ICC Champions Trophy: Beaten Bangladesh need to get mentally tougher, says Mashrafe Mortaza

first_imgBangladesh found India a step too far in the Champions Trophy semi-final on Thursday, losing by nine wickets with nearly ten overs to spare, and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said they needed to toughen up mentally.WATCH FULL VIDEOBangladesh made 264/7 in their 50 overs but then never came close to worrying India’s impressive upper order batsmen.It was the first time that the Tigers had reached the last four of a major tournament but Mortaza was in no mood for self-congratulation.”Yeah, obviously the boys should feel pride, but I think in a tournament like this, you have to be, I think, physically or skill-wise at your peak,” he said.”Yes, we are coming up still. We need to learn so many things. But I think we need to be a little bit more ready mentally for playing this sort of match.”There was no sign of lack of focus from Tamim Iqbal (70) or Mushfiqur Rahim (61) as they put on a third wicket partnership of 123.But both were removed playing wild shots to occasional off-spinner Kedar Jadhav and their departure led to a major loss of momentum.The weakest part of Bangladesh’s performance was with the ball where, not only did they only pick up one wicket, but they failed to put any real pressure on India.”We have to learn a bit more, how to stop runs on that sort of wicket. We can’t just be hoping to take wickets all the time, especially against a batting order like India. So I know we have to learn a little bit more how can we stop runs and put pressure on the opponent,” Mortaza said.advertisementWhile there is plenty of room for improvement, the final group stage win over New Zealand will remain as a highlight of the tournament for Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Renny Harlin to direct Chinese thriller The Hanging Coffin

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 19 (PTI) Veteran Hollywood director Renny Harlin has signed on to direct “The Hanging Coffin” for Shanghai Film Group and Shanghai New Wave Films.Described as an action adventure-cum-thriller featuring extreme sports, tomb raiding and mutant creatures, the film is scripted by Tony Jaswinski, the emerging Los Angeles-based screenwriter behind Blake Livelys shark horror hit “The Shallows”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Although primarily in Chinese, the film is expected to star both Hollywood and Chinese talent, with casting announcements to be made in the coming months, the production partners said.The project was announced during the first full day of the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday.Best known in Hollywood for his 1990s action hits like “Die Hard 2” and “Cliff Hanger”, Harlin directed last years Jackie Chan action-comedy vehicle “Skiptrace”, co-starring Johnny Knoxville.Harlins second Chinese feature, the fantasy martial arts film “Legend of the Ancient Sword” for Jack Mas Alibaba Pictures, has already completed shooting and is due to hit theaters later this year. PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

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Anil Kumble was forced to resign after blasting Team India for failure in Champions Trophy final

first_imgIndia lost the final of the ICC Champions Trophy by 180 runs at The Oval on Sunday, an embarrassing defeat against a Pakistan team they easily beat in the group stage.India Today has learnt that Kumble blasted the players, who were already disappointed with the defeat, for about half-an-hour in the dressing room after their final defeat and it did not go down too well with them. It seems majority of players were in favour of Kumble being removed as most didn’t get along with him or his style of coaching.Kumble stepped down as India coach on Tuesday after a year in charge, blaming a breakdown in his relationship with captain Virat Kohli for his exit.Kumble in his statement post resignation mentioned that he was told by the The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday that Kohli had “reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as head coach.” However, it is believed that the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had informed Kumble on May 21 in Hyderabad that captain had “reservations” against him.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOBCCI said it wanted Kumble to remain as coach despite the team’s heavy loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday but that the former spinner “has decided not to continue.””Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable,” Kumble tweeted, “and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.”advertisementBCCI sources say there was never any attempt on Kumble’s part to reconcile and his ego always took precedence. The coach and captain also had no communication for the past five months.Kumble said he was “surprised” by Kohli’s stance “since I had always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach.”Kumble’s one-year contract expired at the end of the Champions Trophy.He didn’t fly out with the team for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies starting on Friday, and instead stayed in London to attend International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings. He is chair of the cricket committee.When the BCCI asked last month for applications for national coach, it said Kumble didn’t have to apply as he was the incumbent. But it said it wanted a fair and transparent process.During the Champions Trophy, Kohli denied rumours of rift with Kumble.Kumble achieved great success in his tenure, despite little previous first-class coaching experience. India’s highest wicket-taker led the team to the top of the Test rankings, after series wins over West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.India won 12 of 17 Tests and lost only one. They won eight of 13 ODIs, and had a shot at defending the Champions Trophy crown.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Will try to make this opportunity count: Mohammed Siraj on being selected in India A team

first_imgMohammed Siraj was a relatively unknown name in Indian domestic cricket until the 2016-17 Ranji season where he picked up 41 wickets and became the one to watch out for in future.Then came the Indian Premier League auction in 2017 where he got picked up by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore and there was no looking back for him from there on.The Hyderabad speedster, in his maiden IPL season, repaid the faith shown in him by the SRH franchise by picking up 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 21.20 with the best bowling figures of 4 for 32.Looking at Siraj’s form over the past one year, the BCCI selectors named him in the India A squad for the tour of South Africa starting July 26. India A will play a one-day tri-series involving Australia A and South Africa A followed by two four-day matches against the hosts.The tour starts with the first one-dayer of the triangular series in Groenkloof on July 26 between India A and Australia A.”This is a good opportunity for me and I will try to make the most of it. I would like to perform and make it count as I look to play for India in the future. God willing my dream will come true. People at home and my team-mates are very happy that I have been selected for India A,” Siraj told bcci.tv in an interview.Siraj comes from a very humble background where his father, an auto-rickshaw driver, was the sole earner in the family until his son got the big break in the IPL. The lanky pacer used to play tennis-ball cricket in Hyderabad and didn’t have a clue of how a regular cricket ball looks like and what can be done with it till the time he met with his coach in the Hyderabad Ranji team.advertisement”I used to play tennis-ball cricket. Before playing in the Ranji Trophy, I didn’t know anything about things like seam or swing. All I knew was to bowl on one spot and that’s what I would do. Now I know other things like reverse swing,” Siraj said while reflecting on his early days.”I got to learn a lot from Paras sir during the Ranji Trophy. He would tell me to keep bowling in one area, bowl your stock ball to whoever the batsman is and back yourself. The batsman will make a mistake and you will get a wicket,” he added.The 22-year-old’s sole aim now is to focus to his strengths on the tour of South Africa given that he will be playing in those conditions for the first time.”I don’t know how the wickets will be in South Africa. I will go there and see. In one-dayers, I will work on bowling yorkers in death overs and things like that. I will focus on my strengths whether it is a multi-day or a one-day game and do what I have been doing in domestic cricket,” Siraj said.last_img read more

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After High Court relief, Sreesanth finds support in Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgS Sreesanth received some good news this week with the Kerala High court asking the Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) to lift his life ban. But his joy could remain short lived if the BCCI decides to challenge the court order by filing an appeal in the Supreme Court.The BCCI Committee of administrators (COA) in a meeting today did not take any decision on the matter saying they were awaiting legal advice.Sreesanth, who is serving a BCCI life ban for IPL spot fixing allegations back in 2013, following a BCCI internal inquiry, however, found some support in former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin.The former captain too was absolved of match fixing charges in 2012 with the Andhra Pradesh High court ruling BCCI life ban illegal and unsustainable.Speaking at the launch of a gaming app under his name, Azhar, cutting short a question, if comeback from a life ban is tough, said, “Now that the order is here.. Sreesanth has lost four years. He will have to get back to that level of fitness and perform (to return).”Despite the court order, it would be a long winding road for the 34-year-old Sreesanth to not only just to return to the game but also win back public support. He has Azhar’s backing though. He suggested Sreesanth would not have gone down the road he did if he was handled better. “He was a terrific bowler. One of the finest bowlers. He should have been handled well. He could have been more effective if he was handled better. Very few bowlers could land the ball on the seam like him,” he reminisced in praise.advertisementBCCI has been sitting over the high court ruling on Azhar, neither challenging it nor revoking the ban. In response to Azhar’s plea asking for his retirement benefits to be released, the BCCI COA in a meeting today referred the matter to the general body.last_img read more

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2nd Test: England battle back in gripping encounter vs West Indies

first_imgEngland battled back into contention on the third day of the second Test against West Indies as Mark Stoneman’s first half century and captain Joe Root’s unbeaten 45 helped wipe out a sizeable first-innings deficit on Sunday.West Indies added 98 runs to their overnight total at a sun-drenched Headingley as they were bowled out for 427 – a lead of 169 – and England were 171/3 at the close, two runs ahead.England had struggled to 94/3 before Root and Dawid Malan dug in for a 77-run partnership that left the match finely balanced.West Indies skipper Jason Holder, who earlier shared a 75-run partnership with Jermaine Blackwood, removed England opener Alastair Cook for 23 after he and Stoneman put on 58 for the first wicket.Holder then had Tom Westley caught behind for eight, the England batsman rashly chasing a wide one.When the impressive Shannon Gabriel clattered Stoneman’s off stump with a pearler of a delivery after the opener had played diligently for 52 England still trailed by 75 runs.Had Kyle Hope held a head high catch when Root, on 10, edged Kemar Roach to fifth slip England would have been staring at an unthinkable defeat, having crushed West Indies in a one-sided first Test.But the chance went down and Root, who also successfully reviewed an lbw decision, could make them pay on Monday when England will hope to build a lead.An enthralling day’s cricket began in incredible fashion when James Anderson took wickets with the first two balls of the day after West Indies resumed on 329/5.advertisementAP PhotoAnderson had centurion Shai Hope caught behind and with his next delivery he removed Shane Dowrich. Boos rang out as Holder survived the hat-trick ball.Moeen Ali spilled a dolly of a catch in the next over when Blackwood lobbed a Stuart Broad delivery straight to him at mid-on and it proved costly as Blackwood and Holder put on a rapid 75 for the eighth wicket.Holder was out for 43 when he tried to hit Chris Woakes out of the ground and Moeen redeemed himself by holding on to a steepling catch in the deep.Blackwood needlessly ran himself out going for a third run one short of his half century but tailenders Gabriel and Roach added a handy 21 for the last wicket before Gabriel was out lbw to Ben Stokes just before lunch.Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers as his two wickets gave him the 23rd five-wicket haul of his career to take his test wicket tally to 497.last_img read more

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Jkhand witnesses nearly 4-fold increase in Intl tourists

first_imgRanchi, Oct 13 (PTI) Jharkhand has witnessed nearly four-fold increase in international tourists in the last three years, helped largely by development of dedicated infrastructure for the travellers. The state government is also encouraging cultural tourism, mining tourism, waterfall tourism and tourism across various picturesque spots and developing infrastructure for the purpose, Chief Minister Raghubar Das told PTI. “We are not working one one sector, rather we are working on five to six sectors in parallel,” the chief minister said. Das said Jharkhand would be developing tourism sector in phases and in the first phase, it was committed to develop four to five international tourism spots. “Deoghar is being developed on war footing. Similarly, Parasnath in Giridih, Rajarappa in Ramgarh and Anjanidham in Gumla are being developed. “Whatever important tourist places are in the state they have been connected by good roads, and in the first 1,000 days of the state government, roads have reached all the tourist places. This has helped in the increase of national and international tourists coming to the tourist spots of the state,” he said. The chief minister said the number of international tourists had increased nearly four-fold from 2013 to 2016, rising from 45,994 tourists in 2013 to 1,69,442 in 2016. Similarly, the number of domestic tourists had increased by almost 65 per cent in the last three years. Das said tourist locations were needed to be peaceful to attract national and international visitors and the state government was working towards ensuring that those spots remained free from militant activities. The chief minister said the state was also planning circuit tourism in different regions. The state was readying free bus services at Bodhgaya and Tarapith. The chief minister said next year, the state government would organise Jharkhand Mahatsov, wherein the culture and tradition of Jharkhand would be showcased to the world. He said that Patratu near Ranchi was being developed as adventure and water sports tourism spot. Similarly, Betla National Park was being improved to attract more tourists. PTI PVR SBN RBT PR SNPadvertisementlast_img read more

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91 years ago today, Don Bradman played his first-ever first-class match

first_imgSir Donald Bradman, arguably the greatest batsman ever, played his first-ever first-class match on December 16, 1927.Some 91 years ago on this day, a 19-year-old Bradman made his first-class debut playing for New South Wales against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.He replaced another fellow youngster in the playing XI, Archie Jackson, who had to sit out due to poor form and also because of a boil on his knee.The ‘Don’ came into bat at No. 7, and scored a century on debut. He scored a confident 118.Today:in 1882 – Sir Jack Hobbs was born. in 1927 – Sir Don Bradman makes his fc debut. Both Wisden Cricketers of the Century. Between them 89,827 first-class runs, including 316 fc centuries! pic.twitter.com/LCYzcWfZpx- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 16, 2017Bradman went on to play a total of 234 matches and he scored a mammoth 28067 runs in 338 innings. His highest-ever score was an unbeaten 452, having scored 117 hundreds in his career spanning 1927/28 to 1948/49. He ended his career with an average of 95.14.His international career was even more astounding. He finished with an average of 99.94 despite his last match duck. He played 52 matches, scoring a total of 6996 runs with a highest of 334. He received his knighthood in 1949.December 16 is also special as it is the day that two legends, Englishman Sir Jack Hobbs and West Indian Joel Garner, were born on this day. Hobbs was born in 1882 in Cambridge, England, while Garner was born in the year 1952 at Christ Church, Barbados.Fast forward to 2017, Australia’s captain Steve Smith notched up his second Test double century and his first as captain of Australia in the historic third Test of the Ashes at Perth. This is the last Ashes Test that will be played at the WACA, the Western Australian Cricket Association.advertisementSmith became the first Aussie skipper since 1993 to score a double hundred in the Ashes series. Allan Border was the last Australian captain to achieve the feat when he hit 200 not out at Leeds in 1993. He also became the first Australian captain since Bob Simpson’s 225 against England in 1966 to reach the landmark in Australia.last_img read more

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3rd T20I: Can New Zealand end India’s two-year winning streak at home?

first_imgIndia have not lost an international series at home for over two years. South Africa were the last team to taste any kind of success in India when they won the ODI series 3-2 in October 2015.Since then, India have won Test series against South Africa, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. They have also won limited-overs series against New Zealand, England, Australia at home.In fact, India have not lost any bilateral series since they went down to Australia in an ODI series in January 2016. The team has been in sensational form across formats and even reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.However, New Zealand always seem to challenge India. A year ago, they were worthy opponents in the ODIs, stretching the series to a decider. Similarly, in 2017, the Black Caps stunned India with a heroic batting effort to win the first game.In the T20 series, India began with a comprehensive victory in Ashish Nehra’s farewell match in Delhi before the visitors rode on Colin Munro’s hundred in Rajkot to draw level.It has all come down to the final match of the series Thiruvananthapuram. The Greenfield International Stadium at Kariavatto is set to be India’s 50th international venue and it could be the setting to a thriller between two evenly matched teams.But there is a chance rain could play spoilsport.Incidentally, India’s last T20I series against Australia also ended in a 1-1 draw after the series decider was washed out in Hyderabad.last_img read more

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Ten Straight: Mets Beat Braves, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Eric Stults gave the Atlanta Braves an encouraging outing from the back of their rotation. They needed a better performance by the bullpen and a little more luck to slow down the streaking Mets.Lucas Duda hit a go-ahead single off Jim Johnson in the eighth inning that sent New York to its 10th consecutive victory April 22, 3-2 over the Braves.“When you win 10 in a row, a lot of stuff’s got to go right. And you know, good for them. That’s how you get these streaks,” said Atlanta Manager Fredi Gonzalez, who started eight left-handed hitters against Mets pitcher Dillon Gee. “But you know what? They’re not hurting themselves. They’re taking advantage of our mistakes.”Wilmer Flores tied it 2-all with a solo homer off Braves reliever Cody Martin in the seventh.Pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson drew a leadoff walk from Johnson (1-1) in the eighth and went to third when Juan Lagares chopped a hit-and-run single barely through the right side of the infield.“You just can’t make mistakes, because when you run into a team like this it’s hard to cover it up,” Gonzalez said.Duda poked an opposite-field single to left for his latest clutch hit this season. “I feel like I executed a lot of pitches,” Johnson said. “It seems like a little luck went their way and it seems like it’s been going their way.”Buddy Carlyle (1-0) retired dangerous pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes with two on in the eighth, and Jeurys Familia got three quick outs for his seventh save.Stults allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked none. “He gave us a great chance to win a game,” Gonzalez said.A.J. Pierzynski went 3 for 3 with a walk for Atlanta, and Andrelton Simmons had an RBI single. Ex-Met Eric Young Jr. tripled and scored on Alberto Callaspo’s sacrifice fly.“Our bullpen’s done a great job all year. It’s just unfortunate that tonight it just didn’t go their way and our way,” Stults said. “We played well tonight. But it’s just one of those things where a team gets momentum and they kind of feed off of it.”Flores also had an RBI single for the Mets (12-3), on their longest winning streak since taking 10 straight in July 2008.Another victory in the series finale April 23 would match the team record of 11 in a row — last accomplished in 1990 — and complete a perfect 10-game run on their first homestand of the season.Despite injuries to several key players, New York is off to its best start since the 1986 World Series champions opened 13-3.“These guys have just taken off. I salute every single one of them,” Manager Terry Collins said. “Pitching has been remarkable.”Helped out by some slick defense, Gee allowed only two runs in seven innings after the first pitch was delayed 31 minutes by rain.Second baseman Ruben Tejada robbed Nick Markakis of a hit by leaping high for a snow-cone grab, and Gold Glove winner Lagares ran down Jace Peterson’s drive in deep center, reaching behind his head for a sensational catch.“Did the little things right and played great defense,” Gee said. “It’s been a lot of fun around here lately.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Interpol Jumps Into FIFA Probe

first_imgZURICH — A day after announcing his decision to resign, Sepp Blatter was back at work at FIFA headquarters on June 3 as the worst corruption crisis in the governing body’s 111-year history continued to unfold.Interpol added six men with ties to FIFA to its most wanted list, while South African officials denied they made a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup.Blatter spoke to FIFA staff for about 10 minutes on June 3, returning to the same auditorium where he delivered his resignation speech a day earlier. Staff described him as being emotional, and said he received a standing ovation.Elsewhere, Interpol got involved. The international police force, based in Lyon, France, issued an alert for two former FIFA officials and four executives on charges including racketeering and corruption.Two of the men, former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, have been arrested in their home counties. Warner has since been released and Leoz is under house arrest. The Interpol “red notice” means they risk arrest anywhere they travel.In South Africa, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said the government wanted to “categorically deny” that the country paid any bribes to win the right to host the 2010 tournament.Mbalula characterized the $10 million as an “above-board payment” to help soccer development in the Caribbean region.The money, which went into a fund controlled by Warner, is part of the U.S. investigation into soccer corruption. That probe led to the arrest of seven soccer officials in Zurich last week, kicking off the FIFA scandal and eventually leading to Blatter’s decision to step down.Warner and Leoz were among 14 people indicted in the U.S. as part of the federal investigation.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaking in Latvia on June 3 at a meeting with EU justice ministers, declined to comment on Blatter’s resignation or whether he was himself under investigation.“It’s an open case and so we will now be speaking through the courts,” Lynch said.In a separate probe, Swiss authorities have opened a criminal investigation related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Russia won the right to host the 2018 tournament and Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup.The Swiss Attorney General’s office said Blatter was not under investigation, but said it has opened criminal proceedings against “persons unknown” for money-laundering.In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Blatter’s announcement hasn’t affected the country’s plans to host the tournament.Blatter said June 2 he would remain President until a new election can be set up, which FIFA said could be sometime between December and March.But Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in a May 29 election, is looking into whether he should be in line to replace Blatter without going to another vote. The Jordanian Football Association said it is studying FIFA rules to see whether they allow for the possibility.In South Korea, former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon said at a news conference that he will think about whether to run. UEFA President Michel Platini is considered a likely candidate.___By Graham Dunbar, AP Sports Writer. Rob Harris and Karin Laub contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nets Soar Over Hawks, 90-88

first_imgNEW YORK — It was a game that neither team seemed to want to win.In the end, it was the Nets that came out on top of a sloppy contest when Thaddeus Young hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left and Brooklyn beat the Atlanta Hawks 90-88 on Nov. 17.Brook Lopez had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn. Young finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin each had 14.Al Horford scored 18 points for the Hawks. Paul Millsap had 17 and Kyle Korver added 13.“My mindset when I got the ball was I was going to score the ball,” Young said about his drive to the hoop. “I potentially knew I was going to the free-throw line, so I was prepared for that also. But, at the end of the day I can say we won the game.”Despite the Hawks tying a season-high with 17 turnovers, Thabo Sefolosha’s 3-pointer with 41 seconds left gave them an 88-86 lead before Jack tied it on a short jumper with 33 seconds left.After Young hit the winning free throws, he knocked away Sefolosha’s inbounds pass to Horford as time expired.“We initially said that coming out of the timeout we were going to switch everything,” Young explained. “Switch everything. Switch everything. We knew if Kyle Korver couldn’t get in there they would try and lob it in to Horford and let him make a play.”Neither team led by more than four points in a sloppy first quarter when they combined for 14 turnovers, eight by the Hawks, who led 19-17 after the first 12 minutes.“I give Brooklyn credit,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. “They played well. They forced the turnovers. We didn’t take care of the ball. So we’re going to have to clean that up.”The Hawks went up by a game-high 10 points, 35-25, after Korver hit a 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the second.The Nets followed with a 15-5 run, capped by Young’s put-back layup with 1:36 left before halftime to tie the game at 40.The Hawks led 46-45 at halftime.Atlanta increased its advantage to 61-55 on Horford’s 3-pointer with 6:22 left in the third quarter. But, Larkin hit back-to-back 3s to put the Nets up 68-64 with 1:56 remaining before Brooklyn ended the quarter up 72-68.“The game wasn’t the prettiest,” Jack said. “I have a saying that it may not look pretty, but it all looks the same in the ‘W’ column.”The Nets led 76-70 in the fourth quarter before the Hawks responded with an 8-0 run to regain the lead and set up the dramatic finish.Joe Johnson scored 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Nets. Dennis Schroder had 10 assists for the Hawks.(JEFFREY BERNSTEIN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Barnes’ Two Homers Lifts Dodgers to 10-4 Rout of Padres

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Barnes and the Los Angeles Dodgers put on another power display while tempers flared between the two maangers.Barnes hit two homers and drove in seven runs in a 10-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night in a game where both managers were ejected early on for arguing with each other.“Crazy stuff like that happens,” Barnes said.Barnes hit a grand slam and a three-run shot while teammate Justin Turner hit a two-run homer as the Dodgers finished June with 53 home runs, a franchise record for any month.But the talk afterward centered on Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood threatening “to drill” Padres baserunner Jose Pirela and an ensuing altercation between Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and counterpart Andy Green that led to Roberts shoving Green, the Padres manager.Both managers were ejected.“I probably got too emotional,” said Roberts, who could face punishment from the commissioner’s office for also bumping crew chief Sam Holbrook when he charged Green.Roberts said he was sticking up for Wood in response to Green making a derogatory remark about the pitcher.Wood, who went six innings with one run allowed, improved his record to 9-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.83 – but not before screaming a threat at Padres baserunner Jose Pirela in the first inning.Plate umpire Greg Gibson said second-base umpire D.J. Reyburn heard Wood threaten Pirela, who was at second base.“He said, ‘If you keep giving away location, I’m going to.drill you,’ ” Gibson said. “I went to the mound to change balls out. I’ve known Alex for a while. I said, ‘Alex, what’s going on?’ He said, ‘If he gives away the signs again, I’m going to drill him.’ Right then, my hands are tied.”Gibson issued a warning to both managers but opted to defer a full explanation because he wanted to keep the game moving.Wood said he believed Pirela was gesturing to Padres hitters the set-up location of Barnes.“I was seeing red,” he said. “Things are said that nobody probably means.”When Gibson summoned the managers for an explanation before the second inning, the managers got into an argument.Roberts broke away from Gibson and knocked Green back a step while contacting Holbrook in the back.“I probably could have handled it a little differently,” Roberts said.Roberts said he considers it part of the game when a baserunner “gives location” to a hitter.He shared that opinion with Wood, he said.But he said he “didn’t appreciate” Green’s comments about Wood.“The number one thing I took issue with was the threat on the mound from their pitcher to our player, that he was going to drill him,” Green said. “It’s unacceptable.”The Padres manager didn’t approve of Gibson’s response to Wood’s threat.“I understand what the umpiring crew was trying to do by issuing warnings, but to me if you’re making threats to hit a guy on the baseball field, that’s an ejection right there, and they didn’t choose to handle it that way,” Green said.Barnes gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead with a two-out drive beyond the left-field wall, off Clayton Richard (5-8) in the first. Homering twice in a game for the first time, Barnes made it 10-1 with his fourth, off Jose Valdez in the sixth.Logan Forsythe had four hits and a walk for the Dodgers, who are 6-1 against San Diego this season.L.A’s 54-28 record leads the National League West.ALL-STAR CONFLICT?Roberts acknowledged Clayton Kershaw is on track to be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game because he would pitch next Sunday. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” Roberts said. “But I would think he would probably make that start for the Dodgers.”Kershaw is to start on Tuesday, followed by the start Sunday at Dodger Stadium against the Kansas City Royals.OOPSHunter Renfroe’s flyball landed in left-center field between Dodgers outfielders Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson, good for a double.A Padres ballgirl caught a live ball near the left-field line, likely preventing Manuel Margot from scoring on Renfroe’s fourth-inning double. But, Cory Spangenberg’s groundout scored Margot.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Corey Seager, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury, was held out and Roberts said his shortstop, who played Thursday, “is fine” and probably will start Saturday’s game.Padres: Infielder Chase D’Arnaud came off the paternity list and joined the active roster before the game. CF Franchy Cordero, riding an 0-for-25 slump with 18 strikeouts, was returned to Triple-A El Paso.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Rich Hill (4-4, 4.60 ERA) threw a season-high seven innings Monday in his previous outing, allowing three runs in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.Padres: LHP Dillon Overton (0-0, 6.38 ERA) will make his first appearance for San Diego since he was claimed June 19 from the Seattle Mariners.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Federer Returns to Clay-Court Swing With Easy Win in Madrid

first_imgMADRID — Roger Federer made his return to clay with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet at the Madrid Open on Tuesday.Playing a clay-court match for the first time since 2016, Federer needed less than an hour to ease past Gasquet and reach the third round of a tournament he last won in 2012.The 37-year-old Federer skipped the clay season the last two years to make sure he was fit for the rest of the year.The 20-time Grand Slam champion, a three-time winner in Madrid, is preparing to make his first French Open appearance since 2015. He has won two hard-court titles this season, in Dubai and Miami.The fourth-seeded Swiss converted his three break points and didn’t concede any to the 39th-ranked Gasquet at the “Magic Box” center court.Earlier, top-ranked Novak Djokovic started with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Taylor Fritz. He broke the American’s serve once in the first set and twice in the second, conceding only one break opportunity. The top-seeded Serb had seven aces and lost only two service points in the second set.“I don’t think he was playing at his best today,” Djokovic said. “But I think it was a solid opening match for me in the tournament.”Djokovic is seeking his second title of the year, and third overall in Madrid. He began the year by winning the Australian Open.David Ferrer extended his career with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, setting up a second-round meeting with defending champion Alexander Zverev. The 37-year-old Ferrer is retiring after the tournament.“I want to be with my family and try to enjoy as much as possible the time that I have to play in this center court,” the Spaniard said. “And tomorrow I have another opportunity and I’ll go out there to try to enjoy every single feeling that I might experience out there.”Roger Federer returns the ball to Richard Gasquet during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Stan Wawrinka ended a three-match losing streak in Madrid by defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 6-3.“I felt good. It was a great match, a first great match,” Wawrinka said. “I have been playing good on the practice court, feeling really good, so it was important to start well today and I’m happy with the first match.”Brazil Open champion Guido Pella upset 12th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, while Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-3.On the women’s side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 in the second round.“I feel like in the first set, I got a bit lucky there,” Osaka said. “In the third set, I just, like, went zombie mode and then just thought of everything that I had to do to win and not necessarily the outcome.”Third-seeded Simona Halep defeated Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-1, while Caroline Garcia got past Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Petra Martic because of a right ankle injury.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The Internet of Things

first_img Continue Reading Previous How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number EightNext ARBOR: digital signage player with ultra-low profile enclosure The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to offer new insights but developers face challenges across the IoT hierarchy from optimized sensor system design in terminal IoT nodes to multiprotocol communications in edge devices to application integration in cloud platforms. This collection of articles highlights these challenges and solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram last_img

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Infineon named Advanced Technology Partner to Amazon Web Services

first_imgInfineon Technologies has been named Advanced Technology Partner to Amazon Web Services (AWS). With its solutions offering, Infineon enables IoT device makers to fully and securely develop and integrate their product solutions into the AWS cloud.Infineon’s security and microcontroller solutions have successfully passed multiple validations for Amazon FreeRTOS and AWS Greengrass IoT Core. They are available now for purchase as IoT developer boards through the AWS Partner Device Catalog:OPTIGA Trusted Platform Module for secured zero touch edge device provisioning to the AWS Greengrass IoT SW platform.XMC4800 Ethercat WIFI connectivity kit to enable easy and secured use of new generation sensors featuring new AI functionalities provided by AWS through their cloud services.OPTIGA Trust X for enhanced security for IoT devicesInfineon’s sensors, microcontrollers and security controllers allow connected devices to sense, compute and secure data streams for intelligent, efficient aggregation and analysis be it on premise or in the cloud. With its hardware components, Infineon provides an open source software environment for customers to easily develop and integrate their IoT device solutions with cloud connected services.Protecting digital identities is key for running data-sensitive applications in machine-to-machine and cloud communication. A chain of trust using hardware-based security anchors protects digital identities and keys from logical and physical attacks. It also helps to securely connect IoT end nodes such as connected production machinery or surveillance cameras with dedicated on-premises edge platforms and cloud servers.To meet the requirements of various industries, Infineon and the members of the Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN) develop tailored security solutions based on chip technology. At the 3 rd IoT Security Circle taking place in Munich on 28 May 2019, Infineon and its partners will be presenting state-of-the-art cloud solutions for a multitude of IoT applications, from automotive to industrial to mobile applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How smarter storage enhances reliability of autonomous vehiclesNext Würth Elektronik: PLCC-RGB-LEDs for sophisticated lighting solutionslast_img read more

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NIACL recruitment for 2018 begins: Last date is July 31

first_imgThe New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL) has begun the application process for the post of Assistants.There is an availability of 685 class III cadre posts and candidates will be recruited after clearing two exams (Tier I and Tier II). The candidates can apply through the website – newindia.co.in, on or before July 31, 2018.NIACL Tier I examIt will be conducted out of 100 marks and candidates will be given 1 hour to answer all questionsCandidates will be tested on the English language, reasoning and numerical abilityNIACL Tier II examThis exam will be of two hours and candidates will be required to answer 200 questions with a total weightage of 250 marks.Important informationApplication forms are available on the official websiteThere is a facility for the candidates from reserved categories to apply for pre-recruitment training to be better prepared for the examsEligibility criteria:You should be between the age of 18 years and 30 years to apply (there is a relaxation in years for candidates of the reserved categories).You should have graduated from a recognised university.You should have passed 10+2 exams with English as one of your subjects.You should be proficient in the regional language of the state that you are applying for.Dates to remember:Online registration: July 16 to July 31, 2018Application fees: July 16 to July 31, 2018Tier I Online Examination (Tentative dates): September 8/ September 9, 2018Tier II Online Examination (Main Exam): October 6, 2018 (Tentative date)Call Letters: 10 days before every examination.Steps to apply for NIACL:Step 1: Visit the official website of NIACL,(newindia.co.in)advertisementStep 2: Click on the link to the recruitment page on the bottom right of the main page.Step 3: Click on CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR ASSISTANT RECRUITMENT EXERCISE 2018.Step 4: Register, if you have not already and login to the site.Step 5: Fill in the required details.Step 6: Click on Submit.Step 7: Take a print-out of the application for further reference.Read: UPSC Recruitment 2018: Hiring on for various posts, apply before August 2Read: Railway Recruitment Cell is hiring sports persons; last date to apply August 10last_img read more

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Liverpool coach Klopp reacts to viral video after Champions League final

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp, whose video of singing a song went viral immediately after his club lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, has now reacted to the video.After Liverpool lost the final 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, Klopp was seen singing a song over the game with his assistant manager Peter Krawietz and friends from a German punk band.Klopp was heard singing, Liverpool ‘saw the European Cup,’ but ‘Real Madrid had all the f****** luck.’The former Borussia Dortmund manager was recently asked about the viral video in an interview given to Goal.com.Jurgen Klopp at 6am this morning. What a man. pic.twitter.com/lrm22OVzRrOliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) May 27, 2018″Well, everybody obviously had a little bit too much alcohol, and when that happens then you should put all smartphones away!” Klopp said. “That’s the best advice.”The German also added that though he was seen singing after the final defeat, he hates losing.’But I can say this, with all I have, I want to win. I hate losing. I have had to learn to accept it but I still hate it,’ Klopp added.’But after the final whistle, I don’t waste my life suffering. I don’t take the defeat around with me, I go somewhere for a few moments and then I’m done.’It cannot help to carry it around. You have to put it away, you can’t go through the game again and say “but this and that”. The things from the game are obvious and I can talk about them, but I don’t feel them. That’s how it is.’advertisementLiverpool have reached three finals under Klopp’s leadership but are still to win a trophy.They lost the 2016 League Cup to Manchester City on penalties, the 2016 Europa League title to Sevilla 3-1 and the 2018 Champions League final to Real Madrid by the same scoreline with Klopp as a manager.The club’s last major trophy was the 2011-12 League Cup, while the last of Liverpool’s 18 domestic league titles was won in the 1989-90 season.Liverpool ended the 2017-18 Premier League season fourth, 25 points behind winners City.Klopp, however, has strengthened his squad for the upcoming season with a host of signings.The English club has made four signings in the ongoing transfer window, adding goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma, midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig, defensive midfielder Fabinho from Monaco and winger Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.Liverpool kick off their Premier League campaign against West Ham United on August 12.last_img read more

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Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 25, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALPatna: Tribute to Bindheshwari Prasad Mandal(B)Allahabad: Vajpayee’s Asthi Kalash Yatra in Allahabad (B+A)Bikaner: Rakhi celebrations(B)Bhopal: Maharashtrian brahmins celebrate Shravani Parv (B)Chandigarh: Satyadev Narayan Dev Arya welcomed(B)Mumbai: Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018(A+B)Mumbai: Sandeepa Dhar at launch of Noor-e-Kashmircollections(B)Agartala: Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy and CM ata function(B)Mumbai: Team Delhi 3BL film(B)Patna: Centenary celebration of Patna University(B)Kolkata: Chidambaram at a press conference(B+A)Gaya: Foreign delegates arrive for InternationalBuddhist Conclave(B)Ahmedabad: Hardik Patel on hunger strike(B+A)Patna: Lalu arrives in Patna(B)INTERNATIONALHarare: Supporters of Zimbabwean President EmmersonMnangagwa celebrate(A)Male: Opposition supporters gathered in protest(B)Santa Rosa: File- Wildfire in Santa Rosa(A)Khan Younis: Protest east of Khan Younis(A)New York: Thomas Frieden leaves Brooklyn federal court (A)Columbus: President Donald Trump in Columbus(A)Kansas City:Randolph during the day to help her breathe (B)Kutupalong: First anniversary of Myanmar army’scrackdown(B)London: Rahul Gandhi at London(B)SPORTSJakarta/Palembang: 18th Asian Games in Indonesia(A+B)New Haven: Connecticut Open tennis tournament(A)Orlando: MLS soccer match(A)Auckland: Women’s rugby test match(A)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR launched, price starts at Rs 76,900

first_imgApple announced its newest iPhones at an event at its Cupertino, California HQ. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are what Apple is calling its 2018 lineup and this ends all the speculations regarding the naming prior to launch. Unsurprisingly, all three iPhones are based on the design of the iPhone X. Apple last year said that the iPhone X marks a new direction for the company and will set the path for future iPhones, and that’s what we are getting this year. The new iPhones bring edge-to-edge displays and glass on the front and back along with a new gold colour finish. Other highlights include a massive 6.5-inch display on the Max model, a new A12 Bionic chip and up to 512GB of internal storage, among other things.The iPhone X saw a 98 per cent customer satisfaction and the Apple announced that’s it’s ready to take things to the next level. The iPhone XS and XS Max both bring Super Retina OLED displays. The former has a 5.8-inch screen size with a 2436×1125 pixel resolution and 458 ppi while the Max model gets a 6.5-inch size with a 2688×1242 resolution. The displays get a 60 per cent bump in dynamic range compared to the display on the iPhone X. Both the iPhones get a stainless steel frame which is sandwiched between glass on the front and back, so wireless charging is supported. The new iPhones now get a gold colour all around, something that was previously expected with the iPhone X. The iPhones will also come in silver and space gray colours as well. They are IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.advertisementNotably, 3D Touch lives on inside the new iPhones. The iPhone XS and XS Max offer a wider stereo sound. Of course, the notch is still there and continues to stay wide so as to house a number of sensors inside for cameras and Face ID. Apple says Face ID is faster now with faster algorithms and Secure Enclave. As for the battery, Apple doesn’t go into the specifics, but claims that the iPhone XS will offer 30 minutes more battery than last year’s iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max gets the biggest battery yet, offering an hour and a half more battery. Powering the iPhone XS and XS Max is a A12 Bionic chip that’s based on a 7nm processor, which is an industry first. The chipset brings a 6-core CPU with 2 performance cores that deliver up to 15 per cent faster performance compared to A11 Bionic and up to 40 per cent more battery efficient. The GPU is also 50 per cent faster than its predecessor. Apple also said that the A12 chip can do 5 trillion Neural Engine operations per second compared to 600 billion operations of the A11. Apps will also launch 30 per cent faster than before and photo search will also be faster. Basically everything will now be faster than ever.As for the cameras, both the iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras on the back that includes a 12MP sensors (one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens) with dual OIS. Apple has thrown in features like Smart HDR, Portrait Mode with Depth Control that lets you adjust the blur after taking a photo, and extended dynamic range in video. The front TrueDepth camera also gets video stabilisation and support for 1080p video recording at 60 fps. The iPhone XR was Apple’s “one more thing” at the event. It’s the cheapest iPhone among the lot thanks to a 6.1-inch LCD display (1792×828) instead of OLED. Apple is calling this a Liquid Retina display. Notably, the iPhone XR doesn’t have a chin like most other notched LCD Android phones. This is because the bezels are more evenly thick all around so the chin doesn’t stand out. The iPhone XR gets a number of attractive colour options that includes white, black, blue, coral and yellow, glass front and back with an aluminium frame, and most of the same hardware as the iPhone XS and XS Max.The iPhone XR is also powered by an A12 Bionic chip and comes with Face ID. Notably, the XR gets a Haptic Touch feature. There’s a single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The single camera is able to capture portrait shots, much like the Pixel. The front sees a TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones. It also comes with an IP67 rating.As expected, the new iPhones will ship with iOS 12. To recall, iOS 12 brings a bunch of new features and improvements to performance and reliability, something we can confirm having tested the public beta version a while back. iOS 12 brings features like Grouped Notifications, Measure App with a new ARKit 2.0, Screen Time, Memoji and Siri Shortcuts among other things.advertisement Coming to the pricing, the iPhone XR is the cheapest of the three starting at $749. It will be offered in three storage variants – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Pre-orders for this one will start on October 19 and shipments will commence on October 26. The iPhone XS will start at $999 and will also have three storage variants – 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max will start at $1099 and will have similar storage options as the XS. Pre-orders for these two will start on Friday and the devices will start shipping September 21.iPhone XS, XS Max, XR India price and availabilityApple has announced that the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in India starting September 28 while the iPhone XR will be available in the country starting October 26. As per the company’s press release, the 64GB iPhone XS will cost Rs 99,900 while the 64GB iPhone XS Max will carry a Rs 1,09,900 price tag. The 64GB iPhone XR will come in cheaper at Rs 76,900.ALSO READ: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max announced, Apple Watch also launched: Live updates from Apple 2018 eventlast_img read more

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