Wriddhiman Saha is finally starting to get his due in international cricket after patiently waiting to break into the Indian team. MS Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format opened the doors for Saha and he latched on to the opportunity with both hands.Such has been Saha’s growth over the years that captain Virat Kohli called him the best Test wicketkeeper in the world after India beat Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo.”Four byes on that sort of pitch speaks volumes of the kind of ability he (Saha) has.He’s right up there in world cricket among the very best. He’s the best keeper in this format right now, I’d say,” Kohli said after the second Test.Keeping wickets against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in spin-friendly conditions is extremely tough and a wicketkeeper with a poor technique would have struggled big time. But Saha has been nothing short of extraordinary in the last couple of seasons.pic.twitter.com/uwyvo8dC5P- wriddhiman saha (@Wriddhipops) April 3, 2017The Colombo Test was a prime example of how safe Saha’s gloves are behind the stumps. The SSC pitch was like a minefield and Saha had to keep against two of the best spinners in the world right now with the pitch exploding on numerous occasions.But Saha was like Superman behind the stumps, latching on to each and every ball, even the ones which took off from a good length. He was so good in that match that he conceded just four runs as byes during the whole game.advertisement”I enjoy wicket-keeping on turning tracks because on such wickets more balls are coming towards you and as a result, as a wicketkeeper you have to remain focused all the time. I really enjoy wicket-keeping against Ashwin and Jadeja,” said Saha.The 32-year-old also insisted that it was important for a wicketkeeper to keep his concentration and focus all the time, especially on a turning wicket.pic.twitter.com/LMuBT82unZ- wriddhiman saha (@Wriddhipops) April 3, 2017Saha had to wait for long to prove his mettle as a wicket-keeper as Dhoni ran the show for the Indian Team.But after Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2014, the opportunity provided itself before Saha to establish himself as India’s first choice wicketkeeper in the longer version of the game.And in just over two and a half years, the 32-year-old has gone on to become one of India’s most prized assets.Dhoni was always a better batsman than Saha, but when it comes to wicketkeeping, the diminutive Bengal cricketer is probably a step ahead of the former India captain.Dhoni has the fastest hands in world cricket behind the stumps and some of the things that he does while keeping seem impossible at times. He has always been a street-smart cricketer and that reflects in his keeping as well.Watch the Mahi magic on loop #INDvNZ https://t.co/btMoJF0xC3- BCCI (@BCCI) 26 October 2016But technically Saha is almost flawless and his athleticism and agility is what makes him better than the rest. Having kept wickets all his life at the Eden Gardens and against quality spinners in first class cricket, Saha has evolved into a wicketkeeper who is a cut above the rest.And with the bat, he averages over 33 in 27 Test matches with three hundreds and five half-centuries. In comparison, Dhoni played 90 Tests and averaged 38.09, amassing 4876 runs with six centuries. At No. 6, 7 or 8, Saha mostly bats with the tail-enders but still manages to attack and defend according to the situation of the game.While Saha possesses none of his predecessor’s flamboyance or big-hitting ability with the bat, his dexterity behind the stumps, to go with his determination in front of them, has meant that Dhoni, who now plays only limited-overs cricket, has not really been missed in the longest format.But it’s still an open question: Behind the stumps in the longest format, who has the safer pair of hands? We leave this point open to debate.
The Indian men’s hockey team suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of hosts Belgium, their second consecutive defeat in the Tour of Europe, to lose the series 2-0 in Boom last evening.While Tom Boon scored a 60th minute goal to take home the winning points in the first match which otherwise was headed to a goalless draw, the Belgian squad ranked No.5 in the world beat India in the second match to wrap up the series.Though India which comprised of a young brigade that included as many as nine players from the 2016 Junior World Cup winning team put up a resilient show with quality defence in both the games, the team fell short in terms of posing a real threat with their attack.In the first match against Belgium, six Indian players Varun Kumar, Gurjant Singh, Armaan Qureshi, Dipsan Tirkey, Nilakanta Sharma and Suraj Karkera made their international debut and ensured they put up a commendable performance.The team led by midfielder Manpreet Singh pushed Belgium to the limits with strong defence that saw Varun Kumar, Dipsan Tirkey, Gurinder Singh and Amit Rohidas hold fort along with the experienced Kothajit Singh. They rallied together and set a pattern that one would see repeated over the course of the game. Though it was the Belgians who started strong with opportunities being created in the striking circle, Akash Chikte was up to the task right from the first hooter as he denied Belgian attackers from scoring.But a small error in the striking circle saw India concede a crucial PC in the dying minute of the match. Experienced drag flicker Tom Boon ensured the opportunity didn’t go amiss as he successfully beat rookie goalkeeper Karkera who had replaced Chikte in the final quarter to seal the match for Belgium. The first match ended 1-0 in favour of Belgium.advertisementThe second match on Thursday began under overcast weather conditions with India setting the momentum of the match with a head start. While Karkera made a brilliant save in the initial minutes of the first quarter, forward Armaan Qureshi drew first blood with a well-struck field goal in the 4th minute that earned India a 1-0 lead. Though India won an opportunity to double the lead soon after with a penalty corner, the chance went amiss.The following minutes saw India keep Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch busy. India’s goal scorer Qureshi took two back-to-back shots on goal but Vanasch was up to the challenge as he denied any further lead. The first quarter however ended with Belgium equalizing the score with Amaury Keusters converting a field goal in the 9th minute.Though India rallied together to gain better ball possession and circle entries, Belgium pushed India back with strong goalkeeping. The second quarter saw both teams trade penalty corners, while Belgium found success through Loick Luypaert converting in the 21st minute, India’s attempt was brilliantly saved by the Belgian goalkeeper. In the 30th minute Cedric Charlier took Belgium’s lead to a strong 3-1 with a field goal.The third quarter saw India come close to converting a field goal but Sumit narrowly missed a deflection off Mandeep. While the final quarter saw India press hard in the midfield which stalled Belgium from entering the attacking zone, Indian attackers Mandeep Singh, Qureshi and Ramandeep Singh’s attempts paid no dividends as the Belgian goalkeeping continued to be valiant ensuring Belgium prevailed in the second match 3-1.The Indian Men’s Hockey team will now take on World No.4 The Netherlands on August 13 in Waalwijk, Netherlands.
So much about Maria Sharapova was the same as it ever was during her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension: the shot-punctuating shrieks, the aggressive baseline style, the terrific returning, the sometimes-shaky serving.Another familiar sight: The five-time major champion gutted out a victory.Sharapova recovered after faltering midway through the match and emerged to beat No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on Monday night to reach the second round.”This girl has a lot of grit and she’s not going anywhere,” Sharapova told the crowd in an on-court interview.After leading by a set and 4-1 in the second, Sharapova showed some fatigue and rust, dropping five games in a row. But in the third, Sharapova regained control by going ahead 3-0, using her power to keep two-time French Open runner-up Halep under pressure.An extremely emotional @MariaSharapova ends a three-set marathon vs second seed Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. #USOpen @MBUSA pic.twitter.com/0SLN8Zrrwx- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2017Sharapova had not played at a Grand Slam tournament since January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned heart drug meldonium during the Australian Open. It was as if every one of Sharapova’s winners – and she compiled 60, 45 more than Halep – was her way of declaring, “I’m back!”When a Halep shot sailed long to end the match after more than 2 and a half hours, Sharapova dropped to her knees on court, then covered her face as her eyes welled with tears.advertisement”I just thought that was another day, another opportunity, another match,” Sharapova said. “But this was so much more. I tried not to think about it.””This girl has a lot of grit and she’s not going anywhere,” @MariaSharapova after her win over (2) Halep tonight.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/UAyA9hyBoi- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2017The 30-year-old Russian was allowed back on the tour this April, but she was denied a wild-card invitation for the French Open the next month. The U.S. Tennis Association did grant a wild card to Sharapova, who was once ranked No. 1 but is currently 146th.That is 144 spots below Halep, who is among eight women that entered the U.S. Open with a chance to top the WTA rankings by tournament’s end. The draw at Flushing Meadows randomly paired the two players, providing a buzz-generating matchup that managed to live up to the hype on Day 1 at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.It was a tremendously entertaining and high-quality contest, more befitting a final than a first-rounder.These two women have, indeed, faced off with a Grand Slam title at stake: Sharapova beat Halep in the 2014 French Open final, part of what is now her 7-0 head-to-head record in the matchup.On Monday, they traded stinging shots, often with Sharapova – dressed in all black, from her visor to her dress that sparkled under the lights, to her socks and shoes – aiming to end exchanges and Halep hustling into place to extend them.Points would last 10 or 12 strokes, or more, repeatedly leaving a sellout crowd of 23,771 in Arthur Ashe Stadium clapping and yelling and high-fiving, no matter which player won them. The chair umpire repeatedly admonished spectators to hush.Halep blinked at the end of the hour-long first set, double-faulting to face a break point, then watching Sharapova punish a 71 mph second serve with a forehand return winner. That was Sharapova’s sixth return winner; she would finish with 14, more than enough to counter her seven double-faults.It was quickly 4-1 for Sharapova in the second set and she held a break point there to allow her to go up 5-1 and serve for the victory. But she couldn’t convert it. Then, only then, did Sharapova struggle for a bit. Her footwork was a bit off. Her forehand lost its way. She would end up losing that game and the next four, too, as Halep managed to force a third set.2017 is the 20th anniversary of both Arthur Ashe Stadium & @ShaniaTwain’s hit album Come On Over. https://t.co/dr83PLodQK #USOpen pic.twitter.com/FlXh0FKHlD- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2017But with the outcome in the balance, Sharapova once again looked as if she had never been away. She raced ahead 3-0 in the third, then 5-2. And this time, she did not let Halep back in, improving to 11-0 in first-round matches in New York.This was by far the day’s most significant match, no matter happened later in the men’s encounter in Ashe between No. 4 Alexander Zverev and qualifier Darian King of Barbados.advertisementEarlier Monday, seven-time major champion Venus Williams picked up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old qualifier who is ranked 135th, joining past Wimbledon winners Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova in the second round.But No. 7 seed Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.”I don’t take anything for granted,” Konta said. “I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week.”Biggest upset so far!@KrunicAlex stuns (7) Konta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on the Grandstand.#USOpenhttps://t.co/Xw2YnHH6aw pic.twitter.com/EszoC1SLMj- US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 28, 2017And in another surprise, 13th-seeded Jack Sock of the United States was eliminated 6-2, 7-6 (12), 1-6, 5-7, 6-4 by 73rd-ranked Jordan Thompson of Australia.
Bangladesh spun their way to a first Test victory over Australia on Wednesday, with Shakib Al Hasan’s second five-wicket haul of the match securing a memorable 20-run win inside four days at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.Overnight batsman David Warner struck a belligerent 112 and added 130 runs with skipper Steve Smith but their efforts were in vain as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.Chasing 265 to win , Australia lost five wickets in an eventful morning session, and whatever hopes they had were snuffed out when Shakib bowled Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after the lunch break.Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten 33 down the order to inject some drama but it was not enough in the end as Australia were all out for 244.10th Test win for Bangladesh ????5 vs Zim2 vs WI1 vs Eng/SL/Aus#BanvAus- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 30, 2017Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was delighted to record the country’s first victory over Australia.”Obviously a great feeling, beating Australia,” he said at the presentation ceremony. (Well done Bangladesh! Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Clarke hail Bangla Tigers after historic Test win)”A great effort by the boys, especially Shakib and Tamim (Iqbal) were outstanding,” he said of the duo, who featured in a 155-run partnership to rescue Bangladesh from a top order collapse in their first innings.Shakib (5/85) celebrated his 50th Test appearance by scoring 84 in the first innings and finishing with a 10-wicket match haul, a performance worthy of his status as the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder.advertisementHe was the obvious choice for Man of the Match.Resuming on 109/2, Warner batted with calculated aggression, while Smith was content to play second fiddle as they continued the good work they had started on Tuesday evening with some generous assistance from Lady Luck.(AP Photo)Warner survived a review before the southpaw brought up his 19th Test century, a second in Asia. Then, when the opener was on 106, he pulled a Shakib delivery and the ball flew past leg-slip before the fielder could put his hands together.David Warner..19th Test 1001st vs & in Bangladesh1st in the subcontinent2nd in Asia5th away 1002nd in 20172nd in 4th inns#BanvAus- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 30, 2017Smith was on 28 when Tamim spilled him at mid-on but Shakib was lurking round the corner with his left-arm spin to change the complexion of the match.Shakib first trapped Warner leg-before for 112 and, four overs later, had Smith caught behind for 37 to pile the pressure back on Australia.On a turning track where their frontline batsmen have struggled against Bangladesh’s three-pronged spin attack, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar all fell in quick succession prior to lunch.Cummins hit a couple of sixes in his aggressive innings but ran out of partners after Taijul Islam trapped Josh Hazlewood leg-before.Smith said failing to pile up runs in the first innings had made their job tougher.”It was a great test match, credit to Bangladesh the way they played,” he added.”We probably let ourselves down in the first innings with the bat, probably should have made a few more there. It was pretty difficult batting here in the second innings and I thought we did pretty well to get 240 in the end.”Australia will slip one place to fifth in the Test rankings even if they level the series by winning the second Test in Chittagong from Monday. A second defeat would see them lose another place.Australia in Asia since October 2008….Tests: 23, Won 2, Lost 16, Drawn 5 (win% 8.70)Lost:10 in India3 in SL2 in UAE1 in Ban#BanvAus- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 30, 2017Australia in Tests in Asia in last 5 years:L L L L L L L L L W L D L L12 Losses1 Win1 Draw#BANvAUS- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 30, 2017
All-rounder Thisara Perera has been named to lead Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series against India, beginning December 10 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPA) Stadium, Dharamsala.The 28-year-old will take over the captaincy from opener Upul Tharanga, whose captaincy saw Lanka slump to three 5-0 whitewashes this year.Perera, who was in charge of a depleted T20I side that played against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore last month, will lead the side in the 50-over international cricket for the first time.It seems that the national selectors might have handed the top role to Perera in the wake of his impressive handling of a young outfit when several first-choice players expressed their reluctance to visit to Lahore for third T20I against Pakistan.Perera, who made his debut in December 2009, has appeared in a total of 125 ODIs for Lanka, with a formidable strike-rate of 109.As a bowler, he has bagged a total of 133 wickets at an average of 32.62 apiece.However, his form has come under scrutiny in the recent times, scoring only 91 runs and bagging just four wickets in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan. He followed that with only 19 runs and three wickets across three T20Is.It should be noted that Lanka’s limited-overs side has undergone plenty of changes in the recent times.When Angelo Mathews stepped down from captaincy in July this year, the role was split and Tharanga was asked to lead the ODI side while Dinesh Chandimal was given the Test mantle.advertisementUnder Tharanga’s watch, Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 at home by India and 5-0 away by Pakistan before the team was beaten 5-0 in South Africa as well.As a result, Thisara became the seventh player to captain Sri Lanka in 2017, following Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Dinesh Chandimal and Chamara Kapugedera who all have borne the responsibility in one format or the other.
NEW YORK — Two nights after the best game of his NBA career, Dennis Schroder had one that was even better.While the second-year guard appears to be figuring things out, it’s clear the New York Knicks can’t yet say the same.Paul Millsap scored 19 points, Schroder extended his best stretch in the NBA with two big baskets in the final 2 minutes, and the Atlanta Hawks sent the Knicks to their fifth straight loss with a 91-85 victory on Nov. 10.Kyle Korver added 17 points as Atlanta finished a home-and-home sweep, including a 103-96 win Nov. 8 at home.Schroder, from Germany, scored a career-high 14 points, two nights after setting his previous best with 11. With the Hawks clinging to a three-point lead, he knocked down a jumper with 1:55 to play, then scored on a drive to the basket that gave Atlanta an 81-74 advantage with 59 seconds remaining.“I thought Dennis was playing well all night,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He gave us a big boost in the first half. Second half he gave us a big boost. Defensively he had a presence on the ball and was getting in the paint and creating problems, either finishing for himself or creating open shots. That’s why you have a bench and you have depth.”Carmelo Anthony had 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks, who came in averaging 92 points, tied for worst in the NBA, and barely surpassed their previous low of 80 in their season-opening loss to Chicago.“Although you do look at the big picture, if you’re dealing with the now, it can be kind of frustrating,” Anthony said. “You’re losing basketball games, things not going the way you want it to go or should go, but at the same time we’ve just got to stay with it. Just stay positive, just stay focused, as a team, as a unit, because the ship easily can sink early.”The Knicks scored 61 points in the first half Saturday but faded to just 13 in the third quarter and 35 after halftime. They managed only 38 more in the first half of this one.Schroder made four free throws after his consecutive baskets to help Atlanta finish it off. The Hawks went with him down the stretch instead of starting point guard Jeff Teague, who missed all four shots and finished with three points.“When I get on the court, I try to help my teammates and try to play defense first and try to create open shots for my teammates,” Schroder said. “Nobody helped on the pick-and-roll, so I tried to go to the basket and score.”Iman Shumpert had 18 points for the Knicks. Coach Derek Fisher told them after the game he wished he could give them a victory for the effort they were giving on defense.“But if they keep doing those things, instead of losing four or five in a row, we’ll start to win four or five in a row,” Fisher said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Today is Thursday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2015. There are 364 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 1, 1975, a jury in Washington found Nixon administration officials John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Robert C. Mardian guilty of charges related to the Watergate cover-up; a fifth defendant, Kenneth Parkinson, was acquitted, and Mardian’s conviction for conspiracy was later overturned on appeal.On this date:In 1515, Louis XII, King of France, died; he was succeeded by Francis I.In 1660, Englishman Samuel Pepys (peeps) began keeping his famous diary.In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be “forever free.”In 1913, the U.S. Parcel Post system went into operation.In 1935, The Associated Press inaugurated Wirephoto, the first successful service for transmitting photographs by wire to member newspapers.In 1945, France was admitted to the United Nations.In 1953, country singer Hank Williams Sr., 29, was discovered dead in the back seat of his car during a stop in Oak Hill, West Virginia, while he was being driven to a concert date in Canton, Ohio.In 1959, Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries overthrew Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, who fled to the Dominican Republic.In 1979, the United States and China held celebrations in Washington and Beijing to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.In 1984, the breakup of AT&T took place as the telecommunications giant was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.In 1985, the music cable channel VH-1 made its debut with a video of Marvin Gaye performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”In 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into being, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Sweden, Finland and Austria joined the European Union. Fernando Henrique Cardoso took office as Brazil’s president.Ten years ago: Desperate, homeless villagers on the tsunami-ravaged island of Sumatra mobbed American helicopters carrying aid as the U.S. military launched its largest operation in the region since the Vietnam War. Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, died near Daytona Beach, Florida, at age 80. California Congressman Robert T. Matsui (mat-SOO’-ee) died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 63. No. 6 Texas managed a wild 38-37 win over No. 13 Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Fifth-ranked Utah dominated 19th-ranked Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl.Five years ago: A suicide bomber detonated a truckload of explosives on a volleyball field in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 97 people. Fifth-ranked Florida overwhelmed No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl. In the Rose Bowl, No. 8 Ohio State defeated No. 7 Oregon 26-17.One year ago: The nation’s first legal recreational pot shops opened in Colorado at 8 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Actress Juanita Moore, 99, died in Los Angeles. No. 4 Michigan State romped to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl. No. 15 Central Florida pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the bowl season by outlasting No. 6 Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl.Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., is 93. Actor Ty Hardin is 85. Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman is 85. Actor Frank Langella is 77. Rock singer-musician Country Joe McDonald is 73. Writer-comedian Don Novello is 72. Actor Rick Hurst is 69. Country singer Steve Ripley (The Tractors) is 65. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is 61. The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, is 59. Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 57. Actress Ren Woods is 57. Actress Dedee Pfeiffer is 51. Actress Embeth Davidtz is 49. Country singer Brian Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 49. Actor Morris Chestnut is 46. Actor Verne Troyer is 46. Elin Nordegren is 35. Actor Jonas Armstrong (Film: “Walking With the Enemy”; “Edge of Tomorrow”; TV: “Robin Hood”) is 34. Actress Eden Riegel is 34. Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis is 28.Thought for Today: “Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Greek basketball powers Olympiacos and Panathinaikos took impressive wins over two top Spanish teams in Euroleague play on Jan. 8 to advance their chances.Olympiacos got even by beating Laboral Kutxa in Spain, 82-76 to insure the Reds will finish in the top four in their group and make the playoffs. Vassilis Spanoulis led the scoring for Olympiacos with 19 points, while Othello Hunter added 17.Panathinaikos, playing in Athens, took down Unicaja Malaga, 68-66 after losing a nine-point lead it had taken in the third period.A three-point basket by James Feldeine, who played at Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City, saved the game for the Greens. He had missed four previous three-point attempts. Dimitris Diamantidis was the top scorer with 17 points for Panathinaikos.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID, SPAIN – Tennis great Rafael Nadal is set to open a tennis center in Greece in April, Marca, the Spanish sports newspaper, reported. The Rafa Nadal Tennis Center will be located at the five-star Sani Resort in Halkidiki and will feature eight clay courts “available to players of all ages and abilities” Marca reported adding that “the objective of the new center is to offer high quality tennis coaching for guests and residents of the area.”Nadal and his coaching team created and developed the programs available at the center and all staff members are required to spend two months in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, Nadal’s hometown, to train in the methodology at the Rafa Nadal Academy.The Sani Resort, about an hour from Thessaloniki, is a top tourist destination set in an impressive landscape. The personalized tennis programs will undoubtedly add a whole new element for vacationers to enjoy, providing a unique chance to train, play, and have a lot of fun together. Besides polishing up their tennis skills, the more competitive participants will have the opportunity to battle it out on the courts in thrilling tennis tournaments running throughout the season, according to the Sani Resort website. Nadal is pleased with the new project, noting that “it consolidates the growth of the Academy around the world. I am grateful to Sani Resort for the trust that they have had in my team to deliver the new Center and I am sure that we are going to have a very fruitful and productive working relationship, especially for all of the tennis lovers out there,” Marca reported.The first series of centers opened at Costa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico in December with TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa featuring the tennis facilities and program of the current No. 2 player in the world, Marca reported.TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON — The two-time Boston Marathon champion turned onto Boylston Street with a sliver of a lead, leaning in front of two others with the finish line in sight.But one of them was Lawrence Cherono, the fastest man in the field. And he used every bit of his speed.Cherono outkicked Lelisa Desisa in a sprint to the tape, passing him just steps away from the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes 57 seconds on Monday, claiming his first major victory.Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, holds the trophy after winning the 123rd Boston Marathon, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)Desisa, the Ethiopian who won the 2013 race that was marred by the finish line bombing and claimed a second victory in ’15, eased up after realizing he was beaten and finished 2 seconds back. Kenneth Kipkemoi was third, another 8 seconds behind, one of seven Kenyans in the top 10.Worknesh Degefa broke away from defending champion Des Linden and the rest of the women’s pack in the Framingham flats and ran alone for the last 20 miles to her first victory in a major marathon. The 28-year-old Ethiopian finished in 2:23:31 to become the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race and the third in seven years.Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat was second, reducing a gap of more than two minutes to 42 seconds at the finish. American Jordan Hasay was third and Linden was fifth.One year after an icy rain and a near-gale headwind resulted in the slowest winning times in four decades, race organizers again prepared for the foul New England weather. But overnight thunderstorms moved on before the runners left Hopkinton; the sun even made an appearance about halfway through.Linden took advantage of last year’s storm to splash her way to the first win for an American woman since 1985.But with conditions back to normal, so were the results: East Africans from Kenya and Ethiopia dominating the podiums.A field of 30,000 runners followed the elites, ditching their trash bags and ponchos on the Hopkinton Green before embarking on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square. It’s the first time the race has been run on April 15 since the 2013 attacks; officials planned a ceremony at 2:49 p.m. to honor those killed or maimed by the two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line.Daniel Romanchuk, 20, became the youngest-ever men’s wheelchair champion in Boston. He finished in 1:21:36 for the fastest time ever for an American.Manuela Schar won the women’s wheelchair race for the second time, adding it to her titles in in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. If she wins in London in two weeks, she will have swept the World Marathon Major series.“I was just really happy that the weather turned out to be actually really nice,” said Schar, who set a course record in 2017. “When we drove to that starting line, it looked really really bad and I was worried because last year was still in our heads, and I had a really bad experience last year. Today I would say (was) unfinished business.”By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Silicon Labs offers a new Wireless Xpress solution to help developers get IoT applications connected and running in a day, with no software development necessary. Silicon Labs’ Wireless Xpress provides a configuration-based development experience with everything developers need including certified Bluetooth 5 Low Energy (LE) and Wi-Fi modules, integrated protocol stacks and easy-to-use tools.With on-board wireless stacks controlled through a high-level Xpress Command API for setup and control, Wireless Xpress devices require only modest resources from a host processor, enabling developers to add wireless connectivity to any microcontroller.Bluetooth and Wi-Fi IoT products based on Wireless Xpress can be remotely managed and updated over the air using native device management features. With Silicon Labs’ Zentri device management service, end users can easily install and update firmware, view real-time device health metrics and adjust product settings through mobile apps.To ease the complexity of adding Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity to mobile applications, Wireless Xpress includes a mobile app SDK for Android and iOS. The mobile app framework comprises examples and libraries and offers simple communications and OTA APIs to accelerate app development and simplify wireless design for mobile platforms.Wireless Xpress takes advantage of Silicon Labs’ Gecko OS, an intuitive, simple-to-use IoT operating system that accelerates the development of market-ready connected products. Silicon Labs plans to offer additional Gecko OS-based products and solutions in the future.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Gresham Power unveils global power solutions from Coolisys at Electronics 2018Next LDRA opens office in Germany
IBASE Technology releases a network appliance based on the AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 Series processors. The high-performance FWA8800 1U rackmount appliance houses the IBASE MBN806 motherboard that is powered by a 1.5GHz (Max. Boost 3.1GHz), eight-core EPYC Embedded 3201 SoC, supporting up to 64GB UDIMM or 128GB RDIMM DDR memory with a frequency of 2667MHz in ECC or non ECC version. The FWA8800 is optimized for throughput performance and high-density deployments in applications such as network security, VPN/SDN/NFV/SD-WAN, and data management and analytics.The highly scalable FWA8800 utilizes the Intel I210-AT Ethernet controller and two NIC modules to accommodate two IBN cards for up to 16 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Customers may opt to have four NIC modules in the system for a maximum of 32 GbE ports. Expansion and connectivity available come in the form of a PCIe(x8) slot for standard PCIe cards, 2x SATA III ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports and an M.2 slot with PCIe(x4) and SATA signals. Alongside the Ethernet ports is an LCM with 4-key keypad. A VGA output can be added through an optional IPMI module.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous COMSOL releases COMSOL Multiphysics version 5.4Next VadaTech: 300 MHz to 6 GHz octal wideband transceiver
From coffee makers to thermostats to irrigation systems, PIC microcontrollers are at the heart of millions of embedded applications. As developers migrate next-generation PIC MCU-based applications to the cloud, they currently must overcome complexities associated with communications protocols, security and hardware compatibility. To accelerate the development of these applications, Microchip announced a new IoT rapid development board for Google Cloud IoT Core that combines a low-power PIC microcontroller, CryptoAuthentication secure element IC and fully certified Wi-Fi network controller. The solution provides a simple way to connect and secure PIC MCU-based applications, removing the added time, cost and security vulnerabilities that come with large software frameworks and Real Time Operating Systems. Once connected, Google Cloud IoT Core provides powerful data and analytics to help designers make better, smarter products. As part of Microchip’s extended partnership with Google Cloud, the PIC-IoT WG Development Board enables PIC MCU designers to easily add cloud connectivity to next generation products using a free online portal. Once connected, developers can use Microchip’s MPLAB Code Configurator rapid development tool to develop, debug and customize their application.Google Cloud IoT Core provides a fully managed service that enables designers to easily and securely connect, manage and ingest data from devices at a global scale. The platform collects, processes and analyzes data in real time to enable designers to improve operational efficiency in embedded designs.The PIC-IoT WG development board joins the recently announced AVR-IoT WG development board, giving designers the flexibility to easily create cloud-connected applications with their preferred MCU architecture. The PIC-IoT WG development board is supported by the MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment and MCC rapid prototyping tool. The board is compatible with more than 450 MikroElektronika Click boards that expand sensors and actuator options. Developers who purchase the kit will have access to an online portal for immediate visualization of their sensors’ data being published. Supported by complete board schematics and demo code, the PIC-IoT WG development board helps get customers to market quickly with differentiated IoT end products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Beckhoff Automation takes over ADL Embedded SolutionsNext Beckhoff: PC-based control optimises logistics applications
Continue Reading Previous SEGGER Embedded Studio adds support for 3rd party debug probes via GDB protocolNext Portwell: 19” system targets video wall applications The smart Inertial Measurement Unit BMI270 scores with increased system battery life and an improved accelerometer. Optimised for wearable and hearable applications, the BMI270 is available from Rutronik UK.The newest member of the BMI260 family of IMUs includes intuitive gesture, context and activity recognition with an integrated plug-and-play step counter. The IMU handles these functions independently of the main system processor, thus significantly extends system battery life. The powerful and accurate gesture and activity-recognition features therefore run in the ultra-low power domain, with current consumption of just 30µA. This reduces power consumption and enables extended battery charging intervals. The BMI270 measures only 2.5 x 3.0 x 0.8 mm3 , and is pin-to-pin compatible with the BMI160 and BMI260. The IMU is well suited for many types of wearable devices, such as smart clothes, smart shoes, smart glasses, wrist and ankle bands as well as hearables. Enabled by the new Bosch MEMS process technology, the BMI270 features a strongly improved accelerometer performance. It saves OEMs valuable time and costs during testing and manufacturing. The BMI270 is available in two application-specific versions, A and C: The A version detects wrist gestures (flick in/out, pivot up/push, arm up/down, and jiggle) for intuitive control of e.g. smart watches and is designed for Wear OS by GoogleTM. The C version has advanced features for recognizing context / activity change (standing, walking or being in a vehicle).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra defended the association’s decision to not include football teams in the Asian Games 2018 contingent.India, who have announced a strong 524-member contingent, will take part in 36 sports disciplines in the Asian Games from August 18-September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.India will participate in Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Bowling, Canoe-Kayak (Sprint), Canoe-Kayak (Slalom), Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Roller Skating, Rowing, Sailing, Sambo, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Squash, Aquatics – Swimming, Aquatics – Diving, Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Soft Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wushu.Athletics will have the highest number of representation with a total of 52 members participating.Narinder Batra justified the decision of including lesser known sports like pencak silat, saying they are potential medal winners and there is no place for “also rans” in the squad.”It is not that we personally like those sports and have included them. They have been winning medals and are expected to win at the Asian Games too. There were another 5-6 lesser known sports besides pencak silat but we did not include them because they were not potential medal winners,” Batra said.Men and women football teams will not be travelling because they are “unlikely” to win medals while a 22-member pencak silat squad (an Indonesian form of martial arts) will represent.India had won two silver and five bronze medals at the Asian pencak silat championships in 2016.India will also be competing in lesser known disciplines like sambo (6 members), soft tennis (10) and kurash (14).advertisement”You have to be at a certain level now. You cannot go there to finish as also rans. You need to be visible. You have to earn your place in the contingent. Those days when these things were overlooked are gone.”There has been criticism (about excluding football) but we are not bothered about that. These not so popular sports will win India medals and that is what matters. Sports have been cleared with a clear intention that they would be performing. They will not be finishing last,” added Batra, who is also heading the international hockey federation FIH.Football teams were ignored because they are not ranked in the top-8 in Asia. The All India Football Federation had called the IOA’s decision a myopic one.Earlier this week, India announced a 524-member contingent for the continental Games comprising 277 men and 247 women.India finished eighth at the Incheon Asian Games four years ago with 57 medals including 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze.(With inputs from PTI)
New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has cleared a 804-member Indian contingent, including 572 athletes, for the Asian Games but said it will bear the expense of 755 members with 49 out of 232 officials allowed at no cost to government. The ministry cleared all the athletes and officials recommended by the Indian Olympic Association with the only rider being that only 49 officials can be part of the contingent at the cost of their respective federations. The government will bear the cost of 572 athletes, 183 officials, 119 coaches and 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 43 other extra officials. Out of the 572 athletes cleared to take part in 36 sports, 312 are men while the rest 260 are women. The government refused to bear the cost of all the 26 managers named in the list submitted by the IOA. Three coaches and 20 other extra officials were also cleared at no cost to the government. The long protracted process of naming of the Indian contingent and subsequent clearance by the ministry thus came to an end without any major tussle between the government and the IOA, which had submitted its list on Monday. In fact, in a somewhat surprising move, the sports ministry cleared a 12-member IOA contingent, which includes the Chef de Mission and his four deputies, at government cost without the list even being presented before it. The IOA had said that its 12-member contingent, which includes office staffers and medical team, need no clearance from the government as they would be sent at its own cost. It had not submitted the list to the ministry which had earlier raised objections to Raj Kumar Sacheti being named as one of the four deputy Chefs de Missions.advertisement “…convey the approval of the government for participation of 804 members (572 athletes, 122 coaches/high performance directors, )26 managers, 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 63 other officials including the IOA contingent and medical team) of the Indian contingent to participate in the Asian Games,” said the official letter from the sports ministry to the IOA. “The participation of these 755 members of the Indian contingent has been approved at cost to government. Actual air passage cost (economy class) inclusive of visa fee, airport tax in respect of 572 sportspersons, 119 coaches/high performance director, 21 doctors and physiotherapists and 43 other officials cleared at cost to government,” it added. Three out of the 122 coaches submitted by the IOA has been cleared at no cost to government as P-Card category. The ministry letter said that the 43 other officials “includes 12 members of IOA contingent and one extra official on fencing team. Actual number of other officials cleared at cost to government will depend on the details received from IOA”. Athletics, which had given the highest number of medals (13) in the last Asian Games in 2014, has most number of participants (50) and its contingent is the biggest at 75. Surprisingly, canoe-kayak is second in terms of number of players (49) and number of contingent members (60). Hockey is third with 36 players forming a 51-strong contingent. Shooting, which had yielded second highest number of medals (9) in the last edition, will have 28 participants out of 36-strong contingent. Athletics is the worst hit in terms of number of officials, with seven of them being told to bear their own cost. Besides two managers, five officials have been cleared at no cost to government. Four personal trainers, including coach of sprinter Dutee Chand — N Ramesh Singh — have been cleared as P-Card category. 400m coach Basant Singh is the other official cleared at no cost to government. All the six team officials of kurash have been cleared at no cost to government with one being given P-Card category. For handball also, five team officials out of 10 submitted will have to bear their own cost. Unlike the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games contingent in April, the IOA has not allowed any parents of the players to be named as extra officials. However, badminton stars Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu’s personal physios have been included in the contingent and they have been cleared at government cost. Badminton will go to Jakarta with four physios. The two foreign coaches of the badminton contingent — Dwi Kristiawan and Edwin Iriawan — have also been cleared at no cost to government. The lone nominated coaches of golf and karate have also been asked to bear their own cost. Shooter Heena Sidhu’s husband-cum-coach Ronak Pandit and star gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s personal coach Bishweshwar Nandi have also been cleared at government cost. The 572 athletes and 119 coaches will get an out of pocket allowance of USD 50 per day while USD 25 per day will be given to the 21 doctors and physiotherapists and the 43 other officials, including the 12-member IOA contingent which will have the Chef de Mission and his four deputies.advertisement The out of pocket allowance will be given for the period not exceeding the total duration of the Games plus actual number of days before the Games (for acclimatisation) and one day after the event. PTI PDS AHAH
Defending champions India start their Asian Games 2018 campaign against hosts Indonesia on Monday. India, the top-ranked men’s hockey team, eye direct qualification into the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.However, for that to happen India will have to win gold just like they did in 2014 Incheon Asian Games to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.World No.5 India are unlikely to be challenged by any of their Pool A rivals — Korea (ranked 14), Japan (ranked 16), Sri Lanka (ranked 38), Hong Kong China (ranked 45) and Indonesia.The Indians should have a smooth run till the semi-finals, where they may be taking on either arch-rivals Pakistan (ranked 13) or Malaysia (ranked 12).Going by rankings, it should be a cakewalk for India in the continental event as they are the only side in the competition to be placed inside top-10 in the world.India will start as overwhelming favourites against Indonesia, who are nowhere in world hockey map.It is expected to be a goal fest for India and it remains to be seen how many Harendra Singh’s men can pump in to boost their morale ahead of other pool matches.India’s medal-less show at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April had the fans worried but the team bounced back strongly to reach the final of the concluding edition of the Champions Trophy under Harendra’s guidance.Going by their form and performance against top teams of the world, India will be favourites to win their second consecutive Asian Games title, which they have never achieved in the history of the continental event.advertisementIn 15 editions, the only time the Indians returned without a medal from the Asian Games was in Doha in 2006.Harendra, who took over the reigns of the senior men’s national team in May this year for a record fourth time, wants his wards to create a legacy by the end of 2018 and, according to him, the Asiad is the first step towards that target.”We can’t think of anything less than a gold. It is not acceptable. But we have to prove ourselves on the pitch in each and every match,” Harendra had said.”A gold here will make us the first team to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and we will get one year and 11 months to prepare ourselves.”Indian men will next take on Hong Kong China on August 20 followed by matches against Japan (August 24), Korea (August 26) and Sri Lanka (August 28).Defending champions India start their Asian Games 2018 campaign against hosts Indonesia on Monday. India, the top-ranked men’s hockey team, eye direct qualification into the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.However, for that to happen India will have to win gold just like they did in 2014 Incheon Asian Games to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.World No.5 India are unlikely to be challenged by any of their Pool A rivals — Korea (ranked 14), Japan (ranked 16), Sri Lanka (ranked 38), Hong Kong China (ranked 45) and Indonesia.The Indians should have a smooth run till the semi-finals, where they may be taking on either arch-rivals Pakistan (ranked 13) or Malaysia (ranked 12).Going by rankings, it should be a cakewalk for India in the continental event as they are the only side in the competition to be placed inside top-10 in the world.India will start as overwhelming favourites against Indonesia, who are nowhere in world hockey map.It is expected to be a goal fest for India and it remains to be seen how many Harendra Singh’s men can pump in to boost their morale ahead of other pool matches.India’s medal-less show at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April had the fans worried but the team bounced back strongly to reach the final of the concluding edition of the Champions Trophy under Harendra’s guidance.Going by their form and performance against top teams of the world, India will be favourites to win their second consecutive Asian Games title, which they have never achieved in the history of the continental event.In 15 editions, the only time the Indians returned without a medal from the Asian Games was in Doha in 2006.Harendra, who took over the reigns of the senior men’s national team in May this year for a record fourth time, wants his wards to create a legacy by the end of 2018 and, according to him, the Asiad is the first step towards that target.”We can’t think of anything less than a gold. It is not acceptable. But we have to prove ourselves on the pitch in each and every match,” Harendra had said.advertisement”A gold here will make us the first team to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and we will get one year and 11 months to prepare ourselves.”Indian men will next take on Hong Kong China on August 20 followed by matches against Japan (August 24), Korea (August 26) and Sri Lanka (August 28).(With inputs from PTI)
Kolkata, Sep 15 (PTI) Geared up for his first Chess Olympiad since 2006, Indian great Viswanathan Anand Saturday said he hopes to uplift the team’s show despite his ‘wobbling’ form of late. The 48-year-old former world champion had distanced himself from the sport’s biennial event, equivalent to the Olympics, owing to several issues, including the “zero-tolerance” policy (that forces a player to forfeit a game for being late by even a few seconds) and the unpredictability of the Swiss format. “Generally these days my form wobbles a lot more. I have noticed though that most players suffer from the same phenomenon. No one can go on forever. But I am really not concerned about it a lot. You play well when you play well,” the world number 10 Anand said. Making a comeback of sorts, the five-time former world champion will lead the Indian team comprising P Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, B Adhiban and K Sasikiran in the men’s section in the 43rd Chess Olympiad beginning in Batumi, Georgia on September 23. “There is no specific reason why I stopped playing (Chess Olympiad). I don’t have a specific reason for that but I am looking forward to playing. It’s been a decade but we now have a very strong team,” Anand said. The Indian contingent won a best-ever bronze at the 2014 Olympiad in Norway, while at the last edition in Azerbaijan both the men’s and women’s teams finished fourth. “I would like to say our chess players have made life quite hard because they have fared excellently in the last two editions so we have a very high par now. Hopefully we will have a good result this time,” he added.advertisement He last played at the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, USA last month and remained unbeaten though he did not manage any wins either, finishing sixth out of 10 participants. “The Olympiad is an individual event played by teams. I will do my best on my board but I will play better if I see the rest of the team playing well and they will do well if they see me playing well. It goes back and forth,” Anand said. “The same thing goes about your own game as you know the problems you face. But if the team atmosphere is good you benefit from that. I am confident our team will have a very good atmosphere, generally we get along very well together. Even in the camps we had a very good time. I am confident the atmosphere will be very good.” The former world champion also spoke about the Magnus Carlsen versus Fabiano Caruana World Championship battle in November, and said it would not be so easy for the Norwegian this time around. “It’s the closest World Championship match by rating. In fact, there were moments when it seemed like the No. 1 spot is up for grabs. Definitely the fact that Fabiano is able to win so many games means that Carlsen will have his task cut out. His confidence is not what it used to be,” Anand said. “Nothing is assured anymore, he (Carlsen) has to fight. For me, neither of them could feel sure of anything. The match could turn any moment and that makes it interesting to follow. Both of them have a style and would want to go at each other.” Anand also sounded optimistic about chess’s inclusion in the Olympics. “I certainly hope so. We have our own Olympiad at the moment which I will be going to next week. But ideally we would just like to be part of the Olympic Games. The good thing for us is chess could fit into summer or winter months so it should be easy for us to get in. There are a group of mind sports which are trying to get in and I hope it will happen,” he signed off. PTI TAP SSCSSC
Glenn Murray scored for Brighton and Hove Albion as they beat West Ham United 1-0 at home on Friday to steer clear of the relegation zone and registered a victory after five straight winless games.The last time Brighton won a match was their 3-2 victory against Manchester United in August.The win will come as a huge relief for manager Chris Hughton who has seen his side slump to losses in their last two matches and two draws in the game prior to that.”As the game went on we rode our luck but sometimes you need that,” Hughton told Sky Sports.”It’s a first clean sheet of the season for us and you need a goalscorer. It’s a massive win for us.”Another @premierleague victory against @WestHamUtd this evening…What a way to head into the international break! See you at @NUFC!#BHAFCRead https://t.co/7Xd10v4fwM pic.twitter.com/v0737oJbZuBrighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 5, 2018Murray’s 99th goal for Brighton in all competitions left his team 12th on eight points from as many games while West Ham, who had won two of their previous three fixtures, are 15th on seven points.West Ham dominated a scrappy contest but were undone by a fine move and a predator’s finish as 35-year-old Murray, who is in his second spell at Brighton, steered home a fine Beram Kayal cross from the left in the 25th minute.Murray had previously blocked a goal-bound volley by West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, who spurned a great chance to snatch a late draw for the visitors when he shot over the bar from five metres.advertisementIt summed up a frustrating evening for Arnautovic, who misfired high and wide several times and was denied space all evening as the home team’s resolute defending cut out the supply routes for the towering Austrian.”Arnautovic is a very good player, very strong and lots of clever movement,” said Brighton defender Shane Duffy.”It was a tough night, he had chances but thankfully he didn’t take them. We worked hard on their front three in the week, they threw everything at us.”West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed.”Frustrated because I think we do the things to win the game, we had three clear chances to score and didn’t,” he told the BBC.”They had one chance in the first half and then defended. We deserved more.”(With Reuters inputs)