We may just be closer to womens IPL, feels Mithali

first_img(Eds: Adding more quotes of Mithali Raj) By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, Jul 26 (PTI) It wasnt much of a possibility a couple of years back but India captain Mithali Raj today said a womens Indian Premier League is closer to reality after her teams brilliant World Cup campaign. Asked if she expects a womens IPL soon, Mithali said:”If you had asked me this question, a couple of years back, probably I would not (support the idea to have womens IPL), but (may be) now since after going to the World Cup and the way they have responded and improved the standard of womens cricket, taking it to different level.” For a womens IPL, the general standard of the game needs to be good and Mithali feels that it has happened as the statistics of this World Cup suggests. “Scoring more than 300 plus, every team has got a centurion and a five wicket haul bowler, so it is probably because of the leagues in Australia and England and may be a couple of players have improved their standard and they have performed very well for the country,” she said. Mithali feels that an IPL will also help the domestic players improve their standard. “We now have a base, it will help even the domestic players in terms of exposure, but again it is up to the BCCI to organize the league. As a player, I feel now the domestic players are exposed to good cricketing environment and interact with foreign players, they will benefit,” Mithali stated. She is proud that her team has now got global acceptance. “This was a moment when a team sport apart from mens cricket garnered so much attention because its individual sport always gets that mileage. “In team games, irrespective of having 2-3 good players, if the team does not do well, you do not get that attention, but it feels nice because we play cricket and it is like a religion in India,” she said when asked if its a watershed moment in womens game. But the bunch of 15 women fully deserves it, feels their captain. “They always deserved it. Now because of broadcasting and televising of the game, it is more, coming under BCCI has made a difference. I always believed if more matches are televised, we can attract more people,” said Raj, who became the leading run-scorer in womens One-day Internationals, during the event. “The way the girls have played, Indian and other teams have put up good standard of cricket in World Cup and it has given impetus to women cricket globally, it has given us more positive feedback,” she added. The skipper lauded BCCI for bringing a structure in womens cricket. “Since two-three years, we have got days game in the domestic structure, BCCI has made an effort to get under-16 level, that is the basic level where the girls can get into to play the higher level. I have myself played U-16s, U-19s a lot, they are coming with U-23 as well. “There are changes in the domestic structure to develop quality players but still there is a huge gap between domestic and international standards. It is matter of playing more games and giving them more opportunities,” she observed. Asked what she wanted BCCI to do more, she quipped,”If you ask me, I am playing since 1999, when there were no monetary benefits but you should ask the question to those who have come now.” But the skipper agreed that her team needs to buck as far as their T20 game is concerned especially after their disastrous World T20 campaign. “We put in the same hard work that we would put for the T20 World Cup, because it is a different format and requires different preparation. It will start very soon and it will be challenging as India have a long way to go in T20 format,” concluded Mithali. PTI NRB KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat

first_imgIndia’s dressing room was far from a happy sight after a batting implosion resulted in a horror defeat to England in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s, revealed Smriti Mandhana after reaching home.Having restricting England to a modest 228, India suffered a dramatic collapse to let the match slip. As the wickets fell, the spirit in the Indian camp also fell and by the end, there was a look of extreme grief, shock and disappointment on the faces of each of the players.Mandhana spoke of the eerie quietness in the dressing post the loss and how the reception they got on the Airport when they returned made them feel better.”We were pretty sad after the final but after seeing the reception in India, we felt like we had done something special.”It was a quiet dressing room. We had come so close and were very sad that we could not do it for Mithali and Jhulan. That haunted us more than anything else,” Mandhana said at the press conference.Mandhana hoped that after the experience of a World Cup final, the girls will only improve.”Out of the 15 players in the squad, 13 were playing the final for the first time and hopefully this experience with help and we will not make the same mistakes again,” Mandhana expressed.Mandhana had a great start to the World Cup with 90 runs against England in the opener and she followed that up with a 106 not out against West Indies but post those two knocks, Mandhana’s form dropped and could not put anything substantial on the board.advertisement”It was a good start for me in the World Cup but then it turned into a quiet one. I know the mistakes I did and will work on not making the same mistakes again,” Mandhana told.Mandhana talked of the experience she and Harmanpreet drew from the Big Bash League in Australia and backed a women’s IPL.”The Women’s Big Bash League was a good experience for me and Harmanpreet (Kaur). We discovered much more individuality there and got to know other bowlers better, so it was a very good experience. If women’s IPL is organised in India, it will be very beneficial for Indian players,” Mandhana said.Mandhana revealed the dressing room was full of nerves during the final and reiterated that this team will only get better from here.”We were very nervous watching the final. Throughout the chase, the entire dressing room kept praying.”Through the tournament, a new player stepped up. So we can say we have achieved something. In two years, this team will become better,” Mandhana added.last_img read more

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Nemanja Matic is a genius, says Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United head coach Jose Mourinho hailed the club’s newly-signed defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic, calling him “a genius” after the Serbian played his first match in United jersey at the Aviva stadium here against Italian football club UC Sampdoria.Matic was part of the starting XI for United on Wednesday in the side’s 2-1 friendly tour victory over the Genoa club.”He needs time but (his) experience, intelligence, a genius in the way he thinks — he thinks football,” Mourinho was quoted saying by Sky Sports.The Portugese having coached Matic earlier in Chelsea admitted that the Manchester club will help him grow better.”We will help him to be ready sooner rather than later,” the 54-year-old said.Mourinho also praised his players for their three victories from the four pre-season friendly tour matches in 2017-18.In the pre-season tour so far, Manchester United have beaten Champions League defending champions Real Madrid, English Premier League (EPL) rivals Manchester City and Italian club UC Sampdoria.The club’s only loss came against Spanish football giants FC Barcelona.”To get three out of four I thank the club for that, I will be happier if they get me four of four but they did a great effort for me,” Mourinho concluded.Manchester United will kick-off their Premier League season on August 13 against West Ham.last_img read more

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Two-in-one: Ravindra Jadeja now top-ranked Test bowler and all-rounder

first_imgRavindra Jadeja has edged past Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to become the number one all-rounder in the ICC’s Test rankings. He was already the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket.Jadeja played a starring role for India in their innings and 53-run victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, scoring an unbeaten 70 in the first innings and picking up seven wickets including five in the second innings.He was named man-of-the-match for his efforts but also banned for the third and final Test at Pallekele for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.Jadeja also gained nine places to reach 51st rank among batsmen while India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has attained a career-best 44th position after moving up four places.Meanwhile, India batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have made notable movements after their centuries in the Colombo Test helped India take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series with an innings and 53 runs win over Sri Lanka. Pujara’s knock of 133 in his 50th Test has helped him to a career-high 888 points and third position while Rahane has moved from 11th to fifth position with a score of 132 .Pace bowlers Mohammad Shami (up three places to 20th) and Umesh Yadav (up three places to 22nd) have made notable gains.last_img read more

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What India was crazy about: Hockey first, Cricket later, Football, Kabaddi now?

first_imgIndia has always been a sports-crazy nation which gradually evolved into a country that became obsessed with cricket.One might say it was due to the success or maybe because of the glamour attached to it. But cricket’s rise since the early half of the 1970s has not stopped and it remains the most popular and enjoyed sport in the country for now. (70 years of Independence: India’s most decorated sporting heroes in the modern era)One might say that there are odd times when sports like Badminton, Wrestling and Kabaddi overshadowed the gentleman’s game but ultimately its popularity remain unparalleled.But what about the times before and just after independence? When India did not play that much cricket? Here’s a look at how Indians fell in love with different sport before finally settling for cricket. (70 years of Independence: 7 decades of sporting glory)HOCKEYHockey was widely followed and played pre-independence and subsequent teams post-1947 brought plenty of laurels to the country.India was the first non-European team to be a part of the International Hockey Federation. In 1928, India won its first Olympic gold medal. And from 1928 to 1956, the men’s team remained unbeaten in the Olympics. Not only that, they won six gold medals in a row. India won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics.However, the sport is struggling now and barring a few good shows here and there, the men’s hockey team has failed to live up to the golden era of hockey that the nation saw during  those 28 years.advertisementIt can largely be attributed to the lack of infrastructure and honestly the craze for the game in the country. If you ask a kid what his favourite sport is, he will more often than not say cricket…with football coming second maybe. Field Hockey has failed to garner attention despite of the board’s best attention by building a hugely popular Indian Premier League inspired Hockey India League (HIL). A sport cannot prosper if the people fail to connect with it and that’s exactly what hockey has suffered after the early success.FOOTBALL’The Beautiful Game’ remains the most popular and played sport in the whole world but India’s fascination for the sport overshadowed  its love for cricket after the golden era it enjoyed.The Indian team was formed early in the 1930s and it used to tour outside to play games. After independence, the country qualified for the 1950 World Cup but AIFF (All India Football Federation) withdrew its participation due to various reasons that it cited. However, it is said that India decided to withdraw due to the reason that players were not allowed to play bare footed.Indian football prospered but never got any major honours to show for it. The best achievement one could say was the 4th place finish in the 1956 Summer Games in Australia. It also finished fourth in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo.India’s steady decline started after the 1970s and continued for a while until the early 2000s when the team slowly started getting new players and football was slowly regaining the lost ground in the hearts of the public. The country has been graced by legends like Diego Maradona, Pele, Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and the list goes on. But crowds of the late 1960s and 1970s are no longer seen in the stands. Yes, games like the Kolkata Derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan still see huge crowds but that is perhaps the only game that sees such numbers gracing a football field.However, the Indian Super League (ISL) has helped the sport in a large way since its inception in 2013. It has helped the sport regain some of the lost ground to cricket but again the crowds keep getting smaller every year, failing to live up to the first season when the stadiums were jam-packed.India have reached the ranking of 96 in the world thanks to some brilliant performances from Sunil Chhetri and his boys. Not only that, India will also host the Under-17 World Cup in October and it is expected that the stadiums will have a decent turnout…which the game really needs. Former FIFA president Sepp Bllater said that India is the sleeping giant of football and the time has come that the country helps its boys to make a mark in the world of football once again.CRICKETWell, this remains the most followed sport in the country. Every other person wants to be a cricketer and don the famous Blue jersey.advertisementIndia was granted Test status in 1932. The team was led by CK Naidu and we played our first game against England at the Lord’s. We lost the match by 158 runs. Since then India have gone onto play 514 Test matches, winning 141 of them, losing 158 and drawing 214. They’re the current World No. 1 side and under Virat Kohli, the team is playing some really good cricket.But, this was always not the case. Despite producing some greats in the early 1950s and 1960s, the sport was not the most followed and loved by its citizens. The game gradually gained popularity in the early 1970s after the arrival of greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Gundappa Viswanath…so on and so forth. It took us a bit of time to win a major trophy but once we did, the sport has been the country’s favourite.Kapil led India to its first World Cup win at the Mecca of Cricket in 1983 — ending West Indies’ domination in the World Cups. Since then it took us 28 years to get out hands on the cup again.Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to its second World Cup win on April 2, 2011 in a historic night at the Wankhede and since then the team has achieved a lot in all the formats of the game.The game remains the most loved and followed sport in the country — thanks to the humongous following it has garnered. The Indian Premier League which recently completed 10 years also has to be given credit for allowing more people to come in and make a name for themselves. It has successfully mixed the two worlds — sports and entertainment and since its first season in 2008, it has only grown bigger and better. 8 to 80 — people of all ages enjoy the glamour up for show during the two months and it has shown no signs of stopping yet.BADMINTON, KABADDI, WRESTLINGReuters PhotoThese are the sports Indians really love to follow when the topic is hot. Sadly, they fail to maintain the hype once the headlines are gone.PV Sindhu’s silver at the Rio Games in 2016 made her an instant hit here but very few would be able to say what she’s doing right now. People stood up and noticed the likes of Saskhi Malik, when she settled for Bronze in the Summer Games in 2016 but much like Sindhu, she also remains a name people are aware of.Kabaddi on the other hand has been on the rise for a while. India have dominated the World Cups, winning three in a row and the Pro Kabaddi League has maintained the interest it has generated since its first season as well.So the bottom-line is that toppling cricket in this country is going to be really tough but Indians do love their sports and can proudly say that they’re not restricted to one or two in particular. Even though, less, Indians have won wherever they have gone and left a mark in the heart of the people in the last 70 years.advertisementlast_img read more

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Mithali Raj’s response to social media trolls: Not worth my time

first_imgMithali Raj has proved it all on the cricket field. She is the first woman cricketer to score 6000 runs in ODIs, she has guided India to two World Cup finals but no matter her records on the cricket field, the 34-year-old has often been targeted by trolls on social media.Now, the Indian captain has the perfect response to those trolls saying it’s not worth her time to get bothered.Speaking exclusively to India Today Mithali says, “Sometimes I feel people have way too much time in their lives that they do this (toll) and they only try to figure out the negativity in the people and post it. For all those strong people who have come out in support of me I would like to thank them and also tell women should not be discouraged by these trolls as it is definitely not worth our time.”While Mithali says she understands people have a right to free expression, she has urged all on social media to show restraint.”Social media is a medium in which people can reach out to anybody. Everybody has the rights to express their feelings but people also need to understand that when they have their rights then even we also have the rights to put up whatever we want and if you don’t like it then do not follow it as simple as that,” adds the Indian captain.Despite leading India to the World Cup final and scoring seven back-to-back half centuries, Mithali was trolled mercilessly for her choice of attire on more than one occasions on Twitter, be it for wearing a western dress or sweating after working out.advertisement”People need to understand that sportspeople do have other lives and it is just not limited to sports. If I am a sportsperson then I do not need to be in a sports attire. People do have lives other than sports and everybody wants to live a normal life and people should accept that,” added Mithali.We also asked her if she thought people were abusing their privilege of being able to connect with celebrities on social media.”I think so because when you are on a public platform then you need to think that whatever they post should not affect the family members of the people you are attacking. For me it does not matter because I have seen lot bigger challenges than just being trolled for something so frivolous and I just laughed it out.”Probably it will not be same for my parents who come from a humble background, it was something different and a shock to them.”People need to consider that but you cannot stop anybody from expressing themselves as it is an open medium but yea if people can be educated enough to understand that they cannot be hurtful to somebody,” concluded Mithali.last_img read more

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FIFA head of refereeing rejects Wueck grouse

first_imgKolkata, Oct 23 (PTI) FIFAs Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca today took a dig at Germany coach Christian Wueck, who hit out at the referee after their “harsh” 1-2 quarterfinal elimination against Brazil in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.Brazil struck twice through Weverson and Paulinho in a space of six minutes in the second-half yesterday to seal a semifinal spot.Germany coach Wueck congratulated Brazil but was clearly unhappy with the USA referee Jair Marrufo, claiming that a legitimate penalty was denied to his team before the Selecao juniors got the lead in the 77th minute.”Anyone who saw the game can judge himself alone without listening to somebody else,” the FIFAs Head of Refereeing Department told the reporters today.Without naming Wueck, the Swiss said one should not complain much unless theres a terrible scandal in a match.”Honestly I dont want to single out a situation other than that of a blatant violation, or a scandal. It does not make any sense. I dont think it was a case like that yesterday. Dont lose too much time over it.”He further said everybody saw the performances and can judge easily.”I dont want to say something when everybody has seen it, and can make an explanation himself.”In full support of the USA referee, Busacca said, “I saw what happened yesterday, because we review everyday. I know what we are doing. Honestly, its not my habit to find excuse in life. If we commit a mistake, its very easy for me to admit and say were bad.advertisement”Sometimes we can have a situation but we have to admit without complaining so much. In general I can say we are very very happy with the performance of this group of referees and the assistants. In this competition, we are very happy about their decisions. We did not see any major problem.”Meanwhile, Busacca said that football is in Indias blood and its a matter of time that the nations referees would officiate at a top-level FIFA tournament.Having witnessed a record attendance of 66,000 plus in the Germany-Brazil quarterfinal match at the Salt Lake Stadium yesterday, the Swiss said it was a historical achievement.”Look at the spectators you are having in a game. Its incredible to see the average number of spectators turnout. Yesterday it was amazing. We can only thank India.”I have never seen so many spectators in a U-17 competition. That means football is in Indias blood. Its not only cricket and other sports but as we have seen theres also football,” the 48-year-old said.”They have proved to the world that we can organise a World Cup, are ready and also enjoying football.”He also lauded the performance of the Indian team, although they had lost all their three league games.”Even when the national team was playing, though they did not have any big experience, we saw very good individual skills. This is the good start to the future.”The FIFA head of refereeing department is also impressed by the Indian referees, who were part of a week long workshop.”A group of elite referees and instructors were invited by me to see how we are working. To have a feel of how professional referees can wake up every morning and be ready for the game. They understood and its now in their hands.”They now know how top professional referees prepare before a week during a competition. They looked very motivated. In my opinion, in a few years top referees from India will be seen at the high level FIFA competitions,” he said. PTI TAP CM CMlast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: England have to think about changes before Boxing Day Test, says Mitchell Johnson

first_imgEngland have surrendered the Ashes after their star players once again failed to impress in Australia and Mitchell Johnson now believes Stuart Broad is not up to it at the moment and Alastair Cook still carried scars from their last series down under.Johnson was the wrecker-in-chief for Australia in 2013-14, picking up 37 wickets as Michael Clarke’s side whitewashed England 5-0. That was the last time Kevin Pietersen played Test cricket while Graeme Swann retired at the end of the Ashes.The question doing the rounds is if England will take some tough calls as they trail the series 3-0. Two more matches are yet to be played in Melbourne and Sydney and Joe Root would want to win at least one of those Tests.Johnson said it was important the England thinktank took some important decisions now. (Beer, smiles, family time: Australia celebrate Ashes triumph)”Going to the next Test I think England will have to think about changes,” the 36-year-old told Reuters after training with Big Bash side Perth Scorchers at the WACA.”I’m not sure if Broad is up to it at the moment. There will be some question marks around him, (as) a senior player.”Cook is someone who I think has been thinking about retirement. (Ashes 2017: England came over very weak without Ben Stokes, says Graeme Swann)”I just wonder now with the scoreline being 3-0 whether that will take a bit of pressure off him and he’ll just go out there and score runs. I’m not sure.advertisement”I think the scars are there from the last series.”Cook, who will be 33 when the Boxing Day Test starts, scored 766 runs in England’s 2010/11 triumph Down Under but struggled with the bat as captain during the 2013/14 series. (Ashes 2017: How unplayable was Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’?)He has managed only 83 runs in the current campaign at a paltry average of 13.83.Broad has only five wickets from the three matches at 61.80 runs apiece and came off his worst ever test figures in the third match at the WACA.With England’s lack of pace exposed on Australian wickets, Johnson doubted they could win in Melbourne or Sydney without a genuine quick, and urged selectors to recall Durham seamer Mark Wood.”I look forward to him playing if he gets the opportunity, they should pick him even if he’s slightly underdone,” Johnson said of 10-test Wood, who recovered from an ankle injury to bowl in the tour match in Perth.”From a pace point of view, someone bowling over 140-145 (km/hour) can definitely change the game.”Root, meanwhile, was a “great” player that had failed to stand up for his team with the bat while being saddled with a series of off-field distractions, said Johnson.The left-armer recalled his own wayward bowling during the 2009 Ashes in England when tabloids were awash with reports of a rift with his mother.He felt England’s boozy indiscretions during the current tour had probably taken a similar toll on their skipper’s on-field performance.”For me ’09 was a struggle when you have off-field things happening, personal things that have happened and they’re out in the public,” he said.”Because it’s the Ashes you’re definitely under the microscope a lot more. He’ll learn and he’ll definitely get better.”Johnson was naturally more generous in his praise of the home side and their captain, with Steve Smith leading brilliantly with a double-century in Perth and 426 runs for the series.The Ashes had been disappointing from a “fan’s point of view” but that was of little concern to Johnson, who enjoyed a number of fiery on-field exchanges with England players during his international days.”As an ex-player, I’d love to see a 5-0 (whitewash), I’m not really that fussed on what happens out in the middle.”I don’t like seeing close games when it’s against England, I just want to see them get thumped.” (With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Micromax Bharat 5 Plus with 5000mAh battery now listed on company website

first_imgSoon after the launch of the Micromax Bharat 5 earlier last month, Bharat 5 Plus is now seen listed on the company website. Not only the 4G smartphone listed on the website, the specifications of the phone have also been revealed by the company. For Bharat 5 Plus — much like the Bharat 5 — Micromax is vouching on its massive 5000mAh battery. The price of the Micromax Bharat 5 Plus is yet to be revealed, and the company is expected to confirm it in the days to come.As far as the specifications are concerned, the key highlight of the Bharat 5 Plus — as claimed by the company itself is its battery setup. The 4G smartphone comes with a massive 5000mAh and Micromax claims to offer 21 hours of standby time. The device also has a OTG support.On the display front, the Micromax Bharat 5 Plus sports a 5.2-inch HD with 720×1280 pixel resolution. The screen of the phone is further protected with a 2.5D curved glass. Micromax claims that the Bharat 5 Plus screen offers a “superb picture quality and high contrast ratio” which will enable users to “enjoy movies, games, videos and more like never before.”Also Read: Micromax Bharat 5 launched at Rs 5,555, comes with 5MP camera with bokeh mode & 5,000mAh batteryComing to the hardware front, the Plus variant of Bharat 5 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor which comes coupled with 2GB of RAM and an internal storage of 16GB which is further expandable by up to 64GB via a microSD card.advertisementOn the camera department, the Bharat 5 Plus features an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor with LED flash, while on the front the phone includes a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling. The rear camera comes along with a couple of camera modes including — Panorama, Time Lapse, Watermark, Beauty Mode, Bokeh effect and more. While, the front camera comes along with a portrait mode and an 83.3-degree wide-angle lens.In terms of connectivity options, the Micromax Bharat 5 Plus comes along with 4G VoLTE support, and the usual standard options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.The price of the Micromax Bharat 5 Plus is yet to be official, chances are that the company may do so in the days to come. Meanwhile, the homegrown company launched the predecessor of the Plus variant — Bharat 5 — in December 2017 at a price tag of Rs 5,555. Possibilities are, Bharat 5 Plus may also come at the similar price segment, almost..last_img read more

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Navas Couldn’t Save Costa Rica

first_imgSALVADOR, Brazil — Not even Keylor Navas could rescue Costa Rica this time.The goalkeeper who made so many wonderful saves in this World Cup was outclassed in the penalty shootout that decided the quarterfinal against the Netherlands.But for 120 minutes — and for most of Costa Rica’s previous four matches at the tournament — Navas simply couldn’t be beat.In the first half alone on July 5, Navas made four saves that helped earn him the man of the match award, even after the Dutch won a shootout 4-3 after a 0-0 draw marked by 120 minutes of Dutch dominance.In the 29th minute, Navas denied Memphis Depay with his boot.Ten minutes later his diving, one-handed, effort to swat away a free kick from Wesley Sneijder would have stood as the save of the night if Tim Krul had not stopped two Costa Rica penalties in the shootout.And there were plenty more saves, too, all the way through extra time. But in the shootout, the Netherlands converted all four of their spot kicks. “Of course you want to stop the penalty, but they shot better and I could not stop them,” Navas said.Still, that shouldn’t cast a shadow on what Navas did against Uruguay, Italy and England in the group stage — or on the class he displayed against Greece and the Netherlands for 120 minutes in the knockout stages.It was largely thanks to Navas and an impenetrable defense that Costa Rica reached the last eight for the first time.In five matches Navas conceded a tournament-low two goals and he couldn’t be blamed for either of them.The first was a penalty kick from Edinson Cavani in Costa Rica’s opening 3-1 win over Uruguay and the second was a rebound effort from Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the penalty-shootout win over Greece in the round of 16, which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.Papastathopoulos scored only after Navas had stopped a shot from Theofanis Gekas with a diving effort — with Costa Rica down to 10 men. Then, in the ensuing shootout for that game, Navas made the only save, diving to swat away Gekas’ attempt.While the 27-year-old Navas may not have been well known until his run here, he recently enjoyed one of the best seasons of any goalkeeper in the Spanish league.Navas was credited with a La Liga-best 160 saves for Levante during his most recent club season. He had 16 clean sheets and allowed 39 goals, meaning he stopped a La Liga-best 80.1 percent of the shots he faced.No wonder Levante had offers for Navas from European runner-up Atletico Madrid even before the World Cup began. Now, though, Navas’ transfer fee could well have doubled.(ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nationals Use 11 Walk-Ons, Beat Colon, Mets, 7-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Limited to two runs over the previous three games, the Washington Nationals used their eyes even more than their bats to break out at the plate.Daniel Murphy drove in two runs against his former team to back Gio Gonzalez in his latest win at Citi Field, sending the patient Nationals past the New York Mets 7-1 on May 18.Anthony Rendon snapped a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single for the Nationals, who stopped a three-game skid and held onto first place in the NL East.They took advantage of uncharacteristic wildness by Bartolo Colon and the Mets, drawing 11 walks and getting hit by pitches twice in a game that dragged on for 3 hours, 42 minutes.“It was nice as an offense for us to put up a crooked number tonight and reward Gio for how well he’s been throwing the ball. I don’t think we’ve given him a ton of run support,” said Murphy, a postseason star for the Mets last year.“I thought we grinded out some at-bats tonight. We were able to get to the bullpen early and really create some traffic on the basepaths.”Gonzalez (3-1) carried a two-hitter into the seventh before three singles loaded the bases with one out.Felipe Rivero relieved and escaped the jam unscathed, retiring Kevin Plawecki and pinch-hitter Michael Conforto to protect a four-run lead.Yoenis Cespedes hit his 13th home run for the Mets, who have lost five of six.The rubber game of the series, the first this season between the division rivals, is the night of May 19 — with unbeaten Washington ace Stephen Strasburg pitching against struggling Matt Harvey.Gonzalez improved to 10-4 with a 2.59 ERA against the Mets, and 7-1 with a 1.52 ERA in 12 starts at Citi Field. He is 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last six starts against New York.“I really don’t have an answer for what’s going on here,” he said.Jayson Werth doubled, singled and scored three runs on a perfect night at the plate. He also walked three times and stole his first base of the season.Behind him, Bryce Harper drew four walks and scored once. It was quite a contrast to Tuesday night, when Noah Syndergaard went right after Harper (0-for-4) and held the NL MVP without a walk for the first time in 11 games.The Mets, who threw 217 pitches, entered with the fewest walks in the majors. They had not issued 11 free passes in a nine-inning game since July 13, 2012, against Atlanta.“I haven’t seen that out of our pitching staff since I’ve been here. Nobody could find the strike zone,” Manager Terry Collins said. “That’s just not us.”Pitching six days before his 43rd birthday, Colon (3-3) walked five for the first time since April 26, 2005, with the Angels at Yankee Stadium.He walked consecutive batters twice (Werth and Harper in the first and again in the third). Colon had not walked back-to-back hitters even once since July 18, 2007, with the Angels at Tampa Bay.Collins called it “shocking” and said he was “baffled.”“I guess maybe that opened our eyes,” Rendon said.The shaky outing came hours after the New York Post reported Colon is being sued by a woman who alleges the pitcher hasn’t paid child support for two children he fathered with her outside his marriage.Colon insisted the story was not a distraction.“When I’m here doing my job, nothing else affects me,” he said through a translator. “I have nothing to add to that. I don’t care to talk about my personal stuff.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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PAOK takes lead in Super League play-offs

first_imgPAOK has taken the upper hand in the battle for Greece’s second Champions League spot after seeing off Panionios at home, while AEK defeated Panathinaikos in the Athens derby on Thursday.Panionios is in disarray due to the infighting generated by the possible transfer of Tasos Bakasetas to AEK, and conceded two goals in the first half to Stefanos Athanasiadis for PAOK’s easy 2-0 win in front of empty stands at Toumba.In Athens AEK was far better that three days earlier when it had lost 3-0 at Panathinaikos, and won the reverse fixture 3-1 on Thursday, while the Greens played from late in first second half with 10 men.Helder Barbosa scored twice and Jakob Johansson once for AEK, with substitute Sebastian Leto temporarily pulling one back (2-1) for the Greens, that had Lucas Villafanies sent off.With two games let to play, PAOK tops the play-off mini-league table with 10 points, AEK has eight, Panathinaikos has stayed at seven and Panionios is on one.On Sunday Panathinaikos hosts Panionios and AEK entertains PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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congatec: COM Express Computer-on-Modules with 8th gen Intel Xeon and Intel Core processors

first_imgcongatec introduces its brand-new conga-TS370 COM Express Type 6 Computer-on-Modules in parallel with the launch of the 8th Generation Embedded Intel Xeon and Intel Core processors (codename Coffee Lake H). They propel the 35-45 W TDP class of COM Express Type 6 modules to a new ‘six-pack’ level of high-end embedded computing, offering for the first time up to 6 cores, 12 threads and an impressive turbo boost of up to 4.4 GHz and drive up to three independent 4k UHD displays. Initial tests from congatec indicate that these brand new six-core modules offer between 45 to 50 percent more multi-thread and 15 to 25 percent more single-thread performance, compared to 7th Gen Intel Core processor based variants. At a given TPD, system designs achieve higher bandwidth at overall lower power consumption ultimately leading to higher system efficiency. Target applications are high performance embedded and mobile systems, industrial and medical workstations, storage servers and cloud workstations, as well as media transcoding and edge computing cores.Beside performance gains, the new congatec modules impress with extended long-term availability of 10 years plus, high bandwidth I/Os with 4x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbit/s) and Intel Optane memory support, as well as enhanced security features including Intel Software Guard extensions, Trusted Execution Engine and Intel Platform Trust Technology.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous The hacker’s nightmare cipherNext SECO: COMe-C08-BT6 with up to six cores at up to 4.7 GHzlast_img read more

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acceed: I/O modules for scalable data communication

first_imgThe EDAM-4200 series I/O modules from acceed offer a good value solution for data communication with local end devices in automation and building control networks, for example for production control or remote servicing. The concept is based on merging the most frequently used I/O types in just one single module. In this manner, costs are not only reduced for setting up, but also for servicing and extensions within the network. Small DA&C systems and independent controllers are prepared fast with one or two EDAM-4200s. Thanks to two Ethernet interfaces, further modules can easily be joined as a distributed I/O architecture in accordance with the daisy chain principle.The core functions in Smart networks include the feeding of data, signals and locally collected measurement values. This is in particular true within the industrial surroundings of machine and plant control, but also for building automation and in the meantime equally for possible automation applications in the private sphere (Smart homes). Additionally, remote servicing and remote control requirements exist. Normally, the option of network connection is available. The interface for local data collection or device switching is formed by I/O modules similar to those in the EDAM-4200 series. The different models also differ in the number of input and output channels. The acceed.com website provides a clear overview of the various specifications under the search term EDAM.The EDAM-4200 series modules support the modbus/TCP protocol for application with Ethernet controllers or HMI/SCADA software with modbus/TCP drivers, which is valid as the industrial standard. Moreover, TCP/IP, UDP, ICMP and ARP are supported.The automatic DIO synchronisation function is interesting. Assignment of EDAM-4200 series modules in pairs can be defined in peer-to-peer networks. In this manner, input values are transferred directly to the allocated output channels and an output can be activated dependent on the input status. The auto-off function transfers an output to monostable operation. Here, the output reverts to the stable status following a defined time frame until a further trigger is executed. The power on value and safe value are further functions for automatically setting outputs to a defined status, for example in connection with switch-on procedures or watchdog activities. The integrated features enable the speedy setting of important basic functions without much programming work.The daisy chain connection of several modules, possible due to two RJ45 interfaces, simplifies the provision and scalability effectively in Ethernet networks. The risk of data communication interruptions in case of electricity failure at a specific point in conjunction with daisy chain topology is compensated by the automatic bypass protection. According to the manufacturer, this feature guarantees automatic resumption of the network connection already 2 seconds after electricity failure on a module.The casing for the highly compact modules is suitable for top-hat rail assembly, both in the switch cabinet and for wall assembly. Status LEDs display the most important information at a glance. Screw terminals are provided for the signal connection, the voltage range is provided via an external power supply (10 to 30 VDC). For operation, an ambient temperature range from -10 to +70°C is permissible. Optical insulation is defined with 3750 Vrms.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Solid Sands: verification of optimization correctness with SuperTestNext SEGGER adds audio to emUSB-Hostlast_img read more

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Spain face World Cup date with destiny against Iran

first_img\R Kazan, Jun 19 (AFP) Spanish playmaker Isco say Wednesday’s match against Iran will determine their World Cup destiny as they seek to register their first win in Russia following a gripping 3-3 draw against Portugal.Champions in 2010 and among the favourites this year, Spain’s World Cup ambitions were kept in check, almost single-handedly, by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.The draw came just two days after Spain’s campaign was thrown into disarray by the shock sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui following an untimely announcement by Real Madrid that he would join the 13-times European champions after the tournament.Fernando Hierro, Spain’s sporting director, is now at the helm but barely a week into the tournament La Roja — expected to join Brazil, Germany and France in the latter stages — have endured more drama than they would have wanted or expected.”It’s a crucial match that will determine our World Cup destiny,” said Isco.”We want to score from the opening minute, even though that won’t be easy.”We will stick to the style that defines us as a team, but we have to pass the ball around a lot more and maintain possession. If we play quickly across the pitch, the chances will come. I hope we score quickly.” Iran kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 win against Morocco, thanks to a late own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz, piling the pressure on Spain at Kazan Arena on Wednesday.Iran sit top of the pile as the only Group B team with a win so far, an achievement that sparked incredible celebrations in the streets of Tehran and elsewhere throughout the Islamic republic.advertisementCoach Carlos Queiroz concedes Iran now face one of the biggest challenges in their World Cup history, but maintains they can “make the impossible possible”.- ‘Universe Cup final’ -========================”If the game against Morocco was the World Cup final for us, the game against Spain will be the Universe Cup final,” said the former Real Madrid coach.”It was not a miracle that we won. What can happen once in a while is a group of people, when they are united, can create super stories and super things.”Our attitude is to try and make the impossible possible.” Yet keeping the Spanish armada at bay to claim the point that would boost hopes of qualifying for the last 16 looks a tall order.Iran have never beaten a European side at a World Cup — their only previous victory was a 2-1 win over the United States in France in 1998.Despite the frustration of conceding an 88th-minute equaliser to Ronaldo following two goals from Diego Costa and a stunning strike from Nacho, Isco believes Spain’s resolve remains intact.”We had a setback but we stuck together and got on with the job,” he said.”We saw that in the first match. We never gave up, even after conceding a goal in the fourth minute. That shows what this team is all about. We’ll never stop fighting.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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New Range Rover/Sport facelifts launched in India

first_imgBritish car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has launched the updated Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport in India. Priced at Rs 1.74 crore and Rs 99.48 lakh respectively, the two models from the JLR group were unveiled last year.The flagship SUV Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport have both received styling updates around the front bumper. The styling updates have now brought both the models closer to the design element of the Range Rover Velar. On the rear end, styling tweaks across the rear bumper and the vents are new. Both the models – Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport get matrix LED headlamps as standard, buyers can also opt for pixel-laser LED headlamps. The Range Rover models will be available in standard and long wheelbase variants as well.Both the SUVs get a large cabin with new seats, and the addition of a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which has taken from the Range Rover Velar. The Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport also gets a twin 10.10-inch setup.Other various features include a steering wheel, ambient lighting, three-zone climate control, 360-degree surround camera, aluminium tread plates with the RR insignia on higher trims, air cabin ionisation for clean air, and adaptive cruise control with queue assist. The flagship SUV also gets heated and cooled front seats.Under the hood, both the models are powered by a V6 engine or a V8 engine, petrol and diesel. The petrol powertrains are the V6 340bhp engine and a 525bhp V8 engine. The diesel variants get a 258bhp engine and a 340bhp engine.advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: It’s defence vs attack as Uruguay face France in quarters

first_imgThe attacking talents of France will have to find a way to break the steely defence of Uruguay as both teams clash in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.The South American nation boasts the joint-meanest defence in the ongoing tournamentUruguay kept Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in their 2-1 last-16 win, and that goal conceded was the only one against them so far in Russia – a defensive feat only matched by Brazil, who play Belgium later on Friday.But France banged in four goals in their last 16 game against Argentina, and will be hoping their formidable attacking trio of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe can turn it on again at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENineteen-year-old Mbappe scored two goals in the Argentina game, becoming the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match.But it was his amazing 70-metre sprint earlier in the match, to win France a penalty, that stunned viewers worldwide.”I was wondering whether he was riding a scooter,” joked France midfielder Florian Thauvin of the teenager whom Uruguay’s defenders must be having nightmares about.Also Read – World Cup 2018: Neymar has spent an astonishing 14 minutes on the groundOn the surface, though, Uruguay look relaxed and their experienced central defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin are relishing the chance to foil both Mbappe and their friend and Atletico Madrid team mate Griezmann.”We want to deny them space, stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable – that’s our weapon,” said midfielder Diego Laxalt at the Uruguay camp in a hotel outside Nizhny Novgorod which, oddly, is painted in the colours of Brazil.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joyWith an impressive strike partnership of their own in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayans believe they can surpass their most recent best of a semi-final in 2010 – though Cavani is sweating on a calf injury that may keep him out.’Les Bleus’ will be inspired by the two-decade anniversary of their only World Cup win in 1998, while double winners Uruguay’s modern generation are desperate to recreate the black-and-white-era glories of their 1930 and 1950 trophies.The winners will play Brazil or Belgium, who meet in their quarter-final in Kazan on Friday evening, for a place in the July 15 final.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Petr Cech to start against Chelsea F.C.: Arsenal F.C. manager Unai Emery

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery has said veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will start against his former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.Cech was criticised for his performance against defending champions Manchester City, who won 2-0, last weekend.Cech struggled with Emery’s tactics, which involve playing out from the back, in the 2-0 loss to the defending champions. He was criticised by some supporters who called for new signing Bernd Leno to take his place for the London derby.”I’m very happy with his performance. He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity,” Emery told a news conference.”For Saturday, the decision is easy. Petr can continue to start, I believe in him. But if Bernd starts, I believe in him also… they are two goalkeepers who are important for us.”Emery suggested that he would persist with his style despite being outplayed by City and sought a strong response from his players.”We need to keep our personality, our mentality. Against City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes even when we were losing,” Emery added.”That was a good thing…I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance both individually and collectively.”Stephan Lichtsteiner or Nacho Monreal will fill in for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is out until October after suffering a leg fracture against City. Regular left back Sead Kolasinac is also out for a similar period with a knee injury.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: Gurjit scores hat-trick as India beat Indonesia in opener

first_imgIndian women’s hockey team opened their campaign at Asian Games 2018 with a convincing 8-0 win over Indonesia on Sunday.Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the star of the match for India, the highest ranked team in the competition at ninth, as she scored a hat-trick against the home team who does not even feature in the FIH rankings chart.Gurjit found the target in the 16th, 22nd and 57th minutes while Vandana Katariya (13th and 27th) struck twice. Udita (6th), Lalremsiami (24th) and Navneet Kaur (50th) were the other Indian scorers.India had as many as 31 shots at Indonesian goal while the hosts did not have any in the whole 60 minutes of four equal quarters.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018The Indians got as many as 19 penalty corners but could convert only three, all through Gurjit.The Indians were on an attacking mode from the start and got a penalty corner in the fifth minute but it was wasted.The next minute, India took the lead with Udita scoring a fine field goal as she lobbed the ball into the net from close range off a rebound from Namita Toppo’s shot.In the 13th minute, Vandana made it 2-0 for India with a superb goal after a slick interchange of passes.Asian Games 2018: Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaJust a minute into the second quarter, India took 3-0 lead with Gurjit finding the target with her drag-flick off a penalty corner. Four minutes later, Gurjit’s another penalty corner was stopped by the Indonesian goalkeeper.advertisementBut in the 22nd minute, Gurjit’s lethal drag-flick could not be denied as it sounded the boards to make it 4-0 for India.The goal spree continued with Lalremsiami making it 5-0 two minutes later and in the 27th minute, India were 6-0 up as Vandana scored her second goal of the match through a penalty corner variation.The Indians led 6-0 at half time but they could score only two goals in the last two quarters.In the 42nd minute, an Indian attempt from a penalty corner was saved by the Indonesian goalkeeper who stretched herself to stop two rebounds that resulted from the shot.From another penalty corner in the 49th minute, the ball was cleared from the goal-line by the Indonesian goalkeeper.The Indians scored in the 50th minute with Navneet tapping in the ball from close range. Three minutes from the final hooter, Gurjit completed his hat-trick with a powerful flighted shot from a penalty corner which gave the Indonesian goalkeeper no chance.India, who won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, will take on Kazakhstan in their next match.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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