New Team India coach Ravi Shastri: The man of many World Cups

first_img“…and Dhoni finishes it off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lift the World Cup after 28 years and its been an Indian captain who’s been magnificent on the night…”Indians all over the country will recognise these words, and the voice that has come to be associated with that moment MS Dhoni launched Nuwan Kulasekara into the Wankhede stands for India to win the 2011 World Cup.That is how most cricket lovers now would know Ravi Shastri, as a commentator.Testament to that would be the fact his was again the voice to call the winning moment in MS Dhoni’s other World Cup win back in 2007.”…in the air…and Sreesanth takes it. India win…”His tryst with the Indian team and World Cups didn’t come to an end there.In 2014, he was appointed the director of Indian Cricket team for a period of two years from India’s tour of England till the World T20 2016.Shastri had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.But what about Shastri the player, little memory of which has lasted in the psyche of the nation given his commentating days.He made his Test debut in the first Test against New Zealand back in February 1981. He started his career as a specialist left-arm orthodox bowler batting at number 10 and by the time he was playing his last Test in December 1993 against South Africa, he had metamorphosed into an opening batsman while occasionally rolling his arm over.advertisementIn between playing a total of 80 Tests, he had amassed 3830 with the highest score of 206 which came against Australia.Signs of future leader can be traced back to his first success as captain, which came leading his school, Don Bosco High School (Matunga), to their first ever Giles Shield in 1977. The fact that the previous year he had lost the final as a player makes the win even more justifying in proving his mettle as a leader. And when he finally made his debut for the Bombay Ranji team, he was the youngest ever.He had established himself as a dependable opener by the time the 1983 World Cup came around. He partnered Krishnamachari Srikkanth, as Sunil Gavaskar was coming to the end of his playing days. He lifted India’s first World Cup trophy even though he didn’t get to play in the final.His next big success came in 1985 in ‘The Champion of Champions’ tournament. Shastri scored 182 runs and took 8 wickets, for which was he awarded the man of the series and won an Audi 100 car for his efforts.His stint with the English county side Glamorgan could do little to help his fledgling career at the time. He had become a notoriously slow batsman, slowing down dramatically while batting in the forties and nineties.As Kapil Dev’s reign as captain of the team started to wane, Dilip Vengsarkar had become one of the best batsmen in the side and was naturally seen as the replacement for captaincy.’Shastri eventually retired from international cricket in 1992 with 3108 runs and 129 wickets in 150 ODIs and 3830 runs and 151 wickets in 80 Test matches.last_img read more

Delhi University Admissions 2017: A brief guide to Miranda House

first_imgMiranda house was established in 1948 and is a residential college for women. This year it was rated as the best college in India in National Institutional Ranking Framework. The foundation stone was said to be laid by an English socialite, Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Address: University of Delhi, Delhi, 110007Principal: Dr. Prathiba JollyCourses on offer:Arts:Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Bengali)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Economics)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (English)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Geography)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Hindi)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (History)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Music)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Philosophy)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Political Science)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Sanskrit)Bachelor of Arts [BA] {Hons} (Sociology)Science:Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Botany)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Chemistry)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Mathematics)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Physics)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Hons} (Zoology)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Programme} (Life Sciences)Bachelor of Science [BSc] {Programme} (Physical Sciences)Bachelor of Elementary Education [BElEd]Number of Societies: 14Highlights:Library: The library is a well equipped one and is also a double-storeyed one.Sports: The college gives importance towards sports as well such as basketball, table tennis etc.Notable Alumni: Mallika Sherawat, Nandita Das, Sheila Dikshitlast_img read more

India A lose by 235 runs against South Africa A in first ‘Test’

first_imgPutting up an abject batting display, India A lost the first unofficial ‘Test’ against South Africa by 235 runs to trail the two-match series 0-1.Chasing a mammoth victory target of 447, India were all out for 211 in their second innings with pacer Junior Dala grabbing five for 36 in 10.1 overs.Starting the day at 192 for six, India A added only 19 runs as they lost three wickets. Vijay Shankar, who got injured in the first innings did not come out to bat.It was a poor show by India A as they were outclassed by the hosts in all departments during the match.For the record, not a single Indian batsmen could cross half-century mark in both innings with Ankit Bawne’s 46 being the top score.Most of the specialist batsmen got out in their 20s in the second innings.While Bawne was the only one who showed temperament for the longer format, young keeper-batsmen Ishan Kishan approached his innings with a T20 mindset, hitting 39 off 32 balls.Brief Score: South Africa 346 and 220/5 declaredIndia A 120 & 211 (Ankit Bawne 46, Ishan Kishan 39, Junior Dala 5/36). India A lost by 235 runs.last_img read more

Two cops of Punjab police win medals at WPFG games in USA

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 16 (PTI) Two cops of Punjab police have won six medals in the ongoing World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) at Los Angeles, USA. Olympian and ace shooter Avneet Sidhu clinched one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in different rifle shooting competitions, said a release issued by Punjab government. Sidhu is posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab. Assistant Inspector General in Punjab police, Ashish Kapoor won gold medals by trouncing his opponents in both singles and doubles titles, release said. Ashish has been All India Police champion in tennis singles events for the last 15 years. The WPEG games started from August 7 and would continue till August 17. These games are held after every two years in which officers or officials from police and fire departments from all over the world compete in the different events. Over 12,000 participants from across the world participated in the sports and fire fighting events during this year. Sidhu had won one gold and one silver medal in 18th Commonwealth Games 2006 held at Melbourne (Australia) and bronze medal in 15th Asian Games-2006 at Doha (Qatar). Kapoor made the country proud by winning medals for the consecutive fifth time since 2009 in these games. In 2009 at Vancouver, he had won bronze medal in tennis singles. In New York games-2011 he got silver whereas in Belfast, Ireland (2013) and Fairfax USA (2015) he clinched Gold medals, the release added. PTI CHS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola left frustrated after Manchester City’s missed chances

first_imgIt was a familiar tale for Manchester City — waves of attacks, relentless pressure but missed chances meant Pep Guardiola’s side needed an 82nd minute equaliser from Raheem Sterling to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.In City’s defence, they had to play the entire second half with 10 men after full-back Kyle Walker was shown a red card on the stroke of halftime.But while pleased with the spirit his team showed, City’s Spanish coach could not disguise his frustration with his side’s failure to convert their chances.”The second half we made a good performance, similar like last season when we played them here. We created the chances in the first half but we did not finish them,” said Guardiola.”We created chances, before their goal, three or four… our amount of opportunities on target or close to target was good, we were there all the time but we never gave up.”All you can do is try to create the chances. Maybe one day it will change. I think last season we were the team who made the most chances,” added the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said despite the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser he was pleased with a point from a difficult trip.”When you play at City it is always tough, how they play, how they try to play but I think the gameplan was perfect, we had a good defensive organisation… it was really tough, we had good man-marking. (Also Read: Wayne Rooney joins the 200 club and shows he isn’t done yet)advertisement”But with the quality they have they will always create chances and you need to be a little bit lucky,” he said.That luck perhaps came with the red card for Walker but Everton faced relentless pressure from a City team down a man.”We scored the goal, of course I am disappointed now to be one-nil up, 11 against 10, but I think we did wrong thing in the second half, we played too much long ball,” said the Dutchman.”It is a good point. I am happy, we worked hard for that point.”last_img read more

Dont beg for Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand: Bansal

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) There is no need to beg for Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand and we are only belittling his achievements by making such demands, former India hockey coach A K Bansal said today. Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had become countrys first sports person to receive Bharat Ratna in 2014 while many believed Dhyan Chand deserved to be the first recipient of the highest civilian honour. Recently, the Sports Ministry had written to the Prime Ministers office, requesting that Bharat Ratna be bestowed upon the highly revered hockey legend. “Why are we begging for award for Dadda (Dhyan Chand). He should have been the first to get it. Whether he gets it or not, the cult of Dhyan Chand will remain forever,” Bansal said while speaking during a panel discussion on significance of National Sports Day. The discussion, in which former Dronacharya and Arjuna awardees participated, was organised by Delhi Sports Journalist Association (DSJA) and Physical Education Foundation of India. “We are belittling what he has done for the sport by again and again asking for this honour for him but I think, the chorus will continue until he gets it,” Bansal, a recipient of Dronacharya in 2010, said. Bansal rued that level of hockey has gone down when compared to Indias golden past but appreciated the progress made by other sports in the country. Olympian and firebrand boxer Akhil Kumar said efforts should be made to develop a sports culture and the responsibility lies with the parents and teachers. “What National Sports Day means? It means that people should be aware about fitness. It was always about physical fitness and gradually it became competitive,” Kumar, a recipient of Arjuna awardee in 2005, said. “The coaches and physical education teachers have to be trained. Along with the athletes, the coaches also should be assessed and non-performing coaches should be removed.” Akhil, who is a national observer for boxing along with Mary Kom, said he does not believe in the concept of employing sports psychologists. “I dont trust the psychologists. I would trust myself. When you enter the ring all the psychology remains outside the ring. The one who cant trust his own abilities what will he do?,” he said in his inimitable style. Judo coach Yashpal Singh said sports persons who have achieved something at the highest level must give back to sport. He also urged the government to allow sports persons, working in many government departments, to spend more time in working at grassroots level. Seniors Sports journalists also spoke on the occasion and stressed that coverage of local sports was much required. They rued that much importance was given to European football by media houses these days instead of local sports. PTI AT ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli is now the second-highest scorer in T20 Internationals

first_imgVirat Kohli overtook Tillakaratne Dilshan to become the second highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals in the course of India’s second T20 match against New Zealand at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Kohli, the top-ranked batsman in T20Is, went past Dilshan’s 1889 runs in only his 50th innings. Dilshan took 79 innings to score 1889 runs at an average of 28.19.Virat Kohli 1890* runs – now 2nd highest run-getter in T20Is. Only Brendon McCullum 2140 has more!#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 4, 2017Before the start of the opening match of India’s three-match series against New Zealand, Kohli averaged 52.91 from 52 T20Is. He was unbeaten on 26 in the first T20I at Delhi and needed 12 runs to overtake the Sri Lankan on Saturday.He also became the third batsman overall and first Indian to hit 200 fours in the shortest format of the game. Dilshan and Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad are the other two.He also completed 7000 runs in T20 cricket, becoming the only Indian and the second fastest in the process. He reached the milestone in 212 innings. He is behind Chris Gayle  who completed the feat in just 192 innings. Fewest innings to reach 7000 runs in T20s:192 Chris Gayle212 VIRAT KOHLI223 David Warner243 Brad Hodge249 Brendon McCullum#IndvNZ- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) November 4, 2017Kohli, who made his T20I debut in 2010, is now only behind former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who finished with 2140 runs from 71 matches.The 28-year-old India skipper has been in breathtaking form this year. In 26 ODIs, he has scored 1460 runs including six hundreds.advertisementKohli also happens to be second in the list of century makers in one-day internationals. He has 32 hundreds and is widely expected to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 over the next few years.last_img read more

Tendulkar to PM: Include intl medallists in CGHS scheme

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to include all international medallists in Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Talking about the plight that elite sportspersons go through when facing health issues, Tendulkar in his letter cited the example of Hockey Olympic gold medallist Mohammed Shahids last days. “I am writing to you as a concerned sportsperson on behalf of all the sportsperson in our country requesting your kind intervention for inclusion of all sportsperson who have won medals internationally in the list of sportsperson eligible for CGHS facilities,” Tendulkar wrote to Modi on October 24, a copy of which is in possession of PTI. CGHS is availed by all Central Government employees who have access to medical centres which is associated with this scheme. Tendulkar, in his letter to PM Modi, informed him that he had earlier taken up the issue with both sports ministry and health ministry. “They (Health Ministry) were supportive of the idea but shared their inability to consider wider range of sportsperson under CGHS scheme through their reply dated September 14. I completely appreciate and understand their position basis our original request,” Tendulkar wrote. Tendulkar has requested PM to at least consider inclusion of international medallists (non Govt employees) on a “pilot/test, whose cost benefits can be assessed by the sports ministry. “Once we analyse the cost/benefits the same can be extended to additional categories of sportspersons in a phased manner, after value of Pilot Programme is assessed by Health Ministry,” the maestro wrote. Tendulkar spoke about late Shahid, who got help only during his last days. Shahid passed away due to liver related problem. “Not all sportspersons have been historically allocated government jobs, hence even if limited pool of international medal winners are considered, we can prevent incidents of apathy such as Shri Mohammed Shahid, one of our greatest hockey players,” he further wrote. As a parting shot, Tendulkar wrote: “I have been through several tough injuries where I have felt the pressure of an uncertain comeback. The amount of physical and mental stress that sportsperson goes through is immense. “The medical cost creates additional burden on athletes, which in turn acts as a deterrent.” PTI KHS BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan left fuming after wife, kids not allowed to board flight to South Africa

first_imgShikhar Dhawan was left an angry man after his family was stopped from boarding a flight from Dubai to South Africa.Dhawan’s family was stopped from boarding the plane by Emirates employees because he didn’t have the birth certificate of his kids with him at the moment.The Indian team left for South Africa on Wednesday night, where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is. An angry Dhawan took to social media to express his disappointment and said that his family was waiting at the airport for their documents to arrive before they can fly off to South Africa. “Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way to South Africa with my family and was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to South Africa. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment,” he wrote.”They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all,” Dhawan added.1/2.Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way 2 SA with my fam & was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to SA. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment.advertisement- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 29, 20172/2.They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all.- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 29, 2017Replying to his comment, one of his followers informed Dhawan that the airlines were just following the norms enforced by the South African government:”This has nothing to do with Emirates by the way, but a law enforced by South African government with effect from 1st June 2016 to carry your child’s original un abridged birth certificate when both parents fly. They are only following the regulations of South Africa government,” he tweeted.This has nothing to do with emirates by the way, but a law enforced by South African government with effect from 1st June 2016 to carry your child�??s original un abridged birth certificate when both parents fly. They are only following the regulations of South Africa government.- Abhinav Joshi (@IceCubeEnix) December 29, 2017Emirates Airline also replied to Dhawan and asked for clarification about the incident.We’re sorry to hear this, Shikhar. We’d like to find out more on a private message. Please include your booking reference or e-ticket numbers starting in 176. https://t.co/67ooSY3Pnf- Emirates Support (@EmiratesSupport) December 29, 2017Earlier, Dhawan’s participation in the first Test against South Africa starting on January 5 became doubtful as he was seen limping while entering the Team India hotel in Mumbai.Dhawan had picked up an ankle injury and was seen with a heavily strapped left-ankle on Wednesday before leaving.He was accompanied by physio Patrick Farhart and had undergone an MRI scan.”Shikhar Dhawans ankle is being assessed. The physio is yet to give any report to the national selectors. As of now, he is travelling with the team. However, it cant be ascertained whether he will be available for the first Test match or not,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.Dhawan has been in good form after making his comeback to Test cricket in Sri Lanka and has hit 550 runs from eight innings, including two hundreds. He was expected to play the first Test alongside Murali Vijay. However, if he is rendered unfit for the first Test, then in-form KL Rahul is expected to open the batting with Vijay.As per the selection pattern of the Indian teams whenever there has been an injury concern, the fourth opener currently would be Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund, who had scored 82 in his last Test appearance in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy Final: Akshay Wadkar’s maiden century helps Vidarbha gain upper hand against Delhi

first_imgAkshay Wadkar was the hero for Vidarbha against Delhi on day three of the Ranji Trophy final at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. At stumps on day three Vidarbha lead Delhi by 233 runs, as they finished with 528/7 after 156 overs on the board.The stage was set for Wasim Jaffer, resuming his inning from 61, to score another ‘big one’. But Jaffer was surprised by a incoming Navdeep Saini delivery. The veteran had to depart for 78, trapped while trying to work the ball from his pads.Delhi were sniffing for a way back in the game, but in stepped Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate for the seventh wicket to flatten any such misconceptions. They joined forces at 204 and by the time Delhi finally managed to breach Sarwate’s defences, Vidarbha had gone make 415 on the scoreboard.Sarwate was sent back by Nitish Rana trying to fish outside his off stump, as skipper Rishabh Pant held for dear life. He scored 79 from 154 balls, which included 11 boundaries.Wicket keeper Akshay Wadkar went onto score his maiden first-class century. At the end day’s play he was unbeaten on 133 runs off 243 balls. His innings was studded with 16 fours and one six.He was invlved in two massive partnerships, a 169-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Sarwate and another 113-run partnership for the 8th wicket with Siddesh Neral. Neral also reached his half-century, ending the day on 56 off 96 balls.On day 2 , Rajneesh Gurbani ended a 45-year-old drought by claiming his maiden hat-trick, to become only the second bowler after Tamil Nadu’s B Kalyanasundaram to take three wickets of successive deliveries as Vidarbha bowled out Delhi for 295. Gurbani removed Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Shorey and Kulwant Khejroliya off successive balls.advertisementlast_img read more

Cape Town loss fall out: Is BCCI justified in blaming the team management?

first_imgIt’s not time for a post mortem yet. India is 0-1 down in a country where they have won only 2 Tests in its 18 Test history. But Virat Kohli’s team has gone to a South Africa carrying the burden of being the No.1 ranked team in the world. And given the scrutiny that surrounds the Indian cricket team’s performance for the riches it’s cricketers enjoy, this was always going to be seen as a case study of — if their top billing built on series’ of dominant performances in familiar climes is worth its salt. BCCI mandarins have let rip the all too familiar ‘blame is not on us’ disclaimer, suggesting how it was the team management that did not act on the option to let part of the team train in South Africa early, comfortably overlooking if it was logistically possible.It’s true that a good part of the Indian Test squad was not playing the T20 series against Sri Lanka that began a week before the team left for African shores. An insider related to the development told India Today: “The idea of going to South Africa early or alternatively the option for some players to train in Dharamsala that dished out the lively surface in the first ODI vs Sri Lanka was considered by the team management.”WATCHBut the ideas were dropped due to the unavailability of the Indian team support staff that was attending to the Rohit Sharma-led team against Sri Lanka. It was concluded that batting coach Sanjay Bangar and throw-down expert Raghavendra, popular for his meticulous usage of side arm and others were all needed by the young Indian T20 team in action against Sri Lanka.advertisement”It wouldn’t have been ideal to get just a group of players training in a camp in Dharmshala or Cape town under back up coaches unfamiliar with specifics that a player needed to work upon for the big series,” added the source.Instead players were left to train and gear up on their own before departure with those like Ajinkya Rahane choosing to work with personal coach Pravin Amre and Cheteshwar Pujara with father and coach Arvind. The larger question is: If the yawn of a long home series (3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is) against Sri Lanka ate up into what could have been ideal preparatory time for the whole team in South Africa?It was head coach Ravi Shastri who had first flagged the issue about lack of rehearsal time ahead of the South Africa Test series with the BCCI. Following this, BCCI had expressed helplessness citing per-arranged scheduling but promised corrective measures for the next overseas assignment in England.Interestingly, the Sri Lanka tour of India was announced by the BCCI as late as early October and is learnt that it was mandated by the need to fulfill contractual broadcast obligations to make up for vacancy arising out of no India-Pakistan contests in the current home rights cycle that ends in March. 2018. While BCCI’s administrative priorities may have robbed the team of a couple of practice games, the jury is still out on the team management’s decision to reject the solitary two day practice game, alluding to possibility of poor competition and non-match like pitches on offer. Instead they had alternated it with match simulation sessions ahead of the first Test. The team had also opted not to train on per-match day in Cape Town.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth eyes Dubai Super Series Finals to cap off ‘fantastic’ year

first_imgDeclaring himself fully fit after recovering from a thigh muscle strain, India’s number one male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth said that it was important to win the upcoming Dubai Super Series finals rather than focusing on becoming the world number one.”I am not thinking about (becoming) world No. 1. It’s more important to win the Super Series finals (in Dubai). I only think about performance, not the ranking,” Srikanth told reporters after being conferred with an honorary life membership by the Cricket Club of India.”If I can really do well or win the tournament, I can become the world No. 1,” added Srikanth who was a quarter-finalist at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.The Dubai Super Series Finals is going to be held from December 13-17 and Srikanth is currently holds the fourth spot in the BWF rankings.The Hyderabad shuttler, who created a sensation this year by winning four Super Series titles besides finishing runners-up in another, missed two tournaments after picking up his thigh injury following the Nationals in Nagpur.”I was injured after the nationals two weeks ago. I had to skip the China and Hong Kong Opens. I am feeling good now. The body has recovered. I am just looking forward for a great next week,” said the 24-year-old shuttler who won Super Series crowns in Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France.”I did not play for one and a half weeks and then started my rehab. It was a thigh muscle strain. I am (now) back to full fitness,” he added.advertisementHe described the year that’s coming to an end as “fantastic” personally.”It has been a really fantastic last 6-8 months; just one more tournament left for me this year and I want to do well in the last tournament that I have. I feel I did great, but there’s still a lot to come,” he said.Looking ahead to the next year, Srikanth said he wanted to take a break and train well before the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships.”It’s definitely a big year Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Championships and Super Series. Tournaments have also been increased to 50. I really want to keep myself fit for the big events. That’s what I am thinking about, that’s my priority — to be 100 per cent fit. Before the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games I want to take a break, train hard and then be fit for the event.””I had not really pushed myself in the beginning. Had slowly started to push and gradually improved on fitness, but overall the (self) belief is what has made a huge difference,” he said when asked what was the key to his outstanding performance this year.He stayed clear of controversy over the cramped scheduling of events that was recently crititicised by India’s national coach, Pullela Gopichand.”The tournaments have increased but at the end of it I don’t want to comment as its a BWF (Badminton World Federation) decision and I don’t want to get into any controversy,” he said.He also said he would start practising the new serve, to be made mantadory by BWF, after the end of the India Open in Delhi early next year.”It’s going to be tough. I have not tried it myself yet will try it after the India Open Super Series. I have heard they are implementing it with the All England (Super Series event). It’s going to be very challenging. It’s upto BWF to decide on the rules,” he explained.He also hailed the inputs of new singles coach Mulyo Handayo from Indonesia.”He’s someone who has a huge experience. He taught Taufik (Hidayat) from a beginner (before guiding him) to an Olympic gold medal. He has 25-30 years’ experience. It’s huge advantage to have such a coach and it has showed (in our performance),” he said.last_img read more

Rookie Bosox Hurler Beats Yanks

first_imgBOSTON — The game ball that Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will treasure from his major league debut wasn’t the one from the final out in Boston’s 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.Instead, his teammates made sure to save the ball he threw to strike out Derek Jeter in the third inning — Ranaudo’s first major league strikeout.“I think that’s pretty cool,” said Ranaudo, who grew up in New Jersey rooting for Jeter and the Yankees. “That’s something that will be part of my life the rest of my life.”Ranaudo (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings while winning his first start in the majors. He made a few mistakes, including a solo homer Carlos Beltran hit into the New York bullpen in the fourth, but scattered them well enough for Boston to hang on after taking a 2-0 lead in the third.“He did a good job keeping the game under control,” Boston Manager John Farrell said.Ranaudo walked four and struck out two. The first was against Jeter, who followed up with a homer off reliever Junichi Tazawa over the Green Monster to pull the Yankees within 4-3.The Red Sox, mired deep in last place in the AL East after losing eight of nine, have won three straight over the Yankees.“We’ve got to win games this time of year,” New York third baseman Chase Headley said. “That’s where the frustration comes.”Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.Boston got to Chris Capuano (1-2) in the third when Brock Holt hit a one-out triple down the right-field line, then scored when Dustin Pedroia followed with a drive over Jacoby Ellsbury’s head in center. The ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double and Pedroia scored easily from second on a single by David Ortiz.After Beltran’s 13th homer of the season cut the lead to 2-1, the Red Sox got an RBI single from David Ross in the fourth and added an insurance run in the seventh when Pedroia singled home Mookie Betts, who led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice.Capuano pitched 6 1-3 innings for New York, allowing four runs and eight hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.(DOUG ALDEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Grizzlies Devour The Knicks, 105-83

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley knew how important it was for the Memphis Grizzlies to start the second half aggressively against the depleted New York Knicks.After injury-ravaged New York stayed close in the first half, and even took a brief lead, the Grizzlies pulled away and handed the Knicks yet another loss.Conley scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies beat New York 105-83 on Jan. 5, sending the Knicks to their record-tying 12th straight defeat.“It was very important we didn’t come out and ease into the (third) quarter,” Conley said. “We really took it upon ourselves to come out and play team defense and play aggressive defense.”Tony Allen forced four of his game-high seven steals in the quarter to pace the defense, which forced nine turnovers in the period.“Tony got going with all those steals, and that always sparks us a little bit,” Conley said. “Guys were also making shots on the offensive end and we were getting layups.”The Grizzlies led by 11 at the half and pulled away in the third quarter behind Courtney Lee and Conley.Lee scored all 11 of his points in the first seven minutes of the frame. Conley made both of his 3-pointers in the period, and the Grizzlies built a 22-point lead entering the fourth.The Knicks (5-32), who have the NBA’s worst winning percentage, lost for the 22nd time in 23 games.Reserve forward Quincy Acy led the Knicks with 19 points, and Jose Calderon added 13.New York played without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Amare’ Stoudemire. The Knicks were also missing J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.Knicks coach Derek Fisher said the trade created a difficult pregame environment and even more challenges during the game.“We had to make some adjustments in terms of things we could do offensively and defensively,” Fisher said. “You saw us play some zone, which we hadn’t done before.“In some spurts it was effective, but overall, the nine guys that went out there, I thought they were trying their best. Memphis was the better team.”The Cavaliers sent reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, who are desperate to clear salary-cap space.New York also received forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.Fisher called it a strange pregame setting. “I can honestly say I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced it as a player where you’re right before tipoff and a teammate is not right there with you,” he said.The deal forced guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to play small forward. He finished with 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.“It’s tough,” he said of the trade. “But you still have to go out there and give it your all and compete.”Allen and Marc Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Grizzlies, who rested their starters for most of the final period.Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said he found out about the trade about 12 minutes before tipoff, and adjusted his lineup and the matchups accordingly.The Knicks fell behind by 12 in the first quarter, but recovered to take leads of 27-26 and 29-26 midway through the second after successive baskets by Calderon.Calderon’s 3-pointer gave the Knicks their first lead, and he followed with a 20-foot jumper on the next possession.The Grizzlies recovered in the final six minutes of the quarter. Vince Carter sparked a 21-7 run, starting with a 3-pointer to tie it 29-29. He closed the spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 47-36 lead at halftime.Tayshaun Prince had eight points in between, including six straight before Carter’s finishing 3.New York shot 33 percent in the first half, including 26 percent in the opening quarter. The Knicks finished at 43 percent. Memphis shot 45 percent in the first half and 52 percent for the game.(PHIL STUKENBORG)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Orioles Club The Yanks, 11-2

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia struggled for the second straight start, and the former ace’s spot in the New York Yankees’ rotation is in doubt following an 11-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on March 18.Manny Machado had an RBI double and Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer in the first off the 35-year-old left-hander, who allowed seven runs — four earned — and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. His ERA rose to 7.36.Sabathia, speaking softly and with frustration in his voice, said he is not worrying about the situation and added that he’s “not wired like that” to change his approach in his final two spring training starts.“I’ve never been a good spring training pitcher, so it is what it is,” he said. “I feel healthy and I’ll be ready to go.”Baltimore scored three unearned runs in the fourth, including Machado’s two-out, two-run single that ended Sabathia’s night after 63 pitches. Trumbo got his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single off Andrew Miller.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said before the game that “there’s six pegs and only five holes” for the rotation. Ivan Nova is in the mix to start if Sabathia is dropped.“It’s going to be a tough decision,” Girardi said. “I thought he pitched better than the numbers indicated, but he made some mistakes. I saw progress, but (he) needs to be more consistent.”Sabathia has had control issues the past two starts with his changeup, and switched from a two-seam grip back to four on his fastball.“I was playing with my grips tonight and just didn’t have it,” Sabathia said.Sabathia was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA last year, when he was slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. Using a tighter brace, he went 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts.“He’s been the guy that shoulders the biggest responsibilities on any team he’s been on,” Girardi said. “He’s expected to be the ace. He’s the guy you want out on the mound. It’s definitely different for him.”Machado drove in his fourth run on a sixth-inning single.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Apoel stun Olympiacos to record first ever European away win

first_imgApoel earned their first ever continental away win beyond the qualifying rounds with a shock 0-1 victory over Olympiacos in Piraeus on Thursday night to go top of Europa League Group B.In a pulsating game, Apoel heroically defended a bombardment of attempts from the Greek side after Pieros Sotiriou’s tenth minute header to make it two wins from two in the competition.Apoel were given an early sign of things to come in the sixth minute when Seba burst through their defence and forcing Boy Waterman into a decent save.But after a fairly uneventful opening ten minutes, a nice one-two between Zhivko Milanov and Giannis Gianniotas was followed by a delicious ball into the box which was met by Pieros Sotiriou to head the Cypriots into a surprise lead.On 17 minutes, Olympiacos thought they had found the perfect response when Brown Ideye cut inside Carlao before finishing well, but a very late flag from the linesman ruled out the goal. It was a hugely tight call from the official, with the former West Bromwich Albion striker leaning offside at most.Two minutes later, Diogo Figueiras zipped in an immaculate diagonal ball towards Alberto de la Bella at the back post but the Spaniard’s header was brilliantly saved by Waterman. And from the resulting corner Kostas Fortounis hit the woodwork.The siege to Apoel’s goal continued. Fortounis was having a fine game, but fortune was not on his side. The Greek playmaker thought he had done enough to divert Ideye’s cutback only to see his goalward strike cleared by Carlao with Waterman stranded.Marko Marin, who boosted Olympiacos before kick-off after being announced fit to play, was the latest to go close for the hosts on 35 minutes when his long range drive whistled just wide of the post.By that time, Apoel were praying for half-time to come early. But if they thought they had survived the worst of Olympiacos’ pressure in the first half, they were given an early indication at the start of the second that was plenty of work still to be done when Seba’s inswinging cross almost crept in, only for the post to keep Apoel ahead.That said, on 54 minutes, Apoel should have doubled their lead albeit against the run of play via the same method as they got the first. Milanov’s pinpoint cross found Sotiriou unmarked but, this time, failed to make clean connection with the header.After that chance however, it was back to some dogged defending at the other end. Following Carlao’s heroic clearance in the first half, it was his defensive partner Giorgos Merkis’ turn to save the day, as the Cypriot somehow managed to get back on the line to head Ideye’s header onto the crossbar and out for a corner.Entering the last ten minutes, Tarik Elyounoussi connected sweetly on the volley from a ball over the top but the outstretched leg of Waterman again denied the substitute. Olympiacos’ efforts turned desperate with the clock ticking but Apoel held on to record their first European win at the 15th attempt.Although at an early stage, Apoel’s win now provides genuine hope of reaching the next round as they sit pretty in top spot, three points clear of second-placed Olympiacos and five clear of both Astana and Young Boys after their 0-0 draw.Apoel’s next Europa League game is another away challenge, as they travel to Switzerland to take on Young Boys on 20 October.Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos Beats Kerkyra 3-1, Reclaims Greek League Lead

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Trailing 1-0 at halftime, defending champion Olympiakos beat host Kerkyra 3-1 Sunday to reclaim the Greek league lead.Christos Gromitsaris put Kerkyra ahead in the 16th, but Pape Abou Cisse equalized seconds into the second half, taking the rebound after Alaixys Romao’s header hit the post.Uros Durdevic put Olympiakos ahead with a volley from inside the area in the 65th and three minutes later provided the assist for Marko Marin to make it 3-1.Olympiakos is a point ahead of PAOK, which drew 2-2 at Panionios, and two points ahead of Atromitos and AEK.AEK faces last-place Platanias on Monday and can go top with a win.Also, Asteras beat Levadiakos 2-0 and Panetolikos defeated Larissa 3-1.A couple of hours before PAOK’s afternoon game at Panionios, PAOK fans were involved in a brief but violent altercation with members of Athens’ Pakistani community taking part in a religious festival.PAOK fans who had gathered in Omonia Square, in the Athens center, began taunting and insulting them and soon after assaulted them. Riot police used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Police say there were no serious injuries and no arrests.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

VadaTech: octal versatile wideband transceiver with UltraScale+ FPGA

first_img Continue Reading Previous FRAMOS: ON Semi release X-Class CMOS image sensor platform devicesNext Arrow: IoT board boosts colour-HMI development for smart sensors and gateways VadaTech announces the AMC588, a wideband transceiver in AMC form factor. The AMC utilizes four AD9371 connected to a Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA providing eight transceivers channels. The modules is suitable for software defined radio (SDR), SATCOM, 3G/4G micro and macro BTS, antenna systems, research and instrumentation.The AD9371 supports Time Division Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) operation, with a frequency range of 300 MHz to 6 GHz covering most licensed and unlicensed cellular bands. Each receiver and transmitter subsystem includes quadrature error correction (QEC) and on-chip programmable digital filters. The on-board re-configurable UltraScale+ XCVU13P FPGA interfaces via JESD204B directly to wideband transceivers. The FPGA interfaces to a single bank of DDR4, 64-bit wide for a total of 8GB. This allows for large buffer sizes to be stored during processing as well as for queuing the data to the host.The benefits of the AMC588 are wide ranging but most notably a frequency range 300 MHz to 6 GHz, flexible clocking, observation channels for implementation of error correction functions and sniffer receiver channels that can monitor different frequency bands. The AMC588 is compatible with Analog Devices RadioVerse design tools and comes with a reference design implementation complete with VHDL source code, documentation and configuration binaries.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

2nd ODI: Roy, Plunkett star in England’s 38-run win over Australia

first_imgJason Roy’s century trumped Shaun Marsh’s as England beat Australia by 38 runs in the second one-day international to lead the five-match series 2-0 on Saturday.Opening batsman Roy was unruffled by two rain breaks in scoring 120 off 108 balls, and stand-in captain Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten 91 to lift England’s total to 342/8, its highest ODI score against Australia.Marsh kept the visitors in the hunt with a gritty 131 — his first ODI century since 2013 — until he was eighth man out in the 46th over.Liam Plunkett (4-53), who bowled Marsh, and Adil Rashid (3-70) saw off Australia for 304 with 17 balls to spare.How good were these two today @josbutter @JasonRoy20!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/mZCRIeGlyL#ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/YFEUcehaFCEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) June 16, 2018″Two (Plunkett and Rashid) great wicket-takers for us over the past few years,” Buttler said. “Adil handled the pressure at the end very well, with batsmen coming after him.”(HIGHLIGHTS)Australia’s top order faltered again after losing the first ODI by three wickets at The Oval.Debutant D’Arcy Short fell for 21 and his opening partner Travis Head for 19, brilliantly snapped up by Alex Hales.Marcus Stoinis (9) and Aaron Finch (0) made no impression and just when Glenn Maxwell (31) looked to turn things on for Australia he holed out at mid on. Australia slipped to 164-5 in the 31st over.Ashton Agar (46) and Marsh provided Australia hope with a 96-run, sixth-wicket stand before Rashid returned and had left-handed Agar stumped off a googly in the 43rd over.advertisementMarsh, who survived two difficult chances at mid-wicket on 5 and 27, hit 10 fours and three sixes before Plunkett clean-bowled him off a slower delivery and ended Australian hopes.”The way Shaun Marsh batted showed we could have chased, but until Ashton came out we didn’t get going,” Australia captain Tim Paine said.Buttler lost the toss as he led England after regular captain Eoin Morgan pulled out just before the toss due to back spasms.Roy featured in four of the innings’ five half-century partnerships after Jonny Bairstow (42) set the tone for a big total in a 63-run opening stand with Roy.Alex Hales (26), Joe Root (22), and Buttler also added at least 50 runs with Roy, who hit 12 fours and two sixes with some powerful drives and pull shots.Roy finally fell in the 36th over to a terrific catch by Paine behind the wickets down the leg side in seamer Kane Richardson’s (2-56) return spell.Buttler took charge and hit eight fours and two sixes in adding 50 runs with Sam Billings. Buttler gave the innings a great finish by hitting Andrew Tye (2-81) for two boundaries off the last two deliveries.The third ODI is on Tuesday at Nottingham.last_img read more

Simpsons in 1997 came close to predicting World Cup 2018 finalists

first_imgSimpsons are known for making the right predictions and it has happened not once but on numerous occasions.A 1997 episode of Simpsons nearly got its predictions right when it predicted a Portugal vs Mexico final at the World Cup 2018.Although that may not happen as both Portugal and Mexico are in the same half of the pre-quarterfinals and at best they can meet in the semi-finals.If all goes well for either teams, one of them will surely reach the final in Russia.The animated TV show has in the past made quiet a few predictions which proved to be true in the following years.One of thos predictions was way back in 2000 when they said that Donald Trump would become the President of the United States of America and it came true when he came to power in 2017.The show also predicted Fox being bought by Disney, as well as the Ebola outbreak, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl appearance and Sweden narrowly losing to USA in the men’s curling final at the Winter Olympics.And now the fans believe that the show might have predicted a Portugal vs Mexico final in the World Cup in Russia after an episode in 1997 saw the two teams pitted against each other in the episode titled ‘The Cartridge Family’.Portugal finished second in Group B behind Spain after two drawn matches and a win while Mexico advanced to from Group F behind Sweden.The Cristiano Ronaldo-led side will face a stiff challenge from Uruguay, who were back to their best against Russia in their final Group A game to stay unbeaten in the first round.advertisement FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 4 goals in 3 matches in the group stages (Reuters Photo)Uruguay have so far been the impressive in two of the three matches and are the only team yet to concede goal at the tournament in Russia.Portugal, meanwhile, muddled through their group with draws against Spain and Iran and a fortuitous win over Morocco but that is unlikely to bother their grizzled coach Fernando Santos, who is always happy for his team to be considered the ugly ducklings.Meanwhile, after silencing critics with impressive wins over Germany and South Korea, Mexico nearly blew it against Sweden and only progressed because of Germany’s shocking defeat to South Korea. FIFA World Cup 2018: Mexico reached the last 16 after stunning 1-0 victory over Germany, 2-1 win over South Korea and 3-0 defeat to Sweden in Group F (Reuters Photo)Mexico will face familiar foes and South American giants Brazil in the pre-quarterfinals on Monday.Mexico reached the last 16 after stunning 1-0 victory over Germany, 2-1 win over South Korea and 3-0 defeat to Sweden in Group F.Even though they finished second in the group they face the prospect of not going beyond round of 16 for an incredible seventh time in a row.Proceeding to the last eight or beyond has become a Sisyphean task for the Mexicans since they last reached the quarter-finals when they hosted the competition in 1986.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more