P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Chelsea Suitos singled a ground ball to right field allowing Siera Lange to run for home from third base in the bottom of the eighth inning.Philippines takes the lead in the 8th!!!!! 😬 😬FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40📺 https://t.co/VZ9YhqsHyb pic.twitter.com/W2owvat2kU— WBSC Softball #RoadToTokyo (@WBSCsoftball) September 26, 2019 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Yes we are lucky but we worked hard to earn this victory and we showed character to beat a higher ranked team,” said Blu Girls coach Venerando Dizer, who was in tears after the victory.The Philippines nearly lost the game in the top of the sixth inning when Arianne Vallestero fumbled on a left field hit from the Sox’ Makea Merean that saw her reach second base.“We recovered each time when we made an error, we proved to people back home that we are a team to be reckoned with,” said Dizer. “We came here to make the Super Round and now that we made it, we are going for broke. We have nothing to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Philippines on pace for 3×3 Olympic qualifying tourmanent Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Philippine Blu Girls pull off dramatic win. WBSC PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines advanced to the Super Round after taking a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Thursday at Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center.The Blu Girls, who are ranked no.13 in the world, finished the group stage with a 2-1 record while no.11 New Zealand finished third at 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
But Silver had to take a stand for a right held dear by most Americans. He had no other alternative if he and the league wanted to keep their credibility and self-respect.At least no alternative as funny as that suggested by South Park’s creators after the show seemed to vanish in the Chinese media following an episode in which Pooh and Piglet are jailed in China and mistreated after memes comparing Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Pooh circulated online.“Long live the Great Communist Party of China!” the show’s creators tweeted. “May this autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical There’s nothing funny about this for the NBA.A league that has painstakingly built a reputation for social awareness for the briefest of moments looked no different than any other corporation chasing money in China. A league that embraces personal freedom seemed unable to understand that freedom means something very different in China.All this while LeBron James and company were speeding their way toward Shanghai and an exhibition game reception that figures to be very different than they were expecting.If Commissioner Adam Silver’s tortured response to the crisis facing the league is any indication, even LeBron will have a hard time explaining his way out of this one.Silver’s first statement expressed regret that the Friday night tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting protesters in Hong Kong had offended the league’s friends and fans in China. That not only didn’t mollify China — which offered a more nationalistic translation for the audience at home — but was attacked on social media as failing to stand up for the right of free speech.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Silver tried again and pretty much got it right. But that meant further antagonizing a country where the NBA has a big investment and is making even bigger profits.“It is inevitable that people around the world — including from America and China — will have different viewpoints over different issues. It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences,” Silver said. “However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way.”Give Silver credit for standing up for free speech, albeit a bit late. The commissioner quickly realized how off-tone his first response was and did his best to at least make it sound better.Unfortunately for the NBA, though, it’s in a lose-lose situation in a country that seems to be aching for a fight.Workers at a Shanghai gym were seen in a video painting over the Houston Rockets logo, and the team’s merchandise has disappeared from stores. State broadcaster CCTV canceled its planned airing of two games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in China, while the streaming service Tencent — which recently signed a five-year, $1.5 billion deal for NBA rights — said it would not show Rockets games.Deals that individual players like James have in China could be in jeopardy, too. And any dream of the NBA one day introducing the Beijing Pandas as its newest expansion team will remain a dream.All because of a tweet supporting protesters in Hong Kong, who want nothing more than the same personal liberties that every NBA player and employee enjoy. A tweet that may soon end Morey’s employment much the way kneeling during the national anthem ended Colin Kaepernick’s time in the NFL.Freedom of speech does have its consequences. There’s a price paid for speaking out, as Kaepernick found out and as Muhammad Ali did a half century before him.But the price paid for backing down on values of a league that has led the way on social issues would be even worse. That’s why it was critical that while Silver said Tuesday in Tokyo that he was sympathetic to the outrage, the league will stick by its principles of free speech.Yes, there’s a chance the Chinese money may be gone. The exposure carefully cultivated over three decades, too. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Alab Pilipinas needs no motivation for new ABL season This jewelry designer is also an architect Statues of NBA players Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, left, and Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers hold Chinese flags in the entrance of an NBA merchandise store in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)If the NBA really wanted to make a statement it should have never issued a statement, much less two.No need to complicate things when two team owners had already genuflected to the irate citizens of China. Or when James Harden took it upon himself to apologize to an entire nation.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The simple path for the NBA was to do what the creators of the show “South Park” did this week after finding themselves caught between an authoritarian regime that tolerates no dissent and the pile of cash that doing business in China can bring.Admit what is really important.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” Trey Parker and Matt Stone said in a statement of their own. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy.”The “South Park” creators, of course, make their millions by being funny. And there’s a lot to chuckle about in a post that, among other things, declares that the leader of China doesn’t really look like Winnie the Pooh after all. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?
She might not have won a medal but has surely won a billion hearts in India.Dipa Karmakar, the golden girl from far east state Tripura was given a grand welcome as she landed in her home town Agartala after her feat in Rio.Dipa was received by thousands of fans from all ages who had gathered to greet her on her return. (Exhausted Dipa focused on University exams)She was then taken to the stadium in an open vehicle where she was felicitated by the Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.Dipa expressed her gratitude for the support extended to her by the people of Tripura and India as well. (Exclusive: Thank you India, says Dipa Karmakar after returning home)Dipa and her coach Bishweshar Nandi were felicitated in a ceremony attended by thousands at Swami Vivekananda Maidan in Agartala.Despite being the first working day of the week the streets were flooded with her supporters ranging from school students to senior citizens.Manik Sarkar announced that Dipa would also function as Assistant Director and her coach Bishweshwar Nandi as Deputy Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Department of Tripura.The Tripura state cabinet committee will approve the proposal this week.Dipa became the first Indian to represent in the Gymnastics segment and successfully perform the Produnova Vault which in the most dangerous of all involving life risk.Entire state of Tripura has announced a holiday on Tuesday as a mark of respect to the grand performance by the golden girl who has assured a Gold in 2020!advertisement(With inputs from Pradip Chakraborty)
By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) In its endeavour to bring more fans to the stadium for watching the Indian Davis Cup team in action against formidable Spain, the DLTA has decided to conduct the World Group Play-off tie this month under flood-lights with singles matches starting at 5 in the evening. The two singles matches on the opening day of the crucial tie on September 16, will begin at 5pm while the doubles rubber will start at 7pm, the next day. The two reverse singles on the final day of tie will again start at 5pm in the evening. The decision was taken at a recent DLTA Executive meeting. The singles matches during the World Group Play-off tie against Serbia, held in September 2014, had begun at 3pm, so it can easily be said that this will be Indias first ever tie, where the matches will begin so late in the evening. “We want fans to come and cheer for the Indian players. We deliberated upon the idea how to bring more people to tennis stadium. We have kept those people in mind who have to attend offices during the day. They should not miss this opportunity to watch Indian as well Spanish tennis stars in action,” a DLTA official told PTI. “Also its going to be very humid. The evening start will help players play to their best abilities. We spoke to players to discuss the idea and only after they agreed to it, it was decided to have matches in the evening,” the official added. The tie has already generated interest after Spanish icon Rafael Nadal, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles, stated that the India visit is on his schedule. Although Nadals availability for the tie would depend on how he performs at the US Open, the DLTA has done well by taking this decision. The dwindling attendance at the cricket stadiums during the five-day Test matches had worried the sports administrators and organisers across the world are keenly experimenting with the idea of hosting Day/Night Test matches. BCCI, for the first time, is hosting its domestic Duleep Trophy with pink ball under lights. PTI AT PM PMadvertisement
Indore, Sep 3 (PTI) Anil Khanna, President of Asian Tennis Federation and Vice President of International Tennis Federation, was today elected as the Honourary Life President of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) here. Khannas name was proposed for unanimous election at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the AITA today by 23 affiliated units. Khanna, however, declined to take up the position of president till the time the matter relating to sports code is finally settled with consideration of Mudgal Committee Report and acceptance of the Age and Tenure Guidelines by IOA, IOC and ITF. AITA already has two honourary Life Presidents — S M Krishna and Yashwant Sinha. The following are elected unanimously as the office bearers for the period 2016-2020: Vice Presidents: Aneil Mahajan, Bharat Oza, Chintan N Parikh, C S Sunder Raju, Maj Dalbir Singh, Deepender Hooda, M A Alagappan, Mrs. Praveen Mahajan, Rajan Kashyap, Shatrughan Sinha. Hon. Secretary General: Hironmoy Chatterjee. Hon. Joint Secretaries: Suman Kapur, Anil Dhupar Hon. Treasurer: Raktim Saikia Executive Committee for the period 2016-2018: A B Prasad, Vikram Singh Sisodia, Ashok Kumar, Asit Tripathy, CBN Reddy, Murti Gupta, Dinesh Arora, T D Francis, Sunder Iyer, C P Kacker, Subhash Marriya, Noorudin Mather. PTI CM AH CM
From an Australian summer to an American August, from the Sydney Cricket Ground to Fort Lauderdale in Florida, it has been a remarkable, somewhat unimaginable, 2016 for Jasprit Bumrah. After having made his India debut in the fifth and final ODI at the SCG on January 23, India’s new pace sensation has become Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s go-to man, especially in the T20 format.”It has been a really good journey so far, a great experience. I have learnt with every match that I played, learning from the experienced players and how to go about it. Every youngster dreams to play for India and I have done that. The ride has been pretty good so far. Let’s hope it continues like this,” Bumrah told India Today in an exclusive chat.With 28 wickets from 21 matches, Bumrah is world’s leading wicket taker in international T20s this year. He is followed by teammate Ravichandran Ashwin (23 wickets) and Bangladesh pacer Al-Amin Hossain (22 wickets).”Frankly speaking, I never think about the wickets that I have got, the numbers. I just try to contribute to the team’s success. I believe that whenever you think of the outcome, it doesn’t go your way. So, I just try to contribute in every possible way,” says the 22-year-old from Ahmedabad.SPECIALIST DEATH-BOWLERMuch to skipper Dhoni’s relief, for whom Indian bowlers leaking too many runs in the final overs was always a big headache, death bowling and unleashing toe-crushing yorkers has become Bumrah’s forte.”It feels good (all the praise on his death bowling skills) but I don’t pay too much attention to it. I have done a lot of death bowling for Mumbai Indians and also for Gujarat. I have a fair bit of idea and experience in that area now. I just try to improve my game, try to stick to my strengths and add new things to my bowling. That is the thing which will give me an advantage in the coming season. I do practice a lot on bowling yorkers and a whole lot of other deliveries in the nets. I repeat the same in a match. I go with a clear plan whenever I play.”advertisementOf course, who would forget how Bumrah shattered Chris Gayle’s off stump off the very first ball of his over in World T20 tournament earlier this year.Chris Gayle’s wicket was one of the best Bumrah has ever taken. (Reuters Photo)”Not just Gayle’s dismissal but every international wicket is special to me. But my debut match, against Australia remains the most memorable moment till now. These days in international cricket, the batsmen know everything. I try to practice a lot of deliveries and try to stick to my strength. These are the things that are helping me. A bowler has to keep on inventing ways to get a wicket,” he says.What helps Bumrah is that he has got a good head on his shoulders, the prime reason why, unlike other international pacers, you won’t see him getting involved in aggressive encounters with the batters.”Yes, I don’t try to show my aggression. I’ll always be aggressive but I try to use it to my advantage. I don’t show it to the batsmen and will never abuse them. I know if you take it in a proper direction, it will help you in the matches.”Maybe it is captain cool’s calm approach to things which is rubbing off on to him as well.”It always give you a good confidence that the captain is backing you. That really helps a youngster to express himself and perform well. The going has been good so far,” Bumrah says as he prepares for another stint in the nets, this time with a pink ball.
The US government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released today.The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birth dates to apply for citizenship with US Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.SPECIAL INTEREST COUNTRIESThe report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” – those that present a national security concern for the United States – or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.In an emailed statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the findings reflect what has long been a problem for immigration officials – old paper-based records containing fingerprint information that can’t be searched electronically. DHS says immigration officials are in the process of uploading these files and that officials will review “every file” identified as a case of possible fraud.Roth’s report said fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.The gap was created because older, paper records were never added to fingerprint databases created by both the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service and the FBI in the 1990s. ICE, the DHS agency responsible for finding and deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, didn’t consistently add digital fingerprint records of immigrants whom agents encountered until 2010.advertisementALSO READ: Trump vows ‘tracking system’ to deport everyone whose visa expiresThe government has known about the information gap and its impact on naturalization decisions since at least 2008 when a Customs and Border Protection official identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship or other immigration benefits, though few cases have been investigated.ICE IS INVESTIGATING 32 OTHER CASESRoth’s report said federal prosecutors have accepted two criminal cases that led to the immigrants being stripped of their citizenship. But prosecutors declined another 26 cases. ICE is investigating 32 other cases after closing 90 investigations.ICE officials told auditors that the agency hadn’t pursued many of these cases in the past because federal prosecutors “generally did not accept immigration benefits fraud cases.” ICE said the Justice Department has now agreed to focus on cases involving people who have acquired security clearances, jobs of public trust or other security credentials.Mistakenly awarding citizenship to someone ordered deported can have serious consequences because US citizens can typically apply for and receive security clearances or take security-sensitive jobs.At least three of the immigrants-turned-citizens were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, granting them access to secure areas in airports or maritime facilities and vessels. Their credentials were revoked after they were identified as having been granted citizenship improperly, Roth said in his report.A fourth person is now a law enforcement officer.Roth recommended that all of the outstanding cases be reviewed and fingerprints in those cases be added to the government’s database and that immigration enforcement officials create a system to evaluate each of the cases of immigrants who were improperly granted citizenship. DHS officials agreed with the recommendations and said the agency is working to implement the changes.ALSO READ:Studying abroad: 5 reasons why Indian students get deportedBUSTED: How gangs use sports tournaments as cover to smuggle children to Europe
CROATIA 1 – 0 FINLANDStriker Mario Mandzukic continued his fine scoring form with an opportunist header as Croatia beat Finland 1-0 in their World Cup Group I qualifier in Tampere on Sunday.The towering target man, who netted a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 away rout of Kosovo, pounced in the 18th minute after Andrej Kramaric turned an inviting Sime Vrsaljko cross into his path.The result left Croatia top of the section on seven points from three games.Looking a little flat after demolishing the Kosovans, Croatia were in control apart from a spell of second-half sporadic pressure from the home side. (Also read: Spain beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifier)The home side failed to create a clear-cut chance on a difficult pitch while, at the other end, Ivan Perisic hit the inside of the post in the 75th minute after a solo run.Finland keeper Lukas Hradecky twice denied substitute Duje Cop in the closing stages as the home team ran out of steam and Croatia finished on a high note.WALES 1 – 1 GEORGIAGareth Bale scored his 25th goal for Wales but Georgia fought back strongly to earn a deserved 1-1 draw in a World Cup Group D qualifier in Cardiff on Sunday.It left Wales, surprise semi-finalists at Euro 2016, with five points from three games and at risk of losing the group leadership after the day’s later matches.Georgia took their first point, following narrow defeats by Austria and Ireland.Wales, who have only ever qualified for the finals once, in 1958, took the lead in the 10th minute when Real Madrid’s Bale leapt above his markers to head in Joe Ledley’s corner.advertisementHe is now only three goals behind Ian Rush’s national record of 28 goals. (Also read: England manager calls Rooney criticism unfair)The home team paid for a lack of urgency, however, after 57 minutes when Tornike Okriashvili headed an equaliser.Georgia, dangerous on the counter-attack, could have gone on to win but Levan Mchedlidze missed when clean through and Valeri Qazaishvili hit the bar.The other Group D matches, in which second-placed Serbia meet Austria, and bottom team Moldova play Ireland, were taking place later on Sunday.Next month Wales are at home again, to Serbia, while Georgia play Moldova.
Former India cricketer and star commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has slammed Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for threatening to vandalise multiplexes if they screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.Manjrekar, a Mumbaikar himself, took to Twitter to express his views, saying the Raj Thackeray-led party will be left with no MLAs in the next elections if it continues to run like that.”One MLA party, MNS, not learning their lessons. With threats of vandalism etc they are certain to be a zero MLA party next elections,” Manjrekar tweeted.One MLA party, MNS, not learning their lessons. With threats of vandalism etc they are certain to be a zero MLA party next elections. Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 18, 2016GAMBHIR DOES NOT WANT TO PLAY PAKISTAN AGAINMeanwhile, India opener Gautam Gambhir has slammed Bollywood celebrities, who have expressed their support towards Pakistani artistes performing in this country in the wake of the Uri attacks carried out by Pakistani-backed terrorists.”India should not have any ties with Pakistan be it Bollywood or cricket. I am shocked that Bollywood is saying that cricket and movies should be kept ahead of national sentiments,” Gambhir told India Today.Amid protests against Pakistani artistes performing in India, several Bollywood stars, including megastar Salman Khan, have also spoken out in support of their colleagues from across the border.”They (Pakistani actors) are artists, not terrorists. It’s the government who gives them permits and visas,” Salman Khan had said in a press conference last month.NO CRICKET BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTANadvertisementIndia and Pakistan have not played a men’s bilateral series since the latter visited India for a short limited-overs series in December-January 2012-13. However, they continue to play at the multi-team ICC events such as World Cup, World Twenty20, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the traditional rivals, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play at least six series between 2015 and 2023.The first of which was called off last year due to political tensions between the two nations.In a latest, women’s limited-overs cricket series between India and Pakistan is also in doubt. This has also put India’s direct qualification into the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England under threat.INDIA-PAKISTAN FACE-OFF IN HOCKEYHowever, India are set to meet arch-rivals Pakistan is a hockey match at the 2016 Men’s Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia on Saturday.India hockey captain PR Sreejesh has expressed that the team wants to play for country’s soldiers.”India-Pakistan match brings a lot of excitement to the table. We want to give hundred per cent. We don’t want to disappoint our soldiers by losing, especially when they sacrifice their lives in the exchange of fire at the borders,” Sreejesh said.
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin said Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni are indeed not the same finishers they were few years ago.”They can’t be (the same finishers). They have been playing cricket for 14-15 years and playing consistently is not possible. Yuvraj Singh’s game is not conducive to England he hasn’t done so well since that hundred against England earlier this year,” Mohammad Azharuddin said at the Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017.Yuvraj made his debut in the second Champions Trophy in 2000. He played it again in 2002 when India won, 2004, and 2006 then missed the rest for one reason or another.Yuvraj was dropped from the ODI team in 2013 on form, but his hunger for the game and a successful domestic season brought him back into the team this year.In the second match of his comeback in January, he scored 150 against England at Cuttack with 21 fours and three sixes. It was his first ODI century in almost six years.Now he’s helping to prop India’s middle order alongside captain Virat Kohli and Dhoni, and offering a little left-arm spin on the side.Former Australia captain, on the other hand, said he would prefer Yuvraj over Ajinkya Rahane in India’s playing XI.”I’d go with the two most experienced players in Yuvraj and Dhoni. This is their time to really stand up. You do need the mix of youth and experience in the team. But if I have to pick between Yuvraj and Rahane, I would go with the experienced player,” Clarke said.advertisementFormer Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said the Dhoni factor will be key for India at the Champions Trophy starting on June 1.”MS Dhoni has been a bedrock of support for Steve Smith in Rising Pune Supergiant and for Virat Kohli in the Indian team,” Sangakkara said.Dhoni stepped down from Indian team’s captaincy in January and handed over the mantle to Kohli. He was later removed as Rising Pune Supergiant skipper ahead of the the Indian Premier League season 10.He, however, played a key role in RPS team’s rise in Smith’s captaincy as the franchise reached the final of the cash-rich T20 league in their second season. They finished seventh in their debut season last year.Also playing his first series since giving up Indian team’s limited-overs captain, Dhoni struck a scintillating century in the Cuttack ODI against England during a three-match series.”With MS as a wicketkeeper, he brings so much to the Indian side. His role in his own team in the IPL is also very similar to his role in the Indian team. He’s not the captain anymore in both sides,” Sangakkara said.Clarke said Dhoni still capable of winning matches.”MS Dhoni for me is a no-brainer. You have got to pick him. He was outstanding in the IPL and still capable to win matches for the Indian team,” Clarke said.India begin their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.Clarke picked England, Australia, South Africa and India as the semi-finalists. The other three – Azharuddin, Sangakkara and Smith agree with Clarke’s picks.
Finland’s Valtteri Bottas kept champions Mercedes on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday after title-chasing team mate Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-place grid penalty.Hamilton, who is 14 points behind Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel after eight races, qualified third fastest but will start in eighth place due to the automatic drop resulting from an unscheduled gearbox change.Vettel will share the front row with Bottas, with Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo on the second row.”I really enjoy driving here. The car was getting better and better as the grip was coming,” said Bottas, who now has a golden opportunity to take a second career win.”A decent lap at the end, it wasn’t perfect, but it was enough.”Hopes of a crackling showdown between the Mercedes and Ferrari rivals in the final seconds were blown away when Romain Grosjean’s Haas broke down on track and brought out the warning flags.The pole was the second of Bottas’s Formula One career after Bahrain in April. Vettel won that race but Mercedes have triumphed in Austria in every year since the Red Bull Ring returned to the calendar in 2014.”Congratulations to Valtteri, he did a fantastic job and Sebastian has been very quick. It just wasn’t meant to be today,” said Hamilton, whose gearbox was swapped out after the team discovered a problem from the previous race in Azerbaijan.”I’ll do the best job I can. I want to get up there and get a one-two with Valtteri.”advertisementHamilton won last year with now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg triumphant in 2014 and 2015.HANDSHAKE ‘SNUB’The Briton’s grid penalty dispelled some of the tension from a weekend that started with continued rumblings from Baku and the ‘road rage’ controversy that has dominated the headlines over the past two weeks.Vettel had to make a public apology after accusing his rival of ‘brake-testing’ him after the Ferrari driver drove into the back of the Mercedes and then banged wheels while they were behind the safety car.Although Hamilton has accepted the apology and said he still has “the utmost respect” for Vettel, he refused to play along when asked to shake hands with his rival in post-qualifying interviews.Television images showed, however, that he and Vettel had done so unprompted after they stepped out of their cars in the pit lane.”The car was really good. I was hoping for the last run but it was a bit of an anti climax with the yellow flags,” said Vettel, who will fancy his chances of a fourth win of the season. “It’s a great track, the car has been phenomenal.”I’m looking forward to tomorrow, it should be a good race.”Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen starts fifth with Grosjean sixth.Hamilton will split Force India’s feuding duo of Sergio Perez, seventh, and Esteban Ocon in ninth. There has been bad blood between the Mexican and French rookie since they collided in Baku while fighting for podium places.Further back, McLaren slow progress was evidenced by Fernando Alonso in 12th place and Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne in 13th, although only the latter was using the latest specification Honda engine.
The ban on Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals is over officially and a top CSK official said the franchise will look to retain as many players and support staff it had in 2015.”Super Morning, Lions! The wait is finally over. Time to rise and shine! #CSKReturns #whistlepodu,” the franchise said on its Twitter handle (@ChennaiIPL).According to George John, one of the directors of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, which runs the team, “the ban is officially over. It is good that we are back. As far as possible we will try to retain the players and support staff we had.”About the teams marquee player M S Dhoni, who led CSK since the inception of IPL in 2008,” John told PTI, “we have to see what the BCCI has to offer. If there is an option of retaining of a player, it would be him (Dhoni.)””We havent spoken to Dhoni yet as his contract with Pune ends later this year. However, we will speak to him as and when we make our plans for the next season,” he added. Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was head coach, while Andy Bichel (bowling coach) and Steve Rixon (fielding coach) were part of the support staff when team was banned in 2015.”In an effort to engage with fans, the CSK management started their promotional campaign from today with a couple of social media activities aimed at evoking memories of MS Dhoni & Co in the colours of CSK over the past decade,” John said.advertisementCSK and Royals were suspended for two years in July 2015 when they were found guilty in 2013 of betting and spot- fixing. Meanwhile, the franchises fans are celebrating the much-awaited return and super fan H Saravanan, who is famous for his body painting and wig, is getting to ready to “roar again for Lions in its den.””World over, fans have been waiting for the return of CSK. It is a big moment for us. We are already looking forward to IPL in 2018. I dont know to celebrate this,” he said.”I cant wait to see Thala (as Dhoni is referred to by the fans) back in yellow at the M A Chidambaram stadium. I wish the team management can bring back all the players who turned out for CSK,” he said, adding there were plans to organise mass feeding at some orphanages and blood donation camps in the days to come.
The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it was “closely monitoring” rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, less than 200 days before the 2018 Winter Olympics are set to begin in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.The Games return to the country next year for the first time since the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul. But what would be the first winter Games in Asia outside Japan and the first of three consecutive Olympics on the continent risk being overshadowed by the mounting crisis involving North Korea.The reclusive North’s apparent progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland led to a war of words this week between the two countries, unnerving regional powers.President Donald Trump said the United States would respond with “fire and fury” if North Korea threatened it. North Korea dismissed the warnings and outlined detailed plans for a missile strike near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.Experts in South Korea said the plans for an attack around Guam ratcheted up risks significantly, since Washington was likely to view any missile aimed at its territory as a provocation, even if it were launched as a test.”We are monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region very closely,” an IOC spokesperson said. “The IOC is keeping itself informed about the developments. We continue working with the organising committee on the preparations of these Games, which continue to be on track.”South Korea had failed twice to land the winter Olympics of 2010 and 2014 but succeeded in getting the nod in 2011 for the 2018 edition, which is scheduled for Feb. 9-25.advertisementSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in said last month the North will be given until the last minute to decide whether it will take part in the Olympics. He wants to get North Korea involved, even though none of its athletes have met the qualification standards.His proposal for a unified team has already been turned down by a top North Korean sports official as unrealistic in the current political climate.
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) is exploring the niche segment of “anti-terrorism” or “defence” tourism with Indian travel agents, an Israeli official said here on Thursday.”It’s a niche concept. There are many tourists from the US and Europe who are interested to learn how people defend themselves and things about warfare… because the reputation of Israeli security is very high,” Hasan Madah, Director, India in the Israeli Tourism Ministry told IANS here.Madah said after some tourists evinced an interest in training in defensive tactics, a clutch of entrepreneurs decided to push this as a segment.”They want to know how to shoot, how to hide, how to tackle. It’s similar to paintball (an adventure sport). Some entrepreneurs in Israel, they decided to go ahead and open a business like this,” he said.”You can go there and do whatever you like. Some people like to relax and some people like these things, so why not? We are exploring all (tourism) angles with travel agents in India. We are interested in promoting anything that brings in more tourists.”The Ministry officials were in the city for a six-city roadshow.The Israeli delegation was led by Madah, along with Judah Samuel, Director – Marketing, Israel Ministry of Tourism, India, and included representative partners from the tourism industry of Israel.The roadshow witnessed the participation of over 100 travel agents in each city.Madah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel early last month has sparked a renewed interest among Indians and the country wants to leverage this to increase destination awareness.advertisement”We have seen many inquiries coming in. The indication from the market is that it (visit of Modi) has really helped. We expect the growth to be significant in the next few months.”Asked on the link between popularity of Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who plays Diana Prince in DC Comics’ superhero film “Wonder Woman”, and the renewed interest in Israel as a tourist destination, Madah said: “She is kind of an ambassador. She is promoting and also helping us through that.”Over 34,000 Indian tourists have travelled to Israel till July in 2017, marking a growth of 36 per cent over the previous year.In June alone, Israel witnessed an exponential growth of 79 per cent in Indian arrivals compared to June 2016.
We’ve watched the black and white footage of a teenager tearing apart the best defenders in the world. Even if we weren’t born when Pele last laced up a football boot in anger, we know who he is. Retired Brazilian footballer, Pele is widely considered as the greatest football player of all time, who is also the most successful league goal scorer in the world. Born on October 23, 1940, in Tres Coracoes, Brazil, soccer legend Pele became a superstar with his performance in the 1958 World Cup. Pele played professionally in Brazil for two decades, winning three World Cups along the way, before joining the New York Cosmos late in his career. Named FIFA co-Player of the Century in 1999, he is a global ambassador for soccer and other humanitarian causes. Today, as the soccer legend turns 76, let’s take a look at some lesser-known facts about him:Pele was born into a poor family; as a young boy, he helped alleviate the family’s financial woes by cleaning shoes at the local train stationIn Brazil he is fondly called ‘Perola Negra’ or Black PearlHis legend began by playing football in the streets, using a stocking stuffed with rags and paper as a ballAt the age of 15, he was signed by Santos, and on his league debut in a match against FC Corinthians on September 7, 1956, Pele scored four goalsNoted English football writer Geoffrey Green once declared: ‘Di Stefano was manufactured on earth, Pele was made in heaven’In 1967, during the Biafran war, the Federal and Rebel troops called for a 48-hour truce so that they could watch Pele play on a visit to the war-torn nationPele is the only player to be part of three World Cup-winning teamsThe Brazilian government declared Pele an official national treasure in 1961 to prevent him from being transferred out of the countryadvertisementPele scored his 1000th goal on November 19, 1969, causing the day to be simply known as Pele Day in SantosIn 1978, he was awarded the International Peace Award for his work with UNICEFHe has also served as Brazil’s Extraordinary Minister for Sport and a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
A new day and a new live render of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy phone is here. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are going to be the flagship phones of Samsung in the year 2018. There is lot of inquisitiveness in people to see the final design of new Galaxy S9s but it is only possible when the phones are officially unveiled. Until then, it is the leaks and rumours that help us get an idea of what Samsung could bring to the table with its upcoming Galaxy phones.One of such leaks is the new CAD-based render and a video that reveals the phone in all its glory. The phone can be seen from every possible angles. Going by the video, it is safe to say that the Galaxy S9 would sport a similar design as that of S8 but with few major changes.Here’s the video.Remember the misplaced fingerprint placement in the Galaxy S8. Samsung tried being innovative with the fingerpirnt placement in the Galaxy S8 and ended up placing it on one such place where it should have never been- right next to the camera lens. However, it seems that company could fix this issue in the upcoming Galaxy S9. Atleast that’s what the video says. The phone in question is seen having a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, placed below the camera module. This is in contrast with the past rumours that suggest that Samsung could bring the in-display fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S9.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy S9 to be launched in early 2018: Possible specs and featuresadvertisementThe second apparent and big change is the dual camera at the back. Galaxy S8 chose to stick to the one-camera rule but chances are that its younger sibling could join the dual camera phone bandwagon. The video shows the bigger S9+ with two cameras at the back aligned vertically to each other. The curves and slim bezels remain similar to the S8. Design wise, the S9 is expected to feature a glass body with metal frame. Samsung will continue with its Bixby button and 3.5 mm audio jack in the new Galaxy S9s. The new Galaxy phones could be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset but only for US. The rest of the world will receive an Exynos version of the phone. Expect the device to run on Android 8.0 Oreo.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings were already going to face a difficult decision this winter about Adrian Peterson, with the star running back turning 30 next year.That was before the public relations problem his child abuse case created for the team. The stiff punishment delivered by the NFL on Nov. 18, a suspension without pay for at least the rest of the season, put his future with the Vikings in further doubt.Commissioner Roger Goodell told Peterson he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.Peterson, who pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuries to his 4-year-old son, planned an appeal that the NFL Players Association pushed to be handled by a neutral arbitrator.Peterson’s salary for the season was $11.75 million. He will keep the money accrued while on the special exempt list he was placed on Sept. 17. But the NFL’s punishment has now amounted to a 14-game ban, with six unpaid weeks. That’s the equivalent of a fine of more than $4.1 million.There are three years and $45 million remaining on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed. The Vikings would take only a $2.4 million hit on their 2015 salary cap if they cut him before next season.Even if Peterson were to win a shorter suspension with an appeal, the Vikings actually playing him yet this year would be an implausible scenario given the heat they have taken and the long time Peterson has been away from the team. The Vikings have six games left and host the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 23.For now, the only game Peterson will be a part of is the back-and-forth between the league and the union over the player discipline process.The NFLPA sharply rebuked the league for what it labeled as inconsistency and unfairness. The NFL’s words were even stronger, with a nearly 1,600-word statement spelling out the conditions for Peterson’s return to the field and describing the reasons for the punishment.The union’s attempt to at least temporarily reinstate Peterson from the exempt list failed. The grievance filed against the league last week was overturned by the arbitrator who heard the arguments, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.Goodell’s letter to Peterson cited “aggravating circumstances” for the enhanced penalty, pointing to the child’s age and the significant physical difference between him and his son.“Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father,” Goodell wrote.“Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.”Goodell also came down on Peterson for showing “no meaningful remorse” for hurting the boy and expressed concern that he “may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”The union has accused the league of overstepping bounds spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement.“The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding,” the NFLPA said.The NFL and Peterson’s camp have even disagreed about qualifying counselors.Goodell directed Peterson to meet with Dr. April Kuchuk, an instructor in the New York University Department of Psychiatry and a forensic consultant to the New York City District Attorney’s offices and New York courts, by Dec. 1. Kuchuk will design a program of counseling, therapy and community service for Peterson.The league said Peterson made Dr. Cynthia Winston, a Professor of Psychology at Howard University contacted by his attorney, available to meet with Kuchuk about Peterson and case, but Winston advised Kuchuk she does not have a background in child abuse.Kuchuk told the NFL it’s “essential” for her meet personally with Peterson to use the types of cognitive and behavioral therapies that Winston does not provide.___(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Representatives of FIFA and UEFA have been in Greece over the last couple of days and have clearly sided with Stavros Kontonis regarding the many issues that surround Greek Football and the current Hellenic Football Federation (EPO). On the other end, EPO continued their provocative actions without any of their representatives resigning from their positions.FIFA representative, Kostakis Koutsokoumnis, along with 2 others from UEFA and FIFA had a series of meetings on Monday and Tuesday to “fix” the problems surrounding Greek Football, with hopes of getting the SuperLeague underway on September 10th. After Monday’s meetings, the Cypriot representative stated that FIFA and UEFA agree with Deputy Minister of Athletics, Stavros Kontonis, against the current members of the Hellenic Football federation (EPO) on the many issues that separate the two sides. Never has the governing body of football (FIFA) publicly disregard the current Football Federation of a country to side with that country’s government.Today at 11:00 AM local time, Koutsokoumnis, EPO and the representatives of the SuperLeague teams were scheduled to meet and discuss the “referee list” for the upcoming season. This has also been a hot topic of concern for many teams, including the anti-corruption alliance of Panathinaikos, AEK, and PAOK. THIRTY MINUTES before the meeting, the President of EPO, Giorgos Girtzikis, sent out an announcement stating that the meeting was canceled. The decision and timing of the announcement angered both the representatives of FIFA/UEFA and the SuperLeague teams. Girtzikis later stated that the meeting was canceled to avoid “war” between FIFA/UEFA and the teams. Excuses to say the least…After the decision, Koutsokoumnis said “Under the statutes and regulations we cannot meet if the Federation is not present. Sorry about how things developed, but we must operate according to our regulations.” He further stated that he has a plan and will work with Kontonis to get the SuperLeague underway on September 10th.Later in the day, all ears were on the EPO’s Board of Directors meeting. Professor of Constitutional Law Nikos Alivizatos demanded that the current members facing felony charges on the “Health Cards” Case resign from their positions, otherwise the State has every legal right to declare the whole Board of Directors in default. Substitute President Vangelis Topoliatis and Vice President Vangelis Mazarakis resigned from their positions, but did not resign from EPO’s Board of Directors. On the other hand, Girtzikis stated “I will go to every extent possible to keep my position as President of the Federation.”At the EPO’s Board of Director’s meeting, the issue of the Ethic Committee was resolved, however nothing was announced regarding the “referee list” for the upcoming season. Additionally, the members facing felony charges did not resign from EPO which was demanded by the Greek Justice system. With EPO’s non-compliance on these two matters, Kontonis announced that the Greek SuperLeague will not start until these issues are resolved and the laws are abided by.There is one final meeting schedule for tomorrow before the representatives of FIFA and UEFA depart from Greece. After two days of meetings, FIFA/UEFA have clearly sided with Kontonis and will have to take matters in their own hands to get Kontonis’ approval for the start of the SuperLeague season. With the September 9th date approaching (the date the justice system has the right to remove all the Board of Directors of EPO), EPO’s fighting days are slowly coming to an end.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous Will the iPhone 8 include a dedicated neural network engine?Next A DIY project to monitor Internet downtime Have you heard of Ransom Stephens? This is a man who has written hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from signal integrity to quantum physics to parenting teens and two novels. His new book, The Left Brain Speaks, The Right Brain Laughs (Viva Editions, 2016), is an irreverent look at the neuroscience of innovation in technology, art, and science. A pioneer in jitter analysis, Ransom has invented new methods for extracting signals from noise and has served on several high data rate standards. He has given thousands of speeches across the US, Europe, and Asia, and has developed a reputation for making complex topics accessible and funny.The reason I mention all of this here is that I was just meandering my way through the full schedule for the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is to be held November 8-9, in Minneapolis.OMG. That’s only eight weeks away as I pen these words. I’m not ready. I’m too young for all this excitement. Quite apart from anything else, I’ll be giving the keynote presentation at the Electronics of Tomorrow (EOT) conference in Denmark the week before (see Electronics of Tomorrow in Denmark Today). By the time I get to ESC, my head will be spinning like a top, but that’s not what I wanted to talk to you about…The thing is that, while rooting around the ESC schedule, I saw that young Ransom will be giving one of the keynote presentations: The Keys to Innovation: Priming Your Brain to Percolate Brilliant Ideas . As it says in the official blurb:Whether you’re designing a circuit, debugging a SerDes, or painting a lily pad, you call on your innovative powers every day. In this presentation, best-selling author and renowned physicist and engineer Ransom Stephens will examine the neural processes that percolate insights into consciousness: the physics of lateral thought, the power of perspective, the value of novelty, and how your brain selects and rejects ideas before you’re even aware of them. Methods for fine-tuning the balance of stress and confidence, concentration and distraction that prime our brains to innovate our way to solutions of the challenges that we each face, as well as those that we face together, will also be discussed, as will the neuroaesthetics of what makes products and discoveries good, bad, and valuable.Now, your knee-jerk reaction might be to exclaim: “What?” I know what you mean. Generally speaking, when I hear someone say things like “processes that percolate insights” and “the power of perspective” and “neuroaesthetics,” I tend to nod my head thoughtfully, plaster a smile on my face, and sidle my way towards the nearest exit.But wait! I was in the audience when Ransom gave this presentation at a previous conference, and I can honestly say that it’s a must-see event. I have an almost insatiable thirst for tidbits of trivia, and Ransom’s presentation left me stuffed and satiated and gorged and replete with more nuggets of knowledge than you could swing a stick at.In fact, Ransom’s presentation was so good that I cannot wait to see it again, which is saying something because I rarely like to do anything more than once.Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis? If so, perhaps I’ll see you at Ransom’s keynote. Happily, this will be open to anyone to attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention.
Rohde & Schwarz and CommSolid have successfully completed the verification of 3GPP Release 14 location services (LCS), which is one of the new positioning technologies for NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT). The Cat-NB2 verification was performed with CommSolid’s NB-IoT modem solution against the R&S CMW500 mobile communication tester. The R&S Location Based Services (LBS) solution based on R&S CMWcards GUI, a subset of TS-LBS, allows the verification of chipsets and mobile devices for mobile manufacturers, chipset manufacturers, test houses and network operators with the target to get permission to operate them in a particular network.The successful NB-IoT location services verification of the CommSolid NB-IoT modem using the Rohde & Schwarz test solution marks an important milestone in IoT positioning and navigation. The R&S CMW500 mobile communication tester equipped with the R&S CMWcards LBS solution and the CommSolid NB-IoT modem form the first test platform to offer verification of Cat-NB2 location services.R&S CMWcards supports location-based services testing of 3GPP Release-14 NB-IoT devices. The software runs on a R&S CMW500 which acts as a base station simulator for several cells. The device under test (DUT) observes the time difference of arrival (OTDOA) of the simulated cells and reports it to the serving cell, which is also simulated by the R&S CMW500. The R&S CMW500 calculates the position of the DUT by using the reported OTDOA measurements and sends the position coordinates back to the DUT. This R&S LBS solution based on R&S CMWcards is able to provide R&D as well as GCF and PTCRB pre-certification for chip sets and mobile devices.At MWC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase this first test solution for Cat-NB2 LBS based on the R&S CMW500 with R&S CMWcards and CommSolid’s NB-IoT modem.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Kontron: KBox A-250 with pITX-2.5Next Inova Semiconductors: standalone LED driver for in-car lighting