Middlesex right-arm seamer Toby Roland-Jones will make his England Test debut against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday after Mark Wood was ruled out with a heel injury.The 29-year-old has one limited overs cap for England, and captain Joe Root said Roland-Jones would be keen to take his chance in the third game of the four-match series, which is level at 1-1.”Toby has looked good in the lead-up to the first two matches in practice and he’s had a good couple of years,” said Root. “He’ll be desperate to show what he can do with the red ball.”After a convincing win in his first test as England skipper, Root’s captaincy came in for criticism after England were thrashed by 340 runs in the second test at Trent Bridge, and he said the team were eager to make amends.”The most important thing is that we learn from the experience and make sure we improve,” Root said. “It’s a settled dressing room that is desperate to get better and know that we are a better side than we performed last week.”We have to bounce back strongly and it’s important we put in a strong performance.”The match will be the 100th Test at the Oval — making it the fourth ground to reach that milestone after Lord’s, Melbourne and Sydney.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw all three of his substitutes contribute to the goals that earned a 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday but was quick to dismiss praise of his tactical move.Marcus Rashford scored the opener three minutes after coming on and Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini combined for the second goal to complete United’s third straight win of the Premier League season.”Very good players,” Mourinho said, when it was suggested that he had made intelligent substitutions.”This is about the quality of the players because they are good. It doesn’t matter if they come from the bench because the group is solid.”I am really happy. Not for me, when we make changes, it is always the right changes. I am happy for them, for Marouane, for Jesse, for Marcus,” he said.”If I don’t have them on the bench I can’t make successful changes. The players work hard and those who are not playing and are on the bench, or in the stands, are working hard too and waiting for the chance,” he said.It was the kind of game that United might have drawn last season.”We didn’t have many matches last season where we played 90 minutes with the control we had today. Is (Jamie) Vardy a very dangerous player? I would say one of the most dangerous in the Premier League. Was he dangerous today? I would say no because we played very well to control that,” Mourinho said.”Were Leicester very dangerous against Arsenal? Yes, I watched the match three times. Were they dangerous against us? No,” he said.advertisement(AP Photo)The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager said his team’s excellent start to the season – with 10 goals scored and three clean sheets – were a result of excellent preparations.”We had a very good pre-season. We worked really well. We had great conditions to work together, to be together in a beautiful atmosphere in Los Angeles.”We played against good teams, the best team in Europe (Real Madrid) twice. The pre-season was very complete and then we started the Premier League and we are playing well,” he said.
Hyderabad, Nov 1 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today told the Legislative Assembly that his government would go ahead with its plan to build a new Secretariat complex here.Rao said this during an animated debate in the Question Hour on the issue which saw the BJP walking out in protest.The government proposed to build a new Secretariat complex, also planned to accommodate legislature buildings, as the existing Secretariat fails to meet fire safety standards and also had space constraints, among other reasons, he said.BJPs K Laxman, G Kishan Reddy and Ch Ramachandra Reddy opposed the proposal to build a new Secretariat, saying that the existing Secretariat complex is situated in an “excellent location”.The existing complex can be fully utilised by making appropriate changes as Andhra Pradesh has shifted most of its administration (to its capital region), they said.The Bison Polo Ground, where the new complex is being proposed, is mainly used for sports activity, they said.Rao, however, said some fire incidents took place in the existing Secretariat building with files getting burnt.The space in the complex is grossly inadequate for the requirements of the Secretariat and that the construction of buildings was not properly planned, he said.The Secretariat symbolises the existence of the state and also gives an impression about the state, he said.The new Secretariat, along with other important offices, is planned to increase productivity and efficiency, he said.The cost of the project, estimated to be around Rs 180 crore, is also not too heavy, he said, adding that the government would like to go ahead with the proposal as per relevant rules and norms.advertisementAlleging that the state government adopted a stubborn attitude and that the proposal was “against public opinion”, BJP floor leader G Kishan Reddy announced walk out by his party.The state government is in communication with the Centre as the proposed site for construction of new Secretariat complex is under the possession of Defence ministry. PTI SJR NRB RDS
Analysis of the eight World Cup groups:Group ARussia, a lowly 65th in FIFA’s rankings, will be reasonably confident of making progress to the last 16 after being drawn against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.Group A ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Russia – https://t.co/H5agdsDha5????Saudi Arabia – https://t.co/xGiIXdMwv0????Egypt – https://t.co/3PMcWNuwzi????Uruguay – https://t.co/hsqcktF5D3#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/n13H4bzzfB- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017The hosts will face the Saudis, ranked 63rd, in the tournament’s opening match where a win will be essential. Uruguay will be favourites to top the section with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani forming a fearsome attack although Egypt, back at the finals for the first time since 1990, boast Liverpool’s prolific forward Mohamed Salah.Group BEuropean champions Portugal and Spain meet in Sochi to kick off the group and while that is not the start either side would have wanted, they both should still make progress with Morocco, qualifiers for the first time since 1998, and Iran, managed by Carlos Queiroz, the other sides involved.Group B ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Portugal – https://t.co/981oAFV1Mc????Spain – https://t.co/GqszldP8LS????Morocco – https://t.co/6IzYhOzUO0????IR Iran – https://t.co/3VMkdU5jTL#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/JhwBJIFHds- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017Spain will be keen to make up for their flop in Brazil four years ago when they failed to survive the group stage while for Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo it could be his last chance to make a real impression at a World Cup.advertisementGroup CPerhaps not a ‘group of death’ but 1998 champions France will have to be on their toes if they are to avoid an early flight home with 10th-ranked Peru, a dangerous Denmark and Australia keeping them company.Group C ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????France – https://t.co/etJkwocSFg????Australia – https://t.co/ISoLBpdVax????Peru – https://t.co/WXF9Fu2Mfg????Denmark – https://t.co/IyLZIrxNwy#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/GBHazZeFfm- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017With players such as Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in attack and Paul Pogba powering up the midfield Les Bleus should win the group with the other three scrapping for runners-up spot. Peru have qualified for the first time for 36 years.Group DArgentina made a meal of qualifying for the World Cup but were saved by a superb Lionel Messi hat-trick in their final game against Ecuador. Messi will be the key man as they navigate a group containing Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.Group D ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Argentina – https://t.co/QYSdkbi3E2????Iceland – https://t.co/6YMv9acdLI????Croatia – https://t.co/OXjmAcY4y8????Nigeria – https://t.co/5SKP9GEbfU#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/Y42TYRtITV- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017Iceland, sensations at Euro 2016 where they knocked out England to reach the quarter-finals, are the smallest nation by population ever to qualify but cannot be taken lightly while Croatia boast creative talents such as Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic.Group EFive-times champions Brazil will be heavy favourites to win the group, leaving Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in a battle to join them in the knockouts.Group E ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Brazil – https://t.co/IkKx0RzZ4E????Switzerland – https://t.co/CQVQuoihNE????Costa Rica – https://t.co/9qeiDY88tv????Serbia – https://t.co/ejdUCP0INU#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/JtGwpuHI9u- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017Costa Rica showed they can cause an upset at the 2014 tournament when they won a group that included England, Italy and Uruguay, while Serbia eased through a testing qualifying campaign.Group FDefending champions Germany are unlikely to fear a group that also features Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.Group F ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Germany – https://t.co/wmlD1J6O6u????Mexico – https://t.co/W1uPrxeabm????Sweden – https://t.co/po7n2oeE2b????Korea Republic – https://t.co/XA00N7JPSt#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/iDmiZ4YRvP- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017Sweden will be buoyed up after knocking out Italy in the playoffs, showing the sort of defensive mettle that can bring success in tournament football. Mexico are World Cup stalwarts who have reached the last 16 in the previous six editions.Group GBelgium are the highest ranked team in the group that also features England, Tunisia and Panama. Roberto Martinez’s side, however, have not beaten England in their last 11 meetings and only once in their history.advertisementGroup G ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Belgium – https://t.co/hRh0b1P9MN????Panama – https://t.co/siMoLyZHLX????Tunisia – https://t.co/mKFdr9peVz??????????????England – https://t.co/oTXzqsP5d8#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/XVzPZu8Nex- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017England, who failed to get out of their group in 2014 and were knocked out by Iceland at the last European Championship, will have fond memories of beating Tunisia in the 1998 tournament, when manager Gareth Southgate played centre back.Group HPoland, spearheaded by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and ranked seventh in the world, cruised through qualifying and will fancy their chances of topping a group that includes Senegal, Colombia and Japan.Group H ??Interactive Team Profiles ??????Poland – https://t.co/Wzs3qP2Flk????Senegal – https://t.co/BnrlfoTISG????Colombia – https://t.co/VgEC9XSxig????Japan – https://t.co/UIj4WbeYea#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/UUeHTEBeeQ- #WorldCupDraw ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017Senegal, with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in attack, will believe they have the firepower to reach the knockouts, while Colombia boast 2014 Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Carlos Beltran rediscovered his power stroke. One inning later, the Yankees slugger forgot how many outs there were.It was that kind of day for New York, which takes a two-game losing streak into a key series with division-leading Toronto this week.Beltran homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list in the Yankees’ 10-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics on June 15. But the veteran also was called out on a strange play in the eighth inning when he lost track of the outs.With one out and the A’s ahead 10-3, Beltran hit a grounder to short that was turned into a forceout at second. After crossing the bag at first, Beltran trotted toward New York’s first-base dugout. He got halfway there before heading back toward first, but was tagged in foul territory.“I thought there were two outs,” said Beltran, adding it was the first time in his big league career he’d been called out after losing track of the outs. “It was too late to go back.”Umpire Dan Iassogna made the call and Yankees Manager Joe Girardi came onto the field for a brief discussion. By rule 7.08, Beltran was out for “abandoning” the base.“It’s an embarrassing play,” Girardi said. “It’s probably happened to all of us. A lot of times it’s more that you slow up running to the bag as opposed to peeling off. It’s a lot more glaring when that happens.”Derek Norris and Coco Crisp hit early three-run homers off New York starter Vidal Nuno (1-3). Nuno, who had allowed only three earned runs total over his previous two outings, allowed eight runs and eight hits in three-plus innings.“It was pretty much not making adjustments,” Nuno said. “They got some little hits here and there and then it was just one pitch, bang. Those two innings, it was a little frustrating not getting ahead of the count and they took advantage.”The A’s had been held to one run or fewer in four of their previous nine games before taking a 10-0 lead in four innings.Yoenis Cespedes drove in two runs and Josh Donaldson snapped an 0-for-33 slump with an RBI single. Jessee Chavez (6-4) carried a shutout into the sixth.With the second-best record in the majors behind San Francisco, the A’s have won three of four and are off to their best start in nearly 25 years.Chavez blanked the Yankees until Derek Jeter doubled in the sixth and scored on Mark Teixeira’s two-out single. Oakland’s right-hander was stellar otherwise, allowing five hits over six innings with four strikeouts.Beltran homered off reliever Ryan Cook in the seventh. “I felt good, I felt rhythm at the plate,” Beltran said. “It was pretty positive the way I felt. Hopefully I can build from that.”Brett Gardner also homered for New York, hitting a two-run shot in the ninth. The Yankees put two more runners on base after that against struggling reliever Jim Johnson, and Luke Gregerson came on for the last out.Jeter played his last scheduled game at the Coliseum and received a lengthy ovation from the sold-out crowd that included several thousand fans decked out in Yankees jerseys.The retiring shortstop was given a bottle of Northern California wine during a pregame ceremony and received a financial donation from the A’s for his Turn 2 Foundation.The Coliseum is the site of one of Jeter’s most memorable plays, the backhanded flip to the plate that helped save the Yankees in the 2001 playoffs. Jeter hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh before being replaced by Brendan Ryan in the bottom half of the inning.(MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi has the support of new signing Antoine Griezmann in attack as Barcelona starts the new season with one mission: to lift the Champions League trophy again and end a five-year drought.Barcelona has won consecutive Spanish league titles and dominated with eight titles in the past 11 years.But after back-to-back second-leg collapses in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, Barcelona’s players — and above all coach Ernesto Valverde — are under immense pressure to reclaim that status as the best in Europe.Even though Messi has changed the history of the Spanish club by leading it to 34 trophies, including 10 Spanish league crowns, some fans had started to complain the club has not done enough to provide him with the support he needs to fully exploit his unparalleled talent.Messi continues to churn out 50-goal seasons, but Barcelona hasn’t won the Champions League since 2015, when the Argentine great claimed his fourth European crown with Barca.FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez, center, talks with his teammate Lionel Messi, right, prior of the Joan Gamper trophy soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)Now, he has the help of Griezmann, who was instrumental in France winning the World Cup last summer and has joined from Spanish rival Atlético Madrid to link up with Messi and Luis Suárez in a potentially formidable forward line.“I believe in this squad, in these players and this coaching staff,” Messi told Barcelona’s fans at a preseason match at Camp Nou Stadium. “I have no doubt that together we will again fight to win it all.”Messi is now 32 years old, and even though he hasn’t lost a step and has improved his passing, vision and leadership skills with each season, the clock is ticking on how long he can sustain his exceptional level of performance.Feeling that pressure, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu agreed to two transfers that will potentially cost the club over 200 million euros for a pair of players the club believes will be difference-makers.MAJOR REINFORCEMENTSForward Griezmann and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong will be expected to make an immediate impact for Barcelona this season.The 28-year-old Griezmann arrived after Barcelona triggered his 120-million-euro ($134-million) buyout clause to free him from Atlético. He should add even more fire power up front after Messi and Suárez combined for 76 goals last season.Griezmann’s departure from Atlético will also hurt Barcelona’s biggest rival in the Spanish league in recent years. Atlético was runner-up to Barcelona the last two seasons.De Jong is Barcelona’s hope for now and for the future. At 22, he arrives after a breakout campaign with Ajax, which made it to the Champions League semifinals after upsetting both Real Madrid and Juventus.Barcelona believes De Jong can become its leading playmaker in a midfield that has taken a step back since the exits of greats Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta.ANOTHER CHANCE FOR COUTINHO?Barring a last-minute transfer before the end of the summer market on Sept. 2, Philippe Coutinho will get another chance to win over Barcelona’s supporters after failing to live up to expectations from a club-record transfer from Liverpool worth 160 million euros (then $192 million) in 2017.The Brazil playmaker has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances for Barcelona but has been criticized by fans for not playing his best in decisive games.A poor start to the season would only rekindle speculation that his days at Camp Nou are numbered.Ousmane Dembele is in a similar position of needing to reset after a disappointing end to last season.Dembele has shown spectacular flashes of talent but the speedy 22-year-old winger has also been plagued by injuries. His challenge now is to remain healthy so he can blossom into the future star Barcelona thinks he can become.COACH YET TO CONVINCEValverde has an almost impeccable record in the Spanish league. He has led Barcelona to consecutive titles after losing only four of 76 matches in those combined league campaigns.But Valverde has been unable to avoid stunning setbacks in the Champions League. Barcelona lost 3-0 at Roma, squandering a 4-1 first-leg win, in the 2018 quarterfinals, and relived the nightmare last year when Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit by crushing Barcelona 4-0 in their semifinal second leg.Barcelona also came up short in last season’s Copa del Rey Final, losing 2-1 to Valencia.Club president Bartomeu has been unflinching in his backing of Valverde. But the former Athletic Bilbao manager has little margin left and any rough patch would again put his job in danger.Barcelona opens its league defense at Bilbao on Friday, when Messi will likely not play after picking up a right calf strain on the first day of practice for the new season.By: Joseph Wilson, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Sensirion presents its particulate matter sensor at IoTE 2018Next Axiomtek: rugged IP67-rated embedded system for outdoor critical applications Microsemi announced a new release of the Libero SoC PolarFire Design Suite, introducing lower static power devices to the PolarFire FPGA family and delivering even greater productivity. Available now, the Libero SoC PolarFire Design Suite v2.2 gives designers access to “L” series PolarFire devices which deliver 30 percent lower static power over standard PolarFire FPGAs, making them ideal for low power portable defense and professional grade consumer systems.With FPGAs, software is as important as the caliber of FPGAs being utilized for design. Microsemi’s investment in its Libero SoC PolarFire Design Suite continues to support the industry’s growing interest in FPGA technology. The newly enhanced design suite enables faster design completion with a 15 percent improvement in runtime for place and route, together with a 2.5x runtime improvement for programming file generation. The latest software release further reduces design flow bottlenecks with new support for pre-design transceiver modeling.Since the first release of the Libero SoC PolarFire Design Suite, customers across communications, defense and industrial markets have adopted PolarFire FPGAs to substantially lower their systems’ total cost of ownership by taking advantage of the family’s 35 to 50 percent lower power advantage over competing devices, as well as the ability to operate in harsh thermal environments. Microsemi’s Libero SoC PolarFire v2.2 software toolset is now available for download from Microsemi’s website.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
ADLINK Technology released its latest Driver Machine Interface (DMI) touch panel computer, the DMI-1210, designed specifically for train control and driver information display. Powered by the Intel Atom x5-E3930 processor and featuring a 12.1” (4:3) high resolution color display, 5-wire resistive touch screen and securable I/O interface, the DMI-1210 can be deployed as an HMI unit for driver’s desks, control panel for passenger information systems, surveillance system control/display unit or in railway diagnostics and communications applications.The DMI-1210 is an EN 50155 certificated, cost-effective, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) driver interface that offers train radio display, electronic timetable, and diagnostic display functions and additional functionality such as train data recorder. The DMI-1210 supports full range DC power input from +16.8V to +137.5V DC. Optional MVB, GNSS, 3G/LTE, WLAN, and Bluetooth through add-on modules give system integrators the necessary tools to expand use case possibilities. With ADLINK’s built-in Smart Embedded Management Agent (SEMA) management and status LEDs on the front panel, the DMI-1210 provides easy and effective health monitoring and system maintenance. In addition, system robustness and reliability are provided by careful component selection for extended temperature operation, isolated I/Os, conformal coated circuit boards, securable I/O connectors and high ingress protection rating (IP65 front, IP42 rear).Designed to meet harsh operating requirements, ADLINK’s industry standard compliant, rugged product portfolio provides customers with a great level of flexibility in technology and roadmap planning.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous 5 design principles for applying robust interconnects for data-intensive applicationsNext ADI shows technologies for every area of embedded system design
Borna Coric ended Roger Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 in the Halle Open final on Sunday while also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro’s reign as world number one.Federer was denied a 10th title in the German grasscourt tournament as Croatian Coric handed the 36-year-old his first setback on an otherwise serene road towards defending his Wimbledon title.The defeat meant that Rafa Nadal will return to the top of the world rankings on Monday.World number 34 Coric, playing in his first grasscourt final, showed great mental toughness and determination to fend off two set points before clinching the opening set after 57 minutes.Federer responded by applying further pressure on Coric’s serve in the second set before converting a break point in the eighth game to force a decider. The 21-year-old then broke Federer in the sixth game of the final set when the Swiss sliced a backhand long, before claiming only his second ATP title.It was Federer’s first defeat on grass since a second-round loss to German Tommy Haas at Stuttgart in June last year.He also remains two matches away from matching Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 174 victories on the surface as he missed out on a 99th career title.”Many congratulations Borna for your first grass title,” Federer said in the post-match presentation. “You played a wonderful match and deserved to win at the end.”Coric is projected to rise to a new career-high 21st in the world rankings next week after collecting wins over the tournament’s top two seeds, Federer and Alexander Zverev.advertisementFederer, who lifted the Stuttgart title last week, will be bidding for a record-extending ninth men’s singles crown at Wimbledon, which begins on July 2.
June 25, 1983. Little did any of India’s star cricketers 35 years ago know what kind of an impact their historic triumph at Lord’s would make on generations of Indians.It was on this day in 1983 that Kapil’s Devils conquered the mighty West Indians at cricket’s Mecca to lift the World Cup. West Indies were runaway winners in 1975 and 1979 and all bets were on the Caribbean boys to win it for a third straight time.India had been blown away for 183. Up against a West Indian batting line-up that boasted of Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd and Larry Gomes, who would have given a chance to the underdogs?West Indies would get home in a canter.Who would stop them?Madan Lal would (along with Mohinder Amarnath).With his nippy medium-pace bowling, Lal ripped apart West Indies’ batting might. He first removed Haynes before outfoxing the great Sir Viv – the image of Kapil running back to complete aa sensational catch is now part of Indian cricket’s folklore.Shortly after, Lal also dismissed the dangerous Gomes as India started dreaming of ethcing their name in history.Nearly four decades later, Lal, now in running for the president of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), said the World Cup triumph was the best thing that happened to their lives but the players were scared of failure.”It is a historic day. A lot of time has passed since…35 years. It was the best thing that happened to our lives. We always wanted to win,” Lal told indiatoday.in.advertisementBut India had only 183 to defend. Against Haynes and Richards, no less. Lal admitted there were some nerves in the dressing room but the pressure deployed by him and his colleagues stifled the defending champions.”With that sort of score to defend, you are always worried whether you would win. To be honest, it was a scary feeling. What if we didn’t win? Will we get another chance? What if someone dropped a catch? You will always be remembered for dropping a catch during a World Cup final,” he said.It all ended well, of course. India held their catches, fielded like tigers and made 183 look like 300. The bowling was sharp and West Indies’ batsmen had no answer to Kapil Dev’s shrewd tactics on the field.Lal understands the importance of the 1983 World Cup win in India’s cricket landscape. That June afternoon changed Indian cricket forever. There were major TV deals, major sponsorships and the money just poured in.Six years later, a young boy named Sachin Tendulkar made his debut and ruled world cricket for the next quarter of a century. India produced some of cricket’s biggest superstars in the decades to follow and won the World Cup only again 28 years later.Between 1983 and 2011, India reached the semi-finals in 1987 and 1996. They were embarrassed in 1992 and 2007. The World Cup of 1999 produced some moments to cherish. In 2003, India were second best only to Australia – they won all their matches barring the first and the final – losing both times to the eventual champions.In 2015, India were once again decimated by Australia after storming through to the semi-finals. Word Cup triumphs are not easy and who knows how Indian cricket would have shaped up had Madan Lal and his colleagues not held their nerves to pull off one of the greatest upsets in cricket history that afternoon in England?
New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has asked the country’s Asian Games contingent to strictly follow the “No Needle Policy” of the continental Olympic body while staying at the Athletes’ Village, seeking to avoid a Commonwealth Games type embarrassment where some athletes were pulled up for violation of similar rules. The officials of the National Sports Federations have been tasked to take responsibility of ensuring that medicines prescribed for specific purposes or illness do not contained prohibited substances. They have been asked to carry prescriptions from licensed doctors regarding medicines the athletes or the officials may require, including details of the medical condition. “It is the responsibility of the NSFs and their appointed officials to ensure that prescription medicines carried by the team/athlete do not contain any WADA prohibited substance. Medicines should be carried/kept in sealed transparent cover. A copy of the prescription by licensed doctor including details of the medical condition, quantity of medicine, etc should always be maintained,” the IOA said in a letter to all its units. “If any official is required to take insulin or any other intravenous medicines as prescribed during stay at Games Village, they are required to store the medicine and needles in the IOA Office/Polyclinic in the Village,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in the letter. The IOA was writing to the concerned NSFs in compliance with the OCA Medical and Anti-Doping guidelines and ‘No Needle Policy’ applicable to the Asian Games. Under the OCA’s “No Needle Policy”, no athlete can use injectable materials for medical treatment that is not necessary. Also, athletes who use medicines for valid purposes will have to fill an ‘Injection Declaration Form’ and furnish it to the chairman of the OCA-Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission the next day before noon.advertisement Violation of these strict rules will invite disciplinary action, additional testing and possible sanctions as determined by the OCA Executive Board. “All injections are to be medically justified and necessary; and whenever an athlete receives an injection — whether it is administered by a third party or by the athlete — during the period of the Games, the ‘Injection Declaration Form’ should be duly filled out and forwarded to the chairman of OCA-Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission no later than next day following such injection at the noon time,” a letter of the OCA to all member countries said. “Failure to so provide such ‘Injection Declaration Form’ to the OCA-MCADC Chairman, as well as the use of injectable materials for medical treatment that is not necessary, shall be regarded as serious matters and may expose the NOC delegation, including the concerned athletes, to disciplinary action, additional testing and possible sanctions, as determined by the OCA Executive Board.” All the member countries are tasked to take “all appropriate steps so that all injectable materials are stored in a central secured location, access to which is restricted to authorized medical personnel of the NOC delegations.” “If the relevant NOC or International Federation also has rules in place regarding the subject matter dealt with herein, the rules of the relevant NOC or International Federation shall also apply. In the event of any conflict between such rules and the present Policy, during the period of the Games, the OCA Executive Board shall resolve the matter.” During the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, two Indian track and field athletes — race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu — were ordered to return home after they failed to explain the presence of needles in their bedroom at the Games Village. The embarrassment came after the Indian contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxers room. At that time the CGF had merely issued a reprimand to India for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing the country of any declaration norm violations. PTI PDS PDSPDS
EDS: Updating after adding Ghosh’s wife quotesNew Delhi, Aug 6 (PTI) His life thrown haywire by a rape allegation, leading Indian table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh has married his accuser four months after his career nose-dived owing to the crisis. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the 25-year-old in the year he attained a career-high 58th in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings. In March, he was accused for rape by an 18-year-old, that led to the two-time Olympian and India’s youngest ever national champion hitting “rock bottom”. Four months on, he has not even felt the racket in his hand, is heavier by more than 10 kgs and is a married man. “They say a sportsperson in India has to go through a lot to achieve something. The grind prepares you for the worst but what happened with me four months ago hit me hard and hit me out of nowhere. I did not know how to deal with it,” Ghosh told PTI. “Everyone thought about the girl. That she was young. I was young too. If she was a minor, I was 22 when we started dating. I am still young. Having said that, there is no point looking back. I rather look ahead. Hope my court case is over soon and I get back to training,” said the skilful player, who will be “dearly missed” at the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.Ghosh was playing in Germany in March when he heard about the FIR filed against him by the teenager in Barasat, West Bengal. Fearing arrest on arrival in India, he chose to stay back in Europe and stayed in “three-four different countries” before returning home in May.advertisement”It was only during that time, I found out who were actually my well-wishers. I was devastated. I was at the peak of my career, playing for a good club in Germany and then something like this happens. “I would not name them yet but I survived that phase because of just two people and my parents of course,” he said. In fact his teammates — the veteran Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai — also stood by him. If it was not for the rape allegations, Ghosh would have gone with the team to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where the contingent came up with a best-ever performance. “TTFI, the players were all there for me. All was going wrong but their support kept me going. After CWG, the team went to World Championship straight and lost a close match to Croatia. Sharath bhai called me and told me ‘we would have won today if you were around’. It made me feel that I was still needed.” In the big year for Indian sport, he will end up missing the Asian Games as well. “The target has to be a third Olympics. But right now, it is all about getting done with the legal issues. I have gained a lot of weight also. The comeback will be tough but I have to find a way to overcome this,” said Ghosh, who qualified for the London and Rio Olympics. The Indian team is stronger than ever but Ghosh remains an integral part. “Like Sharath, he is a big match player. He has the experience to pull off close games. We hope to have him back soon,” said foreign coach Massimo Costantini. Ghosh’s legal troubles could be over soon, going by what his wife, Tulika Dutta, said at the reception in Kolkata today.”I have no idea about the legal formalities but I will speak to the lawyer and ensure that my husbands future is not jeopardised. Its a fresh beginning for both of us and we will do our best to overcome the misunderstandings and live happily,” she said. PTI BS TAPBS
Oppo is gearing to launch the F9 Pro in India on August 21. That phone, Oppo has confirmed, will come with a water-drop notch display like the one we first saw in the Essential Phone. Now live images of a Vivo phone, said to be the Vivo V11, have surfaced hinting that the phone would also come with a similar style notch on the front. Also, it would come with dual rear cameras. Along side the design, hardware specifics of the alleged Vivo V11 have also leaked giving a closer look at the phone in question.The Vivo V11 will likely be successor to the Vivo V9 which was launched earlier in the year. The phone, according to the renders, would look a lot like the Vivo V9 from the behind. It would differ from the front though since it would come with a minimal notch and minimal chin, much like the Oppo F9 Pro. As far as hardware specs are concerned, the Vivo V11 is said to come with a 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor under the hood. It is further said to come with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which would be expandable.On the optics front, the Vivo V11 is said to sport a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12MP sensor and another 5MP sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the phone is said to come with a 25MP camera.Moving on, the Vivo V11 will reportedly run Android 8.1 Oreo based Funtouch OS which is Vivo’s custom skin. The phone would be backed by a 3,400mAh battery.advertisementVivo is also working on the Vivo X23, successor to the Vivo X21, that will reportedly come with advanced 3D face recognition and a next-generation in-display fingerprint scanner.Vivo has been working on a new 3D sensing technology that would allow users to face unlock their future phones from up to three meter, among other things. The company showcased its new Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing technology at MWC Shanghai 2018 claiming to offer a “paradigm shift in imaging, AR and human-machine interaction, which will elevate consumer lifestyles with new levels of immersion and smart capability.” The company, in fact, claimed that the technology has moved beyond a proof of concept, and is ready for prime time use.Vivo’s TOF 3D Sensing technology uses 300,000 sensor points, which Vivo says, is 10 times the number of existing Structured Light technology. This enables 3D mapping at up to three meters from the phone while having a smaller baseline than Structured Light.It is possible that the Vivo X23 may pack this technology. This won’t be the first time that Vivo would commercialize a concept so quickly. It did something similar with the Nex, announcing it as a concept at MWC in February 2018 only to commercialize it in the days to come. The Nex S, that is based on that concept, is already available for buying in India.ALSO READ: Vivo’s new 3D sensing technology can apparently help you face unlock your phone from up to 3 meters
Bago (Myanmar), Aug 30 (AFP) Rescuers in boats negotiated muddy waters today to reach thousands stranded in central Myanmar after a dam overflowed, sending a torrent of water across farmland and villages.No casualties have yet been reported but state media said more than 63,000 people in Bago region were affected after the Swar Chaung dam overflowed yesterday morning.The dam’s spillway, a structure that controls the release of more than 20,000 cubic metres of water held in Swar Chaung’s levee, was broken by seasonal rainfall.It is the second major flood caused by damage to dam in weeks in the region, after at least 35 people were killed, scores left missing and thousands displaced by a collapsed hydropower facility in neighbouring Laos.AFP reporters in Bago province saw soldiers sporting orange life jackets employed to rescue the stranded, steering tin boats to waiting villagers huddled on mudflats.Trucks were lodged in murky waters while roads had buckled under the weight of the waters, which continued to flow across the villages.Reeling from the loss of his home, Wai Lin Aung, 27, said there was no warning from authorities on what to do after the dam overflowed.”No one told us what we needed to do so we just monitored the water levels and as the situation became worse, we just ran,” he told AFP, adding that he had stayed at a monastery overnight.”How can I feel comfortable seeing my house destroyed? I have nowhere to live and nothing to eat.” Myanmar experiences a monsoon season that goes from June to November, but locals in Yedashe township said that they have never witnessed such a torrent of water.advertisement”It was like something we couldn’t believe,” Phyu Thi, 35, said.The heavy weight of the floods also fractured part of a bridge on the Yangon-Mandalay highway linking Myanmar’s two biggest cities, throwing the country’s traffic artery into disarray.Minister of Construction Han Zaw said today that 500 people are working to fix the road, which will take about two days.”(We) are trying to get the situation of transportation back to normal as much as we can,” Han Zaw said.Currently more than 12,600 people have taken shelter in about 30 temporary camps, but many others are at a loss for what to do.Kyi Win, 46, managed to return to his village to check on the state of his home but said he will continue staying in a temporary shelter.”Some of the houses are completely destroyed,” he said, explaining that the toilet of his house has been wrecked. “For now, I’ll stay (at the monastery) because I can’t come back here.”The deluge comes just weeks after heavy monsoon rains pummelled Myanmar, causing widespread flash floods that forced some 150,000 people to flee their homes. (AFP) RUPRUP
New Delhi, Sep 22 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association has constituted a three member ad hoc committee to hold elections of Karate Federation of India after ruling that the tenure of the national sports federation has expired and poll process has been delayed. The move meant that the elections of the KFI proposed to be held on September 23 will not be accepted by the IOA, if at all it happens. The ad hoc committee will be chaired by Bhubaneshwar Kailta, who has earlier held important positions in the IOA. The other two members are IOA joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Sahdev Yadav. “The tenure of office bearers of Karate Federation of India has already expired, so the validity of its office bearers and council members have become null and void. There has been delay in commencing the process of election and now serious doubts have been raised and allegations have been made, inter alia, on the issue of appointment of returning officer,” the IOA said. “In order to ensure the elections are conducted in a democratic manner as per the applicable guidelines, the IOA president has no other option but to constitute an ad hoc committee to ensure that free and fair elections are held within 120 days,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta wrote in the letter written to KFI president K R Thiagarajan. The IOA said that “complaints, including a complaint from the KFI president himself, raising objections on the validity of the process of elections to be held on September 23, 2018”.advertisement “There are also complaints of alleged violation of model election guidelines of National Sports Code.” The IOA said ad hoc committee will invite observer from the World Karate Federation for the elections. It asked the KFA to co-operate with the ad hoc committee in the election process. PTI PDS PDS ATKATK
Shane Warne’s mesmerising bowling prowess coupled with his personal life (which has long been fodder for the tabloid press) has made him one of the world’s most illustrious sportsmen.Along with the reputation of being the greatest leg-spinner in the history of the game, Warne also dominated headlines throughout his cricketing career thanks to his relationships with various women.It is therefore, hard to sum up the Warne’s journey in a few words which is why he has launched his new autobiography titled, ‘No Spin’, which contains the true stories behind the headlines and challenges some of the enduring myths and untruths that surround the legendary cricketer.All that worship of the baggy green made me want to puke: Shane WarneUncompromising and compelling, it is destined to rank alongside some of the greatest sports autobiographies ever, the publisher has promised said.Ahead of its launch, Warne has been giving interviews at various media outlets around the world, talking about the various topics in his life including that of his children.Another big day doing radio & book signings. Been blown away by all the wonderful feedback so far – thankyou! I will continue to check Amazon for all your thoughts, so keep the comments coming ! pic.twitter.com/u9rAyGmcvPShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) October 10, 2018Warne recently met former England captain Michael Vaughan opened up about his life off the field and controversies surrounding his divorce and relationship with British actor Elizabeth Hurley which was particularly distressing to his children.advertisementAlso Read – When Shane Shane Warne rightly predicted India-England 2011 World Cup result”I regret hurting my children. I’m embarrassed and hurt that I let them down as their father and as a husband to Simone [Callahan] I wasn’t very good. The whole book is fact. I do [love sex]. It’s true. If I didn’t love sex that much I probably wouldn’t have got myself in half the trouble I have,” Warne told Vaughan on BBC Radio 5 live.”I’ve enjoyed being a father, I love being a father and I think I’m a good father. The kids are my number one priority I’ve shown them that. They’ve said some wonderful things in the book and I didn’t sit with them when they did that.Also Read – Australia need Steve Smith and David Warner to return desperately: Shane Warne”They were asked, ‘tell me what you think about your dad?’ And they were brutally honest. They don’t pull any punches. I’ve had to live with that. Live with that guilt that I let my children down and it’s led in a way to a great relationship now because we talk about so much stuff.”Any time we have an issue we have a thing where we say, ‘assume the position’ and we all sit and say, ‘right, it’s my turn to speak’ and we all listen. They ask me any questions they like and I have to answer them truthfully,” Warne, the second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, said.”The real me is preferring to be on the couch with my kids, in tracksuit pants. The other stuff is a bit of fun but I much prefer the quiet life. But it’s about balance. Too much couch time and chilling and you crave a bit of social stuff and too much social stuff and you crave being at home,” he went on to add.Among all of his 708 Test wickets, one holds a very special in his heart. The Ball of the Century, which Warne bowled to dismissed Mike Gatting in 1993, is the most famous delivery any bowler has ever bowled in the history of the game. And Warne did it with his first delivery in an Ashes series.Warne though, calls it a fluke that changed his life forever. “It was the perfect leg break,” he said.”To do it first ball in an Ashes series, I look back and say, ‘yes’ it was a fluke but I think it was meant to be. It changed my life. I was 23 and I didn’t know how to cope with the attention off the field. I’d walk out of the hotel with the whole team and there’d be 20 photographers taking pictures of me.”I remember going to Bristol and every kid had zinc cream on trying to bowl leg breaks. I was blown away. We’d go for a beer after play and there’d be 15 photographers taking my picture of me stuffing my face with chips.”At that time I didn’t understand why they were doing it. I’m proud of how I handled it. Yes I made a few mistakes but there’s no school you go to which says if this happens this is what you do,” Warne said.advertisementWarne played his first Test match in 1992, and took over 1,000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals).A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs. He played domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He also captained the Rajasthan Royals to victory in the IPL in 2008. He officially retired from all formats in 2013.
Mumbai, Oct 13 (IANS) Actress Sonakshi Sinha says certain experiences become a part of who you are and calls the time that she spent with soldiers in Bhuj an “unforgettable” one.”Volleying some with the soldiers. Thanks for this amazing opportunity. Sports girl for life, volleyball, Jai Jawaan, Bhuj, Punjab Regiment, Army camp,” Sonakshi, who was there to shoot for a news channel, tweeted on Saturday. “Certain experiences just become a part of who you are. Will never forget the time I spent with our amazing soldiers, tried some of the things they do, made them smile and left with an unforgettable experience,” she added.Sonakshi had featured in “Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty” that presented the story of Virat Bakshi (played by actor Akshay Kumar), Captain in D.I.A., a secret wing of Indian Army.Meanwhile, she will be seen in “Kalank”. Conceptualised by Karan Johar and his late father Yash Johar almost 15 years ago, “Kalank” is an epic drama set in the 1940s.–IANSnv/nn/vm
Kerala Blasters were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League thanks to a late goal from Andrija Kaludjerovic on Saturday.C.K. Vineeth’s 48th minute strike by cancelled out by Kaluderovic’s 84th minute header at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.Delhi took control of the game from the start amidst a heavy downpour as Kerala struggled to get hold of possession.Lallianzuala Chhangte looked threatening from the left flank and his duel with Kerala captain Sandesh Jhingan kept everybody at the edge of their seats.But, it was Kerala who came close to getting the lead in the 22nd miniute.A quick breakaway and a neat one-two between Stojanovic and Sahal Abdul Samad saw the Serbian striker unleash a sumptuous shot at the Delhi goal. Goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro was, however, alert enough to deal with the danger.A mistake from goalkeeper Naveen Kumar moments later gave Kaluderovic two stabs at the Blasters goal but a goalmouth scramble saw the ball ultimately cleared..@DelhiDynamos grabbed a late goal to deny @KeralaBlasters all 3 points tonight.More videos: https://t.co/mrtZlxvu6i #ISLRecap #LetsFootball #KERDEL #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/vXUTe0jxWVIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 20, 2018David James’ men then had two gilt-edged chances in succession following a quick counter-attack initiated by Vineeth.Lalruatthara’s low cross found its way back to Vineeth who scuffed his shot with the goal at his mercy. The rebound fell to Stojanovic who smashed the side-netting from an acute angle.advertisementThe best chance of the first period fell to Delhi in the dying minutes following Mihelic’s excellent ball to find Romeo Fernandes.The Goan winger squared the ball up for Zuiverloon but the Dutchman’s cushioned effort scraped agonisingly wide of the post with Naveen Kumar well beaten.Matej Poplatnik was promptly introduced after the half-time interval but it was Vineeth who had the crowd roaring in delight.A Blasters’ corner was only half cleared to Poplatnik who sent the ball immediately back into the box for Vineeth. The striker shrugged off the challenge from Rana Gharami far too easily before poking a clever finish past Dorronsoro.At the other end, Lakic-Pesic denied Romeo with an excellent block but the hosts should have doubled their lead when Seiminlen Doungel and Poplatnik found themselves in a two-on-one situation.Doungel went for goal instead of releasing his unmarked team-mate and paid the price with his effort going wide.With Jhingan injured on the floor due to a cramp, Delhi found a deserved equalizer in the 84th minute through Kaluderovic as he headed home from inside the box.Fan-favourite @ckvineeth scored the opening goal and had an impressive outing tonight. He is the Hero of the Match.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #KERDEL #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/aG8doGG02YIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 20, 2018(With inputs from IANS)
New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) A united India, “on and off the field”, has the capability to recreate history and lift the men’s hockey World Cup after 43 years, feels the country’s lone World Cup-winning captain Ajitpal Singh. India’s only World Cup triumph came in the third edition of the championships way back in 1975, after a 2-1 win over Pakistan at Kuala Lumpur. Since then the eight-time Olympic champions’ best performance at the World Cup was fifth-place finishes at the 1982 and 1994 editions. But this time around Ajitpal has high hopes from Harendra Singh’s brigade and feels the world ranked fifth Indian team can do wonders if they play to its potential and remain united throughout the event. “Our team is looking sharper, more combined, fitter. They have now learnt how top handle hockey on turf. But the team which plays together can achieve anything,” Ajitpal said on the sidelines of the release of a curated coffee table book titled ‘The Illustrated History of Indian Hockey: A Saga of Triumph, Pain and Dreams, authored by senior sports journalist V Krishnaswamy. “But for that we will have to remain united on and off the field. Our target should be nothing other than winning the Cup,” he added. The coffee table book was released by Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley in the presence of International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief Narinder Batra, Hockey India President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General Rajinder Singh and CEO Elena Norman among others. The former hockey stalwart said anything less than semifinals would be a below-par performance for the Indians in front of their home fans.advertisement “We should know how to handle pressure. We should finish in top four and after that it can be anybody’s game,” Ajitpal said. Another hockey great Zafar Iqbal, a member of India’s last Olympic gold-winning side in 1980, opined with his senior teammate and said the hosts need to play like “champions” from the word go. “It won’t be easy as all the top hockey playing nations of the world will be vying for the Cup but India has a balanced team with a mixture of youth and experience,” he said. “We have the capability to play in the semis or the final but for that we should play like champions. “Definitely there will be pressure but the team is looking confident. We are now mentally much stronger and we should play tough hockey against any team,” he added. The men’s hockey World Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16. Hosts India will open their campaign against South Africa on the opening day of the event. PTI SSC AH
Indian women’s Twenty20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has extended her stay at Sydney Thunder for the fourth season of the Women’s Big Bash League. Harmanpreet, the first India player to be signed up by a BBL team, proved a useful all-rounder for Sydney Thunder.Harmanpreet was the top scorer for Thunder in the second season when she amassed 296 runs in 12 innings with a strike rate of 117 and an average of 59.20. Not surprisingly then, she was adjudged Thunder’s Player of the Tournament.Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain of India’s T20 side, has been roped in by Hobart Hurricanes for the T20 league. The attacking opening batter previously appeared for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL 02 season.Having posted her maiden international hundred in an ODI against Australia at Blundstone Arena in 2016 in Tasmania, Smriti said she is looking forward to showcasing her talent for the new team.”I’ve heard from many players that the Hurricanes group is a great squad to be around and I can’t wait to get to Tasmania for the matches,” she said.Hurricanes’ coach Salliann Briggs said he was delighted with her squad’s final signing.”Mandhana is a proven performer on the world stage, we saw that just last week with her knock against the Aussies,” she said.”I can’t wait to see her in purple, she’s an exciting addition not only for us but for the whole competition.”Women’s Big Bash League starts from December 1 when Perth Scorchers take on Hobart Hurricanes in the first match in Melbourne.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)