Sami Khedira scores hat-trick as 10-man Juventus thump Udinese

first_imgJuventus midfielder Sami Khedira grabbed a hat-trick as the Serie A champions came from behind to thump Udinese 6-2 away on Sunday despite playing for more than an hour with 10 men.Big-spending AC Milan were also a man down before the half hour at home to lowly Genoa after their captain Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for elbowing — but their game ended in a 0-0 draw.Lazio kept pace with third-placed Juve on 22 points from nine games after Ciro Immobile scored twice in a 3-0 win over Cagliari to take his tally to 13 league goals this season.Napoli lead the standings with 25 points after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to second-placed Inter Milan, who have 23.Hapless Benevento became the first side in Serie A history to lose their first nine games of the season as they were sunk 3-0 at home by Fiorentina, while fifth-placed AS Roma recorded their 11th successive away league win, 1-0 at Torino.WHAT A GAME! ????? Great mentality, scoring four goals with one man down -Very happy about the first hat-trick in my professional career ???????? Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) October 22, 2017Juve, who had taken one point from their previous two games, went behind to a Stipe Perica goal after eight minutes.Grandi!!! #finoallafine #juventus ?????? mattiadesciglio2 (@mattia_desci) October 22, 2017The champions quickly hit back as Udinese’s Samir headed a corner into his own net in the 14th and Khedira headed the visitors ahead after 20 minutes.advertisement???? Bellissima e grande vittoria ??? a tutti, compagni / ???? Grande et trs belle victoire ??? mes camarades #finoallafine #forzajuve ???? Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) October 22, 2017Five minutes later, Juve forward Mario Mandzukic was booked for clashing with Ali Adnan, then insulted the referee and was immediately sent off.Juve appeared to be on the rack when Danilo equalised for Udinese in the 48th minute but instead Daniele Rugani headed them back in front four minutes later.What a day for Sami Khedira! The German international hits his first ever hat-trick as ten-man Juventus win 6-2 at Udinese. ????????? #UCL Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 22, 2017That opened the floodgates, with Khedira scoring twice more before Miralem Pjanic completed the rout.Juventus have scored 6 goals in a Serie A game away from home for the first time since November 2012. ????????? #ForzaJuve #UdineseJuve JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 22, 2017A night to remember in the northeast. Bravo, Bianconeri! ??´??#FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 22, 2017AC Milan, who were jeered off by their own fans after their stalemate, dropped to 11th with 13 points despite having spent more than 200 million euros ($235.66 million) in the transfer market in the summer.”It’s an unusual moment,” said Milan’s under-pressure coach Vincenzo Montella. “We created more chances even when we had a player less. We’ve stayed united and that is how we will be for the next game.”Milan were already struggling to break down Genoa when Bonucci lashed out at Aleandro Rosi with his elbow at a Milan corner, leaving the Genoa player with a deep cut on his face and needing treatment which took several minutes.During that time the referee consulted the video replay and showed Bonucci the red card.To their credit, Milan continued to take the match to Genoa even after they were a man down, creating numerous openings, and their spirited performance could just be enough to save Montella.But it could also have been much worse for the hosts if Genoa, who have six points, had taken one of several chances at the other end.Roma moved up to fifth on 18 points after Aleksandar Kolarov scored with a 25-metre free kick in the 69th minute to extend their winning away run which began in February.Marco Benassi, Khouma Babacar and Cyril Thereau, with a penalty, scored Fiorentina’s goals as they added to bottom club Benevento’s misery.Chievo came from behind to beat 10-man Verona 3-2 in their derby, with Sergio Pellisier scoring the winner in the 73rd minute after Roberto Inglese had grabbed a first-half brace.Verona’s Argentina midfielder Bruno Zuculini had a miserable afternoon, as he was booked for giving away the free kick which led to Inglese’s first goal, conceded the penalty which led to his second and was sent off seven minutes before halftime.Sassuolo won 1-0 at SPAL despite missing a penalty and having a player sent off. Matteo Politano scored after 45 seconds for Sassuolo before Domenico Berardi missed a late penalty and Francesco Cassata was dismissed for a late tackle just three minutes after coming on for his Serie A debut.advertisementlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy quarter-final wrap: Gautam Gambhir strikes 95 to power Delhi into semis

first_imgGautam Gambhir scored a stable 95 off 129 deliveries to guide to a seven-wicket victory over Madhya Pradesh in Vijaywada on Monday.Chasing 217 for a win, Gambhir led Delhi’s charge striking 95, which comprised of nine boundaries and a six. Despite a strong performance, Gambhir missed out on a well-deserved century as he was run out by Mihir Hirwani.With the win, Delhi is all set to face Bengal in the semi-final of the domestic tournament.The out-of-favour India opener was well-supported by Kunal Chandela (57) and Dhruv Shorey, who remained unbeaten on 46, when the winning runs were scored at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground.Delhi were eight for no loss at stumps on the fourth and penultimate evening with Kunal Chandela and Vikas Tokas in the middle. Delhi were dealt an early blow when Tokas was sent back by medium pacer Ishwar Pandey with just 11 runs on the scoreboard.A 98-run partnership for the second wicket between Gambhir and Chandela ensured Delhi remained on course for a win. The two went along nicely till Hirwani, who had a five-wicket haul in the first innings, removed Chandela when the scoreboard read 111.A 95-run stand ensued, for the third wicket between Gambhir and Shorey, as Delhi completed the job with plenty left in their arsenal.Brief scores:MP 338 and 283 in 105.5 overs (Harpreet 78; Mishra 4/59) lost to Delhi 405 and 217 for three in 51.4 overs (Gautam Gambhir 95, Kunal Chandela 57, Dhruv Shorey 46).BENGAL KNOCK OUT DEFENDING CHAMPS GUJARAT, VIDARBHA CRUSH KERALABengal made a mockery of the contest by not declaring their second innings on the final day of their quarterfinal Ranji Trophy match as they ousted defending champions Gujarat by virtue of first innings lead in Jaipur on Monday.advertisementManoj Tiwary’s men will meet multiple-time champions Delhi in the semifinals in Pune, while title favourites Karnataka will take on Vidarbha in the other last-four match, to be played in Kolkata. Both matches will be played between December 17 to 21.Brief scores:Bengal: 354 & 695/6 in 231 overs ((Writtick Chatterjee 216, Abhimanyu Easwaran 114, Anustup Majumdar 132 not out) vs Gujarat 224.Left-arm orthodox spinner Aditya Sarwate (6/41) claimed a six-wicket haul as Vidarbha posted a comfortable 412-run win over Kerala in their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match in Surat and booked a semifinal berth.Vidarbha will take on Karnataka, who defeated Mumbai in another quarterfinal match, in their last-four game.Resuming on 431 for six, Vidarbha declared their second innings on 507 for nine to set a mammoth target of 578 for Kerala. Overnight batsman Akshay Wadkar completed his half-century, remaining unbeaten on 67 off 110 balls.Chasing a huge total, Kerala did not get off to a good start and kept losing wickets at regular interval with Sarwate recording his best bowling figures. He took six wickets with an economy of 2.51 in 16.2 overs.Brief scores: Vidarbha: 246 & 507/9 decl. Kerala: 176 & 165 all out in 52.2 overs (Salman Nizar 64, Aditya Sarwate 6/41).last_img read more

Rohit Sharma, which is your favourite double hundred, asks Ravi Shastri. 209, 264 or 208?

first_imgRohit Sharma created history with his third ODI double hundred against Sri Lanka to help India draw level in the three-match ODI series.Known as Hitman in cricketing circles for his ability to hit towering sixes at will, Rohit blasted his third ODI double hundred in four years. He had smashed 209 vs Australia in 2013 and then a year later cracked 264 against Sri Lanka, which happens to be the highest individual score in ODI history.Up against the same opposition in a must-win match, Rohit, standing in as India captain in Virat Kohli’s absence, hammered 208 in the presence of his wife Ritika Sajdeh.WATCH FULL VIDEOCoach Ravi Shastri, during an interview for, asked Rohit to pick his favourite double hundred but the stylish Mumbai batsman said that was a difficult task.MUST WATCH: The Hitman @ImRo45 interview courtesy Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc in his style after the epic knock in Mohali. #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 14, 2017″I think it’s so difficult to pick one because all three have come at crucial junctures of the game. There were different scenarios. The 209 vs Australia came in a series-decider and the 264 vs Sri Lanka was after three months of layoff. I was nervous whether I would be able to score runs or not,” Rohit said.There was a lot at stake on Wednesday too. India had been crushed in Dharamsala and Rohit, in his first match as India captain, had managed only two.advertisementBut Rohit was determined to make amends in Mohali and bat as long as possible. And when Rohit decides to bat long, there is always a double hundred round the corner.”In Mohali, after losing in Dharamsala, as a batting unit we wanted to come back hard as a batting unit and I kept telling myself I would not throw my wicket away. I was determined to bat as long as possible. I kept telling myself I had to hold my position and hold through the line.”Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, one of the country’s most iconic batsmen, said he was impressed with Rohit’s ability to score double hundreds and felt the one against Australia was a career-changing knock.”What stands out to me is his consistency of getting double hundreds. The first one against Australia was a career-changing one and a batsman-changing one. When you get your first, you realise your potential and you know that you can do it again,” Ganguly told India Today. “He did that again at the Eden Gardens and got 264. I don’t think this one is a career-changing knock for him but it’s a fabulous knock because he’s got another double hundred. The best thing is his consistency of getting double hundreds which is very, very important”His knock against Australia in Bengaluru was a career-changing one. This year, he’s scored as many hundreds as Virat Kohli. We keep talking about Virat Kohli and how great he is in one day cricket but look at Rohit. He is no way behind, 11 hundreds in 50 odd innings (since 2015). I have always said that he’s a terrific batsman and a match-winner. Hopefully he can transform his renewed hunger for runs, his renewed ability to convert hundreds into double hundreds in the next 10 months. The shots he played was absolutely breathtaking,” Ganguly said.Of the seven double hundreds in ODIs, Rohit has three. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have one each. This was also Rohit’s sixth hundred in ODIs in 2017, the joint most with Kohli.No surprises for the #INDvSL 2nd ODI Player of the Match – it’s @ImRo45 for one of the greatest ODI innings of all time! ??? ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017last_img read more

Panathinaikos Whips Olympiakos, 2-1

first_imgATHENS — Panathinaikos beat visiting Olympiakos 2-1 Feb. 22 in a game between the Greek league’s top two sides that almost didn’t start and almost didn’t finish.Panathinaikos fans welcomed the visitors with a barrage of flares and various projectiles, many aimed at Olympiakos President Vangelis Marinakis, and a pitch invasion before the start of the game.Following Greek league rules, no visiting fans attended, to avoid violent incidents.“What we saw today, I had never imagined. I had never foreseen that, the moment the team stepped into the pitch, there would be a pitch invasion. And the objects, what can I say? Nails, rocks, bottles…this felt like the bombardment of Iraq,” Marinakis said after the game.“What happened was a shame. Unacceptable. The people don’t come to watch a game. I don’t know if it is (the teams’) fault, what can I say…I can’t find words for this,” Panathinaikos coach Yannis Anastassiou said on TV right after the final whistle.With the win, Panathinaikos closed to within three points of Olympiakos with nine rounds left. PAOK, 3-1 winner at Veria on Feb. 21, is third, a further five points behind.Arthur Masuaku opened the scoring for Panathinaikos in the 49th with an own goal, when his attempted clearance ended up in the net.Olympiakos’ Costas Mitroglou’s header in the 70th came back off the crossbar, and eight minutes later, another Olympiakos defensive lapse allowed Mladen Petric to make it 2-0 with a strong drive from inside the area.Dominguez pulled one back for Olympiakos following a pass from a free-kick in the seventh minute of injury time before another barrage of flares and another pitch invasion ended the game prematurely. There was still time left, but the referee preferred to blow the whistle.Dominguez’s goal was not purely a consolation mark. With it Olympiakos, which beat Panathinaikos 1-0 in the first-round game has the advantage in case the two teams end up equal on points.Elsewhere, Panionios beat Levadiakos 1-0, Kerkyra drew 1-1 at Platanias and Asteras crushed Ergotelis 6-1 to climb into fourth place.(DEMETRIS NELLAS) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis freaked out against the Cavs with a career high

first_imgIt was just a regular season game, but what a night for Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek All-Star in the making tied his career high of 34 points, along with 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks as the Bucks beat the defending NBA champs Cleveland Cavaliers 118-101.Giannis won the duel with LeBron James who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 turnovers in a game decided in the third quarter in which the Bucks outscored the Cavs 34 to 20 thanks to an 18-2 run. Cleveland tried to make a come back but just couldn’t in what might be a showdown between the present and future of the Eastern Conference.“I am just excited before those kind of big games”, said Antetokounmpo afterwards, “my teammates want me to be aggresive, so I just try to do that, move the ball and play team basketball. This is a confindence boost. I don’t think that we were not supposed to win this game. If we continue playing like we did in the last couple of games, then we can do big things”.Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Green, Warriors Beat Blazers for 3-0 Lead in West Finals

first_imgBy ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer.PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to boost Golden State.And boy, has he.Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, which moved a win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals with Game 4 set for Monday.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was one of the best games he’s seen Green play.“I don’t even know what to say about Draymond,” Kerr said. “He was a wrecking ball, destroying everything in his path.”Durant, the two-time NBA Finals MVP who was averaging more than 34 points during the playoffs, remains out with a sore right calf and his return is uncertain.“When Kevin is not on the floor, I know I have to be more aggressive. So whether that’s attacking the basket, putting more pressure on the defense, I understand that,” said Green, who has had a triple double in each of the rounds during the playoffs — all on the road.CJ McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 during the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland was hurt at the line, making just 20 of 33 attempts.Golden State’s Andre Iguodala left in the third quarter with a sore lower leg. Kerr said he will have an MRI on Sunday. Iguodala played 17 minutes and had nine points.After trailing 66-53 at the half, the Warriors mounted a third-quarter comeback to lead 82-79 going into the fourth. Jonas Jerebko’s jumper pushed the lead to 90-82 with 7:26 left.Curry’s 3-pointer made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch up — similar to their fourth-quarter fade in Game 2.Game 3 was the first conference finals game in Portland since 2000. The Blazers lost that series to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win in the playoffs. Only three series have gone to a seventh game after one team opened with a 3-0 lead.“We’re going to give it our best effort on Monday. That’s all that matters,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “We’re going to give it our best effort and whatever happen, happens.”On Thursday, the Blazers were up 15 at halftime and led by eight with 4½ minutes left before the Warriors rallied — boosted by Kevon Looney’s dunk with less than a minute left, and a game-sealing steal from Iguodala — for a 114-111 Game 2 victory.Both teams switched up their lineups for Game 3, with Portland’s Meyers Leonard making his first start of the playoffs at center. Enes Kanter, despite sustaining a separated shoulder in the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, started in all the previous games. Leonard provided a spark and finished with a career playoff-high 16 points.Kerr started Damian Jones, who hadn’t started since December and had made just two previous appearances in the playoffs. Jones, who played in just 24 games in the regular season because of a torn pectoral muscle, collected three fouls in the game’s opening three minutes and headed to the bench.Portland was boosted by the home crowd at the start, going up by 10 points in the first quarter. Seth Curry’s jumper made it 60-42 with 2:28 left until halftime.The Warriors roared back, closing within 76-75 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s basket and pulling ahead on Looney’s layup to cap a 10-0 run. Golden State outscored the Blazers 22-6 to close out the third quarter.TIP-INSWarriors: Jones was making his first career postseason start. … The Warriors have used six different starting lineups in the 2019 playoffs. Jerebko was handed a flagrant I for a foul on Zach Collins in the second quarter. … The Warriors have won at least one road game in 22 straight playoff series, extending their own record.Trail Blazers: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was among the fans at the game. Also there was Sabrina Ionescu, who was on the Oregon team that went to the Final Four this season, and former Blazer Scottie Pippen (1999-2003). Portland has lost nine straight playoff games to Golden State, dating back to 2016.TIRED?Lillard, who hasn’t had the commanding performances he had earlier in the playoffs, was asked if exhaustion was taking a toll. Later, reports emerged that he may have injured a rib in Game 2, although the Blazers did not immediately comment.“Everybody’s tired,” he said. “It’s the third round of the playoffs after a long season. Our last series, I got a lot of attention. The team was giving me a lot of attention and the same thing in this series. It takes a lot to deal with that and go out and chase guys around on the defensive end.”UP NEXTGame 4 is set for Monday night in Portland.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Best practices for safer systems

first_img Continue Reading Previous Parasoft: support for microservice-specific protocols and message formatsNext Launch of gen4-4DPi Series Display Modules and a new factory Hear industry expert and Barr Group CTO Michael Barr discuss the latest startling statistics concerning embedded systems safety from Barr Group’s newly released 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey. Based on responses from over 1,700 qualified professional designers of embedded systems, it has been determined that only 1 in 4 safety-critical device developers are following all industry-recommended software development best practices for increasing safety. The survey also indicates that overall, there has also been little progress in the last three years in tightening design processes to improve the safety of devices that can kill or injure. With nearly 30 percent of embedded systems designers creating devices that can potentially harm end users in the event of malfunction, this lack of improvement is a major concern for the industry. The full analysis report is available for download at this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

EKF: long life, high airflow board mount fan unit

first_imgYour system keeps cold with the SRF-FAN, a board mount fan unit housed on a CompactPCI Serial peripheral card. Suitable for demanding applications, the SRF-FAN can be inserted into the adjacent backplane slot e.g. of a CPU card or GPU board, in order to improve the overall heat dissipation.The PWM controlled fan has been chosen for extreme expected life and high airflow. The fan is mounted to the PCB by special brackets for variable positioning, thus allowing optimized cooling of the targeted components. The SRF-FAN is scalable with respect to the maximum forced airflow, and can be operated between 25-100% duty cycle. Its speed is permanently monitored, which makes the card suitable also for critical applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Renesas: scalable digital controllers for cloud computing, communications, and industrialNext MEN: compact embedded Box PC with Intel Apollo Lake Ilast_img read more

Allegro launches QuietMotion family of code-free FOC sensorless BLDC fan drivers

first_imgAllegro MicroSystems Europe has launched their QuietMotion family consisting of the first-to-market Field Oriented Control (FOC) brushless DC (BLDC) electric motor controllers that are customer code-free. The devices are designed to provide reliable and efficient low audible noise performance while reducing design cycle time.Whereas most FOC BLDC drivers require software developers to code the algorithm in a microprocessor, QuietMotion devices integrate Allegro’s innovative FOC algorithms. These advanced algorithms allow for smooth, quiet motion while eliminating the need to write software. This significantly lowers R&D expenses and reduces time to market. With only five external components, these devices also minimise bill of materials cost, improve reliability and reduce design complexity. The result is a quiet, easy to implement, and efficient outcome.The first member of the QuietMotion family is the AMT49406, which is an ideal solution for applications that demand high efficiency and low acoustic noise- such as pole and ceiling fans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers and exhaust fans. With its embedded proprietary windowless sinusoidal algorithm and soft-on-soft-start algorithms, the AMT49406 provides reliable, industry-leading audible noise performance. The A89301 is also part of the QuietMotion family. This device offers ultra-quiet operation, as well as additional flexibility and programmable features for premium appliances, such as high-end appliance fans, high end ceiling fans and air purifiers. The A89301 is specifically targeted at systems with low speed requirements.The AMT49406 and the A89301 have a 5.5 to 50 input voltage rating with an operating range of -40° to 105°C. They are available in a 24-contact 4 x 4 mm QFN with exposed thermal pad (suffix ES), and a 24-lead TSSOP with exposed thermal pad (suffix LP). These packages are lead free, with 100% matt-tin leadframe plating.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser: new All Things IoT eBook looks at the future of connected infrastructureNext Silicon Labs to showcase smart home and building automation connectivity solutionslast_img read more

Farnell: discount offer on complete Rohde & Schwarz T&M product bundles

first_imgFarnell has launched a new limited time offer to help cost-constrained design engineers, research establishments, manufacturing and educational facilities to acquire high precision test and measurement equipment, manufactured by Rohde & Schwarz, for up to 50 percent below unit price.Rohde & Schwarz system bundles, available as part of the discount offer, include oscilloscopes, power supplies, power analysers and spectrum analysers. Add-ons and upgrades, usually available at additional cost, are included within the price to future proof the purchase and reduce the need to buy additional components should testing requirements change.Fully upgraded bundles from the Rohde & Schwarz value range available from Farnell include:•            The RTB2K-COM4 Bundle includes a Rohde & Schwarz RTB2004, 4-channel digital oscilloscope upgraded to 300 MHz bandwidth, with a 10.1″ high resolution 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen TFT display; the R&SRTB-B1 option which turns the R&S®RTB2000 into an intuitive-to-use MSO with 16 additional digital channels; the R&SRTB-PK -K1, -K2, -K3, -K15, -B6 application package and passive probe.•            The NGL-COM2A Bench Power Supply is perfect for challenging applications supporting the development of power amplifiers and MMICs. Its short recovery time allows for fast load changes that occur, for example, when mobile communications devices switch from sleep mode to transmit mode.•            The FPC-COM2 Spectrum Analyser is the only device of its kind on the market that provides the value of three of the most commonly used instruments on a Radio Frequency (RF) engineer’s workbench in a single package and is ideal for IoT device development. Buying a single multi-function also reduces calibration costs.•            The HMC8015COM is a user configurable, dual channel power analyser and the first compact tester for AC/DC load and standby current characterisation that enables measurements without additional tools, such as a computer or remote infrastructure. In addition to a numerical and graphical display with 26 key parameters, the instrument delivers performance and compliance protocols in line with IEC62301, EN50564 and EN61000-3-2. It graphically displays harmonic analysis up to the 50th harmonic on the logarithmic scale and simultaneously displays up to 10-user configurable measurands with a refresh rate of 10 measurements per second.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous CML Microcircuits: flexible BPSK wireless data modulatorNext Apacer: PCIe NVMe Gen3 SSDs, the next logical step for industrial-grade storagelast_img read more

Bindra, Ganguly lend support to new sports talent hunt campaign

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 6 (PTI) Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Yogeshwar Dutt, along with former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, have lent their support to a nationwide crowd-funding campaign to develop sporting talent at the grassroots level. Online cab network company Ola has launched the ‘Road to Gold’ campaign under which its customers can contribute a sum of Re.1 per ride across the over 110 cities it operates in, a press release stated. “The collected funds will be used to identify promising talent from Indias heartlands…These future sporting stars will also benefit from support and guidance from Indian sporting legends such as Sourav Ganguly, Mahesh Bhupathi, Abhinav Bindra and Yogeshwar Dutt, among others,” the company stated. The campaign’s awareness drive will be spearheaded by Akshay Kumar, and the cast of the upcoming film ‘Gold’. “We are glad to partner with JSW Sports and Excel entertainment who have been staunch supporters of sports in India through infrastructure and entertainment. Together, we share the dream to identify high calibre talent and turn them into medal winning performers,” said Pallav Singh, Ola’s Senior Vice President. PTI PM PM PMlast_img read more

Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane Warne

first_imgShane Warne feels that Steve Smith and David Warner will be back for Australia because of the team needs them back ‘desperately.’Warne said that Warner and Smith need to be back for Australia because the current Australian team needs them. He says that they will serve their punishments and be back stronger than ever.”I still think they’ll be back, we need them, we’re desperate for them,” said Warne. “Have a look at the Australian side at the moment, we’re lacking in batting so we desperately need them.”We sort of want to rush them back but they’ll do their time, they’ll pay their penance, their 12 months, and then they’ll be back and be better than ever,” Warne told Fox Sports News.Also read – Virat Kohli loses No. 1 Test ranking after Lord’s debacleSmith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town earlier this year. While Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months, Bancroft, the chief-offender, was handed a nine-month ban.Not only that, James Sutherland-led CA also stopped them from playing in domestic competitions but they were free to play in the Indian Premier League and other form of cricket outside the country. But, IPL also banned the cricketers for the 2018 season and they were left with nothing to do but just serve their punishment and rebuild their tainted image.Also read – Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith and David Warner out of IPL 2018However, as time passed by the pair of Smith and Warner slowly made their return to cricket as the duo traveled to Canada to play in the Global T20 League Canada and did fairly well as well. Warner along with Bancroft also played in the NT Strike League to get their touch back.advertisementSmith and Warner’s bans get over around April next year while Bancroft’s suspension will be end in January and then they will be available for selection.Also read – Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 1 year each, Cameron Bancroft out for 9 months Australia have lost all six games under Tim Paine’s captaincy (Reuters Photo)As Smith and Warner bowed out, they lost their captaincy as well and Tim Paine was announced as the Test and ODI captain for the time being. Paine captained in the last day of the Cape Town Test and also in the series against South Africa.But, Australia have lost all six games five ODIs against England and one Test against South Africa under Paine’s captaincy and the wicketkeeper-batsman’s own form hasn’t been encouraging either.Also read – David Warner roars back to form as he returns to cricket in AustraliaAustralia also the lost in the final of the tri-series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. Paine was left out of the ODI series as Aaron Finch captained the side and Alex Carey kept wickets.And, Warne feels that Australia should have picked the best team possible and then pick the captain instead of appointing a captain and then picking the team around him.”The Australian way is always to pick your best team. There’s a lot of talk about ‘should Tim Paine be in the side’. He’s the captain at the moment. We as Australians should always pick our best team and then pick our captain and vice-captain from that. I don’t think we should just make a captain and then fit a side around him.””I want to see us pick the best side possible. If Tim Paine’s in the best side and he’s the best guy to be captain, then make him captain,” Warne said.If not Paine, then who? To which, Warne feels that Nathan Lyon is a possible candidate because of his seniority and the way he thinks about the game.”He’s a senior player,” said Warne. “He’s an experienced player in the side, (and) spinners generally think about the game pretty well. Nathan Lyon thinks about the game pretty well.”Australia’s next assignment will be against South Africa, when they host the Proteas for three ODIs and a sole T20I in November. That will be followed by India’s tour Down Under, where Virat Kohli’s men will play three T20Is followed by four Tests. The tour ends with three ODIs in January.Following that Sri Lanka will tour for two Tests in January-February.last_img read more

India’s Ankur Mittal clinches double trap gold in World Championship

first_imgIndia’s Ankur Mittal on Saturday claimed gold in the men’s double trap gold medal in the ISSF World Championship.The multiple World Cup medallist shot 140 out of 150 to go into a shoot-off for gold with China’s Yiyang Yang and Slovakia’s Hubert Andrzej. The 26-year-old overcame the Chinese 4-3 to emerge triumphant after the Slovakian had missed his second shoot-off clay target to settle for bronze.Ankur also won the team bronze in the event along with compatriots Md. Asab and Shardul Vihaan, their tally of 409 points putting them behind China’s 410 and the gold winning team Italy’s tally of 411.In other events of the day, two Indian women missed out on the finals of their respective events by the narrowest of margins.Many Congratulations to Ankur Mittal, Shardul Vihan and Mohd. Asab on their BRONZE Medal winning performance in Double Trap Men Team at the @ISSF_Shooting World Championships in Changwon. Keep the medals coming Champs! #KheloIndia Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 8, 2018Anjum Moudgil, who has already won a silver here in 10m air rifle and a 2020 Olympic quota place for India, shot 1170 in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions qualifying round to finish ninth. The top eight make it to the finals.Anjum shot the same score as the eighth placed Nina Christen of Switzerland, but Nina’s 66 inner 10 shots were higher than Anjum’s tally of 56 inner 10s, putting the Swiss ahead in the rankings.Manu Bhaker, in the women’s 25m pistol, tallied 584 in qualification to finish 10th.advertisementElavenil Valarivan settles for Women’s 10m Air Rifle silver, Shreya Aggarwal gets bronzeAt the end of the second rapid fire qualification round, four shooters — Singapore’s Xiu Hong Teh, Qatar’s Aldana Saad Almubarak, Greece’s Olympic and world champion in the 10m air pistol Anna Korakaki and Manu, were tied at the same score.However, Xiu and Almubarak made it through as their tally of 22 and 21 inner 10s were better than Anna’s 19 and Manu’s 16.In the trap mixed team junior event, Manisha Keer and Manavaditya Singh Rathore reached the six-team final with a qualification score of 139, which placed them second.Hriday Hazarika shoots gold in 10m air rifle junior ISSF World ChampionshipThey eventually finished fourth, with a score of 24 in the final. The Italian pair of Erica Sessa and Lorenzo Ferrari won the gold medal with junior world record score of 42 in the final.After the seventh day of competition, India have 20 medals — seven gold, seven silver and six bronze, putting them in the second position behind Korea and ahead of China.India has also secured two Olympic quotas, making it the country’s best performance ever at the World Championship.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Amazon-exclusive Honor 8X coming to India on Oct 16: Price, specs and more

first_imgHuawei’s sub-brand Honor has sent out press invites for the India launch of the Honor 8X. The phone that was first launched in China last month along with the Honor 8X Max is now finally set to hit the Indian shores on October 16. It will be an Amazon-exclusive device so intending buyers need to head to the Amazon Indian website once the sale begins. There are no wards if the phone will come to the offline market.The Honor 8X is said to be the successor to the Honor 7X which was launched last year in October 2017. To recall, the 7X comes with a 5.93-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels. The price of the phone starts at Rs 11,999. It is powered by 1.7GHz octa-core processor and comes with 4GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the Honor 7X packs 32GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card. The phone packs a 16MP primary camera on the rear and a 8MP front shooter for selfies. The Honor 7X is backed by a 3340mAh non removable battery. The dual SIM phone includes connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, 3G and 4G.Now coming to the Honor 8X, the phone is comes with several upgrades over its predecessor. It has a larger display, bigger battery, upgraded rear camera and more.Honor 8X specs: The Honor 8X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ TFT IPS display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The company claims that the phone retains the same body size as a 5.5-inch phone allowing for an easier grip. The phone appears nearly bezel-less with a small notch at the top.advertisementThe phone is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor and will be available in two variants — 4GB RAM+64GB ROM and 4GB RAM+128GB internal storage. The device is backed by a 3,750mAh battery with fast charging capability. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2.0.As far as the camera is concerned, the phone will pack in dual-camera setup comprising of 20MP + 2MP at the back. On the front is a 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back. The connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS.Honor 8X price: The company has not announced the pricing details of the phone yet but the device was launched at a base price of CNY 1,399 which roughly translates to Rs 14,700. There are speculations that the Honor 8X could sell at a starting price of Rs 20,000 in India.ALSO READ: Honor 7X review: Great display but missing the X factorlast_img read more

I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC putting hope on the map

first_imgWhat comes your mind when you think about Kashmir? I bet it can be a hundred different things but not football. But come the end of October, that may just change.Real Kashmir Football Club, the first ever team from the valley, is all set to take part in the 2018-19 I-League. And they have the backing of global sporting giants Adidas.The Srinagar-based club is just two years old and in that period, they have managed to navigate their way through the top division of Indian football, and that too without any sponsorship.The partnership with Adidas is something of a coup, as they are the only club in India to have signed a deal with them, and according to the company itself – it was because of their ‘story’.The story of how two friends Shamim Meraj, editor of his family-owned newspaper Kashmir Monitor, and Sandeep Chattoo, who runs a hotel business, got together with the idea to change things themselves.The club since has become a rallying point for the people of Kashmir, something they can call their own. And hence the ‘Snow Leopards’ were born. Real Kashmir FC is led by Loveday Enyinnaya (extreme right) and managed by David Robertson (second from right) (PR Pundit Photo)Under manager David Robertson, Real Kashmir FC (RKFC) have become a beacon of hope for the people in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. A new identity a new life.In fact Real Kashmir are the only club in the state to have a first team and a robust academy setup that includes Under 19, 15, 13, 9 teams.advertisementBut the real challenge starts now, they are with the big boys now. They open their I-League campaign away against Minerva Punjab on October 31 in Panchkula and for club captain Loveday Enyinnaya, it is going to be very special.Coming up against the reigning I-League champions and his former employers, Loveday just can’t wait to get on the field and get the three points for his new team.”Leading the side will be fun, the players and the fans, they just amazing, Can’t wait,” he said. A lot has been promised for the first team from Kashmir in the national league, by their new partners Adidas (PR Pundit Photo)RKFC then play six straight games at home with Churchill Brothers being first up on November 6.The team calls the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar as home and until last season the field would have hardly been called ‘fit to play’.The ground was officially green lit to host Real Kashmir’s home matches after the state government and the state association intervened. Flood lights have been promised, but the away teams will have to be wary about stepping onto the Astroturf pitches.Coach Robertson though is confident of his team’s chances given the support of the fans. The plan according to the Scotsman is to take as many points as possible from the home games and then take things as they come when they hit the road for the next six.When asked about the conditions in Kashmir, the Scotsman said, “It is going to be difficult for teams coming to Kashmir given that it is already getting quite cold, and when they (away teams) play there it is definitely going to get to them given the crowd support we have.”For local boy Shahnawaz Bashir, the fact that he will stepping on the pitch in front of his home fans is something he is really looking forward to.”The people in Kashmir love football and it is the first time that they will get to see Real Kashmir play in the top national league. Their support is fantastic and really important to us.” RKFC will play six successive I-League games at home with Churchill Brothers being first on November 6 (PR Pundit Photo)Danish Farooq, top scorer for Real Kashmir in their promotion-winning season last year and another local boy, feels for the away teams who will come to Kashmir, as they not only have to play against them but the thousands sitting in the stands.”Every team is going to struggle in Kashmir, because of the crowd. The fans there cheer for us all through the match and with the temperatures going down in the valley, the away team will not find it easy,” said the 22-year-old mid-fielder.71 years to the day that Jammu and Kashmir became a part of India, they will make history yet again.A lot has been promised for the first team from Kashmir in the national league, by their new partners Adidas. Growth and development through football, with plans to make a change for the better.advertisementBut this just the beginning of a new dawn of Indian football and with it brings hope.last_img read more

Kevin De Bruyne to miss Manchester derby with knee injury

first_imgManchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury against Fulham in the League Cup has been ruled out for over a month.The Belgian playmaker was substituted in the 85th minute of City’s 2-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday after opposing defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah landed heavily on his left knee.”Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suffered knee ligament damage in his left knee during Thursday night’s Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Fulham,” read a statement by the club.”The Belgian underwent scans on Friday at the CFA. No surgery is needed but he is expected to be out for between 5-6 weeks,” the statement read.When City manager Pep Guardiola was asked if the injury could have been avoided, he said, “No, I don’t think so. Football is football, it was dynamic game with a lot of contact and this sometimes happens.””Kevin is out and we are sad for him, nobody likes to have injured players but he will come back to the player he is and he will be fine. It is what it is but fortunately it is not surgery and he will be back,” he added.De Bruyne, who played a pivotal role in City’s record-breaking Premier League title triumph last term, has already spent six weeks out injured this season.The 27-year-old will now miss City’s Premier League clash with local rivals Manchester United on Nov. 11 as well as the rest of the Champions League group stages.Pep Guardiola’s City, currently top of the table with 26 points from 10 matches, host Southampton on Sunday.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

This Indian is the first to become VP of the International Shooting Sports Federation

first_imgRaninder Singh, son of current Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh, has become the first Indian to be elected one of the four vice-presidents of the International Shooting Sports Federation.#ISSF General Assembly elected the four ISSF Vice-Presidents: Mr. Kevin Kilty of Ireland (162 votes), Raninder Sigh of India (161 ), Robert Mitchell of USA (153), and Wang Yifu of the People’s Republic of China, who was re-elected with 146 votes. Day-1 of the GA is closed.ISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) November 30, 2018An international level trap shooter, Singh also serving as the president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) since December 2009.Last year, Raninder was re-elected president of the NRAI for a four-year term with an overwhelming mandate in Mohali.Here’s a brief look at his political journeyHe started his career as a politician in late 1990s while assisting the campaigns of his father and mother Preneet Kaur, an Indian National Congress MP from the Patiala Lok Sabha constituency.In 2005, he became the General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee(PCC) and was made in-charge of the Bathinda district.In 2014, Raninder got 22 out of 25 votes in the General Assembly meeting at Munich, becoming the first from the country to be elected as a member of the global body representing the sport of shooting.International Shooting Sport FederationThe former trap shooter bagged 161 votes to occupy the coveted post, while Kevin Kilty of Ireland received 162 votes, USA’s Robert Mitchell got 153 votes and Republic of China’s Wang Yifu was re-elected with 146 votes in Munich.advertisementHe was appointed as the President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) in December 2009.On Friday, the NRAI president was awarded the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the general assembly.He was presented with the diploma and medal by the outgoing longest-serving president of the ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana, who was at the helm for 38 years.With 161 votes out of 290, Mr. Alexander Ratner was elected as the new ISSF Secretary General, beating two other candidates: Ms. Melis Giraud of Turkey (85 votes) and Mr. Javaid S. Lhodi of Pakistan (36 votes). Two other candidates, Mr. György Nagy of Hungary and Mr. Hamed Safeeldin of Sudan, withdrew. Ratner takes the seat held by Germany’s Franz Schreiber since 2010. Schreiber did not seek re-election, as he retired today after his report to the General Assembly.Also read: Sports in India: Country’s 10 breakthrough achievements in 2015Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sydney Test: India await R Ashwin boost after dramatic U-turn

first_imgIndia are eyeing a historic series win in the Sydney Test, starting January 3 but concerns over off-spinner, R Ashwin’s fitness seems to a cause for concern for the high-flying visitors.R Ashwin was ruled out of the second Test in Perth after an abdominal strain and India felt the absence of their premier off-spinner as Australia’s Nathan Lyon came up with match-winning figures of 116 for 8 and helped the hosts level the four-match series.Ravindra Jadeja was slotted into the playing XI despite concerns over his fitness as Ashwin hadn’t recovered in time for the Melbourne Test, which India won and took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series.Ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney Cricket Ground, which traditionally offers more assistance to spinners than the other venues in Australia, Ashwin’s fitness has once again become the talking point.While captain Virat Kohli all but confirmed Ashwin hasn’t recovered fully to play the Sydney Test while speaking to the press on Wednesday, the team management apparently made a U-turn and named him in the 13-man squad that was announced after the captain’s press conference.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was forced to do damage control as they clarified about Ashwin’s availability after the turn of events on Wednesday morning led to confusion. The apex body said the team management will take a call on Ashwin’s availability on Thursday morning.Tim Paine expresses relief after Kohli’s statement on R AshwinNotably, the announcement from the BCCI came after Australia, surprisingly, did not announce their playing XI. Under-fire Australia captain Tim Paine had expressed surprise at Ashwin’s absence as the off-spinner was spotted training on the New Year’s Day in Sydney.advertisement”That’s good news. I saw him bowl yesterday and he was batting in Melbourne, so I’m surprised he’s not playing. I think conditions here would have suited him really nicely. Normally it spins quite a bit and with his height, he would’ve been a handful, so I think some of our batters will be pretty happy to hear that news,” Paine had said.India will be hoping Ashwin gets fit in time for the Sydney Test the visitors will be well served if two of their best spinners are available on what is expected to be spinner-friendly conditions in Sydney.Ashwin’s injury woes a cause for concern R Ashwin missed the final Test of a five-match series in England last year with an injury (Reuters Photo)Nonetheless, Ashwin’s inability to keep himself fit during major overseas tours hasn’t augured well for India, who are determined to shed their tag of poor travellers.Ashwin featured in only 10 out of 14 Tests India played in 2018. While he was dropped to accommodate an all-pace attack in Johannesburg, he had missed three Tests due to injury concerns.Ashwin’s fitness (or the lack of it) caused India a lot of problems during their 4-1 defeat in England last year. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner bowled only one over in the first innings of the third Test in Nottingham but was surprisingly picked for the fourth Test in Southampton.Ashwin struggled with a strain and failed to produce the goods on a wicket where England’s off-spinner Moeen Ali came up with match-winning spells.Ashwin though gained full fitness after working at the National Cricket Association ahead of the West Indies series at home. The off-spinner had spoken about his frustrations ahead of the two-match series but unfortunately, not a lot has changed when it comes to his fitness.Ashwin can learn from Kohli’s injury management routineKohli has conceded that Ashwin’s injury woes have forced them to change their plans but also revealed that the off-spinner is more disappointed than anyone else.”Well, it is unfortunate that he has had two niggles that are quite similar in the last couple of away tours. That is something obviously him more than anyone else will be focussed to correct,” Kohli had said.”He is very disappointed with the fact that he is not able to recover in time. But the things have been laid out to him, to get back to full fitness and honestly you can’t predict an injury, only when it happens you can manage it and he is doing what he can to get over that injury.”Maybe, Ashwin, who is certainly not getting any younger, can learn a thing or two from the way Kohli has managed his injury woes in the past. Despite suffering a back niggle in the Melbourne Test, Kohli is ready and raring to go. The India captain even revealed earlier in the day that back niggles have been haunting him in 2011 but he has found ways to keep them under the check.advertisement”I’ve had this issue since 2011, it’s nothing new. I’ve been able to manage it because of the physical effort I’ve put in over the past few years. And when you have a back that has these issues you can only maintain it that way.”Also Read | Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?Also Read | Ramakant Achrekar dies: Cricket in heaven will be enriched with sir’s presence, says TendulkarAlso See:last_img read more

India vs Australia: BCCI announces huge cash rewards for Virat Kohli’s history makers

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced huge cash rewards for the Indian team after its historic Test series win in Australia.Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test series in the country thanks to sterling performances from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.On Tuesday, BCCI congratulated the Indian team for the rare feat and said all Test team members will be given bonuses equivalent to the actual match-fee payable: which is INR 15 Lakhs per match for Playing XI and INR 7.5 Lakhs per match for the reserve players.Besides, the coaches will be given Rs 25 lakh. Members of the Indian support staff will be paid bonuses equivalent to the pro-rata salary/professional fee.India won the first Test of the series in Adelaide and the third in Melbourne – their first ever Boxing Day Test win. They had lost to Australia in Perth while the fourth in Sydney ended in a draw thanks to rain even as India threatened to win the series 3-1.India coach Ravi Shastri, in an exclusive interview with India Today, said the Test series triumph in Australia is as big as the 1983 World Cup win when India had defeated West Indies in the final at Lord’s.Shastri said he was proud of the hard work his team had put in to win Test matches in South Africa, England and Australia in the same calendar year. However, India had lost back-to-back away series in South Africa and England before finally getting their acts together to create history in Australia.advertisement”Sheer hard work, determination.. taking pride in one owns performance and the team’s performance… all those qualities came into play for executing a performance like this,” Shastri told India Today on Tuesday.”We have done well over the year with wins in South Africa, England and a win in Melbourne. But we weren’t able to put it across the finishing line. And this new year when it happened, it was an awesome feeling.”Also Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant danced, laughed and applauded as Bharat Army sang him a songAlsol Read | MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma arrive in Australia for ODI seriesAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and tour of NZ, Siraj named replacementAlso See:last_img read more