Jose Mourinho Fired by Man United after 2½ Years

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday, two days after English soccer’s biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League.Assistant coach Michael Carrick will take charge of the team on an interim basis. United said it will appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season, but didn’t say who it will be.United made its move with the team in sixth place in the league, 19 points behind first-place Liverpool and 11 points off fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification. It is United’s worst 17-game start to a league campaign since the 1990-91 season, and the team currently has a goal difference of zero.Mourinho started his 2½-year tenure at United by winning two titles in his first season — the English League Cup and the Europa League — but failed to win a trophy in his second season and was criticized for the team’s pragmatic playing style and his treatment of some players.His relationship with Paul Pogba, the club’s record signing, appeared broken after leaving the France midfielder out of the team for its last three league games.Mourinho had also been unhappy that United’s board failed to back his wish to sign a central defender in the offseason. United has already conceded more goals in the league than it did in all of last season.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, right, and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seen prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Mourinho’s final match in charge was the 3-1 loss at Anfield, after which he said his players were brittle and couldn’t cope with the intensity and physicality of Liverpool — historically United’s biggest rival.Mourinho lasted the same length of time at United as he did in his previous job at Chelsea, when he was also fired just before Christmas in his third season. He signed a new contract in January until June 2020 and will reportedly receive compensation of 24 million pounds ($30 million).In his six major coaching stints — at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and United — Mourinho has only lasted more than three years once. That was in his first spell at Chelsea.United reached the last 16 in the Champions League, where it will play Paris Saint-Germain over two legs in February and March.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Reports: David Ortiz Shot In Dominican Republic

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized Monday following surgery for a gunshot wound after being ambushed by a man in a bar in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said.Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.“He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”Leo Ortiz, center, father of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz talks with journalists at the hospital where his son was hospitalized after being shot in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at close range Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, authorities said. (AP Photo / Ricardo Hernandez)The Boston Red Sox, in a statement early Monday, said they have been notified by Ortiz’s family that he sustained a gunshot wound to his “lower back/abdominal region” and that he is recovering after surgery.The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family “all available resources to aid in his recovery” and they will continue to keep them in their hearts.The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.Two other people were wounded, Bautista said, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe López was wounded by the same bullet.López was shot in the leg and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.Police did not identify the third person or detail that person’s injuries.The Dial Bar and Lounge is located in eastern Santo Domingo on Venezuela Avenue, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and pricey bars that Ortiz is known to frequent. Ortiz, who lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.The 43-year-old Ortiz hit 541 homers in 20 major league seasons, including 14 with the Red Sox. He helped lead Boston to three World Series titles and retired after the 2016 season. He was a 10-time All-Star and World Series MVP in 2013.By: Martín Jose Alcántara, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sarri: Becoming Juventus Coach Is A ‘Crowning Achievement’ (Video)

first_imgThe 34-year-old Ronaldo scored 21 goals in his first Serie A season at Juventus. His single-season record is 48 goals in the Spanish league for Real Madrid in 2014-15.Sarri said that he left Chelsea after only one season because he “felt a need to return to Italy.”He succeeds Massimiliano Allegri, who guided Juventus to five straight Italian titles but was unable to bring home the most desired trophy — the Champions League — despite two runner-up finishes in the top European competition.Sarri reportedly has a massive bonus in his contract if he leads Juventus to the elusive European title.“I’ve never seen a club so determined to hire a coach,” Sarri said. “That convinced me right away.”Sarri struggled with criticism upon his arrival at Chelsea but then led the London club to the Europa League title.“I’ve always had the fans skeptical at the start. I come from a different breed and it’s fair that there’s this skepticism,” Sarri said. “There’s only one way to get through that and that’s to win. We’ve got to go out there onto the pitch to enjoy ourselves and put on a show.”TweetPinShare0 Shares TURIN, Italy — With his attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, new Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri foresees Cristiano Ronaldo setting more scoring records.Sarri was presented Thursday after signing a three-year contract with the club that has won Serie A for the last eight seasons.Sarri called the Juventus job the “crowning achievement of a long and difficult career.”“I’ve taken a long road to get here, from Serie C2 to B, A, Premier League and now Juventus. It’s special to be here. It’s the best squad in Italy,” Sarri said. “I’m coming from Chelsea, which has an inferior history to that of Juventus. It’s another step forward for me.“Coaching Ronaldo is also an escalation. I coached great players at Chelsea but with him it’s the best in the world. He already holds all of the records you can have in world football but I would like help him break some more records.”last_img read more

Self-driving vehicles — are we nearly there yet?

first_imgGoogle’s self-driving cars have accomplished close to two million miles of motoring with a human “driver” merely supervising. And these are not the only self-driving vehicles mixing with ordinary road users on streets across the world. Volvo has trialed vehicles with an autopilot in its hometown of Gothenburg in Sweden, and plans to extend the program to the UK. Another company, nuTonomy, has been testing robotic taxis in Singapore since April 2016, and also has projects ongoing in the US and the UK.As the ultimate destination for autonomous driving technologies, self-driving vehicles can potentially reduce road traffic accidents. They also promise greater access to independent mobility for groups like non-car owners and the elderly. In fact, these technologies are already permeating an increasing number of cars in the market today, supporting driver-assistance systems that are rapidly becoming expected features. These include parking assistance, autonomous braking, intersection assistance, collision avoidance, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection.A major enabler of this trend towards end-to-end automation via increasingly assisted driving is the continued Moore’s law advancement of semiconductor integration. Not only has this made the necessary computing power available to perform the complex algorithms at the heart of these autonomous systems, but increasingly highly integrated automotive ICs hold the key to delivering systems that are small enough for use in today’s vehicles and deliver the high reliability demanded by the automotive industry, all at an economically viable price. The latest devices in the market significantly reduce the number of components needed to build the subsystems that are essential for autonomous driving. These include navigation, motion sensing, and situational awareness using a combination of technologies such as video, LIDAR, and radar.Navigation Navigation and guidance typically rely on a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) such as the GPS (Global Positioning System). Present position, speed, and heading can be computed based on complex analysis of signals received from at least four of the constellation of over 60 low-orbit GPS satellites. Location accuracy can be on the order of one meter depending on factors such as atmospheric conditions and multipath effects. Although a human driver can hop in a car and start driving almost immediately, a self-driving vehicle may need to wait until the GPS receiver has computed its first fix before departing. This can take between 30 and 60 seconds to establish an initial position.GPS subsystems are now available as sophisticated System-on-Chip (SoC) IC or multi-chip chipsets, which require only power and an antenna and include an embedded, application-specific compute engine to perform the intensive calculations. Although many of these ICs have an internal RF preamplifier for the 1.5GHz GPS signal, designers may opt to put the antenna on the roof with a co-located low-noise amplifier (LNA) RF preamplifier, and then locate the GPS circuitry in a more convenient location within the vehicle. The antenna must have right-hand circular polarization characteristics (RHCP) to match the polarization of the GPS signals, and can be a ceramic-chip unit, a small wound stub design, or some other configuration.An example of a GPS module is the RXM-GPS-F4-T from Linx Technologies. This 18mm × 13mm × 2.2mm surface-mount unit requires a single 1.8V supply at 33mA, and can acquire and track up to 48 satellites simultaneously (more channels allow the GPS to see and capture more data and thus yield better results with fewer dropouts).While GPS is an essential function for autonomous vehicles, it’s not sufficient by itself. The GPS signal is vulnerable to radio interference and can also be blocked by urban canyons and tunnels. Outages can last for a few seconds or many minutes, sometimes even longer. However, accurate and continuous navigation information has become essential to today’s road users, not only to ensure the best possible driving experiences but also to maintain delivery schedules, keep track of assets in the field, and aid emergency services. To supplement the GPS, the autonomous vehicle can use inertial guidance, which requires no external signal of any type. Automotive inertial measurement has been realized thanks to advances in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology, which enables the 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer needed for displacement, rotation, and attitude sensing to be produced as tiny discrete devices or as part of an integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that can be housed in a standard IC package.The IMU cannot detect absolute position, only the motion of the vehicle. In the event of blocking or degradation of the GPS signal, the vehicle’s position is calculated by dead-reckoning using the last known position coupled with IMU data. Firmware running on the GPS receiver is responsible for fusing the GPS and sensor data to continuously calculate the vehicle’s location. Recently there have been important developments in three-dimensional dead reckoning, which allows the navigation system to maintain accuracy on multi-level highways and when entering and leaving parking garages at venues such as airports and shopping malls.Multi-sensor situational awareness Equally important to increasingly advanced autonomous-driving features — and, ultimately, to self-driving vehicles — is awareness of other road users and pedestrians, road furniture, markings, junctions, signage, and any objects that may require a response from the vehicle, such as an obstruction that may require avoiding actions.Several technologies, including video, radar, and LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), are viable. Vehicles on the road today use a combination of sensing techniques to detect hazards at long range or close to the vehicle and inform the driver while — at the same time — anticipating any potentially necessary responses such as braking so as to minimize the vehicle’s reaction time. Combining data from multiple sensors also helps avoid dependence on any single subsystem or technology so as to offer the best possible performance and reliability.As far as video is concerned, effective visual imaging places great demands on processing complexity and throughput. Heavy graphic processing is needed to make sense of images. There is a need for depth perception as well as basic imaging. Also, conditions of lighting, shadows, and other factors can challenge the system’s ability to interpret any captured images correctly. Figure 1 shows how an automotive vision system can be reduced to a small number of components by combining TI’s high-performance DaVinci digital media processor with high-speed SerDes devices and minimal additional components.Figure 1. Automotive vision system developed and AEC-Q100 certified by TI (Source: Mouser) The Google self-driving prototypes use cameras for near vision and reading road signs and traffic lights, and a rooftop-mounted multi-laser LIDAR system that can construct 3D images and calculate the range to distant objects. Laser pulses of short duration help to maximize depth resolution and the detected reflections are used to create a 3D point-like “cloud.” Subsequent processing performs object identification, motion vector determination. and collision prediction, and calculates avoidance strategies. The LIDAR unit is well-suited to “big picture” imaging and provides the needed 360-degree view. Google has reported on the work accomplished to “teach” its vehicles how to detect vulnerable road users such as cyclists, including recognizing cycles of many different types, responding appropriately to hand signals, and anticipating cyclists’ actions, such as pulling out to avoid a parked vehicle.Radar completes the picture Front-facing and rear-facing radar built into the fenders provide the best information when the action is close to the vehicle, such as when parking, lane-changing, or in dense traffic. 24GHz radar has become extremely widely used for short- and mid-range driver-assistance systems such as collision avoidance, blind-spot detection, self-parking, and lane-departure warning. Intensive integration helps realize such systems within tight space constraints to allow in-fender mounting, relying on highly-featured ICs such as the Analog Devices AD8283 6-channel radar receive path Analog Front End (AFE) IC with on-chip filtering and ADC. Figure 2 shows a simplified block diagram of a single channel of this device. Techniques such as using printed-circuit tracks to form part of the antenna are also used to minimize overall solution size.Figure 2. One of the six channels of the AD8283 radar AFE for handling reflected pulse signals (Source: Mouser) Going forward, automakers are adopting 77GHz radar for systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which requires longer range and higher power output. A 77GHz radar can meet these requirements with a smaller antenna, and can also support the features that formerly employed 24GHz radar. Early in 2016, STMicroelectronics announced a multi-channel automotive-radar IC that integrates three 77GHz transmitters and four receivers on a single chip to deliver enhanced object recognition and resolution.Conclusion The increasingly sophisticated driver-assistance systems that feature in today’s new vehicles are paving the way towards fully autonomous motoring that will require no human intervention from the beginning to the end of the journey. Systems on the market today tend to augment the driver’s awareness, to ease the burdens of driving, and to improve safety, while some vehicles are capable of taking complete control for short periods. Ongoing trials of self-driving vehicles are underway on public roads around the world. Favorable results will help to build public confidence and ensure end-user acceptance of this new form of travel. Greater safety, increased mobility, and environmental sustainability can all be achieved.Driving the revolution, highly integrated semiconductors and sensors deliver important answers to the automotive industry’s demands for extremely small size, high reliability, and low cost.Rudy Ramos is the project manager for the Technical Content Marketing team at Mouser Electronics. Rudy holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He has over 30 years of professional, technical, and managerial experience managing complex, time-critical projects and programs in various industries, including semiconductor, marketing, manufacturing, and the military. Previously, Rudy worked for National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, and his entrepreneur silk-screening business. Continue Reading Previous Unlocking the power of AI for all developersNext Challenges to fully autonomous cars Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Avnet Silica demos AI and IoT technologies at embedded world 2019

first_imgAvnet Silica will exhibit at this year’s embedded world and highlight its competencies in different focused areas under the banner ‘technologies, solutions and services to reach further’.Demonstration suites from Avnet Silica will feature advanced technologies in the fields of safety and security, power, analog and sensors, wireless and Ethernet-based connectivity. Avnet Silica has significant expertise across all of these fields, coupled with its years of experience working closely with customers, helping to speed hardware and software development, and enabling them to quickly bring products, systems and end-to-end solutions to market.Another area will feature advanced system solutions that have been developed by customers and other key partners in close collaboration with Avnet Silica. These are based upon a diverse suite of technologies and target applications including edge-to-enterprise IoT, connectivity, security, embedded vision and data communications. Particular focus will be given to the strategically important technologies required in product and system development for the IoT.The key demonstrations in the system solutions area will showcase:TSN-based industrial control, artificial intelligence and FPGA-accelerated image cognition capabilities. Developed by Avnet Silica’s Software and Services team, the ‘TSNeyes’ platform is an application-agnostic tool that can be mapped and adapted to a multitude of real-world use cases. It has been designed to be a research, evaluation and demonstration tool to help accelerate the adoption of future embedded vision and Industry 4.0 technologies.A Microsoft Azure Sphere highly secured MCU cloud solution like Avnet Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit. In an extension of its partnership with Microsoft, Avnet will introduce the Avnet Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit to help product developers overcome the challenges of bringing IoT products to market. The Avnet Azure Sphere MT3620 Starter Kit features extensive connectivity and sensor options that help developers create highly secure IoT and edge devices that quickly and easily connect to Microsoft Azure. Last spring, Microsoft named Avnet the lead partner for Microsoft Azure Sphere and the first to distribute the product. Azure Sphere is a solution for creating highly secured, internet-connected microcontroller-powered devices, and the new development kit supports rapid prototyping to accelerate IoT deployments.An AI-accelerated multi-camera development system that comes with various computer-vision and machine-learning application examples, including object detection, face recognition, segmentation and video analytics. The system offers a complete imaging solution connecting multiple cameras to a Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC development platform.Secure authentication of IoT devices, developed in partnership with Zurich University of Applied Sciences and targeting building automation applications in particular. The demo is based around a research project built by ZHAW based on the secure authentication of resource-constrained wireless nodes in an IP-based mesh network.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Kontron: railway 19-inch platform for train controlNext Anticipating 2019’s game-changing technologieslast_img read more

Isabellenhütte: direct current meter for fast charging stations

first_img Continue Reading Previous Beckhoff: PC-based control optimises logistics applicationsNext HCC: SafeTCPIP off-the-shelf network stack for integration with automotive systems Electric car owners will benefit from IEM-DCC, an innovative direct current meter for fast charging stations, in the future when fast charging their cars. It allows for the charging process to be billed by the kilowatt hour. Isabellenhütte, technology leader in the field of shunt-based current and voltage measurement, and innogy, one of the leading German energy companies and specialist in electromobility infrastructure, developed the module together.The development partnership has a legal background: Direct current measurement devices that comply with calibration law are required in fast charging stations for electric vehicles starting April 1, 2019. The problem: There have previously been no suitable models for this purpose. Customers can currently only be billed for their charging process down to the kilowatt hour at AC charging stations. In other words, they only pay for what they have actually used. This has currently not been possible at fast charging stations. Instead, drivers pay a uniform fixed price per charging process in the interim.With the new IEM-DCC, which is currently in the type examination procedure of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt [national metrology institute of Germany], Isabellenhütte and innogy have responded to the legal requirement and developed a non-exclusive direct current meter that complies with calibration law. It is based on a highly-accurate shunt-based current sensor from Isabellenhütte, which is integrated into the procedure for kilowatt hour-exact billing, which is patented by innogy (used at innogy AC charging stations since 2014). The concept of the IEM-DCC includes current and voltage measurement in an extremely compact and mechanically tamper-proof housing, which is smaller than a standard household meter. So even in the smallest of spaces, current measurements up to 500 A, voltage measurements up to 1,000 V and a four-wire measurement for the compensation of charging cable losses are possible. In order to make the communication from the meter to the back-end system tamper-proof too, Isabellenhütte relies on the extended EDL 40++ from innogy, which takes into account methods for signing the meter values and methods for time synchronization for the meter. The signing of the meter values in particular is crucial for publicly accessible charging points for a number of different customers in order to ensure safe communication that complies with calibration law.Isabellenhütte is currently expecting the type examination certificate to be completed in the first half of 2019. Module-F tested and series produced IEM-DCC are to be expected in the third quarter.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Logic Technology: Insyde speeds BIOS development for new platforms

first_img Continue Reading Previous Addressing functional safety in automotive human machine interfacesNext GeneSys: ADMA driver integrated in CANape measurement and calibration tool Insyde Software announced the addition of Intel’s PCT (Platform Configuration Tool) technology into H2OIDE, Insyde’s UEFI BIOS integrated development environment, which will allow their customers to dramatically speed up BIOS development for new platforms.Leveraging both the hardware schematics and an extensive catalog of components, the PCT technology detects how GPIOs are connected and automatically configures the BIOS based on the devices being used. This technology is integrated into Insyde Software’s comprehensive H2OIDE development tool, which also provides benefits such as in-depth code views, advanced editing and code search functions, set up of power-on settings and much more.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

World Cup 2018 so far: Own goals dominate, Russians on fire with 8 goals

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup is one week old and this year’s football super show is already on the verge of making history.After a week of football in Russia, there have been five own goals already in this year’s tournament. Which is the second-most in the history of the World Cup. Only France 1998 had more own goals scored throughout the course of the tournament. 20 years earlier, six own goals were scored and in 2018, the teams are just two goals short of overturning the deficit with 47 games to go.Aziz Bouhaddouz (Morocco), Aziz Behich (Australia), Oghenekaro Etebo (Nigeria), Thiago Cionek (Poland) and Ahmed Fathi (Egypt) have netted at the wrong end and Bouhaddouz’s goal in the dying minutes of the Group B fixture even led to Morocco’s heartbreaking loss to Iran on the second the day of the tournament at the St. Petersburg Stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEBouhaddouz scored against Iran while Behich netted against France in their 1-2 loss to the Les Blues. Etebo found the wrong side of the net in their 2-0 loss to Croatia and Cionek’s solo goal led to their 2-1 defeat against Senegal. Fathi found the back of the net against the host nation as they went down 1-3 on Tuesday.Cionek’s own goal meant that Poland have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine World Cup games, since beating Portugal 1-0 in 1986.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn 1998, Youssef Chippo (Morocco), Pierre Issa (South Africa), Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain), Sinisa Mihajlovic (Yugoslavia) and Georgi Bachev (Bulgaria) scored own goals.advertisementInterestingly, own-goals is the highest-scorer in Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Denis Cheryshev (Russia) have scored three goals each this year while Diego Costa (Spain), Harry Kane (England) and Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) have scored two each. Russia have scored 8 goals in two matches so far in the World Cup this year (Reuters Photo)The host nation has netted eight goals from two matches in this year’s World Cup and are the leading goal scorers. In the first match, Russia smashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 and in their second match, they won 3-1 against Egypt to almost seal a place in the last 16 of the tournament.They now have more goals in this year’s World Cup than they had in their previous two World Cup tournaments combined (6 across 2002 and 2014). Russia’s eight goals in the first two games is also a joint-record for a host nation (Italy 1934 also 8). However, the most interesting fact about the host nation’s flurry of goals is that their goal total in their two games at the 2018 World Cup is equal to the tally that Spain scored overall in their 2010 World Cup victory (7 games).last_img read more

I am supporting France because of Pogba, says Yuvraj Singh

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) For Yuvraj Singh, it is his favourite club Manchester United that has forced him to switch loyalties from his perennial favourite Brazil to supporting France in the ongoing FIFA World Cup. And the reason is his favourite player Paul Pogba plays for the ‘Red Devils’. “Past few World Cups, I supported Brazil, but this year I am supporting France because it has Paul Pogba, who is a Manchester United player”, said Yuvraj on Youtube channel SportScreenIndia. Yuvraj is a self-confessed football buff, who has often dropped in at the Old Trafford to enjoy United’s Premier League home games. The Indian team also plays football as a part of its warm-up and the witty Yuvraj provided his expert comments on his teammates’ football skills. “Virat is really fit and can run the length and breadth of the pitch with high speed, but unfortunately, he can never score goals. He has a lot of skills but sadly lacks the finish. I think he needs to work on that,” said the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup victory. But he had some honest advice for Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya — football is not a sport for them. “Jasprit Bumrah shouldn’t play football. Hardik Pandya is a really bad footballer. He too needs to improve his football skills”, he says jokingly. Carrying on in a lighter vein, Yuvraj adds: “Rohit Sharma is a horrible soccer player. He just passes the ball and then doesn’t move. He is always standing in an off-side position. Zaheer Khan is also like Rohit, barely wants to run on the football ground. Ashish Nehra, I would advise shouldn’t play football because everytime he plays, he gets injured.”advertisement So who is a good footballer according to Yuvraj? “Mahi (Dhoni) is an excellent soccer player”, he said. PTI KHS BS KHS BSBSlast_img read more

England pacer Stuart Broad hopeful of playing in Tests against India

first_imgEngland paceman Stuart Broad has confirmed that he plans to return to action this month after having injections on an ongoing ankle injury.Broad is aiming to recover from the injury in time to play domestic first-class cricket for his county Nottinghamshire later this month, days before the first Test against India.The 32-year-old, who last played for England in the second Test against Pakistan in June, sustained the injury against Worcestershire last week.Broad is eager to return for Nottinghamshire when they take on Surrey in the County Championship, starting on July 22.”I’ve had some injections in my left ankle for an ongoing ligament problem after seeing brilliant specialists and having different scans,” Broad said on his official Instagram account.”It needs five days’ rest, then aiming to run Tuesday and build up quickly with an aim to play for Notts CC against Surrey CCC July 22nd. That’s the plan!!”Following a three-match Twenty20 and one-day international series this month, England and India will face off in five Tests series starting on August 1.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

US Open: Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka headline wildcards list

first_imgFormer Grand Slam champions Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova were among the biggest names in the list of players who were given a wildcard into this year’s US Open, the US Tennis Association said on Tuesday.Switzerland’s Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, did not defend his 2016 Flushing Meadows title last year because of a knee injury that required surgery last August and kept him sidelined until January.Since exiting in the second round at Wimbledon, Wawrinka has won only three matches during the American hardcourt campaign.He fell in the first round in Washington before suffering a third-round loss to world number one and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in Toronto. He is back in action in Cincinnati this week and will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the second round.Former world No.1 Azarenka, who has been the runners-up at US Open twice and is the winner of two Australian Open titles, withdrew from the tournament last year as she was in the midst of a custody battle for her child. Victoria Azarenka is a former world number one. (Reuters Photo)In the latest WTA rankings, she has risen to 87th in the world but Azarenka was not ranked high enough when the cutoff for the entry list was made and therefore, she required the wildcard.The same is the case with Kuznetsova, who is currently world No.88. The Russian, who won the first of her two Grand Slam titles at the 2004 US Open as a 19-year-old, lifted her 18th WTA title in Washington nine days ago.advertisementThe US Open will begin on August 27 and will go till September 9.Current French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be the defending champion in men’s singles while Sloane Stephens will look to hold her title in the women’s singles category.Last year, Nadal has defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets to win his 3rd US Open title while Stephens had won her first US Open title with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Madison Keys.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India fail to reach men’s kabaddi final for first time after losing to Iran

first_img(Eds: specifying that India will end with bronze medal) Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) Seven-time champion India failed to reach the Asian Games men’s kabaddi final for the first time after a shock 18-27 loss to Iran in the semifinals here today. India, who had won the men’s kabaddi gold in all the earlier seven Asian Games after the sport was introduced in 1990 in Beijing, produced the worst ever show in the continental mega multi-sporting event. The country settled for the bronze medal along with Pakistan, which had lost to South Korea in the other semifinal. India had finished second in the group stage after a loss to South Korea. PTI PDS PMlast_img read more

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes record pole with Sebastian Vettel in second

first_imgFormula One leader Lewis Hamilton made the most of the changeable conditions to seize pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel on Saturday.French driver Esteban Ocon qualified a remarkable third for Force India for the team’s first race under new ownership, with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez fourth after a rain-hit final session.The pole was Hamilton’s fifth at Spa, a record, and 78th of his F1 career but it was touch and go on a drying track with the clock ticking.More poles at Spa than any other driver in #F1 historyAnother record for @LewisHamilton #BelgianGP #F1 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018Slipping wide and across the grass runoff, the champion left himself just one final shot at a flying lap before the time ran out and he nailed it.”It was one of the toughest qualifying sessions I can remember,” said Hamilton, who won from pole in Belgium last season and is 24 points clear of fellow-four times champion Vettel with nine races remaining.”We were very close, I was hopeful, Ferrari were very quick on the straights, then the rain came and I can’t stress how difficult it was.”The track looked dry in some places, but it was actually wet. It was so hard, I went off twice, but so glad I managed to keep it together. Everyone is on the edge of their seats.”Sunday’s race looked set up to be a battle between the two great rivals, with Vettel possibly having the faster car, after a qualifying that shook up the grid beyond the two championship contenders.advertisementVettel’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen, a four-times winner at Spa, starts only sixth while Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will line up at the back of the field due to accumulated engine grid penalties.The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo qualified seventh and eighth.QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION: @LewisHamilton scores a 78th career pole at a rainy Spa #BelgianGP #F1 1 (@F1) August 25, 2018″It got drier at the end, we had done our laps at the beginning thinking it (the conditions) was going to get worse so we were just unlucky I guess,” said Ricciardo.Taking advantage of the drying track, surprised Frenchman Romain Grosjean put his Haas in fifth place behind the Force India pair.Vettel and Raikkonen had both earlier shattered the Spa circuit record, banging in laps of one minute 41.501 and 1:41.627 respectively to better the 1:41.770 set by a Porsche 919 world endurance car in April.Hamilton’s pole time was a comparatively slow 1:58.179, with Vettel managing 1:58.905.”It was a bit chaotic and not great from a management point of view,” Vettel said. “I don’t feel we put everything together in the last lap, we ran out of battery.”It wasn’t a nice ending to a great qualifying up to that point. It’s great fun but obviously not very rewarding when you know you could have done a bit better.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka arrests two Indians on suspicion of match-fixing

first_imgColombo, Aug 29 (AFP) Sri Lankan cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained two Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 league game, officials said today. The men were apprehended after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during the match between Galle and Dambulla at Pallekele, in the island’s central hills. “We saw suspicious behaviour of the two Indians and ACU (anti-corruption unit) officials handed them over to the police for further investigations,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official told AFP. The arrest comes a day after SLC issued a new match-fixing alert after a group of spectators were asked to leave another venue after officials suspected them of involvement in attempted match-fixing. The ongoing T20 tournament features solely Sri Lankan cricketers after plans to emulate the massively lucrative Indian Premier League and attract foreign stars to Sri Lanka fell through. Authorities say the scaled-down competition is still attracting match-fixers, and have increased the deployment of officials at games and team hotels, while players have been warned to inform the authorities of any attempt to approach them to fix matches. Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lanka officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi gets maiden ODI call up for Pakistan, Hafeez, Yasir axed

first_imgYoung pace sensation Shaheen Afridi and opening batsman Shan Masood have earned their maiden ODI call-up as Pakistan named a 16-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, starting in September 15 at UAE.Experienced cricketers Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah were surprisingly left our of the squad for the six-nation tournament.The 18-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has been included in the squad while opening batsman Shan Masood has also received a call-up for the six-nation tournament.Afridi, 18, impressed in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier in the year and followed it up with a brilliant Pakistan Super League for the Lahore Qalandars. He earned his maiden T20 call-up following that and made his debut against the West Indies on April 3, 2018. He went wicketless but left an impression with his 0/27 from four overs.Since then, he has played two more matches and picked up four wickets with a best of 3/37 against Australia at Harare in July.Masood on the other hand, has represented Pakistan before in 12 Test matches. He made his debut against Australia at Abu Dhabi in 2013 and played his last Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai in October last year.He has scored 565 runs at an average of 23.54 with a career-best of 125 in red-ball cricket for Pakistan.On the other hand, Hafeez’s exclusion will come as a big blow to him personally, especially, after being dropped to ‘Grade B’ in Pakistan’s central contracts.Hafeez was extremely disappointed with the snub and even went onto say that he will be considering retirement.advertisementHafeez, 37, has been one of PCB’s top category contract earners for quite a while but PCB but was replaced by Babar Azam in the top category.The decision came after Hafeez refused to play the fifth ODI of the series against Zimbabwe after he was not included in the team for the first four matches of the series.Pakistan begin their Asia Cup campaign with a league game against the winner of the ongoing Asia Cup Qualifier on September 16.Full squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridilast_img read more

Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC rankings after 593 runs in England Tests

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli ended the England tour as the number-one ranked batsman in world despite failing in his last innings while just retired England opener Alastair Cook signed off from international cricket on a remarkable note, moving into the top-10 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.Cook was adjudged Player of the Match in the final Test at The Oval.The left-hander’s scores of 71 and 147 made him only the fifth man in history to notch a century in his first and last Test matches, and also helped his side win by 118 runs to complete a 4-1 win in the five-match series.This memorable performance lifted the 33-year-old 11 positions to 10th in the latest ICC rankings released on Wednesday.Sunil Gavaskar lends support to Virat Kohli: Not right time to ask tough questionsCook had achieved a career-high ranking of second in September 2011 after he had scored a Test best 294 against India at Edgbaston. This was the same year when Cook won the prestigious ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award.Virat Kohli angry after journalist asks sharp questions at press conferenceThe former England captain has ended an impressive career with the third-best ranking for a retiring England batsman after Wally Hammond (fifth) and Geoff Boycott (eighth). However, he has finished in a higher position than any of the batsmen who scored more runs than him in the pinnacle format.A series of what could have been: Opinions float after India lose 4-1 to EnglandJacques Kallis hung his boots in 12th position, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid both ended their careers in 18th spot and Ricky Ponting finished in 26th place.advertisementVirat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questionsApart from winning the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award in 2011, Cook was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 (as captain).He also made his way into the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, the year in which he reached his career-best fifth position in ODIs during the month of June.Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duckKohli, meanwhile, had started the series 27 points behind Australia’s Steve Smith and finished one point ahead of his closest rival.Kohli had first reached the top of the world after the Edgbaston Test and then reclaimed the top spot after the Trent Bridge Test. He will now defend his number-one ranking in the two-Test home series against the West Indies, which starts on 4 October.In other movements amongst the batsmen, captain Joe Root has moved up one place to fourth position after a fine knock of 125 in the second innings while other England batsmen to gain in the rankings include Jos Buttler (up nine places to 23rd) and Moeen Ali (up five places to 43rd).India’s Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant have made big gains in the latest rankings update. Rahul has advanced 16 places to 19th position after his knock of 149 and Pant has moved up 63 places to 111th position after his 114 in only his third Test match.Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 in the first innings has helped him gain 12 places to reach 58th among batsmen while he has also moved up one place in the all-rounder’s list to second position.In the rankings for Test bowlers, England fast bowler James Anderson started and finished the series in number-one ranking. After the Lord’s Test, Anderson reached a career-high 903 points. Anderson started the series with 892 points and finished just one point shy of the coveted 900-point mark.Other bowlers to make an upward movement after the Oval Test include Ben Stokes (up one place to 27th), Adil Rashid (up six places to 44th) and Sam Curran (up four places to 51st) all advancing after taking three wickets each.Meanwhile, England have advanced to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. They have gained eight points to move above New Zealand to 105 points and just one point behind South Africa and Australia, who are both on 106 points with the former marginally ahead on decimal points.India remain the top side in the format but the result has seen them lose 10 points and slip to 115 points.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Hockey India congratulates just-retired former captain Sardar

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Hockey India (HI) Friday congratulated just-retired Sardar Singh on his glorious international career, saying he was a “true ambassador of the game”. Sardar called time on his 12-year career on Wednesday after he was dropped from the national camp probables for the Asian Champions Trophy and the World Cup. “In the best and worst of times, Sardar Singh has exemplified steely determination. His qualities and dedication as a player makes him a true ambassador of the game,” HI president Rajinder Singh said in a statement. “He has inspired an entire generation of youngsters with his performances and as captain. He led the team to one of the biggest victories at the 2014 Asian Games. He has been part of Indian hockey’s resurgence and elevation in world ranking,” he said. “His contribution to the sport will be cherished and Hockey India would like to congratulate him for his achievements and wish him the very best for his future endeavours.” Sardar formally announced his retirement Thursday at a press conference in Chandigarh. Considered a legend, Sardar has been part of India’s important feats in the past decade, having won silver medal at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, two Asia Cup Gold (in 2007 and 2017) and a silver (2013), gold at the 2014 Asian Games, bronze at the World League Final in Raipur 2015 and silver medal at the 2011 Champions Challenge. This year, he was part of the Indian team that won a silver medal at the FIH Champions Trophy in Breda and a bronze at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. PTI SSC PDSPDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhi: Sale of air filters shoots, early bird gets the mask

first_imgAfter last year’s winter pollution scare, whereby a dust storm originating in the Gulf enveloped Delhi/NCR in a thick brown haze, residents are not taking any chances this time. Instead of expensive indoor air purifiers, affordable face masks are their ‘weapon of choice’ this season.Most online stores are reporting great sales in this latest “health and fashion accessory”. Portal ‘Nirvana Being’, for example, which also has a shop at Khan Market in South Delhi, told Mail Today that it has already sold 500 per cent more such masks this October as opposed to the same month in year 2017.”A trend of early purchases is being noticed as people are avoiding waiting till Diwali in November when things will get far worse and long queues will be noticed at chemists,” informed Jai Dhar Gupta, the owner.Orders are now being placed from even smaller towns in Uttar Pradesh (UP), hill stations like Pune and coastal states like Goa as more of them figure on the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) list of “most polluted spots on the globe”. Also, air filtration masks have emerged as a great gifting option for Diwali as more people realise that ‘health is wealth’.Deepak Kumar, a supervisor at the Apollo Pharmacy in G Block, Connaught Place, said, “Companies have been buying masks from us in bulk to gift to their employees on Diwali. We understand that HR departments have been taking this initiative.” Last winter was a shocker for most Delhiites as a cloud of smog descended on the city post Diwali (October 19).advertisementAfter a multi-day dust storm rose in the Gulf — Kuwait, Iran and Saudi Arabia — a heavy influx of grainy Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 was seen in Delhi-NCR’s ambient environment. Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana added to it.Air quality remained ‘severe’ and worse (as per the National Air Quality Index) from November 7-13, leading to many instances of hospitalisation of those suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases, and more OPD (Out Patient Dept.) cases coming in.”We stock only two varieties of masks. One is the Vogmask which has an N99 filter (meaning it can keep out 99 per cent impurities) and an activated carbon layer that removes odour and gases. The other type is ‘id Sports Pollution Mask’ which is especially for athletes as they suck in more air while exercising. Both are selling very well,” said Jai Dhar Gupta of Nirvana Being. In the market, generally, a range of masks with filters of capacity – N95, N99, N100, P95 and P100 — are available which absorb chemicals, viruses and bacteria as well.READ | Air quality worsened in Delhi: Pollution Control Board enforces graded response action planSome have double exhale valves above the nostrils to prevent build-up of Carbon Dioxide inside. “As news starts circulating of air quality going down, people will be concerned for their health and purchase masks. Our retailers and distributors in Delhi have already started receiving queries and we are stocking up on both masks for children and adults,” said Kusha Gupta, Assistant Manager of Sales, Honeywell, an American MNC which specialises on personal care products. She said she sold more masks in year 2016 winter than 2017 as in some respects, the air quality was worse at that time. While doctors are not exactly advising air masks for the general populace that is not suffering from pulmonary diseases already, even small drug stores are doing well, selling the `5-20 disposable green surgical masks. “It got so bad last year, we sold almost 2,000 pieces in November,” said Naveen Goyal of Safdarjung Medicos, next to the hospital. “Also, our clientele was not the regular expats and NRI population, but the middle class and lower middle class as well,” he said.ALSO READ | Green bench imposes Rs 50 crore fine on Delhi govtlast_img

HC stays CIC direction to HI to disclose sponsorship details to Kirti Azad

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Friday put on hold the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order directing Hockey India to provide to BJP MP Kirti Azad the details of sponsorship amounts received, commissions paid and litigation expenditure incurred by the sports body’s league, HIL, since 2013.Justice Suresh Kait also stayed the CIC’s show cause notice to Hockey India (HI) asking why “maximum penalty” be not imposed on it for not providing documents sought by the commission.The show cause notice and the direction to provide the details sought by Azad under the Right to Information (RTI) Act was issued by the commission on October 22.While putting on hold the operation of the October 22 order, the court gave four weeks time to Azad to indicate his stand on HI’s plea against the CIC’s decision and listed the matter for hearing on January 18.During the brief hearing, HI told the court that the information that CIC had directed to be disclosed was “commercially confidential”.On the other hand, the lawyer for Azad contended that HI was a public authority which was receiving funds from the government and public sector entities and therefore, it should disclose how much money it was receiving from sponsors.The lawyer also alleged that according to information in his possession, HI spends Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2 crore every year on litigation and added that redacted material was submitted to CIC by the sports body when the commission had called for certain documents.The court on October 30 had said it would not pass any interim order without hearing Azad. PTI HMP SKV SAadvertisementlast_img read more

Usman Khawaja’s brother Arsalan re-arrested for trying to influence witness after bail

first_imgAustralia cricketer Usman Khawaja’s brother Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was re-arrested on Thursday afternoon by Australian Federal Police and NSW Crime Commission investigators from his Sydney house on charges of breaching his bail conditions. Arsalan has now been accused of attempting to influence a witness in his case. Earlier in December, Arsala was arrested by counter-terrorism police over forging a fake terror-plot that led to his colleague, Mohamed Nizamdeen spending four weeks in solitary confinement.Arsalan’s lawyer did not apply for his release after his bail was revoked at Parramatta Bail Court on Friday. He was refused a bail ahead of his court appearance in Sydney later on Friday.According to Australian media, Arsalan Khawaja was given a bail on a $50,000 surety on December 4 and the conditions stated that he was not to go within 100 metres of the University of NSW’s Kensington or Cliffbrook campuses. On top of that, he was absolutely barred from approaching any witnesses or employees of the university’s IT department.However, he was found to have breached the conditions and will now remain in custody until his matter is heard again in February next year.Arsalan’s brother Usman Khawaja is currently playing for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India, where the visitors have an upper hand.Arsalan, 39, was arrested in early December after being pulled over while driving in western Sydney, according to a spokesperson for New South Wales state police.Arsalan was questioned over an attempt to pervert justice and forgery by making a false document. Over rivalry with Nizamdeen due to a common love interest, Arsalan is alleged to have set up a fake plot to get his colleague arrested.advertisementThe police operation stemmed from the discovery in an office at the University of New South Wales of a laptop which contained an alleged hit-list naming former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his deputy Julie Bishop.The device also reportedly contained blueprints for attacks on train stations and landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House.Also Read | Usman Khawaja’s brother arrested by counter-terrorism police over fake terror plotAlso See:last_img read more