Orioles Cool Off Yankees, 6-2

first_imgNEW YORK — Before the game, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said he probably wouldn’t use setup man Dellin Betances or closer Andrew Miller after both pitched the previous two days.Chase Whitley wasn’t effective enough to make any of that matter.Chris Davis hit one of Baltimore’s three early home runs, Wei-Yin Chen won for the first time this season and the Orioles snapped a four-game slide May 9 with a 6-2 victory over New York.Jimmy Paredes had three hits, including a solo homer, and slumping Alejandro De Aza added a two-run drive off Whitley to give the Orioles their first win this week in New York.Baltimore lost a pair of interleague games to the Mets at Citi Field before dropping the first two in a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.“The first one that Paredes hit, hopefully that fan’s hand is OK because he hit that one pretty well,” Whitley said. “But the one De Aza hit, he hit a pretty good pitch.”Delmon Young knocked in two runs to build up the cushion for Chen (1-1), who scattered five hits over seven innings. He struck out a season-high seven and walked one, yielding only John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice fly.The 29-year-old lefty from Taiwan was in control the whole way, throwing 76 strikes in 106 pitches. Using a sneaky fastball above the hands of several hitters, he struck out the side in the third and whiffed his final three batters of the day.“He was executing his pitches,” Chase Headley said. “I thought he did a good job of locating his fastball. It didn’t feel like he threw a ball in the middle of the plate. When they got out to that lead, he did a good job of making us string hits together.”A 16-game winner last year, Chen entered with a 2.83 ERA, the lowest among qualifying starters without a victory. It was his first win since Sept. 15 against Toronto.Zach Britton got two outs for his sixth save — a brief replay review upheld an out call on a close play at first base that ended the game.New York lost for just the sixth time in its last 22.Hit hard by Baltimore last year as well, Whitley (1-1) was tagged for all three homers in 5 2-3 shaky innings. He gave up five runs, six hits and two walks.A rotation replacement for injured Masahiro Tanaka, the right-hander allowed only one run over 12 innings in his previous two major league starts this season.“When he made a mistake, they made him pay,” Girardi said. “He was just a little bit off today.”Paredes homered in the third and Davis went deep in the fourth, both on the first pitch. Whitley then plunked Steve Pearce with a wayward breaking ball, and one out later De Aza drove a 2-2 delivery into the stands for a 4-0 lead.All three home runs cleared the short porch in right field.Manny Machado hit a leadoff double in the fifth and scored on a single by Young, who added an RBI double in the seventh after Paredes tripled.Paredes, a former Yankees farmhand, has 25 hits this season, 12 for extra bases.“He wants to stay in this lineup and he’s doing what it takes,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “He doesn’t want to go back to all the things he’s been through with waiver wires and what have you. He wants to make sure he’s found a home.”New York scored an unearned run off Tommy Hunter in the eighth on an RBI single by Carlos Beltran.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Taunt Costs Kyrgios Fine, Suspension

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Nick Kyrgios was suspended for 28 days from any ATP-sanctioned event and fined an additional $25,000 on Aug. 24 for his comments to Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.The penalties, however, are withheld provided he meets certain conditions over the next six months, ending Feb. 24, 2016. Kyrgios remains eligible for the U.S. Open, which starts next week and is not an ATP tournament.The governing body of men’s tennis completed its review of Kyrgios’ conduct and cited him for “aggravated behavior.”On Aug. 12, a courtside microphone picked up Kyrgios saying that fellow Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with a player who reportedly is now Wawrinka’s girlfriend.“This incident was egregious and reflected poorly on our sport,” said Gayle David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President of rules and competition.“Nick has expressed regret, and the best result would be that he learns a lesson from this incident and that he understands he is responsible to the tour and to fellow players for both his actions and his words.”The suspension and fine will be dropped provided Kyrgios does not draw any fines for verbal or physical abuse at any ATP tournament, and does not accumulate fines totaling more than $5,000 for any other offenses at ATP sanctioned tournaments.The 30-year-old Wawrinka, ranked No. 5 and the French Open champion, announced in April he had separated from his wife, with whom he has a daughter. The Swiss star has since been linked with 19-year-old player Donna Vekic of Croatia.The ATP already fined Kyrgios $10,000 on Aug. 13. In addition, he was fined $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct regarding a comment to a ball person during the match.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Replacing Beckham Tough Task

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For the New York Giants, there is no replacing Odell Beckham Jr.Somebody will start for the suspended Pro Bowl wide receiver on Dec. 27 in Minnesota, but that’s about it.Beckham is the biggest weapon on the Giants’ offense. He has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns, and no one on the roster can come close to doing what he does. He draws double coverages, has breakaway potential, and causes opposing defenses to know where he is on every play.Beckham makes playing easier for all his teammates. Against the Vikings, they will be on their own in a game that still could have playoff implications.New York (6-8) will be eliminated if Washington (7-7) beats Philadelphia (6-8) on Dec. 26. If the Eagles win, the Giants will have a shot at winning the NFC East if they can win their last two games.“I think around here it’s always been the next guy steps up,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said of his concern with Beckham out. “It’s hard to fill a guy like Odell’s shoes, but I think the guys can get it done.”Rueben Randle is the logical choice to take more responsibility. However, he has battled knee issues all season and his 51 catches for 638 yards and six touchdowns are disappointing.Randle insists this will be like any other game.“My job is to go out there and make some plays, and that’s how I see it,” the fourth-year receiver said. “I’m not going to try to change up anything. I know a lot of responsibility holds on this receiver corps with him being out, so we have to make sure we are on the same page and know what we are going and be ready to have a big game.”Eli Manning will have other options besides Randle.Dwayne Harris has shown flashes, catching 35 catches and four touchdowns. He has been bothered by a shoulder injury, but said he was feeling better Thursday. He was limited at practice.Veteran Hakeem Nicks also has a lot of experience, but the 2009 first-round pick hasn’t done much since rejoining the team four games ago. He has four catches for 26 yards.“Anytime opportunity comes you want to take full advantage of it, that’s how I look at it,” Nicks said. “This is a great opportunity for me. I was always told when opportunity knocks on the door, you’ve got to answer. I’m answering.”Manning’s other options will be tight end Will Tye (34 catches for 369 yards), running back Shane Vereen (51 catches for 402 yards) and backup wideouts Myles White, rookie Geremy Davis and Ben Edwards, who was promoted from the practice squad.“We’ll be fine,” Manning said. “We’ve got guys, great opportunity for other guys to step up. We’ll run our offense and go about our business. The guys know what they’re doing, guys know the routes, guys know how to get open and we’ll go about it and make plays.”Coach Tom Coughlin talked to his team about playing without Beckham, telling them this is a chance to bond.“Our team has got to step up,” Coughlin said. “I think it’s about our team to be able to now come together and play, hopefully, our best game. Certainly many, many people are going to have to be called upon.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Zervakis and Rebouli the Winners of the Athens Half Marathon

first_imgATHENS (ANA) – The 6th Athens Half Marathon, the city’s annual major spring sports event, was held on Sunday 19 March. 21,000 runners took part in the four races which was organised by the Municipality of Athens, Attica region and the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS).Yiannis Zervakis (1.09.03) was the winner of the Half Marathon followed by Costas Gelaouzos (1.09.04) and Rania Rebouli (1.19.44) won the women’s race.The start of the Half Marathon and the 5km race was at Syntagma square at 09:00. A 3.0 km race and a 1.0 km race for children and people with disabilities were also included in the programme.The finishing line for athletes in all three races was on Amalias Avenue, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Greek Parliament.Half Marathon, March 19, Athens. Photo: EurokinissiHalf Marathon, March 19, Athens. Photo: EurokinissiHalf Marathon, March 19, Athens. Photo: EurokinissiHalf Marathon, March 19, Athens. Photo: EurokinissiHalf Marathon, March 19, Athens. Photo: EurokinissiHalf Marathon, March 19, Athens. Photo: EurokinissiTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Special Olympics NY Pres. & CEO Stacey Hengsterman Launches #Fit5NY Challenge

first_imgALBANY, NY – Special Olympics New York President & CEO Stacey Hengsterman announced on January 1, #Fit5NY, a social media campaign that encourages athletes, fans, coaches and partners of the statewide organization to use Fit 5, a fitness resource created by Special Olympics International that promotes a healthy lifestyle through consistent physical activity, nutrition, and hydration.The program aims to improve athlete health through a routine of exercising five times per week, eating fruits and vegetables five times per day, and drinking five bottles of water per day. The Fit 5 resource can be downloaded online: resources.specialolympics.org/fit-5/.“The Special Olympics New York family is dispersed across the state, so we can’t always be on the sidelines during competitions or cheer one another on at practice, but social media gives our statewide community the opportunity to be there for each other while we work toward a common goal,” said Hengsterman. “Fit 5 is an important program for our athletes, whose disabilities often put them at higher risk of obesity and preventable diseases associated with inactivity. I’m looking forward to seeing us come together to address this, and to seeing everyone’s progress in photos, shares, and words of encouragement online with #Fit5NY.”People with intellectual disabilities, including the nearly 68,000 Special Olympics athletes across New York, are part of one of the most underserved populations in the world, in terms of quality healthcare. Their genetic makeup, coupled with the lack of inclusion and understanding they face, leads them to experience dramatically higher rates of obesity and preventable disease, chronic pain and suffering, and premature death.“I am thrilled to see Special Olympics New York take an innovative approach with Fit 5 and lead the way toward inclusive health for people with intellectual disabilities,” said Kyle Washburn, Special Olympics International Director of Fitness. “By creating exciting opportunities around fitness and physical activity, we can reach our goal of improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities and inequity for 11 million people with intellectual disabilities by 2020.”The #Fit5NY challenge supports a growing inclusive health agenda within Special Olympics that aims to improve athlete health and address the disparities in healthcare that people with intellectual disabilities often face.About Special Olympics New YorkSpecial Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving nearly 68,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with nearly 150 schools statewide to offer unified sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers.  Learn more at www.specialolympicsNY.org and #SpecialOlympicsNY.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Dies at Age 75

first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Pat Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar television deals, died late Thursday night, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was 75.In a statement posted on the Broncos’ website, Bowlen’s family said he died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones. They did not specify a cause of death. Bowlen had battled Alzheimer’s for several years.Bowlen was the first owner in NFL history to oversee a team that won 300 games — including playoffs — in three decades. He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and Denver is 354-240-1 since he bought the club in 1984.Under his stewardship, the Broncos won Super Bowls in 1998, ’99 and 2016.Following their 31-24 victory over Green Bay for the franchise’s first championship, Bowlen famously hollered, “This one’s for John!” Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway called it the greatest moment of his playing career.Elway the executive returned the favor on Feb. 7, 2016, when he jabbed the silver Lombardi Trophy into the sky after Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 and declared, “This one’s for Pat.”That came 18 months after Alzheimer’s forced Bowlen to step down from his daily duties running the team.“I’m just glad I had the opportunity,” Elway told The Associated Press in the victorious locker room that night. “I didn’t want to think about it too much because I didn’t want to jinx anything. But I was waiting for the day that I was able to do that. So, I was glad and really thrilled that I was able to do that and we’ll take that trophy over to Pat next week and let him cherish it.”Elway delivered the prize to Bowlen’s home back in Denver. And in the Mile High City, more than a million fans packed downtown for a victory parade 17 years after Elway capped his remarkable playing career by leading the Broncos to back-to-back titles.Super Bowl 50 was the Broncos’ eighth trip to the big game, seven under Bowlen’s watch, and all of those with Elway’s help — first as his QB and then as his GM.Bowlen’s wife, Annabel, who recently announced that she, too, is battling Alzheimer’s, and their children were on hand to accept the Lombardi Trophy on his behalf in Santa Clara, California.“His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans,” Bowlen’s family said in their statement Thursday night. “Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight.”During his 35 seasons as owner, Bowlen’s teams compiled a .596 winning percentage — tied for second-best in the NFL during that span. Among professional franchises in the four major North American sports, only the San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers were better, according to the Broncos.FILE – In this June 16, 1998, file photo, then President Clinton, left, and Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a ceremony at the White House where the president honored the Super Bowl XXXII champions. Denver Broncos owner Bowlen dies at age 75, family says in statement released by team. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, File)Bowlen relished working behind the scenes and shied away from the spotlight. In the words of former coach Mike Shanahan, “Pat just wanted to be one of the guys.”“That’s why I think he was so beloved by so many people, including myself,” Shanahan said. “And you also knew that he would give anything to make your football team better or at least get a chance at the Super Bowl. At that time you would say every ounce that he had — I should say every penny he had — he wanted to go into giving the football team a Super Bowl. That was his No. 1 priority. That was it. It was not trying to buy different companies and trying to make more money. His goal was winning a Super Bowl.”Former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said: “Most guys would tell you that played for him or worked for him that he was not only our owner, but he was your friend.”Bowlen served as a sounding board for NFL Commissioners Pete Rozelle, Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell. He was crucial to the league’s growth as a member of 15 NFL committees, including co-chairing the NFL Management Council and working on network TV contracts, including the league’s ground-breaking $18 billion deal in 1998.“Pat was the driving force in establishing the championship culture of the Broncos. He was also an extraordinary leader at the league level during a key period,” Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “With the fans, Pat felt in many ways that his team belonged to them and approached things with that in mind. There will never be another owner like Pat Bowlen.” Bowlen had a deep appreciation for his players, whether or not they were stars, and it’s not unusual to see ex-Broncos watching practice.“When I retired, Mr. B. told me I was welcome anytime at team headquarters,” said Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. “He said I didn’t need a pass, either: ‘Your face is your credential.’”Ownership of the franchise is held in a trust Bowlen set up more than a decade ago in hopes one of his seven children will one day run the team. Until then, Ellis, one of three trustees, is doing so in a “What would Pat do?” sort of way.Although daughter Brittany is hoping to one day take over the team, the succession plan and the trustees’ oversight of Bowlen’s estate has been challenged in state district court in the last year by some members of the Bowlen family.Those who worked for Bowlen remember a man who put production ahead of profits; trained tirelessly for triathlons; fostered a winning atmosphere from the lobby to the locker room; and was always quick with a compliment and sure to couch his criticism.“Pat Bowlen was the heart and soul of the Denver Broncos,” Ellis said. “Not only was Pat a Hall of Fame owner — he was a Hall of Fame person.”Bowlen flashed his competitive streak whether on the road conducting league business, on the sideline watching his team or on the StairMaster drenched in sweat.It was evident in his dislike for Peyton Manning when the quarterback played for Indianapolis before joining the Broncos in 2012.“I get it, and I respect that,” Manning said, adding that Bowlen flew back to Denver from his offseason home in Hawaii to welcome him when he signed with the Broncos, and they were friends afterward.“If there was a way for him to compete against what he’s going through,” former defensive end Alfred Williams said a couple of summers ago, “he’d beat that damn disease every time.”Bowlen is survived by his wife, Annabel, and seven children: Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna.By: Arnie Stapleton, AP Pro Football Writer TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

INSYS: smart, compact VPN router as iIoT gateway for industry and buildings

first_imgWith the SCR series, INSYS icom launches modern routers with a compact, flexibly mountable housing. These new iIoT gateways are available now.The routers are available as 4G and LAN versions, both also as variant with digital I/Os. Both IP-based and serial devices can be connected locally. The release of the multi-functional SCR makes it easy to retrofit existing plants and transform them into modern, industrial IoT environments. The compact housing and the two mounting directions make the iIoT gateway suitable for switch cabinets in industrial environments as well as building connection boxes. The SCR series features the icom operating system and the icom SmartBox Linux environment. This virtual environment allows to execute scripts and programs or store and process data in so-called containers (LXC) on the router – all independent of each other. Therefore, the SCR is not only suitable for secure remote maintenance but also as a cost-effective solution for edge computing applications like condition monitoring or data analytics. Moreover, conditions and values of connected devices can be monitored independent of the protocol and various cloud services can be connected for applications like reporting or benchmarking. Amongst others, stateful firewall and VPN functionality, for example using the VPN service icom Connectivity Suite – VPN, provide IT security.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Arrow: IoT board boosts colour-HMI development for smart sensors and gatewaysNext How FPGA technology is evolving to meet new mid-range system requirementslast_img read more

Laird: fully integrated ‘Connected Car’ platform for the global auto industry

first_img Continue Reading Previous Accelerating development of USB-C power systemsNext Premier Farnell announce new global franchise with SiTime With the global connected car market expected to skyrocket over the next five years, Laird is launching the auto industry’s first fully integrated and scalable module for secure mobile connectivity and automotive ethernet for reliable Internet use inside and outside the vehicle, the company announced today.Laird MAX (Modular Automotive Connectivity Solution), which is being introduced worldwide today, brings together state-of-the-art communications technologies, characterized by flexibility, scalability, an open software concept, a Linux-based security module, and Laird’s integrated antenna system.Worldwide sales of connected cars are expected to reach 72.5 million in the next five years, according to industry analyst IHS Markit. That means by 2023, almost 70 percent of all passenger vehicles sold around the globe will be exchanging data with external sources, bringing new services and new business models to bear in automotive markets around the globe, especially in North America, Europe and Asia.Applications that can be implemented on MAX include, for example, Internet gateway functionality, a remote diagnostic tool, a remote-control system, location functions, and driver statistics. The wealth of implementable applications makes it possible to set up a wide range of services for OEMs, fleet operators, insurance companies, and other industry-related entities. Importantly, MAX is environmentally friendly because the use of custom features limits the number of components and their weight, Dornbusch said. By optimizing the energy management, the power consumption is reduced, which is a differentiation advantage especially for electric vehicles.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

I am sure India’s youth teams are going to achieve bigger things in future: Sunil Chhetri

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri is highly impressed with the country’s U-16 and U-20 sides, who have punched above their weight in recent times, and said they are capable of achieving bigger things in the future. While the U-16 team shocked Iraq, the U-20 squad caused one of Indian football’s biggest upsets by stunning the sport’s superpower Argentina in a tournament in Spain. Asked about the players representing the youth teams, Chhetri said, “U-16 team in totality, of course the U-19 teams is also doing well, great result against Argentina, something they should be really proud of. “But the U-16 team is amazing, you should watch them play. We watched some videos of them, some game plans and they are amazing. (Coach) Bibiano (Fernandes) is doing a great job with those kids and I just hope, touchwood, I just hope, they can keep improving from what they are. “I am pretty sure they are going to achieve bigger things in the coming years. India’s all-time highest scorer, who is also among the top five in international football, said they are looking forward to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. “The aim is 2019 Asian Cup and before that we have got a couple of matches which we will try our best to win and improve and eventually to the Asian Cup. The players are going to give everything they have got when the tournament comes,” the 34-year-old striker said. Chhetri is now gearing up to lead his team Bengaluru FC in the upcoming Indian Super League.advertisement “ISL is one of the main reasons why a lot of good things are happening in Indian football, helping the rise of Indian football, just the whole atmosphere, infrastructure change. “But I will again say that it’s one of the major things we are doing good, but we all have to come together, if Indian football has to grow every avenue of Indian football will have to come together and do their bit.” Having entered the final as one of the most consistent sides in their last ISL, Bengaluru FC lost to Chennaiyin FC in the summit showdown. “The fact that every team wants to beat us, the fact that every team wants to come and take point against us, last years we some mediocre performances of other teams but when they came and played against us they looked a different team,” Chhetri said. The ISL will be broadcast live on Star Sports. PTI AH AH KHSKHSlast_img read more

Madame Tussauds unveils Amitabh Bachchan waxwork for Delhi opening

first_imgMadame Tussauds unveiled a waxwork of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday ahead of the museum’s opening later this year in the Indian capital of New Delhi.Bachchan, 74, is one of Indian cinema’s most revered and influential actors and has been a mainstay on screens for five decades.”We looked at the culture and of course, we have a lot of Indian visitors in our existing attractions as well. Their feedback is so positive … that we said we need to be there,” Marcel Kloos, Merlin Entertainments’ director of new openings in emerging markets said.Also read: Watch: Amitabh Bachchan is now the voice for Indian women, quite literallyGuests at the unveiling photographed themselves alongside Bachchan, as well as with a waxwork of American popstar Lady Gaga.The Delhi branch above the city center’s famed Regal Cinema is India’s first Madame Tussauds, the museum’s twenty-third globally and its ninth in Asia, where a growing middle class are prepared to pay to see wax figures of their favorite stars.Wax statues of leading figures from Bollywood, sports and politics will feature in Delhi including one of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – who is already in the London branch – as well as cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more

BCCI likely to allow ‘family periods’ for WAGs on tours after Virat Kohli’s request

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has found a solution to Virat Kohli-led India’s request to allow WAGS (wives and girlfriends) of the players to accompany them on overseas cricket tours.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) along with BCCI selectors met with the Indian team management comprising of Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane on Wednesday to discuss a host of issues and also reviewed the team’s performance this year.A decision was also supposed to be taken on the WAGs issue but the COA declined to divulge any details of the meeting to the media thereafter.Kohli wants WAGS on tour; Gambhir says works for some players, not for othersBut according to reports in Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI is likely to take cues from its Australian counterpart and set a ‘family period’ for the WAGs.Cricket Australia works with the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and finalises a certain period for the family members. This is called the family period where families come and visit the players for a set period of time, the duration of which varies from tour to tour.Also read – Virat Kohli wants wives to be allowed to accompany players on full overseas tours: ReportsThe Australian cricket team is currently playing a two-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and the board has allowed WAGS to stay with the players for the entire duration. “They vary tour by tour,” a CA spokesman told Mumbai Mirror.advertisementIndian players are currently engaged in a two-match Test series against the West Indies after which they will play five ODIs and three T20 internationals till November 11. The team will then travel to Australia to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs from November 21 to January 18.No immediate decision on Kohli’s request for players’ wives to travel on toursThe current rule allows WAGs of India cricketers to accompany them for only 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour abroad. Previously the policy was to allow WAGs to be with the players for one of the formats in a long tour.No communication between selectors, dropped players part of key discussions in BCCI meetIndia cricketer Gautam Gambhir weighed in on this debate and said that family presence on tour works for some players but it may not for another.”The player opinion varies. Only an individual can say because the individual has to play a Test match. Some want family to be there for the whole tour while others want little family time and they try to concentrate (on cricket),” Gambhir told India Today.”Whatever the decision, it should be taken in the best interest of Indian cricket,” Gambhir added.Sources in BCCI however, have confirmed that they are not hurrying into a decision bearing in mind the possibility that too much family time can influence practice time on tour.”Yes he (Virat) had requested, but we are not going to take any decision soon. We have said that we will leave it to the new office bearers. The policy will not change now,” a source close to the CoA told ANI.last_img read more

Swapna Barman heads to Germany for her custom-made shoe

first_imgStar heptathlete Swapna Barman’s wait for a pair of custom-made shoe will be over as she headed for Nuremberg, Germany on Monday night for her special footwear to be designed by a sportswear giant based in Germany.Swapna’s rare case of having six toes on both her feet made headlines in August this year when she went on to grab the gold at the Asian Games. The 21-year-old heptathlete also revealed how the deformity caused her agony during her Asiad sojourn.”This step is really important for me as a custom-made shoe will help me deal with the pain I feel on the track. My coach (Subhash Sarkar) and I are working on improving my speed in the 200m sprint event, this should help in that too,” Swapna told Mail Today on Monday.The development came almost two months after SAI director general Neelam Kapur confirmed that they had taken the matter to the sportswear brand who have agreed to get the special shoes for her.The athlete, who is also looking for a sprint coach who can help her better her timing, will start her training as soon as she returns from Germany, revealed Sarkar.”We haven’t started her training yet because we were awaiting development on her shoes. Now that it is getting taken care of we will resume our search to find her a foreign sprint specialist coach who can work on her timing in 200m,” the coach said, who also travelled with Swapna to Germany.Sarkar also revealed the duo will start preparing for the national games early next year given her body permits.advertisement”At the moment the aim is to prepare her for the national games in February but will decide on that after we get to know how much her body can take during the pre-season,” he concluded.last_img read more

2nd Test: Azhar, Haris help Pakistan take honours on Day 1 vs New Zealand

first_imgAzhar Ali and Haris Sohail scored half-centuries as Pakistan overcame a shaky start to reach 207-4 against New Zealand on day one of the second test in Dubai on Saturday.Sohail was unbeaten on a patient 81 while Babar Azam was batting on 14 after New Zealand hit back in the final session to leave the contest at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium evenly balanced.Pakistan found themselves in a spot of bother at 25-2 within the first 10 overs after captain Sarfraz Ahmed had won the toss and elected to bat first.Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1: As it happenedAzhar, who could not prevent a narrow defeat in the first test despite a defiant 65 in the second innings, put on 126 runs with Sohail for the third wicket to leave Pakistan in control.But his run-out in the 71st over saw the New Zealanders spring to life and spinner Ajaz Patel, the hero of the first test with a match haul of seven wickets, then sent back Asad Shafiq for 12.Sohail, who smashed 10 boundaries in his 240-ball knock, helped Pakistan to see off the second new ball and guided them to the close of play without any further hiccups.Earlier, New Zealand pacer Colin de Grandhomme had openers Mohammad Hafeez (9) and Imam-ul-Haq (9) caught by Tom Latham in the slips with a fine spell on a helpful morning wicket.While De Grandhomme made the early inroads, his pace colleague Trent Boult heaped the pressure on Pakistan’s top order with some incisive bowling and was unlucky not to be rewarded with a scalp of his own.advertisementAzhar hit seven boundaries and sent one over the fence as he combined with Sohail to grind out the Kiwi bowling, but perished in a mix-up as he approached what would have been a well-deserved century.New Zealand edged the first test in Abu Dhabi by four runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams return to the same venue for the final match from Dec. 3-7.last_img read more

Will remember this for a long time, says Williamson after historic series win vs Pakistan

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson was ecstatic after his side’s sensational victory in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Defending 280 for victory, New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 156 in an extended middle session to win the match by 123 runs and clinch the three-match series 2-1.The win ended a 49-year wait for the Kiwis as they registered their first away series win against Pakistan since 1969. It was also New Zealand’s fifth series win in Asia and the first in 10 years.”It was a fantastic match to be a part of,” the Kiwi skipper said. “Pakistan are a very difficult team to beat and showed how strong they are in Dubai. We knew there was a lot of hard work to do. After the first innings, we felt we had a good total but Pakistan came back well.””To get a good second innings target and come out today to perform like that was superb.”The spinners that came on this tour and show their experience was massive for us. We (him and Henry Nicholls) were able to get that partnership and a bit of momentum as well. We will remember for a long time,” Williamson said.pic.twitter.com/mAfQrAm7MuBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 7, 2018The Blackcaps captain also took out time to wish Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez, who is going to retire from the Test cricket.”I want to wish Hafeez on his fantastic career as well. He’s been a great player for Pakistan.”Fast bowler Tim Southee, playing his first Test of the series, took 3-42 while 34-year-old debutant William Somerville and fellow spinner Ajaz Patel, playing his third Test, shared six wickets.advertisementNew Zealand scored 274 and 353-7 declared, against Pakistan’s 348 and 156. The visitors had won the first Test by four runs on the same ground, and lost the second in Dubai by an innings.Williamson’s counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed on the other hand, rued the performance of the Pakistani batsmen after their second series defeat in the UAE in the last decade.”As a batting unit we have failed to get a big lead in this series.”Our lower order has done a lot of hard work but unfortunately they haven’t contributed as we would have liked. We have failed in 4-5 matches now on fifth day,” said Sarfraz.”We need to work on playing against the new ball in second innings. We need to be mentally tough, especially on the final day of the match. We need to be positive in South Africa to win, it’s a difficult away series,” he added.(With AP inputs)Also Read | Abu Dhabi Test: New Zealand crush Pakistan to record famous series victoryAlso Read | Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test HighlightsAlso Read | Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Scorecardlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Zaheer Khan appointed Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operations

first_imgMumbai Indians have appointed former India paceman Zaheer Khan as their Director of Cricket Operations.”The experienced ex-India international Zaheer Khan will be part of the Mumbai Indians think-tank, joining the owners Mrs. Nita Ambani and Akash Ambani at the auction in Jaipur today [Tuesday],” Mumbai Indian stated in a press release.One of the pioneers of the knuckle-ball and known for outsmarting batsmen, Zaheer will bring close to two decades of his cricketing experience to his new managerial role for Mumbai Indians.Zaheer was part of the Mumbai Indians in IPL seasons 2009, 2010 and 2014. He has 29 wickets to his name from 30 outings for the men in blue and gold.IPL Auction 2019: Latest Updates”Complete pleasure to be back in my home city with the Mumbai Indians squad. Looking forward to be a part of the dressing with @ImRo45 and @mipaltan . Can’t wait for the season to start,” Zaheer tweeted.Complete pleasure to be back in my home city with the Mumbai Indians squad. Looking forward to be a part of the dressing with @ImRo45 and @mipaltan . Can’t wait for the season to start.zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) December 18, 2018Ahead of the IPL auction, Mumbai Indians have retained 18 players, continuing with its philosophy of identifying and nurturing young talents.New player c Mahela b Zaheer #CricketMeriJaan #IPLAuction @MahelaJay @ImZaheer pic.twitter.com/L0QnS5khuQMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018While the likes of all rounder Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah form the core of Mumbai Indians, the three-time champions outfit have also continued with Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare and Suryakumar Yadav.advertisementWelcome back home, @ImZaheerRead more before you see our Director of Cricket Operations at today’s #IPLAuction https://t.co/IlcflBPTRU#CricketMeriJaan #ZakIsBack pic.twitter.com/H6LDQUrtINMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018From the experienced contingent, Mumbai Indians have Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff and the Kiwi pair of Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne.Rohit Sharma will continue to lead Mumbai Indians.last_img read more

Paddy Upton reappointed head coach of Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2019

first_imgRajasthan Royals brought back Paddy Upton as their head coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season.Upton will join the likes of Steffan Jones (fast-bowling coach), Amol Muzumdar (batting coach) and Sairaj Bahutule (spin bowling coach) in the coaching set-up of Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2019.Upton was in charge of RR from 2013 till 2015, when he moved to the Delhi franchise (then known as Delhi Daredevils), for the 2016 and 2017 seasons as part of their support staff.Upton lead the Royals to the finals of the Champions League in 2013 and under him the Rajasthan franchise in 13 straight home matches, a feat that has since not been replicated in the IPL.”The experience and knowledge that he brings to the table is unparalleled. As coach, mentor and scientific trainer, Paddy Upton is well versed with the rigours of modern day sport. We are thrilled to have him back in our team and can’t wait to put on our pads and get going in the new season,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket of Rajasthan Royals in a press release.We welcome @PaddyUpton1 as the Head Coach of Rajasthan Royals.The experience and knowledge that he brings to the table is unparalleled. Paddy Upton is well versed with the rigours of modern day sport. – Zubin Bharucha, Head of Crickethttps://t.co/3PYDUMjhLGRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 13, 2019Upton has coached many T20 sides around the world including in the Big Bash or Pakistan Super League. Upton was famously parto of the coaching set up of the 2011 World Cup-winning side as the mental conditioning coach. He has also held the position of Performance Director of South Africa Cricket from 2011-2014, when South Africa became the first cricket team to hold the World No.1 ranking in all three formats of the game (2012).advertisement”It gives us immense pleasure to announce Paddy joining the team. We welcome him back to the Royals Family. Paddy is someone who is well versed with the culture of Rajasthan Royals and he knows what it takes to achieve success in international sport at the highest level. We cannot wait for the season to begin and are so pleased that the BCCI have confirmed it will be held entirely in India,” said Manoj Badale, Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals.Also Read | Indian Premier League 2019 to be played in India from March 23Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | Resting World Cup-bound fast bowlers in IPL 2019 wrong thought process: Nehralast_img read more

Superb display, best-in-class design makes Huawei Y9 (2019) one of the best phones under Rs 20,000

first_imgHuawei has been at the forefront of smartphone innovation for a while now. Last year, the company announced two stellar flagship phones — the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro. These two phones came to India in, what you can call a second coming for the brand in the country and impressed us with their design, hardware and cameras. The company is now trying to recreate that magic in the affordable segment. That’s how Huawei Y9 (2019) comes into the picture. The phone was launched in India last week at a price of Rs 15,990.The Huawei Y9 (2019) brings some of the key elements that make a Huawei phone stand out from the crowd. This includes an attractive design and a great display. This is what the Y9 (2019) boasts of as it gets a premium glass design with a 3D curved rear panel along with an immersive 1080p display. In addition to this, the phone also brings a total of four cameras and a large battery to keep you going.We will have a lot more to say about the phone in the full Huawei Y9 (2019) review but that is going to take a while. Before that though, we do want to tell you about a couple of things that the Huawei Y9 brings to users, things that we believe will make it one of the best – if not the absolute best- phone in India under Rs 20,000.And not to forget the fact that Huawei is giving away free Boat Rockerz Sports Bluetooth headphones worth Rs 2,990 with the Huawei Y9 (2019). Additionally, there are also offers with bundled data. For example, if you are a Jio user, you can get 100GB data as well as some cashback. Vodafone users get some additional data, for example, the RED users get 30GB data. All this only makes the phone a better deal as well as a wholesome package for multimedia use. Well, on to the phone now…advertisementThe glass and metal design is stunningAs mentioned earlier, Huawei has a knack for offering good-looking phones. The Huawei Y9 (2019) carries forward that philosophy and brings it to the affordable segment. The phone offers a 3D curved arc design on the back that makes it sit comfortably in the hand and also makes it easy to hold, considering its size. The glass panel feels premium to the touch and is offered in two colours- Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. The Black looks classy, the Blue is bold.The rear panel also gets a fingerprint sensor that is ideally located for ease of reach. The same goes for the volume controls and power buttons that are placed on the right side of the frame. Completing the design is a tall display on the front with a notch on top that is just big enough to house two front-facing cameras and a thin chin. The Huawei Y9 (2019) offers a great design for its price and there are only a few phones in the affordable segment that come close. In fact, this, we will say, is the best-looking phone under Rs 20,000 if you want a device with a large screen.A display meant for entertainmentTalking of the screen, the display in Huawei Y9 (2019) is one of the best things about the phone. The new Y9 (2019) is a big phone that offers a massive display meant for consumers who love to watch videos and play games. It sports a 6.5-inch LCD display with an FHD+ (2340 X 1080) resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. This is similar to the Honor 8X which makes the Y9 (2019) among the very few phones with a display this size. The large display makes it easy to ignore the notch on top and focus solely on the screen.The Huawei Y9 (2019) offers a sharp panel with deep colours and good brightness levels. The display is one of the better LCD ones that you can find in this price segment. The other phone with a similarly bright and vibrant display in this price segment is HMD’s Nokia 6.1 Plus. But the screen size of that phone is smaller, something that could be a deciding factor in favour of Huawei Y9 (2019) for people who like to watch a lot of videos on their phones.A battery that matches the sizeFinally, there is the battery. For a phone as big as the Huawei Y9 (2019), it needs a battery that can carry it through till the end of the day. And surely, a 4,000mAh capacity seems capable of achieving that goal. At least, that is what our first impression is. The Huawei Y9 (2019) gets a large battery that should offer a full day and maybe more of life on a single charge. With a battery this size, consumers will be able to stream videos and play games without having to worry about the phone dying soon.advertisementTo sum it up, the Huawei Y9 (2019), which goes on sale on January 17, offers a few unique features for its price segment that should be worth considering, especially if you are someone who loves to consume media on the go. The large, immersive display and battery will keep you hooked till the end of the day, while an attractive design helps the device stand out from a sea of metal-bodies with plastic inserts — hey, Redmi Note 6 Pro, that is you — phones.ALSO READ | Huawei Y9 (2019) launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Huawei Y9 (2019) quick review: Big display, big battery at a mid-range priceALSO READ | Huawei Y9 (2019) vs Nokia 6.1 Plus: One offers big display, the other offers stock Androidlast_img read more

Shubman Gill a great talent, can deliver at any batting position: Dinesh Karthik

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik has said Shubman Gill has the talent to find success at any given position in the batting-order but added that he can’t be unfair to other players while taking a call to promote the teenager higher-up the order.Karthik said Gill did a great job opening the game for KKR during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match against Delhi Capitals on April 12. However, Karthik pointed out that the young India batsman was promoted to open the innings because first-choice opener Chris Lynn was unavailable for selection with illness.Gill hit a 39-ball 65, smashing seven boundaries and two sixes against Delhi after opening the batting for the first time in IPL 2019. However, when Chris Lynn returned to the line-up for their home game against Chennai Super Kings on April 14, Gill lost the opener’s spot.Karthik and Kolkata Knight Riders received criticism for not persisting with Gill in the opener’s spot. In fact, Gill batted at No. 7 against CSK and hit a 20-ball 15 in their five-wicket defeat to the visiting team at the Eden Gardens.Notably, senior campaigners Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana, more often than not, have been playing at higher positions than Gill in IPL 2019.Speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group, Dinesh Karthik defended KKR’s decision to play Gill down the order.”Shubman Gill is a special player. He did a great job opening the batting. However, he opened because Chris Lynn had fever in that game. But since Gill performed, as a leader, I can’t be unfair to Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana. They did very well at the start of the tournament,” Karthik said.advertisement”Shubman has been told he will be sent up at every little opportunity. But that doesn’t mean myself or Kolkata Knight Riders have to listen to outside pressure and be harsh on others. Shubman has great talent and can deliver and will deliver any position,” Karthik added.Gill, who had been in fine form in the recently-concluded domestic season, has managed to impress whenever he has got an opportunity to chip in for KKR in IPL 2019. The young right-handed batsman has scored 120 runs from eight matches at a handy average of 30.00.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with RosogollasAlso Read | Robin Uthappa on Dinesh Karthik World Cup selection: Justice has been doneAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamlast_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav’s loss of form worrying for Team India before 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgKuldeep Yadav is expected to lead India’s slow-bowling attack in the World Cup but his poor form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) could become a headache for Virat Kohli’s men with just over a month left before the 50-over tournament.The left-arm wrist spinner sits at seventh in the bowlers’ rankings in one-day internationals, one spot ahead of spin-bowling colleague Yuzvendra Chahal.The duo have emerged as India’s frontline spinners and named in the 15-man World Cup squad alongside left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.The wily 24-year-old has 87 wickets from 44 ODIs at an enviable average of less than 22. He took 12 wickets in the 2017 edition of the IPL and five more last year but has endured nightmare this season.Kuldeep has taken four wickets in nine matches at an economy rate of 8.66 while bowling 33 overs for the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have lost five matches on the trot and are placed sixth in the eight-team league.He was dropped for Sunday’s outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad after the mauling he received against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday during which he took 1-59 in his four overs.”Definitely a form issue, he didn’t stand up for us in the previous game. That’s why we had to give him a break and get him back fresh,” KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said after his team’s loss on Sunday.”Kuldeep’s not been bowling as well as he would have liked, as we would have liked as well. That’s why we gave him a break, that’s the only reason that we haven’t played him this game.”advertisementDespite the difference in formats, the IPL is the only competitive cricket left before the World Cup-bound Indians leave for England.Kuldeep has always looked to be attacking, tempting batsmen with his flighted deliveries and in the process conceding some extra runs, but the assault by England all-rounder Moeen Ali on Friday left him broken.The left-handed Moeen smashed Kuldeep for three sixes and two fours in a 27-run over before falling on the last delivery, leaving the bowler teary-eyed and dejected on the field.Bangalore and India captain Kohli was at the other end witnessing Kuldeep’s misery and would hope his ace spinner will regain both his guile and confidence before India begin their quest for their third World Cup title with a match against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav breaks down after Moeen Ali onslaught at Eden GardensAlso Read | Uthappa, Kuldeep dropped after terrible night at Eden Gardenslast_img read more