An NFL investigation released May 6 concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the rules violations.The NFL began investigating what’s now known as Deflategate after the Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 on January 18. The Colts complained that several footballs were under-inflated and the NFL confirmed that 11 of the 12 footballs were under the limit.The investigation started as the Patriots were preparing for the Super Bowl — which they won two weeks later.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Troy Vincent, the league’s Executive Vice President of football operations, would review the 243-page report on attorney Ted Wells’ investigation and consider what steps to take next.“We will continue our efforts vigorously to protect the integrity of the game and promote fair play at all times,” Goodell said.The NFL requires balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, and each team is responsible for the balls it uses on offense.Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch. Some quarterbacks prefer footballs that have less air.Brady said he prefers footballs inflated to 12.5 pounds per square inch. On many occasions, Brady said he never asked for balls to be deflated outside of the rules.But the NFL report concluded “it was more than probable than not” that Jim McNally, the officials’ locker room attendant, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Patriots, were involved in “a deliberate effort to release air” from the footballs in the moments before kickoff of the AFC title game — and after they were examined by the referee.The report cites evidence that McNally took the game balls into a bathroom adjacent to the field at Gillette Stadium, and stayed there for about 100 seconds — “an amount of time sufficient to deflate thirteen footballs using a needle.”Other evidence included referee Walt Anderson’s inability to locate the previously approved footballs at the start of the game — the first time that had happened to him in 19 years.The report includes salty text messages between McNally and Jastremski — sent in October and January — that imply Brady was requesting footballs deflated below 12.5 pounds per square inch. They also imply that Brady had previously been upset with the quality of the game balls.The texts described requests from McNally for shoes and signed footballs from Brady in exchange for deflating the balls.“Remember to put a couple sweet pig skins ready for tom to sign,” one said. “Nice throw in some kicks and make it real special,” another said.The report says there’s no evidence that owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick or anyone on the coaching staff knew about the scheme.Kraft, who strongly defended his team and said the NFL would owe the Patriots an apology if the investigation turned up no culpable evidence, called the conclusion “incomprehensible.”But, he said the Patriots would accept the findings of the report “and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”____By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer. AP Sports Writers Jimmy Golen in Boston and Mike Marot in Indianapolis contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
WASHINGTON — Michael Taylor had a tying two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, Danny Espinosa followed with an RBI double and the Washington Nationals rallied from three runs down to beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday.In danger of having their lead over the Mets in the NL East cut to one game, Taylor drove in the Nationals’ first run in the fourth with a single off Noah Syndergaard to make it 3-1.After a wild pitch from Bobby Parnell (1-1) put runners on second and third in the eighth, Taylor ripped a full-count fastball to left to tie it. Taylor then stole second base before Espinosa put Washington in position to take two of three from the Mets and open a three-game lead in the division.Drew Storen struck out the side in the ninth for his 29th save. Matt Thornton (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win.Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run double and Kevin Plawecki an RBI single in the fourth to give the Mets a 3-0 lead against Jordan Zimmermann.Zimmermann allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings. He struck out six without a walk.The Nationals got one back in the bottom half, when Ian Desmond, who reached base all four times, singled and scored on Taylor’s two-out hit.Washington still stranded 10 runners from the second through the seventh innings.Syndergaard gave up five hits and a run in five innings. He walked five and struck out four.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: LF Michael Cuddyer (left knee) didn’t start for a third straight day. “The only way it’s really going to get better is with long-term rest,” manager Terry Collins said. Cuddyer pinch hit in the ninth Tuesday. He walked and scored.Nationals: 3B Yunel Escobar appeared to injure his left wrist swinging the bat in the second inning. He stayed in the game for one more pitch then took himself out. He was replaced by Dan Uggla. . RHP Stephen Strasburg, out since straining his left oblique on July 4, is set to throw batting practice Friday. . OF Jayson Werth, sidelined since May 15 with a broken left wrist, played nine innings in a rehab game Tuesday. INF Anthony Rendon, out since June 24 with a strained quadriceps, had five rehab at-bats Tuesday. . An MRI of David Carpenter’s injured right shoulder was negative, but the reliever had an anti-inflammatory injection that will keep him from throwing for two or three days. He went on the disabled list on July 17.UP NEXTMets: RHP Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.86 ERA) opens a four-game series Thursday against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Colon is 0-3 with a 4.68 ERA in three starts in July.Nationals: LHP Doug Fister (3-5, 4.30) starts the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh Thursday. Fister is 1-4 with a 4.29 ERA since returning from a forearm injury on June 18.DAVID ELFIN TweetPinShare0 Shares
LONDON – Britain’s anti-doping agency has banned former athletics coach George Skafidas for life from sports for nine rule violations.The Greek’s ban relates to his conduct coaching British sprinter Bernice Wilson.Wilson was banned from athletics for four years after testing positive in 2011 from an in-competition test for testosterone and clenbuterol, which U.K. Anti-Doping says Skafidas administered.Before Wilson returned to athletics, Skafidas administered further prohibited substances and she tested positive for clomiphene in February 2015.UKAD says Skafidas subverted the doping control process by removing and concealing the charge notice sent to Wilson, while providing a false account.UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead says “this case is not only incredibly disturbing but sad,” adding that Skafidas abused a position of trust and “categorically destroyed” Wilson’s career.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis won the bronze medal on Thursday in the men’s 470 class sailing event. The medal count is now up to five for Greece.Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic of Croatia won the gold medal in the men’s 470 class in the Rio Games sailing regatta. Thursday’s win is the first sailing gold medal for Croatia. Tonci Stipanovic won Croatia’s first ever sailing medal two days earlier when he took the silver in the Laser class. The Croatians came into the medal race with an 11-point lead and finished eighth among the 10 boats for a final 15-point margin, the Associated Press reported.Australia’s Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan took the silver after a tight battle against Greece’s Mantis and Kagialis, who got the bronze. Belcher won the gold medal in London four years ago with Malcolm Page, who then retired from Olympic sailing, as AP reported.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, who made his NBA All-Star Game debut last season, is the leading vote-getter in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon, nba.com reports.Antetokounmpo received 863,416 votes to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (856,080) by 7,336 votes for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall after the first 12 days of fan voting. In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant leads with 767,402 votes and teammate Stephen Curry is next with 735,115 – a difference of 32,287 votes.The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNT will televise the midseason showcase at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage.Read the full story here.TweetPinShare22 Shares
ATHENS – The award-winning Navarino Challenge lived up to its theme “Sports Unite People” as 2,700 of all ages participated in the activities for a 7th consecutive year, October 11-13 in Messinia and Costa Navarino.With ideal weather conditions and a rich program of more than 30 activities, the event, hosted by The Westin Resort Costa Navarino was recently recognized as the best sports event in Greece, and supports the ideals of the Olympic Movement, contributing towards the development of a peaceful and better world without any discrimination, through sports.The wellness event promoted the benefits of exercise and raised awareness of the Mediterranean diet in the effort to fight childhood obesity. Furthermore, considering the global issue of inactivity of youth, the event exhorted young people to get involved in games and sports, through the Active Kids program, by adding even more kids’ activities.Navarino Challenge brought together athletes, families and children from 40 countries, including among others, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Moldavia, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and the USA.Open water swimming by Vikos at Navarino Bay. Photo by Elias LefasThe full schedule of the event included activities for the whole family. On October 11, Greek Hall of Fame basketball icon Nick Galis, this year’s guest of honor, tipped off the 4on4 basketball tournament by Nutramins that was held with the participation of the basketball legend Joe Arlaouckas and two-time Olympic silver medalist Alexandros Nikolaidis. The day continued with many sports activities and ended with the screening of Barney Spender and Roddy Gibson’s award-winning documentary “The Road to Sparta” at the Agora, Costa Navarino.Messinia at the center of sports tourismOn October 12 sport action was held in the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor that supported the event for another year and helped in the smooth implementation of the activities at Navarino Bay with the assistance of local companies. For the first time in the event, participants had the opportunity to try sea kayaking and headed to the island of Sphacteria with the support of Explore Messinia.Open water swimming enthusiasts had the chance to compete in a chip-timed event at the beautiful Navarino bay from the scenic Pylos harbor, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) route of the open water swimming race by Vikos. The swimming event was held with absolute safety with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, according to FINA’s regulations and the support of Pylos Hellenic Coast Guard and Pylos-Nestor Municipality.The route was designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos.Tip off by Hall of Fame basketball legend Nick Galis at the 4on4 basketball tournament by Nutramins. Photo by Mike TsolisSilver Olympic medalist in open water swimming Spyros Gianniotis, world champion Kelly Araouzou, European champion George Arniakos and significant athletes of the Greek National Open Water Swimming Team participated in this year’s race, in the presence of Pylos-Nestor Mayor, Takis Karvelas.Lifeguard Patrol, Pilos Dive Center group of divers and event’s medical partner Athens Medical Group ensured the safety of the swimming race.“Challenge The Wind” interclub sailing race of triangle course with OPTIMIST and LASER 4.7 boats was co-organized with the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association “Nestor”.The sea activities also marked the beginning of the “Navarinia” event for the 192nd anniversary of the Battle of Navarino, which will culminate this week.In addition, Pylos came alive with local flavors and scents. A station with traditional lalagia, loukoumia, pasteli created by Poseidonia and Pylos Poems welcomed visitors.A visit to the refurbished family home of the Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras was held with the presence of Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis.All water sports were also supported by the following partners: Poseidonia, Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development, Karalis Beach Hotel, Karalis City Hotel & Spa.Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes with the event’s medal made of seagrass by PHEE. Photo by Babis GiritziotisOn Saturday night, the official airline Qatar Airways welcomed guests on the special night A Night to Remember by Qatar Airways. In the presence of Minister of Tourism Harry Theocharis and Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Lefteris Avgenakis, Qatar Airways honored great sports personalities. In particular, the Hall of Fame basketball legend Nick Galis was honored for his contribution to sports by Costantza Sbokou-Constantakopoulou on behalf of TEMES, along with the Minister of Tourism, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, and Theresa Cissell, Qatar Airways Country Manager for Greece and Cyprus. The Greek-American ultramarathon runner and the event’s ambassador Dean Karnazes was awarded by the Minister of Tourism. Greek gold Paralympic medalist and world champion in boccia Grigoris Polychronidis was awarded by Byung Moo (Theofilos) Shin, President & Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics Hellas. Silver Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis was awarded by the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, while journalists Minas Tsamopoulos and George Thanailakis undertook the presentation of the athlete and the award. Two-time Olympic medalist in rowing Vassilis Polymeros was awarded by Ms. Petri Logara, Operations Manager of Ford Motor Hellas. World karate champion Eleni Chatziliadou was awarded by Cissell, while bronze medalist in sailing world championship Maria Tsamopoulou was awarded by Stefanos Theodorides, Managing Director of TEMES. The event was presented by Joe Arlauckas with music by the Pylos Conservatory duo.Qatar Airways Puzzle Challenge contest continuesQatar Airways surprised participants with the Puzzle Challenge competition created through a special application. The contest continues until October 21 with a gift of two round-trip airline tickets to over 160 places across the globe on Qatar Airways’ global network. A Night to Remember by Qatar Airways was assisted by Kayak, Karoulias, Lafazanis, Nestor, while the specially designed awards of the event, were created by PHEE and Nestor Winery.Kick boxing champion Alexandros Nikolaidis at the Ford Go Further half-marathon in Voidokilia. Photo by Elias LefasOn October 13, professional and amateur runners tested their skills on the routes of 5km by Samsung (running & dynamic walking), 10km by PlantBox and Ford Go Further Greek Half-Marathon (21.1km). The Half-Marathon route is described by runners as one of the most beautiful around the world, and the 5km route also impressed participants. Navarino Challenge was included in World’s Marathons world community with runners from the Sport Club with people with special needs from Kalamata, “Diaforozo,” celebrating their participation at the event one day before the International White Cane Day (October 15). The routes were designed by the former marathon runner, holder of national best performance on the classical route, running coach and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. During the event, all participants were timed. All running races are co-organized with Messiniakos Gymnastic Club, EAS SEGAS Peloponnese Region and the approval of the Hellenic Athletics Federation [SEGAS]. Hellenic Rescue Team – Messinia Department and the event’s medical partner, Athens Medical Group, ensured the safety of the races.Later on, the children’s 1km race (supported by VIKOS) took place, with the dynamic presence of children from the wider region as well as clubs such as Messiniakos, GC Akritas 2016 and Pylos Maritime Sports Club.The eco-friendly event included: a) strictly smoke-free areas for the start and end points of the Navarino Dunes runways, b) declaring the beautiful Voidokilia beach, which the runners crossed, as strictly plastic-free, and c) offered participants an eco-friendly bag by Luanvi, event’s official sports supplier.This year’s participants received a medal made only of seagrass from the event’s official supporter, PHEE, a company that innovates by promoting the principles of “green” entrepreneurship and the re-use of natural resources.Moreover, the event offered each participant an olive tree by PlantBox. At the same time, all participants received high quality cosmetics be Messinian Spa.A special surprise from Samsung awaited participants of Navarino Challenge, with the exceptional artwork of artist Nathan Makris, that depicted top athletes, Nick Galis, Spiros Gianniotis, Alexandros Nikolaidis, Grigoris Polychronidis, Periklis Iakovakis and Dean Karnazes. Visitors had the opportunity to take a picture with them and post their photos on social media.Sea kayaking to the island of Sphacteria with the support of Explore Messinia. Photo by Elias LefasNavarino Challenge supports: a) the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis with a program on Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition, DIATROFI, and through the Captain Vasilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation: b) WWF Greece and c) Karkinaki, through the GivenGain online platform: https://bit.ly/33KTNhD.Navarino Challenge is part of the #BeactiveHellas 2019 program of the European Commission and was held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.The event was held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.Navarino Challenge was co-organized by Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group with the support of the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia.Hashtags: #navarinochallenge #costanavarino #sportsunitepeople #eatwell #runwell #livewellThe 1 km race for kids at Navarino Challenge 2019. Photo by Babis GiritziotisVisit to the refurbished family home of the Olympic champion, Kostis Tsiklitiras, with the presence of Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis. Photo by Babis GiritziotisTweetPinShare133133 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Socionext: graphics controller for in-vehicle remote display applicationsNext Sensirion: pressure-resistant mass flow meter for gas mixing medtech applications The ever-increasing connectedness of electronic systems provides a whole new world of opportunity. But with that opportunity comes a brand-new challenge; keeping your functional system safe and secure, especially when there is a need for certification.Free seminars in Munich, 6 March 2018; Frankfurt, 7 March 2018; and Eindhoven, 8 March 2018; will highlight several issues to consider when designing a functionally safe secure system and will detail how, alongside features such as domain separation and rootkit protection, the security features of the application code itself provide an essential slice in a “Swiss Cheese” defence of a connected system. A demonstration of how automated tools can streamline the development of securely coded applications is included.Sometimes, the need for security is obvious – perhaps in the banking sector, or when classified government information is involved. On other occasions, the requirement is more subtle. For example, it is a vital consideration for connected electronic systems required to meet industrial (e.g. IEC 61508) or automotive (e.g. ISO 26262) functional safety standards because connected systems cannot be safe if they are vulnerable to cyberattack. These cyberattacks take a host of different forms, and there are many perspectives to consider. For example, rootkits allow viruses and malware to “hide in plain sight” by disguising as necessary files that antivirus software will overlook, and then remain undetected while they steal information for an extended period.Then there are cross-domain attacks, where aggressors access critical domains via their more vulnerable, less critical counterparts. The securing of separate domains is a well-publicized factor in adhering to the principles of either the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) or the Reference Architectural Model for Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0), and increasingly important in the automotive sector. In both cases, the application of MILS “Least Privilege” principles can be of fundamental assistance to minimise the size of attack surfaces.The application software provides another arrow in the security quiver. If that is not written with security in mind, then it is likely to include vulnerabilities meaning that once a domain is accessed, aggressors have a means to access sensitive data or to modify system functionality. This need has replaced the traditional reactive testing approach with a proven Proactive testing methodology during the development lifecycle to enhance security assurance.Senior executives, technical managers, system architects, product managers, test engineers or anyone wanting a better understanding of the development of highly secure embedded systems with reduced certification risk and time-to-market should attend.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Eastern fleet of Indian navy in Indonesia to strengthen tiesVisakhapatnam (AP), Jun 23 (PTI) The eastern fleet ofthe Indian navy – INS Shakti and INS Kamorta – under thecommand ofRear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi entered the Portof Makassar, Indonesia, today.The three-day visit is to foster professionalinteraction, sports fixtures andsocial interactions with theIndonesian navy, a release from the Indian navy said here.The ships would be open to visitors.The visit aims to further strengthen the strong bondand mutual understanding betweenthe two navies, according tothe release.The presence of the frontline warships comes soonafter bothcountrieselevated their bilateral ties to acomprehensive strategic partnership during the Indian PrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia onMay29, therelease said.Also, the trip seeks to enhance maritime cooperationbetween the two naviesfor security and stability in theregion and further bolster strong bonds of friendship Indiahas with Indonesia, it said.INS Shakti, a fleet tanker, commanded by captain SAJoglekar and indigenously-built stealthCorvette INS Kamorta,commanded by commander Saiket Chatterjee, are on the last legof their two-month operational deployment to Southeast Asiaand western Pacific Ocean, it said.The deployment included the participation inMALABAR-18, a trilateral exercise between the Indian navy, USnavyand the Japanese maritime self-defence force (JMSDF)which was held off Guam, an island territory of the US, in thePacific Ocean, the release said.The two ships, along with INS Sahyadri, had leftVisakhapatnam for the deployment on April 30 this year andover the last two months visited Singapore, Sattahip(Thailand), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) DA Nang (Vietnam) andGuam (USA).advertisementOn completion of the MALABAR exercise, INS Sahyadrihad proceeded to Hawaii to participate in RIMPAC exerciseinvolving participationof 26 navies, the release added.PTI COR DBV NVG BNBN BN BN
Former England captain Alastair Cook believes that India are fielding their strongest ever pace attack in the five-match Test series, starting August 1 in Birmingham.There have been a lot of talks around India’s bowling unit this time, considering the fact that pace attack has not been India’s strong point. As a touring side, India have mostly lacked quality pacers, which have usually cost them matches in alien conditions.Cook feels this time around, India have variety and depth in their pace unit, something that is very unusual to them.Even without their pace mainstay Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was expected to play an important role in England, India have immense quality in Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.While Ishant and Umesh are considered to be the fittest among all the fast bowlers, the performance and fitness of Shami will be key for the team in this series.Also read – India vs England: Injury concerns around India’s pace attack”India seem to have got a good variety of bowlers, especially pace bowlers, which is probably unusual. They have strength and depth in their pace bowling,” Cook said on Monday.”Over the last couple of years – certainly in the last 10 years I’ve played them – they haven’t had the option of playing five or six different types of seamers. That’s different to what I have experienced in the past but we’ll see over the next six weeks.”India’s top order has been under scrutiny and their form seems to be a cause of concern for the visitors but Cook backed struggling Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara to come good in the series.advertisement”With very good players, form is certainly temporary. The reason they’re very good players is the number of runs they’ve scored in the past over a sustained period of time.Also read – Kuldeep our X-factor but we can’t forget Ashwin, Jadeja: Ajinkya Rahane”That’s why they’re the number one side in the world. You can go a couple of innings not scoring any runs, and suddenly you get a couple away and start to get that rhythm and timing back, and you get a big one. That is the nature of the beast, certainly with top-order batting,” Cook said.Cook is making a return to the English side after playing against Pakistan earlier in the summer. He said that he is feeling fresh for the challenge against India, a side against whom he has had a lot of success at Edgbaston.”I feel fresh. I haven’t played a huge amount of cricket over the last three and a half weeks. It was nice to score those runs last week (180 for England Lions versus India A). I moved pretty well, I batted pretty well. I feel ready,” said Cook.Cook, who had resigned as England Test captain last year to pave way for Joe Root, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as England captain. It is a very challenging job. It’s a hard job. But it’s also a very rewarding job. You get tested in ways you never thought you would be.”And you make decisions every day about things which, before the days starts you don’t know about, and you’re captaining your country, which is the biggest honour a sportsman can know. I absolutely loved it. But I believed it was the right time (to quit) for me personally.”Also read – England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphCook feels the constant change in the combination of the playing XI has affected England’s dream of becoming the number one team in the world.”To become the number one side in the world, it takes two or three years of really good results and we haven’t had that. The team has been changing as we’re finding out different things about different players and different combinations,” he said.”You go back to that side in 2011, that was probably the end of two or three years under Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower playing really good cricket with the same 14 or 15 players. Everyone produced the goods over a period of tome. We’re a little bit away of that and that’s the challenge of this time,” he said.(With PTI inputs)
PV Sindhu had to settle for silver yet again at the BWF World Championships after losing the final in straight games against arch-rival Carolina Marin of Spain in Nanjing, China.Marin, who has been Sindhu’s toughest rival on the badminton court, prevailed once again over the Indian 21-19, 21-10 to clinch her third world title. The former world No. 1 shuttler had previously won the title in 2014 and 2015. She is now the first female player in history to hold three world titles.Sindhu couldn’t better her performance at the tournament from last year after failing to find rhythm and form in the final match against Marin, who took a 7-6 lead in the head-to-head battle against Sindhu.The star Indian shuttler seemed out of sorts throughout the match although, she did manage to put up a good fight for some time in the first game. Marin however, simply blew her opponent away in the second to win the match in just 45 minutes.(Match highlights)Marin proved too good for Sindhu in the match which mattered the most and brought out the full range of shots on court with surprising drop shots, constant varying of pace in a rally, down-the-line smashes and impeccable net play dominating her play.All through the tournament, Marin has looked in supreme form. Her confidence, her movement on court and her attacking strokes have been top notch.On the other hand, Sindhu had shown a lot more patience and variety in her strokes in this edition. Timely drop shots have been a major addition in Sindhu’s arsenal and that has helped her get past her opponents. Against Marin, she will need to bring all her variety to the court.advertisementEven though Marin and Sindhu have faced each other many times since the Rio Olympics final, this was the first major event after 2016 when they face each other in a final.Sindhu entered the final with a spirited performance against world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and beat her 21-16, 24-22 to guarantee herself another silver medal.Marin on the other hand, played her semi-final against home favourite He Bingjiao and the Spanish player came from behind to beat the Chinese 13-21, 21-16, 21-13.
Mumbai, Aug 24 (PTI) Reema Kagti, fresh from the success of her latest “Gold”, says both good reviews and commercial success matter to her.”Logic dictates that a commercial success is better for the director than a flop. Whether it is an actor, a director or a technician, appreciation for your work makes you feel good.”The balance has to be right… You do not want the other thing happening, where your film has earned lot of money but got zero appreciation,” Reema told PTI.Reema made her directorial debut with romcom “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd” in 2007 to psychological horror “Talaash” (2012).Sports drama “Gold” is the director’s latest offering, which has earned decent reviews and money at the ticket window.She says she is her own critic, which she believes is an advantage.”I am critical of my own work, when I see my films, you only see mistakes, you don’t see what is good. It is good and it keeps you on your toes.”Reema says she always wanted to do a sports film and never understood what kept her away from the genre.”I love this space. It is a tried-and-tested formula but it works really well. I feel uplifted and positive at the end of a sports film. I had wanted to do it for a while,” she adds.The director says she knew working on the story of “Gold” would be challenging but she was up for the task.”It feels daunting but I have had big help for the research. We had a hockey historian from Delhi, my co-writer was there. I had a superb crew and cast. It was challenging but it was not that hard.” PTI KKP JUR RDS BKBKadvertisement
MS Dhoni returned to lead India as Rohit Sharma was rested for the Super Four match against Afghanistan at the Asia Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. Dhoni had stepped down as India’s limited overs captain in January 2017 and handed over the reins to Virat Kohli.Dhoni returned to lead India for the first time after 696 days.This is Dhoni’s 200th ODI as India captain. He had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand.India vs Afghanistan – Live UpdatesAt the toss, Dhoni urged his men to keep their intensity up in the dead rubber and added it was destiny that he was leading India for the 200th time in ODIs.”We were looking to bowl first. Quite a few changes. Both the openers are missing, Bhuvi, Bumrah and Chahal are also missing. Everybody who hadn’t played in this tournament get a chance. They are part of the 15 and are representing India.”We’ll have to keep the intensity up. It is important for them to adjust to the line and length they need to bowl. I was not really sure of where I am standing. I have captained 199 ODIs, so this gives me an opportunity to make it 200.”It’s all destiny and I have always believed in that. It’s not in my control, once I left captainship. Good to complete 200, but I don’t think it really matters.”Captain Cool is back!Some changes for India means Rohit Sharma rests and MS Dhoni once again takes the reins! His 200th ODI as captain.He’s lost the toss and Afghanistan are batting, while Deepak Chahar makes his debut.#INDvAFG LIVE https://t.co/QOBmNShq3d#AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/OUXFy0KsJ3advertisementICC (@ICC) September 25, 2018Despite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented buy young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.Virat Kohli, who was rested for the Asia Cup, leans heavily on Dhoni for tactical decisions on the field.READ – I’ve learned the most from MS Dhoni: Virat KohliIn a recent interview to Wisden, Kohli said he has learnt the most from MS Dhoni. “I’ve learned the most from MS, standing so close to him at slip so many times and just observing him at close quarters.”MS Dhoni – 200th ODI as Captain of #TeamIndia #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/4PWQNzVgiABCCI (@BCCI) September 25, 2018India’s final Super Four match against Afghanistan gave the two-time world champions the opportunity to make several changes. Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were rested as India have already qualified for the final. They will face off against the winner of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan Super Four match.Dhoni is India’s most successful captain across formats. Before Tuesday, Dhoni had led India in 199 ODIs out of which he won 110 matches and lost 74.Here’s our Playing XI for the game. Deepak Chahar makes his ODI debut for #TeamIndia.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/82vVKQB5PGBCCI (@BCCI) September 25, 2018MS Dhoni therefore became only the third cricketer captain in 200 ODIs. Ricky Ponting led Australia (ICC) in 230 ODIs from 2002-2012 while New Zeland’s Stephen Fleming led in 218 ODIs from 1997-2007.Dhoni also needs 95 runs to score 10,000 ODI runs for India.This is a nostalgic moment for Indian cricket fans. Under Dhoni, India won three major ICC tournaments: the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013).
Deepak Chahar had a forgetful ODI debut in the Asia Cup after he was brought in a replacement for the injured Hardik Pandya.Chahar though is aiming to cement his place in the national team in white ball cricket and be counted as a new-ball bowler who is also handy with the bat.”I can bat too. I was drafted in as a replacement for Hardik Pandya in the Asia Cup.”So I want to prove myself as a batsman also. I want to be the all-rounder in the side who can bowl with the new ball. I want to train myself in such a manner that if selectors want a new ball bowler, they pick me, and also if they want an all-rounder they pick me,” Chahar told IANS on the sidelines of a Vijay Hazare Trophy match in Chennai.Rajasthan are in Elite Group C of the 50-over domestic meet.Chahar said he would look to make the most of the batting opportunities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year to further establish himself.”I got runs in one of the IPL matches. Mahi bhai (as Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S. Dhoni is fondly called) sent me up the order. This year, I hope to get more opportunities with the bat to prove myself. The team gets balance when a fast bowler bats well too.”This is a terrific Indian side. You are always expected to behave like the No.1 side in the dressing room. Look at the options the team has and the depth in squad. It won’t be easy for me to be a regular,” he said.advertisementChahar replaced injured all-rounder Pandya in the Asia Cup which India won. Chahar made an unimpressive debut against Afghanistan under Dhoni’s captaincy, with figures of 4-0-37-1.Earlier, the 26-year old made his Twenty20 debut in England, finishing with 1/43 in his four overs.”The start was not good. But I will hope to get another chance,” said Chahar, expected to make the limited overs squad for the West Indies series at home.”I am working really hard. The IPL has helped me a lot. When IPL was not there, debutants used to feel the pressure playing in front of big crowds. But with the IPL, you have already experienced that pressure before making coming into the international circuit,” he said.Since making his debut in the Ranji Trophy at the age of 18 and dismantling the Hyderabad batting line-up for just 21 — Chahar picked 8 for 10 and finished the season with 30 wickets — a spate of injuries put him off the radar for a while.It was only in the IPL under Dhoni that Chahar reached his true potential. First, he played for Rising Pune Supergiants before moving to CSK, where he was a vital cog of the title-winning team. He picked up 10 wickets at an average of 27.80.”He (Dhoni) used me so well in the IPL and he is always effusive in praise of me. When Dhoni bhaiya speaks highly of someone, people take it seriously. He made me play all the matches and later told me that he wanted that.”He had told the management that Deepak will play every game. That matters a lot. We won the IPL and performing in the IPL matters. I have been doing well in domestic cricket since a long time. If you have to play for India, you have to also do well in the IPL and show that you can handle pressure,” Chahar said about Dhoni’s influence in his fledgling career.Asked about the presence of Pandya as an all-rounder already in the side, Chahar said the former is an asset for the team going into the World Cup.”He is an asset and he cannot be replaced. He is a big hitting batsman and I feel looking ahead to the World Cup, Hardik is a vital cog in the team’s wheel. I am not competing with him.”I just want to improve my batting too so that the team management has more reasons to pick me. It is very difficult to break into this Indian limited overs side now. So I always have to look for opportunities to better my all round ability.”(With inputs from IANS)
Defending Champions India survived a scare to reach the final of the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament in Muscat on Saturday.India defeated Asian Games gold medallist Japan 3-2 in the semi-finals to meet arch-rivals Pakistan in the final on Sunday.It turned out to be a tall task for the world No. 5 India to get past Japan against whom they had registered a convincing 9-0 win in the league stages.Young striker Gurjant Singh gave India the lead in the 19th minute with a fine reverse hit field goal before Japan equalised through Wakuri three minutes later from a penalty corner.After the change of ends, India restored their lead when Chinglensana Singh deflected in from a penalty corner in the 44th minute.Five minutes from the hooter Dilpreet Singh extended India’s lead with a superb field strike in the 55th minute.But India’s joy was shortlived as Japan reduced the margin a minute later when Zendana scored from a penalty corner to give serious threats to the Indians.But thereafter, the Indians defended well in numbers to thwart Japan’s challenge in the final few minutes to register the hard-fought win and a place in tomorrow’s final against arch-rivals Pakistan.Earlier in the day, two-time champions Pakistan defeated Malaysia 3-1 in the shootout after a 4-4 draw in regulation period of the the first semi-final to enter Sunday’s summit clash.(With inputs from PTI)
Brief scores – India 324/4 (Rohit 87, Dhawan 66) beat New Zealand 234 (Bracewell 57; Kuldeep 4 for 45) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. ScorecardRohit Sharma missed out on his first ODI hundred in New Zealand but he still wasn’t disappointed as India ended up on the winning side yet again in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.India rode on Rohit Sharma’s 87, his highest ODI score in New Zealand, to post a challenging 324 for 4 after electing to bat first on a flat surface at the Bay Oval. Shikhar Dhawan (66), MS Dhoni (48 not out) and Virat Kohli (43) also made useful contributions with the bat.”Good feeling (on his performance) but more importantly, we won the match. We didn’t know how the pitch will behave. The last time when SL and NZ played here, it was a high scoring game.”When we got 324, we thought it was a par score and not a big score. Credit to our bowlers for doing a good job,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.New Zealand 103/4 after 18 overs in the game.#NZvIND #TeamIndia https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs pic.twitter.com/rvtlNfpnWLBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019It was Rohit and Dhawan’s 154-run opening partnership which set up the win for India before Kuldeep Yadav chipped in with 4 wickets to derail New Zealand’s run chase.Rohit and Dhawan, who are one-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair, surpassed the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).advertisementRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).”Important for the team to get a good start and I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar, I am sure it’s the same for him too. Lovely ground here and it was nice to see such a big crowd on an open ground,” Rohit added.FIFTY!@ImRo45 looking solid out there in the middle, brings up his 38th ODI half-centuryLive – https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/z3UzpdZ4XZBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019The bowlers were equally lethal as the batsmen for India in this game with Kuldeep Yadav once again leading the way with 4 wickets for 45 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with two wickets each while Mohammed Shami got the big fish – Kane Williamson.The all-round show by India on its 70th Independence Day today, impressed captain Virat Kohli as well.”Quite clinical. We were really balanced with the bat. 325 was par. Not something you feel comfortable considering NZ’s batting. But it was good to put up a balanced performance,” Virat Kohli said at the presentation.The third ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the same venue on January 28 (Monday).
Since joining La Liga leaders Barcelona just over a year ago, Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has endured a mixed time in Catalonia.He joined Barca to much fanfare for a club record 142 million pounds from Liverpool and was hailed as the long-term replacement for former Spain international Andres Iniesta.But Coutinho has often failed to replicate his Premier League performance levels at the Nou Camp, playing second fiddle to fellow big-money arrival Ousmane Dembele.With the Frenchman injured, however, pressure has grown on Coutinho to up his game and he is finally showing glimpses of his true potential.A starring role with two goals in the 6-1 Copa del Rey second-leg win over Sevilla in midweek was his best performance in a Barca shirt and fans will be hoping for more of the same when fellow Cup semi-finalists Valencia visit on Saturday.”He’s a brave player who always tries things and takes risks,” coach Ernesto Valverde said of his number seven.”Hopefully, this performance is something that can give him more confidence.”We’ve now got a game against a side who also had a really intense Copa match and there’s little time to recover. I’ll have to pick a side to get the three points and we know that next week we’ll have another game, too.”Valencia endured a disappointing first half of the season but four wins from five matches in all competitions, including a stoppage-time Copa victory over Getafe, has lifted them to seventh in the La Liga standings.advertisementThird-placed Real Madrid, who sit 10 points behind leaders Barca, host fifth-placed Alaves on Sunday. Gareth Bale returned from his latest injury setback last weekend and is set to reclaim his place in the frontline alongside Karim Benzema.Doubts remain, however, over the futures of midfielder Isco and full back Marcelo, with both struggling for game time at the Bernabeu since the Argentine took over.Elsewhere, former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata looks set to make his Atletico Madrid debut when they visit Betis on Sunday, while Real Sociedad host Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby on Saturday.Also Watch:
Sony has been in the limelight as the world expects to see their new XZ4 flagship at the MWC 2019. However, there have been reports of another midrange Sony smartphone expected to be unveiled at the event alongside the XZ4. Dubbed as the Xperia XA3, this is expected to be the first Sony smartphone with virtually no chin but a thick forehead. So far, we have known what the Xperia XA3 will be made of and how much of performance expectations we can have from Sony’s upcoming midrange phone. Now, Sony is expected to change the name if the handset.According to tipster Ishan Agarwal, Sony has changed its mind and decided to go ahead with new names for what was so far known to us as the Xperia XA3. Instead, it is now expected that the Xperia XA3 will be commercially called the Xperia 10. The variant with the larger screen will be called the Xperia 10 Plus. No reason has been given so far regarding the change of the name. It seems that Sony wants to simplify its nomenclature and wants to begin with the midrange Xperia 10 phones.Apart from the new names, another set of leaks from Roland Quandt has given out the renders of the Xperia 10 Plus with a bigger footprint than the standard variant. The Xperia 10 Plus is essentially a bigger version of the Xperia 10 with a larger overall form factor. It retains the same chin-less display as the smaller model. However, the Plus gets a bigger 6.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. The forehead remains big and seems to accommodate the earpiece, the sensors and the front camera.advertisement The rear of the Xperia 10 Plus also gets similar treatment as the Xperia 10. The handset sports a clean design possibly made of glass. There’s a horizontally mounted dual camera system at the back. The device will also feature NFC. The renders also show that the handset will feature a USB Type-C port, a loudspeaker at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.It isn’t known whether Sony will bring the Xperia 10 series to the Indian market. The Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are rumoured to be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and will come with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. Sony could also offer competent camera hardware to give it enough features to stand against other premium smartphones.ALSO READ | Chin-less Sony Xperia XA3 spotted in wild with 21:9 displayALSO READ | Sony XA3 goes quirky with no chin and huge foreheadALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 certified by FCC, Galaxy A20 spotted running Android Go
Barcelona have extended coach Ernesto Valverde’s contract by another year until the end of the 2019-20 season with an option for one more season, the La Liga club said on Friday.The 55-year-old guided Barcelona to the league and cup double last season and has, so far, won 65 of his 96 games in charge in all competitions.”FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde, the first team coach, have reached an agreement to extend the contract between the two parties for another season (2019/20) with the option for one more (2020/21),” the club said in a statement on their website.Valverde almost led the side to an unbeaten league campaign in his debut season, winning 28 games and losing only once.Barcelona are on course for another league title this season and sit atop the standings with 51 points from 23 games, six points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.Also Watch:
India’s tour to Pakistan for the Davis Cup Group 1 tie is not doubtful and the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has not requested for a change of venue in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.There were reports that India might refuse to play the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan in September after 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed on February 14 in a ghastly attack.”We have not requested for a change in venue. All such reports are baseless,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told IANS rubbishing reports.”The tie is still far off. We will play in September and we cannot predict what the (political) condition will be sitting in February. We will not discuss the matter only now. The tie is not in doubt,” he added.The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) had announced earlier this month that they are ready to host India on a grass court in Islamabad.The AITA had earlier stated that they were sure of travelling to Pakistan for the tie and would otherwise get disqualified according to International Tennis Federation rules.There is a huge uproar over the Indian cricket team playing against Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Cup in the United Kingdom.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai said on Friday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will write to the International Cricket Council (ICC), where India will make a strong representation on boycotting countries that sponsor terrorism.In Davis Cup, no Indian team has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964.advertisementIn the World Group Qualifier, India were beaten 3-1 by Italy at the Calcutta South Club.This is an away tie for India since the last time the two nations had met in Mumbai. India had then won the tie 3-2. Before that, India and Pakistan played at a neutral venue in Malaysia in 1973.Also Read | 14th February was a black day for India: Sania Mirza on Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of Administrators
For the first time in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore will go into a game as favourites. After a convincing win against Kings XI Punjab, RCB will now take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.While Mumbai Indians are seated third on the points table with four wins from seven games, they lost their last match against Rajasthan Royals at the same venue on Saturday. On the other hand, even though RCB is placed last on the table with just one win in seven outings, the fact that they beat KXIP at home on Saturday will surely motivate them further.Speaking after Saturday’s game, while Kohli had mentioned how his players still have the desire to go out and express themselves, Man of the Match AB de Villiers had rung the warning bell for the opposition saying he loves playing at the Wankhede. Not good signs for Rohit Sharma and his boys for sure.Also, the clinical way that RCB chased down KXIP’s total of 173 shows that the batting unit is definitely in form. With Dale Steyn joining the squad, the bowling too will wear a bolstered look. In fact, uncapped Navdeep Saini would like to take the opportunity of learning from the pro in the remaining games. Saini has by far been the most impressive bowler for RCB and Mumbai Indians too would look to play him cautiously.In the batting department, Mumbai have little worries as both Rohit and opening partner Quinton de Kock have been in fine form. With Kieron Pollard also showing that he still has match-winning abilities and Hardik Pandya finishing with a bang in almost all games, the batting part of things look sorted for the home team.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB be played?The IPL 2019 match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between MI and RCB?Mumbai Indians: Siddhesh Lad, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Anukul Roy, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Jayant YadavRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Dale SteynAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russel