to a brilliant tournament — unpredictable and beautiful.However, amidst all that beautiful footballing love story, Vladimir Putin gave social media its big joke. Even as the rain started pouring, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic stood at the podium, giving away medals and words of encouragement to both the teams.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey did all that as the rain kept pouring and their clothes kept soaking up all that water.Russian president Putin, stood right in the middle of them, but he did not get drenched. Because he was the only one who had a man standing behind him with the umbrella over his head.As the world leaders beside him got outpoured by the rain, Putin stood straight in his impeccable suit without a hint of water on it.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersOf course, social media was not going to miss that. Twitter immediately went abuzz with the moment of absolutely uniqueness.Some had a laugh over how Russia had just one umbrella to spare while some took a dig at the hospitality offered by Russia right at the fag end of the tournament.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018 final: Russian punk band invades pitch. Watch videoFor all comments, the moment indeed was a unique end to a month of exhilarating footballing entertainment. Right at the end though, it was Putin’s umbrella that hogged all the limelight.It’s now absolutely bucketing down at the Luzhniki. Lackeys have appeared with umbrellas for the heads of state and FIFA dignitaries. Putin was the first to get his umbrella as Infantino, Macron and the Croatian president got soaked.Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) July 15, 2018Bucketing down now. They’ve only brought one umbrella, and it’s for Putin. He is NOT sharing it.Rory Smith (@RorySmith) July 15, 2018Putin having his own Umbrella Guy while everyone else gets soaking wet in the rain is an absolute power move pic.twitter.com/KAoi8gXhUkClemquon (@TheClemReport) July 15, 2018Putin outsmarts other world leaders yet again by bringing an umbrella to a torrential downpour, while leaving Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic to soak pic.twitter.com/PYHNJsOvRxmax seddon (@maxseddon) July 15, 2018As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. pic.twitter.com/KYzhucLPJMsouthpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 15, 2018Do they only have one umbrella in Russia?!! ????Siobhan ?????? (@Sio_Chamberlain) July 15, 2018Umbrella priorities:Putin > World cup trophyAnirban Dasgupta (@adg_5) July 15, 2018Putin having a henchman hold an umbrella over him while the presidents of FIFA, France or Croatia get drenched is the ultimate boss move pic.twitter.com/iY5vpikajiSamuel Army (@BarstoolSam) July 15, 2018Talk about Russian hospitality. #Putin under the only umbrella while Macron & Kitarovic soaking. #Worldcup2018Russia pic.twitter.com/9R2hKJb4ikTara Kangarlou (@tarakangarlou) July 15, 2018Putin being the only one with an umbrella is hilarious pic.twitter.com/T1dEjjRRlaDusty (@DustinGiebel) July 15, 2018Only Putin gets an umbrella. ????????So Macron and Kolinda can stay wet. #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/y6PjVbSec3Omo Ojeomogha (@OmoFizzy) July 15, 2018So the Russians only remembered an umbrella for their own President Putin… left the leaders of France and Croatia out in the rain for minutes… pretty much sums up todays international politics. #WorldCup18 pic.twitter.com/W5UDTTwMxSKeir Simmons (@KeirSimmons) July 15, 2018Why does only Putin get an umbrella? #WorldCupFinalNorm Kelly (@norm) July 15, 2018MVP of tournament: Putins umbrella guy. #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/Nm3VAEW1IMJacob Rossi (@JacobARossi) July 15, 2018Meanwhile, France became the world champions after defeating Croatia 4-2 in 90 minutes of demanding and exhilarating football.Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal to give Russia the lead before Ivan Perisic scored to restore parity. However, he soon handled the ball in the penalty area and France got a penalty after a VAR review. Antoine Griezmann slotted home from the spot to give France a 2-1 lead at half time.France came out all guns blazing in the second half and within the first 20 mins, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored two stunning goals to give France a 4-1 lead.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupadvertisementMandzukic did get one back, courtesy a blunder from Hugo Lloris but in the end, France had done enough.last_img read more

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  • Why Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have been India’s best over the last decade

    first_imgMurali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batted strongly on a docile Rajkot pitch, scoring their respective hundreds to lead India’s reply to England’s mammoth first innings total of 537 on the third day of the opening Test of the five-match series. (Scorecard | Highlights)While Vijay slammed his seventh Test hundred, Pujara scored his second successive century and ninth of his Test career to lead India to 319/4 at the end of day’s play, 218 runs behind the visitors with two days left in the match. (Rajkot Test: England spinners strike back after Vijay, Pujara tons)Vijay and Pujara joined forces and forged a 209-run stand for the second wicket to deny England any early inroads after Stuart Broad removed seasoned opener Gautam Gambhir in the second over of the day. (Pujara’s hundred in hometown brings a smile on his father’s face)INDIA’S BESTBoth batsmen displayed immense concentration during their partnership as they became India’s best batting pair in Tests in the last ten years both home and away. (Vijay slams first century after 17 months)Overall, the pair has scored 2081 runs in 32 innings at an average of 65.03, including six hundred and nine fifty-run partnerships.PartnersSpanInningsRuns Average100Pujara, Vijay2010-201632208165.036Kohli, Rahane2013-201625157963.164Dhoni, Laxman2006-201225121455.183Dravid, Sehwag2006-201228148655.033Dravid, Gambhir2008-201239206554.345Gambhir, Sehwag2008-201268341051.669Laxman, Tendulkar2006-201243189747.425Kohli, Pujara2012-201628127047.033Dravid, Tendulkar2006-201253223643.846At home, Vijay and Pujara are now the most prolific pair among all Indian pairs who have put on at least 1000 runs together. In 16 innings, the pair has scored 1301 runs at an average of 81.31, which is easily the highest for any Indian pair at home.advertisementPartnersInningsNot OutsRunsBestAverage200-run standsVijay, Pujara160130137081.312Gavaskar, Vengsarkar3422296344*71.751Azharuddin, Tendulkar181114520267.351Sehwag, Dravid281175626865.043Tendulkar, Ganguly302177128163.252Gambhir, Sehwag511296823359.362Tendulkar. Laxman353183021457.191Gambhir, Dravid180101331456.281Chetan Chauhan, Gavaskar292151919256.260The 28-year-old Pujara, considered a Test specialist, thrived against England’s spin bowlers and also skilfully negotiated a hostile spell from Chris Woakes when the fast bowler hit him three times on the helmet. (Why Virat Kohli looks good for another big knock on Saturday)Vijay too looked solid at the other end. However, both were lucky to survive in the post-lunch session. Vijay was dropped by Haseeb Hameed at short cover off Broad.Pujara was on 86 when he was adjudged lbw to Zafar Ansari in the 71st over, but the umpire’s decision was overturned with reviews showing the ball going over the stumps.Pujara was out caught at wide slip by Alastair Cook off Ben Stokes in the 92nd over. In all, he faced 206 deliveries and hit 17 fours. It was his third Test hundred against England.Meanwhile, Vijay was dismissed just before close of play, caught at short leg by Haseeb Hameed off Adil Rashid. He faced 301 balls in total, and hit nine fours as well as four sixes.last_img read more

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  • Ducati Scrambler 1100 launched in India for Rs 10.91 lakh

    first_imgDucati India has launched the latest Scrambler 1100 in the Indian motorcycle market. The flagship Scrambler model from Ducati made its India debut on August 27 with the announcement being made on the motorcycle major’s social media channels. Ducati dealerships have already started taking in bookings for the upcoming motorcycle for an amount of Rs 1-2 lakh, depending on the dealership. The price of the Scrambler 1100 is Rs 10.91 lakh, ex-showroom for the base model.The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is powered by a 1,079c, L-twin engine which churns out 86bhp and 88Nm of torque. The standard Scrambler is powered by an 803cc engine which churns out 74bhp and 67Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.The major styling part of the Scrambler 1100 is similar to the 800cc siblings but with a few noticeable changes which include underseat twin exhaust mufflers and a new headlight. In terms of safety equipment, Ducati has provided the Scrambler 1100 with standard ABS, cornering ABS, and a 4-level traction control system. The motorcycle also gets ride-by-wire throttle and features three riding modes – Active, Journey, and City mode. The instrument cluster is different and features a second pod which reads out additional info which comes with new electronics.Ducati sells the Scrambler 1100 already in international markets in three variants – standard, Sport, and Special. Ducati may bring the three models but start the sales off with the base variant in India. The Scrambler 1100 will go head-on with rivals like the Triumph Street Triple Rs, or the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Juergen Klopp rules out complacency as Liverpool prepare for Manchester City

    first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp said that his team is not banking on last season’s victories as they prepare to take on Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.Liverpool beat City thrice last season including the double in the Premier League and a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.Klopp’s side beat City 4-3 at Anfield and then went onto beat City 2-1 at the Etihad but the German doesn’t want to read much into those results.”We beat City three times last season and not once after any of those games did we go into the dressing room and think ‘now we know how to beat them’,” said the Liverpool manager.”We have to be spot on, on our best to keep them away from our goal and create chances in front of our goal. They have my respect, for sure. It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it.”While the pair are level on 19 points at the top of the table, Klopp does not view the game as a title battle.”I don’t think it makes too much sense at the moment to think about the title, but it’s a home game against Man City and it’s tough. Man City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champions League.”In the 4-3 they were really good. They never gave up even at 4-1 down,” he said.The Reds lost to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday and after a draw at Chelsea in the Premier League and the home loss to the London club in the League Cup, Liverpool have gone three games without a win.advertisementKlopp says the losing feel can help his team focus on the challenge of beating City.”We want to show a reaction. I didn’t want to lose at Napoli but if you ask the best preparation mood wise, it’s losing a game. We felt it now, we don’t want to have that feeling again,” he said.Midfielder Naby Keita is an injury doubt for Sunday’s game although his back injury is not as bad as initially feared.”He had a back spasm and so we have to wait a little bit. He will be in today. If he can do something on the training ground, I don’t know. Tomorrow (Saturday), we have to decide. It didn’t look too serious so there’s a chance.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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  • Military World Games in China next year will include badminton, tennis, table tennis

    first_imgBy K J M VarmaBeijing, Oct 20 (PTI) The 7th International Military Games to be held in China next year that is expected to attract over 10,000 athletes from 100 countries will for the first time include badminton, tennis, table tennis and men’s gymnastics, Chinese military officials said.The Chinese military will host the 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games next year from October 18-27 in Wuhan, capital of country’s Hubei province.While the event is expected to attract some 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries, the Chinese military said that it will field over 400 athletes.The Military World Games is a multi-sport event for the armed forces being organised by CISM every four year since 1995. While India hosted the games in 2007, the last venue for the event was South Korea in 2015.The games will see the biggest number of competition events ever, with more than 320 events over 27 categories to be held, Chinese defence ministry officials said on Wednesday.Badminton, tennis, table tennis and men’s gymnastics would be included in the competition for the first time, it said.Chinese athletes will take part in all the competitions except golf, the ministry said, adding that China has set up 29 sports teams to prepare for the games and the delegation would be officially finalised by end of the year. The venues for the games will be ready by end of April next year. All the 35 venues for the games will be ready by the end of April next year, said Chen Ruifeng, an official with the city of Wuhan and secretary-general of the executive committee of the games.advertisement”The city will speed up its process of modernisation and internationalisation. It will make sure citizens enjoy sustained benefit from the high-quality infrastructure,” Chen said. PTI KJV RUP RUPRUPlast_img read more

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